Top News Story! Craig Nash!
Published: 11:50 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2011
A former San Antonio police officer accused of raping a transsexual prostitute while on duty was ordered Tuesday to spend a year in jail.
Attorneys for Craig Nash, 39, had asked state District Judge Lori Valenzuela for deferred adjudication probation during the brief sentencing hearing, pointing out that he otherwise had been commended for his service during his six years with the department. Prosecutors sought the maximum one-year sentence for the official oppression charge, which is a Class A misdemeanor. As part of a plea agreement, Nash waived an indictment last month and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor. In exchange, prosecutors agreed not to pursue a felony charge of sexual assault by a police officer, which had a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Nash also agreed to never again seek work as a police officer in Texas. Police Chief William McManus had indefinitely suspended Nash — the equivalent of firing him — last March and said the accusation had arrived as “a hard slap to the face” of other officers.
“Officers should be held to a higher standard,” prosecutor Trey Banack said Tuesday of his request for jail time. “A police officer who is a criminal does not deserve mercy from the system he serves to protect.”
Nash was arrested last February after the victim — currently serving time in a male state jail facility for prostitution — reported that she had just been held captive and raped by the officer. [S]he had been picked up by Nash at Guadalupe and Zarzamora streets early that morning and handcuffed in the back of the patrol car, she told police. She then was then told to lie down as Nash drove to an unknown location, where she was forced to commit multiple sex acts, she reported.
DNA taken from a rape kit later linked Nash to the complainant, according to court records. The woman picked Nash out in a police lineup and GPS tracking of his patrol unit was consistent with what she said, documents state. (Video below: Former SAPD Officer Craig Nash unlawfully arrested two San Antonio Street Preachers in 2009. Mr. Nash was later arrested for raping a cross dresser who he had handcuffed and placed in his police cruiser.)
Two days after the officer's arrest, a second person came forward to say he had also been raped by the officer in 2008. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors won't pursue the second allegation, according to court documents. Prosecutors opted to pursue the misdemeanor charge against Nash instead of the felony as they began looking ahead to trial and contemplating “additional issues we'd have to deal with,” said Adriana Biggs, chief of the district attorney's white-collar crimes division. She declined to elaborate. Unlike sexual assault, consent isn't an issue for an officer to be charged with official oppression. Prosecutors only have to show that an officer had sex with somebody in custody.
Outside the courtroom, Nash's defense attorney wouldn't say if he had been prepared to argue that sex between his client and the accuser was consensual, saying only: “We don't agree to the elements of sexual assault. We don't agree that happened.”
Nash had been a good officer and good father to six children and probation seemed appropriate, the attorney said. “He had been officer of the month a couple times,” he said, adding that Nash had been recognized for saving a woman from a fire, among other commendations. “He had a lot of heroic acts.”
Posted on February 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM
A formal complaint was filed in August against the San Antonio officer now accused of rape. Rebecca Flores says Office Craig Nash was on the scene of a downtown assault which members of her family witnessed back in June 2009. In a formal complaint heard at the August 8th city council meeting, it is alleged Nash was rude towards witnesses and threatened to arrest a man who was trying to be of assistance to the victim. After the complaint was heard, Flores says there was a meeting with the assistant city manager and police administrators in which they assured her the matter would be investigated. Nash never received disciplinary action and that is disturbing to Flores.
“We had a chance to do something about that guy.” she said. “We did what we could and we still could not stop him from doing what he did to that young person.
The formal complaint which was filed reads as follows:
“COMPLAINT AGAINST OFFICER NASH (Patrol Car #7023 C)
Domestic Violence Incident near Frost Bank (28 June 2009 @ 2:15am)
Enclosed please find four sworn affidavits, complaining of Officer Nash (Patrol Car #7023 C) and how he handled – actually, severely mishandled -- a brutal domestic violence incident near Frost Bank on June 28, 2009 @ 2:15am.
There are three important points:
1. First, Nash did not take any steps to apprehend the perpetrator of this terrible abuse regarding which the people who now complain against him had sought police assistance.
2. Officer Nash callously mishandled the situation with regard to the victim of the assault and did not seek to find her a safe place. That had to be done by people of the scene.
3. Officer Nash not only was rude and insolent to everyone on the scene, but even threatened to handcuff and arrest one of our domestic violence attorneys on the scene who was offering advice to the officer about how to comfort her and get information from her about finding and arresting the assailant. The officer’s abrasive and threatening actions were counterproductive.
We intend to appear at City Council on this matter because it reflects not only on Nash’s unacceptable conduct, for which he should be disciplined, but it reflects very badly on how SAPD handles domestic violence situations.”
Schoolyard Predators! Peace Corp Pedophilia!
August 13, 2011
Greytown, South Africa (WCJB) -- A former Peace Corps volunteer from Connecticut is charged with sexual abuse of several preschool children in South Africa last year. Jesse Osmun, 31, worked at an AIDS center in Greytown, South Africa, that provided education, food and other services to children between the ages of 3 and 15, a criminal complaint says. Osmun, while volunteering at the center's preschool facility, allegedly sexually molested at least five girls under the age of 6, according to the complaint. The complaint also alleges he engaged in illicit sexual conduct with one of the girls, approximately 5 years old, twice a week for five months.
Osmun (pictured left) was confronted by the AIDS center program manager in May 2011 after a preschool teacher alleged that when she observed him in a toy room of the facility with three little girls, Osmun appeared startled and zipped up his pants. The complaint states that one of the children told a school official Osmun had given her candy in exchange for oral sex. Osmun initially denied any illicit activity but "subsequently admitted that he had touched one of the children under her clothes," the complaint says. It says Osmun asked to resign from the Peace Corps and returned to the United States on June 2, 2011.
An investigation was launched into the sexual allegations, and Osmun was arrested Thursday at his home in Milford, Connecticut, where, the complaint states, "Osmun began to admit that he molested children (at the preschool) and provide details about the molestation." He appeared before a federal judge in Bridgeport and was detained.
Osmun's attorney, federal public defender Sarah Merriam, declined to comment. Osmun would face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted of the charge of traveling outside of the United States to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.
"Mr. Osmun is charged with a shocking breach of the power entrusted to him as a Peace Corps volunteer," said Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer. "Allegedly, he repeatedly sexually abused five minor girls under the age of 6 -- horrific crimes."
The Peace Corps issued a statement saying it "was made aware of the allegations against the former volunteer after Osmun resigned from Peace Corps and departed South Africa. Once notified, the agency immediately contacted the appropriate authorities. "The Peace Corps will continue to cooperate with American and South African law enforcement authorities," it said, adding that all Peace Corps volunteers undergo background checks.
Updated: Sunday, 20 Feb 2011, 11:53 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 17 Feb 2011, 11:53 PM EST
MUNCIE, Ind. (WCJB) - It started with a Nov. 9, 2011 rape at Muncie Central High School. A teenage girl alleged she was forced into a bathroom and raped by classmate Steven Moore, who is now being charged as an adult. He admitted in police reports he “went too far.”
It was an e-mail exchange between two nurses and an example of one of thousands of communications exchanged that has shocked the world.
"It's us against the world" — said one e-mail.
Police also say the victim seemed to be the focus of the school's investigation early on.
"Check into both students’ background," Lon Sloan, Director of Human Relations wrote in an e-mail on Nov. 10, the day after the assault.
Updated: Sunday, 20 Feb 2011, 3:38 PM EST
Published : Friday, 18 Feb 2011, 8:48 AM EST
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WCJB) - A former Zionsville Community High School art teacher is facing two felony counts of child seduction involving female student, according to reports in The Lebanon Reporter; news gathering sourcer. Mandy Jared, 33 (pictured left) surrendered at the Boone County Jail on Tuesday. She will be in court Feb. 22, 2011 to hear the charges read against her. The investigation began after another teacher discovered online communication between Jared and the student. Jared resigned the same day the student expressed concern about her relationship with her to another teacher.
According to the transcript of the probable cause hearing, there were four incidents but Jared is only charged with two that happened in the dark room after school. Jared is alleged to have invited the student to her home where there was also reported to have been an incident. Jared had been teaching at Zionsville since 2002.
Posted: 02/16/2011 10:57:27 AM PST
Christen Hayes, 30 (pictured left) a former teaching assistant Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in Onondaga County, New York has reportedly been arrested on allegations she had several sexual encounters with an underage male student. Reportedly, Hayes is charged with three felony counts of rape, three felony counts of criminal sexual act in the third degree, three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one misdemeanor count of unlawfully dealing with a child.
Reportedly, Hayes worked for the district from July 2006 to August 2010. During the summer of 2010, she was employed as a teacher at Onondaga Road Elementary School. Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputies started investigating Hayes in October. Detectives say she was having a sexual relationship with a student younger than 17-years-old. She’s accused of engaging in sexual activity with the student on several occasions from June 2009 through February 2010.
After being arrigned in DeWitt Town Court Hayes was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center, where she posted bail and was released.
Posted: 02/15/2011 04:24:27 PM PST
MEDINA, Ohio — A jury found a Medina County teacher guilty on Tuesday, of sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, for seducing one of her 14-year-old male students after supplying him with alcohol. Following three hours of deliberations, the jury also found 35-year-old Kelly Covic (pictured above) not guilty of two other counts of sexual battery and two counts of child endangering.
Juror Ronald Greinke told the media, "We all felt that she did something inappropriate and we all came to the conclusion that her statement that everybody was lying was just not true." Greinke said that on one level, it was a case of, "He said, she said." The word of Covic against the claims of her two teenaged accusers. "She accused the boys of not being in her house, yet one of the boys knew exactly what was inside her house," said Greinke.
He told the media, that the jury decided that any of the boys' allegations that could be supported by the testimony of Covic's fellow teachers, in whom she later confided, must be true. "These were very good friends of Kelly and I know one of the gals talked about loyalty versus honesty," said Greinke. "And I guess she finally told the truth on that, but they all basically came up with the same story."
Kelly Covic could face up to 5-and-a-half years in prison when she's sentenced on April 4, 2011.
Posted: 02/14/2011 02:24:27 PM PST
Updated: 02/15/2011 04:11:40 PM PST
Denise Fitch, 41 (pictured left) a counselor at Keyser Primary-Middle School in Keyser, West Virginia has reportedly been arrested on allegations of the sexual assault of three boys, all under 16-years-old. Reportedly, Fitch is charged with the counts of sexual assault in the third degree. It is alleged that Fitch had sexual intercourse with two of the boys and performed oral sex on two of the three boys. According to court record, two of the boys were 14 years old and one was 15 at the time of the alleged incidents.
Reportedly, Fitch came to the attention of police after she checked herself into the emergency room of Western Maryland Health Systems on June 24, 2010 with emotional issues and allegedly confessed to a counselor that she had engaged in vaginal sexual intercourse with two of the three males and also provided oral sex to two of the three males.
The incidents are alleged to have taken place at Fitch’s residence after the boys had gone there to swim. Allegedly, Fitch also confessed to her ex-husband that she had engaged in sexual acts with the three boys. Following her arrest, Fitch was reportedly being held in he Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. Fitch has reportedly been placed on leave by the school board, pending outcome of the criminal charges.
Posted: 02/11/2011 02:24:27 PM PST
Updated: 02/14/2011 02:50:40 PM PST
Charles Williams, 67 (pictured left) an English teacher at J. Taylor Finley Middle School in Huntington, New York has reportedly been arrested on allegations of sexually abusing a 12-year-old female student in a classroom. Reportedly, Williams has been charged with second-degree sexual abuse. It is alleged that on January 26th that Williams took the victim into a classroom so she could make a phone call when he subjected her to what is being described as inappropriate sexual contact. Reportedly, shortly after the alleged incident the girl told another teacher what happened and that teacher notified school administrators and the Suffolk County Police School Resource Officer. After conducting an investigation, detectives from the Special Victims Section arrested Williams at his South Huntington home on Thursday. Following his arrest, Williams was reportedly released on bail. Williams has a court appearance set for March 31, 2011.
Posted: 02/11/2011 02:24:27 PM PST
Updated: 02/14/2011 02:40:40 PM PST
Tony Hsieh, 28 (pictured left) a former assistant track coach at Grayslake Central High School in Grayslake, Illinois has reportedly been arrested on allegations of having sexual contact with a female student who is now 16-years-old. Reportedly, Hsieh is charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of criminal sexual assault. Hsieh was arrested on February 1, 2011 and following his arrest he was held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
It is alleged that Hsieh bought the girl, a track team member, a series of gifts including T-shirts, backpacks and running shoes. It is also alleged that near the end of September Hsieh convinced the girl to meet him in the parking lot of the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Hsieh came to the attention of authorities when the alleged victim notified school officials who contacted the state Department of Children and Family Services who in turn contacted Grayslake police. It is further alleged that Hsieh molested her in his car.
According to jail records, Hsieh was released from Lake County Jail on February 3rd on a $250,000 bond. Reportedly, Hsieh was set to be the new head coach of the girls’ track team at Round Lake High School and was a teacher at Round Lake Middle School. No information is currently available regarding Hsieh’s status with the Round Lake school system.
Posted: 02/08/2011 02:24:27 PM PST
Updated: 02/08/2011 02:40:40 PM PST
MARTINEZ, CA -- A Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall counselor accused of molesting young male clients pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges that bring the number of felony counts he's facing in state court to 73. Thomas Perez Jewell, 53 (pictured below, left) agreed in court that he would not practice as a marriage and family counselor pending the outcome of his Contra Costa County and federal criminal cases and disciplinary action by the state Board of Behavioral Sciences, as was requested by the board.
He is accused of molesting three boys, two of whom were his clients through either the Youthful Offender Treatment Program at Juvenile Hall or his private counseling business, YES Enterprises. Jewell was a longtime intern for Contra Costa County Mental Heath Services and seeking his state therapist license in November when a Martinez police detective said he tracked child pornography to the personal computer at Jewell's Pleasant Hill home. He was charged with 49 felonies related to the images and the first of three boys whom Pleasant Hill police detectives identified as molestation victims.
The 24 additional charges filed Tuesday relate to victims No. 2 and 3, according to Contra Costa County deputy district attorney Dana Filkowski. All of the boys are under age 15, Filkowski said. Jewell's attorney declined to comment. She said she is waiting to receive police reports related to the latest accusations. Of the 73 charges against Jewell in Contra Costa County Superior Court, all but six accuse him of sex crimes against boys. He is also charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, creating child pornography, showing pornography to a minor and dissuading a witness.
Jewell is charged in federal court on separate but related child pornography charges. He has also pleaded not guilty to those charges. Jewell remains in County Jail in lieu of $5.8 million bail. He returns to court next month to set a preliminary hearing date.
Posted: 01/28/2011 02:53:56 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2011 05:50:21 PM PST
MARTINEZ, CA -- A third victim has been identified in the criminal investigation of a Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall counselor already charged with nearly 50 counts of child molestation and child pornography charges, a sex crimes prosecutor said Friday. Thomas Perez Jewell, 53 (pictured left) is being held in County Jail in Martinez in lieu of $5.8 million bail for 49 felony charges related to the first alleged victim identified in an ongoing investigation. Deputy District Attorney Dana Filkowski said she filed a motion Friday to charge Jewell with 24 additional felony charges that relate to a second alleged victim, identified in December, and a third identified this month. All three victims are boys under age 15, Filkowski said. Jewell's attorney could not be reached for comment Friday.
Jewell, a Pleasant Hill resident, is a suspended Contra Costa County Mental Health Services employee who had been counseling young people at Juvenile Hall through the Youthful Offender Treatment Program. He also has a private counseling business called YES Enterprises. Filkowski said two victims were Jewell's clients at either Juvenile Hall or his business.
Jewell was arrested in November after a Martinez police detective said he traced child pornography distributed through peer-to-peer file-sharing software to Jewell's home computer. Police immediately began looking for potential molestation victims based on the images and Jewell's job.
Jewell pleaded not guilty in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez earlier this month to 45 counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated assault filed in connection with the first alleged victim, as well as one count each of possession and distribution of child pornography. The new charges include 21 counts of child molestation and one count each of creating child pornography, showing pornography to a minor and dissuading a witness, and various charge enhancements.
He has pleaded not guilty in a separate but related child pornography case being prosecuted in federal court. Filkowski said it's unknown whether Jewell will enter a plea on the upcoming charges at his Feb. 8, 2011 court date.
That same day, the state attorney general's office will seek to have Jewell's interim registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences revoked. Jewell was taking steps to get licensed as a marriage and family therapist before his arrest.
Posted: 01/06/2011 03:13:42 PM PST
Updated: 01/07/2011 08:35:42 AM PST
MARTINEZ, CA -- A recently suspended Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall counselor pleaded not guilty Thursday to nearly 50 felony child molestation and child pornography charges. The state attorney general's office notified Thomas Perez Jewell at his plea hearing that it is taking steps to revoke his "marriage and family therapist interim registration" with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Jewell, 53, of Pleasant Hill, was attempting to get licensed by the state before his arrest in November 2010. Contra Costa County, which has suspended Jewell, does not require its mental health clinical specialists to be licensed by the state.
Jewell is accused of molesting two boys, ages 12 and 15, who were his clients at either his private counseling business, YES Enterprises, or through the Youthful Offender Treatment Program at Juvenile Hall. He is charged in Contra Costa County with 45 counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated assault in the case of one boy, as well as one count each of possession and distribution of child pornography. County prosecutors said they expect to file more molestation charges pending further investigation in the case of the second boy, who came forward in December.
Jewell has previously pleaded not guilty in federal court in Oakland to charges of production, transportation and possession of child pornography -- a separate case in which the U.S. attorney's office obtained a grand jury indictment. Jewell's court-appointed attorney declined to comment on either case Thursday.
The cases against Jewell began in November, when a Martinez police detective tracking child pornography through peer-to-peer file-sharing software traced illegal images to Jewell's home computer, according to court documents. A multiagency team then found that Jewell kept 13,000 pornographic images of children, including a county resident, prosecutors said. Pleasant Hill police continue to look for more potential victims through a hot line, and by contacting his former clients and their family members. Police ask anyone with information to call the hot line at 925-676-1273.
Jewell is set to return to a Martinez courtroom on Feb. 8, 2011 to get a preliminary hearing date for the county case, and for a hearing on his state license registration. He remains jailed in lieu of $5.8 million bail.
See: Schoolyard Predators! - Part IV - 2010
Assistant Scoutmaster (Boy Scouts)!
Arrested On Child Porn Charges!
Assistant Scoutmaster (Boy Scouts)!
Arrested On Child Porn Charges!
POSTED: Thursday, February 3, 2011
UPDATED: 6:04 pm EST February 3, 2011
LAKE NONA, Fla. -- An Orange County high school TV production teacher was arrested Thursday on charges of child pornography.
Stephen Wise, 43, a teacher at Lake Nona High School, was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. More charges may be coming, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office said there may be more victims.
Authorities said they obtained a warrant to search Wise's east Orange County home after a person arrested in Osceola County on child pornography charges provided information about Wise. Osceola County sheriff's detectives served the warrant and could file charges against Wise, but the Orange County Sheriff's Office will be the lead agency in the investigation.
Orange County sheriff's detectives said at least 100 child porn images were found on Wise's computer. It's not known if he produced the pornographic pictures.
Detectives also said Wise has sent images of children he knows via his computer, but those images were not pornographic in nature.
According to the Orange County Public Schools' website, Wise is also an assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 25.
Orange County Public Schools spokeswoman Kathy Marsh said Wise has been at Lake Nona since 2009 and taught at Odyssey Middle School for three years before that.
Marsh said Wise will not be allowed back on campus until the matter is resolved.
Dozens Sexually Groomed!
January 31, 2011
Warren Theodore Johnson III, a former teacher at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee has reportedly pleaded guilty to multiple sex charges involving the victimization of several underage female students, both past and present. Under the terms of the plea deal, Johnson will serve two years in prison and another eight on probation. Johnson's Defense attorney said his client had relationships with several female students while teaching at Blackman High School and pleaded guilty to spare the girls testifying at trial. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said there were more than two dozen victims between ages 15 and 17 over the nine years Johnson taught at Blackman. Reportedly, some of the Johnson’s conduct may have been inappropriate but not criminal with some of the girls.
After receiving information, the sheriff’s office opened an investigation Oct. 25, 2010 against Johnson, 33, of Hartford Drive in Murfreesboro about alleged inappropriate and illegal sexual behavior, said lead investigator Detective Sgt. Mickey McCullough. The investigation discovered Johnson was involved in illegal sexual behavior, illegal sexual solicitations both oral, handwritten and through electronic communications, text and email, contributing to the delinquency of minors and legal but inappropriate behavior with dozens of students.
“He was very predatory, selective, calculating and consistent in the manner in which he would seduce, groom and convince each of the young ladies that he was in love with each and every one of them,” McCullough said.
Johnson seduced students with gifts, mix CDs, jewelry, handwritten notes and poetry, oral and written praise, and expressions of love, admiration and affection, the sergeant said.
“He also accomplished this through deception and lies, utilizing fictitious email accounts, user names and passwords and instructing the young ladies to do the same for secrecy,” McCullough said. “Finally, he was successful in convincing each of the young ladies that his marriage was horrific to gain their sympathy.”
Johnson worked as a teacher at Blackman High School from August 2001 until Oct. 27, 2010 when he resigned within hours of McCullough’s first conversation with him. Johnson surrendered his teaching license Monday and is barred from teaching within the U.S. for life and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
"Playing-Field" N. High School!
January 30, 2011
Joliet, Illinois - Ashley M. Blumenshine (pictured above, center) a 27-year-old dance teacher and coach at Plainfield North High School pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges Wednesday after she was allegedly caught having sex with a 16-year-old student in her car. According to police, an officer was on patrol when he noticed two suspicious vehicles parked behind a Kohls department store around 6:30 p.m. January 4. When he pulled in for a closer look, he found Blumenshine in the front seat of the car and the partially clothed student in the back seat.
From interviews, it was determined that the two had just finished having sex when police arrived. A condom was also found at the scene. It is believed that the alleged relation between Blumenshine and the student had been ongoing for about a month Blumenshine, who is not married, worked at the school as a dance teacher and a girl's gymnastics coach. The student also reportedly attends Plainfield North. Blumenshine was booked into the Will County Adult Detention facility. She was released after posting a $75,000 bond.
January 28, 2011
Police allege a Colorado mom, who ia a teacher and high student were caught naked in her car with vodka bottles.
Loveland, Colorado - Courtney Bowles (pictured left) a 31-year-old teacher at Mountain View High School in Loveland, Colorado was jailed Friday after a police officer allegedly caught her on top of a 16-year-old student while having sex with him in her car. According to Loveland police, an officer was on patrol at North Lake Park when he came upon a parked vehicle at 10:40 pm after the park had closed.
"The female was on top of the male and she quickly jumped off of the male when she saw my flashlight shining into the vehicle," stated the arresting officer. "I told both subjects that I could see they were naked and they needed to get dressed and talk to me."
Investigators say the boy initially told the officer he was 20-years-old, but when asked for identification he produced a school i.d. card that showed him to be in the tenth grade. The boy then confessed to being 16 years old. The officer also found a bottle of vodka inside the vehicle, however the student stated that he only had a sip of it.
Bowles, who is employed as a teacher's instructional coach that trains teachers on how to maintain a professional distance from students, was immediately taken into custody. She was booked into the Larimer County Detention Center on charges of sexual assault, sex assault of a child by a person in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
January 18, 2010
BAIRDSTOWN, OH (WCJB) - Investigators say the mayor of Bairdstown texted naked and obscene pictures to two teens last month. As a result, Chris Barringer (pictured left) was charged with two misdemeanors last week after two sets of parents in the Wood County village came forward. Kim Brennemen said she thinks Barringer, a family friend of more than 10 years, is sick and needs help. Brennemen said her 13-year-old son, along with a 16-year-old boy, showed her the explicit text messages.
According to court documents, the messages included a picture of a penis with a message that stated "it's a penis with a smiley face -- and do you want a smiley face on yours."
"He's the mayor," said Brennemen. "He took office. He needs to represent the position that he's in and not prey on little young boys." Brennemen said she plans to consult attorneys in an effort to get Barringer removed from office. "If I can't get any more than a misdemeanor out of this, I want every parent to know to keep your child away from Chris Barringer," said Brennemen.
The mayor faces a maximum sentence for the misdemeanor charges of six months behind bars and a $1,000 fine. Wood County Sheriff's Office Deputy Terry James said Barringer did admit to forwarding the photos. "He understands now it isn't funny and we take those matters very seriously," said James. Constituent Augie Allgire, who provided a photo of Barringer from 1978, said she did not want him to continue as mayor.
December 9, 2010
Twenty-six year-old special education teacher Nicholas Jastorff was arrested December 3, 2010 in Lawrence County on multiple charges of raping a 13 year-old female student.
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