Edmund A. Rego – Repeat Sex Offender

A Level III sex offender was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly masturbating in front of a 7-year-old boy riding his bicycle on Spinnaker Way.

A woman jogging by Edmund A. Rego, 37, called police at about 9:15 a.m. reporting that the man was standing outside a white van with his penis exposed. Rego, of 534 Buffinton St., Fall River, fled when he noticed the woman, police said.

Officers spotted Rego’s van on Charlotte White Road around 11 a.m. and charged him with lewd and lascivious behavior, a felony. He was held on $25,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Fall River Second District Court.

Rego told police he was on Spinnaker Way, a residential development off Route 177 between Tickle and Sodom roads, to do landscape work before visiting his parents’ home on Beeden Road, according to police. He was stopped by officers after picking up a co-worker and driving toward Tiverton.

A Level III sex offender is considered by the state Sex Offender Registry Board to have a high risk of re-offending and a high “degree of dangerousness posed to the public.” It is the highest-level offender status. Information on Level II and III offenders are available by request at any police station.

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

Norman Vivian Pearce – calculated, sinister and hedonistic Pedophile

ONE of the victims of a serial pedophile yelled “die in hell, you f–king dog” as his tormentor was today led away to begin his minimum 10-year jail term.

The raw outburst, from the gallery of the District Court, capped of a saga of grooming and deviancy that saw eight boys molested by Norman Vivian Pearce over two decades.

In sentencing today, Judge Paul Rice said Pearce’s offending was “calculated, sinister and hedonistic”.

He said Pearce made himself “attractive and exciting by having flash cars” before plying the boys with fast food and alcohol.

His abuse of the trust of his victims and their families caused psychological and psychiatric damage, and led to them having problems developing long-lasting relationships.

“There is no doubt that your offending has had a profound and long-lasting effect on your victims,” the judge said.

Pearce, 70, of Woodville South, was last year convicted of 18 child sex offences that occurred in two periods during the early 1980s and 1990s.

All but one of the offences occured while he was involved with youth groups, including the Naval Cadets.

The remaining offence occurred while Pearce was working as a flight service manager at Adelaide Airport – he was his victim’s supervisor.

Today, Judge Rice said he doubted Pearce’s level of remorse, given he had denied the crimes at trial, and noted his prospects for rehabilitation were “unknown”.

He said Pearce’s lack of criminal history was “of little benefit” because his offending spanned two periods in time.

“The years in between were an opportunity for reflection on your previous offending,” Judge Rice said.

He sentenced Pearce to 14 years’ jail, with a 10-year non-parole period.

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