Former Flint administrator sentenced to 5 years in prison in child molestation case


Professing his innocence, Julius Anthony, a former top Flint School District administrator, was sentenced today to five years in prison and 10 years of probation in a 1996 Georgia child molestation case.

Anthony showed no remorse and offered no apology to the victim, now 15 and a sophomore in high school, and the victim’s mother, who were in courtroom for the sentencing, said Fulton County senior assistant district attorney Kimberly Esmond Adams.

Superior Court Judge John J. Goger required that Anthony register as a sex offender, but did allow for a future expungement of his record.

In 2006, the Georgia Legislature passed a law that prohibits judges from sentencing sex offenders as “first-time” offenders, which had allowed for a convicted person to petition for expungement.

But judges have discretion as to whether to allow people convicted of sex crimes before 2006 to benefit from the “first-time offense” provision.

Adams argued for a 20-year prison sentence, but was satisfied that Anthony received the five-year term.

“I don’t want to second-guess the wisdom of the court, but I’m happy that he has to serve some period of time in confinement,” Adams said.

A jury found Anthony guilty of fondling a 3-year-old boy in September 1996 at a preschool or day care program at a Georgia facility where Anthony was working.

The victim’s mother told the judge her son had acted out with bad behavior in school and needed extensive psychiatric counseling, but was now on the right track, Adams said.

The boy is a musician, Adams said.

“He is a delightful young man and I was pleased to meet him,” Adams said.

Adams said Anthony indicated he will appeal his conviction.

About 15 Anthony supporters, which included family, friends and a former employer, were in the court for the sentencing. Six of them testified as character witnesses before the sentencing.

Anthony was a close friend and former colleague of former Flint School Superintendent Walter Milton Jr., who brought him to Flint to work as a school district consultant in December 2005.

The Flint Board of Education hired Anthony in July 2006 as the district’s executive director of curriculum. He resigned that September after a background check turned up his criminal record.

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Former Flint administrator sentenced to 5 years in prison in child molestation case


Professing his innocence, Julius Anthony, a former top Flint School District administrator, was sentenced today to five years in prison and 10 years of probation in a 1996 Georgia child molestation case.

Anthony showed no remorse and offered no apology to the victim, now 15 and a sophomore in high school, and the victim’s mother, who were in courtroom for the sentencing, said Fulton County senior assistant district attorney Kimberly Esmond Adams.

Superior Court Judge John J. Goger required that Anthony register as a sex offender, but did allow for a future expungement of his record.

In 2006, the Georgia Legislature passed a law that prohibits judges from sentencing sex offenders as “first-time” offenders, which had allowed for a convicted person to petition for expungement.

But judges have discretion as to whether to allow people convicted of sex crimes before 2006 to benefit from the “first-time offense” provision.

Adams argued for a 20-year prison sentence, but was satisfied that Anthony received the five-year term.

“I don’t want to second-guess the wisdom of the court, but I’m happy that he has to serve some period of time in confinement,” Adams said.

A jury found Anthony guilty of fondling a 3-year-old boy in September 1996 at a preschool or day care program at a Georgia facility where Anthony was working.

The victim’s mother told the judge her son had acted out with bad behavior in school and needed extensive psychiatric counseling, but was now on the right track, Adams said.

The boy is a musician, Adams said.

“He is a delightful young man and I was pleased to meet him,” Adams said.

Adams said Anthony indicated he will appeal his conviction.

About 15 Anthony supporters, which included family, friends and a former employer, were in the court for the sentencing. Six of them testified as character witnesses before the sentencing.

Anthony was a close friend and former colleague of former Flint School Superintendent Walter Milton Jr., who brought him to Flint to work as a school district consultant in December 2005.

The Flint Board of Education hired Anthony in July 2006 as the district’s executive director of curriculum. He resigned that September after a background check turned up his criminal record.

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Interpol Widens Pedophile Search Appeals

Interpol has agreed to allow wider use of public appeals to track suspected pedophiles, after the method led to the arrest of a Canadian schoolteacher last month, an agency official said Tuesday.

Last month’s public appeal was made after German police unscrambled digitized swirls that obscured the face of a man depicted in about 200 Internet photos having sex with a dozen different boys between the ages of 6 and 12 in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Interpol posted the unscrambled images on its Web site and 11 days later, Christopher Paul Neil was identified and tracked down in Thailand.

Delegates to Interpol’s general assembly agreed in a closed-door session Monday to allow the international police agency to regularly seek public tips.

After Monday’s vote, “Interpol can (regularly) … put unknown child sex offenders into the public circle for identification when all other means have been exhausted,” said Kristin Kvigne, assistant director of Interpol’s division on people trafficking.

“It’s opening up for new cases to be done that way,” she said.

Interpol will be cautious about putting out images of suspected pedophiles, Kvigne said. She noted Neil’s was a relatively clear cut case, involving a “pattern of abuse” in which other children could have been put at risk.

She said that case “has brought attention to traveling sex offenders” and spurred an unknown number of other investigations — “a very positive outcome.”

“Perpetrators can try to hide behind the Internet, they can try to live anonymously,” said Kvigne. “But we are policing the Internet, and we will get them.”

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Police: SJ Child Molester Extradited From Germany

A 65-year-old man who allegedly molested two children in 1988 is back in Santa Clara County Tuesday after spending 19 years on the run.

Carl Stephen Kominski is in custody after being transported from Germany for the alleged molestation of two children under the age of 14. Kominski fled before a warrant could be served with the assistance of his lawyer, who has been convicted for aiding and abetting Kominski’s flight.

Authorities believe Kominski spent some of his time on the run in Germany and parts of California, including the Bay Area, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

It took collaboration from the San Jose police, FBI, United States Marshals Service, Bavarian state police and other federal agencies to bring Kominski home to face charges.

Kaminski is being held in a Santa Clara County jail without bail, according to the district attorney. He is scheduled for arraignment today at 2 p.m.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information about the whereabouts of Kominski during his 19 years of evasion contact Christina Gunter with the district attorney’s office at 408-792-2479.

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Pedophile sent pics of grandchildren to police

A GRANDFATHER who sexually molested his two young granddaughters and placed naked photographs of them on the internet has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

The Brisbane District Court was told the man – who used the cyber nickname “Goodytwoshoes” — was only caught after he supplied the photos online to a covert police officer posing as a mother-of-three.

Prosecutor Bronwyn Currie said the 68-year-old man repeatedly molested his son’s daughters now aged 3 and 4, over a three-year period and took almost 600 sexually provocative photos of them.

She said among the photos was one of him touching his toddler daughter’s genital’s with his penis.

The court was told police also found more than 400 other images of pornographic images of children on the man’s computer after his arrest last November – including a video of a toddler being raped by an unknown male.

The man, from Daisy Hills, 20kms southwest of Brisbane, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent treatment of a lineal descendant, two of distributing child exploitation and one each of possessing and making child exploitation and rape.

Ms Currie said the man molested the girls while babysitting them so their mother could return to the workforce.

She said he later told Queensland Police Service Task Force Argos officers he took his camera while babysitting to make his own child pornography to share with other pedophiles he chatted to online.

Mr Currie said the man’s years of sharing naked images of his granddaughters was only uncovered when he engaged in chats with a covert operative – who went by the name of “Karen Smith” – who claimed to have personal interest in pedophilia and incest.

She said during three online chat sessions, the man supplied her of a photos of him with his naked granddaugthers and numerous other images of child pornograhy.

Lawyers for the man argued he had been the subject of a hate campaign after neighbours were told of the charges.

The court was told a letter was also circulated in the man’s neighbourhood detailing the serious nature of the offences.

Judge Michael Forde was told the letter, in part, read: “Dear neighbour, I regret to inform you there is a dangerous pedophile living at (the man’s address).”

It was also revealed paint had been thrown on his home driveway on at least three occasions and that local children often yelled out to him that he was a pedophile.

Judge Forde said grandfather who raped and molested granddaughters could only be described as “dispicable.”

He ordered he be released on parole on January 6, 2010.

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Crackdown on pedophiles

THE Queensland government wants to beef up laws dealing with convicted pedophiles once they are released into the community.

Premier Anna Bligh today said the government was seeking legal advice about possible new laws, including how to keep pedophiles in jail indefinitely, as it investigates claims a notorious offender breached his supervision orders by talking to children.

Brisbane mother-of-two Tania Massey yesterday alleged Mark Anthony Foy, 45, twice spoke to her children, aged 12 and 14, outside her workplace in Wacol, south of Brisbane, a month ago.

Foy was released into the community in late 2004 after more than four years in jail for offences against nine children aged between six and 12.

He was returned to jail in March this year for breaching his supervision order, after pleading guilty to selling morphine to an undercover police officer before spitting in his face.

Foy was released for that offence in July.

Ms Bligh said Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence yesterday discussed with cabinet how the government could be given more powers when dealing with pedophiles.

Ms Bligh said the government was now investigating how it could keep pedophiles who are at risk of re-offending from being released from jail, toughen court-imposed conditions of their release, and tighten restrictions on where they are allowed to live.

“We are looking at a range of options to toughen up this legislation,” the premier told reporters today.

“The question of whether or not those conditions can be made retrospective is also a matter that will require some further advice.”

Ms Bligh refused to say where the government wanted to accommodate offenders like Foy, but said it could include rural and industrial areas.

“We need to make sure that we get laws that are tough enough to manage these people in the community … but also laws that will withstand legal challenges,” she said.

“These people are often very, very litigious.”

Ms Bligh said the laws would be introduced “in the very near future”, but said it was a complex issue.

“This is an evolving area of law,” she said.

“Just four years ago people in this category would have just been let loose at the prison gate, and we would’ve seen them unsupervised and unmonitored in the community.”

Parliament comes to a close next week and resumes in February.

Ms Bligh also urged members of the public who may have information about Foy breaching his supervision orders to contact police.

Opposition Leader Jeff Seeney accused Ms Bligh of a backflip, criticising the government’s new stance as “purely a reactionary policy change”.

“The state Labor government has been dragged kicking and screaming to the point where they have finally acknowledged their policies are not working,” Mr Seeney said.

Published in: on November 6, 2007 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bangor senior chief petty officer remains in jail for child molestation

As his wife and fellow sailors looked on, William E. Miller, 48, of Central Kitsap, made his initial appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 2, for first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Miller on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Port Orchard.

Miller, a senior chief petty officer who works at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, allegedly abused an 8-year-old family member related by marriage.

The courtroom fell silent as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Leila Mills read Miller’s charges aloud. Mills reduced Miller’s bail to $350,000 and he remains in Kitsap County Jail for first-degree child molestation.

The girl first told a close friend about the sexual abuse which began in July. She said the incidents occurred at her home and at a hotel in West Virginia as well as at a family member’s home in Indiana, according to court documents. The girl told detectives she did not tell her mother about the sexual abuse because she “would not believe her and would be angry with her,” according to court documents.

A Central Kitsap School District teacher received the information and the girl confided in her that she had been abused and was afraid to go home, according to court documents.

The CKSD employee notified the school principal and Child Protective Services was called.

“Staff is trained to recognize symptoms of abuse and if in fact a staff member believes something is not right, or the child reports it to them or there are signs of physical abuse, they immediately notify the principal,” said Melanie Reeder, CKSD spokeswoman.

A KCSO deputy took the initial complaint Tuesday, Oct. 30, and the child was removed from the home. Miller denied the sexual allegations and requested the presence of his attorney, according to court documents.

The child has since been returned to her mother, according to Tom Danaher, Naval Base Kitsap spokesman.

If convicted, Miller could serve life in prison. Miller’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 28 with trial set to begin in December.

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Bangor senior chief petty officer remains in jail for child molestation

As his wife and fellow sailors looked on, William E. Miller, 48, of Central Kitsap, made his initial appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 2, for first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Miller on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Port Orchard.

Miller, a senior chief petty officer who works at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, allegedly abused an 8-year-old family member related by marriage.

The courtroom fell silent as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Leila Mills read Miller’s charges aloud. Mills reduced Miller’s bail to $350,000 and he remains in Kitsap County Jail for first-degree child molestation.

The girl first told a close friend about the sexual abuse which began in July. She said the incidents occurred at her home and at a hotel in West Virginia as well as at a family member’s home in Indiana, according to court documents. The girl told detectives she did not tell her mother about the sexual abuse because she “would not believe her and would be angry with her,” according to court documents.

A Central Kitsap School District teacher received the information and the girl confided in her that she had been abused and was afraid to go home, according to court documents.

The CKSD employee notified the school principal and Child Protective Services was called.

“Staff is trained to recognize symptoms of abuse and if in fact a staff member believes something is not right, or the child reports it to them or there are signs of physical abuse, they immediately notify the principal,” said Melanie Reeder, CKSD spokeswoman.

A KCSO deputy took the initial complaint Tuesday, Oct. 30, and the child was removed from the home. Miller denied the sexual allegations and requested the presence of his attorney, according to court documents.

The child has since been returned to her mother, according to Tom Danaher, Naval Base Kitsap spokesman.

If convicted, Miller could serve life in prison. Miller’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 28 with trial set to begin in December.

Published in: on November 6, 2007 at 12:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bangor senior chief petty officer remains in jail for child molestation

As his wife and fellow sailors looked on, William E. Miller, 48, of Central Kitsap, made his initial appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Friday, Nov. 2, for first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Miller on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Port Orchard.

Miller, a senior chief petty officer who works at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, allegedly abused an 8-year-old family member related by marriage.

The courtroom fell silent as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Leila Mills read Miller’s charges aloud. Mills reduced Miller’s bail to $350,000 and he remains in Kitsap County Jail for first-degree child molestation.

The girl first told a close friend about the sexual abuse which began in July. She said the incidents occurred at her home and at a hotel in West Virginia as well as at a family member’s home in Indiana, according to court documents. The girl told detectives she did not tell her mother about the sexual abuse because she “would not believe her and would be angry with her,” according to court documents.

A Central Kitsap School District teacher received the information and the girl confided in her that she had been abused and was afraid to go home, according to court documents.

The CKSD employee notified the school principal and Child Protective Services was called.

“Staff is trained to recognize symptoms of abuse and if in fact a staff member believes something is not right, or the child reports it to them or there are signs of physical abuse, they immediately notify the principal,” said Melanie Reeder, CKSD spokeswoman.

A KCSO deputy took the initial complaint Tuesday, Oct. 30, and the child was removed from the home. Miller denied the sexual allegations and requested the presence of his attorney, according to court documents.

The child has since been returned to her mother, according to Tom Danaher, Naval Base Kitsap spokesman.

If convicted, Miller could serve life in prison. Miller’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 28 with trial set to begin in December.

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Aussie police save girl in pedophile bust

AUSTRALIAN police have helped smash an international paedophile ring, rescuing a four-year-old child from alleged abuse by her grandfather and laying almost 200 charges against nine local men.

More than 90 arrests have been made in eight countries as a result of Operation Koala.

The European Union’s co-ordinator of investigations and prosecutions, Eurojust, said today that 40 arrests had been made in Britain, 21 in France, 11 in Spain, eight in Sweden, five in Belgium, four in Italy, two in Iceland and one in Denmark.

The arrests included not only the network’s operators but also its clients who viewed sexually graphic images of children on the internet.

Queensland police executed 13 search warrants as part of their investigations, operating under the codename Pariah.

Nine men, aged between 29 and 64, have been charged with a total of 188 charges, while more than two million images of child exploitation have been seized.

Police said one of the arrests led to the rescue of a four-year-old Queensland child from her grandfather, who is alleged to have been recording sexually explicit images and movies of the child over two years.

Detective Superintendent Peter Crawford, from Queensland’s State Crime Operations Commands Child Safety and Sexual Crimes Investigation Group, said it had been a rewarding experience to have the international co-operation in this case.

“The dismantling of a commercial child pornography enterprise and the removal of 23 children from harm in Europe and a child in Queensland is an outstanding result,” he said.

“There is no lower form of human behaviour than those that preside over the commercial sexual exploitation of children.”

In 2006, the Queensland police Task Force Argos intercepted child abuse images and videos depicting the serious sexual assault of two young girls on the internet.

The video and photo evidence was referred to Interpol in France, where a task force was established to locate the two children.

Their Belgian father was tracked down and arrested, as was the 42-year-old Italian man responsible for filming the material.

As a result of the arrests, a worldwide search was initiated for the subscribers to the Italian man’s website, involving authorities in 28 countries.

The operation was codenamed Koala because of its Australian origins.

To date, 23 child victims between the age of nine and 16 had been identified by authorities in Europe, and a significant number of arrests had been made, Europol, the European Union law enforcement organisation, said in a statement from the Netherlands.

Among those arrested were several people working in trusted positions such as school teachers and swimming instructors.

A considerable amount of child abuse material has also been seized.

Europol said subscribers to the website were able to order tailor-made videos, with children wearing suggestive lingerie bought by the subscribers themselves.

Some customers even travelled to the Ukrainian studio where the majority of the material was filmed to make their own private videos, Europol said.

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