David Elliman – Repeat Sex Offender – Indefinite Sentence Imposed

A CONVICTED paedophile who groomed a 15-year-old schoolboy for sex after befriending him on an internet social networking site has been locked up indefinitely.

David Elliman, 27, had only been released from prison for earlier offences of child abuse three weeks before he posed as a 17-year-old youth and asked to be a friend of the schoolboy on his “Bebo” account, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The following day Elliman had arranged to meet the boy at Ipswich Railway Station and had then taken him back to his hotel room and sexually assaulted him.

Elliman, who had been staying at the Station Hotel, Ipswich, admitted offences of sexual grooming and sexual assault.

Judge John Holt passed an indeterminate prison sentence on Elliman for public protection and said he would have to serve at least two years in prison before he could be considered for release by the parole board.

Sentencing Elliman the judge said he had groomed the boy by means of the Bebo social networking site on the internet.

He said it was clear from text messages seen by the police that Elliman intended that the meeting between him and the boy should be the first of several similar encounters.

He said Elliman had been jailed for 15 months in 2005 for three offences of sexual assault on boys aged 12 and 14 and for possessing indecent images of children.

He had been subject to an extended period of licence on his release and had subsequently been returned to prison for two breaches of his licence which arose out of him befriending a child and being seen near a children’s play area.

Elliman had been released from prison on February 25 this year and the offences currently before the court had taken place three weeks later on March 14.

Judge Holt said a probation report on Elliman said there had been an escalation in the seriousness of his offending and considered that he posed a serious risk of causing harm to children in the community.

In addition to jailing Elliman the judge imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his future use of the internet and contact with children under 16.

He was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Patricia Doggett, prosecuting, said that after taking the boy to his hotel room Elliman had pushed the boy backwards on the bed before removing his jeans and underwear and performing a sex act on him.

Afterwards the boy had caught a bus home and had later been contacted by Elliman on MSN asking him if he had enjoyed himself and asking if would like to do it again, said Miss Doggett.

Thereafter there had been some communication between Elliman and the boy concerning a jacket the boy wanted Elliman to buy him because he thought he had been “used” by him.

Roger Thomson for Elliman said his client’s previous offending clearly aggravated the current offences.

He said that Elliman hadn’t restrained the boy.

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

Patrick Brendon Smith – Repeat Sex Offender – Court did not know of previous convictions

A child rapist only received a year sentence for attacking a paper girl because a court was unaware of his previous convictions, it has emerged.

Patrick Brendon Smith was jailed for 12 years in Ireland for attacks, and then another six years for more offences.

A judge said he was “very concerned” the UK police computer had been updated but the courts had not been informed.

Smith was given an indefinite sentence at Caernarfon Crown Court for trying to groom two girls for sex in Wrexham.

Probation officials admit there were “gaps” in information when it came to housing him at a hostel in the town.

Smith, 44, pleaded guilty to the grooming charges last month, sparking a protest at the Plas y Wern probation hostel in Plas Madoc by angry residents.

They have been bitterly opposed to the centre housing known sex offenders so close to the housing estate.

The Probation Service, which runs the Plas y Wern hostel said the case had “highlighted a number of issues including the fact that there were gaps in the information supplied to north Wales probation area about Smith’s offending background”.

But BBC Wales has discovered that the courts which dealt with him when his was last jailed in Lancashire were also unaware of Smith’s horrific past.

Smith, who is originally from County Meath in Ireland, was jailed for 12 years in 1998 after being convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl.

Smith then set up home in Blackpool in 2008, shortly after being released from a further six year jail sentence in Ireland for sexual attacks on a 13-year-old girl and a 58-year-old woman.

Living in the seaside town under the name of Patrick Reilly, within weeks he dragged a 13-year-old paper girl to the ground while on her early morning round, demanded sex and threatened to kill her.

He was arrested and finally sentenced in October 2008.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service told BBC Wales: “This person was prosecuted under the name of Patrick Reilly, and we were not aware of his previous convictions.

“In this case, we didn’t have any information.”

However, it emerged at Friday’s sentencing hearing at Caernarfon Crown Court, that prior to being sentenced in Preston, information about Smith’s rape offences had been updated on to the UK’s police national database.

“The information reached the police national computer, but the court was not informed of its existence for a reason for which there is no explanation,” said the sentencing judge in Caernarfon, Merfyn Hughes QC.

He said that he was “very concerned” about the issue.

Responding to the case, a spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “”We note the comments made by the judge in this case.

“Cleary, we will always look to see if lessons can be learned from individual cases but we would make the point that at the time of concluding our files for the Crown Prosecution Service we provided all of the information that was currently available to us.”

‘Significant risk’

The court heard that Smith was arrested at the Plas y Wern hostel in January this year, after trying to persuade a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old girl to meet him in a pub car park at Acrefair.

He offered to “take them for a spin” in his car, and offered to buy them alcohol, said prosecutor Andrew Green.

“They said no because they had school the next day,” said Mr Green.

“However, he persisted and they agreed to meet him later that week.”

But one of the girls “went straight home and told her mother what had happened”, added the prosecution.

Smith pleaded guilty to two offences of trying to arrange or facilitate sexual activity with a child.

Sentencing, Judge Hughes said Smith’s previous convictions and pre-sentence reports convinced him that the sex offender was a “significant risk of serious harm” to the public.

He said an assessment of Smith placed him at a “very high risk of reoffending, a high risk of sexual offending, and it is believed that the risk to young females is very high”.

The judge said he would be imposing a sentence of imprisonment for public protection.

It means Smith must serve a minimum jail term of two years and three months before he can apply for parole.

However, a parole board must then consider whether he still poses a risk, and Smith will stay in prison until he is no longer a public threat.

“A considerable amount of time would be required before you have addressed your factors to a sufficient degree,” added Judge Hughes.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Lee Tibbetts – Teacher arrested for child molestation – School enabled him

Investigators say any time a child alleges abuse, they take it seriously and so should adults – especially educators.

Indianapolis – An IPS teacher has been arrested for child molestation.

John Marshall Community High School math teacher Lee Tibbetts was placed on administrative leave by Indianapolis Public Schools with pay during the investigation. Metro police sex crimes detective Greg Norris arrested Tibbetts after a thorough investigation, but the case is far from over.

Tibbetts, 33, faces five counts of child molestation and he was also arrested for one count of child solicitation involving a second student last year. One of Tibbetts’ 13-year-old male students claims he was repeatedly molested by the teacher in classrooms at the school.

“Alleging that he engaged in improper conduct during school hours on school property,” said IMPD Sgt. Paul Thompson.

The student also claims Tibbetts threatened to fail him if he ever told anyone.

Eyewitness News has now learned that IPS is investigating how another teacher handled information when the 13-year-old told her about the abuse in March. A school administrator also allegedly scorned Tibbetts after finding him and the boy in a locked classroom, but never suspected misconduct.

But now, sex crimes detectives are convinced that Tibbetts crossed the line.

“Because that’s where this case has gone from the beginning. We had one victim that had come forward, the complaint had been filed and the investigation was initiated. After that investigation was initiated, we heard additional complaints, at least one that has been verified of which he has been arrested for,” said Sgt. Thompson.

The investigation is ongoing, since detectives believe there is a possibility of other victims. Tibbetts first came under investigation in August 2008 when a 15-year-old boy complained to his mother about the teacher’s sexual advances.

“Asking him about his sexual preference, placing his hand on his knee, offering money. Stuff he should not have done as a teacher,” said the victim’s mother.

But the school dismissed the case, telling the boy’s mother the allegations were unfounded.

Months later, the 13-year-old boy came forward. Former Principal Jeff White believes the students.

“The kids who came forward, I would say that they were pretty honest with what they were conveying to me,” White said.

White said he suspected the teacher all along and didn’t trust him alone with students.

“Everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” White said. “But as a precaution with students, I wanted him removed.”

Investigators say any time a child alleges abuse, they take it seriously and so should adults – especially educators.

“It needs to be brought to the attention of law enforcement immediately so we can investigate,” Sgt. Thompson said.

Police believe there may be more victims waiting to come tell their own story.

“Once this is out in the media, there’s always the possibility of someone else coming forward and additional charges and investigation,” Sgt. Thompson said.

Tibbetts denies any wrongdoing, including improper contact with the victims. As part of their investigation, detectives are looking at the teacher’s computer and phone records. He will make his first court appearance next week.

Antoine Louis Johnson – MySpace Predator – Updated

There’s new information about a Gwinnett County church volunteer accused of child molestation. Another person has come forward, saying he was a victim.

“During the course of the investigation there was always the possibility of a third victim,” said Gwinnett County Police Corp. David Schiralli. “Through the investigation they determined there was a third victim.”

Gwinnett County police said Antoine Louis Johnson setup a fake profile on MySpace and was posing as a 16-year-old girl. The boy’s mother said the girl, named Kristen, befriended her son on MySpace last summer.

The Dacula mother said she couldn’t be happier Johnson is behind bars. She said the 26-year-old man has been sexually molesting her 13-year-old boy and killed a part of her child.

The boy’s mother said Johnson picked up her son, took him to a vacant home where, she said, Johnson sexually assaulted her son. She said it didn’t stop there. Johnson blackmailed her son into meeting him at least three other times.

Johnson had been volunteering with the youth at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula the last two years. Administrative Pastor David Baker said Johnson was terminated as soon as they learned of his arrest.

Baker said as of right now, they do not believe there are any alleged victims in their congregation.

As for the alleged victim’s mother, she has a message for parents.

“Watch your children. Make time for it,” she said.

Police said Johnson is being without bond.

Justin Rabon – Repeat Sex Offender – escaped registry by pleading down

When we crunched the numbers, we learned that the majority of sex crimes in our state are either dropped or plead down.

“The problem is they’re not convicted of the appropriate sexual crime they are committing and there’s no tracking of that,” says Westbrook.

ERSHAW COUNTY, SC A mother says her son was sexually abused, but the person accused was never convicted of a sex crime.

Now she questions the system set up to keep our kids safe. What she has to say might make you take a second look at who you and your children are hanging out with.

“I can’t see how it’s not rape. You’re taking the innocence of a child,” the woman says.

She says her four-year-old son was sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old. She still remembers the shock when her kindergartner told her something on a car ride that she couldn’t ignore.

“He said this person licked his pee pee and then he also said ‘umm, he put his pee pee in my bottom,” the mother says.

Seven years later, the suspect in her son’s case is now 22, according to his MySpace page. He was charged for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Kershaw County.

Three days later he faced similar charges, according to a police report, this time in Fairfield County.

At this point, Justin Rabon has never been convicted of a sex crime, and he’s never served a day in jail.

“He’s still walking the streets,” the mother says, she feels in part because of a difficult decision she had to make on behalf of her little boy

“I don’t think we got justice for him,” she says.

Back then she gave it long hard thought: Should she put her four-year-old son on the stand? At first the answer seemed clear: yes.

But she says it never occurred to her how long it would take for her son’s case to actually make it before a judge. She says after three years and three different prosecutors, her family finally got a court date. It’s time her son spent in counseling trying to heal.

“For it to take three years and then have to go back and do that to him again, we couldn’t do that,” she says.

She says she was told that without her child’s testimony, the case wasn’t a surefire win, she says she agreed to a plea bargain. The court found him guilty of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and Rabon was sentenced to probation and counseling.

“The charge we had to plea bargain had no sexual reference whatsoever,” the mother says.

“It doesn’t indicate the sex crime that it really was. That is a huge problem,” says BeBe Westbrook, an advocate for victims of sexual assault.

When we crunched the numbers, we learned that the majority of sex crimes in our state are either dropped or plead down.

“The problem is they’re not convicted of the appropriate sexual crime they are committing and there’s no tracking of that,” says Westbrook.

That’s part of the reason the mom says she wants you to hear her story. She says the system is broken, starting with the time it takes for a young victim to get to court.

“I know they have their plate full, but we need to find a way to get the child’s story while it’s fresh, not wait two years, three years. Even a year, that’s just too long,” the mother says.

Her other reason for talking now, according to the statement in a police report the 14-year-old made back in June 2008, her mother doesn’t know she had sex with Rabon.

The girl told police she’s afraid he may be having sex with another middle school student, prompting the 4-year-old’s mom to wonder if it would have made a difference now if she had made a different decision back then.

Justin Rabon’s attorney said he does not want to comment on the case right now. Prosecutors say they hope to call the Kershaw County case to court sometime this summer.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Sex offenders can’t be trusted on the internet

A local psychologist who has counseled hundreds of sex offenders believes there’s nothing more dangerous to them or the public than the Internet.

“If they’ve benefited from treatment at all, they should know that they shouldn’t be involved in any Internet discussions or be on any social networking sites,” said Dr. James Orlando, Clinical Director at Summit Psychological Associates.

“It’s way too tempting for them. It would be like an alcoholic taking a job as a bartender. It’s really not a good idea, and they should know that.”

Earlier this year, Facebook and MySpace each adopted new policies prohibiting sex offenders from having personal pages.

Facebook has already deleted the profiles of more than 5,000 convicted sex offender, including an Akron man who molested boys at a local high school ten years ago and whose Facebook profile was featured several weeks ago on Channel 3 News.

Recently, a Kent mother checked the names of sex offenders in her neighborhood and found four men — all of whom had offended against young girls — with active Facebook profiles.

Orlando realizes that the ease of access makes it impossible to follow every sex offender’s activity on the Internet, but after counseling hundreds of offenders, he’s confident social networking is a one-way ticket to disaster.

“Sex offending occurs in the context of a relationship, almost always,” Orlando said. “So for an offender to offend, they need two things. They need opportunity to get to victims and they need an opportunity to develop a relationship . Social networking enables them to develop a relationship with a lot of people slowly over a course of time, and they slowly groom a lot of people until they find one they can offend against. So it’s ideal for them.”

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

Graham John Simms – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile faces life in prison

He was before the courts for sexually molesting children in:

  • 1987
  • 1991
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2009

A predatory paedophile who targeted football-mad school boys has been warned he could be jailed for life.

Graham John Simms, who has a 20-year history of abusing youngsters, was found guilty of a series of offences after a five-week trial.

The 49-year-old was convicted of meeting three boys, aged from nine to 11, following “sexual grooming”, between October 2006, and April last year.

Simms, of Braunstone Lane, Braunstone, Leicester, was also found guilty at Leicester Crown Court of five counts of sexually assaulting the same boys.

He was cleared of five further charges of sexually assaulting the boys.

Simms denied all the charges saying he was only being “affectionate” and there was no grooming involved.

Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said that Simms befriended the boys and their parents through an under-14s village football team and also while attending Leicester City FC away matches.

She said: “He portrays himself as a single unmarried guy with no kids who purports to offer kindness to families who happen to have pre-pubescent boys.

“He’s clever and calculated about who he befriends.

“He would use his seeming interest in LCFC to ingratiate himself with parents in order to spend time alone with the boys and create an opportunity to satisfy his sexual needs.

“He would treat the boys to gifts or trips.”

Simms would turn up at a boys’ matches wearing a Leicester City tracksuit, and talk to youngsters about football.

He would hug his victims in a way they did not like and also gave them sweets and treats.

Simms would slap one of the boys on his bottom and insist on accompanying him to the lavatory.

He was found not guilty of all the more serious charges which alleged he had touched the boys groin areas. The court was told that Simms had previously been convicted and jailed for indecently assaulting youngsters in the past.

He was before the courts for sexually molesting children in 1987, 1991, 2000 and 2003 and was on licence when he committed these latest offences.

After the verdicts were announced, Judge Simon Hammond said he would be considering imposing a life sentence for public protection.

This means Simms would not be released from jail until a parole board considered he was no longer a danger.

The judge requested a probation report assessing Simms’s risk of dangerousness.

Simms was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on July 24. Judge Hammond said: “These are very grave offences.

“He has all the trademarks of a persistent sexual predator of young boys and I have a duty to protect young boys.”

After the case, the mother of one of the boys Simms had groomed said her son had been traumatised by what had happened to him and now experienced anxiety attacks.

The woman, who lives in North West Leicestershire, said: “I just want to know why he’s done it, but that’s something I will never find out.

“We became good friends with Graham and went to games together – we saw him as one of the family. I feel totally betrayed.”

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

Robert Williams – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator – "every parent’s worst nightmare"

A SEXUAL predator abducted a 15-year-old girl and fled with her to France weeks after being freed on bail over another relationship with a youngster.

Robert Williams – described as “every parent’s worst nightmare” – was yesterday jailed for five years at Grimsby Crown Court, after earlier pleading guilty to child abduction and sexual activity with a child.

He will serve half of his sentence, less the 119 days he has spent on remand, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

The father-of-three was on bail at the time of the incident in January this year after a complaint about a similar case involving another teenage girl.

In the first incident Williams, a lorry driver, met a 16-year-old girl on the internet and travelled from Scotland to Sussex to meet her, before booking into a hotel where the pair had sex.

He was interviewed and bailed but never charged.

But within weeks Williams arranged to meet a “naive” and “vulnerable” teenager from Cleethorpes, and whisked her off to France after taking her from her home in North East Lincolnshire on January 14.

Williams, 49, of Glebe Road, Whitburn, West Lothian, met the 15-year-old in a chatroom, where she had previously been talking to his son. He told her he was 19 and sent her a photograph of a man with a muscular body.

The court heard Williams was aware that the girl was 15 and when he later confessed his real age, she was said to be “unperturbed” by the truth.

The teenager told friends she had fallen in love with Williams and they would become engaged. During the two days before the pair went missing, they exchanged a “barrage” of nearly 500 text messages.

Williams and the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, travelled by train from Grimsby to Doncaster and then on to London, where they booked into a hotel room and had unprotected sex twice.

The next day they travelled to France by ferry and were found a week later, on January 21, when they went to the British Consulate in Lille. Staff at the Consulate contacted police and Williams was arrested.

Prosecutor Jeremy Evans told the court the girl was a virgin and did not want to have sex with him, but did not tell him.

Mr Evans said: “She says she wanted to wait until she left school and met the right person before losing her virginity, but said she did not ask the defendant to stop.”

Mr Evans said the girl told police she wanted to go home after they reached France and felt relief when they were found.

Sentencing Williams, Judge David Tremberg told him: “She appears to have been a particularly naive young girl for her years and vulnerable to the attentions of a man like you.”

He added: “The complainant feels used, which she has been.

“She is withdrawn, the effect on her and her relationship with her family has been substantial. She feels isolated and unhappy.”

In a statement read by Det Chief Insp Sharon Fielding, of Humberside Police, the girl’s family said: “We are pleased that this man is now behind bars as it means we can put this ordeal behind us and move on as a family.

Speaking for the Crown Prosecution Service outside court, Mr Evans called Williams “every parent’s worst nightmare”.

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

Michael Ted Staples – Repeat Sex Offender – At Community Pool!

A registered sex offender is accused of fondling a child at a community pool in Holladay.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Michael Ted Staples, 43, with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child — felonies punishable by up to life in prison. Court documents claim on May 22, Staples fondled a 9-year-old girl at the Holladay Lions Fitness and Recreation Center.

A warrant has been issued for Staples’ arrest but he was not in the Salt Lake County jail as of Wednesday evening. Staples was convicted in 1999 of three misdemeanor counts of lewdness with a child and remains on the state’s sex offender registry.

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

David Tank – Repeat Sex Offender – Producing his own Child Porn

  • Age at conviction: 35
  • Victim’s Age: 4

A registered sex offender was arrested today and charged with producing child pornography after federal agents searched his Bloomingdale apartment and found a number of images of a nude, underage girl in his computer.

David Tank, 47, and his girlfriend babysat for the girl from time to time, according to a federal complaint. Tank’s girlfriend was not charged with any wrongdoing.

Tank has been a registered sex offender since March 2005, the complaint stated.

He was ordered held in federal custody today pending a detention hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown.

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