Juvenile Pedophile sex offenses on the rise

One of Detective Conkel’s cases involved a 17-year-old girl who worked at her parents daycare care just outside of Portsmouth, Toddler’s Haven Daycare. She said the teen confessed in January to raping boys and girls ages 1 to 5. After her juvenile conviction the teen was put on home confinement.

Juvenile sex offenses in Scioto County have sky-rocketed from about ten cases a year.

“A lot of people are like, oh it doesn’t happen around small communities, but we do have a lot of it and it happens on a regular basis,” said Detective Jodi Conkel with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.

Scioto County Assistant Prosecutor James Scott Smith blamed the spike in juvenile sex offender cases on society, from computers to a lack of parenting. He said about a fourth of the cases he encounters involves child sex offenders who were victims of sex crimes themselves.

“To have forty-six in a brief period of time, sixteen to seventeen months is kind of alarming,” said Smith. “From daycares to small village towns out in the county, it’s not one isolated area in the county the problem does exist.”

Jodi Conkel, Scioto County’s chief sex crimes investigator said the stack of juvenile sex crime cases on her desk keeps piling up. She said educating kids and adults along with making arrests.

“I’ve got a daughter and I started at a young age telling her this is your private areas, nobody touches them, and you can tell me about it, it’ll be ok,” said Detective Conkel.

One of Detective Conkel’s cases involved a 17-year-old girl who worked at her parents daycare care just outside of Portsmouth, Toddler’s Haven Daycare. She said the teen confessed in January to raping boys and girls ages 1 to 5. After her juvenile conviction the teen was put on home confinement.

In cases of juvenile sex offenders it is often the suspect’s family that takes a beating for their troubled teen.

Detective Conkel said most juvenile sex offenders have to register with local authorities, reporting their whereabouts, in person, every 90 days for the rest of their lives.

Published in: on June 14, 2009 at 5:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Christian Balaj – Charged with sexually assaulting girl while at school

Police arrested an 18-year-old high school student and charged him with sexually assaulting a female student at Ansonia High School.

Christian Balaj, 18, of Platt Street, Ansonia, was charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He was released after posting $25,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court in Derby on June 23.

Lt. Wayne Williams said that at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, a teacher noticed Balaj and an unidentified 14-year-old female student coming out of an area near the auditorium and called the school’s resource officer. The officer began an investigation and after interviewing the victim, he discovered that she had been sexually assaulted. Williams said the two apparently knew one another, but that the alleged assault was a “non-consensual sex act.”

He said the victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was treated and released.

Williams said the assault took place in a dressing room near the arts area of the school and the auditorium. Balaj has been suspended from school. No other information was available.

Supt. of Schools Carol Merlone said she has not seen an incident such as this at the high school in her 25 years as an educator in Ansonia. “We have a safe, secure environment at the high school,” she said.

Merlone said Balaj has been suspended for 10 days pending an internal investigation the school is conducting. She said that depending on the results of the investigation, the school might take additional action against Balaj, which could include expulsion.

She said school officials acted quickly when the teacher saw the two students coming out of the dressing room. “We did an immediate investigation and called the Ansonia police,” she said.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Arnold T. Ross – Juvenile Baby Raper – Raped and murdered 8 month old

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office says an autopsy of an 8-month-old boy led them to arrest the boyfriend of the baby’s mother.

According to Sheriff Newell Normand, police responded to a call in the 1600 block of Gary Court in unincorporated Gretna to a call of an infant who was unresponsive.

Normand said that officers found the lifeless body of the infant, Da-Von Lonzo. The baby was taken to Ochsner Westbank, where doctors pronounced him dead at the scene.

After an autopsy showed the death to be a homicide, Normand said that police interviewed 17-year-old Arnold T. Ross, who described himself as the boyfriend of the baby’s mother.

Police say the autopsy report also noted multiple fractures throughout the body consistent with that of a beating. The child also had tears in the anus.

According to Normand, Ross initially told detectives the infant fell down the stairs while he was babysitting the child and stopped breathing.

Investigators say that a neighbor had heard loud noises coming from the apartment where the baby was later found dead.

According to Sheriff Normand: ” Ross admitted that while he was watching the infant, the child began to cry. As the crying continued, Ross confessed to beating the infant repeatedly. According to Ross, the child began to defecate on himself. Ross claims he placed his fingers inside the infant’s rectum in an attempt to clean up the child.”

Police booked Arnold Ross with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Rape.

Normand says Ross has a lengthy criminal history with arrests for Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Obscenity, Battery on a Correctional Officer, 3 counts of Battery on a School Teacher, 3 counts of Theft, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Assault.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Anthony R. C. Teifke – Teen Guilty of Possession Child Porn including Infants

Police found a duffel bag belonging to Teifke with 12 photos of adults engaging in sexual acts with children as young as 1 year old, the complaint states.

A former Fond du Lac resident will spend nine months in jail for possessing child pornography.

Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Dale English on Monday also sentenced Anthony R. C. Teifke, 17, currently of Williams Bay, to three years probation and ordered Teifke to register as a sex offender. Teifke will have work release privileges.

Teifke pleaded no contest to one count of possession of child pornography by a person under age 18. Eleven additional counts were dismissed and read into the court record.

Deputy District Attorney Charles Schneider on March 4 agreed to dismiss the other charges citing Teifke’s age and lack of criminal history. He said the penalty for one count was sufficient punishment.

Teifke’s mother told police she found her son looking at online pornography Nov. 20, 2008. She slapped her son after he swore at her, according to the criminal complaint.

Police found a duffel bag belonging to Teifke with 12 photos of adults engaging in sexual acts with children as young as 1 year old, the complaint states.


Then Sex Offender Activists start to leave comments, displaying absolute ignorance to what this kid actually did and the reason they must be registered and monitored.

Police found a duffel bag belonging to Teifke with 12 photos of adults engaging in sexual acts with children as young as 1 year old, the complaint states.

Alpha542 wrote:

I’ve photoshopped pictures of my son when he was a little baby in the sink getting a bath… Of course my wife must now be a felon sex predator since she was the one that took the photos in the first place.

The laws on the books for this stuff are too far reaching and based on little common sense imho.

DelScorcho wrote:

You know what I think is really stupid… if I took a nude picture of myself when I was 16 and had it today, I could be arrested for possessing child porn.

Alpha542 wrote:

I’ve said before the sex crime laws applying to children on children are so insane in some cases that we are doing far more harm than good.

And when you ask to have an honest discussion about sex crime laws in this hypersensitive climate you are all but labeled a pedophile yourself.
It is disgraceful what we do to some kids in the criminal justice system for screwing around.

Children on children? 17 years old 1 year old

Inability to recognize the seriousness of sexual crimes against children proves the absolute necessity of keeping them under restrictions.

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

Jonathan Bermingham – Repeat Sex Offender – Begs for Castration

A TEENAGER who has been on the sex offenders’ register since he was only 13 asked for “chemical castration” to stop him attacking young boys, a court heard yesterday.

Jonathan Bermingham – who likes to be known as Jonathan Ross – comes from a notorious family of sex offenders.

At the High Court in Edinburgh he was jailed for life for the rape of a boy playing truant from school, after luring him into woods in Falkirk. Even Ross’s lawyer said the case was “in a league of its own”.

The judge had earlier ordered Ross, 19, to be locked up five years ago for a similar attack on a nine-year-old.

Ross’s father, John Bermingham, carried out two sex attacks within an hour of each other and was jailed for 12 years.

He was released last year after serving half the term and is now fighting an order banning him from buses that might be carrying school children.

Ross’s brother has been convicted of attempting to rape a 17-year-old girl.

Frances McMenamin QC, defending Ross, said: “If the courts were to look for some explanation for why Ross finds himself in court today one does not have to delve very deeply.”

The lawyer said Ross had grown up in “a highly sexualised environment” and had never learned appropriate sexual behaviour.

Ms McMenamin said he genuinely recognised he had problems controlling his sexual urges. “Ross himself has raised the issue of whether what he calls chemical castration might be helpful to him.”

The lawyer said Ross recognised what the sentence would be “because of the gravity of the offence and because of the whole background in this case, which, I think it has to be recognised, is in a league of its own”.

Ross had previously admitted serious sexual assault on 12 June last year. Judge Lord Uist told him then that he remembered their previous meeting and ordered a psychologist’s report on the dangers Ross poses to the public.

When Ross returned to court for sentence yesterday, Lord Uist told him the report concluded that Ross would be “highly likely” to commit serious sexual offences against young males, leaving them physically and psychologically harmed.

The judge gave Ross a life sentence and ordered him to serve at least four-and-a-half years.

Advocate depute Iain McSporran, prosecuting, told how a 14-year-old boy was playing truant from school when Ross approached him in a park at Glenfuir Road, Falkirk.

“The accused gave the impression of also being a schoolboy playing truant, saying he didn’t want to hide there because the police would find him and that he would show him a better place to hide.”

They walked away together, jumped a wall, crossed the canal and climbed a bank to bushes.

Ross then grabbed the younger boy, and when the shocked boy began to shout for help, he told him: “Shout and you’re dead.” He then sexually assaulted him.

The 14-year-old boy now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, the court heard.


WHEN Jonathan Bermingham, or Ross, was put on the sex offenders register for life he was following in the footsteps of his father.

John Bermingham, who is 42, was jailed for 12 years in 2001 for two attacks on girls. He is now challenging an order which bans him from buses which may carry children.

Bermingham claims the order is contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteeing the right to “respect for family and private life”.

The Bermingham family seems to know very little about a peaceful family life. Defence lawyer Francis McMenamin said Jonathan grew up in a “highly sexualised environment”, which had made it difficult for him to learn appropriate sexual behaviour. One of his brothers is also in jail while his uncle is serving life for killing a 21-year-old woman.

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

Derrick Bernard Harden Jr – Repeat Sex Offender – Baby Raper

  • Conviction date: 12/20/2002
  • Offender’s age at conviction: 15
  • Victim Age: 8

A Taylor County grand jury on Thursday indicted a registered sex offender on a charge he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in October.

Derrick Bernard Harden Jr., 22, of Abilene, has spent time in a Texas Youth Commission facility in connection with another sexual assault. Harden’s name has alternately been spelled as “Hardin,” a public records search shows

Harden is accused of assaulting the girl Oct. 4 as she walked to the home of an acquaintance early that morning.

A man tried to get her attention by calling out to her, while the girl ignored him and tried to avoid him by continuing to walk, police said.

The man caught up to the girl, grabbed her and led her to a fence that was near a business on the northside of Abilene, where he then sexually assaulted her, police said.

The girl had seen Harden around her neighborhood, but did not know him, according to Reporter-News files.

According to court documents, the girl reported to police that she tried to fight off her attacker — whom she later identified as Harden in a photo lineup — but was overpowered.

Harden went to the girl’s home after she reported it to police and “acted in a threatening manner,” court documents show.

Sexual assault of a child is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Dustin Richards – "He has said no child – boy or girl – is safe from him."

Last year, Richards’ former foster parents received a letter from the treatment center, saying he still fantasized about his victim and would most likely abuse her again if given a chance. The foster parents forwarded the letter to the victim’s parents, who also learned the state considered Richards at “moderate high” risk to reoffend.

“He is extremely high risk,” she said. “He has said no child – boy or girl – is safe from him.”

State officials, lawmakers and law enforcement are telling the family of a 9-year-old girl there is nothing more they can do to protect her from the teenager who assaulted her and has said he would do it again.

Kathy Caviness of Knoxville, the girl’s grandmother, says she has been trying in vain to get Iowa legislators and other state officials to do something to restrict the convicted sex offender, who is now 18 years old.

Dustin Richards of Ames was released from treatment when he became an adult and “aged out” of Iowa’s juvenile justice system.

“He’s going to offend again,” Caviness predicted. “It’s just a matter of how and who.”

State lawmakers this year have been debating whether to change a controversial state law that prohibits convicted sex offenders from living near children. They have not yet reached consensus on what other changes, if any, to make in Iowa’s sex offender laws.

If Richards had been an adult at the time he was convicted of second-degree sexual abuse, he would have been sent to prison for a minimum of 17 1/2 years and would have been required to successfully complete sex offender treatment to be released early.

Prosecutors also could have asked to have him committed to a secure facility for treatment under Iowa’s 10-year-old sexually violent predator law.

But authorities cannot commit Richards under that law, because he was a minor at the time of his offense and was never put behind bars, officials in the Iowa attorney general’s office said.

Richards, who is on the state’s sex offender registry, could not be reached for comment.

Rep. Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, who is trying to rework sex offender legislation this year, said it is unlikely lawmakers can do anything that would retroactively help Caviness’ granddaughter.

“It’s just wrong,” Baudler said. “It is so wrong it’s unbelievable.”

Caviness says she is outraged and exasperated that state officials will not act to better protect her granddaughter and others.

“I am talking about the future, and thinking of others out there who are just like him,” she said. “But fine, don’t act. And maybe next time it will be your daughter or granddaughter.”

Little progress made in treatment

Dustin Richards was 14 years old when he was accused of molesting Caviness’ granddaughter while the girl, then 6 years old, was staying the night at a friend’s house, Mahaska County Deputy Sheriff Don DeKock said.

Richards was a foster child in the home at the time. The Des Moines Register is not naming the girl because the newspaper typically does not identify sexual assault victims.

Richards was charged with second-degree sexual abuse, deemed a delinquent in juvenile court, placed on the state’s sex offender registry and sentenced in 2006 to three years in treatment.

But under state law, he had to be released from treatment when he turned 18 and was no longer under the juvenile court system.

Last year, Richards’ former foster parents received a letter from the treatment center, saying he still fantasized about his victim and would most likely abuse her again if given a chance. The foster parents forwarded the letter to the victim’s parents, who also learned the state considered Richards at “moderate high” risk to reoffend.

Richards’ adoptive mother, Valorie Richards of West Point, also contacted the foster family, and urged them to tell the victim’s family to obtain a protective order.

Valorie Richards said Tuesday that her adopted son had been in several shelters and programs around the state. He failed sex offender treatment “miserably,” she said.

“He is extremely high risk,” she said. “He has said no child – boy or girl – is safe from him.”

Both Valorie Richards and Caviness say the young man should be rated an even greater public threat on the state’s sex offender registry because he has indicated more than once that he would commit more crimes. He also has acknowledged that he preys on weak-looking girls.

But in a January letter to Caviness, Gordon Miller, an official of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said there was nothing more the agency could do for the family.

“I hope you take some comfort in knowing that the moderate-high ranking is sufficiently high to alert the public to any potential danger posed by a registrant,” he wrote. “Our agency’s position is that no one can accurately predict whether an individual offender is likely to reoffend, so we have always urged folks to exercise the utmost caution in dealing with any known sex offender.”

Caviness said the family tried to exercise that caution and seek the protective order against Richards.

They were turned down by Mahaska County Attorney Rose Anne Mefford because the case against Richards was closed, Caviness said.

The move also would have required that the girl testify again in court against Richards, something no one wanted.

Mefford was out of her office on Tuesday and did not return messages.

Civil commitment reserved for adults

About 80 people have been civilly committed in Iowa under the violent predator law. They have been moved from prison to the state’s secured facility at Oakdale for high-risk sexual offenders.

However, Deputy Attorney General Thomas Miller said the law would not apply to Richards’ case because he was not convicted as an adult and is not now incarcerated.

Caviness and Valorie Richards, who do not know each other, both said they have been trying to get lawmakers to pass legislation similar to a Pennsylvania law that allows courts to commit sexually dangerous juveniles.

The statute, known as Act 21, also allows previously convicted juveniles to be involuntarily committed even if they have aged out of the juvenile court system.

Under the law, lawyers must prove by “clear and convincing evidence that the person has a mental abnormality or personality disorder, which results in serious difficulty controlling sexually violent behavior.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Keith Kreiman, D-Bloomfield, said he believes the family could try to commit Richards through a civil proceeding, provided there are two people who believe he is a danger to himself or others.

If not, Kreiman said, it’s possible lawmakers could add something to existing legislation. “I do think it’s worth taking a look at,” he said. “But it’s getting a little late in the session to accomplish that.”

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

………Sarah Tofte

Juvenile Thugs sexually assault girl on school bus

An unidentified female student reported being sexually assaulted on a school bus that left from Southeast High School on Tuesday. Maj. John Gibson with the sheriff’s office said Thursday afternoon no arrests had been made.

The girl, listed as a juvenile on a sheriff’s office incident report, told an investigator three male students “took turns holding her down” while they “fondled her breasts.” The girl said she tried to reach school officials when she got home “but couldn’t get ahold of anyone.” The report said she thought one of the males was a student at the Whitfield Career Academy and the other two attended Southeast. She said she bit one of the males on the arm. The sheriff’s office took the complaint at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We have turned over the bus video to the sheriff’s department and they are investigating,” said Eric Beavers, spokesman for Whitfield County Schools. “We will work with the sheriff’s department any way we can.”

Calls to principals Alan Long and Phillip Brown at Southeast and the Career Academy were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 1:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Mitchel A. Calkins – Teenaged MySpace Predator

A Lisbon teen was sentenced today to six months in jail and assignation to the sex offender registry as a high-risk offender for having videos of underage girls.

16-year-old Mitchel A. Calkins was sentenced in St. Lawrence County Court to six months in jail, 10 years probation, and classification as a level 3 sex offender on his guilty plea to possession of a sexual performance by a child.

Calkins admitted to soliciting girls aged 14 to 16 via his MySpace account to send him photos and videos. Calkins would strike up a correspondence with them using an AOL account, and then coerce them into sending more explicit materials by threatening to publish what they had sent him already.

His arrest came after a 14 year old girl complained to police. Several more victims came forward after the initial arrest to say they had went through a similar experience with Calkins.

Joseph Leroy Driscoll – Child Molester whines he was only urinating off the porch

A 16-year-old Willmar boy was sentenced Monday to sex offender treatment, community service and probation until his 21st birthday on three felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for molesting three young girls.

Joseph Leroy Driscoll was also ordered to register as a predatory offender, comply with his placement at Village Ranch in Cokato and to have no contact with the victims, their family or unsupervised contact with minor females.

The boy received extended juvenile jurisdiction in Kandiyohi County District Court, under which he received both a juvenile sentence and an adult sentence. The adult sentence is enacted if he fails to comply with the juvenile sentence. The adult sentence included 39 months in prison, plus a 10-year conditional release period.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional felony charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor charge for indecent exposure and three misdemeanor charges for disorderly conduct, domestic assault and fifth-degree assault were dismissed.

Felony matters against 16- and 17-year-olds are public.

According to the petition, the Willmar Police Department received a report May 2 that three young girls had been sexually abused by Driscoll. The girls were 6, 7 and 8 years old.

The parent reported seeing Driscoll having sexual contact with the girls and exposed different parts of his body to the girls. The parent also said the girls told him the day before that Driscoll has touched them and himself inappropriately.

A Kandiyohi County Family Services social worker interviewed the girls the same day. The older girls said Driscoll had sexually touched them, spanked them, exposed himself to them and that he choked one of the girls.

In an interview with police, Driscoll admitted to being “kind of mean” to the girls because they were loud and obnoxious and would fight. He said he urinated off the porch because someone was in the bathroom.