Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sex Predator on the run

Frantz Dieudonne

Cops: Internet Predator Travels Cross Country To Meet With Teenager

When an Illinois State Trooper saw a car on the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing, in June of 2002, he stopped to offer help.

That's when he noticed the male driver and a female passenger switch seats by climbing over each other. He asked the young woman behind the wheel for her drivers license, and she told him she didn't have one.

But when he searched the car, the trooper found her ID. It was from a high school in Utah. She was 15 and that's when the real story came out.

Cops say the man in the car - Frantz Dieudonne - met the girl online and drove from New Jersey to have sex with her. Now, he was taking her back to his home.

According to officials, Dieudonne traveled from Pennsylvania to Utah from November of 2001 to May of 2002 to have sex with the 15-year-old minor.

Dieudonne was arrested and charged, but he bailed out and disappeared before his court appearance. Now, cops are trying to track him down.


Transporting a Minor in Interstate Commerce with the Intent to Engage in Sexual Activity, Chicago, IL; Sep 22, 2003

Traveling in Interstate Commerce with the Intent to Engage in Sex with a Minor, Chicago, IL; Sep 22, 2003

Sex Male
Race Black
Age Now 47
Height 5'7''
Weight 145 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair) Black May have mustache
Eyes (Color and Correction) Brown

Has a scar on his right wrist

Has worked as a chemist and nursing assistant

Last Seen
Chicago, IL

Other Possible Locations
New Jersey
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Wanted Pedophile from Florida

Thomas Gleason

Taking an Extreme Sport Too Far

Teenage boys flocked to Gleasons team, "For Him."

Thousands of teenage boys and girls are taking on the new thrills in an extreme sport known as BMX, Bicycle Motocross. This subculture of kids are mounting, jumping and daring to new heights every day at hundreds of BMX dirt tracks around the country. And this year, the sport will debut in the Olympics.

It's an exciting time for the BMX fans and participants. But for some, there is pain: emotional pain left by one man. Cops say his name is Tom Gleason.

Law enforcement sources say Gleason was a single elderly man, who by day worked as a handyman in Sarasota, on Florida's southwest coast. By night, Gleason coached dozens of teenage boys for his BMX team called "For Him." One young team member said he felt good about the team's religious message.

"I was told what it meant by Tom," the victim said. "The team name For Him, meaning for God. I liked that I was racing for God."

There wasn't a religious message and no one ever saw Gleason pray, attend church or discuss his faith. But the team was just happy to have a nice coach and to have fun with their friends.

In their light blue racing shirts covered with puffy white clouds and a lightning bolt, the "For Him" team stood out at races statewide. Another young boy said, "All we did was race our bikes, practice and hang out with our friends. When you are a teenager, that's pretty much all you want to do."

But police say Tom Gleason had other plans.

"I think he is a monster," one of the victims said. "He goes around preying on young boys."

Boys Team Up Against Accused Predator Gleason

Tom Gleason busted on lewd or lascivious molestation and battery charges in Sarasota, FL.

Gleason soon won the trust of the boys on his team and their parents. In 2002, many of the team members would hang out at Gleason's home, which was an oasis for these BMX enthusiasts. His backyard, just a few miles from the Sarasota BMX track, was perfect for these teenage boys. Gleason's yard had dirt jumps and all the tools to tune up their valuable bikes.

"We would go to Tom's house and we would hang out there and work on our bikes, work on jumps," one team member said. "It was just a lot of fun." Fun, until Tom took advantage of these kids, according to police reports.

The team raced hard and like so many other times, a handful of the team players came home with Gleason after the races. It was usually late, and the kids were sore from hours of jumping and riding. One young boy recalled an event in the spring of 2002 when Gleason made unwanted advances. The boy said he collapsed into a bed at Gleason's house.

Shortly afterwards, "(Gleason) came in and gave me a massage and started to touch my private parts," he said. "I was confused, I was scared and I was afraid of what people would say."

That boy and so many others kept their similar incidents quiet until one mother caught wind of what was going on from her son. The boys gradually quit the team or didn't race as often. This mother knew something wasn't right and convinced her son to tell his heartbreaking story. She was sickened by what she learned.

Immediately, the mother of one of the young victims contacted police, kicking off an active sex crime investigation. Sgt. Chris Iorio of the Sarasota Sheriff's Office is working the case.

"We just happened by luck to get a kid to open up the can of worms," Iorio said. "And we got 25 to 30 victims who probably wouldn't have told anybody."

After a three week investigation, cops had enough evidence to arrest Gleason on molestation charges. They did and he confessed.

On tape, Gleason told police, "I did not go after this kid. It was not my intention."

He admitted to stroking and touching teenage boys.

"Obviously I'm not pleased with myself," Gleason said. "If I could reverse it all, I would in a heartbeat."

Gleason's arrest was a huge victory for the boys who teamed up and came forward to report the alleged molester.

But their victory didn't last as Gleason bonded out of jail and vanished. He has ties to other areas in Florida and in New York. Police have no doubt Gleason is probably preying on another young boy.

Since 2002, no one has seen or heard from Gleason. The young victims who are now young men still want Gleason to pay for his crimes.

"I think that he is a monster," one of the victims said. "He goes around preying on young boys just like he did with my friends and I. Was it 'For Him'? Or was it for Tom? I just want him caught."


Lewd or Lascivious Battery, Sarasota, FLLewd or Lascivious Molestation, Sarasota, FL

Sex Male
Race White
Age Now 67
Height 6'0"
Weight 240 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair) Gray / White
Eyes (Color and Correction) Blue

Gleason is comfortable around teenage boys.
He has worked as a handyman and claims to be an electrician.
Has coached and understands the sport of BMX racing.
Tom Gleason seeks out teenage boys and may be hanging around a BMX track or an activity where he has access to young boys. Police believe he is known to befriend men and women with teenage sons.
Last Seen
Sarasota, FL

Other Possible Locations
Detectives believe Gleason may be hiding out in Florida or New York.

Last Known Locations
Sarasota, FL
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Peeping amigo busted

Peeper Sent to Prison for Five Years

Last Update: 1/14 7:15 pm

An illegal immigrant and Peeping Tom who broke into homes in Pacific Beach and sexually assaulted at least one woman during a 10- month period was sentenced Monday to five years and four months in state prison. Judge Michael Smyth also told Eduardo Castillo Herrarte, 33, that he would have to register as a sex offender for life.

Herrarte pleaded guilty last Nov. 1 to one count each of residential burglary and assault with intent to commit rape, and two counts of peeping.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Skeels said the investigation into Castillo started out as a misdemeanor peeping case, but expanded into a residential burglary and sexual assault investigation.

In all, Castillo may have victimized as many as 15 people, the prosecutor told the judge.

A resident who had reported seeing a peeper in Pacific Beach in 2005 came forward again last Feb. 16 with a photographer of the man, believing he resembled the new suspect sketch she'd seen on the news, police said.

The woman said she'd seen the same stranger in the area about two months before coming forward.

Detectives said Castillo had been interrogated two years earlier but was released for lack of evidence.

Police then got in touch with immigration officials, who assisted by detaining Castillo -- who has been deported at least twice -- and taking a photograph of him for identification in the sex-crimes cases, police said.

Following his arrest last Feb. 22, the Guatemala native, a landscaper who had worked in Pacific Beach for years, made statements that incriminated him in the crimes, police said.

Related Reports:

Peeping Tom Plea 11/2/07 A suspected peeping tom is now admitting to charges of sexual assault in Pacific Beach. Plus, a former employee of Oprah Winfrey's All-Girls Leadership Academy in South Africa has been arrested on charges of physical and sexual abuse.

Pacific Beach Peeper 2/15/07A peeping tom who has also committed sexual battery is on the loose in Pacific Beach and he's so brazen that most of the attacks have occurred in broad daylight.

Why was this man not kept out of country after he was deported the first time? How do you keep someone registered as a sex offender when they shouldn't even be in this country? Does this mean that the United States has just adopted another pervert? That's the last thing we need.

Sex Offender Mayor in Texas

Poteet's sex offender mayor plans to stay in office

Although barred from City Hall, official says he won't resign

11:37 PM CST on Thursday, November 22, 2007
The Associated Press

POTEET, Texas – The mayor of this South Texas town is a registered sex offender who can be arrested for going to City Hall, but he still doesn't plan to resign.

Mayor Lino Donato pleaded guilty last month to indecency counts involving two girls, and his plea deal required him to register as a sex offender for 20 years. But he received deferred adjudication, which isn't a conviction, so he can't be forced from office.

Mr. Donato is required to stay more than 1,000 feet from places where children congregate, and City Hall is "well within 200 feet" of that limit from the Atascosa Boxing Club and Youth Center, City Attorney Frank Garza said.

The mayor did not attend Tuesday's council meeting, the last of the year, and asked Mayor Pro Tem Roy Ybarra to preside.

Mr. Donato said it was the first meeting he's missed in five years, but he reiterated Wednesday that he wouldn't resign.

Atascosa County adult probation officers checked the distance between the boxing club and City Hall with a tape measure and warned Mr. Donato that going there risked a violation, said former assistant district attorney Brandon Hudson, who is now in private practice.

Mr. Donato pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to two counts of indecency by exposure and no contest to one count of indecency by contact for incidents that occurred between 1996 and 2000. The plea cut short a trial on accusations that he exposed himself to two girls and improperly touched one of them.

He planned to resign at a meeting a week later, but he changed his mind and canceled the meeting, saying he wasn't guilty.

Poteet is about 30 miles south of San Antonio.

The Associated Press

Can someone clear up the confusion? How can you plead guilty and not have a conviction? What is deferred adjudication?

Couple busted for sex with 13 yr old

Dallas couple gets prison terms in child porn case

09:16 PM CST on Monday, January 14, 2008
From staff reports

A North Dallas insurance agent and his girlfriend, a former stripper, were sentenced to federal prison Monday after pleading guilty to producing child pornography. The couple admitted taking pictures of themselves having sex with the woman's 13-year-old female cousin.

U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey sentenced 45-year-old Douglas Meyers to 25 years in prison and his 21-year-old girlfriend, Amanda Jenson, to 15 years in prison.

In addition to images of the 13-year-old girl, authorities found pornographic images of other children on a computer at the couple's home on Royal Lane near Hillcrest Road, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Among other things, the government seized the couple's 2003 Hummer, which they used to pick up the girl and bring her to their home for the sex sessions.

Jason Trahan

OK, so where are the charges for rape and kidnapping? What about the other children?

Kudos to the Geek Squad!

Middle School Employee Charged with Child Pornography Possession

Last Edited: Monday, 14 Jan 2008, 9:37 PM CST
Created: Monday, 14 Jan 2008, 4:41 PM CST


A custodian at White Bear Lake Central Middle School is facing child pornography charges after images were found on his hard drive. 59-year-old John George Lockmann, Jr. of Hugo has been charged with felony possession of pornographic work on a computer disk.

In August 2007, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received reports that a hard drive sent to the Best Buy Geek Squad in Maplewood for data recovery contained child pornography.

Geek Squad employees viewed over 800 images contained in a folder titled XXXYOUNGS. The images featured young girls believed to be between the ages of 7 and 15. In some of the pictures the children were nude; in others, they were engaged in sexual acts with adult males.

In an interview, the suspect admitted to downloading images from news groups and saving them to zip disks. Lockmann said he was unaware that downloading child pornography was illegal; he thought it was illegal only to produce or distribute it.

Upon the execution of a search warrant, police found books containing sex writings, VHS tapes, 8 mm movies, zip discs, floppy disks, compact disks, an external hard drive, a zip drive and a computer tower in Lockmann’s place of residence. While analyzing the contents, investigators found over 1,000 images believed to be child pornography. With assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police recognized three children from the images on Lockmann’s hard drive.

The penalty for possession of pornographic work is five years in prison and $5,000 for a first offense. It is 10 years and $20,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

Thats is the stupist defense I've heard from a pedophile in about 30 minutes. There is no excuse for being a sick bastard.

Juvenile Probation Camp teacher busted

Teacher faces child porn charges

By Greg Moran
6:10 p.m. January 14, 2008

A teacher at a county juvenile probation camp school was charged with possessing child pornography by federal prosecutors Monday.
Edgardo Vilas, 42, declined to enter a plea at a court hearing, and he remained in custody.

Vilas faces a maximum of 10 years if he is found guilty. The Descanso man is a teacher at the juvenile school at Rancho del Campo, a county-run detention camp for juvenile offenders in Campo.

An affidavit submitted by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the court file said the arrest of Vilas stemmed from a long-running probe of a large Internet-based child pornography enterprise that operates more than 200 child exploitation Web sites.

In November agents learned that the user of an e-mail address later found to belong to Vilas had paid money to subscribe to one of the Web sites that allows subscribers to access and download pornographic images.

On Friday agents searched his Descanso home and found CD and DVDs with images of child pornography. Vilas admitted to agents that he downloaded the images from his computer.

“Vilas also admitted to purchasing child pornography consistently over the past 10 years,” wrote Special Agent Cara Chace in the affidavit.

A spokesman for the county Probation Department confirmed Vilas was a teacher at the school, and said that he did not report to work Friday.

Derryl Acosta, the spokesman, said that Vilas will not be allowed back in the classroom until the case is resolved.

In the affidavit, Chace said that Vilas denied to agents that he had sexually molested any of his students.

Because in Vilas eyes, the sex was consentual. Give it time and the children who were in his charge will come forward. He picked the perfect place to work. A probation camp where he could make a childs life a living hell if they did not comply with his advances.

Nazi pedophile

Greene man guilty of child porn
Other charges dropped against 'white nationalist'

By Rob Seal / rseal@dailyprogress.com 978-7265
January 15, 2008

The founder of a self-described “white nationalist” group pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to possessing child pornography.

Kevin Alfred Strom was originally scheduled for a trial this week on several child porn charges. Instead, the 51-year-old pleaded guilty to a single count and prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against him.

During the hearing, Strom said he is neither a white supremacist nor a neo-Nazi and maintained that he’s been threatened in jail after media accounts described him as such, said defense lawyer Andrea Harris.

“The bottom line is that he feels like those terms don’t accurately reflect what his beliefs are,” Harris said. “He adamantly denies being either one of those things.”

However, others said Strom’s denial lacks credibility.

“I find that the most ludicrous comment I’ve heard this decade,” said Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups.

Strom was once part of the leadership of the National Alliance, a West Virginia-based organization Potok said was a white supremacist group.

Strom edited some of the organization’s publications and produced and sometimes hosted its shortwave radio and Internet broadcast.

“Jews are so dominant and influential in debasing and deceiving white women and girls on such a massive scale that, to any decent white person, no forgiveness is possible,” Strom said at the beginning of one August 2003 radio show.

Still, his wife, Elisha Strom, said in a telephone interview Monday that neither she nor her husband would ever have described themselves as white supremacists or neo-Nazis.

“In our political world there are subtle differences,” Elisha Strom said.

“The thing I kind of wonder more about is that he doesn’t seem upset that he’s being called a pedophile, but he has a problem being called a neo-Nazi.”

Elisha Strom, who is estranged but not divorced from her husband, said they moved to Greene County in 2000, when Kevin Strom was working for National Alliance.

They split with the group after a falling out around 2005 and Kevin Strom created the National Vanguard, Elisha Strom said.

Things started to break down for the couple in 2006, after Elisha said she returned home one day and found her husband sitting naked in front of the computer looking at child pornography.

Afterward, in an apparent attempt to patch things up, the two signed a notarized contract in which Kevin Strom agreed to seek treatment for pedophilia. But the couple’s relationship continued to disintegrate.

In August 2006, investigators seized Strom’s computer during a raid of his home. He was arrested in January 2007 after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of witness intimidation and possession of child pornography.

Elisha Strom was the alleged victim in the witness intimidation case. She said her husband attacked her to keep her from coming forward about the child porn, and that he filed a lawsuit and criminal charges against her.

In April, Kevin Strom was indicted on an additional charge of attempting to sexually entice a minor. Authorities said he’d been fixated on a 10-year-old classmate of his stepdaughter’s.

During an October trial on the enticement and intimidation charges, witnesses testified that Kevin Strom sent the 10-year-old girl flowers and presents and wrote a love poem in which he expressed a desire to marry her.

However, judge Norman K. Moon threw out the charges. Though he said there was “overwhelming evidence” that Strom was sexually attracted to the girl, Moon ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him with attempting to sexually coerce her.

Elisha Strom testified against her husband at the October trial, saying he attacked her to keep her from outing his predilection for child pornography and that he filed a lawsuit against her and sought to have her charged criminally in an effort to keep her from aiding authorities.

Moon also threw out the intimidation charge, which was based almost entirely on her testimony.

The trial for the remaining pornography charges was postponed until Monday. In a summary of what the case would have been had it gone to court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Gould wrote that Strom later acknowledged to authorities that he’d downloaded child pornography.

Strom will remain at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail until his sentencing. He could face up to a decade in prison at his April sentencing in U.S. District Court, though federal guidelines could call for a much lighter sentence.

So basically this woman found her Nazi husband masterbating to child porn, and tried to work it out? Then he got busted for child porn, and trying to fulfill his sick fantasies with a ten year old after the child porn no longer met his sick desires? This woman should have ran for her life when he started acting like a whacked out white supremecist.
He should be in prison for LIFE.
Hate crimes, child porn, and grooming of a child for sexual intentions. That should be life, not ten years.

Myspace fighting Predators

MySpace Fighting Internet Predators

Monday, January 14, 2008; Posted: 4:10 p.m. (CDT)

MySpace announced it's planning a major overhaul on Monday.

Julie Bays is Oklahoma's Assistant Attorney General with the Consumer Protection Unit. She says, "It took two years working with MySpace and trying to figure out what the issues really were and how we could make it safer for our children."

The issue hits close to home for Bays. She's also the mother of a 13-year-old son.

"There's a lot of kids on it. A lot of children that my son hangs out with are on it and it's a scary thing," says Bays. "They can get stalkers, they can run across pedophiles and they can run across bullies."

She says a joint statement with MySpace is a step in the right direction. It was signed by all 50 attorneys general including Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

Bays says, "We're hoping that MySpace will be the model for protecting children."

The international website, which is used by millions, agreed to allow parents to submit their children's e-mail addresses to a list. The list would prohibit them from setting up a MySpace account.

It has also agreed to review and respond to inappropriate content and to commit the staff and resources necessary to do so. In addition, MySpace will work to educate children and parents about internet safety.

"We still want to tell parents, they're the first line of defense when protecting your children. MySpace is a dangerous place for children," says Bays. "The steps taken aren't the answer, the complete answer. It's just the beginning."

In my opinion, blocking an email address given by parents is going to do little to prevent that child from setting up a myspace account. How easy is it to go get a new one from Google or Yahoo? I don't have the answers, but I sure do have a lot of questions.