“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.
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Posted: 05/03/2012 10:34:52 PM PDT - Updated: 05/04/2012 03:29:52 PM PDT
Dr. Ayres (Psychiatrist)!
Redwood City, CA -- A San Mateo County Superior Court judge on Thursday denied a request by the attorney representing Dr. William Ayres, accused of child molestation, for his release from Napa State Hospital, where he has been held since Oct. 25 to restore his competency for retrial. In a motion to the court, Ayres' lawyer and children asked that he be transferred to an unlocked senior facility or released for outpatient treatment because his mental state is quickly deteriorating. The once-prominent child psychiatrist scored "severely impaired" on a recent dementia test, according to documents released last week. But Judge John Grandsaert said he is not legally allowed to consider the request because there was no written declaration from the hospital's director about Ayres' mental state. Ayres' treating physician was in court instead. Grandsaert set a hearing date for July 25, when a six-month report is due on Ayres' competency. The judge also noted that a 90-day report indicates "there's some possibility of restoration to competence."
Posted: 04/28/2012 08:11:30 AM PDT - Updated: 04/29/2012 01:03:00 AM PDT
Redwood City, CA -- In a motion petitioning for his client's release from Napa State Hospital, an attorney for accused child molester Dr. William Ayres (pictured above, center) argues that Ayres' mental state is deteriorating. Ayres appeared Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court for a hearing on whether he can be transferred to an unlocked senior facility or released for outpatient treatment. He appeared frail and notably thin. His white beard, once close-cropped, was long and unkempt. The motion submitted by his attorney shed new light on the condition of Ayres, whose trial on charges of molesting several young male patients at his San Mateo office ended in a hung jury in 2009. Ayres was required to stay at Napa for a minimum of 180 days after the district attorney, who wanted to try him a second time on molestation charges, conceded last year that Ayres' mental health was in decline, and he could not aid in his defense. That milestone passed this week, and Ayres was transported for a hearing from Napa to the Hall of Justice in Redwood City.
The motion includes letters from Ayres' adult children, asking for their father's release, and the summary of an evaluation by a Napa doctor who conducted a neuropsychological evaluation April 18, finding the 80-year-old has suffered "significant deterioration" in his mental functioning. Dr. Ayres has difficulty keeping track of time or the day of the week and rates as "severely impaired" on a dementia test, according to court documents submitted Friday in the case of the once-prominent child psychiatrist. Ayres' daughter, Barbara, said in a letter to the judge that, during her weekly visits with her father, he repeats questions and stories and when she brings a variety of foods, he has trouble recognizing them. Ayres' other child, Robert, told the judge there is no hope for his father's condition to improve, and keeping him at Napa, separated from his family and without stimulation, serves only to punish him. "It's utterly heartless and unconstitutional to deliver a punitive ruling when my father's presumption of innocence remains intact after the prosecution's failure to convict him in 2009," Robert Ayres wrote.
Judge John Grandsaert ultimately postponed the hearing until Thursday at the request of the District Attorney's Office.
Posted: April 4, 2011 - 7:49 p.m. EDT; Updated April 6, 2011 - 9:35 PDT
BOSTON, MA (WCJB) -- Former Christ the King men's basketball coach Bob Oliva finally admitted to accusations of molesting his players, pleading guilty Monday in a Boston courtroom. Oliva will receive five years of probation after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a then fourteen-year-old player, James Carlino, in Boston during the summer of 1976. Oliva must now register as a sex offender, wear a GPS device and is not allowed to coach or have unsupervised contact with a child under 16, according to his defense attorney. "These allegations are from 35 years ago, no criminal record, 5 years probation is a reasonable result.
Carlino, now 49 years old, claims he was molested by Oliva on that trip to watch the Yankees play the Red Sox, and at least 100 other times after that. Carlino had filed a $20 million dollar lawsuit in Queens County, New York against Oliva, Christ King Regional High School, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Diocese of Brooklyn among others. Because the abuse happened so long ago, the suit could only happen in Massachusetts where state law dismisses the statute of limitations if a defendant is from out of state.
He claimed the sexual abuse occurred over a four-year period when Carlino played youth basketball at St. Teresa of Avila Parish and St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish, both in Queens, NY. Carlino says the abuse happened between the ages of 12 and 16 years old while Oliva was his coach. Carlino's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, adds Oliva was very close to the family and Carlino's godfather.
"Mr. Carlino wants to know why the supervisors didn't do anything to prevent this abuse from happening," Garabedian said. Carlino only recently divulged his claims, according to the complaint. Garabedian says two other men have come forward with similar allegations of sexual abuse, including a former professional baseball player who played in New York City for "a short period of time".
Oliva put Christ the King's basketball program on the map with 549 wins and five titles during his 27 seasons. He resigned in 2009 citing heart problems by the then-allegations.
March 28, 2011
Arthur Temblador, 36 (pictured above, center) was arrested after cops said they caught him having sex with a 16-year-old girl. Temblador runs a youth soccer club and the girl is one of his players, according to reports. Arthur Temblador, 36, was arrested Saturday night in the parking lot of a medical building in Sacramento. Temblador is the director of soccer operations for the Elk Grove Everton FC youth soccer club. The girl is a member of the club, Sacramento media reported. The club has teams for boys ranging from under-10 to under-18 and for girls from under-10 to under-17.
Police said they spotted a suspicious car in the lot around 9 p.m. and found Temblador and the girl having sex inside. The coach was charged with sexual assault and was released on $250,000 bail, police said. He is married with children, Sacramento's media sources said.
Posted: March 1, 2012 - Updated May 2, 2012 - 9:22 PDT
OAKLAND, CA – Thomas Perez Jewell (pictured below, left) was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Oakland, California, to 29 years in prison and was ordered to pay $234,000 in restitution for producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Special Agent in Charge Stephanie Douglas of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office.
According to court documents, Jewell first came to the attention of law enforcement authorities when he was suspected of distributing and possessing child pornography. A search of Jewell’s Pleasant Hill apartment pursuant to a search warrant revealed evidence that Jewell had sexually molested two minor victims and photographed and videotaped his abuse. A hard drive hidden under the mattress in Jewell’s bedroom contained thousands of images of the minor victims. Prior to his arrest and conviction, Jewell was employed as a youth counselor and therapist in Contra Costa County.
Jewell, 54, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 9, 2010. He was charged with production of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, and possession of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2251(a) and (e); 2252A(a)(1) and (b)(1); and 2252A(a)(5)(B) and (b)(2). He pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography on November 23, 2011.
Jewell was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton. Judge Hamilton also sentenced the defendant to a lifetime of supervised release. Jewell has been in custody since his arrest on November 18, 2010.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hill and Trial Attorney Mi Yung Park of the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section with the assistance of Vanessa Vargas. This case was investigated by the FBI, the Pleasant Hill Police Department, the Martinez Police Department and the Walnut Creek Police Department.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
November 30, 2011
MARTINEZ, CA -- A former Contra Costa County youth counselor (pictured left) pleaded guilty Wednesday to numerous child molestation charges in exchange for the assurance of a 30-year prison sentence. That sentence, to be handed down by a county judge in March, will run concurrently with whatever sentence a federal judge in a separate child pornography case will give Thomas Perez Jewell. The 54-year-old Pleasant Hill resident pleaded guilty in federal court last week to one count of producing child pornography -- and admitted that he filmed himself molesting two victims. That sentencing is scheduled for February; Jewell will serve 30 years, even if the federal sentence is shorter than that.
Jewell had been a longtime intern for Contra Costa Health Service's mental health division, which provides counseling services for Juvenile Hall. Jewell pleaded guilty in Contra Costa County Superior Court Wednesday to 11 felony sex crime counts for molesting three boys. Two of them were clients through either his county position or his private Pittsburg-based counseling business YES Enterprises. One boy was 5 years old when Jewell began molesting him during therapy sessions in 2005. The boy considered Jewell his best friend, and his grandmother trusted Jewell completely, the grandmother wrote in a letter read in court Wednesday. She even defended Jewell to police in 2006 when an elementary schoolteacher reported witnessing Jewell touch the boy inappropriately during a session on an East County campus. Police then backed off, she said.
"I want Thomas to know that he has really, really screwed up my and my grandson's life," the woman wrote. "We both hope to never lay eyes on him again. He should grow old and expire in prison."
In another letter to the court, one man recalled seeing his younger brother express shock and relief when told late last year that police were investigating Jewell. The boy then admitted Jewell began molesting him when he was 12. "It had been so hard for him to live with this terrible secret. He still seems afraid to talk about it, even to this day," the older brother wrote Jewell. "You are a parent yourself and you are supposed to be a counselor. How could you do this to someone else's child?"
Both Judge Clare Maier and prosecutor Dana Filkowski commended the police investigation by officers from Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Martinez, who traced Jewell's child pornography to him in November 2010 and then located his victims. Jewell made no statement to the court. Before he took the plea deal Wednesday, he was charged with 73 felonies in the county court. He will serve his sentence in federal prison, and won't attend his county sentencing hearing in Maier's courtroom on March 23.
November 23, 2011
PLEASANT HILL, CA -- A former Juvenile Hall youth counselor accused of molesting boys he mentored has pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges, clearing the way for further prosecution in Contra Costa County. Thomas Perez Jewell, 54 appeared Wednesday in federal court in Oakland where he pleaded to one count of producing child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Jewell faces between 15 and 30 years in prison after he is sentenced in February, and will be required to register as a sex offender. With the conclusion of the federal case, Contra Costa prosecutors have scheduled a preliminary hearing for Wednesday to address 73 county charges, most of which allege sex crimes against young boys that surfaced in November 2010.
December 11, 2010
Investigators said Friday that a second molestation victim has surfaced in the investigation of Contra Costa County juvenile hall worker Thomas Perez Jewell who this week had federal child pornography charges added to the more than four-dozen charges he faces in the county. Deputy district attorney Dana Filkowski said Friday that Jewell, 53, of Pleasant Hill, served as a counselor to young male victim. She said the District Attorney's Office will amend its criminal complaint against Jewell by the time he appears in Contra Costa Superior Court on Jan. 6, 2011. There may be more charges by then, she said. "We're continuing to investigate additional potential victims," Filkowski said.
In the case of the first victim, a federal grand jury on Thursday charged Jewell with three child pornography counts of production, transportation and possession of child pornography, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office filing. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of at least 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to a search warrant served at Jewell's home Nov. 17, Martinez police Detective David Mathers was looking online for distributors of child pornography via peer-to-peer file-sharing software. After discovering some suspiciously labeled image and video files showing preteen and teen boys engaged in sexual acts, he tracked the host computer's IP address -- its unique Web signature -- to Jewell's home in Pleasant Hill. There, authorities seized several digital storage devices. A multi-agency team of investigators led by Pleasant Hill police, with FBI help, found more than 13,000 pornographic images involving children on the devices. Walnut Creek Detective Rick Baca helped identify one of the children -- the first victim -- as a county resident.
Earlier this week, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office charged Jewell with 46 counts of molesting a child between 12 and 15 years old. Two of the molestation counts were detailed as aggravated sexual assault, each of which carry a maximum sentence of 14 years to life in prison. The criminal complaint against Jewell alleges that the molestation involved a boy under 14 years old, and covers acts committed between September 2007 and last month.
Because Jewell is suspected of transmitting some of the material over the Internet -- which is federal jurisdiction -- the U.S. Attorney decided to pursue its own case against him. Jewell will be prosecuted both federally and locally for the child pornography charges, Filkowski said.
Jewell worked full-time with the Youthful Offender Treatment Program at Juvenile Hall. The allegations against him stunned many of his co-workers and the young people in the program. "We were shocked," said Paula Hernandez, chief deputy probation officer for the county. "We knew nothing. Our first concern was the children. We had many staff members who were just devastated."
County officials are attempting to contact all of the 70 youths who have been through the program in the past three years, and their parents. Counselors have met individually with current Juvenile Hall residents to discuss the allegations and help them deal with the emotions and concerns they may be experiencing.
Many are worried about how this will affect their treatment, Hernandez said. Others are dealing with trust issues. "To be betrayed by a therapist is probably the worst kind of betrayal," Hernandez said. It is unclear whether the victims were Jewell's clients at Juvenile Hall -- where he was contracted to work through the county's mental health division -- or with his private counseling business, YES Enterprises.
Jewell obtained a master's degree in counseling psychology from JFK University in Pleasant Hill in 2000, but is not a licensed therapist. It is not required that people be licensed to work as mental health clinical specialists for the county. Before the arrest, questions had been raised about Jewell's status with the county and whether he was adequately supervised, but none of the discussions involved allegations of child pornography or other illegal activity. At a Mental Health Commission meeting in October, Chairman Peter Mantas said Jewell was a longtime intern who should have had his treatment notes signed by a licensed supervisor -- an issue that Linda Foster, a fellow employee, brought to the attention of both Mantas and Jewell's supervisors.
Mantas questioned why Jewell was allowed to remain as an intern for many years and whether he was adequately supervised. Mental Health Director Donna Wigand responded that she could not discuss the issue because it was a confidential personnel matter, and she criticized Mantas for bringing up such an issue in public. Wigand and Deputy Mental Health Director Suzanne Tavano declined to discuss the matter at a Mental Health Commission meeting Thursday night or confirm whether Jewell was a longtime intern. "When there is any kind of investigation going on, we are not at liberty to give details," Wigand said. "I do share with many of you a sense of tragedy."
Jewell's arrest has left the county short of mental health workers at Juvenile Hall. Foster resigned from her position before the arrest, and in a decision apparently unrelated to Jewell, a third full-time mental health employee has transferred to another county position. Other mental health employees are being rotated in to help out until the vacancies can be filled, Tavano said.
Hernandez said she hopes the county can get a full-time mental health worker dedicated to Juvenile Hall as quickly as possible. "Now is the time we work together and try to get through this," she said.
Jewell did not enter a plea during a court appearance in Martinez on Monday. He is being held in Contra Costa County Jail in lieu of $5.8 million bail. Pleasant Hill police have set up a tip line for possible victims to come forward. Anyone with information about additional crimes is asked to call 925-676-1273 [Do not Contact the Contra Costa County District Attorney].
Columbia Family Matters!
December 9, 2010
A popular Columbia professor was charged Thursday with incest - accused of a sick sex relationship with a female relative, prosecutors said. Political science Prof. David Epstein, 46, bedded the young woman over a three-year period ending last year, according to court papers. He was arraigned before a Manhattan judge on a single felony incest count. "We ask that everyone remember that he is innocent until proven otherwise and that these allegations are nothing more than allegations," said Epstein's defense lawyer.
University spokesman Robert Hornsby said that Epstein (pictured left) "is now on administrative leave and will not be teaching students." Epstein, who specializes in American politics and voting rights, has taught at Harvard and Stanford and often is quoted by news organizations. He also has blogged on The Huffington Post. Sources said the victim was over 18 when the relationship began in 2006 and that the two often exchanged twisted text messages. Epstein faces up to four years behind bars if convicted. He was released on his own recognizance.
Lipstick Predator II!
Updated: 10/27/2010 02:45:49 PM PDT
LAFAYETTE, CA -- A former Moraga middle-school teacher has been charged with 12 felonies stemming from accusations she had a three-year sexual relationship with a former student in the late 1990s, authorities said. The victim, now a 28-year-old Lamorinda resident referred to as Jane Doe in court documents, contacted police in July after battling depression and realizing that what she thought was a relationship was actually sexual abuse, said Lafayette police Detective Berch Parker. "She talked about having issues and not being able to move on," Parker said.
Her former teacher, Julie Gay Correa, 42, now a resident of the Salt Lake City area, faces six counts of lewd acts on a child ages 14 to 15, three counts of forcible oral copulation, and three counts of forcible sexual penetration. She was arrested, taken to California and jailed in mid-August, but she posted $1.05 million bail and returned home later that month after pleading not guilty. Correa's next court date is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2010 in Contra Costa Superior Court, though because of an undisclosed conflict of interest she is being prosecuted by the state Attorney General's Office instead of the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office. Both Correa and her Hayward-based attorney, declined to comment for this story. The Moraga school district's superintendent's office also declined to comment.
According to police, Jane Doe was a 12-year-old student at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School when she first met then-26-year-old Correa, a teacher and coach at the school. The accuser told investigators that Correa lavished her with an "unusual" amount of attention, which grew to include overnight mountain trips and love letters.
In 1996, the summer after the girl graduated from middle school, Correa began giving her daily volleyball lessons, and the relationship turned sexual, prosecutors said in court documents. At one point the girl's mother confronted Correa about the time they were spending together and demanded that she stay away. Doe told investigators that she was coerced into staying in the relationship because Correa threatened to kill herself or Doe, threatened to "out" her as gay, and plied her with alcohol.
The sexual activity continued from the ages of 14 to 17 for the victim, who ended the relationship in 1999. More than 10 years later, she contacted Lafayette police after coming to terms with her abuse. With the help of detectives, she called Correa, now living in Utah, and had conversations that suggested Correa was still keeping tabs on Jane Doe's life. Parker said he then traveled to Utah to interview Correa, who denied the accusations of abuse. Investigators say Correa admitted to kissing and inappropriately touching the girl, but said she was the one who had been victimized by the then-14-year-old.
Coincidentally, during the same time the suspected sexual relationship between Correa and Jane Doe occurred, another teacher at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate was being investigated for sexual misconduct with a student. That investigation ended when Daniel Witters, 37, was found dead in December 1996 in a car wreck at the bottom of a cliff in Big Sur, about a week after he was suspended by the school district and subsequently reported missing from his Danville home. While his death fueled speculation about suicide, the cause of the crash remains unconfirmed.
Correa's case remains under investigation. Parker said police are exploring the possibility of additional victims. Anyone with information related to the case can contact Parker at 925-299-3222.
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1010 Camino Pablo
Moraga, CA 94556
Lipstick Predator I! Sara Cole!
Posted: 08/31/2011 09:29:45 AM PDT
Updated: 08/31/2011 11:05:14 AM PDT
Photo Caption: Sara Cole, of Los Gatos, leaves the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice after her second day of testimony in the People Vs. Cole on August 1, 2011. She is accused of having unlawful sex with a then-16-year-old boy who was her son's best friend. Prosecutors say Cole not only had sex with the boy, but also supported his addiction to marijuana, acid and mushrooms.
A Los Gatos mother accused of having sex with her son's teenage friend was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and three years of probation for a misdemeanor child molestation conviction. Sara Cole, 48, will also have to register for life as a sex offender. Santa Clara County Superior Court Jerome Brock said Cole can start serving her sentence in January, so that she can spend the holidays with her four sons. In early August, a jury of seven women and five men acquitted Cole on two felony counts of unlawful sex with a 16-year-old boy but found her guilty of the lesser misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child. As her jury was being selected, Cole rejected a plea offer that would have allowed her to stay home with an electronic bracelet for six months, and spared her registering as a sex offender. Her attorney did not respond immediately for comment.
Deputy District Attorney Timothy Moore said Wednesday that "in the interest of justice," his office has decided not to retry her on one felony charge of unlawful sex with a minor where the jury was hung 11-1. Moore also felt Cole should have started serving her sentence immediately.
Cole's defense was that her son's friend sexually assaulted her three times, and the boy said that he had sex with his friend's mother up to 40 times. Neither denied that they had texted each other more than 5,000 times, or called each other more than 850 times.
In 2007, Cole was nearly killed by a drunk driver and the Los Gatos community and beyond rallied behind her, holding fundraisers and sending her money as she recovered from severe leg injuries.
August 1, 2011
In a stunning turnabout, Sara Cole, the Los Gatos woman accused of having unlawful sex with one of her son's best friends, told a jury on Monday that it was the teen who tried to sexually assault her, a claim she never made to police and her defense attorney never mentioned in his opening statement.
Cole said the teen touched her "inappropriately" three times, including pinning her down on a bed and fondling her until she screamed for him to stop -- a sharp contrast to the 30 to 40 instances of consensual sex the teen described last week in his testimony. Cole said she had not mentioned those details in her police interview because she was trying to help the teen. "I feel like I should have been harsher, been more of a disciplinarian, reported what he had done," Cole testified. Cole's testimony came during her trial on three felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor and one misdemeanor count of molesting or annoying a child. She has pleaded not guilty.
September 30, 2010
A Los Gatos mother, who made local headlines when her legs were crushed by a drunken driver, bailed out of jail this morning after being arrested on three felony counts of having sex with a minor, according to a jail spokesman. Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Rick Sung said the bail set for 47-year-old Sara Cole was $30,000. Cole's arraignment date was set for Oct. 13, 2010. According to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, Cole surrendered Wednesday about 2 p.m. Court documents state the victim only as "John Doe,'' and the allegations stem from May 1, 2010 to July 15, 2010. Police today said the boy was a "family friend.'' Police said they interviewed Cole last week, after they received a tip about two months ago from the parents of a teenager. She has four sons, ages 9 to 18.
The News media left two messages on Cole's voice mail this morning, but the calls were not returned. The news was disappointing for many in town, including the police department, where many had become close to Cole as they investigated her accident and helped put the drunk driver behind bars. "The chief, and several of our officers, had a supportive relationship with Sara,'' said Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Capt. Alana Forrest, the department spokeswoman. "There was certainly a level of disappointment and shock here. But we also have an obligation to the victim, and to do our job.'' Close family friend Dave Burt said he found out about Cole's arrest Wednesday night and had no comment. Los Gatos Mayor Diane McNutt also heard about the arrest Wednesday night, and she too, had nothing to say about Cole's arrest.
Cole survived a horrific accident in the parking lot of Baggerly Field off Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos on Sept. 9, 2007. As she was unloading one of her son's bicycle from the back of her sport-utility vehicle, Lucio Rodriguez slammed his car into her, crushing her legs and nearly killing her. His blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit, and he was sentenced in 2008 to five years in prison. At the hearing, Cole testified she did not consider him an "evil man'' and took pity on his own family.
After Cole was injured, the community rallied around her, holding car washes and setting up meal trains for her sons. She was hailed by supporters as a fighter, someone who beat death and showed compassion toward the drunk driver who mangled her legs. A series of fundraisers were held to help her. The Los Gatos Community Foundation handed her $8,000, as she was confined to a wheelchair for some time. In 2008, she was asked to throw a ceremonial pitch at a Little League game.
The same year, there was a failed attempt in the state Assembly to create "Sara's Law," aimed at deporting illegal immigrants arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Her ex-husband, Bill Cole, had helped to work on that legislation. That was the same year she also sued the town, alleging that Los Gatos was negligent and careless about its ownership, maintenance and repair of the parking strip in front of Blossom Hill Park, an allegation the town vigorously denied.
Last year, Cole was invited by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police chief to speak at an event designed to warn people about the dangers of drunken driving. Cole talked about her physical pain, and how she still has to wear either stockings or leg supports because her lower body still aches.
April 3, 2010
UCLA police have arrested a student on suspicion of attempted rape, following an attack on a female student who was making a cellphone call outside a residence hall before dawn Wednesday. The suspect was identified as Thaddeus Staniforth, 25, a UCLA student from Fullerton. Staniforth was arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and kidnapping to commit rape, and was being held in lieu of $1-million bail at Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A., UCLA officials said in a statement. The attempted rape at UCLA occurred about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when a female student outside the Delta Terrace residence hall was grabbed and taken to another location, police said. The attacker then threw the woman to the ground and straddled her, according to police. The attacker then stopped the assault and walked away, police said. The woman was scratched during the attack. Wednesday's attack appeared to be unrelated to other incidents reported in March, in which women at UCLA reported being grabbed in the crotch or knocked to the ground in attempted sexual assaults. The suspects in those cases fit different descriptions. UCLA police are warning female students to be extra vigilant. Staniforth was arrested Friday night at his dorm room at the Delta Terrace residence hall, police said. A flier distributed on campus yielded several tips that led to the arrest. Investigators were aided by security camera tapes and records of electronic key cards used to enter the dormitories, according to UCLA's statement.
See: Schoolyard Predators! - Part III
May 2, 2012
St. Louis -- The Missouri mother of the infant she and a former Cal State East Bay professor raped and sodomized has been sentenced to two life sentences, prosecutors say. Tessa VanVlerah, 22, pleaded guilty in January to statutory rape, statutory sodomy and incest for molesting her daughter, who was 5 months old when the abuse began. Kenneth Kyle, 48, who was an assistant professor in public affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay for four years, was arrested in 2010 for possessing child pornography. A search of his computer turned up more than 529 images of child porn and 33 child porn videos, and led authorities to Ballwin, Mo., where VanVlerah lived with her parents.
Kyle pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to 37 1/2 years in federal prison.
Earlier this week,VanVlerah received two sentences of 30 years to life in state prison for the statutory rape and statutory sodomy charges, according to the St. Louis County district attorney’s office. She received another four years for incest.
Professor Kenneth Kyle
February 3, 2012
St. Louis, MO -- A number of shocking developments have come to light in the case of convicted rapist Kenneth Kyle (pictured above, left) and Tessa Vanvlerah (pictured above, right) the St. Louis-area woman who arranged sexual contact between Kyle and her infant daughter. Last month, Vanvlerah pleaded guilty to meeting Kyle online and coordinating with the then 46-year old San Francisco resident and Cal State East Bay college professor to travel to her St. Louis suburb and molest her daughter, who was five months old at the time. Kyle, who resigned from his position at the university last shortly after his arrest in 2010, similarly pleaded guilty to crossing state lines to engage in sexual acts with a minor as well as a number of child pornography charges. His plea agreement with prosecutors calls for a minimum 30-year sentence in federal prison.
Authorities were tipped off to the pair when a FBI sting operation detected the file sharing of sexual images of young children coming from Kyle's home computer. The U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency reports they found over 500 images and dozens of videos of child pornography on Kyle's laptop; however, officials were uncertain if any of it featured Vanvlerah's daughter.
New reports suggest this incident with her own daughter might not have been the first time Vanvlerah, who is now 20, sexually took advantage of a minor. A Missouri newspaper reported that in 2008 a St. Louis woman successfully received a restraining order against Vanvlerah, on claims that Vanvlerah seduced and had sex with the woman's 16-year-old autistic son. Vanvlerah then allegedly bragged online that she'd gotten pregnant from the affair. Could it be, then, that her two-year-old daughter is the product of her molestation of the 16-year-old in 2008? The timing works out, as a child born in 2009 would be celebrating her third birthday in 2012.
April 7, 2010Updated!
SAN FRANCISCO — An East Bay college professor pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to five criminal charges, including crossing a state line to commit child sexual abuse and producing child pornography. The not-guilty plea for Kenneth Kyle, 46 (pictured left) of San Francisco, was entered by his defense lawyer at an arraignment in the court of U.S. Magistrate Bernard Zimmerman. Dressed in red Alameda County jail clothing, Kyle said nothing during the brief court appearance. He agreed last month to waive a detention hearing and is being held without bail. He is due to return to court April 29 for a status conference before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, the trial judge assigned to the case. Kyle, an assistant professor of public affairs at California State University, is separately charged in Missouri with raping a 1-year-old girl and producing child pornography in that state. He was indicted on the five federal counts on April 1. The charge of crossing a state line for purposes of aggravated sexual abuse of a child carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison if he is convicted.
April 1, 2010
HAYWARD - A Cal State East Bay professor and a Missouri woman were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on child-pornography charges, a day after they were indicted in St. Louis for allegedly photographing themselves having sexual contact with a minor. Professor Kenneth Kyle, 47, of San Francisco was originally arrested March 15, 2010 and charged in Superior Court with one count of possessing child pornography and one count of child exploitation after authorities said they had found hundreds of images on his home computer in the South of Market area and on his laptop.
He and Tessa Vanvlerah, 20, (pictured left, holding victim of sex crimes) of Ballwin, Mo., were indicted this week in Missouri on charges that they took photographs of themselves engaging in sexually explicit contact with a minor. On Thursday, Kyle was indicted in San Francisco on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and child-pornography charges, while Vanvlerah was charged with production of child pornography by a parent. Both have also been charged in Missouri state court with statutory rape, statutory sodomy and promoting child pornography. Vanvlerah was also charged with incest. Both Vanvlerah and Kyle are in custody.
Vanvlerah (pictured left) attends college and lives with her parents in an affluent suburb. According to St. Louis County police, Kyle met Vanvlerah online and visited her four times in the past five months. Vanvlerah's daughter was allegedly molested during those visits, police said. Her daughter was treated at a hospital and is now in custody of the state, authorities said. The minor was not identified, but authorities have previously accused Kyle of molesting the woman's 13-month-old daughter, with the woman's consent. Kyle's laptop computer contained more than 529 images of child porn and 33 child porn videos, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Michael Shan wrote in an affidavit. At least two of the images matched a database for known child-pornography victims, Shan wrote.
Kyle has been an assistant professor in public affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay for four years. He is on active teaching status at the Hayward campus, but the university is "pursuing disciplinary options," said spokesman Barry Zepel.
Professor Frank Lombard
March 30, 2010
WASHINGTON -- A Duke University official was arrested and charged with offering a 5-year-old boy for sex. Frank Lombard, the school's associate director of the Center for Health Policy, was arrested after an Internet sting, according to the FBI's Washington field office and the city's police department. According to an affidavit by District of Columbia Police Detective Timothy Palchak, an unidentified informant facing charges in a separate child sex case led authorities to Lombard. Authorities said that Lombard tried to persuade a person - who he did not know was a police officer - to travel to North Carolina to have sex with a child. The detective's affidavit charges Lombard said in an online chat that he had sexually molested the boy. The court papers say Lombard also invited the undercover detective to North Carolina to have sex with the young boy and even suggested which hotel he should use.
(Duke University official Frank Lombard stands accused of raping his adopted 5-year-old son and attempting to induce someone to cross state lines to engage in sex with the boy. The same media and Duke professors who were all over the bogus 2006 Duke lacrosse “rape” case are not interested in this horrifying homosexual adoption-rape story. Lombard, associate director of the Health Inequalities Program at the university’s Center for Health Policy, was arrested in Raleigh, N.C., for attempting to induce someone to cross state lines to engage in sex with the child, who is black.) Authorities executed a search warrant at Lombard's home, according to court documents. The papers show investigators seized two webcams, five computers and a sex toy, among other items. Lombard was charged in federal court in Washington with attempting to induce someone to cross state lines to engage in sex with a child. He appeared in federal court in Durham, N.C., on Friday before Magistrate Judge Wallace Dixon. At the hearing, Lombard agreed to be transferred to Washington for a later court hearing. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The arrest affidavit goes into graphic detail of Lombard’s alleged actions, including alleged performance of oral sex with the child in front of a webcam, and sodomizing the boy with his finger and tongue. It also prominently cites the fact that Lombard is a homosexual living with another “gay” man. In his online profile, Lombard reportedly describes himself as “perv dad for fun.” There have been few, if any, mentions in news stories that Lombard is part of a homosexual couple raising children. Lombard, and his partner Ken Shipp, also a Duke University employee, adopted two black boys - or perhaps Lombard was the only adopter. The youngest son, who was 5 years old at the time Lombard was caught, was repeatedly abused by his father. After the crime was reported, everything...all information about Lombard was shutdown, and a thinking person just couldn't help but think the silence was because this was about gay adoption.
Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs at Duke, said Lombard has been employed with Duke University since 1999. He is now on unpaid administrative leave. "Duke is cooperating with the investigation," Schoenfeld said. He said the university was notified of the incident after Lombard was arrested.
Among those trying to shine the light on the homosexual aspect of the Lombard case is Mike Adams, a professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. “I tried to contact Frank Lombard over the weekend to probe his expertise regarding the health benefits of raping small children,” wrote Adams. “So far, he’s declined to comment.”
Lombard, who adopted the child, drugged him, sodomized him, and performed other lewd and lascivious acts on camera for the benefit of another pedophile in prison, has been sentenced to 27 years and 3 months in prison. Lombard's sentence came from one charge of producing child pornography. Lombard ple[d] guilty in December 2009. A news report says Lombard "was charged to a federal child sex charge." He was also sentenced to lifetime supervision after leaving prison.
This report says that the sentence is for "producing child pornography." What about child endangerment, what about rape, what about assault, what about dereliction of parental obligation, what about drugging a child, time after time, and what about offering his son for sex to another man. I cannot understand only the one charge. I assume there was a plea deal, but justice was not done for this little boy.
• See: A Duke University police officer has been arrested and charged with raping a woman in Dothan, Ala.
Professor Raymond Vance Fulkerson
March 3, 2010
(Raymond Vance Fulkerson, blue shirt/tie, is placed in hand cuffs in Weld District Court. Fulkerson was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.) Despite 20 years of doing good, coaching students to successful careers and helping build a lasting reputation for the University of Northern Colorado's performing arts department, a Weld District Court Judge said Wednesday he couldn't ignore the serious crimes Raymond Vance Fulkerson had committed. “It's true this is your first conviction, but the court finds it hard to consider you a first-time offender,” said Judge Tom Quammen, in sentencing Fulkerson to four years in prison. “First time, caught? Yes. First time convicted? Yes. First-time offender? No. This has been going on too long.” Fulkerson, a 20-year employee of UNC, resigned his post in September after the July accusations that he videotaped male students while they used the bathroom in his home. The video fed directly into six televisions in his bedroom. He was arrested after one of those students discovered the video camera inside a digital clock on top of the toilet in that bathroom. After the news broke, many more victims came forward, some from out of state.
In all, he was charged with six felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child, nine misdemeanor peeping Tom charges against adults and a petty offense for possession of marijuana. In a deal that took months to hash out, Fulkerson, 64, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child, a felony count that names all five minor children exploited in the case, with an agreement for open sentencing. In exchange, Weld Deputy District Attorney Anthony Perea opted to drop the 16 counts against Fulkerson.
Fulkerson's attorneys spent a good hour and a half presenting a different Fulkerson, detailing a life of denial and repression of his true sexuality for fear of societal and parental ostracism, which led to his immersion into fantasy and the criminal behavior. His attorney, arguing for a probation sentence, said Fulkerson has been punished more harshly already, and would continue to be punished through the public. He resigned form his post, he filed for bankruptcy and his home is in foreclosure, while he was caring for his 92-year-old mother. “There is no future for Mr. Fulkerson that does not involve punishment,” his attorney said. “Mr. Fulkerson entered into this conduct because of the distorted person had had become, not that anyone would ever know, not that any harm would come to people. Had he not been detected, he'd still be living in his own personal hell.”
Professor David Roger Allen
April 2, 2009
The former director of theater at Midland College was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after law enforcement found him in possession of more than 3,300 pornographic images of children last May (2009). David Roger Allen, now 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Junell to 121 months at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina. The sentence came more than two-and-half hours after his hearing began, during which time the court heard testimony from a sexual psychologist and Allen’s family and friends, including his wife Katherine, both parents and brother who reside in Florida.
Allen’s attorney asked the court for a lighter sentence because many of the 3,304 pictures law enforcement officials had confiscated from his computer after his May 19 arrest were duplicates. Prosecutors conceded that possibly two-thirds of the child pornography images were copies, but that Allen was still found with more than 1,000 photographs. It was brought before the court by the defense that Allen’s pornography addiction is something he has struggled with off and on for the past eight years and sought help for it in 2005.
Allen (pictured left) has multiple health problems including an aortic aneurysm, diabetes and takes medication for bipolar disorder, testimony showed. After the search warrant was issued last spring by law enforcement, the defense said Allen tried to commit suicide. Seven of his close family and friends testified before the court to Allen’s character and dedication both to his family and students. Before Junell read the defendant his sentence, Allen stood at the podium in an orange jail jumpsuit with his left wrist handcuffed to his waist and a typed statement in his free hand. “To the minors: I offer my deepest apologies ... My actions which cause more pain to these people absolutely mortify me. I hope that one day I will be forgiven by my victims, but I seriously doubt I will ever forgive myself,” he said. “To my wonderful friends, great colleagues and precious students: I apologize for letting you down. I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.” His family sat in the last three rows behind the defense chair and cried as he read from the papers in his hand.
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