Top Stories Councilman Jon Winningham – confesses to child-porn addiction

The yearlong saga of a city councilman who refused to step down from his post after being arrested on child-pornography charges wrapped up early in 2007.

Former Councilman Jon Winningham admitted an addiction to child pornography on Jan. 27 hours before he surrendered himself to guards at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

The 13-year City Council veteran pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts of intent to distribute child pornography and three misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography before having his attorney read a prepared letter apologizing to the community and his family.

Winningham, 51, spent more than seven months in jail before being released in late September.

Published in: on December 30, 2007 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dr Charles Gordon Bartlett – convicted paedophile

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

CHILDREN’S charities reacted with alarm last night to the news a paedophile doctor could soon be cleared to work with kids again.

Dad-of-two Dr Charles Gordon Bartlett, 53, a convicted paedophile, will have his position reviewed by the General Medical Council in the new year.

Two years ago the consultant radiologist, who worked at the West Wales General Hospital in Glangwili, Carmarthenshire, was banned from treating under 18s because of a conviction for possessing indecent photographs of children.

They included hardcore pictures of youngsters as young as five being abused by adults.

In all, 16,000 images were recovered from his computer and from CDs at his then family home in Ferryside, Llanelli, after police were tipped off by the FBI in a worldwide paedophile clampdown called Operation Ore. His credit card numbers had been found listed on a US website.

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

In April 2003 he admitted 17 charges of making and possessing indecent photos and was given a three-year rehabilitation order.

In April 2004 the GMC suspended Dr Bartlett, who worked at West Wales General Hospital, in Glangwili, Carmarthenshire, for nine months. This was revoked in January 2005 when the ban on treating under 18s was introduced. He was also barred from working with adults without a supervisor’s permission.

Now a GMC panel will sit in London on January 7 to review the case.

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

A spokesman said: “The panel will review the case of Charles Gordon Bartlett, a consultant radiologist, whose registration is subject to conditions until January 8, 2008, as a consequence of a direction of a fitness to practise panel in January 2005.

“A professional conduct committee in April 2004 determined to suspend Dr Bartlett’s registration for a period of nine months. At that hearing, Dr Bartlett admitted his conviction of 12 counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, and five counts of having indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children under section 1(a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978 and section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

“Dr Bartlett also admitted that he had then been sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on November 3, 2003, to a community rehabilitation order for three years on each count to run concurrently, and placed on the sex offender’s register for five years. A fitness to practise panel, applying the General Medical Council’s preliminary proceedings committee and professional conduct committee procedure rules 1988, reviewed Dr Bartlett’s case in January 2005 and determined that it would be both appropriate and proportionate to impose conditions on Dr Bartlett’s registration for a period of three years.”

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

But news of the review have put children’s groups on alert.

The NSPCC urged the General Medical Council to follow their guidance “that no doctor registered as a sex offender should have unrestricted registration”.

NSPCC Cymru director, Greta Thomas, said: “The NSPCC expects all professional bodies to take convictions and cautions for downloading child pornography very seriously.

“Doctors who download indecent images of children should not be allowed to work with children.”

16,000 images were recovered from his computer
Published in: on December 30, 2007 at 3:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dr Charles Gordon Bartlett – convicted paedophile

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

CHILDREN’S charities reacted with alarm last night to the news a paedophile doctor could soon be cleared to work with kids again.

Dad-of-two Dr Charles Gordon Bartlett, 53, a convicted paedophile, will have his position reviewed by the General Medical Council in the new year.

Two years ago the consultant radiologist, who worked at the West Wales General Hospital in Glangwili, Carmarthenshire, was banned from treating under 18s because of a conviction for possessing indecent photographs of children.

They included hardcore pictures of youngsters as young as five being abused by adults.

In all, 16,000 images were recovered from his computer and from CDs at his then family home in Ferryside, Llanelli, after police were tipped off by the FBI in a worldwide paedophile clampdown called Operation Ore. His credit card numbers had been found listed on a US website.

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

In April 2003 he admitted 17 charges of making and possessing indecent photos and was given a three-year rehabilitation order.

In April 2004 the GMC suspended Dr Bartlett, who worked at West Wales General Hospital, in Glangwili, Carmarthenshire, for nine months. This was revoked in January 2005 when the ban on treating under 18s was introduced. He was also barred from working with adults without a supervisor’s permission.

Now a GMC panel will sit in London on January 7 to review the case.

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

A spokesman said: “The panel will review the case of Charles Gordon Bartlett, a consultant radiologist, whose registration is subject to conditions until January 8, 2008, as a consequence of a direction of a fitness to practise panel in January 2005.

“A professional conduct committee in April 2004 determined to suspend Dr Bartlett’s registration for a period of nine months. At that hearing, Dr Bartlett admitted his conviction of 12 counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, and five counts of having indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children under section 1(a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978 and section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

“Dr Bartlett also admitted that he had then been sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on November 3, 2003, to a community rehabilitation order for three years on each count to run concurrently, and placed on the sex offender’s register for five years. A fitness to practise panel, applying the General Medical Council’s preliminary proceedings committee and professional conduct committee procedure rules 1988, reviewed Dr Bartlett’s case in January 2005 and determined that it would be both appropriate and proportionate to impose conditions on Dr Bartlett’s registration for a period of three years.”

16,000 images were recovered from his computer

But news of the review have put children’s groups on alert.

The NSPCC urged the General Medical Council to follow their guidance “that no doctor registered as a sex offender should have unrestricted registration”.

NSPCC Cymru director, Greta Thomas, said: “The NSPCC expects all professional bodies to take convictions and cautions for downloading child pornography very seriously.

“Doctors who download indecent images of children should not be allowed to work with children.”

16,000 images were recovered from his computer
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Predator rapes Camden girl, 14

A 14-year-old Camden girl was abducted and sexually assaulted on Wednesday night, the fourth such incident in the city in less than three months.

Capt. Joseph Bowen of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said only that the girl was sexually assaulted in East Camden.

“It’s top priority right now for us and for the Camden Police Department,” Bowen said Saturday.

Hermes Perez Jr. said that about 9 p.m., he spotted the victim running down Garden Avenue, near Highland Avenue, naked and in tears.

Perez, who lives in that neighborhood on the Camden-Pennsauken border, said the victim told him she was abducted from another part of Camden then sexually assaulted.

“I ran after her and said, “What’s going on?’ And she said, ‘I was raped,’ ” Perez said. “We brought her in, I had my wife clothe her and we called the police.”

It is unclear if Wednesday’s incident is related to three other attacks on girls since October.

A dark minivan has been present at each of the previous three incidents, police said.

The first attack occurred about 1:20 p.m. Oct. 16 at 8th and Everett streets, when a 14-year-old girl escaped the suspect near Sumner Elementary School.

The second attack occurred about 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the 1900 block of Mulford Street. A 14-year-old girl was grabbed near Cream Elementary School about 7 p.m. and the suspect took her to the 1800 block of Mulford Street, where he sexually assaulted her in a yard, police said.

The third incident happened about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 on Hayes Avenue between 32nd and 36th streets. The suspect attempted to pull an 11-year-old girl into his van, but she escaped.

The victims’ descriptions of the suspect vary widely so no sketch or description was available.

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Donald & Steven Muncey – Brothers molest children together


COCOA, Fla. — A yard sale featuring children’s toys at a home where a convicted sex predator and his brother, who has also served time for harming a child, live has prompted outrage in the community.

For the last several months, the merchandise has been set outside a home on Green Hill Street in Cocoa where Donald Muncey lives.

Muncey was convicted nearly four years ago of molesting a girl under the age of 12, Local 6’s Kimberly Houk reported.

Muncey and his brother, Steven, who also served time for a lewd and lascivious act on a girl underthe age of 16, are both living with their mother in the house.

Some neighbors said they are concerned that the sale of the items in their yard is just a lure for more potential victims.

“It is scary to even see their kids up there with them to buy stuff,” neighbor Jim Youngman said.

“It is not a real comforting thing knowing a kid is within so many feet of a predator like that,” a resident told Houk.

Local 6 reported that Muncey is forbidden to be near children. However, neighbors said Muncey had been selling the toys in his front yard in recent weeks.

The mother of the men said a Brevard County probation officer who stopped by Friday said she is allowed to sell toys in her front yard as long as her sons stay inside.

A deputy has been driving by the home to make sure the Muncey brothers do not venture outside.

Published in: on December 30, 2007 at 6:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Donald & Steven Muncey – Brothers molest children together


COCOA, Fla. — A yard sale featuring children’s toys at a home where a convicted sex predator and his brother, who has also served time for harming a child, live has prompted outrage in the community.

For the last several months, the merchandise has been set outside a home on Green Hill Street in Cocoa where Donald Muncey lives.

Muncey was convicted nearly four years ago of molesting a girl under the age of 12, Local 6’s Kimberly Houk reported.

Muncey and his brother, Steven, who also served time for a lewd and lascivious act on a girl underthe age of 16, are both living with their mother in the house.

Some neighbors said they are concerned that the sale of the items in their yard is just a lure for more potential victims.

“It is scary to even see their kids up there with them to buy stuff,” neighbor Jim Youngman said.

“It is not a real comforting thing knowing a kid is within so many feet of a predator like that,” a resident told Houk.

Local 6 reported that Muncey is forbidden to be near children. However, neighbors said Muncey had been selling the toys in his front yard in recent weeks.

The mother of the men said a Brevard County probation officer who stopped by Friday said she is allowed to sell toys in her front yard as long as her sons stay inside.

A deputy has been driving by the home to make sure the Muncey brothers do not venture outside.

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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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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.
Published in: on December 29, 2007 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment