Kenneth J. Thoms – Repeat Sex Offender Strikes Again

SEXUAL ASSAULT Date of Disposition: 10/20/2000
Place of Disposition: OCEAN
Victims: x – Under13 x – Male x – Female
Modus Operandi / Significant Event Details THE REGISTRANT FREQUENTS PUBLIC PLACES, SUCH AS BEACHES & MALLS, & SEXUALLY GRATIFIES HIMSELF IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS VICTIMS. HE ALSO HARASSES & SURREPTITIOUSLY PHOTOGRAPHS SOME VICTIMS. HE IS KNOWN TO USE A DIGITAL CAMERA, A VIDEO RECORDER & A COMPUTER.


Police are investigating whether a convicted sex offender who allegedly stalked two college students victimized more people.

Kenneth J. Thoms, 44, remained jailed Monday on $75,000 cash bail, according to Atlantic County Jail personnel.

Thoms is charged with stalking and will likely face more charges related to additional victims and parole violations, according to Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mangiello of the Richard Stockton College Campus Police Department.

Thoms, a Tier II sex offender, was convicted in 2000 for the sexual assault of male and female 13-year-olds in Ocean County, according to the New Jersey State Police Online Sex Offender Registry.

He registered for the current semester at Stockton under the name Ken Thomas as a non-matriculated student living less than a mile from campus, according to Mangiello, the registry and a safety bulletin posted to the college Web site and students’ online accounts Friday.

Thoms allegedly stalked two female students for about two weeks before they went to the police. He was arrested at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the college’s academic complex, Mangiello said.

College officials said they posted a bulletin to advise students of the arrest upon finding out about it Friday, according to college spokesman Tim Kelly.

During the past few days, police have fielded calls from other potential victims, Mangiello said.

Mangiello declined to release additional information because the investigation is ongoing and a police report on Thoms’ arrest has not yet been filed. Police Chief Glenn Miller was unavailable Monday for comment.

According to the registry, Thoms gratifies himself in the presence of his victims at public places such as beaches and malls. He also harassed and secretly photographed and video-taped his victims. Thoms’ activities take place in person and online, according to the registry.

The college has suspended Thoms and barred him from campus, according to the bulletin.

Police have asked that anyone with more information about Thoms or who saw him on campus to contact them at 609-652-4390.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is helping with the investigation, according to the bulletin.

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

Kenneth J. Thoms – Repeat Sex Offender Strikes Again

SEXUAL ASSAULT Date of Disposition: 10/20/2000
Place of Disposition: OCEAN
Victims: x – Under13 x – Male x – Female
Modus Operandi / Significant Event Details THE REGISTRANT FREQUENTS PUBLIC PLACES, SUCH AS BEACHES & MALLS, & SEXUALLY GRATIFIES HIMSELF IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS VICTIMS. HE ALSO HARASSES & SURREPTITIOUSLY PHOTOGRAPHS SOME VICTIMS. HE IS KNOWN TO USE A DIGITAL CAMERA, A VIDEO RECORDER & A COMPUTER.


Police are investigating whether a convicted sex offender who allegedly stalked two college students victimized more people.

Kenneth J. Thoms, 44, remained jailed Monday on $75,000 cash bail, according to Atlantic County Jail personnel.

Thoms is charged with stalking and will likely face more charges related to additional victims and parole violations, according to Deputy Police Chief Joseph Mangiello of the Richard Stockton College Campus Police Department.

Thoms, a Tier II sex offender, was convicted in 2000 for the sexual assault of male and female 13-year-olds in Ocean County, according to the New Jersey State Police Online Sex Offender Registry.

He registered for the current semester at Stockton under the name Ken Thomas as a non-matriculated student living less than a mile from campus, according to Mangiello, the registry and a safety bulletin posted to the college Web site and students’ online accounts Friday.

Thoms allegedly stalked two female students for about two weeks before they went to the police. He was arrested at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the college’s academic complex, Mangiello said.

College officials said they posted a bulletin to advise students of the arrest upon finding out about it Friday, according to college spokesman Tim Kelly.

During the past few days, police have fielded calls from other potential victims, Mangiello said.

Mangiello declined to release additional information because the investigation is ongoing and a police report on Thoms’ arrest has not yet been filed. Police Chief Glenn Miller was unavailable Monday for comment.

According to the registry, Thoms gratifies himself in the presence of his victims at public places such as beaches and malls. He also harassed and secretly photographed and video-taped his victims. Thoms’ activities take place in person and online, according to the registry.

The college has suspended Thoms and barred him from campus, according to the bulletin.

Police have asked that anyone with more information about Thoms or who saw him on campus to contact them at 609-652-4390.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is helping with the investigation, according to the bulletin.

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

WANTED: Massachusetts Most Wanted Sex Offenders

Wanted High Risk Sex Offenders


CAUTION: We need your help in finding these people but, the people on this page are wanted for serious and often violent crimes. If you believe that you know the location of one of these fugitives DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE ANY ACTION ON YOUR OWN! Immediately call the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section at (1-800-KAPTURE or 1-800-527-8873), (508-820-2121) or local authorities if you believe you have spotted one of these fugitives.

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Ryan Lovell
Ryan Lovell

Edwardo Bueno
Edwardo Bueno

William Harvey
William Harvey

Eric J. Conalty
Eric J. Conalty

Mass State Police - Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section

Steven Cooper
Steven Cooper

Jelani Baker
Jelani Baker

Jose Davila
Jose Davila

Angel Martinez
Angel Martinez

Anthony Simmons
Anthony Simmons

Shayne Sampson
Shayne Sampson


Identification Tips:

Fugitives often change their hair style and color to disguise their appearance. Men may grow or shave their facial hair. To help identify them pay close attention to facial characteristics that don’t easily change such as the shape of the face, the eyebrows, the eyes, nose, mouth and chin region. Also look for distinct or prominent facial/head features.

When they adopt aliases fugitives also often incorporate part of their real name. For example they often will use their real first name, or their middle name as their first name. They may also use part of their last name by adding or subtracting to it. Example: Change last name from Richardson to Richards, or vice versa.

Kevin Coe has a "striking lack of empathy"

Kevin Coe has a “striking lack of empathy” and is highly likely to reoffend within six years if he’s set free, according to the state expert who evaluated him for his civil commitment trial.

“He’s had an extraordinary number of aggressive acts toward women,” psychologist Amy Phenix said in her Spokane Superior Court testimony Wednesday.

Coe offended over a 15-year period and at no time was he able to control his behavior, repeatedly acting out a “deviant script” as he forced himself on women or exposed himself in public, Phenix added. But in later cross-examination, Phenix admitted that Coe had committed no sex offenses during his 25 years at the Washington State Penitentiary.

From 1978, when Coe committed one sexual assault, his behavior escalated until he was committing sexual assaults nearly once a month in 1980, Phenix said. He was arrested in March 1981, when he was 34.

“It’s my belief that the rapes would not have stopped if he hadn’t been apprehended… he was never able to stop himself,” she said.

Phenix told the jury that when she interviewed Coe after a court order requiring him to participate, he denied raping or groping nearly three dozen women — including Julie Harmia, whose 1980 rape sent Coe to prison for 25 years.

“Did you ask him about the Harmia rape?” asked Assistant Attorney General Todd Bowers.

“He said he didn’t commit it — it was a case of mistaken identity,” Phenix replied. She was not allowed to tell the jury that the state has Coe’s DNA on a rape slide from the case.

Phenix said she reviewed 74,000 pages of records and has spent 500 hours on Coe’s civil commitment case.

In a criminal trial, it generally wouldn’t be allowed for experts to rely on a large number of unadjudicated cases, but the rules of a civil commitment trial are different, Phenix noted.

“It’s common in these cases to have some or many other alleged offenses” that don’t result in formal charges, she noted, adding that most sexual assaults are either unproved or never reported.

Under questioning, Phenix laid out incidents involving 33 women in chronological order.The first was on March 22, 1977, when Coe allegedly peeked over a bathroom stall in a Spokane restaurant and made a vulgar remark to a 19-year-old woman. The car in which he fled was traced to his father, Gordon Coe. The woman identified Coe in a photographic lineup.

Other cases not yet discussed in the trial included the rape of two massage parlor workers on June 17, 1979, and several incidents in which Coe allegedly grabbed women’s breasts or exposed himself.

In a Dec. 16, 1980, incident, Coe allegedly grabbed a woman who bit him and Maced him in the face before he ran off.

Coe is a paraphilic rapist who is fascinated with urine and feces during sex and cannot control his behavior, Phenix said.

Paraphilia, according to documents introduced in court, is defined as “recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving nonconsenting persons.”

A paraphilic is not simply a rapist who committed a sex offense, but it’s a rare pattern of abnormality that develops over time, Phenix said. “Most individuals who rape do not have a paraphilia,” she added.

According to the personality tests Phenix administered, Coe is immature, aggressive, moody, has major issues with impulse control and exhibits a “striking lack of empathy,” she added.

He also demonstrated “sadistic behavior” in the alleged rape of at least one woman, Shelly Monahan, Phenix said. Monahan has spoken publicly about her rape on several occasions and also testified last week in Coe’s trial.

“He hit her in the face several times, strangled her and tried to humiliate and degrade her. He asked her to urinate on him… and said, ‘I want to make you feel dirty,” Phenix said.

Monahan wasn’t able to identify Coe and he was never charged with her assault.

Coe also has a tendency toward extremely risky behavior, such as raping women in broad daylight and exposing his genitals to runners, she said.

“His problems cause him serious difficulty controlling his behavior,” Phenix said.

She said he has a high likelihood of reoffending within six years.

Coe’s lawyers, who have denied Coe has a mental abnormality or is at high risk to reoffend, cross-examined Phenix Wednesday afternoon.

Attorney Tim Trageser asked the psychologist about Coe’s age, 61, and whether it’s a factor in his likelihood to reoffend.

The risk declines as offenders age, but since there are so few paraphilic rapists in their 50s and 60s, the data are weak, Phenix said.

Given that Coe has severe sexual deviancy and an extreme history of sexual assaults and acting out over many years, “it’s inappropriate to apply that data to Mr. Coe,” Phenix replied.

If Coe were to be released, he’d have no community supervision, no work history and likely would be living alone, Phenix said. He also has refused sexual deviancy training in prison and at the state’s Special Commitment Center for sex offenders, she added.

“The risk goes up when sex offenders feel lonely and rejected,” Phenix said.

Trageser also pressed Phenix on whether Coe’s refusal to let authorities test his sexual arousal last year was appropriate because she’s already made up her mind that he was mentally abnormal.

“Would you have changed your opinion,” if Coe had agreed to the court-ordered test and it hadn’t shown he was aroused by nonconsensual sex? Trageser asked.

“No I wouldn’t have. I find it significant that he refused and he’s admitted he does have arousal to nonconsenting sex,” Phenix replied.

Phenix agreed with Trageser that Coe didn’t commit any sexual offenses during the 25 years he was in prison.

“You find it not at all remarkable that Mr. Coe didn’t act out over those 25 years?” Trageser asked.

“Not at all,” Phenix replied, adding that Coe “will be at risk to act out if he’s released to the community.”

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

Bruce Stanley Jones – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist

Jones pleaded down a rape charge in July 2002 and was convicted of third-degree sex offense in Baltimore County where he had to register as a sex offender.


A registered sex offender was arrested and charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Bruce Stanley Jones was arrested Oct. 1. and charged in the rape that happened on Sept. 18 in the Reservoir Hill section of Baltimore.

Jones pleaded down a rape charge in July 2002 and was convicted of third-degree sex offense in Baltimore County where he had to register as a sex offender.

According to court records, Jones has since then been charged three times with failing to register as a sex offender and/or keeping his address current.

In March, he pleaded guilty as charged, spent the night in jail and was ordered by a judge to be placed on supervised probation for seven months. He was supposed to check in every month but he hadn’t since June and police had been looking for him ever since. Police said he was still on probation when the most recent incident occurred.

In the most recent case, police charging documents indicated that Jones was an acquaintance of the 14-year-old victim and that he forced her into his car as she walked home from school.

Police said the rape occurred in Jones’ apartment but didn’t say how the victim managed to escape. Jones became a suspect when police were called to investigate a domestic violence complaint by Jones’ girlfriend, Shawnice Braxton.

Police said Braxton spotted Jones talking to the victim in his car the day after the rape. According to police records, Braxton asked the victim how she knew Jones and the victim confided that he raped her in his apartment.

Police didn’t reveal the circumstances in which the victim ended up back in Jones’ car the next day.

Court documents indicated that Braxton, who was with the victim, confronted Jones with the rape allegation and spotted another girl with him. She warned both girls that Jones was a convicted sex offender.

Court papers said that Jones choked and pushed Braxton, then took her car keys and left the location.

The Maryland Sex Offender Registry lists Jones as an offender at risk of striking again. He is currently being held without bail.

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

Bruce Stanley Jones – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist

Jones pleaded down a rape charge in July 2002 and was convicted of third-degree sex offense in Baltimore County where he had to register as a sex offender.


A registered sex offender was arrested and charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Bruce Stanley Jones was arrested Oct. 1. and charged in the rape that happened on Sept. 18 in the Reservoir Hill section of Baltimore.

Jones pleaded down a rape charge in July 2002 and was convicted of third-degree sex offense in Baltimore County where he had to register as a sex offender.

According to court records, Jones has since then been charged three times with failing to register as a sex offender and/or keeping his address current.

In March, he pleaded guilty as charged, spent the night in jail and was ordered by a judge to be placed on supervised probation for seven months. He was supposed to check in every month but he hadn’t since June and police had been looking for him ever since. Police said he was still on probation when the most recent incident occurred.

In the most recent case, police charging documents indicated that Jones was an acquaintance of the 14-year-old victim and that he forced her into his car as she walked home from school.

Police said the rape occurred in Jones’ apartment but didn’t say how the victim managed to escape. Jones became a suspect when police were called to investigate a domestic violence complaint by Jones’ girlfriend, Shawnice Braxton.

Police said Braxton spotted Jones talking to the victim in his car the day after the rape. According to police records, Braxton asked the victim how she knew Jones and the victim confided that he raped her in his apartment.

Police didn’t reveal the circumstances in which the victim ended up back in Jones’ car the next day.

Court documents indicated that Braxton, who was with the victim, confronted Jones with the rape allegation and spotted another girl with him. She warned both girls that Jones was a convicted sex offender.

Court papers said that Jones choked and pushed Braxton, then took her car keys and left the location.

The Maryland Sex Offender Registry lists Jones as an offender at risk of striking again. He is currently being held without bail.

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

Shane Reid – Repeat Sex Offender


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a registered sex offender on a charge of third-degree rape.

Shane Reid, 23, was arrested after an investigation revealed that from June to September, he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in Palatine Bridge.

Reid is registered in Fulton County as a Level 1 sex offender and is currently on probation.

He was arraigned and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.

Additional charges are pending.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte
Published in: on October 9, 2008 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shane Reid – Repeat Sex Offender


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a registered sex offender on a charge of third-degree rape.

Shane Reid, 23, was arrested after an investigation revealed that from June to September, he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in Palatine Bridge.

Reid is registered in Fulton County as a Level 1 sex offender and is currently on probation.

He was arraigned and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.

Additional charges are pending.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte
Published in: on October 9, 2008 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

D.C. Investigates Actions Of Juvenile Justice Agency

Serious juvenile crime dropped 24 percent from January 2004 to August 2008. The recidivism rate, reflecting the percentage of youths re-arrested within a year of release from custody, is 25 percent, lower than in Virginia (38 percent) and Maryland (32 percent).

District arrests for serious juvenile crime are down 24 percent, the 12-month recidivism rate has dropped 6 percent and the most serious young offenders are locked up longer than they were four years ago, the city’s juvenile justice agency reported yesterday.

But Cheryl Harris said the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services ignored her pleas to lock up her son for violating his curfew, getting high on marijuana and skipping school. In March, 15-year-old Ryan Harris was shot twice in the head in front of his grandmother’s house in Northeast Washington. Technically, he was still under District supervision.

“I begged them to put him back,” Harris told the D.C. Council in a hearing on juvenile justice yesterday. “I asked them for [electronic] monitoring. I left messages for the case manager. We also tried to get him in an alternative school. They said it would take time.”

Harris’s comments came during the latest investigation into whether the agency is putting residents and delinquent youths in danger by releasing them from custody too soon. The agency, once called the Youth Services Administration, has paid millions in court-ordered fines for poor treatment of children and for doing little to reduce crime.

The agency’s director, Vincent Schiraldi, was hired in January 2005 to bring the changes that experts said were necessary: more rehabilitation, more counseling and a focus on family unification. Schiraldi said that progress is being made but that even one child killed is too many.

Serious juvenile crime dropped 24 percent from January 2004 to August 2008. The recidivism rate, reflecting the percentage of youths re-arrested within a year of release from custody, is 25 percent, lower than in Virginia (38 percent) and Maryland (32 percent).

“I don’t think you pop any champagne corks over the behavior of a small number of kids in a short period of time,” Schiraldi said. “The idea that this is somehow a cavalier jail break is not borne out by the data. There’s tons of more work to be done.”

Yesterday’s hearing was called by council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), whose office has been investigating complaints that the agency is too lenient and often unresponsive to concerns expressed by community groups that youths scheduled for release are in danger.

Six youths in the agency’s care have been killed this year. Four were killed in 2007 and seven in 2006. Wells asked whether the deaths pointed to systemic failures and whether anything could have been done to prevent them.

Wells said his staff review found that the agency was lax in overseeing curfews, closed cases because youths did not comply with services and, in at least one case, dropped a youth off for a home visit without getting the parent’s signature as required. The youth was killed in another part of the city that night. Wells said such lapses are important because, of the 650 youths committed to the agency’s care, 315 live at home.

“I’m trying to get some confidence that you’re plugging the gap,” Wells told Schiraldi.

Since Schiraldi arrived, the number of youths kept in locked facilities — the Oak Hill complex in Laurel and the Youth Services Center in Northeast — has declined from 240 to about 170.

As a result, more juvenile offenders are being given alternative sentences in group homes, treatment facilities or in their homes with intensive supervision by outside groups, including the Alliance for Concerned Men and Peaceoholics.

“The work it takes to deal with at-risk children is expensive,” said Ronald Moten, leader of Peaceoholics.

Providing those services has become more challenging as the number of youths committed to the agency has risen. Last year, 309 youths were sent by Superior Court to the agency’s care. This year, 354 have been committed.

The agency has begun efforts to involve families more in what happens to their children and has started to put GPS monitors on the most risky offenders.

Tasha Williams, a correctional officer and Fraternal Order of Police representative, said some youths are being released before they are ready, leading to problems. She questioned whether it’s smart to continually reduce the number of youths in lockup.

“But have the youth been rehabilitated?” she asked.

The Rev. Donald L. Isaac of the East of the River Clergy, Police and Community Partnership said the problem of corralling troubled youths might never go away.

“This is not a problem we can really eliminate,” Isaac said. “It can be controlled. It can be redirected. We need to have a realistic, sober outlook on this.”

Published in: on October 9, 2008 at 11:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

PROTECT Our Children Act – Passed Congress

Legislation to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child predators makes a major step forward.

We first told you about senate bill 17-38 last month. It’s now known as the ‘PROTECT Our Children Act.’

The bill passed Congress, and now it’s up to President Bush whether to sign it into law.

Callers from around the country recently flooded congressional offices demanding support of the PROTECT our Children Act. Many heard about it on Oprah, others on myspace blogs.

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Knoxville native David Keith, actor and member of the National Association to Protect Children, says, “We are ecstatic we have had this victory in Congress.”

Highlights of the passed bill include at least one Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in each state and more than tripling their funding, better information-sharing between law enforcement agencies, and expanding computer forensics labs dedicated to crimes against children.

It also requires new criminal penalties for live child abuse feeds and for grafting images of real children onto sexual images to create child porn.

Police say the resources to find more physical evidence in computers would help investigators save more children from abuse.

Kentucky State Police trooper Jody Sims says, “It would just allow them to be trained in different areas to kind of go outside the scope of what they do now. Sometimes you have victims who don’t want to testify, and it would help to solidify those cases.”

Opponents of the bill say it would lead to too much bureaucracy and not enough prosecutors to handle new cases.
Officials say the deadline for the president to sign the bill is October 12th.

Increased funding for the FBI and other agencies was cut from the original bill.

To learn more about the PROTECT Our Children Act, go to http://www.thomas.gov and search for senate bill 1738. You can also find an analysis of the bill at http://protect.org.