Michael A. Marshall – Repeat Sex Offender – Baby Raper

In 1998 in La Salle County, Marshall was convicted of two counts of predatory sexual assault against a 7-year-old, receiving a seven-year prison sentence.


Michael A. Marshall has been in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

On Friday morning the Ottawa resident was in La Salle County Circuit Court on charges he assaulted another child.

The 32-year-old Marshall, of 1490 U.S. 6 Apt. 8, just outside Ottawa’s western edge, is charged with four counts of predatory sexual assault of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Because of his past sexual assault record, Marshall could be sentenced to life in prison. Marshall is in the county jail, needing $75,000 to make bond. Circuit Judge Cynthia Raccuglia appointed the public defender’s office to represent Marshall.

Prosecutor Matt Kidder said Marshall is accused of committing three sex acts against a boy, who was younger than 13, between Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 and three acts against the boy between Feb. 20 and Feb. 22. Marshall was arrested late Thursday afternoon.

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case for five days before the arrest, with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office participating.

In 1998 in La Salle County, Marshall was convicted of two counts of predatory sexual assault against a 7-year-old, receiving a seven-year prison sentence. In 2004 out of prison and a registered sex offender, he was convicted of failing to tell police he had changed addresses, receiving a two-year sentence of conditional discharge; he also spent 22 days in custody while his case was pending. In 2008, he was found guilty of letting an unauthorized person drive.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Edward Lee Silcox – Repeat Sex Offender – Lured child at Target’s


Police arrested a registered sex offender Thursday night who allegedly tried to coerce a little girl from her mother.

Edward Lee Silcox, 33, of Nottingham, was arrested Thursday night by East Lampeter Township police and charged with criminal attempt at interference with custody of children, a third-degree felony.

The arrest stems from a Feb. 13 incident at the Target store on Lincoln Highway East, police said.

At that time, police said, a mother was shopping with her two daughters, ages 10 and 8, when Silcox allegedly made several attempts to lure the youngest daughter to him by voice commands and gestures.

Silcox, a registered sex offender, was arraigned and remanded to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Police said Silcox is also a suspect in a similar incident that occurred at Rockvale Square Outlets on the same date. Anyone with information on these or other similar incidents should contact East Lampeter Township Police at 291-4676.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Vatican can be sued for clergy abuse

Although the ruling does not permit victims to sue Pope Benedict XVI, Anderson said he intended to depose the pontiff.

An Oregon man who alleges he was molested in the 1960s by a priest can pursue a civil lawsuit against the Holy See, a federal appeals court says.

A federal appeals court ruling has brought an Oregon man one step closer to suing the Vatican for sexual abuse he says he suffered by a Roman Catholic priest.

In a 59-page decision issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the man — who says he was molested in the 1960s by a priest at a Catholic school — can pursue a civil lawsuit against the Holy See because the priest allegedly abused him while serving in a religious capacity.

Lawyers for the plaintiff hailed the ruling as a watershed moment for victims of clergy abuse, who for decades have wanted to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for protecting priests.

A lawyer for the Holy See commended the ruling for acknowledging the Vatican’s decentralized structure.

“They have been choosing for years . . . to protect the clerics and not the kids,” said Jeff Anderson, a Minneapolis lawyer representing the Oregon man. “This really is another step forward, another door open. . . . The good news for the laity, the community of faith, the parishioners and all of us is that the Vatican can now be held accountable.”

Although the ruling does not permit victims to sue Pope Benedict XVI, Anderson said he intended to depose the pontiff.

The case involves the late Rev. Andrew Ronan, a Servite priest who, according to victims’ lawyers, was sent to Chicago after being accused of molesting children in his native Ireland. Archdiocesan officials said Ronan worked for St. Philip High School on Chicago’s West Side from 1960 through 1965. He was then transferred to a Catholic school in Oregon, where he reportedly assaulted the plaintiff in the case. St. Philip closed in 1970. Ronan died in 1992.

Officials from the Servite order did not return calls seeking comment.

Marci Hamilton, a professor at New York’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law who assisted in the plaintiff’s case, commended the ruling as a model of how the American judicial system is supposed to work, likening the triumph to the biblical story of David vs. Goliath.

“The fact that the United States courts have opened this opportunity in this case sets the standard for the whole world that there really can be justice for one victim even though he’s a victim of one powerful organization,” Hamilton said. “We now have a template for understanding that anyone who harms our children in the U.S. is going to be held accountable whether they’re sovereign or not.”

But Jeffrey Lena, a California lawyer who represented the Holy See, said the ruling favored the Vatican by recognizing that every action everywhere could not be traced directly to Rome.

“The court did recognize, based on the plaintiff’s complaint, that within the Catholic Church there exists different and separate legal entities,” he said.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November that a lawsuit filed against the Vatican by three men alleging they were abused by clergy could continue. The lawyer in that case is seeking class-action status, saying there are thousands of victims nationwide.

Some legal scholars say the rulings are not the last word and expect the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

But G. Robert Blakey, a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, said that if the plaintiff could prove that the priest was an employee of the Vatican, the ruling would stand.

“Is the Vatican potentially liable for child molesting? The answer to that question is yes if and only if you can show that the priest was engaged in conduct as an employee of the Vatican,” Blakey said.

William Westberg Explains why he looked at child pornography


When cops search your home and find it overflowing with child pornography, there are probably better explanations than the one offered Tuesday by William Westberg.

The Florida pervert, 63, told investigators that he was “only looking at the images because the children were so beautiful and young,” according to the below Lake County Sheriff’s Office report.

Westberg, a Home Depot tool salesman, acknowledged that he “masturbated to these images of the children in the past.” Westberg was charged with 50 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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Fred Lenczycki – Baby raping priest wants out


A former Roman Catholic priest who in 2004 pleaded guilty to molesting three west suburban school boys and who last year was legally declared a sexually violent person insists he no longer needs to be confined to the state prison system for treatment.

Fred Lenczycki, 64, believes he is well enough to live with a family member in DuPage County and continue his counseling there.

But the state of Illinois disagrees.

“We must protect the young boys of DuPage County,” Assistant Atty. Gen. Michael Kress said.

The two sides met in court Friday at a hearing at which Lenczycki’s sex-offender treatment plan will be determined. Such hearings are required when a person is declared sexually violent.

Lenczycki is the first current or former clergy member declared sexually violent under the state’s decade-old Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. The state’s definition of a sexually violent person is one who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, exhibits a mental disorder and is likely to commit future sexually violent acts if released from custody, according to the attorney general’s office. More than 200 people have been declared sexually violent persons in Illinois.

Lenczycki was assigned to St. Isaac Jogues parish in Hinsdale when he molested three boys—ages 10 to 12—from 1982 to 1984. It was two decades until criminal charges were brought against Lenczycki and he was tried.

Lenczycki was sentenced to five years in prison. After serving two and a half years, he was weeks away from being released in 2006 because of good behavior, but state and county prosecutors claimed he was a sexually violent person who needed to remain confined by the state. Two years later, a DuPage County jury unanimously agreed with that assessment.

The jury heard testimony that Lenczycki had a much worse history of abusing young boys than previously publicly disclosed. That history includes incidents of abuse at Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Naperville and St. Charles Borromeo seminary in Romeoville during the 1970s, prosecutors said. Other incidents occurred in California and Missouri, where Lenczycki was transferred after being removed from his Hinsdale assignment, prosecutors said. The jury found unanimously that he was a sexually violent person.

Since April 2006, Lenczycki was has been treated at a facility operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Human Services in Downstate Rushville.

James Montgomery, Lenczycki’s attorney, said Friday in his opening remarks that “society will be protected” if his client is released.

“He has made progress in his treatment and he will be kept by state officials on a very short leash,” Montgomery said. “At his age his risk of recidivism is low.”

Kress argued the opposite.

“It is probable that he will commit a future act,” Kress said in his opening remarks. “He hasn’t progressed in treatment to a level where he could be treated in the community.”

Amy Phenix, a California psychologist and witness for the state testified that Lenczycki hadn’t progressed in his treatment enough to be a candidate for release from a secure setting.

Montgomery told DuPage County Judge Bonnie Wheaton that Lenczycki would reside with a member of his family in DuPage County, live off of a small church pension and Social Security, register as a child sex offender with local police, receive treatment approved by a state management team, receive periodic polygraph tests and have his location monitored by GPS.

When the hearing continues May 18, the sides are expected to offer competing mental health testimony. Wheaton was the presiding judge when Lenczycki was found last year to be sexually violent. Her options range from continuing Lenczycki’s incarceration and treatment to releasing him for outside treatment.

Lenczycki was automatically and permanently removed from the priesthood when he was convicted of sexual abuse, according to the Joliet diocese. He is banned from celebrating mass and can’t wear a priest’s collar or call himself a priest.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Barton Bagnes – Repeat Sex Offender – Diaper Boy terrorizes children


Barton Bagnes is a registered sex offender who wears diapers. Two days ago he exposed his diaper to young children in Holladay.

Recently a very concerned mother told police her four year old child came to her and said that Bagnes had shown them his diaper.

Bagnes has a history of exposure. He’s on the sex offender registry following a 1999 conviction for showing his private parts and his diaper to a young child. He was also convicted in 2000 doing the same thing to a child.

In 2007, however, charges of lewdness were dismissed. Bagnes allegedly showed his diaper but not his private parts. Last year, he got another diaper dismissal; private parts weren’t exposed.

Melissa Rideout’s children were victimized by Bagnes. Her case was dismissed last year.

She says, “I’m frustrated because I felt I did whatever I could to try and file charges against this guy.”

We went to the Salt Lake District Attorney’s office to learn why these cases were being dismissed. Bagnes appears to be a repeat offender, yet these charges are getting tossed out in court.

Officials said that there isn’t a law specific enough to address the diaper showing.

We’ve now gone to the state capitol to see if the law needs changing. One lawmaker we talked with is interested in looking at this loophole.

But for now, a vague law lets Bagnes walks the streets exposing his diaper to kids while parents watch in frustration.

Meanwhile, prosecutors will screen this latest lewdness case against Bagnes to see if there’s anything different that will allow charges to stick.

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

………Sarah Tofte