Former Coach Sentenced In Child Porn Case

A former coach has been sentenced for child pornography found on his computer.

Tom Robbins was arrested in September 2006 after he allegedly exposed himself to two girls.

An investigation led to 25 counts of child pornography against Robbins.

Robbins worked as an educational assistant at Sycamore Junior High School. He was also a cross country coach, a girls’ lacrosse coach and a camp director. He had worked for the district for 20 years at the time of his arrest.

Robbins pleaded guilty to the charges in August, and on Monday, he was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Robbins was also labeled a sexual predator
Published in: on December 11, 2007 at 4:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender pleads guilty, gets 75 years to life in prison

A registered sex offender from Santa Maria who pleaded guilty this morning to committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under 14 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Gary Townsend Boyd, 62, molested a 4-year-old girl between May 1
and June 12, said case prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Stephen
Foley

Boyd was previously sentenced to 11 years in prison for his 1984 conviction of three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, Foley said.

Those acts of sexual abuse more than 20 years ago took place in Santa Maria, he said.

Boyd will be sentenced on Jan. 28 to 75 years to life in prison, Foley said.

Published in: on December 11, 2007 at 3:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Police: Registered Sex Offender Involved In Kidnapping

A 23-year-old Bedford man is in jail after police said he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman on Saturday.

Police said a report from the 18-year-old woman’s family led them on a countywide search. Law enforcement and volunteers first discovered the woman’s car on fire in a parking lot. They then identified Houk as a possible suspect.

Police said the search ended at the home of Eric Houk early Sunday morning.

Officials said Houk was arrested and charged with six felonies, including two counts of sexual assault in the second-degree, one count of kidnapping in the first-degree, second-degree arson, second-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.

Officials said Houk is listed on the state’s sex
offender registry.

Houk is being held in the Adams County Jail on a $5 million bond.

Published in: on December 11, 2007 at 3:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender’s crimes swept under the rug

There is a particularly disturbing fact that came out of the recent sexual assault case involving Ronald George Dawe, a retired teacher living in South Brook.

When his then-teenage victims reported his crime (the assaults took place between 1976-1979) to school officials at the small central community he was a teacher in at the time, they opted to transfer Mr. Dawe to a school in another central community rather than report him to police, even though he admitted to them that he had in fact sexually assaulted the teenage girls.

This is abhorrent on a number of levels – legally, morally and ethically. School teachers and administrators are entrusted by parents to not only provide an education to their children, but to also do whatever they can to protect the safety and health of the students. Given the fact that Mr. Dawe, through his role as a teacher, was placed in a position of trust and broke that bond by assaulting the teenagers should have been even more reason, not less, to report him to the police.

In whose mind is it ever ok to be fully aware of the fact that someone is a child molester – even being confirmed of that fact by the molester himself – and then permit him to live as an ordinary citizen while still maintaining his job as a teacher of children? What were the school officials in that central Newfoundland town thinking when they made the decision to relocate him to another school in a different community?

It is evident that they were not thinking – at least not with a clear head.

How disheartening and disappointing must it have been for those girls during impressionable years in their life to recognize that what Mr. Dawe had done to them was so serious that school administrators should know about it, only to have the incident swept under the rug?

How numbing must it have felt to know that these people in positions of authority essentially refused to validate what happened to them by taking appropriate action against their attacker?

The fact of the matter is – and statements of facts that were read aloud during court proceedings corroborate this – that Mr. Dawe’s victims have been adversely affected by the horrors of what happened to them. It took three decades before they were mentally and emotionally ready to take legal action against him.

A certain degree of closure could have been achieved for these people much sooner if school officials at the time had taken the action they should have rather than turn a blind eye.

Published in: on December 11, 2007 at 3:53 am  Leave a Comment