BATON ROUGE, La. (DOJ) - Attorney General Jeff Landry has announced the arrests of five Louisiana men on multiple charges including distribution and possession of child pornography, indecent behavior with juveniles, and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
“The Internet holds tremendous potential for Louisiana’s youth; however, the misuse of the Internet to prey on them remains a serious problem in our State,” said General Landry. “So my office and I will continue to do all that we legally can apprehend predators committing Internet crimes against children.”
Alton Lowe, 30 of Eunice, was arrested on 40 counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13). He was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail following a joint investigation by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI) Cyber Crimes Unit (CCU), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Fabian Joseph, 68 of New Iberia, was arrested on one count of Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13) and one count of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13).
Javonte Etienne, 23 of New Iberia, was arrested on one count of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and one count of Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor.
Joseph and Etienne were both booked into the Iberia Parish Correction Facility following a joint investigation by the LBI CCU, HSI, and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
David Dunn, 35 of New Orleans, was arrested on 20 counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13).
Nathanial Jarve, 33 of New Orleans, was arrested on 75 counts of Possession of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13) and one count of Distribution of Sexual Abuse Images/Videos of Children (under the age of 13).
Dunn and Jarve were both booked into the Orleans Parish Prison following a joint investigation by the LBI CCU, the LBI Violent Crimes Unit, HSI, and the New Orleans Police Department.
Anyone with further information or concerns about these five men is encouraged to call the LBI at 800-256-4506. Callers do not have to give their names.
WEST JORDAN, Utah - A former corrections officer who fled to Hawaii for ten years to avoid forcible sex abuse charges learned his fate Monday.
Prosecutors said he showed her his badge and told her to provide him with sexual services or he'd take her downtown to the Salt Lake County Jail and call the Division of Child and Family Services.
However, before he was sentenced for that crime, Lawrence fled to Hawaii with his daughter and former partner. He lived under the name John Phillips, started a small business, and stayed out of trouble. For that reason, his attorney, Adam Elmore, asked the judge for leniency.
"Obviously we’re disappointed. We felt like this was a difficult case. He’s clearly done really well over the last ten years and he obviously broke the law and there are consequences for that," said Elmore.
Elmore also said Lawrence's attorney back in 2006, who is no longer working as a lawyer, gave his client false information saying he'd definitely be serving five years in prison. Since Lawrence had worked at the prison, he feared for his life and that's the reason he fled.
In court Monday, Lawrence told the judge, "I've regretted my actions every day for nearly 12 years. I feel terrible for how I've hurt her."
However, the victim told the judge, "I don't think he's sorry. I don't think he cares. I think he's sorry he got caught."
The judge seemed to agree, saying Lawrence's decision to flee resulted in a double victimization because the victim spent the last ten years afraid while he lived under a new name in Hawaii.
We also learned exactly how Lawrence was caught in Hawaii. Apparently, police were investigating a robbery at his girlfriend's home and while they were dusting for fingerprints, his came up as did the warrant for his arrest.
Lawrence was sentenced to up to five years in prison.
A Stonewall couple are behind bars in the Pontotoc County Justice Center, both accused of sexually molesting a 9-year-old boy over a period beginning in January 2016 and continuing until December 2017.
Twila Few, 29, faces three counts of lewd molestation while her estranged husband, Jake Few, 28, is charged with three counts of enabling child sexual abuse — all felonies stemming from the same incidents.
Affidavits on file with the Pontotoc County court clerk indicate sheriff’s deputies began an investigation Feb. 21 into “a possible sexual assault” in Stonewall.
During the course of that investigation, deputies learned that Cleveland County deputies responding Dec. 6, 2017, to an address in Noble where threats had reportedly been made came into contact with Twila Few.
During that contact, the affidavit states, Twila Few told Cleveland County deputies that Jake Few “made her have sex” with a 9-year-old boy. During further discussion of the accusation with deputies, Twila Few described a prolonged period of abuse in graphic detail.
Court records indicate Cleveland County deputies contacted Stonewall police and conveyed the information they received during their investigation. Stonewall police conducted a welfare check on other children at the Fews’ home on West Sixth Street, where records indicate then-Stonewall Police Chief Eric Carmichael observed conditions which led him to contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Cleveland County deputies also reported concerns about the children to OKDHS. Five days later, records indicate Jake Few approached Carmichael at a local gas station and told him about the ongoing sexual abuse of the child.
The Ada News has chosen not to detail the specific nature of the alleged abuse, nor the manner in which its occurrence was conveyed to law enforcement, in order to protect the identity of the minor victim.
Affidavits indicate the Few children were removed from the family home by OKDHS.
During a forensic interview conducted March 13, the child disclosed details of a prolonged period of abuse, during which both Twila and Jake Few actively participated. Court records indicate Twila Few admitted her involvement in the abuse to deputies during a March 22 interview at the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office in Ada.
The Fews were both charged April 6 and are scheduled to next appear in District Court at 8:30 a.m. May 31.
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POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) -
A Posey County man is in jail facing felony sex-abuse charges for what authorities say he did to a child.
The alleged abuse happened in the summer of 2016, but authorities just learned about it last week. They opened an investigation and issued a warrant for Dylan Cooper of Mount Vernon.
He is accused of fondling and taking pictures of boy under the age of 15.
Cooper agreed to turn himself in at the Posey County Jail. He's currently being held on a $25,000 cash bond.
By Andy Hoffman
For the third time this month, a Des Moines County jury will attempt to decide if a man is guilty of child sexual abuse charges.
He is the third Burlington man to go on trial this month in Des Moines County District Court on unrelated sexual abuse charges involving children.
In the first two cases, a jury unanimously found Jeffrey Sours, 49, not guilty of molesting a 5-year-old girl. Two weeks later, a mistrial was declared after another jury panel was unable to reach a verdict for Eric Hillman, 37, of Burlington, who was accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl. The vote in that case was 11-1 for guilty.
Pretty unusual for a 5 y/o to lie about something like that.
Under Des Moines County District Court rules, approximately 40 citizens are randomly selected to serve a one-month term of jury duty. Some months, the panel may have only one jury trial. In rare occasions, there might be no jury trials during their term.
However, this month there are four jury trials: three involving sexual abuse cases and the fourth is a trial on burglary charges. The burglary trial is expected to begin Thursday.
In each panel, jurors may be selected to serve on more than one jury during their term.
In this week’s trial, Purnell is charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child, all class C felonies. He was arrested after the victim went to police to report the assaults she said had occurred months or years before.
If convicted of all the charges, Purnell faces up to 40 years in prison. He would also have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
Purnell is accused of molesting a “10 to 12”-year-old girl intermittently for several years. At the time of the alleged assaults, Purnell was in a relationship with the child’s mother.
Pedophiles often develop relationships with women so they can get at their children.
He was arrested last February after the victim went to Burlington police to report she had been molested by Purnell for several years while they lived in Burlington. She told police the abuse began with Purnell fondling her and escalated to digital and vaginal sex during the intervening years.
The child also told police the abuse occurred more than two dozen times over the course of several years.
Court records indicate the girl’s mother was acquainted with Purnell at the time of the alleged abuse, but court documents do not indicate if she was aware of her daughter’s allegations at the time they were occurring.
James Carter, Purnell’s public defender, told the jury the allegations against Purnell are old and the memories of witnesses expected to testify at the trial have faded.
Those kind of memories don't fade. They may become confused as frequent assaults can meld into each other, but they don't fade, ever.
“Nobody wants to deal with sex abuse cases or having to discuss them,” said Carter, who had some of the jurors who also were on the panel that acquitted Sours earlier this month. “But I ask you to listen intently to the evidence and keep an open mind.
“This is a very old case. I think it is six years old at least. The evidence against Mr. Purnell is going to contain a lot of inconsistent allegations against my client. Please listen to the evidence.”
Purnell remains in the Des Moines County jail in lieu of a $80,000 bond.
The 30-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a minor briefly worked with students in Iowa City schools, and prior to that, was a combat veteran for the Iowa National Guard.
A few months prior to the charges, on Nov. 2, Suhr was hired by Iowa City schools to fill a paraeducator position at Longfellow Elementary. The go-ahead came after a background check performed by the Iowa-based company 3rd Degree Screening.
Iowa City police learned about the alleged abuse from the Iowa Department of Human Services and notified school district officials, who put Suhr on leave the same day.
According to the Iowa Army National Guard, Suhr served from January 2009 to May 2012. From 2010 to 2011, the infantryman was deployed to Afghanistan in a combat capacity. The Iowa National Guard said it cannot share the nature of Suhr's discharge “pursuant to the privacy rights act of 1974.”
During his time in the Nangarhar Province, Suhr was known for spending late nights with a boxing bag, according to a National Guard article featuring Suhr.
According to the 2011 article, the then 23-year-old had been wrestling since his time in Aurelia Middle School, a small school in a northwest Iowa town of around 1,000. In college, Suhr entered amateur-league fights. According to the article, Suhr intended to continue that career after his deployment.
"I love the fighting aspect, but as a competition not a bar brawl," Suhr said in the article. "I won't fight someone just to fight them."
He now faces a second degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, which carries a maximum charge of 25 years. He was arrested and released on bond Saturday. According police records, the child gave details to police that only the victim and Suhr would know, and some of those details were later confirmed by Suhr.
All parents and guardians of children at Longfellow were notified of the charges on April 21 via email.
"When we were notified of the allegations, the employee was immediately removed from the classroom and placed on leave while the investigation continued," Chris Pisarik, Longfellow Elementary principal, wrote in a email sent to students' guardians. "We have now been notified that the individual was taken into custody by authorities due to alleged, non-school-related actions."
In a district news release, a spokesperson said officials were told by police that the sexual assault allegations were "in no way related to any Longfellow Elementary students where Suhr was employed as a paraeducator."
A Joplin man accepted a plea offer this week in a child sexual abuse case and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Johnny L. Schrader, 47, pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to first-degree statutory sodomy in a plea deal dismissing a related count of promoting child pornography and calling for the 18-year term. He was facing from five years to life in prison on statutory sodomy charge and from five to 15 years on the pornography count.
Under the plea agreement, Schrader also waived his right to a sentencing assessment, clearing the way for Circuit Judge Gayle Crane to accept his plea and sentence him to the agreed-upon length of term at the same hearing.
Schrader was arrested on the charges in July of last year following an investigation by the Joplin Police Department and the Missouri Department of Social Services.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, the defendant engaged in deviate sexual act with a 6-year-old boy between June 27 and July 1, 2016, in Joplin. He also allegedly showed the boy pornographic images of prepubescent boys, including one in which a boy was engaged in a sexual act with an adult.
West Valley City, Utah — (KUTV) A popular third grade teacher was arrested and booked into jail for allegedly sexually abusing one of his own students. Police say it happened inside the classroom while the rest of the kids were at recess. Jail documents say Kyle Hill, 33, also visited the boy’s home.
“He was a great teacher. Students loved him, our community loved him,” Principal Simon Raubenheimer said. “What I want to tell our community is that we absolutely take great pride in the fact that we hire teachers who are licensed qualified individuals ... certainly no red flags, nothing to indicate that he shouldn’t be hired.”
According to jail documents, the grooming of the relationship started back in September with Hill asking the boy to show him his underwear. In return there would be a variety of rewards. “Candy and little erasers and things like that,” Lt. Kent Stokes with the West Valley City Police Department said, explaining the rewards.
According to documents, that later turned into a variety of nude photos taken in different positions and inappropriate touching of the boy’s private parts. Hill allegedly confessed to police that this did take place.
“We are talking about, on its face value, child pornography absolutely,” Stokes said.
Yeah, the making of child porn.
The fear is that there may be other victims because Hill taught at Endeavor Hall for three years and also taught as a student teacher at Timpanogas Elementary School in Provo before that. “Of course we would hope not, but we just want to make sure that we are crossing our Ts and dotting our Is,” Stokes said.
“I’m just shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected this,” said Jessica who’s daughter is in Hill’s class. “She’s got a really close bond with this teacher.”
Jessica was checking her daughter out of school saying she wanted to have a talk with her about what happened to her teacher and to make sure nothing happened between her child and Hill.
Another parent who didn’t want to give her name to 2News also was planning the same talk with her son. “That is definitely something we are going to talk about today,” said the mother. “He’s a wonderful teacher. He showed so much support for my son.”
Police served a search warrant at Hill’s home in Provo where neighbors were also shocked to hear about the allegations. Neighbors say Hill lived with his wife and the two didn’t have children.
“I would have never guessed this would have ever happened,” said one neighbor.
Hill faces one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and ten counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
Endeavor Hall said Hill has been fired from his job.
WASILLA — The Child Abuse Investigation Unit of the AST B detachment has arrested 27 year old Wasilla resident Seth Loggins has been arrested on 11 counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree.
The CAIU began their investigation on April 15 and determined through interviews that as many as four children between the ages of 8 and 11 were abused by Loggins on different occasions.
Loggins was arrested on April 18 and taken to MSPT where he is being held without bail.
Further investigation revealed that more children may have been abused by Loggins and anyone with information regarding the abuse over the last five years is encouraged to contact Troopers at 745-2131.
An Illinois registered sex offender was sentenced March 23 to 56 years in state prison on multiple counts of child sexual assault and production of child pornography.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Boone County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Office.
“The sentence handed down in this case is instrumental in pursuing justice for the victims of McIntosh’s heinous crimes,” said James M. Gibbons, special agent in charge of HSI Chicago. “HSI will continue to partner with state, local and international authorities to ensure sexual predators are apprehended and prosecuted.”
In July 2015, investigators from HSI’s Cyber Crime Center (C3) in Fairfax, Virginia, were monitoring a website used to exchange child pornography.
This led to the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Belvidere.
Evidence found during the search showed that Tyler McIntosh had uploaded numerous photos of children under the age of 13 engaged in sexual acts.
Two children who were depicted in the photos were in the house at the time of the search warrant, and it was determined that McIntosh had engaged in sexual acts with those children, as depicted in the photos.