A sex offender is blamed for a three day spree of attacking and robbing female cyclists and pedestrians on Portland streets.

Detectives arrested 25-year-old Rodney Marcus Arreguin on Tuesday for five robberies, where police say he knocked the victims down, then took their bags and property.

Katie Highes was riding her bike to work in Northeast Portland Monday when she said Arreguin drove up beside her, grabbed her arm and pushed her to the ground. He then stopped, got out of the car and came over to Hughes, at first reassuring her, then taking off with her messenger bag.

She suffered cuts, bruises and a chipped bone in her hand, but realized it could have been worse.

“I initially thought it was just a cyclist-motorist altercation,“ she said. “It wasn’t until later that I realized … I was really lucky. He really didn’t get much stuff.”

Arreguin was charged with five counts of robbery, failing to register as a sex offender and violating parole.

Investigators said that and four other similar robberies were reported Sunday and Monday.

Detectives were able to stake out the area where the robberies happened and identified a car to make the arrest Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police were looking for any more possible victims and said anyone with information should call Detective Chris Brace at (503) 823-3761.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  


A sex offender is blamed for a three day spree of attacking and robbing female cyclists and pedestrians on Portland streets.

Detectives arrested 25-year-old Rodney Marcus Arreguin on Tuesday for five robberies, where police say he knocked the victims down, then took their bags and property.

Katie Highes was riding her bike to work in Northeast Portland Monday when she said Arreguin drove up beside her, grabbed her arm and pushed her to the ground. He then stopped, got out of the car and came over to Hughes, at first reassuring her, then taking off with her messenger bag.

She suffered cuts, bruises and a chipped bone in her hand, but realized it could have been worse.

“I initially thought it was just a cyclist-motorist altercation,“ she said. “It wasn’t until later that I realized … I was really lucky. He really didn’t get much stuff.”

Arreguin was charged with five counts of robbery, failing to register as a sex offender and violating parole.

Investigators said that and four other similar robberies were reported Sunday and Monday.

Detectives were able to stake out the area where the robberies happened and identified a car to make the arrest Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police were looking for any more possible victims and said anyone with information should call Detective Chris Brace at (503) 823-3761.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ronald Vandel Thoreson

A 62-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for child pornography.

Ronald Vandel Thoreson pleaded guilty last July to a federal indictment charging him with distribution of child pornography in 2005.

Thoreson was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following reports by the German National Police that he used an Internet access account to download child pornography using the file sharing program Limewire.

The case was prosecuted under Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006 to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

School therapist molests 6 year old

A therapist at a Queens elementary school has been charged with molesting a 6-year-old.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown identified the defendant as George Bournias of Public School 84 in Astoria, where the girl was receiving speech and occupational therapy.

Bournias was arraigned Wednesday in Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dixon teacher faces child molestation charges

Facing multiple child molestation charges, a Dixon teacher will return to Solano County Superior Court in January.

Superior Court Judge Harry S. Kinnicutt on Tuesday set 9 a.m. Jan. 2 for a further readiness conference and possible scheduling of a court trial for 38-year-old defendant Elijah James Hall of Dixon. The court trial will be heard in the Fairfield courtroom of Judge William C. Harrison.

Hall has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and faces two counts of lewd or lascivious conduct with children under 14.

Dixon police arrested Hall, a sixth-grade teacher at Tremont Elementary School, in June 2005 after two girls complained that he had touched them inappropriately during incidents in 1999 and 2000.

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Dixon teacher faces child molestation charges

Facing multiple child molestation charges, a Dixon teacher will return to Solano County Superior Court in January.

Superior Court Judge Harry S. Kinnicutt on Tuesday set 9 a.m. Jan. 2 for a further readiness conference and possible scheduling of a court trial for 38-year-old defendant Elijah James Hall of Dixon. The court trial will be heard in the Fairfield courtroom of Judge William C. Harrison.

Hall has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and faces two counts of lewd or lascivious conduct with children under 14.

Dixon police arrested Hall, a sixth-grade teacher at Tremont Elementary School, in June 2005 after two girls complained that he had touched them inappropriately during incidents in 1999 and 2000.

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Daycare employee faces new child molest charges

Eiland’s mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in incidents involving children.

A former day care worker has been charged with molesting a second girl at his northeastern Indianapolis home, the Marion County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, the state Family and Social Services Administration said it would seek an emergency injunction to close the Castleton-area day care center where Ron Eiland had worked, saying the business had violated a 1999 agreement barring him from the center.

In the latest charges, Eiland is accused of twice molesting an 8-year-old girl — a friend of his daughter — between November 2005 and September 2006. The girl was sleeping over at Eiland’s home when the molestations happened, the prosecutor’s office said.

The prosecutor’s office said it filed two class C felony counts of child molestation against Eiland late Tuesday. The girl made the allegations shortly after hearing that Eiland was arrested last month on suspicion of molesting a different girl, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said.

“The child went to the parents and said, ‘This is the same thing that happened to me,’ and that alerted the parents to contact my office,” Brizzi said.

Eiland, 60, was arrested on the new charges Wednesday. The prosecutor’s office said it would ask a judge to set bond at $50,000.

Eiland was arrested and charged last month on allegations he molested a girl at his home on more than one occasion, the last time happening in September when she was 9.

Indianapolis police went to Eiland’s home in September after a phone sex operator told them that a man had called and put a 9-year-old girl on the phone, authorities said.

Police questioned Eiland that day, but no arrest or molestation allegation was made then. Several weeks later, the girl, who had been staying at the home that night, told investigators that she had been molested then, police said.

In that case, he was charged with a class A felony count of child molestation and a class C count of child molestation. He was released on bond last month.

Eiland used to work at Lil’ Sprouts Learning Center in Indianapolis’ Castleton area, and a dispute over how recently he had worked there has prompted the state to try to close the business, which his mother owns.

According to the state Family and Social Services Administration, his mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

After Eiland’s November arrest, state licensing staff interviewed people at the business and determined that Eiland had been at the center daily, in violation of the agreement. On Nov. 21, the FSSA told Eiland’s mother that it was starting a process to revoke the business’s license and that she had 30 days to file an appeal.

On Wednesday, FSSA chief Mitch Roob told 6News’ Jack Rinehart that the agency would ask the state attorney general to seek an emergency injunction to close the business.

“We expect to be granted that immediate injunction. Regardless of whether we are, we encourage parents to not take their children to that day-care facility,” Roob said.

After being charged in the first molestation case, Eiland told a judge that he had recently stopped working for the day care center. His mother told 6News last month that Eiland ran errands for her there.

According to the state Family and Social Services Administration, Eiland’s mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in incidents involving children.

Police have said they have no evidence that any assault happened at the day care center.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daycare employee faces new child molest charges

Eiland’s mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in incidents involving children.

A former day care worker has been charged with molesting a second girl at his northeastern Indianapolis home, the Marion County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, the state Family and Social Services Administration said it would seek an emergency injunction to close the Castleton-area day care center where Ron Eiland had worked, saying the business had violated a 1999 agreement barring him from the center.

In the latest charges, Eiland is accused of twice molesting an 8-year-old girl — a friend of his daughter — between November 2005 and September 2006. The girl was sleeping over at Eiland’s home when the molestations happened, the prosecutor’s office said.

The prosecutor’s office said it filed two class C felony counts of child molestation against Eiland late Tuesday. The girl made the allegations shortly after hearing that Eiland was arrested last month on suspicion of molesting a different girl, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said.

“The child went to the parents and said, ‘This is the same thing that happened to me,’ and that alerted the parents to contact my office,” Brizzi said.

Eiland, 60, was arrested on the new charges Wednesday. The prosecutor’s office said it would ask a judge to set bond at $50,000.

Eiland was arrested and charged last month on allegations he molested a girl at his home on more than one occasion, the last time happening in September when she was 9.

Indianapolis police went to Eiland’s home in September after a phone sex operator told them that a man had called and put a 9-year-old girl on the phone, authorities said.

Police questioned Eiland that day, but no arrest or molestation allegation was made then. Several weeks later, the girl, who had been staying at the home that night, told investigators that she had been molested then, police said.

In that case, he was charged with a class A felony count of child molestation and a class C count of child molestation. He was released on bond last month.

Eiland used to work at Lil’ Sprouts Learning Center in Indianapolis’ Castleton area, and a dispute over how recently he had worked there has prompted the state to try to close the business, which his mother owns.

According to the state Family and Social Services Administration, his mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

After Eiland’s November arrest, state licensing staff interviewed people at the business and determined that Eiland had been at the center daily, in violation of the agreement. On Nov. 21, the FSSA told Eiland’s mother that it was starting a process to revoke the business’s license and that she had 30 days to file an appeal.

On Wednesday, FSSA chief Mitch Roob told 6News’ Jack Rinehart that the agency would ask the state attorney general to seek an emergency injunction to close the business.

“We expect to be granted that immediate injunction. Regardless of whether we are, we encourage parents to not take their children to that day-care facility,” Roob said.

After being charged in the first molestation case, Eiland told a judge that he had recently stopped working for the day care center. His mother told 6News last month that Eiland ran errands for her there.

According to the state Family and Social Services Administration, Eiland’s mother had agreed with the state in 1999 to bar Eiland from the center because Eiland had been convicted of driving while intoxicated in incidents involving children.

Police have said they have no evidence that any assault happened at the day care center.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender back behind bars

A SEX offender who flouted a ban preventing from having unsupervised contact with children was back behind bars last night after police found a 15-year-old boy on his settee.

Wayne Gilbank was originally jailed for two years in November 2005 for a string of sex offences against young girls, but was freed from prison in October last year.

The 26-year-old was also put on the sex offenders’ register for ten years, and was given an indefinite ban on having unsupervised contact with people under the age of 16.

But on October 25 this year, police called at his home near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, to carry out a risk assessment and found the boy alseep on Gilbank’s sofa.

Gilbank admitted breaching the conditions of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and was yesterday jailed at Teesside Crown Court for four months by Judge Peter Fox, QC.

The judge told him: “I give you credit for your admission of the offence, but there is every reason for it to be made plain that courts’ orders are to be obeyed.

“It must be reaslised that a breach almost invariably results in a term of immediate imprisonment, and this is not an exceptional case.”

James Fenny, mitigating, said once Gilbank realised the boy was 15 he asked him to leave, and there was no suggestion of any sexual offences having been committed.

Mr Fenny said Gilbank was staying with his uncle in Kings Gardens, Sowerby, and the teenager was a friend of the family who had been locked out of his home the previous night.

“By his own account, he had not arranged to meet this boy,” Mr Feeny told the judge. “It was simply something that occurred at his address.”

Mr Feeny said Gilbank made the teenager look for somewhere else to stay for the night when he discovered his age, but he was unable to find anywhere.

Gilbank was jailed at Hull Crown Court two years ago after he admitted three offences of inciting a child to commit acts of gross indecency, and two of inciting a child to engage in sexual acts.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 11:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Repeat Sex Offender A "Sexual Sadist"

Burgmann may be ‘sexual sadist’: doctor
Jana G. Pruden, Leader-PostPublished: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
A forensic psychiatrist says he believes convicted sex offender Randy Burgmann may be a sexual sadist who derives pleasure from the violent suffering or humiliation of women.
But Dr. Shabehram Lohrasbe also said he cannot be sure of the diagnosis because Burgmann refused to discuss certain subjects when the two met for Lohrasbe’s court-ordered assessment.
Testifying at Burgmann’s dangerous offender hearing on Monday morning, Lohrasbe said he met with Burgmann for about 21/2 hours in March 2006, and found him to be polite but “unreachable.”

“I found him to be hollow in emotion. He would talk about things but it was an emotional vacuum …,” Lohrasbe said. “I was struck by the fact that he didn’t seem to have any emotion even when he was talking about himself.”

Lohrasbe said Burgmann also refused to talk about several important issues, including his most recent offence, some of the information on his prison file, and his childhood abuse.
Burgmann previously reported being sexually abused by his grandmother and another woman, and then physically abused by males and females, as a child. The 45-year-old repeat sex offender wouldn’t expand on these experiences in his meeting with Lohrasbe, but the doctor said Burgmann exhibits signs of physical and sexual abuse in childhood.

Burgmann also denied having snuff or murder fantasies — which he has admitted to in the past — and claimed that some of the information on file about him was incorrect or wrongly attributed, Lohrasbe said.

The doctor testified that the possibility of sadism and sexual sadism is of grave concern, and Burgmann exhibits signs of both behaviours. Lohrasbe said Burgmann also has anti-social personality disorder and psychopathic tendencies, and seemed “quite convinced” that he has made all the changes he needs to make.

“He doesn’t seem to be a man who’s really searching or really troubled by what’s going on inside him,” Lohrasbe said.

The doctor testified that Burgmann has a lot of risk factors, including the patterns of his past offences, the extreme violence against his victims, and an apparent escalation of his offences.
His most recent offence occurred in March 2004, when he sexually assaulted a woman and left her bleeding in a back alley with serious injuries to her vagina.

Lohrasbe was the Crown’s final witness in Burgmann’s dangerous offender hearing.
Prosecutor Jeff Kalmakoff and defence lawyer Bruce Campbell are expected to make their closing submissions to Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Catherine Dawson on Wednesday.
If declared a dangerous offender, Burgmann will receive an indeterminate prison sentence subject to periodic reviews. Dawson may also impose a fixed sentence or find Burgmann a long-term offender, which would see him serve a prison term followed by a lengthy period of supervision in the community.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 10:32 am  Leave a Comment