Lewis Harrison – Repeat Sex Offender – Compulsive

A registered sex offender we first told you about months ago is back in trouble again after allegedly exposing himself to children.

Police say Lewis Harrison exposed himself to girls sitting on the front porch of a West Louisville home Sunday night, but it’s far from the first time police have had dealings with him.

Harrison’s record goes back to 1987. He has numerous arrests for indecent exposure, voyeurism and failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

He’s been charged before with pleasuring himself near pools and bus stops, but hasn’t spent much time behind bars for his alleged crimes.

The last time WHAS11 told you about 41-year-old Harrison, he had just been thrown in jail for allegedly pleasuring himself at a school bus stop.

A new victim is now speaking out about Harrison. Two teenage sisters say on Sunday, a stranger parked in the alley across from their home, then pretended to work on his car.

The girls say eventually the man began exposing and pleasuring himself. They called police, who arrested Lewis Harrison on felony charges of first degree indecent exposure, but this was not the first time.

Since 1987, Harrison has been charged repeatedly for sex crimes involving children, the charges include 14 counts of indecent exposure, voyeurism and failing to comply with the sex offender registry.

Police said Harrison had pornography, Vaseline and a camera in his car.

A mother in the complex also said Harrison attempted to abduct her young daughter. According to police reports, Harrison was sitting in his vehicle touching himself while watching small children swimming in Shelby Park pool. When officers took him into custody, he had a picture of his private parts attached to a note with his phone number on it.

Yet Harrison has spent relatively little time behind bars. The sexual abuse charge stemming from September’s arrest is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Yet Harrison pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to probation and time served only 13 days.

Harrison was arrested six months later after passing out in his vehicle with his exposed genitals in his hand.

Harrison is currently being held under a $5,000 full cash bond. He’ll be back in court on the latest charges on June 25th. His trial for another incident in March is scheduled for August.

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

Charles Paul – Repeat Sex Offender – On bail commits new sex crimes

A sex offender from Portsmouth, N.H., has been arrested again while awaiting sentencing on an earlier conviction.

Forty-2-year-old Charles Paul has been arrested five times since completing a 22-year sentence for rape last year. When he was convicted in April on a weapons charge, a judge declined to impose a suspended sentence and scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 1.

In the meantime, Paul was arrested last week and charged with eight new crimes, including felonious sexual assault. Prosecutor Jim Reams told the New Hampshire Sunday News he’s frustrated about the judge’s decision.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Thomas Anthony Samuel Burke – Repeat Sex Offender – Psychopathic Scumbag

A registered sex offender has been remanded in custody charged with detaining an elderly pensioner against her will while out on licence from prison earlier this week.
Thomas Anthony Samuel Burke, (49), from Eglinton Terrace in the Bogside, denies unlawfully imprisoning and detaining the woman and robbing her of £180.

Burke was brought before a special sitting of Derry Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning accused of committing the offences in the Lawrence Hill area of the city on Wednesday evening.

The court heard that after bursting into the home of a woman aged in her 80s, Burke grabbed her by the throat and dragged her from room to room while she continued to fight back.

The defendant, who was placed on the Sex Offenders Register in 2003 until 2059, is alleged to have committed the offences when out on licence from prison. He has 98 previous criminal convictions, among them three for rape, one for indecent assault and five for kidnapping, the court was told.

A detective constable told the court that the defendant burst into the woman’s home after she answered a knock on her front door just after 8.30 p.m.

“He grabbed her by the throat and dragged her around the house. He dragged her from room to room and when dragging her upstairs the woman managed to break free. She put up quite a struggle and ran towards the front door in a bid to escape but he grabbed her from behind and slammed the door shut. She continued to fight back”, the police witness said.

The defendant, who denies the charges, was remanded in custody until June 11 to appear in court by video link. District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendant had an horrific record.

“This clearly was a frightening experience for this elderly lady and no doubt she is extremely concerned that attempts may be made to dissuade her from giving evidence. Your record includes convictions for similar offences. You have been identified by this lady and the police are now waiting for forensic evidence. Anyone convicted of these offences, with a record like yours, will be facing an indeterminate sentence”, he said.

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

Terrence Preston – Repeat Sex Offender – Refuses his medication

Labeled a danger, Terrance T. Preston registered as a sex offender in Manchester in May, but was not on the state registry. He was convicted of raping a 16-year-old at knifepoint 29 years ago; the sentencing judge had warned that he was likely to be dangerous in the future.


A prosecutor and defense attorneys yesterday agreed that Terrence Preston, 49, a convicted sex offender who is accused of molesting two city children last summer, is not competent to stand trial at this time.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson took under advisement a request to have Preston sent to the state psychiatric hospital, where efforts will be made to restore his competency.

Preston was arrested last July 2 after a brief crime spree that allegedly began with his trying to enter the women’s shower room at the Greater Manchester YMCA.

He was then spotted in a woman’s car parked outside the YMCA in which he had allegedly strewn her underwear on the dash and stolen money, getting out of the vehicle only after the owner said she was calling police.

Preston then allegedly entered a fenced Lake Avenue yard, groping 4- and 6-year-old girls and trying to persuade a 13-year-old to leave with him, before being chased away by older youngsters.

Preston was indicted on multiple charges last August, but has yet to be tried. Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Nicole Fortune said a judge last December set a 12-month deadline for restoring Preston to competency and she believes it is still possible.

Fortune said Preston was committed to the state hospital in February and after five days on medication, he was released to the Valley Street Jail. But three days after his arrival, he refused to take his medication and his mental condition deteriorated.

Fortune outlined for the judge what the state’s psychiatrist would testify to in a trial, that Preston remains incompetent and dangerous but capable of being restored on medication.

Preston was released from state facilities — the prison and state hospital — a year ago after serving time for the knife-point rape of a 16-year-old and the assault of a prison guard and after undergoing treatment for his psychological issues, which had prompted a psychiatrist at his 1979 trial to say he was liable to re-offend.

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

Richard Dell – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged Sexual Battery

  • Conviction Date: 12/13/1989 Age at conviction: 40 — CRIMINAL CONFINEMENT, IF THE VICTIM IS LESS THAN 18
  • Conviction Date: 11/2/1990 Age at conviction: 41 — SEXUAL BATTERY
  • Conviction Date: 11/2/1990 Age at conviction: 41 — CRIMINAL CONFINEMENT, IF THE VICTIM IS LESS THAN 18
  • Conviction Date: 1/11/1999 Age at conviction: 50 — CHILD MOLESTING


A man was arrested Wednesday evening on a charge of sexual battery after he was seen with an 11-year-old girl in an alley near the girl’s home in Tipton, Indiana State Police said.

Dell was later arrested in Westfield. He was taken to the Tipton County Jail, where he was held on $7,500 bond.

ISP Detective Tony Frawley said witnesses told him that Dell was touching the girl inappropriately. Witnesses confronted Dell, and he fled the area, police said.

Dell, a registered sex offender, told police he was visiting family members in Tipton.

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

Christopher Welch – Repeat Sex Offender – Library Offender

Cohen rescinded the plea bargain after learning about Welch’s rap sheet, which includes 22 prior convictions for misdemeanors, including forcible touching, sex abuse and seven counts of public lewdness. That kind of criminal record, coupled with a county Probation Department report citing Welch’s anger issues, deserved a prison sentence and not another local jail stint, the judge said.


A Level 3 sex offender was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in state prison today for groping a Mount Vernon Public Library employee last year.

Christopher Welch, a 31-year-old New Rochelle resident, had pleaded guilty in March to persistent sexual abuse, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Welch was accused of approaching a 36-year-old woman inside the South Second Avenue library the afternoon of Oct. 16, pressing himself on her and grabbing her breasts.

As the woman tried to compose herself, Welch kept harassing her, and when another woman stepped in to help, he threatened her with a cigarette lighter.

Welch was kicked out and, while outside, approached the library worker, reached around her body and grabbed her buttocks. He fled, but police got a description and arrested him nearby.

Welch entered a guilty plea that pertained only to the second woman. He also was sentenced to three years of post-release supervision after he gets out of prison.

He previously pleaded guilty to accosting both the library employee and the other woman at the library but was allowed to withdraw his guilty pleas when Westchester County Judge Jeffrey A. Cohen broke his agreement to send him to jail for a year on each count.

Cohen rescinded the plea bargain after learning about Welch’s rap sheet, which includes 22 prior convictions for misdemeanors, including forcible touching, sex abuse and seven counts of public lewdness. That kind of criminal record, coupled with a county Probation Department report citing Welch’s anger issues, deserved a prison sentence and not another local jail stint, the judge said.

Welch was designated a Level 3 sex offender – the most serious level, considered the most likely to re-offend – following his June 2007 conviction for forcibly touching a 68-year-old woman in Mount Vernon. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

He also has a March 2006 conviction for first-degree sex abuse involving a woman in Manhattan. The two prior misdemeanor convictions allowed prosecutors to raise the new charges to felonies.

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

Judge condemns police for leniency with Repeat Sex Offender

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

Craig Mason, 21, was given a sexual offences prevention order in December 2004 for having sex with underage girls.

But after breaching the order he was only given a caution by police and was allowed to remain free.

Sex offender Mason went on to breach the order a further three times between April 2005 and March 2007 and commit four sexual acts against children.

Judge Charles Wide, sitting at Northampton Crown Court [last week – 1/5/09], criticised police for letting Mason off with a caution.

He said: “I’m very concerned that someone was cautioned in these circumstances and at the same time he was committing these serious offences.”

Mason admitted four charges of sexual acts against children, including two of intercourse, as well as three other breaches of the prevention order.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of a sexual act with a child under 16 and admitted two more charges of a sexual act with a child.

He denied two charges of sexual touching.

He breached his sexual offences prevention order on three occasions between April 30 2005 and March 01 2007, between October 28 2005 and July 1 2006, and between January 31 2006 and April 1 2006.

The court heard that Mason, of Irthlingborough, Northants, had previous convictions for three indecent assaults and two of sexual intercourse with underage girls.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they would not comment on ongoing cases.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “If the police issued him with a caution for the initial breach that matter would have been considered dealt with.”

Mason was released on bail and the case adjourned for sentencing until May 28.

Michele Elliott, director of children’s charity Kidscape, said: “The reality is that you might as well spit into the wind when it comes to cautioning sex offenders.

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

Sandra Brown, founder of children’s campaign group The Moira Anderson Foundation, said: “It really underlines the need for monitoring arrangements to be absolutely clear cut.

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

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

Jack Louis Sporich – Repeat Sex Offender – Escaped Civil Confinement by legal maneuvers – Busted in Cambodia

The 74-year-old retired engineer appeared to have escaped his past, which included his classification as one of California’s most dangerous sex offenders, one who authorities suspect may have molested more than 500 young boys over the years.

He once complained that California had violated his civil rights by committing him to Atascadero for 39 months after he had completed his prison sentence.

Sporich’s case was highlighted in The Bee’s series, which revealed that it was far easier for offenders to win release from Atascadero by refusing treatment than by undergoing the lengthy treatment program designed to prevent them from reoffending.

Jack Louis Sporich was living an idyllic retirement, splitting his time between a luxury condo in Sedona, Ariz., and a sprawling home he was having built in a tourist mecca in Cambodia.

The 74-year-old retired engineer appeared to have escaped his past, which included his classification as one of California’s most dangerous sex offenders, one who authorities suspect may have molested more than 500 young boys over the years.

Now, officials say Sporich, who won his release from Atascadero State Hospital in May 2004 without spending a single day in treatment, may have reoffended.

He has been charged in Cambodia with indecent acts against minors in a case involving four young Cambodian boys, according to an official in Phnom Penh whose organization helped investigate Sporich.

Cambodian news accounts of his arrest indicate Sporich denied the allegations, which included the claim that he lured the children – ages 9 to 13 – to his home with toys and candies. The Cambodia Daily reported that he also attracted youngsters by dropping dollar bills in the street.

He was arrested Feb. 2 and remains in custody in the tourist town of Siem Reap, according to Seila Samleang, executive director of Action Pour Les Enfants-Cambodia.

APLE-Cambodia is a non-governmental organization that works closely with Cambodian police to target foreign pedophiles who exploit youngsters in that country, and Sporich had been under investigation by the group.

Samleang said in an e-mail to The Bee on Tuesday that the charges are misdemeanors punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years. Sexual exploitation of children has been a problem for years in Cambodia, where the age of consent is 15.

Todd Melnik, the defense attorney who won Sporich’s release from Atascadero, said he knew nothing of the Cambodia charges. An e-mail to Sporich this week seeking comment did not receive a response.

Sporich is no stranger to charges of sex with children.

He spent nine years in prison after his conviction in Ventura County on seven counts of lewd acts upon children under 14. Then, he was committed to Atascadero State Hospital as a “sexually violent predator” deemed too dangerous to be released upon completion of his sentence.

David Lehr, a Ventura County defense attorney who originally prosecuted Sporich, said he may have had as many as 500 victims, and that he typically befriended boys through their parents and offered to take them on camping trips.

The parents frequently would pay Sporich for his gas and the time he spent on the trips, Lehr said last week.

“If I had to pick from a list of former and current SVPs, he would be, by far, the first one I would be most concerned about,” Lehr said in an interview for a 2006 series of stories in The Bee about sexually violent predators.

Sporich was released from Atascadero in May 2004, after two juries were unable to agree on whether he would re-offend, and he immediately moved to Arizona, where the only requirement he faced was that he register as a sex offender once a year.

He is not listed on the current sex offender registry maintained by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Sporich’s case was highlighted in The Bee’s series, which revealed that it was far easier for offenders to win release from Atascadero by refusing treatment than by undergoing the lengthy treatment program designed to prevent them from reoffending.

Since the treatment program began 13 years ago, 17 offenders have won release by undergoing all or some of the required programs, and none has reoffended, the state says.

By contrast, 155 others – including Sporich – have been released through court orders.

After The Bee’s series, lawmakers introduced a number of proposed improvements to the system and voters later that year overwhelmingly approved Proposition 83.

That measure increased prison sentences for habitual and violent offenders and did away with the requirement that sexually violent predators be allowed a trial every two years. Instead, they now can petition annually for a hearing, but the burden of proof is on them to convince a court they no longer pose a threat.

In an interview for The Bee’s 2006 series, Sporich said he felt remorse for his actions and complained that California had violated his civil rights by committing him to Atascadero for 39 months after he had completed his prison sentence.

He also boasted of his photographic excursions to Southeast Asia, and showed off a photo on the wall of his Sedona condo of the bare bottom of a preschool-aged boy urinating in public.

Family members say that in recent years Sporich married a 23-year-old Southeast Asian woman with several small children and that he had begun building a large home in Cambodia.

June Caine, Sporich’s older sister, said he met the woman, a waitress, overseas after leaving her a $100 tip. Caine said the family had known for years of Sporich’s past and had hoped he would seek treatment.

“I don’t want him out anymore,” she said. “I think he’s sick, and he’s never going to get well. I don’t want this to go on.”

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

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Darrel Corian – Repeat Sex Offender – Only lasted 10 days

Corian, of the Bronx, just got out of prison on May 3.

He has an unrelated sex abuse conviction on his record, according to parole officials, and has also been convicted of 9 misdemeanors, including one for forcible touching.


A repeat sex offender barred from the transit system has been caught in the act exposing himself to a woman on a Manhattan subway, police said Tuesday.

Darrel Corian, 41, caught the eye of police on Monday morning when he lingered on the southbound platform of the Lexington Avenue line at Grand Central Terminal, letting several cars pass by.

The officers — Michelangelo Hidalgo and Amauris Santana — followed him when he finally boarded a train, the southbound No. 5, then arrested him when they saw him expose himself and rub against the buttocks of a 19-year-old woman, police said.

Corian was charged with persistent sexual abuse, forcible touching and public lewdness.

Corian, of the Bronx, just got out of prison on May 3.

He was conditionally released by the state Board of Parole after serving nearly two years for the same crime, records show.

He has an unrelated sex abuse conviction on his record, according to parole officials, and has also been convicted of 9 misdemeanors, including one for forcible touching.

A police source said Corian was released with the understanding that he be home each day by 7 p.m. and that he not ride the buses or subways at any hour of the day.

Corian’s lawyer could not be reached for comment. He was being held last night on $20,000 bail.

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

James Wappler – Repeat Sex Offender – Started BabyRaping career at age 14


A four-time convicted sex offender has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in Sheboygan County.

James Wappler had been convicted of sexual assault at ages 14, 15 and 18.

The 36-year-old was sentenced to life Friday. He was accused of repeatedly molesting a 10-year-old girl last year and pleaded no contest to the felony.

The crime triggered a two-strikes clause in state law that mandates the life term.

Wappler asked Judge L. Edward Stengel to spare him life in prison but Stengel said the prosecution included the penalty enhancer and Wappler accepted the conviction.

Wappler also told the judge he had been physically, sexually and emotionally abused.

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