Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Convicted Sex Offender Questioned After Kidnapping Girl

Tulsa Police took a convicted sex offender into custody for questioning after the kidnapping and possible assault of a young girl.

Police were investigating a report of a missing girl, 18 months to 24 months old, when they came upon the man matching the suspect's description.

Officers say they found him in his vehicle with his pants down. The little girl wasn't wearing any clothes.

She was taken to a Tulsa hospital for an examination.

Brian Miller Arrested for Sexual Assault

A campground owner's arrest in connection with the alleged sexual assaults of several boys and young men has local investigators concerned that more victims may be out there.

Brian J. Miller, the owner of Kastle Kampground, was arrested Friday evening in Dane County and is being held at the Dane County Jail.

Kastle Kampground, N11301 Kinney Lake Road, is a popular spot on Lake Kinney, which is near Marion in the Township of Dupont, Waupaca County.

The investigation started June 28 after deputies were called to an underage drinking party at the campground, WISC-TV reported.

"It grew, and kind of spider-webbed out to a lot bigger case when we investigated that," said Sheriff Brad Hardel.

Deputies said they learned through questioning that two of the young men involved claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Miller.

There are now three known male victims who were allegedly assaulted by Miller at the campground and in the Madison-area, where Miller owns a home, WISC-TV reported.

"The current victims that we're aware of range from 10 to 21 years of age. And we feel there could be other victims out there who have not yet come forward," said Sheriff Hardel.

Investigators from the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, known as DCI, executed several search warrants at the campground Saturday morning. The warrants were issued based on an on-going investigation, according to the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department and the DeForest Police Department are also involved in the investigation.

Investigators believe more victims may be out there and want them to come forward.

Anyone with information should call the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office at 715-258-4466, Waupaca County Crimestoppers at 888-258-9955, or DCI at 920-832-2750.
Miller will face three counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault, according to the criminal complaint.

Kastle Kampground has 700 campsites and was purchased by Miller about a year-and-a-half ago.

Det Brian Sawicki Arrested for Masturbating at Park

A Santa Barbara police detective is facing allegations of indecent exposure after several teenage girls reportedly saw him masturbating while off-duty near Refugio State Beach on Monday, sheriff’s officials said.

Det. Brian Sawicki, 33, surrendered his badge, identification and department-issued firearm after being placed on administrative leave by Santa Barbara Police Department officials following his arrest Monday afternoon, according to a news release.

The incident began when two young teenage girls walking along a trail near the beach noticed a man walking behind them at approximately 3:20 p.m., Sheriff’s Spokesman Drew Sugars said.

“The girls walked back towards the campground and saw the same man now lying down and masturbating,” Sugars said in a news release. “The girls immediately ran towards the campground, where they alerted an on-duty state park ranger.”

As the ranger interviewed the victims, they spotted the suspect and pointed him out, authorities said. After a short foot pursuit, the ranger caught and arrested the suspect, later identified as Sawicki.

The detective faces three misdemeanor charges — annoying or molesting a child under 18, indecent exposure, and resisting or delaying a peace officer, Sugars said. Sawicki was booked into jail on $2,500 bond but was not listed among inmate records yesterday afternoon, a jail official confirmed, suggesting he posted bail.

Police Chief Cam Sanchez said he placed the detective on administrative leave and launched an internal investigation after learning of the incident.

“I am shocked and deeply disappointed that a member of my department is the subject of this investigation, but I want to assure the public that the department is taking all necessary steps to ensure the public is protected and the investigation is completed in a fair and impartial manner,” the police chief said in a prepared statement.

He said the police department is prevented from releasing any additional details during the course of the internal investigation due to personnel privacy policies. Queries by the Daily Sound into Sawicki’s history at the department were not immediately addressed, but he has been referred to as a detective in previous news releases.

Officials at the District Attorney’s Office said Sawicki has yet to enter their system and it is unclear when his arraignment will take place. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department is handling the criminal investigation, although the police department is cooperating with sheriff’s investigators and conducting its own administrative investigation.

Robert Guay Accused of Molesting Boys

A local man is accused of repeatedly molesting two pre-teen boys who he regularly babysat for more than two years.

Robert M. Guay, 47, of 48 Pennichuck St., was arrested Tuesday and charged with nine counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, class A felonies.

Lt. Jeffrey Bukunt said investigators do not believe there are additional victims in this case. Guay was an acquaintance of both families and regularly provided childcare for the boys, who are under the age of 13, Bukunt said.

The investigation began in early August when the mother contacted police after observing inappropriate contact between Guay and her son, according to police.

Bukunt said the assaults happened at three different addresses in the city between March 2007 and August 2009.Guay is accused of assaulting one boy four times and the other, three times. Additionally, he is charged with one count each of aggravated felonious sexual assault charging a pattern involving each child.

He is being held on $250,000 cash/surety bail and will be arraigned later today in Nashua District Court.

Nereo Del Valle Arrested for Sexual Assault on 11-year-old

A 58-year-old maintenance worker has been arrested in Orange County for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at a Stanton laundromat, and authorities are looking for additional victims.

Nereo Del Valle allegedly lured the girl into a maintenance closet Sunday at the BJ Coin Laundry on Beach Boulevard in Stanton by promising her a bottle of perfume. Then he sexually assaulted her, investigators said.

The girl managed to escape and ran home.

Deputies arrested Del Valle on Tuesday after being interviewed by a detective from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held on suspicion of child molestation, authorities said.

Investigators said Del Valle sold perfume out of the maintenance closet and may have lured other victims using the same tactic. Detectives are urging any additional victims to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Detail at (714) 647-7419.

Abigail Elizabeth Young Charged with Death of 4-year-old

A Spring woman and her boyfriend are charged in the death of the woman's daughter, a 4-year-old who authorities said today suffered 80 contusions in the days leading to her death on June 27.

Abigail Elizabeth Young, 33, kept her head down, saying nothing as homicide detectives brought her to the Harris County jail. Also arrested Monday was her boyfriend, Lucas Ruric Coe, 27. Both have been charged with felony injury to a child, officials said Monday.

The couple is accused in the death of Young's daughter, Emma Thompson. The Harris County Sheriff's Office released some details today, including the number of contusions.

In a brief hearing today, Coe was ordered held without bond and Young is jailed in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Young, still wearing hospital scrubs because she was arrested Monday while working as a registered nurse at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham, stood before the magistrate judge with her arms folded, looking in Coe's direction and shaking her head.

Coe, in an orange jail jumpsuit, deliberately sat behind a post out of camera view until his name was called. He stood solemnly before the judge, head down.

When authorities tried to arrest him Monday at a home in Magnolia where he had been staying with a relative, Coe tried to flee but was quickly apprehended, officials said.

“When he saw them coming, he tried to run,” said A.J. Kelly, an investigator with the Harris County sheriff's homicide division.

Wearing a T-shirt that said, “It's all fun and games until the cops show up,” Coe also refused to comment about the case as detectives led him to an unmarked car for his trip to the Harris County Jail.

“I have nothing to say without my attorney,” Coe said.

Ruled a homicide
On Friday, a pathologist with the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Conroe ruled that Emma died as a result of blunt abdominal trauma, which caused the child to bleed internally, Harris County sheriff's detectives said.

“The manner (of death) was consistent with homicide,” Kelly said.

Emma died at Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands Hospital after she became unconscious at the family's home in Spring.

In addition to the abdominal trauma that caused her death, Emma also suffered a skull fracture and vaginal tearing — evidence of sexual assault, officials said.

Kelly wouldn't say if investigators believe the couple intended to harm Emma or whether her death was the result of discipline that had gone out of control.

“We're not going to speak about intent at this point,“ he said. “It's obvious that the child suffered abuse.“

A neighbor told officials that Young said the fatal injuries were caused by two separate falls — and that she tried to save Emma's life by using Super Glue to close a wound on her head. Detectives became suspicious after questioning the couple.

“The statements given by both the mother of the child and the boyfriend were inconsistent with the injuries,” Kelly said.

He declined to say what the couple told detectives that led them to be considered the prime suspects in Emma's death.

Sheriff's detectives also declined to comment about any sexual assaults Emma may have suffered at the hands of the accused couple.

“We can confirm the child had oral and vaginal herpes,” Kelly said.

Why that charge
Kelly said that prosecutors on Monday opted for the felony injury to a child charge because it was the best way that both could be accused for the crime. He said it could be upgraded to murder as the investigation continues.

“It's still a life-sentence charge,“ Kelly said.

The news of an arrest brought some relief to one of Emma's relatives.

“I feel blessed that justice is being serviced, and hopefully justice will be served for my niece,“ said Amanda Young Mathews, Young's sister. “We just want the truth to be known.“

She described her niece as a fun-loving girl. “She had a bright future and was taken away too soon.“

Mathews said she was horrified at what happened to her niece. “She will be missed forever,” Mathews said.

In early June, Texas Child Protective Services first began investigating a complaints about Emma's care.

Officials with the agency determined the child tested positive for genital herpes, but she was not removed from the home at the time.

Christopher Scott Fowble Arrested for Solicitation of Minor

State Police have arrested a 30-year-old Baltimore City man for allegedly planning to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Troopers says Christopher Scott Fowble of the 800-block of South Darby Street was arrested this morning.

Troopers say Fowble entered an online chat-room in June looking for a teenage girl to have sex.

An undercover trooper assumed the identity of the teen, and after a number of weeks of conversation Fowble agreed to a meeting.

Troopers say the conversations had sexual overtones or were discussions of the two meeting for sex.
The suspect was arrested at the meeting place this morning.

He is charged with one count of solicitation of a minor, and could face up to ten years in prison if convicted.

Rolando Saucedo Charged with Sexual Assault on 10-year-old

An energy drink was the bait used by a Brownsville man to gain entry into the bedroom of a 10-year-old girl and to sexually assault her repeatedly throughout the night, police said.

Rolando Saucedo, 23, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and burglary with intent to commit sexual assault, said police spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique.

On Wednesday morning Saucedo went before Municipal Judge Ben Neece, who set his bond at $500,000 per count for a total of $1,000,000.

Saucedo was transported to the Carrizalez Rucker Detention Center Wednesday afternoon after providing police with a confession, police said.

"I’m sorry. ... I’ve let everybody down. I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused," Saucedo said as he was being placed inside a police car.

His arrest took place Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m. when the victim’s 16-year-old brother and 28-year-old sister restrained Saucedo after finding him inside the girl’s room, said Manrrique, adding the victim’s brother checked on his sister after their parents went to work.

"He saw his sister reading to someone and when he took a closer look, he saw Rolando hiding under the covers," the spokesman said.

During their investigation, police learned that Saucedo befriended the victim about two months ago at Sunrise Mall and had been speaking to her via a cell phone, Manrrique said.

On Monday night, Saucedo parked his 2002 Jeep Liberty on the driveway of a house under construction at 4008 Cesar Lane and walked to the girl’s house on Old Port Isabel Road, gaining entry through the window after promising the girl a can of Irish Blend Monster energy drink, the spokesman said.

Investigators took the victim to Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, where members of the Child Through Adult Abuse Response Team confirmed the girl had been repeatedly violated, police said.

"This is what we’ve been warning parents about; don’t leave your children unattended," Manrrique said. "He is a predator who found his victim at the mall. A lot of parents have a misconception that kids know what to do in certain situations; the problem with that is that they don’t. If parents don’t open communication lines with their children and bring up these kinds of subjects, they will not know what to do in a situation like this. A predator will promise them the world and give them craved attention and this is the end result. She had no chance. ... This could have been prevented. "

Manrrique said predators have a universal mode of operation: They target a victim. They make contact and then convince them to keep a secret.

"Once they convince them to keep a secret they have won," the spokesman said.

Much to the surprise of investigators, Saucedo previously was charged in another sexual assault of a child in Laguna Vista, the spokesman said.

In April of 2005, Saucedo was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child involving a 13-year-old girl, said Chief First Assistant District Attorney Charles Mattingly.

Saucedo pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication. He also was required to register as a sex offender and attend sexual offender classes, Mattingly said.

In September of 2007 Saucedo absconded to Arkansas, missing appointments with probation officers and other terms of his supervised release, he said. Saucedo returned to Brownsville in March of last year, he added.

On April 29 of last year, the DA’s office filed a motion to adjudicate, asking state District Judge Arturo Nelson to remove the supervised release of Saucedo and sentence him to a minimum of 10 years in prison, Mattingly said.

The first hearing on the motion was set for Dec. 5, 2008 but was reset for Dec 9 of last year.

The case was reset 7 more times until May 14 of this year when Nelson revoked Saucedo’s bond and ordered he be taken into custody and sent to county jail, Mattingly said. The amount of the bond was not immediately available.

On June 18 Nelson ordered that Saucedo be subjected to polygraph testing and released him from custody on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Further hearing was reset for Oct. 6.

"Since that first hearing on December 2008, the district attorney’s office has done everything possible to have Saucedo sent to prison," Mattingly said. "Less than two months later (after released on the PR bond) he’s arrested. This is a terrible thing; that little girl will never be the same."

The DA’s office has requested that the $1 million dollar bond that Neece set on Saucedo be upgraded to no bond, Mattingly added.


Nicole Surber Arrested for Child Abuse

A Montana woman faces a felony child abuse charge in North Dakota in an incident in which police say she used her infant daughter as a shield to ward off officers trying to arrest her.

Bismarck Police say 20-year-old Nicole Surber and her 7-month-old girl were passengers in a pickup that officers stopped after it had left the scene of a reported fight last Friday.

Authorities say the child was not buckled in a safety seat.

Police Lt. Randy Ziegler says that when officers went to arrest Surber for being a minor in consumption of alcohol, she held her baby with one arm in what an officer described as a "headlock" while trying to fight past officers with the other arm.

Surber, of Hardin, Mont., pleaded guilty to minor in consumption and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three days in jail.

Police say social services workers took custody of the child.

Surber later said in court that her aunt was watching the child.

Officer Scott Gabbei Accused of Sexual Misconduct

A Pittsboro Police Officer is accused of arranging a meeting with a 14-year-old girl, taking her to a remote location in the Pittsboro City Park. The girl told a clergy member that the incident produced a hug and an open mouth kiss.

The Hendricks County Sheriff's Department arrested 33-year-old Scott Gabbei of Mooresville on a warrant charging him with sexual misconduct with a minor. He was released from the Hendricks County after posting bond of $25,000.

Investigators say Gabbei was in uniform and transported the girl in his police vehicle. He drove her home after the encounter.

Pittsboro Police Chief Christi Peterson is recommending that Gabbei be fired. He is suspended with pay pending a hearing August 24th before the Town Council.

Daniel Copeland & Mindy Orlandino Arrested for Child Abuse

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Oliver Springs couple, after they were indicted for the abuse of a 4-year-old last month.

Daniel Copeland, 26, stands accused of aggravated child abuse and aggravated sexual battery. His girlfriend, 31-year-old Mindy Orlandino, stands accused of being an accessory after the fact.

The 4-year-old victim was abused on July 25.

Copeland is held on a $100,000 bond. Orlandino's bond is $10,000. They were booked into the Anderson County jail Monday night.

Todd Richardson Charged with Sexual Assault

A Duncan man has been jailed on a charge that he sexually assaulted an underage girl, including once while he was with her family on Lake Hartwell, authorities said.

Todd Richardson, 33, is charged in a warrant with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years old.

A Spartanburg County sheriff's deputy said in an incident report that he went to the girl's home last week and spoke to her mother.

The mother told the deputy that her daughter said there had been two incidents -- once at the lake and once at Richard's home, the deputy wrote.

Richardson, who lives at 342 Dobson Road, was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Facility on Tuesday, according to a warrant and jail records.

Robert Reinhardt Charged with Sexually Abusing Juveniles

The former dean of students at a boarding school in Washington who was arrested last week on charges that he sexually abused three juveniles is being sued by one of the alleged victims.

The teenager and his father filed a lawsuit Monday in Superior Court in New London against Robert Reinhardt, the former dean. The other defendants are The Gunnery, Susan Graham, the head of school and Dana Jackson, a teacher.

The plaintiff, John Doe, was sexually assaulted repeatedly during his freshman year at the boarding school from September of 2007 and June 2008 and now suffers emotionally and fears attending school, the lawsuit states.

Reinhardt, 44, was also the crew coach, a teacher and a "dorm parent," the lawsuit states. He had an on-campus apartment where he entertained minors late at night, early in the morning or overnight, according to a lawsuit.

The school knew or should have known about Reinhardt's inappropriate relationships with the alleged victim and failed to promptly respond to sexual abuse allegations, the lawsuit states.

In a statement a released last week, Graham says the school first learned in June of an allegation regarding inappropriate contact between a faculty member and a student.

"We reported this information to Connecticut state child welfare authorities immediately. The faculty member in question has left the school's employment," she said in the statement.

Reinhardt surrendered to state police Aug. 5. He is charged with second-degree sexual assault, one count of fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. His bail was set at $750,000. His next court date is Sept. 1 at Superior Court in Litchfield.

The Gunnery is a coeducational boarding and day school on a 220-acre campus near the scenic town green in the village of Washington. It was founded in 1850 by Frederick William Gunn. It is popular with many Connecticut and suburban New York families because its small enrollment of 300 students provides an intimate academic setting.

Nathan & Christina Snyder Accused of Child Abuse

A Berkeley County couple accused of depriving four children in their custody of food, shooting them with BBs and bottle rockets, and other acts waived their right to a hearing Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Nathan Allen Snyder, 26, and Christina Ann Snyder, 40, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., were released Monday from Eastern Regional Jail after their bonds were reduced from $200,000 to $40,000 each, according to court records.

The Snyders, who had been in jail since May 14, are charged with four felony counts each of child abuse resulting in injury, according to court records. They are not to have any contact with the children, according to conditions of their release.

The children are staying with a family member in Hampshire County, W.Va., court officials said Monday.

With Monday’s hearing waived, the charges against the Snyders are bound over to circuit court, where Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely’s office can present the case to a grand jury for possible indictment.

The victims are an 8-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and two 14-year-old boys, according to complaints filed in May in magistrate court by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Steven Crites and C.K. Gibbons.

The girl told police a cigarette was put out on her left knee, a finger on her right hand was burned, soap was put in her mouth, her eyeglasses were broken when her stepfather came into her bedroom naked and she was verbally abused, according to court records.

The 12-year-old boy told police he was burned with cigarettes, had smoke blown in his face, was punched in the stomach and arm, and was made to run laps around a gravel road in his bare feet, according to court records.

One of the two 14-year-old victims said he was beaten on the head with a spoon until he started bleeding and he was struck in the back with a bottle rocket that stung a lot more than it burned, according to court records.

The teenager told police he was choked to the point of nearly passing out, and was awakened in the middle of the night and told go to a neighbor’s house about a mile away to ask for beer and cigarettes, according to court records.

He told police he had to give his stepfather and mother massages in order to eat and also said the only thing that made him happy was going to school. The boy said the Snyders stole money from him and took Christmas gifts that his grandfather gave him and forced him to buy them back, according to court records.

The teen’s twin brother told police the massages for food had been happening since they were little, according to court records.

He said he was forced to live in some “nasty places” with his mother and stepfather, and he had to go to the bathroom in a bucket, put it in a bag and throw it in the woods, according to court records.

Brian Leslie Burton Arrested for Child Porn

The BC Integrated Child Exploitation Unit has arrested a Kelowna man who is now facing several child porn charges.

39 year old Brian Leslie Burton who has recently moved to Kelowna, was arrested in early July for reportedly distributing and making child pornography.

The man became known to the RCMP in June when they allege he became one of the most prolific distributors of child porn in BC.

Mounties then became aware that in addition to allegedly distributing kiddie porn, Burton may also be involved in the active abuse of a child.

The BC ICE Unit moved in and arrested Burton in early July, and confiscated a computer along with a number of data storage units in the residence.

RCMP say that the child in this particular case has been identified by police, and is now safe.