Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sex offenders locked in the looney bin may lose the ability to get government grants for education

Sex Offenders May Lose Pell Grant Eligibility Under Revised Higher Education Act

Published 04 August 08 04:49 PM Student Loan Girl

Starting July 1, 2009, sex offenders confined in treatment centers throughout the country may no longer be eligible to receive need-based federal Pell Grants, under a new provision of the reauthorized Higher Education Act, according to an article in the Associated Press (“Congress Cuts Off College Aid For Sex Offenders,” Aug. 4, 2008).

President Bush has yet to sign the act into law, but after the act passed through Congress July 31, Rep. Ric Keller, R-Fla., said, “Today, the most insane wasteful spending program in America comes to an end.”

Keller cited an AP article from March that revealed dozens of rapists and child molesters had taken higher education classes at taxpayers’ expense while confined to treatment centers after serving their prison sentences.

Some prisoners were using the financial aid to buy clothes, DVD players, and music CDs even after they had dropped their classes in some cases.

While the U.S. Department of Education does not know exactly how many sex offenders receive Pell Grants, spokeswoman Stephanie Babyak predicted that making sex offenders ineligible for the aid would save taxpayers millions.

Critics say the new measure may rule out a higher education for sex offenders who are trying to rehabilitate themselves. Instead of cutting off grant aid to all sex offenders, Congress should better regulate how it administers the program in order to help prevent abuses, said Michael Macleod-Ball, chief legislative and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.

The grant aid provision would affect the 20 states that allow violent sex offenders — those who it is believed would likely repeat their crimes if they were to be released — to be held indefinitely in treatment facilities after they have served their prison sentences. Prison inmates have been ineligible for Pell Grants since 1994, but sexual offenders can qualify for the grants once they are transferred from prison to treatment centers.

Yeah, like these crazy violent sex offenders are gonna use thier "education" to get them a good job after they get out of the nut house. I don't know of any "good jobs" that are going to hire a felon who has been in the nut house, do you?

Sex Offender busted again in MO.

Monroe City man arrested after selling computer filled with child pornography

KIRKSVILLE — A Monroe City man has been charged in Adair County after his girlfriend sold his computer containing several hundred pornographic images of children.

Joseph M. Ketsenburg, 31, is currently in custody at the Adair County Detention Center on a charge of possession of child pornography.

He was arrested over the weekend after his former girlfriend, April Bass, told Kirksville police she sold Ketensburg’s computer and a flash drive to her stepfather, Ernest Gotham on July 20. Ketensburg gave Bass the computer to sell to repay money he owed her.

According to a probable cause statement filed, eight days after Bass sold the computer, Ketensburg went to her residence and asked for it and the flash drive, stating “there were things on them that would put him in prison for life.”

He asked her to mail them to him or burn them when she recovered them.

When Bass relayed this conversation to her stepfather, he observed numerous pornographic images on the computer, some including children.

Gotham then turned over the computer and flash drives to police, and officers observed hundreds of images of Ketsenburg and children ranging in ages from 5 to 14 years in various sexual engagements and positions.

According to the probable cause statement, a check of Ketsenburg’s criminal history indicated a prior conviction for statutory rape and statutory sodomy.

He was also charged July 17 in Circuit Court on felony charges of domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. He was released July 24 on his recognizance.

What this article leaves is questions. Was he charged with assault on his girlfriend, what did he do to that child that he was charged for endangering her welfare, and who did he falsly imprision. Also in the photos found on his computer were they pictures of him WITH the children, or pictures of him and pictures of children?

This guy is definately an idiot. He beats up his girlfriend then gives he a computer that he has child porn on and expects her not to turn his sorry butt in? DUHHHHH!

Teachers aid busted for child porn

Teacher’s aide indicted on child porn charges

By JOHN SIEVERS Contributing Writer
Published: Monday, August 4, 2008 2:26 PM EDT

LEBANON ‑ A local man was indicted last Thursday, July 31, by a Hunterdon County grand jury on charges that he allegedly had images of child pornography on his home computer.

The man, James Leonarczyk, 39, had been working as a teacher’s aide at Phillipsburg Middle School in Phillipsburg after clearing a criminal background check in 2004.

The indictment charges Leonarczyk with second and fourth degree counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
WTF is this???? Where is the child porn charges? Does this mean the perv doesn't have to register?

He is accused of distributing child pornography between August 2006 and July 2007.

Leonarczyk is also accused of knowingly possessing or viewing child pornography between August 2006 and April 2008, according to the indictment.

Authorities began investigating Leonarczyk last year after getting a tip from the Rhode Island State Police that he might have received child pornography from someone who had been charged with possessing illegal pornographic materials.

Authorities said they had learned through their investigation that Leonarczyk had been involved with another person who had child pornography in Gloucester County, who was also charged.

Using computer forensic technology, investigators were able to gather enough evidence to execute a search warrant.

Leonarczyk was arrested last Nov. 9. Investigators seized several computers in a search of his home, and images of child pornography were found on the computers, according to authorities.

Cleared Background Check
Any school employee must undergo a criminal background check, according to a spokesman for the state Department of Education.
Certain crimes disqualify employment at a school system, according to the spokesman, who was interviewed at the time of Leonarczyk’s arrest last November.
The school district suspended Leonarczyk after his arrest. Last Friday, a spokesperson for the Phillipsburg School District would not comment on Leonarczyk’s status, saying that it was not the district’s policy to comment on personnel matters.

Indiana man busted with over 5000 images of child porn

Local man held on child porn charges

A Jackson Township resident has been charged after a compact disc which police said contained images of child pornography was found at his former residence in the Spring Valley Shelter in Valparaiso, the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

Michael T. McGinley, 38, of 975N 250E, has been charged with five counts of child exploitation, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years; and five counts of possession of child pornography, a Class D felony punishable by a term of six months to three years.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Lt. John Ross of the Valparaiso Police Department, on June 26 an employee of Spring Valley Shelter was cleaning an apartment recently vacated by McGinley and found a CD. On viewing the CD, Ross stated, the employee observed child-pornography images.

Ross subsequently made contact with McGinley on July 24 and in an interview, Ross stated, McGinley confirmed that the CD was his but advised that someone had sent the images to him and he had been unable to delete them.

After further questioning, however, McGinley authorized Ross to search his computers and several discs, Ross stated. McGinley also advised Ross that the hard drive of his computer contained “upwards of 5,000 images of child pornography that he has received and downloaded,” Ross stated.

“Furthermore, Mr. McGinley admitted to managing the images by placing them into particular folder files and titling them with names particular to the images contained in the file folder,” Ross stated. “He further admitted to disseminating the images across the Internet and provided me with various e-mail and Internet accounts and their respective passwords.”

Ross added in his affidavit that he viewed the CD found at Spring Valley Shelter and confirmed that it contains images of sexual conduct by children “who are clearly under 18 years of age.”

McGinley was being held at Porter County Jail.

Child exploitation is defined as knowingly or intentionally managing, producing, sponsoring, presenting, exhibiting, photographing, filming, videotaping, or creating a digitized image of any performance which includes sexual conduct by a child under the age of 18.

Possession of child pornography is defined as being in possession of an image which depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child under the age of 16.

What he was trying to say was "Someone sent me the images, but I was unable to delete them because I wanted to add them to my well catergorized collection for later viewing"
Sick freak

Pfizer executive is a sick freak

Judge denies bond in Child porn case
Article Last Updated: 08/04/2008 05:56:52 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT — The former Pfizer executive caught in a child porn scandal won't be getting out on bond despite offering to post $500,000 Monday.

Following an hour-long hearing, Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton told Alan Hesketh that he considers the former global patent attorney for Pfizer a risk of flight by virtue of his owning four properties, including one on the Isle of Man off the Irish Sea, and because he has been an international traveler. "I'm not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but I can rationalize my decision by my long experience in life" Eginton told Hesketh, a 61-year-old with the English equivalent of Ph.D and receipient of three different pensions. "But I can rationalize my decision by my long experience in life.

" Given the extent of his assets and his knowledge of travel I consider him more of a risk of flight," the judge said.

Eginton struck down a request for release pending sentencing from Jonathan Einhorn, Hesketh's lawyer. Last week, Hesketh, a British citizen who has been living in the U.S. for the past six weeks, pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing more than 1,000 images of child pornography.

As a result, he faces a mandatory minimum five year prison term when sentenced Oct. 17. The federal sentencing guidelines recommend he receive between 10 years and 12 years seven months in prison.

Once he completes his sentence, Hesketh is expected to be deported to England.

Einhorn told the judge that Janet Hesketh's the defendant's wife of 39 years, needs Hesketh home to help her arrange the family's finances in preparation for the prison term he received in October. He said the couple's four children all live in the United Kingdom.

"I don't know if that's going to be a detriment or an advantage," said the judge after hearing that initially Hesketh's wife wanted nothing to do with him after learning of the charges.' Hesketh was arrested at the Kennedy International Airport on March 26. At the time, federal agents found a portable hard drive containing 1,981 images and 71 video files many depicting sadomachistic activities on infants and young children.

A resulting investigation alleged that Hesketh carried this item with him on business trips and to work where he sometimes traded his collection over the internet.

"The images present were the most horrific depictions of infants and young children being abused," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Slater.

Agents from the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement came across Hesketh's involving while investigating Gregory Nadolski, 29-year-old Buffalo, N.Y. man who lives at home with his parents and works as a company mail clerk. The pair traded dozens of images.

Nadolski, who cooperated with authorities, is free under house arrest.

Einhorn sought the same kind of conditions for his client, who was willing to post $500,000 backed by equity in his homes.

The lawyer also suggested if free Hesketh would receive necessary mental health treatment.

Hesketh is being detained without bond at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, R.I..

People may think that child porn is picture of naked kids standing there doing nothing, but that is far from the truth. Sure that can be considered child porn and be prosecuted as such but most times this is not what child porn collectors are interested in. Child porn is more like pictures of INFANTS, TODDLERS, and every age of children being TORTURED with sadistic sexual acts being not only forced upon thier little bodies that cannot withstand the abuse, but they are also forced to perform this upon other children and adults. Children have died from massive trauma to thier frail bodies as a result of some sicko getting his jollies. What is even worse is that these men KNOW that this child could die, but they don't care. This is another testiment that pedophilia cannot be "cured". These people are psychopaths and need to be institutionalized.

Internet predators getting busted in N.D.

Police pose as predators on online stings
An AP Member Exchange Feature By TERI FINNEMAN
The Forum
The Associated Press - Monday, August 04, 2008

Steve Harstad remembers the cold winter night when he first became a teenage girl.
Sitting at his computer, Harstad entered an Internet chat room. All it took was a few clicks on the keyboard to establish a new identity: that of a 13-year-old girl.
It didn't take long to make new friends.
Within two hours, a Fargo man struck up a flirtation with "her" as they exchanged typed messages. The man asked to meet in person the next day.
If he had shown up, he would have found himself surrounded by law enforcement and under arrest for Internet luring of a minor.
Harstad, 34, is a special agent for the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Bismarck.
Part of his job is to catch online child predators. That means getting in touch with his inner teenage girl a few times each month to see if anyone tries to solicit "her" for sex via the computer.
"I feel very strongly that crimes against children are the worst possible crime," Harstad said.
"To be a part of something that maybe I'm getting that guy put away, maybe I'm getting that guy before he gets to the next child, is very rewarding for me," he said.
But opponents of law enforcements' efforts say men are being set up and prosecuted for victimless crimes.
"I think they're ruining a lot of lives, I guarantee you that," said Darnell Hitterdal-Olson of Moorhead, whose 24-year-old son was arrested earlier this year for solicitation of a minor to engage in sexual contact.
"There's two sides to every story," she said.
Both Fargo and Moorhead police departments assign officers to investigate Internet luring.
But, like for Harstad, trying to find time for the work isn't easy when there are child abuse, child pornography and other computer forensic cases to get done.
"Unfortunately, a big portion of what we do is reactive, where somebody has brought us a case and the child has already been affected," Harstad said.
"We're working on and hopefully being fairly successful with getting to be more proactive."
Because of their ongoing work, officers can't disclose all of the details about how they find child predators online.
They also declined having photos of themselves published because they are involved in arrests and don't want to be recognized.
However, they can give an overview of their training and what it's like to talk online to men interested in minors.
For Harstad, it isn't too difficult to sound like a teenage girl when he's typing back and forth with someone online.
He has nieces and nephews who keep him connected to what's cool and how they talk. He also pays attention to what's new in music and popular on TV.
Since men often ask his teenage personality for a photo, BCI takes pictures of young women who work in the office.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children then transforms the photos through age regression or other alterations.
"You can't just randomly take a picture off the Internet," Harstad said of why the extra work is done to create the photos. "What if (a predator) runs into that child? We have to be pretty careful with that."
With his photos ready, Harstad also creates Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo and MSN accounts to add to the believability of his teenage personality.
So far, it works.
"I've never had anybody call me out. I've never had anybody say you're not who you say you are," Harstad said.
"In general, I'm trying to talk to somebody else who's 35 or 40. They don't necessarily know what a 13-year-old would be into. In general, I'm talking to somebody else who's as naive about it as I am, I guess."
The publicity of "To Catch a Predator" means it takes longer for men to suggest meeting the "minor," Harstad said. But the show hasn't deterred men from seeking out children online.
"They're not real smart. It's a disease. It's an addiction for them," he said.
Not all men want to meet. Some just want to chat, but all conversations are documented if they're needed in court.
Fargo police investigator Paula Ternes said it isn't easy for her to chat online with child predators.
"It's a very strange feeling, thinking that the person on the other end of that computer wants to harm a child," she said. "Even though we are police officers and we've seen a lot and done a lot, that's something I'll never get used to by any means."
Ternes, 41, has only spent 22 hours or so posing online as a young teenager since April. Other duties kept her too busy.
Yet she's started forming pages on social networking sites and developing her online teenage personality.
A few years ago, Fargo police assisted Perverted Justice a group that goes after child predators online by making four arrests, Ternes said.
Ternes also worked with Moorhead police this year to arrest Allen Duane Halstad, 24, of Moorhead.
Halstad pleaded guilty to going into an Internet chat room and speaking with individuals he believed to be 13-year-old girls for the purpose of engaging in sexual contact.
He was actually talking to Ternes and Moorhead Police Sgt. Mike Detloff.
Moorhead police have made two arrests and are working on several cases since starting undercover chatting in January, Detloff said.
Detloff, 36, does research at home to keep his online teenage personality believable.
He pays attention to his preteen daughter and her friends "so I can throw that drama back into my online identity." He also listens to Taylor Swift and watches "Hannah Montana."
Men involved in the chats include college students, businessmen and "worthless bums," Detloff said. Conversations can turn dirty within minutes, and some men will use Web cams to show sexual images, he said.
"It's not uncommon for me to be having six conversations at one time," Detloff said.
His recent promotion in the department means another officer will soon take on the online chatting. He hopes efforts and funding to catch child predators will increase.
"This is a priority for us."

I've actually seen this in action here in Ohio. All it takes is a matter of minutes of a 13yr old girl popping up in a chat room and she has numerous men trying to talk to her. The "girl" only has to say something to the effect of "female 13 ohio" and within seconds she has adult men instant messaging her sexual messages and sending her links to thier webcams- featuring the men masterbating. It is wrong to think that these police try to "frame" these men. They always give them a way out by reminding them they are 13. Only on a rare occasion does someone tell the girl she is too young and to leave the chat room. Most of the time the men just say "If it doesn't bother you, it doesn't bother me". I just can't fathom how a 35 year old man can not be bothered at the notion that a 13 year old girl is watching him materbate, and he even takes it a step further to ask this CHILD very sexual questions and tell her explicitly what he would like to do to and with her sexually. These men are not "framed". They are sick, and are just upset that they got busted.