William J. Barnett – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist

A former Zanesville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday in a Muskingum County Common Pleas court after pleading guilty to one count of rape and one count of aggravated burglary.

William J. Barnett, 62, was originally indicted last year on one count of rape with specifications of being a sexually violent offender and a repeat offender, one count of kidnapping with specifications of being a sexually violent and repeat offender and one count of aggravated burglary surrounding an incident on Oct. 8, 2006.

Assistant Muskingum County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Smith said the specifications on the rape along with the kidnapping count were dropped as part of the plea agreement reached between the prosecutor’s office and the defense attorney, David Mortimer.

Smith said his office asked the court for a 20-year sentence and with Barnett serving a sentence from Franklin County that does not allow his release until 2022, the sentence from Muskingum County is like serving life.

Barnett was convicted of eight counts of kidnapping and one count of tampering with evidence in Franklin County last year.

Judge Mark Fleegle ordered the sentence from Muskingum County to run consecutive to the sentence in Franklin County.

Barnett was also convicted of breaking and entering in Franklin County in 1984, court records show, and is a registered sex offender in New Mexico.

Fleegle also classified Barnett as a Tier III sex offender and said if released from prison, would be placed on a mandatory five-year parole.

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

Jeffrey W. Baker – Repeat Sex Offender

An Enola man who was twice convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced by a Cumberland County judge this afternoon to 25 to 50 years in state prison. Jeffrey W. Baker, 32, had served 5 years’ probation on his first child porn conviction stemming from an offense in 2001.

District Attorney David Freed said Baker was told he would face the mandatory state prison term before a county jury convicted him a second time on 29 counts of possessing child porn.

Authorities said Baker’s Internet provider alerted them in December 2007 that he had downloaded child porn. A search of Baker’s home yielded dozens of videos of children engaging in sex, investigators said.

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

Jacob Osterkamp – Repeat Sex Offender

“are you male or female… I’m just looking for a friend.”

Police say Jacob Osterkamp sent that text message to a random woman in Tucson.

“Out of curiosity or whatever, she replied and said she was a 13 year old female,” Sergeant Fabian Pacheco.

The police report says the suspect said he was a 28 year old male, named “Jake”. The texting continued with statements like.. “what color panties do you have on” and “cotton or silky.”

“All sexual in nature and he kept asking a lot of obscene things,” Pacheco explained.

The report says he then asked if she would like to meet him some time, “should we rent a room?”

That’s when the woman reported the text messages to police.

The officers, using her phone, continued the conversation.

“Messages he was sending to a person he thought was a 13-year-old female.”

Detectives got cell phone records. Through them, they identified Osterkamp, a level two sex offender, as their suspect. Then, posing as the 13 year old, police set up a meeting on the Northwest side.

Pacheco explained, “It was on May 6th that he’s intending to meet this 13 year old female victim, but he didn’t show up.”

When Osterkamp didn’t show up at the meeting place, officers made their way to his home in Picture Rocks and arrested him. According to the police report, they got a search warrant and found his cell phone under the cushions on the couch.

“It was very shocking. I had no idea he was living across there,” David Williams told KOLD.

Williams has a four-year-old son and a twelve-year-old daughter.

“My daughter riding her horses and things like that. And other girls walking around here. It’s a very scary situation,” Williams said.

A situation he hopes he doesn’t have to worry about with Osterkamp now in jail. “I want him there, I want him there forever. I mean somebody like that doesn’t belong on the streets at all.”

Williams says after this he’ll be checking who’s living next door.

“Now that I’m aware of it, i’ll be doing a lot more research on that and talking to local sheriff’s departments to find out where they are and how many more are around,” Williams said.

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

Matthew Cargill – Repeat Sex Offender – MySpace Predator

One of Hawaii’s first Internet sex cases ended Monday with a one-year prison sentence.

That will mean early freedom for a dangerous sexual predator, prosecutors said.

It was among the first cases where the suspect met the victim on MySpace.com.

With more than three years in court, the case showed how difficult it can be to get a tough sentence when the victim pretended to be someone older online, KITV reported.

Matthew Cargill, 32, claimed he was 18 on the Internet. He met up with a 15-year-old claiming she was 16.

“I don’t think anybody should be able to go through what I went through,” the victim said in court.

In the three years since his arrest, Cargill went through sex offender and substance abuse treatment. His victim sought treatment for her mental suffering.

“How could you have done something so terrible to my daughter?” the victim’s mother asked Cargill in court. “He’s been able to continue on his life, while her life is still living in a prison on her own.”

“There’s no way I can give you guys back what was taken,” Cargill said.

The prosecutor said Cargill had a disturbing history, including indecent exposure and stealing underwear.

“The defendant is a sexual predator. He is a danger to the children of this community and he is a time bomb waiting to happen,” Deputy Prosecutor Thalia Murphy said.

Cargill’s lawyer said in this case he was enticed and fooled by the victims MySpace persona.

“We want to fight about this in court. This is going to be embarrassing to her family. I want to avoid this,” defense attorney Myles Breiner said.

Judge Karen Ahn gave Cargill the minimum sentence under the plea agreement, one year in jail with five years probation.

“You are forewarned that you will be very closely monitored,” Ahn said.

In the three years since Cargill became involved in one of Hawaii’s first Internet sex cases, the law has been toughened considerably. If convicted of the same conduct now, Cargill would have automatically received 10 years in prison.

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

Travis Rashad Shepperson – Repeat Sex Offender

A sex offender who was on parole from a previous offense has been sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years for raping a saleswoman in a Prince George’s County cell phone shop.

Twenty-one-year-old Travis Rashad Shepperson, of Hyattsville, had been convicted of sexual assault, robbery and gun charges for the May 5, 2008, attack in a Landover T-Mobile shop.

He was arrested after police traced a stolen cell phone to a parole office where Shepperson was sitting and chatting away.

In a news release, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey called it “a devastating case” and said he hoped that Shepperson would spend the rest of his life behind bars because “he deserves it.”

Jurors convicted Shepperson in March after prosecutor Anika Harvey told them that Shepperson had gone into the cell phone shop brandishing a silver revolver. When the clerk told him there was no money, he took her cell phone and about $100 in cash from her. He then marched her to the back of the store, where he raped her at gunpoint.

While the assault was occurring, a prospective customer came into the shop. Shepperson pretended that he worked there and called out to the customer. This gave the victim the opening she needed: She darted into the shop’s bathroom and bolted herself in.

Shepperson ordered her out and threatened to take her car, but the woman stayed in the bathroom. Eventually, Shepperson left.

Police asked T-Mobile to trace the victim’s cell phone and found the signal originating from a Prince George’s parole and probation office in Hyattsville. Police saw Shepperson in the lobby.

Court records show that Shepperson has at least one conviction for a prior sexual assault.

Initially, Shepperson denied any involvement in the attack. He claimed to have bought the phone from a friend for $20. Eventually, he admitted that he had robbed the store. He claimed that he had been threatened — that his family would have been killed — forcing him to rob the shop.

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

Published in: on May 12, 2009 at 3:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Charles S. "Chuck" Miller – Repeat Sex Offender

Miller was “in a position of trust as a youth minister” when he was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in Wayne County in October 2001

That conviction resulted in a one-year jail term with all but 20 days suspended.

A former youth pastor — who is also a convicted sex offender — from Delaware County has struck a deal with federal prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to a child pornography charge.

Charles S. “Chuck” Miller, 49, of rural Gaston, was arrested last September when federal agents raided his Harrison Township home. In court documents, a U.S. postal inspector wrote that Miller “admitted to being a member of an Internet-based bulletin board dedicated to the advertisement and distribution of child pornography.”

Miller — who remains in federal custody — has signed a plea agreement admitting that he knowingly received photographs of “an actual minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct” via the Internet.

The deal, which has been taken under advisement by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawrence, calls for a 15-year prison term.

After his release from custody, Miller would be on probation for the rest of his life, be forbidden from possessing “pornography, erotica or nude images,” and be required to register as a convicted sex offender in the communities in which he lives and works.

Miller was “in a position of trust as a youth minister” when he was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in Wayne County in October 2001, according to court documents that list the defendant as then living in Muncie.

That conviction resulted in a one-year jail term with all but 20 days suspended.

Miller in April 2008 was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, a misdemeanor count still pending in Muncie City Court.

In that case, he is accused of beating a teenager in his home because the boy failed to follow instructions in recharging a car battery.

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