June 5, 2009

Jeff Toro gets three-year prison term for molesting 13-year-old child

By Ryan McCarthy, Appeal-Democrat
Jeff Toro police booking photo

June 5, 2009

Jeffrey Scott Toro was sentenced today in Sutter County (Calif.) Superior Court to three years in prison for molesting a 13-year-old girl who had been a babysitter for his children.

The girl in a letter to the court wrote that because of Toro's crime, "I was forced to grow up, to learn new words like 'molest.'"

"No one should ever go through that. Ever," she stated. "The only way to make it stop is putting people like Jeff in prison."

The girl told her parents about what Vacaville resident Toro, 33, had done Feb. 22, 2008 when he came to the family home.

"It's time for this nightmare for my daughter and our family to come to an end," the girl's father said in court before Toro was sentenced. "May the sword of justice penetrate the depths of his disgusting soul."

Toro's final words to 13-year-old girl after the molestation were "To be continued," the father said.

Judge Chris Chandler sentenced Toro to prison.

"There is no doubt," Chandler said, that the defendant "took advantage of a position of trust" in committing the crime.

While Toro has expressed remorse, the judge added, it is for getting caught rather what he did to the victim.

In court Toro said, "I'd like the healing to begin today" after his apology - "too little, too late," Toro said - for his actions.

Toro's parents wrote that their son is a dedicated husband who has helped coach a youth baseball program and umpired Little League.

"Jeff made an error in judgment," they said of their son's behavior, "but he did so with a great heart."

Toro's wife stated that the prospect of her husband going to prison is overwhelming.


Chamber of Commerce president Michael Kazarian faces trial over molestation charges

By Lorna Rodriguez, San Mateo County Times

June 5, 2009

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO - Enough evidence exists to try the president of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce for allegedly molesting a girlfriend's young daughter multiple times, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.

Michael Anthony Kazarian, a 50-year-old San Mateo resident, was held to answer on 18 criminal counts of child molestation by Judge Lisa Novak during a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Kazarian has pleaded not guilty to the charges but remains in jail in lieu of $1.5 million in bail. A defense motion on Thursday to reduce bail was denied.

If convicted on all charges, he could face between 30 and 40 years, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

"We are strongly protesting the charges," defense attorney Steve Chase said. "There is a lot that the police don't know of in this case"...[Kazarian] is going to show that he is innocent and we hope to win the case."

Prosecutors said Kazarian allegedly fondled the girl's chest and genitals and made her bend over for spankings repeatedly between 1999 and 2002. The girl was between 8 and 10 years old at the time of the alleged molestations, San Mateo County District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

Kazarian also made the child touch his genitals on one occasion, according to prosecutors. The girl reportedly didn't come forward for years because she feared reprisal, prosecutors said.

"We are satisfied that we have taken another step to get him to trial where he can present his side of the story, and we will present our side, and the jury will decide whether he is guilty of these crimes," Wagstaffe said.

Kazarian owns Beau Monde Flooring on Old County Road in Belmont. The company specializes in environmentally-friendly natural flooring and wool carpeting, according to its Web site.

He is expected to return to court on June 19 for his Superior Court arraignment.


Maciej Wieslaw Lata appears in court on molestation charges

Maciej Lata

By Rob Parsons, Willows Journal Staff writer

June 5, 2009

A Chico, Calif., man accused of trying to arrange meetings with a 12-year-old Orland girl he met online appeared briefly in court Friday morning, but did not enter a plea.

Maciej Wieslaw Lata, 24, was arrested May 26 at Lely Aquatic Park in Orland, following a month-long sting operation set up by the Orland Police Department. He faces one count of communicating with a minor with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts and two counts of attempting to arrange meetings with a minor with intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts - all felonies.

If convicted, he faces between 5 to 7 years in prison and would be required to register as a sex offender.

Lata's attorney, Dane A. Cameron, on Friday asked Judge Donald C. Byrd for a week to allow him time to get caught up on the case.

Lata remained in custody Friday in Glenn County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Police were contacted in early May by the girl's parents after Lata allegedly made "inappropriate" advances through her MySpace page. Online conversations between Lata and a person he believed was the 12-year-old continued. However, Lata was actually communicating with an Orland police officer, police said.

Lata attempted twice to meet the girl. At the first meeting May 16 in Aquatic Park Lata reportedly struck up a conversation with an undercover officer assigned to wait for him, asking if anyone had seen the 12-year-old.

At the second meeting, on May 26, Lata was arrested. Police served a search warrant at Lata's Chico home and seized four computers at the same time he was being arrested in Orland.

Lata posted a $10,000 bail bond the same day and was released.

The girl's family filed for a restraining order against Lata on May 28 and expressed frustration about his release. In court documents, the family alleged that Lata told the girl she was "beautiful," "gorgeous," and "that he thinks about her constantly."

The family requested a 150-yeard stay-away order, claiming their daughter was "afraid to even switch classes during school."

Lata was re-arrested May 30 after Judge Roy G. Macfarland revoked his bail bond at the request of Orland police. Police wanted a higher bail amount because they believe Lata is "a real danger to the community," Chief Bob Pasero said.

Pasero said police do not believe Lata attempted to contact the victim while he was out of jail.

Lata is set to appear again June 12 in Glenn County Superior Court.


June 4, 2009

Jury selection starts in Joseph Griesa sexual assault trial

Joseph Griesa


June 4, 2009

Jury selection was under way Wednesday in Yuba County Superior Court in the trial of Marysville towing company manager Joseph Griesa, who is facing multiple charges of sexually assaulting teenage girls who worked for him.

Opening statements by attorneys could take place as early as today according to Yuba County District Attorney Pat McGrath.

Griesa is charged with 13 felonies. He is free on $100,000 bail.

Charges include sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault likely to produce great bodily injury, forcible sexual penetration, oral copulation with a minor and concealment of a child from her legal guardian.

The alleged offenses involve five victims and occurred between April 2005 and November 2007. Each felony is punishable by three to eight years in prison.

A grand jury considered evidence from 21 witnesses. An indictment also charges that Griesa paid the girls without making unemployment insurance payments to the state.

Griesa pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is represented by Redwood City attorney Charles Smith.

In a related case, two Yuba-Sutter attorneys are charged with trying to bribe one of the alleged victims and with obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say Marysville attorney David Vasquez, who briefly represented Griesa, conspired with Yuba City attorney Jesse Santana to pay the girl $100,000 in exchange for her silence.

The attorneys claim they did nothing wrong by pursuing a civil settlement between Griesa and the girl and that police led them to believe criminal prosecution of Griesa was unlikely.

Arraignment of the attorneys was delayed this week until June 29. Neither has entered a plea to the felony charges.


Teacher Joseph Hudson Charged with Molestation; Parents and Teachers React

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June 4, 2009

San Juan Bautista, Calif. - 58-year-old Joseph Hudson is being charged with several counts of molesting children under the age of 14. Under the conditional release agreement Hudson will wear a device to monitor alcohol consumption and he was told to stay away from schools and children.

The city of San Juan Bautista is a small community where everyone pretty much knows everyone else. So last week when news broke that a long time principal and current third grade teacher had been arrested for child molestation many people were shocked. But some of the dust has settled, and KION went to the School Board Meeting Wednesday to check in with the community.

Frank Reyes has two children who attend San Juan Elementary. He's upset by the possibility that Hudson molested children, "It's very disconcerting you send your children to school and hope their going to be safe. You don't want that to have to be a consideration, something that weighs on you throughout the day wondering if they are safe," said Reyes.

Reyes still plans on sending his youngest son to the school next year, and says Hudson is not guilty until convicted by a jury, "In the country we live in I'm all for due process of law and I think everybody is entitled to their rights. But you know, again it's about keeping the children safe first, above anything else," said Reyes.

Joyce Medeiros has been teaching at San Juan elementary for 24 years. Joseph Hudson was one of her teaching mentors, "I was devastated. I cried. I cried all weekend," said Medeiros. Medeiros says most of the teachers support Hudson, but she says the accusations are shocking. "He is one of the best teachers we have and he taught me a lot. He's a great teacher he's great with the kids. I can't say enough good things about him," said Medeiros.

Joseph Hudson is that talk of San Juan Bautista, with supports and doubters. The long time teacher and principal will now await his trial. So far investigators say there are anywhere from 7 to 10 students who have come forward with accusations of inappropriate touching by Hudson.

He'll be out on bail Thursday and expected back in court June 25th.


June 3, 2009

Obed and Annie Duran arrested for alleged sex crimes

Obed Duran

By Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter

June 3, 2009

A Lincoln couple was arrested Tuesday for unlawful sex with a minor, according to officials.

Obed and Annie Duran, 25 and 21, were arrested at a home in Lincoln by the Placer County District Attorney's Office investigators working in conjunction with the Lincoln police Department at 5:20 p.m., said Art Campos, spokesman for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.

Obed Duran is accused of 12 counts of unlawful sex with a minor, an additional count of molestation, and one count of showing pornography to a minor, Campos said.

Annie Duran is accused of four counts of unlawful sex with a minor, according to Prosecutor Jeffrey Wood.

Two children belonging to the Durans have been taken into protective custody, Wood said.

The victim, a 13-year-old girl, was a family friend who sometimes stayed with the Durans over the weekend, according to Wood.

Obed Duran is accused of two sexual encounters with the victim, as well as one additional encounter involving himself, Annie Duran and the victim.

The events allegedly took place between August and December, 2007, Wood said.

The crimes were reported about a year ago, at which point the Durans fled the Lincoln area, Wood said. When the Durans recently returned, investigators tracked them down and arrested them.

The couple is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Auburn, according to Campos.

A preliminary hearing could be scheduled as quickly as 10 days from the arraignment, but Wood said he doesn't expect it to move that quickly.


June 2, 2009

School janitor Luis Mejia charged in special-ed molestation

By Eileen Frere (KABC)

June 2, 2009

ORANGE, Calif. - A janitor at El Modena High School has been charged with sexually assaulting a special-needs student. The employee has been released from custody.

The accused is a long-time janitor, 49-year-old Luis Mejia, at the high school in Orange. His alleged victim is a young girl in the school's special education program.

Mejia is now on administrative leave while he faces felony charges. Prosecutors allege that the sexual acts took place in his office at the school before, during and after classes over a four-month period, beginning in December 2008.

Mejia has worked for the school for 12 years.

Prosecutors allege the janitor groomed his victim, offering the special-education student gifts, money and candy.

"In addition to the number of cards and gifts that were exchanged, they had exchanged hundreds of text messages and phone calls between the two of them over a several month period as well," said prosecutor Robert Mestman.

"He would usually close the door. Several times he'd have someone tape over the surveillance cameras. Other times he'd have employees stand watch outside to alert him if any other people or his wife would show up on campus unexpected," Mestman said.

Prosecutors say the other employees who stood watch were not aware of the alleged abuse, and are not facing charges.

Authorities became aware of the allegations last month after the victim's friends went to the school principal.

"I think it's very disturbing knowing that we go to the same school with him, and he's like the janitor and walks around," said student Jessica Pelayo.

Luis Mejia faces a maximum of 12 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

Police say that Mejia allegedly tricked the other employees who stood watch outside the janitor's office.

In the case of the employee who covered up the security camera with tape, he was told, according to police, there was going to be painting done and the camera had to be protected from any paint.

The school district says that it is going to take a closer look at the police report once they receive it and then they'll go from there. They'll decide if those employees should face any disciplinary.

"It's really wrong because the girl didn't know what to expect because she' s disabled, and it's sort of disturbing because he has the keys and can do anything in any room," said student Sonia Cortez.

At least two other employees at El Modena High School have faced misconduct investigations since 2007, when the principal, Brent Bailey, resigned, accused of trying to engage in lewd acts at a park in Fullerton. Bailey pleaded guilty the same year.

Last year, Carlie Attebury, a music teacher at the school, was arrested, accused of having sex with a male student, starting when he was 15. Attebury plead not guilty to the charges.


June 1, 2009

Former pastor Andrew Belant convicted of child molestation


June 1, 2009

EUREKA, Calif. - A former youth pastor and teacher's aide is facing four life sentences after he was convicted in a Humboldt County court of child molestation and possession of child pornography.

Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Belant was found guilty Monday of more than a dozen charges. Authorities say he abused four boys, aged nine through 13, between January 2007 and March 2008.

At the trial, the boys testified the abuse began with inappropriate touching.

Belant denied abusing at least one of the boys and said he did not recall taking pornographic photos of boys found on hard drives in his possession.

Belant was a teacher's aide at Jacoby Creek Elementary School and a middle school ministry director at a Eureka church when he was arrested in March 2008.


May 30, 2009

Trial for psychiatrist William Ayres, accused of molestation, begins

By Elizabeth Pfeffer, San Mateo County Times

May 30, 2009

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.


May 20, 2009

Dentist Scott Henning Pleads Not Guilty on Molestation Charges

Scott Henning


May 20, 2009

Sonora, CA - Dr. Scott Henning has pleaded not guilty to four felony charges stemming from alleged inappropriate contact with a 15 year old girl.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office served a warrant at the 46-year-old dentist's residence and place of business two weeks ago, and he was arrested and taken to County Jail.

Court documents indicate that some of the charges stem from Henning allegedly taking inappropriate pictures or film of a minor who was modeling. The alleged offenses occurred between September 1st and October 30th of last year.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 1 at 1:15pm in Department Four of Tuolumne County Superior Court.


May 15, 2009

Paul Gould accused of inappropriately touching 2 teen girls

By Will Greenlee, TCPalm.com

May 15, 2009

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL - A 55-year-old man accused of inappropriately touching two teen girls and showing them nude photos was arrested, according to records released Friday and a sheriff's official.

Paul Maurice Gould, of the 6600 block of Hulda Drive, faces two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and a single count of transfer or display of obscenity to a minor.

One of the victims is 15 and the other 14, a sheriff's official said.

One of the victims disclosed the incidents after her mother questioned her about missing school. She said she skipped school and went to Gould's house with a friend to hang out.

One of the girls reportedly was using the computer as the other sat on the floor. Gould allegedly started tickling one of the girls. He continued doing do after she told him to stop, holding her feet and hands.

She said Gould was mad at her so she gave him a hug and he grabbed her backside.

Arrested Thursday, Gould also allegedly touched the other girl's chest and backside and showed them nude photos of a woman.

One of the girls said the two of them skipped school before and went to Gould's home. She said Gould started to touch her leg before moving to a private area. She said he pushed both girls in a lake behind his home and gave them robes to put on while he dried their clothes.


Four arrested on sex charges in separate incidents

By Austin L. Miller, Ocala.com (Ocala, FL)

May 15, 2009

Sheriff's detectives made four arrests Wednesday on separate and unrelated charges of unlawful sexual behavior.

According to officials, at about 1:40 a.m., detectives arrested 26-year-old Santos Morestant and charged him lewd and lascivious battery on a 13-year-old girl.

The girl told authorities she called Morestant on April 30 and asked him to pick her up at her home. She said she met Morestant on MySpace and they had been e-mailing each other for two months. The correspondence, according to officials, was sexual in nature.

After picking up the girl, Morestant took her to his home, where reportedly they had sex. The girl said she stayed at Morestant's home until May 2, when she decided to go home.

Detectives contacted Morestant at home and he agreed to be interviewed at the Sheriff's Office. He reportedly told officials he had sex with the girl, but thought she was 17 or 18.

Later, at 6:30 p.m., detectives arrested Manuel Suarez, 42, and charged him with sexual battery on a 21-year-old woman. The victim said she met Suarez about two months ago, and that on occasion they had gone out as friends.

On April 28, the woman said, they went out and she had too much to drink. While going to get something to eat, the woman said Suarez pulled his vehicle over and attempted to seduce her. She said they fought and he stopped.

Minutes later, the woman said, she passed out in the car and that when she woke up, Suarez was on top of her. He reportedly told her they had sex. The woman said her pants were down.

Detectives contacted Suarez, who lives in Jacksonville, and asked him to come in for an interview but reportedly never showed up. He was arrested Wednesday.

Later Wednesday, detectives arrested a 15-year-old boy accused of sodomizing his 6-year-old sister.

Detectives talked with the victim, who told them her brother had sex with her at their home.

The teen also told the officials he had sex with his sister, after which he was taken into custody, according to the report.

Officials also arrested 46-year-old Kenneth Elay Jackson and charged him with lewd and lascivious exhibition Wednesday.

A woman told detectives she and her 3-year-old daughter were at Orange Lake Park on Northwest 60th Avenue when a man approached and asked if she wanted to go home with him. When told no, the man, later identified as Jackson, exposed himself.

The woman said that while she was running from the park, the man was trying to pick up her daughter. She called authorities.

Officials located Jackson at his home. His sister-in-law told detectives he has schizophrenia and acts out when he's off his medication. But, the woman said, her brother-in-law has never acted like that before.

The victim identified Jackson as the man who exposed himself. He was then arrested.


May 13, 2009

Christopher Selfridge accused of molesting 12-year-old girl

By Brittany Lawonn, Inforum.com, Fargo, ND

May 13, 2009

A 22-year-old Fargo man is accused in Clay County District Court of repeatedly sexually molesting a 12-year-old girl.

Christopher Wayne Selfridge was arrested early Tuesday in Fargo on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant filed in connection with the incidents, alleged to have occurred between October and December of last year.

Selfridge is scheduled to appear in Cass County District Court this morning regarding extradition to Clay County to face the felony charge.

A warrant for his arrest was filed Monday after the girl, now 13, talked to Moorhead police, according to court documents that detail the case:

The girl told police that the molestation began the first night that Selfridge came to live with her and her mother and happened almost every night thereafter.

She told police when Selfridge would come into her room at night and molest her she would pretend to be asleep hoping that he would go away.

The girl told her mother and her aunt about what was happening and her mother then confronted Selfridge, who denied touching the girl.

When the mother told him to move out, Selfridge put three belts together and said he was going to hang himself, telling the girl, "I'm sorry for everything I did to you."

He eventually left the home after the mother said she was going to call police.

The felony charge carries up to 30 years in prison.


May 12, 2009

Jaime Alvarado facing multiple child molestation charges

The Reporter, Vacaville, CA

May 12, 2009

A Dixon, CA, man facing multiple child molestation charges will return to Solano County Superior Court in two weeks.

Superior Court Judge William C. Harrison on Monday set 9 a.m. May 26 for a further readiness conference, possible retention of private defense counsel and scheduling of a preliminary hearing in the case of 42-year-old defendant Jaime Gene Alvarado of Dixon.

Alvarado is charged with engaging in lewd or lascivious conduct with children under 14 years of age, false imprisonment and communicating with minors for the purpose of engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior. According to Dixon police, he was arrested last year on suspicion of accosting three girls, 11 to 15 years old, at a Dixon apartment complex between March and September 2008.

Alvarado has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains free on bail.


May 11, 2009

Prosecutors seek to keep Heath Miller in jail on sex charges until trial

Heath Miller

By Christina Denardo, Palm Beach Post

May 11, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH - Just months ago, the world knew Heath Miller as a popular band teacher who shot a home invader.

Now even that shooting is getting a second look, investigators said Monday, for any connections to a widening circle of girls and women who say Miller pressured them to have sex and then keep quiet about it.

Meanwhile, school records show that his principal turned him down for tenure at H.L. Watkins Middle last year, and prosecutors were moving to keep him in jail without bond because they say he represents a danger to the community.

"This is a case that has grown legs, to say the least," said Palm Beach County school police Detective Vinny Mintus, the lead investigator on the case.

Days after the Palm Beach County School District Police filed more than a dozen charges against Miller alleging he had sex with one student, raped another and fondled four others, several other alleged victims have come forward to say he fondled or had sex with them, authorities said.

Miller, who earlier this year fatally shot an intruder in his Wellington home, has been in the Palm Beach County Jail since his initial arrest in April after being accused of sexual assault with a student.

After Miller was arrested, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office got tips that the home-invasion shooting was related to the sex assault allegations. Investigators have not connected the 22-year-old man Miller shot and killed, Robert Rashard Tomlin, to any of Miller's alleged victims.

"If there is any information that comes forth, and it's viable information, we will follow up," said Sheriff's Detective Sgt. David Conklin.

School board police have yet to share names of the alleged victims with sheriff's homicide investigators. Even if Tomlin were found to be related to one of the girls, it wouldn't legally justify him in donning a mask, drawing a handgun and breaking into Miller's house in the middle of the night, Conklin said.

Miller, the school's band director, was charged with sexual battery after pulling one girl out of a reading class against her will and raping her in a band room, according to an arrest report. He was having sex with another student, as well as two teachers, according to his arrest affidavit. This week, prosecutors plan to file a motion to keep Miller, 35, in jail while he awaits trial. A hearing on the motion is expected on Friday.

Miller did not speak at a brief court appearance Monday morning. His attorney, Mark Wilenski, declined to comment, as did his wife. In an interview with detectives, Miller admitted to kissing a student but denied any other inappropriate contact with students.

Miller, who started working for the district in 2000, had never been disciplined or accused of misconduct.

In a review dated May 1, 2008, administrators wrote that Miller continued to improve the music program at the school and had "a very positive relationship with his students."

However, Watkins Principal Ann Wark had concerns about his ability to follow policy, procedures or ethics last year and recommended that he work at the school for one more year before being eligible for tenure. It is a rare move used only a handful of times each year. Wark could not be reached for comment today.


Raymond Hyatt charged in child molestation

By Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Granite Bay Press-Tribune, Roseville, CA

May 11, 2009

A Roseville man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of child molestation.

Raymond Earl Hyatt, 61, was booked into the Placer County Jail on charges of lewd or lascivious acts, sexual penetration with a foreign object and possession of obscene matter of a minor engaged in a sexual act, according to police reports.

The alleged child molestation was reported to police on April 22, according to police reports.

Police were tight-lipped about the case because it involves sexual abuse of minors.

A search of Placer County Superior Court records don’t reveal a previous criminal record for Hyatt, whose listed occupation is "retired." Efforts to contact family members or neighbors weren't successful. Hyatt was being held on $100,000 bail.


May 9, 2009

Ex-sex con Gerald Burbank held in molestation cases

By Ashley Gebb, Appeal-Democrat

May 9, 2009

A 63-year-old registered sex offender was in custody Friday after being arrested on suspicion of repeatedly molesting two girls during the last six years, Marysville, CA, police reported.

Gerald Allen Burbank was arrested without incident at his home in the 1900 block of Ramirez Street at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. His arrest resulted from an investigation launched Wednesday when one of the girl's parents told police a molestation had taken place at Burbank's home, said Sgt. John Osbourn.

The girls are 12 and 13 years old. Burbank and both victims reportedly all knew each other, but Osbourn declined to state further details about the relationship to protect the girls' identities.

As far as police can tell the girls were abused individually, with repeated sexual abuse dating back at least six years or more, Osbourn said. The investigation is ongoing.

"We are interested in hearing from any potential victims," Osbourn said. "But we are not aware of any more at this time and don't suspect there are."

Burbank was booked into Yuba County Jail on two counts of felonious lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, and one count of felonious oral copulation with a child under the age of 14. He was held on $100,000 bail.

Burbank is a registered sex offender for a prior conviction of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, according to the State of California Department of Justice Registered Sex Offender Web site. Further details of his prior conviction were not immediately available.

There are 125 registered sex offenders living in the city, according to the Web site.

Marysville has a higher concentration of registered sex offenders than other areas, Osbourn said. The number of registered sex offenders creates an additional workload through registration and police efforts to ensure compliance.

Registered sex offenders who may victimize again is always a concern, and child sexual abuse happens too often in this area, Osbourn said.

"The Police Department goes to great lengths to prevent this behavior," Osbourn said. "We are extremely intolerant of predators who victimize children, whether sexual or whether through neglect."


Guadalupe Dominguez held in child molestation case

By Ashley Gebb, Appeal-Democrat

May 9, 2009

A Yuba City, CA, man was in custody Saturday on child molestation charges.

Guadalupe Dominguez, 39, of the 3900 block of S. Walton Avenue, was arrested Friday without incident on suspicion of unlawful sexual activity, continuous sexual abuse and lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14 after he came to the Sutter County Sheriff's Department to speak with a deputy, said Sgt. Chad Niswonger.

The department received a phone call Friday from a Yuba City resident alerting them of the alleged activity, Niswonger said. The child and Dominguez knew each other, according to Niswonger.

"At his time we are not under the assumption that there (are more victims)," he said. "But if they did come forward, we would definitely investigate it."

Dominguez was held without bail. Niswonger said he did not know if Dominguez has any prior convictions.

Niswonger wanted the public to know they should feel safe in coming forward. He said the department does its best to protect the identity of the victims and those who report the crimes. "We take this very seriously," he said.

Niswonger encouraged anyone suspicious of sexual abuse to report it to a teacher, counselor, law enforcement or anyone else they feel safe telling, he said.

Parents and other adults can do their part by having discussions about appropriate relationships with children or anyone else who could be susceptible to sexual abuse. "If anything, knowledge is power," he said. "If they know it is not right, they don't have to second-guess themselves."


May 8, 2009

Dentist Scott Henning arrested on suspicion of touching 15-year-old

The Modesto Bee

May 8, 2009

SONORA, CA - A 46-year-old Sonora dentist was arrested Thursday after it was determined he allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl in a sexual manner, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said he also had been corresponding with the girl in a sexual nature over the Internet.

Dr. Scott Henning was arrested after deputies served a search warrant at his office and his Sonora home, Sgt. Matt Zelinsky said.

Henning was charged with a lewd and lascivious act with child, distribution or exhibition of lewd material to a minor, contact with a minor with intent to commit sexual offense, and possession or control of matter depicting a minor engaging in or simulating sexual activity.

A computer and other electronic devices were seized from the home. The computers will be analyzed by a forensic analyst.

Henning posted bail, Zelinsky said. The case is still under investigation.


May 1, 2009

Erik Rutledge Charged With Molesting Teen; Police Fear There May Be More Victims


May 1, 2009

EDMOND, Okla. - Police have arrested an Edmond man they have accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy. Officers said the boy told his parents that Erik Rutledge, 21, touched him inappropriately.

"He preys on 16-year-olds and younger," said Glynda Chu of the Edmond Police Department.

Police said the 14-year-old accuser was on the way home from Liberty Lake in Guthrie with a 16-year-old companion last week when the incident happened.

"For some reason, he convinced the 14-year-old to take his clothes off while he was in the back seat," said Chu.

After dropping the 16-year-old off, police said that Rutledge and the 14-year-old stopped at Cheyenne Middle School. The boy said that Rutledge touched him inappropriately while the car was parked in the school lot. Police think there may be more victims because, they said, Rutledge hangs out with young people in places like Mitch Park.

"He uses religion to molest them," Chu said.

Edmond police asked anyone who thinks another child was molested to call Detective Greg Hunt at 405-359-4477.


April 30, 2009

Former sheriff Clarence Shepard gets probation for molesting girl

News-Press.com, Fort Meyers, FL

April 30, 2009

A former Indiana sheriff pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of lewd and lascivious conduct and he will serve 10 years on sexual offender probation and two years on house arrest.

Clarence Shepard, 77, was arrested in October after an 11-year-old girl, a daughter of a family friend, told her mother Shepard touched her inappropriately and said he asked her to touch him.

In court Tuesday, Shepard accepted the state's plea deal rather than face a trial on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison. The lewd and lascivious conduct charge is a second-degree felony.

Shepard was a sheriff in Vanderburgh County, Indiana for eight years in the 1980s and 1990s and he has more than 20 years in law enforcement. He later served as president of an association that represents all Indiana sheriffs before he retired to North Fort Myers in the early 1990s.

State attorney's office spokeswoman Samantha Syoen said Shepard will have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet throughout his entire term of probation. Sex offender probation requires defendants to avoid areas where children congregate, to take part in a sex offender treatment program and other requirements.


April 29, 2009

Tennis teacher Henry Germain to get prison time in molest case

Henry Germain

By Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer

April 29, 2009

Pleasanton, CA - The head tennis instructor at a Pleasanton country club pleaded no contest Tuesday to three counts of child molestation and will be sentenced to 15 years in state prison, his attorney said.

Henry Germain, 62, of Dublin entered his pleas before Judge Christine Moruza in a Pleasanton courtroom. In exchange for his pleas, prosecutors agreed to drop 13 other child-molestation counts, said his attorney, Elizabeth Grossman.

Germain will be sentenced May 22. He will be required to register as a sex offender. Germain was arrested at the Castlewood Country Club in September on suspicion of molesting three girls ages 9 to 12 from 1995 to 1999, authorities said. The girls were the children of club members.

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, other victims came forward, authorities said.

They alleged that they were abused within the last three or four years, Nelson said.


April 28, 2009

Ex-school resource officer Todd Pierce gets 10 years for sex with teen

By Curtis Krueger, St. Petersburg Times

April 28, 2009

LARGO - Former school resource officer Todd Pierce stood in the courtroom, turned to his victim and apologized to her, saying, "I am sorry for what you've had to go through. I can't begin to imagine what you've had to endure."

But he stopped short of admitting to the crimes he was convicted of - lewd and lascivious battery and lewd or lascivious molestation, including having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Pinellas-Pasco Judge Timothy Peters sentenced Pierce to 10 years in prison and five years of sex offender probation.

Peters noted that Pierce, a former Pinellas sheriff's deputy and assistant high school football coach, appeared courteous, thoughtful, hard working and generally law abiding. But he added that "in our society, as well as most societies, you cannot lawfully have sex with children."

And Pierce's actions were even worse, because he held a position in school so important that "to say that person is a role model is a dramatic understatement." And he said the jury's actions were well justified by the evidence presented in court.

The sentencing for the 2001 crimes was an emotional one that featured statements of support from Pierce's sister, fellow coaches, two assistant principals at Countryside High School, his pastor and lifelong friends.

"My dad, he wouldn't be the type to disrespect anyone in that manner," said son Todd Pierce Jr., 16. He said the allegations against his father "just don't even match the character" that he has.

"I love you son," Pierce told him afterward.

"I love you too, Dad."

Pierce asked for leniency, saying he would do any kind of community service the judge ordered, without fail, and that he would not bother any children. "I can assure you that no one is in danger."

The fiance of the victim, whose name the St. Petersburg Times is withholding because of the nature of the allegations, told the court she accepted Pierce's apology.

The woman, now 23, had testified that Pierce fondled her in Osceola High in 2001 but that she told no one because "he knows how to manipulate you." Then, in September 2001, he came to her house when no one else was at home. Once inside, she said, he performed oral sex on her and they had intercourse.


April 22, 2009

Roylat "Wally" Johnson sentenced in molestation of three boys

By David Castellon, Visalia Times-Delta

April 22, 2009

A Visalia, Calif., man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the molestation of three boys.

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalashian handed down the sentence against Roylat "Wally" Johnson, 37. He entered his plea March 23 to three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 15.

While not an actual admission of guilt, a no-contest plea is treated as a guilty plea by the court.

Two of the boys reported being molested by Johnson in 2001. They told Visalia police they were 8 and 9, respectively, when the incidents happened, an announcement by the Tulare County District Attorney's Office states.

The third boy, age 10 when molested, came forward last year.

All claimed to have been molested in the home of the man they knew as "Wally" while their mothers weren't there, prosecutors report.

The conviction is Johnson's third strike, which under California's "Three Strikes" law requires him to serve 85 percent of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Johnson also was ordered to pay $3,000 in fines. Upon his release, he'll have to register as a sex offender.


Bradley Wayne Taylor sentenced to prison for not registering as a sex offender

Longview News-Journal (Texas)

April 22, 2009

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Gladewater man to 2 1/2 years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Bradley Wayne Taylor, 28, pleaded guilty to the charge in January, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Rebecca Gregory's office.

Taylor was convicted of attempted indecency with a child in Galveston in 1996 and of sexual assault in Gilmer in 1997. He failed to register as a sex offender with local authorities after moving to Arkansas, a violation of federal law.


Kermit "Casper" Flanders Arrested on Kidnapping, Assault Charges


April 22, 2009

St. Albans, Vermont - A registered sex offender is behind bars for allegedly kidnapping two teenage girls and assaulting one of them.

St. Albans Police say 39-year-old Kermit "Casper" Flanders, of St. Albans, brought two teens to a home earlier this month. He allegedly got them so intoxicated on alcohol and pot that they were unable to leave. Police say he then sexually assaulted one of the girls.

During the investigation, police learned that Flanders, a registered sex offender since 1997, had moved from his home without notifying the registry. He was arrested Tuesday at a family friend's residence. He's charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and furnishing alcohol to minors.


April 21, 2009

Convicted Sex Offender Elwood Perry Arrested Again

Elwood Perry

By Hillary Crowder, WVNS News

April 21, 2009

BLUEFIELD, WV - Mercer County sheriff's detectives arrested 40-year old Elwood Perry, Jr. of Bluefield Tuesday morning. Deputies say Perry forced a juvenile male into a department store bathroom at gunpoint and then sexually assaulted him.

The incident occurred on April 9 at the Mercer Mall, police say. Perry was working at a restaurant in the mall and the victim was able to identify him in a line-up. He was charged with first degree sexual assault.

Perry is a registered sex offender after being convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in North Carolina and abduction in Virginia. He was being held at the Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.


April 16, 2009

Arrival of sex offender Raymond Fournier raises concern

By Daymond Steer, The Cabinet Press

April 16, 2009

MONT VERNON, N.H. - Two weeks after a man the state sought to commit as a "sexually violent predator" moved to town, school officials, police and some parents are doing what they can to raise awareness and enhance student safety.

Raymond Fournier, 40, was released from prison April 3 and is now living with relatives at 1 Salisbury Road. Fournier was convicted in 1994 of several counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on victims under 13 years old.

The state had sought to have Fournier - who has served his full sentence - civilly committed as a sexually violent predator under a relatively new state law, but released him two weeks ago after a superior court judge found that the court did not act on a petition to have him committed in the time allowed under the law.

Fournier's release was discussed last week at the Mont Vernon School Board meeting. Fournier's new home is just less than four miles away from Mont Vernon Village School. Salisbury Road is a rural dirt road near the Lyndeborough town line.

Lyndeborough Central School's PTA also sent out a flier to parents about Fournier's release because he lives near the town line. The flier says many Lyndeborough families live within a mile of him.

In 1994, Fournier pleaded guilty to seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison and due to be released on June 16, 2008, according to Supreme Court documents.


April 8, 2009

Robert Beaudet Talbot remains jailed on charges of child molestation

By TaMaryn Waters, Tallahassee Democrat

April 8, 2009

A 61-year-old man remains in the Wakulla County Jail after being arrested April 1 on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12.

And based on current leads, the investigation could cast a wider net that reaches into Leon County.

Robert Beaudet Talbot, a resident of the Ochlockonee Bay area, was arrested at his home, said Lt. Jason Newlin of Wakulla County Sheriff's Office. A 6-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy were identified as victims.

Talbot is an officer with Talbot Home Builders Inc, a Tallahassee construction company, according to the Florida Department of Business of Professional Regulation.

The charges are based on multiple incidents that occurred between November and March, according to the incident report. Newlin said evidence such as pornographic photographs and VHS videos were confiscated from Talbot's home. Newlin said Talbot had access to the children through an acquaintance.

According to the report, the children would be at Talbot's home two to three times a week for up to four hours at a time. He'd invite the children over to his home for brownies and cake.

Newlin said a "multi-jurisdiction investigation" may also include a collaboration with the Leon County Sheriff's Office since Wakulla investigators think there could be more victims.

"At this time, we are trying to identify other victims," Newlin said.

Talbot is being held without bail.


April 3, 2009

Jeffrey Eymann facing 1,200 molestation charges

Jeffrey Eymann

By Bob Hazen, WDBO.com

April 3, 2009

A Maitland, Fla., man is accused of molesting a young girl almost every day for the last 5 years. And police say he was supposed to be taking care of the child.

53-year-old Jeffrey Eymann was arrested by Maitland Police after investigators received a tip about possible sexual abuse. They say Eymann was a close friend of the girl's mother, and watched over her every weekday at the Lake Gem Apartments until her mother came home from work.

Instead, investigators say Eymann molested the girl, who's now 11-years-old, every day for the last 5 years. He was charged with 1,200 counts of lewd or lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12.


April 1, 2009

Sex offender Tim Orman arrested for child porn

CBS News 12

April 1, 2009

A registered sex offender in Martin County, Fla., has been arrested for child pornography possession. Tim Orman was arrested at his Jensen Beach home on Wednesday by the FBI and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Orman’s possession of child pornography was discovered when CyberCrime investigators located images of child pornography during a routine undercover investigation and traced the images back to Orman’s computer. A search warrant was served at his house Wednesday morning and police seized more than 20 computers from Orman's home which will undergo additional forensic analysis. Orman, 46, admitted to possessing the images discovered during the investigation. The images identified included images of children appearing to be as young as 10 years old.

According to the Florida sex offender registry, Orman’s prior conviction was for a California charge involving a sexual crime on a victim under the age of 14.

Orman will be charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography which will be enhanced from third-degree to second-degree felonies under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act. Additional charges may be added after the forensic analysis has been completed on the equipment seized from his house.


March 31, 2009

Emmett Eugene Giddiens charged with child sexual assault

Emmett Giddiens

Jackson County Floridan

March 31, 2009

A Washington County man accused of sex crimes against a child was arrested late last week in an ongoing investigation. The suspect has since made bail to await further action in the case, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Emmett Eugene Giddiens, 37, was initially being held in the Washington County jail on $150,000 bond but has since posted 10 percent of the total to achieve his release.

He is charged with one count of sexual assault by a custodian upon a victim 12 years of age or under, and and one count of committing a lewd or lascivious act upon a child under the age of 12.

Authorities say county investigators and the Department of Children and Families opened the case March 15 based on information alleging inappropriate sexual contact by Giddiens.

The investigation remains open and additional charges may be pending, authorities said.


Sex offender Justin L. McGee will be released April 14

The Daily News (Rhinelander, WI)

March 31, 2009

The Eagle River Police Department is advising residents about the pending release of a sex offender to the community.

According to Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen, Justin L. McGee is scheduled to be released from the Wisconsin state prison system April 14 and is expected to return to the community.

McGee, 22, was convicted of second degree sexual assault of a child on March 7, 2006. The conviction stemmed from a charge of having sexual intercourse with a child. According to Vander Bloomen, McGee also has a history if inappropriate sexual contact with young female acquaintances.

Once back in the community, McGee will be supervised by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He will be placed in the Intensive Supervision Program and be subject to electronic monitoring.

McGee is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


March 12, 2009

Registered Sex Offender Bradley Combs Guilty Again

By Scott Sarvay, WISE33

March 12, 2009

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A jury found a registered sex offender guilty of child molesting. 47-year-old Bradley Combs of Decatur was charged with fondling his young step-daughter while giving her baths between June of 2004 and April of 2005.

Police say Combs then paid her not to tell her mother. This conviction makes Combs a "repeat sexual offender." He faces up to 18-years behind bars.


Registered sex offender Ramsay Munden found half-naked outside elementary school


March 12, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police have arrested a registered sex offender after they say he was witnessed masturbating outside of an elementary school. Police were called to Holmes Elementary around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after a woman, who lives near the school, called them and said there was a man sitting in a truck with no pants on.

The man noticed that police were arriving on scene and left the area in his truck, eventually parking in the area of Indiana and Hemlock in west central Spokane. When police approached 57-year-old Ramsay Munden, they confirmed that he was not wearing any pants and took him into custody.

Police say Munden is a registered level one sex offender and is on the Washington Department of Corrections watch list.


March 11, 2009

Dale Becht gets four years in prison for molesting

By MATT THACKER, News and Tribune (Indiana)

March 11, 2009

A 35-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison and four years probation for child molesting in Clarksville, as the victim's mother spoke out about the pain he caused.

Earlier this year, Dale Loren Becht pleaded guilty to two counts of class C felony child molesting. Eleven counts of the same offense were dismissed by the state. On Tuesday, Becht was sentenced to four years in prison on each count as outlined in the plea agreement. Both counts will run concurrently, meaning it will result in no extra jail time.

The mother of the victim said she wished the sentence was longer, but agreed to the deal because she was afraid of losing the trial.

"I will never forgive you ever," she wrote in a letter to Becht, which she read aloud in court. "I hope you rot in jail."

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Becht molested a female family member from 2000 until 2006 at a home along Parkwood Drive in Clarksville.

The mother of the victim said her daughter has received treatment for depression and suicidal thoughts. She read a letter her daughter wrote. The victim, who is now in high school, wrote that she fears Becht will hurt her again when he is released from prison.

"If it was up to me, I'd make you spend your whole life in [prison], so you'd know what it feels like to not have a life," the victim wrote in the letter.

Becht was charged in August after the victim came forward once she heard that Becht had been punished for a similar offense in Floyd County.

In September 2007, Becht was sentenced to six months in the Floyd County Jail and one year suspension for sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl. That incident occurred along Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs.

Becht's attorney said his client regrets his actions.

"Dale continues to express remorse for his actions," said Becht's attorney, William Gray. "His pleading guilty speaks volumes about his willingness to turn his life around."

Although the molestation in Clarksville took place prior to the offense in Floyds Knobs, the Floyd County prosecutor's office is still seeking to revoke Becht's probation. He was charged in Clark County while still serving his probation in Floyd County on the sexual misconduct charge. Gray said his client will be moved to the Floyd County Jail to deal with the revocation case.


March 9, 2009

Wrestling coach Alain Cupas gets 30 years for molesting teen

March 9, 2009


A former Everglades High wrestling coach was sentenced to 30 years in state prison Monday for sexually molesting a teenage girl at the school in 2007. Alain Cupas, 30, wept and put his head in his hands as Broward Judge Susan Lebow told him his fate.

Moments before, Cupas insisted he didn't do it and asked God to forgive the victim "for putting an innocent man in jail." "I would never do anything to hurt anybody," he said. "I've been the victim of a horrible, horrible crime here."

The girl, now 17, sat quietly shaking her head "no" as Cupas spoke.

Cupas, who was a security guard at the Miramar school by day, was convicted of three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct. Cupas claimed he was convicted on scant evidence. The jury disagreed, deciding he was guilty last month in less than an hour. Cupas, who was already in custody, will do his time at Florida State Prison. Lebow told Cupas he has 30 days to file an appeal.


March 6, 2009

Police Warn Of Sex Offender's Release; Thomas Degraff Did Not Comply With Treatment


March 6, 2009

RUTLAND, Vt. - Vermont State Police are warning the public that a high risk sex offender is being released from jail soon and that he will not be supervised.

Thomas Degraff, 45, of Whitehall, N.Y., is being released from jail March 9 after serving a maximum sentence for multiple counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, according to Vermont State Police. He will be living in the Whitehall area, but also has ties to Proctor, Vt., and may frequent that area as well, police said.

Degraff has been designated a high risk sex offender by the Vermont Department of Corrections and police said they are informing the public of his release for "general public safety concerns." Degraff will not be under any type of supervision since he has completed his maximum sentence, police said. He has not complied with sex offender treatment requirements, police said.

Degraff is described as a white man, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 220 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. More information is available on Degraff by logging on to the Vermont and New York sex offender registries.


March 3, 2009

Wesley Jarbath, 51, impregnates 14-year old

News 12, West Palm Beach, FL

March 3, 2009

51-year old Wesley Jarbath of Lake Park has been charged with three counts of sexual battery of a child and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation after a DNA test confirmed that a 14-year old girl gave birth to his child.

The girl, now 15, was brave enough to tell police that Jarbath began molesting her when she was just 8 years old and had sex with her at least three times. Jarbath was booked Monday into the Palm Beach County Jail and is expected to have a bail hearing Tuesday.


Soccer volunteer Pedro Carbajal jailed for alleged sexual assault

Bay City News Service, MercuryNews.com

March 3, 2009

A Mountain View, CA man who runs a soccer club for boys remained in Santa Clara County jail Tuesday in lieu of $2 million bail for allegedly molesting three young girls, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Pedro Carbajal, 33, was arrested at his work in Palo Alto on Friday and has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress, menace and fear, and two counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14, district attorney's office spokeswoman Amy Cornell said.

Carbajal is suspected of molesting three girls ages 7 to 9 between October 1996 and October 1999, according to the district attorney's office.

Detectives began investigating Carbajal on Feb. 19 after receiving a phone call from a person one of the alleged victims had confided in, police said.

Carbajal runs a soccer club for boys based out of Rengstorff Park in Mountain View and, in spring 2008, the Mountain View Police Activities League partnered with Carbajal and sponsored his all-boys club, police said.

He became a volunteer for the police activities league program and in the summer of 2008 his team represented the league in a statewide soccer tournament.

Police said there are no allegations of misconduct between Carbajal and the players he coached.

Mountain View police have terminated Carbajal as a volunteer and are notifying parents of youth involved in the police activities league of the arrest, police said.

Carbajal is scheduled to appear in court to enter a plea March 11.


March 2, 2009

David Benson arrested on lewd and lascivious charges

WWSB ABC 7 Florida

March 2, 2009

SARASOTA, FL - A Sarasota man has been picked up in Orlando on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Sarasota Police received a tip last week that 66-year-old David Benson had inappropriate contact with a teen in Homosassa. The girl visits Sarasota and is known to the suspect. The molestation occurred during two different times, according to a report.

Police got a tip that Benson may flee to England, and with the help of the U.S. Air Marshalls he was arrested at Orlando International Airport. When Benson is returned to Sarasota, he faces charges of lewd and lascivious molestation, lewd battery and sexual battery. He is in the Orange County Jail.


February 27, 2009

Curtis Allen Rapp sentenced; Man taught at day care center

By LEVI PULKKINEN, Seattle Post Intelligencer

February 27, 2009

For nearly 40 years, admitted child molester and former day care worker Curtis Allen Rapp was safe in the silence of the world's not knowing what he had done.

He was never made to pay for his crimes until Friday, when a judge sent him to prison.

While undergoing psychological assessment in an effort to avoid prison, Rapp, 50, told therapists he'd molested at least 23 children before Seattle police arrested him in March on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old girl at a Crown Hill child care center where he worked.

Prosecutors formally accused Rapp several days later, filing two counts of first-degree child molestation, according to court documents. The move marked the first time Rapp had been called to account for his alleged attacks since he first molested a child at age 12.

Facing King County Superior Court Judge Susan Craighead on Friday, Rapp and his attorney urged the judge to sentence him to intensive sex offender treatment instead of prison. Rapp had pleaded guilty to the two charges against him and been evaluated by treatment professionals, actions required to be eligible for the deferred sentence he'd requested.

Rapp apologized for the offense, offered to pray for his victim and her family and urged the judge to show leniency for his children's sake.

Craighead was not persuaded.

"I am a person who believes in rehabilitation," she told Rapp from the bench. "But I don't believe I can release you and protect the community."

Following Deputy Prosecutor Shelby Smith's request, Craighead sentenced Rapp to a 5 1/2 -year-minimum prison term. Under that sentence, Rapp will remain confined until a state board deems that he no longer threatens the community.

In the case in question, Rapp was accused of molesting a girl at Small Faces Child Development Center, where he was a teacher from 2000 until his arrest last year. According to police statements, the girl told her parents that Rapp had touched her at least three times at the center; he later admitted as much to police, saying the girl gave him permission to touch her.

Addressing the court, the girl's father argued forcefully against releasing Rapp into treatment.

"The community has put up with this crap for 20 years," he argued. "No one can convince me that any amount of treatment will fix him."

Arguing against Rapp's release, Smith noted that, though he had already admitted to nearly two-dozen assaults on children, evaluators aren't sure whether Rapp divulged the true extent of his crimes.

Rapp admitted molesting boys and girls in Washington and Texas, where he taught for 16 years before moving to Seattle.

Rapp, she said, sought out positions of authority over children.

"When he's in control of kids, he can't control himself," Smith said. "Nobody," she added, "ever said anything until now."

Smith said the King County Prosecutor's Office will pursue additional charges against Rapp should additional victims come forward.


Vernon Gilliland gets 49 years for attack on girl, 12

The Associated Press

Feb. 27, 2009

SALINA, Kan. - A Salina County judge has handed a 49-year prison sentence to a man convicted of sodomizing a 12-year-old girl.

An attorney for Vernon Gilliland argued Thursday that people convicted of felony murder, terrorism or treason spend less than 49 years behind bars. But District Judge Daniel Hebert said "molesting a child is right up there with murder and terrorism and the other things you cited."

The 44-year-old Gilliland previously served prison time for burglary and robbery.

A jury in January convicted Gilliland of aggravated criminal sodomy. Prosecutors said the girl's mother walked in the room and thought she saw him performing oral sex on her daughter in June 2007.

A prosecutor read the court a letter from the girl in which she said she had lost her childhood and that Gilliland's actions had destroyed family relationships.


February 26, 2009

Carlos Llamas pleads not guilty to molestation charges

The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA

February 26, 2009

A 53-year-old man accused of repeatedly sexually molesting a 9-year-old relative and her friend in Murrieta pleaded not guilty today.

Carlos Abel Llamas, who is being held without bail because he is considered a flight risk, is charged with two counts of engaging in oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10 and four counts of lewd acts with a child under 14.

Llamas is considered a flight risk because police arrested him about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at a Temecula hotel, where he was hiding while waiting for a Greyhound to take him to Mexico, said Murrieta police Sgt. Jim Ganley.

Somebody had placed an anonymous call to Child Protective Services, Ganley said.

Llamas is accused of inappropriately touching his relative starting in 2007, when she was 7 years old, and illegally touching the child's 9-year-old friend this year.

Llamas had been living with family members in Murrieta before he was arrested, Ganley said.

"He had a van and the van broke down," which is why he was staying with the family this time, Ganley said.

Riverside Superior Court Judge Judith Clark ordered Llamas back to court March 9 for a felony settlement conference. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for March 11.


February 25, 2009

Spencer Atwood sentenced to 30 years for child molestation

By Shawn McGrath, Herald Bulletin Staff Writer

February 25, 2009

ANDERSON, IN - An Anderson man was given a 30-year sentence Monday for molesting a teen girl in July.

Spencer C. Atwood, 22, pleaded guilty in January to three counts of child molestation. In an agreement with prosecutors, Madison Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis Carroll sentenced Atwood to 30 years, with 20 years in prison and the remaining 10 suspended. A fourth charge, felony contributing to the delinquency of minor, was dismissed with the agreement.

The most serious charge against Atwood carried a sentencing range of 20 to 50 years in prison.

According to a probable cause affidavit:

A 13-year-old girl told police she spent a night in July at a friend's home in south Anderson, where Atwood also lives with his wife and children.

At about 6:30 a.m. the next day, the girl and Atwood were watching a movie when he began fondling himself and asked the girl to touch him. He told her he wanted to have sex with her, and tried to kiss her.

The girl turned him down, and went to a bathroom to get away from him. Atwood followed the girl, closed the door and performed a sex act on her. Atwood's wife began knocking on the bathroom door and found him inside the room with the girl.

Atwood reportedly admitted to performing the sex act on the girl when questioned by police. He said the act was consensual.

The Herald Bulletin doesn't generally identify the victims of sex crimes.


February 19, 2009

Shawn Phillips charged with molesting 14-year-old girl

Shawn Edward Phillips

Panama City News Herald

February 19, 2009

FOUNTAIN, FL - A man was arrested Wednesday on charges of molesting a 14-year-old girl after authorities recovered an apology note he allegedly wrote to his victim.

Shawn Edward Phillips, 36, of 18104 Park Place, Fountain, was arrested after the Florida Department of Children and Families received information about the molestation, according to a news release from the Bay County Sheriff's Office. During the investigation, a note written by Phillips to the victim was recovered in which he apologized for the activity, the release said.

Phillips was interviewed in reference to this case, and after the interview, he was transported to the Bay County Jail, where he was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation. He went to first appearance Wednesday, and was held on $75,000 bond.


January 14, 2009

Former teacher James Hirleman gets 10 years for molestation

James Hirleman

By Nathan Donato-Weinstein, The Press-Tribune

January 14, 2009

AUBURN, CA - A former Roseville middle school teacher will spend 10 years behind bars after pleading no contest Wednesday to four counts of illegal sex acts with minors as part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

James A. Hirleman, who taught at Buljan Middle School, was originally charged with 14 sex counts in September 2008 for crimes involving a former student. He faced up to life in prison if the case had gone to trial.

The counts Hirleman pleaded to on Wednesday were two of lewd acts upon a child, one of oral copulation on a person under 16, and a new count of lewd acts upon a child. That one involved a second victim, also a former student, who came forward after Hirleman’s initial arrest and media reports.

Hirleman, dressed in a black suit and black sneakers, sat with his head bowed as the two victims and one victim's mother read statements to the court.

They described a man who used his authority as a teacher to ingratiate himself into the lives of vulnerable young boys, then victimized them.

Upon Judge Richard Couzens imposing a total sentence of 10 years for the counts, Hirleman was handcuffed and remanded into custody. He must also pay $10,000 in fines.

Hirleman declined to comment outside the courtroom before the proceedings. Two associates who accompanied him to the courthouse also declined to comment following the court events.


Shawn Torlif Daily Accused Of Lewd Act On Another Child

January 14, 2009

WYFF4 News

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A man who was accused of a lewd act on a child on Nov. 25 is now charged with lewd acts on another child several years before. Shawn Torlif Daily, 36, of Spartanburg, is accused of having a 9-year-old girl sit on his lap after he removed his clothing and placed a blanket on his lap.

Daily had previously been accused of molesting a girl at the YMCA in April 2006, but at that time, the girl's mother would not allow her daughter to be interviewed by police.

After the mother saw a news story about Daily being arrested in November, she talked to her daughter, and agreed to have the child interviewed by a children's advocate.

Police said at the Children's Advocacy Center, the girl made a "clear and credible disclosure" that on several occasions, Daily stripped down and had her sit on his lap after he covered himself with a thin blanket.

The alleged abuse took place at Dailey's home when the child was between 3 and 7, between Sept. 20, 2002, and Sept. 20, 2006. Daily was booked into the Spartanburg County Jail on Tuesday. He is charged with lewd act with a minor.


Convicted sexual predator Mitchell Brokob admits to child pornography charge

January 14, 2009


BUFFALO, NY - Convicted child predator Mitchell Brokob of North Tonawanda pled guilty to a federal child pornography charge During an appearance in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. The 41-year old Niagara County man previously pled guilty in Niagara County on charges that he kidnapped, drugged, and sexually assaulted a young girl at knifepoint as she waited for her school bus in North Tonawanda last March.

The federal pornography plea carries an agreed-upon sentence of 20 years, the statutory maximum.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., said a computer recovered from Brokob's North Tonawanda residence in June of 2008 contained images of child pornography and that a forensic analysis of the computer revealed that search terms including "preteen child rape porn" and "cold steel knives" had been typed on the computer.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.


Robert Davis Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse

January 14, 2009

WSAZ News Channel 3

CATLETTSBURG, KY -- A jury found a Boyd County man guilty of sexually abusing teenage relatives. Jurors convicted 39-year-old Robert Davis of Rush on 23 counts of 3rd-degree sodomy.

The jury recommended Davis be sentenced to two years on each count to run consecutively. He will be sentenced on March 20. Davis is also required to register as a sex offender.

The jury found Davis not guilty of the most serious charges against him, 1st degree sodomy and criminal attempt to commit 1st degree sodomy. Prosecutors say the abuse began in 2002 and involved two teenage boys related to Davis.


Robert Leroy Baker Pleads to Sexual Abuse Charge

January 14, 2009


FALLON, Nev. (AP) - A Fallon man has pleaded no contest to charges of fondling a 10-year-old girl. Robert Leroy Baker, 59, could face one to six years in prison when sentenced March 10 by District Judge Leon Aberasturi. Probation may be an option if an evaluation determines he is a low risk to re-offend. He entered his plea Tuesday. An initial criminal complaint charged Baker with fondling the girl on three separate occasions in January 2007. Authorities say under a plea agreement, Baker, a former parks worker for the city of Fallon, will be required to register as a sex offender.


High School Teacher Jason Lyn Gasque Arrested for Sexual Abuse

January 14, 2009

WHNT News Channel 19, Huntsville, AL

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Speake High School teacher for alleged sexual abuse involving a student. Sheriff Gene Mitchell says Jason Lyn Gasque, 31, touched one of his students in appropriately while on school grounds. Gasque teaches math and also coaches at Speake High School.

The sheriff's department learned of the alleged incident last week. Sheriff Mitchell says investigators began look into the matter and quickly received information and evidence to support the claim. Deputies arrested Gasque on Wednesday and booked him into the Lawrence County Jail. He is being held on $5,000 bond. He is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, which is a Class C felony.


January 13, 2009

Kenneth Dwayne Brown to serve 12 years for sex abuse

January 13, 2009

KTVZ News Channel 21

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A Klamath Falls man has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old family member. A Klamath County jury rejected claims by Kenneth Dwayne Brown that he was suffering from a multiple personality disorder at the time.

Prosecutors argued the 31-year-old Brown was faking his mental illness claim, relying on testimony from a state expert at trial. After a 2-day trial, the jury convicted Brown of 2 counts of sexual abuse and one count of unlawful sexual penetration.


January 8, 2009

Lonnie Gene Patterson pleads guilty to lewd molestation

January 8, 2009

The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN, OK -- A Marlow man entered a plea of guilty Wednesday in Stephens County District Court to one felony count of lewd molestation. Lonnie Gene Patterson, 59, will have a pre-sentence investigation before sentencing, which will take place on March 3.

His bond was revoked by Stephens County District Judge Joe Enos and he is now in the custody of the Stephens County Sheriff’s Department pending sentencing. He is in the county jail. Patterson pleaded guilty to touching the genital area of a minor for personal gratification between March of 2006 and November of 2007.

His attorney, Jerry Herberger, asked if Patterson understood that in this case consent didn't matter because of the age of the minor. Patterson said he understood. At sentencing, Patterson could face a maximum of a 20 year sentence in the Department of Corrections (DOC).

This conviction falls under the 85 percent rule wherein Patterson must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible to earn parole points from the Department of Corrections. Assistant District Attorney Dennis Gay was pleased.

Patterson was charged with lewd molestation on April 2, 2008, after the Department of Human Services received an anonymous phone call relating to an inappropriate conversation taking place between Patterson and a 14-year-old at a local sporting event. Interviews with the minor and Patterson were then conducted and charges subsequently filed.


Convicted Sex Offender Jonathan Folk Found Guilty of Another Crime

January 8, 2009

KPVI Channel 6

Bonneville County, Idaho -- After a four-day trial, a Bonneville County jury finds a convicted sex offender guilty of a new crime against a child.

After four and a half hours of deliberations, 41-year-old Jonathan Folk was found guilty of lewd conduct with a child. The incident involved a five-year-old boy on Christmas Day 2007. Folk has two prior convictions of molesting young boys.

The jury of seven women and five men came to a unanimous decision late Thursday afternoon and found this registered sex offender committed a serious lewd act on a little boy.

This four day trial can easily be described as disturbing; two of his past victims - now ages 22 and 28 - took the stand this week, as well as the mother of a third victim. Also hard to listen to were details on this most recent case with a five-year-old boy who, now six years old, bravely testified this week.

Folk represented himself during this trial, although he was assigned a "shadow council" from the Public Defenders Office to assist him if needed. But he called witnesses and cross-examined those on the stand, and even testified.

On Christmas Day 2007, Jonathan Folk went to the house of some distant relatives in Idaho Falls. He admits he took a five-year-old boy into a bedroom alone, but what the child says happened and what Folk says happened was in dispute.

Folk denies he ever put his mouth on the boy's private area. The next day, the boy told his mother about the lewd conduct, and she called the police.

In closing arguments, deputy prosecutor Bruce Pickett asked the jury to return with a guilty verdict because of all the evidence presented.

But Folk asked the jurors not to look at his past crimes, but the lack of evidence in this case. But the jury unanimously felt the evidence showed Folk was guilty.

The victim's parents do not want to be identified but say they are pleased with the decision and warn other parents to be careful with who is around their children.

Victim's mother and father: "Watch everybody who comes around your children; if you have to, ask them lots of questions. Make sure you know what kind of person they are, their background; don't let them in your home or around your children or anything unless you know them very well."

As soon as the verdict was read, Folk didn't make much of a reaction. He will be sentenced at the end of February. Folk faces up to life in prison for lewd conduct with a child.

The young boy's mother said she had no idea Folk was a convicted child molester when he came over that Christmas Day. She said if she knew, he would not have been allowed inside her home.

Deputy Prosecutor Bruce Pickett was also pleased with the jury's decision and said these type of cases are always hard on everyone involved.