Saturday, May 31, 2008

Repeat Sex Offender Strikes Again

One of New Zealand's worst sex offenders has been charged with indecently assaulting a 95-year-old woman - months after the Parole Board rejected calls to put him back behind bars, saying he posed no risk to the community.

The man, who is in his 60s, has spent more than half his life in prison after a series of attacks on young girls.

He was released more than 20 years ago, but re-offended within days.

Two years ago, he was released again, to live in a house near a school and a resthome.

Late last year, police and the Corrections Department appealed to have him recalled, fearing he would strike again. They said the man had been seen watching children as they walked to and from school.

But the Parole Board refused to recall him saying his case was considered a "highly successful release."

Now, six months later, police say the man sneaked into the Auckland resthome - which backs on to his house - and indecently assaulted an elderly woman.

It is understood the alleged offending took place less than a month after the man's 24-hour supervision - a condition of his parole - stopped without the board's knowledge.

The man was arrested this week and appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday. He is now in custody charged with indecent assault and entering the resthome with intent to commit a crime.

A Parole Board spokeswoman said she could not comment as the case was before the courts.

Police have also said they are unable to comment.

National Party law and order spokesman Simon Power said he was becoming increasingly concerned by the Government's shaping of the criminal justice system in a way that put reducing prison numbers before the safety of the community.

"The number one priority in any criminal justice system should be the safety of the public."

Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar said the case was another example of how the Parole Board system had "passed its use-by date".

"It's not capable of doing the job and more and more cases are proving that."

Mr McVicar said part of the problem was the growing pressure to release people from overcrowded prisons.

He believed it was time the board was abolished and decisions about release left to the judges who sentenced offenders.

The resthome's chief operating officer, who can't be named to protect the identify of the home and victim, said the resident was coping "reasonably well".

A spokeswoman for Police Minster Annette King said the minister would not be commenting on the case.

"Fundamentally, the Parole Board is a statutory independent body and so it should speak for itself on that subject."

Benjamin Cox - Charged for molesting a One year old baby

Man Arrested After Allegedly Molesting Child

The Bay County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Bay County man May 30, 2008, on a sexual battery charge after the family of the one year old child reported the child had been molested.

On May 29, 2008, the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) received the report in reference to the possible molestation of the child. An investigation into the report led law enforcement to Benjamin Cox, DOB 01-15-88, a transient, as a potential suspect.

On May 30, 2008, Cox was brought to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, and interviewed. After speaking with Cox, investigators charged him with two counts of Sexual Battery on a Child Less Than 12 Years of Age, and one count of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a Child Less Than 12.

Cox is currently being held at the Bay County Jail.

Whining, Blaming pedophile tries to sue Sheriff

A 31-year-old man who jumped headfirst over the third-floor railing of the Allen County Courthouse last November after he was convicted of child molesting is now suing the sheriff.

A handcuffed Cicero Offerle suffered serious injuries to his head as well as broken bones when he broke free from a bailiff moments after a jury convicted Offerle of child molesting Nov. 8. Offerle fell about 20 feet to the tile floor on the second level of the courthouse rotunda. Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull ordered bailiffs to take Offerle into custody because he had reportedly tried to kill himself during the course of the investigation.

But in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Offerle claims he found himself sitting on the third-floor balcony railing “for some time” and “looked around (and) saw no one in sight,” according to the handwritten lawsuit, filed without the aid of an attorney.

Convicted of inappropriate conduct with a 10-year-old girl, Offerle is currently serving a two-year prison sentence at the state’s Plainfield Correctional Facility. As part of his sentence, Gull ordered him to receive psychiatric care while in prison.

She declined to comment on the recently filed lawsuit because of a pending appeal Offerle filed in his criminal case.

After Offerle was injured, Gull praised the way court officers handled Offerle after the trial.

In his lawsuit, Offerle said he can prove the sheriff’s department is not “telling the truth” about his “accident” and said he “never jumped.”

“The sheriff’s department need(s) to be held accountable for letting me fall and neglect of their duty,” Offerle said in his complaint.

Offerle wants the court to award him money for neglect and bodily injuries, as well as for any medical bills, attorney fees and court costs related to his case, according to court documents.

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries said Friday afternoon he had not yet seen a copy of the lawsuit and could not comment on pending litigation.

But Fries stands by the actions of the bailiff, a deputy, as well as the department’s procedures in place at the time.

Because Offerle was in the custody of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department at the time he was injured, the county has been responsible for paying his medical bills, which are in excess of $140,000, Fries said.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Jeffrey M. Knight - Repeat Sex Offender Guilty Possession of Child Porn

A Battle Ground sex offender was sentenced Friday to 12 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Jeffrey M. Knight, 43, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

In 1993, Knight was convicted in Clark County Superior Court of rape of a child and possession of child pornography. He served approximately 12 years in prison then completed outpatient sex offender treatment.

In October 2007, federal agents searched his home as part of an investigation into customers of an Internet site that trafficked in child pornography.

Knight had used a PayPal account to buy the images, Langlie said in a press release.

U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said during Friday’s hearing that “there is no question the community needs to be protected from him, until he has control of the demons that currently possess him.”

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

Leslie Brian Bailey

A registered sex offender living in Urbana was arrested this week on new charges and arraigned Thursday in Champaign County Municipal Court on two counts of rape.

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

Leslie Brian Bailey, 40, of 1315 state Route 55, Urbana, was designated a Tier III sex offender, subject to lifetime registration and notification, as a result of the Adam Walsh Act in January.

In 1993, he was convicted of gross sexual imposition and abduction in Champaign County Common Pleas Court and sentenced to 2-10 years in prison for abduction and 18 months in prison for gross sexual imposition, to be served concurrently.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Bailey was admitted to prison on Nov. 9, 1993 and released from prison on Oct. 5, 2003.

Sheriff Brent Emmons said a report about the rapes was filed on Tuesday involving a victim who was a juvenile at the time of the offenses.

"The case is still under investigation, but he is a registered sex offender and we had enough evidence to make an arrest," Emmons said. "I believe it will also be presented to the grand jury next week."

During Thursday's arraignment in Champaign County Municipal Court, bond was set at $40,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 5.

Larry Cordell - Repeat Sex Offender gets 25 years

The Maryland U.S. attorney's office says a Frederick man has been sentenced to 25 years is prison for making videos of sex acts with boys and distributing them through the Internet and elsewhere.

42-year-old Larry Cordell of Frederick pleaded guilty in March to sexually exploiting minors to produce child pornography. Prosecutors say they seized 10 videotapes showing the abuse and that Cordell enticed the victims with money.

Cordell had a prior conviction for child sexual abuse in 1986.

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

Raynald Côté - Convicted Pedophile

A convicted pedophile was sentenced in St-Jerome court today, for molesting six little girls aged 5 to 8, last year and the year before.

The Crown was seeking a seven-year sentence for 45-year-old Raynald Côté. And the judge came close: sending the Terrebonne man away for six-and-a-half years.

Côté, described by Judge Claude Melançon as a manipulative liar, was actually caught in the act by a friend who returned home unexpectedly one night and found Côté molesting his 6-year-old daughter on the kitchen table.

The child's father told the court he came very close to killing Côté that night, but something held him back.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pedophile on the hunt at your local Walmart

A 3-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Wal-Mart, and now police are asking for help in catching the suspect. The disturbing case of child sex abuse occurred two weeks ago in Orem.

The abuse happened May 14 while the girl was sitting in a shopping cart. But the suspect's actions were caught on surveillance tape, and now police are turning to the public for help in finding this child predator.

The video shows the suspect in the store for about an hour, and police say it appears he had only one reason for being there: to molest a child.

"He arrives at the store, walks in, and for roughly an hour he walks around Wal-Mart kind of passively looking at things. But for the most part, you see him shadowing small children," said Sgt. John McCombs, with the Orem Police Department.

The video even shows the man approach a young child sitting in the shopping cart. Just at the moment it appears he is ready to make his move, the child's mother turns around. The man keeps walking and starts to clap his hands together at this missed opportunity.

Sadly, the man later victimizes a 3-year-old girl. Police say a woman had her daughter sitting in a grocery cart when she went around the corner for just a few moments to grab an item. "And when she came back, her daughter had said, ‘That that man just touched me,' and pointed to herself where she had been touched," explained Lt. Doug Edwards, spokesman for Orem police.

"For an hour, he appears to be searching for a victim until he finally finds the one that he touches," McCombs said.

That's when the man immediately leaves Wal-Mart without buying anything. Security cameras also catch him leaving in this Chevy or GMC four-door pickup truck at the same time the victim's mother is reporting the crime to store security.

We showed the footage to Doctor Ted Harris, who treats sexually abused victims and predators. He says it's obvious the man is dangerous, more so than the average predator. "This guy appears to be pretty brazen. To go in public, risk being caught, there's got to be something going on with him that's pushed him over the edge," Dr. Harris said.

But it's also that risk of being caught that may lead to more attempts. Dr. Harris said, "He's walking around in public, seeking kids that he knows the parents are there, and so that increases his arousal, probably."

Close-calls may only keep him going. "The one kid where he starts clapping his hands, it's like, probably a sense of relief, but also a sense of excitement that, ‘yeah, I was that close, and I could've had that one,'" Dr. Harris said.

Police searched surveillance video and believe no other children were victimized while the suspect was in the store.

Detectives have exhausted possible leads in finding the man and now need the public's help. "We've tried narrowing it down on sex offender registries, we've tried searching vehicles that match descriptions that we are looking at, put it out to other detectives, and we just can't figure out who this guy is," McCombs said.

The suspect will face charges of child sex abuse if he is arrested.

Again, police have no solid leads in this case, so anyone with information on who this predator could be should contact the detectives at the Orem Police Department by calling (801) 229-7149.

Jason Pelan - Repeat Sex Offender

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

A registered Nebraska sex offender remains in jail under new charge.

A 28-year-old registered sex offender remains in jail, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old-girl.

A Saline County jail spokesman said Thursday that Jason Pelan of Crete remained in jail on bail of $500,000.

Police arrested Pelan on Friday after receiving a report that he was chasing a 15-year-old girl down a street in Crete.

The girl told police that Pelan had sexually assaulted her. Police say she and Pelan have been communicating for several months. She is from Malcolm.

Pelan was convicted in 2006 of attempted first-degree sexual assault in Butler County.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Billy Dan Carroll - Out of Control Child Molester

More charges are set to be launched against a former children's legal advocate accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

Billy Dan Carroll, 53, has been in jail on a $2 million bond since his arrest on Sunday.

Investigators said they obtained a search warrant and found videotapes that showed Carroll sexually assaulting at least six other children and two women.

Police on Wednesday identified two of the underage victims in the video but would not disclose whether they where clients of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County.

Investigators visited the organization's offices for a second time Wednesday. CASA officials said they were advised by the Austin Police Department to stop making comments about the case.

Since police said they identified two more victims, they are working to release even more charges against Carroll on Friday.

The charges and media surrounding the former legal advocate's suspected actions are upsetting to Bill Fredericks, Carroll's former partner in a court reporting firm.

Under legal advice Fredericks could not speak directly to KXAN, but in a written statement he said: "The company was not aware of the allegations underlying Mr. Carroll's arrest, and we condemn any criminal behavior that may have occurred."

Fredericks and Carroll merged their two business more than 15 years ago and co-founded the reporting firm. The firm, however, has changed its name to omit ‘Carroll' from the title and has become Fredericks Reporting and Litigation Services. Carroll's name was also removed from the board in the front office.

Fredericks said the situation has been very difficult on everyone who knows Carroll. He said he had no idea that his former friend and partner was suspected in criminal behavior.

APD has been to the company's Austin office and searched it for evidence.

Kyle Bell - Repeat Sex Offender Wants out of Prison

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

Fargo man convicted of killing an 11-year old girl wants out of federal prison.

Kyle Bell was convicted almost 10 years ago of killing Jeanna North, who disappeared in 1993.

Her body has never been found.

Bell says his rights are being violated because he`s a state prisoner being held in a federal prison. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the request should be rejected for a number of reasons, including that it has no merit.

Kyle Bell`s case has impacted people throughout the state.

Bell was a convicted repeat sex offender before killing Jeanna North, but no one knew he was living in her neighborhood.

After he was convicted for her murder, he escaped from a prisoner transport bus in 1999.

Bell spent three months on the run until caught after his case was featured on "America`s Most Wanted."

Jeanna`s family says they hope he stays locked up for the rest of his life.

Bell`s case has prompted changes in sex offender notification laws.

Now, sex offenders and offenders against children are required to register with their local police department.

"Kyle had a lot to do with North Dakota registration and making it stricter and allowing police to know where people are at, where they`re working, where they`re living, the whole gamut of things there," says Lt. Bob Haas, of the Bismarck Police Department. "I think it`s helped quite a bit."

Bell has tried to appeal his conviction in the past.

He`s been unsuccessful so far.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Jack Deloy Edwards - Repeat 70 year old sex offender

A Raeford man was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges he sexually molested and photographed two young girls.

Jack Deloy Edwards, 70, of the 7000 block of Fayetteville Road, pleaded guilty in a Moore County court to two counts of statutory sexual offense, two counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and 99 counts each of second and third degree sexual exploitation of a minor, said Hoke County Assistant District Attorney Mike Hardin.

Edwards was arrested in September after the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office found several photos and digital video of child pornography in his home. The pictures showed two girls, ages 7 and 12, being molested in a Cameron-area home in July 2006, Hardin said.

A friend of Edwards tipped off lawmen after accidentally seeing some of the photos during a visit to his house.

Hardin said Edwards was charged in two counties — Hoke County, where the pictures were found, and Moore County, where the incidents took place.

Edwards was originally going to be tried in Hoke

County, but Hardin requested the venue be changed in January after an indictment by a Moore County grand jury.

Hardin said Edwards also faces charges in Hoke County stemming from incidents in 1994. Edwards was charged with statutory sexual offenses, indecent liberties with a minor and sexual activities with a minor, Hardin said.

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

Jeffrey B. Gleason - Convicted Pedophile - Repeat Sex Offender

A convicted pedophile admitted today that he used a computer at his church to download sexually explicit photos of children.

Jeffrey B. Gleason, 45, of Mt. Morris, Livingston County, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to knowingly possessing or attempting to possess of child pornography.

Gleason is expected to receive a prison term of at least 10 years when Judge Charles J. Siragusa sentences him Aug. 29.

Gleason, who was jailed for one year after being convicted in 2001 of sexually abusing a 13-year-old child, received permission last year from Livonia Community Church, which he attended, to use a church computer to research job prospects.

But on July 2, 2007, the church contacted the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department after a church member using the computer found the names of Web sites that appeared to contain child pornography, according to court documents.

In an interview three days later with sheriff’s investigators, Gleason admitted he had used the computer to gain access to Web sites that contained explicit photos of girls younger than 12 engaged in sexual activity with adults.

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

John Pickard - Repeat Sex Offender

An accused sex offender was in court today. The list of charges he faces is long and disturbing.

59-year-old John Pickard was arrested earlier this month. Here are just some of the charges he's facing: three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of child molestation and one count of furnishing harmful items to a minor.

Police say there's a possibility there are other alledged victims. Call 78-CRIME if you have information for police.

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

Daniel L. Fontes - Repeat Sex Offender

A registered sex offender will face a dangerousness hearing Friday for allegedly kidnapping a city teen at knife-point last week and sexually assaulting him in a North End cemetery.

Daniel L. Fontes, 44, of 69 Fulton St. in Fall River, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned on charges that include kidnapping, rape, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, and assault and battery by a dangerous weapon.

Mr. Fontes appeared for his arraignment wearing a mask and a white cloth over his mouth because he had been cursing and spitting at court officers while he was held in lockup, officials said.

Mr. Fontes is a Level 2 sex offender with a lengthy criminal record that includes multiple convictions for indecent assault and battery on a child, open and gross lewdness, assault and battery, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

In 2002, he was sentenced to serve two years in jail for open and gross lewdness in Fall River.

On May 14, nine days before the alleged sexual assault in the cemetery, Mr. Fontes was reportedly seen by three young boys in the playground of the Carlos Pacheco Elementary School on Mount Pleasant Street, according to Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva, New Bedford police spokeman.

The boys said a man wearing dark clothing and a ski mask approached them. They left the playground, and as they walked away, the suspect emerged in front of them. He had his pants down and tried calling the boys over, police reported.

Lt. Silva described Mr. Fontes as a dangerous criminal who should never have been released from jail.

“He clearly seems to be a pernicious sexual predator with an insatiable appetite for crime,” Lt. Silva said. “This is somebody categorized as a Level 2 sex offender, but who more appropriately could be categorized as a Level 20 if there was such a level.”

On May 23, police allege Mr. Fontes accosted an 18-year-old boy who was walking near the intersection of Sawyer and Summer streets.

The boy told police he was walking when a man wearing dark clothing suddenly appeared and began following him. The boy said he continued to walk north on Mount Pleasant Street, turned around, but did not see the man.

Suddenly, the suspect emerged in front of him, asked for a cigarette, and questioned what music the boy was listening to on his iPod, Lt. Silva said.

The boy said he walked away, but the suspect again approached, this time propositioning him, police reported.

The boy tried walking away again, but Mr. Fontes ran up, pulled a knife to the victim’s back, and ordered him to walk into Sacred Heart #1 Cemetery, where he sexually assaulted the teen, Lt. Silva said.

After the assault, the victim fled the cemetery and called police, Lt. Silva said.

Hours later, officer Jesse Branagan was patrolling the area near the Presidential Heights housing project when he spotted Mr. Fontes wearing the same dark clothing that the victim had reported to police, Lt. Silva said.

Officer Branagan passed the information along to the New Bedford Police Department’s Juvenile and Sexual Assault Unit, which began its investigation, and learned Mr. Fontes was a Level 2 sex offender with an extensive criminal record.

The victim later identified Mr. Fontes out of a photo lineup shown to him by police, Lt. Silva said.

After obtaining search and arrest warrants Wednesday, New Bedford Police Detective Al Silva, Sgt. Pam Melo, State Police Trooper David Reis and Fall River police detectives apprehended Mr. Fontes at his Fall River apartment.

Inside the apartment, the police officers found clothing and a ski mask that witnesses had described the suspect wearing, Lt. Silva said.

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

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Operation Sledgehammer

Bosnian police say they have seized computers, CDs and other items from 22 locations searched in a child pornography investigation.

Police are also investigating 48 people for allegedly visiting Internet sites featuring child pornography. Suspects found to have possessed illegal content on their computers or on discs will likely be charged.

Police said in a statement Tuesday that the investigation began several months ago as part of a wider international effort called "Sledgehammer."

Terry Banks - Repeat Sex Offender

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

A registered sex offender is behind bars, accused of forcing two women to perform sex acts on each other.Metro police said Terry Banks randomly picked a residence on Heywood Avenue early Sunday morning, robbed the women inside the home and forced them to perform sex acts on each other. He then fled to a nearby home.Banks was arraigned Tuesday on kidnapping and several burglary charges.

Two of the victims were hospitalized after what a family member called a "severe beating." A victim's relative said Banks hit the women. According to arrest slips, he allegedly blindfolded and robbed the two.Banks is a lifetime registered sex offender. He was sentenced in 1987 to 20 years and served 17 years for two counts of kidnapping, sodomy, rape and robbery.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Christopher Allen Noakes - Repeat Sex Offender gets 40 years

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

A 39-year-old convicted sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a University of Virginia student in February may face 40 years in prison for the incident.

Christopher Allen Noakes pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of forcible sodomy. Charlottesville police were called Feb. 21 to the 1600 block of Grady Avenue for a report of a sexual assault. A friend who had been on the phone with the victim before she was attacked reported the incident in real time to 911 dispatchers, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine J. Peters said in court.

Under the plea agreement accepted by Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire, Noakes’s indictments for abduction with intent to defile, intent to rape and robbery will not be prosecuted. Noakes faces a 40-year prison term. A Charlottesville judge will decide in August whether Noakes will be sentenced to additional suspended time.

Noakes is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21, which was supposed to be the first day of his trial on the charges in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Monday, May 26, 2008

Melvin Ostrander Jr - Repeat Sex Offender

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

A registered sex offender has been charged with fondling a young Baker County teenager after the victim’s mother notified police. According to reports, the mother only learned of the assault after questioning her daughter about her recent unusual behavior. She would hide when Ostrander, a family friend, would visit.

Melvin Ostrander Jr.

Melvin Ostrander Jr., 27, of Sanderson, was arrested Friday and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation.

The victim said the first incident happened in January and similar attacks had occurred since then. She told investigators she was afraid to tell anyone because she was afraid of Ostrander who had threatened to hurt her if she reported him.

Ostrander is a registered sex offender. He was found guilty of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan in May 2001. The Michigan case also involved a teenager.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Byron Simmons - Repeat Sex Offender - Child Rapist

A registered sexual offender released from prison in November was arrested Sunday on a charge of raping a 10-year-old girl.

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

A registered sexual offender released from prison in November was arrested Sunday on a charge of raping a 10-year-old girl.

Byron Simmons, 29, was arrested just before 4 a.m. Sunday and charged with sexual battery of a child less than 12 years old, jail records show.

The arrest report said Simmons, 2404 N. 11th St., Tampa, picked up the victim from her home and drove her to Copeland Park on North 15th Street at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

There, he locked the doors to his van and raped the girl and later exacted a promise not to tell anyone or that he would hurt her, the report said.

He was arrested at an apartment on Inoma Street, the report said.

Simmons was released from prison on Nov. 24.

He was sentenced to five years in prison on Nov. 13, 2003 after being found guilty of a charge of attempted lewd and lascivious act on a child from 12 to 15 years old, Florida Department of Corrections records show.

Simmons is being held without bond at the Orient Road Jail, records show.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

New law allows the state to seize pedophiles' assets

CONVICTED pedophiles and rapists will have their assets frozen and then sold under an expansion of Western Australia's tough Criminal Confiscation Act.

Attorney-General Jim McGinty announced yesterday that eight properties had been seized, potentially yielding $5 million for victim support groups, police and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Another four properties are being considered for seizure.

Mr McGinty said he made no apologies for the confiscation act, which is discretionary and can be used while an alleged sex offender is still facing trial.

"The public is absolutely revolted by these offences, particularly those committed against innocent children," he said.

"We're going to make sure we use the full extent of the law to punish these perpetrators."

Mr McGinty said that in cases of incest, the family home would be protected.

"Clearly, where there is predatory behaviour by a pedophile, we won't hesitate to confiscate that property," he said.

"Where it is something which occurs within the family, we want to make sure that the victims are protected."

Mr McGinty said the act, previously aimed at drug traffickers, could be expanded to include other serious crimes, but sexual offences had become a priority.

One of the properties now frozen is that of veterinary surgeon Marcel Christiaan-Rauch, who drugged male teenagers with ketamine before sexually abusing them at his $1.7 million property in Roleystone .

Christiaan-Rauch committed suicide last year while awaiting trial on 53 pedophilia charges against nine teenagers.

Mr McGinty said a judge could not take into account the seizure of an offender's assets when sentencing.

He dismissed claims the law was open to abuse, and said it would only be used for very serious crimes.

"People who commit very serious crimes - pedophilia, drug trafficking - deserve to have the book thrown at them, and we make no apology for using the full force of the law to punish people who commit those very serious crimes," he said.

Mr McGinty said the proceeds from the asset confiscations would not be used for compensation for victims, but would be given to victim support groups, which have received millions of dollars since the program began in2003.

"The money is used indirectly to compensate victims," he said.

"It's more for paying to make the community safer, to support victim groups and to be able to take the money from the offenders and give it back to the people who are their victims."

The money is also used to fund the DPP confiscation team and partly to fund the police.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Michael Wayne Ingram - Repeat Sex Offender

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

A convicted child rapist and registered sex offender has been indicted by a Davidson County grand jury on more than 40 counts, including rape of a child.

Michael Wayne Ingram, who was convicted of raping a boy in 1991, was indicted on three counts of rape of a child and a slew of other charges, including aggravated sexual battery, attempted statutory rape, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The crimes Ingram is accused of were committed between August and November, according to the indictment.

Police arrested Ingram on Stewarts Ferry Pike in the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 2007. He is accused of being drunk and driving around with five boys, ages 12 to 13.

Police said he might have met one of the boys through a MySpace page on the Internet.

The boys were having a sleepover when Ingram, the report said, called and asked to meet them for the evening.

When patrol officers stopped Ingram, he was so intoxicated he could barely stand, and officers were unable to give him a series of field-sobriety tasks, the report said.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Friday, May 23, 2008

Pedophiles Groom Parents

At six-foot-two and 245 pounds, Karl Toft says he was a man his child victims would never resist.

"Here I am, this big hulk of a man, standing over a 12-year-old kid, looking down at him and saying, 'We're going to bed together.' And the fact that he didn't say no told me that it was OK with him, so therefore it was OK with me."

The 71-year-old, released from an Edmonton halfway house in December 2005, spent a decade in prison for sexually assaulting more than 100 boys, most while employed as a guard at a reform school in Kingsclear.

He also assaulted boys from the age of 16 while he worked as a Boy Scout leader.

The pedophile told the Edmonton Sun he also got away with many of the sex assaults by befriending parents and their children.

Brian Green - Depressed Child Porn Collector

A BANNOCKBURN man was found in possession of thousands of sexually explicit images of children, some as young as 12 months, a court has heard.

Brian Green, 59, of Pope St, pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates' Court yesterday to one count of possessing child pornography.

Police prosecutor Sen-Constable Geoff Lamb said police executed a search warrant at Green's home on January 21 and seized a laptop compute, hard drive and discs containing more than 20,000 pornographic images.

``Green admitted downloading child pornography, video files and images of boys and girls of various ages, but was unsure of the total number,'' he said.

``He also told police he had recently deleted a lot of images.''

Sen-Constable Lamb said of the find included more than 60 video clips and more than 7700 of child pornography.

``The images were extremely explicit and contained images of children, some as young as 12 months, being sexually penetrated.''

The prosecutor described the images as extremely disturbing, with the children tied up in some cases.

David Gray, for Green, told the court he'd had the misfortune to briefly view some of the material before the court.

``The seriousness of this matter is not in dispute and my client admits downloading these disturbing images,'' Mr Gray said.

The lawyer asked the court to consider his client's previous exemplary life, his lack of prior convictions and his remorse demonstrated by an early plea of guilty.

Mr Gray said there was no suggestion Green had passed on any of the images.

``He was a man suffering major depression, sitting alone in his room late at night with no social life since his divorce 12 years ago and this is the result,'' he said.

Mr Gray handed up two psychiatric reports, adding that his client was vulnerable and at risk of self-harm.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan adjourned the matter until Tuesday, May 27.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Darin Lamott Bolar - Repeat Sex Offender

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

Police say they have arrested a man suspected in the latest of a string of groping incidents in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said the suspect, 42-year-old Darin Lamott Bolar, was arrested Thursday and is being interviewed by detectives.

"We were really desperate to get this suspect in custody," she said.

Police said they found Bolar hiding out inside a house which was not his home.

King County Prosecutors have charged Bolar with assault and robbery.

The arrest came after the latest groping incident Saturday morning when a woman was accosted while walking along Renton Avenue South.

The woman, who was with a young child at the time, screamed, drawing the attention of those nearby and prompting the groper to back off.

One of the witnesses took out his phone and began taking pictures of the groper's vehicle and license plate, police said. When the groper realized what was going on, he yanked the phone out of the witness's hand.

"I heard the lady scream and then I turned around and saw the hand coming around her back side," said Earl Johnson of the Saturday incident.

Johnson said he made sure to document every detail of the incident, including the attacker's face.

"He came up behind me, reached in my pocket, snatched my phone out of my pocket and said 'what do you have on this?' And (he) took it and ran off," said Johnson.

Police said efficient police work and information from a witness led to the arrest. Police have not yet talked to the latest victim who witnesses said took off running after being assaulted while Bolar stood watching her and laughing.

Police have been searching for a man suspected of groping more than two dozen Asian women in the area since 2006. Most of the women were attacked while walking to and from bus stops in South Seattle.

In charging documents filed Thursday, prosecutors wrote that Bolar is suspected in many of the groping incidents and asked that he be held on $500,000 bail.

At a news conference discussing the arrest, police officials said they were trying to determine whether a second man may be responsible for some of the attacks.

"We do believe there may be additional suspects related to other cases," said Witt.

Bolar is a registered sex offender with a long criminal history which includes convictions of child rape, robbery, assault and theft.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in King County Superior Court on June 4.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Jeffrey A. Kastning - Repeat Sex Offender

A registered sex offender was charged Monday with 14 counts of phone harassment for allegedly making a series of sexually suggestive phone calls to area women and health care providers.

An initial appearance for Jeffrey A. Kastning is pending in Outagamie County Circuit Court.

Kastning, 33, formerly of 1500 E. Longview Drive, Apt. 47, Appleton, is accused of making the calls between July 20 and Nov. 1, 2007.

He is a registered sex offender as a result of a 1995 conviction for attempted first-degree sexual assault while armed.

According to the criminal complaint, an Appleton woman told police she received 10 calls from July to October from a strange male who called at odd hours, sometimes in the middle of the night. The caller would not speak but would make sexually suggestive noises.

She received the calls at home and at work.

On Aug. 30, Kastning allegedly called the Brown County Crisis Hotline and told the receptionist the he was "having thoughts of raping women in the community and talked extensively of masturbating and other graphic sex-related topics."

Using the caller ID number at the crisis hotline, police allegedly traced the cell phone number to Kastning.

Using the phone records, police found another possible victim, an Appleton woman, who told police she received some disturbing phone calls at her residence on Sept. 12.

Also, two Aurora Health Care clinics, in Greenville and Fremont, reported receiving bizarre phone calls from Kastning claiming he wanted to see a female doctor.

Clinic personnel at both locations were disturbed by the graphic nature of the calls and notified police.

Kastning was arrested when he showed up for his "appointment" on Nov. 1 at the Greenville clinic.

At the time of the alleged incidents, Kastning was on probation on charges of disorderly conduct and violation of privacy.

The incidents triggered a probation revocation and he was sentenced May 9 to a year in prison and a year of extended supervision, along with seven months of consecutive jail time.

The new charges carry a repeat offender provision, increasing the maximum penalty for the charges to 31½ years in prison.

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

Robert Gibbs - Repeat Sex Offender - "he had to do it"

30-year-old Robert Gibbs is charged with attempted criminal sexual conduct after allegedly trying to rape a 15-year-old female he met at a bus stop in Minneapolis.

According to the complaint, he pushed her to the ground and told her, "I have to do this one way or another."

Dean Raecker, his wife, and the police searched the neighborhood for about an hour until they found the suspect hiding.

They helped stop a convicted sex offender who seemed ready to strike again.

This isn't the first time Gibbs has been charged with a sex crime.

In 2004, he was convicted of molesting a five-year-old.

According to that complaint, he was arrested after the little girl told her grandmother.

Gibbs served his 32-month sentence at the state prison in St. Cloud.

He was released in December of 2006 and has been on supervised release ever since.

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

Todd Ronald Brim - Repeat Sex Offender - Little Boy Raper

Sioux Falls police this evening announced the arrest of a registered sex offender on six counts of rape in connection with three boys between the ages of 10 to 12 years old.

Todd Ronald Brim, 41, 300 N. Franklin Ave., is charged with three counts each of first degree rape and second degree rape.

Police spokesman Loren McManus said police received a call on Tuesday when one of the three victims, now 16, told his mother about the incidents.

Police were contacted this morning by the Department of Child Services about a second victim, McManus said. The two boys are brothers. A third victim is a friend, he said.

Police have identified two other victims, who were seven and 10 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, but charges have yet to be filed, McManus said.

Brim was convicted in 1985 for sexual contact with two males, ages five and six, according to the South Dakota Sex Offender Registery.

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

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mark T. Carson - Repeat Sex Offender - Judge slaps his wrist

He raped her as she cried, kept her captive about four hours
and raped her twice more.

A repeat sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a Kansas City schoolgirl and was sentenced to three years of probation.

A Jackson County judge also gave Mark T. Carson, 42, a suspended seven-year sentence as part of a plea deal involving the April 2007 attack on a 17-year-old girl. Carson also must register as a sex offender in Missouri.

He was convicted of rape and two other sex offenses in California in 1987 and was released from prison in 2001.

A spokesman for the Jackson County prosecutor’s office said prosecutors agreed to the plea deal and probation after problems developed that would have made it hard to convict Carson at trial.

According to court records:

The victim told police she was walking home from her alternative high school about noon April 10 when a man asked whether she wanted a ride home. After she got into his car, he drove past her apartment.

He raped her as she cried, kept her captive about four hours and raped her twice more.

About 5 p.m., she told him she needed to pick up her daughter from day care. He drove her to the 5300 clock of East 26th Street and tried to follow her inside, but an employee told him to leave and took down his license number.

Police traced it to Carson. The victim picked him out of a photo array, but he eluded police for months by slipping into the homeless community. They arrested him in July at a soup kitchen.

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

Monday, May 19, 2008

Brian Lee Pfeiffer - Guilty Production Child Pornography

Recent research conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons indicates a strong correlation between possessing or distributing child pornography, and committing sexual-contact crimes against children.

“I can’t give back the innocence you have stolen from these victims”

A 43-year-old New Ulm man was sentenced Monday to 16-and-a-half years, or 198 months in prison for producing child pornography.

Brian Lee Pfeiffer is also sentenced to three years of supervised release. Pfeiffer was indicted in July 2007, and pleaded guilty in November to one count of production of child pornography.

United States District Court Judge Donovan told Pfeiffer, “I can’t give back the innocence you have stolen from these victims,” when sentencing him. He rejected Pfeiffer’s claim that he had committed this crime as a result of stressful circumstances in his life.

According to the plea agreement, Pfeiffer possessed four videotapes of two girls between the ages of 7 and 9. In the videos, the girls were separately engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Pfeiffer produced these images in 2002 and 2003 when the girls were sleeping over at the defendant’s residence.

“I can’t give back the innocence you have stolen from these victims”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 20,000 images of child pornography are posted on the internet every week. Moreover, recent research conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons indicates a strong correlation between possessing or distributing child pornography, and committing sexual-contact crimes against children.

"Child pornography harms and debases the most defenseless of our citizens"

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a law aimed at preventing child pornography, ruling a provision dealing with "pandering" illicit material does not violate constitutional protections on free speech.

"Child pornography
harms and debases
the most defenseless of our citizens,"


Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority, calling Internet child porn a "threat."

The 7-2 ruling rejected suggestions the law is overly broad, and will stifle a range of expressive or artistic material that is not obscene.

The case involves Michael Williams, convicted in a Florida federal court for promoting child pornography on the Internet.

A 2003 federal law made it a crime not only to produce and possess child porn, but also to "pander" material, conveying the belief that material contains minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The pandering provision covers anyone who "advertises, promotes, presents, distributes, or solicits" this material.

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, said Congress' latest attempt to deal with this "threat" was legally "successful."

The "Protect" Act was Congress' latest attempt to control graphic images on the Internet. Previous efforts were struck down by the high court on First Amendment issues.

As part of a 2004 sting operation, an undercover Secret Service agent (using the screen name "Lisa--n--Miami") communicated with Williams in an Internet chat room. Williams allegedly wrote, "Dad of toddler has 'good' pics of her an (sic) me for swap of your toddler pics, or live cam." He posted nonpornographic photos of a young girl and claimed he had "hc," or hard-core, kiddie pictures, prosecutors contend.

The man then allegedly posted photos of youngsters involved in "sexually explicit conduct," according to court records. Twenty-two other child porn images were found on his home computer.

A federal appeals court upheld a possession conviction against Williams, but threw out the separate soliciting charge, which carried a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. A three-judge panel concluded the provision was "substantially overbroad and vague," and that "non-commercial, non-inciteful promotion of illegal child pornography, even if repugnant, is protected free speech." In other words, the judges said merely talking about child porn is not necessarily criminal.

Scalia said judges had proper discretion to decide when anti-pornography laws should be properly applied, but he noted that such illicit material has increased in recent years.

"Child pornography harms and debases the most defenseless of our citizens," he said. "This court held unconstitutional Congress' previous attempt to meet this new threat, and Congress responded with a carefully crafted attempt to eliminate the First Amendment problems we [earlier] identified."

The Bush administration urged the high court to accept the case, saying the overall impact of the law was being held "hostage to a few hypothetical scenarios."

Solicitor General Paul Clement argued to the justices that not only is promoting real child porn against the law, but "speech that falsely proposes an unlawful transaction is likewise unprotected." Clement announced last week that he is stepping down from his post next month.

But during oral arguments, six justices offered specific examples they said might unfairly target someone who was engaged in lawful, artistic or editorial free speech. Among them were mainstream movies such as "Lolita," "Traffic," and "Titanic," all of which depicted scenarios in which underage girls were engaging in simulated sex.

Justices David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.

Souter wrote that a double standard exists since those pandering images not involving minors engaging in simulated sex could now be prosecuted, but possession of those images would not be subject to prosecution.

"I believe that maintaining the First Amendment protection of expression we have previously held to cover fake child pornography requires a limit to the law's criminalization of pandering proposals," Souter said.

The justices five years ago struck down a 1996 federal law dealing with child porn, giving legal protection to youthful sexual images that were nether obscene nor involved sexual abuse. In its ruling, the high court said thinking dirty thoughts is not necessarily criminal, and the government cannot "suppress lawful speech as the means to suppress unlawful speech."

Most of the 2003 Protect Act's provision have survived judicial scrutiny.

A coalition of free speech and commercial interests were supporting Williams' constitutional claims, including the Free Speech Coalition, online media retailer and National Coalition Against Censorship.

On the other side, 27 states backed the United States, as well as a range of child advocacy groups.

Loren Naylor - Whining Pedophile didn't like his 124 year prison sentence

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a county judge’s decision to sentence a child molester to nearly 125 years in prison.

“We note that Naylor’s remorse was offset by his claim that the eight-year-old victim was the initial aggressor,” Senior Judge George B. Hoffman Jr. wrote in the unanimous opinion

Madison Superior Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman sentenced Loren Naylor, 41, Elwood, to 124 years in prison in August after he pleading guilty to five counts of child molestation.

Prosecutors charged Naylor with four counts of child molestation, all Class A felonies punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison, for allegedly having sex with a 8-year-old girl several times beginning in 2005.

Naylor was also charged with another count of child molestation, a Class C felony, for allegedly fondling the child. A Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years. Newman sentenced Naylor to 30 years on each Class A felony, and four years for the Class C felony.

Police began investigating Naylor in March 2007 after the girl’s 6-year-old sister walked in on Naylor and the girl having sex, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Elwood Detective Carl Caldwell.

The 6-year-old reported what she saw to officials at her school, according to the affidavit, who then contacted police.

Naylor admitted during questioning to having sex with the girl. Naylor told police he and the girl “had a sexual relationship like any man and wife would have,” Caldwell writes in the affidavit.

Naylor pleaded guilty to all of the charges during a court hearing in July. He pleaded guilty without an agreement with prosecutors. According to the Indiana Department of Correction, Naylor’s earliest release date is March 2069, when he will be 102 years old.

In his appeal, Naylor argued Newman incorrectly weighed mitigating and aggravating factors in sentencing him, and the prison term wasn’t just in light of his character and the nature of the crimes.

Naylor argued the judge improperly used the fact that the crimes were committed over a lengthy time period in ordering the sentences to be served one after another. He also argued Newman failed to give enough weight to his guilty plea, his remorse and his minor criminal history.

The appeals court didn’t accept Naylor’s argument.

“We note that Naylor’s remorse was offset by his claim that the eight-year-old victim was the initial aggressor,” Senior Judge George B. Hoffman Jr. wrote in the unanimous opinion of the three-judge panel. “The trial court was not required to give any weight to Naylor’s proclaimed remorse.”

The appeals court also didn’t accept Naylor’s argument the sentence was too harsh in light of his character and the circumstances of the crime.

“With regard to the nature of the offenses, we note that over a period of years, Naylor subjected a child in his care to a series of unspeakable acts,” Hoffman wrote. “During that period of time, there is no doubt that he witnessed her confusion and pain. Yet, Naylor persisted in violating the victim and changed her life forever. Furthermore, some of these acts were observed by the victim’s younger sister.

“With regard to the nature of the offender, we note that Naylor instructed the victim not to tell anyone about his actions, an instruction that illustrates that he knew he was committing wrongful acts, but persisted in doing so,” Hoffman continued. “His ‘remorse’ was offset by his insistence that the young victim is the one who started it all.”

Thomas Cargill - Repeat Sex Offender - Child Pornography

This is the second case in two days where, because of a previous state conviction for a sexual offense involving a child or children, the defendant faces an enhanced minimum mandatory sentence of ten years in prison.

Thomas Cargill, 42, of Endicott, NY, formerly of Hollywood, MD, pleaded guilty Friday to possession of child pornography, announced U.S Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, on Feb. 14, 2007, Cargill’s girlfriend brought two CDs, which she suspected contained child pornography and Cargill’s desktop computer to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. Detectives viewed the two CDs and saw numerous pictures of prepubescent females, from as young as about six years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

On Feb. 20, 2007, St. Mary's County detectives interviewed Cargill, who admitted that he downloaded child pornography from the Internet approximately twice a week, using a file sharing program. Cargill’s CDs and computer were subsequently forensically examined by FBI agents. The CDs contained approximately 271 images of child pornography, and many of the images were from a website known by the FBI to contain images of child pornography, which is hosted outside of the United States.

On July 20, 2005, Cargill pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended, and one year supervised probation.

Based on his previous state conviction for possession of child pornography Cargill faces an enhanced minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years, and a maximum of 20 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for Sept. 4.

This is the second case in two days where, because of a previous state conviction for a sexual offense involving a child or children, the defendant faces an enhanced minimum mandatory sentence of ten years in prison. On Thursday, Richard David Morris, 25, of Reisterstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Morris had been previously convicted in the State for sexual abuse of a minor.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood 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 Project Safe Childhood, please visit Details about Maryland’s program are available at

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

Ronald Aboud - Repeat Sex Offender

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

A convicted sex offender will tell a judge today why he is incompetent to stand trial on charges he sexually assaulted a young Windham boy in the mid-1980s.

Ronald Aboud, 43, formerly of Salem and Windham, is accused of abusing the boy while the two were neighbors. The boy was between the ages of 10 and 12, according to indictments.

Defense lawyers claim Aboud cannot go to trial on the charges because he struggles with understanding the complex legal issues surrounding his case.

A state forensic psychologist disagrees. Aboud stands accused of 20 counts of sexual assault for abusing the boy between August 1984 and 1987. The alleged abuse was reported to Windham police in 2006 after the victim decided to tell police.

Aboud served seven years in state prison in the 1990s, after admitting he tried to lure a 5-year-old Salem boy into the woods so he could molest him. He pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault. After his release from prison, he moved to Belmont. He is listed on the state's Sex Offender Registry.

His criminal record includes a 1989 conviction for indecent assault and battery on a child. Aboud received a suspended sentence for that offense. If convicted, Aboud could spend decades in prison as a multiple offender.

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

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Leonard Dickey - Repeat Sex Offender - Whining Pedophile

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

The attorney representing a man charged in the death of a Cambridge City teen wants his client's remarks to police thrown out, claiming Leonard Dickey was insufficiently advised of his Miranda rights at the time of his arrest.

Attorney Timothy Neal says his client had his Miranda rights violated by police when he was arrested in May in connection with the death of Tarra Pickett, according to court documents.

Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman disagrees.

Neal on Friday filed a motion for a continuance of a hearing in Wayne County Superior Court 2. Neal is requesting the court suppress any and all oral confessions, statements or admissions made by Dickey on May 22 and May 25.

Dickey, who turns 48 on Sunday, was arrested after police found Pickett's body in a public wooded area in Cambridge City.

Pickett, 16, was returning from a friend's home and police believe Dickey, a previously convicted sex offender, abducted and killed her.

His trial is scheduled to start July 21.

Neal claims that Dickey's statements should not be allowed as evidence because Dickey could not understand his Miranda rights and that the interrogation session conducted violated Fifth Amendment rights and Art. 1, Sect. 14 of the Indiana Constitution against self-incrimination

Shipman said Dickey was read his Miranda rights essentially advising him of the charges and his right to remain silent and obtain legal counsel.

"Yes, they were read to him," Shipman said Friday. "I don't recall the number of times his rights were read to him. There is no requirement under Miranda that they are repeatedly given in most circumstance."

Neal did not immediately return a Friday phone message left by the Palladium-Item.

Dickey, who is in the Wayne County Jail, is charged with felony murder, criminal deviate conduct, a Class B felony, and theft and criminal confinement, which are both Class D felonies.

Repeat sex offender allegations habitual offender charges have been added as the prosecution seeks a life sentence if Dickey is convicted without the possibility of parole.

In 2005, Dickey was released after serving 22 years in the Department of Corrections on rape and confinement convictions in Fayette County.

Dickey was out of jail and on bond awaiting trial from another alleged sexual assault offense when Pickett was killed.

He is charged with three child molestation charges. One of the charges is a Class A felony. The remaining charges are Class C felonies. Repeat sex offender and habitual offender enhancements were added to the charges.

The details surrounding Pickett's death led to the Indiana General Assembly passing legislation last session known as "Tarra's Law." The law, which was signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels in March, gives prosecutors and judges more control over denying bail for repeat sexually violent predators.

State Rep. Phil Pflum, D-Milton, sponsored the bill so there could be no more automatic setting of bail when sexually violent predators are accused of another sex crime.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Alan Ginnever - Repeat Sex Offender - locked up indefinitely

He told the jury he had no idea why he was being blamed, and claimed he was the world's most unlucky man after six witnesses picked him out in identification parades.

Last night, it emerged that he is now bankrupt and his partner and mother of his young child has left him after a behind-bars confession he made to her following his conviction.
LENGTHY JAIL TERM: Alan Ginnever will only be considered for release when he can convince  officials he no longer poses a threat LENGTHY JAIL TERM: Alan Ginnever will only be considered for release when he can convince officials he no longer poses a threat

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

A SEXUAL predator who stalked a countryside walkway looking for vulnerable victims was yesterday locked up indefinitely after a judge said he was a "significant danger".

Alan Ginnever was jailed for the protection of the public and will be released from prison only when he can convince officials from the Parole Board that he is no longer a risk.

He was told by Judge Tony Briggs that there was "a predatory bullying and controlling element"

to the offences and he had enjoyed causing one victim "alarm and discomfort".

The judge said Ginnever had deliberately travelled to isolated places along Castle Eden Walkway, near Stockton, to carry out his attacks and circled one location in his car looking for victims.

The attacks go back to the summer of 2005, when Ginnever was on a bike and ripped the bikini top off a 14-year-old as he rode past near the Hardwick Social Club, Stockton, Almost exactly a year later, in the same area, he stopped two girls cycling in Darlington Lane, Elmtree, groped the ten-year-old and exposed himself to her nineyear- old friend.

In August 2006, Ginnever approached a 12-year-old and a ten year- old near Billingham Beck County Park, touched the breasts of the older girl and flashed a t her friend.

On March 12, last year, he made a lewd suggestion and exposed himself to a 35-year-old woman walking her dogs near Letch Lane, Stockton, forcing his victim to flee screaming.

Five weeks later, a 15-year-old girl, who was at the Wynyard Woodland Park with her toddler cousin and brother, both aged two, had her trousers pulled down by Ginnever.

Following the final attack, detectives were so worried about the offender's escalating behaviour they issued an appeal, and witnesses came forward with crucial information that led to his conviction.

Ginnever was arrested after his car was linked to some of the attack scenes, and faced a trial at Teesside Crown Court on four allegations of sexual assault and three of exposure.

He told the jury he had no idea why he was being blamed, and claimed he was the world's most unlucky man after six witnesses picked him out in identification parades.

Last night, it emerged that he is now bankrupt and his partner and mother of his young child has left him after a behind-bars confession he made to her following his conviction.

Ginnever, of Queens Drive, Billingham, who was convicted of all seven counts, must serve at least two-and-a-half years before he can apply for parole, and has been banned from working with children.

Judge Tony Briggs also banned him from going near children's play parks, wooded areas and the Castle Eden Walkway, a disused railway line linking Stockton to County Durham.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
..........Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch

Friday, May 16, 2008

William G. Corbin - Repeat Sex Offender Pervert

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

A Searsport man with a conviction for gross sexual misconduct with a youth younger than 14 was arrested this week after child pornography was reportedly discovered on a computer he used frequently.

William G. Corbin, 47, was charged with possession of sexually explicit material of a child younger than 12 and taken to Waldo County Jail. He was later released on bail.

Detective Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department said a call was received last October that Corbin was viewing images of children, who were thought to be local, on a computer in Belfast where he had Internet access.

McFadden said sites such as FaceBook, MySpace and Yahoo can be searched by age and region, and Corbin was legally looking at nonsexual images on them.

The detective ran Corbin's name through a police database and found Corbin was convicted of gross sexual misconduct with a minor under 14 in 1984, though he was not then listed on the Sex Offenders Registry. He has since been listed, McFadden said.

“There was nothing criminal at this point,” McFadden said, but the combination of a sex offender looking at images of local children was “disturbing.”

McFadden went to the home where Corbin had Internet access. “He was using a computer that wasn't his and not paying for it, so there was no expectation of privacy,” said McFadden.

The detective asked the computer's owner if he could borrow the hard drive, which he took back to his office. McFadden looked at the hard drive using a write-blocking device that doesn't alter what's on the drive, and found “absolutely nothing.”

Corbin had deleted everything, McFadden said, which raised a red flag in the detective's mind. “If he was doing legal stuff, he wouldn't bother to delete everything,” McFadden said.

When McFadden returned the hard drive, Corbin was there, and he “admitted to viewing pornographic material, though not involving children.”

Corbin used the computer in Belfast to download material onto discs that he took to his home in Searsport to view. Corbin reportedly took McFadden to his home and gave him several CDs and hard drives to take with him. McFadden said he found several images of child pornography on the CDs, then returned to Corbin's home to tell him what he had discovered.

McFadden said he had enough information to obtain a search warrant, but he asked Corbin to consent to a thorough review of his computer. Corbin reportedly agreed, and McFadden took the machine to the state's Computer Crimes Unit in Augusta.

McFadden learned Corbin scavenged old computer parts from the Searsport dump and had picked up computer discs containing candid snapshots of local people, including young girls and children.

The detective urged people to be careful when they dispose of family photos because they could end up being used by others for sexual gratification. “These are innocent pictures until they're put in this guy's hands,” he said.

Scott Bradeen of the Lewiston Police Department, a member of the computer unit, reviewed Corbin's computer and found 250 images of child pornography, McFadden said. The images were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which keeps extensive records of the origins of child pornography. The center said the images were created in France, Florida, Illinois, England, Washington, North Carolina, Russia and other distant places.

“This is not a Belfast problem,” he said. “That's why it's important that everyone get on this bandwagon.”

Though there is no evidence that Corbin was molesting children, McFadden said, “You look at and spend time with what you're interested in. I'm interested in riding my motorcycle. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't do it. If viewing pictures of children (engaged in sexual acts) disgusts you, you wouldn't do it. You can't argue with that.”

The Corbin case is one of three McFadden is working on that involves child pornography, he said. The detective will soon establish a satellite office in Belfast for the Computer Crimes Unit, performing preliminary investigations of suspected computers for the state's lab in Vassalboro.