Articles Posted in Sexual Offenders / Predators

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By John Jensen, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A former Asheville, North Carolina day care worker has been sentenced to at least 19 years in state prison. 46-year-old Michael Roy Carter began molesting a girl when she was 3-years-old, the abuse continued for almost a decade. According to the lawsuit, Carter’s attention was drawn to the victim recently after she was enrolled at Rainbow Child Care in 1989, an Asheville day care center that is no nonexistent. The lawsuit claims Carter would take the victim into the bathroom, fondle her, performed a sex act on her and forced her to perform one on him. The suit also names Carter’s wife, Angela P. Carter, and his parents, who owned the center. The suit alleges each conspired with Carter to hide his serial abuse of the children at the center. Carter would persuade the victim’s mother to allow her to stay over night with Carter at his home he shared with his wife. The lawsuit alleges Carter began to molest and rape the victim when she was about 11-years-old. Once the victim reached the age of fourteen, she ceased contact with Carter to develop relationships with friends, fellow students and her peers. Carter continued to contact the victim via email and telephone calls. According to the lawsuit, one email stated, “I still love you more than anything … I know in your heart you still care but I don’t understand why we can’t talk.” The victim began to seek counseling for sexual abuse in September 2008. Through her extensive therapy, the victim finally reported the abuse to police, which prompted the investigation and, ultimately, Carter’s arrest and criminal conviction. The facility was shut down in the early 1990s, however records don’t indicate the reason it closed. Carter pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree statutory rape. Carter was sentenced to 230-285 months in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender after his release from prison. For more details please read Former Asheville day care employee gets 19 years after serially abusing a child at the care center.

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By Steven Smith, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

handcuff.jpgPolice have charged a teen with sexually abusing children at a Seneca County New York day care center. According to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, a 14-year-old boy has been charged with juvenile delinquency for committing acts that would amount to seven counts of child abuse and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child if he were an adult. Deputies allege the teen had sexual contact with several children on several different dates over the last nine months; the boys range in age from six to nine-years-old. The day care center has not been identified, but investigators said it is located on the south end of Seneca County. Seneca County Child Protective Services and the State Office of Children and Family Services are working in conjunction with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department during the investigation.

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By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

blocks.jpgSheriff Pat Kelly and the Athens County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating claims as to sexual groping at two local at home day care centers. Children of six families claimed t hat a 72-year-old man had inappropriate contact with their children in Athens County. The day care centers are located in the Dover Township and Trimble areas.

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By James Bailey, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

plea.jpgA Delaware pediatrician was found guilty of child abuse and rape of his patients. Earl Bradley, 58, was accused of raping and assaulting more than 100 girls that he treated. He was convicted of 24 counts of rape, assault and sexual exploitation in Sussex Superior Court.

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By Joni J. Franklin, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

imagesCAVO748Y.jpgThe number of victims of child sexual abuse and molestation grows each year. According to the U.S. Justice Department, roughly 32% of girls and 14% of boys are molested before the age of 18. In addition, nearly 2/3 of all sexual assaults reported involved minors and roughly 1/3 involved children under the age of 12. In most cases, child molestation goes unreported. Estimates are that only 35% of sexual abuse is reported. The reason may be because kids are frightened or embarrassed to say anything.

Recently, Richard Gonzalez, 69, from Kansas was sentenced to prison for molesting a four- year-old girl at a rural Lawrence day care center in 2009. Prosecutors said he had molested the girl during nap times over several weeks at a day care center operated by his daughter. In January, Gonzalez was convicted of aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced him to serve 25 years to life on each count. The judge described the sentence as a “harsh punishment for a terrible crime.”

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By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Education%20Day%20Care%20Building%20Block%20G.jpgIn Colorado and other States, parents put faith and trust in both their church and day care center. Parents expect that the church day care center is a safe haven for their children and that there children will be provided with a learning environment that promotes the health, welfare, and education of the children. Unfortunately, in some day care centers in Colorado and other States, children are sexually molested and assaulted by day care workers and employees who are supposed to supervise and protect the children under their care. The molestation at a church day care center is among the most heinous acts and crimes imaginable for a parent.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Dennis Devlin, 57, a former Florida hotel owner, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old boy. Devlin will spend at least 15 years in federal prison. Devlin is the former owner of the Desert Inn in Daytona Beach, Florida. Federal agents found an iPhone hidden in the bathroom ceiling of his second-floor hotel that contained sexually explicit images of the boy. A former employee of Devlin’s, 20-year-old Michael Ehmen, also pleaded guilty to the same federal charge. Ehmen admitted he recruited the boy, took him to the hotel for Devlin’s enjoyment, and received $100 for his recruitment. Police stated Ehmen also had sex (molested the boy) with Devlin for money and the two had an arrangement that Ehmen would bring “new people to visit [Devlin]” for more. Ehmen recruited the boy, the son of a friend, to help install security cameras at the hotel. On the way to the hotel Ehmen told the teenager Devlin would pay him to pose nude. Prosecutors said on a second visit to the hotel video was taken of Ehmen and the minor performing sexual acts together and spanking each other on Devlin’s bed. Devlin has a long history of sex-related charges in Volusia County and elsewhere. In 1988, 13 sex-related charges were dropped against him by prosecutors in Ocean View, Maryland. In 1993, he was charged with 23 crimes against a single boy; Devlin was convicted and spend 22 months in prison. However, in 2002 a judge overturned his conviction after the boy recanted his testimony as an adult. Federal agents seized the iPhone containing nude photos of the boy, as well as four DVD recordings of the boy and child porn in “several boxes” and on Devlin’s business computer. Sentencing dates have not been set for Ehmen or Devlin, they each face the same time range in federal prison. For more read Former Florida hotel owner pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old boy.

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By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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scales%20of%20justice.jpgA recent court ruling may make it easier for victims of child pornography to receive restitution from those convicted of possessing child pornographic images. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal restitution law generally does not require victims to detail how an individual defendant harmed them in order to get compensation, a ruling different from previous court holdings. However, legal experts are saying that the issue will probably end up having to be answered by the U.S. Supreme Court because of the disagreement among courts. In the Texas case, a woman sought compensation from an East Texas man who was previously convicted of possession images of child pornography. If you would like to read more see Federal Appellate Court ruling may make it easier for victims of child pornography to receive restitution.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

State%20Map%20Pennsylvania.jpgA day care owner in Adams County, Pennsylvania, who is accused of not reporting acts of child sex abuse at her day care, has waived her arraignment. The former Aspers day care employee recently pleaded guilty to molesting six girls who attended the day care, which is located at the 100 block of Clines Church Road. Police were notified by Children and Youth in May 2010. After local police were presented with the sexual abuse allegations, other mothers of victims came forward. A sign is posted on the front door of the residential day care reading that the child care center is closed until February 21. Sadly, the Adams County Child Advocacy Center stated the number of reports of child abuse is increasing, also calling it an epidemic. A statistic in a local Pennsylvania newspaper stated that one in every four girls and one in every six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18-years-old. All the six girls in this case who were sexually abused are now receiving help. Raymond Messinger, the man who admitted to sexually abusing the young girls, will be sentenced in March 2011. For more read Pennsylvania day care owner accused of not reporting sexual abuse waives arraignment.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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A former Olympia child care teacher and live-in baby sitter has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 5-year-old boy. The alleged rape occurred at the boy’s home where 20-year-old Elisha Tabor was a live-in babysitter. According to court papers, Tabor has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation. Tabor was an assistant teacher at the Olympia Early Learning Center from 2008 – 2011, taking care of and teaching preschool-aged children. According to Renee Dey, business manager of the center, Tabor quit for “personal reasons” after a parent made allegations against him; Dey was unaware of what the allegations were. Rose Horgdal, program director for the center, stated there are no indications that any abuse took place at the child-care center. However, parents will be notified that an arrest has been made. Tabor admitted to police during an interview about repeatedly raping and molesting the boy while he lived with him. For more please read Former Olympia teacher and live-in babysitter accused of raping 5-year-old boy.