A 61-year-old Broken Arrow, Oklahoma man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of child sexual abuse.
Robert Wayne Crow was charged in November after the victim's mother contacted Broken Arrow police.
Crow waived his right to a trial before District Judge William Musseman on Monday and received concurrent 25-year split sentences. Musseman ordered Crow to serve 15 years in prison with the remaining 10 years suspended.
Female Teacher's Aide Facing Multiple Charges of CSA With Boy Under 15
A former aide at a Campbell County elementary school was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges of child sex abuse, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.
Melissa Wilson Edwards, 51, of Red House Road in Rustburg, is facing two counts each of having carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13 and 15 and taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15, Major L.T. Guthrie said.
The Campbell County Public Schools website lists Edwards as a general education aide at Yellow Branch Elementary. In an email Wednesday, Richard Burge, director of personnel for Campbell County Schools, said Edwards no longer is employed by the school district.
Charged with 47 Counts of CSA, Alaska Pervert takes a Plea-Bargain
The trial of a Wasilla man accused of sexually abusing four children dozens of times began Wednesday in Palmer.
Emmanuel Cancel was first arrested July 2011, with investigators initially saying he had abused a 15-year-old girl as they also sought additional victims to testify. Attorneys on both sides have been building their cases ever since.
Prosecutors on Wednesday said the victims were a group of children forced to keep a secret about repeated sexual abuse. They included girls and a boy, one of whom was an infant at the time. Prosecutors said Cancel forced himself on the victims, sometimes using drugs and video games to entice them.
"You will hear that this secret was kept for nearly a decade by children who simply, without a doubt, had no options for a situation that they were placed in," Wininger-Howard told the jury.
The 47 counts of sexual abuse were consolidated into three counts for three of the victims. That excludes the infant in the case.
The Assistant District Attorney said Cancel admitted to all of the conduct from all the charges, and entered guilty pleas for each victim.
"Resolution is always better for victims, we get he takes responsibility and it saves them the stress of going through trial process." Wininger-Howard said.
Sentencing for Cancel is scheduled for April. He could face a maximum of 99 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for life, according to Wininger-Howard.
Alaska Doctor Faces 18 more Charges of CSA and Child Pornography
Clifford R. Merchant, 67, an Anchorage physician, was arraigned in jail on Sunday Oct. 26, 2014 on charges of sexual abuse of a minor.
Clifford Merchant, an Anchorage doctor originally accused of molesting three young girls for more than a decade, now faces 18 new charges that include two allegations of abuse against a fourth victim, as well as possession of child porn.
The state originally charged Merchant with 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, three second-degree counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of attempted sex abuse of a minor, all felonies. With the new indictment, Merchant now faces a total of 33 charges.
Merchant, 67, was a longtime doctor in Anchorage, including employment at Providence Alaska Medical Center’s emergency department as a contract physician. The hospital said it suspended his physician privileges when it learned of the alleged crimes.
He is also the majority owner of First Care Medical Centers LLC, which operates two Anchorage walk-in clinics, according to state business license documents.
Merchant’s original charges stem from incidents between 2001 and 2013 involving three girls, all under the age of 13, according to the indictment. Alaska State Troopers learned of the alleged abuse in July, when a 12-year-old girl reported that she’d been touched inappropriately by Merchant, they said.
Two of the new charges allege first-degree sexual abuse of a girl under 16. The abuse occurred between 2001 and 2003, according to an indictment.
The remaining 16 charges are for possession of child porn. Those materials were found on a hard drive at Merchant’s Anchorage home and on a laptop computer at his Shell Lake cabin, 50 miles west of the Parks Highway in Southcentral, the indictment said.
Merchant is free pending trial, having posted $75,000 cash bond. Dunlop said the state argued during a bail hearing just before Christmas for an increase in Merchant’s bail in light of the new charges. The court denied that request, Dunlop said.
According to log notes from the bail hearing, a victim in the case wanted assurances that Merchant’s whereabouts would be tracked by GPS. The state called a case officer with Alaska Pre-trial Services who testified that Merchant did have a GPS-enabled ankle monitor. Two court-appointed, third-party custodians have been approved as well.
“Some of the victims did have concerns about potential flight and his whereabouts, but he is on GPS monitor,” the prosecutor said.
Troopers and Anchorage airport police arrested Merchant on Oct. 25 as he entered Ted Stevens International Airport. Officials said he had an out-of-state flight booked.
Merchant’s trial is set to begin March 31 in Palmer.
Utah Man Facing Several Counts of CSA
OGDEN --- A 39-year-old Layton man is facing an additional charge of child sex abuse in Ogden.
Oswaldo Martinez appeared in 2nd District Court in Ogden on Wednesday before Judge Ernie Jones. He is charged with sexual abuse of a child.
According to the charging document filed in 2nd District Court, the incident happened in 1998 in Roy. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.
Martinez was booked in the Davis County Jail on Dec. 1. He is being held without bail and also on a hold placed by immigration services.
According to the charging document filed in Farmington, Martinez sexually abused two girls, both under the age of 10, at his home and also at the homes of the girls.
When interviewed by Layton police, Martinez admitted to inappropriately touching the girls and also having them inappropriately touch him, according to the probable cause statement filed with the charging document.
He also told officers he had inappropriately touched one girl “because he was upset the female child #1 ’humiliated’ his daughter,” according to the document.
Pennsylvania Man waives Right to Preliminary Hearing on 67 counts of CSA, including rape and incest
A Mifflin County man accused of child sex abuse waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.
Stephen Snook, Treweek’s attorney, said that a not guilty plea was entered on his client’s behalf and that he could not comment further.
“We’ll go through the discovery phase and see where we are,” he said.
Treweek is held at Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $750,000 bail.
Trial starts for Abilene, Texas Man for Several Years of CSA
The bench trial for a 49-year-old man accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child started Tuesday morning.
In the first day of the trial, the prosecutor showed the video of Walker's interview where the allegedly confirmed the allegations against him.
Walker also talked about his family life, job history and his relationship with his stepdaughter in the taped interview.
The trial is expected to resume 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Former Pastor Sentenced for CSA with 8 year old Girl
A former pastor at a southwest Harris County church was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl.
Romulo Jimenez, 69, was charged in 2013 with continuous sexual abuse of a child after the girl told authorities Jimenez inappropriately touched her at Centro Christiano Vida Nueva at 8811 Synott when Jimenez was a pastor.
The girl told investigators Jimenez took her into his office at the church, laid her on the desk, rubbed her legs, lowered her pants and underwear and kissed her, according to court records.
On another occasion, she told investigators, Jimenez made her sit on his lap in his parked car in the church parking lot while he kissed her.
The girl told her parents that she had been assaulted after a witness saw Jimenez coming out of a church bathroom late one night. Inside the restroom, the criminal complaint states, the witness saw the girl with her pants and underwear down.
The witness said Jimenez told her he had been helping the girl go to the bathroom. When the woman asked the girl what had happened, the girl did not respond.
The witness told the girl's parents about what she had seen. The child later told her parents Jimenez had twice touched her inappropriately.
Jimenez's wife told officials that when the girl's parents confronted Jimenez about their daughter's accusations, he did not deny the allegations and confessed his mistake, according to the complaint.
State District Judge Vanessa Velasquez sentenced Jimenez after a pre-sentence investigation. He pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault.