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Forreston man arrested in sex abuse case

| May 9, 2011 at 08:02 pm

Forreston, Ill. —

The search for a Forreston man suspected of criminal sexual assault by Forreston police and the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department concluded after John H. Vaultonburg, 22, was apprehended on April 28.

Ogle County sheriff’s deputies arrested Vaultonburg at his residence in rural Forreston on April 28, just over a week after the public was notified that he had gone missing. (more…)

Sex trafficking a problem in Snohomish County

| May 6, 2011 at 09:21 pm

Experts Lisa Paul, deputy prosecuting attorney at the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, and Dusty Olson, an advocate of Providence’s Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse and co-founder of the Snohomish County Sexual Exploitation and Intervention Network, discuss the problem of sex trafficking of children in Snohomish County.

When many think of sex trafficking, they think of prostitutes in Southeast Asia, Nepal, Bangladesh or another faraway country – anywhere but here in the United States, and especially not of our own kids in our own communities.

But it is happening here. (more…)

Forest Grove police say man, 19, accused of rape and sex abuse, indicted on more sex crimes

| at 03:17 pm

Forest Grove police say a 19-year-old man accused of rape and sex abuse has been indicted on more sex crime charges.

, who uses middle names of both Joseph and James, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of attempted first-degree sex abuse and one count each of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse, attempted first-degree rape, attempted first-degree sodomy and third-degree sex abuse, said Capt. Aaron Ashbaugh, Forest Grove police spokesman. He’s being held in the Washington County Jail.

Ashbaugh said the new charges stem from tips detectives investigated after police initially arrested Matthews in February on accusations that he raped a 16-year-old girl at a Forest Grove residence in September. A Washington County grand jury on Feb. 22 indicted him on one count of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree sex abuse and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor in connection with that case, court records show. (more…)

Teacher shared child porn for years, FBI says

| May 5, 2011 at 09:03 pm

A seventh-grade science teacher and swim coach at one of the largest co-ed Pre-K through 12 independent day schools in New Jersey was downloading kiddie porn for nearly eight years, said federal authorities who took him into custody today, seizing what they said were images that included boys as young as 6 giving oral sex to men who also had anal sex with them.

Brian Stern, 34, was trying to destroy evidence on his computer’s hard drive when FBI agents forced their way into his Montclair home, authorities said.

Among hundreds of images were videos of boys no older than 6 giving men oral sex and men having anal sex with boys, the FBI said. (more…)

Utah authorities arrest dozens in child-porn investigation

| April 28, 2011 at 06:47 pm

After 114 sex crime investigations, 124 computer seizures, more than 36 million images, thousands of overtime hours and 39 arrests, Utah’s Internet crime investigators on Thursday offered a flat proclamation for their month-long, statewide child-pornography bust.

“It’s a pin prick,” said Cache County detective Vicky Carver. “In everything that’s out there, this is a drop in the bucket.”

But in last month’s investigation, small drops yielded big arrests: A Pleasant Grove man was released from prison in November after serving 15 years for multiple rapes; in March, investigators found child pornography on four computers, three cell phones, four external hard drives and 10 thumb drives at his home. A Salt Lake County man, in a previous conviction for possessing child pornography, served two days in jail and six months home confinement; in March, he was charged with 20 new felony counts. (more…)

‘Pimp in action’ is out of action — gets 20-year sentence

| April 27, 2011 at 06:35 pm

King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus had just handed down a 20-year prison sentence Thursday for convicted pimp Anthony “Mack” Terry when the courtroom phone rang.

On the line was the teenage victim Terry had pimped out and later asked to lie for him in a series of recorded phone calls he made from inside the King County Jail.

“I just want to say I was never a victim, and Anthony Terry was never my pimp,” said the woman, whose call was put on speaker phone. She is now 18 but was 17 when Terry was twice arrested for pimping her out.

Andrus had already heard the woman’s denials during Terry’s bench trial and proceeded unfazed with the hearing, telling Terry that when he is released from prison he is banned from areas of prostitution and will be required to register as a sex offender. (more…)

Man charged with 18 sex abuse counts

| at 03:31 pm

Edward Deluna, 30, has been charged with eight counts of child sexual abuse and 10 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, according to Srgt. Mark Ortega with the Surprise Police Dept. Deluna has been booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

Surprise police have arrested a man on 18 counts of allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct and sexual abuse with two minors.

The incidents took place in 2009 while the two female victims, ages 12 and 13, were under the care of the suspect and his wife at the couple’s Surprise home, said Sgt. Mark Ortega.

The incident came to light March 1 after the girls notified their mother and grandmother, Ortega said. The two girls are in the custody of their biological mother in Texas.

After a lengthy investigation, the suspect was taken into custody by Surprise police. Edward Deluna, 30, was charged with eight counts of child sexual abuse and 10 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, according to Ortega. He was then booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

Source: yourwestvalley

Convicted Arizona pedophile may be hiding in Calgary

| April 26, 2011 at 09:33 am

CALGARY - It’s impossible to imagine a more helpless victim, or a more sickening crime.

A teenage quadriplegic, brain-injured and confined to a wheelchair, repeatedly molested by his own perverted caregiver.

The disgusting deed was caught on surveillance video, and police in two countries are now trying to catch the creep convicted of the crime – a former Calgarian believed to be hiding in Canada.

“He’s wanted for several counts of sexual misconduct with a minor,” said Deputy Jason Ogan of the Pima County, Arizona Sheriff’s Department.

George Ross Wilcox vanished before a Pima County Superior Court could sentence him for the crime after he was found guilty of four counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 15.

It was June 9, 2009, when Wilcox fled Arizona and a seemingly certain jail sentence after the court found him guilty – in part based on the video which documented the pedophile attacks on the child.

So keen are police to catch and jail 53-year-old Wilcox, who was born and raised in Calgary, that the case was given top billing on America’s Most Wanted, a website and TV show dedicated to catching fugitive criminals.

“Before Wilcox was sentenced, he took off. He is a Canadian citizen and police believe he may have fled the states – hiding out in Calgary or Vancouver, Canada,” reads the Most Wanted description.

From a family with nine brothers and sisters, Wilcox still has strong family connections to Calgary, including his mother, father and many of his siblings. (more…)

Child sex offender from Bell gets up to 40 years in prison

| at 09:19 am

A convicted sex offender from Bell will serve 20 to 40 years in a state prison for charges related to sexual contact with four girls ages 15 to 17.

In a rambling statement in court yesterday, Shawn Michael Simms disputed the extent of the physical contact he had with some of the victims, but told Westmoreland County President Judge John Blahovec he’d follow through on his general plea to 22 charges because he felt it was in his best interest.

Simms, 22, pleaded guilty in September to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of children by photographing or videotaping sex acts involving people younger than 18.

State police said Simms had sex at various locations with girls from Latrobe, Derry, Slickville and Blairsville. Two were 15 years old, and the other two were 17.

Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro told Blahovec that Simms’ pursuit of juveniles for sex began a week after his September 2008 parole in another case for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

“The defendant in this case, your honor, just doesn’t get it,” Ciaramitaro said. “He doesn’t understand the repercussions as a result of his actions.”

Herbert Hays, who reviewed the case for the Pennsylvania Sexually Violent Offenders Assessment Board, determined that Simms is a sexually violent offender, although Simms did not use force to make the girls have sex with him or ply them with alcohol.

Simms told Blahovec that he does not have an obsession with young girls, but the judge accepted the state board’s assessment and ordered him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

One of Simms’ victims, now 17, said yesterday that she suffered depression because of her physical relationship with Simms.

“I’m afraid after he gets out that I’m the first person that he’ll come to,” she testified.

Source: pittsburghlive

Md. man arrested on child porn charges, could face 50 years

| April 25, 2011 at 08:53 am

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested a Washington County, Md. man on the morning of April 22 in connection with the distribution and possession of child pornography. The accused is identified as Roger A. Repp III, 45, of the 600-block of Westwood Street, Hagerstown, Md.  He is charged with two counts each of distribution and possession of child pornography.  If convicted, Repp could be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section began this investigation in March of this year after receiving information from a police detective in Canada.  The detective had located a computer on the Internet openly distributing child pornography.

A Maryland state trooper assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was assigned the investigation and was able to trace the computer back to Repp’s residence.  On April 22, State Police investigators executed a search warrant at Repp’s home and recovered evidence that led to the charges being filed. (more…)