Knoxville police seek sex offenders violating state registry

The Knoxville Police Department is looking for these sex offenders they say are in violation of the Sex Offender Registry Law.

KPD says all of the suspects have outstanding warrants on file for their arrest.

“Once located, they will be charged with Violation of the Sex Offender Registry,” according to a KPD release.

Anyone with information is asked to call KPD at 865-215-7220, investigator Debra Nuchols at 865-215-6816, or Investigator Patty Tipton at 865-215-7325.

Richard Jerome Walker – 46 –
convicted in 1989 of assault with intent to rape

James Alvin Thomas – 41 –
convicted in 1990 of sexual assault

Sean Lortorris Dickey – 36 –
convicted in 1992 of aggravated rape
James Paul McCarroll – 48 –
convicted in 1985 of aggravated rape
Mack James Gray – 32 –
convicted in 2002 of statutory rape
Michael Lewis – 31 –
convicted in 1998 of criminal sexual assault
Ray Anthony Jones – 54 –
convicted in 1994 of rape
Jerry Allen Houser – 50 –
convicted in 1996 of attempted aggravated sexual battery
James David Ellis – 65 –
convicted in 1996 of attempted aggravated sexual battery
Arnold Claude Schuitten – 49 –
convicted in 1980 of rape



Knoxville police seek sex offenders violating state registry

The Knoxville Police Department is looking for these sex offenders they say are in violation of the Sex Offender Registry Law.

KPD says all of the suspects have outstanding warrants on file for their arrest.

“Once located, they will be charged with Violation of the Sex Offender Registry,” according to a KPD release.

Anyone with information is asked to call KPD at 865-215-7220, investigator Debra Nuchols at 865-215-6816, or Investigator Patty Tipton at 865-215-7325.

Richard Jerome Walker – 46 –
convicted in 1989 of assault with intent to rape

James Alvin Thomas – 41 –
convicted in 1990 of sexual assault

Sean Lortorris Dickey – 36 –
convicted in 1992 of aggravated rape
James Paul McCarroll – 48 –
convicted in 1985 of aggravated rape
Mack James Gray – 32 –
convicted in 2002 of statutory rape
Michael Lewis – 31 –
convicted in 1998 of criminal sexual assault
Ray Anthony Jones – 54 –
convicted in 1994 of rape
Jerry Allen Houser – 50 –
convicted in 1996 of attempted aggravated sexual battery
James David Ellis – 65 –
convicted in 1996 of attempted aggravated sexual battery
Arnold Claude Schuitten – 49 –
convicted in 1980 of rape



Leroy C. Rodrigues Sr – 71 year old Repeat Sex Offender


A 71-year-old convicted sex offender was indicted today for alleged sexual assaults on a juvenile girl.

Leroy C. Rodrigues Sr. of Waipi’o was charged with first-degree sex assault and three counts of fourth-degree sex assault. A $100,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Rodrigues was charged last month with second-degree sex assault in the same case but the charge was upgraded today to first-degree sex assault. In addition, the indictment added the three counts of fourth-degree sex assault.

Rodrigues has been free on bail since being charged last month.

If convicted of the current charges, Rodrigues faces up to 20 years in prison.

In October 1955, Rodrigues was convicted of sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 16. He was sentenced to five years probation.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Leroy C. Rodrigues Sr – 71 year old Repeat Sex Offender


A 71-year-old convicted sex offender was indicted today for alleged sexual assaults on a juvenile girl.

Leroy C. Rodrigues Sr. of Waipi’o was charged with first-degree sex assault and three counts of fourth-degree sex assault. A $100,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Rodrigues was charged last month with second-degree sex assault in the same case but the charge was upgraded today to first-degree sex assault. In addition, the indictment added the three counts of fourth-degree sex assault.

Rodrigues has been free on bail since being charged last month.

If convicted of the current charges, Rodrigues faces up to 20 years in prison.

In October 1955, Rodrigues was convicted of sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 16. He was sentenced to five years probation.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Joshua Conte – Repeat Sex Offender – Whining Pedophile

In 2003, Conte was sentenced to three years in prison for having sexual relations and impregnating a 12-year-old girl.


Police on Monday arrested a convicted sex offender on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl.

Joshua Conte, 24, of 47 W. Coit St., New London, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury or impairing the morals of a minor and unlawful restraint.

According to police, a sexual assault complaint was received on Sept. 1. The victim told her mother that on July 8 when the victim was alone, babysitting her niece at a Norwich residence, Conte forced her into a bedroom and then put a television in front of the door so she could not get out, the warrant said.

The victim told her mother that Conte made her sit on the bed and then he raped her. The victim asked Conte to stop but he refused to, the warrant said.

The victim told police she did not tell anyone because she thought her family would hate her.

Also on Sept. 1, police interviewed Conte, who denied the allegations and said he was being “set up.” He claimed that he was never alone with the victim.

Police then told him that they had a sworn statement from the victim.

Conte refused to give police a written statement but later admitted to having sex with the victim, which he claimed was consensual.

In 2003, Conte was sentenced to three years in prison for having sexual relations and impregnating a 12-year-old girl.

Conte is being held on a $350,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court Jan. 5.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Joshua Conte – Repeat Sex Offender – Whining Pedophile

In 2003, Conte was sentenced to three years in prison for having sexual relations and impregnating a 12-year-old girl.


Police on Monday arrested a convicted sex offender on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl.

Joshua Conte, 24, of 47 W. Coit St., New London, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, risk of injury or impairing the morals of a minor and unlawful restraint.

According to police, a sexual assault complaint was received on Sept. 1. The victim told her mother that on July 8 when the victim was alone, babysitting her niece at a Norwich residence, Conte forced her into a bedroom and then put a television in front of the door so she could not get out, the warrant said.

The victim told her mother that Conte made her sit on the bed and then he raped her. The victim asked Conte to stop but he refused to, the warrant said.

The victim told police she did not tell anyone because she thought her family would hate her.

Also on Sept. 1, police interviewed Conte, who denied the allegations and said he was being “set up.” He claimed that he was never alone with the victim.

Police then told him that they had a sworn statement from the victim.

Conte refused to give police a written statement but later admitted to having sex with the victim, which he claimed was consensual.

In 2003, Conte was sentenced to three years in prison for having sexual relations and impregnating a 12-year-old girl.

Conte is being held on a $350,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court Jan. 5.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jonathan Clift – Self-Centered Lying Lawyer

Judge Geoff Chettle said Clift was a self-centred liar and just because he said he was remorseful did not mean that he was.

“He’s a manipulative fellow who knows his way around the system and he has a problem with honesty,” Judge Chettle said.

A former Dandenong lawyer who kept a hidden stash of nearly 300,000 child porn images and who had also forged police documents to keep his job at a disabled services centre has had his sentence increased.

The Victorian County Court on Tuesday increased Jonathan Clift’s jail sentence to a minimum of four years following a search on his Melbourne home.

Clift, 53, had already been sentenced in the County Court June this year to 35 months for perverting the course of justice.

The search of his Dandenong home in August last year turned up child pornography images carefully filed inside a hidden safe.

The DVD and CDs contained more than 293,000 images and 864 movies of child pornography, the court heard.

He had also forged a National Police Certificate to keep his job as a support worker with a disability service provider and, in a bid to delay charges against him, made up bogus medical certificates claiming he had cancer.

Judge Geoff Chettle said Clift was a self-centred liar and just because he said he was remorseful did not mean that he was.

“He’s a manipulative fellow who knows his way around the system and he has a problem with honesty,” Judge Chettle said.

Clift pleaded guilty to one count each of producing and possessing child pornography, making and using a false document and possessing property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The court heard that in 2006 Clift made false documents stating he had cancer so he could delay his prosecution on charges of possessing 60,000 child pornography images.

The same year, he provided a false National Police Certificate to his employer, a disability service provider, in response to questions about child pornography charges against him.

The false document concealed his criminal background.

Judge Chettle set Clift’s new minimum term at four years.

“I am dealing with a man who has an unnatural preoccupation with child sex,” Judge Chettle said.

“There are hundreds of thousand of victims.”

Judge Chettle sentenced Clift to a maximum term of four-and-a-half years.

Lonny Cote – Repeat Sex Offender – Denial


Lonny Cote, a registered sex offender in Oklee, Minn., made his first court appearance Monday in state district court in Red Lake Falls, Minn., on charges of having sexual contact with a young girl in his mother’s home-based child care center in Oklee.

Because Cote, 53, is a registered predatory sex offender with three sexual crime convictions from 2000; he faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted, Red Lake County Attorney Daniel Geller said Tuesday.

Last summer, state social services officials closed Violet Cote’s child care center after the allegations against her son came to light.

Lonny Cote denies the charges and will mount an alibi defense showing he couldn’t have been at his mother’s home when the alleged victim was there, said his defense attorney, Kevin Duffy, Thief River Falls.

Geller charged Cote with three counts of second degree criminal sexual contact with a girl younger than 13, a statutory age limit in state law. She was one of the children in his mother’s home-based child care center.

Second-degree criminal sexual contact does not require sexual penetration, but typically is a charge used when a victim is quite young. The normal maximum sentence for the charge is 25 years in prison.

Duffy said the complaint alleges the sexual contact happened sometime between October of last year and April of this year. Cote was working for a farmer and denies ever going to his mother’s house during business hours, Duffy said, except one time to do an emergency fix on the furnace.

“We are comparing time lines,” Duffy said, and he said they show it is highly unlikely the contact between Cote and the girl could have occurred.

Cote often would visit his mother after business hours when no children were present to have dinner, which was OK under the terms of his probation, Duffy said.

Cote’s mother told the Herald last summer she closed her child care center after having her state license suspended and said her son had never hurt any of the children.

Geller said Cote was not a paid employee of the child care center.

Because of Cote’s criminal history, Geller said he designed the charges to carry a maximum sentence of life in prison

Cote also is fighting charges of probation violation in Norman County and will appear on one of them this morning in Ada, Minn., Duffy said.

Norman County officials allege that a year ago, Cote went to his mother’s home to fix her furnace during business hours when children were there, which violated conditions of his probation on three criminal sexual misconduct charges in 2000 in Norman County.

Norman County officials also allege that Cote failed this week to inform his Norman County probation officer that he had been released on bond in Crookston after his Monday court appearance in Red Lake Falls, Duffy said.

Duffy said Cote claims he went, on an emergency basis, to fix his elderly mother’s furnace a year ago and had no contact with any of the children in her center, Duffy said.

As far as this week’s allegations by Norman County officials of probation violation, Cote has witnesses who saw him call his probation officer this week and leave a message that he had bonded out of jail in Crookston on the Red Lake County charges, Duffy said.

Cote is scheduled to appear next in Red Lake County court Jan. 26.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Lonny Cote – Repeat Sex Offender – Denial


Lonny Cote, a registered sex offender in Oklee, Minn., made his first court appearance Monday in state district court in Red Lake Falls, Minn., on charges of having sexual contact with a young girl in his mother’s home-based child care center in Oklee.

Because Cote, 53, is a registered predatory sex offender with three sexual crime convictions from 2000; he faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted, Red Lake County Attorney Daniel Geller said Tuesday.

Last summer, state social services officials closed Violet Cote’s child care center after the allegations against her son came to light.

Lonny Cote denies the charges and will mount an alibi defense showing he couldn’t have been at his mother’s home when the alleged victim was there, said his defense attorney, Kevin Duffy, Thief River Falls.

Geller charged Cote with three counts of second degree criminal sexual contact with a girl younger than 13, a statutory age limit in state law. She was one of the children in his mother’s home-based child care center.

Second-degree criminal sexual contact does not require sexual penetration, but typically is a charge used when a victim is quite young. The normal maximum sentence for the charge is 25 years in prison.

Duffy said the complaint alleges the sexual contact happened sometime between October of last year and April of this year. Cote was working for a farmer and denies ever going to his mother’s house during business hours, Duffy said, except one time to do an emergency fix on the furnace.

“We are comparing time lines,” Duffy said, and he said they show it is highly unlikely the contact between Cote and the girl could have occurred.

Cote often would visit his mother after business hours when no children were present to have dinner, which was OK under the terms of his probation, Duffy said.

Cote’s mother told the Herald last summer she closed her child care center after having her state license suspended and said her son had never hurt any of the children.

Geller said Cote was not a paid employee of the child care center.

Because of Cote’s criminal history, Geller said he designed the charges to carry a maximum sentence of life in prison

Cote also is fighting charges of probation violation in Norman County and will appear on one of them this morning in Ada, Minn., Duffy said.

Norman County officials allege that a year ago, Cote went to his mother’s home to fix her furnace during business hours when children were there, which violated conditions of his probation on three criminal sexual misconduct charges in 2000 in Norman County.

Norman County officials also allege that Cote failed this week to inform his Norman County probation officer that he had been released on bond in Crookston after his Monday court appearance in Red Lake Falls, Duffy said.

Duffy said Cote claims he went, on an emergency basis, to fix his elderly mother’s furnace a year ago and had no contact with any of the children in her center, Duffy said.

As far as this week’s allegations by Norman County officials of probation violation, Cote has witnesses who saw him call his probation officer this week and leave a message that he had bonded out of jail in Crookston on the Red Lake County charges, Duffy said.

Cote is scheduled to appear next in Red Lake County court Jan. 26.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Lonny Cote – Repeat Sex Offender – Denial


Lonny Cote, a registered sex offender in Oklee, Minn., made his first court appearance Monday in state district court in Red Lake Falls, Minn., on charges of having sexual contact with a young girl in his mother’s home-based child care center in Oklee.

Because Cote, 53, is a registered predatory sex offender with three sexual crime convictions from 2000; he faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted, Red Lake County Attorney Daniel Geller said Tuesday.

Last summer, state social services officials closed Violet Cote’s child care center after the allegations against her son came to light.

Lonny Cote denies the charges and will mount an alibi defense showing he couldn’t have been at his mother’s home when the alleged victim was there, said his defense attorney, Kevin Duffy, Thief River Falls.

Geller charged Cote with three counts of second degree criminal sexual contact with a girl younger than 13, a statutory age limit in state law. She was one of the children in his mother’s home-based child care center.

Second-degree criminal sexual contact does not require sexual penetration, but typically is a charge used when a victim is quite young. The normal maximum sentence for the charge is 25 years in prison.

Duffy said the complaint alleges the sexual contact happened sometime between October of last year and April of this year. Cote was working for a farmer and denies ever going to his mother’s house during business hours, Duffy said, except one time to do an emergency fix on the furnace.

“We are comparing time lines,” Duffy said, and he said they show it is highly unlikely the contact between Cote and the girl could have occurred.

Cote often would visit his mother after business hours when no children were present to have dinner, which was OK under the terms of his probation, Duffy said.

Cote’s mother told the Herald last summer she closed her child care center after having her state license suspended and said her son had never hurt any of the children.

Geller said Cote was not a paid employee of the child care center.

Because of Cote’s criminal history, Geller said he designed the charges to carry a maximum sentence of life in prison

Cote also is fighting charges of probation violation in Norman County and will appear on one of them this morning in Ada, Minn., Duffy said.

Norman County officials allege that a year ago, Cote went to his mother’s home to fix her furnace during business hours when children were there, which violated conditions of his probation on three criminal sexual misconduct charges in 2000 in Norman County.

Norman County officials also allege that Cote failed this week to inform his Norman County probation officer that he had been released on bond in Crookston after his Monday court appearance in Red Lake Falls, Duffy said.

Duffy said Cote claims he went, on an emergency basis, to fix his elderly mother’s furnace a year ago and had no contact with any of the children in her center, Duffy said.

As far as this week’s allegations by Norman County officials of probation violation, Cote has witnesses who saw him call his probation officer this week and leave a message that he had bonded out of jail in Crookston on the Red Lake County charges, Duffy said.

Cote is scheduled to appear next in Red Lake County court Jan. 26.

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

………Sarah Tofte