Friday, December 20, 2013

SC - Corrections officer (Nicolas Sheldon Brown) arrested for sexually abusing minor

Nicolas Sheldon Brown
Nicolas Sheldon Brown
Original Article

12/20/2013

By Jason Old

RICHLAND COUNTY (WIS) - A South Carolina Department of Corrections officer has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Lott said 34-year-old Nicolas Sheldon Brown was arrested and charged on Friday after investigators determined that he was sexually abusing a young girl since 2009.

The sheriff said the abuse began when the alleged victim was 10-years-old and continued until this year.

Lott characterized girl as a hero, "because she had the courage to talk to her School Resource Officer and ask for help."

A Department of Corrections spokesperson said Brown has been with the department for eight years.

Brown is a sergeant in the reception and evaluation department at the Kirkland facility in the maximum security unit.

He is on administrative suspension without pay.

Brown was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.


MI - The destruction of my family

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By Lemmony:
In 1997 I was convicted as a sex offender for being introduced to a girl in a bar I was unaware was underage.

It is now almost 20 years later and I have teenage children and a family of my own. Every year the registry's keep adding new sentencing. My children have been beaten, sexually harassed in school, tormented in church, refused association with friends. Both have attempted suicide and drugs because of the pressure and shame they are under. Our house has been vandalized. Vehicles wrecked.. I have lost employment and my ability to care for my family. My wife has lost her employment because of the registry, she went over seas to visit her sick family and has been refused re-entry into America because of the registry I am on. She has not been able to see our children in over 5 years, leaving me to raise them alone. As of last year I am now not even able to leave the country to see her. It is well documented that state police have used the registry to "peek" in my daughters rooms while they were changing.. I guess it is legal according to the state police to be peeping toms and perverts if it is a registered offenders kids they are spying on.. Now the state of Michigan is again adding more fines and yearly fee's for me to pay for the privilege of allowing them to torment my family.. When is enough enough? Is it time for the gas chambers yet?


KS - Former Kansas deputy (Glenn Lippard) arrested on sex charges

Glenn Lippard
Glenn Lippard
Original Article

12/18/2013

Wichita - A Salina man was arrested in Wichita Tuesday on several sex charges involving a girl under the age of 16.

Glenn Lippard is alleged to have had sexual contact with the girl between December 25th of 2012, and March 12th of 2013 at a south Salina home.

Salina Police were contacted December 14th by a social worker concerning the incidents. Lippard was booked into the Saline County Jail on 12-counts of rape, 12-counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and 4-counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.

Lippard a former deputy at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office was terminated from his position in 2005.


MO - Former police officer (Timothy H. Jones) sentenced for coercing sex from motorist

Timothy H. Jones
Timothy H. Jones
Original Article

12/20/2013

By Paul Hampel

Country Club Hills - A former Country Club Hills police officer convicted of telling a woman motorist she could either have sex with him or be arrested for drunken driving was sentenced on Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court to one year in the county jail.

Timothy H. Jones, 50, of Troy, Mo., was found guilty in October of pulling over a 24-year-old woman on Nov. 10, 2010, on suspicion of drunken driving on Interstate 70 near Lucas and Hunt Road. He had her perform a field-sobriety test, then told her she could either be arrested or have sex with him, authorities say. He then drove her in his patrol car to her home, where they engaged in “several sexual acts,” court documents say.

The woman apparently left her cellphone in Jones’ patrol car. When police began researching to whom it belonged, they reached the woman’s mother, who made accusations about what had happened. St. Louis County police launched an investigation.

Jones worked for Country Club Hills for about one year. He had been a Jennings officer for two decades before that.


FL - Former JSO corrections officer (Leon Perry Brooks Sr.) facing child porn charges

Leon Perry Brooks Sr.
Leon Perry Brooks Sr.
Original Article

Boy Florida sure is full of sex offending police officers!

12/20/2013

JACKSONVILLE - A former JSO corrections officer is facing charges related to child pornography.

Leon Perry Brooks Sr., 39, is facing two counts of receipt of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

The indictment (PDF) shows the reported offenses took place between June 19, 2012, and May 20, 2013, and involve a number of computer files showing minors engaged in sexually-explicit conduct.

Brooks will be in court Friday at 2:15 p.m.

JSO informed Action News in a fax shortly before 3 p.m. that Brooks was employed with the agency from April 20, 2000, until his resignation on Nov. 1, 2013. Brooks resigned, according to JSO, with an undisclosed medical disability.

He is the second JSO corrections officer to be arrested this week. Prosecutors indicted Harold Walbey III a week ago for tax fraud. Investigators say he took seven names to file tax returns for 2010 and 2011. Walbey also faces wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.


FL - Officer (Brian Morales) fired for having sex with teen

Brian Morales
Brian Morales
Original Article

Boy Florida sure is full of sex offending police officers!

12/19/2013

By JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA

TAMPA - Tampa police arrested one of their own Thursday, charging a school resource officer at Blake High School with having sex with a 17-year-old female student at the school.

Brian Morales was charged with eight counts of felony sexual activity with a minor. He becomes the latest in a string of officers who have been terminated this year after being accused of breaking the agency's code of conduct.

Each of them have brought discredit to the Tampa Police Department,” said police Chief Jane Castor. “We are an outstanding organization. Very disappointed in the actions of the individuals in the past. Specifically in this one because he was entrusted to be a positive influence in those individuals lives.”

The investigation into Morales began after the girl's mother heard her daughter speaking to the officer on speaker phone Tuesday night. During the conversation, Morales told the girl he would hurt himself if their relationship became public, said Laura McElroy, a police department spokeswoman.

The mother called a school official, who called police.

Police detectives went to the girl's home and to Morales' home on Wednesday to investigate. Because Baker had threatened to hurt himself, he was taken into custody under the Baker Act.

Castor talked to Morales on Wednesday and told him he would be terminated and the charges he faced. Morales cried and appeared remorseful, McElroy said.

On Thursday, Morales, 36, was released from the mental health facility and brought to police headquarters. He didn't cooperate with investigators, Castor said.

He was arrested and fired.

According to police, Morales and the girl began having sex two months ago. On Oct. 24, she left Blake High and went to Morales' home, where they had sex, police said.

They had sex at least eight times at his home, her home and in Morales' personal car, police said. On most meetings, she would sneak out of her home to meet Morales, who was off duty at the time of each encounter, police said.

The last time they were alone together was Dec. 12, police said.

He certainly doesn't deserve to wear the Tampa Police Department uniform,” Castor said. “He has not upheld the high standards that we are held to in this department. In fact, he has discredited all law enforcement.”

The fact that he was a school resource officer who deserves the trust and respect of the students they oversee is just disgraceful,” she said.

Morales, who earned $61,838 a year, had worked for the police department for seven years. He became a school resource officer at Blake High in January 2012. The only record of discipline in his personnel file was a letter of counseling for losing his police radio after he left it on top of his car and drove off.

School resource officers apply for the position, interview and are vetted. Supervisors look at applicants' experience, maturity and interest in working with students, Castor said.

The Hillsborough County School District on Thursday sent a recorded message from the Blake High principal to the parents informing them of Morales' arrest and his inappropriate relationship with a student.

We are saddened, shocked and disappointed in the behavior of the school resource officer,” Blake High Principal Jacqueline Haynes said in the statement.

Blake High senior Taylor Lovejoy said he was surprised to hear the news but said students had noticed the female student and Morales were often together at school.

The girl was always hanging around the resource officer,” said Lovejoy, 18. “I never thought anything of it, but obviously something was going on,” he said.

Castor has fired at least three other Tampa officers this year. Sgt. Ray Fernandez was fired after he was accused of helping set up the DUI arrest of a lawyer involved in a case with two rival disc jockeys. Det. Jeanette Hevel was fired and charged with grand theft after being accused of stealing $1,900 in IRS money orders that had been placed in the police department's evidence room. Sgt. La Joyce Houston was arrested and fired after being accused of using an inmate's food stamp card.


UK - 'Wicked' Grimsby woman (Xantya Ashton) falsely accused man of kidnap and another of sexual assault

Xantya Ashton
Xantya Ashton
Original Article

12/20/2013

A "wickedly dishonest and manipulative" teenager falsely accused a man of kidnapping her and another of sexual assault.

Student Xantya Ashton, 18, of Abbey Road, Grimsby, admitted perverting the course of justice between December 22, 2011, and September 2012, by accusing _____ of kidnapping her.

But a court heard that on the night she claimed she was kidnapped by Mr _____ and sexually assaulted by another man, she was actually having sexual relations with a third person.

Humberside Police investigated her claims over a number of days, spending many hours studying CCTV footage of the alleged route taken through Grimsby town centre.

At Grimsby Crown Court, Judge David Tremberg said the offence "struck at the heart of the criminal justice process".

He said: "No person should think they can use the criminal justice system for their own purpose."

Judge Tremberg said false complaints involve wasting scarce public resources.

He said: "The police expend extensive resources to unpick the lies. Police officers studied CCTV throughout Grimsby town centre. All those man hours were wasted because of your lies."

He said it was a "malicious" complaint against Mr _____.

Judge Tremberg said such offences were all the more serious when they were persisted with until October this year, when Ashton admitted the accusations were false.

He said the most serious consequence of her action was to "devalue" genuine cases.

"It causes juries to doubt genuine complaints from real victims who have taken the trouble to give evidence in court, because they know people like you exist. That is quite unforgivable."

He slammed her "wicked lies" and described her as "wickedly dishonest and manipulative".

He sentenced her to six months in a young offenders' institute but suspended the sentence for 12 months.

He ordered her to undergo 12 months supervision from the probation service and 80 hours of unpaid work.

She will also be electronically tagged and subject to an 8pm to 6am curfew for 28 days.

When Ashton unsuccessfully applied to have the time extended to 11pm in order to work at a restaurant, Judge Tremberg said she was "lucky to have work at all".

Patrick Palmer, prosecuting, said Ashton had made a rape allegation against Mr _____ in November 2011, but no action was taken.

Then, on December 22, 2011, she called from a phone box to claim she had been kidnapped by Mr _____ in a van near Grimsby railway station and sexually assaulted by another man at a house where she was held.

Police studied CCTV of the route she was alleged to have taken through the town. But no evidence was found, and phone records showed she had met up with a man named in court as _____.

He had agreed to meet her and told police they had gone back to his home and had sexual intercourse.

Police discovered the initial phone call claiming the kidnap had been made from a phone box near his home.

Mr Palmer said Mr _____ had spent five hours in police custody following his arrest.

For Ashton, Richard Butters said his client had been "to hell and back" and suffered mental health problems akin to post-traumatic stress disorder reaction.

He added: "Her regret is enormous."

References supporting her were handed in by her parents, a hair and beauty school, and by friends.


WI - Milwaukee Ald. Jim Bohl under investigation for suspected coercion

Alderman James Bohl
Alderman James Bohl
Original Article

12/19/2013

By Bruce Vielmetti and Don Walker

He's suspected of pressuring landlord to evict sex offenders

Milwaukee Ald. Jim Bohl is under investigation for allegedly causing a landlord to get hit with a slew of code violations after he refused to evict two sex offenders from a property in the alderman's district.

Investigators from the district attorney's office believe Bohl then had the landlord's records falsely wiped clean after the landlord said he had broken a state housing contract for the offenders. The landlord, in fact, did not break that contract.

The investigation is revealed in a search warrant that seeks phone and email records of Bohl; his aide Todd Peterson; Department of Neighborhood Services inspector Todd Vandre; and an audit trail of DNS records related to nine of the landlord's properties.

The warrant indicates investigators were seeking evidence of misconduct in public office, and threats to injure or accuse of a crime. Both are felonies.

According to the search warrant affidavit, Bohl told the landlord's property manager in October that the two tenants "needed to go" from a house in the 3200 block of N. 77th St.

The men were both on supervised release under the state's Chapter 980 law that allows civil commitment beyond prison sentences for certain sex offenders. They were placed in the house through an August contract established by the state Department of Health Services, which oversees Chapter 980 subjects.

Within a few a days of the conversation with Bohl, property owner Jeff Stockinger told his manager that he had recently been hit with orders to correct a variety of violations issued by the city's Department of Neighborhood Services at his properties. All were from the same inspector, Vandre, and dated Oct. 15 through Oct. 18.

"I was shocked, stunned and scared," said Jim Miller, who worked as Stockinger's property manager. "Jeff was livid. He thought it would put him out of business."

Miller said that before the violations were issued, Bohl offered to take money out of his campaign fund to make Stockinger whole for three months' of rental — an allegation Bohl denied through his attorney. Miller said the monthly rent at the home where the two tenants were living was $1,250 a month, or $3,750 for the three months.

"Jeff never responded to the offer," Miller said.

On Oct. 24, Stockinger and Miller met with Bohl at the City Market, 8725 W. North Ave. According to Miller, Bohl said he was sorry to "play hardball" but that under no circumstances would he allow the sex offenders to live in his district.

"When he made that hardball comment, it really pissed me off," Miller said Thursday.

"We knew we didn't want to go toe-to-toe with him," Miller said. "We said there's no way to get out of the lease. Bohl said the violations weren't going to go away."

Miller said Stockinger asked Bohl would happen if the lease were to go away. Miller said Bohl said the violations would be wiped clean.

After Miller agreed to ask the state to break the lease, Bohl told Stockinger the many code violation orders would be "magically lost" and Stockinger could avoid the $20,000 to $40,000 in repairs the orders called for, according to the affidavit.

A district attorney's office investigator, Robert Stelter, said in an affidavit that the violations began to disappear from the Department of Neighborhood Services' records. When some remained, Miller called Peterson to complain and was told: "We can't just wipe the slate clean quickly. They'll very slowly trickle off."

Miller said he called the state employee in charge of placing sex offenders in the community and explained the situation. Then he called Bohl's office.

"I called Bohl's office and updated him," Miller said. "Bohl seemed pleased with this."

Officials at the state Department of Health Services, the agency that oversees placement of sex offenders, acknowledged they were aware of the investigation.

Inspection reports included with the search warrant application show Stockinger's properties were cited for a variety of violations and he was ordered to clear gutters, connect downspouts, pave parking areas, paint wood trim, repair or replace porch railings, roofing, mortar and a broken window, and install a dryer vent cover, among other repairs.

Attorney Mike Maistelman, who often represents clients at City Hall in licensing and has represented elected officials in other cases, said Thursday he was Bohl's lawyer.

In a statement released by Maistelman and attributed to Bohl, the aldermen said: "As my constituents well know, the safety of the residents of my district has been and always will be my number one priority. It is disappointing to see these allegations made public before a full examination of the facts was completed. I look forward to working with investigators to answer any and all questions and to resolve any outstanding issues."

Maistelman said the allegation that Bohl offered to cover the landlord's losses from his campaign fund is "unequivocally not true."

Aside from the statement, Bohl did not respond to emails or phone calls. He was not home when a reporter stopped there.

A source familiar with the probe said Bohl had been aware of the pending investigation for some time. Maistelman declined to comment on that.

Peterson, Bohl's aide, said his attorney had advised him not to comment on the matter. He then hung up the phone.

A spokesman for the city's Department of Neighborhood Services released a statement after the investigation was made public.

"Regarding the investigation mentioned in the Journal Sentinel, DNS was made aware of the situation by the district attorney's office. DNS is fully cooperating with the district attorney. Due to the nature of the investigation, DNS has no additional comment at this time," the statement said.

Bohl, 42, was first elected in 2000 and is serving his fourth full term represented the 5th Aldermanic District following his re-election in April 2012.

Alderman Tony Zielinski
Alderman Tony Zielinski
In 2007, he and Ald. Tony Zielinski proposed an ordinance that would have virtually prohibited any new sex offender placements within the city, with restrictions so tight that only 0.14% of the city's residences would have qualified to house them. The ordinance was not adopted.

Where sex offenders should be allowed to live has been a divisive issue for at least a decade, since _____ quietly moved into a home on the northwest side of Milwaukee.

Protests led to a search for alternative sites, each of which encountered its own resistance from neighbors. There was talk of making the state build a group facility somewhere in the county for sex offenders released under Chapter 980

Most recently, _____ finally won supervised release from Chapter 980 commitment after years of trying. His planned placement in the Bay View area met with more subdued concern.