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Monday, September 19, 2011

Cops that Sexually Offend! - XXXI - 2011

September 19, 2011


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"[T]he only good n[igger] is a dead n[igger] and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n[igger] from coming in the area."

-- July 18, 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.

Federal Protective Service
to
State Protective Custody!

Posted: May 23, 2012 - updated on: 10:03 pm PDT, Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Maryland -- A Charles County jury convicted a federal police officer of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl after a three-day trial last week, Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony B. Covington reported. Accused of soliciting the girl via text message and having sex with her, Clayton Calvin Griffin Jr., 43, of Waldorf was indicted in December on 20 total counts of second-degree rape, sexual child abuse, sexual solicitation of a minor and sex offense covering a minimum of six separate incidents.

A police officer with the Federal Protective Service, which polices and provides security at federal buildings and facilities, Griffin was arrested in November after a woman told school officials that the girl, her daughter’s friend, had said she was having sex with Griffin, according to a press release.

The girl testified during the trial, which began May 14, that Griffin had sex with her several times. She said she told a few people about the interactions, including her sister and best friend. The woman who reported Griffin and her daughter both testified as well. The daughter said the abused girl told her about the encounters with Griffin, the release states. The woman said she first learned of the abuse from her daughter, but spoke to the victim before alerting authorities.

Prosecutors also presented the jury with text message exchanges between Griffin and the girl, including messages where Griffin told the girl that he “always” used contraception when he had sex with her. Griffin also told the girl to delete his text messages. Griffin’s attorneys argued that the girl was not a credible witness, but Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Rodenberger pointed out that the child’s diary included references to the abuse as it occurred.

The jury, which deliberated for five hours Wednesday before handing down its verdict, found Griffin guilty of sexual child abuse, sexual solicitation of a minor and third-degree sex offense. Covington said in the release that he was “pleased that the jury saw through the convenient excuses and explanations the defendant offered in his defense. This defendant engaged in despicable acts and the jury obviously saw it for what it was,” he added. Griffin faces a total of 55 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for July 17.

Zoloft Made Me Do It!

Posted: May 15, 2012 11:59 PM - updated on: 11:59 pm PDT, Saturday, May 19, 2012

MONROVIA, CA (WCJB)— Anthony Orban (pictured below, left, with wife) served five years in the Marine Corps and fought in Iraq before working as a member of the Westminster police department for another five years. But his career in law enforcement ended after he was arrested on charges of kidnapping and raping a woman in 2010. “I knew exactly what it was. It was the medication,” Orban told media sources. His wife, Tracy, said Orban was taking the drug Zoloft to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder associated with his time in combat and triggered by police work. “He had invisible wounds that none of us saw. But he’s a casualty of war,” Tracy said.

Anthony Nicholas Orban faces kidnapping and rape charges in the 2010 attack on the woman, a 25-year-old waitress, who was taken from the parking lot as she left work and forced to drive to a commercial complex in Fontana. Orban’s attorney is presenting a defense of “not guilty by reason of unconsciousness,” claiming the Zoloft made him do it. “It doesn’t mean you’re unconscious, falling on the ground, asleep. What it means is that you’re not aware of your actions,” his defense attorney said. Orban will try to convince the jury that he was under the influence of an antidepressant and therefore not responsible for his actions. Originally, Orban’s attorney was expected to present an insanity plea. But changing the defense to “not guilty by reason of unconsciousness” could allow Orban to walk out as a free man.

Media sources spoke with Dr. Joseph Haraszti, who is a forensic psychiatrist and a psycho-pharmacologist. He said an anti-depressant can’t make you perform complex behaviors such as kidnapping and rape and not realize it. “To me, this seems like as a defense is a cop out. There is no such case where a person would become unconscious and not know what they’re doing while taking Zoloft,” Haraszti said.

Prosecutorial Influence!


Published: September 19, 2011

MARTINEZ, CA -- A judge will decide by Oct. 7 whether to throw out the 13-count criminal indictment against a Contra Costa prosecutor accused of raping a junior colleague, based on a defense claim that the grand jury heard biased, perjured and inadmissible testimony. From the first witness -- a prosecutor who described Michael Gressett as a "complete loser" -- the jury heard testimony that portrayed Gressett as a sexual deviant of low character and his accuser as a trustworthy person, Gressett's attorneys argued. Contrary evidence that would have cast both in the opposite light was not presented -- even after the jury asked for it, Gressett's attorney said. "They were obligated to introduce the flip side of the coin," he said.

Gressett is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 31 on charges he raped the woman -- identified in court as Jane Doe -- with a gun and ice pick at his Martinez home in May 2008. His attorneys contend that he had consensual sex with his former colleague and has been railroaded by political enemies at the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office and an accuser who was financially motivated. Gressett faces life in prison in the case that has divided the DA's Office and was a central issue during the November election for district attorney. He won back his job with back pay and benefits at an arbitrator's hearing in February and remains on paid administrative leave.

State prosecutors argued Friday that they believe the grand jury still would have indicted Gressett outside any inadmissible evidence that may have been presented. Witnesses' personal opinions as to Gressett's character were relevant because they highlighted bias in protection of the defendant.

"We made every effort to put on a fully balanced picture of what happened here," deputy attorney general Peter Flores said.

Gressett's attorneys argue former district attorney Robert Kochly, who once ran for office against Gressett and had his subordinates investigate Gressett on the Attorney General's Office's behalf, kept knowledge of Doe's $450,000 settlement with the county from the state prosecutors during the grand jury proceedings. State prosecutors argue Kochly was not obliged to disclose the settlement because his office was not part of the prosecutorial team.

The state prosecutors also allowed testimony that Doe said she suffered a severed ovary and could no longer bare children because of the attack but had no one testify to medical records that show otherwise, Gressett's attorney said. "It's an exaggeration akin to accusing Mr. Gressett of sexual assault," he said.

Brazen!


Published: September 16, 2011



COLLEGE STATION, Texas (WCJB) — A Central Texas law officer who quit last week after being charged with kidnapping has been accused of trying to rape another female. College Station police say the second young woman came forward after hearing news reports about the first case. Rubio was a Brazos County deputy constable when he was charged with abducting a woman Aug. 31 while working off-duty security. She later awoke in a parking lot. Rubio was released on bond.

A woman this week described being arrested June 25, by an off-duty marshal, for alleged underage drinking. Police say Rubio, working off-duty, allegedly tried to rape her before driving her to jail. Augustin Rubio was arrested Friday on a charge of attempted sexual assault, with bond set at $25,000. No information was immediately available on an attorney for Rubio.

Published: September 1, 2011

Texas -- A Brazos County deputy constable is under arrest, charged with kidnapping. Agustin Rubio (pictured above, center) was arrested Wednesday, three days after College Station Police began investigating a possible kidnapping case involving the Precinct 2 deputy. It all started early Sunday morning near Deacon and Fraternity Row when witnesses say Rubio, 41, placed the woman in handcuffs and put her in the back of his patrol car.

The woman’s friends called her father to say she had been arrested. The father tried to locate his daughter by calling local jails, but was unable to find her. The woman called her parents shortly before 6 a.m., saying she had awakened in a parking lot in the 12000 block of Wellborn Road. Police reviewed surveillance video and saw Rubio’s patrol car in the footage. According to court documents, Rubio’s patrol car is seen entering the area about 2 a.m., and leaving about 15 minutes later. Investigators eventually learned the woman was taken to the area without her consent and was never taken to jail.

The case remains under investigation. Rubio is on paid leave from the constable’s office.

'Luckey'!


Posted: Sep 12, 2011 12:21 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2011 03:45 PM PDT


THOMASVILLE, GA — A Meigs police officer charged with statutory rape involving a 13-year-old girl was released on bond Saturday and fired from his job on Monday. Brandon Matthew Luckey, 23, 6057 Golden St., Meigs, was arrested at his residence Saturday night. The girl was reported missing from her residence early Saturday afternoon. Thomas and Mitchell County sheriffs’ offices were notified. “It came back the last person she was with was (officer) Luckey,” said Lt. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office chief investigator. The girl was found at the officer’s Meigs residence.

The Meigs Police Department asked the sheriff’s office and Thomasville regional office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into what appeared to be interference with custody. The situation developed into statutory rape, said Steve Turner, regional GBI office special agent in charge. “The child had been with (Brandon) Luckey,” Turner said. Luckey and the girl participated in a sex act Saturday morning, the GBI official said. “We had the victim examined by a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) in Albany,” Turner said, adding that the examination showed the girl had engaged in sexual activity.

The teen and Luckey were interviewed. “At that point, we had probable cause to make the arrest,” Turner said. Alcohol was involved in the incident. “Both had been drinking,” Turner explained. Luckey was placed on administrative leave Saturday. The internal investigation was completed by Meigs Police Department on Monday, and Luckey was notified of his official termination.

Luckey was hired by the Meigs agency in July 2010. “He came to the department from another local agency already certified as a Georgia peace officer and with experience,” said Meigs police Capt. Rachelle Denmark. Denmark said a thorough background investigation, including psychological testing, was conducted on Luckey. “After successful completion of the employment background investigation, (Brandon) Luckey was extended an offer of employment to work as a Meigs police officer,” Denmark said.

Luckey was released from the Thomas County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Duty
"Booty"
Calls!


Updated: Sep 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM EDT

New Mexico -- The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has fired the New Mexico State Police officer who was photographed having sex with a woman on the hood of a car while in uniform, according to a story in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Bert Lopez was fired last week, according to the report. He has 30 days to appeal the decision According to the report, a county employee came across surveillance photos taken in front of a county-owned location that showed Lopez having sex with a woman on the hood of a car, and turned them over to authorities.

Updated: 2:35 pm PDT September 3, 2011



Police officer Bert Lopez was caught having sex on the hood of a car while in uniform in broad daylight. Now, the state police department has finished their investigation, but will not press charges. What in the world?

A New Mexico state police officer was video taped by a surveillance camera as he had sex with a woman on the hood of car while in uniform. The photos were released by the New Mexico state police during their investigation. After looking into the odd matter, Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said that since no one saw the incident when it was happening that he would not cite the officer for indecent exposure or public lewdness.

'At this point we do not believe any criminal activity occurred,' state police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson told reporters. Sgt. Johnson also said that Lopez is currently on administrative leave.

Lopez was awarded in May 2010 the New Mexico State Police District 1 Officer of the Year and is even allegedly involved in a high profile rape case. According to reports, he arrested rapist Daniel Martinez, but the suspect got away.

Updated: 11:10 am PDT August 30, 2011

New Mexico -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained surveillance pictures of a New Mexico State Police officer having sex with a woman on the hood of a car in broad daylight. State Police aren't saying anything about the photos, but we will continue to press for answers. Two weeks ago local media reported a story about an officer caught on camera having sex while in full uniform, an act shown on security camera at the Santa Fe Canyon Ranch. Through the image you can see it's during daylight hours and the officer is still wearing his utility belt. The Santa Fe Sheriff's office released the pictures to local media after they filed a public records request. They say they also gave them to State Police over a week ago.

The surveillance camera that caught the couple was set up to catch vandals at a remote ranch owned by Santa Fe County. The Santa Fe sheriff Robert Garcia says he will not be pressing criminal charges because the incident occurred "in the middle of nowhere."

The officer was awarded police officer of the year in the past and had previously served on former governor Bill Richardson's security detail. The officer in the photos has not been working on patrol for weeks. Lawyers in Santa Fe said over the last few weeks, the officer has not shown up to numerous cases in which he had been the arresting officer and those cases are being dismissed.

This officer is the same arresting officer in the high profile Daniel Martinez escape and rape case. The officer arrested Martinez who then escaped from his custody when the officer was not looking. According to police, Martinez raped a woman before being recaptured. The district attorney said they will proceed with the case regardless of what happens to the state police officer. Below are reactions from people who saw the photos.

"It's an inappropriate use of time," said Cate Campbell of Albuquerque.

"Inappropriate use of our tax money, I mean we pay these guys," added Jacob Powers.

Albert Loma said if charged and found guilty, the officer should be fired.

"With that kind of judgment you don't want him carrying a weapon," said Loma. "I think it's an embarrassment to the state patrol, they should be ashamed." Others say it hurts the reputation built by good officers. "I expect them to be the mark. State Police should be the standard to which other police departments hold themselves to," said a man identifying himself as Jeremy.

Local media knows the name of the officer - however, since he has not been charged with any crime, they have chosen not to release his name. State Police will not comment about the pictures or any internal investigation against the officer, saying it is an ongoing personnel matter. On Monday, they turned down an on camera interview, saying they need more time to gather the information we're asking for. So far no officer faces any charges.

State Line Predators!


Updated: September 7, 2011 3:26 PM PDT; Posted: September 6, 2011



A former Portland First Selectman and retired police officer has been charged in a sex sting involving minors in Florida. Edward Kalinowski, 59 (pictured above, center) was arrested Friday in Volusia County, Florida after police say he traveled to a Daytona Beach home to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. It is a situation that has been made famous by Dateline NBC's "To Catch A Predator" series, although the operation had nothing to do with NBC or Dateline. Several Florida law enforcement agencies set up the seven-day sting operation, arresting 15 men in all. The suspects, including Kalinowski, set up encounters over the computer with what they believed to be children between the ages of 9 and 15, according to Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. The men were arrested when they showed up at the house. A video of the arrest shows Kalinowski, who now lives in Ocala, Florida, arrived at the home without a shirt on. Officers arrested him as he walked through the front door. Kalinowski is identified by the Volusia County Sheriff's office as a retired First Selectman from Portland and a former Portland police officer. He is charged with use of a computer to seduce or solicit a child, traveling to meet or lure a child for sex and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

Michael Pena, NYPD
Rapist!


NYPD Serial Rapist???


Updated: September 4, 2011 4:06 PM PDT; Posted: September 2, 2011

Police commissioner Kelly called the rape "a very, very disturbing case," and said the department has also been scrutinizing Pena's department records and his screening process. Kelly was quoted as saying, "I met with psychologists, the head of applicant processing - everyone that was involved with his coming into the department. We found nothing remarkable, nothing exceptional in his background, that in hindsight should have been done."



For whatever reason, Kelly neglected to mention that Pena was named as a defendant in a 2009 civil suit that cost the city of New York $25,000. Though it is not clear if he was aware of this fact at the time he was making his statements to the press regarding this case. According to the New York media, the civil suit was filed by a Anthony Mosley and alleges acts of brutality that were perpetrated against him by Pena and another officer after they arrested him at a building on 132nd Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem in 2009. Court documents state, Pena and the other officer allegedly used excessive force in detaining Mosley, causing "serious physical injuries." The documents also say that the officers conducted a body cavity search which caused Mosley to suffer "humiliation, emasculation and loss of dignity."

"The...unlawful strip search and false imprisonment was so outrageous in character, and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community," the 2010 complaint says. NYPD spokesmen Paul Browne noted to the news media that the case was settled without any admission of wrongdoing by the officers. However, the courts forced the city to pay Mosley $25,000 as part of the terms of agreement in the settlement.

From Rikers Island two weeks ago on Sunday, August 21, Pena expressed fears that the Manhattan District Attorney's Office is going to try and "make an example" out of him over what he now refers to as a "misunderstanding." During the interview the Local News media quoted Pena as saying, "The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops. They're trying to make an example out of me." Pena was making a direct reference to another case in which two NYPD officers were accused of raping a 28 year-old fashion executive for several hours in her apartment this past Spring. In that particular incident, Officers Kenneth Moreno, 41, and Franklin Mata, 26, of the 9th police precinct were acquitted of charges they raped the fashion executive after being summoned to help her home when she became very drunk during a night out celebrating a promotion.

August 25, 2011 3:25 PM PDT

"The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops[.] They're trying to make an example out of me."

-- Michael Pena, NYPD Officer arrested for the rape, kidnap of a school teacher.




A cop charged with raping a woman in upper Manhattan earlier this month is under investigation for other rapes, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly revealed Thursday. Kelly said detectives are looking into whether Officer Michael Pena is connected to other rapes that have occurred in the past three years. "Investigators have picked out some (cases) that they think have the potential of having been perpetrated by this individual," he said at a press conference. The commissioner said the rapes happened after Pena joined the NYPD. He declined to provide more specific details. Pena is accused of raping a 25-year-old Bronx schoolteacher behind an Inwood apartment building at gunpoint last Friday while off duty. He was caught with his victim by two uniformed cops called to the scene by a witness.

Kelly called the rape "a very, very disturbing case." He said the department has also been scrutinizing Pena's department records and his screening process. "I met with psychologists, the head of applicant processing," Kelly said. "Everyone that was involved with his coming into the department. We found nothing remarkable, nothing exceptional in his background, that in hindsight should have been done."

August 24, 2011

The cop charged with raping a woman at gunpoint in Inwood was indicted Wednesday - and his lawyers insist he never intended to hurt anyone. Michael Pena was busted moments after sexually assaulting a 25-year-old Bronx school teacher, investigators said. He was off-duty and reportedly drunk when he allegedly forced the victim into the courtyard of an Inwood apartment house by flashing his department-issued 9-mm gun and telling her, "You're coming with me."

"Whatever happened, there was absolutely no intent on the part of Michael Pena to hurt anyone," a defense lawyer told reporters without elaborating. The comments came after a brief court hearing - Pena did not appear - where prosecutors told Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara that a grand jury voted to indict the officer.

After court, his lawyers tried to back off comments Pena made in an exclusive jail house interview with the local media sources. Pena told The News in a Rikers holding pen that prosecutors were "trying to make an example out of me" because two other officers recently built a rape rap. "It was pure frustration, he was upset," said a second lawyer representing the suspended cop. "He's never been in a situation like this before."

"I told him not to speak to you guys anymore!" the 2nd attorney said yesterday when asked to explain Pena's comments about the district attorney's office.

"The district attorney is not out to get cops, but to protect people from violent acts - especially from an off-duty police officer," City Councilman Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan) and Assemblyman Guillermo Linares (D-Manhattan) said in a joint statement blasting Pena early this week.

The charges in the indictment remain sealed until Sept. 21, when the three-year NYPD veteran is due back in court, but his lawyers acknowledged they'd be surprised if rape was not voted. His lawyers said a judge ordered that prosecutors be allowed to run toxicology tests on vials of Pena's blood taken in the wake of the alleged 6:30 a.m. attack and said they had a swab of his DNA. Pena is being held on $1 million bond.

August 22, 2011

The cop arrested for raping a woman at gunpoint fears the Manhattan District Attorney will throw the book at him because a jury acquitted two other cops accused of rape earlier this year. "The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops," Michael Pena told media sources on Sunday from a glass-enclosed pen in the visiting room at Rikers Island. "They're trying to make an example out of me."

Pena, who wore a gray jail jumpsuit and five o'clock shadow, would not directly address the charges against him, saying his lawyer told him not to comment on specifics of the case. "There's a lot I want to say about this," he said. "Eventually, the truth will come out." He added, "Everything's not black and white. There are shades of gray." Pena, 27, is accused of pointing his department-issued 9-mm. at a 25-year-old Bronx school teacher while off duty Friday morning and raping her behind an Inwood apartment building. He is being held on $1 million bond.

Pena said his personal and professional career were "picture perfect" prior to the rape charge. The patrolman said he comes from a decent family, had never been in trouble before and dreamed of moving up the ranks of the NYPD. "Everything was fine - perfect - before that day," Pena said. He teared up when he spoke of how the allegations and media attention have embarrassed his family, his friends and co-workers. "It's unfortunate," he said.

Pena said he'd been at Rikers since Saturday night. He said "I'm all right" when asked how he was coping in jail. He said he has not seen the newspaper or TV reports about the alleged assault. Pena said he told his lawyer everything, as well as representatives from Internal Affairs.

The cop's father, Persios Pena, insisted his son had been framed. "The only thing I know is my son is innocent," he said through the door of his central Harlem apartment. "I know my son is a very wonderful man. The truth will come out. I know that 100%. He's not that kind of person."

In May 2011, NYPD officers Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno were acquitted of charges they raped a drunk woman in her East Village apartment, despite evidence they entered her apartment four times in one night. It was a black eye for new Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who faces new embarrassment Monday when he may be forced to drop high-profile rape charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

August 20, 2011 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (WCJB) — An off-duty New York City police officer accused of raping a teacher is being held on bail of $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. Officer Michael Pena was arraigned Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of first-degree rape, criminal sexual act and predatory sexual assault. His defense attorney could not immediately be reached by telephone. Pena is accused of grabbing the 25-year-old woman off a residential street, showing her a gun and raping her in a backyard. He was arrested Friday by officers after police say a witness saw through her window that something was happening in the backyard and called 911.

Police say Pena (pictured left, head down) was drunk when he approached the 25-year-old woman as she was heading to work Friday morning on a street in Inwood and asked her for directions to the subway. When the woman resisted, police say Pena opened his jacket to reveal his gun and said, "You're coming with me." They say he then forced the woman into a backyard, where she was attacked.

A witness who saw Pena and the woman through her window called police, who arrived a short time later and made the arrest. Officers tackled Pena and discovered his badge and gun. He was arrested at the scene. Pena's gun was on the ground and officers found his police ID and badge in his pocket.

Investigators say he threw the woman's cell phone onto a roof to prevent her from calling 911 during the attack.

Pena's attorney says his client has a spotless record as an officer and if the allegations prove true it would be a complete aberration. Meanwhile, the attack has women in the neighborhood on edge.

Residents said they are concerned about an increase in crime in the 34th precinct, which covers upper Inwood. "Between I think 175th Street and this area, there've been attacks. So you really have to be careful and we all try to be careful. But this is just beyond words," said one Inwood resident. "It's New York City. Things like this happen all the time in New York City. Our neighborhood's very safe though," said another. NYPD statistics show that crime is up 23 percent since August 7, and rape is up 27 percent since last year.

“Well, this is a horrendous crime allegedly perpetrated by a city off-duty cop right here in my neighborhood, right across my apartment building,” said Manhattan State Senator Adriano Espaillat. “So I feel this is something that really hurts all New Yorkers. We commend the response of the 34th precinct, they came very rapidly to the scene of the crime and apprehended this individual.”

Pena has been suspended without pay. He is an officer in the 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights. The alleged rape took place in the neighboring Inwood section.

If convicted on the most serious charge, Pena faces 10 years to life in prison.

"Black Mark!"


Published: Friday, September 2, 2011; Updated: Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested and charged with rape after a 32-year-old woman alleged that the officer forced her to perform sexual acts in his squad car. Keith Corley, 27, a four-year veteran of the force has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss as a result of the Aug. 11 incident. He’s been charged with rape, indecent assault and sexual assault. His gun and badge have been taken away from him.

“Obviously, it's something of great concern. It's another, you know, black mark against the Department but again it doesn't represent everyone on the Department,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told Local News in Philadelphia. “None of this is tolerable and we'll take whatever action we need to take to rid our ranks of them.”

According to reports, the victim and the police officer (pictured left) encountered each other at about 4 a.m. at a bus station. Police said the victim told them Corley offered her a ride in his patrol car to the 69th Street Terminal. Instead of taking her there directly, the victim alleged, Corley took her to an area in Cobbs Creek and forced her to perform the sexual act. Then he took her to the 69th Street Terminal. According to reports, the victim immediately told a transit police officer what happened. The Local News in Philadelphia reports that DNA test results came back last week matched Corley to the crime.

Charges Re-filed!


Published: 1:10 pm PDT September 1, 2011; Updated: September 3, 2011

The Shasta County district attorney's office has refiled its criminal case against a former Anderson police officer accused of kidnapping and raping a Millville woman he was taking to jail last year. It has also included two additional charges against former APD officer Bryan Benson, 27. The new charges are felony embezzlement and soliciting a lewd act, a misdemeanor. Benson is scheduled to be arraigned on the refiled case Friday morning in Shasta County Superior Court.

On Aug. 26, the district attorney's office dismissed the prior case against Benson (pictured left) who was scheduled to begin standing trial this week. Chief deputy district attorney Josh Lowery said prosecutors were not prepared to take the criminal case to trial as scheduled based on "additional developments." But, he said, the case would be refiled this week, although that means the case has to to start all over again. Benson is accused of raping a now-25-year-old Millville woman he was taking to jail last year after she was arrested on a traffic violation. He was charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping to commit rape, forcible rape, rape by threat of authority to arrest or deport, kidnapping, sexual battery by restraint, bribery and assault by a public officer. He was fired from the police department in August 2010.

In June, the law firm representing the woman, who is not being named by media sources because she's an alleged sexual assault victim, filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against the city of Anderson and its police department. Benson is not named in the lawsuit because, it said, he has been fired from the police department and is bankrupt.

Benson, then 25, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the Millville woman after she was arrested May 29, 2010, by officer Matthew Goodwin on a traffic violation and was transferred to Benson for transport to the jail in an unmarked squad car, the lawsuit says. During the transport, the lawsuit alleges, Benson "deviated significantly" from a route to jail and stopped the unmarked car in a remote location, where he attempted to talk her into performing certain sex acts on him. "This deviation amounted to a kidnapping," the lawsuit said.

When the woman refused to perform the sex acts, the lawsuit said, Benson restarted the car and drove "to a concealed location, and resorted to force in order to sexually assault and rape" her. Goodwin admitted to police investigators that Benson told him that he had sex with the woman, but he did not report it to his supervisors until four days after the incident. Goodwin was fired in October, but the district attorney's office did not file criminal charges against him.
See: Cops that Sexually Offend! - XXX - 2011

Convicted Liar/Sex Offender!

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 3:50 pm | Updated: 11:45 am, Fri May 11, 2012

San Jose, CA -- The sentencing of a former San Jose police officer who is accused of having illegal sexual contact with two teen boys took an unexpected detour Monday afternoon. Unsatisfied with the lack of victim impact statements – which the Department of Probation failed to obtain following unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with the two teen boys – Judge Kenneth Shapero said he wants to hear from the victims prior to determining the fate of defendant Patrick D’Arrigo, 44 (pictured right). The harshest punishment D’Arrigo faces is three years, eight months in state prison. Shapero moved D’Arrigo’s sentencing to June 20 (2012) inside Dept. 107 of the South County Morgan Hill Courthouse, located at 301 Diana Ave. in Morgan Hill.

“No statement was obtained,” Shapero observed Monday. “I think it’s important that further efforts be made to get statements from the victims.” Shapero’s swift decision to bump D’Arrigo’s sentencing more than a month down the road came as a surprise to Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott, who is prosecuting the sex scandal case that erupted more than eight months ago. “We thought we were going to sentence him today,” said Scott, walking briskly out of the courtroom. “But it’s a reasonable request for the judge to make.” D’Arrigo, who lives in a southwest Gilroy neighborhood, and his attorney exited the courthouse shortly after Scott. The two spoke briefly in the parking lot before D’Arrigo climbed into a dark GMC Yukon SUV and drove away.


March 16, 2012

San Jose, CA -- A former San Jose police officer has pleaded no contest to charges he had participated in sex acts with high school students. Patrick D’Arrigo, 44 entered his plea Thursday morning in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Prosecutors charged D’Arrigo, a long-time campus police officer at Leland High School, with one count of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and one count of oral copulation with a minor, according to media sources. According to Deputy District Attorney Stuart Scott, the incidents occurred after D’Arrigo met the 15- and 17-year-old boys through Craigslist. The boys told the grand jury that they believed D'Arrigo knew they were all underage at the time. After the closed-door testimony, the veteran San Jose cop was indicted on Aug. 31, 2011, by the grand jury and arrested the same day when he showed up to work.

According to the court transcript, the encounter occurred after D'Arrigo answered a 2008 Craigslist ad for "Men Seeking Men." After being introduced to the officer by the 16-year-old who posted the ad, five students partied with D'Arrigo, watching movies and drinking rum and Cokes at his Gilroy home. Two of the teens testified to having sexual activity with the cop, and afterward, receiving gift cards from him. One of those students, 15 at the time, told the grand jury that he had oral sex with the officer on his couch. The student testified that he was very drunk at the time.

"I just remember doing it," the student said, according to the grand jury transcript. "And like I just snapped out of it, I was like 'What am I doing here?' "

Afterward, the officer gave him a gift card from Hollister Co. clothing store.

"And I was like 'Oh, thanks,' " the student testified.

D'Arrigo was one of two San Jose police officers who was accused of covering up a 2008 suspected drunken-driving crash involving Sandra Woodall, a former police officer. A grand jury decided not to charge either officer. After an internal police inquiry, then-Chief Rob Davis decided in 2009 to fire the two officers for failing to properly investigate the crash. After arbitration, they were reinstated in 2010.

Published: Friday, September 2, 2011

San Jose police Officer Patrick D'Arrigo pleaded not guilty Friday morning to charges he engaged in unlawful sexual activity with two teenage boys. D'Arrigo and his attorney walked quickly away from the courtroom after the arraignment. Neither would comment. D'Arrigo, 44, who has been placed on paid administrative leave, could face up to three years, eight months in prison, if convicted. He was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday and arrested later the same day.

Prosecutor Stuart Scott said based on evidence -- including computers and flash drives seized from the veteran police officer's Gilroy home -- there is a "strong possibility" there may be other victims in addition to the 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy. Asked if anyone else had contacted law enforcement about D'Arrigo after the widespread publicity about his arrest, Scott said: "no comment."

D'Arrigo (pictured left) did not meet either boy through his police work, Scott said. He was a campus police officer at Leland High School from 1997 to 2007. D'Arrigo responded to a "dating" ad that one of the boys had placed on Craigslist, according to Scott. While the ad indicated the boy was 18 years old, Scott said there is evidence D'Arrigo knew both boys were underage South County high school students. D'Arrigo provided alcohol and partied with both boys, engaging in sex acts, according to Scott. The veteran San Jose police officer gave one of the boys a $300 iPod and both of them gift cards, the prosecutor said.

D'Arrigo's next court date is Sept. 15, 2011.

Corrupt Justice™: D'Arrigo was previously caught lying and terminated from the San Jose Police Department. He was promptly cast as a victim and re-hired.

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ChesCo Molester!


Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011



Pennsylvania -- A Lancaster County man and former Chester County police officer has been charged a second time for allegedly sexually abusing a juvenile. Quarryville police arrested Michael Andrew Archacki, 42, in July for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old girl in his home. The same department filed additionally charges Monday related to a second victim. Initially, police arrested Archacki for two counts of indecent assault and one count of corrupting a minor in relation to the alleged abuse of the 13-year-old girl that reportedly occurred in May. Archacki was then arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Stuart Mylin and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Police then filed 12 additional counts Monday against Archacki for allegedly abusing a 12-year-old girl between May and June. Charges include rape, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor. Archacki was arraigned Monday night before Magisterial District Judge John C. Winters, the on-call judge. Winters set Archacki’s bail at $100,000, which the defendant was reportedly able to post through a bondsman. Archacki’s preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Sept. 2 before Mylin in Quarryville.

Police said the investigation was a cooperative effort between the Quarryville Police Department, the Lancaster Children’s Alliance and Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. South Coatesville Police Chief Lewis Wilson said Archacki was employed as an officer with the department between about 2005 and 2010. Archacki resigned for reasons unrelated to any criminal investigation, Wilson said.

“He wasn’t meeting my scheduling needs,” Wilson said. Wilson said he was surprised to learn Archacki was arrested. News “I was shocked. I was really shocked,” Wilson said. “I never had any problems with him. He was a likable guy.”

Archacki is also a firefighter in Chester, Delaware County, who is on medical leave for a work-related injury. Chester Spokeswoman Emily Harris said via e-mail Tuesday that the city is currently reviewing its options to determine whether the city can take any action against a civil service employee who is out of work due to a job-related injury. Archacki also serves as the treasurer of the Chester Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 1400, according to its website.

Sean Marenkovic
Ohio County sheriff's Rapist!


Updated: 3:16 pm PDT August 26, 2011

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. -- A jury has found a former Ohio County sheriff's deputy guilty of felony sex charges against a teenage girl. Sean Marenkovic was found guilty Thursday of two counts of sexual assault in the third degree and is now a convicted sex offender. Marenkovic served as an Ohio County deputy from fall 2001 to summer 2005, and department officials previously said there were no disciplinary issues with Marenkovic. The crimes happened in 2003.

The accusations came to light in late 2010 when the victim was called for jury duty. At that time, she said she was a victim of a sexual assault about eight years ago, when she was 14 years old. Marenkovic (pictured left) was charged in the spring of 2011. The jury reached its verdict late Thursday morning after two days of trial and hours of deliberation. The victim wept quietly and Marenkovic sat with his head down as Judge Arthur Recht read the verdict and asked each juror if he or she agreed that Marenkovic was guilty.

Investigators said although the crimes happened years ago, sexual assault will not be tolerated, no matter when it happened. Assistant Ohio County Prosecutor Shawn Turak said the relationship started with the two chatting online, a fact that Turak said should send a message to parents. "A young teenage girl was on the Internet talking to someone she didn't know. It turned out to be particularly disturbing in this case because it was a law enforcement officer. So I think parents need to be vigilant," Turak said.

Marenkovic faces one to five years in prison for both convictions. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 21, 2011.


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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."

-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland, CA Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna to an African-American police officer under his command. (August 18, 2007: A high-ranking California Department of Justice official hired by Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown resigned Friday. His resignation comes a week after he crashed a state-owned vehicle and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Peter C. Sarna II, deputy director of the Division of Law Enforcement, helped oversee hundreds of state agents, criminologists and other employees who provide investigative, intelligence, forensic and security services for the department. Sarna, 37, is a former Oakland police officer who headed special operations, including gang suppression efforts, when Brown was the city's mayor. One of the few aides Brown brought along when he took office in January, Sarna assumed a leadership role in the attorney general's anti-gang program that recently produced dozens of arrests through joint state-local raids on gang members' homes in Stockton and Atwater in the Central Valley.)

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February 26, 2013

Joliet, Ill. -- Joshua Miner remembered his teenage girlfriend confiding “years back that she wanted to have sex with a dead guy,” states a police report documenting last month’s double murder on Hickory Street. That's why Miner got the idea to ask girlfriend Alisa Massaro to have sex with him on the corpses of two men he's accused of helping to kill, police said.


Massaro “made a smirk on her face” and said she didn’t want to, according to the reports, but when being questioned by police, she “later acknowledged she and Josh did have sexual intercourse on top of the bodies.”

The reports obtained by Patch detail the differing versions of events described by the two young men and two young women—Miner, 24, Massaro, 18, Adam Landerman, 19 (the son of Joliet Police Sgt. Julie Landerman) and Bethany McKee, 18—accused of luring two men to Massaro’s Hickory Street home and strangling them.

All four are charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation deaths of 22-year-old friends Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, who police say were robbed, killed and partially dismembered at the house on Hickory Street. Both victims went there to hang out.

Black Ski Mask!

Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012 - Updated: 6:46 PM PDT, Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, South Carolina -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a man accused in a string of rapes in 1979 known then as the “ski mask rapist cases.” Police said DNA evidence linked 62-year-old Jerry Lee Brooks (pictured left) to the decades-old crimes. He was arrested Tuesday in Surfside Beach, S.C., just south of Myrtle Beach. Last December, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit began investigating a series of rapes that happened in Charlotte in 1979. Police said the cases were similar but that investigators 30 years ago had not been able to identify a suspect. Investigators then referred to the rapes as the “ski mask rapist cases,” police said.

When police reopened the cases last year, they found that DNA evidence was available in several of the cases. That evidence was sent for analysis, which revealed the cases were linked. A match from a DNA database led investigators to Brooks, police said. Police said they were assisted in their investigation by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division and Surfside Beach police.

On Monday, a Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted Brooks on 13 charges: three counts of rape, two counts of a crime against nature, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of attempted armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of burglary and armed robbery. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Officer Robert Fey said investigators will examine other rape cases from the late 1970s and early 1980s to determine whether Brooks might be held responsible for more sex assaults. He is being held in an Horry County, S.C., jail awaiting extradition to Charlotte. His address was not immediately available.

North Carolina court records show Brooks was convicted in the 1980s and 1990s on charges including breaking and entering, safecracking, common law robbery and embezzlement. He was released from federal custody in February 2005 after serving time for armed bank robbery.

A Black-Eye!

Posted: July 11, 2012 11:43 PM

Menlo Park, CA -– A 7-month-old pit bull puppy will apparently make a full recovery after taking a gunshot to the eye when he reportedly charged at a Menlo Park police officer over the weekend. Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker told media sources that the incident began when officers responded to a 911 call on Sunday morning that vicious dogs were running through the Carlton Avenue area, just blocks from the Willow Road off-ramp from Highway 101.

The bullet entered the dog’s skull near the right eye but did not enter his brain, exiting near his ear. Mister was taken to the South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic for treatment. “He could have suffered brain damage. He was just lucky the bullet came back out,” clinic Dr. John Thelen told sources. Thelen described the dog as friendly, and told the Daily Post that the bullet fractured bones around the dogs eyes. He said Mister should make a full recovery over the next several weeks.

Nice said her dogs were known to police officers and told the paper that police had never raised concerns that they were vicious. “I will never, ever, ever look at the police the same way again,” Nice told media sources. “They are trigger-happy. It’s ridiculous. Go shoot a murderer, not a dog.”

Police have not released the name of the officer involved and the incident was under investigation, according to Acker.

The dog’s owner, Richelle Nice, told media sources that the dog, Mister, has no history of violent behavior but has been known to bark. Nice owns a second dog, Hayze, which was involved in the incident but was not shot.

“They will bark, but that’s all they do,…He’s not vicious,” Nice told sources.

Deplorable!

Posted: 9:30 PM EDT, Thu March 22, 2012 - Updated: 12:46 PM PDT, Fri March 22, 2012

MEMPHIS, TN (WCJB) - It only took a jury 20 minutes to find a man Memphis guilty of raping his own granddaughter and knowingly exposing her to HIV. 63-year-old Robert Brown, Sr. (pictured right) was found guilty on charges of child rape and criminal exposure to HIV. Testimony revealed that Brown had repeatedly raped his granddaughter over a two year period at his north Memphis home. The abuse came to light when the victim grandmother took the girl to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital for genital pain. An examination revealed trauma to her private area and Memphis police launched a criminal investigation. Brown admitted to investigators that he had sexual contact with his granddaughter starting in June 2009, one year after he was diagnosed with HIV.

Robert Brown, Sr. faces up to 40 years in prison; his sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 27.

Mississippi

Still Burnin'!

Posted: 9:30 PM EDT, Thu March 22, 2012 - Updated: 12:46 PM PDT, Fri March 22, 2012
"Whatever excuse you offer, forget that. There is no excuse."

-- Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill to defendant Deryl Dedmon, upon receiving his guilty plea for the killing of an unarmed African-American male during a fit of racist rage.



Mississippi (WCJB) -- The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday that three white Mississippi men pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in connection with the 2011 beating death of an African-American man in Jackson. Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and Dylan Butler each admitted to conspiracy and violating the 2009 federal hate-crimes law in last June's killing of James Craig Anderson (pictured above, center). They face sentences of up to life in prison and $250,000 in fines, federal prosecutors said. The 19-year-old Dedmon had already pleaded guilty to state murder and hate-crime charges Wednesday in a state court and was sentenced to life in prison. At his state plea hearing, Dedmon told the court that his crimes were the result of being "young and dumb, ignorant and full of hatred." Rice initially faced state murder charges as well, but a judge reduced the charges to simple assault because he was not believed to be driving the vehicle used to kill Anderson. Rice, 19, and Butler, 20, made their initial appearances with Dedmon in federal court Thursday morning.


Anderson, 47, died after he was beaten and run over by a truck driven by Dedmon who was part of a group of seven white youths from largely white Rankin County who decided to "go fuck with some niggers" after a night of partying and drinking, law enforcement officials have said, quoting some of the suspects in the case. On a videotape obtained exclusively by media affiliates, the group pulls into the parking lot and stops where Anderson is standing, although he is just off camera and not visible. The young men can then be seen going back and forth between their cars and Anderson. Witnesses told authorities this is when Anderson's beating took place, as the white youths yelled racial epithets, including "white power." After the beating, Dedmon drove his Ford F-250 truck over him, leaving him to die, according to what some of the teens cooperating with police have told authorities.


Guilty: Deryl Dedmon, 19, (left), John Aaron Rice, 19, (center) and Dylan Butler, 20, (right) entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit a hate crime and committing a hate crime.

The men are among the first defendants to be prosecuted under the federal hate-crime statute that President Barack Obama signed in 2009. They are also the first to be prosecuted in a fatal attack according to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division. The trio admitted to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, named for the victims of two 1998 killings that shocked the country. Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming teenager, died after being kidnapped, beaten and left tied to a fence, while Byrd was a black man dragged to death in Texas by white supremacists.

"The Department of Justice will vigorously pursue those who commit racially motivated assaults and will use every tool at our disposal to ensure that those who commit such acts are brought to justice. And I note that our investigation in this matter is ongoing," Perez said. In court Thursday, all three admitted to harassing and assaulting African-Americans on several occasions in the weeks before Anderson's death, hurling beer bottles, firing slingshots and driving at them with cars, prosecutors said. They targeted people they believed to be drunk or homeless, believing them less likely to report the attacks. They are also expected to testify against other teens implicated in Anderson's killing, two sources close to the proceedings told the media.

Ole' Missis. Sippi!

Published: September 6, 2011

Jackson, Mississippi (WCJB) -- The family of an African-American man who was killed when he was beaten and run over with a truck has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of teens alleged to have been present at the time of the attack. The lawsuit -- filed Tuesday in a Mississippi district court -- alleges that seven white teenagers "set out on a mission" to find and harass African-Americans. The lawsuit, filed by the victim's sister, mother and two brothers, seeks a jury trial and damages. It names not only the two teens facing criminal charges in the incident but others who, the suit alleges, acted as lookouts and prevented Anderson from escaping.

The death of James Craig Anderson, 48, occurred early June 26 in Jackson, Mississippi -- allegedly at the hands of white teens who, after a night of partying and drinking, decided to "go fuck with some niggers," police said, quoting one of the suspects in the case. "James Anderson lost his life for no other reason than the color of his skin," said Morris Dees, chief trial counsel for the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, in a statement. The law center filed the suit on Anderson's family's behalf along with Mississippi attorney Winston J. Thompson III. "Those responsible must be held accountable for their callous and deadly actions. We are filing this lawsuit today to ensure his family gets a measure of justice."

He said after the news conference that filing the suit will allow attorneys to conduct discovery, take some depositions and hopefully find out from all seven teens what took place the night Anderson died. Anderson's family is hopeful, at the conclusion of local and federal investigations, that all those culpable in his death will be charged, he said.

Dees told reporters Tuesday that even if the teens did not participate in Anderson's beating or in striking him with the vehicle, they can still be liable under the law for failing to stop the beating or assist Anderson.

Anderson's death drew national attention after media sources first reported it and aired exclusive surveillance video of the killing in a Jackson suburb. Hinds County, Mississippi, District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, who is prosecuting the case, has called it "vicious" and a "premeditated hate crime." U.S. Department of Justice investigators are now in Jackson, investigating the death as a possible federal hate crime and assisting local prosecutors.

The killing has also prompted several large marches and prayer vigils in Jackson, a city of about 537,000 people. Thompson said there has been an "outpouring of support" for the Anderson family from the area. "This isn't just something that happens in Mississippi," Dees told reporters Tuesday at a news conference announcing the filing of the suit. "This is something that's happening all across the nation. We feel like this case is particularly egregious."

Deryl Dedmon Jr., 19 (pictured left) of Brandon, Mississippi, is facing capital murder charges in Anderson's death and is eligible for the death penalty. A second teen, John Aaron Rice, 18 (pictured below, left) was initially charged with murder, but a judge reduced the charges to simple assault because Rice was not believed to be driving the vehicle used to kill Anderson. However, Hinds County prosecutors said they plan to seek indictments against both Dedmon and Rice for murder and a hate crime, and also will seek indictments against other teens who were at the scene. Neither teen has issued a plea.

Authorities believe Dedmon led and instigated the attack, which took place after a night of drinking in largely white Rankin County outside Jackson. Dedmon told friends they should leave, saying, "Let's go fuck with some niggers," officials said. The gang of teens climbed into Dedmon's green truck and a white SUV and drove 16 miles to the western edge of Jackson. They would have seen Anderson immediately as they exited the highway, officials said. He was standing in a hotel parking lot just beyond the exit ramp. Thompson said Tuesday it was unclear why Anderson was at the hotel, but he was believed to be heading toward his truck when the incident took place.

On the videotape obtained by media sources, the group of teens is seen pulling into the parking lot and stopping where Anderson is standing, although he is just off camera and not visible. The teens can then be seen going back and forth between their cars and Anderson. Witnesses told authorities this is when Anderson's beating took place, as the teens yelled racial epithets including "white power." Authorities allege Dedmon pummeled Anderson repeatedly as he crumpled to the ground, although this is not visible on the tape. After the beating, some of the teens left and others got into the green truck.

At this moment, Anderson becomes visible on the tape as he staggers into view and walked toward the truck. "Defendant Dedmon drove the F-250 out of the parking lot and turned right onto Ellis Avenue," the lawsuit says. "Just as Dedmon turned right, his headlights shone directly on Anderson, who, having been severely beaten, was stumbling in a grassy are near the motel's entrance. Dedmon accelerated, drove onto and over the street curb, and struck Anderson with the front of the F-250." Shortly afterward, Dedmon allegedly boasted and laughed about the killing, according to statements some of the teens made to detectives. "I ran that nigger over," he allegedly said in a phone conversation to the teens in the other car. "He was not remorseful," Smith said. "He was laughing, laughing about the killing." Attorneys for Dedmon and Rice have not responded to requests for comment from media sources.

During a bond hearing, Dedmon's attorney told the court he saw nothing to back up the "racial allegations." But "Dedmon murdered this man because he was black," Smith said. "The evidence will show that." A pretrial hearing for Dedmon was postponed. The hearing was rescheduled for September 26.

The five other teens who took part in the incident that evening, according to the suit, are: Sarah Graves, of Crystal Springs; Shelbie Richards, of Pearl; and William Kirk Montgomery, John Blaylock and Dylan Butler, all of Brandon. None of the five has been arrested or charged, and it was unclear Tuesday whether they had retained attorneys. The suit alleges all seven of the teens "took part in what we call a joint venture, to seek out and do harm to a person of color," Thompson said.

At Dedmon's home last month, a girl who answered the door told media sources she did not know him, although a truck like the one allegedly used to strike Anderson was sticking out of the garage.

Dees noted the attorneys spoke to reporters in front of the Hinds County courthouse, where in 1994 Byron de la Beckwith was convicted of killing civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and talking about a similarly "horrendous" crime. "Because it's coming out of Mississippi, and out of Hinds County, I think it will resonate around the country," he said.

"Anyone who knew James could see that he was a caring man with a beautiful smile," said Barbara Anderson Young, Anderson's sister, in a statement. "He was such a compassionate person. We must take an honest look at the racial climate that motivated some young people to hurt such a wonderful person." Anderson, a line worker at a Nissan plant, sang in his church choir, Thompson told reporters. "He was just a pillar of the community," Thompson said. "He paid his taxes on time, he went to work, came home -- he was just an average, ordinary citizen, good guy, wonderful gardener."
“Another Nigger fried. No big deal.”

-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.

Vicious Cycle!

September 22, 2011



Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed in Texas Wednesday evening for his involvement in the infamous dragging death of a black man 13 years ago. He was executed by lethal injection at 6:21 p.m. local time (7:21 p.m. ET) Wednesday , according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Brewer, 44, was one of three men convicted for involvement in the murder of James Byrd. The execution was the 11th this year in Texas, the most active death-penalty state.

Brewer (pictured left) ate a huge final meal, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. It consisted of chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a bowl of fried okra, barbeque, fajitas, pizza, and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. After the meal, Brewer was given time to make phone calls to family and friends.

Brewer and two other white men kidnapped the 49-year-old black man on the night of June 7, 1998. They chained him by the ankles to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him for 3 ½ miles down a country road near Jasper, Texas. Byrd died when he was decapitated after he hit a culvert.

Prosecutors said the crime, which they described it as one of the most vicious hate crimes in U.S. history, was intended to promote Brewer's fledgling white supremacist organization. During his 1999 trial, they called Brewer a racist psychopath. Brewer was a former "Exalted Cyclops" of a racist prison gang affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. He spent most of his adult life in prison for burglary, cocaine possession and parole violations.

During the trial, Brewer took the witness stand and contended that he was a bystander, not a killer. He tearfully admitted being present when Byrd was dragged to his death but, he said, "I didn't mean to cause his death. I had no intentions of killing anybody." Brewer said accomplice John William King initiated the killing by fighting with Byrd. He also said the third defendant, Shawn Berry, slashed Byrd's throat and then chained him to Berry's pickup. Brewer admitted kicking Byrd and spraying Byrd's face with black paint. But he said it was a reflex action taken to try to break up the fight between Byrd and King.

When Brewer was sentenced to death in 1999, Jasper County District Attorney Guy James Gray said that, while he did not personally favor the death penalty, it was necessary in Brewer's case. "This is a situation where if you don't give the death penalty to this man, he will kill again," said Gray. King also was sentenced to death and is awaiting the outcome of an appeal. The third man, Berry, was sentenced to life in prison.

To impose the death penalty, the jurors in Brewer's trial had to answer three questions under Texas law (To sentence Brewer to death, the jurors voted unanimously on each question -- answering the first two yes and the last no):

-- Would Brewer be a threat to society in the future;
-- Did Brewer mean to kill Byrd; and
-- were there mitigating circumstances that would warrant sparing Brewer's life?

NOT GUILTY?

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"The 22nd July was a preventive attack in defence of my ethnic group, and I cannot acknowledge guilt. I acted on behalf of my people, my religion and my country. I therefore demand that I be acquitted."

-- June 22, 2012, In court Statement by Anders Breivik, on trial for the July 22, 2011 murder of 77 people.
Norway -- Anders Breivik (pictured left) admits to killing eight people when he bombed government buildings in Oslo. He also admits to shooting and killing 69 more young Labour Party supporters at an island camp. Breivik’s sanity has been the key question for the court, which has to make a decision on the basis of two contradictory official psychiatric reports, the first of which diagnosed the killer as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and the second of which said he was sane enough to face jail.

In Breivik's closing speech he railed against the two psychiatrists who diagnosed him as schizophrenic, leading to his anti-Islamic ideology to be written off as the rantings of a madman. Breivik has described treatment in a mental hospital as “a fate worse than death” and “the ultimate humiliation”, and has considerably toned down his original rhetoric about the Knights Templar movement to sway the judges.

If the court decides that he is sane, he faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in jail. The Oslo district court has said that the panel of five judges will make its final ruling on August 24, 2012.

June 7, 2012



Norway -- A television news camera caught a judge at the trial of mass killer Anders Breivik playing solitaire on his laptop this week while an expert on religion testified about the ideas that led the extremist to massacre 77 people. Norway's VGTV news station filmed the testimony of religion professor Mattias Gardell over the shoulder of judge Ernst Henning Eielsen (pictured above, center) one of the five justices who will decide Breivik's fate. Eielsen can be seen staring at his computer screen and playing a version of Free Cell solitaire on his computer for 16 minutes.

September 19, 2011



Norway -- Anders Breivik (pictured above, center) who has admitted killing 77 people in Norway in July, will remain in solitary confinement for another four weeks, a judge ruled Monday. Breivik will remain in police custody for eight more weeks, until November 14, with the first four in solitary confinement, Judge Anne Margarethe Lund ruled Monday. Breivik admits carrying out a bomb and gun rampage in July, but has not pleaded guilty, a judge and his lawyer say.

Unspeakable Guilt!




Posted: 03/19/2013 03:08:42 PM PDT - Updated: 03/19/2013 10:22:23 PM PDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. — A jury found a 26-year-old Tennessee woman guilty of murder Tuesday in the 2011 smothering deaths of her newborn twins. The jury of seven men and five women convicted Lindsey Lowe of suburban Nashville of felony murder, premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse. At trial, jurors saw a video of Lowe telling police she had given birth alone in the bathroom of her parents' home on Sept. 12, 2011, and smothered the babies soon after. The bodies weren't found until two days later. A family member discovered one baby dead in a laundry basket at the home in Hendersonville, 20 miles northeast of Nashville. When police arrived to investigate, officers found the second body under a bloody sheet in the same basket.

Hendersonville Police Detective Steve Malach testified that Lowe told him during an interrogation that she had kept her pregnancy secret so as not to disappoint her fiance or add to the stress of a family member's illness. In a video of the interrogation, Lowe said she "maybe" smothered them when she put her hand over the mouths of the babies. "I was just trying to keep them quiet," she said on the video. Malach testified that police searched the home thoroughly but found no evidence that Lowe had made any plans for the birth.

The defense said Lowe wanted to block out the idea of being pregnant and said she didn't even know she was giving birth until one of the babies came out in the toilet. "Lindsey Lowe was pregnant, but she refused to accept it, her mind refused to accept it," defense attorney John Pellegrin told the jury. Psychiatrist Dr. William Kenner testified for the defense that Lowe had blocked out her pregnancy then suffered shock and delirium from blood loss after she gave birth. Prosecutor Ray Whitley countered that by presenting evidence of Internet searches on Lowe's iPhone for information on inducing labor and pornography involving pregnant women.

Her father, Mark, and sister, Lacey, testified on behalf of Lowe, both saying no one knew she was pregnant. The sister said they both had been in a wedding just days before the birth and Lindsey Lowe didn't appear pregnant when she undressed in front of other women in the wedding party. Lowe was engaged at the time but became pregnant during an affair with another man, jurors were told. She hid the pregnancy from her family and friends, and the defense and prosecution offered competing arguments as to why.

The defendant didn't testify. "I just don't feel like I can emotionally handle it," she told the judge Monday, while fighting back tears.

The defendant turned to family members in the courtroom after the verdict was announced and told them, "I'm OK. I love you all. He's with me," as she pointed toward the sky. Family, friends and church members, who have rallied to support Lowe, were sobbing after the verdict. Lowe was immediately sentenced to life in prison by the judge. Lowe, who was often emotional at trial, didn't break down as the sentence was pronounced.

September 16, 2011

Tennessee (WCJB) -- A Tennessee woman, Lindsey Lowe (pictured above, center) secretly gave birth to twin boys in a toilet in the home she shares with her parents and then smothered the infants and hid their bodies in a bedroom laundry basket, police said Friday. Lindsey Lowe's father discovered one of the bodies Wednesday morning and called police, Hendersonville Police Lt. Scott Ryan said. "Someone can give me 100 explanations as to why, but I will never be able to understand this fully," he said. Lowe, 25, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She remained jailed Friday pending a Monday appearance before a Sumner County judge. She gave birth to the first baby between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Monday, according to an affidavit filed by police.

Lowe, who according to the affidavit confessed to killing her newborns, said she didn't look at either of the babies as she "placed her hand" over each child's mouths to stop them from crying.

Lowe told authorities that she knew she was pregnant "almost the whole time" but that no one else -- including her family -- was aware, according to the affidavit. It took a "couple of minutes" for the first child to die, according to the affidavit, while Lowe said the second baby died more quickly. Both children were males and full-term, weighing about 5 to 6 pounds, the affidavit said. The woman told police she placed the bodies in a laundry basket and covered them with blankets to hide them. She was at work at a dental clinic for children when her father found the bodies, police said.

One of her co-workers, Michelle Stainback, told media sources that "we're all just shocked and saddened." "I've tried to put myself in that position over and over since last night," she said. "You don't know what they're thinking or what they're going through." Ryan admitted that authorities still didn't have all the answers and added that the suspect was "very sad" when he last saw her. "In the (17 years) I've been in Hendersonville ... this is the only time that I've seen crimes such as this," he said.

Chills & Thrills!!

Published: September 16, 2011

Robert Young, 43 (left), and Mark Rubinson, 25, are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation, after allegedly using a dead friend's ATM card to fund a night of drinking, dinner and a strip club. While Young and Rubinson painted the town red, Jeffrey Jarrett's corpse sat in the car.

DENVER (WCJB)- Two men accused of driving around with a dead friend, using his ATM card and visiting a strip club are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation. Robert Jeffrey Young and Mark Rubinson are free on bond but they couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. It's unclear how Jeffrey Jarrett died, but the men are not charged in his death. The cause of death is pending toxicology tests.


The Denver Post reports that in a less amusing real-life version of the film "Weekend at Bernie's," an affidavit accuses Young and Rubinson of leaving Jarrett's body in the car while they drank at a bar on his tab Aug. 27. Investigators allege the men stopped at a restaurant, returned Jarrett's body to his home, used Jarrett's ATM card and withdrew $400 at the strip club Shotgun Willie's before reporting Jarrett's death.

Jarrett was described as a loving father, who was a graduate of Colorado State University and a hockey player, a member of Jarrett's family told local media sources. "Taking a deceased person in a car, I mean, it just seems totally wrong," the family member (who did not wish to be identified) told local media sources. His family wants to find out how he died, and whether he could have been saved if Young had called for help rather than going out for a night on the town.

"This is a bizarre and unfortunate crime," Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson told local media sources. "This isn't anything you want to have happen to a loved one."

Long Island Pill Kills!!

Published: September 8, 2011

The gunman accused of killing four people at a Long Island pharmacy this past June pleaded guilty today to five counts of first degree murder -- with his lawyer saying the shooter wanted to spare the families from reliving the ordeal during a long trial. David Laffer, 33, who showed up in a Riverhead courtroom wearing a green prison jumpsuit, nodded when asked by a judge if he wanted to plead guilty to charges -- one for each of the four victims and a fifth because there were multiple murders. "Yes, your honor," Laffer said, as more than two dozen family members of the four victims looked on. A Defense lawyer for Laffer said "there was no viable defense" for Laffer's horrendous crime, saying his client did not want to put the families through a trial.

In a series of questions, Laffer said "yes" when asked about the events before and during the shootings -- admitting that he shot four people as he stuffed his bag with prescription drugs. Laffer, who also pleaded guilty to four counts of criminal use of a weapon, faces life without parole for the four murders at sentencing.

Suffolk Judge James Hudson warned Laffer that "you can expect no mercy from this court" when he is sentenced on Oct. 17. The judge said Laffer would receive "the maximum sentence the law allows."



Laffer's wife, Melinda Brady, who drove the getaway car, faces 25 years in prison after pleading guilty today to robbery soon after Laffer's court appearance. She could receive as little as 21 years. Brady, 30, told authorities she and Laffer planned the stick-up in order to steal prescription pills -- but did not know her husband would shoot anyone during the Father's Day massacre. Hours after her arrest, Brady blamed Laffer as she was led away in cuffs. “He was doing it because he lost his job and I was sick,” Brady told reporters. “He did it. He did all of this.”

Laffer shot and killed Raymond Ferguson, 45, employee Jennifer Mejia, 17; and customers Jaime Taccetta, 33, and Bryon Sheffield, 71, during the June 19 massacre at Haven Drugs in Medford. Laffer allegedly swiped 10,000 pills -- mostly the painkiller hydrocodone -- to satisfy her addiction. Cops later found 2,000 pills in the couple's home. Other evidence against Laffer included surveillance video of him donning a wig and sunglasses inside the store, fingerprints that he left at the pharmacy and the murder weapon recovered at his home.

Laffer agreed to four consecutive life sentences because he wanted "to offer the families of the victims of this horrible crime some kind of closure," his attorney told the court. After court, his attorney said he told Laffer, 33, he had no insanity defense and Laffer knows "there's nothing that's going to get him out of prison, except death. "I can't give you the reasons in his head and the reason he did it," said his attorney.

Daniel Taccetta, brother of slain Jaime Taccetta, called Laffer "a coward" in court, said the admitted killer gave up because the evidence against him and his wife was overwhelming. "I just think he knows he can't win" at trial, said Taccetta outside court, although he agreed the move will spare the four families pain "that would be like opening a deep wound." Outside the second floor courtroom, Suffolk County DA Tom Spota said he promised the suffering families "that this man never sees the light of day" and he made good on his promise. Spota said Brady may get a slight break for her cooperation, but pointed out that his office never plea bargained with either defendant. "Today those pleas guarantee that Mr. Laffer will never see the light of day,” he said.

'Revenge Served Cold!'!

Published: September 7, 2011


MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- A West Virginia man who shot dead five people before killing himself left a series of chilling messages on his Facebook account in the days before, police said Tuesday. Shayne Franklin Riggleman, 22, fatally shot five people near Morgantown, W. Va., on Monday before fleeing to neighboring Pennsylvania in a stolen Jeep, media sources reported. While in that state Riggleman collided with a vehicle being driven by an elderly woman. When the woman got out of the car he ran her over. She was taken to a nearby hospital where her condition was unknown. Riggleman then crossed back into West Virginia where he attempted to take a car owned by an attendant at a gas station. He shot the man in the neck with a .30-30 deer rifle. The man was recovering in a hospital Tuesday. When the Jeep with Riggleman inside was later spotted by sheriff's deputies in Kentucky the gunman attempted to evade them before fatally shooting himself.

Police investigating the incident said Riggleman posted a status update to his Facebook account Friday which said, "Revenge is a dish best served cold and God is the chef." Other updates posted Thursday read, "Even a mule tries to kicks its oppressor, come on human beings stand up!" and "We're not promised tomorrow ..." Just hours before he took his own life, his Facebook page was updated with a status which said, "why wouldn't they let me join the military? I'm fully capable, and there was no career for me!"

Investigators said Riggleman was acquainted with his five victims -- four of which were members of the same family. They were identified Tuesday as husband and wife Charles Richardson III, 49, and Karen Richardson, 50, and their children Katrina Hudson, 22, and Kevin Hudson, 17. Katrina Hudson was six months' pregnant. The fifth victim was Robert Raber Jr., 30, whose relationship to the others was unknown.

Death Before Breakfast!!

Published: September 7, 2011



NEVADA (WCJB) -- It remained unclear why a man opened fire at a Nevada IHOP restaurant and killed four people, including three Nevada National Guard members, before turning the gun on himself, authorities said Wednesday. Chilling 911 audio recordings were released Wednesday. One caller yells right before a barrage of gunshots is heard outside the IHOP. "He is shooting at us," the man says.

A total of 11 people were shot Tuesday, Carson City, Nevada, Sheriff Ken Furlong said. They included five uniformed Army National Guard members and six civilians, including suspect Eduardo Sencion, 32. Since the number of military members and civilians was nearly equal, "we cannot conclude at this time that our military forces were being specifically targeted," Furlong told reporters. "This is unquestionably the most devastating attack on our community in Carson City's history," the sheriff said. The city has not had a homicide in over three years, he said. "Yesterday, our town was shocked to the core."

The shooting began shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday. When authorities arrived, those who called in the shooting identified the suspect as a man lying wounded between two vehicles in the parking lot. The shooting took place a few miles from the Nevada National Guard state headquarters in Carson City.

Sencion was born in Mexico but was a U.S. citizen, Furlong said.

Sencion was carrying an assault rifle and a pistol when he went into the IHOP Tuesday morning, Furlong said. A second assault rifle was in his vehicle. Only the assault rifle he carried was fired, the sheriff said. An empty 30-round gun magazine and two other magazines also were recovered, Furlong said Tuesday night. No one inside the restaurant was armed, Furlong said. Sencion continued firing in the restaurant's parking lot after shooting the patrons. Four nearby businesses were hit by gunfire, Furlong said.

Sencion lived in Carson City and worked at a family business in South Lake Tahoe, California, authorities said. There is no information that he "engaged with any other persons" prior to the shooting, Furlong said Wednesday.

While Sencion had no prior criminal history, his family told police he had a history of mental illness, Furlong said. Family members told authorities that Sencion had a history of mental problems dating back to age 16, the official said. "There were some statements uttered out" by Sencion before the shooting, witnesses reported, but those witnesses were "severely traumatized," Furlong said. He did not know whether the witnesses had provided formal statements and declined to release their account of what Sencion said.

Authorities released the names of the victims Wednesday. They are: Maj. Heath Kelly, 35, of Reno, Nevada; Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31, also of Reno; Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, 38, of Carson City; and Florence Donovan Gunderson, 67, of South Lake Tahoe, California, a civilian who was at the restaurant with her husband, a retired Marine.

Kelly was a decorated field artillery officer, an Iraq veteran and a husband and father, said Brig. Gen. Bill Burks, adjutant general of the Nevada National Guard. He was an avid student of military history and was known for his "dry sense of humor." McElhiney was a "fast riser" in the corps, with specialties in the medical, dental and human resources fields, Burks said. She also owned a small baking company and frequently provided cupcakes for corps events, he said. Riege was deployed to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, and was a fitness buff and a father of three, Burks said. He also served in the U.S. Navy for two years. "The tapestry of these people's rich lives is difficult to sum up in a few words," Burks told reporters.

"There were many acts of heroism from many, many persons" in the restaurant following the shootings, he said, but declined to elaborate as he did not have details.

Restaurant patron Howard MacDonald said he and other family members had just ordered when the shooting began. "We heard the pop, pop, pop, pop," MacDonald told media sources. "I saw my wife get underneath the table." The rest of the group joined her on the floor. Steven Martin, another witness, told local media sources in Reno that he ran to see if he could help after hearing shots. "There was blood everywhere, broken glass everywhere. It was just a war zone down there," he said.

Sencion expressed suicidal thoughts the night before the shooting, according to a cab driver who spoke with him and who later notified investigators, a law enforcement official said. There is no connection to terrorism, and Sencion was not on authorities' radar beforehand, the official said. The official could not say whether Sencion was targeting members of the military or shooting people at random.

While local law enforcement is leading the investigation, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were providing assistance, the law enforcement official said. ATF agents were determining where and how Sencion obtained the weapon. Furlong said his office had received "several inquiries" suggesting a need for security for Sencion's family. He said authorities have been in contact with them to ensure they will report any threats they might receive. "The family is grieving," he said. "The family did not take part in this."

Published: September 6, 2011

Carson City, Nevada (WCJB) -- A gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Carson City, Nevada, IHOP restaurant, killing three people and wounding six others before turning the gun on himself, police said. The shooting began shortly before 9 a.m., according to Furlong. When authorities arrived, those who called in the incident identified the shooting suspect as a man lying wounded in the parking lot. Furlong declined to identify the suspect, who he said used an automatic weapon in the shootings. The suspected gunman is not expected to survive, said Sheriff Ken Furlong of the Carson City Sheriff's Office. He did not know which hospital was treating the suspect.


Two victims were found dead at the scene, and seven others were taken to a hospital for emergency surgery. One of the wounded died during surgery, Furlong said. Two of the dead were members of the Nevada National Guard, according to Maj. April Conway. Conway said three other Nevada National Guard members who were among the injured are being treated at local hospitals. The shooting took place just a few miles from the Nevada National Guard state headquarters in Carson City.

Chuck Allen with the Nevada Highway Patrol said police are still investigating a possible motive, but he said regardless, officials were taking precautions in case military personnel were being targeted. "When you have people in uniform randomly targeted ... we take that seriously," Allen said.

Oneil Dasilva!

Published: September 4, 2011

Eight people, including three children, were shot at a crowded backyard party in the Bronx early Sunday, and the police said they were looking for Oneil Dasilva, a 17-year-old (pictured left) in connection with the shooting. Seven of the victims, among them an 11-year-old boy and two girls, ages 13 and 14, were in stable condition at hospitals in the Bronx and Westchester County on Sunday evening, the authorities said. An eighth victim, a 24-year-old man who was shot twice in the chest, was in critical condition, the police said.

The gunfire began shortly after 3:30 a.m. behind 651 East 221st Street in Williamsbridge, witnesses said. Some party-goers escaped by hurling themselves over the chain link fence enclosing the backyard of the two-story house, which is just east of the Bronx River Parkway. Mark Watson, who lives in the basement apartment of the house, which he said was owned by his father, was awakened by the shooting. About six people, none of whom were wounded, rushed into the basement, switched off the lights and hid. “It’s a real tragedy,” Mr. Watson said.

The police said witnesses told investigators that the gunman was Oneil Dasilva, 17, whose last known address was in Mount Vernon, in Westchester. Mr. Dasilva has an extensive record that includes an arrest this year on a charge of attempted murder in the Bronx, the police said. The status of that case was not immediately known.

A relative of one of the victims said Mr. Dasilva had been on good terms with many of the guests at the party. The police said Mr. Dasilva appeared to have been involved in an argument before the shooting.

On Sunday afternoon, sneakers, women shoes and a black fedora littered the dirt yard, items left behind by people fleeing the gunfire. A 23-year-old woman who was raking the trash in the yard on Sunday afternoon said her 11-year-old brother was among the victims. The boy had been asleep inside, she said, but in the minutes before the violence began, he had gone outside because he was hungry. The woman, who would not give her name, said she was so shocked when the gunfire erupted that she could not move, even though the D.J. was yelling at her to get down.

BoxChilds!

Published: July 30, 2011



Arizona (WCJB) -- Four members of an Arizona family have been charged with murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl whose body was discovered locked in a box outside her family's house. She had suffocated. The charges were filed Thursday, a day after Phoenix police arrested the four. Police released a statement saying the four relatives of Ame Deal had been entrusted with caring for her. The arrest came after police said they learned that the family routinely confined her inside the box when she misbehaved.

(Clockwise from left are Ame's cousin John Allen, aunt Cynthia Stoltzman, cousin Samantha Allen and grandmother Judith Deal. The four were charged in connection with Ame Deal's death on Thursday.)

John and Samantha Allen, both 23, were charged with first-degree murder after confessing they had locked Deal in the box July 12, the statement said.


Cynthia Stoltzmann, 44, and Judith Deal, 62, were charged with child abuse and kidnapping after both admitted they had locked the girl in the box on previous occasions, it added. Media sources not able to reach Judith Deal's attorney; it was not immediately clear whether the remaining three have retained counsel. Stoltzmann was the victim's aunt and legal guardian, according to police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump. Deal's and the Allens' relationship to the girl was not clear. "When we initially responded to the scene, we filed it as an unknown death," Crump said.

When first questioned, the family members told police that Deal had climbed into the box and suffocated while playing hide-and-seek, police said. That was the account Stoltzmann gave to media affiliates on July 13, the day after family members reported finding the body.

"I don't break down well in front of other people, but when I'm by myself, I can lose it real easy," Stoltzmann said. "She was an awesome hider, let me tell you. ... There were places she would squeeze into that I didn't think my dog could squeeze into." But Crump said that, after investigating the incident, police came to believe the girl was killed. Crump said Thursday that the case has troubled even veteran detectives. "This child died at the hands of those who were supposed to love and care for her. ... This case has turned the stomachs of some of our most seasoned detectives," he said.

Custodial Killer!!

Published: March 5, 2011


Florida (WCJB) -- About seven months before two children were found stuffed dead inside luggage and floating in a south Florida canal, the body of a woman police believe was their mother was discovered in a landfill, a Delray Beach police spokeswoman said Friday. Felicia Brown was never reported missing, Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said, but authorities began looking for her after the bodies of two youths believed to be her children were found Wednesday.

On Friday, the spokeswoman said that Delray Beach police think that authorities found her body in August in a West Palm Beach landfill. That city's police spokesman, Chase Scott, said only that authorities there are trying to determine if that body is related to the two dead children, and Guerriero conceded that the medical examiner has yet to definitively identify that body. Still, she said that law enforcement in Delray Beach are confident about her identity. "Due to several identifying marks, to include tattoos, we believe that the female found in West Palm Beach is indeed Felicia Brown," Guerriero said.

The medical examiner used dental records to conclude that the 10-year-old boy found Wednesday is Brown's son, Jermaine McNeil. A definitive determination was not immediately reached on the girl's identity, but Guerriero said police believe she is 6-year-old Ju'tyra Allen based on her physical characteristics and "the circumstances surrounding how the children were found." Brown's sister, Margaret Gissome, told reporters Friday that she hadn't spoken with Felicia since their mother's funeral in 2007 -- saying "she kind of ... disappeared." While the sister said she had believed a cousin may have spoken with her most recently, several people said they last saw Felicia Brown over the summer. "I never knew my sister was missing. I never knew my niece or nephew were missing," Gissome said. "There's a lot of questions that are going on."

Earlier Friday, the investigation took an unexpected turn when Delray Beach police announced that federal law enforcement officers had detained their only suspect in the investigation into the children's deaths -- a man identified by authorities as Clem Beauchamp, Felicia Brown's ex-boyfriend. He was arrested on a federal firearms charge dating back to 2009, according to media sources. Investigators are continuing to search a house where the suspect had lived. Guerriero said it is not clear if the two children ever lived there, but investigators have found evidence that minors have resided there.

Police earlier said the children's deaths appear to be "domestic-related." The two children did not show up at school Tuesday, Guerriero said. They were found Wednesday about six hours and a half-mile apart in the canal that separates Delray Beach from Boca Raton, according to police. The girl's body was found first, after a passerby alerted police to a duffel bag floating about midway across the canal; the boy's body turned up in a suitcase closer in as investigators combed the banks for evidence, according to police.

Ju'tyra Allen's father, Curtis Allen, told media sources on Friday that Felicia Brown moved in with Beauchamp sometime after he'd broken up with her. "I'm just devastated," Curtis Allen said of his daughter's death. "I feel like I should have been there. I'm just beating myself up about it. I shouldn't have let her stay there. I should have done more." That same day, Beauchamp came into the Delray Beach police department voluntarily to talk with investigators, and he wound up in federal custody. He has not been charged yet in relation to the children's deaths. Media attempts to contact Beauchamp for comment were not successful. Three other children who lived in the same home as Brown and Beauchamp are now safe and in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to Guerriero.

In-Home Care!!

Published: March 28, 2011 9:42 AM

SACRAMENTO, CA (WCJB) – A California woman who was convicted of killing her elderly tenants and burying them in the backyard of her boarding house died Sunday in prison, authorities said. She was 82. Dorothea Puente ran a boarding house for elderly and disabled residents out of a rented two-story Victorian. She was known to give her tenants gifts and home-cooked meals. But authorities said she was in fact drugging them and stealing their money. She was sent to prison for three years on those charges in the early 1980s, but reopened the boarding house after her release.

Police began investigating her again in 1988 after a social worker told them she suspected something was wrong at the home. The social worker, Judy Moise, had referred Alvaro Montoya, a 51-year-old mentally disabled homeless man, to the boarding house. Moise filed a missing persons report with Sacramento police when Montoya disappeared after a few months. Days later, investigators began unearthing bodies in Puente’s backyard. Puente, however, escaped to Los Angeles during the digging. She was spotted in a bar there and arrested a few days later. Authorities would eventually find seven bodies in her backyard.

Puente was convicted in 1993 of three murders — the jury did not reach verdicts on six other murder counts. She was given two life sentences and a concurrent 15-year-to-life sentence. Puente died at around 10:15 a.m. Sunday of natural causes at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

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