William E. Huck Sr. – Pleads Guilty to Serial Day Care Child Molesting

The husband of a Ste. Genevieve home-based daycare operator has pleaded guilty to seven sex-related charges, and in doing so admitted to 30 alleged sexual acts involving seven children.

William E. Huck Sr., 62, will be sentenced April 17.

Before the plea hearing Friday, Huck’s attorney, Joseph M. Hadican of St. Louis,and the Ste. Genevieve County Prosecutor Tim Inman agreed that Huck would plead guilty as a predatory sexual offender. As part of that plea, Huck admitted that he committed numerous acts, including all 30 alleged sexual acts involving seven children.

This increased the range of punishment for Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte.

Huck pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory sodomy and five counts of child molestation. The victims involved five boys and two girls, ranging in age from infant to 5 years old. The incidents occurred between 1998 and 2007.

Huck, speaking softly, gave brief details of each of the seven incidents. The statutory sodomy charge alleged deviate sexual intercourse and the child molestation charges alleged touching.

One of Huck’s cases had been set for trial next month in St. Francois County on a change of venue from Ste. Genevieve County.

Huck was arrested in March 2007 and is alleged to have confessed to molesting 40 children over the past three decades.

According to police reports, the abuse happened during times when Huck’s wife was away from the center. Authorities have said Huck’s wife was unaware of the abuse. He used fear to manipulate at least one child, according to police.

Huck, a retired railroad worker, had no previous criminal record.

Inman said that Huck’s wife was cooperative in the investigation and was not charged.

Published in: on February 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm  Comments (1)  

Michael Assaad Lahoud – Repeat Sex Offender – Held on $5 million bond

A convicted sex offender is back behind bars, accused of attempted rape and indecent liberties.

Michael Assaad Lahoud, 52, has been indicted by a Wake County grand jury and was arrested Wednesday, records show. His bond was set at $5 million, according to the arrest order.

Lahoud, of 1905 Grove Point Court, was indicted on one count each of attempted second-degree rape and indecent liberties with a child, the order shows.

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

………Sarah Tofte

John Malcolm Groff – Repeat Sex Offender – Receives 45 year sentence

Alaska State Troopers arrested John Malcolm Groff in July of 2008 and charged him with two dozen counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree.

He later admitted he abused three girls: two 12-year-olds and a 7-year-old.

“He offended against these children in a remote cabin. There was nowhere for them to run, there was nowhere for them to hide,” Judge Vanessa White said at sentencing.

One of the girls told her mother, who then reported the case to troopers.

Groff is a repeat sex offender. One of the victims from his first offense testified against him.

“A lot of the people who do what he does (do) not admit, they deny it and they make the kids go through trials and everything else, which is what I went through years ago,” the victim said.

He received 45 years behind bars Thursday.

Palmer Superior Court Judge Vanessa White handed down the sentence to 67-year-old John Malcolm Groff Sr.

Groff told the court he regrets what he did.

“Had I had the opportunity to walk out of this court, I doubt seriously that I’d ever do this again in my life,” he said. “It has done more damage than even here in the court can possibly consider.”

White wasn’t buying it.

“His statement to me today that if he walked out of here he seriously doubts that he would do this again is either dishonest or a reflection of an absolute lack of insight into the nature of the offense and what causes him to do it,” she said.

Groff’s prior history came into play at the sentencing — this is his second conviction of sexual abuse of a minor. According to court records, he was charged in 1999 with failing to register as a sex offender.

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

………Sarah Tofte