3 plead guilty to child porn charges

A Bloomington, Ind., man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to charges he and two women took pictures of sexual parties involving a 3-year-old girl and an 11-year-old New Athens girl and sent the pictures over the Internet.

William M. Milligan, 27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and receipt of child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson.

Louise Helen Masulla, 32, formerly of New Athens, and Tabitha D. Robinson, 32, of Midlothian, also face charges of trafficking the girls across state lines for sexual purposes.

Robinson had custory of the 3-year-old girl; the 11-year-old girl was in Masulla’s custody.

The child porn ring was uncovered after Alton police were told about child molestation and Internet chat room activity that happened between July 22 and Aug. 10.

Milligan, Robinson and Masulla met in an a Terre Haute, Ind., hotel room and engaged in a sex party involving the two children and took photos of the molestation, according to the charges.

Masulla e-mailed the pictures to Robinson and Milligan, and he circulated them to at least five other men on the Internet, according to federal court documents.

“This defendant and two co-conspirators made … statements that could be construed as confessions,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Garrison, who prosecuted the case.

Robinson pleaded guilty April 1. Sentencing is scheduled for July 13.

Milligan entered his guilty plea Friday. He could face between 24 and 31 years in prison when he is sentenced June 22.

Louise Helen Masulla, 33, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to a federal indictment charging her with conspiracy to produce child pornography, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, aggravated sexual abuse and transportation of child pornography.

Masulla’s two co-defendants previously had pleaded guilty to charges in the indictment.

According to a factual stipulation filed at the time of Masulla’s guilty pleas, Masulla met a co-defendant in an Internet chat room. During their Internet chats, Masulla and the co-defendant discussed having sex with children. Masulla and one co-defendant met in Alton last summer for a sexual encounter.

Beginning in 2008, Masulla and her co-defendants met each other in Internet chat rooms and had conversations of a sexual nature, which included discussion about sex with children. Masulla included a minor during some of the Internet chats, and on one occasion, the child was unclothed.

On or about Aug. 8 of last year, Masulla and her co-defendants traveled to the same hotel in Terre Haute, Ind., with two minor children. Masulla and her co-defendants had group sex. During the sexual encounter, the two minor children were present and were naked at various times. Masulla admitted that she performed oral sex on the minors at that time.

Sentencing for Masulla is scheduled for July 27.

Edward Lieber – Repeat Sex Offender – Used Halloween to lure children

NO MORE TRICKS FOR YOU


A registered sex offender won’t be handing out candy on Halloween anytime soon.

During a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer ordered that Edward Lieber, as part of his sentence, never put up a Halloween display or pass out candy or gifts to children.

Lieber, 35, was found guilty on three felony counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent as a registered sex offender.

The Waupun Police Department was contacted by three Waupun parents in regard to Lieber taking pictures of their young children, ages 2, 3 and 4, while they were trick-or-treating at his Madison Street home last Halloween.

A woman told police that the children entered a “Halloween-type structure” where Lieber was sitting inside with a camera.

Witnesses said that as the children entered the structure, Lieber followed them and proceeded to take pictures of the children without asking permission, according to the criminal complaint.

Lieber is listed on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Fairwater girl in 1993, according to the criminal complaint.

Lieber told police that he took approximately five to six photographs that were intended for his father, according to the complaint.

Bauer also ordered Lieber to serve 60 days in the Dodge County Jail followed by two years of probation.

“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

John Harvey Watson – ROTC Teacher busted for Child Porn

A retired Marine colonel who taught a Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Ribault High School in Jacksonville was arrested Friday during an undercover child-pornography investigation.

John Harvey Watson, 61, was arrested at his Jacksonville home in the 1800 block of Spiceberry Circle after officers from the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit traced images of child porn back to his computer.

Authorities seized a personal desktop computer, an external hard drive, a thumbdrive and several CD-ROM discs from his home. Most of the girls depicted in the explicit images were middle and high-school aged, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.

School district spokeswoman Jill Johnson said Watson was a four-year veteran at Ribault. He was removed from classroom duties after his arrest and will be assigned a desk job away from students. Watson was charged with five counts of possessing child pornography and is being held at the Duval County jail without bond.

Jeffrey Wayne Croser – Busted in Operation Centurian – Cockroach Judge lets him go with a wrist slap

An international child pornography sting has snared its first conviction in South Australia with the sentencing of a man in the District Court.

Jeffrey Wayne Croser, 52, of Golden Grove in Adelaide had pleaded guilty to downloading about 5,500 pornographic images of children.

He was one of eight South Australian men arrested through the international police Operation Centurion last year.

Jeffrey Wayne Croser ran from court shielding his face with a jacket, minutes after Judge Rauf Soulio spared him from a prison term.

The Golden Grove man kept his face hidden as he was driven through the Central Markets and along busy Gouger St with his wife and daughter, who both wrote letters of support to the judge.

Croser, 52, was arrested in May last year as part of an international child pornography sting run by Interpol.

Detectives swooped on Croser’s home after Interpol found large quantities of child pornography being downloaded to the address.

When detectives seized his laptop, computer tower and hard drive, they only found two images that could be classified as child pornography.

However, a closer inspection by forensic technicians found more than 5500 images that Croser had deleted and he later pleaded guilty to one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

More than 5,000 of the images were classified at the lower end of seriousness, involving children in erotic poses.

But Judge Soulio said that a number of others were on the higher end of the scale, including acts of bestiality and sadism and sex acts involving children as young as three.

Judge Soulio said up to 1000 different children were depicted in the collection, which Croser downloaded over about 18 months.

Croser – who quit his job as a production design consultant with a major car company after his arrest – told a psychologist that he had accessed the illegal images as a “stress reducer” when he was working up to 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

Judge Soulio said Croser was swept up in the “challenge of finding material which was described as increasingly risque”.

The judge said he was faced with a “finely balanced” decision on whether Croser should be jailed for behaving in a “morally and legally repugnant way”.

Judge Soulio said because Croser had not stored the pornography or shared it with anyone else, his 18-month prison term should be suspended on the condition he enter into a good behaviour bond and attend a sexual offenders treatment program.

Charles Rogers – Teacher bust for child porn

A simple letter tipped off police to a man they claim had possibly hundreds of pictures and videos of child pornography.

According Boulder City Police, Charles Rogers taught children at Garret Junior High School for almost 3 years and coached boys soccer at Boulder City Parks and Rec.

After searching his home in Boulder City, investigators say they found a photo album hidden near his bed which included child pornography.

Police also seized computers cd’s, VHS tapes and other materials from his home.

Investigators didn’t stop there, they headed to his classroom.

The report says police they found several items of similar nature at school.

During a police interview the teacher talked about taking pictures and admitted to having child pornography at his residence involving 9 to 15 year old boys.

Right now Rogers is facing 64 counts for possession of child pornography.

Craig Bennett – Repeat Sex Offender – An Animal

Craig Bennett, 44, subjected the terrified child to a “depraved and disturbing attack” after asking him to help look for a missing dog in a secluded spot.

The victim eventually managed to break free and flag down a passing vehicle which took him home.

Police later traced Bennett – who recently married his homosexual partner in a civil ceremony – and discovered he had been convicted of rape 16 years earlier in the same field in Darwen, Lancashire.

Before the 1993 attack Bennett had approached a young boy and talked to him about football before subjecting him to the ordeal.

He had also been the subject of a police manhunt in 2000 and a branded a danger to boys when he fled his probation hostel after being freed from jail.

The latest attack occurred two months after a policewoman had carried out a sex offenders’ address check at his home in Darwen.

Bennett, also known as Craig Preece, is facing life behind bars after being convicted of kidnap, kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence, two counts of rape and one count of threats to kill at Preston Crown Court. He will be sentenced later in the week.

After the case Det Supt Graham Hermann, of Lancashire Police force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This is an example of when a registered sex offender goes on to commit a further serious offence.

“It shows that despite all the good work that goes into managing these individuals by dedicated staff in all agencies the only way to eliminate risk is to watch them 24 hours a day.

“This is the only one last year out of over a 1000 registered sex offenders who went on to commit a further serious offence, although this is no consolation to the child and family in this case, it should be reassuring to the public.

“The fact that Bennett was caught so quickly was testament to the level of knowledge of the supervising team of his description and habits, and undoubtedly stopped him from going on to commit other offences.”

The unnamed boy had been playing out on the night of the attack in May last year and had left a friend to go to Sudellside Off Licence to buy a chocolate bar.

He saw two men in a car driving slowly along the streets as though they were looking for a dog and a third man who spoke to them from a bus stop.

The boy said he offered to help the lone man look for the dog and the man later offered him £10 to continue the search.

The pair went to the nearby Marsh House wooded area on Baileys Field in Darwen but as it became dark the boy said he would have to go.

He tried to leave, but Bennett tied his hands together with a belt and attacked him.

Tim Brennand, prosecuting, said: “The commission of this offence, in broad daylight, required forethought, planning, cunning, charm, guile and a willingness to resort to extreme violence in order to satiate his perverted and grotesque fantasy in the abduction and abuse of a young boy.”

The boy’s father told the court: “You would have had to have known him to know how different he is now. His confidence is blown. He doesn’t do a lot of the stuff that he used to. He won’t go out to play.”

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

Bradley J. Hebert – 15 years for producing child pornography


A 38-year-old Kalamazoo man was sentenced Thursday to more than 15 years in prison, plus lifetime supervision upon his release, for producing child pornography.

Bradley J. Hebert, whose last reported address was an apartment at 616 Lynn Ave., was arrested in 2008 on federal charges of transporting, distributing or selling child sexually exploitive material. He pleaded guilty to the charge in December.

According to U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement initially “identified Hebert as a subscriber to child pornography websites” and subsequently executed a warrant at his home. There, Davis said, agents recovered “a collection of more than 700 images of child pornography,” including some Hebert had created by hiding a video camera in his bathroom and “videotaping a minor female friend while she was showering and changing clothes.”

“Subsequent investigation disclosed that Hebert had a history of sexually assaulting minor girls, including sexual assaults of two girls when they were 14- and 15 years old,” Davis said in the sentencing announcement.

Davis was placed on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry in January, after following his guilty plea in the current case.

At Thursday’s sentencing, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell said he hoped Hebert’s 188-month prison sentence, plus lifetime supervision after he is released, will be a deterrent to other potential offenders.

The case was investigated by ICE and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, with assistance from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. It was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative that involves federal, state and local investigators and prosecutors, plus an Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

In addition to investigation, officials say Project Safe Childhood is designed to educate the public about the dangers of online child exploitation and teach children how to protect themselves from being targeted by adult sexual predators. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, go online to http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Julian Martin – Proactive approach busts INTERNET PREDATOR


Today, Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Garrett announced the conviction of Julian Martin, 54, of Henrico, for soliciting a 13-year-old over the internet for sex.

The case was scheduled for a jury trial this morning but instead the defendant appeared and plead guilty without an agreement.

Since its inception, Louisa’s Child Safety Initiative (CSI-Louisa) has worked to crack down on sexual predators. Julian Martin is the fourth conviction this year and four other cases are pending.

Recently, a Louisa jury recommended a 14 year sentence for former Howard University Soccer Coach Joseph Okoh after he violated the same law.

Louisa’s initiative takes a proactive approach, policing the internet to catch those who prey on children.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Commonwealth’s Attorney make protecting children a top priority.

Over the last year, their collective efforts have resulted in convictions of predators from Henrico, Arlington, Virginia Beach and Bowling Green.

Ironically, no past or pending cases involve predators from Louisa itself.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire notes that the fight to protect children in continues. “We know that these predators will travel, often hours, this level of motivation only causes us to redouble our efforts.

Predators are serving decades in prison but the fight is not over.”

In today’s case, Julian Martin used an AOL chat for the Richmond metro area to solicit a 13-year-old female. After talking about bringing beer and wine for the teen, the conversation turned explicitly sexual.

Martin asked the teen if she became “frisky” after drinking, asking to meet at a Louisa area business.

He arrived with alcohol, and stated that he planned to take the child “on a date.” Instead of a 13 year-old girl, Martin was met Louisa Sheriff’s deputies and has remained in jail since his arrest on July 2, 2008.

“If I’d have known it was a set-up, I wouldn’t have driven out,” Martin stated in an interview with detectives.

Rusty McGuire added, “Another predator is off the street. The Department of Justice estimates that there are 50,000 more predators online at any moment.

Education is the first line of defense. When that doesn’t happen, children remain vulnerable.

We have made it our mission to protect the most vulnerable among us. If you attempt to exploit children in Louisa, you will be brought to justice.”

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) is one of four prongs of the CSI-Louisa initiative.

Others include proactive monitoring of registered sex offenders, a resource website, and an education component developed by Garrett and McGuire targeted at youth, parents, and educators recognized as among the nation’s best.

Martin will be sentenced in June.

William Westberg Explains why he looked at child pornography


When cops search your home and find it overflowing with child pornography, there are probably better explanations than the one offered Tuesday by William Westberg.

The Florida pervert, 63, told investigators that he was “only looking at the images because the children were so beautiful and young,” according to the below Lake County Sheriff’s Office report.

Westberg, a Home Depot tool salesman, acknowledged that he “masturbated to these images of the children in the past.” Westberg was charged with 50 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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