Ken-Tweal Catts – Repeat Sex Offender – Puts us out of his misery

Records show at least two of New York’s nine most dangerous sex offenders freed under a two-year old civil confinement law have faced arrest on sex charges again, including one who this week shot at a police officer then killed himself.

Some state lawmakers now say they’ll study the law to see if it’s too easy for threats to be returned to the streets.

The law is aimed at confining dangerous sex offenders after their release from jail.

A day after he ended his own life following a three-hour standoff with police, a more detailed picture has emerged of rape suspect Ken-Tweal Catts.

The 30-year-old level-three sex offender shot himself in the head with a gun he had stolen from a detective in the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office hours before. The incident took place shortly before Catts was set to be charged and arraigned in the rape of a woman on Monday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, Catts allegedly pinned down a woman and raped her repeatedly in his Hyde Park motel room between the late-night hours Monday and the early-morning hours Tuesday. When the woman asked to leave, he allegedly said she could not.

Catts was registered as a level-three sex offender, according to the New York state Division of Criminal Justice Services Web site.

On Jan. 27, 2004, Catts pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, telling Dutchess County Court Judge Thomas J. Dolan he touched a young woman and forced her to touch him in an apartment building on Main Street on Oct. 29, 2002. He was sentenced to two years in state prison and ordered to seek anti-aggression and anti-violence counseling.

His relationship to the victim was listed as “non-stranger – person in position of authority” and the force used was “immediately and physically overpowered” and “threat.”

Catts was sent to Fishkill Correctional Facility in 2004. He spent more than 500 days in jail before that, and was released twice from prison and returned for parole violations, corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia said.

The parole violations were technical: a curfew violation and a failure to report as required, Parole Division spokeswoman Heather Groll said. Catts completed his sentence in prison and wasn’t on parole when he left in 2007, she said.

At Fishkill, he logged 27 disciplinary incidents, including fighting, harassment, smoking and an unnamed sex offense, according to corrections records. He was released in 2007 to another agency.

In 2007, New York enacted a new law that says before sex offenders are released from prison, mental health experts will assess them to determine whether they pose a risk of committing more sex offenses. A court proceeding follows to decide whether the convict is likely to commit future crimes and whether confinement or intensive post-release supervision are required.

Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Smith confirmed there was a civil confinement trial for Catts, which was handled by the state Attorney General’s Office. She said a jury decided against confinement in a proceeding that she recalled ended in September.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Chris Goddard – "Pedophile jail terms too light"

AUSTRALIA’S child pornography laws have been shown to be lenient, with US members of an internet pedophile ring jailed for life while its Townsville-based co-founder launches an appeal against his non-parole sentence of 32 months.

Former Australia Post human resources regional manager Derek Richard Mara, 30, will next month fight to have his commonwealth jail term cut after he was convicted as one of the four founding members of the internet’s oldest known pedophile ring, The Group, which financed made-to-order abuse movies and picture shoots of children, some just a few months old.

Mara – who carried the moniker of “Tech” – provided computer expertise to encrypt and hide hundreds of thousands of files of the material sold and shared around the world.

An investigation led by Queensland’s Taskforce Argos and involving Interpol and the FBI infiltrated the ring in 2006, and last year arrested 22 core members and identified another 2500 customers of child-sex websites in 20 countries. More than 40 children identified in the images were rescued from abuse during the investigation.

In recent months, The Australian has found that most of the 12 Americans convicted for their involvement in The Group have been sentenced to more than 30 years in jail for offences similar to those that Mara pleaded guilty to last year.

Five Americans were given life, and another was sentenced to 70 years after he was also convicted of abusing a child and recording it on film. Other members of The Group, convicted in Europe, have received sentences of up to life in prison.

Mara – who was also charged with indecent treatment of a child – was sentenced to six years in jail, with a non-parole period of 32 months after pleading guilty to three counts of sending and receiving pedophile images.

It is believed to be the longest sentence given under commonwealth law for the offence, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years for producing, possessing or supplying child pornography.

Child welfare expert Chris Goddard, who heads Monash University’s Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia, said the states and commonwealth were lenient on those who traded in pedophile material.

“Child abuse sentencing in Australia is soft in comparison with the rest of the world,” Professor Goddard said.

“The sentencing does not reflect the seriousness of the crime or the damage done.

“One of the problems is the language – we call it child pornography, which gives a sense of consent. But these offenders are hiring people to grossly exploit and commit criminal acts against children.

“We need to review the inadequate sentencing provisions.”

One other Australian, former Victorian schoolteacher Ian Wayne Tucker, 51, who was convicted as a member of The Group, was sentenced to 15months in jail.

He had more than 16,000 sexually explicit pictures and pornographic videos of young children on his computer when it was seized by police.

* Stepan Bondarenko aka “Bumhead” 38, of Philadelphia, Pa. – 20 years
* Erik Wayerski, 46, “Lerch” of Round Rock, Texas – 30 years
* Raymond Roy, 54, “Nimo” of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – 30 years
* Ruble Keys, 55, “Crazy Horse” of Medford, Ore. – 17 years
* John Mosman, 46, “Pickleman” of Waterbury, Conn. – 13 years
* Warren Weber, 56, “Muad’Dib” of Boise, Idaho – 15 years
* Michael Berger, 33,”Box of Rocks” of Mechanicsville, Va. – 15 years

* Daniel Castleman aka “Chingachgook” 43, of Lubbock, Texas – LIFE
* Gary Lakey, 54, “Eggplant” of Anderson, Ind – LIFE
* Marvin Lambert, 33, “Methuselah” of Indianapolis, Ind. – LIFE
* Neville McGarity, 40, “Wraith” of Medina, Texas – LIFE
* Ronald White, 59, “RoadKill” of Burlington, N.C – LIFE
* James Freeman, 47, “Mystikal” of Santa Rosa Beach – LIFE

“My thanks to you and all the others that together make this the greatest group of pedos to ever gather in one place,” Jim Freeman wrote

Kevin Miller – Charged with child molestation and the worst child porn ever

A prosecutor has called it the worst case of child porn they’ve ever seen.

On Thursday, a judge arraigned Kevin Miller on three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under thirteen.

On top of that, county investigators and the FBI say they found more than 33,000 pornographic photos on Miller’s hard drives, all of them involving children.

More serious, federal, charges against Miller could be coming.

“Total shock, he’s a nice guy, quiet, polite,” said Beverly Klinger.

That used to be how many in the small town of Casnovia, in Muskegon County, thought of Kevin Miller. Now, they are stunned after learning what he’s been accused of.

“I was just sick, you hear in big towns, this little community, it’s a shock to everyone,” said Linda Simons.

Miller is a familiar face to many in Casnovia. He grew up in the area, and still lived with his parents in a home set back off Newaygo Road. He worked at a local gas station.

Now, the details of what federal agents found when they went in his home are laid out in an affidavit. Agents investigating a child pornography group traced the user named ‘Trade3-13’ to Miller’s home. When they went there, the computer was up and running under that name.

Investigators say they’ve found 35,000 images and videos of child pornography. They also found three video’s of Miller performing sex acts with three boys.

The current first degree criminal sexual conduct charges stem from the images of him with a known, six-year-old, victim.

Miller is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in early June.

“85 percent of CP offenders have committed acts of sexual abuse against minors, from inappropriate touching to rape and which went undetected.”

Christopher Handley – America’s first Manga Conviction – Pleads Guilty

Christopher Handley, 39, of Glenwood, Iowa, pleaded guilty today in Des Moines, Iowa, to possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker of the Southern District of Iowa announced.

According to court documents, in May 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intercepted a mail package coming into the United States from Japan that was addressed to Handley. Inside the package was obscene material, including books containing visual representations of the sexual abuse of children, specifically Japanese manga drawings of minor females being sexually abused by adult males and animals. Pursuant to a search warrant, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) searched and seized additional obscene drawings of the sexual abuse of children at Handley’s residence in Glenwood. Handley was indicted by a grand jury sitting in the Southern District of Iowa in May 2007.

Pursuant to his plea agreement, Handley today pleaded guilty to one count of possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1466A(b)(1), which prohibits the possession of any type of visual depiction, including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting, that depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct that is obscene.

Handley also agreed to plead guilty to one count of mailing obscene material and to forfeit all seized property. Handley faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a three-year term of supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Peyton Gaumer and Elizabeth M. Yusi of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. The case is being investigated by USPIS, ICE and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. In addition, the FBI’s Language Services Section has provided significant assistance in the prosecution.

45 charged in child pornography sting

Authorities in central Florida say they have charged more than three dozen suspects with possession of child pornography, including one man with over 10,000 images.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 35 suspects were arrested Thursday, and they are still looking for six others. The investigation began more than a year ago. Forty-five people were charged in all.

Sheriff Grady Judd called it the largest child pornography sting in the department’s history.

Judd says the suspects include a father and son who are both registered sex offenders and were each charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Others were found with thousands of images and videos.

Authorities say some of the images involve children as young as toddlers.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Dr. William Ayres – Child Molesting Child Psychiatrist’s Trial Starts

After two years of events worthy of a prime time legal drama, embattled child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres will finally stand trial Monday. He is accused of molesting seven of his young male patients.

Ayres, 77, was a prominent member of the San Mateo medical community and served as president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He also performed physical examinations and inspected the genitalia of many of his juvenile psychiatric patients.

The once well-respected doctor was arrested in April 2007 and charged with 14 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with three victims, ages 9, 11 and 12 at the time of the alleged abuse.

The case’s publicity brought forward four more accusers, bringing the number of Ayres’ felony molestation counts to 20. He was freed on $750,000 bail.

The shocking story made international headlines, and the trial beginning Monday is expected to draw more public attention.

“We are exceedingly pleased that we are now on the doorstep of getting justice,” San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Friday.

A trial judge will be selected by Judge James Ellis in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City on Monday morning.

Wagstaffe predicted jury selection and pretrial motions would take two weeks, but that the entire trial would last eight to 10 weeks.

Ayres practiced for decades in San Mateo County, seeing patients referred to him
through local school districts and the county’s juvenile court, in addition to his private practice.

His defense attorney, Doron Weinberg, has argued that physical examinations by psychiatrists are routine.

He previously told MediaNews that Ayres acted responsibly and that physical examinations were part of his “therapeutic model.”

The lead prosecutor, San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan, said at Ayres’ initial arraignment there were assertions spanning 30 years.

Police first began investigating him in 2002 after being told by a man who was a patient of Ayres in the 1970s that the doctor had molested him on multiple occasions. But the case had to be dropped after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively changed the statute of limitations on such cases.

Childhood molestation can only be brought by victims who are younger than 29 or whose alleged abuse occurred after Jan. 1, 1998.

The San Mateo Police Department reopened the case in March 2006, at the urging of a friend of one of the victims to seek out other possible victims who fell within the legal statute of limitation.

That friend was New York-based freelance writer Victoria Balfour, who made it a personal crusade to unearth possible molestation victims of Ayres and help authorities build a case against him.

A search warrant was executed for Ayres’ records, and a list was compiled of more than 800 patients.

Prosecutors believe they know of at least 39 former patients of Ayres who had been molested by him, but most did not fall under the state’s statute of limitations.

After seven months of exhaustive and painful interviews with patients on the list, police took Ayres into custody at his San Mateo home on April 5, 2007.

Ayres’ medical license was suspended, and has since expired.

On April 28, 2007, the child psychiatrist accused of molesting dozens of pre-adolescent boys in San Mateo County for decades declared his innocence of the multiple counts against him.

Now, more than two years later, the once-prominent child psychiatrist’s fate will likely be left to a jury.

Weinberg was unavailable for comment about his defense arguments on Friday because he was in Los Angeles with another client, music producer Phil Spector, who received 19 years to life for killing actress Lana Clarkson.

In fact, the Spector murder contributed to the delay of Ayres’ trial.

The first major setback came in February 2008 when Ayres was diagnosed with prostate cancer and a judge postponed the start of his trial from March 10 to June 23 of that year, in order for him to seek immediate treatment.

A month later, a state appeals court ruled that Ayres deserved a new hearing on a defense motion that could have destroyed the prosecution’s case against him.

Weinberg planned to try to suppress evidence gathered from Ayres’ patient files on the basis that the warrant violated the state’s psychotherapist-patient privilege, lacked probable cause and permitted constitutionally prohibited searches.

The motion was ultimately dismissed but a further delay came when San Mateo County Superior Court Judge John Runde unexpectedly recused himself from the case.

Both prosecuting and defense attorneys were baffled by the event, and a new trial was set for January 2009. That date, however, conflicted with the scheduling of the Spector murder trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Ayres was known nationally as one of the country’s top child psychiatrists; he was just as well respected on the Peninsula where he ran a private practice for decades.

He was probably one of fewer than 10 San Mateo County psychiatrists with a subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry, according to San Mateo County Medical Association Executive Director Sue Malone.

He told colleagues he performed medical examinations because that was the way he had been trained. He had done his residency in the early 1960s at the Judge Baker Center in Boston, one of the country’s premier centers for the study of child psychology.

While most child psychiatrists admit that administering physical exams to patients is uncommon today, many professionals defend the practice as another instrument in a psychiatrist’s toolbox.

A spokeswoman from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, of which Ayres was president for more than a decade, told MediaNews that performing physicals on patients in a psychiatric setting can be “consistent with good medical practice.”

Wagstaffe said he expected attorneys on both sides to present expert opinions on the matter.

While the passing of time between charges and trial can often damage prosecutors’ cases, Wagstaffe said all their witnesses were ready to go.

“This case is more than ripe for trial,” he said.

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Shawn A. Hart – Day Care Child Molester Pleads No Contest

A former day care worker at Campbell County Memorial Hospital entered a no contest plea to a charge that he molested a child at the day care.

Shawn A. Hart, 22, entered his plea Thursday to a charge of taking immodest, immoral or indecent liberties with a child. Two other molestation charges were dropped. The children involved were all under the age of 6. A sentencing date has not been set.

Prosecutors say the molestation happened in either June or July of 2006 at the hospital’s day care.

Hospital spokeswoman Karen Clarke said Hart began working at the day care in May 2006 and was fired in December 2006, shortly after the abuse came to light. Clarke said the hospital conducted a criminal background check before hiring Hart.

Hospital CEO Bob Morasko declined comment.

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