Friday, September 21, 2012

MO - Former St. Louis County Police officer (Cedric Webb) pleads guilty to 1999 teen sex crimes

Cedric Webb
Original Article

09/21/2012

By Dave Keiser

Clayton (KSDK) - A former St. Louis County Police officer has pleaded guilty to three statutory sodomy charges stemming from an inappropriate sexual relationship he had with an underage teenage girl in 1999.

In exchange for the plea, 44 year old Cedric Webb of unincorporated north St. Louis County was ordered to serve 160 days in the county jail, and two suspended five year prison terms for the crimes.

Webb was also placed on supervised probation for the next five years.

Investigators brought their case to prosecutors earlier this year after the victim noticed Webb while she was running errands and felt the need to report to police what had occurred more than a decade earlier.


WI - Lawmakers consider changes to sex predator law

Original Article

09/21/2012

By Gilman Halsted

A legislative council committee is considering changes to the state's sex predator law. The committee heard testimony from prosecutors and defense attorneys at a hearing in Madison Wednesday.

The committee is trying to tweak the law, while still protecting both public safety and the rights of an offender to be released someday. Milwaukee County prosecutor Holly Bunch told the committee there is a problem with the new risk assessment tool used. She says it is making it much easier for people who have been committed as predators under Chapter 980 to be released without supervision, even if they refuse to accept treatment while they are confined. "This has been most disturbing to me in cases where a person has been a treatment refuser, has sat there doing nothing, when the whole point of Chapter 980 is treatment, and then somehow gets rewarded for a change in the science. My perspective is that leopards just don't generally change their spots."

A defense attorney who represents people committed under the sex predator law disagrees. Vincent Rust works in the La Crosse public defender’s office. He said, "What she's [Bunch’s] saying is that the risk continues over a life span. Well, I think in a way it's just common sense. I don't think that we need to test it. If a guy commits a rape when he's 25, he's going to be less risky when he's 60, and that's what the empirical studies show."

Rust agrees with prosecutors that the law is not treating people fairly now. He says there needs to be more of an incentive for offenders to accept treatment both in the institution and in the community once they are released. The committee plans to propose changes to the law next year.


GA - Ex-deputy (Christopher Thomas Davis) admits to taking sexual photos of 6-year-old girl left in his care

Original Article

09/20/2012

By Kimathi Lewis

Being in the custody of a sheriff’s deputy should have been the safest place for a 6-year-old child.

But Mr. Christopher Thomas Davis abused the girl's trust by taking sexually explicit photographs of her to add to his vast collection of images of children being sexually abused.

And on Tuesday, the former White County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to producing child pornography that involved the 6-year-old, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A judge will decide the penalty for his crime on Nov. 27, prosecutors said.

This defendant committed the ultimate act of betrayal,” U.S. Attorney Mrs. Sally Quillian Yates said.

He violated the trust of the 6-year old victim, who he was charged with protecting, and betrayed the trust of his community by committing this heinous act while employed as sworn law enforcement officer.”

Investigators said between May 18 and June 25, 2009, Mr. Davis took photographs of a 6-year-old girl in his custody while she engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The photographs were taken inside Mr. Davis's Dahlonega home, according to court records.

On Aug. 25, 2011, federal agents executed a search warrant at the deputy’s home where they found several hundred additional images of child pornography on an external hard drive and on a laptop computer, prosecutors said.

Mr. Davis, 32, faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and the rest of his life on supervised release.

Also, he will be required to register as a sex offender once he’s released from prison, prosecutors said.


TX - Ex-cop (Charles Leroy Earl) gets 30 years for massive child porn stash

Original Article

09/20/2012

By Guillermo Contreras

A former police officer who served 12 years for molesting a child was sentenced Thursday to another 30 years in federal prison for a child-pornography stash so large that agents had to stop counting the images.

Charles Leroy Earl, 65, was a police officer in Reno, Nev., for nine years until he was convicted there in 1985 of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old, one of three teens he was accused at the time of sexually assaulting.

Earl moved to Texas after his release from a Nevada prison and was living in New Braunfels, working as a self-employed computer systems administrator.

He didn't register as a sex offender when he moved to Texas.

On Oct. 4, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working on a national child-porn sweep raided his New Braunfels home and seized 10 computers, eight powerbooks, 61 hard drives, two digital cameras, and numerous compact disks and DVDs.

Investigators found a huge cache of child-porn images, but agents were told to stop counting because they already had amassed the evidence they needed and had to work on other cases that were backing up.

It was enormous,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson said of the collection.

When Earl was first interviewed, “he admitted to the agents that they would find hundreds of thousands of child porn images. ... It's the largest amount that homeland security agents have ever seen in” South Texas.

His lawyer sought leniency, and Earl told the judge he wanted to teach others about computers.

Besides giving Earl the 30-year, no-parole sentence, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia also ordered him to serve a lifetime of supervision if he gets out of prison.