Michael Shawn Kelley – Repeat Sex Offender – Spying on women in Wal-Mart restrooms


Officers arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday night they said was looking up women’s skirts while they were shopping or using the restroom at local businesses, Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said.

Michael Shawn Kelley, 27, of of 3220 Hoffmeyer Road, Lot 60, Florence, faces four peeping tom charges, Raines said.

Investigators said the suspect has been to Books-A-Million and both Florence Wal-Mart SuperCenters to look up women’s skirts or watch them from underneath restroom stalls.

The first incident happened in January at the new Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Beltline Drive, Raines said. The suspect entered the women’s restroom, victims told police, and watched them from under the stalls.

The next incident was reported Sunday at the same place. Women told police they’d caught the suspect looking up their skirts and dresses, Raines said.

The third incident happened Monday at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on South Irby Street, where police again were told about a man peering up women’s skirts and dresses, Raines said.

The last incident happened Tuesday night at Books-A-Million on West Evans Street where the suspect entered the women’s restroom, stood on a toilet seat and peeked over at a woman in the next stall, Raines said.

Some of these incidents were caught on surveillance footage, which led to the suspect’s identification, Raines said.

Investigators are urging businesses to report this kind of activity to police, he said.

“We certainly want any of the citizens here that are out shopping or wherever it may be to feel like it’s going to be a safe place to go,” Raines said.

Meanwhile, he said, the investigation is continuing.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division’s Sex Offender Registry, Kelley was convicted in October 2005 of a peeping tom/aggravated voyeurism charge and in August 2006 for a first-offense sex offender registry violation.

He remains in custody at Florence County Detention Center in Effingham on a $100,000 bond.

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

………Sarah Tofte

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Michael Shawn Kelley – Repeat Sex Offender – Spying on women in Wal-Mart restrooms


Officers arrested a registered sex offender Tuesday night they said was looking up women’s skirts while they were shopping or using the restroom at local businesses, Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said.

Michael Shawn Kelley, 27, of of 3220 Hoffmeyer Road, Lot 60, Florence, faces four peeping tom charges, Raines said.

Investigators said the suspect has been to Books-A-Million and both Florence Wal-Mart SuperCenters to look up women’s skirts or watch them from underneath restroom stalls.

The first incident happened in January at the new Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Beltline Drive, Raines said. The suspect entered the women’s restroom, victims told police, and watched them from under the stalls.

The next incident was reported Sunday at the same place. Women told police they’d caught the suspect looking up their skirts and dresses, Raines said.

The third incident happened Monday at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on South Irby Street, where police again were told about a man peering up women’s skirts and dresses, Raines said.

The last incident happened Tuesday night at Books-A-Million on West Evans Street where the suspect entered the women’s restroom, stood on a toilet seat and peeked over at a woman in the next stall, Raines said.

Some of these incidents were caught on surveillance footage, which led to the suspect’s identification, Raines said.

Investigators are urging businesses to report this kind of activity to police, he said.

“We certainly want any of the citizens here that are out shopping or wherever it may be to feel like it’s going to be a safe place to go,” Raines said.

Meanwhile, he said, the investigation is continuing.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division’s Sex Offender Registry, Kelley was convicted in October 2005 of a peeping tom/aggravated voyeurism charge and in August 2006 for a first-offense sex offender registry violation.

He remains in custody at Florence County Detention Center in Effingham on a $100,000 bond.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on February 5, 2009 at 6:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Christopher Tatara – Child Molester threatens to "do it again"

He also told psychologist Ray Quackenbush that if he was released from prison, he would likely re-offend and, if his life was not going well, he might kill the victim, according to the petition. He said he had molested 58 victims, including the two rural McHenry girls involved in the criminal case.

Quackenbush’s report also indicated Tatara had tested positive for cocaine at birth and had claimed to be involved in occult practices since age 5. He said his heroes were serial killers and rapists John Wayne Gacy Jr. and Jeffrey Dahmer.

A 26-year-old former McHenry man who sexually assaulted two young girls about 10 years ago will remain in custody while authorities try to have him committed as a sexually violent person.

Christopher Tatara on Tuesday formally waived his right to a hearing to determine if there was probable cause to hold him.

Tatara will finish his eight-year prison sentence Feb. 17, Attorney General’s spokesman Scott Mulford said.

“Then at that point is when custody goes from the Department of Corrections to the Department of Human Services,” Mulford said. “He will be housed at Department of Human Services’ Rushville Treatment and Detention Facility.”

Tatara will appear before Judge Sharon Prather on March 27 for a status hearing.

Ultimately, a judge or jury could determine at trial whether he is sexually violent, which includes having a mental disorder.

If he is committed, he could request a hearing after six months, and then annually, to see if he has made enough progress to be released.

Tatara’s criminal convictions indicate he molested a 9-year-old girl in June 1999 and impregnated a 12-year-old girl in April 1999.

Tatara told a psychologist that he abused both girls multiple times a day for years, according to a psychologist’s report filed with the court Thursday.

When he was about 16, he convinced the older girl to run away with him for about two weeks so he could have sex with her. He initially blamed the girl for getting pregnant, but told the psychologist he no longer did.

He also told psychologist Ray Quackenbush that if he was released from prison, he would likely re-offend and, if his life was not going well, he might kill the victim, according to the petition. He said he had molested 58 victims, including the two rural McHenry girls involved in the criminal case.

Quackenbush’s report also indicated Tatara had tested positive for cocaine at birth and had claimed to be involved in occult practices since age 5. He said his heroes were serial killers and rapists John Wayne Gacy Jr. and Jeffrey Dahmer.

Harold Corbitt – Molested girl for 5 years and gets Jessica’s Law punishment


It’s first of its kind in Nueces County. As part of a plea deal today a 34 year old man became the first admitted child sexual predator to be punished under the Texas version of Jessica’s Law.

Jessica’s law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a previously convicted sex offender back in 2005. The Texas law is about heightening penalties for repeat child sexual assault suspects.

34 year old Harold Corbitt was the first one in Nueces County to plead guilty and receive the high minimum of 25 year behind bars with out the possibility of parole.

That charge of continuous sexual assault is the new one on the books. Corbitt plead guilty that he sexually abused a young girl from the time she was 8 years old until she was 13.

Prosecutor Ana Jimenez says the new statute is good in punishing sex offenders and reducing their ability to re-offend.

“You can’t fix them. I can’t explain what it is that makes them do the things they do,” said Prosecutor Ana Jimenez when asked why she thinks adults, like Corbitt sexually abuse children.

“The statute is really good for us,” Jimenez explains. “Not only does it have a high minimum but it gives the kids an oppurtunity to actually go before a jury and be heard.”

She says young victims don’t have to necessarily pin point an exact date or specific time. Instead Jimenez says if prosecutors can prove 2 or more acts happened with in 30 days, the continuous sexual abuse charge can apply, and bring along with it

Corbitt, a former car salesman, reportedly told authorities he’d been sexually assaulted as a child. He admitted his guilt early on, but apparently never wanted to hear the specific allegations lodged against him.

He also plead guilty to the promotion of child pornography, and got 20 years for that, which he’ll serve concurrently…with that 25 year sentence.

During today’s plea deal the victim, a young teen, was allowed to make a victim impact statement in open court.

She told the judge, in a soft emotional voice, that she’s glad Corbitt took responsibility for his actions, and now he can pay for what he’s done to her.

Harold Corbitt – Molested girl for 5 years and gets Jessica’s Law punishment


It’s first of its kind in Nueces County. As part of a plea deal today a 34 year old man became the first admitted child sexual predator to be punished under the Texas version of Jessica’s Law.

Jessica’s law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a previously convicted sex offender back in 2005. The Texas law is about heightening penalties for repeat child sexual assault suspects.

34 year old Harold Corbitt was the first one in Nueces County to plead guilty and receive the high minimum of 25 year behind bars with out the possibility of parole.

That charge of continuous sexual assault is the new one on the books. Corbitt plead guilty that he sexually abused a young girl from the time she was 8 years old until she was 13.

Prosecutor Ana Jimenez says the new statute is good in punishing sex offenders and reducing their ability to re-offend.

“You can’t fix them. I can’t explain what it is that makes them do the things they do,” said Prosecutor Ana Jimenez when asked why she thinks adults, like Corbitt sexually abuse children.

“The statute is really good for us,” Jimenez explains. “Not only does it have a high minimum but it gives the kids an oppurtunity to actually go before a jury and be heard.”

She says young victims don’t have to necessarily pin point an exact date or specific time. Instead Jimenez says if prosecutors can prove 2 or more acts happened with in 30 days, the continuous sexual abuse charge can apply, and bring along with it

Corbitt, a former car salesman, reportedly told authorities he’d been sexually assaulted as a child. He admitted his guilt early on, but apparently never wanted to hear the specific allegations lodged against him.

He also plead guilty to the promotion of child pornography, and got 20 years for that, which he’ll serve concurrently…with that 25 year sentence.

During today’s plea deal the victim, a young teen, was allowed to make a victim impact statement in open court.

She told the judge, in a soft emotional voice, that she’s glad Corbitt took responsibility for his actions, and now he can pay for what he’s done to her.

Jeffrey J. Walker – Repeat Sex Offender


An Outagamie County judge found enough evidence exists to send a convicted sex offender to trial on a recent sex assault charge.

Jeffrey J. Walker, of 214 W. Pacific St., is charged with second-degree sexual assault with use of force and will enter a plea Feb. 17.

A 51-year-old neighbor told police she had been watching television Jan. 18 with Walker, 44, when he left and she went to bed. She said she was sleeping when Walker returned, threatened to kill her and forced her to have sex with him.

The charge carries a maximum 40 years in prison.

The state sex offender registry shows Walker was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child in Brown County in 1992 and is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

He is being held in the Outagamie County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jeffrey J. Walker – Repeat Sex Offender


An Outagamie County judge found enough evidence exists to send a convicted sex offender to trial on a recent sex assault charge.

Jeffrey J. Walker, of 214 W. Pacific St., is charged with second-degree sexual assault with use of force and will enter a plea Feb. 17.

A 51-year-old neighbor told police she had been watching television Jan. 18 with Walker, 44, when he left and she went to bed. She said she was sleeping when Walker returned, threatened to kill her and forced her to have sex with him.

The charge carries a maximum 40 years in prison.

The state sex offender registry shows Walker was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child in Brown County in 1992 and is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

He is being held in the Outagamie County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

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

………Sarah Tofte