Franklin A. DeCapua – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Predator

A Rochester man has been arrested on several child pornography charges.

On Thursday, the New York State Police arrested Franklin A. DeCapua, 33, for the use of a child in a sexual performance, two counts of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, and disseminating indecent material to minors.

All of these charges are felonies.

The investigation began in January when DeCapua tried to lure a 12-year-old Nebraska girl over the Internet, and discussed plans to travel to Nebraska.

Both DeCapua and the girl sent obscene images to each other.

DeCapua also asked a 13-year-old Nebraska girl to send him sexual images of herself.

He is a registered sex offender, and has previously been convicted of sexual abuse.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Chadren Heston – Serial child raping Pedophile arrested

Police said they have arrested a man who they believe has committed sex crimes against children dating back 22 years.

Chadren Heston was arrested earlier this week and is in custody at the Richland County Jail after a judge set bond at $500,000.

Heston, who currently faces five counts of rape involving a child under the age of 13, will likely face additional charges, police said.

“He has consistently abused children from the time he was 10 years old until Tuesday when he was arrested,” said Mansfield police Det. Jeff Shook.

According to Shook, investigators have identified eight boys and girls who Heston sexually abused.

“This person preys on young children, prepubescent children,” Shook said. “He’s a pedophile; truly a pedophile.”

Investigators believe that Heston silenced his victims by threatening to harm their mothers, McEntyre reported.

Authorities said they began investigating Heston after a woman in South Carolina came forward last October with claims that Heston had raped her 18-year-old daughter years earlier.

The woman said she questioned her three other children, and they also said they were abused by Heston, McEntyre reported.

Robert Duskin – Repeat Sex Offender

A 57-year-old homeless man who is classified as a sex offender was charged Thursday with having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2007.

Robert Duskin was arrested at the Drop-Inn Center, 217 W. 12th St., Cincinnati police said.

He was booked into the Hamilton County jail about 2 p.m. on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and with parole violations.

When police interviewed him, Duskin admitted to having sex with the girl on four separate occasions in August, November and December 2007, court records show. A police report says the girl was 8 years old.

Duskin was classified as a sex offender after a 2002 conviction for having sexual contact with a girl younger than 13, according to court records.

Hamilton County Municipal Judge David Stockdale set bond for Duskin at $40,000.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Randall Boss – Child Predator – BUSTED

A south suburban man already accused of molesting one child has been charged with molesting others, the Cook County sheriff’s office said today.

The office had investigated multiple claims of molestation against Randall Boss, 45, of Crete.

On Feb 5, Boss was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault.

Today, he appeared in bond court on additional charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, as well as aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to the sheriff’s office.

Each of the counts against Boss, upon conviction, is punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison.

The sheriff’s office said the abuse of these victims has taken place over the last five years, though detectives said they are investigating cases involving other victims over several years.

“It took an incredible amount of courage for these victims to come forward and stand up to someone who made their life hell,” Sheriff Tom Dart said in a news release. “Without their strength, we wouldn’t have been able to present such a solid case against him.”

Boss was already being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, the sheriff’s office said. That was increased today to $2.5 million. He is scheduled to appear in court on Mar. 11.

The investigation against Boss remains open, and anyone with further information about him should call sheriff’s police at 708-865-4896.

Sex Offenders continue to victimize even while civilly confined

The KING 5 Investigators have uncovered a type of crime being committed using a simple, everyday device inside the state’s center for the most violent sex offenders.

The Special Commitment Center, known as the SCC, on McNeil Island, near Tacoma, is supposed to keep the community safe by locking up predatory sex offenders after they’ve served their time.

But some on the inside have found a way to keep preying on unsuspecting victims.

Troy Scott Peterson

Tami Jordan of Wenatchee is one of those victims. Thirteen years ago her cousin, convicted sex offender Troy Scott Peterson, tried to rape her during a violent assault.

“He grabbed me and dragged me in my room and proceeded to try to molest me,” Jordan said. “The more I fought, the more I fought the more I got hit in the head.”

Jordan finally got away by hitting Peterson with a spoon she grabbed from her kitchen.

Through tears, Jordan said the experience has traumatized her.

“Yeah, it’s changed every aspect of my life, A to Z,” she said.

Peterson served 10 years for the crime. After that he was transported to the SCC. It’s a treatment center for those deemed sexually violent predators.

The 290 men and one woman living there are called residents, not inmates, because they’ve already served their prison sentences. The residents have been deemed too dangerous to be let out by juries in civil commitment trials.

The place is surrounded by razor wire, cameras and high-tech surveillance. But with one seemingly harmless device – the telephone – security breaks down.

Last year, out of the blue, Tami Jordan got two phone calls from her attacker.

“I answered the phone and it was Troy. It’s just like the whole day lived over again, again and again,” Jordan said. “It just brings everything flooding back to you.”

That’s just the beginning of the problems with the phones at the SCC uncovered by the KING 5 Investigators.

The Investigators studied hundreds of public records and found residents using the phones to harass, threaten and prey on women and children.

The worst case they found involves a convicted rapist named Lawrence Williams.

He’s suspected of threatening women using SCC phones many times over. One of many allegations is that he called a woman from the SCC and lied to her by saying he was out of prison.

According to court documents obtained by KING 5, he allegedly threatened that if she didn’t comply with demands for phone sex he would “rape, kidnap, and kill her.”

“That’s extortion and it’s sexually motivated extortion, and that’s the kind of sexually violent activity we’re trying to prevent by putting them on McNeil Island,” said David Hackett, head of the Sexually Violent Predator Unit at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Hackett’s job is to prosecute sex offenders, but he says he couldn’t do anything about the Lawrence Williams allegations because at the SCC there’s no tracking of who’s doing the calling.

“We were not able to adequately investigate or prosecute that kind of behavior, which is very serious because the phones are wide open,” Hackett said.

They’re so open one resident was caught talking to children about their underwear.

Another called a woman to say he was raping her daughter.

Resident Darren Strong established a romantic phone relationship with a 13-year-old girl he met on a chat-line. The girl sent letters to him at the center in which she wrote she loved him and couldn’t wait to marry him.

The KING 5 Investigators found that convicted rapist Kevin Ambers is looking for love on’s phone dating system.

We obtained his voice greeting from the service. He describes himself as a Gemini who runs his own business and lives in the Tacoma area.

A portion of the taped greeting states: “Hi, my name is Kevin. I ‘m a 49-year-old African American male. Very single. I live in the Tacoma area.”

Ambers wasn’t innocently flirting with the women he met on the phone. According to one document he allegedly threatened to “cut up” one woman he met on the system if she ended the relationship.

The SCC residents are able make these kinds of calls because currently there are no restrictions on phone usage. SCC Superintendent Dr. Henry Richards says he would like to see some record-keeping of calls, but right now he has no legal authority.

“Because the law is written that they have all rights except those required to contain them here in the center and to provide for their treatment,” Richards said.

Current law says residents have unfettered access to phones, unless they’re caught abusing them. Without a tracking system, it’s difficult to find the offenders.

“Essentially now it’s impossible,” Richards said.

Representative Troy Kelley of Tacoma wants to change that. He’s proposed legislation to keep a log of all outgoing calls from the center to deter abuse. The bill doesn’t call for monitoring or recording of calls. It mandates that logs would be generated by an outside company. If there were a problem, the logs could be checked to figure out who made the call.

KING 5 showed their findings to the representative before an interview this month. He said he thought the information would help his bill.

“My first reaction is that the committee needs to see this right away,” Kelley said. “If we can get that to them, I think it will be important in crafting this law.”

Residents we talked to at the center said they’d fight any kind of tracking system because they’re supposed to have all their constitutional rights.

“Any chipping away of our constitution, whether it be in here or out there, is totally wrong,” Carrie Benjamin said.

“It’s an invasion of your privacy,” Tommie Coleman said. “Not only my privacy but who ever am I talking to, my lawyer, my wife, my kids.”

Tami Jordan thinks the state blew it. She believes some safeguards should have been placed on phones at the center years ago, before she got those haunting calls.

“It’s not only him, but you’re getting victimized again by the state,” Jordan said. “Your own state and it’s just not right.”


Published in: on February 20, 2009 at 12:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Brent Atatise – Repeat Sex Offender – Proves need for Registry

A Winnipeg woman says she was horrified to learn her new boyfriend was actually a high-risk convicted pedophile who allegedly abused her eight-year-old son during a family outing at the Red River Exhibition last summer.

“My heart broke. I felt like a really bad mother, like I wasn’t there for my son,” the woman said through tears while testifying in court Wednesday.

She thought she’d met the perfect match in the spring of 2008, believing Brent Atatise would be a good partner for her and good role model for her son and younger daughter. But the woman said their relationship began to deteriorate as Atatise hit the bottle.

“When he’s intoxicated he’s a completely different person,” she said.

Atatise, 30, has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing the boy, who told court Tuesday he was molested on three occasions in one day. The alleged victim claims Atatise also threatened to kill his entire family if he told anyone what happened inside a teepee and washroom at the Ex, as well as a bathroom at Portage Place Shopping Centre.

The mother had no clue Atatise is a repeat sex offender with a record dating back to 1994, who had been the subject of an earlier police warning following his release from Stony Mountain in 2005.

Atatise was on probation at the time of the alleged attack, despite having been charged at least 10 times for breaching conditions of a court order after serving his entire three-year sentence for a sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in 2002. The parole board said previously Atatise had refused sexual-offender treatment while an inmate and that it didn’t believe there were programs in the community that could help him control his “violent and sexual impulses.”

The mother met Atatise in March 2008 while they were taking a welding class together at the Aboriginal Centre. The woman said she invited Atatise to come along with her and the children to the carnival one day last June but soon regretted the decision when he began drinking heavily from the beer he’d packed inside a bag and brought with him. Atatise became increasingly drunk and belligerent and even threatened to kill her in front of the children, she said.

Defence lawyer Mark Wasyliw suggested the over-protective woman may have planted the sexual-abuse claim in her son’s head because Atatise had threatened and embarrassed her, ruining what should have been a fun “family day.”

The trial is being heard by a judge alone and is scheduled to last all week.

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

………Sarah Tofte