Wayne Nelson Corliss – Pedophile Fugitive nabbed

In court Thursday, authorities said Corliss confessed to being the man in the photos taken in 2002, describing it as euphoric and even saving one of the boys’ clothing.


The worldwide manhunt for a suspected child predator ended Thursday in New Jersey.

Wayne Nelson Corliss kept his head down as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took him to Newark’s federal court.

Authorities say the 59-year-old New Jersey resident, who had been an international fugitive, was identified in photographs posted on the Internet sexually abusing three boys between the ages of 6 and 10 in Thailand.

Corliss said nothing has he was whisked away by law enforcement officials.

Corliss was apprehended Wednesday night on New York Avenue in Union City. He had been living for more than a decade in a neighborhood filled with children.

Those who know Corliss say he used to dress up as Santa Claus.

“He took photos with children sitting on his lap – that sort of stuff,” said Raven Squire, Corliss’ building super.

In court Thursday, authorities said Corliss confessed to being the man in the photos taken in 2002, describing it as euphoric and even saving one of the boys’ clothing.

“We presented the photos that we were using that were provided from Interpol.” ICE Special Agent In Charge Kyle Hutchins said. “And he indicated, yes that was him.”

It’s been an extraordinary case for ICE agents. Corliss’ pictures were posted on the Interpol Web site. The international law enforcement agency, based in France, had made an appeal to the public to help them identify Corliss. Within 48 hours, investigators say three people in the U.S. had identified him and called authorities.

“This investigation is very early,” Hutchins said. “We have a long way to go. We have a lot of work to do. We’re going to be looking at every lead and we’re going to be looking at if there were any other people out there involved in this in the United States.”

CBS 2 HD has learned Corliss is an actor who worked under the stage name “Wayne Casey,” and appeared in the 1984 movie “New York Nights.”

“I’ve known him about 15 – 20 years, very upstanding man,” Squire said. “(He was) quiet, good sense of humor … no indication he was in any trouble at all.”

Investigators say they found other boys’ underwear in Corliss’ house as well as child pornography. They say Corliss, who faces up to 20 years behind bars, couldn’t tell them where he got the underwear.

Officials say there are over 100 pictures of Corliss showing sexual abuse with at least three boys between 6 and 10 years old. The pictures were believed to have been taken in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2001. There are more than 800 pictures of the series involving the boys and Corliss. INTERPOL first got the pictures of Corliss in March 2006 from police in Norway. They were found on a computer seized from another man arrested for possession of child pornography.

Codenamed, “Operations IDent,” the effort marks a new method used by law enforcement to catch child predators like Corliss who travel the world to exploit children. After the successful arrest of Christopher Paul Neil last October, which was made after INTERPOL posted unscrambled pictures of the man on their website, the agency changed its rules to allow for images to posted more frequently to ask for the public’s help in catching wanted predators.

Wayne Nelson Corliss – Pedophile Fugitive nabbed

In court Thursday, authorities said Corliss confessed to being the man in the photos taken in 2002, describing it as euphoric and even saving one of the boys’ clothing.


The worldwide manhunt for a suspected child predator ended Thursday in New Jersey.

Wayne Nelson Corliss kept his head down as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took him to Newark’s federal court.

Authorities say the 59-year-old New Jersey resident, who had been an international fugitive, was identified in photographs posted on the Internet sexually abusing three boys between the ages of 6 and 10 in Thailand.

Corliss said nothing has he was whisked away by law enforcement officials.

Corliss was apprehended Wednesday night on New York Avenue in Union City. He had been living for more than a decade in a neighborhood filled with children.

Those who know Corliss say he used to dress up as Santa Claus.

“He took photos with children sitting on his lap – that sort of stuff,” said Raven Squire, Corliss’ building super.

In court Thursday, authorities said Corliss confessed to being the man in the photos taken in 2002, describing it as euphoric and even saving one of the boys’ clothing.

“We presented the photos that we were using that were provided from Interpol.” ICE Special Agent In Charge Kyle Hutchins said. “And he indicated, yes that was him.”

It’s been an extraordinary case for ICE agents. Corliss’ pictures were posted on the Interpol Web site. The international law enforcement agency, based in France, had made an appeal to the public to help them identify Corliss. Within 48 hours, investigators say three people in the U.S. had identified him and called authorities.

“This investigation is very early,” Hutchins said. “We have a long way to go. We have a lot of work to do. We’re going to be looking at every lead and we’re going to be looking at if there were any other people out there involved in this in the United States.”

CBS 2 HD has learned Corliss is an actor who worked under the stage name “Wayne Casey,” and appeared in the 1984 movie “New York Nights.”

“I’ve known him about 15 – 20 years, very upstanding man,” Squire said. “(He was) quiet, good sense of humor … no indication he was in any trouble at all.”

Investigators say they found other boys’ underwear in Corliss’ house as well as child pornography. They say Corliss, who faces up to 20 years behind bars, couldn’t tell them where he got the underwear.

Officials say there are over 100 pictures of Corliss showing sexual abuse with at least three boys between 6 and 10 years old. The pictures were believed to have been taken in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2001. There are more than 800 pictures of the series involving the boys and Corliss. INTERPOL first got the pictures of Corliss in March 2006 from police in Norway. They were found on a computer seized from another man arrested for possession of child pornography.

Codenamed, “Operations IDent,” the effort marks a new method used by law enforcement to catch child predators like Corliss who travel the world to exploit children. After the successful arrest of Christopher Paul Neil last October, which was made after INTERPOL posted unscrambled pictures of the man on their website, the agency changed its rules to allow for images to posted more frequently to ask for the public’s help in catching wanted predators.

Wayne Nelson Corliss – Pedophile Fugitive nabbed

In court Thursday, authorities said Corliss confessed to being the man in the photos taken in 2002, describing it as euphoric and even saving one of the boys’ clothing.


The worldwide manhunt for a suspected child predator ended Thursday in New Jersey.

Wayne Nelson Corliss kept his head down as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took him to Newark’s federal court.

Authorities say the 59-year-old New Jersey resident, who had been an international fugitive, was identified in photographs posted on the Internet sexually abusing three boys between the ages of 6 and 10 in Thailand.

Corliss said nothing has he was whisked away by law enforcement officials.

Corliss was apprehended Wednesday night on New York Avenue in Union City. He had been living for more than a decade in a neighborhood filled with children.

Those who know Corliss say he used to dress up as Santa Claus.

“He took photos with children sitting on his lap – that sort of stuff,” said Raven Squire, Corliss’ building super.

In court Thursday, authorities said Corliss confessed to being the man in the photos taken in 2002, describing it as euphoric and even saving one of the boys’ clothing.

“We presented the photos that we were using that were provided from Interpol.” ICE Special Agent In Charge Kyle Hutchins said. “And he indicated, yes that was him.”

It’s been an extraordinary case for ICE agents. Corliss’ pictures were posted on the Interpol Web site. The international law enforcement agency, based in France, had made an appeal to the public to help them identify Corliss. Within 48 hours, investigators say three people in the U.S. had identified him and called authorities.

“This investigation is very early,” Hutchins said. “We have a long way to go. We have a lot of work to do. We’re going to be looking at every lead and we’re going to be looking at if there were any other people out there involved in this in the United States.”

CBS 2 HD has learned Corliss is an actor who worked under the stage name “Wayne Casey,” and appeared in the 1984 movie “New York Nights.”

“I’ve known him about 15 – 20 years, very upstanding man,” Squire said. “(He was) quiet, good sense of humor … no indication he was in any trouble at all.”

Investigators say they found other boys’ underwear in Corliss’ house as well as child pornography. They say Corliss, who faces up to 20 years behind bars, couldn’t tell them where he got the underwear.

Officials say there are over 100 pictures of Corliss showing sexual abuse with at least three boys between 6 and 10 years old. The pictures were believed to have been taken in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2001. There are more than 800 pictures of the series involving the boys and Corliss. INTERPOL first got the pictures of Corliss in March 2006 from police in Norway. They were found on a computer seized from another man arrested for possession of child pornography.

Codenamed, “Operations IDent,” the effort marks a new method used by law enforcement to catch child predators like Corliss who travel the world to exploit children. After the successful arrest of Christopher Paul Neil last October, which was made after INTERPOL posted unscrambled pictures of the man on their website, the agency changed its rules to allow for images to posted more frequently to ask for the public’s help in catching wanted predators.

Child Molesters have average 119.7 sex crimes before being arrested

According to Jewell-Jensen, the statistics alone tell the sad story of how often child molesters strike and how few are caught. She says one out of 3 to 5 girls and one out of 6 to 11 boys will be molested prior to their 18th birthday. Offenders have a 3 percent chance of getting caught; those who are caught engage in an average of 119.7 sex crimes before being arrested.

Michael was a popular music teacher who was beloved by students and adored by parents, all the while molesting his own children, their friends and other kids.

As he tells his story to a therapist during a videotaped interview, he is clearly pleased at having fooled everyone.

“I won all their trust,” he said. “They think I’m the greatest thing that ever lived.”

The interview is just one of many watched Wednesday by those attending a workshop, “Protecting our Children: Advice from Child Molesters.” Sponsored by Yakima police, prosecutors and education officials, the two-day seminar in Yakima focused on how the old adage of “stranger danger” just doesn’t cut it as far as protecting children.

Guest speaker Cory Jewell-Jensen, co-director at the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Ore., who has worked on more than 5,000 sex crime cases, said some of the molesters even laughed out loud while watching a video about how kids were supposed to protect themselves.

“They said, ‘We’re laughing because it’s the dumbest thing we’ve ever seen,’ ” she recalled.

According to Jewell-Jensen, the statistics alone tell the sad story of how often child molesters strike and how few are caught. She says one out of 3 to 5 girls and one out of 6 to 11 boys will be molested prior to their 18th birthday. Offenders have a 3 percent chance of getting caught; those who are caught engage in an average of 119.7 sex crimes before being arrested.

She points out that her sex offender clients have included teachers, coaches, social workers, foster parents, a pediatrician, a minister, a judge, two lawyers and three police officers. Relationships with kids vary from parents, stepparents, relatives, family friends and trusted authority figures like a member of the clergy.

A sex offender’s victims can vary as well, and include boys and girls, children and teenagers, their own kids and those of others.

“It seems like there’s so many different varieties of predators that it’s hard to profile them,” said Yakima police Detective Chad Janis of the Special Assault Unit.

Many like Michael groom their victims carefully, sometimes for up to a year. In the video, Michael said he started off by putting his arm around the children’s shoulders, and then eventually working his way to fondling the children while tucking them in at night, alone in a dark room.

And he said when parents confronted him about questions their children had concerning him, he knew it was time to back off for a while. All of this happened while he was married with children.

“I felt like my marriage was a cover-up,” he said. “I had to fantasize about kids while having sex with my wife.”

One child molester named Daniel told his interviewer that he molested a couple of boys with disabilities because he saw them as “perfect victims” who had adult bodies and “seldom said no to anything.” Another child molester named Jim said during his interview he molested “plump” children and “used their insecurities against them.”

Those dating mothers with children said they would offer to baby-sit so their girlfriends could go shopping, while others made sure they tucked them in and read bedtime stories. One even said he drugged the mother so she got sleepy early.

Although the stories are graphic, they illustrate a point that child molesters can not be thwarted by children.

“We are leaving this fight to kids,” Jewell-Jensen said. “Adults need to step up and do their part.”

Child Molesters have average 119.7 sex crimes before being arrested

According to Jewell-Jensen, the statistics alone tell the sad story of how often child molesters strike and how few are caught. She says one out of 3 to 5 girls and one out of 6 to 11 boys will be molested prior to their 18th birthday. Offenders have a 3 percent chance of getting caught; those who are caught engage in an average of 119.7 sex crimes before being arrested.

Michael was a popular music teacher who was beloved by students and adored by parents, all the while molesting his own children, their friends and other kids.

As he tells his story to a therapist during a videotaped interview, he is clearly pleased at having fooled everyone.

“I won all their trust,” he said. “They think I’m the greatest thing that ever lived.”

The interview is just one of many watched Wednesday by those attending a workshop, “Protecting our Children: Advice from Child Molesters.” Sponsored by Yakima police, prosecutors and education officials, the two-day seminar in Yakima focused on how the old adage of “stranger danger” just doesn’t cut it as far as protecting children.

Guest speaker Cory Jewell-Jensen, co-director at the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Ore., who has worked on more than 5,000 sex crime cases, said some of the molesters even laughed out loud while watching a video about how kids were supposed to protect themselves.

“They said, ‘We’re laughing because it’s the dumbest thing we’ve ever seen,’ ” she recalled.

According to Jewell-Jensen, the statistics alone tell the sad story of how often child molesters strike and how few are caught. She says one out of 3 to 5 girls and one out of 6 to 11 boys will be molested prior to their 18th birthday. Offenders have a 3 percent chance of getting caught; those who are caught engage in an average of 119.7 sex crimes before being arrested.

She points out that her sex offender clients have included teachers, coaches, social workers, foster parents, a pediatrician, a minister, a judge, two lawyers and three police officers. Relationships with kids vary from parents, stepparents, relatives, family friends and trusted authority figures like a member of the clergy.

A sex offender’s victims can vary as well, and include boys and girls, children and teenagers, their own kids and those of others.

“It seems like there’s so many different varieties of predators that it’s hard to profile them,” said Yakima police Detective Chad Janis of the Special Assault Unit.

Many like Michael groom their victims carefully, sometimes for up to a year. In the video, Michael said he started off by putting his arm around the children’s shoulders, and then eventually working his way to fondling the children while tucking them in at night, alone in a dark room.

And he said when parents confronted him about questions their children had concerning him, he knew it was time to back off for a while. All of this happened while he was married with children.

“I felt like my marriage was a cover-up,” he said. “I had to fantasize about kids while having sex with my wife.”

One child molester named Daniel told his interviewer that he molested a couple of boys with disabilities because he saw them as “perfect victims” who had adult bodies and “seldom said no to anything.” Another child molester named Jim said during his interview he molested “plump” children and “used their insecurities against them.”

Those dating mothers with children said they would offer to baby-sit so their girlfriends could go shopping, while others made sure they tucked them in and read bedtime stories. One even said he drugged the mother so she got sleepy early.

Although the stories are graphic, they illustrate a point that child molesters can not be thwarted by children.

“We are leaving this fight to kids,” Jewell-Jensen said. “Adults need to step up and do their part.”