A Hazen man pleaded guilty in South Central District Court on Thursday to continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Kevin Hushka, 35, pleaded guilty to the Class AA felony at the Morton County Courthouse.
Judge Sonna Anderson accepted his plea and set his sentencing hearing for a future date.
Class AA felonies carry a maximum potential sentence of life in prison, though the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child carries no minimum mandatory sentence.
Hushka will be required to register as a sex offender as part of his sentence.
Between 2005 and 2007, Hushka sexually abused a girl younger than 15 years old, according to court records.
Aberdeen, Maryland man, 21, gets prison for child sex abuse
BALTIMORE —An Aberdeen man has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for having sexual contact with two boys at a Virginia military installation and for having child pornography.
A judge on Thursday sentenced Marcus Smith, 21, to 12 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and abusive sexual contact.
According to the plea agreement, Smith had been suspected of committing sexual assaults at Fort Lee in Virginia in the summer of 2011. Smith was interviewed by the FBI, and his home was searched.
The investigation also showed that from July 2009 to June 2011, Smith had sexual contact on more than one occasion with another child, who was between the ages of 8 and 10 during the abuse.
Officials said the FBI also learned during the summer of 2012 that Smith had child pornography in his possession. A search of his home at that time revealed that he had child porn, which included images of boys engaged in sexual acts, on his cellphone, prosecutors said.
Smith will be required to serve 25 years of probation when his 12 years in prison is finished, and he'll have to register as a sex offender.
"This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse," the U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement. "Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices and the Justice Department's Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and also to identify and rescue victims."
Man charged with child sex abuse in Lake Luzerne
LAKE LUZERNE, (upper state) New York -- A former Lake Luzerne man was arrested this week for allegedly sexually abusing an 8-year-old child, police said.
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Bradley S. Swart, 58, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, after an investigation by the Warren County Sheriff's Office, the agency said in a press release.
Police said he had sexual contact with the child while staying in a home in Lake Luzerne earlier this year. He is acquainted with the child's family.
Swart has since moved to Gloversville, where police located him this week.
He was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail without bail. No bail was set because he has a lengthy criminal history, police said.
Included is a misdemeanor child sex abuse conviction in Gloversville in 1989. That occurred before the state's sex offender registry law took effect, so he is not a registered sex offender.
Ex-sheriff's deputy gets 50 years in child sex abuse case
A former McHenry County sheriff’s deputy who had investigated online sex crimes was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday for the repeated sexual abuse of a child.
McHenry County is just northwest of Chicago, Illinois.
Gregory Pyle, who pled guilty in January to crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with child under the age of 12, told the judge that he “couldn’t be more sorry for my actions. I hope that one day I’ll be free again.”
But that did little to sway U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala, who called Pyle’s actions “heinous and despicable.”
“He took a young, helpless child” who should have been able trust Pyle and “he perverted the entire situation,” the judge said.
The victim’s mother also addressed the judge in federal court in Rockford Wednesday. She said her son is now angry and depressed and has been hospitalized twice for suicidal thoughts.
Pyle “never thought for one moment what he was doing to that little boy,” the woman said. “...I want you to remember my son's childhood is gone.”
Pyle, 39, formerly of Crystal Lake, dropped his head and appeared to wipe tears away as the woman spoke.
But Kapala said that while Pyle lived a seemingly law-abiding life as a police officer, he “was a horrible person who did despicable things.”
The fact that Pyle has “accepted responsibility” and shows remorse had little impact on the sentence, the judge said.
Prosecutors had alleged that Pyle shot video of the sexual abuse and shared it with others online. A charge of producing child pornography was dropped in exchange for Pyle’s guilty plea.
But as he sentenced Pyle, the judge also noted Pyle’s actions after he got caught, when he allegedly hid and destroyed evidence.
Pyle, who had worked on the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, used “heavy encryption” to hide the files on his personal computer and later threw a computer into a pond to hide evidence, Kapala said.
Pyle will serve his time in a federal prison outside of Illinois, where he is to receive sex offender counseling. He will serve 85 percent of the sentence and, if he is released, will be on mandatory supervision for life.
Pyle was arrested after a federal search of a downstate man’s computer found online aliases that investigators traced to Pyle.
Later, investigators interviewed a boy who told them Pyle had abused him over multiple years, both at Pyle’s home and at a hotel in Wisconsin in 2008.
Pyle was fired from the sheriff’s department following his arrest. He still faces a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in McHenry County.
McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said Wednesday “I don’t think 50 years is enough, it’s a devastating occurrence when monsters are hiding right in front of you.”
Fort Rucker, Alabama counselor arrested on child sex abuse charges
ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) -
Enterprise P.D. spokesman Sgt. Billy Haglund says Dunn is listed as a Licensed Practical Counselor (LPC) at Fort Rucker, though the arrest report lists him as a psychologist.
Sgt. Haglund said no additional information regarding the case will be released due to the ongoing investigation.
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