Scott A. Johnson – Sexual Predator in Denial

“You know, I was kinda in denial, you know, about the whole sexual predator or pedophile but maybe I am…,” Johnson allegedly told a detective. “I never figured myself as one, but, you know, maybe none of the others out there thought they was one either.”

A former St. John’s Health System employee faces more than 15 felony charges after police say he convinced several females to weigh themselves in the nude, then secretly videotaped it.

Scott A. Johnson, 29, was charged Monday with 17 counts of invasion of privacy, a class D felony.

Police say the former trainer at the St. John’s Health Tracks facility, 4331 S. Fremont Ave., admitted to exploiting the trust of four female athletes — one of them currently 16 — by filming them nude or in their underwear.

Investigators eventually uncovered three videotapes they say contained the rogue footage, including nine tapings where the victim was under 18.

Despite this, prosecutors’ options in charging Johnson were limited.

“I wanted to be able to charge him with something child porn related,” said Assistant Greene County Prosecutor Russ Dempsey. “That would have been a more-serious charge.”

The problem, Dempsey said, is that none of the footage contains sexual conduct, sexual contact or sexual performances, and so fails to meet the state’s definition of child pornography.

A probable cause statement filed with the charges details an elaborate deception, in which Johnson physically moved scales into a private room where he’d hidden a video camera.

The document says Johnson convinced the females — currently between 16 and 24 years old — to weigh themselves nude to get “a more accurate weight.” Officials say that practice is not common at Health Tracks, which offers training programs to enhance athletic performance, and Johnson was not authorized to ask the females to undress.

St. John’s officials learned of the alleged misconduct on Oct. 28, when an employee found one of the facility’s cameras contained footage of nude female athletes.

A St. John’s official linked Johnson to the tape, and the man allegedly admitted to taping the females, but said it was an isolated incident.

He was fired.

Police were called the next day, and St. John’s Security Director Dwayne Doran told officers an internal audit found two tapes missing from the facility.

Investigators later found two partially destroyed tapes in a trash can at Johnson’s South Golden Ave. home, the probable cause statement says. The tapes allegedly contained 18 episodes in which the man had secretly taped his clients.

“There were also several incidents in which Johnson is seen on camera and at one point he looks into the camera to ensure that it is on,” the probable cause document says.

In discussions with investigators, Johnson allegedly considered whether taping an underage teen made him a pedophile.

“You know, I was kinda in denial, you know, about the whole sexual predator or pedophile but maybe I am…,” Johnson allegedly told a detective. “I never figured myself as one, but, you know, maybe none of the others out there thought they was one either.”

The charges against Johnson don’t pinpoint the exact dates he allegedly taped his clients. Instead they each offer a timeframe in which prosecutors believe a crime occurred. The earliest possible incident date is June 4, 2005.

Each of the charges against Johnson carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Justin Michael Langston – 35 years for molesting young girl

An Anderson man pleaded guilty and was sentenced today to 35 years, eight months in state prison for molesting a young girl over a prolonged period of time.

Justin Michael Langston, 33, was arrested in March at his Riverland Drive trailer park by Shasta County sheriff’s investigators serving search and arrest warrants.

Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Ben Hanna said Langston admitted to seven counts of forcible lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, child molestation and providing marijuana to a minor.

He must serve 85 percent — or around 30 years — of his sentence before being eligible for parole, Hanna said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Shearman said after his arrest, that Langston confessed to sexually abusing a girl over a course of six to eight years.

The alleged victim contacted sheriff’s investigators in February, Shearman said.

Shearman declined to provide the girl’s age, saying it could possibly be used to identify her.

Langston was originally held on 44 counts, including aggravated sexual assault of a child, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, using a minor to sell marijuana and providing pornography to a minor.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Justin Michael Langston – 35 years for molesting young girl

An Anderson man pleaded guilty and was sentenced today to 35 years, eight months in state prison for molesting a young girl over a prolonged period of time.

Justin Michael Langston, 33, was arrested in March at his Riverland Drive trailer park by Shasta County sheriff’s investigators serving search and arrest warrants.

Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Ben Hanna said Langston admitted to seven counts of forcible lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, child molestation and providing marijuana to a minor.

He must serve 85 percent — or around 30 years — of his sentence before being eligible for parole, Hanna said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Shearman said after his arrest, that Langston confessed to sexually abusing a girl over a course of six to eight years.

The alleged victim contacted sheriff’s investigators in February, Shearman said.

Shearman declined to provide the girl’s age, saying it could possibly be used to identify her.

Langston was originally held on 44 counts, including aggravated sexual assault of a child, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, using a minor to sell marijuana and providing pornography to a minor.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

WANTED: John Kopkowski – Child Porn Investigation


Bethel Police need your help finding a man they are calling a person of interest in a child pornography investigation.

Officers say a computer repair shop called police, after discovering images on a computer brought in by John Kopkowski.

Warrants were signed allowing investigators to search the computer, and Kopkowski’s home on Kilgore in Batavia. On the computer, investigators say they found hundreds of images of young boys and girls. Officials say they “took possession of several items”. They last spoke to Kopkowski on Tuesday, and they can not find him now.

At this point, Kopkowski is not charged in the child pornography case but he does face another felony charge in Clermont County, where Batavia police say he stole pain medication out of a neighbor’s mailbox.

If you have any information that may help police call CrimeStoppers at 352-3040. You don’t have to give your name and could get cash for clues.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

WANTED: John Kopkowski – Child Porn Investigation


Bethel Police need your help finding a man they are calling a person of interest in a child pornography investigation.

Officers say a computer repair shop called police, after discovering images on a computer brought in by John Kopkowski.

Warrants were signed allowing investigators to search the computer, and Kopkowski’s home on Kilgore in Batavia. On the computer, investigators say they found hundreds of images of young boys and girls. Officials say they “took possession of several items”. They last spoke to Kopkowski on Tuesday, and they can not find him now.

At this point, Kopkowski is not charged in the child pornography case but he does face another felony charge in Clermont County, where Batavia police say he stole pain medication out of a neighbor’s mailbox.

If you have any information that may help police call CrimeStoppers at 352-3040. You don’t have to give your name and could get cash for clues.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Levi Dale Lucas – Destructs Hospital when he doesn’t get his way

A registered sex offender who went to Providence Medford Medical Center for an injured finger Saturday night went berserk in the emergency room, smearing blood on the wall and destroying medical equipment, according to Medford police.

“It was just such outlandish, disappointing behavior,” said police Sgt. Mark Boone. “It was very vicious. He got frustrated because he was waiting.”

Levi Dale Lucas, 21, of Central Point and Kassandra Jean Godfrey, 22, of Medford were arrested on felony criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charges. Lucas is a registered sex offender and is in the Jackson County jail, being held without bail. Godfrey remained in custody Sunday night on $20,000 bail.

Lucas also was arrested on Nov. 6 on charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon and a parole violation. Lucas appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and attempted assault on a peace officer in 2005.

Boone said Lucas became angry after waiting about 13 minutes before he was seen for his finger, and to help appease him, hospital staff took him to a room.

“While he was in the room, he moved the curtains, locked the doors and broke up the inside of the room,” Boone said.

Medical equipment was destroyed and other equipment will have to be recalibrated before it can be used.

“The entire room had to be sanitized because the subject smeared his bloody hand on the wall,” said Boone.

When hospital staff managed to enter the room, Boone said Lucas confronted them.

“They got back in there to suture up his finger,” he said. “He was challenging some of the staff to fight outside.”

Boone said Lucas and Godfrey showed no signs of intoxication despite their unusual behavior.

Lucas injured his finger when the flesh became crushed by the side of an engine block.

After police arrived, Lucas’ finger was sutured before he was taken to jail, said Boone.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Long prison sentences REQUIRED

Americans found guilty of possessing child pornography on their computers deserve to go to prison and stay there for years. Those actually found guilty of physically forcing children to engage in sexual acts, recording it and putting it online should go to prison for life.

Those found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography deserve long prison sentences.

Stopping the production, distribution and possession of child pornography is one of the most important functions police and prosecutors have in this Internet age.

So we applaud the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, the Monroe police department and the other agencies that worked with them, including a high-tech State Police unit, for arresting 13 local suspects on child pornography charges. The prosecutor’s office and police announced the charges Thursday.

While the Internet has become one of the most important communication tools and information repositories ever created, it has also made it easier for people to commit certain crimes — the distribution of child pornography being one of them.

Sick people can abuse a child in front of camera in Bangladesh, Thailand or somewhere else on the other side of the planet, and that video or picture can be seen by pedophiles here while it’s happening.

In 2004, there were 3,433 child abuse domains where pedophiles could go to see children being sexually exploited. Two years later, the number of such Web sites had jumped to 10,656 according to the Internet Watch Foundation, a British nonprofit group that monitors child pornography online.

Federal, state and local prosecutors and police have had to shift their priorities to keep up.

In 1994, the crime involving children and sex most referred to federal prosecutors was direct sexual abuse — 73 percent of all referrals, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

By 2006, child pornography topped that list at 69 percent of all referrals to U.S. attorneys regarding children and sexual exploitation.

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said that over the past two years, more than 100 child porn arrests have been made in New Jersey.

This latest investigation netted seven adults — all from Gloucester County — and six juveniles. Four of the adults are charged with second-degree felonies which could, if they are convicted, bring prison sentences of up to 10 years in prison. The other adults, including West Deptford High School teacher James J. Atkinson III, who has been suspended from his job, face fourth-degree felony charges which could bring up to 18 months in prison.

It is important for police and prosecutors to make these cases public and bring charges that come with the potential for long prison sentences.

Unfortunately, the Internet is a largely unregulated superhighway, and there’s no way to ever completely shut down the flow of illegal material such as child pornography.

However, we can protect children both in the United States and around the world from being forced to perform horrible, unnatural acts by hitting the demand-side of the business here. Because this is a crime that has the most innocent and vulnerable of victims, the punishment for possessing and distributing child pornography must be harsh.

Americans found guilty of possessing child pornography on their computers deserve to go to prison and stay there for years. Those actually found guilty of physically forcing children to engage in sexual acts, recording it and putting it online should go to prison for life.

And police and prosecutors need to keep up their investigations and keep making arrests. The continued threat of prison is the best weapon we have to protect children around the world from this evil.

Michael James Lundblad – Downloaded Child Porn at Day Care

A St. Paul man admitted in court this morning that he downloaded child pornography at the Maplewood home where his mother ran a day care.

Michael James Lundblad, 25, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to four counts of possessing child pornography. He downloaded the images on his computer in April 2007 while he lived with his mother, Wanda Lacktorin.

There were no allegations that Lundblad took pictures of the day care children or otherwise had improper contact with them.

State officials shut the day care at 2225 Arkwright St. when police began investigating the case. Its license remains suspended, according to computer records.

Lundblad was charged with 10 counts of pornography possession. If he remains on good behavior until his sentencing Feb. 5, six of those counts will be dropped.

He faces a sentence of 120 days in jail and will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years, per the plea agreement.

He also will be prohibited from having any contact with minors, or being in a position of authority or trust with them, for the five-year term of his probation.

Robert Muhonen – Repeat Sex Offender – Back to Prison

A Sault Ste. Marie man, who has already done prison time for sex offences involving girls, is headed back to the federal penitentiary for a similar offence.

Robert Muhonen was sentenced Thursday to a total of 29 months incarceration for making child pornography, touching a young person for a sexual purpose while in a position of trust and breach of probation.

“Only a denunciatory sentence is appropriate,” Ontario Court Justice Kristine Bignell said after reviewing Muhonen’s lengthy criminal record, which includes convictions in 1993 for two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.

She described the photographs Muhonen took of a teenaged babysitter as graphic and the acts intrusive.

The prison term is in addition to the time Muhonen has already spent in custody — the equivalent of nearly 18 months with the two-for-one credit he received.

Bignell ordered the 37- year-old man to provide a DNA sample for the national database and to register as a sex offender for 20 years. Muhonen also is prohibited from going to public parks and swimming areas, where persons under the age of 16 are present or can be expected to be present, or day care centres, school grounds and playgrounds for 10 years.

As well, he can’t be employed or volunteer in a capacity that involves being in a position of trust towards anyone under 16 for the same time period.

Muhonen pleaded guilty to the offences earlier this month.

Bignell heard Muhonen took photographs of the 15- year-old girl performing oral sex on him.

During their investigation, officers with the Ontario Provincial Police discovered 29 photos of a sexual nature which had been deleted from the digital camera’s memory card.

Nine photos of the girl were classified as child pornography.

Jessica Morris – Child molesting "monster under the bed"

“For a child to come in here and say that her mother should get 200 years in jail boggles my mind. That’s what this child needs to heal. You don’t want your mother to go to jail for 200 years for doing nothing.”


Jessica Morris was called “the monster under the bed” and “the monster in the bed” Thursday before she was sentenced by Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone to a lifetime in prison.

Morris, a 31-year-old mother of three from Wheeling, displayed no emotion as Mazzone sentenced her to 101 to 235 years in prison for sexually assaulting her daughter.

Specifically, Mazzone sentenced her to one to five years for conspiracy to commit sexual assault on a minor, 15 to 35 years each for three counts of first degree sexual assault, 10 to 20 years each for four counts of sexual abuse by a parent and five to 15 years each for three counts of incest.

The judge ordered the terms to be served consecutively, resulting in an actual sentence of 101 to 235 years.

The sentence agreed with a recommendation by Ohio County Adult Probation Officer William Ball, the Ohio County Prosecutor’s office and West Virginia law.

In his pre-sentence investigation report, Ball wrote that the victim’s “own mother was the monster under the bed.”

Testimony at Morris’ October trial revealed that the victim disclosed to child psychologists and counselors that she had been sexually assaulted numerous times by her mother and allegedly by her mother’s boyfriend, Jack Jones, who is scheduled to go on trial early next year for his part in the assaults.

The crimes began when the child was 3 years old and continued until she was 7.

Speaking on her own behalf Thursday, Morris said “what the state had done to me, my children and my family is not right. Whatever you sentence me to, I just know that it is in God’s hands. The truth will come out and if I have to wait in prison until it does – then, so be it.”

Morris’ father told the judge his daughter was innocent. He claimed his granddaughter “made accusations that me, my son and another man violated her. I was not given an opportunity during the trial to discredit her.”

The father said he intends to stand by his daughter.

“I am not going to give up on her,” he said. “There is no possible way she could have done this. She is innocent.”

Others in the courtroom were less sympathetic toward Morris. Their comments follows:

  • Attorney Joseph Moses, guardian ad litem for the victim, read a letter from the victim to the judge.

“Dear judge. I think what Jessica did was wrong. She should never have done it. I hope she gets 200 years of jail. Jack should get 200 years of jail. I hope that they get that much. Thank you for everything that you did. You are really a nice judge. I hope they get what they deserve. What Jack did was wrong too. I wish that stuff never happened. Thank you for everything you did.”

Moses told the court he took exception to Morris’ contention that she is innocent. “I do not appreciate the family’s decision to not acknowledge what has happened. To sit here and say she does not know what is going on is ridiculous. The truth did come out. The victim disclosed what happened to her. She told the truth. The things that happened to her happened in the home of her mother.

“For a child to come in here and say that her mother should get 200 years in jail boggles my mind. That’s what this child needs to heal. You don’t want your mother to go to jail for 200 years for doing nothing.”

  • Assistant Ohio County Prosecutor Jenna Wood said, “The evidence in this case is consistent. The victim came into this court and testified that her mother held her down while she was kicking and screaming while Jack Jones forcibly raped her. This child was repeatedly raped in her home with her mother present – and, more disturbingly, your honor, the evidence in this case is that her mother perpetrated upon her on in the absence of Jack Jones.

“This little girl was raped. She was raped of her childhood. She was raped of her innocence. She was raped of a mother’s love.

“In nature, a mother of an animal will intercept a predator and sacrifice herself to protect her child. What we have in this courtroom today, is a mother that protected a predator and sacrificed her child. She is a predator. She is not worthy of any mercy.

“The victim deserves salvation and she will only have salvation if she is protected from this woman forever. There is no child more deserving of protection. There is no defendant more deserving of punishment. And, there is no case more deserving of justice.

“She has been described as the monster under the bed. She was the monster in the bed.

“And God bless this child whose monsters were real.”

Defense attorney Michael Alberty said he plans to appeal the case to the West Virginia Supreme Court.