Joseph J. Spaeth – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual


A convicted sex offender will spend time in prison for offenses he committed in 2006.

Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge William Carver sentenced Joseph J. Spaeth, 41, Friday to five years in prison followed by 10 years of extended supervision on four counts of child enticement for sexual contact as a persistent repeater.

According to the criminal complaint, Spaeth inappropriately touched three children ages 3, 6, and 7 in February 2006. Court records show Spaeth was previously convicted of sexual assaults in 1991 and 1993.

A Winnebago County Jury that heard the case in July 2007 convicted Spaeth of four counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and he was sentenced to four life terms.

However, Carver vacated the sentence and granted Spaeth a new trial because extraneous information that was “highly prejudicial” was introduced into the jury room during deliberations. The jury had asked to look at a statement Spaeth gave to police and a juror recognized the address on the statement and informed the other jurors a registered sex offender resided there.

Spaeth pleaded no contest to the amended charge of child enticement in March.

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

Aurelio Martinez – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer


A convicted sexual offender with an arrest record going back 18 years now faces a homicide count in the murder of a pregnant teenager whose body was found in Davenport Monday.

A warrant charges Aurelio Martinez, 36, of St. Petersburg with second degree murder in the death of Bria Metz, 17, of St. Petersburg, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Her body was found in a pine tree grove off Highway 27 in Davenport Monday.

Detectives traced telephone numbers on the victim’s cell phone to Martinez and arrested him Thursday afternoon on violation of probation charges in a 2003 felony child abuse, weapons and aggravated assault case out of Hollywood, Florida.

Once in custody, they questioned him about the Metz homicide.

Under questioning, Martinez said Metz wanted money from him, she told him she knew he was a sexual offender, that she was 17, and would tell the police. They argued and he grabbed her neck in his hands until she relaxed. When she stopped breathing, he panicked and got rid of the body, according to the affidavit.

Martinez has a lengthly criminal record in Florida dating back to 1991. Prior arrests include Loitering and Prowling, Burglary, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Cocaine, Sexual Battery with Occupied Burglary and Assault, Disorderly Conduct and a Traffic Violation. He’s been arrested in Broward County, Hollywood, Miami-Dade Florida, and Hialeah.

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

He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Thursday night on no bond.

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Thomas Pellerin – Repeat Sex Offender – Playing Doctor

“Mr. Pellerin has three prior felony sex offenses in Vermont, a misdemeanor sex offense in Vermont and a felony sex offense in New Hampshire dating back to the 70s for which he was designated a sexually violent person,” Sand said.

Thomas Pellerin, 59, has been on Vermont’s sex offender registry since the 1990s, though his criminal past dates back even further. The Corrections Department considers him to be a high risk to reoffend. And based on new charges brought Wednesday, it appears that classification was accurate. Pellerin was arraigned on five counts, including lewd and lascivious conduct. He pleaded not guilty to all five charges.

Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand said, “It is alleged that Mr. Pellerin created a scheme where he was posing as area doctors who were allegedly trading sex for drugs. Within that scheme, he allegedly pressured and ultimately forced a 16-year-old to pose for semi-nude photographs.”

Springfield Police say the crimes took place in Pellerin’s Springfield apartment– a spot commonly known to area teens who would go there to get high. The new charges are just the latest in a long line for Pellerin. And because of that, prosecutors are charging him as a habitual offender which carries the possibility of a life sentence.

“Mr. Pellerin has three prior felony sex offenses in Vermont, a misdemeanor sex offense in Vermont and a felony sex offense in New Hampshire dating back to the 70s for which he was designated a sexually violent person,” Sand said.

Because Pellerin could potentially spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted, he is being held without bail until his trial.

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

Curtis Albert Pinson – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual

A convicted sex offender, charged last year with a second offense, has been indicted by a Pike grand jury for allegedly failing to comply with the state’s sex offender laws, and may be a fugitive from justice.

According to the indictment, handed down Monday, Curtis Albert Pinson, 57, whose address is listed as Ky. 194 East, failed to register relative to a sexual offense.

Pinson was indicted in September for allegedly subjecting a person under 12 years old to sexual contact from Oct., 2007, through April, 2008. The grand jury charged him with first-degree sexual abuse.

According to court documents, Pinson has failed to show up for some pretrial hearings, and, in March, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Burchett sent a letter to Pinson’s attorney, public defender Julio Collado, informing the attorney that if Pinson failed to show up for his pretrial hearing set for April 10, a warrant for his arrest would be sought.

In the letter, Burchett informs Collado that the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office had received information that Pinson absconded.

Burchett also wrote that he was formally withdrawing a tentative offer of probation he had made to Pinson and will seek a prison term instead.

Pinson did not show up for the hearing, and, on April 23, Pike Circuit Judge Steve Combs issued a bench warrant for Pinson’s arrest.

Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said the new indictment stems from an investigation subsequent to that warrant being issued.

“They went to (Pinson’s) address and he wasn’t there,” Bartley said. “We think he’s left the area. We know for certain he’s not at that address.”

As a registered sex offender, Pinson is required to inform authorities of any address change.

Bartley said the reason for taking back the offer of probation is because one of the conditions his office requires in exchange for a recommendation of probation is that the offender not commit any more crimes. Bartley said the charges contained in the new indictment represent a violation of those terms.

Pinson has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree sexual abuse charge. A hearing in the case is set for June 26.

In 2001, Pinson pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse, for allegedly abusing a five-year-old relative in 2000. Court documents said he was sentenced to two years in prison, probated for five years.

That probation ended in Aug., 2006.

Pinson was also charged with four counts of third-degree rape in 1996. According to court documents, from June through August, 1996, Pinson allegedly had sexual intercourse with a girl less than 16 years old.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice in 1999, by then-Pike Circuit Judge Charles E. Lowe Jr. Without prejudice means the charges can be brought back against Pinson.

In addition to the charge of failing to register relative to a sexual offense, Pinson was also indicted Monday on a charge of being a persistent felony offender in the second degree, a class C felony. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. He faced five years in prison on the first-degree sexual abuse charge.

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

Ismael Malave – Repeat Sex Offender – Threatening Victim Backfired

A previously convicted sex offender was sentenced to serve another 10 to 20 years in prison Wednesday for molesting a 6-year-old girl in Nashua nearly six years ago.

Although Ismael Malave, 43, contends he is innocent, Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge David Sullivan agreed to let him enter an “Alford” plea on a felony sex assault charge.

Malave’s unwillingness to admit his guilt could cost him an extra 10 years in prison, however. Under current prison policy, at least, Malave won’t be considered eligible for parole until he’s completed the sex offender treatment program, and he won’t be considered eligible for the program until he is willing to admit his guilt.

The girl whom Malave was convicted of molesting attended his sentencing hearing Wednesday along with several family members.

In addition to his conviction for aggravated felonious sexual assault, Malave also pleaded guilty to witness tampering, admitting that he tried to persuade the girl and her mother not to cooperate with prosecutors.

Patricia Benner, the lawyer representing the girl, warned the girl before the hearing that Malave might try to look her way, or even mouth words at her, but assured the girl that bailiffs would keep her safe from him.

Malave’s sentence also prohibits him from initiating any contact with the girl or her family, directly or through any other person.

“He has intimidated this girl and her family to such a degree that he thinks he can manipulate them,” Benner said, adding, “It’s my belief that conduct will continue” if he isn’t strictly forbidden from all contact.

Benner read a statement by the girl’s mother, who once had a relationship with Malave, and Assistant County Attorney Leslie Gill read a statement that the girl wrote.

“You are mean. I don’t like what you did to me. Why did you do it?” Gill read. “I am so mad at you because you hurt me. You hurt my body and you hurt my feelings.”

“I am so scared right now because you did that to me,” she read. “I know you’re not sorry.”

Malave has not apologized, and didn’t do so Wednesday. Instead, he protested that his case took too long to be tried, and claimed that guards at the county jail have abused him.

“My rights were violated basically in this state due to my being a minority,” Malave said, adding later, “It’s a criminal matter, what you all done to me.”

Malave also claimed that his lawyer hadn’t explained to him previously that he wouldn’t be allowed to contact the girl or her family. Booker told Sullivan that in fact, they had discussed it at length before Malave pleaded guilty Monday.Malave had been jailed since his arrest in 2005, held without bail on a single count of aggravated felonious sexual assault while also serving an eight- to 10-year sentence for statutory rape in Plymouth County, Mass.

As part of his plea bargain, Malave agreed that 889 days of the time he’s spent in jail would count toward his 10 to 20 year sentence. Malave also received lesser, concurrent sentences for witness tampering.

Malave has a lengthy prior criminal record in his home state of Massachusetts, starting with a 1987 manslaughter conviction from a hit-and-run collision, for which he was sentenced to nine to 15 years in prison, according to the Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board.

Malave chalked up burglary, drug, weapons and reckless driving convictions around Massachusetts in the late 1990s and was convicted Aug. 31, 2005, on two counts of statutory rape. He was sentenced to eight to 10 years in state prison.

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

Kenneth Dale Stark – Repeat Sex Offender – Repeat DUI Offender – Stalking kids at Park


A sex offender with a criminal past that covers four states is back behind bars in Sioux Falls, after police say he was hanging around Sioux Falls parks that were packed with kids.Police say there are a few reasons you might spot someone watching a park full of kids, such as parents checking up on a baby-sitter. If you have a weird feeling about it, police say it’s best to give them a call and have them check it out just in case.

Kenneth Dale Stark, 59, went before a judge Friday. He was arrested Thursday for being a sex offender loitering in a safety zone. Stark is also charged with his 6th DUI and other misdemeanors.

Police say they spotted Stark at Whittier Park, sitting in a white van and watching the kids playing. At the time there were dozens of kids enjoying the park. It was actually parents who spotted the van the day before and tipped off police.

News that Kenneth Stark is accused of watching kids at local parks is disturbing for Linda Monhan a Sioux Falls grandma who’s often out with her granddaughter Macy.

“It kinda frightened me when I heard it was like 2 blocks away from my house,” Monhan said.

When parents noticed a white van sitting outside of a Sioux Falls park, they wrote down the license plate number and gave it to police. When police ran it, they found it belonged to Kenneth Dale Stark. He is a convicted sex offender not only in South Dakota, but also in Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa.

He has nine prior convictions at least one of those is for sexual assault of a child.

Sioux Falls police in uniforms but in an unmarked cars followed stark to Whittier Park and then to Meldrum Park. When stark spotted the officers in uniform, he took off, but police were able to catch up with him a short time later and arrested him on several charges including being a sex offender loitering in a safety zone. He’s now being held on a 25-thousand dollar cash bond.

For Linda Monhan, the arrest is a relief, but also a reminder of how watchful parents should be of suspicious activity.

“I’m usually out with her all the time and I usually watch out for things and see if there’s anything strange,” Monhan said.

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

Lawrence Halbert – Repeat Sex Offender – Molested child in Costco

Halbert has three prior convictions for sexual crimes that include a 1979 conviction for molesting a child under 14, a 1980 conviction for a violent rape, and second rape and sexual assault conviction in 1989, Finney said.


A registered sex offender who was arrested Sunday in Concord for allegedly fondling a 9-year-old girl at a Costco store is scheduled to be arraigned in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez Thursday afternoon.

Lawrence Halbert, a 50-year-old Concord man, has been charged with committing a felony lewd act on a child under 14 and two felony sex offender registration violations. He is also facing multiple enhancements related to his prior convictions, according to court records.

According to Concord police Sgt. Mike Finney, Halbert was at the Costco store at 2400 Monument Blvd. Sunday when he allegedly reached down and fondled a 9-year-old girl’s buttocks.

The child’s father allegedly saw the act and confronted Halbert.

Halbert allegedly told the father that he had touched the child accidentally, but the father didn’t believe him and called police.

One of the officers who responded to the call had been assigned to monitor Halbert and knew he was a repeat sex offender, Finney said.

Halbert has three prior convictions for sexual crimes that include a 1979 conviction for molesting a child under 14, a 1980 conviction for a violent rape, and second rape and sexual assault conviction in 1989, Finney said.

Halbert served his entire sentence and spent years at Atascadero State Hospital in the sexually violent predator treatment program, but was released without parole in 1998. He lived in Oakland until 2007 when he moved to Concord and police have been monitoring him ever since, Finney said.

“There was a high probability he would re-offend,” Finney said, citing Halbert’s alleged lack of remorse for his previous crimes.

“The problem is that these guys don’t stop,” Finney said.

Halbert’s bail has been set at $1.65 million. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m.

Because of his prior convictions, Halbert could face a life sentence if he is convicted of the current charges under the state’s three strikes law, Finney said.

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

Craig Potterton – Repeat Sex Offender – raped 78 year old woman for 3 hours

A SEX offender might never leave jail again after he subjected a 78-year-old widow to a three-hour late-night rape ordeal in her home.

Craig Potterton, 23, half-strangled the York pensioner, threatened to kill her and ignored her repeated demands to leave her sheltered accommodation after knocking on her door at midnight last September, Christine Egerton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told York Crown Court.

He was on parole at the time from a lengthy jail sentence for robbing a fellow hostel resident and also had previous sex convictions.

He eventually left after 3am on Saturday, September 20. It was days before the victim could tell the police what had happened.

Four years before the rape, Potterton had stolen the pensioner’s jewellery and cash after she had taken pity on him when he was homeless and allowed him to stay with her for a few weeks. Giving him an indefinite sentence for public protection, the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, told him: “She is a lady who has treated you with kindness in the past. What you did to her was dreadful. One can only imagine the thoughts running through that 78-year-old lady’s head. What had she done to deserve such treatment?” He called Potterton “very dangerous” and warned him that though he could apply for parole after five years, “it may well be you will be detained indefinitely.”

Detective Inspector Maria Taylor said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victim who has been through a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Potterton. Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of this heinous crime, which although very rare, has a devastating effect on victims. We are pleased that a very dangerous, callous and violent individual has been taken off the streets”

Potterton will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life after he pleaded guilty to rape.

Miss Egerton said he had been released from jail to live in a Dewsbury probation hostel six weeks before the rape. But he broke his parole conditions by taking alcohol to the hostel. Fearing he would be sent back to jail, he caught a train to York. He knew the widow because a friend of hers had introduced them four years earlier.

Potterton pleaded guilty on the basis that he had gone to her home seeking a place to sleep. His barrister Nicholas Barker said he had smoked cannabis, drunk alcohol and taken Ecstasy before the rape. He had not planned the crime. He had had a disrupted childhood that left him angry and dysfunctional.

“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

Michael Clements – Repeat Sex Offender – Gets Life for — Repeating


A sex offender from La Crosse was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday under the “three strikes and you’re out” law.

Michael Clements, 37, will have no chance for freedom, after he was convicted last month of molesting a child under 16.

Prosecutors said he fondled a 14-year-old’s breasts in December of 2007.

His other two convictions came in 1999 for second-degree child sex assault, and attempted child sex assault.

La Crosse County Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke was required to hand down the mandatory life sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Tania Bonnett justified it, saying history is the best predictor of future behavior.

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

………Sarah Tofte