Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Patrick Romeo - Repeat Sex Offender - Habitual Baby Raper

A retired school teacher from California abused three boys in Franklin County, police say.

Native New Yorker Patrick Romeo was charged Monday night with two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three misdemeanor counts of forcible touching.

Romeo, who has residences in both California and Fort Covington, was also charged with second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Malone-based State Police say the retired 67-year-old teacher abused three boys — ages 7, 10 and 12 — locally over a period of time.

Romeo, who has family ties to the area, is listed on the California Sex Offender Registry, based on his past conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a teen.

Police said he molested a 14-year-old girl in Illinois in the late 1990s.

Romeo allegedly did not notify California or New York officials when he moved to this area, and he is not listed on the New York Sex Offender Registry.

It was unclear Tuesday when he relocated to Fort Covington from Orange County.

He had reportedly taught out-of-state for several years but has since retired.

Local authorities are continuing to investigate the alleged abuse and said additional charges are likely.

Romeo was still being held at Franklin County Jail Tuesday afternoon, unable to post $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date to face the charges.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Richard Nash - Sex Offender proves he can't follow rules

A "high risk" convicted sex offender wanted on a $100,000 warrant was arrested at a Salinas motel Tuesday morning, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Richard Nash, 58, was arrested by a Salinas police detective around 11 a.m., Sgt. Robin Mitchell of the Sheriff's Office Sex Crimes Unit said. She said a Sheriff's Office detective developed information that Nash was staying at the motel and asked police there to investigate.

Nash was released from a Santa Cruz County Jail on Sept. 12 after a mistrial - jurors could not reach a verdict - on the charge he had not registered as a sex offender at the address where he was living. Nash, who served prison time at Atascadero State Hospital, was convicted of kidnapping and molesting two children - a young girl and a teenage girl - in separate incidents in Lake County, according to authorities.

He was arrested again in August 2007 when he was found living in a Corralitos home different than the address he had listed with the Sheriff's Office. He was not convicted of that charge and was released from jail.

District Attorney Bob Lee and prosecutor Ross Taylor re-filed the sex registrant violation charge against Nash, which led to a judge issuing the arrest warrant.

Nash was booked into Monterey County Jail on the warrant and will be transported back to Santa Cruz County for a court appearance later this week, Mitchell said.

Tim Ricks - Unremorseful sex offender

"I need to pay for my crimes. But I don't need to overpay."

A Madison County man who molested family members for almost thirty years is sentenced Monday.

Tim Ricks had several family members in court to support him as he received his sentence for crimes that have gone on for a long time.

After committing sex crimes for almost three decades, Tim Ricks will spend the next 180 days on a rider program as part of a five to twenty year prison sentence.

"All I can say is I'm extremely sorry," Ricks told Judge Brent Moss. "I need to pay for my crimes. But I don't need to overpay."

Ricks was arrested in April after his victims came forward. At that time investigators found he had been molesting family members, and possibly others, since 1979.

Monday in court prosecutors recommended Ricks serve up to twenty years behind bars after reciting what counselors found in a psycho-sexual evaluation.

"He minimizes the incident that he has engaged in," commented Madison Co. Prosecutor Sid Brown. "He has no awareness of the long term impact of his behavior. He has no remorse."

But Ricks attorney told the court his client does have remorse and wants to make things right.

"He voluntarily talked to the police. He confessed," said Defense Attorney Jim Archibald.

After hearing both sides of the argument, Judge Brent Moss told Ricks he didn't have the perfect answer.

"If you were the judge and somebody had done this to somebody you loved, what would you recommend?" Moss asked Ricks.

"I'm like you. I really don't know," replied Ricks.

With that, Moss sent him to Cottonwood for the next six months.

"Every member of your family that's here and even those that aren't here are gonna be sentenced today by what I do. All because of decisions you have made," said Moss.

After six months at Cottonwood, Moss will review Ricks case and if everything looks good, Ricks will be placed on probation.

If not, he will serve the rest of his sentence in prison.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Richard Bailey - Repeat Sex Offender - BUSTED

A Juneau man was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison.

Bailey's criminal record also includes two charges of indecent exposure in the mid-1970s in California.

Court records indicate that Bailey may have victimized more than 75 people.

Sixty-year-old Richard Bailey was sentenced for having cybersex with an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl.

Bailey pleaded guilty to two charges of online enticement of a minor in January.

Police say Bailey exposed himself to the undercover police officer via a webcam.

In 1981, Bailey admitted to engaging in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl in Ketchikan when he flashed her while she was at a skating rink.

Bailey's criminal record also includes two charges of indecent exposure in the mid-1970s in California.

Court records indicate that Bailey may have victimized more than 75 people.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Marvin H. Chandler - Repeat Sex Offender - attempts to rape staff member

A registered sex offender who is a resident at Carlton Manor is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 22 for attempting to rape a staff member at the nursing home.

Marvin H. Chandler, 37, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to attempted rape, a felony of the second degree, and gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony.

On Jan. 28 at Carlton Manor, located at 726 Rawling St., Chandler allegedly made threats just prior to the incident that he was going to rape a female staff member, according to police reports.

Chandler reportedly entered a room, grabbed one of the female staff members and pulled her out of the room.

During the struggle, Chandler and the woman ended up on the floor and Chandler touched her inappropriately, reports said. Other staff members were able to separate the two.

Carlton Manor specializes in treating patients with behavioral problems, including sex offenders.

Chandler is listed as a Tier 2 sex offender. Tier 2 sex offenders must register with the county sheriff for a period of 25 years. Also, they must register any change of residential address, place of employment, or enrollment in a school or institution of higher education.

Chandler is being held in the Oakwood Correctional Facility. He was designated a sex offender after being convicted of gross sexual imposition with a victim under 13 years old.

A day or two before the trial, Fayette County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Beathard will hold a competency hearing for Chandler to see if he is competent to stand trial.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Scott A. Reynolds - Repeat Sex Offender - Carnival worker

  • Conviction date: 11/23/2005
    Offender's age at conviction: 47
  • Conviction date: 11/23/2005
    Offender's age at conviction: 47
  • Conviction date: 11/20/2006
    Offender's age at conviction: 48

A Florida man who had been working at a carnival this past spring in Lafayette faces up to two years in prison for having images depicting child pornography on his cell phone.

Scott A. Reynolds, 41, has been in the Tippecanoe County Jail since his arrest on May 25, jail staff said.

He pleaded guilty today in Tippecanoe Superior Court 2 to two counts of child exploitation, a Class D felony, admitting that girls in the photos appeared to be between the ages of 10 and 12.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29.

If a judge accepts his plea agreement with the Tippecanoe County prosecutor's office, Reynolds would be ordered to spend another two years on probation after his release.

Deputy Prosecutor Laura Zeman said Reynolds had been working at a carnival in May held outside of Tippecanoe Mall. While here, he visited a strip club in Lafayette.

Zeman said Reynolds was telling one of the dancers about a photo on his cell phone depicting beastiality. As he scrolled through images on his phone to find the photo, the dancer noticed pictures of young girls that appeared to depict child pornography.

The dancer told her boyfriend about the photos, who then reported it to police.

Zeman said Lafayette police, with assistance from a female Purdue University police officer, staged a sting at the carnival. The officer pretended to be a dancer at the same club, and asked Reynolds about "interesting pictures" on his phone.

Reynolds was arrested after allegedly showing the officer the photos.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, additional charges of possession of child pornography could be dropped.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Friday, September 26, 2008

Clifford Shultz - Repeat Sex Offender - Baby Raper now charged with Child Porn

A registered sex offender from Carthage has been arrested in federal child pornography charges.

Clifford Shultz, 56, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for alleged possession and distribution of child pornography. He's in federal custody without bail.

According to The Watertown Daily Times, Shultz was found with computer discs containing some 9,000 child porn images.

In 1989 Shultz was convicted of raping a 6 year old female relative in Watertown. He served a 3-9 year state prison sentence.

He is listed as a level 3 offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

The Sex Offender Registry website warns that Shultz was to have no unapproved contact with anyone under age 18, and was not allowed in places where children congregate.

His arrest comes after a joint investigation by New York State Police and the F.B.I.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

James Lee Smith - Repeat Sex Offender - Baby Raper

A man registered as a sex offender in Illinois is in police custody after being indicted on numerous sexual abuse charges involving a Florence case, authorities said.

James Lee Smith, 28, has been living in Florence at 345 Sweetwater Avenue, according to Florence police. He was arrested Friday afternoon after being indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy.

Authorities said Smith is accused of having a sexual encounter with a 5-year-old girl.

The rape and sodomy charges are both Class A felonies and punishable by 10 years to life in prison on each count, if convicted. The sexual abuse charge is a Class C felony and carries a punishment of 1-10 years in prison if Smith is convicted.

Courthouse officials said Smith was indicted during the September grand jury session in Lauderdale County.

Law enforcement reports indicate the incidents happened while the child, who is from another state, was visiting Florence. The incidents reportedly took place between October last year and March.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Michael Assad Lahoud - Repeat Sex Offender - Pedophile

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office charged a registered sex offender living in North Raleigh with multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with children, court records show.

Michael Assad Lahoud, 51, of 1905 Grove Point Court was charged this morning with nine felony counts of indecent liberties with children, according to arrest warrants filed this morning at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Wake sheriff’s deputies took Lahoud this morning to the Wake County Jail where he is being held under a $500,000 bail, court records show. Investigators think the offenses involved at least four juveniles - one girl and three boys - and took place between 2001 and 2006, according to search warrants returned in the case.

Sheriff’s deputies have not yet disclosed what prompted their investigation of Lahoud, who was sentenced to probation for three previous convictions - in 1994, 1998 and 2001 - of the same offense, according to the state Department of Correction. According to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, Lahoud was placed on its list on Feb. 2, 2005 following four prior convictions, including three in 2004.

Sheriff’s deputies obtained a warrant on Sept. 11 to search Lahoud’s home after talking with four teens. One of them, now 15, told investigators that he was fondled at least five times. According to the search warrant, the alleged victim told police that the first time it happened, he was about seven years old. The last incident occurred when he was 13, according to a court affidavit.

A second boy, now 14, told deputies he was fondled while visiting the suspect’s home and that he was made to fondle the suspect, court records show.

A third child told investigators he was fondled on multiple occasions when he was between eight and 11 years old, the search warrant said.

The alleged female victim, now 18, also told deputies that she was fondled on different occasions until she reached the age of 12. On one occasion, the teen told deputies, she was taken to a camper behind his home, made to take her clothes off and touch the suspect, the search warrant said.

Investigators seized 30 items from Lahoud’s home while searching for evidence linking him to the teens’ allegations. Among the items deputies recovered were photos, micro-cassette tapes, firearms ammunition, VHS movies, a box of Clairborne cologne, a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a glass pipe with residue and a prescription pill bottle, court records show.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Help pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

Did you know that an estimated 1 of 3 girls and 1 of 6 boys are sexually violated prior to the age 18?

Did you know that there are over 9,000 pedaphiles that make up a society which shares tips on how to molest children and hide it on the Internet?

Did you know the Internet allows pedophiles to have instant access to other predators worldwide, allows open discussions of their sexual desires, shares ideas about ways to lure victims, allows instant access to potential child victims worldwide and serves as an outlet for pedophiles to show live videos of raping children.

While pedophile Websites are being tracked down and removed from Internet servers in countries all over the world, they are still easily finding ways to post Websites, Webrings, forums and chat rooms.

While the number of pedophiles in the world continues to increase at an unbelieveable rate - the funds to capture these individuals are limited.

However, there is a bill which will be voted on Friday that could change the way law enforcement battles the problem of pedophiles in our society.

The Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2008 is coming to a vote in the Senate and everyone needs to make their senators know just how important this bill is and that they need to support the passing of Senate Bill 1738. This bill will change how many will react with the internet. This bill needs to be approved. Law enforcement agencies are heroically struggling against the surge of online criminal activities.

This bill will apply a stronger financial support for increased manpower and training. This will also cover laws enabled by emerging technology. This bill focuses on several points and issues. This bill will establish a special counsel for Child Exploitation prevention and interdiction within the office of the Deputy Attorney General. Also, the bill will strengthen and improve the internet crimes against children task force. Furthermore, the bill calls for an increase of resources for regional computer forensic labs to locate internet criminals.

Also, the bill will strengthen laws against child exploitation to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child sexual predators. The bill will also enable services to legally report child pornography violations directly to a foreign law enforcement agency to combat international criminals.

Millions across the nation look forward to the bill. Television personnel and celebrities urge view to support the bill.

The Protecting our Children Bill will authorize over $320 million over the next five years in greatly needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation. Also, it mandates that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.

Jason Harry Bishop - Repeat Sex Offender

A 42-year-old registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday when Monterey County sheriff's deputies found child pornography at his Salinas home during a sex offender sweep, the sheriff's office reported.

Jason Harry Bishop was arrested for possession of child pornography and for violating his parole for a previous conviction of annoying or molesting children, Detective Sgt. Archie Warren said.

He was arrested during a sweep by members of the sheriff's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agents.

The sweep focused on registered sex offenders living in Salinas, Warren said. During such sweeps, if the offender is on parole, officers will often search the offender's home to ensure he or she is complying with the parole terms.

Bishop will be arraigned later this week in Monterey County.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Appeals court upholds sex offender ban

Plainfield has won the latest round in the long-running lawsuit filed by a convicted sex offender who was banned from the town’s parks.

The Indiana Court of Appeals today released a 20-page ruling that upholds the town’s 2002 ordinance prohibiting persons on the state registry of sex offenders from going into Plainfield parks and recreation facilities.

While the ban on sex offenders in the parks does have a punitive aspect, the court said it is not unconstitutional, as the plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, tried to claim in his suit.

The appeals court said Plainfield did not violate the portion of the Indiana Constitution that guarantees rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to everyone.

Plainfield Town Manager Rich Carlucci said today that the purpose of the ban on registered sex offenders in the parks is to keep them away from children playing in the park.

The appeals court decision upholds a ruling in March this year by Hendricks Superior Court Judge Robert W. Freese, who had granted summary judgment for Plainfield and upheld the town’s ordinance.

Doe, a Marion County resident, was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana in filing the suit challenging Plainfield’s ban on sex offenders in the parks.

According to the Court of Appeals, Doe was a convicted sex offender. He also has acquired joint legal custody of his minor son, according to the court.

Doe and his son visited Plainfield parks and recreation areas in 2004 and 2005, according to the court.

In June 2005, a Plainfield policeman recognized Doe in the Recreation Center and Splash Island. He told Doe of the town ordinance banning anyone on the state’s online registry of convicted sex offenders from being in the parks.

Doe sued Plainfield in November 2005, which began nearly three years of twists and turns in the legal case.

In one key step, Doe won a controversial court ruling to keep his identity secret in the legal proceeding even though he is listed publicly on the state registry of sex offenders.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Safe Harbor for Prostituted Children

There are no child prostitutes.

There are only prostituted children.

Children who are pressed, prodded and pummeled into selling sex, should be treated like victims — which is what they are — not like criminals. That’s the paradigm shift that a bill awaiting action on Gov. David Paterson’s desk would mandate. Paterson should sign it.

The “Safe Harbor” legislation would change the current practice of routinely arresting, prosecuting and jailing children — those under the age of 18 — for prostitution. Authorities would be required instead to provide them with state supervision and services such as shelter, crisis intervention and help toward a better life.

That would cost some money, which may be the rub. The state would need to provide safe houses and also some longer-term housing options to provide a way out of the sex trade for teens whose family situations make going home impossible. That should be done as cost-effectively as possibile — for instance by adapting current facilities to this new use — but it has to be done.

Children can’t legally consent to sex. That’s recognized when they’re trafficked across national borders and forced into sexual slavery. And it’s recognized when they’re abused by pedophiles. It should be no different when the child is American, the predator is a pimp and the pedophile is a “John.”

Edgardo Sensi - Charged with child porn - and more

an investigation is still open as to possible sexual battery charges against Sensi, who in one video was shown having sex with a girl under 12 and in another with a girl under 5.

Prosecutors have added more charges against the man accused of having hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, including videos of himself having sex with children.

Edgardo Sensi, 52, of Jensen Beach was arrested Sept. 10 on 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography after detectives investigating online child pornography distribution raided his home.

Sensi was charged with 31 more counts while he was at the Martin County jail Tuesday, bringing his bail to around $2.5 million, Assistant State Attorney Erin Kirkwood said.

Kirkwood said an investigation is still open as to possible sexual battery charges against Sensi, who in one video was shown having sex with a girl under 12 and in another with a girl under 5.

Detectives are still trying to determine where those tapes were filmed.

Since 2005, Sensi was the vice president of operations for Stuart-based tour operator Big Five Tours and Expeditions, which offers sojourns to exotic destinations such as Africa and Asia. He was fired when the company learned about the allegations against him, company president Ashish Sanghrajka said.

Sanghrajka said that Sensi went on business trips abroad.

Sanghrajka said he didn't know much about Sensi, except that he had a 15-year-old son who lives in Palm Beach County and that Sensi was Catholic and sang opera at his church.

James Scott Rogers - 200th internet predator - "niceguy4u810"

Attorney General Mike Cox today announced that his office has reached a new benchmark and arrested 200 Internet predators since 2003. Upon taking office, Cox restructured the criminal division and made child protection a priority of his administration.

"Every day, child predators troll the Internet seeking to exploit our children," said Cox. "Today''''s record breaking achievement is a reminder that my office and law enforcement across the state continues to track down child predators in order to remove them before they can hurt a child."

Cox reached the 200th mark with the arrest of James Scott Rogers, 44, of Linden. Rogers is charged with using the Internet to commit child sexual abusive activity.

On August 25, Rogers was arrested after attempting to meet with who he thought was the minor he communicated with on the Internet. Rogers was communicating with an undercover volunteer from the citizens'''' group Perverted Justice posing as a 14-year old girl. Rogers was also charged with 2 felonies for sending sexually explicit photos to the person he believed was a 14-year old girl.

Rogers was arraigned on August 26, 2008, at 34th District Court in Romulus, before Judge Tina Brooks Green. He is charged with:

One count of child sexually abusive activity, a 20 year felony;

One count of using the Internet to communicate with another to commit child sexually abusive activity, a 20 year felony;

One count of using the Internet to disseminate sexually explicit matter to a minor, a 4 year felony; and,

One count of using the Internet to distribute child sexually abusive material to a minor, a 10 year felony.

Judge Green set Rogers'''' bond at $50,000 cash, the defendant is scheduled to be back in court on October 1, 2008. Upon examination of Rogers'''' computer, child pornography was discovered; more charges are possible, pending further investigation.

Because of the seriousness of the problem of Internet predators, Cox created an education curriculum that his Department teaches in schools throughout Michigan called the Child Safety Initiative (Michigan CSI). The initiative is broken into four classes, targeting grades, K-1, 2-3, 4-6, and a community seminar aimed at educating teachers, parents and community leaders. The program has received national praise and reached more than 214,000 students in the 2007-08 school year, and began its second season last week.

For more information on how to protect your child from Internet predators visit www.michigan.gov/csi.

Parents are encouraged to check their children''''s "buddy lists" for the screen name Rogers used including "niceguy4u810." If they believe their child had contact with Rogers, parents should contact the Attorney General''''s office at (313) 456-0180.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

By the Office of the Michigan Attorney General

William Goad and his Legacy of Torment - The pedophile with thousands of victims

As the fourth anniversary of the jailing of sex beast William Goad approaches, Crime Reporter Carl Eve speaks to Sgt John Livingstone, one of the officers who brought him to justice, and discovers the list of his victims continues to grow

THE figures which lie behind predatory paedophile William Goad's crimes are as immeasurable as the damage he has done to two, perhaps even three, generations of Plymouth people.

A great many of his victims have found solace in the bottle or the needle, or in extremes of violence to others and themselves. Some have taken their own lives, no longer capable of living in emotional and psychological agony. Their parents, brothers, sisters, partners and children have also become part of that suffering.

Goad is now 64. Jailed on October 4, 2004 he is just four years into serving a discretionary life sentence – although he still has the promise of a six-year, two month minimum tariff if he can show the authorities he is no longer a danger to the public.

Yet Goad's perverse nature has undoubtedly created splinters which have worked their way deep into Plymouth's skin.

Sgt John Livingstone, who was part of the team who brought Goad to justice, was a Detective Constable at the time.

Gathering evidence against Goad, tracking down numerous victims, he still believes Goad's boasts of attempting to beat his own record of abusing 142 boys in one year was no exaggeration.

He said there was a 35-year period between the dates the oldest and youngest victims mentioned in interview.

"We had victims from four decades. We worked out there to be thousands if he was as prolific as he boasted to be," he said.

"Some only came forward because they were approached by us."

Some of those interviewed by police never admitted to being victims, even though officers had sworn testimony by others who witnessed the horrific rapes.

Sgt Livingstone said: "They had put it behind them and didn't want it brought up. The chances are they may take it to their doctor or a counsellor – more report it to them than to us."

This was recently confirmed by staff at support group Twelve's Company, which told The Herald they have received around one Goad-related referral a week since he was jailed.

Sgt Livingstone said: "Because it's such a dirty little secret they don't want it to be known, and Goad relied on that. He was quite successful in getting them to think it was their fault and their dirty little secret."

Sgt Livingstone, who now works in Kingsbridge, is still regularly called by barristers and solicitors working for victims of Goad who are struggling with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

The authority invariably argues a victim's own criminality bars them from compensation for their suffering. Sgt Livingstone argues the abuse they suffered preceded any criminality – and often helped create it.

Many of those sought out by investigators blamed themselves, beating themselves up over why they returned again and again to be abused. Some were trapped by fear, others were won over by presents and friendship which, though at odds with the violent and sexual abuse, meant they would often prefer it to difficulties at home.

But as many mothers pointed out to police, this turned their vulnerable sons into some of the city's most problematic criminals.

Sgt Livingstone said: "They're all over the country. We visited them in prisons, for horrendous crimes, violent crimes. They are very hard men in hard prisons.

"One guy came into the room as the top dog of the prison. He had this big pony tail. He thought we were there to speak about some offence.

"I happened to mention Goad and he physically shrank. Shirley [Det Con Shirley Thompson who worked alongside Sgt Livingstone] and I were amazed at the reaction. From a confident hard man to almost a little boy. He refused to go public.

"I saw him afterwards in a confrontational situation – he would just give me a smile.

"For the court case all of those we dealt with had criminal records, drug-related, alcohol-related, violence. It all seemed to be a product of the abuse.

"But when you spoke to them, got to know them, they were nice people. You forget their appearance, their record. They were very decent people.

"Goad created the persona of being well connected, a gangster.

"He told the boys he could have them got rid of, that he could get people to hurt their families.

"The majority of the people who went to court believed him even as he was in the dock. It took a lot of guts and determination to go to court when a lot of them still believed that he could get to them."

Sgt Livingstone admitted there were previous investigations into Goad.

He said: "They didn't go anywhere. Why that is I can't say.

"There were rumours he was very well connected with authority types."

Goad's other safeguard was to choose his victims carefully.

Sgt Livingstone said: "He made sure they came from vulnerable backgrounds. Some were in children's homes, yet he had access to the homes as an 'uncle'."

Goad tore his way through vulnerable, emotionally-starved young boys. One, who lived in abject poverty, admitted to police he cried the first time Goad hugged him as he had never been shown such kindness before.

Others marvelled at the open house policy which saw teams of youths hang out, drinking pop, eating snacks, playing table football or pool at Roville, one of Goad's homes.

A self-made millionaire, Goad created an empire which was an alluring trap for his victims.

Selling items at knockdown prices, he would happily help out struggling single mums, even offering jobs to their young sons.

He created the Mount Gould Camping Club, which he ran himself, encouraging young boys to join.

As a former director of Cornish Market World, which still houses Ben's Playworld, one of the largest indoor children's play parks in the South West, staff noted he would happily sit and watch the children play for hours at a time. He owned two houses in Plymouth – in Tavistock Road and Ford Park Road – both overlooking school playing fields.

But for all his charm and initial kindness shown, it was never about consideration or caring for the boys.

As Sgt Livingstone notes, for abusers like Goad it was not about sex, it was about control.

"He had boys try and abduct others. One failed, saying he couldn't do it and so he was raped and abused more violently than normally," he said.

Operation Emotion, which targeted Goad, turned into Operation Faber to tackle other offenders mentioned during the Goad inquiry.

Sgt Livingstone said: "It opened my eyes about how much abuse there was. A lot of the people that we investigated were from the same generation as Goad, or older.

"There was not so much reporting or awareness to report things back then.

"[We found] some kids were told by police that they were 'lying little queers'. Imagine getting up the courage to tell the police about being abused and being told you're not believed?

"I heard stories about boys being held down, of parties of men turning up, paedophile rings. Some [of the men] were older, older than Goad. They would've been in charge at the time. He learned from them, learned tactics and contacts.

"Groups of them used to frequent down by what is now Toys R Us, it used to be a market area then. There was loads of movement and action there. Boys would go and meet people in cars.

"This would've been the 1950s and 1960s, boys going to town to meet men in cars and do things.

"These people are never going to come forward."

So when will the nightmare created by Goad come to an end?

Sgt Livingstone believes there are decades more hurt to be dealt with.

He said: "We saw victims over four decades. You could easily be talking about another 30 years before the last ones disclose – some may never tell or disclose. Some could deal with it. Some could commit suicide, some already have.

"One told his mother he had been abused by Goad when he was 13. In his 20s he poured petrol over himself and set it alight.

"A few over the years have committed suicide, some through drugs, some through alcohol.

"It's going to be an ongoing problem, not just coming forward, but just the other things they do.

"How many others are not dealing with it? How many of our targeted criminals are a reaction from Goad or the others?

"We may never know how many because they may never come forward.

"The people who will notice or have indications are the non-police organisations, the doctors, groups like Twelve's Company.

"They will see them turn up at court, see the court reports in the paper, or see them in the obituary column."

You can reach Twelve's Company by calling 01752 220400 or visit their website www.twelvescompany.co.uk.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fernando Soto - Repeat Sex Offender - "Come here kids, " he said

A registered sex offender is in jail after four children said he chased them from house to house inside their gated community and peered into the window of a home where they sought shelter, according to a police report released Tuesday.

Fernando Soto, 44, of Sanford faces one count each of aggravated stalking of a minor under 16 years of age, voyeurism and trespassing. Soto denied any wrongdoing.

The attack took place Sept. 5 inside Sanford's The Preserve at Lake Monroe at about 3:45 p.m. The kids, all under the age of 10, had just gotten off the bus near Walnut Crest Run when they spotted a man standing by the mailboxes with his hand in his pocket, according to a police report.

The man chased after them, so they hid in the bushes, they told police. The stalker lost sight of them and returned to his home, so the children ran to one of their houses.

The man spotted them through his open door and followed them. He walked around the residence where the children hid and knocked on the door.

"Come here kids, " the man said, the children told police.

The children ran to another one of their houses and barricaded the front door with a bookshelf and clothes hamper.

There, they used the phone to call for help, while their stalker peered into the house through the kitchen window, the report states.

All four children identified Soto as the attacker through separate photo lineups, according to the report. He was arrested Friday and was being held without bail Tuesday at Seminole County Jail.

Soto lives with his parents inside the gated community. He was registered as a sex offender because of a 1996 case in Baltimore, Md.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Burt Guathie - Repeat Sex Offender - Baby Raper

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 49 year old Burt Guathier on charges of attempted aggravated rape and aggravated rape on September 22 after the victims came forward and reported the incident.

The incidents apparently occurred on two different occasions at Gauthier's home while the female victims were visiting, sometime between 1981 and 1983. The victims were between the ages of seven and ten years old at the time.

Gauthier is currently incarcerated in the Iberia Parish Correctional Center. His bond is set at $500,000.

Gauthier is currently registered as a sex offender on the Louisiana State Police Sex Offender Registry.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Robert Sicari - Boy Raper released from prison with GPS Monitoring

Child rapist Robert Sicari was let out of jail today with a GPS bracelet strapped to his ankle, sources tell the Herald.

Sicari, jailed for more than a decade, was expected to be set free without any electronic monitoring for 30 days while he searched for a place to live.

Sources tell the Herald he was ordered to be monitored the second he was set free today per order of the state Commissioner of Probation John J. O’Brien.

O’Brien’s order now means Sicari will be among the 642 sex offenders in the state under electronic watch.

Sicari, 28, raped a 10-year-old Cambridge boy in a parking garage in 1997, three weeks before his brother, Salvatore Sicari, helped Charles Jaynes kidnap, rape and murder the boy’s 10-year-old friend, Jeffrey Curley. Both boys were lured to their fates with a promise of a bicycle.

Michael Lynn Rosier - New Charges for Baby Raper

Three new sexual child abuse charges have been filed against a Piedmont man already awaiting sentencing in a similar case heard last week in Mineral County Circuit Court.

Michael Lynn Rosier, 43, was served an arrest warrant Monday by the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department.

Following a bond hearing, Rosier remained jailed Tuesday in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

The charges stemmed from alleged offenses that occurred in April 2007 involving three victims ages 9 to 11. The investigation was conducted by the Piedmont Police Department.

The arrest was made as a court-ordered, presentencing investigation was being conducted by the Department of Parole and Probation.

In the previous case, Rosier entered an Alford plea to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree sexual abuse.

The Alford plea is one in which the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that sufficient evidence exists that could result in a conviction.

Rosier is facing a prison sentence of 20 to 75 years in last week’s case heard in circuit court by Judge Andrew Frye.

Frye placed Rosier on house arrest pending sentencing. The house arrest incarceration was revoked Monday when Mineral County Magistrate Sue Roby set his bond at $75,000 as a result of the new charges — a bond of $25,000 for each victim.

Piedmont Police also conducted the first investigation that led to Rosier’s arrest in December. The victims in that case were girls ranging from ages 11 to 16.

Mineral County Prosecutor Lynn Nelson said Tuesday that one of the victims in the new charges was also involved in the previous case against Rosier.

All three victims involved in the new case against Rosier came forward to police after Rosier appeared in court last week, Nelson said.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Protect Our Children Act of 2008

Waters said studies indicate 30 to 40 percent of people who view child pornography online are child molesters, that the images make them feel OK about what they’re doing, as if it’s normal because so many other people are doing it too. They sometimes even share tips about how to do it and how to avoid being caught.

Last Monday “The Oprah Winfrey Show” focused on child molestation, providing gut-wrenching detail about how pervasive child pornography trafficking has become in America.

A Cheyenne man, Flint Waters, commander of the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, spoke about new technology that allows his task force to track child pornography images being sent online.

He said 15,000 such images are traded online every day, and that in the past two years 300,000 to 500,000 computers in the United States have sent such images.

Waters said studies indicate 30 to 40 percent of people who view child pornography online are child molesters, that the images make them feel OK about what they’re doing, as if it’s normal because so many other people are doing it too. They sometimes even share tips about how to do it and how to avoid being caught.

The good news is that such task forces exist now in every state, so that Waters can send tips about the most prolific traffickers to them for investigation.

But because there are so many offenders, the task forces can’t go after them all.

A bill now before the Senate, the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, also known as the “Protecting Children from Pornography and Internet Exploitation Act of 2008,” would start a five-year effort to increase the ability of those task forces to respond to the problem.

It would establish a National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, provide training to local and state task forces and increase their abilities to conduct investigations.

The Senate bill would seek $320 million over the next five years to fund increased law enforcement investigations of child exploitation.

Winfrey said she wants the Senate to declare war on child pornography and molestation, and asked viewers to pressure the Senate to pass the bill before it goes into recess on Sept. 26.

Dedicating $1.6 billion to declare a war to protect our children would be a worthy and timely investment.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

WANTED: Anthoniey Anthony - Repeat Sex Offender

Federal marshals are looking for Anthoniey Anthony, who is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

Police in Virginia also want to arrest Anthony, who is accused of molesting a relative there.

Anthony, 41, has a long criminal history, including convictions for sexual assault, battery, intimidation, domestic violence, carrying a concealed weapon and theft, Deputy Marshal Brian Koerbel said.

Anthony is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 146 pounds. He is known to frequent the West Side Catholic Center at West 32nd Street and Lorain Avenue and the homeless shelter at 2100 Lakeside Ave., Koerbel said.

Reward money is available. Call 1-866-492-6833.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Robert William Fischer Jr - Repeat Sex Offender

A Level 3 sex offender was arrested Friday concerning allegations that he made sexually explicit recordings of a child.

Bentonville police arrested Robert William Fischer, 37, of Farmington for distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a class C felony, which is punishable with a prison sentence ranging from three to 10 years.

According to a press release from the Bentonville Police Department, Fischer's arrest was the result of an investigation that began Monday after the parents of two female children, ages 9 and 10, reported possible inappropriate activity between Fischer and the children. Police learned Fischer is not related to the children, but rather is an acquaintance of both children's families, according to the press release.

Police also learned Fischer is a registered sex offender living in Farmington, and he was convicted Feb. 14, 2007, of sexual indecency with a minor in Washington County. The case leading to the conviction involved two 9-yearold girls and a 5-year-old boy, according to the press release.

Fischer was placed on supervised probation and was assessed a Level 3 sex offender.

The current investigation by the Bentonville Police Department revealed Fischer made sexually explicit video recordings of one of the children involved and also accessed and viewed inappropriate materials via the Internet, according to the press release.

Fischer is being held in the Benton County Jail on a $ 50, 00 bond.

The investigation and arrest was assisted by the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections Probation and Parole, the Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force and the Farmington Police Department.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Rick Lee Wagher - Pedophile lured kids with signs outside his home

Wagher went on to say that he only likes to be around children and he takes pictures of them as mementos, the reports said. He said he buys gifts for children and takes them to Disneyland and concerts.

He later told deputies he had touched or massaged 18 children over the past eight years.

Rick Lee Wagher, arrested in June for child molestation, was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison by a Kern County Superior Court judge.

The 58-year-old man was charged with six counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child after he was found with three naked boys in his trailer in east Bakersfield.

Wagher took a plea deal Aug. 21 that dismissed three of the six charges.

He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, so Wagher won't be eligible for parole until his late 70s.

The boys found in Wagher's mobile home ranged from ages 6 to 13.

he placed signs outside that read

"Tons of Hugs"
"Kids Spoiled Here"
"Free Cookies"

Authorities found nude photos of the boys along with evidence that suggested Wagher had molested about a dozen other children during a multiple-year period. Detectives, however, weren't able to locate the other victims.

It was not alleged that Wagher had intercourse with his victims, though it was alleged that he touched them inappropriately, according to prosecutors.

Richard McGuire - Repeat Sex Offender - Pedophile Predator

“inherently dangerous pervert and a scheming predator”

A former Scoutmaster and leader of an after-school activities company on Teesside who groomed and sexually abused a string of young boys was starting a life sentence today.

Richard McGuire, 44, may never be released from prison as he was branded an “inherently dangerous pervert and a scheming predator” of children by Teesside’s top judge.

Imprisoned for public protection today, he must serve a minimum of seven years before he can apply for parole.

McGuire, formerly of Warwick Street, Middlesbrough, admitted a total of 33 charges including attempted rape, sexual assaults, sexual activity with children and taking indecent photographs of children.

He also admitted fraud charges. He obtained contracts for his business to provide out-of-school activities, forging documents not revealing that he had a previous conviction for drugging and indecently assaulting a teenage boy in the 1990s.

He also conned agencies including a school, Middlesbrough Council and the Big Lottery Fund into giving out grants totalling more than £65,000.

Audie Bryan Cooper - Repeat Sex Offender - Hung out with Girl Scout Troop

A convicted pedophile who was living with a Girl Scout troop leader when arrested in March pleaded guilty Friday to Measure 11 sex abuse charges in connection with two cases in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Audie Bryan Cooper, 40, pleaded guilty Friday to unlawful sexual penetration in a case involving a Dec. 15 assault on a developmentally delayed adult. Judge Bill Purdy accepted Cooper's guilty plea and immediately sentenced him to eight years and three months in prison and 20 years of supervised probation. A lesser charge of second-degree sex abuse was dismissed.

"He pleaded guilty to the top charge and he'll do the maximum," said District Attorney David Hoppe.

Cooper also pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse in a second case related to a child. Details about the incidents were not revealed to protect the victims' identities, but they were not believed to have occurred at troop meetings.

Hoppe said neither victim wished to speak in court regarding Cooper's actions.

"Everyone agreed this was the way to go. They did not wish to be present," said Hoppe.

Cooper will be sentenced for the second Measure 11 offense after a presentencing investigation is completed. He will serve additional time for at least a portion of the second mandatory prison sentence, he said.

"Mr. Cooper is going to be in prison for a very long time," said Cooper's defense attorney, Michael Bertholf.

Two Measure 11 convictions mean Cooper could end up with a life sentence if he offends again, Hoppe said.

Cooper was arrested on March 20 by Medford police at the home of Girl Scout troop leader Shannon Nilsson after a tip alerted police that Cooper, a registered sex offender in New Mexico, had failed to register in Oregon. Nilsson said she did not know Cooper had a history as a sex offender. She has resigned as troop leader.

Parents voiced concerns after discovering that Cooper, who had attended Girl Scout functions, had a history as a sexual predator. Candace Bartow, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the Winema Council, said in March that she informed the council immediately and left messages about the alleged abuse with the Oregon Department of Human Services' Child Welfare Division and the Children's Advocacy Center the day after Cooper's arrest.

Bartow waited until the following week to send a letter to the parents of Troop 2036, which comprises about 10 young girls. Bartow said at the time it was her understanding that Cooper was a stepparent of a troop member. Girl Scout policy guidelines at the time of Cooper's arrest did not require them to perform background checks on volunteers, she said.

Cooper had been held in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail before Friday's conviction.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Friday, September 19, 2008

James Edward Whitfield - Repeat Sex Offender - Pedophile

April 13, 2003
public indecency for exposing himself to a minor

Sept. 25, 2003
child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes

A convicted St. Marys child molester has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

James Edward Whitfield, 25, was also sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Judge Anthony Aliamo to a lifetime period of supervised release after he serves his 137-month sentence.

He faced a minimum sentence of 10 years because he was previously convicted of child molestation, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Edmund Booth Jr.

Whitfield had pleaded guilty in April to a single count of possession of child pornography as part of a plea agreement in which the government dismissed charges of receipt of child pornography and transportation of child pornography.

Evidence showed Whitfield possessed numerous pictures and 37 videos depicting child pornography. He told investigators in a sworn affidavit he got the pornography over the Internet while using a peer-to-peer program called Limewire.

He became the subject of an investigation after he took his computer to be repaired and a technician discovered a document file on the machine's hard drive containing the pornography.

Prior to his conviction, Whitfield told investigators he was convicted of misdemeanor public indecency for exposing himself to a minor on April 13, 2003. He was also charged with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes on Sept. 25, 2003. Both cases occurred in Houston County, according to court documents.

Whitfield had been held without bail because he was found living in the 300 block of West Wilbur Street in Kingsland with his pregnant, 17-year-old girlfriend, which was a violation of his release as a sex offender.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Guy Wesley Hamilton - Repeat Sex Offender - GUILTY

Hamilton was on parole for a 1999 Washington County conviction
of sexual assault of a child.
He also had been convicted in federal court in 1998
for possessing child pornography.

A West Fork man received 12 / 2 years in federal prison Thursday for possessing child pornography. Guy Wesley Hamilton, 48, pleaded guilty to one of two counts brought against him as the result of an inspection of his home by parole officers. Officers discovered a laptop computer, a DVD hidden under a couch, and a flash drive memory card containing images depicting minors engaged in sexual acts with adults.

The items were discovered during a random house inspection in May 2007. Hamilton pleaded guilty in November.

Hamilton was on parole for a 1999 Washington County conviction of sexual assault of a child. He also had been convicted in federal court in 1998 for possessing child pornography.

Hamilton was fined $ 15, 000 by U. S. District Court Judge Jimm L. Hendren, who sentenced Hamilton to parole for the rest of his life after his prison term is completed.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Clifton Bobbitt Somerville Sr - 81 year old Repeat Sex Offender

An 81-year-old Lexington Park area man identified in court records as a convicted sex offender was arrested this week on charging papers alleging he drove a 14-year-old girl to his home and grabbed her thigh.

Clifton Bobbitt Somerville Sr. was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault from the Sept. 11 incident, and with failing to comply with a requirement that he notify the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office of a change of his address. A court commissioner released Somerville from custody Tuesday on personal recognizance, on the condition that he have no unsupervised contact with any children.

Somerville had seen the girl several times at a soup kitchen near Point Lookout Road before he offered her a ride last week from there to her home at a nearby trailer park, according to charging papers filed by detective William Raddatz of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

‘‘When the defendant got close to [the trailer park], he turned around and stated he had to bring some items in his van to a friend,” Raddatz wrote in a statement of probable cause. ‘‘The victim became afraid, but stated the defendant drove too fast for her to get out of the vehicle.”

Somerville drove the girl to his current home off Route 5 south of Great Mills, according to court papers.

‘‘She was afraid and did not know what to do, so she complied with his instruction to come inside,” the detective wrote, and Somerville allegedly grabbed her without her consent. ‘‘The defendant told her she did not have to do anything she didn’t want to do,” court papers state, ‘‘and she asked him to take her home. The defendant complied.”

Somerville said Thursday that he will contest the charges in court. ‘‘That’s not true,” he said of the allegations. ‘‘I’ve got a lawyer already.”

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Donald Brantman Jr - Repeat Sex Offender - Strikes Again lands in Prison for 15 years

A convicted sex offender arrested after he traveled from New York to Dallas with plans to have sex with a 14-year-old boy has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Donald Brantman Jr., 29, of New York told a 14-year-old boy via Yahoo Instant Messenger in March that he wanted to be the child’s boyfriend, said Kathy Colvin of the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas.

He also discussed having sexual relations with the boy during cellphone and IM conversations, Ms. Colvin said.

Mr. Brantman made plans to travel to Hunt County and was arrested by federal authorities in late March when his Greyhound bus arrived in Dallas, Ms. Colvin said. He had previously been convicted in 1999 of attempted sodomy of a minor in New York.

He was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, who also ordered a lifetime of supervised release.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

John Charles Fox - Repeat Sex Offender Gets 10 years in prison

A military contractor convicted of having child pornography while working in Iraq was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Thursday in U.S. District Court in El Paso.

John Charles Fox, 52, an aircraft repairman from El Paso, pleaded guilty June 30 to charges of failing to register as a sex offender and possession of child pornography, officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

U.S. District Judge David Briones sentenced Fox to 10 years in prison on the child porn charge and more than eight years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Investigators from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service determined that Fox had 22 videos and 14 photos of child porn while working at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq, officials said. Fox took several trips to Iraq.

On May 23, 2007, the pornography was discovered on Fox's laptop computer when he lost the computer at Heathrow Airport in London. Fox was arrested Jan. 22 in Detroit while on a return flight to El Paso from Iraq.

Fox was convicted in Guam in 2002 for a sexual act with a minor.

But he didn't register with El Paso police as a sex offender as required nor did he let authorities know of his trips to Iraq, officials said.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Clarence Newcomb - Drug Dealing Pedophile Child Pornographer Hotel Worker - Bragged about raping children

According to the informant, Newcomb and a friend smoked crystal meth and looked at videos and photos of children aged 3 to 4 being sexually assaulted by adults. Newcomb also bragged about raping children, according to a police report.

A New Hampshire man who allegedly bragged about raping young children, distributed child porn and sold crystal methamphetamine out of a Danvers hotel where he worked was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail today.

Clarence Newcomb, 40, of Manchester, N.H., was arraigned in Salem District Court on child porn and drug charges after a month-long investigation involving federal drug agents and state police in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Newcomb allegedly sold crystal meth to an informant on several occasions, including once inside a room at the Sheraton Ferncroft hotel, where Newcomb was employed, according to a police report. He also was in possession of the date rape drug GHB, as well as ketamine, an animal tranquilizer known as “Special K,” according to a police report.

He also allegedly had an arsenal of child pornography, including still images and videos of adults having sex with children as young as 3, that he kept on his laptop computer and repeatedly showed to the informant, according to a police report.

“Newcomb told (the informant) graphic stories about him having sex with small children,” according to a police report.

He also allegedly told the informant he and another man drugged children.

The Massachusetts attorney general’s office received a tip in August about Newcomb’s alleged drug dealing after an informant met with Newcomb inside the Sheraton Ferncroft, a suburban hotel with a waterpark.

According to the informant, Newcomb and a friend smoked crystal meth and looked at videos and photos of children aged 3 to 4 being sexually assaulted by adults. Newcomb also bragged about raping children, according to a police report.

When the informant left the hotel that night, he noticed Newcomb working behind the front desk in the lobby.

During the next month, the informant allegedly bought drugs from Newcomb three times. During the last buy, Newcomb transferred child pornography images from his laptop to give to the informant, according to the police report.

Newcomb was arrested yesterday at his New Hampshire home.

Newcomb allegedly admitted to police that he downloaded child porn and had drugs in his possession.

Newcomb is charged with two counts of possession of a Class A drug - ketamine and gamma hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB, and possession of a Class B drug, crystal meth. He is also charged with distributing obscene matter, distributing material of a child in a sexual act and possession of child pornography.

Ron Sean Arter Jr - Repeat Sex Offender BUSTED, BUSTED and BUSTED

A Redding, Calif., man pleaded guilty today in Sacramento, Calif., to one count of possession of child pornography and to three violations of his supervised release conditions, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division Matthew Friedrich and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California McGregor W. Scott announced.

Ron Sean Arter Jr., 29, was convicted in 2002 of possession and transportation of child pornography in the Eastern District of California and sentenced to 33 months in prison, according to court documents. In 2004, Arter began a three-year term of supervised release, the conditions of which required Arter to not commit another criminal offense, possess pornographic material or use a computer to access the Internet.

According to information contained in plea documents, while on supervised release in 2006, Arter was arrested in Redding after police discovered that he was using a concealed camera to film underneath the skirt of an 11-year-old girl. Information contained in the plea documents also revealed that Arter filmed underneath the skirts of other minor girls and adult women in the Redding area and that Arter secretly used his girlfriend's laptop computer to download and possess child pornography from the Internet.

Arter's sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5, 2008. As part of his plea agreement, Arter faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and lifetime supervised release following his release from prison.

This case emerged out of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, PSC marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Camil A. Skipper of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California and Trial Attorney Bonnie L. Kane of the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, CEOS's High Technology Investigative Unit and the Redding Police Department.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

William Joseph Bean II - Busted by Yahoo! for Child Porn

An East County man who once worked as a summer camp counselor in New England was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison after admitting he possessed child pornography and posted it on the Internet.

U.S. District Court Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz also ordered William Joseph Bean II of Lakeside to serve 10 years of supervised release and to register as a sex offender.

Moskowitz gave Bean credit for two months already served in state custody.

Bean, 24, was arrested Jan. 2. In court, he admitted possessing a computer with more than 600 images of children, in some cases as young as 5, engaged in sexually explicit acts, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Alessandra P. Serano.

Yahoo! notified authorities in San Diego County after Bean, who originally is from Vermont, used Yahoo! to post child pornography on the Web, Serano said.

The prosecution against Bean was delayed while state and federal prosecutors discussed whether to try him in state or federal court.

Because federal law carries more prison time for such offenses than state law – and due to the volume of images in his possession – the decision was made to let federal prosecutors take over, Serano said.

The state charges were dropped, and Bean pleaded guilty to federal charges of possessing child pornography on May 2, Serano said.

“He considered himself to be a part of the BL community. BL stands for boy lover,” Serano said. “He believed it was okay to have sex with children, as long as the children consented.” Despite his view, “he said he never acted on it, and we have no evidence that he ever acted on it,” Serano said.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jon Solnicka - Repeat Sex Offender - Faces 100 years

A Youngtown man previously convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl in Oregon now faces up to 100 years in prison for molesting three Arizona children.

Jon Solnicka, 40, was found guilty earlier this month on three counts of child molestation, said Mike Scerbo, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. He will be sentenced on Oct. 31.

In June 2007, police reported that Solnicka molested three children, ages 9, 11 and 12, at his home's pool, in the 11200 block of West Missouri Avenue. According to the report, some of the children stated that the suspect had had sexual contact with them.

After police spoke to the children's parents, who reported the incident, police tried to locate Solnicka at his home. When officers were unable to find him, they conducted surveillance on a possible hiding place: his mother's home in Sun City, the report stated.

Two days later, officers spotted Solnicka at the home and arrested him in the attic.

During interviews, he admitted to police he did swim with the three victims at his pool and that "he may have touched the victims, but it was an accident . . . " He also told police the children changed their clothes at his shed.

"The pool was like a kid magnet," said Sgt. Dave Evans, the arresting officer in the case. He said Solnicka's pool area was full of toys and other items used to lure children.

As investigators dug deeper, they unearthed another fact: He had an outstanding felony warrant out of Douglas County, Oregon, related to a child-rape conviction in 1989.

He had been sentenced to 20 years in jail, but Evans said Solnicka served only five years for the rape of a small girl. Once he was on parole, he fled to Arizona, where he took up residence in Youngtown.

Police said Solnicka was self-employed and lived in Youngtown with his wife and two children. He did not register as a sex offender when he moved to the state.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

Richard E. Aikey Jr. - Repeat Sex Offender - Baby Raper

“This is a bad guy, a bad guy”

An Ontario County jury convicted a Hopewell man on all charges Wednesday for repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl.

Following three hours of deliberation, the jury — made up of seven men and five women — found Richard E. Aikey Jr., 33, of 2607 County Road 10, guilty of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The three-day trial was before Judge Frederick Reed; Assistant District Attorney James Ritts was the prosecutor for the county.

Aikey, already a Level 3 sex offender, will be held in the county jail without bail until his sentencing on Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. He faces up to 15 years in prison with 20 years of post-release supervision.

“This is a bad guy, a bad guy,” Ritts said.

Aikey was initially charged with first-degree sexual abuse, but after further investigation he was charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, which meant he was accused of engaging in two or more sexual acts against a child younger than 11 years old over the course of three months.

Aikey was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl between January 2005 and February 2008. In one instance, the girl’s younger sister allegedly witnessed the abuse.

The allegations were first brought to light by the state police in Dundee and Yates County Child Protective Services, and further investigated by state police in Ontario County, Ritts said.

Aikey was previously arrested in April 1995 on first-degree sexual abuse charges stemming from sexual contact with three boys, ages 7, 10 and 11. According to records from the state sex offender registry, Aikey was the children’s baby sitter.

Aikey, who was convicted on those charges, was released on parole in September 2001. He is listed as a Level 3 sex offender, which means he is at high risk to act again.

On Tuesday, the 12-year-old victim and her 9-year-old sister testified against Aikey. Aikey also took the stand in his own defense Tuesday.

On Wednesday, defense attorney Michael Jones Jr. called Aikey’s former roommate — Keith Shaffer — to the stand to testify that he was with Aikey at the time of one of the incidents, Ritts said.

Ritts said he plans to seek the maximum sentence for Aikey.

“For a guy like this, I think we have to look at the long side to protect other kids,” he said.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte