David Stone Sentenced for Child Porn

A judge sentences a man to prison for what the prosecutor calls a “horrific crime” – taking naked photos of his young niece, and putting them on his computer.

Earlier this year, David Stone was convicted in federal court of posession of child pornography and this separate case came out of that FBI investigation.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office checked to see if any of the child porn was of local victims, and it was.

David Stone is currently serving federal prison time for possession of child pornography. Now, after his guilty plea on two counts of taking naked photos of his young niece and putting them on a computer, Stone was back in court on Tuesday for sentencing on that local case.

His attorney, John Stosich, argued that Stone, with no prior criminal record, shouldn’t serve any additional time longer than the federal sentence of seven years.

John Stosich: “David will be removed from any type of contact with society for a significant period of time.”

Clark County Prosecutor Craig Simpson argued to Judge Joel Tingey that Stone should serve this sentence after the federal prison time ends because he knew his victim and produced the porn. Simpson called this a horrific crime.
Craig Simpson: “I can’t think of any sorrier case than of victimizing children. They can’t protect themselves. They are innocent, and he’s taken that away from her.”
The victim’s mother, who did not want to be identified, pleaded with the judge to make Stone serve some prison time separate from the federal sentence.
Victim’s mother: “I want him in prison to send a message to Mr. Stone and to the community that sex crimes against children are not acceptable. Help us be able to look into our sweet little girl’s eyes as she grows up and tell her that he paid a price specific for what he did to her.”
In June, Clark County Deputy Bart May, who took photographs of the inside of Stone’s home, described from the witness stand that the house was packed with boxes and stacks of DVD’s, VHS tapes and magazines of pornography.
Stone briefly told the judge he regrets what he did.

David Stone: “I am very sorry for what I’ve done. I know I have a problem. I’m gonna get help on it, I’m hoping. That’s about all I can say, your honor.”
Judge Joel Tingey said he believes Stone committed these type of crimes for years, but just wasn’t caught until now. He says society has to protect children from people like stone.

Judge Tingey sentenced Stone to six to ten years, with a minimum of six. Despite the mother’s pleas, this sentence will be served at the same time as the federal sentence.

It’s not known if those photos of the young girl were ever shared with anyone on the internet.

Stone will be eligible for parole in six and a half years. Once out, he will have strict rules to follow that keep him away from computers and children and he will have to register as a sex offender.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 8:14 am  Leave a Comment  

David Stone Sentenced for Child Porn

A judge sentences a man to prison for what the prosecutor calls a “horrific crime” – taking naked photos of his young niece, and putting them on his computer.

Earlier this year, David Stone was convicted in federal court of posession of child pornography and this separate case came out of that FBI investigation.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office checked to see if any of the child porn was of local victims, and it was.

David Stone is currently serving federal prison time for possession of child pornography. Now, after his guilty plea on two counts of taking naked photos of his young niece and putting them on a computer, Stone was back in court on Tuesday for sentencing on that local case.

His attorney, John Stosich, argued that Stone, with no prior criminal record, shouldn’t serve any additional time longer than the federal sentence of seven years.

John Stosich: “David will be removed from any type of contact with society for a significant period of time.”

Clark County Prosecutor Craig Simpson argued to Judge Joel Tingey that Stone should serve this sentence after the federal prison time ends because he knew his victim and produced the porn. Simpson called this a horrific crime.
Craig Simpson: “I can’t think of any sorrier case than of victimizing children. They can’t protect themselves. They are innocent, and he’s taken that away from her.”
The victim’s mother, who did not want to be identified, pleaded with the judge to make Stone serve some prison time separate from the federal sentence.
Victim’s mother: “I want him in prison to send a message to Mr. Stone and to the community that sex crimes against children are not acceptable. Help us be able to look into our sweet little girl’s eyes as she grows up and tell her that he paid a price specific for what he did to her.”
In June, Clark County Deputy Bart May, who took photographs of the inside of Stone’s home, described from the witness stand that the house was packed with boxes and stacks of DVD’s, VHS tapes and magazines of pornography.
Stone briefly told the judge he regrets what he did.

David Stone: “I am very sorry for what I’ve done. I know I have a problem. I’m gonna get help on it, I’m hoping. That’s about all I can say, your honor.”
Judge Joel Tingey said he believes Stone committed these type of crimes for years, but just wasn’t caught until now. He says society has to protect children from people like stone.

Judge Tingey sentenced Stone to six to ten years, with a minimum of six. Despite the mother’s pleas, this sentence will be served at the same time as the federal sentence.

It’s not known if those photos of the young girl were ever shared with anyone on the internet.

Stone will be eligible for parole in six and a half years. Once out, he will have strict rules to follow that keep him away from computers and children and he will have to register as a sex offender.

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Former foster parents sentenced for child porn

Two Van Buren County men who were once licensed as foster parents will each spend 30 years in prison for making and receiving child pornography.

Kurt Amundson and Robert Shafer pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking lewd pictures of a young boy and downloading child pornography. Indictments stated the men took sexually explicit pictures of the victim over a two-year period.

Cameras and computers containing downloaded child pornography were seized from the couple’s home in Hartford.

State officials confirm the couple’s foster license was suspended earlier this year when the investigation began. The men had been licensed since June 2002, first through Lutheran Social Services of Kent County, and later through the agency’s Kalamazoo branch.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 6:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Former foster parents sentenced for child porn

Two Van Buren County men who were once licensed as foster parents will each spend 30 years in prison for making and receiving child pornography.

Kurt Amundson and Robert Shafer pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking lewd pictures of a young boy and downloading child pornography. Indictments stated the men took sexually explicit pictures of the victim over a two-year period.

Cameras and computers containing downloaded child pornography were seized from the couple’s home in Hartford.

State officials confirm the couple’s foster license was suspended earlier this year when the investigation began. The men had been licensed since June 2002, first through Lutheran Social Services of Kent County, and later through the agency’s Kalamazoo branch.

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Ex-Baltimore firefighter gets 5 years on child porn charges

A former Baltimore firefighter was sentenced today to five years in federal prison for distributing child pornography on his home computer, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s office.

The Joppa home of Angelo Sudano was searched Jan. 3 after a complaint was received by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office from someone who had received a video of child pornography, according to federal prosecutors.

The search found 300 to 600 images of child pornography, and Sudano resigned from the Baltimore Fire Department soon after the search.

Sudano began his career as a city firefighter in 1998, and a fire department spokesman has previously said that a search of the computer he used at a firehouse did not find any pornography. Sudano pleaded guilty to the distribution charge in August. In addition to the five-year prison term, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Sudano to a lifetime of supervised release.

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 6:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Four pedophilia suspects arrested in Brazil

The U.S. couple has been living in the Taquara municipality since 2001. They run a non-governmental organization called New Face, which offered English language courses and sports activities to local children, according to the investigation, which started in February.

Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested four suspects, including two U.S. citizens, charged with pedophilia and trafficking of children in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil.

The suspects were arrested in the community Colina do Sol in the municipality of Taquara, 72 kilometers away from the state’s capital city of Porto Alegre.

Four laptops, photographs, VHS tapes, DVDs and a camcorder were also seized in the operation. According to the police, the 63-year-old male of the U.S. couple plotted the scheme. He was allegedly responsible for sending at least two underage boys to the United States. An unregistered revolver was found at the couple’s home.

The U.S. couple has been living in the Taquara municipality since 2001. They run a non-governmental organization called New Face, which offered English language courses and sports activities to local children, according to the investigation, which started in February.

About 20 police agents participated in the operation. Eight minors, who were allegedly victims of the scheme, have testified to the police.

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Curtis Dean Anderson, who killed Xiana Fairchild, dies

Curtis Dean Anderson, who was serving a combined 301-year sentence for the 1999 kidnap and murder of 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild of Vallejo and a separate case involving another girl, died Tuesday, authorities said.

Anderson, 46, died at 6:41 a.m. at a Bakersfield hospital, where he had been admitted Nov. 28, said Lt. Brian Parriott, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections.

His death came two days after the anniversary of Xiana’s abduction, which her loved ones marked Sunday with an annual pilgrimage to the site near the Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos where her skull was found in 2001.

“I just can’t help but think that it was for Xiana, the way that it happened, the date that it happened, and it is for justice for Xiana,” said her great-aunt, Stephanie Kahalekulu, with whom Xiana lived most of her life. “Had it happened in any other part of the year, it would have been that he just died,” she said. Anderson had been held at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, although Anderson had been frail and was wheelchair-bound. e died of natural causes, Parriott said. “It was an ongoing illness.”

Anderson was in California prisons 10 times between 1986 and 1999 for three convictions and parole violations, including a series of allegations of violence against women.

Then Anderson was arrested and charged with abducting and molesting an 8-year-old Vallejo girl in August 2000. The girl had escaped after two days in Anderson’s vehicle.

That arrest was less than nine months after Anderson had been paroled for the abduction of a family friend.

Anderson went on to make a series of claims about involvement in Xiana’s Dec. 9, 1999, disappearance. In a series of taunting jailhouse meetings with Kahalekulu from October through December 2000 during an attempt to make a deal with prosecutors, Anderson insisted Xiana was alive. “He would write to my (post office) box, just his own crazy mentally ill mind, basically tormenting and saying she would be hurt,” Kahalekulu said. “For those two months, he kept claiming she was alive, that he had given her to someone else, and that he had contact and that he could tell them to torture her,” she said.

At one point, police waited outside as Anderson met with her, in case he gave information they could act on immediately. “I bought her new clothes and packed everything,” Kahalekulu recalled. “We weren’t sure. We all believed he had her and he was going to release her.” In 2001, Anderson was convicted and sentenced to 251 years in prison for kidnapping and molesting the 8-year-old Vallejo girl.

A special task force found witnesses and evidence that confirmed Anderson’s previous claims about Xiana, and in May 2004 he was charged with her murder. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder and was sentenced to 50 years to life.

Hours later, he recanted to reporters in a jailhouse interview.

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Sex offender arrested for living inside of daycare center

A convicted sex offender was caught living inside of an unlicensed in-home daycare center.
Police arrested Victor Hollis, 47, of Portwood Drive in Albertville yesterday.
He’s charged with two class C felonies including, verification of address and prohibited residence locations.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Hollis was living at the house where the in-home daycare was being operated.
A registered sex offender is not allowed to live within 2000 feet of any school or child care facility.
Hollis was transported to the Albertville City Jail where he remains at this time.
No bond amount has been set.
Meanwhile, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) was notified of the in-home day care situation.
Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 5:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender arrested for living inside of daycare center

A convicted sex offender was caught living inside of an unlicensed in-home daycare center.
Police arrested Victor Hollis, 47, of Portwood Drive in Albertville yesterday.
He’s charged with two class C felonies including, verification of address and prohibited residence locations.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Hollis was living at the house where the in-home daycare was being operated.
A registered sex offender is not allowed to live within 2000 feet of any school or child care facility.
Hollis was transported to the Albertville City Jail where he remains at this time.
No bond amount has been set.
Meanwhile, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) was notified of the in-home day care situation.
Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 5:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Sex offender arrested for living inside of daycare center

A convicted sex offender was caught living inside of an unlicensed in-home daycare center.
Police arrested Victor Hollis, 47, of Portwood Drive in Albertville yesterday.
He’s charged with two class C felonies including, verification of address and prohibited residence locations.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Hollis was living at the house where the in-home daycare was being operated.
A registered sex offender is not allowed to live within 2000 feet of any school or child care facility.
Hollis was transported to the Albertville City Jail where he remains at this time.
No bond amount has been set.
Meanwhile, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) was notified of the in-home day care situation.
Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 5:45 am  Leave a Comment