Sexual Predator Charged in Fun Tan Robbery


A 39-year-old man with a criminal past consisting of multiple sexual convictions was charged Tuesday with robbery and criminal confinement in a hold-up on Saturday at a local tanning salon.

Christopher Shane Powell faces two counts of robbery armed with a deadly weapon and two counts of criminal confinement, each a B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Powell was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly broke into Fun Tan Tanning Salon, at 2258 E. South Bend Ave.

Police found a woman whose wrists, head and face were bound in duct tape running from the back of the building screaming for help, and another woman, similarly tied up inside the building, according to court documents.

Powell was allegedly found with a bag containing condoms and duct tape.

According to Indiana Department of Correction records, Powell recently finished serving 16 years of a 44-year sentence for several convictions of rape, criminal confinement and criminal deviate conduct.

Powell is listed as a sexual predator in the state’s sex offender registry.

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Sexual Predator Charged in Fun Tan Robbery


A 39-year-old man with a criminal past consisting of multiple sexual convictions was charged Tuesday with robbery and criminal confinement in a hold-up on Saturday at a local tanning salon.

Christopher Shane Powell faces two counts of robbery armed with a deadly weapon and two counts of criminal confinement, each a B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Powell was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly broke into Fun Tan Tanning Salon, at 2258 E. South Bend Ave.

Police found a woman whose wrists, head and face were bound in duct tape running from the back of the building screaming for help, and another woman, similarly tied up inside the building, according to court documents.

Powell was allegedly found with a bag containing condoms and duct tape.

According to Indiana Department of Correction records, Powell recently finished serving 16 years of a 44-year sentence for several convictions of rape, criminal confinement and criminal deviate conduct.

Powell is listed as a sexual predator in the state’s sex offender registry.

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52-year-old Man Arrested in Predator Sting


Lexington deputies arrested a 52-year-old Elgin man after they say he solicited sex from what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl over the Internet.

Attorney General Henry McMaster announced the arrest of 52-year-old James Kenneth Capps of 1211 Surrey Lane in Elgin Tuesday.

Capps is charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, and one count of attempted dissemination of obscene material to a minor.

An arrest warrant says Capps tried to solicit sex to an undercover Lexington deputy posing as a 12-year-old girl online on October 4th. Deputies executed a search warrant at Capps’ house and seized three computers, a web camera and other computer related items.

McMaster says Capps’s arrest marks the 103rd person arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that includes the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

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52-year-old Man Arrested in Predator Sting


Lexington deputies arrested a 52-year-old Elgin man after they say he solicited sex from what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl over the Internet.

Attorney General Henry McMaster announced the arrest of 52-year-old James Kenneth Capps of 1211 Surrey Lane in Elgin Tuesday.

Capps is charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, and one count of attempted dissemination of obscene material to a minor.

An arrest warrant says Capps tried to solicit sex to an undercover Lexington deputy posing as a 12-year-old girl online on October 4th. Deputies executed a search warrant at Capps’ house and seized three computers, a web camera and other computer related items.

McMaster says Capps’s arrest marks the 103rd person arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that includes the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

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Aylesford pedophile released

A convicted child molester from Kings County who could not guarantee a judge that he would not reoffend is no longer behind bars.

John Trevor Herbert of Aylesford has been released from prison, as required by law, after serving two-thirds of his sentence for molesting three girls.

“You have been assessed as a heterosexual pedophile (who) is unable to self-manage your offence cycle,” the National Parole Board wrote in a decision dated Nov. 16.

“You present a high risk of reoffending in a sexual manner, and the attending psychologist expresses limited faith in your ability to self-manage risk, and you have not been honest to date.”

Mr. Herbert will live at an unnamed halfway house, with no leave privil-eges, until his sentence ends on July 16, 2008.

After that date, Mr. Herbert, earlier declared a long-term offender, will be supervised in the community until July 22, 2009. During that time, he is to receive treatment and cannot be with girls under age 18 unless accompanied by a responsible adult who is known to his parole officer.

“Simply put, you need to be held accountable, and access to treatment from a structured setting cannot be left to chance or the assistance of a third party,” the board said.

In November 1999, Mr. Herbert, then 60, was declared a dangerous offender, a year after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and two of indecent assault involving three victims in the 1980s and 1990s. The designation was upheld in a 2001 ruling but overturned on appeal.

At Mr. Herbert’s dangerous-offender hearing, a psychiatrist who testified for the Crown said Mr. Herbert was at moderate risk of reoffending. Another said the risk was substantial.

A psychologist called by the defence testified Mr. Herbert was at a low risk of reoffending and was strongly motivated to deal with his problem.

But in her decision, provincial court Judge Claudine MacDonald referred to Mr. Herbert’s testimony at the hearing. He said he’s not likely to reoffend, but added, “I can’t guarantee anything.”

In 2002, Nova Scotia’s Appeal Court ruled that Mr. Herbert should not have been declared a dangerous offender.

The Appeal Court found that provincial court Judge Claudine MacDonald failed to reassess all evidence and did not analyze core findings of an expert assessment that found Mr. Herbert’s risk of reoffending was moderate, or less than 50 per cent.

In allowing the appeal, the Appeal Court found that Mr. Herbert is a long-term offender and replaced his indefinite prison term with four years for the sexual assault convictions. He was to serve that term at the same time as the four years he was serving for the indecent assaults.

While on parole last November, Mr. Herbert violated his release conditions by becoming involved with two young females. For this, he was sentenced to an additional 20 months.

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Probation violation lands sex offender in prison

Robert T. Shelton of Highland Park is trading probation for prison.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty Monday in Lake County Circuit Court to violating requirements of probation.

Shelton was convicted in October 2004 of sexually abusing a young teenage girl and was sentenced to 24 months of probation, six months of work release, 150 hours of public service work and ordered to undergo sex-offender treatment. The sentence also banned him from committing new offenses.

His new guilty plea followed two incidents, one for violent and harassing phone calls, and another for battery. On Sept. 23, 2006, he telephoned a woman and threatened to kill her and her family. Last July in Arlington Heights, he struck a woman in the chest with his elbow.

Judge John Phillips accepted the recommended plea and sentence, revoked Shelton’s probation and ordered him to prison for three years. Shelton will get credit for 180 days already served in the Lake County Jail, and will be able to earn day-for-day good conduct credit in the Department of Corrections.

Phillips allowed Shelton to delay remand until Jan. 9, but will not allow him to leave Illinois.

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Probation violation lands sex offender in prison

Robert T. Shelton of Highland Park is trading probation for prison.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty Monday in Lake County Circuit Court to violating requirements of probation.

Shelton was convicted in October 2004 of sexually abusing a young teenage girl and was sentenced to 24 months of probation, six months of work release, 150 hours of public service work and ordered to undergo sex-offender treatment. The sentence also banned him from committing new offenses.

His new guilty plea followed two incidents, one for violent and harassing phone calls, and another for battery. On Sept. 23, 2006, he telephoned a woman and threatened to kill her and her family. Last July in Arlington Heights, he struck a woman in the chest with his elbow.

Judge John Phillips accepted the recommended plea and sentence, revoked Shelton’s probation and ordered him to prison for three years. Shelton will get credit for 180 days already served in the Lake County Jail, and will be able to earn day-for-day good conduct credit in the Department of Corrections.

Phillips allowed Shelton to delay remand until Jan. 9, but will not allow him to leave Illinois.

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Southbury residents adjust to life with sex offender

In any other year, the residents around Fox Run Drive would just be planning their annual Christmas caroling through the neighborhood.

But this year, along with holiday songs and luminaries, they’re keeping watch over a sex offender and contacting politicians about civil confinement.

“We all just want to protect our families,” Mina Campos said.

The neighborhood mobilized last month after the release of 54-year-old David Pollitt, who served more than 24 years in prison for raping five women and teenagers in the 1980s. Pollitt moved into 135 Fox Run Drive with his sister, Janice Rosengren; his brother-in-law, Greg; and their two daughters, 17 and 20.

Most neighbors don’t want him there. A group of about 70 people have organized nightly patrols, taken self-defense classes and formed committees with the goal of changing how the state handles sex offenders. Tonight, they plan to meet with Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, who is co-chairman of the legislature’s judiciary committee, which would handle bills dealing with sex offenders.

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Police Search For Sex Offender

Police continue searching for a registered sex offender who hasn’t updated their information on the West Virginia Sex Offender Registry.

David Paul Meadows, 56, was convicted of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, or custodian in 1991. He may be in North Carolina.

Meadows faces felony charges because he didn’t comply with registration laws.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Meadows, contact Corporal Summers with the West Virginia State Police at 304-256-6700.

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Sex offender’s movements will be tracked

Spackenkill school district parents were assured during a forum Monday night that the movements of a Level 3 sex offender living in their community are being tracked.

The forum was moderated by a panel of law enforcement, mental health and victim advocacy officials. It was organized in response to the release last month of Town of Poughkeepsie resident James Colliton from jail.

Colliton, formerly a lawyer in New York City, pleaded guilty to having frequent sex with two underage girls who were supplied to him by the girls’ mother.

Colliton gave gifts and money in exchange for the encounters. He received a sentence of one year on each count to run concurrently, but was released from Rikers Island on time served.

Colliton is a Level 3 sex offender, the most severe designation given by the state for sex offenders, and is required to check in with Poughkeepsie town police every 90 days.

Colliton has five children who attend the Spackenkill school district. He is not restricted from most public places.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith said sexual offenders are tracked at least once every three months to see if they are still at the addresses listed on the state’s sex offender registry. She said sexual offenders go through a good amount of intense therapy before they are released from probation.

“This is not feel-good therapy like you would do if you want to quit smoking,” Smith explained.

Smith said parents need to be vigilant in monitoring who interacts with their children. She said instances are rare in which the victims and an offender are strangers.

Published in: on November 20, 2007 at 6:42 pm  Leave a Comment