Phillip D. Russell Defense Attorney Tampered with Evidence GUILTY!

SCUMBAG!


The prosecutor claimed it was a major obstruction in a case that involved child pornography as well as the sexual abuse of children.

The judge said he was “deeply offended that a member of my profession could have acted so irresponsibly.”

But in the end, Phillip D. Russell, a prominent criminal defense lawyer, walked out of the courtroom with a sentence of one year’s probation for destroying a computer containing child pornography used by the choir director at Christ Church in Greenwich.

“As a lawyer, I am deeply offended that a member of my profession could have acted so irresponsibly,” Judge Alan H. Nevas said. “But I must consider your years of good service.”

So Nevas ordered Russell, 48, of Stamford, to spend the first six months of his probation confined to his home wearing an electronic monitoring device. Additionally, Russell must perform 240 hours of community service as well as pay a $25,000 fine and $100 criminal assessment.

“I’m happy, I’m relieved,” said the normally outspoken Russell, who could have received a prison term of 8 to 14 months for failing to report a felony to authorities. “I’m going to spend the holiday season with my wife and daughter. They have been through a lot on my account.”

NO REMORSE!

One thing Russell won’t be doing is practicing law for the next year.

He surrendered his license Nov. 1. The Superior Court appointed Wayne R. Keeney to serve as trustee of Russell’s case files and accounts.

“I’ve notified his clients about his situation and referred them to other lawyers,” Keeney said. “I will say I have found his case files and his trust accounts in impeccable condition.”

Keeney said Russell’s former associates at Russell and Pastore have formed a new firm.

Russell said it’s his understanding he can re-apply for his license to practice once his probation period ends.

ENABLER!

Meanwhile, Robert Tate, the choirmaster, faces a possible lengthy prison term when he is sentenced on Jan. 31 for possession of child pornography.

“I’ve never seen such an extensive history of child abuse,” said Nevas, who has been on the bench for 20 years and also spent four years as Connecticut’s U.S. aAttorney.

Nevas said the FBI uncovered evidence that Tate traveled to the Phillipines and Thailand to have sex with young boys. He also brought child prostitutes from New York back to the Greenwich parish to have sex.

It turns my stomach,” Nevas said.

“It’s appalling,” added Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jongbloed.

The prosecutor further cited a study, which showed that 80 percent of the individuals who possess child pornography also sexually abuse children.

But Jongbloed said he also was appalled by Russell’s actions in this case in which the criminal defense lawyer took a sledgehammer to the laptop Tate used, destroying any evidence of child abuse and child pornography inside.

“The government intended to offer at the trial that Mr. Russell on numerous occasions called the FBI or other law enforcement with evidence. In one instance, Mr. Russell called the FBI on the day before Thanksgiving to make arrangements to turn something over. Mr. Russell knew what the stakes are when there are allegations of child pornography.”

Jongbloed said Russell represented the church and not Tate. He said the computer is believed to have had more than 2,000 images of naked boys.

“When church members asked counsel if federal law enforcement should be called, he said no,” Jongbloed told the judge.

The prosecutor further claimed Russell advised the rector that he did not have to report the matter to authorities under a state law that requires religious leaders, teachers, day-care operators and others to report evidence of child abuse.

But Nevas took the church to task, claiming they never pressed Russell.

“They never asked him, ‘Are you going to notify law enforcement? What is our responsibility to notify the diocese office?’ None of this was done. They just wanted it to go away.”

They wanted Tate to go away. After the computer was turned over, Tate was given an airline ticket to California and told to clean out his room in a church-owned apartment.

“What the public doesn’t understand about child pornography is what an insidious, horrifying, repugnant industry it is,” Nevas said. “It’s fed by people who watch it.”

Nevas said when “someone has the opportunity to call attention to this kind of action and fails to meet the obligation, it’s serious. It’s more serious, doubly, triply more serious, when its done by a lawyer.”

The judge looked Russell in the eyes and told him, “You knew what you had to do. You knew your obligations.”

Nevas pointed out that in two similar unrelated cases Russell called the FBI.

“Here you took a sledgehammer to the computer and destroyed it,” Nevas said. “What could you have been thinking?”

The case raised concern among the National Association of Criminal Defense Layers and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association that Russell, a sometimes outspoken defense lawyer, was being singled out by the government.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Jongbloed said.

Still, lawyers from both groups filled Nevas’ courtroom last fall during a hearing, which sought a dismissal of all the charges.

The local group filed a friend of the court brief urging Nevas to throw out the case. But the judge refused.

After Monday’s sentencing, Russell handed out a typewritten statement noting that many felt he is being treated too harshly.

CRY BABY!!!

“Their feelings are not my feelings,” the statement read. “I have no ill will or bad feelings toward anyone. I made a mistake. The system worked. I accept my punishment and I’m moving on.”

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Phillip D. Russell Defense Attorney Tampered with Evidence GUILTY!

SCUMBAG!


The prosecutor claimed it was a major obstruction in a case that involved child pornography as well as the sexual abuse of children.

The judge said he was “deeply offended that a member of my profession could have acted so irresponsibly.”

But in the end, Phillip D. Russell, a prominent criminal defense lawyer, walked out of the courtroom with a sentence of one year’s probation for destroying a computer containing child pornography used by the choir director at Christ Church in Greenwich.

“As a lawyer, I am deeply offended that a member of my profession could have acted so irresponsibly,” Judge Alan H. Nevas said. “But I must consider your years of good service.”

So Nevas ordered Russell, 48, of Stamford, to spend the first six months of his probation confined to his home wearing an electronic monitoring device. Additionally, Russell must perform 240 hours of community service as well as pay a $25,000 fine and $100 criminal assessment.

“I’m happy, I’m relieved,” said the normally outspoken Russell, who could have received a prison term of 8 to 14 months for failing to report a felony to authorities. “I’m going to spend the holiday season with my wife and daughter. They have been through a lot on my account.”

NO REMORSE!

One thing Russell won’t be doing is practicing law for the next year.

He surrendered his license Nov. 1. The Superior Court appointed Wayne R. Keeney to serve as trustee of Russell’s case files and accounts.

“I’ve notified his clients about his situation and referred them to other lawyers,” Keeney said. “I will say I have found his case files and his trust accounts in impeccable condition.”

Keeney said Russell’s former associates at Russell and Pastore have formed a new firm.

Russell said it’s his understanding he can re-apply for his license to practice once his probation period ends.

ENABLER!

Meanwhile, Robert Tate, the choirmaster, faces a possible lengthy prison term when he is sentenced on Jan. 31 for possession of child pornography.

“I’ve never seen such an extensive history of child abuse,” said Nevas, who has been on the bench for 20 years and also spent four years as Connecticut’s U.S. aAttorney.

Nevas said the FBI uncovered evidence that Tate traveled to the Phillipines and Thailand to have sex with young boys. He also brought child prostitutes from New York back to the Greenwich parish to have sex.

It turns my stomach,” Nevas said.

“It’s appalling,” added Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jongbloed.

The prosecutor further cited a study, which showed that 80 percent of the individuals who possess child pornography also sexually abuse children.

But Jongbloed said he also was appalled by Russell’s actions in this case in which the criminal defense lawyer took a sledgehammer to the laptop Tate used, destroying any evidence of child abuse and child pornography inside.

“The government intended to offer at the trial that Mr. Russell on numerous occasions called the FBI or other law enforcement with evidence. In one instance, Mr. Russell called the FBI on the day before Thanksgiving to make arrangements to turn something over. Mr. Russell knew what the stakes are when there are allegations of child pornography.”

Jongbloed said Russell represented the church and not Tate. He said the computer is believed to have had more than 2,000 images of naked boys.

“When church members asked counsel if federal law enforcement should be called, he said no,” Jongbloed told the judge.

The prosecutor further claimed Russell advised the rector that he did not have to report the matter to authorities under a state law that requires religious leaders, teachers, day-care operators and others to report evidence of child abuse.

But Nevas took the church to task, claiming they never pressed Russell.

“They never asked him, ‘Are you going to notify law enforcement? What is our responsibility to notify the diocese office?’ None of this was done. They just wanted it to go away.”

They wanted Tate to go away. After the computer was turned over, Tate was given an airline ticket to California and told to clean out his room in a church-owned apartment.

“What the public doesn’t understand about child pornography is what an insidious, horrifying, repugnant industry it is,” Nevas said. “It’s fed by people who watch it.”

Nevas said when “someone has the opportunity to call attention to this kind of action and fails to meet the obligation, it’s serious. It’s more serious, doubly, triply more serious, when its done by a lawyer.”

The judge looked Russell in the eyes and told him, “You knew what you had to do. You knew your obligations.”

Nevas pointed out that in two similar unrelated cases Russell called the FBI.

“Here you took a sledgehammer to the computer and destroyed it,” Nevas said. “What could you have been thinking?”

The case raised concern among the National Association of Criminal Defense Layers and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association that Russell, a sometimes outspoken defense lawyer, was being singled out by the government.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Jongbloed said.

Still, lawyers from both groups filled Nevas’ courtroom last fall during a hearing, which sought a dismissal of all the charges.

The local group filed a friend of the court brief urging Nevas to throw out the case. But the judge refused.

After Monday’s sentencing, Russell handed out a typewritten statement noting that many felt he is being treated too harshly.

CRY BABY!!!

“Their feelings are not my feelings,” the statement read. “I have no ill will or bad feelings toward anyone. I made a mistake. The system worked. I accept my punishment and I’m moving on.”

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

David Jorgenson Incapacitated his victims with drugs

Prosecutors said he also had computer images of minors,
some younger than one year of age.

A 19-year-old Kettering man admits he’s guilty of 71 criminal charges involving child pornography.

But officials said David Jorgenson will not have to go to prison, but will have to register as a sexually oriented offender.

Jorgenson entered guilty pleas in November to 71 counts including charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

It involves a local 17-year-old girl who’s father was in court Monday asking the judge for justice.

Court documents said Jorgenson met the girl at a local mall, took her home, incapacitated her with drugs, then videotaped sexual activity with her.

Prosecutors said he also had computer images of minors,
some younger than one year of age.

Jorgenson was sentenced to probation, and labeled a sexually oriented offender. In addition, he had to hand over his computer, relinquish any Internet access and agree to stay away from anyone younger than the age of 18.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sheila Marie Sikat & husband David S. Hwang Serial Child Molesters


A Rancho Santa Margarita woman was convicted Monday of repeatedly molesting a 4-year-old girl in a case that unfolded after authorities discovered a trunk full of homemade child porn movies in her home.

Sheila Marie Sikat, 28, and her husband, David S. Hwang, were arrested in 2003 after a tipster sent authorities a videotape of sex movies, prompting an investigation that led to the couple’s home.

Hwang, 36, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty in October 2006 to 60 counts of child molestation.

Sikat was found guilty of 55 charges, including six counts of penetration with a foreign object of a minor under 14 years old, 13 counts of lewd acts upon a child, 10 counts of oral copulation, five counts of using a minor for sex acts and one count of sodomy, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.


Jurors deliberated for less than two hours. During the trial, they watched the tapes of the 4-year-old and an 8-month-old being molested.

When investigators searched the couple’s home in 2003, they found inside a locked wooden trunk in the couple’s bedroom closet 212 videotapes, some shot in Orange County and others shot in the 1990s in Texas.

The tapes showed Hwang molesting girls, sometimes with Sikat, or, in earlier years, with a former girlfriend. The girl at the center of the Orange County charges is seen in four of the tapes.

The couple molested the 4-year-old five times at their home in early 2001, producing nearly four hours of explicit content, according to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said that the couple deceived the girl’s parents into letting them “baby-sit” her to practice their parenting skills, and that once she was in their custody, they gave her “medicine” that rendered her unconscious while she was molested.

Sikat, who will be sentenced in February, faces a maximum of 95 years in prison.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sheila Marie Sikat & husband David S. Hwang Serial Child Molesters


A Rancho Santa Margarita woman was convicted Monday of repeatedly molesting a 4-year-old girl in a case that unfolded after authorities discovered a trunk full of homemade child porn movies in her home.

Sheila Marie Sikat, 28, and her husband, David S. Hwang, were arrested in 2003 after a tipster sent authorities a videotape of sex movies, prompting an investigation that led to the couple’s home.

Hwang, 36, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty in October 2006 to 60 counts of child molestation.

Sikat was found guilty of 55 charges, including six counts of penetration with a foreign object of a minor under 14 years old, 13 counts of lewd acts upon a child, 10 counts of oral copulation, five counts of using a minor for sex acts and one count of sodomy, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.


Jurors deliberated for less than two hours. During the trial, they watched the tapes of the 4-year-old and an 8-month-old being molested.

When investigators searched the couple’s home in 2003, they found inside a locked wooden trunk in the couple’s bedroom closet 212 videotapes, some shot in Orange County and others shot in the 1990s in Texas.

The tapes showed Hwang molesting girls, sometimes with Sikat, or, in earlier years, with a former girlfriend. The girl at the center of the Orange County charges is seen in four of the tapes.

The couple molested the 4-year-old five times at their home in early 2001, producing nearly four hours of explicit content, according to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said that the couple deceived the girl’s parents into letting them “baby-sit” her to practice their parenting skills, and that once she was in their custody, they gave her “medicine” that rendered her unconscious while she was molested.

Sikat, who will be sentenced in February, faces a maximum of 95 years in prison.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

WANTED: 6 fingered sex offender

Toronto police are searching for a potential sex offender, after an 8-year-old girl was grabbed by a stranger in front of her home. It happened Monday afternoon near Finch Avenue and Markham Road.

Police say the little girl managed to break free, after an unknown man grabbed her arm. They say the suspect chased her for a short distance before giving up. The little girl wasn’t hurt.

The suspect has one unusual characteristic; he has a sixth finger between his thumb and forefinger on both hands.

He’s described as black, in his 20s, between 5’8″ and 5’10”, with medium build. He was wearing a red toque with a pom-pom, earflaps and chinstraps, as well as a black waist-length zip-up jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Peter Allan George Level 3 RSO Notification

There will be a community notification meeting tomorrow, Dec. 19, regarding level three sex offender Peter Allan George, who will be released into Otter Tail County Dec. 26. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Dunn Township Hall, 47979 E. Lake Lizzie Rd., north of Pelican Rapids.

After his release, George will return to his home on County Highway 31 near Pelican Lake, rural Detroit Lakes, in Dunn Township, Otter Tail County. The residence has met approval by U.S. Probation.

George has a history of sexual contact with female victims ages 15 through adult. He was known to his victims. That contact included penetration. George provided victims with a tranquilizing drug prior to contact.

George, 51, also known as Peter Allen, Peter Allan and Peter Allan Slayton, is 6-feet tall, weighs 190 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and medium build.

George was arrested in 1999 and has been incarcerated since 2000, serving most of his time in the Sandstone, Minn., Federal Correction Facility, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held in Stutsman, N.D., County jail until his release.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Peter Allan George Level 3 RSO Notification

There will be a community notification meeting tomorrow, Dec. 19, regarding level three sex offender Peter Allan George, who will be released into Otter Tail County Dec. 26. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Dunn Township Hall, 47979 E. Lake Lizzie Rd., north of Pelican Rapids.

After his release, George will return to his home on County Highway 31 near Pelican Lake, rural Detroit Lakes, in Dunn Township, Otter Tail County. The residence has met approval by U.S. Probation.

George has a history of sexual contact with female victims ages 15 through adult. He was known to his victims. That contact included penetration. George provided victims with a tranquilizing drug prior to contact.

George, 51, also known as Peter Allen, Peter Allan and Peter Allan Slayton, is 6-feet tall, weighs 190 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and medium build.

George was arrested in 1999 and has been incarcerated since 2000, serving most of his time in the Sandstone, Minn., Federal Correction Facility, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held in Stutsman, N.D., County jail until his release.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

WANTED: Rellos Hernandez ~ Absconded Sex Offender


The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an absconded Registered Sex Offender.

During a regular address verification visit it was learned that 36-year-old Rellos Hernandez had moved from his last registered address in Plymouth. Hernandez’s current whereabouts are unknown.

A warrant for the arrest of Hernandez has been issued for Failure to Register as a Sex and Violent Offender. Hernandez is also wanted by the Indiana Parole Board.

Rellos Hernandez is a Hispanic male, 5’7″; 224 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is required to register as a sex offender as a result of a 1992 conviction for rape in Oklahoma.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Hernandez is asked to call Det/Lt. Ward Byers at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at (574) 936-3187, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 342-STOP.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

WANTED: Rellos Hernandez ~ Absconded Sex Offender


The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an absconded Registered Sex Offender.

During a regular address verification visit it was learned that 36-year-old Rellos Hernandez had moved from his last registered address in Plymouth. Hernandez’s current whereabouts are unknown.

A warrant for the arrest of Hernandez has been issued for Failure to Register as a Sex and Violent Offender. Hernandez is also wanted by the Indiana Parole Board.

Rellos Hernandez is a Hispanic male, 5’7″; 224 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is required to register as a sex offender as a result of a 1992 conviction for rape in Oklahoma.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Hernandez is asked to call Det/Lt. Ward Byers at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at (574) 936-3187, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 342-STOP.

Published in: on December 18, 2007 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment