William Ploof – Repeat Sex Offender – Jury decides not to let him create more victims


A jury has decided convicted child molester William Ploof is a sexually violent predator who’s likely to strike again if not kept behind bars for further treatment. The jury of four men and eight women returned their verdict at about 2:30 this afternoon after deliberating about 6½ hours.

The verdict means Ploof, despite having finished his 10-year criminal sentence for sexually assaulting a boy twice in the 1990s, will remain incarcerated at the state prison’s Secure Psychiatric Unit for up to five years for sex offender treatment.

He is the first person to be convicted under the state’s new sexual predator law since it took effect in 2007. In addition to his sexual assault that landed him in prison, Ploof has claimed 20 to 50 other sexual assault victims, some of them children, according to prison records.

Prosecutor Michael Valentine of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office has said he will ask Judge Gillian Abramson to sentence Ploof for the full five years. Ploof’s public defenders, Lisa Wolford and Anthony Sculimbrene, indicated this week they’ll ask for something less.

The law allows Ploof, 49, to appeal the jury’s verdict.

To keep Ploof behind bars, jurors had to conclude three things about Ploof: He suffers from pedophilia, the pedophilia makes him unable to control his urges and he’s likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

The other two requirements of the law – that Ploof has been previously convicted of a sexually violent offense and that he doesn’t have a mental disorder that qualifies him for commitment to the state hospital – were not in dispute at trial. Ploof’s qualifying offense was his sexual assault on a young boy in 1993 and 1997. He performed oral sex on the boy both times, first underwater while swimming and the second time while the boy was asleep, according to court records.

During four days of trial, Valentine and prosecutor Ross McLeod argued that Ploof is a pedophile who can’t control his urges and is therefore likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

They relied on Ploof’s sexual assault history, which he himself estimated included 20 to 50 adult and child victims, and his inability to complete sex offender treatment while in prison. Ploof quit the first time and was kicked out the second time for grabbing the crotch of another inmate.

The state also called as a witness psychologist Dr. Eric Mart, who evaluated Ploof and concluded he remains dangerous and is 30 to 48 percent likely to reoffend given his score on a recidivism test.

Ploofs own psychologist agreed with his score on the recidivism test

Ploof’s public defenders countered that with their own psychologist, Dr. Luis Rosell, who said Ploof has recovered from his pedophilia because he now says he’s attracted to teenage boys – not children. Rosell said Ploof has learned to avoid his high-risk behaviors like isolation and rationalization, and to stop himself from acting out if he does get a deviant urge.

In her closing yesterday, Wolford also challenged the validity and accuracy of the recidivism test Mart used and said the state relied too heavily on Ploof’s past and unfairly discredited the partial treatment he did get in prison.

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

………Sarah Tofte

William Ploof – Repeat Sex Offender – Jury decides not to let him create more victims

A jury has decided convicted child molester William Ploof is a sexually violent predator who’s likely to strike again if not kept behind bars for further treatment. The jury of four men and eight women returned their verdict at about 2:30 this afternoon after deliberating about 6½ hours.

The verdict means Ploof, despite having finished his 10-year criminal sentence for sexually assaulting a boy twice in the 1990s, will remain incarcerated at the state prison’s Secure Psychiatric Unit for up to five years for sex offender treatment.

He is the first person to be convicted under the state’s new sexual predator law since it took effect in 2007. In addition to his sexual assault that landed him in prison, Ploof has claimed 20 to 50 other sexual assault victims, some of them children, according to prison records.

Prosecutor Michael Valentine of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office has said he will ask Judge Gillian Abramson to sentence Ploof for the full five years. Ploof’s public defenders, Lisa Wolford and Anthony Sculimbrene, indicated this week they’ll ask for something less.

The law allows Ploof, 49, to appeal the jury’s verdict.

To keep Ploof behind bars, jurors had to conclude three things about Ploof: He suffers from pedophilia, the pedophilia makes him unable to control his urges and he’s likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

The other two requirements of the law – that Ploof has been previously convicted of a sexually violent offense and that he doesn’t have a mental disorder that qualifies him for commitment to the state hospital – were not in dispute at trial. Ploof’s qualifying offense was his sexual assault on a young boy in 1993 and 1997. He performed oral sex on the boy both times, first underwater while swimming and the second time while the boy was asleep, according to court records.

During four days of trial, Valentine and prosecutor Ross McLeod argued that Ploof is a pedophile who can’t control his urges and is therefore likely to commit more acts of sexual violence.

They relied on Ploof’s sexual assault history, which he himself estimated included 20 to 50 adult and child victims, and his inability to complete sex offender treatment while in prison. Ploof quit the first time and was kicked out the second time for grabbing the crotch of another inmate.

The state also called as a witness psychologist Dr. Eric Mart, who evaluated Ploof and concluded he remains dangerous and is 30 to 48 percent likely to reoffend given his score on a recidivism test.

Ploofs own psychologist agreed with his score on the recidivism test

Ploof’s public defenders countered that with their own psychologist, Dr. Luis Rosell, who said Ploof has recovered from his pedophilia because he now says he’s attracted to teenage boys – not children. Rosell said Ploof has learned to avoid his high-risk behaviors like isolation and rationalization, and to stop himself from acting out if he does get a deviant urge.

In her closing yesterday, Wolford also challenged the validity and accuracy of the recidivism test Mart used and said the state relied too heavily on Ploof’s past and unfairly discredited the partial treatment he did get in prison.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Robert William Fischer – Repeat Sex Offender – Gets 60 years

A 38-year-old Farmington man was sentenced Tuesday to 60 years in prison on child-pornography charges involving the filming of nine-year-old girl as she showered.

Robert William Fischer apologized for his crime and the harm he caused to the girl’s psychological health.

Last September, police uncovered six videos of the girl showering at her home in Bentonville.

Fischer’s cell phone was used in the filming. Fischer admitted shooting the films but denied touching the girl.

Fischer is a registered sex offender living in Farmington, and he was convicted Feb. 14, 2007, of sexual indecency with a minor in Washington County. The case leading to the conviction involved two 9-year old girls and a 5-year-old boy

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

………Sarah Tofte

Exhibit shows faces of sexual abuse

Today in Albany Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, D-Maspeth, hosted a photo and informational exhibit entitled ‘Faces of the 1 in 5’ to generate support for the Child Victims’ Act legislation which she is sponsoring. The bill [A.2596/S.2564] is sponsored in the senate by Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan.

The exhibit centered around 17 photos of New York state childhood sexual abuse victims. Five survivors also recalled their traumatic experiences in hopes of urging the Legislature to support this law that would add five years to existing statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Under this bill, individuals would be able to seek criminal and civil penalties against their abusers until they are 28-years-old.

The most controversial aspect of the Child Victims’ Act is the one-year “window” of time during which adult survivors of these abuses can bring civil suit against the person who abused them, as well as anyone who protected or covered for the predator, even if their previous statute of limitations has already expired.

“The faces you see in this exhibit are those of real children who suffered abuse at the hands of pedophiles. These are human faces that inspire us to make this bill law,” Markey said, adding, “This exhibit, like the subject of the Child Victims’ Act, is about children. And it is also about numbers. The ‘1 in 5’ is the number of children in America that suffer childhood sexual abuse.”

Steven Jimenez, is just one of the 17 faces showcased at the event. Jimenez said he was abused by a Jesuit priest from the time he was 10 until age 14, but didn’t come to terms with his trauma until years after.

“For those of us who have waited years or even decades for a glimmer of justice, the Child Victims’ Act represents the first real hope that we will be heard instead of ignored. While a number of Catholic dioceses around the nation have led the way in reconciling with victims, some New York bishops are adamant that they will not deal with these egregious wrongs until they are compelled to do so by the state Legislature, Governor Paterson and the courts,” Jimenez said.

Harold David Smeltzer – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer – BEWARE


New freedoms have been granted to a convicted child killer and pedophile who is now allowed to leave his Regina halfway house without an escort.

In its report released today, the National Parole Board says Harold David Smeltzer must stay away from children in parks, swimming pools, schools and other gathering places “because of your expanded privileges to the community.”

The new conditions were imposed Monday, half a year after Smeltzer was granted day parole. The board extended his day parole for another six months.

Smeltzer is serving a life sentence for murdering his five-year-old Calgary neighbour Kimberley Thompson in 1980. He admitted to raping and exposing himself to 40 girls and women during a five-year reign of terror in a southwest Calgary neighbourhood.

Smeltzer is a pedophile with an anti-social personality disorder, according to the parole board.

Is he still a pedophile with an anti-social personality disorder?

Smeltzer served 28 years in a Prince Albert prison and its minimum security Riverbend Institution before becoming eligible for day parole six months ago.

Before Monday’s decision, Smeltzer was not permitted to leave the halfway house unless he was accompanied by a parole officer or an escort.

“Police were apprised of every outing,” the board wrote in its June 1 report.

“You ostensibly posed no concerns and you have now been giving expanded access to the community and are allowed to leave the facility without escort.”

There have been no incidents with Smeltzer in the past six months, according to the Regina Police Service.

He continues to receive psychological counselling. Smeltzer does not have a job, but completes chores at the halfway house.

The National Parole Board granted Smeltzer day parole last December because he “impressed as aware and genuinely remorseful for (his) tragic choices in your past,” the board wrote in its decision.

The parole board’s decision has been met with anger from politicians, the public, victims, and Kimberley’s grieving mother.

“I was sick, my heart just sunk again. He should be in jail,” said Evelyn Thompson. She was contacted by the parole board about the news on Tuesday.

One of Smeltzer’s child rape victims says her attacker’s added conditions are worrisome.

“I would think that if I lived in the community I would be watching his every move,” said Monique, who cannot be identified because she is a victim of sexual assault.

*****Monique was in Grade 5 when she was sexually assaulted in a garage after Smeltzer grabbed her off a Calgary street in 1978.

*****Two years later, Smeltzer murdered five-year-old Kimberley Thompson, a little girl he knew from his neighbourhood.

*****On Jan. 24, 1980, Smeltzer abducted the girl on an Altadore street intending to sexually assault her. He later drowned her and stuffed her body into a garbage bag.

For five months, Smeltzer walked free, even as suspicion turned to the little girl’s own mother.

*****After an 11-year-old rape victim spotted Smeltzer walking on a street, police arrested him. He confessed to Kimberley’s killing and later admitted attacking up to 40 girls and women during his reign of terror between 1975 and 1980.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Ronald Keith Mack – Repeat Sex Offender – He’ll get out alive one day!


Shackled and wearing a red jail uniform, Ronald Keith Mack pleaded no contest to three charges of sexual abuse of a minor during at hearing Thursday in Casper.

Mack, 43, entered the plea in Natrona County District Court. He also pleaded no contest to one charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, the other four counts against him — two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor — were dropped.

The victims in the case are boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 8.

In court, Mack spoke only to answer procedural questions, quietly answering “Yes” or “Yes, sir” from a podium as Judge David Park asked if he pleaded no contest to each charge. Victims’ family members cried quietly and shook their heads during the proceedings.

Mack faces a maximum of 15 to 30 years in prison.

Had his case gone to trial, he faced a maximum of 265 years in prison if convicted of all eight criminal charges, which included four counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of failure to register as a sex offender.

Police say they began to investigate Mack after the grandmother of one of the alleged victims found five or six pairs of girl’s underwear in his bedroom in November. The defendant had lived at the grandmother’s Casper home, but at the time of the discovery, he had already been arrested on another matter.

The woman spoke with her grandson, who reported being sexually assaulted by Mack, according to a detective’s testimony at a December hearing. Mack had also reportedly stayed at a home next door and is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who lived there.

A friend of the girl’s who spent the night at her home told authorities Mack had inappropriately touched her while the girls watched a movie with him.

Mack lived at a third Casper home from during parts of 2007 and 2008, according to police. A child who lived there said Mack baby-sat and abused her, according to police.

Mack has a 1995 conviction in Natrona County for indecent liberties with a then 6-year-old girl. He served time at Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins.

Following his arrest, Mack was listed on Wyoming’s online sex offender registry. It indicates he was registered on Nov. 12, 2008.

Mack remains held at Natrona County Detention Center while awaiting a sentencing hearing.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Roger Moore urges global action against child exploitation

The UNICEF report quoted data from a 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) document estimating that as many as 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 are “every year forced into sex”.

Former James Bond star Roger Moore lashed out on Tuesday against the sexual exploitation of children, urging those who abuse minors to be pursued across national borders – reports AFP.

Speaking at the publication of a new UNICEF report on the sexual abuse of children, Moore said:

“Childhood is being destroyed by sexual abuse, violence and neglect. We must stop it. If we do nothing, our silence would mean acceptance.”

The 81-year-old British actor, a longtime UNICEF ambassador, added: “I can hardly imagine a more shameful violation of the rights of children as the deliberate exploitation of their bodies by unscrupulous adults to serve their sexual appetite.”

“They destroy the childhood of their victims and do harm to them that lasts throughout their lives.”

He called for better cooperation between police forces, public prosecutors and the business sector.

“Perpetrators must be followed across borders,” he urged.

The UNICEF report quoted data from a 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) document estimating that as many as 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 are “every year forced into sex”.

Everett Wargo – Repeat Sex Offender – Surrendered

  • Attempted Sodomy-1st Degree
  • Conviction Date: 8/24/1992
  • Age at conviction: 49
  • Victim’s Date: 9


A level three sex offender turns himself in to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office after fleeing to Texas.

Everett Wargo, 65, surrendered in Bath Town Court Tuesday.

Investigators were working with Texas authorities to extradite Wargo back to Steuben County when he chose to come back on his own.

Wargo was then arraigned on a forcible touching charge.

He’s accused of inappropriately grabbing a female in the County Office building back in March, failing to register a change of address and jumping bail.

He will appear in court later this month.

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

………Sarah Tofte
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Martin Friedman aka Starmaker Mitch – Internet Predator

A Newton County teen is safe from a 61-year-old man police are calling a child predator. It’s an investigation dating back to February, but police recently found child pornography.

Martin Friedman — also known as Starmaker Mitch lives in Virginia, but police say he preyed on children far beyond that state’s borders.

“He purported himself to be a 21-year-old fashion model designer who was going to make this girl a star,” said Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton.

That girl is 13 years old and from the town of Covington. Police say Friedman’s M.O was logging on to any number of popular social networking sites, entering chat rooms where he’d get minors to send him pictures — some containing nudity.

“It makes me sick, it really does,” said parent Lisa Iaccaranio. “It’s just something personal to me. It just keeps me on my toes all of the time, very scary.”

Friedman is now behind bars charged with 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. What’s more, police say there are still some 150 other questionable e-mails out there from him.

They want to make sure you know if he was preying on your child.

Police said they want parents to be extra vigilant, and to monitor their children’s computer activity.

“I don’t even think I’d let my kid be on chat rooms and stuff like that until they are old enough to completely know what’s going on,” said parent Breanna Roberts.

If anyone has had any type of contact with Friedman — they are urged to contact police. Friedman is presently being held in Virginia.

Adolfo Guardado – Lured 12 year old – Internet Predator


A man who allegedly struck up an Internet and phone relationship with a 12-year-old child has been accused of taking the child onto national forest land near Wolcott and sexually assaulting her.

Arrested was Adolfo Guardado, 24, who authorities said entered the United States illegally from Mexico.

According to investigators, Guardado of Edwards had been chatting online and phoning the girl for some time when the child asked him for a ride to school on May 18.

Guardado allegedly picked up the child and drove her to a remote cabin on national forest land 10 miles from Wolcott.

The child was sexually assaulted at the cabin and later released at the school, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office, with the help of Avon police and the U.S. Forest Service, arrested Guardado.

According to authorities, Guardado has been cooperative, taking them to the remote, unoccupied cabin and confessing to assaulting the child.

Guardado is being held for investigation of sexual assault on a child, second-degree kidnapping and enticement of a child, all felonies.

He is being held in the Eagle County Detention Center on $15,000 bail. He also is being held on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer for being in the country illegally.

Shannon Cordingly, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, said authorities were able to identify Guardado with help from the victim’s family.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said that one in five children on an Internet chat room is approached by a pedophile, and one in four is exposed to unwanted sexual material.

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