Edward Scott Yancey – Repeat Sex Offender – Predator

A former volunteer youth coach has pleaded guilty to a federal firearm violation and not guilty on charges of child molestation and failing to register as a convicted sex offender.

Edward “Scott” Yancey, 38, will be sentenced on the firearm charge in U.S. District Court on July 8. He is set for trial on the sex-crime charges in Harrison County Circuit Court on Sept. 8.

The former Gulf Shores, Ala., police officer faces up to 10 years on the firearm violation. He faces up to 50 years on the state charges.

The state charges allege Yancey fondled three different boys he had helped coach as a volunteer with the Long Beach Recreation League.

The boys were ages 10 to 12 when the unlawful touching is alleged to have occurred.

The state and federal cases are somewhat related.

Yancey was convicted on a federal pornography charge in 1998 after pleading guilty to using a computer to transmit sexually explicit pictures. The conviction prohibits him from having a firearm.

Yancey began making Coast headlines in October after sheriff’s investigators received a complaint Yancey was a convicted sex offender who had not registered his address in Harrison County.

In November, Long Beach police began investigating the first of three complaints that Yancey had fondled a boy at Yancey’s home on Reeves Street. Police and the FBI searched Yancey’s home and found ammunition for two types of weapons but no firearms.

Court records show an acquaintance whose son had played on Yancey’s team had taken two firearms from Yancey over concerns he might be suicidal.

Records show the guns are a Glock 9mm bought while Yancey was a police officer and a Grendel 380-caliber owned by a relative.

Yancey was set for trial in the firearm case but changed his plea April 14.

Police and the FBI claim they also found computers and discs with sexually explicit pictures of children in the raid of Yancey’s home.

Yancey’s attorney, Jim Davis, will argue motions on the state charges in July.

Davis maintains Yancey wasn’t required to register as a sex offender.

“There is no federal sex-offender registration statute,” Davis said.

A law enacted in 2007 created a national sex-offender registry but that is more for law enforcement purposes, Davis said.

I’d be more worried about the sexual charges if I were you

Also, Yancey was convicted before states began enacting laws requiring certain types of sex offenders to register, said Davis.

Yancey lived in Tennessee while serving three years’ probation on the pornography conviction.

Neither Tennessee nor Mississippi requires registration for sex offenders with pornography convictions, Davis said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

John E. Hamilton – Little League Coach – Arrested for Sexually Abusing a Child

A local little league coach has been arrested after allegations arose that he sexually abused a child under his supervision 12 years ago.

Fairfax County police concluded a three-month investigation with the arrest on Friday of 37-year-old John E. Hamilton of Centreville.

Hamilton’s accuser, now 24 years old, was 12 at the time of the assaults. He alleges that Hamilton sexually abused him over a period of several months in 1997.

In the course of their investigation, police found that a 16-year-old foreign exchange service was living with Hamilton and removed him from the home.

Hamilton, who was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at the time, has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a child. He is being held without bond.

Over his years in the northern Virginia region, Hamilton has held several athletic positions that would have afforded him access to children, so detectives are asking parents with concerns about any inappropriate contact between Hamilton and their children to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), e-mail at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637. You may also call Detective J. Hinson at 703-246-7893 or the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131.

Steven Gerstenfeld – Ex- Tennis Coach – Now Typical Sick Twist

A U.S. District judge has sentenced former University of Richmond men’s tennis coach Steven Gerstenfeld to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography.

The sentence handed down Wednesday by Judge Henry E. Hudson was the mandatory minimum. Gerstenfeld, 48, faced a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for having several hundred images on his computer, court documents show.

“I think Mr. Gerstenfeld is resolute,” said Debra Corcoran, his attorney. “We reached a favorable agreement. He’s ready to accept the punishment. He lost his wife. He lost the lost the possibility of adopting a child. He lost his career. He lost everything.”

Gerstenfeld and his wife were in the process of adopting a child from China when he was charged, halting the effort and prompting his wife to leave him.

About 30 family and friends gathered in court on Wednesday to show support, and he spent about an hour with them before self-reporting to a U.S. Marshal, Corcoran said. He will serve his sentence at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, a low-security federal prison.

Corcoran said that sentencing guidelines for child pornography crimes were not “based in reality,” particularly because people such as Gerstenfeld are considered “non-contact defenders,” meaning he didn’t willfully download the images to his computer, but were recorded and stored by his Internet browser.

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

“He was not aware of what was on his Internet browser, and he didn’t try to delete anything,” Corcoran said. “This is truly a tragic case. I think he is being very dignified, and I think he is handling it very well.”

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

In court papers, Corcoran said Gerstenfeld does not have a sexual interest in children, but is addicted to pornography. He has since sought treatment and will continue to receive it while in prison.

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

“A long prison sentence can not make him feel more shameful or guilty than a shorter term,” Corcoran argued in court documents. “More prison time is not necessary to deter him from committing the act he is charged with again.”

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court in Richmond, said prosecuting attorneys would not comment beyond what was written in court filings.

A federal grand jury indicted Gerstenfeld on Sept. 16 on one count of knowingly receiving child pornography. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 25 on a charge of attempted receipt of child pornography as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gerstenfeld used a PayPal account from October 2006 to March 2007 to subscribe to at least six member-restricted Web sites that were distributing child pornography, a federal investigation found.

An April 2006 operation from federal investigators of Immigration and Customs Enforcement determined a single organization was operating multiple child pornography Web sites. Users would pay for access to child pornography images, typically using PayPal, after which a username and password were sent, authorities said. Gerstenfeld provided his university e-mail address for the accounts.

On Oct. 23, 2007, federal authorities and officers from the University of Richmond Police Department confiscated Gerstenfeld’s computer, resulting in the charges and his resignation as men’s tennis coach. Athletics officials announced his replacement, Billy Boykin, on July 31.

Gerstenfeld came to Richmond in 1990 and earned a 230-174 record before his resignation. His teams won four Atlantic 10 Championships, three Colonial Athletic Association titles and played in the NCAA Tournament four times. In 2002, 2004 and 2006, he was honored as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

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

Shawn C. Fedele – Mailed Child Porn because he was "CURIOUS"

The former assistant high school basketball coach now facing child pornography charges told police he was curious about child porn and may have e-mailed photos of “young naked children,” court papers filed in the case reveal.

Shawn C. Fedele, an assistant girls basketball coach last year at East Bridgewater High School, told state police he may have e-mailed photos of children, but none were sexual, the court papers note.

Fedele initially denied sending any photos when quizzed by state Trooper Frank Driscoll, but said, when asked again, “Maybe, but not sexual photos but photos which ‘did contain young naked children,’” according to court papers.

Fedele, 25, of 258 Laurel St., East Bridgewater, was indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury on nine counts of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Fedele, who has also worked at his family’s candy store in Pembroke, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Brockton Superior Court this week.

He is free after posting $1,000 bail.

Attempts to reach his attorney Wednesday and Thursday were unsuccessful. Attempts to reach Fedele were also unsuccessful.

Fedele served as an assistant girls basketball coach until the end of February of this year.

He was not reappointed to the job.

The investigation was launched after the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children notified state police it had received a tip that someone in the area was downloading child pornography.

One of those photos involved in that initial tip depicted a young girl, age 12 to 14, nude on a bed in a sexually explicit pose, according to court records.

A second photo showed two naked prepubescent girls sitting on a coffee table, according to paperwork filed in court.

Driscoll, as part of the investigation, tracked down the identity of the e-mail account holder and then obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s home and computers Feb. 29.

Police seized computers from the home and later examined the hard drive.

A search of one hard drive revealed about 34 images of suspected child pornography, according to the court papers.

Police interviewed Fedele at his home at the time of the search and asked him about photos depicting children.

“When Shawn was asked if he had a curiosity for children he knew to be underage he stated ‘yes.’ Mr. Fedele stated it started just a few months ago,” Driscoll noted in an affidavit filed to support the charges.

Fedele said he was curious about child porn and had joined chat rooms on AOL that were called “young or something,” according to court paperwork.

Fedele told police he went into one of the chat rooms “two or three times” in December, but could not remember sending photos of underage girls to someone else.

He admitted, according to the report filed in court, to using a file sharing program to find child pornography using the search terms “underage, teen, preteen.”

Fedele, according to the report, said he only opened three files, but they “were not child porn.”

Fedele said he uninstalled the program he used the next day.