Convicted sex offender feeling picked on

A natural-health practitioner convicted of sexual exploitation earlier this year has accused the mother of his victim of attacking him in the press.

“I just don’t know what else I can do. I’ve been through everything and done everything I can. I don’t think this is fair,” Nigel Burn said yesterday.

The practitioner was responding to comments made by the mother of his 16-year-old victim to a local newspaper, warning readers Burn is still practicing in Abbotsford.

“For the sake of my family, this isn’t right. This is just opening a wound over and over,” he said.

In October, Burn received a nine-month conditional sentence prohibiting him from treating any female under 18 unless her parent or another adult, which can include his wife, is present. He was also required to register with the provincial sex-offender registry.

According to a story in the Abbotsford Times, the victim and her mother have moved to a different community to avoid contact with Burn and his family.

Burn was 38 when he began a relationship with the 16-year-old girl.

According to court documents obtained by The Province, the victim and her mother were patients in Burn’s natural-health practice when they became friends with him and his family and began spending a great deal of time together.

Burn, it seems, fell in love with the victim and communicated this to her. She was flattered, and the pair began a clandestine sexual relationship lasting about eight months before she told her mother.

During his trial, Burn did not challenge the victim’s assertion that they had sex, but only litigated the issue of whether the relationship betrayed his position of trust.

In his reasons for judgment, Judge Peder Gulbransen found Burn was in a position of trust and emphasized that although the age of sexual consent is 14, an adult in such a position is required by law to “refrain from sexual activity with the young person.”

Gulbransen concluded Burn presented a low risk to re-offend.

“Burn presents no threat to adults,” he wrote in his judgement. “He does present some threat to teenage girls towards whom he might be in a position of trust.

“Most of his patients are adults. While he may in the future have teenage girls as patients, it is very unlikely that his wife or family will not be aware of that fact.

“The likelihood of him deceiving them again . . . is remote.”

The judge also chastised Burn’s supporters, who suggested that somehow the victim was at fault.

“I think it is unseemly and thoughtless to blame a 16-year-old girl for what happened with a 38-year-old man with all the attributes of a mature, experienced adult,” he wrote.

When contacted by The Province yesterday, Burn said his family has “been through enough.” He said he hoped to let the matter rest.

Burn runs a natural-health and pain-treatment centre out of his home in Abbotsford.

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 4:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

13 counts of child pornography and child molestation.

A Mohave County jury found a Bullhead City man guilty late Friday on 13 counts of child pornography and child molestation.

Peter Stanley Wludyka, 45, was convicted of nine counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of molestation of a child and one count of sexual conduct with a minor. His first trial in September ended with a hung jury.

After the verdict was read, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips said the difference with the hung jury from the first trial and the guilty verdict was probably that a different jury heard the case.

Before the first trial began in September, McPhillips dropped one count of molestation of a child and one count of sexual conduct with a minor and that jury acquitted Wludyka on another count of sexual conduct with a minor.

In the second trial McPhillips argued that

in 2005 Wludyka molested three young girls, two who were 7 years old and one who was 6 years old at the time,

at a Bullhead City residence. He shared a house with the girls’ mothers who he met at a Laughlin casino. Without a job, Wludyka often babysat the girls while their mothers worked at the casino.

The molestations were not discovered until March 2006 when the girls confided with another child who later told a parent.

Wludyka reportedly threatened to kill the girls if they had told anyone.

Wludyka was arrested March 13, 2006. He was also charged with possessing nine computer discs containing eight graphic pornographic movies and one pornographic photograph found in his bedroom in the home.

Wludyka’s attorney, Lee Novak, argued that the girls’ statements were inconsistent with each other and with their mothers and police. Novak said the girls initially told their mothers that Wludyka did not touch them and only changed their story after the mothers pressed them with further questioning. Children tend to say what adults want to hear, Novak argued.

There was no other DNA or physical evidence on the girls except one girl had an old, healed scar discovered after being examined by a sexual assault nurse. There was also no evidence Wludyka viewed any of the computer discs even though they were found in his bedroom, Novak argued.

Superior Court Judge Steven Conn will sentence Wludyka Jan. 11. He faces up to 24 years in prison for each count of sexual exploitation. Conn said Wludyka’s sentence would likely amount to a life sentence.

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Beatrice man arrested for child pornography

A Beatrice man was arrested Thursday at his residence after an investigation allegedly uncovered hundreds of pictures of child pornography on the hard drive of his computer.

Lamont L. Hornbeak, 34, of 1800 Scott St., Apt. 101, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his residence on suspicion of two counts of possession of child pornography.

Hornbeak’s arrest was the result of an investigation that began Oct. 31 in which an investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol using software to track child pornography allegedly found a computer at Hornbeak’s residence had been trafficking such images.

On Thursday, a search warrant was executed at the residence. When a hard drive from a computer at the residence was searched, the investigator allegedly found several sexually explicit video files, many of which involved children.

Information in a court affidavit indicates Hornbeak allegedly admitted to downloading pornography from the Internet but never intended to download pornography involving children. He also allegedly told the investigator that he had accidentally downloaded child pornography in the past but had always deleted the files.

Possession of child pornography is a Class IV felony and is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 7:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Woman seeking baby info breaks child porn ring

A woman who stumbled on evidence of child abuse while looking for information about babies on the Internet helped Spanish police break a child pornography ring.

Police made 13 arrests in different parts of Spain after detecting thousands of images of child pornography following the woman’s tip-off, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The woman called police after she found files with names suggesting paedophilia on an Internet file-sharing site. Investigators discovered the files contained images of two adults sexually abusing a child.

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 6:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Woman seeking baby info breaks child porn ring

A woman who stumbled on evidence of child abuse while looking for information about babies on the Internet helped Spanish police break a child pornography ring.

Police made 13 arrests in different parts of Spain after detecting thousands of images of child pornography following the woman’s tip-off, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The woman called police after she found files with names suggesting paedophilia on an Internet file-sharing site. Investigators discovered the files contained images of two adults sexually abusing a child.

Published in: on December 2, 2007 at 6:41 am  Leave a Comment