Mark Dean Grassi – Repeat Sex Offender – Babysitting Molester – Wasn’t listed on Registry!

A registered sex offender is accused of sexually assaulting three girls he baby-sat at his Brooklyn Center apartment complex and taking pornographic photos of one of the girls.

Mark Dean Grassi, 51, who also goes by the name Roland Rondel Campbell, was charged Thursday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of child pornography.

Authorities are still investigating whether there are other victims. They sent a letter to residents of the Earle Brown Farm apartment complex about Grassi’s arrest.

A woman who lives in the complex told police that Grassi, who had been a caretaker at the apartment, baby-sat her children and they called him “Grandpa,” according to the charges. He had used her digital camera and when he returned it, she found two pictures of a naked young child. She recognized the child as her 2-year-old daughter because of a scratch and birthmark, the charges said.

The woman’s 11-year-old daughter later said Grassi molested her and asked to take pictures of her. Another 11-year-old girl who lived in the apartment told police that Grassi inappropriately touched her while she was in a bathing suit and that she had seen him molesting the 2-year-old girl while he changed her diaper, the charges said.

After an initial search of Grassi’s computers, investigators said they found about 200 images of naked girls appearing to be between the ages of 5 and 12. Grassi told police that he took pictures of one of the girls and that he had “pictures that he shouldn’t have,” according to the charges.

Grassi was required to register as a Level 1 sex offender because of a conviction involving a 4-year-old girl he baby-sat in the early ’90s. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Scott Bechthold said residents of the apartment complex were not notified about Grassi’s prior conviction because Level 1 sex offender information is not public. He said Grassi had completed regular compliance checks.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Charles Michael Roth – Claims his 4 year old victim "Seduced him"


An Orlando man was charged with sexually battering a 4-year-old Deltona girl, officials said Wednesday.

Charles Michael Roth, 55, was left to care for the girl and her siblings while their parents were out of town about two months ago, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s Sex Crime Unit determined he touched and kissed the girl inappropriately, performed a sex act on her and showed her pornographic images on a computer.

Roth was arrested Wednesday in Orlando after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The victim’s mother called the Sheriff’s Office after she noticed her daughter kiss her father with an open mouth, according to the arrest report. When asked about it, the girl told her mother that’s how Roth kissed her when he was watching her.

She told a case worker from the Children’s Advocacy Center that Roth asked her to get undressed and kissed different areas of her body.

Roth told investigators he was “seduced” by his victim and described her as a “domineering little girl,” according to the arrest report.

“It seemed innocent enough at the time but then it went a little bit too far,” Roth told investigators.

He said he is not a pedophile and kept apologizing, the report states.

He’s also accused of showing her pornographic images on a computer.

Roth was initially booked into the Orange County Jail and will be transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bail allowed.

Jonathan Then – The Boy Raping Nanny

He wanted to be a teacher and was majoring in early childhood education.

Jonathan Then, 20, a student at Hunter College, now faces up to life in prison on charges that he raped and sexually abused three young boys for whom he was a live-in nanny.

Then, who worked as a nanny for as many as 20 families in the Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey area, was arrested Thursday at the college and is being held without bail on charges that include predatory sexual assault against a child. Then has worked in youth sports leagues and at numerous summer camps.

Prosecutors say that Then has also admitted possessing child pornography. Last month, he was charged with child molestation in Brooklyn and had been free after posting $10,000 bail.

“Unfortunately this investigation is far from over”, prosecutor Rachel Ferrari told Judge Kevin McGrath in Manhattan Supreme Court. “In additon to babysitting for numerous families, the defendant has had access to hundreds of other young boys in the last several years throughout New York City and beyond.”

According to the Manhattan DA’s office, Then molested an eight-year-old boy on five separate times at an East 78th Street location between Jan. 1 and March 31. Then also molested another eight-year-old bout at least six times between Jan. 1 and April 15, according to prosecutors.

According to the criminal complaint filed, Then also raped a 10-year-old boy on three separate occasions between Jan. 1 and Feb. 25.

The district attorney’s office said anybody with information about Then should call a special hotline number, 212-335-4308. 5-08-09

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

Christopher Dominick Mauro – Child molesting – Babysitting – Child Pornographer


An child pornography task force said it arrested a Lakeland man Wednesday on charges that he molested an 8-year-old girl and videotaped himself doing it.

Authorities say Christopher Dominick Mauro was babysitting the Largo girl at the time the alleged acts took place at his Lakeland home, where they reported finding more child pornography.

And where did authorities say they found Mauro? In St. Petersburg, with the alleged victim.

Mauro, 29, was arrested Wednesday on one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and two counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child.

He is accused of videotaping himself fondling a nude 8-year-old girl in a bathtub and molesting the child while she was asleep in bed, according to arrest reports.

When the victim woke up, the reports said, Mauro “acted” as if he had just awoken, too, and told the child: “I was having a dream about my girlfriend.”

The investigation into Mauro started, authorities said, when a female roommate discovered that Mauro hadexplicit photos of a young girl on his computer. Police got a search warrant on Wednesday toinvestigate Mauro’s home at 6258 Peacock Run in Lakeland.

“The roommate knew he was taking this girl back to Largo,” said Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross.

Task force members included Lakeland police officers, Pinellas sheriff’s deputies and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents. They arrested Mauro without incident on Wednesday while he was with the child at an undisclosed St. Petersburg location.

When authorities questioned Mauro about the allegations, the arrest reports said, he told them: “I cannot recall and I do not remember.”

The identity of the victim was not disclosed. Mauro is a friend of the victim’s family, authorities said.

Mauro was booked into the Pinellas County jail where he is being held in lieu of $130,000 bail.

The investigation is continuing, and more state and federal charges could be filed.

Marcus Blanchard – Repeat Sex Offender – Babysitter Molester


A convicted murderer and child molester is being held without bond on charges he sexually molested five young girls.

Deputies say 54-year old Marcus Blanchard’s longtime girlfriend babysat the children in her home. Blanchard was arrested and convicted of molesting his own daughters in 1980.

Then in 1988, Blanchard was convicted of killing another man in a fight over drug money in the mid-eighties. Blanchard remains at the Palm Beach County Jail.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Aaron Jay Lemon – Babysitter used Craigslist to find victim


A 23-year-old Little Canada man convicted of producing child pornography was sentenced Monday in federal court. Aaron Jay Lemon received a sentence of 20 years in prison and supervised release for life, for the production of pornography involving a child he was babysitting in 2007.

According to Lemon’s plea agreement, in August of 2007, he did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such contact.

Court documents say that Lemon answered a babysitter ad on Craigslist. He then used a video camera to produce child pornography while acting as a babysitter to the child he was caring for.

The case is part of an effort by the St. Paul Police Department and Project Safe Childhood .

LEAVE KIDS ALONE

Aaron Zendejas – held on multiple charges – Police seek other babysitting victims

A mother of a suspect in a child pornography ring is declaring her son’s innocence.

Jeannie Holloway said, “I’m praying. I’m praying for my son to come home because he did not do this.”

Jeannie Holloway’s 24-year-old son sits in a jail facing multiple charges. Among them, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco detailed, “kidnapping for purposes of oral copulation of a minor.”

Authorities say Aaron Zendejas took a 3-year-old boy he was babysitting to a house where child pornography was made and where the toddler was molested.

However, Holloway says her son loved the kids he was babysitting, adding that he was “good with the kids. He never done anything wrong with the kids.”

Neighbors recoiled at the charges filed against Zendejas. One woman saying that, “It makes me upset — internally upset — to know that I’m living next door to this.”

Police now are on the hunt for fugitive suspect Jared Yaffe, the man they say molested the little boy, among others.

They say they have photographic evidence that shows Yaffe actually participating in the molestation of a young child. He’s charged with seventeen counts, and police suggest he and Zendejas may not be the only suspects.

“The scope is deep and wide ranging – we don’t know the exact numbers,” said Lt. Rick O’Hanlon of the San Diego Police Department. “The detectives are still going through the numbers, still analyzing it.”

The number of victims is also unclear. One deputy D.A. has said at least four but likely more.

Investigators released a picture of Yaffee on Wednesday and announced that an arrest warrant with bail set at $5 million has been issued for the 30-year old suspect.

Suspected molester Jared Yaffee

Investigators say Yaffee has been identified as one of the molesters. San Diego Police say Yaffee may also be responsible for videotaping children while they were being molested.

Holloway said, “He’s a bad influence, and my son keeps, hanging around him.”

Greco said, “We are still looking for that 3-year-old. There is an active search specifically, to look for that three year old and his family.”

Aaron Zendejas was arrested January 28th and is held on $500,000 bail on charges that include child molesting, manufacturing child pornography, kidnapping and committing a sex crime with a child 10 years or younger.

Aaron Zendejas allegedly supplied children to molester.

San Diego police are publicizing pictures of Zendejas, hoping it will help identify any addition victims.

Investigators think most of the cases would have been in the Santee and El Cajon areas.

Investigators said they’re still trying to identify the alleged victims, who range in age from 3 to 10 years old. Police are asking anyone who may have used Zendejas as a babysitter to call the police immediately.

Anyone with information about Zendejas is asked to contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers. Investigators say you may remain anonymous.

Zendejas is due back in court February 10th.

Anthony LaMantia – Repeat Sex Offender – new 163 count Indictment


A Sullivan County grand jury on Tuesday handed up a 163-count indictment against a convicted sex offender accused of sex acts against two children.

Anthony LaMantia, 56, of Liberty, is charged with repeatedly abusing a girl and a boy from 1998 to 2004. The girl was 10 when the sexual abuse started around 1998, while the boy was 13 in 2001 when he was first abused, court papers say.

If convicted on the top charges of first-degree sodomy and course of sexual conduct against a child, LaMantia faces five to 25 years in prison on each count.

LaMantia was also indicted for first-degree sexual abuse, sodomy in second and third degrees and criminal sexual act in the first and third degrees, felonies.

LaMantia was convicted of rape in 2005 for having sexual intercourse with two other pre-teen acquaintances during the same period. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and stamped a Level 2 sex offender.

Two recent complaints compelled detectives to revisit his case.

An anonymous caller reported that LaMantia was offering to baby-sit children at his apartment complex. He was also caught staring at one of the victims in a local grocery store. Both victims are now young adults and can accurately describe the acts forced on them, authorities say.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Anthony LaMantia – Repeat Sex Offender – new 163 count Indictment


A Sullivan County grand jury on Tuesday handed up a 163-count indictment against a convicted sex offender accused of sex acts against two children.

Anthony LaMantia, 56, of Liberty, is charged with repeatedly abusing a girl and a boy from 1998 to 2004. The girl was 10 when the sexual abuse started around 1998, while the boy was 13 in 2001 when he was first abused, court papers say.

If convicted on the top charges of first-degree sodomy and course of sexual conduct against a child, LaMantia faces five to 25 years in prison on each count.

LaMantia was also indicted for first-degree sexual abuse, sodomy in second and third degrees and criminal sexual act in the first and third degrees, felonies.

LaMantia was convicted of rape in 2005 for having sexual intercourse with two other pre-teen acquaintances during the same period. He was sentenced to 10 years probation and stamped a Level 2 sex offender.

Two recent complaints compelled detectives to revisit his case.

An anonymous caller reported that LaMantia was offering to baby-sit children at his apartment complex. He was also caught staring at one of the victims in a local grocery store. Both victims are now young adults and can accurately describe the acts forced on them, authorities say.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Christopher Blanks – Repeat Sex Offender – Baby Raping Pedophile

  • Conviction date: 3/26/1998
  • Sexual Abuse-1st Degree
  • Offender’s age at conviction: 27
  • Victim Age: 4


A Norwich man who had been convicted of a sexual crime in 1998 in New York has been charged with sexually assaulting a child for whom he babysat.

Christopher Blanks, 37, is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in Norwich in September 2007. He met the child and her 5-year-old brother through his former girlfriend, who is friends with the victim’s mother, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The girl told her mother Blanks had sexually assaulted her but begged the mother not to notify police, according to the affidavit.

The mother finally went to police after Blanks’ girlfriend told her she had discovered pictures of Blanks sexually assaulting the girl on their computer. There were also pictures of the 5-year-old brother.

Blanks, whose last known address is at 23 Hunters Ave, is charged with first-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and four counts of risk of injury to a minor. He was convicted of first-degree sexual assault in New York in 1998 and is a registered sex offender. Norwich police charged him in 2005 with failure to update his address with the Department of Public Safety on four occassions. He also had been convicted in 1999 in New York for failing to register as a sex offender.

He is being held on $352,500 bond at the Corrigan Correctional Institution. During a court appearance Monday in New London, Judge Susan B. Handy appointed public defender Bruce A. Sturman to represent Blanks and continued his case to Dec. 23.

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

………Sarah Tofte