The purpose of these articles, is to show the importance of Creating Safer Havens. Our intent in sharing these cases is to bring an awareness of the 'Secret Sins' that are going on around us daily. These are only a few of the many thousands of cases occurring within the church and places where children are supposed to be kept safe. Let's not be fooled into thinking these types of acts are limited to churches and after school programs. In this fast-paced world we live in, these 'Secret Sins' are happening everywhere. As you will see below, children are being violated by pastors, therapists, music directors, volunteer workers, school teachers, coaches, and sadly, the list goes on. Our hopes at Creating Safer Havens is that the seriousness of this problem will no longer be overlooked, and the importance of protecting our children will become top priority.
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||Idaho, Ada County - 1/22/2016
Eagle couple guilty of child sexual abuse face additional charges
A couple who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two girls living at an Eagle ranch for homeless and troubled children were scheduled to be sentenced Friday — but the hearing was postponed due to new evidence.
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||CA, El Cajon - 9/25/2015
Sentencing for doctor who sexually assaulted patients at El Cajon clinic
EL CAJON, Calif. - A doctor who sexually assaulted female patients and took explicit photographs of them with his cellphone at an El Cajon clinic for low-income patients was sentenced Friday to one year of house arrest and five years probation.
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||Iowa, Davenport - 9/14/2015
Judge sentences Davenport child sex abuser to three life terms in prison
A judge sentenced a former Davenport mobile home resident to three life sentences in prison on Monday.
55-year-old Melvin Thomas Lucier will serve three life sentences without parole on three counts of sexual abuse in the second degree.
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||CA, San Diego - 8/27/2015
Predator may have been prowling local libraries
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Solana Beach man was arrested at a San Bernardino library for allegedly trying to pay a 15-year-old boy for sexual acts, and may have struck in San Diego as well.
Authorities said 40-year-old Sean O'Farrell of Solana Beach has been trying to pick up young boys all across the area.
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||Austrailia, Perth - 7/29/2015
Paedophile Peter Lewsam jailed for abusing 75 children in department toy aisles
A Perth paedophile who recorded himself sexually abusing 75 young children in the aisles of department stores over a three-year period has been sentenced to 16-and-a-half years in jail.
In a case described by Judge Stephen Scott as "every parent's nightmare", Peter Anthony Lewsam deliberately went to the toy section of the stores to target girls aged between two and 10.
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NY, Westchester - 7/27/2015
Ex-Police Chief in Westchester County Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charge
Brian Fanelli was his police agency’s computer maven, and in his spare time he taught children at a Roman Catholic church in northern Westchester County how to look out for sexually abusive behavior.
On Monday, Mr. Fanelli, the short-lived chief of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography at United States District Court in White Plains. The criminal complaint against him said that using two home computers from October 2013 through January of last year, he swapped photos and videos of children as young as 7 engaged in sex acts, sometimes forcibly.
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PA, Chester County - 6/19/2015
Pa. man gets 690 years in prison for over 100 'horrific' child sex abuse counts
Warren Earl Yerger Sr., 52, formerly of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, was convicted in December on more than 100 counts of physical and sexual child abuse perpetrated against four youngsters that were under his care from 1989 to 2012. On June 17, prosecutors said that Yerger was responsible for “one of the most egregious and horrific cases" they’d ever seen in Chester County, according to a June 18 report from the Associated Press carried by Philly.com.
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NJ, Sussex County - 6/18/2015
Ex-Boy Scout admits in court to killing troop leader that raped him as a child
Former Boy Scout Clark Fredericks of Newton, New Jersey, was in a Sussex County courtroom on June 17 where he pleaded guilty to stabbing to death his former Boy Scout leader, a man Fredericks said sexually molested and raped him for four years from the time he was eight years old until he was 12. Now 49 years old, Fredericks admitted in court yesterday to killing his former Boy Scott leader Dennis Pegg in 2012. Pegg was also a deputy with the Sussex County Sheriff's Office. Fredericks’ sympathetic and tearful statements to the court regarding his abuse and Pegg’s killing earned him applause from those in the courtroom, according to a report from NBC News.
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S.D., Sioux Falls- 6/2/2015
Child sexual abusers aren't always adults
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - A West River Forensic Interviewer says nationwide over 40% of child sexual abuse cases are child-on-child.
Hollie Strand of Rapid City says almost half of the kids in the system are abused by another child. She says a child under ten can't be prosecuted and that leaves law enforcement with no options.
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||Washington - 5/4/2015
Disturbing sex abuse alleged at Border Patrol
||A CBS News investigation has found sexual misconduct in the ranks of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is "significantly" higher than other federal law enforcement agencies, according to the agency's former head of internal affairs.
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||CA, Escondido - 2/19/2015
Arraignment scheduled for man who is accused of molesting sleeping girls
||VISTA (CNS) - An Escondido auto mechanic suspected of sneaking into North County homes and fondling several girls as they slept pleaded not guilty today to multiple sexual assault charges and was ordered held in lieu of $7.5 million bail.
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||NJ, Jersey City - 1/8/2015
Trial date set for music teacher charged with sex assault of girls
||A trial date has been set for a Jersey City music teacher indicted on eight counts in the alleged sexual assault of two girls studying at his 676 School of Violin and Fine Arts on Bergen Avenue, an official said yesterday.
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||TX, Pearland - 11/7/2013
Texas Couple Arrested in Child Sex Abuse Case
||(CBS) PEARLAND, Texas - A Texas man and his fiancée have been arrested in connection with a child sex abuse investigation, reports CBS affiliate KHOU.
Police arrested 42-year-old Tad Costin after they allegedly found more than 80 DVDS and six hard drives containing photos and videos of him sexually assaulting little girls, reports the station.
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||AL, Anchorage - 11/6/2013
Caregiver charged with sexually abusing teen in hospital
ANCHORAGE - Police have arrested a medical professional they say sexually assaulted a teenage girl while she was in the hospital.
The suspect, 28-year-old Allen Miller, is being held without bail after being arrested Monday.
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||Ontario, Orillo - 10/26/2013
No warning signs about young couple facing sex charges
||There were no "red flags" that would have warned anyone that something might be amiss with a young couple being held in custody facing sex offences against children.
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||Austrailia - 7/7/2013
Adopted boy sexually abused by depraved dads
Australian police have described the case of a six-year-old boy who was sexually abused by his adoptive gay fathers and other people as "depraved".
The baby boy, now eight, they adopted from a Russian woman in 2005 for US$8,000 (S$10,000) had been offered to others for sexual exploitation from a very young age.
Australian citizen Mark J. Newton and his long-term boyfriend Peter Truong were arrested in California, last year, and charged.
The authorities investigating a child sex offender in Wellington had found images of the boy on the man's computer. Further investigations unearthed chat logs between the couple and other child sex offenders.
When police raided the couples' home, they found material on laptops and other devices which led to their arrest and the boy's removal from their care.
During the hearing, prosecutors said the charges stemmed from abuse that occurred when the boy was four to six years old.
But prosecutors said they discovered video this week showing one of the parents using the boy for a sex act when he was less than two years old,
Federal prosecutor Steve DeBrota said evidence showed at least eight men had sexually abused the boy, including one in Illinois and one in Florida, in the US, though other details were not released.
The authorities in Australia and the US worked together to bring the men to justice.
Last weekend, one was jailed in the US for 40 years while the other is awaiting sentencing.
||6/25/2013 - SAINT JOHN, N.B.
Sentencing Set for Donnie Snook in Child Porn Case
A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., will be sentenced August 29 on nearly four dozen charges including child pornography and sexual assault.
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||OR, Portland - 6/25/2013
Oregon agency sued over sexual abuse of young foster children in Salem home
Lawyers for 11 young children who reportedly suffered sexual abuse at a Salem, Oregon, foster home have filed nearly $23 million in lawsuits against the state's Department of Human Services.
The lawsuits represent one of the most sweeping cases brought against the state child-welfare agency over abuse by one foster parent.
James Earl Mooney was sentenced last year to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree sodomy. His wife wasn't charged with any wrongdoing. The couple has divorced.
The newspaper says 50 babies and toddlers lived in the foster home from 2007 to 2011.
"The notion that these kind of crimes can occur serially in a home where the state pays to house children is a tragedy beyond measure," said David Paul, a Portland lawyer who filed suit on behalf of one child, now 5.
Lawyer Steve Rizzo filed two suits Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court and U.S. District Court on behalf of 10 foster children.
In those lawsuits, Rizzo says Mooney and his wife were 22-year-old newlyweds and didn't have children when DHS approved them as foster parents. Their application, background checks, home study and training took less than two months, the lawsuits contend.
Rizzo's filings accuse agency employees of allegedly ignoring escalating signs of abuse from the children — including complaints of pain, redness on their buttocks and unusual behavior, such as smearing feces on walls.
The molestations came to light in April 2011, the newspaper reports, after one of the foster children moved from the home and told a prospective adoptive parent that Mooney had sexually abused her in the shower.
FLA, Orlando - 5/30/2013
Oviedo woman pleads guilty in child sex case
An Oviedo woman accused of sexually abusing children and producing child pornography from the acts pleaded guilty in Orlando federal court Thursday.
Sarah Adleta, 29, was arrested earlier this year after the FBI learned she may have sent pictures of herself and children to Aaron Dixon, a North Carolina man who was arrested in an unrelated case on charges of having sex with a child. She pleaded guilty to two child-sex charges, and faces up to 30 years in prison per count.
Adleta also told agents she sent explicit items to her ex-husband, Jonathan Adleta. She told agents her ex-husband was addicted to child pornography, and she sent him illegal images when he was deployed in Afghanistan.
She also told agents that she traveled with children in December to Jonathan Adleta's home in Oklahoma. Sarah Adleta told the FBI that it was during this trip that Jonathan Adleta abused one of the children, court records said.
Jonathan Adleta was subsequently arrested on a federal charge of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity. His case is set for the August trial term in Orlando federal court.
Austrailia - 4/12/2013
Salvos paid up but did not investigate abuse
VICTIMS of abuse in Salvation Army children's homes have condemned the organization for not investigating allegations of abuse, after it revealed it had paid out more than $15 million in compensation and received 470 complaints, and that 50 officers had been "named" as abusers.
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KS, Wichita - 4/11/2013
Former Wichita police officer sentenced to life for child sex crimes
Former Wichita police officer Joseph McGill was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for sexually abusing two young children.
District Judge Jeff Syrios imposed the sentence on Joseph McGill, 28, after finding him guilty at a bench trial in January of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
At his preliminary hearing, McGill’s wife testified that her husband confided to her after a therapy session that he had committed sexual acts on a 3-month-old child and a 1-year-old child. The bench trial was based on a stipulation of facts that came out of the preliminary hearing.
McGill will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.
McGill pleaded guilty in January 2012 in an unrelated case to sexual battery while on duty as a police officer and was sentenced to three years probation. Those charges stemmed from separate incidents in November 2010 and February 2011. McGill, who had been with the Wichita Police Department for about three years, resigned after those charges were filed.
CA, Los Angeles - 4/4/2013
Former voice of Elmo hit with 5th sex abuse suit
Another man has sued Kevin Clash over allegations of child sexual abuse, making it the fifth allegation and fourth lawsuit against the disgraced Elmo voice actor. The case is being handled by lawyer Jeff Herman, who represents the other cases against Clash, and says the details of the accusation “follow the same pattern” as the others.
“In papers filed in Manhattan federal court, Kevin Kiadii said he met Clash, who’s 27 years Kiadii’s senior, in 2004. Kiadii, who was just 16 at the time, says he ‘went on a gay telephone chat line to meet friends who were also gay,’ and wound up meeting Clash, his suit says.
‘Clash invited Kiadii to come to his apartment in Manhattan,’ and sent a luxury car service to pick the teen up in Brooklyn, the filing says.
When he got to Clash’s pad, the puppeteer plied him with ‘alcohol and groomed him with attention and affection,’ the suit says. They then ‘engaged in sexual contact,’ the suit says.
Clash’s lawyer responded in a statement, calling the lawsuit “meritless” and “barred by the statute of limitations.”
N.C., Smithfield- 3/28/2013
Johnston County man found guilty of raping child
sentenced to 100 years
- Update of 3/28/2013 article
Michael Randolph Finch, who is a 51-year-old grandfather, was convicted of nine counts of raping and videotaping a young relative for years, starting when the little girl was just 8 years old.
Finch was sentenced to at least 100 years in prison. It took the jury less than an hour to convict him.
The D.A. said Finch ripped the victim's childhood away. Testimony was so graphic it moved many grown men in the jury to tears. Finch's attorney offered no defense to the seven videotapes and 195 child porn images.
The D.A. had argued that Finch deserved a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole under a state statute passed by the General Assembly a few years ago that allows for the sentence if a jury finds that there was an aggravating factor in the crime.
The jury decided that the case did involve an aggravating factor – suffering brutal harm beyond what one would expect – but the judge sentenced Finch to a maximum of 123 years in prison.
N.C., Smithfield- 3/28/2013
Johnston County man found guilty of raping child
A new law may send a convicted child rapist to jail for the rest of his life.
Michael Finch was convicted Thursday, and now the district attorney's office wants to lock him up for life under the new statute. They say it's one of the worst cases of abuse they've ever seen.
It took a jury less than an hour to convict Michael Finch of rape.
The D.A. said Finch ripped the victim's childhood away. Testimony was so graphic it moved many grown men in the jury to tears.
Finch, who is a 51-year-old grandfather, was convicted of nine counts of raping and videotaping a young relative for years, starting when the little girl was just 8 years old.
Finch's attorney offered no defense to the seven videotapes and 195 child porn images.
Under a new statute, the district attorney asked the jury to lock up Finch for life.
The jury is now out deliberating his fate.
Utah, Salt Lake City - 3/28/2013
Utah woman and husband sentenced to prison in child sex abuse case
Amanda Romano, 26, will spend at least 10 years in prison after she pleaded no contest to several counts aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
She was originally charged with five counts of object rape of a child, five counts of sodomy upon a child, four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child — all first-degree felonies — and class A misdemeanor child abuse.
On Monday, she accepted a plea deal and pleaded no contest to three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. She also pleaded guilty to the class A misdemeanor child abuse.
Romano’s husband, Timothy Lee Romano, 25, was also charged in connection to sexual abuse of several children. He was sentenced earlier this week to a maximum of five years in prison.
According to prosecutors, there was conflicting evidence about Timothy Romano’s involvement in the sexual abuse, which police have said involved at least six children, from toddlers to teens, over a three-year period.
A friend of the couple’s, Tyler James Barney, has also been linked to the abuse and is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.
Barney has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He will back in court on May 6, and a trial has been scheduled on May 30.
The aggravated counts denote a position of trust between the adults and their alleged victims, such as that of a teacher or babysitter. Prosecutors have not publicly discussed what relationship the Romanos had with the victims, but have said they were not babysitting the victims during the alleged crimes.
CA, Ventura - 2/19/2013
Suspect in child sex abuse case serves on Oxnard commission
An Oxnard man recently arrested on suspicion of felony sexual child abuse is a mayoral appointee to a city commission despite being a longtime registered sex offender.
William Preston Davis, 68, was reappointed to the Oxnard Senior Services Commission on Feb. 5, shortly before his Feb. 11 arrest by Oxnard police.
Davis, who remained in jail Tuesday, has been charged with sexual intercourse with a child under 11 years, sexual penetration of a child under 11 and committing a lewd act on a child. He also is accused of a special allegation of substantial sexual conduct. The child is related to Davis.
He has been a registered sex offender since at least 1967, authorities said.
The city does not conduct criminal background checks on people who serve on most advisory panels, said City Attorney Alan Holmberg, although many positions that involve working with children require state-mandated background checks.
Mayor Tim Flynn said he has a call in to the Police Department to try to verify information about past convictions, which, if true, would mean, “He’d have to be removed.”
Prosecutor Anne Spillner on Tuesday repeated information she told a judge at a hearing last week, when Davis’ bail was set at $1 million. She said Davis has been convicted of seven sex offenses in other counties and went to state prison for some, meaning those were felonies.
Davis is not listed on the Megan’s Law site. Not all registered sex offenders are in the database, Spillner said.
“It seems like the public thinks every sex offender is on Megan’s Law, and that’s just not the case,” she said.
Some offenders must register with local law enforcement agencies, but their status is not made public.
Many of California’s 58 counties don’t put criminal case information online. State prison and parole officials could not immediately provide information on Davis.
OK, Canadian County -1/28/2013
Former DHS Worker Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children
A former child welfare worker is accused of sexually abusing children. The case is set for trial in Canadian County. News 9 found out his position with the state agency is not the only job that put him close to children.
The suspect worked as a school teacher both before and after his short stint with OKDHS where he first met the alleged victims in this case.
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N.Y., Old Westbury - 1/15/2013
20 years after dungeon ordeal, Katie Beers says kidnapping saved her
Being chained as a 10-year-old for more than two weeks in a coffin-size box in a suburban New York dungeon was, Katie Beers says 20 years later, "the best thing that happened to me" because it allowed her to escape a life of neglect and sexual abuse.
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Washington D.C. - 1/10/2013
D.C. police officer accused of child sex abuse
A veteran District of Columbia police officer has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused a girl who participated in his church choir, the authorities said.
Wendel Palmer, who joined the department in 1990 and had been assigned to its Sixth District, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.
Police say the abuse was reported last March by the accuser’s mother and occurred between 2004 and 2006 when the girl was between 11 and 13 years old.
Palmer, 42, was the choir director at the church where the girl and her family were members, police records say. The girl alleged that much of the abuse occurred at the church during rehearsal breaks, when Palmer would ask that she stay with him in the pastor’s office while the other children were sent to the store. Palmer’s family runs the church, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
On one occasion, the affidavit says, Wendel began to sexually assault the girl without a condom but stopped after she told him he was hurting her.
Police say the accuser in March picked out Palmer’s picture from a photo array of nine D.C. police officers.
AL, Gadsden - 1/2/2013
Carnival worker charged with child sex abuse
Authorities say a 30-year-old traveling carnival worker from Georgia has been indicted on charges of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12.
George Michael Smith, of Eatonton, Georgia, was indicted by a grand jury on charges stemming from alleged sexual abuse that occurred on July 17 in Gadsden, Ala. It is unclear when Smith was arrested.
Officials say the carnival Smith worked for moved frequently and the U.S. Marshals helped find him.
Authorities say Smith knew his victim, but additional details on the nature of their relationship have not been disclosed.
TN, Sullivan County - 12/4/2012
Man faces over 100 charges related to child sex abuse
A Sullivan County man is behind bars facing more than 100 child sex abuse charges.
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department said they got a tip from Child Protective Services about a case involving possible child sex abuse after a juvenile victim came forward with information.
Detective Tracy Haraz said that lead them to search 55-year old Larry Sumner's home on Chadwell Road. She said they found evidence dating back to the early 1990's. _We found videos, pornography, magazines and sex toys. As well as the clothing he made the children wear,_ she said.
Authorities said the charges involve one victim and they think there are at least 9 other victims, which means more charges could be pending.
Haraz said that Sumner hired the victims, both males and females, in ages ranging from eight to 16, to help him do construction jobs. Detectives believe the victims knew each other.
_What's the worst of it is Mr. Sumner has no remorse except that he got caught,_ Haraz said. _His statement to me was he didn't see anything wrong with what he did and he couldn't believe someone actually told. And he enjoyed it._
Detectives said anyone else with information about the case if asked to come forward. The phone number for the Criminal Investigations Division is (423) 279-7506.
WI, Walworth County - 12/2/2012
Trial date set for ex-Big Brothers President in child sex abuse case
A trial date for a former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters in southeastern Wisconsin has had his trial date set for April 22nd.
51 year old Rodney J. Meiller of Elkhorn faces three felony charges of child sexual abuse. Meiller made a court appearance in Walworth County last Friday.
The boys involved are said to be 11 and 14 years old. Investigators say the alleged assaults took place in the Lake Geneva YMCA.
Meiller was the president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson, but that organization and the YMCA have cut ties with him.
CA, San Diego - 12/1/2012
Physician’s assistant guilty of child sexual abuse
A former U.S. Navy physician’s assistant has entered a plea of not guilty to several counts of child sexual abuse, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Friday in a news release.
Brandon W. Schroth, 39, of San Diego agreed to plead guilty to 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12.
He faces a minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum of to life in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release, and mandatory sex offender registration.
“According to court documents, between Dec. 18, 2010 and Dec. 26, 2010, Schroth boarded a flight in San Diego for a final destination to Frankfurt, Germany, to engage in sexually explicit conduct with a minor outside the United States for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct,” the FBI said.
“During that time, he stayed with a then-active duty Air Force member and the mother of two minor females, ages 9 and 11 years old. Court records also reveal that after Schroth returned to the United States in late December 2010, Schroth took sexually explicit photos of a then-9-year-old girl at his residence in Mission Valley. Court records reveal that Schroth communicated with an individual named Jeffrey Allan Mueller in Colorado for the purpose of sharing the sexually explicit videos of the children. The videos of the two minor females produced in Germany as well as several other sexually explicit images involving other minors under 12 produced by Schroth were located on Mueller’s computer in Colorado.”
Mueller was sentenced to 40 years federal custody.
WI, Racine - 11/17/2012
Male babysitter charged with 49 counts of child sexual abuse
A babysitting male Gateway Technical College student, Alexander R. Richter, 28, has been jailed after being accused of molesting six young children while in his care. Richter, from Racine, Wis., has been charged with 49 felony counts of child sexual abuse. Richter videotaped those sexual assaults.
Police said Friday that they’re concerned more child victims are out there.
Authorities have stated that Richter volunteered his service as a babysitter and then “repeatedly had sex with the boys and girls on camera as they cried and begged him to stop,” according to the Associated Press.
Police have identified six of the children from Richter’s videos.
Richter is accused of making at least 11 videos of himself having sex with both children, including one in which police say he guided the boy into attempted sexual activity with his sister.
The children in the videos informed police that Richter performed anal and oral sex with them on several occasions, used sex toys on them, and videotaped them taking baths.
DVDs recovered from Richter’s home show Richter engaging in sexual activities with at least two of the children. There were also photos confiscated of the kids posing naked and performing sexual acts on one another.
One of Richter’s DVDs was titled _Monster Unleashed_ and showed Richter having sex with three young girls and one little boy.
The youngest of the children is a baby girl who was just four months old at the time of the abuse.
In some of the footage, the children are crying and can be heard telling Richter to stop or seen trying to fight him off, according to the complaint.
N.C., Monroe - 10/26/2012
Admitted NC scout molester worked at daycare
A former North Carolina scoutmaster who was not reported to police after molesting as many as 10 boys in the early 1970s went on to work for years at a church-run day care in Charlotte.
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MI, Easton Rapids - 10/22/2012
Woman charged in VFW National Home for Children sex abuse case, dies
Police confirmed on Monday that a 44-year-old Eaton Rapids woman, who was charged with seven felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, is dead. Misty Botke was found dead on Saturday night around 8 p.m. Officials would not confirm how she died.
Her death came less than a week after she was charged with four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct.
For more than 20 years, Botke worked as a house parent at the VFW National Home for Children in Ingham County. The charges stem from abuse allegations that police started to investigate in August. Officials say she's accused of sexually abusing two boys at the VFW home at some point between 1998 and 2006, when both were under the age of 18. Botke has worked at the VFW National Home for Children in Onondaga Township since 1991.
The Ingham County prosecutor's office says it plans to drop charges in the case. However, DHS officials say they do have an open investigation on the VFW home.
WA, Seattle - 10/2/2012
Washington to pay $5.3 million to abused foster children
The state of Washington will pay $5.3 million to four people who were placed in an abusive foster home as children.
The court settlement was reached Monday and is intended to head off a trial scheduled for next year.
The plaintiffs were placed with Sylvia and Michael Wenger in 1996, and allege they were subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse until they were removed from the Stevens County home in 2001.
"One of the children came forward and claimed they were being physically and sexually abused," said Chris Case with the Department of Social and Health Services. "They felt that we should have known sooner about the problems in that home and should have intervened sooner."
Michael Wenger was later convicted of first-degree child molestation and served seven years in prison.
"It is truly unfortunate that these children suffered at the hands of adults they had trusted to love and keep them safe," said DSHS Children's Administration Assistant Secretary Denise Revels Robinson.
The agency chose to reach a settlement with the victims rather than proceed to trial, which would have been "embarrassing for the children," according to Case.
DSHS said they have taken steps to ensure such oversight does not occur in the future.
||TX, Kerry County - 9/25/2012
Settlement Reached Over Boys Camp Abuse
The four boys who sued a Kerry County boys camp have reached a multimillion dollar settlement. Scott Zirus worked as a camp counselor at Camp Stewart. He admitted to sexually abusing three of the boys at the camp back in 2009. Zirus is serving a 40 year prison term. As part of the settlement, the boys will split $5.65 million dollars.
||TX, Kerry County - 9/25/2012
Sexual abuse at Hill Country summer camp
||Parents spend thousands of dollars to send their children to summer camp. Their expectation is that the counselors are as wholesome as their children.
But many parents don't know that thousands of camp counselors are brought into the U.S. from overseas each summer in an Internet- intensive process which can fail to pin down defects.
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Iowa, Forest City - 9/25/2012
School bus driver accused of sexually assaulting six children
According to the criminal complaint, Clarence Christian Miller, 79, is accused of committing a sex act with six different children under the age of 12, between Jan. 1, 2010, and Aug. 27, 2012.
Miller’s arraignment has been set for 9 a.m. Oct. 16 in Winnebago County District Court in Forest City. He is free on $135,000 cash bond.
He is employed as a school bus driver for North Iowa Community Schools at Buffalo Center, Superintendent Cory Myer confirmed. Myer added that Miller has been placed on administrative leave with pay until the district learns more about the case.
Myer said that in his conversations with law enforcement, none of the accusations were as a result of Miller’s employment as a bus driver for the school district. Myer said Miller held the position during the 2011-12 school year.
Miller, according to a 2006 Globe Gazette story, served on the Thompson School Board for nine years. He was also president of the board for seven years.
If convicted, Miller faces up to 150 years in prison, according to Winnebago County Attorney Adam D. Sauer.
||CA, Lakeside - 9/25/2012
Officers shot during child porn raid
Two sheriff's deputies are recovering Wednesday morning, after a nearly 15-minute gun battle with an alleged child molester at an apartment complex near El Capitan High School Tuesday. The deputies were injured as was the suspect.
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Glascow, Clydebank - 9/21/2012
Four-year-old boy sexually abused in store while shopping with mother
A four-year-old boy was sexually abused in an Asda supermarket while shopping with his mother.
The child is believed to have gone to the toilet by himself when he was attacked at the store in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, near Glasgow.
The boy’s mother waited for him outside the toilets while the attack took place.
A man who was wearing dark clothing, who may have had a logo on his top, carried out the abuse and left the toilets before the child did.
The boy’s mother alerted shopping centre staff and police after he met her outside the toilets in the store at Brittania Way in the town.
Strathclyde Police said they were following a line of enquiry in the case, but it had failed to result in an arrest, which caused them to appeal to the public for information over the assault that took place at around 1.55pm on Tuesday.
Officers have interviewed all staff at the store in the town’s Brittania Way and have trawled through CCTV in the branch of Asda.
Increased police patrols in the area near to Clydebank Shopping Centre and the Empire Cinema in the town have been put in place as a result of the incident.
Chief Inspector Gail McClymont, of Dumbarton Police Office, is leading up the investigation into the sexual assault.
She said: "We have a number of officers dedicated to the inquiry and to reassure the public, have put additional officers on patrol in and around that area.
"I would urge anyone who may have been in the supermarket at that time or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the store or surrounding area to make contact with Dumbarton Police Office."
Anyone with information regarding the sex attack is asked to call the police on 01389 822000.
MO, Forsyth - 9/20/2012
Former Kanakuk Kamp counselor pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges
- Update of 4/2/2012 article
A former Branson’s Kanakuk Kamps counselor, Lee Bradberry, 23, pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to four of six molestation felonies dating back to incidents occurring around June 21, 2011, according to Assistant Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Brown.
The plea deal calls for prison time of no more than 10 years.
The abuse involved three campers between the ages of nine and twelve. Bradberry, who is from Alabama, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 6.
Bradberry is the second person to be implicated in child sexual abuse occurring at Kanakuk Kamp in recent years. In 2010, former Kanakuk Kamp employee Peter Newman was sentenced to two life terms in prison plus an additional 30 years in prison for sexually abusing youngsters at the camp.
CO, Aurora - 9/19/2012
Founder of StandUp for Kids arrested on child sexual assault charges
Police in Colorado have arrested the founder of children's charity StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless and at-risk children.
Richard Lee Koca, Sr., 69, was arrested on Saturday in Aurora, Colo., and charged with felony sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
Koca founded StandUp For Kids, a national organization based in Atlanta, in 1990, and served as its CEO until 2010. The organization's website, StandUpForKids.Org, was taken down after Koca's arrest.
Court records indicate a pattern of alleged abuse began in August 2009 and continued into 2012, TheDenverChannel.com reported. Koca faces seven felony counts of sexual assault on a single juvenile victim.
With Koca's extensive ties to children -- he was a Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America in Panama, volunteered at an English orphanage, and was involved in Explorer scout programs in California -- officials are encouraging any other possible victims to come forward.
"He placed himself in situations where there were youth around with the façade that he was doing good," Aurora Sgt. Cassidee Carlson said, reported TheDenverChannel.com.
Koca served in the Navy for 30 years, working with children in various places across the U.S. and overseas during his military career as well, The Aurora Sentinel said. He has continued to serve on the board of directors of StandUp for Kids since he retired from his position as CEO.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Robert Friel in the Aurora Police Dept.’s Crimes Against Children Unit, at
||9/17/2012 Report: Boy Scouts of America failed to report sex abuse suspects - Update
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of suspected child sex abusers to authorities
and often helped cover up the accusations over two decades, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
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WA, Bellevue - 9/16/2012
Former Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Employee Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing boys in church & youth organizations
Timothy L. Dampier pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple charges of rape of a child and child molestation for sexually abusing boys when he was involved in church and youth organizations, the King County Prosecutor's Office said.
Dampier, 39, pleaded guilty to a total of 22 counts involving ten victims between the ages of nine and 17.
Dampier was arrested last year and charged with a number of crimes against minor boys, after being questioned at his job at the Boys & Girls Club. The investigation was launched after one of the victims, now 21 years old, went to the minister of a Seattle church and told him that Dampier had abused him. The victim had heard that Dampier was hired as a musician by that church and told the minister he was concerned about the safety of other children. The minister notified Seattle Police of the man’s report.
The crimes occurred between 1997 and 2011, the prosecutors office said in a news release. Prosecutors say they will recommend a sentence of 22 years in prison when Dampier is sentenced on Oct. 12.
TX, Manor - 9/14/2012
School bus driver charged with sexual abuse of elementary student
A Manor school bus driver was arrested Thursday and charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after someone reported seeing a child standing up on a moving school bus, officials said.
Manor police said they arrested the driver, 62-year-old Gilbert Joseph Briseno. Officials said he had been a district employee for 12 years.
Interim Superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer said school officials received the initial report a week ago. He said the driver was put on administrative leave last week and fired this week.
State law requires that school district workers who are in contact with children undergo criminal background checks. Brackmeyer said nothing in the driver's background raised flags.
The initial report prompted district officials to review footage from cameras on the bus.
Manor Police Sgt. Ryan Phipps said a review of the video revealed "more than one occurrence" of sexual abuse. Phipps said the abuse happened when the driver was alone with the child, who was described as an elementary school-age girl.
Phipps said there was no indication other children might have been subject to similar instances of abuse, but that the investigation continues.
He said he did not believe there was any indication the girl's parents knew the abuse had occurred.
Asked if the driver knew his bus was equipped with a camera, Brackmeyer said, "I don't know why he wouldn't."
Son of Yardbirds drummer jailed for 30 years for posing as charity volunteer to sexually abuse children as young as SIX
- Son of British rock star Jim McCarty filmed himself abusing young children
- Simon McCarty helped set up an orphanage and travelled the world offering 'drum therapy' to youngsters
- However his position allowed him access to hundreds of children
- He was caught when travelling through Hawaii when TSA officials found graphic child porn images in his laptop bag
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FLA, Jacksonville - 9/10/2012
Jacksonville teen pleads guilty in 13-month-old's murder, sexual abuse
Her lips trembled and the tears seemed sure to fall from Sharnell Williams’ face. But the young mother stood strong and spoke after the 17-year-old son of her good friend pleaded guilty Monday in the murder and sexual abuse of her 13-month-old daughter.
Javarris Jawon Lane now faces up to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and sexual battery of a child younger than 12.
“I’m satisfied with what happened today, but nothing is going to bring her back,” Williams said.
Authorities said Lane shook Alexandria Williams as the toddler cried and then twice struck her head against a dresser during the September 2011 incident in his family’s home on West First Street. Lane also had used an object on the child’s privates the same day of the attack. She died less than a week later.
Sharnell Williams, good friends with Lane’s mother, had left her daughter at their home while the two mothers took one of their children to cheerleading practice, prosecutor Janeen Mira said. The child had been left at the residence with Lane there on several occasions in the past with no incident.
“We’ll seek more justice at the sentencing when he finally has his day,” Mira said.
Lane will return to court Oct. 15 to set a date for his sentencing.
FLA, Miami - 8/30/2012
Man who sexually abused boys in Dominican Republic Convicted in Miami
A California man who traveled to the Dominican Republic to sexually abuse underage boys has been found guilty in federal court in Miami.
Troy Douglas Brimm, 50, was convicted Wednesday on two counts of traveling from the U.S. to Puerto Plata to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minor boys, and committing the offense while required to be registered as a previously convicted sex offender, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Authorities say Brimm, of Modesto, California, flew to the Dominican Republic on Oct. 20, 2009 where he sought out shoe shine boys, offered them food and money then performed sex acts with them.
Brimm's criminal history dates back to October 1991, when he was convicted of sodomy with a 16-year-old boy in Stanislaus County, California, prosecutors said. In January 1997, he was convicted of receipt and distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
In July 2001, Brimm was again convicted in Stanislaus County, this time for performing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, prosecutors said. The convictions required him to register as a sex offender.
"Sexual predators, who hope to avoid prosecution by going abroad to abuse children, are wrong," U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said in a statement. "We will not tolerate American citizens traveling overseas to commit their heinous crimes on children. We will prosecute these cases vigorously and seek the most severe penalties."
Brimm is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 4.
Utah, Salt Lake City - 8/22/2012
Man accused of killing Utah girl charged in 2nd sex abuse case
The man accused of killing 6-year-old Sierra Newbold was arraigned Wednesday on charges he sexually abused another young girl.
Terry Lee Black, 41, is charged in 3rd District Court with two felony counts each of sexual abuse of a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child stemming from allegations he molested a girl age 11 or 12 on two occasions between 2007 and 2009.
In the first alleged instance, the girl was attending a sleepover with members of Black’s family. Black entered the bedroom where the girl was sleeping and touched her breasts, put his hands down her underwear and forced her to touch his genitals, charges state.
The next summer, court documents claim, Black lured the same girl to his apartment and again put his hands down her pants.
Black was charged last month with aggravated murder, child kidnapping and rape of a child in the case of Sierra Newbold. On June 26, Black allegedly abducted Sierra from her West Jordan home — about one block from his own home — and beat, raped and strangled her before throwing her into a nearby canal, where she drowned.
Three days later, Black was arrested on suspicion of an unrelated bank robbery. Investigators saw soot and debris on his clothing and hands that was similar to what was in a field where Sierra’s clothes were found. Lab results showed Black’s DNA matched DNA found on Sierra’s body, prosecutors said.
Black’s next court appearance in the murder case will be at a scheduling conference Oct. 9 in West Jordan. He is being held in the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $2 million bail.
ILL, Rockford - 8/17/2012
New child sex charges against former McHenry deputy have potential severe penalties
A former McHenry County sheriff's sergeant accused of child sex crimes faces a detention hearing in Rockford on Friday that could mark the beginning of a long stay behind bars. Pyle was a former Internet sex crimes investigator for the sheriff's office
Gregory Pyle, 36, faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted of federal charges that he transported a minor across state lines to sexually abuse the child and created child pornography.
The federal investigation of Pyle arose independent of and long before the state charges, court records show.
According to a sworn statement from an FBI agent, during an investigation of online child pornography in August 2010, federal investigators executed a search warrant on a home in St. Anne. The person living there admitted trading child pornography over the Internet and the next month identified two screen names that were later traced to Pyle, according to court documents.
The informant also exchanged text messages with someone using a phone number that was found to belong to Pyle, and investigators confiscated images of a man sexually assaulting the victim with a Doubletree Hotel menu in the picture, authorities said.
When investigators interviewed the boy, he said Pyle had sexually abused him on multiple occasions since he was 8, including on overnight hotel trips to Wisconsin in December 2008 when the child was 10. Doubletree Hotel records in Brookfield, Wis., showed a room rented at that time under the name Gregory Pyle who was accompanied by a child, the complaint stated. The child also told investigators that Pyle produced child pornography that was later transmitted over the Internet.
All the charges involve the same victim, though Justice Department spokesman Randall Samborn said that investigations of such cases typically remain open.
Pyle's defense attorney in state court, Jack Donahue, said Pyle has a reputable background as an Army veteran, former member of the sheriff's SWAT team and a graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy and Marquette University.
In addition to federal penalties, the state charges against Pyle carry penalties of six years for each of 10 counts, or a potential total of 60 years.
WA, Tacoma - 7/31/2012
Accused Child Rapist wants to show videos of abuse to victims in court
A UPS pilot who is accused of raping more than a dozen young boys wants to show videos of the alleged abuse to the victims in court.
Three years ago, Weldon Marc Gilbert, 47, was sentenced to 25 years on federal charges of child pornography. Now it's time for his trial in Pierce County.
Gilbert is acting as his own attorney, and so has been allowed to watch more than 100 videos he took of his alleged sexual abuse.
There are six victims who plan to take the stand in this case, all men now in their 20s who say they were sexually abused by Gilbert as children.
“We asked the court to prohibit Mr. Gilbert from directly interviewing or cross-examining the victims. The court granted that motion with the understanding the victims will be interviewed and cross-examined, but by an investigator or stand-by counsel,” said Prosecutor Lindquist.
Gilbert has requested to delay his trial 12 times already, saying he needs more time to prepare. Barring any more continuances, his trial is set for September 17.
FLA, Tampa - 7/26/2012
Puppeteer who fantasized online about cannibalism arrested for child porn, conspiring to kidnap
Ronald William Brown, 57, of Florida was arrested after police uncovered graphic Internet chats in which he talked about abducting, murdering and cannibalizing children.
A Florida puppeteer known for community involvement was arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in a federal court in Tampa court on Friday.
A day earlier, federal and local agents arrested Brown after uncovering graphic Internet chats in which he talked about abducting, murdering and cannibalizing children, referring specifically to his interest in a boy attending his church, the complaint says.
In a search of Brown's computer investigators came across pornographic images of children, including some of boys in bondage and others in which the subject appears to be dead, according to the 29-page complaint.
Brown, who lived alone in the Whispering Pines mobile home park in Largo, had ties to many organizations in the Tampa Bay area, including the Gulf Coast Church, the Pinellas County School District, the Christian Television Network, the city of Largo, and Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, the Tampa Bay Times reported. All said Brown had been hired or volunteered as a performer, instructor or mentor, according to the report.
KY, Frankfort - 7/24/2012
Ex-state social worker sentenced for falsifying child abuse reports
A former state social worker with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for falsifying child-abuse and neglect reports.
Margaret "Geri" Murphy, 61, pleaded guilty in May to nine felony counts of tampering with public records, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office. The charges stem from Murphy's role as a front-line worker investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect in Anderson County.
Prosecutors said she submitted false reports, while investigating cases between April 2006 and October 2010, claiming that child abuse was unsubstantiated in several cases, despite evidence to the contrary.
Conway's office began investigating the allegations against Murphy after receiving a complaint from a citizen whose family court case was assigned to Murphy.
Conway said “She failed to execute her duties and to protect Kentucky’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens.”
PA, Philadelphia - 7/24/2012
Catholic Monsignor Sentenced in Cover-up of Priest Child Sex Abuse
- Update of 6/7/2012 article
Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was sentenced Tuesday, in Philadelphia, to three to six years in prison. He was a Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests
As former secretary for the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Lynn was essentially personnel director for 800 priests. He was convicted last month of covering up sex abuse allegations, often by transferring predatory priests to unsuspecting parishes.
Lynn handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. A jury convicted him last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence.
The judge said the sentence was meant to punish Lynn for protecting “monsters in clerical garb who molested children.”
Chile - 7/23/2012
Prosecutors in Chile Investigate Schools over Allegations of Pupils being Sexually Abused
Prosecutors in Chile are investigating about 60 schools in the capital, Santiago, over allegations that pupils were sexually abused. The investigations come after reports of child sex abuse in schools and day care centers increased markedly this year.
Most of the schools are in Santiago's affluent eastern areas. Earlier this week, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced a raft of measures to combat child sex abuse. Attorney general Sabas Chahuan said 49 schools in eastern Santiago and about a dozen on the west side of the city would be investigated.
Mr Chahuan said on Friday after meeting representatives of a parents association, that wherever there are children, there will an investigation just the same as they do with corruption or economic crimes.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority, complaints of sexual abuse of children under the age of 14 jumped 22% in the first half of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.
On Wednesday, President Pinera said a database registering those convicted of sexually abusing minors or of child pornography offenses would be operational from August. A new law last month banned convicted pedophiles from working near children.
CA, Los Angeles - 7/18/2012
Accused California child molester nabbed in Guatemala after 18 years on the run
A California man, Jeffrey Reed Parish, 65, who spent 18 years on the run from charges that he molested a four-year-old girl has been arrested in Guatemala and returned to the United States for prosecution, authorities said Tuesday.
Parish, who was accused of molesting a four-year-old girl in the beachside community of Carpenteria, near Santa Barbara, was expected to be prosecuted on the original charges of lewd acts on a child and oral copulation.
NY, Lyons - 7/17/2012
Lyons man sentenced to maximum for sexually abusing a baby
- Update of 12/16/2011 article
He's dangerous, depraved and needs to be removed from society. That's what a Wayne County judge had to say today about a Lyons man who sexually assaulted a nine-month-old baby girl.
Richard Dallas was given the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Dallas didn't have anything to say walking in or out of court and didn't give any explanation or apology for what he did last November to a nine-month-old girl he thought was his own child.
District attorney Rick Healy said plain and simply, Dallas nearly killed the girl during the sexual assault. He asked for the maximum sentence and that's what Dallas received. The 24 year old won't be eligible for parole until he's nearly 50 years old.
Dallas's attorney says he will appeal. He says his client has the IQ of a fourth grader and was also a victim as a child. Bruce Chambers said, “He was subjected to repeated sexual abuse. He and his siblings were subjected to this all at the same time -- forced to interact with one another.”
Healy said, “He knew exactly what he did. He may be mentally limited. He may have been abused. And I feel bad about that - but none of this is an excuse for committing such a crime.”
The victim is now in foster care and is expected to make a full recovery.
An order of protection was issued for the victim and her mother. The mother is currently facing charges of neglect in family court as an outcome of this case.
7/7/2012 - Officials See Child Welfare Dangers on a North Dakota Indian Reservation
Federal and state officials say they have documented glaring flaws in the child welfare system at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota, contending that while
child abuse there is at epidemic levels, the tribe has sought to conceal it.
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Iowa, Cedar Rapids - 7/5/2012
Mason City man guilty of sexual abuse, child porn
Michael Goodale, 31, has been found guilty of five federal charges of sexual abuse, child pornography and transporting minors over state lines in order of have sex with them.
The sexual abuse charges stem from alleged sexual abuse of two boys under the age of 12 between 2008 and 2011. He could be sentenced for up to life.
He had faced child sexual abuse charges dating back to Nov. 2006, involving victims as young as age 8.
FLA, Miami - 7/2/2012
Miami Charter School Sexual Abuse And Bullying Led 7-year-old Boy To Attempt Suicide Twice: Lawsuit
Administrators at a charter school repeatedly failed to take action after a 7-year-old student was bullied and sexually assaulted by an older classmate to the point that he attempted suicide, the boy's mother claims in a lawsuit filed Monday.
The boy, identified only as "John" in the lawsuit, first told his mother in November 2011 that the 11-year-old boy "made me do something nasty" in the back of a school bus, according to a police report. The boy said he was forced to perform oral sex on the classmate, "J.R." who warned him, "If you don't do this, I'm gonna hurt you," the report says.
The boy's mother contacted Rebecca Dinda, principal of the Downtown Miami Charter School the boys attended, according to the lawsuit. Dinda assured the mother "the assault would not happen again and that the two children would be separated and closely monitored." But the attorney for the boy's mother, Jeffrey Herman, said the bullying and threats continued, followed by a second sexual assault in a school restroom.
The younger boy's mother said "John" attempted suicide twice after that, once by deliberately standing in traffic with his eyes closed and another time by sticking a metal hanger in an electric socket. The mother, who asked not to be identified by name to protect her son's identity, said he is now taking psychological medications, has frequent difficulty sleeping and making friends and will likely undergo therapy for years.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the Miami Police Department had concluded its criminal investigation. Herman said when sex assault allegations are made against one child by another, it's not always clear that the perpetrator knew that a crime was being committed. He added that "J.R." is also undergoing mental counseling.
Canada - 6/26/2012
Scouts Canada betrayed sexual abuse victims
(by Cathryn Wellner, care2.com)
The Catholic church was not the only trusted organization covering up child sexual abuse. So was Scouts Canada. Annie Urban covered the shocking revelations that prompted the report just released by Scouts Canada.
Last October the “Los Angeles Times” posted a photograph of a man with a two-decade history of sexual abuse on both sides of the border and reported:
Rick Turley was 18 when he learned that Scouting offered a unique opportunity to meet boys.
He would show up in a uniform with a sash full of merit badges, charm parents with claims of being a “top” leader and offer to take their preteen boys out for a swim or drive. Then, often after plying them with alcohol, he would fondle or rape them — once going so far as to kidnap a boy in a stolen plane.
Over nearly two decades, Turley molested at least 15 children in Southern California and British Columbia, most of whom he met through American and Canadian Scouting, a Los Angeles Times and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. investigation has found.
After that revelation, Scouts Canada Chief Commissioner Steve Kent posted an apology on YouTube. He claimed the organization had put in place rigorous policies to provide a safe environment and that all abuse allegations were reported to the police.
CBC’s “the fifth estate” went on to produce a documentary called “The Lost Boys” that took a critical look at how Scouts Canada had handled the victimization of young boys. It revealed a disturbing pattern of coverup by Scouts Canada and the tragic aftermath for victims.
Scouts Canada hired KPGM’s forensics group to examine records of scout leaders who were terminated or suspended because of allegations of sexual abuse. The report was released June 25th. Scouts Canada has posted it online.
The report reveals serious gaps in Scouts Canada’s policy and its implementation. Although procedures for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse have improved in recent years, KPMG notes “Scouts did not always meet the high standards it set for itself.”
That is an understatement. According to “The Lost Boys”, Scouts Canada maintained confidential lists on thousands of suspected pedophiles it had kicked out. That means thousands of boys were abused by men who earned their trust and then sexually preyed on them, within an organization parents trust.
Adoption Agency May Be Liable for Child's Rape
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge refused to dismiss claims that an adoption agency is liable for the rape of a 2-year-old boy because it failed to disclose the prior sexual abuse experienced by a teenager the infant's family took in.
Martin and Tracey Stewart adopted their 13-year-old nephew Dalon Holmes in 2009. Before going through with the adoption, however, the Stewarts say they asked for confirmation that Holmes had never been sexually abused - circumstances they needed to know because several young children also lived with the Stewarts at the time. One of those children was their biological granddaughter, identified in the decision as Z.M.
The Stewarts say Holmes raped and molested Z.M. in 2010, and the teenager was removed and charged with various crimes related to the attack. Holmes is allegedly a ward of Pennsylvania because the Stewarts relinquished custodial rights.
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MI, Jackson - 6/7/2012
Man sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing foster brother's 7-year-old daughter
The father of a child sexually abused by the man’s foster brother said the girl cannot sleep.
“She is up every night, wondering why she was hurt by Uncle Joey,” the man told Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson.
Wilson sentenced Joey Cantine, 23, on Thursday to 15 to 30 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Cantine pleaded guilty in May.
The girl’s parents reported the sexual activity to the sheriff’s office in October 2010. Cantine was accused of molesting the girl in the preceding months while she was 7 and he shared two different homes with the family, the sheriff’s office reported.
This did not happen once or twice. It happened repeatedly throughout a two-year period, Assistant Prosecutor Nick Mehalco Jr. said Thursday.
The girl’s father said both he and Cantine were wards of the state. They were taken from bad situations and put into a worse situation, he said. He said he does not doubt Cantine was molested.
He said he is trying to get his daughter to forgive Cantine, not for Cantine, but for her. “(Cantine) has paid his debt to society when my daughter can’t forget what happened to her, and that will be never,” he said.
“I don’t know what is going on, but we seem to be seeing more and more of this,” the judge said.
Iowa, Des Moines - 6/7/2012
Beaudrie faces life sentence if convicted on sex charges
A Des Moines father accused of sexually abusing three of his nine children pleaded not guilty to all 11 charges against him on Thursday morning.
James Julius Beaudrie, 36, is charged with nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of multiple acts of child endangerment.
Each sexual abuse charge carries a life sentence in prison, and the child endangerment charges are both punishable by 50 years.
Police accused Beaudrie of sexually abusing three of his daughters while living with them inside a store in Merle Hay Mall. Beaudrie, his wife, Kijua Lynn Beaudrie, 35, and their children reportedly alternated their time between living in the GameSip store James Beaudrie ran and in hotel rooms.
Authorities have said they believe there had been ongoing sexual and physical abuse before then as well.
As police prepared to file charges, Beaudrie fled Iowa. He was later captured at his mother’s apartment in Chicago by U.S. marshals after a nationwide search.
Kijua Beaudrie is charged with three counts of child neglect.
The five boys and four girls were placed in shelters and with foster families.
James Beaudrie’s next court date was set for July 5.
TX, Dallas - 6/3/2012
Texas socialite arrested for peddling child porn for over 12 years
A wealthy Dallas socialite has been arrested for selling child porn from her home for over 12 years, the FBI said Friday.
Erika Perdue is alleged to have amassed so large a collection of graphic videos and photos she had trouble keeping track of them.
Agents say the images were extremely graphic and showed children—some of them toddlers—having intercourse with adults.
The 41-year-old, who lives with her attorney husband in one of Dallas's most expensive areas, is alleged to have told police she traded in the illegal images every day. Perdue’s mansion is across the street from a children’s playground, yet agents don’t believe any of the victims are local.
Catherine Smit-Torrez, a child advocate who has spent more than 20 years investigating abuse cases, said it's very unusual for women to be arrested for peddling child porn.
Perdue was arrested after trading child porn with an undercover detective.
According to court documents the housewife admitted to the FBI that she has been distributing child porn since 1999.
OH, Zanesville - 5/31/2012
Grandfather Of Child Allegedly Sexually Abused Takes Fight To Streets
The grandfather, is not identfied to protect the anonymity of the alleged victim, said that he was taking the case to the streets of Muskingum County.
He said that his grandchild was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of John Tullius, who was indicted on two counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition on a child under the age of 10.
“We’d been waiting five months for this trial, and then two weeks before, we find out that they pleaded him down,” the grandfather said.
Tullius, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of gross sexual imposition. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the three other charges.
Tullius now faces between one and five years in prison, McEntyre reported.
”To that child, that’s a slap in the face,” the grandfather said.
He decided to take the case to the public by strapping a billboard to the bed of his pick-up truck. He did not know what to do.
“It says, ‘John Tullius’ raped my 4-year-old grandchild and gets a slap on the wrist,” the grandfather said. “I put this billboard together to bring it to the public’s attention and to let the prosecutors know they’ve done a terrible injustice to this child.”
“We pay these people to protect these children and deal with these guys, and they’re letting us down,” the grandfather said.
ALA, Gadsden - 5/30/2012
Etowah County man sentenced to 30 years on Rape charges
An Etowah County man has been sentenced to 110 years in prison after being convicted on Rape and Sexual Abuse charges last month.
During the trial, witnesses indicated that 61-year-old Reilly allowed young girls to spend the night with him, then took them to the Tabernacle Church the next day. The girls were between the ages of 5-10 at the time. During the sleepovers, the girls said he touched them inappropriately. One of the girls claimed she had sexual intercourse with Reilly when she was only 7 years old.
Boxing legend Micky Ward who inspired Mark Wahlberg movie The Fighter reveals he was sexually abused as a boy - 5/30/2012
Boxing legend Micky Ward, whose story inspired the Mark Wahlberg film The Fighter, has revealed he was sexually abused as a child.
In his autobiography, the 46-year-old retired boxer revealed he was molested by a family friend between the ages of nine and 12 in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts.
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AZ, Phoenix - 5/22/2012
After 3 years on the run, alleged pedophile arrested
A 49-year-old Phoenix man has been accused of sexually abusing two young children, and has been arrested after 3 years on the run.
The investigation began in 2009. When police began investigating that case, they realized Camilo Gonzalez Villegas was a suspect in a separate sexual misconduct investigation back in 2003.
In that case, Villegas allegedly sexually abused a 4-year-old female. At the time, Villegas denied any sexual abuse and a polygraph test was inconclusive.
In 2009, police interviewed both the recent victim and re-interviewed the 2003 victim, and they reported several sex crimes had occurred. It was then Villegas fled to Mexico, court documents allege.
In May of 2012, authorities received information that Camilo Villegas was back in the United States. He was arrested on Monday in Phoenix.
He again denied the claims, and stated the victims were coached by their parents. However, since the victims didn't know each other and were from different years, police booked Villegas into jail. He is being held without bond.
NY, Verona - 5/22/2012
Verona man charged with sexually abusing a 1-month old infant
A Verona man, Andrew Potter, 22, has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused a 1-month-old.
State Police began investigating the case when the Oneida Healthcare Facility contacted them regarding injuries suffered by the female infant.
He is scheduled to return to court on May 24.
Australia, Sydney - 5/17/2012
Pedophiles order custom child sex abuse
Australian police warned on Thursday that pedophiles were using internet live-streaming sites to order "bespoke" child sex crimes for real-time viewing from countries, including the Philippines.
Neil Gaughan, head of the Australian Federal Police's high-tech crime squad, said sites like Skype were being used to arrange "made-to-order" child abuse, where sex offenders could tailor sex crimes to their own viewing preferences.
"They make contact through online forums and the like, and they basically order a type of child abuse to take place in another country," Gaughan told The Australian newspaper.
"They facilitate a payment and then, while the person's sitting in the lounge watching on their Skype or whatever it may be, the child is being sexually assaulted the way they asked that child to be sexually assaulted, live-streamed."
Gaughan said a police crackdown on pay-per-view child sex sites had prompted the shift to peer-to-peer sharing on sites like Skype, where abuse was "pretty much made-to-order".
Condemning the actions as "perverted", he said an abuser could make a request such as "a 5-year-old boy and I want 'X' to happen to a 5-year-old boy".
CA, Antioch - 5/16/2012
Antioch sisters suing for missed chances to stop years of sexual abuse
ANTIOCH -- Ranging in age from 9 to 16, six sisters had been sexually abused by their parents virtually every day since they were toddlers before finding hope in 1995 that their nightmare would end.
Instead, they say, it grew more horrific as the people they counted on to rescue them -- police, child-welfare workers, their church pastor -- failed to deliver.
A year after their parents were imprisoned for sex crimes spanning 20 years, the Dutro sisters -- Glenda Stripes, Amber and Sarah Dutro, Martha McKnelly, Frances Smith and Christina Moore -- are now suing the people and agencies they say failed to protect them as children by not following laws and procedures for handling child abuse.
Child Protective Services went to the Dutro sisters' Antioch home Aug. 18, 1995, after police had garnered two confessions from their pedophile father because 14-year-old Glenda had disclosed to a church pastor that she was being molested. Had they been given a moment alone with social workers, the sisters say, they would have told them they had been tortured for 16 days in preparation of the CPS visit, after the pastor had tipped off their parents days before calling police.
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FLA, Marion County - 5/15/2012
Man, 66, gets life without parole in child sexual battery case
Circuit Judge Wendy Berger sentenced a Marion County man this morning to life without parole for sexually abusing and molesting a girl over a 16-year span, beginning when she was 5 or 6.
He was found guilty in March after the jury deliberated 12 minutes.
George Robert Lightkep Jr., 66, was convicted of two counts of sexual battery on a person younger than 12.
Authorities said Lightkep began abusing the girl in 1990 and continued to do so until 2006. They said “controlled phone calls” and interviews with the girl and a Marion County victim led to his arrest and conviction.
New Zealand - 5/13/2012
No stopping online child sex offender, says judge
There are no words strong enough to describe the horror captured in the images collected by child abuser Stephen John Laing.
There is also no way to prevent the 28-year-old, upon his release from jail, soliciting more material to trade in the murky online world he's created from inside his West Auckland home.
"He's had all the help in the world that's available to him and this is still happening," Judge Claire Ryan said at a court hearing a few days ago.
She sent the IT graduate to jail for a further five years. It was his fourth conviction.
Laing belongs to a small, but extremely harmful group of recidivist sex offenders who view, trade or create images of child abuse. Caught in September and charged with supplying objectionable material while on parole, Laing is considered the "worst" of his kind in New Zealand, not only for his continued, unrepentant offending but because of the type of material he favors.
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NC, Camp Lejeune – 5/12/2012
Navy wife sentenced in child sex abuse case
Last week, a 24-year-old Navy wife pleaded guilty in an Onslow County court to charges that she sexually abused a 5-year-old child last year. Investigators say Laura Elizabeth Anderson and her husband, whose name has not been made public at this time, performed various sex acts upon the victim once she fell unconscious, because of sleeping pills the couple gave her.
Anderson's husband is in the Navy, as is another man also charged in the incident. His name has not been released either. Anderson's husband is at the brig aboard Camp Lejeune while officials released the other Navy sailor to his Command.
According to hooc.org, Anderson was arrested in April 2011 at Camp Lejeune’s main gate and transported to her home. There agents seized computers, which were analyzed by NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Services) cyber teams for further evidence. Computers seized from the quarters were analyzed by NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Service) cyber teams for additional evidence.
The couple came to the attention of NCIS agents after agents received information they were involved in recording sex acts they performed upon the little girl. The military wife was sentenced to 18 to 22 years in prison on a first-degree sexual offense. She has been transferred to the North Carolina Correctional Institution for women in Raleigh.
Iowa, Eldon - 5/9/2012
Trial dates are approaching for three Eldon residents charged in a sexual abuse case.
Jerme Hopwood, 33, Mark Hopwood, 43, and Lucinda Hopwood, 58, each face charges in the case. They were arrested in January.
Mark Hopwood faces charges of child sex abuse and incest. He was previously convicted of exhibition or dissemination of obscene materials to a minor and, in January, was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender.
Jerme Hopwood faces identical charges of sexual abuse and incest, but faces five counts of each, as well as charges of indecent exposure, indecent contact with a child and lascivious conduct with a minor.
Lucinda Hopwood faces a single charge of child endangerment.
CA, Long Beach - 5/4/2012
Man allegedly killed stepdaughter to hide molestation
A Long Beach man is facing capital murder and molestation charges as authorities allege that he stabbed to death his 9-year-old stepdaughter to cover up months of sexual abuse.
Jacinto Zuniga Trujillo, 31, is alleged to have stabbed the girl -- identified in court papers as Xiomara J. -- because he feared she might reveal that he been sexually abusing her since November, prosecutors alleged.
The District Attorney's Office filed a special circumstances murder charge, which would allow it to seek the death penalty in the case.
The girl's lifeless body was found in the parking lot of the Los Altos United Methodist Church on Saturday at about 11 a.m. Trujillo was found a short distance from the girl's body, suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds. Investigators say he attempted to commit suicide.
He was taken to a Long Beach hospital for treatment and released the next day. Authorities immediately took him into custody on suspicion of murder. Trujillo has yet to enter a plea in the case but made a brief appearance in Long Beach Superior Court earlier this week.
Trujillo is accused of the special circumstance allegation that the victim "was killed because she was a witness to a crime," specifically child molestation.
He also charged with five counts of oral copulation and sexual penetration with a child under the age of 10 involving the victim.
The District Attorney’s Office will not make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty against Trujillo until the case moves closer to trial.
Authorities found letters written in blood next to the girl's body in a lot at the corner of Woodruff Avenue and Willow Street. The writing was on the side of what appeared to be a gray container that authorities are considering evidence in the case. No other details about the letters immediately were available.
VA, Arlington County - 5/2/2012
Ex-chief of Falls Church Democrats, convicted of molesting 2 girls during a sleepover party
A former Northern Virginia political leader was convicted Wednesday of molesting two girls, ages 9 and 10. during a sleepover party for his daughter’s 10th birthday last summer.
Michael Gardner, husband of former Falls Church mayor Robin Gardner, a current member of the City Council, was convicted of two counts of sexual battery and one count of object penetration. He reacted stoically to the verdict.
An Arlington County Circuit Court jury recommended a sentence of 22 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Gardner, former chairman of the Falls Church City Democratic Committee, went into his basement, where eight of his daughter’s friends were sleeping during her 10th birthday party. He was convicted Wednesday of touching two of them.
Taking the stand during the eight-day trial, Gardner denied all the charges against him. Prosecutors showed evidence that his DNA was on one victim’s underwear and another’s pajamas. Investigators said they think the DNA was from Gardner’s saliva.
Judge Benjamin Kendrick set a new trial on that charge for Sept. 7, the same day he is scheduled to sentence Gardner. He can impose the jury’s sentence or reduce it.
The victims’ parents spoke to the jury before sentencing, describing how difficult life has been since the incident. Several jurors cried during that portion of the proceeding, and some wiped their eyes as they left the courtroom after the trial’s conclusion.
One mother, whom The Washington Post is not identifying to protect her child, said her daughter has become fearful, angry and combative. “She is disillusioned,” the girl’s father said. “She had no concept of the evil that could happen in the world, that could happen to her.”
Robin Gardner also addressed the jury before sentencing. She spoke tearfully of the trauma her children have endured and how close they are to their father. She also said Michael Gardner lost his job and was not permitted to live in his house with his children after his arrest.
Australia, Brisbane - 4/30/2012
Brisbane mother who let partner rape daughters pleads guilty to child sex offences
A mother who allowed her de-facto husband to sexually abuse her two teenage daughters, under the guise of teaching them all about sex and protecting them from sexual predators, today pleaded guilty to her own child sex offenses.
The 43-year-old woman pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to two counts of indecent treatment of a child - namely her own daughter - at Forest Lake, west of Brisbane, between May 1 and August 31, 2008.
Judge Michael Rackemann was told the woman, who cannot be named under Queensland law so as not to identify the victim, willfully exposed her daughter to an indecent act and film.
Lawyers for the woman requested the sentencing hearing be adjourned briefly so as to her have her psychologically assessed.
The Courier-Mail last month revealed the 51-year-old stepfather had pleaded not guilty to 23 sex offences, including two counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child under 16 and 13 of rape, between March 20, 2005, and October 8, 2008.
One of the girls, a jury was told, claimed that during one occasion she was being molested by her stepfather, her mother - who was not then on trial - said to her: "It doesn't matter if you're not in the mood, you've got to at least learn this stuff.''
Prosecutor Ken Spinaze, said the Crown alleged the man, with the consent of his de-facto wife, either rape or molested the sisters over a two-and-a-year period.
He said the man and the girl's mother told the eldest daughter they wanted to teach her about sex in the hope of protecting her from sexual predators.
Lawyers for the stepfather had argued it would have been impossible for him to have had sex with the girls during a crucial time when they claimed they had been raped because he had just undergone painful major back surgery.
The stepfather is currently in custody and listed for sentence in June, while the mother was granted bail ahead of sentencing later this week.
OH, Heath - 4/28/2012
Officer accused of 10-year sexual relationship with girl
A former police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl that spanned 10 years and led to three children while he was on the force was arrested Friday morning.
George B. Gibson, 43, last known address 1595 Heatherview Lane, Heath, was suspected of engaging in sexual contact and conduct with a young girl between Aug. 21, 1993, and Aug. 31, 2003, County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt said. The girl was 8 years old when the suspected sexual abuse began.
The girl, whom Gibson knew through her mother, was 15 years old when she first had Gibson's child, who now is 10, Oswalt said. They have two other children, ages 7 and 19 months, together, he said.
Gibson worked as an officer for the Hebron and Union Township police departments while the suspected sexual abuse occurred. His police officer certification was suspended in February 2006 because of inactivity, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
The alleged behavior was uncovered during Licking County Child Support Enforcement Agency proceedings when officials realized the pair's oldest child was conceived when the mother was 15 years old, Oswalt said.
The indictment was sealed until Gibson's arrest Friday morning because authorities were concerned he might leave the area, Oswalt said. Gibson has hired an attorney and has not made a statement to Heath police, who investigated the incidents, Oswalt said.
Fla, Clearwater - 4/27/2012
Former Clearwater Fire Chief Jamie Geer found guilty in child sex trial, gets life in prison
For so many years he was called Fire Chief. Now Jamie Geer has a new title: sexual predator.
On Friday afternoon, a jury found Geer guilty on all the sexual abuse charges he was facing.
Geer sat silently in his chair as his life changed forever, while his accuser, a young woman now 19, and her family shed some tears.
After the verdict, Judge Philip Federico commended the teen for her courageous decision to finally come forward and tell law enforcement about how Geer molested her for nearly 10 years.
Geer was immediately sentenced to life in prison, his shoulders sagging while standing in front of the judge. Because the girl was under 12 when the abuse started, that was a mandatory sentence.
"I don't know if anyone can be prepared for a verdict like this," Geer's attorney David Parry later told reporters. "He's very upset. I know he intends to appeal the conviction."
New Zealand, Christchurch - 4/24/2012
Stiff Prison Sentence For Sex Offender In Denial
Today 71 year old Dennis Newell was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court to eight and half years in prison.
Newell continues to deny the offending even though facing eight charges for sexual abuse of children under the age of 12 years spanning a decade of abuse some 40 years ago. In delivering the sentence Judge Paul Kellar told the court that Newell’s case had some chilling aspects.
ECPAT Child ALERT’s Director Alan Bell applauds the sentence. “This is a suitable sentence for a person who offended over a lengthy period. He should not get any less. He gets locked up for a few years but his victims have to live with the harm caused by his actions for a lifetime. I just hope this sends two messages to would be offenders. Firstly that this crime against vulnerable children will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely. Secondly the long arm of the law covers a span of time and justice will eventually be meted out. This case should serve as a deterrent.” ECPAT Child ALERT is a child protection agency working to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.
The abuse victims present in court this morning asked the judge to allow publication of Newell's name and the lifting of name suppression was granted.
'I felt like an island - like an infectious leper': Child abuse survivor waives anonymity after years of torment by adoptive father to help other victims - 4/23/2012 (MailOnline)
A young woman who suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father has courageously revealed her identity to help other victims.
Bethany Loerke, 20, spent her early childhood in the foster care system before being adopted by a doctor and his wife, a nurse, to be raised with their three biological children.
However behind the facade of a privileged upbringing, Miss Loerke was sexually assaulted by the man who was supposed to protect her from the age of five.
The attacks were only revealed when the girl worked up the courage to tell her mother shortly before her 11th birthday.
Doctor James Loerke pleaded guilty to sexual molestation and was sentenced to 20 years in 2003 - however he is eligible for parole in three years after his sentence was reduced.
For years, Miss Loerke, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was known to the press as 'the girl' as her identity could not be revealed.
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PA, Lancaster County 4/23/2012
Lancaster County man charged with 51 counts of Sexual Abuse of Children
Thomas Becker, 53, is facing criminal charges after police find images of child pornography on his computer. Becker was arrested on April 16th after an on-going investigation that had previously resulted from charges of rape against three female juveniles.
During that investigation, police seized Becker's computer, hard drive and several thumb drives from his home. Investigators found several images and videos depicting child porn on his computer and thumb drives. Becker is charged with 51 counts of sexual abuse of children.
He is currently in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
||New Jersey - 4/17/2012
New Jersey child porn sweep brings 27 arrests, authorities say
More than two dozen people, including a township official, were arrested in a sweeping child porn investigation in New Jersey, officials said Tuesday.
The 27 arrested include a public works director in Morristown. Most of the suspects were charged with possession of child pornography; two were charged with distribution.
"These people who create the demand for these images allow this industry to exist," State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said.
Officials say one of the men arrested lived in a home connected to a child-care facility.
Authorities say the investigation began in January. The first suspect was arrested March 1. Authorities say the 23-year-old man lived next to a child daycare center.
Another suspect allegedly took pornographic photos while sexually assaulting a child, officials said. Yet another was downloading pornographic images when detectives got a search warrant.
Detectives say they traced digital fingerprints from the images as they passed through cyberspace.
The arrests took place in 20 New Jersey towns. It wasn't known if any of the suspects had lawyers.
PA, Bellefonte - 4/16/2012
Bellefonte Man Charged with More Than 400 Counts of Child Sexual Abuse
The Pennsylvania State Police and the Centre County District Attorney's office filed more than 400 counts of child sexual abuse charge against Jeffrey Scott Storms, of Bellefonte.
An investigation was launched in December when one of the alleged victims, a child, reported what had happened to the state police, according to the pres release. The investigation revealed "several other victims" of Storms', and a search warrant used on his Bellefonte home resulted in the discovery of 175 photos and videos of child pornography that were located on various electronic devices, according to the press release.
Centre County District Judge Allen Sinclair arraigned Storms on Friday morning and he is currently being held on $250,000 straight bail, according to the press release.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Judge Sinclair's office did not release the criminal complaint to the media at this time, which contains the narrative of the police investigation because it is "too long."
WI, Madison - 4/16/2012
Prosecutor files more charges in Wis. teen torture
- Update of 2/12/2012 article
A prosecutor leveled more charges Monday against a husband and wife accused of torturing and starving the man's 15-year-old daughter and forcing her to live in their basement for years.
Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne charged the couple with felony reckless endangerment, child abuse and child neglect in February. He also filed felony sexual assault and child abuse charges against the girl's stepbrother.
Moments before the man and wife were scheduled to enter pleas in court Monday afternoon, Ozanne added four more felonies against each of them, including causing mental harm to a child, failure to protect a child, false imprisonment and child neglect. He did not add any more counts against the stepbrother.
CT, Danbury - 4/12/2012
City man charged with sex assaults
Elmer Granados, 45, a self-employed landscaper pleaded not guilty Wednesday in state Superior Court to charges that he raped a teenage girl repeatedly over the past two years.
Judge Susan Reynolds continued Granados' previously set $275,000 bond and continued the case to April 25.
Police said the investigation began Monday after the girl told her church pastor about the abuse. The pastor notified a social worker from Catholic Family Services, who in turn contacted the state Department of Children and Families.
Granados was taken into custody at his home Tuesday afternoon.
The victim, now 15, told investigators the abuse began before her family came to Danbury from another country in 2010, and there have been at least 20 incidents since then, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in court.
The girl's mother told police she suspected Granados was molesting her daughter and asked the girl about it several times, according to the court file.
The girl denied being abused because she was afraid of Granados, police said. The victim said Granados threatened to kill her and other members of her family if she told, according to the arrest warrant.
Nova Scotia - 4/12/2012
RCMP probing 20 cases of abuse at N.S. Home for Colored Children
The RCMP have 20 criminal investigations underway into child sexual and/or physical abuse at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.
Theresa Ellison, 46, lived at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children from 1976 to 1984. Jane Earle, was the executive director of the home for 10 months starting in 1980. The two made a formal complaint with the Bible Hill detachment of the RCMP in March.
“It was changing daily,” Sgt. Brigdit Leger said of the number of complainants Thursday, a few weeks after a special Mounties and Halifax Regional Police sexual assault team began asking alleged victims of abuse to come forward.
To date, the majority of alleged victims are from Nova Scotia, while two residents of Alberta, two from Ontario, three from Quebec and one from New Brunswick have all reported possible crimes to the unit, said Sgt. Leger.
Many of the complainants are understood to be part of a massive proposed class action destined for a certification hearing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court this fall. The lawsuit claims the Nova Scotia government and officials at the home did nothing to stop or investigate the possible abuse that spans back decades.
MLA Alfie MacLeod said both the Community Services and Justice ministers failed to answer specific questions about what government officials may have known about one of the alleged abuser’s recent proximity to young children while he drove a bus at the East Preston Day Care Centre.
“The NDP won’t admit they made a terrible mistake when they didn’t pick up the phone and call the East Preston daycare to warn them about the risk they may be facing,” MacLeod said in a news release after question period.
Community Services spokespeople have said that regular criminal checks were conducted on employees working at the daycare and that if nothing showed up, nothing could be done.
W.VA, Martinsburg - 4/12/2012
Berkeley County Circuit Court jury finds man guilty of assaulting pastor's son
After four hours of deliberation, a Berkeley County Circuit Court jury Thursday found a 56-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting a pastor’s son in 2002, court officials said. The pastor’s son was 12-years old at the time. The victim in the 1976 incident was 10 at the time.
Ronald Dewayne Smith, who was previously convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing a Jefferson County boy in 1976, was found guilty Thursday of two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and one count of third-degree sexual assault.
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced June 18; he faces a maximum of 21 to 45 years in prison.
The victim in the 2002 case told a state trooper that he met Smith at a church camp in Pennsylvania while his father was pastor of a Baptist church in Berkeley County, court records said.
MI, Detroit - 4/12/2012
Longtime child molester gets life after Internet sting, U.S. attorney says
A registered sex offender with a lengthy history of sexually abusing children is going to prison for life after federal agents caught him trying to groom what he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex on the Internet, the U.S. Attorneys office announced today.
Mario Jay Asakevich, 36, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty in October to distributing child pornography and attempting to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
According to the plea agreement, Asakevich had initiated an online chat with an undercover police officer who was posing as a 14-year old girl. After initiating the first chat, Asakevich embarked on a four-month long effort to groom the teenager for sex, and repeatedly described, in graphic detail, the sexual acts that he wanted to perform with her, records show.
Asakevich has three prior convictions, dating back to 1996, involving the sexual exploitation of children.
In the latest case, according to his plea agreement, Asakevich sent an undercover officer images of child pornography in an effort to convince the girl that it was okay to engage in sexual activity with an adult. The images included very young girls who were forced to engage in sexual acts with adult males, the plea deal showed. Asakevich, authorities said, arranged to meet the 14-year-old on two separate occasions. A search of his home revealed approximately 850 images of child pornography and seven child pornographic videos, which included toddlers and infants being sexually abused, images of young girls being tied and bound, and images of bestiality.
MI, Jackson - 4/11/2012
Trial begins in case of man accused of sexually assaulting girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter
A jury convened Wednesday is to decide whether a Jackson man sexually assaulted his girlfriend’s daughter when she was 6 and living in his home with her mother.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Blumer is arguing Kenneth Murine, 29, is guilty of first- and second degree criminal sexual conduct.
First-degree criminal sexual conduct, the more serious of the two crimes, is a penetration offense punishable by up to life in prison.
In August 2010, the girl told her mother he was rubbing back and forth on her and it hurt, the woman testified Wednesday. Her name and her daughter’s name are being withheld to protect the victim.
Blumer said the prosecution would present DNA evidence showing Murine’s semen is on the girl’s blanket and sleeping bag.
Further, an Allegiance Health doctor who examined the girl in August 2010 concluded the girl was the victim of a sexual assault, Blumer said. Another doctor who specializes in child abuse pediatrics, however, found no physical signs, Blumer said. The doctors are “all over the place,” Murine’s lawyer, Donald Cataldo said.
In his opening statement, Cataldo, said Murine had recently broken up with the girl’s mother and the mother, who shares two children with Murine, had found him in bed with another woman. “A week later, there were allegations he sexually molested her daughter.”
The girl’s childhood was not normal, he said. Her mother would inspect the girl and ask her questions about whether her father, who is not Murine, molested her, Cataldo said. When Blumer asked her about this, the woman said she “checked” her daughter when she was hurting.
Cataldo said the couple engaged in alternative sexual activity involving multiple partners.
The girl initially was removed from her mother’s care, but the two have since been reunited, the mother testified.
UPDATE: Prosecutor said plea deal was offered to spare 7-year-old girl from having to testify in rape case
||MN, Minneapolis - 4/9/2012
Child molester, former Minneapolis police chief, teacher, coach, lawyer and camp counselor gets 18 years in prison
Beginning at age 12, the boy silently endured three years of sexual abuse at the hands of family friend Bill "Jake" Jacobs. When he finally came forward, he had to wait more than two years as Jacobs' case moved through the courts.
Now 17, he stood with eyes fixed on his tormenter one last time as two sheriff's deputies led Jacobs through a door out of the Minneapolis courtroom.
Jacobs - a former teacher, coach, lawyer and police chief who prosecutors said spent 50 years abusing dozens of young boys - was sentenced Monday, April 9, to 18 years in prison.
It was the maximum sentence he could've received after he pleaded guilty last month to three counts of criminal sexual conduct and three counts of possession of child porn.
Jacobs, 68, will be among the oldest inmates in state prison. As of Monday, only 81 of the 9,300 people in state lockups were 68 or older. He must serve at least 12 years before he's released, and he'll spend the rest of his life under court supervision as a registered sex offender.
Jacobs had lived in Deephaven but spent his last few months of freedom at his cabin on the shores of Lake Superior north of Lutsen. He had a career teaching and coaching at posh private schools, working as a police officer and later police chief, earning a law degree and then becoming an instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
The end of that career started Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, when the young man told his mother that Jacobs had been sexually abusing him since a 2007 camping trip. Jacobs, a trusted family friend, often took the boy on outings.
Five days after the youth confided to his mother, Jacobs was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual abuse.
Suspecting other victims, Hennepin County officials released a "wanted" poster with photos of Jacobs from 1965, 1980, 1995 and 2010, and asked victims or parents to call.
More than 20 people came forward to claim Jacobs had abused them. The earliest case was 1962, when he was a 19-year-old camp counselor and student at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
Court filings show that over the years some people around Jacobs suspected him of molesting young boys but did little to stop him. YMCA camp officials and administrators of at least three private schools dealt privately with accusations against the man; none went to police.
NY, Canandaigua - 4/08/2012
Man, 92, Indicted on Child Sex Crimes
Eldon Olschewske of Geneva appeared in Ontario County Court Friday
to answer to an 18-count indictment handed up by a grand jury.
The charges allege repeated and ongoing sexual contact with a ten yearold
girl during November and December 2011. Authorities would only
describe the victim as being a child living in the neighborhood near
Olschewske's Hamilton Street apartment. The victim is not a family
After an arraignment in Geneva Town Court Olschewske was released to
the custody of a family member only to be re-arrested days later on an
additional charge of Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child.
The charges against the 92 year-old include Predatory Sexual Assault,
a Class A Felony carrying a maximum prison sentence of 25 years-to-life
in prison. Other charges include Criminal Sex Act (10 counts), Attempted
Rape, Sexual Abuse (5 counts), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Taylor tells 13 WHAM
News that Olschewske is the oldest known defendant of felony-level
charges in the county and the 82-year age gap between defendant and
victim is the widest his office ever recalls.
AK, Anchorage - 4/4/2012
Doctor gets 21 years for plan to rape young boy
A world-renowned doctor who developed vaccines to fight disease in third-world countries was sentenced Wednesday to 21 years in prison for traveling to Alaska with the intention of raping a young boy.
Dr. John Mark Felton, 48, of Boston, was in a child-sex chat room in 2008 when he engaged in a conversation with a man he believed was offering his grandson for sex. The man was actually an undercover agent.
When he arrived in Alaska in 2009, he had a child’s Spiderman costume in his luggage and condoms, according to court documents.
Felton could provide no real explanation for how he could have spent his career bettering the lives of hundreds of thousands of people suffering from tropical diseases and at the same time, be a pedophile, engaged in what the judge described as deviant conversations in chat room and willing to do serious, lifelong harm to children.
When arrested, Felton had comprised a child pornography collection of at least 1,276 images of children being abused and 71 videos. He admitted making a video of himself having sex with a 15-year-old boy.
His interest in children, prosecutors say, was both sexual and sadistic.
"This is a man that has provided treatment for diseases that devastate third world countries," lawyer Steve Wells told the judge. "They live better lives because of Dr. Felton."
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly R. Sayers-Fay said Felton's desire to rape a child had been months, if not years, in the making.
"He was cultivating relationships with pedophiles all over the world," she said.
AZ, Prescott - 4/4/2012
Whiteriver man gets life for child sex abuse
A Whiteriver man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing two children.
The U.S. attorney's office in Phoenix says 44-year-old Darren Quesada was found guilty last December by a jury in Prescott on aggravated sexual abuse of a minor and abusive sexual contact with a minor.
The abuse involved two different children in 2009 and 2010 in Whiteriver in northeastern Arizona.
Quesada was previously convicted of a federal sex offense involving a minor in 1997.
||MO, Branson - 4/2/2012
Former Branson camp counselor charged with sex crimes
Less than two years after a former Kanakuk Kamps counselor was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing several children, another of the camp’s counselors has been charged with sex crimes.
Taney County prosecutors say Lee Bradberry, 22, of Auburn, Ala., was charged Friday after three campers — ages 9, 10 and 12 — came forward with allegations of sexual abuse.
Kanakuk Kamp officials say Bradberry was terminated in July 2011 after campers reported an incident in which the counselor behaved inappropriately.
Bradberry was charged with multiple counts of sodomy and child molestation.
The allegations against Bradberry are not the first against a Kamp Kanakuk counselor.
Peter D. Newman was sentenced in June 2010 to two life sentence plus 30 years after pleading guilty to sexually abusing several children over a ten year period ending in 2009.
The charges against Newman's ultimately involved activity with six children. However, prosecutors said after the sentencing that Newman had admitted to sexual activity with 13 other children as well.
||MI, Detroit - 4/2/2012
Restitution sought to care for Mich. kids whose moms used them to make porn
- Update of 3/6/2012 article
Federal officials in Detroit say they are seeking childcare assistance from a man imprisoned for getting women to molest their children for him.
Steven Demink, 41, was sentenced to life in prison for convincing mothers to violate their children and videotape or photograph the sex acts for him to watch. Demink of Redford Township, Mich., befriended women on Web sites for single parents, using the name Dalton St. Clair, he posted a fake photo, that of a male model, pretended to be wealthy, and also pretended to be a father.
Caregivers aren’t hopeful they’ll see any financial assistance. After all, Demink is in prison for life with little or no assets. But prosecutors note, there’s no telling when or if he could come into money.
An Indiana woman who has been raising her sister's two children for the past 17 months told the press that any relief would help. When authorities removed the children from their mother's home, the sister said foster care wasn't considered.
"There was never a choice. If I let those kids go to strangers, I would never forgive myself," the woman said. "Someone in my family has to show them some normalcy."
Records indicate seven mothers sexually assaulted 12 children at Demink's request. The mothers received prison terms ranging from 7 years to 30 years. Victims were reported in Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana and Illinois.
VA, Colonial Heights - 3/27/2012
Three behind bars in child sexual crime case
Four children have been removed from a home in Colonial Heights, after authorities say two of them were subjected to the unthinkable.
Charles Howe pled no contest to two charges of aggravated sexual battery against two children and will serve three years for the crime.
Court documents detail months of abuse between December of 2010 and April of 2011. Howe was originally charged with 9 sex related crimes, but prosecutors say they reached a plea deal reducing the number of charges to prevent the children from having to testify in court at a trial. They say therapists told them it would be too traumatic for the victims.
Peggy Brough, the children's grandmother, and Billy Brough, their father, were each convicted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Each will serve three months, because authorities say they didn't get help for the children, even after learning about the abuse.
Howe is a convicted sex offender, with a prior offense in Massachusetts. Prosecutors say family members knew this, before entrusting him with the care of the children.
Many of the details of the case are too graphic to share. A case summary includes testimony from a six-year-old and a ten-year-old. It indicates most of the abuse happened in a shed behind the home. We also learned that Howe went so far as to use male enhancement products – even the family pet to abuse these children.
All three adults have been convicted and are in prison tonight. All four children have been removed from the home and parental rights have been terminated.
TX, Aberdeen - 3/24/2012
Richard Mette abuse trial to begin
A trial for an Aberdeen man who's charged with 23 abuse-related
felony counts is scheduled to begin Monday at the Brown County
The charges against Richard P. Mette, 42, stem from alleged
incidents with five minors between February 2003 and September
2010, according to court documents. They range from sexual
exploitation of a minor to criminal pedophilia to rape. If
convicted of the most serious charges, Mette could be sentenced to
life in prison.
The case has garnered an abundance of attention because of its
subject matter and all that surrounds it:
-In a related case, Wendy J. Mette, 40, of Aberdeen has been
charged with 11 counts of abuse of and neglect to a minor. She
is not charged with any sex offenses. She has entered not guilty
pleas. The couple recently divorced.
-Much of the local legal community is or has been involved in one
of the Mette criminal cases or a related abuse and neglect case.
The Brown County State's Attorney's Office has withdrawn from
cases because of conflict of interest concerns.
-Three Aberdeen residents, Brandon Taliaferro, Shirley Schwab
and Fran Sippel, are the subject of a witness tampering
investigation resulting from the abuse and neglect case. That case
is now finished, though charges have not been filed.
Taliaferro was fired in September as a deputy state's attorney for
Brown County. He's seeking the Republican nomination for state's
attorney. Schwab has worked as an advocate for children and
families within the legal system. Sippel is a psychologist who has
also worked with the legal system.
No next court date has been scheduled for Wendy Mette. All of the
charges filed against her are felonies. Both she and Richard Mette
have been free on bond.
CA, San Diego - 3/22/2012
Retired Sheriff’s Sargent Facing Child Porn
A retired sheriff's sergent is accused possessing and
distributing hundreds of images of child porn.
Authorities began investigating 64-year-old John Garner
last year, when Microsoft notified them he had uploaded
child porn images onto his on-line file sharing account.
Garner worked for the sheriff's department for 16
years before retiring in 2010 and also served 18 years in
A spokesperson for the Innocent Justice Foundation - a
local non-profit dedicated to rescuing children from sexual
abuse - said she's not surprised the suspect in this case had
formerly been sworn to uphold the law.
"Often times we find child sex offenders are trusted
members of the community, that's more often the case than
not," said Heather Steele.
Garner was booked into federal prison Friday, March 16
and is out on $100,000 bail.
CO, Colorado Springs - 3/20/2012
Former Colo. Springs Cop Faces 200 Counts Of
Child Sexual Assault, Exploitation
- Update of
The trial for Joshua Carrier, a 31-year-old former
Colorado Springs police officer and volunteer
wrestling coach at Horace Mann Middle School who is
accused of molesting 22 boys and faces 207 counts of
child exploitation, child sexual assault and possessing
child pornography, began on Monday.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the jury
watched video of the ex-cop performing physical
examinations on boys in his office, some of whom he
touched on the genitals, recorded with a web camera.
The defense argued that Carrier was simply performing his
duties as wrestling coach, checking for skin diseases, like
ringworm, that wrestlers are prone to become infected by.
Carrier's trial is on-going and is expected to last one
In May of 2011, Carrier was arrested for buying child
pornography and then re-arrested a week later on suspicion
of sexually assaulting several children. Before his arrest,
Carrier was already the subject of an internal affairs
review for showing his gun at a middle school sporting
event (Carrier had been employed as a school resource
officer and wrestling coach at Horace Mann Middle
School in Colorado Springs prior to allegations of sex
It was reported that Carrier had several assignments that
placed him in situations with youth including a school
resource officer at Horace Mann Elementary where he
also served has wrestling coach, a coach for the Police
Athletic League, and as an advisor to youth in the
Explorer Scout Program.
Carrier worked for the Colorado Springs Police
Department for seven years before he resigned in June
2011 amidst the assault and child pornography allegations.
If convicted of the charges, Carrier faces life in prison.
NY, Glen Falls - 3/19/2012
Man arraigned on charges of sexually abusing
A Glens Falls man had been arrested 20 times before his arrest
for allegedly sexually abusing a 7-week-old girl, choking the
infant's mother and killing a parakeet, a Warren County judge
said at the suspect's arraignment Monday.
David B. Cook, 33, pleaded not guilty to several felony charges at
his court appearance.
At the court hearing, Judge John Hall Jr. said Cook had been
arrested 20 times in the past, convicted of eight misdemeanors and
failed to appear in court three times. Warren County prosecutors
released a dossier of information that detailed Cook's past actions
and statements he allegedly made to police.
Prosecutors say Cook sexually abused a 7-week-old baby in his
home on March 3, which caused critical injuries to the infant.
Doctors recently removed the baby from the intensive care unit at
Albany Medical Center, but it was too soon to tell if her injuries
will heal, the district attorney said.
He is being held in Warren County Jail.
MSNBC NEWS - 3/13/2012
Foreign exchange students sexually abused in program overseen by State Department
UPDATE: Exchange organization ERDT, Educational Resource Development Trust, has released a statement in response to our reporting. Attorney Michael Sidley said the organization "never engaged in a cover-up of any sort...it was the conduct of ERDT which led to the arrest of Mr. Meyer."
Dozens of high school foreign exchange students have been raped, sexually abused, or harassed by American host parents in towns and cities across the country, an NBC News investigation has found.
In one of the most egregious cases, at least four exchange students were sexually abused over the course of two years by the same host father, even after the first victim sounded alarms.
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CO, Denver - 3/12/2012
Man sentenced to 88 years to life for incest
David Tarver, 51, has been convicted of sexually assaulting three
of his own children and grandchildren, and will likely spend the
rest of his life in prison.
According to the Denver D.A.’s office, he sexually assaulted at
least three of his children, dating back fo the 1980's. The victim’s
reported the abuse after Tarver was arrested in 2010 for sexually
assaulting a grandchild in Wyoming. He has been convicted in
Wyoming and will begin serving his sentence there.
OR, Bend - 3/6/2012
Man posed as psychologist to deceive women
A mother was sentenced to a decade of probation in a plea deal
reached after she was accused of molesting her 8-year-old autistic
son and streaming video of the act online to a Michigan car
salesman who posed as a psychologist.
The case is one of at least seven across the nation that led to a life
sentence last year for Steven Demink.
A federal prosecutor called him "the puppet master" for his ability
to persuade women that the sexual assaults would be therapeutic
or educational for their children.
In the Oregon case, prosecutors said Demink persuaded the
49-year-old woman that the behavior would be a way to teach the
child about sex.
To protect the child's identity, The Associated Press and The
Bulletin newspaper of Bend have withheld the name of the woman.
The Bulletin reported the Bend woman was indicted last year on
charges of sodomy, sexual abuse and using a child in the display
of sexually explicit conduct. She later made an agreement with
prosecutors and pleaded guilty last week to attempting to use a
child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, the paper reported
Along with probation, she must complete a sex offender program,
cannot have unsupervised contact with minors, including the
victim, and can't use the Internet without consent from a judge or
Violating the terms could lead to a prison term of nearly 11 years,
according to the Deschutes County district attorney's office.
Demink met the women through an online dating site, where he
created the character of Dalton St. Clair, a psychologist with a
young daughter he claimed was a nudist with him, according to
federal court records.
Demink targeted single mothers, promised dates to some, and
posted pictures of male models for his online identity.
FL, Jacksonville - 3/5/2012
Too much child sexual abuse goes unreported
The Dept. of Children and Families says a six-year-old and her
sibling are in safe care, after the child’s mother traded her off for
sex to get drugs.
DCF spokesperson John Harrell says the owe it to the little girl to
do a thorough investigation. They are making sure the child gets
all the counseling that she needs.
“There’s a lot of child sexual abuse that goes unreported.
Reporting is required by law. If you suspect something is going
on, call DCF at 1-800-96-abuse.
CBS News - 3/2/2012
Police: Ohio man prostituted adopted son, 10
(AP) TROY, Ohio - Federal and local law enforcement officials said they're widening the investigation into child sexual exploitation allegations against an adoptive father charged with raping three boys in his care.
Officials said the father hired one of the boys, a 10-year-old, out for sex, prostituting him. The father and two other men remained in jail Thursday on rape charges. The father's name is being withheld by The Associated Press to protect the children's identities.
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OR, Medford - 2/29/2012
Man sexually abused 18-month old stepson
Police say an 18-month-old boy is sexually assaulted by his own
stepfather. First responders say the one and a half year old had
been severely beaten.
27-year-old Matthew Hyrup is accused of committing assault and
sexual penetration while the boy's mother was away from home.
Matthew and Stefani have only been married two weeks when
police say he committed a "brutal assault" on that toddler.
Police say the 24-year-old mother came home after being away for
a few hours and called for medical help for the baby boy. First
responders found multiple internal and external injuries and
evidence of sexual assault - that's when police became involved.
The young boy was flown to Doernbecher's Children Hospital in
Portland. He is now in critical, but stable condition and medical
experts are looking into whether this was the first time the child
has been abused. Police say, based on the severity of this particular
assault, they do not believe there are other victims.
Records show Hyrup has been convicted of multiple felony
methamphetamine delivery and possession charges, as well as
being a felon in possession of a firearm, driving under the
influence of intoxicants, and driving with a suspended license.
Hyrup remains in Jackson County Jail after being arrested
Thursday on first-degree assault and first-degree sexual penetration
charges, both of which are Measure 11 crimes. He is being held in
lieu of $1 million bail.
NY, Brooklyn - 2/24/2012
Brooklyn Man gets 30 years for child sex abuse, child
A judge sentenced a Brooklyn man to 30 years in prison today for
sexually abusing underage children and producing homemade
pornographic videos of his crimes.
Felix Cartagena also admitted that he distributed his videos
and photographs over the Internet, sharing images of him
raping children with other like-minded pedophiles using the
Web, officials said.
Cartagena would roam the streets, trawling for young children in
"planned events" and then lure them back to his basement for
depraved sessions of sexual abuse, the prosecutor said.
According to prosecutors at an earlier hearing, the 27 year-old man
would tie his victims up, sometimes gag the child, and once put a
BB gun to a toddler's head - then he photographed the child's abuse
at his own hands.
FBI agents found more than 20,000 images of child
pornography "carefully organized" in files, after they arrested
Cartagena in 2010, the prosecutor said.
Ireland, Belfast - 2/24/2012
Pensioner jailed for child sex abuse
A pedophile pensioner who has shown no remorse or regret for sexually
assaulting seven little girls, one of whom he raped, has been jailed for 11
At the end of his trial last November, 70-year-old James Emmanuel
Macnulty was convicted of a single count of raping one of his victims. The
young girl was around seven-years-old when the assault happened in the
bedroom of his Jamaica Street home.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to ten charges of indecent assault and 12 of
gross indecency with all the charges having occurred on various dates
between December 1970 and January 1981.
Jailing him on Friday, the Recorder of Belfast Judge Tom Burgess said
despite there being the potential the fact he could die in jail, "what the court
cannot forget is the adverse impact on the well being, both physical and
mental, on his victims during the course of his actions and in all the years
The judge described how Macnulty would force many of the girls, who
were all aged roughly between six to ten-years-old when they were
subjected to the horrific abuse, to touch him and that on one occasion,
during a game of hide and seek, he abused two of the girls simultaneously.
Macnulty would often organise games of hide and seek both in his
home and at a local community centre, said the judge, using the innocent
child's game as cover for his sickening abuse when he would tell a victim
where to hide before abusing her.
Judge Burgess revealed that in the Probation pre-sentence report Macnulty
continues to adopt that attitude - even blaming some of his young
victims who are all now grown women - claiming that they "were
forcing him to touch them".
He told Macnulty - who sat in the jury box of the court, flanked by prison
officers, so that he could hear the proceedings - that despite him having
suffered three strokes, three heart attacks, numerous black outs and
arthritis, there was nothing shown to him which suggested the pensioner
would not receive any medical treatment required in prison.
Alabama, Washington County - 2/23/2012
Husband and wife accused of sexually abusing infant daughter
Authorities in Washington County are investigating a case of child
abuse. Sheriff Richard Stringer says a father and mother of an
eight month old are facing numerous charges. 33-year-old
James Ryan Booth and 21-year-old Julie Ann Reed Guy are
accused of sexually abusing their baby daughter.
They are both charged with rape, sodomy, sexual abuse,
chemical endangerment of a child, manufacturing a controlled
substance and possession.
Authorities said the couple recorded their encounters with the child
on a cell phone while using drugs.
Sheriff Richard Stringer said his office is still trying to determine
if Julie Guy's 5-year old son was also molested and abused by the
The two children were turned over to the Department of Human
Resources and later placed with relatives.
Australia, Katanning - 2/20/2012
Inquiry begins into abuse at Western Australia hostel
An inquiry has begun into allegations of sexual abuse against
children at a state-run hostel in Western Australia's south.
It follows the jailing of Dennis John McKenna, who sexually
abused boys at St Andrew's Hostel in Katanning, where he was
head warden from 1975 to 1990.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxell is heading the inquiry
to determine the extent of the abuse and whether there was a
cover-up that allowed it to continue. The inquiry will examine
when any allegations were made, who they were made to and what
action was taken.
Mr Blaxell will make recommendations on any disciplinary action
that should be taken against public officials, as well as any changes
that should be made to the policies or procedures of government
agencies as a result of the findings.
Any issues that relate to criminal behavior during the inquiry will
be referred to police.
Up to 40 witnesses will be called during the inquiry including
principals, teachers, board members, staff at the Department of
Employment and Training, and a policeman. A psychiatrist will
give her expert opinion on child abuse, the "grooming behavior" of
child predators and why children are reluctant to make complaints.
McKenna was jailed for six years in October last year after
pleading guilty to sexually abusing six boys, aged 13 to 15, in
his care. He was previously jailed for six years in 1991 for
similar offences and may face more charges as other victims
A hotline has been set up so more victims can come forward.
The inquiry is expected to be completed by April, with a report
presented by May 31.
CA, Santa Barbara - 2/20/2012
Boy Scouts sued in sexual abuse case, Scouts to turn
over files in case
A Santa Barbara County boy was sexually abused by his Scout
leader in 2007. A judge overseeing the lawsuit brought by the
boy’s family has ordered the Boy Scouts to hand over confidential
files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around
The mother of a Santa Barbara County teenager says he was
wronged twice - once by the 450-pound Boy Scout leader, who
sexually abused the 92-pound boy in 2007, and then by a local
Scouts executive who she says told her not to call police.
The boy’s mother said her son has been deeply affected, in part
because other families from the troop accused him of lying or
“hallucinating” about the abuse. He refuses to go out in public and
is now tutored at home, she said….
The boy’s lawyers contend the files will expose the Scouts’
“culture of hidden sexual abuse” and its failure to warn boys,
their parents and others about pedophiles in the ranks of one
of the nation’s oldest youth organizations….
Some of the estimated 5,000 files have surfaced in recent years
as a result of lawsuits by former Scouts accusing the
organization of failing to exclude known pedophiles, detect abuses
and report offenders to police, and allowing predators to remain at
The trial is scheduled for April.
WI, Milwaukee -2/17/2012
Couple Charged with Starving, Torturing Daughter,
Stepbrother charged with sexual assault
Prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against the father and
stepmother of a severely malnourished Wisconsin teenager,
accusing the couple of keeping her in a basement, torturing her and
forcing her to eat her own feces over a period that spanned more
than five years.
During her ordeal, the girl was also allegedly sexually assaulted by
her stepbrother, now aged 18.
The father and stepmother -- who were not named to protect the
teen's identity -- were arrested Feb. 10 after the 15-year-old girl
was found wandering near her home in Madison.
The girl was taken to a hospital, and in interviews that followed,
told police that she had been living in a basement since 2006 while
the rest of the family -- including three stepbrothers, one of whom
had sexually assaulted her -- lived upstairs.
"She has to ask her stepmother ... if she can eat, drink water or use
the upstairs bathroom. She stated she usually is denied food," court
The teen, who was severely underweight at 70 pounds, said that
most of her meals came from whatever she picked off the floor or
found in the garbage. She said if she was caught eating without
permission, her father and stepmother made her "throw out the
food and/or vomit what she has eaten."
She was also forced to drink her own urine and eat her feces, she
said, adding that she was not allowed to leave the basement which
had no restroom, and had a door that was rigged to trigger off an
alarm if she opened it.
The teenager fled the house on Feb 6. because she feared for her
life after her stepmother allegedly threatened to slit her throat.
A doctor who examined the girl listed her condition as "serial
child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation,"
according to court documents.
The girl's father and stepmother were charged with first-degree
recklessly endangering safety, child abuse intentionally causing
harm and neglecting a child. Her stepbrother, who was also
arrested Feb. 10, was charged with first-degree sexual assault of a
child, second-degree sexual assault of a child and child abuse
intentionally causing harm.
Bermuda - 2/16/2012
Pedophile jailed for ten years for abusing child
A man who sexually abused a young boy and hoarded almost
3,500 child pornography images has been jailed for ten years.
Dennis Eldridge, 47, was caught when the victim, who became
physically sick with stress, told his parents of the abuse. The child
reported that Eldridge abused him over the course of several years
when Eldridge visited his home. He was also abused when his
family visited Eldridge’s home. He was less than ten years old at
the time of the crimes.
Police raided Eldridge’s Pembroke home when the allegations
surfaced and found thousands of photographs and videos of child
pornography on his computers. They included images of
bestiality and children as young as five years old being raped
and forced into sex acts by adults.
Eldridge, who was employed in the field of computers and
technology, also worked as a guitar teacher for the Bermuda
School of Music.
Prosecutor Cindy Clarke explained that 3,375 pornographic
pictures and 92 video files were found on Eldridge’s home
computers. She explained that in law, such images are categorized
on a scale of one to five, with five being the most serious.
More than 3,000 of the images were level one. However, 176 of
them were level four and one movie clip, involving a young girl
and images of bestiality, was a category five.
MO, Kansas City - 2/15/2012
Siblings: Ready for court in Missouri child
sex abuse case
- Update of 11/17/2009 article
Six siblings who authorities say were subjected to sadistic
sexual abuse by older relatives on a Missouri farm more than
25 years ago issued their first public statement Wednesday in an
effort to counter defense arguments that the victims have been
reluctant to take the case to trial.
Burrell Mohler Sr. and his four sons, Burrell Jr., David, Jared and
Roland Mohler, are facing dozens of counts of rape and sodomy
after the six siblings told investigators they were abused as
children on a farm east of Kansas City over several years beginning
in the mid-1980s. Burrell Sr. and Burrell Jr. remain behind bars,
while the others are free on bond. All have pleaded not guilty.
The men's trials have been repeatedly pushed back due in part to
delays in the defense obtaining evidence, including the six siblings'
health care records. Defense attorneys have requested mental and
physical health records going back to when the siblings were
children, noting that if the horrible acts of abuse against them
really happened, there would be medical records to prove it.
The judge signed an order Dec. 19 requiring the siblings to turn
lists of health care providers over to the state, and the woman said
the requested records now have been given to the court.
The woman said she couldn't discuss details of the claims against
the Mohler men because she didn't want to jeopardize the criminal
cases. The first trial, for Burrell Mohler Sr., is scheduled for
April in Clay County.
The men were charged in November 2009, a year after the siblings
went to authorities. Four of the siblings claim the Mohler men took
turns raping them over several years, including some assaults that
happened after patriarch Burrell Sr., an ordained minister,
conducted wedding ceremonies to "marry" the young girls to the
older men so they could have sex.
Court documents also describe claims by some of the girls that they
were forced to have sex with a horse and a dog.
The accusers said the abuse started when they were very young, in
some cases as young as 5 years old, and they had repressed the
memories for more than 20 years.
NH, Portsmouth - 2/14/2012
Affidavit details years of alleged sex abuse in Portsmouth
On Feb. 14, a 51-year-old woman came into the police station and asked for a “civil standby” so she could confront the man who had allegedly abused her when she was between the ages of 5 and 14.
Souran Manougian was a primary caregiver for the child during those years. Her mother separated from Manougian when the victim was about 14 years old and she told police that she had reported the abuse to her mother and a local attorney.
She told police that a school teacher also asked about bruises and arranged for the victim to receiving counseling.
In 1974, Manougian was fired from his job in the meat department at Pic N Pay as a result of the allegations, according to the affidavit, but no one ever reported the abuse to police.
The attorney instructed the victim and her mother that it would be hard to prove the abuse and that Manougian would be made to look like the victim.
The woman went on to have children of her own, and after giving birth a physician discovered injuries the victim sustained as a result of sexual abuse.
The woman has undergone a series of surgeries to repair the damage in the last few years, she told police. Bernier said she also confirmed the procedures with the physician.
Last week, Detective Capt. Corey MacDonald said the statute of limitations has run out on the crimes police are alleging against Manougian, but he believes there are aspects of the case that warrant bringing the charges forward now, although he would not elaborate.
The charges against Manougian include eight counts of forcible rape, seven counts of forcible sodomy, five counts of incest, three counts of tampering with witnesses and informants, aggravated assault and criminal restraint.
The victim told police that Manougian killed her dog as a child when she threatened to report the abuse, and that he also threatened to kill her mother and her grandmother. She told police that about two years ago, Manougian approached her in a local grocery store and asked her if she wanted to pick up their “affair” where they had left off.
Manougian was arrested last week and released on $250 cash and $10,000 personal recognizance bail.
UT, Salt Lake City - 2/13/2012
Mom gets prison for attempting to sell teen daughter's
A Salt Lake City woman ordered to prison Monday for attempting
to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity, sold herself to older
men as a teenager.
"There is a history, there is a pattern that needs to be broken,"
defense attorney Michael Sikora said of the woman's behavior.
But while Sikora asked for probation to allow the woman to
undergo treatment, Judge Randall Skanchy instead sentenced the
33-year-old woman to two concurrent terms of one to 15 years in
According to charges filed in the case, the woman told police she
had made an arrangement with a man named Don to allow him
to have sex with her daughter in exchange for $10,000. She also
said the man had taken her and her daughter to Victoria's Secret to
try on lingerie and also modeled lingerie at home.
Prosecutors said the woman also sent photos of her daughter
wearing lingerie to another man named Will, who was going to pay
for the photos, according to charging documents.
The woman's boyfriend reported the behavior after reportedly
observing several text messages between the woman and Don
discussing sex acts between him and her daughter, the charges
state. The teenager apparently initially agreed to the arrangement
with Don but later changed her mind.
The woman's daughter didn't address the judge, but prosecutor
Catherine Peters read a letter from the teenager asking that her
mother be allowed to undergo therapy. "My mom's choices were
wrong," the girl wrote, explaining that she would like to be able to
visit her mother. "Even though she put me through a lot of stuff, I
still love her."
Peters said the case required a prison sentence. The woman may
now see the error of her ways, but she still took significant steps
toward seeing the abuse through.
"Her criminal history isn't serious, but the crime we're here for
today is serious and we would ask for prison," Peters said.
Connecticut, Hartford - 2/13/2012
Conn. ex-cop gets 10 years for child porn
Update of 2/8/2012 article
Former Connecticut police captain David Bourque has been
sentenced to 10 years in prison for what authorities say was
one of the largest and most disturbing child pornography cases
A federal judge in Hartford sentenced Bourque on Friday. He
pleaded guilty last year to receipt and distribution of child
pornography and could have gotten up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Bourque was caught with more than 26,000 images
and videos of child pornography on his computers showing the
sexual abuse of young boys, including infants and toddlers.
Bourque apologized for his actions Friday and said he "spiraled
out of control" during the several months he was downloading and
sharing the porn. He said he never physically abused any children.
GA, Chatham County - 2/8/2012
Fugitive Mom Caught in Child-Sex Case
A mother was arrested Tuesday near Savannah after more
than two years on the run from charges of selling her
daughters for sex in Cobb County.
Jeanifer Lee Segrest, 37, was caught in Port Wentworth, thanks to
a tip from someone who saw her case on America’s Most
Wanted, which profiled her Dec. 16, the U.S. Marshals Service
Segrest, a boyfriend and her two sons, ages 1 and 2, had moved
into a house in Chatham just a week earlier after her church asked
the homeowner to help the family in need, America’s Most Wanted
reported. But felony charges await her in Cobb County, where she
will be extradited.
Segrest is accused of taking at least $30,000 in return for
allowing a pedophile to repeatedly molest her two daughters,
starting when they were 5 and 6 years old, the Marshals Service
The sexual abuse began in February 2004 while Segrest was in jail
on theft charges, America’s Most Wanted said. Her sister,
Rebecca Wiggins, had custody of the girls in Cobb County.
Wiggins was convicted in August of sexual exploitation of a
child, aggravated sodomy, child molestation and first-degree
child cruelty for providing the girls to a private tutor named
David Ray for cash. She began serving a sentence of life plus 20
years in the Pulaski State Prison on Oct. 24, according to the
Georgia Department of Corrections.
By 2007, Ray was paying Segrest to drive the girls from
Savannah to Cobb so he could keep molesting them, the
Savannah Morning News said. While previous reports put the
amount at $30,000, a Cobb police detective Tuesday said Ray paid
more than $50,000, the Morning News reported.
Ray, 53, killed himself in April 2009 three days after Cobb
police searched his home.
After Tuesday’s arrest, all four of Segrest’s children are in state
custody, and she is pregnant again, the Morning News said.
Still on the run is Cesar Moran, one of Segrest’s exes, who
reportedly admitted improperly touching at least one of her
daughters in the Savannah area more than three years ago.
The years of abuse in Cobb County came to light after one of
the daughters told police about the later actions by Moran,
America’s Most Wanted said.
Connecticut, New Haven - 2/8/2012
POLICE CAPTAIN HAD HORRIFIC CHILD PORN
A former Granby police captain investigated child
pornography while he secretly amassed one of the largest child
porn collections in Connecticut, federal prosecutors say.
David Bourque was caught with more than 26,000 images and
videos of child pornography on his computers that showed the
sexual abuse of young boys, including infants and toddlers,
prosecutors say in court filings Tuesday in preparation for
Bourque's sentencing Friday.
In addition, they claim, Bourque spoke to an FBI agent at a
conference about infiltrating platforms pedophiles use. Bourque
tried to avoid detection by installing sophisticated software on
his computer, authorities said. And he used information gained
as a police officer to assess the ability of other law enforcement
officers to detect his criminal activity, prosecutors said.
Bourque pleaded guilty last year to receipt and distribution of child
pornography. He faces 17 to 20 years in prison at his sentencing.
Prosecutors also quoted Bourque as saying he was in line to
become chief before his arrest.
"Incredibly, the defendant was actually investigating a child
pornography case while he was simultaneously collecting child
pornography during his time off," prosecutors wrote in the court
Prosecutors say Bourque showed a "callous disregard" for the harm
suffered by the children, telling his trading partners to "enjoy"
themselves or "have fun" while viewing his collection.
MI, Mt. Morris - 2/8/2012
Neighbors steered clear of 'strange' Mt. Morris couple
accused in child abuse and pornography case involving
Daniel and Alisha Hall of Mt. Morris were arraigned Tuesday in
Genesee District Court on child pornography charges. Police
believe Daniel Hall sexually abused his six-month-old daughter
while Alisha Hall photographed the abuse.
The house was being searched for more evidence in an
investigation that revealed 745 images of child pornography on
computers at the home, said Mt. Morris Police Chief Keith Becker.
Another 13 images showed Daniel Hall engaging in sexual acts
with his daughter, who was 6-months-old when the photos were
taken several months ago, the chief said.
Police believe Alisha Hall, who is 7-months pregnant, took the
Neighbors said they kept their distance from the couple. They said
odd behavior, shouting and reckless driving were nightly
occurrences at the home. Angie Bedard, who lives next door, said
a series of bizarre Youtube videos in which Hall performs skits and
stunts further led her to steer clear of the family. He jumps off a
rooftop into a pool in one video.
Hall has a website that he promoted with a bumper sticker on the
back of his car. Hall views himself as a comedic actor, according
to the site.
Daniel Hall, 25, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual
conduct, possession of child pornography, distribution of child
pornography and using a computer in the commission of a crime,
according to court records. He is being held at Genesee County Jail
on $750,000 bond..
Alisha Hall, 26, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual
conduct and possession of child pornography and is being held on
$500,000 bond, records show.
A preliminary exam is set for Feb. 14.
IL, River Forest - 2/5/2012
Foster Parent and Ex-Publisher Charged with
Molesting two girls
Robert Gaskill, 63, was charged with two counts of predatory
sexual assault of a child after two young women came forward
accusing Gaskill, their foster father, of a 13-year pattern of abuse.
Gaskill remains jailed after a Cook County judge ordered him held
on $50 million cash bond.
According to multiple news stories, Gaskill and his wife have
fostered 75 children over the past 20 years, many with disabilities.
Investigators say the case began to unfold late last month, when the
two women walked into the River Forest police station to file their
report, which alleged a pattern of sexual abuse from 1996 to 2009.
Authorities would not release the current ages of the alleged
victims, or say how old they were when the alleged abuse began.
A spokesman for state's Department of Children and Family
Services said three adopted children and two foster children living
in the River Forest home were removed and placed into other
The Gaskills also co-founded Tapestry Chicago, a foster care
support service that helps guide potential foster parents
through the adoption process.
Gaskill was also former publisher of Chicago Catholic
Ontario, Vaughan - 2/2/2012
Police in Ont. arrest 60 child porn suspects
Police across Ontario nabbed 60 suspects, including three teens
and a former youth worker, and identified 22 victims in what
police say is the largest child porn bust in Ontario history.
Police executed 76 search warrants Wednesday and filed 213
charges, including sexual assault, child luring, and accessing,
possessing, making and distributing child pornography.
The three teen boys charged are all 16 years old. The oldest suspect
is 69, police said.
Also among the suspects is Gregory William Pickard, 41, who was
a youth worker at a group home for young people and worked
with children at his church. This is the second time in just over
a year he faces child porn-related charges.
None of the suspects are part of a child-porn ring, police said.
Investigators monitored their computer activities using specialized
Twenty-five police departments in Ontario took part in the raids,
including Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Sudbury, Cornwall, North Bay,
Chatham, Brantford, Sarnia, Barrie, London, Toronto and
Scott Tod, acting commissioner of the Ontario Provincial
Police, said the project is aimed at stopping the sexual abuse of
children. “Child pornography is the sexual abuse of children,”
he said. “Every image...represents a child victim. “Every
trading or transmission of that image represents a
re-victimzation of that child.”
Additional arrests and charges are pending, Goldschmidt said.
He said child pornography is pervasive in Ontario. Police with
the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse
and Exploitation on the Internet identified more than 8,900 IP
addresses on child pornography sites in the past three months,
Goldschmidt said. Of those, police arrested 60 suspects, he said.
Goldschmidt said police face constant technological challenges as
they try to keep up with child pornographers.
“It’s like the speeders on the highway,” Goldschmidt said. “There
are so many of them out there that you only going get (some) of
||OR, Cascade - 2/1/2012
Cascade School Groundskeeper Accused
in Child Sex Abuse Case
A Cascade School District groundskeeper is facing charges of
rape, sodomy and sexual abuse involving two minor girls he knew.
Jim Carl Schifferer, 52, was arrested Jan. 19 after the alleged
victims reported the abuse, according to a probable-cause
statement. A probable-cause statement is a document that provides
legal ground for an arrest and to hold a person in custody until an
initial court appearance.
Schifferer is accused of sexually abusing the two minor girls in
repeated incidents between 1995 and 2004. He has been indicted
on charges of rape, four counts of sodomy, and two counts each of
sexual abuse and using a child in display of sexually explicit
conduct. Schifferer was hired in March 2005, according to
Cascade School District Superintendent.
He worked at all schools, but spent most of his time at the high
school in Turner.
“Because of his position, working near children, it’s definitely an
investigation that is ongoing,” said D.A. Jodie Bureta.
CO, Denver - 1/25/2012
Priest at Catholic Church In Colorado Springs Faces
Child Sex Abuse Charges
Rev. Charles Robert Manning, a pastor at St. Gabriel the
Archangel Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, has been
placed on leave following allegations of sexual abuse involving a
Rev. Torres-Rico reminded attendees of the church's child safety
policy during Mass. Any child under the age of 12 must be
accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
A statement from the Colorado Springs Police Department reveals
no other details.
Canada, Edmonton - 1/24/2012
Man pleads guilty to numerous sex attacks on children
An Edmonton-area man has pleaded guilty to more than a decade
of sexual abuse of minors, including his son and daughter.
The 41-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his
victims, entered guilty pleas to 27 of the 40 charges against him,
including charges of sexual touching, child pornography, unlawful
confinement, incest and bestiality.
The man’s victims included his son, his daughter, the daughter
of a girlfriend and two daughters of a fiancee. Four of five
victims were minors at the time of the abuse. The crimes
stretched from 1999 until 2010, according to an agreed
statement of facts heard by the court.
The man’s daughter told police of sexual abuse that started when
she was six years old, though she didn’t recognize it as abuse until
she was 11. When she was 11, her father ordered her and her 10-
year-old brother to have sex. Her father had intercourse with her.
There were numerous instances of abuse in the following years.
The siblings were afraid to tell anyone of their fathers’ crimes
and both attempted suicide as a direct result of the abuse.
He is scheduled to face trial on March 12.
MD, Baltimore - 1/24/2012
Easton Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Exploiting
A 70-year-old Easton man on Monday pleaded guilty in U.S.
District Court in Baltimore to sexually exploiting two pre-teen girls
to produce child pornography.
According to the plea agreement, two girls under the age of 10 stated that they had been repeatedly, sexually abused by Paul
Henry Brown over the course of several months, to include being
forced to perform oral sex on Brown.
Prosecutors said Talbot County sheriff's deputies contacted Brown
on July 30, 2010, who denied the allegations. On Aug. 11, 2010,
Talbot County deputies executed a search warrant at Brown's home
and seized a digital camera and flash memory card. Two CD-Rs
were also seized which prosecutors said contained more than 600
images and many videos of child pornography, including
portrayals of sadistic conduct. Most of the images involved
prepubescent girls, court records show.
As part of his plea agreement, Brown must register as a sex
offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee,
and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and
Brown faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison
and a maximum of 30 in prison followed by up to a lifetime of
supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for April 25, 2012.
WV, Princeton - 1/24/2012
Man to serve 15-45 years for multiple child offenses
A Tennessee man convicted last year of charges including the
purchasing of a child was given a sentence Monday of 15 to 45
years in prison.
Mark Lynn Jeffrey, 55, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., was convicted in
November 2011 on charges including two counts of purchasing a
child, sexual abuse first degree, sexual assault first degree, and
sexual abuse by a custodian.
Williams said that Jeffrey will have to spend 15 years in prison
before he is eligible for parole. After release, he will be on
probation for five years, and then he will have lifetime supervised
probation as a sex offender.
On Dec. 12, 2006, Jeffrey went to his daughter-in-law’s home in
Kegley and tried to exchange approximately $20,000 for the
custody of his two grandchildren. Jeffrey said later to investigators
with the West Virginia State Police that he wanted to give the
children a better home environment. Jeffrey was tried in August
2011, but a mistrial was declared when the jury could not reach a
He is now in jail awaiting transfer to a state prison.
CA, San Francisco - 1/23/2012
Man gets 25 years in prison for child exploitation
A Southern California federal judge has sentenced 34-year-old
Joshua Boras to 25 years in prison for distributing a video of his
sexual abuse of a boy to an international child exploitation group.
Prosecutors say Boras was affiliated with the "Lost Boy" online
bulletin board for trading of child porn. The Internet site was
shut down three years ago and 15 defendants have pleaded guilty
or have been convicted at trial.
Investigators say the group had 35 members in the United States,
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand and the
New members were required to post child porn to join the
TX, San Antonio - 1/19/2012
8 life sentences for repeat child predator
A registered sex offender who has already served a seven-year
sentence for molesting a young girl from his church
congregation was sentenced again Thursday — this time for
targeting a new victim.
David Fino, 57, asked the judge for the death penalty. He got eight
life sentences, two of them stacked and without the possibility of
A jury found him guilty Friday of super aggravated sexual assault
of a child younger than 6, continuous sexual abuse of a child and
six other first-degree felony molestation charges involving the
The child, now 9, had testified via closed circuit TV that Fino
targeted her for years before she came forward, and that she was
molested again even after she told authorities. Molestation
charges are pending against Sally Brooks Fino, the defendant's
Because Fino's 1992 conviction involved allegations from two girls
also younger than 6, state District Judge Angus McGinty was
required to sentence him to life without parole for the new super
aggravated charge. The judge could have assessed lesser sentences
for some of the other charges but chose not to.
Before the sentences were announced, Fino told the judge in a
rambling statement that his health is failing and that he has lost
weight since returning to jail. He asked for the death penalty, but
execution is an option only for capital murder cases.
Fino did not acknowledge or apologize for the molestations.
Afterward, he was confronted by a woman, now 28, who testified
against him during the 1992 trial but was too young then to give a
victim impact statement.
“I was sentenced and imprisoned for the rest of my life the moment
you touched me,” she said. “So shall you be imprisoned, for me
and the rest of the children you touched. You deserve this.”
After the hearing, Natalie — who gave the Express-News
permission to use her first name but asked that her last name be
withheld — expressed fear that there are other victims who never
“We're still suffering,” Natalie's mother added, pointing out
that her daughter is still in therapy. “When all this happened,
it didn't just destroy my daughter — it destroyed my whole
GA, Augusta - 1/17/2012
Hephzibah man receives 135 year sentence in child
Four consecutive life sentences followed by 135 years in prison
was given Tuesday to a man convicted last week of sex crimes
Superior Court Judge Michael Annis followed the state’s
recommendation to give the maximum sentence to Robert Gruka,
who was found guilty of all charges on his 14-count indictment.
Four of the charges – rape, aggravated child molestation and two
counts of aggravated sexual battery – carried life sentences. The
least serious charges – five misdemeanor counts of contributing to
the delinquency of a minor – tacked a year apiece on the sentence.
The incest charge brought 50 years in prison, plus 20 years each
for four charges of child molestation.
The indictment listed five preteen girls as the victims, but
testimony during the three-day trial suggested that as many as
eight girls were abused of Gruka during the past 15 years. “Those are only the ones we know about,” Annis said. “We
wonder how many other lives have been robbed of their innocence
and ... how many others are bearing the scars of childhood abuse.”
Gruka’s attorney, Peter Johnson, said he was contacted this
weekend by one of those victims, who he said expressed dismay
over the conviction and doubted Gruka’s guilt. He also told Annis
that one of the 8-year-old victims continued to write Gruka in jail,
telling him that she loved him and wanted to know when he was
coming home. Johnson said he cannot reconcile those letters with
the way the prosecution has portrayed Gruka as a sexual predator.
“I need to understand how there can be such a difference,” Johnson
said. “The child is saying ‘he molested me’ but at the same time
professes to love him.”
Gruka staggered slightly where he stood when he heard the name
of the victim. After swiping his eyes with back of his hand, he
declined to say anything to the judge.
Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine made a plea for Annis to
give the maximum sentence, calling Gruka a “monster” who never
apologized to the victims.
“This man does not deserve to see the light of day ever again,”
Annis said he didn’t have any doubts that the children still
loved Gruka. They’re too innocent to know any better; it’s
when they grow older and realize the reality of what Gruka did
to them that it becomes a very different story, the judge said.
“Sadly, for those children, that’s just normalcy,” Annis said.
CT, Hartford - 1/17/2012
Glastonbury Men Accused Of Abuse Return To Court
Two Glastonbury men accused of sexually assaulting their adopted
children appeared before a judge in Superior Court in Hartford
George Harasz and Douglas Wirth pleaded not guilty, and their
cases were continued to Feb. 29.
Both were arrested on Nov. 30. Harasz, 48, was charged with two
counts of first-degree sexual assault, aggravated first-degree sexual
assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury
to a minor and cruelty to persons.
Wirth, 44, was charged with one count of third-degree sexual
assault and risk of injury to a minor.
According to the arrest warrants, Harasz sexually assaulted two
boys, ages 5 and 15, through sodomy and repeated inappropriate
touching in bathrooms and bedrooms. The abuse often occurred
under the guise of cleaning or massaging them, police said.
Wirth is accused of sexually assaulting the 15-year-old to a lesser
degree, and of doing nothing to intervene as he witnessed Harasz
sexually assault the teenager, according to the warrants.
Harasz also is accused of physically abusing the 15-year-old,
including hitting and slapping the boy frequently, and striking him
with a belt.
Glastonbury police interviewed more than half of the married
couple's nine adopted children, and several said they did not
experience any inappropriate sexual contact with Harasz or Wirth.
One of the adopted sons and Harasz's biological daughter said that
no abuse occurred in the house.
Another adopted son, Chris Harasz, told investigators that what
went on in the Harasz-Wirth home was traumatic and unhealthy.
Scotland, Edinburgh - 1/17/2012
Scottish Tory who groomed and sexually abused three
children is jailed for eight years
A former Scottish Conservative Holyrood candidate who
sexually abused children over 15 years has been jailed for eight
John Smart, 48, from Edinburgh, began abusing one boy when the
child was aged three. He also attempted to rape an 11-year-old girl.
Smart, described as a preacher, was convicted of sexually abusing
three children following a trial at the High Court in Perth in
December. Sentencing him at the High Court in Glasgow today,
Lady Dorian said the offences had involved a "significant degree
She ordered him to serve eight years behind bars and a three-year
extended sentence which will see him supervised for that period
once he is released.
She said "The offences were planned, intrusive and involved a
significant degree of grooming. Your victims were vulnerable
and it was as they came to rely on you as a friend and for support
that you committed these offences against them."
She said an extended sentence is necessary for the protection of the
public as Smart poses a "sufficiently significant risk".
Smart began abusing the three-year-old in April 1987 and
continued to do so over a 10-year period, at addresses in Edinburgh
and at swimming pools around the country.
The former train conductor sexually abused a second boy on one
occasion between August 1987 and 1989 when the child was aged
between five and seven, and the girl on various occasions over five
years from April 1997 when she was eight.
Lady Dorian also placed him on the sex offenders register.
Smart stood as a Scottish Conservative candidate for Holyrood in
AZ, Phoenix - 1/13/2012
Ariz. man who molested 8 boys gets life in prison
A man authorities described as one of Arizona's most egregious
serial child molesters was ordered to spend the rest of his life in
prison Friday for sexually abusing eight boys.
Arthur Leon Vitasek, 47, was found guilty in November of 26
counts that included sexual conduct with a minor, child
molestation and public sexual indecency.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Reinstein sentenced
Vitasek to 11 life sentences on 11 of the charges, and since the
terms will be served consecutively, Vitasek will never be eligible
for parole. Vitasek was sentenced to an additional 200 years in
prison on the other counts.
The charges stem from the molestation of eight boys from 7 to 15
years old in Phoenix and the suburbs of Mesa and Paradise Valley
over a 15-year period beginning in 1990. Police suspect there are
Vitasek often targeted financially struggling single mothers,
helping them with material items and showering their sons
with gifts and attention, authorities said.
Prosecutors said Vitasek would meet new victims through current
victims and would abuse them in front of each other to make them
think it was OK. He lived in the home of one boy and his family
for a period of years.
Vitasek testified in court that three of the victims, all brothers,
targeted him because they wanted to keep items that they had
stolen from him, including a Corvette and a personal watercraft.
Vitasek also said he caught several of the other victims having sex
with each other and they only accused him of molesting them
because he threatened to report them, said Bob Dossey, Vitasek's
Dossey said Reinstein did not allow Vitasek to present that version
of events in court. "Arthur maintains that he is innocent," Dossey
said, adding that he will appeal Vitasek's conviction.
Seven of the boys in the case gave emotional testimony during
the two-month trial, describing the same type of so-called
grooming behaviors by Vitasek and the same type of sex acts - testimony prosecutor Brad Astrowsky said was compelling to
"It creates an overwhelming picture of the type of person this
defendant was," he said. "And that was a serial sexual predator
Astrowsky said that after receiving his sentence, Vitasek yelled at
the victims in court, saying, "I'll be back!"
The other prosecutor in the case, Angela Andrews, said that in all
her years of prosecuting sexual predators, Vitasek's case was "the
Detective Steve Berry with Mesa police, the lead investigative
agency in the case, called Vitasek "a true classic predator."
"You do want to get a maximum sentence on someone like
that," he said. "You don't want him to get another opportunity
to hurt a child."
Vitasek was arrested in Texas in September 2006 after being
on the lam for more than a year and a half. "America's Most
Wanted" featured him on the program numerous times before
Police in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie arrested Vitasek after
a 16-year-old boy reported that Vitasek sexually assaulted him
after they met on the Internet.
Grand Prairie police said Vitasek was using a different name,
Rich Loper, and that Vitasek only admitted his real name after
a detective recognized him and repeatedly questioned him
about his identity.
Vitasek's case also gained attention because he was mentored
by former Arizona House Speaker Jim Weiers, who had hired
him for a couple of jobs and allowed him to live in his home for
a time. Weiers is still a state representative.
"One of the biggest things with molestation and rape and these
types of cases is oftentimes victims feel like they're the only
ones and no one's going to believe them and they're reluctant
to come forward," he said. "So I think it is fantastic when
victims can see that people do believe them and take them
seriously, and know that this guy's not going to harm anyone
Cambodia, Phnom Penh - 1/11/2012
American doctor jailed for sex with Cambodian boys
A Cambodian court on Wednesday sentenced an American doctor to 10 years in prison for paying for sex with two boys, aged 12 and
The boys' parents filed a complaint to police who monitored Phillip
Bruce Shepard, 69, and arrested him in July.
Shepard worked at a private Phnom Penh clinic before he was
arrested, The Australian Associated Press quoted an official from
a local anti-pedophile group Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) as saying.
APLE started watching the Michigan native in 2007 after he was
seen going into a hotel room with two boys.
The court ordered Shepard expelled once he serves his prison time.
Cambodia has long been a magnet for foreign pedophiles
because of poverty and poor law enforcement. In recent years
police and courts have increasingly targeted sex offenders.
Child protection activists were dismayed last month when at
least three convicted offenders were freed by royal pardon,
including a Russian who was the focus of the country's largest
pedophilia case after he paid for sex with 17 girls, the AAP
NV, Reno - 1/10/2012
Convicted sex offender ordered to pay victim $7.7
A convicted sex offender who runs a software company out of his
Reno home was recently ordered by a judge to pay a former
employee $7.7 million for enduring a four-year period of sexual
assault and batteries — that began at age 15 — where the young
man was also secretly filmed using the restroom and showering.
Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan’s Oct. 27 order against
Mark Worsnop, 55, brought an end to a civil lawsuit that had been
on-going since 2007. The time allowed under the law to appeal the
ruling has now passed. Flanagan’s ruling followed a four-day
hearing where testimony was heard from the former employee and
Worsnop. Flanagan said he ordered the multi-million dollar
judgement against Worsnop to appropriately punish him, and deter
him and others from engaging in similar misconduct.
What Worsnop described as a long term “consensual relationship”
to the RGJ was what the employee, his attorney and Flanagan said
was sexual assault.
The man said he finally quit in 2007 when he found the secret
video recordings of him using the bathroom, masturbating at his
desk and in the shower. He then reported the incident to the
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, as did Worsnop’s counselor when
he learned the boy’s age, according to court records. Complaints
were also made about Worsnop to his church and the Boy
Scouts, according to testimony.
According to court filings in this case and the allegations to which
Worsnop admitted, in 1997 Worsnop pleaded no contest in
California to a charge related to molesting a boy. In a statement
to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Worsnop said his sex offense
conviction was expunged from his record, although Digesti said he
is mandated by the law to register as a sex offender with the local
UK, Leicestershire - 1/10/2012
How could horrifying child abuse have gone on so long?
Two children were systematically raped, starved and beaten for years by
wicked pedophiles. They say they were failed by the system, by those they
turned to for help. Now, with their abusers finally behind bars, they feel
they’re being let down all over again. (by Adam Wakelin, This is
A teenage brother and sister who suffered almost four years of horrific
sexual abuse want a full and open inquiry into their case. The
Leicestershire children say lessons must be learned so other youngsters
can be better protected from evil pedophiles.
They have accused Leicestershire County Council of using an ongoing
internal review – which will not be made public – to cynically cover-up a
catalogue of alleged failures that left them in the clutches of their abusive
step-father Mark Thomas and his brother, Paul Thomas.
"I'll always remember thinking 'Please get us away. Please get us out'. But
they never did," said the girl, now 16, who like her 15-year-old brother,
cannot be named for legal reasons.
They decided to speak out after a senior council official stated the aim of
its review was "not to point the finger", but to "highlight the excellent
practices of our staff". That comment left the youngsters feeling they were
being let down all over again.
Detective Constable Andy Spence conducted the investigation that finally
put their abusers behind bars. "I worked this case for four years and I
know pretty much everything that's in the files," he said. "A lot of
concerns were raised by different agencies, but those kids weren't
removed. "It came out in the trial that these children weren't exaggerating.
Everything they spoke about was proven to be true.
Jan Slater, the council's head of service for children in care, said the
review would look at what social services could do better and what had
been done well. She defended the decision not to make the findings
The girl first told a nursery nurse that her daddy had hurt her on the
bed in 1999. The nurse informed social services. Neighbors, a head
teacher, a housing officer and health professionals also raised
concerns about the children's safety to the authorities. Yet
Leicestershire Social Services did not get the children out of their
squalid Ibstock home until November 2002 – three years and 10
months after the first allegation of abuse was made.
The girl and her brother were systematically raped, starved and beaten by
Mark and Paul Thomas.
Both were jailed for 18 years last month after being convicted of a
string of sex crimes against the youngsters.
Their birth mother, Alyson Mepham, was sentenced to two-and-a-half
years after admitting cruelty by neglect.
The youngsters were made to see Mepham and Mark Thomas at a
child-parent contact centre, even after they went to live with their foster
parents. Mepham and Thomas used those visits to try to force the children
to keep secret what had been done to them.
The Thomas brothers roamed free for nine years after the children were
taken into care. Police have not ruled out the possibility that they went on
to prey on other youngsters.
That would have not been allowed to happen if the allegations against
them had been properly dealt with by social services, said the children –
another reason why a full inquiry is so necessary.
The hardest thing for the children to understand is not how or why
it happened, but how it was allowed to go on happening. For years.
Again and again. As their weight fell and their bruises spread. As
they went to school covered in filth and head-lice, stinking of stale
urine, stealing food from their classmates because they were starving.
As the concerned calls from a head teacher, neighbours, a housing
officer and others to Leicestershire social services mounted up.
Their mother, Alyson Mepham, turned a blind eye to the abuse. Her
other three children, the sons she had with Mark Thomas, played
downstairs, while Amanda and Ben, kept caged behind a specially
made iron gate, were used and abused by the brothers for their sick
AZ, Surprise - 1/6/2012
Nurse Convicted of Luring Minor
Richard Sangalang, a 39-year-old nurse from Surprise, pleaded
guilty to three counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
Sangalang, who was arrested in February, was sentenced in
Maricopa County Superior Court to lifetime probation and 12
months in jail, a term that started Sept. 23.
Phoenix police say that on three occasions, Sangalang chatted
online with officers posing as an underage girl. They reportedly
received pictures of Sangalang’s face and his vehicle and requests
for various kinds of sex.
After the arrest, Sangalang admitted to authorities that he had
knowingly solicited sex with a minor and sent the pictures,
according to the court documents.
Sangalang worked as a licensed practical nurse with adults for
five years at Banner Estrella Medical Center.
Canada, Calgary - 1/6/12
Calgary police believe 12-year-old sexually assaulted
three fellow foster children
Police Det. Stephen Johnston deemed the sex-assault case
involving four foster children rare and disturbing for both his
unit and members of the community.
The accused 13-year-old made a brief appearance in a Calgary
court Thursday. Crown prosecutors were granted an adjournment
to allow time to obtain more information from police.
According to the human- services ministry, there are about 2,400
foster homes licensed in Alberta providing care to roughly 4,500
Police are exploring whether other Calgary foster children may
have been subjected to sexual abuse following what are described
as “horrifying” allegations against a 13-year-old.
Officers were called to a southwest foster home around 9:40 p.m.
Tuesday by a witness with “direct knowledge” of a disturbing act
taking place inside, said Det. Stephen Johnston.
Late Wednesday, police announced a 13-year-old boy living in the
home had been charged with sexually assaulting and sexual
interference against three other kids in the home ages six and
The alleged crimes were each committed separately but all took
place on Tuesday, police believe.
Johnston said his child-abuse unit is often faced with difficult calls,
but “This one, I daresay, is more shocking than most.”
Investigators have also learned other foster children previously
lived in the home with the accused, who is being held in the
Calgary Young Offenders Centre but cannot be named under
provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
“We are looking into the possibility now that this was not the first
incident that occurred,” Johnston said.
The Alberta government’s human services ministry oversees the
operations of foster homes in the province.
Spokesperson Roxanne Dube-Coelho said a review into an alleged
incident of this nature would be typical but could not speak further
to whether concerns had been raised about the residence
“I can tell you the younger children have been removed from the
home,” she said. “They are in a safe placement.”
FLA, Coral Springs - 12/29/2011
Deputy Accused Of Molesting Autistic Girl
A Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) deputy is the target of a
criminal investigation into allegations that he had inappropriate
sexual contact with another deputy’s 8-year-old autistic daughter.
The investigation involves Carlos Periu, 40, who has been with
BSO for 10 years. The child has used graphic details to describe
the acts which she says he committed. The child is the daughter of
another BSO deputy and the two families have been close friends
for years, South Florida Times has learned.
The case is being investigated by detectives from the sex crimes
division of the Coral Springs Police Department.
“The investigation has not been completed and I am not able to
discuss any details at this time,” David Kirkland, public
information officer for the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Unit of the
Coral Springs Police Department, said in an email to South Florida
Periu’s family had invited the girl’s family over for a visit during
the Thanksgiving holiday and that was when the incident allegedly
The child later told her mother in explicit terms about a “secret”
involving “Uncle Carlos.” Her parents contacted police and took
the child to Broward County’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center
for a forensic examination that included questioning by
The results of the examination are not known but Coral Springs
police informed BSO of their investigation. Even though BSO is
not involved and the case is not related to Periu’s work, the agency
placed him on administrative leave on Dec. 19.
Periu’s patrol car was seized and its doors and trunk were sealed
with bright red “evidence” tape before being taken to a garage for
In addition to his work as a sheriff’s deputy, Periu owns CCC
Entertainment, a company that provides music, photography,
video, bounce houses and other entertainment services at
parties, weddings, and other functions. His company has
worked at BSO events.
Jim Lejedal, BSO’s director of media relations, said he was not
familiar with Periu’s company and was not sure what, if any,
impact his suspension would have on any future relationship with
the sheriff’s office.
BSO hired Periu in 2001 and he works in the Pompano Beach
district, earning $69,908 annually.
As a general rule, BSO employees are prohibited from discussing
pending investigations and co-workers were reluctant to speak
about the allegations. But some described Periu as friendly and
incapable of doing what he is accused of.
It is unclear when the investigation will be completed or if the case
has been presented to prosecutors. Officials at the Broward State
Attorney’s Office declined comment when contacted. Coral
Springs police say they are unable to provide any timetable.
“I am curious, however, as to how you learned about the case,”
Kirkland, the Coral Spring police spokesman, said. “As soon as I
am able to release any information, I will let you know.”
CO, Colorado Springs - 12/28/2011
Ex-Cop May Face Single Trial For Approx. 200 Charges
The former Colorado Springs Police Officer and School
Resource Officer who is accused of sexual assault and possessing
child pornography appeared in Court Wednesday.
A trial date previously scheduled for January 9 was cancelled.
Instead, prosecutors are planning to bring all the charges into one
trial on March 12.
Before agreeing to that action, the judge asked the defense if they
felt this was a violation of Joshua Carrier’s right to a speedy trial.
This is important because some of the charges must be dismissed
and then refiled. Both Carrier and his attorney said they felt it was
not a violation.
Carrier is facing almost 200 charges related to sexual assault
and child pornography. Police say he sexually abused children
and many of them he oversaw in his role at Horace Mann
Additional sexual exploitation counts are also expected to be added
to the list of charges when Carrier next appears in court. Carrier is
scheduled for a motions hearing on February 3.
22 boys have come forward accusing Carrier of sexual assault.
Before the trial takes place, the defense will receive a copy of the
hard drives that the prosecution plans to use as evidence. The judge
said Wednesday that they contained “potentially harmful
Carrier’s defense also asked the judge for a protective order against
the media, which was denied. They tried to argue that the cameras
were blocking access to the hallways and elevator in the
The judge pointed out that cameras are already barred from the
courtroom and that elsewhere they are protected by the first
amendment. The defense was also reminded that they could call
the police if they ever feel threatened.
Indiana, Allen Count - 12/27/2011
Scene of 9-year-old girl's killing a haven for sex offenders
Michael Lyn Plumadore was held without bond after his arrest
Monday night in the death of Aliahna Lemmon, 9.
The Associated Press, quoting one of the 15 sex offenders living
at Northway Woods, reports that Aliahna Lemmon's mother
had recently moved to the trailer park to take care of her
father, James E. Lemmon, a convicted sex offender who had
James Lemmon died Dec. 3 at age 66, Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral
Home of Hamilton said. State prison records show that he was
convicted March 6, 2006, of child molestation.
The Indiana trailer park that was home to 9-year-old Aliahna
Lemmon — whose dismembered body was found this week — is
also home to an extraordinary number of registered sex offenders,
police and court records show.
An affidavit filed Tuesday by Allen County sheriff's investigators
said Michael Len Plumadore, 39, of the Northway Woods
trailer park in Fort Wayne, confessed to having killed and
dismembered Aliahna on Friday. Her head, hands and feet
were found in a freezer in Plumadore's home; the rest of her
body was scattered elsewhere in the area. Plumadore was held
without bail Tuesday pending formal charges.
Plumadore lives in the same trailer park as Aliahna — who a
relative said was partly blind and deaf — and her two younger
sisters, and he often baby-sat for them. The girls had been
staying with Plumadore for about a week because their mother was
The nature of Aliahna's death would meet the definition of a
sex offense under Indiana Code 35, which includes the state's
version of Megan's Law, a national template for registering and
monitoring known sex offenders. Plumadore isn't on Allen
County's registry — court records show only convictions for
trespassing, assault and auto theft in Florida and North Carolina.
But Northway Woods is one of an increasing number of isolated
locations around the country that have become havens for
registered sex offenders, who in most states must not live within
a certain distance of places where children congregate, such as
schools and churches.
The Allen County sheriff's registry shows that 15 sex offenders
live at Northway Woods, a small mobile home park with 54
lots, only about 25 of which are occupied. Among them are
men with multiple felony convictions for sexual abuse of a
minor and child molestation.
In other words, three-fifths of the occupied units there house a
registered sex offender. That's an extraordinary concentration in
Indiana, which has only 137 registered sex offenders per 100,000
population — the third-lowest figure of all 50 states, according to
data compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Seven other registered offenders live within 2 miles of the trailer
park, the registry shows — meaning nearly 5 percent of all of the
county's 537 registered sex offenders live within a short walk of
"You see it on TV all the time in other states, in other places, but
this is in our own backyard," said Kathleen McKee, who lives in
the Northway Woods park. "It's in our own home, and it's scary."
"I feel for the family, because I have three children myself — two
daughters and a son," McKee told NBC station WISE of Fort
Wayne. "I can't imagine what that family is feeling, especially
around Christmas time."
Before he was arrested, Plumadore gave a brief interview Monday
morning to WISE. The station hasn't aired the interview, which
could be used as evidence in the case, but it reported that
Plumadore said he was going in to take a polygraph test and that
he, too, was eager to find Aliahna.
New Hampshire, Milton - 12/20/2011
Former local bus driver faces 14 charges of
child abuse, molestation
The former Provider bus driver already indicted on federal counts
involving the sexual exploitation of children was indicted this
month on 14 charges alleging he sexually abused a local child
between February 2009 and February 2011.
John Allen Wright, 45, of 52 Charles Street in Milton, was arrested
on Sept. 1 after an investigation by the state Internet Crimes
Against Children (ICAC) task force that began in February 2011
led to a search warrant being executed at his home, according to an
affidavit filed by Milton Police Chief Mark McGowan.
According to the affidavit, the search of Wright's home resulted
in the discovery of an external hard drive, identified as being
used by Wright, that contained approximately 10,000 images
and movies depicting child sexual abuse.
Wright was working as a school bus driver of special needs
children with Provider Enterprises Inc., for which he drove buses
in Kittery, Maine, Rochester, and other local areas, at the time of
Wright previously worked as a bus driver for the Milton School
District and as an assistant teacher at Rochester Child Care
Center and Quirion Preschool and Learning Center, also in
Rochester, in the 1990s, according to investigators.
On Dec. 15, Wright was indicted on one count of aggravated
felonious sexual assault, five counts of felonious sexual assault,
four counts of lewdness and indecent exposure, and four counts of
simple assault, alleging that between February 2009 and February
2011, Wright filmed himself engaging in sexual contact with a
male minor child.
The videos, County Attorney Tom Velardi said, were among those
found in Wright's home during the September search by the ICAC
task force and were filmed on Wright's school bus.
The charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault is punishable by
up 10 to 20 years in the state prison, while each charge of felonious
sexual assault is punishable by 10 to 30 years in state prison.
The charges of indecent exposure are punishable by 3 1/2 to 7
years in prison, while each simple assault charge is punishable by
two to five years in prison. These indictments are the most recent
In October he was federally indicted on six counts involving
the sexual exploitation of children, alleging he filmed sexual
contact between himself and three separate minor children.
NY, Buffalo - 12/13/2011
Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Young Girls on
Buffalo attorney Kendra Winkelstein resigned as legal counsel to
the ruling clique of the Tuscarora Nation last week following
allegations of the systematic sexual abuse of young girls on the
reservation by individuals with strong ties to the Tuscarora
leadership. Winkelstein, who has represented tribal clerk Leo
Henry, Neil Patterson Sr. and Neil Patterson Jr. for the past 18
years, told the Niagara Falls Reporter that the reasons behind her
resignation were "personal." She declined comment when asked
whether she is now talking with agents of the federal government
or any other law enforcement agencies. A spokeswoman for the
Buffalo FBI office would neither confirm nor deny that Henry and
the Pattersons are under investigation. For Henry and the
Pattersons, Winkelstein's resignation is potentially devastating, as
Winkelstein has been the public face of the former "Gang of Four"
to local, state and federal bureaucracies like the Niagara County
Sheriff's Department, the New York Power Authority, the Bureau
of Indian Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency. She
has been a key negotiator for the Tuscarora leadership, and has
served as their representative in eviction proceedings and other
highly criticized procedures undertaken by Henry and the
Pattersons. Speculation about Winkelstein's resignation was
rampant on the reservation last week.
A chair's got four legs, but you kick one out from under it and the
whole thing falls down," one Tuscarora told the Reporter. Without
the thin veneer of legality Winkelstein provided, it seems unlikely
that government agencies will continue to do business with a
regime responsible for basic human rights violations, including the
denial of electrical service and medical treatment, the hijacking of
$12.5 million received by the Tuscaroras over the past six years
under the Power Authority's relicensing agreement, and an alleged
pattern of ongoing sexual abuse under which the parents of
victimized children were threatened with the loss of their
homes and land should they choose to go to authorities.
Because of confidentiality and ethical standards, Dougherty said he
could not give the names of the women, but said they all told
fundamentally the same story.
A powerful Tuscarora man, related by blood to at least one of those
currently sitting on the ruling clique, raped and abused the
women when they were young girls between the ages of 11 and
16, he said. "We're talking about an evil man," Dougherty said. "It's
kind of surprising no one's shot him yet." In fact, Dougherty said,
the father of one of the girls in question had to be physically
restrained after he took off after the alleged perpetrator with a
shotgun. "He was lucky that day, and he's stayed lucky."
The women waited years before coming forward with their
allegations, because of the perpetrator's close ties to those in the
Tuscarora government, Dougherty added. "They didn't say anything
out of fear," he said. "Fear that they would be removed from the
rolls, that their parents would be removed from the rolls, losing their
property, or not having the ability to buy property."
More recently, allegations of repeated incidents of child
molestation have surfaced at the Tuscarora Health Clinic, and
the situation is considered so grave that a meeting was held for
clinic workers in September where they were instructed about what
to say should anyone ask them about the situation. Numerous
sources on the reservation said last week that the case involves
multiple victims and a former worker at the clinic -- related by
blood to the suspect in the earlier case and to the member of the
ruling clique as well -- who was quietly removed from his position
last month. According to the sources, the tribal leadership is
deliberately conducting a coverup of what went on at the clinic,
to the point of enlisting one powerful Clan Mother to warn the
victims and their families of the dire consequences they might
face should they speak out about what happened.
Iowa, Davenport - 12/8/2011
Mom charged with knowing about sex abuse
of her children for two years
A Davenport mother is behind bars, after police say she admitted
knowing her three young daughters were being molested, and
ignored the children's pleas for help.
''The oldest one is saying, this is what's going on, help me, Mom'',
said Detective Mark Dinneweth, who interviewed the 29-year old
The mother's boyfriend, Jayme Souder, 25, of Davenport, was
charged back in August with three counts of felony sexual abuse.
Souder is accused of molesting the girls who are now 10, 7 and 8,
the past two years, while he babysat and the mother was gone.
Police say their mom admitted she was told by the eldest daughter
about the abuse several times, but did nothing. She was arrested
and charged on Tuesday.
''When an incident occurred, they told their mother. They suffered
for two years'', said Dinneweth.
Dinneweth says the 8-year old recently decided enough is enough,
and told school authorities after refusing to get back on the school
bus and go home.
''She wouldn't get on the bus. She pulled her two sisters off, and
said 'We are not going' '', Dinneweth said. ''She stood up for
herself, said something to authorities, she had to do it for herself
and her two younger siblings''.
The girls are in the care of a relative. The man accused of
molesting them is in jail, and so is the mom who police say didn't
save them. She is charged with one count of child endangerment,
which is an aggravated misdemeanor.
''I can't tell you what was in her head. I just don't know. It's not
going to make sense to a lot of people''.
ONTARIO, Chatam - 12/8/2011
Man who was mentor to kids faces sex abuse charges
A Chatham man already facing child pornography charges has now
also been charged in relation to an alleged case of historical sexual
Chatham-Kent police reported Monday that Ronnie George
Inghelbrecht, 48, had been charged with two counts of possession
of child pornography and one count of accessing child
The public announcement led to a former Chatham resident coming
forward to police to report being a victim of abuse. As a result of
that investigation, Inghelbrecht has been additionally charged with
eleven counts of sexual related offences and is scheduled to appear
for a bail hearing today.
The accused was in a mentor position with children spanning
a period of 10 years between 1984 and 1994. In an effort to
ensure there are no additional victims, Chatham-Kent police are
requesting that anyone with information about this accused contact
the Chatham-Kent police major crime unit at 519-436-6616.
Anonymous callers may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
and may be eligible for a cash reward.
The original child porn charges stem from a search warrant
executed Nov. 30 by members of the Chatham-Kent police child
exploitation unit and the Ontario Provincial Police child sexual
exploitation unit following a seven-month child pornography
investigation. Three computers and external media were seized
which contained images of child sexual abuse.
CA, Bakersfield - 12/7/2011
Ex-Tehachapi councilman faces new sex abuse charges,
Awaits sentencing on a prior case
Former Kern County firefighter and Tehachapi City Council member Daniel Shane Reed has been arrested again on sexual
The Kern County Sheriff's Office says Reed, 41, met a
13-year-old boy and had sexual relations with him while he was
free on bail from another case of sexual abuse.
Deputies started their investigation Nov. 8. They alleged Reed and
the Tehachapi boy started communicating this summer with
wireless devices and had sexual encounters in Bakersfield and
Jail records show Reed was booked Wednesday morning on felony
counts of oral copulation with a person under 14 and lewd or
lascivious acts with a child under 14.
In the first case, Reed is awaiting sentencing after pleading no
contest in October to one misdemeanor count of annoying or
molesting a child and one felony count of contact with a minor
with intent to commit a sexual offense.
The primary victim in the first case – two teen boys were
referenced in court documents – told the detective that he engaged
in both anal and oral sex with Reed. The boy said he met Reed
through a friend in February, when the three of them went to Pismo
Beach. The boy was 16 at that time. The sexual relationship started
that weekend, the boy told police.
Follow-up sexual encounters came after Reed took the boy
shopping and out to eat, and the two exchanged text messages and
had rendezvous at motels, court documents show.
Reed was sworn into City Council office in December 2008, and
his term was set to end in November 2012. He resigned from the
City Council in July and from his job as a firefighter in October.
He's jailed on $260,000 bail for the new case and is set for
sentencing Jan. 4 in the former case.
AZ, Maricopa County - 12/7/2011
Rachel Brock gets 10 years probation in sex case
Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock's daughter was
sentenced Wednesday to 10 years probation with one year
deferred jail time for sexually abusing the same teenager her
Rachel Brock, 22, was 17 when she performed sex acts over a
two-year period with a 14-year-old family friend whom her
mother, Susan, molested over a three-year period, according to
Though originally charged with seven counts of sexual conduct
with a minor and one count of furnishing obscene materials to a
minor, Rachel Brock in June pleaded guilty to two counts of
child abuse with sexual motivation. Six other felony counts were
dismissed. She will not have to serve any of the jail time if she
abides by the terms of her probation.
In pleading guilty, Rachel, the middle daughter of Fulton and
Susan Brock, softly answered "yes" after Pinal County Superior
Court Judge Pro Tem Hank Gooday asked whether she was
admitting to performing oral and masturbatory sex on the victim.
Her father was not at the sentencing hearing.
Her mother, Susan Brock, 49, is serving a 13-year sentence for
molesting the boy, now 17, over a three-year period starting
when he was 14.
The families, who both belonged to the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, socialized and vacationed
together, records say. Rachel's abuse of the teen began on a trip
to California, prosecutors said. The boy, a family friend, had
been spending time at the Brocks' Chandler residence since he
was about 11, according to Deputy Pinal County Attorney Jason
Susan Brock spent thousands of dollars on gifts for the teen and
paid him $100 for letting her touch him, Holmberg said.
Rachel Brock had been held without bail since she was
rearrested in the case in March. She was arrested in December,
but Pinal County requested more evidence before formally
charging her. The case was transferred to Pinal County
prosecutors because of Fulton Brock's position as a Maricopa
A Chandler detective who investigated the case reported that
Fulton Brock had lied to police about evidence and also
recommended that Mormon bishops be prosecuted for
failure to report the boy's complaints to authorities.
CA, Chula Vista - 12/5/2011
Navy commander who molested young girl to be sentenced
A Navy commander who molested an underage girl over a
seven-year period in Chula Vista and Monterey is scheduled to
be sentenced Monday in a South Bay courtroom.
Brett Allen Wagner, 40, pleaded guilty in September to a felony
charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14. He will
be sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
According to the criminal complaint, Wagner molested the girl
from 1997 to 2001 in Chula Vista and 2001 to 2004 in
Monterey, when he was assigned there.
The defendant was arrested in June and extradited from
Pascagoula, Miss., to San Diego County to face charges.
No. Carolina, Winston-Salem - 12/2/2011
Foster mother charged with sexual abuse
Winston-Salem police charged a woman with sexually
abusing a foster child under her care, police said in a news
Jasmine Boyd, 38, of 3900 Thornaby Circle, is charged with
six counts of sexual activity by a substitute parent.
Winston-Salem police detectives got a report Nov. 11 that
Boyd, a foster parent, had been having a sexual relationship
with a child under her care for the past two months.
Detectives interviewed Boyd today at the police department.
After the interview, she was taken into custody, according to
the news release. She is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 6,
Anyone with information about this investigation should call
the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or
Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800.
Colorado, Longmont - 12/2/2011
Ex-Boy Scout Volunteer Charged with Child Sexual Assault
A former volunteer at San Isabel Boy Scout Ranch has been
bound over for trial for sexual assault on a child in Longmont, and
law-enforcement officials are worried there could be more victims
from the camp, including at least two from Pueblo County.
James Rienholdt "Butch" Cahill, 56, of Leadville is free on
$100,000 bail after a preliminary hearing in Longmont on
Thursday. He is charged with one count of sexual assault on a child
by one in a position of trust, said Longmont police Detective
"We have one charge, but multiple people have stepped forward
against Cahill," she said Thursday by phone. Graham said that
three alleged victims, in addition to the boy he has been charged
with assaulting, are from the Longmont area. "One victim is 39
and, like (two others), the statute of limitations has run out on
Cahill was a volunteer at the ranch for about 10 years, as
recently as last summer, according to a letter sent to more than
240 families of Scouts who attended the camp over the past
decade, notifying them of the former archery/shooting instructor’s
charges and asking whether any scouts had been victimized. The
letter stated that the Boy Scouts are fully cooperating with the
"We are concerned because of the longtime abuse of his victim
here," Satur said. "The boy he is charged with abusing was 8 when
it began and it continued until the boy was 13. Because of the
nature of these crimes, and Cahill's history, we're worried about his
time at the Scout camp. "Unfortunately, we would not be surprised
if there were more victims."
Cahill’s 20-page arrest affidavit paints a pattern of years of sexual
abuse on a boy, now 15, and similar abuse on a now 39-year-old
man. Longmont police said the statute of limitations has passed
when it comes to prosecuting Cahill in the older case.
Graham said Cahill is divorced, with one biological daughter and
Jeff Berger, executive director of the Boy Scouts’ Rocky Mountain
Council since last year, said he didn’t know Cahill personally and
that Cahill quit working at the ranch mid-season. “We were
shocked to hear of the allegations against James. Abuse always had
been and is unacceptable in the Boy Scouts. The alleged
allegations are not representative of the principles and ideals of the
Boy Scouts of America”, Berger said.
New York, Queensbury - 11/30/2011
Dance Teacher Sentenced for Sexually Abusing
An upstate New York dance teacher has been sentenced to five
years in prison for sexually abusing a young boy who was one of
The Glens Falls Post-Star reports that 49-year-old Timothy
McGuire said nothing when he was sentenced Wednesday in
Warren County Court. A jury convicted him in October of sexual
conduct against a child, a felony, and misdemeanor sexual abuse.
He was found guilty of repeatedly abusing the boy from the time
he was 6 until he was 14.
During his trial, McGuire denied having sexual contact with the
McGuire ran the Tim McGuire Dance Centre in Glens Falls
for 30 years. His lawyer has appealed the conviction.
California, Los Angeles - 11/9/2011
George Washington Carver Middle School Under
Lockdown Over Attempted Sexual Assault of 12-yr-old girl
At approximately 7:15am Wednesday morning, the George
Washington Carver Middle School in South Los Angeles was
placed under lockdown, Patrick Sinclair (Senior Director of
Communications and External Affairs, The Partnership For Los
Angeles Schools) told the Huffington Post.
A 7th grade student reported seeing a man in the neighborhood that
resembled the alleged attacker from Friday's attempted sexual
assault on a Carver student. As the suspect is still at large, the
school and LAPD combed the campus to confirm that the man had
not entered the campus grounds. The lockdown lasted less than one
hour, reports Patrick Sinclair.
On Friday, November 4th, an unknown assailant aggressively
grabbed a 12-year-old female student outside of a bathroom at
George Washington Carver Middle School, while she was waiting
for a classmate -- in broad daylight.
The man "forcefully pull[ed] her while making a sexual remark,"
states the LAPD. The young girl fell to the ground and began
screaming as the attacker dragged her approximately 15 feet from
where he had initially approached her.
The classmate she was waiting for, along with two additional 7th
grade male students, ran towards the attacker and joined the
struggle. According to the LAPD, the girl's peers demanded that
the man release her.
The man escaped and climbed over a fence onto Wadsworth
Avenue just south of Vernon Avenue. He is described as being
Hispanic with brown eyes and black hair between the ages of 30
and 40. He is believed to weigh between 180 and 190 pounds and
is between 5'9" and 6'1" tall. The suspect also has two cut lines or
scars on his left eyebrow.
Patrick Sinclair told the Huffington Post that a letter is being sent
home to Carver parents and asserts that no students have been
harmed in any way. The two 7th grade boys who assisted in saving
the victim will be honored by Carver's Principal, reports KTLA.
Anyone with additional information about the incident or the
suspect is urged to contact LAPD Newton Division Officer
Cervantes at (323) 846-6576.
California, Oceanside - 11/8/2011
Two men get 10 years for sex trafficking girls
Two San Diego County men have been sentenced to 10 years in
federal prison after pleading guilty to the sex trafficking of
children who were forced into prostitution rings by street gangs.
Prosecutors tell the Los Angeles Times that 20-year-old Malcolm
Jamal Allen and 23-year-old Devon Leontae Sutton, both from
Oceanside, entered the pleas Monday, admitting to child sex
trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.
Authorities say the gangs used websites like Facebook, Twitter and
Craigslist to find customers. Many of the groups' young prostitutes
Six other defendants tied to the prostitution ring have also pleaded
guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Sweden, Stockholm - 10/18/2011
23 Women Convicted Of Child Pornography
A Swedish court on Tuesday convicted 23 women and one man of child pornography offenses in what investigators called a
unique case because of the number of female perpetrators.
The Falu District Court gave the women, aged between 38 and 70,
conditional sentences and fines ranging from $380 to $2,700. It
also sentenced a 43-year-old man to one year in prison for
aggravated child pornography.
The court said the women received scores of sexually explicit
video clips and photographs of children from the man and
discussed them online with him. Some said they liked the images
or shared sexual fantasies about the children, and one woman sent
pornographic images of children to the man, the court said. The
material showed girls and boys of various ages, . The man made contact with the women on the Internet
and had sexual relations with about half of them, but they had no
connection to each other, the court said.
Some 1,181 pictures and 40 films with child pornography were
found in the man's computer, including brutal images of shackled
children being raped by adults.
Swedish police said reactions they have received from Interpol
indicate this is the first child pornography case worldwide to
involve so many women.
Oregon, Portland - 9/13/2011
Boy Scouts face more sex abuse claims in court
Cases in Oregon and Montana
- UPDATE of 9/1/2010 article
Four Oregon men plan to sue the Boy Scouts of America on
Tuesday over childhood sexual abuse they say they suffered at
the hands of a pedophile knowingly appointed as their
scoutmaster in the 1970s, their lawyer said. The lawsuits, to be
filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, accuse
the national Boy Scouts of negligence and fraud in connection
with the repeated molestation of the men, then aged 12 to 15,
their lawyer, Kelly Clark, told Reuters. The suits are the latest
in a barrage of such claims facing the Boy Scouts,
headquartered in Texas, since the organization was found liable
and ordered to pay nearly $20 million in damages last year for
a pedophile case from the 1980s.
Clark and his co-counsel, Paul Mones, brought a separate case
against the Boy Scouts last week on behalf of five women who
claim they were sexually abused as girls by the leader of a coed
Scouting program in Montana during the 1970s. The Montana
suit and the impending cases in Oregon bring to at least 35 the
number of individuals who have lodged child sexual abuse
claims against the Boy Scouts of America in 11 states since
2007, Clark said.
The group cites new safeguards instituted during the past
decade, including tighter screening of its volunteers, though it
acknowledges that criminal background checks for existing
volunteers only became mandatory in 2008.
Clark said publicity from last year's trial in Portland prompted
hundreds of former Scouts to contact his law firm. He likened
the "domino effect" of that case to the tide of allegations
against Roman Catholic priests in the United States
triggered more than a decade ago by reports of clergy abuse
that surfaced in the Boston Archdiocese. "What these
institutions have in common is the sense that their mission is
important and that they can't afford to have their good works
sullied by what they consider isolated incidents," Clark said.
Last year's trial shed light on records the BSA kept on
suspected or confirmed sexual abuse by leaders and volunteers.
The jury was permitted to review 20,000 pages from what were
termed the "perversion files" or "ineligible volunteer files,"
dating from 1965 to 1985 before rendering a verdict. The
lawsuit claims the BSA was aware since the 1960's that
“scouting posed a danger to adolescent boys because
historically noticeable numbers of adult volunteers...were
discovered to be child molesters.” Those files show that
during the 20-year period, an average of nearly 60 leaders
or volunteers a year were discovered molesting children,
Clark said. The Boy Scouts dispute that figure, and the
organization is fighting to keep those documents from being
made public in a case awaiting a ruling by the Oregon Supreme
All four bringing suit in the new case claim they were
abused in the 1970s by then-scoutmaster Steven Terry Hill,
who was put in charge of their troop even though the Boy
Scouts learned he had been accused of molesting three other
boys while serving as a Scout leader in California, Clark
said. The plaintiffs also allege that the Boy Scouts organization
became aware that Hill was molesting boys in Portland's Troop
76 but did nothing to stop it, according to Clark. Hill was
acquitted in the late 1970s of sex abuse charges related to the
Boy Scouts in Portland. But he was convicted in 1991 on four
counts of sodomy and furnishing drugs and alcohol to a minor
stemming from an unrelated sex-abuse case involving a
17-year-old boy. He was released from prison in 2011 after
serving 20 years, Clark said. A deposition Hill gave while
incarcerated, and other corroborating evidence, suggests that
the California Scouts council arranged for him to be transferred
to Portland where, in 1976, he founded Troop 76, an elite group
of 76 scouts whose mission was “high adventure” activities like
river rafting and mountain climbing, Clark said.
James Hopper, a clinical psychology instructor at Harvard
Medical School, said it is not unusual for adults to wait many
years to reveal sexual abuse from their childhood, especially for
males, who may feel greater shame from their ordeals. "You
have stories of abuse emerging from the Catholic Church and
other institutions; now it's the Boy Scouts' turn," he said. Clark
said “You don’t have to be trained or anything. You just
show up and raise your hand and swear and you’re a
volunteer.” “So while the percent of volunteers in the Boy
Scouts who were abusers is, we believe, much smaller, the
numbers are relatively large, and the number of victims could
be the same or worse (than in the Catholic church)”.
England, Leeds - 8/4/2011
Pedophile who had 300,000 child abuse images is jailed
Daniel Taylor, 31, from Leeds, was handed an indeterminate
sentence after admitting 27 offenses, including sex assault on a
baby. He was described by police as the UK’s most prolific
hoarder of pictures of child abuse. Taylor possessed more than
300,000 indecent images, including a large number considered
the most extreme, Bradford crown court heard. Taylor used 47
devices including hard drives, phones, memory sticks and a
laptop to store the pictures. The court was told Taylor, a father
of two, filmed himself sexually assaulting a victim twice. None
of the charges relate to Taylor's children. He pleaded guilty to
27 charges, including making and possessing indecent images
and sexually assaulting a baby.
Officers also found an instruction video for pedophiles
showing them how to abuse children from birth until the age
of eight. Taylor, who worked in a family business supplying and
fitting gutters, encrypted his web of computers and storage
devices, but police used state-of-the art technology to break his
codes and access the material.
Judge Rodney Grant said that Taylor posed a danger, and an
indeterminate sentence was his only option. He also ordered him
to sign the sex offenders register for life and comply with a
sexual offenses prevention order.
North Carolina – 8/2011
Marine Corps Captain arrested in child pornography sweep
In August 2011, a Marine Corps Captain was arrested when state and federal agents in North Carolina conducted a sweep of alleged child pornography traffickers that led to the arrests of 24 people, including Thomas Evans, a Captain with the Lumberton Fire Department. Evans, 40, is charged with nine felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Arizona, Tucson - 6/20/2011
Child Sexual Molester Killed by Police
Last Wed., 43-year old Ernesto Agramont of Tucson,
was shot and killed by officers who were attempting
to arrest him on child sexual assault and abuse charges.
Five officers surrounded Agramont’s home; he left his house
carrying a knife, which he refused to drop, and advanced
towards the officers. He was shot and died a short time
later. The matter is being investigated and Tucson
police are asking anyone with information to call
911 or 88-crime.
California, La Mesa - 6/20/2011
Man suspected of committing lewd acts
with child in grocery store bathroom
On June 15, at approximately 6:53 p.m., a witness
walked into the men’s restroom at the Von’s store
at 8011 University in La Mesa. He observed an
adult male sitting on the toilet with his pants down.
The adult male had a 2-year-old child on his lap and
the witness observed the child touching the man’s
penis. The witness reported the incident to the
La Mesa Police Dept. The adult male was identified
by the police as Russell Cilibraise III. The investigation
is ongoing and detectives are still working on developing
leads on any other potential victims or witnesses to the
case or any other potential cases involving Cilibraise.
If you have any information on this case, please call
Detective Sean Snow at (619) 667-7537. You may also
call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line
(888) 580-TIPS or www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
New York, Manhattan - 6/15/2011
Arrest of 26 in Network that traded child
rape videos, images
Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr.,
announced Tues. that his office had filed charges
against 26 individuals related to the possession of
images or videos showing the sexual abuse of children.
“These images...are babies, toddlers, and children being
brutally raped, sexually assaulted and exploited by
adults on camera.”
The New York Times reports that “the charges were a
result of a five-month investigation conducted by the
district attorney’s office and the United States Immigration
and Customs Enforcement office. According to the New
York Daily News, the defendants, ages ranging from 18 to
63, included Steven Roman, who worked in a children’s
shoe store, Miguel Caraballo, who was once a dishwasher
at Manhattan’s Alice’s Tea Cup (a Lewis Carroll-themed
teahouse catering to kids), substitute teacher Joshua Ruiz,
and Moshe Gerstein, a corporate attorney.
“The 26 defendants in these cases traded videos and still
images of child sexual assault the way others traded
baseball cards,” Vance stated, “using peer to peer technology,
they acted as curators of their collection.”
According to the Times, officials from the DA’s office said they
would hand over the images collected as part of the investigation
to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an
organization in Virginia that keeps a database of seized material
as part of its Child Victim Identification Program.
England - 6/14/2011
10 Men Arrested in Raids in Manchester, Salford and Buxton
Police are questioning 10 men suspected of child trafficking
following a series of raids in Manchester and the north-west
connected to a major inquiry into the sexual exploitation of
young girls. The arrests followed allegations that the men
befriended vulnerable girls in Manchester city centre and plied
them with food, alcohol and drugs before carrying out abuse at
Around 100 detectives have been involved for three months in Operation Windermere, one of the largest child sexual
exploitation investigations ever carried out by the serious
crime division of Greater Manchester police (GMP). Police
said up to 39 young girls, some as young as 14, were helping
with the inquiry, which was focusing on a "core group" of four
to six alleged victims.
It is believed the arrested men met girls outside shops and at bus
and train stations in Manchester city centre, and offered them
food and takeaways. The grooming would then progress to
giving them drink and drugs before they were allegedly taken to
parties in Manchester and Salford and encouraged to engage in
sexual activity with older men, ages between 21 and 28.
Around half the girls were in local authority care and all were
classed as vulnerable, with many from broken homes and many
living on the periphery of society.
GMP Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said the
operation was part of a series of investigations into child sexual
exploitation currently under way. Arrests were made in Bury and
Rochdale in recent weeks. He also appealed for the public's help
in combating sex gangs that prey on vulnerable youngsters. He
said the girls had been the victims of "classic grooming".
Massachusetts, Milford - 6/14/2011
Mass. Man Charged in Amsterdam Sex Case
A Massachusetts man whose case led to the discovery of a massive
child sex abuse case in the Netherlands has been charged with
distributing child pornography, according to court documents.
Robert Diduca, 47, was a member of an online forum for those
with a sexual interest in children. He came to the attention of law
enforcement last year when he sent a pornographic image of a child
via e-mail to investigators of Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI), who alerted Massachusetts State Police.
Diduca was arrested at his home in Milford, a town in Worcester
County of Massachusetts, in early November 2010. During a
search of his computer storage devices, investigators discovered
some 10,000 images and videos of young children engaged in
sexual acts. One of the images recovered from his computer
showed an adult man sexually abusing a two-year-old boy.
Investigators determined that the photos and videos did not appear
to have been made in the United States and shared an edited image
on Interpol's secure system for international law enforcement
officials in order to help identify the victim.
As a result, Dutch police soon recognized the material was of
Dutch origin and requested additional photos to help in the
investigation. An edited photo of the victim was eventually shown
on Dutch television on December 7 after which someone
recognized the child and called police.
Hours later, police in the Netherlands arrested 27-year-old Robert
Mikelsons who confessed to sexually abusing dozens of young
children while being employed at two Amsterdam nurseries between February 2007 and January 2010. He also offered his
services through several websites. Mikelsons is believed to have
abused at least 85 young children.
Diduca, who remains in custody, previously pled not guilty to
similar charges. If found guilty, he faces at least 5 years and up to
20 years in prison, followed by up to lifetime supervised release
and a $250,000 fine.
Canada, New Brunswick - 6/8/2011
New Brunswick Record Child Porn Bust
Douglas Hugh Stewart, 51, from Moncton, pleaded
guilty to possessing millions of images seized in
March. Const. Jean-Marc Pare, of the RCMP Internet
Child Exploitation Unit in Fredericton, said
police in Canada have never seen anything quite
like it. Other arrests are expected. The ongoing
investigation into peer-to-peer computer file sharing
of child sexual abuse images in the province– known
as Operation J Treasures– began in November 2010.
“There have been a few out west that numbered over
3 million. We don’t know the exact number of ours
yet, but we know we’ll be well over five million.”
Pare said they’re dealing with a subculture of people
who collect these images like other collect hockey cards.
He said the images have been sent to the national RCMP
unit in Ottawa, which could lead to the identification of
more victims and possibly more offenders. “But those
offenders are becoming more sophisticated, he said, both
in methods of storing the images and luring victims”.
Alabama, Athens - 6/7/2011
71-year old Alabama Man charged with
child sex abuse
Dozens of charges of sodomy and sex abuse are
being filed against a 71-year-old Athens man.
Johnnie Donald Pack faces 24 counts of first
degree sodomy, 24 counts of first degree sexual
abuse, and three counts of second degree sexual
abuse. Police said that Pack knew his two victims, who
were between nine and 12-years-old when the abuse
took place; Police believe the abuse took place at his
residence and spanned several years. Pack’s neighbors
were shocked to hear of the 71-year-old’s charges.
Investigators are still looking to see if other victims will
come forward. If you have any information, you’re asked
to call Athens police at (256) 233-8700.
Sweden, Stockholm - 5/20/2011
23 Women suspected of Child Pornography
23 women and a 43-year-old man were charged with
child pornography offenses in what investigators say
is a unique case because of the number of female
suspects. Charges filed with the Falun district court
in central Sweden say the women, aged between 38
and 70, received scores of sexually explicit video clips
and photographs of children from the man, who is the
main suspect in the case, and discussed them with him
online in graphic detail. The material included girls and
boys of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, the prosecutor
told the Associated Press.
Detective Bjorn Sellstrom said he believed it was the first
child pornography case worldwide to involve so many
California, San Jacinto - 5/12/2011
Family accused of molesting children
Four children told police they were sexually abused by their own
parents, as well as their grandfather and uncle. It allegedly
happened at a home on Stetson Avenue near Hemet. The
mother, Monica Silva, the uncle, Ronald Hurley Jr., and the
grandfather, Ronald Hurley Sr., were arrested and charged with
sexual assault, child endangerment and penetration by force. The
father of the children, who is currently serving time in state
prison, will also be booked.
The uncle is an amateur boxer and is known in the area as the
"San Jacinto Kid." Law enforcement said the grandfather's
background includes an arrest for statutory rape 12 years ago.
"We're still completely shocked," said Riverside County
Sheriff's Cpl. Courtney Donowho. "This is just a terrible,
dreadful incident, and this shouldn't happen to any child growing
up, much less four children in one home."
Detectives said the sheriff's department opened the investigation
after one of the kids reported the assault. It culminated with
three arrests at the place where the family had recently moved to
on State Street in San Jacinto. The children have been taken in
Child Protective Services. Meanwhile, the suspects remain in
California, Oceanside - 4/18/2011
Child and Adult Prostitution Ring Busted
A motel owner is among 38 people charged with helping
to run a child and adult prostitution ring for a gang based
in suburban San Diego. A federal grand jury indictment
alleges that the Oceanside Crips had girls and women
prostitute themselves at low-cost motels in north San Diego
County. About 30 girls were rescued “from this nightmare
that they’ve been living”, said Michael Carney, acting
special agent in charge of investigations for U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement in San Diego.
The prostitutes ranged in age from 13 years old to young adults,
said an ICE spokesperson. If convicted of racketeering
conspiracy, each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison. The
indictment says that a Travelodge, run by Vinod Patel, 60, and
his son, Hitesh Patel, 27, was the most “egregious example”
of motels where prostitution occurred, and the only one charged.
“The Patels were targeted in this case because they not only
knowingly assisted the Crips use of the hotel to conduct prostitution
and other gang activities, but they personally profited from it”,
U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said.
Indiana, Indianapolis - 4/12/2011
4 Charged in Scheme to Sell Baby to
Police have charged four people from Indianapolis
in a scheme to sell a baby girl to a convicted child
molester and his sister. The Indianapolis Star
reports that police say 36-year old Rose Faucett and
58-year-old Phillip A. Hester agreed to sell their
daughter to Michael S. Overby and Debbie Overby
for $300. The four were arrested Friday on preliminary
charges of child selling. A court hearing has been set
for Wed. Police say 57-year-old Michael Overby is a
convicted child molester and 50-year-old Debbie Overby
has been convicted of child neglect. Michael Overby
also is suspected of signing documents saying he was
the baby’s biological father and has been charged with
forgery. Debbie Overby has been released on bond and
declined to comment. The other remain jailed.
California, Placerville - 4/5/2011
Garrido expected to plead guilty to kidnapping
- UPDATE of 9/15/2009 article
Accused kidnapper and rapist Phillip Garrido is expected
to plead guilty to snatching an 11-year-old schoolgirl from her
South Lake Tahoe area street, holding her captive for nearly
two decades and fathering her two daughters, according to
an attorney in this case. Garrido was a convicted rapist even
prior to this. Garrido and his wife, Nancy, face 29 charges
of kidnapping and sexual assault in the 1991 abduction
of Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 30. Nancy Garrido has
pleaded not guilty to the charges, and her husband is to be
arraigned April 7th in Placerville, CA. Phillip has confessed to it,
so he’s expected to plead guilty. Nancy, however, plans to go to
trial. Phillip will testify on his wife’s behalf. The D.A. is
arguing that she is as guilty as he is because she was there as
an aider and abettor. He said “Not only was Nancy Garrido
directly involved in the kidnapping of Jaycee back in 1991,
but she actively participated in videotaphing young children
before and after the 1991 abduction”.
If he pleads guilty, the 60-year old convicted rapist faces
“530 years to life, the last I counted”, according to Stephen Tapson,
Nancy Garrido’s attorney.
Dugard’s case revealed problems with California’s system for
monitoring convicted sex offenders after it was determined that
parole agents had missed numerous clues and chances to find her.
Dugard, now 30, received a $20 million settlement under which the
state acknowledged repeated mistakes were made by parole agents
responsible for monitoring Phillip Garrido. The state has since
increased monitoring of sex offenders.
Utah, Provo - 3/31/2011
5 Browns Dad Sentenced for Sexual
Abuse of Daughters
Keith S. Brown, 55, the father of the renowned piano
group The 5 Browns, was sentenced to at least 10 years
in prison on charges that he sexually abused his three
daughters when they were children. The judge said
“I do believe that you are a pedophile, and... that you are
a danger to society”. Brown once served as manager of
his children’s group, but they severed professional ties
with him in 2008. The Brown sisters remain estranged
from their father. They reported the abuse to the police
last year after learning that their father planned to begin
working with other young musicians.
New Mexico, Santa Fe - 3/30/2011
Illegal alien accused of child rape-now on the run
Police are looking for an Guatemalan man, and illegal
immigrant, they say is trying to flee to his home country
after he admitted to raping a 7-year-old girl in the Santa Fe
home where he had rented a room. An arrest warrant has
been issued charging Mario Humberto Cortez-DelCid, 28
with 11 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor,
between mid-February and mid-March. While her father would
be in the shower getting ready for work, DelCid would commit
the acts, sometimes going and getting the girl and taking her to
his room. He threatened even worse would happen if she told
anyone. The girl eventually told her grandmother.
The arrest warrant carries with it a $1 million cash-only
bond, and he may face a U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement hold if arrested.
Thailand, Pattaya - 3/17/2011
The Pattaya Link to Worldwide Child Sexual Abuse
Foreign child sex abusers in Pattaya, some of whom
were repeatedly released by the police or courts, were
targeted in “Operation Rescue” which centered on a website
called “Boy Lover”. The website has 70,000 members,
dozens of whom were in Thailand or frequent visitors to
the country. More arrests are expected in the operation in
which 670 pedophile suspects have been targeted worldwide.
Those arrested include scout leaders, football coaches, and
in Britain, even a police officer, was among the 100 arrested.
In The Hague, Holland, where the “Boy Lover” website is
based, police say they had arrested 184 people and taken 230
children out of danger. Of the total, 240 suspects aged
between 17 and 82 were in Britain where 121 arrests were
made and 60 children rescued from abusers.
The Operation Rescue was led by investigators at the Child
Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Boy Lover
operated in several languages across 11 sub-domains worldwide.
United Kingdom - 3/16/2011
World’s Largest Pedophile Ring Uncovered
An internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000
members- thought to be the largest yet discovered,
has been uncovered by police. Rob Wainright,
Director of Europol, The European police agency,
said it's "probably the largest pedophile
network in the world". Europol said in a statement
that "Operation Rescue" had identified 670 suspects
and that 230 abused children in 30 countries had
been taken to safety. More children are expected
to be found. Europol said that so far 184 people
had been arrested, which include teachers, police
officers, scout leaders, and a youth camp worker suspected of abusing some 100 children over five
The website was shut down after a 3-year
investigation. It had operated from a server
based in the Netherlands, and had had up to 70,000
members worldwide. Law enforcement authorities
from 13 countries, including the U.S., were involved
in the case. Europol analysts had cracked the security
features of a key computer server at the center of the
network which uncovered the identities of suspected
child sex offenders. There will be more arrests as
Florida, Putnam County - 3/14/2011
Ex-Cop Admits Sexually Abusing Hundreds
A former Florida police officer told a judge that he
molested hundreds of girls as he was being sentenced in
Putnam County, Fla. earlier this week. The state's
attorney's office said Paul Joseph Blair, 60, pleaded no
contest to two counts of sexual battery to a minor and
received a 25-year sentence. He committed the crimes
against two girls between the ages of 12 and 18. In court,
Blair said he molested between 200 and 300 other girls
and that he's been a pedophile his entire life.
Despite his confession, a state's attorney spokeswoman
said Blair cannot be charged based on his words alone.
"That confession alone isn't proof. Victims have to get
matched up to that confession," said the spokeswoman,
Shannon Peters. Peters said that investigations into other
possible crimes are ongoing.
Blair is in the Putnam County jail awaiting transfer to state
prison, and the jail does not permit media interviews with
Peters said Blair did not portray himself as a cop during
the incidents with either of the two girls, and it was
unclear if he did so during encounters with other children.
Mental health experts said finding out the person who
molested them was a law enforcement officer could add to
the trauma the victims already are experiencing.
"They are hurt, disappointed and angry that someone who
has the training and experience of being police would act
toward them in that way," said Dr. Reid Finlayson,
assistant professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center. "It damages the person even more by
undermining their trust in legitimate authority, help and
California, San Diego - 2/5/2011
Wanted sex offender arrested at mental hospital
Christopher Earl Dustrude, 25, a convicted sex offender on the loose in San Diego for a week, was arrested Saturday.
U.S. marshals were tipped by a woman who spoke to him at
a mental hospital, then saw his picture in the San Diego
Union-Tribune, authorities said. The marshal said Dustrude
was jailed on suspicion of failing to register his change of
address with authorities. He had checked himself into the
hospital under his own name.
In 2004, Dustrude pleaded guilty in Montana to having sex
with a 9-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, both who are
family members. He was placed on probation and ordered
to register as a sex offender. His aunt, who is the mother
of the two children he molested, said that he has mental
problems, and she believes he should be put in an institution.
he was ordered held without bail and has a preliminary
hearing set for Feb. 17.
California, Long Beach - 2/3/2011
Ex-Napa State Hospital Director Guilty
of Sex Abuse
- UPDATE of 3/28/2010 article
A former California state mental hospital director,
63-year-old Claude Foulk, was found guilty of sexually
abusing his adopted son in what prosecutors contend was
a pattern of preying on young boys that spanned four
decades. Prosecutors say another 11 men came forward
to claim that Foulk molested them as children, dating
back to 1965, but only the son’s case could be prosecuted
because of the statute of limitations. Foulk worked as a
nurse, obtained a master’s in business administration, and
held previous state jobs before working at Napa State
Hospital. He was a foster parent to two boys and adopted
two sons. The prosecutor argued that Foulk used the foster
care system to acquire boys to meet his insatiable sexual
appetite, knowing they had no parents to turn to.
He could face a maximum sentence of up to 248 years in
prison when he is sentenced Feb. 23.
New York - 1/31/2011
Canadian sentenced for running
A Canadian man was sentenced on Monday to
25 years in U.S. prison for running a brothel in
Thailand that provided boys, some as young as
4 years old, to pedophiles, federal prosecutors said.
John Wrenshall, 64, admitted to using his Bangkok
home to host foreign visitors who would pay him to
have sex with Thai boys, according to court documents.
He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to engage
in sex tourism, conspiracy to produce child pornography,
and distribution of child pornography.
He let his clients film and photograph their abuse of
the Thai boys. He also is accused of personally
abusing the boys to prepare them for customers.
He was extradited to New Jersey after being arrested
at London’s Heathrow Airport in Dec. 2008.
Wrenshall was indicated in New Jersey after it was
discovered that Wayne Nelson Corliss, a New Jersey
resident, had traveled to Thailand where he was
photographed sexually abusing several Thai boys.
Two of Wrenshall’s other U.S. clients, both from
Alabama, have been convicted and sentenced to prison
on sex tourism charges.
California, Escondido - 1/22/2011
Defense Attorney Arrested for Peeping
A 43-year-old defense attorney is accused of
secretly photographing and filming several
women and a teenage girl while they were
undressing at a tanning salon in Northern
San Diego County. David Taylor Kaye of
San Marcos was arrested Friday after a
10-month-long investigation by Escondido
police. Investigators have identified a total
of seven women, including a 15-year-old girl.
Investigator also found child pornography on
INDONESIA, JAKARTA - 1/13/2011
Toy Salesman Raped 96 Kids
An Indonesian toy salesman, named Sartono, age 34,
admitted to raping at least 96 boys between the ages of
13 and 17, over the last two years, many of them street
children picked up at train stations. Sartono was
arrested last week in the capital Jakarta after a complaint
was filed by the parents of one of the alleged victims.
The teenage boy claims he was abducted by the salesman
and held for 45 days, during which time he was repeatedly raped
and forced to perform sexual acts on other men. The
investigator said "He kept a list and details about each of
his victims, including the names of 16 of them". He could
face 15 years behind bars if found guilty.
California, San Diego - 1/4/2011
Cruise Ship Passenger Arrested on Child
Porn Charges in San Diego
A Chico man, Amado Nicholas Hernandez, 31, was
arrested as he arrived on board a cruise ship at the
Port of San Diego. He was arrested on suspicion
of having about 450 photographs of child pornography
on a computer and about 250 videos of the
same nature. Agents began investigating him last
summer after a concerned citizen came to them with
a computer he received for free from an estate sale
in Chico. The computer was thought to be broken, but
the citizen, a technician, was able to restore the computer
and found the child pornography and called law enforcement.
Investigators then allegedly linked the residence of
the estate sale and the computer to Hernandez. Of the
pornography found on the computer, 44 children were
depicted. Hernandez is charged with receiving and
possessing child pornography and may appear before a
U.S. Magistrate Judge as early as today.
Connecticut, New Haven - 12/21/2010
Man who founded Haitian School accused
of molesting children
A Colorado man, Douglas Perlitz, was sentenced to nearly
20 years in prison for sexually abusing children for more
than a decade at a school he founded in Haiti. The judge
said she believed there were at least 16 victims, based on
the testimony that authorities recorded on video by others
who attended the school. The judge called him a serial rapist
and molester as she imposed the sentence on him. She said
she believed he would commit the same crimes again if her
were in a similar position.
Now a resident of Eagle, Colorado, Perlitz founded the school in 1997 when he lived in Fairfield County, Conn. Authorities
said he began abusing the children, some as young as 11, in 1998
before the school was built. The abuse scandal led to the collapse
of the school and its fundraising arm, the Haiti Fund, forcing the
children back into homelessness on the streets, prosecutors said.
Perlitz claims that a factor in the crimes was his "dark and abusive
relationship" with a priest. His lawyers wrote in court documents
that he had "confusion and shame about his sexuality, and struggles
with his identity; an ongoing, complicated and exploitive relationship
with an influential priest..."
Utah, Salt Lake City - 12/10/2010
Elizabeth Smart Verdict: Jury Finds
Brian David Mitchell Guilty
The federal jury in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping
case returned guilty verdicts on both counts against
street preacher Brian David Mitchell: kidnapping and
unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines
for purposes of illegal sex. The jury rejected the defense’s
insanity claims. Mitchell kidnapped Smart from her home
and raped her almost daily until she was found nine months
later, walking a suburban street with Mitchell and his
now-estranged wife. Mitchell faces a possible sentence of
life in prison.
Canada, Toronto - 12/8/2010
Project Sanctuary Rescues 25 Children from
Child Sexual Abuse
Dubbed Project Sanctuary, the investigation began in
Nov. 2009, bringing together the U.S. Dept. of Homeland
Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), 13 Canadian
police services, and international police services and officers
from the Child Exploitation Section of the Toronto Police
Services Sex Crimes Unit.
For a year undercover officers went deep into the worldwide
network of men who were allegedly trading child sexual
abuse images and videos and, in some cases, creating these
images by abusing children. That undercover operation has
netted the arrest of 57 men world-wide with 25 of them from
Canada. Twelve of the 25 children rescued as a result of Project Sanctuary are from Canada.
“This operation is an excellent example of what can be
accomplished through cooperative police work between
the U.S. and Canada. Nothing is more important than our
combined efforts to prevent the exploitation of our children,”
said Tom Blanchard, ICE HSI Attache in Canada.
California, Murrieta - 11/30/2010
Man Arrested for Lewd Act At a
A Perris man was arrested for indecent exposure Monday after a deputy caught him engaging in
“a lewd act” while parked in front of a Murrieta-area
children’s dance studio. Ozzie Dean, 57, had
“an unobstructed view” of the children inside the
studio, Sheriff’s Sgt. M. Hatfield said. The children
ranged in age from 8 to 12 years old, he said.
After Dean’s arrest, detectives found evidence in the
car that indicated Dean may have committed crimes at
other dance studios in the Riverside County area.
He was book for indecent exposure and was released on bail.
Hawaii, Honolulu - 11/30/2010
Sex Offender Openly Promoted Child Sex
Registered sex offender, Gary Lee Hardeman, 55,
was arrested in Waikiki after being indicted in San
Francisco on suspicion of illicit activity in a foreign
place with a minor, apparently in Mexico, where court
records say he stays with a daughter for several months
a year. His only felony conviction was 30 years ago,
but since then, authorities say, he has shown hostility
toward being registered as a sex offender and has openly
advocated adult sex with children. In court documents,
probation officials say they suspected he was making
pornographic films with minor girls and not following
his registration requirements.
San Diego - 11/20/2010
Hundreds Arrested in Sex Offender Sting
- UPDATE of 11/19/2009 article
Nearly 350 registered sex offenders were arrested
this week as part of a statewide sting to ensure they
are complying with the law. Dubbed "Operation
Safe Playground", the effort began in July and will
continue through January.
San Diego - 11/19/2010
Surprise Visits to Registered Sex Offenders
Hundreds of convicted sex offenders have been arrested after a four day sweep across California including dozens in San Diego County, according to state parole agents.
Operation Safe Playgrounds began on Monday. State parole agents, along with local law enforcement, conducted compliance checks on registered sex offenders. "The short message is, if you're a sex offender and you are not in compliance in any way, we are going to track you down and get you back in compliance", said parole agent Sean Torphy of the California Parolee Apprehension Team.
On Friday, state parole officials will hold a press conference to release the finale number of arrests for California.
Washington - 11/18/2010
FBI Shuts Down U.S. Child Slavery Ring
More than five dozen child prostitutes have been found in
the last three days as part of a nationwide crackdown on the
sexual exploitation of children. An FBI spokesman said 69
children were removed from prostitution and 99 suspected
pimps were arrested in 40 cities across 30 states and the
District of Columbia. All the children found in the last three
days have been placed into protective custody or returned to
The children were found during Operation Cross Country V,
a three-day roundup targeting child traffickers and pimps.
The largest group of child prostitutes, 24, was found in and
around Seattle, according to the FBI. An FBI director said
the children found ranged in age from 12 to 17. Authorities
are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children to confirm their identities. Since 2003, when the FBI
and the Justice Dept. launched the Innocence Lost National
Initiative, about 1,250 child prostitutes have been located and
removed from prostitution.
California, El Cajon - 11/16/2010
Girl exposes grandfather as serial child molester
A brave 7-year old girl is being credited with exposing her
own grandfather as a serial child molester in her family’s
home. Sergio Conde was found guilty of eight counts of
child molestation. He was charged with molesting two girls
decades ago. Since then five other girls, including Conde’s
step-granddaughters, also came forward claiming they are
victims as well. Conde faces 15 years to life in prison when
he’s sentenced in January 2011.
California, Lakeside - 9/15/2010
Molesting Suspect Faces Chelsea's Law Allegation
Joseph Cantorna, 55, is accused of exposing himself
to two boys and fondling one of them. He is mentally
challenged and has a previous conviction of lewd acts
against a child. Because of the newly signed Chelsea's
Law, he will probably be facing a greater penalty.
According to the DA, prior to Chelsea's Law he
would be facing 15 years to life, but because of the
new law, he is facing 25 years to life. This is one of
the first sex offender cases in the county since Chelsea's
Law was signed.
Portugal, Lisbon - 9/3/2010
Sexual Crimes Charged at Portuguese Children's Home
Six people were convicted of child sexual abuse in a Lisbon court
on Friday, in a trial that lasted nearly six years and shocked people
in Portugal and beyond. The charges involved the rape and sexual
abuse of 32 children who were residents of the home in Lisbon,
part of a network of institutions for needy children called Casa Pia.
Accusations included running a ring for pedophiles and sex parties
attended by prominent personalities. The defendants included Carlos
Cruz, a former star television anchor, who was sentenced to 7 years in
prison, and Jorge Ritto, a retired ambassador, who received 6 years
and 8 months. A newspaper editor said "...the public will now feel that
sometimes at least even the powerful can get convicted for their crime."
More than 800 witnesses and experts testified in court over a lengthy
trial. A court ordered the Portuguese government in 2006 to pay more
than $2.5 million in compensation to former residents of Casa Pia for
failing to protect them.
Oregon - 9/1/2010
Boy Scouts Settle Suit with Victims of Abuse
- Second Update of 4/14/2010 article
The Boy Scouts of America have reached a financial settlement
with six men who say they were sexually abused when they
were members of the same troop in Oregon in the 1980's. the
settlement comes after a trial in which a jury awarded Kerry
Lewis, 38, a former scout, $19.9 million in damages in April.
At the trial, a former assistant troop leader, Timur Dykes,
admitted to molesting Mr. Lewis when he was about 12.
For the settlement, the Boy Scouts were ordered to pay the
State of Oregon $2.25 million in punitive damages.
Australia, Adelaide - 8/27/2010
International Child Porn Ring on Facebook
Cracked by Police
An international child pornography ring that operated
on Facebook has been brought down with the social
networking site’s support, Australian police said.
Eleven people have been charged in Australia, Britain
and Canada in connection with the syndicate, which
involved people using Facebook to distribute and view
graphic sexual images, police said. The difficulty for
Facebook in stopping the syndicates is that users set up
false new accounts after their accounts are deactivated,
so they need help of law enforcement.
New Jersey, Mt. Holly - 8/26/2010
Man at Center of NJ Amber Alert in Court
Terry Dusseault, 38, a convicted sex offender whose
disappearance triggered an Amber Alert, appeared in
court on Thursday. Police were looking for him to
arrest him on child sexual assault and endangerment
charges but he took off with his 8-year-old son. His
son is home safe, and now he has to answer to charges
of sexually assaulting three young girls who sources
say were around 9 years old. The crimes allegedly took
place between April 2009 and the end of 2009. He
was employed as a pizza delivery driver, and is a
registered sex offender as a result of a child porn conviction
in North Carolina.
New Hampshire, Keene - 8/26/2010
Summer Camp Staffer charged with sex assault
Steven Tecce, a 19-year-old New Jersey man who works
at a New Hampshire summer camp, is facing charges he
tried to tie up and sexually assault an 8-year-old camper.
The girl was able to escape and told her parents.
Officials at Camp Spofford in Spofford say Tecce is a
maintenance worker. His defense attorney said Tecce
has Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism characterized
by difficulties in social interaction.
California, Oceanside - 8/18/2010
Jail counselor charged with child porn
Jeffrey Alan Lee, 44, who worked as a jail counselor for the Sheriff’s Dept. and was previously a foster
parent, has been arrested and charged with distribution
of child pornography, the FBI said. His home was
searched by FBI agents, who seized 11 computers,
about 1,500 video files and “tens of thousands” of
Arizona, Mesa - 8/2/2010
Former Cop gets 15 life sentences in
child molestation, porn case
Justin Bowman, 31, a former Mesa police officer
was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms in
prison for child molestation and child porn-related
offenses in Pinal County Superior Court. Bowman,
who was arrested in 2008, committed the crimes
against a 9-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy
Washington - 7/24/2010
Pentagon workers viewed child porn online
Federal investigators have identified about 20
Pentagon employees and contractors who
allegedly bought and downloaded online child
pornography and, in some cases, used their
government-issued computers to view the illegal
material. The case is part of a wider probe,
Operation Flicker, which has identified more than
5,000 people who subscribed to online child
||Massachusetts, Boston - 6/27/2010
Rabbi Charged with Child Sexual Abuse - Again
Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt, 64, allegedly abused boys at the
Maimonides school in Brookline and at a Chabad synagogue
in Philadelphia run by Rabbi Avraham Shemtov.
Levitt was arraigned last year on four counts of indecent
assault and battery on a child. Prosecutors say he assaulted
two boys about 11 years old who attended the school where
he taught between 1974 and 1977. Prosecutors say a third
child, who had been a sixth grader at the school, approached
them after reading media accounts.
New York, Albany - 6/13/2010
School didn’t tell mom of girl’s abuse
An Albany woman is blasting city school
officials for waiting nearly three weeks to
inform her that her 6-year-old daughter had
allegedly been sexually abused by a 7-year old
fellow student last month. According to
the mother, her daughter had been acting out,
so the mother approached her teacher, who
didn’t indicate there was any problem at school.
The mother asked her daughter if anyone had
touched her, and she eventually told her about
the incident. A spokesman for the district is
apologizing for their failure and says they are
taking steps to make sure it does not happen again.
Germany, Berlin - 5/27/2010
Report Outlines Abuse Claims at German
A special investigator released a report saying that 205
former students claimed they had been sexually abused in
Jesuit schools, including prestigious Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin.
The investigator said the actual number could be higher.
The Jesuit order in Germany had asked the investigator to
look into allegations of sexual abuse after 25 students came
forward alleging abuse at Canisius. In her report she said
46 Jesuits and nonclerical staff members at the schools
had been accused of abuse or of knowing of such crimes
Texas, San Antonio - 5/7/2010
Two men get long sentences for child porn
A judge sentenced a paramedic and another man who
pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography to long
prison terms, while a hotel manager accused of having
images of children being tortured and raped was granted
bond. Stephen S. Henry, 28, a former Schertz EMT received the 20-year maximum sentence and Brett Tomas
Gonzalez, who worked in information technology for
RL Foods, received 17/12 years in prison. Both were
caught during investigations by Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) agents. The sentences highlighted what
Phillip Wade Henderson, 51, a general manager of a
Holiday Inn could face if convicted of distributing images
that depicted children bound, gagged and tortured while
being sexually assaulted.
California, Poway - 4/19/10
Deal with Prosecutors Spares Gardner Death
Sex Offender Admits to Raping and Killing Teens
Chelsea King and Amber Dubois
- UPDATE of 4/14/10 article
John Gardner III’s surprise admission on April 16 that he
took the lives of North County teenagers, Chelsea King and
Amber Dubois, saved his own life. Gardner avoided the
death penalty but agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison
in striking a deal with prosecutors that allowed them to link
him to Amber’s death for the first time. Gardner told
prosecutors that he would take them to Amber’s remains if
they didn’t use it against him. They found her remains north
of Pala Reservation on March 6 but lacked DNA and other
evidence to charge him with her death. He still could have
faced the death penalty for Chelsea’s murder, but prosecutors
and the girls’ families agreed to the plea deal to bring closure
to Amber’s case (she had been missing since Feb. 2009).
California, San Diego - 4/14/10
Chelsea’s Law Gets Big Boost
The proposed Chelsea’s Law got a big endorsement
in Sacramento on Tuesday. The new law is designed
to increase penalties for first-time offenders convicted
of committing sexually violent crimes against children.
Those penalties include mandatory life sentences for
certain violent attacks and lifelong GPS tracking for
those who are released from prison.
Chelsea King was found dead in Feb. in Rancho Bernardo
Community Park. Convicted sex offender John Gardner is
being held in jail in connection to the case. The Poway teen
was 17 years old at the time of her death.
Oregon, Portland - 4/14/10
Jury finds Boy Scouts could have done more to prevent
- UPDATE of 3/20/10 article
An Oregon jury awarded $1.4 million to Kerry Lewis, who was
abused by a former scout leader. The jury also decided the Boy
Scout organization is liable for punitive damages to be decided
in a separate trial. The Boy Scouts had fought to keep the
"perversion files" (names of alleged child molesters who were
scout leaders) confidential, but in February the Oregon
Supreme Court approved the release of more than 1,000 files
kept on alleged pedophiles from 1965 to mid-1984 to be used
in the Portland trial.
California, Santa Ana - 3/29/10
Hugh Stash of Porn found at Fullerton Home
Vaughn Robert Biby, a 46-year-old registered sex offender,
was arrested in his home when officers making a check of
sex offenders found "tens of thousands" of pieces of child
pornography. Biby, who pleaded guilty in 1995 to seven
counts of child molestation and the use of a minor for
child pornography, has his arraignment scheduled for
California, Long Beach - 3/28/10
Fired Hospital Director Pleads Not
Guilty in Molestation Case
Claude Foulk, 62, the former head of one of
the nation's biggest state mental hospitals,
pleaded not guilty to molesting an adopted
foster son, and there are allegations of abuse
involving five other boys, including another
foster son. The DA said that since the news of
Foulk’s arrest broke last week, four new alleged
victims have come forward, bringing the total
to 13 in cases that span from 1965 to 2006.
Authorities say they can press charges in only
one case because of the statute of limitations.
Foulk was fired as executive director of Napa
State Hospital after his arrest last Wednesday.
Long Beach police said the charges stemmed from
a victim who was 10 when he was taken in by
Foulk in 1992. The alleged molestation continued
until 2004. The investigation was sparked when
one of the victims, now in his 40's, reported sexual
abuse to police in September after learning that
Foulk was head of the Napa hospital.
Florida, Orange Park - 3/26/10
Somer Thompson Update: Jarred Harrell
Charged with Girl’s Murder
- UPDATE of 3/26/10 article
Jarred Harrell, the man arrested in Mississippi on
child pornography charges last month, is now
charged with murder, sexual battery and other
counts in connection with the death of 7-year-old
Florida, Orange Park - 3/26/10
Murder Charge in Somer Thompson Case
24-year-old Jarred Mitchell Harrell has been charged
with the murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson. She
disappeared on Oct. 19, 2009 as she was walking home
from school. Her body was found two days later in a
Georgia landfill. Harrell has been in custody since
Feb. 11, 2010 when authorities arrested him in
Mississippi on child pornography charges in Florida.
Harrell was then extradited to Florida.
Oregon, Portland - 3/20/10
Boy Scout Sex Abuse Files Near Airing
The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an
extensive archive of secret documents that
chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by
scout leaders over the years. The "perversion
files", a nickname the Boy Scouts are said to
have used for the documents, have rarely been
seen by the public, but that could change in the
coming weeks in an Oregon courtroom. The
lawyer for a man who was molested in the 1980's
by a scout leader has obtained about 1,000 Boy
Scout sex files and is expected to release some of
them at a trial that began Wednesday. The lawyer
said the files showed how the Boy Scouts have
covered up abuse for decades. The attorney for
the Boy Scouts said the that the files helped
scouting leaders weed out sex offenders, especially
repeat offenders who may have changed names or
moved in order to join another local scouting
California, San Diego - 3/13/10
Middle School Students Report
A San Diego middle School student said a
man grabbed her yesterday as she was on her
way to school, and in La Mesa, police arrested
a 54-yr.-old transient accused of accosting a young
student who had been walking to school a day earlier.
He was booked into the County Jail. Meanwhile,
police are investigating an assault on an 11-yr.-old
girl who was walking to school yesterday in City
Heights. In Escondido, police continued to look
yesterday for a man who was seen lurking a week
ago around an elementary school and a middle school
that border Kit Carson Park.
New Jersey, Paterson - 3/11/10
Man Accused of Raping, Beating Five Daughters
A New Jersey man, age 51, is accused of raping and
beating his five daughters, and impregnating three,
and even moving at one point to avoid child welfare
investigators. His former wife testified that he believed
he was a prophet whose apocalyptic visions drove him to
try to create "pure" family bloodlines by impregnating
three of his teenage daughters. The allegations include
that the man ordered all children to be born at home,
without medical care; punishment included beatings and
depriving them of food; they were kept out of school and
isolated from the outside world. The names of the husband
and wife are not being released at this time, to protect the
identities of their children, who are now over 18.
California, Del Mar - 3/4/10
Sex offender in custody after
Dog Beach incident
A registered sex offender, William Harris, 59,
of Carlsbad, has been booked on suspicion of
performing a lewd act in front of a 5-year-old
girl, at Dog Beach. After allegedly performing
the act, Harris ran away, and the father used his
cell phone to videotape him getting into his van.
The father filed a complaint with the Sheriff's
Dept., and gave them a copy of the video.
Deputies identified Harris from the video,
searched his home, and he was arrested on a
felony charge. Harris has previous convictions
for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under
14 years old, indecent exposure, and annoying
or molesting children.
California, Los Angeles - 1/23/10
Polanski must return to U.S., judge rules
- UPDATE of 12/17/09 article
Director Roman Polanski lost his bid yesterday to be
sentenced without returning to the U.S. when a
judge ruled that the director must be present in
court if he wants to resolve his 32-year old
sexual-abuse case. The judge reiterated that
Polanski is a fugitive from justice. A lawyer for
Polanski said the ruling will be appealed.
Polanski was indicted on six felony counts,
including rape by use of drugs, child molesting
and sodomy. He later pleaded guilty to one count
of unlawful sexual intercourse.
California, Otay Mesa - 1/15/10
5 Juvenile detainees report staff molestation
Of the 36 boys surveyed at East Mesa, a boys-only
facility in east Otay Mesa, 14% said they had been
the victim of sexual misconduct by a staff member in the past year. When asked about the sexual
encounters, 3% said the staff member used force.
A national survey released this month questioned
nearly 92,000 children in 195 juvenile facilities as
part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003,
which requires federal authorities to analyze the
prevalence of sexual victimization behind bars each
year. Nationwide, 10% of the youth reported an
incident involving staff, and 95 percent said the
incident was with a female staffer.
Arizona, Phoenix - 1/8/10
13-year-old gang-rape suspect
turned over to parents
A 13-year-old Liberian boy, charged in the
reported gang rape of an 8-year-old girl in
Phoenix, was released from custody yesterday
and turned over to his parents as he continues
lessons to make him competent to stand trial.
Four boys, ages 9 to 14, lured the girl to an
empty storage shed July 16, restrained her,
and took turns raping her, police said. All the
children involved are refugees from the West
African nation of Liberia. The juvenile judge
granted the youth’s release to his parents on
several conditions. Prosecutors are seeking to
have the boy tried as an adult.
California, Richmond - 1/7/10
Richmond must cope with 2nd gang rape
A 15-year-old Richmond girl was forced into a
car with four males while walking down a street
Friday around 5 p.m. They drove around for
several hours before stopping at an unknown spot,
where two of the suspects raped her. Police have
few leads on the suspects, who were in the their
late teens to early 20's. Another gang rape of a
teenager had occurred in Richmond, also.
California, Orange County - Dec. 23, 2009
Ex-CHP Officer Convicted of Attempted
Unlawful Sexual Acts
Steven Robert Deck, 55, a retired California Highway
Patrol Lieutenant from Carlsbad, was convicted yesterday
in Orange County of attempting to commit unlawful
sexual acts with a person he thought was a 13-year-old
girl. Deck was arrested in 2006 with 12 other men during
a sting operation by Laguna Beach police that targeted
older men trying to meet young girls over the Internet.
He had been free on bail. He had previously worked
in San Diego also.
Switzerland, Gstaad - Dec. 17, 2009
Swiss Considering Extradition of
Roman Polanski, Filmmaker
Swiss officials said a decision would be made
"early next year" about whether Roman Polanski, the 76-year
old filmmaker, would be extradited to the United States.
Polanski has been under house arrest in his chalet in
Switzerland. He has been a fugitive from the United States,
from which he fled in 1978 after pleading guilty to having
sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Plymouth, Boston - Dec. 15, 2009
Kingston Man Charged with Second
Assault on a Child
Joseph H. Gardner, 26, was arraigned yesterday on
charges that he sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl
in Kingston. He had been charged this summer with
raping another child, but was free on bail. In the earlier
alleged rape, the self-described construction worker was freed on $10,000 cash bail, far less than Plymouth
prosecutors sought, on Sept. 15. They were disappointed
that Judge Thomas Brownell set bail at $10,000 instead
of the $200,00 they originally sought. He had been charged
with breaking into the Kingston house of a distant
relative and raping a 6-yr. old girl.
California, San Diego - Nov. 24, 2009
Child Molester gets 176 Years in Prison
Steven M. Bimson, 65, a Rotary Club member
who molested three boys from abusive families,
including two who lived with him in San Diego,
was sentenced Monday to more than 179 years
to life in prison. The prosecutor said that Bimson
found 12- to 15-year-old boys from "unfortunate
circumstances", brought them to live with him,
then molested them on a nightly basis. The crimes
occurred in the 1990's. One victim finally called
police in 2006 after hearing that Bimson had received
a license for foster care.
Missouri, Lexington - Nov. 17, 2009
Dad and Four Sons Face Child Sex Charges
Burrell E. Mohler, Sr., 77, and his four sons were arrested
and are facing various charges of sexually abusing children
from 1988 through 1995. His sons are: Burrell E. Mohler, Jr., 53;
Jared L. Mohler, 48; Roland N. Mohler, 47; and David A.
Mohler, 52. The charges include sodomy and forcible rape.
A daughter of one of the accused came forward in mid-August
with the allegations and told investigators that she and the other
alleged victims buried glass jars around the property filled with
messages "about what was happening to them". Authorities are
searching a rural property outside Bates City, east of Kansas City,
MO, where members of the Mohler family once lived.
Authorities believe they may find bodies and the aforementioned
buried glass jars.
North Carolina, Sanford - Nov. 16, 2009
Mother accused of offering her 5-year-old
daughter for sexual services - daughter is
A missing 5-year-old, Shaniya Davis, whose mother
was accused of offering her for sex, was found dead
off a heavily wooded road in a rural area Monday,
ending a weeklong search. Two people have been
charged in her disappearance, one of them her mother,
Antoinette Davis, 25. Police charged Davis with human
trafficking and felony child abuse, saying Shaniya was
offered for prostitution. Authorities also charged Mario
McNeill, 29, with kidnapping after they said he was seen
in surveillance footage carrying Shaniya at a Sanford hotel.
Shaniya’s father, Bradley Lockhart, said he raised his
daughter for several years but last month decided to let
her stay with her mother. He said "I should've never let
her go over there".
California, San Diego - Oct. 28, 2009
Former school worker, church volunteer and
dance group organizer sentenced to 10 years
for child molestation
Daniel Herrera, 53, worked for San Diego Unified School
District since 1985, volunteered at Whitman Elementary
School in the arts program, worked as a special education
bus monitor, volunteered at Catholic churches and
managed dance groups. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison
for child molestation. He pleaded guilty to three counts of
committing lewd acts on two children. He had been
molesting these children from 1988 to 2005. Other
potential victims have since come forward, but the statute
of limitations have run out for them.
California, Chula Vista - Oct. 27, 2009
Former Fire Captain Kept Child Porn
Eight years after horrifying post-9/11 duties in
New York, former Chula Vista Fire Captain, Robert
Eugene Bryant, Jr., 37, pleaded guilty, on Oct. 1st, to
charges of child pornography. He was the youngest
fire captain in Chula Vista's history, and decorated
with a medal of valor. Bryant is due for sentencing
in December. Prosecutors say he faces up to five
years in federal prison, he will have to register as
a sex offender, precluding any further public safety
Israel, Jerusalem - Oct. 21, 2009
American Pedophile arrested in Israel
Donald Edward Nelson, 59, a convicted American pedophile
who had fled the U.S., was arrested in Jerusalem. He was
convicted last year in a California court on 52 counts of sexual
abuse of minors and sentenced to 110 years in prison. He will
be deported in the coming days.
California, Placerville - 9/15/2009
Man Accused of Kidnapping a Girl and holding her captive for 18 years
Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy, 54, have
pleaded not guilty to 29 charges of kidnapping, rape, and
false imprisonment charges. Bail for Phillip Garrido has been
set at $30 million and Nancy is being been held without
bail, in El Dorado County jail. The couple are accused of
kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard from her home near
South Lake Tahoe in 1991, then holding her captive in a
backyard jumble of tents and sheds for nearly two decades,
at the couple’s home near Antioch, in the east San Francisco
area. Authorities said Garrido fathered two daughters with
Dugard. The couple were arrested Aug. 27, 2009. Phillip
Garrido had previously been in prison for rape, for which he spent
10 years. Garrido constantly invoked God and considered
himself to be some sort of prophet. "Molesters commonly turn
to religion to rationalize their behavior", said Ken Lanning, a
former FBI profiler who specializes in kidnapping and child-abuse
Hawaii, Honolulu - 9/2/2009
Suspected Child Molester Caught After 16-year Hunt
Peter Bitner, 64, was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii on an arrest
warrant issued in San Diego in 1993. He was living and working
under his true name at a medical insurance office. He is accused
of sexually abusing two small children, 16 years ago. He is being
returned to San Diego to face charges, and if convicted, could
face up to 20 years in prison. Officials said that from Aug. 1992
to March 1993, in San Diego, Bitner was a baby sitter and
molested a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy who are step siblings.
||San Diego 6/21/09
San Diego Ties to International Child Porn Ring
Authorities have arrested Arthur Le land Sayler in connection with one of the biggest child porn rings of today. Stretching from Mexico to Canada and all over the United States. When arrested Sayler was in possession of 4 million photos and videos of child pornography. In addition to the photos and videos, 15 hard drives full of child porn where found as well. Sayler has worked for numerous computer companies taking him to Kearny Mesa, Costa Mesa, Orange County, Santa Clara and all over San Diego. Sayler is in La Mesa State Penitentiary in Tijuana awaiting trial. Authorities say it may take a year to convict him.
Virginia, Chesapeake - 6/17/2009
Former Regent University Assistant Dean Sentenced to 16 years
for Rape of his three underage adopted daughters
Stephen L. McPherson, 39, and his wife were indicted on charges
related to illegal sexual acts with three girls while they served as
house parents of Hope Haven Children's Home, a Christian based
facility operated by Union Mission Ministries, in Virginia Beach.
McPherson pleaded guilty in January to charges of forcible sodomy
and object sexual penetration. McPherson and his wife had undergone
the same screening process as everyone else, such as criminal background
checks, character references, interviews and spending time
with the staff.
California, San Diego 5/19/09
Man ordered to stand trial in sexual assault of girl
Willie Kendall Williams, 27, is being held without bail for charges of kidnapping with the intent to commit a sex crime, forcible oral copulation, rape with a foreign object, and car theft. Williams abducted a pregnant 16-year-old girl who was walking down east main street and forced her to perform sex acts on himself. If convicted of all charges Williams faces 30 years to life in prison.
Man who recruited kids for
Jordan Arnold, 21, recruited children to work as prostitutes and would list them on craigslist. Christopher Black, 21, and Jessica King, 20, were friends of Arnolds and helped him take the pictures and solicit male customers. Arnold pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage on sex trafficking of children and one count of coercion and enticement of a juvenile into prostitution. Arnold was sentenced to 6 years in prison, while the other two received five years and eight months.
Bail hearing set for
man accused of rape
Charlie Williams, 37, is being charged with one count of rape by force, three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under14 and another under 16. Williams is related to the young girl he raped who was 12 at the time. The other two girls were between 12 an 15. Williams started molesting the girls in 2004.
New York - 5/9/09
NY Rabbi Sentenced to 30 years for
Monsey Rabbi Israel Weingarten was found guilty
of abusing his daughter through much of her
childhood. The trial was traumatic for his daughter,
now 27. Weingarten acted as his own attorney
and put his daughter through a grueling cross
examination. He was sentenced to 30 years in
Woman gets year in jail, probation in molestation
Pauletta Santaua, 20, has appeared in videos and photos with a girl under 15-years-old. The photos where taken by a Gary Lee Whiteside of Spring Valley. Santaua had pleaded guilty in Jan. on one count of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14. Whiteside, 65, faces 50 felony charges of molesting and photographing nine girls who were between the age of 11 and 15, and possessing child pornography. Whiteside could face multiple life terms if convicted.
Child Molester arrested after boy talks to police
Garth Jason Gumienny, 34, has been arrested on suspicion of molesting another child. Gumienny is a registered child molester. Gumienny is suspected of molesting his roommate's son. Gumienny's arrest came after the police interviewed the roommate’s boy. He was booked on suspicion of 10 counts of child molestation.
New York, New Paltz - 3/25/09
Former Upstate Police Officer Charged
with Sex Abuse
Dennis Tasker, 61, a former upstate police officer,
is charged with multiple counts of sex abuse
involving at least one child. State police say Tasker
performed sexual acts on a child during a 12- to
California, Temecula - Feb. 19, 2009
Anza Man arrested for Molesting Kids
Timothy Whiteside, 44, was arrested on numerous
counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child, as
well as additional sexual related charges. This arrest
was the result of an extensive investigation, by the
Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept., of multiple juvenile
victims at numerous locations throughout the Hemet
& San Jacinto Valley. Whiteside would target girls
between the ages of 10 and 14. Investigators are seeking
other victims. Anyone who may have information about
the case or has had negative contact with Whiteside is
urged to call the Judge at the Hemet Sheriff's Station
Man pleads not guilty to 15 sex offenses
James Anthony Reid, 31, has pleaded not guilty to all 15 charges against him. According to court records, the offenses include five counts of first-degree sex abuse, four counts of first- degree rape, and six counts of sodomy. Reid's victims were both boys and girls ranging in age from 5 to 12. The attacks on the children occurred in the northern part of Mobile County in the Citronelle and Chunchula areas.
Vincent Gerber, 38, faces four felonies in two separate cases; two counts of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor. Gerber and his wife, Marsha, hosted a party on Dec. 28 at his home where they bought and allowed underage girls, to be drinking at their home. Two teen girls 13 and 15, have told police that Gerber had touched them. The 13-year-old said she fought Gerber as he tried to put his hand down her shorts. Gerber also tried to put his hands up her shirt. The 15-year-old told police she got drunk at the party, threw up, then went to bed. Gerber followed the girl into the bedroom and had sex with her.
California, El Cajon - Oct. 2008
El Cajon Photographer Molested Young Models
Gary Lee Whiteside, 66, pleaded guilty to molesting
young girls, and is expected to be sentenced to 60 years
to life in prison. Authorities said he would ask girls from
distressed families to model for him at his El Cajon
photography studio, and over a period of time, groom
them to take off their clothes and engage in sexual
activities. Investigators said they found hundreds and
possibly thousands of pictures and videos of girls alone,
with each other and with him performing sex acts.
He had volunteered for his church and worked with
police departments in El Cajon and La Mesa.
Man pleads not guilty in child
Jatten Heinen, 20, of Wahpeton is accused of touching four girls at a YMCA. The girls range in ages between 6 and 8. Heinen faces four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Heinen had only worked at the YMCA for about one year.
Schwartzmiller Accused of worst child molestation
Case in History
Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller, 63, was arrested in Everett Washington after he allegedly molested two 12-year-old boys in San Jose. Schwartzmiller shared a home with a Fred Everts, who is a convicted sex offender. The home they shared is walking distance to at least two elementary schools. San Jose police raided the home to find computers everywhere, three ring binders, with thousands of pages describing in handwriting how they had sexually assaulted their victims. The total number of sex acts recorded total more than 36,000; which are grouped into categories such as, cute boys, blonde boys, boys who say no and so on. They also had boys in age categories. Police believe there are hundreds of victims in a number of states. Schwartzmiller faces charges in San Jose, Oregon, Idaho, Arkansas, Washington, New York, Brazil, Nevada and Texas. Schwartzmiller was convicted of molesting a 14-year-old boy back in 1978 for which he spent time in an Idaho prison. Schwartzmiller preys on the innocent, weak, oppressed and those who are in need.
Girl, 5, testifies she was molested by a family friend
Richard P. DeArment, 44, of Spring Valley is charged with two counts of committing lewd acts on a child younger than 14. If convicted, he could spend up to 25 years to life in prison. DeArment had molested a girl, then 4, and another, then 2-years-old.
Scientist gets 14 years for sex abuse
William F. Anderson, 70, was convicted of child molestation. Anderson is guilty of molesting an employee's daughter who took martial arts classes at his home. Anderson was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Salesman sentenced in rape of teenager
Archie Lee Thomas has been convicted on numerous charges including rape and assault with intent to commit rape. Thomas was a door-to-door salesman in El Cajon. Thomas forced his way into his victim’s home, who was 14 at the time, and dragged her around the house before brutally raping her. Thomas has been sentenced to 80 years to life in prison.
San Diegan admits molesting two boys, faces up to 18 years
Robert "Eric" Buss, 38, faces up to 18 years in prison for performing lewd acts on a child under 14 and one count of performing lewd acts on a child between the ages of 14 and 15. Buss sponsored boys in BMX bicycle racing. Buss would pay their entry fees and travel with them to races throughout Southern California.
La Mesa man convicted of molesting relative
Chester William Owen Jr., 54, has been found guilty of three counts of molesting a relative who lived with him when she was a teenager. Owen, an unemployed engineer who volunteered for children's Boy Scout and school activities, was also found guilty of battering his relative after she became an adult. Owen had domestic violence charges against him in 2003 as well.
Europe, Belarus - 5/14/2004
Operation Predator, the federal
government's offensive against sex crimes
Investigators said thousands of Internet users paid
millions of dollars by credit card to access about
50 pornographic web sites that depicted abuse of
children in the Eastern European nation of Belarus.
The investigation into the Belarus child pornography
enterprise is part of Operation Predator, the federal
government's offensive against sex crimes. At its
center was a company in Minsk, Belarus, three of whose
executives have been indicted. The company’s files
led to thousands of leads.
Man Gets 10 Years For Sex Assault of Girl, 13
Robert "Bo" Jack, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of child molestation. Jack a resident of Escondido had drugged a 13-year-old girl while she slept at a friends house in Poway. Once she was drugged enough he fondled and touched her repeatedly. Jack received the maximum penalty.
Judge Charged in Molestation Case
Judge Ronald C. Kline, 61, was charged with four counts of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 14. Kline was in possession of child pornography, and was molesting a neighbor boy.
Thailand, Bangkok - 8/20/2001
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Captured
Eric Franklin Rosser, accused pedophile, child molester
and one of the FBI’s top ten was taken into custody on the
morning of August 21, 2001, at a business located in
Bankok, Thailand. He had been a fugitive since failing
to appear for a court hearing in Thailand on April 2000.
He was wanted for the international production, collection
and distribution of child pornography between Bloomington,
Indiana and Bangkok, Thailand. Police say Rosser also
victimized an unknown number of young girls in Bankok and
Bloomington, most of them between the ages of seven and
eleven. He was recognized by a teacher at a school in Bangkok,
where he had submitted an application to teach children.
The teacher had seen him on AMERICA’S MOST WANTED and reported him.
Rosser had been a keyboardist with John Cougar Mellencamp’s
band in the late 70's and early 80's and later performed in
lounges in Thailand, and had run a music school for children.
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