Father Accused of Murdering Son Now Faces Child Pornography Charges


The man identified as the suspect in the death of his seven year old son now has something else to answer for: child pornography.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office tells us Michael Miller now faces additional charges after investigators found child pornography on his computer.

This is the same man who told deputies he accidentally fell on his son Dylan Louviere while putting up the family Christmas tree.

Iberia parish sheriff’s deputies say it happened at the 36 year old man’s home on Coteau Road.

Doctors at Iberia Medical Center told investigators the boy’s injuries were not consistent with the father’s story and miller was charged with second degree murder.

The sheriff’s office tells us Miller remains behind bars with an increased bond now totaling $535,000.

Published in: on January 10, 2008 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Father Accused of Murdering Son Now Faces Child Pornography Charges


The man identified as the suspect in the death of his seven year old son now has something else to answer for: child pornography.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office tells us Michael Miller now faces additional charges after investigators found child pornography on his computer.

This is the same man who told deputies he accidentally fell on his son Dylan Louviere while putting up the family Christmas tree.

Iberia parish sheriff’s deputies say it happened at the 36 year old man’s home on Coteau Road.

Doctors at Iberia Medical Center told investigators the boy’s injuries were not consistent with the father’s story and miller was charged with second degree murder.

The sheriff’s office tells us Miller remains behind bars with an increased bond now totaling $535,000.

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Peter Schoen – Confessed to Child Pornography

A 44-year-old Spokane businessman who confessed to possessing a hoard of child pornography – 3,010 videos and 2,184 pictures bought on the Internet – is scheduled to be sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court.

Peter Schoen’s defense attorney, Mark Vovos, indicates in court papers that he will ask Judge Edward Shea to only impose the minimum possible sentence of five years or less.

Vovos argues in court papers that Schoen, who lives on the South Hill, deserves a lesser sentence because of his financial, social and educational background, and support from family and friends.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Whitaker is expected to ask the judge for a sentence more than twice that long – 121 to 151 months, or 10 to almost 13 years in prison. She says Schoen has led a “hidden life” and is potentially dangerous.

“Without people like the defendant who pay for child pornography in amounts of $80 a month, these (child porn) sites would not continue to operate and continue to feed the demand for the victimization of children,” the federal prosecutor said in a court brief filed last week.

Schoen was living at 524 W. 19th Ave. – not far from Cannon Hill Park – when he was arrested on Sept. 27, 2006. Federal agents seized four computers, VHS videotapes, multiple compact discs and floppy discs in his home, according to court documents. The child pornography was found during forensic examinations of that evidence.

Schoen was one of 125 suspects arrested in a nationwide child-porn investigation known as “Operation Emissary.” Its target was an Internet site known as “illegal.CP” that sold $80-a-month subscriptions to users that viewed photos and movies of adults sexually abusing children, some as young as 6-months-old.

Besides Schoen, authorities said others suspects included a Bible camp counselor in Vancouver, Wash., a Boy Scout leader in Texas and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and police officer in New Jersey.

A subsequent investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed that some of the children depicted in the pornographhy were child abuse victims who had been identified.

Authorities say many of the children were photographed in Eastern Europe before the porn was distributed by various Internet servers, including some based in the United States.

On Oct. 25 Schoen, who worked as a door company manager, pleaded guilty to two counts of receipt of child pornography, which carries a minimum-mandatory sentence of five years.

He was released on bond after his arrest but was fired from the door company. He was working at a Spokane produce company when, as part of his guilty plea in October, he signed a written plea agreement promising not to go within 1,000 feet of places where children younger than 18 congregate, includings parks and shopping malls.

He violated those conditions and was re-arrested on Dec. 17, court documents say, when he was observed in a Toys R Us store in Spokane Valley.

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Matthew S. Persichetti – Randy7 – Federal Charges Child Pornography

A Methuen man who received an award for being a role model when he graduated from Merrimack College two years ago, faces federal charges of possession of child pornography.

Matthew S. Persichetti, 23, of 55 Berwick St. had once volunteered in a Mexican orphanage through a program supported by the campus ministry.

He was arrested yesterday and charged in a criminal complaint with possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Agents said they found several images of child pornography on a laptop computer seized in a search of Persichetti’s home last week. Persichetti’s arrest stems from an earlier investigation of a Palmer, Alaska, man who had been actively trading child pornography with 241 other computer users over an Internet chat system known as Google Hello. The U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained a search warrant after identifying Persichetti as the person using the Google Hello handle “Randy7.”

During analysis of the computer, investigators also allegedly discovered a text document that is part of an ongoing investigation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement New England Field Office.

“The story describes in detail a sexual encounter that ‘the author’ experienced with an eight year-old orphan while volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico,” ICE agent Eric LaForte said in court papers filed yesterday.

“Matthew stated that he had never molested any live children; during the interview, Matthew offered the fact that he had worked at a Mexican Orphanage during a program called ‘Alternative Spring Break,’ organized by Merrimack College’s Campus Ministry,” LaForte said.

Persichetti and Andover attorney Robert Lewin, who represents him, both declined comment when contacted last night.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling said he was released yesterday on electronic monitoring, with the condition that he be confined to his home for 24 hours a day. Persichetti could receive a maximum prison sentence of 10 years if convicted.

In his affidavit, ICE agent LaForte said “Matthew stated that he has a sexual interest in children aged 10-18” but denied ever having live contact with children.

Court documents allege that Persichetti began chat sessions with the Alaska man last April and continued through November.

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A Wheaton, Ill – pleads guilty to federal child porn charges

BANGOR – A Caribou man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to transporting or shipping child pornography over the Internet.

Adam A. Stone, 29, is being held at the Penobscot County Jail while awaiting sentencing.

He faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison.

A sentencing date has not been set.

A Wheaton, Ill., Police Department Internet crimes investigation in February 2005 led to Stone, according to court documents. Stone allegedly sent a detective a link to two online photo albums that contained dozens of images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Stone transmitted a live Web camera feed of himself sitting at his computer to the detective. The Caribou man was identified when his picture was sent to the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

His computers were searched in June 2005, according to court documents, and more than 500 images of child pornography were found. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified 192 images and six videos of known child pornography victims.

Published in: on January 10, 2008 at 7:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Derek Marsocci – Trucker charged in online sex sting


A registered sex offender has a March 17 trial date in Douglas County on charges that he tried to enlist a woman and her teenage daughter to become his sex slaves.

Police say Derek Marsocci of Centerview, Missouri, on Dec. 13 arrived at a shopping mall parking lot in Olathe, Kansas, to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother. But instead he was greeted by Baldwin City police who conducted an undercover sex sting on the Internet.

Investigators say the long-haul trucker was carrying engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he was arrested.

The Missouri Sex Offender Registry says Marsocci has a 2002 conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He was bound over for trial in a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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Derek Marsocci – Trucker charged in online sex sting


A registered sex offender has a March 17 trial date in Douglas County on charges that he tried to enlist a woman and her teenage daughter to become his sex slaves.

Police say Derek Marsocci of Centerview, Missouri, on Dec. 13 arrived at a shopping mall parking lot in Olathe, Kansas, to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother. But instead he was greeted by Baldwin City police who conducted an undercover sex sting on the Internet.

Investigators say the long-haul trucker was carrying engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he was arrested.

The Missouri Sex Offender Registry says Marsocci has a 2002 conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He was bound over for trial in a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Published in: on January 10, 2008 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Derek Marsocci – Trucker charged in online sex sting


A registered sex offender has a March 17 trial date in Douglas County on charges that he tried to enlist a woman and her teenage daughter to become his sex slaves.

Police say Derek Marsocci of Centerview, Missouri, on Dec. 13 arrived at a shopping mall parking lot in Olathe, Kansas, to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother. But instead he was greeted by Baldwin City police who conducted an undercover sex sting on the Internet.

Investigators say the long-haul trucker was carrying engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he was arrested.

The Missouri Sex Offender Registry says Marsocci has a 2002 conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He was bound over for trial in a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Published in: on January 10, 2008 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Derek Marsocci – Trucker charged in online sex sting


A registered sex offender has a March 17 trial date in Douglas County on charges that he tried to enlist a woman and her teenage daughter to become his sex slaves.

Police say Derek Marsocci of Centerview, Missouri, on Dec. 13 arrived at a shopping mall parking lot in Olathe, Kansas, to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother. But instead he was greeted by Baldwin City police who conducted an undercover sex sting on the Internet.

Investigators say the long-haul trucker was carrying engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he was arrested.

The Missouri Sex Offender Registry says Marsocci has a 2002 conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He was bound over for trial in a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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Jerry Wayne Strode – Repeat Sex Offender


The Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force has announced the arrest of Jerry Wayne Strode, 54, a career criminal with more than 40 arrests spanning back to 1968.

Strode, whose address is listed as 102 N. Ethel Ave. in Fayetteville, faces criminal charges involving failure to register as a habitual child sex offender, two counts of theft of property, two counts of forgery, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of failure to appear, and one count of parole violation. He also faces charges out of the Springdale Police Department.

Members of the River Valley Sex Offender Task Force and the U. S. Marshals Service in Muskogee, Okla., arrested Strode early Tuesday morning at his work site near Poteau, Okla. The Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender Task Force adopted the case at the request of the Johnson Police Department and the Washington County and Madison County sheriff’s offices.

The task force had been tracking Strode since late November. After requesting assistance from the U. S. Marshals Service in Colorado, investigators received vital evidence.

According to a press release issued by the Marshals Service in Arkansas, Strode had ties to Colorado and east Arkansas. With more than 20 aliases and numerous birth dates, he remained at large until a short time after the task force adopted the case, the release stated.

Prior to his arrest, according to the release, Strode fled from police and was found hiding in a pile of brush near his work site, located in an isolated region of Le Flore County, Okla. He was initially booked into the Le Flore County Detention Center but was later extradited to Arkansas and booked into the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, where he was being held on a $ 8, 720 bond Wednesday night.

In addition to being booked on the listed charges, Strode has an extensive criminal history and was last classified as a levelthree sex offender.

According to Arkansas sex offender guidelines, level-four offenders are labeled only by the courts, while levels one through three are labeled based on an assessment by the Arkansas Department of Correction. Level-three sex offenders are considered to be high risk. They usually have histories of repeat sexual offenses and / or strong antisocial, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Notification to neighborhood residents is mandatory for level-three and -four sex offenders.

Agencies involved in Strode’s arrest include the Johnson Police Department; Washington County, Madison County and White County sheriff’s offices; and the U. S. Marshals Service in Little Rock, Fort Smith, Colorado and Muskogee, Okla.

U. S. Marshal Richard O’Connell attributed Strode’s arrested to the combined efforts of the Northwest Arkansas and River Valley sex offender task forces.

“The concept behind these task forces is to bring local agencies together under a combined effort to make our communities safer,” he said in the release. “In this case, that’s exactly what happened, and the U. S. Marshals Service is proud to play a part in the effort.”