The small farming town of La Vernia is getting hit with a sex scandal involving high school athletes after a total of nine high school athletes – seven juveniles and two adult teens – were arrested on sexual assault related charges.
The juveniles that were arrested have since been released to their parents. The two adult teens were arrested at the school and were booked into Wilson County Jail in Floresville.
Police are not releasing details about the alleged assaults, but some parents are talking to reporters and expressing frustration on social media.
One mother said that most of the assaults were primarily within the school’s football team, but that the baseball and basketball teams were involved as well. She said her son and other boys were held down by a gang of older boys, and then had objects forced into their rectums.…
William Dodson, 43, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after he chained his 15-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier outside before wrapping her muzzle nine times with electrical tape.
The dog “Caitlyn” escaped and was found later in critical condition as the tape had cut off blood flow to her tongue. It took veterinarians at the Animal Society 36 hours to unravel the tape. Caitlyn survived but required multiple surgeries and lost part of her tongue.
According to Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore, Caitlyn is now living with a new family and thriving, but continued to suffer from anxiety and stress.
Dodson received five years in prison for what he did to his dog – the state’s maximum for animal cruelty. “I wish I could give you more,” said Judge Markley Dennis.
This sentence was handed down a day after Dodson was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a gun charge he got in a 2015 traffic stop.…
Valerie McDaniel, 48, and her boyfriend, Leon Jacob, were arrested earlier this month after they allegedly conspired to have a hit man murder both of their exes.
As is usually the case, the hit man they hired for $20,000 and two Cartier watches was actually an undercover cop. Police had the “victims” pose for mock murder photos which were then shown to McDaniel and Jacob as proof of a job well done.
The couple was both arrested and charged with solicitation of capital murder. McDaniel was released days later after posting $50,000 bail, while Jacob was denied bail and remained behind bars.
McDaniel, a prominent veterinarian, was supposed to be in court on Tuesday for a status update on her criminal case that could see her sentenced to life in prison. She was also due in family court after her ex-husband, who she has an 8-year-old daughter with, filed a restraining order against her.…
The incident happened on Monday at around 12 p.m. after three males – aged 16, 17 and 18 – broke into a home while wearing masks and armed with a knife and brass knuckles.
Unfortunately for the three burglars, the homeowner’s 23-year-old son was sleeping in the home when he heard them break through the back door.
The man armed himself with an AR-15 rifle and walked toward the back door where he encountered the three, masked home intruders.
“Armed with a rifle, there were some shots fired, and, at this point, three people are deceased,” said Wagoner County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Mahoney.
Two of the teens died inside the home, while the third died after running from the home and collapsing in the driveway.
A fourth person, 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez (pictured), has been identified as the driver and turned herself into police after the shooting.…
The incident happened Friday afternoon at the Child Care of the Future daycare, just minutes after a new surveillance camera had been installed.
A worker at the daycare was watching the camera’s live-feed when she witnessed 52-year-old Sarah Gable, a co-worker that has been at the center since June, assault the girl.
“Gable was seen struggling with the child prior to pushing her down the steps,” the arrest affidavit states. “After the child fell, Gable was observed grabbing her and continuing on.”
You can watch the video below, and the description above is pretty accurate. It was definitely intentional – as evident by the look on Gable’s face when she momentarily looks up at the camera.
Police were called and Gable, who has been working in the daycare industry for the last 25 years, was immediately fired.
Gable was taken into custody that same day on charges of simple assault, harassment that subjected another to physical contact and endangering the welfare of a child.…
According to police, Oliver Funez called police Monday after he attacked his mother, 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado.
When police arrived at the home, they witnessed
Michael Myers Funez walking outside holding his mother’s head in one hand, and a large butcher knife in the other.
Funez was taken into custody without incident and has since been charged with first-degree murder. Officials say a motive behind the attack is still unclear.
Police also found two young children in the home, who were present when the attack occurred. Another child was at school at the time of the attack.
All three children are now with their father, who showed up at the scene that afternoon and was overcome with grief.
“It’s a terrible situation for the family, a terrible situation for the neighborhood and this county. I’m just glad things worked out the way they did and no one else was hurt in taking the suspect into custody,” Sheriff Kent Winstead said.…
Martha Williams and her twin sister, Jean Haley, had returned to Haley’s home Friday night after having dinner with their 89-year-old sister.
Investigators say that as Williams was leaving Haley’s home, she fell in the driveway near the rear of her car. Haley saw what happened and went to go inside her home and call for help, but fell inside her garage.
“At this time investigators believe that foul play was not involved and Ms. Williams may have fallen in the driveway walking to her car. Ms. Haley may have tripped on a rug on the floor of the garage as she attempted to enter her house to call for assistance,” Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said in a statement.
Both women remained where they fell, enduring overnight temperatures that dropped to as low as 11 degrees, with wind chills as low as minus 8. They were not found until the next morning when a neighbor found them and called 911.…
The incident happened on Friday while the family of Richie Zaragoza were celebrating the boy’s 10th birthday at the Star Buffet & Grill.
The apple juice that had been ordered for the boy and his 4-year-old half-sister, Ginaya Mendoza, were waiting on the table when the family got back from getting food at the buffet.
Ginaya took a sip from her cup and began throwing up and complaining her stomach hurt. The girl’s mother first thought her daughter had simply gotten sick, but then her son began screaming “it burns” and throwing up blood.
Both children were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with severe burns of the mouth and throat. They were then flown to Hershey Medical Center where they remained in intensive care Saturday afternoon.
Because Richie suffers from cystic fibrosis and diabetes, he has a gastronomy tube in his stomach and a port in his arm for IV medications and will be sedated for several days.…
For those of you who may not remember this story when we first reported on it last year, Marina Lonina was facing 40 years in prison after
Lonina and her 17-year-old friend met 29-year-old Raymond Gates at a Columbus mall last February. The next day, the two met Gates at an apartment where he supplied them with vodka.
Once the victim was heavily intoxicated, Gates sexually assaulted her. Despite telling Gates to stop, Lonina did not intervene and was allegedly “giggling and laughing” as she used her cellphone to live-stream her friend’s sexual assault to Periscope.
Police got involved when they were given a copy of the video on March 2, 2016 and, in October, Gates was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of rape.
Lonina was charged with rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a juvenile.…
Morrisville, PA – Handyman, William Charles Thomas, 58, has been arrested for sexually assaulting multiple children after homeowner discovers disgusting details written on plywood he had used to renovate his home.
Police were notified after a piece of plywood was found in an empty trailer that Thomas had been renovating. On it was written in detail how he had sexually abused two children around Christmas in 2014. He gained access to the children when their father asked Thomas to watch them while he ran to the store to get tape for their presents. One of them being a 2 year old.
Philadelphia police searched Thomas’s home and found what they are calling a “perverse shrine” inside his trailer with as many as 1,000 pairs of used girl’s underwear as well as, chronicles of his crimes depicted with graphic images and writings. They found children’s toys and dolls placed in sexual positions and a handwritten note outlining that the rules of the room involved all kids being naked. Polaroid pictures with the names of three other possible victims were also recovered from his home.…
Jazmine Nichole Pacyga has been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct and manufacturing child sexually abusive material after admitting to performing oral sex on her 3-month-old baby.
I can’t find a lot of details regarding how she was caught, but I am assuming – going by the charges against her – Pacyga is another of many women we have featured on the site who have sexually abused their children on camera.
Pacyga is being charged as a second-time habitual offender because of a prior conviction for felony home invasion. These latest charges could see her getting life behind bars if convicted.
Since her parental rights have been suspended due to her “drunkenness and neglect,” and because she has been lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on two felony charges, her son has been placed in the custody of DHHS. Efforts are currently underway to determine the baby’s father.…
On Christmas Eve, 7-year-old Ethan Fain was playing with his dog in the back yard of his grandmother’s house when two of the neighbor’s pit bulls pulled him over a fence and began mauling him.
His mother heard his screams and jumped the fence to stop the attack, but by that time, one of Ethan’s ears was hanging off and the other had been ripped off completely.
Ethan was rushed to the hospital where he would spend a few weeks recovering from 300 stitches across his back, neck and shoulders. Doctors were able to sew one of his ears back in place, but have sewn his right ear into the skin of his abdomen for a future reattachment surgery.
He has been home from the hospital for a few weeks but still needs regular medical care, including future reconstructive surgeries and seeing doctors for his post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Ethan still has nightmares and panic attacks related to the attack,” his mother said.…
The incident happened in 2015 after 33-year-old Jason Lawson and his brother-in-law, Arturo Martinez, attacked the boy in the ship’s library.
What sparked the attack was an incident that happened a couple of days earlier, when Martinez heard the boy offer Lawson’s daughter a keychain for her virginity while they were hanging out with other kids.
Lawson made the boy apologize to his daughter at that time. No harm, no foul. But when Lawson and Martinez ran into the teen a few days later in the ship’s library, they took things too far. Way too far.
According to the teen, Martinez yelled at him for a bit before pinning him against a wall. Martinez made the boy take off his pants before taking off his own. Now wearing only their underwear, Martinez held the boy face down on a couch by his neck while simulating a sex act on the teen.…
The incident happened Friday night after a bus driver called police to report a suspicious woman at the New Jersey Transit platform.
When officers approached the woman, identified as 20-year-old Autumn Matacchiera, she grabbed a random 5-year-old girl who had been standing nearby with her mother.
Matacchiera then gave the girl the ol’ heave-ho, tossing her onto the tracks as a train approached.
Luckily, police were able to get in front of the train to signal it to stop as the boyfriend of the girl’s mother got the girl to safety.
The girl was taken to the hospital to treat a facial cut and some bruising, while Matacchiera was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Once she is released, she will be taken to jail on an attempted murder charge.…
According to police, 57-year-old Kenneth Fenske began sexually abusing a 9-year-old boy in 2009 while at “furry” parties he hosted at his home.
The boy said Fenske dressed up as a Red Fox called “Lupine” and would take him upstairs during the parties and sexually abuse him. The boy said the abuse occurred multiple times over a seven-year period.
Fenske was arrested on Friday and charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and unlawful contact with a minor. Along with Fenske, police also arrested David Parker, 38; Jeffrey Harvey, 40; Craig Knox and Stephen Taylor in connection with the case.
Parker, who reportedly was the one who took the boy to the parties, is charged with child rape, possession of child pornography and other related offenses. Harvey is charged with unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a cell phone, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault.…
Frederick Jay Bowdy was building an acting career, including a role in the 2016 film, Prepper, some television roles, and was in the middle of starring in a sports film, Going Vertical.
To make ends meet, the 33-year-old father of at least six children also worked as an exotic dancer in Hollywood. But everything changed for Bowdy last Thursday after he was arrested in Santa Clarita on suspicion of sexual assault.
Not a lot of details on the sexual assault allegation, but he was the following day after posting $100,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Janice Banks.
Days later, Bowdy was using Facebook’s livestream to broadcast from inside his car, telling anyone watching that he was going to commit suicide. This prompted an out of state family member to call police.
However, before authorities could intervene, Bowdy fatally shot himself in the head while sitting in his vehicle.…
The victim reported to police that at about 8:00 p.m., January 13, he heard a knock at his door. Upon answering, the victim saw a man with a mop over his face, as if it were a mask of sorts, standing on his doorstep.
The mop man reportedly mumbled something, but according to the victim, it was mostly unintelligible, so he closed and locked the door.
Undeterred, the mop man continued to knock. He also rang the doorbell with the end of the damaged mop. I’m not sure how long the dude carried on, but the police were eventually called and soon made contact with Mr. Fields.
Police found him in his garage, tossing paper onto an open fire. Because why not? It’s Florida….
Anyway, when asked why he showed up at his neighbors with a mop on his head, Fields, who is hearing impaired, responded through writing: “Because I was born a comedian … and I liked to tease people … I was short of an egg and needed eggs to make a cake.” (*ba dum tss*)
After the neighbor positively identified Fields as the man who “terrified his entire family,” Fields was taken to jail, where he was charged with disturbing the peace. …
The two hour live-stream happened Sunday night inside the bathroom as Venant made a noose from a scarf. She then attached the scarf to the shower door frame and hanged herself.
One of Venant’s friends saw the live-stream and contacted police, but police first showed up at the friend’s house. They were then provided the wrong address before finally finding the correct residence.
Once inside the home, they found Venant hanging in the bathroom as her foster parents slept. Despite efforts to save her, Venant would be pronounced dead at the hospital.
Administrators with the Florida Department of Children and Families aren’t saying much about the circumstances surrounding Venant’s suicide, only stating that police were investigating the death of a child in the care of a foster family.
“We are absolutely horrified and devastated by the news of this young girl’s death,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “We will do everything we can to support this family and all those who cared for her as they begin to heal from this tragedy.…