Dylan Sullivan – Repeat Sex Offender

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


A sexual predator who repeatedly raped and threatened a child over a three-year period, from the time the child was 8 years old, has been put behind bars.

In Washburn County Circuit Court in Shell Lake last Thursday, Judge Michael Gableman, a Burnett County circuit court judge, agreed with Washburn County District Attorney Mike Bitney that Dylan Sullivan of Fond du Lac should receive a severe penalty for his crimes.

Gableman declared that Sullivan, 38, will receive prison time and extensive supervision well into his twilight years.
Gableman sentenced Sullivan to 15 years in prison and 15 years supervision for the Washburn County charge of repeated rape.

He also will serve 10 years in prison plus 10 years supervision for sexual assault and repeated sexual assault charges in Sawyer County. That sentence had originally been imposed and stayed by Sawyer County Judge Norman Yackel in July 2006, and Sullivan was released on probation.

“He’ll be supervised for the next 50 years,” Bitney said.

Bitney also asked that Sullivan have no contact with the family of the child he assaulted, or any other minor female. The abuse took place in three separate counties, Sawyer, Washburn and Ashland, and Sullivan was charged in each.

At the sentencing Bitney began by calling to the witness stand the victim herself. The child, now 15, came forward and was sworn in. Earlier in tears, the young lady regained her composure and presented a strong case against her attacker.

“My mom had been dating Dylan,” she said. “I thought of him as a father. I was raped. I thought it was just a bad dream … I didn’t know what was going on. I was really confused. He repeatedly raped me almost every day. I wanted to tell my mom, but I couldn’t. I didn’t know how she would react.”

The assault continued for years, she said, and being a little girl, she kept believing it was just a bad dream as it would occur at night.

“I’d try not to fall asleep at night,” she said. “But one night I was awake and it happened. I knew it wasn’t a dream. I was kicking and screaming.”

The assaults got more aggressive, she stated, taking place in the non-sleeping hours.

As she grew older she began to fight back.

“I’d kick, punch, elbow, and bite him,” she said. “He took away my innocence. I know people think it is part my fault for letting it go on so long. I was raped repeatedly for three years.”

She expressed a fear that if released, Sullivan would “do it again to little girls.” She stressed that she did not blame her mother at all, who she finally told of the assaults.

“You disclosed this in May of 2004?” asked Bitney.

“Yes,” said the girl.

When Bitney asked the child what sentence she would like to see Judge Gableman hand down to Sullivan she replied, “… as long as possible.”

Defense Attorney Julie Smith had no questions.

Bitney then called to the witness stand the victim’s mother.

The girl’s mother disclosed that fear of Sullivan’s temper was one reason she did not immediately file charges upon learning of the abuse.

“The main reason I waited as long as I did to turn him in, was I was in fear for myself and my family,” she said. “He made threats to my daughter when he molested her. I needed to know I could keep my family safe. I fear him … he is seriously disturbed and dangerous … he was trying to claim my daughter liked what he was doing to her. That disgusts me. All she knew was she was afraid. He needs to be held accountable.”

The victim’s mother stated she hoped for the maximum sentence for Sullivan.

“What he did is unforgivable and disgusting,” she said.

Gableman also received a written statement from the mother, in which she called Sullivan “controlling and abusive,” someone who threatened the child to stay silent. She said he also threatened to not only kill the girl, but also her, her son and himself.

The youngster finally got the courage to go forward, stated her mother, after seeing a film about abuse in school that helped her realize what was happening to her.

“Dylan admitted to molesting her about 100 times, for three years, almost every night. That is more like 1,000 times. What he did to her will forever be in her soul,” said the mother. “We as a society need to step up to protect our children from sexual predators like the defendant. I would like to see my daughter get the justice she deserves. I’m hoping the court will see him for what he is, a very disturbed and dangerous criminal.”

In phone testimony, Dr. Peggy Dennison, a social worker who works with sex offenders, including Sullivan, disclosed that Sullivan also had admitted to assaulting two other girls, one 16 and one 15, as well as a toddler while changing a diaper.

“I consider Sullivan a high risk (to abuse again),” said Dennison. She noted the duration of abuse and the use of force, as well as his deviant sexual arousal, history of alcohol and drug abuse, and the fact that he was abused himself. “Yes, I consider him a high risk.”

Bitney asked Dennison if she thought Sullivan should be in a correctional institution.

“Absolutely,” she replied.

Questioned by Attorney Smith, Dennison said that during her time with Sullivan she felt he might have been abusing medicines as “ … he seemed tired and lethargic.” She said he also attempted to portray himself as the victim and “ … often appeared to want sympathy.”

“Your opinion of Mr. Sullivan has not changed since 2006?” asked Smith.

“No, it has not,” said Dennison, advocating a prison sentence. “I believe Mr. Sullivan is dangerous.”

Parole and probation officer Jennifer Whitehead, who took over Sullivan’s file in February 2007, when asked by Bitney if she considered Sullivan a danger to the community, replied “Yes.”

Private investigator and Probation Agent Sander Engelsgjerd, however, offered a different opinion.

“I found him not to be a high risk to reoffend,” he said.

But Bitney questioned Engelsgjerd, stating, “You told him to be honest and forthcoming on his history. Yet he didn’t tell you of prior assaults?”

“He did not,” said Engelsgjerd, who said he was concerned Sullivan would not get treatment for his problems until late in his sentence if sent to prison.

“He would also not have access to minor children while in a correctional facility either, would he?” asked Bitney.

“He would not,” said Engelsgjerd.

Bitney maintained that in prison Sullivan would get treatment sooner than Engelsgjerd suggested.

Dr. James Peterson also met personally with Sullivan and testified that he found Sullivan “ … feeling picked on and depressed, doing a lot of brooding. He had low self-esteem and low ability to negotiate with others. He is the sort of person easily rattled, with a certain amount of anger, easily withdrawn. He tended to see himself as incompetent.”

Peterson also stated he saw Sullivan as “ … a low risk for reoffending.”

Bitney asked Peterson is he was aware of the additional victims, and the doctor stated he was not.

“You later learned of more victims, one as young as 3?” asked Bitney.

“Correct,” said Peterson.

“Did you know the offenses dated back 13 years?” asked Bitney.

“I do not recall,” said Peterson, who then stated that statistics showed persons who offended one to six years were higher risks than those who have offended longer.

“It seems to me the longer a person offends, the higher the risk,” replied Bitney.

Joanie Boss, Sullivan’s sister and a victim of sexual abuse herself, said she still supported her brother because he had admitted what he’d done.

“I respect him for taking responsibility … he did the best he could after the fact,” she said. “We can’t change what he did. But he admitted it and faced it, contrary to what I’ve heard today.”

“He’s not here just for one crime,” concluded Bitney. “His victim was a girl age 8 through 11 who experienced a nightmare. She was raped almost daily. She didn’t know what he was doing to her was wrong because she was so young. The defendant was originally placed on probation and he failed. He failed in sex offender treatment. He (abused) a child younger than 3.

“To say that he is a low risk is wrong. This defendant in my opinion is a sexual predator … he needs to be locked away for a long time.”

“I agree with Mr. Bitney,” said Smith. “I cannot excuse the behavior of my client. Mr. Sullivan told me from day one he did do these acts with the child.”

Smith said she thought Sullivan’s sister was persuasive, and said he had remorse.

“I am asking the court to place him on 10 years probation,” she said, stating concern for Sullivan’s treatment and adding that Dr. Peterson was a credible witness.

Sullivan himself spoke.

“I’m disgusted with my actions,” he said. “I want to do what I need to do to make sure it never happens again,” adding an apology to his victims.

Gableman returned to court with his decision following a short break.

“I have reviewed and considered this matter,” he said. “I have considered sentencing guidelines, nature and gravity.

“To (the child), I want to tell you how impressed this court is with what you have done, the fact that you came forward. You are a bright, intelligent young person. You have many blessings and many gifts, and you must not allow this to get in the way of your full potential.

“No possible outcome can restore that victim to where she should have been at this time. The only reason this conduct stopped was because the child came forward.”

The judge then sentenced Sullivan, adding that Sullivan will pay restitution, maintain “absolute sobriety,” and be placed on the Wisconsin Sex Offender registry in accordance with Section 301.45, “… for the rest of your life.”

Published in: on February 23, 2008 at 7:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dylan Sullivan – Repeat Sex Offender

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


A sexual predator who repeatedly raped and threatened a child over a three-year period, from the time the child was 8 years old, has been put behind bars.

In Washburn County Circuit Court in Shell Lake last Thursday, Judge Michael Gableman, a Burnett County circuit court judge, agreed with Washburn County District Attorney Mike Bitney that Dylan Sullivan of Fond du Lac should receive a severe penalty for his crimes.

Gableman declared that Sullivan, 38, will receive prison time and extensive supervision well into his twilight years.
Gableman sentenced Sullivan to 15 years in prison and 15 years supervision for the Washburn County charge of repeated rape.

He also will serve 10 years in prison plus 10 years supervision for sexual assault and repeated sexual assault charges in Sawyer County. That sentence had originally been imposed and stayed by Sawyer County Judge Norman Yackel in July 2006, and Sullivan was released on probation.

“He’ll be supervised for the next 50 years,” Bitney said.

Bitney also asked that Sullivan have no contact with the family of the child he assaulted, or any other minor female. The abuse took place in three separate counties, Sawyer, Washburn and Ashland, and Sullivan was charged in each.

At the sentencing Bitney began by calling to the witness stand the victim herself. The child, now 15, came forward and was sworn in. Earlier in tears, the young lady regained her composure and presented a strong case against her attacker.

“My mom had been dating Dylan,” she said. “I thought of him as a father. I was raped. I thought it was just a bad dream … I didn’t know what was going on. I was really confused. He repeatedly raped me almost every day. I wanted to tell my mom, but I couldn’t. I didn’t know how she would react.”

The assault continued for years, she said, and being a little girl, she kept believing it was just a bad dream as it would occur at night.

“I’d try not to fall asleep at night,” she said. “But one night I was awake and it happened. I knew it wasn’t a dream. I was kicking and screaming.”

The assaults got more aggressive, she stated, taking place in the non-sleeping hours.

As she grew older she began to fight back.

“I’d kick, punch, elbow, and bite him,” she said. “He took away my innocence. I know people think it is part my fault for letting it go on so long. I was raped repeatedly for three years.”

She expressed a fear that if released, Sullivan would “do it again to little girls.” She stressed that she did not blame her mother at all, who she finally told of the assaults.

“You disclosed this in May of 2004?” asked Bitney.

“Yes,” said the girl.

When Bitney asked the child what sentence she would like to see Judge Gableman hand down to Sullivan she replied, “… as long as possible.”

Defense Attorney Julie Smith had no questions.

Bitney then called to the witness stand the victim’s mother.

The girl’s mother disclosed that fear of Sullivan’s temper was one reason she did not immediately file charges upon learning of the abuse.

“The main reason I waited as long as I did to turn him in, was I was in fear for myself and my family,” she said. “He made threats to my daughter when he molested her. I needed to know I could keep my family safe. I fear him … he is seriously disturbed and dangerous … he was trying to claim my daughter liked what he was doing to her. That disgusts me. All she knew was she was afraid. He needs to be held accountable.”

The victim’s mother stated she hoped for the maximum sentence for Sullivan.

“What he did is unforgivable and disgusting,” she said.

Gableman also received a written statement from the mother, in which she called Sullivan “controlling and abusive,” someone who threatened the child to stay silent. She said he also threatened to not only kill the girl, but also her, her son and himself.

The youngster finally got the courage to go forward, stated her mother, after seeing a film about abuse in school that helped her realize what was happening to her.

“Dylan admitted to molesting her about 100 times, for three years, almost every night. That is more like 1,000 times. What he did to her will forever be in her soul,” said the mother. “We as a society need to step up to protect our children from sexual predators like the defendant. I would like to see my daughter get the justice she deserves. I’m hoping the court will see him for what he is, a very disturbed and dangerous criminal.”

In phone testimony, Dr. Peggy Dennison, a social worker who works with sex offenders, including Sullivan, disclosed that Sullivan also had admitted to assaulting two other girls, one 16 and one 15, as well as a toddler while changing a diaper.

“I consider Sullivan a high risk (to abuse again),” said Dennison. She noted the duration of abuse and the use of force, as well as his deviant sexual arousal, history of alcohol and drug abuse, and the fact that he was abused himself. “Yes, I consider him a high risk.”

Bitney asked Dennison if she thought Sullivan should be in a correctional institution.

“Absolutely,” she replied.

Questioned by Attorney Smith, Dennison said that during her time with Sullivan she felt he might have been abusing medicines as “ … he seemed tired and lethargic.” She said he also attempted to portray himself as the victim and “ … often appeared to want sympathy.”

“Your opinion of Mr. Sullivan has not changed since 2006?” asked Smith.

“No, it has not,” said Dennison, advocating a prison sentence. “I believe Mr. Sullivan is dangerous.”

Parole and probation officer Jennifer Whitehead, who took over Sullivan’s file in February 2007, when asked by Bitney if she considered Sullivan a danger to the community, replied “Yes.”

Private investigator and Probation Agent Sander Engelsgjerd, however, offered a different opinion.

“I found him not to be a high risk to reoffend,” he said.

But Bitney questioned Engelsgjerd, stating, “You told him to be honest and forthcoming on his history. Yet he didn’t tell you of prior assaults?”

“He did not,” said Engelsgjerd, who said he was concerned Sullivan would not get treatment for his problems until late in his sentence if sent to prison.

“He would also not have access to minor children while in a correctional facility either, would he?” asked Bitney.

“He would not,” said Engelsgjerd.

Bitney maintained that in prison Sullivan would get treatment sooner than Engelsgjerd suggested.

Dr. James Peterson also met personally with Sullivan and testified that he found Sullivan “ … feeling picked on and depressed, doing a lot of brooding. He had low self-esteem and low ability to negotiate with others. He is the sort of person easily rattled, with a certain amount of anger, easily withdrawn. He tended to see himself as incompetent.”

Peterson also stated he saw Sullivan as “ … a low risk for reoffending.”

Bitney asked Peterson is he was aware of the additional victims, and the doctor stated he was not.

“You later learned of more victims, one as young as 3?” asked Bitney.

“Correct,” said Peterson.

“Did you know the offenses dated back 13 years?” asked Bitney.

“I do not recall,” said Peterson, who then stated that statistics showed persons who offended one to six years were higher risks than those who have offended longer.

“It seems to me the longer a person offends, the higher the risk,” replied Bitney.

Joanie Boss, Sullivan’s sister and a victim of sexual abuse herself, said she still supported her brother because he had admitted what he’d done.

“I respect him for taking responsibility … he did the best he could after the fact,” she said. “We can’t change what he did. But he admitted it and faced it, contrary to what I’ve heard today.”

“He’s not here just for one crime,” concluded Bitney. “His victim was a girl age 8 through 11 who experienced a nightmare. She was raped almost daily. She didn’t know what he was doing to her was wrong because she was so young. The defendant was originally placed on probation and he failed. He failed in sex offender treatment. He (abused) a child younger than 3.

“To say that he is a low risk is wrong. This defendant in my opinion is a sexual predator … he needs to be locked away for a long time.”

“I agree with Mr. Bitney,” said Smith. “I cannot excuse the behavior of my client. Mr. Sullivan told me from day one he did do these acts with the child.”

Smith said she thought Sullivan’s sister was persuasive, and said he had remorse.

“I am asking the court to place him on 10 years probation,” she said, stating concern for Sullivan’s treatment and adding that Dr. Peterson was a credible witness.

Sullivan himself spoke.

“I’m disgusted with my actions,” he said. “I want to do what I need to do to make sure it never happens again,” adding an apology to his victims.

Gableman returned to court with his decision following a short break.

“I have reviewed and considered this matter,” he said. “I have considered sentencing guidelines, nature and gravity.

“To (the child), I want to tell you how impressed this court is with what you have done, the fact that you came forward. You are a bright, intelligent young person. You have many blessings and many gifts, and you must not allow this to get in the way of your full potential.

“No possible outcome can restore that victim to where she should have been at this time. The only reason this conduct stopped was because the child came forward.”

The judge then sentenced Sullivan, adding that Sullivan will pay restitution, maintain “absolute sobriety,” and be placed on the Wisconsin Sex Offender registry in accordance with Section 301.45, “… for the rest of your life.”

Published in: on February 23, 2008 at 7:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Junior Spencer – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
….. Sarah Tofte


You’ve been hearing his name since Thursday. But if it rings any alarm bells, that may be because it’s not the first time his moniker has come up.

More than 24 hours ago, Toronto Police released the name of Junior Spencer, a man with a long history of sexually assaulting children and making and distributing child pornography. Cops warned he was being released from prison and was coming back to live in Toronto under very strict conditions. But they feared he was at a high risk to re-offend and told parents to watch out for him.

Spencer is staying at a halfway house on Keele St., prompting the Toronto District School Board to issue a warning of its own to parents.

There’s good reason for the caution. Because Spencer has been in the news many, many times before.

The first time you heard his name was in a CityNews report on September 19, 2000. That was the day cops revealed the existence of an entity known as “The Family”. But there was nothing familial about the group. Instead, it was a ring of 20-25 males who specialized in child pornography.

And to the shock of many, its apparent ringleader was running the operation out of a secure facility: Warkworth Correctional Institute. Spencer was in another jail but was also charged with being a member and distributing the disgusting content.

Cops called it a highly organized ring and a danger to children. “They’re being preyed upon by operations like this,” related Supt. Ron Taverner. “Obviously if this stuff is being manufactured, young people are being duped.”

Flash forward to February 2003 and Spencer’s name surfaces again – this time in a scenario that’s eerily familiar. He’s being released after his sentence ends, prompting a warning from police that he’s at a high risk to commit similar crimes again.

They outlined a scenario about how he approaches children. “Typically, he befriends them and in some cases, he’s taken pictures and pornographic images of them and distributes them to some of his friends,” explained Det Sgt. Elizabeth Byrnes.

Parents worried and police kept watch, but despite extreme conditions placed on his freedom, it wasn’t enough to stop him.

A year later, in May 2004, cops’ worst fears were realized when Junior Spencer was rearrested after authorities raided a home near Lansdowne and Dupont. This time, the pedophile was found to be a member of a new group called “The Company”. But the name change hadn’t altered his sick desires.

“What they do is go out in our community and seek out and find street kids, kids that are either runaways or have been kicked out and make them offers of housing and food,” detailed Staff Insp. Bruce Smollet. “And in exchange, they’re forced to participate in various sex acts.”

It’s those charges that put Spencer back behind bars. Now, almost four years later, his time served is up and he’s returned to Toronto in a disturbing and seemingly endless loop for the justice system – back on the streets amid warnings he’ll be looking for more victims among your kids.

13% of all new sex crimes are committed by
registered sex offenders.
Currently registered sex offenders are
one fifth of one percent of the population


0.2% of the population is committing 13%
of all NEW sex crimes
per Sarah Tofte

Junior Spencer – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
….. Sarah Tofte


You’ve been hearing his name since Thursday. But if it rings any alarm bells, that may be because it’s not the first time his moniker has come up.

More than 24 hours ago, Toronto Police released the name of Junior Spencer, a man with a long history of sexually assaulting children and making and distributing child pornography. Cops warned he was being released from prison and was coming back to live in Toronto under very strict conditions. But they feared he was at a high risk to re-offend and told parents to watch out for him.

Spencer is staying at a halfway house on Keele St., prompting the Toronto District School Board to issue a warning of its own to parents.

There’s good reason for the caution. Because Spencer has been in the news many, many times before.

The first time you heard his name was in a CityNews report on September 19, 2000. That was the day cops revealed the existence of an entity known as “The Family”. But there was nothing familial about the group. Instead, it was a ring of 20-25 males who specialized in child pornography.

And to the shock of many, its apparent ringleader was running the operation out of a secure facility: Warkworth Correctional Institute. Spencer was in another jail but was also charged with being a member and distributing the disgusting content.

Cops called it a highly organized ring and a danger to children. “They’re being preyed upon by operations like this,” related Supt. Ron Taverner. “Obviously if this stuff is being manufactured, young people are being duped.”

Flash forward to February 2003 and Spencer’s name surfaces again – this time in a scenario that’s eerily familiar. He’s being released after his sentence ends, prompting a warning from police that he’s at a high risk to commit similar crimes again.

They outlined a scenario about how he approaches children. “Typically, he befriends them and in some cases, he’s taken pictures and pornographic images of them and distributes them to some of his friends,” explained Det Sgt. Elizabeth Byrnes.

Parents worried and police kept watch, but despite extreme conditions placed on his freedom, it wasn’t enough to stop him.

A year later, in May 2004, cops’ worst fears were realized when Junior Spencer was rearrested after authorities raided a home near Lansdowne and Dupont. This time, the pedophile was found to be a member of a new group called “The Company”. But the name change hadn’t altered his sick desires.

“What they do is go out in our community and seek out and find street kids, kids that are either runaways or have been kicked out and make them offers of housing and food,” detailed Staff Insp. Bruce Smollet. “And in exchange, they’re forced to participate in various sex acts.”

It’s those charges that put Spencer back behind bars. Now, almost four years later, his time served is up and he’s returned to Toronto in a disturbing and seemingly endless loop for the justice system – back on the streets amid warnings he’ll be looking for more victims among your kids.

13% of all new sex crimes are committed by
registered sex offenders.
Currently registered sex offenders are
one fifth of one percent of the population


0.2% of the population is committing 13%
of all NEW sex crimes
per Sarah Tofte

Junior Spencer – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
….. Sarah Tofte


You’ve been hearing his name since Thursday. But if it rings any alarm bells, that may be because it’s not the first time his moniker has come up.

More than 24 hours ago, Toronto Police released the name of Junior Spencer, a man with a long history of sexually assaulting children and making and distributing child pornography. Cops warned he was being released from prison and was coming back to live in Toronto under very strict conditions. But they feared he was at a high risk to re-offend and told parents to watch out for him.

Spencer is staying at a halfway house on Keele St., prompting the Toronto District School Board to issue a warning of its own to parents.

There’s good reason for the caution. Because Spencer has been in the news many, many times before.

The first time you heard his name was in a CityNews report on September 19, 2000. That was the day cops revealed the existence of an entity known as “The Family”. But there was nothing familial about the group. Instead, it was a ring of 20-25 males who specialized in child pornography.

And to the shock of many, its apparent ringleader was running the operation out of a secure facility: Warkworth Correctional Institute. Spencer was in another jail but was also charged with being a member and distributing the disgusting content.

Cops called it a highly organized ring and a danger to children. “They’re being preyed upon by operations like this,” related Supt. Ron Taverner. “Obviously if this stuff is being manufactured, young people are being duped.”

Flash forward to February 2003 and Spencer’s name surfaces again – this time in a scenario that’s eerily familiar. He’s being released after his sentence ends, prompting a warning from police that he’s at a high risk to commit similar crimes again.

They outlined a scenario about how he approaches children. “Typically, he befriends them and in some cases, he’s taken pictures and pornographic images of them and distributes them to some of his friends,” explained Det Sgt. Elizabeth Byrnes.

Parents worried and police kept watch, but despite extreme conditions placed on his freedom, it wasn’t enough to stop him.

A year later, in May 2004, cops’ worst fears were realized when Junior Spencer was rearrested after authorities raided a home near Lansdowne and Dupont. This time, the pedophile was found to be a member of a new group called “The Company”. But the name change hadn’t altered his sick desires.

“What they do is go out in our community and seek out and find street kids, kids that are either runaways or have been kicked out and make them offers of housing and food,” detailed Staff Insp. Bruce Smollet. “And in exchange, they’re forced to participate in various sex acts.”

It’s those charges that put Spencer back behind bars. Now, almost four years later, his time served is up and he’s returned to Toronto in a disturbing and seemingly endless loop for the justice system – back on the streets amid warnings he’ll be looking for more victims among your kids.

13% of all new sex crimes are committed by
registered sex offenders.
Currently registered sex offenders are
one fifth of one percent of the population


0.2% of the population is committing 13%
of all NEW sex crimes
per Sarah Tofte

Jerry Norman Jones – Captured daughter stealer and registered sex offender


When Jerry Norman Jones heard early Friday morning that he was wanted by authorities for allegedly violating the conditions of his bond, he told his estranged wife in a phone conversation that he wanted to read the Bible and pray.

At the time, Jones was free on $40,000 bond after being charged with molesting four of his third-grade students at Gainesville Elementary School.

Sometime in the next two hours after the phone call ended, Jones packed up his Ford Taurus, scooped up his sleeping 4-year-old daughter Madison Kerr, and fled to parts unknown.

As of late Wednesday, Jones, 51, remained a fugitive, wanted on an arrest order signed by a Hall County judge Feb. 12, three days before he fled.

Jones’ wife, Rene Kerr of Commerce, said she has started divorce proceedings against him, but believes he is innocent of the molestation charges.

“I just wanted him to do what he could to maintain his innocence,” Kerr said this week. “But I think he’s just trying to spend time with his daughter, because he’s worried he won’t have much more time to spend with her.”

Kerr does not think Jones would intentionally harm their daughter, but says the girl needs medicine for allergies and a possible ear infection.

She’s also concerned about a possible confrontation between her husband and law enforcement.

“When they arrest him, they will have guns,” she said. “Obviously, he’s not acting rational, so I worry about the decisions he might make.”

Rene Kerr says she has “no idea” where Jones may be, but believes he has the money to sustain himself and his daughter on the road at least temporarily.

“But it will run out,” she said. “It doesn’t last forever.”

Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh said Jones is being sought “actively” by several law enforcement agencies, without specifying.

According to court documents, Jones was arrested Dec. 15 by Gainesville police who investigated complaints that he fondled three 9-year-old girls and an 8-year-old girl in his classroom at the school on McEver Road.

Jones, who worked at the school for a year, resigned four days before his arrest after being confronted with allegations from co-workers.

On Jan. 7, after hearing an attorney for Jones argue for bond in the case, Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau set bond at $40,000, with several conditions. Under the conditions, Jones was confined to his sister’s home in Cumming and could only venture out if accompanied by his sister. Jones was allowed contact with his daughter, provided it was supervised by his wife or sister, according to the bond order.

On Feb. 8, Hall County prosecutors sought to have the judge revoke Jones’ bond, alleging that he had violated the order by being at the home of his wife and child in Commerce on Feb. 1 without being accompanied by his sister. On Feb. 12, Girardeau issued an order to have Jones arrested.

Hall County Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Strickland said the office’s warrants division got the order on Feb. 13. The office asked Forsyth County sheriff’s officials to carry out the arrest because Jones was thought to be living in their jurisdiction.

It is unclear why authorities first went to the home of Jones’ wife in Jackson County, where they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 15, only to discover he was not there. Earlier, on the afternoon of Feb. 14, Rene Kerr met with Jones and his sister at a Toys ‘R Us in Buford to drop their daughter off for a supervised visit, she said.

Kerr called her husband shortly after sheriff’s deputies left her house to let him know he was wanted, she said.

“He asked if he could call me back,” she said.

The next call Kerr received was from Jones’ sister, at 4 a.m., asking if she knew where he was.

Kerr said she has not heard from her husband, and does not think he is with either of his two adult sons — one lives in Colorado, the other in Alabama — or another sister.

Jones, who is 5 feet, 8 inches and 155 pounds, was last seen driving a white 1996 Ford Taurus with “Pro-Life” bumper stickers and bearing Georgia wildlife tag BW6 B02.

His wife says if he doesn’t want to stop running, he should at least leave their daughter in a safe place, whether it be a church or a hospital.

Unfortunately, she thinks that right now, “the whole point of his life is her.”

Published in: on February 23, 2008 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jerry Norman Jones – Captured daughter stealer and registered sex offender


When Jerry Norman Jones heard early Friday morning that he was wanted by authorities for allegedly violating the conditions of his bond, he told his estranged wife in a phone conversation that he wanted to read the Bible and pray.

At the time, Jones was free on $40,000 bond after being charged with molesting four of his third-grade students at Gainesville Elementary School.

Sometime in the next two hours after the phone call ended, Jones packed up his Ford Taurus, scooped up his sleeping 4-year-old daughter Madison Kerr, and fled to parts unknown.

As of late Wednesday, Jones, 51, remained a fugitive, wanted on an arrest order signed by a Hall County judge Feb. 12, three days before he fled.

Jones’ wife, Rene Kerr of Commerce, said she has started divorce proceedings against him, but believes he is innocent of the molestation charges.

“I just wanted him to do what he could to maintain his innocence,” Kerr said this week. “But I think he’s just trying to spend time with his daughter, because he’s worried he won’t have much more time to spend with her.”

Kerr does not think Jones would intentionally harm their daughter, but says the girl needs medicine for allergies and a possible ear infection.

She’s also concerned about a possible confrontation between her husband and law enforcement.

“When they arrest him, they will have guns,” she said. “Obviously, he’s not acting rational, so I worry about the decisions he might make.”

Rene Kerr says she has “no idea” where Jones may be, but believes he has the money to sustain himself and his daughter on the road at least temporarily.

“But it will run out,” she said. “It doesn’t last forever.”

Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh said Jones is being sought “actively” by several law enforcement agencies, without specifying.

According to court documents, Jones was arrested Dec. 15 by Gainesville police who investigated complaints that he fondled three 9-year-old girls and an 8-year-old girl in his classroom at the school on McEver Road.

Jones, who worked at the school for a year, resigned four days before his arrest after being confronted with allegations from co-workers.

On Jan. 7, after hearing an attorney for Jones argue for bond in the case, Senior Superior Court Judge John Girardeau set bond at $40,000, with several conditions. Under the conditions, Jones was confined to his sister’s home in Cumming and could only venture out if accompanied by his sister. Jones was allowed contact with his daughter, provided it was supervised by his wife or sister, according to the bond order.

On Feb. 8, Hall County prosecutors sought to have the judge revoke Jones’ bond, alleging that he had violated the order by being at the home of his wife and child in Commerce on Feb. 1 without being accompanied by his sister. On Feb. 12, Girardeau issued an order to have Jones arrested.

Hall County Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Strickland said the office’s warrants division got the order on Feb. 13. The office asked Forsyth County sheriff’s officials to carry out the arrest because Jones was thought to be living in their jurisdiction.

It is unclear why authorities first went to the home of Jones’ wife in Jackson County, where they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 15, only to discover he was not there. Earlier, on the afternoon of Feb. 14, Rene Kerr met with Jones and his sister at a Toys ‘R Us in Buford to drop their daughter off for a supervised visit, she said.

Kerr called her husband shortly after sheriff’s deputies left her house to let him know he was wanted, she said.

“He asked if he could call me back,” she said.

The next call Kerr received was from Jones’ sister, at 4 a.m., asking if she knew where he was.

Kerr said she has not heard from her husband, and does not think he is with either of his two adult sons — one lives in Colorado, the other in Alabama — or another sister.

Jones, who is 5 feet, 8 inches and 155 pounds, was last seen driving a white 1996 Ford Taurus with “Pro-Life” bumper stickers and bearing Georgia wildlife tag BW6 B02.

His wife says if he doesn’t want to stop running, he should at least leave their daughter in a safe place, whether it be a church or a hospital.

Unfortunately, she thinks that right now, “the whole point of his life is her.”

Published in: on February 23, 2008 at 6:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tom Gellatly – Indicted for Child Porn

A McMillan Magnet Center teacher and an ex-coach have been indicted on child pornography charges by a federal grand jury.

Tom Gellatly, 61, is charged with receiving and distributing child pornography and possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The criminal complaint filed Feb. 14 against Gellatly indicated investigators found dozens of images, including video, of what appeared to be prepubescent boys on his home computer.

Until his arrest, Gellatly coached the boys swim team and taught social studies, speech and drama at McMillan. He previously taught at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School.

The Omaha school district is in the process of firing Gellatly.

Craig Crowell, 52, is charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography. Investigators say they found several possibly illegal images on Crowell’s computer.

Crowell served as an umpire for the Elkhorn Baseball Association, has coached youth hockey in the Omaha Metropolitan Amateur Hockey Association and has coached in the Bantam House League.

Published in: on February 23, 2008 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Victor Hanson – Guilty Child Porn

An Augusta man faces a minimum of five years in federal prison for having images of child pornography on his home computer.

Victor Hanson, 65, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The transportation charge carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A sentencing hearing will be held this summer, according to Hanson’s attorney, Walter McKee.

“Victor has accepted responsibility for possessing these illegal images,” McKee said. “He knows that he committed the crime and is prepared to start doing his time.”

Hanson was taken into custody by U.S. marshals after Thursday’s hearing before U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby.

Hanson was charged as a result of an undercover Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation that began in 2003, which was described in a court document by Craig M. Wolff, assistant U.S. attorney.

A Wyoming agent “received a child pornography image depicting a known child victim” from the computer address of NetZero member “oldfart 59,” Wolff said, an address traced to Hanson.

On April 22, 2004, Detective Scot Bradeen of the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force seized computers from Hanson’s Gage Street home.

At the time, Hanson admitted he was the only one using them.

Wolff wrote that the images, which depicted children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, were part of the “Sabban” series, a widely traded series of images that originated in Brazil. He said the images were “transported … via the Internet prior to April 22, 2004.”

McKee said Hanson had no prior criminal record.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

Published in: on February 23, 2008 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Steve Arthur and Jennifer Thurman – Charged with Baby Raping

Arthur and his girlfriend, Jennifer Lynn Thurman of Reedley, had physically molested young children in the home and recorded their activities.


On Thursday, Porterville Police Detectives received information that Steven Patrick Arthur possibly possessed child pornography in his home.

A search warrant was served at Arthur’s house in the 800 block of W Sandra.

Detectives located numerous items, photographs and video of pornography involving young children.

Police say that further evidence revealed Arthur and his girlfriend, Jennifer Lynn Thurman of Reedley, had physically molested young children in the home and recorded their activities.

At least four young victims have been identified and the investigation is continuing. Both suspects are being held at the Tulare County Jail without bail.

Published in: on February 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment