Jonel Berlovan – Child Molester – Animal Raper

A North Ridgeville man has been indicted on charges accusing him of molesting a young boy and having sex with his animals.

Berlovan

During their investigation into the molestation allegations against Jonel Berlovan, North Ridgeville police learned that Berlovan was also sodomizing sheep and rottweilers he owned, county Prosecutor Dennis Will said.

The investigation was sparked after Children Services received a complaint that Berlovan, 56, had been exposing himself and touching the boy, who is about 6, between 2004 and October of last year.

Berlovan’s wife shared her suspicions about her husband’s relationship with their animals – which allegedly dated back to 1995 – with officers during the investigation, Will said.

The wife is seeking a separation from her husband and has obtained a restraining order against him that will be in effect through 2012, according to court records.

When confronted by officers, Berlovan admitted to the allegations against him, Will said.

Will said it was impossible to know how many animals Belovan may have had sexual relations with because many of the animals died from infection. Will said he did not know if the infections were caused by Berlovan’s sexual acts with the animals.

After the allegations surfaced, Berlovan apparently still owned one dog, but Will said he did not know if that animal had been a victim of Berlovan’s advances.

Berlovan is charged with four counts of gross sexual imposition, all felonies carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison. He also faces eight counts of cruelty to companion animals, misdemeanors that could send him to jail for up to six months.

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David Paul Gruber – Guilty Child Pornography


n a voice barely audible at times, David Paul Gruber admitted in Lauderdale County Circuit Court on Thursday that he used his home computer to view pornographic images of children.

Gruber, 67, 190 Cedar Cove, Killen, who pleaded guilty Thursday to 15 counts of possession of child pornography, faces five years in prison. He also could be fined up to $1,500 for each charge.

He was indicted in November of 102 counts of possession of child pornography. His arrest came after a computer technician who was repairing Gruber’s computer discovered it had been used to search the Internet for pornographic material involving children. The technician contacted police. A police investigation revealed 102 photographs of children involved in sex acts and nude images of minors had been stored in the computer’s memory.

Gruber’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Lauderdale Circuit Court Judge Mike Jones asked Gruber for his plea on each of the 15 counts during a hearing that lasted five minutes Thursday. Gruber, who was dressed in a brown suit, dress shirt and tie, responded “guilty.”

A sentencing hearing for Gruber is set for April 24. While awaiting sentencing he is free on a $50,000 bond.

As part of the plea agreement, Gruber must register as a sex offender.

Earlier Thursday, Jones denied a motion by Gruber’s defense attorney, Ralph Holt, of Florence, to suppress the evidence collected from the computer.

Holt contended police did not have probable cause to launch an investigation when they seized the computer from Excel Computer Services in August.

Florence police investigator Keith Johnson testified that he collected the computer Aug. 13 after being called to the computer store by Jim Fisher, owner of the business.

“He told me some of the titles of searches on the computer kind of made him alarmed and made him take note of what they were,” Johnson testified during a hearing on Holt’s motion asking that the evidence be suppressed.

Fisher testified during questioning by Lauderdale District Attorney Chris Connolly that he had discovered phrases in the history of the Google search engine on Gruber’s computer that included incestuous references and numerous sexual references.

Johnson said after the computer was seized, he obtained a search warrant and the computer was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for testing. During the testing, the pornographic images of children were discovered.

During cross-examination by Holt, Johnson testified that while he did not attempt to search the titles found in Gruber’s Google history to determine if they would reveal links to pornographic Web sites, there are certain titles that indicate a computer had been used to view pornography.

Holt then questioned Fisher, who testified that while he did not attempt to search the phrases he found in Gruber’s Google search history, “It would be rather obvious what would come up if we attempted to search those terms.”

During cross-examination by Connolly, Fisher testified he accessed Gruber’s Google search history because he was trying to locate the source of a virus that had attacked the computer. He said Gruber had brought the computer to the Florence business for repair.

About an hour after Jones denied Holt’s motion to suppress evidence collected from Gruber’s computer, Gruber pleaded guilty to the charges.

Connolly said the plea agreement was a fair settlement of the case. He said in similar cases, the defendant received a prison sentence of 12 months to 70 months. The maximum sentence for possession of child pornography is 10 years.

“The big thing is he is going to have to register as a sex offender. That is a lifetime sentence,” Connolly said.

Holt said that none of the children shown in the pictures collected from Gruber’s computer are from the Shoals.

Holt said Gruber is remorseful. “Mr. Gruber is a greater person than has been depicted. He has a long history of service to the community and country.”

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David Paul Gruber – Guilty Child Pornography


n a voice barely audible at times, David Paul Gruber admitted in Lauderdale County Circuit Court on Thursday that he used his home computer to view pornographic images of children.

Gruber, 67, 190 Cedar Cove, Killen, who pleaded guilty Thursday to 15 counts of possession of child pornography, faces five years in prison. He also could be fined up to $1,500 for each charge.

He was indicted in November of 102 counts of possession of child pornography. His arrest came after a computer technician who was repairing Gruber’s computer discovered it had been used to search the Internet for pornographic material involving children. The technician contacted police. A police investigation revealed 102 photographs of children involved in sex acts and nude images of minors had been stored in the computer’s memory.

Gruber’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Lauderdale Circuit Court Judge Mike Jones asked Gruber for his plea on each of the 15 counts during a hearing that lasted five minutes Thursday. Gruber, who was dressed in a brown suit, dress shirt and tie, responded “guilty.”

A sentencing hearing for Gruber is set for April 24. While awaiting sentencing he is free on a $50,000 bond.

As part of the plea agreement, Gruber must register as a sex offender.

Earlier Thursday, Jones denied a motion by Gruber’s defense attorney, Ralph Holt, of Florence, to suppress the evidence collected from the computer.

Holt contended police did not have probable cause to launch an investigation when they seized the computer from Excel Computer Services in August.

Florence police investigator Keith Johnson testified that he collected the computer Aug. 13 after being called to the computer store by Jim Fisher, owner of the business.

“He told me some of the titles of searches on the computer kind of made him alarmed and made him take note of what they were,” Johnson testified during a hearing on Holt’s motion asking that the evidence be suppressed.

Fisher testified during questioning by Lauderdale District Attorney Chris Connolly that he had discovered phrases in the history of the Google search engine on Gruber’s computer that included incestuous references and numerous sexual references.

Johnson said after the computer was seized, he obtained a search warrant and the computer was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for testing. During the testing, the pornographic images of children were discovered.

During cross-examination by Holt, Johnson testified that while he did not attempt to search the titles found in Gruber’s Google history to determine if they would reveal links to pornographic Web sites, there are certain titles that indicate a computer had been used to view pornography.

Holt then questioned Fisher, who testified that while he did not attempt to search the phrases he found in Gruber’s Google search history, “It would be rather obvious what would come up if we attempted to search those terms.”

During cross-examination by Connolly, Fisher testified he accessed Gruber’s Google search history because he was trying to locate the source of a virus that had attacked the computer. He said Gruber had brought the computer to the Florence business for repair.

About an hour after Jones denied Holt’s motion to suppress evidence collected from Gruber’s computer, Gruber pleaded guilty to the charges.

Connolly said the plea agreement was a fair settlement of the case. He said in similar cases, the defendant received a prison sentence of 12 months to 70 months. The maximum sentence for possession of child pornography is 10 years.

“The big thing is he is going to have to register as a sex offender. That is a lifetime sentence,” Connolly said.

Holt said that none of the children shown in the pictures collected from Gruber’s computer are from the Shoals.

Holt said Gruber is remorseful. “Mr. Gruber is a greater person than has been depicted. He has a long history of service to the community and country.”

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David Paul Gruber – Guilty Child Pornography


n a voice barely audible at times, David Paul Gruber admitted in Lauderdale County Circuit Court on Thursday that he used his home computer to view pornographic images of children.

Gruber, 67, 190 Cedar Cove, Killen, who pleaded guilty Thursday to 15 counts of possession of child pornography, faces five years in prison. He also could be fined up to $1,500 for each charge.

He was indicted in November of 102 counts of possession of child pornography. His arrest came after a computer technician who was repairing Gruber’s computer discovered it had been used to search the Internet for pornographic material involving children. The technician contacted police. A police investigation revealed 102 photographs of children involved in sex acts and nude images of minors had been stored in the computer’s memory.

Gruber’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Lauderdale Circuit Court Judge Mike Jones asked Gruber for his plea on each of the 15 counts during a hearing that lasted five minutes Thursday. Gruber, who was dressed in a brown suit, dress shirt and tie, responded “guilty.”

A sentencing hearing for Gruber is set for April 24. While awaiting sentencing he is free on a $50,000 bond.

As part of the plea agreement, Gruber must register as a sex offender.

Earlier Thursday, Jones denied a motion by Gruber’s defense attorney, Ralph Holt, of Florence, to suppress the evidence collected from the computer.

Holt contended police did not have probable cause to launch an investigation when they seized the computer from Excel Computer Services in August.

Florence police investigator Keith Johnson testified that he collected the computer Aug. 13 after being called to the computer store by Jim Fisher, owner of the business.

“He told me some of the titles of searches on the computer kind of made him alarmed and made him take note of what they were,” Johnson testified during a hearing on Holt’s motion asking that the evidence be suppressed.

Fisher testified during questioning by Lauderdale District Attorney Chris Connolly that he had discovered phrases in the history of the Google search engine on Gruber’s computer that included incestuous references and numerous sexual references.

Johnson said after the computer was seized, he obtained a search warrant and the computer was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for testing. During the testing, the pornographic images of children were discovered.

During cross-examination by Holt, Johnson testified that while he did not attempt to search the titles found in Gruber’s Google history to determine if they would reveal links to pornographic Web sites, there are certain titles that indicate a computer had been used to view pornography.

Holt then questioned Fisher, who testified that while he did not attempt to search the phrases he found in Gruber’s Google search history, “It would be rather obvious what would come up if we attempted to search those terms.”

During cross-examination by Connolly, Fisher testified he accessed Gruber’s Google search history because he was trying to locate the source of a virus that had attacked the computer. He said Gruber had brought the computer to the Florence business for repair.

About an hour after Jones denied Holt’s motion to suppress evidence collected from Gruber’s computer, Gruber pleaded guilty to the charges.

Connolly said the plea agreement was a fair settlement of the case. He said in similar cases, the defendant received a prison sentence of 12 months to 70 months. The maximum sentence for possession of child pornography is 10 years.

“The big thing is he is going to have to register as a sex offender. That is a lifetime sentence,” Connolly said.

Holt said that none of the children shown in the pictures collected from Gruber’s computer are from the Shoals.

Holt said Gruber is remorseful. “Mr. Gruber is a greater person than has been depicted. He has a long history of service to the community and country.”

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William Oertel – Charged 11 counts Child Pornography

Ramos also found pictures of child bondage on the computer.

A man turned himself into police Thursday, Jan. 31 and is being charged with 11 counts of possession of child pornography, said Stephanie Slater, police spokeswoman.

After turning his computer over to the Best Buy electronics store for repairs, William Oertel, 52, was found to be in possession of pictures of children less than the legal age fully naked in sexually explicit positions.

The Geek Squad computer repair personnel at Best Buy contacted the police and Boynton Beach Detective Charles Ramos contacted Oertel Jan. 28.

On the same day, Oertel gave Ramos a taped confession.

Ramos also found pictures of child bondage on the computer.

Oertel said he had gotten the pictures off the Internet and that he had less than 25 pictures of minors ages 8 and 9.

Oertel also said he got the pictures through chat rooms called “parenting” in which other parents would share and send child pornography to each other.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail.

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Bradford Truman Hines – Indicted Child Porn

Bradford Truman Hines


A 36-year-old Hailey man has been charged with possession of child pornography following his arrest in Nevada last November for allegedly trying to kidnap a 9-year-old girl.

Bradford Truman Hines was indicted by a federal grand jury in Nevada on Dec. 19 on the charge for allegedly having child pornography images on his laptop computer at the time of his arrest in Jackpot, Nev., on Nov. 1.

Hines is also being investigated in Blaine County for possible possession of child pornography.

The Elko County District Attorney’s Office in Nevada told the Idaho Mountain Express on Thursday that Hines is currently in custody after being arrested in Washington on a federal warrant out of Nevada. Further details on the arrest were not immediately available.

The investigation against Hines started in Jackpot when he allegedly tried to entice the girl into his car. The Elko Daily Free Press reported in its Nov. 5, 2007, edition that the girl was near a school, that she fled and immediately and told an adult who contacted the Elko County Sheriff’s Office.

Hines was arrested shortly after the alleged kidnap attempt and a laptop computer was seized from his vehicle. He was later released after posting $5,000 bond.

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Zack James Lawrence – Indicted Child Porn – Project Safe Childhood

An indictment has been filed in U.S. District Court charging Zack James Lawrence, 26, of Chambers County, Alabama, with distributing child pornography, and attempting to entice a twelve-year-old female to engage in sexual activity.

“The goal for prosecutors is to move internet predators ‘off-line’ and into jail where no child can be harmed,” stated U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin.

The indictment states that Lawrence distributed images of child pornography from January 4, 2007, until August 28, 2007. Also during that time span, Lawrence, while using the internet, attempted to persuade and entice and individual known to him as a twelve-year-old female to engage in sexual activity.

Lawrence faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment up to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment for the distribution of child pornography, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison up to a maximum of life imprisonment for attempting to entice a minor for sex.

“Parents and guardians are reminded that Internet predators are out there ready to do our children harm,” stated Carmen S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation, Birmingham Field Division. “All parents need to be vigilant supervising their children’s Internet use, and all children need to be aware that an apparent Internet friend may turn out to be just the opposite in real life.”

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel J. Fortune is prosecuting this case on behalf of the U.S. Government.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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Peter M. Black – Guilty Child Porn

A Viola man has admitting possessing sexually explicit images of children on his computer.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney;s Office in Boise, Peter M. Black, 63, entered his plea Monday before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

Sentencing is set for June 23 in Coeur d’Alene.

Black was charged as a result of a national crackdown on child pornographers known as Operation Falcon. On July 8, 2007, special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contacted Black at his home with information from Operation Falcon that someone using his name and credit card number had purchased access to a child pornography website.

Black admitted that he had purchased access to that site and several similar sites, and permitted ICE agents to search his home and computer. In addition to the photos that were downloading and printing when they arrived, agents found five photo albums, 16 envelopes and 17 VHS video tapes, all containing child pornography. The images included scenes of bondage and violence.

Black faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. His sentence is expected to be enhanced because of the ages of some of the victims, the depictions of violence, the number of images and Black’s use of a computer.

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Scott Hatfield – Indicted Child Porn – Project Safe Childhood

A Pendleton man has been indicted on charges of possessing child pornography, according to a news release from Timothy M. Morrison, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

Scott Hatfield, 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Indianapolis for possessing child pornography, following an investigation by the Indiana State Police and Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a part of the Project Safe Childhood Initiative.

The indictment alleges that on March 19, 2007, Hatfield possessed 58 computer video files containing child pornography images. Of those 58, the indictment lists 12 specifically by name which have graphic names that suggest the images are of young children and would be attractive to those with a sexual interest in children.

According to Assistant U. S. Attorney Gayle L. Helart, who is prosecuting the case for the government, Hatfield faces a maximum possible prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum possible fine of $250,000. An initial hearing will be scheduled before a U.S. magistrate judge in Indianapolis.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Project Safe Childhood initiative was created to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Billy McCarty – Convicted Child Molester


Aiken County deputies arrested a 53-year-old child molester in a North Augusta home early Friday morning.

Deputies arrested 53-year-old Billy McCarty of 624 Boylan Street in North Augusta at a home there.

McCarty was convicted in Georgia of child molestation in 1989. After being released from prison in South Carolina in February 2007, he failed to register as a sex offender in Aiken County, according to deputies.

Failure to register is a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days in jail, and deputies say no part of the sentence can be suspended.

In addition, sex offenders have 10 days to notify the sheriff’s department in writing of any change of address.

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