Arthur Stanley Gallant – Repeat Sex Offender


Smoking crack at a halfway house has sent a pedophile back to jail.
Arthur Stanley Gallant, the former Dartmouth man who molested local children, photographed them and posted the images on the web, was released to an undisclosed halfway house on Sept. 20.

But within two months, he admitted to smoking crack in his room, leading authorities to suspend his statutory release and send him back to jail.

“You explained that you were struggling with underlying issues in the community, the stigma of being a sex offender, and the idea that you may never have a relationship because of your offence history,” states a Feb. 12 report of the National Parole Board.

During the board’s suspension review hearing, Mr. Gallant also claimed that addictions counselling in the community “was a trigger for your use and ultimately to blame for your return to (crack) cocaine,” the report states.

Mr. Gallant argued that his honesty should be rewarded, but the board panel ruled that “your risk has elevated to a level inconsistent with public safety,” and decided to keep him in jail.

In 2003, Mr. Gallant was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault, sexual touching and making and possessing child pornography. The offences happened in Mr. Gallant’s Dartmouth apartment in the basement of his mother’s house between Aug. 1, 2000, and Feb. 3, 2002.

Officers arrested Mr. Gallant within four hours after they received a complaint from a parent. They also seized his computer and found 1,500 images, most of which were child pornography.

Provincial court Judge Flora Buchan ordered Mr. Gallant to serve at least half his sentence before he could be paroled. Mr. Gallant had actually served two-thirds of the sentence before he was sent to the halfway house on statutory release. By law, offenders are automatically freed from prison on statutory release unless corrections officials successfully argue against the move.

In the beginning, Mr. Gallant “appeared to be complying with the special conditions,” the parole report states.

He’d been ordered not to access the Internet, not possess a camera, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16 without his release supervisor’s approval and abstain from all intoxicants. He also got a full-time job and took part in counselling.

But leading up to his suspension, Mr. Gallant’s case management team said he “questioned the need for some of (his) special conditions, indicating a lack of insight into (his) offence pattern.” After the drug incident, the team recommended that he remain in jail.

Even when his eight-year prison term expires, Mr. Gallant won’t be completely free of special conditions. At sentencing, Judge Buchan also declared Mr. Gallant a long-term offender. The court heard he’d displayed sexual deviancy and robust anti-social traits and had difficulty wrestling with sexual demons. His risk to reoffend violently was described at the time as moderate to high.

The designation means he will be monitored by police for 10 years and during this time must undergo random drug testing; cannot be unsupervised with children under 16; cannot work or volunteer with children and is banned from using personal computers or the Internet, cameras or weapons.

The parole board will review Mr. Gallant’s case again next year.

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Arthur Stanley Gallant – Repeat Sex Offender


Smoking crack at a halfway house has sent a pedophile back to jail.
Arthur Stanley Gallant, the former Dartmouth man who molested local children, photographed them and posted the images on the web, was released to an undisclosed halfway house on Sept. 20.

But within two months, he admitted to smoking crack in his room, leading authorities to suspend his statutory release and send him back to jail.

“You explained that you were struggling with underlying issues in the community, the stigma of being a sex offender, and the idea that you may never have a relationship because of your offence history,” states a Feb. 12 report of the National Parole Board.

During the board’s suspension review hearing, Mr. Gallant also claimed that addictions counselling in the community “was a trigger for your use and ultimately to blame for your return to (crack) cocaine,” the report states.

Mr. Gallant argued that his honesty should be rewarded, but the board panel ruled that “your risk has elevated to a level inconsistent with public safety,” and decided to keep him in jail.

In 2003, Mr. Gallant was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault, sexual touching and making and possessing child pornography. The offences happened in Mr. Gallant’s Dartmouth apartment in the basement of his mother’s house between Aug. 1, 2000, and Feb. 3, 2002.

Officers arrested Mr. Gallant within four hours after they received a complaint from a parent. They also seized his computer and found 1,500 images, most of which were child pornography.

Provincial court Judge Flora Buchan ordered Mr. Gallant to serve at least half his sentence before he could be paroled. Mr. Gallant had actually served two-thirds of the sentence before he was sent to the halfway house on statutory release. By law, offenders are automatically freed from prison on statutory release unless corrections officials successfully argue against the move.

In the beginning, Mr. Gallant “appeared to be complying with the special conditions,” the parole report states.

He’d been ordered not to access the Internet, not possess a camera, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16 without his release supervisor’s approval and abstain from all intoxicants. He also got a full-time job and took part in counselling.

But leading up to his suspension, Mr. Gallant’s case management team said he “questioned the need for some of (his) special conditions, indicating a lack of insight into (his) offence pattern.” After the drug incident, the team recommended that he remain in jail.

Even when his eight-year prison term expires, Mr. Gallant won’t be completely free of special conditions. At sentencing, Judge Buchan also declared Mr. Gallant a long-term offender. The court heard he’d displayed sexual deviancy and robust anti-social traits and had difficulty wrestling with sexual demons. His risk to reoffend violently was described at the time as moderate to high.

The designation means he will be monitored by police for 10 years and during this time must undergo random drug testing; cannot be unsupervised with children under 16; cannot work or volunteer with children and is banned from using personal computers or the Internet, cameras or weapons.

The parole board will review Mr. Gallant’s case again next year.

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Day care ordered closed after state investigation


A Hephzibah day care has been ordered to close as a result of a state investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse.

Authorities revoked the operating license of Skillman’s Group Daycare, 2712 Bennington Drive, earlier this month after it was found in violation of several state guidelines, according to documents obtained today by The Augusta Chronicle.

Officials with Bright From the Start of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which oversees licensing for child-care centers, launched the investigation in October, shortly after police arrested Aaron James Miller, 19, on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A Polaroid picture of a nude 3-year-old girl was found in his wallet, according to authorities.

Mr. Miller had misplaced the wallet at a convenience store, and it was turned over to Richmond County police. Four days later, Mr. Miller, who is a grandson of the day care’s owner, Frances Skillman, was charged child molestation after police interviewed a 7-year-old girl who attended the facility.

Questions about Mr. Miller’s behavior were raised before the picture was found by law enforcement, according to the documents. Based upon a staff member’s interview with authorities, the parents of one child told Mrs. Skillman in late May or June that they believed that Mr. Miller had “inappropriately touched” their 3-year-old. The document said that Mrs. Skillman confronted Mr. Miller, who denied the incident.

Mr. Miller should not have been employed with the day care, let alone left by himself with children, the document said. His employment application stated that he had received his GED, a requirement for working at the facility, but he was, in fact, still enrolled in a GED program at Augusta Technical College when he applied.

According to a letter sent to Mrs. Skillman, state investigators determined that the center had “serious rule violations” that affected the health and safety of the children in its care and that demonstrated a “reckless disregard for the physical and mental health and safety of children in care.”

The letter specifically cites the owner for failing to prevent the child from being exposed to sexually overt conduct, failure to provide appropriate supervision that resulted in the sexual exploitation of children and failure to have a satisfactory criminal background check done on Mr. Miller.

Thirteen children were enrolled at the day care when the alleged sexual abuse occurred.

Published in: on February 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Day care ordered closed after state investigation


A Hephzibah day care has been ordered to close as a result of a state investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse.

Authorities revoked the operating license of Skillman’s Group Daycare, 2712 Bennington Drive, earlier this month after it was found in violation of several state guidelines, according to documents obtained today by The Augusta Chronicle.

Officials with Bright From the Start of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which oversees licensing for child-care centers, launched the investigation in October, shortly after police arrested Aaron James Miller, 19, on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A Polaroid picture of a nude 3-year-old girl was found in his wallet, according to authorities.

Mr. Miller had misplaced the wallet at a convenience store, and it was turned over to Richmond County police. Four days later, Mr. Miller, who is a grandson of the day care’s owner, Frances Skillman, was charged child molestation after police interviewed a 7-year-old girl who attended the facility.

Questions about Mr. Miller’s behavior were raised before the picture was found by law enforcement, according to the documents. Based upon a staff member’s interview with authorities, the parents of one child told Mrs. Skillman in late May or June that they believed that Mr. Miller had “inappropriately touched” their 3-year-old. The document said that Mrs. Skillman confronted Mr. Miller, who denied the incident.

Mr. Miller should not have been employed with the day care, let alone left by himself with children, the document said. His employment application stated that he had received his GED, a requirement for working at the facility, but he was, in fact, still enrolled in a GED program at Augusta Technical College when he applied.

According to a letter sent to Mrs. Skillman, state investigators determined that the center had “serious rule violations” that affected the health and safety of the children in its care and that demonstrated a “reckless disregard for the physical and mental health and safety of children in care.”

The letter specifically cites the owner for failing to prevent the child from being exposed to sexually overt conduct, failure to provide appropriate supervision that resulted in the sexual exploitation of children and failure to have a satisfactory criminal background check done on Mr. Miller.

Thirteen children were enrolled at the day care when the alleged sexual abuse occurred.

Published in: on February 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google Helps In Child Porn Bust In United States

Former Batesburg-Leesville High teacher indicted in internet bust from WISTV.com reports a high-school teacher was indicted for distributing and soliciting child pornography on Google owned, Hello.com. Hello.com is a site that allows users to chat in real-time while exchanging photos.

Timothy Lynn Brumit, a 47-year old high school teacher in Batesburg-Leesville, allegedly used Hello.com to send over 500 files containing graphic images and movies of child pornography. On the other side was an undercover cop. Brumit allegedly tried to convince the fictitious boy (really the cop) to buy a web cam and to live with him. A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday in a US District Court in Alexandria.

It appears that Google has been very helpful in this case, providing the necessary information to law enforcement. However, Google’s Orkut system, specifically in Brazil was not so forthcoming with information on users who used the system for illegal activity. For more on that, start at this post and start clicking through the links for past coverage.

Published in: on February 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Alexander Crawford – the worst child pornograpy ever

A RETIRED police office who collected some of the worst child pornography seized in Scotland was jailed yesterday for two years and three months.

Alexander Crawford, 63, downloaded almost 1,800 indecent images from the internet, and admitted to detectives that it had become an obsession.

Judge Lord Mackay said most of the images were of children under 12 and some featured infants less than a year old.

Lord Mackay said: “The police surgeon whose duty it was to view and classify these images described them as depicting children subjected to abhorrent and degrading sexual practices of extreme depravity. He states the images were some of the worst he had ever had to view.”

The judge told Crawford, of Dunoon, Argyll, the sentence would have been longer, but he took into account that Crawford was a first offender and he had pleaded guilty.

Crawford will be supervised for a year at the end of his prison term.

The offences were committed at his home between 8 August and 14 November last year.

Graeme Jessop, the advocate-depute, said Crawford had been caught after taking his computer for repair.

An employee at the shop in Dunoon ran a check, Mr Jessop explained, which “identified graphic images of children being sexually abused”. The employee called police, who searched Crawford’s home and found compact discs containing 1,782 indecent images of children.

The defence counsel, Tony Graham, told the High Court in Edinburgh: “He has managed for a substantial part of his adult life to contribute to society. He will forever be branded a sex offender, and he realises he has no-one to blame but himself.”

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Ruben Navejas – Library employee arrested for possession of child pornography

An employee at the Pharr Memorial Library was arrested Monday afternoon on a charge of possessing child pornography.

Ruben Navejas, a city employee who does maintenance work at the library, was arrested by Pharr police about 1:30 p.m.

Police took Navejas from the library for questioning and subsequently arrested him, said library Director Adolfo Garcia.

Navejas is about 44 years old, Garcia said.

Police spokesman Lt. Guadalupe Salinas said Navejas is not accused of accessing child pornography from library computers.

Garcia said he was surprised by the arrest.

“He does his job really well,” he said. “He was a decent guy.”

Navejas had not been fired from his job as of Monday evening, said the city Parks & Recreation Director Francisco Marin.

Marin said Navejas has worked at the library for about four years, on assignment from the parks & recreation department.

“We’ve never had any problems with him,” said Marin, who called Navejas dependable and hard working. “He’s always been a good employee.”

Police are expected to provide more information about the crimes they are charging him with today, when he will likely be arraigned.

Published in: on February 19, 2008 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment