The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Friday, May 30, 2008

John David Lashbrook

John David Lashbrook can't control himself, and has a list of sexually charged convictions to prove it.
Lashbrook pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a former girlfriend in 2005, before that in 1996 he sexually assaulted a 22-year-old neighbour by thrusting his hand into her pants. Even before that he was in trouble for breaching a sentence by going to a barbecue at Kinsmen Park, that sentence was in connection with charges in 1992 which was his third conviction for molesting children. Prior convictions where serious offences against six children, between 6 and 9 year old, between 1982 and 1992.

But, hie lawyer doesn't think it's a big enough deal to label him and give him a indefinite prison term.

John David Lashbrook's most recent sex crimes are not serious enough to justify the label of dangerous offender and the indefinite prison term that comes with it, his lawyer said Thursday.

Lashbrook, 51, will wait until July 3 to find out if Judge Marty Irwin will declare him a dangerous offender or the less restrictive long-term offender, or will reject both those sentencing options and impose a regular, defined jail term.


Lashbrook has repeatedly show an inability to control himself, and although he has tried sex offender therapy twice (only once having completed it) while serving time in jail, it clearly hasn't deterred his behaviors.

With an IQ of 69, Lashbrook is borderline mentally retarded, a psychologist wrote in a report to the court. It means he needs more time to learn the concepts in the treatment program, Irwin heard.

When Lashbrook was released in 1996, Saskatoon police took the then-unprecedented step of warning the public that a repeat child molester had been released in Saskatoon.

Mullord said his client wanted to control his pedophilia and was the first released offender to voluntarily sign up to continue sex offender treatment at the RPC.


Wanting to control it, and actually controlling it are two different things- and we can not fail to protect society just because someone has promised that they want to do something. I want a million dollars, but it doesn't mean I'm going to wake up in the morning and be able to see that money appear.

And with his crimes not being limited to just children, he's appearing to be more of a predator of chance than a pedophile- if he has the chance to sexually abuse anyone, he'll do it, without regards to age, or anything else.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

America's Most Wanted

First, big news from America's Most Wanted:



BREAKING NEWS: Little Nicky Corozzo was arguably the Gambino crime family's most powerful chieftain -- and perhaps its craftiest. Now, a week and a half after AMW took the manhunt for him nationwide, Little Nick Corozzo is in custody in New York City.

Check AMW.com for the latest details on this breaking story.



This weeks episode of America's Most Wanted will be featuring the following cases, you can catch AMW at 9pm on your local Fox station Saturday nights:

Ft. Myers Eight: Months after detectives recovered a cache of bones from eight men in a wooded area of Fort Myers, Fla., authorities have officially ruled the case a homicide. Cops continue to try to find out who the men are, and whether a serial killer is behind the gruesome mystery.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51867

William Santos: Police say illegal alien William Roberto Santos was considered a trusted member of his community, and was a dedicated member of his church. But police say this farm hand had a dark secret, and it wasn't long before the whole community had figured out what he was really doing in Kentucky.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=47191

Michael Registe: On the night of July 20, 2007, detectives in Columbus, Ga. responded to a shooting incident and found two student athletes shot execution-style inside of a Chevy Blazer. Cops say the suspect is on the run, and may have fled to the Caribbean.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52032

German Ramirez: On April 28, 2006, cops say two unsuspecting women were attacked by the same man, German Ramirez. However, police tell AMW that his first attempted rape involved the daughter of the woman he was dating back in 2005. Over a year later, Ramirez would strike again...two more times. Now, police in South Gate, Calif. are hoping that AMW viewers can help put German Ramirez behind bars.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=40758

Ralph Skundrich: The FBI says Ralph Skundrich tried to pull off what he thought was a foolproof robbery scheme. When the plan unraveled, Skundrich was put on house arrest -- but according to agents, his electronic monitoring bracelet wasn't enough to keep this career criminal under wraps.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=45102

Muammer Aldailam: Muammer "Mike" Aldailam has evaded Bronx police for more than a month, but now leads are flowing in. Police are following leads all throughout North America so they can finally collar Aldailam. In a moment of passion, cops say Aldailam shot and killed his girlfriend after she tried to break off their relationship. Authorities believe Aldailam may be desperate to get back to his native country of Yemen.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51985

George Navarro: Melesio Martinez was known simply as "Daddy" to his two small children. His wife describes him as a hard-working construction worker that worked ten hour days and still had time to play and entertain his kids. That all changed one night in September 2001 when the Martinez family went into a Granada Hills, California liquor store and ran into George Navarro.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=40740

Lorenzo Curry & Janora Sanders: Cops say Lorenzo Curry watched himself on America's Most Wanted, then packed up his fugitive girlfriend and their young daughter and hit the road. It was lucky for him, because AMW tips put police only hours behind him. Now, U.S. Marshals are hoping your tips will get them caught for good this time.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=39223

Ramon Gaspar: Police say a 29-year-old woman was resting at a Los Angeles hospital after a surgery when a male nursing assistant, Ramon Eduardo Gaspar, entered her room. The day after the woman was discharged, she reported to police that Gaspar had sexually molested her several times. Cops continued investigating, and after making a public appeal, several more victims came forward. Now, he's on the run from the law.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51227

Leanna Warner: Cops in Chisholm, Minn. are not giving up on the search for 5-year-old Leanna Warner. The little girl went missing on June 13, 2003 when she stepped out of her house to go visit a neighbor. Now, cops are looking into people who attended a Chisholm event around the time when Leanna went missing, hoping to find new clues that will help them learn what happened to the little girl.

http://www.amw.com/missing_children/brief.cfm?id=25696

Sarah Fox Killer: New York City detectives are breathing new life into what seems to be a frustrating, cold case. The body of Sarah Fox, 21, was found murdered after a six day search in 2004. Now, cops are hoping your clues can help catch her killer.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=26785

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

He worked to put himself in positions of trust

Four years volunteering as a childs advocate for the county, serving on his church's youth group and as a worker for CASA. His references were perfect, his criminal background checks spotless.

And then an 8 year old girl came forward to admit that Billy Dan Carroll had been sexually abusing her.

"This individual has been through an FBI fingerprint check, national criminal databases, state of Texas criminal databases, the CPS central registry, those are all of the sources that we can check on every potential volunteer," said Laura Wolf, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County. "This particular criminal background check came back clean with nothing to give us any cause for concern. We also talk to personal references. This individual had glowing references."

Police said they believe the girl is not Carroll's only victim, and he may have assaulted more children and even some adults.

[...]

"Mr. Carroll has no record of anything -- if you would have checked into him, you would have found him to be the neighbor next door," said Sgt. Brian Loyd. "He would be somebody that you would never, ever in your entire life would suspect of doing anything like this."


I often tell people that they can not use the sex offender registries as a source of perfect guidance on who their children are around- because while every offender on the list has committed a sex crime, not everyone who has committed on is on the list. And even more this case points out that so often, the biggest danger comes from the person we'd least suspect. Carroll clearly blended into society well, didn't come off raising any red flags, was just your average guy next door. His work with church groups and as a child's advocate would likely impress most people.

HT Trench.

History of the camera phone

Cell phones are neat little things. There is just so much you can do with them nowadays. It used to be, way back before cell phones became the "thing" that all you could do with your phone was talk on it. And the most your phone could do for you was connect you to someone else, either when they called you or you called them. But now- now things are different. Now your phone can do all sorts of things like- browse the internet, send email, take photos, take video, play games, and even help get you arrested.

Barry Glenn Thunder knows this all to well
, since he'd been using his cell phone to take pornographic photos and videos of two small children which is how his phone ended up getting him arrested.

It seems that Thunder left his phone in the possession of someone else, who began playing with the phone. While messing with it, they discovered the photos and videos and informed police.

Police say the 3 and 4 year-old victims, who are sisters and their mother, used to live at 3520 North 8th street with Thunder.

Police say after the phone was discovered, interviews with the second victim revealed she had also been attacked.

But it's the evidence that sets this case apart for police.

"I can't recall one specifically that we've found these kind of depictions that actually made itself, that was not only videoed and pictures taken, and luckily for us, saved," said Bailey.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Toss your baby in trash, get probation

Evidently the 'fair' punishment for tossing a helpless baby in the trash and leaving it there to die is probation, according to a story from Stop the ACLU.

Teacher has class vote out 5 year old

I get that there are annoying children out there. I know, that's not nice to say- but it is true. In fact, I've got a good half dozen of them within eye shot of my house that are pretty annoying themselves. And despite having to take extra precautions to ensure that the little weasels aren't hanging around my home - I've never felt the need to be mean to them. I'm not friendly mind you, but I'm not mean either.

Wendy Portillo is mean. And what makes her being mean even worse is that unlike me- I didn't ask for extra little heathens to be within 25 yards of me- she's a teacher. It's actually part of her job to have children around her. She made the CHOICE to be around little kids that would possibly prove to be annoying and troublesome. So, her meanness is even more repulsive.

Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.

After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.

By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex — who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism — out of the class.


In front of the little boy, classmates were instructed to voice all the things they didn't like about the child, some of which were personally insulting.

Now, in fairness, I'm not saying the child wasn't a troublesome kid. Or that he wasn't annoying or a bother to the rest of the class. I don't know him- so I can't really voice a thought on that. But, I can however say that there is absolutely no reason at all to embarrass and emotionally abuse a child, especially coming from someone in a position like a teacher who clearly should have known better.

Barton said after the vote, Portillo asked Alex how he felt.

"He said, 'I feel sad,' " Barton said.

Alex left the classroom and spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office, she said.

Barton said when she came to pick up her son at the school Wednesday, he was leaving the nurse's office.

"He was shaken up," she said.

Barton said the nurse told her to talk with Portillo, who told her what happened.

Alex hasn't been back to school since then, and Barton said he won't be returning. He starts screaming when she brings him with her to drop off his sibling at school.

Thursday night, his mother heard him saying "I'm not special" over and over.


Seriously, maybe the rest of the world should have a little vote on this teacher, and point out all her faults. I'd vote her out, and add that personally- I think she's a self righteous bitch who clearly shouldn't be teaching children, or even near them. Someone sterilize this idiot now- God only knows what sort of emotional damage she'll inflict upon her own kids.

I'd rethink sending kids to that school...

Collège Français in Canada isn't having much luck lately. First, a gym teacher at the school was arrested for engaging in sexual activity with young boys he lured to him home. Just a day later, and the problems at the school are getting scarier.

A man broke into the school Friday and took photographs of girls who were in the washroom. A 6-year-old girl told her mother as well as a staff member about the incident. The staff member chased the man, who locked himself in the school's gym. St. Hyacinthe resident Martin Bradette, 29, was arrested at the school and charged at the Longueuil courthouse with possession and production of child pornography.

David Lee Vogel <3 2 txt

David Lee Vogel evidently liked to use the 'text message' or sms feature of his cell phone. Unfortunately, it seems that the convicted sexual offender also liked to use the service in order to send sexually explicit material to underage teenage girls.

Shortly after a jury was seated for the trial of a sex offender accused of sending obscene text messages and pictures to the cell phones of two teens, the defendant pleaded guilty.

David Lee Vogel, 46, was identified as the sender of the messages through his cell phone service provider. Investigators said that Vogel sent dozens of vulgar messages and obscene images.


Investigators believe that Vogel would randomly dial numbers in an attempt to find young girls, and used this method to make contact with the two under aged victims. Along with these charges, Vogel is still facing charges involving an adult woman to whom he sexually harassed. Regardless of the outcome of those charges- he'll be spending at least some time in jail thanks to his guilty plea. The judge sentenced him to 18 years in prison.

Terry Banks strikes again

Terry Banks was convicted in 1987 of two counts of kidnapping, sodomy, rape and robbery. He received a sentence of 20 years, of which he served 17. Then he was released into the public, until recently when he decided to commit yet another crime spree.

Metro police said Terry Banks randomly picked a residence on Heywood Avenue early Sunday morning, robbed the women inside the home and forced them to perform sex acts on each other. He then fled to a nearby home.

Family members of two of the victims have indicated that the victims were also physically assaulted, leaving them requiring hospitalization.

Since being labeled a 'lifetime registered offender', a status saved usually for the most high risk offenders, didn't deter him from committing another heinous crime- perhaps this time Kentucky can be nice enough to lock this monster up behind bars until he's dead.

What a busy little bee...

Or state I suppose.

Yesterday I commented that Tennessee is working on a new law that will require sex offenders to carry a special drivers license which will alert law enforcement officials to their registration status. Those sex offenders without a current license will be required to obtain a state identification card with the special identifying capabilities.

Now, it seems that the Governor has been busy signing yet another law- this time dealing directly with the registry itself.

Knoxville Senator Jamie Woodson says, "It's one thing to have an individual's name and home address, but when an abuser can go under the cloak of anonymity, approach a child, get to know that child, and gain some trust with that child it's very alarming."

That's why Senator Jamie Woodson says she decided to sponsor a bill requiring sex offenders to give the state their e-mail addresses and screen names. That information will be included on the registry beginning July 1. A local prosecutor says many sex offenders are already prohibited from the using the internet. For those who are allowed to go online, he says the new law may be less about crime prevention and more about increased punishment.

I don't mean to be pessimistic, but I'm really starting to believe that if parents are too lazy to actually check what their children are doing online- they likely aren't going to bother checking their children's online contacts' information with the registry. I mean think about it- if you're keeping an eye on your children's online activities then you'll already know who they are talking to, and what they are talking about.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for providing as much information as possible to the public. I just don't see this making any difference in the lives of those most at danger.

Consumed

By water changes, feeding times, and just hoping that this isn't the face of someone planning to eat us in our sleep. Especially after noticing that when I hand feed him- he tends to target my fingers rather than the food.



Back to crime blogging full time, the moment I decide whether or not this dangerous animal is likely to jump out of his tank and devour me in my sleep.

Let me see your license...

Licenses in Tennessee might be carrying a little more personal information than some people are used to if things go right.

The state of Tennessee is set to issue a new kind of driver's license that will have a special marking signifying that the carrier is a sex offender.

Video: Sex Offenders To Get Special Driver's Licenses

Some lawmakers said the idea is so simple that they don't know why they came up with the idea earlier. Police said the new license will go a long way toward protecting children.

Works for me.

Places to take your kids

Since summer is coming, and we all know that means that thousands of little ones will be stuck in the care of their idiot parents, I figured it was a good time to remind folks of places they shouldn't take their kids. Sadly, for Chuck Parker and Simone Stevens this post is a little to late to help them, but maybe they have some relatives out there, or friend or perfect strangers that have never even heard of them who just might stumble on the post and take two seconds to read this. Then, perhaps those new idiots will learn not to take their kids to certain places. I'd cross my fingers and say that perhaps these losers will decide not to go to these places themselves- but I really feel that would be pushing it pretty far, after all these are low life idiots we're talking about.

Place number one to not take your child to:

Your road trip to the local drug dealers house.

I shouldn't have to tell anyone the dangers of taking your kids on a drug run... but here it goes:

Police said a mother and father were arrested during a crack bust, and had their children with them in the car at the time of the bust.The two were among a handful of people arrested during an undercover drug bust over the weekend.In addition to drug charges, Chuck Parker and Simone Stevens face chares of endangering the welfare of a child.Police said the children, ages 5-years- and 3-months-old, were in the car when their parents conducted the alleged drug deal around 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
IQ tests for those who want to be parents?? Please? Cause I'm really starting to think it's about time we put a stop to the stupidity of folks who just breed for the fun of it, while having no intention of ever attempting to be anything that resembles a real parent.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Gaps in Offender Registry

Here's a new one for you.

Legislators make laws, then look confused when huge gapping loopholes in them cause problems.


Maryland law requires sex offenders convicted of offenses that occurred after September 1995 to register with the state. Also, offenders convicted of earlier crimes are required to register - if they were in prison or on probation in October 2001.

Toohey is among a small number of sex offenders who fit neither of those two descriptions. The manager of the state's sex offender registry said his case is troubling.

"Eventually the problem won't exist, as you move further and further away" from the 1995 cutoff date, said Elizabeth Bartholomew, the registry's manager. "But right now it does exist, and it's not a good loophole to have, and we would like to see it corrected. Individuals like Mr. Toohey have hurt a child and have been convicted, but, because of this loophole, get out of that particular part of his obligation. Even one person who gets out of it is probably too many."

While the amount of effected sex offenders that will be able to slide through this loophole is low, and continues to be lower as time passes, the problems it creates aren't getting smaller. Take for example the case of Jerome F. Toohey Jr.

A former Roman Catholic priest who was convicted in 2006 of sexually abusing a student at Calvert Hall College High School 20 years earlier will not be required to register as a child sex offender due to a loophole in state law, which legislators unsuccessfully sought to address this year.

Jerome F. Toohey Jr., who was permanently removed from the ministry this week, completed an 18-month jail sentence last year for abuse that had occurred in the late 1980s. He is not required to register because of the time lag between his offense and his conviction.
Toohey worked as a chaplain for nearly twenty years- from the 70's to the 90's.


He was stripped of his authority to function as a pastor in 1993 by the Baltimore Archdiocese after a former John Carroll student, Michael Goles, accused the priest of sexually abusing him in the 1980s after he had sought counseling. A lawsuit Goles filed in 1994 against Toohey was dismissed because state law requires that civil suits be filed within three years of an alleged incident.

Toohey pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court in November 2005 to abusing Thomas Roberts when the victim was attending Calvert Hall and went to the chaplain for counseling about his parents' divorce. Roberts went on to become an anchor at CNN Headline News.
Now, free with no restrictions that would have came with along with a requirement to register- he'll easily slip back into society, and likely into the vicinity of his next victim.

He's not the only repeat offender who will be prospering by this loophole. There is also Israel Shapiro:

A former teacher of bar mitzvah lessons who was active in Baltimore's Orthodox Jewish community could also be affected by the proposed change in law. Israel Shapiro, 58, received a suspended five-year prison term and five years of probation in March after having been accused of abusing two boys on separate occasions in September 1988 and June 1994.
Former students of Robert Merle Haines Jr came forward to report his abuse of them, and he was charged in 2005 with second-degree rape and four counts of third-degree sex offense and pled guilty in 2006 to one count of child sex abuse. Another victim had came forward prior to that indicating that he's also abused her during the 1983-1984 school year while he taught social studies at Boonsboro Middle School.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John P. Miller ordered Shapiro to undergo sex offender screening and treatment but said he would not have to register as a sex offender because the registry did not exist when the incidents occurred.
Personally, I'm still going back to the sentence which says that law makers attempted to fill the loophole with legislation but that it stalled on the finial day of the session. They could have fixed this... but didn't? Nice. Probably wasn't a big election year or something.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

America's Most Wanted 5-23-08

The following cases will be aired this Saturday, at 9 pm on your local Fox station:

John Walsh At Sprint All-Star NASCAR Race: John Walsh and the AMW crew headed down to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. recently to catch the Sprint NASCAR All-Star Race, and to catch up with some of racing's biggest stars, including Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne.

http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=2787

Esther Reed: After almost nine years on the run, an AMW tipster brought accused con artist Esther Reed's life as a fugitive to an end on Saturday night in suburban Chicago. Reed -- who police say stole identities and conned her way into the Ivy League -- faces 47 years in a federal lock-up and over $1 million in fines.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=42967

Stanek and Ayers: Officer Doug Stanek's dream was to become a police officer, but he couldn't because of his weight. Instead, he became a paramedic for five years. What he didn't know at the time was that after becoming a cop, the skills he learned as a paramedic would be the only things standing between his partner and death.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=45168

Aaron Garcia: Aaron Lopez Garcia's no stranger to Washington law enforcement. As a Norteño gang member, he racked up multiple charges ranging from rape to assault; when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, it seemed like the last anyone would hear from him for a while. But Garcia orchestrated a prison break and on November 29, 2006, he enlisted the help of fellow inmates to break out of the big house. While his cronies have all been captured, Garcia remains on the loose.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=45509

Dennis Lilly: The warden at the last prison where Dennis Lilly escaped called him "just a little rascal". Lilly has slithered his way out of four prisons and jails, and in his last escape from the Missouri State Penitentiary, he's been gone the longest: since 1986. But a sighting as recent as 2001 has authorities hoping this clever criminal can -- once again -- be put back behind bars.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51992

Thomas Gleason: BMX Racing and teenage boys are not a good combination for Tom Gleason: after years of coaching kids in the extreme sport, police say he went too far and victimized several members of his team. Now, he's racing to stay away from the cops and families aching for justice who want him caught.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51044

Leanna Warner: On Friday, July 8, 2005, police learned that Joseph Duncan, the man charged with kidnapping Dylan and Shasta Groene and murdering their family, wrote about missing 5-year-old Leanna Warner on his blog. Leanna has been missing since June 14, 2003. Investigators are looking into whether he might have had anything to do with her disappearance.

http://www.amw.com/missing_children/brief.cfm?id=25696



For more information on these and other cases, check out the AMW website- www.amw.com

Monday, May 19, 2008

Most are like him

Phillip Trembley would like you to believe that most sex offenders are like him. I'd like you to believe that too- so I don't have a disagreement with him in that area. But- when we get to defining him, then his opinion begins to clash a little with mine. Trembley served a few years in jail, and was sentenced to spend some time checking in with the police every so often as part of his registration as a sex offender.

Backing up a little, Trembleys comments come in response to a story by channel 49 news out of Topeka, KS. The article ponders over whether just a sexual offender registry list is enough, or if the state needs to follow the lead of others and adopt tougher laws- including residency restrictions.

People like Phillip Trembley are on the state's registered offenders list. He committed a sex crime.

"Did I touch her? Yes," he said.

The KBI's registered offender Web site includes photos, addresses and the types of crimes committed, but is keeping a list enough?

When Trembley looks out his front door he sees Scott Magnet School, less than 300 feet away. Some states restrict where registered offenders can live. Kansas does not.
Web-exclusive extended interview

When asked if she knew sex offenders in Kansas could live next door to a school Harmony Grubbs said "I did not realize that, no," adding "I think all states should get that law passed. "


First off, I understand that parents are busy people- I'm pretty busy myself. However, with the sex offender registry available online, it takes nothing more than a few minutes to look up your address, or the address of your child's school- or really any address for that matter- and check for any possible sex offenders living or working within that area. No parent has an excuse for not knowing when a sex offender lives nearby. And honestly, for the benefit of protecting their children, they ought to be making time to check that list out. Many states also offer a feature that will email alerts to your email address when a sex offender moves within a certain range of any address you provide. So- other than laziness, there is no reason to now know.

But, back to Trembley. When questioned about his conviction, he makes no attempt to downplay what he did. He does however make a very big attempt to downplay how society should see him now.

Trembley says there are some people who are habitual offenders, even predators who need to be separated from society or certainly watched closely, but most on the list, he says, are like him.

"I put out a fire once. That does not make me a fireman. I touched a young girl once. It does not make me a threat to society. I erred. I learned my lesson. I paid for my mistake," he said.


That there is the reasoning of a dangerous man. Downplaying the fact that he once molested a child by comparing it to putting out a fire is nothing more than a slap in the face. The child that he molested was his step daughter. She was 6. He had a role in her life that should have given her a feeling of wellbeing, of safety, or protection from the bad things. Instead, he became the very thing he was responsible for protecting her from.

People don't just wake up one day out of the blue and decide they are going to molest a child. It'd be like you waking up this morning and deciding that rather than making your kid breakfast, you're going to beat them to death. It's not going to happen with out some provoking circumstance. Hopefully, it's not going to ever happen at all- but you get my point.

You walk into a house and see a fire on the stove- a normal reaction it to put it out before the house burns down. That's normal. Nope, doesn't make you a fireman- but it makes you a person having a normal reaction to something dangerous. You walk into a room and see a child and molest that child- errr... not a normal reaction. Doing so makes you a child molester, a deviant, a danger to other children. Because you've chosen to commit a heinous crime, not put out a simple fire-- You've become the dangerous ingredient in a situation, you are the fire. And that makes the rest of us responsible for ensuring that you are put out before any more damage can be done.

He'll never get this, because he's already downplayed his role, justified to himself that he's really not all that bad. He molested a child, but he's not a child molester in his own mind. Even worse, he's already justified the crimes of most of the people on sex offender registries by saying that they are no worse than him, who he believes is just fine, and not a danger.

If your child was playing near a fire, you'd do all that you could to get that child away from there... it's what parents are suppose to do. But- we can't move a school every time a sex offender moves n next door. So, we do what we can to put up a barrier, and keep the fire away from the child. Trembley, and those like him- are the fire. And, we must work to keep them at a safe distance, or we'll be stuck cleaning up the mess after one of our children get burned.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Robert J. Ruthosky Jr. Likes Kids

As in having kids. With kids. For the second time in his 31 years, Robert J. Ruthosky Jr. is looking at jail time after conceiving a child with a minor.

Ruthosky, 31, of Glens Falls, is accused of fathering a child with the teen through a sexual relationship that began in 2004, when she was 16, said Washington County Sheriff's Investigator Bruce Hamilton. Ruthosky faces four felony charges of third-degree rape and three felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, as well as a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The first time, the girl in the case was just 14.
Ruthosky is a registered sex offender because of a 1994 conviction for third-degree rape in Washington County Court that came after he impregnated a 14-year-old girl.

Since then, he has been arrested at least four times on charges he failed to properly register as a sex offender when he moved, the most recent arrest coming in February when he moved to a home in Glens Falls without making proper notification to police or state officials.

He might have gotten away with it the second time, if not for the fact that he demanded a DNA test on the baby in order to prove it was indeed his child.
The allegations came to light when the young woman sought child support from Ruthosky in Family Court, and Ruthosky sought a DNA test to determine whether he was the father, officials said. The test showed he was the father, and based on the child's age, authorities determined the child had been conceived before the mother's 17th birthday, according to authorities.


Now, he might be able to avoid making some child support payments- but it's going to cost him a possible sentence of 25-years-to-life in prison.

Timothy Schlafer stays in jail

I've mentioned 18 year old Timothy Christian Schlafer before. Schalfer was arrested after police say he attempted to kidnap an 11 year old girl while she was sleeping in her home.

After a hearing, it's been determined that this little monster will be remaining in jail, at least for now, as he was ordered to be held without bond.

A few more details on the case against him:

Police said Schlafer had a large kitchen knife when he snatched the Coral Springs girl from her bed as she slept early Wednesday.

He was about to carry her outside when the girl's grandmother woke up, police said.

"Put my granddaughter down!" the woman shouted at the intruder.

He set the girl on the floor, rubbed her stomach and, leaving the knife on a staircase, ran out of the house near the 8700 block of Northwest 40th Street, police said.

The grandmother and the girl ran upstairs and the woman called 911. The girl, 11, was not hurt. She and her grandmother told police they had never seen the man before.

Moments later, officers found and arrested Schlafer at an abandoned golf course nearby. His pants were unbuttoned and partially unzipped and he had a condom in one of his pockets, according to an arrest report.


His lawyer voiced a crazy opinion that because this almost kidnapper and God knows what else 18 year old high school senior was a honor student, he deserved bond. And he even tossed the fact that Schlafer had a scholarship to Florida Atlantic University in there as an extra bit of evidence. Thankfully, the judge seen Schlafer for the danger he is, and gave this response:
"Based on the safety of the community and the safety of the child, we are placing him without bond," Seidman said.

Investigators also believe that he may have been involved in at least one other break in which happened the same night, although they are still investigating.
Police ask that anyone who has noticed any other suspicious incidents in the neighborhood or who may have additional information contact Detective Kim Eveker at 954-346-1388.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Dawson F. Shot With Two Arrows Jr

No, he wasn't actually shot with two arrows- that's evidently his last name. But- his crimes make him a perfect candidate for someone who should be shot with two arrows.

Dawson F. Shot With Two Arrows Jr., 27, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to a grand jury indictment charging him with kidnapping, attempted aggravated sexual abuse, robbery, first-degree burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he is accused of entering the victim’s Todd County home early on the morning of March 10, attempting to sexually assault her by use of force and threat, assaulting her with a knife, and then abducting her in her own car.

Prosecutors say Shot With Two Arrows threatened the lives of the victim’s boyfriend and children.


More...

Eugene Hammond at it again

Just like in the previous post, what we have here is a sex offender who didn't learn anything the first time he was convicted, and who likely won't be any different this time either.

A convicted sex offender, who admitted to fondling an 8-year-old girl while working as a monitor on a Faith Baptist Church bus, was sentenced Thursday to serve at least 13 years in prison.

Eugene Hammond, 59, formerly of 10 Burke St., Nashua, had been jailed since his arrest in October.

On Thursday, Hammond pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious sexual assault, and one count of possession of child pornography.

The charges all are class B felonies, but Hammond faced more than the usual 3-1/2 to seven-year maximum sentence because of the girl's age and his prior record, Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said.

Hammond previously was convicted of at least three previous sexual assaults against children in Florida and Pennsylvania, in 1973, 1979 and 1987, LaFrance said.


Well, at least we might be safe from him for the next 13 years... or until he gets early release, parole or whatever new and improved method they think up that will allow them to release this monster back onto our streets again.

Gerard Schlaiss gets deja vu

Gerard Schlaiss must be experiencing deja vu, well either that or he is still the deviant predator he was two decades ago. For the sake of honesty- I'm going to say that a leopard can't change his spots, and Schlaiss is what he is, and what he has always been.

According to prosecutors, Schlaiss molested a mentally disabled girl who lived in his apartment complex over a three-year period leading up to his arrest in September.

In 1989, Schlaiss was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Lake County, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry Web site. He was 33 years old at the time of the abuse.


Just another instance proving that sex offenders don't stop.

Robert A. Smith goes to pubs...

...and evidently likes to do illegal things while he's there.

Police say that the 53-year-old registered sex offender Robert Smith was at a pub in Belleville when he put his hands up the skirt of a 12 year old girl. Others at the pub noticed and informed a bartender who kicked Smith out before police were contacted.

According to a press release, police were able to locate Smith because witnesses knew he was a painter from Tennessee, and that he was staying at a nearby hotel.

Smith has been arrested for sexual-based crimes "several" times in Tennessee, where he is a registered sex offender, according to a police statement. He did not register once he relocated to Belleville.


I'm amazed that those who witnessed this encounter stopped to tell the bartender, rather than actually physically stepping in and stopping Smith themselves.

Jared Harris Update

I've talked about Jared Harris before, but for those of you who have forgotten- he's the young man who artfully covered the forehead of Anthony Stockelman (child molester and killer of Katie Collman) in a simple, yet insightful tattoo that read "Katie's Revenge". Jared was Katie's older cousin, and had been doing time in Wabash Correctional Facility for petty charges.

After the news of the tattoo was out in the media, Jared was charged for it. His court date has been postponed and postponed almost endlessly since 2006. Now, the latest news is that the charges against him have been dropped:

An inmate at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility will not go to trial for tattooing another inmate's forehead.

[...]

Stockelman is now refusing to testify against Harris, so the case isn't moving forward.


Now, normally I believe that those who commit a crime are deserving of being punished for it. But- given the special circumstances in this case, I've had a personally difficult time believing that justice would be served by punishing Jared any more than he already has been. And, therefore- I'm delighted at this new turn of events.

Effingham not happy...

I told you about Effingham, the place named in honor of it's incompetent law enforcement agency. Folks there were rightly unhappy with the fact that a Deputy there was giving some lovin to a convicted child molester by way of not only defending said scum bag, but testifying on his behalf. In a warm and fuzzy display of BFF, Effingham County Chief Deputy took the stand on his buddy the child molesters behalf- saying he was just too shy to attend required group sex offender meetings, and that special rules should be made for him. Nice. Of course, when called out about testifying, Bush defended his actions by saying something all sweet about how just cause Kenneth Brown was a child molester didn't mean that we should lock them up.... cause we need to get to know them for the person they are. Right. One has to really sit back and wonder if Bush would be taking the very same stand had the victim been HIS child.

Today's new news on Effingham has some local residents in a mood over the entire situation, as they rightly should be.

Neighbors were upset that a uniformed deputy would speak on behalf of Brown who was convicted of child molestation back in 2005.

In a 3 On Your Side follow up NEWS 3'S Tristan Tully spoke to more concerned neighbors, this time from parents who are upset that Kenneth Brown had attended church close to them, without their knowledge.

The story has some quotes from residents, which thankfully seem to run opposite of the over loving comments handed out by local law enforcement. At least now we know that someone in that area has brains, even if it's not the deputy, or his boss.

Just a little reminder on some of those stats handing out to explain how likely it is that Brown will once again victimize someone.


Updated.


The documents we obtained showed that Brown entered into a plea agreement reducing his original charge of aggravated child molestation to child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Brown was sentenced to ten years probation, and at least 210 days. He entered into his plea agreement on December 8, 2005 and was released on August 21, 2006, serving 8 months in the detention center.

The records also show that the victim’s family did not press charges.


Note: it's rare in a case of sexual misconduct that a victims family would be the deciding factor in whether charges are pressed or not. So, I find that point mute. And the rest just proves that he's a sick individual.

Jason A. Williams ges to jail....

... for a very long time.

A man convicted of raping and beating an elderly woman is going to prison for at least the next 3 decades.

Douglas County District Court judge Michael Coffey this morning sentenced Jason A. Williams to a minimum of 54 years...and a maximum sentence of 61 years.


His victim was an 83 year old mother who died a year later. At this point- I believe that jail is just to good for him.

Stoning anyone?

Ted Jensen cries

Ted Jensen thinks things are unfair. Not all things-after all the convicted sex offender had no issues at all when it came to the 'fairness' of him molesting a child, for which he was convicted of one count of vicarious sexual gratification and one count of child molesting and spent a few years in jail, and a few years on probation. Nope, he had no qualms about the fairness, or lack of, when it comes to his own actions.

And, Richard Wallace, who plead guilty in 1989 to child molesting clearly didn't stop to ponder the fairness of his crime on behalf of the victim.

Now, years later- fairness seems to be top dog in their list of things to start bitching about, and their lawyer is pleading their cries of 'this ain't fair' all the way up the courthouse steps.

A man convicted of sex crimes against a child is challenging the constitutionality of a state statute that retroactively broadened a law regarding Indiana's sex offender registry.

[...]

Attorneys for Jensen and Richard Wallace, who pleaded guilty in 1989 to child molesting, argued before the state Supreme Court on Thursday that legislators violated the Indiana Constitution when they passed the law.


I find it less than amusing, and more than annoying that someone who clearly didn't care about the 'fairness' of their crimes, or the very fact that they were violating a law when they molested a child, suddenly now have popped in with lawyers who want to talk about how a law enacted to protect the innocent people from being victimized is a violation of anything.

These men violated the law that instructed them NOT to molest a child. They violated the child they hurt in a very personal and heinous way, but now- now they want to tell the state that they can't make laws which would help reduce the risk of these same perverts from violating the first law again?

Sorry, I think they might have lost their right to complain about things the moment they opted to hurt a child.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

America's Most Wanted, Celebration Edition

This is a very special week, not only for America's Most Wanted but for the millions of people who have tuned in every week, and the thousands of victims who have been helped by having their case featured on the program. Capturing 1000 bad guys is a great milestone, and something we all should be proud of. Since AMW will be featuring that capture this Saturday at 9pm, make sure your TV is set to your local Fox station, where you'll be able to join in the celebration.

Now, onto this weeks highlighted cases, that will be aired during the special episode:


Dwight Smith/1000th Capture: After 21 seasons of television crime fighting, America's Most Wanted has announced that accused killer Dwight Smith -- a NYC real estate agent who cops say killed his friend over a deal -- has become the show's 1,000th direct result capture.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=52753

Paul Eischeid: The A.T.F. and police in Tempe, Ariz. have charged outlaw biker Paul Eischeid with an act of savagery in the desert. He's one of the U.S. Marshals' Top 15, and John Walsh has added him to his Dirty Dozen list -- the notorious group of fugitives he wants to see taken off the streets the most.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=27946

David James Roberts: When AMW aired for the first time in 1988 no one was sure if it would work. The very first fugitive was a big fish -- one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted. He turned out be one of the easiest captures.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=23352

Nick Corozzo: Little Nicky Corozzo was arguably the Gambino crime family's most powerful chieftain -- and perhaps its craftiest. Cops say Corozzo is responsible for at least two murders, as well as extortion schemes, money laundering and illegal gambling operations. But when a phalanx of law enforcement officers converged on dozens of accused mobsters' homes in February 2008, the most coveted target was the one who got away.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=54584

John List: John Emil List, one of the most famous captures in the history of America's Most Wanted, made headlines in 1971 when he brutally and methodically murdered five of his family members. List's 17-year run from the law run ended on June 1, 1989 when he became AMW's 50th direct-result capture; he died on March 21, 2008 at a hospital in New Jersey.

http://www.amw.com/captures/brief.cfm?id=55625

Tempe Bank Heist: It sounds like a scene from a Hollywood movie: three savvy bank robbers scheme to hold a bank manager and his wife hostage the night before their big heist. The FBI says the men responsible for the biggest bank robbery payday in Arizona history not only terrorized one Tempe area couple, they tried and failed to do the same thing to a family the night before in Chandler. Now, a manhunt is underway for the cash-rich culprits who got away with nearly $400,000.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51837

Devon Russell: Smuggling of drugs, weapons and illegal aliens is big business along the U.S. shores. In South Florida, federal, state and local law enforcement are taking on smugglers, and their fight is serious business. Since 2005, more than 30 innocent men and women have died at sea near Florida's coastline as a result of smuggling. Cops are searching for a key player in the ring, Devon Russell.

http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=55506

Jeffrey Stone: Police say on March 24, 2008, 15-year-old Jeffrey Stone left his home on foot and vanished. He was last seen leaving his home on Littleton Cutoff Road in Attalla, Ala.

http://www.amw.com/missing_children/brief.cfm?id=54436

All-Star Update: The votes are in, and America has chosen Martin Lawing, a Burke County, N.C. Sheriff's Deputy, as the winner of the fourth-annual 2008 America's Most Wanted All-Star Contest. Deputy Lawing displayed tremendous courage and unrivaled heroism while deployed as part of a SWAT team to an incident in which he was shot and seriously wounded.

http://www.amw.com/features/feature_story_detail.cfm?id=2740

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

And then I realised why Effingham was so properly named...

There's a town called Effingham. I couldn't imagine why on earth any town would want to be called anything that resembles 'effing'- seeing how so many people use that term in short for 'fucking'. And then I read the story about the Sheriff's deputy. And it hit me right then and there- they call it Effingham to warn the rest of us just how fucking screwed up their law enforcement is there.

At this moment I wish to remind readers that 99 times out of 100 I love, adore and respect law enforcement officials, and I find disrespect of them completely unacceptable- accept when they flat out deserve it. And this time around, I don't even have to hesitate prior to calling *someone* in this story a effingham (ie, fucking *pig).

Here's the quote that takes the cake on the list of worst quotes ever from people in uniform:

Chief Deputy Bush says Brown has been seeking help but the group setting was tearing him apart, "I mean, he's gone through enough and he don't need to be you know, having suicidal thoughts like he has been an our job is not to knock somebody where they're down but to lift them up and make them a better person"

And Bush says he would do the same thing no matter who the person was, "Just because they are a convicted child molester, does that mean that we put them in jail, and throw away the key, and, um, never realize who they are as a person? I mean, they're people and if they can be helped then I think it's our job to see that we help them."


The issue at hand is that Deputy Effingham Bush was making this statement about a child molester, in defense of his testifying on behalf of sad sick individual.

News 3 has recently received many phone calls and emails from our viewers about Effingham County's Chief Deputy Richard Bush in court in support of convicted child molester Kenneth Brown.

Brown was convicted of child molestation on December 8th of 2005.

NEWS 3's Tristan Tully sat down with Chief Deputy Bush to find out what exactly he was doing taking the stand on behalf of a registered sex offender and child molester.

Chief Deputy Richard Bush, Effingham County:
"All I was asking for was to reduce the group therapy to a one-on-one counsel with an individual. That's it."

Effingham County's Chief Deputy Richard Bush says that the group therapy Kenneth Brown has been going through wasn't working, "I'm seeing what it's doing to Kenny as far as going to the group counseling, it's not helping him. Um, there... He's just not getting anything out of the counseling because he don't open up. He's a shy and timid type of person."


He's shy? OMFG! I mean, really? Shy? Cause clearly he wasn't too shy to sexually abuse a child. And he wasn't to shy to ask a deputy to come testify in his behalf. Honey, this isn't a sex offender being shy- this is a sex offender wanting 'special' rules made up for him, and wanting to be able to play the game the way he sees fit. But- it's refreshing to know that Effingham has such a great law enforcement team that they willingly cater to his needs. Perhaps next time he feels like fondling a child- they can help provide him with one, since they seem willing to do anything for him as it is.

And, lets get back this little quote from Bush- "Just because they are a convicted child molester, does that mean that we put them in jail, and throw away the key, and, um, never realize who they are as a person?" I'm glad he had the forethought to ask that. Because I'd love to answer that for him. YES! Yes it fucking does dumbass. A child molester is more likely to reoffend than a murderer. Sexual predators are who they are- their crimes, and the motivating factors in their crimes are part of their personality, part of their inner self. There's no dissecting the child molester from the man- he is what he is. And the ONLY way to stop him from acting out on that deviance he's got in his head is to lock him up and throw away the key.

I'd like to tell you that that's the entire maddening story, but it isn't. Evidently when the local news reported on the testimony given in defense of the child molester- people in the area were unhappy about it, and posted comments in reaction to the news article. The reporters were nice enough to take these comments to the Chief, who by the way is defending child molester loving deputy Bush. Chief of Effingham gave a upstanding, superb reaction- completely fitting of the department which endorses screwing victims and supporting sexual deviants:
His response, "We call that the weasel list because those people on there don't have enough guts to face anybody face to face, they'd rather put it on there and put in their own twist. You know, I'm going to tell you the facts and that's going to be the truth."


Oh yeah. The confusion on the town's name is ALL cleared up for me now. Effingham- home of fucking *pigs.

(*term used to describe the selfish selfrightous attitude of these folks, and any pun that could be made in reference to them being police is unintended. Sort of.)

Thomas Brownlee

Thomas Brownlee likes to drink. And evidently he likes to drink so much, he feels it's okay to show up to work drunk. Thankfully, he doesn't have a very important job, so he didn't think tipping a few glasses of his favorite alcoholic beverage before popping in to work was anything to think twice about.

Oddly enough, his employers don't seem to see things the same way- and had the drunk arrested, after another employee and a few students complained. Yep, I said students. Cause Brownlee's job that he showed up to with "slurred speech, breath smelling of an alcoholic beverage and bloodshot eyes" was as a substitute teacher for Richardson school district in Texas.

A substitute middle school teacher suspected of being drunk in class was too intoxicated to complete a sobriety test and was arrested, authorities said.

Thomas Brownlee, 56, was in a classroom Tuesday with students and another staff member for about 20 minutes, Richardson school district spokesman Tim Clark said. Another teacher suspected Brownlee was drunk and told a campus police officer.

No wonder DHS has such problems...

Everyone can recall at least one case in recent history where a child protective service case worker dropped the ball (or never bothered to pick up to start with) which resulted in injury or death of the child they are charged with protecting. We can find cases of overzealous case workers who seem to follow a set of rules that entices them to take kids first, ask questions last.

We've all questioned just what sort of people these agencies are hiring- especially after reading one case or another than seems to have neon flashing lights pointing out that the system we entrust to protect our most valuable assets - our children- is failed. After reading a case Washington about a child services case worker who is currently facing criminal charges, I'm afraid that any hopes I'd had for improvements to the system are doomed.

A former Washington state social worker has been accused of faking brain cancer to avoid work.

Theft charges were filed Tuesday against 40-year-old Sandra Dee Martinez, formerly of Mountlake Terrace, who was employed by the Department of Social and Health Services in Arlington.

According to investigators, Martinez presented fake letters that appeared to be from doctors saying she had malignant brain tumors. Prosecutors wrote that she received $21,000 worth of paid leave and took advantage of sick days donated by co-workers last year.


Great. $21,000 that could have went to employing someone who cared enough about their responsibility to protect children to not fake an illness. $21, 000 that could have been used to increase awareness and maybe actually save a child. All wasted on a worthless deadbeat case worker.

I know that we do have GREAT child services workers out there, doing above and beyond the scope of their employment, struggling every day to provide the needed assistance to countless children under their watch. And those people can not be thanked enough, as they do one of the most important jobs ever, and they do it very well. But all the good they do is constantly undermined by folks like Martinez, who are clearly there (or faking illness so they don't have to be there) for the paycheck it earns them, and not for the goal of keeping children out of harms way.

Timothy Christian Schlafer

Eighteen year old Timothy Christian Schlafer has landed himself in a bit of trouble after attempting to kidnap an 11 year old girl from her bed as she slept in her home in Florida.

According to police, Schlafer broke into a home in the 8700 block of Northwest 40th Street early Wednesday morning. Police said Schlafer was carrying the girl down the stairs toward the front door when the victim's grandmother woke up and yelled at him to put her down.


Perhaps he should consider changing his MySpace status from mischievous to 'locked up'.

A HUGE Welcome

Sometimes, we need a little sweetness to balance out all the evil posted here. And, tonight- I've got all the sweetness one could ever need.

John, from Stop the ACLU has the best of news- he's a VERY VERY proud daddy now. I couldn't be happier for him, and seriously- other than my own- I don't think I've seen a cuter baby.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

BillBoards

The Department of Health of Miss, is requesting more funding for more bill boards.

DHS said the big signs are supposed to act as red flags to raise awareness of sex crimes against children.

They believe displaying the mugshots of convicted sex offenders sends a warning to offenders.


Seriously love the idea. And while at this time, the cost is covered by a fee on birth certificates, there is nothing saying that other people couldn't donate some funds too.

County Health Department Region Office
2423 N State St
Jackson, MS 39216
(800) 844-5406

Tammy Chmela goes on a field trip

For most parents, attending a school field trip wouldn't be a be deal. For Tammy Chmela, it is. During a recent school trip in which her child road the bus to the destination, Chmela showed up in her own vehicle. The problem is that Chmela is a registered sexual offender.

Sheriff said the woman, Tammy Chmela, 38, did not have the needed permission to attend the event and that a principal spoke with her about it after the fact.

Chmela admitted to having sex with two teenage males in 2004. She was sentenced to five years probation in the case.

"She has to have approval of an administrative officer of the school district to be there," Sheriff said.

Sheriff said authorities told him there was no violation of the law and no legal action is expected to be taken. When asked if this were a case of a procedure "falling through the cracks," Sheriff said, "It's unfortunate, but what I can ascertain, that's the way I would describe it."

[...]

"Any individual who has children here has to seek permission to be here," Sheriff said. "The offenders normally know the law. The individuals we meet with here are very good about seeking permission to come on campus. We outline our procedures and protocol. There are things we are less likely to give permission for."


Continue reading...

Mesa Serial Predator

Police in Mesa Az held a press conference regarding investigations into what they believe is a serial predator.

During a press conference in Mesa, investigators said they used DNA evidence gathered from the three Mesa crimes and connected a fourth crime in Phoenix that happened in November 2007.


They've offered the following description:

Investigators are looking for a suspect described as an Asian male between 25 and 35 years old with a medium build. He is described as neat and clean shaven with short black hair, English speaking, possibly with a scar beneath his left eye.

VIDEO: DNA testing backlog
VIDEO: Serial attacker
VIDEO: On the loose
UNCUT: Complete press conference
RAW: Phoenix Police describe latest linked attack
RAW: Mesa Police give suspect description

Monday, May 12, 2008

Selling your home?

I've mentioned before the case of a neighborhood in which a sex offender lives, and how others believe that his presence has lowered the value of their home. They've attempted to get their property taxes lowered based on the fact that the value of their house has declined.

I've even discussed a case with a friend where a group of neighbors have opted to sue their neighbor who is currently allowing a sex offender to live with them, because his presence has made it harder to sell homes in the family oriented neighborhood.

Some people will argue that having a sex offender move in next door doesn't effect the value of your home. That they've served their time and should be welcomed back into society- even if their new home sits in the middle of the homes of a dozen kids.

Well, now when you hear how these sex offenders don't effect anything- you can say bullshit.

One study found that a sex offender within one-tenth of a mile of your home makes your house sell for about 17% less than comparable homes without a sex offender in the neighborhood. If a sex offender is within two-tenths or three-tenths of a mile from your home, expect a 9% to 10% lower sales price. A separate study found that homes within one-tenth of a mile of a sex offender only sold for 4% less than comparable homes.

Daniel Callan, Teacher, Mentor, Child Molester

Daniel Callan, 25 must have thought he'd landed in heaven. He was a teacher- giving him unlimited access to children, and then he signed up to be a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters- for which he volunteered for as a mentor for four months.

Police say Callan sexually abused one of his fifth-grade students at Appleton's St. Bernadette Elementary School.

The student, a 10-year-old boy, reported Daniel Callan, 25, of Menasha. Callan is charged with two counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree sexual assault and causing a child to view sexual activity, stemming from alleged incidents on April 1 and May 5.

He is due to appear Wednesday in Outagamie County Circuit Court.

Statements made in court have indicated Callan does not have a record.

Tracey Jenks, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said Friday that Callan was matched with a child as a volunteer mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters from Nov. 29, 2005, to March 14, 2006.


Honestly, I'd have to say that children are likely better off with no mentor at all, than with a mentor like Callan. This clearly proves that we need to start looking closer at both our hired teachers, and those that volunteer with our children.

Can You Think of a Better Kid Magnet, If You Were a Sex Offender?

That's the question of the moment for a Florida prosecutor, responding to some state and local governments lean towards banning sexual offenders from driving Ice Cream Trucks.

California, Massachusetts and In Rapid City, S.D either have or are reviewing the prospect of creating laws that would bar sex offenders from operating ice cream trucks.

fforts to keep predators out of ice cream trucks gained momentum in 2004, when Eduardo Grau of Troy, N.Y., 56, was arrested after police said he offered rides in his ice cream truck to children and abused a 9-year-old girl.

The case spurred the 2005 New York state law. Grau eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse in 2006, according to District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis. Since then, cities including San Antonio and Tucson have passed similar measures. New York appears to have the only statewide restriction, said Sarah Hammond of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Florida Assistant State Attorney Harmon Massey prosecuted a 2005 case involving the driver of an ice cream truck who was eventually convicted of battery against a teenager.


I suppose that Ice Cream vendor is sort the summer time version of working as a Santa Claus to sexual predators- menial jobs that provide them with the perfect opportunity to interact with children under the guise of having a legit reason to be doing so.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Crappy Mothers Day

While I would gladly wish all my readers a very Happy Mothers Day, it wouldn't be right to overlook the crappy moms out there. So, here's my list of Mothers- to whom I wish a crappy Mother's Day, and a long jail sentence.

Sherrie Tomlinson should have been home taking care of the children who she brought into this world. Instead, police say that she opted to go gambling.

Siloam Springs police officer Mike Efram was dispatched at 7: 17 p.m. Sunday to West Alpine Circle on a welfare check, according to court documents.

Efram noticed a small child entering the residence as he pulled into the driveway; another child was looking out the front window, according to an affidavit in the case.

The officer learned that a 9-year-old boy was the child entering the residence, and his 2-year-old sister was looking out the window, according to court documents.

The officer asked the boy if anyone was at home with them, and the boy replied," No, I am watching sis while my mom is playing her Free 5 at the casino."


Mother Jaweed (first name not found) was arrested along with her husband and their eldest child on charges of domestic aggravated child abuse and counts of domestic false imprisonment after they held their younger children in their home against their will. Police had received a call about 'possible abuse' at the home. The investigation continues.

And then, there is Alicia Carranza, 23. Police began searching for her before they even knew who she was. The investigation that lead to her arrest began when a infant was found dead in a dryer at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
San Antonio's news station KSAT reported the body was discovered by residents of the facility when they pulled damp, bloody sheets and towels out of the dryer. They found the dead infant wrapped in the linens.

Initial investigations led to Alicia Carranza, 23, who is being treated at the Victory Home facility.

She admitted to suffocating the baby after giving birth. She has been charged with capitol murder and will be taken to jail upon her release from the hospital, where she is healing from the birthing.

Pregnant women are not allowed at Victory Home.


Laverne Vaughn evidently wanted to set an example for her 20 something son- so the two began attempting to peddle a 14 year old girl for sex.
Lavon Carter Jr., 20, and his 36-year-old mother, Laverne Vaughn, are accused of peddling a 14-year-old girl for sex, both on the streets and on the Web site Craigslist.

Both suspects are being held in Sacramento County Jail awaiting a May 27 status conference before U.S. District Judge Frank C Damrell Jr., officials said.

Carter was arrested in Vallejo on Feb. 8, two weeks after a complaint about his illegal activities was filed, reported the case's prosecutor, Kenneth Melikian.

A complaint was filed against Vaughn on April 17, and she was subsequently arrested, Melikian said.

Vaughn is being charged with aiding and abetting her son's illegal activities for allegedly driving the girl to work the streets when her son was busy and letting Carter use her computer to post ads selling the girl for sex, officials said.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Crime Junkies...

If you look down at my Recommended Crime Blogs links, you'll see a new one added- it's Crime Junkies. The name pretty much says it all, so be sure to click over and check it out.

Michael Carl Felice gets bond

Few people seem happy that alleged serial molester Michael Carl Felice, who was arrested and charged with multiple counts of molestation of a juvenile, sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile, is out on bond. Even worse is that victims were not given proper notification that he was released.

Concerned Citizen Trinity Thomas says, "Oh, I'm extremely worried. It scares the heck out of me." Concerned citizen Rhonda Newman lives near where Felice is staying at 228 Clifford Felice Road. "I woke up this morning and looked out my door and he's standing in his front yard looking across the street and things like that and I was terrified because I know what he went to jail for, and I don't want my daughter around that. I sent her out to the school bus this morning not knowing that he was out of jail."

These concerned mothers say Felice was let out of jail on bond without any notice at all to the victims. And they think that's unfair. Says Newman, "He's been in jail for really bad things, he does bad things to children." Adds Thomas, "I'm concerned that he's going to get his hands on another child."


The trial isn't slated to begin until November, so until then I suppose we can only hope that residents and children can manage to avoid him like the plague.

Michael Lee McBeth goes online, then goes to jail

Michael Lee McBeth isn't just lacking patience, he's also lacking that little bit of brain cells which prevent people from being sickos. Police say that McBeth has been arrested after having sexually explicit conversations with an undercover officer who he believed was just 12 years old.

According to a press release from Attorney General Tom Corbett, McBeth allegedly used a chat room to approach an undercover agent who was using the online profile of a 12-year-old girl. Almost immediately, Corbett said, McBeth asked the girl, "would you let a guy see you nude?"

A criminal complaint also states that McBeth sent the undercover agent a sexually explicit photograph and engaged in sexually graphic discussion, detailing what he was interested in.


Almost immediately, huh? Bet his momma is proud.

Sex Offender

More proof that unlike domesticated animals- wild animals can't really be trained to behave.

A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday on charges that he tried raping his 82-year-old neighbor last month.

Police say 49-year-old Joseph Von Britton broke into the woman's home on Middletown Avenue before dawn on April 27 and covered her face with a pillow and blanket, police said. DNA evidence left at the scene lead investigators Von Britton, police said.

He is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and first-degree burglary.


Here's an idea.... STOP LETTING THEM OUT OF JAIL.

Seriously, how hard is that concept, and why can't law makers grasp it?