Joshua Lawrence – Repeat Sex Offender – Can’t leave kids alone

In January 2007, Boynton Beach police arrested Lawrence after an investigation determined that he molested three children under the age of 12.


A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday on Boynton Beach police charges for another child molestation case.

The allegations stem from five years ago and came to light because the victim attempted suicide as a result of the horrid memories.

The victim, 15, pointed to Joshua Lawrence, 23, who befriended the victim in 2004 when he lived near him. Lawrence would use video games to “bribe [the victim] for attention and later on even sex,” Detective Toby Athol wrote in the police report read. The victim was 10 at the time and Lawrence just turned 18, police said.

The victim’s family played games and Lawrence would hide in another room with the boy.

“Lawrence would use this time alone to start molesting,” Athol wrote.

It lasted for six months.

Lawrence was arrested by Boynton Beach police at 12:30 p.m., at a probation office in Pinellas County, where he currently lives, police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. Lawrence has been charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 by an offender 18 years of age or older, a capital felony.

In January 2007, Boynton Beach police arrested Lawrence after an investigation determined that he molested three children under the age of 12. He was convicted of lewd, lascivious battery; sex with a victim 12-15 years old in 2008, Slater said.

Lawrence is currently a registered sex offender under state supervision. He will be extradited to Palm Beach County to face the new charges.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Brian Tomkinson – Repeat Sex Offender – Grooming Child Predator


A LEEDS mum whose life was ripped apart by a paedophile rapist has spoken out about her ordeal to encourage more victims to come forward.

Maxine Foy was sexually abused and raped by Brian Tomkinson, 75, of Belle Isle, from the age of just six.

Now 25, Mrs Foy is urging other victims to come forward after Tomkinson was jailed for 10 years at Leeds Crown Court.

The mum-of-five was one of two victims who gave evidence in the week-long trial last month. She says it marked the end of a long, harrowing journey and has waived her right to anonymity in a bid to tell her story.

She said that, as a child, she would often to go to Tomkinson’s house to play.

“My mum was best friends with his wife and they’d do stuff together. When she wasn’t in, I would stay with him doing the garden and things like that. He would offer me biscuits and ice cream.”

The abuse took place between 1989 and 1993. “I remember the day vividly. All I got was a question. He said: ‘Are you all right to….’ I said yes; I didn’t know what he was on about. He just gave me a kiss on my cheek like my dad would. That day he took me upstairs and we sat on the bed. It was like he was testing me to see how far I would go. I didn’t know what I was doing, I was six.”

She describes how the sexual abuse became progressively worse – and always took place while his wife was out.

“Until I started sex education at school I didn’t know what had gone on. I suddenly realised and it sunk in what he had done. I thought my friends might laugh at me because I had let this man do these things and I had kept going back to his house.”

Mrs Foy stopped going back to the house when she reached 10 – after he had raped her. She says she carried guilt with her and never even told her husband Lee, 28, until two years ago.

“I’d seen these two girls going into his house. I thought they cannot sleep there, I have to stop this, ” she said.

She told her health visitor who reported it to the police. “The police already had a complaint about him but didn’t have enough evidence. CID took my notes and found the previous complaint from the other girl. I didn’t even know that there was someone else.”

Tomkinson was charged with four counts of rape and 11 of indecent assault.

Mrs Foy says the trial was horrific as she and the other victim had to be cross examined. Both were in floods of tears reliving the horror and the other victim was even physically sick in court.

She added: “But it was worth it. If there are victims out there I would say – speak out. If they have been hurt by him, they must contact police. You must speak out, you are not alone.”

Tomkinson was disqualified from working with children and was put on the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Inspector Paul Smith, said: “We want to commend the bravery of the women who have come forward in this case and hope they will now have some sense of closure.

“If there are any other victims out there we are not aware of we would ask them to come forward and speak to us on 0845 606 0606.”

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

Gustavo David Fuentes – Giggling-Grooming-Cowardly Child Predator

Gustavo David Fuentes, 26, told his 14-year-old victim that she was “hot.”

He videotaped himself having sex with her, telling her the two would watch the video on their wedding day. And he asked her what it was like to have sex with a “rock star,” referring to himself.

A Multnomah County Circuit judge Friday sentenced Fuentes — who now is a convicted sex offender — to 16 2/3 years in prison. A jury in April convicted the Southeast Portland husband and father of 29 counts of producing child pornography, possessing child pornography, sexual abuse and statutory rape in 2007 and 2008.

Fuentes’ case is rare because it offers a glimpse into the psychology of sexual predators, and the tactics they use to groom their young victims, said deputy district attorney John Casalino.

Fuentes, who insisted on his innocence, brought the case to trial. During the trial, 12 jurors watched video he’d recorded of his crimes. In it, they heard his flirtations, his giggles, the things he said to gain the trust of his victim.

Experts say child predators often try to make their victims feel special, lather on attention and tell them how much they care for them

Jurors also viewed photographs Fuentes taken, some clothed and some not.

“Generally, (defendants) don’t subject everyone to that in the courtroom,” Casalino said.

Fuentes’ wife found the photographs on Fuentes’ computer and the video on a camcorder in the closet. She told relatives, who called police. Fuentes is related to the victim.

Fuentes’ case also is unusual because most defendants don’t go to trial with such powerful evidence against them.

During Fuentes’ sentencing hearing Friday, his defense attorney told the judge that Fuentes weighed only 120 pounds, and was terrified of going to prison.

“His thinking process was very paralyzed,” said attorney Scott Raivio.

Raivio also said Fuentes, who has an immigration hold placed on him, will likely be deported at the end of his prison sentence.

Judge John Wittmayer said Fuentes had the right to go to trial, and he wouldn’t hold that against him.

Fuentes apologized for his crimes, and said he’s asked God to forgive him.

In asking for leniency, Fuentes’ sister said he was a good person and that she’d trust him alone with her two daughters.

The prosecutor asked the judge to give Fuentes nearly 22 years in prison. His defense attorney asked for less than 6 years, the minimum Oregon law allows. The judge had the ability to sentence Fuentes to more than 100 years.

Alicia Kozakiewicz – Explains how Internet Predaors Operate

A Pittsburgh woman says she would someday like to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, part of the teams that saved her from a sexual predator who was holding her captive at his Virginia home in 2002.

“He was a total monster,” Alicia Kozakiewicz says of her abductor. “He had a dungeon in the basement, all kinds of torture instruments. I was sexually assaulted. He didn’t feed me for those four days. I was fed the last day.”

She met the man in an Internet chat room. A friend introduced them in cyberspace and Kozakiewicz says her abductor spent weeks grooming her.

“Grooming is, essentially, it sounds crazy, but it’s brain washing,” she said on Friday’s MetroNews Talkline.

“It’s taking a child apart bit by bit, bite by bite, and putting them back together by always being their friend no matter what they do and always being on their side, any time of day, any time of night.”

She was 13 years old when she walked out of her house on New Year’s Day and found herself in a car with the man. Someone he was in contact with online contacted the FBI. Agents traced the predator’s IP address and busted into his house to get her on Day Four of her abduction.

Kozakiewicz was in Morgantown this week for a public awareness event called “A Night of Internet Safety.” More than 300 people were part of the event Thursday at Morgantown High School.

Sergeant Chris Casto with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of State Police says parents, sometimes, don’t know what clues to look for when it comes to their children’s online activities.

“They’re learning,” Sergeant Casto says. “One of the most important things we do with our ICAC Task Force in West Virginia is our community outreach.”

There are 59 such Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces across the country.

Kozakiewicz is now a student at Point Park University and is trying to move on with her life. She says there is a lot she does not remember.

“I was traumatized, actually, so badly that I’ve lost a lot of my memories and suffered from, essentially, a type of amnesia.”

Ricky Melvin Helton – Repeat Sex Offender – The Definition of a Predator = Ricky Melvin Helton


A Sullivan County grand jury on Wednesday handed down indictments against a violent sex offender accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl while living in her home.

The grand jury indicted Ricky Melvin Helton, 42, 940 Chadwick Drive, Apt. 4, on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one violation of the Tennessee Sexual Offender registry.

Kingsport Police arrested Helton in January. His charges stem from allegations of incidents that occurred in early 2007.

At that time, Helton was living in a home where the victim also resided, even though the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry barred him from living with a minor.

Helton registered as a sex offender following a June 9, 1993 conviction in Florida for lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, according to the indictment.

Helton lived with the victim’s family for about six months or so, said Kingsport Police Department Detective Melanie Adkins. The girl’s family apparently had no idea of their house guest’s background, she added.

A Department of Children’s Services referral prompted the investigation in late 2008, Adkins said.

Helton remains jailed in the Sullivan County Detention Center in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Three Boyfriends sentenced to Life in Prison for molesting Girlfriends child

  • Lawrence sentenced to 25 years to life for molesting his former girlfriend’s now-10-year-old daughter three years ago.
  • Collins sentenced to 15 years to life for molesting the 5-year-old daughter of his Buffalo girlfriend two years ago.
  • Jenkins was sentenced to 20 years to life for raping former girlfriend’s now 10 year old daughter in November and December 2007.

Terry Jenkins on Wednesday became the third Buffalo man in the past month to get a life term for sexually assaulting a young girl.

Jenkins, 34, formerly of Fillmore and Newburgh avenues, was denounced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski as “a sick man” for what he did repeatedly to his former girlfriend’s daughter in her Buffalo home two years ago.

Jenkins insisted he has “never been this type of monster” and was convicted by “false statements” of the girl — now 10 — and his ex-girlfriend.

The judge rejected his claims, telling Jenkins he had “no doubt whatsoever that you committed these acts.”

Michalski heard non-jury trials demanded by Jenkins, Robert Lawrence and Aaron Collins over the past month. He found all three guilty as charged of predatory sexual assault against a child under 13, convicting them under the relatively new state law that carries a mandatory life term.

The judge ordered Jenkins, who is now a registered sex offender, to serve 20 years to life for raping the girl in November and December 2007.

At the request of Kristin A. St. Mary, new head of the Erie County District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau, the judge also slapped Jenkins with a 100-year order of protection, as allowed by the state’s high court for such sex crime convictions. Thomas Farley, Jenkins’ attorney, told the judge he found that order to be legally “excessive.”

On May 13, Michalski sentenced Lawrence, 37, of Herkimer Avenue, to 25 years to life for molesting his former girlfriend’s now-10-year-old daughter three years ago.

On April 24, he ordered Collins, 31, of Gibson Street, to serve a 15 years to life for molesting the 5-year-old daughter of his Buffalo girlfriend two years ago. Collins became the first Erie County suspect convicted under the state’s toughened predatory sexual assault law.

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Malcolm Hewitt – Repeat Sex Offender – Indeterminate Sentence for lifetime of babyraping

A paedophile who was being monitored by police and was already on the sex offenders register, went on to abuse a four-year-old girl.

Malcolm Hewitt, from Newport, south Wales, was given an indeterminate prison sentence for the public protection in 2007 for abusing his young victim.

The 55-year-old was already on the sex offenders register, having been convicted in June 1998 at Wolverhampton Crown Court for indecent assault and gross indecency with underage girls.

Today the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said Gwent Police failed to adequately manage Hewitt before he re-offended.

However due to deficiencies across the force, individual police officers would not be reprimanded.

The police watchdog upheld a complaint, adding that the force failed to take appropriate action, ‘endangering the welfare of the children living there’.

They also found ‘organisational failings within the force’s management of sexual offenders’.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said: ‘Gwent Police’s policies and procedures for dealing with the management of sex offenders at that time were clearly not good enough and the force took action to put this right.

‘The IPCC investigation outcomes and the positive actions Gwent Police has taken in response have been explained to the girl’s family by the IPCC.

‘This little girl has suffered a traumatic experience and I hope that the family take some comfort that lessons have been learned from this to try and stop something similar going wrong in the future.

‘While the IPCC found that two junior officers had failed in their specific duty, we concluded those failings were a symptom of more serious organisational failures which led to the overall poor management of this registered sex offender.’

Hewitt was convicted by unanimous verdict at Newport Crown Court of two charges of indecently touching a child under 13 and one charge of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The offences came to light after the girl’s mother became concerned at comments she made while being changed one day.

Police and social services were alerted after the girl was examined by the family GP.

The court heard Hewitt lured his victim with sweets and a kitten he owned.

The jury took less than 90 minutes to convict him following a trial in which his young victim had to give evidence via a video link.

In imposing an indeterminate sentence with a minimum tariff of three years imprisonment, Judge Neil Bidder QC said: ‘It is plain to me that you have urges to assault young girls sexually, including an urge to penetrate them.

‘There is a high risk you will continue to seek out and sexually assault young female children.

‘In my judgement, there is a clear risk you will physically injure those children and given your selection in this case of a very young child, there is a substantial risk of causing serious physical risk to young children.’

The IPCC investigation found Gwent Police did not manage Hewitt in line with legislation or force policy.

No evidence of supervision regarding Hewitt during the five years he lived in the Newport area could be found.

Mr Davies added: ‘Gwent Police has fully accepted the IPCC investigation findings and conclusions. I have also agreed with the force that while two police constables would receive management advice, no other individual officer should face misconduct action because of the organisational failings.’

A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said: ‘The crime committed by Malcolm Hewitt was a tragedy for the little girl and her family and we deeply regret what happened.

‘We also regret that there were some things that as a force we could have done better.

‘Gwent Police referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission at an early stage and we fully accept the findings and conclusions of the IPCC investigation.

‘We can confirm that all the investigation findings have been fully addressed by Gwent Police in advance of the publication of today’s report.’

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

Nicholas Thorburn – Child Predator Groomer

PREDATORY sex offender Nicholas Thorburn has been jailed for four years after grooming an infatuated girl and exploiting her teenage crush on him.

Thorburn, 22, of School House Cottages, Louth, was convicted after a trial of two offences of sexual activity with a girl between June and August last year.

The girl had no previous sexual experience when he took advantage of her, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

Judge David Tremberg told Thorburn: “She had a schoolgirl crush on you and you exploited that and exploited her desire for you.

“Over the course of some weeks, you groomed that young girl, at first treating her like a little sister and then play- fighting with her, telling her she was beautiful, telling her you loved her.”

The pair had sex in his car and, some weeks later, Thorburn sought her out again and had unprotected sex with her, taking the risk of infection and pregnancy.

Judge Tremberg said: “She felt used, as she had been.

“The law is designed to protect precocious young girls from their own instincts and to prevent sexually predatory adults like you from behaving as you have done.

“You put the complainant through the unpleasant experience of coming to court and going through this all again.

“There has been no hint of remorse from you.”

Thorburn, formerly of Tunnard Street and Oxford Street, Grimsby, was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and was banned for life from working with children.

Jeremy Lindsay, mitigating, said Thorburn used no force, coercion, threats, violence or manipulation.

GROOMING

He said Thorburn had drunk a considerable amount of alcohol on the second occasion.

He had no previous convictions and they were isolated incidents. He had been in custody for 38 days.

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

Prevention: Internet Predators – Stopping them because they WON’T

In the NBC series “To Catch a Predator” Chris Hansen opened our eyes to the prevalence of internet crimes against children.

And while Dateline raised our awareness even Chris Hansen feels it did little to reduce the danger.

These guys are not going to go away.

They get these addictions and compulsions.

They get caught up in the chat rooms, then the porn sites and the next thing you know they blur this line between fantasy and reality.

It’s a line blurred by many of the men represented by these red dots.

Each mark indicates where a child sex offender lives in the Twin Ports…

This guy lives on Ogden Avenue he was convicted of first degree sexual assault of a child.

So was this guy, living on Tower Avenue.

This guy on 20th West and Superior Street, sexually assaulted girls between 8 and 15 and this guy living on Wellington Street in Duluth forced a teenager into sexual acts.

Everyone of these red dots indicates a predator who was convicted of sexually abusing a Northland child.

“You think that stuff doesn’t happen here…that it happens in California and New York and Texas and California… We actually see quite a bit of it.”

Take for instance the Chris Dallum case. The Superior man was busted for sexually assaulting a child.

He was probably 32 and the sexual relations started when she was 14 or 15.

The two communicated through MySpace and instant messenger.

During the investigation authorities uncovered hundreds of images of graphic child pornography on Dallum’s computer.

Then there was the case of former Douglas County jail guard Jeff Luckenbill.

He was busted for having sex with a 14-year old girl he met over the internet.

That investigation turned up an extensive cyber relationship with other pedophiles and requests from Luckenbill for advice on how best to groom other children.

How can I make her feel comfortable with me touching her so that she doesn’t tell anybody.

And these people would coach him and give him ideas.

In the course of that investigation we identified 136 pedophile friends of his, all of whom had admitted to molesting their own kids.

“I think that it’s been an explosion of attacks on our children.”

Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters sees it as such a big problem that he has created an elite squad within his department to track and pursue internet crimes against children.

Sgt. Nicholas Alexander and Detective Tom Champagne lead that squad.

“Our police department I think is ahead of most of the agencies in our area, or North of the Twin Cities.”

They are a new breed of officer with math, science and computer degrees.

Skills they need in the cyber crime world.

But there are so many online predators stalking children that no police department can keep up.

“We have to triage just like a doctor does and cases that there isn’t a true victim that we know of may get pushed aside and pushed back for awhile.”

In fact police say there are so many predators stalking children online that no authorities can keep up.

They say the safety of our children on the internet at this point must fall to parents.

The over-worked cyber-sex detectives make time whenever possible to teach parents the dangers kids face online and how best to keep them safe.

This meeting in Duluth left many parents stunned with what their children could be facing online.

Wednesday Barbara will take us to one of these meetings where cyber kid stalkers crawled out of the woodwork before our very eyeys.

ONLINE SAFETY TIPS

1) ESTABLISH RULES FOR INTERNET USE
– What sites can your child visit?
– Who can they talk to?

2) KEEP THE COMPUTER IN A COMMON ROOM (NOT A CHILD’S BEDROOM)

3) DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF TELLING YOU OR A TRUSTED ADULT IF SOMETHING EVER MAKES YOUR CHILD FEEL SCARED, UNCOMFORTABLE OR CONFUSED WHILE ONLINE

4) COMMUNICATE

5) BE INFORMED
– Learn everything you can about the internet
– Ask your kids to show you places they go

6) CONSIDER SAFEGUARDING OPTIONS
– Check out blocking filtering and rating applications

CYBER TIP LINE
1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com

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

August Billek – Part-time Santa & Clown busted for child pornography

A 50-year-old Springfield man who works part time as a Santa Claus and as a clown has been charged in U.S. District Court with receiving and possessing child pornography.

August Billek of the 800 block of East Miller Street was ordered detained pending trial following his arrest on Monday.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint against Billek, a law enforcement officer on Jan. 22 identified a computer offering to participate in distributing what appeared to be child pornography via a peer-to-peer network.

The officer browsed the computer, which later was identified as Billek’s, and allegedly identified five movie files depicting children engaged in sexual activity, including with adult men and women.

A federal search warrant was executed at his residence Monday.

Billek’s girlfriend also resides at the East Miller Street address and operates a home day-care business there for children from 18 months of age through elementary school age, law enforcement officials said.

Billek works part time as “Downtown the Clown” and as Santa Claus during the Christmas season, according to the affidavit. Police officers recovered business cards for “Downtown the Clown” and two Santa suits from Billek’s home.

An initial forensic examination of Billek’s laptop computer included 11 video files of child pornography, the affidavit said. The forensic analysis of his desktop computer is pending.

The offense of receiving child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and up to 20 years. Possession carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The charges are the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Illinois attorney general’s office, Springfield Police Department and others.

Assistant U.S. attorney Elly Peirson is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.