Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ken-Tweal Catts - Repeat Sex Offender - Puts us out of his misery

Records show at least two of New York's nine most dangerous sex offenders freed under a two-year old civil confinement law have faced arrest on sex charges again, including one who this week shot at a police officer then killed himself.

Some state lawmakers now say they'll study the law to see if it's too easy for threats to be returned to the streets.

The law is aimed at confining dangerous sex offenders after their release from jail.

A day after he ended his own life following a three-hour standoff with police, a more detailed picture has emerged of rape suspect Ken-Tweal Catts.

The 30-year-old level-three sex offender shot himself in the head with a gun he had stolen from a detective in the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office hours before. The incident took place shortly before Catts was set to be charged and arraigned in the rape of a woman on Monday night.

According to the sheriff's office, Catts allegedly pinned down a woman and raped her repeatedly in his Hyde Park motel room between the late-night hours Monday and the early-morning hours Tuesday. When the woman asked to leave, he allegedly said she could not.

Catts was registered as a level-three sex offender, according to the New York state Division of Criminal Justice Services Web site.

On Jan. 27, 2004, Catts pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, telling Dutchess County Court Judge Thomas J. Dolan he touched a young woman and forced her to touch him in an apartment building on Main Street on Oct. 29, 2002. He was sentenced to two years in state prison and ordered to seek anti-aggression and anti-violence counseling.

His relationship to the victim was listed as "non-stranger - person in position of authority" and the force used was "immediately and physically overpowered" and "threat."

Catts was sent to Fishkill Correctional Facility in 2004. He spent more than 500 days in jail before that, and was released twice from prison and returned for parole violations, corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia said.

The parole violations were technical: a curfew violation and a failure to report as required, Parole Division spokeswoman Heather Groll said. Catts completed his sentence in prison and wasn't on parole when he left in 2007, she said.

At Fishkill, he logged 27 disciplinary incidents, including fighting, harassment, smoking and an unnamed sex offense, according to corrections records. He was released in 2007 to another agency.
In 2007, New York enacted a new law that says before sex offenders are released from prison, mental health experts will assess them to determine whether they pose a risk of committing more sex offenses. A court proceeding follows to decide whether the convict is likely to commit future crimes and whether confinement or intensive post-release supervision are required.

Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith confirmed there was a civil confinement trial for Catts, which was handled by the state Attorney General’s Office. She said a jury decided against confinement in a proceeding that she recalled ended in September.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Chris Goddard - "Pedophile jail terms too light"

AUSTRALIA'S child pornography laws have been shown to be lenient, with US members of an internet pedophile ring jailed for life while its Townsville-based co-founder launches an appeal against his non-parole sentence of 32 months.

Former Australia Post human resources regional manager Derek Richard Mara, 30, will next month fight to have his commonwealth jail term cut after he was convicted as one of the four founding members of the internet's oldest known pedophile ring, The Group, which financed made-to-order abuse movies and picture shoots of children, some just a few months old.

Mara - who carried the moniker of "Tech" - provided computer expertise to encrypt and hide hundreds of thousands of files of the material sold and shared around the world.
An investigation led by Queensland's Taskforce Argos and involving Interpol and the FBI infiltrated the ring in 2006, and last year arrested 22 core members and identified another 2500 customers of child-sex websites in 20 countries. More than 40 children identified in the images were rescued from abuse during the investigation.
In recent months, The Australian has found that most of the 12 Americans convicted for their involvement in The Group have been sentenced to more than 30 years in jail for offences similar to those that Mara pleaded guilty to last year.

Five Americans were given life, and another was sentenced to 70 years after he was also convicted of abusing a child and recording it on film. Other members of The Group, convicted in Europe, have received sentences of up to life in prison.

Mara - who was also charged with indecent treatment of a child - was sentenced to six years in jail, with a non-parole period of 32 months after pleading guilty to three counts of sending and receiving pedophile images.

It is believed to be the longest sentence given under commonwealth law for the offence, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years for producing, possessing or supplying child pornography.

Child welfare expert Chris Goddard, who heads Monash University's Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia, said the states and commonwealth were lenient on those who traded in pedophile material.

"Child abuse sentencing in Australia is soft in comparison with the rest of the world," Professor Goddard said.

"The sentencing does not reflect the seriousness of the crime or the damage done.

"One of the problems is the language - we call it child pornography, which gives a sense of consent. But these offenders are hiring people to grossly exploit and commit criminal acts against children.
"We need to review the inadequate sentencing provisions."

One other Australian, former Victorian schoolteacher Ian Wayne Tucker, 51, who was convicted as a member of The Group, was sentenced to 15months in jail.

He had more than 16,000 sexually explicit pictures and pornographic videos of young children on his computer when it was seized by police.

* Stepan Bondarenko aka "Bumhead" 38, of Philadelphia, Pa. - 20 years
* Erik Wayerski, 46, "Lerch" of Round Rock, Texas - 30 years
* Raymond Roy, 54, "Nimo" of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - 30 years
* Ruble Keys, 55, "Crazy Horse" of Medford, Ore. - 17 years
* John Mosman, 46, "Pickleman" of Waterbury, Conn. - 13 years
* Warren Weber, 56, "Muad'Dib" of Boise, Idaho - 15 years
* Michael Berger, 33,"Box of Rocks" of Mechanicsville, Va. - 15 years

* Daniel Castleman aka "Chingachgook" 43, of Lubbock, Texas - LIFE
* Gary Lakey, 54, "Eggplant" of Anderson, Ind - LIFE
* Marvin Lambert, 33, "Methuselah" of Indianapolis, Ind. - LIFE
* Neville McGarity, 40, "Wraith" of Medina, Texas - LIFE
* Ronald White, 59, "RoadKill" of Burlington, N.C - LIFE
* James Freeman, 47, "Mystikal" of Santa Rosa Beach - LIFE

"My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place," Jim Freeman wrote

Kevin Miller - Charged with child molestation and the worst child porn ever

A prosecutor has called it the worst case of child porn they've ever seen.

On Thursday, a judge arraigned Kevin Miller on three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under thirteen.
On top of that, county investigators and the FBI say they found more than 33,000 pornographic photos on Miller's hard drives, all of them involving children.
More serious, federal, charges against Miller could be coming.

"Total shock, he's a nice guy, quiet, polite," said Beverly Klinger.

That used to be how many in the small town of Casnovia, in Muskegon County, thought of Kevin Miller. Now, they are stunned after learning what he's been accused of.

"I was just sick, you hear in big towns, this little community, it's a shock to everyone," said Linda Simons.

Miller is a familiar face to many in Casnovia. He grew up in the area, and still lived with his parents in a home set back off Newaygo Road. He worked at a local gas station.

Now, the details of what federal agents found when they went in his home are laid out in an affidavit. Agents investigating a child pornography group traced the user named 'Trade3-13' to Miller's home. When they went there, the computer was up and running under that name.
Investigators say they've found 35,000 images and videos of child pornography. They also found three video's of Miller performing sex acts with three boys.
The current first degree criminal sexual conduct charges stem from the images of him with a known, six-year-old, victim.

Miller is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in early June.

"85 percent of CP offenders have committed acts of sexual abuse against minors, from inappropriate touching to rape and which went undetected."

Christopher Handley - America's first Manga Conviction - Pleads Guilty

Christopher Handley, 39, of Glenwood, Iowa, pleaded guilty today in Des Moines, Iowa, to possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker of the Southern District of Iowa announced.

According to court documents, in May 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intercepted a mail package coming into the United States from Japan that was addressed to Handley. Inside the package was obscene material, including books containing visual representations of the sexual abuse of children, specifically Japanese manga drawings of minor females being sexually abused by adult males and animals. Pursuant to a search warrant, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) searched and seized additional obscene drawings of the sexual abuse of children at Handley's residence in Glenwood. Handley was indicted by a grand jury sitting in the Southern District of Iowa in May 2007.
Pursuant to his plea agreement, Handley today pleaded guilty to one count of possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1466A(b)(1), which prohibits the possession of any type of visual depiction, including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting, that depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct that is obscene.
Handley also agreed to plead guilty to one count of mailing obscene material and to forfeit all seized property. Handley faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a three-year term of supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Peyton Gaumer and Elizabeth M. Yusi of the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. The case is being investigated by USPIS, ICE and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. In addition, the FBI's Language Services Section has provided significant assistance in the prosecution.

45 charged in child pornography sting

Authorities in central Florida say they have charged more than three dozen suspects with possession of child pornography, including one man with over 10,000 images.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 35 suspects were arrested Thursday, and they are still looking for six others. The investigation began more than a year ago. Forty-five people were charged in all.

Sheriff Grady Judd called it the largest child pornography sting in the department's history.

Judd says the suspects include a father and son who are both registered sex offenders and were each charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Others were found with thousands of images and videos.

Authorities say some of the images involve children as young as toddlers.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Dr. William Ayres - Child Molesting Child Psychiatrist's Trial Starts

After two years of events worthy of a prime time legal drama, embattled child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres will finally stand trial Monday. He is accused of molesting seven of his young male patients.
Ayres, 77, was a prominent member of the San Mateo medical community and served as president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
He also performed physical examinations and inspected the genitalia of many of his juvenile psychiatric patients.
The once well-respected doctor was arrested in April 2007 and charged with 14 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with three victims, ages 9, 11 and 12 at the time of the alleged abuse.

The case's publicity brought forward four more accusers, bringing the number of Ayres' felony molestation counts to 20. He was freed on $750,000 bail.
The shocking story made international headlines, and the trial beginning Monday is expected to draw more public attention.

"We are exceedingly pleased that we are now on the doorstep of getting justice," San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Friday.

A trial judge will be selected by Judge James Ellis in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City on Monday morning.

Wagstaffe predicted jury selection and pretrial motions would take two weeks, but that the entire trial would last eight to 10 weeks.

Ayres practiced for decades in San Mateo County, seeing patients referred to him
through local school districts and the county's juvenile court, in addition to his private practice.

His defense attorney, Doron Weinberg, has argued that physical examinations by psychiatrists are routine.

He previously told MediaNews that Ayres acted responsibly and that physical examinations were part of his "therapeutic model."
The lead prosecutor, San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan, said at Ayres' initial arraignment there were assertions spanning 30 years.
Police first began investigating him in 2002 after being told by a man who was a patient of Ayres in the 1970s that the doctor had molested him on multiple occasions. But the case had to be dropped after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively changed the statute of limitations on such cases.

Childhood molestation can only be brought by victims who are younger than 29 or whose alleged abuse occurred after Jan. 1, 1998.

The San Mateo Police Department reopened the case in March 2006, at the urging of a friend of one of the victims to seek out other possible victims who fell within the legal statute of limitation.

That friend was New York-based freelance writer Victoria Balfour, who made it a personal crusade to unearth possible molestation victims of Ayres and help authorities build a case against him.

A search warrant was executed for Ayres' records, and a list was compiled of more than 800 patients.
Prosecutors believe they know of at least 39 former patients of Ayres who had been molested by him, but most did not fall under the state's statute of limitations.
After seven months of exhaustive and painful interviews with patients on the list, police took Ayres into custody at his San Mateo home on April 5, 2007.

Ayres' medical license was suspended, and has since expired.
On April 28, 2007, the child psychiatrist accused of molesting dozens of pre-adolescent boys in San Mateo County for decades declared his innocence of the multiple counts against him.
Now, more than two years later, the once-prominent child psychiatrist's fate will likely be left to a jury.

Weinberg was unavailable for comment about his defense arguments on Friday because he was in Los Angeles with another client, music producer Phil Spector, who received 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson.

In fact, the Spector murder contributed to the delay of Ayres' trial.

The first major setback came in February 2008 when Ayres was diagnosed with prostate cancer and a judge postponed the start of his trial from March 10 to June 23 of that year, in order for him to seek immediate treatment.

A month later, a state appeals court ruled that Ayres deserved a new hearing on a defense motion that could have destroyed the prosecution's case against him.

Weinberg planned to try to suppress evidence gathered from Ayres' patient files on the basis that the warrant violated the state's psychotherapist-patient privilege, lacked probable cause and permitted constitutionally prohibited searches.

The motion was ultimately dismissed but a further delay came when San Mateo County Superior Court Judge John Runde unexpectedly recused himself from the case.

Both prosecuting and defense attorneys were baffled by the event, and a new trial was set for January 2009. That date, however, conflicted with the scheduling of the Spector murder trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Ayres was known nationally as one of the country's top child psychiatrists; he was just as well respected on the Peninsula where he ran a private practice for decades.
He was probably one of fewer than 10 San Mateo County psychiatrists with a subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry, according to San Mateo County Medical Association Executive Director Sue Malone.

He told colleagues he performed medical examinations because that was the way he had been trained. He had done his residency in the early 1960s at the Judge Baker Center in Boston, one of the country's premier centers for the study of child psychology.

While most child psychiatrists admit that administering physical exams to patients is uncommon today, many professionals defend the practice as another instrument in a psychiatrist's toolbox.

A spokeswoman from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, of which Ayres was president for more than a decade, told MediaNews that performing physicals on patients in a psychiatric setting can be "consistent with good medical practice."

Wagstaffe said he expected attorneys on both sides to present expert opinions on the matter.

While the passing of time between charges and trial can often damage prosecutors' cases, Wagstaffe said all their witnesses were ready to go.

"This case is more than ripe for trial," he said.

Shawn A. Hart - Day Care Child Molester Pleads No Contest

A former day care worker at Campbell County Memorial Hospital entered a no contest plea to a charge that he molested a child at the day care.
Shawn A. Hart, 22, entered his plea Thursday to a charge of taking immodest, immoral or indecent liberties with a child. Two other molestation charges were dropped. The children involved were all under the age of 6. A sentencing date has not been set.
Prosecutors say the molestation happened in either June or July of 2006 at the hospital's day care.

Hospital spokeswoman Karen Clarke said Hart began working at the day care in May 2006 and was fired in December 2006, shortly after the abuse came to light. Clarke said the hospital conducted a criminal background check before hiring Hart.

Hospital CEO Bob Morasko declined comment.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Brian Tomkinson - Repeat Sex Offender - Grooming Child Predator

A LEEDS mum whose life was ripped apart by a paedophile rapist has spoken out about her ordeal to encourage more victims to come forward.

Maxine Foy was sexually abused and raped by Brian Tomkinson, 75, of Belle Isle, from the age of just six.

Now 25, Mrs Foy is urging other victims to come forward after Tomkinson was jailed for 10 years at Leeds Crown Court.

The mum-of-five was one of two victims who gave evidence in the week-long trial last month. She says it marked the end of a long, harrowing journey and has waived her right to anonymity in a bid to tell her story.

She said that, as a child, she would often to go to Tomkinson's house to play.

"My mum was best friends with his wife and they'd do stuff together. When she wasn't in, I would stay with him doing the garden and things like that. He would offer me biscuits and ice cream."

The abuse took place between 1989 and 1993. "I remember the day vividly. All I got was a question. He said: 'Are you all right to....' I said yes; I didn't know what he was on about. He just gave me a kiss on my cheek like my dad would. That day he took me upstairs and we sat on the bed. It was like he was testing me to see how far I would go. I didn't know what I was doing, I was six."

She describes how the sexual abuse became progressively worse – and always took place while his wife was out.

"Until I started sex education at school I didn't know what had gone on. I suddenly realised and it sunk in what he had done. I thought my friends might laugh at me because I had let this man do these things and I had kept going back to his house."

Mrs Foy stopped going back to the house when she reached 10 – after he had raped her. She says she carried guilt with her and never even told her husband Lee, 28, until two years ago.

"I'd seen these two girls going into his house. I thought they cannot sleep there, I have to stop this, " she said.

She told her health visitor who reported it to the police. "The police already had a complaint about him but didn't have enough evidence. CID took my notes and found the previous complaint from the other girl. I didn't even know that there was someone else."

Tomkinson was charged with four counts of rape and 11 of indecent assault.

Mrs Foy says the trial was horrific as she and the other victim had to be cross examined. Both were in floods of tears reliving the horror and the other victim was even physically sick in court.

She added: "But it was worth it. If there are victims out there I would say – speak out. If they have been hurt by him, they must contact police. You must speak out, you are not alone."

Tomkinson was disqualified from working with children and was put on the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Inspector Paul Smith, said: "We want to commend the bravery of the women who have come forward in this case and hope they will now have some sense of closure.

"If there are any other victims out there we are not aware of we would ask them to come forward and speak to us on 0845 606 0606."
"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years" .........Sarah Tofte

Robin Frampton - Repeat Sex Offender - Baby Raping Pedo tries to sue

A NOTORIOUS paedophile is suing police at taxpayers' expense for alleged wrongful arrest. Here is a list of Robin Frampton's convictions...

November 1980:
Sentenced in Doncaster to two years' jail. While wearing women's clothes, he grabbed two girls aged nine and ten, threatened them with a knife and attempted to rape at least one of them.
February 1989:
Sentenced at Winchester to eight years for forcing his way into the home of a 71 year-old woman and raping her.
July 1999:
Armed with a knife, he indecently assaulted a prostitute. Sentenced to one year in jail, the sentence was increased to three years at the Court of Appeal. Required to register for life on the sex offenders' register.
July 2006:
Arrested and detained overnight in North Yorkshire for failing to comply with requirements of the sex offenders' register. Gave false name and address. Prosecution offered no evidence and the case was dismissed in November 2006.

Robin Frampton, 53, who was put on the sex offenders' register for life after an "appalling" indecent assault on a prostitute, was arrested in Selby in July 2006 for giving false details and failing to notify police of a change of address.
North Yorkshire Police feared he was about to commit an offence against a woman he had met through a telephone dating service, who was unaware of his sickening criminal past.
Frampton, who is also known as Robert Williams, was charged and kept in prison for almost four months before the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case.

With legal aid funded by the taxpayer he took the police force to Leeds County Court yesterday, claiming thousands of pounds in damages for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

His barrister Rodney Ferm told the hearing: "All of us have rights, including the right not to be wrongly arrested, and we also have rights, provided by European legislation, for our private life not to be interfered with.

"In the case of a sex offender with an obligation to register, his rights are circumscribed by additional and quite onerous obligations.

"But if there is a breach of his rights, even within those restrictions, by the police, then there is no proper basis for treating him any differently to any other member of the community who could have, by definition, been arrested.

"No offence of any kind here was in fact committed by Mr Frampton."

The court heard that Frampton had told his wife he was attending a barbecue at a friend's house when he travelled from his Southampton home to North Yorkshire.

He went to a police station in Selby to inform them out of "courtesy" that he was staying in the area and showed officers a document which suggested his placement on the sex offenders' register had expired. He also failed to give police the correct name and address of the woman he was visiting, but he told the court he got the details wrong because he had never met her.

Detectives, believing that he had committed an offence by failing to register his new address within three days, traced him to the Selby woman's home and arrested him.

Peter Johnson, for the force, said: "These were officers with a genuine concern... they were simply doing their public duty."

But Mr Ferm said officers could not be sure whether the three-day period had elapsed because they did not know precisely when Frampton had left Southampton.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Mark Pendleton - Repeat Sex Offender - Re-offends while in prison

A WA pedophile jailed for horrific sex crimes against girls aged four and five years has been caught with child pornography inside his cell.

Former pre-primary school teacher Mark Pendleton, 49, was nabbed with the material while serving a 16-year sentence for sexually penetrating and indecently recording 11 girls between January 1995 and February 2000.

The major breach of security comes as statistics obtained by The Sunday Times reveal that hundreds of visitors to WA jails have been banned for attempting to smuggle in contraband - with suspected drugs, drug paraphernalia and pornography topping the list.

From next month, prison officers at maximum-security prisons at Albany, Casuarina, Hakea and Bandyup will have an extra weapon to catch smugglers - biometric iris-scanning equipment.
The Department of Corrective Services confirmed this week that Pendleton, who was convicted of 171 sex offences, had been found with child pornography in prison in the past two years.
The Prisoners Review Board this month denied Pendleton parole, saying he remained a risk to the community.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Gustavo David Fuentes - Giggling-Grooming-Cowardly Child Predator

Gustavo David Fuentes, 26, told his 14-year-old victim that she was "hot."

He videotaped himself having sex with her, telling her the two would watch the video on their wedding day. And he asked her what it was like to have sex with a "rock star," referring to himself.

A Multnomah County Circuit judge Friday sentenced Fuentes -- who now is a convicted sex offender -- to 16 2/3 years in prison. A jury in April convicted the Southeast Portland husband and father of 29 counts of producing child pornography, possessing child pornography, sexual abuse and statutory rape in 2007 and 2008.

Fuentes' case is rare because it offers a glimpse into the psychology of sexual predators, and the tactics they use to groom their young victims, said deputy district attorney John Casalino.

Fuentes, who insisted on his innocence, brought the case to trial. During the trial, 12 jurors watched video he'd recorded of his crimes. In it, they heard his flirtations, his giggles, the things he said to gain the trust of his victim.

Experts say child predators often try to make their victims feel special, lather on attention and tell them how much they care for them

Jurors also viewed photographs Fuentes taken, some clothed and some not.

"Generally, (defendants) don't subject everyone to that in the courtroom," Casalino said.

Fuentes' wife found the photographs on Fuentes' computer and the video on a camcorder in the closet. She told relatives, who called police. Fuentes is related to the victim.

Fuentes' case also is unusual because most defendants don't go to trial with such powerful evidence against them.

During Fuentes' sentencing hearing Friday, his defense attorney told the judge that Fuentes weighed only 120 pounds, and was terrified of going to prison.

"His thinking process was very paralyzed," said attorney Scott Raivio.

Raivio also said Fuentes, who has an immigration hold placed on him, will likely be deported at the end of his prison sentence.

Judge John Wittmayer said Fuentes had the right to go to trial, and he wouldn't hold that against him.

Fuentes apologized for his crimes, and said he's asked God to forgive him.

In asking for leniency, Fuentes' sister said he was a good person and that she'd trust him alone with her two daughters.

The prosecutor asked the judge to give Fuentes nearly 22 years in prison. His defense attorney asked for less than 6 years, the minimum Oregon law allows. The judge had the ability to sentence Fuentes to more than 100 years.

Ahmed al-Anzi - Repeat Sex Offender - Boy Raper Beheaded and Crucified

Saudi authorities beheaded and crucified a man convicted of brutally slaying an 11-year-old boy and his father, the Interior Ministry announced.

According to the statement issued by the ministry Friday, shop owner Ahmed al-Anzi molested the boy and then strangled him with a length of rope. He then stabbed the boy's father to death when the man came looking for his son.

He hid both the bodies in his shop, the statement said, adding that al-Anzi threatened police with a knife when they came to arrest him.

Al-Anzi had previously been convicted of sodomy and owning pornographic films, a crime in conservative Saudi Arabia.

Crucifying the headless body in a public place is a way to set an example, according to the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam. Normally those convicted of rape, murder and drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia are just beheaded.

London-based rights group Amnesty International criticized al-Anzi's execution and crucifixion.

"It is horrific that beheading and crucifixions still happen," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International in a statement Friday.

"King Abdullah should show true leadership and commute all death sentences if Saudi Arabia is to have any role to play as a global leader or member of the G20," said Sahraoui.

According to an Associated Press count, Friday's execution brought the number to 35 beheading this year in the kingdom. In 2008, 102 people were beheaded.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

America appears to be too lenient with repeat baby rapers

Curtis Thompson - Repeat Sex Offender - Guilty of Murder

Thompson had previously served an 18-year prison sentence for four rapes in 1985. Upon completing the sentence in 2003, he was freed by a jury although King County prosecutors wanted to send him to a secure-treatment facility for sexual offenders.

A convicted sex predator already facing life in prison for other crimes was found guilty Wednesday of killing a Seattle woman in the Sand Point neighborhood nearly five years ago.

A King County jury deliberated about a day before finding Curtis Thompson guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Deborah Byars, 45, in August 2004. Jurors found that the crime was sexually motivated.
Thompson, whose frequent outbursts have disrupted court, refused to enter the courtroom to hear the verdict. Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson ordered King County Jail staff to force him into the courtroom.

Someone in the audience clapped after the verdict was announced, angering Thompson.

"I hope you all die in hell, you vindictive people," Thompson blurted out in response.

"He's mean, he's cruel, he's sadistic, he's a coward," said Byars' older sister, Nanci Newhall, after the verdict was read. "He has no redemption."
Earlier this year, Thompson was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the rape of an Eastlake woman and the assault of two women at a University District apartment building around the time of Byars' slaying.
Because of the earlier convictions and Wednesday's verdict, Thompson will be sent to the state prison system to serve multiple life sentences.

After the verdict was read, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O'Toole and defense attorney John Hicks expressed relief that their time with the most disruptive defendant either has ever seen is finally over.

"He needs to be held accountable. It's incredibly satisfying to know that this community is a little bit safer," O'Toole said.

Hicks, during his closing statement Tuesday, said that police were overlooking another man connected with Byars because they knew Thompson had an extensive criminal history.

"Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him," Hicks said.

In February, a jury convicted Thompson of rape, burglary and vehicle theft for breaking into a woman's home on Aug. 17, 2004, and raping her. After the assault Thompson poured bleach on the woman's body in an attempt to hide evidence.

"Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him," Hicks said.

In October, a jury found Thompson guilty of assaulting two women at the U-District apartment building. The victims said Thompson followed them into the building on Aug. 23, 2004, forced them into an elevator, robbed one of her engagement ring and forced the other to remove her top.

"Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him," Hicks said.

Thompson had previously served an 18-year prison sentence for four rapes in 1985. Upon completing the sentence in 2003, he was freed by a jury although King County prosecutors wanted to send him to a secure-treatment facility for sexual offenders.

"Mr. Thompson should not have his past held against him," Hicks said.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Henry John Germain - Filthy Pedophile's sentence applauded

Henry John Germain closed his eyes in a Hayward courtroom as four women recounted the repercussions they face after being abused by him as children.

Moments later, with applause coming from the victims' families and friends, he was taken into custody to serve a 15-year sentence in state prison for child molestation.

The 62-year-old former tennis pro at Castlewood Country Club entered a no contest plea April 28 to three charges of sexually abusing children under the age of 14. Prior to that, Germain plead not guilty Jan. 9 to 16 charges of sex crimes against six female victims.

District Attorney Susan Torrance told the judge that this case was one of the most egregious she had seen, citing the length of time the alleged abuse had gone on and the number of victims. In addition to six victims with charges coming forward from the Pleasanton area, 10 women claimed they were molested when Germain was a tennis pro in the Palm Desert area in the early 80s.

"Cases like this can't be done without the brave victims coming forward," she said. "The victims are very brave and that's why we ended up with a good resolution."

Four women gave tear-filled victim statements to the court Wednesday, stating that their childhood innocence had been wrongfully taken away by Germain. One woman said that Germain has taken no ownership of his actions.
Another woman claimed Germain had abused her for three and a half years, beginning when she was 11 years old.

"He violently stole my youth and innocence," she said tearfully
The young woman said she didn't come forward earlier because he said no one would believe a young girl over an adult.

Germain, who did not speak at the sentencing, was originally arrested at the country club Sept. 2 after three victims wrote letters with molestation allegations to officials at the club. Shortly after, three more victims came forward and brought charges against him.
His bail was set at $1.08 million and he bailed out on a property bond, only to be arrested shortly after when a 16th charge was added. His bail increased to $1.4 million and he again bailed out on the same property bond.
Judge Kevin Murphy said Germain must serve 85 percent of his 15-year sentence. Once he's completed his prison time, the Dublin resident would be on parole for 10 years and must register as a sex offender, pay restitution to the six victims and stay away from the victims.

Friday, May 29, 2009

John Edward Snyder - Repeat Sex Offender Tries to lure boy

A registered sex offender was in Lancaster County Prison Friday after he allegedly attempted to lure a boy into a city parking garage elevator Thursday morning, police said.

John Edward Snyder, 42, of Lancaster, who is registered as a offender under Megan's Law, is accused of attempting to lure a 10-year-old boy into an elevator at the Prince Street garage. The boy, who was on his way to the Fulton Elementary School, walked away, police said in a news release Friday.

According to the release, Snyder then approached the child and tried to lure him with money toward an entrance to the garage on North Prince Street. The child left the area unharmed and reported the incident to his mother, police said.

On Friday morning, police said, the boy, walking to school with his mother, saw Snyder at Orange and Queen streets. Police were called, and Snyder was arrested.

Detective Andrew Morgan charged Snyder with one count of luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure. Snyder was arraigned before District Judge Janice Jimenez. Bail was set at $250,000.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Chester A. Stiles - Remorseless - Rationalizing Whining Pedophile - Gets Life

Convicted child molester Chester A. Stiles will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Stiles was sentenced to life in prison on 21 of 22 charges Friday after being convicted in March on 22 counts of lewdness and sexual assault with two little girls.

He will be eligible for parole in 140 years.

Stiles was convicted March 3 on 10 counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, 11 counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14, and one count of attempted sexual assault with a minor under 14 for sexually molesting two girls, ages 2 and 6, in 2003.

He received an additional eight to 20 years on the attempted sexual assault conviction. Stiles' attorneys said they are planning an appeal.

Wearing a Clark County Detention Center shirt, blue pants, and bright orange socks and sandals, Stiles read a prepared statement. He criticized law enforcement, the prosecution and his defense, slamming his lawyers because "the truth was not considered as a viable defense strategy."

He also criticized Nevada statutes that, he said, punish child abusers more harshly than murderers.

"I was convicted on 10 counts of lewdness with a minor, which carries 10 (years) to life, and 11 counts of sexual assault, which carries 20 to life. Twenty-one life sentences for a 12-minute videotape.

"I say this for my family, my son and the people who care about me -- a 12-minute videotape that shows no use of force. No drugs, no violence or brutality. There are no tears, no threats, no blood. Indeed, a doctor could not find evidence of molestation and the child did not remember any event. Yet I'm to die in prison. So legislation dictates that a child's virtue has more value than life itself.

"We see murderers getting a 10-year sentence in this town, while I incurred 21 life sentences for a non-violent act."

Before District Court Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti handed down the sentence, Deputy District Attorney Mary Kay Holthus argued that the life sentences should be served consecutively.

"To me, what he has done -- what he has put this family through, these children through, and quite frankly, all of society through -- he should spend every year, every month, every week, every hour of every day that this court can give him behind bars,” she said. “And we should never have to worry if Mr. Stiles will get out and molest another child."

Holthus said that although Stiles had mentioned incidents of rape and sexual abuse in his own childhood, that fact shouldn't warrant sympathy.

"You know how bad it made you feel -- why do you go on and do it? Why do you victimize other kids?” she said. “I don't get how you come from that and end up being there."

She read a letter in court from the mother of the youngest victim. The girl's family was in the courtroom.

"My family has suffered greatly for the crime that has happened. Sleepless nights, worries, stress nightmares. I worry every day that she will remember what happened, and how that will affect her everyday life," Holthus said while reading the woman’s letter. "This man has hurt my family so much, there are no words for it."

Stiles videotaped himself molesting the toddler, who has no memory of what happened. That videotape was played for the jury during Stiles' trial. Her case prompted a national manhunt after the tape was found in the desert in 2007 and police released images to identify the man and the child.

"Not only did he molest that 2-year-old, but he had to record it and memorialize it for all time. So it's never going away -- it will always exist and it isn't something we can just imagine. It's something that those of us who've had to see it, that we'll never unseen," Holthus said.

The other girl, now a young teenager, wasn't videotaped and testified about the assault during the trial. She was not present Friday during sentencing.

Nineteen of the charges stemmed from acts on the tape. Three stemmed from the separate assault of the 6-year-old. The cases were tried together.

Stiles also faces federal charges of producing child pornography, which could carry a sentence of 15 to 30 years in federal prison. His federal trial was scheduled to begin earlier this month but was postponed until August.

Stacey Roundtree, one of Stiles' public defenders, said the federal charges could be dropped in light of the sentences he received today. She said Stiles’ history of sexual abuse should be a factor in his sentencing.

"Punishing him as you would punish a serial killer is not appropriate in this case," she said. "Mr. Stiles was in fact a victim of sexual abuse. It is a fact and it is a factor in this case. It isn't anything that by any means Mr. Stiles wants the court to say is an excuse for a crime, but it is a mitigating circumstance that this court should consider."


Before handing down the sentence, Togliatti called Stiles a "rationalizer and a self-pitier."

Stiles has been in custody since he was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Henderson in October 2007.

"He should spend every minute of every day behind bars so society will never have to worry about him getting out and molesting another child," Holthus said.

Charles Michael Roth - Claims his 4 year old victim "Seduced him"

An Orlando man was charged with sexually battering a 4-year-old Deltona girl, officials said Wednesday.

Charles Michael Roth, 55, was left to care for the girl and her siblings while their parents were out of town about two months ago, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's Sex Crime Unit determined he touched and kissed the girl inappropriately, performed a sex act on her and showed her pornographic images on a computer.

Roth was arrested Wednesday in Orlando after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The victim's mother called the Sheriff's Office after she noticed her daughter kiss her father with an open mouth, according to the arrest report. When asked about it, the girl told her mother that's how Roth kissed her when he was watching her.

She told a case worker from the Children's Advocacy Center that Roth asked her to get undressed and kissed different areas of her body.

Roth told investigators he was "seduced" by his victim and described her as a "domineering little girl," according to the arrest report.

"It seemed innocent enough at the time but then it went a little bit too far," Roth told investigators.

He said he is not a pedophile and kept apologizing, the report states.

He's also accused of showing her pornographic images on a computer.

Roth was initially booked into the Orange County Jail and will be transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bail allowed.

James L. Alsman - Repeat Sex Offender - Enabled by Wife

A preliminary charge of child molesting, a class C felony, was filed Tuesday in Greene Superior Court against convicted sex offender James L. Alsman of Linton and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This is the second time Alsman has been accused of this same offense.

According to the probable cause affidavit written by Det. Duane Collenbaugh of the Linton Police Department, Alsman's criminal history includes a conviction for child molesting, also as a class C felony, in Greene Superior Court on Oct. 17, 2003.

The investigation into the current allegation began last August when a man reported possible child molestation involving his children to LPD Officer Paul Clark. Clark turned the case over to the detective and caseworkers from Child Protective Services (CPS) also became involved.

The complaint was that Alsman had touched a small male child in an inappropriate manner.

Late in August, both Alsman and his girlfriend were both interviewed at the Linton Police Department by Det. Collenbaugh and a CPS caseworker.

The affidavit states that Alsman denied the accusation and said the person who reported it was just trying to get him in trouble because he was a convicted child molester.

His girlfriend, who has a baby together with Alsman, said Alsman had done his time, is an excellent father and the event could not have happened because Alsman had never been alone with the children in question and also not even with their own child.

At the time of the interview, Alsman agreed to take a polygraph test.

The investigation then became sidelined for awhile -- the status of the CPS caseworker in charge of the case changed and the polygraph examination was delayed for several months due to some scheduling conflicts.

Then on April 1, Det. Collenbaugh drove Alsman to take a stipulated polygraph at the Indiana State Police Post in Jasper.

The affidavit states the most relevant questions asked on the polygraph concerned whether Alsman had ever touched the child's penis for sexual gratification -- he failed the test.

The child was also interviewed by the detective and a CPS worker. The affidavit says the child could identify his body parts and the members of his family and could confirm that Alsman had touched him and knew where it had happened -- at a residence in Linton where Alsman was living at the time.

According to an earlier story in the archives of the Greene County Daily World, Alsman was 25-years-old and a resident of Marco when he was arrested in 2003 for child molesting. In that case, he was accused of touching a 5-year-old boy at a residence in Bloomfield.

Alsman is listed on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender's Registry -- following his conviction, he was sentenced to the Department of Corrections, served his time then was released on Nov. 18, 2005. He is now 31 years old and is required to register through Nov. 18, 2015. The register lists a P.O. box in Sandborn as his address and a company in Bloomfield as his employer. It lists his alias as "Jimmy."

Alsman was also arrested on March 17 of this year by LPD Officer Jayson Smith after an altercation at a residence in Linton. As a result, charges of intimidation, battery and battery resulting in bodily injury were filed against him in Greene Superior Court.

According to a police report on the incident, a male family member said Alsman was holding down his grandchild and he told Alsman to stop. An argument then started as Alsman became angry and started yelling and cussing. Alsman was accused of pushing the man in the chest knocking him over a table and onto the floor where he hit his head. Then as the argument continued, Alsman allegedly grabbed the man's wife by the arms and threw her to the ground.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Peter Zehmeister - Repeat Sex Offender - Pedophile begs to be castrated

A convicted pedophile who subjected six boys to months of horrific sexual abuse has asked to be castrated so he no longer feels the urge to attack children.

Ipswich man Peter Zehmeister, 48, was yesterday sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail for 34 offences, including multiple counts of sodomy and maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with two children.

He was previously convicted of sexually abusing children in 1995 and 2001. Defence barrister Steve Kissick said his client acknowledged that he was a dangerous sexual predator.

“He says he has uncontrollable sexual urges,” Mr Kissick said.

“He wants to be castrated - in fact he wants the court to make a specific order (that he be castrated).”

Judge Greg Koppenol told Zehmeister that Queensland law did not allow him to make an order for castration, but it is believed the offender plans to explore the possibility of chemical castration while he is behind bars.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Armando Sanchez - Tries really hard to be a Repeat Sex Offender

A 30-year-old convicted sex offender was arrested today after he allegedly followed two sisters, 14 and 11, while they went to school Wednesday and again this morning.

Armando Sanchez, of the 8100 block of Forest Street, was arrested this morning for annoying or molesting a child younger than 18 and driving with a suspended license, both misdemeanors. Sanchez is a registered sex offender, according to police, but he did not show up on the Megan's Law Web site, which tracks California sex offenders.

About 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, two girls reported that they were being followed by a Hispanic man in his mid-20s driving a white Ford Explorer or Jeep Cherokee without a front grill, police said. He followed them on the 7600 block of Hanna Street - between Third and Fourth streets - at least three times, slowing down each time to smile and give the peace sign to the sisters as they walked to their separate schools.

After the third loop, the man made a U-turn and drove northbound on Hanna Street toward the girls, who were walking in that direction. They crossed the road during his maneuver, though, causing the man to keep on driving, police said.

When the older sister kept on Hanna toward Brownell Middle School just a block north, she told her younger sister to stay close to a woman and another young girl walking west on Third Street toward El Roble Elementary School, which sits about six blocks west from that location on Wren Avenue.

Before the younger sister could make it to El Roble, though, the man drove by again - nearing her for the fifth time - and actually stopped near Third and Rea streets. According to the 11-year-old, who notified school officials who called police, the man stepped out of the SUV and yelled in English, "Don't run. I'm not going to do anything to you."

"She was obviously spooked by this, so she picked up her pace to catch up with the adult in front of her, and when he saw this, he drove away," Sgt. Jim Gillio said.

Then, about 8:20 a.m today, one of the girls saw Sanchez near Brownell Middle School, police said. Officers responding to a call about the incident noticed a white Toyota SUV without a front grill. They followed it and stopped it near the intersection of Fourth and Church streets.

Officers brought one of the sisters to the scene, where she identified Sanchez as the man who followed her, police said.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

William C. Bennett - Facebook Prohibits Sex Offenders - Clean it up or risk investigation

A convicted child molestor had his Facebook profile deleted Friday as the social media site enforced its policy restricting access to convicted sex offenders.
William C. Bennett, 48, served 14 months of a four-year sentence for sexual battery and telephone harassment after admitting to inappropriate relationships with six male students while he was a counselor at Firestone High School. He was released from prison in July, 2000.
Bennett is a tier three sex offender, the most serious classification, which requires him to register his whereabouts every 90 days for life.
Earlier this year, Facebook adopted a new policy prohibiting sex offenders from having profiles and deleted the profiles of more than 5,000 known sex offenders.
Anchor Eric Mansfield learned of Bennett's Facebook profile when a Channel 3 viewer sent Bennett's name to Eric as a "friend suggestion"; Eric contacted Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander who ordered an immediate investigation.

"This is a major concern," said Sheriff Drew Alexander. "It's a major priority. Anybody that's assaulted anybody. We will be on top of this before the day is over."

Alexander dispatched a deputy to go to Bennett's North Akron home and talk to him about the profile, which appears to have been created in the last few days and included basic information on Bennett's education and family.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Michael Spears - Repeat Sex Offender - New Rape Charges

Spears is a registered sex offender with previous convictions on rape charges in 1983 and 1989.

A convicted sex offender faces new charges accusing him of raping a Denver woman in 1998, the District Attorney's office said today.

Prosecutors said Michael Spears, 54, was pretending to fix a bicycle in the 1600 block of Stuart Street on Oct. 11, 1998.

When a woman offered to help him, he dragged her into the bushes and raped her, according to investigators.

He was linked to the assault by DNA and a cold case investigation. Spears was charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault this week.

Spears is a registered sex offender with previous convictions on rape charges in 1983 and 1989.

He remains in the Denver County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

One in 12 child rapists let off with community punishments as ministers pressure judges

Paedophile, Eric Cole

Paedophiles who rape young children are being let off with community punishments, it emerged last night.

Sentencing guidelines say adult child rapists should receive 'a substantial term of imprisonment'.

But figures unearthed by the Tories show that one in twelve adults convicted of rape, or the attempted rape, of a child under 13 receives a suspended or community sentence.
The statistics are made even more shocking by the fact they relate to convicts who were aged 21 or over, and at least eight years older than their victim.

Normally, cases of sex offenders escaping with a soft punishment involve offenders who are themselves children, or 16 , 17, 18 or 19-year-olds having sex with underage boys or girls.

Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve, said: 'It is hard to think of any circumstances where an adult who rapes a young child should avoid jail.

'Labour have pressurised judges to use community sentences inappropriately because the prisons are full, but the result is that dangerous offenders cheat justice and children are put at risk.'
The maximum sentence for rape or attempted rape of a child under 13 is life imprisonment.

Guidance by the Sentencing Guidelines Council states ‘there will be very few cases in which immediate custody is not called for, even in relation to a young offender'.

It adds: 'In exceptional cases, a non-custodial sentence may be appropriate for a young offender. If the offender is much older than the victim, a substantial term of imprisonment will usually be called for.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Ralph White, Sr. - Repeat Sex Offender - Only 17 days after release

White had been released from prison on May 12th after serving the maximum sentence for a 2005 rape charge involving a minor.

A convicted violent felon and registered sex offender in Latham has been arrested on a string of new charges, include rape, assault and child endangerment, Troy Police said today.

Ralph White, Sr., 43, was arrested at the Sycamore Hotel in Latham by Troy Police and US Marshals. Police say a complaint was filed against White yesterday, May 28th, and an ensuing investigation resulted in his arrest today.

White had been released from prison on May 12th after serving the maximum sentence for a 2005 rape charge involving a minor.

His latest arrest includes charges of first-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree assault. Police say there are both adult and child victims in the new case.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend, sometimes within 17 days"

........Vigilant Antis

Roy Lee Smith & George Kennedy - both Registered Sex Offenders - Persons of Interest in Missing Nevaeh case

Monroe County authorities said Thursday that a second man — a Monroe resident who’s also a convicted sex offender — is a second "person of interest" in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.

Roy Lee Smith, 48, was released from state prison in February, 2008, after serving time for a 1991 conviction for criminal sexual conduct.

Smith is in custody in Monroe County on a parole violation said John Cordell, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Correction.
According to an affidavit, Smith gave his nephew’s van to George Kennedy, a convicted sex offender who remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation. Authorities have said Kennedy is also a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance.
A search warrant executed in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan revealed that the motel room of a convicted sex offender who police say is a “person of interest” in the case contained bloodstained shorts and a towel and bloodstains above the sink.

Hairs also were found in the room, where property was searched and some was seized, the search showed.

The last two children to see the girl on Sunday claimed that she went “into the woods and was kidnapped by a bad man” and was stabbed in the stomach, according to the search warrant.

One of the children said she witnessed Nevaeh being stabbed with a knife and “tried to help” but could not after she saw the girl going “into the woods … to meet Daddy George.”
Kennedy has been described by police and relatives as the boyfriend of Nevaeh’s mother, Jennifer Buchanan, and a “person of interest” in the case.
Kennedy remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation.

The warrant also covered a search of a vehicle believed to be driven by Kennedy.

In the center console of the van, a case for a JVC radio face was found to have “contained a silver multitool, which appeared to have blood on the exterior,” the warrant said.

A preliminary examination found the blood to be human.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

WANTED - Vincent Edward Boyd - Repeat Sex Offender - Absconded

Town of Menasha police got more than a dozen tip calls after fugitive Vincent Boyd was featured on America's Most Wanted. Those close to the fugitive hope he's captured soon.

Sarah, who asked us not to use her last name, is the ex-wife of a sex offender on the run.

"I don't know what to say to that. I really hope that they catch him very soon."

Her mother says she feels the same way.

"Anybody who preys on young children doesn't deserve their freedom," said Boyd's ex-mother-in-law.
Boyd faces six felony charges. He's wanted in Winnebago County for the alleged sexual assault of his then-seven-year-old cousin. He's also wanted in Langlade County for allegedly beating and raping a nine-year-old girl.
Boyd, 27, has been on the run since being charged eight months ago.

On Saturday he was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted." Since then, Town of Menasha police received 15 new leads, possibly pointing them to his whereabouts.
"This is the one who preys on children. He's your typical child predator in every sense," Jason Weber of the police department said.
Weber couldn't reveal where the tip calls came from but said detectives are pursuing the leads right now.

Sarah told us, "If it wasn't for the community's help and my parents, I probably wouldn't have understood how crucial it was to walk away from him when I did."

As a repeat offender, Boyd could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on any of the pending charges.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Jeffrey Brisson - BoyChat Pedophile - sentenced to 45 years - Raped 3 month old

BoyChat BabyRaper

One of two men charged last year with raping several children, including a 3-month-old girl, was sentenced today to 45 years in prison and 25 years of special parole.

Once he completes his sentence, Jeffrey Brisson, 31, will be required to register as a sex offender for life. It was among a host of parole conditions set by the judge.

Relatives of the victims did not attend the proceeding in Superior Court in New Britain.
Brisson thought the sentence was harsh because people don't understand sexual fascination with children, his public defender, Ken Simon, said.

"This was a very difficult case. I feel sad for him because he was victim as a child and that is very typical," Simon said.

Brisson pleaded guilty in March to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault and three of risk of injury to a child. His roommate, Harold Spurling, is on the trial list, according to court records.

Police started investigating the two men in early January 2008 after receiving an anonymous tip that pedophiles were sharing an apartment on Washington Street.
Police searched their apartment and found child pornography on their computer. They also found a 3-month-old girl in the apartment and a video of one of the suspects sexually assaulting her, police said.

Jeffrey Brisson, AKA Edward Buzzard AKA The Night Raven AKA tnraven is a longtime BoyChat member, longtime member and Co-Webmaster of Common Ground and a LifeLine volunteer. He has lived with Aztram, another well-known BoyChat poster, for about 7 years.

The Night Raven is not especially choosy when it comes to boys or girls - he likes them both. His age of attraction is 2 - 6 for boys, and 3 - 8 for girls. However, he does admit that he is 89% a little boy lover, and 11% a little girl lover.

Covenant Counseling sent a convicted sex offender and a murderer into homes of at-risk children

State officials are accusing a Harrisburg counseling center that received public funding of hiring convicted felons to work with at-risk children and families.

"It causes a great concern for the department that we would have had a provider who thought it was appropriate to have people with serious criminal convictions, even if they were in the past, to go into people's homes and provide these types of very serious counseling services," said Stacey Witalec of the Department of Public Welfare.
A February inspection by the DPW of Covenant Counseling on Walnut Street in Harrisburg revealed that a convicted murderer, a convicted sex offender, who is listed on Megan's List, and a person convicted of aggravated assault, were working there, according to DPW. The department has also charged Covenant with gross incompetence, negligence or misconduct in operating the agency
The department said it will not renew the license of the youth aid agency. That license will expire at the end of June.

Covenant Counseling received federal funding to work with at-risk families and children. Currently, it works with about 20 families in the greater Harrisburg area.

DPW officials said the employment of felons is a violation of state law, and that the agency should have known who it was hiring.

"After we gave the provider time to correct the problem, take care of any staffing issues that they knew they had and clean up any other part of the operation that would be problematic for the department, it was our understanding they continued to hire people without getting criminal clearances," said Witalec.

A spokesman for Covenant Counseling would not comment on the DPW's allegations or decision not to renew its license. The spokesman said the agency would have something to say at some point and said Covenant Counseling will appeal the decision.

The agency has 30 days to file an appeal. Witalec said the department has not yet received the request for an appeal.

Elmer Heffelmire - Repeat Ssex Offender - Captured absconding babyraper

A convicted sex offender who has twice fled New York after being charged with sexual crimes involving minors is back in Syracuse and has been indicted, U.S. prosecutor Lisa Fletcher said.

Elmer Heffelmire, 45, formerly of 214 Slocum Ave., Syracuse, was charged last August with viewing child pornography on a computer at the Onondaga County Central Library.

When he was arrested, he also was carrying a computer disk with more child pornography and had other porn at his house, police said.

Heffelmire was to appear in County Court on the charges, but fled the area, Fletcher said.

Police caught up with him in Ohio; he was extradited to Syracuse and the case was recently turned over to federal authorities, Fletcher said.

He has been indicted but it's still unclear when his next court appearance will be, she said.

In his prior case, Heffelmire was charged in 1989 with sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl in Syracuse.

He fled the area and Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh put Heffelmire on his list of Top 10 fugitives. Heffelmire was apprehended in Texas and returned to serve 16 years in state prison on sodomy and attempted escape charges.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Roland Rupnick - Classified Sexually Violent - Civil Confinement

After a two-day trial this week, a judge ruled a former Wood County man should be classified as sexually violent, a decision that will prevent the man from being released from custody.

Roland Rupnick, 40, formerly of Marshfield and Neillsville, had been scheduled for release from prison May 7, 2008. Portage County Circuit Court Judge John Vincent Finn, acting as a substitute judge in the Wood County case, found probable cause to have a hearing for commitment under the state's sexually violent person statutes. The statues allow a civil commitment when the person has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has a mental disorder and is dangerous to others.

Rupnick waived his right to a jury trial in the civil commitment and left the decision to Finn, said Bill Cost, spokesman for the Wisconsin Attorney General's Office, which represented the state in the case. The case took a year to get to trial because Rupnick changed attorneys shortly after Finn found probable cause to continue with the civil commitment process.

Rupnick was convicted in 1993 of first-degree sexual assault of a 3-year-old. He was given a year in jail and placed on 10 years of probation, according to court documents. In 1996, he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a 10-year-old. Wood County Circuit Court Judge James Mason revoked Rupnick's probation on the first offense, sentenced him to 10 years with credit for almost three years already served, and sentenced him to an additional 10 years in prison for the second offense.

Rupnick now has been committed to the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services for care and control and is expected to be housed at the Saint Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston so he can receive treatment, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office.

An individual committed as a sexually violent person has the right to a periodic review of his or her case in order to gain release, Cosh said.

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

.........Sarah Tofte

Cornelius Smothers - Repeat Sex Offender - DNA Linked to other crimes

More than two years after Fairfield police launched a search for a man suspected of raping and robbing a woman outside a Grasselli Road nursing home, DNA evidence has linked a convicted sex offender to the crime, police announced today.

It was a conviction in an unrelated sodomy case that led investigators to 20-year-old Cornelius Smothers, according to a statement issued by Fairfield police.

When the rape occurred, the victim was able to give police a description of her attacker -- an 18- to 25-year-old black man with dark complexion wearing a black T-shirt and khaki shorts armed with a semi-automatic handgun -- and investigators collected physical evidence.

Chief Pat Mardis said at the time of the crime that the victim was visiting Fairfield Health Care Facility, where her mother worked and her grandmother was a resident, when she was attacked. Mardis said today the grandmother has since died.

The victim, Mardis said, was relieved to hear of the charges. "She was just elated that we've had some closure in the case."

Smothers is a suspect in other Fairfield armed robberies, including the robbery of two people as they left the nearby Nail Palace the same day as the rape.

Mardis said Smothers is considered a suspect in an April 26, 2007, purse-snatching and attempted rape in the parking lot of the TeleTech, but police have recently been unable to find the victim in that case.

The evidence collected at the nursing home was turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and entered into the Combined DNA Index System, a database of evidence from federal, state, and local crime laboratories.

In April, Fairfield investigators were informed by ADFS of a possible match from the DNA samples submitted nearly two years earlier. According to CODIS records, evidence matched a sample recovered from Smothers when he pled guilty to an unrelated sodomy charge in 2008.
Fairfield police obtained a search warrant to collect more DNA from Smothers and earlier this month a grand jury handed down indictments against Smothers on rape, robbery, and sodomy charges.

Mardis said CODIS has been a beneficial tool for law enforcement. "It's really helping and it's been known to clear some people too."
Smothers is being held at the Draper Correctional Facility on the sodomy conviction and is scheduled to be released in November 2038, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections Web site.
Court records show Smothers with charged with illegal possession of a credit card, robbery, and sodomy in four separate cases in 2007 and 2008.

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

.........Sarah Tofte