Benjamin Curcuru – Baby Raper gets only 45 years


Benjamin Curcuru was found guilty of sodomizing his ex-girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter and was sentenced to 45 years in prison and a $10,000 fine Tuesday.

During the punishment phase of the trial, some described Benjamin Curcuru as an honest family man, while others described him as a dangerous child predator.

After an hour and a half of deliberation, a jury sentenced 30-year-old Curcuru to 45 years behind bars.

During closing arguments, the defense pled with the jury to go easy on Curcuru, given his clean record.

“There is a biblical saying; one cannot have justice without mercy. We are asking for mercy,” Defense Lawyer Mark DiCarlo said.

Before the punishment phase of the trial, jurors heard testimony from those who knew Curcuru best. While family and friends do not excuse what he did, they still say he has a good heart.

“He’s honest, he’s hardworking, he’s kind, he’ll do anything for anybody if you just ask him,” Eric Black, Curcuru’s friend, said.

“He’s good with his family, good with his friends. He has a lot of friendships and he would often help people who were down,” Curcuru’s mother, Laurel Overland, said.

Others believe Curcuru is an absolute danger to the community.

Port Aransas Police Officer Darryl Johnson was asked, “In your opinion based on your training and experience, do you consider Mr. Benjamin Curcuru a dangerous man?”

Johnson replied, “Yes, I do.”

Another person added, “I have never taken care of anyone that had tears like this and I have to say, they had to be incredibly painful when it occurred.”

Curcuru’s ex-girlfriend, Erica Friesenhahn, also took the stand, remorseful for the neglect of her two-year-old daughter. Friesenhahn said she takes full responsibility for her involvement in the child’s injuries.

Charges are expected to be filed against her at a later date.

Even though Curcuru will spend years behind bars, the prosecution said the victim will have to live with the emotional scars for the rest of her life.

“She couldn’t defend herself. There is no telling what horrible unspeakable things this child had to endure that we will never know,” Prosecutor Sandra Eastwood said.

THE FACE OF A MONSTER

Benjamin Curcuru – Baby Raper gets only 45 years


Benjamin Curcuru was found guilty of sodomizing his ex-girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter and was sentenced to 45 years in prison and a $10,000 fine Tuesday.

During the punishment phase of the trial, some described Benjamin Curcuru as an honest family man, while others described him as a dangerous child predator.

After an hour and a half of deliberation, a jury sentenced 30-year-old Curcuru to 45 years behind bars.

During closing arguments, the defense pled with the jury to go easy on Curcuru, given his clean record.

“There is a biblical saying; one cannot have justice without mercy. We are asking for mercy,” Defense Lawyer Mark DiCarlo said.

Before the punishment phase of the trial, jurors heard testimony from those who knew Curcuru best. While family and friends do not excuse what he did, they still say he has a good heart.

“He’s honest, he’s hardworking, he’s kind, he’ll do anything for anybody if you just ask him,” Eric Black, Curcuru’s friend, said.

“He’s good with his family, good with his friends. He has a lot of friendships and he would often help people who were down,” Curcuru’s mother, Laurel Overland, said.

Others believe Curcuru is an absolute danger to the community.

Port Aransas Police Officer Darryl Johnson was asked, “In your opinion based on your training and experience, do you consider Mr. Benjamin Curcuru a dangerous man?”

Johnson replied, “Yes, I do.”

Another person added, “I have never taken care of anyone that had tears like this and I have to say, they had to be incredibly painful when it occurred.”

Curcuru’s ex-girlfriend, Erica Friesenhahn, also took the stand, remorseful for the neglect of her two-year-old daughter. Friesenhahn said she takes full responsibility for her involvement in the child’s injuries.

Charges are expected to be filed against her at a later date.

Even though Curcuru will spend years behind bars, the prosecution said the victim will have to live with the emotional scars for the rest of her life.

“She couldn’t defend herself. There is no telling what horrible unspeakable things this child had to endure that we will never know,” Prosecutor Sandra Eastwood said.

THE FACE OF A MONSTER

Neil Lester Johnson – A filthy pedophile – 13 years is not enough


A “notorious” sexual predator who kidnapped a seven-year-old girl from her bed, raped her in the mud and left her alone and half-naked in a dark alley was sentenced today to 13 years in prison.

Neil Lester Johnson, 32, will be a monitored sex offender for 20 years and must submit his DNA to the national databank.

“In this case, the accused invaded the safety and security of a private residence and made off with the child; the stark horror of that event cannot be overstated,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Terry Clackson said.

“From a child’s perspective, what happened here is at the base of all boogeyman fears. (This little girl) was forced to live through it.”

Clackson gave Johnson 22 months credit for the time he spent behind bars awaiting trial, so he has 11 years and two months left to serve.

The girl was sleeping over at a friend’s Bonnie Doon home and was asleep on the living-room floor when Johnson came in through the open back door. He lit a match.

“He holded it close by his face, and he looked like he had an idea or something, to come and get someone,” the child told a police detective after the attack. “The bad guy put his hand over my mouth. I was trying to scream. He picked me up and ran.” Using dolls and drawings, the little girl told detectives about the rape.

“He said that he would break my neck and he said that he would kill me if I didn’t stay still. I just took a deep breath and listened to him.

“It hurt; I put my hands up to push him away. He said, ‘You don’t want to die, right?’ So I just started to be brave and let him keep doing it.” When it was over, he told her to go stand behind a shed. At some point, she called out: “Are you still there?” When she heard no answer, she came out and looked for her pyjama bottoms, but couldn’t find them in the dark. She ran for help.

“I went to five or six houses, and no one answered,” she told the detective. “I went to another home and said, ‘Please answer, please answer.’ ” A woman let her in, wrapped her in a quilt and called police.

“The child was shivering, very cold, wet and dirty,” the woman testified during the trial. “Her hair was wet and matted. The most alarming thing was that she was only partially clothed.” Police searched for months, but could not find the attacker. It wasn’t until 2003 that detectives reopened the cold case and got a DNA hit in the national databank.

A forensic scientist told the jury the odds of a random match to the DNA found on the child’s pyjamas are one in 890 billion. Johnson was a match.

Neil Lester Johnson – A filthy pedophile – 13 years is not enough


A “notorious” sexual predator who kidnapped a seven-year-old girl from her bed, raped her in the mud and left her alone and half-naked in a dark alley was sentenced today to 13 years in prison.

Neil Lester Johnson, 32, will be a monitored sex offender for 20 years and must submit his DNA to the national databank.

“In this case, the accused invaded the safety and security of a private residence and made off with the child; the stark horror of that event cannot be overstated,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Terry Clackson said.

“From a child’s perspective, what happened here is at the base of all boogeyman fears. (This little girl) was forced to live through it.”

Clackson gave Johnson 22 months credit for the time he spent behind bars awaiting trial, so he has 11 years and two months left to serve.

The girl was sleeping over at a friend’s Bonnie Doon home and was asleep on the living-room floor when Johnson came in through the open back door. He lit a match.

“He holded it close by his face, and he looked like he had an idea or something, to come and get someone,” the child told a police detective after the attack. “The bad guy put his hand over my mouth. I was trying to scream. He picked me up and ran.” Using dolls and drawings, the little girl told detectives about the rape.

“He said that he would break my neck and he said that he would kill me if I didn’t stay still. I just took a deep breath and listened to him.

“It hurt; I put my hands up to push him away. He said, ‘You don’t want to die, right?’ So I just started to be brave and let him keep doing it.” When it was over, he told her to go stand behind a shed. At some point, she called out: “Are you still there?” When she heard no answer, she came out and looked for her pyjama bottoms, but couldn’t find them in the dark. She ran for help.

“I went to five or six houses, and no one answered,” she told the detective. “I went to another home and said, ‘Please answer, please answer.’ ” A woman let her in, wrapped her in a quilt and called police.

“The child was shivering, very cold, wet and dirty,” the woman testified during the trial. “Her hair was wet and matted. The most alarming thing was that she was only partially clothed.” Police searched for months, but could not find the attacker. It wasn’t until 2003 that detectives reopened the cold case and got a DNA hit in the national databank.

A forensic scientist told the jury the odds of a random match to the DNA found on the child’s pyjamas are one in 890 billion. Johnson was a match.