TBI Discovers Sex Offender With Child Porn


Police put a convicted sex offender back in jail Monday morning.

Otis Wood raised concerns earlier in 2007 by driving around in car similar to a police cruiser and talking with children.

Then Friday, police arrested Wood after TBI agents discovered hundreds of child porn images on his computer.

Police charged Wood with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, although more charges are expected as more images are discovered.

Wood is lodged at the Warren County jail on $100,000 bond.

Wood faces up to 12 years in prison.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

TBI Discovers Sex Offender With Child Porn


Police put a convicted sex offender back in jail Monday morning.

Otis Wood raised concerns earlier in 2007 by driving around in car similar to a police cruiser and talking with children.

Then Friday, police arrested Wood after TBI agents discovered hundreds of child porn images on his computer.

Police charged Wood with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, although more charges are expected as more images are discovered.

Wood is lodged at the Warren County jail on $100,000 bond.

Wood faces up to 12 years in prison.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender violates parole

Police need your help in locating convicted felon and wanted subject Curtis Eugene Caldwell, 47, a sexual offender whose whereabouts have been unknown for two years.

In December 1997, Caldwell was arrested and charged with multiple counts of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sodomy. His victims were juvenile males. He was convicted in 1998 and sentenced to six years in the Oregon State Penitentiary. He was released November 2004.

As a registered sex offender, Caldwell is required by law to report his new address within 10 days of moving and within 10 days of his birthday. The last time Caldwell registered was March 17, 2005, with an address in Medford.

Because Caldwell has violated the terms of his parole and his whereabouts are unknown, a no-bail felony warrant held by the Oregon State Parole Board has been issued. An additional felony warrant is held by the Medford Police Department, for failure to register as a sex offender, with a bail of $10,000.

Caldwell is described as a white male adult, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing approximately 280 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture shown here, taken March 25, 2005, is the most recent photo available.

If you have seen Curtis Eugene Caldwell, or have information of his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328). This Crime Stopper’s case number is MT-372.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any unsolved criminal activity. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Sonitrol of Eugene.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender violates parole

Police need your help in locating convicted felon and wanted subject Curtis Eugene Caldwell, 47, a sexual offender whose whereabouts have been unknown for two years.

In December 1997, Caldwell was arrested and charged with multiple counts of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sodomy. His victims were juvenile males. He was convicted in 1998 and sentenced to six years in the Oregon State Penitentiary. He was released November 2004.

As a registered sex offender, Caldwell is required by law to report his new address within 10 days of moving and within 10 days of his birthday. The last time Caldwell registered was March 17, 2005, with an address in Medford.

Because Caldwell has violated the terms of his parole and his whereabouts are unknown, a no-bail felony warrant held by the Oregon State Parole Board has been issued. An additional felony warrant is held by the Medford Police Department, for failure to register as a sex offender, with a bail of $10,000.

Caldwell is described as a white male adult, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing approximately 280 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture shown here, taken March 25, 2005, is the most recent photo available.

If you have seen Curtis Eugene Caldwell, or have information of his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328). This Crime Stopper’s case number is MT-372.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any unsolved criminal activity. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Sonitrol of Eugene.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender sentenced today

A former Sycamore Junior High School coach could face serving 125 years in prison when he is sentenced this morning on 16 sex charges.

Frederick Robbins, 51, is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Ethna M. Cooper, court records show.

Robbins was arrested in September 2006 after he allegedly exposed himself to two young girls in the garage of his Amberley Village home.

He quit his job and pleaded guilty in October to 16 sex charges, including gross sexual imposition and pandering sexually oriented material to minors, records show.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 3:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

San Francisco Radio Host faces Internet Child Porn Counts


If you heard a different voice on the Sunday morning show Godtalk on San Francisco’s KGO 810 NewsTalk, then here’s the reason why!

Bernie Ward, the renowned talk show host on San Francisco’s KGO 810 NewsTalk, has been accused of being involved in federal child pornography.

In a news release issued, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division stated that the 56-year-old talk show host, who has also been a Roman Catholic priest in the past, has now been indicted with three counts of distributing and receiving child pornography.

Ward was prosecuted on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

According to his attorney Doron Weinberg, the accusations are on the basis of incidents that took place over four years back and were essentially done during the research process for a book, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

“As everybody knows, Bernie, for over 20 years, has been a progressive, opposed to insensitive authority — he has been a champion of charities, non-profits for the homeless,” maintained Weinberg.

As per Weinberg, Ward was conducting research for a book “on hypocrisy in America” and that’s when he ended up downloading “a few images” of child pornography and “it came to the attention of the government in late 2004.”

The Justice Department proclaimed that the talk show host faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count, along with a $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release.

Ward hosted a nighttime, politics-focused show and a Sunday morning Godtalk show, which for the time being will be taken on by a substitute host.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

San Francisco Radio Host faces Internet Child Porn Counts


If you heard a different voice on the Sunday morning show Godtalk on San Francisco’s KGO 810 NewsTalk, then here’s the reason why!

Bernie Ward, the renowned talk show host on San Francisco’s KGO 810 NewsTalk, has been accused of being involved in federal child pornography.

In a news release issued, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division stated that the 56-year-old talk show host, who has also been a Roman Catholic priest in the past, has now been indicted with three counts of distributing and receiving child pornography.

Ward was prosecuted on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

According to his attorney Doron Weinberg, the accusations are on the basis of incidents that took place over four years back and were essentially done during the research process for a book, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

“As everybody knows, Bernie, for over 20 years, has been a progressive, opposed to insensitive authority — he has been a champion of charities, non-profits for the homeless,” maintained Weinberg.

As per Weinberg, Ward was conducting research for a book “on hypocrisy in America” and that’s when he ended up downloading “a few images” of child pornography and “it came to the attention of the government in late 2004.”

The Justice Department proclaimed that the talk show host faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count, along with a $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release.

Ward hosted a nighttime, politics-focused show and a Sunday morning Godtalk show, which for the time being will be taken on by a substitute host.

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dozens Of Victims Come Forward After Child Pornography Stash Found


More than 40 victims have come forward to police after more than 50,000 slides of child pornography were found in a West Hartford home that once belonged to a prominent doctor.


West Hartford police said the slides belonged to Dr. George Reardon, who practiced medicine at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for more than 30 years, serving as chief of endocrinology.Reardon faced allegations of sexual abuse the early 1990s. He died in 1998.

The new owners of Reardon’s home on Griswold Drive found the slides in May during renovations.”The homeowner was renovating his basement, and as he was removing some paneling, he found a hidden compartment behind a wall,” Lt. Donald Melanson said.

The secret storage area was filled with slides and video of child pornography, police said. Police said the children that were found in the slides and films are anywhere from six to 15-years-old.

“They saw the first slide that fell out of the wall, realized what it was, and they did the proper thing by calling us,” Melanson said.

Police said there were about 50,000 35 mm slides. There were also more than 100 8 mm video reels.

Police said they believe Reardon took the photos.Police said they waited six months to go public about the images because of the quantity of images.”We had to analyze and catalog them,” Melanson said. “Also, we wanted to work with NCMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to determine if any of these photos had been in circulation in the past.”

Police documented the slides and films in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Police told NBC 30 most of the slides date from the 1960s to the 1980s, and the youngest child in the photos is estimated to be 6 years old. The number of victims appears to be in the hundreds, police said.

Police said the photos may have been shared with others. Police said that, based on notations on the slides, they believe Reardon was part of a pre-Internet network that traded images of abused boys and girls. They are trying to identify the victims in order to prosecute anyone in the country who possessing the images.

Reardon had lived in the Griswold Drive home for roughly 20 years. The family currently living in the home is the second owner since Reardon lived there.Police are asking anyone who believes their photo may be in this collection to contact police at 860-523-2070.Any information gathered will be kept in strictest confidence, police said.

Reardon’s Past Filled With Accusations Of Sexual Assault

In 1993, Reardon had his license suspended for alleged sexual misconduct, after being accused of sexually assaulting four young patients.

The incidents allegedly occurred from 1956 to 1981, but the patients didn’t start coming forward until 1987. In April 1993, another charge was filed.According to the state, the allegations all fit a pattern. In all four cases, Reardon allegedly masturbated and inappropriately touched the child.He also allegedly took sexually provocative photographs, according to past NBC 30 reports.In one case, Reardon allegedly showed the child hard-core pornographic photos in the guise of displaying medical photography, according to past NBC 30 reports.

St. Francis supported Reardon, but barred him from practicing.”Our sympathies go out to any families who may have been victims of any inappropriate activity by Dr. Reardon,” Saint Francis Hospital said in a written statement Wednesday afternoon. “At the time, Saint Francis fully cooperated with all federal and state authorities involved in this matter.”

According to documents, Connecticut officials suspended Reardon’s license in July 1993 after allegations of inappropriate contact with at least seven minor children from 1956 to 1989.Over the next few months Reardon faced a panel of state medical examiners, with his alleged victims testifying.Reardon resigned in 1993 amid accusations that he took advantage of youngsters in his care while he was a medical student in the 1950s.

The Medical Examining Board ruled in 1995 that they would drop the proceedings in exchange for the already retired doctor’s agreement to never practice medicine again.There were no state criminal charges, because the statute of limitations had expired by the time victims came forward.

New York state medical officials revoked Reardon’s medical license in 1997 based on the Connecticut situation. Reardon was initially given a medical license in New York state on Aug. 8, 1957.”The Respondent (Reardon) in the course of his medical practice took sexually explicit photographs of his minor patients and inappropriately manipulated body parts of his minor patients,” according to a document from the New York State Health Department. Victims who want to reach out to a counselor can call:

YWCA Counseling Line: 860-241-9217

  • Confidential Hotline: 888-999-5545

  • Spanish Hotline: 888-568-8332

    Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 6:54 am  Leave a Comment  

    Dozens Of Victims Come Forward After Child Pornography Stash Found


    More than 40 victims have come forward to police after more than 50,000 slides of child pornography were found in a West Hartford home that once belonged to a prominent doctor.


    West Hartford police said the slides belonged to Dr. George Reardon, who practiced medicine at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for more than 30 years, serving as chief of endocrinology.Reardon faced allegations of sexual abuse the early 1990s. He died in 1998.

    The new owners of Reardon’s home on Griswold Drive found the slides in May during renovations.”The homeowner was renovating his basement, and as he was removing some paneling, he found a hidden compartment behind a wall,” Lt. Donald Melanson said.

    The secret storage area was filled with slides and video of child pornography, police said. Police said the children that were found in the slides and films are anywhere from six to 15-years-old.

    “They saw the first slide that fell out of the wall, realized what it was, and they did the proper thing by calling us,” Melanson said.

    Police said there were about 50,000 35 mm slides. There were also more than 100 8 mm video reels.

    Police said they believe Reardon took the photos.Police said they waited six months to go public about the images because of the quantity of images.”We had to analyze and catalog them,” Melanson said. “Also, we wanted to work with NCMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to determine if any of these photos had been in circulation in the past.”

    Police documented the slides and films in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Police told NBC 30 most of the slides date from the 1960s to the 1980s, and the youngest child in the photos is estimated to be 6 years old. The number of victims appears to be in the hundreds, police said.

    Police said the photos may have been shared with others. Police said that, based on notations on the slides, they believe Reardon was part of a pre-Internet network that traded images of abused boys and girls. They are trying to identify the victims in order to prosecute anyone in the country who possessing the images.

    Reardon had lived in the Griswold Drive home for roughly 20 years. The family currently living in the home is the second owner since Reardon lived there.Police are asking anyone who believes their photo may be in this collection to contact police at 860-523-2070.Any information gathered will be kept in strictest confidence, police said.

    Reardon’s Past Filled With Accusations Of Sexual Assault

    In 1993, Reardon had his license suspended for alleged sexual misconduct, after being accused of sexually assaulting four young patients.

    The incidents allegedly occurred from 1956 to 1981, but the patients didn’t start coming forward until 1987. In April 1993, another charge was filed.According to the state, the allegations all fit a pattern. In all four cases, Reardon allegedly masturbated and inappropriately touched the child.He also allegedly took sexually provocative photographs, according to past NBC 30 reports.In one case, Reardon allegedly showed the child hard-core pornographic photos in the guise of displaying medical photography, according to past NBC 30 reports.

    St. Francis supported Reardon, but barred him from practicing.”Our sympathies go out to any families who may have been victims of any inappropriate activity by Dr. Reardon,” Saint Francis Hospital said in a written statement Wednesday afternoon. “At the time, Saint Francis fully cooperated with all federal and state authorities involved in this matter.”

    According to documents, Connecticut officials suspended Reardon’s license in July 1993 after allegations of inappropriate contact with at least seven minor children from 1956 to 1989.Over the next few months Reardon faced a panel of state medical examiners, with his alleged victims testifying.Reardon resigned in 1993 amid accusations that he took advantage of youngsters in his care while he was a medical student in the 1950s.

    The Medical Examining Board ruled in 1995 that they would drop the proceedings in exchange for the already retired doctor’s agreement to never practice medicine again.There were no state criminal charges, because the statute of limitations had expired by the time victims came forward.

    New York state medical officials revoked Reardon’s medical license in 1997 based on the Connecticut situation. Reardon was initially given a medical license in New York state on Aug. 8, 1957.”The Respondent (Reardon) in the course of his medical practice took sexually explicit photographs of his minor patients and inappropriately manipulated body parts of his minor patients,” according to a document from the New York State Health Department. Victims who want to reach out to a counselor can call:

    YWCA Counseling Line: 860-241-9217

  • Confidential Hotline: 888-999-5545

  • Spanish Hotline: 888-568-8332

    Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 6:54 am  Leave a Comment