Lawrence Scott Ward – Repeat Sex offender – Kiddie-porn convict

In 1999, Ward was accused of soliciting sex
from an undercover state trooper
posing as a 15-year-old boy.
He was fined $2,500 and given five years of probation.


Former Marketing professor Scott Ward pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to five child pornography-related charges, and he faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

Ward, 66, admitted guilt to two counts of inducing a minor to engage in sex to create photos or videos, two counts of trafficking child pornography and one count of lying to State Department officials.

His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2009.

By pleading guilty, Ward admitted that he tried to convince a 16-year-old Brazilian boy to engage in sexual activities and lied to authorities to secure a visa for the boy in 2006.

He is already serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for producing child pornography for importation in the United States.

Ward did not show emotion throughout the hearing. He only spoke to acknowledge his guilt and his understanding of the rights he was giving up with his guilty plea, simply saying, “Yes, your honor.”

While Ward pleaded guilty, he did not receive a plea bargain.

If he receives the maximum sentence and is determined to have multiple prior qualifying conditions – meaning his previous crimes would be taken into consideration at his sentencing – Ward could face life in prison.

At the sentencing hearing, attorneys for the prosecution and the defense will argue before U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker whether Ward’s additional criminal activity constitutes him having one or more of the qualifying conditions that would cause him to receive a heavier sentence.

Given his age and his current prison sentence, Ward may spend the rest of his life in prison regardless of the sentence he receives.

According to the statement read by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bea Witzleben, one of the prosecutors, and confirmed by Ward, Ward persuaded the boy to engage in sexual activities by giving gifts and money to the boy and the boy’s mother.

Ward also made three trips to Brazil in 2006 to visit the boy and make sexually explicit videos of the boy.

In summer 2006, Ward tried to get a visa so the boy could go to Ward’s house in Cape Cod, Mass.

When the State Department denied the visa, Ward attempted to convince authorities that the boy’s family was relatively wealthy in Brazil and would not try to stay in the United States.

Ward was first arrested on Aug. 9, 2006 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia when child pornography was found on his laptop and on DVDs in his suitcases.

Pornography was also later found in his Huntsman Hall office.

Ward retired as a professor in 2005 but continued to teach until his arrest.

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

Lawrence Scott Ward – Repeat Sex offender – Kiddie-porn convict

In 1999, Ward was accused of soliciting sex
from an undercover state trooper
posing as a 15-year-old boy.
He was fined $2,500 and given five years of probation.


Former Marketing professor Scott Ward pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to five child pornography-related charges, and he faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

Ward, 66, admitted guilt to two counts of inducing a minor to engage in sex to create photos or videos, two counts of trafficking child pornography and one count of lying to State Department officials.

His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2009.

By pleading guilty, Ward admitted that he tried to convince a 16-year-old Brazilian boy to engage in sexual activities and lied to authorities to secure a visa for the boy in 2006.

He is already serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for producing child pornography for importation in the United States.

Ward did not show emotion throughout the hearing. He only spoke to acknowledge his guilt and his understanding of the rights he was giving up with his guilty plea, simply saying, “Yes, your honor.”

While Ward pleaded guilty, he did not receive a plea bargain.

If he receives the maximum sentence and is determined to have multiple prior qualifying conditions – meaning his previous crimes would be taken into consideration at his sentencing – Ward could face life in prison.

At the sentencing hearing, attorneys for the prosecution and the defense will argue before U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker whether Ward’s additional criminal activity constitutes him having one or more of the qualifying conditions that would cause him to receive a heavier sentence.

Given his age and his current prison sentence, Ward may spend the rest of his life in prison regardless of the sentence he receives.

According to the statement read by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bea Witzleben, one of the prosecutors, and confirmed by Ward, Ward persuaded the boy to engage in sexual activities by giving gifts and money to the boy and the boy’s mother.

Ward also made three trips to Brazil in 2006 to visit the boy and make sexually explicit videos of the boy.

In summer 2006, Ward tried to get a visa so the boy could go to Ward’s house in Cape Cod, Mass.

When the State Department denied the visa, Ward attempted to convince authorities that the boy’s family was relatively wealthy in Brazil and would not try to stay in the United States.

Ward was first arrested on Aug. 9, 2006 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia when child pornography was found on his laptop and on DVDs in his suitcases.

Pornography was also later found in his Huntsman Hall office.

Ward retired as a professor in 2005 but continued to teach until his arrest.

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

Brian Michael Lane – Pedophile Monster in Denial

I am not a monster – I just molest children

He turned toward the father of the 4-year-old and said he wasn’t a monster.

“You know me,” Lane said.

“You know me”

NEW PORT RICHEY — Brian Michael Lane was a preschool teacher. Now he’s a sexual predator.

Lane, 30, who worked at Sugar Plum First Class Preschool in Hudson, was arrested in June and accused of fondling a 4-year-old boy and performing a sex act on a 10-year-old boy. On Thursday in court he pleaded guilty to attempted capital sexual battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The hearing was long, strange and contentious.

It was on, off, on again. There was crying, yelling, pointing. The father of the 4-year-old victim got up in court and said Lane was a monster. Lane’s mother got up and said that he wasn’t. For all of it, the 4-year-old was in the courtroom, in the front row, kneeling, watching, wide-eyed.

Lane lived in New Port Richey and used to lead the choir at Bayonet Point Christian Church. He had no prior criminal record and passed all the required background checks when he was hired at Sugar Plum. He fondled the 4-year-old during nap time.

“For less than a minute,” he told Pasco County sheriff’s deputies.

Another allegation came the day he was arrested. That led to the charge involving the 10-year-old from Sugar Plum. Lane was friendly with the boy’s parents.

On Thursday in court, Lane, slump-shouldered and soft-spoken, sat in the inmates’ box wearing glasses, handcuffs and ankle chains. He told Circuit Judge Thane Covert he didn’t want to take the 20-year deal.

This seemed unwise.

Did he want 20 years now or life in prison later? He had confessed to a crime that can come with life in prison. The deal was offered only because the families of the boys wanted the case to be over.

Public defenders Kemba Lewis and Susan Gardner talked to Lane. The quiet but intense conversations went on for a while. Lane finally reconsidered.

The father of the 4-year-old brought the boy because the boy’s counselor thought seeing this would help. The Times is not naming the father to protect the identity of his son.

The father got up to read his statement. He said he was thankful that “our community will at least have one less monster to deal with.”

He also said he was a former corrections officer and suggested that he knew what happened in prison to men who did bad things to small boys.

“I am ashamed to admit,” he said to Lane, “that I find some satisfaction in knowing what you have to look forward to.”

Then it was Lane’s mother’s turn.

Carmella Lane said her son was a good man, and that he was remorseful, and that he had repented. Her voice got louder the longer she spoke. She said that he wasn’t a monster, and that he needed help, and help in his head, she said, not in the form of handcuffs.

“He’s not an animal,” she said.

She turned and pointed at the father of the 4-year-old.

“You might think he is,” she said, “but he’s not a monster.”

Then Lane talked.

He said he was wrong. He said he was sorry. In the end, though, he turned toward the father of the 4-year-old and said he wasn’t a monster.

“You know me,” Lane said.

The man shook his head.

Lane’s voice changed. It got a little more deep and a little less soft. He looked right at the man.

“You do,” Lane said.

“You know me.”

Brian Michael Lane – Pedophile Monster in Denial

I am not a monster – I just molest children

He turned toward the father of the 4-year-old and said he wasn’t a monster.

“You know me,” Lane said.

“You know me”

NEW PORT RICHEY — Brian Michael Lane was a preschool teacher. Now he’s a sexual predator.

Lane, 30, who worked at Sugar Plum First Class Preschool in Hudson, was arrested in June and accused of fondling a 4-year-old boy and performing a sex act on a 10-year-old boy. On Thursday in court he pleaded guilty to attempted capital sexual battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The hearing was long, strange and contentious.

It was on, off, on again. There was crying, yelling, pointing. The father of the 4-year-old victim got up in court and said Lane was a monster. Lane’s mother got up and said that he wasn’t. For all of it, the 4-year-old was in the courtroom, in the front row, kneeling, watching, wide-eyed.

Lane lived in New Port Richey and used to lead the choir at Bayonet Point Christian Church. He had no prior criminal record and passed all the required background checks when he was hired at Sugar Plum. He fondled the 4-year-old during nap time.

“For less than a minute,” he told Pasco County sheriff’s deputies.

Another allegation came the day he was arrested. That led to the charge involving the 10-year-old from Sugar Plum. Lane was friendly with the boy’s parents.

On Thursday in court, Lane, slump-shouldered and soft-spoken, sat in the inmates’ box wearing glasses, handcuffs and ankle chains. He told Circuit Judge Thane Covert he didn’t want to take the 20-year deal.

This seemed unwise.

Did he want 20 years now or life in prison later? He had confessed to a crime that can come with life in prison. The deal was offered only because the families of the boys wanted the case to be over.

Public defenders Kemba Lewis and Susan Gardner talked to Lane. The quiet but intense conversations went on for a while. Lane finally reconsidered.

The father of the 4-year-old brought the boy because the boy’s counselor thought seeing this would help. The Times is not naming the father to protect the identity of his son.

The father got up to read his statement. He said he was thankful that “our community will at least have one less monster to deal with.”

He also said he was a former corrections officer and suggested that he knew what happened in prison to men who did bad things to small boys.

“I am ashamed to admit,” he said to Lane, “that I find some satisfaction in knowing what you have to look forward to.”

Then it was Lane’s mother’s turn.

Carmella Lane said her son was a good man, and that he was remorseful, and that he had repented. Her voice got louder the longer she spoke. She said that he wasn’t a monster, and that he needed help, and help in his head, she said, not in the form of handcuffs.

“He’s not an animal,” she said.

She turned and pointed at the father of the 4-year-old.

“You might think he is,” she said, “but he’s not a monster.”

Then Lane talked.

He said he was wrong. He said he was sorry. In the end, though, he turned toward the father of the 4-year-old and said he wasn’t a monster.

“You know me,” Lane said.

The man shook his head.

Lane’s voice changed. It got a little more deep and a little less soft. He looked right at the man.

“You do,” Lane said.

“You know me.”

Brian Michael Lane – Pedophile Monster in Denial

I am not a monster – I just molest children

He turned toward the father of the 4-year-old and said he wasn’t a monster.

“You know me,” Lane said.

“You know me”

NEW PORT RICHEY — Brian Michael Lane was a preschool teacher. Now he’s a sexual predator.

Lane, 30, who worked at Sugar Plum First Class Preschool in Hudson, was arrested in June and accused of fondling a 4-year-old boy and performing a sex act on a 10-year-old boy. On Thursday in court he pleaded guilty to attempted capital sexual battery and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The hearing was long, strange and contentious.

It was on, off, on again. There was crying, yelling, pointing. The father of the 4-year-old victim got up in court and said Lane was a monster. Lane’s mother got up and said that he wasn’t. For all of it, the 4-year-old was in the courtroom, in the front row, kneeling, watching, wide-eyed.

Lane lived in New Port Richey and used to lead the choir at Bayonet Point Christian Church. He had no prior criminal record and passed all the required background checks when he was hired at Sugar Plum. He fondled the 4-year-old during nap time.

“For less than a minute,” he told Pasco County sheriff’s deputies.

Another allegation came the day he was arrested. That led to the charge involving the 10-year-old from Sugar Plum. Lane was friendly with the boy’s parents.

On Thursday in court, Lane, slump-shouldered and soft-spoken, sat in the inmates’ box wearing glasses, handcuffs and ankle chains. He told Circuit Judge Thane Covert he didn’t want to take the 20-year deal.

This seemed unwise.

Did he want 20 years now or life in prison later? He had confessed to a crime that can come with life in prison. The deal was offered only because the families of the boys wanted the case to be over.

Public defenders Kemba Lewis and Susan Gardner talked to Lane. The quiet but intense conversations went on for a while. Lane finally reconsidered.

The father of the 4-year-old brought the boy because the boy’s counselor thought seeing this would help. The Times is not naming the father to protect the identity of his son.

The father got up to read his statement. He said he was thankful that “our community will at least have one less monster to deal with.”

He also said he was a former corrections officer and suggested that he knew what happened in prison to men who did bad things to small boys.

“I am ashamed to admit,” he said to Lane, “that I find some satisfaction in knowing what you have to look forward to.”

Then it was Lane’s mother’s turn.

Carmella Lane said her son was a good man, and that he was remorseful, and that he had repented. Her voice got louder the longer she spoke. She said that he wasn’t a monster, and that he needed help, and help in his head, she said, not in the form of handcuffs.

“He’s not an animal,” she said.

She turned and pointed at the father of the 4-year-old.

“You might think he is,” she said, “but he’s not a monster.”

Then Lane talked.

He said he was wrong. He said he was sorry. In the end, though, he turned toward the father of the 4-year-old and said he wasn’t a monster.

“You know me,” Lane said.

The man shook his head.

Lane’s voice changed. It got a little more deep and a little less soft. He looked right at the man.

“You do,” Lane said.

“You know me.”

Craig Steven Bowen – Teacher Molester – Pleads for Mercy


Craig Steven Bowen was found guilty of four counts of child molestation in Coweta Superior Court on Tuesday.

After listening to Bowen’s pleas for leniency, Judge Jack Kirby sentenced him to 20 years with 15 to serve in prison — the balance of which he’s to serve on probation — for admittedly having an ongoing sexual relationship with a female relative who was under 16.

Bowen was sentenced to 20 years with 15 to serve in prison for each count of child molestation — all of which will run concurrently.

“I never intended to do anything wrong,” Bowen said just prior to sentencing. “I take full responsibility for what I did. I’m an adult and she’s a child.”

Bowen said the inappropriate relationship ended in June 2002. He told the judge that he would have accepted the plea offer from the state for 20 years with 12 to serve had he known the specific dates of alleged wrongdoing outlined in the indictment “didn’t mean anything.”

Bowen’s defense attorney Macklyn Smith had based his defense around those dates in an attempt to show there was no opportunity for wrongdoing on those dates.

Bowen pleaded for mercy from the court saying he was no threat to society.

Kirby said the plea was offered and that Bowen would get a harsher penalty because he put the victim through a trial.

According to Senior Assistant District Attorney Ray Mayer, Bowen sexually fondled the juvenile relative in Coweta County on several occasions beginning when the victim was around 5 or 6 years old and ending when she was 9 or 10.

The crux of the prosecution was Bowen’s taped interview with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office on April 12. In the video, Bowen made admissions about inappropriately touching the victim, according to Mayer.

The jury deliberated the case from approximately 2:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. before finding Bowen guilty on all counts.

Bowen, of Senoia, is a former Fayette County teacher. He resigned as a teacher at Rising Starr Middle School in Fayetteville following his arrest in April. In 2003, he ran for a Georgia House District post in the Republican Primary. He was a foster parent until his arrest.

Craig Steven Bowen – Teacher Molester – Pleads for Mercy


Craig Steven Bowen was found guilty of four counts of child molestation in Coweta Superior Court on Tuesday.

After listening to Bowen’s pleas for leniency, Judge Jack Kirby sentenced him to 20 years with 15 to serve in prison — the balance of which he’s to serve on probation — for admittedly having an ongoing sexual relationship with a female relative who was under 16.

Bowen was sentenced to 20 years with 15 to serve in prison for each count of child molestation — all of which will run concurrently.

“I never intended to do anything wrong,” Bowen said just prior to sentencing. “I take full responsibility for what I did. I’m an adult and she’s a child.”

Bowen said the inappropriate relationship ended in June 2002. He told the judge that he would have accepted the plea offer from the state for 20 years with 12 to serve had he known the specific dates of alleged wrongdoing outlined in the indictment “didn’t mean anything.”

Bowen’s defense attorney Macklyn Smith had based his defense around those dates in an attempt to show there was no opportunity for wrongdoing on those dates.

Bowen pleaded for mercy from the court saying he was no threat to society.

Kirby said the plea was offered and that Bowen would get a harsher penalty because he put the victim through a trial.

According to Senior Assistant District Attorney Ray Mayer, Bowen sexually fondled the juvenile relative in Coweta County on several occasions beginning when the victim was around 5 or 6 years old and ending when she was 9 or 10.

The crux of the prosecution was Bowen’s taped interview with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office on April 12. In the video, Bowen made admissions about inappropriately touching the victim, according to Mayer.

The jury deliberated the case from approximately 2:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. before finding Bowen guilty on all counts.

Bowen, of Senoia, is a former Fayette County teacher. He resigned as a teacher at Rising Starr Middle School in Fayetteville following his arrest in April. In 2003, he ran for a Georgia House District post in the Republican Primary. He was a foster parent until his arrest.

Patrick Romeo – Repeat Sex Offender – Habitual Baby Raper

A retired school teacher from California abused three boys in Franklin County, police say.

Native New Yorker Patrick Romeo was charged Monday night with two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three misdemeanor counts of forcible touching.

Romeo, who has residences in both California and Fort Covington, was also charged with second-degree sexual abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Malone-based State Police say the retired 67-year-old teacher abused three boys — ages 7, 10 and 12 — locally over a period of time.

Romeo, who has family ties to the area, is listed on the California Sex Offender Registry, based on his past conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a teen.

Police said he molested a 14-year-old girl in Illinois in the late 1990s.

Romeo allegedly did not notify California or New York officials when he moved to this area, and he is not listed on the New York Sex Offender Registry.

It was unclear Tuesday when he relocated to Fort Covington from Orange County.

He had reportedly taught out-of-state for several years but has since retired.

Local authorities are continuing to investigate the alleged abuse and said additional charges are likely.

Romeo was still being held at Franklin County Jail Tuesday afternoon, unable to post $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date to face the charges.

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

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.