Robert Heydorn – Confesses to molesting 6 little girls

When Robert Heydorn arrived at the Surprise Police Department last week, he said he didn’t think he’d be leaving without handcuffs, police say.

For the second time, police were investigating the 65-year-old Surprise resident, and, once again, they suspected that he had molested young girls.

Asked in 2008 whether he had molested a 7-year-old, Heydorn denied it, police say.

Last Thursday, after becoming aware of a second investigation involving new allegations, Heydorn came to the police station. Before a detective could ask Heydorn a question, he made a confession, police say.

Heydorn, who had just returned home from a camping trip near the Verde River, said that he wanted to get some help, and “if he didn’t get any help, he would continue to hurt young girls,” according to a statement of probable cause filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.

He said after he was caught

Then, police say, Heydorn said he had molested at least six girls, including an 8-year-old who also had been camping.

Heydorn was soon booked into Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of six counts of molestation of a child and two counts of sexual abuse. He is being held without bond.

The case against Heydorn was more than a year in the making, said Sgt. Mark Ortega, a Surprise police spokesman.

In April 2008, the parents of a 7-year-old Surprise girl called police to say their daughter had been inappropriately touched by a friend’s grandfather.

Detective Phillip Hodgkins was assigned the case and interviewed Heydorn, who denied the girl’s account, police say.

The 7-year-old later recanted her story, police say. Despite a lack of physical evidence or a cooperative victim, Hodgkins submitted the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in May 2008, recommending that Heydorn be charged with molestation.

The County Attorney’s Office directed Hodgkins to get more information from two child witnesses, Ortega said.

Though he was unable to get additional facts from the two, Hodgkins never forgot the case.

Then, early last month, an 11-year-old girl told investigators that Heydorn had touched her in a way that made her uncomfortable, Ortega said.

After interviewing the 11-year-old, Hodgkins went to the place the girl said she had been molested. A 9-year-old approached him outside the home, police say. Heydorn had touched her inappropriately, she told the detective.

Hodgkins asked if there were others.

The girl, police say, led the sex-crimes detective to other victims, ages 9 and 11.

After gathering evidence, Hodgkins tried to contact Heydorn, without success, Ortega said.

Heydorn showed up at the police station on May 14. That day, according to the statement, he admitted to all the allegations, including the 2008 molestation of the 7-year-old girl.

When questioned again about her interactions with Heydorn, the 7-year-old said he had molested her, police say.

Hodgkins and others are continuing to investigate Heydorn’s interactions with other children in Surprise.

Investigators say they believe Heydorn may have had contact with other children.

“If anybody has any information or their children are saying they had any contact with this individual, we are urging that they be in contact with our department,” Ortega said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Surprise police at 623-222-4000.

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

‘Protected’ predator terrorised pupils for 30 years

A SERIAL sexual predator waged a reign of terror against his victims for years — working his way through half a dozen schools before being finally caught and convicted in the 1980s.

In an entire chapter on the abuser “John Brander”, the report reveals how he was persistently protected by diocesan and school authorities and complaints to the Department of Education were ignored.

Brander began his career as a Christian Brother and after three separate incidents of sexual abuse of boys in his classroom he was granted dispensation from his vows.

He then went on to work in six different schools in counties Longford, Laois, Dublin, Offaly and Kilkenny between 1957 and 1985, where he physically terrorised and sexually abused children in his classroom.

Protected

“At various times, during his career, parents attempted to challenge his behaviour but he was persistently protected by diocesan and school authorities and moved from school to school,” said the report.

“By permitting Mr Brander to be eased out of the congregation, the Christian Brothers did nothing to prevent him continuing in a career of teaching, despite his repeated sexual interference with children and knowledge as to the danger he represented to them,” the report said.

In the mid-1990s Brander was placed on probation for the sexual assault of a boy to whom he had been giving private tuition.

Almost two years later, he pleaded guilty to numerous sample charges of indecent assault at Naomh Mhuire NS, Walsh Island, Co Offaly, during the 1960s.

In the period between conviction and sentencing, more individuals came forward with complaints. In sentencing him to a term of imprisonment, the court took into account further assaults perpetrated at Presentation Convent secondary school in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.

Following a third trial, Brander received a further conviction of assaulting another pupil at the same school.

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

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Judge condemns police for leniency with Repeat Sex Offender

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

Craig Mason, 21, was given a sexual offences prevention order in December 2004 for having sex with underage girls.

But after breaching the order he was only given a caution by police and was allowed to remain free.

Sex offender Mason went on to breach the order a further three times between April 2005 and March 2007 and commit four sexual acts against children.

Judge Charles Wide, sitting at Northampton Crown Court [last week – 1/5/09], criticised police for letting Mason off with a caution.

He said: “I’m very concerned that someone was cautioned in these circumstances and at the same time he was committing these serious offences.”

Mason admitted four charges of sexual acts against children, including two of intercourse, as well as three other breaches of the prevention order.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of a sexual act with a child under 16 and admitted two more charges of a sexual act with a child.

He denied two charges of sexual touching.

He breached his sexual offences prevention order on three occasions between April 30 2005 and March 01 2007, between October 28 2005 and July 1 2006, and between January 31 2006 and April 1 2006.

The court heard that Mason, of Irthlingborough, Northants, had previous convictions for three indecent assaults and two of sexual intercourse with underage girls.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they would not comment on ongoing cases.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “If the police issued him with a caution for the initial breach that matter would have been considered dealt with.”

Mason was released on bail and the case adjourned for sentencing until May 28.

Michele Elliott, director of children’s charity Kidscape, said: “The reality is that you might as well spit into the wind when it comes to cautioning sex offenders.

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

Sandra Brown, founder of children’s campaign group The Moira Anderson Foundation, said: “It really underlines the need for monitoring arrangements to be absolutely clear cut.

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

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

Jonathan Patrick Blevins – Confessed Serial Pedophile

A Huntsville man arrested earlier this month for sexual assault of a child is now being investigated by the Texas Attorney General’s Office for possible possession of child pornography.

On May 8, 36-year-old Jonathan Patrick Blevins of Huntsville was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child after he confessed to repeatedly sexually assaulting four girls between the ages of 4 and 7 during the years 1988-1992.

According to Detective Eric Scott of the Huntsville Police Department, the victims, who requested anonymity in all reports associated with the offenses, initially filed statements alleging abuse from Blevins in 2003.

Police investigated their claims, but were unable to obtain enough evidence to convict Blevins.

“The victims wrote statements on him in ’03. We investigated, but we just didn’t have enough on him at the time, and the case went cold,” Scott said. “Then recently the AG’s office received some information that he might be in possession of child pornography, so we went to his house, and he basically broke down and confessed to assaulting the four girls.”

Blevins also consented to have his computer and several hard drives confiscated by the Attorney General’s Office for further examination, though he did not explicitly confess to possession of child pornography.

After being interviewed by police, Blevins was transported to the Walker County Jail and booked on the four sexual assault charges. His bond was set at $80,000, or $20,000 for each offense.

According to Scott, charges of possession of child pornography are still possible pending an examination of Blevins’ computer.

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

Daniel Acker – Serial Pedophile – Preyed on boys over 30 years

“He preyed on at-risk boys, those with no strong father figure in their lives,” Wentlandt said. “We believe we’ve only scratched the surface in people we’ve talked to.”

The first accuser came forward after he saw Acker walking into an area middle school, Wentlandt said. The victim contacted the recreation department, saying he couldn’t believe Acker was still working there with young children.

A 61-year-old man who works as a part-time aquatics program coordinator for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation Department was in jail Thursday, suspected of sexually assaulting young boys for more than 30 years, authorities said.

Daniel Acker of Waukesha was arrested Monday during a swim practice at West Milwaukee Middle School, said Deputy Inspector Bradley Wentlandt of the Greenfield Police Department. Acker is suspected of assaulting boys between the ages of 7 and 15 from the 1970s to 2008, police said.

Acker is suspected in hundreds of assaults involving dozens of children over the years, police said. Some of the assaults are alleged to have occurred in Greenfield.

Daniel Acker’s obsession with missing children and a “strange infatuation with child murders” prompted Greenfield police to ask federal investigators to see whether there are ties between the man accused of dozens of sexual assaults and children who have disappeared since the 1970s, a Greenfield police investigator said Friday.

Police who searched the basement of 61-year-old Acker’s Waukesha home this week found a model police station, featuring a dozen photos of abducted and murdered children pasted to the inside walls; journals with hundreds of pages written on Jacob Wetterling and John Zera, a boy abducted and found dead in Whitnall Park in 1975; and 1970s model cars with the names and dates of death of abducted and murdered children written by Acker on the bottom.

There is no information right now to suggest that Acker is a suspect in any of the killings, but evidence has been turned over to the FBI and other local police agencies for further investigation, Deputy Inspector Bradley Wentlandt of the Greenfield Police Department said in a news conference Friday morning.

Acker in the 1970’s

FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said the bureau is assisting in the case. He said he could not comment further because it is an open investigation.

A prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office is reviewing the Acker case, said Paul Kanter, chief of the criminal division.

Acker in the 1980’s

“The FBI has been in touch with us,” Kanter said. “At this point in time we have not identified any federal crime.”

Acker remains locked up in Milwaukee County Jail while a team of Greenfield police continue their work into allegations that started on Monday accusing him of sexually assaulting boys between the ages of 7 and 15 going back to the 1970s.

“He preyed on at-risk boys, those with no strong father figure in their lives,” Wentlandt said. “We believe we’ve only scratched the surface in people we’ve talked to.”

Police held the news conference Friday to see whether other accusers will come forward in light of the news released Thursday that Acker, who works as a part-time aquatics program coordinator for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation Department, had been jailed on suspicion of sexually assaulting young boys for more than 30 years.

Acker in the 1990’s

Acker was arrested Monday during a swim practice at West Milwaukee Middle School after a man in his 40s told police Monday that Acker had sexually assaulted him from 1971 to 1976, when he was between 11 and 15 years old. Since then, at least three other men in their 40s – including one who now lives in Tennessee – and a 19-year-old have told police they had been sexually assaulted by Acker when they were minors, Wentlandt said.

The first accuser came forward after he saw Acker walking into an area middle school, Wentlandt said. The victim contacted the recreation department, saying he couldn’t believe Acker was still working there with young children.

Acker was arrested in the hours after police received a tip from Michele Strasser, coordinator of recreation for West Allis-West Milwaukee.

Strasser said Friday: “Myself, our staff, our whole community, this has taken a toll. Kids are the most important to us and their safety.”

The statute of limitations in child sexual assault cases that was in place in the 1970s may prevent authorities from being able to prosecute those cases, Wentlandt said. The statute of limitations in such cases has since been extended.

But the 19-year-old told police that Acker has assaulted him starting about five years ago and that the two remained in a relationship as of earlier this week, Wentlandt said. Police are trying to see whether there are other younger victims.

Wentlandt said Acker didn’t have any of his own children, but said he had three foster children – all boys – that he had cared for during the past decade. Police are trying to make contact with those former foster children, Wentlandt said.

“We believe we’ve only scratched the surface with the victims we’ve talked to already,” Wentlandt said. “We believe there are more victims out there.”

Police are asking those victims to call investigators at (414) 761-5301.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, at least 50 callers had phoned Greenfield Police to share what they know, to suggest potential victims or to talk about being victimized by Acker.

Within moments of news reports featuring four decades of photos of the Acker, calls were coming in at one per minute at the department, where seven sworn officers and detectives have been assigned to answer those calls specifically. Wentlandt said calls are continuing to come in this afternoon at 3 to 4 per hour.

“We will have people throughout the rest of the night and tomorrow and the next day, if necessary,” said Greenfield Deputy Inspector Bradley Wentlandt. “We don’t want to take messages. If someone gets the courage to call in, we want to make sure it’s taken by an investigator who can get the right information.”

A number of people contacted the Journal Sentinel Friday to say their children were or had been students of Acker’s.

Angie Aide of West Allis said she had to tell her daughter about Acker this morning at breakfast.

“My heart just dropped,” Aide said. Her 8-year-old daughter took swimming classes with Acker for two years. Acker substituted as an instructor for Aide’s daughter just last week.

Acker played dodge ball with the kids. He’d joke with them when they sprayed water on him with pool noodles. “The parents got a chuckle out if it,” Aide said. And Acker would talk to the kids “on their level.”

Aide said she always sat in the bleachers at the recreation center when Acker taught classes. When the kids were told “Mr. Dan” would be teaching the classes, they would cheer, Aide said.

Melissa Luck of West Allis said that as a swim instructor, Acker had a great rapport with children, especially with her 5-year-old daughter, Taylor, who took a class with him last fall.

“My daughter loved him, loved him, told him she loved him all the time,” she said.

Luck, who said she herself was molested as a child by someone she knew, now worries about the many youths who took group or private lessons with Acker and the teens who helped him teach swimming.

She also said the news of his arrest has been hard on Taylor.

“She said Momma, Mr. Dan broke my heart,” Luck said.

Charles Mould – Repeat Sex Offender – Life Sentence

“He can never again walk freely, because when he’s 80, he can still do the sexual assaults he’s done here,” Rainville said. “The only way to keep children safe is for him to be in prison for the rest of his life.”

Mould had completed two courses of sex offender treatment before the incident


A man accused of numerous sex crimes was sentenced in Bennington District Court on Thursday to 40 years to life in prison.

Charles Mould, 60, of Pleasant Street pleaded guilty in November 2008 to 21 sex crimes, among them multiple sexual assault charges, multiple lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor charges and a count of presenting indecent material to a minor.

Deputy State’s Attorney Tina Rainville said the state was seeking a life sentence. “He can never again walk freely, because when he’s 80, he can still do the sexual assaults he’s done here,” Rainville said. “The only way to keep children safe is for him to be in prison for the rest of his life.”

A victim from one of Mould’s previous sex crime convictions testified about the effect it had on his life. “I felt no self-worth. I felt as if I had lost my soul,” the man said. “I’d like to see that no other child gets touched by him again.”

The mother of one of the victims testified, expressing deep anger toward Mould. “You have damaged, tormented and violated those kids,” she said. “I can tell you my son has gone from a free-spirited, outgoing young man to an angry, angry boy.”

She said her son had to deal with issues no child should. “I hope they impose a sentence where you can never walk out of a facility again,” the mother said. “It’s now my goal in life to stop you and others like you, and make sure there are harsher sentences the first time. You shouldn’t have walked out the first time.”

Department of Corrections Officer Michael Doheny testified about the presentence investigation he had conducted on Mould. “It was striking to me that he uses pornography to lure his victims — both his cases have the same thing,” Doheny said. “He takes kids in dysfunctional situations and preys on them.”

Doheny said Mould had completed two courses of sex offender treatment before the incident charged here. “We’re recommending a minimum sentence of 80 years, because we felt we should recommend a sentence where he doesn’t come back out in to the community,” Doheny said. “Even if he’s in the community on supervision, we can’t prevent this from happening.”

Defense attorney Christopher Montgomery said his client had freely admitted his crimes, ensuring the children would not have to go through the often painful processes of depositions and testifying. He said he was seeking a 20-year sentence for Mould.

“I’m asking for it in the hope there might be some small window where he might find redemption,” Montgomery said. “This is a man who has struggled with pedophilia.”

Mould expressed remorse in his statements to the court. “I just wish to say I’m very sorry for what I did,” Mould said. “I can’t bring back what I did, and I’m very sorry I hurt them real bad.”

Judge John Wesley said he wished to impose a strict sentence. “This court tries its utmost to give its proper due to rehabilitation, but I do not believe you are capable of rehabiliation,” Wesley said. “What is indisputable is, after you completed sex offender treatment and were unsupervised within our community, within a short time you re-offended prolifically.”

Wesley said he was not certain whether Mould’s remorse was genuine. “Most of your responses (in the presentence investigation) indicate a belief there was not much wrong with what you did,” Wesley said. “We need to put you in prison for the rest of your life to ensure you are incapable of acting on your impulses regarding children.”

Charges against Mould, a registered sex offender, involve sexual conduct with four juveniles, two 11-year-olds, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old, all of whom frequented his apartment in Bennington.

Bennington Police Detective Lawrence Cole said Mould is listed on the Vermont Sex Offender Registry Web site as a noncompliant offender, meaning that he had not complied with offender treatment requirements.

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

Craig Bennett – Repeat Sex Offender – An Animal

Craig Bennett, 44, subjected the terrified child to a “depraved and disturbing attack” after asking him to help look for a missing dog in a secluded spot.

The victim eventually managed to break free and flag down a passing vehicle which took him home.

Police later traced Bennett – who recently married his homosexual partner in a civil ceremony – and discovered he had been convicted of rape 16 years earlier in the same field in Darwen, Lancashire.

Before the 1993 attack Bennett had approached a young boy and talked to him about football before subjecting him to the ordeal.

He had also been the subject of a police manhunt in 2000 and a branded a danger to boys when he fled his probation hostel after being freed from jail.

The latest attack occurred two months after a policewoman had carried out a sex offenders’ address check at his home in Darwen.

Bennett, also known as Craig Preece, is facing life behind bars after being convicted of kidnap, kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence, two counts of rape and one count of threats to kill at Preston Crown Court. He will be sentenced later in the week.

After the case Det Supt Graham Hermann, of Lancashire Police force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This is an example of when a registered sex offender goes on to commit a further serious offence.

“It shows that despite all the good work that goes into managing these individuals by dedicated staff in all agencies the only way to eliminate risk is to watch them 24 hours a day.

“This is the only one last year out of over a 1000 registered sex offenders who went on to commit a further serious offence, although this is no consolation to the child and family in this case, it should be reassuring to the public.

“The fact that Bennett was caught so quickly was testament to the level of knowledge of the supervising team of his description and habits, and undoubtedly stopped him from going on to commit other offences.”

The unnamed boy had been playing out on the night of the attack in May last year and had left a friend to go to Sudellside Off Licence to buy a chocolate bar.

He saw two men in a car driving slowly along the streets as though they were looking for a dog and a third man who spoke to them from a bus stop.

The boy said he offered to help the lone man look for the dog and the man later offered him £10 to continue the search.

The pair went to the nearby Marsh House wooded area on Baileys Field in Darwen but as it became dark the boy said he would have to go.

He tried to leave, but Bennett tied his hands together with a belt and attacked him.

Tim Brennand, prosecuting, said: “The commission of this offence, in broad daylight, required forethought, planning, cunning, charm, guile and a willingness to resort to extreme violence in order to satiate his perverted and grotesque fantasy in the abduction and abuse of a young boy.”

The boy’s father told the court: “You would have had to have known him to know how different he is now. His confidence is blown. He doesn’t do a lot of the stuff that he used to. He won’t go out to play.”

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

Miguel Navarro – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual Child Predator

A convicted child molester who was sentenced on Thursday to 35 years in prison is now accused in another crime.

Two new indictments have been handed up against Miguel Navarro.

He’s accused of seeking out and kidnapping a 15-year-old girl while she was outside Woonsocket High School last March.

The alleged victim did manage to escape.

One month later, police say Navarro used a knife to abduct an 11-year-old girl and assaulted her in an abandoned apartment.

Both alleged crimes happened while Navarro was out on bail for the first attack, which he was sentenced for on Thursday.

Police say Navarro’s imprisonment means peace on the streets.

There’s no word on when Navarro will appear in court on the new charges.

At Thursday’s sentencing, Navarro was ordered to register as a sex offender and to stay away from females under the age of 16 once he is released from the A-C-I

“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

Chadren Heston – Serial child raping Pedophile arrested


Police said they have arrested a man who they believe has committed sex crimes against children dating back 22 years.

Chadren Heston was arrested earlier this week and is in custody at the Richland County Jail after a judge set bond at $500,000.

Heston, who currently faces five counts of rape involving a child under the age of 13, will likely face additional charges, police said.

“He has consistently abused children from the time he was 10 years old until Tuesday when he was arrested,” said Mansfield police Det. Jeff Shook.

According to Shook, investigators have identified eight boys and girls who Heston sexually abused.

“This person preys on young children, prepubescent children,” Shook said. “He’s a pedophile; truly a pedophile.”

Investigators believe that Heston silenced his victims by threatening to harm their mothers, McEntyre reported.

Authorities said they began investigating Heston after a woman in South Carolina came forward last October with claims that Heston had raped her 18-year-old daughter years earlier.

The woman said she questioned her three other children, and they also said they were abused by Heston, McEntyre reported.