Convicted sexual predators in the county will soon be outed to their neighbors by a big, red sign posted outside their homes warning others that a convicted sexual predator lives inside the residence.
According to Brad Smith, the department’s Chief of Operations, a sexual predator is defined as someone who’s been convicted of a first-degree felony that’s sexual in nature or multiple second-degree felonies that are sexual in nature.
In an interview with Vice magazine, Brad explained that a Florida statute dictates they make the public aware of these sexual predators, which they already do via Facebook and by going door-to-door whenever a sexual predator is moving into a neighborhood.
Placing the signs helps notify people who move into the neighborhood after the sexual predator has already located there, and keeps children away from the residence. When asked if he thought this may lead to the people living at these addresses being harassed, Brad answered, “We don’t expect that to happen, and if it does, we will do everything in our power to protect the person’s rights.”
Sheriff Smith said his main focus is is to protect the community, not worrying about how a sexual predator feels about a sign in their front yard.…
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL – Neighbors say a 50-year-old Donald Hughes, a convicted sex offender, has been walking around outside his house completely naked. It happened so many times, according to them, they lost count.
Now Hughes is in jail, facing multiple charges, including probation violations.
One resident who wished to remain anonymous said she got tired of having to look away and reported Hughes to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
“He would walk around completely stark naked and not even know he was naked,” she said. Not know? Wonder how she could tell.
The woman told reporters that she was so concerned, she trained her children to come inside whenever they saw him in the backyard. “My six-year-old would run inside and say, ‘Mommy the bad man’s outside,'” she said. “It’s kind of become something that I’m not surprised to see anymore.”
Another witness claims that he saw Hughes sitting on his front porch in only his birthday suit, while children were getting off the school bus. We hope Hughes didn’t wave to them.…
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Police say 65-year-old Henry Clifford Byrd Sr., a registered sex offender, is in custody after being accused of raping a 10-year-old girl at a church in Winston-Salem last week.
Police began investigating after being called to the church over allegations that a young girl had been sexually assaulted during a church event at the New Bethel Baptist Church.
Byrd, who served three years for taking indecent liberties with a minor back in 2000, had been invited to participate in church activities. We all know pedophiles and churches go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong, and during the evening’s festivities, Byrd sexually assaulted the girl.
Henry Clifford Byrd Sr. was arrested at his home without incident, and charged with first-degree rape and with taking indecent liberties with the girl. No details were released about how Byrd was able to molest the girl without attracting the attention of others.
Police said Byrd was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond and is scheduled to be back in court on April 25. …
CLARKSVILLE, IN – Police say 49-year-old Richard Hooten, a fugitive sex offender, is suspected of the rape and murder of 17-year-old Tara Willenborg over the weekend.
Willenborg’s body was found by her boyfriend early Saturday morning inside the Clarksville apartment the couple shared. She had been raped and died from asphyxiation. According to prosecutor Steven Smith, Willenborg suffered a ‘horrible death’.
Willenborg’s father said his daughter had attended Jeffersonville High School where she was a member of the cross country team. She’d recently earned her G.E.D. and had just moved into the apartment with her boyfriend in January. She would have turned 18 next Sunday.
Police would arrest Hooten on unrelated charges after seeing him wandering around outside near the apartment.
“Officers found him walking. He sort of fit the description and at that time they asked for his identity and ran a background check and noticed he had outstanding warrants,” said Darrell Rayborn with the Clarksville Police Department.
The warrant was issued because Hooten had failed to register as a sex offender.…
California – Thousands of paroled child molesters and rapists in California are removing court-ordered GPS monitors, aware there’s little risk of serving time for doing so, and some are being charged with new crimes that include sexual battery, kidnapping and attempted manslaughter.
A Times investigation has revealed that since October 2011, when the state began referring parole offenders go to county jails instead overcrowded prisons, more than 3,400 arrest warrants for convicts who tampered with tracking devices. Most of these warrants were for sex offenders, and many were for repeat violations.
“It’s a huge problem,” said Fresno parole agent Matt Hill. “If the public knew, they’d be shocked.”
California has 33 adult prisons designed to hold a maximum of 80,000 prisoners, but currently has 140,000. The Supreme Court declared California prison overcrowding unconstitutional in 2011, stating California cannot imprison more than 109,805 inmates at any time, then ordered 33,000 prisoners be released over two years
To help with this demand, Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a “realignment” program that would see 52,000 prisoners released, 19,000 more than what was required.…
Splendora, TX – Robbie Middleton, a 20-year-old man who had been struggling most of his life with burns sustained in a 1998 attack, taped a video just prior to his death in April 2011. In it, he accuses Don Collins, who was 13-years-old at the time of the incident, not only with setting him ablaze, but also raping him two weeks prior to the debilitating attack.
Middleton was celebrating his eighth birthday back in 1998, walking a forest path on his way to a friend’s house, when he encountered Collins, who allegedly tied him to a tree with fishing line, threw a cup of gasoline on his face, and lit him on fire. Middleton was able to free himself, but only after the heat of the blaze had melted the lines securing him. His burns, as you might imagine, were traumatic, leaving him permanently disfigured and without eyelids.
Though Collins was detained right after the attack, he was never formally charged due to a lack of evidence to make a conviction likely. …
Farmington, UT – Michael Selleneit, 54, a man who allegedly shot his neighbor, 41-year-old Tony Pierce, in October 2011, has been found fit to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and illegally possessing a firearm. Selleneit claims he acted in self-defense, and seems to be leaning toward sticking with a “not guilty” plea.
Selleneit reportedly not only believes that his wife has been “telepathically raped” by Pierce on numerous occasions, but that guitarist Eddie Van Halen sometimes visits him “in his mind” to “help him out.” In addition, he is apparently under the impression that Pierce had been having sex parties with his wife since the 90’s, and that he controls her mind with crack cocaine.
However, the telepathic message that finally prompted Selleneit to put a bullet in Pierce’s back was “We’re having a sex party tonight. There will be cocaine. If you don’t come, I’ll kill you.” Let it be noted that the spelling of “come” potentially changes the meaning of this threat to a significant degree. Pierce eventually recovered from his bullet wound, but may be left with a lingering prejudice against mentally ill white trash.…
Port Angeles, WA – Patrick Drum, 34, the man arrested for killing two men who had previous convictions for sexual offenses, has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
I wrote this story up back in June, soon after the killings took place. I’m sure you’ll want to reacquaint yourself with it and read through some of the comments from people who were lauding Drum’s actions, despite the fact that one of his victims’ convictions was from back in 2001, when he was in high school, and could very well have been a result of consensual sex. It’s unfortunate that I did not include that in the original text of the story, and only mentioned it in the comments section.
Drum and Lee Blanton, 28, were both renting space in the same house when Drum shot him multiple times. Drum then went to the home of Jerry Wayne Ray, 57, another convicted sex offender with whom he was acquainted, and proceeded to shoot him fatally. Jerry Wayne Ray was a convicted child rapist.…
Conway, SC — A man in South Carolina is a little peeved over the fact that the registered sex offender convicted of soliciting his 10-year-old daughter for sex is still allowed to live next door.
Kerry Marlowe was convicted of criminal solicitation of a minor and had to registered as a sex offender because of an incident that happened between him and his neighbor’s 10-year-old daughter last fall.
According to the girl’s father, Chris Smith, his daughter was playing with Marlowe’s cat by the chain link fence that separates their yards. Smith’s daughter says that Marlowe was standing on his side of the fence when he asked her about her bra size. She says Marlowe then said he wanted to rub lotion on her, exposed himself, and leaned over the fence to try and kiss her. After the girl went inside and told her father what happened, Smith called police.
Marlowe was arrested a few days later and charged with committing a lewd act on a minor. At his probation hearing, Marlowe was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet and not to go within a mile of the neighborhood.…
Novosibirsk, Russia – After yesterday’s story of involuntary penectomy, I feel the desperate need to redeem myself by reporting on another such incident, only this time performed on a wholly deserving individual.
Svetlana Serafina, 25, was working behind the counter of a sauna establishment, dozing a bit on a slow day, when Dmitry Zubarev, 29, walked in pretending to be a legitimate customer. Next thing she knew, she was being struck in the head.
“I opened my eyes and saw this man standing in front of me, his teeth were clenched and he had his hands in fists, and he started punching me, then he kicked me to the ground when I tried to flee. He was tearing at my clothes and then he pulled down his trousers and put his penis in my mouth, that was when I bit down as hard as I could, and didn’t let go,” she said.
Now, I’m not a person who would ever entertain the idea of committing rape, but if I were, I like to think that I’d be smart enough to avoid the oral variety. …
EDINBURG, Texas — A character from the movie Wrong Turn called police the other day and admitted that he was the man responsible for two separate murders committed in the ’70s.
Jeffrey Cutlip is a 63-year-old sex offender with a long history of arrests and stints in prison, including an 11 year prison sentence for a 1982 first-degree sodomy and first-degree burglary conviction.
But it seems Cutlip has either grown a conscience or now needs a place to live, because he called a Texas police department on Saturday and wanted to talk to detectives “about some bad things he had done in the past.” Then, according to a police spokesman, Cutlip confessed to three to four homicides in Portland.
One of his alleged victims was 15-year-old Julie Marie Bennett. She was last seen on April 4, 1977 walking with Cutlip, then 27, after stopping in a convenience store to buy beer and cigarettes. Her body was found two days later face-down in a creek. An autopsy showed Bennett had died from drowning.…
Portland, Ore. — A registered sex offender was arrested the other day after he tried to sexually assault a 10-year-old boy in a Wendy’s bathroom and stabbed the child several times when he fought back.
Police say on Sunday, 49-year-old Adam Lee Brown stood outside a Wendy’s bathroom door and forced a 10-year-old boy inside. After locking the door behind him, Brown allegedly attempted to sexually assault the boy. When the boy fought back, Brown stabbed him several times with a knife.
Before I go on, here’s a little background on Brown.
He’s a registered sex offender who served 11 years in prison for molesting at least nine children in 1992. The HIV-positive preacher’s son would force his victims into silence by threatening them with knives, scissors and matches. In some cases he would rely on the oldest trick in the book by warning them that Satan would come if they didn’t do what he wanted.
In 1993, Brown was convicted of three counts of first-degree sodomy after pleading no contest to lesser charges–prosecutors tried to charge him with murder because he knew he was possibly infecting children with HIV. …
Lake Charles, LA – Charles Lee Bergeron Sr., 80, pleaded guilty in December to 12 counts of oral sexual battery, 12 counts of indecent behavior and one count of sexual battery. Prosecutor Cynthia Guillory asked Judge Clayton Davis to impose the maximum sentence possible, citing him as the “sickest of the sick.”
After reading countless articles about Luca Magnotta, I’m not sure I completely agree with Guillory, but I’m definitely willing to give Bergeron a Pedophile Medal of Honor and perhaps some sort of Lifetime Achievement Award for his noteworthy career in criminal deviancy, a career that started as far back as his first arrest in 1975.
Bergeron’s M.O., it seems, would be to invite young boys to his home, intoxicate them with alcohol and/or drugs until they’d passed out, and then perform oral sex on them. “He said he told them that he was an old man and needed testosterone … needed their semen to live, basically,” Guillory said. “Now that’s sick.” Bergeron certainly didn’t make it easy on himself, as I can’t imagine extracting semen from the penis of a heavily-drugged individual would be the easiest way to go, no matter what the age of the victim. …
Olympic Peninsula, WA – Patrick Drum, 34, really hates sex offenders; at least that’s what the note he allegedly left for investigators seemed to indicate. Drum was arrested in Port Angeles after a 3-1/2 hour manhunt in dense woods, a result of the discovery of two dead bodies, both Level II sex offenders, both personal acquaintances of the accused. A Level II sex offender is defined as a person who has been convicted of a sex offense and presents a moderate likelihood of committing another similar offense.
The two victims, Jerry Wayne Ray, 56, and Gary Lee Blanton, 28, were found shot to death in separate houses. Ray owned a conviction for first-degree child-rape; Blanton, third-degree rape. The note Drum is said to have left for police indicated that he was sorry for his actions, but that it “had to be done,” and that he would take full responsibility for “taking care of some problems.” As it turns out, Blanton was renting a room from Drum at the time of the murders.…
St. Louis, MO – When you’re a 37-year-old dude and you tell your buddies that your girlfriend is 28, they’re likely to be impressed…unless you’re Shawn Ingram and that girlfriend happens to be the absolutely atrocious-looking Dana Kintz.
Our fairy tale begins like most do; with a domestic abuse call to police. Kintz called 911 on March 12th claiming that Ingram had struck her, which is when resembling a snowman constructed of memory foam is likely advantageous. Domestic abuse charges were not ultimately pursued though, for some reason, the officer was able to get his hands on Ingram’s cell phone. On it, they found child pornography and pictures of Kintz engaged in sex acts with a dog. And now I can’t stop shivering.
Both were charged with unlawful sex with an animal (as opposed to the lawful kind, I suppose). I guess it’s lucky for them that Missouri is relatively accepting of vertebrate-buggering, categorizing it only as a misdemeanor. Ingram wasn’t quite as lucky. He’s facing felony charges for possession of child pornography.…
Los Angeles, CA – Mayra Gonzalez’s daughter is probably wrestling with her plans for the rapidly-approaching annual celebration of Mother’s Day, since hers reportedly gave birth to her boyfriend’s son six weeks ago. Gonzalez, 32 years old and now a mother of three, was arrested Thursday and has been charged with six felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 and two felony counts of oral copulation with a minor under 18.
There are no laws on the books specifically about reverse cowgirls, apparently, but I’m going to go ahead and assume that she’d have been charged with that too if there were.
Gonzalez’s relationship with her daughter’s boyfriend, 16, was allegedly first consummated back in July of 2011, and is said to have consisted of six sexual encounters, the last of which occurred on Christmas Eve, 2011. She claims to be “in love” with the boy.
“Apparently, it was continuously happening until people in the neighborhood saw it was going on,” Santa Ana Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna told CBS Los Angeles.…
CLAYTON, MO – Tessa L. Vanvlerah, 22, from St. Louis, pleaded guilty in January to incest, statutory sodomy, and statutory rape in several attacks against her daughter. A judge recently handed her two consecutive life sentences, rejecting her lawyers’ claim that she suffers from dependent-personality psychological disorder.
It all started back in 2009, when Vanvlerah met California State University East Bay professor Kenneth Kyle, 49, online. On at least four occasions, Kyle visited Vanvlerah in St. Louis hotels to have sex with her and her daughter.
The daughter was just 5 months old at the time of the first attack, and 10 months old at the time of the last one. Vanvlerah says she knew the attacks on her daughter were wrong, and though she inexplicably didn’t draw a line at participating in the rape of her own child, she did refuse to engage with Kyle in acts of bestiality. Let me go scrounge up a medal for you, Tessa.
Kyle was arrested back in 2010 on unrelated child pornography charges. …
Salem, OR – Christina Marie Lopez, 42, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to attempted use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct for allowing her 17-year-old daughter, Nicole Madril, to work as a nude stripper. She is also required to register as a sex offender for the next ten years.
Back in December, Lopez, possibly the Guinness Book’s current world-record holder for “Most Haggard-Looking 42-Year-Old,” complained to police and the media that Presley’s Playhouse in Salem had hired her underage daughter as a “dancer.” At the time, she was claiming that she’d only become aware of her daughter’s new job after finding high-heeled shoes in her bedroom.
She was quoted as saying, “It makes me sick. Makes me sick thinking she’s 17, but to me she still has a little kid’s body.” My translation? Glad you asked: “My girl needs some implants real bad.”
From my perspective, I view Lopez’s offense more as a crime against all but the optically challenged, and I can’t help but think she was busy working on a hare-brained scheme to get some kind of a court settlement from the club.…