Joseph Christian Fontana – Repeat Sex Offender – 76 new counts


The Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Office has been searching for a registered Sex Offender, Joseph Christian Fontana aka Christian Fontana since a warrant for his arrest was issued in 2006.

Fontana disappeared from his residence at 1305 Green Acres Avenue in Fort Walton Beach after finding out that the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Fontana with minor children. Fontana’s whereabouts were unknown until this afternoon, when he was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in the Dominican Republic.

Joseph Christian Fontana was profiled in April 2009 on the television show “America’s Most Wanted”. The show aired in the Dominican Republic as well, due to suspicions of Fontana being in that area.

In late April 2009, a tip was received through “America’s Most Wanted” and forwarded to investigators at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. The tip gave a specific address for Fontana in the Dominican Republic.

Due to Fontana being out of the country, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office submitted the case to the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and requested their assistance in tracking down and apprehending Fontana.

The information was given to the U.S. Marshal’s Foreign Field Office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in an attempt to locate and apprehend Fontana. At approximately 1600 hours central time, U.S. Marshal’s, with the assistance of law enforcement in the Dominican Republic, took Fontana into custody.

From 2001 until 2006 when he fled, Fontana had been visiting with a single mother and her three children in their home. He met the latest victim’s mother at a local church and he eventually committed offenses against her children.

A 4 month investigation into the activities of Fontana, a Registered Sex Offender, resulted in a warrant being issued for his arrest.Fontana has been arrested involving crimes against children 3 times in the past. Fontana was convicted in 1995 of lewd & lascivious behavior with male child less than 16 years of age.

Fontana was known to prey on single women who have young male children. The initial investigation was a collaborative effort involving the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and The Department of Children and Families. Fontana’s also currently has 1 warrant in Okaloosa County.

The 1 warrant in Santa Rosa County is for the following charges: 25 Counts of Sexual Assault on a victim over 12, 25 Counts of Lewd & Lascivious behavior (conduct by persons 18 or older), 25 counts of Lewd & Lascivious behavior (exhibit by persons 18 or older victim less than 16), and 1 count of showing obscene material to a child. Fontana is being held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s in the Dominican Republic. It is currently not known as to when his extradition will occur. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer their sincere gratitude to both “America’s Most Wanted” and the USMS for their diligent efforts in locating and apprehending Joseph Fontana.

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

Kenneth John Freeman – A most heinous and despicable pedophile

“Kenneth Freeman distinguishes himself as one of the most heinous and despicable pedophiles ICE has ever encountered”

Freeman was loathsome even by the standards of pedophiles

A man who raped his daughter and posted videos of the abuse online before fleeing the country pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court and likely faces the rest of his life in prison.

Kenneth John Freeman, 46 — described by law-enforcement officers as “one of the most heinous” pedophiles — pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of unlawful sexual activity.

His agreement with federal prosecutors calls for a sentence of 50 years in prison, plus three years of probation, when Freeman is sentenced March 25.

“A 50-year sentence is going to be a life sentence,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lister, who prosecuted the case. Freeman would serve some 42 years before he could be considered for parole.

He also pleaded guilty to three Benton County charges of child rape during an appearance in Spokane County Superior Court, in exchange for an expected sentence of 20 years, to run concurrently with the federal time. He will be held in a federal prison.

Freeman’s capture involved law-enforcement officers in China, Hong Kong, Canada and a host of federal and local agencies, officials said.

Freeman was loathsome even by the standards of pedophiles, said Leigh Winchell, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Seattle.

“Kenneth Freeman distinguishes himself as one of the most heinous and despicable pedophiles ICE has ever encountered,” Winchell said.

Authorities praised the willingness of his daughter, 19-year-old Kylie Freeman, to testify, saying that helped prompt Freeman to plead guilty.

“I don’t think he wanted to be in a courtroom and hear Kylie testify,” said Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller, who secured the guilty pleas on the child rape counts. “It was easier for him to plead guilty.”

Chris Peale, Kylie’s stepfather, called it a day of healing for the family.

“He is being held accountable for his horrible, perverted actions,” Peale said.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor insisted that Freeman hear details of the charges against him, and say exactly what he was pleading guilty to, an ordeal he waived in federal court earlier in the day.

Freeman, a computer adviser, bodybuilder and former reserve sheriff’s deputy in Benton County in southeast Washington, fled the U.S. in 2006 and lived in China. He was arrested in May 2007 in Hong Kong.

His case was featured twice on “America’s Most Wanted.”

The abuse began in 2000, when Kylie was 10, officials said. The girl, now a college student, did not disclose the abuse until she told her mother in November 2005.

In federal court, Freeman pleaded guilty to producing child pornography in Washington, and to producing child pornography and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor in Oregon.

The Oregon charges stem from incidents in which Freeman took his daughter to the Portland area.

Prosecutors said Freeman videotaped the sexual abuse of his daughter and distributed the images via the Internet to pedophiles around the world.

U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt, of Spokane, said a police detective in Toronto saw an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” that featured Kylie Freeman, and recognized her from some child pornography that he had been investigating.

That information got Freeman placed on most-wanted lists of the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and eventually led to Freeman being tracked to China.

Chinese law-enforcement officers kept him under surveillance and notified U.S. officials when he made arrangements to visit Hong Kong for a vacation. Freeman was arrested in Hong Kong in May 2007.

He agreed to be extradited to the United States.

Before his extradition, Freeman issued a statement indicating he had written an autobiography while in custody.

Authorities seized the 400-page document, which contained confessions to much of the criminal conduct for which he was charged, court documents said.

Kenneth John Freeman – A most heinous and despicable pedophile

“Kenneth Freeman distinguishes himself as one of the most heinous and despicable pedophiles ICE has ever encountered”

Freeman was loathsome even by the standards of pedophiles

A man who raped his daughter and posted videos of the abuse online before fleeing the country pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court and likely faces the rest of his life in prison.

Kenneth John Freeman, 46 — described by law-enforcement officers as “one of the most heinous” pedophiles — pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of unlawful sexual activity.

His agreement with federal prosecutors calls for a sentence of 50 years in prison, plus three years of probation, when Freeman is sentenced March 25.

“A 50-year sentence is going to be a life sentence,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lister, who prosecuted the case. Freeman would serve some 42 years before he could be considered for parole.

He also pleaded guilty to three Benton County charges of child rape during an appearance in Spokane County Superior Court, in exchange for an expected sentence of 20 years, to run concurrently with the federal time. He will be held in a federal prison.

Freeman’s capture involved law-enforcement officers in China, Hong Kong, Canada and a host of federal and local agencies, officials said.

Freeman was loathsome even by the standards of pedophiles, said Leigh Winchell, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Seattle.

“Kenneth Freeman distinguishes himself as one of the most heinous and despicable pedophiles ICE has ever encountered,” Winchell said.

Authorities praised the willingness of his daughter, 19-year-old Kylie Freeman, to testify, saying that helped prompt Freeman to plead guilty.

“I don’t think he wanted to be in a courtroom and hear Kylie testify,” said Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller, who secured the guilty pleas on the child rape counts. “It was easier for him to plead guilty.”

Chris Peale, Kylie’s stepfather, called it a day of healing for the family.

“He is being held accountable for his horrible, perverted actions,” Peale said.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor insisted that Freeman hear details of the charges against him, and say exactly what he was pleading guilty to, an ordeal he waived in federal court earlier in the day.

Freeman, a computer adviser, bodybuilder and former reserve sheriff’s deputy in Benton County in southeast Washington, fled the U.S. in 2006 and lived in China. He was arrested in May 2007 in Hong Kong.

His case was featured twice on “America’s Most Wanted.”

The abuse began in 2000, when Kylie was 10, officials said. The girl, now a college student, did not disclose the abuse until she told her mother in November 2005.

In federal court, Freeman pleaded guilty to producing child pornography in Washington, and to producing child pornography and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor in Oregon.

The Oregon charges stem from incidents in which Freeman took his daughter to the Portland area.

Prosecutors said Freeman videotaped the sexual abuse of his daughter and distributed the images via the Internet to pedophiles around the world.

U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt, of Spokane, said a police detective in Toronto saw an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” that featured Kylie Freeman, and recognized her from some child pornography that he had been investigating.

That information got Freeman placed on most-wanted lists of the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and eventually led to Freeman being tracked to China.

Chinese law-enforcement officers kept him under surveillance and notified U.S. officials when he made arrangements to visit Hong Kong for a vacation. Freeman was arrested in Hong Kong in May 2007.

He agreed to be extradited to the United States.

Before his extradition, Freeman issued a statement indicating he had written an autobiography while in custody.

Authorities seized the 400-page document, which contained confessions to much of the criminal conduct for which he was charged, court documents said.

Michael Andrew Stephens – Repeat Sex Offender – CAPTURED


A state judge set a cash-only bail at $500,000 for convicted sex offender and longtime fugitive Michael Andrew Stephens.

Judge Derrick Chan set the bail during a hearing watched by Stephens via closed-circuit television. An unshaven Stephens, wearing an orange jumpsuit, was being held at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Deputy prosecutor Rom Trader says the 56-year-old Stephens has virtually no chance of making bail.

Stephens was on the run for 15 years, but was captured two weeks ago in Mexico by U.S. Marshals. He was convicted in 1990 for sexually assaulting and kidnapping a 16-year-old boy. He was awaiting trial in 1993 on new charges when he fled.

Trader says more charges could be filed in the case, as well as a motion to revoke bail.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Michael Andrew Stephens – Repeat Sex Offender – CAPTURED


A state judge set a cash-only bail at $500,000 for convicted sex offender and longtime fugitive Michael Andrew Stephens.

Judge Derrick Chan set the bail during a hearing watched by Stephens via closed-circuit television. An unshaven Stephens, wearing an orange jumpsuit, was being held at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Deputy prosecutor Rom Trader says the 56-year-old Stephens has virtually no chance of making bail.

Stephens was on the run for 15 years, but was captured two weeks ago in Mexico by U.S. Marshals. He was convicted in 1990 for sexually assaulting and kidnapping a 16-year-old boy. He was awaiting trial in 1993 on new charges when he fled.

Trader says more charges could be filed in the case, as well as a motion to revoke bail.

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

………Sarah Tofte