Gail Shefelbine – Enabing mother of sexual predator charge with perjury

The mother of a Tolland man serving 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting several teenage girls was charged Monday with nine counts of perjury.

Prosecutors in Superior Court in Rockville are accusing Gail L. Shefelbine, 66, of lying while testifying during a July 2007 court hearing concerning her son’s case.

Shefelbine turned herself in Monday morning at the courthouse and posted $7,500 bail. She is due back in court Nov. 25 for arraignment.

Scott Shefelbine, 33, was sentenced Oct. 20 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting five girls, ages 14 to 18.

At the July 2007 hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth C. Leaming asked Judge Stanley T. Fuger Jr. to revoke Shefelbine’s $1.5 million bail, contending he violated the terms of his release and continued to seek out young girls to sexually assault.

Scott Shefelbine was being electronically monitored and was permitted to leave his parents’ Tolland home only for medical and legal appointments and to attend church. He left at other times, the state charged, to meet young girls.

According to the warrant for her arrest, Gail Shefelbine lied nine times during the hearing.

When called to account for those unauthorized trips, Shefelbine’s mother and sister testified that he was attending church services or counseling sessions. Gail Shefelbine presented church bulletins she said she obtained during the services as well as photos of her and her son in front of a church. The state contends Gail Shefelbine also lied about when her son grew a beard, which was an issue at the hearing. Teenagers he tried to assault while he was free on bail reported that he was cleanshaven. At the hearing he had a beard, and his mother insisted he’d had it for many months.

Bart Zamichiei, an inspector in the Tolland state’s attorney’s office, checked the facts in Gail Shefelbine’s testimony.

She testified that she and her son attended a church service Easter Sunday night at St. Maurice Church in Bolton. “St. Maurice was on Easter night,” Gail Shefelbine testified. “They had an evening service. Very few people had an evening service.”

The Rev. William Olesic, the pastor at St. Maurice 20 years, told Zamichiei that St. Maurice had no Mass on Easter Sunday night.

Zamichiei also interviewed people at other churches who said that in the weeks before the July 2007 hearing Gail Shefelbine, sometimes with her son, appeared and asked for church bulletins from several months prior. She also asked church officials to sign those bulletins.

Some of those bulletins were then submitted as evidence at the hearing.

In one case, Gail Shefelbine testified that she and her son attended a service at the Victory Tabernacle Church in Middlefield the week of the April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech shootings. In court, she presented a bulletin from the April 19, 2007 service.

Later, Zamichiei interviewed the church’s pastor, who told him that Gail Shefelbine appeared at the church in June 2007 asking for a bulletin from the April 19 service. She claimed to be helping to prepare a collage for a friend’s daughter killed at Virginia Tech, the pastor told Zamichiei. The pastor refused to give her an original bulletin, but did give her a copy. He also refused her request to sign it.

After the July 2007 hearing, Fuger ordered Scott Shefelbine to jail and said he found the testimony of his family to be “lacking in credibility.”

Christopher M. Rudow – Busted for Child Porn Production


A Brick man is facing federal charges accusing him of producing, receiving and possessing child pornography, authorities said.

Christopher M. Rudow, 36, was arrested Friday, according to U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie.

Between Nov. 1, 2006 and Jan. 8, 2007, Rudow persuaded, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct so he could produce a video-record of the conduct, authorities said.

On Jan. 8, 2007, a search warrant was executed at Rudow’s home, and police seized items, including two computers, a Canon digital video camera and a Sprint PalmOne Treo 650 camera phone, according to the complaint.

Brick police arrested him that day, but the case will now be prosecuted federally.

Rudow surrendered to the FBI Friday morning, then made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, who detained him, pending a bail hearing scheduled for tomorrow, authorities said.

If convicted, Rudow faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the production of child pornography charge. The charge of receipt of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the possession charge has a 10-year maximum term. Each charge also carries a fine up to $250,000 if convicted.

State Department of Corrections records show Rudow served five months in the Ocean County Jail in 2004 and 2005 after being convicted on theft and drug possession charges.

The FBI, Brick police, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office handled the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen is handling the government’s case.

Christopher M. Rudow – Busted for Child Porn Production


A Brick man is facing federal charges accusing him of producing, receiving and possessing child pornography, authorities said.

Christopher M. Rudow, 36, was arrested Friday, according to U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie.

Between Nov. 1, 2006 and Jan. 8, 2007, Rudow persuaded, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct so he could produce a video-record of the conduct, authorities said.

On Jan. 8, 2007, a search warrant was executed at Rudow’s home, and police seized items, including two computers, a Canon digital video camera and a Sprint PalmOne Treo 650 camera phone, according to the complaint.

Brick police arrested him that day, but the case will now be prosecuted federally.

Rudow surrendered to the FBI Friday morning, then made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, who detained him, pending a bail hearing scheduled for tomorrow, authorities said.

If convicted, Rudow faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the production of child pornography charge. The charge of receipt of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the possession charge has a 10-year maximum term. Each charge also carries a fine up to $250,000 if convicted.

State Department of Corrections records show Rudow served five months in the Ocean County Jail in 2004 and 2005 after being convicted on theft and drug possession charges.

The FBI, Brick police, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office handled the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen is handling the government’s case.

Trevor Scott Dunn – Shared images of baby raping

A 21-year-old Columbia man was arrested Tuesday after evidence seized months ago was evaluated and deemed to be child pornography.

Trevor Scott Dunn was arrested on suspicion of first-degree promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to a news release from the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

After receiving information from the FBI about a Columbia man sharing pornography, the task force began the investigation in late February. A court-ordered search warrant issued in March led to the seizure of multiple computers and other evidence that resulted in Dunn’s arrest.

Children estimated to be between 3 and 10 years old are depicted in the images, according to the release.

James “Bart” Huskey – Pedophile Fiend to change plea


Bart Huskey

A change of plea hearing in the case of a former LaFayette tennis coach charged with creating and distributing child pornography has been set for Nov. 25 in front of Judge Robert L. Vining, Jr. in U.S. District Court.

James “Bart” Huskey, 38, is accused of raping a minor and posting videos on the Internet. He was denied bond in a June 23 hearing in Atlanta.

In a July 23 arraignment in federal court in Rome he pleaded not guilty.

While the agents later acquired search warrants, the original search of the home on June 16 turned up much of the evidence in the case as well as a number of incriminating statements from Huskey.

According to federal prosecutors, he posted videos on an encrypted Web site of himself with a girl as young as 5. The faces in the videos and photos were unrecognizable because of masks or computer distortion.

Authorities searched Huskey’s home and found a bedroom that matched the background in some of the online pictures and a locked closet containing photographs in which the faces were not distorted.

A federal agent testifying at the June 23 bond hearing stated that the man pushed the girl around and treated her very roughly and that the videos grew increasingly violent — with one including a knife.

The girl is in protective custody.

Renee Jones – Aiding and abetting pedophile husband – 5 years in prison

A woman from Clinton was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for conspiring with her husband to sexually abuse and produce pornographic photographs of a teen-aged girl.

Renee Jones, 46, pleaded guilty in June 2007 to a reduced charge of conspiracy to produce child pornography. In addition to a prison sentence, senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello placed Jones on probation for three years following her release and ordered her to pay $55,000 in restitution to the victim.

The victim, now a young woman, appeared in court in Hartford Tuesday and asked Covello to impose a long sentence. She said the abuse took place over several years. It is The Courant’s policy not to publish information that could identify victims of sexual abuse.

In September, Jones’ husband, 61-year old professional photographer Robert Gamble, was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for sexually abusing and producing tens of thousands of pornographic photographs of the victim. Gamble pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in June 2007.

Gamble began producing the photographs after telling the victim, when she was 13-years old, that the photographs would help her begin a modeling career. He kept written records of the activities and created written agreements for Jones and the victim to sign.

Jones signed one agreement entitled “Guidelines For Success: No conditions or restrictions.” The various agreements detailed compensation agreements under which the victim would participate in sexual activities and photography sessions in exchange for rewards such as clothing and privileges. If the victim resisted, the rewards were taken away, prosecutors said.

Jones’ lawyer told Covello she married Gamble after meeting him over the Internet and became another of his victims. Covello sentenced Jones to the maximum sentence provided for by federal law.

Renee Jones – Aiding and abetting pedophile husband – 5 years in prison

A woman from Clinton was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for conspiring with her husband to sexually abuse and produce pornographic photographs of a teen-aged girl.

Renee Jones, 46, pleaded guilty in June 2007 to a reduced charge of conspiracy to produce child pornography. In addition to a prison sentence, senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello placed Jones on probation for three years following her release and ordered her to pay $55,000 in restitution to the victim.

The victim, now a young woman, appeared in court in Hartford Tuesday and asked Covello to impose a long sentence. She said the abuse took place over several years. It is The Courant’s policy not to publish information that could identify victims of sexual abuse.

In September, Jones’ husband, 61-year old professional photographer Robert Gamble, was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for sexually abusing and producing tens of thousands of pornographic photographs of the victim. Gamble pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in June 2007.

Gamble began producing the photographs after telling the victim, when she was 13-years old, that the photographs would help her begin a modeling career. He kept written records of the activities and created written agreements for Jones and the victim to sign.

Jones signed one agreement entitled “Guidelines For Success: No conditions or restrictions.” The various agreements detailed compensation agreements under which the victim would participate in sexual activities and photography sessions in exchange for rewards such as clothing and privileges. If the victim resisted, the rewards were taken away, prosecutors said.

Jones’ lawyer told Covello she married Gamble after meeting him over the Internet and became another of his victims. Covello sentenced Jones to the maximum sentence provided for by federal law.

Gary Nichols – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Porn

A Calvert City man has been charged for possessing child pornography. The Marshall County Sheriff’s office Tuesday said 27-year-old Gary Nichols was served with a warrant in the McCracken County Jail charging him with 10 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

His bond was set at $100,000. Officials say a detective saw a news story last month that involved Nichols, who is a register sex offender, trying to pick up a child in Paducah. The detective followed up on the case. During a search of a computer and other items he found the images, which resulted in the charges.

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

Gary Nichols – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Porn

A Calvert City man has been charged for possessing child pornography. The Marshall County Sheriff’s office Tuesday said 27-year-old Gary Nichols was served with a warrant in the McCracken County Jail charging him with 10 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

His bond was set at $100,000. Officials say a detective saw a news story last month that involved Nichols, who is a register sex offender, trying to pick up a child in Paducah. The detective followed up on the case. During a search of a computer and other items he found the images, which resulted in the charges.

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

Richard Steven Brown – Gets 19 years in prison for distributing baby raper porn

A Nashville-area man has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison on child pornography charges.

Richard Steven Brown, 49, of Hermitage was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger for transportation of child pornography and receipt of child pornography. He had pleaded guilty to the charges in June.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Brown had been transmitting child pornography electronically through e-mail since August 2004. Videos and images showed prepubescent children, some as young as infants.