A 12 person jury has convicted Michael King of the kidnapping, rape and murder of 31 year old Denise Amber Lee. Thankfully, it took the jury less than three hours to find this waste of human debris guilty and the recommend that King deserves to die for his crime.
The death penalty vote serves as a recommendation for Judge Deno Economou, who will sentence King later this fall.
Minutes after handing down the decision, three female jurors agreed to talk with reporters about the three-week trial and the vote for death.
Philippa Steele started by reading a statement, “This was an extremely difficult decision to make. Our hearts go out to both families because we realize both have suffered.”
Judge rules Michael King competent for penalty phase.
Denise Amber Lee went missing on January 17, 2008 when she was abducted from her North Port, FL home by Michael King. Denise Amber Lee would later be found in a shallow grave in Sarasota County.
Kudos to the Feds & NY State Police.
Chalk another one up for the good guys. Federal authorities and New York State police have arrested eleven people in upstate New York in connection with an investigation into child pornography distributed over the Internet.
The arrests this week followed an investigation that led to 17 federal search warrants, U.S. Attorney Andrew Baxter said Friday. The defendants, ranging in age from 18 to 58, are charged with receipt of child pornography. Some are charged with distribution. All could face at least five years in federal prison, prosecutors said.
Authorities said computer images depicting sex with prepubescent children, including toddlers, were posted and downloaded on an Internet file-sharing server. They declined to discuss other details or explain exactly how they identified the 11 suspects.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Baxter went on to say that every image of child porn and every image downloaded depicts a crime scene of abuse of a child.
“One of the things I don’t think people necessarily realize is that every image of child pornography depicts a crime scene of abuse of a child,” Baxter said. “Child pornography is created by the abuse of real live people, real live children. So that the demand for those images created by people downloading and trading pornography triggers abuse down the line.”
The police in Reno, NV have arrested 27 year old James Biela in connection with the murder of 19 year old college student Brianna Denison. James Biela was booked at the Washoe County Jail and charged with murder, first-degree kidnapping and sexual assault. James Biela was arrested at the Stepping Stones Children’s Center where he was dropping off his son. Reno police have taken DNA evidence from Biela and stated that it would take 12 hours to process.
James Biela was booked into the Washoe County Jail on charges of murder, kidnapping in the first degree and sexual assault, but could not confirm he is the suspect in the Denison case.
Biela was arrested at the Stepping Stones Children’s Center, where officials said he was dropping off his son. Reno police took a DNA sample from the suspect and said it would take 12 hours to process.
Police spokesman Steve Frady issued a one-sentence news release announcing a news conference at 10:30 a.m. today. He would not say whether the suspect was arrested in Reno or elsewhere.
19 year old Brianna Denison disappeared January 20, 2008 and whose body was later found in a field in South Reno on February 15, 2008. At the time of the recovery police stated they had found DNA evidence at the scene of the crime that they say links the suspect to other sexual assaults near the UNR campus.
Police said they recovered DNA evidence at the scene that would link a suspect to the crime. The DNA samples also linked Denison’s killer to three other sexually related attacks on women at or near UNR from October to December 2007.
Could police have finally found a serial rapist that has been connected to at least 3 reported assualts in the Reno area?
Pfc Jeneesa Lewis has been missing since Friday, July 18, 2008 from Fort Bliss. Is it possible? Could it have happened again? Authorities are searching for 28 year old Fort Bliss Soldier, Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis and her husband Clinton Lewis. Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis is the fourth female soldier to go missing this year under suspicious circumstances. Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis is missing and considered in danger after she did not report for work Friday. Jeneesa Lewis is with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss Also authorities found evidence of foul play inside her apartment.
Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt said that when Jenessa Lewis didn’t report to physical training or work, soldiers from the 5-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 11th Brigade went to her off-post apartment to check on her. The apartment she shares with her husband was locked, prompting the call to police. When police arrived just after noon, investigators found evidence of foul play, Mears said. Mears said neither Lewis nor her husband were at the apartment. He would not discuss details of what officers found in the apartment.
Pfc Jeneesa Lewis description:
- Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis is 28 years old
- 5 foot 4 inches tall
- white female
- weighs about 125 pounds.
AP/El Paso Police Department Police say the wife of Clinton Lewis, Fort Bliss soldier Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis, is missing and considered in danger.
Police believe that Pfc Jeneesa Lewis is missing and her husband, 34 year old Clinton Lewis, may have something to do with it. Investigators are looking for a 2001 white Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Texas tags 20ZFD7.
Police: Missing Texas soldier may be in danger UPDATE I: East Tennessee soldier missing, manhunt on
According to the Associated Press, people who know the soldier told investigators that she and her husband, who is not in the Army, have been having marital problems. Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt told the AP that when Jeneesa Lewis didn’t report to physical training or work, soldiers from the 5-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 11th Brigade went to her off-post apartment to check on her. The apartment she shares with her husband was locked and neither of the Lewises were home.
UPDATE II: Sister of Missing Jeneesa Lewis’ states she was sent a text message about leaving her husband two days before she vanished.
Her sister says Army Private First Class Jeneesa Lewis sent a text message about leaving her husband two days before she vanished.
Lewis’ sister says El Paso police found the apartment was a mess and there was blood.
UPDATE III: Clinton W. Lewis, Husband of missing soldier wanted in Tennessee
Clinton W. Lewis has not been charged in the case and police have not named him a suspect. But investigators want to talk to him about the disappearance of his wife, Pfc. Jeneesa M. Lewis, a soldier stationed at Fort Bliss.
He is wanted on an outstanding warrant from Hawkins County, Tenn., where the couple lived before Jeneesa Lewis joined the Army last year. Officials with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office did not provide details of the warrant Sunday, saying the department would issue a statement on Monday.
UPDATE IV: Missing Fort Bliss Soldier Jeneesa Lewis Found Alive … Husband Clinton W. Lewis Arrested
Finally some good news with regards to a missing persons case. Army Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis who had been adducted and kidnapped by her husband has been found safe. Although it is reported that she was hurt and had suffered stab wounds, Jeneesa Lewis is alive, safe and presently in a hospital in El Paso. Clinton Lewis has been arrested on an aggravated kidnapping charge.
The Benton Crier: Family: Missing Fort Bliss soldier found alive
Her husband, Clinton W. Lewis, has been jailed on an aggravated kidnapping charge. He was being held on $75,000 bond, according to jail records, which did not show if he had an attorney.
Delores Pigeon, Jeneesa Lewis‘ grandmother, said Jeneesa Lewis called late Sunday to say her husband abducted her from her El Paso apartment last week, drove her to Nevada and then came back to El Paso to turn himself in.
ABC News: Sister: Missing Fort Bliss soldier Jeneesa Lewis found alive, ‘tired, scared and weak’
“Clinton had seen it on the news and decided to turn himself in,” Skelton said in a phone interview from her home in Rogersville, Tenn.
“He took her into Nevada,” Pigeon said. “She said she’s in shock. She’s got two big holes in her legs and she lost of a lot of blood.”
UPDATE V: Husband of Fort Bliss Soldier Stabbed, Raped Her
The police affidavit said Lewis was waiting inside the soldier’s apartment and kicked her in the face as she walked through the door. The private first class was stabbed with a kitchen knife, threatened with death, then raped, investigators allege.
To get more updates and discuss the case of missing Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis, go to Scared Monkeys.net Missing Persons forum.
If Anyone has information on the case your being asked to call El Paso Crime Stoppers at 566 TIPS.
Call it a father’s love for his daughter. Call it Mark Lunsford making sure that his precious 9 year old daughter Jessica Lunsford did not die in vane. The unspeakable acts that John Couey perpetrated on Jessica Lunsford are beyond comprehension. What else but the death penalty did Couey deserve? Mark Lunsford has made it his mission in live that Jessica’s Law will protect children from sex offenders and that the rights of the victim are more important than the rights of sex offenders.
Mark Lunsford has taken the worst personal tragedy that a parent can suffer and turn it into a positive mission for good. Mark Lunsford is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!.
42 year old Terapon Adhahn, accused child rapists and sex offender, will be charged with aggravated murder for the kidnapping and killing of 12-year-old Zina Linnik
Facing a possible death sentence if convicted, Adhahn will be arraigned Monday on the murder charge. Zina was abducted from her family’s Tacoma neighborhood July 4 and later found dead in east Pierce County.
Adhahn currently faces 12 felony counts related to the rape of two other girls. He pleaded not guilty Thursday to 10 rape counts, a kidnapping charge and a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
As Terapon Adhahn pleaded not guilty to the charges before him; investigators are looking to Terapon’s past to see just how many other children he may have sexually assaulted, raped and murdered.
Adhahn, a 42-year-old handyman and former Army Ranger, pleaded not guilty to 12 felony counts accusing him of repeatedly raping two girls, and failing to register as a sex offender after a 1990 incest conviction.
So much for the Judges in this country who believe that these predators will not repeat their crimes.
Mr. Adhahn is suspected in the murder of one young girl in the Tacoma area and is a “person of interest” in the death of another girl, according KING-TV in Seattle. He has also been charged with the 2000 kidnapping and rape of an 11-year-old girl who was found duct taped to a tree in the Seattle area and with the rape of another girl. (Dallas News)
The search for potential other victims continues. Did Terapon Adahn kill Amber Hagerman also?
Nine-year-old Amber Hagerman disappeared while riding her bicycle near her grandparents’ house in 1996. Her body was found four days after she vanished.
The search for victims has spread as far as Texas, where investigators are trying to determine whether Adhahn is responsible for the 1996 slaying that inspired the national “Amber Alert” missing-child notification system.
In the Pierce County case, investigators believe Adhahn sexually assaulted one girl at least 150 times — once at gunpoint — during the four years she lived with him at a Spanaway home. He also faces charges in the 2000 abduction and rape of an 11-year-old Tacoma girl who was left bound and bleeding in a remote, wooded section of Fort Lewis.
After Thursday’s court hearing, Loni Rasmussen, younger sister of the Fort Lewis victim, said finally seeing the man accused of brutalizing her sister seven years ago inspired fear and anger, and also relief.
“I hate what he did to my sister,” Rasmussen said. (Seattle PI)
So how is this child predator linked to the death of Amber Hagerman?
Amber disappeared Jan. 13, 1996. Her body was found four days later.
Adhahn’s mother and brother live in nearby Forth Worth, but it is not known whether Adhahn was in the area when Amber vanished. Court documents indicate Adhahn attended a sex-offenders group meeting in Tacoma on Jan. 9, 1996, four days before Amber disappeared. He also attended a group meeting in Tacoma on Jan. 16, a day before her body was found.
UPDATE I: Adhahn may be linked to 1995 abduction
Is it possible that Adhahn could be linked to crimes that took place as far back as 1995? Could Terapon Adhahn be connected in a 1995 abduction and assault of a 21 year old convenience store clerk? According to records, Terapon Adhahn was living seven blocks away from the convenience store where the clerk was abducted in November 1995. Abhahn also attended a group therapy session for sex offenders in Tacoma hours before the abduction took place. Coincidence or connected?
Tacoma police are investigating whether Terapon Adhahn was involved in the 1995 abduction, assault and shooting of a 21-year-old convenience store clerk.
The woman, who was left for dead near Fort Lewis Golf Course, now says she believes her attacker may have been the man charged this week with abducting and killing a 12-year-old girl who was snatched from an alley behind her family’s Tacoma home on July 4th. (KOMO-TV)
Kent A. Proffit Sr. was convicted on all 8 counts of sexual assault against 16 year old Bryce Chavers. The would be witness and victim, Bryce Chavers was later found shot to death in his bed prior to the original trial for Kent A. Profit Sr.
Proffit was scheduled to go to trial in late 2005 on those charges, but the trial was postponed when Bryce Chavers, 16, was found shot to death in his bed. Authorities initially described Chavers as a witness, but eventually revealed that Chavers was the victim in the sexual assault case.
Proffit, the ex-husband of Chavers’ mother, was sentenced earlier this year to life without parole after he was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for ordering three other teens to kill Chavers. He also was sentenced for the murder of Jeremy Forquer, 19, whom he also ordered killed. (AP)
35 year old Rachel Holt is charge with raping a 13 year old boy 28 times. She was sentenced to a maximum of 25 years for the offense. Holt’s defense attorney complained that the sentence was too long as compared to other such cases. Maybe that’s part of the problem Mr. Defense attorney. If harsher sentences were handed down to teachers that committed these acts maybe it would act as a deterrent.
Holt’s attorney, John S. Malik, said the sentence was much longer than what teachers convicted in similar cases got. He reviewed 40 such cases and found the average was 18 months to two years.
In her brief comments to the court, Holt apologized “to everyone who suffered” as a result of her actions, including the victim and his family.
“I hope you can forgive me,” she said. “I know what I did was wrong.” (FOX News)
Teacher charged with raping student 28 times
(CNN) — A Delaware schoolteacher was charged Tuesday with 28 counts of raping a minor after she allegedly engaged in a weeklong sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student, police said.
Rachel L. Holt, a 34-year-old science teacher at Claymont Elementary School, faces additional charges that she allowed a 12-year-old friend of the victim to watch them have sex at her home, and that she gave both boys beer, New Castle County acting Police Chief Scott McLaren said.
Ex-Boy Scout official, Charles Bickerstaff, has been charged with 4 counts of criminal sexual abuse and 4 counts of criminal sexual assault. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 16 year old boy.
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A former regional Boy Scout official has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Scout at least four times since July.
Charles Bickerstaff, 56, of Dixon, was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and four counts of criminal sexual assault, Lee County Correctional Officer Larry Schremp said Sunday. Bail was set at $2.5 million at a hearing Friday, and Bickerstaff remained in custody Sunday.
Bickerstaff retired last year as district executive for the Blackhawk Area Council, covering northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, of the Boy Scouts of America. He recruited and trained volunteers and helped organize fundraisers.
The boy alerted authorities to the alleged abuse in late April, and investigators discovered journals in Bickerstaff’s house that detailed facts supporting the boy’s account, Lee County Detective Sgt. David Glessner said.
It is paramount that we know the location where sex offenders live in the United States. All too often we let these predators slip through the crack and melt into society, only to offend again. It should be mandatory upon their sentencing and parole that they “must” register. This is and should never be an option. More attention should be given to sexual predators as its only a matter of time before they strike again and escalate the assaults.
Annual registration is required for 10 years for people convicted of kidnapping, luring a child, indecent assault, incest and promotion of a child for prostitution and six similar crimes.
Rape convictions and convictions for eight other types of crime, including those convicted of a sex crime while classified as a sex offender, are sexually violent predators who must report quarterly to state police for life.
Offenders must file a report with state police within 48 hours after changing their address, workplace or school they are attending, or after leaving prison.
Sexual offenders moving into the state or leaving the state must notify state police within 48 hours. (Daily Courier)
Why do we let sex offenders off the hook? Their movement from state to state falls under the radar when they fail to re-register in their new locality. It is obvious that not having an updates registry can lead to tragedy. We need to look no further than the heinous abduction, rape and murder of Jessica Lunsford. We need to know where these people are. It is not about their rights. This is about the rights of innocent and unsuspecting children. Innocent people’s rights should not be trampled by animals.
States don’t know where to find at least 60,000 sexual predators because the offenders fail to report their address to police, a national children’s advocate said.
There is no doubt that sex predators non-compliance in registering should be considered a felony. Non-registration should result in a trip back to prison, no questions asked. A sex predator’s non-registration should be considered intent to commit another act. It is actually shocking the number of states who just seem not to care about protecting children and adults against sex predators. What are these politicians thinking? Are they pandering to the sex predator vote?
Unlike Pennsylvania, where noncompliance is a felony, there are 25 states where it’s a misdemeanor. Allen notes there are about 26,500 offenders in Ohio, 24,000 in New York and 11,000 in New Jersey.
Pennsylvania notifies neighbors when a violent predator moves in or enrolls in a college or university after serving a prison sentence. Some states rely on offenders to do that, Allen said.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimate there are a staggering 603,000 registered sex offenders in the US. There is at least another 100,000 that are non-compliant. A new Special Analysis Unit has been created by NCMEC
to search databases, analyze information, and help identify and locate
The question remains as to why so many states do not take sexual predators serious. Why have they not passed harsher penalties for those that have offended? Especially when they know there is such a high percentage of those that will repeat and in doing so trying to hide from their past actions by not registering. The following state laws are a disappointment, to say the least.
There are 25 states where noncompliance with one or more registration duties may be treated as only a misdemeanor: Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- In four states, when a sex offender moves from one state to another state, the responsibility to notify the new state is placed solely on the offender himself: Delaware, District of Columbia, Kansas, and Utah.
- In eight states, the law is ambiguous as to whether the state or the sex offender must notify a new state when the offender moves: California, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.
- In only seven states, when a sex offender fails to register, it is mandatory for parole to be revoked and the sex offender to be returned to prison: California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, and West Virginia. (NCMEC)
In July of 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and
Safety Act. Politicians, stop dragging your heals. This is about protecting the publics safety and children. This is nothing to politicize. This is problem that needs to be addressed NOW! When dealing with sex predators, you are either with us or against us. There is no middle ground.