Friday, July 18, 2008

Sex offenders living with children?! This reporter doesn't think it is dangerous!

The Ohio House of Representatives has recently passed legislation that makes it a case of neglect if a parent allows a sex offender to reside in the same home as children. This legislation needs to be passed by the Senate before it can become law.

A reporter (Margo Pierce) for a Cincinnatti based newspaper (City Beat) was interviewing a woman (Jackie Sparling)who is a high ranking member of SoClear Media about the effects this law would have on sex offenders.

If you haven't heard before, SoClear Media is a radical group of sex offenders who will do anything to abolish the sex offender registry and other legislation dealing with sex offenders.

I offered Margo Pierce Women Against Sexual Predators opinion of the legislation so that she could have both side of the story for her article.

Margo Pierce intentionally misconstrued what WASP said to fit her own agenda- to defend sex offender rights.

here is my original letter to Margo:

Dear Margo,
I have been informed that you will be interviewing Jackie Sparling concerning HB111. I am sure you would understand my concern about you running a story about sex offenders living with children, and you only print the sex offenders side of the story. I would be willing to give WASP's opinion of the legislation, and even contact information for the parent who asked Rep. Collier to bring this legislation forward.

Tracy Golden
Ohio Chapter

Her reply was this:

Dear Ms. Golden,
Thank you for your interest in my upcoming article. If you've read any of my work you know that I frequently review and analyze state legislation. I have some experience in this area and do not spare poorly written laws criticism, not matter how they are cloaked – helping the elderly, protecting children, saving jobs. Thoughtful analysis that attempts to extrapolate potential consequences (intended or otherwise) and the legality of the action are my primary goals.
Please do not make the mistaken and simplistic assumption that if I do not agree with the way a law is written that I support the opposing view (e.g. if I find this legislation lacking then I support allowing all sexual predators to roam free and victimize whomever they choose). I support good public policy that is able to accomplish what is is designed to do and call law makes to task on sloppy, inn-conceived work.If you could take some time to respond to a few questions that would be helpful. I can't make any guarantees about how much, if any, of your responses will be included simply because my word count is only 675 and my editor has final say.My deadline is Friday, so I will need to you're your responses by noon tomorrow. If I don't hear from you I'll presume you aren't interested,
Best regards,
Margo Pierce

Her Questions: My answers in purple

How does this law make children any safer when child welfare agencies already have extensive rights to investigate even a hint of abuse and all of the people in any household where an accusation is made?

As everyone already knows, Child Welfare Agencies consistantly are poorly ran. Everytime I hear from a family who is having problems getting thier childs sexual abuser prosecuted is due to the lack of help and actual hinderance from Children Services. Unless there is DNA left in the child, many times they refuse to prosecute because they refuse to take the words of a child as true.
This law will make children safer because it will do what some parents lack to do, which is use common sense. You do not place your children in a home with a convicted felon who has a propensity to sexually abuse. We all know the staggering statistic that the over 90% of victims know thier attacker. It would be foolish to assume that this is not occuring in thier home.
In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.
Of these, 75% were girls.
Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
34.2% of attackers were family members.
58.7% were acquaintances.
Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.

The language for HB111 does not include any language that protects parents who are unaware of a former conviction in their guest's past – if the person lies, is not registered and therefore not on any list, etc. – so what recourse will these parents have to get their children back? What is going to be done to prevent the unnecessary trauma children will face being wrongly separated from their families?

Parents will have to prove to children services that they are no longer neglectful IE: remove the offender from the home.

They will not be wrongly seperated from thier families. They will be seperated for thier own protection until the sexual offender is removed from the home. You do not leave the fox in the chicken coop and hope that he leaves. First you protect the chickens, then remove the fox.

Your own analysis of this bill makes it clear that you expect many children to be removed form their homes. Why is there no funding included to pay for the added burden this will place on the already under-funded child welfare system?

I don't know if there will be a significant number of children affected due to the fact that most sex offenders are "loners" after release.
I did not write the legislation, so I don't know. This bill was mirrored after one in Florida.

As I'm sure you know, up to 95 percent of the victims of sexual abuse know their attackers – a parents, sibling, aunt, uncle, coach, teacher. If incest is identified and reported, the families will never be allowed to reunite and heal under the threat of minor children being taken away when parents are charged with neglect. How does this help the child?

Are you serious? Most children do not want to "reunite" with someone who has raped or molested them. The farther away from thier abuser they are , the more safe they feel. If the childs parents still want to hang out with Uncle Joe who raped thier little girl, then they can go to his house and visit him, and leave thier child with a babysitter.

The goal of the child welfare system is to reunite families whenever possible – to help create healthy family environments – but this legislation will eliminate that possibility because any placement of the child back in the home will result in another charge of neglect if the offender is in the family. How can HB 111 be a protection for children when you eliminate the possibility of returning to their biological families?

The possibility is not eliminated. The child can return home when it is offender free. The child cannot LIVE with a sex offender. If the family really felt that the offender was an important member of thier family, they would visit them. This law is not about keeping children out of the presence of all sex offenders ~ it is about keeping KNOWN sexual abusers out of the homes with children. A child cannot dictate who they live with, but this law will at least keep sexual abusers out of thier homes. A child has a right to not be FORCED to live with thier abuser.

It is impossible to prevent a crime – if another person wants to commit a crime, they are going to do it. The most anyone can do is practice personal safety – if protecting children is what you want to do then why is there no provision for educating the public about how to practice personal safety related to sexual assault and identify the behaviors in children that are hiding the fact that they are being hurt? (When a child's parent is threatened by her attacker, the child does not tell so how is a parent.)

I'm sure you have heard , but the Gov. has decided to cut funding in those areas. I would love to see some type of legislation that makes this mandatory in schools.

I do not see any language in the bill that addresses false accusation – how is a family or parent supposed to defend themselves against this open-ended language and vindictiveness of others? Say an ex-husband doesn't like the man his ex-wife marries, so he makes an unfounded accusation that subjects the children and the family to an unnecessary invasion of their privacy. (The number of false charges that occur in divorce situations alone make it impossible to say this kind of thing will not happen.)

This legislation only is geared towards convicted sex offenders, not "suspected".

Her response:

Dear Ms. Golden,
Thank you for taking time to respond to my questions. Just like everyone else, I have a boss and my editor is the one who makes all final decisions about what ends up in print. As soon as the HB 111 review is up on line I'll forward a link so that you will be able to see what answers you provided are printed, poor grammar and all.
In the meantime, I am writing to remind you that your responses are all "on the record" and can be used in the article. You avoided directly answering a number of questions. made some broad and potentially inaccurate assumptions about the victims of sex crimes and misrepresent the truth of the potential repercussion of this legislation.
Best regards,

Margo Pierce
Staff Writer, CityBeat
513.665.4700 Ext. 136
811 Race Street, Fifth Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


Her Article:

News: Background Checks for Houseguests
Ohioans might be at risk of losing their kids if they don't know a visitor's criminal history

BY Margo Pierce Posted 07/16/2008

A friend from another state spends a few nights in your home. One morning before he leaves, a social worker shows up on your doorstep with a cop telling you that she's there to remove your children pending an investigation of an anonymous allegation of negligence.
If convicted of child endangerment, you could lose custody of your children. Permanently.
Sound like a bad made-for-TV-movie? It's a real-life scenario that will play out all over Ohio if House Bill 111, already passed by the Ohio House, moves out of a Senate committee and is voted into law by legislators.
The brief summary provided by the bill's author, State Rep. Thom Collier (R-Mount Vernon), states that the law will in part "expand the definition of neglected child to include a child whose parent, guardian or custodian knowingly allows certain sexually oriented offenders or child-victim offenders to reside in the same residence as that child."
If you're not aware of a houseguest's conviction on a sex-related crime, your children could be defined as "neglected." Can't prove you didn't "knowingly" allow this to happen? You're going to be in deep, because anyone could make an anonymous call to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (JFS) and start an investigation.
One of the many problems with this law -- beyond unnecessary trauma for children who aren't at risk and debates over wrongful convictions -- is that it's redundant. JFS already has the power to launch investigations of parents; all they need is a suggestion of abuse, according to Jackie Sparling, administrative assistant for the Sex Offender Support and Education Network.
Sparling is a child-victim of molestation at the hands of a family member. She passionately believes that former offenders have the right to a second chance.
Sparling says that most individuals on the Ohio electronic sex offender registry are male and many have children. She says HB111 all but guarantees that former sex offenders will be prohibited from living with and therefore parenting their own children.
"Case workers are human beings," she says. "Human beings come with their own set of prejudices. ... They're going to go in (to home investigations) with a preconceived notion ... and I fear happy, healthy, well-adjusted children are going to be taken out of perfectly fine and wonderful homes ... and put into foster care."
The potential for false accusations and botched investigations is something Tracy Golden, president of the Ohio chapter of Women Against Sexual Predators, avoids addressing. When asked to comment about the potential harm done to children and families when false accusations of abuse are made, she doesn't respond. She does point out problems within the agencies as proof this law is necessary.
"As everyone already knows, child welfare agencies consistently are poorly run," Golden says. "Every time I hear from a family who is having problems getting their child's sexual abuser prosecuted (it's) due to the lack of help and actual hindrance from Family Services. Unless there is DNA left in the child, many times they refuse to prosecute because they refuse to take the words of a child as true.
"This law will make children safer because it will do what some parents lack to do, which is use common sense. You do not place your children in a home with a convicted felon who has a propensity to sexually abuse. We all know the staggering statistic that the over 90 percent of victims know their attacker. It would be foolish to assume that this is not occurring in their home."
Golden says children won't be taken from a safe home environment as a result of HB111.
"They will not be wrongly separated from their families," she says. "They will be separated for their own protection until the sexual offender is removed from the home. You do not leave the fox in the chicken coop and hope that he leaves. First you protect the chickens, then remove the fox."
Aside from providing no evidence to support her claims about JFS obstructing investigations, Golden's logic is flawed. She assumes that any person convicted of any sex crime is a risk to a child.
The nature of the mental health issues that cause people to act out sexually aren't all the same (see "Postcards from the Edge," issue of Jan. 12, 2005). Portraying people convicted of any sex crime as out to molest children and a guaranteed repeat offender isn't helping children or anyone else, according to Sparling.
"There are about 600,000 people in the national registry," she says. "According to the Department of Justice, only about 5.3 percent are people you'd really want to know if they were your neighbor -- they are of the predator caliber. The rest of them are paying for that 5.3 percent.
"Ninety five percent of all new sex crimes are committed by people who are not on that registry. So tell me, what good is it? It's a public gallows. It's a shaming tool. We should know from past history that it does not work."
One of the things that concerns Katherine Blacksmith (not her real name) of Northern Ohio is the "false sense of security" laws like HB111 give the general public. She believes the money spent on registries and enforcing laws that prohibit former offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school perpetuate a "lie" that children are safe from sexual abuse if these laws are enforced.
After working with former offenders for five years, Blacksmith says that most people still aren't aware that most offenders know their victims.
"It's a false sense of security because ... it's normally someone that's close to the victim," she says. " 'Stranger danger,' are there those icky pedophiles out there? Yes. But they make up such a minute part of the population and yet everybody is being classified as being that dangerous."
Now married to a former sex offender who committed his crime more than 25 years ago, Blacksmith says the stigma is an added punishment but the laws on top of that make it difficult to move on.
"We have the worst of the worst case here with my husband," she says. "What I find very disturbing is that he spent over 19 years in prison. He received treatment. He got a very good job since he got out. He's getting on with his life. He has remorse. He doesn't blame anyone else for what he did, and yet he's going to be persecuted for life."
Unwilling to subject his victim to potential publicity participating in an interview could bring, Blacksmith and her husband decided to remain anonymous. They want to live their life together with their daughter, who's a toddler, and that's what they're trying to do despite his requirement to register for life as a sex offender.
"My husband is a lot of things: He's a husband, a father, a Viet Nam veteran," Blacksmith says. "He had a great naval career, he's a hard worker, he's a friend. He's somebody's uncle, cousin. But sex offender still remains. ... Does that ever go away?"
HB111 additionally mandates that former sex offenders can't change their name or they'll face fraud charges. It also contains outdated language -- the passage of Senate Bill 10 last year changes all of the offender categories -- and includes an exception for an offender who's a juvenile in order to allow families to deal with problems related to incest when the offender is under age and a blood relative.

Did you notice that they focus entirely on the fact that most abusers are known to the child
*THE VERY REASON for this bill that they now deny a need for

Now does that seem like a fair story?
I didn't think so.......
so I decided to write the editor of the paper, John Fox
My Letter..........

Dear Mr. Fox,

I am writing in complaint of the article recently published about HB111. I contacted Margo when I learned through the sex offender support forums that she was writing an article against HB111, and was planning on asking one of the senior members of the sex offender support group for an interview (Jackie Sparling). I offered Margo my opinion on the legislation so that she could get both sides of the story for her article.

Little was I aware that Margo seems to think that the sex offenders are the victims. I came to this conclusion after reviewing Margo's numerous articles on the subject of sex offenders and the legislation against them. In every article she quotes individuals from various groups that support sex offenders, or advocate for thier rights- yet she rarely interviews victims advocates about thier side. When she does, she makes them appear as if they are crazed lunatics.

I am assuming that Margo must have a sex offender in her family that she feels is getting a bad wrap, or else she would not be interviewing and siding with convicted felons, thier families, and the radical groups that they belong to.

SoClear Media- a group almost entirely consisting of child victim sex offenders and thier loved ones. Jackie Sparlin belongs to this group. Her husband tried to lure a 13 year old to his home to be his captive sex slave. Jackie feels that the public should not be aware of sex offenders and thier crimes

Roar For Freedom- The founders (Betty Price) husband, convicted of sexual battery of a child under 12. One member wanted to start a "sex offender militia". He wanted to arm themselves, and he said that the media and polititcans would be thier targets because of all of the grief that they have caused sex offenders.

SOSEN- The former leader Shirley Lowery believes that pedophiles are a natural part of society and even claimed that Jesus was a pedophile. She also claims that Jessica Lunsfords death was actually an assisted suicide by John Couey. They kicked Shirley out only after she started sabotaging her own group. The new leader Linda Pehrson, welcomed her husband back into her home after he was convicted of molesting her daughter, who is also still in the home.

Most members of these groups are also members of the other groups. Many have signed this petition created by a NAMBLA member, that basically wants to abolish the sex offender registry, to eliminate the age of consent so that ANY child under 18 can legally consent, and any other law that may restrict sex offenders.

I could go on and on about the groups she has decided to associate your paper with supporting.

Not only that, she misleads the public as to the true consequences of the law. She falsely states that if someone spends the night at your home and they are a sex offender, your kids will be taken away.

The law as passed by the house states that if an convicted sex offender resides in a home with children, it is considered neglect. Residence refers to a place of adode that is more than merely temporary. ( )

Then she posts the link to the legislation as it was INTRODUCED, not the link to what the bill was when it was passed - basically leaving out the amendments.

I have also attached below the copy of our correspondence. She was exceptionally rude without provocation other than she did not agree with my opinion.

You will also see that she lied about me refusing to answer her questions. If I did not know, I stated so. And when she asked a question about false accusations, I corrected her, I did not refuse to answer. Only people convicted of a sex crime are considered. If you have pled guilty to or been convicted of a sex crime- that is not a false accusation, but a proven fact in the court of law.

I suggest you do something about Margo turning your newspaper into a sex offender advocacy "free for all". The vast majority of citizens believe that sex offender restrictions and legislation are important to keep our families safe. Your articles should be about what is important to your readers, not Margo.

Oh, and by the way- this is "on the record", as I will be posting this on various websites.

Best Regards,
Tracy Golden

If anyone feels the need to write the editor, or Margo
thier email as listed on the city beat website is
John Fox - Editor & Co-Publishere-mail:
Margo Pierce - Staff Writere-mail:

Monday, July 14, 2008

Man abducts two men, rapes and tortures them in Wisconsin

Man charged with 12 felonies in Wis. abductions
By ROBERT IMRIE Associated Press Writer

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. — A paper mill worker accused of abducting and sexually assaulting two men was charged with 12 felonies Friday, and authorities said he told an investigator "he knew what he did was wrong."
A judge found probable cause for a preliminary hearing for 46-year-old Edward Lanphear.

Police say Lanphear held two men in his house, stripped them, chained them up, beat them and assaulted them several times. One of the men told police Lanphear threatened him with a gun.
Police said that after one of the men escaped early this week, the other was found in the basement of Lanphear's home in a rural area outside Wisconsin Rapids, in the central part of the state.
Lanphear faces felony counts of kidnapping, sexual assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, substantial battery, and misdemeanor impersonating a peace officer. He's being held in lieu of $1 million bond.
Lanphear, 46, said little when he appeared in court by video conference Friday afternoon, and his attorney declined to comment on the charges. Lanphear remains in jail on $1 million bond.
Investigators have been searching Lanphear's home but have found no evidence of other crimes committed there, Wood County Sheriff Thomas Reichert said.
According to a criminal complaint, Lanphear picked up a 23-year-old weary from a night of drinking as the man sat at a curb Friday. Lanphear then allegedly hit the man over the head and abducted him. He kidnapped a 21-year-old man early Tuesday morning after the man got drunk at a Wisconsin Rapids bar and passed out in his truck, the complaint said.
Lanphear chained both men naked in his home, blindfolded them with duct tape and sexually assaulted them, the complaint said.
The 23-year-old told investigators Lanphear put what felt like a shotgun to his face at one point. He said he also heard a gunshot and smelled gunpowder and Lanphear told him, "This is just to let you know I'm serious," the complaint said.
The 21-year-old told investigators he was able to escape Tuesday night because he asked Lanphear for a cigarette and Lanphear left the home to buy some, the complaint said.
The man said he removed his blindfold, dragged a ladder close enough so he could use it to climb to the ceiling in the garage, got out of his restraints and ran naked next door to seek help, the complaint said.
Lanphear returned as officers were talking to the man, the complaint said.
When officers went to Lanphear's home, he had the 23-year-old get dressed and brought him from the basement, Reichert said. He said there was no evidence Lanphear intended to kill the men and that he had talked to one of them about possibly releasing them.
Lanphear spoke with one sheriff's deputy and told him "that he knew what he did was wrong," the complaint said.
He has since stopped speaking to investigators and asked for an attorney, so investigators do not have a complete statement from him, Reichert said.
So far, authorities have collected more than 100 pieces of evidence, including chains, restraints, handcuffs and guns, Reichert said.
The two men were home with their families Friday, recovering from bruises and cuts and the emotional ordeal of a "truly nightmarish" incident, the sheriff said. He called them heroes for doing what they needed to do to survive.
"They were subjected to some things that boggle your mind," Reichert said.

Georgia predator kills 13 yr old girl in Florida

Police: Georgia sex offender killed Florida teen

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Police say a registered sex offender from Georgia confessed to killing a 13-year-old girl whose body was discovered by a maid in a hotel room.
Mathew Caylor, 33, told investigators late Thursday that he had killed Melinda Denise Hinson, Police Capt. Robert Colbert said Friday. Her body was found Thursday in a room registered to Caylor.
"It was a very detailed and very lengthy confession," Colbert said. "Investigators will be working in the coming days to validate every component."
Another man who stayed in the room the following night did not know the body was there and has been cleared of involvement in the case, police said.
Caylor, of Auburn, Ga., is charged with murder, sexual battery and failing to register as a sexual offender. He was being held in the Panama City Jail and had not yet been assigned a public defender.
As Hinson's family moved out of their room at the hotel Friday, the girl's mother said she knew something was wrong Tuesday when her daughter left to walk a neighbor's dogs and never returned.
"I kept telling them that she would not run away from me," Rhonda McNallin told the Panama City News Herald. "She is a mama's girl."
Caylor was arrested by the Bay County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday after he was accused of attacking and attempting to rob two women at a Panama City Beach condominium.
When Hinson's body was found, Caylor was being held at the Bay County Jail on charges including aggravated assault, false imprisonment, fugitive from justice and failure to register as a sex offender.
Police said he has a lengthy history of petty crimes and sex crimes.
Hinson and her family had moved to Panama City from Henderson, Ky., in November and were living at the hotel. Caylor checked in June 28.
Authorities said they were awaiting autopsy results to determine how Hinson was killed.

Child rapist finally busted after several years of "unsubstantiated" complaints

Police: Rape suspect linked to several girls
Additional charges could involve as many as eight juvenile girls, Hamilton police say.

By Richard Wilson
Staff Writer
Friday, July 11, 2008

Kenneth Lee AshcraftClick to enlarge
HAMILTON — A man accused of raping two juveniles over a 10-year period had relationships with other girls, including fathering an illegitimate child while cheating on his wife, who was 14 and he was in his 20s, according to police.
The now 41-year-old Kenneth Lee Ashcraft of New Miami faces for now three counts of rape and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from crimes that allegedly occurred between 1989 and 1997 involving two female victims who were ages 11 and 12 when Ashcraft allegedly had sexual contact with them, according to records.
But Ashcraft has been interviewed by Hamilton police at least three times in the past. Additional charges may come that involve as many as eight female juvenile victims, the youngest age 4, said Hamilton police Detective Mark Hayes.
Police are investigating relationships that Ashcraft had with numerous female juveniles dating back to 1988, when he married a 14-year-old girl in Kentucky, Hayes said.
The marriage lasted about six months, according to court records. Ashcraft allegedly committed adultery and impregnated a 13-year-old girl, Hayes said. The girl bore a son, who is now 17.
Numerous complaints against Ashcroft of physical and sexual abuse are on file with Butler County Children Services dating back to the late 1980s, said agency director Michael Fox.
One file contains a complaint of sexual abuse involving Ashcraft's adopted daughter, who was removed from his custody, Fox said.
Each complaint, Fox said, was investigated by children services and police; with the majority unsubstantiated.
"This guy has spent a good part of his life molesting little children and it is an absolute shame that he wasn't nailed before this," Fox said.
Ashcraft is being held in the Butler County Jail on a $225,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear Wednesday, July 16, in Hamilton Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing.

Convicted sex offender strikes again in Cincinnatti

Michael Hamblin's Bond Set at $750,000

A convicted sex offender arrested last night in Butler County, is held on $750,000 bond. Police say they found a knife and latex gloves in Michael Hamblin's truck.Police told the judge they believe he was tying to lure children into his truck.Hamblin was arrested in Oxford yesterday, on a warrant out of Mason. He is accused of trying to entice children at Heritage Oak Park Sunday. Monroe police say Hamblin also exposed himself to two children at the community park there last week. The Butler County Sheriff's Office believes Hamblin is also linked to a similar indecency report in Liberty Township recently. Hamblin appeared in a video arraignment this afternoon in Mason on a charge of child enticement. He was sentenced last year for exposing himself to a child, at a Hamilton Kroger, while on parole. Hamblin was previously convicted for an incident involving a 10-year old girl at a Deerfield Township Walmart. He also served time for exposing himself to a girl at a West Chester department store.

Urine man busted again, and again

Man with urine fetish disobeys judge's order
Saturday, July 12, 2008 2:53 AM
By Amanda Dolasinski


Alan D. Patton was at a public pool shortly after he was told to stay away from places where children gather.
A Northwest Side man who was arrested in June trying to collect boys' urine at a sports complex restroom was issued a criminal-trespassing warning yesterday after he was found at a public swimming pool.

Alan D. Patton, 56, of 6269 Emberwood Rd., was escorted out of a City of Hilliard pool at 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr., about 2:30 p.m.

He had just appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court that morning on the charge from June, which stemmed from his arrest at Sports Ohio on Cosgray Road.

He was allowed to remain free with the order to stay away from all public restrooms, as well as places where children gather, such as pools, movie theaters and playgrounds.

Patton, an admitted child molester, was not arrested in Hilliard yesterday but was issued a criminal-trespassing warning, according to Dublin police.

He reportedly was acting strangely, and some patrons notified the pool's managers, who recognized him from a flier that had been sent to county recreational facilities.

When Patton, a registered sex offender, was arrested on June 14 at Sports Ohio, he was trying to collect urine in a men's restroom, Dublin police said. He allegedly covered toilet seats in plastic wrap and shut off water to urinals, placing Styrofoam cups in them. He was charged with criminal mischief and released on bond that day.

From an arrest several years ago, Patton was ordered to wear a tracking device for five years so parole officers can follow his location. It was unclear last night whether he was wearing it when stopped at Sports Ohio and in Hilliard.

In 1994, Patton admitted to sexually assaulting boys ages 7 to 9 in Columbus-area public restrooms. His attorney at the time said Patton suffers from urophilia, an interest in urine for sexual gratification. Patton served four years of an eight-year term.

He also was convicted of charges such as voyeurism, public indecency and disorderly conduct in Columbus, Westerville and Gahanna in 1990, 1992, 2003 and twice in 2006.

Victor Salva: Director of Jeepers Creepers, convicted child molestor

Film director's past worries school officials

St. Petersburg Times September 01, 2000, Friday,
South Pinellas Edition Pg. 5B
Compiled from Times wires

School board members are upset they weren't told that a movie director who is making a low-budget horror film near two Marion County schools was a convicted child molester.
Members of the Marion County School Board had already agreed to let director Victor Salva and his film crew near Dunnellon Elementary and Dunnellon High School.
When they approved the contract, board members weren't told that Salva was a convicted child molester who once videotaped himself having oral sex with a 12-year-old actor in California.
Salva, sentenced to three years in state prison, served 15 months and completed parole in 1992.
Salva is filming a $ 10-million horror film titled Jeepers Creepers in Marion County.

Director's history causes controversy
United Press International August 30, 2000, Wednesday

Filming on a motion picture continues outside three Dunnellon, Fla., public schools although school officials have learned the director is a convicted sex offender.
Hopes of having students visit the set of "Jeepers Creepers" or serve as interns have been dropped since Victor Salva's past came to light.
The $10 million film is being produced by American Zoetrope, a company owned by famed director Francis Ford Coppola, who is serving as executive producer. Coppola is not expected to visit the set.
Salva was paroled in 1992 after serving 15 months of a three-year sentence for five felony counts based on sexual involvement with a 12-year-old boy in 1988. The boy appeared in a low-budget film he directed. Salva also directed "Powder," "Nature of the Beast," and "Rites of Passage." He has registered with police as a sex offender as required by Florida law.
Marion County school officials were not told about Salva's criminal record when location director Sue Gummerson negotiated payment for use of parts of a street ouside the elementary, middle and high schools.
Although the filming is being done largely at night, street closings have required rerouting school buses. An abandoned high school and rural areas will also be used as film locations.
"We have a drama department and we also have a TV production class," Dunnellon High School assistant principal Cynthia Saunders said. "We were talking about what could we get out of it educationally."
Once she learned of Salva's past, the idea of having students interact with the film crew was abandoned. On-set publicist Joe Hemingway said Salva has paid his debt to society and was focused on making the film. He said they never offered to have students on the set. The filming will take about two months.

Disney hires pedophile to direct movie "Powder"


Director served prison term for sex crime 7 years ago
By Jim Herron Zamora
October 25, 1995, Wednesday News; Pg. A-1

The victim of a childhood sexual molestation is urging filmgoers to boycott the new Disney film "Powder," which was directed by the man who videotaped himself having oral sex with the then-12-year-old Concord boy.
The film, about a troubled teenager, is scheduled for release this Friday in 1,200 theaters nationwide. Its director, Victor Salva, confessed in 1988 to five felony counts related to having sex with a boy he directed in a low-budget film.
The molestation victim, Nathan Winters, now 20, has decided to go public with his ordeal to protest Salva's connection with the movie, which was made by a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios.
Winters led a small band of protesters outside an entertainment industry screening of the movie in Los Angeles on Monday night.
"Please don't spend your money on this movie," urged leaflets handed out by the group "It would just go to line the pockets of this child molester." Friends toted signs: "Victor Salva: Writer, Director, Child Molester" and "Support the Victim, not the Victimizer."
Salva, 37, said in a statement Tuesday that he regretted his past actions.
"I paid for my mistakes dearly," he said. "Now, nearly 10 years later, I am excited about my work as a filmmaker and look forward to continuing to make a positive contribution to our industry."
Nathan's mother, Rebecca Winters of Concord, called Salva's return to filmmaking "absolutely outrageous."
"I can't believe it. It just makes me sick," she said. "I'm not going to stand by. He should not be allowed to live his life as if nothing happened."
She said the family learned that Salva was directing the movie when they saw his name on TV during an advertisement for "Powder."
"We were shocked to see his name in the credits," she said.
Salva confessed to having oral sex with Nathan Winters in 1987 while directing the then sixth-grader in "Clownhouse," a film about three boys terrorized by circus clowns.
"Clownhouse" won several awards and was the first horror movie released at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.
Salva was sentenced to three years in state prison, serving 15 months and completing parole in 1992, according to the state Corrections Department and court records in Contra Costa County. He is a registered sex offender in Los Angeles County, according to state records.
Laws in 46 states, including California, treat sex offenders differently than other convicted criminals in that sex offenders, once released from prison, are required to register with authorities in communities where they take up residence. This is because pedophiles are driven by a psychological compulsion that has typically not been cured by therapy, according to criminologists and prosecutors.
Although Salva's prison sentence was the shortest he was eligible for, it did not come as a result of a plea bargain, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Jack Waddell, who headed Contra Costa County's sexual assault prosecution unit at the time.
Winters, who also acted for Salva in the 1986 short film "Something in the Basement," told his mother during the making of "Clownhouse" that Salva had forced sex on him.
When police raided Salva's house, they found two homemade pornographic tapes, one showing Salva having oral sex with Winters.
In April 1988, Salva pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious conduct, one count of oral copulation with a person under 14 and three counts of procuring a child for pornography. At his sentencing hearing, a prosecutor said Salva appeared to seek jobs where he could work with children. Salva has written children's books and in 1985 worked at the Crawford Village Child Care Center in Concord.
Rated PG-13, the $ 10 million "Powder" is Salva's first mainstream Hollywood movie. The film was made for Caravan Pictures, a production company wholly owned by Disney.
Movie industry sources said that Salva was not under contract with Caravan or Disney for any movies beyond "Powder."
Salva's work with Caravan could prove embarrassing for Disney, whose theme parks, animated characters and popular cartoon videos have cemented its reputation for wholesome family fun for more than six decades.
Disney declined comment to The Examiner. Disney spokesman John Dreyer told the Associated Press, "What's the point, other than you want to make headlines?"
But Dreyer confirmed that Disney's corporate office was not aware of Salva's criminal record.
The producer of "Powder" defended his embattled director.
"He paid for his crime, he paid his debt to society," said Roger Birnbaum, head of Caravan Pictures who also recently produced "Dead Presidents" and "The Big Green." "What happened eight years ago has nothing to do with this movie."
Birnbaum said he was tipped about Salva's conviction halfway through filming "Powder" and confronted him. Told only the basics, Birnbaum elected to neither dismiss Salva nor inform the entire cast and crew. Instead, Birnbaum said, "Key production people were told to keep an eye out for anything, just in case." Nothing improper was observed, Birnbaum said.
"Powder" stars Mary Steenburgen and Jeff Goldblum as the teachers of a boy with telekinetic powers and pure white skin, which repels his peers.
The actor who plays the teenage Powder, Sean Patrick Flanery, is 29, and Birnbaum told the Los Angeles Times that no minors were on the set during filming of the movie.
Experts in child abuse fear that Salva's role as a director of a teen-oriented film could put him in a position where he could use his power as a lever to abuse other minors.
"The frustrating part for law enforcement is that you have a convicted molester who is able to be around children and to be in a position of authority," Officer Joe Kreins of the Concord Police Department said. "It would be very easy for him to abuse his power and authority in that position."
A 1988 state Justice Department study found that almost half of all sex offenders are re-arrested; nearly 20 percent of sex offenders commit another sex crime. Convicted sex offenders are more than nine times as likely to commit another sex offense than a person convicted for a non-sex offense, statistics show.
"People do commit offenses and get out and get on with their lives," Waddell said. But "pedophiles and child molesters do have a tendency toward recidivism."

Halliburton and KBR keep gang rapists from being prosecuted

Gang-Rape Victim Says She And Others Silenced by Halliburton
Jones Says They Are Forced To Argue Their Sexual Assault Cases in Secretive Arbitration
By MADDY SAUERFeb. 12, 2008

A Houston, Texas woman, who says she was gang-raped by her co-workers at a Halliburton/KBR camp in Baghdad, says 38 women have come forward through her foundation to report their own tragic stories to her, but that many cannot speak publicly due to arbitration agreements in their employment contracts.
Jamie Leigh Jones is testifying on Capitol Hill this afternoon. She says she and other women are being forced to argue their cases of sexual harassment, assault and rape before secretive arbitration panels rather than in open court before a judge and jury.
Jones returned from Iraq following her rape in 2005. She was the subject of an exclusive ABC News report in December which led to congressional hearings.
After months of waiting for criminal charges to be filed, Jones decided to file suit against Halliburton and KBR.
KBR has moved for Jones' claim to be heard in private arbitration, instead of a public courtroom, as provided under the terms of her original employment contract.
Halliburton, which has since divested itself of KBR, says it is improperly named in the suit and referred calls to KBR.
In arbitration, there is no public record or transcript of the proceedings, meaning that Jones' claims would not be heard before a judge and jury. Rather, a private arbitrator hired by the corporation would decide Jones' case.
In fact, Tracy Barker, who says she was sexually harassed and sexually assaulted while working for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq, also recently tried to file suit against the companies. She was forced into arbitration last month.
Jones will tell Congress today that she was not aware that when she signed her employment contract, she was effectively signing away her right to bring a lawsuit.
"When I decided to pursue a civil suit, I was informed that within my 13-page employment contract that had an additional five pages attached, [there was] included an arbitration clause," Jones says in her prepared statement Jones didn't know much about arbitration when she signed the contract and was shocked to learn what she had done.
"I learned that I had signed away my right to a trial by jury," she said.
Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, who has been involved in the Jones case since the beginning, will also appear at today's hearing. He disagrees with the arbitration solution.
"Air things out in a public forum of a courtroom," said Rep. Poe in an earlier interview with ABC News. "That's why we have courts in the United States."
More than two years since her attack, no criminal charges have been brought in the matter, and legal experts say that it is highly unlikely that Jones' alleged assailants will ever face a judge and jury.
Jones says that the arbitration clauses are letting her rapists and other criminals off the legal hook.
"The forced arbitration clause in Army contractor's contracts prove to protect the criminals of violent crimes, rather than enforce they be held accountable by a judge and jury," Jones says in her remarks. "My goal is to ensure all American civilians who become victims of violent crimes while abroad have the right to justice before a judge and jury."
KBR said in a statement to, "Arbitration is the last step of KBR's Dispute Resolution Program. The vast majority of employment disputes at KBR, approximately 96 percent, are resolved through this program without resort to arbitration. KBR remains committed to ensuring the arbitration process is fair to all employees."
Since the attacks, Jones has started a nonprofit foundation called the Jamie Leigh Foundation, which is dedicated to helping victims who were raped or sexually assaulted overseas while working for government contractors or other corporations.
"I want other women to know that it's not their fault," said Jones. "They can go against corporations that have treated them this way." Jones said that any proceeds from the civil suit will go to her foundation.
"There needs to be a voice out there that really pushed for change," she said. "I'd like to be that voice."

Disney Ice Skater is now chilling in jail!

Disney ice skater charged with sex assault
Last Updated: 7:26PM GMT 05/02/2002

A BRITISH performer in a Disney on Ice show was tonight facing 60 years in prison after being charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
Matthew Fisher, 31, of Moncrieffe Road, Sheffield, was accused of entering the girl's room at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and fondling her while her parents were asleep in the room next door.
Fisher was being held at La Crosse County Jail on £7,000 bail and was due to appear at a preliminary court hearing on February 14.
Captain Doug Groth, of La Crosse Police, said that Fisher was charged yesterday with sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, child enticement and criminal trespass. The offence of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13 carries a maximum punishment of 60 years in jail.
Fisher had been staying at the hotel in La Crosse while on tour with Disney on Ice when the incident was alleged to have taken place on December 9 last year. The group left La Crosse the next day but Fisher was arrested in the town of Ashwaubenon, north-east Wisconsin, on January 31.
Capt Groth said that Fisher admitted going into the girl's room when he was drunk and lying on the floor but denied that he had indecently assaulted her.
Disney Worker To Be Arraigned On Child Porn Charges

Sunday, July 13, 2008 5:13:20 PM

LAKE COUNTY -- A Disney worker is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on child pornography charges.
Charles Hurrey, 29, was arrested June 17 after Lake County investigators found three videos showing children engaging in sex acts with adults and each other on his home computer.
Hurrey reportedly admitted to downloading the images, but said he was just curious as to why anyone would make those types of videos.
Disney placed him on unpaid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the charges.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Discuss internet safety with children

Experts say families need to discuss Internet usage, safety issues

July 2, 2008
By Sarah Hinckley Times Argus Staff

SHELBURNE – Ken Wooden learned most of what he knows from convicted child molesters.Using the information he collected through two decades of interviews with hundreds of child predators as an investigative journalist, Wooden now runs a business in Shelburne called Child Lures Prevention. He travels throughout the country teaching children and young adults how to ward off pedophiles and others who look to prey upon them."I've taught a couple hundred thousand kids across the country," said Wooden, who was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize – once as a Chicago Sun Times writer and again as a book author. "I've done my research and I was trained as a teacher."When asked to speak at a conference in Washington D.C. on the matter in 2002, he had one question for federal officials."If predators are using lures, shouldn't we be teaching our children about them?"Wooden's interest in child predators began when he took a job as a fingerprint classifier with the New Jersey police as a young man. Each week he would nab up to 12 pedophiles among the people looking to qualify to drive a school bus, who were required to be fingerprinted.Later as a journalist gathering information, Wooden unearthed the Pedophile Information Exchange – or PIE. The Web site had a feature called 'lure of the week,' according to Wooden. He cited one example where the use of soap crayons – artistic bath-time items – was suggested as an easy, fun way to get children to disrobe.When asking the molesters he interviewed how they targeted children, most explained they would go to playgrounds and look for the loners. According to Wooden, that tactic is used by predators on the Internet, as well. In both situations there is one question that predators told Wooden they would ask the child – "How do your parents get along?""If you want to protect your child from Internet predators, I suggest you go over what moments are all about," said Wooden, referring to those times that highlight a family and relationships.Explaining moments – of anger, frustration, happiness, sorrow, etc. – to a child can be a weapon against predators. Those looking to prey will use what appears to be a weak relationship as a crowbar to separate parents from their children, according to Wooden.Open communication with children is important, explained Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling, who has spoken to numerous groups about Internet safety for children. There are three important factors Schirling stresses about Internet safety to parents and children."Parents should know what their kids are doing online, they should be involved," he said of the first factor. "It's always eye-opening when we do safety presentations with parents. They don't realize the scope and depth of what is going on in the online world."A second important point: Computers should be in a public place, not in a bedroom or behind a closed door."It eliminates the chance of kids making potentially bad choices," said Schirling, emphasizing the third point."They should never meet anyone they meet online without parents being present – not just with their permission, but being present."While working with parents and children, Wooden also focuses on three majors points: People are like weather, teach the law, and use your gut instinct – or "siren in the belly.""For the most part weather is safe… and sometimes there is dangerous weather," he said, explaining his lure prevention program on Tuesday from his Shelburne business.As with tornadoes, hurricanes and thunderstorms – or bad weather – there are warning signs, which is the same with sexual predators."I'd rather have them afraid and worried about people versus totally trusting," said Debra Sargent, a counselor who works with victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, of children.She points out that people who are sexually abusive typically look to isolate their victims."You don't go with people you know not well enough, alone," said Sargent, adding that there is no such thing as a typical-looking predator. "It could be the music teacher, grocer, baseball coach, uncle… Any one of those people, it could be none of them."Through his years of research, Wooden found that describing the typical sexual molester wasn't possible."Most of these guys I've interviewed are good-looking con artists," said Wooden, adding that statistics show one in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused.Sexual predators can be from across class or economic levels, ethnicity groups, education levels and any age. A large percentage of predators are teens, according to Wooden's information. Sargent explains that almost all predators have been victims themselves at one time."We teach children the concept of luring," said Wooden. "We also teach the concept of law."In his research, Wooden found that the incidents of molestation and pedophilia were not rising as quickly as the incidence of threats that accompanied the behavior. Most predators will threaten harm to a child or their family member in order to manipulate the victim into compliance."If someone ever threatens to harm you or your little brother or your mom and dad, that is a serious felony," Wooden said in pointing out his approach with children – from preschool through graduate school.He explained that most professionals who require certification or a license to practice must maintain a clean record. When children understand their rights and the consequences someone will undergo by making threats, it empowers them. In fact, Wooden said, many of the sexual predators he spoke with had admitted to not being successful with children who had been trained against their lures."I don't think there's a one-shot solution," said Mark Moody, School Resource Officer in the Montpelier School District. "It's pieces of the puzzle in communities that make things work right."

Missouri works to protect children

Missouri working to stop child predators
Michael Gibbons • July 2, 2008

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against a Louisiana case pursuing the death penalty for child rapists, here in Missouri we have taken a number of steps to protect our children from those who would sexually prey on them. On Monday Gov. (Matt) Blunt signed a law that strengthens protections for our children from sexual predators. We have passed some of the toughest laws in the nation that lock the door and throw away the key on sex offenders. We have also created a cybercrime task force system that hunts predators who try to entice our children on the Internet. These new laws build on these measures to keep our kids safe.

Identifying online predators
Our kids deserve to be safe whether they are playing in a park or surfing the Web. The best way to keep them safe is with prevention. Having online identifying information up front will better help parents and teachers protect their children online, and give law enforcement better tools to catch cyber predators in the act. That's why we're adding online identifying information of any registered sex offenders to the sex offender registry. The Missouri Highway Patrol will share the online information with electronic and computer businesses to prescreen users. The information will be available to the public through searches using the online identifier. We made it a crime for failing to register as a sex offender, shortened the amount of time those convicted have to register and require sex offenders from other states to register in Missouri if they are here more than a week. They also will now also be photographed, have to provide palm prints and a DNA sample.

Funding cyber crime task forces
The bill also creates the Cyber Crimes Investigation Fund. This new fund benefits the Internet Cyber Crimes Grant program that we put in place two years ago by providing $3 million annually. The grant program has supported and created local law enforcement and multijurisdictional task forces across Missouri that employ cyber detectives and computer forensic experts. These task forces target Internet predators and child pornographers. Since the grant program began, arrests of cyber predators targeting our children has quadrupled.

Safer trick-or-treating
Sex offenders are banned from participating in all Halloween festivities related to children. Sex offenders must stay inside their residence from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Halloween, post a sign at their residence stating there are no treats there and make sure all outside lighting is off. Even with this new safety measure in place, I encourage parents to continue to check their children's Halloween route against the state's sex offender registry in order to avoid potentially harmful situations.

Cracking down on child pornographers
Anyone convicted of possessing child pornography will face tougher sentences by increasing the severity of the crime to a Class C or Class B felony, depending on previous offenses. Plus, those convicted of promoting child pornography will be ineligible for probation or parole for at least three years. We also overturned a state Supreme Court decision that allows defendants or their attorneys in child pornography cases to obtain any electronic or any other copies of alleged child pornography. Defendants and their attorneys will now only be allowed to view evidence at approved state or governmental facilities, rather than regaining access to their harmful images for possible reuse or distribution. These changes improve our ability to enforce the laws already in place as well as create new ways to help shield our children from being sexually exploited online. Our children deserve to be safe -- whether playing in their yard, trick-or-treating or in their home while on the computer. We are fully committed to protecting our children and will punish those who do to the fullest extent of the law.

Supreme Court decisions
I am disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against a Louisiana law that would impose the death penalty for child rapists. The court's ruling was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy who, according to The Associated Press, was joined by "his four liberal colleagues" in striking down the law. I support Justice Samuel Alito's dissent that in part stated: "The harm that is caused to the victims and to society at large by the worst child rapists is grave. It is the judgment of the Louisiana lawmakers and those in an increasing number of other states that these harms justify the death penalty." Earlier this year, we considered a similar law. I am disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, but I will enforce the tough laws we passed to protect our children from sexual predators as the next attorney general of Missouri. We will lock the door and throw away the key on those vermin that prey on our children as well as focus on prevention to make sure our kids are never hurt in the first place.

I also praise the Supreme Court for upholding law-abiding Missourians rights under the Second Amendment to the Constitution to own guns for self-defense and hunting. I agreed with the court's decision and in particular with Justice Antonin Scalia who said in writing for the majority that the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home." This is a major victory for Missourians, and I strongly commend the Supreme Court for its common-sense ruling on this very important legal issue. As attorney general, I will work to protect our Second Amendment rights and enforce Missouri laws that give our citizens the right to carry, prevent their firearms from being confiscated during natural disasters and make sure that they can defend their homes from intruders.

Michael Gibbons is president pro tem of the Missouri Senate and a Republican candidate for state attorney general.

Don't send your computer to be fixed if you have child porn as your wallpaper!

Idiot Pedophile of the year award goes to.......

Lindenhurst man charged with child porn
A Lindenhurst man has been charged with possession of child pornography found on his computer by a Kansas technology firm.
Peter Macdonald, 57, was arrested Monday by Lake County sheriff's police.
Lou Archbold, an investigator for the Lake County state's attorney's office, said Macdonald sent his laptop computer to Resq System in Olathe, Kan., to have a new hard drive installed March 16.
Technicians at the firm could not start the computer, Archbold said, so they called Macdonald for his user name and password.
Macdonald supplied the company with the information, Archbold said, and technicians found a pornographic picture of a young boy as the desktop background of the device.
Technicians also located several files they suspected contained child pornography, Archbold said, so they contacted local police.
Kansas police sent the computer to the FBI for analysis, Archbold said, and the FBI alerted Lake County authorities.
Macdonald was taken into custody at his home at 839 Colony Court. He was released after posting $10,000 cash for bond.
He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted and is scheduled to appear July 7 in court.

William Phillips ~ Delaware predator

New Castle man charged with creating child porn
By SEAN O'SULLIVAN • The News Journal • July 1, 2008

WILMINGTON -- A New Castle man who has been in federal detention since February on charges of possession of child pornography has now been federally charged with creating child porn.

U.S. Attorney Colm F. Connolly today unsealed a superseding indictment against William A. Phillips, 41, for 14 counts of production of child pornography and 11 counts of interstate travel with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a child less than 12 years old.

According to Connolly and New Castle County Police Chief Rick Gregory at a press conference this morning, investigators originally seized more than 250,000 images and 1,200 videos during a search at Phillips home in February.

After Phillips was arraigned and ordered detained in federal court pending trial on possession-related child porn charges, investigators, while reviewing the evidence, realized Phillips had apparently been creating as well as attempting to trade in obscene images of children engaged in sexual acts.

“The phrase ‘child predator’ is an apt one. They see children as prey. We need to make sure these hunters feel like prey,” said Connolly, adding that the best way to do that and make people like Phillips feel vulnerable is through aggressive investigations and prosecutions.

Connolly said investigators recovered at least one video of two minor girls - identified at Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 - and thousands of still images allegedly created by Phillips.

After this discovery, police returned to Phillips’ home with a new search warrant in June and recovered items that could be seen in the video and images.

This included furniture, women and children's clothing, make up, a comforter, sex toys and "handcuffs with a belt," according to court papers.

Connolly said they have identified some, but not all of the children victimized by Phillips.

He would not say how many have been identified and how many they are still seeking to identify -- citing rules about protecting the identity of victims -- nothing that police have still not completed a review of the vast number of obscene images and videos.

However, Connolly said most have likely been identified and the final number of victims will be a small amount.

He asked anyone who may have information about children that may have been victimized by Phillips to call either New Castle County Police Detective Jason Wilson at 395-8110 or FBI Special Agent Michelle Taylor at 658-4391.

The case against Phillips was one of the first undertaken by New Castle County's three-person Cyber Crimes Unit that was established last year, Gregory said.

Phillips was originally charged with one count of possession of child pornography, two counts of attempted distribution, four counts of receipt of child pornography and four counts of possession of obscene image. The distribution and receipt charges each carry a minimum mandatory five-year sentence, if convicted and a maximum sentence of up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

The possession count carries a maximum charge of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The new charges against Phillips carry heavier potential sanctions. The production counts set a minimum prison term of 15 years, if convicted and up to 30 years with a $250,000 fine. The interstate travel charge to engage in a sexual act with a child has a minimum punishment of up to 30 years and a maximum of up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The travel is alleged to have occurred between Nov. 2001 and Oct. 2005. The video was believed produced between April 2000 and April 2003. The explicit still photos were allegedly created between Nov. 2003 and Oct. 2005.

Florida man had child porn involving a one year old child

North Naples man faces prosecution on child porn charges

A North Naples man is awaiting extradition from Michigan to Southwest Florida to face prosecution on 130 counts of possessing child pornography on his computer.

Kenneth Lee Wilson, 43, faces a maximum five-year prison sentence on each count.
Wilson was arrested Sunday near Grand Rapids, where he fled after Collier County sheriff’s deputies found photos and videos on his computer of children, including a 1-year-old, engaging in sex acts.
Deputies said they discovered the child pornography while they were on an Internet information sharing site.
They said they traced the pornography back to Wilson’s computer, which they seized at his home June 18 after he fled the area.

Child porn producer had 1200 videos, 250,000 images as well as 100 disks full of kiddie porn

Child Pornography charges
By Mellany Armstrong

A New Castle man is facing even more charges of child pornography.

41-year-old William Phillips had been charged by federal authorities in February with having child porn, then county police found he had actually produced the porn.

Investigators found more than 12-hundred videos and 250-thousand images, as well as 100 computer disks full of child porn.

Prosecutors say one video showed two young girls engaging in sex acts. They are trying to identify the girls, and say there may be more victims.

Man traveled 11 times to have sex with children under 12 years old!

New Castle Man Charged With Child Porn

William Phillips has been charged with 14 counts of production of child pornography and 11 counts of interstate travel to engage in sex with a minor.

By Ted Efaw
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

U.S. Attorney Colm Connolly unsealed a superseding indictment against William Phillips of New Castle. He was already being held in Federal detention on charges of possession of child pornography.
Connolly says New Castle County Police learned Phillips was producing child porn in his home.
In June police used a warrant to search his home. More damaging evidence was found. "which enabled us to supersed the indictment with 14 counts of producing child pronograph and 11 counts of interstate travel with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12."
The new charges could put Phillips away for a long time. The production counts set a minimum prison term of 15 years.
The interstate travel charge to engage in a sexual act with a child has a minimum punishment of up to 30 years.

The parents of these children need to be looked at as well. I cannot believe that this perv just found these kids on the internet and went to go have sex with them without the parents knowing. They were all under the age of 12! I really don't see these children hanging out in chatrooms or myspace, and giving this man thier address so he can come over and have sex with them. This reeks of parents pimping out thier children!

Federal charges for Tennessee child pornographer

Kingsport Man Is Held On Child Porn Charges

Published: 11:52 AM, 07/01/2008

Source: The Greeneville Sun


Staff Writer

A Kingsport man, at the conclusion Monday of his initial appearance in U.S. District Court here on child pornography charges, was ordered held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending July 3 detention and preliminary hearings.

Jason Brad Ford, 28, of 148 Hidden Valley Road, Kingsport, had been taken into custody June 27 by Washington County sheriff's deputies who were assisting the FBI.

Ford had been named in a federal criminal complaint filed by FBI Special agent Sandra Farrow.

The eight-page complaint charged Ford with production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and inducing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.

In the complaint, Agent Farrow said she was contacted on March 13, 2008, by the Washington County Sheriff's Department to investigate "a possible Internet crime against children."

The complaint alleges that Ford "produced child pornography via the Internet using a Web camera and a minor child who lived in Colorado that Ford met via the Internet," a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's office said.

If convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney's release, Ford faces between 15 and 30 years in prison on the production of child pornography charge, and five to 20 years in federal prison on the receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography charges. He also faces 10 years to life in prison on the charge of inducing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity charge.

Also the charges also carry potential fines of up to $250,000 upon conviction.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman ordered Ford held in custody pending detention and preliminary hearings scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 3.

What does the bible say about rape?

No Death Penalty for Child Rapists

Obviously, raping a child is a heinous crime that is equal to or only slightly less than murder. It is an atrocity that even to our hardened, modernized thinking is seen as an abomination.
But America's become a conundrum in the last few decades. We have become a people that are over-tolerant in some areas, and fiercely under-tolerant in others. It's almost as if we are so stifled by political correctness that we re-direct our negative energies to something that NO one could disagree with. So, we have developed an overweening hatred of child molestors while we excuse away serial killers and attempt to understand terrorists.
Perhaps this explains why so many people claim to be shocked by the latest Supreme Court ruling, which was handed down yesterday: We are now told that we cannot execute child molestors, though we still can execute murderers.
This decision was not made merely by a toss of the coin. As one writer pointed out yesterday, "There has not been an execution in the United States for a crime that did not also involve the death of the victim in 44 years, a factor that weighed in [Justice] Kennedy's decision.
"However, the decision was a close one: Four Justices dissented with this (there are a total of nine).
Immediately everyone was up in arms over this. And yet, we have to ask ourselves why we didn't execute a rapist within the past 44 years. Surely there is a reason!
The reason is that, up until now, modern society believed that the death penalty was to be reserved for people who took a life.
Were they right or wrong?
Like it or not, much of our modern laws are based on Old Testament laws from the earliest part of the Bible (also known as the Hebrew Pentateuch). There, in Exodus 21:23-25, we are told "But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise." *
Obviously we don't enact these laws literally. Instead, we demand payment for such injuries.
In the Bible, the penalty for rape was death. When Dinah was kidnapped and raped in Genesis 34, her tribe retaliated by killing every male in that city. They weren't condemned by God for that act. But later on, in Deuteronomy 22:25-27, we are informed that if someone rapes a women he is to be put to death, but his family and friends should be spared. (We are also told that the woman is innocent in this matter, which is something that modern Muslims disagree with).
Personally, I believe that we should always have kept the death penalty for rapists, no matter who they rape, and no matter what age. However, one could certainly argue that we do not literally interpret all Old Testament (Pentateuch) laws.
Another argument against the death penalty is that some women have cried "rape" falsely. As we know, there have recently been many men who have been exonnerated of their rape charges. They served time because they were either mistakenly identified or falsely accused. Until modern DNA testing, we remained unsure in many cases.
Generally, the arguments for and against the death penalty for rapists are the same ones used in the case of murderers. The biggest one that stands out is "What if they're innocent?"
In this modern era, there is a greatly reduced possibility of convicting an innocent man. No doubt, an innocent one will slip through the cracks here or there. But the likelihood of innocence after a jury trial with medical evidence is VERY small indeed. I am willing to take that chance, and allow the theoretical innocent to be put to death when there are so many proven rapists taking that final walk, as well.
You cannot make an omelette without breaking some eggs.
What is our alternative? A life sentence without parole? Somehow that isn't usually satisfying enough for the victim and the victim's family. But it may have to suffice for now.
Eventually, there will be new justices seated on the Supreme Court, and we may have another chance at a successful challenge.
Granted, most experts believe that the death penalty is not a great deterrent for homicide. Apparently, there is no real threat of death in most murderers' minds when they commit their crimes. But that is more the fault of our justice system, which allows prisoners to sit on death row for decades as their cases grind slowly through the wheels of justice.
What we really need is a solution to the lag time between a sentencing and the execution of the criminal. But as long as we are allowing our courts to get tied up in the smaller minutae of family and civil court, we will never be able to make the time for true justice.

* Incidentally, the next two verses read "If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave, and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye. And if he knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth." This is a striking example of how un-Biblical modern slavery was and is. For more that I've written on the Biblical perspectives of slavery, go here.

posted by Saur♥Kraut @ 6/26/2008 06:49:00 AM 14 comments

Child molestor holds two women hostage for a beer?

Molester Arrested For Taking Hostages In Cypress
A convicted child molestor from Norwalk has been arrested for allegedly holding two women hostage in Cypress.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Listen to Jodi Becker's Report

A convicted child molestor from Norwalk has been arrested for allegedly holding two women hostage in Cypress.

Cops say someone called 911, but wouldn't talk back to dispatchers. Officers went to the home early Monday to check things out.

When they got there two women ran out saying a man they didn't know had been holding them hostage.

The man turned out to be Louie Herrera, a convicted child molestor. He allegedly got in the home through a window, choked one woman, holding her and her elderly mom in the living room while he had a beer.

Cypress police arrested Herrera. He's scheduled to be in court Wednesday.