Curtis Thompson – Repeat Sex Offender – Awaiting Sentence for Murder

CIVIL CONFINEMENT WOULD HAVE SAVED THE WOMAN’S LIFE

A rapist already sentenced to life in prison is scheduled to receive another sentence Wednesday in Seattle for murder.

Forty-five-year-old Curtis Thompson was convicted last month in King County Superior Court of stabbing a woman to death – with a screwdriver – during a sexual attack. It was the third conviction for Thompson for a crime spree in August 2004 that included rape and assaults.

Thompson previously spent time in prison for four rapes, but in 2003 a Seattle jury declined to commit him as a sex predator because he said religion had transformed his life.

“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

John Alan Wilde – Repeat Sex Offender – Oxygen Thief

He said Wilde had a history of degrading and humiliating his victims, using knives to threaten and cut them, and of tying them up.


Convicted rapist John Alan Wilde is an “oxygen thief” who will probably end up back in jail, Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham says.

Wilde has spent all but four months of the past 28 years behind bars for a string of violent sex offences dating back to 1981.

He is due to walk free from a Sydney prison at 4pm (AEST) on Friday, after NSW Supreme Court Justice David Kirby on Thursday ordered his strictly supervised release.

Justice Kirby’s reasons for judgment will be handed down at midday (AEDT) on Friday.

Wilde’s maximum jail term expired in November 2007 but he has been kept behind bars on detention orders – the last of which expires on Friday.

The NSW government had sought to keep him in jail for another two years due to ongoing concerns for the community, but that application was rejected.

Mr Woodham said the solicitor-general would consider appeal action over the weekend.

While he would not discuss the court case nor any appeal, Mr Woodham said he could talk about “what an oxygen thief this fellow is”.

He said he expected Wilde to end up back in his care.

“He will probably be back, (based) on his record,” he told Macquarie Radio.

He said Wilde had a history of degrading and humiliating his victims, using knives to threaten and cut them, and of tying them up.

“He can snap without warning and enter a violent state,” Mr Woodham said.

“He’s not a good prospect to be a model citizen.”

Mr Woodham said Wilde would live in a department-owned halfway house to allow better supervision.

“He’ll be out today and we’ve got the community compliance group monitoring him,” he said.

“He’s on satellite tracking, he can’t move anywhere without us knowing, unless he takes the device off, of course, and then he’s in real trouble.”

Wilde must remain in the facility between 6pm and 6am, and be escorted to appointments, the commissioner said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

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John Alan Wilde – Repeat Sex Offender – Oxygen Thief

He said Wilde had a history of degrading and humiliating his victims, using knives to threaten and cut them, and of tying them up.


Convicted rapist John Alan Wilde is an “oxygen thief” who will probably end up back in jail, Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham says.

Wilde has spent all but four months of the past 28 years behind bars for a string of violent sex offences dating back to 1981.

He is due to walk free from a Sydney prison at 4pm (AEST) on Friday, after NSW Supreme Court Justice David Kirby on Thursday ordered his strictly supervised release.

Justice Kirby’s reasons for judgment will be handed down at midday (AEDT) on Friday.

Wilde’s maximum jail term expired in November 2007 but he has been kept behind bars on detention orders – the last of which expires on Friday.

The NSW government had sought to keep him in jail for another two years due to ongoing concerns for the community, but that application was rejected.

Mr Woodham said the solicitor-general would consider appeal action over the weekend.

While he would not discuss the court case nor any appeal, Mr Woodham said he could talk about “what an oxygen thief this fellow is”.

He said he expected Wilde to end up back in his care.

“He will probably be back, (based) on his record,” he told Macquarie Radio.

He said Wilde had a history of degrading and humiliating his victims, using knives to threaten and cut them, and of tying them up.

“He can snap without warning and enter a violent state,” Mr Woodham said.

“He’s not a good prospect to be a model citizen.”

Mr Woodham said Wilde would live in a department-owned halfway house to allow better supervision.

“He’ll be out today and we’ve got the community compliance group monitoring him,” he said.

“He’s on satellite tracking, he can’t move anywhere without us knowing, unless he takes the device off, of course, and then he’s in real trouble.”

Wilde must remain in the facility between 6pm and 6am, and be escorted to appointments, the commissioner said.

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

………Sarah Tofte

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Christopher Stubbings – A dangerous and manipulative pedophile

Christopher Stubbings controlled a worldwide network of paedophiles, acting as treasurer for a 60-strong network who revelled in what a judge said was “depravity” the likes of which she had never seen.

Police who raided Stubbings’ home found 159,872 images and 6,448 videos of child abuse on two hard drives and a CD.

Of these were 85 were Level 5 films, the most serious category, one of the highest number ever recovered. Stafford Crown Court heard that officers rarely find more than two or three.

Stubbings was caught following a two-year investigation spearheaded by the FBI and police in Australia to bring down the paedophile ring.

Twenty-two members of his group were arrested, although the leader, known only as “Yardbird”, remains on the run.

He admitted eight offences, including indecent assault, commissioning child abuse videos and possessing and distributing of sick images.

Sentencing him to 25 years in jail, Mrs Justice Julia Macur said she was appalled by details of his crimes.

She said: “In my career dealing with criminal and family cases involving the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children I have never witnessed such deplorable images and of such depravity.”

She said any agency considering him for release in the future should view the footage he owned before making their decision, adding: “I do think that you are a dangerous and manipulative man.”

During the complex investigation, previous attempts to crack into Stubbings’ computer remotely had been foiled by a complicated web of encryption and passwords used by his sickening group.

But when officers raided his home in Kings Bromley, Staffs, in February this year, they found his computer on and ready, giving them instant access to his files.

When he was interviewed by Staffordshire Police, Stubbings said: “You know what men are like. Some choose to collect stamps. I choose to collect images of children.”

Stubbings, who used the online name of Helen, was snared when officers discovered postings commissioning child abuse films and money changing hands.

As part of the investigation, eight girls were rescued, including a ten-year-old from Belgium who was forced to carry out sex acts on her father.

Paul Griffiths, head of the Victim Identification Team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, said Stubbings’ arrest was “one of the most important in its impact in UK and worldwide paedophiles”.

Det Insp Ronnie Walker, who led the investigation into Stubbings’ activities, said Stubbings and his colleagues went to “great and sophisticated” lengths to avoid detection.

He added: “The investigation was, due to the secrecy of the network, complex and time-consuming, and had the added urgency because live child abuse was taking place.”

Bart Huskey – Pleads guilty – Filthy Pedophile

Dr. Meginley says the best rehab
for those offenders is containment – and that’s
exactly what’s in store for Huskey


The investigation into Bart Huskey started two years ago in Australia when a member of an international child pornography ring was arrested and started to give information to the F.B.I. The investigation then moved to Maine where detectives analyzed a number videos which then lead them to Lafayette, Georgia in August, and then to Rome today where Bart Huskey plead guilty.

James “Bart” Husky seen on the right leaves the federal courthouse in Rome Georgia after pleading guilty to some of the worst child pornography crimes in the world.

This comes after the FBI says Husky distributed a violent series called the “Tara Series” to a sophisticated international ring.

“Unfortunately this series has now become one of the most top distributed and traded series throughout the world,” Assistant United States Attorney Francey Hakes says.

Since Huskey’s arrest prosecutors say they’ve found images from the “Tara Series” in more than a 1,000 cases in the United States. Many of the recorded acts are too descriptive for air, but the FBI says Huskey started abusing the child in the series years ago and appears in some pictures with a knife pressed against her face, neck, and genitals.

“It’s about power, it’s about control, it’s about dominance,” Dr. James Meginley says.

A dominance that Dr. Meginley has seen for years – that’s because Meginley, who is a certified sex therapist, works with both the victims of sexual abuse and with sex offenders.

“I would say clearly the majority have offended against children and again the majority have offended against children that were well known to them,” Meginley says.

That’s because Meginley says children offer familiarity, trust, and are easily accessible. He says that parents should look for warning signs of abuse including changes in personality and moods.

He also says the majority of offenders typically end up being family members of the victims, but do have the ability to tell right and wrong. But for a small number, including Huskey, it can be much more difficult.

“For some people who are um clearly pathological and don’t really know right from wrong they don’t have a clear sense of that,” Meginley says.

And Dr. Meginley says the best rehab for those offenders is containment – and that’s exactly what’s instore for Huskey – he faces seventy years in prison and will be sentenced in February.

Bart Huskey – Pleads guilty – Filthy Pedophile

Dr. Meginley says the best rehab
for those offenders is containment – and that’s
exactly what’s in store for Huskey


The investigation into Bart Huskey started two years ago in Australia when a member of an international child pornography ring was arrested and started to give information to the F.B.I. The investigation then moved to Maine where detectives analyzed a number videos which then lead them to Lafayette, Georgia in August, and then to Rome today where Bart Huskey plead guilty.

James “Bart” Husky seen on the right leaves the federal courthouse in Rome Georgia after pleading guilty to some of the worst child pornography crimes in the world.

This comes after the FBI says Husky distributed a violent series called the “Tara Series” to a sophisticated international ring.

“Unfortunately this series has now become one of the most top distributed and traded series throughout the world,” Assistant United States Attorney Francey Hakes says.

Since Huskey’s arrest prosecutors say they’ve found images from the “Tara Series” in more than a 1,000 cases in the United States. Many of the recorded acts are too descriptive for air, but the FBI says Huskey started abusing the child in the series years ago and appears in some pictures with a knife pressed against her face, neck, and genitals.

“It’s about power, it’s about control, it’s about dominance,” Dr. James Meginley says.

A dominance that Dr. Meginley has seen for years – that’s because Meginley, who is a certified sex therapist, works with both the victims of sexual abuse and with sex offenders.

“I would say clearly the majority have offended against children and again the majority have offended against children that were well known to them,” Meginley says.

That’s because Meginley says children offer familiarity, trust, and are easily accessible. He says that parents should look for warning signs of abuse including changes in personality and moods.

He also says the majority of offenders typically end up being family members of the victims, but do have the ability to tell right and wrong. But for a small number, including Huskey, it can be much more difficult.

“For some people who are um clearly pathological and don’t really know right from wrong they don’t have a clear sense of that,” Meginley says.

And Dr. Meginley says the best rehab for those offenders is containment – and that’s exactly what’s instore for Huskey – he faces seventy years in prison and will be sentenced in February.

Charles Friedlander – Judge rules Fred Berlin can’t apologize for the sadistic internet predator

“You don’t have to be a pedophile to violate the statute,” Whittemore said. “Nor do you have to be a sadomasochist to violate the statute.”

Kaiser said Friedlander is free to take the witness stand, if he chooses, and testify that he never intended to actually abuse any children and that his Internet conversations were mere fantasy.

A judge today barred lawyers for Charles Friedlander from presenting expert testimony that Friedlander is not a pedophile or a sexual sadist.

Friedlander, 78, of Fort Myers, is scheduled to go on trial next month on a charge he traveled to the Tampa area with the intent of abusing and having sex with two prepubescent boys. Friedlander was arrested after he came to the area after he had conversations with Pinellas sheriff’s Cpl. Kurt T. Romanosky, who posed online this summer as a 36-year-old father interested in incest and the physical abuse of children, authorities said.

The defense hired psychiatrist Fred Berlin to evaluate whether Friedlander was a pedophile or a sexual sadomasochist or if his conversations with Romanosky were mere Internet fantasies.

Berlin concluded Friedlander is not a pedophile or a sexual sadomasochist, based on his review of the facts in the case and an interview with Friedlander.

Berlin also concluded Friedlander’s online conversations with Romanosky were fantasies. Berlin pointed out that Friedlander told Romanosky that he habitually abused his own young son, but Friedlander has never had any children and was never married.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Kaiser, however, pointed out that Friedlander once lived with someone he referred to as his adopted son. That person committed suicide, Kaiser said.

Kaiser argued that whether Friedlander is diagnosed as a pedophile or a sexual sadist is irrelevant to whether he committed this crime. And U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore agreed.

“You don’t have to be a pedophile to violate the statute,” Whittemore said. “Nor do you have to be a sadomasochist to violate the statute.”

Kaiser said Friedlander is free to take the witness stand, if he chooses, and testify that he never intended to actually abuse any children and that his Internet conversations were mere fantasy.

The trial had been scheduled to start today, but Whittemore granted the prosecution request for a delay, and scheduled it for Dec. 8.

Charles Jackson Friedlander – Mental health Counsellor – Chats online about sadistic acts with young boys

Around the same time a mental health counselor was talking online to an undercover detective in Pinellas County about having sex with the detective’s fictional young sons, he was chatting with another undercover detective about having sex with that detective’s fictional mentally handicapped daughter, a prosecutor said in court this morning.

Charles Jackson Friedlander, 78, is scheduled to go on trial Monday on a charge he used a computer to arrange sex with the first detective’s fictional 10- and 11-year old boys. Friedlander, of Fort Myers, could face between 10 years and life behind bars if convicted.

According to a federal complaint:

Pinellas sheriff’s Cpl. Kurt T. Romanosky posed online this summer as a 36-year-old father interested in incest and the physical abuse of children.

He was contacted by Friedlander, who used the AOL screen name “Captoes,” and the two talked at length about administering corporal punishment.

Beginning around February, Friedlander was talking to another undercover detective in Port St. Lucie, who pretended to have a disabled 11-year-old daughter, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Kaiser said. Those conversations ended in June, and did not lead to a meeting, Kaiser said. They also did not involve discussions of sadomasochistic activities like the conversations with Romanosky, Kaiser said.

However, Romanosky remembered chatting online with the defendant in 2005 with a different undercover persona, Kaiser said. Those chats were similar to the conversations Romanosky had with Friedlander this year, including discussions of sadomasochistic sexual activity with the undercover officer’s fictional young sons.

Friedlander’s attorney, George Tragos, asked a judge to prevent the prosecution from telling jurors about the other conversations.

U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore partially granted the motion, barring the prosecution from introducing in the trial the conversations with the Port St. Lucie detective. Because they did not involve sadomasochism and were not homosexual, those conversations are too prejudicial, particularly because the child involved was mentally disabled, the judge ruled.

However, Whittemore denied the defense’s request that the 2005 conversations with Romanosky be suppressed. Whittemore said those conversations were so similar to the chats in the case against Friedlander that they may be used by the prosecution.

According to the complaint relating to the most recent conversations with the Pinellas detective:

Friedlander said he used to beat his now-adult son with a razor strap when the son was 11 years old. He said he had access to a friend’s grandchildren, who would sometimes stay with him, and that the parents thought he was too severe in his discipline.

He said the boys were 12 and 14, and he would be “tearing them up” daily. He said he would put them in a special room for discipline and that the boys were “sometimes tied.”

He also described using a heavy “garrison belt” and a “crop” to strike his son in the past.

The detective told Friedlander he had friends who shared the same interests who would come over to his house. Friedlander agreed to meet and expressed an interest in the undercover detective’s 10- and 11-year old sons. He said he would bring his razor strap, English crop and garrison belt to the meeting.

He also discussed sexual activities with the boys.

He met with the detective and was placed under arrest, the complaint states.

In researching Friedlander’s background, the detective learned he is a licensed mental health counselor who claims to lecture on divorce and custody issues in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The defense has filed court papers indicating Friedlander intends to argue that the conversations were fantasy and not intended to lead to the abuse of children.

Tragos also asked Whittemore to bar the prosecution from using evidence from Friedlander’s computer, including photos showing sadomasochistic scenes with adult men and conversations with other adults about sadomasochistic sexual activity.

Tragos argued that these adult conversations and photographs are irrelevant to the issue involving whether Friedlander would abuse children.

Kaiser said they go to intent and whether the defendant participated in that kind of sadomasochistic sexual activity. Some of the photos and conversations, she said, depict activity identical to the activity Friedlander discussed wanting to engage in with the children.

Whittemore said he will allow the prosecutor to use the evidence, but only those photos and conversations that deal with activity identical to that included in the charged offense.

Joesph Duncan – Repeat Sex Offender – Needs Impartial Jury


Setting the stage for what will, no doubt, be a difficult hearing — potential jurors in the death sentence hearing for Joseph Duncan were asked today if they could bear watching video of a child being sadistically and sexually abused.

That is a tough question! One that many potential jurors grappled with today and one that Duncan, himself, weighed in on.

The videos in question were made by confessed killer Joseph Duncan.

In May of 2005, he randomly chose and killed a Coeur d’Alene family.

His initial victims were Brenda Groene, her fiancé Mark McKenzie and her oldest son, Slade.

Duncan has confessed to the murders and to kidnapping the family’s two youngest children, 9-year old Dylan, and then 8-year-old Shasta.

He took the children to a remote campsite in Montana, where he later killed Dylan and videotaped his heinous crimes.

Calling it “ugly evidence,” U.S. Attorney Tom Moss asked potential jurors if they could watch videotapes and images of the “very sadistic child sexual abuse of Dylan Groene.”

One would-be juror said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. While he thought he could still be impartial, he was concerned about his ability to watch the videotapes.

Duncan came to the man’s defense. Acknowledging, “this video has the potential to victimize people,” said Duncan.

That potential juror and all but seven others were excused. Some for their inability to cope with the evidence, others who said they could never impose the death penalty and still others who said they could consider no other option than death for Duncan.

With seven potential jurors approved today — the total is now up to 40.

Nineteen more are needed before the selection process is narrowed even further to 12 jurors and three alternates.

Jury selection in this capital case will resume on Monday.

At the current pace, the hearing to determine whether Duncan lives or dies, could begin as early as next week.

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