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Broomfield pedophile will spend rest of life in prison

| July 25, 2008 at 05:06 am

Convicted child abuser Anthony Edwin Marsh will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Marsh, 67, was sentenced Thursday to multiple consecutive sentences for crimes Broomfield District Court Judge Chris Melonakis called “indescribably cruel.”

The Broomfield resident will serve three consecutive sentences of 24 years to life for sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Concurrent to those terms, he will serve two sentences of 24 years to life for sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse.

Marsh will begin those sentences only after he serves a 24-year-to-life sentence for inducement to child prostitution followed by a 12-year sentence for possession of child pornography.

Marsh was stoic as Melonakis read his sentences and castigated him for his lack of remorse or insight into the consequences his crimes had on his victims. Melonakis repeatedly called the case “the most egregious case I have ever tried as a judge.” (more…)

Convicted pedophile gets 7.5 years

| July 23, 2008 at 06:03 pm

A convicted pedophile looked very calm as he was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday.

Otto Edward Schneider, 70, was found guilty earlier this year of sexually assaulting three girls, two of whom were less than 10 years old at the time of the attacks. Schneider video taped himself raping the children. The sexual assaults occurred between January 2001 and March 2006, when he was arrested. The dates are documented by Schneider’s hundreds of hours of explicit videos.

Two of the girls involved were eight and 10 years old when the assaults started. The third was believed to be 13. The names of the victims are protected by the court and cannot be published.

Justice Robert Johnston said the young ages of the victims and the emotional damage resulting from Schneider’s actions were major factors in the length of the sentence.

“I do not see how any sentence I impose is going to make any (positive) difference to the victims or to the community,” Johnston read from his sentencing report.

Schneider will serve seven years and five months of his 12-year sentence, reduced to take in account time served while awaiting trial.

– ecardone@saanichnews.com

Fighting pedophilia starts with prevention

| at 08:21 am

Imagine this scenario: A convicted pedophile is on probation pending an appeal to a higher court. Part of the conditions of his probation is that he is not alone with youths under 18. One day, a neighbor sees him through an open garage door with two teenage boys, their mother was on the scene but she leaves. The neighbor spots the boys with the pedophile and phones the police. The police come and arrest the man.

The tragedy of the Bennett girl has left not only the people of Randoph in deep grief but also the entire state of Vermont. We have blamed lawmakers for not having tougher laws and the Department of Corrections, police and probation officers for failing to do their job. We scream for Jessica’s Law, more jail time. We blame and blame and blame others. We never look at our own culpability and ask, “Could I have intervened somehow and stopped this hideous crime?”

For evil to exist is for good people to do nothing. As parents we have to take responsibility for our own children. We cannot relegate this responsibility to others. We have to know what our children are doing, who they are with, and if they are in a safe environment. As a society we have to find the courage and fortitude to stand up for those moral values we believe in. (more…)

Known pedophile charged with luring boy

| July 22, 2008 at 09:53 pm

MONTREAL – Sûreté du Québec investigators are searching the computer of a repeat sex offender after the Longueuil resident was arrested and charged with luring a 12-year-old boy over the Internet and sexually assaulting the victim in his own home.

Sylvain Dufresne, 34, is in custody while police examine evidence seized from his home on St. Alexandre St. He is charged with sexually assaulting the boy and producing child pornography by allegedly taking pictures of the assault.

He is also charged with sexual touching, invitation to sexual touching and using a computer to lure a minor for sex, an offence that carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

“There is the possibility of other charges, because his computer is still being analyzed,” said Roussillon regional police Constable Jean-Luc Robert.

Dufresne, a former Montrealer, has a criminal record that includes previous convictions for sex-related offences.

In 1998, he was investigated by a special division of the Montreal police for using newsgroups and chat rooms to lure teenage boys to his home in east-end Montreal. He had consensual sex with the boys, filmed it using a hidden camera and posted the videos on the Internet.

In that case, he pleaded guilty to extortion and was sentenced to two years of probation. (more…)

Pope meets abuse victims in Australia

| July 20, 2008 at 08:37 pm

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI met privately on Monday with Australians who were sexually abused as children by priests, in a gesture of contrition and concern over a scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church.

Pope Benedict XVI concludes his World Youth Day activities Monday by thanking volunteers in Sydney.

Pope Benedict XVI concludes his World Youth Day activities Monday by thanking volunteers in Sydney.

The pontiff held prayers and spoke with four representatives of abuse victims — two men and two women — in the last hours of a nine-day visit to Australia for the church’s global youth festival.

The abuse scandal was a sour undertone to the trip. On Saturday, Benedict delivered a forthright apology for the scandal, saying he was “deeply sorry” for the victims’ suffering.

But victims’ supporters said this was not enough and have demanded that Benedict do more to provide financial compensation and psychological help for them. (more…)

Why ISP’s Is Actually Not A Stand Against CP

| July 19, 2008 at 07:23 am

Following NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s success in getting ISPs to turn off Usenet access and pretend it was a victory against child porn, a bunch of cable providers under the umbrella of the NCTA have announced an agreement with 45 attorneys general, claiming that they, too, are taking a “stand against child porn.” This “stand” is the same as what Cuomo pressured ISPs to do: officially it’s to block any newsgroup or website that is “known to host child pornography.” Taking a stand against child pornography would be a good thing — but this is not actually a stand against child pornography. This is trying to sweep a problem under the rug so that some politicians and some companies can get some good headlines.

Taking a stand against child porn wouldn’t be overly aggressively blocking access to internet destinations that may or may not have porn (and there’s no review over the list to make sure that they’re actually objectionable). Taking a stand against child porn would be hunting down those responsible for the child porn and making sure that they’re dealt with appropriately. Blocking access to some websites doesn’t solve the problem. Those who still produce and make use of child porn will still get it from other sources — but it will be more underground, making it more difficult for authorities to track down. Also, this sets an awful precedent in that the ISPs can point out that it’s ok for them to block “objectionable” content where they get to define what’s objectionable without any review. For those folks who support network neutrality, this is highly questionable, because it’s clearly going against the basic principles of network neutrality — but in a way no one will protest because they don’t want to be seen as siding with child pornographers. But the truth is this “stand” against child pornography won’t do anything to stop child pornographers other than making them harder to track down — and it sends these ISPs down the slippery slope of getting to decide what they think is objectionable content that should be blocked.

Source: http://techdirt.com/articles/20080717/1918171715.shtml

Dallas-area man sentenced to 11 years

| July 16, 2008 at 06:29 pm

DALLAS – An Addison, Texas, resident was sentenced here Monday to 11 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper, Northern District of Texas; the case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Melvin Wiand, 56, was sentenced July 14 by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to132 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in April to one count of receiving child pornography. In November 2007, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Wiand with one count of receiving child pornography, two counts of possessing child pornography, and a forfeiture allegation. He was arrested shortly afterwards on those charges, and has been in custody since that time.

In documents filed in court, Wiand admitted that from Nov. 9 through Nov. 17, 2005, he knowingly received child pornography by downloading it from the Internet to his home computer. He admitted that he paid for subscriptions to child pornography websites, and saved images from those websites to his computer hard drive, CDs and other storage media. He also admitted that in November 2005, he subscribed to a website called “Illegal CP” and received numerous images of child pornography from that website. (more…)

Seminole County Man Arrested for Possession of CP

| July 13, 2008 at 09:55 pm

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Attorney General Bill McCollum announced that Seminole County man has been taken into custody on charges of child pornography possession. Timothy Howell was arrested today by law enforcement officers with the CyberCrime Unit, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Altamonte Springs Police Department, and the Innocent Images Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Investigators with the CyberCrime Unit determined Howell, 63, possessed images of child pornography while executing a search warrant of his home in Altamonte Springs. The equipment removed from Howell’s house will undergo additional forensic analysis to locate any possible additional images.

Howell will be charged with one count of possession of child pornography and under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007. If convicted, Howell faces up to five years in prison. He will be booked into the Seminole County Jail and will be prosecuted by attorneys with the CyberCrime Unit. The unit is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) of Central Florida, as is the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

ICE nabs Puerto Rican for sexually enticing a minor

| July 7, 2008 at 09:03 pm

ICE nabs Puerto Rican man for sexually enticing a minor

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico – A 43-year-old man from Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, was arrested here today after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation revealed that he was sexually enticing a girl who he thought was 13-years-old.

Angel Cosme-Martinez was arrested by ICE agents in the parking lot of Plaza Rio Hondo after he arranged the meeting during the sexually explicit conversations. .
Cosme-Martinez is being charged with Title 18 United States Code (USC), Section 2422(b).

“This arrest is a stern reminder of the consequences awaiting those who use the Internet to sexually exploit innocent children,” said Manuel Oyola Torres, special agent in charge of ICE’s office of investigations in Puerto Rico. “Some predators mistakenly believe the anonymity of cyberspace shields them from scrutiny, when in fact, their use of computers and the Internet have given us new tools in our enforcement efforts to protect children from online predators.” (more…)