John William Worthey – Child Pornography Producer

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to at least 115 years in prison after pleading guilty to child molestation charges.

The Charlotte Observer reported that 50-year-old John William Worthey pleaded guilty Wednesday to molesting an 8-year-old girl.

Mecklenburg Assistant District Attorney Kelly Miller says Worthey made more than 80 photographs involving child pornography at his Charlotte home.

Worthey pleaded guilty on the third day of his trial.

Superior Court Judge Gentry Caudill sentenced Worthey to a minimum of 115 years and a maximum of 142 years in prison.

Worthey had been arrested in 2006 after federal authorities said he had ordered child pornography over the Internet

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Michael Jay Rogers – Repeat Sex Offender

Anderson County Deputies arrested a man they described as a “serial flasher” after a vehicle pursuit Wednesday evening.

Deputies said that they got a call about a man exposing and fondling himself in a truck in a parking lot on Station Drive just before 6 p.m. When deputies got there, the man was gone.

Deputies got a similar call a short time later from a parking lot on Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson. When deputies reached that location, the man, later identified as Michael Jay Rogers, of Greer, sped away in his pickup truck.

Rogers was arrested just before 6:30 p.m. when deputies stopped the pickup truck Rogers was driving.

Deputies said that when they attempted to pull Rogers over on Pearman Dairy Road, he fled. His truck was eventually stopped on Elrod Road in Piedmont by deputies using “Stop Sticks.” Both deputies and state troopers participated in the pursuit.

Deputies said the truck matched the description of a suspect vehicle from two indecent exposure reports near the site where the pursuit started.

Rogers, 36, was arrested on traffic charges and taken to the Anderson County Detention Center, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies said that Rogers signed a written confession that he exposed himself to five different victims in Anderson County.

Rogers was charged five counts of indecent exposure, two from Wednesday, two from 2008 and one from 2007.

Rogers is on the state sex offender registry after a 2006 conviction for indecent exposure.

Investigators are asking anyone who thinks they were a victim of Rogers to call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Jerome Lamont Webb – Repeat Sex Offender

A Level 3 sex offender has been ordered held in Stearns County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail after being charged with making terroristic threats and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jerome Lamont Webb, 28, was arrested Tuesday after a woman accused him of threatening her. Webb also is charged with second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm after he was accused of pointing a handgun at another man during an argument in November in St. Cloud.

Stearns County District Court Judge Frederick Grunke increased Webb’s bail from $150,000, which Webb posted in late January to gain his release from jail, to $500,000 at a hearing Thursday.

Webb has been convicted of multiple sex offenses and designated a Level 3 offender after his release from prison last summer.

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

James Wappler – Repeat Sex Offender – Started BabyRaping career at age 14

A four-time convicted sex offender has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in Sheboygan County.

James Wappler had been convicted of sexual assault at ages 14, 15 and 18.

The 36-year-old was sentenced to life Friday. He was accused of repeatedly molesting a 10-year-old girl last year and pleaded no contest to the felony.

The crime triggered a two-strikes clause in state law that mandates the life term.

Wappler asked Judge L. Edward Stengel to spare him life in prison but Stengel said the prosecution included the penalty enhancer and Wappler accepted the conviction.

Wappler also told the judge he had been physically, sexually and emotionally abused.

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

Neil Strachan – Repeat Sex Offender – Scottish Mom calls for Mark’s Law

Strachan, from Edinburgh, was a trusted friend of the boy’s family. What they did not know was he had already served a three-year jail term for repeatedly molesting another child.

Neil Strachan was being monitored by police and social workers when he sexually abused the 18-month-old boy he was babysitting. The child’s mother is demanding an inquiry

A MOTHER told last night of the devastation wreaked on her family by a convicted child molester, and said she dreaded the day she would have to explain to her son about the horrific abuse he suffered.

Speaking publicly for the first time, the mother of the boy who was abused by Neil Strachan when he was only 18 months old opened her heart and told of the trauma of learning her son could have been infected with HIV.

She also demanded an inquiry into how the registered sex offender was able to carry out the abuse and called for a new law to ensure parents were informed if sexual predators could have access to their children.

The woman wants to know how a man who was being monitored by police and social workers was allowed to prey on her son. He distributed an image of himself abusing the boy while he was babysitting him over Hogmanay in 2005.

The 41-year-old was convicted of a string of lewd and libidinous acts on children on Thursday, after a nine-week trial that saw eight men found guilty of a catalogue of child abuse charges.

Strachan, from Edinburgh, was a trusted friend of the boy’s family. What they did not know was he had already served a three-year jail term for repeatedly molesting another child.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, talked of the terrible impact the crimes had had on her family, and of her anguish at learning that the man she had trusted enough to let him look after her two children was a child molester who was HIV positive.

The woman went on: “The police say (Strachan] was being supervised. But that’s rubbish – how could he have been?”

Her comments have reignited the debate over the extent to which parents should be informed if convicted sex offenders are living in their area.

The move has been dubbed “Mark’s Law”, after Mark Cummings, eight, who was murdered by Stuart Leggate, a convicted sex offender. The boy’s mother launched a campaign for the sharing of information about known paedophiles.

Lothian and Borders Police said they were satisfied Strachan had been monitored “appropriately”. But last night – as the force refused to disclose details of a review into the case or comment on reports that Strachan had been visited by child protection officers only three times a year – the mother accused police of “brushing the matter under the carpet”.

She said: “I just couldn’t believe it when I found out he was a child molester. I couldn’t take it in. It’s left me completely numb.

“They couldn’t have been monitoring him. If they had been monitoring him properly, they would have known he could have come into contact with my boy. They would have contacted me to say, ‘ Strachan’s a sex offender – be careful what you do with your children’.

“Strachan couldn’t have been monitored. It’s absolute rubbish to say they did. I think there should be an investigation.”

Strachan and the seven other members of what police say was Scotland’s biggest paedophile ring have yet to be sentenced, but the mother said no punishment could compensate for the abuse.

“It doesn’t matter how long he is jailed for. He might spend the next 15 years in prison, but what’s to stop him going out and re- offending again?”

She told how Strachan had befriended her family and been regarded as a “really caring, loving person”, and went on: “I still cannot believe it, I just cannot take it in. He came across as someone who would do anything to help you – anything.

“He’s ruined my life and he’s ruined my mum’s life. She’s devastated.”

She said she feared the effect the abuse will have on her boy, now four, in the future.

“I dread the day I have to tell him what happened,” she said. “My boy seems fine now. But maybe we’ll have to wait until he’s older before we find out how it’s affected him.

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, who will today visit police officers who ran the investigation that has uncovered a total of 70 suspected paedophiles, said lessons had to be learned.

“I’m assured that any operational issues that emerge will be shared with agencies across Scotland. The public would expect nothing less,” he said.

He added that Strachan’s crimes predated new multi-agency protection arrangements designed to improve the risk assessment and monitoring of sex offenders after they have been released from prison.

Mr MacAskill recently announced plans for a pilot project that would allow parents or guardians to seek a disclosure check against someone who has access to their children.

Opposition politicians back the move – but want ministers to go further.

Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie said: “The Scottish Government should use GPS satellite tracking to monitor sex offenders released from prison. And it should consider using lie detector tests on paedophiles as part of their probation conditions if they are released from prison.”

Labour’s justice spokesman Richard Baker said: “We welcome the pilot scheme, but that should not necessarily be the end of the matter.”


THE mother of a Glasgow boy murdered by a convicted child molester has spearheaded a campaign for new laws to inform members of the public of paedophiles who pose a risk to their children.

Margaret Ann Cummings has fought for the introduction of “Mark’s Law” following the 2004 murder of her eight-year-old son, Mark Cummings, by convicted sex offender Stuart Leggate, who lived in the same tower block.

None of the residents in the block in Royston, Glasgow, was told when Leggate moved in that he had a criminal record.

Campaigners for a new “Mark’s Law” had called for a total disclosure of names of anyone on the sexual offenders register.

In 2005, Ms Cummings delivered a 6,000-signature petition to the Scottish Parliament calling on politicians to investigate whether such a law should be passed. She also urged the then Scottish Executive to introduce changes to the way sex offenders were supervised and monitored.

But Kenny MacAskill, the justice secretary, has refused to offer blanket disclosure on all known paedophiles because he claimed this would drive them underground, making them a greater risk.

However, last weekend, he announced the setting up of a pilot scheme that would give parents the right to know whether someone who had regular contact with their children was a sex offender.

But it is highly unlikely such a law would have protected the children abused by Neil Strachan and James Rennie, the leaders of a paedophile ring convicted on Thursday, as the victims’ parents regarded them as good friends.


It is scenarios such as these that ensure pressure for wider disclosure laws will continue.

Managing of sex offenders

REGISTERED sex offenders are required by law to inform police about their personal circumstances.

These include notifying the police of their name and address, date of birth, national insurance number, any change of address and periods of a stay away from home.

Police and social workers also seek to minimise the risk of paedophiles striking again by drawing up their own monitoring plans.

This includes regular visits to their homes and case conferences to discuss any concerns.

But the job of managing sex offenders is much easier if they are sentenced to more than four years in prison. That is because they can then be held subject to licence conditions that impose restrictions on their behaviour – such as staying away from children.

For sex offenders released after short prison sentences, little can be done to compel them, for example, to live far from a school.

Police already have the power to notify individuals if they consider a sex offender poses a risk. And they often use the threat of disclosure to influence a sex offender’s behaviour.

A source said: “If a convicted paedophile begins a relationship, for example, with a single mother, the police might warn him he has 48 hours to tell her about his past – or they’ll sit down with her for a cup of tea and a chat.”

However, some of the supervision was ad hoc, poorly co-ordinated and ill-informed.

In April 2007, Scottish police forces, social work departments and prisons were required to implement new arrangements to manage dangerous offenders in the community.

Mappa – multi-agency public protection arrangement – rules had already been introduced in England and Wales.

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

Joseph J. Spaeth – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual

A convicted sex offender will spend time in prison for offenses he committed in 2006.

Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge William Carver sentenced Joseph J. Spaeth, 41, Friday to five years in prison followed by 10 years of extended supervision on four counts of child enticement for sexual contact as a persistent repeater.

According to the criminal complaint, Spaeth inappropriately touched three children ages 3, 6, and 7 in February 2006. Court records show Spaeth was previously convicted of sexual assaults in 1991 and 1993.

A Winnebago County Jury that heard the case in July 2007 convicted Spaeth of four counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and he was sentenced to four life terms.

However, Carver vacated the sentence and granted Spaeth a new trial because extraneous information that was “highly prejudicial” was introduced into the jury room during deliberations. The jury had asked to look at a statement Spaeth gave to police and a juror recognized the address on the statement and informed the other jurors a registered sex offender resided there.

Spaeth pleaded no contest to the amended charge of child enticement in March.

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

Michael St. Martin – BoyRaper – Sexually Violent Predator – Repeat Sex Offender – Proves he should remain in Civil Confinement

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

From the halls of Coalinga State Mental Hospital, one patient is voicing his opinions.

Michael St. Martin, 52, has been convicted twice for molesting young boys in both San Diego and Riverside counties in the 1990s.Although St. Martin is in state custody, he is busy online.

Audio interviews, letters and other documents from St. Martin are all over Voices of the Gulag, a blog that takes a critical look at the care offered by the state’s sexual offender treatment program.

In one blog post about a fellow patient, St. Martin wrote, “Medical response to a detainee emergency was wholly inadequate and his death preventable.”

Hospital officials told 10News patients do not have Internet access but they do have visitation rights and are able to send and receive e-mail, which is likely how St. Martin is posting online.

Victim’s advocates said it might not be illegal, but for St. Martin’s victims could be devastating.

“At the same time, victim’s rights can get lost in the shuffle,” said Janedra Sykes of the San Diego Center for Community Solutions. “It needs to be balanced, have all the voices at the table. It shouldn’t be one voice over the others.”

This week, prosecutors argued in court that St. Martin, who has served his time, still poses a danger to the community and should remain in custody at Coalinga.

Victim’s advocates said in custody or not, his actions on the Internet proved he is not interested in treatment.

“It’s a devastating crime … a devastating crime,” said Sykes.

St. Martin’s attorney would not comment on the blog or his client’s legal future.

On Thursday, a jury decided St. Martin is a sexually violent predator and should remain in treatment at Coalinga.

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

Gerald Allen Burbank – Registered Sex Offender

A 63-year-old registered sex offender was in custody Friday after being arrested on suspicion of repeatedly molesting two girls during the last six years, Marysville police reported.

Gerald Allen Burbank was arrested without incident at his home in the 1900 block of Ramirez Street at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. His arrest resulted from an investigation launched Wednesday when one of the girl’s parents told police a molestation had taken place at Burbank’s home, said Sgt. John Osbourn.

The girls are 12 and 13 years old. Burbank and both victims reportedly all knew each other, but Osbourn declined to state further details about the relationship to protect the girls’ identities.

As far as police can tell the girls were abused individually, with repeated sexual abuse dating back at least six years or more, Osbourn said. The investigation is ongoing.

“We are interested in hearing from any potential victims,” Osbourn said. “But we are not aware of any more at this time and don’t suspect there are.”

Burbank was booked into Yuba County Jail on two counts of felonious lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, and one count of felonious oral copulation with a child under the age of 14. He was held on $100,000 bail.

Burbank is a registered sex offender for a prior conviction of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, according to the State of California Department of Justice Registered Sex Offender Web site. Further details of his prior conviction were not immediately available.

Marysville has a higher concentration of registered sex offenders than other areas, Osbourn said. The number of registered sex offenders creates an additional workload through registration and police efforts to ensure compliance.

Registered sex offenders who may victimize again is always a concern, and child sexual abuse happens too often in this area, Osbourn said.

“The Police Department goes to great lengths to prevent this behavior,” Osbourn said. “We are extremely intolerant of predators who victimize children, whether sexual or whether through neglect.”

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

Robert Faulk – Repeat Sex Offender

Police say Faulk allegedly was using a computer at the college to print out pictures of children in sex acts. Faulk was convicted of molesting a ten year old child in Indiana and is a lifetime registered sex offender.

A registered sex offender is arrested after police are alerted of illegal internet activities at Henderson Community College.

Henderson Police served a search warrant on Robert Faulk after HCC officials notified them of suspicious activity.

Additional evidence led to Faulk’s arrest on charges related to child pornography, drug possession, and tampering with evidence.

Faulk was taken to the at the Henderson County Jail.

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

Stephen B. Rader – Whining Pedophile – GUILTY

A Middletown man has been found guilty on multiple counts of child rape and child pornography charges.

A Butler County jury returned the verdict about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 7. It took Common Pleas Judge Andrew Nastoff 10 minutes read the 25 guilty verdicts to Stephen B. Rader.

Rader, of the 200 block of Bavarian Drive, faces life in prison for raping two boys and a girl younger than 10, and 22 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.

The 40-year-old man confessed the sexual contact with the children to Middletown police, but took the stand in his own defense to deny molesting the children and possessing the images found on his computer and at his home.

When the verdict was read, Rader, standing with defense attorney Frank Schiavone, began crying. Family members of the young victims also burst into tears and reached over courtroom benches to hold hands.

During the trial, the jury viewed explicit child pornography images in the form of tapes and slide shows for approximately two hours, according to Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Jennifer McElfresh. Two of the children also took the stand and told the jury about the sexual abuse.

“These cases are always difficult,” McElfresh said. “I am amazed at the courage of these children to come forward and testify about something that many adults wouldn’t have the courage to do.”

Nastoff ordered a presentence investigation and will sentence Rader on June 5. The child rape charges carry a penalty of up to life in prison and 11 of the pandering charges carry eight-year prison sentences with the other 11 charges each carrying a 
maximum 18 months in prison.

“We are so glad,” said the mother of one of the children after the verdict was read. “The prosecutor got justice for our children.”

The woman said Rader was a friend of the family. She grew up with Rader and went to church with him.

“I have known him all my life. You just never know about people,” she said. “To all the parents out there, watch your children. Look for the signs. It could be anyone. Your best friend or neighbor.”

Rader was arrested in August on pandering charges. That was also when Middletown police were notified of “possible sexual assaults concerning children,” according to an Aug. 11 Middletown police report. Officers took DVDs, videotapes and a computer during a search of his Bavarian Drive apartment. Middletown police Detective Janice Jones said the materials were “some of the worst” she had ever seen.

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