Child sex abuser receives 138-year sentence

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa told Robinson. “I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody.”

A Salem man will spend the rest of his life in jail for convictions of eight counts of sexual abuse, partly as the result of a relatively new law enacted in Oregon.

Michael David Robinson, 35, received the 138-year sentence this week from Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said he did not know whether the sentence was the longest since the new law, known as “Jessica’s Law,” went into effect in April 2006.

The law lengthens mandatory sentences for offenders convicted of first-degree rape, sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration if the victim is younger than 12.

Under the law, the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years.

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Ochoa said.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Theobald prosecuted the case, which involved two young children known to Robinson.

Robinson pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree sodomy.

Four of the counts were for crimes committed after April 2006. Robinson’s first court appearance was Sept. 24, and he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Robinson’s defense attorney Robert Botta had recommended a 25-year sentence.

Robinson received 100 months for the first count, 110 months for the second count, 120 months for the third count and 300 months each for the remaining counts.

“I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody,” Ochoa said to Robinson.

Published in: on November 30, 2007 at 4:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Child sex abuser receives 138-year sentence

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa told Robinson. “I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody.”

A Salem man will spend the rest of his life in jail for convictions of eight counts of sexual abuse, partly as the result of a relatively new law enacted in Oregon.

Michael David Robinson, 35, received the 138-year sentence this week from Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Ochoa.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Courtland Geyer, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said he did not know whether the sentence was the longest since the new law, known as “Jessica’s Law,” went into effect in April 2006.

The law lengthens mandatory sentences for offenders convicted of first-degree rape, sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration if the victim is younger than 12.

Under the law, the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years.

“This is the worst case of sexual child abuse that I’ve seen in almost 14 years on the bench,” Ochoa said.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Theobald prosecuted the case, which involved two young children known to Robinson.

Robinson pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree sodomy.

Four of the counts were for crimes committed after April 2006. Robinson’s first court appearance was Sept. 24, and he pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Robinson’s defense attorney Robert Botta had recommended a 25-year sentence.

Robinson received 100 months for the first count, 110 months for the second count, 120 months for the third count and 300 months each for the remaining counts.

“I want to make sure, sir, that you are never able to injury anybody,” Ochoa said to Robinson.

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Strawbridge Sentenced For Child-Pornography

A member of a famed department store family has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison on a federal child pornography charge.

FBI agents say 63-year-old Steven Strawbridge Sr. was deleting images from his computer when they arrived at his house in Gladwyne in 2005. The agents still found more than 100 sexually explicit images.

Strawbridge was sentenced Wednesday to 57 months in prison. He is to report on Jan. 2.

More than 100 of Strawbridge’s friends crammed into a Philadelphia courtroom Wednesday. Some asked the judge to show leniency because of the family’s contributions to the city and its cultural institutions.

The judge says Strawbridge knew he was doing something wrong and should have sought professional help.

Published in: on November 30, 2007 at 6:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Man admits making child pornography

A Tamaqua man has pleaded guilty to a federal production of child pornography charge that carries at least 15 years in prison.

John Levernier, 30, agreed in September to plead guilty to the charge, and on Nov. 19 appeared before Judge A. Richard Caputo in Scranton, who accepted the plea and set sentencing for Feb. 21.

Caputo can sentence Levernier to as much as 30 years in prison, fine him up to $250,000 and place him on supervised release for life after serving his jail time.

Martin C. Carlson, acting United States attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, said in a news release that Levernier admitted taking sexually explicit photographs of a girl, now 7, at least three times this year and last year.

State Trooper Eric Temarantz started the investigation this year after the victim’s mother photographed items she planned to sell on the Internet auction site eBay, uploaded them to a computer and saw images of her daughter in lingerie, naked and using an adult sex toy, according to the affidavit.

The mother contacted the county Children and Youth Services department, and police eventually joined the investigation after the girl said Levernier repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

Carbon County District Attorney Joseph Matika referred the part of the case that dealt with child pornography to federal prosecutors, and Levernier was indicted by a grand jury in July on charges of sexual exploitation of minors, receiving child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Matika referred that part of the case because federal sentencing guidelines are tougher.

Levernier still faces sexual assault charges in Carbon County. He has reached an agreement to plead guilty to aggravated indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children. He was supposed to enter the plea Nov. 15, but his court appearance was postponed because he’s being held in Lackawanna County Prison on the federal charge.

Published in: on November 30, 2007 at 6:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Suspected child predator to appear in court


The Army Sergeant from Solorado Springs facing charges of internet luring of child, is scheduled to appear in a Mesa County courtroom today.

33-year-old Gregory Sallee was one of nine men involved in a Jefferson County sting operation.

Authorities say Sallee was brought to Mesa County in August to face charges of internet luring of a child with intent to exploit, sexual exploitation of a child, and enticement of a child.

He allegedly planned to meet with what he thought was an underage girl in Mesa County.

Sallee posted bond at 25-thousand dollars earlier this month.

He is scheduled to appear in Judge Deister’s courtroom for a review hearing at 8 a-m Monday morning.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Suspected child predator to appear in court


The Army Sergeant from Solorado Springs facing charges of internet luring of child, is scheduled to appear in a Mesa County courtroom today.

33-year-old Gregory Sallee was one of nine men involved in a Jefferson County sting operation.

Authorities say Sallee was brought to Mesa County in August to face charges of internet luring of a child with intent to exploit, sexual exploitation of a child, and enticement of a child.

He allegedly planned to meet with what he thought was an underage girl in Mesa County.

Sallee posted bond at 25-thousand dollars earlier this month.

He is scheduled to appear in Judge Deister’s courtroom for a review hearing at 8 a-m Monday morning.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cops Posing As Girls Nab Web Predator


Macomb County police arrested a 39-year-old child predator from Battle Creek on Tuesday night after the man set up two “dates,” one right after the other, with two separate undercover officers.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect set up a date with an undercover officer from Wayne County, and then another one with an undercover Macomb County Officer.


In both cases, the man thought he was setting up meetings with 13-year-old girls he had been talking to on the Internet.

Police said the suspect has served 30 days in jail for a misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography.Police were waiting for the man before he arrived at the intended rendezvous.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cops Posing As Girls Nab Web Predator


Macomb County police arrested a 39-year-old child predator from Battle Creek on Tuesday night after the man set up two “dates,” one right after the other, with two separate undercover officers.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect set up a date with an undercover officer from Wayne County, and then another one with an undercover Macomb County Officer.


In both cases, the man thought he was setting up meetings with 13-year-old girls he had been talking to on the Internet.

Police said the suspect has served 30 days in jail for a misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography.Police were waiting for the man before he arrived at the intended rendezvous.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stone County Man Found Guilty of Molesting Child

A Stone County jury convicted a Reeds Spring man of statutory sodomy Wednesday.

Joshua Bunch, 24, was found guilty of having deviate sexual intercourse with a five-year-old girl in March and April of 2004 in Mount Vernon. The case was moved to Stone County on a change of venue.

In a press release, Lawrence County prosecutor Robert E. George said, “This defendant is a classic pedophile, who gained access to his victim by befriending the child’s mother. Bunch met the mother on the Internet, and soon moved in the household.” George said. “Once in the house, the victim did not have a chance to avoid the sex acts. She was a compelling witness who was able to discuss the terrible things she endured at this man’s will.”

Prosecutors said Bunch began molesting the child while her mother was at work. The victim testified Bunch watched pornographic moves before and during some of the acts. The child reported that there were at least twelve different times she was abused, however, due to her age she was unable to be specific as to when exactly each act occurred.

Bunch will be sentenced February 13.

Prosecutors say authorities arrested Bunch in a San Padre, Texas, motel room with pornographic items and chatting online with three teenagers.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 7:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Child molester headed to county jail

A Sharon man will serve less than 2 years in the county jail for what the judge said was the rape of a 4-year-old girl last year in his home.

Garon P. Hull, 35, of 361 Andrew St., pleaded guilty to corruption of minors for the sexual assault on Oct. 9 and had charges of raping a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse withdrawn.

Hull sexually assaulted the girl in his home in May or June, 2006. Common Pleas President Judge Frances J. Fornelli said Hull deserved the maximum 2 1/2 to 5 year sentence for the facts of the case. The sticking point was the danger state prison would hold for Hull, Fornelli said.

Because of Hull’s limited intelligence, Fornelli said, “and the fact that you’ll have a limited ability to protect yourself from the other inmates,” he gave him the county sentence where Fornelli said he could protect Hull.

“The fact of the matter is child molesters are the lowest
form of life in the penitentiary, as far as other inmates are concerned,” he said.

Fornelli said that some people might consider it just for a man who raped a child to in turn be raped.

“(It was an) awful thing you did. Awful. And if my job were vengeance your sentence would be very easy. But hopefully the court system is about more than that,” he said.

“The child is sleepless,” Fornelli said, describing the damage Hull did. “The child is scared, the child has nightmares and the mother has the same problems.”

Hull will also serve 5 years’ probation and Fornelli promised him the maximum sentence if he ever crosses the line again.

Two women also testified for Hull’s character, including his mother, Virginia, and his wife, Marcy. Hull’s mother said he was never any trouble and helped elderly people in the community with grocery shopping, shoveling driveways and mowing lawns. She said he helps out at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sharon. “He would do anything for anyone,” said Hull’s wife.

In a twist, Hull’s mother and wife said that Hull had helped a family member who had been sexually abused by another man, including taking her to the hospital to be examined.
“He’s real good with his kids,” said his wife. Hull will be banned forever from private contact with any children except his two daughters and stepdaughter.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 7:12 am  Leave a Comment