Gary Samuel Cochran – Repeat Sex Offender – Busted for producing child pornography

An eight-month multiagency investigation targeting the use of peer-to-peer networks to exchange graphic images and videos of child pornography ended with 55 charged, including men from several cities in Orange County.

Seven arrests were made Tuesday morning by federal and local agencies. All of the defendants – which include a law enforcement officer, attorneys and men with earlier convictions related to child pornography – are charged with possession of child pornography, authorities said.

Federal authorities said one of the most serious cases involves defendant Gary Samuel Cochran, 50, of Huntington Beach, who is accused of possessing and producing his own child pornography, including pictures he is alleged to have taken of a young girl.

Cochran has been convicted in state court of child molestation and possession of obscene materials depicting minors engaged in sex acts. Because of his record, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison if convicted of possessing child pornography, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years in prison if convicted of producing child pornography. If convicted of committing these offenses while a registered sex offender, Cochran would receive an additional 10 years in prison.

“There is perhaps nothing more reprehensible than an act in exploitation of children – those members of our society who, because of their age and inexperience, are especially vulnerable to manipulation and deceit,” said Salvador Hernandez, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, in a statement.

“America’s children are its most cherished and valuable resource. The FBI will continue to do all that it can to protect them from those that would rob them of their innocence.”

The 55 suspects charged in the investigation lived in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

In addition to possession of child pornography, some of the defendants are charged with additional offenses, such as production of child pornography and committing crimes while registered sex offenders.

Also charged was Eric David Lacey, a 48-year-old man who was living above a child day care facility in Hollywood while being sought in a child pornography case out of North Dakota, which was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” and Evan Craig Stephens, 36, an Upland man who is a registered sex offender after being previously convicted of child molestation.

The investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, marks the first time law enforcement has conducted a coordinated sweep broadly targeting peer-to-peer users who share child pornography.

The agencies used sophisticated computer programs to track down computers on which child pornography was being stored and made available to others via peer-to-peer networks like Limewire.

“As criminals exploit technology to commit their crimes – whether it be identity theft, money laundering, distribution of child pornography, or any other criminal conduct – law enforcement will quickly react to develop equally sophisticated means to track down their wrongdoing,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien.

Robert Schoch, special agent in charge for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office of investigations in Los Angeles, agreed. “We will do everything in our power and use every tool at our disposal to keep our children safe – whether they are around the block or around the world,” he said.

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

Gary Samuel Cochran – Repeat Sex Offender – Busted for producing child pornography

An eight-month multiagency investigation targeting the use of peer-to-peer networks to exchange graphic images and videos of child pornography ended with 55 charged, including men from several cities in Orange County.

Seven arrests were made Tuesday morning by federal and local agencies. All of the defendants – which include a law enforcement officer, attorneys and men with earlier convictions related to child pornography – are charged with possession of child pornography, authorities said.

Federal authorities said one of the most serious cases involves defendant Gary Samuel Cochran, 50, of Huntington Beach, who is accused of possessing and producing his own child pornography, including pictures he is alleged to have taken of a young girl.

Cochran has been convicted in state court of child molestation and possession of obscene materials depicting minors engaged in sex acts. Because of his record, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison if convicted of possessing child pornography, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years in prison if convicted of producing child pornography. If convicted of committing these offenses while a registered sex offender, Cochran would receive an additional 10 years in prison.

“There is perhaps nothing more reprehensible than an act in exploitation of children – those members of our society who, because of their age and inexperience, are especially vulnerable to manipulation and deceit,” said Salvador Hernandez, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, in a statement.

“America’s children are its most cherished and valuable resource. The FBI will continue to do all that it can to protect them from those that would rob them of their innocence.”

The 55 suspects charged in the investigation lived in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

In addition to possession of child pornography, some of the defendants are charged with additional offenses, such as production of child pornography and committing crimes while registered sex offenders.

Also charged was Eric David Lacey, a 48-year-old man who was living above a child day care facility in Hollywood while being sought in a child pornography case out of North Dakota, which was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” and Evan Craig Stephens, 36, an Upland man who is a registered sex offender after being previously convicted of child molestation.

The investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, marks the first time law enforcement has conducted a coordinated sweep broadly targeting peer-to-peer users who share child pornography.

The agencies used sophisticated computer programs to track down computers on which child pornography was being stored and made available to others via peer-to-peer networks like Limewire.

“As criminals exploit technology to commit their crimes – whether it be identity theft, money laundering, distribution of child pornography, or any other criminal conduct – law enforcement will quickly react to develop equally sophisticated means to track down their wrongdoing,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien.

Robert Schoch, special agent in charge for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office of investigations in Los Angeles, agreed. “We will do everything in our power and use every tool at our disposal to keep our children safe – whether they are around the block or around the world,” he said.

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

Gary Samuel Cochran – Repeat Sex Offender – Busted for producing child pornography

An eight-month multiagency investigation targeting the use of peer-to-peer networks to exchange graphic images and videos of child pornography ended with 55 charged, including men from several cities in Orange County.

Seven arrests were made Tuesday morning by federal and local agencies. All of the defendants – which include a law enforcement officer, attorneys and men with earlier convictions related to child pornography – are charged with possession of child pornography, authorities said.

Federal authorities said one of the most serious cases involves defendant Gary Samuel Cochran, 50, of Huntington Beach, who is accused of possessing and producing his own child pornography, including pictures he is alleged to have taken of a young girl.

Cochran has been convicted in state court of child molestation and possession of obscene materials depicting minors engaged in sex acts. Because of his record, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison if convicted of possessing child pornography, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years in prison if convicted of producing child pornography. If convicted of committing these offenses while a registered sex offender, Cochran would receive an additional 10 years in prison.

“There is perhaps nothing more reprehensible than an act in exploitation of children – those members of our society who, because of their age and inexperience, are especially vulnerable to manipulation and deceit,” said Salvador Hernandez, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, in a statement.

“America’s children are its most cherished and valuable resource. The FBI will continue to do all that it can to protect them from those that would rob them of their innocence.”

The 55 suspects charged in the investigation lived in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

In addition to possession of child pornography, some of the defendants are charged with additional offenses, such as production of child pornography and committing crimes while registered sex offenders.

Also charged was Eric David Lacey, a 48-year-old man who was living above a child day care facility in Hollywood while being sought in a child pornography case out of North Dakota, which was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” and Evan Craig Stephens, 36, an Upland man who is a registered sex offender after being previously convicted of child molestation.

The investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, marks the first time law enforcement has conducted a coordinated sweep broadly targeting peer-to-peer users who share child pornography.

The agencies used sophisticated computer programs to track down computers on which child pornography was being stored and made available to others via peer-to-peer networks like Limewire.

“As criminals exploit technology to commit their crimes – whether it be identity theft, money laundering, distribution of child pornography, or any other criminal conduct – law enforcement will quickly react to develop equally sophisticated means to track down their wrongdoing,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien.

Robert Schoch, special agent in charge for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office of investigations in Los Angeles, agreed. “We will do everything in our power and use every tool at our disposal to keep our children safe – whether they are around the block or around the world,” he said.

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

Robert Thorton

Previous Conviction:

  • INDECENT SOLICITATION OF A CHILD
  • Offender’s age at conviction: 32
  • Victim Age: 14

A Millbrook man, who has been in custody since mid-April, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after being convicted of possession of child pornography.

Robert Thorton, 39, of the 0-99 block of North Hudson Street, a registered sex offender, was charged after an investigation by the Kendall County sheriff’s office found multiple images of child pornography on his computer.

In a search of his home, Kendall sheriff’s investigators seized computers, hard drives and other computer equipment. Prosecutors said they found hundreds of other photographs and video clips showing minor children engaged in sex acts with other minor children or adults.

Kendall State’s Attorney Eric Weis said some of the photographs containing minor children have been identified from a nationwide law enforcement database. Weis said many of these images are seen over and over again in different law enforcement investigations and help police and prosecutors identify the age of the minor children which would ultimately need to be proved in court.

“Without knowing where these offenders obtain these graphic, disturbing images, we are fortunate to have a nationwide law enforcement database, where investigators can check images against the database material and verify that the child in the photograph or video is a minor,” Weis said.

“Without such a database, our effort to prove an unknown individual was a child could be much more difficult.”

Weis said there was no evidence that any of the minor children were local residents. Thorton will be required to serve one year of mandatory supervised release after his five-year sentence.

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

Robert Thorton

Previous Conviction:

  • INDECENT SOLICITATION OF A CHILD
  • Offender’s age at conviction: 32
  • Victim Age: 14

A Millbrook man, who has been in custody since mid-April, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after being convicted of possession of child pornography.

Robert Thorton, 39, of the 0-99 block of North Hudson Street, a registered sex offender, was charged after an investigation by the Kendall County sheriff’s office found multiple images of child pornography on his computer.

In a search of his home, Kendall sheriff’s investigators seized computers, hard drives and other computer equipment. Prosecutors said they found hundreds of other photographs and video clips showing minor children engaged in sex acts with other minor children or adults.

Kendall State’s Attorney Eric Weis said some of the photographs containing minor children have been identified from a nationwide law enforcement database. Weis said many of these images are seen over and over again in different law enforcement investigations and help police and prosecutors identify the age of the minor children which would ultimately need to be proved in court.

“Without knowing where these offenders obtain these graphic, disturbing images, we are fortunate to have a nationwide law enforcement database, where investigators can check images against the database material and verify that the child in the photograph or video is a minor,” Weis said.

“Without such a database, our effort to prove an unknown individual was a child could be much more difficult.”

Weis said there was no evidence that any of the minor children were local residents. Thorton will be required to serve one year of mandatory supervised release after his five-year sentence.

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

Barton Jason Lewis Bagnes -Repeat Sex Offender – The Case of the Diaper Fetish

Previous Convictions:

  • Conviction date: 7/14/2000
  • LEWDNESS INVOLVING A CHILD
  • Conviction date: 6/22/1999
  • LEWDNESS INVOLVING A CHILD


A registered sex offender, well-known to law enforcers and his neighbors as “Diaper Boy” because of the undergarments he wears, was arrested Thursday after allegedly exposing his diaper to children.

Barton Jason Lewis Bagnes, 31, was arrested for investigation of three counts of lewdness involving a child.

This came just one week after Bagnes was charged in 3rd District Court with 11 misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child. Although the charges were filed Aug. 8, that alleged incident happened in October 2007.

The sheriff’s office is frustrated with the time it took for charges from the 2007 incident, noting that if the case had been filed earlier, it may have prevented the latest allegations.

“Our concern is his behavior could escalate. We’re concerned that he needs some significant amount of time behind bars and possibly some treatment program to prevent this behavior. But if nothing else, it will keep him away from children,” said Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Jaroscak.

In Thursday’s incident, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputies received a call of an adult “exposing his diaper” to children at East Millcreek Recreation Center, 2230 E. Evergreen Ave. (3435 South).

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

Barton Jason Lewis Bagnes -Repeat Sex Offender – The Case of the Diaper Fetish

Previous Convictions:

  • Conviction date: 7/14/2000
  • LEWDNESS INVOLVING A CHILD
  • Conviction date: 6/22/1999
  • LEWDNESS INVOLVING A CHILD


A registered sex offender, well-known to law enforcers and his neighbors as “Diaper Boy” because of the undergarments he wears, was arrested Thursday after allegedly exposing his diaper to children.

Barton Jason Lewis Bagnes, 31, was arrested for investigation of three counts of lewdness involving a child.

This came just one week after Bagnes was charged in 3rd District Court with 11 misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child. Although the charges were filed Aug. 8, that alleged incident happened in October 2007.

The sheriff’s office is frustrated with the time it took for charges from the 2007 incident, noting that if the case had been filed earlier, it may have prevented the latest allegations.

“Our concern is his behavior could escalate. We’re concerned that he needs some significant amount of time behind bars and possibly some treatment program to prevent this behavior. But if nothing else, it will keep him away from children,” said Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Jaroscak.

In Thursday’s incident, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputies received a call of an adult “exposing his diaper” to children at East Millcreek Recreation Center, 2230 E. Evergreen Ave. (3435 South).

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

Rodney Elmore Joseph – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist/Murderer


Baltimore police have charged a 38-year-old registered sex offender with first-degree murder and rape in the February 2000 strangulation of a 19-year-old woman inside her Cherry Hill home, according to charging documents.

Rodney Elmore Joseph is accused of killing Chontrell Sample, who lived in the 2300 block of Round Road. Genetic material recovered from the woman’s body matched a DNA sample taken from Joseph after a 2004 rape conviction, authorities said.

Joseph has been in the city jail since January, after being arrested for failing to change his address in the state sex offender database. His most recent residences include an apartment in Catonsville, an apartment in Edgewood and a public housing complex in Northeast Baltimore, according to court records.

He is being held without bail in the Sample case.

On Feb. 12, 2000, police found Sample inside her locked apartment, her hands tied behind her back and her ankles bound, according to charging documents. Police submitted evidence from her body to the state DNA database. On Feb. 23, 2007, Maryland State Police told city police that the evidence had matched Joseph’s DNA profile.

Asked about the 18-month gap between the database hit and Joseph’s arrest, police spokesman Sterling Clifford said police “needed to gather more evidence.”

Joseph’s criminal record shows a 20-year history of rape allegations.

In 1987, he was charged in District Court with several counts of rape and sexual abuse. He was 17 at the time. There is no Baltimore Circuit Court record of that case; it is possible that it was moved to juvenile court, where records are private.

In 2003, he was again charged with rape, this time accused of sexually assaulting a relative with severe mental disabilities, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in January 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but five suspended.

Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Moxley said she struck the plea deal, with the family’s approval, to protect the victim from the ordeal of testifying at a trial. Joseph was released from prison in September 2006. Although he initially registered as a sex offender, he failed to submit updated information to the registry.

In a violation-of-probation hearing Tuesday, Judge John C. Themelis revoked Joseph’s probation and sentenced him to serve the 15 years he had previously suspended. No mention was made of the new allegations. The next day, police served Joseph with an arrest warrant in the Sample case.

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

Rodney Elmore Joseph – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist/Murderer


Baltimore police have charged a 38-year-old registered sex offender with first-degree murder and rape in the February 2000 strangulation of a 19-year-old woman inside her Cherry Hill home, according to charging documents.

Rodney Elmore Joseph is accused of killing Chontrell Sample, who lived in the 2300 block of Round Road. Genetic material recovered from the woman’s body matched a DNA sample taken from Joseph after a 2004 rape conviction, authorities said.

Joseph has been in the city jail since January, after being arrested for failing to change his address in the state sex offender database. His most recent residences include an apartment in Catonsville, an apartment in Edgewood and a public housing complex in Northeast Baltimore, according to court records.

He is being held without bail in the Sample case.

On Feb. 12, 2000, police found Sample inside her locked apartment, her hands tied behind her back and her ankles bound, according to charging documents. Police submitted evidence from her body to the state DNA database. On Feb. 23, 2007, Maryland State Police told city police that the evidence had matched Joseph’s DNA profile.

Asked about the 18-month gap between the database hit and Joseph’s arrest, police spokesman Sterling Clifford said police “needed to gather more evidence.”

Joseph’s criminal record shows a 20-year history of rape allegations.

In 1987, he was charged in District Court with several counts of rape and sexual abuse. He was 17 at the time. There is no Baltimore Circuit Court record of that case; it is possible that it was moved to juvenile court, where records are private.

In 2003, he was again charged with rape, this time accused of sexually assaulting a relative with severe mental disabilities, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in January 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but five suspended.

Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Moxley said she struck the plea deal, with the family’s approval, to protect the victim from the ordeal of testifying at a trial. Joseph was released from prison in September 2006. Although he initially registered as a sex offender, he failed to submit updated information to the registry.

In a violation-of-probation hearing Tuesday, Judge John C. Themelis revoked Joseph’s probation and sentenced him to serve the 15 years he had previously suspended. No mention was made of the new allegations. The next day, police served Joseph with an arrest warrant in the Sample case.

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

Rodney Elmore Joseph – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist/Murderer


Baltimore police have charged a 38-year-old registered sex offender with first-degree murder and rape in the February 2000 strangulation of a 19-year-old woman inside her Cherry Hill home, according to charging documents.

Rodney Elmore Joseph is accused of killing Chontrell Sample, who lived in the 2300 block of Round Road. Genetic material recovered from the woman’s body matched a DNA sample taken from Joseph after a 2004 rape conviction, authorities said.

Joseph has been in the city jail since January, after being arrested for failing to change his address in the state sex offender database. His most recent residences include an apartment in Catonsville, an apartment in Edgewood and a public housing complex in Northeast Baltimore, according to court records.

He is being held without bail in the Sample case.

On Feb. 12, 2000, police found Sample inside her locked apartment, her hands tied behind her back and her ankles bound, according to charging documents. Police submitted evidence from her body to the state DNA database. On Feb. 23, 2007, Maryland State Police told city police that the evidence had matched Joseph’s DNA profile.

Asked about the 18-month gap between the database hit and Joseph’s arrest, police spokesman Sterling Clifford said police “needed to gather more evidence.”

Joseph’s criminal record shows a 20-year history of rape allegations.

In 1987, he was charged in District Court with several counts of rape and sexual abuse. He was 17 at the time. There is no Baltimore Circuit Court record of that case; it is possible that it was moved to juvenile court, where records are private.

In 2003, he was again charged with rape, this time accused of sexually assaulting a relative with severe mental disabilities, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in January 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but five suspended.

Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Moxley said she struck the plea deal, with the family’s approval, to protect the victim from the ordeal of testifying at a trial. Joseph was released from prison in September 2006. Although he initially registered as a sex offender, he failed to submit updated information to the registry.

In a violation-of-probation hearing Tuesday, Judge John C. Themelis revoked Joseph’s probation and sentenced him to serve the 15 years he had previously suspended. No mention was made of the new allegations. The next day, police served Joseph with an arrest warrant in the Sample case.

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