School Principal Guilty of Child Sex Abuse
JACKSON, Michigan (WISH) – A former Frankfort middle school principal was found guilty in a child sex abuse case on Thursday.
According to officials, Michael Ettenberger was found guilty by a Michigan jury on all four counts for his role in this multi-state case.
Ettenberger was charged, along with former PTO President Jill Miller, of Clarklake, Michigan, for participating in online solicitation of child sexually abusive material in December of 2013.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerard M. Jarzynka worked together to charge the two involved.
Ettenberger was the principal at Frankfort Middle School when the felony charges came out against him out of Jackson, Michigan. He resigned from the school system in June 2013.
At the time, the superintendent said detectives told him Ettenberger’s home computer was connected with an internet porn case, but there wasn’t anything on his school-issued electronic devices.
Criminal Sexual Conduct (as an aider and abettor to co-defendant Jill Miller)
Child Sexually Abusive Activity (as an aider and abettor to co-defendant Jill Miller)
Using the Internet/Computer to Communicate with Another to Commit a Crime
Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material
Miller pleaded guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct, Child Sexually Abusive Activity and Using the Internet/Computer to Communicate with Another to Commit a Crime. She was sentenced to six to 20 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections in January 2014.
“This case shows just how law enforcement can work together across state lines to bring offenders to justice,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. “We appreciate the work of Prosecutor Jarzynka and his staff, as well as the thorough investigation by IMPD and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for their work on a complex and challenging case.”
Ettenberger will be sentenced on November 5.
Priest Charged with Child Sex Tourism while on Missions Trips
WINDBER, SOMERSET COUNTY, Pennsylvania --- Rev. Joseph Maurizio was arrested by Homeland Security Thursday. His attorney said his client is innocent.
"Yes, he is denying the allegations that are made against him,” said Steven Passarello, Defense Attorney. “He absolutely is denying those allegations against him."
"He's been charged with child sex tourism and child pornography crimes,” said Khaalid Walls, Northeast Regional Communications Director/Spokesman, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “The allegations that we uncovered in our investigation stem from approximately 1999-2000."
Passarello said there were similar allegations made against Maurizio in the past.
“These similar allegations were raised 5 years ago and deemed not creditable,” said Passarello. “We put them to rest back in 2009 and we intend on putting them to bed so we can end this nightmare for Father Joe in 2014.'
Officials said the investigation is on going anyone who has information or believes they had inappropriate conduct with the priest is asked to call the 24-hour HIS tip line at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.
Minister with Sex Addiction Charged with Child Sex Assault
Green Bay — A Wisconsin minister has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the Green Bay area.
Police said the victim knew Fletcher through Crossover Ministries in Black Creek, where Fletcher was a minister, and had been a babysitter for him. The first assault happened during the 2012-'13 school year when the girl was 14, police said.
Investigators said Fletcher admitted to the allegations and said he had a sexual addiction for years.
Investigators said that they had identified several other possible victims, and that additional charges were possible.
Police Officer Facing CSA Charges Commits Suicide
A former Prince George’s County, Maryland, police officer facing child sex abuse charges was found dead in an apparent suicide Friday morning, authorities said.
About 10:45 a.m., officers were called to Sands Road Park in Lothian, said Lt. T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County police. When they arrived, police found John Warhurst, 43, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, Smith said. Warhurst was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said.
Warhurst, of Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County, was charged in November with rape and other sex offenses involving a girl. The charges stem from alleged incidents dating between 2008 and 2012. Warhurst’s trial was set to begin Oct. 28.
Prince George’s Police spokeswoman Nicole Hubbard said Warhurst had retired from the force.