Christian Balaj – Charged with sexually assaulting girl while at school

Police arrested an 18-year-old high school student and charged him with sexually assaulting a female student at Ansonia High School.

Christian Balaj, 18, of Platt Street, Ansonia, was charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He was released after posting $25,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court in Derby on June 23.

Lt. Wayne Williams said that at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, a teacher noticed Balaj and an unidentified 14-year-old female student coming out of an area near the auditorium and called the school’s resource officer. The officer began an investigation and after interviewing the victim, he discovered that she had been sexually assaulted. Williams said the two apparently knew one another, but that the alleged assault was a “non-consensual sex act.”

He said the victim was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was treated and released.

Williams said the assault took place in a dressing room near the arts area of the school and the auditorium. Balaj has been suspended from school. No other information was available.

Supt. of Schools Carol Merlone said she has not seen an incident such as this at the high school in her 25 years as an educator in Ansonia. “We have a safe, secure environment at the high school,” she said.

Merlone said Balaj has been suspended for 10 days pending an internal investigation the school is conducting. She said that depending on the results of the investigation, the school might take additional action against Balaj, which could include expulsion.

She said school officials acted quickly when the teacher saw the two students coming out of the dressing room. “We did an immediate investigation and called the Ansonia police,” she said.

Published in: on June 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Curtis Thompson – Repeat Sex Offender – Awaiting Sentence for Murder


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

Charles Paul – Repeat Sex Offender – On bail commits new sex crimes

A sex offender from Portsmouth, N.H., has been arrested again while awaiting sentencing on an earlier conviction.

Forty-2-year-old Charles Paul has been arrested five times since completing a 22-year sentence for rape last year. When he was convicted in April on a weapons charge, a judge declined to impose a suspended sentence and scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 1.

In the meantime, Paul was arrested last week and charged with eight new crimes, including felonious sexual assault. Prosecutor Jim Reams told the New Hampshire Sunday News he’s frustrated about the judge’s decision.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Two Uncommon Heroes Rewarded for capture of Jose Carrasquillo

The girl was attacked Monday morning shortly after she dropped off her sister at a day-care center and began walking along the 3300 block of Kensington Avenue. The girl told police that her attacker said he had a gun and forced her to walk to the 2000 block of East Westmoreland Street, where he attacked her behind a house.

Police described the attack as “sadistic,” and the girl required surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She went home Wednesday.

Fighting crime pays as two men who helped capture a rape suspect were rewarded for their efforts Friday.

Community activists are calling the two teenagers “uncommon heroes” because they stepped up when they didn’t necessarily have to do so.

David Vargas and Fernando Genval have been credited with capturing 26-year-old Jose Carasquillo, who is a suspect but not yet charged with an attack on an 11-year-old girl walking to school Monday morning in Kensington.

“We want to present these checks to you and say thank you for stepping up,” FOP President John McNesby said Friday as he presented the checks.

The two teens are splitting a total reward of $11,500, which was offered by the FOP and a private business owner.

By Tuesday, police were seeking Carasquillo as a “person of interest” for questioning in connection with the attack that left the 11-year-old needing surgery. Investigators canvassed the neighborhood showing Carasquillo’s photo.

Them, on Tuesday afternoon, surveillance video from a business at the corner of Front and Clearfield streets captured Vargas and Genval confronting Carasquillo. One of them is even shown holding a newspaper with a police composite sketch of the attacker next to Carasquillo’s face before beating him down and holding him for police.

Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Vanore said authorities did the right thing in publicizing their desire to talk to Carrasquillo. He noted he was wanted on a bench warrant and had 17 prior arrests.

“We’ve got an 11-year-old viciously raped,” Vanore said. “We factored in a lot of things and the biggest thing was to get this individual off the street.”

Officers say they are confident they’ll be able to charge Carrasquillo with the rape as well as two other rapes.

A furniture store donated a full-size bed today to the family of an 11-year-old girl who was raped in Kensington last week while walking to school. That way she can nestle up against her mom when darkness comes and brings with it nightmares of the unspeakable crime.

Later, her family staged a BBQ, attended by Mayor Nutter, scores of police, and up to 100 friends and relatives. Guests of honor were the two men who each received a $5,750 reward after they recognized the suspect in the attack from a police photograph and captured him.

The suspect, Jose Carrasquillo, 26, was severely beaten by an angry mob after the two men detained him on the street on Tuesday. Carrasquillo remained in custody yesterday but had not yet been charged with the rape, said a police spokeswoman. DNA test results are pending.

Try as they might to keep the mood festive today, her parents could not completely hide their sorrow and anger.

“To see her smile is all I can ask right now,” said her father, as he hugged her and watched a stream of police officers and other well-wishers greet her.

The slight girl dressed in jean shorts and pink Princess t-shirt grinned shyly and then ran off with her three sisters and one brother. Someone offered her a ticket to an upcoming Beyonce’ concert, her mother said, and later the girl was treated to a ride around the block in a Porsche.

The girl’s name and parents’ names are being withheld by The Inquirer to protect her privacy.

“She has cold sweats and runs into our room at night,” said her father, a retired auto technician, as a tremor crept into his voice. “As soon as she closes her eyes, she relives it.” He wants the family to move so that she can recover emotionally.

The incident occurred near Conwell Middle School, only a few blocks from their rowhouse. The girl had just dropped her 4-year-old sister off at a daycare and was heading to school that morning, alone, when Carrasquillo pounced, police said. He told her he had a gun and forced her to follow him six blocks to an alley, police said.

The attack was so brutal that the child had to be hospitalized and required surgery.

The girl’s father said she told him later, “Daddy, people shouldn’t be doing this to little kids.” Though she previously wanted to be a doctor, she now wants to be a lawyer and later a judge so that she can make sure criminals stay off the street, he said.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said earlier this week that his department would not pursue charges against those who beat Carrasquillo and held him for police. Video surveillance shows the suspect trying to flee, Ramsey said, and the crowd acted to prevent him from getting away.

“We have people who saw an individual who committed a very brutal crime, and they grabbed him and held him for the police,” Ramsey said. “You have to think about the emotion involved in this.”

Christopher M. Tulip – Guilty of Multi-Victim Child Molestation – Fiancee doesn’t mind

Sperrazza called Tulip “diabolical and extremely dangerous. The fact that he has a fiancee with a 12-year-old child and she accepts that is mind-boggling.”

The sentencing of a man for sexually abusing a girl more than a decade ago became even more intense Friday when the judge revealed that the victim’s older sister and brother also had been abused by the same perpetrator.

Christopher M. Tulip, 33, of Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to 9x to 14 years in prison for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

The only victim mentioned in the indictment, now 20, did not come forward until last July. Tulip cannot be prosecuted in the siblings’ cases because the statute of limitations in effect at the time of the alleged acts has expired, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said.

The girl was abused between the ages of 3 and 14; Tulip pleaded guilty to acts that occurred in 1997 and 1999.

“By the time I was 6, I had more sexual experience than my [current] friends in their 20s,” the woman said in court. “I can’t forget what Chris’ body smelled and felt like. . . . It was always the same: a mixture of smoke and alcohol.”

Tulip blamed substance abuse for his actions.

“If I had never picked up that first joint or first beer, it would have been different,” he said.

Sperrazza disagreed, asking, “Do you know how many people stand before the court with substance abuse problems worse than yours and never touch children? Just about everybody but you.”

That’s when the judge read aloud letters she received from the victim’s siblings, which revealed their abuse by Tulip. The sister wrote that she was abused between ages 9 and 11, and the brother said he was a victim between ages 7 and 12.

Sperrazza called Tulip “diabolical and extremely dangerous. The fact that he has a fiancee with a 12-year-old child and she accepts that is mind-boggling.”

Kird Reid had 71 Victims – Scotland Yard Apologizes

Reid roamed the streets of south London late at night for 12 years, hunting down and pouncing on single women as they made their way home.

Scotland Yard was forced into making a rare apology for its failings as the case was passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission – the second of its kind to be referred in two weeks.

Detectives had Reid’s DNA profile on file from 2001 and were soon given the make and registration of his car, linked to an assault.

But despite being alerted to the 44-year-old football referee three times, officers failed to piece the clues together for four years – meaning that dozens of women were attacked because of their inaction.

One long-serving Met police officer said: “These are irremissible failings. There is a lot of soul searching as we ask ourselves why and how this could have happened.”

In January 2008, the case files were finally passed to a Scotland Yard murder detective, who solved in three days the investigation that had faltered for eight years in the hands of a local rape unit in south London.

Police now fear Reid, a chef and referee in local Wandsworth leagues for children, women and men, could have attacked hundreds of women who have yet to come forward.

He now faces a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of sexually attacking 25 women since 1995, two of whom he raped.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two other women. The case can only now be made public because reporting restrictions have been lifted.

Judge Shani Barnes referred to “years of inadequate work” as she praised the Specialist Crime Directorate, led by Det Insp Justin Davies, for solving the case so quickly.

Calling for psychiatric reports before passing sentence in two months time, she said: “I may have some observations about the unfortunate period of time these matters were allowed to continue through the years at various stages.”

The failings are another blow to the Met’s already damaged reputation for investigating sex crimes.

The Scotland Yard chief in charge of the Sapphire Unit, responsible for rape and sexual offences, apologised to the victims yesterday and announced that an official inquiry had been launched.

It is the second Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation to be initiated in two weeks, following the case of John Worboys, the black cab rapist and one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.

Police in south London missed numerous opportunities to catch him because of a similar series of blunders and a failure in their intelligence system.

Cmdr Mark Simmons, of the Met, said: “It is clear from the evidence heard in court that the standard of investigation was not what we as an organisation, or the victims, should have expected.

“Reid should have been arrested sooner and I, on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service and as head of Sapphire, am sorry those women who were subsequently attacked by him have been caused unnecessary suffering.

“I am very conscious it comes hard on the heels of the John Worboys case and of the potential impact this will have on public confidence, and on people who have suffered sex offences to come forward to us.”

Reid stalked lone women, aged from 18 to 61, by following them home from bus stops or tube stations and attacking them from behind.

He was described by his victims as having a “strange smile” and “crazy eyes” as he silently pinned them to the ground with his hand over their mouth and assaulted them.

His victims included a lawyer, a chartered surveyor and a university lecturer. One woman was six months pregnant when Reid followed her into a lift in her block of flats and grabbed her.

She reported it to police but they later said that the CCTV in the flats was not working and so dropped the case.

Reid was charged and later acquitted in 1995 for an indecent assault on a woman.

The attacks in Wandsworth began in 2001 around areas popular with young professionals such as Clapham, Balham and Tooting.

Police immediately had a lead, having recovered DNA samples that were later found to be that of Reid from his first victim.

But it took almost 26 identical offences to occur before the local Sapphire unit formally linked them and admitted a serial attacker was on the loose, in September 2002.

Three months later Reid was stopped by police in the street after a member of the public had seen him following a lone woman.

No offence was recorded but the details were fed into the intelligence system. Had he been questioned and swabbed for DNA the case would have been solved. It was the first missed opportunity.

In January 2004 a member of the public gave police Reid’s correct car and licence plate details after claiming to have witnessed a sex attack in central London, but the report was not followed up.

The next month, Reid was stopped in the same car tooting at a woman and another note was passed into the intelligence system.

He became one of 11 official suspects in the sex attacks, But, inexplicably, the inquiry stalled and Reid was not questioned, arrested or tested for DNA, which would have confirmed him as the attacker.

In the next four years, Reid attacked at least 20 further women, taking the total amount to 71.

Finally, in January 2008, the files were passed to a Scotland Yard murder and serious crime team.

Mr Davies identified Reid as the suspect immediately and he was arrested, tested for a DNA sample and charged within three days.

When asked why officers in the Sapphire unit had not acted on the information they had, Mr Simmons said: “I have no explanation for that.

“That goes absolutely to the heart of why it has been referred to the IPCC.”

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

Published in: on March 30, 2009 at 3:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Danny Friddle – Baby Raper gets Life sentence

Prosecutors describe the crime as so heinous, it’s off the charts. A Leeward Oahu man, who sexually assaulted his own baby, received a life sentence with the chance of parole Thursday.

Danny Friddle didn’t fight prosecutors’ request for a lengthier prison term. He agreed the extended term is necessary for the protection of the public.

The horrific crime came to light when a video tape surfaced.

Sporting a new look with longer locks and a beard, Danny Friddle apologizes for repeatedly sexually assaulting his baby and video taping the disturbing acts.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “There’s nothing that I can do to undo what I’ve done, but I would give anything that I could to take it back.”

“What the defendant did in this case was abominable,” Douglas Chin, first deputy prosecutor, said. “It was sick. It was heartless. It was wicked.”

The then-security guard’s dark secret was revealed when Jetta David’s young nephew spotted a bag at a Kalihi bus stop.

“Stuff happen for a reason and I guess God put him in that place to, you know, go and help,” David said about her nephew. “And I’m a curious aunty, and I always look at what is this and what is that.”

Inside the bag, they found Friddle’s work ID and a video of him performing sexual acts on an infant girl.

“How much do you think about that baby you saw on the tape?” this reporter asked David.

“Every day,” she replied. “I’m just happy for, you know, the little child. She’s taken away from that.”

KHNL and K5 News confronted Friddle just prior to his arrest a year ago. Authorities say he had reported the bag stolen a few days earlier.

“I want to say to that person who left behind that video tape…thank you,” Chin said. “You stopped a nightmare.”

Deputy public defender Jason Burks says his client was sexually abused.

“It’s not something that he’s, he came in and said, oh, because I was sexually assaulted, you know, that’s why I did this,” Burks said. “But it was a part of his past and it’s a trend you see often in these cases.”

The judge hands down a life sentence. Under a plea deal, prosecutors will ask for a 20-year minimum prison term when the case goes before the Hawaii parole board.

“I would have him in there locked up for life,” David said. “I mean, he took an innocent child’s, you know, life away.”

Friddle hopes not.

“If she, in fact, doesn’t recall any of this because of her young age…there’s a decent chance for her living a normal life and not being affected by this in the long term,” Burks said. “So, I mean, that’s really what he hopes for.”

Friddle must register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life and undergo sex offender treatment.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Darrin Eugene Sanford – Repeat Sex Offender – Kidnapped and Murdered girl

A transient sex offender was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the murder of a teenage girl whose body was discovered in an overgrown field over the weekend.

Darrin Eugene Sanford, 30, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 13-year-old Alycia D. Nipp (pictured below), a Thomas Jefferson Middle School student.

Nipp’s stepfather discovered her body around 2:30 a.m. Sunday while he was out searching for her after she had been reported missing. Nipp had been stabbed multiple times and police believe her body was dragged to a wooded area and left there. All of her clothing was found intact.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Sanford is one of a number of transient sex offenders living in the Hazel Dell area and was known to frequent an abandoned house in the vicinity of the murder. Other details connecting him to the murder were not released.

Sanford is a Level III registered sex offender, which means he was identified as a sex offender who could pose a potential high risk to the community and who might re-offend.

Sanford was convicted in 1998 for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and two counts of luring with sexual motivation. Details about that case can be found on Sanford’s Registered Sex Offender Detail Sheet.

Police would like to hear from anyone who knows of Sanford’s whereabouts over the weekend. If you have information, call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 1-877-274-6311.

Sanford has been booked into the Clark County Jail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

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

………Sarah Tofte

David Power – Repeat Sex Offender – Repeat Restroom Rapist

Power’s mother told Mr Justice Carney that her son had been sexually abused as a child and as an adult and she was anxious that he receive therapy. “I am asking you as a mother to help my son. I am pleading with you,” she said.

Mr Justice Carney said he had already tried to help her son twice by imposing sentences for his previous offences which might now be considered moderate.

A CONVICTED sex offender who raped a woman in the ladies toilet of a Nenagh fast food restaurant two years ago has been remanded in custody for sentence by Mr Justice Paul Carney.

David Power (27), Brittas, Thurles, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman in Supermacs in Nenagh on January 28th, 2007.

Power was previously jailed for terms of five years on October 5th, 2001 and for three years on October 29th, 2002 by Mr Justice Carney for aggravated sexual assaults on women in Cork city in June and September 2000.

Power had been a private in the Army, attached to Collins Barracks in Cork, at the time of his earlier crimes, but had left the Defence Forces when jailed.

The woman told Mr Justice Carney that the rape had affected her as “a woman, girlfriend, daughter, sister, friend, work colleague and human being”. She said her family and community had rallied around to support her.

She said she had been a very social person in the past but found her “sense of safety in the world severely threatened and compromised” after the attack and she kept the Garda number on speed dial while socialising.

Power read from a letter he had prepared for the court and told the victim: “From the bottom of my heart I am so sorry for what I did to you.” He told Mr Justice Carney that he had tried to get access to treatment in custody.

Power’s mother told Mr Justice Carney that her son had been sexually abused as a child and as an adult and she was anxious that he receive therapy. “I am asking you as a mother to help my son. I am pleading with you,” she said.

Mr Justice Carney said he had already tried to help her son twice by imposing sentences for his previous offences which might now be considered moderate.

Garda Joan Larkin told the court that the victim was on her way home from a nightclub with her boyfriend when she needed to use a toilet. They stopped at Supermacs and she went upstairs to the ladies toilet while her boyfriend waited outside.

The woman said as she opened the door of a cubicle she was pushed inside by a man who grabbed her by the shoulders and turned her around. She said she struggled but could not get free and shouted to people coming in and out but could not be heard above the loud music in the toilets.

CCTV in the restaurant showed Power going in and out of the ladies toilets. He initially denied remembering anything of the incident but subsequently made admissions.

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

………Sarah Tofte

Jessica Morris – Child molesting "monster under the bed"

“For a child to come in here and say that her mother should get 200 years in jail boggles my mind. That’s what this child needs to heal. You don’t want your mother to go to jail for 200 years for doing nothing.”

Jessica Morris was called “the monster under the bed” and “the monster in the bed” Thursday before she was sentenced by Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone to a lifetime in prison.

Morris, a 31-year-old mother of three from Wheeling, displayed no emotion as Mazzone sentenced her to 101 to 235 years in prison for sexually assaulting her daughter.

Specifically, Mazzone sentenced her to one to five years for conspiracy to commit sexual assault on a minor, 15 to 35 years each for three counts of first degree sexual assault, 10 to 20 years each for four counts of sexual abuse by a parent and five to 15 years each for three counts of incest.

The judge ordered the terms to be served consecutively, resulting in an actual sentence of 101 to 235 years.

The sentence agreed with a recommendation by Ohio County Adult Probation Officer William Ball, the Ohio County Prosecutor’s office and West Virginia law.

In his pre-sentence investigation report, Ball wrote that the victim’s “own mother was the monster under the bed.”

Testimony at Morris’ October trial revealed that the victim disclosed to child psychologists and counselors that she had been sexually assaulted numerous times by her mother and allegedly by her mother’s boyfriend, Jack Jones, who is scheduled to go on trial early next year for his part in the assaults.

The crimes began when the child was 3 years old and continued until she was 7.

Speaking on her own behalf Thursday, Morris said “what the state had done to me, my children and my family is not right. Whatever you sentence me to, I just know that it is in God’s hands. The truth will come out and if I have to wait in prison until it does – then, so be it.”

Morris’ father told the judge his daughter was innocent. He claimed his granddaughter “made accusations that me, my son and another man violated her. I was not given an opportunity during the trial to discredit her.”

The father said he intends to stand by his daughter.

“I am not going to give up on her,” he said. “There is no possible way she could have done this. She is innocent.”

Others in the courtroom were less sympathetic toward Morris. Their comments follows:

  • Attorney Joseph Moses, guardian ad litem for the victim, read a letter from the victim to the judge.

“Dear judge. I think what Jessica did was wrong. She should never have done it. I hope she gets 200 years of jail. Jack should get 200 years of jail. I hope that they get that much. Thank you for everything that you did. You are really a nice judge. I hope they get what they deserve. What Jack did was wrong too. I wish that stuff never happened. Thank you for everything you did.”

Moses told the court he took exception to Morris’ contention that she is innocent. “I do not appreciate the family’s decision to not acknowledge what has happened. To sit here and say she does not know what is going on is ridiculous. The truth did come out. The victim disclosed what happened to her. She told the truth. The things that happened to her happened in the home of her mother.

“For a child to come in here and say that her mother should get 200 years in jail boggles my mind. That’s what this child needs to heal. You don’t want your mother to go to jail for 200 years for doing nothing.”

  • Assistant Ohio County Prosecutor Jenna Wood said, “The evidence in this case is consistent. The victim came into this court and testified that her mother held her down while she was kicking and screaming while Jack Jones forcibly raped her. This child was repeatedly raped in her home with her mother present – and, more disturbingly, your honor, the evidence in this case is that her mother perpetrated upon her on in the absence of Jack Jones.

“This little girl was raped. She was raped of her childhood. She was raped of her innocence. She was raped of a mother’s love.

“In nature, a mother of an animal will intercept a predator and sacrifice herself to protect her child. What we have in this courtroom today, is a mother that protected a predator and sacrificed her child. She is a predator. She is not worthy of any mercy.

“The victim deserves salvation and she will only have salvation if she is protected from this woman forever. There is no child more deserving of protection. There is no defendant more deserving of punishment. And, there is no case more deserving of justice.

“She has been described as the monster under the bed. She was the monster in the bed.

“And God bless this child whose monsters were real.”

Defense attorney Michael Alberty said he plans to appeal the case to the West Virginia Supreme Court.