Christopher Welch – Repeat Sex Offender – Library Offender

Cohen rescinded the plea bargain after learning about Welch’s rap sheet, which includes 22 prior convictions for misdemeanors, including forcible touching, sex abuse and seven counts of public lewdness. That kind of criminal record, coupled with a county Probation Department report citing Welch’s anger issues, deserved a prison sentence and not another local jail stint, the judge said.


A Level 3 sex offender was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in state prison today for groping a Mount Vernon Public Library employee last year.

Christopher Welch, a 31-year-old New Rochelle resident, had pleaded guilty in March to persistent sexual abuse, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Welch was accused of approaching a 36-year-old woman inside the South Second Avenue library the afternoon of Oct. 16, pressing himself on her and grabbing her breasts.

As the woman tried to compose herself, Welch kept harassing her, and when another woman stepped in to help, he threatened her with a cigarette lighter.

Welch was kicked out and, while outside, approached the library worker, reached around her body and grabbed her buttocks. He fled, but police got a description and arrested him nearby.

Welch entered a guilty plea that pertained only to the second woman. He also was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision after he gets out of prison.

He previously pleaded guilty to accosting both the library employee and the other woman at the library but was allowed to withdraw his guilty pleas when Westchester County Judge Jeffrey A. Cohen broke his agreement to send him to jail for a year on each count.

Cohen rescinded the plea bargain after learning about Welch’s rap sheet, which includes 22 prior convictions for misdemeanors, including forcible touching, sex abuse and seven counts of public lewdness. That kind of criminal record, coupled with a county Probation Department report citing Welch’s anger issues, deserved a prison sentence and not another local jail stint, the judge said.

Welch was designated a Level 3 sex offender – the most serious level, considered the most likely to re-offend – following his June 2007 conviction for forcibly touching a 68-year-old woman in Mount Vernon. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

He also has a March 2006 conviction for first-degree sex abuse involving a woman in Manhattan. The two prior misdemeanor convictions allowed prosecutors to raise the new charges to felonies.

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

Church: Back then we thought Pedophiles could be cured

The pastor at St. James Cathedral resumed the witness stand Thursday in the trial against the Seattle Archdiocese, acknowledging that years ago, the archdiocese put known child molesters back in parishes, following the advice of counselors who treated the abusive priests.

Back then, the Very Rev. Michael G. Ryan testified, church leaders believed child sexual abuse was treatable, if not curable.

“Given what’s known about it now, putting the offending priests back in parishes was the wrong thing to do, he said. “We should be sorry, and we are sorry.”

His testimony came during the trial of a lawsuit filed by two men who said the Seattle Archdiocese didn’t do enough to protect them from Patrick O’Donnell, a former Spokane Diocese priest who served at St. Paul Church in Rainier Beach from 1976-1978.

Then-bishop Bernard Topel of Spokane had sent O’Donnell to Seattle for sexual-deviancy treatment. O’Donnell, who testified earlier this week, has admitted molesting both men when they were children attending St. Paul’s.

Years before the trial, the archdiocese had acknowledged that it allowed child molesters to serve in parishes after professionals said it was OK to do so.

Its policy now is different, calling for it to notify law-enforcement and place an accused priest on administrative leave as soon as an allegation comes in. The policy bars from ministry any priest found to have been credibly accused of even one incident of child sexual abuse.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Pfau asked Ryan if it would have been reasonable back then to warn parishioners about abusive priests.

Ryan said from the standpoint of today, yes. And back then, not telling parishioners was not done for “any sinister reason,” he said.

But Ryan said that during his time on an archdiocesan board dealing with priest personnel issues, no concerns about O’Donnell came before the board, and he had never read documents about O’Donnell in the archdiocese’s “secret archives,” which contain sensitive information about priests.

The Rev. Thomas Doyle, an expert on Catholic Church law, also testified, saying that under church law, Topel should have investigated allegations that came to him about O’Donnell, and that Topel would have been obligated to tell then-Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen about O’Donnell’s history.

Hunthausen, now retired, is expected to take the stand Monday.

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

Joshua David Threlkeld- MySpace Predator – May have more than 100 victims


Authorities believe there may be dozens of victims of a MySpace scam that targeted teenage girls thoughout California, Canada and the United Kingdom.

32 year old Joshua David Threlkeld is accused of posing as a 14-year-old girl to get teens to model for photos, then having sex with them.

At least 40 victims have been identified in Orange, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Investigators believe there could be up to 100 more.

Threlkeld was arrested Friday, following an investigation that began in February with a report from two teenage girls who said they were contacted by a man who posed as a 14 year old girl using the name Sarah Miller on MySpace, according to sheriff’s Sgt. David Gutierrez

The girls were asked if they wanted to pose for photos with a man named “Josh” who ran a modeling agency called “Model-508 Studio,” according to sheriff’s officials. The two girls were picked up in Moreno Valley and driven to Orange County where the man photographed them. One of the girls was asked to pose during a second photo shoot in Palm Springs. Officials say that’s when the man had sex with the girl.

“When she became despondent because she wouldn’t be paid for modeling, Threlkeld offered her money for sex,” sheriff’s Detective Matthew Weinstein wrote in the declaration in support of an arrest warrant.

“Desperate to get money because her mother was on welfare and … behind on rent,” the girl agreed and got into a shower with the defendant, where she gave him oral sex and allowed him to do the same, as well as another sex act, the detective alleged.

The girl was allegedly paid $120 and taken home, Weinstein said.

Authorities were alerted after a friend of one of the girls learned about the alleged incidents and told her own mother, who contacted that girl’s mother, according to court documents.

Investigators were able to track down a man who fit the description of “Josh” using MySpace. His neck tattoos made him easy to track down, according to Guitierrez.

Police searched Threlkeld’s Orange County home and seized computers, cell phones, and cameras.

Investigators with the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team checked the suspect’s MySpace site, `Model-508 Studios,” and determined it was an online solicitation site for nude modeling work, and was apparently geared toward girls between 13 and 17 years of age, authorities said.

According to Weinstein, Threlkeld was successful in getting many girls to send him graphic, revealing poses of themselves.

Weinstein’s declaration states that Threlkeld, in an interview with detectives, admitted to being “sick” and taking nude photos of girls and sending those photos to them in order to entice them into taking more sexually explicit photos for him.

Threlkeld said he need help for his “addiction,” Weinstein wrote.

“He claimed the original two victims were `jealous’ and he did not know what they would say about him,” Weinstein wrote.

Threlkeld is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of kidnapping to commit rape; aggravated sexual assault of a minor by force; penetration by force, violence, duress, menace or fear; communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a specified offense; and arranging a meeting with a minor.

More charges in connection with additional alleged victims, plus child pornography charges, may be forthcoming, authorities indicated.

Judge condemns police for leniency with Repeat Sex Offender

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

Craig Mason, 21, was given a sexual offences prevention order in December 2004 for having sex with underage girls.

But after breaching the order he was only given a caution by police and was allowed to remain free.

Sex offender Mason went on to breach the order a further three times between April 2005 and March 2007 and commit four sexual acts against children.

Judge Charles Wide, sitting at Northampton Crown Court [last week – 1/5/09], criticised police for letting Mason off with a caution.

He said: “I’m very concerned that someone was cautioned in these circumstances and at the same time he was committing these serious offences.”

Mason admitted four charges of sexual acts against children, including two of intercourse, as well as three other breaches of the prevention order.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of a sexual act with a child under 16 and admitted two more charges of a sexual act with a child.

He denied two charges of sexual touching.

He breached his sexual offences prevention order on three occasions between April 30 2005 and March 01 2007, between October 28 2005 and July 1 2006, and between January 31 2006 and April 1 2006.

The court heard that Mason, of Irthlingborough, Northants, had previous convictions for three indecent assaults and two of sexual intercourse with underage girls.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they would not comment on ongoing cases.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “If the police issued him with a caution for the initial breach that matter would have been considered dealt with.”

Mason was released on bail and the case adjourned for sentencing until May 28.

Michele Elliott, director of children’s charity Kidscape, said: “The reality is that you might as well spit into the wind when it comes to cautioning sex offenders.

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

Sandra Brown, founder of children’s campaign group The Moira Anderson Foundation, said: “It really underlines the need for monitoring arrangements to be absolutely clear cut.

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

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

Ralph James Walking Bull Jr. Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography-

A Reno Sparks Indian Colony man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of aggravated sexual abuse and production of child pornography.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 37-year-old Ralph James Walking Bull Jr. faces a minimum of 30 years in prison when sentenced in August.

Walking Bull was arrested in March.

Authorities say in February he coerced a 10-year-old girl into sexual acts so he could take photographs of her. He then sexually assaulted her but stopped when the child started to scream and cry.

Walking Bull, of Hungry Valley, has been jailed since his arrest.

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

Phillip M. Brumfield – Repeat Sex Offender

A Pleasant Hope man indicted last week on a federal charge of possessing child pornography is the same man who drew the ire of local parents last year for allegedly masturbating in front of children.

In May 2008, a group of parents flooded a Pleasant Hope Board of Aldermen meeting, demanding action against Phillip M. Brumfield, 58.

Among the allegations was that Brumfield showed his penis to a neighbor girl monthly for several years.

The girl, Amber Bell, allegedly told authorities that in March or April 2008, she was in her driveway when Brumfield again came out of his house, masturbating.

“She said that Brumfield told her to come over and that he had a big king-sized bed that they could have sex on and told her to bring her friends and he would show them how to ‘do it right,’ and that he would even videotape it for her,” said a probable cause statement used to charge Brumfield with felony enticement of a child last year.

That case is scheduled to go to trial in 2010.

In the meantime, Brumfield faces a federal charge.

In an indictment returned last week, a grand jury found probable cause that he was in possession of child pornography on May 28, 2008, a day after he was charged with child enticement.

The federal indictment alleges that Brumfield was in possession of child pornography on May 28, 2008. The indictment also contains a forfeiture provision, which would require Brumfield to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offense, including four computes, eight computer floppy disks, 45 CDs and a VHS camcorder.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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

Marcos Rivera – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty



A Connecticut sex offender arrested last year after he was featured on TV crime show has been convicted of sexually assaulting another child.

Marcos Rivera, 30, of Hartford, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. A judge is expected to sentence him on Aug. 17 to 12 1/2 years in prison followed by 12 1/2 years of probation.

Prosecutors say Rivera repeatedly sexually assaulted his girlfriend’s daughter over a two-year span beginning when she was 5. Authorities say the girl didn’t reveal the assaults until she was older, after Rivera finished a 5-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting another minor.

Police arrested Rivera in the Bronx in August 2008, moments after “America’s Most Wanted” showed his case.

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

Anthony R. C. Teifke – Teen Guilty of Possession Child Porn including Infants

Police found a duffel bag belonging to Teifke with 12 photos of adults engaging in sexual acts with children as young as 1 year old, the complaint states.

A former Fond du Lac resident will spend nine months in jail for possessing child pornography.

Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Dale English on Monday also sentenced Anthony R. C. Teifke, 17, currently of Williams Bay, to three years probation and ordered Teifke to register as a sex offender. Teifke will have work release privileges.

Teifke pleaded no contest to one count of possession of child pornography by a person under age 18. Eleven additional counts were dismissed and read into the court record.

Deputy District Attorney Charles Schneider on March 4 agreed to dismiss the other charges citing Teifke’s age and lack of criminal history. He said the penalty for one count was sufficient punishment.

Teifke’s mother told police she found her son looking at online pornography Nov. 20, 2008. She slapped her son after he swore at her, according to the criminal complaint.

Police found a duffel bag belonging to Teifke with 12 photos of adults engaging in sexual acts with children as young as 1 year old, the complaint states.

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Then Sex Offender Activists start to leave comments, displaying absolute ignorance to what this kid actually did and the reason they must be registered and monitored.

Police found a duffel bag belonging to Teifke with 12 photos of adults engaging in sexual acts with children as young as 1 year old, the complaint states.

Alpha542 wrote:

I’ve photoshopped pictures of my son when he was a little baby in the sink getting a bath… Of course my wife must now be a felon sex predator since she was the one that took the photos in the first place.

The laws on the books for this stuff are too far reaching and based on little common sense imho.

DelScorcho wrote:

You know what I think is really stupid… if I took a nude picture of myself when I was 16 and had it today, I could be arrested for possessing child porn.

Alpha542 wrote:

I’ve said before the sex crime laws applying to children on children are so insane in some cases that we are doing far more harm than good.

And when you ask to have an honest discussion about sex crime laws in this hypersensitive climate you are all but labeled a pedophile yourself.
It is disgraceful what we do to some kids in the criminal justice system for screwing around.

Children on children? 17 years old 1 year old

Inability to recognize the seriousness of sexual crimes against children proves the absolute necessity of keeping them under restrictions.

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

WANTED – Gregg Baird on charges of Child Pornography


A local financial executive is on the run, wanted for child pornography.

Last week, police say they received a tip that 38-year-old Gregg Baird was in possession of child porn.

According to authorities, a search warrant of his home in the 2000 block of Ravenstone in College Station, turned up multiple images of children engaging in sexual acts.

Gregg Baird, is an active community member. He participates in local functions and is the Vice President of Aggieland Credit Union. Now police need your help in tracking him down.

Monday morning, College Station Police obtained a warrant to arrest Baird, but when they showed up to take him jail he was already gone. Authorities say he left several notes behind indicating he might be leaving the area.

It was last week, that police say they received a tip about Baird being in possesion of the images, and obtained a search warrant.

Inside his home detectives say they found multiple pictures and images on his computer of children engaging in sexual acts.

Police say Baird was out of the country at the time of the search.

At this time detectives say they have not searched his work computer.

Authorities have charged Gregg Baird with seven counts of possession of child pornography.

Police are asking for your help in locating Baird.

He is 38-years-old, 5’9”, weighs 185 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He’s believed to be driving a silver 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, with Texas license plate JC7RB.

College Station Police believe Baird is no longer in the College Station area.

If you have any information the whereabouts of Gregg Baird, you’re asked to call College Station Police at 764-3600, or Crime Stoppers at 775-TIPS.

Lonnie Lee White – Repeat Sex Offender – On trial for murder

Convicted in 1992

Sexual Battery

Misty Dawn Wilmeth’s death during “kinky sex” was a tragic accident and doesn’t rate a reckless-homicide charge, a defense attorney argued Monday.

But the judge disagreed. Evidence against Lonnie Lee White may merit a tougher indictment, Roane County General Sessions Judge Jeff Wicks said.

Some of the facts troubled him, Wicks said as he sent the case to the grand jury after Monday’s preliminary hearing.

There were Wilmeth’s blackened eyes, he said, and testimony that White had dragged her nude body into his back yard after her death March 10.

The Rockwood woman would have been 29 years old the next day.

White, 46, a registered sex offender, is accused of killing the woman as they had what police say White described as “kinky sex.”

White told police he’d picked up Wilmeth earlier that evening and didn’t know her name, Russell testified.

“White told me she wanted rough sex, and he choked her, and she quit breathing,” Roane County Detective Greg Russell testified.

The act is called erotic asphyxiation and involves the intentional deprivation of oxygen to the brain for the purpose of sexual arousal.

Defense attorney Robert L. Vogel called Wilmeth a “risk-taker.” Vogel said: “This was a lady asking for kinky sex, and it went too far.”

According to Russell, White told him Wilmeth “got a blank stare on her face” as he choked her. “He (White) said he might have smacked her in the face to try to revive her.” “If you’re trying to wake someone up, you don’t black both eyes and put a knot on her head,” Russell testified.

Wilmeth’s body was found lying prostrate about 40 feet away from White’s home near a wooded area in his back yard.

Wicks did grant Vogel’s motion seeking a bond reduction; the judge dropped bail from $250,000 to $200,000. White remains in the Roane County Jail.

Wilmeth’s mother, Angela Anita Hagler of Rockwood, and her aunt, Delilah Crabtree of the Ozone community, cried quietly during Monday’s hearing.

“The police rang my doorbell on my daughter’s 29th birthday to tell me my only child had been murdered,” Hagler said.

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