Elias Puente – Repeat Sex Offender – Raped girl 15 times

‘It is better to say yes than to have it taken from you’

A Lehigh Acres man was arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault after deputies say he repeatedly raped a teen living in his home.

Elias Puente, 34, of Eddie Avenue, was arrested on four felony charges of sexual assault. He was released on $175,000 bond.

According to deputy James Richard, the 17-year-old victim first told her mother then deputies that she was raped at least 15 times by Puente between February 2007 and May 2008.

“The victim was told by Puente, ‘It is better to say yes than to have it taken from you,’ referring to sexual intercourse,” Richard reported. “The victim felt forced to comply and did what she was told.”

The abuse occurred at various locations throughout the county, according to Richard’s report.

The girl’s mother said she wanted to report the incident not only for her daughter, but because there are several other children who are reportedly currently living with Puente.

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

Elias Puente – Repeat Sex Offender – Raped girl 15 times

‘It is better to say yes than to have it taken from you’

A Lehigh Acres man was arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault after deputies say he repeatedly raped a teen living in his home.

Elias Puente, 34, of Eddie Avenue, was arrested on four felony charges of sexual assault. He was released on $175,000 bond.

According to deputy James Richard, the 17-year-old victim first told her mother then deputies that she was raped at least 15 times by Puente between February 2007 and May 2008.

“The victim was told by Puente, ‘It is better to say yes than to have it taken from you,’ referring to sexual intercourse,” Richard reported. “The victim felt forced to comply and did what she was told.”

The abuse occurred at various locations throughout the county, according to Richard’s report.

The girl’s mother said she wanted to report the incident not only for her daughter, but because there are several other children who are reportedly currently living with Puente.

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

Controlling Internet Predators

“This means that once they have been sentenced and are back in the community, it will make it very difficult for them to use a computer to re-offend.”

Sex offenders in the Thames Valley will be the first in the UK to have parental controls put on their computers.

The filtering software will be used to monitor the online activities of offenders convicted of internet related-crimes against children.

The trial will start in Buckinghamshire and, if successful, will be rolled out across the whole of the force area.

Monitoring computers was only made possible after judges backed changes to Sex Offenders Prevention Orders (SOPO).

Previously there have been limited conditions related to the internet but officers said this left it hard to police the actual activity.

This is the biggest breakthrough we’ve had to help manage internet offenders since the introduction of the Sex Offenders Act 2003
Det Sgt Sam Hayward, Thames Valley Police

With the backing of the Crown Court Judicial system, Thames Valley Police have been given permission to stipulate certain conditions in (SOPO).

They now ban individual offenders’ access to the internet without supervision.

This has allowed the force to block access to certain websites or web content through the use of parental software.

Det Sgt Sam Hayward said: “This is the biggest breakthrough we’ve had to help manage internet offenders since the introduction of the Sex Offenders Act 2003.

“Judges are now allowing us to install this software on offenders’ computers and stop them from accessing inappropriate material.

“This means that once they have been sentenced and are back in the community, it will make it very difficult for them to use a computer to re-offend.”

The software’s filtering tools can control which websites offenders visit, control peer-to-peer sharing of information and images and limit access to instant messaging, newsgroups and chatrooms.

It can also set time control limits, receive notification when an offender attempts to access a banned area of the internet, view reports on managed offenders’ online footprint and remotely manage the online habits of every convicted sex offender.

Judges have also approved a condition for officers to inspect computers where the software is installed to prevent offenders tampering with the system.