James L. Alsman – Repeat Sex Offender – Enabled by Wife

A preliminary charge of child molesting, a class C felony, was filed Tuesday in Greene Superior Court against convicted sex offender James L. Alsman of Linton and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

This is the second time Alsman has been accused of this same offense.

According to the probable cause affidavit written by Det. Duane Collenbaugh of the Linton Police Department, Alsman’s criminal history includes a conviction for child molesting, also as a class C felony, in Greene Superior Court on Oct. 17, 2003.

The investigation into the current allegation began last August when a man reported possible child molestation involving his children to LPD Officer Paul Clark. Clark turned the case over to the detective and caseworkers from Child Protective Services (CPS) also became involved.

The complaint was that Alsman had touched a small male child in an inappropriate manner.

Late in August, both Alsman and his girlfriend were both interviewed at the Linton Police Department by Det. Collenbaugh and a CPS caseworker.

The affidavit states that Alsman denied the accusation and said the person who reported it was just trying to get him in trouble because he was a convicted child molester.

His girlfriend, who has a baby together with Alsman, said Alsman had done his time, is an excellent father and the event could not have happened because Alsman had never been alone with the children in question and also not even with their own child.

At the time of the interview, Alsman agreed to take a polygraph test.

The investigation then became sidelined for awhile — the status of the CPS caseworker in charge of the case changed and the polygraph examination was delayed for several months due to some scheduling conflicts.

Then on April 1, Det. Collenbaugh drove Alsman to take a stipulated polygraph at the Indiana State Police Post in Jasper.

The affidavit states the most relevant questions asked on the polygraph concerned whether Alsman had ever touched the child’s penis for sexual gratification — he failed the test.

The child was also interviewed by the detective and a CPS worker. The affidavit says the child could identify his body parts and the members of his family and could confirm that Alsman had touched him and knew where it had happened — at a residence in Linton where Alsman was living at the time.

According to an earlier story in the archives of the Greene County Daily World, Alsman was 25-years-old and a resident of Marco when he was arrested in 2003 for child molesting. In that case, he was accused of touching a 5-year-old boy at a residence in Bloomfield.

Alsman is listed on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender’s Registry — following his conviction, he was sentenced to the Department of Corrections, served his time then was released on Nov. 18, 2005. He is now 31 years old and is required to register through Nov. 18, 2015. The register lists a P.O. box in Sandborn as his address and a company in Bloomfield as his employer. It lists his alias as “Jimmy.”

Alsman was also arrested on March 17 of this year by LPD Officer Jayson Smith after an altercation at a residence in Linton. As a result, charges of intimidation, battery and battery resulting in bodily injury were filed against him in Greene Superior Court.

According to a police report on the incident, a male family member said Alsman was holding down his grandchild and he told Alsman to stop. An argument then started as Alsman became angry and started yelling and cussing. Alsman was accused of pushing the man in the chest knocking him over a table and onto the floor where he hit his head. Then as the argument continued, Alsman allegedly grabbed the man’s wife by the arms and threw her to the ground.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Peter Zehmeister – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile begs to be castrated

A convicted pedophile who subjected six boys to months of horrific sexual abuse has asked to be castrated so he no longer feels the urge to attack children.

Ipswich man Peter Zehmeister, 48, was yesterday sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail for 34 offences, including multiple counts of sodomy and maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with two children.

He was previously convicted of sexually abusing children in 1995 and 2001. Defence barrister Steve Kissick said his client acknowledged that he was a dangerous sexual predator.

“He says he has uncontrollable sexual urges,” Mr Kissick said.

“He wants to be castrated – in fact he wants the court to make a specific order (that he be castrated).”

Judge Greg Koppenol told Zehmeister that Queensland law did not allow him to make an order for castration, but it is believed the offender plans to explore the possibility of chemical castration while he is behind bars.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Armando Sanchez – Tries really hard to be a Repeat Sex Offender

A 30-year-old convicted sex offender was arrested today after he allegedly followed two sisters, 14 and 11, while they went to school Wednesday and again this morning.

Armando Sanchez, of the 8100 block of Forest Street, was arrested this morning for annoying or molesting a child younger than 18 and driving with a suspended license, both misdemeanors. Sanchez is a registered sex offender, according to police, but he did not show up on the Megan’s Law Web site, which tracks California sex offenders.

About 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, two girls reported that they were being followed by a Hispanic man in his mid-20s driving a white Ford Explorer or Jeep Cherokee without a front grill, police said. He followed them on the 7600 block of Hanna Street – between Third and Fourth streets – at least three times, slowing down each time to smile and give the peace sign to the sisters as they walked to their separate schools.

After the third loop, the man made a U-turn and drove northbound on Hanna Street toward the girls, who were walking in that direction. They crossed the road during his maneuver, though, causing the man to keep on driving, police said.

When the older sister kept on Hanna toward Brownell Middle School just a block north, she told her younger sister to stay close to a woman and another young girl walking west on Third Street toward El Roble Elementary School, which sits about six blocks west from that location on Wren Avenue.

Before the younger sister could make it to El Roble, though, the man drove by again – nearing her for the fifth time – and actually stopped near Third and Rea streets. According to the 11-year-old, who notified school officials who called police, the man stepped out of the SUV and yelled in English, “Don’t run. I’m not going to do anything to you.”

“She was obviously spooked by this, so she picked up her pace to catch up with the adult in front of her, and when he saw this, he drove away,” Sgt. Jim Gillio said.

Then, about 8:20 a.m today, one of the girls saw Sanchez near Brownell Middle School, police said. Officers responding to a call about the incident noticed a white Toyota SUV without a front grill. They followed it and stopped it near the intersection of Fourth and Church streets.

Officers brought one of the sisters to the scene, where she identified Sanchez as the man who followed her, police said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

William C. Bennett – Facebook Prohibits Sex Offenders – Clean it up or risk investigation

A convicted child molestor had his Facebook profile deleted Friday as the social media site enforced its policy restricting access to convicted sex offenders.

William C. Bennett, 48, served 14 months of a four-year sentence for sexual battery and telephone harassment after admitting to inappropriate relationships with six male students while he was a counselor at Firestone High School. He was released from prison in July, 2000.

Bennett is a tier three sex offender, the most serious classification, which requires him to register his whereabouts every 90 days for life.

Earlier this year, Facebook adopted a new policy prohibiting sex offenders from having profiles and deleted the profiles of more than 5,000 known sex offenders.

Anchor Eric Mansfield learned of Bennett’s Facebook profile when a Channel 3 viewer sent Bennett’s name to Eric as a “friend suggestion”; Eric contacted Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander who ordered an immediate investigation.

“This is a major concern,” said Sheriff Drew Alexander. “It’s a major priority. Anybody that’s assaulted anybody. We will be on top of this before the day is over.”

Alexander dispatched a deputy to go to Bennett’s North Akron home and talk to him about the profile, which appears to have been created in the last few days and included basic information on Bennett’s education and family.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Michael Spears – Repeat Sex Offender – New Rape Charges

Spears is a registered sex offender with previous convictions on rape charges in 1983 and 1989.

A convicted sex offender faces new charges accusing him of raping a Denver woman in 1998, the District Attorney’s office said today.

Prosecutors said Michael Spears, 54, was pretending to fix a bicycle in the 1600 block of Stuart Street on Oct. 11, 1998.

When a woman offered to help him, he dragged her into the bushes and raped her, according to investigators.

He was linked to the assault by DNA and a cold case investigation. Spears was charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault this week.

Spears is a registered sex offender with previous convictions on rape charges in 1983 and 1989.

He remains in the Denver County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

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

………Sarah Tofte

One in 12 child rapists let off with community punishments as ministers pressure judges

Paedophile, Eric Cole

Paedophiles who rape young children are being let off with community punishments, it emerged last night.

Sentencing guidelines say adult child rapists should receive ‘a substantial term of imprisonment’.

But figures unearthed by the Tories show that one in twelve adults convicted of rape, or the attempted rape, of a child under 13 receives a suspended or community sentence.

The statistics are made even more shocking by the fact they relate to convicts who were aged 21 or over, and at least eight years older than their victim.

Normally, cases of sex offenders escaping with a soft punishment involve offenders who are themselves children, or 16 , 17, 18 or 19-year-olds having sex with underage boys or girls.

Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve, said: ‘It is hard to think of any circumstances where an adult who rapes a young child should avoid jail.

‘Labour have pressurised judges to use community sentences inappropriately because the prisons are full, but the result is that dangerous offenders cheat justice and children are put at risk.’

The maximum sentence for rape or attempted rape of a child under 13 is life imprisonment.

Guidance by the Sentencing Guidelines Council states ‘there will be very few cases in which immediate custody is not called for, even in relation to a young offender’.

It adds: ‘In exceptional cases, a non-custodial sentence may be appropriate for a young offender. If the offender is much older than the victim, a substantial term of imprisonment will usually be called for.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Ralph White, Sr. – Repeat Sex Offender – Only 17 days after release

White had been released from prison on May 12th after serving the maximum sentence for a 2005 rape charge involving a minor.

A convicted violent felon and registered sex offender in Latham has been arrested on a string of new charges, include rape, assault and child endangerment, Troy Police said today.

Ralph White, Sr., 43, was arrested at the Sycamore Hotel in Latham by Troy Police and US Marshals. Police say a complaint was filed against White yesterday, May 28th, and an ensuing investigation resulted in his arrest today.

White had been released from prison on May 12th after serving the maximum sentence for a 2005 rape charge involving a minor.

His latest arrest includes charges of first-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree assault. Police say there are both adult and child victims in the new case.

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

………Sarah Tofte

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend, sometimes within 17 days”

……..Vigilant Antis

Roy Lee Smith & George Kennedy – both Registered Sex Offenders – Persons of Interest in Missing Nevaeh case

Monroe County authorities said Thursday that a second man — a Monroe resident who’s also a convicted sex offender — is a second “person of interest” in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.

Roy Lee Smith, 48, was released from state prison in February, 2008, after serving time for a 1991 conviction for criminal sexual conduct.

Smith is in custody in Monroe County on a parole violation said John Cordell, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Correction.

According to an affidavit, Smith gave his nephew’s van to George Kennedy, a convicted sex offender who remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation. Authorities have said Kennedy is also a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance.

A search warrant executed in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan revealed that the motel room of a convicted sex offender who police say is a “person of interest” in the case contained bloodstained shorts and a towel and bloodstains above the sink.

Hairs also were found in the room, where property was searched and some was seized, the search showed.

The last two children to see the girl on Sunday claimed that she went “into the woods and was kidnapped by a bad man” and was stabbed in the stomach, according to the search warrant.

One of the children said she witnessed Nevaeh being stabbed with a knife and “tried to help” but could not after she saw the girl going “into the woods … to meet Daddy George.”

Kennedy has been described by police and relatives as the boyfriend of Nevaeh’s mother, Jennifer Buchanan, and a “person of interest” in the case.

Kennedy remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation.

The warrant also covered a search of a vehicle believed to be driven by Kennedy.

In the center console of the van, a case for a JVC radio face was found to have “contained a silver multitool, which appeared to have blood on the exterior,” the warrant said.

A preliminary examination found the blood to be human.

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

………Sarah Tofte

WANTED – Vincent Edward Boyd – Repeat Sex Offender – Absconded

Town of Menasha police got more than a dozen tip calls after fugitive Vincent Boyd was featured on America’s Most Wanted. Those close to the fugitive hope he’s captured soon.

Sarah, who asked us not to use her last name, is the ex-wife of a sex offender on the run.

“I don’t know what to say to that. I really hope that they catch him very soon.”

Her mother says she feels the same way.

“Anybody who preys on young children doesn’t deserve their freedom,” said Boyd’s ex-mother-in-law.

Boyd faces six felony charges. He’s wanted in Winnebago County for the alleged sexual assault of his then-seven-year-old cousin. He’s also wanted in Langlade County for allegedly beating and raping a nine-year-old girl.

Boyd, 27, has been on the run since being charged eight months ago.

On Saturday he was featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” Since then, Town of Menasha police received 15 new leads, possibly pointing them to his whereabouts.

“This is the one who preys on children. He’s your typical child predator in every sense,” Jason Weber of the police department said.

Weber couldn’t reveal where the tip calls came from but said detectives are pursuing the leads right now.

Sarah told us, “If it wasn’t for the community’s help and my parents, I probably wouldn’t have understood how crucial it was to walk away from him when I did.”

As a repeat offender, Boyd could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on any of the pending charges.

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

………Sarah Tofte