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

Proactively ridding Facebook of babyrapers

A mother of three said she worries daily about her kids’ safety, especially with sex offenders living nearby. So she’s doing something about it after being inspired by a story on News Journal sister station, WKYC in Cleveland.

The woman, 29, saw Eric Mansfield’s series on a convicted child molester in Akron who set up a Facebook profile, something the social network now prohibits.

Facebook deleted the man’s profile within minutes of being contacted by WKYC.

“Mary,” not her real name, wanted to see if offenders living near her family in Kent are also on Facebook, which allows those with profiles to “friend” each other and then share photos, emails and instant messaging.

Mary entered her address on the Portage County Sheriff’s Web site and learned the names and addresses of the sex offenders living near her.

She then entered those names one at a time on Facebook and has matched four sex offenders — all of whom were convicted of abusing underage girls — with active Facebook profiles.

“Kind of shocking and sick — just more access to kids,” she said. “You’d think Facebook could make some kind of way to check to see better if sex offenders were on there.”

After deleting one man’s profile, Facebook’s Simon Axton said, “Protecting our users, especially the many children who use our site, has always been a top priority for Facebook. We have been working proactively with states’ attorneys general to run their lists of registered sex offenders against our user base.”

Calls to the Portage County Sex Offender unit were not immediately returned.

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

………Sarah Tofte

William C. Bennett – Facebook Prohibits Sex Offenders – Clean it up or risk investigation


A convicted child molestor had his Facebook profile deleted Friday as the social media site enforced its policy restricting access to convicted sex offenders.

William C. Bennett, 48, served 14 months of a four-year sentence for sexual battery and telephone harassment after admitting to inappropriate relationships with six male students while he was a counselor at Firestone High School. He was released from prison in July, 2000.

Bennett is a tier three sex offender, the most serious classification, which requires him to register his whereabouts every 90 days for life.

Earlier this year, Facebook adopted a new policy prohibiting sex offenders from having profiles and deleted the profiles of more than 5,000 known sex offenders.

Anchor Eric Mansfield learned of Bennett’s Facebook profile when a Channel 3 viewer sent Bennett’s name to Eric as a “friend suggestion”; Eric contacted Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander who ordered an immediate investigation.

“This is a major concern,” said Sheriff Drew Alexander. “It’s a major priority. Anybody that’s assaulted anybody. We will be on top of this before the day is over.”

Alexander dispatched a deputy to go to Bennett’s North Akron home and talk to him about the profile, which appears to have been created in the last few days and included basic information on Bennett’s education and family.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Michael T. Cowley – Charged with Child Porn – Posing on Facebook

A 38-year-old Shawnee man has been indicted on child pornography charges after allegedly posing as a 19-year-old woman on Facebook.

Michael T. Cowley was charged by U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch with producing, receiving and possessing child pornography and using a computer and the Internet to persuade a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

The indictment accuses Cowley of persuading minors, including a 13-year-old boy, to send photos of themselves engaging in sexual activity. The crimes allegedly occurred between October and Feb. 23 in Johnson County.

If convicted, Cowley faces 15 to 30 years in prison and a fine as high as $250,000 on the charge of producing child pornography.

Tanner Stickney & girlfriend Rhonda J. Bays – Pedophile Duo Busted

A Washington, D.C., man bragged about his plans to visit Orlando last week to have sex with a child, federal officials allege.

Now, Tanner Stickney, 29, is behind bars — and so is his ex-girlfriend, a Central Florida woman accused of playing a role in the supposed sexual rendezvous.

Stickney was arrested by FBI agents Friday after his flight landed at Orlando International Airport. He faces charges of possessing child pornography persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

The woman, Rhonda J. Bays, 39, of Eustis was arrested Saturday and faces one count of conspiring with another for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. She made her initial appearance in federal court Monday.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Stickney, federal agents searched his apartment and found several videos of boys engaged in sexual acts. They also found a video camera on a bedroom bookshelf and a four-minute video showing a child, about 8 to 10 years old, engaged in sexual acts with an adult male.

The adult in that video appears to be Stickney, the complaint says.

In an online chat last week, Stickney told an undercover detective he was coming to Orlando to have “sexual contact” with a child and that “he had previously had sexual contact with that child,” prosecutors allege. The child’s age and identity were not disclosed.

FBI agents watched Stickney as he boarded a flight Friday morning and changed planes in Charlotte, N.C. They arrested him when he arrived in Orlando and seized his cell phone, laptop computer and an external storage device. They found more than 100 movie files depicting children in sexual activities, the complaint alleges.

They also found “chats” with “Rhoni” on Stickney’s cell phone. Several text messages “Rhoni” sent Stickney were included in the criminal complaint filed against her.

Early Saturday, FBI agents met Bays at her home. According to the federal account, she told investigators she met Stickney through Facebook and that they were engaged in a sexual relationship but broke up in February.

Bays said that Stickney “fantasizes about engaging in sexual acts with ‘little boys,’ as well as ‘molestation,’” and “that she engages in these sexual molestation chats with Stickney as part of his fantasy.” her criminal complaint says.

A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman confirmed the agency launched a child-abuse investigation into Bays, who is a mother, on Saturday, and that the victim is not her own child.

Stickney and Bays are being held at the Seminole County Jail

Bays said little during Monday’s hearing. A man who said he is close to Bays but asked not to be identified, told the Orlando Sentinel that none of her friends and relatives believe the woman would do what investigators allege.

“I’m still in shock,” he said. “Because I know Rhonda and she’s not a child molester. Plain and simple.”

It’s always shocking

MySpace can now expel sex offenders

“Sex offenders have no business joining
social networking communities – especially
those with teenage users – and our
legislation will help keep them out.”

Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook can now trace and expel potential sexual predators under new law requiring sex offenders to submit all identifying Internet information along with home addresses.

Under the law, signed yesterday by President George W. Bush, registered sex offenders must submit all e-mail addresses, instant messenger names or other online identifiers for inclusion in the National Sex Offender Registry.

The U.S. attorney general will make that information available on a database where approved Web sites can cross-check their users’ information and weed out any potential predators, said New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who introduced the original bill.

Under the law, sex offenders not providing all Internet information face the same penalty as those who fail to register their home address – up to 10 years in prison.

“Millions of teenagers log on to Web sites like MySpace and they, and their parents, shouldn’t have to worry about running in to these predators online,” Schumer said. “Sex offenders have no business joining social networking communities – especially those with teenage users – and our legislation will help keep them out.”

Many child advocacy groups and other social networking sites, including the American Family Association, MySpace and Facebook have also endorsed the legislation.

“We at Facebook are very pleased that Congress has acted to enhance sex offender reporting requirements and give us access to data that will supplement our robust safety systems,” said Chris Kelly, chief privacy officer at Facebook.

William G. Corbin – Repeat Sex Offender Pervert

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


A Searsport man with a conviction for gross sexual misconduct with a youth younger than 14 was arrested this week after child pornography was reportedly discovered on a computer he used frequently.

William G. Corbin, 47, was charged with possession of sexually explicit material of a child younger than 12 and taken to Waldo County Jail. He was later released on bail.

Detective Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department said a call was received last October that Corbin was viewing images of children, who were thought to be local, on a computer in Belfast where he had Internet access.

McFadden said sites such as FaceBook, MySpace and Yahoo can be searched by age and region, and Corbin was legally looking at nonsexual images on them.

The detective ran Corbin’s name through a police database and found Corbin was convicted of gross sexual misconduct with a minor under 14 in 1984, though he was not then listed on the Sex Offenders Registry. He has since been listed, McFadden said.

“There was nothing criminal at this point,” McFadden said, but the combination of a sex offender looking at images of local children was “disturbing.”

McFadden went to the home where Corbin had Internet access. “He was using a computer that wasn’t his and not paying for it, so there was no expectation of privacy,” said McFadden.

The detective asked the computer’s owner if he could borrow the hard drive, which he took back to his office. McFadden looked at the hard drive using a write-blocking device that doesn’t alter what’s on the drive, and found “absolutely nothing.”

Corbin had deleted everything, McFadden said, which raised a red flag in the detective’s mind. “If he was doing legal stuff, he wouldn’t bother to delete everything,” McFadden said.

When McFadden returned the hard drive, Corbin was there, and he “admitted to viewing pornographic material, though not involving children.”

Corbin used the computer in Belfast to download material onto discs that he took to his home in Searsport to view. Corbin reportedly took McFadden to his home and gave him several CDs and hard drives to take with him. McFadden said he found several images of child pornography on the CDs, then returned to Corbin’s home to tell him what he had discovered.

McFadden said he had enough information to obtain a search warrant, but he asked Corbin to consent to a thorough review of his computer. Corbin reportedly agreed, and McFadden took the machine to the state’s Computer Crimes Unit in Augusta.

McFadden learned Corbin scavenged old computer parts from the Searsport dump and had picked up computer discs containing candid snapshots of local people, including young girls and children.

The detective urged people to be careful when they dispose of family photos because they could end up being used by others for sexual gratification. “These are innocent pictures until they’re put in this guy’s hands,” he said.

Scott Bradeen of the Lewiston Police Department, a member of the computer unit, reviewed Corbin’s computer and found 250 images of child pornography, McFadden said. The images were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which keeps extensive records of the origins of child pornography. The center said the images were created in France, Florida, Illinois, England, Washington, North Carolina, Russia and other distant places.

“This is not a Belfast problem,” he said. “That’s why it’s important that everyone get on this bandwagon.”

Though there is no evidence that Corbin was molesting children, McFadden said, “You look at and spend time with what you’re interested in. I’m interested in riding my motorcycle. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t do it. If viewing pictures of children (engaged in sexual acts) disgusts you, you wouldn’t do it. You can’t argue with that.”

The Corbin case is one of three McFadden is working on that involves child pornography, he said. The detective will soon establish a satellite office in Belfast for the Computer Crimes Unit, performing preliminary investigations of suspected computers for the state’s lab in Vassalboro.

William G. Corbin – Repeat Sex Offender Pervert

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


A Searsport man with a conviction for gross sexual misconduct with a youth younger than 14 was arrested this week after child pornography was reportedly discovered on a computer he used frequently.

William G. Corbin, 47, was charged with possession of sexually explicit material of a child younger than 12 and taken to Waldo County Jail. He was later released on bail.

Detective Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department said a call was received last October that Corbin was viewing images of children, who were thought to be local, on a computer in Belfast where he had Internet access.

McFadden said sites such as FaceBook, MySpace and Yahoo can be searched by age and region, and Corbin was legally looking at nonsexual images on them.

The detective ran Corbin’s name through a police database and found Corbin was convicted of gross sexual misconduct with a minor under 14 in 1984, though he was not then listed on the Sex Offenders Registry. He has since been listed, McFadden said.

“There was nothing criminal at this point,” McFadden said, but the combination of a sex offender looking at images of local children was “disturbing.”

McFadden went to the home where Corbin had Internet access. “He was using a computer that wasn’t his and not paying for it, so there was no expectation of privacy,” said McFadden.

The detective asked the computer’s owner if he could borrow the hard drive, which he took back to his office. McFadden looked at the hard drive using a write-blocking device that doesn’t alter what’s on the drive, and found “absolutely nothing.”

Corbin had deleted everything, McFadden said, which raised a red flag in the detective’s mind. “If he was doing legal stuff, he wouldn’t bother to delete everything,” McFadden said.

When McFadden returned the hard drive, Corbin was there, and he “admitted to viewing pornographic material, though not involving children.”

Corbin used the computer in Belfast to download material onto discs that he took to his home in Searsport to view. Corbin reportedly took McFadden to his home and gave him several CDs and hard drives to take with him. McFadden said he found several images of child pornography on the CDs, then returned to Corbin’s home to tell him what he had discovered.

McFadden said he had enough information to obtain a search warrant, but he asked Corbin to consent to a thorough review of his computer. Corbin reportedly agreed, and McFadden took the machine to the state’s Computer Crimes Unit in Augusta.

McFadden learned Corbin scavenged old computer parts from the Searsport dump and had picked up computer discs containing candid snapshots of local people, including young girls and children.

The detective urged people to be careful when they dispose of family photos because they could end up being used by others for sexual gratification. “These are innocent pictures until they’re put in this guy’s hands,” he said.

Scott Bradeen of the Lewiston Police Department, a member of the computer unit, reviewed Corbin’s computer and found 250 images of child pornography, McFadden said. The images were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which keeps extensive records of the origins of child pornography. The center said the images were created in France, Florida, Illinois, England, Washington, North Carolina, Russia and other distant places.

“This is not a Belfast problem,” he said. “That’s why it’s important that everyone get on this bandwagon.”

Though there is no evidence that Corbin was molesting children, McFadden said, “You look at and spend time with what you’re interested in. I’m interested in riding my motorcycle. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t do it. If viewing pictures of children (engaged in sexual acts) disgusts you, you wouldn’t do it. You can’t argue with that.”

The Corbin case is one of three McFadden is working on that involves child pornography, he said. The detective will soon establish a satellite office in Belfast for the Computer Crimes Unit, performing preliminary investigations of suspected computers for the state’s lab in Vassalboro.

William G. Corbin – Repeat Sex Offender Pervert

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


A Searsport man with a conviction for gross sexual misconduct with a youth younger than 14 was arrested this week after child pornography was reportedly discovered on a computer he used frequently.

William G. Corbin, 47, was charged with possession of sexually explicit material of a child younger than 12 and taken to Waldo County Jail. He was later released on bail.

Detective Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department said a call was received last October that Corbin was viewing images of children, who were thought to be local, on a computer in Belfast where he had Internet access.

McFadden said sites such as FaceBook, MySpace and Yahoo can be searched by age and region, and Corbin was legally looking at nonsexual images on them.

The detective ran Corbin’s name through a police database and found Corbin was convicted of gross sexual misconduct with a minor under 14 in 1984, though he was not then listed on the Sex Offenders Registry. He has since been listed, McFadden said.

“There was nothing criminal at this point,” McFadden said, but the combination of a sex offender looking at images of local children was “disturbing.”

McFadden went to the home where Corbin had Internet access. “He was using a computer that wasn’t his and not paying for it, so there was no expectation of privacy,” said McFadden.

The detective asked the computer’s owner if he could borrow the hard drive, which he took back to his office. McFadden looked at the hard drive using a write-blocking device that doesn’t alter what’s on the drive, and found “absolutely nothing.”

Corbin had deleted everything, McFadden said, which raised a red flag in the detective’s mind. “If he was doing legal stuff, he wouldn’t bother to delete everything,” McFadden said.

When McFadden returned the hard drive, Corbin was there, and he “admitted to viewing pornographic material, though not involving children.”

Corbin used the computer in Belfast to download material onto discs that he took to his home in Searsport to view. Corbin reportedly took McFadden to his home and gave him several CDs and hard drives to take with him. McFadden said he found several images of child pornography on the CDs, then returned to Corbin’s home to tell him what he had discovered.

McFadden said he had enough information to obtain a search warrant, but he asked Corbin to consent to a thorough review of his computer. Corbin reportedly agreed, and McFadden took the machine to the state’s Computer Crimes Unit in Augusta.

McFadden learned Corbin scavenged old computer parts from the Searsport dump and had picked up computer discs containing candid snapshots of local people, including young girls and children.

The detective urged people to be careful when they dispose of family photos because they could end up being used by others for sexual gratification. “These are innocent pictures until they’re put in this guy’s hands,” he said.

Scott Bradeen of the Lewiston Police Department, a member of the computer unit, reviewed Corbin’s computer and found 250 images of child pornography, McFadden said. The images were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which keeps extensive records of the origins of child pornography. The center said the images were created in France, Florida, Illinois, England, Washington, North Carolina, Russia and other distant places.

“This is not a Belfast problem,” he said. “That’s why it’s important that everyone get on this bandwagon.”

Though there is no evidence that Corbin was molesting children, McFadden said, “You look at and spend time with what you’re interested in. I’m interested in riding my motorcycle. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t do it. If viewing pictures of children (engaged in sexual acts) disgusts you, you wouldn’t do it. You can’t argue with that.”

The Corbin case is one of three McFadden is working on that involves child pornography, he said. The detective will soon establish a satellite office in Belfast for the Computer Crimes Unit, performing preliminary investigations of suspected computers for the state’s lab in Vassalboro.

James Lefton – Carmel High School Teacher stole kids pictures off surveillance cameras PERVERT


A Carmel High School computer technician who was fired this week for downloading images of girls from high school surveillance cameras was arrested after police said they found child pornography on a school-owned computer at his home.

James Lefton, 36, Carmel, will appear in a Hamilton County court today for an initial hearing on six felony charges of child exploitation. The charges stem from six pornographic images of children, none of whom was a Carmel student, that were found on a computer in his home, said Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor Stephanie Smith.

School officials had fired Lefton on Monday for downloading the surveillance camera images, which violated the school’s technology use policy.

Lefton first came under suspicion Feb. 7, when Carmel High School officials contacted police. Those officials had received an anonymous complaint about Lefton, said Libbie Conner, assistant superintendent for human resources at Carmel Clay Schools.

“A parent outside of Carmel . . . was questioning messages that her daughter . . . had been receiving through Facebook,” Conner said.

The mother determined the messages on the online social networking site were coming from Lefton, Conner said. Neither the mother nor the 14-year-old girl is from Carmel.
“We immediately notified the police, because we are always going to err on the side of student safety,” Conner said.

Lefton was arrested about noon Thursday after he went to the Carmel Police Department for questioning, Smith said.

“There was more than one computer found in his possession (at his home), and they were property of Carmel Clay Schools,” she added.

The school district began its own investigation and placed Lefton on paid leave Feb. 7. He had worked at the high school for five years as a computer technician.
“He violated our technology use policy,” Conner said. “He actually downloaded some footage of Carmel students from one of our other (surveillance) systems and sent them to his home computer.”

Lefton downloaded images of two female students from surveillance camera recordings. The cameras are installed in the high school’s hallways and locker areas, Conner said. The school has contacted the girls and their parents.

“There was nothing pornographic or anything wrong with those, but the fact that he had done that for whatever reason and transferred them to his home computer, that’s a violation of our policy,” she said.

Because Lefton didn’t teach a class, he didn’t interact with students on a daily basis, Conner said. He sometimes had contact with students while trouble-shooting in computer labs, she said.
“Our number one priority is to protect the safety of the students,” Conner said. “We certainly cooperated with police. . . . We are so regretful that something like this happened.”

Lefton remained in the Hamilton County Jail on a $30,000 bond Thursday night. If found guilty of the six charges, he would face a maximum of 18 years in prison.

An initial court hearing was set for 1:15 p.m. today in a Hamilton County magistrate court.
The Fishers-based Hamilton County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Carmel Police Department conducted the investigation.

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