Internet Predator Arrested

62-year-old Ronald Ralph Coleman was arrested Tuesday afternoon with the charge of Enticement of a Child.

Boone County Sheriff’s Detectives had been assigned to the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force along with deputies from the Cole County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of Coleman’s arrest, a search warrant was served at the suspect’s residence during which computers and associated media were seized.

This arrest stems from a four-month investigation into the enticement of children over the Internet. In August 2007, the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, who serves a seven-county area in mid-Missouri, received a complaint that had been forwarded through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The complaint alleged a mid-Missouri man was contacting children over the internet and attempting to persuade them to meet for sexual purposes.

As a result of the complaint, a Boone County Sheriff’s Detective assigned to the case posed as a 13-year-old girl on the same internet site Coleman had reportedly been using. Almost immediately the decoy child was contacted by Coleman and over a period of time Coleman continuously encouraged, enticed, and persuaded the child to meet him for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct.

Coleman also engaged in telephone conversations with the decoy child. Consequently, the Internet transmissions and telephone calls were traced to Coleman’s residence and linked directly to him.

As a result of the investigation, charges were filed in Boone County Circuit Court and Coleman was charged with one count of Enticement of a Child. This investigation is continuing in an effort to identify other children Coleman may have also contacted over the Internet.

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"I don’t know how my DNA got there"

“I don’t know how my DNA got there”


A jury on Wednesday convicted Anthony E. Miller of three counts of child molestation involving a boy younger than 14.

The verdict came just hours after Miller, 41, testified in his own defense.

As the guilty verdicts were read by Judge David A. Bolk, the victim’s mother and grandmother began crying and nodding. The mother mouthed the words “thank you” to members of the jury.

The boy at the center of the allegations was not in the courtroom on the final day of the trial, but on Tuesday he testified that on about 13 occasions from late summer 2005 to January 2006, Miller engaged in oral sex and other sex acts with him.

Miller was manager of the Vigo County’s data processing department from 1994 until shortly after his arrest Jan. 26, 2006.

He also worked locally for years as a Santa Claus in the mall, officials have said, although not since at least 2003.

Miller will be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. Jan. 11. He faces 20 to 50 years in prison on each count.

The three class-A felonies are non-suspendible, meaning Miller will have to serve whatever time he is given, minus good-time credit awarded in the Department of Correction. He was taken into custody after the verdict Wednesday pending sentencing.

Miller’s mother was present for the trial and the verdict. Before deputies led him away, he hugged his mom. Miller testified that he has lived with her all his life.

As Miller was taken to the jail, he said, “I’m an innocent man.” He said the boy was lying, adding that his motive was a civil suit for money damages.

The boy’s mother indicated they have filed a civil suit, but would not elaborate.

During the trial, which began Tuesday, the prosecution relied heavily on DNA evidence linking Miller to the victim’s testimony.

Carpet fibers from the basement of the Hendrich Title Co. on Ohio Street, where Miller was employed as an after-hours computer technician, were tested and found to contain semen from both Miller and the victim.

The child, who has been diagnosed with autism, testified Tuesday that Miller used to take him to the basement of the building and perform oral sex on him, and have the child perform oral sex and other sex acts on Miller.

The chance that the semen belonged to someone other than Miller and the victim was 1 in 300 billion, according to Marcie Wease, a technician from the Indiana State Police Lab, who testified earlier Wednesday.

Semen also was found on napkins in the floorboards of the defendant’s truck. DNA testing indicated it had come from Miller and the boy, corroborating the boy’s earlier testimony.

Miller, after firmly denying he had ever had any relationship with the boy, told jurors, “I don’t know how the napkins had my DNA on them or the young man’s DNA.”

He also said he couldn’t explain how his DNA was on the carpet of the title company.


Miller said he had only seen the child once, and that the boy had propositioned him at Fairbanks Park for money in the summer of 2004.

“He flashes me … and says, ‘For $10 I’ll let you play with me,’” Miller testified. “I never saw him before.”

Defense attorney Vernon Lorenz in his closing statement said the jury should acquit Miller based on inconsistencies in the boy’s testimony. There were several disputes about the number of times Miller and the boy met. Lorenz said the prosecution failed to show whether or not the child’s fingerprints were found in Miller’s truck.

He also said the DNA evidence could have been contaminated before being gathered by the police.

Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, in his closing argument, said, “Thank God we’ve come a long way from fingerprints.” He reminded jurors that it wasn’t just DNA found on the floor of the basement and in the truck, but semen that contained the DNA of the victim and Miller, “just like [the victim] said.”

After the verdict, the boy’s mother said, “I feel wonderful. I feel that our prosecutor, detectives and victims’ assistance were wonderful … I owe it all to Mr. Modesitt and Mr. [Detective Rick] Decker.”

The victim’s grandmother added, “I feel bad for [Miller’s] mother. I’m sorry that our victory was her loss. [The defense] had a good attorney.

“But you can’t beat the truth,” she said.

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"I don’t know how my DNA got there"

“I don’t know how my DNA got there”


A jury on Wednesday convicted Anthony E. Miller of three counts of child molestation involving a boy younger than 14.

The verdict came just hours after Miller, 41, testified in his own defense.

As the guilty verdicts were read by Judge David A. Bolk, the victim’s mother and grandmother began crying and nodding. The mother mouthed the words “thank you” to members of the jury.

The boy at the center of the allegations was not in the courtroom on the final day of the trial, but on Tuesday he testified that on about 13 occasions from late summer 2005 to January 2006, Miller engaged in oral sex and other sex acts with him.

Miller was manager of the Vigo County’s data processing department from 1994 until shortly after his arrest Jan. 26, 2006.

He also worked locally for years as a Santa Claus in the mall, officials have said, although not since at least 2003.

Miller will be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. Jan. 11. He faces 20 to 50 years in prison on each count.

The three class-A felonies are non-suspendible, meaning Miller will have to serve whatever time he is given, minus good-time credit awarded in the Department of Correction. He was taken into custody after the verdict Wednesday pending sentencing.

Miller’s mother was present for the trial and the verdict. Before deputies led him away, he hugged his mom. Miller testified that he has lived with her all his life.

As Miller was taken to the jail, he said, “I’m an innocent man.” He said the boy was lying, adding that his motive was a civil suit for money damages.

The boy’s mother indicated they have filed a civil suit, but would not elaborate.

During the trial, which began Tuesday, the prosecution relied heavily on DNA evidence linking Miller to the victim’s testimony.

Carpet fibers from the basement of the Hendrich Title Co. on Ohio Street, where Miller was employed as an after-hours computer technician, were tested and found to contain semen from both Miller and the victim.

The child, who has been diagnosed with autism, testified Tuesday that Miller used to take him to the basement of the building and perform oral sex on him, and have the child perform oral sex and other sex acts on Miller.

The chance that the semen belonged to someone other than Miller and the victim was 1 in 300 billion, according to Marcie Wease, a technician from the Indiana State Police Lab, who testified earlier Wednesday.

Semen also was found on napkins in the floorboards of the defendant’s truck. DNA testing indicated it had come from Miller and the boy, corroborating the boy’s earlier testimony.

Miller, after firmly denying he had ever had any relationship with the boy, told jurors, “I don’t know how the napkins had my DNA on them or the young man’s DNA.”

He also said he couldn’t explain how his DNA was on the carpet of the title company.


Miller said he had only seen the child once, and that the boy had propositioned him at Fairbanks Park for money in the summer of 2004.

“He flashes me … and says, ‘For $10 I’ll let you play with me,’” Miller testified. “I never saw him before.”

Defense attorney Vernon Lorenz in his closing statement said the jury should acquit Miller based on inconsistencies in the boy’s testimony. There were several disputes about the number of times Miller and the boy met. Lorenz said the prosecution failed to show whether or not the child’s fingerprints were found in Miller’s truck.

He also said the DNA evidence could have been contaminated before being gathered by the police.

Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, in his closing argument, said, “Thank God we’ve come a long way from fingerprints.” He reminded jurors that it wasn’t just DNA found on the floor of the basement and in the truck, but semen that contained the DNA of the victim and Miller, “just like [the victim] said.”

After the verdict, the boy’s mother said, “I feel wonderful. I feel that our prosecutor, detectives and victims’ assistance were wonderful … I owe it all to Mr. Modesitt and Mr. [Detective Rick] Decker.”

The victim’s grandmother added, “I feel bad for [Miller’s] mother. I’m sorry that our victory was her loss. [The defense] had a good attorney.

“But you can’t beat the truth,” she said.

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Child molester tried to orchestrate murder from behind bars

A former Naugatuck resident and Derby church organist serving prison time for sexually assaulting three girls has been sentenced to seven more years for plotting to kill one of his victims.

Robert Nelson, 53, who has been behind bars since 2005, will serve a total of 22 years in prison. He is currently incarcerated at Bridgeport Correctional Institution and is not expected to be out of prison until he is 73 years old, according to the state Department of Correction’s Web site.

Nelson worked as a church organist at St. James Episcopal Church in Derby. There, he met young girls under the age of 16 and coerced them into sexual activities.

Between 2000 and 2004, he paid three girls, ranging in age from 10 to 16, to engage in sex acts, pose naked and watch pornographic movies. Nelson gave the girls rides home from church. He served them alcohol, photographed them in the nude, and had sex with them, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

While Nelson was incarcerated at Cheshire Correctional Institution, state police learned of a plan Nelson was orchestrating to murder one of the girls he sexually assaulted. State police said Nelson tried to convince a woman outside of prison to kill one of his victims. Police arrested him in January for criminal attempt to commit murder and inciting injury to persons.

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‘I’m not a predator. I have sexual addiction.’

“He has a Constitutional right to be stupid,”

A suspended state trooper testified at his trial Monday that he believed he was chatting with adults playing roles when he exchanged sexually explicit commentary and sent obscene images to cops posing as 14-year-old girls.

“It was just a fantasy world, something I would create in my head,” Kevin Hardoin said in Macomb County Circuit Court. “I had my own world in my head and allowed them to do what they wanted in their own head.”

Hardoin, 45, of Chesterfield Township, is charged with 13 counts of offenses related to engaging in sexually explicit chats on the Internet with underage girls and sending them video of him masturbating. The girls were actually middle-aged men from the state Attorney General’s Office in the office’s computer crime unit.

Hardoin told defense attorney Richard Convertino he learned the reasons for his behavior in therapy.

“My goals were self-centered,” he said. “I was looking for my own satisfaction. … I’m not a predator. I have sexual addiction.”

Hardoin faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, charged with 13 counts of computer crimes related to enticing or soliciting someone under age 16 to engage in immoral behavior. He is accused of engaging in several chats from September to November 2006.

An 11-woman, three-man jury is expected to begin deliberating this morning after hearing Hardoin testify and attorneys make closing arguments Monday afternoon.

The trial is one of the rare instances in Macomb County of a defendant charged with computer-related sex crimes fighting the charges in a trial.

Hardoin, who was assigned as a desk supervisor at the Richmond Post of the Michigan State Police, was suspended when he was arrested last March.

Assistant Attorney General Andrea Bailey argued in her closing that the chats’ contents prove Hardoin believed he was interacting with young girls because he asked them about their parents and school. “He targets young girls,” Bailey said. “He assures they’re isolated so he can have sexually explicit chats with them.”

He enticed the subjects to engage in sexual activity as he did, and he sent them video, she said.

She told jurors: “If that was your children, if that was your grandchildren, would that be OK with you? Would that be reasonable?”

In one chat, Hardoin talks about having sex with her as her stepfather. In another chat he wants to have sex with her while her mother watches.

Bailey pointed out that Hardoin makes nearly no effort to try to determine whether his chat “buddies” are adults or young girls.

Bailey noted that Hardoin was not completely truthful when he was interviewed March 19 by Special Agent Michael Ondejko of the state Attorney General’s Office at the Richmond Post, the same day as his arrest. He replied that he didn’t recall or was unsure to 21 simple questions, she noted.

But Hardoin also says in the audiotape interview, which was played in court: “I think she (one of the young-girl personas) was older. I think she was like 19. She said younger, but for some reason I thought she was older (by) just the way she talked.”

In his closing argument, Convertino admitted the jury may think the chats are “disgusting” and “perverted,” and may not like Hardoin for his obscene commentary. But, “It is not a crime,” he said.

“He has a Constitutional right to be stupid,” he said.

Hardoin chatted with girls’ names “kelli_kelli,” who also used “princess_kelli14,” and “caitlyn_caitlyn,” who also used “_n_ur_dreams13.” Hardoin initiated contact in a Yahoo.com adult chat room under the “romance” category and subcategory “michigan.”

Hardoin also early this year chatted similarly with Deputy Lisa Kish of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Hardoin was not charged for those chats, but Kish testified about them as part of “other acts” evidence to show a pattern of behavior.

To show Hardoin believed the cyber cops weren’t young girls, Convertino said people chatting in the rooms had to type in their birthdates to enter. Officer Ondejko testified that officers routinely claim they are adults to enter the rooms even though they are posing as underage girls.

Hardoin testified Yahoo’s guidelines made him believe his chat friends were adults.

“You have to be 18 to chat in Yahoo,” he said. “I read most of the rules in Yahoo. … The disclaimer was very important to me.”

Hardoin admitted he chatted virtually every day from his home computer during that time period when he had an off day from work. Cops traced information left by his computer to his home address.

Convertino noted that Hardoin stopped chatting with both undercover personas when he suspected they might be underage. The trooper declined invitations by “kelli” to meet him in a hotel room and failed to respond to four requests by “kelli” from last January to early March to continue chatting.

Convertino raised questions about the prosecution’s failure to present to the jury photos of the officers’ personas. Convertino inferred the photos showed young adult girls, when cops should be sending photos of preteen girls to accurately reflect their personas.

“You should also consider strongly about what you weren’t shown and think about why you were shown (the photos),” he said. “Before you put a man in prison, we want it (that the girls were underage) clear as a bell.”

Police seized Hardoin’s home computer and did not find any child pornography, although they did find many photos of “naked young women,” Bailey said.

Hardoin, who has been married for two years and has a 5-month-old child, said he initially began chatting when he was “single and lonely.” He discovered in recent months in therapy sessions he was “self-medicating” for “clinical depression.”

Convertino also tried to appeal to the jury’s sympathies. He noted Hardoin, a 15-year MSP veteran, has paid a great price.

“He lost his livelihood, careers and what he has as a family; he is a broken man,” he said.

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MARY KAY LETOURNEAU REDUX?

Allenna Williams Ward

a 23-year-old female middle school teacher has admitted to having sex with five boys in Clinton, S.C.

Jennifer Mally

a Paradise Valley High School teacher in Phoenix, Ariz., is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Parents of the student contacted the school about the alleged relationship, which may have been going on since October 2006, according to Phoenix police. Police arrested Mally, 26, an English teacher and cheerleading coach, at the school’s administrative offices.

Erica Umosella

Police were lead to 28-year-old teacher Erica Umosella, pictured here in a Kingsway Regional High School yearbook photo, after school district Superintendent Ave Altersitz gave police an anonymous letter she had been sent about the affair. Umosella is charged with three sex-related offenses, including first-degree sexual assault, for an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Wendie A. Schweikert

In this booking photo taken Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, provided by the Laurens, S.C. police department, Wendie A. Schweikert, 36, of Belton, S.C., is shown. Schweikert, an elementary school teacher, was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Laurens police said. The former fifth-grade teacher accused of having sex with her 11-year-old student was ordered to be held on $100,000 bond Saturday.

Carrie McCandless

Carrie McCandless, a former Brighton Charter High School teacher, is accused of having sexual contact with student Tommy Clay, who was 17 at the time of the incident. Here, McCandless enters a courtroom for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23, 2007, in Fort Collins, Colo. McCandless was offered a plea deal by prosecutors. The preliminary hearing, originally scheduled for March 12, 2007, was postponed so McCandless and her attorney, Michael Trani, could consider the offer.

Silvia Johnson

Silvia Johnson, 41, of Golden, Colo., was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Nov. 14, 2005, after she pleaded guilty to charges of throwing parties for high school boys where she supplied alcohol, drugs, and had sex with some.


Debra Lafave

Former Florida middle school teacher Debra Lafave was charged with having sexual contact with one of her 14-year-old students. She pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious battery and received three years of house arrest and seven years probation.


Mary Kay LeTourneau

Mary Kay LeTourneau was convicted in 1997 of having sex with a 13-year-old boy, but after spending 7½ years in prison she went on to marry him. They have two children together.


Lisa Lynette Clark

Lisa Lynette Clark, 37, of Gainesville, Ga., was charged with child molestation after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy whom she married last week. Clark is allegedly pregnant with the boy’s child, which allowed her to take advantage of a loophole in Georgia law to marry the boy.

Sandra Beth Geisel

Sandra Beth Geisel, 42, a former English teacher at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y., pleaded guilty on Sept. 26, 2005, to felony rape for having sex with a 16-year-old student at the school. She was originally charged with three counts of rape and one count of performing a criminal sexual act, but worked out a plea deal for just a six-month jail sentence.

Rachel Holt

Rachel Holt, a 34-year-old Delaware science teacher, has been charged with 28 counts of first-degree rape after allegedly having sex with her 13-year-old male student 28 times in the last week of March 2006.

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

MARY KAY LETOURNEAU REDUX?

Allenna Williams Ward

a 23-year-old female middle school teacher has admitted to having sex with five boys in Clinton, S.C.

Jennifer Mally

a Paradise Valley High School teacher in Phoenix, Ariz., is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Parents of the student contacted the school about the alleged relationship, which may have been going on since October 2006, according to Phoenix police. Police arrested Mally, 26, an English teacher and cheerleading coach, at the school’s administrative offices.

Erica Umosella

Police were lead to 28-year-old teacher Erica Umosella, pictured here in a Kingsway Regional High School yearbook photo, after school district Superintendent Ave Altersitz gave police an anonymous letter she had been sent about the affair. Umosella is charged with three sex-related offenses, including first-degree sexual assault, for an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Wendie A. Schweikert

In this booking photo taken Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, provided by the Laurens, S.C. police department, Wendie A. Schweikert, 36, of Belton, S.C., is shown. Schweikert, an elementary school teacher, was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Laurens police said. The former fifth-grade teacher accused of having sex with her 11-year-old student was ordered to be held on $100,000 bond Saturday.

Carrie McCandless

Carrie McCandless, a former Brighton Charter High School teacher, is accused of having sexual contact with student Tommy Clay, who was 17 at the time of the incident. Here, McCandless enters a courtroom for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23, 2007, in Fort Collins, Colo. McCandless was offered a plea deal by prosecutors. The preliminary hearing, originally scheduled for March 12, 2007, was postponed so McCandless and her attorney, Michael Trani, could consider the offer.

Silvia Johnson

Silvia Johnson, 41, of Golden, Colo., was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Nov. 14, 2005, after she pleaded guilty to charges of throwing parties for high school boys where she supplied alcohol, drugs, and had sex with some.


Debra Lafave

Former Florida middle school teacher Debra Lafave was charged with having sexual contact with one of her 14-year-old students. She pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious battery and received three years of house arrest and seven years probation.


Mary Kay LeTourneau

Mary Kay LeTourneau was convicted in 1997 of having sex with a 13-year-old boy, but after spending 7½ years in prison she went on to marry him. They have two children together.


Lisa Lynette Clark

Lisa Lynette Clark, 37, of Gainesville, Ga., was charged with child molestation after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy whom she married last week. Clark is allegedly pregnant with the boy’s child, which allowed her to take advantage of a loophole in Georgia law to marry the boy.

Sandra Beth Geisel

Sandra Beth Geisel, 42, a former English teacher at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y., pleaded guilty on Sept. 26, 2005, to felony rape for having sex with a 16-year-old student at the school. She was originally charged with three counts of rape and one count of performing a criminal sexual act, but worked out a plea deal for just a six-month jail sentence.

Rachel Holt

Rachel Holt, a 34-year-old Delaware science teacher, has been charged with 28 counts of first-degree rape after allegedly having sex with her 13-year-old male student 28 times in the last week of March 2006.

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Sex predator gets 12 years

“He’s been getting bolder, and he continues to blame
all three of his victims,”

A Lebanon man convicted of three separate sex crimes denies responsibility for the attacks – and that’s partly why David Ridenour fits the definition of a “classic sexual predator,” Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel says.

Judge Neal Bronson today declared that Ridenour “shows a demonstrated pattern of abuse” of women. Bronson sentenced Ridenour to serve 12 years in prison – a six-year term for each of two rapes, one of which happened while Ridenour was free on bond from the first rape charge.

The judge also labeled Ridenour a sexual predator, a designation that will require Ridenour to register his home, work and school addresses with police for the rest of his life after he completes his prison term.

A jury found Ridenour guilty last month after a trial involving two separate victims: a 15-year-old girl who was a family friend and a 25-year-old stranger he accosted as she walked home.

Ridenour was defiant at his sentencing today. “If I did this, I would admit to it. But I didn’t,” he said, vowing to appeal his convictions.

Ridenour’s lawyer, Don Little, said his client isn’t remorseful because he maintains he is innocent.

After court, the teen victim called Ridenour “a total liar.” She said there are other victims who were too fearful to file reports against Ridenour – and Assistant Prosecutor Mel Planas said authorities believe there probably are other victims. If so, Hutzel wants them to come forward.

One prior victim already did.

Last month, Ridenour admitted to unlawful sexual conduct for an offense that happened in 2005 with a girl who was then 15.

With credit for time jailed while awaiting trial on the rape charges, Ridenour has already completed the six-month sentence Bronson imposed for that crime.

The girl reported the 2005 incident earlier this year, after seeing news accounts about the rape charges.

The rape of the teen family friend was reported in October 2006.

Then, while free on $12,500 bond from that charge, Ridenour followed a woman this past April as she was walking home from a job interview. He dragged her into an isolated area of the Lebanon city cemetery and raped her.

“He’s been getting bolder, and he continues to blame all three of his victims,” Hutzel said. Ridenour started with consensual sex with a minor in 2005, escalated to a forced nighttime attack of the teen family friend in 2006 and finally resorted to the 2007 rape of a stranger during daylight.

After the late 2006 rape charge, Planas had asked for a $100,000 bond.

“If the bond had been higher, we would never have had
victim number three,” Hutzel said.

She hopes the case shows magistrates and judges that criminals’ bonds need to be set high enough to protect the public.

Ridenour’s bond wasn’t, she said.

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dear Abby : Tell kids truth about predator

“warn them to keep their distance and not trust him”


DEAR ABBY: I am a happily married mother of two — a girl, 9, and a boy, 7. My problem is that my older sister is married to a pedophile. “Frank” went to jail after pleading guilty to sexual interference with a young girl. (It was not his first offense.)

My sister and Frank have no children and live a five-hour drive away. They plan to visit us at Christmas, but not stay at our house.

My husband and I are worried about how to handle this situation. How do we make sure they will be safe? It’s a given that everyone will be on “red alert” all the time he is around.

This is difficult for me because I was sexually abused as a child. I know how quickly and easily predators can do things to children. With professional help I have dealt with my past so I could be a healthy parent. How can I get through Christmas with my sanity and my children unharmed? — Wishes Sissy Was Single, Ontario, Canada

DEAR WISHES: I assume that they will be visiting more relatives than you and your husband because I cannot believe you would have invited them.

Because of your personal history, your alarm is understandable. And considering Frank’s history, I am sure the adults in the family will watch him like hawks.

However, your children should not only be reminded about inappropriate touching, you should also make clear to them that your sister’s husband did some things he should not have to other children, and

warn them to keep their distance and not trust him.

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Third internet predator captured


Members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force from the Tuckerman Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office made their third arrest Saturday, Dec. 8.

Sheriff David Lucas, Tuckerman Police Chief Don Black and Tuckerman Officers Chris McClellan and Shannon Webb staked out a residence on Dowell Ave. after just a week of undercover Internet investigation, lasting from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8.

During this investigation, Brit John Olen Yates, 29, of Jonesboro is alleged to have participated in online Internet chats with three undercover investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force who were posing as 13 and 14-year-old females.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., Yates drove to Dowell Ave. from Jonesboro, allegedly to engage in sexual intercourse with what he believed to be a 13-year-old female. As Yates arrived at the prearranged location, he was taken into custody.

Yates was then transported to the Jackson County Detention Center where he was charged with three counts of Internet Stalking of a Child, a Class B felony, and three counts of Sexual Indecency with a Child, a Class D felony.

“This type of cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Tuckerman Police Department is just an example of how the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force can and will work,” Sheriff Lucas stated. “It is an excellent demonstration of how all of the law enforcement agencies in Jackson County can work together to protect the children of our communities. I would like to commend Chief Black for allowing his officers to be a part of this Task Force and also for the work his department does for the protection of the Tuckerman citizens.”

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment