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  • crimewatchrt 8:34 am on November 2, 2009 Permalink |
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    Faulty Forensic Analysis That Lead To Convictions 

    Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense. And as hundreds of criminal cases begin to unravel, many established forensic practices are coming under fire. Take an in-depth look at the shaky science that has put innocent people behind bars.

    Crime Lab Audit Stirs Calls For Independent Operation

    A legislative committee meets today to discuss the State Bureau of Investigation.

    There are increasing calls for the state crime to become independent from the SBI  after an audit found problems with 230 cases in which analysts misrepresented or wrongly reported blood evidence. WFAE’s Greg Collard takes a closer look at the issue in this report.

    Law enforcement agencies run nearly all of the country’s crime labs.

    Greg Taylor of Durham would like that to change. He spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit thanks in large part to the failure of an SBI lab analyst to tell prosecutors that key blood evidence actually tested negative for blood.

    “These scientists are performing these tests and procedures should be reporting in an unbiased way. And, to report in unbiased way, should report to an unbiased authority,” Taylor says.


    Hundreds of D.C. Residents Could Have Been Wrongfully Convicted of a DUI

    Nearly 400 people were convicted of driving while intoxicated in Washington, D.C. in 2008 because of inaccurate calibrations of the breath test equipment.

    Imagine being charged and convicted of a crime, only to find out nearly two years later that your conviction was the result of faulty police technology. This is exactly what happened to nearly 400 people. They were convicted of driving while intoxicated in Washington, D.C. in 2008 because of inaccurate calibrations of the breath test equipment.

    According to results of an investigation led by D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, breath analysis equipment used by city’s law enforcement officers was found to be improperly adjusted, resulting in inaccurate readings. Analysis of all 10 of the District’s breath test machines found that readings produced a driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) to be about 20 percent higher than it actually was….


    Report Condemns Police Lab Oversight

    The New York State Police’s supervision of a major crime laboratory was so poor that it overlooked evidence of pervasively shoddy forensics work, allowing an analyst to go undetected for 15 years as he falsified test results and compromised nearly one-third of his cases, an investigation by the state’s inspector general has found.

    The analyst’s training was so substandard that at one point last year, investigators discovered he could not properly operate a microscope essential to performing his job, the report released on Thursday said.

    And when the State Police became aware of the analyst’s misconduct, an internal review by superiors in the Albany lab deliberately omitted information implicating other analysts and suggesting systemic problems with the way evidence was handled, the report said. Instead, the review focused blame mostly on the analyst, Garry Veeder, who committed suicide in May 2008 during the internal inquiry.

    “Cutting corners in a crime lab is serious and intolerable,” said the state’s inspector general, Joseph Fisch. “Forensic laboratories must adhere to the highest standards of competence, independence and integrity. Anything less undermines public confidence in our criminal justice system.”

    Several lab workers whose actions were criticized in the report remain in their jobs pending an internal review of the inspector general’s findings, the State Police said.

    The State Police superintendent, Harry J. Corbitt, said that the agency planned to hire an outside consultant. “Appropriate remedial measures will be taken with respect to any conduct falling below the highest standards,” said Mr. Corbitt, whose nomination last year by Gov. David A. Paterson was meant to help rehabilitate the scandal-tainted agency.

    After the State Police began its internal investigation last year, it notified district attorneys across the state that evidence in criminal cases examined by Mr. Veeder might have been compromised. Mr. Veeder worked in the crime lab analyzing so-called trace evidence, like fibers, hair, impressions and other physical material found at scenes of crimes, including homicides.

    But on Thursday, police officials said that none of the district attorneys had found that Mr. Veeder’s work had cast doubt on any of their convictions.

    “We are satisfied that there were no wrongful convictions, nor any miscarriages of justice which resulted from these improper procedures,” Mr. Corbitt said, stating a viewpoint also shared by Mr. Fisch.

    Still, forensic science experts and advocates for those wrongfully convicted said the case pointed to longstanding problems in police behavior and underlined the need to hold law enforcement agencies accountable.

    “It is a wake-up call to the forensic community,” said Barry Scheck, director of the Innocence Project and a member of the New York State Commission on Forensic Science, which monitors all the state’s crime labs. “What’s alarming about this report and others that we’ve seen like it is it’s not so much the bad actors, it’s the fact that the system didn’t detect them earlier.”

    There have been several high-profile cases in recent years in which police labs mishandled crime scene evidence, casting doubt on convictions. A convicted rapist was released in 2003 after an examination of the Houston Police Department’s lab found widespread deficiencies. Detroit shut down its police crime lab last year after an outside audit found errors in 10 percent of cases surveyed.

    In Mr. Veeder’s case, supervisors discovered during an internal inquiry that he had routinely skipped a preliminary fiber analysis and then created data “to give the appearance of having conducted an analysis not actually performed,” the inspector general’s report stated.

    The State Police have disputed the effectiveness of the preliminary test and said there was no evidence that Mr. Veeder’s work resulted in a piece of trace evidence’s being misidentified.

    The report said Mr. Veeder used a “crib sheet” provided to him by a former supervisor to falsify the test results. At one point, Mr. Veeder told investigators, “They told me from the past, you go to this and plug it in,” the report said. “This is how I was trained to, how we’ve always done it.”

    But Mr. Veeder’s allegations involving other lab workers were never part of the final report to the State Police’s internal affairs division. State Police investigators and the lab’s management “minimized and precipitously discarded the seriousness and extent of problems” at the lab, the inspector general’s report said.

    It said that one State Police investigator, Keith Coonrod, mischaracterized Mr. Veeder’s responses implicating other lab scientists and skewed Mr. Veeder’s statements to give the impression that it was his incompetence — not widespread misconduct — that led to the problems.

    Mr. Coonrod has been temporarily reassigned to a State Police job outside of the lab pending the outcome of the internal review.

    Despite Mr. Coonrod’s omissions, the inspector general also faulted Mr. Coonrod’s superiors. “There exists no doubt that laboratory management possessed sufficient information that Veeder’s individual misconduct implicated potentially broader systemic issues, but failed to take appropriate action,” the report said.

    The report named a number of lab supervisors at the time — including the director, Gerald Zeosky, and assistant director Richard Nuzzo — and describes them as unfazed by the inquiry and dismissive of Mr. Veeder’s broader claims. Mr. Zeosky remains in charge of the lab. Mr. Nuzzo was promoted and given a new job in the internal affairs division, but police officials said he would have had no involvement in the investigation of the lab.

    Another section of the report stated that Mr. Nuzzo was also found to have intimidated a lab technician who was working on a case unrelated to Mr. Veeder.

    Problems with Mr. Veeder’s work were first detected in 2008 during an accreditation review by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. The State Police then did an internal investigation and alerted the inspector general’s office, which began its own review.

    On May 23, 2008, Mr. Veeder hanged himself in the garage of his home outside Albany.

    Faulty forensic test put innocents in jail over decades

    A faulty forensic analysis has put hundreds of innocent people in jail over decades, according to a joint investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes. Eventually found to be unreliable, it was quietly dumped four decades later without alerting those convicted.

    The “comparative bullet-lead analysis” claimed to link a bullet with ones in suspects’ possession. However, faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead samples resulted in false matches.

    Excerpt from eFluxMedia:
    The comparative bullet-lead analysis was based on the supposition that each batch of lead would have a particular, almost unique, chemical makeup. The National Academy of Sciences, however, has invalidated this claim in 2004, pointing out that FBI experts who claimed to jurors the test linked a particular bullet to those found in a suspect’s gun or cartridge box were more or less misleading the jury.
    Unfortunately, according to The Washington Post:
    But the FBI lab has never gone back to determine how many times its scientists misled jurors. Internal memos show that the bureau’s managers were aware by 2004 that testimony had been overstated in a large number of trials. In a smaller number of cases, the experts had made false matches based on a faulty statistical analysis of the elements contained in different lead samples, documents show.
    The reporters have since alerted the FBI on at least 250 cases that may require closer examination.

    John Miller, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs, noted that the FBI is taking a series of steps to try to fix this snafus on cases where the conviction might have resulted from the flawed analysis.

    The question remains as to why it took a media investigation for the FBI to notice and take action.

    Thinking ahead, what do you reckon are the chances of flawed computer forensics resulting in a hapless computer idiot being charged for computer crimes that they did not commit.

    Read more about faulty forensics here:

    Stop Police Abuse

    Faulty forensic evidence

    Biased Forensics

    Serious Problems with Forensic Science

    Innocent people in jail because of bite-mark testimony

    Eyewitness Misidentification and Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

    CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics

  • crimewatchrt 7:56 am on November 1, 2009 Permalink |
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    The Problem With Plea Bargains 

    From the state’s point of view, the main benefit of the plea bargain is that it saves time See full size imageand money. It’s a good thing for someone who is guilty, someone who has factually done that which he or she is charged with doing, who is confronted with overwhelming evidence, and where the state is inclined to make some kind of offer because they would not want to put the victim, or families of the victim, or put the state, to the cost of proving the case at trial.

    For every criminal conviction that comes after a trial, 19 other cases are settled by plea bargain. This system can easily be abused by over zealous prosecutors and low paid public defenders.  It can extract guilty pleas from absolutely innocent people who plead guilty to charges they did not commit because they can’t afford the risk of going to trial. Especially when their own lawyer is telling them that they stand a good chance of going to prison unless they accept the agreement that the prosecution is offering.

    So why would an innocent person admit to a crime they didn’t commit? If an individual refuses to take the plea bargain and accept a guilty plea, and is later convicted, they face penalties up to ten times greater than if he were convicted of trial.

    About 95 percent of all felony convictions in the United States are the result of plea bargains.

    Judge Ralph Adam Fine’s comment on plea bargaining:

    During my nine years as a trial judge, I had several defendants who wanted to plead guilty even though when I then asked them to tell me what they did, responded with stories of innocence. When I asked them why they were trying to plead guilty, they all told me that they had been threatened with harsher penalties if they insisted on going to trial. In rejecting their pleas, I told them that we had enough guilty persons to convict, and that we did not need to dip into the pool of the innocent.

    In each of the instances, we went to trial and the defendants were acquitted.

    Judge Fine proves that plea bargaining is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in an excellent article he wrote for the Federalist Society; the article is located here (large .pdf).

    Prosecutors are under significant pressure to negotiate plea agreements. a criminal trial costs approximately $10,000 per day to prosecute, prosecutors have very heavy case loads, the jails are crowded and the criminal court calendars are full. In addition, various pressures lead defense attorneys to plea bargain most cases.

    Going to a jury trial is a roll of dice—even with the best attorneys and the most exonerating evidence in the world, you just never know what kind of decision a jury of 12 people will come to with your case!

    When plea bargaining is available, prosecutors can extract a guilty plea in nearly every case, including very weak cases, simply by adjusting the plea concession to the defendant’s chances of acquittal at trial. When almost every case results in a plea of guilty, regardless of the strength of the evidence, prosecutors have much less interest in screening away weak cases. Since some cases are weak because the defendant is innocent, however, more innocent defendants are charged and as a result more are convicted.

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    In the prosecutor’s view, there is no such thing as an innocent suspect or defendant.

    Prosecutors are intimidating, and threatening to those who are being prosecuted for something they did not even do.

    For every false conviction due to plea bargaining, there exists a criminal on the streets whom the police no longer care about.

  • crimewatchrt 12:37 pm on October 27, 2009 Permalink |
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    Bank Robbers Wanted By FBI 


    Seeking Information on Robbery of Bank of America Branch in Chula Vista

    The FBI and Chula Vista Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing a Chula Vista Bank of America today.

    On Thursday, January 14, 2010, at approximately 11:45 a.m., a lone male entered the Bank of America located at 295 E St., Chula Vista, CA. The robber entered the bank and placed an oral demand for cash. While the robber threatened a weapon, none was shown.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Race: Black
    Age: 40 – 50
    Height: Approximately 5’9” – 5’10”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Dark colored baseball cap, dark colored do-rag, and dark colored rain jacket

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    “Billy Goat Bandit” Robs Again

    Now Suspected in at Least 11 Area Heists

    The Houston FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who is now suspected in at least 11 Houston area bank robberies. The latest occurred at the Wells Fargo located inside the Randall’s Grocery Store located at 12860 Memorial in Houston, Texas earlier today. In previous robberies, the robber sported a unique straggly beard with extra long chin hair, earning him the nickname of the “Billy Goat Bandit.” During some recent robberies, the robber’s chin whiskers were more neatly trimmed. During this robbery, it appeared as though his whiskers were gone, but his face was unshaven.

    At about 1:45 p.m., the bandit entered the Randall’s Store and approached the bank located inside the store. He held up a threatening note which demanded cash. The teller handed him some money and he fled on foot. No weapon was observed during the robbery. No one was physically hurt during the robbery.

    The “Billy Goat Bandit” is described as a black male, mid-twenties, 5’10”-6’ tall, with an average build. He had a dark complexion and trimmed goatee. He wore a dark blue jacket, medium blue shirt, khaki pants, and an off-white baseball cap with an orange bill.

    The “Billy Goat Bandit” is suspected in at least 11 other Houston area robberies from 10/16/2009 to the present.

    Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of the “Billy Goat Bandit”, or any felony suspect. If you have information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Seeking Public’s Assistance in Locating Beneficial Bank Branch Robber

    The FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for the robbery of the Beneficial Bank branch located at 6401 Woodland Avenue earlier today.

    At approximately 4:09 p.m. today, the subject entered the Beneficial Bank branch and presented a threatening demand note to a teller. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the subject fled the area of the bank on foot.

    The subject is described as a black male, 40 to 50 years old, 5’5” to 5’6” tall, medium build, with a bald or shaved head, a mustache, wearing a black zippered hooded sweatshirt, and carrying a black bag with an Adidas logo on the side. The subject may have red dye stains on his clothing and/or skin.

    Three photographs from the bank’s security cameras are below. This subject is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department. There may be a reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this subject. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

    To view flyers of this and other bank robbery subjects wanted by the FBI/Major Crimes Task Force, please visit http://www.ppdonline.org and click on the Detectives Box and the Violent Crimes Task Force link.

    Seeking Public’s Assistance to Identify the Individuals Responsible for Robbing Two Banks in San Diego County

    The FBI, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown males responsible for robbing two banks in San Diego County this week.

    On January 11, 2010, at approximately 4:52 p.m., a lone male entered the Chase Bank located at 3830 Valley Centre Dr., San Diego, CA. The robber made a verbal demand for cash and fled on foot. No weapon was seen.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Age: Late teens
    Height Approximately 5’5”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Gray sweatsuit, dark t-shirt, black gloves, white sneakers

    On January 12, 2010, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a lone male entered the Bank of America located at 405 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA. This robber also made a verbal demand for cash. Again, no weapon was seen.

    Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

    Sex: Male
    Race: Caucasian/Hispanic
    Height: Approximately 5’5”
    Build: Medium
    Clothing: Dark blue hooded sweatshirt, light colored gloves

    Agents are investigating the possibility of these two robberies being connected though there is no certainty of that at this time.

    Anyone with information concerning either of these robberies is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255.

    Bank Robbery Suspects

    Bank Robbery Suspects

    Bank Robbery Suspects

    Mile High Bank Robbed by Lone Male

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force (RMSSTF) are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Mile High Bank at approximately 10:00 this morning. The Mile High Bank is located in an office building at 8905 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton, Colorado. The robber entered the bank and approached a teller. He passed a bank robbery demand note threatening a weapon. After he received an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the bank on foot. No vehicle description is available.

    The robber was described as: white male; mid 20’s to 30 years of age; approximately 170 pounds; 6’00”; “scruffy” in appearance—unshaven; wearing blue jeans, dark sweatshirt, baseball cap.

    If anyone has any information on the bank robbery described above, or the bank robber, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; OR, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

    Bank Robbery Suspect

    Seeking Information on Robbery of Suntrust Bank Branch in Knoxville

    The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Chief Sterling Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank today.

    At approximately 3:00 p.m., a man entered the Suntrust Bank located at 700 East Hill Avenue in Knoxville, presented a note, and demanded money. Witnesses described the suspect as a black male, early 20s, approximately 6’ tall and weighing approximately 160 to 175 pounds. The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt, a dark-colored hooded jacket, black shoes, and black gloves. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot.

    A reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the KPD at 865-215-7212. This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of personnel from the FBI, KPD, and KCSO) and the KPD Major Crimes Unit.

    All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Seeking Information on Robbery of BB&T Bank Branch in Knoxville

    The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Chief Sterling Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank today.

    At approximately 2:34 p.m., a man entered the BB&T Bank located at 7709 South Northshore Drive in Knoxville, vaulted the teller counter, threatened to use a knife, and demanded money. Witnesses described the suspect as a white male, in his late 20s to early 30s, between 5’8” and 6’ tall, and weighing approximately 150 to 170 pounds. The suspect was wearing a red fleece jacket with a white shirt under the jacket, khaki pants, and black mask. He was also carrying a brown plastic bag. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot.

    A reward is being offered for any information which leads to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the KPD at 865-215-7212. This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of personnel from the FBI, KPD, and KCSO), and the KPD Major Crimes Unit.

    All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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    Seeking Information on Serial Bank Robber in Metro Atlanta Area

    ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, requests public assistance in identifying and locating a serial bank robber responsible for the robbery of the following metro Atlanta area banks:

    Wachovia Bank, 1028 Killian Hill, Lilburn, GA
    1/11/2010 at 4:40 p.m.

    Chase Bank, 4081 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn, GA
    1/12/2010 at 11:16 a.m.

    Wachovia Bank, 1815 Rock Bridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA
    1/12/2010 at 2:41 p.m.

    Beginning yesterday, 1/11/2010, a lone black male embarked on a bank robbery crime spree by walking in to the Wachovia Bank, located at 1028 Killian Hill, Lilburn, Georgia and announcing a bank robbery. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the robber departed the bank without further incident.

    This morning, the same robber entered the Chase Bank, located at 2081 Stone Mountain Highway, Lilburn, Georgia, at 11:16 a.m., and announced a robbery. While engaging the bank teller, the robber pulled back a portion of his clothing to reveal a possible weapon/handgun. Later that afternoon, at 2:41 p.m., the robber struck again at the Wachovia Bank, located at 1815 Rock Bridge Rd., Stone Mountain, Georgia.

    The robber is described as being a black male, light complexion, 25-35 years of age, 5’4”-5’9” in height, 145-170 lbs., light facial hair, possible mole on left side of face/mouth. A mid 2000 model Chevrolet Impala, black or dark blue in color, with possible Florida license plate, was observed at one of the robberies and is of interest to investigators.

    Wachovia Bank has announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this individual. Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the Atlanta Office FBI at (404) 679-9000.

    Wanted for Bank Robbery
    Wanted for Bank Robbery
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    Wanted for Bank Robbery
    Wanted for Bank Robbery

    City Notes First Bank Robbery of 2010

    The First Federal Bank, 7015 North Mesa, El Paso, Texas, became the city’s first bank robbery of the year. About 11:20 this morning, a Hispanic male approached the bank several times before finally deciding to enter the bank. He then walked into the bank and wrote out a note on a deposit slip. The man left the bank briefly then returned. He went to the teller and told her that he had forgotten his identification card. He left the bank again, returned a third time and handed the teller a note demanding money. He then left on foot toward an unknown vehicle. This subject has been dubbed the Boomerang Bandit.

    Subject Description:

    • Hispanic male, 35-40 years of age
    • 5’3”-5’5” in height, light skin, lock-style goatee
    • prescription, wire-framed glasses
    • brown knit cap, black and light brown jacket and blue jeans

    This case is being worked by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the El Paso Police Department and El Paso Sheriff’s Department. If anyone was in the vicinity of this bank, located at Resler and Mesa, and has information about this robbery, please call the FBI at 915-832-5000.

  • crimewatchrt 11:41 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink |
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    Crimes Against Children 

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    Mom Forced Teen to Eat Feces And Urine, Cops Say

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A 37-year-old mother is accused of beating her teenaged sons and forcing the younger one to lick up urine and eat his own feces and vomit, according to prosecutors.

    Auburn woman arrested on child abuse charges

    woman was arrested on felony child abuse charges. Samantha Jackson is the mother to an infant girl, 2-year-old daughter and malnourished 4-year-old son…

    Man charged with child abuse

    LEESBURG — A 41-year-old man was jailed on Saturday on child abuse charges, apparently after trying to whip a boy into shape by wielding a BB gun to

    Father faces first-degree murder charge in infant son’s death

    Keith Skinner now faces a first-degree murder charge in 7-month-old son’s child abuse death. Keith Skinner faces a charge of aggravated child abuse in

    Mulberry Mayor Is Accused of Sex With 17-Year-Old Boy

    The teacher contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Mullis was booked into jail with his bail set at $5000, records show. The report describes Mullis

    Tea Party Candidate Accused Of Sex With A Minor Met The Girl At

    Eric W. Deaton — the Ohio Constitution Party candidate for US Senate who was indicted on Tuesday for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

    Teacher Accused Of Soliciting Sex From Minor – Houston News Story

    CONROE, Texas — A junior high school teacher is accused of going online and trying to get a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him.

    Eric W. Deaton, Conservative Senate Candidate, Indicted for Sexual

    Another day, another political sex scandal—but this one involves a minor. Ohio’s Eric W. Deaton, Senate candidate for the conservative

    Charleston Man Admits to Soliciting Sex from Minor – WOWK-TV

    Jodi Cunningham, 45, was working at a gas station when he offered to pay a 16-year-old boy for sex.

    Former police officer sentenced for sex with minor

    In July a jury found him guilty of having sex with an underage girl. Friday the former Nebraska police officer is sentenced to 30–to–60

    Additional charges of sexual assault of a minor for local man

    MIDDLETOWN — A Loveland Street man has been hit with additional first-degree sexual assault charges involving a minor just months after

    ‘Cake Boss’ Co-Star Remy Gonzalez Arrested for Sexual Assault

    ‘Cake Boss’ Co-Star Busted for Sex Assault on Minor one of the stars of “Cake Boss” has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor.


    12/17/2009 – New Jersey Man Charged with Enticing Minor

    PHILADELPHIA—Jon J. Lackner was indicted today on charges that he used interstate communications to attempt to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, traveled with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and attempted to transfer obscene material to a minor in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy. The indictment charges that from on or about September 9, 2008 to on or about March 24, 2009, Lackner used the mail, the Internet, and a telephone to attempt to induce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Further, the indictment alleges that on March 24, 2009, Lackner traveled from New Jersey to Bensalem, Pennsylvania for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Finally, the indictment charges that on March 12, 13, and 15, Lackner used the Internet to attempt to transfer obscene material to a minor.


    NAME: Jon J. Lackne

    ADDRESS: Cherry Hill, NJ


    If convicted the defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison with a maximum of life, a mandatory minimum of five years’ supervised release, a $1,250,000 fine, and a $500 special assessment.

    12/17/2009 – Webster Parish Man Indicted for Child Exploitation and Child Pornography

    SHREVEPORT, LA—Curtis Dale Lolly, 54, of Doyline, La., was indicted for production and attempted production of images involving child exploitation and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced today. Lolly was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of attempted exploitation of children, and two counts of possession of child pornography. Lolly is scheduled to appear for arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Hornsby on January 5, 2010.

    The indictment alleges that Lolly used females under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of the conduct and that he possessed images of child pornography.

    If convicted, Lolly could face a maximum sentence of 30 years and a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, for each count of sexual exploitation of children. Child pornography is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

    12/16/2009 – Kirksville Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charges

    ST. LOUIS, MO—Glen William Ketterlinus entered a plea of guilty to federal child pornography charges, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap, Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Williams and Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes announced today.

    GLEN WILLIAM KETTERLINUS, Kirksville, Missouri, pled guilty December 14, 2009, to four felony counts of production of child pornography. Between January 2005 and May 2007, Ketterlinus videotaped a minor under the age of 18 in sexually explicit conduct. He appeared Monday before United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey, who set sentencing for March 10, 2010.

    Each count of production of child pornography carries a penalty range of 15 to 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

    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 (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

    12/16/2009 – Bedford Man Admits Producing Child Pornography

    FORT WORTH, TX—Thomas James Murphy, III, 26, of Bedford, Texas, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Bleil to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Murphy, who has been in custody since his arrest on October 6, 2009, faces a maximum statutory sentence of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. He also must register as a sex offender. Sentencing is set for April 12, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means.

    In October 2009, FBI agents discovered a lead which indicated that Murphy was creating child pornography by using his own daughters. These videos and images showed sexually graphic conduct between Murphy and one of his daughters. Both daughters were under the age of three at the time of the creation of the child pornography.

    When FBI agents visited the Murphy residence, he identified his two daughters as the minor children in the images and also identified himself as the naked adult male in the images. He admitted that he took images of himself sexually engaged with one of two daughters and sent those images over the Internet to another individual. An examination of his computer and related storage media was performed and agents discovered the images of Murphy with his two daughters.

    Fugitive Sex Offender Caught
    Wed, 09 Dec 2009 18:01:08 -0600

    December 09, 2009 – A man wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Atlanta Office in Fulton County, Georgia. Timothy Collins, 42, was being sought by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender after his release from state prison.

    12/7/2009 – Newfield Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

    CAMDEN—A Newfield man was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today for possessing child pornography on his home computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

    U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman also ordered Robert Kevin Carlino, 32, to serve 10 years of supervised release upon the completion of his prison term. Judge Hillman continued the defendant’s release on a $50,000 bond, with the conditions of home confinement with electronic monitoring, pending his surrender to officials with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on a date to be determined by prison authorities.

    12/7/2009 – Ohio Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

    The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Frederick Horne, 74, of Mansfield, Ohio was sentenced today to 27 months for possessing child pornography. United States Chief District Judge William K. Sessions, III, also sentenced Horne to five years of supervised release.

    According to court documents, on August 15, 2007, Horne began chatting over the Internet with a person who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl from Vermont. In reality, the person was an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl. During the chat, Horne sent the undercover officer numerous images depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Horne was arrested in Ohio in September 2007 and he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on June 30, 2008.

    12/7/2009 – Jacksonville Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

    JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces today that Anthony William Denham (age 23, of Jacksonville) has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Jacksonville on one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. If convicted, Denham faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in federal prison for the receipt count. On the possession count, Denham faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Denham is currently in custody, and his arraignment and detention hearing will be held in federal court in Jacksonville before United States Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson on December 11, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.

    Sexual Assault Suspect Captured in Mexico
    Tue, 08 Dec 2009 10:48:49 -0600

    December 08, 2009 – United States Marshal Federico Rocha of the Northern District of California announces the arrest of Fermin Pucheta-Temich. On December 4, Pucheta-Temich, 32, was extradited from Mexico City on a warrant of arrest out of San Francisco for multiple federal charges of sexual assault with a minor.

    12/4/2009 – Cahokia Man Receives 114-Month Prison Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography

    A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 4, 2009, GREGORY P FEENEY, age 53, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced in East St. Louis, Illinois after previously pleading guilty to a single count indictment charging him with Possession of Child Pornography. FEENEY was sentenced to a term of 114 months of imprisonment, a $750 fine, and 15 years of supervised release.

    The violation took place in October of 2007, in St. Clair County, Illinois.

    12/4/2009 – Fishers Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

    INDIANAPOLIS—Jeffrey Taylor, age 46, a former resident of Noblesville, Indiana, was sentenced late yesterday to 40 years in prison following his conviction for distributing child pornography through the Internet, announced Timothy M. Morrison, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

    Taylor, appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney in Indianapolis, Indiana, was also ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release following his release from prison and to forfeit all items seized during the investigation that were used to commit his offense.

    On January 6, 2009, Taylor distributed video and image files of child pornography through a computer in his Noblesville home. After discovering his criminal activity, federal, state, and local law enforcement agents found during a search of his residence that Taylor’s collection of child pornography included over 10,000 images files and 500 video files of child pornography. The content of this material included sexually explicit material involving very young children, bestiality involving minors, and sadistic abuse. Taylor made this collection available to other persons on the Internet so that he could obtain child pornography from them in exchange.

    According to Assistant U. S. Attorney Steve DeBrota, who prosecuted the case for the United States, during the investigation it was discovered that Taylor also molested four children he knew in the past. Under federal sentencing law, this conduct was used to enhance his sentence. The molestations occurred at various locations in Indiana over a period of several years. Taylor denied these molestations during his testimony, but Judge McKinney found untrue his denial of responsibility for this child sexual abuse.

    12/4/2009 – Tribal Member Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Child

    Man Engaged in Pattern of Sex Abuse of Young Relative

    THOMAS LEE PETERS, 47, an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to five years in prison and ten years of supervised release for three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. PETERS molested a young relative while residing on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Western Washington. At sentencing Chief U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik ordered PETERS to get a sexual deviance evaluation and register as a sex offender. Chief Judge Lasnik said “the crime was like throwing a rock in a pool and sending out waves of damage that impact PETERS’ family and community.”

    PETERS pleaded guilty in September 2009, admitting that on multiple occasions in 2005, 2006, and 2007, he sexually molested a young relative. Because PETERS is a tribal member, and the abuse occurred on tribal land, the case was prosecuted in federal court.

    12/4/2009 – Neopit Man Indicted for Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

    Michelle Jacobs, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Wayne Wheelock, of Neopit, Wisconsin, for allegedly engaging in a sexual act with a minor. Wheelock is alleged to be a repeat offender as he was convicted in August 1996 of engaging in a sexual act with a person physically incapable of declining.

    A federal grand jury also returned an indictment alleging that Wheelock failed to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act while entering, leaving or residing on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

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    Exploiting Children
    New York Man Pleads Guilty

    A New York man pled guilty after being accused of possessing sexually explicit computer images of minors.

    Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, December 1, 2009, that Kyle Rice, a resident of Panama, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children.

    Rice, age 21, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

    In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold advised the court that Rice possessed and attempted to possess computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

    Exploiting Children Chester Man Receives 17 Years

    RICHMOND, VA—James Yager, 31, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced to 17 years in prison for distributing child pornography after having previously been convicted of child pornography distribution in 2001.

    Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Jennifer Love, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne.

    “Prosecuting crimes against children is a high priority for the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “This case should send a strong message to those convicted of exploiting children through pornography: If you return to trading these disturbing images of abuse, we will find you and send you back to prison for a long time.”

    Yager served 48 months in prison after pleading guilty on May 2, 2001, to distributing child pornography. According to court documents, in May 2009, Yager engaged in Internet chats with an undercover FBI agent that culminated in Yager making available via a peer-to-peer file sharing program dozens of images of child pornography for the undercover agent to download.  In June 2009, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Yager’s residence and discovered that after having been released from federal probation for his prior conviction, Yager traded hundreds of images of child pornography on the Internet using a peer-to-peer file sharing program that he had configured to allow the sharing of files through a photo card, which contained thousands of images of child pornography.

    Infant Sex Tape Case Horrifies Indiana Town

    Woman To Be Sentenced Dec. 2

    VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Single dad Robert Jones felt comfortable with his decision to hire Samantha Light as his toddler son’s baby sitter. She was from a respected, churchgoing family in this close-knit community, he knew her family and she was soon to be a young mother herself.Jones was thunderstruck when he learned that Light and her boyfriend had been arrested on charges of molesting and videotaping sex acts with at least four children in their care, including two under age 2.”I didn’t know how to react,” he said. “I basically said, ‘Where are they at and do you have pictures

    He was relieved to find that his child was not one of the ones involved in the case, but the question of whether his son was abused still haunts him.Light’s image had remained wholesome until March, when a 3-year-old girl and her mother walked into the sheriff’s department with allegations that would rock this quiet western Indiana town of 2,100: Light had touched the girl’s genitals, and there was video.Investigators armed with a search warrant descended on the little white bungalow that Light shared with her mother and boyfriend, Stephen E. Quick II. They found a videotape whose graphic images, taken over five months beginning in September 2008, sickened even longtime deputies:A sexual device being used on an infant girl. A young boy engaging in intercourse. A toddler being sodomized.”I’ve been a police officer for almost 30 years and it was probably the most sick, disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,” said Chief Deputy Dana Jeffries.Even though Jones’ son, who was about 16 months old while in Light’s care, was not among the children on video, physicians examined the boy. The doctors told Jones they found no signs of abuse. He said he found other child care when Light had her baby and that his son wasn’t in her care at the time of the arrests.But he still isn’t sure his son wasn’t harmed. Now when his son doesn’t like to get his diaper changed he wonders whether he was abused or if he’s just being a stubborn toddler.”I don’t have no closure,” he said. “I just want to know if they did anything to my kid.”Prosecutors charged Light, 26, with four counts of child molestation and one of child exploitation related to the video’s production. Quick, 32, faced three counts of child molestation and one of child exploitation. Light pleaded guilty to three counts of molestation Oct. 9 and is to be sentenced Wednesday. Quick is discussing a plea agreement and faces a Dec. 15 hearing at which he could plead guilty or have a trial date set, Fountain County prosecutor Terry Martin said.Attorneys for Light and Quick have declined to comment.Jones has had thoughts of revenge since he learned of the allegations.”Whatever they get, they deserve — and that’s not enough,” he said.He said Light sent him a letter from jail July 31 claiming Quick used threats to get her to participate in the assaults.”Steve made me do the things I would have never done if he hadn’t threatened my family,” Light wrote, according to Jones. But he isn’t buying it.”You don’t do stuff like that to kids,” Jones said.The scars the case has left could be permanent, both for the victims and the one-stoplight community about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.”There was a trust level — and that’s been broken, big time,” said Jim Keeling, a 41-year-old mill worker who lives next door to the house where Light and Quick lived.And the people here are angry about losing the town’s unique sense of innocence.Life in Veedersburg moves along at a laid-back pace and many residents are related. The quiet town has grown quieter as the recession forced many foreclosures and jobs at two local brickyards disappeared.Until Light and Quick were arrested, crime was almost an afterthought. Doors stay unlocked, keys are left in cars, and with only one pub in town, there aren’t even many arrests for public intoxication or disorderly conduct. Town Marshal Neil Beck, a retired Indiana state trooper, says only one working meth lab has been found during his 8 1/2 years on the job.”People don’t worry about everyday dangers,” Beck said.Light, whose family has lived in town for years, had a reputation as a good baby sitter after returning to Veedersburg from Indianapolis, where she spent three years working as a clerk for the Indiana State Teachers Association’s insurance trust. She quit her clerk job in February 2008. She and Quick had been together about a year at the time of their arrests.Jones, a 40-year-old factory worker, said he had felt comfortable leaving his son in her care.Folks around town knew little about Quick’s background, however, and ugly rumors began to surface as time passed.Police records show Quick had a theft and burglary arrest in Clinton County in the 1990s. He was the focus of a 2000 child molestation investigation in Frankfort after a 3-year-old girl said Quick had shown her pornographic magazines. Frankfort Detective Bill Hackerd said the case was dropped for lack of evidence. Quick’s attorney didn’t return calls about those allegations.Investigators say the assaults occurred between September 2008 and February 2009 and that they do not believe there are any victims other than those shown on the tape. Those on the tape are believed to be the 3-year-old girl whose complaint started the investigation, a boy between the ages of 6 and 10, an infant girl under a year old and a boy about 18 months old.Families in town have become careful about checking their baby sitters’ backgrounds since the arrests, said Keeling, Light’s neighbor.The Rev. Matt Swisher, pastor at Veedersburg United Methodist Church, said the wounds are still fresh.”There’s a lot of hurt that happened and just a lot of prayer that needs to be going on,” he said.


    Girl’s body found in North Carolina, police say

    (CNN) — The body of a missing 5-year-old girl has been found in North Carolina, police said Monday.

    Theresa Chance, public information officer of the Fayetteville Police Department, confirmed the body was discovered.

    Earlier Monday, about 200 people searched for the body of Shaniya Davis after “reliable information” indicated that she might be dead, Fayetteville, North Carolina, police said.

    The search focused on land near a roadway because “reliable information received that the body of Shaniya Davis may have been dumped there,” the Fayetteville Police Department said in a statement.

    Investigators had been searching for Shaniya for several days.

    Police have charged the girl’s mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, with trafficking and other offenses, authorities said. Davis was “prostituting her child,” Chance said.

    Other charges against the mother include felony child abuse, prostitution and filing a false police report, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

    The mother told police last week that the child vanished from their mobile home in Fayetteville.

    Hotel surveillance video taken around the same time Shaniya was reported missing showed the girl with a man identified as Mario Andrette McNeill. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping.

    Police said they dropped kidnapping charges against another man, Clarence Coe, who was arrested Thursday in connection with the case.

    Mother Arrested In Drowning Of 3-Year-Old Daughter

    A three-year-old girl was found drowned in a bathtub on Sunday morning, and the victim’s mother has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to authorities.

    The Sacramento Police Department said they found three-year-old Divya unresponsive after receiving two calls from the girl’s father, who feared the mother had hurt her.

    Anul Ram, 31, picked up her daughter and her seven-year-old son from her ex-husband’s house at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday, according to police. Relatives told CBS13 that Anul had scratches all over her face, and her ex-husband called police after they left to ask for an officer to check on his family.

    Police said no officers were available at the time because of a homicide that happened two hours earlier.

    After Anul returned to her apartment on Greenhaven Drive in Sacramento, she allegedly called her ex-husband and told him she had drowned their daughter in the bathtub, according to a relative who did not wish to be identified.

    Divya’s father called police again, who responded and attempted to resuscitate the girl. The victim was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

    Anul Ram is on suicide watch at the Sacramento County Jail, where she is being held on murder charges and being in the country illegally.

    She was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder within the last year, according to a relative.

    Dugard’s Alleged Kidnapper Apologizes

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    Phillip Garrido, the man charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 and holding her captive for 18 years, writes a letter to a California television station, saying he wants to “apologize to every human being for what has taken place.” He also suggests that a religious transformation cured him of sexual deviancy.   Full Coverage >

    6th Man Arrested in Missouri Sex Case

    LEXINGTON, Mo. (Nov. 14) – The case against a family accused of child sex abuse expanded with the arrest of a sixth relative — a 72-year-old Florida man who had called the allegations against his kin repulsive and appalling.

    Darrel Wayne Mohler has been charged with raping two children in Missouri more than 20 years ago. His arrest Friday came a day after he told The Associated Press that the alleged child abuse by his relatives was “unspeakable.” 
    Mohler was charged in Lafayette County, Mo., with two counts of forcible rape in 1986. Officials said he was arrested and in custody at a jail Ocala, Fla., near his hometown of Silver Springs.
    Five other members of the Mohler family were charged earlier in the week with several felonies, including forcible sodomy, rape with a child younger than 12 and use of a child in a sexual performance.
    “I can’t think of words that would put this in perspective. I find it repulsive if it’s true,” Mohler said Thursday of his family members’ charges.
    Mohler said he was a disabled veteran suffering from various ailments, including lung disease. He did not return phone calls to his home Friday before his arrest.   Read More

    Evangelist Tony Alamo Sentenced to 175 Years for Sexually Exploiting Minors
    Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:54:08 -0600

    Bernie Hoffman, aka Tony Alamo, founder and leader of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, was sentenced to 175 years in prison following his conviction on charges that he transported minor girls across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

    Child Predator Sentenced in Midland Federal Court
    Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:18:06 -0600

    November 13, 2009 – Permian Basin residents can rest a little easier today as one more child predator is sentenced to prison time under the Adam Walsh Act, also known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 in which U.S. Marshals have primary investigative authority. Kenneth Daniel Spriggs was sentenced yesterday by Federal District Judge Rob Junell in Midland, to 30 months in custody with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by a term of 20 years of supervised release.

    Five Family Members Charged in Missouri Child Sex Case

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Five men from the same family are in custody in a stunning child sex crimes case in Missouri — and cadaver dogs are now being used in a hunt for possible bodies of victims, Fox4KC.com reports.

    Police are searching a patch of land on a farm property Wednesday near Bates City, Mo., a day after the men were charged with committing sex crimes against children, according to Fox4KC.com.

    Charged with multiple counts of child rape are 77-year-old Burrell Edward Mohler Sr. and his son Burrell Edward Mohler Jr., 53, both of Independence, Mo., along with 48-year-old Jared Leroy Mohler of Columbia, Mo.

    David A. Mohler, 52, of Lamoni, Iowa, was charged with one count of child rape, and Roland Neil Mohler, 47, of Bates City, Mo., is accused of using a child in a sexual performance — a felony. The relationships of Jared, David and Roland Mohler to Burrell Mohler Sr. and Burrell Mohler Jr. weren’t immediately known.

    The crimes allegedly were committed from the late 1980s until the mid-1990s.

    The elder Burrell Mohler is accused of drugging and forcibly raping a child under 12 and using a child in a sexual performance. His son is charged with sexual assault of a child under 14 and using a child in a sexual performance.

    It wasn’t clear how many young victims there allegedly were. All five men are being held behind bars without bond.

    A press conference will be held Wednesday to discuss more details of the case.

    Click for more on this story from Fox4KC.com.

    Convicted child-sex predator in court to face state charges

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    Convicted child predator John “Jacky” Worman, already facing 120 years in a federal penitentiary, was back in Delaware County court Tuesday to face hundreds of state charges involving the rape and sexual abuse of a number of children, some as young as 6 weeks old.

    Worman, 42, who has been described by authorities as a “monster,” is facing trial on 203 counts of rape of a child, 186 counts of deviate sexual intercourse and hundreds of related offenses for his alleged abuse of 12 children over a nine-year period.

    He was convicted in federal court last year on 55 counts of manufacturing child pornography and one count of child pornography. The case against Worman involved more than 1 million horrific images of child pornography — documented by the defendant while he committed anal, oral and vaginal sex on his victims who ranged from infancy to 15 years.

    In August, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel sentenced Worman to 120 years in a federal prison, saying the crimes he committed against his victims were the worst in the country.

    He is now back in Delaware County to face prosecution on hundreds of state charges.   Read More

    Nov 05, 2009

    Fetus Found At City Water Plant

    Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:52:46 PM

    Water Treatment Plant (11/5)

    ORLANDO — A human fetus has been found in a waste water tank at a city treatment plant.

    According to Orlando police spokeswoman Barbara Jones, an employee at the water treatment facility found the fetus around 8:20 a.m. Thursday in an area that sifts debris from the water.

    The plant, located at 5420 L.B. McLeod Road, serves an area south of International Drive, north of state Road 50, west of MetroWest and east of downtown Orlando, including Parramore.

    Officials said the area where the fetus was found is usually automated, but it had been manually operated over the last couple of weeks, leading to the discovery.

    Workers were cleaning drainage equipment, and found the fetus when they cleaned out the sediment.

    The fetus was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

    Homicide investigators said the partial fetus’ gestational age was at about 14 to 15 weeks. Officials did not specify whether the fetus was male or female.

    Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force Announces Arrest

    Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force Announces Arrest

    ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, announces on behalf of the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, the following arrest:

    Rocky Davis Jr., age 21, an EMT and fireman for Walker County, Georgia, was arrested on Friday, October 30, 2009 on state charges related to attempting to solicit a minor child for sex. Davis traveled to Catoosa County, Georgia after having engaged undercover officers/agents of the FBI’s Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force in a series of chats on the Internet.

    Davis is currently incarcerated at the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department jail.

    he Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force consists of federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and officers from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, Dalton Police Department, Dade County Sheriff’s Office, Rossville Police Department, and the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

    The public is reminded that all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    October 31, 2009

    Girl shot dead after Calif. school football game

    Police searching for suspect in attack that injured two others

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – A 16-year-old girl died and two men were wounded after being shot following a football game at a Southern California high school.

    Long Beach police Sgt. Dina Zapalski said it’s unclear what led to Friday night’s shooting at Wilson High School. Police are searching for a suspect.

    The girl died at a hospital. Her name has not been released.

    Police: As many as 20 present at gang rape outside school dance

    Police say a student at Richmond High School was gang raped outside during a homecoming dance.

    Police say a student at Richmond High School was gang raped outside during a homecoming dance.


    • 10 people involved in assault, 10 others watched and offered no help, police say
    • Richmond, California, police say student was gang raped for over two hours
    • Former student, 19, and 15-year-old arrested
    • Victim, 15, remains in the hospital in stable condition

    Richmond, California (CNN) — Investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance Saturday night.

    Police posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict those involved in what authorities describe as a 2½-hour assault on the Richmond High School campus in suburban San Francisco.

    Two teenage suspects have been jailed, but more arrests, as many as 20 total, are expected, according to a police detective.

    “We will be making arrests continually as we develop probable cause,” said Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan. “With this number of people implicated in the incident we’re going to be making arrests on an ongoing basis.”

    As many as 10 people were involved in the assault in a dimly lighted back alley at the school, while another 10 people watched without calling 911 to report it, police said.

    A 1999 California law makes it illegal not to report a witnessed crime against a child, but the law applies only to children 14 and under.

    “We do not have the ability to arrest people who witnessed the crime and did nothing,” Gagan said. “The law can be very rigid. We don’t have the authority to make an arrest.”

    Charles Ramsey, a member of the Richmond school board, said the school district bears some responsibility for the attack. School administrators and police apparently weren’t watching the area as they should have, Ramsey said.

    The school said it would hold a safety meeting for parents and students Wednesday evening to address the assault.

    The victim was found unconscious under a bench shortly before midnight Saturday, after police received a call from someone in the area who had overheard people at the assault scene “reminiscing about the incident,” Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan said.

    The girl was flown by helicopter to a hospital where she was admitted in critical condition. She was in stable condition Tuesday, police said.

    Investigators canvassed the community with fliers, which included the reward offer, hoping to identify more suspects Tuesday.

    “There is one individual in custody who has made some spontaneous statements that have led me to believe that he is culpable for what happened,” Richmond police Lt. Johan Simon said.

    Nineteen-year-old Manuel Ortega, described as a former student at the school, was arrested soon after he fled the scene and will face charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping, police said.

    A 15-year-old was later arrested and charged with one count of felony sexual assault. A third teenager was being interviewed, Gagan said.

    “Based on witness statements and suspect statements, and also physical evidence, we know that she was raped by at least four suspects committing multiple sex acts,” Gagan said.

    “As people announced over time that this was going on, more people came to see, and some actually participated,” Gagan said.

    The attack occurred on school grounds as the annual homecoming dance was under way inside the school Saturday night, authorities said.

    Virginia Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Minors and Transporting Minors Across State Lines for Prostitution in Virginia and Jacksonville

    JACKSONVILLE, FL—U.S. Attorney Brian A. Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Marvin Leigh Madkins (age 29, of Virginia) to 50 years in federal prison for sex trafficking of minors and transporting minors across state lines for prostitution. A federal jury had found Madkins guilty of those charges on March 6, 2009.

    According to evidence presented at trial, Madkins recruited two minors from the state of Virginia to engage in prostitution in Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida, knowing that force, fraud, or coercion would be used to cause the minors to engage in commercial sex acts. Madkins promised the minors that if they would serve as prostitutes in Virginia for a short period of time, they and he would earn enough money to go to Florida for an extravagant vacation. Madkins also told the minors that, once in Florida, he would obtain cocaine, sell it, and use the proceeds from the drug sales to fund trips to Miami, Atlanta, and New York.

    After Madkins engaged the minors in prostitution in Virginia, the minors rode with Madkins on a Greyhound Bus to Jacksonville using false names on tickets that Madkins had obtained. Within days of their arrival in Jacksonville, the minors were required to engage in prostitution to pay for hotels, food, and other items. Madkins engaged the minors in prostitution from a number of local hotels and obtained multiple customers using various methods, including Internet postings on Craigslist.

    This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mac D. Heavener, III and Nicholas A. Pilgrim.

    More Than 50 Children Rescued During Operation Cross Country IV

    Over the past 72 hours, the FBI, its local and state law enforcement partners, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concluded Operation Cross Country IV, a three-day national enforcement action as part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative. The operation included enforcement actions in 36 cities across 30 FBI divisions around the country and led to the recovery of 52 children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 691 others, including 60 pimps, were arrested on state and local charges.

    “Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes against children task forces,” said Kevin Perkins, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “There is no work more important than protecting America’s children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization. Through our strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies, we are able to make a difference.”

    Task Force operations usually begin as local actions, targeting such places as truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and Internet websites, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested often uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this information in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and file federal charges where appropriate.

    To date, the 34 Innocence Lost Task Forces and Working Groups have recovered nearly 900 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 510 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including multiple 25-years-to-life sentences and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

    “It is repugnant that children in these times could be subjected to the great pain, suffering, and indignity of being forced into sexual slavery for someone else’s profit,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, “but Cross Country IV has shown us that the scourge of child prostitution still exists on the streets of our cities. The FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and all the state and local law enforcement agencies that contributed to this operation are to be commended for their dedication to this cause. We will all continue to work tirelessly to end the victimization of innocent children.”

    In the spring of 2003, the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice’s CEOS and NCMEC, formed the Innocence Lost National Initiative to address the growing problem of children forced into prostitution.

    “Child trafficking for the purposes of prostitution is organized criminal activity using kids as commodities for sale or trade,” said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “These kids are victims. They lack the ability to walk away. This is 21st century slavery. We are proud to have worked hand-in-hand with the FBI and Justice Department in a partnership that is unprecedented, historic, and working.”

    This program brings state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers all from around the country to NCMEC, where the groups are trained together. In addition, CEOS has reinforced the training by assigning prosecutors to help bring cases in those cities plagued by child prostitution.

    The FBI thanks the 1,599 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers representing 112 separate agencies who participated in Operation Cross Country and ongoing enforcement efforts.

    The charges announced today are merely accusations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

    For more information on Operation Cross Country and the Innocence Lost National Initiative, visit http://www.fbi.gov, http://www.justice.gov or http://www.ncmec.org

  • crimewatchrt 6:36 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink |
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    Famous Gangsters And Mobsters 

    John Gotti
    John Gotti

    Mug Shot

    John Joseph Gotti, Jr. (October 27, 1940 – June 10, 2002) was a boss of the Gambino Crime Family, one of the Five Families in New York City.

    Early Years
    Gotti was involved in street gangs until he began working for the Gambino family in the 60s, fencing stolen goods and hijacking cargo from Northwest and United airlines.


    Joe Adonis
    American crime-syndicate boss in New York and New Jersey

    Police Photo

    Joe Adonis (November 22, 1902 – November 26, 1971) moved from Naples to New York as a child. In the 1920s he began working for Lucky Luciano and participated in the assassin of crime leader, Giuseppe Masseria. With Maseria out of the way, Luciano’s power in organized crime grew and Adonis became a rackets boss.

    After being convicted of gambling in 1951, Adonis was sent to prison then later deported to Italy when the authorities discovered he was an illegal alien.


    Albert Anastasia
    New York Cosa Nostra Boss

    Mug Shot

    Albert Anastasia, born Umberto Anastasio, (September 26, 1902 – October 25, 1957) was a Gambino crime family boss in New York known best for his role in running the contract killing gang known as Murder, Inc.


    Liborio Bellomo
    Liborio “Barney” Bellomo

    Mug Shot

    Liborio “Barney” Bellomo (b. January 8, 1957) became a Genovese capo in his 30s and grew quickly to acting boss of the Genovese crime family of New York after Vincent “the Chin” Gigante was indicted on racketeering in 1990.

    By 1996, Bellomo was facing charges for racketeering, murder and extortion and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was indicted again for money laundering in 2001 and another four years was added to his prison time.

    Due out in 2008, Bellomo again faced racketeering and was indicted along with six other wiseguys on racketeering, extortion, money laundering and for his involvement in the 1998 murder of Genovese capo Ralph Coppola. Bellomo agreed to a plea bargain and received a year and a day longer on his sentence. He is scheduled to be released in 2009.


    Abbadabba at age 15

    Mug Shot

    Otto “Abbadabba” Berman was known for his mathematical skills and became the accountant and advisor for gangster Dutch Schultz. He was killed by gunmen hired by Lucky Luciano at the Palace Chophouse tavern in Newark, N.J. in 1935.

    This mug shot was taken when he was 15 and arrested for attempted rape, but found not guilty. The next photo was taken in 1935, months before his death.


    Joe Bonanno
    Joe Bonanno

    Mug Shot

    Giuseppe Bonanno (January 18, 1905 – May 12, 2002) was a Sicilian-born American organized crime figure who became the boss of the Bonanno crime family in 1931 until his retirement in 1968. Bonanno was instrumental in forming The Mafia Commission, which was designed to oversee all Mafia activities in the U.S. and serve to resolve conflicts between the Mafia families.

    Bonanno was never imprisoned until after he stepped down as the Bonanno family boss. During the 1980s he was sent to prison for obstructing justice and for contempt of court. He died in 2002, at the age of 97.


    Mob Boss to Be Executed

    Mug Shot

    Louis “Lepke” Buchalter (Feb. 6, 1897 to March 4, 1944) became the administrative head of “Murder, Incorporated” a group formed to carry out murders for the Mafia. In March of 1940, he was sentenced to a term of 30 years to life for racketeering. He was sent to Leavenworth Penitentiary in April 1940, but was later sentenced to death after Murder Inc. killer Abe “Kid Twist” Reles cooperated with prosecutors in convicting Lepke of murder.

    He died in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison on March 4, 1944.


    Tommaso Buscetta
    Mafia Turncoat

    Mug Shot

    Tommaso Buscetta (Palermo, July 13, 1928- New York, April 2, 2000) was one of the first members of the Sicilian Mafia that broke the code of silence and helped authorities prosecute hundreds of Mafia members both in Italy and the U.S. In return for his many testimonies he was allowed to live in the U.S. and was placed in the Witness Protection Program. He died of cancer in 2000.


    Giuseppe Calicchio
    Giuseppe Calicchio

    Mug Shot

    In 1909, Giuseppe Calicchio, an immigrant from Naples, began work for the Morello gang in Highland, New York as a printer and engraver of counterfeit Canadian and US currency. In 1910, the printing plant was raided and Calicchio along with his boss Giuseppe Morello and 12 other gang members were arrested. Calicchio received 17 years hard labor and a $600 fine, but was released in 1915.


    Al Capone

    Mug Shot

    Alphonse Gabriel Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), was an Italian American gangster who became the boss of the criminal organization known as The Chicago Outfit. He made a fortune in bootleg liquor during Prohibition.

    His reputation as a ruthless rival in Chicago was solidified after the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on February 14, 1929, when seven members of the “Bugs” Moran mob were machine-gunned against a garage wall by rivals posing as police.

    Capone’s rule over Chicago was stopped in 1931 when he was sent to prison for tax evasion. After his release he was hospitalized for dementia as a result of having advanced syphilis. His years as a mobster were over. Capone died in his house in Florida, never returning to Chicago after his release from prison.


    Paul Castellano
    Paul Castellano

    Mug Shot

    Paul Castellano (June 26, 1915 – December 16, 1985) was the head of the Gambino crime family in New York in 1973 after the death of Carlo Gambino. In 1983 the F.B.I. wired Castellano’s house and obtained over 600 hours of Castellano discussing mob business.

    Because of the tapes Castellano was arrested for ordering the murders of 24 people and was freed on bail. Just months later he and several crime family bosses were arrested based on information from the tapes in what became known as the Mafia Commission Trial, designed to connect Mafia mobsters to the construction business.

    It is believed by many that John Gotti hated Castellano and ordered his murder which was carried out on Dec. 16, 1985, outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan.


    Antonio Cecala
    Antonio Cecala

    Mug Shot

    In 1908, Antonio Cecala was a counterfeiter working for Giuseppe Morello. His career was short lived after he was convicted in 1909 of conterfeiting and sentenced to 15 years and a $1,000 fine.


    Frank Costello
    Prime Minister of the Underworld

    Mug Shot

    Frank Costello, head of the Luciano crime family between 1936 and 1957, was one of the most powerful Mafia bosses in U.S. history. He had control over much of the gambling and bootlegging activities across the country and had gained more political influence than any other Mafia figure. As a leader of what authorities referred to as the “Rolls-Royce of organized crime”, Costello preferred to lead with his brain rather than muscle.


    Michael DeLeonardo
    Michael DeLeonardo

    Mug Shot

    Michael “Mickey Scars” DeLeonardo (b. 1955) was a New York gangster who at one time was a captain for the Gambino crime family. In 2002 he had a falling out with the Family boss, Peter Gotti, for hiding family money. Also in 2002 he was indicted on labor racketeering, extortion, loan sharking, witness tampering, and the murders of Gambino associate Frank Hydell and Fred Weiss.

    After a failed suicide attempt, DeLeonardo decided to go into the Witness Protection Program and provided the federal government with damaging testimony against Peter Gotti, Anthony “Sonny” Ciccone, Louis “Big Lou” Vallario, Frank Fappiano, Richard V. Gotti, Richard G. Gotti, and Michael Yanotti, John Gotti, Jr., Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico and underboss John “Jackie” DeRoss.


    Thomas Eboli
    Thomas Eboli

    Mug Shot

    Thomas “Tommy Ryan” Eboli (b. June 13, 1911 – July 16, 1972) was a New York City mobster, known for being the acting boss of the Genovese crime family from 1960 through 1969. Eboli was murdered in 1972, allegedly after he was unable to repay Carlo Gambino $4 million dollars he had borrowed for a drug deal, much of which authorities seized in a raid.


    Benjamin Fein
    American Gangster

    Mug Shot

    Benjamin Fein was born in New York City in 1889. He grew up in a poor neighborhood on the Lower East Side and participated in gang activity most of his life. As a child he was a petty thief and as an adult he became a notorius gangster who dominated New York labor racketeering in the 1910s.


    Boss for the Lucchese crime family

    Mug Shop

    Gaetano “Tommy” Gagliano (1884 – 16 February 1951) served as a low-profile Mafia boss for the Lucchese crime family, one of the most notorious “Five Families” in New York. He served for 20 years before turning the leadership over to Underboss, Gaetano “Tommy” Lucchese in 1951.


    Carlo Gambino
    Carlo Gambino

    Mug Shots

    Carlo Gambino came from Sicily in 1921 at the age of 19. A seasoned gang member, he immediately began his growth up the New York Mafia ladder. He worked in gangs led by Joe “the Boss” Masseria, Salvatore Maranzano, Philip and Vincent Mangano, and Albert Anastasia. After the murder of Anatasia in 1957, Gambino became the head of the family, and changed the name of the organization from D’Aquila to Gambino. Known as the Boss of Bosses, Carlo Gambino grew to be one of the most powerful Mafia bosses of all time. He died of heart failure at age 74 in 1976.


    Vito Genovese
    Vito Genovese (November 27, 1897 – February 14, 1969)

    Mug Shot

    Vito Genovese rose from the Lower East Side gangs as a teen to becoming the boss of the Genovese crime family. His 40-year relationship with Charlie “Lucky” Luciano gained him the position as Luciano’s underboss in 1931. Had it not been for murder charges which sent Genovese into hiding in Italy, he would have most likely taken over as head of the family when Lucia was sent to prison in 1936. It was not until his return to the U.S. and after key Mafia players were killed, that Genovese would become “Don Vito” the powerful boss of the Genovese family.


    Vincent GiganteVincent Gigante

    Mug Shot

    Vincent “The Chin” Gigante (March 29, 1928 – December 19, 2005) went from the boxing ring to a New York mobster who headed the Genovese crime family.

    Dubbed “the Oddfather,” by the press, Gigante faked mental illness in order to avoid prosecution. He was often seen wondering Greenwich Village in New York City in his bathrobe and slippers, mumbling incoherently to himself.

    The act helped him avoid prosecution for his crimes until 1997 when he was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy charges. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but had an additional three years added on when he pleaded guilty to faking his mental illness. Gigante died in prison in 2005.


    John Gotti
    John Gotti

    Mug Shots

    By age 31, Gotti was an acting capo for the Gambino family. Against the rules of the family, Gotti and his crew were dealing in heroin. When it was found out, family boss Paul Castellano wanted the crew broken up and possibly killed. Instead, Gotti and others organized the killing of Castellano who was shot six times in a Manhattan restaurant. Gotti then took over as the Gambino family boss and remained so until his death in 2002.


    John “Junior” Gotti

    Mug Shot

    John Angelo Gotti (born February 14, 1964) is the son of the now deceased Gambino crime boss John Gotti. Allegedly Junior Gotti was a capo in the Gambino family and was the acting boss when during times his father was in prison. In 1999 Junior Gotti was arrested and found guilty on racketeering charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.


    Salvatore Gravano
    Salvatore Gravano

    Mug Shot

    Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano (born March 12, 1945) became an Underboss of the Gambino crime family after teaming up with John Gotti in planning and executing the murder of Paul Castellano, the then-Gambino boss. After Castellano’s murder, Gotti moved into the top position and Gravano moved in as his Underboss.

    In 1991, a F.B.I. investigation led to the arrest of several key players in the Gambino family including Gotti and Gravano. Looking at a long prison sentence, Gravano became a government witness in exchange for a lighter sentence. His testimony against Gotti, which included admitting to their taking part in 19 murders, resulted in a conviction and life sentence for John Gotti.

    His nickname “Sammy the Bull” quickly changed to “King Rat” among his peers after his testimony. For awhile he was in the U.S. protection program, but left it in 1995.

    After leaving the U.S. federal Witness Protection Program in 1995, Gravano moved to Arizona and started trafficking in ecstasy. In 2000, he was arrested and convicted of drug trafficking and received a 19-year sentence. His son was also convicted for his participation in the ecstasy drug ring.


    Henry Hill
    Henry Hill

    1980 F.B.I. Mug Shot

    Henry Hill grew up in Brooklyn, New York and at an early age ran errands for the local Lucchese crime family.

    Being of Italian and Irish decent, Hill was never “made” into the crime family, but was a soldier of capo, Paul Vario, and participated in hijacking trucks, loan sharking, bookmaking and took part in the infamous 1978 Lufthansa Air heist.

    After Hill’s close friend Tommy DeSimone vanished and he ignored warnings from his associates to stop dealing drugs, Hill became paranoid that he would soon be killed and became an F.B.I. informant. His testimony aided in the conviction of 50 criminals.


    Meyer Lansky
    Meyer Lansky

    Mug Shot

    Meyer Lansky (born Majer Suchowlinski, July 4, 1902 – January 15, 1983) was a major figure in organized crime in the U.S. Referred to often as the “Godfather of Godfathers”, Lansky, along with Charles Luciano, was responsible for the development of The Commission, the governing body of the Mafia in the U.S. It is also said that Lansky was responsible for Murder, Inc., a group that carried out murders for the crime families.


    Joseph Lanza
    Joseph Lanza

    Mug Shot

    Joseph A. “Socks” Lanza (1904-October 11, 1968) was a member of the Genovese crime family and head of the Local 359 United Seafood Workers union. He was convicted of labor racketeering and later for extortion, which he was sentenced seven to 10 years in prison.


    Phillip Leonetti
    Phillip Leonetti

    Mug Shot

    Phillip Leonetti (b. March 27, 1953) seemed to pattern his life after his uncle, Philadelphia crime family boss Nicodemo Scarfo. In the 1980s, Leonetti was moving through the family crime ranks as a mob hitman, capo and then underboss to Scarfo.

    After receiving a 55-year prison sentence in 1988 on murder and racketeering charges, Leonetti decided to work with the federal government as an informant. His testimony resulted in the convictions of high-ranking mobsters including John Gotti. In return for his cooperation he was released from prison after serving only five years.


    Samuel Levine
    Samuel Levine

    Mug Shot

    Samuel “Red” Levine (b. 1903) was member of the Mafia gang, Murder, Inc., a notorious group created to carry out murders for the Mafia. Levine’s list of victims included Joe “The Boss” Masseria, Albert “Mad Hatter” Anastasia and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel


    Charles Luciano
    Charles Luciano

    Mug Shots

    Charles “Lucky” Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania) (November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962) was a Sicilian-American mobster who grew to be one of the most powerful men in organized crime. To this day his influence over the gangster activity in the U.S. still exists.

    He was the first person to challenge the “old Mafia” by breaking through ethnic barriers and creating a network of gangs, which made up the national crime syndicate and controlled organized crime long past his death.


    Ignazio Lupo
    Ignazio Lupo

    Mug Shot

    Ignazio Lupo (March 19, 1877 – Jan. 13, 1947) became a powerful and dangerous crime leader in the early-1900s and is known for being responsible for organizing and setting up Mafia leadership in New York. He has been credited with running one of the most notorious Black Hand extortion gangs, but lost most of his power after being convicted on counterfeiting charges.


    Vincent Mangano
    Vincent Mangano

    Mug Shot

    Vincent Mangano (March 28, 1888 – April 19, 1951) got his start with the Mafia controlling the Brooklyn docks for The D’Aquila crime family in the 1920s. After crime boss Toto D’Aquila was killed and the Commission was formed, Lucky Luciano appointed Mangano as the boss of the D’Aquila family along with allowing him to serve on the Commission.

    Mangano and his underboss, Albert “Mad Hatter” Anastasia, clashed regularly over how the family business should run. This led to Mangano’s demise, and in 1951 he disappeared and his younger rival, Anastasia, took over the family.


    Giuseppe Masseria
    Giuseppe Masseria

    Mug Shot

    Giuseppe “Joe the Boss” Masseria (c. 1887–April 15, 1931) was the head crime boss of New York City during the 1920s until he was shot to death, seemingly on the orders of Charlie Luciano at a restaurant in Coney Island in 1931.


    Joseph C. Massino
    Joseph C. Massino

    Mug Shot

    Joseph C. Massino (January 10, 1943) dubbed by the media as The Last Don, was the head of the Bonanno crime family starting in 1993 until he was convicted in July 2004, of racketeering, murder, extortion and other similar crimes. To avoid the death penalty Massiono cooperated with investigators and recorded a coversation with his successor, Vincent Basciano, discussing Basciano’s plan to kill a prosecutor. He is currently serving two life sentences.


    Giuseppe Morello
    Giuseppe Morello

    Mug Shot

    Giuseppe Morello (May 2, 1867 – Aug. 15, 1930) came to the U.S. in the early 1900s and set up the Morello Mob, which specialized in counterfeiting until 1909 when Morello and several of his gang were arrested and sent to prison.

    Morello was released from prison in 1920 and returned to New York and became a powerful Mafia “boss of all bosses.” He made money for the family with Black Hand extortion and counterfeiting.

    Morello’s leadership style was considered too conservative by many of the up and coming Mafia players and in 1930 he was murdered.


    Bugsy SiegelBugsy Siegel

    Mug Shot

    Benjamin Siegel (February 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947) was a career gangster who dealt in gambling rackets, bootlegging, car theft and murder with childhood friend, Meyer Lansky, in what became known as the “Bug and Meyer” syndicate.

    In 1937 Siegal moved to Hollywood and enjoyed a lavish life, mingling in impressive Hollywood circles while continuing his illegal gambling activity. He invested heavily into building the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, with money borrowed from the mob. He was eventually shot and killed when he failed to turn a profit quickly enough and pay back the money.


    Ciro Terranova
    Ciro Terranova

    Mug Shot

    Ciro Terranova (1889-February 20, 1938) was a one time leader of the Morello crime family in New York. He earned a lot of money and his nickname “The Artichoke King” by controlling the produce in New York City. Terranova was also involved in narcotics, but managed to maintain good relations with corrupt New York police and politicians. By 1935, Charlie Luciano took over Terranova’s produce rackets, rendering Terranova financially bankrupt. He died from a stroke on Feb. 20, 1938.


    Joe Valachi
    Joe Valachi “Joe Cargo”

    Congressional Photo

    Joseph Michael Valachi was a member of Lucky Luciano’s crime family from the 1930s until 1959 when he was convicted on narcotics charges and sentenced to 15 years.

    In 1963, Valachi became a key witness for Arkansas Senator John L. McClellan’s congressional committee on organized crime. His testimony confirmed the existence of the Mafia and exposed the names of several members of the five New York crime families and gave graphic details of their criminal activities.

    In 1968, with author Peter Maas, he published his memoirs, The Valachi Papers, which was later turned into a movie starring Charles Bronson as Valachi.


    Earl Weiss
    Earl Weiss

    Mug Shot

    Earl Weiss served as boss of Chicago’s Irish-Jewish gang in 1924, but his rein was short lived. Weiss was shot on October 11, 1926, after refusing to make peace with the powerful Chicago gangster, Al Capone.


    Charlie Workman
    Charlie Workman “The Bug”

    Mug Shot

    Charlie (Charles) Workman was a hitman for Murder Inc. run by Louis Buchalter. Murder Inc., specialized in hiring killers for the Mafia. Workman’s “fame” came when he and another hitman, Mendy Weiss, shot Dutch Schultz and three of his top men on October 23, 1935. Schultz developed peritonitis from the rusty bullets the killers used. He died 22 hours after being shot. Workman eventually was found guilty of Schultz’s murder and spent 23 years in prison.

  • crimewatchrt 10:22 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink |
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    Crime Victims Resources 

    The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Since its inception in 1985, the National Center has worked with grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies throughout the United States serving millions of crime victims.

    Our Mission

    The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

    How We Help Victims of Crime

    Working with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center for Victims of Crime:

    • Provides direct services and resources to victims of crime across the country;
    • Advocates for laws and public policies that secure rights, resources, and protections for crime victims;
    • Delivers training and technical assistance to victim service organizations, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals serving victims of crime; and
    • Fosters cutting-edge thinking about the impact of crime and the ways in which each of us can help victims of crime rebuild their lives.

    Contact us for help, information about your options, and referrals to local services anywhere in the country.

  • crimewatchrt 10:07 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink |
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    Police Misconduct Resources 

    American Civil Liberties Union:
    The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

    America’s toughest Sheriff?
    The truth about Phoenix’s nutty and cruel Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    Bad Cop, No Donut:
    A regular feature on The Bitter End radio show.

    Blue Must Be True:
    “… to hold law enforcement officers and government officials accountable when police performance lacks integrity and professionalism.”

    Keeping an eye on police corruption in the United Kingdom.

    Roadblock Revelations:
    “General information and discussions regarding growing threats to our right to privacy & travel”.

    Fights police abuse, brutality, and corruption. It’s a national group with lots of local chapters, but it started with Berkeley Copwatch (I was a member when I lived there), and that’s probably still their most effective local group. “Policing the police.”

    Drue Myers Journal:
    Ongoing coverage of official corruption cases, with a strong interest in criminal cops, prosecutors, judges, and jailers.

    Flex Your Rights:
    Protect your rights during police encounters.

    Info & advice about California red light camera tickets.

    Injustice Everywhere:
    “… gathering information about reported incidents of police misconduct across the US, analyzing and compiling statistics based from several sources, and then publishing the results of all this information in a reader-friendly way in order to encourage informed debate where it was once impossible to do.

    The Innocence Project:
    Last chance after a guilty verdict.

    Judicial Transparency now
    and San Diego Judges:
    These sites track crooked judges, focused in the San Diego area.

    National Lawyers Guild:
    Lawyers with consciences.

    Well-funded organization runs video stings of police operations.

    News and information on police brutality and criminality.

    Photography is Not a Crime:
    Activist Carlos Miller’s blog keeps an eye on the more egregious cases of police misconduct, especially in interactions with reporters and photographers.

    “… allows registered users to leave written feedback about their interactions with police officers, and rank the officer’s service based on three criteria: Professionalism, Fairness and Satisfaction.”

    Real cover-up and corruption by law enforcement. Real family frustration and heartbreak.

    What to expect and how to handle the situation

    Simple Justice:
    A New York criminal defense blog, with a healthy distaste for police corruption and misconduct.

    Truth in Justice:
    An educational non-profit organized to educate the public regarding the vulnerabilities in the U. S. criminal justice system that make the criminal conviction of wholly innocent persons possible

    When the police don’t take no for an answer
    by Claire Wolfe, Backwoods Home Magazine

    Police brutality resultsPolice brutality results

  • crimewatchrt 6:33 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Abducted, , Crime, Exploit, , Missing, , parents, Safe, Sexual Predator,   

    Protect your kids with ID kids 

    How to Protect Your Kids with ID Kits

    Parents with child

    A child disappears in a crowd at the fair. A toddler wanders out an open door. A teen doesn’t return from the mall. Every year, hundreds of thousands of kids in the U.S. are reported “missing.”

    Here’s one important suggestion: have information that helps identify your child ready to hand to law enforcement the instant you report your child missing.

    We recommend a kit distributed through the National Child Identification Program started by the American Football Coaches Association in 1997. The FBI has been a partner in this program since 2002.

    Each package includes:

    • All you need to take inkless fingerprints;
    • Cards for detailing your child’s physical descriptions—including abody map for pointing out scars, birthmarks, and other identifying features;
    • A place to keep current photos; and
    • More recently, an easy-to-use swab to take and store a small DNA sample.

    Recording your child’s fingerprints is particularly important. Why? Not only because everyone’s fingerprints are unique, but also because they don’t change over time like physical appearances. We also recommend that you update the photos of your kids in the kits at least once a year.

    Are the fingerprints or other information in the kits kept by the FBI? No! You keep the kits and fingerprints yourselves in a safe place…and provide the information to us only in case of emergency. Even then, we don’t keep the information in our records permanently without your permission.

    Where can you get a kit? You can order one—for a small fee—through the National Child Identification Program website. The kits are also distributed free at select college football games across the country in partnership with local FBI offices. Check with your local FBI office to see if they are sponsoring a game this fall.

    This year, we are working with the National Night Out organization, which helps communities nationwide hold anti-crime activities once a year. Along with the coaches association, we hope to set a new single-day record for distributing free identification kits during National Night Out events on August 1.

    “It’s a neat program,” said Thomas E. Bush III, our assistant director for Criminal Justice Information Services, which coordinates the FBI’s involvement in the program. “It’s a great tool for parents have at their disposal to help protect their children.”

    Links: Crimes Against Children | The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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    Who’s Protecting Us From The Protectors?

    The following stories and links are just a small example of the reports from news agencies around the web. Read recent updates and get an idea of the magnitude of this problem at the following link:

    >> Bad Cops, Bad Cops, Who Ya’ Gonna Call<<

    Corruption in Government agencies goes far beyond crooked cops. It comes from all levels of government at local, state and federal levels. It does appear to be hidden better or covered up deeper at the higher levels. However, once in a while, we may hear a whisper that it exists.


    LA ethics panel urges ban on some free tickets for top officials

    “It’s as if we believe everybody’s corrupt, and I just don’t think everybody’s corrupt and everybody’s subject to undue influence,” she said.

    Deltona, FL Mayor bought 4 vodka shots on city’s dime

    Deltona Mayor Dennis Mulder has promised to repay the city for four vodka drinks he bought with his city credit card…

    Impeachment trial of federal judge gets under way in US Senate

    Adam Schiff: Porteous “participated in a pattern of corrupt conduct for years” Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Senate on Monday started the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. — the first such trial since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1999….

    Woman’s links to Mexican drug cartel a saga of corruption on US

    Lots of attention is paid to the role of corrupt Mexican officials in drug trafficking, but the story of Martha Garnica, a US border agent, reveals how a

    Charges: Russo corrupt virtually from the start

    According to the federal charges, Frank Russo has been corrupt virtually the entire time he’s been county auditor…which was more


    Image of a t-shirt that was sold by the Denver police union as a way to thank their member officers for what they did during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in a way that mocked allegations of excessive force during that event.

    And they’re proud of it!!

    National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP) places them in 6th position as the worst in America.

    This just goes to show how they feel about their reputation.


    Marcia Powell’s Death Unavenged: County Attorney Passes on Prosecuting Prison Staff

    Woman Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Prostitution. Prison Guards Put Her In A Human Cage In 107 Degree Heat In Arizona Desert For 4 Hours. Then, Illegally Terminate Her Life Support At The Hospital, She Dies. Attorney General Refuses To Prosecute.

    The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has chosen not to prosecute Arizona Department of Corrections staff in the death of inmate Marcia Powell.

    Powell, 48, died May 20, 2009, after being kept in a human cage in Goodyear’s Perryville Prison for at least four hours in the blazing Arizona sun. This, despite a prison policy limiting such outside confinement to a maximum of two hours.

    The county medical examiner found the cause of death to be due to complications from heat exposure. Her core body temperature upon examination was 108 degrees Fahrenheit. She suffered burns and blisters all over her body.

    Witnesses say she was repeatedly denied water by corrections officers, though the c.o.’s deny this. The weather the day she collapsed from the heat (May 19 — she died in the early morning hours of May 20) arched just above a 107 degree high.

    According to a 3,000 page report released by the ADC, she pleaded to be taken back inside, but was ignored. Similarly, she was not allowed to use the restroom. When she was found unconscious, her body was covered with excrement from soiling herself.

    Powell, who was serving a 27-month sentence for prostitution, actually expired after being transported to West Valley Hospital, where acting ADC Director Charles Ryan made the decision to have her life support suspended.

    (Ryan lacked the authority to do this)

    ADC conducted its own criminal investigation into Powell’s agonizing demise. The information I have indicates that ADC submitted its conclusions to the county attorney earlier this year.  ADC was seeking charges of negligent homicide against at least seven c.o.’s, as well as related charges against other prison staff.

    Why didn’t the county attorney’s office pursue those charges? Apparently, they didn’t think they could prevail in court.

    County attorney spokesman Bill Fitzgerald issued the following terse statement.

    “There is insufficient evidence to go forward with a prosecution against any of the named individuals,” he e-mailed me, declining to elaborate further.

    Donna Hamm of the advocacy group Middle Ground Prison Reform wasn’t buying it.

    “Having read the bulk of those 3,000 pages of reports,” she told me, “if someone in a prosecutorial position can’t find a crime in those pages, they have absolutely no credibility in my opinion.”

    Hamm noted that guards passed Powell several times throughout her stay in the cage, and that some mocked her pleas for water. As for c.o. claims that Powell was given water, Hamm countered that Powell’s eyes “were as dry as parchment,” and that the autopsy results show there was no sign of hydration.

    Hamm was incredulous that the county attorney couldn’t find enough evidence to bring charges.

    “It’s just beyond comprehension,” she stated. “This is the same office that has prosecuted mothers who left their babies in a couple of inches of water to go outside and take a cell phone call or look in the mail.”

    She also cited the case of “Buffalo Soldier” Charles Long, who was prosecuted by the MCAO for negligent homicide in the 2001 death of a kid who had enrolled in his program for troubled teens and died after being exposed to the heat and put in a bath, where he inhaled water.

    The ADC did make some reforms in the wake of Powell’s death. It was discovered that the cages were being used to control unruly prisoners, and the ADC claims this practice has stopped. However, Hamm says she has uncovered a case of a man in a Tucson facility who, earlier this year, was held all day and overnight in an outside cage.

    Some 16 prison employees were sanctioned in one way or another as a result of the Powell incident, and some were fired. But Hamm says she believes some of those sanctioned have been reinstated.

    The outdoor cages are still in use, but have been retrofitted to provide shade, misters, water stations, and benches, which, ironically, Hamm says are metal, and would thus soak up the heat. She’s toured ADC facilities to see the redone cages, and admits that changes are positive, but too late to save Powell’s life, obviously.

    “All the retrofitting in the world is worthless if the staff doesn’t follow the policy,” she insisted.

    Powell had been diagnosed as mentally ill, and was on more than one psychotropic drug, drugs that increased her sensitivity to heat, sunlight and lack of water. All the more reason, according to Hamm, that prison staff should be held accountable.

    The only next of kin that was located for Powell was an aged, adoptive mother in California, who had not had contact with Powell for years, and did not want to take possession of the remains.

    So, with the help of Hamm and others, Powell’s ashes were interred last year at Phoenix’s Shadow Rock Church of Christ.

    Brophy College Preparatory School also dedicated a plaque to Powell on school grounds this year.

    But with no one with standing to bring a federal lawsuit (Hamm says the deadline for a state lawsuit has expired), and with the MCAO unwilling to bring a case against those responsible for Powell’s well-being, there looks to be no justice for the schizophrenic deceased woman.

    I asked Hamm what this means for the case.

    “It means they’ve gotten away with the most colossal example of brutality I have seen against a female prisoner in the history of the Arizona Department of Corrections,” remarked Hamm, adding, “And they got off scot-free.”

    Stephen Lemons, Wed., Sep. 1 2010


    Woman claims IMPD officer’s beating caused miscarriage

    Cop beat a woman so badly she miscarried. Now she’s suing the police.

    LaDonna Dixon claims she got these bruises from a beating that a police officer gave her.

    Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Metro Police chief plans to investigate allegations of police brutality involving one of his officers.

    An Indianapolis woman is suing the city in federal court. LaDonna Dixon claims the officer beat her so severely during an arrest that she had a miscarriage.

    “[He was] punching me, kicking me, after he maced me,” Dixon said.

    “This person was angry, was enraged and just beat her,” said Dixon’s attorney, Everett Powell. “I would say it’s a crime.”

    LaDonna Dixon is suing the city over what she claims happened in her yard last June. She says she was helping a friend who collapsed from a seizure and needed medicine.

    When police arrived, the complaint says Officer Scott Childers told Dixon she was disrupting emergency crews and that she needed to get in her house.

    Dixon admits she argued with Childers, but says that’s when the officer turned violent.

    “He says I was resisting arrest, but I don’t see how I’m resisting when I’m already handcuffed and maced,” Dixon said.

    Dixon claims that the beating continued even after she told the officer she was three months pregnant. She says she miscarried at Marion County’s arrestee processing center, just hours after her arrest.

    “She was beaten so bad that she passed out,” Powell said. “She was hemorrhaging directly after getting beaten like this.”

    Dixon says she was refused medical attention at the jail.

    Her attorney filed a tort claim with the city last year.

    It was denied in March, saying “a settlement is not warranted in this matter.”

    Now, Dixon has filed suit in federal court, seeking punishment for the officer in what she claims was an unnecessarily violent arrest.

    “Justice, I mean…can’t bring back my child,” Dixon said.

    Dixon’s attorney fears a pattern in excessive force by police.

    This lawsuit comes just a few weeks after a Metro officer was fired and another disciplined after beating an Indianapolis teenager.

    Wednesday evening, Metro Police Chief Paul Ciesielski released the following statement:

    “After claims of alleged police brutality being brought to my attention today, I have begun a review process of the arrest of Ms. Ladonna Dixon on June 21, 2009 at 6132 Nelson Place. We have decided to voluntarily review this arrest and will release more information once this review is completed.”

    Jennie Runevitch/Eyewitness News


    Former Hockley County Chief Deputy Sheriff Pleads Guilty in Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

    LUBBOCK, TX—Gordon Clark Bohannon of Levelland, Texas, the former Chief Deputy of the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, pleaded guilty this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Bohannon and 27 others were charged in July 2009 in a 110-count indictment with operating a major methamphetamine trafficking organization in west Texas, Arizona, and in the Modesto, California area since 2003. One other Hockely County Sheriff’s Deputy charged in that indictment, Jose Jesus Quintanilla, 39, of Smyer, Texas, pleaded guilty last month to one count of misprision of a felony, and is awaiting sentencing. The lead defendant in the case, Bobby Duwayne Froman, of Levelland, Texas, pleaded guilty to his role as leader of the conspiracy earlier this month. If the Court accepts the terms of Froman’s plea agreement, he will face a 240-month prison sentence and will be required to forfeit two residences, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a truck. Additionally, he will have to pay a $900,000.00 money judgment to the United States. A sentencing date for Froman has not yet been set.

    Bohannon, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. He faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $4 million fine. Under the terms of the plea agreement, however, Bohannon faces a sentence of 120 months in prison, and no fine, if the Court accepts the plea. Judge Cummings ordered a pre-sentence investigation report with sentencing to be scheduled after the completion of that report. Bohannon has been in custody since his arrest in July. All but one of the defendants charged in the case have pleaded guilty to their roles and are awaiting sentencing. The indictment was dismissed against three of the defendants.

    In October 2007, law enforcement initiated an investigation into the narcotics trafficking activities of Bobby Duwayne Froman, a/k/a “Quick,” the founder of the Aces and Eights Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG). From January 2003 to early July 2009, defendants Bobby Duwayne Froman, Gordon Clark Bohannon, Charity Bell Barron, Jeffrey Paul Bayer, Clifford Leroy Clark, Earnest Gale Flowers, Sharon T. Froman, Billy Charles Fuller, Bradley Gene Gore, Danny Keith Gregory, Jason Gutierrez, Dennis Carl Hegwood, Gary Duane Hegwood, Kimberly Hull, Andrew Clay Hurst, Kenneth Ray Johnson, Teddy Ralph Johnson, Stephanie Renee McKee, Keith Allen Miller, Jamie Paul Nickell, Kristi Ann Quillen, Jose Jesus Quintanilla, Hector Ramos, Perry Dean Roberson, David Lee Russell, Steven Allen Savell, Toni Jo Petska-Wood, and Marvin Lee Whittington, conspired with each other and others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine.

    Froman’s co-conspirators transported large amounts of U.S. currency from Lubbock and Levelland, Texas, to Modesto to purchase large quantities of methamphetamine from Russell and Hegwood. Froman and others then distributed it in Levelland, Lubbock and throughout the South Plains area of West Texas.

    Some of the conspirators maintained the following residences to store, weigh, package and distribute the methamphetamine: (1) Froman’s residence on Cactus Drive in Levelland; (2) Bayer’s residence on North Highway US 385 in Levelland; (3) Gore’s residence on Elgin Avenue in Levelland; (4) Whittington and Petska-Wood’s residence on 53rd Street in Lubbock; and (5) Ramos’s residence on 91st Street in Lubbock County.

    Bohannon was employed as deputy, lieutenant, and chief deputy of the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office. According to documents filed in court, on April 1, 2009, the government asked permission to conduct a wire intercept of Froman’s cell phone, which the district court granted. Based in part on information obtained from that wiretap, the district court authorized the Government to conduct a wire intercept of Bohannon’s cell phone. During the approximate two-month period that Froman’s calls were intercepted, 473 pertinent calls were recorded. For the approximate month that Bohannon’s calls were intercepted, 155 pertinent phone calls were recorded.

    Bohannon played a vital role in the conspiracy by using his position in law enforcement to protect and shield Froman’s methamphetamine trafficking organization. Bohannon not only obtained sensitive law enforcement information for the benefit of the conspiracy, but he also disrupted legitimate law enforcement efforts to investigate the conspiracy, thereby protecting it from discovery and its members from apprehension. In so doing, Bohannon aided and abetted prohibited persons in possessing firearms, aided and abetted a co-conspirator in possessing a sawed-off shotgun, and assisted that same co-conspirator in fabricating a statement in an attempt to avoid liability for that illegal shotgun.

    Bohannon made several efforts to get charges against Froman dropped after Froman was arrested on December 30, 2007, for evading arrest with a motor vehicle, including meeting with the District Attorney and vouching for Froman, asking the DA if he could find it in his heart to dismiss the current case against Froman in the interest of justice. As Froman’s state trial date approached, Bohannon’s attempts to influence the District Attorney to dismiss the case escalated.

    Bohannon disclosed confidential law enforcement information. In one instance, on May 15, 2009, Bohannon advised Bradley Gene Gore that law enforcement was executing a search warrant on Gore’s residence. Bohannon expressed concern that Gore possessed a sawed off shotgun, a prohibited weapon, and coached Gore to fabricate a false statement regarding the sawed off shotgun.

    The following month, on April 20, 2009, Bohannon disclosed confidential law enforcement information when he advised Froman that his (Froman’s) residence was under surveillance, revealing the identity of two Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) surveillance vehicles that were, in fact, involved in an active surveillance in and around Levelland to augment the ongoing wiretap and react to information gleaned from that wiretap. Bohannon later admitted to FBI agents that he had talked to Bobby Froman and “alerted him to the fact he was being watched, and [he] kn[ew] this was not the right thing to do. It was wrong to tell Bobby Froman of the law enforcement operations.”

    In another instance, Bohannon vouched for Froman when he received a phone call from a narcotics detective with the Roswell Police Department who informed him that he was involved in a narcotics investigation, which was probably going to go federal, and that during the investigation an informant gave the name Bobby Froman as a major methamphetamine dealer. Bohannon told the narcotics detective that it would be a waste of time to investigate Froman.

    Bohannon also retaliated against people he perceived to be a threat to the drug distribution conspiracy. Bohannon furnished the name of informants to Froman and used Deputy Jose Jesus Quantinilla to help orchestrate one person’s arrest in June 2009. After Froman and Patrick McKnight’s arrest on December 30, 2007, Bohannnon instructed Deputy Jose Jesus Quintanilla to get a search warrant for McKnight’s residence. Bohannon told Quintanilla that the dope would be in a stereo speaker in the “little house” where McKnight resided. Quintanilla obtained a search warrant for McKnight’s residence on October 16, 2008. Quintanilla and other deputies executed the search warrant while Bohannon was physically located at the Sonic in Levelland. Co-conspirators Froman, Gore, and J.P Nickell watched from Froman’s back yard on ladders. While Quintanilla found two syringes, he could not find any methamphetamine. He called Bohannon at the Sonic and told him there was no dope. Bohannon asked Quintanilla if he was sure, telling him to look in the stereo system cabinet for a Marlboro box which would contain the methamphetamine. Quintanilla told Bohannon that the box was there, but there were only two syringes. Bohannon told Quintanilla to look in the speakers and that he was going to send the confidential informant over there. Bohannon then stated words to the effect of “well, hold on, let me call and see where she pu . . ., hold on I’ll call you back.” This was a reference to Bohannon contacting the purported confidential informant, who was to plant methamphetamine in McKnight’s residence. Bohannon stated he was going to send the confidential informant over there to Quintanilla, stating you’ll know the CI when she comes. Bohannon then contacted Gore and instructed Gore to pick up the confidential informant and bring her to Quintanilla. Bohannon did this to discredit McKnight and further assist Froman in having his state drug case dismissed. Prior to this incident, J.P Nickell heard Froman tell Bohannon that McKnight was a snitch on Froman, and “we’re going to get him.” Bohannon responded okay.

    On July 10, 2009, Bohannon admitted to FBI agents that some of the guns in Gore’s possession belonged to Froman. Bohannon admitted that he knew Froman was a convicted felon who was prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

    The investigation is being conducted by the FBI, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Marshal Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Hockley County District Attorney’s Office, the Levelland Police Department, the Lubbock Police Department, and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.

    Assistant U.S. Attorneys C. Richard Baker, Jeffrey R. Haag, and Denise Williams, of the Lubbock, Texas, U.S. Attorney’s Office, are prosecuting the case.

    Two Former San Juan Municipal Police Officers Sentenced for Using Excessive Force Resulting in Death

    WASHINGTON—Two former San Juan, Puerto Rico, Municipal Police Officers, Elias Perocier Morales and Eliezer Rivera Gonzalez, were sentenced yesterday in federal court for using excessive force that resulted in the death of Jose Antonio Rivera Robles, the Justice Department announced.

    Perocier Morales received a sentence of 10 years in prison.Rivera Gonzalez received a sentence of six and a half years in prison.

    Both Perocier Morales and Rivera Gonzalez pleaded guilty in June 2009.In the plea proceedings and court documents, Perocier Morales admitted that on July 20, 2003, in the course of arresting Rivera Robles, he punched his prisoner repeatedly in the face while Rivera Robles was handcuffed and incapable of defending himself.He also admitted to later kicking Rivera Robles hard when he appeared unconscious.Rivera Gonzalez admitted to kicking Rivera Robles extremely hard when he was lying face down toward the ground, in no way posing a threat to anyone. Both men admitted that their actions, together with the actions of their fellow officers, resulted in Rivera Robles’s death.

    On Aug. 13, 2009, three other officers were convicted, following trial, of civil rights violations arising out of the fatal assault, and one other officer was convicted of obstruction-related offenses.Vidal Maldonado, Juan Morales Rosado, Carlos Pagan Ferrer, and Jose Pacheco Cruz will be sentenced on their convictions at a later date.

    “Every person has the right to expect that they will be safe when in the custody of law enforcement officers. Today’s sentence reflects the damage done to the public trust when law enforcement officers engage in such egregious misconduct,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said.“The Civil Rights Division will continue to aggressively prosecute officers who abuse their power in this manner.”

    Special Agent Louis Rivera of the FBI’s San Juan Office investigated this matter.The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonio Bazan, Special Litigation Counsel Gerard Hogan, and Trial Attorney Avner Shapiro of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

    St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

    ST. LOUIS, MO—Christian Brezill pleaded guilty to the theft of government property by stealing stolen merchandise after an arrest, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced today. According to court documents, Ronald Jackson and Christian Brezill were uniformed patrol officers assigned to work in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District out of the North Patrol Division. They were responsible for collecting, preserving and inventorying evidence; interviewing witnesses; making lawful arrests; conducting lawful searches; and making truthful and accurate reports of their official activities.

    Court documents and statements made in court during the plea hearing by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith state that on July 27, 2009, Jackson was on duty when he received information from an individual that a woman identified in the court documents only as Jane Doe was in possession of electronics equipment stolen from the retailer Best Buy, and was in a vehicle on the parking lot of the Phillips 66 station at 5728 West Florissant Avenue. Jackson agreed with the individual that he would find Jane Doe, seize the stolen electronics equipment from her vehicle, and split some of the stolen electronics equipment with that individual. Jackson then shared that information with Christian Brezill, who was also on duty and they both drove their police vehicles to the Phillips 66 station to meet Jane Doe. Jackson and Brezill did a computer check on Doe, discovered that she had outstanding minor traffic warrants, arrested her on those traffic warrants, and placed her handcuffed into Brezill’s police vehicle. They searched the trunk of Doe’s vehicle and discovered brand new electronics equipment, in original boxes and in Best Buy store bags, including a Sony speaker system, a Phillips I-Pod docking system, speaker cable, a Wii gaming system, an X-Box gaming system, a Logitech computer speaker system, a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, and a Dynex LCD flat screen television. Jackson and Brezill removed all of the electronics equipment from Doe’s vehicle, and placed the items into the trunk of Brezell’s police vehicle. They then conveyed Jane Doe to the North Patrol Division where she was booked on the outstanding minor traffic warrants. Doe was neither arrested nor charged relative to her possession of the electronics equipment. Jackson and Brezill failed to report to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, either verbally or in writing, their seizure of the electronics equipment from Jane Doe’s vehicle.

    After their work shift ended during the early morning hours of July 27, 2009, Jackson and Brezill met at a residential location and split up the seized electronics equipment between themselves. Jackson kept the Sony speaker system, the speaker cable, the X-Box gaming system, and the Dynex LCD flat screen television; he later gave the Sony speaker system and the speaker cable to the individual who had originally provided him the information regarding Jane Doe, and sold the Dynex LCD flat screen television to another individual for cash. Brezill kept the Phillips I-Pod docking system, the Wii gaming system, the Logitech computer speaker system, and the Dell Inspiron laptop computer; he later sold the Phillips I-Pod docking system and the Logitech computer speaker system to an individual for cash.

    Unbeknownst to Jackson and Brezill, Jane Doe was cooperating with federal law enforcement, and the electronics equipment seized from her and stolen by the defendants was the property of the United States of America.

    Brezill, 25, St. Louis City, plead guilty to one felony count of theft of United States Property before United States District Judge Donald J. Stohr, who set sentencing for March 19, 2010.

    Co-defendant Ronald Jackson, 58, St. Louis City, pleaded guilty last week to one felony count of theft of United States Property, and is scheduled for sentencing March 12, 2010.

    Theft of United States Property carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or fines up to $250,000. Reap commended the work on the case by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith, who is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer pled guilty to stealing stolen merchandise after an arrest.

    ST. LOUIS, MO—Ronald Jackson pleaded guilty to the theft of government property by stealing stolen merchandise after an arrest, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced today.

    According to court documents, Ronald Jackson and Christian Brezill were uniformed patrol officers assigned to work in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District out of the North Patrol Division. They were responsible for collecting, preserving and inventorying evidence; interviewing witnesses; making lawful arrests; conducting lawful searches; and making truthful and accurate reports of their official activities.

    Court documents and statements made in court during the plea hearing by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith state that on July 27, 2009, Jackson was on duty when he received information from an individual that a woman identified in the court documents only as Jane Doe was in possession of electronics equipment stolen from the retailer Best Buy, and was in a vehicle on the parking lot of the Phillips 66 station at 5728 West Florissant Avenue. Jackson agreed with the individual that he would find Jane Doe, seize the stolen electronics equipment from her vehicle, and split some of the stolen electronics equipment with that individual. Jackson then shared that information with Christian Brezill, who was also on duty and they both drove their police vehicles to the Phillips 66 station to meet Jane Doe. Jackson and Brezill did a computer check on Doe, discovered that she had outstanding minor traffic warrants, arrested her on those traffic warrants, and placed her handcuffed into Brezill’s police vehicle. They searched the trunk of Doe’s vehicle and discovered brand new electronics equipment, in original boxes and in Best Buy store bags, including a Sony speaker system, a Phillips I-Pod docking system, speaker cable, a Wii gaming system, an X-Box gaming system, a Logitech computer speaker system, a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, and a Dynex LCD flat screen television. Jackson and Brezill removed all of the electronics equipment from Doe’s vehicle, and placed the items into the trunk of Brezell’s police vehicle. They then conveyed Jane Doe to the North Patrol Division where she was booked on the outstanding minor traffic warrants. Doe was neither arrested nor charged relative to her possession of the electronics equipment. Jackson and Brezill failed to report to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, either verbally or in writing, their seizure of the electronics equipment from Jane Doe’s vehicle.

    After their work shift ended during the early morning hours of July 27, 2009, Jackson and Brezill met at a residential location and split up the seized electronics equipment between themselves. Jackson kept the Sony speaker system, the speaker cable, the X-Box gaming system, and the Dynex LCD flat screen television; he later gave the Sony speaker system and the speaker cable to the individual who had originally provided him the information regarding Jane Doe, and sold the Dynex LCD flat screen television to another individual for cash. Brezill kept the Phillips I-Pod docking system, the Wii gaming system, the Logitech computer speaker system, and the Dell Inspiron laptop computer; he later sold the Phillips I-Pod docking system and the Logitech computer speaker system to an individual for cash.

    Unbeknownst to Jackson and Brezill, Jane Doe was cooperating with federal law enforcement, and the electronics equipment seized from her and stolen by the defendants was the property of the United States of America.

    “The vast majority of police officers are dedicated men and women who put their own safety on the line everyday to protect their communities,” said Roland Corvington, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in St. Louis. “But the few who put their own self interests first taint the credibility of all the others making it that much harder for the honest officers to perform their duties.”

    Jackson, 58, St. Louis City, pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft of United States Property before United States District Judge Donald J. Stohr. Sentencing has been set for March 12, 2010.

    Co-defendant Christian Brezill, 25, St. Louis City was indicted on the same charge and awaits trial.

    Theft of United States Property carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or fines up to $250,000.

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