Franklin County PA Dec 16 2011 A 26-year-old Franklin County teacher is facing charges after police say he had sex with a minor.
He was a substitute teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District, but reportedly only for a short time.
Michael Bernecker, of Guilford Township is the man facing charges. According to police documents obtained by CBS 21 News, the former Chambersburg Area School District substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with corruption of minors.
Investigators say he had sex with a 16-year-old girl. Both Bernecker and the teen allegedly consented to the acts, which is why he is not facing a more serious charge.
The girl told police she met Bernecker this past summer and their relationship quickly became sexual. She says they had sex more than a half-dozen times in various locations including the former teacher’s home.
The District Superintendent told CBS 21 Wednesday it is believed the two met through a church group and not school.
The superintendent would not give us an interview about this case as he says the district does not comment on matters pertaining to personnel. School officials say Bernecker was fired based on his performance, two weeks before the charges were even filed
Candor, NC Dec 16 2011 – Four out of five police officers have gotten pink slips in a Montgomery County community.
Two new commissioners were sworn into office in the town of Candor Monday night. Their first order of business was a closed door meeting, in which 80 percent of the police department was terminated.
“It’s a shock. All four of us officers, we’ve done our job, never had any complaints, never written up,” said Jeremy Blake, one of the officers who was fired.
“They didn’t give us a reason why. They didn’t give us a cause. The just said it was effective immediately,” said another fired officer, Grantland Jackson.
Commissioner Phillip Hearn, who has served on the board for ten years, said he was one of two commissioners who voted against it. The vote was three to two.
“None of the three commissioners, who voted for this, would give a reason why, to the board of commissioners, or to the citizens of this town,” said Hearn.
However, the officers who got the pink slips believe the move can be traced back to one traffic stop.
“I’m thinking this is just a continuation of a personal vendetta by a lady that we ended up arresting some two years ago,” said James Pierce, who has fired as sergeant of the force.
Pierce said that woman helped finance the new commissioners’ campaigns, including the campaign of Wayne Holyfield. On Monday night, Mayor Rich Britt appointed Holyfield in charge of the police department.
Holyfield is also a state trooper. Town officials said he was the one who made the motion to fire the police officers.
“It was disgraceful. And to think, a state trooper was the instigator of it,” said one resident, Susan Myers.
WFMY News 2 spoke with Wayne Holyfield by phone late Tuesday night. He said “It was a matter that was discussed and supported by 3 out 5 board members.” He declined to comment any further.
Commissioner Hearn is questioning whether the move is even legal.
“The town’s attorney had not been contacted. The personnel policy we have in place had not been followed,” said Hearn.
As for the officers, they said they’ve already filed for unemployment.
“Right before Christmas, it’s pretty tough,” said Jackson.
Everybody in this town is upset. And we are not going to sit back. We are going to try and do something,” said Myers.
Britt told News 2 the town will still be patrolled 24/7. He said the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department will be helping out and they hope to hire four new officers by mid-January.
Source:WFMY News 2
GOODYEAR, Ariz. Dec 16 2011– A Goodyear teacher was arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor.
Brian Bizzell, 35, is a band, choir and drama teacher at Estrella Foothills High School. He was arrested after a female student said she had numerous sexual encounters with him.
Goodyear police were told Tuesday that a student at the school found a cellphone in a classroom and, while viewing the phone’s content in an attempt to identify the owner, came across sexually explicit text messages between Bizzell and a female student.
During an interview, the 17-year-old girl disclosed sexual encounters with Bizzell during school hours on school property as well as incidents away from school, according to police. The student also admitted sending and receiving numerous sexually explicit messages via text message and Skype.
Police seized several items of evidence from Bizzell’s apartment where he lives with his wife.
Bizzell was arrested without incident and booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on counts of sexual conduct with a minor, luring a minor for sexual exploitation and aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
Winston-Salem, NC Dec 16 2011 — A music teacher at East Forsyth High has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student.
Winston Stephens, Jr., 59, of High Point has worked for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system since 1998 and at East Forsyth since 2001.
Kernersville Police investigated a complaint that Stephens, Jr. was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student. He was arrested Wednesday.
WSFC Superintendent Don Martin suspended Stephens with pay on December 6. He has recommend to the Board of Education that he be fired.
A statement for the school system says that the allegations were initially report to the school staff, who then informed Kernersville police. Details of the allegations were not immediately available.
“These are disturbing charges, and we will not tolerate this type of behavior,” Martin said. “I hope the actions of one teacher will not reflect poorly on all the teachers who do their best every day.”
Winston Harvey Stephens Jr. is being held in the Forsyth County Jail on $100,000 secured bond.
BOISE ID Dec 16 2011– Two people from Washington state are under arrest after police say they switched price tags between items in order to pay less.
Investigators say they witnessed Roy Dean, 45, of Seattle, and Daniel Sentiveanu, 32, of Woodinville, Washington, switching price tags and presenting the items for purchase with the wrong price at a retail store on Franklin Road.
When the suspects left the store, officers pulled them over and say they found about $18,000 in merchandise bought fraudulently.
Sentiveanu and Dean are each charged with three felonies: burglary, grand theft, and criminal conspiracy.
Elderly man shoots wife in head, commits suicide at Richards Memorial Hospital www.privateofficer.com
ROCKDALE TX Dec 16 2011—An elderly Milano man shot his wife in the head late Wednesday night in the Rockdale hospital where she was being treated and then killed himself, police said Thursday.
Police responded just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to Richards Memorial Hospital at 1700 Brazos Ave. in Rockdale where they found J.C. Barfield, 77, dead and his wife, Margaret Barfield, 78, in critical condition with a single gunshot wound to the head.
She died at Central Texas Hospital in Cameron while en route to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, police said.
Officers recovered a .357 magnum revolver that was used in the shooting.
Family members told police that J.C. Barfield was distraught because of his wife’s deteriorating health.
She was transferred to the hospital Thursday from Manor Oaks Nursing Home, police said.
The Barfields were both longtime residents of Milano, police said Wednesday.
MADISON, Wis. Dec 16 2011 (AP) — Police in Wisconsin’s capital city barely had to try to catch a pair of unlucky suspected thieves.
Madison police say two men in their late 20s stole DVDs and computer games from a Target store Tuesday and discussed their plans to fence the goods while driving away.
Investigators say the duo didn’t realize one of them had accidentally pocket-dialed 911. A dispatcher listened in for nearly an hour as they discussed what they had stolen and where they might sell it. Police say they even described their vehicle.
Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the pair decided to sell their goods at a video store. When they pulled into the store’s parking lot, officers surrounded their vehicle with guns drawn.
United States Attorney files charges against 16 people for online fraud scheme www.privateofficer.com
LAS VEGAS NV Dec 16 2011 – The United States Attorney has filed charges against several Las Vegas residents in an alleged international online fraud scheme.
Investigators have charged 16 suspects for allegedly defrauding people online during the purchase of high ticket items like cars and boats. The suspects are charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and criminal forfeiture.
According to the indictment, suspects living outside the United States offered items for sale on sites such as Craigslist and Autotrader. The items were offered at a very low price and the seller explained that they had to sell the item because they became unemployed, were leaving for a military deployment, or had a family emergency.
The suspects then moved the purchase to eBay or Yahoo Finance, which would hold the buyers’ money until the purchased items were delivered. However, the suspects would then send fake emails looking like they were from eBay or Yahoo Finance and the victims would send funds through these false sites.
The defendants allegedly obtained more than $3 million through the scheme, which they distributed among the conspirators both inside and outside the United States.
Thirteen of the defendants were arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday. They are 28-year-old Eduard Petroiu, 24-year-old Vladimir Budestean, 27-year-old Bertly Ellazar, 25-year-old Radu Lisnic, 25-year-old Evghenii Russu, 24-year-old Evgeny Krylov, 35-year-old Eugeni Stoytchev, 28-year-old Iavor Stoytchev, 27-year-old Christopher Castro, 23-year-old Delyana Nedyalkova, 21-year-old Oleh Rymarchuk, 25-year-old Melanie Pascua, 23-year-old Manuel Garza, 25-year-old Ryne Green, 22-year-old Michael Vales, and 20-year-old Edelin Dimitrov.
Most appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston and pleaded not guilty to the charges. One other defendant was arrested at Washington Dulles International National Airport in Virginia, There are two other defendants who have not been arrested.
If convicted, the defendants face up to 60 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.
Anyone with information regarding these individuals is urged to call the FBI in Las Vegas at (702) 385-1281 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.
Chesterfield County SC teacher arrested for third time for lewd act with a minor www.privateofficer.com
Chesterfield County SC Dec 16 2011 According to authorities in Chesterfield County, a teacher who has been arrested twice last month on sex crime charges is once again back at the Detention Center,
Carole Ann Hope was booked into their facility Thursday morning.
Officials say she was arrested by agents with the State Law Enforcement Division.She’s charged with lewd act with a minor under the age of 16 and criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
Officials tell us the crimes happened in Chesterfield County.
SLED agents first arrested Hope for sex crimes in Darlington County. Warrants say between March 1 and October 31, Hope had sex with a 14-year-old at her Hartsville home. They say the teenager was a student of Hope’s at New Heights School.
She was then transferred to Conway, in Horry County, where she faces the same two charges for incidents with the same student.
Hope remains on leave from her teaching position at New Heights Middle School in Chesterfield County and her teaching certificate has been suspended.
Hope is awaiting a bond hearing before a magistrate.
Mesa AZ Dec 16 2011 A youth minister with an extensive background as a teacher’s aide has been arrested by Mesa police on suspicion of child molestation.
Jasmine “J” Omar Brown was accused Tuesday of two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of child molestation stemming from his relationship with a juvenile male victim.
The victim disclosed to police on Monday night that Brown had “touched him inappropriately on two occasions” during a summer camp at Family of God Christian Fellowship in Apache Junction, according to a Mesa police press release.
TAMPA Fla Dec 16 2011
A statewide law enforcement effort targeting pedophiles netted 48 suspects over the past six months, and authorities said the merger of two state agencies will only mean more arrests in the future.
The announcement of the arrests heralding the end of Operation Amalgamate was made Thursday morning at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement headquarters in Tampa. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi took part.
“Sexual predators are everywhere,” she said.
Among those charged: a Transportation Security Administration worker, a church treasurer and a teacher’s aide. They came from as far away as Colorado and as close as Tampa.
“It’s a sad reality of the society we are living in in this country,” Bondi said. “In
Florida, all we can do is lock them up, for life, if possible.”
The arrests include those who downloaded computer images of child pornography to those arranging meetings with children for sex.
Bondi said the operation was the first one undertaken after the Attorney General’s Office’s Child Predator Cyber Crime Unit merged with the FDLE’s Computer Crime Center. There are some 25 investigators fanned out across the state. They monitor chat rooms and social media sites and investigate complaints of inappropriate cyber conversations between children and others.
“I’m pleased that this unit is ridding our streets of these predators,” she said.
FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said the operation opened 100 cases, which resulted in the 48 arrests. All of the defendants were arrested independently of each other, and no child pornography rings were broken up, he said.
Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, also a director with the Florida Sheriff’s Association, said that since 2010 more than 250 suspects have been arrested on child-sex charges, and that’s due to a number of reasons. Law enforcement is more knowledgeable in computer crimes, and parents and children are more aware of the dangers that can lurk on the Internet.
“This is the 800-pound gorilla that is coming after our little girls and boys,” he said.
While law enforcement can do its part, it’s the education for children and parents that is key, he said.
Schools are offering courses in how to detect danger online, he said, and parents are monitoring more and more what their children are looking at on computers and cellphones.
Special Agent Supervisor Mike Phillips of FDLE’s Computer Crime Center said that education is paying off.
“Kids are now telling predators online that they are not interested,” he said, and even alerting parents and law enforcement in some cases.
The following people were charged, according to an FDLE news release.
Christopher M. Barnes, 24, Tampa; Barnes, two of counts computer pornography, one count attempted sexual battery.
Karl Edwin Belledent, 15, North Miami; one count computer pornography, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of sexual performance by a child, one count of extortion.
Michael D. Billings, 42, Leesburg; two counts of computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Richard Dennis Blyth, 64, Daytona Beach; two counts of computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Cristy Brandstedter, 62, Land O’ Lakes; 10 counts of child pornography.
James Michael Briggs, 50, Fort Myers; two counts of computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Gene Hamilton Brown, 50, Cantonment; three counts of child pornography.
Kris Karl Brown, 36, arrested in Broward County; 20 counts of child pornography, one count of computer pornography.
Michael Robert Brown, 31, Dade City; two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device, one count of cannabis less than 20 grams, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alvin Grullon Bueno, 30, North Lauderdale; 25 counts of child pornography.
Dustin S. Calloway, 25, arrested in Leon County; no arrest affidavit
Ricky Lamar Carver, 40, Jacksonville; five counts of computer pornography.
Anthony Chu, 24, Orlando; 10 counts of child pornography.
Zachary Coons, 18, arrested in Leon County; two counts of computer pornography.
Steven Robert Deloge, 37, Jacksonville; one count of computer pornography.
Nelson Echevarria, 31, arrested in Broward County; one count of cannabis less than 20 grams, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.
Sherif El-Refai, Sherif, 24, Tampa; two counts of computer pornography, one count of attempt lewd and lascivious assault.
Carlos Alberto Figueroa, 26, Miami; three counts/violations of Florida Sexual Predator Act.
Douglas Fluery, 58, Sunrise; two counts of computer pornography, one count of attempt lewd and lascivious assault, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Donald Williams Fochs Jr., 38, New Port Richey; one count of solicitation of a minor for sex acts.
Omar Gutierrez, 28, arrested in Orange County; two counts of computer pornography.
Richard Hudnall, 55, Jacksonville; two counts of computer pornography.
Michael Ingersoll, 27; Arvada, Colo.; two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Jason Jarrell, 31, Tallahassee, Florida; two counts of computer pornography.
Edward L. Kalinowski, 59, Daytona Beach; two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Phillip Michael Kessler, 35, arrested in Bay county; no arrest affidavit.
Eric Joseph Lentovich, 36, Fort Myers; two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Hecton Ramon Leon, 46, Greenacre; 10 counts of child pornography.
Christian Martinet, 24, Pembroke Pines; 30 counts of child pornography.
Jorge M. Martinez Jr., 22, West Park; one count of child pornography, one count of computer pornography.
Rickey O. Masters, 65, Hollywood, Fla.; 10 counts of child pornography.
Scott Andrew Milboer, 33, Naples; two counts of computer pornography, one count of attempt lewd and lascivious assault, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Stephen Mizner, 41, Sarasota; two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device, one count of attempted sexual battery.
Mario Dwayne Moss, 33, Lake City; 10 counts of child pornography.
Curtis Orr, 41, arrested in Broward County; 24 counts of child pornography.
Marcus F. Peixoto De Almeida, 38, Hallandale Beach; 20 counts of child pornography.
Jorge Arturo Perez, 28, Boca Raton; possession of child pornography.
Paul David Rains, 62, Orlando; 10 counts of child pornography.
James F. Rees, 51, Deltona; two counts computer pornography, one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Donovan A. Sauleda, 25, arrested in Wakulla; no arrest affidavit.
Dean A. Shelley, 52; Palm Harbor; two counts of computer pornography, one count of attempt capital sexual battery.
Kevin A. Stowell, 53, Port Richey; 10 counts of child pornography.
Michael Torres, 35, Oakland Park; 30 counts of child pornography.
Francisco Javier Vela, 34, Greenacre; one count of child pornography.
Robert Lee Walker Jr., 34, Orlando; 10 counts of child pornography.
Harvey White, 58, arrested in Broward County; 10 counts of child pornography.
Leon White, 59, Davenport; 10 Counts of child pornography.
NEW YORK NY Dec 16 2011 — A city investigation caught online gun sellers around the country illegally handing over assault weapons to people who said they couldn’t pass a background check, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday, just days after a police officer was shot to death with an illegal gun.
Peddlers who list their guns on websites such as Craigslist aren’t required to conduct a background check before selling a gun, but it’s against federal law for them to sell to someone they believe wouldn’t pass such a check. Among the weapons purchased in the sting was a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun identical to the model police say was used to kill Officer Peter Figoski when he responded to a 911 call about a home invasion Monday.
The $290,000 effort — the latest in a series of city-sponsored sting operations targeting out-of-state illegal gun sales — took private investigators hired by the city far beyond New York’s borders. But Bloomberg said Wednesday that the impact of such illegal sales makes them very much the city’s business. The city estimates that 85 percent of guns used in crimes here come from out of state.
“Peter Figoski was our police officer. We didn’t overstep anything,” the mayor said at a City Hall news conference. “We obeyed the federal laws. We were very careful. … We did not want to jeopardize any future prosecution.”
Bloomberg said the city had submitted the results of its inquiry to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday. The private investigators used Craigslist and other websites to contact 125 online gun sellers in 14 states. Of those, 77 agreed to sell to buyers who said they couldn’t pass a background check. The investigators followed through and completed five of the purchases in-person, at locations in Ohio.
The mayor called on the websites to institute checks to discourage illegal sales — for example, by requiring sellers and buyers to provide identification. Craigslist doesn’t officially allow the listing of guns on its pages, but the investigation found that gun sellers were openly using its pages and frequently flouting the law.
Zachariah Terhark, the owner of gunlistings.org, said his site asks users to report illegal activity to the ATF and removes postings that have been flagged by users. When people post on the site, Terhark said his company captures their IP addresses, which it can turn over to police if questions arise.
“Because gunlistings.org serves all 50 states, there many different sets of state and local laws that apply to firearm transactions. Due to this, we place the responsibility of knowing and following the gun laws on our users. Our buyers and sellers agree to this when posting a firearm or contacting a seller,” he said.
Craigslist and other sites targeted in the investigation, including Glocktalk.com and KSL.com, didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
Bloomberg, who leads a national coalition of mayors advocating stronger gun control, also renewed his call for Congress to close what he said were loopholes allowing buyers with criminal records or mental illnesses to buy guns.
The National Rifle Association, which has been opposed to such legislation, didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
Figoski, a 22-year New York Police Department veteran, was killed early Monday during a botched armed robbery of a marijuana dealer living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn, police said. Five men, including Lamont Pride, are accused of plotting the robbery. They are being held without bail on murder charges.
The crew smashed in the door and began beating the dealer, and the upstairs owner of the home called 911 to report a break-in. Figoski and his partner were providing backup to two officers questioning the victim and two suspects inside the apartment when Pride and another man tried to flee, police said.
Figoski, 47, was shot once in the face as Pride tried to escape, before he had time to draw his weapon, police said. Pride’s attorney urged people not to rush to judgment.
“It’s going to be a long process. We’re gathering information and urging everyone to wait to judge until the court system takes it course,” James Koenig said.
Pride had been arrested twice in recent months in New York for weapons and drug possessions but released after police found they had no grounds to hold him under North Carolina warrants for his arrest, police said. The initial warrants were in-state only, meaning they didn’t include extradition.
North Carolina officials eventually amended the warrants to require Pride be held until state authorities could retrieve him, but by then he had been released pending a January court date in New York, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
A spokeswoman for the Greensboro Police Department, Susan Danielsen, said that “the initial warrants for Mr. Pride were in-state only because we had no indicators that he was a flight risk.”
The gun Pride is accused of using in the shooting this week was purchased legally in Virginia, but the former owner said it disappeared in 2009 when he moved. A second gun, a revolver found stashed inside the microwave at the crime scene, was shipped from Smith & Wesson in 1966 to an Indianapolis dealer now out of business.
Figoski’s career included more than 200 arrests and 12 medals — one of them an exceptional merit award for coming under fire in a brush with a man who would later be convicted as the city’s Zodiac copycat killer of the early 1990s.
RIALTO CA Dec 16 2011 - After 5 1/2 years, Police Chief Mark Kling is calling it quits.
The veteran police official, with a doctorate in public administration, is going to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level at Riverside’s California Baptist University, retiring from police work after more than 30 years.
Kling, 54, said he will be revamping the university’s criminal justice program, will teach within the program and also will teach public administration and political science.
“I came here to do a job and I have done that job and it is time to move on,” said Kling, who for six months this year wore the hat of both police chief and city administrator.
His last day as police chief will be Dec. 29.
Kling said he will be replaced by Tony Farrar, who has been employed by the Rialto Police Department for 22 years. During the last five years, he served as captain with the responsibility for the department’s field operations.
Farrar holds a master’s degree in the administration of justice and an MBA.
Kling said that he took no additional salary while serving as interim city administrator, an action that saved the city considerable money.
“It was my way of giving back to the community for their support,” Kling said in an interview Tuesday.
When Kling arrived in Rialto, he walked into a demoralized Police Department that had been slated for elimination a few months before.
A large community outcry kept policing in Rialto under local control instead of under contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
During his tenure, Kling transformed the department, giving it tools to increase productivity and restoring its pride, said City Council member Joe Baca Jr.
“He brought back the gang unit, brought injunctions against gangs and took many other actions that had never been done in this city,” Baca said.
But there was a sex scandal in 2010 when a female employee at a Rialto strip club alleged she and an on-duty officer had sex three times at the Rialto Police Benefit Association’s union hall.
Prior to those allegations becoming public, Kling began installing vehicle locators on all police cars, to allow supervisors to pinpoint where officers are during their shift.
That process was completed in mid-2010.
Earlier this year, a Rialto police officer and an Orange County defense attorney were arrested by FBI agents on bribery charges.
Baca said Kling took swift action against those whose conduct fell short of the department’s standards.
“Chief Kling took personal responsibility for mishaps within the department. He didn’t try to hide anything….One of the things you can’t do as a leader is control what the troops do,” Baca said in an interview Wednesday.
Kling said that his leadership style includes “moving a lot of people out of organizations that probably should have never been there.”
As city administrator, Kling fired a contract employee at the Rialto Municipal Airport after he found documents suggesting financial irregularities there.
“Kling really trained his support staff to become leaders,” Baca said.
By grooming Farrar, he saved Rialto a significant amount of money because the city didn’t have to hire a headhunter to find its next police chief, Baca said.
Kling said he pushed department members to pursue educational opportunities “at every level.”
Studies show there is a correlation between the education level of a police department and how it treats its community, Kling said.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Tony Farrar is the best candidate for police chief, not just here, but anywhere,” Kling said.
Polk County youth pastors, football coach charged with sex crimes with minors www.privateofficer.com
Polk County Fla Dec 16 2011 Two Polk County youth pastors and the head football coach at George Jenkins High School in Lakeland were recently arrested and charged with separate sex crimes related to minors, authorities announced Wednesday
Polk County deputies arrested the George Jenkins High School’s head football coach Wednesday morning at his apartment in Lakeland. Matthew Thompson, 30, is charged with two counts of sexual battery by a person of custodial authority. Sheriff’s investigators say Thompson recently had sex several times with one of his 17-year-old female students.
Investigators found text messages between the alleged victim and Thompson that included information about the alleged tryst. Deputies say the victim spent several days visiting Thompson at his apartment and described the interior of his bedroom.
Also Wednesday, authorities announced last month’s arrest of two First Assembly of God youth pastors in Mulberry. Edward Demoreta, 30, and Ricard Navarro, 27, were arrested Nov. 30 in connection with their alleged actions on the same victim. The men did not know of the other’s alleged actions with the same child, deputies said.
Demoreta, who is also a teacher employed by Florida Virtual School, is charged with three counts of lewd battery on a victim between 12 and 15 years old.
The victim told investigators she performed sexual acts with Demoreta in his classroom at Mulberry Middle School, in his car on the way home from church and once at the First Assembly of God church, where he was a youth pastor.
Demoreta, who is married, confessed to investigators that the actions took place, reports show. Navarro, who is a former youth pastor at the church, is facing three felony charges, including one count of lewd or lascivious behavior with a victim between 12 and 16 years old.
Navarro confessed after his arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Former Latta High School band director pleads guilty to sex crimes-gets prison sentence www.privateofficer.com
Dillion County SC Dec 16 2011 Former Latta High School band director Tyler Hutto pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven sex charges, including criminal sexual conduct and sexual battery with a student.
The charges involve sex crimes with three girls under the age of 16 who were his students.
Circuit Court Judge Paul Burch scolded Hutto, saying he knew better than to get involved with a student.
Hutto’s attorney told the judge his client didn’t want a trial because he admits to his wrongdoing.
Five people testified to the character of Hutto. His grandmother, a friend, and fellow parishioners asked the judge to have mercy on Hutto. They said he is a good man who just made poor decisions.
Relatives of the victims spoke on the victims’ behalf. The father of one of the girls said his daughter’s life is forever changed as a result of Hutto’s actions. A therapist for a 16-year-old victim read a letter on the girl’s behalf. In the letter, the 16-year-old says she started her relationship with Hutto after she started babysitting his son. She says they started texting at first and then the relationship turned physical.
Judge Burch sentenced Hutto to two-and-a-half years in prison. He will be placed on five years probation after prison time. Hutto must also register as a sex offender.
HOUSTON TX Dec 16 2011 – Two men face capital murder charges in a game room robbery that left a security guard dead.
It happened last month on Beaumont Highway at Shelter Road in east Harris County. Witnesses say Darrell Broussard, 28, and Edward Broussard, 26, stormed the illegal business before dawn and shot the security guard in the lobby.
The suspects then demanded money from the manager and shot him in the leg. The security guard, Ahmad Adnan Issaoui, died from his injuries. The manager, Luis Trelles, survived his injuries.
An anonymous tip helped investigators identify the suspects. Right now, they are still at large.
Darrell Broussard has a number of prior convictions for drugs, assault, robbery and theft.
Foster parent – soccer coach arraigned on 48 felony child molestation counts-bail set at $12 million
Yolo County CA DEc 16 2011 Cristan J. Rooms, a 29-year-old state licensed foster parent and youth Esparto soccer coach, was arraigned Thursday on 48 felony child molestation counts with a child under 14 and six misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.
The charges stem from his alleged conduct with two children between June 2007 and November 2011.
Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio set the bail at $12 million.
After Rooms’ arrest this week, Yolo County child welfare officials removed a 6-year-old foster child in his custody, authorities said.
The charges stem from his alleged assault of 14-year-old boy to whom he acted as a mentor and soccer and bowling coach, authorities said.
Rooms is a coach with Vacaville Youth Soccer in Vacaville, authorities said.
He was a foster parent licensed by the state Department of Social Services.
Paramus NJ Dec 16 2011 Police report that on Dec. 2 at 3:03 p.m., Paramus Park Mall security apprehended two shoplifters in the parking lot outside the mall.
The suspects assaulted the officers, and the male suspect fled to a silver GMC SUV with New York license plates, according to police.
As he drove away, he struck one of the officers, causing minor injury, police said.
The other suspect, Tracy Cabillero, 35, of Brooklyn, was subdued by mall security and placed under arrest by the Paramus Police Department.
She was charged with robbery, possession of burglary tools and assault, and remanded to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Police are still investigating the identity of the male suspect.
CULPEPER VA, Dec 16 2011 - Police say between November 25 and December 10, Avery King used fake cash to buy reloadable Walmart gift cards at the Wal-Mart in Culpeper where she worked.
She’s charged with 12 felonies.
All told right now $6,000 in counterfeit cash is circulating in the area.
Most of the bogus bills were hundreds, but there are some fifties.
The Secret Service is trying to get them out of circulation.
Los Angeles CA Dec 16 2011 Los Angeles police have arrested a man they say fired shots at a security guard outside the Chinese Consulate in Wilshire Center on Thursday afternoon, missing his target and hitting the building multiple times.
The man, identified only as being in his 50s, gave himself up to authorities. There were no reports of injury in the shooting, which took place about 2:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Shatto Place.
LAPD officials said a group of protesters had gathered outside the consulate when one man in the group got into a verbal dispute with a security guard, who allegedly had taken a sign from the man and tossed it in the trash.
The protester got into a vehicle and fired multiple shots in the direction of the security guard. Nine shots were fired and several hit the building, police said. All missed the security guard.
Police said a weapon has been recovered.
It was not immediately clear what the nature of the protest was, officials said.