Myrtle Beach man arrested in internet predator sting

Attorney General Henry McMaster announced Tuesday that 22-year-old Santos Azaredo of 4616 Southgate Parkway in Myrtle Beach, was arrested on Monday, following an undercover Internet sting conducted by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release from the Attorney General’s office, Azaredo was arrested on two counts of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor, a felony offense punishable to ten years imprisonment on each count.

The news release says that arrest warrants allege that beginning on March 9, 2007, Azaredo began soliciting sex on the Internet from an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. According to the release, in reality, Azaredo was communicating with undercover Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to the release, Azaredo’s mother consented to the seizure of a laptop computer used by him at the residence.

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest.

Azaredo was assigned a $25,000 bond.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

This is the one hundred sixth arrest for the Task Force.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Myrtle Beach man arrested in internet predator sting

Attorney General Henry McMaster announced Tuesday that 22-year-old Santos Azaredo of 4616 Southgate Parkway in Myrtle Beach, was arrested on Monday, following an undercover Internet sting conducted by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release from the Attorney General’s office, Azaredo was arrested on two counts of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor, a felony offense punishable to ten years imprisonment on each count.

The news release says that arrest warrants allege that beginning on March 9, 2007, Azaredo began soliciting sex on the Internet from an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. According to the release, in reality, Azaredo was communicating with undercover Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to the release, Azaredo’s mother consented to the seizure of a laptop computer used by him at the residence.

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest.

Azaredo was assigned a $25,000 bond.

The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

This is the one hundred sixth arrest for the Task Force.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Best Buy Catches Another Predator

There has been yet another case in which a customer handing in his computer to be fixed at Best Buy has led to the discovery of child pornography, and the customer’s arrest.

This time, according to the Associated Press, the arrest took place on Long Island. A man named German Zamora, 24, allegedly took his computer to Best Buy for service, at which point a technician found the pornography. The technician alerted Nassau County Police, who then arrested Zamora; when reached by the AP, Zamora claimed someone had “messed with” his computer.

Several similar cases have made the news recently, including a Pennsylvania case in which a man was arrested on similar charges after Circuit City employees found child porn on his computer. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court found in August that the evidence could indeed be used against the defendant; a lower court had earlier ruled that it could not

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pedophile ‘wanted to be friends’ with children

A Queensland pedophile busted with five children inside his Townsville home has told a Brisbane court he just wanted to be “friends” with them.

Desmond George Buckby, 60, today admitted entertaining his neighbour’s children – the youngest aged just six – by giving them gifts including toys and cakes, and even letting one sit on his lap, despite a strict sex offenders supervision order banning him from all contact with children under 16.

Buckby, who wears an electronic tag as a condition of the order, was released from prison in April after serving multiple sentences for child sex offences, including the sodomy of an 11 year-old girl.

Lawyers for Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine are now fighting to have him thrown back behind bars indefinitely on the grounds that he presents a high risk of reoffending.

Crown barrister Jonathon Horton told the Supreme Court this morning Buckby’s actions showed clear signs of “grooming” behaviour commonly used by pedophiles to get close to potential victims and their families.

Buckby, however, has strongly denied he intended to molest them.

“I did want to become friends with the father, I did want to become friends with the children,” Buckby testified this morning.

“(But) I’ve done enough time in jail. I’m 60 years old now. I really respect people now for what I’ve done wrong.”

The court heard Buckby was at his North Ward unit with the children on October 3 when his parole officer showed up unannounced.

He later claimed they had run inside without his permission.

In a sworn affidavit, Buckby admitted to giving each of the children gifts, including playing cards, because he felt bad about shouting at them.

He said one of the little girls had sat on his knee, but he had told her to get off him immediately.

The court heard Buckby had also offered to lend his neighbour an M-rated video about talking cockroaches featuring sex, alcohol and drug-taking because he thought it would “keep the children interested”.

The movie was playing in his unit when his parole officer arrived.

“It was so quick sir,” Buckby told the court during cross examination today.

“They’d only been there approximately five minutes.”

The incidents have a chilling similarity to Buckby’s past offences, which include sodomising an 11-year-old girl after befriending her mother and plying her with gifts and an excursion in the early 1990s.

He also has convictions for showing explicit videos to other children in his care.

However, Buckby’s defence barrister Paul Green argued that while his client, a Vietnam veteran on a war pension, admitted to breaching the terms of his supervision order by having contact with the children, there was no evidence he had harmed them.

He has asked that Buckby be allowed to remain in the community.

Justice Margaret White will make her decision in the coming days.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Child Pornography Arrest

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen announces the arrest of a Bay County man Friday, November 30, 2007, for charges relating to the dissemination of child pornography.

Robert Lee Nikkel, DOB 2-15-48, of 11005 Old Bicycle Road, was arrested Friday night at his home. Unbeknownst to Nikkel, he had been conducting internet chats with an undercover Naval Criminal Investigative Services Agent through the months of June, July, and September. During the course of the chats, Nikkel told the agent she should be allowing her children to be nude in her residence. He also engaged in talk about incest, which Nikkel said he encouraged.

During the course of the communications, Nikkel sent numerous files of child pornography to the agent. Nikkel also attempted to communicate with the agent’s “children,” during the chats.

Nikkel was charged with nine counts of Possession of the Sexual Performance of a Child, and nine counts of Promoting the Sexual Performance of a Child. He is being held at the Bay County Jail on $100,000 bond. His computer had been forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for a forensic analysis, and he could face more charges upon the completion of that portion of the investigation.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 7:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Glen Burnie man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

A 39-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty today in federal court to possession of child pornography while he was living in Hawaii.

The case against Gregory D. Corbitt was transferred to Maryland because Corbitt moved from Hawaii prior to his indictment.

According to the statement of facts presented to the court as part of his guilty plea, Corbitt possessed more than 600 images of child pornography in late 2006 on a laptop computer owned by his wife and on compact discs stored at her home. At the time, Corbitt’s wife was an active duty Air Force member living on Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and the case was investigated by the military service.

Corbitt later admitted that the child pornography on the laptop computer belonged to him, prosecutors said.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by supervised release for life when he returns to U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Feb. 22.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 7:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Public servant ‘abused child’s friend’

A senior public servant allegedly plied a young girl with alcohol and photographed her naked before sexually abusing her, a Northern Territory court has heard.

The 12-year-old, who is a friend of the man’s daughter, is one of several young girls who feature in child pornography seized from the man’s Darwin home on November 23.

The Australia Federal Police charged him with two counts of using a child for the production of child abuse material after officers raided the house and found the pornography stored on a laptop and USB memory sticks.

The man, who has been suspended without pay from his job in an organisation that works with teenagers, faced fresh charges last week after forensic examinations of the images revealed there were seven child victims.

NT police charged the man with two counts of sexual intercourse and gross indecency of a child under 16, alleged to have occurred between October and November last year.

Prosecutor Ivan Marinov told the court on Friday, that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave the 12-year-old, who was sleeping with his daughter at his home, four glasses of red wine and then took photos of her on a digital camera.

“He induced her to undress, exposing her breasts. He has kissed her on the breasts and he has rubbed his fingers on the outside of her vagina,” he said.

“He has also placed his fingers in her vagina on an earlier occasion.”

Mr Marinov said the investigation was ongoing and that the man’s daughter had told police a number of friends had stayed the night at her father’s place.

“There are a number of images of a number of girls, most of them have not been identified yet,” he said.

“There is a possibility of the investigation uncovering further identities of the children in relation to this matter.”

Refusing him bail on Monday in Darwin Magistrate’s Court, Magistrate Melanie Little said the man was a flight risk.

“The strength of the prosecution case appears to me to be at the highest end,” she said.

“These new offences are serious and the severity of the probable penalty is so high that … there is a high probability the defendant will not appear in court.”

Ms Little said the man’s daughter – who he has custody of every second weekend – had expressed concern should her father be bailed.

“She is an important part of the case against her father,” she said.

“She’ll be called to give corroborating evidence as to the circumstances of her friend being accessed by the defendant. She is 12 years old and vulnerable to any approaches…

“Given the deliberate and calculated allegations of offending the court cannot be satisfied that the defendant will not seek to interfere with witnesses in this case.”

The man will appear before the court again on December 6.

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 7:13 am  Leave a Comment