Warning: Philip Publuske – Repeat Sex Offender

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend


A three-time sex offender whose probation includes terms that prohibit him from being in schools, parks and playgrounds is planning to move to Owen Sound, city police warned Friday.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

Philip Publuske, 37, has told provincial probation officials he plans to move to the city after he’s released from jail Monday, according to a statement from Owen Sound Police Services Insp. Vince Wurfel.

City police issued the warning late Friday afternoon, although Wurfel added in a subsequent interview that Publuske’s plan “is not 100 per cent confirmed.”

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend. His criminal record includes three convictions and prison terms for sexual offenses involving adolescent boys.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

Publuske, who is now at the Maplehurst Correctional Centre, has family in Owen Sound. Police expect if he returns to the city he will live at one of two addresses: 731 8th Ave. E. or 1135 12th St. E.

Publuske was convicted in July 2007 on charges of possession of child pornography. His record also includes a 2003 Waterloo Region conviction of possessing child pornography and convictions in February 2000 in Owen Sound of two counts of sexual assault and one of sexual exploitation.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

In the Owen Sound cases, the victims were adolescents who were known to Publuske, Wurfel said.

Publuske is subject to conditions outlined in a three-year probation order and a 10-year prohibition order. The orders ban him from areas where children under 14 years of age can reasonably be expected. That includes parks, swimming pools, playgrounds, day-care centres, community centres and schools, Wurfel said.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

“We’re making the public aware that this person may be in the city and what this person may look like,” Wurfel said. “We’re trying to reduce any potential risk to people in the community.”

Although Publuske has said he plans to come to Owen Sound, he could change his mind. If so, police will issue another further statement, Wurfel said.

The Ontario Police Act authorizes police to disclose personal information about offenders where there is “information to believe an individual poses a significant risk of harm to people or property,” Wurfel said.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend
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Warning: Philip Publuske – Repeat Sex Offender

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend


A three-time sex offender whose probation includes terms that prohibit him from being in schools, parks and playgrounds is planning to move to Owen Sound, city police warned Friday.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

Philip Publuske, 37, has told provincial probation officials he plans to move to the city after he’s released from jail Monday, according to a statement from Owen Sound Police Services Insp. Vince Wurfel.

City police issued the warning late Friday afternoon, although Wurfel added in a subsequent interview that Publuske’s plan “is not 100 per cent confirmed.”

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend. His criminal record includes three convictions and prison terms for sexual offenses involving adolescent boys.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

Publuske, who is now at the Maplehurst Correctional Centre, has family in Owen Sound. Police expect if he returns to the city he will live at one of two addresses: 731 8th Ave. E. or 1135 12th St. E.

Publuske was convicted in July 2007 on charges of possession of child pornography. His record also includes a 2003 Waterloo Region conviction of possessing child pornography and convictions in February 2000 in Owen Sound of two counts of sexual assault and one of sexual exploitation.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

In the Owen Sound cases, the victims were adolescents who were known to Publuske, Wurfel said.

Publuske is subject to conditions outlined in a three-year probation order and a 10-year prohibition order. The orders ban him from areas where children under 14 years of age can reasonably be expected. That includes parks, swimming pools, playgrounds, day-care centres, community centres and schools, Wurfel said.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

“We’re making the public aware that this person may be in the city and what this person may look like,” Wurfel said. “We’re trying to reduce any potential risk to people in the community.”

Although Publuske has said he plans to come to Owen Sound, he could change his mind. If so, police will issue another further statement, Wurfel said.

The Ontario Police Act authorizes police to disclose personal information about offenders where there is “information to believe an individual poses a significant risk of harm to people or property,” Wurfel said.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend
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Warning: Philip Publuske – Repeat Sex Offender

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend


A three-time sex offender whose probation includes terms that prohibit him from being in schools, parks and playgrounds is planning to move to Owen Sound, city police warned Friday.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

Philip Publuske, 37, has told provincial probation officials he plans to move to the city after he’s released from jail Monday, according to a statement from Owen Sound Police Services Insp. Vince Wurfel.

City police issued the warning late Friday afternoon, although Wurfel added in a subsequent interview that Publuske’s plan “is not 100 per cent confirmed.”

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend. His criminal record includes three convictions and prison terms for sexual offenses involving adolescent boys.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

Publuske, who is now at the Maplehurst Correctional Centre, has family in Owen Sound. Police expect if he returns to the city he will live at one of two addresses: 731 8th Ave. E. or 1135 12th St. E.

Publuske was convicted in July 2007 on charges of possession of child pornography. His record also includes a 2003 Waterloo Region conviction of possessing child pornography and convictions in February 2000 in Owen Sound of two counts of sexual assault and one of sexual exploitation.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

In the Owen Sound cases, the victims were adolescents who were known to Publuske, Wurfel said.

Publuske is subject to conditions outlined in a three-year probation order and a 10-year prohibition order. The orders ban him from areas where children under 14 years of age can reasonably be expected. That includes parks, swimming pools, playgrounds, day-care centres, community centres and schools, Wurfel said.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend

“We’re making the public aware that this person may be in the city and what this person may look like,” Wurfel said. “We’re trying to reduce any potential risk to people in the community.”

Although Publuske has said he plans to come to Owen Sound, he could change his mind. If so, police will issue another further statement, Wurfel said.

The Ontario Police Act authorizes police to disclose personal information about offenders where there is “information to believe an individual poses a significant risk of harm to people or property,” Wurfel said.

Probation officials believe Publuske is at risk to re-offend
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REPEAT SEX OFFENDER

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children


A 43-year-old man, twice convicted of criminal sexual conduct, pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 to molesting two Lakeville boys in August and September. The boys, at the time of the incidents, were 12 and 15.

Robert O. Bollett will be sentenced Feb. 29 of criminal sexual conduct in the second and fourth degree. Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom said that, under terms of the plea agreement, Bollett will likely face two concurrent life sentences with eligibility for parole after 12 years.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children

Backstrom said he was looking to prosecute Bollett under the new Dru Sjodin law, enacted in 2005. It’s legislation enacted by the state that beefed up penalties for first-time and repeat sex offenders.

Previously, sex offenders could receive Minnesota’s stiffest punishment – life without parole – only if the victim was murdered. With the new law though, offenders can receive that sentence for certain sex crimes involving “heinous elements including torture, mutilation, use of a weapon, infliction of great bodily harm, or like in this case, multiple victims,” Backstom said.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children

According to the criminal complaint, Bollett stayed with the family of the two boys on more than one occasion. On the last occasion, the victims’ mother witnessed Bollett in bed with her older son and saw Bollett rubbing her younger son’s genitals. She had also witnessed all three of them take a shower together.

Backstrom said he believes Bollett knew the mother through a group for those who are hearing impaired.

“They were acquainted, but it’s my belief he sought out this family and these boys,” he said.

Backstrom said he agreed to the plea agreement because he didn’t want to put the victims through a trial.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children


“This has all been very difficult,” Backstrom said. “And a life sentence is very significant. I also believe the proper safeguards are in place that if (Bollett) is ever allowed to be released, he will not pose a risk.”

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children, and that is why Backstrom said he was seeking such a strong penalty.

“He’s victimized many children,” he said. “We went after him, and rightfully so.”

Bollett was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 1988 in Carver County and again in 1990 in Hennepin County.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children

Backstrom said, under the old guidelines, Bollett would likely have faced a maximum sentence of 12 years, and with a possible upward departure because of his criminal history, would maybe have faced 20-25 years maximum.

If he is sentenced to the two life sentences, even if he’s given parole, Bollett must prove he’s no longer a threat – something Backstrom said isn’t a sure thing.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children
Published in: on January 12, 2008 at 7:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

REPEAT SEX OFFENDER

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children


A 43-year-old man, twice convicted of criminal sexual conduct, pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 to molesting two Lakeville boys in August and September. The boys, at the time of the incidents, were 12 and 15.

Robert O. Bollett will be sentenced Feb. 29 of criminal sexual conduct in the second and fourth degree. Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom said that, under terms of the plea agreement, Bollett will likely face two concurrent life sentences with eligibility for parole after 12 years.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children

Backstrom said he was looking to prosecute Bollett under the new Dru Sjodin law, enacted in 2005. It’s legislation enacted by the state that beefed up penalties for first-time and repeat sex offenders.

Previously, sex offenders could receive Minnesota’s stiffest punishment – life without parole – only if the victim was murdered. With the new law though, offenders can receive that sentence for certain sex crimes involving “heinous elements including torture, mutilation, use of a weapon, infliction of great bodily harm, or like in this case, multiple victims,” Backstom said.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children

According to the criminal complaint, Bollett stayed with the family of the two boys on more than one occasion. On the last occasion, the victims’ mother witnessed Bollett in bed with her older son and saw Bollett rubbing her younger son’s genitals. She had also witnessed all three of them take a shower together.

Backstrom said he believes Bollett knew the mother through a group for those who are hearing impaired.

“They were acquainted, but it’s my belief he sought out this family and these boys,” he said.

Backstrom said he agreed to the plea agreement because he didn’t want to put the victims through a trial.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children


“This has all been very difficult,” Backstrom said. “And a life sentence is very significant. I also believe the proper safeguards are in place that if (Bollett) is ever allowed to be released, he will not pose a risk.”

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children, and that is why Backstrom said he was seeking such a strong penalty.

“He’s victimized many children,” he said. “We went after him, and rightfully so.”

Bollett was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 1988 in Carver County and again in 1990 in Hennepin County.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children

Backstrom said, under the old guidelines, Bollett would likely have faced a maximum sentence of 12 years, and with a possible upward departure because of his criminal history, would maybe have faced 20-25 years maximum.

If he is sentenced to the two life sentences, even if he’s given parole, Bollett must prove he’s no longer a threat – something Backstrom said isn’t a sure thing.

This is the third time Bollett will serve jail time for molesting children
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Aaron Howell – Repeat Sex Offender


Dothan police have arrested a 68-year-old man and charged him with molesting a woman at the nursing home where he lived last month.

Aaron Howell, a convicted sex offender, was also charged with moving too close to the grounds of a school, and moving without proper approval by the Dothan Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Howell violated the state community notification act when he moved into Westside Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center on Nov. 30, which was also located less than 1,600 feet from Houston Academy, according to police Investigator Sgt. Brian Cherry.

According to state law, a convicted sex offender cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school or day care.

“While he was residing there during the month of December he sexually abused an adult female employee there,” Cherry said. “There are children who visit Westside Terrace so we acted as quickly as possible. We didn’t want him reoffending against a child.”

The violation to the state community notification act was discovered after an employee at the rehabilitation center viewed the sex offender Web site. The violations were reported to investigators at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office last week, on Jan. 3.

Thursday, Dothan police investigators charged Howell with felony first-degree sex abuse, and two felony violations of the community notification act. One of the violations included failure to notify the city or county of his move into the rehabilitation center within 30 days.

Howell faces the new sexual assault charges nearly 15 years after he was convicted of molesting a 6-year-old girl in February 1993. Howell pleaded guilty in 1993 to first-degree sex abuse after Houston County investigators charged him when he lived in Cottonwood.

Deputies more recently charged him last week with three felony violations of the community notification act, according to Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Susan Seay.

“When he renewed his driver’s license last May he failed to advise DPS (Department of Public Safety) of his sex offender status,” Seay said. “He’s a convicted sex offender.”

Seay also charged him with failure to complete his annual anniversary registration verification, along with his six-month verification. If a sex offender does not move or change occupation he or she is required to register as a sex offender twice a year. The offender has to reregister more often after each time he or she moves, which also has to be approved, Seay said.

Howell is being held in the Houston County Jail on a total $90,000 bond.

Cherry stressed the importance of notification.

“If he had notified us he would not have been living there,” Cherry said. “If he had contacted us prior to moving there we would’ve assisted him somehow placing him somewhere that would be safe without children around.”

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Aaron Howell – Repeat Sex Offender


Dothan police have arrested a 68-year-old man and charged him with molesting a woman at the nursing home where he lived last month.

Aaron Howell, a convicted sex offender, was also charged with moving too close to the grounds of a school, and moving without proper approval by the Dothan Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

Howell violated the state community notification act when he moved into Westside Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center on Nov. 30, which was also located less than 1,600 feet from Houston Academy, according to police Investigator Sgt. Brian Cherry.

According to state law, a convicted sex offender cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school or day care.

“While he was residing there during the month of December he sexually abused an adult female employee there,” Cherry said. “There are children who visit Westside Terrace so we acted as quickly as possible. We didn’t want him reoffending against a child.”

The violation to the state community notification act was discovered after an employee at the rehabilitation center viewed the sex offender Web site. The violations were reported to investigators at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office last week, on Jan. 3.

Thursday, Dothan police investigators charged Howell with felony first-degree sex abuse, and two felony violations of the community notification act. One of the violations included failure to notify the city or county of his move into the rehabilitation center within 30 days.

Howell faces the new sexual assault charges nearly 15 years after he was convicted of molesting a 6-year-old girl in February 1993. Howell pleaded guilty in 1993 to first-degree sex abuse after Houston County investigators charged him when he lived in Cottonwood.

Deputies more recently charged him last week with three felony violations of the community notification act, according to Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Susan Seay.

“When he renewed his driver’s license last May he failed to advise DPS (Department of Public Safety) of his sex offender status,” Seay said. “He’s a convicted sex offender.”

Seay also charged him with failure to complete his annual anniversary registration verification, along with his six-month verification. If a sex offender does not move or change occupation he or she is required to register as a sex offender twice a year. The offender has to reregister more often after each time he or she moves, which also has to be approved, Seay said.

Howell is being held in the Houston County Jail on a total $90,000 bond.

Cherry stressed the importance of notification.

“If he had notified us he would not have been living there,” Cherry said. “If he had contacted us prior to moving there we would’ve assisted him somehow placing him somewhere that would be safe without children around.”

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Police finally nab pedophile ‘Pocket Man’

Police in Bergen are quite sure they’ve finally arrested the pedophile Norwegian known as the “Pocket Man.” He’s believed to have been assaulting boys all over southern Norway for 30 years.


Aftenposten.no could report Friday morning that the man arrested Friday morning is an affluent father of two in his mid-50s. His arrest was based on DNA analysis.

The suspect now in custody lives in the Bergen area, has run his own business for several decades and his tax returns show he has a net worth of NOK 6.9 million, with annual income of more than NOK 3 million. He was also arrested on suspected child molesting charges in 1999, but later released.

The suspect is known for cutting holes in his trouser pocket and then asking young boys to help him get something out of his pocket.

investigators suspect more than 300 boys have been assaulted since the 1970s

Instead, the unsuspecting boys would end up touching the man’s sexual organ. While many would manage to run away, police now report that in some of the assaults, the so-called “Pocket Man” would force the boys to perform oral sex on him.

Police fear that many assaults have gone unreported, but investigators suspect more than 300 boys have been assaulted since the 1970s. That would make the “Pocket Man” the worst serial offender in Norwegian history.

Investigators have been on the offender’s trail for years, but were continually frustrated as he eluded capture. Aftenposten’s magazine A-Magasinet had reported Friday that police were finally closing in on him, because they were able to patch together a DNA profile on the man based on evidence obtained in 1995.

If wasn’t possible to analyze the evidence with DNA testing at that time, but police froze it and now have the technology necessary.

Police have investigated 150 cases that will be put forth in an eventual court case.

Published in: on January 12, 2008 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Police finally nab pedophile ‘Pocket Man’

Police in Bergen are quite sure they’ve finally arrested the pedophile Norwegian known as the “Pocket Man.” He’s believed to have been assaulting boys all over southern Norway for 30 years.


Aftenposten.no could report Friday morning that the man arrested Friday morning is an affluent father of two in his mid-50s. His arrest was based on DNA analysis.

The suspect now in custody lives in the Bergen area, has run his own business for several decades and his tax returns show he has a net worth of NOK 6.9 million, with annual income of more than NOK 3 million. He was also arrested on suspected child molesting charges in 1999, but later released.

The suspect is known for cutting holes in his trouser pocket and then asking young boys to help him get something out of his pocket.

investigators suspect more than 300 boys have been assaulted since the 1970s

Instead, the unsuspecting boys would end up touching the man’s sexual organ. While many would manage to run away, police now report that in some of the assaults, the so-called “Pocket Man” would force the boys to perform oral sex on him.

Police fear that many assaults have gone unreported, but investigators suspect more than 300 boys have been assaulted since the 1970s. That would make the “Pocket Man” the worst serial offender in Norwegian history.

Investigators have been on the offender’s trail for years, but were continually frustrated as he eluded capture. Aftenposten’s magazine A-Magasinet had reported Friday that police were finally closing in on him, because they were able to patch together a DNA profile on the man based on evidence obtained in 1995.

If wasn’t possible to analyze the evidence with DNA testing at that time, but police froze it and now have the technology necessary.

Police have investigated 150 cases that will be put forth in an eventual court case.

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Simon Houston – NAMBLA – Guilty Child Porn

Houston’s web postings are a threat to public safety

A Saskatoon man who wrote fantasy stories about sex between men and girls has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography.

Simon Houston, 55, will be sentenced in April.

He was scheduled to begin a trial before a judge and jury in Saskatoon Wednesday morning. At court, however, he chose to not contest the charge.

For more than two years, Houston has maintained the stories he wrote and posted on the internet were “journalistic” in nature.

He said they were works of his own imagination. He put his writings on the website of the North American Man Girl Love Association.

“I wanted to express my desires for underage girls in a way where it wouldn’t be condemned,” he told CBC before his court appearance.

Const. Darren Parisien, the investigating officer, said there is nothing intellectual or artistic about Houston’s work.

“The ideas that sexual relations between adults and kids should be pursued and the glamour and the pleasure that goes along with those sexual conquests, those were contexts of those stories, at least in my opinion,” he said.

Houston’s web postings are a threat to public safety, Parisien said outside court.

“He tried to legitimize and put some type of sexual pleasure on the part of the child,” he said. Houston was caught through information police received via the website cybertip.ca.

The case is reminiscent of that of Robin Sharpe, the B.C. man who drew national attention as he fought for the right to create sexually explicit stories involving sexual encounters with young boys.

In March 2002, the B.C. Supreme Court found Sharpe not guilty of possessing written child pornography. He was found guilty on two counts of possessing pornographic pictures of children and later sentenced to four months of house arrest.

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