They exploited some of Tyneside’s most vulnerable girls and young women for sex. But now these predators have now been brought to justic...
domenica 12 marzo 2017
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BREWTON, Ala. (WEAR) — A 56-year-old Brewton man is accused of sexually abusing young children. Escambia County (Alabama) Sheriff's Office investigators arrested William Douglas Smith Sr. on Valentine's Day for the crime.
Authorities say a forensics interviewer interviewed the victims, which gave them probable cause to arrest him.
Smith has been charged with two counts of sexual child abuse of a child less than 12-years-old. He is in the Escambia County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
The man accused of sexually abusing a girl when she was in the sixth and seventh grades took to the stand in his own defense Monday.
Clarence Homer Swegheimer,60, is on trial for three counts each of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact.
When asked by defense attorney James Rasmussen if he'd molested the two girls as alleged, Swegheimer said he did not. He also testified he wasn't prosecuted on some child porn allegations from 2000 in Cherokee County, Texas.
He refuted each allegation made by the Cherokee County woman, who testified in the local trial Thursday. During the bus station incident, Swegheimer said he was carrying her two large bags and a box, because he recalled asking her if she was moving in since he thought she was only visiting.
Swegheimer also testified that he'd only been living in the house for about 15 days before deputies and investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office showed up at his door with a warrant for child pornography.
He said he came across the child porn while searching for regular pornography. He testified he'd clicked on the photo of an adult woman when about 30 pop-ups of pornography, including children, came onto the screen. He said he had to hard reboot his computer to get rid of them and was "very upfront with the officers" that they'd find them on his computer.
As for the younger victim that he's on trial for molesting, Swegheimer said he'd never touched her inappropriately or had talks in his truck as was alleged.
He said a "fashion show" that has come up in testimony was the girls' idea when he asked them what they'd gotten for Christmas that year. He testified he'd expected them to bring their clothes out and show them, but instead they began to change into them and pretend to walk a runway. He said at the end they turned away and both pulled their pants down to moon him.
"I was shocked," Swegheimer said.
While being cross-examined by prosecuting attorney Starla Jones, Swegheimer said there were two incidents in which the victim's breasts touched his hands – one as she was falling back and grabbed his hands, and the other as he was pushing her off of his lap.
When Jones asked him if it was always someone else's fault that the alleged incidents happened, Swegheimer responded, "When she pushes her breasts onto your hands, what are you supposed to do? Cut your hands off?"
Testimony was halted by the prosecution Monday afternoon in the middle of cross-examination and is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
FOREST CITY | A Lake Mills man was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison Tuesday for sexually abusing a girl in Winnebago County.
Leslie Myers, 40, pleaded guilty in January in district court in Forest City to one count of felony second-degree sexual abuse.
He was accused of committing sex acts on a girl younger than 12 multiple times in a 12-month period ending in August 2016, according to court documents.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss five additional sex abuse charges in the case in exchange for the guilty plea.
Myers must serve 17 years and six months in prison before being eligible for parole.
When he is released from prison he will be under lifetime supervision by the Iowa Department of Corrections, with eligibility for parole. Myers also must register as a sex offender for the duration of his post-prison supervision.
He was ordered to pay $2,224 restitution to the state's Crime Victim Compensation program, in addition to other costs and fees.
Myers is already on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.
He was convicted in June 2016 of possession of electronic media depicting a teen girl involved in a sex act.
Myers received deferred judgment and probation in the exploitation case.
Less than an hour after retiring to deliberate, a Rockwall County jury returned a verdict of guilty against Rockwall resident Christopher Michael Burgess, 34, on charges of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child. On March 7, 2017, the same jury unanimously sentenced Burgess to life in the Texas State penitentiary. He will be ineligible for parole.
Jurors heard testimony that Burgess sexually abused his 10-year-old step-daughter multiple times over a span of two years. The abuse came to light when the young victim out-cried to her mother. Prosecutors called several witnesses to corroborate the victim’s allegations. Upon further investigation, child pornography was found on the defendant’s personal home computer. The possession of child pornography case was forwarded to the FBI for prosecution. Jurors heard additional evidence that on February 3, 2016, the defendant was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.
“The victim in this case showed great bravery by taking the stand and recalling the abuse inflicted upon her by someone she once looked to as a father figure,” said Lauren Black, the lead prosecutor on the case. “I am thankful that the jurors recognized that child sexual abuse not only affects the child, but can have a larger impact on the child’s family and the community. Jurors were diligent in recognizing Burgess’ future danger and removed this predator from society.”
Multiple expert witnesses educated the jury on the effects of trauma following sexual abuse and the dangers a high risk sex offender can present to society. Testimony lasted five days after which the jury returned the life sentence verdict.
“We appreciate the hard work by the jury in listening to some very difficult evidence,” said Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper. “We also really appreciate the cooperation of and our collaboration with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Everyone’s assistance was necessary to make sure that justice was served in this case.”
Cocoa police said they charged a man with sexually abusing a child Tuesday.
Henry Jose Garcia, 40, was charged with capital sexual battery on a child under 12 years old. Police said the abuse started when the girl was 11, continued for four years and left her pregnant when she was 15, investigators said.
The woman, now 18, told police she had been coerced into having sex with Garcia because he threatened to harm her family.
Garcia is being held at the Brevard County Jail Complex in Sharpes without bail.
Cocoa police also said Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been notified because Garcia is in the U.S. on a work visa. Police said he's lived here for more than 10 years.
A PROMINENT JOURNALIST and author has pleaded guilty to six sexual offences against a girl under the age of 17.
The 53-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted engaging in sexual acts with the girl and exploiting her by inviting her to participate in sexual acts. Judge Patricia Ryan remanded him on continuing bail until July 3, 2017 when he will be sentenced.
He pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of defilement of a child in Dublin between December 5, 2010 and February 19, 2011 and to four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011.
Prosecuting counsel, Shane Costelloe SC, said the DPP is not proceeding with a further three charges relating to the victim. The full facts of the offending will be heard on the sentence date.