Jeffrey Brisson – BoyChat Pedophile – sentenced to 45 years – Raped 3 month old

BoyChat BabyRaper

One of two men charged last year with raping several children, including a 3-month-old girl, was sentenced today to 45 years in prison and 25 years of special parole.

Once he completes his sentence, Jeffrey Brisson, 31, will be required to register as a sex offender for life. It was among a host of parole conditions set by the judge.

Relatives of the victims did not attend the proceeding in Superior Court in New Britain.

Brisson thought the sentence was harsh because people don’t understand sexual fascination with children, his public defender, Ken Simon, said.

“This was a very difficult case. I feel sad for him because he was victim as a child and that is very typical,” Simon said.

Brisson pleaded guilty in March to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault and three of risk of injury to a child. His roommate, Harold Spurling, is on the trial list, according to court records.

Police started investigating the two men in early January 2008 after receiving an anonymous tip that pedophiles were sharing an apartment on Washington Street.

Police searched their apartment and found child pornography on their computer. They also found a 3-month-old girl in the apartment and a video of one of the suspects sexually assaulting her, police said.

Jeffrey Brisson, AKA Edward Buzzard AKA The Night Raven AKA tnraven is a longtime BoyChat member, longtime member and Co-Webmaster of Common Ground and a LifeLine volunteer. He has lived with Aztram, another well-known BoyChat poster, for about 7 years.

The Night Raven is not especially choosy when it comes to boys or girls – he likes them both. His age of attraction is 2 – 6 for boys, and 3 – 8 for girls. However, he does admit that he is 89% a little boy lover, and 11% a little girl lover.

Jeffrey Brisson – BoyChat Pedophile – sentenced to 45 years – Raped 3 month old

BoyChat BabyRaper

One of two men charged last year with raping several children, including a 3-month-old girl, was sentenced today to 45 years in prison and 25 years of special parole.

Once he completes his sentence, Jeffrey Brisson, 31, will be required to register as a sex offender for life. It was among a host of parole conditions set by the judge.

Relatives of the victims did not attend the proceeding in Superior Court in New Britain.

Brisson thought the sentence was harsh because people don’t understand sexual fascination with children, his public defender, Ken Simon, said.

“This was a very difficult case. I feel sad for him because he was victim as a child and that is very typical,” Simon said.

Brisson pleaded guilty in March to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault and three of risk of injury to a child. His roommate, Harold Spurling, is on the trial list, according to court records.

Police started investigating the two men in early January 2008 after receiving an anonymous tip that pedophiles were sharing an apartment on Washington Street.

Police searched their apartment and found child pornography on their computer. They also found a 3-month-old girl in the apartment and a video of one of the suspects sexually assaulting her, police said.

Jeffrey Brisson, AKA Edward Buzzard AKA The Night Raven AKA tnraven is a longtime BoyChat member, longtime member and Co-Webmaster of Common Ground and a LifeLine volunteer. He has lived with Aztram, another well-known BoyChat poster, for about 7 years.

The Night Raven is not especially choosy when it comes to boys or girls – he likes them both. His age of attraction is 2 – 6 for boys, and 3 – 8 for girls. However, he does admit that he is 89% a little boy lover, and 11% a little girl lover.

Covenant Counseling sent a convicted sex offender and a murderer into homes of at-risk children

State officials are accusing a Harrisburg counseling center that received public funding of hiring convicted felons to work with at-risk children and families.

“It causes a great concern for the department that we would have had a provider who thought it was appropriate to have people with serious criminal convictions, even if they were in the past, to go into people’s homes and provide these types of very serious counseling services,” said Stacey Witalec of the Department of Public Welfare.

A February inspection by the DPW of Covenant Counseling on Walnut Street in Harrisburg revealed that a convicted murderer, a convicted sex offender, who is listed on Megan’s List, and a person convicted of aggravated assault, were working there, according to DPW. The department has also charged Covenant with gross incompetence, negligence or misconduct in operating the agency

The department said it will not renew the license of the youth aid agency. That license will expire at the end of June.

Covenant Counseling received federal funding to work with at-risk families and children. Currently, it works with about 20 families in the greater Harrisburg area.

DPW officials said the employment of felons is a violation of state law, and that the agency should have known who it was hiring.

“After we gave the provider time to correct the problem, take care of any staffing issues that they knew they had and clean up any other part of the operation that would be problematic for the department, it was our understanding they continued to hire people without getting criminal clearances,” said Witalec.

A spokesman for Covenant Counseling would not comment on the DPW’s allegations or decision not to renew its license. The spokesman said the agency would have something to say at some point and said Covenant Counseling will appeal the decision.

The agency has 30 days to file an appeal. Witalec said the department has not yet received the request for an appeal.

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Elmer Heffelmire – Repeat Ssex Offender – Captured absconding babyraper

A convicted sex offender who has twice fled New York after being charged with sexual crimes involving minors is back in Syracuse and has been indicted, U.S. prosecutor Lisa Fletcher said.

Elmer Heffelmire, 45, formerly of 214 Slocum Ave., Syracuse, was charged last August with viewing child pornography on a computer at the Onondaga County Central Library.

When he was arrested, he also was carrying a computer disk with more child pornography and had other porn at his house, police said.

Heffelmire was to appear in County Court on the charges, but fled the area, Fletcher said.

Police caught up with him in Ohio; he was extradited to Syracuse and the case was recently turned over to federal authorities, Fletcher said.

He has been indicted but it’s still unclear when his next court appearance will be, she said.

In his prior case, Heffelmire was charged in 1989 with sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl in Syracuse.

He fled the area and Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh put Heffelmire on his list of Top 10 fugitives. Heffelmire was apprehended in Texas and returned to serve 16 years in state prison on sodomy and attempted escape charges.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Roland Rupnick – Classified Sexually Violent – Civil Confinement

After a two-day trial this week, a judge ruled a former Wood County man should be classified as sexually violent, a decision that will prevent the man from being released from custody.

Roland Rupnick, 40, formerly of Marshfield and Neillsville, had been scheduled for release from prison May 7, 2008. Portage County Circuit Court Judge John Vincent Finn, acting as a substitute judge in the Wood County case, found probable cause to have a hearing for commitment under the state’s sexually violent person statutes. The statues allow a civil commitment when the person has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has a mental disorder and is dangerous to others.

Rupnick waived his right to a jury trial in the civil commitment and left the decision to Finn, said Bill Cost, spokesman for the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office, which represented the state in the case. The case took a year to get to trial because Rupnick changed attorneys shortly after Finn found probable cause to continue with the civil commitment process.

Rupnick was convicted in 1993 of first-degree sexual assault of a 3-year-old. He was given a year in jail and placed on 10 years of probation, according to court documents. In 1996, he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a 10-year-old. Wood County Circuit Court Judge James Mason revoked Rupnick’s probation on the first offense, sentenced him to 10 years with credit for almost three years already served, and sentenced him to an additional 10 years in prison for the second offense.

Rupnick now has been committed to the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services for care and control and is expected to be housed at the Saint Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston so he can receive treatment, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.

An individual committed as a sexually violent person has the right to a periodic review of his or her case in order to gain release, Cosh said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Cornelius Smothers – Repeat Sex Offender – DNA Linked to other crimes

More than two years after Fairfield police launched a search for a man suspected of raping and robbing a woman outside a Grasselli Road nursing home, DNA evidence has linked a convicted sex offender to the crime, police announced today.

It was a conviction in an unrelated sodomy case that led investigators to 20-year-old Cornelius Smothers, according to a statement issued by Fairfield police.

When the rape occurred, the victim was able to give police a description of her attacker — an 18- to 25-year-old black man with dark complexion wearing a black T-shirt and khaki shorts armed with a semi-automatic handgun — and investigators collected physical evidence.

Chief Pat Mardis said at the time of the crime that the victim was visiting Fairfield Health Care Facility, where her mother worked and her grandmother was a resident, when she was attacked. Mardis said today the grandmother has since died.

The victim, Mardis said, was relieved to hear of the charges. “She was just elated that we’ve had some closure in the case.”

Smothers is a suspect in other Fairfield armed robberies, including the robbery of two people as they left the nearby Nail Palace the same day as the rape.

Mardis said Smothers is considered a suspect in an April 26, 2007, purse-snatching and attempted rape in the parking lot of the TeleTech, but police have recently been unable to find the victim in that case.

The evidence collected at the nursing home was turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and entered into the Combined DNA Index System, a database of evidence from federal, state, and local crime laboratories.

In April, Fairfield investigators were informed by ADFS of a possible match from the DNA samples submitted nearly two years earlier. According to CODIS records, evidence matched a sample recovered from Smothers when he pled guilty to an unrelated sodomy charge in 2008.

Fairfield police obtained a search warrant to collect more DNA from Smothers and earlier this month a grand jury handed down indictments against Smothers on rape, robbery, and sodomy charges.

Mardis said CODIS has been a beneficial tool for law enforcement. “It’s really helping and it’s been known to clear some people too.”

Smothers is being held at the Draper Correctional Facility on the sodomy conviction and is scheduled to be released in November 2038, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections Web site.

Court records show Smothers with charged with illegal possession of a credit card, robbery, and sodomy in four separate cases in 2007 and 2008.

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

………Sarah Tofte

20 arrested, 12,000 images found in child pornography round-up

An assistant manager at the Clermont Walmart store was the 20th person arrested in a wide-sweeping child pornography round-up by Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

Jonathan Williamson was arrested at the store late Thursday and charged with 100 counts of possession of child porn.

His arrest was just the latest in a five-month investigation that yielded 20 arrests and 10 more arrest warrants, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. James Vachon said the Cyber Crimes detectives worked with the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces in several states, including Wisconsin, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, California and Georgia to make the arrests. All the charges stemmed from Lake County, although agencies from other counties were involved, Vachon said.

Detectives went online in an undercover capacity and communicated with numerous individuals.

Arrests were made in Leesburg, Lady Lake, Eustis, Mount Dora, Clermont and Mascotte. Those arrested included students, a Walt Disney World employee and a business owner. Most were rounded-up at home, but a few were arrested at work, including one man at Silver Springs Citrus, said Vachon in an e-mail.

Vachon said as a result of the investigation, 23 search warrants were obtained and more than 12,000 images of child pornography were seized from computers. In one case, more than 9,000 images were found on a computer. There were an additional 10 arrest warrants for out-of-state individuals.

The suspects were taken to the Lake County jail and were being held on various bails.

Arrested were:

— Xavier David Eccleston, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Jason Hussey, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Travis Seaman, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Timothy Williams, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Nolon Scott Henderson, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Nicholas Whitton, Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.

— James Tatarczuk, Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor by Electronic Equipment.

— Michael Zettelmaier, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Richard Parascandola, Possession of Child Pornography.

— James Martnick II, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Carl Westberg, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Adrijk Duran, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Gary Shank, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Kenneth Gravel, Possession of Child Pornography.

— David Bowman, Distribution of Child Pornography.

— James Matthews Jr., Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor by Electronic Equipment.

— David Hardy, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Norberto Mendez, Possession of Child Pornography.

— Larry Van Bates, Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor by Electronic Equipment.

Tatarczuk, Westberg, Matthews and Van Bates were out-of-state arrests.

Alicia Kozakiewicz – Explains how Internet Predaors Operate

A Pittsburgh woman says she would someday like to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, part of the teams that saved her from a sexual predator who was holding her captive at his Virginia home in 2002.

“He was a total monster,” Alicia Kozakiewicz says of her abductor. “He had a dungeon in the basement, all kinds of torture instruments. I was sexually assaulted. He didn’t feed me for those four days. I was fed the last day.”

She met the man in an Internet chat room. A friend introduced them in cyberspace and Kozakiewicz says her abductor spent weeks grooming her.

“Grooming is, essentially, it sounds crazy, but it’s brain washing,” she said on Friday’s MetroNews Talkline.

“It’s taking a child apart bit by bit, bite by bite, and putting them back together by always being their friend no matter what they do and always being on their side, any time of day, any time of night.”

She was 13 years old when she walked out of her house on New Year’s Day and found herself in a car with the man. Someone he was in contact with online contacted the FBI. Agents traced the predator’s IP address and busted into his house to get her on Day Four of her abduction.

Kozakiewicz was in Morgantown this week for a public awareness event called “A Night of Internet Safety.” More than 300 people were part of the event Thursday at Morgantown High School.

Sergeant Chris Casto with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of State Police says parents, sometimes, don’t know what clues to look for when it comes to their children’s online activities.

“They’re learning,” Sergeant Casto says. “One of the most important things we do with our ICAC Task Force in West Virginia is our community outreach.”

There are 59 such Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces across the country.

Kozakiewicz is now a student at Point Park University and is trying to move on with her life. She says there is a lot she does not remember.

“I was traumatized, actually, so badly that I’ve lost a lot of my memories and suffered from, essentially, a type of amnesia.”

This missing child still holds us ‘Captive’

Before Megan’s Law, Amber Alerts and milk carton portraits, there was Etan Patz.

Thirty years ago this week, the 6-year-old New Yorker walked to the school bus stop for the first time all by himself.

He never came home.

Three decades later, Patz is still the poster child for missing children. Because of his case, laws have changed, there’s a national database for missing and exploited children and the reins to childhood, once slack and carefree, are forever tightened.

Emmy-winning television producer Lisa R. Cohen investigates it all in “After Etan: The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive” (Grand Central, $25.99), a book that took the journalist five years to write.

“I think that, first and foremost, the reason I did it is because there’s never been a book written about it in the 30 years of the case,” said Cohen, who lives in New York. “I produced three stories for the case, the first of which was when I was an associate producer for ‘Primetime Live.’ There are some stories that never leave you. This one got under my skin all those years ago. My friend (former television reporter) John Miller once said, sometimes you follow the story and sometimes the story ends up following you.”

Cohen’s painstaking reporting, gleaned from 20 years of research and hundreds of interviews, detail Etan’s disappearance, the police and prosecutors who doggedly pursued the case, the prime suspect, Jose Antonio Ramos, and Stan and Julie Patz’s life before and after their son disappeared.

“I think since Etan’s disappearance, the perception of the world has completely changed,” Cohen said. “Thirty years ago, most people didn’t understand sexual abuse and molestation. No one knew what a pedophile was. When I was writing this, I realized those carefree days in New York City for kids don’t exist anymore.”

On May 25, 1979, now known as Missing Children’s Day, Etan Patz left his SoHo apartment to walk two blocks to the bus stop. When he didn’t return home from school, a massive manhunt ensued for weeks, yet he was never found. Ramos, the prime suspect in the case, and the boyfriend of Etan’s babysitter, is serving time in a Pennsylvania prison on unrelated child molestation charges.

Though Ramos was never convicted of the boy’s murder, the Patzes filed a wrongful death suit against him. He was found liable in 2004. Ramos is scheduled to be released 16 months early – in 2012.

Stan Patz, who still lives in SoHo with Julie, a retired teacher’s aide, mails to Ramos their son’s missing-child poster on Etan’s birthday and the day he disappeared. There is a simple question on the back:

“What did you do to my little boy?”

“I have done a lot of stories as a reporter over the years and sometimes you find yourself telling good stories about people who aren’t necessarily good,” she said. “But the Patzes are such real, good people who have been through the unspeakable tragedy. I feel like it’s my job to tell people you can go through something like this and survive. You can. The Patzes still think there is good in the world. They are not bitter; they are not full of hate. They are very good-hearted, kind people who astonish me.”

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Jerry Burchett – 2 Life Terms for Child Molestation

A Louisa County man is sentenced to two life terms in prison for molesting a child.

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Jerry Burchett, 37, was found guilty in Louisa County court for forcible sodomy of a young child.

Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Garrett says Burchett’s sentencing guidelines called for a range from 11 years to 23 years, but Judge Timothy K. Sanner decided to give Burchett a harsher sentence of two life terms.

Deputy commonwealth’s attorney, Rusty McGuire said “hopefully this case will send a message that when you harm children you will be prosecuted.”

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