James Wappler – Repeat Sex Offender – Started BabyRaping career at age 14


A four-time convicted sex offender has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in Sheboygan County.

James Wappler had been convicted of sexual assault at ages 14, 15 and 18.

The 36-year-old was sentenced to life Friday. He was accused of repeatedly molesting a 10-year-old girl last year and pleaded no contest to the felony.

The crime triggered a two-strikes clause in state law that mandates the life term.

Wappler asked Judge L. Edward Stengel to spare him life in prison but Stengel said the prosecution included the penalty enhancer and Wappler accepted the conviction.

Wappler also told the judge he had been physically, sexually and emotionally abused.

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

Jonathan Staat – Repeat Juvenile Sex Offender and his Cockroach ENABLING judge

The father of a 4-year-old sexual assault victim is furious after his daughter’s attacker wasn’t sentenced to any jail time.

Jonathan Staat, 16, was sentenced Wednesday for his second criminal sexual conduct offense against a person under the age of 13. Charged as an adult, he was sentenced to five years probation, one year on a tether with a 4 p.m. curfew, and ordered to not be alone with anyone under the age of 16 without adult supervision.

“I was in utter disbelief. I was extremely angry at the judge’s decision to basically give this man nothing but a stronger slap on the wrist,” the victim’s father told 24 Hour News 8.

The suspect’s father, A BLATANT VICTIM BLAMER, Michael Staat, said he thought his son’s punishment was sufficient. He says Staat asked the girl to perform oral sex on him and she did it.

SHE WAS FOUR YEARS OLD!!!!!

The incident with the young girl happened last August, court records show. Three years prior to that, in July 2005, Staat pleaded guilty to another criminal sexual conduct charge involving a young victim.

In both cases, Staat pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct after being initially charged with first-degree and accepting plea deals.

“But still he’s walking free. So, the judge turned a second-time sexual offender back out on the streets,” the victim’s father said.

The prosecutor working the latest case said she’d hoped for jail time. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. But the judge said he didn’t think that was best in the long run.

“If he, in 10 years is to be a better person than he was…he will be better able to do so going through counseling, finishing high school, obtaining employment, and hopefully carrying on what you and I would consider a normal life,” said Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Calvin Bosman, who handed down the sentence. “That is something that in my opinion would not occur had he gone to prison.”

Although Staat was not sentenced to jail time, he is serving 90 days in behind bars because he isn’t able to pay his fines, Staat’s father said.

Jonathan Staat has been expelled from school and has been ordered to undergo counseling in addition to his probation. His father says Jonathan will also have to comply with the sex offender registration requirements for the next 25 years

“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
  • AGG SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • 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

Anthony Flye – Meets Judge Moses


Accused rapist Anthony Flye’s defense attorneys won a motion Tuesday that will allow Flye to have three separate trials for his charges.

Flye, of 18 Rowley St. in Swansea and 9 Brinda Lane of Nantucket, is currently being held at the Plymouth House of Correction on $1 million bail while facing charges of rape, indecent assault and battery on a disabled person, assault and battery on a disabled person, rape of a child under the age of 16, enticing a child under the age of 16, incest, aggravated rape and indecent assault and battery.

Flye also faces charges in Rhode Island, which will be dealt with only after his Massachusetts trials are complete, A Rhode Island grand jury indicted him last year on four counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree child molestation.

Flye, who worked in the construction trade and had a criminal record dating back to his juvenile days, gained national attention for his March 26, 2008, escape from a hospital’s emergency room bathroom while a court officer waited outside. Featured on the Web site of Fox’s hit series “America’s Most Wanted,” Flye was on the loose for 13 days before being found on Route 6 in Westport with $800 in cash.

The new motion to sever cases, which Superior Court Judge Richard Moses approved, will allow three separate trials for the rape and indecent assault and battery on a disabled person, rape of a child under the age of 16 and escape charges.

When contacted about the reasoning behind the motion to sever, Flye’s defense attorney, Louis M. Badwey, of New Bedford, said “he does not discuss any of his cases with the media.”

District Attorney spokesman Gregg Miliote said that while the defense request to sever the trials isn’t a common practice, it does happen periodically.

Flye is next due in court Feb. 23 for a pre-trial hearing on the escape charges and a final pre-trial hearing March 23 for his other charges.

Christopher Butts – Sexually Violent Predator

Convicted rapist Christopher Butts is facing a prison sentence of at least 30 years to life after a judge found him guilty Thursday of being a sexually violent predator in connection with a series of University of Akron assaults and other deviant acts.

Butts, 24, of Columbus, was convicted in August by a Summit County jury for assaulting four women during a period from September 2007 to January.

Three of those attacks were in the university area, and one was in the North Hill section. Butts entered the residences by climbing through windows as the women were sleeping, according to trial testimony.

The jury found him guilty of three counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of felonious assault, four counts of gross sexual imposition, four counts of aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated robbery.

In Thursday’s hearing before Common Pleas Judge Paul J. Gallagher, prosecutors introduced graphic testimony and evidence from a 24-year-old Akron woman who said she was attacked, repeatedly beaten and raped by Butts in February 2005 at an apartment they had shared for about a year.

On the morning of the attack, the woman said she had decided she was going to end the relationship with Butts because of numerous abusive incidents resulting in calls to police.

”Do or die, I’m getting out,” the woman said of her decision to finally leave Butts.

But as the woman attempted to use a friend’s phone to get someone to pick her up, she said Butts stopped her, dragged her back to the apartment by her hair and began beating her.

”I mean, I was beaten bad — closed fist, broomstick, all of the above,” she testified.

Butts pleaded guilty to a felony domestic violence charge for that incident and was sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Timothy J. Bartlett, a psychologist from the city’s Child Guidance Centers, also testified that he performed a court-ordered evaluation of Butts in April 2001 for a case when he was a juvenile.

Bartlett said Butts admitted being responsible for $1,600 in charges for a large number of sex line phone calls from his mother’s home — on a single day.

Butts blamed the calls on a ”long-standing problem” with alcohol, Bartlett said.

Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Mary Ann Kovach, the agency’s chief counsel, told the judge in closing arguments that Butts has shown ”deviant sexual behavior” since childhood.

When Butts was 16, he was found to be delinquent by reasons of gross sexual imposition for an incident involving a 12-year-old girl who was a family member, Kovach said.

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, lead counsel during the August trial of Butts, said the purpose of Thursday’s hearing was to seek stronger penalties for Butts when he is sentenced by Gallagher.

The formal sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Under Ohio sentencing guidelines, a conviction for rape carries a sentence of three to 10 years.

But with the finding that Butts is a sexually violent predator, the judge must impose the maximum term of 10 years to life for each of Butts’ three rape convictions. The law also states that those sentences must run consecutively when there are multiple rape convictions, Walsh said.

”The starting point of his sentence, just on the rapes, is 30 to life,” Walsh said. ”He could get 100 to life.”

The state’s sentencing guidelines for a predator conviction are so complex, Walsh said, that calculating potential time for Butts’ other convictions from his trial will require additional legal research.

Butts was accompanied in court by his defense lawyer, Troy A. Reeves, but Gallagher overruled all of Reeves’ objections to the testimony from Bartlett and the 24-year-old woman.

Butts did not testify. After the hearing, he was led back to the county jail where he will be held until he is sentenced.

Christopher Butts – Sexually Violent Predator

Convicted rapist Christopher Butts is facing a prison sentence of at least 30 years to life after a judge found him guilty Thursday of being a sexually violent predator in connection with a series of University of Akron assaults and other deviant acts.

Butts, 24, of Columbus, was convicted in August by a Summit County jury for assaulting four women during a period from September 2007 to January.

Three of those attacks were in the university area, and one was in the North Hill section. Butts entered the residences by climbing through windows as the women were sleeping, according to trial testimony.

The jury found him guilty of three counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of felonious assault, four counts of gross sexual imposition, four counts of aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated robbery.

In Thursday’s hearing before Common Pleas Judge Paul J. Gallagher, prosecutors introduced graphic testimony and evidence from a 24-year-old Akron woman who said she was attacked, repeatedly beaten and raped by Butts in February 2005 at an apartment they had shared for about a year.

On the morning of the attack, the woman said she had decided she was going to end the relationship with Butts because of numerous abusive incidents resulting in calls to police.

”Do or die, I’m getting out,” the woman said of her decision to finally leave Butts.

But as the woman attempted to use a friend’s phone to get someone to pick her up, she said Butts stopped her, dragged her back to the apartment by her hair and began beating her.

”I mean, I was beaten bad — closed fist, broomstick, all of the above,” she testified.

Butts pleaded guilty to a felony domestic violence charge for that incident and was sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Timothy J. Bartlett, a psychologist from the city’s Child Guidance Centers, also testified that he performed a court-ordered evaluation of Butts in April 2001 for a case when he was a juvenile.

Bartlett said Butts admitted being responsible for $1,600 in charges for a large number of sex line phone calls from his mother’s home — on a single day.

Butts blamed the calls on a ”long-standing problem” with alcohol, Bartlett said.

Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Mary Ann Kovach, the agency’s chief counsel, told the judge in closing arguments that Butts has shown ”deviant sexual behavior” since childhood.

When Butts was 16, he was found to be delinquent by reasons of gross sexual imposition for an incident involving a 12-year-old girl who was a family member, Kovach said.

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, lead counsel during the August trial of Butts, said the purpose of Thursday’s hearing was to seek stronger penalties for Butts when he is sentenced by Gallagher.

The formal sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Under Ohio sentencing guidelines, a conviction for rape carries a sentence of three to 10 years.

But with the finding that Butts is a sexually violent predator, the judge must impose the maximum term of 10 years to life for each of Butts’ three rape convictions. The law also states that those sentences must run consecutively when there are multiple rape convictions, Walsh said.

”The starting point of his sentence, just on the rapes, is 30 to life,” Walsh said. ”He could get 100 to life.”

The state’s sentencing guidelines for a predator conviction are so complex, Walsh said, that calculating potential time for Butts’ other convictions from his trial will require additional legal research.

Butts was accompanied in court by his defense lawyer, Troy A. Reeves, but Gallagher overruled all of Reeves’ objections to the testimony from Bartlett and the 24-year-old woman.

Butts did not testify. After the hearing, he was led back to the county jail where he will be held until he is sentenced.

D.C. Investigates Actions Of Juvenile Justice Agency

Serious juvenile crime dropped 24 percent from January 2004 to August 2008. The recidivism rate, reflecting the percentage of youths re-arrested within a year of release from custody, is 25 percent, lower than in Virginia (38 percent) and Maryland (32 percent).

District arrests for serious juvenile crime are down 24 percent, the 12-month recidivism rate has dropped 6 percent and the most serious young offenders are locked up longer than they were four years ago, the city’s juvenile justice agency reported yesterday.

But Cheryl Harris said the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services ignored her pleas to lock up her son for violating his curfew, getting high on marijuana and skipping school. In March, 15-year-old Ryan Harris was shot twice in the head in front of his grandmother’s house in Northeast Washington. Technically, he was still under District supervision.

“I begged them to put him back,” Harris told the D.C. Council in a hearing on juvenile justice yesterday. “I asked them for [electronic] monitoring. I left messages for the case manager. We also tried to get him in an alternative school. They said it would take time.”

Harris’s comments came during the latest investigation into whether the agency is putting residents and delinquent youths in danger by releasing them from custody too soon. The agency, once called the Youth Services Administration, has paid millions in court-ordered fines for poor treatment of children and for doing little to reduce crime.

The agency’s director, Vincent Schiraldi, was hired in January 2005 to bring the changes that experts said were necessary: more rehabilitation, more counseling and a focus on family unification. Schiraldi said that progress is being made but that even one child killed is too many.

Serious juvenile crime dropped 24 percent from January 2004 to August 2008. The recidivism rate, reflecting the percentage of youths re-arrested within a year of release from custody, is 25 percent, lower than in Virginia (38 percent) and Maryland (32 percent).

“I don’t think you pop any champagne corks over the behavior of a small number of kids in a short period of time,” Schiraldi said. “The idea that this is somehow a cavalier jail break is not borne out by the data. There’s tons of more work to be done.”

Yesterday’s hearing was called by council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), whose office has been investigating complaints that the agency is too lenient and often unresponsive to concerns expressed by community groups that youths scheduled for release are in danger.

Six youths in the agency’s care have been killed this year. Four were killed in 2007 and seven in 2006. Wells asked whether the deaths pointed to systemic failures and whether anything could have been done to prevent them.

Wells said his staff review found that the agency was lax in overseeing curfews, closed cases because youths did not comply with services and, in at least one case, dropped a youth off for a home visit without getting the parent’s signature as required. The youth was killed in another part of the city that night. Wells said such lapses are important because, of the 650 youths committed to the agency’s care, 315 live at home.

“I’m trying to get some confidence that you’re plugging the gap,” Wells told Schiraldi.

Since Schiraldi arrived, the number of youths kept in locked facilities — the Oak Hill complex in Laurel and the Youth Services Center in Northeast — has declined from 240 to about 170.

As a result, more juvenile offenders are being given alternative sentences in group homes, treatment facilities or in their homes with intensive supervision by outside groups, including the Alliance for Concerned Men and Peaceoholics.

“The work it takes to deal with at-risk children is expensive,” said Ronald Moten, leader of Peaceoholics.

Providing those services has become more challenging as the number of youths committed to the agency has risen. Last year, 309 youths were sent by Superior Court to the agency’s care. This year, 354 have been committed.

The agency has begun efforts to involve families more in what happens to their children and has started to put GPS monitors on the most risky offenders.

Tasha Williams, a correctional officer and Fraternal Order of Police representative, said some youths are being released before they are ready, leading to problems. She questioned whether it’s smart to continually reduce the number of youths in lockup.

“But have the youth been rehabilitated?” she asked.

The Rev. Donald L. Isaac of the East of the River Clergy, Police and Community Partnership said the problem of corralling troubled youths might never go away.

“This is not a problem we can really eliminate,” Isaac said. “It can be controlled. It can be redirected. We need to have a realistic, sober outlook on this.”

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Raul Jesus Mendoza – Repeat Sex Offender Started Young

In the most recent case, Mendoza is accused of “luring or talking” the 12-year-old girl into coming inside his apartment. Police said he fondled her and then raped her.

A registered sex offender living in the 700 block of 37th Avenue was arrested Sunday for suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl.

The assault is believed to have occurred last Friday, but the girl didn’t tell her parents until Sunday night, and they called Greeley police. Raul Jesus Mendoza, 19, was arrested a short time later and charged with sexual assault on a child. He is being held without bond.

Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said Monday that Mendoza is a registered sex offender because of previous crimes. He also is on an ICE hold, which means Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are looking into his past to determine if he is an illegal alien.

While Mendoza is a registered sex offender, his name doesn’t appear on local police lists. Tymkowych said that’s because Mendoza was convicted of the previous sex assault when he was a juvenile. According to state law, if a juvenile is convicted of one sexual assault, he or she will become a registered sex offender, but the name won’t be available through the public Web sites. If convicted of two felony sexual assaults, the state will allow a juvenile’s address to appear on Web sites.

In the most recent case, Mendoza is accused of “luring or talking” the 12-year-old girl into coming inside his apartment. Police said he fondled her and then raped her.

The girl will not be identified because she is a victim of sexual assault. No photo is available of Mendoza at this time because police are continuing the investigation.

Adults convicted of a felony sexual offense or of more than one misdemeanor sexual offense are required by the courts to register as a sex offender. They must register their address with the local police or sheriff’s office and then notify them each time they change their address.

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

Raul Jesus Mendoza – Repeat Sex Offender Started Young

In the most recent case, Mendoza is accused of “luring or talking” the 12-year-old girl into coming inside his apartment. Police said he fondled her and then raped her.

A registered sex offender living in the 700 block of 37th Avenue was arrested Sunday for suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl.

The assault is believed to have occurred last Friday, but the girl didn’t tell her parents until Sunday night, and they called Greeley police. Raul Jesus Mendoza, 19, was arrested a short time later and charged with sexual assault on a child. He is being held without bond.

Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said Monday that Mendoza is a registered sex offender because of previous crimes. He also is on an ICE hold, which means Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are looking into his past to determine if he is an illegal alien.

While Mendoza is a registered sex offender, his name doesn’t appear on local police lists. Tymkowych said that’s because Mendoza was convicted of the previous sex assault when he was a juvenile. According to state law, if a juvenile is convicted of one sexual assault, he or she will become a registered sex offender, but the name won’t be available through the public Web sites. If convicted of two felony sexual assaults, the state will allow a juvenile’s address to appear on Web sites.

In the most recent case, Mendoza is accused of “luring or talking” the 12-year-old girl into coming inside his apartment. Police said he fondled her and then raped her.

The girl will not be identified because she is a victim of sexual assault. No photo is available of Mendoza at this time because police are continuing the investigation.

Adults convicted of a felony sexual offense or of more than one misdemeanor sexual offense are required by the courts to register as a sex offender. They must register their address with the local police or sheriff’s office and then notify them each time they change their address.

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