BY BETTY ADAMS KENNEBEC JOURNAL
AUGUSTA — A judge on Tuesday ordered a woman who faces child sex abuse charges to undergo a mental examination by the State Forensic Service.
Loni D. Ingalls, 36, of Augusta is charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor – all involving the same boy who was 14 at the time – as well as unlawful furnishing and unlawful possession of hydrocodone.
Ingalls, who is being held at the Cumberland County jail in Portland in lieu of $3,000 bail, was at the Capital Judicial Center on Tuesday with her defense attorney Stephen Bourget.
The psychological examination has been ordered by Justice Michaela Murphy apparently in anticipation of a guilty plea in the case. Results of that exam could help determine conditions of probation.
Ingalls’ next hearing is set for May 19 at the same courthouse.
Ingalls was arrested Feb. 22 following a two-week investigation by police who were tipped off by the boy’s mother.
The affidavit by Augusta Police Detective Tori Tracy said the mother showed police messages she had seen on a cellphone she had taken from her son. The boy later told investigators that Ingalls had supplied him with the phone.
The affidavit also says Ingalls used a pseudonym, Vivian Smith, when contacting the boy and when communicating with him via Facebook.
It says the sexual abuse happened in Ingalls’ apartment between Nov. 1, 2015, and Feb. 11, 2016.
The drug charges say she furnished hydrocodone to the same boy and to his older brother June 1, 2015-Oct. 26, 2015, in Augusta and that she possessed Vicodin on June 1, 2015, also in Augusta.
SANTA FE SPRINGS, California >> A Santa Fe Springs man was convicted Monday of sexually molesting a young girl in 2005 at his mother’s daycare center, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Robert Andres Martinez, 34, pleaded no contest to two felony counts of forcible lewd act upon a child and lewd act upon a child, the D.A. said in a written statement.
Martinez is facing 10 years in state prison, and must register as a lifetime sex offender. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 6.
Martinez’s mother operated a daycare center out of her Santa Fe Springs home, where the children took afternoon naps in the living room, the statement said.
During this time Martinez lured one of the children, a 5-year-old girl, into his bedroom and sexually abused her, Deputy D.A. Brianna Peden said.
For 10 years, the victim kept silent about the abuse, Peden added.
Now in high school, she recently told her mother, who then contacted police about the molestation
Martinez was charged on Jan. 5, 2016.
The case was investigated by the Whittier Police Department.
KEIZER, Oregon – Police said they arrested a man in possession of child sex abuse pictures after they were tipped off of the man’s suspicious behavior by a 13-year-old girl walking to school.
At about 7:50 a.m. Monday, the girl was walking to Claggett Creek Middle School when she saw a man who she believed was following her in a car and taking photos or video of her with his cellphone, according to Deputy Chief Jeffrey Kuhns of Keizer police. The girl gave school staff a description of the man’s car (pictured) and his license plate number and a staff member reported the incident to police.
At about the same time on Tuesday, an officer patrolling around the middle school saw a man, later identified as 22-year-old Trevor Highsmith, in a car that matched the girl’s description. The license plate number had a one-character difference from the number the girl reported the day before, Kuhns said.
The officer followed Highsmith from the area of the middle school to a home in the 3700 block of Pleasant View Drive Northeast, about a half-mile away. After a backup officer arrived, the officers knocked on the door and Highsmith agreed to talk with officers outside the home.
While talking with officers, Highsmith gave written consent for police to search his phone and agreed to be interviewed at the police station.
Investigators found dozens of images of child sexual abuse on Highsmith’s phone for which he was charged on 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse, Kuhns said. Investigators also found images of girls who appeared to be walking to or from school on Highsmith’s phone. While those pictures aren’t criminal, investigators are working on identifying the girls.
Highsmith was booked in the Marion County Jail. Anyone with information related to the case should call Officer David Zavala at 503-390-3713, extension 3512.
A Moline, IL man accused of child sexual abuse pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the felony charge against him.
Alex Vesey, 35, appeared in court Tuesday before Rock Island County Judge Norma Kauzlarich. Through his attorney, Dan Dalton, Mr. Vesey waived a preliminary hearing and entered his plea of not guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The charge alleges Mr. Vesey committed an act of sexual conduct in June 2015 with a minor younger than age 13. The Class 2 felony offense carries a punishment of up to seven years in prison.
Earlier this month, Judge Kauzlarich agreed to lower bond from $100,000 to $75,000. Mr. Vesey was released from jail after posting $7,500, ten percent of the reduced amount.
Scheduled court dates include a June 10 pretrial conference, June 23 plea date and June 27 jury trial.
BY BILL MICHLOWSKI
HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Police in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania need help finding a man accused of child sex abuse.
There is an arrest warrant for Matthew Sims Sr., 66, of Hanover Township.
He faces several charges, including statutory sexual assault and endangering the welfare of children.
Sims was last seen in the area of Hanover Township and Wilkes-Barre. He is described as 5’8” and weighing approximately 175lbs. He has pony tail and was last seen wearing an orange baseball hat, blue hoodie, and jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Hanover Township Police Department at 570-825-1254.
|Luzerne County, PA|