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Paedo sexually abused children as young as 4-months-old

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI -- A 27-year-old man faces multiple charges after authorities claim he sexually abused young children and made por...


martedì 2 gennaio 2018


BUNNELL — It took a Flagler County jury about 15 minutes to consider the evidence and find Paul Dykes Jr. guilty of 24 charges tied to child pornography and sexual abuse of an infant in 2015.

In September, it took a jury 20 minutes to find his co-defendant Erin Vickers, 23, of Palm Coast, guilty of sexually assaulting the 1-year-old girl during Skype video sessions with Dykes.

Couple sexually abused children during Skype talks 28 aprile 2017

Verdict ended a three-day trial inside the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell that focused on the couple’s sexually deviant ritual involving Dykes watching via live video streaming as Vickers performed sex acts on the baby while he gave her instructions and gratified himself.
“This was a situation where he had control,” Assistant State Attorney Jason Lewis said after the trial. “He found a woman who could be manipulated pretty easily. Ms. Vickers would do anything to gratify him, and she obviously committed sexual battery on her child multiple times. We can’t prove it, but I will tell you I think she was in love with this guy and she wanted to do anything she could to make him happy.”
Circuit Judge Dennis Craig ordered a pre-sentencing investigation before he officially sentences Dykes during a hearing scheduled for Jan. 30. That’s likely to be a formality as Dykes was found guilty of principal to sexual battery on a person under 12, a capital felony that exposes him to a mandatory life sentence. His attorneys can argue mitigating factors to try to lessen his sentence.
The mother of Dykes’ 5-year-old daughter testified against him and sat through the rest of the trial this week with her family. They celebrated the guilty verdict and shed tears of relief afterward.
“It means everything for me,” she said, shaking visibly. “No more the thought of ‘What if?’ Thank God my child wasn’t touched, from what we know so far. But most of my pain is for the other child. Still my heart hurts.”
Dykes, 21, of Palm Coast, wore a gray blazer and black slacks throughout the trial and walked with a noticeable limp. He showed no emotion as the verdict was read. His mother, Robin Dykes, sat behind him in the courtroom shedding tears. Craig allowed Dykes to turn and say a few words to her before bailiffs whisked him back to his cell at the Flagler County Detention Center, where he has been since his arrest in March 2015.
“In 37 years of being involved in the criminal justice system, this is one of the most reprehensible cases I have ever seen,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said in a written statement.
Acting on a tip received through a web app, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents began an investigation and raided the homes of Dykes and Vickers in 2015, seizing laptops and cell phones. They conducted a forensic analysis of the devices and recovered hundreds of child porn images as well as a pair of videos that showed Vickers abusing the infant.
Prosecutors showed jurors the lurid images and videos and that apparently proved to be enough to seal Dykes’ fate in open-and-shut fashion.
“In this case, the evidence is overwhelming,” Lewis said during his closing statement. “This case, there is no question, there’s no doubt. We’re held to reasonable doubt. This case is beyond all doubt, ladies and gentlemen.”
Vickers was convicted in September on two of the 49 charges against her. She remains jailed in Flagler awaiting her sentence and faces life in prison.
Dykes’ attorney, Assistant Public Defender William Bookhammer, had argued that images and video included in this week’s trial only showed Vickers performing sex acts on the 1-year-old victim and said there was no physical or forensic evidence tying Dykes to the abuse.
But prosecutors showed jurors some of the messages he sent to Vickers during their video chats and emphasized that he pushed her to perform the various acts for his own pleasure.
“This is a case about words and about actions and about the defendant being the driving force behind the actions of Erin Vickers,” said Assistant State Attorney Joe Ledonne, who also argued the state’s case.
Craig said the infant Dykes was tried for victimizing in this week’s trial has been removed from Vickers’ home and is being raised by another family.
Dykes has 14 remaining counts. Prosecutors plan to try him on at least two of those indictments, one of which is another capital felony that stems from allegations of sexual battery on a second female toddler who was 2 at the time of his arrest. Prosecutors showed transcripts in which he and Vickers targeted that second child and planned to perform sex acts on her as well.
The mother of that child said the child shows no affects of abuse. She took solace in the fact that Dykes will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“That gives me complete relief,” the woman said following the verdict. “Not only will he not hurt my child ... but he will never be able to touch another baby again. And that gives me relief.”
A registered sex offender from Birmingham has been jailed for four years after travelling to Luton with the intention of meeting a child to sexually abuse them. 

Andrew Burnside, 46, from Holly Road, Handsworth, pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court. 

He was issued with a seven-year extended sentence comprised of four years in jail and an additional three years on extended licence. 

He will also have to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

Burnside, a registered sex offender following a conviction last year of making indecent images of children, for which he was given a three-year community order, communicated with people over the internet and made plans to travel to Luton with the intention of abusing a child and a baby

Upon arrival in Luton, he was arrested and found in possession of children’s tights and a vibrating pen which had been adapted. 

Investigation Officer Amanda Dickson, from the Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Burnside was a clear threat to the public and has a history of sexual abuse

“Although acknowledging that his behaviour was wrong, his actions were clear and he had to save money to make the trip to Luton, while lying to his partner about his plans.

“We have a dedicated team committed to apprehending criminals, like Burnside, who use the internet to facilitate the abuse of children, and the sentence he received echoes how seriously this kind of offence is treated. 

Online child sex abuse causes significant harm to the children involved and is likely to have a lasting impact on them. We continue to work hard to apprehend those who pose a risk to children through the internet and to root out anyone who intends to abuse children, before they can do so.” 

To report concerns of child sexual exploitation contact police on 101.
According to the Comal County Sheriff's Office, a man admitted to molesting an 11-year-old boy while high on meth.
Christopher Snyder pleaded guilty to an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. The 11-year-old courageously took the stand and testified against his abuser. When emotion overcame him and he could not get through describing the abuse, a video of his interview with the Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County was played for the jury. The video described the abuse he endured.
The detective in the case then testified and showed a video Snyder's confession. The 52-year-old admitted to abusing the child and admitted to being addicted to meth for the past 25 years.
"It's just another horrible thing I did while I was high. Another horrible thing I did to some young man," Snyder said. 
Snyder was sentenced to 50 years in prison and handed a fine of $10,000.

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Washoe Valley man has been convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault on a child. He will be sentenced January 30, and he faces life in prison.
61-year-old Thomas Goepner was found guilty of five counts of Sexual Assault on a Child Under the Age of Fourteen Years, three counts of Sexual Assault on a Child Under the Age of Sixteen Years, two Counts of Sexual Assault and one count of Open and Gross Lewdness.
Goepner was arrested in October 2016 after an investigation by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Persons Unit.

The case began patrol deputies responded to a report of a sexual assault and met with a 16-year-old victim and several of her family members and friends. The girl reported she had been sexually abused by Goepner since age 8 and that she had recently disclosed that abuse to others.
Based on interviews with the victim and witnesses, as well as evidence collected from Goepner's home, investigators determined Goepner had been sexually assaulting the victim for more than eight years. The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says Goepner forced the girl to perform sexual acts on multiple occasions and threatened her so she wouldn't tell.
Goepner was also convicted of having groped a second female victim. The investigation also revealed Goepner was reported to have repeatedly sexually assaulted another child in the late 1980s, but he was unable to be prosecuted because the crimes were reported after the statute of limitations.
The prosecution was coordinated through the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) multi-disciplinary team including authorities from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Washoe County Child Abuse Response and Evaluation team, Washoe County Social Services, and the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.
The DA's office says the CAC's mission is to safeguard the health and safety of children in our community who are victims of abuse through a neutral, child-centered environment. To date, more than 1200 forensic interviews of children have been conducted. Since opening, more than 90 life sentences have been imposed on sexual and physical abusers of children.

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department made two arrests in unrelated cases where suspects are facing charges relating to sexual assaults.
A 31-year-old Alexander City man was arrested on a warrant for sexual abuse of a female child under the age of 12.
While Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said because this was still an active investigation, few details could be released. He confirmed that Corey James Thornton, 31, of Elkahatchee Road in Alexander City was arrested without incident at a mobile home on Bay Pines Road by deputies and investigators.
Abbett said that Thornton is facing two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 and bond has been set at $25,000 on each charge.
Thornton remained in the Tallapoosa County Jail Wednesday evening.
In an unrelated case, Abbett said a Camp Hill man was arrested after he was identified as a person of interest in a rape.
Christopher Lewis White, 43, of South Main Street in Camp Hill has been charged with second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy. The bond for White was set at $25,000 on each of the two charges.

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - A 44-year-old man is arrested in connection with a sexual abuse case in Freeport.
Freeport police say Jonathon Fisher was arrested on charges related to a sexual abuse case. They say the case involves more than one child and happened between June and August of this year.
Investigators say an arrest warrant was issued for Fisher and he was arrested at home without incident.
Fisher was arrested on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two counts of distribution of harmful material and one count of unlawful grooming. His bond has been set at $600,000.

Man arrested in connection with a child sexual abuse case WIFR Newsroom Dec 06, 2017

BETHALTO – A Bethalto man charged with two Class X felonies was released from custody after his bail was reduced to $150,000 from $500,000.

Terry R. Wehmeier, 43was charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, both Class X felonies, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, both Class 2 felonies. The victim was a nine-year-old girl.
Bethalto police reported that there have been concerns expressed by community members about the low bond.
According to court documents, the incident occurred in late August. Police started an immediate investigation, but charges were not filed until DNA tests were completed by the Illinois State Police lab.

A former automotive teacher accused of sexually assaulting several boys at the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County is charged with felonies for a third time since May after another victim alleged new misconduct, Scranton police said.

Richard Humphrey, 62, 1175 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming, now faces additional felony counts of corruption of minors and institutional sexual assault for touching the genitals of a teenage student sometime between January and May, according to a criminal complaint filed by Detectives Jeffrey Gilroy and Christian Gowarty. He also is charged with an additional count of indecent assault.
A juvenile identified only by his initials disclosed in an interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania that Humphrey had walked in on him in the bathroom during the winter while he was urinating.
“Look what we have here,” Humphrey said, according to a police affidavit.
Humphrey then started rubbing the teenager’s genitals. The child pushed Humphrey away.
“I don’t know what the big deal is,” Humphrey said.
The Times-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault.
“At this point in time, we have no comment,” said Humphrey’s attorney, Michael Butera, of Pittston. “Neither I nor my client have any comment at this time.”
Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell arraigned and released Humphrey on $20,000 unsecured bail. Humphrey immediately waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending the case to a higher court for a plea or trial.
Two additional sexual abuse cases against Humphrey are also awaiting trial.
The investigation began in May, with one student’s allegation that Humphrey grabbed his crotch. When police filed charges at the end of that month, a total of seven students had made allegations.
CTC solicitor Judith Price at the time said the allegations represented an “egregious breach of trust” and said Humphrey had been suspended with pay pending the results of an investigation. Humphrey, a teacher at the CTC for two years, had an annual salary of $43,000 for the 2016-17 year.
Humphrey submitted his resignation June 12.
Police filed a second batch of charges against him in July, after two more CTC students and an adult made allegations against him that he touched their genitals.

TACOMA, Wash. — Shawn Morgan, 45, was convicted of five counts of child rape and child molestation in a “shocking” case that involved three victims. The man’s girlfriend pleaded guilty to helping in the abuse.

This case is actually something that is shocking when you read the details,” Pierce County sheriff’s Det. Ed Troyer had said.
Morgan, who was found guilty by a Pierce County jury, faces 20 to 26 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 23.
The former girlfriend, Kierra Hall, 27, told her rehabilitation counselor that she and Morgan sexually assaulted a young boy on November 24, 2015. Hall said Morgan also had child pornography in his trailer. Hall believed the children in the pornography appeared to be between two and 13-years-old.
In September, Hall pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child and one count of child molestation. She is expected to be sentenced Friday.

Hall told investigators that Morgan wanted her to drug a child who was 5 or 6 years old with heroin, but she refused. Hall alleges he then took the girl into a spare bedroom in a Parkland travel trailer, where she could hear the child screaming and crying.

Pierce County deputies say that between June 2014 and September 2015, Morgan and Hall sexually assaulted a young child on numerous occasions inside a travel trailer in Parkland.
The leader of a city-funded after-school group at a Bronx middle school raped a 13-year-old student after luring her to his home, police said.
Michael Jenkins, 24, was arrested and hit with a slew of sex crime charges after the girl detailed the encounter to investigators.
The teenage victim attends The Angelo Patri School on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights where Jenkins works as an after-school supervisor, police said.
In a series of text messages exchanged, Jenkins convinced the child to skip school the next day and meet with him instead, police sources said.
The girl went to Jenkins’ Anderson Avenue home in Highbridge where he raped her, sources said.
The girl came forward to police, the sources added.
Jenkins was charged with rape, sex abuse, criminal sex act, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.
Jenkins does not work for the city but is a subcontractor for the Department of Education through the Mott Haven-based non-profit organization East Side House Settlement, officials said.
Jenkins has three other prior arrests on his record dating back to 2008, including one for criminal possession of marijuana, sources said — but had clearances to work for the non-profit from the state and city agencies that oversee background checks, according to City Hall.
A City Hall spokesperson said Jenkins was “immediately suspended without pay and he is no longer permitted in any schools.”
The city’s Department of Youth and Community Development agency has also suspended the funding for the School’s Out New York City program that the East Side Houses Settlement operates at the school “as we determine whether the provider can continue to operate at this school,” the spokesperson said.
The city will work with the state to determine whether the program will have its license revoked.
Youngsters who participate in the School’s Out program at the Bronx education institution will continue to have services as the investigation into the matter continues, City Hall said.
The East Side House Settlement, which provides after-school program services to 450 students at five schools through Mayor de Blasio’s School’s Out initiative, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Hwange — A pastor at little known Light of God Apostolic Church in Lupane has been jailed for 30 years after he forced two girls aged 15 into threesome sex at his homestead.
Forty-five-year old Promise Dlamini from Jumpika village claimed he was cleansing the girls after misleading their parents that the girls were affected by evil spirits.
Dlamini undressed and bathed in the presence of the girls before forcing them into his bed where he slept at the centre flanked by the two and had sex with them.
His unnamed wife was away from home and when she returned, she advised the girls to report her husband saying she could not do anything as he would be violent towards her.
Dlamini pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape before Hwange regional magistrate Collette Ncube.
The magistrate, however, found him guilty and slapped him with 30 years in jail before suspending five years conditionally.
Dlamini begged for the court's mercy saying he has "13 children who all need him as they would suffer in his absence."
Prosecutor Tomupei Mbiza said in September, Dlamini went to the parents of one of the girls and requested to take her to his home as a maid since she was not going to school.
Dlamini then sexually abused the girl for three days before he went to another village where he told parents of the second girl that their daughter had evil spirits that were going to make her go insane if not exorcised.
He told them that he could pray for their daughter but at his homestead, and he was given the girl.
While at his homestead, he "forced the two complainants to share the bed with him as he slept in the middle with each of them on each side and had sex with both of them one after the other," said the prosecutor
The girls could not escape because he threatened them and when they eventually did, they informed a neighbour who helped police set a trap on Dlamini who followed his victims four days after their escape.



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