Darren L. Corbett – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged with Rape – AGAIN


A convicted rapist already in jail on charges of kidnapping a woman at knife point and groping her has also been arrested on a charge he raped another woman in November.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies served Darren L. Corbett, 41, with sexual battery, kidnapping and robbery arrest warrants at the Manatee County jail Tuesday.

The victim said Corbett, who is known to her, came to her mother’s house Nov. 27 for a visit when he forced her into a car, raped her and stole money from her bank account. The victim said Corbett forced her to give him her ATM pin number.

Corbett has been in jail since January after deputies arrested him on charges he committed a similar crime, according to sheriff’s reports.

On Jan. 5, Corbett is accused of attacking a female acquaintance at knife point in her home. The victim said Corbett forced her get undressed, groped her and forced her into a car. He then took the victim to her bank and stole money from an ATM after demanding the victim’s pin number, sheriff’s reports said.

Corbett is already a registered sex offender after a conviction in 1997 for molesting a child under the age of 16, according to court records.

He was also convicted of sexual battery after a 1991 attack in which he pulled a female acquaintance behind a building and raped her. A judge gave him 9 years prison in the attack, according to court records.

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

Richard T. Balsavage – Repeat Sex Offender – Whining Pedophile Appeals "Long" Sentence and gets it increased instead

“You failed miserably at the very light sentence that was imposed originally”


A pedophile and drug abuser who unsuccessfully appealed a state prison sentence he felt was too lengthy saw his sentence increased sevenfold in Berks County Court today.

Richard T. Balsavage, 28, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Klines Corner Road, Longswamp Township, was sentenced by Judge Stephen B. Lieberman to 24½ to 49 years in state prison.

Balsavage pleaded guilty and initially was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher in 2005 to nine to 23 months in county prison followed by three years of probation for taking pornographic photographs of a 2-year-old Kutztown boy.

In 2007, Lieberman increased that sentence to 42 months to three years in state prison followed by 42 years of probation when Balsavage violated the terms of his probation by continuing to possess child pornography.

State Superior Court denied Balsavage’s appeal of that sentence.

In another round of appeals, Balsavage asked Lieberman to resentence him, saying the sentence was too long and that he was not given an opportunity to speak at his last hearing.

Lieberman said he granted the request after confirming that he did not ask Balsavage if he wanted to address the court.

Balsavage told Lieberman that he has taken full responsibility for his actions.

“I realize I could never obtain forgiveness or forgive myself,” he said. “I am a stronger and better person today. I am truly sorry for the wrong I committed in the past.”

Lieberman said Balsavage refused to cooperate with the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board when he was first sentenced in 2005, so Balsavage was not ruled to be a sexually violent predator.

However, later Balsavage admitted during his treatment that he had sexually abused at least 13 children, including 10 victims 5 or younger and one 1-year-old, Lieberman said.

Balsavage also admitted abusing alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine, Lieberman said.

“You failed miserably at the very light sentence that was imposed originally,” Lieberman said. “It is this court’s duty to offer the utmost protection for those least able to watch out for themselves. That would certain include infants and toddlers. A very lengthy resentencing is appropriate.”

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

Christopher Hoch – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Molesting, Child Porn Possessing Peeping Tom

Hoch committed the violation while serving on probation for another sex crime conviction.


A Montpelier man who committed a sex offense while on probation for stalking and child pornography will spend between 5 and 30 years behind bars.

Christopher Hoch, 46, was sentenced at a hearing in Vermont District Court in Barre on Tuesday, nearly four months after a jury convicted him of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

The sentence is a combination of a 2- to 15-year sentence for the lewd and lascivious conduct, along with a 3- to 15-year sentence that Hoch received for earlier convictions of stalking and child pornography.

Hoch was arrested for the stalking and child pornography in 2004 but eventually most of that sentence was suspended. His case highlighted Vermont’s lack of a Peeping Tom law, and the Legislature passed an anti-voyeurism bill in 2005 in response to the case.

Hoch committed the lewd and lascivious conduct while he was on probation and in sex offender counseling for those charges.

In the lewd and lascivious conduct case, Hoch was a trusted friend of the victim’s family and has known the victim her whole life. Hoch touched the girl, who was under 10 years old, under her pants but over her underwear and advised her not to tell anyone about it. Hoch’s lewd behavior came to light when the victim revealed the inappropriate touching to her mother in January 2008, and an investigation soon led to Hoch’s arrest.

At the hearing Tuesday, the victim’s mother addressed the court under oath as she sat at the prosecutors’ table. Hoch sat at the defendant’s table, and the two looked at each other from about 10 feet away as the mother told him how his conduct has affected her and her child.

“You damaged my most precious gift in my life,” she told Hoch.

“My daughter has been tormented and lives in a place that is not her normal self,” she added.

The girl’s mother said she believes her daughter will recover, but she’s not sure she herself will.

Hoch’s actions have shaken her beliefs and values, the mother said, and statements made by others in the courtroom indicate the mother has been left wondering if she could have done more to protect her child.

“She is understandably struggling with a concern and regret that this is her family and she failed to protect her family,” said Washington County State’s Attorney Tom Kelly, who prosecuted the case.

As she concluded her statement, the mother said she wanted Hoch to understand what he’d done, and said she hopes her words stay with him as he sits in prison.

“I hope they haunt you for a long time,” she said.

Hoch, who was supported at Tuesday’s hearing by seven people who sat directly behind him, also addressed the courtroom, and said he was sorry for what happened.

“I apologize and am sorry I let my friends and family down,” said Hoch, a college educated artist, who created artistic memorial stones before he was jailed.

Hoch’s voice broke as he told of his close friendship with the victim’s family, and he said it’s his hope that everyone involved can move on and heal.

Nine people, including friends and relatives, wrote letters supporting Hoch, though none of the people who attended the hearing wanted to comment outside the courtroom.

But the “man of great integrity” who is “entirely peace loving,” as one letter describes Hoch, has a darker side, Kelly argued.

“I think he was leading, in some respects, a double life,” said Kelly. “So I’m not sure that the people who wrote about him really know Mr. Hoch.”

Hoch was arrested for the stalking and child pornography after an off-duty police officer discovered him snapping photos of an undressed girl through her bedroom window in Montpelier. A search of Hoch’s computer revealed dozens of explicit photos, taken by Hoch, of unsuspecting area couples having sex and of women in various stages of undress. The computer also contained child pornography.

Kelly asked the judge to impose a five-year minimum sentence on the lewd and lascivious conduct charge, but Judge Christina Reiss opted to give Hoch the two-year minimum that is mandatory for the charge.

She said she didn’t think the lewd and lascivious conduct case warranted a longer minimum sentence and pointed out that the combined minimum will be five years.

After the hearing, Kelly was not overly disappointed that he didn’t get the 8-year minimum sentence he had requested.

“I think five years is a good long time,” he said.

Kelly was also pleased that Hoch received a 30-year maximum which means he’ll be under state supervision on a level higher than probation until he’s in his mid-70s.

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

………Sarah Tofte

William Ploof – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile with Multiple Victims Whines for Release

Facts:

*Convicted of molesting boys in 1993

*Convicted of molesting boys in 1996

*Convicted of molesting boys in 1997

*Couldn’t finish treatment due to sexually assaulting inmates

*Diagnosed and self-described Pedophile

*Claims 20-50 victims.

William Ploof’s claim that he sexually assaulted 20 to 50 people, many of them minors, is horrible and inexcusable but not enough to keep him locked up beyond his sentence under the state’s new sexual predator law, his defense attorneys said yesterday.

Ploof’s past, which includes a 10-year prison sentence for two sexual assaults on one male victim, does not predetermine his future, public defender Lisa Wolford told jurors yesterday.

“Bill Ploof is a changed man,” she said.

Ploof, 49, is the first person to stand trial under the new law, which allows the state to incarcerate sex offenders for treatment beyond their prison sentences if a jury believes they are likely to commit more acts of sexual violence. Before serving his recent sentence, Ploof was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assaults on two teenage boys in 1991 and 1996.

Ploof finished his prison sentence in June 2007 without completing the sex offender treatment program. He tried twice, quitting the first time and being dismissed the second for sexual misconduct on another inmate, according to prison records.

Those failures as well as Ploof’s criminal past and diagnoses as a pedophile make him a candidate for further incarceration and treatment under the new law, according to county prosecutors. If convicted, Ploof would spend at least five years behind bars and would face more time if he remained dangerous. He remains incarcerated pending the outcome of the trial.

Yesterday, Ploof sat with his attorneys, expressionless, as he listened to prosecutors recount his many crimes against children.

After opening statements, a Hillsborough County Superior Court jury of four men and 11 women, three of them alternates, mostly heard about Ploof’s past and his self-described sexual addiction.

When asked to describe himself during his second attempt at treatment in 2003, Ploof wrote, “I’m one hell of a lover and . . . I’m a sex addict,” said former prison counselor Ron Converse.

Ploof also told counselors he had no values and would re-offend if he thought he could get away with it, Converse said.

Ploof has also said he felt controlled by his sexual fantasies against children and others and didn’t feel bad about his behaviors.

And while Ploof estimated his minor and adult victims to number between 20 and 50, he could remember specific details for only about 18 of his minor victims, prosecutors said. Most of those victims were between 9 and 15 while Ploof was between 25 and 35. He’s never been charged for most of those crimes.

Two victims of those crimes include a 9-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl. Ploof told prison counselors he sexually assaulted them because he found them attractive and because they “were there,” according to prison records.

In addition to Converse, other witnesses included one of Ploof’s teenage victims who is now 29, a prison sergeant who disciplined Ploof for sexual misconduct in prison and another prison therapist who treated Ploof.

The 29-year old man, who met Ploof through a friend in 1996 when he was 16 and Ploof was about 36, said Ploof propositioned him for sex. The man said he declined but woke up the next morning to find Ploof touching him sexually. The man said he shoved Ploof away and said no when Ploof then asked if he would like oral sex.

Wolford and co-counsel Tony Sculimbrene disputed the significance of Ploof’s history and said even though he did not complete the sex offender treatment program, the nearly 10 months he attended taught him how to control his impulses.

Ploof accepts responsibility for his past crimes, and he has saved money for an apartment and found treatment programs in anticipation of his release from prison. His honesty during treatment in prison should not penalize him now, Wolford said.

She told jurors a defense expert will tell them Ploof does not remain a danger if released.

To keep Ploof in custody for additional treatment, the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office must convince jurors of three things: He’s been convicted of a sexually violent offense, he suffers from a mental abnormality that makes additional acts of sexual violence likely, and he doesn’t have a mental illness that would make him eligible for commitment to the state hospital.

Prosecutors have an additional challenge of educating jurors on the new law, under which proceedings can seem like a combination of a criminal trial and civil case. While there are no new charges involved, Ploof faces what amounts to additional time behind bars.

There’s no question Ploof meets the first qualification of the new law: He was convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault against an 11-year-old boy in 1993.

County prosecutor Ross McLeod told jurors yesterday the last matter isn’t in dispute either because state experts will testify that Ploof doesn’t suffer from a mental illness. What the case will focus on, McLeod said, is whether Ploof’s past diagnoses as a pedophile and his self-described sexual hunger and obsession make him an ongoing danger.

“When you consider all of this evidence, you will know that this self-proclaimed child molester who is unable to control himself is a serious danger to others and is a sexually violent predator,” McLeod told jurors.

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

Brad Rocklin Montgomery – Pleads Guilty to being a Scumbag

A Fallon man accused of sexual assault and unlawful use of a minor to produce pornography and lewdness with children pleaded guilty on Tuesday morning to 16 charges.

Brad Rocklin Montgomery, 54, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison when sentenced on July 28.

He pleaded guilty to 10 charges of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, five counts of unlawful use of a minor less than 14 years of age in producing pornography or as a subject of sex portrayal in performance and one charge of sexual assault on a child under the age of 14.

Of the 10 charges of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, Montgomery could be sentenced two to 10 years in prison on six of them and life in prison with a possibility of parole after 10 years on the other four charges.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Lane Mills mentioned the different sentence ranges were the result of when the crimes were committed. The sentence ranges in 1996-97 for this crime were changed by the Nevada Legislature.

On the charges of producing pornography or as a subject of sex portrayal in performance, Montgomery faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years on each count, and on the sexual assault on a child under the age of 14, he faces a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years.

Montgomery must also register as an ex-felon and sex offender for the rest of his life.

He told Judge Will Rogers he recently had undergone a psychoanalysis to determine how he ended up in this situation.

“I rationalized that my behavior was OK, and now I understand it was not,” Montgomery said when he was asked by Rogers for a factual basis to accept his guilty plea.

The sexual assault on a child under 14 charge was the result of Montgomery forcing a 13-year-old child to perform a sexual act on him. He told Rogers there was no violence involved, but the judge told him the age of the child is why the word forced was used in this charge.

He also pleaded guilty to sexual acts against children in producing a movie titled “Toy” where the acts were filmed.

Montgomery was arrested Jan. 8, 2008, near Deming, N.M., after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation. Authorities there discovered Churchill County had issued a warrant for his arrest in November.

He allegedly fled Churchill County when investigators started looking into possible criminal acts.

When Rogers asked if Montgomery wanted a bail amount set, he said he said planned to remain in custody.

Viewing Child Pornography is a crime

Pennsylvania’s highest court says merely viewing child pornography on the Internet is a crime and that prosecutors do not necessarily have to prove a defendant intentionally downloaded the material.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the 2005 Delaware County conviction of Anthony Diodoro on 30 counts of sexual abuse of children and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

Diodoro’s computer automatically saved child pornography images to the hard drive.

The court’s opinion says the law “should not and cannot be read to allow intentional and purposeful viewing of child pornography on the Internet without consequence.”

Mike Morrow – Perverted Pedophile gets 7 years

A Grand Junction man who had thousands of images of child pornography on his computer was sentenced Friday to seven years in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mike Morrow, 63, had pleaded guilty to one charge of possession of child pornography, while a charge of transportation of child pornography was dismissed.

According to an arrest affidavit, Morrow had 13,000 images of children engaged in sexual acts and told police he obtained the images over several years via computer from a man in the Netherlands.

Morrow was hired as a teacher’s aide at Grand Mesa Middle School but resigned three weeks later on the day he was arrested.

He also formerly worked as a sports department copy editor for The Daily Sentinel and, more recently, wrote sports columns for the Grand Junction Free Press.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.

Michael Claywell – Confessed to Molesting Multiple Children


A Valley man was arrested last week and booked on several charges, including child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor, Phoenix police said on Tuesday.

Michael Claywell, 42, was also charged with furnishing harmful material to a minor.

Officers said they learned that between March 1 and May 17, three of the victims and Claywell’s brother and sister-in-law lived together in a home in the 7400 block of West Superior Avenue.

Claywell is accused of molesting the three victims, ages 11, 13 and 14, living in the home and a 12-year-old neighborhood friend to one of the children.

Detectives said they were also able to determine that Claywell provided harmful materials to the children and that the children may have actually witnessed the molestations.

A search warrant was served on the home on Thursday and Claywell was interviewed by police detectives.

He gave police a full confession, investigators said.

Detectives are asking people who might have reason to be concerned about previous contacts with Claywell to call Phoenix police at 602-262-6151.

Joseph Coonrod – Repeat Sex Offender – Multiple Victims


A Washington C.H. man who less than a year ago was convicted of making sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl has been indicted again, this time for making sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl.

Joseph Coonrod, 34, was arraigned Tuesday in Fayette County Common Pleas Court on a charge of gross sexual imposition, a felony of the third degree. The alleged sexual conduct occurred from March 1, 2007 through June 23, 2007.

“The reason he wasn’t indicted earlier is because the victim just recently disclosed the information,” said Fayette County Assistant Prosecutor Kristina Rooker.

In July 2008, Coonrod was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition with the 9-year-old victim. The sentence was part of a plea agreement with the prosecution.

“If not for the agreement between the state and the defense, this is not a sentence the court would have given if the matter was tried by a jury of if there was a plea entered without an agreement,” Judge Steven Beathard said at the sentencing hearing on July 7, 2008. “Mr. Coonrod, I hope I don’t see you again and you better hope you don’t see me again.”

Yet Judge Beathard did see Coonrod again yesterday at his arraignment hearing, where the judge appointed a public defender as Coonrod’s attorney and set his bond at $25,000. Coonrod’s trial date is set for July 30.

Coonrod, dressed in inmate clothing, told Judge Beathard that he was released from prison in April. He didn’t serve a full year in prison because he was given credit for time he had already served in the Fayette County Jail before being sentenced.

Coonrod’s last sex offense was sometime between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, 2007 when he was staying with a friend in Fayette County. While his friend was asleep in a chair, Coonrod touched the friend’s daughter inappropriately. Following the incident, the girl told Fayette County Children Services.

According to Children Services, Coonrod “has been an alleged perpetrator with different victims but this is the first time he admitted to doing anything.” Children Services also reported that Coonrod is “limited mentally.”

In reaching an agreement with Coonrod, the prosecution considered Coonrod’s lack of criminal record, the facts and circumstances of the case and the possibility of a “not guilty by reason of insanity” plea by Coonrod.

The details of Coonrod’s newest indictment have not been released by authorities.

Coonrod, of 94 Jamison Road, Lot 6, is a Tier II sex offender, which means he must register with the county sheriff every 180 days for a period of 25 years. He must register any change of residential address, place of employment, or enrollment in a school or institution of higher education.

Coonrod is being held in the Fayette County Jail.

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

William J. Blanscet – Pastor and Internet Predator


Disturbing allegations leveled against a Salt Lake City Pastor.

According to investigators, 67-year-old William Blanscet used an internet chat room and a web cam for explicit sexual talk, and to expose himself to who he thought was a teenage girl.

Instead, the girl was an undercover officer with Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Investigators say his user name was “happyutahman”.

“What’s very disturbing, is he’s in a leadership position in his religion,” said Capt. Rhett McQuiston with the Task Force. “The conversations were very sexually explicit in nature, with the underage child and on at least four different occasions he would use his web came to stream live video shots {of him exposing himself}’

But the most disturbing and shocking thing for investigators is they say Blanscet actually committed one of his crimes inside a hospital, while he was with his wife, who had knee surgery.

“Was streaming his web cam and chatting with this person while his wife was unconcious in the hospital.” said McQuiston. “Thats one of the strangest things I’ve seen in my entire career.”

Blanscet is the pastor of Church of God of Prophecy which is at 425 North 700 West in Salt Lake City.

It’s unknown just how many people are in his congregation, but people who live next door say the parking lot is packed every Sunday and it appears a lot of people attend the church.

“I can’t even believe that'” said Juliana Gutierrez, who lives next to the church. “It’s horrible for a pastor to go on the internet seeking children. Its disgusting.”

Anthony Robles also lives next to the church, and worries about his own children who often play in the parking lot.

“We don’t know what could have happened to any of our kids…that’s what they preach don’t do that with children then you turn around and that’s what they are doing,” said Robles.

And that’s what worries investigators.

“Whenever a person of trust is involved in these activities, it horrifies me to think what could also be going on. His position of trust, he could be having access to many children. That is our fear there maybe more victims out there,” said McQuiston.

According to investigators, Blanscet admitted to the crime when they went to his home to confront him about the charges.

He has not been booked into jail and would not comment when 2news tried to speak to him at his home.

Investigators say he plans to turn himself in next week on four counts of attempting to deal harmful material to a minor.

If found guilty he could spent up to 20 years behind bars. He told 2news he is no longer a pastor of the church.