Paul Richard Butts – GUILTY – 24,000 Child Porn images

An Apache Junction man who had more than 24,000 images of child pornography on his computer was found guilty Friday in federal court on one count of distribution and 15 counts of possession.

Paul Richard Butts, 38, was charged during an undercover FBI operation to combat the distribution of child pornography over peer-to-peer file-sharing software. The iMesh software Butts used allows computer users to connect to the Internet and link computers around the world to share files.

Prosecutors said Butts shared pornography with undercover FBI agents Aug. 10, 2005. A search warrant executed at his home Oct. 6, 2005, resulted in the seizure of computers and numerous hard drives, external storage devices and computer discs containing child pornography, officials said.

Butts faces a maximum sentence of 20 years for the distribution conviction, a maximum of 10 years for each possession count and up to a $250,000 fine for each of the 16 counts. He will be sentenced May 18.

Published in: on February 20, 2008 at 6:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Michael James Hauser – "You should be ashamed of yourself"

You did something that can only be described as despicable

Judge Scott Schofield said Michael James Hauser, 62, of Sioux Trail, should be ashamed of himself.

Hauser was sentenced to 210 days in jail for two counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials Nov. 16 in Niles. Hauser must serve the first 90 days in jail and can serve the remainder on tether.

Hauser also was placed on five years probation and ordered to pay $4,080 in fees, fines and costs. He must register as a sex offender, not possess or own a computer or camera, have no contact with anyone age 17 or younger and not be within 1,000 feet of a school or park.

Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Travis said the child pornography images on Hauser’s computer were discovered by his son who asked him to turn himself into local police.

“He is acknowledging he has a problem, that he has an addiction to pornography,” Travis said before Hauser’s sentencing. “It has cost him his marriage and maybe his freedom.”

Hauser’s attorney, Shannon Sible, said his client has “gotten his head around to the fact that he has a problem” and is getting counseling for it.

For his part, Hauser said he felt extreme shame for his actions in downloading 131 child pornography images.

“It’s good to feel ashamed and you should be ashamed,” Judge Schofield said. “You did something that can only be described as despicable. If there were no market for child pornography, there would be no children victimized by child pornographers.”

“Studies have shown that children forced to perform sexual acts suffer problems then and later in life,” he said. “They are more prone to substance abuse and less likely to have healthy relationships with others.”

“So, you should be ashamed, but shame is a useless feeling unless you use it to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

“Everybody makes mistakes, you’re never too old to make mistakes and you made a big one,” he said. “But you can recover. It takes acceptance and commitment to not make the same mistake again.”

Schofield’s sentence to have no contact with children and youth and not be near schools would seem to preclude Hauser from further direct participation in Niles High School Drama Club activities. In October, the drama club performed a play Hauser wrote called “Vampires at the Mall.”

Michael James Hauser – "You should be ashamed of yourself"

You did something that can only be described as despicable

Judge Scott Schofield said Michael James Hauser, 62, of Sioux Trail, should be ashamed of himself.

Hauser was sentenced to 210 days in jail for two counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials Nov. 16 in Niles. Hauser must serve the first 90 days in jail and can serve the remainder on tether.

Hauser also was placed on five years probation and ordered to pay $4,080 in fees, fines and costs. He must register as a sex offender, not possess or own a computer or camera, have no contact with anyone age 17 or younger and not be within 1,000 feet of a school or park.

Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Travis said the child pornography images on Hauser’s computer were discovered by his son who asked him to turn himself into local police.

“He is acknowledging he has a problem, that he has an addiction to pornography,” Travis said before Hauser’s sentencing. “It has cost him his marriage and maybe his freedom.”

Hauser’s attorney, Shannon Sible, said his client has “gotten his head around to the fact that he has a problem” and is getting counseling for it.

For his part, Hauser said he felt extreme shame for his actions in downloading 131 child pornography images.

“It’s good to feel ashamed and you should be ashamed,” Judge Schofield said. “You did something that can only be described as despicable. If there were no market for child pornography, there would be no children victimized by child pornographers.”

“Studies have shown that children forced to perform sexual acts suffer problems then and later in life,” he said. “They are more prone to substance abuse and less likely to have healthy relationships with others.”

“So, you should be ashamed, but shame is a useless feeling unless you use it to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

“Everybody makes mistakes, you’re never too old to make mistakes and you made a big one,” he said. “But you can recover. It takes acceptance and commitment to not make the same mistake again.”

Schofield’s sentence to have no contact with children and youth and not be near schools would seem to preclude Hauser from further direct participation in Niles High School Drama Club activities. In October, the drama club performed a play Hauser wrote called “Vampires at the Mall.”

Published in: on February 20, 2008 at 6:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Exploited Children’s Rights Act – Legislation to give child abuse victims a voice in civil courts

Attorney General Bill McCollum and key legislators unveiled new legislation Tuesday which, if passed, will provide victims of child pornography with a voice in court proceedings against individuals who download and distribute images of the child’s sexual abuse.

Similar to an established Federal law, the Exploited Children’s Rights Act will also entitle victims of Florida-based child pornography to seek no less than $150,000 per incident from perpetrators.

The legislation was filed in the Senate by Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) as Senate Bill 1442 and in the House of Representatives by Rep. David Rivera (R-Miami) as House Bill 605.

Every time an image of child pornography is downloaded, viewed or distributed, a child’s sexual abuse is continued on the internet for these individuals ghastly appreciation, said Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Until now, these children have not been treated as victims of crime in state courts and Florida would be the first state in the nation to correct this glaring oversight.

The Exploited Children’s Rights Act will make Florida the first state to allow victims of Florida-based child pornography to seek civil remedies against those who download images of that child’s sexual abuse.

The legislation will also allow the Attorney Generals Office to pursue these cases on behalf of the victims at their request.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are more than 30 children who have been identified as victims of Florida-based child pornography.

Child pornography is the graphic representation of sex crimes against children, and we must take the strongest stand possible against those who perpetrate this disgusting activity, said Senator Dockery. These individuals need to feel the full strength of our state’s outrage.

Florida has already made its mark as a leader against cybercriminals and those who download and distribute child pornography, said Rep. Rivera. With this bill, we are again taking the lead and standing up for these children who so desperately need us on their side.

Robin "Scott" Roggenbuck – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual Predator

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


Platte County authorities are asking for help finding more possible victims of a registered sex offender.

Earlier this month, Robin “Scott” Roggenbuck, 55, was charged with deviate sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

Roggenbuck is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy. According to prosecutors, the victim also said Roggenbuck victimized other teenage boys and that he provided the boys alcohol.

“We believe this defendant may have sexually assaulted other boys who have not yet reported the abuse. We are asking parents whose children may have been victimized by Mr. Roggenbuck to contact police,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a news release.

Roggenbuck is a registered sex offender whose original offenses occurred in Washington state.

Roggenbuck worked at the Pizza Hut in Platte City, where he met the 17-year-old victim, prosecutors said.

Zahnd said Roggenbuck is not related to the victim but the two lived together.

“(Roggenbuck) was kind of creepy, actually. Just old and quiet. There was a weird thing about him,” said Nick Brandes, a friend of the victim.

According to court documents, the victim said Roggenbuck sexually assaulted him at Roggenbuck’s apartment on Studio Drive in Platte City on numerous occasions between November 2007 and February 2008.

The victim also reported Roggenbuck used a computer to show him pornographic movies of young boys performing sexual acts. Platte City police executed a search warrant on the residence and seized the computer.

Platte County Sheriff’s Department detectives assigned to the Cyber Crimes Task Force said they found numerous pornographic images of male children after they conducted a scan of the computer’s hard drive.

Roggenbuck is being held in the Platte County Jail on a $30,000 cash bond.

Anyone with information about possible additional victims of Roggenbuck should contact the Platte City Police Department at (816) 858-5150.

“Our hope is that they will see what this one teenager did, the courage he displayed coming forward, and if they’ve been abused to come forth and report what happened to them,” Zahnd said.

Robin "Scott" Roggenbuck – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual Predator

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


Platte County authorities are asking for help finding more possible victims of a registered sex offender.

Earlier this month, Robin “Scott” Roggenbuck, 55, was charged with deviate sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

Roggenbuck is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy. According to prosecutors, the victim also said Roggenbuck victimized other teenage boys and that he provided the boys alcohol.

“We believe this defendant may have sexually assaulted other boys who have not yet reported the abuse. We are asking parents whose children may have been victimized by Mr. Roggenbuck to contact police,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a news release.

Roggenbuck is a registered sex offender whose original offenses occurred in Washington state.

Roggenbuck worked at the Pizza Hut in Platte City, where he met the 17-year-old victim, prosecutors said.

Zahnd said Roggenbuck is not related to the victim but the two lived together.

“(Roggenbuck) was kind of creepy, actually. Just old and quiet. There was a weird thing about him,” said Nick Brandes, a friend of the victim.

According to court documents, the victim said Roggenbuck sexually assaulted him at Roggenbuck’s apartment on Studio Drive in Platte City on numerous occasions between November 2007 and February 2008.

The victim also reported Roggenbuck used a computer to show him pornographic movies of young boys performing sexual acts. Platte City police executed a search warrant on the residence and seized the computer.

Platte County Sheriff’s Department detectives assigned to the Cyber Crimes Task Force said they found numerous pornographic images of male children after they conducted a scan of the computer’s hard drive.

Roggenbuck is being held in the Platte County Jail on a $30,000 cash bond.

Anyone with information about possible additional victims of Roggenbuck should contact the Platte City Police Department at (816) 858-5150.

“Our hope is that they will see what this one teenager did, the courage he displayed coming forward, and if they’ve been abused to come forth and report what happened to them,” Zahnd said.

WANTED – Charles Williams – Repeat Sex Offender

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


Columbus police are searching for a registered sex offender who allegedly posed as an undercover officer and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.

Police have charged 38-year-old Charles Williams with rape and kidnapping. Police say he lured a girl into his truck Friday night and assaulted her. She was released four hours later.

Detectives have said the public should consider Williams armed and dangerous, even though his victim did not see a weapon.

Court records show Williams was convicted of gross sexual imposition in 1994 and spent 10 years in prison.

WANTED – Charles Williams – Repeat Sex Offender

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


Columbus police are searching for a registered sex offender who allegedly posed as an undercover officer and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.

Police have charged 38-year-old Charles Williams with rape and kidnapping. Police say he lured a girl into his truck Friday night and assaulted her. She was released four hours later.

Detectives have said the public should consider Williams armed and dangerous, even though his victim did not see a weapon.

Court records show Williams was convicted of gross sexual imposition in 1994 and spent 10 years in prison.

James Michael Willnecker – Internet Predator – SURPRISE! – Repeat Sex Offender

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


Baltimore County police said they have arrested an Essex, Md., man for solicitation of a 14-year-old Michigan girl over the Internet.

Police arrested James Michael Willnecker, 34, on Feb. 15 after they were contacted by members of an Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce with the Fruitport police department in Michigan.

Police allege a person using the screen name “IBJIM” had been communicating through an online chatroom with the minor from Ravenna, Mich., since December, and was making arrangements to meet to have sex when the communications were discovered by the girl’s mother.

Willnecker has been charged with solicitation of a minor for pornography and sexual solicitation of a minor.

Police said Willnecker is a Maryland registered sex offender.

James Michael Willnecker – Internet Predator – SURPRISE! – Repeat Sex Offender

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


Baltimore County police said they have arrested an Essex, Md., man for solicitation of a 14-year-old Michigan girl over the Internet.

Police arrested James Michael Willnecker, 34, on Feb. 15 after they were contacted by members of an Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce with the Fruitport police department in Michigan.

Police allege a person using the screen name “IBJIM” had been communicating through an online chatroom with the minor from Ravenna, Mich., since December, and was making arrangements to meet to have sex when the communications were discovered by the girl’s mother.

Willnecker has been charged with solicitation of a minor for pornography and sexual solicitation of a minor.

Police said Willnecker is a Maryland registered sex offender.