Donald Lynch

Legal experts say Donald Lynch could bond out of jail. Investigators say the Kingsport man sexually abused children and video taped the assaults. There are more than 50 child sex charges against Lynch.

After years on the run, Lynch is in custody in Sullivan County. Law enforcement lost Lynch back in 2004 when he posted bail and failed to show up at a court hearing.

Authorities caught Lynch in Mexico October 13th and retuned him to the United States. November 19th police transported Lynch from the Chattanooga Silverdale Corrections facility to Bluontville.

The 64 year old man dodged federal charges as a fugitive from justice. Now legal experts say he could post bail again.
Published in: on November 27, 2007 at 7:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Donald Lynch

Legal experts say Donald Lynch could bond out of jail. Investigators say the Kingsport man sexually abused children and video taped the assaults. There are more than 50 child sex charges against Lynch.

After years on the run, Lynch is in custody in Sullivan County. Law enforcement lost Lynch back in 2004 when he posted bail and failed to show up at a court hearing.

Authorities caught Lynch in Mexico October 13th and retuned him to the United States. November 19th police transported Lynch from the Chattanooga Silverdale Corrections facility to Bluontville.

The 64 year old man dodged federal charges as a fugitive from justice. Now legal experts say he could post bail again.
Published in: on November 27, 2007 at 7:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Officials catch Internet sexual predator on first day of sting

An attempt by Saline County law enforcement officers to trap Internet sexual predators resulted in the arrest of a man in the program’s first day of operation.

Troy S. McDonald, 33, of Overton, was arrested at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in Crete on suspicion of enticement by an electronic communications device, a Class IV felony, and sexual assault by use of a computer, a Class IIIA felony, after he attempted to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old female for sexual activity in Crete.

However, the person McDonald contacted in the chat room was actually a deputy with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office posing as a young girl as part of a sting operation aimed at protecting children from online predators.

Saline County Sheriff Alan Moore said the program is something he has wanted to start for sometime. While Internet predators are not a major issue in the county, Moore said his office has occasionally received complaints from parents concerned about unsolicited online messages their children had received.

“We have tried to be proactive about catching some of the people who use chat lines,” Moore said. “Wednesday was actually the first day we went about this.”

After working with an investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol who showed deputies how to capture such online criminals, the deputy began creating a fake profile as the 13-year-old girl Wednesday and was soon contacted by McDonald. Moore said because the deputy was able to convince McDonald that he was talking to a 13-year-old girl, McDonald soon posted his phone number in the chat room, which led officers to confirm his identity.

While Moore said the sheriff’s department cannot monitor for online predators all the time, he said his office will continue to use similar methods to catch online criminals in the future.

Moore said even though catching a predator that quickly is somewhat unusual, it is still gratifying to know the online chat led to an arrest and not an abduction.

“Because we are a relatively small law enforcement agency, we can’t always devote one person to this, but stopping crimes like this is something we are at least trying to explore,” Moore said.

No charges had been filed against McDonald as of Monday afternoon. However, if McDonald is convicted on the charges on which he was arrested, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. McDonald would also be required to register as a sex offender under Nebraska law.

Published in: on November 27, 2007 at 7:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cyber predator lands in jail

A 35-year-old Cambridge man described by his lawyer as unsophisticated was sent to jail for two years less a day yesterday for luring a child over the Internet.

Derek J. Gibson lives with his parents and lacks social and personal skills, lawyer Brad Dempster said yesterday.

Kitchener’s Ontario Court heard that between August 2006 and February 2007 Gibson communicated over the Internet with a 13-year-old girl named Miranda from Kansas.

He told the Kansas girl — who was really an undercover police officer working for the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force — that he wanted naked pictures of her.

As part of his sentence, Gibson is prohibited for life from using a computer to contact anyone under 14.

Using the name Gibby83, Gibson eventually made it clear he wanted to have sex with her. He told her he wanted to bring her to an orgy. He said he realized she was only 13, but promised to make sure she didn’t get pregnant.

He and the undercover officer exchanged images. The pictures of naked young males and females that Gibson sent were described as erotica, not pornography.

Investigators in Kansas first began monitoring Gibson in August 2006 after they discovered someone using an MSN e-mail account to contact a 12-year-old Kansas girl.

They discovered Gibby83 was a Cambridge man who was portraying himself as a 17-year-old.

Police in Cambridge then took over. They visited Gibson, who agreed to let them check his computer. They found pictures of child erotica involving children aged six to 14. They arrested Gibson in February.

He admitted having sexual chats with the teenage girl. He told police he did it because he was bored at home under house arrest.

He was serving an 18-month conditional sentence for fraud.

Last fall, Gibson pleaded guilty to a fraud committed while under house arrest. He racked up almost $68,000 on an American Express credit card after applying for it in the name of another man and forging his signature. However, he listed himself as a supplementary user on the application and included his address.

Gibson purchased mostly high-end baseball bats between August 2005 and December 2006. He resold them to make a profit.

The sentence Justice Colin Westman imposed yesterday was also for the second fraud. It was proposed by the Crown and defence.

“He’s a man who’s got some challenges,” Dempster told the judge. He said Gibson also needs counselling for gambling. “Clearly Mr. Gibson has a lot of work to do,” the lawyer said as Gibson’s parents listened in the court room.

Once released from jail, Gibson will be on three years probation. During that time, he cannot use a computer. He also cannot associate with anyone 16 or under unless he’s with an adult supervisor.

Published in: on November 27, 2007 at 7:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cyber predator lands in jail

A 35-year-old Cambridge man described by his lawyer as unsophisticated was sent to jail for two years less a day yesterday for luring a child over the Internet.

Derek J. Gibson lives with his parents and lacks social and personal skills, lawyer Brad Dempster said yesterday.

Kitchener’s Ontario Court heard that between August 2006 and February 2007 Gibson communicated over the Internet with a 13-year-old girl named Miranda from Kansas.

He told the Kansas girl — who was really an undercover police officer working for the Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force — that he wanted naked pictures of her.

As part of his sentence, Gibson is prohibited for life from using a computer to contact anyone under 14.

Using the name Gibby83, Gibson eventually made it clear he wanted to have sex with her. He told her he wanted to bring her to an orgy. He said he realized she was only 13, but promised to make sure she didn’t get pregnant.

He and the undercover officer exchanged images. The pictures of naked young males and females that Gibson sent were described as erotica, not pornography.

Investigators in Kansas first began monitoring Gibson in August 2006 after they discovered someone using an MSN e-mail account to contact a 12-year-old Kansas girl.

They discovered Gibby83 was a Cambridge man who was portraying himself as a 17-year-old.

Police in Cambridge then took over. They visited Gibson, who agreed to let them check his computer. They found pictures of child erotica involving children aged six to 14. They arrested Gibson in February.

He admitted having sexual chats with the teenage girl. He told police he did it because he was bored at home under house arrest.

He was serving an 18-month conditional sentence for fraud.

Last fall, Gibson pleaded guilty to a fraud committed while under house arrest. He racked up almost $68,000 on an American Express credit card after applying for it in the name of another man and forging his signature. However, he listed himself as a supplementary user on the application and included his address.

Gibson purchased mostly high-end baseball bats between August 2005 and December 2006. He resold them to make a profit.

The sentence Justice Colin Westman imposed yesterday was also for the second fraud. It was proposed by the Crown and defence.

“He’s a man who’s got some challenges,” Dempster told the judge. He said Gibson also needs counselling for gambling. “Clearly Mr. Gibson has a lot of work to do,” the lawyer said as Gibson’s parents listened in the court room.

Once released from jail, Gibson will be on three years probation. During that time, he cannot use a computer. He also cannot associate with anyone 16 or under unless he’s with an adult supervisor.

Published in: on November 27, 2007 at 7:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man and girlfriend plead guilty to child rape

A retired police officer, who once toured grade schools with a talking motorcycle, and his girlfriend pleaded guilty Monday to child rape and other offenses involving young relatives.
Lee William Giles Jr., 62, and Maureen Elizabeth Wear, 47, face more than 19 years in prison under the pleas they entered before Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan E. Chushcoff.
Each pleaded guilty to first-degree child rape, second-degree child rape, first-degree child molestation and third-degree assault of a child. Giles is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 4 and Wear a week earlier.

Under their plea agreements, neither may be released from prison until a sentencing review board determines that he or she is no longer a threat to society, Deputy Prosecutor John M. Sheeran said.

Giles, who frequently visited schools and appeared on television and
radio during a 30-year police career that ended in 2000, was arrested in August 2006 after a young relative of Wear told authorities the officer had raped and molested him for years.


Detectives also wrote in court documents that they found videotapes showing Giles and Wear raping and molesting the boy, described as developmentally disabled, and molesting two girls related to Giles. The three ranged in age from 3 to 16 at the time of the abuse, according to the court filings.

Sheeran said he agreed to the deal partly to spare the victims from having to testify in court.
“There would have been a lot of graphic evidence introduced had the case gone to trial,” Sheeran said. “The victims’ families are supportive of this resolution.”

As an officer, Giles appeared with Harvey, the talking motorcycle, in a grade school program designed to make police less scary and was involved in the TV program “Behind the Shield.” After retiring he became host of “Crime Time” on KLAY-AM radio.

There was no record of accusations of sexual misconduct by Giles while he was on the police force, officials said. Defense lawyer Michael Schwartz said Giles accepted the plea offer to “not only put this behind him but put it behind the members of his family as well.”

Wear, facing “what amounts to a life sentence” under the initial charges, agreed to the deal so she would have a chance at being released from prison, said her lawyer, Bret A. Purtzer.

Published in: on November 27, 2007 at 7:03 am  Leave a Comment