Juvenile Thugs sexually assault girl on school bus

An unidentified female student reported being sexually assaulted on a school bus that left from Southeast High School on Tuesday. Maj. John Gibson with the sheriff’s office said Thursday afternoon no arrests had been made.

The girl, listed as a juvenile on a sheriff’s office incident report, told an investigator three male students “took turns holding her down” while they “fondled her breasts.” The girl said she tried to reach school officials when she got home “but couldn’t get ahold of anyone.” The report said she thought one of the males was a student at the Whitfield Career Academy and the other two attended Southeast. She said she bit one of the males on the arm. The sheriff’s office took the complaint at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

“We have turned over the bus video to the sheriff’s department and they are investigating,” said Eric Beavers, spokesman for Whitfield County Schools. “We will work with the sheriff’s department any way we can.”

Calls to principals Alan Long and Phillip Brown at Southeast and the Career Academy were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 1:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Mark Carpenter – Baby Raping Principal

A former assistant principal at Lee Road Junior High School pleaded guilty Monday to raping a 6-year-old girl and possessing child pornography.

Mark Carpenter, 54, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping the girl in 1986, before he was hired by the St. Tammany Parish school system.

Carpenter, of the Covington area, was arrested at the Lee Road school on Oct. 8, 2007, and taken to the St. Tammany Parish jail after questioning. He resigned as assistant principal the next day.

He was accused of sexually abusing the girl for 10 years, from the time she was 6 years old until she was 16, authorities said. The victim is now 27.

Carpenter was originally charged with aggravated rape, which can carry a sentence of life in prison, but Ronnie Gracianette, chief of trials for the parish district attorney’s office, said Monday that the victim and her family were happy with the plea agreement.

State Judge Elaine Dimiceli sentenced Carpenter to 30 years for the forcible rape charge, without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He received five years for the child pornography charge. The sentences will run at the same time.

The maximum sentence for forcible rape is 40 years. Possession of child pornography is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The day after his arrest, school officials sent students home with a letter assuring parents that the allegations had nothing to do with the school.

Carpenter joined St. Tammany Parish schools as a teacher at Lyon Elementary School in Covington during the 1997-98 school year.

He worked at Lyon Elementary for nine years before becoming parishwide assistant principal in 2006. He was assigned to Lee Road Junior High School in 2007, temporarily replacing an assistant principal who was on leave.

The incidents that led to Carpenter’s arrest came to light through the victim’s conversations with her family in 2007.

The week before Carpenter’s arrest, Anthony Vincent “Vince” Ularich III, 60, a former Slidell Pathways School special education teacher, was arrested and booked with 275 counts of possessing child pornography involving children 8 to 10 years old.

Ularich resigned from his teaching position the day before his Oct. 5, 2007, arrest. He immediately admitted possessing the images, authorities said, and pleaded guilty to the charges May 7. He was sentenced June 2 to seven years in prison.

Then in March, a former Slidell school janitor was booked with sexual assault. Dino Jay Schwertz, 42, of Slidell was booked with rapes of two 10-year-old boys at W.L. Abney Elementary, and Slidell police later booked him with additional sex crimes after more children came forward.

Schwertz was charged with nine counts of aggravated rape, two counts of child molestation and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, in incidents police say occurred in the school bathroom over several weeks last fall.

He is in the St. Tammany jail in Covington awaiting trial.

Mark Carpenter – Baby Raping Principal

A former assistant principal at Lee Road Junior High School pleaded guilty Monday to raping a 6-year-old girl and possessing child pornography.

Mark Carpenter, 54, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping the girl in 1986, before he was hired by the St. Tammany Parish school system.

Carpenter, of the Covington area, was arrested at the Lee Road school on Oct. 8, 2007, and taken to the St. Tammany Parish jail after questioning. He resigned as assistant principal the next day.

He was accused of sexually abusing the girl for 10 years, from the time she was 6 years old until she was 16, authorities said. The victim is now 27.

Carpenter was originally charged with aggravated rape, which can carry a sentence of life in prison, but Ronnie Gracianette, chief of trials for the parish district attorney’s office, said Monday that the victim and her family were happy with the plea agreement.

State Judge Elaine Dimiceli sentenced Carpenter to 30 years for the forcible rape charge, without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. He received five years for the child pornography charge. The sentences will run at the same time.

The maximum sentence for forcible rape is 40 years. Possession of child pornography is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The day after his arrest, school officials sent students home with a letter assuring parents that the allegations had nothing to do with the school.

Carpenter joined St. Tammany Parish schools as a teacher at Lyon Elementary School in Covington during the 1997-98 school year.

He worked at Lyon Elementary for nine years before becoming parishwide assistant principal in 2006. He was assigned to Lee Road Junior High School in 2007, temporarily replacing an assistant principal who was on leave.

The incidents that led to Carpenter’s arrest came to light through the victim’s conversations with her family in 2007.

The week before Carpenter’s arrest, Anthony Vincent “Vince” Ularich III, 60, a former Slidell Pathways School special education teacher, was arrested and booked with 275 counts of possessing child pornography involving children 8 to 10 years old.

Ularich resigned from his teaching position the day before his Oct. 5, 2007, arrest. He immediately admitted possessing the images, authorities said, and pleaded guilty to the charges May 7. He was sentenced June 2 to seven years in prison.

Then in March, a former Slidell school janitor was booked with sexual assault. Dino Jay Schwertz, 42, of Slidell was booked with rapes of two 10-year-old boys at W.L. Abney Elementary, and Slidell police later booked him with additional sex crimes after more children came forward.

Schwertz was charged with nine counts of aggravated rape, two counts of child molestation and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, in incidents police say occurred in the school bathroom over several weeks last fall.

He is in the St. Tammany jail in Covington awaiting trial.

Brian Lee – Repeat Sex Offender in girls locker room AGAIN

A loophole in the law is letting some sex offenders go unnoticed, and students, police and prosecutors are demanding changes.

It came to light after an incident at Brighton High School last month.

Police said Brian Lee managed to get inside the girls locker room at the school. The girls were getting ready for a performance, but someone spotted him inside the shower.

“I walked back there and pulled open the shower curtain,” said a student who was in the locker room and wishes to remain anonymous. “I asked what he was doing and he quickly stood up and he said ‘shhh’ and walked away and walked out.”

Lee was arrested in the school parking lot and was charged with voyeurism, lewdness and burglary.

Court records show he has a long history of sneaking into girls locker rooms. Since 1995, he’s pleaded guilty to numerous charges, but Lee can’t be found on the sex offender registry.

And it doesn’t matter how many times he does this. As long as lewdness and voyeurism remain a minor offense he avoids the registry.

“The idea that he didn’t have to be on the sex offender list needs to be changed, needs to be addressed,” said Brighton High dance teacher Lisa Messer.

A Cottonwood Heights police officer said these type of offenders need to be on the police radar. “They need to be watched,” said Beau Babka. “This is a perfect example of somebody that needs eyes on him.”

But Lee isn’t the only one to escape the sex offender registry.

Donald Williard is accused of exposing himself several times, the latest at a school.

Joey Crapo is also a repeat offender of lewdness.

Tyler martin is back in jail again for exposing himself to boys.

Darren Swain works with Adult, Probation and Parole. He said these types of crimes are troubling for the public. “They can be extremely dangerous because they’re acting out in public,” said Swain. “They’re unchecked, untreated and every time they go out and commit these acts they’re reinforcing these behaviors.”

And their behavior can escalate.

David Reed repeatedly exposed himself and avoided the registry until 2005 when he was convicted of trying to kidnap a child in Salt Lake City.

Prosecutors now realize this is a problem.

“This is almost habitual, it’s something that needs to be addressed seriously,” said Richard Parker a prosecutor with the Davis County attorney’s office.

And it lies with the legislature to make those changes.

A lawmaker who champions the cause didn’t know these repeat offenders were skirting the law. “When we’ve done the registry in the past no one’s brought it to our attention,” said Rep. Paul Ray of Davis County. “We take what’s brought to our attention and we work on those issues and try to protect the public and until those issues are brought to us a lot of times they’ll slip between the cracks.”

But now, victims like the girls at Brighton High are sending out a message to lawmakers — fix those cracks.

“It’s a sickening situation that there are people out there,” said the young girl from Brighton High. “They are getting away with this and I just think it needs to be stopped.”

Rep. Ray said he is considering legislation that will enhance penalties for repeat offenders. “One times is too many,” he said. “But realistically, if they offend twice we can bump up the penalties. They do it three times it becomes a felony. We do if for drug offenses, we should do it for lewdness.”

If you would like to contact lawmakers about this issue these are a list of lawmakers who have sponsored sex offender legislation in the past

-Rep. Ray Paul pray@utah.gov

-Rep. J. birdjbird@utah.gov

-Rep. Greenwoodrgreenwood@utah.gov

-Rep. K. Groverkeithgrover@utah.gov

-Rep. R. Bigelow ronbigelow@utah.gov

-Rep. K. Sumsion ksumsion@utah.gov

-Sen. Jon Greiner Jon J. Greiner

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