Michael Dale Gray – Sentenced to 70 years for child molestation

A Crestview man was sentenced Wednesday to 70 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a girl, starting when she was 10 years old, according to a release from the state attorney’s office.

Michael Dale Gray, 32, was convicted Nov. 16 after a jury heard charges that he “routinely took the little girl into his bedroom, sexually battered and molested her while another child was in another room,” according to the release.

He threatened to kill himself in front of her if she told anyone, the release states.

Investigators also said Gray used routine excessive physical force to punish both the girl and the young boy.

Lawmen say the abuse began in 2004 when the girl was 10 and continued in 2006 after she turned 12.

Gray was charged with sexual battery on a victim 12 years or older and lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim less than 12 years old. Both crimes are first-degree felonies.

He also faced two counts of child abuse without great bodily harm, a third-degree felony.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Children and Families investigated the case.

Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 4:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Neil Edwards – Repeat Sex Offender


A child molester recently released from prison was arrested Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a mentally retarded man.

Neil Edwards, 66, befriended the man last Friday and brought him to Edwards’ Peeples Valley home, where he proceeded to sexually abuse him, Yavapai County sheriff’s detectives said.

Detectives said the victim went home and reported the abuse to his mother, who notified authorities.

Edwards was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on three counts of sexual assault and six counts of vulnerable adult abuse.

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Neil Edwards – Repeat Sex Offender


A child molester recently released from prison was arrested Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a mentally retarded man.

Neil Edwards, 66, befriended the man last Friday and brought him to Edwards’ Peeples Valley home, where he proceeded to sexually abuse him, Yavapai County sheriff’s detectives said.

Detectives said the victim went home and reported the abuse to his mother, who notified authorities.

Edwards was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on three counts of sexual assault and six counts of vulnerable adult abuse.

Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Neil Edwards – Repeat Sex Offender


A child molester recently released from prison was arrested Monday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a mentally retarded man.

Neil Edwards, 66, befriended the man last Friday and brought him to Edwards’ Peeples Valley home, where he proceeded to sexually abuse him, Yavapai County sheriff’s detectives said.

Detectives said the victim went home and reported the abuse to his mother, who notified authorities.

Edwards was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on three counts of sexual assault and six counts of vulnerable adult abuse.

Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Andrew C. Grover – Sexual Predator Registers in Vernon


Andrew C. Grover, 60, of Stencel Drive in Vernon has been registered as a sexual predator by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Grover is 5-feet, 10-inches tall with gray hair and blue eyes. He weighs about 158 pounds.

According to the sheriff’s office, Grover’s offenses include lewd or lascivious battery on a victim 12 years old to 15 years old and lewd or lascivious conduct with a victim less than 16 years old.

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Andrew C. Grover – Sexual Predator Registers in Vernon


Andrew C. Grover, 60, of Stencel Drive in Vernon has been registered as a sexual predator by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Grover is 5-feet, 10-inches tall with gray hair and blue eyes. He weighs about 158 pounds.

According to the sheriff’s office, Grover’s offenses include lewd or lascivious battery on a victim 12 years old to 15 years old and lewd or lascivious conduct with a victim less than 16 years old.

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Andrew C. Grover – Sexual Predator Registers in Vernon


Andrew C. Grover, 60, of Stencel Drive in Vernon has been registered as a sexual predator by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Grover is 5-feet, 10-inches tall with gray hair and blue eyes. He weighs about 158 pounds.

According to the sheriff’s office, Grover’s offenses include lewd or lascivious battery on a victim 12 years old to 15 years old and lewd or lascivious conduct with a victim less than 16 years old.

Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

TOP STORIES OF 2007: Christopher Barrios

For a week in March, hundreds searched the woods and fields near Brunswick for 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr.

They waded in ditches, pushed through briars and thickets looking for a little boy who had disappeared March 8 while playing in Canal Mobile Home Park. Those who couldn’t search helped feed those who could and many who couldn’t do either prayed.

Christopher’s smiling face was on T-shirts, posters and national TV until a state Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officer spotted a black plastic bag in woods two miles away. Christopher’s body was inside.

Glynn County police said Christopher had been abducted by a family of three that lived in a mobile home on a worn footpath between the homes of Christopher’s grandmother and father.

Convicted child molester George Edenfield, 34, and his parents, David Edenfield, 58, and Peggy Edenfield, 57, are charged with malice murder in his death. A family friend, Donald Dale, also is charged with concealing a death and tampering with evidence.

What’s next

Court proceedings against George Edenfield and Dale are on hold until experts determine their mental competency.

To escape the death penalty, Peggy Edenfield has agreed to testify against her husband and son when they go to trial.

Christopher’s grandmother, Sue Rodriguez, has made every court appearance and pledged to do all she can to make sure all four get the worst possible punishment.

“Every child should be free to play outside without being preyed on by monsters,” she said.

Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Loner, white, abused: portrait of a serial killer

HE IS white, young and a loner, with a history of cruelty to animals, sexual abuse as a child, and perhaps bedwetting. Unlike other killers, he tends to pick on vulnerable women. And half the time he knows his victims.

The Australian Institute of Criminology has drawn a portrait of the Australian serial killer by examining 52 victims, 11 serial murder histories and 13 known killers, including the backpacker murderer Ivan Milat; John Glover, known as the granny killer; Kathleen Folbigg, convicted of the murder or manslaughter of her four children; and Leonard John Fraser, whose crimes included the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl.

The study found similarities between the typical victim and many people on the missing persons list. It called for more research to test whether some missing persons may have been victims of serial killers.

A serial murderer kills three or more times. The international profile is of a white man in his mid-20s who premeditates his crime, was neglected as a child and has a pattern of bedwetting, arson or sexual offences.

He often picks on the vulnerable and easily led: young people, Caucasian women, or the elderly.

Men tend to target prostitutes, women or young boys or girls, usually strangers. Female serial killers usually target people they know; more than 70 per cent choose family members or people dependent on them.

The Australian serial killer has a few exceptions to this profile, the research found. Internationally, most kill with their hands. Here, most kill with a knife. Unlike overseas, where most victims were strangers, half knew their attacker. General homicides are most likely to involve a male aged in his 30s killing a male friend with a knife at a house, but the institute’s study, released last week, showed most victims of serial killers in Australia were female.

Six of the 11 series of serial killings involved a sexual element. Five of the 13 serial killers had a history of sexual offences, and one offender was described by a judge as a “sexual predator of the worst kind”.

Three of the killers had a history of cruelty to animals, and three had experienced childhood sexual abuse. The mother of the only female serial killer – Folbigg – was murdered by her father when she was two years old. The Australian serial killings fell almost equally into the categories of mission, hedonism and power-control. But there was some overlap, the study – by two homicide experts, Jenny Mouzos and David West – found.

One killing, in which the offenders saw it as their duty to eliminate homosexuals and pedophiles, was about both mission and power. Two of the serial killers hated women. One told police: “I just hate ’em.”

More research could help police investigations in other areas, such as missing persons.

In at least two serial murder cases, the victims were reported missing. Many of the missing fitted the criteria of being female, young and easily influenced.

“It is worthwhile to compare the characteristics of serial murder victims with those persons reported missing,” the study said. “This may enable the level of risk of missing persons becoming a victim of serial murder to be gauged.”

Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 8:02 am  Leave a Comment