BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Ferndale man accused of 10 counts of child sex crimes involving five children pleaded not guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court.
The Bellingham Herald reports that 41-year-old Mark Courtenay Fraley was charged with multiple counts of child rape, incest and child molestation.
A sexual assault protection order for all alleged victims was entered in court Friday morning.
Fraley’s trial was set for December 4.
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating Fraley for claims of child sex abuse since December 2012.
Court records say the alleged abuse of the five children ranges from February 2011 to as late as September 2015.
MOOERS — A Mooers Forks man is looking at 20 years to life in prison for repeated sexual abuse of a child.
Under New York State Law, the Clinton County District Attorney's Office said in a press release, a person is guilty of sexual assault against a child when, being age 18 or older, commits the crime of course of sexual conduct against a victim who is younger than 13 years old.
Burdo's guilty plea came with a negotiated sentence of 20 years to life in state prison with fines to be set by the court, registration as a sex offender and an order of protection for the victim.
"The plea was in satisfaction of a three-count indictment, with the defendant pleading guilty to the highest count," the release said.
"The sentencing range for predatory sexual assault against a child is an indeterminate sentence with a minimum of 10 years to life in state prison and a maximum of 25 years to life years in state prison."
Burdo was arrested in early February, accused of raping the child in the Town of Mooers several times between 2013 and 2016.
Arraigned in Mooers Town Court, he was charged with predatory sexual assault against a child, a felony, and acting in a manner injurious to a child, a misdemeanor. He was sent to Clinton County Jail without bail.
“It is an honor for my office to work with child victims of sexual assault, as we did in this case, and help them courageously stand up to their abusers and fight for the justice they so richly deserve,” District Attorney Andrew Wylie said in the release.
The People were represented by Assistant District Attorney Domenica Padula and Assistant District Attorney Jaime Douthat. Burdo's attorney is Alan Cruikshank.
Sentencing is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.
TRI-CITIES, Wash. – A Pasco man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Wednesday, after detectives arrested him for posting an ad seeking sex, and undercover cops responded posing as a 13-year-old girl.
Detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SER-ICAC) and Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) went undercover on a well-known website.
Authorities said 20-year-old Guillermo Rico described in graphic detail the way he wished to have sexual intercourse with the child. Rico also spoke about taking the virginity of the child.
Danny Ray Murphy was emotional as he read a letter to his victim in the minutes before he was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Friday.
He planned with the abuser to meet to sexually assault the child together, and at one point suggested using the Santa Rosa County fire station where Murphy worked, because it had a soundproof room.
"Not only are you a victim, you're a survivor, and hopefully you never know what it is you survived," Murphy read during sentencing.
The chats started in late 2016 when Murphy responded to a Craigslist advertisement about sexual fantasies.
The conversation turned to sexually assaulting a young boy, and continued for months until Murphy's arrest. Undercover investigators arrested another man in connection to the crime, Charles McConnell, and took over his online identity to track down Murphy.
Murphy asked for leniency based on the fact he was a first responder, a former Marine and a man without a criminal history. Murphy likened himself to a computer program that runs efficiently during its whole life, but temporarily malfunctions.
But Chief District Judge M. Casey Rodgers didn't agree, calling it one of the saddest and most tragic cases she had seen. Rodgers and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Goldberg read portions of the chat messages between the child's attacker and Murphy, maintaining that even though Murphy did not physically touch the child, he solicited the production of child pornography in asking for more images.
During trial, Murphy took the stand and initially said he was only sending the messages in an attempt to save the child. He said he thought if he could arrange a meeting, he would be able to notify authorities.
Though, in sentencing, Murphy said he doesn't know why he committed the crimes. "I can't begin to understand the depravity of mind and heart you have," Rodgers told Murphy.
Rodgers sentenced Murphy to the maximum allowed sentence for the crimes, which is 40 years. Upon release, he won't be allowed to own a computer, cellphone or use the internet, and he will be on lifetime supervision.
A third man charged in the same case, Jonah Authement, pleaded no contest to his charges this week. Authement also was charged with a slew of child pornography offenses for messaging back and forth with McConnell about meeting to sexually abuse the child. He also was arrested based on undercover investigators' messages to meet up for the acts.
Court records show Authement will be sentenced Dec. 14.
McConnell was charged with 38 offenses including sexual battery, promoting sexual performance of a child, and child pornography possession.
His case is still ongoing in Escambia County Court and his next docket day is scheduled in December.