Jim Schneider – Music teacher busted for child porn

Two men in Colorado Springs are facing charges connected to child pornography. One of them is a band teacher at a local middle school.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jim Schneider admitted to police that he had images of child porn on his home computer. Police say it was folks at Yahoo, Inc. that tipped off authorities. They found the disturbing images in an online photo album.

The case landed at the ICAC unit, in the Colorado Springs Police department. Schneider was arrested at his home on Wednesday on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

It turns out he’s a band teacher at Timberview Middle School in Academy District 20. He’s also a tennis coach at Liberty High School. Police don’t believe any children in Colorado Springs are victims.

It’s a small relief for parents who trusted their children to a man now accused of this disturbing crime. Nanette Anderson is the spokesperson for Academy District 20. She says, “We know that families are concerned. The staff at Timberview is obviously shocked and saddened.”

Sgt. Bill Dehart heads the ICAC unit. He says, “The reality is, it’s the person closest to the children, the one you trust the most. It’s not the stranger.” He adds, that it’s a very small percentage of people working in schools that get accused of this crime, but it’s a sad reminder to be vigilant.

Schneider is no stranger to District 20. He’s been working for them since 2001. Officials there say he passed a thorough background check, including checks with the FBI.

Just two days earlier, in a separate case, Michael Eichsteadt was arrested at his home in Colorado Springs. Police say his ex-wife tipped off authorities that he had child porn on his computer. Police say they found several hundred videos and images.

Both men are free on a $3,000 bond. Officials at District 20 will only say that Schneider is on leave. They won’t say if it’s paid.

Shawn C. Fedele – Mailed Child Porn because he was "CURIOUS"

The former assistant high school basketball coach now facing child pornography charges told police he was curious about child porn and may have e-mailed photos of “young naked children,” court papers filed in the case reveal.

Shawn C. Fedele, an assistant girls basketball coach last year at East Bridgewater High School, told state police he may have e-mailed photos of children, but none were sexual, the court papers note.

Fedele initially denied sending any photos when quizzed by state Trooper Frank Driscoll, but said, when asked again, “Maybe, but not sexual photos but photos which ‘did contain young naked children,’” according to court papers.

Fedele, 25, of 258 Laurel St., East Bridgewater, was indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury on nine counts of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Fedele, who has also worked at his family’s candy store in Pembroke, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Brockton Superior Court this week.

He is free after posting $1,000 bail.

Attempts to reach his attorney Wednesday and Thursday were unsuccessful. Attempts to reach Fedele were also unsuccessful.

Fedele served as an assistant girls basketball coach until the end of February of this year.

He was not reappointed to the job.

The investigation was launched after the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children notified state police it had received a tip that someone in the area was downloading child pornography.

One of those photos involved in that initial tip depicted a young girl, age 12 to 14, nude on a bed in a sexually explicit pose, according to court records.

A second photo showed two naked prepubescent girls sitting on a coffee table, according to paperwork filed in court.

Driscoll, as part of the investigation, tracked down the identity of the e-mail account holder and then obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s home and computers Feb. 29.

Police seized computers from the home and later examined the hard drive.

A search of one hard drive revealed about 34 images of suspected child pornography, according to the court papers.

Police interviewed Fedele at his home at the time of the search and asked him about photos depicting children.

“When Shawn was asked if he had a curiosity for children he knew to be underage he stated ‘yes.’ Mr. Fedele stated it started just a few months ago,” Driscoll noted in an affidavit filed to support the charges.

Fedele said he was curious about child porn and had joined chat rooms on AOL that were called “young or something,” according to court paperwork.

Fedele told police he went into one of the chat rooms “two or three times” in December, but could not remember sending photos of underage girls to someone else.

He admitted, according to the report filed in court, to using a file sharing program to find child pornography using the search terms “underage, teen, preteen.”

Fedele, according to the report, said he only opened three files, but they “were not child porn.”

Fedele said he uninstalled the program he used the next day.

Thomas Bavedas – 3rd grade teacher puts cameras under students desk


A former city elementary school teacher faces criminal charges for allegedly hiding a video camera in a classroom closet and videotaping girls as they changed into costumes in preparation for a Halloween pageant.

Thomas Bavedas, 39, who resigned as a third-grade teacher at Waltersville School last May after his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Milford, was arrested again Monday. This time, he was charged with nine counts of voyeurism and nine counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Bavedas, of Brooklawn Drive, Milford, free on bond in the earlier case, surrendered to Milford police after being told there was a warrant for his arrest here. He is awaiting trial in Milford Superior Court on charges of marijuana and cocaine possession, first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, possession of child pornography, importing child pornography and employing a minor in an obscene performance.

Bavedas, dressed in a black hooded sweat shirt, his hands chained behind his back, was later brought before Superior Court Judge Bruce Levin.

The judge shook his head as he read the warrant affidavit. He then glanced to Bavedas who stood beside his lawyer, Edmund Q. Collier, shifting from one foot to the other.

Assistant State’s Attorney Marc Durso urged the judge to set a high bond for Bavedas because of the serious nature of the charges.

Collier asked the judge for leniency, pointing out a plea deal is in the works in the Milford case that could mean his client will have to serve a lengthy prison term.

Levin, however, agreed with Durso and ordered Bavedas held in lieu of $500,000 bond. He continued the case to Jan. 6.

On May 19, police detectives from Bridgeport and Milford police departments served a search warrant on Bavedas’ Milford home and said they found a large amount of child pornography, including video images that appeared to have been taken in a school.

Bavedas, a teacher in the Bridgeport school system since August 1999, most recently was a teacher at Waltersville School and the Lighthouse after-school program.

Police said some of the video images taken from Bavedas’ home appear to have come from a camera that was placed under students’ desks and clearly showed at least two girls’ underwear.

Police also found at the defendant’s home DVDs of nearly 10 girls, ages 9 to 12, getting undressed and then dressed into Halloween costumes in a closet in Bavedas’ classroom at Waltersville School, according to police. The video was taken on Oct. 31, 2007, police said.

In June, police said detectives searched Bevedas’ classroom and discovered a hole bored into the closet wall that appeared shaped to hold a video camera. Police said the hole was concealed on the outside of the closet with a bulletin board.

“He arranged activities to be performed by female students so he could get desirable video shots of them that were sexually satisfying to him,” said police Sgt. Jesus Ortiz Jr.

Robert Henry, the chief of staff for the city’s schools, said Monday afternoon he was unaware of the arrest and declined comment.

Thomas Bavedas – 3rd grade teacher puts cameras under students desk


A former city elementary school teacher faces criminal charges for allegedly hiding a video camera in a classroom closet and videotaping girls as they changed into costumes in preparation for a Halloween pageant.

Thomas Bavedas, 39, who resigned as a third-grade teacher at Waltersville School last May after his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Milford, was arrested again Monday. This time, he was charged with nine counts of voyeurism and nine counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Bavedas, of Brooklawn Drive, Milford, free on bond in the earlier case, surrendered to Milford police after being told there was a warrant for his arrest here. He is awaiting trial in Milford Superior Court on charges of marijuana and cocaine possession, first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, possession of child pornography, importing child pornography and employing a minor in an obscene performance.

Bavedas, dressed in a black hooded sweat shirt, his hands chained behind his back, was later brought before Superior Court Judge Bruce Levin.

The judge shook his head as he read the warrant affidavit. He then glanced to Bavedas who stood beside his lawyer, Edmund Q. Collier, shifting from one foot to the other.

Assistant State’s Attorney Marc Durso urged the judge to set a high bond for Bavedas because of the serious nature of the charges.

Collier asked the judge for leniency, pointing out a plea deal is in the works in the Milford case that could mean his client will have to serve a lengthy prison term.

Levin, however, agreed with Durso and ordered Bavedas held in lieu of $500,000 bond. He continued the case to Jan. 6.

On May 19, police detectives from Bridgeport and Milford police departments served a search warrant on Bavedas’ Milford home and said they found a large amount of child pornography, including video images that appeared to have been taken in a school.

Bavedas, a teacher in the Bridgeport school system since August 1999, most recently was a teacher at Waltersville School and the Lighthouse after-school program.

Police said some of the video images taken from Bavedas’ home appear to have come from a camera that was placed under students’ desks and clearly showed at least two girls’ underwear.

Police also found at the defendant’s home DVDs of nearly 10 girls, ages 9 to 12, getting undressed and then dressed into Halloween costumes in a closet in Bavedas’ classroom at Waltersville School, according to police. The video was taken on Oct. 31, 2007, police said.

In June, police said detectives searched Bevedas’ classroom and discovered a hole bored into the closet wall that appeared shaped to hold a video camera. Police said the hole was concealed on the outside of the closet with a bulletin board.

“He arranged activities to be performed by female students so he could get desirable video shots of them that were sexually satisfying to him,” said police Sgt. Jesus Ortiz Jr.

Robert Henry, the chief of staff for the city’s schools, said Monday afternoon he was unaware of the arrest and declined comment.

Eric Achenbach – Teacher charged with Child Porn after his stash is discovered

A teacher at Brattleboro Union High School was placed on administrative leave after a pair of hunters discovered child pornography near his property.

According to court documents, Eric Achenbach, 59, of Vernon, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of possession of child pornography. Achenbach teaches digital media, computer graphics and programming at BUHS.

When police confronted Achenbach about ownership of the chest found by the hunters, he admitted it was his and told police that he had hidden it in the woods seven to eight years ago, after he moved from Dover. Achenbach also admitted to knowing that the chest contained child pornography.

He told police he obtained “a large amount of the material while at the Downtown Campus,” an off-site branch of BUHS that was located on Main Street. Achenbach also told police that hard drives found in his home Dec. 12 contained child pornography.

His computer was confiscated and is being analyzed by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Two hunters from Vernon were in the woods behind the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Route 142 on Nov. 29 when they discovered a wooden platform with several loose planks.

When the two men moved the planks, they found a black plastic bag containing a purple-colored chest. The men opened the chest and found that it contained child pornography.

After returning the chest to where they found it, the men notified Vernon police and led them to the platform.

Upon first inspection, police found pictures of adult males engaging in sexual acts with prepubescent girls. The chest was brought to the Vernon Police Department where members of the Southeastern Unit for Special Investigations catalogued its contents.

The chest was discovered to contain three-ring binders categorized by age with pictures of children as young as infants to the age of 15 either in sexually explicit poses or engaging in sexual acts with an adult.

Also in the chest were various pictures of pornography with Achenbach digitally imposed into the photos, according to Deputy Sheriff Mark Anderson, who spends three days a week as a special investigator for the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Anderson is also BUHS’ student resource officer.

Achenbach was identified because the chest contained papers with his name on them and a picture of him with his 1981 class at Deerfield Elementary School in Wilmington. Other identifying items included several envelopes addressed to Achenbach and a folder labeled “me,” which contained pictures of the accused.

The investigation was conducted by SUSI, with members from the Windham County Sheriff’s Department and the Vernon and Brattleboro police departments.

Achenbach was released with the conditions that he not come into contact with anyone under 16 years old and that he not use computers or the Internet. If tried and convicted of the charge, he could spend up to five years in jail. He could also be fined up to $10,000.

Craig Dinwiddie – Teacher charged for distributing child porn

A longtime Gonzales High School teacher facing two felony charges for distributing and possessing child pornography is seeking a plea agreement, his attorney said Tuesday.

Craig Dinwiddie, 52, faces up to three years and eight months in prison for charges stemming from his July 24 arrest after an investigation in which child pornography was allegedly found on his computer.

Dinwiddie is due in the Salinas courtroom of Superior Court Judge Larry E. Hayes at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, when he could enter a plea, said his attorney.

“We’re still talking about a disposition. It’s possible that it will happen on Thursday,” attorney Joseph Cisneros, who is representing Dinwiddie, said. “Between now and then, we’re going to continue to work with the district attorney and the court to try to determine whether there can be a resolution.”

If no deal is cut, Dinwiddie is scheduled to stand trial March 2.

Dinwiddie was arrested two months after San Jose police received a tip that two people received child pornography from a computer in Gonzales.

Gonzales Police Chief Paul Miller said the tip led to a search of Dinwiddie’s residence in June, when his computer was seized.

No local children are among those pictured in the alleged child pornography, Miller said, but police seized photos of local students, taken without their knowledge, which “focused on various parts of the body.”

The Gonzales Unified School District placed Dinwiddie on paid leave after learning of the investigation, but the leave became unpaid, in accordance with state law, after criminal charges were filed.

Dinwiddie has been ordered not to be around children without an adult present while he is free on bail.

Nicholas Guzman – Scumbag Pedophile sends wife off to shop while molests child in his truck

A 38-year-old Richmond man who parked his truck in a San Pablo strip mall lot while his wife went shopping has been charged with molesting a 10-year-old girl inside the vehicle.

The incident was interrupted by a parking enforcement officer, police said.

Nicholas Guzman, aka Jose Jesus Quintero, was arraigned Thursday morning in a Richmond courtroom, where Judge Peter Berger set his bail at $100,000, according to a court clerk. He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 6 for plea entry.

Guzman was naked in the bed of a covered truck with the child when San Pablo police aide Johanna Gray discovered him about 7 p.m. Oct. 24, said Sgt. David Krastof. The girl’s clothes had been partially removed, the sergeant said.

Gray had been conducting parking enforcement at the San Pablo Avenue strip mall containing FoodMaxx and Big Lots when she spotted the truck parked next to a store, away from where the general public parks.

“She (Gray) got their just in time,” Krastof said.

A medical evaluation determined the girl had not been raped, he said.

Gray took custody of the child and ordered Guzman to wait while she summoned police officers. Guzman hurried off despite the order, but was quickly located with the help of his wife, who had been shopping at the strip mall during the molestation, Krastof said.

The girl was an acquaintance of Guzman’s and had gone to the shopping center with the couple. She was taken to the Contra Costa Regional Center after the incident and was reunited with her family.

“She was, obviously, very shaken up,” Krastof said.

Published in: on October 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nicholas Guzman – Scumbag Pedophile sends wife off to shop while molests child in his truck

A 38-year-old Richmond man who parked his truck in a San Pablo strip mall lot while his wife went shopping has been charged with molesting a 10-year-old girl inside the vehicle.

The incident was interrupted by a parking enforcement officer, police said.

Nicholas Guzman, aka Jose Jesus Quintero, was arraigned Thursday morning in a Richmond courtroom, where Judge Peter Berger set his bail at $100,000, according to a court clerk. He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 6 for plea entry.

Guzman was naked in the bed of a covered truck with the child when San Pablo police aide Johanna Gray discovered him about 7 p.m. Oct. 24, said Sgt. David Krastof. The girl’s clothes had been partially removed, the sergeant said.

Gray had been conducting parking enforcement at the San Pablo Avenue strip mall containing FoodMaxx and Big Lots when she spotted the truck parked next to a store, away from where the general public parks.

“She (Gray) got their just in time,” Krastof said.

A medical evaluation determined the girl had not been raped, he said.

Gray took custody of the child and ordered Guzman to wait while she summoned police officers. Guzman hurried off despite the order, but was quickly located with the help of his wife, who had been shopping at the strip mall during the molestation, Krastof said.

The girl was an acquaintance of Guzman’s and had gone to the shopping center with the couple. She was taken to the Contra Costa Regional Center after the incident and was reunited with her family.

“She was, obviously, very shaken up,” Krastof said.

Published in: on October 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Principal Mindy Garber – Charged with failing to report child sexual abuse

The principal at Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School has been charged with a misdemeanor after reportedly failing to notify authorities of a child sexual abuse allegation against a county school bus driver in April, according to the superintendent of Augusta County Public Schools.

Principal Mindy Garber is charged under a Virginia statute that states a school employee, public or private, must report any child abuse allegation within 72 hours.

Superintendent Gary McQuain said the issue came to light about three weeks ago when a county bus driver was under investigation by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office on an allegation he inappropriately touched a student several years ago. It was during the investigation that Garber reported the earlier incident to officials, McQuain said.

In April, according to McQuain, there was an allegation that the same bus driver inappropriately touched a school student. The case, unrelated to the recent sheriff’s investigation, prompted Garber to speak with the alleged victim’s mother. Together, Garber and the mother of the child concluded there was no wrongdoing on the bus driver’s part, but nobody in the school system or Child Protective Services was notified.

“There are no options. She should have called,” McQuain said.

Garber, in her third year as principal at Cassell, has reported child abuse allegations in the past, McQuain said. “Ninety-nine percent of the time she called. This time she didn’t.”

Garber remains at the helm of the school while the court case plays out, and McQuain had nothing but praise for the principal.

“She’s a very, very good principal, and she defends these kids with all her heart,” he said.

As media reports surfaced today about the misdemeanor charge against Garber, McQuain said he expected some irate phone calls from parents, but none came.

“That speaks volumes,” he said.

According to the statute under which Garber was charged, she faces the possibility of a $500 fine.

The school bus driver was not charged by sheriff’s investigators but was cited by CPS, McQuain said. His position has since been terminated.