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SPOKANE, Wash. – Robert Caruso, 76, a Spokane lawyer, was charged with 2nd Degree Rape and Unlawful Imprisonment Friday. The Attorney General's Office said the court has issued a warrant and he was later taken into custody. Media sources were there when Caruso was being taken to jail, but he shielded his face and did not respond to any questions. Caruso was booked with bond set at $200,000.

Caruso being taken to jail.

Court documents detailing the allegations were unsealed in September. The documents disclosed that SPD officers were investigating rape allegations made by a 22-year-old woman. She told police she was in a wreck near the Maple Street exit on Interstate 90. The woman told police a man who drove by called 911 to report the wreck. According to the court documents, Detectives later traced that 911 call to Robert Caruso's cell phone. The woman said the man told her he was a lawyer and helped her to his car because she was hurt. The woman said the man allegedly told paramedics she was fine and that he was taking her to the hospital. However, instead of taking her to the hospital, the woman told police the man took her to his condo near Downtown Spokane.

The woman stated that once at the condo, she drank alcohol and later took pills at the Caruso's insistence. She alleges she kept asking to be taken to the hospital. She told police the pills made her woozy and she was unable to fight off the man when he handcuffed her and raped her. The documents said the man released her from the handcuffs and he later fell asleep after drinking and taking more pills. She told police she checked the pill bottles which had the last name Caruso on it. She also told detectives the man referred to himself as Robert. The woman told police she used this opportunity to run from the condo.

Court documents indicate a passerby found the woman hiding in a nearby alley. She was dressed only in her underwear and bra. The passerby took her to Deaconess Hospital where SPD officers interviewed her. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Caruso's Condo. Documents indicated that police later executed the search warrant on Caruso's condo. A detective signed a statement showing a list of things police seized from Caruso's condo. The list includes women's clothing, pills, bedding and handcuffs.

Gay Rights!

POSTED: 12:21 PM EDT, Tue May 6, 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 AM EDT, Thur May 8, 2014

New Castle County, Delaware (WCJB) --Daniel Simmons, 34 (pictured above, center) a Delaware deputy attorney general, resigned Monday after he was arrested and charged with raping a 16-year-old boy he allegedly met through a popular gay dating app. Simmons was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree. He was released Friday after posting $45,000 bail, according to the New Castle County Police Department. Simmons met the teen on the popular gay dating app, according to New Castle County Police. The app, launched in 2009, is a social, location-based mobile app designed to connect gay and bisexual men, according to its website.

Police began investigating Simmons in March after receiving a tip from someone who became aware of the alleged incident. The investigation continued until police officers went to Simmons' office on Friday to interview him. They arrested him the same day, said Officer Tracy Duffy, a spokeswoman for the New Castle County Police. Simmons was placed on administrative leave after his arrest and resigned from his post Monday. He had been a deputy attorney general assigned to the New Castle County Misdemeanor Trial Unit since November 2006, agency spokesman Jason Miller told media sources. It is unclear whether Simmons has hired an attorney.

State prosecutor Kathleen Jennings released a statement Monday saying, "We are deeply disturbed by the conduct alleged in this case. We are most concerned for the welfare of the victim. This case will be vigorously pursued to justice. Ethically, we are prohibited from saying more."

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has not commented on the case.

The Black Guy Did It!

January 26, 2012

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — After spending more than two years behind bars, a Huntersville man walked free from the Mecklenburg County Jail just days ago. Michael Cherry's charges of rape, kidnapping and robbery all were dismissed. The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office said there were serious issues with how the Cornelius Police Department handled evidence at the crime scene. In October 2009, Cherry was arrested and charged with rape, robbery and kidnapping in connection with an attack at a home. After Cherry spent 27 months behind bars, the district attorney dropped all those charges Jan. 12.

According to court documents, Cornelius police tied Cherry to the scene from DNA found on a vodka bottle at the victims' home. But in its dismissal, the District Attorney's Office said there were "multiple inconsistencies in police statements over when this item was collected and by whom it was collected. There are also numerous people who could have had contact with the item after the crime took place and before it was collected by the police." In addition, the district attorney said the victims were blindfolded during much of the assault and no one could identify Cherry in a photo lineup. There was no male DNA found on the female rape victim to compare to Cherry.

Media sources asked Cornelius police about the district attorney's dismissal and the concerns about they way officers handled the case. In a statement, Chief Bence Hoyle admitted there were errors but said the item was collected properly. "The inconsistencies are an erroneous recollection by one of the officers in the collection of evidence," he said. Hoyle said the department is creating new policies that limit the number of officers handling evidence at crime scenes to prevent similar issues. The chief also said another issue didn't involve police errors, but a witness handling a key piece of evidence.

Cherry offered his thoughts on how the case was handled. "The whole time they got me sitting here as being the one who committed this crime, and if it did happen, the people they should be looking for are still running around free," Cherry said. "Everybody saw on the news and in the newspaper where I was charged with all these 'Law and Order' heinous crimes," Cherry said. "Nobody was able to see where these charges was dismissed for the simple fact that there's no evidence against me. I was falsely accused from the start." Civil rights activist John Barnette helped Cherry get a new attorney and launched the fight for his freedom. Barnette said they plan to file complaints and a civil suit against the officers involved in the case. Barnette and Cherry plan to start a legal defense fund to help other inmates who are fighting to prove their innocence.

Statement from the District Attorney on the voluntary dismissal:

There is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the identity of the defendant as a participant in this crime. All victims were blindfolded for most of the assault. The description the victims were able to provide did not match the defendant. No victim was able to identify this defendant from a photo lineup. The female victim described her rapist as having a scar on his right cheek. The defendant does not have a scar on his cheek. There is no male DNA found on the female victim to compare to the defendant. The only identification of the defendant as one of the perpetrators of this crime is that his DNA was found on an item left on scene. There are multiple inconsistencies in police statements over when this item was collected and by whom it was collected. There are also numerous people who could have had contact with the item after the crime took place and before it was collected by the police. This calls into serious question the chain of custody on the item.

The suspects wore latex gloves. They also stole a truck from one of the victims. There is a partial DNA profile from the steering wheel of the truck that is consistent with the full DNA profile that matches the defendant. Given that all suspects are said to have worn gloves, the State does not have evidence to support why or how a suspect could leave any DNA on the steering wheel of the car. It is feasible the defendant left his DNA on both items at another time unrelated to this crime.

Registered Sex Offender!

February 15, 2011

A federal appeals court today ordered that a former Alabama district attorney will have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison next month. Former Franklin County District Attorney John Pilati (pictured left) was sentenced in March 2008 to serve 42 months in prison for fondling five men -- ages 17 to 20 years old -- during searches while he was serving as prosecutor in that northwest Alabama county. He was convicted on five misdemeanor civil rights counts.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Ott also ordered that Pilati register as a sex offender when he was released. Pilati is set to be released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas, on March 24, 2011 according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records. Pilati had appealed his conviction, sentence, and requirement that he register as a sex offender, according to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion.

The court ruled that Pilati waived or abandoned all issues related to his conviction because he not raised them on appeal at the district court level first, leaving only the question of whether Pilati had to register as a sex offender, according to the opinion.

Pilati argued the judge had erred in requiring him to register as a sex offender because he was not convicted of a qualifying offense and because he was not charged in the indictment against him or found guilty of a sex offense against a minor. The appeals court ruled that Pilati had not raised that question in an appeal to the lower district court first and that Ott had correctly determined Pilati had engaged in conduct that by its nature was a sex offense against a minor.

The appeals court had issued its opinion in December, but not until today did it issue its final mandate to the district court to enforce their ruling. Calls to Pilati's trial attorney and appeals attorney were not returned today. Pilati has vehemently denied the accusations.

At the time of Pilati's sentencing his attorney of Huntsville, had said the claims against Pilati were made out of revenge by the men who had accused him. Pilati also had served six months in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to lying to FBI agents who were investigating him on allegations he extorted criminal defendants for favorable treatment.

David Folmar

August 3, 2010

A former federal prosecutor who apparently had difficulty on several fronts has now lost not only his job but his law license, which has been suspended until at least 2012, WRAL reports.

David Folmar's law license lapsed in late 2003 because he didn't comply with continuing legal education requirements. But he kept working anyway as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Middle District of North Carolina until March of 2009, according to the Salisbury Post. At that point, the state bar notified the prosecutor's office of his status.

Authorities are reviewing the cases with which Folmar was involved during the time that he was suspended. However, the presence of other prosecutors who were actual licensed lawyers may prevent the cases from having to be revisited, former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan told the station.

Attorney Wade Smith represents Folmar. His client, he says, suffered from severe depression in what he calls a "very tragic story."

As the Post article notes, Folmar received a 30-day suspended sentence in 2009 for driving while intoxicated in 2007.

Lydia Dempsey Wardell

July 7, 2008

TAMPA (July 7, 2008) -- A Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor has resigned after being charged with her second DUI in a Saturday traffic stop in the Channel District.

Tampa police pulled over Lydia Dempsey Wardell, 40, after they saw her speeding and driving carelessly on Bayshore Boulevard about 5 p.m.

"The defendant was obviously imparied and consented to field sobriety tests, which she failed," a police incident report said.

Police learned that Wardell had been involved in a hit-and-run where she fled the scene prior to being pulled over, the report said. Wardell was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash with property, jail records show.

She was released from a Hillsborough County jail after posting bail Sunday.

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe said Wardell has been on unpaid leave from her job for about three or four months for reasons he could not disclose. She resigned from her job today in a fax to McCabe.

"It's a very unfortunate circumstance," McCabe said.

In 2005, Wardell was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving under the influence during a car accident where another six months for culpable negligence was levied against her because she carried her two sons, 3 and 6, in the car at the time. Both offenses were misdemeanors.

Before her first arrest, Wardell was known for her aggressive pursuit of DUI and other cases as one of two misdemeanor court supervisors for the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney. She was demoted after the first arrest, barred at work from having any contact with DUI cases. She was also suspended 30 days without pay.

Sexual Prosecutions!

Sean Cronin

September 28, 2010

A Miami federal prosecutor was arrested Sunday afternoon at a local bar after a young girl and her mother accused him of being indecent when he went swimming in his boxers at the establishment's pool overlooking the Miami River and downtown. Sean Cronin, 35, (pictured left) was charged with two misdemeanors — lewd and lascivious exhibition and nonviolent obstruction of justice — by a Miami police officer as he tried to leave Finnegan's River, 401 SW Third Ave., according to an arrest affidavit. Cronin, a Boston native who was watching the New England Patriots game on the big-screen TV at the outdoor bar, decided to go swimming in his boxer shorts. The girl and her mother were at the pool.

According to the arrest form, the girl and her mother told police that Cronin's genitalia were exposed as he exited the pool. "The victim's mother, who also witnessed the incident, then covered her daughter's eyes," the form said.

They alerted the pool's staff members, who tried to detain Cronin until police arrived, the affidavit said. But Cronin tried to leave through a back exit.

According to the affidavit, Cronin then spotted an officer who had arrived and "continued fleeing" and "jumping over multiple fences." The officer stopped Cronin and put him under arrest about 2:30 p.m.

Cronin's lawyer said the charges are "beyond absurd." "He went swimming in his boxer shorts, for God's sake. He did nothing wrong." He said his client then paid his tab and left the outdoor bar.

Cronin, who has specialized in narcotics and appellate work at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami, was in hot water last year when he and other prosecutors were reprimanded for mishandling evidence in the pill-peddling prosecution of a Miami Beach doctor.

In April 2009, U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold accused three prosecutors of knowingly and repeatedly violating ethical guidelines in the high-profile narcotics trial — and then fined the federal government more than $600,000 to pay for the defendant's legal fees.

Gold took Cronin and two other prosecutors to task for acting "in bad faith" in the case of Miami Beach doctor Ali Shaygan, who was acquitted of 141 counts of illegally prescribing painkillers.

The Justice Department has appealed the judge's ruling.

District Attorney Kenneth Kratz

September 15, 2010

CHILTON, Wis. (AP) ― A prominent Wisconsin district attorney sent repeated text messages trying to spark an affair with a domestic abuse victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend, a police report shows.

The 26-year-old woman complained last year to police after receiving 30 texts from Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth Kratz in three days, according to the report obtained by The Associated Press.

"Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA ... the riskier the better?" Kratz, 50, wrote in a message to Stephanie Van Groll in October 2009. In another, he wrote: "I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you'd be THE woman! R U that good?"

Kratz was prosecuting Van Groll's ex-boyfriend on charges he nearly choked her to death last year. He also was veteran chair of the Wisconsin Crime Victims' Rights Board, a quasi-judicial agency that can reprimand judges, prosecutors and police officers who mistreat crime victims.

In a combative interview in his office Wednesday, Kratz did not deny sending the messages and expressed concern their publication would unfairly embarrass him personally and professionally. He said the Office of Lawyer Regulation found in March he did not violate any rules governing attorney misconduct, but refused to provide a copy of what he said was the report clearing him. That office cannot comment on investigations.

"This is a non-news story," Kratz shouted. But he added, "I'm worried about it because of my reputational interests."

Hours later, after AP reported on the messages, Kratz issued a statement acknowledging sending them and saying he "was embarrassed at this lapse of judgment." He also said he would continue serving as district attorney.

"I have never been the subject of attorney discipline during my entire 25-year career, and until today, have enjoyed a spotless reputation as a vigorous advocate for crime victims," he said.

Van Groll told police in Kaukauna, Wis., where she lived, that she felt pressured to have a relationship with Kratz or he would drop charges against her ex-boyfriend.

Kratz said he "immediately removed himself" from the prosecution after learning about the complaint, and the state Department of Justice took over. Kratz said he resigned from the crime victims board, which he helped create, after more than a decade as chair as a "self-imposed sanction." He and his wife filed for divorce last December.

Kratz has served in Chilton since 1992 and earns a $105,000 salary. Kratz, a Republican, isn't up for re-election until November 2012.

"Nothing really happened to him and I had three days of hell," Van Groll said in a phone interview with the AP. "They gave him a slap on the wrist and told him not to do it again. If it was anybody else that did something like this, they'd lose their job."

Domestic violence experts called Kratz's text messages disturbing and unethical for several reasons, including the power differential between a prosecutor and a younger abuse victim.

"If what's being alleged is true, it's sad a prosecutor would use the same sort of power and control over a woman who has already experienced that in her personal life," said Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Kratz may be best known for prosecuting Steven Avery in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer. The case won national attention because Avery had spent 18 years behind bars for a rape he did not commit in a separate case before DNA evidence implicated someone else. Kratz received glowing media attention and flirted with a run for Congress in 2008.

Last year, around the time he was texting Van Groll, Kratz was back in the spotlight for prosecuting a woman who worked with others to lure a boyfriend to a hotel room and glued his penis to his stomach as revenge for his cheating.

In the interview, Kratz said he was proud he helped achieve legislation creating the first-of-its-kind crime victims' board and that he had dedicated his career to their cause.

"I wrote the law on crime victims in Wisconsin," he said, pointing to a picture of him with former Gov. Tommy Thompson signing that law. "That's the irony here."

A spokeswoman said the board has not received a complaint about Kratz and is not investigating his conduct toward Van Groll.

Kratz cited an undisclosed conflict of interest in stepping away from the abuse case after Van Groll reported the text messages, court records show. An assistant state attorney general acted as special prosecutor and won a conviction on one felony count of strangulation against the man, Shannon Konitzer.

Van Groll said Kratz sent the first text minutes after she left his office, where he had interviewed her about the case.

He said it was nice talking and "you have such potential," signing the message "KEN (your favorite DA)." Twenty minutes later, he added, "I wish you weren't one of this office's clients. You'd be a cool person to know!" But he quickly tried to start a relationship and told her to keep quiet about the texts.

Van Groll at first was polite, saying Kratz was "a nice person" and thanking him for praise. By the second day, she responded with answers such as "dono" or "no." Kratz questioned whether her "low self-esteem" was to blame for the lack of interest.

"I'm serious! I'm the atty. I have the $350,000 house. I have the 6-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize!" he texted.

Kratz told her the relationship would unfold slow enough for "Shannon's case to get done." ''Remember it would have to be special enough to risk all," he wrote.

Van Groll said she went to police after the messages started becoming "kind of vulgar." She provided copies of 30 messages and her responses, which the department released in response to an AP request.

"Stephanie feels afraid that if she doesn't do what he wants Kratz will throw out her whole case," an officer who interviewed Van Groll wrote.

The department referred the complaint to the state Division of Criminal Investigation because it works with Kratz's office on prosecutions. Van Groll, a college student and part-time preschool teacher who has moved to Merrill, said she has been told Kratz won't be charged because "they didn't think he did anything criminally wrong."

Sex Crime Investigation

August 27, 2010

Pendleton, Oregon - Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa has stepped down temporarily from his job while the state authorities investigate him for alleged criminal wrongdoing. The Oregon Department of Justice will take over Gushwa's duties while he's on leave. Department spokesman Tony Green declined comment Thursday on the allegations against Gushwa, but the East Oregonian reported that the case began on Aug. 16, 2010 when Pendleton police took a report of a sex crime.

Police Chief Stuart Roberts said his agency referred the case to the Justice Department, which launched the criminal investigation, the newspaper reported. Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Gushwa, 53, as Umatilla County's top prosecutor in January 2007. He previously had been a deputy prosecutor in the eastern Oregon county of 74,000 residents.

Gushwa sent an e-mail to media announcing that he was stepping aside while he's under investigation. He declined to comment on the allegations. "I will have a lot to say once the investigation is complete," said Gushwa, reached by phone. "I have faith in our justice system, and I will let that system run its course. I am confident at the end of this investigation I will be cleared of any wrongdoing."

Pendleton police and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office couldn't be reached for comment Thursday evening. In a December 2006 news release, Kulongoski praised Gushwa. "Mr. Gushwa will serve the people of Umatilla County with integrity and dedication," Kulongoski said. "He has a strong reputation in the law enforcement community and the leadership skills needed to guide the District Attorney's Office through significant changes with the opening of a second courthouse in the county."

James M. Cameron


August 24, 2010

PORTLAND -- Three years ago, James M. Cameron (pictured left) held a position of power and trust as the top drug prosecutor for the Maine Attorney General's Office. His stunning fall from that post began in December 2007, when state and federal agents showed up at his Hallowell home with search warrants for the four computers inside. The fall ended Monday, when a federal judge convicted Cameron on 13 of 15 counts of sending, receiving and possessing child pornography over the Internet. Cameron, 48, showed no emotion as Judge John Woodcock Jr. read the verdicts that capped the six-day bench trial. Cameron was handcuffed immediately and put into federal custody after the ruling. The former state prosecutor, who opted not to testify in his own defense, faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year.

The Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit began investigating Cameron in 2007, after Yahoo reported finding child pornography in the photos of an account holder later identified as Cameron's wife. The Yahoo reports were made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va., an organization that works with local, state and federal investigators.

Investigators ultimately tied 17 user profiles on Yahoo -- many of which had sexually explicit names -- to three Internet Protocol addresses assigned to computers at the Cameron household. Prosecutors used data from the computers, including log-in names and times, to determine that it was Cameron alone who was responsible for the illegal activity. Besides images of child pornography uploaded to Yahoo file servers, investigators found explicit images, e-mails, chats and other evidence on the four computers seized from Cameron's home.

Cameron engaged in some of the illegal activity from his home computers on days when he was working, prosecutors said. His former secretary testified that Cameron was often away from his office, and those unexplained absences prompted a running joke at the Attorney General's Office, in which someone would ask: "Where in the world is Jim Cameron?"

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark referred to that joke several times during his closing argument Monday. "Where in the world is Jim Cameron? We know the answer. He was at home, on his computer, trading child pornography," Clark said.

Clark said Cameron had advanced computer knowledge, and he stored pornographic materials in photo folders on Yahoo, so that he could then delete the files from his home computers using a software program called Wash n' Go. However, Cameron was apparently unaware that traces of the child pornography, including images and chats on the now-defunct service Google Hello, remained on the hard drives of the computers and were found by investigators, Clark said.

In his closing argument, his defense attorney said the government failed to prove that it was Cameron who sent, received or possessed any illegal photographs or videos. Cunniff said if Cameron inadvertently received illegal images, he deleted them because he was not looking for child pornography. Erotic chat and fantasies are not crimes and are protected by the right to free speech, Cunniff said.

"If a person wants to collect child pornography, they save it. They don't destroy it," the defense attorney said. He also said the investigation of Cameron was flawed from the start because agents believed him to be guilty and they did not pursue any other possibilities, such as the theory that someone had pirated the open wireless signal at Cameron's home. The defense attorney noted that one state police detective used the term "stringing evidence around Jim Cameron's neck." "No meaningful search for exculpatory evidence was made," the defense attorney told Woodcock.

A federal grand jury indicted Cameron in February 2009. He waived his right to a jury, putting his fate solely in the hands of Woodcock, the chief federal judge for the District of Maine. Much of the testimony during the trial was slow going, as government lawyers and the defense argued about rules, procedural matters and the admissibility of almost every piece of evidence.

"The persistence and vigor that I displayed were manifestations of my respect for the law, not disrespect for the court," the defense attorney told Woodcock at the outset of his closing argument. The defense lodged repeated objections based on his argument that Yahoo does not have the right to browse through images posted by users in password-protected folders. Woodcock said the images qualify as business records and Yahoo has the right to inspect them.

Cameron is now divorced from his wife, but they have been working together to raise their 15-year-old autistic son, the defense attorney said. Cameron had been free on $75,000 bail before Monday's verdicts. Woodcock found Cameron guilty on eight counts of sending, four counts of receiving and one count of possessing child pornography. The judge found Cameron not guilty on two counts of sending child pornography.

August 13, 2010

The child pornography trial of Maine's former top drug prosecutor, scheduled to start Monday in Portland, will be the beginning of the end of a strange tale that began four years ago. Police began investigating former Assistant Attorney General James M. Cameron, 47, of Hallowell after Yahoo! reported finding images of child pornography in the photos section of an account holder later identified as Cameron's wife. That led to James Cameron's federal indictment on Feb. 11, 2009, on 16 counts of transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography. He pleaded not guilty and has been free on bail with certain restrictions. His trial is to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Cameron has waived his right to a jury trial. The case will be decided by Judge John Woodcock Jr.

When the charges surfaced, Cameron lost his position as a prosecutor, ended his 26-year marriage, was forced to wear an electronic monitor, surrendered his passport and had only supervised access to the Internet. His current job is selling watches online, according to court documents. His annual income -- about $108,000 in salary and benefits when he worked for the state in 2006 -- is now listed as $25,000 in divorce documents. He signed over to his former wife his ownership in their home in Hallowell. His two children live primarily with their mother.

The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar confirmed Thursday that Cameron's license to practice law remains active.

Cameron's attorneys have hinted at their strategy, and some of their motions have been filed, with mixed results. Michael A. Cunniff and Shaun Garry objected on constitutional grounds to the admission of evidence collected by Yahoo!, saying it improperly acted as a government agent in reporting the presence of the pornographic images via its search of photo albums on its network.

This week, Woodcock rejected that claim, writing, "the mere fact Yahoo! and the government are united against the sexual exploitation of children does not make Yahoo! an arm of the government."

Cameron also has sought to invalidate some of the charges, saying he was in New York on two dates listed in the indictment. Of the 16 counts, trial briefs indicate one will be dismissed. The prosecutors are Donald Clark and Gail Fisk Malone, assistant U.S. attorneys. The attorneys estimate the trial will last two to four days.

More than a year before Cameron's indictment in 2009, he moved away from his wife and children to his native Michigan to live with a brother. After appearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor to respond to the indictment, he was released to the custody of his brother and agreed to forfeit $75,000 if he failed to show up for court dates. In February of this year, Cameron won permission from a federal magistrate judge to move back to Hallowell, where his ex-wife was to be responsible for him. His home was to be equipped with phone lines required for pretrial electronic monitoring.

The 13 charges of transportation and receipt of child pornography carry minimum penalties of five years in prison -- with a maximum of 20 years -- and a fine of up to $250,000, or both. The charges of possession of child pornography carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

David Crook, a former district attorney in Kennebec County who is now a defense lawyer, described Cameron as "a man of integrity, a totally honest man." Crook said he had no knowledge of what may have occurred on the Internet, and said he had not seen Cameron lately. "Since he lost his job, he has avoided contact with all of his former professional relationships," Crook said.

Beth Modica

April 9, 2010

NANUET — A former prosecutor left state prison Thursday after spending 21 months behind bars for having sex with two underage boys. Beth Modica, 46, (pictured left) the mother of four children, is living at 395 Avalon Gardens with her parents as a Level 2 sex offender, considered a moderate risk. She is looking to appeal that classification by Judge Catherine Bartlett down to a minimum risk of Level 1 offender. A Rockland grand jury indicted Modica in January on five felony sex counts, five misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse and 25 misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The endangering counts involved the providing or sharing of alcohol and marijuana with the two boys and five other minors during July and August 2007. She did not plead to those counts. Bartlett sentenced Modica in July 2008 to two years in state prison on her guilty plea to third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act.

Modica admitted she had intercourse with a 16-year-old boy in July 2007 and performed oral sex several times with a 15-year-old boy, including once in the bathroom of her Sloatsburg home in July 2007. The 16-year-old boy had been dating Modica's eldest daughter at the time. Modica provided alcohol and marijuana for the young men during parties at her home and urged her children to keep the information from their father, who was away.

Modica's action led to her disbarment as a lawyer, losing her job as a Ramapo deputy town attorney, and estrangement from her children. Her husband, Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica, filed for divorce. Modica's lawyer argued for a maximum of six months in jail, noting similar offenders across the state got such sentences. Her pre-sentence reported noted she was not likely to repeat her offense. While the Rockland District Attorney's Office considered Modica a child predator , prosecutors had been willing to accept a six-month jail sentence with 10 years probation. Bartlett insisted on state prison time for Modica.

For more information on sex offenders in this area, go to the state Sex Offender Registry.

Murderous Police Officers

B.A.R.T.+L.A.P.D.=187(P.C.)(LAPD Detective arrested for cold case homicide; and B.A.R.T. Transit Killer-Cop!)
Cops or Killers?
Five - "O" Homicide(White Cop kills black cop after "mistaking" black cop for criminal!)
NYPD - A History of Homicidal Cops(A history of NYPD Officers committing murder!)
Arthur Tessler, Jason R. Smith & Gregg Junnier(Alanta Police Officers lie to obtain search warrant; murder 90-year old woman; and then plant drugs to cover-up murder)
PA State Trooper Kevin Foley, Murderous(Convicted March 18, 2009 of First-Degree Murder. Killed girlfriend's ex-hubby (Dentist)!!)
PA State Trooper Samuel J. Hassan, Murderous(March 15, 2009 Murder of Unarmed motorist. Previously shot and killed 12 year old African-American boy!!)
Homer Police Department(February 20, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, 73 year old black man by two white police officers in Homer, Louisiana!!)
Taser Deaths by the Police!
New Orleans Police Department(January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot nine (9) times in the back!!)

Oakland, California Police Department

Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings
Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings
Captain Edward Poulson, OPD(Beating Death of Suspect (2000) Promoted in 2008)
Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO
Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I
Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II
Oakland Police Department, III
Oakland Police Department, IV
Oakland Police Department, V - Major Corruption

Jeff Loman, Deputy Chief, OPD(Updated: Re-instated as a (demoted) Lieutenant)
Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator

Oakland, CA Transit Cop Shooting

Mehserle Makes Bail!!!(Updated May 18, 2009) January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot once (1) in the back!!)
Tony Pirone, B.P.D.(Mehserle Accomplice - Jan. 1, 2009 Homicide)
Johannes Mehserle, Killer Cop(Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
The B.A.R.T. Shooting Investigation(The Investigation of Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
The B.A.R.T. Aftermath (The Oakland Riots New (2009))
B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting )

Cops & Domestic Violence

Wife Killing Cops! - Part I
Wife Killing Cops! - Part II
Deputy Paul R. Kovacich, Wife Killer

Cops that Sexually Offend

Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part I)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part II)
Sexually Offensive Cops! (Part III)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IV)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part V)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VI)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VII)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VIII)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IX)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part X)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XI)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XII)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIII)
Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIV)

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