Child Porn and Predators

A Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges that stemmed from his run-in with border agents in Windsor.

Enrique Devarona, 21, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., was detained by customs agents on Christmas Day at the Ambassador Bridge while en route to a hookup with a 16-year-old girl he met on the Internet.

Agents found children’s toys, women’s lingerie and child pornography on a laptop computer in Devarona’s car. The images included hardcore pictures of naked men engaged in sexual acts with children as young as a year old.

When he was caught, Devarona was travelling to Tillsonburg where he was meeting a 16-year-old girl from St. Catharines, according to testimony in a Windsor court.

After pleading guilty in Windsor to importing child pornography into Canada, he was sentenced to 61/2 months in jail in late March.

The Canadian case prompted U.S. authorities to start an investigation, said Ivan Ortiz, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. U.S. officials searched Devarona’s home in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We could not have done this without the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Windsor police department,” Ortiz said. “They played a significant role.”

Devarona was deported to the U.S. upon his release from Windsor Jail. He was sent to federal court in the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola to face charges of possession of child pornography and transporting and shipping child pornography across state lines.

Devarona pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced Sept. 26 to 10 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. After his release from prison, Devarona will have to serve 10 years on mandatory supervision. He will be listed as a sex offender in Canada and the U.S.

Windsor Star

Published in: on October 20, 2007 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jerome Franz Gonzalez

A jury on Friday found that a man attempting to be paroled to Humboldt County was a sexually violent predator, meaning he’ll now be sent to a state hospital for an indefinite amount of time.

Deputy District Attorney Allan Dollison said a Humboldt County jury made the determination about Jerome Franz Gonzalez, 61, after a trial.

There was no new crime. The trial was specifically to determine if Gonzalez was officially a sexually violent predator. Once a jury makes that determination, a person can then be sentenced to treatment at a state-run facility.

Dollison said Gonzalez has been convicted of sexual crimes in the past in Placer and Del Norte counties and lived in Humboldt County between 1992 and 1999.

In 1999, he was convicted in Humboldt County for attacking a woman with a rock and sentenced to prison.

He was due to be released from Mule Creek Prison into Humboldt County, but because of past convictions and statements made by Gonzalez, he was subject to the trial “to determine if it’s likely he’ll commit crimes in the future,” Dollison said.

One of the key facts in the trial is statements Gonzalez made in a 2004 examination, according to Dollison.

”He indicated that he couldn’t guarantee that he wouldn’t do it again,” Dollison said.

He’ll now be sent to a civil facility for treatment.

”Basically, he’ll be sent to a state hospital,” Dollison said.

Gonzalez’s attorney, Kevin Robinson, declined to comment on the case.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on October 20, 2007 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jerome Franz Gonzalez

A jury on Friday found that a man attempting to be paroled to Humboldt County was a sexually violent predator, meaning he’ll now be sent to a state hospital for an indefinite amount of time.

Deputy District Attorney Allan Dollison said a Humboldt County jury made the determination about Jerome Franz Gonzalez, 61, after a trial.

There was no new crime. The trial was specifically to determine if Gonzalez was officially a sexually violent predator. Once a jury makes that determination, a person can then be sentenced to treatment at a state-run facility.

Dollison said Gonzalez has been convicted of sexual crimes in the past in Placer and Del Norte counties and lived in Humboldt County between 1992 and 1999.

In 1999, he was convicted in Humboldt County for attacking a woman with a rock and sentenced to prison.

He was due to be released from Mule Creek Prison into Humboldt County, but because of past convictions and statements made by Gonzalez, he was subject to the trial “to determine if it’s likely he’ll commit crimes in the future,” Dollison said.

One of the key facts in the trial is statements Gonzalez made in a 2004 examination, according to Dollison.

”He indicated that he couldn’t guarantee that he wouldn’t do it again,” Dollison said.

He’ll now be sent to a civil facility for treatment.

”Basically, he’ll be sent to a state hospital,” Dollison said.

Gonzalez’s attorney, Kevin Robinson, declined to comment on the case.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on October 20, 2007 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment