Benjamin Paul Green – Whining Internet Predator gets only 12 years


A convicted Internet predator who was planning to drink alcohol and have sex with a 14-year-old girl will spend the next 12 years in prison.

An Aiken County jury took less than an hour to convict Benjamin Paul Green, IV, 29, of Grey’s Inn Road in Columbia of attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor and attempted solicitation of a minor.

Green sobbed, holding his clasped hands to his forehead as Judge Doyet A. “Jack” Early Jr. pronounced sentence. Then, Green, a father of two, fell forward to the bar before he was removed from the courtroom yelling “But, I have babies.”

The defendant engaged in an online chat with an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office investigator who was fishing for predators under the username “LittleMandy14SC.”

After a sexually explicit conversation in which the “girl” agreed to meet for sex, Green hoped in his two-door Oldsmobile and with a bottle of liquor, condoms and a sexual drug supplement, drove an hour to Beech Island.

“For the defendant, the Internet was a doorway into little Mandy,” Assistant Attorney General Suzanne Ringler said in closing. “The defendant intended to walk through it and into little Mandy’s bedroom.”

When he arrived, Green was arrested by three Aiken County investigators.

Green’s computer was seized. Pictures of himself that he had sent to the “girl,” including two photos of his genitals, where found on his computer. Further analysis showed a previous chat with a 17-year-old in which meeting for sex was discussed and Green told her “I got in trouble before, so I’m scared.”

As a defense, attorney Michael McMullen called the woman whose picture was used on the profile of “LittleMandy14SC.” Taken when she was 24, McMullen stressed his client was meeting someone as old as in the picture.

In the chat, however, Green acknowledged the age of the “girl” on several occasions.

In a rambling, disjointed closing, McMullen moved tangentially around the facts and attacked the law itself – which he was rebuked for several times by Early.

McMullen blamed the chat provider, Yahoo.com, for allowing kids on their sites and also claimed all of the chat was fantasy.

“This was no fantasy. He brought his condoms, he brought his liquor, he brought his supplements to make sure it happened,” Ringler said. “He had the whole evening planned.”

“The evidence was overwhelming, way beyond reasonable doubt,” Early said at sentencing. “We have to protect our children… Thank goodness we have this task force that is able to prevent this type of crime.”

Joseph Lewis Smith – Facing charges for child molestation – he had child porn too – DUH!

A San Carlos Park man awaiting a state trial for alleged child molestation is now facing federal child pornography charges.

U.S. Marshals nabbed Joseph Lewis Smith, 39, of 18562 Zinnia Road, on Friday, following a Wednesday indictment. Smith is charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of receiving images from across state lines.

“I can tell you it’s some of the worst child pornography I’ve ever heard of,” Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Malloy said of the case.

At the time of his arrest, Smith was awaiting trial in state court on a felony molestation charge from February. Accused of molesting a girl in his care under the age of 12, he was released on bond the day after his arrest.

With Friday’s arrest, Smith is now back in jail and scheduled for arraignment before a federal judge on Wednesday. A detention hearing at the same time will determine whether he stays in jail or is released.

Malloy said Lee County deputies notified FBI agents about the images during the Sheriff’s Office investigation. Deputies searched Smith’s house at one point, according to the arrest report from February.

According to his federal indictment, Smith received the images from as far back as January 2005. Malloy said they were especially graphic and involved young children.

“Sometimes people think this could be a mistake or a pop-up,” he said. “These are thousands of images.”

The indictment calls for the forfeiture of two computers and a USB drive at Smith’s home.

Smith’s February arrest followed accusations by the child, who was occasionally placed in Smith’s care by her mother. The child told investigators that Smith had her undress to her underware, and that he would massage and touch her buttocks and vagina with his hands and with a vibrator.

As part of Smith’s release, he was told to have no contact with the victim, through e-mail or texting, and he wasn’t allowed within 500 feet of the child’s house. He also surrendered his passport.

If convicted of the state charge, Smith faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. The two federal counts carry a maximum 15 years in federal prison.

Julie M. Carr – Female Pedophile – Sexually abused child on webcam


A mother of four young children in Maine was charged Monday with gross sexual assault after British investigators more than 3,000 miles away used the Internet to allegedly catch her in the act of Webcasting a sexual assault of her young child.

Julie M. Carr, 30, of Mars Hill, Maine, was arrested at about 11 p.m. Friday. Her four children — believed to range from 18 months to 5 years old — were taken into protective custody.

The Child Exploitation Investigation Team of England’s West Midlands Police said their unit received information late Thursday that a local man was using the Internet to show inappropriate material of children. An unidentified 18-year-old man was later arrested in Walsall, England.

A day later, on Friday, additional information was obtained by investigators, prompting the West Midland Police to contact officials at the Child Exploitation Online Protection and the U.S. Embassy.

“Our officers worked through the night on Thursday and Friday to ensure the identification and safety of these children across the other side of the world,” West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Dave McCrone said in a statement obtained by FOXNews.com. “Many people use the Internet safely and securely; however, there are a small minority who choose to use it to commit criminality.”

“We work to make people safer, sooner. The very same technology used to commit the crime enables us to work quickly to protect those who may be vulnerable.”

Carr, who is being held on $50,000 bail on charges of gross sexual assault and felony exploitation of a child, was arraigned by videoconference before a judge on Monday. She did not enter a plea, Maine State Police Det. Sgt. John Cote told FOXNews.com.

Cote declined to identify the victim seen during the assault but said one recording was taken as recently as Wednesday.

“That’s kind of what facilitated us acting quickly on this information as we received it,” he told FOXNews.com.

Cote said it was impossible to immediately determine how many individuals viewed the material allegedly posted by Carr. He declined to discuss statements Carr may have given to investigators, but said “this type of crime” is increasingly common.

“It’s just continuing a trend that we’re seeing — an increase in this type of crime,” he said. “But as technology gets better, more units are dedicating more agents to this type of crime and are just getting better at it. It lends itself really to the prevelance of computers in our society.”

Cote, in a release issued on Saturday, said investigators were able to confirm that the woman seen in the video was Carr, and a search warrant was then secured for her home.

Attorney Jeffrey Pickering, who represented Carr during Monday’s arraignment, could not immediately be reached for comment. If convicted, Carr faces up to 20 years in prison for each charge.

Members of Scottish paedophile ring – will get out of prison one day

NEIL STRACHAN

Neil Strachan, a 41-year-old service engineer, was found guilty of eight charges after the lengthy trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He sparked Operation Algebra when he left a computer disk with indecent images of children in the computer he put in for repair.

The technicians called in the police and detectives began the moves which would trap the gang.

It led officers to Strachan’s home in Duff Street, in the Dalry area of Edinburgh, on 9 November 2007 – a home he shared with his on-off boyfriend, Colin Slaven.

Strachan was arrested that day, and six days later Slaven was also detained.

Strachan was convicted of attempting to rape an 18-month old boy, of sexually assaulting a six year old boy, and of sexually assaulting another child.

He was also convicted of possessing, taking, distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute indecent photos of children, and of conspiring to meet other men to sexually abuse a child.

COLIN SLAVEN


Colin Slaven, a 24-year-old IT worker, was found guilty of three charges. Slaven had been Strachan’s on-off boyfriend since he was 16.

Police had seized a laptop which Slaven admitted belonged to him and which contained child pornography.

Slaven, who was once employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board, was convicted of possessing, taking and possessing with intent to distribute indecent photos of children.

CRAIG BOATH


Insurance adjuster Craig Boath, 24, from Dundee, was convicted of six charges. He was found to have 31,385 indecent images.

They included 1,261 stills and 15 video clips graded at the most depraved end of the scale.

He was arrested on 27 March last year at his home after officers discovered e-mails between him and James Rennie sharing child pornography.

He was convicted of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children, and of conspiring to meet Strachan, Rennie, Webber and Milligan to sexually abuse a child.

JAMES RENNIE


James Rennie, who was the chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland when he was caught by police, was found guilty of 14 charges.

Rennie’s emails to Strachan were traced to him by an MI5 specialist.

Rennie, 38, also from Edinburgh, was using the alias “kplover”. He told police it stood for kiddie porn lover.

Officers found images of Rennie, also a trained teacher, sexually assaulting a boy as young as three months old.

He was convicted of of sexually assaulting a child and of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

He was also found guilty of conspiring to meet Strachan, Webber, Boath and Milligan to sexually abuse a child.

JOHN MILLIGAN


John Milligan, a 40-year-old civil servant from the Govan area of Glasgow, was found guilty of eight charges at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He was discovered to have 78,289 indecent images, including 748 stills and 141 video clips at the top end of the scale.

He was arrested on 23 May last year at his home after being traced through e-mails with Rennie.

He was convicted of conspiring to meet Strachan, Rennie, Webber and Boath to sexually abuse a child, and of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

JOHN MURPHY


John Murphy, a trained teacher from Glasgow, was found guilty of five charges. The 44-year-old worked as a receptionist in a gay sauna.

He was found with 177 indecent images in his Govanhill flat.

He had his home searched by officers on 16 April last year after being traced through e-mails with Rennie. His computer was seized and he was arrested on 4 July last year.

Murphy was convicted of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

ROSS WEBBER


Ross Webber, a bank worker from North Berwick in East Lothian, was found guilty of five charges. The 27-year-old had 188 indecent images on his computer.

He was arrested on 5 January last year after computer checks found he had received child pornography from Rennie.

Two computers and CDs were recovered from his home.

He was convicted of conspiring to meet Milligan, Strachan, Rennie and Boath to sexually abuse a child, and of possessing, taking and distributing indecent photos of children.

NEIL CAMPBELL

Cake firm manager Neil Campbell was found guilty of five charges. The 46-year-old church elder had 928 indecent images of children at his home in Bearsden, near Glasgow.

He was traced by computer experts to his home on 29 March last year after sharing images with Rennie.

Officers searched his home and seized a computer before Campbell, who was married, was arrested at the address two days later.

He was convicted of possessing, taking, distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute indecent photos of children.

David Elliman – Repeat Sex Offender – Indefinite Sentence Imposed


A CONVICTED paedophile who groomed a 15-year-old schoolboy for sex after befriending him on an internet social networking site has been locked up indefinitely.

David Elliman, 27, had only been released from prison for earlier offences of child abuse three weeks before he posed as a 17-year-old youth and asked to be a friend of the schoolboy on his “Bebo” account, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The following day Elliman had arranged to meet the boy at Ipswich Railway Station and had then taken him back to his hotel room and sexually assaulted him.

Elliman, who had been staying at the Station Hotel, Ipswich, admitted offences of sexual grooming and sexual assault.

Judge John Holt passed an indeterminate prison sentence on Elliman for public protection and said he would have to serve at least two years in prison before he could be considered for release by the parole board.

Sentencing Elliman the judge said he had groomed the boy by means of the Bebo social networking site on the internet.

He said it was clear from text messages seen by the police that Elliman intended that the meeting between him and the boy should be the first of several similar encounters.

He said Elliman had been jailed for 15 months in 2005 for three offences of sexual assault on boys aged 12 and 14 and for possessing indecent images of children.

He had been subject to an extended period of licence on his release and had subsequently been returned to prison for two breaches of his licence which arose out of him befriending a child and being seen near a children’s play area.

Elliman had been released from prison on February 25 this year and the offences currently before the court had taken place three weeks later on March 14.

Judge Holt said a probation report on Elliman said there had been an escalation in the seriousness of his offending and considered that he posed a serious risk of causing harm to children in the community.

In addition to jailing Elliman the judge imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order restricting his future use of the internet and contact with children under 16.

He was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Patricia Doggett, prosecuting, said that after taking the boy to his hotel room Elliman had pushed the boy backwards on the bed before removing his jeans and underwear and performing a sex act on him.

Afterwards the boy had caught a bus home and had later been contacted by Elliman on MSN asking him if he had enjoyed himself and asking if would like to do it again, said Miss Doggett.

Thereafter there had been some communication between Elliman and the boy concerning a jacket the boy wanted Elliman to buy him because he thought he had been “used” by him.

Roger Thomson for Elliman said his client’s previous offending clearly aggravated the current offences.

He said that Elliman hadn’t restrained the boy.

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

Scottish paedophile nets Prison time for Perverts

Top, from left: Colin Slaven, Craig Boath, James Rennie, Neil Campbell, (bottom, from left) Ross Phillip Webber, John Patrick Murphy, John Milligan and Neil Strachan, who have all been found guilty of a catalogue of child pornography and abuse charges

Six members of a paedophile gang have been sent to prison for a total of more than 40 years for conspiring to abuse children and for owning and distributing grotesque images and videos of abuse.

Police and prosecutors expressed grim satisfaction at the length of the sentences meted out to three of the men, who were found guilty of conspiracy. The verdicts in the case, which has made set a legal precedent in Scotland, and the 17-year sentence imposed on John Milligan signals a significant tightening of the law to deal with sex offenders

Milligan, a 44-year-old civil servant from Glasgow, was found with 75,289 photographs and moving images of child sex abuse, and was “at the heart of this most serious conspiracy and a very major player,” said judge Lord Bannatyne, passing sentence. Milligan’s co-conspirators, Craig Boath from Dundee and Ross Webber, from North Berwick, received sentences of nine years and nine months and eight years and nine months respectively.

“The conspiracy charge in this case accurately reflected the actions of the accused and the full extent of their criminal behaviour which went far beyond the sharing of indecent photographs” said Morag McLaughlin, area procurator fiscal for Lothian and Borders.

“The charge highlighted how these individuals connected and planned to share children for sexual gratification, the individual parts and joint parts each played in that joint venture and the common goal that they sought. The charge of conspiracy makes clear that agreeing to take part in this kind of activity is itself an offence and can be struck at by the law, even if the agreement is not followed through.”

The other men were convicted of the lesser charges of distributing, possessing and making indecent images. Neil Campbell, 46, a bell-ringer at Jordanhill parish church in Glasgow, was jailed for three years and four months. A married man, Campbell was formerly a Church of Scotland elder.

John Murphy, a receptionist at a gay sauna in Glasgow was jailed for two years, and Colin Slaven, a 24-year-old IT worker from Edinburgh was jailed for three years, a year of which was for contempt of court, after he arrived at court drunk during the trial.

The judge said all the offences were of the most serious nature, involving real children. “Many of the photographs, involved children being sexually abused, often in the most appalling ways,” said Lord Bannatyne. “These are not victimless crimes. They are real victims of these offences, namely the children who are photographed and in many of these photographs are actually being abused. In many of the photographs the children were of tender years.”

Two other members of the gang, Neil Strachan, 41, and James Rennie, 38, a senior figure in youth work in Scotland, will be sentenced in seven weeks, for conspiracy and for other serious charges including the abuse of a three-month-old baby, left in Rennie’s care by close friends who had no knowledge of his abusive activities. Both men face the prospect of life sentences.

Detective Inspector Stuart Hood, who heading the 18-month police investigation, codenamed Algebra, said yesterday’s sentences sent a clear message to other offenders that the Scottish legal system “worked very well” and would hold them to proper account.

However, beyond the sheer volume of sickening images which were seized – totalling more than 125,000 photographs and videos – and the shocking “chatlogs” which recorded brutal details of abuse in internet conversations between the men. Mr Hood said officers found other aspects of the case disturbing, notably the level of deception involved.

None of the six men had previous convictions for sex offences, and all led apparently respectable, middle-class lives. Each one was involved in the “skilled deceit” of friends and family, in a way which was profoundly disturbing, he said.

The convictions stemmed from one of the most complex investigations ever carried out by Lothian and Borders Police. The gang were traced because Strachan forgot to remove a hard drive from a broken work computer he had sent for repair. It revealed hundreds of shocking images, and a record of internet conversations and e-mail addresses. An international investigation tracked down his friends and associates, an operation which involved computer experts in America and the UK, the FBI, and a former MI5 expert in radio technology.

The investigation indentified about 200 offenders across the globe and information on around 70 other people was sent to police forces throughout the UK as a result of the inquiry.

The images which had been recovered would “repulse any reasonable human being” said Mr Hood. “As an investigator it is often difficult to reconcile why individuals resort to this abhorrent behaviour. Despite this, Algebra has taught us many lessons and we will use these to target those who seek to commit these crimes.

“Technology is advancing all the time, we will use every tool at our disposal to make sure anyone involved in this kind of activity is identified and brought to justice,” he added.

Lord Bannatyne imposed extended sentences on the men sentenced yesterday, to provide extra protection for the public. Offenders on extended sentences remain on licence for a number of years after their release and should they fail to comply with the conditions of the licence, they can be re-arrested.

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

Antoine Louis Johnson – MySpace Predator – Updated


There’s new information about a Gwinnett County church volunteer accused of child molestation. Another person has come forward, saying he was a victim.

“During the course of the investigation there was always the possibility of a third victim,” said Gwinnett County Police Corp. David Schiralli. “Through the investigation they determined there was a third victim.”

Gwinnett County police said Antoine Louis Johnson setup a fake profile on MySpace and was posing as a 16-year-old girl. The boy’s mother said the girl, named Kristen, befriended her son on MySpace last summer.

The Dacula mother said she couldn’t be happier Johnson is behind bars. She said the 26-year-old man has been sexually molesting her 13-year-old boy and killed a part of her child.

The boy’s mother said Johnson picked up her son, took him to a vacant home where, she said, Johnson sexually assaulted her son. She said it didn’t stop there. Johnson blackmailed her son into meeting him at least three other times.

Johnson had been volunteering with the youth at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula the last two years. Administrative Pastor David Baker said Johnson was terminated as soon as they learned of his arrest.

Baker said as of right now, they do not believe there are any alleged victims in their congregation.

As for the alleged victim’s mother, she has a message for parents.

“Watch your children. Make time for it,” she said.

Police said Johnson is being without bond.

Robert L. Webster – Arrested for Distribution of Child Pornography

At least 29 such files were found on the hard drives, and one of the files was part of a known child sexual exploitation series, according to the papers.


A 35-year-old man was arrested last week for distributing child pornography on computers at his Felton home, police said.

Robert L. Webster of Fox Chase Drive was arrested early Thursday as the result of an online undercover investigation by the State Police Child Predator Task Force.

During a search, police seized six desktop computers, six laptops, 11 hard drives and other digital material, said police Sgt. Walter Newton.

Webster was charged with 29 counts of using a computer to unlawfully depict a child engaging in a prohibited sexual Act, Newton said.

Webster was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and is being held on $870,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday morning.

According to court records, police found Webster in his bedroom in the home’s basement, where a workstation with a desktop computer was found. Webster admitted he was the only resident to use the computer, the papers say.

Webster also admitted to using LimeWire, a file-sharing program, to download the pornographic images, some of children as young as 3 or 4 years old, the papers say.

At least 29 such files were found on the hard drives, and one of the files was part of a known child sexual exploitation series, according to the papers.

Sex offenders can’t be trusted on the internet

A local psychologist who has counseled hundreds of sex offenders believes there’s nothing more dangerous to them or the public than the Internet.

“If they’ve benefited from treatment at all, they should know that they shouldn’t be involved in any Internet discussions or be on any social networking sites,” said Dr. James Orlando, Clinical Director at Summit Psychological Associates.

“It’s way too tempting for them. It would be like an alcoholic taking a job as a bartender. It’s really not a good idea, and they should know that.”

Earlier this year, Facebook and MySpace each adopted new policies prohibiting sex offenders from having personal pages.

Facebook has already deleted the profiles of more than 5,000 convicted sex offender, including an Akron man who molested boys at a local high school ten years ago and whose Facebook profile was featured several weeks ago on Channel 3 News.

Recently, a Kent mother checked the names of sex offenders in her neighborhood and found four men — all of whom had offended against young girls — with active Facebook profiles.

Orlando realizes that the ease of access makes it impossible to follow every sex offender’s activity on the Internet, but after counseling hundreds of offenders, he’s confident social networking is a one-way ticket to disaster.

“Sex offending occurs in the context of a relationship, almost always,” Orlando said. “So for an offender to offend, they need two things. They need opportunity to get to victims and they need an opportunity to develop a relationship . Social networking enables them to develop a relationship with a lot of people slowly over a course of time, and they slowly groom a lot of people until they find one they can offend against. So it’s ideal for them.”

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

Gordon Lee Parkin – Pedophile – Get 7 years and lifetime supervision

“Each time an image of a child victim is traded – especially to an individual who has not seen such image in the past – the child victim is victimized all over again”

SEATTLE – A Granite Falls man was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for distributing thousands of child porn images online.

Gordon Lee Parkin, 49, received the sentence Friday in U.S. District Court from U.S. District Judge James L. Robart. He also ordered lifetime supervised release for Parkin after he serves his term.

The judge also said he will consider ordering Parkin to pay restitution to one of the known victims in the case.

Parkin pleaded guilty to distributing child porn in January, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

He was identified by investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as using a chat program to send more than 8,000 images of child pornography.

When a search warrant was executed at Parkin’s home, agents discovered thousands of images of child pornography on his computer.

Agents also found more than 200 pictures of children in the neighborhood, including close-up shots attempting to photograph the underwear of young girls.

The chat logs on Parkin’s computer revealed that he had exchanged 8,645 still images and 11 movies of child pornography. In some instances he sent more than 750 images at a time to others via the chat program.

Many of the images were of victims identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and one of those victims has requested restitution from any defendant who distributed photos of her.

In asking for prison time and lifetime supervised release, Assistant United States Attorney Aravind Swaminathan described how trading child pornography repeatedly victimizes innocent children.

“Each time an image of a child victim is traded – especially to an individual who has not seen such image in the past – the child victim is victimized all over again,” Swaminathan said.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, launched in February 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice. The initiative is designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.