Willie B. Allmon – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged for Rape and Murder of 8 month old grandson

A Widefield man raped his 8-month-old grandson before beating him so severely that the boy died of his injuries, El Paso County sheriff’s investigators alleged in court documents.

Willie B. Allmon, a 51-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Isiah Wilson.

Allmon is being held without bail in the El Paso County jail. His first court appearance is Wednesday.

El Paso County sheriff’s deputies went to Allmon’s home at 46 N. Albion St. on Monday after a caller summoned an ambulance to check on an unresponsive infant having difficulty breathing.

Doctors at Memorial Hospital determined the child had suffered severe head injuries – apparently the result of abuse – and had been raped, investigators said in an arrest affidavit obtained Friday.

The child was placed on life support and died Tuesday. An autopsy determined the cause of his death was a blow to the head in what the coroner’s office called a homicide, the fourth in unincorporated El Paso County this year.

In 1998, Allmon was arrested on suspicion of aggravated incest and sexual assault. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex offense. No other details were available, but according to the sex offender registry, he fondled a child.

The same year, Allmon’s then-wife Monique Allmon petitioned the courts for protection from him, claiming that he choked and threatened her and held her against her will. She said their final break came in April of 1998 when he warned her he had a gun close by and would use it on anyone who got in his way.

She wrote in court documents that he told her, “As long as my name is Allmon, I belong to him.”

A female relative was granted a permanent restraining order against Allmon in 2002 after accusing him of sexually abusing her.

While being questioned about Isiah’s injuries, Allmon gave deputies two different accounts, an arrest affidavit shows.

He initially claimed he left Isiah on his bed when he went to use the bathroom. He heard a thud. On the floor was Isiah, with a dirty diaper. Allmon claimed he passed out as he knelt down to change the diaper.

He claimed he awoke on top of the infant. Isiah was gurgling, and his eyes rolled back in his head.

Later, Allmon changed his story.

He told deputies he accidentally banged Isiah’s head on the kitchen counter and dropped the child while attempting CPR. He denied raping his grandchild.

Allmon initially was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony child abuse and was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Allmon was arrested again Thursday night after the child died and an arrest warrant accusing him of first-degree murder was issued.

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

Burl Richardson – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty of Repeat Perversions

A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty in Douglas County, Colo., to sex crimes involving someone he thought was a child.

Burl Richardson had pleaded guilty last month to felony charges of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual assault on a child.

He was sentenced this week.

An investigation by an Internet Crimes Against Children task force led to Richardson’s arrest in July 2008 in Shamokin, Pa. Authorities say he had made contact online with an undercover Parker police detective who was posing as a 13-year-old child.

Richardson was wanted on a nationwide warrant for failing to register as a sex offender in an unrelated case at the time of his arrest.

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

Antonio Smith – Repeat Sex Offender – 3 strikes

The District Attorney’s Office said Antonio Smith, of Dos Palos, entered no-contest pleas to two counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14.

Smith, 41, also admitted to Merced County Superior Court Judge Carol Ash that he had a prior “strike” conviction stemming from similar conduct in 1990. Both of the new convictions are also strikes under the “Three Strikes” law, authorities said.

After the plea, Ash sentenced Smith to 16 years in state prison.

The convictions stem from an investigation by the Dos Palos Police Department, which learned of the molestations when officers found a 16-year-old girl intoxicated at the defendant’s residence.

Following a tip during that investigation, police learned that Smith had been having sexual contact with other underage girls with the victim in the current case age 12.

When the victim was interviewed, she detailed the sexual abuse she suffered at the hand of the defendant, authorities said.

Deputy District Attorney Robert Carroll, who prosecuted the case, said the defendant’s victims have been severely traumatized by Smith’s crimes.

“I want to thank the victims for their courage throughout this ordeal. These crimes involve children and make the reporting and prosecution traumatic,” he said.

Carroll also praised the Dos Palos Police Department for its investigation.

He also noted that the plea agreement was made in part to protect “these fragile victims from further suffering.”

Because the offenses Smith was convicted of are violent felonies, he’ll be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Smith will also be subject to an evaluation by prison officials to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.

If he is found to be, he faces a potential lifetime civil commitment in a state hospital, officials said.

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

Kenneth Eugene Jackson – Repeat Sex Offender – Awarded 130 years in prison

An animal who deserves to be buried under the jailhouse.

That’s what a victim’s aunt called convicted child molester Kenneth Eugene Jackson on Wednesday, before a judge sentenced him to 130 years to life in prison.

In March, a Merced County jury convicted the 47-year-old Jackson of eight counts of child molestation and sexual assault, for molesting his two stepdaughters between 2002 and 2007.

In a particularly cruel twist to the crimes, Jackson impregnated the older victim, who delivered the baby when she was only 13 years old. The abuse started when the girls were 9 and 7 years old.

Dressed in a mustard-colored jailhouse uniform, Jackson avoided eye contact with family members of the victims, who were in court for Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.

During the emotional hearing, the victims’ aunt pleaded with Judge Carol Ash to “throw the book” at Jackson, saying both girls have been through an unimaginably traumatic ordeal. The aunt said the older girl required a C-section operation to deliver her baby — and couldn’t walk across the stage for her eighth-grade graduation because she was in the hospital.

“She has that scar for the rest of her life,” she said. “Mentally and physically, (the victims) are torn up. I don’t think they will every get over it.”

The victims’ mother held back tears while speaking to Ash, saying that she cries about it “every other” day. “He took a whole lot from me and my children,” she added.

The pleas of the women didn’t fall on deaf ears. Ash issued a sentence of 130 years to life — which means Jackson will be dead by the time he’s eligible for parole. Ash called the crime “horrific,” particularly because it resulted in a pregnancy.

Sean Howard, Jackson’s attorney, had no comment after the sentencing hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Monique Neese said she’s pleased that Jackson will never be able to hurt another child again. “I think it’s a great day for justice,” Neese said. “There’s nothing that can give back what he took from them.”

Jackson had previously been convicted twice in 2002 of sexual misconduct charges in Jefferson County, Ala.

During the trial in Merced County Superior Court, a criminologist testified that DNA evidence proved that Jackson, compared to any other random human being, is 4.6 billion times more likely to be the father of the older victim’s daughter.

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

Robert Heydorn – Confesses to molesting 6 little girls

When Robert Heydorn arrived at the Surprise Police Department last week, he said he didn’t think he’d be leaving without handcuffs, police say.

For the second time, police were investigating the 65-year-old Surprise resident, and, once again, they suspected that he had molested young girls.

Asked in 2008 whether he had molested a 7-year-old, Heydorn denied it, police say.

Last Thursday, after becoming aware of a second investigation involving new allegations, Heydorn came to the police station. Before a detective could ask Heydorn a question, he made a confession, police say.

Heydorn, who had just returned home from a camping trip near the Verde River, said that he wanted to get some help, and “if he didn’t get any help, he would continue to hurt young girls,” according to a statement of probable cause filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

He said after he was caught

Then, police say, Heydorn said he had molested at least six girls, including an 8-year-old who also had been camping.

Heydorn was soon booked into Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of six counts of molestation of a child and two counts of sexual abuse. He is being held without bond.

The case against Heydorn was more than a year in the making, said Sgt. Mark Ortega, a Surprise police spokesman.

In April 2008, the parents of a 7-year-old Surprise girl called police to say their daughter had been inappropriately touched by a friend’s grandfather.

Detective Phillip Hodgkins was assigned the case and interviewed Heydorn, who denied the girl’s account, police say.

The 7-year-old later recanted her story, police say. Despite a lack of physical evidence or a cooperative victim, Hodgkins submitted the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in May 2008, recommending that Heydorn be charged with molestation.

The County Attorney’s Office directed Hodgkins to get more information from two child witnesses, Ortega said.

Though he was unable to get additional facts from the two, Hodgkins never forgot the case.

Then, early last month, an 11-year-old girl told investigators that Heydorn had touched her in a way that made her uncomfortable, Ortega said.

After interviewing the 11-year-old, Hodgkins went to the place the girl said she had been molested. A 9-year-old approached him outside the home, police say. Heydorn had touched her inappropriately, she told the detective.

Hodgkins asked if there were others.

The girl, police say, led the sex-crimes detective to other victims, ages 9 and 11.

After gathering evidence, Hodgkins tried to contact Heydorn, without success, Ortega said.

Heydorn showed up at the police station on May 14. That day, according to the statement, he admitted to all the allegations, including the 2008 molestation of the 7-year-old girl.

When questioned again about her interactions with Heydorn, the 7-year-old said he had molested her, police say.

Hodgkins and others are continuing to investigate Heydorn’s interactions with other children in Surprise.

Investigators say they believe Heydorn may have had contact with other children.

“If anybody has any information or their children are saying they had any contact with this individual, we are urging that they be in contact with our department,” Ortega said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surprise police at 623-222-4000.

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

Benjamin Burnett – Plead Guilty to Child Porn

Federal prosecutors say Benjamin Burnett, 31, of Grand View, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to possession of sexually explicit images of minors.

The investigation began when agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce developed suspicion that activity involving sexually explicit images of minors had taken place using a Yahoo! e-mail account assigned to Burnett.

Burnett’s personal information and credit card had been used to make payments for memberships to commercial Web sites known to be selling child pornography.

Burnett’s home was searched on Oct. 28, 2008, and authorities recovered computer media containing sexually explicit images and videos depicting prepubescent minors in various sexual acts.

Investigators were able to identify 15 minor victims of abuse depicted in 69 of the images. The photos were produced in France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Sweden, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, and Washington state.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 6, 2009, in Boise.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with no possibility of parole, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release for at least five years, up to life.

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

Terrence Preston – Repeat Sex Offender – Refuses his medication

Labeled a danger, Terrance T. Preston registered as a sex offender in Manchester in May, but was not on the state registry. He was convicted of raping a 16-year-old at knifepoint 29 years ago; the sentencing judge had warned that he was likely to be dangerous in the future.

A prosecutor and defense attorneys yesterday agreed that Terrence Preston, 49, a convicted sex offender who is accused of molesting two city children last summer, is not competent to stand trial at this time.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson took under advisement a request to have Preston sent to the state psychiatric hospital, where efforts will be made to restore his competency.

Preston was arrested last July 2 after a brief crime spree that allegedly began with his trying to enter the women’s shower room at the Greater Manchester YMCA.

He was then spotted in a woman’s car parked outside the YMCA in which he had allegedly strewn her underwear on the dash and stolen money, getting out of the vehicle only after the owner said she was calling police.

Preston then allegedly entered a fenced Lake Avenue yard, groping 4- and 6-year-old girls and trying to persuade a 13-year-old to leave with him, before being chased away by older youngsters.

Preston was indicted on multiple charges last August, but has yet to be tried. Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Nicole Fortune said a judge last December set a 12-month deadline for restoring Preston to competency and she believes it is still possible.

Fortune said Preston was committed to the state hospital in February and after five days on medication, he was released to the Valley Street Jail. But three days after his arrival, he refused to take his medication and his mental condition deteriorated.

Fortune outlined for the judge what the state’s psychiatrist would testify to in a trial, that Preston remains incompetent and dangerous but capable of being restored on medication.

Preston was released from state facilities — the prison and state hospital — a year ago after serving time for the knife-point rape of a 16-year-old and the assault of a prison guard and after undergoing treatment for his psychological issues, which had prompted a psychiatrist at his 1979 trial to say he was liable to re-offend.

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

Steven Gerstenfeld – Ex- Tennis Coach – Now Typical Sick Twist

A U.S. District judge has sentenced former University of Richmond men’s tennis coach Steven Gerstenfeld to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography.

The sentence handed down Wednesday by Judge Henry E. Hudson was the mandatory minimum. Gerstenfeld, 48, faced a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for having several hundred images on his computer, court documents show.

“I think Mr. Gerstenfeld is resolute,” said Debra Corcoran, his attorney. “We reached a favorable agreement. He’s ready to accept the punishment. He lost his wife. He lost the lost the possibility of adopting a child. He lost his career. He lost everything.”

Gerstenfeld and his wife were in the process of adopting a child from China when he was charged, halting the effort and prompting his wife to leave him.

About 30 family and friends gathered in court on Wednesday to show support, and he spent about an hour with them before self-reporting to a U.S. Marshal, Corcoran said. He will serve his sentence at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, a low-security federal prison.

Corcoran said that sentencing guidelines for child pornography crimes were not “based in reality,” particularly because people such as Gerstenfeld are considered “non-contact defenders,” meaning he didn’t willfully download the images to his computer, but were recorded and stored by his Internet browser.

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

“He was not aware of what was on his Internet browser, and he didn’t try to delete anything,” Corcoran said. “This is truly a tragic case. I think he is being very dignified, and I think he is handling it very well.”

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

In court papers, Corcoran said Gerstenfeld does not have a sexual interest in children, but is addicted to pornography. He has since sought treatment and will continue to receive it while in prison.

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

“A long prison sentence can not make him feel more shameful or guilty than a shorter term,” Corcoran argued in court documents. “More prison time is not necessary to deter him from committing the act he is charged with again.”

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Richmond, said prosecuting attorneys would not comment beyond what was written in court filings.

A federal grand jury indicted Gerstenfeld on Sept. 16 on one count of knowingly receiving child pornography. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 25 on a charge of attempted receipt of child pornography as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

An April 2006 operation from federal investigators of Immigration and Customs Enforcement determined a single organization was operating multiple child pornography Web sites. Users would pay for access to child pornography images, typically using PayPal, after which a username and password were sent, authorities said. Gerstenfeld provided his university e-mail address for the accounts.

On Oct. 23, 2007, federal authorities and officers from the University of Richmond Police Department confiscated Gerstenfeld’s computer, resulting in the charges and his resignation as men’s tennis coach. Athletics officials announced his replacement, Billy Boykin, on July 31.

Gerstenfeld came to Richmond in 1990 and earned a 230-174 record before his resignation. His teams won four Atlantic 10 Championships, three Colonial Athletic Association titles and played in the NCAA Tournament four times. In 2002, 2004 and 2006, he was honored as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

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

Michael T. Cowley – Charged with Child Porn – Posing on Facebook

A 38-year-old Shawnee man has been indicted on child pornography charges after allegedly posing as a 19-year-old woman on Facebook.

Michael T. Cowley was charged by U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch with producing, receiving and possessing child pornography and using a computer and the Internet to persuade a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

The indictment accuses Cowley of persuading minors, including a 13-year-old boy, to send photos of themselves engaging in sexual activity. The crimes allegedly occurred between October and Feb. 23 in Johnson County.

If convicted, Cowley faces 15 to 30 years in prison and a fine as high as $250,000 on the charge of producing child pornography.

Jeffrey Wilson – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged for Child Porn

A Yakima man previously convicted of child molestation was arraigned Friday on child pornography charges.

After the arraignment, Jeffrey Wilson, 34, returned to jail, where he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Wilson faces one count of possession of child pornography because Yakima police found pictures of underage girls on a computer in his home.

“I located hundreds of pictures of females that I believe are under the age of 18,” Yakima Police Officer Doug Robinson wrote in his report on the case. “I also counted 36 pictures of nude females that I believe are under the age of 16.”

Possession of child pornography is a Class B felony, meaning the maximum sentence upon conviction is 10 years, according to Yakima County Deputy Prosecutor Patti Powers. The actual sentence if Wilson is convicted will depend in part on his prior offenses, she said.

Wilson has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for domestic violence, hit and run and drug possession. He also was convicted in 1994 for first-degree child molestation, a charge stemming from 1990 when Wilson was 15 and had sexual contact with a girl under 12 years old, according to court documents.

The child pornography charge arose from an investigation into stolen vehicle parts. Yakima police believed Wilson was in possession of such parts and served a search warrant earlier this month on his West I Street residence, Capt. Greg Copeland said.

“We took the computer hard drives and the computers that were there, gave them to Robinson to check for any evidence of ongoing auto theft,” Copeland said. “When Robinson got in there he found child porn.”

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