Michael E. Stites – Repeat Sex Offender – Said he couldn’t control himself

A 37-year-old Manitowoc man appeared today before Manitowoc Circuit Court Judge Patrick Willis for his initial court proceeding on five felonies after he allegedly sexually assaulted two juvenile girls between 2005 and 2008, according to the criminal complaint filed Feb. 6.

Michael E. Stites also is accused of forcing two adolescents to perform sex acts in 2004 while he critiqued them, according to the criminal complaint.

According to the criminal complaint:

– The alleged assaults were reported to a Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department detective Jan. 29. A woman provided a DVD she had found of an assault to the detective Feb. 4.

– Stites admitted to the detective that he had sex with one of the girls for 18 months and oral sex with the other girl for one year.

– He told the detective that he had a problem and couldn’t control himself. He said he didn’t force either girl but asked their permission.

Stites is a registered sex offender after being convicted in 1999 of three counts of sexually assaulting a child in Brown County. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was released in 2004 after serving the maximum time amount under old laws, Assistant District Attorney Jerilyn Dietz.

Stites is serving probation for his Brown County offenses.

The mandatory penalty for Stites’ charges is life in prison, Dietz said.

Stites will be back in court for his preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Feb. 19. He remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Aaron Zendejas – held on multiple charges – Police seek other babysitting victims

A mother of a suspect in a child pornography ring is declaring her son’s innocence.

Jeannie Holloway said, “I’m praying. I’m praying for my son to come home because he did not do this.”

Jeannie Holloway’s 24-year-old son sits in a jail facing multiple charges. Among them, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco detailed, “kidnapping for purposes of oral copulation of a minor.”

Authorities say Aaron Zendejas took a 3-year-old boy he was babysitting to a house where child pornography was made and where the toddler was molested.

However, Holloway says her son loved the kids he was babysitting, adding that he was “good with the kids. He never done anything wrong with the kids.”

Neighbors recoiled at the charges filed against Zendejas. One woman saying that, “It makes me upset — internally upset — to know that I’m living next door to this.”

Police now are on the hunt for fugitive suspect Jared Yaffe, the man they say molested the little boy, among others.

They say they have photographic evidence that shows Yaffe actually participating in the molestation of a young child. He’s charged with seventeen counts, and police suggest he and Zendejas may not be the only suspects.

“The scope is deep and wide ranging – we don’t know the exact numbers,” said Lt. Rick O’Hanlon of the San Diego Police Department. “The detectives are still going through the numbers, still analyzing it.”

The number of victims is also unclear. One deputy D.A. has said at least four but likely more.

Investigators released a picture of Yaffee on Wednesday and announced that an arrest warrant with bail set at $5 million has been issued for the 30-year old suspect.

Suspected molester Jared Yaffee

Investigators say Yaffee has been identified as one of the molesters. San Diego Police say Yaffee may also be responsible for videotaping children while they were being molested.

Holloway said, “He’s a bad influence, and my son keeps, hanging around him.”

Greco said, “We are still looking for that 3-year-old. There is an active search specifically, to look for that three year old and his family.”

Aaron Zendejas was arrested January 28th and is held on $500,000 bail on charges that include child molesting, manufacturing child pornography, kidnapping and committing a sex crime with a child 10 years or younger.

Aaron Zendejas allegedly supplied children to molester.

San Diego police are publicizing pictures of Zendejas, hoping it will help identify any addition victims.

Investigators think most of the cases would have been in the Santee and El Cajon areas.

Investigators said they’re still trying to identify the alleged victims, who range in age from 3 to 10 years old. Police are asking anyone who may have used Zendejas as a babysitter to call the police immediately.

Anyone with information about Zendejas is asked to contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers. Investigators say you may remain anonymous.

Zendejas is due back in court February 10th.

Operation Joint Hammer Busts Child Porn Rings Worldwide

About 170 people, including more than 60 Americans, have been arrested in the breakup of seven major child pornography rings worldwide, the FBI said Monday.

The U.S. law enforcement agency said Operation Joint Hammer, which started with a tip from Australian authorities in 2006, is already one of the largest child porn probes on record and it isn’t over yet, the agency said on its Web site.

The FBI said along with the arrests, authorities rescued 14 girls, some as young as 3, who had been sexually abused by pornographers.

The FBI said authorities in Queensland, Australia, came across a pornographic video online showing a young Dutch girl. That led to the arrest of an alleged molester in Belgium and a video producer from Italy.

A list of 50,000 e-mails from 28 countries, including 11,000 from the United States, was seized from the video producer and that led to the start of Operation Joint Hammer, the FBI said.

Dangerous sexual predators have been stopped, the FBI said, including a New Jersey man producing sexual images of his 9-year-old daughter, an Arizona elementary school teacher who was a customer of the Italian Web site and a convicted sex offender from Philadelphia.

We’re still working our way through all the cases, said the unnamed FBI agent in charge of the investigation.

Cooperation is the key.

Gregory J. Kruckeberg Jr. – Noncompliant Sex Offender

Kruckeberg became a registered sex offender after a 2006 conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Madison County, records indicate. He has a lengthy record for crimes including forgery, aggravated battery to a pregnant person, burglary and theft, but according to records, he has gotten only probation or supervision for the crimes.

A Bethalto area man is one of the first people in the area to be charged under a new law that prohibits registered sex offenders from holding MySpace or other Internet-based social networking accounts.

Gregory J. Kruckeberg Jr., 27, of the 5600 block of State Route 140, was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, under a provision of a statute passed last year. The law mandates that registered sex offenders make known to police any Internet connections or Web sites they use or maintain.

“The law has been there, but this is the first time we are charging anybody,” said Capt. Brad Wells of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Kruckeberg initially was taken into custody last Thursday and was charged formally Monday.

The investigation, which began in November, started as the result of someone calling the department to ask why Kruckeberg could have a MySpace account, Wells said.

He said the investigation took a couple of months because of the subpoena process and the difficulty in gathering evidence about a person’s individual accounts.

Detectives had no evidence that Kruckeberg was an immediate threat to anyone by virtue of his access, Wells said.

“If that was the case, we would have had him under a whole lot more of a microscope and (in jail) a lot sooner,” he said.

The failure to register also is a violation of MySpace’s own guidelines, Wells said.

MySpace recently has made a very public effort to oust sex offenders from its registration rolls. Last week, it announced that it had purged the accounts of 90,000 people. The move came in the wake of public pressure over offenders potentially preying on children through the use of such sites.

“(After the tip), we did a ‘preservation’ on the account,” Wells said, explaining the department occasionally takes such action in order to prevent records or evidence from being lost or destroyed. A subpoena was necessary to help prevent the MySpace page from being taken down from the site. The tactic occasionally is used in tracking cell phone records and social networking sites, he said.

The department eventually confirmed that the suspect had an active account and a live connection to the Internet, Wells said.

Kruckeberg was being held at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville on $25,000 bond.

Kruckeberg became a registered sex offender after a 2006 conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Madison County, records indicate. He has a lengthy record for crimes including forgery, aggravated battery to a pregnant person, burglary and theft, but according to records, he has gotten only probation or supervision for the crimes.

While there are dozens of sex offender charges filed each year in Madison County, it remained unclear Monday whether this case is the first to be based on the statute that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2008. Wells said it was the first for his department, but Stephanee Smith, a spokeswoman for the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, said she was unsure if it was the first for the county overall.

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Xeuy Sikeo – Repeat Sex Offender – 3 Strikes

A twice-convicted sex offender accused of impregnating an 11-year-old girl is facing 99 years in prison if convicted at his trial, which began Monday, according to the Anchorage district attorney’s office. Xeuy Sikeo, 32, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual assault. He is accused of impregnating the girl last year. She was asleep in her bed when Sikeo allegedly slipped into her room and molested her, according to the charges against him.

Final jurors were added and opening statements finished at the courthouse Monday, according to the district attorney’s office. Prosecutors planned to wrap up their case today.

Sikeo has two convictions for sexual abuse of a minor, in 2001 and 2002, court records indicate.

If convicted, Sikeo will get a mandatory 99 years in prison under new sentencing guidelines that deliver tougher penalties to three-time offenders. He would be the first defendant sentenced under the new guidelines, according to the district attorney’s office.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on February 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charles Jaynes – Whining Nambla Pedophile

The infamous pervert who’s served 10 years in prison for killing 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley of Cambridge is demanding a new trial, arguing jurors who convicted him had no right to hear he was sexually attracted to little boys.

Charles Jaynes’ attorney, Janet Hetherwick Pumphrey, said yesterday the monstrous murderer does not claim he is innocent of kidnapping the child on Oct. 1, 1997.

Rather, Pumphrey explained, Jaynes’ sexual proclivity was irrelevant because, “This was a kidnapping-murder case. He’s just claiming his trial was unfair.”

With help from his boyfriend Salvatore Sicari, Jaynes smothered Jeffrey with gasoline for refusing to submit to sex and dumped the boy’s naked, concrete-spattered body in a Maine river in a Rubbermaid container. The heartlesness and vile nature of the crime shocked the nation.

Jaynes, 33, maintains that written and oral statements he made expressing his desire for Jeffrey and other boys should not have been admitted into evidence, and that a witness’ remark that he was a “pedophile” should have been grounds for a mistrial, court records state.

Yesterday, the cowardly killer shuffled into Middlesex Superior Judge Hiller B. Zobel’s courtroom to present his case, but panicked upon seeing news cameras and retreated to a holding area, screaming for his lawyer.

When Zobel refused to indulge him, Jaynes agreed to come out with a denim jacket pulled over his head.

Zobel cautioned Pumphrey, “I have not decided if I’m going to have a hearing on this motion.”

The Supreme Judicial Court in 2002 turned down Jaynes’ first bid for a new trial, denying his claim that the public was wrongly barred from a portion of jury selection.

Jaynes was sentenced to life, plus 9 to 10 years, for kidnapping and second-degree murder, could eventually be eligible for parole. Sicari, found guilty of first-degree murder, will serve life.

In his statement, Sicari described the killing. While he drove Jaynes’ Cadillac, he explained, the 250-pound Jaynes sat on Curley in the back seat. As Curley struggled, Jaynes allegedly told him, “Don’t fight it.” Jaynes then placed a gasoline soaked rag to the boy’s mouth and held it there, killing him, Sicari said.

After the killing, Sicari told police, he and Jaynes drove to numerous stores to buy the items necessary to dispose of Curley’s body. Video cameras in two of the stores captured the men at the checkout counter purchasing a Rubbermaid container, a bag of lime and a bag of concrete. The men then left Massachusetts and drove north to Jaynes’ apartment in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, according to Sicari, Jaynes took off Curley’s clothes and molested the boy’s dead body. The sight of this made him ill, said Sicari. When he ran to the bathroom, Jaynes told him, “Don’t be a baby. Come out here and help me — he’s starting to stiffen up.”

Sicari then admitted to helping Jaynes prepare the body. First they placed Curley’s body in the cement-filled Rubbermaid container, put lime on his face and in his mouth to speed decomposition, and sealed the container with duct tape. Then they drove to Maine, where they dumped the container into a river, Sicari said.

Prosecutors believed that Sicari and Jaynes lured Curley into Jaynes’ Cadillac with the promise of $50 and a bicycle. One or both of the men allegedly made sexual advances towards the boy, then suffocated him when he resisted.

The purpose of Megan’s Law

Megan’s Law isn’t working. At least that’s what you might believe when hearing of a new study that “concludes” the law requiring registration of convicted sex offenders isn’t serving as an effective deterrent. And that it may no longer be worth the rising costs of implementation.

Not only is the study incomplete, however, but it also misses the point. The primary goal of Megan’s Law was never about deterrence.

The study, conducted by the state Department of Corrections and funded by the National Institute of Justice, acknowledges the absence of some key pieces of information that would better assess the law’s impact.

For instance, downward trends in sex offenses began before Megan’s Law implementation in 1995 and have continued since. The report’s authors explain that the influence of Megan’s Law on those overall trends cannot be definitively determined, in part because it wasn’t possible to distinguish between decreases in first-time and repeat offenses, the latter of which could show a more direct impact of the law.

But that entire argument ignores the primary motive of Megan’s Law — arming parents with knowledge of a sex offender living in their midst, to better allow them to protect their children. Another limitation of the study, as explained by the authors, is that no attempt was made to assess any increase in community surveillance resulting from Megan’s Law, or whether that helped in allowing the public to take more protective action.

Yet that was the motivation for Megan’s Law. What good is a study exploring the effectiveness of Megan’s Law without considering those elements? Advocates certainly hoped that one end result of Megan’s Law would be fewer sex offenses — and the number of sex offenses does continue to drop. But the focus of the law was to alert parents and residents to a sex offender living near them, after 7-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and killed in 1994 by a neighbor who was a twice-convicted sex offender.

Maureen Kanka, Megan’s mother, said Friday that the law — which has been adopted in all 50 states — was never intended to alter sex offenders’ behavior or prevent them from going elsewhere to commit another offense. “It was to provide an awareness to the public, which it has done,” she said.

The corrections study deserves examination, but we disagree with its strong hints that the law isn’t worth the money. Try telling parents that because the state’s not sure how much of a deterrent Megan’s Law might be, sex offenders will once again be able to move in next door with no community awareness of their past.


A new study assessing the effectiveness of Megan’s Law misses the mark on the goals of the law.

ARTICLE here which includes a comment by BigBobHale who claims the real purpose of the Megan’s Law is to put the blame for a sexual crime on the person who committed it rather than where the blame belongs — the parent of the victim.

Published in: on February 9, 2009 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Larry Cox – Repeat Sex Offender – Shops for Victims at area stores

A convicted child molester from Maui who admitted to fondling some 200 children in Hawaii was arrested last week after he allegedly fondled a girl in an Arizona Wal-Mart.

Larry Cox, 46, was charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and was transferred to the Maricopa County Jail, police in Mesa said.

Police said that on Friday a caller from the Mesa Wal-Mart SuperCenter Store reported a mother yelling that an unknown man was trying to touch her daughter in a sexual manner. Police arrested Cox at the scene.

Hawaii’s sex offender database lists Cox as living in Kihei.

In 1999, Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario sentenced Cox to one year in prison and five years of probation for four counts of sexual assault.

Cox pleaded guilty to grabbing the breasts of an 11- year-old girl at Toys R Us in Pearlridge Center and grabbing the buttocks of a 10-year-old girl in the toy department at the Salt Lake Kmart.

While in a sex treatment program, Cox admitted to fondling 200 children.

Prosecutors had asked for an extended sentence of 10 years because of the alleged multiple offenses.

But Del Rosario said he had no legal authority to punish Cox for offenses he admitted to during treatment, but was not convicted of doing. The judge also cited reports from sex therapists that Cox was likely to respond positively to treatment programs.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Dino M. Bassett – Repeat Sex Offender – Has over 20 year history of raping teens

A convicted sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl last year is set to go to trial Monday.

Dino M. Bassett, 45, of 529 31st St., Apt. 7, Rock Island, faces five predatory criminal sexual assault counts and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Rock Island County Circuit Court. The counts are all felonies.

Bassett, who already has prior convictions for sexually assaulting teenage girls in 1985 and 1990, is accused of assaulting the victim between Dec. 26, 2007 and March 20.

According to court records, Bassett was convicted of two counts of felony sexual abuse in 1985 for raping a 16-year-old girl twice in three days, including one incident at Longview Park.

Bassett, who is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1990 for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.

In 2007, the victim in that crime filed an order of protection in Rock Island County Circuit Court while Bassett was still in prison saying he had threatened to kill her and she feared for her life.

Another order of protection was filed against Bassett in 2008, but its contents remain sealed.

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

………Sarah Tofte