Convicted Baby Raper Free on Bond pending appeal has Bond decision reversed

He was found guilty.

He wanted to appeal

the judge let a guilty man go free pending appeal.

UNBELIEVABLE

Speaking out about injustices such as this

………Does make a difference.

A former Florida teacher, who for a year avoided serving a 43-year sentence for sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy, was handcuffed and ordered back into state custody Friday.

Aaron Mohanlal, here in his sex offender registration photo, had been free pending appeal.

Aaron Mohanlal, here in his sex offender registration photo, had been free pending appeal.

Aaron Mohanlal lowered his head as Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold reversed a decision he made last summer granting the convicted sex offender a $610,000 bond while his conviction was appealed.

The bond was supposed to be secured with properties owned by Mohanlal’s relatives. But evidence presented by prosecutors Friday showed there were no liens placed on the properties and they were not worth a fraction of the amount suggested by defense attorneys.

In April 2007, Mohanlal was convicted of 13 counts, including child abuse, molestation and lewd battery for forcing the boy, one of his students, to have sex in a classroom supply closet. Occasionally, the teacher would take the boy home during school hours for sex. He also purchased a cell phone for the teen and created nicknames for their genitalia to help keep phone sex a secret. The abuse went on for nearly two years.

Gold said on Friday that he weighed “the severity” of the case in deciding to revoke Mohanlal’s bond.

“I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it, finally some justice,” the victim’s father said after the ruling as his voice cracked with emotion.

Gold granted the bond in July 2007. It allowed Mohanlal to remain free until his case was tried on appeal — a process that could take years. Gold had agreed to the bond on the condition that Mohanlal’s relatives have liens placed on three family properties as collateral. That meant that if Mohanlal left town, or did not show up for court, the family would — in Gold’s words — “lose everything.”

But records indicate the family had little to lose.

Convicted Baby Raper Free on Bond pending appeal has Bond decision reversed

He was found guilty.

He wanted to appeal

the judge let a guilty man go free pending appeal.

UNBELIEVABLE

Speaking out about injustices such as this

………Does make a difference.

A former Florida teacher, who for a year avoided serving a 43-year sentence for sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy, was handcuffed and ordered back into state custody Friday.

Aaron Mohanlal, here in his sex offender registration photo, had been free pending appeal.

Aaron Mohanlal, here in his sex offender registration photo, had been free pending appeal.

Aaron Mohanlal lowered his head as Broward Circuit Judge Marc Gold reversed a decision he made last summer granting the convicted sex offender a $610,000 bond while his conviction was appealed.

The bond was supposed to be secured with properties owned by Mohanlal’s relatives. But evidence presented by prosecutors Friday showed there were no liens placed on the properties and they were not worth a fraction of the amount suggested by defense attorneys.

In April 2007, Mohanlal was convicted of 13 counts, including child abuse, molestation and lewd battery for forcing the boy, one of his students, to have sex in a classroom supply closet. Occasionally, the teacher would take the boy home during school hours for sex. He also purchased a cell phone for the teen and created nicknames for their genitalia to help keep phone sex a secret. The abuse went on for nearly two years.

Gold said on Friday that he weighed “the severity” of the case in deciding to revoke Mohanlal’s bond.

“I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it, finally some justice,” the victim’s father said after the ruling as his voice cracked with emotion.

Gold granted the bond in July 2007. It allowed Mohanlal to remain free until his case was tried on appeal — a process that could take years. Gold had agreed to the bond on the condition that Mohanlal’s relatives have liens placed on three family properties as collateral. That meant that if Mohanlal left town, or did not show up for court, the family would — in Gold’s words — “lose everything.”

But records indicate the family had little to lose.

Kenneth Fink – Disbarred Attorney – Repeat Sex Offender

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


A disbarred Wilmington lawyer is back in trouble with the law after authorities again found child pornography on a computer in his home.

Kenneth Fink, a 47-year-old registered sex offender, remains jailed on child pornography charges following his arrest last month by New Castle County police after state probation and parole officers found a computer in his Talleyville home.

Detectives were contacted April 3 by state officers after a routine check of Fink’s home in the 1000 block of Parkside Drive in Oaklane Manor revealed several computers. He was under a court order that prohibited him from accessing the Internet.

An examination of the computers turned up explicit images of young girls, believed to be about 10 years old, which authorities say Fink obtained using the Internet, county police spokesman Lt. Patrick Crowell said.

He was charged with parole violation and 10 counts of unlawfully dealing in child pornography, then held in Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Fink was convicted in 2002 of 15 counts each of possessing child pornography and using a computer to unlawfully depict children engaging in prohibited sexual acts.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Authorities found pornographic images on Fink’s computer while investigating charges that he had stolen more than $57,000 from an estate he handled as co-executor in 1993 and 1994.

A year later he was prohibited by the Delaware Supreme Court from practicing law.

Kenneth Fink – Disbarred Attorney – Repeat Sex Offender

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


A disbarred Wilmington lawyer is back in trouble with the law after authorities again found child pornography on a computer in his home.

Kenneth Fink, a 47-year-old registered sex offender, remains jailed on child pornography charges following his arrest last month by New Castle County police after state probation and parole officers found a computer in his Talleyville home.

Detectives were contacted April 3 by state officers after a routine check of Fink’s home in the 1000 block of Parkside Drive in Oaklane Manor revealed several computers. He was under a court order that prohibited him from accessing the Internet.

An examination of the computers turned up explicit images of young girls, believed to be about 10 years old, which authorities say Fink obtained using the Internet, county police spokesman Lt. Patrick Crowell said.

He was charged with parole violation and 10 counts of unlawfully dealing in child pornography, then held in Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Fink was convicted in 2002 of 15 counts each of possessing child pornography and using a computer to unlawfully depict children engaging in prohibited sexual acts.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Authorities found pornographic images on Fink’s computer while investigating charges that he had stolen more than $57,000 from an estate he handled as co-executor in 1993 and 1994.

A year later he was prohibited by the Delaware Supreme Court from practicing law.

Kenneth Fink – Disbarred Attorney – Repeat Sex Offender

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


A disbarred Wilmington lawyer is back in trouble with the law after authorities again found child pornography on a computer in his home.

Kenneth Fink, a 47-year-old registered sex offender, remains jailed on child pornography charges following his arrest last month by New Castle County police after state probation and parole officers found a computer in his Talleyville home.

Detectives were contacted April 3 by state officers after a routine check of Fink’s home in the 1000 block of Parkside Drive in Oaklane Manor revealed several computers. He was under a court order that prohibited him from accessing the Internet.

An examination of the computers turned up explicit images of young girls, believed to be about 10 years old, which authorities say Fink obtained using the Internet, county police spokesman Lt. Patrick Crowell said.

He was charged with parole violation and 10 counts of unlawfully dealing in child pornography, then held in Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Fink was convicted in 2002 of 15 counts each of possessing child pornography and using a computer to unlawfully depict children engaging in prohibited sexual acts.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Authorities found pornographic images on Fink’s computer while investigating charges that he had stolen more than $57,000 from an estate he handled as co-executor in 1993 and 1994.

A year later he was prohibited by the Delaware Supreme Court from practicing law.

Craig Francis Hall – "Ashamed and Mortified" but blames his Child Porn on Depression


On a projector screen before a packed federal courtroom in Gainesville at Craig Francis Hall’s sentencing hearing Tuesday defense attorneys put up a timeline showing his decline. He went from a longtime Gainesville attorney and one-time circuit judge candidate to a man suffering from mental illness in the wake of prostate cancer and its complications who downloaded child pornography.

Hall’s attorneys argued that by 2007, when authorities confiscated four videos showing child pornography from Hall’s office, his depression was so severe, he had sought child pornography not for his enjoyment but as a way to confirm his suspicion that God didn’t exist and that the world was full of evil.

But prosecutors argued that whatever the reason behind Hall’s decision to download child pornography, he had pleaded guilty to the charge and should be punished like any other defendant, and Senior Judge Maurice M. Paul sentenced Hall, 59, to 70 months in prison, which he said was the lower limit of what legal guidelines recommend.

The sentencing followed more than three hours of testimony from Hall’s psychologists and psychiatrists, who argued that Hall had not downloaded pornographic images for enjoyment but rather out of severe depression, and impassioned pleas from friends and family members asking that Paul sentence Hall to home confinement rather than a prison term.

Defense Attorney Larry Turner’s argument for probation with home confinement focused on the progress mental health professionals said Hall has made in treating his depression, which they said started when Hall was coping with the effects of prostate cancer and treatment for it. Those mental health professionals said they do not believe Hall is a pedophile, said he was unlikely to ever look at child pornography again and said they did not believe Hall is a danger to children.

Dozens of Hall’s friends and supporters packed the courtroom, from longtime attorneys and other community leaders to Hall’s former clients. Many of those community leaders testified on Hall’s behalf. Hall’s wife, Marilyn, tearfully asked the judge to consider a prison sentence’s impact on Hall’s twins.

Hall addressed Paul, too, saying he was “ashamed and mortified” that he had “disgraced myself and those who love me.”

Francis Todd Williams, lead attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spoke briefly at the end of the hearing, saying that the trial wasn’t about Hall’s character but about the harm child pornography causes.

“In the past three and a half hours, the court has heard a lot about Craig Hall,” Williams said. “We are not here about that. We are here because of what happened to those children in the videos. I speak on their behalf. Whether he did this out of morbid curiosity or because he enjoyed it, he did it.”

Defense Attorney Larry Turner said the sentence left him not only disappointed, but “heartbroken.”

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Craig Francis Hall – "Ashamed and Mortified" but blames his Child Porn on Depression


On a projector screen before a packed federal courtroom in Gainesville at Craig Francis Hall’s sentencing hearing Tuesday defense attorneys put up a timeline showing his decline. He went from a longtime Gainesville attorney and one-time circuit judge candidate to a man suffering from mental illness in the wake of prostate cancer and its complications who downloaded child pornography.

Hall’s attorneys argued that by 2007, when authorities confiscated four videos showing child pornography from Hall’s office, his depression was so severe, he had sought child pornography not for his enjoyment but as a way to confirm his suspicion that God didn’t exist and that the world was full of evil.

But prosecutors argued that whatever the reason behind Hall’s decision to download child pornography, he had pleaded guilty to the charge and should be punished like any other defendant, and Senior Judge Maurice M. Paul sentenced Hall, 59, to 70 months in prison, which he said was the lower limit of what legal guidelines recommend.

The sentencing followed more than three hours of testimony from Hall’s psychologists and psychiatrists, who argued that Hall had not downloaded pornographic images for enjoyment but rather out of severe depression, and impassioned pleas from friends and family members asking that Paul sentence Hall to home confinement rather than a prison term.

Defense Attorney Larry Turner’s argument for probation with home confinement focused on the progress mental health professionals said Hall has made in treating his depression, which they said started when Hall was coping with the effects of prostate cancer and treatment for it. Those mental health professionals said they do not believe Hall is a pedophile, said he was unlikely to ever look at child pornography again and said they did not believe Hall is a danger to children.

Dozens of Hall’s friends and supporters packed the courtroom, from longtime attorneys and other community leaders to Hall’s former clients. Many of those community leaders testified on Hall’s behalf. Hall’s wife, Marilyn, tearfully asked the judge to consider a prison sentence’s impact on Hall’s twins.

Hall addressed Paul, too, saying he was “ashamed and mortified” that he had “disgraced myself and those who love me.”

Francis Todd Williams, lead attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spoke briefly at the end of the hearing, saying that the trial wasn’t about Hall’s character but about the harm child pornography causes.

“In the past three and a half hours, the court has heard a lot about Craig Hall,” Williams said. “We are not here about that. We are here because of what happened to those children in the videos. I speak on their behalf. Whether he did this out of morbid curiosity or because he enjoyed it, he did it.”

Defense Attorney Larry Turner said the sentence left him not only disappointed, but “heartbroken.”

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Craig Francis Hall – "Ashamed and Mortified" but blames his Child Porn on Depression


On a projector screen before a packed federal courtroom in Gainesville at Craig Francis Hall’s sentencing hearing Tuesday defense attorneys put up a timeline showing his decline. He went from a longtime Gainesville attorney and one-time circuit judge candidate to a man suffering from mental illness in the wake of prostate cancer and its complications who downloaded child pornography.

Hall’s attorneys argued that by 2007, when authorities confiscated four videos showing child pornography from Hall’s office, his depression was so severe, he had sought child pornography not for his enjoyment but as a way to confirm his suspicion that God didn’t exist and that the world was full of evil.

But prosecutors argued that whatever the reason behind Hall’s decision to download child pornography, he had pleaded guilty to the charge and should be punished like any other defendant, and Senior Judge Maurice M. Paul sentenced Hall, 59, to 70 months in prison, which he said was the lower limit of what legal guidelines recommend.

The sentencing followed more than three hours of testimony from Hall’s psychologists and psychiatrists, who argued that Hall had not downloaded pornographic images for enjoyment but rather out of severe depression, and impassioned pleas from friends and family members asking that Paul sentence Hall to home confinement rather than a prison term.

Defense Attorney Larry Turner’s argument for probation with home confinement focused on the progress mental health professionals said Hall has made in treating his depression, which they said started when Hall was coping with the effects of prostate cancer and treatment for it. Those mental health professionals said they do not believe Hall is a pedophile, said he was unlikely to ever look at child pornography again and said they did not believe Hall is a danger to children.

Dozens of Hall’s friends and supporters packed the courtroom, from longtime attorneys and other community leaders to Hall’s former clients. Many of those community leaders testified on Hall’s behalf. Hall’s wife, Marilyn, tearfully asked the judge to consider a prison sentence’s impact on Hall’s twins.

Hall addressed Paul, too, saying he was “ashamed and mortified” that he had “disgraced myself and those who love me.”

Francis Todd Williams, lead attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spoke briefly at the end of the hearing, saying that the trial wasn’t about Hall’s character but about the harm child pornography causes.

“In the past three and a half hours, the court has heard a lot about Craig Hall,” Williams said. “We are not here about that. We are here because of what happened to those children in the videos. I speak on their behalf. Whether he did this out of morbid curiosity or because he enjoyed it, he did it.”

Defense Attorney Larry Turner said the sentence left him not only disappointed, but “heartbroken.”

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Paul Anthony Carthew – Child Pornography


An Oakland County lawyer was arraigned on multiple charges of using a computer to commit a crime and possession of child sexually abusive material after investigators said they found more than 25,000 graphic images on his personal computer.

More than two months ago, Paul Anthony Carthew’s girlfriend discovered inappropriate, clothed images of her daughter’s private parts on his personal laptop, authorities said.

The woman turned in the 38-year-old’s computer to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation revealed the woman’s daughter had not been sexually touched, photographed or in anyway sexually involved with Carthew.

The woman told the sheriff’s department the pictures were taken during the couple’s nine-month on-again-off-again relationship.

However, more than 25,000 saved images were discovered on Carthew’s computer. The sheriff’s department said many of them were “very sexually graphic in nature.”

The images not only involved graphic images of adults having sex, but also involved animals, and some involved suspected children, the Sheriff’s department said.

Carthew was arraigned at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills last week and was granted a $50,000 personal bond. He will be back in court on April 1.

Published in: on March 30, 2008 at 12:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Paul Anthony Carthew – Child Pornography


An Oakland County lawyer was arraigned on multiple charges of using a computer to commit a crime and possession of child sexually abusive material after investigators said they found more than 25,000 graphic images on his personal computer.

More than two months ago, Paul Anthony Carthew’s girlfriend discovered inappropriate, clothed images of her daughter’s private parts on his personal laptop, authorities said.

The woman turned in the 38-year-old’s computer to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation revealed the woman’s daughter had not been sexually touched, photographed or in anyway sexually involved with Carthew.

The woman told the sheriff’s department the pictures were taken during the couple’s nine-month on-again-off-again relationship.

However, more than 25,000 saved images were discovered on Carthew’s computer. The sheriff’s department said many of them were “very sexually graphic in nature.”

The images not only involved graphic images of adults having sex, but also involved animals, and some involved suspected children, the Sheriff’s department said.

Carthew was arraigned at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills last week and was granted a $50,000 personal bond. He will be back in court on April 1.

Published in: on March 30, 2008 at 12:46 am  Leave a Comment