Edward Oberwise MySpace Predator

When arrested he was wearing a shirt that read “Real Men of Genius.”


On the same day MySpace and the attorneys general for 49 states announced an agreement that will allow parents to have their kids’ email addresses blocked from the social networking site we get this tragic story out of Florida:

A Tampa man met two girls, aged 14 and 12, through MySpace and met up with them to have sex. After the 14-year-old confided in her parents about what happened, the police nabbed the pervert after he attempted a second meeting with the younger girl.

Turn your irony sensors on now: When arrested he was wearing a shirt that read “Real Men of Genius.” And that’s the long and short of the humor here. Irony sensors off now. Thank you.

Nothing is funny about a predator skulking around MySpace looking for victims. It will be interesting to see how many parents take advantage of the new offering by the social networking site to let them block their children from signing up. Granted, this relies on the parents submitting their kids’ email addresses in order to have them blocked, which may not be enough considering how easy it is to set up a new free email account. But at least it is a start.

What would you do to protect your kids from online predators? What do you do to protect yourself when you go online yourself?

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Edward Oberwise MySpace Predator

When arrested he was wearing a shirt that read “Real Men of Genius.”


On the same day MySpace and the attorneys general for 49 states announced an agreement that will allow parents to have their kids’ email addresses blocked from the social networking site we get this tragic story out of Florida:

A Tampa man met two girls, aged 14 and 12, through MySpace and met up with them to have sex. After the 14-year-old confided in her parents about what happened, the police nabbed the pervert after he attempted a second meeting with the younger girl.

Turn your irony sensors on now: When arrested he was wearing a shirt that read “Real Men of Genius.” And that’s the long and short of the humor here. Irony sensors off now. Thank you.

Nothing is funny about a predator skulking around MySpace looking for victims. It will be interesting to see how many parents take advantage of the new offering by the social networking site to let them block their children from signing up. Granted, this relies on the parents submitting their kids’ email addresses in order to have them blocked, which may not be enough considering how easy it is to set up a new free email account. But at least it is a start.

What would you do to protect your kids from online predators? What do you do to protect yourself when you go online yourself?

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 8:36 pm  Comments (2)  

Carl Courtright – Repeat Sex Offender – Stalking kids on MySpace


The case of a Granite City man arrested last year for allegedly producing child pornography is highlighted in a new report from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan about MySpace use by registered sex offenders.

The report, released Tuesday, documented MySpace use by 1,558 sex offenders registered in Illinois, including rapists, child abusers, pornographers and three murderers.

Among those was Carl Courtright, 36, of Granite City. Illinois officials say Courtright may be the first sex offender in the nation to be nabbed for a new crime through subscriber information disclosed by the social networking site.

Courtright was already on Illinois’ sex offender registry when he was re-arrested in his home in August, after authorities linked his computer address to Internet trading of child pornography. That link came after the Illinois attorney general’s office subpoenaed MySpace records to find out which of the state’s 22,000 registered sex offenders might be using the massively popular site to stalk children.

That concern has become a nationwide debate. It culminated with an agreement announced this week between MySpace and 49 states — including Illinois and Missouri — that will entail new age-verification methods and other safety measures at the site.

Meanwhile, Courtright — one of more than 1,500 Illinois sex offenders found to be using the MySpace site — remains in custody without bond, awaiting trial next month on federal charges of production of child pornography.

“It’s an underworld that you know is out there,” said Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller, whose department worked with state and federal officials on the case. “… But we were still kind of surprised at what we found.”

Madigan’s office in recent months has secured repeated subpoenas of MySpace records in an effort to study the online activities of registered sex offenders. They aren’t automatically barred from using computers, but they can face parole violation for involvement in child pornography or other online activities.

The subpoenaed records showed that Illinois sex offenders with MySpace accounts included Courtright, who was on the state’s sex-offender registry for having had sex with a 16-year-old when he was 27.

Officials haven’t alleged that Courtright was using the MySpace site for any illegal purpose. But when the MySpace records were analyzed against other investigatory records, they found that Courtright’s Internet Protocol address — a numeric code that identifies individual computers on the Internet — matched an IP address that had already been flagged by a different investigation on Internet child pornography.

Police subsequently searched Courtright’s home, seizing four computers and what officials say is evidence that Courtright produced child pornography at home with a minor female acquaintance.

Carl Courtright – Repeat Sex Offender – Stalking kids on MySpace


The case of a Granite City man arrested last year for allegedly producing child pornography is highlighted in a new report from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan about MySpace use by registered sex offenders.

The report, released Tuesday, documented MySpace use by 1,558 sex offenders registered in Illinois, including rapists, child abusers, pornographers and three murderers.

Among those was Carl Courtright, 36, of Granite City. Illinois officials say Courtright may be the first sex offender in the nation to be nabbed for a new crime through subscriber information disclosed by the social networking site.

Courtright was already on Illinois’ sex offender registry when he was re-arrested in his home in August, after authorities linked his computer address to Internet trading of child pornography. That link came after the Illinois attorney general’s office subpoenaed MySpace records to find out which of the state’s 22,000 registered sex offenders might be using the massively popular site to stalk children.

That concern has become a nationwide debate. It culminated with an agreement announced this week between MySpace and 49 states — including Illinois and Missouri — that will entail new age-verification methods and other safety measures at the site.

Meanwhile, Courtright — one of more than 1,500 Illinois sex offenders found to be using the MySpace site — remains in custody without bond, awaiting trial next month on federal charges of production of child pornography.

“It’s an underworld that you know is out there,” said Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller, whose department worked with state and federal officials on the case. “… But we were still kind of surprised at what we found.”

Madigan’s office in recent months has secured repeated subpoenas of MySpace records in an effort to study the online activities of registered sex offenders. They aren’t automatically barred from using computers, but they can face parole violation for involvement in child pornography or other online activities.

The subpoenaed records showed that Illinois sex offenders with MySpace accounts included Courtright, who was on the state’s sex-offender registry for having had sex with a 16-year-old when he was 27.

Officials haven’t alleged that Courtright was using the MySpace site for any illegal purpose. But when the MySpace records were analyzed against other investigatory records, they found that Courtright’s Internet Protocol address — a numeric code that identifies individual computers on the Internet — matched an IP address that had already been flagged by a different investigation on Internet child pornography.

Police subsequently searched Courtright’s home, seizing four computers and what officials say is evidence that Courtright produced child pornography at home with a minor female acquaintance.

Kenneth Powell – Repeat Sex Offender – multiple children – Pervert!!! – Guilty!!!

“The thought of any child arouses me,” Kenneth Powell, 35, said during a psychological evaluation, according to court records. “If I were not in jail, I would just keep moving from one child to the next.”

Already serving time for sexually assaulting two girls, ages 11 and 9, in Luzerne County, a former Pittston man was sentenced Tuesday to 16 to 32 years in state prison for the same offenses, in this case with three girls, ages 11, 9 and 7, in Monroe County.

“The thought of any child arouses me,” Kenneth Powell, 35, said during a psychological evaluation, according to court records. “If I were not in jail, I would just keep moving from one child to the next.”

Powell was sentenced in Luzerne County in late December 2006 to 21 months to four years in state prison. He had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two girls whose family was living with him when the offenses occurred.

Oddly enough, he had been released from Luzerne County Correctional Facility on unsecured bail prior to that sentencing. While free, he committed the same offenses with another couple’s three daughters between September and mid-December of 2006 at a Tobyhanna Township cabin, police said.

“In both cases, Mr. Powell ingratiated himself to these girls’ families, passed himself off as a nurturing caretaker and volunteered to baby-sit the girls in order to gain their trust,” Paula Brust of the state Sexual Offender Assessment Board said at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.

Once he had their trust, Powell began committing the sexual offenses, starting with inappropriate touching that graduated over time to intercourse, Brust said. He also showed them pornography and had them perform sexual acts on him, police said.

“He would even pit the girls against each other,” Brust said.
The girls were too afraid to tell their parents, but the incidents eventually became known, police said. After Powell’s arrest in the Monroe County case, he pleaded guilty to several charges.

“This is one of the worst sexual offense cases I’ve ever seen,” county court Judge Margherita Worthington told Powell before imposing sentence Tuesday. “You have completely obliterated these girls’ ability to trust. They and their family will have to live with the damage you’ve caused for the rest of their lives.

“Even more disturbing is your apparent refusal to accept responsibility for your actions,” Worthington told Powell.

Defense attorney Jason LaBar pointed out that Powell had wanted to spare the girls from testifying, an indication of his willingness to accept responsibility. That mitigating factor, however, was outweighed by the aggravating factors in this case.

Monroe County followed Luzerne County in deeming Powell a pedophile and sexually violent predator. This means he will have to register his whereabouts with law enforcement under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life after completing his sentence.

“If the law allowed, I would lock you up forever so you wouldn’t be a danger to any more children,” the judge told him. “But, we can only impose the maximum sentence allowed under the law.”

Jeremy Clayton Horne – Repeat Sex Offender


A 24-year-old registered sex offender faces four more charges after Gaston County Police found another person accusing him of rape.

Jeremy Clayton Horne, of the 100 block of Magnolia Street, Belmont, with two additional counts of statutory rape and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, according to a press release.

Gaston County Police took out additional warrants against Horne while investigating the accusation that he raped a 15-year-old girl.

Gastonia Police Sgt. Chris Reynolds said Horne had been in a relationship with the girl off and on since about May 2007. Family contacted the police about that relationship.

The second girl is 16 now but was under 16 when having a relationship with him. That relationship was believed to have been going on since June 2007.

Horne was charged with one count of statutory rape and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor Tuesday and put in Gaston County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

The new charges bring his bond up to a secured $250,000.

Horne was charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor in May 2003, according to the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry Web site.

Horne was sentenced to serve three years probation after that conviction, according to the registry.

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 6:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Jeremy Clayton Horne – Repeat Sex Offender


A 24-year-old registered sex offender faces four more charges after Gaston County Police found another person accusing him of rape.

Jeremy Clayton Horne, of the 100 block of Magnolia Street, Belmont, with two additional counts of statutory rape and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, according to a press release.

Gaston County Police took out additional warrants against Horne while investigating the accusation that he raped a 15-year-old girl.

Gastonia Police Sgt. Chris Reynolds said Horne had been in a relationship with the girl off and on since about May 2007. Family contacted the police about that relationship.

The second girl is 16 now but was under 16 when having a relationship with him. That relationship was believed to have been going on since June 2007.

Horne was charged with one count of statutory rape and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor Tuesday and put in Gaston County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

The new charges bring his bond up to a secured $250,000.

Horne was charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor in May 2003, according to the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry Web site.

Horne was sentenced to serve three years probation after that conviction, according to the registry.

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Johan M. Doeden Jr – Repeat Sex Offender gets 116 years

“I don’t think there’s any curing what this man has,” Koester said. “To do this to a 10-year-old girl after getting caught once with a 10-year-old girl, going to prison and having whatever happened to him in prison and to (then) come out and reoffend is absolutely atrocious.

“There’s not enough time that we can give today that would be an adequate sentence for Mr. Doeden.”

“This happened to my daughter for two years,” the girl’s mother testified during the sentencing hearing. “I think you’re remorseful that you got caught. You did this to an innocent little girl — a little girl who no longer believes in Santa Claus and miracles.”


A Muncie man was sentenced to more than 110 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old Madison County girl.

Madison Superior Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman sentenced Johan M. Doeden Jr. to 116 years behind bars Monday on two counts of Class A felony child molestation, a Class C felony count of child molestation, and a single charge of child exploitation, also a Class C felony.

Newman gave Doeden, 32, the maximum on each count. A Class A felony carries a sentence of 20 to 50 years in prison, while a Class C felony is punishable by two to eight years.

“The main thing is, I just want to extend to the victim and her family how sorry I am I did this,” Doeden said before the sentence was handed down. “I truly wish I had never done this. I do want to make it up somehow. I have no idea, but I’m willing to follow any recommendations the court may have and work as hard as I can to basically try to make (it) up to the victim and the family.”

Deputy Prosecutor Steve Koester argued for Doeden to get the maximum because he was convicted about a decade ago of molesting another 10-year-old girl in Benton County. Doeden received a 10-year sentence in that case and was ordered to spend eight years in prison. During his prison stay, he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by other inmates, he testified.

“I don’t think there’s any curing what this man has,” Koester said. “To do this to a 10-year-old girl after getting caught once with a 10-year-old girl, going to prison and having whatever happened to him in prison and to (then) come out and reoffend is absolutely atrocious.
“There’s not enough time that we can give today that would be an adequate sentence for Mr. Doeden.”

The molestations began in December 2006 and continued through July 2007, according to the charging information. He was arrested in August and pleaded guilty in December without a deal with prosecutors.

“This happened to my daughter for two years,” the girl’s mother testified during the sentencing hearing. “I think you’re remorseful that you got caught. You did this to an innocent little girl — a little girl who no longer believes in Santa Claus and miracles.”

The Herald Bulletin, which doesn’t generally name sex crime victims, is withholding the mother’s name because it could identify the girl. The 10-year-old did not testify during the hearing.

Doeden also faces similar charges involving the same girl in Delaware County. His attorney, Dan Whitehead of Anderson, argued for Doeden to receive a 50-year prison term, with the remaining sentences to be served at the same time.

Whitehead said he expects the Delaware County case to be resolved soon, with any prison time to be served after the Madison County sentence has been completed.

“He’s still a person,” Whitehead said. “Hopefully, still with a life that has something better to offer than this. Otherwise, in essence, he’ll be receiving a life sentence.”

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Johan M. Doeden Jr – Repeat Sex Offender gets 116 years

“I don’t think there’s any curing what this man has,” Koester said. “To do this to a 10-year-old girl after getting caught once with a 10-year-old girl, going to prison and having whatever happened to him in prison and to (then) come out and reoffend is absolutely atrocious.

“There’s not enough time that we can give today that would be an adequate sentence for Mr. Doeden.”

“This happened to my daughter for two years,” the girl’s mother testified during the sentencing hearing. “I think you’re remorseful that you got caught. You did this to an innocent little girl — a little girl who no longer believes in Santa Claus and miracles.”


A Muncie man was sentenced to more than 110 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old Madison County girl.

Madison Superior Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman sentenced Johan M. Doeden Jr. to 116 years behind bars Monday on two counts of Class A felony child molestation, a Class C felony count of child molestation, and a single charge of child exploitation, also a Class C felony.

Newman gave Doeden, 32, the maximum on each count. A Class A felony carries a sentence of 20 to 50 years in prison, while a Class C felony is punishable by two to eight years.

“The main thing is, I just want to extend to the victim and her family how sorry I am I did this,” Doeden said before the sentence was handed down. “I truly wish I had never done this. I do want to make it up somehow. I have no idea, but I’m willing to follow any recommendations the court may have and work as hard as I can to basically try to make (it) up to the victim and the family.”

Deputy Prosecutor Steve Koester argued for Doeden to get the maximum because he was convicted about a decade ago of molesting another 10-year-old girl in Benton County. Doeden received a 10-year sentence in that case and was ordered to spend eight years in prison. During his prison stay, he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by other inmates, he testified.

“I don’t think there’s any curing what this man has,” Koester said. “To do this to a 10-year-old girl after getting caught once with a 10-year-old girl, going to prison and having whatever happened to him in prison and to (then) come out and reoffend is absolutely atrocious.
“There’s not enough time that we can give today that would be an adequate sentence for Mr. Doeden.”

The molestations began in December 2006 and continued through July 2007, according to the charging information. He was arrested in August and pleaded guilty in December without a deal with prosecutors.

“This happened to my daughter for two years,” the girl’s mother testified during the sentencing hearing. “I think you’re remorseful that you got caught. You did this to an innocent little girl — a little girl who no longer believes in Santa Claus and miracles.”

The Herald Bulletin, which doesn’t generally name sex crime victims, is withholding the mother’s name because it could identify the girl. The 10-year-old did not testify during the hearing.

Doeden also faces similar charges involving the same girl in Delaware County. His attorney, Dan Whitehead of Anderson, argued for Doeden to receive a 50-year prison term, with the remaining sentences to be served at the same time.

Whitehead said he expects the Delaware County case to be resolved soon, with any prison time to be served after the Madison County sentence has been completed.

“He’s still a person,” Whitehead said. “Hopefully, still with a life that has something better to offer than this. Otherwise, in essence, he’ll be receiving a life sentence.”

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  

James R. Sanders – Noncompliant Sex Offender


A Monticello man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to sex offender working with children, a Class D felony.

Police received a tip in June 2007 that James R. Sanders, a 46- year-old registered sex offender who was convicted in March 2003 for sexual indecency with a 9-year-old girl, was babysitting a 5-year-old girl, according to Tenth Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor Zach Vaughn.

“Officersapproached the house and saw Sanders alone with the child acting as a sitter,” Vaughn said. “Sanders initially stated that he was unaware that he was prohibited from being around children since he completed his parole.”

Sanders, in March 2003, pleaded no contest to sexual indecency with a 9-year-old girl and received 60 months probation. His probation was later revoked and he was sentenced to one year in the Arkansas Department of Correction, according to Vaughn.

Sanders was paroled in 2007.

Three months later, on June 10, he was arrested for being a sex offender working with children in connection with the babysitting incident. The 5-year-old child was not harmed, but was subjected to a rape kit examination, according to Vaughn. Sanders pleaded guilty to the charge.

A Drew County jury on Tuesday sentenced Sanders to four years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. He will be eligible for parole after serving one-sixth of the sentence, Vaughn said. Sanders is currently being held in the Drew County Detention Center awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Published in: on January 17, 2008 at 6:15 am  Leave a Comment