December 26, 2008

Reverend Kenneth Wayne Huneycutt accused of molestation

Kenneth Huneycutt

December 26, 2008


ADA, OK -- An Ada pastor accused of molesting two boys now claims his alleged behavior may have something to do with his blood pressure medications. Reverend Kenneth Wayne Huneycutt, 60, of New Hope Baptist Church, is charged with four counts of lewd molestation involving two boys.

Authorities say Huneycutt told Pontotoc County Undersheriff Joe Glover that the molestations began in the spring and occurred at least 15 times when the 10-year-old boy frequently would spend the night at his house and at least once when the 6-year-old stayed over.

Glover said in a probable-cause affidavit that on December 11, the last admitted contact with the boys, Huneycutt told them not to tell anyone about the acts and to keep it "their secret."

Investigators say it was a joint effort by the multi-disciplinary team that lead them to the pastor of New Home Baptist Church in Ada. Honeycutt is expected back in court next month. His charges could carry a life sentence.

December 16, 2008

Andres Enrique Cantu faces second charge after Santa list brings sexual abuse to light

December 16, 2008

By Jared Taylor, The Monitor

PHARR, TX -- A little girl's wish to Santa may have ended years of sexual abuse at the hands of an adult relative.

Andres Enrique Cantu, 55, was charged with a second count of continuous sexual abuse against a young child Tuesday.

The alleged years of sexual abuse by Cantu may not have come to light were it not for a 9-year-old girl's wish list to Santa as part of a class project.

Once the girl's teacher read the letter Thursday, she contacted Pharr police, which opened an investigation into the allegations against Cantu.

The first sexual abuse charge came Friday, after Cantu was arrested at Lamar Academy alternative school in McAllen, where he worked as a computer lab technician.

The 9-year-old wrote in the wish list for Cantu to "stop touching her and her sister," according to the criminal complaint in the case.

Police said Cantu had improperly touched the 9-year-old under her clothes several times since August 2004.

The charges brought Tuesday allege that Cantu also improperly touched the 10-year-old sister under her clothes several times since January, according to the criminal complaint.

The 10-year-old girl told investigators that Cantu touched her while she worked on her homework in her bedroom. She did not remember how long the incidents had been occurring, only that she was in a different grade in school when they began, the complaint reads.

It is The Monitor's policy to not identify victims of sexual abuse.

The lanky Cantu stood handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit Tuesday afternoon in Pharr Municipal Court.

Judge Rudy Martinez set Cantu's bond at $250,000 for the latest charge of continual sexual abuse against a child. If he is convicted, Cantu would be sentenced to between 50 and 198 years in prison for the two charges.

Cantu has worked for the McAllen school district for 11 years and has been placed on administrative leave, district spokesman Mark May said.

The charges Cantu faces were passed by the Texas Legislature last year as part of "Jessica's Law," which increased penalties against sexual predators.

"We see stuff like this almost every day," said Lt. Guadalupe Salinas, a Pharr police spokesman. "It's sad because of the time of the year, but usually a lot of outcries come through teachers."

December 9, 2008

Alton Ward gets 10 years in prison for molestation

December 9, 2008

Eufaula (Alabama) Tribune

A Georgetown man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggrevated child molestation and child molestation. Alton Ward was sentenced last week to 20 years in the State of Georgia penal system. He must serve 10 years in prison and the remaining 10 years on probation. He is also required to pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs.

Earlier this year Ward was indicted on allegations of performing "immoral and indecent act(s)" to a child under the age of 16. The incidents occurred between 2000 and 2007.

Eddie S. Rollins Jr. pleads guilty to molestation charge

December 9, 2008

By Shawn McGrath, Herald (Indiana) Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. -- An Anderson man pleaded guilty Monday to child molestation for having sex with a 13-year-old girl earlier this year.

Eddie S. Rollins Jr., 18, Anderson, pleaded guilty to the Class B felony charge that carries a term of six to 20 years in prison. However, whatever prison time he receives will be capped at 10 years, according to an agreement with prosecutors. He will be sentenced in January.

According to a probable cause affidavit:

Police went to the home of Eddie Rollins and his father, 61-year Edward Rollins, in the 2200 block of Arrow Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. on July 23. Investigators suspected a man who robbed Discount Tobacco, 2625 Columbus Ave., was hiding at the residence.

Along with the father and son, a 13-year-old girl was also at the home and told detectives she recently had sex with the younger Rollins. The 18-year-old told police the girl was the sister of a 14-year-old girl he dated. Police said that he admitted to having sex with the younger girl and being aware of her age.

While at the home, police discovered a small amount of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and suspected it belonged to the elder Rollins.

Prosecutors charged the elder Rollins with possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance, both Class D felonies punishable by six months to three years behind bars if convicted. He is scheduled to stand trial in May.

Neither man was arrested in connection with the robbery investigation, and the suspect was not found at the home.

Eddie Rollins Jr. will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, in Madison Superior Court 3. He pleaded guilty to child molestation on Monday.

Trial begins in sex abuse case against Patrick Donohoo

December 9, 2008

By Raul Hernandez, Ventura County Star

A 60-year-old man accused of sexually abusing three girls for more than a decade is on trial in Ventura County Superior Court. Patrick Donohoo, who has lived in Camarillo, Ventura and Santa Paula, has pleaded not guilty to 27 counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse.

"The evidence is going to show that Mr. Donohoo likes to molest little girls and he has been doing that for years and years," Senior Deputy District Attorney Gilbert Romero said, during opening statements in the trial Monday.

According to the prosecutor, the child molestations took place from 1995 to 2006, and the girls' ages ranged from 5 to 13 years. Romero said one victim was 4 or 5 years old when the molestation began.

Romero plans to put on testimony from other victims to show a pattern of sexual abuse of children. In an interview, he said prosecutors didn't file criminal charges against Donohoo for allegedly molesting the other victims because the alleged actions happened outside Ventura County or the statute of limitations has run out.

Donohoo's lawyer, Charles Cassy, reserved the legal right to make opening statements at a later time.

A 15-year-old testified Monday that Donohoo first molested her when she was in grade school when she spent the night with her cousin. She said he showed her pornographic movies. The molestation also took place at an apartment in Ventura, she said. She is scheduled to continue her testimony today.

David Jones faces molestation charges

December 9, 2008

NAHANT, Mass. (AP) - A Nahant man is facing charges of molesting a boy and providing drugs to the child over a period of years after befriending the boy's mother. Police tell The Daily Item of Lynn that 41-year-old David Jones was arrested on Monday and charged with child rape and distributing obscene material to a minor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Police say the alleged victim was abused for eight years, starting before his eighth birthday. The boy's mother reported the abuse Saturday night after learning of the allegations from her son.

Police say when the alleged victim became reluctant to see Jones, the suspect allegedly provided the child with marijuana, Klonopin, Vicodin, Methodone and alcohol. It was not immediately clear if Jones had a lawyer.

December 8, 2008

Convicted child molester Stephen Gunter appears in court

December 8, 2008

Convicted child molester from Rexburg, ID, 40-year-old Stephen Gunter, appeared in front of Judge Brent Moss Monday to be reviewed after serving a six-month rider at the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood. Gunter was found guilty of felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a two-year-old child and one misdemeanor count of injury to a child.

Judge Moss ordered Gunter to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, to participate in a sex offender treatment program, and instated 180 days of discretionary jail time that can be used anytime if Gunter violates terms of his probation. He will serve 10 years of probation and at this point Gunter can have no contact with his wife.

Ex-karate teacher Paul Daniel Barr found guilty of molesting 13-year-old

December 8, 2008

By Mark Morey, Yakima (WA) Herald-Republic

Jurors came within one vote of convicting a former Yakima karate instructor of raping a 13-year-old girl, but they settled for a lesser molestation charge to avoid deadlocking, the panel's foreman said Monday. The jurors -- three men and nine women -- in the trial against Paul Daniel Barr announced their verdict Monday afternoon in Yakima County Superior Court.

Barr, 45, was convicted of two counts of second-degree molestation, which were offered as lesser alternatives to the initial child rape charges. A sentencing date was not set. Jury foreman Brian Goodell said jurors, who got the case Friday afternoon, had staked out their positions by the time they went home for the weekend. The holdout juror didn't change her mind despite repeated questioning by her colleagues, Goodell said.

"There's no way that he shouldn't have been convicted of rape," Goodell said. "I'm actually very disappointed in the justice system right now." The juror, whom Goodell declined to name, appeared to struggle with the idea that an older man could have raped a 13-year-old, the foreman said.

She also had difficulty with the timeline surrounding the allegations, which Goodell said was prompted by the way defense attorney Brian Connaughton phrased his questions about that aspect of the case.

Barr, now 45, was accused of fondling and abusing the girl in 2002 at the Yakima School of Karate, where he was an instructor and she was a student.

Connaughton countered that the case lacked corroborating witnesses or physical evidence. He challenged the girl's testimony, saying that her story changed multiple times and that her account of time frames was confusing at best.

Prosecution witnesses said Barr was often seen doing inappropriate stretching exercises with the girl. Another prosecution witness, who was then 16, testified that she had sex with Barr around the same time.

Connaughton said afterward that a new trial may be requested on appeal.

Deputy prosecutor Patti Powers said she was still calculating Barr's potential sentence, which includes special findings on both counts that he was in a continuing relationship with an underage victim and abused his position of trust.

In the other two pending cases, Barr is accused of possessing explicit pictures of two teenage girls who spent time at his house in Moxee, as well as taking indecent liberties with one of them. One had pictures of her taken in the bathroom, apparently through a hole or keyhole; the other girl was photographed while passed out after drinking. The girls told police they were between 14 and 16 years old at the time.

Hector Camacho Reyes accused of molestation

December 8, 2008

A 52-year-old man is arrested for molesting his 7-year-old niece. Hector Camacho Reyes of Sonora, Mexico is accused of molesting a 7-year-old Paso Robles girl.

Investigators said the victim told San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department's S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) team that Reyes molested her in the Paso Robles area and in Mexico. Reyes holds dual citizenship in both the United States and Mexico.

On Sunday, detectives were alerted that Reyes was in the area when family members called 911. Reyes was booked for felony child molestation and is being held in the San Luis Obispo County jail with bail set at $100,000.

December 6, 2008

Harry Emmanuel Vanderholst Arrested on Alleged Sex Crimes

December 6, 2008

NBC Los Angeles News

TEMECULA, Calif. -- A 49-year-old Temecula man was behind bars Saturday in Murrieta on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child and lewd or lascivious acts with a victim under age 14, police and jail officials said.

Harry Emmanuel Vanderholst was arrested Friday evening in Temecula after an investigation of alleged crimes involving two victims between 2000 and 2008, according to Temecula police Sgt. Jim Adams.

The investigation began Nov. 21 after police received a report from Minnesota about incidents that occurred in Temecula, San Jacinto and unincorporated Homeland, according to Adams. Vanderholst, 49, of Temecula remained locked up today at Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where he was held on $500,000 bail, a jail spokeswoman said. Vanderholst was also detained on an immigration hold, the jail spokeswoman said.

December 4, 2008

Paul Barnett Ingram appears in court for lascivious acts

December 4, 2008

By Mandi Lamb, Newton Daily News (Jasper County Iowa)

A Colfax man accused of inappropriately touching a teenager appeared in Jasper County court Tuesday for an initial hearing on a charge of lascivious acts with a child. Paul Barnett Ingram, 35, is free after posting bond the day of his arrest on Nov. 24.

Ingram is accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl during an incident that occurred around 3 a.m. Nov. 21 at Ingram’s residence, 400 Ryan St. #24, in Colfax. A no contact order has been issued preventing Ingram from having contact with the victim. A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Dec. 17.

December 3, 2008

Child molestation charge nets 25-year sentence for Michael Douglas

December 3, 2008

By Natalie Neysa Alund, Bradenton (Fla.) Herald

BRADENTON, FLA. -- A Bradenton man convicted of molesting a young girl was sentenced today to 25 years in prison.

Michael Douglas, 22, was found guilty of two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child following a trial at the Manatee County Judicial Center.

Jurors found Douglas molested the child on two occasions when she was ages 7 and 8, said Assistant State Attorney Cynthia Santinello Evers.

The first molestation, which took place sometime from February 2006 to June 2006, occurred inside Douglas’ Bradenton home, Evers said. The other took place sometime from October 2006 to February 2007 at the child’s Bradenton home.

When he is released from prison, Douglas must participate in 25 years of probation, said Circuit Judge Janette Dunnigan.

December 2, 2008

Thomas Pedersen sentenced for having lewd conduct with 13-year-old babysitter

December 2, 2008

By Nate Eaton,

REXBURG, Idaho - A Rexburg man who had sexual relations with a teenage babysitter is sentenced. 30-year-old Thomas Pedersen was charged with having lewd and lascivious conduct with a 13-year-old girl who babysat his children.

Pedersen received a five to fifteen year prison sentence but Judge Brent Moss retained jurisdiction in the case. That means Pedersen will go to Cottonwood for six months and if he passes the program, he will most likely serve the rest of his sentence on probation.

Ex-coach Jonathan Harlan White pleads guilty to sex offenses

December 2, 2008

By Victor A. Patton, Merced (Calif.) Sun Star

A former Los Banos gymnastics coach is looking at several years behind a different set of parallel bars, after pleading guilty to 15 counts of child molestation. Jonathan Harlan White, 29, entered pleas in Merced Superior Court on Monday for an illicit relationship with a 13-year-old gymnastics student at the Westside Academy of Gymnastics in Los Banos.

Prosecutor David Sandhaus said White's trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but the defendant decided to enter the pleas. The counts included lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14, sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a child under age 16.

Kirk McAllister, White's attorney, couldn't be reached by the Sun-Star's deadline.

The crimes took place at the school and White's home. White also wrote inappropriate letters to the victim, and he admitted to police that he had sexual intercourse with her, Sandhaus said.

White faces 19 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 16.

Sandhaus described White as a manipulative person who used his position as a coach to abuse the girl. "Coaches are in a position of not only trust, they are a big influence (in children's lives)," Sandhaus said. "We need to have people in place that we can trust, who will not sexually take advantage of children."

White will have to register as a convicted sex offender. The family of the victim contacted Los Banos police on Oct. 23 last year about an improper relationship between their daughter and White. He was arrested shortly afterward.

December 1, 2008

Michael Charles McCoy Arrested for Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a Child

December 1, 2008


The Panama City (Fla.) Police Department announces the arrest of Michael Charles McCoy, 35 years of age. On Saturday, November 30, 2008 McCoy was charged with Lewd or Lascivious Battery on a 14 year old boy & Lewd or Lascivious Conduct on a 15-year-old boy.

McCoy lured the two boys into his van near the area of A.D. Harris High School in Panama City and committed the felony acts against the boys inside the van. McCoy is an out of state registered Sexual Offender on probation. He was being supervised by the Florida Dept. of Corrections. His probation was transferred to the local D.O.C. Probation office from the New England area.

James Robert Sapp charged with molesting 15-year-old

December 1, 2008

By Jeff Waters, Suwannee Democrat Reporter

A Live Oak, Fla. man was arrested Sunday for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old authorities say he had been dating. James Robert Sapp, 36, of 504 N.W. Houston Avenue, was booked into the Suwannee County Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious battery and lewd and lascivious molestation.

According to sheriff's reports, Sapp had been dating the juvenile and was seen having consensual sexual intercourse with her on three different occasions by the girl’s brother.

The juvenile reportedly told authorities that she and Sapp had intercourse at least 10 times. Sapp, whom sheriff's reports says is married, denied ever having sexual relations with the girl and told officers the two were just friends. The girl told authorities that she and Sapp began dating on May 30.