Joseph Gagnard – Repeat Sex Offender


Livingston Parish deputies arrested 33-year-old Joseph Gagnard of Walker after receiving a report that he sexually abused a child.

Deputies say Gagnard is a convicted sex offender who didn’t register with authorities.

He’s being held at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on more than a half-million dollar bond.

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

Joseph Gagnard – Repeat Sex Offender


Livingston Parish deputies arrested 33-year-old Joseph Gagnard of Walker after receiving a report that he sexually abused a child.

Deputies say Gagnard is a convicted sex offender who didn’t register with authorities.

He’s being held at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on more than a half-million dollar bond.

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

Wayne Nelson Corliss – Molests boys in Thailand and plays Santa Claus in New Jersey

“This individual engaged in among the most
depraved conduct imaginable with helpless children”


A New Jersey actor who also played Santa Claus at children’s parties and fairs admitted today that he traveled to Thailand to have sex with young boys and videotaped at least one tryst that was later circulated on the Internet.

Wayne Nelson Corliss, 59, confessed to his crimes in graphic detail during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Joseph Greenaway in Newark.

Corliss said he was invited to Thailand by another pedophile he met in 2000 through an Internet chatroom called “Boy Love and Chat?” He said the other man told him he could have sex with a boy for $200 the first time and $20 thereafter.

Corliss, a Union City resident, said he traveled to Thailand three times between 2000 and 2002 and had sex with a 6-year old and a 9-year old. He also admitted storing and possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on his home computer and that he used the internet to share child pornography.

“This individual engaged in among the most depraved conduct imaginable with helpless children,” U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said.

Corliss was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at his apartment in May after an international manhunt. During an investigation of another alleged pedophile, authorities discovered images of Corliss on that suspect’s computer. The images were allegedly taken during Corliss’ last trip to Thailand and showed him engaged in sex with a child, authorities said.

Interpol, the international police agency, released sanitized versions of the images, asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in them. Within two days, hundreds of leads poured in from around the world, including three emails from the United States identifying the man as Casey Wayne, Corliss’ stage name.

“Others involved in illicit sex tourism should take notice: Just like Mr. Corliss, law enforcement around the globe has the ability to locate you, prosecute you and send you to federal prison for a very long time,” Christie said.

Although the charges were shocking, authorities said Corliss is just one of thousands of men who travel to Southeast Asia each year to have sex with children.

Corliss, appearing in court wearing a green prison uniform, pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography, three counts of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

He faces between 21 years and 27 years in prison under a plea agreement brokered with federal prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Vartan said. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars.

Corliss, a white-haired, bespectacled man with a trimmed beard, appeared nervous during today’s hearing.

“Oh boy, yes. Yes, your honor,” Corliss, who has been held without bail since his arrest, said after the judge asked him if he understood the implications of his plea agreement.

Corliss also implicated three other men: John Wrenshall, a Canadian citizen and resident of Thailand who allegedly arranged for the trysts, and Mitchell Jackson and Burgess Lee Burgess, both of Alabama, who allegedly traveled with Corliss and also assaulted young boys.

Burgess and Jackson have been indicted and are awaiting trial. Wrenshall remains under investigation, authorities said.

Corliss has appeared in small theater productions in Manhattan and at least three movies, among them the 1982 film “Waitress.” His most steady work was playing Santa Claus and other characters at children’s parties, family-friendly corporate gatherings and fairs in New Jersey. Authorities said they have no evidence he victimized anyone in New Jersey.

Teri Paris and Judy Squire, two friends, attended today’s court hearing to support Corliss. They said they had worked with him in the entertainment business and that he was a decent person who suffered from a sickness.

“We have worked on these Santa Claus gigs with him for years,” Squire said. “Children adore him. Parents find him enormously entertaining. He kept this part of his life completely locked away.”

Wayne Nelson Corliss – Molests boys in Thailand and plays Santa Claus in New Jersey

“This individual engaged in among the most
depraved conduct imaginable with helpless children”


A New Jersey actor who also played Santa Claus at children’s parties and fairs admitted today that he traveled to Thailand to have sex with young boys and videotaped at least one tryst that was later circulated on the Internet.

Wayne Nelson Corliss, 59, confessed to his crimes in graphic detail during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Joseph Greenaway in Newark.

Corliss said he was invited to Thailand by another pedophile he met in 2000 through an Internet chatroom called “Boy Love and Chat?” He said the other man told him he could have sex with a boy for $200 the first time and $20 thereafter.

Corliss, a Union City resident, said he traveled to Thailand three times between 2000 and 2002 and had sex with a 6-year old and a 9-year old. He also admitted storing and possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on his home computer and that he used the internet to share child pornography.

“This individual engaged in among the most depraved conduct imaginable with helpless children,” U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said.

Corliss was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at his apartment in May after an international manhunt. During an investigation of another alleged pedophile, authorities discovered images of Corliss on that suspect’s computer. The images were allegedly taken during Corliss’ last trip to Thailand and showed him engaged in sex with a child, authorities said.

Interpol, the international police agency, released sanitized versions of the images, asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in them. Within two days, hundreds of leads poured in from around the world, including three emails from the United States identifying the man as Casey Wayne, Corliss’ stage name.

“Others involved in illicit sex tourism should take notice: Just like Mr. Corliss, law enforcement around the globe has the ability to locate you, prosecute you and send you to federal prison for a very long time,” Christie said.

Although the charges were shocking, authorities said Corliss is just one of thousands of men who travel to Southeast Asia each year to have sex with children.

Corliss, appearing in court wearing a green prison uniform, pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography, three counts of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

He faces between 21 years and 27 years in prison under a plea agreement brokered with federal prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Vartan said. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars.

Corliss, a white-haired, bespectacled man with a trimmed beard, appeared nervous during today’s hearing.

“Oh boy, yes. Yes, your honor,” Corliss, who has been held without bail since his arrest, said after the judge asked him if he understood the implications of his plea agreement.

Corliss also implicated three other men: John Wrenshall, a Canadian citizen and resident of Thailand who allegedly arranged for the trysts, and Mitchell Jackson and Burgess Lee Burgess, both of Alabama, who allegedly traveled with Corliss and also assaulted young boys.

Burgess and Jackson have been indicted and are awaiting trial. Wrenshall remains under investigation, authorities said.

Corliss has appeared in small theater productions in Manhattan and at least three movies, among them the 1982 film “Waitress.” His most steady work was playing Santa Claus and other characters at children’s parties, family-friendly corporate gatherings and fairs in New Jersey. Authorities said they have no evidence he victimized anyone in New Jersey.

Teri Paris and Judy Squire, two friends, attended today’s court hearing to support Corliss. They said they had worked with him in the entertainment business and that he was a decent person who suffered from a sickness.

“We have worked on these Santa Claus gigs with him for years,” Squire said. “Children adore him. Parents find him enormously entertaining. He kept this part of his life completely locked away.”

Rod Estes – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist Murderer

Rod Estes waited 23 years for his wife’s killer to be brought to justice, and this was the week.

He and the rest of Julie Estes’ family traveled to Jacksonville from their Missouri homes for a trial that, if all went well, would end with a first-degree murder conviction.

But after nearly a quarter century, justice came more swiftly Monday than anyone expected when convicted sex offender James Kenneth Elmen Jr., 42, pleaded no contest.

“Now maybe we can go tell her. She can finally rest,” Rod Estes said after court.

Elmen abducted Julie Estes, then 21, from the Southside convenience store where she worked in 1985. He raped and murdered her. Her body was found the next day, but the killing went unsolved until 2003 when it became the first murder arrest by the new cold case squad at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Elmen had faced the death penalty if convicted but received a mandatory life prison sentence as part of his plea agreement. The deal allows him to appeal several issues related to the collection and testing of DNA evidence that was used to crack the case.

Julie Estes’ father, John Stoverink, said the family agreed to the plea-agreement deal because it avoids the uncertainty of a trial.

Stoverink said he had given up on his daughter’s murder being solved. He said since her family lived out-of-state, he assumed authorities had simply forgotten about the case.

What they didn’t know then was that Elmen had been locked up virtually the whole time for the 1986 rape and kidnapping of another woman who was scheduled to testify against him this week.

In that case, Elmen was holding her at knifepoint as she drove down Southside Boulevard when she spotted off-duty motorcycle officer Bill Dearborn and slammed on the brakes in front of him. She was screaming and honking her horn, recalled Dearborn, now retired.

“He had a knife to her throat at the time, and I had my .38 to his head,” Dearborn said. “If I hadn’t been there, he would have killed her.”

Rod Estes said Elmen might still be out there, preying on other victims, if not for that rape victim’s courage.

Police suspected Elmen in the Estes murder because of the similarities between the crimes but, in the pre-DNA era, had no physical evidence linking him to the slaying, said Undersheriff Frank Mackesy. Tests conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 1996 didn’t detect Elmen’s DNA.

Mackesy, who was one of the first officers on the scene when Estes’ body was found, said he never forgot the case. When he became chief of detectives in 2000, he said he asked that more tests be run with newer, more sophisticated technology. Samples were sent to a military lab, which linked Elmen to the murder.

“This is why it’s so important that when we collect evidence, we do it right. We’re under the magnifying glass, even 23 years later,” Mackesy said.

Although he had completed his rape sentence, Elmen was in the state’s civil commitment center for sex offenders in Arcadia when police charged him in 2003 with Estes’ murder. Even then, the case took five more years to get a trial date because of the complicated DNA evidence.

Elmen’s court-appointed lawyers challenged the competence of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement tester and the role of a military lab in determining the results. Attorney Frank Tassone said under federal law military investigators aren’t supposed to get involved in civilian cases unless the crime occurs on a base or the victim or perpetrator is in the military.

Circuit Judge Mallory Cooper denied the defense arguments before trial and granted a prosecution request to limit testimony about the Department of Law Enforcement examiner’s competence. Cooper’s rulings went a long way toward coaxing Elmen’s plea, Tassone said.

“He felt that … it kind of cut most of our case out from under us,” Tassone said.

Police also suspected Elmen in two other homicides, including the 1985 slaying of his 10-year-old half sister, but no evidence exists linking him to those crimes, said Assistant State Attorney Julie Schlax. She said one of the victims was missing 45 days and was a skeleton when police found her, eliminating any hope for DNA evidence.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte
Published in: on October 29, 2008 at 4:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Rod Estes – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist Murderer

Rod Estes waited 23 years for his wife’s killer to be brought to justice, and this was the week.

He and the rest of Julie Estes’ family traveled to Jacksonville from their Missouri homes for a trial that, if all went well, would end with a first-degree murder conviction.

But after nearly a quarter century, justice came more swiftly Monday than anyone expected when convicted sex offender James Kenneth Elmen Jr., 42, pleaded no contest.

“Now maybe we can go tell her. She can finally rest,” Rod Estes said after court.

Elmen abducted Julie Estes, then 21, from the Southside convenience store where she worked in 1985. He raped and murdered her. Her body was found the next day, but the killing went unsolved until 2003 when it became the first murder arrest by the new cold case squad at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Elmen had faced the death penalty if convicted but received a mandatory life prison sentence as part of his plea agreement. The deal allows him to appeal several issues related to the collection and testing of DNA evidence that was used to crack the case.

Julie Estes’ father, John Stoverink, said the family agreed to the plea-agreement deal because it avoids the uncertainty of a trial.

Stoverink said he had given up on his daughter’s murder being solved. He said since her family lived out-of-state, he assumed authorities had simply forgotten about the case.

What they didn’t know then was that Elmen had been locked up virtually the whole time for the 1986 rape and kidnapping of another woman who was scheduled to testify against him this week.

In that case, Elmen was holding her at knifepoint as she drove down Southside Boulevard when she spotted off-duty motorcycle officer Bill Dearborn and slammed on the brakes in front of him. She was screaming and honking her horn, recalled Dearborn, now retired.

“He had a knife to her throat at the time, and I had my .38 to his head,” Dearborn said. “If I hadn’t been there, he would have killed her.”

Rod Estes said Elmen might still be out there, preying on other victims, if not for that rape victim’s courage.

Police suspected Elmen in the Estes murder because of the similarities between the crimes but, in the pre-DNA era, had no physical evidence linking him to the slaying, said Undersheriff Frank Mackesy. Tests conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 1996 didn’t detect Elmen’s DNA.

Mackesy, who was one of the first officers on the scene when Estes’ body was found, said he never forgot the case. When he became chief of detectives in 2000, he said he asked that more tests be run with newer, more sophisticated technology. Samples were sent to a military lab, which linked Elmen to the murder.

“This is why it’s so important that when we collect evidence, we do it right. We’re under the magnifying glass, even 23 years later,” Mackesy said.

Although he had completed his rape sentence, Elmen was in the state’s civil commitment center for sex offenders in Arcadia when police charged him in 2003 with Estes’ murder. Even then, the case took five more years to get a trial date because of the complicated DNA evidence.

Elmen’s court-appointed lawyers challenged the competence of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement tester and the role of a military lab in determining the results. Attorney Frank Tassone said under federal law military investigators aren’t supposed to get involved in civilian cases unless the crime occurs on a base or the victim or perpetrator is in the military.

Circuit Judge Mallory Cooper denied the defense arguments before trial and granted a prosecution request to limit testimony about the Department of Law Enforcement examiner’s competence. Cooper’s rulings went a long way toward coaxing Elmen’s plea, Tassone said.

“He felt that … it kind of cut most of our case out from under us,” Tassone said.

Police also suspected Elmen in two other homicides, including the 1985 slaying of his 10-year-old half sister, but no evidence exists linking him to those crimes, said Assistant State Attorney Julie Schlax. She said one of the victims was missing 45 days and was a skeleton when police found her, eliminating any hope for DNA evidence.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte
Published in: on October 29, 2008 at 4:53 am  Comments (1)  

Charles Paul Convicted Rapist has trouble staying away from children


A convicted rapist is back in jail following his second alleged violation of state sex offender laws.

Charles Paul, 42, of the Brewster Street rooming house was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail by Judge Sawako Gardner on Monday when he appeared before Portsmouth District Court via video arraignment.

He was arrested on Oct. 25 and charged with a felony count of failing to provide police with written notification of a change in his employment.

Paul was convicted of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Rockingham County Superior Court in February 1987 for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old North Hampton girl. Police say the victim was “severely beaten” and “left for dead.”

Having been released from prison in April after nearly 22 years, Paul was arrested on Aug. 22 and charged with two felony counts of “prohibition from child care services of person convicted of certain offenses,” with those charges alleging he was in a caretaking role with two minor children at a Portsmouth residence on Aug. 15.

Paul is alleged to have been in contact with a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old while visiting friends, which would violate state sex offender laws.

Those charges were still pending when police arrested Paul on a warrant alleging he failed to inform police that he stopped working for Labor Ready on Sept. 14. A police affidavit indicates he has been working at Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth through The Compass Group — a national food service contractor.

Sex offenders are required to notify police of changes in employment within five business days of the change.

Paul identified Labor Ready as his employer on his sexual offender registration form documented on July 7. However, a police affidavit indicates Portsmouth Detective Kristyn Bernier learned on Oct. 8 that Paul hadn’t been working at Labor Ready for three weeks.

Portsmouth Police Prosecutor Stephen Kasmar told the court Paul has had repeated problems following the sex offenders laws.

“It’s not that difficult to comply with registration requirements,” said Kasmar.

Paul appeared in Portsmouth District Court on Monday via video from Rockingham County Jail and pleaded with the judge to allow him to be released so he might maintain his job and provide assistance to his mother.

He said he has been working to pay his fines and is a longtime resident of Portsmouth. He said he didn’t have the money to post a high cash bail.

Gardner ordered him held on $5,000 cash bail as requested by the prosecution.

Paul will appear in Portsmouth District Court on Nov. 4 for probable cause hearings that will deal with his August arrest and his most recent charge.

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

Charles Paul Convicted Rapist has trouble staying away from children


A convicted rapist is back in jail following his second alleged violation of state sex offender laws.

Charles Paul, 42, of the Brewster Street rooming house was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail by Judge Sawako Gardner on Monday when he appeared before Portsmouth District Court via video arraignment.

He was arrested on Oct. 25 and charged with a felony count of failing to provide police with written notification of a change in his employment.

Paul was convicted of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Rockingham County Superior Court in February 1987 for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old North Hampton girl. Police say the victim was “severely beaten” and “left for dead.”

Having been released from prison in April after nearly 22 years, Paul was arrested on Aug. 22 and charged with two felony counts of “prohibition from child care services of person convicted of certain offenses,” with those charges alleging he was in a caretaking role with two minor children at a Portsmouth residence on Aug. 15.

Paul is alleged to have been in contact with a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old while visiting friends, which would violate state sex offender laws.

Those charges were still pending when police arrested Paul on a warrant alleging he failed to inform police that he stopped working for Labor Ready on Sept. 14. A police affidavit indicates he has been working at Liberty Mutual in Portsmouth through The Compass Group — a national food service contractor.

Sex offenders are required to notify police of changes in employment within five business days of the change.

Paul identified Labor Ready as his employer on his sexual offender registration form documented on July 7. However, a police affidavit indicates Portsmouth Detective Kristyn Bernier learned on Oct. 8 that Paul hadn’t been working at Labor Ready for three weeks.

Portsmouth Police Prosecutor Stephen Kasmar told the court Paul has had repeated problems following the sex offenders laws.

“It’s not that difficult to comply with registration requirements,” said Kasmar.

Paul appeared in Portsmouth District Court on Monday via video from Rockingham County Jail and pleaded with the judge to allow him to be released so he might maintain his job and provide assistance to his mother.

He said he has been working to pay his fines and is a longtime resident of Portsmouth. He said he didn’t have the money to post a high cash bail.

Gardner ordered him held on $5,000 cash bail as requested by the prosecution.

Paul will appear in Portsmouth District Court on Nov. 4 for probable cause hearings that will deal with his August arrest and his most recent charge.

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