Richard Henry Brower – Repeat Sex Offender

  • 07/10/1981 INDECENT EXPOSURE
  • 07/10/1981 INDECENT EXPOSURE 3RD CONVICTIION
  • 06/10/2002 INDECENT EXPOSURE: 3RD OR SUBSEQUENT


Crossville Police have charged a man staying in a local inn with failing to report as a convicted sex offender and are investigating claims that the man molested a young girl.

Detectives and the District Attorney’s Office are conferring as the investigation unfolds to determine whether to file formal charges in the molestation case at this time, or to present evidence to an upcoming session of the county’s grand jury.

Richard Henry Brower, 61, Village Inn, was charged Sunday with one count of violation of the sex offender registry law and was ordered held without bond until an appearance in Cumberland County General Sessions Court Monday.

At that time Judge Larry Warner appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Brower and he was to report back on Thursday. (That appearance took place after the Chronicle’s deadline.)

Crossville Police were directed to the Village Inn Saturday shortly before 7 p.m. on a report of a child abuse/neglect case. Ptls. Richard Menzl and Elizabeth Diaz responded to the call and met with the parents of the young child.

The parents told police the nine-year-old girl told them that while playing in the parking lot, she was approached by a man from the next door apartment and invited into the man’s room. Once inside the room, the child said, the man molested her.

Police spoke with a suspect in the case who told them that he had invited the child into his room and had given her snacks.

The parents were instructed by police to take the child to Cumberland Medical Center’s emergency room for an examination and detectives and the Department of Children’s Services were called to investigate further.

As the investigation unfolded, police learned that Brower had been living at the Inn for nearly three weeks and had not complied with the state’s mandatory 48-hour reporting law that requires convicted sex offenders to report to local police jurisdiction upon moving into a community.

On Sunday, after learning of Brower’s prior record, officers went back to arrest the suspect for not reporting. During that encounter he was questioned about the molestation incident from the day before and reportedly gave police a signed statement.

Police said this week that they had learned that Brower was convicted of a sex offense in Knox County but had never registered as a sex offender in that county.

A police affidavit of complaint, which is part of the arrest warrant, claims that Brower is out on bond from similar incidents in Roane County.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Richard Henry Brower – Repeat Sex Offender

  • 07/10/1981 INDECENT EXPOSURE
  • 07/10/1981 INDECENT EXPOSURE 3RD CONVICTIION
  • 06/10/2002 INDECENT EXPOSURE: 3RD OR SUBSEQUENT


Crossville Police have charged a man staying in a local inn with failing to report as a convicted sex offender and are investigating claims that the man molested a young girl.

Detectives and the District Attorney’s Office are conferring as the investigation unfolds to determine whether to file formal charges in the molestation case at this time, or to present evidence to an upcoming session of the county’s grand jury.

Richard Henry Brower, 61, Village Inn, was charged Sunday with one count of violation of the sex offender registry law and was ordered held without bond until an appearance in Cumberland County General Sessions Court Monday.

At that time Judge Larry Warner appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Brower and he was to report back on Thursday. (That appearance took place after the Chronicle’s deadline.)

Crossville Police were directed to the Village Inn Saturday shortly before 7 p.m. on a report of a child abuse/neglect case. Ptls. Richard Menzl and Elizabeth Diaz responded to the call and met with the parents of the young child.

The parents told police the nine-year-old girl told them that while playing in the parking lot, she was approached by a man from the next door apartment and invited into the man’s room. Once inside the room, the child said, the man molested her.

Police spoke with a suspect in the case who told them that he had invited the child into his room and had given her snacks.

The parents were instructed by police to take the child to Cumberland Medical Center’s emergency room for an examination and detectives and the Department of Children’s Services were called to investigate further.

As the investigation unfolded, police learned that Brower had been living at the Inn for nearly three weeks and had not complied with the state’s mandatory 48-hour reporting law that requires convicted sex offenders to report to local police jurisdiction upon moving into a community.

On Sunday, after learning of Brower’s prior record, officers went back to arrest the suspect for not reporting. During that encounter he was questioned about the molestation incident from the day before and reportedly gave police a signed statement.

Police said this week that they had learned that Brower was convicted of a sex offense in Knox County but had never registered as a sex offender in that county.

A police affidavit of complaint, which is part of the arrest warrant, claims that Brower is out on bond from similar incidents in Roane County.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Carla Maldonado – Bestiality is not a crime – Sex Acts with children ARE


Shock was the only word that came to mind when Flagler Humane Society’s director received a compact disc with photos, some showing a woman having sex with a teenage girl and in others, the woman having sex with a dog.

Carla Maldonado, 40, a Flagler Humane Society employee at the time, and her husband, David Maldonado, 42, of Palm Coast were charged Tuesday in the acts against the girl, which investigators say occurred four years ago.

The Humane Society fired Carla Maldonado but has no recourse to protect the dog she adopted from the shelter.

Director Donna Howard received the CD late in the day on Nov. 6 from an anonymous a person who had access to the Maldonados’ home computer and copied the images from it, investigators said. Howard fired Carla Maldonado — a veterinarian technician and nine-year employee of the shelter — the next day. Howard then turned the pictures over to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’re a pretty close-knit group here,” Howard said Wednesday of her staff of 16. “We had no inkling this was coming.”

The CD contained 16 pictures of Carla Maldonado with the girl, who was 15 years old then, according to a sheriff’s report. There were also 27 images of Carla Maldonado in sex acts with her German shepherd, the report states.

Carla Maldonado never denied to Howard doing any of the things photographed, the report states. Howard said the employee told her it, “happened on one drunken night,” according to the report.

Sexual acts with the girl occurred Feb. 2, 2005, the report states.

David Maldonado was the photographer, according to investigators. He and Carla (Jones) Maldonado were married April 20, court records show.

Both provided the teenager alcohol and encouraged her participation, according to investigators. Now 19, the young woman has been interviewed by investigators and confirmed she was the person in the pictures.

But the dates on the images indicate sex with the dog took place over a period of months, Howard said.

“She referred to it as a joke,” Howard said.

Carla Maldonado had no prior arrest record, but David Maldonado has convictions for misdemeanor battery and contempt of court.

They were charged with lewd and lascivious battery and contributing to the deliquency of a minor. The couple were taken Wednesday to the Flagler County Inmate Facility. He was released on $15,000 bail and she was released on $10,000 bail. The couple could not be reached for comment.

The German shepherd and two other dogs owned by the Maldonados and adopted from the Flagler Humane Society have not been confiscated.

“There are no laws against (bestiality in Florida),” Howard said. “We can’t take the dogs back. We need to write our legislators and other powers that be — the mayor, the City Council, anybody who will listen.”

Sexual abuse of animals is not permitted in 34 states, but bestiality is legal in Florida. A proposal to outlaw sexual activity involving animals was unanimously approved by the state Sentate’s Justice Committee during the past year’s session but did not make it through the full Florida Legislature.

Animal cruelty charges were not filed against the couple.

“Animal cruelty (is charged) if the animal was injured or under duress,” said Flagler County sheriff’s spokeswoman Debra Johnson.

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Carla Maldonado – Bestiality is not a crime – Sex Acts with children ARE


Shock was the only word that came to mind when Flagler Humane Society’s director received a compact disc with photos, some showing a woman having sex with a teenage girl and in others, the woman having sex with a dog.

Carla Maldonado, 40, a Flagler Humane Society employee at the time, and her husband, David Maldonado, 42, of Palm Coast were charged Tuesday in the acts against the girl, which investigators say occurred four years ago.

The Humane Society fired Carla Maldonado but has no recourse to protect the dog she adopted from the shelter.

Director Donna Howard received the CD late in the day on Nov. 6 from an anonymous a person who had access to the Maldonados’ home computer and copied the images from it, investigators said. Howard fired Carla Maldonado — a veterinarian technician and nine-year employee of the shelter — the next day. Howard then turned the pictures over to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’re a pretty close-knit group here,” Howard said Wednesday of her staff of 16. “We had no inkling this was coming.”

The CD contained 16 pictures of Carla Maldonado with the girl, who was 15 years old then, according to a sheriff’s report. There were also 27 images of Carla Maldonado in sex acts with her German shepherd, the report states.

Carla Maldonado never denied to Howard doing any of the things photographed, the report states. Howard said the employee told her it, “happened on one drunken night,” according to the report.

Sexual acts with the girl occurred Feb. 2, 2005, the report states.

David Maldonado was the photographer, according to investigators. He and Carla (Jones) Maldonado were married April 20, court records show.

Both provided the teenager alcohol and encouraged her participation, according to investigators. Now 19, the young woman has been interviewed by investigators and confirmed she was the person in the pictures.

But the dates on the images indicate sex with the dog took place over a period of months, Howard said.

“She referred to it as a joke,” Howard said.

Carla Maldonado had no prior arrest record, but David Maldonado has convictions for misdemeanor battery and contempt of court.

They were charged with lewd and lascivious battery and contributing to the deliquency of a minor. The couple were taken Wednesday to the Flagler County Inmate Facility. He was released on $15,000 bail and she was released on $10,000 bail. The couple could not be reached for comment.

The German shepherd and two other dogs owned by the Maldonados and adopted from the Flagler Humane Society have not been confiscated.

“There are no laws against (bestiality in Florida),” Howard said. “We can’t take the dogs back. We need to write our legislators and other powers that be — the mayor, the City Council, anybody who will listen.”

Sexual abuse of animals is not permitted in 34 states, but bestiality is legal in Florida. A proposal to outlaw sexual activity involving animals was unanimously approved by the state Sentate’s Justice Committee during the past year’s session but did not make it through the full Florida Legislature.

Animal cruelty charges were not filed against the couple.

“Animal cruelty (is charged) if the animal was injured or under duress,” said Flagler County sheriff’s spokeswoman Debra Johnson.

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John M. Mason – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer


A Stuarts Draft man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his ex-girlfriend remained in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin late Monday afternoon, according to jail officials.

Virginia State Police arrested John M. Mason, 27, around 8 p.m. on Sunday, several hours after 20-year-old Amanda K. Bush of Stuarts Draft was found in the street in the 2700 block of Knollwood Drive in Staunton with a gunshot wound, according to Staunton police. Bush died at the scene.

Virginia State Police said Mason was apprehended in Carroll County about 8 p.m. after wrecking a rental car just off Exit 1 near Interstate 77, close to the North Carolina border. A gun was recovered.

“When the trooper arrived at the scene, (Mason) was intoxicated,” said 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, stationed in Galax.

Musser said Mason had to be wrestled to the ground by the trooper after the suspect refused orders to keep his hands in sight and continuously “fiddled” with his clothing.

“He found a weapon in the waistband of his clothing,” Musser said.

The trooper suffered a slight injury to his hand during the arrest.

Mason also faces charges of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the shooting death of Bush.

Mason has several past felony convictions, including a two-year prison stint on carnal knowledge charges after he was found guilty in 2002 and 2003 in both Augusta County and Staunton for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met at a local gas station. Other convictions, all charges from 2002, include felony eluding of a police officer, maiming as a result of driving while intoxicated and two charges of hit-and-run, Augusta County court records show.

Mason is a registered sex offender with the Virginia State Police.

On Monday, Kimberly Bell, 20, of Waynesboro, a friend of Bush’s, said she first read of the slaying in the newspaper. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Bell said she and Bush often had sleepovers as kids, and said they attended Stuarts Draft Middle School and Stuarts Draft High School together before Bell left the high school.

“She was a sweet, kind person. That’s why I couldn’t believe somebody would even think about shooting her,” Bell said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

John M. Mason – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer


A Stuarts Draft man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his ex-girlfriend remained in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin late Monday afternoon, according to jail officials.

Virginia State Police arrested John M. Mason, 27, around 8 p.m. on Sunday, several hours after 20-year-old Amanda K. Bush of Stuarts Draft was found in the street in the 2700 block of Knollwood Drive in Staunton with a gunshot wound, according to Staunton police. Bush died at the scene.

Virginia State Police said Mason was apprehended in Carroll County about 8 p.m. after wrecking a rental car just off Exit 1 near Interstate 77, close to the North Carolina border. A gun was recovered.

“When the trooper arrived at the scene, (Mason) was intoxicated,” said 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, stationed in Galax.

Musser said Mason had to be wrestled to the ground by the trooper after the suspect refused orders to keep his hands in sight and continuously “fiddled” with his clothing.

“He found a weapon in the waistband of his clothing,” Musser said.

The trooper suffered a slight injury to his hand during the arrest.

Mason also faces charges of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the shooting death of Bush.

Mason has several past felony convictions, including a two-year prison stint on carnal knowledge charges after he was found guilty in 2002 and 2003 in both Augusta County and Staunton for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met at a local gas station. Other convictions, all charges from 2002, include felony eluding of a police officer, maiming as a result of driving while intoxicated and two charges of hit-and-run, Augusta County court records show.

Mason is a registered sex offender with the Virginia State Police.

On Monday, Kimberly Bell, 20, of Waynesboro, a friend of Bush’s, said she first read of the slaying in the newspaper. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Bell said she and Bush often had sleepovers as kids, and said they attended Stuarts Draft Middle School and Stuarts Draft High School together before Bell left the high school.

“She was a sweet, kind person. That’s why I couldn’t believe somebody would even think about shooting her,” Bell said.

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

………Sarah Tofte