Alan Hesketh – Convicted Viagra producer forced to pay Child Porn Victim restitution

A federal judge on Monday ordered a man convicted of possessing and distributing child pornography to pay about $200,000 in restitution to a woman who was photographed being sexually abused when she was a child.

Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton said his ruling was the first in a criminal case in which someone convicted of possessing illegal images _ but not creating them _ is required to pay restitution.

“We’re dealing with a frontier here,” Eginton said, but he said judges have discretion with criminal restitution orders.

The case involves Alan Hesketh
, a British citizen who was sentenced in October to 78 months in prison for possessing and distributing nearly 2,000 photographs of child pornography. The resident of Stonington, Conn., was a vice president of New York-based Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker.

Pictures of the victim as a child being subjected to sexual abuse turned up in Hesketh’s collection, according to prosecutors.

“There is a feeling of revulsion about this type of conduct,” the judge said.

Hesketh’s attorney, Jonathan Einhorn, said he would appeal the restitution order, calling it unreasonable and predicting it would lead to similar claims by other child pornography victims. He said his client had no contact with the woman and argued that defendants should pay restitution only to victims whose injuries they directly caused.

Einhorn said people in other cases who participated in creating pornography have been ordered to pay less restitution than his client.

The woman’s attorney, James Marsh, said there is no distinction between Hesketh and people who produce the pornography.

“The victim is a victim of sexual exploitation caused by this defendant,” Marsh said.

Authorities said that from June 2006 to May 2007, Hesketh used the Internet to exchange hundreds of images of child pornography and to engage in online “chats” about the sexual molestation of children. Prosecutors said many of the images showed minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adults and with other minors.

Hesketh was arrested in March 2008 and was fired from his job in New London as a Pfizer vice president and global patent director.

Prosecutors said they submitted images in the case to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has a database to help authorities identify victims.

Prosecutors then notified the woman, now 19. She said she was 8 or 9 when she was subjected to sexual abuse by a relative for the purpose of producing child pornography that was requested by a pedophile in another state, according to court papers filed by prosecutors.

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Sal Inghilleri – Baby Raper – Cures recidivism problem – Good job

A convicted sex offender linked to the notorious case of a girl who was kidnapped and hidden in a dungeon more than a decade ago collapsed and died Saturday at a jail after refusing medical treatment, officials said.

Sal Inghilleri, 55, collapsed at a jail in Riverhead but refused treatment, the Suffolk County sheriff’s office told Newsday. Emergency workers revived Inghilleri, who was later pronounced dead at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

Inghilleri was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse and served 12 years for molesting Katie Beers, who at the age of 9 was kidnapped and stashed in a dungeon for 16 days in 1991 at a Long Island home by John Esposito. During the investigation into the kidnapping, authorities discovered that Inghilleri had sexually abused the girl before she was abducted.

His attorney, Thomas Kenniff, said Inghilleri had a history of medical problems including diabetes and a severe heart condition, and that an arraignment had to be done from a hospital.

“It has been a frustrating case in a lot of ways,” Kenniff said. “I felt we were winning most of the battles, but the clock has unfortunately run out for him before it could be finished.”

Inghilleri was paroled in 2006 but was arrested again and faced federal charges of violating the rules of his release by failing to notify authorities that he had moved from his Bay Shore home. He had been held on bail in the Riverhead jail since October 2007.

Esposito was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1994 after prosecutors agreed to a plea bargain to spare the victim the pain of testifying.

Ordinarily, sex abuse victims are not publicly identified, but Beers was already well known because of the high-profile search for her while she was held captive.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Joseph Von Britton – Repeat Sex Offender – Warehoused

“Mr. Von Britton, I don’t mean to insult you,” Judge Richard Damiani responded after Von Britton finished speaking, “but I don’t think you’re ever going to be a better person.”

A repeat sex offender was sentenced Friday to serve 16 years in jail for trying to rape an 82-year-old woman last year in North Branford.

Before the sentence was handed down, Joseph Von Britton, 50, apologized to the victim, who attended the hearing, and said he hoped that he would come out of prison a better person.

“Mr. Von Britton, I don’t mean to insult you,” Judge Richard Damiani responded after Von Britton finished speaking, “but I don’t think you’re ever going to be a better person.”

Calling the defendant a “predator,” Damiani said all he could do as a judge is protect society from people like him by warehousing them in jail.

He then imposed a 25-year sentence, suspended after 16 years served, with 10 years of probation.

The 82-year-old victim knew Von Britton, the prosecutor said. Adding to the betrayal was that she knew that Von Britton had a criminal history but still was willing to assist him, “giving him the benefit of the doubt” that he had paid his debt to society, said Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney James Clark.

She apparently didn’t know the nature of his previous crimes, however. Von Britton already was on the state sex offender registry in connection a similar incident in the 1990s.

North Branford police arrested him on May 7, 2008, in connection with the April 2008 attack, according to court records, and he has been jailed since then in lieu of $850,000 bail.

Von Britton pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

In a letter read in court by a victim advocate, the victim described how the attack has changed her life. A new widow and living alone, she used to enjoy going out with friends and socializing. Now, as soon as the sun goes down, she closes herself inside the house with windows and door locked, the burglar alarm engaged and lights on in every room.

“Why this person who knew I was 82 years old and alone would want to do this to me I will never know, but he doesn’t deserve to be free,” she said in the letter.

In 1989, Von Britton, then 30, was arrested in New Haven and charged with three counts of sexual assault and criminal attempt to commit assault after he allegedly attacked a woman who thought he was interested in renting an apartment she had in the Edgewood neighborhood. The disposition of that case could not be determined Friday.

The state sex offender registry shows three convictions for first-, third- and fourth-degree sexual assault in the mid-1990s.

Von Britton was linked to last year’s attack by DNA.

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

………Sarah Tofte