Sunday, September 8, 2013

INDIA - Family of Indian rape victim burns rapist to death

Man set on fire
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So much for a fair trial!


By Jonathan Wolfe

The family of an Indian rape victim recently demanded a financial payment from the man who raped their daughter. When the man could not meet the family’s financial demands, they burned him to death.

38-year-old Raju Vishwkarma raped a girl from the Indian village of Katni on April 30 of this year. The girl’s parents filed a complaint to police, and Vishwkarma was taken to jail. He spent one month in jail before being released on bail.

After his release, the victim called Vishwkarma to her house to negotiate a compromise. The girl’s family wanted Rs 2 lakh from Vishwkarma, which is roughly $5,000.

When Vishwkarma couldn’t meet the family’s financial demand they poured kerosene all over him and set him on fire. He suffered severe burns and was rushed to the hospital.

Vishwkarma’s burn injuries proved too damaging to recover from, and he died this morning.

CA - Former officer (Jesse Andrew Green) convicted of forced sodomy

Jesse Andrew Green
Jesse Andrew Green
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By Alicia Lopez

A former Garden Grove police officer was convicted Friday of forcibly sodomizing three women, all of whom he knew in a dating capacity.

Jesse Andrew Green, 36, of Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana of three felony counts of forcible sodomy and faces a minimum sentence of nine years in state prison and a maximum sentence of 24 years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration.

His sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 22.

Green was also charged with a count of rape for which the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

At the time of the crime, Green had been a police officer with the Garden Grove Police Department since 2006. The defendant also worked for the Calexico Police Department from 2004 to 2006.

Between April 2006 and November 2009, while working as a police officer, Green dated each of his three victims. At some point with each of the women, the defendant became suddenly aggressive while having consensual encounters and physically restrained and forcibly sodomized them.

He made derogatory and intimidating statements to frighten them, including calling them sluts and other derogatory names and telling them that he had herpes or AIDS and that he had transmitted the disease to them.

The Orange County District Attorney filed charges against Green for the sexual assault his first two victims in October 2010. After news coverage of the case, the third victim came forward and additional charges were filed.

A fourth victim, also came forward to report that she had been raped by the defendant in 1998. While charges could not be filed in that case due to the statute of limitations, that woman did testify in the trial against Green to show his pattern of aggressive sexual abuse.

All of the victims told law enforcement that they were extremely reluctant to report the sexual assault, fearing that Green may use his position as a police officer to retaliate against them. The victims did not know each other.

Huntington Beach Police Department investigated the case involving three of the victims. One case was investigated by the Santa Ana Police Department.

Green's mandatory lifetime sex offender registration will bar him from entering county recreational areas and city parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance.

MI - Ex-Detroit police officer (Geoffrey Townsend) found guilty of sexual assaults

Geoffrey Townsend
Geoffrey Townsend
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A former Detroit Police Officer has been found guilty of preying on underage girls.

An Oakland County jury has found 46-year-old Geoffrey Townsend guilty on six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He’s due back in court on Sept. 23 for sentencing, when he faces up to 15-years in prison.

Townsend was accused of statutory rape involving girls who were involved in his boot-camp for troubled teens called “Reality Check Detroit,” which was operated outside his employment as a police officer.

In total, Townsend was accused of having sex with five girls he met through Reality Check Detroit, and jurors heard testimony from each of them, The Oakland Press reported. However, the charges against Townsend were only focused on two of the victims.

Investigators said the girls were between the ages of 13 and 15 when Townsend had sex with them between October 2010 and August 2012 at his Farmington Hills home. One of the girls reportedly told investigators she had sex with Townsend more than 50 times over two years.

Prosecutors painted Townsend as a serial predator who purposely targeted young troubled girls.

The defendant was able to commit the crimes he committed … because people trusted him,” Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Tricia Dare said during closing arguments. “He knew what to say to parents to earn their trust. Once he got their trust it opened a whole other door for him.”

The defense argued that the girls made the allegations because they were looking for money and questioned why the girls waited so long to report the assaults.

Townsend resigned from the Detroit Police Department in April after the charges were filed against him.

OH - Ex-deputy (Randy Spencer) on trial for rape of 5-year-old

Randy Spencer
Randy Spencer
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MARION - A former Marion law officer accused of sexually assaulting a child will go to trial Tuesday.

Randy Spencer, a former Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy, is accused of forcing a 5-year-old girl into performing a sex act in April.

The trial will be at the Juvenile Detention Center as the elevator at the Marion County Courthouse is undergoing repairs.

A preliminary hearing at Marion County Municipal Court in May revealed probable cause for the arrest on May 2. Special prosecuting attorney Angela Canepa called two witnesses to the stand during the hearing.

Emily Combes, a medical forensic interviewer from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, recorded a conversation she had with the child. The child claims that Spencer used code language and asked her to perform the sex act, which she did.

The child’s mother was also called to the stand. She said Spencer’s girlfriend babysat the child. She gave Spencer permission to be alone with her daughter before the incident.

She said Randy was bad and that wasn’t nice of him,” the mother said.

Defense attorney J.C. Ratliff did not call any witnesses. He said the child may have altered her story since she spoke with her mother, people at the hospital, and someone at the sheriff’s office before talking to Combes. He also said that the child’s drawing and descriptions were not accurate. The child went into detail about the alleged sexual abuse while talking with Combes.

Spencer was charged with seven counts of rape, all first-degree felonies.

Spencer was hired by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2007 as a dispatcher. He was laid off in June 2009 and rehired in October 2009 as a deputy sheriff. He was laid off again in December 2011 and took a job with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer.

Spencer was placed on paid leave April 12 when the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Marion County Sheriff’s Office officials began investigating charges of sexual assault, according to Delaware County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Tracy Whited. She said Spencer was placed on unpaid leave indefinitely after his arrest.

Whited said Spencer passed a full background check before taking the job.

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IL - Wrongfully convicted of rape and murder

Wrongly Accused
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On a summer day in 1980, 19-year-old Andre Davis stepped off a train 125 miles south of his native Chicago. He expected his visit would last the summer. Little did he know he wouldn't return home for more than 30 years.

Andre had just graduated from high school and traveled to the central Illinois town of Rantoul, population 20,000, to learn his father's business. Richard Davis — known as "Crazy Legs" for his brilliant moves on the dance floor — was a disc jockey serving nearby Chanute Air Force Base.

Andre had grown up on Chicago's south side, where he lived with his mother, Emma, who owned a beauty salon. Emma and Richard had divorced when Andre was two, and though Andre didn't see much of his father, he had an extended family to rely on. Andre's grandfather had moved to Chicago from the south in the 1920s, part of the initial Great Migration of African-Americans. He started a corner store and was later successful in real estate. In decades of difficulty for so many blacks, members of the Davis family attended college and went on to lucrative careers. They were, as several of them proudly put it, pillars of the community — lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, and scholars.

Andre's mother recalls that her son was a good student but also a "typical teenager." "He always did very well in school, but was bored by it," she says. She believes that boredom, perhaps accentuated by the sporadic presence of his father, led to Andre acting out. In his early teens, Andre started breaking curfew and running away from home for short periods. A few years later, he faced an auto-theft charge for what he calls "a joy ride" that left him in the hospital. "He was hanging out with the bad boys on the block," Emma Davis says, "and they were a bad influence on him."

Some time spent in Rantoul, his family thought, would be good for him.

Rantoul was a far cry from Chicago. Historically, the town has averaged less than a murder per year. Blacks accounted for just 10 percent of the population. Former police chief Eldon Quick says that gangs have always been nonexistent and race relations in the town "were not a big deal." Still, the small African-American population felt it was necessary to stick together. Andre's father had a big network — most of the parties he DJed were thrown on the base, where Crazy Legs was the man to know. And so Andre instantly had a network, too.

When Andre arrived at the train station, he was greeted by Crazy Legs and his friend Donald "Don Juan" Douroux. Andre quickly took to Don, who had enlisted in the Air Force several years prior, was discharged in 1979, and decided to stick around Rantoul with a girlfriend while attending nearby Parkland College. It was also through his father that Andre met Lutellis "Sonny" Tucker. Sonny had five kids, was divorced, and lived two blocks from Crazy Legs. Sonny's kids came and stayed with him occasionally, but mostly they lived with their mother in Gary, Indiana, Sonny's hometown. Sonny's brother, Maurice, who was around Andre's age, had recently moved into Sonny's house.

Sonny, a cook at Chanute, had been convicted in April of 1978 of felony theft and placed on two years' conditional discharge. On one occasion, Don would later claim, he overheard one of the Tucker brothers thanking a police officer from Gary for beating him up instead of taking him to jail after he was caught stealing a car.

The crew would often drink together and get into wrestling matches. Andre was only 5'7" and 130 pounds, but he was muscular enough to hold his own with Maurice Tucker, who was six inches taller and 50 pounds heavier. Neither of the two had found work, so they'd get together and lift weights, drink beer, smoke weed, and hang around the NCO club on base. When Sonny's kids weren't staying with them on the weekends, the Tucker brothers often threw parties at their house on Eastview Avenue "for all the brothers," as Don put it.

Friday, August 8, 1980, was steaming. Andre headed over to the Tuckers' at around 10 AM to waste the day away with Maurice while Sonny was in and out of the house. They took out weights from the utility room, where Maurice slept, and lifted barbells in the backyard under the blazing sun. They played records. Most ambitiously, they climbed the generous fruit trees that leaned from a neighbor's house into the yard and picked apples and pears. But mostly they sat on the stoop drinking beer and cheap Wild Irish Rose wine and listening to breaks.

Andre would later recall that when he left the house, sometime after 6 PM, he saw a little girl playing outside. He remembered telling her to stay out of the garbage can she was getting into.

The girl, Brianna Stickel, was adorably blonde and had recently turned three. Earlier that day her stepfather, Rand Spragg, who was stationed at Chanute, had worked until noon before taking Brianna's mother, Becky Spragg, to apply for a job at the local Holiday Inn Jr. The couple then picked up Brianna and her 18-month-old brother, Simon, from their nursery and returned home. The kids hadn't napped yet, so the family lay down to rest together, as they often did.

The children woke first, around 6 PM. When Rand got up, he noticed that Brianna and Simon had gotten into the fridge; Brianna had spilled some juice. Becky took Simon for a bath, and Brianna was told to go play outside. The heat was so intense that the little girl was clad only in yellow underwear. Rand went to the window and saw her sitting beneath the large shade tree, biting her nails.

After wiping up the spilled juice, Rand squeezed the liquid out of the mop and turned again to the window. Brianna was gone. He went outside and circled the house. No Brianna. He went inside and asked Becky if the little girl was with her. She wasn't.

At around 6:30 PM, Rand began knocking on doors. He went to the Tuckers' house and heard a stereo playing on low volume. He knocked but got no answer, figuring that somebody had left the stereo on. He then got in his car to continue the hunt. The Spraggs didn't own a phone, so Becky flagged down a passing police car and told the officer that Brianna was missing. Officer Ronald McLemore began checking around the neighborhood.

Shortly before 8 PM, as the officer was conducting his search, "a black man come up there in a car — I don't remember the car — and he knocked on the [Tuckers'] door," Becky later recalled. It was Don Douroux. He was carrying a glass of Kool-Aid and wearing a T-shirt with the words master blaster emblazoned on the front and don juan on the back. A short while later, Rand and Becky saw Don walk out the back door of the house and lock it up. Becky walked up and asked if they could look for Brianna inside. Perhaps she had wandered over? At first Don demurred—it wasn't his house, he said. But he relented and they searched the house while he supervised. No sign of Brianna. Rand did notice a wet red stain on the twin bed in the messy utility room where Maurice slept. He passed his finger across the stain, but chalked it up to "a single man living there and having girlfriends, you know," he later said. The room had clothes strewn everywhere. Don saw the Spraggs to the front door, and went to lock up the back.

As Rand and Becky stood in front of the Tucker house debating what to do next, Don emerged. He was shaking and crying, borderline hysterical, and dropped the glass of Kool-Aid he was drinking on the front porch. Becky thought he was having an epileptic seizure. He was silent for a bit and then said there was something on the bed in the back room under a pile of clothes. "I can't look," he said. Rand went in with Simon and pulled back the sheets on the bed in Maurice's room. There was Brianna, lying on her stomach, her head turned to one side. Rand rolled her over. She wasn't breathing, and she had no pulse. Her lips were purple. He began CPR, and saw some vomit. He didn't want Simon to continue to see the disturbing scene and took the baby out of the room. As Simon whimpered, Rand went back to resume CPR on Brianna. He got no response.

At 8:15 PM, Officer McLemore received an ambulance call directing him to the Tuckers' house. He raced over and found a crowd standing around the home. Becky was outside crying. Rand escorted McLemore to the utility room, where Brianna lay limp and naked, with bloodstains on her genitals. The blankets were all in a ball at the end of the bed, wet with blood. The officer performed CPR on Brianna for two minutes. It was futile. Don told the officer that "the person that done this is at 1056 Eastview" — Don's own house, the next block over.

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