Christopher M. Tulip – Guilty of Multi-Victim Child Molestation – Fiancee doesn’t mind

Sperrazza called Tulip “diabolical and extremely dangerous. The fact that he has a fiancee with a 12-year-old child and she accepts that is mind-boggling.”

The sentencing of a man for sexually abusing a girl more than a decade ago became even more intense Friday when the judge revealed that the victim’s older sister and brother also had been abused by the same perpetrator.

Christopher M. Tulip, 33, of Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to 9x to 14 years in prison for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

The only victim mentioned in the indictment, now 20, did not come forward until last July. Tulip cannot be prosecuted in the siblings’ cases because the statute of limitations in effect at the time of the alleged acts has expired, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said.

The girl was abused between the ages of 3 and 14; Tulip pleaded guilty to acts that occurred in 1997 and 1999.

“By the time I was 6, I had more sexual experience than my [current] friends in their 20s,” the woman said in court. “I can’t forget what Chris’ body smelled and felt like. . . . It was always the same: a mixture of smoke and alcohol.”

Tulip blamed substance abuse for his actions.

“If I had never picked up that first joint or first beer, it would have been different,” he said.

Sperrazza disagreed, asking, “Do you know how many people stand before the court with substance abuse problems worse than yours and never touch children? Just about everybody but you.”

That’s when the judge read aloud letters she received from the victim’s siblings, which revealed their abuse by Tulip. The sister wrote that she was abused between ages 9 and 11, and the brother said he was a victim between ages 7 and 12.

Sperrazza called Tulip “diabolical and extremely dangerous. The fact that he has a fiancee with a 12-year-old child and she accepts that is mind-boggling.”

Robert Bennett – Repeat Sex Offender – Guilty Sexual Assault of 11 year old

“There’s nothing favorable to say about Mr. Bennett.
… He’s essentially a plague on society”

A previously convicted sex offender who was found to be at “moderate” risk to offend again was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for the sexual assault of an 11-year-old county girl last year.

Robert Bennett, 36, of Burlington City, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault earlier this year. At the time of the assault, he was already a registered sex offender under Megan’s Law for previous convictions.

Bennett is listed on the Megan’s Law Internet registry site as a Tier 2 offender, meaning authorities determined he posed a moderate risk of re-offense. Bennett has been on the registry since he was released from state prison in 2003 for convictions for sexual assault and criminal sexual contact in the county in 1997, according to the state Department of Corrections’ Web site.

“There’s nothing favorable to say about Mr. Bennett. … He’s essentially a plague on society,” said Kevin Morgan, Burlington County assistant prosecutor. “I’m fully confident he’ll do it again. … He just doesn’t care.”

Morgan said Bennett faces civil commitment at the conclusion of his prison term. Megan’s Law includes provisions for involuntary commitment for inmates who complete their maximum sentences but “who are believed to be mentally ill and constitute threats to the public safety.”

Superior Court Judge James J. Morley noted that Bennett victimized two 14-year-old girls when he was 25. “As you got older, you went younger,” he said.

Bennett tearfully apologized to the victim’s family in court, but one woman quickly rejected the offer. “I don’t accept it. I hate you. I hate you,” she said sobbing. “I hope you rot in hell.”

Bennett knew the victim and her family.

“He took and abused her. He took away her innocence. I trusted him,” said the girl’s grandmother, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim’s identity. “I don’t understand how you take a child’s innocence.”

Morley described Bennett as “hedonistic, opportunistic and exploitative” and said his apology was “too little, too late.”

“You are so completely wrapped up in yourself that you take whatever is around,” the judge said. “You knew how old this girl was. You knew she was a child.”

He said he was comfortable with the sentence only because of the high likelihood that Bennett will be civilly committed. Morley also ordered him to get therapy, as recommended by doctors.

Court-appointed defense attorney Bonnie Geller Gorman said Bennett, a father of six who owes about $30,000 in child support, has a “raging alcohol abuse problem” that has been a factor in his behavior.

She said he hopes he gets help for his anger and substance abuse issues. “He knows the risk of civil commitment,” Geller Gorman said.

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

Tony Slone – Repeat Sex Offender – Wife let him do it

A long-haul truck driver was charged with abusing his two stepdaughters during road trips and fathering a child with one of them, authorities said Friday.

Tony Slone, a 43-year-old registered sex offender from Southern California, was arrested Thursday in Chester, N.Y., after his stepdaughters, ages 13 and 16, said he had sexually abused them over the last four years, said the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The elder daughter also told deputies that Slone was the father of her 13-month-old child.

Deputies on Friday arrested Slone’s wife Anita, the girls’ mother, in Victorville. They said she knew about the crimes and let her daughters go with her husband on truck trips in California, Nevada and Arizona where the abuse occurred.

“She admitted to police she knew her husband was the father of her daughter’s child,” said Kathleen DiDonato, deputy district attorney in San Bernardino County.

The Slones are from Phelan, an unincorporated area in San Bernardino County roughly 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Attempts to reach them were not immediately successful.

Deputies said they learned of the abuse when a high school student called them Tuesday and said she had seen sexual text messages on her friend’s cell phone from the friend’s stepfather.

Tony Slone is a registered sex offender in California. He was convicted in 1995 of lewd acts on a child and served an eight-year prison sentence, authorities said.

Authorities are seeking Tony Slone’s extradition to California. He was arrested on a $1 million warrant at a warehouse where he had arrived for a trucking job and was being held in Orange County, N.Y., said Chester police Chief Peter J. Graziano Jr.

Slone is charged with two counts of continual sexual abuse, one count of lewd acts upon a child and one count of forcible rape. Anita Slone is charged with one count of child abuse and was expected to be arraigned on Monday in Victorville.

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

Christopher Brian McGee – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator

Christopher Brian McGee, using the screen name “horngogg69761,” allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent who was using the online profile of a 13-year old girl, telling her that she looked “awesome” and expressing a desire to send her photos that were not “g rated.”

According to the criminal complaint, McGee included a photo of a penis in his instant message window during a subsequent online chat, and later sent a webcam video that showed him nude and masturbating in front of his computer. McGee also allegedly expressed a desire to meet the girl for sex, but cautioned that any meeting would “have to be a secret.”

Corbett noted that McGee allegedly used unsecure wireless Internet connections in his neighborhood to conduct his online conversations with the “girl.” He urged all Internet users who have wireless connections as part of their home networks to use passwords and other security features to prevent unauthorized access.

McGee was arrested at his home on June 3rd by agents from the Child Predator Unit, who were assisted by officers from the Fairless Hills Police Department.

McGee is charged with three counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.

McGee was preliminarily arraigned before Fallsington Magisterial District Judge Jan Vislosky and lodged in the Bucks County Jail in lieu of $950,000 bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing.

Officials say McGee is a registered sex offender.

Each count is punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 dollar fine.

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

Joseph Christian Fontana – Repeat Sex Offender – 76 new counts

The Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Office has been searching for a registered Sex Offender, Joseph Christian Fontana aka Christian Fontana since a warrant for his arrest was issued in 2006.

Fontana disappeared from his residence at 1305 Green Acres Avenue in Fort Walton Beach after finding out that the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Fontana with minor children. Fontana’s whereabouts were unknown until this afternoon, when he was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in the Dominican Republic.

Joseph Christian Fontana was profiled in April 2009 on the television show “America’s Most Wanted”. The show aired in the Dominican Republic as well, due to suspicions of Fontana being in that area.

In late April 2009, a tip was received through “America’s Most Wanted” and forwarded to investigators at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. The tip gave a specific address for Fontana in the Dominican Republic.

Due to Fontana being out of the country, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office submitted the case to the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and requested their assistance in tracking down and apprehending Fontana.

The information was given to the U.S. Marshal’s Foreign Field Office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in an attempt to locate and apprehend Fontana. At approximately 1600 hours central time, U.S. Marshal’s, with the assistance of law enforcement in the Dominican Republic, took Fontana into custody.

From 2001 until 2006 when he fled, Fontana had been visiting with a single mother and her three children in their home. He met the latest victim’s mother at a local church and he eventually committed offenses against her children.

A 4 month investigation into the activities of Fontana, a Registered Sex Offender, resulted in a warrant being issued for his arrest.Fontana has been arrested involving crimes against children 3 times in the past. Fontana was convicted in 1995 of lewd & lascivious behavior with male child less than 16 years of age.

Fontana was known to prey on single women who have young male children. The initial investigation was a collaborative effort involving the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and The Department of Children and Families. Fontana’s also currently has 1 warrant in Okaloosa County.

The 1 warrant in Santa Rosa County is for the following charges: 25 Counts of Sexual Assault on a victim over 12, 25 Counts of Lewd & Lascivious behavior (conduct by persons 18 or older), 25 counts of Lewd & Lascivious behavior (exhibit by persons 18 or older victim less than 16), and 1 count of showing obscene material to a child. Fontana is being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s in the Dominican Republic. It is currently not known as to when his extradition will occur. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer their sincere gratitude to both “America’s Most Wanted” and the USMS for their diligent efforts in locating and apprehending Joseph Fontana.

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

Lorrie Elmer Mecham – Repeat Sex Offender – Uses Cooler to hide his perversion

A Mountain Home man has been found guilty of receiving sexually explicit images of minors and three counts of possessing sexually explicit images of minors, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Friday.

An investigation began in 2007 when the wife of Lorrie Elmer Mecham, 69, found a cooler filled with hundreds of floppy discs and CDs hidden in the crawl space of their home. Investigators found tens of thousands of child images including sexually explicit pictures of minors ranging from toddlers to teens.

They also found non-pornographic photos of his family.

Mecham was convicted of child molestation in Georgia in 1987 when he admitted to molesting two girls, age seven and nine.

Mecham’s sentencing will be held Aug. 24. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 45 years.

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

Selvyn Morales-Quintana – Repeat Sex Offender – Deported and sneaks back in with a new sex crime

A Guatemalan deported after serving time for a sex offense was arrested yesterday after illegally returning to the U.S., police said.

Selvyn Morales-Quintana, 28, also is a suspect in the statutory rape of a girl after he returned, Ramapo police said.

Federal authorities charged Morales-Quintana with illegal re-entry into the country after deportation, Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said.

Ramapo police plan to charge him with not telling police where he was living as a registered sex offender, Weidel said. Under state law, a sex offender must report his address to the local police department.

Weidel said Morales-Quintana also is a suspect in a statutory rape case involving a girl younger than 14 in September 2007, when he would have been living in the U.S. illegally.

Morales-Quintana was convicted in Rockland in 2006 of second-degree sexual abuse after an incident in Spring Valley, Weidel said. He was indicted in September 2005, accused of burglarizing a house and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl while she slept. He was living on Second Avenue in Nanuet at the time.

Morales-Quintana served about a year behind bars, then was deported to Guatemala in November 2006. He returned to the U.S. either in late 2006 or 2007, Weidel said.

“He snuck back into the country and is a suspect in a similar statutory rape case,” Weidel said.

Weidel said Ramapo detectives had been working with federal authorities since the 2007 incident to try to find Morales-Quintana.

Detectives got a recent tip that he was living in Ramapo, which led them to 4 Homer Lee Ave. in Spring Valley, Weidel said.

Morales-Quintana was arrested at his residence by Ramapo police and federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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

Lee David Topping – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Predator

A Niles man is going to prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a young girl more than 10 years ago.

Lee David Topping, 53, of Main Street in Niles, was sentenced by Berrien County Trial Judge Scott Schofield to three years in prison for criminal sexual conduct — assault with intent to commit sexual penetration over a five-month period in 1998.

Topping previously served a three-year prison term for criminal sexual conduct from a 2001 case, also involving a minor girl.

The 1998 case involved a girl he was acquainted with. He at one point took her on a camping trip with him and his own young daughter. Schofield said Topping placed the girl in greater danger by taking her to the campground and exploited his relationship with her.

Topping’s attorney, Steven Freeman, of Lansing, tried to question the victim’s recollections since she did not come forward until 10 years after the incidents took place. He also said that Topping was acting out sexual fantasies with the young girl.

Schofield said he found the victim’s memory to be “quite clear” and her testimony and demeanor during a preliminary hearing earlier this year to be “quite convincing.”

Assistant Prosecutor Mary Malesky said that while Topping had received intensive therapy during his previous incarceration, she felt that the seriousness of the crime warranted more prison time.

Freeman tried to argue that the case should be treated differently and Topping given some leniency since he had been successfully rehabilitated after the 2001 conviction and subsequent prison term.

Freeman also painted a picture of a man who had been affected by a tragedy when he was a teen and involved in a traffic accident that killed another, as well as exposure to child pornography activities.

Schofield said he didn’t know whether Topping had been rehabilitated or not, but that “a price has to be paid” for what was done to the victim in this case.

“My purpose is primarily not reformation but punishment and to protect the public,” he said. “It may have been an evening of perverse pleasure for you, but you sentenced the young lady to a life sentence.”

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

No plea deal in works for San Mateo County psychiatrist accused of molesting patients

Rumors that accused child molester Dr. William Ayres could avoid a criminal trial with a plea bargain were emphatically denied by both prosecution and defense attorneys who insist the disgraced child psychiatrist is marching toward a jury trial.

“We’ve never sought to plea bargain the case, we don’t plan to plea bargain the case, and we’re ready for trial,” said San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Doron Weinberg, Ayres’ defense attorney, said Friday there have not been “serious discussions” of a plea deal for the former San Mateo doctor.

Ayres, 77, is accused of molesting dozens of preadolescent male patients from as far back as the 1970s, though just seven accusers fall under the state’s statute of limitations, which requires such charges be brought by victims who are under 29 or born after 1998. He is formally facing 20 counts of felony molestation.

Pretrial motions filed in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City last week were heard by Judge Beth Freeman, who was assigned to the trial on Monday. She granted the prosecution permission to call to the witness stand several men who claim Ayres molested them before the statute of limitations.

Prosecutors had requested that 17 alleged out-of-statute victims testify. While the judge permitted just four alleged victims to testify, she also allowed some of the parents to offer testimony against Ayres.

The judge rejected the defense’s motion to exclude testimony from Diana Emerson, a child abuse expert whom Wagstaffe said would offer insight into why children don’t report molestations right away.

There was no ruling on how many character witnesses Ayres could have take the stand on his behalf, but Weinberg said on Friday he had at least 15 people in mind to speak on the doctor’s behalf.

For most of his career, Ayres was one of San Mateo County’s most respected child psychiatrists, in 2002 receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Board of Supervisors for his work with youth. He served for more than a decade as president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Ayres admitted to performing physical examinations on juvenile psychiatric patients, sometimes of their genitals. His defense attorney has argued that these examinations were legitimate and routine practice that has been misunderstood by prosecutors and misinterpreted by the accusers.

“Dr. Ayres has had a distinguished career and he is not a child molester,” Weinberg said. “He has declared his innocence of all these charges and we hope that he will be vindicated at trial.”

One of the out-of-statute witnesses slated to testify for the prosecution spoke with Bay Area News Group several months before Ayres’ arrest, claiming he was molested by the psychiatrist in 1985 when he was 15 years old. Greg Hogue was one of the alleged victims who cooperated in the yearlong investigation leading up to Ayres’ April 2007 arrest.

Hogue told police in 2006 that his school district referred him to Ayres after a note he wrote to a classmate was misconstrued as a suicide threat.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday morning with a three-day hardship inquiry that will gauge whether potential jurors are able to sit for an eight-week trial. The process will end Wednesday and resume June 16. Opening statements could start by the end of that week, according to Wagstaffe.

Ayres remains out of custody on $750,000 bail. He is expected to return to court Monday for the continuation of pretrial motions.