Pedophile on the hunt at your local Walmart

A 3-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Wal-Mart, and now police are asking for help in catching the suspect. The disturbing case of child sex abuse occurred two weeks ago in Orem.

The abuse happened May 14 while the girl was sitting in a shopping cart. But the suspect’s actions were caught on surveillance tape, and now police are turning to the public for help in finding this child predator.

The video shows the suspect in the store for about an hour, and police say it appears he had only one reason for being there: to molest a child.

“He arrives at the store, walks in, and for roughly an hour he walks around Wal-Mart kind of passively looking at things. But for the most part, you see him shadowing small children,” said Sgt. John McCombs, with the Orem Police Department.

The video even shows the man approach a young child sitting in the shopping cart. Just at the moment it appears he is ready to make his move, the child’s mother turns around. The man keeps walking and starts to clap his hands together at this missed opportunity.

Sadly, the man later victimizes a 3-year-old girl. Police say a woman had her daughter sitting in a grocery cart when she went around the corner for just a few moments to grab an item. “And when she came back, her daughter had said, ‘That that man just touched me,’ and pointed to herself where she had been touched,” explained Lt. Doug Edwards, spokesman for Orem police.

“For an hour, he appears to be searching for a victim until he finally finds the one that he touches,” McCombs said.

That’s when the man immediately leaves Wal-Mart without buying anything. Security cameras also catch him leaving in this Chevy or GMC four-door pickup truck at the same time the victim’s mother is reporting the crime to store security.

We showed the footage to Doctor Ted Harris, who treats sexually abused victims and predators. He says it’s obvious the man is dangerous, more so than the average predator. “This guy appears to be pretty brazen. To go in public, risk being caught, there’s got to be something going on with him that’s pushed him over the edge,” Dr. Harris said.

But it’s also that risk of being caught that may lead to more attempts. Dr. Harris said, “He’s walking around in public, seeking kids that he knows the parents are there, and so that increases his arousal, probably.”

Close-calls may only keep him going. “The one kid where he starts clapping his hands, it’s like, probably a sense of relief, but also a sense of excitement that, ‘yeah, I was that close, and I could’ve had that one,'” Dr. Harris said.

Police searched surveillance video and believe no other children were victimized while the suspect was in the store.

Detectives have exhausted possible leads in finding the man and now need the public’s help. “We’ve tried narrowing it down on sex offender registries, we’ve tried searching vehicles that match descriptions that we are looking at, put it out to other detectives, and we just can’t figure out who this guy is,” McCombs said.

The suspect will face charges of child sex abuse if he is arrested.

Again, police have no solid leads in this case, so anyone with information on who this predator could be should contact the detectives at the Orem Police Department by calling (801) 229-7149.

Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Jason Pelan – Repeat Sex Offender

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

A registered Nebraska sex offender remains in jail under new charge.

A 28-year-old registered sex offender remains in jail, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old-girl.

A Saline County jail spokesman said Thursday that Jason Pelan of Crete remained in jail on bail of $500,000.

Police arrested Pelan on Friday after receiving a report that he was chasing a 15-year-old girl down a street in Crete.

The girl told police that Pelan had sexually assaulted her. Police say she and Pelan have been communicating for several months. She is from Malcolm.

Pelan was convicted in 2006 of attempted first-degree sexual assault in Butler County.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch
Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 2:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Jason Pelan – Repeat Sex Offender

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

A registered Nebraska sex offender remains in jail under new charge.

A 28-year-old registered sex offender remains in jail, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old-girl.

A Saline County jail spokesman said Thursday that Jason Pelan of Crete remained in jail on bail of $500,000.

Police arrested Pelan on Friday after receiving a report that he was chasing a 15-year-old girl down a street in Crete.

The girl told police that Pelan had sexually assaulted her. Police say she and Pelan have been communicating for several months. She is from Malcolm.

Pelan was convicted in 2006 of attempted first-degree sexual assault in Butler County.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch
Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 2:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Jason Pelan – Repeat Sex Offender

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

A registered Nebraska sex offender remains in jail under new charge.

A 28-year-old registered sex offender remains in jail, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old-girl.

A Saline County jail spokesman said Thursday that Jason Pelan of Crete remained in jail on bail of $500,000.

Police arrested Pelan on Friday after receiving a report that he was chasing a 15-year-old girl down a street in Crete.

The girl told police that Pelan had sexually assaulted her. Police say she and Pelan have been communicating for several months. She is from Malcolm.

Pelan was convicted in 2006 of attempted first-degree sexual assault in Butler County.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch
Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 2:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Billy Dan Carroll – Out of Control Child Molester


More charges are set to be launched against a former children’s legal advocate accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

Billy Dan Carroll, 53, has been in jail on a $2 million bond since his arrest on Sunday.

Investigators said they obtained a search warrant and found videotapes that showed Carroll sexually assaulting at least six other children and two women.

Police on Wednesday identified two of the underage victims in the video but would not disclose whether they where clients of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County.

Investigators visited the organization’s offices for a second time Wednesday. CASA officials said they were advised by the Austin Police Department to stop making comments about the case.

Since police said they identified two more victims, they are working to release even more charges against Carroll on Friday.

The charges and media surrounding the former legal advocate’s suspected actions are upsetting to Bill Fredericks, Carroll’s former partner in a court reporting firm.

Under legal advice Fredericks could not speak directly to KXAN, but in a written statement he said: “The company was not aware of the allegations underlying Mr. Carroll’s arrest, and we condemn any criminal behavior that may have occurred.”

Fredericks and Carroll merged their two business more than 15 years ago and co-founded the reporting firm. The firm, however, has changed its name to omit ‘Carroll’ from the title and has become Fredericks Reporting and Litigation Services. Carroll’s name was also removed from the board in the front office.

Fredericks said the situation has been very difficult on everyone who knows Carroll. He said he had no idea that his former friend and partner was suspected in criminal behavior.

APD has been to the company’s Austin office and searched it for evidence.

Billy Dan Carroll – Out of Control Child Molester


More charges are set to be launched against a former children’s legal advocate accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

Billy Dan Carroll, 53, has been in jail on a $2 million bond since his arrest on Sunday.

Investigators said they obtained a search warrant and found videotapes that showed Carroll sexually assaulting at least six other children and two women.

Police on Wednesday identified two of the underage victims in the video but would not disclose whether they where clients of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County.

Investigators visited the organization’s offices for a second time Wednesday. CASA officials said they were advised by the Austin Police Department to stop making comments about the case.

Since police said they identified two more victims, they are working to release even more charges against Carroll on Friday.

The charges and media surrounding the former legal advocate’s suspected actions are upsetting to Bill Fredericks, Carroll’s former partner in a court reporting firm.

Under legal advice Fredericks could not speak directly to KXAN, but in a written statement he said: “The company was not aware of the allegations underlying Mr. Carroll’s arrest, and we condemn any criminal behavior that may have occurred.”

Fredericks and Carroll merged their two business more than 15 years ago and co-founded the reporting firm. The firm, however, has changed its name to omit ‘Carroll’ from the title and has become Fredericks Reporting and Litigation Services. Carroll’s name was also removed from the board in the front office.

Fredericks said the situation has been very difficult on everyone who knows Carroll. He said he had no idea that his former friend and partner was suspected in criminal behavior.

APD has been to the company’s Austin office and searched it for evidence.

Billy Dan Carroll – Out of Control Child Molester


More charges are set to be launched against a former children’s legal advocate accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

Billy Dan Carroll, 53, has been in jail on a $2 million bond since his arrest on Sunday.

Investigators said they obtained a search warrant and found videotapes that showed Carroll sexually assaulting at least six other children and two women.

Police on Wednesday identified two of the underage victims in the video but would not disclose whether they where clients of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County.

Investigators visited the organization’s offices for a second time Wednesday. CASA officials said they were advised by the Austin Police Department to stop making comments about the case.

Since police said they identified two more victims, they are working to release even more charges against Carroll on Friday.

The charges and media surrounding the former legal advocate’s suspected actions are upsetting to Bill Fredericks, Carroll’s former partner in a court reporting firm.

Under legal advice Fredericks could not speak directly to KXAN, but in a written statement he said: “The company was not aware of the allegations underlying Mr. Carroll’s arrest, and we condemn any criminal behavior that may have occurred.”

Fredericks and Carroll merged their two business more than 15 years ago and co-founded the reporting firm. The firm, however, has changed its name to omit ‘Carroll’ from the title and has become Fredericks Reporting and Litigation Services. Carroll’s name was also removed from the board in the front office.

Fredericks said the situation has been very difficult on everyone who knows Carroll. He said he had no idea that his former friend and partner was suspected in criminal behavior.

APD has been to the company’s Austin office and searched it for evidence.

Kyle Bell – Repeat Sex Offender Wants out of Prison

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


Fargo man convicted of killing an 11-year old girl wants out of federal prison.

Kyle Bell was convicted almost 10 years ago of killing Jeanna North, who disappeared in 1993.

Her body has never been found.

Bell says his rights are being violated because he`s a state prisoner being held in a federal prison. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the request should be rejected for a number of reasons, including that it has no merit.

Kyle Bell`s case has impacted people throughout the state.

Bell was a convicted repeat sex offender before killing Jeanna North, but no one knew he was living in her neighborhood.

After he was convicted for her murder, he escaped from a prisoner transport bus in 1999.

Bell spent three months on the run until caught after his case was featured on “America`s Most Wanted.”

Jeanna`s family says they hope he stays locked up for the rest of his life.

Bell`s case has prompted changes in sex offender notification laws.

Now, sex offenders and offenders against children are required to register with their local police department.

“Kyle had a lot to do with North Dakota registration and making it stricter and allowing police to know where people are at, where they`re working, where they`re living, the whole gamut of things there,” says Lt. Bob Haas, of the Bismarck Police Department. “I think it`s helped quite a bit.”

Bell has tried to appeal his conviction in the past.

He`s been unsuccessful so far.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch
Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Kyle Bell – Repeat Sex Offender Wants out of Prison

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


Fargo man convicted of killing an 11-year old girl wants out of federal prison.

Kyle Bell was convicted almost 10 years ago of killing Jeanna North, who disappeared in 1993.

Her body has never been found.

Bell says his rights are being violated because he`s a state prisoner being held in a federal prison. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the request should be rejected for a number of reasons, including that it has no merit.

Kyle Bell`s case has impacted people throughout the state.

Bell was a convicted repeat sex offender before killing Jeanna North, but no one knew he was living in her neighborhood.

After he was convicted for her murder, he escaped from a prisoner transport bus in 1999.

Bell spent three months on the run until caught after his case was featured on “America`s Most Wanted.”

Jeanna`s family says they hope he stays locked up for the rest of his life.

Bell`s case has prompted changes in sex offender notification laws.

Now, sex offenders and offenders against children are required to register with their local police department.

“Kyle had a lot to do with North Dakota registration and making it stricter and allowing police to know where people are at, where they`re working, where they`re living, the whole gamut of things there,” says Lt. Bob Haas, of the Bismarck Police Department. “I think it`s helped quite a bit.”

Bell has tried to appeal his conviction in the past.

He`s been unsuccessful so far.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch
Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Kyle Bell – Repeat Sex Offender Wants out of Prison

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


Fargo man convicted of killing an 11-year old girl wants out of federal prison.

Kyle Bell was convicted almost 10 years ago of killing Jeanna North, who disappeared in 1993.

Her body has never been found.

Bell says his rights are being violated because he`s a state prisoner being held in a federal prison. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the request should be rejected for a number of reasons, including that it has no merit.

Kyle Bell`s case has impacted people throughout the state.

Bell was a convicted repeat sex offender before killing Jeanna North, but no one knew he was living in her neighborhood.

After he was convicted for her murder, he escaped from a prisoner transport bus in 1999.

Bell spent three months on the run until caught after his case was featured on “America`s Most Wanted.”

Jeanna`s family says they hope he stays locked up for the rest of his life.

Bell`s case has prompted changes in sex offender notification laws.

Now, sex offenders and offenders against children are required to register with their local police department.

“Kyle had a lot to do with North Dakota registration and making it stricter and allowing police to know where people are at, where they`re working, where they`re living, the whole gamut of things there,” says Lt. Bob Haas, of the Bismarck Police Department. “I think it`s helped quite a bit.”

Bell has tried to appeal his conviction in the past.

He`s been unsuccessful so far.

13% of all new sex crimes is committed by someone
who is already on the sex offender registry
……….Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch
Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 1:53 am  Comments (1)