October 29, 2008

Police Say Derek Nixon Allegedly Attempted to Lure Young Children

Derek Nixon

October 29, 2008


Calling information provided by the community "critical to the successful conclusion" of their investigation, Long Beach PD officials, joined by Mayor Bob Foster, announced the arrest of a Long Beach man who allegedly attempted to lure young children, and in one case, allegedly attempted a lewd or lascivious act on a child.

At a midday news conference at LBPD HQ attended by L.A. market media outlets, LBPD said that after it released home surveilance video of a suspect, Detectives received a tip on Oct. 24 from a citizen, responded to the City of Torrance and contacted, questioned and took into custody Derek Christopher Nixon, 26, of Long Beach.

"His vehicle, which matched the description of the suspect's vehicle, was impounded. A search warrant served at his Long Beach residence resulted in evidence being recovered," LBPD says in a release.

On Oct. 28, the L.A. County District Attorney's office filed one felony count of attempted lewd or lascivious acts and seven misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child less than 18-years of age; the suspect is in L.A. County Jail with bail currently set at $240,000. The suspect is not a registered sex offender, LBPD says.

LBPD released home surveillance video and requested the public's help in ID'ing a suspect wanted in connection with four incidents involving the luring of children.

Asked how important the home surveillance video was, Sgt. Aaron Eaton of LBPD's Sex Crimes Detail told reporters that the home surveillance video was "a key" to their investigation because it showed a physical description, a hair style. There was more than one tipster, Sgt. Eaton indicated.

"During the incidents, the suspect made contact with unsupervised children, showed them pornographic material and attempted to persuade them into a nearby alley. When unsuccessful, the suspect drove away," LBPD said.

Sgt. Eaton said that in one incident (a felony count charged), the suspect "was able to lure a child away from an area where the child was playing, got her into a secluded area and then [allegedly] attempted to do harm to her."

LBPD says its Detectives have learned that an additional crime, believed connected to these incidents, occurred on August 11, 2008 in the area of 19th St. and Gale Ave.


Nelson Duncan arrested on child sex assault charge

October 29, 2008

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- A South Royalton man was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual assault on a child stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred from 2002-2005, state police said.

Nelson Duncan III, 47, is accused of aggravated sexual assault on a child, lewd or lascivious conduct with a child and cruelty to children in connection with sexual abuse of a girl who was then 6-9 years old that allegedly took place in Nelson's home. The cruelty charge stems from accusations that Nelson prevented the girl from using the bathroom, police said. Nelson is being held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield and is to be arraigned today.


Jose Morales-Saldana charged with 50 counts of molestation

October 29, 2008

By Jeff Waters, Suwannee Democrat Reporter

A Live Oak man has been charged with 50 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of indecent exposure. Jose Morales-Saldana, 36, of 186 Horizon Circle, was arrested Oct. 21 and booked into the Suwannee County Jail, where he remained Monday on a $255,000 bond

Sheriff's reports indicate that Morales-Saldana performed sexual acts upon a juvenile female within the past four months. Another juvenile witnessed some of the acts, according to reports.


October 24, 2008

Firefighter Albert Engel Accused of Lewd Acts With Child

October 24, 2008

KCRA 3 News

CALAVERAS COUNTY, Calif. -- An employee of the Jenny Lind Fire Department was arrested this week on charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a child, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department said Friday. Albert Engel Jr., 39, turned himself in to the Calaveras County Jail Tuesday after a warrant was issued by the Calaveras County District Attorney's Office, the department said.

Engel is accused of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, continuous sexual abuse of a child and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. Deputies said the victim, a female who is more than 10 years old, reported the abuse to a teacher. Investigators were told by the victim that the abuse lasted seven years. Engel, a Valley Springs resident, was released from jail on a $430,000 bail.


October 23, 2008

Retired teacher David Shelby caught talking dirty online to police posing as teens

October 23, 2008

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WSVN) -- According to authorities, a retired teacher was caught talking dirty and exposing himself to undercover detectives posing as teens on-line.

Authorities arrested 59-year-old David Shelby and charged him with lewd and lascivious exhibition. Police also said he exposed himself through a web cam.

Shelby who had already retired from teaching, was still employed part-time at Coral Gables Senior High. He has been released on $51,000 bond.

Authorities said there is no indication that Shelby had any inappropriate contact with a child, however, but if anyone has information to the contrary, they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers.


Leslie Lynch arrested for alleged molestations

October 23, 2008

By Nate Poppino, Times-News writer

IDAHO -- A longtime Hagerman resident has been arrested and charged with molesting two young girls about 10 years ago, with more alleged victims possible, according to documents filed Tuesday in magistrate court in Gooding County.

Leslie Lynch, 69, has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child less than 16 years old, and one count of sexual abuse involving the same age group.

The lewd conduct charges each carry a maximum life sentence, while the sexual abuse charge has a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. His arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Gooding County sheriff's office and Hagerman police.

The charges stem from incidents in the summer of 1996 involving two girls, one 8 years old and her sister who was 11. Neither girl is related to Lynch, according to court documents. The Times-News does not publish the names of victims of sexual assault.

Lynch allegedly rubbed his body against the older girl's, had the younger one dance naked for him in his attic and had both girls touch his privates during a visit to a swimming hole near Hagerman.

The two victims mentioned in the charges may not be the only ones harmed, according to an affidavit filed by Gooding County Sheriff's Detective Gerlyn Walker. The document details alleged abuses to at least two more girls. All of the alleged victims said they were young and did not understand what was happening.

A third sister of the two mentioned in the charges said she recalled the abuse and was scared Lynch would stalk her if he found out where she now lives. A woman who alerted authorities to the possible abuse in 1996 said she herself was molested by Lynch in the late 1980s, and had another friend who hung out at Lynch's house. Both Walker and CARES, Children At Risk Evaluation Services, a child advocacy service, also interviewed a 6-year-old who said she was touched by and played a kissing game with Lynch earlier this summer.

None of the people Walker interviewed were able to identify photos of young children found during a search of Lynch's home in 1997. The pictures also seemed to be taken at the swimming hole, Walker wrote.

According to the affidavit, Lynch allegedly convinced the girls not to tell anyone about what he was doing by telling them he had killed someone once and buried them in a cement pit on his property. He allegedly offered them money several times, but then paid them less than promised or nothing at all.

It's not the first time Lynch has faced such charges. The county filed four charges of lewd conduct against him in 1997, but dismissed them before trial because their witnesses were too young to effectively testify, said Gooding County Sheriff Shaun Gough, the arresting officer on the first case.

The current charges are based around the same two girls, he said. And his deputies think they'll find more victims.

"We've been after him a long time," Gough said.

A quick search of state court records revealed several other cases involving Lynch. In 1998, he served six months' probation for accumulating junked vehicles on his property, violating a Hagerman city ordinance. In 2007, he was acquitted of a similar Gooding County charge. Also that year, the city again pressed charges over a zoning issue with Lynch's junkyard, but dismissed them when both sides reached an agreement.

Lynch is being held in the Gooding County Jail on a $500,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 30.


Two on sex offender list caught

October 23, 2008

Boston Globe

Two men on the state's list of Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders have been captured recently, cutting the number down to five offenders still wanted since the list was compiled in August.

In the latest arrests, one suspect was captured in Mexico, and another turned himself in to the Probation Department at Suffolk Superior Court.

Jelani Baker, 28, wanted by Somerville authorities, was arrested on robbery charges in Mexico City, and authorities in that country realized he was wanted here on warrants of failure to register as a sex offender, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana, and lewd conduct. He is being held in New Jersey and expected to return to Massachusetts soon to face charges.

Baker had previously been convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child and lewd and lascivious conduct and was classified as a Level 3, or high-risk, offender by the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Another Level 3 offender, William E. Harvey III, 43, surrendered to probation officials on Monday. Harvey has been convicted of raping a child and was wanted for violating his probation and refusing to register as a sex offender. He was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail by a Suffolk Superior Court judge.

Baker and Harvey are the fourth and fifth offenders on the Top 10 list to be captured recently. On Oct. 10, Eric Conalty was captured in Texas after he was tracked by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Unit. He was wanted on charges of committing unnatural acts with a child under 16 and failing to register as a sex offender.

Also on Oct. 10, Shayne Simpson, 48, turned himself in at Clinton District Court. He was wanted for violating conditions of his probation from a prior conviction of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.


October 17, 2008

Junior Miss choreographer George Fagan pleads guilty to sex charges


October 17, 2008

LAKE MARY, Fla. -- A former America's Junior Miss choreographer is facing jail time after being convicted of offering young girls drugs and alcohol and then forcing them into sex acts. George Fagan pleaded guilty to sex charges involving a minor and faces six years in prison, plus four years probation.

In Seminole County, Fagan was accused of giving drugs and alcohol to teen girls he taught at his Lake Mary dance studio, then having sex with them. Chris White of the Seminole County prosecutor's office, said Fagan pleaded guilty this week to one charge of lewd and lascivious behavior and two charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Sentencing is set for Nov. 10.

He was extradited to Florida earlier this summer from Mobile, Ala., where Fagan was working as a choreography consultant and instructor for America's Junior Miss Pagaent. Investigators say there was never any indication that Fagan did anything wrong while working in Mobile with America’s Junior Miss contestants.


October 13, 2008

Sean Hildebrand jailed on lewd molestation complaint

By Bob Bethwell, Broken Arrow Ledger

October 13, 2008

A south Broken Arrow resident was jailed late Friday on a lewd molestation complaint. The suspect, Sean David Hildebrand, 36, was arrested about 9:15 p.m. at his home.

According to a report filed by the 6-year-old victim's father, Hildebrand allegedly molested the child at his house Oct. 3 between 9 and 10 p.m. The reported incident "was related by his daughter the evening it occurred," noted Broken Arrow Police Department Det. Sgt. J.D. Martin.

Officers took Hildebrand to headquarters where he reportedly "admitted to five different incidents over the past two months ..." reports showed. The suspect was booked into city jail and was later transferred to Tulsa County Jail. Bond was set at $50,000.


October 11, 2008

Rene Cisneros-Reyes suspected of lewd and lascivious acts with a child

Police/Fire Log, Sacramento Bee

September 11, 2008

Rene Cisneros-Reyes, 22, whose address was not released, was arrested at 10:25 a.m. Sept. 2 on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 and rape by means of force, violence or duress, menace or fear, among other charges.


Bruce Rouse arrested in molestation case

By Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle

October 11, 2008

A 60-year-old San Jose security consultant has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 7-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl who were left in his care, police said. Bruce Rouse was jailed without bail following his arrest at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at his home in the 6300 block of San Anselmo Way, Officer Enrique Garcia said.

After his arrest, police searched Rouse's home and found photographs linking the suspect to nine other cases of suspected molestation, Garcia said. Police described Rouse as a "family friend" of the parents of his victims, who were left in his care for overnight visits.


Juan Lopez pleads guilty to child molestation

October 11, 2008

Post-Tribune staff report

A Hammond man admitted he attempted to molest a 12-year-old girl in November 2006. Juan Enrique Lopez, 35, of the 4700 block of Henry Avenue, pleaded guilty to child molesting in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence.

The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to drop a second case, sexual misconduct with a minor, involving a 15-year-old girl who told police Lopez had sex with her in September 2006. That case carried a maximum 20-year sentence.

Lopez originally faced from 20 to 50 years in prison on the original child molesting charge, which will be dropped at his Nov. 21 sentencing hearing before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell.


October 10, 2008

Jaime Feliciano held on child-molestation charges

By Sandy Louey, Sacramento Bee

October 10, 2008

Sacramento County sheriff's detectives arrested the former president of a state workers union local Wednesday on suspicion of eight counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor. Jaime E. Feliciano, 49, has been in jail since his Sept. 9 arrest on suspicion of child pornography and violating probation as a sex offender.

Feliciano worked at the state Insurance Department as a research program specialist until his Sept. 10 resignation, according to Darrel Ng, Insurance Department spokesman. Feliciano resigned from his position as president of SEIU Local 1000 Labor Council 784 in a letter he wrote from jail, according to Jim Herron Zamora, spokesman for SEIU Local 1000.

The union represents employees at various state agencies, including the Department of Insurance, Department of General Services, the California Highway Patrol and Department of Social Services.

Feliciano was convicted in 1993 of a lewd or lascivious act with a child under the age of 14 years old, according to court records. The September arrest came after authorities received a tip from Reno police that Feliciano had inappropriate contact with a juvenile there.

That tip was followed up by the High Tech Crime Task Force, which is led by the Sheriff's Department. A compliance check of Feliciano's home found thousands of pornographic images of children on his computer, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Department.

Video of an unidentified child being molested was found on the computer. Task force investigators spent hundreds of hours completing a forensic examination of Feliciano's computer and were able to identify the child, who is now 9, according to the Sheriff's Department. The child and the child's mother were located and interviewed, leading to the eight counts on which Feliciano was booked.


Jeremy Muzyl charged with molestation

October 10, 2008

By Chris Morris, The Evening News & The Tribune

A Clarksville man is being charged in Floyd County with two counts of molesting a family member. A 12-year-old girl told a school counselor June 30 that Jeremy R. Muzyl, 28, had touched her inappropriately in past years, according to a probable cause affidavit.

She said Muzyl forced her to try on lingerie, touched her genitals and forced her to touch his penis. The incidents allegedly occurred in the summers of 2006 and 2007 in Georgetown.

A warrant was filed for his arrest Sept. 25 in the Floyd County Circuit Court. He is charged with two counts of class C felony child molesting. He could face four to 16 years in prison if convicted. He is being held in the Floyd County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond pending his first court appearance.


Molestation cases on rise

By Tiffiny Woo, Eufaula Tribune

October 10, 2008

Barbour County deputies state that cases involving child molestation have increased significantly this year. Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram said the department investigated three cases of child molestation last year. So far, they have investigated 14 cases in 2008.

Ingram believes the increased number of cases is due partly because more people are reporting these crimes. "I think more people are coming forth now because of an increased confidence in the sheriff's department," says Ingram. "I've spoken to two victims who have said they felt more comfortable with us working the case. They know we will investigate it and do what we can to stop the abuse."

All of these cases reported have been for children under 16 years of age, with some victims being as young as 1 year old. "The sad thing is that a lot of these victims are being abused by (a close family member)," says Ingram.

Ingram says the sheriff's department now has an officer dedicated to criminal investigations. "Sgt. (David) Morris does a good job of getting on these cases," said Ingram. "It's an asset to the department to have someone with his experience on the team." Ingram adds any crime committed against a child is given high priority at the sheriff's department.

A rampant drug problem in the county could also be contributing to the increase in these abuse cases, adds Ingram. He expects to see more of these cases as the economy continues to falter. The BCSO has made four arrests on child molestation cases this year.

Tristan Kennith Parmer, 18, of 28 White Oak Church Road was arrested in August and charged with felony rape second degree. Joseph Thompson, 42, of 4080 Lot 38 on Hwy. 431, was arrested in May and charged with felony rape first degree. William Samuel Evans, 39, of 35 Summerhill Road in Eufaula was arrested in August on two separate counts of felony sexual abuse first degree. Jessie Lenard Kelley, 23, of 204 Cottonhill Road in Eufaula was arrested in August and charged with felony rape second degree.

"Unfortunately, there haven't been any bogus cases out of all the reports of molestation that we've received," said Ingram. Several cases are still under investigation.


October 6, 2008

Donald Nitchman faces 456 charges of child molestation

By LEIGH HORNBECK, Albany Times Union, NY

October 6, 2008

BALLSTON SPA -- A man who breeds thoroughbred race horses in the town of Saratoga has been charged with 456 charges of child molestation.

Donald Nitchman, 48, allegedly molested three boys, each of whom was 13 when the alleged abuse began. The alleged crimes occurred between August 2004 and June 2008.

Nitchman was indicted Monday on four counts of sexual act in the first degree; 77 counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree; 83 counts of criminal sexual act in the third degree; 144 felony counts of sexual misconduct, one count of sexual abuse in the third degree; three counts of unlawful imprisonment; and 144 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said Nitchman's alleged contact with the boys, now all in their late teens, came out when the first victim went to State Police in June. An investigation led to the other victims.

If convicted, Nitchman could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison, Murphy said

"The enormity of the indictment is only paralleled by the effect the crimes had on the victims," Murphy said.

Nitchman, of 169 Haas Road, was arrested by State Police June 23. He is being held in the Saratoga County Jail without bail and will be arraigned before Judge Jerry Scarano at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Nitchman is represented by Richard DeVall, who could not be reached for comment. The number at Nitchman's Haas Road property, Caladon Farm, has been disconnected.


Joseph Angelone Jailed for Molestation

Oct 6, 2008

KXXV News Channel 25

GATESVILLE, TX - A 32 year-old Coryell County man has been arrested following a Sheriff's Department investigation into the molestation of a child.

Bond was set at $150,000 for Joseph Gabriel Angelone. He is charged with sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Because of privacy constraints, investigators can only say the offense involved a female victim under the age of 17 and that the incident occured within the county about a week ago.

Chief Deputy Joe Blakely says the suspect has given a statement regarding the incident.


October 4, 2008

Daniel Allen charged in child molestation case

October 04, 2008

Melissa McClendon, Pryor Daily Times, OK

Daniel Dale Allen, 33, Locust Grove was charged with two counts of lewd molestation, one count of rape by instrumentation, one count of sodomy and one count of enabling child sexual abuse. His arrest comes just one week after his wife Shawna was charged with five counts of lewd molestation and one count of enabling child sexual abuse.

Locust Grove police officer Karen Raith investigated the case and said Daniel Allen will be allowed to turn himself in to authorities before he is picked up by police. Raith said she suspects Allen’s attorney will surrender him sometime Friday.

His wife, Shawna, was arrested in Locust Grove last week. Raith said a family member contacted the police department and reported one of his children was a victim of child molestation.

Raith began an investigation and determined there were two potential victims. A search warrant was issued Wednesday, Sept. 24 on the Allen residence.

At that time, Raith said she conducted an interview with Shawna Allen. Raith said Shawna signed a Miranda waiver then confessed to the counts against her.

The couple’s four children were taken into emergency custody by the Department of Human Services.

Shawna had her initial court appearance Thursday, Sept. 25, where a $250,000 bond was set. She remains in the Mayes County jail. Her next court date is scheduled for Oct. 16.


Dalton Whaley convicted of lewd molestation

Fort Pierce Tribune, FL

October 4, 2008

FORT PIERCE -- A 77-year-old man charged with grabbing a 12-year-old girl at a Hutchinson Island Beach in August 2005 was found guilty Friday of attempted lewd molestation and attempted false imprisonment.

A 19th Circuit court jury deliberated about six hours Thursday afternoon and Friday morning at the St. Lucie County Courthouse before reaching the verdict.

Dalton Earl Whaley of Port St. Lucie was 74 at the time he allegedly grabbed the girl in a "headlock" and tried to drag her to a parking lot where his vehicle was parked near Dollman Beach in southern St. Lucie County, according to arrest reports. When a witness yelled at Whaley, he let the girl go and drove off, according to the report.

Whaley testified that the incident was a misunderstanding, that he accidentally bumped into the girl.

Whaley originally was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation, a second-degree felony, and attempted aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony. The charges he was convicted of are both third-degree felonies.


October 1, 2008

Church youth leader Edwin Smith admits having sex with teens

By Nick Spinetto, WINK News

Oct 1, 2008

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. - A Church Youth Leader was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with two teenage parishioners. Authorities say the victims are 14 and 15-year-old girls.

It happened at the La Belle Church of God in La Belle.

The suspect is 26-year-old Edwin Smith, more commonly known as Nathan-- which is Smith's middle name.

Smith, who is married with children, was the interim youth leader at the church. Tonight, he's currently in jail.

According to the Hendry County Sheriff's report, Smith admitted he exposed himself and allowed a 14-year-old teenage parishioner to inappropriately touch him.

Smith told deputies the incident happened inside his church office.

In addition to alleged 14-year-old victim, sheriff's deputies say there is also a 15-year-old victim.

The 15-year-old girl's mother found out about the alleged incidents and called police.

According to the Sheriff's Report, Smith admitted to having sex with the 15-year-old girl in his car. He told deputies it was consensual.

Edwin Smith is being held on $175,000 bond. He's being charged with lewd and lascivious battery, sexual activity with a minor older than 12, and fondling a minor older than 12.