Four more INTERNET PREDATORS caught

One man is accused of exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl. Another man was jailed on a charge of possessing child pornography with children as young as 2 years old.

Police say another man talked sexually with a minor online while at work.

The men were recently caught and arrested by the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a 15-agency task force with a mission to capture Internet predators.

“Your children are already being hit on, being sexually approached,” Bossier City Marshal Johnny Wyatt said of online predators.

Wyatt joined Caddo Parish District Attorney-elect Charles Scott and other law enforcement officials at a press conference Tuesday afternoon hosted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator to announce the arrests.

“One of these fools we arrested could be hitting on your daughter or son,” Prator said.

Those arrested were:John Robbins, 44, a man from Krugerville, Texas. He was arrested on indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor charges. Police said Robbins thought he was talking to a 12-year-old girl online and sent pictures of him exposing himself.

Clayton Bowers, 23, of Shreveport. He was arrested on a computer-aided solicitation of a minor charge. Prator said Bowers thought he was “sexually exploiting” a 14-year-old girl online — while he was at work.

Laurence Finch, 36, of Blanchard. Finch is accused of possessing child pornography with children as young as 2 years old. Interpol got involved, as it alerted the task force of Finch’s suspected online pornography through international boundaries, and Prator said sheriff’s deputies confiscated five computers and nine hard drives’ worth of material.

Larry Esque, of Shreveport. Esque was arrested on three counts of child molestation, against three complainants, Prator said.

“We have still not conquered the problem of Internet solicitation,” he said.

The task force, established in 2006, consists of multiple investigators from different agencies trolling Web sites and chat rooms posing as underage girls and boys. When an Internet predator begins to advance on them, detectives record the details and eventually arrest the subject.

Wyatt said the agency has arrested more than 100 Internet predators in the three years since its inception, .

Scott, who will become Caddo Parish’s district attorney next year, said he would take a “serious” look when decided sentencing for alleged predators caught by the task force.

Prator urged parents to be extra cautious during the holiday season, especially when choosing computers as Christmas gifts, or letting children stay home on winter break by themselves.

“All I’m saying is: watch out for your kids,” Prator said.

Four more INTERNET PREDATORS caught

One man is accused of exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl. Another man was jailed on a charge of possessing child pornography with children as young as 2 years old.

Police say another man talked sexually with a minor online while at work.

The men were recently caught and arrested by the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a 15-agency task force with a mission to capture Internet predators.

“Your children are already being hit on, being sexually approached,” Bossier City Marshal Johnny Wyatt said of online predators.

Wyatt joined Caddo Parish District Attorney-elect Charles Scott and other law enforcement officials at a press conference Tuesday afternoon hosted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator to announce the arrests.

“One of these fools we arrested could be hitting on your daughter or son,” Prator said.

Those arrested were:John Robbins, 44, a man from Krugerville, Texas. He was arrested on indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor charges. Police said Robbins thought he was talking to a 12-year-old girl online and sent pictures of him exposing himself.

Clayton Bowers, 23, of Shreveport. He was arrested on a computer-aided solicitation of a minor charge. Prator said Bowers thought he was “sexually exploiting” a 14-year-old girl online — while he was at work.

Laurence Finch, 36, of Blanchard. Finch is accused of possessing child pornography with children as young as 2 years old. Interpol got involved, as it alerted the task force of Finch’s suspected online pornography through international boundaries, and Prator said sheriff’s deputies confiscated five computers and nine hard drives’ worth of material.

Larry Esque, of Shreveport. Esque was arrested on three counts of child molestation, against three complainants, Prator said.

“We have still not conquered the problem of Internet solicitation,” he said.

The task force, established in 2006, consists of multiple investigators from different agencies trolling Web sites and chat rooms posing as underage girls and boys. When an Internet predator begins to advance on them, detectives record the details and eventually arrest the subject.

Wyatt said the agency has arrested more than 100 Internet predators in the three years since its inception, .

Scott, who will become Caddo Parish’s district attorney next year, said he would take a “serious” look when decided sentencing for alleged predators caught by the task force.

Prator urged parents to be extra cautious during the holiday season, especially when choosing computers as Christmas gifts, or letting children stay home on winter break by themselves.

“All I’m saying is: watch out for your kids,” Prator said.

Bruce M. Galloway – Repeat Sex Offender – Creates Two New Victims

A registered sex offender was indicted on charges that he sexually abused two young girls.

Bruce M. Galloway, 52, of 20 S. Main St., Hammond, was indicted Monday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child.

He is accused of sexually abusing two girls under the age of 11 in 2001 and the summer of 2003, along with providing alcohol to them and a third girl in the summer of 2003.

He is a Level 1 sexual offender because he pleaded guilty in November 2006 to forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of rubbing the breasts of a 9-year-old girl in July 2004 in a camping area at Can-Am Motorsports Park in LaFargeville and of providing alcohol to three minors at the camping area.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jason Powers – Solicitation of a minor – INTERNET PREDATOR

A McMinn County man known in his community is caught on charges of trying to solicit a minor for sex over the internet.

Jason Powers, 35, was the subject of a three week on-line investigation by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Their technology unit known as HEAT, also focuses on Internet Crimes Against Children. Last year, they worked 370 cases from all over the region.

It was that unit that caught Powers. Detectives declined to release specific information, but say Powers solicited a child under the age of 17 on the internet. He’s now facing four counts of solicitation of minor.

Powers is a man from a well-known family in the Athens and Englewood communities of McMinn County. His father is county commissioner, Jack Powers. Jason works in Athens as a manager at Wal-Mart.

Powers is now out of jail on a $60,000 bond. We went to his house today to get his side of the story, but he declined to talk.

Jason Powers – Solicitation of a minor – INTERNET PREDATOR

A McMinn County man known in his community is caught on charges of trying to solicit a minor for sex over the internet.

Jason Powers, 35, was the subject of a three week on-line investigation by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Their technology unit known as HEAT, also focuses on Internet Crimes Against Children. Last year, they worked 370 cases from all over the region.

It was that unit that caught Powers. Detectives declined to release specific information, but say Powers solicited a child under the age of 17 on the internet. He’s now facing four counts of solicitation of minor.

Powers is a man from a well-known family in the Athens and Englewood communities of McMinn County. His father is county commissioner, Jack Powers. Jason works in Athens as a manager at Wal-Mart.

Powers is now out of jail on a $60,000 bond. We went to his house today to get his side of the story, but he declined to talk.

Danny Lynn Parker – Pedophile


A volunteer Sunday school teacher accused of taking photographs of young girls and cutting out their faces to make child pornography won’t be getting a reduction in his $90,000 bail.

Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen refused Danny Lynn Parker’s request Tuesday for a lower bail.

The 39-year-old Kathleen man has been in jail since his April 18 arrest.

He faces 90 counts of possessing child pornography. Each charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

A Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded Parker took the girls’ photographs and pasted their faces onto photos of nude adult female bodies.

A main question in the case will be whether the altered images are child pornography.

Parker’s lawyer, Francis Solorzano, has filed a motion seeking to dismiss the charges. His motion states that the bodies of the children are not depicted, and there is no indication of any sexual conduct by the children.

Prosecutors requested more time at a hearing Monday to research the issues before arguing against the motion to dismiss.

Parker volunteered at Lakeland Acres Baptist Church as a teacher. He also served as a youth camp photographer at Lake Wales Care Center.

Investigative reports have provided more details about the case, including a more than 80-page transcript of Parker’s statement to detectives.

His arrest came after people rummaging for aluminum cans inside a trash bin at a Dade City egg farm found photographs of children with their faces cut out, reports state.

Investigators traced the trash back to Parker when they looked up his phone number on a Walgreens photo container, reports state.

Deputies searched Parker’s room at his parent’s home and found a green, three-ring binder filled with the images. The girls whose faces were used ranged in age from about 5 to 15 years old, an arrest report states.

Parker denied being attracted to female children but later agreed that he was attracted to them, according to the transcript of his statement.

Parker told detectives that he took the photographs of the girls at church and camp events.

He said he would work at night on the images when his parents weren’t home, matching the children’s faces to women’s bodies from pornographic magazines and the cover of a pornographic DVD.

Parker repeatedly denied ever touching any of the girls, according to the transcript.

He said he had “a lot of opportunities” to be alone with children and could have “done whatever,” but he did not. He said he had “drawn a line” that he wasn’t going to intentionally touch children, according to the transcript.

Detectives asked whether he felt that he might “step over the line.”

“I can’t predict the future,” Parker said, according to a transcript. “I don’t know.”

Parker told detectives that he didn’t date very much and is addicted to pornography. He said he had spent about a month or so making the images, the report said.

He told the detectives that he had been sexually molested for several years beginning when he was 9 or 10 years old, according to the transcript.

In college, he studied ministry but couldn’t graduate because he was having heart problems, he said.

Parker said he heard about the idea of putting children’s faces on adult female bodies following news reports about a Lakeland school principal accused of similar actions.

John Stelmack, the former principal at Scott Lake Elementary School, continues to face child pornography charges. A trial date has not been scheduled.

Danny Lynn Parker – Pedophile


A volunteer Sunday school teacher accused of taking photographs of young girls and cutting out their faces to make child pornography won’t be getting a reduction in his $90,000 bail.

Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen refused Danny Lynn Parker’s request Tuesday for a lower bail.

The 39-year-old Kathleen man has been in jail since his April 18 arrest.

He faces 90 counts of possessing child pornography. Each charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

A Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded Parker took the girls’ photographs and pasted their faces onto photos of nude adult female bodies.

A main question in the case will be whether the altered images are child pornography.

Parker’s lawyer, Francis Solorzano, has filed a motion seeking to dismiss the charges. His motion states that the bodies of the children are not depicted, and there is no indication of any sexual conduct by the children.

Prosecutors requested more time at a hearing Monday to research the issues before arguing against the motion to dismiss.

Parker volunteered at Lakeland Acres Baptist Church as a teacher. He also served as a youth camp photographer at Lake Wales Care Center.

Investigative reports have provided more details about the case, including a more than 80-page transcript of Parker’s statement to detectives.

His arrest came after people rummaging for aluminum cans inside a trash bin at a Dade City egg farm found photographs of children with their faces cut out, reports state.

Investigators traced the trash back to Parker when they looked up his phone number on a Walgreens photo container, reports state.

Deputies searched Parker’s room at his parent’s home and found a green, three-ring binder filled with the images. The girls whose faces were used ranged in age from about 5 to 15 years old, an arrest report states.

Parker denied being attracted to female children but later agreed that he was attracted to them, according to the transcript of his statement.

Parker told detectives that he took the photographs of the girls at church and camp events.

He said he would work at night on the images when his parents weren’t home, matching the children’s faces to women’s bodies from pornographic magazines and the cover of a pornographic DVD.

Parker repeatedly denied ever touching any of the girls, according to the transcript.

He said he had “a lot of opportunities” to be alone with children and could have “done whatever,” but he did not. He said he had “drawn a line” that he wasn’t going to intentionally touch children, according to the transcript.

Detectives asked whether he felt that he might “step over the line.”

“I can’t predict the future,” Parker said, according to a transcript. “I don’t know.”

Parker told detectives that he didn’t date very much and is addicted to pornography. He said he had spent about a month or so making the images, the report said.

He told the detectives that he had been sexually molested for several years beginning when he was 9 or 10 years old, according to the transcript.

In college, he studied ministry but couldn’t graduate because he was having heart problems, he said.

Parker said he heard about the idea of putting children’s faces on adult female bodies following news reports about a Lakeland school principal accused of similar actions.

John Stelmack, the former principal at Scott Lake Elementary School, continues to face child pornography charges. A trial date has not been scheduled.

Roy Matthew Thigpen – INTERNET PREDATOR nabbed

A Fairfax man has become the latest person to walk into a trap set by a local detective searching for online predators, police said.

Roy Matthew Thigpen, 41, showed up at the Lee’s Hill Shopping Center in Spotsylvania yesterday for a planned sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Liz Scott said.

As is often the case, the “girl” was actually a Spotsylvania detective who had been portraying a teenage girl online.

Thigpen was charged with electronic solicitation, attempted indecent liberties with a child, possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

According to Scott, the suspect first contacted the detective on Dec. 9 in an online chat room.

The suspect asked for the girl’s age and location, and the detective told him he was a 14-year-old girl from the Fredericksburg area.

Thigpen told the “girl” he was 41 and from Northern Virginia, which turned out to be true.

There was no further contact between the two until yesterday, Scott said, when the suspect contacted the detective again.

This time, the conversation became sexually oriented, Scott said, and the suspect suggested specific sexual acts.

Scott said Thigpen asked to meet the girl at the shopping center and continued his explicit conversation on his cell phone while traveling to Spotsylvania.

Detectives were waiting when Thigpen arrived. They recognized his vehicle and they recognized him from pictures he’d sent, Scott said.

A marijuana smoking device, a cell phone and digital cameras were seized from the suspect’s car.

David W. Evans – gets 17 years for being an INTERNET PREDATOR

A Buffalo man who used a fake MySpace page to attract the attention of teenage girls was sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

The judge handed down his sentence after hearing emotional statements by two of the teenage victims of David W. Evans, 48.

Evans called himself “sex master Adam” and posted a picture of a handsome 20-year-old man on his MySpace social networking page, according to Cheektowaga Police and FBI agents who arrested him last year.

Within months, at Evans’ request, dozens of women and teenage girls sent him lewd pictures of themselves over the Internet, or by using their cellular telephones, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said.

Evans, a local cafeteria worker, pleaded guilty in September to four felony counts of creating child porn. Mango said he created the child porn by “coercing” teenage girls into sending him lewd pictures of themselves.

John F. Humann, a federal public defender who represented Evans, said his client has an I.Q. measured at 60, which qualifies him as mentally retarded. Humann acknowledged that his client committed serious federal crimes but said Evans denied threatening any of the girls who sent him pictures.

According to Dr. Charles E. Ewing, a psychologist and University at Buffalo Law School professor, mental retardation can be a “mitigating factor” in determining prison sentences.

“[In 2002] the Supreme Court ruled that someone who is mentally retarded can no longer be given the death penalty,” Ewing said. “But mentally retarded people are convicted of crimes and sent to prison, all the time.”

Despite his mental deficiencies, Evans was savvy enough to create a fake Web identity and use it to obtain hundreds of nude pictures of girls, Arcara noted today.

The judge said he also found it upsetting that Evans threatened some of the minor victims, telling one victim he would kill her if she stopped sending nude pictures, and another that he would send her pictures to her parents and post them on the Internet if she stopped.

Evans apologized for his actions.

Honoring molesters gives children wrong message

Mental-health professionals and law enforcement officials know how difficult it is for a child or young person to tell any other person that they are being sexually abused by an adult, whether the abuser be a priest, teacher, coach, parent or neighbor. The child may not even fully understand what is happening to them, only that it feels wrong and dirty.

When the child sees that the people he or she loves and respects are in some way honoring, praising or defending a known child molester (possibly the same person who is abusing the child), it becomes almost impossible for the child to feel safe enough to know that they will be believed if and when they report that they have been or are being abused.

If we as a community truly want children or even adults who were abused as children to report their abuse, then bishops, priests and civic leaders must stop honoring those accused of abuse as well as those who covered up abuse.

Nobody who has abused a child deserves any accolades or honors. In fact, they should be stripped of their honors. Frankly, children would expect concerned, compassionate clerics and other adults to lead the charge in this regard.

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