Earl S. LaFountain – 86 year old distributed child porn


An 86-year-old man was arrested today and charged with possessing and transmitting child pornography.

Earl S. LaFountain was arrested and is being held at the Lee County Jail. He is charged with 13 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of transmission of child pornography, sheriff’s spokesman John Sheehan said.

Last June, America Online discovered an e-mail which contained an embedded image depicting child pornography. That information was sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which generated a report and forwarded it to investigators with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Information in the report showed that Earl LaFountain, of 30 Verlo Court, Fort Myers, was responsible for sending the image through his AOL accounts.

Additional information provided by the center, and the subsequent investigation by Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the case, revealed a total of 13 images depicting child pornography on LaFountain’s personal computer.

Around 3:30 p.m., LaFountain was arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail.

Jeffrey Wayne Croser – Busted in Operation Centurian – Cockroach Judge lets him go with a wrist slap

An international child pornography sting has snared its first conviction in South Australia with the sentencing of a man in the District Court.

Jeffrey Wayne Croser, 52, of Golden Grove in Adelaide had pleaded guilty to downloading about 5,500 pornographic images of children.

He was one of eight South Australian men arrested through the international police Operation Centurion last year.

Jeffrey Wayne Croser ran from court shielding his face with a jacket, minutes after Judge Rauf Soulio spared him from a prison term.

The Golden Grove man kept his face hidden as he was driven through the Central Markets and along busy Gouger St with his wife and daughter, who both wrote letters of support to the judge.

Croser, 52, was arrested in May last year as part of an international child pornography sting run by Interpol.

Detectives swooped on Croser’s home after Interpol found large quantities of child pornography being downloaded to the address.

When detectives seized his laptop, computer tower and hard drive, they only found two images that could be classified as child pornography.

However, a closer inspection by forensic technicians found more than 5500 images that Croser had deleted and he later pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

More than 5,000 of the images were classified at the lower end of seriousness, involving children in erotic poses.

But Judge Soulio said that a number of others were on the higher end of the scale, including acts of bestiality and sadism and sex acts involving children as young as three.

Judge Soulio said up to 1000 different children were depicted in the collection, which Croser downloaded over about 18 months.

Croser – who quit his job as a production design consultant with a major car company after his arrest – told a psychologist that he had accessed the illegal images as a “stress reducer” when he was working up to 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

Judge Soulio said Croser was swept up in the “challenge of finding material which was described as increasingly risque”.

The judge said he was faced with a “finely balanced” decision on whether Croser should be jailed for behaving in a “morally and legally repugnant way”.

Judge Soulio said because Croser had not stored the pornography or shared it with anyone else, his 18-month prison term should be suspended on the condition he enter into a good behaviour bond and attend a sexual offenders treatment program.

Daniel Acker – Serial Pedophile – Preyed on boys over 30 years

“He preyed on at-risk boys, those with no strong father figure in their lives,” Wentlandt said. “We believe we’ve only scratched the surface in people we’ve talked to.”

The first accuser came forward after he saw Acker walking into an area middle school, Wentlandt said. The victim contacted the recreation department, saying he couldn’t believe Acker was still working there with young children.

A 61-year-old man who works as a part-time aquatics program coordinator for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation Department was in jail Thursday, suspected of sexually assaulting young boys for more than 30 years, authorities said.

Daniel Acker of Waukesha was arrested Monday during a swim practice at West Milwaukee Middle School, said Deputy Inspector Bradley Wentlandt of the Greenfield Police Department. Acker is suspected of assaulting boys between the ages of 7 and 15 from the 1970s to 2008, police said.

Acker is suspected in hundreds of assaults involving dozens of children over the years, police said. Some of the assaults are alleged to have occurred in Greenfield.

Daniel Acker’s obsession with missing children and a “strange infatuation with child murders” prompted Greenfield police to ask federal investigators to see whether there are ties between the man accused of dozens of sexual assaults and children who have disappeared since the 1970s, a Greenfield police investigator said Friday.

Police who searched the basement of 61-year-old Acker’s Waukesha home this week found a model police station, featuring a dozen photos of abducted and murdered children pasted to the inside walls; journals with hundreds of pages written on Jacob Wetterling and John Zera, a boy abducted and found dead in Whitnall Park in 1975; and 1970s model cars with the names and dates of death of abducted and murdered children written by Acker on the bottom.

There is no information right now to suggest that Acker is a suspect in any of the killings, but evidence has been turned over to the FBI and other local police agencies for further investigation, Deputy Inspector Bradley Wentlandt of the Greenfield Police Department said in a news conference Friday morning.

Acker in the 1970’s

FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said the bureau is assisting in the case. He said he could not comment further because it is an open investigation.

A prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office is reviewing the Acker case, said Paul Kanter, chief of the criminal division.

Acker in the 1980’s

“The FBI has been in touch with us,” Kanter said. “At this point in time we have not identified any federal crime.”

Acker remains locked up in Milwaukee County Jail while a team of Greenfield police continue their work into allegations that started on Monday accusing him of sexually assaulting boys between the ages of 7 and 15 going back to the 1970s.

“He preyed on at-risk boys, those with no strong father figure in their lives,” Wentlandt said. “We believe we’ve only scratched the surface in people we’ve talked to.”

Police held the news conference Friday to see whether other accusers will come forward in light of the news released Thursday that Acker, who works as a part-time aquatics program coordinator for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation Department, had been jailed on suspicion of sexually assaulting young boys for more than 30 years.

Acker in the 1990’s

Acker was arrested Monday during a swim practice at West Milwaukee Middle School after a man in his 40s told police Monday that Acker had sexually assaulted him from 1971 to 1976, when he was between 11 and 15 years old. Since then, at least three other men in their 40s – including one who now lives in Tennessee – and a 19-year-old have told police they had been sexually assaulted by Acker when they were minors, Wentlandt said.

The first accuser came forward after he saw Acker walking into an area middle school, Wentlandt said. The victim contacted the recreation department, saying he couldn’t believe Acker was still working there with young children.

Acker was arrested in the hours after police received a tip from Michele Strasser, coordinator of recreation for West Allis-West Milwaukee.

Strasser said Friday: “Myself, our staff, our whole community, this has taken a toll. Kids are the most important to us and their safety.”

The statute of limitations in child sexual assault cases that was in place in the 1970s may prevent authorities from being able to prosecute those cases, Wentlandt said. The statute of limitations in such cases has since been extended.

But the 19-year-old told police that Acker has assaulted him starting about five years ago and that the two remained in a relationship as of earlier this week, Wentlandt said. Police are trying to see whether there are other younger victims.

Wentlandt said Acker didn’t have any of his own children, but said he had three foster children – all boys – that he had cared for during the past decade. Police are trying to make contact with those former foster children, Wentlandt said.

“We believe we’ve only scratched the surface with the victims we’ve talked to already,” Wentlandt said. “We believe there are more victims out there.”

Police are asking those victims to call investigators at (414) 761-5301.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, at least 50 callers had phoned Greenfield Police to share what they know, to suggest potential victims or to talk about being victimized by Acker.

Within moments of news reports featuring four decades of photos of the Acker, calls were coming in at one per minute at the department, where seven sworn officers and detectives have been assigned to answer those calls specifically. Wentlandt said calls are continuing to come in this afternoon at 3 to 4 per hour.

“We will have people throughout the rest of the night and tomorrow and the next day, if necessary,” said Greenfield Deputy Inspector Bradley Wentlandt. “We don’t want to take messages. If someone gets the courage to call in, we want to make sure it’s taken by an investigator who can get the right information.”

A number of people contacted the Journal Sentinel Friday to say their children were or had been students of Acker’s.

Angie Aide of West Allis said she had to tell her daughter about Acker this morning at breakfast.

“My heart just dropped,” Aide said. Her 8-year-old daughter took swimming classes with Acker for two years. Acker substituted as an instructor for Aide’s daughter just last week.

Acker played dodge ball with the kids. He’d joke with them when they sprayed water on him with pool noodles. “The parents got a chuckle out if it,” Aide said. And Acker would talk to the kids “on their level.”

Aide said she always sat in the bleachers at the recreation center when Acker taught classes. When the kids were told “Mr. Dan” would be teaching the classes, they would cheer, Aide said.

Melissa Luck of West Allis said that as a swim instructor, Acker had a great rapport with children, especially with her 5-year-old daughter, Taylor, who took a class with him last fall.

“My daughter loved him, loved him, told him she loved him all the time,” she said.

Luck, who said she herself was molested as a child by someone she knew, now worries about the many youths who took group or private lessons with Acker and the teens who helped him teach swimming.

She also said the news of his arrest has been hard on Taylor.

“She said Momma, Mr. Dan broke my heart,” Luck said.

Elmer Ellman – Repeat Sex Offender – 25 Years

Ellman has a prior criminal record involving sex-related crimes against children. In 1982, he was sentenced to probation for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ellman’s probation was revoked when he was convicted of indecency with a child two years later.


A 47-year-old Victoria man today was sentenced to 25 years in prison on two charges of promoting child pornography, both second-degree felonies. Elmer Ellman pleaded guilty to the charges on March 11. The charges stem from an investigation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit, which found 71 images of child pornography on the defendant’s computer equipment.

The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Victoria Police Department executed a search warrant at Ellman’s home in June 2004 after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Information provided by NCMEC indicated that a Yahoo user was uploading child pornography to a Yahoo group. The unit seized Ellman’s computer, conducted a forensic analysis of its data contents and subsequently uncovered the presence of child pornography.

Ellman has a prior criminal record involving sex-related crimes against children. In 1982, he was sentenced to probation for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Ellman’s probation was revoked when he was convicted of indecency with a child two years later.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting online child predators. In 2003, he launched the Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators by assuming the identities of young teenagers in Internet chat rooms. His office has obtained convictions against more than 90 men on child pornography charges.

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

Charles Mould – Repeat Sex Offender – Life Sentence

“He can never again walk freely, because when he’s 80, he can still do the sexual assaults he’s done here,” Rainville said. “The only way to keep children safe is for him to be in prison for the rest of his life.”

Mould had completed two courses of sex offender treatment before the incident


A man accused of numerous sex crimes was sentenced in Bennington District Court on Thursday to 40 years to life in prison.

Charles Mould, 60, of Pleasant Street pleaded guilty in November 2008 to 21 sex crimes, among them multiple sexual assault charges, multiple lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor charges and a count of presenting indecent material to a minor.

Deputy State’s Attorney Tina Rainville said the state was seeking a life sentence. “He can never again walk freely, because when he’s 80, he can still do the sexual assaults he’s done here,” Rainville said. “The only way to keep children safe is for him to be in prison for the rest of his life.”

A victim from one of Mould’s previous sex crime convictions testified about the effect it had on his life. “I felt no self-worth. I felt as if I had lost my soul,” the man said. “I’d like to see that no other child gets touched by him again.”

The mother of one of the victims testified, expressing deep anger toward Mould. “You have damaged, tormented and violated those kids,” she said. “I can tell you my son has gone from a free-spirited, outgoing young man to an angry, angry boy.”

She said her son had to deal with issues no child should. “I hope they impose a sentence where you can never walk out of a facility again,” the mother said. “It’s now my goal in life to stop you and others like you, and make sure there are harsher sentences the first time. You shouldn’t have walked out the first time.”

Department of Corrections Officer Michael Doheny testified about the presentence investigation he had conducted on Mould. “It was striking to me that he uses pornography to lure his victims — both his cases have the same thing,” Doheny said. “He takes kids in dysfunctional situations and preys on them.”

Doheny said Mould had completed two courses of sex offender treatment before the incident charged here. “We’re recommending a minimum sentence of 80 years, because we felt we should recommend a sentence where he doesn’t come back out in to the community,” Doheny said. “Even if he’s in the community on supervision, we can’t prevent this from happening.”

Defense attorney Christopher Montgomery said his client had freely admitted his crimes, ensuring the children would not have to go through the often painful processes of depositions and testifying. He said he was seeking a 20-year sentence for Mould.

“I’m asking for it in the hope there might be some small window where he might find redemption,” Montgomery said. “This is a man who has struggled with pedophilia.”

Mould expressed remorse in his statements to the court. “I just wish to say I’m very sorry for what I did,” Mould said. “I can’t bring back what I did, and I’m very sorry I hurt them real bad.”

Judge John Wesley said he wished to impose a strict sentence. “This court tries its utmost to give its proper due to rehabilitation, but I do not believe you are capable of rehabiliation,” Wesley said. “What is indisputable is, after you completed sex offender treatment and were unsupervised within our community, within a short time you re-offended prolifically.”

Wesley said he was not certain whether Mould’s remorse was genuine. “Most of your responses (in the presentence investigation) indicate a belief there was not much wrong with what you did,” Wesley said. “We need to put you in prison for the rest of your life to ensure you are incapable of acting on your impulses regarding children.”

Charges against Mould, a registered sex offender, involve sexual conduct with four juveniles, two 11-year-olds, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old, all of whom frequented his apartment in Bennington.

Bennington Police Detective Lawrence Cole said Mould is listed on the Vermont Sex Offender Registry Web site as a noncompliant offender, meaning that he had not complied with offender treatment requirements.

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

Elijah Lewis – Repeat Sex Offender – Makes his Escapes


A traffic stop may have been a missed opportunity to catch a dangerous sex predator. Apparently the key to his freedom was the key to a stolen van.

Some would call Elijah Lewis a “lucky man.” The 55-year-old convicted sex offender has been in and out of prison for the past 30 years, with convictions for aggravated rape, kidnapping, theft, and drug charges.

But instead of being locked up, Lewis is missing. Even though a Harris County deputy had him in custody just a few weeks ago.

When Lewis got out of state jail in January, he was required to register as a sex offender. He didn’t, authorities say, and now, they’re trying to find him.

But just four weeks ago, they had him– pulled over on a traffic stop in a known drug area. And the records show Lewis was driving a stolen van.

But when the deputy tried to charge him, an assistant district attorney refused to accept charges, and let him go.

“Well, in his history, he’s also got prior theft convictions, so you shouldn’t be surprised he was driving a stolen vehicle,” said the Mayor’s Crime Victim’s Advocate Andy Kahan, scanning Lewis’ record online.

The surprise is that Elijah Lewis didn’t get hauled off to jail, especially since we’re told he was also driving with a suspended license, with two convicted felons also in the van. And Lewis is hardly a saint.

“He’s got a rap sheet a mile long”, said Kahan, “and he’s classified as a very frightening sex offender.”

An Assistant District Attorney involved in freeing Lewis couldn’t recall the specifics of the case. But he told us a person can’t usually be charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, unless you have some kind of evidence — like a busted steering column — to prove he knew the car was stolen.

Cops knew it. The van’s owner knew it. But since there was no way to prove Lewis knew it, the D.A. let him drive away. Now, sex offender investigators are looking for him.

And so is his family. We found Lewis’ brother-in-law outside a Crosby area house which Lewis claimed as his home address on arrest records.

“None of the family members have any idea where he is,” James Banks told us.

Regardless of Lewis’ felony rap sheet, the DA’s Office says they can’t normally consider prior criminal history when considering whether to charge a guy.

While Lewis got off without charges, the other two in the van with him were not so fortunate. One was charged with possessing a crack pipe. The other was arrested on an open domestic assault warrant.

For Lewis, it was his lucky day.

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

John Tester – Baby Raper


A New Haven man is behind bars who is accused of purchasing sex toys for a 10-year-old child and then molesting her.
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32-year-old John Tester faces numerous criminal charges including child molesting, and possession of child pornography.

Police say he took pictures, and video taped the child in various stages of nudity.

Thomas Teczar – Predator Priest gets 25 years

Asked by the Star-Telegram in 2005 if he had sexually abused any children, he responded, “I’m not at liberty to say.”


Convicted child molester the Rev. Thomas Teczar was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old boy while a priest of the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese in the 1990s.

The predator priest won a new trial last year after his first conviction was set aside because of what an appellate court decided were inadequate qualifications of an expert witness.

Teczar gambled — and lost — by letting a jury decide his punishment in the new trail. A judge in 2007 sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

On Thursday, Teczar was convicted for a second time of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child while serving as parish priest in Ranger. He was also fined $10,000.

The man who accused Teczar, now in his 30s, said he felt “unbelievably relieved” because of the sentence.

“I know he’s not going to be on the streets and that all the children will be safe,” he said. “I can go to bed at night knowing he won’t be out on the streets.”

Teczar, 69, took the stand during the punishment phase of the trail Friday to protest his innocence, denying even knowing the man who accused him. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

A notorious predator, Teczar has been sued repeatedly over allegations of sexually abusing children and young men.

In 1996, he was sued for abusing a 16-year-old, David Lewcon. In 2002 he was sued by George Shea for abuse. In 2003, he was sued by another man for abusing him when he was 16-year old.

Separately, the Fort Worth diocese has settled with six of Teczar’s accusers, including two in 2005 who received $4.15 million.

One of the men who received part of the $4.15 million settlement is the same man who brought sexual abuse allegations to Texas Rangers, resulting in the Eastland trial.

Throughout all of the allegations, Teczar has maintained his innocence. Asked by the Star-Telegram in 2005 if he had sexually abused any children, he responded, “I’m not at liberty to say.”

Teczar served as parish priest in Ranger, about 90 miles west of Fort Worth, and in other parishes in Eastland and Tarrant counties from 1988 until he left the state in 1993, as police investigated child sex-abuse allegations against two other men.

Bruce Unger – New Charges for Baby Raper

New charges have been filed against the accused Bryan child molester who fled to Europe to escape the law.

Bruce Unger is in the Brazos County jail. A judge has not allowed any bond to be set.

Two new charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child have been filed against the 29-year-old, this after an alleged victim who had already come forward provided new information to authorities concerning additional alleged inappropriate contact.

Unger faced six charges of sexual assault and indecency with a child, then jumped bail and fled to Europe in late 2007.

A year later, authorities in the Ukraine caught up to the former Bryan teacher and youth coach, and he was extradited back to Brazos County.

In addition to those two new assault charges, Unger also had six felony charges of bail jumping added this week.

Unger taught at Neal Elementary School in Bryan, and was also named by USA Today as the nation’s “Most Caring Coach” in 2005 for his work with a soccer team made up of at-risk boys

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Charles Rogers – Teacher bust for child porn

A simple letter tipped off police to a man they claim had possibly hundreds of pictures and videos of child pornography.

According Boulder City Police, Charles Rogers taught children at Garret Junior High School for almost 3 years and coached boys soccer at Boulder City Parks and Rec.

After searching his home in Boulder City, investigators say they found a photo album hidden near his bed which included child pornography.

Police also seized computers cd’s, VHS tapes and other materials from his home.

Investigators didn’t stop there, they headed to his classroom.

The report says police they found several items of similar nature at school.

During a police interview the teacher talked about taking pictures and admitted to having child pornography at his residence involving 9 to 15 year old boys.

Right now Rogers is facing 64 counts for possession of child pornography.