Tony L. Ingram Repeat Sex Offender

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years


A paroled sex offender is back in jail after allegedly exposing himself at an Evansville boat ramp, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Tony L. Ingram, 26, is being held without bond pending an initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning.

According to the affidavit, a woman who was walking her dog saw a man, later identified as Ingram, performing a sexual act on himself Sunday afternoon at the Pigeon Creek boat ramp, 2899 Heidelbach Ave.

The victim told police Ingram stared at her and confronted her before fleeing on foot on a nearby trail.

Authorities located him a short time later, although the affidavit said he initially told them his name was Robby Adams. He reportedly had a social security card in that name.

Officers pulled up a photo of Adams on their in-car computer, however, and determined that Ingram was lying. He was then arrested.

Police reportedly recovered a number of items from a search of Ingram’s person, including weapons, drugs and other paraphernalia. According to the affidavit, they found a large fixed blade knife, a set of brass knuckles, a wooden box filled with apparent marijuana, a metal pipe with a burnt residue, a 10-pack of needles, an electronic high-pitch dog whistle, two pairs of women’s panties, two condoms and a camouflage face mask.

Ingram later admitted lying about his name, telling police “he was scared and didn’t want to be in trouble,” the affidavit said. He reportedly told authorities he wasn’t doing anything when the woman passed, although he said she may have seen him urinating on the walkway.

Ingram was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in 2005 for an incident involving a 16-year-old in Gibson County.

He is on parole – but had stopped reporting – for that crime as well as for failing to register as a sex offender, said Bob Hays, assistant supervisor for the Evansville parole district.

His parole was set to expire August of this year, but Hays said Ingram’s delinquency in reporting and the latest allegations could change that. No determination on the latter will me made, however, until the case is adjudicated, Hays said.

If convicted, the parole violation alone could send Ingram back to prison, Hays said.

Ingram is facing preliminary charges of false informing, public nudity with intent to be seen, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tony L. Ingram Repeat Sex Offender

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years


A paroled sex offender is back in jail after allegedly exposing himself at an Evansville boat ramp, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Tony L. Ingram, 26, is being held without bond pending an initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning.

According to the affidavit, a woman who was walking her dog saw a man, later identified as Ingram, performing a sexual act on himself Sunday afternoon at the Pigeon Creek boat ramp, 2899 Heidelbach Ave.

The victim told police Ingram stared at her and confronted her before fleeing on foot on a nearby trail.

Authorities located him a short time later, although the affidavit said he initially told them his name was Robby Adams. He reportedly had a social security card in that name.

Officers pulled up a photo of Adams on their in-car computer, however, and determined that Ingram was lying. He was then arrested.

Police reportedly recovered a number of items from a search of Ingram’s person, including weapons, drugs and other paraphernalia. According to the affidavit, they found a large fixed blade knife, a set of brass knuckles, a wooden box filled with apparent marijuana, a metal pipe with a burnt residue, a 10-pack of needles, an electronic high-pitch dog whistle, two pairs of women’s panties, two condoms and a camouflage face mask.

Ingram later admitted lying about his name, telling police “he was scared and didn’t want to be in trouble,” the affidavit said. He reportedly told authorities he wasn’t doing anything when the woman passed, although he said she may have seen him urinating on the walkway.

Ingram was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in 2005 for an incident involving a 16-year-old in Gibson County.

He is on parole – but had stopped reporting – for that crime as well as for failing to register as a sex offender, said Bob Hays, assistant supervisor for the Evansville parole district.

His parole was set to expire August of this year, but Hays said Ingram’s delinquency in reporting and the latest allegations could change that. No determination on the latter will me made, however, until the case is adjudicated, Hays said.

If convicted, the parole violation alone could send Ingram back to prison, Hays said.

Ingram is facing preliminary charges of false informing, public nudity with intent to be seen, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tony L. Ingram Repeat Sex Offender

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years


A paroled sex offender is back in jail after allegedly exposing himself at an Evansville boat ramp, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Tony L. Ingram, 26, is being held without bond pending an initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning.

According to the affidavit, a woman who was walking her dog saw a man, later identified as Ingram, performing a sexual act on himself Sunday afternoon at the Pigeon Creek boat ramp, 2899 Heidelbach Ave.

The victim told police Ingram stared at her and confronted her before fleeing on foot on a nearby trail.

Authorities located him a short time later, although the affidavit said he initially told them his name was Robby Adams. He reportedly had a social security card in that name.

Officers pulled up a photo of Adams on their in-car computer, however, and determined that Ingram was lying. He was then arrested.

Police reportedly recovered a number of items from a search of Ingram’s person, including weapons, drugs and other paraphernalia. According to the affidavit, they found a large fixed blade knife, a set of brass knuckles, a wooden box filled with apparent marijuana, a metal pipe with a burnt residue, a 10-pack of needles, an electronic high-pitch dog whistle, two pairs of women’s panties, two condoms and a camouflage face mask.

Ingram later admitted lying about his name, telling police “he was scared and didn’t want to be in trouble,” the affidavit said. He reportedly told authorities he wasn’t doing anything when the woman passed, although he said she may have seen him urinating on the walkway.

Ingram was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in 2005 for an incident involving a 16-year-old in Gibson County.

He is on parole – but had stopped reporting – for that crime as well as for failing to register as a sex offender, said Bob Hays, assistant supervisor for the Evansville parole district.

His parole was set to expire August of this year, but Hays said Ingram’s delinquency in reporting and the latest allegations could change that. No determination on the latter will me made, however, until the case is adjudicated, Hays said.

If convicted, the parole violation alone could send Ingram back to prison, Hays said.

Ingram is facing preliminary charges of false informing, public nudity with intent to be seen, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tony L. Ingram Repeat Sex Offender

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years


A paroled sex offender is back in jail after allegedly exposing himself at an Evansville boat ramp, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Tony L. Ingram, 26, is being held without bond pending an initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning.

According to the affidavit, a woman who was walking her dog saw a man, later identified as Ingram, performing a sexual act on himself Sunday afternoon at the Pigeon Creek boat ramp, 2899 Heidelbach Ave.

The victim told police Ingram stared at her and confronted her before fleeing on foot on a nearby trail.

Authorities located him a short time later, although the affidavit said he initially told them his name was Robby Adams. He reportedly had a social security card in that name.

Officers pulled up a photo of Adams on their in-car computer, however, and determined that Ingram was lying. He was then arrested.

Police reportedly recovered a number of items from a search of Ingram’s person, including weapons, drugs and other paraphernalia. According to the affidavit, they found a large fixed blade knife, a set of brass knuckles, a wooden box filled with apparent marijuana, a metal pipe with a burnt residue, a 10-pack of needles, an electronic high-pitch dog whistle, two pairs of women’s panties, two condoms and a camouflage face mask.

Ingram later admitted lying about his name, telling police “he was scared and didn’t want to be in trouble,” the affidavit said. He reportedly told authorities he wasn’t doing anything when the woman passed, although he said she may have seen him urinating on the walkway.

Ingram was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in 2005 for an incident involving a 16-year-old in Gibson County.

He is on parole – but had stopped reporting – for that crime as well as for failing to register as a sex offender, said Bob Hays, assistant supervisor for the Evansville parole district.

His parole was set to expire August of this year, but Hays said Ingram’s delinquency in reporting and the latest allegations could change that. No determination on the latter will me made, however, until the case is adjudicated, Hays said.

If convicted, the parole violation alone could send Ingram back to prison, Hays said.

Ingram is facing preliminary charges of false informing, public nudity with intent to be seen, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Joseph Michael Nissensohn – Repeat Sex Offender charged with 1989 Murder

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years

A murder convict awaiting a hearing in Tacoma on a move to commit him indefinitely as a sexual predator has been charged with murder in California. Investigators in other jurisdictions also are looking at killings that may involve 57-year-old Joseph Michael Nissensohn. He was convicted of second-degree murder in a stabbing in 1991 in Tillicum and recently completed his sentence, but he remains in custody pending a custody hearing later Thursday. On January 29th, the district attorney’s office in El Dorado County, California, filed a murder charge against Nissensohn. He’s charged with killing 15-year-old Kathy Graves, who vanished from her home in South Lake Tahoe in 1989. Nissensohn also is under investigation for the killing of 2 girls, ages 13 and 14, whose remains were found near Seaside, California, in 1981. In court filings his ex-wife is quoted as saying he also was involved in two killings in Oklahoma and one in Nevada.

Joseph Michael Nissensohn – Repeat Sex Offender charged with 1989 Murder

Sarah Tofte of the Human Rights Watch says 25% of all sex offenders
re-offend within 15 years

A murder convict awaiting a hearing in Tacoma on a move to commit him indefinitely as a sexual predator has been charged with murder in California. Investigators in other jurisdictions also are looking at killings that may involve 57-year-old Joseph Michael Nissensohn. He was convicted of second-degree murder in a stabbing in 1991 in Tillicum and recently completed his sentence, but he remains in custody pending a custody hearing later Thursday. On January 29th, the district attorney’s office in El Dorado County, California, filed a murder charge against Nissensohn. He’s charged with killing 15-year-old Kathy Graves, who vanished from her home in South Lake Tahoe in 1989. Nissensohn also is under investigation for the killing of 2 girls, ages 13 and 14, whose remains were found near Seaside, California, in 1981. In court filings his ex-wife is quoted as saying he also was involved in two killings in Oklahoma and one in Nevada.

Joseph Michael Nissensohn – Repeat Sex Offender charged with 1989 Murder

A murder convict awaiting a hearing in Tacoma on a move to commit him indefinitely as a sexual predator has been charged with murder in California. Investigators in other jurisdictions also are looking at killings that may involve 57-year-old Joseph Michael Nissensohn. He was convicted of second-degree murder in a stabbing in 1991 in Tillicum and recently completed his sentence, but he remains in custody pending a custody hearing later Thursday. On January 29th, the district attorney’s office in El Dorado County, California, filed a murder charge against Nissensohn. He’s charged with killing 15-year-old Kathy Graves, who vanished from her home in South Lake Tahoe in 1989. Nissensohn also is under investigation for the killing of 2 girls, ages 13 and 14, whose remains were found near Seaside, California, in 1981. In court filings his ex-wife is quoted as saying he also was involved in two killings in Oklahoma and one in Nevada.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brad R. Gale – Pedophile to waive right in sentencing


A former religious bookstore owner who sexually abused a 15-year-old boy over the course of several years wants to waive his right to be present for sentencing, his attorney said Thursday.

Brad R. Gale was supposed to be sentenced in state court on two counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, one count of sodomy on a child and one count of forcible sodomy before beginning a federal prison term for possessing pornographic images of his victim. But in July, the U.S. Marshal’s Service unexpectedly moved Gale to a federal prison in North Carolina where he began serving 15 years.

At a review hearing Thursday in 8th District Court, defense attorney Herb Gillespie said Gale, 50, has expressed a willingness to be sentenced without returning to Utah to appear in court. Gillespie said he intends to send Gale an affidavit confirming his desire to waive his right to be present at sentencing.

Duchesne County Attorney Stephen Foote told 8th District Judge John R. Anderson that his office is willing to proceed to sentencing without Gale’s presence.

Anderson noted that his clerk has reported a great deal of public interest in why Gale had not yet been sentenced.

Gale’s arrest in July 2006 on 33 felonies related to sexual abuse of a teenage boy shocked residents of Duchesne County. A well-established businessman, Gale owned bookstores in Roosevelt and Vernal that sold office supplies and titles by LDS authors. He also served on the Roosevelt City Planning and Zoning Board.

The abuse came to light after a Provo man contacted the state Division of Child and Family Services to report that Gale had offered to let him have sex with a teenage boy in 2005. DCFS turned the case over to police who met with Gale and obtained a confession.

County prosecutors dismissed 25 of the 33 counts against Gale in September 2006 when a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges. Gale later pleaded guilty to four of the remaining eight state charges against him.

In the past, Foote has told the Deseret Morning News that the cost — in time, money and manpower — to return Gale to Utah was excessive for the purpose of a brief sentencing hearing. Aside from the options of holding the hearing without Gale or having him returned to Utah, there was also discussion of sentencing Gale on the state charges once his federal prison term ended.

A sentencing hearing in 8th District Court has now been scheduled for April 10.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brad R. Gale – Pedophile to waive right in sentencing


A former religious bookstore owner who sexually abused a 15-year-old boy over the course of several years wants to waive his right to be present for sentencing, his attorney said Thursday.

Brad R. Gale was supposed to be sentenced in state court on two counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, one count of sodomy on a child and one count of forcible sodomy before beginning a federal prison term for possessing pornographic images of his victim. But in July, the U.S. Marshal’s Service unexpectedly moved Gale to a federal prison in North Carolina where he began serving 15 years.

At a review hearing Thursday in 8th District Court, defense attorney Herb Gillespie said Gale, 50, has expressed a willingness to be sentenced without returning to Utah to appear in court. Gillespie said he intends to send Gale an affidavit confirming his desire to waive his right to be present at sentencing.

Duchesne County Attorney Stephen Foote told 8th District Judge John R. Anderson that his office is willing to proceed to sentencing without Gale’s presence.

Anderson noted that his clerk has reported a great deal of public interest in why Gale had not yet been sentenced.

Gale’s arrest in July 2006 on 33 felonies related to sexual abuse of a teenage boy shocked residents of Duchesne County. A well-established businessman, Gale owned bookstores in Roosevelt and Vernal that sold office supplies and titles by LDS authors. He also served on the Roosevelt City Planning and Zoning Board.

The abuse came to light after a Provo man contacted the state Division of Child and Family Services to report that Gale had offered to let him have sex with a teenage boy in 2005. DCFS turned the case over to police who met with Gale and obtained a confession.

County prosecutors dismissed 25 of the 33 counts against Gale in September 2006 when a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges. Gale later pleaded guilty to four of the remaining eight state charges against him.

In the past, Foote has told the Deseret Morning News that the cost — in time, money and manpower — to return Gale to Utah was excessive for the purpose of a brief sentencing hearing. Aside from the options of holding the hearing without Gale or having him returned to Utah, there was also discussion of sentencing Gale on the state charges once his federal prison term ended.

A sentencing hearing in 8th District Court has now been scheduled for April 10.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Howard Thornton – Receives 3 year sentence in TCAP sting

“He was involved in a situation that there really is no excuse for. There is no way to minimize the need to protect children from themselves . . . and from others who would prey on them.”

The second of 28 men rounded up last year during a televised sting of would-be sexual predators was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Ann Villano imposed the prison term on Howard Thornton III for child-luring related to his online solicitation of a person he thought was a 12-year-old girl, during an undercover probe that was televised last summer on “To Catch a Predator” series on Dateline NBC.

Thornton, 28, a warehouse manager from Danielsville, Pa., and father of 6-year-old twin girls, admitted to Villano on Dec. 10 that he sent e-mails to someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl between March 17 and March 31. The e-mails conveyed that he wanted to meet the girl for sex.

The person with whom Thornton was communicating actually was a decoy from the organization Perverted Justice, which joined forces last year with law enforcement and Dateline NBC to undertake an investigation targeting child predators.

In pleading guilty to child luring, Thornton admitted that on March 31, he traveled to Mantoloking to meet the person he thought was a 12-year-old girl, but turned around before reaching the beach house where they had agreed to have a sexual encounter.

In a letter written by Thornton to the judge and read aloud Friday by his attorney, Thornton said he knew what he was doing was “completely wrong,” and that while en route to the house, he had a change of heart and “I turned around and attempted to return to my family.”

Thornton apologized in the letter, read in court by Deputy Assistant Public Defender Michael Vito, and said that he misses his daughters “more than anything in the world.”

Vito, saying that Thornton received a certificate of achievement from a counseling program for sexual offenders at the Ocean County Jail, asked Villano to impose a sentence of probation and time already served since his arrest on March 31.

“It’s unimaginable the shame he feels for what he’s done,” Vito said of his client.

Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Hillary Bryce maintained it was Thornton’s fear of getting caught, not a moral breakthrough, that prompted him to turn away from the Mantoloking beach house on the day of his arrest.

“He turned around after seeing officers at that house,” Bryce said.

In his car were condoms, a Web cam and other “troublesome” items, she said.

“The potential harm this kind of activity can cause can not be overstated,” Bryce said, arguing for a five-year prison term to send a message of deterrence to others who would consider similar activities.

Thornton apologized for his behavior and said he wants to continue in counseling.

“I have to say, I have been impressed with his remorse,” Villano said. “I can feel the shame that he communicates. I have been somewhat taken with how deeply shameful he is, how deeply remorseful he is.”

But, Villano added, “He was involved in a situation that there really is no excuse for. There is no way to minimize the need to protect children from themselves . . . and from others who would prey on them.”

Under the sentence Villano imposed, Thornton will be subject to lifetime parole supervision and to the reporting requirements of Megan’s Law.

He was one of 28 people rounded up in the sting. Another of the defendants, Kazuo Akutsu, 37, a salesman from Manhattan was sentenced two weeks ago to three years in prison for attempted sexual assault.

Yet another, Ernest C. Timmons, 33, an Air Force mechanic from Spanaway, Wash., died Sept. 7 of natural causes while in custody.

Charges are pending against 25 others — all accused of using the Internet to set up would-be sexual liaisons with a child and then going to the Mantoloking beach house to carry out the plan.

Instead, each of the defendants was met at the beach house by “To Catch A Predator” host Chris Hansen and police.

Dateline NBC televised the arrests in two segments in July.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment