Danny Lynn Parker – Pedophile


A volunteer Sunday school teacher accused of taking photographs of young girls and cutting out their faces to make child pornography won’t be getting a reduction in his $90,000 bail.

Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen refused Danny Lynn Parker’s request Tuesday for a lower bail.

The 39-year-old Kathleen man has been in jail since his April 18 arrest.

He faces 90 counts of possessing child pornography. Each charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

A Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded Parker took the girls’ photographs and pasted their faces onto photos of nude adult female bodies.

A main question in the case will be whether the altered images are child pornography.

Parker’s lawyer, Francis Solorzano, has filed a motion seeking to dismiss the charges. His motion states that the bodies of the children are not depicted, and there is no indication of any sexual conduct by the children.

Prosecutors requested more time at a hearing Monday to research the issues before arguing against the motion to dismiss.

Parker volunteered at Lakeland Acres Baptist Church as a teacher. He also served as a youth camp photographer at Lake Wales Care Center.

Investigative reports have provided more details about the case, including a more than 80-page transcript of Parker’s statement to detectives.

His arrest came after people rummaging for aluminum cans inside a trash bin at a Dade City egg farm found photographs of children with their faces cut out, reports state.

Investigators traced the trash back to Parker when they looked up his phone number on a Walgreens photo container, reports state.

Deputies searched Parker’s room at his parent’s home and found a green, three-ring binder filled with the images. The girls whose faces were used ranged in age from about 5 to 15 years old, an arrest report states.

Parker denied being attracted to female children but later agreed that he was attracted to them, according to the transcript of his statement.

Parker told detectives that he took the photographs of the girls at church and camp events.

He said he would work at night on the images when his parents weren’t home, matching the children’s faces to women’s bodies from pornographic magazines and the cover of a pornographic DVD.

Parker repeatedly denied ever touching any of the girls, according to the transcript.

He said he had “a lot of opportunities” to be alone with children and could have “done whatever,” but he did not. He said he had “drawn a line” that he wasn’t going to intentionally touch children, according to the transcript.

Detectives asked whether he felt that he might “step over the line.”

“I can’t predict the future,” Parker said, according to a transcript. “I don’t know.”

Parker told detectives that he didn’t date very much and is addicted to pornography. He said he had spent about a month or so making the images, the report said.

He told the detectives that he had been sexually molested for several years beginning when he was 9 or 10 years old, according to the transcript.

In college, he studied ministry but couldn’t graduate because he was having heart problems, he said.

Parker said he heard about the idea of putting children’s faces on adult female bodies following news reports about a Lakeland school principal accused of similar actions.

John Stelmack, the former principal at Scott Lake Elementary School, continues to face child pornography charges. A trial date has not been scheduled.

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.

Michael W. Smith – Child Porn Production by Teacher


A Pemiscot County man has been sentenced to federal prison for 24 years on a felony child pornography charge.

Michael W. Smith, 52, of Steele, Missouri, was sentenced to 293 months imprisonment on one felony count of Production of Child Pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway.

Upon release from prison, Smith will be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life.

Smith appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Rodney W. Sippel December 16 in Cape Girardeau.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. Hanaway said, “Protecting children from sexual exploitation is the central goal of Project Safe Childhood. Sadly, this case demonstrates that child predators can be people in positions of authority. Smith was a teacher’s aide at the victim’s school. This 24 year sentence supports that abuse of the trust innocent children afford to their teachers and production of child pornography will simply not be tolerated.”

In February 2006, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), the program marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, with an emphasis on exploitation via the internet.

As a part of his earlier guilty plea, Smith admitted that between June 1 and August 30, 2007, he used a Polaroid camera and film to take sexually explicit photographs of a minor male who was less than 12-years-old.

At the time of the offense, Smith was a teacher’s aide at the child’s school.

The photographs were taken at Smith’s residence in Steele, Missouri.

After Smith was arrested for charges involving statutory sodomy of another minor, Smith contacted a family member via telephone and directed the person to the location where the aforementioned Polaroid pictures were located. The pictures were contained in a paper bag. Smith instructed the family member to not look in the bag and to destroy the contents.

Earlier this year, Smith was convicted in Pemiscot County Circuit Court of charges related to statutory sodomy of another minor male.

Hanaway commended the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Department and Prosecutor’s Office, the Missouri Department of Social Services State Technical Assistance Team, the Network Against Sexual Violence, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their combined efforts to prosecute this case. Assistant United States Attorney Abbie Crites-Leoni handled the prosecution for the government.

Willem J. Pet – Teacher accused of Child Porn


The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into a Durham teacher who agents say they suspect of sharing child pornography over the Internet, authorities said Monday.

Through an undercover investigation online, SBI agents identified an Internet address sharing more than 1,800 images of suspected child pornography from October through December, according to a search warrant served by the SBI and Durham police.

“The computer has been a real boon for child pornography,” North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “It’s just unfortunate and shocking how pervasive these cases are.”

Undercover work and subpoenas linked the Internet address to Willem J. Pet. The 61-year-old teaches English as a second language at Southern High School in Durham.

The SBI and Durham police searched Pet’s home last week and seized computer files and other records for forensic analysis.

The warrant described photos showing underage children in provocative poses and engaging in sexual intercourse with adults.

Pet has not been formally charged, but Cooper said he expects federal charges to be filed soon.

Durham Public School officials said that Pet has been suspended with pay, pending the investigation. He has worked for DPS since August 2005.

Neighbors were surprised to hear about the investigation into Pet, a husband and father of adult children.

“This is not who I know, and we’ve known him for a long time. It’s a shock,” neighbor Jan Pulley said.

The SBI discovered the suspected illicit online activities while training local law enforcement officers how to catch Internet predators and child pornographers, authorities said.

State laws that went into effect two weeks ago strengthened penalties for possession, dissemination and production of child pornography. The measure also increased the penalty for predators who solicit children over the Internet and then show up at a meeting place to assault a child.

“This is just one of many cases that we’ve run across that we investigate. And if it turns out that crimes are being committed, we will work with either state or federal authorities to prosecute it to the fullest extent of the law,” Cooper said.

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Ernest Dominguez – Whining Teacher MolesterTeacher Molester

Dominguez previously taught at a Tucumcari elementary school from 1997 to 1998 and was accused of nearly identical behavior at that school


Though he pleaded no contest Friday to molesting four students, former Santa Fe elementary school teacher Ernest Dominguez maintained his innocence to the end.

”To all the families who have claimed to have suffered irreparably — I’ve suffered as much as these kids have,” Dominguez told a state district judge. “My demise was having a strict academic classroom.”

Dominguez, 35, maintained he was speaking “for every teacher out there” when he said that any person in a position of authority can be brought down when they are accused of something.

”And when a child makes the accusation, 90 percent of the time people will believe the child,” he said. “I stand before you maintaining my innocence.”

Despite that proclamation, Dominguez pleaded no contest to four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. In exchange for the plea deal which Judge Stephen Pfeffer thought twice about before accepting the agreement — Dominguez will be on probation for up to 20 years, have to register as a sex offender and won’t be allowed to be around children, the mentally ill or the elderly.

However, he will avoid prison.

Dominguez’s comments Friday came after he listened to the parents of his victims detail the nightmare their lives became after the alleged abuse, which took place in 2001 and 2002. The four boys were in fifth and sixth grade at Salazar Elementary School at the time. Dominguez is alleged to have reached his hands down their pants and fondled their genitals.

None of the victims attended Friday’s hearing.

The father of one boy spoke by phone and said through a Spanish interpreter that his son suffered ridicule when other children at school found out what happened. The boy still suffers from depression and is currently a patient in a psychiatric hospital, the father said. The situation also has affected the boy’s younger brother, and triggered depression in him and his wife, he said.

”I’d like for something to happen to this man,” he said. “We’re going to have to live with this the rest of our lives.”

The mother of another boy said her son also suffered greatly.

”Because of what (Dominguez) did, my son, in turn, turned around and hurt his younger brother,” she said. She put her son in a locked-down treatment facility for a year, and she said that he’s now 18 and doing well.

”He took responsibility and he took care of that,” she said. “My younger son forgave him and now we’re a stronger and better family. (But) we’re still overcoming it.”

The same boy’s father said to Dominguez, “Regardless of what happens, it doesn’t matter. Because in our hearts, you are already dead.”

The mother of a third boy said her son is so traumatized by Dominguez’s abuse, he won’t even go out to eat because he thinks everyone knows what happened to him. He also stopped going to school and “fell into a deep depression,” she said.

”He struggles to go to work or shopping for his own personal needs,” she said. “He even struggles to go in and pay for his own gas.”

The boy — now a young man — must be accompanied at all times by a family member who takes care of his needs, she said.

The mother of the fourth boy sounded a similar refrain, saying her son become depressed and withdrawn and stopped trusting people. She also read a letter the boy wrote.

”I want Mr. Ernest Dominguez to receive the maximum penalty for what he did to me,” the boy wrote. “I would like to put this all behind me and move forward with my life.”

Before he accepted the plea, Pfeffer grilled prosecutor Barbara Romo about why she offered Dominguez the plea. She said she met with three of the four boys in April — the fourth couldn’t be located at the time — and explained that if they decided to go to trial there were no guarantees Dominguez would be convicted.

She also told them that each boy’s allegations would necessitate a separate trial, during which jurors could not be told of the allegations reported by the other boys. However, she said she told them she was completely willing to go to trial if that was what they wanted.

All three agreed that Romo should offer the plea — Dominguez would only agree to a deal that guaranteed no jail time — so they could move on and put the abuse behind them, Romo said.

”Their concern was that he never be allowed to hurt another child again,” she said.

Dominguez previously taught at a Tucumcari elementary school from 1997 to 1998 and was accused of nearly identical behavior at that school, Romo has said. The District Attorney’s Office in Tucumcari decided not to prosecute him, she has said. Dominguez and the school district signed a confidentiality agreement to protect both parties from liability, according to court documents. He also taught in Espanola.

The Santa Fe case against Dominguez took so long to move through the criminal justice system because the state District Court dismissed some of the charges against him, and that decision was appealed to the state Court of Appeals, which upheld the decision.

Calling Romo a “highly seasoned” and “aggressive” prosecutor who is experienced in child sexual abuse cases, Pfeffer said he might not have accepted the plea if she hadn’t been the one to offer it. However, he did accept it and imposed probation that could last up to 20 years. The case will be reviewed every five years.

The judge also barred Dominguez from ever holding a teaching position or any other job — volunteer or paid — that puts him in contact with children, the mentally ill or the elderly.

Dominguez will have to register as a sexual offender and will be subject to a closely supervised form of monitoring, Romo said. His probation case will be transferred to Tucumcari, where Dominguez lives with his parents. Pfeffer gave him 30 days to move out of his parents’ home because it is too close to a high school.

Pfeffer also left no doubt as to whether he believed Dominguez was innocent of the charges against him.

”Despite your protestations, this is not an isolated incident,” the judge said. “It’s not just one child accusing you. It also happened in Tucumcari. People are capable of deceiving themselves, and I believe you’ve done that.

”You violated a sacred trust,” the judge continued. “Society has to draw a clear line for these types of crimes.”

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.”

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.

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