Gordon Lee Parkin – Pedophile – Get 7 years and lifetime supervision

“Each time an image of a child victim is traded – especially to an individual who has not seen such image in the past – the child victim is victimized all over again”

SEATTLE – A Granite Falls man was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for distributing thousands of child porn images online.

Gordon Lee Parkin, 49, received the sentence Friday in U.S. District Court from U.S. District Judge James L. Robart. He also ordered lifetime supervised release for Parkin after he serves his term.

The judge also said he will consider ordering Parkin to pay restitution to one of the known victims in the case.

Parkin pleaded guilty to distributing child porn in January, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

He was identified by investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as using a chat program to send more than 8,000 images of child pornography.

When a search warrant was executed at Parkin’s home, agents discovered thousands of images of child pornography on his computer.

Agents also found more than 200 pictures of children in the neighborhood, including close-up shots attempting to photograph the underwear of young girls.

The chat logs on Parkin’s computer revealed that he had exchanged 8,645 still images and 11 movies of child pornography. In some instances he sent more than 750 images at a time to others via the chat program.

Many of the images were of victims identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and one of those victims has requested restitution from any defendant who distributed photos of her.

In asking for prison time and lifetime supervised release, Assistant United States Attorney Aravind Swaminathan described how trading child pornography repeatedly victimizes innocent children.

“Each time an image of a child victim is traded – especially to an individual who has not seen such image in the past – the child victim is victimized all over again,” Swaminathan said.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, launched in February 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice. The initiative is designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Pedophile Enabler Geneva Hilliard told victim to "shut up and not tell anyone"

“by not telling you become part of the crime”

An awful crime goes unreported and causes a juvenile victim to suffer in silence for years. Waco police say knowing about a crime and not telling them could also land you in jail.

News Channel 25 reported in late April about Thomas Hilliard, who was sentenced to eight life terms in prison for sexually abusing a young girl, continually over several years. But police say someone else knew about the sexual abuse and never reported it. Sixty-four year old Geneva Hilliard was arrested Wednesday night for abandoning and endangering a child.

According to the arrest warrant, Hilliard was told by the victim about the abuse but Hilliard told the young girl, to quote, “shut up and not tell anyone.” To make matters worse, police say the victim was still exposed to Thomas Hilliard who was abusing her.

Waco Police Detective Kim Clark says unfortunately this happens a lot in child sexual abuse cases. Many times adults don’t want to believe the abuse is occurring. But she says by not telling you become part of the crime.

“Even if you don’t believe the child, you have to report it because children give little bits and pieces to get people’s reaction. You may not get the whole story until somebody starts believing them. If no one gives them the opportunity to speak then they’ll remain quiet and it will continue to happen,” said Clark.

Thomas Hilliard is serving his eight life terms while Geneva Hilliard bonded out of the McLennan County Jail Thursday morning.

Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse – Eliminating the Statute of Limitations

In 2004, Nebraska changed it’s law eliminating the statute of limitations on prosecuting child sex crimes, allowing offenders to be prosecuted no matter when they offended.

Now that we’re past the grandfather period for the old statute of limitations, those who work with victims and prosecute the offenders said the law has been beneficial.

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According to Lincoln Child Advocacy Center Director Lynn Ayers, only a third of all child sexual abuse victims report the abuse. Out of those who do, it takes victims at least 2 1/2 years to report. And, many take much longer, meaning, the longer they have to tell the more likely the offender is to pay.

“They have a lot of fear for their own safety. There have been a lot of threats on what might happen to them if the tell. They often feel like it’s their fault and they have a lot of shame and embarrassment around it,” said Ayers.

The list of reason’s a child victim won’t talk about sexual abuse goes on and on.

“If they come forward and talk about it at all, it’s when they’re in their adult years and dealing with the aftermath of the abuse,” Ayers said.

Ayers said when Nebraska had a statute of limitations for child sex abuse it was hard to make sure offenders paid for their crimes.

“Basically by the time they reached their 23rd birthday and hadn’t told anyone, the perpetrator could kind of breath a sigh of relief,” said Ayers.

Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly agrees the law has been beneficial.

“My guess is each and every month we have one or two or three cases that under the old law we could not have prosecuted,” said Kelly.

One recent high profile case of child sexual abuse is that of long time Lincoln soccer coach Sanford Kaplan. With the unlimited time to prosecute he was convicted of abusing several of his players where he might otherwise have gotten away.

“We would have asked the other victims to testify at trial to add to or bolster your case, but you couldn’t prosecute for them,” said Kelly.

More than anything it helps society understand the how serious the problem of child sexual abuse is.

“Removing that limitation not only accommodates what we know about how victims tell, but it also underscores the serious nature of this crime.” said Ayers.

Most victims are abused by a family member, care giver or trusted person like a scout leader, priest or coach according to Ayers, which makes getting information from children even harder. She said a true serial child offender will have 400 victims over a 25 or 30 year period meaning time is on the victims side

Published in: on June 12, 2009 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Judge’s treatment of rape victims draws fire

“About two minutes here, if you don’t gather yourself, I’m about to rip up this guilty plea, and this man in front of you is about to walk. So I would do your very best to gather yourself,” Horton said, according to court transcripts.

Rape cases are often settled without a trial so that the victim can avoid testifying and reliving the ordeal.

But Common Pleas Judge Tim Horton recently ordered two victims to appear in court, in front of their attackers, because he said he wanted to make sure that everyone understood the plea deals that had been worked out by attorneys.

One of the victims, a 13-year-old boy, eventually was allowed to give a written statement through his mother.

But in the other case, a young woman began to break down on the witness stand, and Horton, who has been a judge for three years, scolded her.

“About two minutes here, if you don’t gather yourself, I’m about to rip up this guilty plea, and this man in front of you is about to walk. So I would do your very best to gather yourself,” Horton said, according to court transcripts.

A victims’ advocate is outraged.

And Horton now acknowledges that he wasn’t at his best during those moments.

“I don’t intend to make this a trend,” he said. “I’m still evolving as a judge. (The woman’s case) was a plea I learned a lot from. It was not my finest plea.”

The 19-year-old woman was raped on a pool table with a knife to her throat at a party in Grove City in 2007. She said she thought the arrest of her assailant and a negotiated plea deal would end her trauma.

“My fear was to see him again and have him see me,” she said in an interview this week. “I was scared I would be followed home (from court). I was scared for my family.

“There were so many people in (the courtroom). All the seats were filled up.”

Weeks later, Horton also ordered prosecutors to bring the 13-year-old boy to the courthouse so he could look him in the eye and explain why a relative might spend the rest of his life in prison for repeatedly molesting the boy when he was 9.

In that case, Prosecutor Ron O’Brien filed a motion asking that the victim’s mother be permitted to act as the boy’s representative. She read a statement in court, and Horton was satisfied.

Catherine Harper Lee, executive director of the victims’-advocacy group Justice League of Ohio, commended O’Brien for filing the motion.

“At least this protected the child from further trauma,” she said in a written statement.

But she said she was dismayed by Horton’s actions in both cases. And she called the comments made by Horton to the woman “inexcusable.”

“Let’s forgo consideration of the expertise of the prosecutor and defense counsel and threaten a severely traumatized rape victim that if she doesn’t pull herself together the judge will tear up the guilty plea and set the rapist free,” Harper Lee said. “With that lack of compassion and threat of injustice, it’s no wonder why 70 percent of rape victims don’t report.”

Horton said this week that he was not confident that either victim understood what the plea agreements meant.

“I wasn’t completely satisfied with the resolution,” he said. “The most important thing for me is to try to get it right.

“I understand the state can speak for them, but I wanted to make sure the victim was content with the process.”

The victims didn’t want to face their accusers at trial or at any other time, prosecutors said.

In the first case, David K. Dohmen, 25, agreed to plead guilty to one count of rape, a reduction from the original charges of two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.

According to a Grove City police report, Dohmen and the woman were not acquainted but ended up alone in a basement at a party in October 2007. The woman said the assault began on a pool table, then she was forced onto a bed underneath a staircase.

“I had to tell my story to doctors and nurses and the police,” she said. “I didn’t want to tell it again.”

Dohmen was charged after a DNA match.

An assistant county prosecutor and Dohmen’s attorney, Stephen Palmer, negotiated a deal in which Dohmen would plead guilty to one count of rape, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. It was his first offense.

The woman told prosecutors that she wanted Dohmen to serve the minimum three-year sentence and to be labeled a sexual predator for life, and both sides made that recommendation to Horton. Though judges often go along with a recommended sentence, they have the authority to refuse or modify it.

Horton said he wanted to hear from the woman herself why she would accept three years when her attacker could have been sent away for 10.

When she arrived on April 30, Assistant County Prosecutor Casey Russo again asked Horton not to force her to appear in court, saying that her office had explained her rights and the repercussions of the plea.

Horton still called the woman to the stand, and she began to break down. That’s when the judge threatened to drop the charges if she didn’t compose herself.

Later, after offering to give the woman a break, he said, “I’m going to take a five-minute recess. If the state doesn’t have this witness together, I’m going to rip up this guilty-plea form, and I’m going to dismiss this case because … I’ve explained to counsel, to the state, on numerous occasions that I’m not going to accept this joint recommendation if in fact the witness is not prepared to make a statement.”

Pushed for an answer about why she wanted a three-year sentence, the woman told Horton, “He’s at least getting somewhat punished or something … I didn’t want to have to talk or anything.”

After Dohmen apologized to the woman in court, Horton imposed a four-year prison term and the sexual-predator label. In the Dispatch interview, the woman said Horton was insensitive.

“I feel bad for anyone that has to deal with him,” she said. ” I don’t think he has any feelings for the victims.”

Horton, who has been a judge for three years, said he has not required a victim to be present in “95 percent of negotiated pleas.”

In the other case, Andre M. Burris, 31, was in Horton’s courtroom June 1 after having agreed to plead guilty to raping a 9-year-old relative. It was his first offense.

Again, Russo was the prosecutor. She and defense attorney Tim Merkle recommended a prison term of 10 years to life for the rape of a minor child, the mandatory sentence for that crime. Horton imposed that sentence after the boy’s mother read a statement in court.

Burris originally was charged with four counts of rape and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

Neither O’Brien nor Russo would discuss either case.

Horton, a Democrat, was elected to the bench in 2006 to fill an unexpired term and re-elected in 2008. He had been an assistant attorney general in employment law and spent six years in private practice, mostly handling civil cases.

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Concetta Jackson – Pedophile Enabler – Bail Revoked

While teenage victims wept in relief, a judge revoked bail Monday for a baby sitter who admits she helped her sexual-predator ex-boyfriend molest and film her young charges.

Concetta Jackson, 46, faces 15 to 30 years in prison in what the judge once called a “sociopathic” case of child pornography.

Jackson and another woman helped procure children as young as 3 months old for John Jackey Worman, whose computers held more than 1 million images of child pornography when federal agents arrested him in 2006. Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing child pornography while Worman and Dorothy Prawdzik were convicted of multiple child pornography counts at trial.

Worman is awaiting sentencing in the federal pornography case and faces a state trial for the alleged assaults on at least 12 children. Prawdzik is serving a 30-year federal term.

Jackson’s sentencing was delayed Monday so she could be tested for possible brain disorders and other health problems.

Jackson, in exchange for rent money, let Worman install a video camera in her bathroom in Collingdale that let him videotape children as they undressed and left infant girls in his care knowing he would abuse them, prosecutors said.

Jackson had been on home confinement since her September plea, with permission to leave home to shop or see doctors. U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel revoked her bail amid complaints from victims who ran into her and concerns about Jackson’s housing situation, finances and mental health.

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.”

Ronald McGowan – Repeat Sex Offender – Rape Victim bit off his tongue

A woman in Murrieta bit off the tongue of a man she said tried to rape her.

Ronald McGowan, 32, of West Covina, was arrested at a hospital emergency room where he went for treatment.

McGowan allegedly attacked the woman Friday morning at the Waterstone Murrieta Apartments in the 24800 block of Hancock Avenue, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Tony Conrad.

Police found the suspect’s severed tongue at the woman’s apartment Friday morning.

Authorities said the victim sustained injuries consistent with a violent assault.

At 11 a.m., McGowan went to the emergency room at Rancho Springs Medical Center to seek treatment for a bleeding mouth, and was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping to commit robbery, residential robbery and rape by force or fear, Conrad said.

Physicians at Rancho Springs Medical Center were unable to reattach his tongue.

McGowan is a registered sex offender, with a previous conviction of rape by force or fear, Conrad said.

He remains jailed at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

Authorities believe McGowan targeted the victim and that the assault was not a random act.

He is also accused of committing a felony with great bodily injury while having at least three prior convictions, according to jail records.

If convicted of another felony, he could be sentenced to 35 years to life in prison.

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

Exhibit shows faces of sexual abuse

Today in Albany Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, D-Maspeth, hosted a photo and informational exhibit entitled ‘Faces of the 1 in 5’ to generate support for the Child Victims’ Act legislation which she is sponsoring. The bill [A.2596/S.2564] is sponsored in the senate by Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan.

The exhibit centered around 17 photos of New York state childhood sexual abuse victims. Five survivors also recalled their traumatic experiences in hopes of urging the Legislature to support this law that would add five years to existing statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Under this bill, individuals would be able to seek criminal and civil penalties against their abusers until they are 28-years-old.

The most controversial aspect of the Child Victims’ Act is the one-year “window” of time during which adult survivors of these abuses can bring civil suit against the person who abused them, as well as anyone who protected or covered for the predator, even if their previous statute of limitations has already expired.

“The faces you see in this exhibit are those of real children who suffered abuse at the hands of pedophiles. These are human faces that inspire us to make this bill law,” Markey said, adding, “This exhibit, like the subject of the Child Victims’ Act, is about children. And it is also about numbers. The ‘1 in 5’ is the number of children in America that suffer childhood sexual abuse.”

Steven Jimenez, is just one of the 17 faces showcased at the event. Jimenez said he was abused by a Jesuit priest from the time he was 10 until age 14, but didn’t come to terms with his trauma until years after.

“For those of us who have waited years or even decades for a glimmer of justice, the Child Victims’ Act represents the first real hope that we will be heard instead of ignored. While a number of Catholic dioceses around the nation have led the way in reconciling with victims, some New York bishops are adamant that they will not deal with these egregious wrongs until they are compelled to do so by the state Legislature, Governor Paterson and the courts,” Jimenez said.

Teen haunted by abuse pictures posted online 8 years ago

TAMPA – The girl was 6 years old when the unthinkable happened. Her uncle sexually abused her and captured the crime with a still camera and videotape. He posted the pictures on the Internet for all to see.

Now, eight years later, that girl is getting ready to enter high school, but her horrific past continues to haunt her. Her story was front and center at a meeting this morning of the Florida Attorney General’s Child Predator Cybercrimes Task Force.

Representatives from 15 law enforcement agencies gathered to share success stories and hear from the parents of the young victim. Her stepmother and father say she is an A student, despite what happened. Still, a trip to the mall can be en eerie event as she wonders whether the man eating at a table has seen her sexually explicit pictures and recognizes her.

The girl’s family said it receives an e-mail notification every time her images are downloaded, which adds to her worries.

“Every time that she knows that her image was downloaded, she re-enacts the whole event. And that is almost as bad or worse that the original act itself,” said her father, whom TBO.com is not identifying due to the nature of the crime.

The Cybercrimes task force will be a year old in July and has made more than 30 arrests of men who stalked young people in the Internet.

“Every predator we take off the street, that’s a potential one less predator that can actually go out and offend on a child,” said Lt. Michael Baute, who helped put the task force together.

Hearing from the parents of the abused child, Baute said, helps motivate his team members to make more cases.

Victim’s Rights – New Nevada Sex Offender Rules Set

It will soon be a crime for convicted sex offenders to have contact with their victims. The Channel 8 I-Team first exposed the lack of existing law to prevent a rapist from moving next door to a victim’s family.

When we first heard from Barb Caldwell, her situation seemed so beyond the pale it was almost unbelievable. She insisted the man who raped her 4-year-old granddaughter some 20 years ago had just become her next door neighbor.

Caldwell was true to her word. But even more shocking, there was nothing in Nevada law to prevent the man from doing it.

In an effort to protect themselves and others, Caldwell and her granddaughter testified in favor of a bill to prevent sex offenders from having contact with their victims or with witnesses who testified against them.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Lynn Stewart, applies only to offenders on parole, probation, or lifetime supervision.

Though Caldwell says she’s thrilled the bill will now become law, she’s equally frustrated that it will not apply in her case. The man who raped her granddaughter emerged from prison free of any restrictions.

“There’s other victims out there that may be going through the same thing that I’m going through and if it can help anyone besides me, I just want to get help for me and the others,” she said.

Governor Jim Gibbons signed the bill late last week. It will apply to offenders who are convicted on or after October of this year.

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

………Sarah Tofte
Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment