Thurston County sheriff seeking tips on 9 sex offenders

As part of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s sex offender plan “Operation Crackdown”, Sheriff Dan Kimball is seeking the public’s help in locating sex offenders from Thurston County who are wanted for failing to register, a press release said today.

At this time, the suspects’ whereabouts are unknown. None are level 3 offenders (the most likely to re-offend) but several are level two offenders.

Anyone with information on these wanted felons should call the Thurston County sheriff’s office at 360-786-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222 (collect calls are accepted).

Authorities believe several of these individuals may have left Thurston County.

1. Kreutzer, Kristopher A., age 27, 5-10, 165, Blond hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register, Probation Violation


2. Oswald, David P., age 42, 5-7, 155, Brown hair, Blue eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register

3. Wheeler, Abigail R., age 27, 5-0, 130 lbs., Blonde hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


4. Sasser, Matthew K., age 26, 6-4, 185, Brown hair and Brown eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


5. Sedrick, Byron K. , age 28, 5-11, 165 lbs, Black hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register and Hit &Run


6. Aiken, Jesse L, age 27, 5-11, 170 lbs, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register and Unlawful Possession of Controlled substances


7. Doelman, Dennis T., age 34, 5-5, 180 lbs, Black hair, Brown eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


8. Higgins, Robert L, age 62, 5-10, 170 lbs., Gray hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


9. Skaarer, Thomas L., age 41, 5-10. 215 lbs, Brown hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thurston County sheriff seeking tips on 9 sex offenders

As part of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s sex offender plan “Operation Crackdown”, Sheriff Dan Kimball is seeking the public’s help in locating sex offenders from Thurston County who are wanted for failing to register, a press release said today.

At this time, the suspects’ whereabouts are unknown. None are level 3 offenders (the most likely to re-offend) but several are level two offenders.

Anyone with information on these wanted felons should call the Thurston County sheriff’s office at 360-786-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222 (collect calls are accepted).

Authorities believe several of these individuals may have left Thurston County.

1. Kreutzer, Kristopher A., age 27, 5-10, 165, Blond hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register, Probation Violation


2. Oswald, David P., age 42, 5-7, 155, Brown hair, Blue eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register

3. Wheeler, Abigail R., age 27, 5-0, 130 lbs., Blonde hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


4. Sasser, Matthew K., age 26, 6-4, 185, Brown hair and Brown eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


5. Sedrick, Byron K. , age 28, 5-11, 165 lbs, Black hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register and Hit &Run


6. Aiken, Jesse L, age 27, 5-11, 170 lbs, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register and Unlawful Possession of Controlled substances


7. Doelman, Dennis T., age 34, 5-5, 180 lbs, Black hair, Brown eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


8. Higgins, Robert L, age 62, 5-10, 170 lbs., Gray hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register


9. Skaarer, Thomas L., age 41, 5-10. 215 lbs, Brown hair, Hazel eyes, Wanted for Failure to Register

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Commitment proceedings for 3 time offender

Civil commitment proceedings have started for Randy Earl Hammermeister, 47, a man convicted three times of felony sex assault of children younger than 5 years old.

According to court records, Hammermeister, who currently resides at a Moose Lake correctional facility, has intermittently undergone sex offender treatment since 1980, following his first felony sex crime conviction involving a 4-year-old girl.

After his early release from a probationary sentence in 1982, he was charged and later convicted of intrafamilial sexual abuse in the 1st degree for molesting two boys, ages 3 and 5, and, at the age of 33, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old.

Court records say Hammermeister, who has served in multiple correctional facilities, was diagnosed with pedophilia and a personality disorder, and showed an “utter lack of power to control sexual impulses.”

Hammermeister is the fourth civil commitment trial in Mower County for defendants believed to be “sexually dangerous” and/or “psychopathic personalities.”

The first two, 31-year-old Jeremy Neil Bartholomew and 52-year-old Don Edward Neff, were tried in August and committed indefinitely in September to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter, Minn. Bartholomew has a 60-day review Dec. 20.

Hammermeister was ordered to St. Peter until his trial, tentatively scheduled for February, according to court minutes from a hearing in Mower County Tuesday.

Scott Ronald Schmitz, 38, awaits his civil commitment trial, to take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, in St. Peter as well.

According to the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Mental Retardation, to confine someone indefinitely, the prosecution must prove that the individual engages in habitual misconduct in sexual matters and has an utter lack of power to control impulses, which result in dangers to other people.

Sierra Vista man arrested on molestation charges

A 46-year-old Sierra Vista man was arrested Wednesday on half-a-dozen charges that include sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation, officials said Thursday.

Stanford L. Ferrell was booked into the Cochise County jail in Bisbee and remained there Thursday in lieu of $250,000 bond, according to a news release from the Sierra Vista Police Department.

The charges stem from two separate investigations, the first of which began in July 2004 after a report was made to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, said Carol Capas, an agency spokeswoman.

At the time, Ferrell was accused of molesting three boys, two of whom were 16 and the other who was 12, Capas said.

She did not know how Ferrell came into contact with the boys but said they were not related to him.

The case was forwarded to the Cochise County Attorney’s Office, but the sheriff’s office never received any updates on whether charges were filed, Capas said.

The second investigation began in October 2006 when Sierra Vista police began looking into an incident involving Ferrell and a 13-year-old, said Sgt. Daryl Copp, a Sierra Vista PD spokesman.
Copp could not say if the child was a boy or a girl and he did not know how Ferrell came into contact with the victim.

During that investigation, Sierra Vista Police discovered the 2004 Cochise County Sheriff’s Office case, but no charges had been filed, Copp said.

Ferrell was taken in to custody Wednesday at his home in the 900 block of Catalina Drive in Sierra Vista, Copp said.

He was arrested on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of child molestation.

Online court records do not indicate that Ferrell has been arrested in the past on any criminal offense. He is not a registered sex offender, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s online registry.

Cochise County Attorney Ed Rheinheimer could not be reached Thursday afternoon to discuss what action, if any, was taken on the 2004 case.
Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Despite admission, sex offender pleads not guilty to rape

An unregistered sex offender accused of raping one woman and attempting to kidnap another, pleaded not guilty Monday despite admitting the crimes to police.

Farmington resident Darius Gonzales, 27, faces felony charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

If convicted on all charges in District Court, Gonzales faces as many as 27 years in prison, plus sentencing enhancements based on previous convictions, unlisted in New Mexico.

Gonzales, a known sex offender who was wanted by police for not registering his local address on Culpepper Lane, is accused of raping a woman in his house at gunpoint around 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24.

The victim said she was lured to the house with drugs. Gonzales later pulled a handgun on her in the bedroom where he raped her, she told police.

Hours earlier, Gonzales was accused of holding another woman at gunpoint and trying to get her into his van in the parking lot of the East Main Street Wal-Mart around 3:45 a.m.

After refusing to get in the van, that victim was able to escape and report the incident to Wal-Mart security.

Farmington police officers arrested Gonzales at his neighbor’s house that same day, after watching his residence following the criminal reports.

In a police interview, Gonzales admitted trying to get the victim outside Wal-Mart into his van, the police report states.

“He advised he knew she was scared and was going to take her in the van but did not know where he was going to take her and what he was going to do with her,” arrest documents state.

Gonzales also admitted to raping his other victim and duct-taping her eyes and hands.

“He advised (the victim) had told him no while she was pinned against the bedroom wall and said he understood that she did not want to have sex with him,” arrest documents state.

Public defender Ruth Wheeler said more research needs to be done on the case before she settles for a guilty plea.

“For the moment, especially in a case like this where investigation needs to take place, it’s just not proper procedure to just plead guilty,” she said.

Instead, she will look for more information on the case, and the possibility of a plea bargain.

“I don’t know what his statements to police were because I haven’t seen them,” she said, noting the case wasn’t filed in District Court until just before Thanksgiving.

Defense attorneys often plead not guilty to maintain their right to appeal a case, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said.

“No matter how straight forward (a case) is, there’s always incentives from the state’s perspective to offer some kind of plea in return for them not having the right to appeal a case and, consequently, having another trial and dragging it on for even longer,” O’Brien said.

But having a legal admission of guilt certainly ups the district attorney’s hand, he said.

“It increases the likelihood of our success at trial so much that it gives us far more leverage when we’re negotiating the plea,” O’Brien said.

No plea deal had been made Monday for Gonzales.

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Despite admission, sex offender pleads not guilty to rape

An unregistered sex offender accused of raping one woman and attempting to kidnap another, pleaded not guilty Monday despite admitting the crimes to police.

Farmington resident Darius Gonzales, 27, faces felony charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

If convicted on all charges in District Court, Gonzales faces as many as 27 years in prison, plus sentencing enhancements based on previous convictions, unlisted in New Mexico.

Gonzales, a known sex offender who was wanted by police for not registering his local address on Culpepper Lane, is accused of raping a woman in his house at gunpoint around 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24.

The victim said she was lured to the house with drugs. Gonzales later pulled a handgun on her in the bedroom where he raped her, she told police.

Hours earlier, Gonzales was accused of holding another woman at gunpoint and trying to get her into his van in the parking lot of the East Main Street Wal-Mart around 3:45 a.m.

After refusing to get in the van, that victim was able to escape and report the incident to Wal-Mart security.

Farmington police officers arrested Gonzales at his neighbor’s house that same day, after watching his residence following the criminal reports.

In a police interview, Gonzales admitted trying to get the victim outside Wal-Mart into his van, the police report states.

“He advised he knew she was scared and was going to take her in the van but did not know where he was going to take her and what he was going to do with her,” arrest documents state.

Gonzales also admitted to raping his other victim and duct-taping her eyes and hands.

“He advised (the victim) had told him no while she was pinned against the bedroom wall and said he understood that she did not want to have sex with him,” arrest documents state.

Public defender Ruth Wheeler said more research needs to be done on the case before she settles for a guilty plea.

“For the moment, especially in a case like this where investigation needs to take place, it’s just not proper procedure to just plead guilty,” she said.

Instead, she will look for more information on the case, and the possibility of a plea bargain.

“I don’t know what his statements to police were because I haven’t seen them,” she said, noting the case wasn’t filed in District Court until just before Thanksgiving.

Defense attorneys often plead not guilty to maintain their right to appeal a case, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said.

“No matter how straight forward (a case) is, there’s always incentives from the state’s perspective to offer some kind of plea in return for them not having the right to appeal a case and, consequently, having another trial and dragging it on for even longer,” O’Brien said.

But having a legal admission of guilt certainly ups the district attorney’s hand, he said.

“It increases the likelihood of our success at trial so much that it gives us far more leverage when we’re negotiating the plea,” O’Brien said.

No plea deal had been made Monday for Gonzales.

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rafael Rios ~ convicted child molester


A convicted child molester from New York has been indicted on charges of raping a 10-year-old girl.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Rafael Rios, 45, originally was indicted in September for two counts of gross sexual imposition for allegedly fondling the girl, but the girl later told investigators that he had done more to her than she had originally wanted to say.

Will said the girl’s new allegations against Rios led to the second indictment — for rape and failure to register as a sex offender — on Wednesday.

Rios was convicted of first degree sexual abuse in Utica, N.Y., for molesting a 7-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl in 1991, according to New York’s online sex offender registration database. He served a six-year prison sentence and was required to register his address for life.

Will said it appeared that Rios never registered in New York or locally, although he lived on West Sixth Street in Lorain.

Kenneth Ortner, Rios’ attorney, said his client didn’t think he had to register and said he didn’t molest the 10-year-old.

“He told me he did not do this,” Ortner said.

If convicted, Rios will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

“He has a prior conviction in New York state for similar conduct,” Will said. “It does not bode well when engaging in the same conduct with a minor here.”

Rafael Rios ~ convicted child molester


A convicted child molester from New York has been indicted on charges of raping a 10-year-old girl.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Rafael Rios, 45, originally was indicted in September for two counts of gross sexual imposition for allegedly fondling the girl, but the girl later told investigators that he had done more to her than she had originally wanted to say.

Will said the girl’s new allegations against Rios led to the second indictment — for rape and failure to register as a sex offender — on Wednesday.

Rios was convicted of first degree sexual abuse in Utica, N.Y., for molesting a 7-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl in 1991, according to New York’s online sex offender registration database. He served a six-year prison sentence and was required to register his address for life.

Will said it appeared that Rios never registered in New York or locally, although he lived on West Sixth Street in Lorain.

Kenneth Ortner, Rios’ attorney, said his client didn’t think he had to register and said he didn’t molest the 10-year-old.

“He told me he did not do this,” Ortner said.

If convicted, Rios will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

“He has a prior conviction in New York state for similar conduct,” Will said. “It does not bode well when engaging in the same conduct with a minor here.”

Registered sex offender accused of giving false information to police

A man already in trouble for failing to register as a sex offender faces another charge.

This time around, Purcell Police said Jorge Beltran provided false or misleading registration information to them on Nov. 28.

The 41-year-old was supposed to be living at 1404 Whippoorwill in Purcell. When police made contact at the residence, they learned Beltran wasn�t living there nor had he lived there.
He later told police he was living with his father east of Noble in Cleveland County, according to the police report.

Police said Beltran had registered as living at that address on a Nov. 16 visit to the police department.

On Nov. 29, Beltran was charged with a felony of providing false or misleading registration information in McClain County District Court.

In August, Beltran was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. His bond was set at $25,000.

The court records showed Beltran entered a plea of nolo contendere to that charge Oct. 30. He was sentenced to a five-year term with the Department of Corrections except for the first 78 days he had spent in the McClain County Jail.

According to court records, Beltran was put on a two year probation with DOC and ordered to comply with the provisions of the sex offender act.

The court records showed that Nov. 29 a motion to revoke his suspended sentence in the August case was filed by the state. If he is found guilty during the revocation hearing, Beltran will have to serve the five-year term in prison, less the 78 days.

On the DOC�s sex offender registry, Beltran was convicted in 1997 on a charge of cause, procure or permit – injury/sex abuse out of Cleveland County. The DOC Web site showed Beltran will have to be a registered sex offender for a lifetime, but the crime was not aggravated or habitual.
According to Cleveland County Court records, Beltran was charged in 1997 with lewd molestation. His last name was listed as Guerra, the court records showed. This charge was later amended to injury to a minor child (lewd).

The convicted sex offender records in Cleveland County also showed three counts of assault and battery on a police officer in 1997. He was sentenced to two years with DOC, and ended up going to DOC after he was found guilty on a revocation, court records showed.

Beltran is currently being held in the McClain County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.


Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Convicted sex offender withheld information from registry

Convicted sex offender Michael Wayne Ingram, arrested over the weekend for driving while intoxicated with five male juveniles in his car, gave “false information,” according to Metro Police, to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s sex offender registry about his ownership of a vehicle.

Metro Police did not discover Ingram’s incorrect sex offender registry information in June when they arrested him for driving a vehicle with stolen tags. According to police records, Ingram “reported no change in the vehicle portion of the registry, which had no vehicles owned by or driven by the offender.”

Ingram in fact was still in possession of the vehicle in September when he was convicted of a misdemeanor for use of a stolen license plate.

Police officials said yesterday the nature of the traffic stop in June might not have warranted an “intense” background search like the one officers performed Saturday, when Ingram was with the juveniles.

“The officers on Saturday morning had alarms going off all over,” said Don Aaron, Metro Police spokesman.

Hermitage precinct officers stopped Ingram early Saturday morning on suspicions of drunk driving and according to the arresting affidavit, the defendant “almost fell down on several occasions just standing.”

The five juveniles, ranging in age from 12-13, were in the vehicle and officers discovered that none of them had any relation to the defendant, according to police records. Aaron confirmed the children with Ingram for a “good three hours.”

As a convicted sex offender, on the registry since 1991 for aggravated rape involving a child, Ingram is required to check in with the state on a quarterly basis.

At that time, he is required to divulge any new information about his residence or vehicle.

Police records show that Ingram reported for the registry in June and September, both times failing to report he was in possession of a vehicle.

He is charged with two count of sex offender registry violations, as well as driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault and reckless endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Aaron said officers at the scene were “shocked at what they found” after realizing Ingram was a sex offender driving five juveniles in his car to show them his “mansion,” according to the police affidavit.

Police confirmed yesterday that they suspect one of the juveniles met the defendant through MySpace, a social networking Web site popular with teens.

Aaron said Ingram was not under any court order that would have prevented him from visiting the sight, or limited his Internet access.

One Metro Youth Services Detective said although he doesn’t see these types of cases very often, it’s important for parents to monitor their child’s computer use to prevent any connect with sex offenders.

“It’s absolutely scary,” said Det. Kevin Cooley about Ingram’s contact with one of the juveniles via the Internet.

He suggests never letting a child have computer access in their rooms privately, allowing the child to chat online unsupervised.

“If the computer’s in their room, it basically takes the child molester or the predator from the front door and puts them right into their bedroom so they can alone, one-on-one time with this child,” Cooley said.

Aaron said patrol officers had no indication that any of the juveniles had been drinking or using drugs at the time of Ingram’s arrest. He said the Metro Police Sex Crimes unit is currently working with the boys, along with the Department of Child Services, to “ensure nothing occurred.”

Ingram is set to appear before a Davidson County General Sessions Judge in the next two days.

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment