Ronald T. Garney – Pleads Guilty Child Pornography

“He told the officers that he essentially lived in two worlds – the world where he was a teacher and referee, and the world where he was viewing and collecting child pornography”


“In the months that followed the police search of Garney’s apartment, Cahillane said investigators identified all 21 of the children pictured in his collection.”

NORTHAMPTON – Ronald T. Garney, a former Amherst teacher who collected hundreds of digital photos and movies of children as young as 4 engaged in sex acts, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to 11 counts of possessing child pornography.

Each offense carries a potential sentence of up to five years in state prison. A sentencing hearing in the case will be held Feb. 11.

Garney, 60, of 35 Cottage St., was one of many around the United States to come under scrutiny during a federal investigation into a Web site purveying child pornography from around the world. He was arrested in November 2006, after police searched his apartment and found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography. None of the children were local children, authorities have said.

Garney had been free on $10,000 cash bail since shortly after his arrest. But after accepting Garney’s guilty plea, Judge Mary-Lou Rup revoked Garney’s bail and ordered him sent to jail pending the sentencing hearing. In the meantime, the probation department will conduct an evaluation of Garney, which Rup requested to help guide her sentencing decisions.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Michael A. Cahillane has asked that Garney be sentenced to three to five years in state prison, followed by 10 years’ probation. Defense attorney Meade G. Burrows has recommended his client be given a suspended jail sentence and serve five years’ probation.

Formerly a ninth-grade earth science teacher at Amherst Regional High School, Garney had been teaching in the district since 1984. He was president of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association from 1998 to 2000, and was also a referee for youth sports.

After he was first charged in November 2006, Garney was placed on paid administrative leave from the school district. He resigned the following month.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2004 began an child pornography investigation called Project Watchdog. During the operation, according to Cahillane, federal investigators determined Garney had purchased a subscription to a Web site called “Pedoland,” also called “The Children Porno Club.”

ICE investigators presented their evidence to Amherst police in August 2006. Police carefully verified that the email address, credit card and PayPal account used to purchase the subscription belonged to Garney, and that he was the sole occupant of his Cottage Street apartment, Cahillane said.

On Nov. 27, 2006, Amherst police and a member of the state police Computer Forensics Unit searched Garney’s home, and Garney, there at the time, admitted to viewing and downloading child pornography. He showed investigators several CDs containing photographs and videos, Cahillane said.

Cahillane said Garney told investigators in a later interview that he had been viewing child pornography for about 10 years, and purchased his first subscription to a child pornography Web site about five years previous. He admitted viewing child pornography as recently as a day before police searched his apartment, Cahillane said.

“He told the officers that he essentially lived in two worlds – the world where he was a teacher and referee, and the world where he was viewing and collecting child pornography,” Cahillane said.

Cahillane said the children depicted in Garney’s collection of photographs and movies range in age from 4 to 17. They are pictured performing sex acts with each other and with adults, he said. Under state law, possessing pornographic material depicting anyone under the age of 18 is illegal.

In the months that followed the police search of Garney’s apartment, Cahillane said investigators identified all 21 of the children pictured in his collection. It was a cooperative effort by Amherst police, ICE and the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and overseas law enforcement agencies.

The images and videos trace back to Angleton, Texas, the Chicago and Phoenix areas within the United States, as well as to Britain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, France and Switzerland, Cahillane said.

Investigators learned that in at least some of the cases, the images were created by the parents or step-parents of the children depicted, Cahillane said. The creators of all the pictures and videos have all been prosecuted on child abuse and pornography charges in their respective countries, Cahillane said.

Motion to dismiss

In August, Garney’s defense attorney, Meade G. Burrows, sought to have the charges against his client dismissed on the grounds that the search warrant was illegal.

Amherst police Detective Sgt. Christopher Pronovost applied to an Eastern Hampshire District Court clerk magistrate for the search warrant using a 33-page affidavit. The affidavit has been sealed, but Burrows summarizes it in his motion.

According to the summary, an ICE forensics team determined Garney had visited the child pornography Web site on March 2, 2005, and made a $79.95 purchase under the pseudonym Alex Yarne, according to the summary. Garney canceled a second purchase July 24, 2005.

The ICE investigators also concluded Garney had made two other purchases from similar Web sites Aug. 23 and 25, 2002, though further details are not given in affidavit, according to Burrow’s summary.

In his motion to dismiss, Burrows argued that the information ICE had collected on Garney was “stale,” and said the fact that Garney canceled the July 2005 payment was evidence he had ceased collecting child pornography.

Burrows also sought to suppress, or remove from the evidence, statements Garney made to investigators while his apartment was being searched.

The motion was ultimately denied in September by Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson, who ruled the warrant was legal. Josephson wrote Pronovost had presented solid evidence that Garney had downloaded child pornography and that it was reasonable to assume he still possessed the child pornography when the warrant was issued. Burrows appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court for a review of Josephson’s decision, but this request was also denied.

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Ronald T. Garney – Pleads Guilty Child Pornography

“He told the officers that he essentially lived in two worlds – the world where he was a teacher and referee, and the world where he was viewing and collecting child pornography”


“In the months that followed the police search of Garney’s apartment, Cahillane said investigators identified all 21 of the children pictured in his collection.”

NORTHAMPTON – Ronald T. Garney, a former Amherst teacher who collected hundreds of digital photos and movies of children as young as 4 engaged in sex acts, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to 11 counts of possessing child pornography.

Each offense carries a potential sentence of up to five years in state prison. A sentencing hearing in the case will be held Feb. 11.

Garney, 60, of 35 Cottage St., was one of many around the United States to come under scrutiny during a federal investigation into a Web site purveying child pornography from around the world. He was arrested in November 2006, after police searched his apartment and found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography. None of the children were local children, authorities have said.

Garney had been free on $10,000 cash bail since shortly after his arrest. But after accepting Garney’s guilty plea, Judge Mary-Lou Rup revoked Garney’s bail and ordered him sent to jail pending the sentencing hearing. In the meantime, the probation department will conduct an evaluation of Garney, which Rup requested to help guide her sentencing decisions.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Michael A. Cahillane has asked that Garney be sentenced to three to five years in state prison, followed by 10 years’ probation. Defense attorney Meade G. Burrows has recommended his client be given a suspended jail sentence and serve five years’ probation.

Formerly a ninth-grade earth science teacher at Amherst Regional High School, Garney had been teaching in the district since 1984. He was president of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association from 1998 to 2000, and was also a referee for youth sports.

After he was first charged in November 2006, Garney was placed on paid administrative leave from the school district. He resigned the following month.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2004 began an child pornography investigation called Project Watchdog. During the operation, according to Cahillane, federal investigators determined Garney had purchased a subscription to a Web site called “Pedoland,” also called “The Children Porno Club.”

ICE investigators presented their evidence to Amherst police in August 2006. Police carefully verified that the email address, credit card and PayPal account used to purchase the subscription belonged to Garney, and that he was the sole occupant of his Cottage Street apartment, Cahillane said.

On Nov. 27, 2006, Amherst police and a member of the state police Computer Forensics Unit searched Garney’s home, and Garney, there at the time, admitted to viewing and downloading child pornography. He showed investigators several CDs containing photographs and videos, Cahillane said.

Cahillane said Garney told investigators in a later interview that he had been viewing child pornography for about 10 years, and purchased his first subscription to a child pornography Web site about five years previous. He admitted viewing child pornography as recently as a day before police searched his apartment, Cahillane said.

“He told the officers that he essentially lived in two worlds – the world where he was a teacher and referee, and the world where he was viewing and collecting child pornography,” Cahillane said.

Cahillane said the children depicted in Garney’s collection of photographs and movies range in age from 4 to 17. They are pictured performing sex acts with each other and with adults, he said. Under state law, possessing pornographic material depicting anyone under the age of 18 is illegal.

In the months that followed the police search of Garney’s apartment, Cahillane said investigators identified all 21 of the children pictured in his collection. It was a cooperative effort by Amherst police, ICE and the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and overseas law enforcement agencies.

The images and videos trace back to Angleton, Texas, the Chicago and Phoenix areas within the United States, as well as to Britain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, France and Switzerland, Cahillane said.

Investigators learned that in at least some of the cases, the images were created by the parents or step-parents of the children depicted, Cahillane said. The creators of all the pictures and videos have all been prosecuted on child abuse and pornography charges in their respective countries, Cahillane said.

Motion to dismiss

In August, Garney’s defense attorney, Meade G. Burrows, sought to have the charges against his client dismissed on the grounds that the search warrant was illegal.

Amherst police Detective Sgt. Christopher Pronovost applied to an Eastern Hampshire District Court clerk magistrate for the search warrant using a 33-page affidavit. The affidavit has been sealed, but Burrows summarizes it in his motion.

According to the summary, an ICE forensics team determined Garney had visited the child pornography Web site on March 2, 2005, and made a $79.95 purchase under the pseudonym Alex Yarne, according to the summary. Garney canceled a second purchase July 24, 2005.

The ICE investigators also concluded Garney had made two other purchases from similar Web sites Aug. 23 and 25, 2002, though further details are not given in affidavit, according to Burrow’s summary.

In his motion to dismiss, Burrows argued that the information ICE had collected on Garney was “stale,” and said the fact that Garney canceled the July 2005 payment was evidence he had ceased collecting child pornography.

Burrows also sought to suppress, or remove from the evidence, statements Garney made to investigators while his apartment was being searched.

The motion was ultimately denied in September by Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson, who ruled the warrant was legal. Josephson wrote Pronovost had presented solid evidence that Garney had downloaded child pornography and that it was reasonable to assume he still possessed the child pornography when the warrant was issued. Burrows appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court for a review of Josephson’s decision, but this request was also denied.

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Ronald T. Garney – Pleads Guilty Child Pornography

“He told the officers that he essentially lived in two worlds – the world where he was a teacher and referee, and the world where he was viewing and collecting child pornography”


“In the months that followed the police search of Garney’s apartment, Cahillane said investigators identified all 21 of the children pictured in his collection.”

NORTHAMPTON – Ronald T. Garney, a former Amherst teacher who collected hundreds of digital photos and movies of children as young as 4 engaged in sex acts, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to 11 counts of possessing child pornography.

Each offense carries a potential sentence of up to five years in state prison. A sentencing hearing in the case will be held Feb. 11.

Garney, 60, of 35 Cottage St., was one of many around the United States to come under scrutiny during a federal investigation into a Web site purveying child pornography from around the world. He was arrested in November 2006, after police searched his apartment and found hundreds of images and videos of child pornography. None of the children were local children, authorities have said.

Garney had been free on $10,000 cash bail since shortly after his arrest. But after accepting Garney’s guilty plea, Judge Mary-Lou Rup revoked Garney’s bail and ordered him sent to jail pending the sentencing hearing. In the meantime, the probation department will conduct an evaluation of Garney, which Rup requested to help guide her sentencing decisions.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Michael A. Cahillane has asked that Garney be sentenced to three to five years in state prison, followed by 10 years’ probation. Defense attorney Meade G. Burrows has recommended his client be given a suspended jail sentence and serve five years’ probation.

Formerly a ninth-grade earth science teacher at Amherst Regional High School, Garney had been teaching in the district since 1984. He was president of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association from 1998 to 2000, and was also a referee for youth sports.

After he was first charged in November 2006, Garney was placed on paid administrative leave from the school district. He resigned the following month.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2004 began an child pornography investigation called Project Watchdog. During the operation, according to Cahillane, federal investigators determined Garney had purchased a subscription to a Web site called “Pedoland,” also called “The Children Porno Club.”

ICE investigators presented their evidence to Amherst police in August 2006. Police carefully verified that the email address, credit card and PayPal account used to purchase the subscription belonged to Garney, and that he was the sole occupant of his Cottage Street apartment, Cahillane said.

On Nov. 27, 2006, Amherst police and a member of the state police Computer Forensics Unit searched Garney’s home, and Garney, there at the time, admitted to viewing and downloading child pornography. He showed investigators several CDs containing photographs and videos, Cahillane said.

Cahillane said Garney told investigators in a later interview that he had been viewing child pornography for about 10 years, and purchased his first subscription to a child pornography Web site about five years previous. He admitted viewing child pornography as recently as a day before police searched his apartment, Cahillane said.

“He told the officers that he essentially lived in two worlds – the world where he was a teacher and referee, and the world where he was viewing and collecting child pornography,” Cahillane said.

Cahillane said the children depicted in Garney’s collection of photographs and movies range in age from 4 to 17. They are pictured performing sex acts with each other and with adults, he said. Under state law, possessing pornographic material depicting anyone under the age of 18 is illegal.

In the months that followed the police search of Garney’s apartment, Cahillane said investigators identified all 21 of the children pictured in his collection. It was a cooperative effort by Amherst police, ICE and the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and overseas law enforcement agencies.

The images and videos trace back to Angleton, Texas, the Chicago and Phoenix areas within the United States, as well as to Britain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, France and Switzerland, Cahillane said.

Investigators learned that in at least some of the cases, the images were created by the parents or step-parents of the children depicted, Cahillane said. The creators of all the pictures and videos have all been prosecuted on child abuse and pornography charges in their respective countries, Cahillane said.

Motion to dismiss

In August, Garney’s defense attorney, Meade G. Burrows, sought to have the charges against his client dismissed on the grounds that the search warrant was illegal.

Amherst police Detective Sgt. Christopher Pronovost applied to an Eastern Hampshire District Court clerk magistrate for the search warrant using a 33-page affidavit. The affidavit has been sealed, but Burrows summarizes it in his motion.

According to the summary, an ICE forensics team determined Garney had visited the child pornography Web site on March 2, 2005, and made a $79.95 purchase under the pseudonym Alex Yarne, according to the summary. Garney canceled a second purchase July 24, 2005.

The ICE investigators also concluded Garney had made two other purchases from similar Web sites Aug. 23 and 25, 2002, though further details are not given in affidavit, according to Burrow’s summary.

In his motion to dismiss, Burrows argued that the information ICE had collected on Garney was “stale,” and said the fact that Garney canceled the July 2005 payment was evidence he had ceased collecting child pornography.

Burrows also sought to suppress, or remove from the evidence, statements Garney made to investigators while his apartment was being searched.

The motion was ultimately denied in September by Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson, who ruled the warrant was legal. Josephson wrote Pronovost had presented solid evidence that Garney had downloaded child pornography and that it was reasonable to assume he still possessed the child pornography when the warrant was issued. Burrows appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court for a review of Josephson’s decision, but this request was also denied.

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Mark E. Abbey – Repeat Sex Offender

“He asked me if he could take naked pictures of me.”


Mark E. Abbey

That was the testimony of a Muskegon teen Thursday about an incident that happened in the summer of 2006 when he was 13 years old, at the home of family friend Mark Edwin Abbey, 50, of 760 Catherine.

The boy said Abbey offered him $50 per picture if he agreed to be photographed. The boy did so on two separate occasions, he said.

That testimony — coupled with exhibits of some 200 allegedly pornographic photographs and testimony by Muskegon Police Detective Peter Boterenbrood — was enough to persuade visiting 60th District Judge Robert Benson to bind Abbey over for trial in 14th Circuit Court on three counts: manufacturing child pornography, a 20-year felony; possessing child porn, a four-year felony; and accosting a child for immoral purposes.

More charges are likely against Abbey, who is lodged in the Muskegon County Jail in lieu of $500,000 case bond. In court Thursday, Senior Assistant Prosecutor Robert Hedges said an additional count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct was expected later that day. As of 3 p.m., no new charges had been filed.

The boy who testified in court, who is now 15, testified that Abbey had not asked him to perform any sexual acts — just pose naked.

But at least two other children already have been identified from photos found at Abbey’s home, Prosecutor Tony Tague said earlier. Officials believe more victims may also be out there.

The investigation of Abbey began Nov. 15 after a visitor to the man’s home was shown some of the pictures, police said. Police executed a search warrant Nov. 21 at his home and seized child pornography and computer equipment, including a Web camera.

Last week, Tague said investigators learned Abbey had enticed children to let him take nude, sexually suggestive photos.

Abbey has a prior conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct
involving a child younger than 13, committed in 1992.
He was in prison from 1994 to 2005 for that.
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Mark Andrew Lutz – Cub Scout Leader – Child Pornography

More than 260 people in 44 states have been arrested nationwide as the result of the operation, the prosecutors said. More than two-dozen defendants arrested through the investigation have been identified as being involved in the molestation of children and approximately 12 others have been previously convicted of sex offenses against minors.

A Cub Scout den leader has been charged with possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced Friday. Mark Andrew Lutz, 46, of 7 Franklin Ave. in Pequannock Township, has been charged in the one count federal criminal complaint with knowingly possessing at least three images of child pornography, prosecutors said.

Agents with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant at his home on Nov. 20, according to the criminal complaint against Lutz. A desktop computer was seized.

Among the files on the computers hard drive were numerous images of what appear to be child pornography, the complaint said. Two of the photos involved prepubescent females and one involved a prepubescent male, according to the document.

Following an appearance Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz, Lutz was released on $100,000 bond, prosecutors said. He was prohibited, as a condition of bail, from contact with minors unless the child?s parent or guardian was present and have been made aware of the charges against him, Christie said in a statement.

Lutz, who has served as a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 144 in Pompton Plains, indicated he would be resigning from his position through his attorney at his initial court appearance.

The complaint is the result of an international investigation known as Operation Emissary, which was initiated by the New Jersey office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in late 2005 in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney?s Office for the District of New Jersey, the prosecutors office said.

The investigation focused on a commercial Internet Web site that offered access to videos and images of hard-core child pornography, prosecutors said. It alerted would-be subscribers that subscribing to the site was illegal, and warned them to be discreet about their purchase, according to prosecutors.

More than 260 people in 44 states have been arrested nationwide as the result of the operation, the prosecutors said. More than two-dozen defendants arrested through the investigation have been identified as being involved in the molestation of children and approximately 12 others have been previously convicted of sex offenses against minors.

The charge of possessing at least three images of child pornography carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Raymond Eugene Jenkins – Repeat Sex Offender

Jenkins is not allowed to be around children, not even his own — of which he has 12 — under his parole

“he was living with children”

BARSTOW — A local sex offender recently arrested could face charges of bigamy and false imprisonment.

Raymond Eugene Jenkins, 46, was arrested last Saturday, Dec. 22, for failing to register as a sex offender living in Lenwood. Now, Deputy Eugene Barela is putting together a case to could add having multiple wives, keeping one of them against her will, further parole violations and writing a bad check to charges pending against Jenkins.

Barela said the investigation is complicated, involving several agencies in several states, but hopes to have a strong case to present to the district attorney’s office.

Previously, Jenkins pleaded guilty to a sexual battery crime in Los Angeles County after being charged with committing a lewd sex act with a child. Under the terms of his probation for the previous offense, Jenkins must register as a sex offender when he moves. He had registered as a transient in both Barstow and Victorville but had not registered his new residence on Western Avenue, Sgt. Eric Mello said.

“He’s out of compliance because he is lying about his residence,” Mello said.

Jenkins is not allowed to be around children, not even his own — of which he has 12 — under his parole, Barela said.


Barela learned from one of Jenkins’ wives, who claimed she was kept hostage by Jenkins, that he had been living in Lenwood for about two months without registering. Thus far, Barela knows of two wives, both married to Jenkins in Las Vegas three years apart, but he is working with Clark County to determine if there are more wives on file. His 12 children are with women from Barstow, Apple Valley, Victorville, Los Angeles and as far away as Memphis. Jenkins also wrote his landlord a bad check for $5,000 for which he could face forgery charges.

Following the call, Barela went to the residence in Lenwood and found proof that Jenkins had been living there and that he was living with children. Barela began looking for Jenkins in the Lenwood area and found one of his wives with one of Jenkins’ children at the Discount Lenwood Market on West Main Street. She said she fled Jenkins the day before when he went to Victorville.

“She said it was her chance to get away, and she took off with his baby,” Barela said.

Later that day, Deputy Jacob Gault made a traffic stop on a vehicle identified as one of Jenkins’ and found Jenkins, with another wife and two small children inside the vehicle. He was arrested, booked and is currently held in state prison for his registration violation. In the meantime, Barela is sorting out Jenkins’ other crimes.

Saturday’s incident is not the first trouble Jenkins has gotten into in Barstow. In 2005, Sgt. Mark Franey of the Barstow Police Department arrested Jenkins for failing to register as a sex offender in Barstow and for child endangerment after tracking a kidnapping case out of Oklahoma to a motel in Barstow where Jenkins was staying. Jenkins pleaded no contest to the registration violation and was sentenced to one year, four months in state prison.

25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years

….Sarah Tofte

Raymond Eugene Jenkins – Repeat Sex Offender

Jenkins is not allowed to be around children, not even his own — of which he has 12 — under his parole

“he was living with children”

BARSTOW — A local sex offender recently arrested could face charges of bigamy and false imprisonment.

Raymond Eugene Jenkins, 46, was arrested last Saturday, Dec. 22, for failing to register as a sex offender living in Lenwood. Now, Deputy Eugene Barela is putting together a case to could add having multiple wives, keeping one of them against her will, further parole violations and writing a bad check to charges pending against Jenkins.

Barela said the investigation is complicated, involving several agencies in several states, but hopes to have a strong case to present to the district attorney’s office.

Previously, Jenkins pleaded guilty to a sexual battery crime in Los Angeles County after being charged with committing a lewd sex act with a child. Under the terms of his probation for the previous offense, Jenkins must register as a sex offender when he moves. He had registered as a transient in both Barstow and Victorville but had not registered his new residence on Western Avenue, Sgt. Eric Mello said.

“He’s out of compliance because he is lying about his residence,” Mello said.

Jenkins is not allowed to be around children, not even his own — of which he has 12 — under his parole, Barela said.


Barela learned from one of Jenkins’ wives, who claimed she was kept hostage by Jenkins, that he had been living in Lenwood for about two months without registering. Thus far, Barela knows of two wives, both married to Jenkins in Las Vegas three years apart, but he is working with Clark County to determine if there are more wives on file. His 12 children are with women from Barstow, Apple Valley, Victorville, Los Angeles and as far away as Memphis. Jenkins also wrote his landlord a bad check for $5,000 for which he could face forgery charges.

Following the call, Barela went to the residence in Lenwood and found proof that Jenkins had been living there and that he was living with children. Barela began looking for Jenkins in the Lenwood area and found one of his wives with one of Jenkins’ children at the Discount Lenwood Market on West Main Street. She said she fled Jenkins the day before when he went to Victorville.

“She said it was her chance to get away, and she took off with his baby,” Barela said.

Later that day, Deputy Jacob Gault made a traffic stop on a vehicle identified as one of Jenkins’ and found Jenkins, with another wife and two small children inside the vehicle. He was arrested, booked and is currently held in state prison for his registration violation. In the meantime, Barela is sorting out Jenkins’ other crimes.

Saturday’s incident is not the first trouble Jenkins has gotten into in Barstow. In 2005, Sgt. Mark Franey of the Barstow Police Department arrested Jenkins for failing to register as a sex offender in Barstow and for child endangerment after tracking a kidnapping case out of Oklahoma to a motel in Barstow where Jenkins was staying. Jenkins pleaded no contest to the registration violation and was sentenced to one year, four months in state prison.

25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years

….Sarah Tofte

Kenneth Cooke – The 4 year old enticed me!

A Calgary man convicted of molesting a four-year-old Illinois girl blamed the child for acting sexually provocative toward him, before a judge sentenced him Friday to three years in prison.

Kenneth Cooke, a 73-year-old retired pastor, told Judge Joseph Condon in a U.S. courtroom he tried to avoid the encounters.

“On a couple of times, I thought I was being sexually harassed. I think there is psychological evidence today that children, even in their younger years, could become interested in sex,” Cooke told the judge, according to the Northwest Herald newspaper.

“He is not accepting responsibility for his actions. He could have gotten probation on this. But the judge said to give probation would deprecate the seriousness of the offence,” said Sharyl Eisenstein, an assistant McHenry County state’s attorney.

During the hour-long sentencing hearing, Cooke expressed remorse and said he was misrepresented and misunderstood, the Northwest Herald reported.

“I never touched that child in an inappropriate manner,” Cooke said.

Cooke said he pleaded guilty because of his ailing health.

“My family felt I’d have a nervous breakdown or heart attack, so I had no other choice.”

Cooke is being sent to Joliet Correctional Center in Illinois, the McHenry County Circuit Court clerk’s office has confirmed.

Cooke faced seven years in prison for pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 13, said the clerk’s office.

Now, with good behaviour, he would only have to serve half his sentence, or 18 months in prison.

Cooke molested the child while visiting the community of Lake in the Hills in June 2003. He reportedly met the child while one of his relatives was caring for her.

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Timmy Keil – Camp Counselor – Sexual Predator

In August a former Perry County camp counselor was sentenced to eight years in prison and classified as a sexual predator.


He refused a plea deal in the case. Eight boys confirmed each others story while Timmy maintained his innocence.

No Remorse!

Timmy, the father of six children, has a history….

Drake indicated Keil was convicted of similar crimes in 1990, but may have made it past background checks to work at local camps because the prior offense took place in Pennsylvania.

“There could possibly be more victims. He’s went from church camp to church camp for 14 years,” Lt. Drake said.

Officials from the Scioto Youth Camp said they did not check Keil’s background because a minister at the Fairfield Christian Church recommended him. Keil belongs to the youth ministry there, and teaches at Ohio Christian University in Circleville.

In January 2002, Keil called police and told them that he “could not promise to keep himself safe” and threatened to “chop his head off with a hatchet or overdose.”

In May 2003, police received another call from Keil, saying “he was suicidal and homicidal and wants to blow up an elementary school so others can suffer like he is.” Police never determined if the threat was real, Landers reported.

In October 2004, Keil again called police, threatening “to harm himself and family.”
Police later found Keil picketing outside the Diagnostic Health Center. Officers called Children Services and requested his “children are not to be left alone.” Doctors placed Keil on psychiatric medication.

In June 2003, Keil called police to report the “theft of a hanging basket” and threatened “to take pruning shears to the suspects’ fingers” if he caught them before police. Since then, Keil’s calls to police had more to do about his neighbors or his missing dog than himself, Landers reported.

In June, Keil accused a neighbor of taking “photos of him and his children and posting them online.” “The neighbor denied any involvement,” according to the police report. In 1990, Keil was convicted in Pennsylvania for indecent assault and corruption of a minor.

BooHoo

Keil refused to admit any wrongdoing at the Scioto Camp and told Judge Linton Lewis he did not touch any of the boys in any inappropriate way.

“I do know I am here by my own actions and choices of the things I have done,” Keil said. “I have brought shame and pain to my church, my family and my children. I accept responsibility for those actions. I have lost everything. My wife has filed for divorce. She will not allow my children to see me. I have lost my job and reputation. Your sentence will be mercy to me.”

Lewis classified Keil as a sexual predator, which means that for the rest of his life he will have to report to law enforcement his employment, any school he may be attending and his living arrangements.

Timmy Keil – Camp Counselor – Sexual Predator

In August a former Perry County camp counselor was sentenced to eight years in prison and classified as a sexual predator.


He refused a plea deal in the case. Eight boys confirmed each others story while Timmy maintained his innocence.

No Remorse!

Timmy, the father of six children, has a history….

Drake indicated Keil was convicted of similar crimes in 1990, but may have made it past background checks to work at local camps because the prior offense took place in Pennsylvania.

“There could possibly be more victims. He’s went from church camp to church camp for 14 years,” Lt. Drake said.

Officials from the Scioto Youth Camp said they did not check Keil’s background because a minister at the Fairfield Christian Church recommended him. Keil belongs to the youth ministry there, and teaches at Ohio Christian University in Circleville.

In January 2002, Keil called police and told them that he “could not promise to keep himself safe” and threatened to “chop his head off with a hatchet or overdose.”

In May 2003, police received another call from Keil, saying “he was suicidal and homicidal and wants to blow up an elementary school so others can suffer like he is.” Police never determined if the threat was real, Landers reported.

In October 2004, Keil again called police, threatening “to harm himself and family.”
Police later found Keil picketing outside the Diagnostic Health Center. Officers called Children Services and requested his “children are not to be left alone.” Doctors placed Keil on psychiatric medication.

In June 2003, Keil called police to report the “theft of a hanging basket” and threatened “to take pruning shears to the suspects’ fingers” if he caught them before police. Since then, Keil’s calls to police had more to do about his neighbors or his missing dog than himself, Landers reported.

In June, Keil accused a neighbor of taking “photos of him and his children and posting them online.” “The neighbor denied any involvement,” according to the police report. In 1990, Keil was convicted in Pennsylvania for indecent assault and corruption of a minor.

BooHoo

Keil refused to admit any wrongdoing at the Scioto Camp and told Judge Linton Lewis he did not touch any of the boys in any inappropriate way.

“I do know I am here by my own actions and choices of the things I have done,” Keil said. “I have brought shame and pain to my church, my family and my children. I accept responsibility for those actions. I have lost everything. My wife has filed for divorce. She will not allow my children to see me. I have lost my job and reputation. Your sentence will be mercy to me.”

Lewis classified Keil as a sexual predator, which means that for the rest of his life he will have to report to law enforcement his employment, any school he may be attending and his living arrangements.