Edward Preston Stout – Meeting On Xbox Live Led To Sex Crime


A Missouri man will be arraigned here later today on federal charges alleging he traveled from his home state to California to have sex with an underage girl he met while playing video games on Xbox LIVE.

Edward Preston Stout, 27, of Richmond Heights, Missouri, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Fresno, California, earlier this week on charges of using interstate commerce to entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity as well as traveling in interstate commerce to engage in illicit sexual activity.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Fresno Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and the Sanger Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Court documents reveal Stout developed a relationship with a 14-year-old girl from Sanger, Calif., in April 2008. He communicated with her while playing video games on Xbox LIVE and through MySpace accounts. The two also communicated by telephone and exchanged numerous text messages. Eventually the communications became sexual in nature, and Sanger sent the girl a cell phone as a 15th birthday present so their communications could be more frequent and private. Those communications included sending sexually explicit images of themselves to each other. On January 25, Stout drove from Missouri to California virtually nonstop and met the girl outside her Sanger home. He took the minor to a local motel and engaged in criminal sexual activity.

Stout’s arraignment is scheduled for this afternoon. He has been detained as a flight risk and danger to the community since his initial appearance in federal court February 3. If convicted of the charges, Stout faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life.

This case was brought as part of ICE’s Operation Predator and the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood, national initiatives targeting those who sexually exploit children. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

ICE’s Operation Predator, which was launched in July 2003, has resulted in more than 11,500 arrests nationwide. The public is encouraged to report suspected child predators and suspicious activity by contacting ICE’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE; and NCMEC, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

Don Sorenson III – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator

A man accused of raping a teenage girl he met over the Internet was sentenced today. He committed the crime while on probation for other child sex abuse charges.

Don Sorenson III, 24, will serve one 15 years to life sentence for the first-degree felony rape of a child, and another five to life sentence for another single count of felony rape with a minor. He will serve his sentences concurrently. The judge said he took Sorenson’s previous convictions into account when deciding on the sentence.

Sorenson admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl. Both of the victims told authorities that 24-year-old Sorenson claimed to be 18 years old and that he sent them pictures of his genitals via cell phone.

According to court documents, a 16-year-old girl alerted the Utah Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force about a registered sex offender dating young girls he met on MySpace.

In 2006 Sorenson was charged with two counts of unlawful sex with a minor, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges in June 2007 and was ordered to 90 days in jail and two years probation. He was also placed on the sex offender registry.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office says Sorenson committed these two latest counts of rape only a few months after he was released from jail. He’s still waiting to be sentenced for violating that probation, too.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Don Sorenson III – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator

A man accused of raping a teenage girl he met over the Internet was sentenced today. He committed the crime while on probation for other child sex abuse charges.

Don Sorenson III, 24, will serve one 15 years to life sentence for the first-degree felony rape of a child, and another five to life sentence for another single count of felony rape with a minor. He will serve his sentences concurrently. The judge said he took Sorenson’s previous convictions into account when deciding on the sentence.

Sorenson admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl. Both of the victims told authorities that 24-year-old Sorenson claimed to be 18 years old and that he sent them pictures of his genitals via cell phone.

According to court documents, a 16-year-old girl alerted the Utah Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force about a registered sex offender dating young girls he met on MySpace.

In 2006 Sorenson was charged with two counts of unlawful sex with a minor, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges in June 2007 and was ordered to 90 days in jail and two years probation. He was also placed on the sex offender registry.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office says Sorenson committed these two latest counts of rape only a few months after he was released from jail. He’s still waiting to be sentenced for violating that probation, too.

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

………Sarah Tofte

David W. Evans – gets 17 years for being an INTERNET PREDATOR

A Buffalo man who used a fake MySpace page to attract the attention of teenage girls was sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

The judge handed down his sentence after hearing emotional statements by two of the teenage victims of David W. Evans, 48.

Evans called himself “sex master Adam” and posted a picture of a handsome 20-year-old man on his MySpace social networking page, according to Cheektowaga Police and FBI agents who arrested him last year.

Within months, at Evans’ request, dozens of women and teenage girls sent him lewd pictures of themselves over the Internet, or by using their cellular telephones, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said.

Evans, a local cafeteria worker, pleaded guilty in September to four felony counts of creating child porn. Mango said he created the child porn by “coercing” teenage girls into sending him lewd pictures of themselves.

John F. Humann, a federal public defender who represented Evans, said his client has an I.Q. measured at 60, which qualifies him as mentally retarded. Humann acknowledged that his client committed serious federal crimes but said Evans denied threatening any of the girls who sent him pictures.

According to Dr. Charles E. Ewing, a psychologist and University at Buffalo Law School professor, mental retardation can be a “mitigating factor” in determining prison sentences.

“[In 2002] the Supreme Court ruled that someone who is mentally retarded can no longer be given the death penalty,” Ewing said. “But mentally retarded people are convicted of crimes and sent to prison, all the time.”

Despite his mental deficiencies, Evans was savvy enough to create a fake Web identity and use it to obtain hundreds of nude pictures of girls, Arcara noted today.

The judge said he also found it upsetting that Evans threatened some of the minor victims, telling one victim he would kill her if she stopped sending nude pictures, and another that he would send her pictures to her parents and post them on the Internet if she stopped.

Evans apologized for his actions.

James Andrew Muller – Sex Offender proves he can’t follow the rules

A 44-year-old registered sex offender from Otsego County was arrested last week for allegedly failing to notify authorities about his MySpace account.

James Andrew Muller of Fly Creek was charged with a felony and issued an appearance ticket returnable Dec. 29 in Middlefield Town Court.

The Otsego County Probation Department developed information about the account last month and notified deputies. Muller is a Level 1 sex offender.

That classification of sex offenders is deemed the least likely to re-offend.

Sheriff’s department Investigator Michael Ten Eyck and probation officers Timothy DeForest and Christopher Farrell conducted the investigation.

Muller faces up to four years in prison if convicted, deputies said in a media release.

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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.

Stephen M. Krum – Ohio man Stung in a Sting


An Ohio man has been arrested and charged in an undercover internet sting by the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Attorney General Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that Stephen M. Krum, 38, of Ironton, OH, was arrested on Tuesday in the sting. The MPD is a member of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Krum was arrested on one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable to 10 years imprisonment.

An arrest warrant alleges that Krum solicited sex from a boy he knew to be 16 years old over the internet. On Oct. 10, the victim reported to police that Krum had solicited sex from him using a MySpace message center. Krum and the victim met the day before while guests at a resort in Myrtle Beach. Krum turned himself in to police on October 28.

A search warrant was executed on Krum’s hotel room, and resulted in the seizure of a laptop computer, a digital camera, and a number of computer-related items.

Krum was assigned a $5,000 bond.

This is the 141st arrest for the task force. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

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Stephen M. Krum – Ohio man Stung in a Sting


An Ohio man has been arrested and charged in an undercover internet sting by the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Attorney General Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that Stephen M. Krum, 38, of Ironton, OH, was arrested on Tuesday in the sting. The MPD is a member of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Krum was arrested on one count of criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable to 10 years imprisonment.

An arrest warrant alleges that Krum solicited sex from a boy he knew to be 16 years old over the internet. On Oct. 10, the victim reported to police that Krum had solicited sex from him using a MySpace message center. Krum and the victim met the day before while guests at a resort in Myrtle Beach. Krum turned himself in to police on October 28.

A search warrant was executed on Krum’s hotel room, and resulted in the seizure of a laptop computer, a digital camera, and a number of computer-related items.

Krum was assigned a $5,000 bond.

This is the 141st arrest for the task force. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

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John E Hargrove – MySpace Predator – Facing Life Sentence

A 50-year-old Bristol man who was convicted earlier this month on three counts of using his computer to sexually exploit children, is facing a sentence of life in prison.

John E Hargrove, under the screen names “sun warrior48” and “master_4younger_f_slave,” used instant messaging from his computer to lure four different minor females into chats in late 2006 and early 2007, according to documents revealed in U.S. District Court.

Evidence revealed in the three-day trial that ended Oct. 3 showed that Hargrove approached the victims after viewing their profile pages on MySpace. Of the four girls, two were actual teenage females and two were undercover law enforcement officers.

Evidence was presented at trial that Hargrove used the Internet to transfer images of child pornography. The photos were of a teen with whom he had an online relationship. The 15-year-old testified at the trial.

“In this case, a very brave girl took the stand to testify against the defendant and proved that victims will stand up for themselves and their rights,” said Sharon L. Potter, U.S. attorney for the district, who oversaw the prosecution.

Other evidence at the trial included that Hargrove transmitted images depicting sado-masochistic activity and that he used the Internet to entice a girl he believed to be 14 years old to travel to Connecticut to engage in illegal sexual activity.

Hargrove remains in custody in West Virginia awaiting sentencing.

“This case reinforces the message of Internet safety to our youth,” Potter said. “Just as would-be sexual predators may believe an undercover law enforcement officer is a child, these predators also pretend to be a peer and develop a trusting relationship with unsuspecting children.”

The case stemmed from the federal Project Safe Childhood with investigation by the Hampshire County sheriff’s office, the FBI and the Waterbury and Glastonbury police departments.

MySpace can now expel sex offenders

“Sex offenders have no business joining
social networking communities – especially
those with teenage users – and our
legislation will help keep them out.”

Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook can now trace and expel potential sexual predators under new law requiring sex offenders to submit all identifying Internet information along with home addresses.

Under the law, signed yesterday by President George W. Bush, registered sex offenders must submit all e-mail addresses, instant messenger names or other online identifiers for inclusion in the National Sex Offender Registry.

The U.S. attorney general will make that information available on a database where approved Web sites can cross-check their users’ information and weed out any potential predators, said New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who introduced the original bill.

Under the law, sex offenders not providing all Internet information face the same penalty as those who fail to register their home address – up to 10 years in prison.

“Millions of teenagers log on to Web sites like MySpace and they, and their parents, shouldn’t have to worry about running in to these predators online,” Schumer said. “Sex offenders have no business joining social networking communities – especially those with teenage users – and our legislation will help keep them out.”

Many child advocacy groups and other social networking sites, including the American Family Association, MySpace and Facebook have also endorsed the legislation.

“We at Facebook are very pleased that Congress has acted to enhance sex offender reporting requirements and give us access to data that will supplement our robust safety systems,” said Chris Kelly, chief privacy officer at Facebook.