Repeat sex offender released in Santa Barbara County

He spent more than 20 years incarcerated for crimes against children in the 1980’s. Today, a convicted pedophile is released in Santa Barbara County.

Here’s the latest:

  • Kenneth Rasmuson was convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in 1981.
  • In 1987, two years after he was released, Rasmuson kidnapped and sexually molested a 3-year-old.
  • Rasmuson was released today after fulfilling a state mental health program.

    Right now, it is unknown what community Rasmuson will reside in.

    The court allowed him to be released without permanent housing.

    Today, he registered as a “homeless” sex offender.

    Kenneth Rasmuson is no longer a ward of the state. He is a free man living back in Santa Barbara County, where he committed his first crime.

    The California Judicial System and the state Mental Health Department say he is no longer a threat to the community.

    “If he had not completed the program, done all the counseling, satisfied the doctors and experts he wouldn’t have been released,” said Santa Barbara County District Attorney Christie Stanley.

    But when evaluated just last year at Atascadero State Hospital, one of eight doctors described Rasmuson as “a very serious pedophile,” another said he is “not cured” of his pedophilia.

    The court’s decision to release the 2-time sex offender back in to the community is not sitting well with some parents and caregivers.

    “I think they always have the same tendencies to be a predator and no children are safe in any environment where there is a sexual predator because you never now when they can attack again,” said nanny Molly DeLallo.

    “It’s troubling because of the multiple offenses that have been committed and it’s something that definitely needs very close monitoring,” said parent Jeff Rynders.

    Rasmuson is one of seven sex offenders to qualify for release under the California Sexual Predator Statute.

    If a convicted predator fulfills the state mental hospital’s requirements, they qualify for release.

    “Everyone is emotionally and really I think legitimately concerned about the safety of our community, that’s not enough the law requires more to keep someone incarcerated,” Stanley said.

    Rasmusen will be heavily monitored. He is required to wear a GPS electronic monitoring device.

    A state contracted health care agency will be monitoring him 24-hours a day until they deem it unnecessary.

    Rasmuson registered as a sex offender at the sheriff’s department today.

    When he finds permanent housing, his whereabouts will be posted on Megan’s Law for public viewing. He is required to live at least 2,000 feet away from schools.

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Repeat sex offender released in Santa Barbara County

He spent more than 20 years incarcerated for crimes against children in the 1980’s. Today, a convicted pedophile is released in Santa Barbara County.

Here’s the latest:

  • Kenneth Rasmuson was convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in 1981.
  • In 1987, two years after he was released, Rasmuson kidnapped and sexually molested a 3-year-old.
  • Rasmuson was released today after fulfilling a state mental health program.

    Right now, it is unknown what community Rasmuson will reside in.

    The court allowed him to be released without permanent housing.

    Today, he registered as a “homeless” sex offender.

    Kenneth Rasmuson is no longer a ward of the state. He is a free man living back in Santa Barbara County, where he committed his first crime.

    The California Judicial System and the state Mental Health Department say he is no longer a threat to the community.

    “If he had not completed the program, done all the counseling, satisfied the doctors and experts he wouldn’t have been released,” said Santa Barbara County District Attorney Christie Stanley.

    But when evaluated just last year at Atascadero State Hospital, one of eight doctors described Rasmuson as “a very serious pedophile,” another said he is “not cured” of his pedophilia.

    The court’s decision to release the 2-time sex offender back in to the community is not sitting well with some parents and caregivers.

    “I think they always have the same tendencies to be a predator and no children are safe in any environment where there is a sexual predator because you never now when they can attack again,” said nanny Molly DeLallo.

    “It’s troubling because of the multiple offenses that have been committed and it’s something that definitely needs very close monitoring,” said parent Jeff Rynders.

    Rasmuson is one of seven sex offenders to qualify for release under the California Sexual Predator Statute.

    If a convicted predator fulfills the state mental hospital’s requirements, they qualify for release.

    “Everyone is emotionally and really I think legitimately concerned about the safety of our community, that’s not enough the law requires more to keep someone incarcerated,” Stanley said.

    Rasmusen will be heavily monitored. He is required to wear a GPS electronic monitoring device.

    A state contracted health care agency will be monitoring him 24-hours a day until they deem it unnecessary.

    Rasmuson registered as a sex offender at the sheriff’s department today.

    When he finds permanent housing, his whereabouts will be posted on Megan’s Law for public viewing. He is required to live at least 2,000 feet away from schools.

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

European, Australian police crack child sex ring in Europe

A cross-border investigation into a Europe wide child-sex network has led to 92 arrests in eight countries, officials of the European prosecutor’s organisation Eurojust told a press conference Monday.

Involving 18 European police forces and the Australian authorities, Operation Koala led to 40 arrests 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 inquiry is ongoing, it will result in further arrests,” Eurojust president Michael Kennedy said.

Eurojust and the European police organization Europol coordinated the efforts to crack the group.

The main suspect was nabbed in Italy with 70,000 euros ($101,000) on him and large quantities of pedophilic materials. Italian police arrested him as he was apparently trying to leave for Ukraine where he has two homes — and where the vast majority of the victims are from.

Often young girls aged nine to 16, the victims were lured into a Ukranian studio where photo shoots would become increasingly explicit and end with the victims being sexually abused, the investigation found.

According to Europol, 21 of the 23 victims were from the Ukraine. The other two were Belgian girls whose father forced them to take sexually explicit pictures. He was arrested last year.

Some 2,500 clients had subscribed to the Internet pedophilia network, the inquiry showed.

“To fill the gap between the 2,500 clients and 92 arrests is a matter of time,” Eurojust’s Kennedy said.

The findings were announced as pedophilia topped the agenda of a separate, four-day Interpol meeting that began Monday in Morocco. The international police organization is to decide whether to make greater use of public appeals for help in pedophilia or other investigations.

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pedophile Was Sentenced to Community Service in a Kindergarten

A pedophile who was sentenced to 720 hours community service for welfare fraud and was allowed to serve his sentence as a janitor at the Evangelical Kindergarten St Petri has been arrested and returned to court after re-offending.

The man, who had three convictions for pedophilia in East Germany dating from 1988-90, was reported to police by the head of the kindergarten after he allegedly fondled himself in front of several children.

“The colleague didn’t pay attention and didn’t see he had a sexual conviction, so she allowed him to serve in a kindergarten. She didn’t read the file,” said Osnabrueck prosecutor’s office spokesperson Alexander Retemeyer.

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Second suspect sought in child molestation case


A Vienna Township man may have molested at least 70 children over the past two decades, police say.

Kevin Odette, 33, faces 16 felony counts. But investigators say more may be on the way.

Their investigation spans almost the entire state. Authorities say they believe Odette may have molested kids in Gaylord, Lansing, Vienna Township, the city of Flint and Flint Township.

Odette is being held on a $1.6 million bond. The Genesee County sheriff says Odette had made dozens of DVDs highlighting his sexually abusive behavior.

“My investigators, who are seasoned investigators, told me that the videos are the most graphic that they have ever seen,” said Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.

“One of the investigators said he couldn’t watch any more after just watching two of them. It was just so horrible.”

The videos include images of children forced to perform all kinds of sex acts.

Investigators found the videos at Odette’s Vienna Township home. They also found posters of children along the walls of one bedroom and a diary, which Odette allegedly used to document his behavior.

“He would take kids in the back (of the home) and molest them while their family was there,” Pickell said.

His wife lived with him, but she slept in a separate bedroom.

Odette was arrested last week in Burton after a family member found one of the sexually explicit DVDs.

Investigators say Odette may have molested kids starting 24 years ago in Gaylord when he was just 10 years old. The accusations have shocked his neighbors.

“I just can’t believe that,” said neighbor Elly Burk. “Right here on our back door. It makes me wonder if there’s any kids in here that here’s gotten.”

So far, Odette is formally accused of molesting five children. Authorities urge anyone with any more information about Odette to please come forward.

Pickell speculated as to why no victims approached police until now.

“People don’t talk about it,” he said. “(Parents) don’t want to put their kids through that type of experience.”

Police said Odette had no prior criminal record, except for one larceny charge. If convicted of these sex charges, Odette could face life in prison.

One man in jail; second suspect has heavily tattooed hand

The investigation continued Wednesday into what Genesee County sheriff’s deputies say is one of the most disturbing cases of child molestation that they’ve ever seen.

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the case, and now they say there may be another suspect still on the loose.

Police say this second person showed up in some of the sexually explicit child pornography videos they retrieved from the home of Kevin Odette.

Odette is being held at the Genesee County Jail on a $1.6 million bond. Police are still looking for the other person, who is described as a white man, possibly in his 30s with a heavily tattooed right hand.

Police say the break came in this case earlier this month when the mother of two of the victims found a DVD in her home that contained video of her children engaged in sexual activity with Odette.

That led police to Odette’s Vienna Township home, where they say they found more than 70 VHS tapes and more than 200 DVDs with graphic sexual conduct involving children.

The victims were both boys and girls, and police say most were young relatives of Odette. He’s been charged with 16 counts of criminal sexual conduct with five victims ranging in age from 7 to 13.

Police say there is reason to believe that there may be up to 70 victims from across the state.

Police hope to release a picture soon of the heavily tattooed hand of the second person they believe was involved. The video has been sent out to be enhanced to produce a picture.

Dawn Jones
Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Second suspect sought in child molestation case


A Vienna Township man may have molested at least 70 children over the past two decades, police say.

Kevin Odette, 33, faces 16 felony counts. But investigators say more may be on the way.

Their investigation spans almost the entire state. Authorities say they believe Odette may have molested kids in Gaylord, Lansing, Vienna Township, the city of Flint and Flint Township.

Odette is being held on a $1.6 million bond. The Genesee County sheriff says Odette had made dozens of DVDs highlighting his sexually abusive behavior.

“My investigators, who are seasoned investigators, told me that the videos are the most graphic that they have ever seen,” said Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.

“One of the investigators said he couldn’t watch any more after just watching two of them. It was just so horrible.”

The videos include images of children forced to perform all kinds of sex acts.

Investigators found the videos at Odette’s Vienna Township home. They also found posters of children along the walls of one bedroom and a diary, which Odette allegedly used to document his behavior.

“He would take kids in the back (of the home) and molest them while their family was there,” Pickell said.

His wife lived with him, but she slept in a separate bedroom.

Odette was arrested last week in Burton after a family member found one of the sexually explicit DVDs.

Investigators say Odette may have molested kids starting 24 years ago in Gaylord when he was just 10 years old. The accusations have shocked his neighbors.

“I just can’t believe that,” said neighbor Elly Burk. “Right here on our back door. It makes me wonder if there’s any kids in here that here’s gotten.”

So far, Odette is formally accused of molesting five children. Authorities urge anyone with any more information about Odette to please come forward.

Pickell speculated as to why no victims approached police until now.

“People don’t talk about it,” he said. “(Parents) don’t want to put their kids through that type of experience.”

Police said Odette had no prior criminal record, except for one larceny charge. If convicted of these sex charges, Odette could face life in prison.

One man in jail; second suspect has heavily tattooed hand

The investigation continued Wednesday into what Genesee County sheriff’s deputies say is one of the most disturbing cases of child molestation that they’ve ever seen.

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the case, and now they say there may be another suspect still on the loose.

Police say this second person showed up in some of the sexually explicit child pornography videos they retrieved from the home of Kevin Odette.

Odette is being held at the Genesee County Jail on a $1.6 million bond. Police are still looking for the other person, who is described as a white man, possibly in his 30s with a heavily tattooed right hand.

Police say the break came in this case earlier this month when the mother of two of the victims found a DVD in her home that contained video of her children engaged in sexual activity with Odette.

That led police to Odette’s Vienna Township home, where they say they found more than 70 VHS tapes and more than 200 DVDs with graphic sexual conduct involving children.

The victims were both boys and girls, and police say most were young relatives of Odette. He’s been charged with 16 counts of criminal sexual conduct with five victims ranging in age from 7 to 13.

Police say there is reason to believe that there may be up to 70 victims from across the state.

Police hope to release a picture soon of the heavily tattooed hand of the second person they believe was involved. The video has been sent out to be enhanced to produce a picture.

Dawn Jones
Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Inmate charged in child molestation case

An inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility was charged Friday with 15 felonies accusing him of molesting children while he was on parole in Reno County.

Jared Race, 29, was ordered held on $1 million bond on the charges, which accuse him of molesting six children under the age of 11.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show that Race served more than nine years in prison on kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges before he was paroled in May 2006.

The new charges accuse him of molesting the children before he was returned to prison in August on a parole violation.

Hurst Laviana

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mountford may yet stand trial

DISGRACED former St Peter’s College chaplain John Mountford may yet face trial over the alleged sexual abuse of a student.

In a sensational development in the case, Mountford’s alleged victim “David” has decided he will now testify against him.

The decision comes 10 weeks after all charges against Mountford were dropped by Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC, because of David’s deteriorating mental health.

In his first extensive interview since the charges were dropped on August 28, David has told the Sunday Mail he now wants Mountford to “face justice”.

His decision, made over the past few weeks, has left the door open for Mr Pallaras to re-charge Mountford and have him extradited once again to face trial.

“If criminal charges were relaid against Mountford, I would most certainly take my place in the witness box,” David said this week.

“I am now a lot stronger as a person. I can now read my police statement without throwing up and/or spending the next three or four days in bed in the foetal position just crying and feeling ashamed and dirty.

“Most definitely I would testify if my charges were relaid and if another person was to come forward to the Pedophile Task Force and Rev Mountford was re-extradited, I would gladly give evidence and assist that person wherever possible.

“Rev. Mountford is a pedophile who had a history of preying on young, naive boys such as me for his own personal pleasure and gratification,” David said in a letter tabled in Parliament.

David, 30, said that while he had told a DPP witness liaison officer he “had his anger back” concerning the case, he had not yet spoken to Mr Pallaras about his decision. On Friday, Mr Pallaras declined to comment on the development in the case.

Mountford left Adelaide several days after the District Court charges against him were withdrawn and is now believed to be living in Thailand, from where he was originally extradited by SA police in 2004.

David, whose letter of explanation and appreciation to Premier Mike Rann was tabled in State Parliament on Thursday, said one of the catalysts for his change of heart was the death of his grandmother in September.

She was one of the reasons he opted not to proceed with the charges.

He said he has managed to kick a 14-year drug habit and has now “refocused” his life. David said he “had nothing but praise for what the school is doing now to protect its children, but people need to know what went on back then.”

He also revealed he was in the process of creating a website dedicated to the alleged abuse at St Peter’s College.

The website would contain details of his case, links to the Pedophile Task Force, rape counselling centres and other services to assist sexual assault victims, he said.

“My aim with the website is to tell people the story of what happened to me, why the case didn’t go ahead, every aspect of the Rev. Mountford years,” David said.

“I believe it’s time that people know what happened at St Peter’s.

“It is aimed at anybody who wants to know the truth.”

David said he did not want it to be viewed as a “hate site” and was not concerned at possible legal action because of its content, simply “because everything on there will be factual”.

“I am at liberty to publish anything in the public arena,” he said.

“I am also seeking legal advice as to whether or not the statement I gave to the Pedophile Task Force can be placed on the site.”

David is now in the process of negotiating a multimillion dollar compensation payout from St Peter’s College over his alleged abuse, which occurred in 1991 and 1992.

While the civil action was lodged in the District Court in 2004, it was delayed because of the pending criminal trial.

A week after the criminal charges were dropped, the first mediation session with the school over his compensation claim was arranged.

While he declined to comment on the claim, it is known a forensic accountant is reviewing it.

“My dream was to become a commercial pilot,” he said. “I ended up becoming a successful chef and the claim is based on those ambitions, none of which I have managed to achieve because of what happened to me at St Peter’s.

David said he firmly believed his years at St Peter’s College had destroyed his life, and yet he was “still waiting” for an apology from the school.

“St Peter’s has had 14 years to apologise to me, but I have received nothing but letters requesting money for the building fund,” he said.

David said he still suffered from severe depression, chronic fatigue, recurring nightmares and was unable to work. He now spends his time recovering and when able, researching material to be included on his website.

In his letter to Mr Rann tabled in Parliament, David said he was aware other boys were abused at St Peter’s College by Mountford.

“I know for certain that I was not the only student he abused at St Peter’s College and that there are others he groomed and took advantage of,” he said in the letter.

Duncan Basheer Hannon lawyer Peter Humphries paid tribute to Mr Rann for tabling David’s letter in Parliament.

“Mr Rann has been an unwavering supporter of victims of historical sexual abuse in South Australia,” he said.

“This has been demonstrated through his support of the Anglican Inquiry, funding the Pedophile Task Force and establishing the Mullighan inquiry.

“Allowing David to have his say in this venue is yet another example of that support.”

St Peter’s College did not respond to a series of questions from the Sunday Mail.

One of the questions concerned Mountford’s dealings with other students.

Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment