Auburn Sex Offender Arrested


One of the two men from Auburn who failed to register as sex offenders is now in custody.

Jeremy Stoddard and Daniel Onorato were both in Auburn’s sex offender monitoring program. Both men moved away without registering with the state or any other police agency.

Police say Onorato has now been arrested in Sagadahoc County. The search continues for Stoddard.

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Auburn Sex Offender Arrested


One of the two men from Auburn who failed to register as sex offenders is now in custody.

Jeremy Stoddard and Daniel Onorato were both in Auburn’s sex offender monitoring program. Both men moved away without registering with the state or any other police agency.

Police say Onorato has now been arrested in Sagadahoc County. The search continues for Stoddard.

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Sex offender charged in boy’s killing

A Kentucky man pleaded not guilty Thursday to the murder of a 4-year-old boy whose body was found in the trash near his home.

Cecil New of Louisville was indicted Wednesday on charges that included killing Cesar Ivan Aguilar-Cano and kidnapping, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported. New, who was convicted of sex offenses in 1992, was also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

New is being held in lieu of $1 million cash bail.

The boy’s body was discovered July 7 in the back of a garbage truck. The child, who had last been seen more than a week earlier outside his home near Churchill Downs, was identified two days later.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for January.

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Freed sex offender won’t live in Kingston

While in prison in Kingston,
he was caught creating and distributing child pornography

A sexual predator who fantasizes about torturing and murdering children will be released from prison today but will not return to Kingston, where his placement in October sparked public outrage, the Whig-Standard has learned.

Christopher Goodwin, 26, has been behind bars since he was removed from the Portsmouth Centre in Kingston Oct. 31.

Goodwin, who is considered a high risk to reoffend, will have completed all of his sentence when he’s freed today.

“I can’t disclose where he is going,” said Jeanine Chown, a spokeswoman in Kingston for Correctional Service of Canada.

The Whig-Standard learned that Goodwin will not return to Kingston. He must be placed in a community residential facility, either a federally-operated halfway house or a privately-run centre.

Residency for the next 180 days in a community-based facility is a requirement of a 10-year long-term supervision order that was imposed on Goodwin because he is considered so dangerous.

Correctional Service of Canada was responsible for finding a facility that would accept Goodwin.

Chown said she can’t say whether it is one of the federally operated facilities, of which there are three in Ontario, or a privately-run centre.

“You have the information we can disclose,” she said.

In addition to Kingston, there are federal facilities in Hamilton and Toronto.

Goodwin was released to Kingston’s Portsmouth Centre in October, after he had completed most of his current prison sentence for an attack on a six-year-old girl and for distributing child pornography.

Police issued a community alert, warning that they fear he will attack children again. Goodwin is barred from being in places where children congregate.

The police warning sparked outrage among families of young children in the neighbourhood around the Portsmouth Centre. Residents are battling the federal prison service to move the centre from the residential area that adjoins a school and park.

Police removed Goodwin from the centre on Halloween, on instruction from Correctional Service of Canada, which suspended his early release, citing alleged breaches of the conditions imposed on Goodwin.

Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board won’t provide any information about Goodwin’s breaches.

Because his early release was suspended, he was entitled to a hearing before the parole board, but the board said it didn’t have enough time before his sentence expired.

“We can’t, administratively, schedule, conduct a hearing,” Carol Sparling, a spokeswoman for the board, said yesterday.

Without a decision by the board at a hearing, there is no publicly accessible record of the actions taken against Goodwin.

Goodwin was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in 2004 for a brazen sex attack on a young girl in a shopping mall. He also confessed to getting away with sex attacks on at least five other young children.

While in prison in Kingston, he was caught creating and distributing child pornography and earned another 150 days behind bars.

Published in: on December 6, 2007 at 4:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man charged as child pornographer may face additional counts


A 50-year-old Muskegon man already charged with taking sexually explicit photographs of children in the East Muskegon area and possessing child pornography might face additional charges.

Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague said Thursday Mark Edwin Abbey of 760 Catherine could face additional charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Tague said two alleged victims have come forward and authorities are questioning people in the neighborhood to determine if there are additional victims.

Police executed a search warrant on Nov. 21 at Abbey’s home and seized a variety of items associated with child pornography.

Abbey was arraigned Monday before 60th District Judge Harold F. Closz III on felony charges of child sexually abusive commercial activity, possession of child sexually abusive material and accosting a child for immoral purposes.

The court file shows Abbey has a prior conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child younger than 13. On Aug. 31, 1994, he was sentenced to 3-15 years in prison for the offense, which was committed two years prior.

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Man charged as child pornographer may face additional counts


A 50-year-old Muskegon man already charged with taking sexually explicit photographs of children in the East Muskegon area and possessing child pornography might face additional charges.

Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague said Thursday Mark Edwin Abbey of 760 Catherine could face additional charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Tague said two alleged victims have come forward and authorities are questioning people in the neighborhood to determine if there are additional victims.

Police executed a search warrant on Nov. 21 at Abbey’s home and seized a variety of items associated with child pornography.

Abbey was arraigned Monday before 60th District Judge Harold F. Closz III on felony charges of child sexually abusive commercial activity, possession of child sexually abusive material and accosting a child for immoral purposes.

The court file shows Abbey has a prior conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child younger than 13. On Aug. 31, 1994, he was sentenced to 3-15 years in prison for the offense, which was committed two years prior.

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Mandan man faces up to 40 years in child pornography case

A judge has ruled a Mandan man’s past conviction for a sexual-abuse related offense can be used to augment his sentence for a child-pornography offense.

Gordon Sonnenberg, 65, now faces between 15 and 40 years in prison for receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors. He pleaded guilty to the offense on Oct. 18.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last week denied a motion from Sonnenberg’s attorney, Chad McCabe, which asked that Sonnenberg’s prior conviction not be used to determine sentencing. Without the enhanced sentencing, Sonnenberg would have faced five to 20 years in prison.

Sonnenberg was convicted of a sexual offense in Iowa in 1968. According to court documents from Story County, Iowa, Sonnenberg was charged on April 29, 1968, with two counts of lascivious acts with children, both of which alleged that he “did commit a lewd, or lascivious act in the presence, or upon or with the body or any part or member thereof, of a child under the age of 16 years” on April 27, 1968.

According to police reports from that incident contained in court record on Sonnenberg’s federal charges, Sonnenberg was charged for having sexual contact with two girls.

Sonnenberg pleaded guilty to one of the charges, and the other was dropped at the request of the prosecuting attorney. According to court documents, the judge sentenced him to “a period not exceeding three years” in prison, with credit for 54 days served.

McCabe argued the old conviction should not be considered since the Iowa state law under which Sonnenberg was convicted in 1968 did not necessarily mean Sonnenberg committed sexual acts on children. He also argues that Hovland should not be able to consider factual information surrounding that case, since such information as police reports would not have been in court record.

Prosecutors, however, believed the prior conviction should be considered because the previous charge specifies that the incident involved children. They also believe the prior conviction is relevant based on a recent appeals court decision that said judges can consider facts surrounding prior convictions.

Hovland sided with the prosecutors, saying a prior conviction only has to relate to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse or abusive sexual contact involving a minor or a ward.

“The Court finds that ‘sexual abuse’ does not require a ‘sexual act’ involving physical contact,” Hovland wrote in his denial of the motion.

Hovland concluded that even the “least egregious conduct” under the Iowa law, which would involve committing a lewd or lascivious act in the presence of children, would constitute sexual abuse “or at a minimum, is related to sexual abuse.” He wrote that he did not have to take into account the circumstances of the past crime to come to his conclusion.

“We were really excited about that,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Hochhalter, who is prosecuting the case, said about Hovland’s decision.

In a plea agreement approved by Hovland in October, McCabe reserved the right to appeal the case on the issue of whether the sentence should be enhanced because of the prior conviction. McCabe said Wednesday his client may appeal the case after Hovland sentences Sonnenberg in January. A sentence of more than 20 years would raise an appealable issue since the crime’s maximum sentence without the enhancement is 20 years, he said.

“A lot really depends on what the sentence actually comes out at,” he said. “Obviously, I’m disappointed.”

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Victim of Web predator warns others

Alicia Kozakiewicz has a message for children, parents, educators and law enforcement officers: Don’t let what happened to her happen again.At age 13, Kozakiewicz, chatted online with a stranger, thinking he was a friend she could trust. The relationship progressed, and on a New Year’s Day she disappeared from her family’s Pittsburgh home between dinner and dessert with nothing — not even a coat or cash.

The man she left to meet, she said, turned out to be a violent, sadistic predator who would take her to a real-life dungeon in his Virginia home and torture and rape her.

Kozakiewicz, now 19, was in St. Louis Wednesday to speak at the Project Safe Childhood national conference at the Renaissance Grand Hotel downtown

Project Safe Childhood is a Justice Department initiative that targets the sexual exploitation of children through technology. U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey also spoke at the conference.

Kozakiewicz said that preaching “online stranger danger” does not get through to teens who may feel an online relationship has progressed to friendship. She said they may be lulled into false security because they have online “friends” in common.

The risk comes to those at an age when they already tend to pull away from parents and explore boundaries, she said.

Kozakiewicz urged parents and other authority figures to provide more detailed, rational explanations of the tragic potential.

She said her abuser, Scott W. Tyree, was a master at seducing and grooming her. It didn’t help, she said, that “At 13, I was the perfect compliant victim.”

Kozakiewicz, a straight-A student, learned about the Web at school, but says educators sent her home without a warning about the dangers online.

Her parents didn’t know much about the Internet and didn’t know what she was doing.

Before she left, Kozakiewicz had purged the record of the chats from the family’s computer, so investigators couldn’t track Tyree that way, Mary Beth Buchanan, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, told the conference. But a man who saw Kozakiewicz’s photo online tipped the FBI, who tracked Tyree through his Internet service provider.

Tyree is serving 20 years in prison.

Kozakiewicz now makes training videos for law enforcement groups and schools and has appeared in People magazine and before Congress. She is studying psychology with a concentration in forensics, and says she hopes that someday she will be the one to help a victim of child sexual abuse.

Retired Bibb educator charged with child molestation

William TurnerA retired Bibb County school principal has been charged with three counts of child molestation, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

William Turner, 58, was arrested Nov. 26 and is charged with molesting a
14-year-old girl, a sheriff’s office report said.

“It is still under investigation,” sheriff’s spokesman Lt. George Meadows said Tuesday.

Turner retired as principal from Ingram-Pye Elementary School in May after 29 years as an educator, according to the school system.

Turner attended a treatment facility in Valdosta in November, the report said. It was unclear Tuesday whether he was still in the facility.

He is scheduled for a court appearance Dec. 10, Meadows said.

Published in: on December 6, 2007 at 7:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Retired Bibb educator charged with child molestation

William TurnerA retired Bibb County school principal has been charged with three counts of child molestation, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

William Turner, 58, was arrested Nov. 26 and is charged with molesting a
14-year-old girl, a sheriff’s office report said.

“It is still under investigation,” sheriff’s spokesman Lt. George Meadows said Tuesday.

Turner retired as principal from Ingram-Pye Elementary School in May after 29 years as an educator, according to the school system.

Turner attended a treatment facility in Valdosta in November, the report said. It was unclear Tuesday whether he was still in the facility.

He is scheduled for a court appearance Dec. 10, Meadows said.

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