Roger J. Kromko – Guilty! Child Pornography

A 63-year-old St. Joseph man who pleaded guilty to promoting child pornography was sentenced this afternoon to six years in prison.

Roger J. Kromko was accused of using the Internet at his home to distribute images of child pornography. The Missouri Division of Family Services had employed Kromko but he retired before the child pornography investigation began, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said. Kromko also has a pending charge in Buchanan County for possession of child pornography, he said.

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 6:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ronald T. Garney – Science Teacher Guilty! Child Pornography

“He said he lived two separate lives. One as a teacher and a referee and the other collecting and viewing child pornography,” Cahillane said.

NORTHAMPTON – A former Amherst Regional High School ninth-grade science teacher pleaded guilty today to 11 counts of child pornography that followed a November 2006, raid at his apartment.

Ronald T. Garney, 60, most recently of 187 West St., Apt. 9, West Hatfield, will be sentenced on Feb. 11. Garney, who had been released on $10,000 bail for the past year, was ordered held without bail until then.

Prosecutor Michael A. Cahillane asked that Garney be sentenced to 3-5 years in jail, followed by 10 years probation, while defense lawyer Meade G. Burrows asked for straight probation.

Cahillane told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup that Garney, a 22-year teacher in Amherst who resigned following his arrest, was caught up in a federal investigation of child pornography called Operation Watch Dog.

Authorities learned that Garney had purchased a membership to a Web site which allowed him to download and view child pornography that featured youngsters between the ages of 2 and 12, Cahillane said.

Police and officials from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency raided Garney’s 35 Cottage St. apartment on Nov. 28 and located two files that showed 5- 6-year-old girls engaging in sexual activity with an adult male, Cahillane said.

During an interview with police after the search, Garney said he had engaged in child pornography viewing for the past 10 years and that he had purchased memberships and downloaded videos as recently as the day before the raid.

“He said he lived two separate lives. One as a teacher and a referee and the other collecting and viewing child pornography,” Cahillane said.

Police seized a computer and numerous compact discs during the search, which state police forensics investigators determined contained dozens of videos and hundreds of images of child pornography, he said.

The images found in Garney’s apartment were forwarded to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and 21 of the children were identified, including some from other areas of the United States as well as Germany, France, England and Denmark, he said. Authorities in those countries were notified, Cahillane said.

In court documents submitted by Burrows, Garney was portrayed as a man who collected rocks and fossils and shared them with a number of educational institutions. Letters of support from his sisters, a childhood friend and others were included.

After learning Amherst school officials intended to fire him, Garney resigned. However, he was able to obtain a retirement pension of 44.6 percent of his salary because the charges against him were “not deemed to be applicable to his position,” Burrows said in the documents.

Since his release on bail, Garney worked at C & S Wholesalers in Hatfield but was laid off and taught geology this fall at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Burrows said in court documents.

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ronald T. Garney – Science Teacher Guilty! Child Pornography

“He said he lived two separate lives. One as a teacher and a referee and the other collecting and viewing child pornography,” Cahillane said.

NORTHAMPTON – A former Amherst Regional High School ninth-grade science teacher pleaded guilty today to 11 counts of child pornography that followed a November 2006, raid at his apartment.

Ronald T. Garney, 60, most recently of 187 West St., Apt. 9, West Hatfield, will be sentenced on Feb. 11. Garney, who had been released on $10,000 bail for the past year, was ordered held without bail until then.

Prosecutor Michael A. Cahillane asked that Garney be sentenced to 3-5 years in jail, followed by 10 years probation, while defense lawyer Meade G. Burrows asked for straight probation.

Cahillane told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup that Garney, a 22-year teacher in Amherst who resigned following his arrest, was caught up in a federal investigation of child pornography called Operation Watch Dog.

Authorities learned that Garney had purchased a membership to a Web site which allowed him to download and view child pornography that featured youngsters between the ages of 2 and 12, Cahillane said.

Police and officials from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency raided Garney’s 35 Cottage St. apartment on Nov. 28 and located two files that showed 5- 6-year-old girls engaging in sexual activity with an adult male, Cahillane said.

During an interview with police after the search, Garney said he had engaged in child pornography viewing for the past 10 years and that he had purchased memberships and downloaded videos as recently as the day before the raid.

“He said he lived two separate lives. One as a teacher and a referee and the other collecting and viewing child pornography,” Cahillane said.

Police seized a computer and numerous compact discs during the search, which state police forensics investigators determined contained dozens of videos and hundreds of images of child pornography, he said.

The images found in Garney’s apartment were forwarded to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and 21 of the children were identified, including some from other areas of the United States as well as Germany, France, England and Denmark, he said. Authorities in those countries were notified, Cahillane said.

In court documents submitted by Burrows, Garney was portrayed as a man who collected rocks and fossils and shared them with a number of educational institutions. Letters of support from his sisters, a childhood friend and others were included.

After learning Amherst school officials intended to fire him, Garney resigned. However, he was able to obtain a retirement pension of 44.6 percent of his salary because the charges against him were “not deemed to be applicable to his position,” Burrows said in the documents.

Since his release on bail, Garney worked at C & S Wholesalers in Hatfield but was laid off and taught geology this fall at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Burrows said in court documents.

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Anthony Uckele – Guilty Internet Predator

Jurors announced a partial verdict today in the case of a Saratoga man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl he met on the Internet: They found Anthony Uckele guilty on ten counts of lewd conduct with a child, but they were struggling to reach agreement on 26 more charges.

Judge Paul R. Bernal sent the jurors home early today and asked them to resume deliberating Thursday morning in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Four of the 12 jurors told the judge they don’t think they will be able to agree on the remaining charges, but eight said they think a verdict is still possible.

Authorities say Uckele, a former West Valley College student, had sex with the girl numerous times in the course of a seven-month relationship, which began in 2005 when Uckele saw her MySpace page and sent her an electronic message. At the time, Uckele was 22 but listed his age on MySpace as 16. The girl was 12 and testified that she listed her age as two or three years older.

But the girl, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy, testified that both admitted their true ages within a short time after they first met, and before they had sexual intercourse. Defense attorney Richard Pointer has said his client admitted having sex with the girl twice, but suggested that she has exaggerated the number of times.

In the verdicts returned today,jurors found that two of the lewd acts involved “substantial sexual conduct,” while the others did not.

Uckele faces up to 26 years in prison for the charges on which he was convicted today. the additional counts could bring the maximum sentence to 78 years. Prosecutor Jim Shore has said Uckele also approached other underage girls online, although the charges involve only the one victim.

The jury began deliberating last week but had to start over on Tuesday after the judge replaced an ill juror with an alternate. At the jury’s request, Bernal said he will have some of the girl’s testimony read back to them on Thursday.

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Father rapes his 3 year old daughter now trembles in fear of prison

A man who sexually abused his toddler daughter was jailed for four years today.

The man will get 28 months credit because of time he has already served meaning he will serve another 20 months. The judge also gave him 3 years probation.

Judge John McGarry told him, “This is a gross case of breach of trust. The victim will have a cloud over her head for the rest of her life.”

The judge said the images will always be out there.

The Crown had said it was the first time in Canadian legal history a father has been accused of child sexual abuse in real time, with possibly a worldwide audience watching it.

The accused (whose name is not used to protect the identity of his daughter) was nabbed as a result of Project Wickerman, an international sting operation that netted 22 abusers and freed 30 children. Despite the string of arrests, the gravity of the crime is incomparable, the judge noted.

“This is the first time, to my knowledge, this has been adjudicated,” assistant Crown attorney, Elizabeth Maguire told the court. “It ought to be the last time.”

The defendant — a 39-year-old who has already spent a year in custody — has already pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on his daughter, aged three and four when the offences took place, three counts of making child pornography and one charge of possessing and distribution.

His counsel said that “despite protective custody, my client has been attacked twice in the past year and fears going out of his cell,” adding that he has already lost 130 pounds.

“fears going out of his cell?”

No one cares

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 5:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Father rapes his 3 year old daughter now trembles in fear of prison

A man who sexually abused his toddler daughter was jailed for four years today.

The man will get 28 months credit because of time he has already served meaning he will serve another 20 months. The judge also gave him 3 years probation.

Judge John McGarry told him, “This is a gross case of breach of trust. The victim will have a cloud over her head for the rest of her life.”

The judge said the images will always be out there.

The Crown had said it was the first time in Canadian legal history a father has been accused of child sexual abuse in real time, with possibly a worldwide audience watching it.

The accused (whose name is not used to protect the identity of his daughter) was nabbed as a result of Project Wickerman, an international sting operation that netted 22 abusers and freed 30 children. Despite the string of arrests, the gravity of the crime is incomparable, the judge noted.

“This is the first time, to my knowledge, this has been adjudicated,” assistant Crown attorney, Elizabeth Maguire told the court. “It ought to be the last time.”

The defendant — a 39-year-old who has already spent a year in custody — has already pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on his daughter, aged three and four when the offences took place, three counts of making child pornography and one charge of possessing and distribution.

His counsel said that “despite protective custody, my client has been attacked twice in the past year and fears going out of his cell,” adding that he has already lost 130 pounds.

“fears going out of his cell?”

No one cares

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 5:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carl Leone – Total lack of Remorse


A parole officer, who has prepared reports on thousands of criminals before their courtroom sentencing, said Carl Leone set himself apart and was “certainly unique” for his expressed lack of remorse.

“He did not take full responsibility for his actions,” Michelle Pope testified Thursday at the Windsor businessman’s dangerous offender hearing.

The Crown is seeking a dangerous offender label for the Windsor businessman, who pleaded guilty last spring to 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault for engaging in sexual relations without telling his partners of his HIV-positive status.

Five of those 15 women were infected with the virus that can lead to AIDS.

In jailhouse interviews last summer with Leone, Pope said the impression Leone left was one of “sharing of the blame with others.”

Pope said Leone told her the local health unit was also to blame for his engaging in unprotected sex, “for not properly counselling him about his HIV status.”

Pope also interviewed others, including Leone’s father Reno, who told her of a conversation he had with his son in which the son said, “I might as well die,” and told his father that the Leone family could then sue a number of parties, including Deb Bennett, the health unit’s director of health protection.

In an interview the head of the health unit countered Leone’s suggestions that he wasn’t counselled.

“There’s no question he was counselled ( by the health unit)… and that was clearly described in court,” medical doctor of health Allen Heimann said.

Under cross-examination by Leone’s lawyer Andrew Bradie, Pope admitted she made notations that the “offender expressed remorse” and “accepts full responsibility” during one interview, although those notes go on to say those expressions were “tempered by shared blame.”

Another witness told the hearing an obvious parole condition, given his convictions, would be to “report all female relationships” with his parole officer.

If designated a dangerous offender, Leone would be eligible to have his case reviewed, with the possibility of supervised release, by the end of 2012.

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carl Leone – Total lack of Remorse


A parole officer, who has prepared reports on thousands of criminals before their courtroom sentencing, said Carl Leone set himself apart and was “certainly unique” for his expressed lack of remorse.

“He did not take full responsibility for his actions,” Michelle Pope testified Thursday at the Windsor businessman’s dangerous offender hearing.

The Crown is seeking a dangerous offender label for the Windsor businessman, who pleaded guilty last spring to 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault for engaging in sexual relations without telling his partners of his HIV-positive status.

Five of those 15 women were infected with the virus that can lead to AIDS.

In jailhouse interviews last summer with Leone, Pope said the impression Leone left was one of “sharing of the blame with others.”

Pope said Leone told her the local health unit was also to blame for his engaging in unprotected sex, “for not properly counselling him about his HIV status.”

Pope also interviewed others, including Leone’s father Reno, who told her of a conversation he had with his son in which the son said, “I might as well die,” and told his father that the Leone family could then sue a number of parties, including Deb Bennett, the health unit’s director of health protection.

In an interview the head of the health unit countered Leone’s suggestions that he wasn’t counselled.

“There’s no question he was counselled ( by the health unit)… and that was clearly described in court,” medical doctor of health Allen Heimann said.

Under cross-examination by Leone’s lawyer Andrew Bradie, Pope admitted she made notations that the “offender expressed remorse” and “accepts full responsibility” during one interview, although those notes go on to say those expressions were “tempered by shared blame.”

Another witness told the hearing an obvious parole condition, given his convictions, would be to “report all female relationships” with his parole officer.

If designated a dangerous offender, Leone would be eligible to have his case reviewed, with the possibility of supervised release, by the end of 2012.

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Russel Neil Gatch – Repeat Sex Offender


A 37-year-old Mooringsport, LA man is sentenced for soliciting sex from an underage child in Beaumont.

Russel Neil Gatch was sentenced Thursday to 240 months in federal prison for Coercion and Enticement of a minor.

Gatch was already a registered sex offender.

According to court documents, Gatch was arrested in October 2006 during a two-week undercover operation conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit and the Beaumont Police Department.

The sting operation yielded the arrests and indictments of three alleged child sex predators in Jefferson County, each of whom allegedly arranged to meet and sexually assault what they believed to be 13-year-old children they had met online.

The online profiles were actually those of undercover investigators with the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Gatch was arrested on October 22, 2006 after he arrived at a meeting location in Beaumont, allegedly to meet and sexually assault someone he believed would be a 13-year-old male. Gatch was indicted by a federal grand jury in Beaumont on November 15, 2006, on one count of coercion and enticement and later pleaded guilty to the charges.

“The cooperative efforts of law enforcement agencies stopped this child predator in his tracks,” said U.S. Attorney Ratcliffe. “Protecting our children from sexual abuse and exploitation remains a priority of the Eastern District of Texas and the Department of Justice.”

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.

Russel Neil Gatch – Repeat Sex Offender


A 37-year-old Mooringsport, LA man is sentenced for soliciting sex from an underage child in Beaumont.

Russel Neil Gatch was sentenced Thursday to 240 months in federal prison for Coercion and Enticement of a minor.

Gatch was already a registered sex offender.

According to court documents, Gatch was arrested in October 2006 during a two-week undercover operation conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit and the Beaumont Police Department.

The sting operation yielded the arrests and indictments of three alleged child sex predators in Jefferson County, each of whom allegedly arranged to meet and sexually assault what they believed to be 13-year-old children they had met online.

The online profiles were actually those of undercover investigators with the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Gatch was arrested on October 22, 2006 after he arrived at a meeting location in Beaumont, allegedly to meet and sexually assault someone he believed would be a 13-year-old male. Gatch was indicted by a federal grand jury in Beaumont on November 15, 2006, on one count of coercion and enticement and later pleaded guilty to the charges.

“The cooperative efforts of law enforcement agencies stopped this child predator in his tracks,” said U.S. Attorney Ratcliffe. “Protecting our children from sexual abuse and exploitation remains a priority of the Eastern District of Texas and the Department of Justice.”

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.