Darrin Eugene Sanford – Repeat Sex Offender – Kidnapped and Murdered girl


A transient sex offender was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the murder of a teenage girl whose body was discovered in an overgrown field over the weekend.

Darrin Eugene Sanford, 30, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 13-year-old Alycia D. Nipp (pictured below), a Thomas Jefferson Middle School student.

Nipp’s stepfather discovered her body around 2:30 a.m. Sunday while he was out searching for her after she had been reported missing. Nipp had been stabbed multiple times and police believe her body was dragged to a wooded area and left there. All of her clothing was found intact.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Sanford is one of a number of transient sex offenders living in the Hazel Dell area and was known to frequent an abandoned house in the vicinity of the murder. Other details connecting him to the murder were not released.

Sanford is a Level III registered sex offender, which means he was identified as a sex offender who could pose a potential high risk to the community and who might re-offend.

Sanford was convicted in 1998 for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and two counts of luring with sexual motivation. Details about that case can be found on Sanford’s Registered Sex Offender Detail Sheet.

Police would like to hear from anyone who knows of Sanford’s whereabouts over the weekend. If you have information, call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 1-877-274-6311.

Sanford has been booked into the Clark County Jail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Joseph Von Britton – Repeat Sex Offender – Warehoused

“Mr. Von Britton, I don’t mean to insult you,” Judge Richard Damiani responded after Von Britton finished speaking, “but I don’t think you’re ever going to be a better person.”

A repeat sex offender was sentenced Friday to serve 16 years in jail for trying to rape an 82-year-old woman last year in North Branford.

Before the sentence was handed down, Joseph Von Britton, 50, apologized to the victim, who attended the hearing, and said he hoped that he would come out of prison a better person.

“Mr. Von Britton, I don’t mean to insult you,” Judge Richard Damiani responded after Von Britton finished speaking, “but I don’t think you’re ever going to be a better person.”

Calling the defendant a “predator,” Damiani said all he could do as a judge is protect society from people like him by warehousing them in jail.

He then imposed a 25-year sentence, suspended after 16 years served, with 10 years of probation.

The 82-year-old victim knew Von Britton, the prosecutor said. Adding to the betrayal was that she knew that Von Britton had a criminal history but still was willing to assist him, “giving him the benefit of the doubt” that he had paid his debt to society, said Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney James Clark.

She apparently didn’t know the nature of his previous crimes, however. Von Britton already was on the state sex offender registry in connection a similar incident in the 1990s.

North Branford police arrested him on May 7, 2008, in connection with the April 2008 attack, according to court records, and he has been jailed since then in lieu of $850,000 bail.

Von Britton pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.

In a letter read in court by a victim advocate, the victim described how the attack has changed her life. A new widow and living alone, she used to enjoy going out with friends and socializing. Now, as soon as the sun goes down, she closes herself inside the house with windows and door locked, the burglar alarm engaged and lights on in every room.

“Why this person who knew I was 82 years old and alone would want to do this to me I will never know, but he doesn’t deserve to be free,” she said in the letter.

In 1989, Von Britton, then 30, was arrested in New Haven and charged with three counts of sexual assault and criminal attempt to commit assault after he allegedly attacked a woman who thought he was interested in renting an apartment she had in the Edgewood neighborhood. The disposition of that case could not be determined Friday.

The state sex offender registry shows three convictions for first-, third- and fourth-degree sexual assault in the mid-1990s.

Von Britton was linked to last year’s attack by DNA.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Marcus Blanchard – Repeat Sex Offender – Babysitter Molester


A convicted murderer and child molester is being held without bond on charges he sexually molested five young girls.

Deputies say 54-year old Marcus Blanchard’s longtime girlfriend babysat the children in her home. Blanchard was arrested and convicted of molesting his own daughters in 1980.

Then in 1988, Blanchard was convicted of killing another man in a fight over drug money in the mid-eighties. Blanchard remains at the Palm Beach County Jail.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Michael Assaad Lahoud – Repeat Sex Offender – Held on $5 million bond


A convicted sex offender is back behind bars, accused of attempted rape and indecent liberties.

Michael Assaad Lahoud, 52, has been indicted by a Wake County grand jury and was arrested Wednesday, records show. His bond was set at $5 million, according to the arrest order.

Lahoud, of 1905 Grove Point Court, was indicted on one count each of attempted second-degree rape and indecent liberties with a child, the order shows.

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

………Sarah Tofte

John Malcolm Groff – Repeat Sex Offender – Receives 45 year sentence

Alaska State Troopers arrested John Malcolm Groff in July of 2008 and charged him with two dozen counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree.

He later admitted he abused three girls: two 12-year-olds and a 7-year-old.

“He offended against these children in a remote cabin. There was nowhere for them to run, there was nowhere for them to hide,” Judge Vanessa White said at sentencing.

One of the girls told her mother, who then reported the case to troopers.

Groff is a repeat sex offender. One of the victims from his first offense testified against him.

“A lot of the people who do what he does (do) not admit, they deny it and they make the kids go through trials and everything else, which is what I went through years ago,” the victim said.

He received 45 years behind bars Thursday.

Palmer Superior Court Judge Vanessa White handed down the sentence to 67-year-old John Malcolm Groff Sr.

Groff told the court he regrets what he did.

“Had I had the opportunity to walk out of this court, I doubt seriously that I’d ever do this again in my life,” he said. “It has done more damage than even here in the court can possibly consider.”

White wasn’t buying it.

“His statement to me today that if he walked out of here he seriously doubts that he would do this again is either dishonest or a reflection of an absolute lack of insight into the nature of the offense and what causes him to do it,” she said.

Groff’s prior history came into play at the sentencing — this is his second conviction of sexual abuse of a minor. According to court records, he was charged in 1999 with failing to register as a sex offender.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Franklin A. DeCapua – Repeat Sex Offender – Child Predator


A Rochester man has been arrested on several child pornography charges.

On Thursday, the New York State Police arrested Franklin A. DeCapua, 33, for the use of a child in a sexual performance, two counts of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, and disseminating indecent material to minors.

All of these charges are felonies.

The investigation began in January when DeCapua tried to lure a 12-year-old Nebraska girl over the Internet, and discussed plans to travel to Nebraska.

Both DeCapua and the girl sent obscene images to each other.

DeCapua also asked a 13-year-old Nebraska girl to send him sexual images of herself.

He is a registered sex offender, and has previously been convicted of sexual abuse.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Robert Duskin – Repeat Sex Offender


A 57-year-old homeless man who is classified as a sex offender was charged Thursday with having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2007.

Robert Duskin was arrested at the Drop-Inn Center, 217 W. 12th St., Cincinnati police said.

He was booked into the Hamilton County jail about 2 p.m. on four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and with parole violations.

When police interviewed him, Duskin admitted to having sex with the girl on four separate occasions in August, November and December 2007, court records show. A police report says the girl was 8 years old.

Duskin was classified as a sex offender after a 2002 conviction for having sexual contact with a girl younger than 13, according to court records.

Hamilton County Municipal Judge David Stockdale set bond for Duskin at $40,000.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Cecil Creek Jr. – Repeat Sex Offender – Grooming Pedophile


A convicted sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting three Beatrice girls.

Cecil Creek Jr. of Beatrice is suspected of 3 counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child. He was arrested on Wednesday.

Beatrice police say the 72-year-old man gave cigarettes to three girls, ages 11 to 13, in exchange for hugs. That led to the inappropriate contact, which reportedly happened between Dec. 1 and Feb. 13.

Creek was convicted of sexual assault of a child in 1999. He’s registered as a Level 3 sex offender, meaning he’s considered a high risk to re-offend.

If convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Michael Anthony Tyson – Repeat Sex Offender – In less than 3 months even!


He spent nearly 10 years in prison for indecency with an 11-year-old girl in Dallas before his release in November. Then Michael Anthony Tyson, 48, moved back to Dallas as a sex offender.

It took him just over three months to get caught in another obscene encounter with a young girl, according to Dallas Area Rapid Transit police. Officers arrested Tyson on Tuesday on a charge of indecency with a child.

DART police say he approached a 15-year-old girl while she waited for a train at Union Station downtown on Houston Street. He started masturbating and wiggling his tongue at her, police say, though he did not touch her. He was booked into the Dallas County jail Tuesday about 8:30 p.m.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Curtis Thompson – Repeat Sex Offender – Cowardly rapist won’t face the jury

Thompson was first convicted of rape in 1988, after a jury found he had attacked four Seattle women in a manner similar to that he used against M. He served 18 years of a 25-year sentence before being released in 2003.

At the time, prosecutors fought in court to have Thompson confined through a state program for sexually violent predators. A jury disagreed, voting to release Thompson into the community.

More than four years after she unwillingly joined the group of women raped by Curtis Thompson, a Seattle woman attacked during the convicted sex offender’s violent 2004 spree got the news she’d been waiting for Friday.

After deliberating for little more than three hours, 12 King County jurors returned unanimous guilty verdicts in all three counts against Thompson. Though he already faces a mandatory life sentence in a later attack, the conviction further ensures Thompson will never be released from prison.

“Everybody has been waiting for this for four years,” said the woman, who asked to be referred to publicly only as M.

At trial, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole led jurors through Thompson’s attack on M. It began with the towering sex offender breaking into her Eastlake apartment. He raped her for hours as she fought him, then doused her with bleach to hide his crime and stole her car.

Through the two-week trial, M looked on from the gallery as an often-petulant Thompson glared at jurors and berated his own attorney. She was often joined by others attacked by Thompson, including several of the four women he was convicted of raping in 1985.

“I already fought him then, so this is just follow-through,” M said after the verdict. “It was good to see him over there, sweating. … You could just see the anger.”

Thompson was first convicted of rape in 1988, after a jury found he had attacked four Seattle women in a manner similar to that he used against M. He served 18 years of a 25-year sentence before being released in 2003.

At the time, prosecutors fought in court to have Thompson confined through a state program for sexually violent predators. A jury disagreed, voting to release Thompson into the community.

Less than a year later, on the night of Aug. 17, 2004, Thompson attacked M. One week after that, prosecutors say, Thompson killed Ravenna neighborhood resident Deborah Byars before being arrested during an attack on two young women at a University District apartment building.

Thompson has been charged with first-degree murder in Byars’ death. He is expected to stand trial on that charge later this year.

A separate jury previously convicted Thompson in the U District attack, finding him guilty of 10 counts. Though he has not yet been sentenced, Thompson likely will receive a life sentence in that attack under the state’s two-strikes law for violent sex crimes.

As he has previously, Thompson refused to return to the courtroom Friday to hear the jury’s verdict. Asked to explain his client’s refusal, defense attorney John Hicks said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to comment on Thompson before adding, in candor, that he had “no idea.”

To O’Toole, who has led the prosecution in all three cases, Thompson’s actions reflected the 49-year-old’s refusal to own up to his actions.

“He’s a man who has avoided accountability and responsibility his whole life,” O’Toole said. “He doesn’t have the strength to face the jury.”

Thompson is set to be sentenced in mid-March.

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