Dennis Lee Garthus – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Porn Distributor

Authorities today filed child pornography charges against a Joliet man who allegedly distributed sexually explicit images of children on the Web and went by the screen name “Pantielover.”

Dennis Lee Garthus, 44, of the 2600 block of East Cass Avenue, was picked up at his home and ordered held without bail, accused of distributing child pornography in interstate commerce, according to a press release from the FBI’s Chicago office.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Garthus today, he was targeted by the FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force as an alleged distributor of child pornography in February 2009. That was when an FBI agent accessed a folder on a file-sharing network that contained pornographic images of children. That folder belonged to a user named “Pantielover.”

Further investigation revealed more than 2,000 files on Pantielover’s shared-file list, mostly child pornography, the complaint said.

The investigation traced the folder to Garthus, who lives in Joliet. When police searched his home this morning, they found a computer that was logged on to the same file-sharing network with the Pantielover user name, the complaint said. They also discovered a pornographic image agents had previously found on the file-sharing network.

The complaint also stated that Garthus told investigators he distributed images via e-mail or via the file-sharing network. He also allegedly admitted his log-on name was Pantielover.

If convicted, Garthus faces five to 20 years in prison.

Garthus is a registered sex offender in Illinois, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Information Web site; he had earlier been convicted in Will County of child pornography charges and of criminal sexual assault of a 14-year-old in 1998.

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

Paul V. Burdulis – Repeat Sex Offender

A convicted sex offender accused of sending naked photographs of himself to a 13-year-old boy was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail yesterday.

Paul V. Burdulis, 39, whose address is listed in court records as both 285 Plantation St. and 62 Westminster St., was arrested by Auburn police after an investigation that began when the boy’s father provided detectives with a slip of paper Mr. Burdulis allegedly gave to the boy at a local golf range, according to Assistant District Attorney Mark W. Murphy.

The prosecutor said the piece of paper had Mr. Burdulis’ e-mail address and telephone number written on it and that Mr. Burdulis asked the boy to contact him.

Detectives began communicating via e-mail with Mr. Burdulis, who, believing he was corresponding with the 13-year-old, sent photographs of himself naked in the bathtub and invited the boy to his house to view “naughty pictures,” according to Mr. Murphy.

Mr. Burdulis was arraigned yesterday afternoon in Central District Court on charges of enticing a child under 16 and dissemination of matter harmful to minors stemming from the Auburn investigation. He was also charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Worcester.

Mr. Murphy said Mr. Burdulis was convicted of child pornography charges while in the military.

Judge Paul L. McGill set a total of $15,000 cash bail and continued Mr. Burdulis’ case to June 9.

In January, possession of child pornography charges against Mr. Burdulis were dismissed at the prosecution’s request in Worcester Superior Court after a judge ruled that an April 12, 2008, police search of Mr. Burdulis’ Burncoat Street home was unlawful.

Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder’s ruling suppressing evidence left prosecutors without a case against Mr. Burdulis, Assistant District Attorney Joseph J. Reilly III said in moving for dismissal of the charges.

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

Eric Beale – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist

A registered sex offender is now being charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl in Hagerstown.

Police say Eric Beale met the victim while she was a runaway.

The teen told police that Beale had offered to give her a ride and that she later went to a local motel with him.

That is where she says the alleged assault happened.

Beale was charged Tuesday with the crime but is already serving time for a parole violation.

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

Warren D. Suggs – Repeat Sex Offender – WANTED

A Madison man faces a possible life prison sentence after he was charged Monday with the sexual assaults of two girls between 2003 and 2009.

Warren D. Suggs, 36, was charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child for allegedly fondling an 8-year-old girl last year at her home. He was also charged in a separate case with repeated sexual assault of a child for incidents in which he fondled a 13-year-old girl over a six-year period that ended in March.

The older girl told police that Suggs had even offered her money to allow him to keep touching her, according to a criminal complaint.

Suggs was convicted of child enticement in 1997 and is a registered sex offender. Under Wisconsin’s two-strikes law for sex offenders who target children, he faces life imprisonment if convicted in either case.

Suggs is not in custody and is being sought on warrants.

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

Anthony Hill – Repeat Sex Offender – Sexting Predator

A Cambria County man already listed as a sexual predator on the Megan’s Law National Registry is facing new sex-related charges.

Johnstown police said 28-year-old Anthony Hill was arrested over the weekend on charges he sent sexual text messages and inappropriate photos to a 15-year-old girl.

Police said Hill also asked the girl to sent pictures of herself wearing a thong to him. Hill was arraigned Monday night with bail set at $20,000.

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