William J. Blanscet – Pastor and Internet Predator

Disturbing allegations leveled against a Salt Lake City Pastor.

According to investigators, 67-year-old William Blanscet used an internet chat room and a web cam for explicit sexual talk, and to expose himself to who he thought was a teenage girl.

Instead, the girl was an undercover officer with Utah’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Investigators say his user name was “happyutahman”.

“What’s very disturbing, is he’s in a leadership position in his religion,” said Capt. Rhett McQuiston with the Task Force. “The conversations were very sexually explicit in nature, with the underage child and on at least four different occasions he would use his web came to stream live video shots {of him exposing himself}’

But the most disturbing and shocking thing for investigators is they say Blanscet actually committed one of his crimes inside a hospital, while he was with his wife, who had knee surgery.

“Was streaming his web cam and chatting with this person while his wife was unconcious in the hospital.” said McQuiston. “Thats one of the strangest things I’ve seen in my entire career.”

Blanscet is the pastor of Church of God of Prophecy which is at 425 North 700 West in Salt Lake City.

It’s unknown just how many people are in his congregation, but people who live next door say the parking lot is packed every Sunday and it appears a lot of people attend the church.

“I can’t even believe that'” said Juliana Gutierrez, who lives next to the church. “It’s horrible for a pastor to go on the internet seeking children. Its disgusting.”

Anthony Robles also lives next to the church, and worries about his own children who often play in the parking lot.

“We don’t know what could have happened to any of our kids…that’s what they preach don’t do that with children then you turn around and that’s what they are doing,” said Robles.

And that’s what worries investigators.

“Whenever a person of trust is involved in these activities, it horrifies me to think what could also be going on. His position of trust, he could be having access to many children. That is our fear there maybe more victims out there,” said McQuiston.

According to investigators, Blanscet admitted to the crime when they went to his home to confront him about the charges.

He has not been booked into jail and would not comment when 2news tried to speak to him at his home.

Investigators say he plans to turn himself in next week on four counts of attempting to deal harmful material to a minor.

If found guilty he could spent up to 20 years behind bars. He told 2news he is no longer a pastor of the church.

Jim Schneider – Music teacher busted for child porn

Two men in Colorado Springs are facing charges connected to child pornography. One of them is a band teacher at a local middle school.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jim Schneider admitted to police that he had images of child porn on his home computer. Police say it was folks at Yahoo, Inc. that tipped off authorities. They found the disturbing images in an online photo album.

The case landed at the ICAC unit, in the Colorado Springs Police department. Schneider was arrested at his home on Wednesday on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

It turns out he’s a band teacher at Timberview Middle School in Academy District 20. He’s also a tennis coach at Liberty High School. Police don’t believe any children in Colorado Springs are victims.

It’s a small relief for parents who trusted their children to a man now accused of this disturbing crime. Nanette Anderson is the spokesperson for Academy District 20. She says, “We know that families are concerned. The staff at Timberview is obviously shocked and saddened.”

Sgt. Bill Dehart heads the ICAC unit. He says, “The reality is, it’s the person closest to the children, the one you trust the most. It’s not the stranger.” He adds, that it’s a very small percentage of people working in schools that get accused of this crime, but it’s a sad reminder to be vigilant.

Schneider is no stranger to District 20. He’s been working for them since 2001. Officials there say he passed a thorough background check, including checks with the FBI.

Just two days earlier, in a separate case, Michael Eichsteadt was arrested at his home in Colorado Springs. Police say his ex-wife tipped off authorities that he had child porn on his computer. Police say they found several hundred videos and images.

Both men are free on a $3,000 bond. Officials at District 20 will only say that Schneider is on leave. They won’t say if it’s paid.

Julian Martin – Proactive approach busts INTERNET PREDATOR

Today, Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Garrett announced the conviction of Julian Martin, 54, of Henrico, for soliciting a 13-year-old over the internet for sex.

The case was scheduled for a jury trial this morning but instead the defendant appeared and plead guilty without an agreement.

Since its inception, Louisa’s Child Safety Initiative (CSI-Louisa) has worked to crack down on sexual predators. Julian Martin is the fourth conviction this year and four other cases are pending.

Recently, a Louisa jury recommended a 14 year sentence for former Howard University Soccer Coach Joseph Okoh after he violated the same law.

Louisa’s initiative takes a proactive approach, policing the internet to catch those who prey on children.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Commonwealth’s Attorney make protecting children a top priority.

Over the last year, their collective efforts have resulted in convictions of predators from Henrico, Arlington, Virginia Beach and Bowling Green.

Ironically, no past or pending cases involve predators from Louisa itself.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire notes that the fight to protect children in continues. “We know that these predators will travel, often hours, this level of motivation only causes us to redouble our efforts.

Predators are serving decades in prison but the fight is not over.”

In today’s case, Julian Martin used an AOL chat for the Richmond metro area to solicit a 13-year-old female. After talking about bringing beer and wine for the teen, the conversation turned explicitly sexual.

Martin asked the teen if she became “frisky” after drinking, asking to meet at a Louisa area business.

He arrived with alcohol, and stated that he planned to take the child “on a date.” Instead of a 13 year-old girl, Martin was met Louisa Sheriff’s deputies and has remained in jail since his arrest on July 2, 2008.

“If I’d have known it was a set-up, I wouldn’t have driven out,” Martin stated in an interview with detectives.

Rusty McGuire added, “Another predator is off the street. The Department of Justice estimates that there are 50,000 more predators online at any moment.

Education is the first line of defense. When that doesn’t happen, children remain vulnerable.

We have made it our mission to protect the most vulnerable among us. If you attempt to exploit children in Louisa, you will be brought to justice.”

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) is one of four prongs of the CSI-Louisa initiative.

Others include proactive monitoring of registered sex offenders, a resource website, and an education component developed by Garrett and McGuire targeted at youth, parents, and educators recognized as among the nation’s best.

Martin will be sentenced in June.