By Crystal Hall Gray, WIAT
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) – Prosecutors say a former U.S. Army soldier has been found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance says 43-year-old Rick Lee Evans of Anniston, Alabama, was convicted Friday by a federal jury for sexually abusing a five-year-old child. Evans and his then-wife, who is a Department of Defense employee, were residing in Germany when they were asked to take temporary custody of the child.
The child’s parents were deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army.
Prosecutors say the child was sexually abused by Evans on multiple occasions during the 18 months the child lived with him from May 2007 to December 2008.
This is simply disgusting! It's not bad enough the child was separated from her parents, but to be molested by the one who is supposed to be protecting her is just sickening.
BEND, Oregon -
A Deschutes County jury on Friday convicted a 35-year-old La Pine man on rape and sex abuse charges in the molestation of his girlfriend's young daughter, who bravely told family, police and the jury what had taken place, prosecutors said.
Brett Riddle was convicted of abusing the 4-year-old girl, crimes that began in April 2014 and continued until February of this year, said District Attorney John Hummel.
“The atrocities suffered by this young child are almost unthinkable, so today is not a day to celebrate,” Hummel said in a statement.
"But our community should be proud of the investigation conducted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the top-notch prosecution of the case led by Deputy District Attorneys Van McIver and Stacy Neal and supported by the entire D.A.’s office.”
The jury returned a unanimous verdict convicting Riddle of two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
Hummel added: “This child is a hero. She told her story to her aunt. She told her story to a police officer. She told her story to a child sexual abuse examiner. Then she told her story in open court, in front of many strangers.
"By having the courage to come forward and tell the truth, she ensured that Mr. Riddle will not hurt another child again.”
She's my hero today. God bless her.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 22.
Daniel Lee Landon, 27, was found guilty of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a first-degree felony, and criminal sexual contact with a minor, a second-degree felony. At sentencing, he faces a maximum of 27 years in prison.
A Doña Ana County jury returned the guilty verdicts on Thursday after about 90 minutes of deliberation, according to a news release from the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Chief District Judge Fernando R. Macias presided over the three-day trial in 3rd Judicial District Court in Las Cruces.
Landon was arrested Jan. 12, 2014, by Las Cruces police after his girlfriend found him “acting sexually inappropriate near her two young daughters, who were asleep on a sofa,” police reported.
Police later learned that Landon also had sexual contact with one of the girls prior to being confronted by his girlfriend.
Landon was indicted on Jan. 23, 2014, by Doña Ana County grand jury, online records show.
“We are very grateful to the jury for their careful attention and consideration of the facts and arguments presented to them,” the case’s lead prosecutors, Davis R. Ruark, said in a statement. “After their careful consideration, the jury arrived at exactly what we believed the appropriate verdicts should be."
Ruark added: “I also praise the courage of our young victim, now 8, who bravely testified in this case and told the jury exactly what happened to her two years ago.”
Landon will be sentenced at later date.
A Highland, Utah man was arrested Thursday morning on reports that he’d sexually abused a young girl.
Police reports state that on Sept. 14, the victim’s mother went to Lone Peak Police Department with the victim to report an alleged sexual assault.
Reports state that morning, the victim’s aunt picked up the victim from the home of the suspect, Lowell Reed, who had been tending her.
The victim told her aunt as they were driving that Reed, 49, “stuck his finger in my bum and it hurt,” reports state.
The victim told her mother the same thing later that day.
During an interview at the Children’s Justice Center, the victim disclosed that Reed touched her inappropriately on more one than occasion, and would make her take off her clothes when he did so, reports state.
Police reports state investigations confirm at least two other past complaint reports against Lowell.
Reed was booked into Utah County Jail on suspicion of two first-degree felony charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Reed has since posted bail.