Convicted child molester has Carson trial date set


A February trial date has been set for convicted Washington state child molester James Ernest Hope in the 2001 molestation of two Carson City girls.

Defense attorney John Oakes noted in Carson City District Court on Monday that he had a plea agreement “sitting on his desk,” but no decision had been made.

Judge Todd Russell set aside Feb. 5-8 for the trial, and he also set a status check hearing for Nov. 13 at which time any plea negotiation that have been made may come to light.

Hope, 43, fled Nevada in 2004 while awaiting trial on five felony charges here.

According to investigators, the assaults occurred in 2001 when the girls were ages 4 and 6. He was bound over to District Court in July 2004.

After Douglas County issued a warrant for his arrest on allegations that he’d improperly touched a Minden 10-year-old, he disappeared.

He was captured a year ago in Washington under an assumed name and convicted of felony child molestation in the first degree and gross misdemeanor communicating with a minor for immoral purposes for a separate offense for which he received a life sentence.

His Washington parole depends on completion of a two-year treatment program for sex offenders and a psycho-sexual assessment that he is at low risk to offend.

Hope was returned to Douglas County in July where he is being held without bail.

He waived a preliminary hearing last month in East Fork Justice Court and was expected to plead to one count of lewdness with a child under 14.

Hope did not appear at the hearing here on Monday.

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Convicted child molester has Carson trial date set


A February trial date has been set for convicted Washington state child molester James Ernest Hope in the 2001 molestation of two Carson City girls.

Defense attorney John Oakes noted in Carson City District Court on Monday that he had a plea agreement “sitting on his desk,” but no decision had been made.

Judge Todd Russell set aside Feb. 5-8 for the trial, and he also set a status check hearing for Nov. 13 at which time any plea negotiation that have been made may come to light.

Hope, 43, fled Nevada in 2004 while awaiting trial on five felony charges here.

According to investigators, the assaults occurred in 2001 when the girls were ages 4 and 6. He was bound over to District Court in July 2004.

After Douglas County issued a warrant for his arrest on allegations that he’d improperly touched a Minden 10-year-old, he disappeared.

He was captured a year ago in Washington under an assumed name and convicted of felony child molestation in the first degree and gross misdemeanor communicating with a minor for immoral purposes for a separate offense for which he received a life sentence.

His Washington parole depends on completion of a two-year treatment program for sex offenders and a psycho-sexual assessment that he is at low risk to offend.

Hope was returned to Douglas County in July where he is being held without bail.

He waived a preliminary hearing last month in East Fork Justice Court and was expected to plead to one count of lewdness with a child under 14.

Hope did not appear at the hearing here on Monday.

Published in: on October 30, 2007 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Convicted child molester has Carson trial date set


A February trial date has been set for convicted Washington state child molester James Ernest Hope in the 2001 molestation of two Carson City girls.

Defense attorney John Oakes noted in Carson City District Court on Monday that he had a plea agreement “sitting on his desk,” but no decision had been made.

Judge Todd Russell set aside Feb. 5-8 for the trial, and he also set a status check hearing for Nov. 13 at which time any plea negotiation that have been made may come to light.

Hope, 43, fled Nevada in 2004 while awaiting trial on five felony charges here.

According to investigators, the assaults occurred in 2001 when the girls were ages 4 and 6. He was bound over to District Court in July 2004.

After Douglas County issued a warrant for his arrest on allegations that he’d improperly touched a Minden 10-year-old, he disappeared.

He was captured a year ago in Washington under an assumed name and convicted of felony child molestation in the first degree and gross misdemeanor communicating with a minor for immoral purposes for a separate offense for which he received a life sentence.

His Washington parole depends on completion of a two-year treatment program for sex offenders and a psycho-sexual assessment that he is at low risk to offend.

Hope was returned to Douglas County in July where he is being held without bail.

He waived a preliminary hearing last month in East Fork Justice Court and was expected to plead to one count of lewdness with a child under 14.

Hope did not appear at the hearing here on Monday.

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Now alleged molester faces kiddie porn rap

An accused child molester from the Midland Beach section of Staten Island is in even deeper water after a stash of kiddie porn turned up on his home computer, police allege.

James Bova, 46, who was arrested back in September on charges he used a vibrating massager to molest his young daughter’s pre-teen friends, had collected several videos and pictures of pre-pubescent girls forced into having sex, police allege.

Cops re-arrested Bova yesterday, charging him with 20 counts each of promoting a sexual performance by a child, and possessing a sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

Bova, who was already being held on $500,000 bail, was arraigned on the new charges yesterday, and ordered held without bail.

He’s being kept at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where he was transferred after a recent suicide attempt, a law enforcement source said.

Bova used the pull-off cap of a “quarter-drink” bottle to try and cut his wrists, but it wasn’t clear if he was genuinely trying to kill himself or if he wanted to get transferred from Rikers Island and away from general population inmates, the source said.

John Annese

Published in: on October 30, 2007 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Now alleged molester faces kiddie porn rap

An accused child molester from the Midland Beach section of Staten Island is in even deeper water after a stash of kiddie porn turned up on his home computer, police allege.

James Bova, 46, who was arrested back in September on charges he used a vibrating massager to molest his young daughter’s pre-teen friends, had collected several videos and pictures of pre-pubescent girls forced into having sex, police allege.

Cops re-arrested Bova yesterday, charging him with 20 counts each of promoting a sexual performance by a child, and possessing a sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

Bova, who was already being held on $500,000 bail, was arraigned on the new charges yesterday, and ordered held without bail.

He’s being kept at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where he was transferred after a recent suicide attempt, a law enforcement source said.

Bova used the pull-off cap of a “quarter-drink” bottle to try and cut his wrists, but it wasn’t clear if he was genuinely trying to kill himself or if he wanted to get transferred from Rikers Island and away from general population inmates, the source said.

John Annese

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Child sex-abuse cases on the rise

There has been a dramatic rise in recent weeks in the number of child sexual-abuse cases being reported, especially from within the haredi community, according to the National Council for the Child. The NCC, a nonprofit organization, has demanded that the government provide free counseling services to all child victims of abuse.

“We are now seeing the negative results of people who were abused as children but who were left untreated,” NCC executive director Dr. Yitzhak Kadman told The Jerusalem Post Monday. One in three victims who did not receive post-abuse therapy were likely to become offenders later in life, he said.

Kadman said the increase in reports of sexual abuse against children, which he estimated had risen from 15-20 reported cases a month to 40-45, was also due to growing violence within society in general.

“Sexual abuse is not really about the sex but about the violence that surrounds it,” he said.

Over the weekend, in separate incidents, security guards – one from a school and another from a kindergarten – were arrested on suspicion of molestation. Sunday night, a 12-year-old girl from Pardess Hanna was found naked with signs that she had been slipped a date-rape drug and raped by two 13-year-old boys.

The rise in the number of reported and publicized cases could also be connected with increased awareness about such crimes, Kadman said.

“When one person reports such a crime, that gives strength to others who have gone through similar experiences to talk about what happened,” he said.

Reports of sexual abuse within the haredi community have grown by more than 30 percent in the last few months, Kadman said.

“Considering their share of the population, the fact that 30% of those reporting sex abuse to us comes from within the haredi community is a dramatic rise,” he said.

Kadman said he welcomed the haredi community’s increased willingness to report such incidents because in the past they were not talked about.

“In the past, the rabbis would just give orders to the known sex offenders to leave the community, believing that shunning them was just punishment,” he said. “But they would simply move on to another neighborhood. Now, the [haredi] public has started to put pressure on the rabbis to deal with this phenomenon.”

The rise in reports of sex abuse was also highlighted on Monday by the Welfare and Social Services Ministry, which announced that it was creating a NIS 8 million fund to offer child victims necessary counseling services. Currently, only those who can afford to pay for private post-trauma therapy are able to ensure that their children receive treatment.

The ministry’s figures showed a 16% increase over the past six years in the number of child molestation victims. They also indicated that the number of teenage sex offenders was steadily growing, with 669 reported in 2006 compared to 504 in 2000.

The new initiative, which includes financial contributions from the National Insurance Institute and the private Sacta-Rashi Foundation, will go toward broadening existing treatment centers, establishing new centers and increasing social-welfare budgets in this area. It is set to start at the beginning of 2008.

“As a result of budgetary problems in the past, many children, mainly from low socioeconomic backgrounds, did not receive treatment or counseling after being abused,” Welfare and Social Services Ministry director-general Nahum Itzkovitz said. “I hope that the additional budget will allow us to help every child who falls victim to sexual abuse and increase the number of professionals involved in the treatment of such children.”

Kadman was cynical about the move, saying the ministry should focus more on ensuring that every abused child receive one-on-one counseling from a trained professional.

“Opening seven or eight treatment centers is simply not enough,” he said. “There are more than 300 localities in Israel and every child should have access to such treatment. We have been fighting for this for many years and will continue until the government announces in writing that it has implemented a viable solution.”

RUTH EGLASH
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