September 30, 2008

Tim Ricks sentenced on sex abuse charge

Standard Journal

September 30, 2008

REXBURG, ID - Tim E. Ricks, 59, of Rexburg was sentenced Monday on a charge of sexually abusing a girl.

Ricks, who had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 16, was sentenced to a prison term of five to 20 years, but the court retained jurisdiction for 180 days.

Judge Brent Moss ordered that Ricks be taken into custody directly after the sentencing.

During the six-month period Ricks will be incarcerated at the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood.

During the hearing Monday, the prosecution and defense disagreed on what the sentencing outcome should be.

Madison County Prosecutor Sid Brown said members of Ricks's family were present in court to show support for both Ricks and the victim mentioned in the charge against him.

Ricks was arrested April 9 after an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff's Office and was released a short time later on a $50,000 bond.

According to the charge against Ricks, the girl was victimized by manual to genital contact on numerous occasions from January 2001 until March 6, 2008.

Brown recommended penitentiary time for Ricks citing portions of the psycho-sexual evaluation that he said indicate that Ricks hasn't totally admitted to some sexual abuse, including that of a female victim about 30 years ago that he said was revealed during the police investigation.

September 19, 2008

Shawn Pratt Arrested for Sex Assault


September 19, 2008

Bennington, Vermont -- A paraprofessional at Mount Anthony Union High School is accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

36-year-old Shawn Pratt, of Bennington, is charged with aggravated sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct. Police say he did not meet the victim through his job with the district.

Now the school is investigating why Pratt was even hired. He has prior assault and drug convictions. And he is scheduled to spend the month of October in jail for domestic assault.

September 18, 2008

Teacher James Hirleman arrested for alleged molestation

The Sacramento Bee

September 18, 2008

Rocklin police have announced the arrest of a veteran Roseville teacher for allegedly molesting a minor in 2001 and 2006.

James Albert Hirleman, 48, a seventh-grade teacher at George Buljan Middle School in Roseville, was taken into custody at his Roseville home late Wednesday night and booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, the department reported today.

Police Lt. Lon Milka said the alleged crimes occurred at a residence and not at Hirleman's school. He said no other victims have been discovered.

Police were at Buljan Middle School on Thursday to examine computers that Hirleman had access to, said Richard Pierucci, superintendent of Roseville City School District.

Hirleman started working for the Roseville City School District 18 years ago as a teacher at Vencil Brown Elementary School. He most recently taught technology at Buljan Middle School, where he worked for the past 10 years, Pierucci said.

Rocklin police detectives made the arrest after investigating information provided from a previous arrest of another person in a local case, Milka said. The detectives pursued the case with the cooperation of Roseville police and the combined efforts of the Placer County Sheriff's Department, the Placer County District Attorney's Office and a county special investigation unit.

Hirleman was booked into the Placer County jail in Auburn and is being held on $100,000 bail, Milka said.

September 17, 2008

Jeffrey Toro arraigned on child molestation charges

September 17, 2008

Jeffrey Scott Toro was arraigned in Sutter County Superior Court on Sept. 15, 2008 on charges of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. Jeffrey Toro, 32, of Suisun was arrested by the Sutter County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 8, 2008, booked into Sutter County Jail and released on $100,000 bail. Attempts to reach Jeff Toro for comment were unsuccessful. When reached at their Suisun City home, his wife, Rene Toro, would not comment on the matter.

UPDATE: Jeff Toro's felony jury trial was scheduled for April 21, 2009, in Sutter County Superior Court in Yuba City, CA. However, just days before the trial, on April 18, 2009, Jeff Toro pleaded no contest to the charges and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for May 22, 2009.

At the sentencing hearing on May 22, the proceeding was continued at the defendant's request and he was ordered by the judge to be remanded to the Sutter County Jail. The sentencing was rescheduled for June 5, 2009.

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Aaran Thibeault arrested on lewd and lascivious molestation charges

Ocala Star-Banner

September 17, 2008

OCALA - A man was arrested by sheriff's deputies Monday and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a 13-year-old, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

The girl told deputies she was at her friend's home about five months ago when she met Aaran Mathew Thibeault, 19. At the time, the girl said, she realized Thibeault liked her and he reportedly gave her stickers with the word "love" on them.

After that meeting, she said they began text messaging each other.

During the five months, the girl said there have been several incidents between the two. In one instance, she said they played the "rape game," where she would lay on the ground with her legs apart and he would lie on top of her, but there was no sexual activity between them during the game. She said they also played other games such as hide and seek, and that Thibeault kissed and fondled her.

Thibeault, who is married, denied having any sexual contact with the girl and said he didn't play any games with her.

He was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

Eugene Evans sentenced for molestation

San Jose Mercury News


OAKLAND, Calif. -- An Alameda County judge has accepted the plea deal for a former Berkeley Sea Scout leader who molested boys on the troupe's boat.

Under terms of the agreement, 65-year-old Eugene Evans will serve six years in prison. The judge also ordered him Tuesday to pay $10,000 in restitution to his victims and register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors struck the deal with Evans in July. If he had gone to trial, he would have faced 18 felony counts for allegedly molesting three boys and showing pornographic materials to four others. Instead he pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation.

Prosecutors say they sought the plea deal to spare the victims from having to testify in court.

Derek Thibodeau faces child sex charges

September 17, 2008


A 35-year-old Titusville man remains in custody of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office this morning following his arrest by a SWAT team.

SWAT team members served a search warrant at a residence in the 4100 block of Barna Road in Titusville and seized a computer and other digital storage devices, according to the sheriff’s office.

Derek Thibodeau now faces a slew of charges including 16 counts of online lewd solicitation of a child, two counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, four counts of transmission of harmful material and failure of a sex offender to register e-mail address or an instant messenger screen name.

The sheriff’s office said Thibodeau was under investigation for nine months after he contacted an agent at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office through an instant messaging service on the computer, believing that he was chatting with a 13-year-old.

Thibodeau solicited the girl to engage in sexual activity at least 16 times while also sending lewd pictures of himself, the sheriff’s office said. At times, he also used a web camera to transmit lewd images of himself, officials said.

The Titusville resident has been a registered sexual offender since Oct. 3, 2000, when he was convicted for using a computer service to solicit/lure a child. He had been arrested in 1994 for exhibition of sexual organs and prostitution, the sheriff’s office said. He is expected to be transferred to the Brevard County Jail, where he will be held on a $795,000 bond.

Norman Grant accused of molesting girl, 10

By ANA X. CERON, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

September 17, 2008

FORT PIERCE, FL -- A 64-year-old man is behind bars, accused of raping a 10-year-old girl.

Norman Tim Grant was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of sexual battery on a child and lewd and lascivious molestation.

On Aug. 29, the girl's mother had picked her up from Grant's home at 7950 Hoeffner Lane in Fort Pierce when the girl began to cry, according to a St. Lucie County sheriff's report. The girl told her mother that Grant has touched her inappropriately, deputies say.

When questioned by investigators, the girl said Grant had kissed her and molested her, the report states, once in a swimming pool and twice while she was trying to sleep.

Grant was being held in the St. Lucie County jail this morning without bail.

September 13, 2008

More sex charges lodged against Henry Germain

Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer


PLEASANTON -- The head tennis instructor at a Pleasanton country club has been charged with additional counts of child molestation after more victims came forward, authorities said today.

Henry Germain, 62, of Dublin was arrested at the Castlewood Country Club about 3 p.m. Sept. 1 for allegedly molesting three girls 9 to 12 years old from 1995 to 1999, said Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

The alleged victims were the children of club members, Nelson said. The investigation began when two victims told club management about the alleged abuse and secretly recorded a conversation with the suspect in which he apologized to them, authorities said.

After Germain was arrested, two other victims came forward, Nelson said. They alleged that they were abused within the last three or four years, Nelson said.

Germain now faces 15 felony counts alleging that he abused five victims, authorities said.

Germain is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years and penetration with a foreign object.

September 9, 2008

Orben Maniord arrested in teen sex case

By Rob Young, Appeal-Democrat

April 09, 2008

An Olivehurst man was arrested after allegedly admitting to a 17-year-old girl's family that he sexually abused her 10 years ago, Yuba County Undersheriff Jerry Read said Wednesday.

Orben Oliver Maniord, 51, of the 1600 block of Eighth Avenue, was arrested Tuesday at the Sheriff's Department on suspicion of kidnapping for the purpose of rape, committing lewd and lascivious acts with the girl, and making criminal threats.

He was being held Wednesday in the Yuba County Jail on $1 million bail. Maniord wanted to "come clean" by telling the girl's family about the incident, which allegedly occurred in Olivehurst. The girl then came to the Yuba County Sheriff's Department and confirmed it, said Read.

"I think he was trying to repent," the undersheriff said.

Maniord did not confess to detectives, he said.

According to the state Penal Code, Maniord can still be prosecuted because the girl was under 18 at the time of the alleged offense and is now under the age of 28.

Roy Jones gets six years for molestation

RYAN ORR, Victorville Daily Press

September 9, 2008

VICTORVILLE -- Despite testimony from his family, a 68-year-old Victorville man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for bribing a 12-year-old girl with a purse in exchange for sexual acts.

Roy Dale Jones in July was convicted of two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child and two counts of molesting children under the age of 18.

The abuse began in 2003 when Jones was living with his then-girlfriend and her 12- and 13-year-old daughters, whose names are being withheld to protect their privacy.

Jones' defense attorney, Robert Ponce, argued for probation instead of jail time, and called members of Jones’ family to testify about his character.

Jones was facing a maximum of 10 years in prison, but after hearing the argument from both sides, Superior Court Judge John Tomberlin sentenced Jones to six years, ordering him to serve at least 85 percent of the time, or about five years.

Jones himself testified before he was sentenced and admitted that what he did was not appropriate. That contradicted the testimony of Probation Officer Kim Wills, who testified that Jones actually blamed the victims, and because of that, he doesn’t feel he did anything wrong.