Accused child molester granted bail twice

Former Big Brother rearrested for contacting kids during hearing

A former Big Brother freed on bail while on trial for allegedly victimizing several boys was rearrested during the hearing after police alleged he continued to contact kids on an Internet chat line despite strict release orders not to communicate with youth under 18.

Now the moms of the alleged victims want to know why the judge granted bail to the accused child molester a second time given the fresh batch of allegations, including violations of the previous bail.

Why, they ask, did Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Raymond Low let Munro back into the community when Crown requested that the boyish-looking film on-set tutor be jailed pending the court’s verdict on the sex and breach charges?

The curly haired Munro was granted bail in summer 2006, pending trial on eight sex crimes alleged to have taken place between 1999 and 2006 involving a little boy he was matched with through the Big Brothers organization and two of the child’s buddies.

The criminal trial had just begun three weeks ago when Munro was rearrested and charged with assaulting a fourth boy during roughly the same time period. He was also charged with having recently chatted up five Vancouver and Burnaby boys on Facebook.

Low then granted him bail again, even though he knew Munro was currently on trial on similar charges.

The little brother and his friends, all around age nine to 11 at the time the first assaults are alleged to have occurred, testified at trial via closed- circuit TV in an adjacent room at the provincial court on Main Street.

The kids told Judge Herbert Weitzel that Munro, their best friend, liquored them up with Vodka shooters before taking pictures of them playing rough with a set of registered guns including an assault rifle, 9mm handgun and pump- action shotgun.

The boys also said he snapped pictures of them fooling around with guns he told them were movie props he had taken from work.

Two of the moms, who I will dub Alex and Barbara so as not to identify the families, said the kids adored the youthful bachelor who took his little brother and his pals on numerous sleepovers, speed-boating jaunts and camping trips.

They said they became good friends with their neighbour over the years, mainly because their sons hung out at his home a lot, swimming in his pool and watching movies on his big-screen TV.

The online movie database lists the 37-year-old Munro as having worked as an on-set film tutor, assistant production co-ordinator and office production assistant on family flicks and children’s action adventures, including Homeward Bound II, Amazing Panda Adventure, X2 and Air Bud.

“My son has been acting out with teachers and his friends,” Alex said.

“I spent $3,000 to repair holes in the walls. He even sprayed the bathroom mirror with liquid snow from a can so he couldn’t see his face. The fact Munro was released on bail twice is beyond comprehension.”

Weitzel is expected to render a verdict on the eight counts next week. Crown counsel Jennifer Carmichael said she will be seeking jail time if Munro is convicted. He will also be in court next week to set a date for trial on the additional charges; sexual interference and inciting a youth to sexually touch another person

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 8:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Accused child molester gets visitation and tMcLean County trial delay


A McLean County judge has agreed to delay a McLean County child abuse trial and to let accused former minister and substitue teacher James Love see his 14-year-old son for the first time in six months.

Defense Lawyer Steve Skelton asked for a trial delay until federal prosecutors move ahead with their child pornography case against Love. Skelton says he would want any prison term if there is a plea or guilty verdict on the federal level to run at the same time as the McLean County sentence. Love’s lawyer was also happy the judge agreed to supervised visits with Love’s teenage son which will occur through glass at the McLean County jail where Love is being held on $250-thousand dollars bond.

Prosecutor Michelle Brooks also revealed in court there are still other, unidentified victims in pornographic photos found during the investigation and she urges anyone with information to call police.

Love is accused in McLean County of sedating and molesting four boys at his home in Normal.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 8:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Accused child molester gets visitation and tMcLean County trial delay


A McLean County judge has agreed to delay a McLean County child abuse trial and to let accused former minister and substitue teacher James Love see his 14-year-old son for the first time in six months.

Defense Lawyer Steve Skelton asked for a trial delay until federal prosecutors move ahead with their child pornography case against Love. Skelton says he would want any prison term if there is a plea or guilty verdict on the federal level to run at the same time as the McLean County sentence. Love’s lawyer was also happy the judge agreed to supervised visits with Love’s teenage son which will occur through glass at the McLean County jail where Love is being held on $250-thousand dollars bond.

Prosecutor Michelle Brooks also revealed in court there are still other, unidentified victims in pornographic photos found during the investigation and she urges anyone with information to call police.

Love is accused in McLean County of sedating and molesting four boys at his home in Normal.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 8:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Accused child molester gets visitation and tMcLean County trial delay


A McLean County judge has agreed to delay a McLean County child abuse trial and to let accused former minister and substitue teacher James Love see his 14-year-old son for the first time in six months.

Defense Lawyer Steve Skelton asked for a trial delay until federal prosecutors move ahead with their child pornography case against Love. Skelton says he would want any prison term if there is a plea or guilty verdict on the federal level to run at the same time as the McLean County sentence. Love’s lawyer was also happy the judge agreed to supervised visits with Love’s teenage son which will occur through glass at the McLean County jail where Love is being held on $250-thousand dollars bond.

Prosecutor Michelle Brooks also revealed in court there are still other, unidentified victims in pornographic photos found during the investigation and she urges anyone with information to call police.

Love is accused in McLean County of sedating and molesting four boys at his home in Normal.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 8:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

J’lem court extends remand of alleged U.S. pedophile by 9 days


Avrohom Mondrowitz, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who fled the United States for Israel two decades ago to avoid sexual abuse charges was brought to court in Jerusalem on Sunday, a step toward his possible extradition.

The Jerusalem judge extended Mondrowitz’s detention until November 27, at which point he will decide whether Mondrowitz will remain in jail or be placed under house arrest.

Avrohom Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect, was arrested in Jerusalem on Friday for allegedly abusing dozens of children at his
unlicensed private clinic at his Brooklyn, New York home during the 1980s. He fled to Israel in 1985 as police were investigating charges against him.

Mondrowitz’s attorney, David Ofek, said he plans to appeal the court’s decision to keep Mondrowitz in custody.

“The state didn’t take action for 25 years, so they cannot bring the case back [now],” Ofek said, adding that he has seen no medical reports indicating abuse.

Two months ago the United States resubmitted an extradition request first made in 1985, months after Mondrowitz fled Brooklyn for Israel, said Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen.

The renewed U.S. request came after Israel and the United States amended their extradition treaty to include all crimes whose punishment is more than one year imprisonment, according to the Israeli state prosecutor’s office. Before the change that took effect in January, the extradition treaty between Israel and the United States did not include sodomy.

Sunday’s ruling followed an expose on Mondrowitz in Haaretz’s
weekend magazine, which went to print Thursday, a day before the arrest. The paper reported that the statute of limitations does not apply to crimes in which the suspect has fled to avoid charges.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

J’lem court extends remand of alleged U.S. pedophile by 9 days


Avrohom Mondrowitz, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who fled the United States for Israel two decades ago to avoid sexual abuse charges was brought to court in Jerusalem on Sunday, a step toward his possible extradition.

The Jerusalem judge extended Mondrowitz’s detention until November 27, at which point he will decide whether Mondrowitz will remain in jail or be placed under house arrest.

Avrohom Mondrowitz, 60, a member of the Gur Hasidic sect, was arrested in Jerusalem on Friday for allegedly abusing dozens of children at his
unlicensed private clinic at his Brooklyn, New York home during the 1980s. He fled to Israel in 1985 as police were investigating charges against him.

Mondrowitz’s attorney, David Ofek, said he plans to appeal the court’s decision to keep Mondrowitz in custody.

“The state didn’t take action for 25 years, so they cannot bring the case back [now],” Ofek said, adding that he has seen no medical reports indicating abuse.

Two months ago the United States resubmitted an extradition request first made in 1985, months after Mondrowitz fled Brooklyn for Israel, said Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen.

The renewed U.S. request came after Israel and the United States amended their extradition treaty to include all crimes whose punishment is more than one year imprisonment, according to the Israeli state prosecutor’s office. Before the change that took effect in January, the extradition treaty between Israel and the United States did not include sodomy.

Sunday’s ruling followed an expose on Mondrowitz in Haaretz’s
weekend magazine, which went to print Thursday, a day before the arrest. The paper reported that the statute of limitations does not apply to crimes in which the suspect has fled to avoid charges.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Attorney sentenced in voyeurism, child pornography case

An attorney who secretly recorded his neighbors having sex and had child pornography on his computer is headed to prison.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge John G. Haas sentenced Aaron A. Ridenbaugh, 32, of Jackson Township to four years in prison this morning.

Ridenbaugh can apply for early release after serving a month in prison. He apologized to his victims.

Jackson Township police arrested Ridenbaugh, of 4336 Foxhaven Ave. NW, in May. He admitted to making a secret audio recording of his neighbors and told investigators about two prior incidents of voyeurism.

Crime lab investigators then searched Ridenbaugh’s computer, finding three video clips and about 500 pictures depicting nude children.

Last month, Ridenbaugh pleaded guilty to three counts of felony interception of wire, oral or electronic communications, three counts of felony pandering sexually oriented materials involving a minor, one count of illegal use of minors in nudity-oriented material and performance and several misdemeanor counts of voyeurism.

At the time of his arrest, Ridenbaugh was an associate at a law firm in Cuyahoga Falls. He still faces professional discipline as a result of the case

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Two Face Child Pornography Charges


Two men from Lycoming County are charged with downloading thousands of images of child pornography.

Williamsport police said the investigation started when a man brought a disc full of child porn to authorities earlier this month.

Billy Winters, 36, of Williamsport and Daniel Ade, 39, of Old Lycoming Township are charged with multiple felony counts of the sexual abuse of children.

Police said the two friends had computer discs and hard drives full of child pornography at Ade’s home.

After the hearing Wednesday morning Winters admitted he had a part in downloading sexually explicit pictures of children.

“Unfortunately yes, not by choice exactly, but unfortunately yes,” Winters said.

Williamsport police said the two men were downloading massive amounts of child pornography. Some of the images date back to 2004.

“I don’t know how long it’s been going down, it was bulk pools. We never really viewed them. It was bulk pulls. We click at the top and pull down,” Winters said, admitting he was aware some of the images were pornographic. “Some yes. I didn’t know how many.”

At city hall in Williamsport Agent Ron Bachman went through another CD seized from Winters and Ade.

City police said all of the discs and computer hard drives were found in Ade’s house. Many of them contained nude pictures of children in sexual positions.

Captain William Weber said some of the children depicted are less then one year old. “I guess what bothers me most is the people who make this stuff on the internet. But the other tragedy is the number of people who look at it. If there wasn’t a market for people to look at this stuff it wouldn’t be there,” Weber said.

The captain added both men admitted to downloading pictures and movies of child pornography.

Williamsport police don’t believe any of the children depicted live in our area.

Investigators said they are looking at another person in connection with the case and may soon file charges.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 7:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Two Face Child Pornography Charges


Two men from Lycoming County are charged with downloading thousands of images of child pornography.

Williamsport police said the investigation started when a man brought a disc full of child porn to authorities earlier this month.

Billy Winters, 36, of Williamsport and Daniel Ade, 39, of Old Lycoming Township are charged with multiple felony counts of the sexual abuse of children.

Police said the two friends had computer discs and hard drives full of child pornography at Ade’s home.

After the hearing Wednesday morning Winters admitted he had a part in downloading sexually explicit pictures of children.

“Unfortunately yes, not by choice exactly, but unfortunately yes,” Winters said.

Williamsport police said the two men were downloading massive amounts of child pornography. Some of the images date back to 2004.

“I don’t know how long it’s been going down, it was bulk pools. We never really viewed them. It was bulk pulls. We click at the top and pull down,” Winters said, admitting he was aware some of the images were pornographic. “Some yes. I didn’t know how many.”

At city hall in Williamsport Agent Ron Bachman went through another CD seized from Winters and Ade.

City police said all of the discs and computer hard drives were found in Ade’s house. Many of them contained nude pictures of children in sexual positions.

Captain William Weber said some of the children depicted are less then one year old. “I guess what bothers me most is the people who make this stuff on the internet. But the other tragedy is the number of people who look at it. If there wasn’t a market for people to look at this stuff it wouldn’t be there,” Weber said.

The captain added both men admitted to downloading pictures and movies of child pornography.

Williamsport police don’t believe any of the children depicted live in our area.

Investigators said they are looking at another person in connection with the case and may soon file charges.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 7:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man faces child-porn charges

A Volusia County man was arrested Tuesday on charges of possessing child pornography.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they found child pornography on a computer seized from the Port Orange-area home of Mark Rhoads, 42. Investigators do not think Rhoads took any of the photos.

According to officials, a woman in Panama City told the Bay County Sheriff’s Office that she had been receiving e-mails with photo attachments of child pornography. The e-mails had been forwarded several times before arriving in her online mailbox, but officials identified one of the senders as Rhoads. The others on the e-mail list did not live in Volusia County.

Volusia investigators said they met with Rhoads in August and he allowed them to take his computer and several disks from his home. Investigators allege that 21 photos were found that met the criteria for child pornography in Florida.

Published in: on November 21, 2007 at 7:22 pm  Leave a Comment