Wynford Murray – Twisted pedophile gets 25 years to life for failure to register

“What he did to those girls. I don’t even have the words for it,” Arnold said. “It reeks of a lack of compassion and a lack of concern for the humanity of the most innocent people we have in society.”

A transient who was suspected of downloading stories about sex with babies at a Redondo Beach library was sentenced today to 25 years to life for failing to register as a sex offender.

Wynford Murray, 35, was convicted April 17 of the one charge following a non-jury trial before Torrance Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold.

In sentencing Murray, who was convicted 12 years ago in New York for sexually molesting two girls, ages 3 and 5, Arnold said he could find no justification for going outside the three-strikes law and giving Murray a lesser sentence.

Arnold said he took into account Murray’s current case, in which he knew he was required to register but lied on the witness stand and said he didn’t, as well as his history.

Murray’s prior convictions were for forcing the girls to orally copulate him. In addition, 25 pages of stories that were found in Murray’s backpack explicitly detailed sex with babies and young girls.

Calling the stories “perverted” is an understatement, Arnold said.

“What he did to those girls. I don’t even have the words for it,” Arnold said. “It reeks of a lack of compassion and a lack of concern for the humanity of the most innocent people we have in society.”

Deputy District Attorney Ann Lee said the evidence showed that Murray knew he had to register, but didn’t.

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

Danny Martin – Repeat Sex Offender – Tries to pick up kids

A registered sex offender is back behind bars for a second time within a week.

Metro officers arrested 30-year-old Danny Ray Martin for violating his sex offender registry agreement.

While investigating complaints, police learned he visited online dating sites. He’s also accused of trying to lure young girls into his car.

Martin was reportedly released from the arrestee processing center, but re-arrested Tuesday afternoon.

His original conviction is for a 1997 child molestation case

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

Mark Campobello – Defrocked priest, convicted sex offender, arrested


A former Geneva, Illinois priest and registered sex offender is back behind bars for a second parole violation in less than a year.

Mark Campobello, 45, of Crystal Lake, spent nearly four years at the Illinois River facility in Canton, after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 2004.

The de-frocked priest is classified as a sexual predator, a designation which requires him to register annually for the rest of his life. He apparently violated parole by not maintaining a permanent address.

Since Campobello was paroled in February of 2008, he was soon behind bars again, spending May through July incarcerated for what board officials said was a “minor” parole violation.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board will have to determine the length of Campobello’s incarceration for this current offense. In May, Jorge Montes, chairman of the review board, was quoted as saying that while that infraction was minor in nature, the three month imprisonment was meant “to remind him [Campobello] that he needs to follow the parole rules to a T.”

Shortly before his scheduled trial date in May of 2004, Campobello pleaded guilty to sexually molesting two adolescent girls while living at St. Peter Parish in Geneva. One victim was a student at the Geneva parish’s school and according to police reports, some of the abuse incidents occurred in the church rectory. The other victim was a student of Aurora Central Catholic High School, where Campobello served as an assistant principal and spiritual director.

The victims filed a civil suit against Campobello, Bishop Thomas Doran and the Rockford Diocese, claiming officials knew of the abuse and did not take appropriate action to stop it. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford eventually paid a total of $2.2 million to settle the claim in 2007.

The diocese petitioned the Vatican to have Campobello officially removed from the priesthood in 2005.

While Campobello bounces in and out of the Illinois Department of Corrections, his former Geneva parish and its current pastor, Joseph Jarmoluk are reportedly the subject of a documentary film being made about the case by a New York production company called CTL NYC. The production company maintains a promotional website about the film, entitled “Forsaken,” as well as an internet radio show and a message board.

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

Clarence Randolph Valtin – Repeat Sex Offender


A convicted sex offender from New York is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a young woman just outside the view of a Web cam and within earshot of a cellular phone.

According to McMechen Police Chief Dave Robinson, Clarence Randolph Valtin, 44, was arrested last week at his home after a Pittsburgh woman alerted police to the alleged sexual assault.

Robinson said the Pittsburgh woman claims she was chatting via Web cam with the alleged victim, who kept saying Valtin was holding her in his Marshall Street residence against her will. The woman told investigators that Valtin then came in the room, and both he and the victim left the view of the Web cam.

The Pittsburgh woman “said something occurred outside of the Web cam and then the (alleged victim) came back into view,” Robinson said.

The woman called local police, who arrived at the home and questioned the alleged victim, Robinson said. Based on the victim’s statement, investigators believe Valtin sexually assaulted her, Robinson said. He added that investigators have also spoken to another witness who claims she was speaking on the phone with the alleged victim at the time of the assault and heard it take place.

“There was a sexual assault, which we are currently investigating,” Robinson said.

During the investigation, officers learned Valtin was on parole for a third-degree sodomy conviction from New York in which he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in 2000.

Robinson said federal investigators were called upon and have revoked his parole, taking him to the Northern Regional Jail on that parole violation charge.

Because Valtin is already in jail without bond, Robinson said investigators can take more time to gather evidence, including that from a rape kit, before bringing sexual assault charges against Valtin. He said those charges will be filed within the next day or so.

Robinson said Valtin may have moved to the area after being paroled because his wife, who now lives in another state, has family here.

In 2004, Valtin was found guilty of failure to register as a sex offender in Marshall County Magistrate Court and sentenced to one year unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender; however, on Monday, Valtin was not listed on West Virginia’s online sex offender registry.

According to a sex offender registry spokesman, this is because any time a registered sex offender is arrested, their profile is pulled from the site as their address officially changes from that of their residence to that of the jail where they are being held. The spokesman said once the offender is released from jail, their profile is re-listed in the registry.

According to the New York State Sex Offender Registry, Valtin is listed as a level one sex offender, which is the lowest-risk designation offered with that registry.

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

Elijah Lewis – Repeat Sex Offender – Makes his Escapes


A traffic stop may have been a missed opportunity to catch a dangerous sex predator. Apparently the key to his freedom was the key to a stolen van.

Some would call Elijah Lewis a “lucky man.” The 55-year-old convicted sex offender has been in and out of prison for the past 30 years, with convictions for aggravated rape, kidnapping, theft, and drug charges.

But instead of being locked up, Lewis is missing. Even though a Harris County deputy had him in custody just a few weeks ago.

When Lewis got out of state jail in January, he was required to register as a sex offender. He didn’t, authorities say, and now, they’re trying to find him.

But just four weeks ago, they had him– pulled over on a traffic stop in a known drug area. And the records show Lewis was driving a stolen van.

But when the deputy tried to charge him, an assistant district attorney refused to accept charges, and let him go.

“Well, in his history, he’s also got prior theft convictions, so you shouldn’t be surprised he was driving a stolen vehicle,” said the Mayor’s Crime Victim’s Advocate Andy Kahan, scanning Lewis’ record online.

The surprise is that Elijah Lewis didn’t get hauled off to jail, especially since we’re told he was also driving with a suspended license, with two convicted felons also in the van. And Lewis is hardly a saint.

“He’s got a rap sheet a mile long”, said Kahan, “and he’s classified as a very frightening sex offender.”

An Assistant District Attorney involved in freeing Lewis couldn’t recall the specifics of the case. But he told us a person can’t usually be charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, unless you have some kind of evidence — like a busted steering column — to prove he knew the car was stolen.

Cops knew it. The van’s owner knew it. But since there was no way to prove Lewis knew it, the D.A. let him drive away. Now, sex offender investigators are looking for him.

And so is his family. We found Lewis’ brother-in-law outside a Crosby area house which Lewis claimed as his home address on arrest records.

“None of the family members have any idea where he is,” James Banks told us.

Regardless of Lewis’ felony rap sheet, the DA’s Office says they can’t normally consider prior criminal history when considering whether to charge a guy.

While Lewis got off without charges, the other two in the van with him were not so fortunate. One was charged with possessing a crack pipe. The other was arrested on an open domestic assault warrant.

For Lewis, it was his lucky day.

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

Alfred Cash – Repeat Sex Offender – Gets 13 years

“I don’t need no f—— help” Cash said


A convicted sex offender who exposed himself to children is headed to prison.

Alfred Cash, 50, was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

In November, he was convicted of gross sexual imposition. Prosecutors said Cash exposed himself to two children at an apartment complex on Riverside Drive.

Cash was also sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender in Ohio when he moved from Indiana.

He previously spent time in an Oklahoma prison for raping a 12-year-old girl.

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

James Walter Hale – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Pornography

A convicted sex offender has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a child-pornography charge while he was on probation.

James Walter Hale, 57, of Houston, was indicted for possessing child pornography, officials said Tuesday.

Hale was previously convicted in December 1996 in state court for possession of child pornography and is currently in state prison for violating his probation and failing to register as a sex offender, authorities said.

The federal charges were filed against Hale after Harris County Sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant for him failing to register as a sex offender noticed what they believed to be child pornography on his computer.

The sheriff’s office alerted federal law enforcement agents, who investigated the case.

The indictment, handed up on Tuesday, accuses Hale of possessing child pornography on his computer, CDs and DVDs.

Because of his prior state conviction, Hale faces a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years and up to 20 years in prison as well as a maximum fine of $250,000, if he is convicted.

Also, if convicted, he faces a maximum of life on supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. The court can impose a number of special conditions on his release to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Johnny Lee Gibson – Repeat Sex Offender – Claimed he was homeless


A Norman man and registered sex offender faces several felony charges, after Norman police discovered the man had been living in a local apartment — and was not “homeless” as he’d previously reported.

Johnny Lee Gibson, 36, was charged Tuesday with sexual battery; providing false or misleading registration information; and unlawful registration within a prohibited area.

Department of Corrections records show Gibson was released on parole Aug. 26, after having served 10 months in prison.

Police said they found Gibson in an apartment in the 400 block of 24th Avenue, where he said he’d been living the past five months, despite having told police he was homeless when he registered as a sex offender.

Officers interviewed an 18-year-old woman at the apartment, who said she’d been molested by Gibson about a month earlier. Gibson allegedly fondled the woman while she was sleeping, police said.

Gibson has prior convictions for failing to register as a sex offender; sex offender living within 2,000 feet of a school and providing false or misleading registration information.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Gregory J. Kruckeberg Jr. – Noncompliant Sex Offender

Kruckeberg became a registered sex offender after a 2006 conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Madison County, records indicate. He has a lengthy record for crimes including forgery, aggravated battery to a pregnant person, burglary and theft, but according to records, he has gotten only probation or supervision for the crimes.


A Bethalto area man is one of the first people in the area to be charged under a new law that prohibits registered sex offenders from holding MySpace or other Internet-based social networking accounts.

Gregory J. Kruckeberg Jr., 27, of the 5600 block of State Route 140, was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, under a provision of a statute passed last year. The law mandates that registered sex offenders make known to police any Internet connections or Web sites they use or maintain.

“The law has been there, but this is the first time we are charging anybody,” said Capt. Brad Wells of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Kruckeberg initially was taken into custody last Thursday and was charged formally Monday.

The investigation, which began in November, started as the result of someone calling the department to ask why Kruckeberg could have a MySpace account, Wells said.

He said the investigation took a couple of months because of the subpoena process and the difficulty in gathering evidence about a person’s individual accounts.

Detectives had no evidence that Kruckeberg was an immediate threat to anyone by virtue of his access, Wells said.

“If that was the case, we would have had him under a whole lot more of a microscope and (in jail) a lot sooner,” he said.

The failure to register also is a violation of MySpace’s own guidelines, Wells said.

MySpace recently has made a very public effort to oust sex offenders from its registration rolls. Last week, it announced that it had purged the accounts of 90,000 people. The move came in the wake of public pressure over offenders potentially preying on children through the use of such sites.

“(After the tip), we did a ‘preservation’ on the account,” Wells said, explaining the department occasionally takes such action in order to prevent records or evidence from being lost or destroyed. A subpoena was necessary to help prevent the MySpace page from being taken down from the site. The tactic occasionally is used in tracking cell phone records and social networking sites, he said.

The department eventually confirmed that the suspect had an active account and a live connection to the Internet, Wells said.

Kruckeberg was being held at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville on $25,000 bond.

Kruckeberg became a registered sex offender after a 2006 conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Madison County, records indicate. He has a lengthy record for crimes including forgery, aggravated battery to a pregnant person, burglary and theft, but according to records, he has gotten only probation or supervision for the crimes.

While there are dozens of sex offender charges filed each year in Madison County, it remained unclear Monday whether this case is the first to be based on the statute that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2008. Wells said it was the first for his department, but Stephanee Smith, a spokeswoman for the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, said she was unsure if it was the first for the county overall.

Published in: on February 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Juan Lauderdale – Repeat Sex Offender – Violent Predator

A convicted sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl last month in La Marque was arrested at a relative’s home in Somerville, police said.

Juan Lauderdale, 32, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He is also charged with burglary of habitation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to register as a sex offender. All of the incidents occurred in La Marque, police said.

He is being held in the Galveston County jail on $370,000 bail.

Police said he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 29 at an apartment in the 1330 block of Montgomery.

The girl had gone to the apartment to have Lauderdale tattoo her name on her right arm near her shoulder, said La Marque Police Detective Geoff Price.

After he tattooed the girl, Lauderdale made sexual advances toward her, but she told him that he was too old for her, Price said.

Then he pulled out knife, beat her and sexually assaulted her, police said.

“He beat her pretty bad,” Price added.

Lauderdale drove the girl to her apartment complex in Texas City after the attack and dropped her off, authorities say. She told her neighbor that she had been assaulted and the neighbor called police.

Police found him after they stopped one his relatives in Somerville driving a truck that Lauderdale had reportedly stolen. Lauderdale was arrested at his sister’s home in the Burleson County city.

Price said Lauderdale served time in state prison for a 1996 conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was registered as a sex offender because of that conviction, Price added, but had recently moved without notifying authorities.

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

………Sarah Tofte