Fired LA sheriff’s deputy charged after child predator sting

A fired sheriff’s deputy faces felony charges after being arrested in an Internet child predator sting, prosecutors said.

Joseph Carlos, 31, was charged Tuesday with one count of meeting a minor for lewd purposes and one count of attempted lewd act upon a child under 14, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to four years in state prison, prosecutors said.

Carlos, who was a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy for seven years, could not be reached for comment. Directory assistance had no telephone number under his name. The district attorney’s office did not immediately know if he had an attorney.

Police said Carlos thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he contacted through an online chat room at the time of his March 31 arrest. The “girl” was an undercover policewoman.

Carlos was put on paid leave after his arrest. Information about the arrest was withheld until Nov. 8 when Sheriff Lee Baca moved to fire him. Carlos had worked at the Carson station.

Carlos was free on $100,000 bail pending the completion of a review of the evidence against him, prosecutors said. He was scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 17.

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fired LA sheriff’s deputy charged after child predator sting

A fired sheriff’s deputy faces felony charges after being arrested in an Internet child predator sting, prosecutors said.

Joseph Carlos, 31, was charged Tuesday with one count of meeting a minor for lewd purposes and one count of attempted lewd act upon a child under 14, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to four years in state prison, prosecutors said.

Carlos, who was a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy for seven years, could not be reached for comment. Directory assistance had no telephone number under his name. The district attorney’s office did not immediately know if he had an attorney.

Police said Carlos thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he contacted through an online chat room at the time of his March 31 arrest. The “girl” was an undercover policewoman.

Carlos was put on paid leave after his arrest. Information about the arrest was withheld until Nov. 8 when Sheriff Lee Baca moved to fire him. Carlos had worked at the Carson station.

Carlos was free on $100,000 bail pending the completion of a review of the evidence against him, prosecutors said. He was scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 17.

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Accused sex predator still unfit

Paul D. Olsson, accused of sexually assaulting four young boys in the locker room of a tennis club, remains unfit to stand trial, according to a report from state mental health officials, which was presented Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court.

Olsson, 20, may be able to regain fitness within a year, they added. Olsson, who was not present at the hearing, is at the state mental health facility in Elgin.

Judge Fred Foreman set the next status date for Olsson’s fitness on Feb. 27.

Foreman also set a Dec. 11 date for issuing a ruling on a request from David Olsson, Paul’s father, to have returned the $250,000 cash he had posted for his son’s bail.

Foreman directed the Public Defender’s Office to prepare a summary of costs incurred as part of representing Olsson.

Olsson is accused of assaulting the boys, then 6 to 10 years old, in July and August of 2005 at the Lincolnshire Club where he was a tennis coach.

Between January and June, Olsson received 20 continuances after contending that he contacted some 50 lawyers and none would take his case. Olsson had originally hired his own counsel, but fired him in January after the lawyer suggested a negotiated guilty plea and sentence to nine years in prison.

On Oct. 12, Olsson was found mentally unfit and sent to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Olsson faces 13 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, A conviction on any of the Class X offenses carries a mandatory sentence of six to 30 years in prison.

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Accused sex predator still unfit

Paul D. Olsson, accused of sexually assaulting four young boys in the locker room of a tennis club, remains unfit to stand trial, according to a report from state mental health officials, which was presented Tuesday in Lake County Circuit Court.

Olsson, 20, may be able to regain fitness within a year, they added. Olsson, who was not present at the hearing, is at the state mental health facility in Elgin.

Judge Fred Foreman set the next status date for Olsson’s fitness on Feb. 27.

Foreman also set a Dec. 11 date for issuing a ruling on a request from David Olsson, Paul’s father, to have returned the $250,000 cash he had posted for his son’s bail.

Foreman directed the Public Defender’s Office to prepare a summary of costs incurred as part of representing Olsson.

Olsson is accused of assaulting the boys, then 6 to 10 years old, in July and August of 2005 at the Lincolnshire Club where he was a tennis coach.

Between January and June, Olsson received 20 continuances after contending that he contacted some 50 lawyers and none would take his case. Olsson had originally hired his own counsel, but fired him in January after the lawyer suggested a negotiated guilty plea and sentence to nine years in prison.

On Oct. 12, Olsson was found mentally unfit and sent to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Olsson faces 13 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, A conviction on any of the Class X offenses carries a mandatory sentence of six to 30 years in prison.

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Two men arrested in connection with child porn found at shelter

Two men are in custody in connection with child pornography found at a homeless shelter in Muscatine.

Christopher Lee Collins and Scott Allen McKillip were charged in U.S. District Court with possession of child pornography. Court records show the Muscatine Center for Social Action contacted police in October with a report of child pornography found on a computer at the facility.

Collins admitted to viewing the images, saying they came from a disk from McKillip, records show. A search warrant at McKillip’s home found pictures and video downloaded from the Internet, authorities said.

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 6:29 am  Leave a Comment