Child molester faces 24 years in jail

A Goshen Township man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting four children and an adult faces up to 24 years in prison when sentenced Jan. 9.

A rape charge that could have added up to 10 years to a prison sentence was dropped in exchange for the plea by Amiel Collins, 42, a prosecutor said.

The deal spared the children from having to testify, said Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Nagle.

The prosecutor said the families of the victims approved of the plea deal.

Also dropped were two charges of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and two charges of soliciting.

Judge Robert Ringland of Common Pleas Court found Collins guilty Tuesday of two charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count each of soliciting sex, sexual imposition, sexual battery, illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The crimes included photographing a teenager in the nude, showing pornographic magazines to another child and performing a sex act on a man who was unconscious or asleep after drinking alcohol, the prosecutor told the judge.

Goshen police said Collins, who had been staying at the Lakeshore Estates mobile home park on Ohio 28, victimized numerous boys and at least one girl there.

Collins was arrested Sept. 12, the day after a resident of Lakeshore Estates sought a court order to keep him away from her teenage son. After 12 children testified before a grand jury, Collins was indicted Sept. 19.

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Therapist defends sex offender

A convicted sex offender who is now the subject of a dangerous offender application did well while receiving treatment in custody and appeared to be sincere about changing his behaviour, one of his former therapists testified Tuesday.

Dianne Deminchuk, a nurse with the Correctional Service of Canada, told court she started working with Randy Scott Burgmann at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon in the summer of 1999, and seemed to be making a sincere attempt to work through his issues.

“He was motivated to make changes,” she said. “He was motivated to understand why he reoffended.”

Deminchuk said that by the time Burgmann applied for day parole early in 2000, she believed his risk was lowered to the point where he could be managed in the community with enough support.

Burgmann’s most recent offence occurred early in 2004, when he assaulted a 30-year-old mother of seven inside his room at a Regina halfway house. He was convicted of aggravated assault at a trial in September 2005.

The Crown is seeking to have Burgmann declared a dangerous offender, which would see the 45-year-old imprisoned indefinitely. Justice Catherine Dawson could also choose to find Burgmann a long-term offender, where he would serve a fixed term in custody and then be subject to strict monitoring in the community. Dawson can also impose a fixed sentence.

Burgmann’s record for violent sexual offences dates back nearly 20 years to 1989, when he raped a co-worker’s girlfriend while out on bail for a violent offence against a different woman. He committed two more violent sexual assaults within hours of his release from prison on those charges.

Burgmann came to Regina after his sentence expired in January 2004 and was rearrested just two months later, after a woman was found wet, bleeding and unconscious in a back alley near the halfway house where Burgmann had been living.

Burgmann later admitted the woman had been in his apartment, but said the two had consensual sex and the woman was injured by accident as he “played around.” The woman spent several days in hospital, and required surgery to repair wounds to her vagina.

Documents written by Burgmann during his sex offender treatment in prison — and entered as evidence at his hearing this week — detail Burgmann’s anger, his experiences with prostitutes, and his violent impulses toward women.

“This b—h is going to die,” he writes in one document, recalling his thoughts about assaulting a prostitute. “She needs to be humiliated badly. She is going to pay dearly for what she did.”

Other thoughts documented by Burgmann include “can’t kill her in this park” and “If it weren’t for women I wouldn’t be f—–d up.”

Describing his feelings at the time of one of the assaults, Burgmann writes “fear, powerful, god-like.”

The hearing is to continue today at Regina’s Court of Queen’s Bench, and is scheduled to last two weeks.

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California Man Sentenced To 11 Years For Receiving And Possessing Child Pornography

A 60-year-old Frazier Park man was sentenced to 11 years in prison after a conviction for receiving and possession child pornography.

Alan Carl Nicoll was arrested Oct. 26, 2006, after he was arrested by in a vehicle parked along side a road in Ventura County possessing images of child pornography.

The California Department of Fish and Game and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department began investigating Nicoll, and after recovered three computers from Nicoll’s Frazier Park residence, they found more than 1,400 still and video images of the sexual exploitation of minors were recovered.

Many of the images were of children as young as two years of age, and many depicted images of violence or sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Investigators also recovered numerous stories describing the sexual abuse of children as well as many writings. A diary, written by Nicoll, indicated his sexual interest in young children.

After his release, Nicoll will spend 20 years on probation and will be required to register as a sex offender. His access to minors, computers, and the Internet will be restricted.

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Man Sentenced to 110 Years for Hacking and Extortion

A North Carolina man last week was sentenced to 110 years in prison after admitting that he and a co-conspirator hacked into computers used by young girls and used illicitly gained data to blackmail them

Ivory D. Dickerson, 33, a civil engineer, admitted that he conspired with the other person to send emails or instant messages to underage girls as part of a scheme to trick them into opening a file containing the Bifrost trojan horse. The malware would give Dickerson and his co-conspirator control over the victim’s computer, and they tried to use hacked information to coerce the girls into creating and then electronically sending them lurid photos of themselves, prosecutors said.

The Bifrost malware, “is relatively easy to obtain,” said Richard Wang, manager of SophosLabs U.S. “It’s not something you need to pay for. Since we first saw it in April of 2005, we’ve seen over 1,200 different versions of this Trojan. The guys who write them are always trying to put up new versions to hide them from anti-virus software.”

Wang added that the Trojan horse not only allows hackers to view information and download other malware onto a victims’ computer, it also enables him to pop messages up on their computer screen.

“It gave [Dickerson] administrator type access,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg, who handled the case in the U.S. District Court in Middle District of Florida. “He was able to access her files and photos… It’s scary. In the law enforcement world, people worry about criminals breaking in through their front door. Now, people have to worry about people breaking in through their computers.”

The prosecutor added that they found other hacking tools on Dickerson’s computer, but Bifrost was the main one used in the attacks. Once they gained control over a girl’s computer, the hackers would harvest her contact list of email addresses, so they could then target other girls.

In one instance, Dickerson used the open backdoor in a victim’s computer to download a keylogger onto her machine, according to court records. He used the keylogger to monitor her online conversations, and sent her a threatening message when he noticed she was communicating with a relative about the hack, Handberg said.

Court records showed that Dickerson also threatened that if the victim didn’t send him pornographic pictures of herself, he would send pictures he had downloaded from her computer to people in her school.

Information stolen by the keylogger, as well as pictures Dickerson stole off her computer, were later found on his external hard drive, Handberg said.

FBI investigators reported that they found folders for each of Dickerson’s victims on his personal computer along with evidence that he had hacked into more than 100 computers in the course of several years. Court documents showed that he also had a tool that enabled him to scan the Internet for Web cameras, so he could try to hack in and record people without their knowledge.

During the search, FBI agents seized a Sony Vaio desktop computer, a 250GB external hard drive, mini video cassettes, zip disks and DVDs.

According to the court documents, the FBI imaged some of the girls’ computers during their investigation and went online with using assumed identities. They were then able to record communications being made by the hackers.

In conjunction with the evidence found on Dickerson’s computer in relation to his hacking and extortion scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s office reported that FBI agents also found more than 600 images of child pornography.

“Typically, most of the computer crime cases here in this office are of people collecting child pornography that’s already out there,” said Handberg. “In my office in Orlando, I’ve never heard of anyone hacking to extort child pornography.”

Dickerson had pleaded guilty in the Orlando court in August to two counts of unlawful computer intrusions and to one count of conspiracy to manufacture child pornography. He pleaded guilty to two more child pornography charges a month later.

Handberg said that the investigation is ongoing and a second arrest has not yet been made.

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Man faces 102 counts for child pornography

A Lauderdale County grand jury has added to the number of child pornography charges against a Killen man who was originally arrested Aug. 15.

David Paul Gruber, 190 Cedar Cove Lane, Killen, now faces 102 counts of illegal possession of child pornography, the district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

District Attorney Chris Connolly said Gruber has been notified of the indictment and additional charges, which were handed down by grand jurors late last week.

Gruber, who lists his occupation as an independent financial adviser, was originally arrested by Florence police in mid-August and charged with 38 counts of possession of child pornography.

Investigators said at the time that Gruber’s residence was searched and a personal computer was confiscated.

Connolly said the computer was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science office in Huntsville for examination.

Authorities said the forensic review found 64 more images of children under the age of 17 who were engaged in sexual acts.

They added the images were found on the computer hard drive even though someone apparently tried to erase the images.

Investigators said it does not appear that any of the images are of local children.

Connolly said Gruber, 67, a retired lieutenant colonel, remains out of jail, with bail set at $50,000.

Florence police said the investigation began when they were contacted by a computer technician who Gruber had contacted to determine why his computer was running slowly.

The technician told police that during the process of repairing the computer, he found 38 images of child pornography.

Gruber is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 18.

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Former Attorney Pleads Guilty Of Child Molestation

An attorney and former congressional aide pleaded guilty on Wednesday to molesting a 14-year-old boy he met via the Internet and a 13- year-old northern Virginia boy from whose family he rented a room.

Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, 37, of Ladera Ranch, is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison on April 18 under terms of the plea bargain. But he will be in a lock-down sex offender program prior to that time, Senior Deputy District Attorney Colleen Crommett said. Sentencing could happen earlier, and Nielsen would go directly from the lock-down program to prison, she said.

He will have to register as a sex offender for life, she said, and he will lose his license to practice law when the Bar Association is notified of the plea, she said.

Nielsen pleaded guilty to a pair of felony counts, lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 and upon a child between the age of 14 and 15 years old, Crommett said.

He entered the plea as he was set to undergo a second trial in connection with the older boy, with whom he had sex in April 2003, Crommett said.

Nielsen met the boy in a gay-oriented Internet site and they met on March 30, 2003. They engaged in oral sex at Nielsen’s Ladera Ranch condominium, prosecutors said.

The boy told Nielsen he was 15 years old, but he was 14 at the time.Over the next four weeks, Nielsen met the high school freshman on two more occasions, each time engaging in oral copulation, Crommett said.

The boy told a friend about the relationship, and the friend alerted school authorities, who called police.

Nielsen was arrested by Westminster police in May 2003. They found thousands of images of child pornography on his home computer, laptop and work computer at the law firm where he worked, Crommett said.

A mistrial was declared on March 12 when a jury deadlocked, after attorneys said the now-18-year-old accuser was caught in several inconsistencies while testifying.

On all of the counts, Crommett said jurors deadlocked in favor of acquittal.

The charges involving the 13-year-old Virginia boy, who Nielsen met while working as an aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, were not part of the first trial.

Prosecutors knew about that boy, Crommett said, but the prosecutor on that case made a tactical decision not to include evidence of that case.

According to prosecutors, Nielsen met the boy’s parents through a church, and he convinced them to let him move into their basement, where the molestation continued, Crommett said.

Most of the allegations in that case remain under the jurisdiction of Virginia, but Nielsen brought the boy to Fountain Valley for a two-week period in the summer of 1994, after molesting him for more than a year-and-a-half before that, Crommett said.

Two of the Virginia victim’s boyhood friends were ready to testify that they saw Nielsen kiss and fondle the boy, she said.

Additional evidence prosecutors got included confessions made by Nielsen to two of his roommates about both boys, and they were ready to testify, Crommett said.

“Our evidence became insurmountable,” Crommett said. “We had a lot of evidence. I believe that led him to understand he would not prevail at (the second) trial.”

Defense attorney Paul Meyer said only: “We felt it was time to resolve these cases.”

Crommett said Nielsen could have faced 20 years in prison had he been convicted of all counts. She called the plea agreement a fair resolution that allows the victims to put the cases behind them.

Nielsen will enroll in a program in Los Angeles County that prepares sex offenders for prison, she said.

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Man convicted of having child porn, taking photos

A Canandaigua man has been found guilty of producing and possessing child pornography and other sex-related charges.

U.S. District Court jurors convicted Joseph M. Tyson, 59, formerly of Webster, of charges that could put him in a federal prison the rest of his life.

Tyson is already serving a state prison sentence of 11 years for repeatedly raping and molesting a 9-year-old Rochester boy he met through a child-mentoring program.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced March 7 by Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Tyson was charged in federal court in March 2006 with taking pornographic photos of a boy, possessing child pornography and using the Internet to entice a child to have sex with him. In January, he was arrested on new charges alleging that he took pornographic photos of a 14-year-old boy in Ohio and drove the Rochester boy to Virginia to have sex with him.

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Former Attorney Pleads Guilty Of Child Molestation

An attorney and former congressional aide pleaded guilty on Wednesday to molesting a 14-year-old boy he met via the Internet and a 13- year-old northern Virginia boy from whose family he rented a room.

Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, 37, of Ladera Ranch, is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison on April 18 under terms of the plea bargain. But he will be in a lock-down sex offender program prior to that time, Senior Deputy District Attorney Colleen Crommett said. Sentencing could happen earlier, and Nielsen would go directly from the lock-down program to prison, she said.

He will have to register as a sex offender for life, she said, and he will lose his license to practice law when the Bar Association is notified of the plea, she said.

Nielsen pleaded guilty to a pair of felony counts, lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 and upon a child between the age of 14 and 15 years old, Crommett said.

He entered the plea as he was set to undergo a second trial in connection with the older boy, with whom he had sex in April 2003, Crommett said.

Nielsen met the boy in a gay-oriented Internet site and they met on March 30, 2003. They engaged in oral sex at Nielsen’s Ladera Ranch condominium, prosecutors said.

The boy told Nielsen he was 15 years old, but he was 14 at the time.Over the next four weeks, Nielsen met the high school freshman on two more occasions, each time engaging in oral copulation, Crommett said.

The boy told a friend about the relationship, and the friend alerted school authorities, who called police.

Nielsen was arrested by Westminster police in May 2003. They found thousands of images of child pornography on his home computer, laptop and work computer at the law firm where he worked, Crommett said.

A mistrial was declared on March 12 when a jury deadlocked, after attorneys said the now-18-year-old accuser was caught in several inconsistencies while testifying.

On all of the counts, Crommett said jurors deadlocked in favor of acquittal.

The charges involving the 13-year-old Virginia boy, who Nielsen met while working as an aide to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, were not part of the first trial.

Prosecutors knew about that boy, Crommett said, but the prosecutor on that case made a tactical decision not to include evidence of that case.

According to prosecutors, Nielsen met the boy’s parents through a church, and he convinced them to let him move into their basement, where the molestation continued, Crommett said.

Most of the allegations in that case remain under the jurisdiction of Virginia, but Nielsen brought the boy to Fountain Valley for a two-week period in the summer of 1994, after molesting him for more than a year-and-a-half before that, Crommett said.

Two of the Virginia victim’s boyhood friends were ready to testify that they saw Nielsen kiss and fondle the boy, she said.

Additional evidence prosecutors got included confessions made by Nielsen to two of his roommates about both boys, and they were ready to testify, Crommett said.

“Our evidence became insurmountable,” Crommett said. “We had a lot of evidence. I believe that led him to understand he would not prevail at (the second) trial.”

Defense attorney Paul Meyer said only: “We felt it was time to resolve these cases.”

Crommett said Nielsen could have faced 20 years in prison had he been convicted of all counts. She called the plea agreement a fair resolution that allows the victims to put the cases behind them.

Nielsen will enroll in a program in Los Angeles County that prepares sex offenders for prison, she said.

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Suspected child molester’s trial begins today

The trial of a suspected child molester is set to begin this afternoon.

Allen G. Becker, 38, of Taylorsville, is charged with four counts of child molesting, two Class A felonies and two Class B felonies.

He is accused of molesting two girls younger than 14 at least one time each between Jan. 1, 2006 and May 20 of this year.

A 12-member jury was selected this morning and will hear opening statements and evidence this afternoon

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Man with fetish for diapers pleads guilty to molesting niece

A Spruce Grove sicko with a fetish for diapers and dolls today admitted to molesting his young niece and listening to child pornography on his MP3 player.

The 46-year-old man, who lived with his mother up until his arrest earlier this year, pleaded guilty in Stony Plain provincial court to sexual interference, possession of child pornography and accessing child pornography.

According to agreed facts, the pervert was busted after his brother and sister both told police they had seen child porn on the man’s computer and the woman said she suspected he had done something sexual to her daughter.

On Jan. 7, Stony Plain RCMP and the Northern Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation (I.C.E.) Unit raided the Spruce Grove home the man shared with his mom.

Police seized about 1,100 DVDs and CDs with titles such as “Incest, Teen Tryout and Little Girls,” eight computer hard drives, eight large “child” dolls and adult diapers.

The child porn included 100 pictures and videos with graphic images of children engaged in sex acts with adults and hundreds of written stories and audio (MP3) stories of incest and sex between children and adults.

He was arrested at his work on Jan. 23 and, while he was being booked in, police found an MP3 player, two boxes of mini-CDs containing child porn and an adult diaper.

During an interview with police, he admitted accessing child porn through peer to peer network programs and newsgroups on the Internet.

He also confessed to listening to child porn audio files on his MP3 player and said listening to the stories helped him understand the bad things he had done in the past.

Police had first began investigating the man in October 2006 and had discovered he was using an eBay account to buy adult diapers from “DiaperDad1,” an online store selling diapers to the “adult baby” community.

He spoke to police about his diaper fetish as well as the dolls seized from his home and said: “I substitute with a doll so I don’t really do it with children.”

After his arrest the man confessed to his mom that he had molested his niece, now 11, and police determined it had happened when she was between three and four.

A further search of his room resulted in police finding a handwritten note describing how “Uncle B” had fantasized sexually assaulting another of his young nieces with the use of sleeping pills while being videotaped.

Cops also found a bag of pills, including painkillers and a non prescription sedative, a large bag and two boxes of women’s and young children’s underwear and more porn.

A Stony Plain judge today ordered a pre-sentence report and a forensic psychiatric assessment and a sentencing hearing was set for Feb. 11.

The man, who cannot be named under a court-ordered publication ban protecting the identity of his niece, was also ordered held in custody pending the sentencing.

tony.blais@sunmedia.ca

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