Mesa child molester convicted

Prosecutors announced Tuesday that a jury has convicted Phillip Mitchell, 42, of Mesa, of molesting an 11-year-old girl beginning in 1999.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Mitchell molested the girl at least seven times between 1999 and 2001. She came forward several years later, and Mitchell was arrested in Oct. 2005, Thomas said.

The jury found Mitchell guilty of five counts of child molestation and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. He will face no fewer than 80 years in prison after his sentencing on Dec. 11.

Jill Redhage
Published in: on November 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Accused child molester back in Botetourt after years on the run

A man accused of molesting three girls six years ago is back in Botetourt County. Lawrence Jones was indicted on sex charges in 2001, but before authorities could serve him court papers, he disappeared.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney office say Jones was found after an officer in Iowa pulled him over in September for drunk driving. The name he gave officers did not match up with his prints, and once his true identity became known, he was extradited back to Virginia.

Jones could face six life terms in prison if he is convicted.

Published in: on November 14, 2007 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Accused child molester back in Botetourt after years on the run

A man accused of molesting three girls six years ago is back in Botetourt County. Lawrence Jones was indicted on sex charges in 2001, but before authorities could serve him court papers, he disappeared.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney office say Jones was found after an officer in Iowa pulled him over in September for drunk driving. The name he gave officers did not match up with his prints, and once his true identity became known, he was extradited back to Virginia.

Jones could face six life terms in prison if he is convicted.

Published in: on November 14, 2007 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Calgary child molester faces jail in U.S. case

Molesting a four-year-old girl could see a Calgary senior spend up to seven years in a U.S. prison.

Kenneth Cooke, 73, of Calgary, has been convicted of sexually abusing a four-year-old girl in 2003, court officials confirmed.

A Canadian citizen, Cooke was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 28.

He faces anywhere from probation to seven years in jail.

Cooke reportedly molested the girl while visiting family in Lake in the Hills, Ill., in June 2003.

The girl was reportedly in the care of one of Cooke’s relatives.

The Calgarian surrendered after losing a year-long extradition battle in Canadian courts, U.S. media outlets reported.

Cooke is free on bail.

PABLO FERNANDEZ
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Accused child molester agrees to stand trial

A Daly City man accused of housing a girl in the basement of his parents’ home and reportedly molesting her on hundreds of occasions will head straight to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

John France Gonzales, a 23-year-old former pharmacy technician, is charged with 142 felonies, including 68 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and 39 counts of lewd acts on a child who is 14 or 15. He is also charged with forcible penetration and domestic violence.

Gonzales met the girl in 2000, when she was 10 years old and living in San Bruno with her aunt, whom Gonzales was dating, according to former defense attorney Jeffery Neubarth.

Prosecutors say that Gonzales molested the girl for the first time when she was 12 and maintained his relationship with the girl for several years while she lived in San Bruno, with her grandmother in Healdsburg and then for a year in Gonzales’ parents’ home.

Gonzales’ parents were unaware that the girl was living in their home, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, because they lived upstairs and never visited the bottom portion of the house.

Gonzales’ attorney, deputy public defender Paul Demeester, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Gonzales, who remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, has been in jail since his arrest in November 2006. The victim is currently living with her family, prosecutors said. Gonzales is scheduled to return to Superior Court on Jan. 17 for arraignment.

Michael Manekin
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Accused child molester agrees to stand trial

A Daly City man accused of housing a girl in the basement of his parents’ home and reportedly molesting her on hundreds of occasions will head straight to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

John France Gonzales, a 23-year-old former pharmacy technician, is charged with 142 felonies, including 68 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and 39 counts of lewd acts on a child who is 14 or 15. He is also charged with forcible penetration and domestic violence.

Gonzales met the girl in 2000, when she was 10 years old and living in San Bruno with her aunt, whom Gonzales was dating, according to former defense attorney Jeffery Neubarth.

Prosecutors say that Gonzales molested the girl for the first time when she was 12 and maintained his relationship with the girl for several years while she lived in San Bruno, with her grandmother in Healdsburg and then for a year in Gonzales’ parents’ home.

Gonzales’ parents were unaware that the girl was living in their home, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, because they lived upstairs and never visited the bottom portion of the house.

Gonzales’ attorney, deputy public defender Paul Demeester, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Gonzales, who remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, has been in jail since his arrest in November 2006. The victim is currently living with her family, prosecutors said. Gonzales is scheduled to return to Superior Court on Jan. 17 for arraignment.

Michael Manekin
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