Todd J. Lance – Repeat Sex Offender –

“It’s the court’s job to make sure there is not a third victim because the chance of recidivism is not only frighteningly high, it is guaranteed,” Perkins said. “This is a dangerous, dangerous person and despite all the good things that were said about him that may be one side to him, the other side is a sexual monster.”


Todd J. Lance’s past came back to haunt him Tuesday.

The convicted sex offender was sentenced to nine years in prison for molesting a girl while he still was on probation for his first crime.

The 48-year-old man faced three to 14 years in prison. He is eligible for parole after serving half the prison term.

“The molestation of a child is probably the most serious offense – short of homicide – that one can commit,” DuPage Circuit Judge John Kinsella said. “It’s difficult to ever measure the effect this can have on a child.”

Kinsella convicted Lance Jan. 30 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for fondling the child, who was 11 or 12, beneath her clothing one night in 2003 in Elmhurst. She did not report the abuse until April 2007 to a school counselor.

Her outcry sparked an emotional court case. The girl’s father stood by her, but her mother and sister sided with Lance. One-half dozen sheriff deputies stood guard Tuesday in the courtroom gallery filled with both victims, relatives and members of Lance’s church who insisted he is a changed man.

Afterward, as deputies led Lance off to jail, the brother of Lance’s first victim shouted, “Burn in hell, Todd.” Deputies ordered him and another woman out of the courtroom.

In his earlier crime, Lance was accused of molesting a boy, beginning when the child was in the third grade, about three times a week for nine years. Lance pleaded guilty to the crime in April 2000, and was ordered to serve a one-year work-release jail sentence and four years’ of a stricter form of probation. He also had to register as a sex offender.

He later became active in Elmhurst’s West Suburban Community Church, which is how he met the girl’s family, and still was on probation when she said the abuse occurred.

Police arrested Lance in April 2007 after they said he admitted fondling her. But Lance testified during his January trial that it was an accident.

Lance said he unintentionally touched her while asleep because he thought she was his wife, who also was in the bed and had allowed her daughter to climb in with them after the child had a nightmare.

His defense team, Stacey McCullough and Daniel Brown, sought the minimum punishment after citing Lance’s strong work ethic, church involvement and community and family support. Prosecutors Brian Perkins and Enza LaMonica asked for a 12-year term.

“It’s the court’s job to make sure there is not a third victim because the chance of recidivism is not only frighteningly high, it is guaranteed,” Perkins said. “This is a dangerous, dangerous person and despite all the good things that were said about him that may be one side to him, the other side is a sexual monster.”

The girl now lives with her father in Lake County. Lance’s last address was in Downers Grove. Upon his release from prison, Lance must serve four years’ of mandatory supervised release and continue to register as a convicted sex offender.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Ronald D. Sever – Repeat Sex Offender

A Beach man was ordered today to serve 10 years for producing child pornography and taking indecent liberties involving 8- and 10-year-old girls.

Ronald D. Sever, 45, pleaded guilty in January. Sever is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 1996 of sexual assault in Colorado.

Judge A. Joseph Canada Jr. sentenced Sever to 45 years in prison but suspended 35 years.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Anthony Kirkland – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer

“These are innocent, innocent victims being hunted down by a predatory animal”


A state prosecutor said Tuesday he’ll seek the death penalty for a registered sex offender indicted in the deaths of a woman and two teenage girls whose bodies were found burned.

“He needs to be executed,” prosecutor Joseph Deters said at a news conference Tuesday announcing the Hamilton County grand jury indictment of Anthony Kirkland on 12 counts involving the slayings.

Kirkland faces two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of attempted rape, aggravated robbery and gross abuse of a corpse in the death this month of 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Kirkland, 40, was arrested on a murder charge after Cincinnati police found him near Kenney’s partially burned body in woods near her home March 8. Police say she had left her home the day before to go jogging and was strangled.

The indictment charges Kirkland with the same offenses in the death of 14-year-old Casonya Crawford, whose body was found May 9, 2006, in a Cincinnati neighborhood.

Kirkland also was charged in the indictment with one count of murder and one count of gross abuse of a corpse in the death of 45-year-old Mary Jo Newton, of Cincinnati. Her body was found in the same Cincinnati neighborhood as Crawford’s body on June 15, 2006.

Before Kirkland’s arrest in the Kenney case, he had been questioned about the 2006 deaths.

The charges in the deaths of Kenney and Crawford carry the possibility of the death penalty upon conviction, and the charges in Newton’s death carry the possibility of life in prison.

Deters described Kirkland as “a serial killer” and said he would seek the death penalty in the Kenney and Crawford cases.

Kirkland, who has pleaded not guilty in Kenney’s death but hasn’t entered pleas in the other two cases, was being held at the county jail on $5.3 million bail. A message was left Tuesday for his attorney, John Keller.

Deters said he couldn’t comment on motives in the killings, but he said Kirkland deserved “nothing less than execution.”

“These are innocent, innocent victims being hunted down by a predatory animal,” Deters said.

Kirkland was accused in 1987 of setting a woman on fire and killing her. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to seven to 25 years in prison. He was released in 2003.

Court records also show he was convicted in March 2008 of soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl and was jailed until Oct. 20, 2008. He was convicted of two counts of unlawful restraint in 2007.

Since 2005, he has been acquitted of charges of public indecency, inducing panic, endangering children, rape and aggravated burglary.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jeremy Vater – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Molester

A Beatrice man previously convicted of sexual assault has been charged with third degree sexual abuse of a child, subsequent offense.

During his March 13 arraignment, Vater, 26, was charged with third degree sexual abuse of a child, subsequent offense, a Class IC felony.

Vater, of 612 Lincoln St., could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

He is accused of inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl between May 16 and June 11, 2008.

Vater, 26, was convicted of third degree sexual assault of a child on Aug. 4, 2005, in Jefferson County. He is a level three registered sex offender.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Robert Wesley Bell – Repeat Sex Offender – Preying on Children


Police say Robert Wesley Bell, 51, was trading child pornography. During a joint Colorado Springs ICE and CSPD ICAC investigation, detectives realized Bell was on probation for Sexual Exploitation of Children, and that he is a registered a sex offender currently residing at 120 W. Van Buren Street, #13, in close proximity to two elementary schools.

Detectives raided the home and review his computer, which is done in all home visits. Detectives say images of suspected child pornography were found and other items were found that indicated Bell may have been victimizing children in the Colorado Springs area. Detectives also say they have reason to believe Bell may have been in contact with children very recently.

Bell was previously a minister, youth minister and a certified counselor.

The Colorado Springs Police Department ICAC Unit is urging anyone who may know or might have been a victim of Mr. Bell to come forward. Those persons should contact Detective Clayton Blackwell at 719.444.7532, or if you wish to remain anonymous you may contact Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719.634.STOP (7867).

Bell was taken to the EL Paso County Criminal Justice Center for the probation violation, and is being held there with additional charges forthcoming.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jesse Goodman – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator


A registered sex offender from Hunterdon County was arrested last week for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met on a social networking website, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jesse Goodman, 30, of Annandale was charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault and one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a minor, authorities said. He was taken into custody on Friday night following an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Summit Police Department.

Police executed a court-ordered search warrant at Goodman’s home and seized a number of items, including several computers, authorities said. They said he met the victim last September on a social networking website aimed at teenagers.

The relationship soon turned physical, authorities said. Goodman traveled to Union County on multiple occasions to engage in sex acts with the victim, and drove the girl to his home in Hunterdon County and to his father’s business in Sterling, N.J., where the two engaged in additional sex acts, authorities said.

Police were notified last week after the victim told a parent about the relationship, and an investigation was immediately launched, authorities said.

Goodman was convicted in Middlesex County on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child in October 2004, and under Megan’s Law he was required to register as a sex offender. For this latest incarceration, Union County Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim set Goodman’s bail at $400,000.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with relevant information should contact Sgt. Thomas Rich of Summit police at (908) 273-0051 or Prosecutor’s Office Detective Patricia Gusmano at (909) 965-3809.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Rene Carriere – Repeat Sex Offender – Molested same girl AGAIN

A Sudbury pedophile convicted in 2002 of sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl was back in a city court Monday, charged with molesting the same girl, this time when she was nine.

Rene Carriere, 39, pleaded guilty to sexual interference, two counts of breaching bail conditions, one of failing to show up for court and one of breaching a probation order.

He was sentenced to the maximum reformatory term of two years less a day, in addition to the nearly six months he has been in jail awaiting trial.

Carriere’s lawyer and assistant Crown attorney Grace Kurke proposed the sentence. Defence lawyer Ted Conroy said the sentence would allow his client to serve the term at the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton, which treats sex offenders.

Kurke told the court that in a statement to authorities, the child described how, on two separate occasions in early 2005, Carriere had her undress and then fondled her genitals.

The incidents came to light in the early summer of 2006 while the young girl was at camp.

In a victim impact statement filed with the court, the young girl said she has trouble sleeping and concentrating, and now finds it hard to trust adults, Kurke said.

“These are offences of extreme seriousness, especially given the previous conviction,” said Superior Court Justice John Pourpore.

Carriere was arrested in Edmonton in October and transported back to Sudbury, where he’s been in jail since.

In addition to the jail term, Carriere’s name will be added to the national registry of convicted sex offenders. He was also ordered to provide a sample of his DNA for the national DNA databank.

He will also be on probation for 18 months when he is released from custody. During that time, he is prohibited from being around children under the age of 16 unless accompanied by an adult.

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

………Sarah Tofte