Leon Frederick Richards – Repeat Sex Offender


A 34-year-old Harford County man has been indicted by a county grand jury on 23 counts of sexual offenses, production and possession of child pornography, stalking and sexual solicitation of a minor.

Leon Frederick Richards Jr. of Street, a registered sex offender, was arrested this month after an 11-year-old told police that a man was making comments and gestures at her from his truck. In August and September, police had received similar complaints about a man in a truck who was making sexual comments to children.

Richards was indicted Tuesday on six counts of stalking, six counts of sexual solicitation of a minor and three counts of sexual offense, four counts of the production of child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute and one count of possession of child pornography.

He is being held without bond in the Harford County Detention Center.

After a conviction in 2000 for child abuse, Richards’ name was placed on the Sex Offender Registry.

Sex offenders are required by law to register their home address twice a year, and they cannot go to a school or day care center without written permission.

“The registry, it’s great to know who the offenders are, but it’s not necessarily going to prevent” an offense, said Sgt. David Betz of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center. “It’s more like an awareness tool.”

Richards served an 18-month sentence after his conviction and was put on five years of probation, which he violated in 2002 when he had unsupervised contact with a 12-year-old boy, according to court documents.

“Unfortunately, the probation expired,” said Harford County Assistant State’s Attorney Bruce Smith. “There was nothing else that could be done legally to make him stay away from children. The judge had imposed five years of supervised probation and under Maryland law, that’s the maximum.”

Investigators found photographs of children, ages 4 to late teens, performing sexual acts, and authorities believe the photos were taken from 2006 to the present, according to Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly.

Investigators are attempting to identify five children in the photographs, Smith said.

Anyone with relevant information can contact the Child Advocacy Center at 410-638-3294.

Leon Frederick Richards – Repeat Sex Offender


A 34-year-old Harford County man has been indicted by a county grand jury on 23 counts of sexual offenses, production and possession of child pornography, stalking and sexual solicitation of a minor.

Leon Frederick Richards Jr. of Street, a registered sex offender, was arrested this month after an 11-year-old told police that a man was making comments and gestures at her from his truck. In August and September, police had received similar complaints about a man in a truck who was making sexual comments to children.

Richards was indicted Tuesday on six counts of stalking, six counts of sexual solicitation of a minor and three counts of sexual offense, four counts of the production of child pornography, three counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute and one count of possession of child pornography.

He is being held without bond in the Harford County Detention Center.

After a conviction in 2000 for child abuse, Richards’ name was placed on the Sex Offender Registry.

Sex offenders are required by law to register their home address twice a year, and they cannot go to a school or day care center without written permission.

“The registry, it’s great to know who the offenders are, but it’s not necessarily going to prevent” an offense, said Sgt. David Betz of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center. “It’s more like an awareness tool.”

Richards served an 18-month sentence after his conviction and was put on five years of probation, which he violated in 2002 when he had unsupervised contact with a 12-year-old boy, according to court documents.

“Unfortunately, the probation expired,” said Harford County Assistant State’s Attorney Bruce Smith. “There was nothing else that could be done legally to make him stay away from children. The judge had imposed five years of supervised probation and under Maryland law, that’s the maximum.”

Investigators found photographs of children, ages 4 to late teens, performing sexual acts, and authorities believe the photos were taken from 2006 to the present, according to Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly.

Investigators are attempting to identify five children in the photographs, Smith said.

Anyone with relevant information can contact the Child Advocacy Center at 410-638-3294.

Roland Poirier – Repeat Child Molester – Groomed Kids into Silence

The threat was so horrifying that it kept Gerard Galipeau Jr. silent about his childhood sexual abuse for 30 years.

“He said they’ll never believe you. By the way, if they do believe you, I’ll kill your parents,” Galipeau recalled. “And here’s another thing: If they’re dead, you’re living with me.”

The threat, he said, came from his uncle, Roland “Jerry” Poirier. He had no doubt Poirier would follow through.

“That shut me down,” he said.

Even as a teenager, a young man and then an adult nearing middle age, Galipeau didn’t tell anyone about the times his uncle molested him. He didn’t break his silence until Nov. 8, 2006 – the night Scott Poirier, his cousin and Roland Poirier’s son, shot and killed the elder Poirier, telling police his father had molested him.

“The way I understand it, we all thought we were alone,” Galipeau said.

Family members say Galipeau and Scott Poirier were far from Roland Poirier’s only victims. They say the publicly well-respected Lewiston businessman was a raging alcoholic who abused close relatives, extended family members and friends.

But no one talked about it.

Not until the night Scott Poirier took a hunting rifle, sighted the scope and shot his father dead while he sat at the head of the dining room table during his 65th birthday party.

“It all comes down to people not knowing,” Galipeau said.

For Galipeau, it was the threat that stopped him. When he was a child, the possibility of his parents’ death terrified him. The added possibility that he could be orphaned and then sent to live with his molester was too much to bear.

“They were my security. Why would I risk losing my security?” he said.

When he was 16, he said, he stopped the abuse himself by pulling a gun on Roland Poirier. Still, he never talked of it. He put the abuse behind him, he said. Or tried to.

“In my mind, I was in prison for 28 years,” he said.

Maurice “Moe” Poirier, Roland Poirier’s younger brother, said Poirier started sexually abusing him when he was 6 and the elder Poirier was about 15. The brothers shared a bedroom, and to escape the almost-nightly abuse, Maurice Poirier said he often slipped into his parents’ bed. He never told of the abuse, despite a horrific choice his parents once unknowingly offered him.

“My parents promised me if I slept in my bed for one week, I’d get a two-wheeled bicycle. I didn’t have a two-wheeled bicycle yet, and that was a big thing,” he said. “I toughed it out.”

The molestation went on for years, and while Maurice Poirier said his brother never threatened to hurt him or their parents, he believes a child sexual abuse victim wouldn’t have been taken seriously in the 1950s and ’60s.

“People were not that forward to talk about it,” he said. “At that time, it was hidden in the closet.”

Maurice Poirier said his brother made him out to be a drunk and hot-tempered, traits that would not have helped his credibility if he brought up the abuse as an adult. He was also conscious of the fact that his brother was an influential member of the community, someone who garnered powerful friends.

“He had ways to make your life miserable,” Maurice Poirier said.

Although small groups of victims knew about their own abuse – Maurice Poirier said Scott Poirier once told him about his molestation, for example – no one ever went to the police, family members said. No one ever talked about it with the extended family as a whole, and no one ever told at least one key family member: Roland Poirier’s wife.

Henriette Poirier, Roland Poirier’s wife and Scott Poirier’s mother, said she was never aware of any sexual abuse. Although Roland Poirier verbally and emotionally abused her, she said, he never hurt her physically, and she never saw him molest children.

If she’d known, she said, she would have done something to stop it. Immediately.

“My kids came first,” she said. “I wish I would have (known).”

But family members said they were too afraid, too ashamed, too worried they wouldn’t be believed, or were trying too hard to put the abuse behind them to bring it up.

Until Nov. 8, 2006.

The night of the shooting, Galipeau, 39, finally told his parents he’d been molested. A few days later, Maurice Poirier, 57, told the family of his abuse.

From there, the victims kept emerging.

“When that situation happened, everyone was freed,” Galipeau said.

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Robert Page – Molested girl in library restroom


The alleged crime happened at Buder Branch Library on Hampton Avenue in South St. Louis City.

Police said Robert Page, 28, of St. Louis guided a 5-year-old girl into the men’s bathroom and touched her leg while she was using the restroom.

The girl was on the third floor while her dad was on the second floor.

“It’s horrible to think that people like that are around here, Paige Martin, a regular library patron, said. “Anyone could be sitting around the library watching kids. That’s scary.”

But Martin said what happened that day on January 14th won’t stop her from going to the library with her son, Nicholas, 3. “A 5 year old shouldn’t have been running around by herself,” Martin said. “That’s a big thing. He never goes anywhere in the library by himself. If I can’t see him, he’s not going anywhere.”

According to police, the suspect even approached the father and told him he assisted his daughter in the bathroom. It wasn’t until the next day when the girl told her mother what happened, did the mother report it to police and the library.

Based on the girl’s description, Page was arrested four days after the alleged crime.

“This person came back to the library again and staff saw who it was identified him and went into action to alert folks what was going on,” Gerald Brooks said. He’s public relations director for St. Louis Public Library. Brooks said they do the best to keep patrons safe with security cameras and off-duty uniformed officers, but he said something like this could’ve happened anywhere.

“Whether this is at the library, it’s at church, wherever you go, shopping, wherever, it’s your responsibility to make sure your child is safe.”

Page was on probation for sexual misconduct on a 9-year-old boy back in 2003. As a result of this latest case, his probation is now revoked.

Robert Page – Molested girl in library restroom


The alleged crime happened at Buder Branch Library on Hampton Avenue in South St. Louis City.

Police said Robert Page, 28, of St. Louis guided a 5-year-old girl into the men’s bathroom and touched her leg while she was using the restroom.

The girl was on the third floor while her dad was on the second floor.

“It’s horrible to think that people like that are around here, Paige Martin, a regular library patron, said. “Anyone could be sitting around the library watching kids. That’s scary.”

But Martin said what happened that day on January 14th won’t stop her from going to the library with her son, Nicholas, 3. “A 5 year old shouldn’t have been running around by herself,” Martin said. “That’s a big thing. He never goes anywhere in the library by himself. If I can’t see him, he’s not going anywhere.”

According to police, the suspect even approached the father and told him he assisted his daughter in the bathroom. It wasn’t until the next day when the girl told her mother what happened, did the mother report it to police and the library.

Based on the girl’s description, Page was arrested four days after the alleged crime.

“This person came back to the library again and staff saw who it was identified him and went into action to alert folks what was going on,” Gerald Brooks said. He’s public relations director for St. Louis Public Library. Brooks said they do the best to keep patrons safe with security cameras and off-duty uniformed officers, but he said something like this could’ve happened anywhere.

“Whether this is at the library, it’s at church, wherever you go, shopping, wherever, it’s your responsibility to make sure your child is safe.”

Page was on probation for sexual misconduct on a 9-year-old boy back in 2003. As a result of this latest case, his probation is now revoked.

David Abston – Repeat Sex Offender

A former skating rink operator charged with sexually abusing minors likely will spend the rest of his life in prison after reaching a plea agreement with Tulsa County prosecutors.

Fifty-6-year-old David Abston pleaded no contest to two counts of sexually abusing one child, and prosecutors dismissed 26 other felony counts as part of the agreement.

District Judge Jesse S. Harris sentenced Abston to two concurrent life sentences, which means he must serve one life term. That means Abston would have to serve at least 38 years and three months in prison before being eligible for parole.

Abston already is serving a 30-year federal prison sentence he received last year after he pleaded guilty to possessing and selling child pornography.

Abston, who owned and operated Roller City in Broken Arrow, had been charged in state court with sex offenses involving 19 boys between 8 and 14 years old during a period from July 1999 to September 2006.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

David Wilton – Father of 3 convicted of child pornography

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Lambdin said Wilton’s wife discovered several images of child pornography on the family’s computer on Sept. 11, 2006. She reported the incident a few days later and the computer containing two hard drives was seized.

“Over 9,000 images and movies were found containing child pornography,” Ms. Lambdin said.

All of the images and movies were downloaded into a permanent file on Wilton’s computer.


For each one of the thousands of images of child pornography found on David Wilton’s home computer, he could have been charged with a felony, according to a Lucas County assistant prosecutor.

Yesterday, the husband and father of three entered a no contest plea to five counts of child pornography and faces a maximum of 26 1/2 years in prison when sentenced Feb. 13.

Wilton, 37, of 5405 Fleet Rd., was handcuffed and taken to the county jail after Judge Stacy Cook found him guilty and revoked his bond.

Originally charged with 25 counts of child pornography, he was found guilty on four counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

The remaining 20 charges will be dismissed at sentencing.

“He had thousands of pictures and images, and we could have indicted him on thousands of counts,” Assistant Prosecutor Robert Miller said.

“In the interest of time and justice and the uncertainty of trial and appeal, we felt this was the best resolution.”

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Lambdin said Wilton’s wife discovered several images of child pornography on the family’s computer on Sept. 11, 2006. She reported the incident a few days later and the computer containing two hard drives was seized.

“Over 9,000 images and movies were found containing child pornography,” Ms. Lambdin said.

All of the images and movies were downloaded into a permanent file on Wilton’s computer.

Ms. Lambdin said that Wilton admitted to his wife that he downloaded and possessed the numerous images of child pornography.

The children in the images were not in Wilton’s care and he did not film them himself, Ms. Lambdin said.

Defense attorney Jeff Levy said that Wilton’s plea was a “fair solution,” but noted that a sentence had not yet been imposed.

He said that based on the judge’s reaction to the facts of the case – including lowering her head at one point – that he didn’t like “the writing on the wall.”

“What he pled to was downloading the images,” Mr. Levy said. “If you download it, you can be punished the same as if you create it. That’s not fair.”

Wilton is the father of three children ages 14, 13, and 2. The youngest child lived with him and his wife, who was distraught while in the courtroom yesterday.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

David Wilton – Father of 3 convicted of child pornography

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Lambdin said Wilton’s wife discovered several images of child pornography on the family’s computer on Sept. 11, 2006. She reported the incident a few days later and the computer containing two hard drives was seized.

“Over 9,000 images and movies were found containing child pornography,” Ms. Lambdin said.

All of the images and movies were downloaded into a permanent file on Wilton’s computer.


For each one of the thousands of images of child pornography found on David Wilton’s home computer, he could have been charged with a felony, according to a Lucas County assistant prosecutor.

Yesterday, the husband and father of three entered a no contest plea to five counts of child pornography and faces a maximum of 26 1/2 years in prison when sentenced Feb. 13.

Wilton, 37, of 5405 Fleet Rd., was handcuffed and taken to the county jail after Judge Stacy Cook found him guilty and revoked his bond.

Originally charged with 25 counts of child pornography, he was found guilty on four counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

The remaining 20 charges will be dismissed at sentencing.

“He had thousands of pictures and images, and we could have indicted him on thousands of counts,” Assistant Prosecutor Robert Miller said.

“In the interest of time and justice and the uncertainty of trial and appeal, we felt this was the best resolution.”

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Lambdin said Wilton’s wife discovered several images of child pornography on the family’s computer on Sept. 11, 2006. She reported the incident a few days later and the computer containing two hard drives was seized.

“Over 9,000 images and movies were found containing child pornography,” Ms. Lambdin said.

All of the images and movies were downloaded into a permanent file on Wilton’s computer.

Ms. Lambdin said that Wilton admitted to his wife that he downloaded and possessed the numerous images of child pornography.

The children in the images were not in Wilton’s care and he did not film them himself, Ms. Lambdin said.

Defense attorney Jeff Levy said that Wilton’s plea was a “fair solution,” but noted that a sentence had not yet been imposed.

He said that based on the judge’s reaction to the facts of the case – including lowering her head at one point – that he didn’t like “the writing on the wall.”

“What he pled to was downloading the images,” Mr. Levy said. “If you download it, you can be punished the same as if you create it. That’s not fair.”

Wilton is the father of three children ages 14, 13, and 2. The youngest child lived with him and his wife, who was distraught while in the courtroom yesterday.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

George T. McFaul -Computer repair found Child Porn – BUSTED

Oakland County assistant prosecutor Robert Giles has said there is no law requiring computer repair services to report suspected child pornography.

However, they have a moral obligation to do so, said Giles, who heads the county prosecutor’s Child Sexual Assault Division.

-A Royal Oak man who police believe possessed more than 1,000 child pornography files on his computer has been ordered to trial on related charges.

George T. McFaul, 58, on Monday waived his preliminary examination before Judge Michael A. Martone in Troy’s 52-4 District Court.

McFaul was charged after he sought service on his computer at Staples in Clawson, police said.

Clawson Detective Ryan McDonald at the time said a Staples technician accessed the computer and saw pictures of females whose ages were questionable.

Pornography experts said it is not unusual for child pornography to surface when persons seek service on their computers.

Oakland County assistant prosecutor Robert Giles has said there is no law requiring computer repair services to report suspected child pornography.

However, they have a moral obligation to do so, said Giles, who heads the county prosecutor’s Child Sexual Assault Division.

He described child pornography as any sexually explicit picture of a person age 17 or younger.

McFaul remains free on $50,000 personal bond. Bond provisions forbid him to use a computer, access the Internet or visit a library.

He is charged with possession of child sexually abusive materials, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and use of a computer for child sexually abusive material, a seven year felony.

McFaul faces arraignment on the charges Feb. 5 before Oakland County Circuit Judge Colleen A. O’Brien.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

James Lees – GUILTY – Child Porn

Judge Campbell found Lees guilty, but it turns out that he is facing similar charges in Franklin County, Champaign County and in Springfield and Kent, Ohio.


A Springfield man is facing more than two decades in prison after he was accused of sending child pornography to who he thought was a teenage girl.

James Lees actually sent the pictures to a Fairborn police detective. However, News Center 7 found out that Lees was charged with doing the same thing in several other communities.

In court, Lees admitted to soliciting sex, importuning and sending child pornography to the Fairborn detective. He is 40-years-old and is facing a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Lees admitted to Judge Timothy Campbell the actions that he did last July. He used his computer to solicit sex from who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. During the chats, Lees also sent photos, police said.

Authorities said in the process of communicating with the officer, Lees transmitted numerous photos of minor children in different states of nudity.

Judge Campbell found Lees guilty, but it turns out that he is facing similar charges in Franklin County, Champaign County and in Springfield and Kent, Ohio.

The judge ordered Lees to receive a psychological evaluation before he is sentenced.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment