RICHMOND, Va. May 21 2013 –Pastor Geronimo Scott Aguilar of the popular ROC mega church in South Richmond has been charged with aggravated sexual battery of a child under 14 in Tarrant County Texas, CBS-6 has confirmed.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 20 2013
San Jose police on Friday announced the arrest of an elementary school teacher who works in Campbell this week for illegally meeting a minor to engage in lewd or lascivious behavior, according to authorities.
The department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force arrested 41-year-old Cupertino resident Grant Blair on Wednesday.
The suspect, who teaches 4th and 5th grade at Old Orchard School in Campbell, contacted what he believed to be a minor on the internet and agreed to meet for sexual activity. The “minor” was in fact a police officer posing as a 13-year-old juvenile.
When the suspect arrived at the predetermined time and location, a park in San Jose, officers took him into custody without incident. The suspect was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
As a precaution, Campbell Police Department detectives have interviewed approximately 35 students at Old Orchard School who had prior contact with the suspect to ensure that there were no unreported incidents of lewd or inappropriate conduct.
Old Orchard School administration cooperated with the investigation and no prior incidents were uncovered. The suspect has worked at the school for approximately one year. The investigation into his previous employment is underway to ensure that there are no victims elsewhere.
“This case shows why ICAC is so valuable to our community,” said acting Police Chief Larry Esquivel. “Their job is finding and arresting child predators and, thankfully, they’re really good at what they do.”
Persons with information regarding this incident are urged to contact Detective Sean Pierce in the San Jose Police Department’s ICAC Unit at 408-537-1381. Persons wishing to provide information anonymously may call Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) and may be eligible for a reward.
Oro Valley AZ May 19 2013 A teacher arrested this week on suspicion of having sex with a student has been under scrutiny for months, a police official said.
In March, the Oro Valley Police Department School Resource Officers Unit began an investigation into a possible inappropriate relationship between Robert Richard Brush, 30, a marketing and media arts teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School, and a female student, Lt. Kara Riley, spokeswoman for the OVPD, said in a news release.
“The investigation was launched immediately once officers became aware of the incident. … However, there was insufficient evidence at that time to make an arrest,” she said.
Thursday, the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit “received additional information on Brush that they were able to substantiate and gather enough evidence” to make an arrest, Riley said.
Brush was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Brush, who was hired by the district in August 2012, was placed on administrative leave, said Todd Jaeger, associate superintendent and general counsel for the district. Brush passed a background check when he was hired, the district said in a letter released Friday.
“Certainly nothing in Mr. Brush’s background suggested that he was unfit to work as a teacher,” the district’s letter said.
In his teacher profile on the Ironwood Ridge High website, Brush wrote that he moved to Oro Valley from Washington state with his wife and two children. He has a degree in finance from Portland State University and, at the time of the posting, was pursuing a master’s degree in school administration. Before becoming a teacher, Brush worked for six years in commercial real estate investment, development and finance.
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MD. community health clinic therapist arrested for sex assault-indecent exposure www.privateofficer.com
SALISBURY, Md. May 2013 (AP) – A therapist at a community health clinic in Salisbury has been charged with making unwanted sexual advances on a patient.
Court documents show Clarence Green was charged this week with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense and indecent exposure.
The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the female patient told police he grabbed and hugged her after a therapy session in February.
Court documents show he asked the woman to expose her breasts, and when she declined, he exposed himself. Earlier, the woman said he slapped and grabbed her buttocks as she left an appointment.
The woman reported the incidents to police on May 6. The Daily Times reports that its calls to Three Lower Counties, where he practiced, were not returned on Friday
Phoenix AZ May 17 2013 Police said they arrested a volunteer drama teacher from Mountain Pointe High School yesterday after a former student told police he had a relationship with the teacher while a minor.
David Trujillo, 26, was arrested and charged with 15 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of sexual abuse, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.
As stated in a police report, parents of the former student at Mountain Pointe contacted school staff after their son confessed that he had been involved in a sexual relationship with Trujillo when he was a minor and a student at the school.
Trujillo was taken into custody at his home on Wednesday, May 15 and transported to Phoenix Police Headquarters where detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit interviewed him, according to Thompson.
The former student was contacted by police officers about the possibility of an inappropriate relationship with Trujillo last year, after he had become an adult. He denied any inappropriate relationship at that time.
Trujillo was a volunteer teacher at Mountain Pointe and a dance and drama instructor at other schools in the Valley, as well as at a private dance studio.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department, (602) 262-6151, or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
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BATON ROUGE, La. May 16 2013 (AP) — A teacher at Boyet Junior High School in Slidell has been accused of inappropriate contact with one of her former students.
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s Office said Tuesday that 34-year-old Traci Beaucoudray was booked Monday with three counts of indecent behavior involving juveniles, one count of computer-aided solicitation of minors and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/10oeOJB ) Beaucoudray’s employment with the St. Tammany Parish School System ended Friday.
Beaucoudray’s arrest came after a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s high technology crime unit, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Slidell Police Department. She remained jailed Tuesday. It was unclear whether she had an attorney.
RICHMOND, Va. May 16 2013—A local artist and an art teacher at Trinity Episcopal School has been arrested and charged with a felony of indecent liberties with a minor, his lawyer confirmed, for a relationship that allegedly happened two years ago.
William Lee Hazelgrove Jr., of the 2300 block of Stafford Court, was indicted by a Richmond grand jury on May 6 and arrested on May 8. The case has been continued until May 24, his lawyer confirmed.
The charges are for a relationship with a then 17-year-old that allegedly happened two years ago, in January 2011, his lawyer confirmed. Charges are that the alleged sexual abuse occurred over a five-month period and shortly thereafter the victim turned 18, his lawyer confirmed.
The school is located in Richmond, in the 3800 block of Pittaway Drive. Hazelgrove, who has taught there for more than a decade, is on administrative leave at this time. If found guilty, Hazelgrove faces up to five years in prison, and or a fine up to $2,500.
His lawyer, Todd Stone, spoke with CBS 6 on the phone and sent the station an email statement.
“Mr. Hazelgrove has made a substantial, positive impact over many years in the Richmond community,” Stone wrote in the email. “I urge those who know him to judge him based on their own first-hand experiences and not on this allegation for which he is presumed innocent.”
“He is truly devastated and saddened about the impact of this matter on the Trinity Episcopal School community.”
Local artists said Hazelgrove was one of the founding members of the 43rd Street festival of the Arts. An despite what he’s accused of doing, they said he’s made a big impact in the local arts community.
At the 43rd Street Gallery ,local artist, Foust is shocked “beyond belief.” She’s known Hazelgrove for 20 years.
“Skeptical at this point because that’s not the person I know at all. And never has been,” said Foust. She said Hazelgrove’s creative pottery is well-known in the South Richmond neighborhood.
Foust said the allegation against him is totally out of character. “This comes out of the blue. Just absolutely no idea that this would happen,”she said
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Whitfield County GA May 16 2013 A former gymnastics instructor, William `Billy` Newcom, 38, has been arrested in Whitfield County for sending inappropriate text messages and photographs to a former student, who is now 15 years of age.
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Union City CA May 16 2013 A longtime Union City teacher is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon on eight felony charges alleging that he molested eight different female students.
Michael William Howry, 47, a third grade teacher at Alvarado Elementary School, was arrested at his home in Alameda on Wednesday and is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $1.5 million bail. [ His last name is listed as “Howey” on New Haven Unified School District records, but the Alameda County District Attorney’s office lists his last name as “Howry.”
He was initially charged with committing numerous sex acts with minors, but on Friday the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Howry with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 and five counts of child molestation.
According to police, authorities began investigating Howey on April 12 after receiving information from an adult witness alleging that Howey had engaged in criminal misconduct with a female student.
Howey was immediately put on administrative leave, authorities said.
Investigators interviewed a number of students at the elementary school and learned of additional allegations of misconduct.
A warrant was served Wednesday at Howey’s home in Alameda and he was arrested without incident.
Howey has no criminal history or prior arrests, police said.
According to New Haven Unified School District Chief Personnel Officer Derek McNamara, Howey is a 15-year veteran of the local school district and has taught various grade levels at both elementary and middle schools. Records show that he taught kindergarten in 2009.
Though he could not comment on the investigation, McNamara told Patch that Howey “has been a standout employee” with no previous accusations or violations.
According to past district releases, Howey led fundraising efforts in 2011 to provide relief to victims of the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan. In 2008, he served as New Haven’s “energy manager,” helping to reduce the district’s operational costs through energy-saving efforts.
Due to the nature of the allegations, support will be available for students and staff at the elementary school, according to the district.
Thurston County WA May 16 2013 Detectives with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 19-year-old former lifeguard at Great Wolf Lodge on suspicion of third-degree child rape, court records state.
Alex Salazar, who was arrested Tuesday at Rochester High School, where he is a senior, is accused in court papers of raping a 14-year-old girl whom he met while she was staying at Great Wolf Lodge with family.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy ordered Salazar held at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of third-degree rape of a child and second-degree rape. She set his bail at $20,000.
The alleged rape occurred on Tuesday, court papers state. Great Wolf Lodge security staff have shared surveillance footage with detectives showing the girl and Salazar leaving the hotel just past midnight Tuesday.
The girl has said Salazar drove her to an unknown location in his car and raped her, court papers state.
She has told detectives she did not consent to the sexual contact with Salazar. Salazar denied this, stating that “he stopped when she said to stop.”
Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said Wednesday that the girl has injuries that are consistent with sexual assault. Elwin said the girl and her family are from Oregon, and were staying at Great Wolf Lodge on a vacation.
Salazar told detectives that the accuser told him she is 14-years-old, but he said, “he did not believe her,” according to court records.
The 14-year-old and her 21-year-old sister both befriended Salazar while they were guests at Great Wolf Lodge, court papers state. They both “advised the lifeguard of the victim’s age of 14-years-old,” court papers state.
When Salazar saw a deputy approach him at Rochester High School Tuesday, he “immediately began crying and said, ‘I messed up,’” court records state.
If Salazar makes bail, he will be allowed to complete his education at Rochester High School and graduate, court papers state. As a condition of his release, however, he must remain at home when he is not in school.
Salazar’s father, Jaime Salazar, said outside court Wednesday that he is shocked by the allegations against his son.
“He’s a nice kid, we’ve never had any problems,” he said.
Court records indicate Great Wolf Lodge has fired Salazar from his position as a lifeguard.
Salazar has no criminal history. Salazar’s third-degree rape of a child allegation is due to the age difference between him and the alleged victim. The second-degree rape allegation is due to the girl’s statements that she did not give consent. Source-the olympian
Gilroy CA May 15 2013 Police arrested Robert William Lincoln, 50, of Capitola on Tuesday morning on a bevy of sexual molestation charges after a week-long investigation, Sgt. Pedro Espinoza announced in a press release.
Lincoln was a math teacher at Rancho San Justo Middle School in Hollister when he met the victim, a Gilroy resident, in 2009. He then befriended the victim’s family and initiated a sexual relationship with her in 2011, when she was 15.
According to Espinoza, the sexual incidents occurred in Hollister and Gilroy, where the victim lives. It is not believed that sexual misconduct ever occurred on school grounds.
Lincoln, who no longer teaches full time, but instead is a substitute, surrendered at the Gilroy Police Department at 11 a.m. Monday morning, Espinoza said. He immediately posted $200,000 bail and was released.
His charges include lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14- or 15-years old with the suspect being at least 10 years older, oral copulation with a person under 16 with the suspect over 21, lewd and lascivious act with psychological harm to the victim, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor being three years younger than the perpetrator and person over 21 participating in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 18 years old.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Gilroy Police Detective Rob Basuino at 408-846-0350. Parties wishing to remain anonymous may call We-Tip at 1-800-782-7463 (1-800-78-CRIME).
Gilroy Police Detectives continue to investigate the allegations with the cooperation of the Hollister Police Department and the Hollister School District. This investigation is ongoing and the public is urged to call to report any misconduct that may have gone unreported involving Robert Lincoln.
Houston TX May 14 2013 The Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District Police Department has concluded its investigation of an allegation made earlier this spring of teacher misconduct.
As a result of the investigation, Tina Quiser was arrested and charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student on Wednesday, May 8.
“After a comprehensive and thorough investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for (Tina Quiser) and she was taken into custody,” said Chief R. Joseph.
The male student suspected to be involved in the relationship was not underage at the time of the alleged misconduct and has since graduated from high school.
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FREEHOLD NJ May 13 2013 — A 60-year-old guitar teacher has been accused of spanking one of his young students for his own sexual gratification.
Frank Dilberto Jr. of Manalapan was charged Thursday with sexual assault of a child under 13, for touching the buttocks of the child, as well as child endangerment, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said.
The spanking occurred over the past few months at Musician’s Workshop in Manalapan, a store where Dilberto works, authorities said. A person who answered the phone at the shop Friday said he had not heard of the arrest.
Dilberto was jailed with bail set at $200,000. He’s been ordered to have no contact with the student and to stay away from the music store.
LAS VEGAS NV May 13 2013
An English teacher at Foothill High School in Henderson has been arrested on allegations of luring a minor with a mental illness to engage in a sex act.
Amanda N. Brennan, 24, was arrested late Friday by the Metropolitan Police Department and booked into jail on two charges of luring a child to engage in a sex act and one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the charges involved a student or if the alleged crime occurred on school grounds. Las Vegas police didn’t have any information available Saturday on the circumstances of the arrest.
Brennan will be placed on administrative leave and not allowed in her classroom or the school Monday, Clark County School District spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said.
While Brennan is on leave, the district will complete an investigation, and further administrative action against her could take place within 48 hours, Fulkerson said.
Brennan’s teaching license was issued in 2011, according to state certification records.
Brennan wasn’t listed as a jail inmate Saturday in the Clark County Detention Center’s database.Her bail has been set at $20,000.
Lakeland, FL May 12 2013 — 41-year-old Coach James Shannon Arnett is married and a father of four. And on Wednesday, he was arrested during football practice at Lake Gibson High School, charged with two felony counts of possessing child pornography.
“We know of at least two children that we are going to talk to, to see if there was any inappropriate contact with them,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, “but we certainly fear that there may be other victims out there.”
Sheriff Judd says Arnett recently reported losing a computer thumb drive at school. A student apparently found it, opened it up at home to see who it belonged to, and found thousands of images stored on it.
They included naked adult women, high school-aged girls and younger children with clothing on, but in in erotic poses. Two of the thousands of images, says Judd, rise to the level of illegal child pornography.
The student who found it turned it in.
“He went to the school resource deputy this week and said, ‘I have a 12-year-old sister and I’m really PO’d by what I saw on this,’” said Judd.
Also disturbing: investigators say there are “a lot” of pictures of female students at Lake Gibson High School. They describe the girls as being in suggestive poses, such as leaning over desks.
Their images were in almost all cases, apparently snapped without their knowledge, says Judd.
Emily Thompson, a 9th grader, says it’s creepy.
“It’s definitely not funny,” she said, “it’s just… repulsing.”
Several students say Arnett is a well-regarded coach and teacher. News of his arrest — the talk of the campus today — was a shocker.
“I really don’t know what to believe. Coach Arnett seemed like a really good guy, and what happened was just terrible,” said sophomore Aaron Stewart.
Investigators say Arnett also took similar pictures at a nearby park along Duff Road.
He’s confessed to all of it, they say, except the child porn pics. He denies knowing anything about them. The sheriff says Arnett claimed he was introduced to porn at the age of 9, and has been addicted to it since then.
While the rest of the images may not be illegal, they are alarming, said Judd, and he questions whether Arnett had acted inappropriately in the past, or was possibly “grooming” children for something more sinister.
“Because we know that is a pattern of activity that follows this kind of photo taking,” said Sheriff Judd.
Judd says there is no evidence Arnett ever abused any of his own four children.
Polk County School Board says Arnett, who has worked on-and-off 13 years with the district, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
They’ve launched an internal investigation of their own, and plan to have crisis counselors on hand at Lake Gibson High School Friday to address any students’ concerns.
Fort Worth TX May 12 2013 A teacher with the Princeton Independent School District has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.
Matthew Pappas, 30, is an 8th math grade teacher at Clark Jr. High School who moved to McKinney after graduating from Ohio State University in 2004, according to his web page on the district’s website.
Pappas, who is married, was arrested shortly after midnight Wednesday by McKinney police and booked into the Collin County Detention Center. He was released after posting $100,000 bond.
In a statement released Thursday morning, the district said Pappas has been placed on leave and that the alleged incident did not occur on school property and did not involve a student in the Princeton district. Thursday afternoon, McKinney police clarified the district’s earlier statement and said the victim was a student in the Princeton district, but that the alleged offense occurred in McKinney.
Philip Anthony, superintendent of schools for the Princeton ISD, released the following statement after learning of Pappas’ arrest:
“The safety of our students is our top priority. The District will fully cooperate with law enforcement as it investigates the charges.”
A letter outlining the teacher’s arrest was sent to parents of students in the district.
Source: NBC Fort Worth
SEMINOLE COUNTY FL May 12 2013
A Seminole County teacher is accused of sexually abusing a female student at a Longwood high school.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Scott Kimbrough Wednesday night on three counts of sexual assault on a minor.
Lyman High School officials contacted law enforcement Wednesday after they learned of possible inappropriate activity between a teacher and a 17-year-old female student.
The sexual abuse is believed to have occurred over the past three months at Kimbrough’s home in Winter Park. Investigators said it was substantiated following an interview with the victim.
Kimbrough, a math teacher at the school, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on a $10,200 bond. He posted bond early Thursday morning and is no longer in custody.
According to a school sponsored website, Kimbrogh also ran the school’s anime club, which met after school.
Students News 13 spoke to said he was well-liked and were shocked to hear about the relationship.
Investigators are currently looking into the possibility of additional victims and are asking anyone with information to call Sheriff’s Office at 407-665-6650.
The school district has declined to comment.
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Moore County NC May 11 2013 A Southern Middle School teacher has been arrested for having “an improper relationship” with a student not from that school, said a Moore County Schools spokesperson.
Social studies instructor Gregory Kurt Smith, 50, of Cameron, was arrested at 10 a.m. Wednesday by the Moore County Schools Police. The name of the victim, a 17-year old Pinecrest High School student, was withheld in the police report.
“Following a thorough investigation, the Moore County Schools Police have charged a Southern Middle School teacher with having an improper relationship with a student who attends another school in the system,” said schools spokesman Tim Lussier. “The safety and well-being of our students is always our first priority, and we purposely strive to ensure our employees are held to the highest moral and ethical standards.”
Lussier said that while “it is the policy of Moore County Schools to not discuss personnel issues,” he stated that (Smith) “is no longer an employee of the school system effective May 8, 2013. > >
“An occurrence such as this deeply affects both our school system and our community,” Lussier said. >”It is our intent to ensure that the involved student, as well as students at Southern Middle School, have counselors available to provide them with a sense of normalcy through these final weeks of the school year.”
Smith faces five charges of sex offense with a student and is in the Moore County jail under a $1 million secured bond.
Smith is the second Moore County teacher arrested in recent weeks. Don Hooker, a former special education teacher at Union Pines High School, was charged last month with simple assault on a handicapped person after a parent accused him of unprofessional conduct in the classroom.
According to a Moore County Schools Police report, Hooker was accused of pushing a student “into a chair, causing him to hit his head on the arm of the chair inflicting (injury.)”
Hooker, who had begun his position in 2007, resigned from the school system April 8.
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Cedar Hill TX May 11 2013 – A Dallas-area middle school teacher was arrested on Wednesday following allegations by two of her students that she engaged in illicit sexual conduct with them.
WFAA reports that 31-year-old Marlena Mints, a health and sex education teacher at Bessie Coleman Middle School in Cedar Hill, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and two counts of improper relationships with students.
According to the police arrest warrant, a 13-year-old boy informed a coach that he had engaged in sexual contact with Mints. The Dallas Morning News reports that when the coach told the boy that what happened to him was legally rape, he replied that the teacher was “just a cougar who likes younger men” and that he was “one of her favorites.”
Mints and the alleged victim, who was in her sexual education class, were allegedly exchanging texts one day when he told her there was something wrong with his penis. Mints allegedly replied that she would have to see his penis to determine what was wrong with it. She allegedly told him to come to the school, and when he did, she allegedly performed a sex act on him.
In an interview with police, the boy said that “he has been allowed to also touch (Mints’) breast and buttock on numerous occasions while spending time in [her] classroom in the presence of other students who were allowed to do the same.”
Police also identified a second alleged victim, who they claim told them that Mints picked him up from his home during spring break and brought him back to her home where they engaged in illicit sexual activity. The boy claims that Mints initiated the relationship by texting him and asking “if he liked white girls.”
Mints, who has worked in Cedar Hill schools since 2006, has been placed on administrative leave. She was booked into the Dallas County Jail, where she is being held on a $300,000 bond.
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Harlan County KY May 11 2013 A former teacher in southeastern Kentucky has been arrested on charges he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy.
Kentucky State Police charged 47-year-old Deron F. Saylor of Coldiron with first-degree sexual abuse, unlawful transaction with a minor and two other felonies related to obscene materials allegedly sent to the boy.
An arrest warrant says Saylor subjected the boy to sexual contact while being a person of authority.
Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard told the Harlan Daily Enterprise ( http://bit.ly/ZU59uw) Saylor had lost his teaching job at Rosspoint Elementary in Baxter due to budget cuts. He continued as a substitute in the district after that, and police say he was in that role when the alleged crimes occurred.
Police say Saylor allegedly sent obscene materials to the juvenile and gave him alcohol.
Washington DC May 11 2013 To the families who knew him through the years in Southeast Washington, Robert Dickey was a caring and accessible pediatrician who dedicated decades to the wellness of thousands of children from the District’s poorest wards.
But this week, some of those families are reeling from the news that Dickey, 73, is in jail, under arrest for allegedly possessing child pornography on his office computer. And they are dealing with fear and uncertainty over whether their children might have been victims, too.
Federal authorities investigating the case said there is no indication that Dickey abused his patients or had pornography involving any of them. On Thursday, Dickey made his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Washington, where Magistrate Judge Alan Kay ordered him detained until May 23 to give prosecutors more time to analyze seized computer equipment.
The FBI said they searched Dickey’s office and arrested him Wednesday after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tracked an Internet download to his computer.
According to a criminal complaint, the FBI found 14 images of child pornography on the computer, and agents found Dickey looking at some of the pictures when they raided his home office overlooking Fort Dupont Park in Southeast.
Parents who have taken their children to Dickey’s practice over the years said they were upset by the allegations and worried that there might be more to the case. One woman, who declined to be identified, said her 19-year-old son is “now thinking back and asking himself, ‘Did something else happen?’ ”
Eric Coleman, 43, the father of a 5-year-old patient of Dickey’s, went to the federal courthouse to watch the proceedings because he was worried that the doctor might be released.
“I’m glad he’s still in jail,” Coleman said after the hearing. “I’m saddened by what happened,” he added, noting that he had not yet told his child.
Along the placid, meandering street where Dickey lived and worked, neighbors reacted to the case with horror. Those related to patients said they had not told their children. Many said they felt betrayed by yet another institution responsible for caring for the most vulnerable.
“It’s the church, teachers, coaches,” said Kenneth Barnes, 58, a neighbor who counts six nieces and nephews among Dickey’s patients. “Now a doctor. Who can you trust anymore?”
Barnes said that only one of his nieces was still a patient of Dickey’s at the time of the arrest and that she never raised suspicions about his behavior. Barnes said he chatted with the doctor nearly every day as their paths crossed during their morning routines: Barnes walking his pit bull, Mimi, and Dickey riding his bike before seeing patients.
Barnes recalled that the day before the arrest, Dickey had told him how to relieve his allergic reactions to pollen. “I mean, who doesn’t want a doctor for a neighbor?” he said.
During Thursday’s hearing in federal court, Dickey, wearing a tan, short-sleeve shirt, sat hunched over a table. Guarded by deputy U.S. marshals, Dickey took off his glasses to put on a headset so he could hear better, and he responded to the judge’s questions with one- and two-word answers.
Outside the courtroom, Dickey’s wife, Michelle Dickey, and his attorney declined to comment. A relative led Michelle Dickey away without acknowledging the cluster of reporters and camera crews.
For a time, Dickey was one of the few pediatricians with practices east of the Anacostia River. His patients sometimes referred to him affectionately as “Dickey Doctor.”
It was Dr. Dickey or nobody,” said Barnes, the neighbor. “We’re talking 30 years of service to a community that desperately needed doctors to treat black people.”
Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, stressed that the two charges filed against Dickey allege only that he downloaded and possessed child pornography. The charges carry penalties of five to 20 years in prison.
Lindsay Godwin, a spokeswoman with the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said she could not comment on whether parents are calling with concerns or possible leads.
Dickey received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. Then he worked as an engineer for the CIA, according to a Washington Post profile published in 1978. He graduated from the University of Minnesota’s medical school in 1970, according to that state’s Board of Medical Practices. His medical license is valid in the District through December 2014.
The Post’s profile described Dickey as a doctor revered for his generosity. He charged less to those who earned less, and his patients appreciated his long-standing commitment to a part of the city that was largely neglected.
More doctors and clinics do business now in wards 7 and 8 than when Dickey opened his practice in Anacostia in the late 1970s. But a comprehensive study by the D.C. Department of Health in 2011 concluded that health care in those areas still lags behind what is available in more-affluent parts of Washington. Department spokeswoman Najma Roberts said efforts are underway to change that.
Demand for Dickey’s services did not wane as conditions improved and he got older. He remained an institution. His patients became parents, and they, in turn, sent their children to him.
Barnes described the flow of patients on a typical weekday. Shortly after 7 a.m., cars would line both sides of the street, and parents would tow their children inside to see the doctor.
On Thursday, people were still coming, but this time, it was to claim medical files so they could change doctors.
Dickey’s large red-brick home was sealed, and a sign on the side door leading to his exam rooms read, “Office closed.” A note urged people to fax requests for medical records; the answering machine was full, and nobody came to the door.
A woman pulled up in a minivan driven by her husband and jotted down the fax number. She has five children, some grown and some, including 4-year-old twins, who were seeing Dickey before his arrest.
“My children loved him,” said the woman, who wanted to remain anonymous to protect her children. “Whenever my boy bangs or bruises something, he says to me, ‘Get Dickey Doctor.’ ”
Parents said Dickey answered his phone 24 hours a day and talked them through countless sleepless nights with sick children.
The woman in the minivan said Dickey guided her over the telephone as she reset her daughter’s dislocated shoulder, making the trip to the hospital easier.
Now, the woman said, “I feel sick to my stomach.”
Source: Washington Post
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U.S. Attorney’s Office
BALTIMORE MD May 10 2013—Anthony Maurice Cottle, age 23, of Owings Mills, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to sexual exploitation of a minor to produced child pornography and to possession of child pornography.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore Police Department; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.
According to his plea agreement, in June and July 2012, Cottle, a former firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department, engaged in sexually explicit conduct with two minor males in order to produce visual depictions of the abuse, including two videos. Cottle produced one video that depicts the genitalia of a minor male and Cottle performing sex acts on the boy. Cottle produced a second video depicting the genitalia of another minor male. More than 600 images of child pornography were recovered from Cottle’s computer and cell phone.
In addition to the videos produced by Cottle, images of several other child victims, whom Cottle solicited to send him photos of their genitals, were found. Cottle admitted that on some occasions, he used video chat to capture the image live, and on other occasions, the minor would send a photograph via cell phone.
As part of his plea agreement, Cottle must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
Cottle faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release for production of child pornography; and a maximum of 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for July 18, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the “Resources” tab on the left of the page.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore, the FBI, Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore Police Department, and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. U.S. Attorney Rosenstein also recognized the Baltimore County Fire Department for its assistance in this case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Ayn B. Ducao, who is prosecuting the case.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
BUFFALO, NY May 2013—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Willie G. Reid, 46, of Olean, New York, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with distribution and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant is a registered nurse at Olean General Hospital. As a nurse, Reid’s duties included working in the Pediatric Unit. According to the complaint, between February 9, 2012 and February 8, 2013, the defendant downloaded videos and images of child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program. Some of the videos and images included pre-pubescent children and depictions of violence.
The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. Reid is being detained pending a detention hearing on May 8, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state ,and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.
The arrest is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Richard M. Frankel, Acting Special Agent in Charge and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.