Wesley Wayne Miller – Repeat Sex Offender – Killer heads back to prison

FORT WORTH — Wesley Wayne Miller, one of Tarrant County’s most notorious sexual predators and killers, is headed back to prison.

Miller, 46, violated terms of his civil commitment order by having a romantic relationship with a female jailer at a Tarrant County facility where he was housed after his release from prison.

For that violation and two others, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday under a plea agreement.

Before the plea was finalized, prosecutors consulted with the sister of Miller’s 1982 murder victim and with another woman he attempted to rape, said prosecutor Alana Minton.

Miller, a former Castleberry High School football star, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the stabbing death of Retha Stratton, an 18-year-old Castleberry cheerleader. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on an unrelated charge of burglary with intent to commit rape.

Over two decades, he was repeatedly released on mandatory supervision under a state law in effect when he was sentenced. Each time, he was sent back because he refused to participate in sex-offender counseling or was accused of another crime, including stalking a Wichita Falls woman.

In 2006, Miller became the first convicted murderer to be civilly committed under a 1999 law, which was expanded in 2006 to include killers with sexually motivated conduct.

That meant that Miller, after he was released from prison in 2007, had to live in supervised housing, follow a long list of rules and be supervised by the Council on Sex Offender Treatment.

After initially being sent to another facility, he was housed in Tarrant County’s Cold Springs unit. Last May, he was charged with violating the rules by having a relationship with a 21-year-old jailer. He was then transferred to the county’s downtown facility, where he was charged with two other violations — visiting with his father and brother, who had been taken off his approved-visitors list.

Miller’s attorney, Curtis Fortinberry, contended that the charges should be thrown out because the civil commitment rules did not apply because he was living in a secure facility.

Judge Mike Thomas denied Fortinberry’s motion to quash the indictments.

After his ruling, Fortinberry said Miller agreed to plead guilty to all three charges in exchange for concurrent 10 years sentences. If he had been convicted by a jury, he faced 20-year sentences on each of the three charges because of his prior convictions, Fortinberry said.

Because prosecutors were asking that the three sentences be served consecutively, Miller was looking at 60 years in prison if he hadn’t taken the plea, he said.

However, Miller will not be eligible for parole on his 10-year sentence under terms of the civil commitment law, Minton said. That means he will have to serve all 10 years, she said.

Miller will be allowed to appeal the judge’s ruling on the motion. Fortinberry said he hopes an appellate court will rule that the civil commitment law is unconstitutional.

“We’re looking for some appellate court to clarify the law,” he said. “If they declare it unconstitutional, the Legislature will clean it up and make it right. It’s a good law. It serves its purpose, but the way it’s written does not.”

Minton disagrees.

“He’s saying that because Mr. Miller is housed at Cold Springs, he is being confined; therefore the rules don’t apply,” she said. “But the law doesn’t say that. It says he can be housed in any facility the Council of Sex Offender Treatment say he can and he has to follow the civil commitment rules.

“Mr. Miller was aware of what his requirements were under his civil commitment. He knowingly violated those requirements and this is the consequence.”

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

………Sarah Tofte

Steven W. Mier – Repeat Sex Offender – Exploits Runaway child

A registered sex offender living in Fond du Lac was arrested Saturday after police found a 16-year-old girl inside his home.

Steven W. Mier, 157 Third St., Apt. 6, is in the Fond du Lac County Jail.

The girl, who police say is a runaway from Madison, was hiding in a closet of the apartment when the Fond du Lac Police Department’s Sex Offender Compliance Team (SOCT) assisted Probation and Parole during a routine check at about 9 p.m.

The SOCT is a group of police officers who work with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to routinely check on registered sex offenders in Fond du Lac to assure they are complying with regulations.

On Nov. 16, 1999, Mier, 29, was sentenced in Calumet County to eight years in prison on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child, according to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Web site.

Police also found explicit photos of children on his cell phone, Klein said.

“I think this just shows how effective the Sex Offender Compliance Team can be,” Klein said. “This is exactly why we have these guys out there checking on these (sex offenders) to make sure they are compliant.”

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

John Andrew Brooks- Repeat Sex Offender – won’t follow the rules – Prevention

A registered sex offender was arrested Saturday for allegedly violating parole after he was found near the Red Bluff River Park playground, police said today.

John Andrew Brooks, 50, was arrested during a law enforcement sweep targeting sex offenders, police said.

Officers said they had targeted 20 sex offenders who live in the city.

Of those 20, officers contacted 11 at their homes. Seven residential searches were performed during the enforcement sweep, which was funded by a federal Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Selvyn Morales-Quintana – Repeat Sex Offender – Deported and sneaks back in with a new sex crime

A Guatemalan deported after serving time for a sex offense was arrested yesterday after illegally returning to the U.S., police said.

Selvyn Morales-Quintana, 28, also is a suspect in the statutory rape of a girl after he returned, Ramapo police said.

Federal authorities charged Morales-Quintana with illegal re-entry into the country after deportation, Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said.

Ramapo police plan to charge him with not telling police where he was living as a registered sex offender, Weidel said. Under state law, a sex offender must report his address to the local police department.

Weidel said Morales-Quintana also is a suspect in a statutory rape case involving a girl younger than 14 in September 2007, when he would have been living in the U.S. illegally.

Morales-Quintana was convicted in Rockland in 2006 of second-degree sexual abuse after an incident in Spring Valley, Weidel said. He was indicted in September 2005, accused of burglarizing a house and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl while she slept. He was living on Second Avenue in Nanuet at the time.

Morales-Quintana served about a year behind bars, then was deported to Guatemala in November 2006. He returned to the U.S. either in late 2006 or 2007, Weidel said.

“He snuck back into the country and is a suspect in a similar statutory rape case,” Weidel said.

Weidel said Ramapo detectives had been working with federal authorities since the 2007 incident to try to find Morales-Quintana.

Detectives got a recent tip that he was living in Ramapo, which led them to 4 Homer Lee Ave. in Spring Valley, Weidel said.

Morales-Quintana was arrested at his residence by Ramapo police and federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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

Randy-Jay Jones – Already a Repeat Sex Offender – NonCompliant Sex Offender

Sex Offender Laws are in place for a reason.
Comply, or go to jail, it’s that simple.

A convicted sex offender on the lam since being released from prison in March is back in Lancaster County Prison after he was arrested late last week.

Randy-Jay Jones, 31, served a 17-month sentence for a bizarre 2007 robbery in Lancaster city in which he sexually assaulted a woman, took her cell phone and later asked for a ransom.

As part of County Judge Dennis E. Reinaker’s sentence, Jones was to register as a Megan’s Law offender for 10 years and serve 7 years’ probation.

Lancaster city police Detective Andrew Morgan said Jones had been giving false addresses since he was released. Megan’s Law offenders are required to provide their address upon release from prison.

“He stated he was at one address, but went to another. Basically, just playing with the system,” Morgan said Monday.

Jones was arrested Friday on a probation violation, and Morgan charged him with failure to comply with registration requirements. Bail was set at $100,000.

The felony charge carries a mandatory minimum 2-year prison sentence upon conviction.

“Any offender who fails to follow the guidelines … they are going to be held accountable,” Morgan said.

Jones was locked up on robbery charges for the city heist in March 2007. He pulled a Philadelphia woman from her car, fondled her and stole her purse, police said.

The woman’s cell phone was in the purse, so police asked her to call it. She did, and Jones answered.

He requested a $185,000 ransom for the return of the phone.

Jones’ lawyer later argued in court that his client was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Eventually, Jones agreed to a $200 ransom and planned to meet the woman on Harrisburg Pike. Police met Jones there instead and took him into custody.

In November 2008, Jones was found guilty of robbery, indecent assault and other offenses.

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

………Sarah Tofte

William C. Bennett – Facebook Prohibits Sex Offenders – Clean it up or risk investigation

A convicted child molestor had his Facebook profile deleted Friday as the social media site enforced its policy restricting access to convicted sex offenders.

William C. Bennett, 48, served 14 months of a four-year sentence for sexual battery and telephone harassment after admitting to inappropriate relationships with six male students while he was a counselor at Firestone High School. He was released from prison in July, 2000.

Bennett is a tier three sex offender, the most serious classification, which requires him to register his whereabouts every 90 days for life.

Earlier this year, Facebook adopted a new policy prohibiting sex offenders from having profiles and deleted the profiles of more than 5,000 known sex offenders.

Anchor Eric Mansfield learned of Bennett’s Facebook profile when a Channel 3 viewer sent Bennett’s name to Eric as a “friend suggestion”; Eric contacted Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander who ordered an immediate investigation.

“This is a major concern,” said Sheriff Drew Alexander. “It’s a major priority. Anybody that’s assaulted anybody. We will be on top of this before the day is over.”

Alexander dispatched a deputy to go to Bennett’s North Akron home and talk to him about the profile, which appears to have been created in the last few days and included basic information on Bennett’s education and family.

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

………Sarah Tofte

David Wayne Phillips – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged with Rape of Child – and More

A preliminary hearing has been set for a man who faces sexual charges involving two children.

David Wayne Phillips, 43, will appear in General Sessions court on July 31, when he could be bound over to the Bedford County grand jury.

Phillips is charged with rape of a child, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and four violations of the sex offender registry and is being held under a bond of $760,000.

Bedford County investigators had been searching for Phillips since December of last year after he allegedly failed to report in, as he was required to do four times a year as a registered sex offender.

According to Detective Becky Hord, Phillips was added to the offender registry in 2004 for two counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated sexual battery involving minors that occurred in Marshall County.

Warrants filed by Hord claim that in February of this year while Phillips was working for a local trucking firm, he allegedly allowed a child to ride in the truck.

While the child was in the vehicle, Phillips allegedly committed two sexual acts leading to the charges of rape of a child.

The two counts of aggravated sexual battery stem from alleged incidents involving two children in Shelbyville in which Phillips is charged with touching the pair.

The four counts of violating the sex offender registry are due to his allegedly failing to report changes of living arrangements, providing false information about his whereabouts and violating his residential restrictions by living with two children.

Phillips was picked up in Mississippi on the warrants at the end of March, was held there for nearly a week and then transported to Bedford County, where he made bond.

Phillips then allegedly gave Hord another address in Shelbyville, which the detective said was also false. But then Hord said she got a call from a Bedford County parent who believed that Phillips may have “done something to my children.”

The parent told Hord that Phillips had stayed with the family “and kept my children for me.” Hord also stated that the parent had “no idea” that the children were in any danger.

Hord interviewed the children and learned that Phillips would allegedly take the children for rides in the truck he drove and even rented a hotel room in Shelbyville to stay with the kids, “but nothing happened there,” Hord said.

However, the children did tell Hord about other incidents and the detective said that when Phillips was confronted with the accusations made by the children, he allegedly wrote a three-page confession.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Ricky Melvin Helton – Repeat Sex Offender – The Definition of a Predator = Ricky Melvin Helton

A Sullivan County grand jury on Wednesday handed down indictments against a violent sex offender accused of fondling a 10-year-old girl while living in her home.

The grand jury indicted Ricky Melvin Helton, 42, 940 Chadwick Drive, Apt. 4, on two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one violation of the Tennessee Sexual Offender registry.

Kingsport Police arrested Helton in January. His charges stem from allegations of incidents that occurred in early 2007.

At that time, Helton was living in a home where the victim also resided, even though the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry barred him from living with a minor.

Helton registered as a sex offender following a June 9, 1993 conviction in Florida for lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, according to the indictment.

Helton lived with the victim’s family for about six months or so, said Kingsport Police Department Detective Melanie Adkins. The girl’s family apparently had no idea of their house guest’s background, she added.

A Department of Children’s Services referral prompted the investigation in late 2008, Adkins said.

Helton remains jailed in the Sullivan County Detention Center in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Richard T. Balsavage – Repeat Sex Offender – Whining Pedophile Appeals "Long" Sentence and gets it increased instead

“You failed miserably at the very light sentence that was imposed originally”

A pedophile and drug abuser who unsuccessfully appealed a state prison sentence he felt was too lengthy saw his sentence increased sevenfold in Berks County Court today.

Richard T. Balsavage, 28, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Klines Corner Road, Longswamp Township, was sentenced by Judge Stephen B. Lieberman to 24½ to 49 years in state prison.

Balsavage pleaded guilty and initially was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher in 2005 to nine to 23 months in county prison followed by three years of probation for taking pornographic photographs of a 2-year-old Kutztown boy.

In 2007, Lieberman increased that sentence to 42 months to three years in state prison followed by 42 years of probation when Balsavage violated the terms of his probation by continuing to possess child pornography.

State Superior Court denied Balsavage’s appeal of that sentence.

In another round of appeals, Balsavage asked Lieberman to resentence him, saying the sentence was too long and that he was not given an opportunity to speak at his last hearing.

Lieberman said he granted the request after confirming that he did not ask Balsavage if he wanted to address the court.

Balsavage told Lieberman that he has taken full responsibility for his actions.

“I realize I could never obtain forgiveness or forgive myself,” he said. “I am a stronger and better person today. I am truly sorry for the wrong I committed in the past.”

Lieberman said Balsavage refused to cooperate with the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board when he was first sentenced in 2005, so Balsavage was not ruled to be a sexually violent predator.

However, later Balsavage admitted during his treatment that he had sexually abused at least 13 children, including 10 victims 5 or younger and one 1-year-old, Lieberman said.

Balsavage also admitted abusing alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine, Lieberman said.

“You failed miserably at the very light sentence that was imposed originally,” Lieberman said. “It is this court’s duty to offer the utmost protection for those least able to watch out for themselves. That would certain include infants and toddlers. A very lengthy resentencing is appropriate.”

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

Dan Deleon Flores – Repeat Sex Offender – Baby Raper

A 56-year-old man is behind bars, accused of sodomizing a child.

In the mid-1990s, Dan Deleon Flores was accused of a similar crime, served time in jail, but never registered as a sex offender.

Humble police have arrested an Humble man who has already served time for sexually abusing a five-year-old boy more than a decade ago. On Wednesday he was arrested for a second time, but only after becoming a leader in a local church.

The light in Dan DeLeon Flores’ Humble apartment is out. His jeep sits in its usual spot. Flores was arrested around 10:30am Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing a nine-year-old on at least two occasions.

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