John Paul Jones – Pleads guilty to raping children

A Hamilton man avoided a trial that was set for today by pleading guilty this month to raping children and child pornography.

John Paul Jones, 48, was sentenced to 13½ years in prison following his guilty pleas.

The rape charges involved incidents with children ages 3 and 5; the pornography charges relate to images investigators found on his computer, said Jennifer Muench-McElfresh, a Butler County assistant prosecutor.

The images did not depict the rape victims, she said. After Jones is released from prison, he must register his address with law enforcement for the rest of his life because Judge Andrew Nastoff designated Jones a sexual predator.

Jones suffers from mental-health issues – including reports that he “hears voices” — Muench-McElfresh said. But Nastoff ordered two evaluations and both found Jones was mentally competent to stand trial.

Published in: on January 28, 2008 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Eric P. Saverson – Repeat Sex Offender


A convicted sex offender from Columbia was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence.

Boone County Circuit Court Judge Gary Oxenhandler sentenced Eric P. Saverson, 47, to serve two consecutive seven-year terms. In November, a Boone County jury found Saverson guilty of sexual assault and deviate sexual assault. An acquaintance said Saverson raped her after they smoked crack together March 11.

Saverson pleaded guilty in 1995 to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Before Monday’s sentencing, Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Andy Scholz said Saverson is a danger to society and that he was disappointed that he could only be sentenced to 14 years.

“I wish he could be sentenced to life,” Scholz said.

Saverson read a written statement asking the judge for leniency before the sentencing. He said he was innocent and that the victim’s testimony was not credible.

“There is no evidence besides a crack addict’s word,” Saverson said.

During the trial, the victim testified that on the day of the incident she and a friend went to the Upper Deck, 5951 N. Wagon Trail Road, to celebrate her birthday, according to Missourian archives. The Missourian does not publish the names of sex-crime victims without consent.

After leaving, she and her friend went back to her apartment and snorted cocaine, she said. They then met up with Saverson, whom her friend knew as “Rick,” at his apartment at the 1500 block of Timber Creek Drive. She testified the three proceeded to smoke crack for several hours. She testified that after sleeping at Saverson’s house, she left with him to get more crack, which they smoked together before they had consensual sex. Before leaving Saverson’s home, she said he told her he would not let her leave until she paid him back for the crack she smoked.

She testified that Saverson became belligerent and forced her to take off her clothes after a physical altercation.

She testified that after the struggle, Saverson forced her to touch his penis and perform oral sex on him before forcing her to have intercourse with him.

The victim pressed charges against Saverson a few days later after she saw his mug shot on the Boone County Sheriff Department’s online sex offender registry.

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Eric P. Saverson – Repeat Sex Offender


A convicted sex offender from Columbia was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence.

Boone County Circuit Court Judge Gary Oxenhandler sentenced Eric P. Saverson, 47, to serve two consecutive seven-year terms. In November, a Boone County jury found Saverson guilty of sexual assault and deviate sexual assault. An acquaintance said Saverson raped her after they smoked crack together March 11.

Saverson pleaded guilty in 1995 to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Before Monday’s sentencing, Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Andy Scholz said Saverson is a danger to society and that he was disappointed that he could only be sentenced to 14 years.

“I wish he could be sentenced to life,” Scholz said.

Saverson read a written statement asking the judge for leniency before the sentencing. He said he was innocent and that the victim’s testimony was not credible.

“There is no evidence besides a crack addict’s word,” Saverson said.

During the trial, the victim testified that on the day of the incident she and a friend went to the Upper Deck, 5951 N. Wagon Trail Road, to celebrate her birthday, according to Missourian archives. The Missourian does not publish the names of sex-crime victims without consent.

After leaving, she and her friend went back to her apartment and snorted cocaine, she said. They then met up with Saverson, whom her friend knew as “Rick,” at his apartment at the 1500 block of Timber Creek Drive. She testified the three proceeded to smoke crack for several hours. She testified that after sleeping at Saverson’s house, she left with him to get more crack, which they smoked together before they had consensual sex. Before leaving Saverson’s home, she said he told her he would not let her leave until she paid him back for the crack she smoked.

She testified that Saverson became belligerent and forced her to take off her clothes after a physical altercation.

She testified that after the struggle, Saverson forced her to touch his penis and perform oral sex on him before forcing her to have intercourse with him.

The victim pressed charges against Saverson a few days later after she saw his mug shot on the Boone County Sheriff Department’s online sex offender registry.

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Horace Mann Williams – Repeat Sex Offender


A 43-year-old convicted sex offender, who could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of molesting two girls, touched one of them on more than one occasion while tutoring her in reading, the teen testified Monday.

Horace Mann Williams allegedly molested the girl, now 17 years old, while she sat on his lap or next to him on a sofa, practicing her reading, on various occasions between 1999 and 2000, she told a Riverside County Superior Court jury.

Williams, who spent six years in prison for a prior sexual molestation conviction, faces a maximum of 335 years behind bars if convicted of molesting her and another girl.

The teen, identified in court only as Breeana, said she was about 9 years old at the time of the molestation. She said she was living with her mother, a drug user, and a younger brother in Hemet at the time and now lives in Orange County with her father.

The teen’s mother had hired the defendant to help her with her schoolwork because she was behind and had been put into special classes.

“He would tutor in the living room,” Breeana testified. “We would just read from a book, any book, like ‘Dr. Seuss,’ or something. He’d ask me, like, to sit on his lap.”

The first few times, nothing of note happened, she testified.

But then one afternoon, the defendant slipped his hand inside the bib of the Winnie the Pooh coveralls she was wearing and rubbed her stomach, making slow circles on her belly, she said.

“I just wanted to get up,” the teen testified. “I just remember getting up really quickly.”

She said she told her mother the same day about what happened, but her mother did not believe her.

“She thought I was … lying to get out of him coming over,” the girl said.

Another time, she said, the defendant put his fingers under the elastic of her panties and rubbed her from hip to hip, but without actually touching all of her private area.

“I remember getting up and crying,” she said.

And more than once, the girl testified, the defendant touched her chest area.

Eventually, she said she told her grandmother, who immediately believed her and called authorities.

Williams allegedly touched the other girl – then 13 years old – while he watched her at his Hemet apartment after either he or his wife picked her up from school.

He allegedly molested the teen on four to 10 occasions during the summer of 2005, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant filed with the court.

The court papers state that the girl’s mother knew Williams was a registered sex offender, but told authorities that the defendant convinced her he had been falsely convicted.

The teen came forward in November 2005 and told authorities that she had lied to Child Protective Services in the past because she was afraid for herself and for Williams.

Outside court, prosecutor Burke Strunsky said the district attorney’s office wasn’t brought into the case back in 1990. The allegations involving Breanna came to light after the second alleged victim came forward.

Williams faces a total of 11 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14 and one count of penetration with a foreign object, along with sentence-enhancing allegations of having more than one victim and having a “strike” on his record.

Horace Mann Williams – Repeat Sex Offender


A 43-year-old convicted sex offender, who could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of molesting two girls, touched one of them on more than one occasion while tutoring her in reading, the teen testified Monday.

Horace Mann Williams allegedly molested the girl, now 17 years old, while she sat on his lap or next to him on a sofa, practicing her reading, on various occasions between 1999 and 2000, she told a Riverside County Superior Court jury.

Williams, who spent six years in prison for a prior sexual molestation conviction, faces a maximum of 335 years behind bars if convicted of molesting her and another girl.

The teen, identified in court only as Breeana, said she was about 9 years old at the time of the molestation. She said she was living with her mother, a drug user, and a younger brother in Hemet at the time and now lives in Orange County with her father.

The teen’s mother had hired the defendant to help her with her schoolwork because she was behind and had been put into special classes.

“He would tutor in the living room,” Breeana testified. “We would just read from a book, any book, like ‘Dr. Seuss,’ or something. He’d ask me, like, to sit on his lap.”

The first few times, nothing of note happened, she testified.

But then one afternoon, the defendant slipped his hand inside the bib of the Winnie the Pooh coveralls she was wearing and rubbed her stomach, making slow circles on her belly, she said.

“I just wanted to get up,” the teen testified. “I just remember getting up really quickly.”

She said she told her mother the same day about what happened, but her mother did not believe her.

“She thought I was … lying to get out of him coming over,” the girl said.

Another time, she said, the defendant put his fingers under the elastic of her panties and rubbed her from hip to hip, but without actually touching all of her private area.

“I remember getting up and crying,” she said.

And more than once, the girl testified, the defendant touched her chest area.

Eventually, she said she told her grandmother, who immediately believed her and called authorities.

Williams allegedly touched the other girl – then 13 years old – while he watched her at his Hemet apartment after either he or his wife picked her up from school.

He allegedly molested the teen on four to 10 occasions during the summer of 2005, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant filed with the court.

The court papers state that the girl’s mother knew Williams was a registered sex offender, but told authorities that the defendant convinced her he had been falsely convicted.

The teen came forward in November 2005 and told authorities that she had lied to Child Protective Services in the past because she was afraid for herself and for Williams.

Outside court, prosecutor Burke Strunsky said the district attorney’s office wasn’t brought into the case back in 1990. The allegations involving Breanna came to light after the second alleged victim came forward.

Williams faces a total of 11 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14 and one count of penetration with a foreign object, along with sentence-enhancing allegations of having more than one victim and having a “strike” on his record.

Horace Mann Williams – Repeat Sex Offender


A 43-year-old convicted sex offender, who could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of molesting two girls, touched one of them on more than one occasion while tutoring her in reading, the teen testified Monday.

Horace Mann Williams allegedly molested the girl, now 17 years old, while she sat on his lap or next to him on a sofa, practicing her reading, on various occasions between 1999 and 2000, she told a Riverside County Superior Court jury.

Williams, who spent six years in prison for a prior sexual molestation conviction, faces a maximum of 335 years behind bars if convicted of molesting her and another girl.

The teen, identified in court only as Breeana, said she was about 9 years old at the time of the molestation. She said she was living with her mother, a drug user, and a younger brother in Hemet at the time and now lives in Orange County with her father.

The teen’s mother had hired the defendant to help her with her schoolwork because she was behind and had been put into special classes.

“He would tutor in the living room,” Breeana testified. “We would just read from a book, any book, like ‘Dr. Seuss,’ or something. He’d ask me, like, to sit on his lap.”

The first few times, nothing of note happened, she testified.

But then one afternoon, the defendant slipped his hand inside the bib of the Winnie the Pooh coveralls she was wearing and rubbed her stomach, making slow circles on her belly, she said.

“I just wanted to get up,” the teen testified. “I just remember getting up really quickly.”

She said she told her mother the same day about what happened, but her mother did not believe her.

“She thought I was … lying to get out of him coming over,” the girl said.

Another time, she said, the defendant put his fingers under the elastic of her panties and rubbed her from hip to hip, but without actually touching all of her private area.

“I remember getting up and crying,” she said.

And more than once, the girl testified, the defendant touched her chest area.

Eventually, she said she told her grandmother, who immediately believed her and called authorities.

Williams allegedly touched the other girl – then 13 years old – while he watched her at his Hemet apartment after either he or his wife picked her up from school.

He allegedly molested the teen on four to 10 occasions during the summer of 2005, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant filed with the court.

The court papers state that the girl’s mother knew Williams was a registered sex offender, but told authorities that the defendant convinced her he had been falsely convicted.

The teen came forward in November 2005 and told authorities that she had lied to Child Protective Services in the past because she was afraid for herself and for Williams.

Outside court, prosecutor Burke Strunsky said the district attorney’s office wasn’t brought into the case back in 1990. The allegations involving Breanna came to light after the second alleged victim came forward.

Williams faces a total of 11 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14 and one count of penetration with a foreign object, along with sentence-enhancing allegations of having more than one victim and having a “strike” on his record.

Next trial in online sex sting to start today

Man accused of driving to Fortson house for sex with someone he thought was underage after online chats

Robert Gerald White, the last of three men caught in the July 2006 “To Catch a Predator” net who wants a trial, is scheduled for court in Dalton, Ga., today.

White, 33, is accused of driving to a Fortson home in an attempt to have sexual relations with someone he thought was an underage girl. Instead, the person he had spoken with online was a decoy with Perverted Justice, a group that works with the “Dateline NBC” show.

“He’s charged with criminal attempt child molestation and criminal attempt statutory rape,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Post.

New attorney

Eric Webb, with the Public Defender’s Office, represented White until last week. He said White recently hired Morris Wiltshire of Athens to represent him.

The change in attorneys isn’t expected to delay the trial, Webb said.

White and 19 others were caught in a weeklong sting that led to accusations he drove to a Fortson home in an attempt to molest a girl. Fifteen of those men have since pleaded guilty to various crimes and been sentenced.

Three of the remaining five — White; Marvin Harrison Smith, 36; and Reymundo Anguiano, 25 — wanted a trial.

The others

The first of the three Georgia men who wanted a trial, Anguiano, of Albany was found guilty Oct. 3 by a Gray, Ga., jury. Anguiano was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by eight years probation, on charges of attempted child molestation and attempted enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Smith of Tifton was convicted Nov. 7 by a Dalton jury of attempted child molestation, attempted enticing a child for indecent purposes and obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, followed by 12 years probation.

Smith’s obstruction charge stemmed from an altercation at the Fortson home that led officers to use a Taser on him, Post said.

Harris County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan granted all three men who wanted a trial a change of venue in June.

The remaining two caught by “To Catch a Predator” — Cody Michael Green, 21, and Abilash Bhaskaran, 35, both of Alpharetta — are back in jail on similar charges or have fled, respectively.

Published in: on January 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Next trial in online sex sting to start today

Man accused of driving to Fortson house for sex with someone he thought was underage after online chats

Robert Gerald White, the last of three men caught in the July 2006 “To Catch a Predator” net who wants a trial, is scheduled for court in Dalton, Ga., today.

White, 33, is accused of driving to a Fortson home in an attempt to have sexual relations with someone he thought was an underage girl. Instead, the person he had spoken with online was a decoy with Perverted Justice, a group that works with the “Dateline NBC” show.

“He’s charged with criminal attempt child molestation and criminal attempt statutory rape,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Post.

New attorney

Eric Webb, with the Public Defender’s Office, represented White until last week. He said White recently hired Morris Wiltshire of Athens to represent him.

The change in attorneys isn’t expected to delay the trial, Webb said.

White and 19 others were caught in a weeklong sting that led to accusations he drove to a Fortson home in an attempt to molest a girl. Fifteen of those men have since pleaded guilty to various crimes and been sentenced.

Three of the remaining five — White; Marvin Harrison Smith, 36; and Reymundo Anguiano, 25 — wanted a trial.

The others

The first of the three Georgia men who wanted a trial, Anguiano, of Albany was found guilty Oct. 3 by a Gray, Ga., jury. Anguiano was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by eight years probation, on charges of attempted child molestation and attempted enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Smith of Tifton was convicted Nov. 7 by a Dalton jury of attempted child molestation, attempted enticing a child for indecent purposes and obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, followed by 12 years probation.

Smith’s obstruction charge stemmed from an altercation at the Fortson home that led officers to use a Taser on him, Post said.

Harris County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan granted all three men who wanted a trial a change of venue in June.

The remaining two caught by “To Catch a Predator” — Cody Michael Green, 21, and Abilash Bhaskaran, 35, both of Alpharetta — are back in jail on similar charges or have fled, respectively.

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