Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Patrick Leithead Arrested for Molesting 13-year-old at Park

A DeKalb County man remained jailed Tuesday, more than a week after being arrested for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl in a restroom at Stone Mountain Park.

Patrick Paul Leithead, 36, of Stone Mountain, was arrested on Sept. 20 and charged with aggravated child molestation, according to DeKalb jail records. He is being held without bond.

According to WSB-TV, Leithead was arrested after an off-duty DeKalb sheriff's deputy caught the suspect in a bathroom stall with the girl.

"I saw a gentleman's feet sticking from under the first stall," Deputy Ruth Stringer told the television station. "The child sounded like he or she was in distress."

When Stringer yelled at the suspect, he let the girl go. While Stringer checked on the girl, an off-duty GBI agent, Sara Thomas, detained Leithead until park police arrived, WSB-TV reported.

Kirsi Nadzeika Charged with Assault and Battery on Child

A 43-year-old Mashpee woman accused of seriously assaulting her 4-week-old baby boy — including flailing him around the room while holding onto his leg — was arraigned in Falmouth District Court yesterday.

Kirsi Nadzeika of 11 Periwinkle Lane was charged with domestic assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a child with injury, after police found her assaulting and attempting to smother her son, Nathan Nadzeika.

Legal history

Kirsi Nadzeika has a record of convictions and 10 aliases, court documents state.

She was held on $100,000 cash bail at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.

The child was "significantly injured," the court documents state, and Nadzeika has a "prior record of violence."

According to court documents, Nadzeika was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of the alleged assault.

A spokesman from the Mashpee Fire Department said the baby was taken to Falmouth Hospital, but his condition was not known. A spokeswoman from Cape Cod Healthcare said the child was taken to another facility, but that could not be confirmed last night.

According to Police Chief Rodney Collins, officers were called to a domestic disturbance involving a child at Nadzeika's home at 12:59 a.m. yesterday. When they arrived, officers Ollie Naas and Ralph Mahoney heard screaming and entered the house.

In the kitchen, they found Leslie Brown, later identified as Nadzeika's boyfriend, on the kitchen floor trying to restrain a partially nude Nadzeika, who was holding the baby boy, Collins said. Furniture was overturned, and the floor was littered with household items.

The officers told Brown to step away from her, which he did, Collins said. They saw that the baby was bleeding from the mouth and had multiple injuries to his body. The officers told Nadzeika to move away from the baby, but she refused, according to the police, and tried to smother him.

The officers struggled with Nadzeika, Collins said. She squeezed the baby's right leg and stood up, flailing the baby's body around with "great force." Mahoney pried the baby free and Naas stopped him from hitting the ground.

Nadzeika continued to resist arrest, Collins said. She yelled Latin and religious phrases and told Mahoney he was "the devil."

Nadzeika had allegedly consumed wine and cocaine, according to court documents. Collins said that he could not immediately comment on how that was determined but said that she was obviously "high."

"Obviously it was an intense situation," Collins said. "The officers showed tremendous restraint and did a commendable job in an unfortunate set of circumstances."

Nadzeika has a record of convictions and 10 aliases, court documents state. She also has a history of not showing up for court appearances.

She was held on $100,000 cash bail at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. She is scheduled for a Nov. 10 pretrial conference.

Tach Van Truong Wanted for Indecent Exposure & Molestation

A 44-year-old man has been accused of a sex act in front of a 2-year-old boy, and authorities today are asking for the public's help in identifying more victims.

Tach Van Truong pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of indecent exposure and annoying or molesting a child. Authorities allege Truong was in front of a 2-year-old boy who was playing outside his home on Sept 23.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Department said a similar incident occurred on Sept. 19, and are releasing his picture in hopes of identifying any other victims.

"The behavior is so strange and deviant, it is possible there may be other victims," said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.

On Sept. 23, deputies were called to the 18800 block of E. Vine Avenue after a mother allegedly saw him in front of her son, Amormino said. Truong was allegedly standing in front of his home, across the street from the child, he said. The mother called a male friend, who chased Truong as he ran back to his home.

"We have been told he has done this in at least one other occasion," Amormino said.

The previous incident, which was not reported to deputies at the time, occurred Sept. 19, Amormino said. That victim was also 2 years old.

Truong is currently in custody in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 1-866-TIP-OCSD or 1-866-847-6273.

Grandfather Pleads Guilty to Molesting Two Young Girls

An Orange grandfather who watched neighborhood children after school until their parents came home from work pleaded guilty today to molesting two girls younger than 7.

Octavio Reyes Cortez, 59, a landscaper, will be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel on Friday to 18 years in prison for six felony counts of lewd conduct on a minor.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney said the molestations date back to 1995, and the victims included a 7-year-old girl who came to Cortez' home to play with Barbie dolls with his granddaughter.

Cortez also admitted to repeated acts of molestation on a girl who was younger than 6 between 1995 and 1997.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ricky McDaniel Sentenced to Five Years for Possessing Child Porn

Ricky Lee McDaniel, 53, of Adairsville, was sentenced Friday, Sept.25, by United States District Judge Harold L. Murphy to serve five years in federal prison on charges of possessing child pornography.

“Child pornography is a permanent record of sexual child abuse, and its circulation on the internet haunts the victims for the rest of their lives,” said Acting United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The defendant in this case had over 1,200 images and four video clips of child abuse stored on dozens of diskettes, and he will now receive the punishment that federal law provides for such deplorable conduct.”

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said of the case: “I am pleased with the results of the arrest and prosecution of Ricky Lee McDaniel in connection with the child pornography charges brought against him by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A defendant such as this is a menace not only to the children in our community, but to children elsewhere in our country. I recognize and applaud all of the intensive investigative work put into this case by the FBI, and I also commend the detective from my own staff who very capably assisted the FBI with this matter. I look forward to enhanced cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and federal authorities in detecting, arresting, and prosecuting persons involved in such vile activities.”

McDaniel was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. McDaniel was convicted of the charges on July 21, 2009 after a two-day trial.

According to Acting United States Attorney Yates, other information presented in court and the charges, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began investigating McDaniel after an investigation in Oklahoma linked his internet service to the receipt of child pornography.

FBI agents assisted Gordon County Sheriff’s Department investigators in executing a search warrant of McDaniel’s home in Calhoun.

Agents found, among other things, over 1,200 images and four video clips of child pornography being sexually abused on approximately 60 floppy diskettes. Several of the children shown being raped and abused in the images and videos were previously identified victims of child abuse cases from across the country.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the FBI and investigators from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney William G. Traynor prosecuted the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet.

Jocquise Coleman Faces Charges of Murder by Child Abuse

An 18-year-old Las Vegas man will face a judge Friday, two days after he turned himself in to police to face charges of murder by child abuse.

Jocquise Coleman disappeared after his girlfriend’s baby, 16-month-old Lamaj Terry, was rushed to a hospital with severe injuries that doctors determined were the result of “definite physical abuse.”

Coleman’s girlfriend, Brittany Terry, said she had left the child in his custody several times while she went to work. She told police she noticed some bruises on the boy days before his death, but Coleman insisted the child hurt himself playing.

“You never think it could happen in your own back yard,” a neighbor, Tanisha, saed. “It does make you think twice about who you’re going to trust [with your kids].”

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September 23, 2009: Police Arrest Accused Child Killer

Texas Child Protective Services Will Provide More Information About Children Who Die of Abuse

A state law that requires Texas Child Protective Services to provide the public with more information about children who die of abuse quietly went into effect this month.

Although the agency releases some basic information about children who die of abuse or neglect, the practice has never been uniform across the state. Now, within five days of a child abuse death, the agency will have to provide the child's gender, age, date of death, and whether the child was in a foster home or living with a parent or guardian or someone else at the time of death. Law enforcement agencies typically release the names of deceased children, once relatives are notified.

Also, CPS will now have 10 days to produce a report to the public after the agency completes its own investigation into how the child died.

That 10-day report will include whether abuse was a factor in the child's death, a summary of previous abuse reports and those report results, and a description of any services offered to the victim's family before the death.

The law is the third attempt by state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, to get this information regularly released to the public.

He credited Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Anne Heiligenstein for helping him craft a law that passed this last session.

“They have been much more willing to work with us this session than they have been in the past,” Uresti said.

“How are we every going to fix the problem if we don't know what the problems are?” he said.

Uresti first came up against the CPS confidentiality rules as a state representative, following the Christmas Day 2003 death of Jovonie Ochoa, a 4-year-old San Antonio child who had been starved to death by his family.

As a lawmaker and then-chairman of the Texas House Committee on Human Services, Uresti had access to all of the child's information, but the agency's own confidentiality rules barred him from discussing those details with the public.

“My hands were tied,” Uresti said.

Following Jovonie's death, it was revealed that CPS had visited his family the year before but lost track of the family and closed the case. About 20 percent of child abuse deaths in Texas involve children in families already known to CPS.

Three such cases this year in the Houston area prompted Heiligenstein to send a team here to review the agency's investigations.

Two-month-old Amber Maccurdy of Katy, 4-year-old Emma Thompson of Spring and 3-year-old David Lee Tijerina of Conroe all died from abuse after CPS had visited their homes to check on them.

Former Officer Ryan Jackson Arrested for Molesting Juvenile

A former Shreveport police corporal is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a female juvenile while working an off-duty security job.

Ryan Jackson, 30, of the 4100 block of Pines Road in Shreveport, was booked into Caddo Correctional Center at 5:10 p.m. Friday after being indicted on one count of molestation of a juvenile. He was there Friday evening on a $75,184 bond, according to online booking records, which later did not list him as being at Caddo Correctional.

Jackson was employed by the Shreveport Police Department at the time of the incident, which was reported April 21, according to news releases from the Police Department and City of Shreveport.

He was placed on paid administrative leave April 28 then fired June 24, as a result of internal and criminal investigations, for violating departmental policies, the releases state.

“When an officer conducts himself in such a manner as to bring disrepute to the badge we are entrusted to wear, it is disappointing and disconcerting,” Police Chief Henry Whitehorn says in one of the statements released after 5 p.m. Friday. “I hold each of my officers to a high standard, and I will simply not tolerate misconduct.”

The case was handed over to the Caddo district attorney’s office, which brought it before a grand jury. That panel returned a secret indictment against Johnson, a seven-year member of the department, the city’s release states.

The date the indictment was handed up was not immediately known Friday by representatives of the Police Department and city. An after-hours phone call to the district attorney’s office was not answered.

Mayor Cedric Glover was “repulsed, disgusted and appalled by the charge” and commended Whitehorn for his swift action in the matter, according to the city’s release.

If convicted as charged, Jackson could face one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

The law also includes a provision for more jail time if a juvenile is molested by someone who has control or supervision over the juvenile. The provision increases the possible penalty to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

And if the juvenile is younger than age 13, Jackson could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted as charged.

Officer Antonio White Arrested for Rape & Incest

MPD Officer Antonio Jose White is now on administrative leave and is facing a number of charges after an investigation by the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

He was arrested Thursday afternoon and is charged with Rape, Incest, Aggravated Child Molestation, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Statutory Rape, Cruelty to Children 1st Degree, and Child Molestation.

White was hired by the Macon Police Department in September of 2007 and was assigned to Patrol for most of that time.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Spc. Jason Scofield Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Minor

A Fort Huachuca soldier has been arrested after California authorities issued a felony "fugitive from justice" warrant stemming from numerous charges of sexual conduct with a minor.

Sierra Vista Justice Court said 37-year-old Spc. Jason W. Scofield was arrested at the judge advocate general office on post Tuesday afternoon.

The court said the sex-related charges were filed against Scofield by the Fullerton, Calif., Police Department.

Fort Huachuca media relations officer Tanja Linton said Scofield joined the Army on June 8. He was assigned to the Company E, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion since Aug. 22.

Cochise County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carol Capas said Scofield had an initial appearance in court in Sierra Vista on Wednesday, during which his bond was set at $250,000.

Scofield was booked into the county jail.


Information from: Sierra Vista Herald, http://www.svherald.com

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kevin Ferguson Arrested for Distrubing Child Porn

Maryland State Police have arrested a 30-year-old Pasadena man on child pornography charges.

Kevin Ferguson was arrested Thursday for distributing and possessing child pornography.

He surrendered to a state police investigator with the computer crimes. He was released with no bond.

Police said a state trooper found Ferguson's computer on a peer-to-peer network sharing pornographic videos of children that could be downloaded.

Officers confiscated multiple computers, hard drives and storage media from Ferguson's home. Troopers say they recovered dozens of videos and images of children engaged in sexual activity.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Officer Jeffrey Gibson Arrested for Sexual Conduct with Minor

A former law enforcement officer is out on bond after his arrest on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Jeffrey Gibson, 41, of 1307 Tyler Road, Dillon, was arrested Tuesday after a 12-year-old told authorities he touched her inappropriately while the two were “playfighting,” according to a Dillon Police Department incident report.

The victim told police Gibson “threw her on the couch and inappropriately touched her in one of her private areas,” according to the report. The victim said Gibson had touched her inappropriately several times in the past two months or so.

The victim was placed in the custody of the S.C. Department of Social Services, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Gibson served as an officer with the Dillon Police Department about 10 years ago and worked in law enforcement in Marion County, as well.

Sgt. Daniel Bowden Busted for Child Porn

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is unemployed after he was busted for looking at child pornography online.

Lake County Sheriff's deputies arrested Sgt. Daniel Bowden, 40, Tuesday afternoon.

Bowden is facing 10 counts of child pornography for pictures the Lake County Sheriff's Office Cyber Crimes Unit confirmed were on Bowden's computer.

It's an undercover investigation that has taken months to come to light.

“This started back in November of 2008 with a search warrant. Several computers were seized and once the forensics was completed on those computers, there were several images of child pornography that we discovered,” said Cpl. Jim Vachon from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

It was a shocking discovery that led to the arrest of Bowden, an 18-year veteran of the highway patrol, who worked in DeLand, but lives in Lake County.

Deputies said some of the pornographic images Bowden had on his computer appeared to be of children under 4 years old.

“They were described as being obviously children, some pre-pubescent. Just the file names alone were pretty graphic,” Vachon said.

Bowden made statements to the sheriff’s office about his actions.

“Things like ‘I screwed up’ and ‘I was just curious,’ that kind of thing,” Vachon said.

Officers said at one point, Bowden said he did not think what he was doing was a big deal.

It wasn’t the reaction the Florida Highway Patrol had after finding out about his arrest. They said Bowden is being fired and released the following statement:

We regret the incident involving Mr. Bowden, and we certainly do not condone his actions in any way. As State Troopers charged with the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors, we expect all of our officers to hold themselves to the highest ethical and moral standards, including those relating to both their professional and personal lives.

“I mean, of course, it’s difficult for us to investigate a fellow law enforcement officer. But in the end, we've got a job to do and it's just unfortunate that this is the way it went,” Vachon said.

Monday, September 21, 2009

FBI Arrest Several Men for Distributing Child Porn

The FBI today announced child-pornography charges against four men from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, accusing them of operating a ring that distributed pornographic images and videos and referred to themselves by the name "Boy Lovers."

Charged are Jose Carlos Garcia, 22, of Schererville, Ind.; Neal Maschke, 40, of West Chicago; Corey Stinefast, 27, of Kenosha, Wis.; and Mark McGill, 24, of Crest Hill.

According to the complaints, the FBI began investigating the men in June after arresting one in their group. That man admitted to "possession, receipt, distribution and manufacture of child pornography," the complaint said. The man "also stated he had contacts with many other child pornography enthusiasts, some of whom were molesting children."

The man became a cooperating witness and may still face federal child-exploitation charges himself, according to the complaints.

In several recorded conversations -- in person, via phone and Internet chat -- the witness and Garcia allegedly discussed child pornography, and he and Garcia arranged to meet to exchange and view images and videos together.

In one phone exchange on July 11, Garcia allegedly told the cooperating witness that he had traveled to St. Louis and met with a man whom he filmed engaging in sexual activity with a young boy, the complaint against Garcia states.

On Aug. 25, the witness, Garcia and Stinefast allegedly went to a local amusement park, the complaint states. During the trip, Stinefast allegedly gave Garcia a computer disk containing child pornography that the witness later turned over to federal investigators.

The witness and undercover FBI investigators met with Garcia and Maschke in a hotel room in Skokie on Saturday night to exchange pornographic computer images and videos. Those two defendants were arrested at that time and were found to have child pornography with them, according to the FBI. Stinefast was arrested in Kenosha the same night.

McGill was taken into custody this morning. Officials say he gave a USB drive to the witness on Aug. 29 that contained over 3,500 images and 60 videos of child pornography.

If convicted of the charges against them, Garcia, Stinefast and McGill face between five and 20 years in federal prison, while Maschke faces up to 10 years in prison.

Sex offenders Re-Entering our Society


After being locked away for 25 years for sex crimes, Donald Robinson moved to a little block of unassuming homes in this city on the San Francisco Peninsula on Aug. 27.

The timing couldn't have been worse. It was the day after Philip Garrido was arrested just 40 miles away on charges that he kidnapped 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years despite his long criminal record as a sex offender.

Police distributed fliers in Robinson's new neighborhood, alerting residents that he was living there. He has been targeted by a protest rally organized by the mayor and daily picketing outside his house. And the state is paying two security guards $800 a day each to protect him.

Robinson's case underscores just how hard it is for the government to move sex offenders back into society, especially at a time there is widespread outrage over the Garrido case and the missed opportunities to catch him.

It's an issue that communities around the country have faced in an era when community notification laws in all 50 states let residents know where sex offenders live.

"There's a number of challenges for everyone involved in sex offenders going through re-entry," said Richard Tewksbury, a University of Louisville professor who has studied community reactions to sex offenders. "There's the stresses and pressures on the sex offenders as they face community opposition. There's certainly stresses on communities as they have concerns about potential dangers."

Robinson was convicted of raping two women in 1976. Authorities say he first raped a 71-year-old victim, then returned to her home 10 days later to attack her again. But he could not break into the house, so he beat and raped another woman that night. He was sentenced to three years to life in prison.

In 1984, he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old girl and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Robinson was classified as a sexually violent predator based on his likelihood of committing another sex crime, his mental state and criminal history, and forced into the state mental hospital in Atascadero in 1998 instead of being let out on parole.

He completed 11 years in state mental facilities before landing in East Palo Alto as part of a state-sponsored outpatient program. The Department of Mental Health and a contractor that manages its outpatient program for sexually violent predators looked at 1,100 properties over about six months before it found a suitable location with a landlord willing to rent to Robinson, said Nancy Kincaid, a spokeswoman for the department.

But neighbors on the street where Robinson lives in a three-bedroom corner house are furious.

Mayor Ruben Abrica had every resident in the city phone book alerted to attend a protest in front of the house. "A sexually violent predator doesn't belong here, with old people and families," Abrica said.

The mayor's office cited the Dugard kidnapping case in voicing its opposition to the placement of Robinson in this town.

"The tragic case of Jaycee Dugard ... underscores the dangerous nature of sexually violent predators and brings into question their supervision and monitoring," the office said.

Garrido, who has pleaded not guilty along with his wife, is a registered sex offender who was convicted of abducting and raping a Nevada casino worker three decades ago. He was required to wear an ankle bracelet and was under parole supervision before his arrest on Aug. 26. Police are investigating Garrido in other crimes as well, including searching his home this week for new clues into the disappearance of two girls in the 1980s.

The Robinson case and others like it illustrate the difficult balancing act between community safety and the rights of ex-offenders to live in peace and resume a normal life. (They should have fucking thought about that before they fucked up a child's life!! Fuck these assholes!!! Bet the children that they decided to violate will never again be able to resume a normal life... Why should they get too? Let them rot on some island, and they can go around fucking each other!!! Leave our children alone!!)

"It's hard to blame the community for a natural reaction to a horrific sex crime," said Dr. Deirdre D'Orazio, a clinical psychologist who works with sexually violent predators. "We're trying to integrate this person into being a law-abiding citizen again. On the other hand, we're treating him like he's going to be a predator forever."

Unlike Garrido, state officials and experts say Robinson completed a rigorous treatment program for sexually violent predators that only 15 others have completed.

At the mental hospital, Robinson was taught to examine what factors led up to his crimes and could put him at risk of committing similar ones. In an interview with a mental health evaluator, Robinson said he hated his mother for exposing him to an abusive stepfather and took that hatred out on other women.

But he credited his treatment with helping him make sense of his behavior and said he was no longer angry. "I know that I made myself a better person," he told the evaluator.

Three mental health evaluators concluded Robinson could safely continue his treatment as an outpatient.

The state of California has to pay for Robinson's re-entry into society, including his $3,500-a-month house. He also receives about $600 per month for groceries, utilities and other necessities although state officials say he has signed a promissory note to repay at least some expenses.

State officials estimate the cost of confinement and treatment of sexually violent predators in state mental institutions at $185,000 a year per patient.

But Robinson is barely free. He wears a satellite tracking device and must submit to random drug testing and polygraph tests. He cannot drink alcohol or use the Internet, has a curfew and needs permission to drive a car or even walk through a residential neighborhood.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Dana Overstreet said Robinson will be monitored most likely for the rest of his life. "Every year, we have to petition to have him continued to be monitored," she said, "and we plan to do that."

Meantime, Robinson, balding, bespectacled, with arthritis in both knees and a heart condition, has barely been glimpsed since his arrival. A few neighbors said they have seen him peek at their protests from behind living room curtains.

"The judge said that if Robinson weren't here, he'd be homeless," said Kenneth Barilla, 32, who lives next door to Robinson and has two daughters, ages 3 and 5. "We don't want him to become homeless. We just don't think he belongs among families." (He gave up that right when he decided it was okay to harm a child!)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mother Stabs her 2 Daughters

Police say a mother stabbed her two young daughters — leaving one on life-support — and then stabbed herself at a Southern California home.

Police say 911 calls Wednesday morning sent officers to a home in Westminster. They found the wounded woman and her two daughters, ages 3 and 5.

Westminster police Officer Van Woodson says it appears the 38-year-old woman took her daughters to a relative's home where the stabbings occurred.

All three were hospitalized. Woodson says the 5-year-old was on life-support. The mother and the other girl are expected to survive.

A motive for the attack is under investigation.

Julie Corey Arrested for Cutting Baby from Mother's Womb

WORCESTER, Mass. — A woman accused of kidnapping a baby girl who had been cut from her mother's womb has been ordered held on $500,000 cash bail.

Julie Corey was arraigned on a kidnapping charge Wednesday in Worcester after being extradited to Massachusetts from New Hampshire.

Authorities arrested Corey on July 29 after finding her with the baby at a homeless shelter in Plymouth, N.H.

DNA tests confirmed that the baby was cut from the womb of Darlene Haynes, who was found dead in her Worcester home two days earlier.

Prosecutors have declined to say whether they expect to charge Corey in Haynes' killing.

Corey's attorney said she had "something of a tortured childhood" and is the mother of five children.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.


A woman accused of kidnapping a baby girl who had been cut from her mother's womb has agreed to return to Massachusetts from New Hampshire to face charges.

Julie Corey had the baby girl with her when she was arrested at a New Hampshire homeless shelter on July 29. DNA tests have confirmed that the baby was cut from the womb of Darlene Haynes, who was found dead in her Worcester home two days earlier.

Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said arrangements are being made to bring Corey back within a few days. She will then be arraigned on the kidnapping charge.

Connolly declined to say whether prosecutors expect to charge Corey in Haynes' killing.

Andrew Mogilyansky Sentenced to 8 Years for Rape

A wealthy Russian-American car exporter was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for procuring girls from a Russian orphanage to have sex with them.

Andrew Mogilyansky, 39, of suburban Philadelphia raped one girl on her 14th birthday and a 13-year-old in her first sexual encounter, the victims said in letters to the court.

The original indictment and an $8 million civil lawsuit accuse Mogilyansky of helping finance and run an online child-sex ring aimed at rich international customers. However, he pleaded guilty only to being a customer of the now-defunct "Berenika" ring.

"I still feel his repugnant breath. I hate him," one of the victims, now 18, wrote in a statement read in court.

Friends from Mogilyanksy's days at Columbia University testified Wednesday, describing him as brilliant and generous, and his wife called him a loving husband and father. A defense psychotherapist concluded he is not a sexual predator.

But the victims wrote that he left them pained, depressed and unable to trust men since the assaults in 2003 and 2004. Mogilyansky was accused of getting the girls from an orphanage on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, then assaulting them at an apartment in the Russian city.

Mogilyanksy received the top of the 78- to 97-month sentencing range negotiated as part of his plea to four "sex tourism" counts.

U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin decried "this business of going abroad to have sex with young girls." She found the defendant's accomplishments impressive but called his crimes "grave."

"To take young teenagers from that orphanage to an apartment and have sex with them is a grave criminal act," McLaughlin said.

Mogilyansky had lived in Richboro northeast of Philadelphia with his wife and their three toddlers until his bail was revoked following his December arrest.

"It wasn't until after I was arrested that I looked myself in the mirror and said, 'How could I have done this?'" Mogilyansky told the judge. "This isn't me."

Prosecutors previously estimated his wealth at $5 million to $10 million, and said he earned $750,000 a year as the owner of several businesses, including IFEX Global in Bensalem, the car exporting company.

But defense lawyer Jack McMahon scoffed at suggestions his client remains a millionaire, and prosecutors did not challenge his request for a low fine of $12,500.

Mogilyansky must also pay each victim $5,000 restitution, register as a sex offender after his release and serve 15 years of federal probation.

More than 50 "sex tourism" cases have been brought in the U.S. under the 2003 Protect Act, which aims to prosecute Americans who travel overseas — beyond the reach of U.S. law — to have sex with children.

The criminal case stems from a related 2006 trial in Russia that spawned several convictions, one of which brought a defendant a 10-year sentence.

The civil suit, based in part on evidence from the Russian trial, seeks $8 million in damages from Mogilyansky and others on behalf of five alleged victims. Civil lawyers for the plaintiffs and Mogilyansky did not immediately return calls Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kevin Hayes Arrested for Possession of Child Porn

A Cortland man was arrested and charged Tuesday for alleged possession of child pornography.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office along with the Cortland Police Department executed a search warrant at 82 W. George Ave. in Cortland on Tuesday morning, said a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Kevin J. Hayes, 39, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, the release said. The release said the Sheriff’s office along with the Genoa Police Department and the Illinois Attorney General’s office investigated the alleged “possession and distribution of child pornography.”

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday the investigation is still on going and no further information is available at this time.

Hayes is currently being held at the DeKalb County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Antonia Gomez Arrested for Killing Her Daughters

A Sun Valley woman was arrested today for the slaying of her 12-year-old and 17-year-old daughters, who were found stabbed to death, police said.

Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman said that investigators believe Antonia Gomez, 38, killed two of her three daughters Wednesday and then tried to kill herself. The younger daughter, Edith Moreno, was found in a house in the 7800 block of Irvine Avenue; her older sister, Diana Moreno, was found in a converted garage in the back of the property.

The girls’ mother was hospitalized with knife wounds, police said.

The sisters and Gomez were found at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday by police responding to a 911 call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon. Looking through a window, a visitor to the house saw one of the girls lying on the floor. Both girls were pronounced dead at the scene.

Their 14-year-old sister was taken into protective custody.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Michael Kevin Bradley Charged with Sexually Abusing 2-year-old

D’Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne has released information on the arrest of 23-year-old Michael Kevin Bradley of Ocean Springs on charges of Sexual Battery of a Child.

Bradley was arrested and is being held on a $150,000.00 bond set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Captain Keith Davis of the Criminal Investigations Division said the arrest stemmed from an investigation initiated when police responded to a local hospital where a 2-year-old child was being treated.

During the investigation, information suggested the child had been sexually assaulted. Captain Davis said Bradley was associated with the victim through marriage and the assault took place at a D’Iberville apartment complex where Bradley babysat the victim.

Investigators believe the incident took place on Thursday, August 27, 2009. This case is still under investigation. However, no further arrests are anticipated, according to Davis. The victim was released from the hospital and in “good spirits.”

The police department seeks the assistance of the community for any information about criminal activity in the D’Iberville community. Please contact the Police Department at 228-396-4252 or Crime Stoppers. Callers can remain anonymous.

Pit Bull Chews Off Baby's Toes

Sheriff's deputies are charging a North Carolina couple with felony child abuse after a pit bull dog chewed the toes off a 4-month old baby's foot.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said Monday that the 1-year-old pit bull chewed off all the toes on the child's left foot while he was on a couch Sunday night.

Deputies say the child's mother, Robie Lynn Jenkins, and her boyfriend, Tremayne Spillman, were dog-sitting for a man arrested Saturday night for illegal possession of a gun.

Authorities say they are charging a North Carolina woman who slept as a pit bull chewed the toes off her 4-month-old baby's left foot.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said Monday that the child's mother, Robie Lynn Jenkins, and her boyfriend, Tremayne Spillman, will be charged with felony child abuse.

Deputies say the couple were dog-sitting the 1-year-old pit bull for a friend who had been arrested on gun charges.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the baby, who lost the toes on the left foot after the dog chewed them off Sunday night, won't be released from Pitt Memorial Hospital any time soon.

The sheriff's office said the pit bull is in animal control custody undergoing medical tests for several diseases, including rabies.

Jenkins told police she was on medication and didn't hear the child crying during the night while she slept in the same room. She said she didn't discover the injury until she changed the child's diaper Monday morning.

Deputies said that hospital officials said the child may lose his foot.

Wendy Cannin Arrested for Having Sexual Contact with Teens

It was the first day of school in Heppner today, but instead of spending it in the classroom, a junior/senior high teacher spent it in jail.

Wendy Cannin, 30, was arrested at 11 a.m. when Morrow County sheriff’s detectives arrived at her Heppner home, authorities said.

Cannin, a teacher in the Morrow County School District for two years, had been put on leave last week after officials learned about the sheriff’s office’s investigation.

Cannin is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with two teenage boys, the sheriff’s office said.

The sexual activity allegedly occurred before the end of the last school year and continued during the summer until the middle of July.

The sexual contact occurred both on and off school property, authorities said.

Cannin was booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of one count of sexual misconduct, four counts of third-degree sex abuse, and one count each of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy.

A grand jury is expected to hear the allegations against Cannin tomorrow.

Jonathon Frazier Arrested for Killing his 2-month-old Son

The father of a missing 2-month-old infant, whose body was found in a wooded area in the 7100 block of Dahlberg Road, Sunday Aug. 30, has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Jonathon V. Frazier, 42, was booked into Whatcom County Jail late Sunday evening.

The body of Jon "Cecil" Anthony Frazier was located at about 1 p.m. Sunday on private property about a mile away from the trailer where the boy and his father lived. The boy's mother, Brooke K. Johnson, 26, had reported to Whatcom County Jail the previous morning to await transfer to a state prison on a robbery conviction.

Courtesy of Whatcom County Sheriff's Office The infant was reported missing from the 1100 block of Willey's Lake Road, east of Custer by his grandmother at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Frazier had told authorities he had awoken to discover that the boy was missing and the door of the trailer was open.

Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies, special agents from the FBI and representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children began a criminal investigation which led to information of where the child's body was located, Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said.

Elfo declined to elaborate on the nature of the information or how it was obtained.