Saturday, August 30, 2008

Texas mom busted for selling sex with her 5yr old.

No bond for mother accused of trying to sell girl
By MICHELLE ROBERTS – 3 days ago

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A mother accused of trying to prostitute her young daughters cried in court Tuesday as a magistrate ordered that she be held without bond.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Stein Nowak concluded that 25-year-old Jennifer Richards, who moved to San Antonio from Phoenix nine months ago, was a flight risk and is likely to be convicted.
"It's about as dangerous as it can get when a mother sets up her own child for this," said Nowak in finding that Richards should remain in custody.
The waitress with shoulder-length blond hair sat with her shoulders hunched and began to cry.
Richards is charged with using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor, a charge that carries as many as five years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Braun said other charges could be added.
Clare Koontz, Richards' attorney, said the Internet exchanges about child pornography and sexual assault were just chat room discussions.
"All of this is fantasy. It was chat room stuff," Koontz said in court. "This was a fantasy response to Mr. Block, not actual conduct."
FBI agent Rex Miller testified that Richards offered to allow her 5-year-old daughter to be molested in exchange for a car, an apartment and money for day care for her 10-month-old daughter. Richards also planned to use the baby for child pornography when she got older, the agent said.
She allegedly took the girls to meet an informant she thought was a child molester and accepted $300 on the promise that they would meet again. Richards was taken into custody a short time later.
Authorities say neither girl was sold for sex and are no longer in Richards' custody.
He said Internet chat logs also recorded her and her boyfriend, 40-year-old Sean Michael Block, making plans to use the girls to create child pornography. Block, who allegedly offered the girl to the informant through a text message, was ordered held without bond Friday; he faces a charge of distribution of child pornography.
Miller also described chat logs in which Richards and Block allegedly talked about luring a teenage girl from a bus station or night club to sexually assault her and cut her face.
"Many of the stories were instigated by Ms. Richards," Miller said.

KY Gov. grants pardon to child rapist!!

Governor grants partial pardon to Lexington child molester

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear has restored some civil rights to a Lexington man convicted of child molestation.

Beshear gave back the right to vote and to hold office to Ron Berry, who served three years in prison after being convicted in 2002 on 12 counts of sodomy involving teenage boys.
Berry, 64, formerly headed Lexington's Micro-City Government youth program, which is now defunct.
Jay Blanton, Beshear's spokesman, said Berry's application for a partial pardon was sent to Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson, who prosecuted the case. He said the governor's office received no objections.
Larson said he didn't object to it because he didn't see it.
"We object to people who kill people and people who are sex offenders," Larson said. "And I just obviously didn't see it."
Blanton said the governor had refused to restore the civil rights of felons in each of the 56 instances when prosecutors have objected. Attorney Gayle Slaughter, who represents several people who accused Berry of molesting them, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she doesn't mind Berry being allowed to vote but was surprised the governor would let him hold office.
"I guess it is good to know which side of the fence the governor is on in this battle against this scourge on society," Slaughter said.
Blanton said the governor routinely approves the partial restoration of civil rights if applicants have served their sentence, paid restitution and have no further charges against them. Blanton said allowing Berry to vote gives him the right to run for office.
A full pardon would have restored all of his civil rights, including the right to carry a firearm and sit on a jury, and would have wiped away his convictions.
"We apply the same standard for everyone," Blanton said.
The partial pardon was signed Aug. 20 and filed Wednesday in Fayette County court.

Couple busted for years of sexual abuse to children

North Middleton Township

North Middleton couple charged with sexually abusing children

Last updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 7:36 AM

EDTA former North Middleton Township couple was arrested Wednesday on charges that they had sexually abused children over a six-year time span, according to North Middleton Township police.Renee Lamason, 27, now of the Betty Nelson Trailer Court, Lower Frankford Township, was taken into custody about 10:30 p.m. at her home, police said, and her husband, Scott Lamason, 28, formerly of the Betty Nelson Trailer Court, was taken into custody about 7 p.m. by police near Bessemer, N.C.The investigation that sparked the arrests began on March 3, police said, when a child said the Lamasons engaged in sexual contact with him and a female child. The abuse is believed to have begun around August 2001, when the family lived in the first block of Evandale Court in North Middleton Township, police said, and ended in Sept. 2007, after the children were placed into foster care by Cumberland County Children and Youth Services.Scott Lamason, who is expected to be extradited back to Cumberland County soon, faces charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and unlawful contact with a minor, police said.Renee Lamason is being held without bail in Cumberland County Prison on charges of attempted rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault, incest, endangering the welfare of children and unlawful contact with a minor, police said.
Her preliminary hearing before Cumberland County Magisterial District Judge Paula Correal has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 4, court personnel said, and she has applied to be represented by a public defender.

Can you believe that these sick freaks are smiling? They must be proud of thier abuse. This is exactly what the registry is for, to warn parents of sick pedophiles like them. Hopefully now they will never hurt another child.

Vermont needs more money to fight sexual predators

More Resources Needed To Investigate Sex Crimes

Vermont's Senate Committee on Judiciary meets Friday to investigate further and discuss how the state handles sex offenders. The committee heard from the director of the Vermont State Police, Col. James Baker, and Detective Sgt. Ingrid Jonas. Also it heard from Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling and Sheriff Roger Marcoux, president of the Vermont Sheriffs' Association.
More Resources Needed to Investigate Sex Crimes
Baker said Vermont State Police are ready to take the lead on the issue of protecting communities from sex crimes. But he said the roles of state police need to be redefined, as he's publicly said before.
Sheriff Roger Marcoux said he will advocate that the sheriff's departments are a partner in the reorganization of state police if it happens.
Col. Baker said he would like to see state police and probation bridge their roles. For instance, he said in the special investigation units, specialized probation officers would work along with investigators.
He said in preparation for additional special investigation units around the state, Jonas, their expert in the area of child sexual abuse and domestic violence against women, will work full-time at headquarters to lay the blueprint. She emphasized the need for well-trained investigators who are skilled at interviewing children.
He said the additional special investigation units needed across the state should be like the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations, but essentially on steroids.
Burlington's police chief has an extensive background in child exploitation and computer and Internet investigations. Schirling said the state needs to recognize sex offenders are a completely different animal than other criminals. "As we talk about crime prevention, response to crime, really two completely separate approaches are needed. I don't think Vermont as a whole has evolved to address those two things separately. We still deal with criminals, or people committing criminal acts, in one big bucket, versus, specialized individual buckets, with a few exceptions."
He said the Internet plays a huge role in sex offenders' manipulative ways of doing business. He said sex offenders are constantly finding ways to beat and manipulate the system. He added that seemingly unrelated crimes like a robbery can be related to an addiction, for example, of finding young boys on the Internet.
Baker added that violent sexual predators need to be supervised to the point where they worry about when they will be checked next. He said "mail covers," meaning permission to check someone's electronic and paper mail routinely, without warning, need to be done.
"We live in a different world today. The way sexual predators groom their victims is much different than it used to be," said Baker.