Allon Mitchell Lacco Repeat Sex Offender

A NINE-year-old Belmont boy says he was lured into the home of convicted sex offender Allon Mitchell Lacco while a pornographic movie played with the promise of free DVDs and CDs.

The boy also claimed the convicted West Australian sex offender, 42, gave him and a group of friends at the nearby Waurn Ponds skate park lollies and soft drinks just weeks before.

The youngster’s fearful parents immediately called Geelong police to report the incidents.

“I was with my two friends and when I went into the house I saw the porno on and told them to stay outside,” he said.

“I didn’t even want to go inside but I wanted the movies.”

The boy’s father said he was alerted to Lacco’s presence in the neighbourhood _ about 500m from their home _ by the Geelong Advertiser.

He then discovered internet-based sex offender registry Mako had dropped fliers in Ursa St and nearby roads, alerting residents to its website which names and shames convicted sex offenders.

“I was devastated,” he said.

“You try to give your kids a little bit of freedom but from now on we’ll be keeping a much closer eye on them.”

Lacco was released from a West Australian prison last year after the rape of a 29-year-old woman and attack of an 11-year-old girl while on bail for the rape.

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Allon Mitchell Lacco Repeat Sex Offender

A NINE-year-old Belmont boy says he was lured into the home of convicted sex offender Allon Mitchell Lacco while a pornographic movie played with the promise of free DVDs and CDs.

The boy also claimed the convicted West Australian sex offender, 42, gave him and a group of friends at the nearby Waurn Ponds skate park lollies and soft drinks just weeks before.

The youngster’s fearful parents immediately called Geelong police to report the incidents.

“I was with my two friends and when I went into the house I saw the porno on and told them to stay outside,” he said.

“I didn’t even want to go inside but I wanted the movies.”

The boy’s father said he was alerted to Lacco’s presence in the neighbourhood _ about 500m from their home _ by the Geelong Advertiser.

He then discovered internet-based sex offender registry Mako had dropped fliers in Ursa St and nearby roads, alerting residents to its website which names and shames convicted sex offenders.

“I was devastated,” he said.

“You try to give your kids a little bit of freedom but from now on we’ll be keeping a much closer eye on them.”

Lacco was released from a West Australian prison last year after the rape of a 29-year-old woman and attack of an 11-year-old girl while on bail for the rape.

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Molester downloaded 20,000 pornographic images of children.

Molester gets 520 years for kid porn
A former Texas A&M administrator ordered last month to serve 100 years in stacked sentences for child molestation will instead serve 520 years, a judge and new jury decided Thursday.

It took the jury about 45 minutes to hand Brian Lancaster the maximum sentence and fines for 100 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of promotion of childpornography.

The fines — $10,000 for each charge — amount to more than $1 million.
The sentences — 10 years each for the possession charges and 20 years for the promotion charges — would have amounted to 1,040 years if served back to back. But it was up to 272nd District Judge Rick Davis to decide if they should be served concurrently — amounting to a 20-year sentence — or consecutively. Davis opted to split the difference.

The new sentence will run concurrently with last month’s 100-year term.Lancaster, a doctor of educational psychology who served as assistant director of A&M’s Study Abroad program, was arrested on campus in January after two sisters taking piano lessons with his wife reported being abused. During a search of his home, police seized computers that contained videos of the sisters and two other girls being molested. In addition, police found more than 20,000 downloaded pornographic images of children.

Last month, Lancaster pleaded guilty to seven counts of child molestation and asked a jury to assess his punishment. But he declined at the last minute to plead guilty to the other 102 counts, forcing prosecutors into a position of either dropping the additional charges or trying them at another time.

During heated closing arguments Thursday that rehashed old courthouse rivalries, defense attorney David Barron argued that the right course of action would have been not to waste taxpayer money piling on the extra charges. He accused prosecutor Shane Phelps of seeking a headline that would please his ego instead of justice. “How far can the state beat this man down?” he asked, reminding jurors that Lancaster received a $50,000 fine last month in addition to the 100-year sentence. “He’s lost his wife, he’s lost his children, he’s lost everything.

“This is like giving the death penalty to someone, then executing him, then beating his corpse, then trying him again. It’s beating a dead horse.”Whaaaaa poor baby! NOT! He should be in jail for a life time.

The only reason jurors were called to the courtroom and had to look at the vile photos, he said, was because prosecutors were mad about Barron’s legal tactics last month and wanted revenge.
Several jurors cried Wednesday as prosecutors showed a sampling of the images and videos found on Lancaster’s computer.

Assessing the minimum sentence of two years on each charge would send a message to the District Attorney’s Office that the jury’s time had been wasted, he argued, adding that it also would indicate to Judge Davis that they preferred the prison terms not to be designated as consecutive. “I’ve never been more disgusted with the prosecution,” Barron said of the case, adding later that his client will die in prison regardless of whether or not Phelps got his headlines.

“This is not a feud between Mr. Phelps and myself,” he said. “It’s the truth.”
Minutes later, however, Phelps reminded jurors that Barron only briefly mentioned his client during closing arguments. He compared the attorney to magician Harry Houdini — “a master of the art of misdirection.”

“He doesn’t want you to think about that stuff,” Phelps said, pointing out that each of the 20,000 images found on Lancaster’s computer constitutes a felony crime. “He wants you to believe it’s a personality conflict.

“I know Mr. Barron doesn’t like me and he doesn’t like the District Attorney’s Office, but this isn’t the correct forum. … We are here because of the conscious decisions to create serious crimes by a very smart man.”

The District Attorney’s Office isn’t going to walk away from 102 counts because it is necessary that Lancaster’s criminal history reflect the seriousness of his crimes, he said. And backing down from such last-minute defense tactics would make it impossible to try other crimes effectively, he said. Phelps conceded that he was seeking headlines in The Eagle and, hopefully, with the jury’s help, in papers across the state and nation.

“That’s what deterrence is all about,” he said. “A message will be sent by your verdict. I want it to be, ‘Brazos County juries give no quarter to child molesters.'”

Someone like Lancaster won’t be deterred, he conceded. But a headline proclaiming a 1,040-year sentence, he said, will cause delete buttons all over Texas to be pushed — perhaps by curious teenagers looking up such images for the first time.

“We can’t squander an opportunity like that,” he said repeatedly. “Your verdict is too important.”

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Rapist, Predator, Child Molester

O.C. Man Sentenced For Rape, Child MolestationFULLERTON (CBS) ― A Westminster man was sentenced on Friday to 41 years to life in prison for kidnapping and attempting to rape one woman, attacking another woman after returning with her from a dance club and molesting two children, prosecutors said.

Anthony Ray Willis, 37, pleaded guilty on Dec. 5 to the felony counts of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, four counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense and the sentencing enhancement of committing crimes against more than one victim, said Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. On Jan. 14, 2006, Willis came upon a woman and her boyfriend who had fallen asleep in the car outside a Fullerton bar, Emami said.

When he knocked on the window to get the woman’s attention, he identified himself as a police officer and told her to get out of the car and show identification.When he told her to accompany him to his car to run her license, she tried to go back to the car to tell her boyfriend what was happening, but Willis put her in a headlock and pushed her inside a van, Emami said.
Willis drove to Trabuco Canyon, disrobed the victim and attempted to rape her but the woman saw headlights and was able to honk the horn of the van, Emami said.When the vehicle stopped, the woman got away and ran naked through woods, while he fled the van and eventually went to Tennessee where he was arrested and waived extradition for return to Orange County, Emami said.Meanwhile, the woman spent the night naked in the woods before being found by police, Emami said.

The following month, police began an investigation regarding the molestation of a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl between March 23, 2004 and Jan. 1, 2006, Emami said. Willis, who knew the girls through their parents, forced the sisters to engage in sexual conduct including oral copulation, rape and sodomy.The older girl told her grandmother who notified police, Emami said.

The assault on the other woman happened on March 30, 2002, Emami said.
The woman, her sister and Willis went to a dance club. While returning home, Willis stopped his car and all three got out.After a few moments, came out of the shadows and tried to pull one woman toward a building, ordering her to remove her stockings, and then trying to pull them off when she refused, Emami said.

The woman began to scream and her sister found her. The two tried to escape from Willis in his car, but they crashed through a fence, Emami said.Willis caught up and began pounding on the hood of the car but the women got out and flagged down a driver who called police. Willis fled the scene, Emami said.

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$1 Million Bail For Convicted Child Molester

A Vista judge Thursday doubled the bail — to $1 million — for a convicted child molester accused of inappropriately touching another youngster after a prosecutor said the defendant had threatened to jump bail or commit suicide.

A preliminary hearing had been scheduled today for Hubert Haraszewski, 32, of North Hollywood, but it was postponed to Jan. 16. Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca told Judge K. Michael Kirkman that in letters and telephone calls, Haraszewski indicated he may “kill himself or … skip bail if he gets out of custody.”

Haraszewski had been free on bond until Nov. 21, when a judge raised the bail amount to $500,000. He’s been in custody ever since. His attorney, Jan Ronas, said his client made court appearances while he was free and did not kill himself when he had the chance.

The defendant, who served a nine-year prison term following a 1996 conviction for child molestation in Ventura County, is accused of befriending a 12-year-old Costa Mesa boy and inappropriately touching him during a camping trip to San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County.

Orange County authorities are investigating whether any molestations occurred there, Lavermicocca said. There could be as many as four victims, she said. “We’re just now getting to the bottom of this, identifying other victims and identifying other witnesses,” Lavermicocca said.

Yesterday, a detective seized three computers and some thumb-drives from the defendant’s parent’s house in Palmdale, she said. A photograph on the computer indicated the possible fourth victim, who has not been identified, the prosecutor said. Lavermicocca told the judge that Haraszewski has tried to get a friend to “go through his stuff,” but she did not specify what that was.

He also said in a telephone call that he could “take care of” the Orange County case if he could get out of jail, according to the prosecutor.

Published in: on December 15, 2007 at 2:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Class 3 Sex Offender Attacks 4 Year Old Girl

Suspect has sex-offender past Man accused of attack on girl served 12 years

A man accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at a Phoenix playground earlier this week spent nearly 12 years in prison for committing a virtually identical crime.

And in November, he was arrested and jailed after police saw him running naked down Van Buren Street. He was then released on his own recognizance, despite his sex-offender status.
Court records describe William R. Speed, 35, as psychologically troubled and prone to hearing voices.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, Speed reportedly approached a girl playing on a jungle gym in a park near Van Buren Street and 12th Avenue. Police said Speed had partially removed his clothes and the girl’s clothes before family members and witnesses heard the girl’s screams and pulled him off her. They held him down until police arrived, according to Phoenix police spokeswoman Stacie Derge.

The girl did not suffer any serious physical injury, Derge said, but was traumatized by the attack.The attack appeared to be random, Derge said, and police have no reason to believe that the girl knew him.Speed was charged with sexual conduct with a minor.The attack bore close resemblance to a 1995 attack on a 7-year-old girl that sent Speed to prison for nearly 12 years.
On September 23, 1995, Speed approached a girl who was walking her dog near his apartment. As the child was cleaning up after her dog, according to court records, Speed sat down next to her and removed his pants, then partially disrobed the girl and sexually assaulted her.Onlookers chased Speed and caught him.

Because of that attack, Speed was charged with kidnapping and sexual conduct with a minor, but in July 1996, he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

During interviews for his presentence report and a psychological evaluation in the court record, he told evaluators that he heard voices in his head and on the radio that told him to “have sex with a baby.” He thought the girl in the 1995 attack was enticing him, he said.Speed is originally from San Jose, Calif. He told evaluators that his stepfather was sent to a mental institution for child molestation and that a stepmother had sexual relations with him as a teen. He was arrested but not charged for a pair of petty incidents in the 1990s before the attack that sent him to prison.

Speed was first released from the Arizona Department of Corrections in January 2006 after serving 85 percent of his sentence but was sent back a year later to finish out his term after a technical parole violation that corrections officials did not specify. He was released Oct. 5.
A little more than a month later, at about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, he was arrested after running naked behind a bar in the 1800 block of West Van Buren Street. Speed told the arresting officer that he had just smoked cocaine and felt like taking off his pants and running, court records show.

Speed was charged with indecent exposure in that incident and initially held on bond. Then, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, he was released on Nov. 16. He was allowed to go free on Tuesday of this week following a hearing, according to court records.

Because of the 1996 conviction, Speed is registered as a Class 3 sex offender, the highest level, and Derge said he kept his sex-offender registration current; he listed his address as an overflow homeless shelter on Madison Street, a half-mile south of the park where Wednesday’s attack took place.

There were no stipulations in Speed’s registration that say he cannot be around children, Derge said.

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Repeat Child Molester Gets A 15 Year Term

Abuse charges lead to 15-year term
James Robinson Ruple Jr. denied sexually abusing three girls he was accused of forcing to have sex with him when they were as young as 5 years old.

An Adrian man described by a judge as “an uncontrollable pedophile” was given a maximum prison term Thursday with a recommendation the Michigan Department of Corrections keep him behind bars a full 15 years.James Robinson Ruple Jr., 39, denied sexually abusing all three girls he was accused of forcing to have sex with him when they were as young as 5 years old.

In a plea agreement reached Oct. 3, Ruple pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a single incident with one girl in August 2006. Thirteen other charges involving the alleged abuse of two other girls as long ago as January 1999 were dismissed.Mothers of two of the victims complained about the plea bargain in addressing the court at Thursday’s sentencing before Judge Timothy P. Pickard.“It’s not fair,” said the mother of one girl. According to the terms of the plea agreement, she said, her daughter is no longer legally recognized as a victim. All of the girls were willing to testify at a trial, she said.“We would have proved this is what he did, that he’s a monster,” she told the court. Ruple should never be allowed to be around children again, she added.

Ruple apologized for the single offense he was convicted of, but refused to acknowledge the other offenses he is accused of committing.“I take full responsibility for my actions in this case,” Ruple told the court. “I’m not going to take responsibility for the other ones because I’ve done nothing to take responsibility for.”Defense attorney David Goldstein of Ann Arbor argued the court should not consider the other claims made against Ruple in sentencing him.“Those claims are false,” Goldstein said. Witnesses were prepared to testify for Ruple to dispute those claims, he said. The offense he is convicted of was a one-time incident, he added, saying there is no evidence of any long-term abuse.
Pickard said he reviewed information gathered in a presentence report covering all the allegations.“The court does find that these other events took place based on a preponderance of the facts,” Pickard said.There is evidence of a fourth victim in a statement by one of the mothers that Ruple also had sex with her when she was 15 years old, Pickard said.The three girls and two mothers all spoke before the sentence was handed down.“I’ve had nightmares ever since he attacked me,” said the victim in the case Ruple was convicted in.Another girl said she was first abused when she was 5 years old and that it continued for years after that.

The third victim said Ruple first assaulted her in a portable toilet when she was 13 years old and that he continued forcing her to have sex over the next six years.“I know this is something I’m never going to forget or get over,” she told the court.One of the mothers said they were all concerned Ruple would escape the punishment he deserves because of the plea bargain he was given.“We just feel he deserves to feel the pain our children will feel the rest of their lives,” she said.

Pickard said facts in the case, including the victims’ statements, justify exceeding state sentencing guidelines that call for not more than a six-year minimum prison term. Ruple is “an uncontrollable pedophile,” Pickard said, and “will continue to behave in this fashion.”He handed down the maximum 10- to 15-year prison term available for the second-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction.“It is the court’s desire in this case that the defendant spend the entire 15 years in prison,” Pickard added. That recommendation will be made to the Department of Corrections, he said.Ruple was given credit for 476 days he has spent in jail since his arrest in August 2006

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Sex Offender Arrested In Toy Store Parking Lot

Sex offender arrested Man found in toy store parking lotAmanda McElfresh amcelfresh@theadvertiser.com
Lafayette police have arrested a convicted sex offender on an obscenity charge after responding to an incident at a toy store.Officers were called to the Toys ‘R’ Us shopping center parking lot on Johnston Street around 9:15 p.m. Thursday, police said. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Melvin Alex, 60, still in the parking lot.

Alex allegedly drove around the parking lot while touching himself inappropriately. He was driving a 1998 white GMC Sonoma pickup at the time of the incident.

Police confirmed that Alex was a registered sex offender.According to the Louisiana Sex Offender Registry, Alex was entered into the registry Dec. 23, 2003. He was convicted in Lafayette Parish of one count of sexual battery in October 2003.

Alex was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a $5,000 bond. According to the sheriff’s office, Alex was no longer incarcerated as of Friday afternoon.

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Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced To 20 Years

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison in Mississippi for Possessing Child Pornography
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jerry Wayne Ramey, 40, apreviously convicted sex offender from Meridian, Miss., was sentenced todayto 20 years in prison for possessing multiple images of child pornographyhe acquired over the Internet, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisherof the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton for the SouthernDistrict of Mississippi announced today.

Chief U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate also ordered Ramey to pay a$1500 fine and serve a lifetime of supervised release. Upon his releasefrom prison, Ramey will be required to register as a sex offender in anyjurisdiction where he lives, works or goes to school. In addition, computerand related equipment seized from his home in 2006 will be forfeited.Finally, Ramey is prohibited from having any contact with any childrenunder the age of 18.
Ramey pleaded guilty on Sept. 28, 2007, to one count of possessingchild pornography. Ramey’s guilty plea stemmed from a lead obtained by lawenforcement after he was arrested in the Northern District of Alabama foranother child exploitation crime. In that case, Ramey traveled from hishome in Meridian to Birmingham, Ala., to have sex with an 11-year-old girlwhom he believed was being prostituted. In fact, Ramey had beencommunicating with an undercover law enforcement officer when he respondedto an advertisement on the “Craigslist” website and sought the illegalsexual liaison. While investigating Ramey’s unlawful travel and onlineactivities, law enforcement discovered that Ramey possessed sexuallyexplicit images of minors at his Meridian home.

On October 3, 2006, Ramey was sentenced to 12 years and 4 months inprison for his illegal activities in the Northern District of Alabama.Ramey was then indicted on May 7, 2007, in the current case and pleadedguilty.

This case was investigated by the Atlanta Division of the U.S. PostalInspection Service and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation’s Meridian Resident Agency. The case was prosecuted byAssistant U.S. Attorney Glenda Haynes of the Southern District ofMississippi and Trial Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris of the CriminalDivision’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

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Melton Franklin Cauley – Repeat Sex Offender


An Athens man has been arrested by the FBI on charges of producing, possessing and receiving child pornography, records show.

FBI Special Agent Carmen Adams announced Friday that Melton Franklin Cauley, 44, was arrested Thursday at his aunt’s home in Owensboro, Ky.

Cauley was indicted in July 2007 on two counts of production of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of receipt of child pornography. These indictments were the result of a joint investigation by the FBI, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and the Athens Police Department.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said earlier this week in response to a statewide sweep of alleged sex offenders that Cauley was the county’s only unaccounted for registered sex offender. He said the Sheriff’s Department obtained a warrant for Cauley’s arrest because he moved from the area without notifying authorities.

Athens Police originally arrested Cauley in 2004 on a separate charge.

A detention hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Bowling Green, Ky. He is currently being held in the Davis County Jail.

Adams thanked the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, the Athens Police Department, FBI agents from the Louisville division, Owensboro Resident Agency, and the Owensboro Police Department Fugitive Task Force for their help in the investigation and subsequent arrest.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it is the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

Published in: on December 15, 2007 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment