Kyle Fuchs – Repeat Sex Offender – Plead Down then became a Sick Twisted Internet Predator

The defendant had been charged once before, at age 17, on five counts of child rape involving a 15-year-old, although three of those charges were dismissed and two were reduced to the less-severe indecent assault and battery of a minor, according to court documents

Kyle Fuchs and his lawyer, Fred McAlary, say that what he did was a result of coming of age in a teenage culture that condones practices such as “sexting” and “hooking up” with “friends with benefits.”

But prosecutor Gregory Friedholm, who noted that Fuchs was on probation for another sexual assault at the time some of the offenses occurred, called Fuchs a predator who showed “absolute disregard for the personal integrity of others.”

And Salem Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead said Fuchs went well beyond the behavior of other teens. “This kind of behavior is an outgrowth of the sexting culture,” said the judge, who believes it “opens the door for predators to come in and exploit” teens.

A 20-year-old Massachusetts man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after an investigator with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force identified him and one of his victims in child-pornography pictures.

Kyle Fuchs was sentenced June 8 for raping three girls and posting online photos of his victims, according to a news release from the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

In 2007, Steve Gamvroulas, an ICAC agent with the Utah Department of Public Safety, discovered 42 images of a victim that had been sent to a Utah man who was suspected of trading child pornography. A school cheerleading outfit, a New England Patriots jersey and a partial word on a sweatshirt were the only clues Gamvroulas had to work with to begin his investigation.

Over the course of time, Gamvroulas was able to use that information to identify the victim.

Massachusetts state police then seized Fuchs’ computer, and investigators found 5,000 more explicit images of underage girls, including 174 pictures where the girls could be identified, according to the attorney general’s office.

Fuchs had been having sex with a 14-year-old girl he had met on MySpace and posting explicit pictures of her on the social-networking Web site, the attorney general’s office said.

“The ICAC Task Force should be proud of stopping a monster,” says Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. “The persistence of the investigators to keep looking until they found this girl means that many more girls will not be abused.”

A relationship spawned on MySpace turned criminal, police said, when a 19-year-old man had sex with a 14-year-old Swampscott girl and posted explicit photos of her online.

State police learned of the victim’s nude photos from detectives in Utah and later alerted authorities in Swampscott, the prosecutor said. Taylor said she believed other jurisdictions, including Saugus, also would bring charges against Fuchs.

The defendant had been charged once before, at age 17, on five counts of child rape involving a 15-year-old, although three of those charges were dismissed and two were reduced to the less-severe indecent assault and battery of a minor, according to court documents

Fuchs had posted nude photos of the victim on MySpace, a popular social-networking Web site, which the girl had removed through the site administrator, the prosecutor said.

The defendant had also grown aggressive with her, once pushing the girl against a wall and later raising fears he was stalking her, Taylor said.

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

Fuchs came to the attention of authorities twice, the first time in the spring of 2006, when he was charged with raping a girl in Lynn. A plea agreement reduced the charges to indecent assault and battery, and he was given an 18-month suspended sentence.

All the while, investigators would later learn, Fuchs, then 17, was dating and having sex with a 14-year-old girl from Swampscott and taking explicit photos of her, even after being put on probation in the Lynn case.

In 2007, police in Utah contacted the Massachusetts State Police, after discovering what they believed were 42 images of child pornography sent by Fuchs to a person there. Some of the pictures were of Fuchs’ young girlfriend, who was later identified by police.

Police seized Fuchs’ computer and found more than 5,000 other images of underage girls in explicit poses, including 174 in which they could identify the girls.

Among those images was that of a Lynn girl, who was 15 when Fuchs took at least seven explicit pictures, and of a girl in Texas, who had, at Fuchs’ behest, taken photos of herself with signs reading “Kyle owns this” next to her nude body.

Another victim said Fuchs had invited her to watch television at his father’s house in October 2004, and while there, attacked her, pinning her to a bed and forcibly raping her.

A year after that, police learned, Fuchs, a football player, asked out a girl he met at a Salem High School football game. She said he took her to a secluded spot and forced her to perform sexual activity. Then, after he apologized, she agreed to go on a date to the Topsfield Fair. Afterward, he forcibly raped her.

Police also identified pictures of a girl who had dated Fuchs five years earlier, when both of them were 14.

Friedholm said Fuchs met most of the girls online.

He said Fuchs’ conduct shows a “nonchalance and lack of regard” for the girls, one of whom fell into a severe depression and was hospitalized.

“This defendant is showing a pattern of predatory conduct,” Friedholm said.

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Joseph Lewis Smith – Facing charges for child molestation – he had child porn too – DUH!

A San Carlos Park man awaiting a state trial for alleged child molestation is now facing federal child pornography charges.

U.S. Marshals nabbed Joseph Lewis Smith, 39, of 18562 Zinnia Road, on Friday, following a Wednesday indictment. Smith is charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of receiving images from across state lines.

“I can tell you it’s some of the worst child pornography I’ve ever heard of,” Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Malloy said of the case.

At the time of his arrest, Smith was awaiting trial in state court on a felony molestation charge from February. Accused of molesting a girl in his care under the age of 12, he was released on bond the day after his arrest.

With Friday’s arrest, Smith is now back in jail and scheduled for arraignment before a federal judge on Wednesday. A detention hearing at the same time will determine whether he stays in jail or is released.

Malloy said Lee County deputies notified FBI agents about the images during the Sheriff’s Office investigation. Deputies searched Smith’s house at one point, according to the arrest report from February.

According to his federal indictment, Smith received the images from as far back as January 2005. Malloy said they were especially graphic and involved young children.

“Sometimes people think this could be a mistake or a pop-up,” he said. “These are thousands of images.”

The indictment calls for the forfeiture of two computers and a USB drive at Smith’s home.

Smith’s February arrest followed accusations by the child, who was occasionally placed in Smith’s care by her mother. The child told investigators that Smith had her undress to her underware, and that he would massage and touch her buttocks and vagina with his hands and with a vibrator.

As part of Smith’s release, he was told to have no contact with the victim, through e-mail or texting, and he wasn’t allowed within 500 feet of the child’s house. He also surrendered his passport.

If convicted of the state charge, Smith faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. The two federal counts carry a maximum 15 years in federal prison.

Terry Leggio – Life in Prison for trying to hire the deaths of the children he had molested


OMAHA, Neb. — A man who tried to arrange for the slayings of his former girlfriend and her two children has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur.

Terry Leggio was sentenced Monday in Council Bluffs. Leggio is already serving 50 years for a sexual assault conviction. Police said he unknowingly made a deal with an undercover investigator to kill the children – he was convicted of molesting, their mother and an investigator.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur said the two consecutive sentences will prevent Leggio from seeking parole until Leggio is 102.

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Lewis Harrison – Repeat Sex Offender – Compulsive

A registered sex offender we first told you about months ago is back in trouble again after allegedly exposing himself to children.

Police say Lewis Harrison exposed himself to girls sitting on the front porch of a West Louisville home Sunday night, but it’s far from the first time police have had dealings with him.

Harrison’s record goes back to 1987. He has numerous arrests for indecent exposure, voyeurism and failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

He’s been charged before with pleasuring himself near pools and bus stops, but hasn’t spent much time behind bars for his alleged crimes.

The last time WHAS11 told you about 41-year-old Harrison, he had just been thrown in jail for allegedly pleasuring himself at a school bus stop.

A new victim is now speaking out about Harrison. Two teenage sisters say on Sunday, a stranger parked in the alley across from their home, then pretended to work on his car.

The girls say eventually the man began exposing and pleasuring himself. They called police, who arrested Lewis Harrison on felony charges of first degree indecent exposure, but this was not the first time.

Since 1987, Harrison has been charged repeatedly for sex crimes involving children, the charges include 14 counts of indecent exposure, voyeurism and failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

Police said Harrison had pornography, Vaseline and a camera in his car.

A mother in the complex also said Harrison attempted to abduct her young daughter. According to police reports, Harrison was sitting in his vehicle touching himself while watching small children swimming in Shelby Park pool. When officers took him into custody, he had a picture of his private parts attached to a note with his phone number on it.

Yet Harrison has spent relatively little time behind bars. The sexual abuse charge stemming from September’s arrest is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Yet Harrison pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to probation and time served only 13 days.

Harrison was arrested six months later after passing out in his vehicle with his exposed genitals in his hand.

Harrison is currently being held under a $5,000 full cash bond. He’ll be back in court on the latest charges on June 25th. His trial for another incident in March is scheduled for August.

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

Julie M. Carr – Female Pedophile – Sexually abused child on webcam


A mother of four young children in Maine was charged Monday with gross sexual assault after British investigators more than 3,000 miles away used the Internet to allegedly catch her in the act of Webcasting a sexual assault of her young child.

Julie M. Carr, 30, of Mars Hill, Maine, was arrested at about 11 p.m. Friday. Her four children — believed to range from 18 months to 5 years old — were taken into protective custody.

The Child Exploitation Investigation Team of England’s West Midlands Police said their unit received information late Thursday that a local man was using the Internet to show inappropriate material of children. An unidentified 18-year-old man was later arrested in Walsall, England.

A day later, on Friday, additional information was obtained by investigators, prompting the West Midland Police to contact officials at the Child Exploitation Online Protection and the U.S. Embassy.

“Our officers worked through the night on Thursday and Friday to ensure the identification and safety of these children across the other side of the world,” West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Dave McCrone said in a statement obtained by FOXNews.com. “Many people use the Internet safely and securely; however, there are a small minority who choose to use it to commit criminality.”

“We work to make people safer, sooner. The very same technology used to commit the crime enables us to work quickly to protect those who may be vulnerable.”

Carr, who is being held on $50,000 bail on charges of gross sexual assault and felony exploitation of a child, was arraigned by videoconference before a judge on Monday. She did not enter a plea, Maine State Police Det. Sgt. John Cote told FOXNews.com.

Cote declined to identify the victim seen during the assault but said one recording was taken as recently as Wednesday.

“That’s kind of what facilitated us acting quickly on this information as we received it,” he told FOXNews.com.

Cote said it was impossible to immediately determine how many individuals viewed the material allegedly posted by Carr. He declined to discuss statements Carr may have given to investigators, but said “this type of crime” is increasingly common.

“It’s just continuing a trend that we’re seeing — an increase in this type of crime,” he said. “But as technology gets better, more units are dedicating more agents to this type of crime and are just getting better at it. It lends itself really to the prevelance of computers in our society.”

Cote, in a release issued on Saturday, said investigators were able to confirm that the woman seen in the video was Carr, and a search warrant was then secured for her home.

Attorney Jeffrey Pickering, who represented Carr during Monday’s arraignment, could not immediately be reached for comment. If convicted, Carr faces up to 20 years in prison for each charge.

Stacey Alan Glenn – Repeat Sex Offender – Driving Naked tries to kidnap a new victim


Wilmington | City police charged a local man with kidnapping and indecent exposure Thursday and are now seeking information from the public about related offenses.

Stacey Alan Glenn, 41, of 7055 Masonboro Sound Road is in the New Hanover County jail on $100,000 secured bond, according to a press release from Lucy Crockett, public affairs officer for the Wilmington Police Department.

The incident leading to his arrest occurred about 3 a.m. May 22 near North Sixth and Red Cross streets. A woman was trying to hail a cab when she was approached by a man driving a blue car who offered her a ride. The woman got in, thinking the car was a taxi.

After entering the car, the woman realized the driver was naked, and she tried to get out. The man grabbed her hair and clothing, but she was able to open the car door. The driver accelerated, and the forward momentum threw the victim from the car. She received multiple abrasions from being thrown onto the pavement.

Wilmington detectives used the victim’s information and other leads to get a warrant for Glenn, Crockett said.

Glenn is a convicted sex offender in Colorado who has lived in Wilmington since 2006, Crockett said, and now police are seeking information from the public about related offenses.

Glenn drives a light blue, 1994 4-door Ford Taurus. Anyone with any information is asked to call the police department at 343-3600.

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

Vernie Burns – Repeat Sex Offender – Gets Life for being a Repeat Sex Offender

A 42-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms for molesting children.

Vernie Burns will have no chance of parole for 40 years, Wyandotte County Judge J. Dexter Burdette ordered Friday.

Burns was accused of molesting three victims in their home in Kansas City, Kan., a press release from the Wyandotte County district attorney’s office said. In November, a jury convicted Burns of two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Burns had been convicted previously in Missouri for molesting an 8-year-old child. Because he is a repeat offender, the judge was able to sentence Burns to the mandatory 40 years.

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

Long term risks of Sexting

Skepticism among data-hungry academics has risen recently with at least two studies questioning the threat level posed by a host of Internet crimes involving children, including “sexting,” or sending nude photos to others, a practice some say is pervasive among young people.

One Utah officer with nearly a decade of experience investigating Internet crimes against children said skeptics may want to reserve their doubts.

Like the Catholic priest abuse scandal, this scandal may take years before its full breadth is known, said Capt. Rhett McQuiston, the director of Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Last month, an academic from York University in Toronto compared teens sharing nude photos to games of spin-the-bottle, though he acknowledged technology poses more risks.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff fired back, saying among other things that sexting photos can find their way into collections of child pornography shared on the Internet.

“Children playing doctor or spin-the-bottle don’t risk having millions of people, including child predators, looking at their nude photos from now until the end of time,” Shurtleff said in a statement.

But when video child pornography of the most vile and explicit is just a few mouse clicks away, are child pornographers really collecting grainy cell phone self-portraits of juveniles posing in the mirror with their shirts off?

They absolutely are, McQuiston said. He admits quickly that he has only anecdotes and no data to prove his point, but he provided an “educated guess” that about 25 percent of the images contained in the task force database of known child pornography originated as sexting photos.

“It’s usually a young teenager or ‘tween’ where they’re actually taking a photo of themselves without a shirt or totally nude in the bathroom mirror with their cell phone camera. I’ve seen literally thousands of those types of images,” McQuiston said.

He said he’s seen so many of those images because they end up on the computers of people the task force arrests for possession of child porn.

Sexting is happening a thousand times a day, McQuiston said, but the only time law enforcement finds out is when either the sender or receiver disseminates the photo — often on social networking sites like My Space or Facebook. Or when some unwittingly “share” it with other Internet users on a peer-to-peer file-sharing program like those used to download MP3 music files. Limewire, Kazaa and other programs fit in this category.

“If you don’t go in and turn off your computer to share what you have, then while you’re on there downloading music, someone else is looking through all your computer files, seeing what they want. … Most people don’t know that,” McQuiston said.

“Type ‘girlfriend’ or ‘nude,’ and all of a sudden, we’re inside someone’s computer, seeing what’s saved.”

At other times, a scorned teen lover or other malefactor may purposefully disseminate a photo that was intended to be private, as was the case in a recent incident Utah’s ICAC Task Force helped investigate that concluded this week in Oregon.

In 2007, Utah’s task force learned of 42 images of suspected child pornography that an Oregon man had sent to a man in Massachusetts.

According to The Salem News, at least one of the Oregon man’s Internet girlfriend’s sexting photos were included in that collection. Among that man’s home collection of child pornography, Salem News reports, were the nude photos of two other girlfriends, one of whom held a sign next to her naked body that reads “Kyle owns this.”

Once one collector has the photo, McQuiston said, it can become a regularly traded part of larger collections of similar pictures.

Because of the hunger for fresh images, McQuiston said, collectors are always on the lookout for new files and eager to share them with others.

He worries that, as cell phones with video cameras become cheaper and more pervasive, the trend could accelerate.

Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings was an early official to say publicly that the sexting trend had not spared the Beehive State. In January 2008, he released details of the case, but not the names, involving nine Farmington Junior High students who were sharing nude photos of each other, which at that time was a felony crime.

Rawlings later advocated for changes in that law, which made sexting a misdemeanor for juveniles.

He agreed with McQuiston that the problems of sexting photos can accumulate over time. He also said teens’ lives can be negatively affected even if no child predators ever see the image.

“You go to your 20-year high school reunion and Tony still has your picture,” Rawlings said. “Even if it doesn’t get disseminated to a broader base than just a circle of friends … those kids still have it, and who knows what they’re going to do with it later in college or beyond?”

Children must be protected

Sometimes that includes protecting them from themselves

and their youthful judgments

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Graeme Paul Hancock – Repeat Sex Offender "I can’t control myself"

A convicted sex offender wearing an electronic tag told police he could not control his sexual urges when he was caught photographing a naked child at South Bank Parklands yesterday, a court has heard.

Graeme Paul Hancock, 24, described in Brisbane Magistrates Court today as a “serious, dangerous sexual predator”, was arrested about 1.30pm while allegedly using a mobile phone camera to photograph a five year-old girl.

The girl was naked as she played on the shoreline.

It was revealed during a hearing this morning Hancock had a history of committing sexual offences against children and had served time in jail.

Since his release in February, he has been living under a supervision order at a facility at Wacol.

He was charged following his latest arrest with making child exploitation material, possessing child exploitation material and contravening a supervision order.

Sergeant Rebecca McDonald said Hancock told police he couldn’t control himself and if he saw a young girl wearing a skirt he would have to try and look up it.

Sergeant McDonald opposed his release on bail on the grounds he posed a risk of reoffending.

“It would be a great concern for him to go back out into the community and allowed to be a predator to small children.”

Duty lawyer Caroline Hunter said Hancock, who suffers from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and Aspergers syndrome, wears an ankle bracelet to allow Corrective Services officers to monitor his movements.

Ms Hunter said she understood the Wacol facility in which he lived could tighten Hancock’s supervision restrictions so that he would not be allowed out.

Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan adjourned the bail application in order for more information about the facility to be obtained for the court.

A decision about his release will be made on Thursday.

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

David Harold Earls – Daughter comes forward "He raped me too"


The daughter of David Harold Earls, who received a one-year sentence last month after being convicted of raping a 4-year-old girl, says her father raped her when she was a child.

“He was a monster,” Denise Earls, 43, said Friday. “He got a year sentence. I got a life sentence.”

Attorney General Drew Edmondson said his office is looking into the allegations.

“My investigators have talked to this newly identified victim,” he said. “We’re attempting to determine whether, in all likelihood, the statute of limitations has run on those offenses. But it would be additional information that if there were a trial of this person, Earls, that information may be admissible to show the propensity to commit this kind of crime.

“What I’m asking my office to do is, even if we’re barred from doing whatever Mr. Earls pled to, are there other crimes that he committed against this victim or this victim’s sibling that have not been wrapped up in this plea bargain that might be revived in a new prosecution?” Edmondson said.

Earls, 64, is scheduled to serve just three more months in a county jail and won’t go to prison. The one-year plea bargain took into account the time he was booked and held in jail since Sept. 24, 2008.

As a result, Earls is tentatively scheduled to be released Sept. 24, Pittsburg County jail administrator Missi Eldridge said.

Earls pleaded no contest last month to charges of first-degree rape and forcible sodomy.

As part of a plea bargain, he was sentenced to a year of incarceration and 19 years of a 20-year sentence were suspended.

The May 13 plea bargain and the child’s pretrial court appearance in front of Earls brought national and international outcries, even threats to the district attorney, J.B. Miller, whose assistants agreed to the sentence.

Two state representatives have called for proceedings to oust District Judge Thomas Bartheld, who accepted the plea bargain.

His assistants and the child’s family feared the girl would freeze up during the planned closed circuit testimony, Miller said. That, along with Earls’ age and his terminal cancer led to the plea bargain before the trial began.

Tim Mills, Earls’ attorney, did not return calls for comment.

Denise Earls has established a pleasant life with her husband, daughter and grandchildren, and long ago separated from her father’s family.

So she knew nothing of her father’s criminal case until her estranged mother called this week.

She said her father’s sentence angers her.

“They have computers, they have all kinds of ways to determine that he has family members,” she said. “You would have thought they would have tried to contact me to see if anything happened to me.”

She said she is coming forward in hopes her story eventually will get Earls a longer prison term.

“With the judge and DA, they need to be held accountable for their decisions,” she said.

The inappropriate touching began when she was 8 years old, she said. Her father was divorced from her mother when she was 1 year old, she said. She seldom heard from him, she said.

The Oklahoman typically doesn’t identify rape victims, but Denise Earls said she wants to be identified and share story told.

She said she was living with her mother and grandmother in Blackwell when her father stopped by in 1974 and spent one night in the washroom behind the garage.

She said that’s where he raped her.

Her father told her if she told anyone, she would no longer be allowed to live with her grandmother, she said. So she kept quiet.

“I was too afraid,” she said. “My grandmother was my rock. My grandmother was my savior. She’s the reason I’m a good person today.”

Denise Earls said she confronted her father in 1995, after she’d been married many years.

“He said, ‘I was drunk. I’m sorry. I don’t remember,’” she said.

“I said, ‘I have vivid memories.’”

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