MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
A Marshall County man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young girl more than 10 years ago. For his crime, he must spend at least three years behind bars.
Pace faced sodomy and sexual abuse of a child charges. Instead, prosecutors agreed to let Pace plead guilty to felony child abuse charges.
When asked what he did, Pace told the judge he mistreated her.
Prosecutors say Pace sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 at an Albertville home for nearly three years back in 2006. Four years after the abuse, the child told a friend whose mother reported the abuse to police.
On Monday, a judge sentenced Pace to 10 years but suspended that sentence provided he serve three years.
Prosecutors say he pleaded guilty in Etowah County in June to a similar instance involving a second victim.
Pace's sentence will run concurrent with his Etowah County plea.
Good grief. If I ever have to go to court for something evil, I want that judge!
ANDERSON, Ind.– A former teacher at Indiana Christian Academy is facing a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Investigators say Stephen Lingle, 28, acted inappropriately with a girl half his age.
“There were unwanted advances, letters talking about how attractive and beautiful she was. There is an allegation that she was touched inappropriately,” said Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.
According to court documents, he admitted to writing those letters. Even told police, his wife was not paying attention to him at home and just wanted a close friend.
Lingle isn’t the only one charged in the case. According to court documents, the student told a teacher about the alleged touching and letters on May 17. Police say school administrator Kevin Plew waited four days to report it.
“A young girl makes a report, that I’m sure is traumatizing to her and in four days no one does anything. I cannot imagine how that made her feel,” said Cummings. “She was back in the classroom and the teacher was still there. No one had done anything.”
Prosecutor Cummings says Plew broke the law. He faces one count of failure to report child abuse.
“There is a new law that teachers cannot just report it to their supervisor, they have to make the call to the police themselves. The staff member has to do it immediately. Immediately would be by the end of the class period,” said Cummings.
Indiana Christian Academy released a statement about the case:
“ICA has fully cooperated with authorities in the investigation of this matter, and will remain committed to doing so. At this time, our focus is on attending to the needs of the student and family involved.”
We reached out to the administrator and have not yet heard back.
If Lingle is convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor charge, he could face up to six years behind bars. If Plew is convicted, he could face up to 180 days.
Guevara Jr., 53, is the older brother of Robert Joseph Guevara, 49. Robert Guevara was tried and acquitted in the 1992 abduction and murder of Erstad.
The little girl’s body was never found, and police are still investigating what happened to her.
Despite the acquittal, investigators still believe Robert Guevara was involved in her disappearance, the Inver Grove Heights police department has said. They were hopeful that Jerry Guevara’s arrest on unrelated charges would lead to new insight into the cold case.
A criminal complaint filed in Washington County in February 2017 said Woodbury police began investigating Jerry Guevara in 2015.
In 1992, police found the girl’s dress, stained with blood and semen, in Robert Guevara’s storage locker shortly after her disappearance. An apparent mixture of his and her bodily fluids were found on a shower curtain.
In Jerry Guevara’s case, officers found him with a 32-year-old woman and six children ranging in ages from 1 to 12 years old, all “in various stages of undress” in February. Police later determined that the woman was not Erstad.
Nevertheless, it is interesting that there would be a resemblance.
According to the complaint, the house smelled of mold, urine and feces, and contained little clothing, shoes or food for the children. Child Protective Services removed the children from the home.
Police searching the house found documents indicating that Guevara and the woman have nine children together, and that their first child was conceived when the woman was 16 years old and Guevara was 37.
Paternity tests conducted in 2002 confirmed that Guevara fathered the woman’s second child, who was conceived when she was 17 years old while the two lived together in Woodbury.
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RANDOLPH, Neb. (AP) _ The mayor of a northeast Nebraska city has been charged with intentional child abuse and four counts of child sexual abuse.
A court appearance for Schutt is scheduled Wednesday in Hartington.
Schutt has been mayor of Randolph since 2011. The Cedar County city has about 940 residents.
A former youth pastor in Cottage Grove is heading to prison for sending sexually explicit images of children to others on social media sites, authorities say.
Not that I'm going soft, but in the UK this would not have garnered any prison time. Also, when compared to the story from Marshall County, above, it seems the penalty is excessive. The pervert above had sex with a girl under 12 for 3 years and got only 3 years in prison to run concurrent with another sentence for sexually abusing another girl. That means he probably won't spend a single day in prison for abusing that girl for years. There's something wrong somewhere.
Investigators were tipped off to Helker’s behavior this past fall when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to federal authorities about a Minnesota man who had reportedly sent pornographic images of children to someone in Finland.
Authorities later learned that the man in question was Helker, who was working at the time as an associate pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove.
Helker later admitted in court to sending the images to people on social media and also to engaging in a sexually explicit conversation with someone who told him she was 14, authorities report. He also took snapshot images of real minors and superimposed the pictures into pornographic images, court documents say.
Helker will serve 15 years on probation upon his release from prison.
He is no longer listed as a staff member on All Saints Lutheran Church’s website.
MARION COUNTY, Iowa – A Van Meter man has admitted to sexually abusing a child in Pella in 2016.
When investigators contacted Nolan he claimed he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and did not remember the incident.
Online court records show Nolan is now pleading guilty to two counts of lascivious acts with a child. His sentencing has been scheduled for August 31st.