A man has been jailed for raping and sexually abusing a young girl over a period of several years.
Michael John O’Neill, 72, from Upton, Pontefract, was today sentenced at York Crown Court to 15 years’ imprisonment, and issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He pleaded guilty in April this year to one count of raping a girl; eight counts of indecently assaulting a girl and four counts of gross indecency with a girl.
O’Neill’s crimes took place in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, in the Little Smeaton and Doncaster areas.
Detective Sergeant Fionna McEwan, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “O’Neill’s horrendous crimes have had an enormous impact on the victim and her family, and it is right that he now faces a significant jail sentence. I would like to pay tribute to the victim’s tremendous bravery in coming forward and talking about what happened to her, and I hope that she can now move forward with her life knowing that justice has been served.
“I would urge anyone who is the victim of sexual abuse to report it, regardless of how long ago it happened. I know it takes a lot of courage for people to call us or walk into a police station, but I would like to offer the reassurance that we have specially trained officers who will support you through the process, as well as offering you the support provided by other agencies.
“Your information could also trigger measures that are put in place to protect other victims, and help to inform a bigger picture of offending – both of which can help to protect and potentially reduce the risk to future victims.
“If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, no matter when, call your local police on 101. If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. If you prefer not to go direct to the police and you are not in immediate danger, you can contact a sexual assault referral centre (SARC) in your area. North Yorkshire’s SARC, Bridge House, can be contacted via 0330 223 0362. It is a service for all victims of sexual crime across North Yorkshire, regardless of when it happened. You can also contact Supporting Victims direct at www.supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100.”
Syracuse sex offender mulling plea deal for new sex offenses against a child June 6, 2017 DOUGLASS DOWTY
A Florence woman and her husband pleaded guilty as charged Tuesday to dozens of child rape and sexual abuse allegations, and will each spend more than 40 years in prison for crimes against two victims.
Doreen Cater, 45, entered guilty pleas to a total of 112 counts in Lane County Circuit Court, relating to the repeated abuse of two children between 2011 and 2015. She was sentenced to 41 years and eight months in prison.
Her husband, 44-year-old Greg Cater, was sentenced to 45 years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to a total of 96 charges.
The couple will receive credit for the approximately 18 months they’ve spent in jail since being arrested in December 2015, but must otherwise serve their entire prison sentences with no chance for early release.
“I knew that they would never be able to hurt another child,” the mother of one of the victims said during the hearing, recalling her thoughts upon learning of the sentences that the Caters had negotiated with prosecutors during settlement conferences that led to the guilty pleas.
The second victim wrote a statement that Lane County Assistant District Attorney Bob Lane read aloud in court. In it, the child said that the Caters “both treated me like I was a prostitute.”
“What you did to me was wrong,” the child wrote. “I will never, ever forgive you for what you did to me.”
The Register-Guard typically does not identify crime victims. Neither of the Caters’ victims attended Tuesday’s hearing.
Charges against the couple originally were filed in Lane County in December 2015, after a woman reported to police that she had found photographs that Greg Cater had taken of two children wearing lingerie and “minimal underwear.”
Greg Cater subsequently admitted to having taken the photos, and also said that both he and his wife had sexually abused the two victims in their case, authorities said.
Doreen Cater also confessed to numerous crimes against the children, authorities said.
The state’s case against the couple grew last July, when prosecutors in Deschutes County obtained an indictment charging the Caters with additional crimes. The couple lived in La Pine before moving to Florence in about 2014.
Attorneys for the Caters said in court that their clients had never wanted to take their cases to trial, which could have required testimony from both victims.
One of the victims was younger than 16 when the abuse occurred, and the other was younger than 14.
According to search warrant affidavits filed in court, detectives found on Greg Cater’s cellphone explicit photographs that appeared to show his wife engaging in sexual acts with one child. Police later seized a letter that he had written two days after his arrest. It includes an apology to one of the victims and asserts that he had made his wife “do bad things” to children.
Greg Cater told an investigator that he had engaged in sex with one of the victims on at least 100 occasions during the four-year period leading up to his arrest, according to one of the affidavits.
He and his wife both declined to make any statements during their sentencing hearing.
Florence couple get more than 40 years in prison for repeated sexual abuse of children Jack Moran The Register-Guard JUNE 7, 2017
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Tenn. — A former Covington police officer was indicted on rape charges involving a family member.
On Monday, a grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Raymond Pullen on charges of statutory rape by an authority figure and aggravated statutory rape.
Pullen has since been terminated from his job at the Covington Police Department.
He is currently out on bond and is scheduled to appear in court this Thursday for an arraignment hearing.
An Easton man who sexually assaulted a girl for years is a predator who should never be released from prison, a Northampton County judge said at sentencing Monday.
At 67 years old, Phil Leone was ordered to serve 28 to 88 years in state prison by Judge Paula Roscioli, who said she wanted to ensure he never offends again.
"Based on my sentence, it is unlikely that you will ever see the outside of a prison wall again," Roscioli told Leone.
In March, a jury convicted Leone of crimes that included involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault.
Prosecutors said Leone sexually assaulted the girl in Bangor and Easton beginning when she was 5 or 6 years old and ending in 2011 when she was 11 or 12.
Assistant District Attorney Tatum Wilson said Leone exploited the vulnerabilities of a child, swearing her to secrecy and claiming they would both get in trouble if she told. Among the evidence against him: images of child pornography that Wilson said Leone began downloading after the girl stood up to him and stopped the abuse.
At trial, Leone took the witness stand in his defense, denying the allegations and painting himself as an upstanding citizen.
Leone said he is a former Bangor borough councilman, volunteer firefighter and church deacon. He claimed he only helped the girl and never abused her — as the victim, now a teenager, tearfully testified.
Leone plans to appeal the verdict, said his court-appointed lawyer, Matthew Deschler.
Should Leone live long enough to be released from prison, he will have to register for life as a sex offender.
Roscioli also deemed him a sexually violent predator, a designation that would bring enhanced reporting and counseling requirements. But the judge noted the classification is probably immaterial, given the sentence.
The only way to guarantee Leone victimizes no one else is for him to remain imprisoned, she said.
"The victim in this case should never have had to go through what you put her through," Roscioli told Leone.