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2/2/2013 – SouthCoastToday.com – Westport man arrested for aggravated rape and kidnapping.

WESTPORT — A 22-year-old Westport man was arrested Friday in connection with the sexual assault and kidnapping of a female cab driver Wednesday.

Nathan M. Bird, of 357 Fisher Road, was arraigned in Fall River District Court on Friday afternoon and ordered held on $1,500 cash bail.

Members of the Westport Police Department, working with the Dartmouth Police Department, arrested Bird on Friday on charges of aggravated rape and kidnapping.

Bird is alleged to have sexually assaulted and kidnapped the cab driver in the early-morning hours of Jan. 30 when he was a passenger in her car. The incident occurred in both Westport and Dartmouth.

Dartmouth police’s investigation into the incident is still open, according to Detective Kyle Costa, spokesman.

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2/1/2013 – Wicked Local Medford- Medford resident charged with child rape.

A Medford man facing charges of child rape is still behind bars this week, despite having been granted $10,000 bail with certain conditions by the Somerville District Court.

Shawn Ziegler, 25, of 19 Shapley Ave., Medford, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and charged with two counts of forcible rape of a child, aggravated by age difference, and two counts of statutory child rape.

Ziegler is facing a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum of 10 years in prison for the aggravated rape charges, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office.

Medford police would not reveal the age of the alleged victim, but confirmed the victim was a young female child who was known to the defendant.

Medford Police Capt. Kevin Faller said the arrest was made based on incidents believed to have occurred over the last six to eight months.

On Jan. 24, Ziegler was ordered held on $10,000 bail under the condition that he wear a GPS monitoring device, stay away from the victim, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16 years old, surrender his passport and not leave the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ziegler has not yet posted bail and is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton, Mass., according to the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department.

Zielger is next scheduled to appear in Somerville District Court on Thursday, Feb. 28, for a probable cause hearing.

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2/1/2013 – masslive.com – Williamstown sex offender Ronald Brown charged with luring minor to Massachusetts for sex.

A registered sex offender living in Williamstown was charged Friday with sexually exploiting a 16-year-old boy whom he met over the Internet and encouraged to run away from home to join him in Massachusetts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ronald Brown, 50, was charged in a complaint with sexual exploitation of children.

Brown was considered a level 2 sex offender, based on his conviction in 1995 for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy, according to officials. A level 2 offender is considered to be of moderate risk to reoffend. They are required to register with local authorities but their identities are not disclosed to the general public.

According to the complaint, Brown began conversing with a 16-year-old boy from an undisclosed location over a website dedicated to older gay men seeking younger partners. Over time he persuaded the boy to send him naked photos and videos, and on Jan. 19 arranged air travel for him to Newark, where Brown met him and drove him to New York where they had sex.

Brown was stopped by police on the New York State Thruway en route back to Massachusetts after a multi-state advisory had been sent out about the boy’s disappearance. Authorities learned of Brown’s connection when the boy’s mother discovered their exchanges on her son’s home computer, according to officials.

The case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from Williamstown police, and the Massachusetts and New York state police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield.

If convicted of the charge, Brown could face up to 50 years in prison, lifetime probation and a fine of up to $250,000.

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2/1/2013 – MyFoxBoston- ‘Secret’ sex offender story getting attention.

FOX 25 viewers are sounding off on FOX Undercover’s revelations that two-thirds of all Level 1 sex offenders – those deemed a low risk to re-offend — have been convicted of crimes against children is getting.

FOX Undercover’s Mike Beaudet reported last night that 1,737 out of 2,693 Level 1 offenders have child sex offenses on their records. Because they are Level 1 offenders, the public cannot learn who they are or where they live or work, unlike Level 2 or 3 offenders.

The issue came under scrutiny most recently with the arrest late last year of John Burbine on allegations of horrific sex crimes against young children and infants he was supposed to be caring for. He was deemed a Level 1 offender despite three 1989 convictions of indecent assault and battery on a child.

On our website and Facebook, viewers are sounding off.

Here’s a sampling:

Amanda Fox wrote, “Shame on the Hill for not acting faster to fix this problem!!!”

Robin Fowle wrote, “This is gross! Our children’s safety should be priority, not the feelings of these sick criminals.”

But Stacey Madison countered, “The type of offense committed does not necessarily reflect the likelihood of recidivism.”

FOX 25 Morning News commentator Doug “VB” Goudie also weighed in Friday morning.

“Sixty-five percent of the Level 1 sex offenders in Massachusetts have sex crimes against children. You kidding me? I thought Level 1s were guys who were streaking at Mount Wachusett and somebody saw it and complained. No, it turns out they’re sex crimes against kids. And it’s 65 percent!” he said.

Two lawmakers who have filed bills on Beacon Hill to make information about Level one sex offenders available to the public say the numbers we obtained prove the system needs to change.

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2/1/2013- Wicked Local Plymouth – White Horse resident arrested as fugitive, unregistered sex offender.

Police arrested a White Horse Beach resident Thursday as a fugitive from justice in California.

Timothy Ricker, 51, of 48 Hilltop Ave., was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. and charged on a California warrant with failure to register as a sex offender.

Police said Ricker was wanted by the Los Angles Police Department for not registering there as a sex offender. Police said Ricker did notify local police that he was a sex offender when moved to town a few months ago.

Local police notified the state’s sex offender registry, which was in the process of classifying Ricker as a sex offender under the Massachusetts registry.

He was held on $50,000 bail for arraignment on the fugitive charge.

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2/1/2013 – WCVB BOSTON – Many Massachusetts child porn convicts get little or no jail time.

Published on Feb 1, 2013

A Team 5 investigation is exposing what some are calling a “troubling” trend.

Team 5 Investigates why judges aren’t handing out harsher punishment

Judges are sentencing people who are convicted of child pornography charges to little or no jail time.

Hard drives are just some of the evidence recently seized by Homeland Security investigators who are using cutting edge computer forensics in their on-line hunt for sexual predators.

“A lot of the suspects we come across have a tremendous amount of video,” one unidentified agent told Team 5 Investigates’ Kathy Curran.

As a result, there’s been a spike in child pornography arrests that Homeland Security Special Agent Bruce Foucart calls a frightening epidemic.

“They’re taking away the innocence of children and it should be taken seriously by everyone. There have been studies done where the people who are downloading and viewing it themselves are actual abusers,” said Foucart.

Team 5 Investigates reviewed sentencing data for child pornography cases across Massachusetts. The investigation found some federal judges handing out little or no jail time to those convicted of the crime. Over the last three years, Team 5 discovered a 40-percent decline in jail time.

“It’s frustrating, but I also respect the role of the court and what the court has to do,” said US Attorney Carmen Ortiz.

Last year, Steven Saunders, formerly of Groton, pled guilty to possessing more than 180 images of child porn, including images showing infants and toddlers being sexually abused.

Records show Saunders also admitted he wanted to have children of his own in order to engage in sexual activity with them and have them engage in sexual contact with each another.

“Do you think that was appropriate?” asked Team 5 Investigates’ Curran.

“No, I disagreed with that sentence. I was very, very troubled by the outcome in that case,” answered Ortiz.

“What troubled you most about that case?” asked Curran.

“Here was an individual that indicated his intent, his interest in having children so that he could sexually abuse them,” said Ortiz.

Judge Woodlock told Team 5 Investigates’ it’s his policy not to comment on cases outside the courtroom. At sentencing however, he cited the fact that Saunders had no criminal background and had gotten on with his life in a positive way with a marriage and a child.

“Mr. Saunders went through a very intense evaluation and Mr. Saunders is not attracted to children. He’s not a pedophile. I don’t think any reasonable person looking at what happened to him would say he has not been punished,” said Page Kelley, Saunders’ attorney.

Retired judge Nancy Gertner told Team 5 Investigates the real problem lies with the sentencing guidelines for punishment which she believes are too harsh.

“The issue is proportionality, what is the appropriate sentence for this one person? Will ten years of monitoring and sex offender registry keep this guy from ever going near that site on the internet again? Gee, I have no doubt the answer to that is yes,” said Gertner.

Paul Teves, a former West Bridgewater High School teacher and track coach also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors recommended the former teacher of the year spend five years behind bars, but Judge Joseph Tauro sentenced Teves to five years of probation, the first six months to be served in home confinement.

In his statement of reasons, Tauro stated that he wanted to “avoid unwarranted sentencing disparities” with those convicted of similar crimes.

“The Massachusetts trend to depart from these guidelines is nationwide and in fact it’s so serious that the sentencing commission is a month away, which we expect will say, these guidelines are wrong and the sentences should be lower,” said Gertner. “Judges across the country have been saying these sentences need to be lower.”

“The perception that this is not really severe or harmful kind of conduct is just a misunderstanding or uneducated perception,” said Ortiz.

The US Attorney told Team 5 Investigates she didn’t appeal the sentences in either case because given the narrow basis upon which a sentence can be overturned; her office did not believe they’d be successful.

Ortiz said the issue here is not about appeals, but rather, it is about the judiciary having a fundamental understanding of the violent nature of these crimes and the significant public safety risk these defendants pose.

Both judges declined Team 5’s request for interviews, as did Paul Teves and his attorney.

BOSTON —Court records show he went on line and portrayed himself as a mother willing to “pimp out” her 11-year old daughter. Investigators found more than a hundred images and dozens of videos in his possession.

Text Size:ASmall TextAMedium TextALarge Text..BOSTON —The government asked for a four-year jail sentence. Instead, Judge Douglas Woodlock sentenced him to time served: six days in prison, followed by ten years of strict supervised release, requiring him to register as a sex offender.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5frOsX0LX0B

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1/31/2013 – MyFoxBoston-Exclusive: 1,737 ‘secret’ sex offenders convicted of child sex crimes.

The public had no warning about John Burbine, the supposedly low-risk Level 1 sex offender from Wakefield now accused of sexually abusing 13 infants and children.

The state had classified him as a Level 1 sex offender despite his three 1989 convictions for indecent assault and battery on a child. The classification allowed his past to stay secret, police barred by law from telling parents of children he cared for about his record.

But he’s far from the only Level 1 sex offender convicted of crimes against children, a FOX Undercover investigation has found.

The state Sex Offender Registry Board, in response to a records request from FOX Undercover, now says that 1,737 Level 1s have child sex offenses on their records. That’s 65 percent of all the 2,693 Level 1 offenders in the state.

“Only in Massachusetts would we take a group of people who have been convicted of sex crimes against children and hide that information,” said Laurie Myers of Community Voices, which is fighting for tougher sex offender laws. “How do you justify that? You can’t.”

Saundra Edwards, the chairperson of the Sex Offender Registry Board says an offender’s crime is just one of 24 factors the board uses to classify offenders as either high-risk Level 3s, moderate-risk Level 2s or low-risk Level 1s.

“People just don’t get it. Why is the board classifying people convicted of sex crimes against children as low risk?” asked FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet.

“They have to consider again, not just the crime. This is not a state where it’s legal to just consider the crime. You have to consider the crime of course. You have to weigh in the 24 factors. And again you have to consider current information, not just old or historical information,” Edwards replied.

Those 24 factors include the relationship between the offender and the victim, the date, number and nature of prior offenses, and whether the offender is currently in treatment.

“Are you comfortable with all these sex offenders being considered low risk?” Beaudet asked.

“It does seem like a large amount. But I would have to know the facts of each one of these cases,” Edwards replied.

“You can find out though. We can’t find out. You know,” Beaudet replied.

“I would not comment on another individual’s decision,” she said.

While the Sex Offender Registry Board is made up of seven members, a single board member or examiner is deciding classification levels.

“What do you say to the public that still looks at the John Burbine case and says, ‘Oh my God. What are these people doing at the Sex Offender Registry Board?'” Beaudet asked.

“Well, assuming people are saying, ‘What are they doing at the Sex Offender Registry Board,'” Edwards replied.

“I think people are saying that,” Beaudet responded.

“The answer is we’re doing a very good job at what’s being done. This administration is doing a tremendous job. This administration has made great strides,” Edwards replied.

“Do you think the person who classified John Burbine did a good job?” Beaudet asked.

“I cannot by law comment on another individual’s decision,” Edwards replied.

State Rep. Brad Jones, the House Minority Leader, did comment.

“Crime like that it just shouldn’t be a Level 1, and I think the (Sex Offender Registry Board) should sit back and they should be going back at their own records: why did this happen?” Jones said.

“I think your own data indicates that the discretion SORB has exercised at least in recent years has in at least some instances been lacking,” he said.

Jones has filed legislation that would take away some of that discretion, making it impossible for people convicted of most crimes against children to be classified as low-risk Level 1s.

The bill would also require a majority of board members to agree on a classification level instead of giving that authority to just one member.

“It’s mind-boggling. It’s quite frankly disgusting, and when you see that you have to stop and say, ‘What is this person who made the decision thinking?'” he said.

Gov. Deval Patrick filed a bill to make information about Level 1 offenders public but the Legislature didn’t pass it. He plans to re-file it this year.

The last time FOX Undercover obtained the number of Level 1 offenders convicted of sex crimes against children was in 2006 when Mitt Romney was governor. Since then, the number has almost doubled. The sex offender registry board chair says the increase is due in part to the board eliminating the backlog of offenders who had not been classified.

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1/30/2013- MASSLive.com – Massachusetts woman who posed as boy for sex gets 8 years.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who posed as a teenage boy to prey on a West Virginia girl will spend more than seven years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley on Tuesday ordered 25-year-old Carissa Hads of Quincy to serve 87 months.

Hads pleaded guilty last fall to traveling across state lines with the intention of having sex with a minor.

Investigators say Hads pretended to be an 18-year-old male on a social networking site and started a relationship with the Lewis County victim in 2010. The two communicated for more than a year before their first in-person meeting.

A State Police investigator said Hads wore colored contact lenses and a back brace to cover her chest.

She visited the 15-year-old girl at least three times, once at a Pittsburgh motel.

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1/29/2013 – Wicked Local Abington –Two charged with child porn possession in Rockland.

Rockland police arrested two individuals Monday on child pornography charges after an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security Cyber Crime Task Force.

According to police, the two entities “executed a search warrant at 115 Pond St. in Rockland,” after which police arrested Kyle P. Regan, 24, of 115 Pond St. and David Dorato, 25, of 109 Reed St.

Both were charged with dissemination or possession of obscene matter, dissemination of visual material of child in state of nudity and possession of child pornography.

Police said “some of the evidence collected included cell phones, desktop, and laptop computers.”

Both individuals were bailed out and were arraigned at Hingham District Court on Jan. 28.

Rockland police arrested two individuals Monday on child pornography charges after an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security Cyber Crime Task Force.

According to police, the two entities “executed a search warrant at 115 Pond St. in Rockland,” after which police arrested Kyle P. Regan, 24, of 115 Pond St. and David Dorato, 25, of 109 Reed St.

Both were charged with dissemination or possession of obscene matter, dissemination of visual material of child in state of nudity and possession of child pornography.

Police said “some of the evidence collected included cell phones, desktop, and laptop computers.”

Both individuals were bailed out and were arraigned at Hingham District Court on Jan. 28.

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1/29/2013 – Fox6 Springfield- Fmr. Deerfield Academy Teacher Faces Sex Accusation.

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A prestigious Franklin County boarding school has launched an investigation after a former student says he had “sexual contact” with a former teacher.

In a joint statement posted on their website, Deerfield Academy Board of Trustees President Philip Greer and Head of School Margarita Curtis says that their investigation is centering around Peter Hindle, who taught at the school from 1956 to 2000.

A former student recently went to school officials and told them that “he was subjected to sexual contact, in the 1980′s” by Hindle, and after speaking with Hindle, the statement notes that he admitted to the contact.

The school has hired an law firm to assist in “a detailed investigation of Mr. Hindle’s years at Deerfield.” Law enforcement have also been notified.

The statement adds that the school has a “zero tolerance policy regarding inappropriate teacher-student relationships of any kind” that is discussed with faculty and staff on a regular basis.

The school says, “We realize this message affects every member of the Deerfield family. Meaningful relationships between faculty and students define our community, but those relationships must be anchored in our core values–and first among them is the safety and welfare of every student.”

The school is urging anyone who may have been affected or has information that may help in the investigation to reach out to the school, by contacting calling (413) 774-1425, e-mail Ms. Curtis. You can also e-mail school psychologist Stuart Bicknell or call him at (413) 774-1563.

Deerfield says that it “will make every effort to ensure the confidentiality of any information, and we are offering professional counseling if needed.”

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1/28/2013 – Patriot Ledger – Feds raid Rockland home in search of child porn.

ROCKLAND-Federal investigators raided a Pond Street home Monday morning and seized several cell phones and computers as part of an ongoing investigation into child pornography.

Police arrested Kyle P. Regan, 24, of 115 Pond St., and David Dorato, 25, of 109 Reed St., on charges of dissemination or possession of obscene matter, dissemination of material depicting a nude child and possession of child pornography. Both were arraigned in Hingham District Court and released.

Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said agents with the Homeland Security Investigations unit are analyzing data seized during the raid. He said investigators have not yet determined whether to file federal charges against Regan and Dorato in addition to the state charges.

Feinstein said investigators following up on a lead obtained a federal search warrant for Regan’s home and worked with Rockland police to make the arrests Monday morning. Feinstein said he could not comment on the investigation that led to the warrant request.

Lt. Nicholas Zeoli, a spokesman for the Rockland Police Department, said computers seized in the raid appeared to contain child pornography.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with investigating child pornography cases.

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1/27/2013 – The Boston Globe – Shrewsbury man pleads not guilty to child exploitation charges.

A Shrewsbury man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he traveled to the Dominican Republic to have sex with underage girls. Conrad Gallant, 62, entered his plea on Friday in federal court in Worcester, according to court records. He faces charges including sexual exploitation of children and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Gallant allegedly traveled to the county to have sex with minors at least four times between February 2011 and his arrest last March. He is being held without bail.

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1/26/2013 – The Boston Globe – Alleged unregistered sex offender charged.

Topsfield Police, acting on information from detectives, stopped a motor vehicle on High Street extension on Jan. 7 and arrested the driver, Michael P. Miller, 48, of Middleton on charges of failure to register as a sex offender. Miller was arraigned at Ipswich District Court at Newburyport where he was released on bail while awaiting a future court date.

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1/26/2013 – Salem News- Peabody man admits to downloading, sharing child porn, Sentenced to just 6 months in Prison..

PEABODY — A Peabody man who, according to his lawyer, sought refuge from marital difficulties and social awkwardness in “a strange world in the dark” pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing and distributing child pornography.

Barry Bushway, 49, was sentenced to serve six months of a 21/2 year jail term, followed by eight years of probation, during a hearing yesterday in Salem Superior Court. Bushway was also barred from unsupervised contact with children under 18 and unsupervised use of a computer, and will have to wear a GPS bracelet and register as a sex offender when he’s released.

“These are horrific images, and there are way too many silent victims, these children, who wouldn’t suffer without the demand,” said Judge David Lowy.

The images were discovered on computers and external drives found in Bushway’s Tumelty Road home following a search early on the morning of Oct. 25, 2010.

A state police investigator in Pennsylvania who was looking into child pornography being distributed on “peer-to-peer” computer programs like Limewire noticed one photo of a girl, about 4 or 5 years old, photographed from the waist down, said assistant attorney general Marina Moriarty.

The Limewire user who had offered that photo indicated that he had some 5,000 files that could be downloaded from his home computer.

The Internet address of the computer was traced to Bushway, and state police in Massachusetts got a warrant to search the home.

During questioning, Bushway initially denied that he’d done anything wrong, then confessed, telling the troopers that he initially downloaded the child porn by accident as he was searching for adult pornography, Moriarty told the judge. Soon, Bushway told police, he realized that he was excited by the “danger.”

At one point, said the prosecutor, he deleted the images, after his wife had confronted him, but subsequently re-downloaded it, making backup copies on an external hard drive and setting up a virtual machine, a “computer within a computer,” to hide the thousands of still images and more than 100 videos, the prosecutor said.

On the morning police showed up at their home, his wife told them “I told him to stop downloading that (expletive),” said the prosecutor.

All of the images were available to other users of the file sharing services, and had file names that were commonly used to search for child pornography, including “Lolilta” and a designation for pre-teen “hardcore” images, said the prosecutor. At the time police seized the computers, they discovered later, seven Limewire users were downloading images from Bushway’s hard drive.

Some of the images depicted the rape of children, she said. The investigators also found approximately 3,000 images of adult pornography, which is legal.

“This is a case where the defendant admits he went and sought out thousands of images, including images of children being raped,” said the prosecutor, who urged a state prison term of three to five years.

Moriarty expressed concern about whether Bushway understands that his actions were wrong, citing a psychological evaluation and a letter Bushway himself wrote to the judge, in which he appears to still be in denial.

Lowy shared those concerns, noting that the letter from Bushway indicated that the downloads were an accident, and that Bushway didn’t understand what he did wrong.

Jeffrey Denner, Bushway’s attorney, argued that his client is simply someone “painfully unable to express himself,” but who has come to realize over the past two years that his actions were wrong. “It’s been an unfolding process,” said Denner, who was urging the judge to impose probation and house arrest.

“He always knew it was wrong, morally, legally, and in every other way,” said Denner.

“Forgetting about all this today, this is a very fine man,” said Denner, noting Bushway’s family support, the fact that he had held the same job, working on the mainframe computer for Stop and Shop for more than 30 years, and his lack of a prior record.

Denner said his client was a man who struggled to form relationships with others, and who was dealing with the strain of a family tragedy on his marriage when he turned to pornography on the Internet.

Lowy said he was concerned that Bushway had tried in his letter to minimize his behavior.

“Did you understand, sir, that when you had this material on your computer that other human beings, because of your file sharing, would be able to view this as well?” asked the judge.

“I understand it better today than when it happened,” Bushway replied.

Bushway, who has been free on bail since shortly after his arrest, was put into handcuffs in the courtroom as family members watched.

He’ll be eligible for parole in three months.

Lowy warned Bushway that if he violates his probation, he could face a 10-year minimum mandatory term on the charge of distributing child pornography.

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1/25/2013 – Martha’s Vineyard Times- Steven A. Schwab sentenced to serve two years for molesting a seven-year-old child.

Former Chilmark community leader and Island insurance salesman Steven A. Schwab was sentenced Friday in Edgartown District Court to serve a total of two years in the Dukes County House of Correction for molesting a seven-year-old child.

Presiding Justice H. Gregory Williams accepted a plea agreement by which Mr. Schwab, 65, pleaded guilty to indecent assault on a child, assault, and two charges of lewdness.

Judge Williams ordered Mr. Schwab taken into custody in the courtroom. “You are committed,” Judge Williams said from the bench.

Mr. Schwab, tall and lean but standing slightly stooped, put his arms behind his back as court bailiffs handcuffed his wrists. The mother of the victim and supporters, as well as Mr. Schwab’s wife, watched from the court benches.

It was the culmination of a dramatic morning of testimony surrounding the fall from grace of the well known Martha’s Vineyard resident.

The mother of the victim provided a victim’s impact statement. Quietly, but in measured tone, she spoke directly to Judge Williams.

She said the age of her daughter, seven years at the time of the assaults, and the extended length of time over which she was molested warranted severe punishment.

“A crime was committed,” she said. “I think he should register as a sex offender, because he is a sex offender. I think he should serve time in jail. I don’t understand how he got pleasure out of the fear [the victim experienced] each time he exposed himself to her.”

Judge Williams rejected a request from defense attorney Timothy Kelliher that Mr. Schwab serve an unspecified period of time in jail, followed by a period of house arrest.

Cape & Island assistant district attorney Laura Marshard recommended a sentence of two and a half years, with one year to serve. The judge accepted only part of that recommendation.

Instead, Judge Willams said he would be inclined to accept a plea that included two consecutive one-year jail sentences.

After a short recess and a discussion with his attorney, Mr. Schwab returned to court, and his attorney said he would agree to plead guilty and accept two years in jail.

Ms. Marshard said the Commonwealth was satisfied with the four guilty pleas.

“With a plea, Mr. Schwab would be sparing [the victim] from having to go through a trial,” she said. “It’s obviously very difficult (for her) to be in his presence, and have all those incidents relived.”

Mr. Schwab admitted in court that the prosecutor’s description of the crimes was accurate. In arguing for leniency, Mr. Kelliher said Mr. Schwab was not always the respected community leader many people thought he was.

“He’s led a double life this entire time on this Island,” Mr. Kelliher said. “He was very, very prominent in the community, but then he was going away to have sex with prostitutes and other people.”

In arguing for leniency, Mr. Kelliher said his client accepted responsibility for his crimes.

“It was his fault that he was exposing himself and touching her and kissing her,” Mr. Kelliher said. “That was wrong, and he knows he’s going to jail.”

Mr. Kelliher said no other children were molested, and that Mr. Schwab is not a pedophile.

Judge Williams questioned that characterization sharply.

“Once I hear this defendant is attracted to a seven year old girl, how is that not pedophilia?” Judge Williams asked Mr. Schwab’s therapist from the bench.

“Well, your honor, pedophilia is…” said therapist Francesca Caton-Diaz.”

“It’s a sexual attraction to children, is it not?” Judge Williams interjected.

“Yes,” replied Ms. Caton-Diaz. “He became addicted to pornography, adult pornography. Toward the end of that there started to be some child pornography. You have to have a predisposition, you have to have a mindset, that that’s your arousal, that’s your trigger. That has never been him, until that time, and never since.”

Well known in community

Mr. Schwab was active in civic affairs. He was a vice-president of Martha’s Vineyard Insurance Agency and a well known Island businessman with a history of community work at the time of his arrest.

He served on the Chilmark School building committee and helped shepherd the politically nettlesome project to completion. He was for many years chairman of the Chilmark housing committee, and he was a member of the Chilmark human resources board.

Mr. Schwab was also a school volunteer at the Edgartown School where he participated in the school’s enrichment program for several years and worked with students interested in rocketry.

Following an investigation by several law enforcement agencies, Chilmark Police arrested Mr. Schwab on April 18, 2012, and charged him with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and two counts of open and gross lewdness.

According to police reports filed in district court at the time of his arrest, Mr. Schwab repeatedly exposed himself to a juvenile girl over a period of about one year and a half, from July 2007 to November 2008. The girl was seven years old when these activities began, according to the police reports.

The arrest came more than four years after the prosecutor alleged he began molesting the young victim, who was in his care at the time. Mr. Schwab relied on promises of secrecy from his victim to conceal his behavior, according to police reports.

In November 2008, family members became aware of his actions and confronted Mr. Schwab. He agreed to seek treatment.

The police investigation began when a therapist contacted the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) to report a case of possible child abuse. Therapists are “mandated reporters,” required to report information about child abuse.

Massachusetts law requires mandated reporters to immediately make an oral or a written report to DCF when, “in their professional capacity, they have reasonable cause to believe that a child under the age of 18 years is suffering from abuse and/or neglect.”

Mandated reporters include medical and educational professionals, counselors, firefighters, police officers, clergy, psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical social workers, drug and alcoholism counselors.

Following the court session Friday, Chilmark Police Chief Brian Cioffi told The Times it is his understanding that Mr. Schwab, his wife, the victim, and others sought therapy soon after his family discovered his assaults, and long before his arrest. Chief Cioffi said he will investigate whether any therapists failed to report the assaults, as they were required by law  to do.

“This investigation is still open,” Chief Cioffi said. “I intend to investigate the counselors, to see whether charges are appropriate.”

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Schwab, a Chilmark registered voter, was living on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Tisbury.

On September 28, 2012, Mr. Schwab appeared before Judge Williams prepared to plead guilty to charges of indecent assault on a child under 14, assault, and lewdness.

Ms.  Marshard recommended that Mr. Schwab serve 18 months in an off-Island house of correction, followed by five years of probation, with conditions that included registration as a sex offender.

Ms. Marshard asked that Mr. Schwab be imprisoned on the mainland rather than at the Dukes County House of Correction in Edgartown, at the request of the victim’s family.

Defense attorney Charles Morano recommended three years of probation, with similar conditions and no incarceration.

But, when Judge Williams rejected a plea offer that included no jail time, saying instead that he would find a one-year jail sentence acceptable, Mr. Schwab withdrew his offer to plead guilty.

Judge Williams scheduled a trial to begin on December 10. That was delayed when Mr. Schwab retained a new attorney, and the trial was scheduled to begin on February 8.

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1/25/2013 – The Boston Globe – Massage parlors owners in Wellesley and Revere indicted on human trafficking, prostitution charges.

The owners of two massage parlors, one in Wellesley and the other in Revere, were indicted in connection with human trafficking and prostitution on Thursday, according to a statement from Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Joseph Girouard, 55, of Revere, Zhen Lai, 37, of Quincy, and Wenjie Dong, 49, of Malden, are accused of employing masseuses to offer sexual services at Bodywork in Revere and Sun Spa (also known as Sun Studio) in Wellesley, according to the statement.

“We allege that these defendants exploited these women and coerced them into prostitution,” said Coakley in the statement.

The indictments are the result of an investigation by State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Wellesley Police Department, according to the statement.

Authorities allege that Lai, Girouard and Dong operated the two massage parlors, which allegedly offered sexual activity for cash that was characterized as “tips.” Most of the profit went to Lai, Girouard and Dong, according to the statement.

Some of the masseuses came to Boston from New York, according to the statement, and Girouard allegedly arranged transportation for several masseuses to and from the parlors, which were advertised in newspapers and websites known to advertise prositution.

Lai, Girouard and Dong were arrested on Oct. 18 and pleaded not guilty the next day.

They were indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury on Thursday. Girouard was indicted with two counts of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, two counts of conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual servitude, to counts of deriving support from prostitution, and two counts of keeping a house of ill fame. Lai and Dong were indicted on one charge each of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution and keeping a house of ill fame.

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1/24/2013 – ABC40 News – Local Shriner Faces Child Porn Charges.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A Westfield man, who serves as a member of the Melha Shriners, is facing child pornography charges.

Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe says that Tuesday night, his department arrested 61-year-old Gardner Whitney of Westfield at a home on South Westfield Street in Agawam.

Court records indicate that Whitney is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of lascivious posing a child in the nude, one count of indecent assault and battery, and three counts of photographing an unsuspecting nude person.

No other information regarding the case was immediately available.

Thursday afternoon, Al Zippin from the Melha Shriners told ABC40 that Whitney is a member of the Shriners. He adds in a statement that, “We are gathering information on the situation and our main concern right now is for the family and those people involved.”

Jennifer Fitzgerald, Assistant District Attorney in Hampden County says he did not deny at his bail hearing that he was employed at Suffield Middle School in Connecticut.  She also says that during the hearing he objected to a claim that he was teacher there, but rather indicated that he was paraprofessional.

Whitney pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Westfield District Court and is being held on $25,000 bail. He is due back in court on February 22.

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1/24/2013 – Patriot Ledger – Former Hull man & sex offender indicted on child rape charges.

BROCKTON — A former Hull man who served time for possession of child pornography last year has been indicted on multiple counts of child rape.

A Plymouth County grand jury handed up the indictment Friday against William E. McDonagh, 53, who is charged with three counts of aggravated child rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14 and one count of intimidating a witness. His arraignment in Brockton Superior Court has not been scheduled.

McDonagh’s bail was set at $50,000 when he was originally arraigned on the charges in Hingham District Court in December.

He was one of seven people arrested in October 2008 in a statewide sweep aimed at the exchange of child pornography over the Internet. He pleaded guilty in January to six counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of obscene material and was sentenced to a year and a day in jail followed by five years of probation.

According to a police report on file at Hingham District Court, McDonagh and his family left Hull after his arrest on the child porn charges and moved to Hyde Park. While in Hull, police said, McDonagh raped a young boy three times and showed him pornographic videos and photographs, including some that showed children.

It’s unclear when the alleged attacks occurred or how old the boy was at the time. The police report indicates the boy was 11 in 2010 when McDonagh moved out of Hull.

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1/23/2013 – The Berkshire Eagle – Dalton man found guilty of sexually abusing two children.

PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday after he was convicted of 11 charges related to the sexual abuse of a young boy and girl.

Robert F. Smith, 35, is being held without bail pending his sentencing in Berkshire Superior Court. On Friday, he was found guilty of 11 charges by a jury of eight men and four women following a five-day trial.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Smith sexually abused a girl, who is now 17, beginning in 2004, when she was in the fourth grade, and continued to abuse her until June 2010. Smith also forced the boy, who is 14, to engage in sexual acts with the girl, forced them to watch pornography, and engaged them in sex acts with him, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry told the jury at trial.

Both victims took the stand for the prosecution and are planning to give victim-impact statements to the court on Thursday prior to Smith’s sentencing.

At trial, Smith’s attorneys, Nathaniel K. Green and Joshua C. Hochberg, had argued that the allegations were brought by the victims in order to hide their own consensual sexual relationship.

The jury found Smith guilty of five counts of rape and abuse of a child without force, three counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference, two counts of dissemination of obscene matter to a minor, and a single count of inducing a minor to engage in sexual intercourse.

After the verdict was read, Smith looked pale and shaken. He was handcuffed and taken away by court personnel.

The maximum sentence for aggravated rape is life in prison with a minimum sentence of 10 years. Smith will also likely have to register as a sex offender and could be civilly committed after serving a prison sentence.

The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

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1/22/2013- Framingham Patch – Suspected Child Rapist Arrested Today at Courthouse.

A Framingham man sought on charges of raping a child, over a 3-year period, was arrested Tuesday morning when he showed up for a hearing at the Middlesex District Court in Framingham.

A Framingham man sought on charged of raping a child, over a 3-year period, was arrested Tuesday morning when he showed up for a hearing at the Middlesex District Court in Framingham

Eli Gonzalez, 28, was wanted by Framingham Police on charges of rape of a child by force under the age of 14, indecent assault and battery and aggravated rape of a child under the age of 14. Police issued an alert to residents.

Police said he attacked the girl over a 3-year period. The attacks were reported to police on Jan. 4.

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1/22/2013 – Wicked Local Framingham- Framingham man charged with kidnapping, sex assault.

A Framingham man is scheduled to be arraigned today in Framingham District Court on kidnapping and sexual assault charges.

Police arrested Jonathan Quinlan, 42, at his 1 Kendall St., apartment on Friday at 6:57 p.m.

Police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said most of the arrest reports were not available on Monday. He said the incident involved an assault on a woman who delivered a pizza to Quinlan.

Quinlan denied the allegations, and said he never touched the woman, the lieutenant said.

Police charged Quinlan with kidnapping by confinement, indecent assault and battery on a person older than 14 and simple assault and battery. He was being held at the police station.

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1/22/2013 – Wakefield Patch – Wakefield Lawmakers Offer Sex Offender Registry Reform Bill.

The following is a joint statement from State Senator Katherine Clark and State Reps. Paul Brodeur and Donald Wong:

In December, our communities were stunned when a Wakefield man was charged with 100 counts of child abuse and sexual assault involving very young children.  This deeply disturbing case highlights the need to strengthen our laws and regulations to help prevent these horrific crimes in the future.

Over the past month, we have been working with Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith, and our colleagues in the legislature on a bill to strengthen the Commonwealth’s sex offender registry system, make more information available to the public, and promote communication among the state agencies with a shared responsibility to protect our children and ensure the safety of our childcare facilities.

On January 18, we filed An Act to protect our communities.  This comprehensive legislation will:

  • Empower the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) to reclassify offenders on its own initiative or upon written request by a District Attorney or police department.  Currently, the SORB can only reclassify an offender to a higher level of threat if there is a new conviction for a sex offense.  This bill would allow the SORB to legally consider additional information and law enforcement reports that may indicate a higher likelihood of re-offense.
  • Ensure that the SORB has access to all relevant information necessary to determine an offender’s level of risk.  The bill also will clarify what information must be reported to SORB regarding abuse and neglect.
  • Make Level 1 sex offender information publicly available via an in-person request at local police departments.
  • Strengthen interagency communication by providing direct access to registry information for the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Early Education and Care, the Parole Board, the Department of Probation and the Department of Mental Health.
  • Instruct SORB to develop a formal, interagency process for sharing information that may have bearing on the reclassification of a sex offender.
  • Establish a commission to study the development and use of a Massachusetts Authorized Risk Assessment Tool for Sexual Offenders to determine the level of risk and recidivism that a given convicted sex offender may present.
  • Mandate that the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) makes information about licensing history of childcare facilities publically available online.

No law can absolutely protect our families and our communities from crime.  However, we believe that these changes will strengthen our system of oversight of convicted sex offenders and ensure that citizens, local law enforcement and relevant state agencies have better access to the information they need to keep our kids safe.

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1/21/2013 –Wicked Local Chatham- Sex offender arrested in Chatham.

According to police, a Level III sex offender was arrested at his residence in Chatham last week.

John Stangl, 63, was arrested on Jan. 17 without incident at 424 Stage Harbor Road for failing to re-register with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, according to the police department. Stangl was recently arrested by the Chatham police on Dec. 3, 2012, for failing to maintain his court ordered GPS tracking device. More information on John J. Stangl can be found on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry website: www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/sorb

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1/20/2013 – The Boston Globe – Class action case against Mass. child welfare system to start trial Tuesday.

A federal class action lawsuit set to go to trial Tuesday is expected to shine a harsh light on the Massachusetts child welfare system, laying out accusations that the state allowed thousands of children to suffer a wide range of abuses, including sexual assault, constant foster home uprooting, and inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic drugs.

Children’s Rights, a New York City-based child welfare watchdog group, first filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Children and Families in April 2010 , stating in court filings that the state is “causing physical and psychological harm to the abused and neglected children it is mandated to protect.”

Tuesday morning at John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, the advocacy group will call its first witness: A woman who grew up in the state’s foster care system and experienced harrowing abuses while being shuttled from home to home, said Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of Children’s Rights.

“She had the kind of experiences you wouldn’t wish on anyone,” Lowry said. “When taxpayers hear what they’ve been spending money on, they will be appalled.”

But the state plans to argue in court that officials at the Department of Children and Families are aware of the problems cited by Children’s Rights, and have already taken steps to improve the child welfare system, said Angelo McClain, commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.

“We’re hoping as we present our stories, the court will conclude that we’re very passionate about making improvements to the system,” McClain said, “and that we’ve had results.”

The lawsuit is one of more than a dozen filed in recent years by Children’s Rights against child welfare departments in states around the country. Massachusetts is the first state since 2006 to fight the accusations in court, rather than agree to a settlement.

The trial could take weeks.

Reports published by Children’s Rights in recent months outline troubling statistics about the state of child welfare in Massachusetts.

According to federal audits of 47 child welfare jurisdictions in the country, Massachusetts ranked 8th worst in mistreatment rates, and 13th worst in the timeliness of adoptions.

On average, caseworkers fail to make more than one-quarter of their required monthly visits to the homes of children in the state’s care, according to reports written by child welfare policy experts and released by Children’s Rights.

A study by the US Government Accountability Office, cited by the advocacy group, said that 40 percent of foster children in Massachusetts are prescribed psychiatric medications — a much larger percentage than children not in the state’s care, only about 10 percent of whom receive the same drugs.

“The problems in foster care are often invisible problems,” Lowry said,” but they’re not without extreme pain for the children who bear the brunt of those problems.”

Lowry recognized that some improvements have been made since the lawsuit was filed, but said those corrections have come at a disappointing pace.

“The state readily admits that in some areas they haven’t made any progress,” Lowry said. “The state’s had initiatives; it’s just they they haven’t succeeded. In some degree, it’s too little too late.”

“The fact that the state is trying,” she continued, “is not making life any better for these children.”

McClain contended that the state has made significant improvements. In 2008, the Department of Children and Families implemented a new model for how to manage cases and ensure that children do not fall through the cracks.

That new model, he said, has been effective: Fewer than 1 percent of Massachusetts children currently experience abuse or neglect while in the state’s care, according to state officials. And in the past four years, the number of foster care placements that prove stable increased from 72 percent to 79 percent.

“I was given a clear mandate to transform the system, and we’ve done quite a bit of work since 2008 and 2009 to implement that mandate,” McClain said. “It’s clear we’ve made some significant changes in a number of areas.”

Additionally, last year, the Department of Children and Families increased reimbursement rates for foster parents by 15 percent to 20 percent, though Lowry suggested that the payment increase was prompted by the lawsuit.

“I don’t question [Children’s Rights] motives, and I think they believe that we could be doing a better job,” McClain said. “But I don’t know how much they’ve taken into account the improvements we’ve made since 2008.” Says abuse is rife in foster care system.

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1/19/2013- MetroWest Daily News –Former Maynard firefighter keeps pension after sex abuse.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Friday that a former Maynard firefighter/emergency medical technician is entitled to his pension, even after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two children.

The Appeals Court, in its 2-to-1 ruling, said “that although the criminal actions of Anthony Tyler were reprehensible, they did not violate, under applicable statues and case law, his office or position as a firefighter.”

The decision overruled a lower court’s decision from 2010, which ruled that Tyler’s behavior had a direct link to his position, because of the connection to his victim.

The Appeals Court ruled that Tyler’s offenses were of a personal nature, occurred outside the firehouse, and while Tyler was not on duty.

“Moreover, there was no evidence that Tyler used his position, uniform, or equipment for the purposes of his indecent acts, nor were the acts committed on department property,” according to the court ruling.

The Appeals Court judges Joseph Grasso and R. Marc Kantrowitz were in the majority. They decided the personal link to the victim and the ruling that “given Tyler’s position as a firefighter and his obligation to protect the public, his criminal activities ‘violated the fundamental tenets of his position’” was not a strong legal argument.

“These considerations, while understandable, are so broad however as to engulf nearly every public official, especially police officers and firefighters, convicted of any crime. The reach of the statute as currently written is not so broad. A direct link must be established between one’s actions and his official position.”

Tyler is serving a six-year sentence stemming from guilty pleas involving two different victims.

In the first case, Tyler was accused in 2006 of sexually abusing a young boy and was indicted on various charges in 2006 and 2007.

In March 2008, he pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years or older and was sentenced to three years in prison and was placed on probation for five additional years.

The assaults took place on several different dates between 2002 and 2006 at his home in Maynard, as well as in his vehicle while in Acton and Sudbury.

A second victim came forward in the summer of 2008 and in that case Tyler pleaded guilty to indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years or older and was sentenced to an additional three years, which would commence after the sentence he was then serving.

The town of Maynard and the Maynard Fire Department took no action when Tyler was charged, based on court records. The town did not discharge him from his position on “grounds of moral turpitude, in which case he would have forfeited his pension,” according to the court decision.

“In 2006, following his first set of indictments, [Tyler] applied for retirement benefits, which were granted. Tyler later pleaded guilty [March 2008] to some of the various indictments, others being nol prossed (not prosecuted), and began serving his prison sentence,” according to the court records.

The Maynard Retirement Board began an inquiry after the legal resolution of the criminal case and after a hearing the board voted to suspend Tyler’s pension. Tyler appealed the decision, taking the matter to District Court, which set aside the board’s decision and ordered the benefits be reinstated. The District Court ruled there was not a direct link to Tyler’s job and therefore did not trigger the forfeiture of the pension under state law.

The Maynard Retirement Board appealed the decision to the Superior Court. A judge at that level heard the arguments and found because the victim was the son of a fellow firefighter there was a direct link to Tyler’s job and again eliminated Tyler’s right to the pension.

Tyler appealed the decision to the Appeals Court.

Appeals Court Judge R. Malcolm was the dissenting opinion in the Appeals Court. Malcolm argued that because firefighters/EMTs, like police officers, judges and teachers, are mandated reporters who must file a report if they believe a child is in physical or emotional danger, Tyler’s position was directly linked to his criminal behavior.

Malcolm also argued in his dissent that Tyler’s job as a firefighter and EMT could not be separated from his behavior because it would break the integrity of the system.

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1/18/2013 – MyFoxBoston – Level 3 sex offender arrested for scamming registry.

FIRST ON FOX 25 (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) — A convicted sex offender was arrested after Malden police say he duped the system.

Vincent Pellino, who is listed as a Level 3 sex offender, served time for abusing a child back in 2004. He pleaded not guilty to one count of failing to register during his arraignment Friday in Malden District Court. Essex Superior Court had issued a warrant out for Pellino’s arrest.

Pellino’s bail was set at $30,000 surety or $3,000 cash and he will be monitored by GPS. Pellino may not have unsupervised contact with kids.

As a Level 3 offender, Pellino is required to register and report his address for the statewide Sex Offender Registry. But Malden police told FOX 25 that Pellino registered as living at his mother’s home in Saugus, but is actually living on Eastern Avenue in Malden, across from the charter school and next to an active daycare. Police don’t believe Pellino had any interaction with kids while living at the Malden address.

Pellino was on probation, but was able to deceive the system and his parole officer in this address swap.

Malden police were contacted by Pellino’s family member, who said their uncle was supposed to be living with his mom, but was residing in Malden. He was having mail delivered to Saugus, but at no time stayed there.

According to the family member, Pellino sometimes leaves a vehicle in Saugus. The relative thought Pellino was living in Malden for at least two years.

A defense attorney called Pellino’s relative a disgruntled family member. He said Pellino currently has five jobs, working at cleaning and baking companies and delivering papers.

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1/18/2013 – Metro West Daily News – Framingham Police ask for help finding child rape suspect.

Police are searching for a Framingham man they said repeatedly raped a young girl over a period of at least three years.

Investigators are now asking the public to help locate Eli Gonzalez, 28, police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said.

“He knows we’re looking for him,” Brandolini said.

The lieutenant said Gonzalez and the victim knew each other. The sexual assaults happened beginning when the girl was 9 years old and continued until she was 11.

The assaults were reported to the Framingham Police on Jan. 4. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Gonzalez. Brandolini said.

The warrant charges Gonzalez with two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child, rape of a child by force and indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14.

Police said Gonzalez is Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with short dark hair. Police said he has tattoos on the back of each of his hands. The tattoos are of the Janus Masks, also known as the comedy/tragedy masks. One hand has a smiling mask and the second has a frowning mask.

Anyone with information about Gonzalez is asked to call Detective Stacey Macaudda at 508-532-5249.

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1/17/2013 – Marlborough Patch – Aggravated Rape of a Child and Juvenile Drug Arrest.

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1/16/2013 – Gloucester Daily Times – Man, 21, charged in statutory rape of girl, 14.

A 21-year-old Gloucester man is facing four charges of statutory rape and one count of providing alcohol to a minor in the aftermath of an apparent New Year’s Eve party in a room at the Cape Ann Marina resort.

Justin Todd of Pleasant Street allegedly engaged in sexual activities with a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 31, according to charges filed by Gloucester police.

Detective Steven Mizzoni wrote in his report that information regarding the case first came forward from Phillip Conrad, the principal of the Rockport Middle High School, on Jan. 7. The report states that Conrad told police a student had come forward about the incident at Cape Ann Marina.

In the report, Mizzoni states that Todd had partied with several teenagers at the marina, purchasing whiskey and vodka at the nearby Causeway Liquors across Essex Avenue.

Police who went to the marina obtained a signed receipt for a room paid for by Todd on the night in question, and on Jan. 8, a teenager, along with her parents, came forward to talk to city police about what had happened.

According to police, Todd allegedly engaged in four instances of sexual activity with one teenage girl who had been drinking, while other teenagers were either sleeping or out of the room at the time.

”A copy of a previous report alleging that Justin Todd has had past sexual intercourse with another 14-year old is on file,” the new police report added. Todd has also faced charges in the past of breaking and entering in Rockport, and on assault and battery charges in Gloucester.

In this case, when police asked the teen if Todd had warned her about confronting police, she replied “he told me not to say anything because he is too old to have sex with her,” the report stated. Under law, statutory rape is defined in Massachusetts as a case in which an adult “induces” a child under the age of 18 to have sexual intercourse.

The criminal complaints were issued on Jan. 10, and he was initially arraigned in Gloucester last Friday, when he paid $150 in court fees for a counselor.

As of Tuesday, Todd was being held on a $20,000 bail, which he has appealed in Salem Superior Court. If his bail is posted, there is a bail warning stating he is not to come in contact with a minor. His next court date, set for Feb. 4, is a probable cause hearing.

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1/16/2013 – The Boston Globe – Mass. man gets 10 years supervised release in 2nd child porn case.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a West Brookfield man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his second conviction of possessing child pornography.

Forty-four-year-old Christopher Boucher pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Springfield to possession of material involving sexual exploitation of a minor. His sentence includes 10 years of supervised release with special conditions for sex offenders.

Prosecutors said state police found a laptop a year ago at Boucher’s former home in Ware that contained video showing multiple rapes of a young girl. Prosecutors said Boucher told police he used file-sharing programs on the Internet to get images of sex acts involving children 12 to 15 years old.

Boucher was sentenced in 2001 to five years’ probation and six months home detention after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

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1/15/2013 – MyFoxBoston –Rapist told victim he was a state trooper, police say.

BROCKTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Boston man accused of rape told his victim he was a state trooper, police said.

Kheron Thierry Bethel, 23, of Dorchester, warned the victim that if she told anyone about the attack, he would “come back for her,” the Brockton Enterprise reports. Bethel is charged with rape and kidnapping.

The rape was reported at 3:28 a.m. by the victim’s father, according to the newspaper. Bethel is accused of taking the victim to a dead-end street in Brockton and raping her. He allegedly told her he was a state police officer.

Police were able to trace Bethel’s car to Dorchester after  the victim’s father gave police a license plate number and description of his car.

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1/15/2013 – The Salem News – Second child says Peabody officer showed porn.

PEABODY — A Peabody police officer arrested in November on charges that he sexually abused a family member pleaded not guilty to the allegations a second time, as his case moved to Salem Superior Court yesterday.

And Frederick Wojick, 48, has now been ordered to stay away not only from the teenage girl, but another child, to whom he had also allegedly shown pornography, according to an 11-count indictment handed up last month.

Wojick is facing a total of nine counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor.

The case came to light after Wojick, now suspended, allegedly made comments to a fellow officer that concerned the colleague, who then went to his superiors.

During an investigation, a girl living in Wojcik’s home disclosed that Wojick had touched her inappropriately and had sometimes climbed on top of her in bed, as well as showing her pornography and making inappropriate comments, according to the indictment.

During Wojick’s appearance yesterday morning in Salem Superior Court, Judge John Lu also ordered that Wojick have no contact with his now-estranged wife.

Prosecutor Kate MacDougall, who had originally sought $10,000 cash bail at Wojick’s first court appearance in November, declined to seek bail yesterday, instead seeking only the no-contact orders.

Defense lawyer Thomas Drechsler yesterday declined to comment but, during Wojick’s initial court appearance, blamed a vendetta by the girl because Wojick disapproved of the boy she was dating.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26.

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1/12/2013 – The Boston Globe – New Mass. law requires fingerprinting teachers- Mass becomes last in the nation to approve such measures.

BOSTON (AP) — Teachers at public and private schools, workers at child care centers and school bus drivers are among those who will soon be required to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks under a new Massachusetts law.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed the wide-reaching measure saying it closes a loophole in existing state law and will help protect children.

Under the new law, the fingerprints will be submitted to the state police for a state criminal history check and also forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national background check. Under the previous law, fingerprints were not required and only a state check was conducted.

All newly hired teachers, bus drivers and others working at schools will be required to undergo the background checks before the start of the next school year.

Current employees must undergo the checks before the 2016-2017 school year.

Licensed family child care providers, their household members age 15 or older, and individuals regularly on the premises of a family child care home will also be subject to the checks, as will subcontractors commissioned to perform work on school grounds.

Previously, schools were only allowed to conduct background checks for crimes committed inside Massachusetts using the state’s name-based Criminal Offender Record Information system. Those system checks did not include any criminal history record information for crimes committed outside the state.

‘‘We have historically checked the background of employees in schools and day care centers based on information that we can get from Massachusetts, but people move around so we ought to be able to get that information from elsewhere,’’ Patrick said Friday in announcing the new law he signed Thursday.

The governor’s office said that the law will not cost the state or school districts, that the fees associated with the fingerprint checks will be the responsibility of the person being fingerprinted, and that the national criminal checks are done on a one-time basis.

The information gleaned from the background checks can be used by investigators from the Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education looking into allegations of misconduct by teachers.

The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents as well as all other employees of school departments who may have direct, unmonitored contact with children.

State Rep. Alice Peisch, who pushed for the changes, said Massachusetts will ‘‘no longer lag behind’’ other states which have already adopted the national fingerprint background check.

State education officials also hailed the law, saying it should provide more peace of mind for parents and students.

‘‘Every child in Massachusetts should be able to go to school knowing that they have a safe and secure space to learn and grow,’’ said Education Secretary Paul Reville.

Final approval of the measure came just weeks after authorities announced an indictment of a Wakefield man charged with sexually assaulting more than a dozen children.

John Burbine is accused of assaulting the children — including one just 8 days old — while working at his wife’s unlicensed day care business. He’s currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

The case has prompted calls for additional laws designed to protect children.

Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester, the Republican leader in the Massachusetts Senate, has said he plans to file legislation soon that would, among other things, improve communication between lawmakers, prosecutors and the state Sex Offender Registry Board.

Investigators said Burbine was registered as a Level 1 sex offender in 1989, a classification given those least likely to reoffend.

Tarr says subsequent investigations of Burbine over the years should have led him to be reclassified to a higher level.

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1/11/2013- The Salem News – Man facing child porn charges.

BEVERLY — A Beverly man has been arrested on federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Timothy Bird, 38, of 50 Broadway St. was taken into custody by Beverly police and FBI agents on a warrant early Wednesday morning, according to the Beverly police log and court papers.

According to an indictment that was unsealed after the arrest, Bird allegedly used his Gateway computer “on or around” Nov. 11, 2011, to distribute pornographic images of minors.

He was also found to have child pornography on a computer seized during a search in March 2012, according to the indictment.

The indictment does not describe how many images were found or offer any specifics about what is depicted.

Bird, who made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, was ordered held without bail pending his arraignment and a detention hearing on Jan. 14, according to the case docket.

He has hired an attorney, Stephen Neyman, who did not return a call for comment yesterday afternoon.

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1/11/2013 – The Salem News – Report outlines sex abuse charges – Beverly: 11 former students at Landmark School have made allegations.

The allegations of past sexual abuse or misconduct at the private Landmark School in Beverly are growing.

Three alumni have come forward in recent months to allege they were sexually abused by two former teachers, the school’s board of trustees announced yesterday.

One former student said he was abused in the early 1970s in a school dormitory and at the teacher’s home in Maine.

In another new development, two former Landmark students recently told the school they were inappropriately touched by a former food services employee who worked at the school from 1971-85, the trustees said in a four-page report posted on the school’s website.

In all, the report outlined charges made by 11 former students, in past and new cases, against six former teachers or staff at Landmark, a well-known boarding and day school for children with language-based learning disabilities. The charges range from verbal sexual harassment to sexual abuse.

The latest allegations stem from an investigation the school launched last summer after two alumni accused a former staff member of groping them in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

That former Landmark employee, Howard J. Kasper, was working in the Rockport public schools last year and was placed on indefinite administrative leave by Rockport before the start of the current school year.

Although the trustees’ report does not name Kasper or Rockport, it stated that “recently a settlement was reached by which the teacher no longer works in that school system.”

After the charges against Kasper were brought in July, the school sent letters to more than 4,000 parents, alumni and former faculty members asking anyone with information or allegations to come forward. The report issued yesterday is the result of the responses and the school’s own investigation.

The report by the Landmark trustees does not include the names of alumni who have brought charges or any of the accused employees.

The report also notes that the school has “not received any allegations of sexual abuse against any current Landmark employee.”

The trustees said they have contacted the Essex County district attorney and other authorities about the allegations.

Landmark Headmaster Robert Broudo, who has headed the school for the past 22 years, wrote a letter to the school community which was posted yesterday on the website. In the letter, Broudo said he has worked hard to “create a healthy and safe environment for each and every student and staff member at the school …

“From this personal place of deep care and concern, I offer my apology to anyone who was harmed by a member of our school community …” he stated.

Landmark urged anyone with information to contact the school in this continuing investigation.

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1/11/2013 – The Lynn Daily Item –  Neighbors blast sex offender’s sentence. Neighbors and city officials said they are upset a judge allowed the man to avoid jail time.

LYNN — A Level 3 sex offender admitted failing to register on time when he bought a house near Shoemaker Elementary School, but neighbors and city officials said they are upset a judge allowed the man to avoid jail time.

“We were hoping for jail time,” neighbor Julie Potter said outside a courtroom Thursday at Lynn District Court. “You get that status as a Level 3 sex offender because you’re a habitual offender risk.”

Richard Galzerano, 58, was convicted in 2008 of trying to entice a 14-year-old boy into his car in Revere.

Galzerano came under scrutiny after Ward 1 parents discovered he bought a home to live in and renovate near the Shoemaker Elementary School and Gowdy Park in September 2011.

A subsequent investigation determined Galzerano was in violation of the city’s sex offender ordinance, which prohibits Level 3 offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds or parks. He stopped living in the city last January, and his attorney, Alfred Saggese, said Thursday that Galzerano is now living in Peabody.

Neighbors outside the courtroom, however, said Galzerano still spends almost every day renovating the Daytona Road home, arriving early in the morning and often leaving several hours after dark.

“He’s there when I leave (for work); there when I come back,” said neighbor Erika O’Neill.

Prosecutors charged Galzerano with failing to properly register as a sex offender when he moved from Winthrop to the city. The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Law requires all sex offenders to register their current and new home and work addresses at least 10 days prior to moving to a different city in Massachusetts.

The case went to trial before a Lynn District Court judge Thursday.

Assistant District Attorney Susan Dolhun told the court Galzerano did not properly notify Winthrop he was leaving the town. Nor did he notify Lynn he was moving to the city in September 2011.

She said Galzerano lived at the house as soon as he bought it but did not attempt to register as a sex offender with Lynn Police until November. Yet she said he had previously registered as a sex offender and indicated that he understood the registration requirements.

“It was a small window of time, but we nevertheless think it’s clear the defendant knew and shirked his responsibility to register as a sex offender,” Dolhun told the court. “Neighbors feel strongly about the case, feel strongly about the community, some individuals have small children and were shocked and upset he was living in the community, and had shirked responsibility to register as a level 3 sex offender.”

She noted that Galzerano had served time for assault and battery, and recommended Galzerano receive a sentence of two years in jail with six months to be served and lifetime parole.

Saggese told the judge that Galzerano did “shirk his responsibility,” but he characterized his failure to register as “somewhat of a technicality or a bookkeeping error.”

“This was not one of those cases where he was trying to flee the community or move into a community without people knowing,” Saggese said. There was nothing surreptitious about it – he bought the house in his own name, and he made an attempt to go to the police department, albeit too late, judge, albeit too late.”

He requested the case be continued without a finding for six months.

Judge Ellen Flatley rejected that agreement, saying it was inappropriate for a person convicted of “assaultive behavior.” She also rejected lifetime parole; but issued a sentence of one year in jail, to be suspended after he successfully completes 18 months of probation.

Neighbors outside the courtroom said they were disappointed.

“It’s not over with; he’s still there every day,” Sullivan said.

O’Neill said residents would maintain their vigilance – both watching children and communicating with other parents whenever a child was outside, as well as noting Galzerano’s hours at the home.

City Council President and Ward 1 resident Timothy Phelan said the sentence was “a little discouraging.”

“It seems to take the teeth out of the state law; and getting a sentence like that doesn’t really seem like the existing law would act as a deterrent,” Phelan said Thursday afternoon. “They’ll put Martha Stewart in jail for a year for insider trading but slap somebody on the wrist for engaging in the activity in which this man was engaging?”

Asked what the city could do in response to the sentence, Phelan said the city was involved in a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union over Galzerano’s case and would continue to defend its sex-offender ordinance. He also noted that Galzerano no longer lived in the city.

Ward 1 Councilor Wayne Lozzi also said there was not a lot the city could do to change the sentence. But he also defended the sex-offender ordinance.

“What positive we do get out of this is certainly the ordinance is working and the neighborhood is aware,” Lozzi said. “The neighbors know who he is, and it is a form of protection or safety that people are aware and can certainly keep a close eye on him – and make sure he isn’t sleeping there.”

Galzerano immediately left the courtroom after the hearing and Saggese could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

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1/9/2013 – Enterprise News – Brockton perv who raped child convicted again, different victim.

Scott Mattson, 51, was convicted in December of 2012 on rape charges. He had already served prison time for raping a child and was on the state’s sex offender registry as a level three offender, meaning he was deemed likely to re-offend.

BROCKTON — A convicted child rapist is back in jail after being convicted of rape – again.

Scott Mattson, 51, of Brockton, was convicted in Plymouth County Superior Court on Dec. 14 on several charges including three counts of rape.

Mattson was already on the state’s sex offender registry list as a level three offender, meaning he was deemed highly likely to re-offend. He was convicted of one count of rape of a child with force in 1997, according to the registry. The two victims are not the same person.

The victim in the most recent case came to police in April of 2011 and said she had been raped repeatedly by Mattson, most recently in the fall of 2010 but dating back to the summer of 1992, according to a police report filed in court.

Mattson also has an outstanding case in district court, where he faces a charge of witness intimidation. In that case, his former girlfriend is accusing him of threatening her over her testimony in the rape case, according to court documents. He is next due in court on that matter on Jan. 14.

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1/8/2013 – WCVB Boston –  Former Newton teacher gets 45 years for child porn.

NEWTON, Mass. —A former Newton elementary school teacher has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for his involvement in an online child pornography forum whose members promoted sexual assault of children under 12 and used various techniques to evade law enforcement detection, according to prosecutors.

David Ettlinger, 35, of Brighton, was sentenced in a Louisiana federal court on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in August 2012 to the charge of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise in connection with his membership in the Dreamboard Child Exploitation bulletin board, Wicked Local reported.

Ettlinger was also sentenced to lifetime supervision following the end of his prison term, according to authorities.

Ettlinger still faces a slew of charges in Massachusetts, including several counts of sexual assault of a child under 14.

Ettlinger was arrested at his Brighton home in January 2012 and charged with possession of child pornography. He was teaching second grade at Underwood Elementary School at the time of his arrest, and he was first hired to work in the Newton Public Schools at Peirce Elementary School in 2000. He resigned shortly after his arrest.

After Ettlinger’s arrest, prosecutors said they found child pornography and a video of him sexually assaulting a girl under 14.

Further investigation uncovered other videos of Ettlinger allegedly assaulting young girls, some of whom he was babysitting. None of the victims were his students, though prosecutors did discover he had taken inappropriate photos of students at school without them knowing.

Ettlinger’s arrest was the result an investigation that began in 2009 that targeted 72 individuals and 500 other participants from around the world believed to be part of the private, members-only online bulletin board.

Members traded a massive library of graphic images, authorities said, and the creation of new images was encouraged. Users accessed the board through proxy servers and materials were often encrypted. Members used aliases, or screen names, and Ettlinger went by “Eel,” according to federal prosecutors.

Evidence obtained during the investigation of Dreamboard revealed that at least 38 children across the world had been sexually abused at the hands of members of the group.

Representatives for the Middlesex and Suffolk district attorney offices said there is no timetable for when his trials in Massachusetts will begin, as prosecutors have been awaiting the conclusion of the federal case before proceeding with their own.

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1/8/2013 – MyFoxBoston – Teacher fired amid abuse allegations at Reading school.

READING, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) — An early-education teacher has been fired following abuse allegations at a school in Reading.

The Department of Early Education and Care said they received notice from the Goddard School about alleged abuse of a child by one of the school’s educators. The teacher was not identified.

The nature of the abuse was not immediately known. Officials at the DEEC said they were investigating to determine if further action needed to be taken.

On its Website, the Goddard School lists that it has been open since 2010 and has  programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and school-age children.

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1/8/2013 – WCVB Boston – Former Dighton-Rehoboth teacher accused of molestation.

DIGHTON, Mass. —

A former teacher has been arrested, accused of child molestation.

Jesse Perry was arrested last week in Rhode Island on two counts of child sex abuse.

Perry retired last year as a 6th grade teacher in the Dighton-Rehoboth School District.

The Fall River man also coached youth sports in Bristol, R.I.

Perry is awaiting a bail hearing later this month.

In an unrelated case, Perry’s brother, Richard, is also being held after being arrested on similar charges last month.

Richard Perry, a former youth football coach and Kickemuit Middle School discipline officer and custodian, faces four counts of child molestation.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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1/8/2013 – Lowell Sun – Parole KO’d in Dracut teen’s rape.

NATICK — Gerard Beaulieu’s bid to become a free man after serving 34 years in prison for the rape of a Dracut teenager will have to wait until 2018 at the earliest.

The state Parole Board denied Beaulieu’s plea for release in a unanimous decision issued last month, saying the former Lowell man still poses a “significant” concern for women.

Beaulieu is serving life in prison for the 1979 rape of a 16-year-old Dracut girl.

“Mr. Beaulieu has a history of extreme violence and sexual offenses against women,” the board’s Dec. 5 decision said. “The Board is concerned about his lack of support system, inconsistent commitment to treatment and his pattern of victimization of women as significant public-safety concerns.”

With the parole denial, Beaulieu, who is in his 60s, must wait another five years before he can apply for parole.

While the victim could not be reached for comment, Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone applauded the Parole Board’s decision, saying Beaulieu should spend the remainder of his life in prison.

“This defendant used manipulation and deceit to gain access to this young woman and thereafter assaulted her in a brutal and vicious manner. This was a horrific crime and we will continue to stand with the victim and her family who have lived through a long and difficult legal process to attain justice in this case,” Leone said.

In 1979, Beaulieu, then 28, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, kidnapping and the attempted murder of the Dracut teenager. He was sentenced to three life sentences in prison with the possibility of parole.

In his statement to the Parole Board at his Sept. 11 hearing, Beaulieu said, “I’m sorry. I know I’ve caused so much suffering … I will never hurt anyone again in my life.”

According to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Dracut High School student was at home cleaning the apartment on Feb. 4, 1979 when Beaulieu called and identified himself as a friend of her mother.

Beaulieu told the board he had broken up with his girlfriend, was drunk and called the victim’s mother, whom he met at a bar.

The board noted in its decision that Beaulieu blamed his past alcohol addiction “as either the primary or sole precipitant to the violent sexual offenses that he admits to committing.”

Shortly after the girl hung up the phone, the victim opened her apartment door to go to the laundry room and saw Beaulieu standing there. Beaulieu asked if he could come in and use the phone to call a friend for a ride. The victim, believing him to be an acquaintance of her mother, allowed Beaulieu to enter the apartment.

While she was in her room making her bed, Beaulieu grabbed her from behind, threw her onto her bed and raped her. Then he tied her hands with a telephone cord he had ripped from the wall.

Beaulieu put a coat over the victim’s head and dragged her outside to his car. At one point, he stopped the car and raped her again, according to court records of the case. Beaulieu then drove to a secluded area, untied the victim, and raped her again. He dragged the victim out of the car and into the woods, where he stabbed her in the chest and abdomen five times and left her to die.

“But at the end of the night, I didn’t want to get caught. I thought (killing her) was my only way out,” Beaulieu told the board.

Covered in blood, the victim managed to stagger to the road, where a passer-by helped her.

At the hearing, the victim’s grown daughter described Beaulieu as “a monster” and told the board that her mother lost so much blood, she was 15 minutes from death.

The Parole Board wrote in its decision, “But for the ability of the victim … to escape, he (Beaulieu) admits that he would have killed her after brutally raping her three times.”

It’s not the only time Beaulieu has brutally attacked and sexually assaulted a woman. He has previous convictions in 1971 and 1977.

At a previous hearing, Beaulieu also admitted to 10 to 12 other rapes for which he was never charged in which he got the women so intoxicated they were incapable of consent. Beaulieu appeared to shock the board when he said he didn’t consider those rapes.

“I didn’t feel they were rape victims,” he said. “It was consensual sex.”

The board wrote in its decision, “Mr. Beaulieu’s view today of his past sexual behavior toward other women remains very concerning.”

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1/72013 – Wicked Local Barnstable- Hyannis man sentenced in child pornography case.

BARNSTABLE — Kevin McNicol, 24, of Hyannis, was sentenced in Boston Federal Court Jan. 3 to 15 years in prison followed by seven years of supervised probation, according to a news release from the Cape Cod Computer Crime Unit.

The sentencing signified the end of a nearly two-year, multi-agency investigation. Nineteen months ago the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) received a National Center for Missing Exploited Children CyberTipline report, which reported the upload of a child pornography image to an Internet website, the release stated.

After an extensive investigation by ICAC members from the Barnstable Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the Barnstable County sheriff’s office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; a laptop computer belonging to McNicol was seized. A forensic examination of that computer revealed several videos and images of underage females being posed in states of nudity and engaged in sexual acts. These videos appeared to have been created during webcam chats McNicol was having with the underage females, the crime unit report said.

Investigators were able to identify and interview several victims in the case.  During one of the victim’s interviews she told investigators that two months after McNicol’s computer had been seized in the search warrant, he contacted her online and continued his efforts to entice her to take more pictures of herself to send him, the release said.

McNicol pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography in Boston Federal Court on Sept. 27.

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1/4/2013 – The Patriot Ledger – Scituate man sentenced to six months on child porn charges.

SCITUATE — A 63-year-old Scituate man has admitted to downloading child pornography and will spend the next six months in jail.

Peter M. Galvin, of 189 Front St., was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography. Hingham District Court Judge Brian Gilligan handed Galvin a two-year suspended sentence, ordering him to serve six months in the Plymouth House of Correction.

Galvin, a yacht salesman in Hingham, was one of 32 men in the state arrested on child porn charges last spring as part of a police sweep nicknamed “Operation Corral.” He was arrested in his home on April 3 after police said they found files containing child pornography on his computer.

Galvin, who taught the Scituate recreation department’s adult sailing classes in the summers of 2010 and 2011, was initially charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of distributing material depicting a child in a sexual act. However, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office didn’t pursue the distribution charge.

Gilligan also sentenced Galvin to five years of probation with 17 special conditions. Among those, he is prohibited from living with a minor or interacting with a minor without another adult present, he must stay at least 1,000 feet away from a school or child care center, and he must register as a sex offender and submit to regular evaluations and treatment.

Also, Galvin can’t own a computer or a handheld device that connects to the Internet while on probation. He will be tracked with a court-monitored GPS device.

In April, Massachusetts State Police rolled out the details of “Operation Corral,” the largest child pornography sweep in state history. Four Plymouth County residents, including Galvin, a Norfolk County man and a Taunton resident were among the 32 people arrested in a a week’s span.

The statewide sting highlights a broader global effort to track down, arrest and prosecute child pornography offenders. A federal investigation carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, a sweep nicknamed “Operation Sunflower,” has led to the arrest of 34 people abroad and 16 Americans, and to the identification of 160 victims worldwide, the Milford Daily News reported this week.

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1/4/2013 – The Boston Herald – Fed child porn cases show horrific spike. Agents tally 25 percent increase.

Federal child porn arrests in New England spiked to 92 during fiscal year 2012 — a 25 percent boost from the previous year, and a staggering 70 percent increase since 2010.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said the increase is the result of their aggressive response to the growing number of child predators who make their own molestation videos, using them to gain access to heinous porn file-sharing websites.

“I would like this to go away and not dedicate as many resources as we do. But the fact is, it’s probably going to get worse,” said Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of ICE’s Boston office. “It’s kind of depressing to note the fact that these numbers have exploded.”

ICE officials released the stats yesterday along with the results of a global sweep late last year in which they rescued 44 children victimized in the vile videos and identified 79 others.

Boston’s field office racked up more arrests in the federal fiscal year 2012 — from October 2001 to October 2012 — than its counterparts in some larger cities. Chicago posted 64, New York had 46 and Los Angeles listed 70.

The Boston bureau’s latest child porn arrest stats show a steady increase over several years; agents made or assisted in 74 busts in fiscal 2011, 54 in 2010 and 37 in 2009.

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz, whose office prosecutes many of Foucart’s cases, said, “These offenses are becoming more and more egregious. The victims you’re seeing have become younger and younger, including infants and toddlers. The visuals have become much more violent. Children are at risk here and are being harmed.”

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1/4/2013 – The Boston Globe – Cape Cod man gets 15 years on child porn charge.

BOSTON (AP) — A 24-year-old Barnstable man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for persuading young girls to pose nude or perform sexually explicit acts over the Internet, which he then recorded.

Kevin McNicol was also sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to seven years of probation upon release, and ordered to surrender computer equipment. He had pleaded guilty in September to one count of production of child pornography.

Police began investigating after getting a tip in March 2011.

According to court documents, authorities searched McNicol’s laptop and found 92 videos depicting apparently underage girls either nude or in sexually explicit acts. The videos were allegedly captured during video chats between McNicol and as many as 78 victims.

The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/VzVlmJ) reports that McNicol apologized in court.

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1/4/2013 – Milford Daily News – Child porn operation tied to Milford man led to worldwide arrests, rescues.

What began with an arrest of a Milford man on child pornography possession charges nearly three years ago, has led to the Department of Homeland Security arresting 40 people and rescuing 160 victims worldwide.

The 2010 arrest of Robert Diduca, 48, led federal investigators on a search to find the children seen in the nearly 27,000 pornographic images found on his computer. Diduca was sentenced to 18 years in prison on June 8, 2012 after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston to charges of possessing and producing child pornography.

“I think it sends a message that no area is too small…that we can’t focus in to start up this type of investigation,” said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations. “It doesn’t matter if someone is from Milford or New York City, we’re still going to utilize resources and techniques to come up with the same results, which is prosecuting these individuals.”

Operation Sunflower, as the investigation came to be known after officials identified a victim from a sunflower-shaped road sign unique to Kansas in a photograph, has led to the arrest of 34 people abroad and 16 Americans and to the identification of 160 victims worldwide as of December.

“It has been a real big challenge for us, trying to stay with the bad guys and stay with technology,” Foucart said. “But I think we did a good job with this operation.”

Foucart said that Homeland Security officers try to keep up with the latest technologies used by pedophiles not only to catch the predators, but also to identify the victims. He said they are able to pull apart pornographic videos frame by frame to try and find clues as to whom these victims are.

However, as technology has advanced to help identify victims, Foucart said it is also making child pornography production and dissemination an even bigger problem.

“The problem is becoming an epidemic,” Foucart said. “One of the reasons being that they think they can remain anonymous behind a computer and they don’t think we have the capability of finding out who they are…We’re doing a great job of being able to unmask this ‘anonymity.’”

Homeland Security investigators will continue working on victim identification and rescue efforts under Operation Predator, including continuing to support and work with state and local officers throughout Massachusetts and New England.

“We’ve helped the Massachusetts State Police with cases,” Foucart said, noting they plan to continue to do so. “We’re going to continue to dedicate our lab and resources that have been successful in this particular area of investigating child exploitation.”

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1/4/2013 – WCVB Boston – Feds say child porn case against ex-prep school doctor expanding.

Investigators searching for watch discovered in video seized.

Feds say child porn case against ex-prep school doctor expanding

BOSTON —Federal investigators are working to determine if a former medical director of an exclusive Massachusetts prep school was manufacturing child pornography.

Richard Keller, 56, of Andover has previously pleaded not guilty in federal court to child pornography charges.

Federal investigators Thursday executed a new search warrant at Keller’s home.  Sources tell Team 5 Investigates Sean Kelly while viewing video tapes taken at that time, an investigator noticed a man’s hand near the camera lens along with a unique watch.

They were able to get the date of the video featuring young boys that was taken at a resort in France. Sources say the video was shot during a time in which investigators believe Keller was overseas.

Federal investigators are searching for the unique watch seen in the video recovered from Dr. Keller’s house a few months ago.

Keller was indicted in December on two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The indictment says Keller obtained depictions of minors in sexually explicit conduct, including boys from about 7 to 16 years old.

Authorities alleged Keller had child porn delivered to him at Phillips Academy campus before his 2011 resignation.

Keller was arrested in September on a charge of receiving child pornography. He’s been jailed since after voluntarily agreeing to detention.

Keller worked at Boston Children’s Hospital and taught at Harvard Medical School.

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1/3/2013 – Wicked Local Newton- Bill on guv’s desk expands teacher background checks to fed database.

Teachers, all public and private school employees and workers at licensed early education centers would be required to undergo background checks with fingerprints matched against a federal database, under legislation approved by lawmakers this week.

The bill, given final approval on the last day of the 2011-2012 session, is on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk.

If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the last state in the nation to require school and early education employees to undergo federal background checks. Currently, teachers and day care providers are only required to be checked against the state’s Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

Rep. Alice Peisch, a Wellesley Democrat who filed the bill six months ago, said she became aware that people applying for jobs to work with children could have undetected criminal records from other states. Peisch said she is not aware of any cases of teachers with criminal records, but there have been instances of other school employees with criminal records in other states.

The bill (H 4307) helps “ensure children are safe,” Peisch said.

“We want to be sure we know as much as possible about people who will be coming in contact with children,” she said.

Horrific child sex abuse charges recently brought against a Wakefield man – the husband of an unlicensed home day care provider – make people “painfully aware” of the need to protect children, Peisch said.

Wakefield resident John Burbine, a Level 1 sex offender, was recently arrested and accused of raping and sexually abusing 13 small children in what Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone said was “among the worst cases of child abuse ever prosecuted” by his office.

“We want to make sure Massachusetts does all that it can to ensure that no one is working in either a public school or a day care center or pre-school who presents any kind of risk to the safety of children,” Peisch said.

The legislation requires public and private schools to obtain national fingerprint-based background checks of current and prospective employees who “may have direct and unmonitored contact with children,” according to a summary of the bill. Conducting background checks for all current employees will be phased in beginning Sept. 1, 2013, and must be completed within three years by Sept. 1, 2016.

Paul Toner, the president of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The bill also requires the Department of Early Education and Care to conduct fingerprint checks before issuing a license to any family, center-based child care or after-school program. All individuals who have the “potential for unsupervised contact” with children will be subject to the requirement, according to the bill summary.

Employees’ fingerprints will be submitted to State Police and forwarded to the FBI for a national criminal history check. The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) may hold the fingerprints so if an individual goes to work for another child care center or school district they do not need to be checked again. Employers can obtain the checks from DCJIS.

Employees and prospective employees would be required to pay background check processing fee. For early educators and school employees who are not licensed for their positions, such as paraprofessionals, the fee will be capped at $35, while school employees licensed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will pay $55.

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1/3/2013 – Plymouth Patch – Senate President Murray: Reexamine Criteria for Sex Offender Registration.

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1/2/2013 – Malden Patch – Man Charged with Rape of Child Left in Mother’s Care.

Robert Guevara, 18, of Malden, was arraigned in Malden District Court on two alleged counts of aggravated rape.

A Malden man has been charged with two counts of aggravated rape after allegedly abusing a child under his mother’s care, the Middlesex District Attorney announced.

Robert Guevara, 18, was arrested by Malden Police and arraigned in Malden district court Thursday.

He was held on $100,000 cash bail with the conditions he have no contact with the victim or witnesses, stay away from children under 16, wear a GPS bracelet and surrender his passport.

Guevara allegedly “repeatedly” sexually assaulted the child from 2011 to 2012, a statement from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office read.

“These are troubling allegations against a man who we allege took advantage of, and sexually assaulted a young vulnerable victim.” District Attorney Leone said.

“Compounding the troubling nature of the allegations, is the fact that the defendant gained access to the child while the child was in the care of the defendant’s mother.”

Guevera will be in court again on Jan. 28 for a probable cause hearing.

Anyone with information about this or related matters is urged to contact the Middlesex District Attorneys Office’s Child Abuse Unit at 781-897-8400.

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1/2/2013- Wicked Local Winchester – Hospital employee arrested on child pornography charges.

Winchester, MA — A Tewksbury man whose arrest report lists Winchester Hospital as his employer and his brother were arrested Thursday, Dec. 20, on felony child pornography charges, according to police.

Robert C. Fierimonte, 50, and his brother Steven Fierimonte, 47, were arrested at 100 Prospect Hill Drive, Tewksbury by Tewksbury police and officers from the Department of Homeland Security around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, according to Tewksbury police.

Both were charged with one count of possession of child pornography, said Tewksbury Police Deputy Chief John Voto.

Fierimonte reported his workplace as Winchester Hospital during a standard booking process, Voto said. He did not have any other details about the case as of Monday, Dec. 31.

“It’s an ongoing investigation that is being conducted with other departments,” Voto said.

Law enforcement officials seized computers that allegedly contained pornographic images of children during a search of the home following the arrests.

Both men were arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, Dec. 21. They were released on personal recognizance on the condition that they have no unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old, they have no volunteer work or employment with children, check in with probation one time per week, and have no use of computers or Internet except for work, according to a Middlesex District Attorney’s Office spokesman.

Winchester Hospital spokesman John Looney declined to comment on the arrest, noting that it is the hospital’s policy not to confirm employment status.

A Tewksbury man whose arrest report lists Winchester Hospital as his employer and his brother were arrested Thursday, Dec. 20, on felony child pornography charges, according to police.

Robert C. Fierimonte, 50, and his brother Steven Fierimonte, 47, were arrested at 100 Prospect Hill Drive, Tewksbury by Tewksbury police and officers from the Department of Homeland Security around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, according to Tewksbury police.

Both were charged with one count of possession of child pornography, said Tewksbury Police Deputy Chief John Voto.

Fierimonte reported his workplace as Winchester Hospital during a standard booking process, Voto said. He did not have any other details about the case as of Monday, Dec. 31.

“It’s an ongoing investigation that is being conducted with other departments,” Voto said.

Law enforcement officials seized computers that allegedly contained pornographic images of children during a search of the home following the arrests.

Both men were arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday, Dec. 21. They were released on personal recognizance on the condition that they have no unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old, they have no volunteer work or employment with children, check in with probation one time per week, and have no use of computers or Internet except for work, according to a Middlesex District Attorney’s Office spokesman.

Winchester Hospital spokesman John Looney declined to comment on the arrest, noting that it is the hospital’s policy not to confirm employment status.

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12/31/2012 – Wicked Local Cambridge – Cambridge library patron shows porn to child.

Cambridge —A 50-year-old man was reportedly showing pornographic images of children to a minor at the Cambridge Public Library on Broadway Street, according to police reports.

The mother of the child told police she was at the library with her three children on Dec. 19 when she saw a man she recognizes as a frequent visitor in the library who “routinely watches pornographic images and videos while on the computer in the library and does nothing to hide his behavior from children in the area.”

The woman, a 37-year-old Cambridge resident, told police she saw the man downloading pornographic pictures of children, who she estimated to be no older than 10 years old, in various states of undress. The man reportedly printed several pictures and downloaded images to his cell phone.

The woman also told police the man turned his computer monitor in her daughter’s direction “to specifically subject her to the images he was watching.” By the time police arrived, the man had gone. Representatives at the library said they might be able to access the man’s Internet history, and the woman was advised to call police should she see that behavior again.

The only description the woman gave was of a white man, at least 50 years old.

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12/27/2012 – The Lynn Daily Item – R.I. man held for child sex assault. 

LYNN — A judge ordered a Rhode Island man held on $1,500 cash bail after police said a child told an investigator that the man, a relative, kissed her on the mouth and sexually assaulted her when she was 5 or 6 years old and in Lynn.

“She said he touched the outside of the part that goes to the bathroom,” Lynn Police Officer Christine Petruzziello wrote in a police report detailing the child’s statements to an interviewer.

Daniel Henriquez, 53, of 104 Allstone St., Providence, R.I. was arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 at 12:58 p.m. Dec. 19. He was arraigned later that day in Lynn District Court, according to court documents.

Police said that a woman visited Lynn Police July 14 and reported her 8-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by a relative when they were living in Lynn, according to the report. The child told police and officials in an Aug. 1 interview that the alleged incidents happened two years ago when she was in kindergarten. The child said Henriquez kissed her on the mouth with his mouth closed, according to the police report.

The alleged victim initially replied “no” when asked if Henriquez had touched her in a way that constituted sexual assault, according to the report. The alleged victim also said “no” when asked if Henriquez had asked her to touch him.

But police reported that when the interviewer drew a picture of a body and asked her where Henriquez touched her “where she didn’t like it,” the child pointed out one of the places she had described as “private parts.”

The alleged victim also described the sexual assaults — which she said happened “maybe like three times.”

The mother told police that the alleged victim had told her that Henriquez had sexually assaulted her — telling the mother “yes” when asked if the defendant touched her, and pointing to her genitals when the mother asked what part of her body Henriquez allegedly touched.

Judge Stacey Fortes-White ordered Henriquez held on $1,500 cash bail and ordered he stay away from any children under 16 as a condition of release, according to court documents.

A message left on a phone for Henriquez was not returned Wednesday, and his court-appointed attorney could not be reached over the holidays.

A spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Henriquez was in custody in Cranston, R.I. until his arrest on the indecent assault charge Dec. 19.

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12/27/2012 – Malden Patch –  Level 3 Sex Offender Moves to Salem Street in Malden.

Tyrone Henderson, 57, of Malden, is at a “high risk to re-offend,” according to the state Sex Offender Registry Board.

Police say a man twice convicted for indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or older is at a “high risk to re-offend,” and are issuing a community notification about his arrival in the neighborhood.

Tyrone Henderson, 57, of 120 Salem St. in Malden, was convicted of the felonies in both 1987 and 2009.

Such notifications are required under state law. Henderson is not wanted by police.

Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or engage in illegal discrimination or harassment of an offender could face up to two-and-a-half years in jail.

Those using the information to carry out criminal threats could face up to six months imprisonment.

Questions? You can call the Malden Police at 781-606-4139.

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12/27/2012 – Fox 6 Springfield- Mass. Pediatric Dentist Faces Child Porn Charges.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A pediatric dentist with an office in Framingham has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Authorities say the images were found on 52-year-old Melvin Ehrlich’s laptop computer after he sent it in for service. The person performing the service found the images and informed police.

Ehrlich, a Millis resident, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court.

Prosecutors say Ehrlich used this laptop computer under various user names to download and distribute commercially traded child pornography images.

Authorities say Ehrlich operates a business called Wee Care for Kids in Framingham. There is currently no evidence that any of his patients were abused.

Ehrlich could not immediately be reached.

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12/27/2012 – Winchester Patch- Man with Winchester Ties, Brother Arrested on Child Pornography Charges.

A Tewksbury man whose place of employment is listed as Winchester Hospital and his brother, a college professor also from Tewksbury, are facing felony child pornography charges after being arrested on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Robert C. Fierimonte, 50, and Steven Fierimonte, 43, a professor of mathematics at both Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown and Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, were arrested by Tewksbury detectives at their residence at 100 Prospect Hill Drive in Tewksbury.

Details regarding the case are limited as the investigation is ongoing, according to Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan.

Sheehan said agents from the Department of Homeland Security arrived at Tewksbury Police Headquarters the morning of Dec. 20 and informed him of an investigation involving the Fierimonte brothers and their alleged involvement with child pornography.

Local and federal officers then went to their Prospect Hill Drive home at 12:30 p.m. and arrested both brothers. Computers, allegedly containing images of child pornography, were seized at the residence.

Robert Fierimonte is being charged with possession of child pornography and concealing child pornography. His place of employment is listed as Winchester Hospital on the Tewksbury arrest report. A hospital spokesman was unable to confirm his employment Wednesday, Dec. 26.

“I can’t confirm that information as a matter of policy,” hospital spokesman John Looney said.

Steven Fieremonte is being charged with using/consuming child pornography.

Both men were scheduled to be arraigned in Lowell District Court, according to Sheehan.

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12/26/2012 – Metrowest Daily News – Pediatric dentist in Framingham charged with possessing child porn.

FRAMINGHAM-

A pediatric dentist in Framingham was arrested Wednesday after a computer repair person found child pornography on his computer, police said.

Melvin Ehrlich, 52, of Millis, was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of child pornography, according to our media partner WCVB.

As reported on WCVB.com:

Ehrlich sent his laptop computer to a service provider for maintenance work to remove a reported virus from the computer, according to a police news release. While working on Ehrlich’s laptop, the service provider discovered images of child pornography and called police, investigators said.

Police said an investigation revealed that Ehrlich used various user names to download and distribute commercially traded child pornography images.

Ehrlich is a pediatric dentist who operates Wee Care for Kids in Framingham. Police said there was no evidence that presently leads law enforcement to believe that Ehrlich physically abused any children or manufactured any images of child pornography.

The case was under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Framingham Police at 508-872-1212 or the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Unit at 781-897-8400.

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12/26/2012 – The Boston Globe – Victims of child pornography seek restitution from men who downloaded and traded horrific images.

The woman, now in her twenties, lives in relative anonymity on the West Coast, but to child pornography collectors worldwide she will always be known as “Vicky,” a little girl raped by her father in a series of videos illegally disseminated online thousands of times during more than a decade.

Now the woman and a small but growing number of other child pornography victims are seeking restitution from those who collected or traded pictures and videos depicting their abuse, filing claims for damages against convicted child pornographers in Massachusetts and around the country. In court papers, victims describe living with the knowledge that their images can never be cleansed from the Internet.

“Many people somewhere are watching the most terrifying moments of my life and taking grotesque pleasure in them,” the woman said in court statement provided by her Seattle attorney, Carol Hepburn. “They are being entertained by my shame and pain.”

Since 2008, six federal child pornography cases in Massachusetts have resulted in defendants being ordered to pay restitution, according to the US ­attorney’s office in Boston.

The amounts range between $2,000 and $2.5 million, and more than a dozen local cases are pending as courts across the country grapple with questions about whether victims deserve restitution and, if so, how much.

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12/26/2012 – MyFoxBoston – Woman accused of lying to cops in NH student death

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Authorities say a woman charged in connection with the disappearance and death of a University of New Hampshire student lied about where she was.

Authorities say 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough of Portsmouth is the girlfriend of Seth Mazzaglia (mah-ZAY-lia), who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Marriott. The 19-year-old Marriott was from Westborough, Mass., and was attending the University of New Hampshire.

Court papers say McDonough gave false statements to authorities about her activities on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12. Marriott was last seen Oct. 9.

The 30-year-old Mazzaglia is being held, and authorities are asking a judge to set bond for McDonough at $50,000. She’s due in court Wednesday.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

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12/25/2012 – Boston Globe- Bail set for ex-Mass. priest in child porn case.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who was indicted in Massachusetts on child pornography and larceny charges is spending Christmas in jail.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/W0wYed ) the Rev. Lowe Dongor was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment on Monday in Worcester Superior Court.

Dongor was assigned to St. Joseph’s parish in Fitchburg when he was initially charged in 2011. Prosecutors said child pornography was found on his computer, and he was also accused of stealing from the church’s weekly collection.

Authorities say Dongor later fled to his native Phillipines. He returned to the U.S. last month and surrendered to authorities in Los Angeles.

Worcester Bishop Robert McManus has asked Pope Benedict XVI to defrock Dongor, who was placed on administrative leave by the diocese.

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12/21/2012 – Taunton Daily Gazette- Bridgewater child porn case to move to trial.

A Bridgewater man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in U.S. District Court on Thursday on child pornography charges.

Kevin J. Balzarini, 36, of 180 Cross St., was arrested Aug. 28 after an FBI search turned up images of child pornography in a dresser drawer, authorities said.

Balzarini was indicted on three counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

The case will move to trial following Thursday’s plea. Meanwhile, Balzarini will remain under house arrest, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

A status conference for the case will be held Feb. 4. No trial date has been set.

If convicted, Balzarini faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison on the receipt of child pornography charge and up to 10 years in prison on the possession of child pornography charge. He also faces up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $500,000 fine for each count.

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12/20/2012 – MyFoxBoston- Chief shocked that town’s ‘secret’ Level 1 sex offenders victimized kids.

FOX UNDERCOVER – Sixteen of the 17 so-called secret sex offenders in alleged child predator John Burbine’s hometown of Wakefield committed their crimes against children, the town’s police chief tells FOX Undercover.

Wakefield Police Chief Richard Smith was shocked to learn that his town’s Level 1 sex offenders, who have been deemed by the state to be at such a low risk to reoffend that police are prohibited from releasing their information to the public, have been convicted of serious crimes, including rape of a child with force, rape and abuse of a child, and dissemination of child pornography.

“When I went through these numbers, you could have knocked me over. I couldn’t believe it,” Smith told FOX Undercover reporter Mike Beaudet.

“Should these people be classified as Level 1 sex offenders?” Beaudet asked Smith.

“Absolutely not,” Smith replied.

“Do you think the system is broken?” Beaudet asked.

“I do think it’s broken. And that’s my whole point, Mike. The whole point is it is broken. Let’s fix it. I don’t ever want to see this happen again, it’s just a travesty,” he said.

Chief Smith is now haunted by the new crimes allegedly committed by Burbine, one of Wakefield’s Level 1 sex offenders. He was classified after three convictions in 1989 for indecent assault and battery on a child.

Now he’s accused of sexually abusing 13 infants and children ranging in age from 8 days old, to three-and-a-half. Authorities say Burbine videotaped the alleged assaults.

“Did Burbine slip through the cracks?” Beaudet asked Smith.

“I think he did. But I have to tell you, Mike, honestly when I look at our Level 1s, John Burbine was just in the mix with everybody else. From my perspective there are people in our Level 1s who have more serious crimes than John Burbine had on his. That’s what’s really troubling,” Smith said.

Information about Level 3 sex offenders, deemed by the Sex Offender Registry Board to be a high risk to reoffend, is available on the board’s website. And information about Level 2 offenders, deemed to be a moderate risk to reoffend, is available to the public in police stations. But police are prohibited from releasing information about Level 1 offenders.

A 2006 FOX Undercover investigation revealed that nearly half of the state’s 2,487 Level 1 offenders in Massachusetts were convicted of crimes against children.

Given the numbers in his town, Smith believes there are now even more level one sex offenders convicted of sex crimes against children than the 1,061 we were told about in 2006.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration denied FOX Undercover’s earlier request for updated information. After Burbine’s arrest, FOX Undercover has asked for that information again.

“There’s nothing we can do with a Level 1,” Smith said.

“Do you watch these guys?” Beaudet asked.

“Of course, yes. We can watch them, we can actually go out to them,” Smith said.

But Smith admits that, until now, he and his officers weren’t paying much attention to them.

“That policy is changing in the Wakefield police department. We will be sending officers out to be a little bit more proactive on that. But there was never any reason to think that these Level 1 sex offenders were felons, were convicted felons of child sex crimes,” he said.

Burbine found his alleged victims through his wife’s child care business, Waterfall Education Center, which operated out of Wakefield. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

“Should your department have connected the dots and known his wife was running a child care business?” Beaudet asked.

“We didn’t know that until a short time ago,” Smith replied.

“Should you have known it?” Beaudet asked.

“I would think we should have known it. In hindsight, connecting the dots is very easy. Going forward with day-to-day operations sometimes it’s not quite that easy,” Smith said. “I would love to have been able to prevent it. I would have loved to see a red flag. I would have loved to have known. But in many ways, there’s so many pieces of the puzzle, so many agencies involved, that bringing it all together sometimes isn’t as easy as it may appear.”

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12/20/2012 – MyFoxBoston- Dorchester man charged in human trafficking, prostitution ring.

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Dorchester man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with running a human trafficking and prostitution ring in the Greater Boston area, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Wednesday.

Michael Leoney, 49, is charged with trafficking of persons for sexual servitude and deriving support from a prostitute. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Dorchester District Court.

“We allege that this individual arranged for multiple women to provide sexual services and kept the profit from those arrangements,” said Coakley.

Coakley’s office began an investigation in April 2012 and determined that Leoney allegedly ran the operation, coordinated the recruitment of women into prostitution and managed the financial aspects of the organization, officials said.

Leoney allegedly advertised sexual services on websites known to advertise prostitution and arranged for these encounters either at the homes of johns or at hotels in the greater Boston area, Coakley said. According to investigators, Leoney typically received the full profits from these sexual encounters.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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12/20/2012 – Woburn Patch – Senate GOP Plans Comprehensive Sex Offender Legislation.

Senate Republicans expect to file comprehensive legislation during the new session aimed at reforming how information about sex offenders is shared between law enforcement and other officials.

The bill is a response to the ongoing case involving Wakefield resident John Burbine and some 100 counts of child sex abuse he is facing. His wife, Marian, is also facing charges in the case for running an illegal daycare and for reckless endangerment.

Burbine’s original classification suggested his risk of re-offense was low, and the public would not benefit from the disclosure of his information; however, subsequent facts have proven this assessment was inadequate and needed to be adjusted accordingly. Since 1989, Burbine has been the subject of multiple investigations that, with due diligence, would have warranted further scrutiny of his classification level and risk to re-offend.

According to an announcement from Senate Republican Leader Bruce Tarr, the bill is expected to include – at the minimum, the following provisions:

  • a requirement and authorization for law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to communicate with the SORB in a timely fashion about the commitment of subsequent offenses by a registered sex offender;

the legal authority of the SORB to re-classify sex offenders based on new information, which was taken away by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals on July 16, 2012 in its ruling in the case of John Doe 16748 v. Sex Offender Registry Board (Docket Number 11-P-308);

the ability of the SORB to expedite the re-classification process of a sexual offender upon the recommendation of law enforcement and prosecutors; and a requirement for the timely re-classification of sex offenders who have committed subsequent offenses

Tarr indicated that he expects to file the comprehensive bill himself, and noted that other interested lawmakers are welcome to join him.

“We want to produce as comprehensive a bill as possible. I am looking forward to engaging in a dialogue with other stakeholders – including law enforcement, district attorneys and other legislators – to craft legislation that will provide better safeguards so predators like Burbine are classified properly and not allowed to continue to prey on innocent victims,” said Tarr.

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12/20/2012 – Sentinal and Enterprise – Fitchburg priest back in custody to face child-porn charges.

FITCHBURG — A Fitchburg priest who fled to the Philippines last year after being accused of possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish is expected to be brought back to Massachusetts soon.

Timothy Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., said the Rev. Lowe Dongor was caught by authorities in his homeland of the Philippines and was extradited to Los Angeles, where he was arrested on Dec. 10. Dongor was arraigned on charges of child-pornography possession and larceny over $250.

Connolly said details are slim at this time, but Dongor waived his right to contest being sent back to Massachusetts and authorities are currently working out the logistics for his return.

“It’ll be soon,” said Connolly.

In June 2011, a computer expert informed police a computer operated by Dongor contained multiple pornographic images of preteen girls.

In a state police interview in July 2011, Dongor is said to have admitted to downloading the images, which he acquired through a paid website. He also told police he had been swiping small amounts of money from St. Joseph’s Parish in Fitchburg, where he was stationed as a priest since 2010. He had been sending the money to his family in the Philippines and said the total amount was more than $250.

Dongor was placed on administrative leave in July 2011.

He was arraigned in Fitchburg District Court on Sept. 10, 2011, on charges of larceny over $250, larceny from a building and possession of child pornography, and was released on personal recognizance. He did not show up for his Oct. 25, 2011, court appearance and had been missing ever since.

The staff at St. Joseph’s Parish referred all requests for comments to the Diocese of Worcester.

Ray Delisle, director of communications for the Diocese of Worcester, said in December 2011 Bishop Robert McManus started the process to laicize Dongor. Commonly referred to as “defrocking,” the process to remove someone’s priestly title and privileges has to go through the pope.

“We are still awaiting upon a response from the Vatican, so technically he is still Father Lowe Dongor,” said Delisle. He said they’ve been following the case through the media in the Philippines and now the media in the U.S.

The laicization process can take time. Nova Scotian Bishop Raymond John Lahey was found with child pornography on his computer in September 2009. Lahey pleaded guilty in May 2011 and was laicized on May 16 of this year.

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12/20/12 – Taunton Daily Gazette – Former Taunton Pop Warner cheer coach charged with child porn.

Andrew DeMello accused of enticing boys to expose themselves online

A cheerleading coach in Taunton was arrested on child pornography charges after he allegedly tricked teenage football players into exposing themselves and masturbating for him over an online video camera, using a fake Internet persona to pose as a young woman.

Andrew J. DeMello, 22, of 328 Bridge St., Raynham, was arrested on a warrant on Tuesday night by Taunton Police. On Wednesday morning, he was arraigned in Taunton District Court on three counts of possession of child pornography, along with charges of distribution of obscene matter and dissemination of obscene matter to a minor.

DeMello was a cheerleading coach for Taunton Pop Warner and spent one season coaching at Friedman Middle School.

An investigation into DeMello started after members of the Taunton Pop Warner board came to the Taunton Police in May and told detectives that DeMello confessed to having access to a fraudulent Facebook page for a phony Sam McLaggen. The boyfriend of a board member’s daughter, a 13-year-old player in the football league, told investigators that he and others on his team masturbated over Skype, an online video chat service, for what they believed was the viewing pleasure of a 19-year-old woman.

Through the McLaggen account, police said, DeMello enticed the boys one-by-one, sending sexually suggestive messages and images of a naked woman in various explicit poses.

DeMello then got the boys to sign onto Skype in individual sessions, where he instructed them through text chat to expose themselves and masturbate in front of a webcam, according to a Taunton Police report. Holding the ruse together, DeMello told the boys through the McLaggen persona that his webcam was broken, police said.

A search warrant was executed at DeMello’s Raynham home on Aug. 1, during which police took all the computers in the house, along with other electronic equipment, the police report said. A forensic computer examination report was completed by the Taunton Police Department on Monday, concluding there were at least four victims and that DeMello saved still-frame images of the naked boys from his video chats with them.

“The forensic examination of the defendant’s computer revealed that the defendant had saved screen shots of these video chats, creating photos that clearly show the child’s naked penis,” the Taunton Police report said.

Judge Kevan Cunningham set bail for DeMello at $1,000. One of DeMello’s family members paid the bail on Wednesday and he was released on conditions that he have no contact with children under 16, either in person or through the computer, and that he report weekly to probation.

DeMello faces up to five years in state prison on each charge.

DeMello’s lawyer is high-profile criminal defense attorney Kevin Reddington, of Brockton, who has also recently represented Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig. Reddington attested to his client’s character, and said they would take care of the charges against him in court.

“From what I can tell, by interviewing him, he’s a very nice young man,” Reddington said. “He has a supportive family. He’s a hard-working guy.”

Reddington also took exception with the way the complaint against DeMello was issued, through a warrant arrest at the defendant’s workplace.

“We sent letter to the District Attorney’s Office saying if there is going to be complaint issued, we’ll bring him in,” Reddington said. “Apparently, police preferred to arrest him in front of people while he was working and held him overnight. I don’t see the need for that, but that’s the way they roll. But we’ll take care of the allegations in court.”

Reddington could not confirm where DeMello works, but according to DeMello’s Facebook page he has worked at Embrace the Arts School of Music and Dance in Bridgewater since September 2010. A message left with a woman at the music and dance school was not returned.

Taunton Superintendent Julie Hackett confirmed that DeMello coached cheerleading last year at Friedman Middle School and that the school system had already decided to part ways with him before the criminal allegations were made.

“A decision had been made that we would move in a different direction,” she said. “After the decision was made, we were informed by a parent and the police department that he was being investigated.”

When asked if the school received any other complaints about DeMello during his time at Friedman, Hackett said policy prohibits her from discussing certain personnel matters.

Investigation begins

The case came to the attention of authorities on May 11, 2012, when a woman on the Taunton Pop Warner league’s board came to the Taunton Police station after receiving a call from a fellow board member who received a message through his Facebook page from the McLaggen account requesting a sexual picture of himself. The woman on the board told police she realized that she had a mutual friend on Facebook with McLaggen — a woman from Boston that only she and DeMello would know from local cheerleading circles.

The man on the Taunton Pop Warner board told police he was able to trace the McLaggen profile to an IP address that came back to DeMello’s physical address in Raynham.

The board members told police they realized there was a growing amount of youngsters from the football league who were befriending the McLaggen profile on Facebook. The man on the board said one instance in particular caught his eye, when McLaggen became Facebook friends with the boyfriend of one of the girls that DeMello coached in cheerleading from Friedman Middle School.

The woman board member and another cheerleading coach from Friedman Middle School confronted DeMello at the Dunkin Donuts on Winthrop Street on May 2, the police report said. After they expressed their suspicions, according to their account in the police report, DeMello admitted he “had access” to the McLaggen page.

The police report describes DeMello being asked why he was requesting middle school-aged boys to friend him on Facebook. DeMello allegedly responded that the boys would not friend him as himself because he is gay. Then, the account says, DeMello was asked why he wanted to be friends with them, to which he allegedly replied that he wanted to “creep” on their pages.

At that point, the board member told DeMello he wasn’t going to be able to coach Pop Warner cheerleading anymore, the police report said.

Just two days after the confrontation, the woman on the Taunton Pop Warner board was shown a sexual message from McLaggen on her daughter’s boyfriend’s page, the police report said. That’s when the board member notified the boyfriend’s mother, and went to police, the report said.

The boyfriend told investigators that he had video chats with the McLaggen character four or five times, and each time he masturbated in front of the camera, while DeMello made comments under the alias about how he liked it, the report said. The boyfriend said nearly everyone on his football team was friends with McLaggen on Facebook as well, the police report said.

When the boyfriend talked to investigators during a forensic interview in June, he said that he started talking with McLaggen a year prior, when he was 13, the police report said. He found out through his football coach that McLaggen was actually DeMello, the report said.

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12/19/2012 – TheBostonChannel – ‘Deep flaws’ in way state tracks sex offenders, lawmaker says. Mass. lawmaker calls for changes after abuse case.

BOSTON —The Republican leader in the Massachusetts Senate says the case of a Wakefield man charged with sexually assaulting more than a dozen children points to “deep flaws” in the way the state classifies and tracks sex offenders.

Sen. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester says he plans to file legislation next month that would, among other things, improve communication between lawmakers, prosecutors and the Sex Offender Registry Board.

John Burbine is accused of assaulting the children – including one just 8 days old – while working at his wife’s unlicensed day care business. He’s currently being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

In 1989, Burbine was registered as a Level 1 sex offender, a classification given those least likely to reoffend.

Tarr says subsequent investigations of Burbine over the years should have led him to be reclassified.

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12/18/2012 – North Reading Patch – Where are the Solutions to Protect Our Children?

The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy is unforgivable, and heart wrenching. A tragedy that has caused so much pain and grief, a tragedy that could have been avoided.

How was someone allowed into an Elementary school with a firearm (s)? How did we allow the killing of 20 small children and six adults? How have we allowed the nation’s second-worst school shooting since Virginia Tech?

Our hearts are shattered and it’s difficult to hold back the tears. That’s why I ask sobbing, where are the solutions to protect our children, and when are we going to see real change?

While we should have learned by the tragedies at Virginia Tech in 2007, where the death toll is the highest in U.S. history, and Columbine where two teens killed 13 people and wounded 24 in 1999, we haven’t.

For 13 years we’ve had a chance to implement solutions that would have prevented this unimaginable tragedy.

26 families are suffering monumental losses, and a community is devastated because we have failed to adopt necessary measures to protect our kids. A tragedy so painful that President Obama’s response was too difficult to express at times, forcing him to tear up and pause before sincerely stating: “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics”.

Is politics the problem? If there were metal detectors at every entrance, bulletproof glass, panic alarms, armed and trained teachers or a security team, would this tragedy have occurred?

Unfortunately when it comes to adopting these necessary safety measures it’s when the politics come in. The politics that prevent the protection of the most treasured, priceless, and vulnerable part of our existence.

In Massachusetts some teachers are open to the idea of receiving self-defense training from local or state police. Some are open to exploring the possibility of carrying a concealed weapon. Because these teachers are taking on much more responsibility, themselves and the union would request that those who choose to take on such a role would be classified as a division of law enforcement, (Group 4 Employees). Group 4 employees enjoy shorter retirement times, and other attractive benefits. Group 4 employees are comprised of Local Law Enforcement, DA’s, State Police, Sheriffs, and other members of the law enforcement community. The opposition believes our teachers are undeserving of such classification, I say why not have the discussion?

If that’s not the answer what is? Providing a full time security team for every school?

Because of the opposition’s reluctance to explore all of these options and adopt adequate measures to protect our children, tragedies at The Sandy Hook Elementary School, Virginia Tech, and Columbine continue to take our children from us, destroying community after community.

If we were truly serious about protecting children, why wouldn’t we explore every option, and embrace balanced, mindful, effective solutions? Why haven’t we installed metal detectors and bulletproof glass in every school? We have built countless schools in the last 13 years. Why wasn’t that part of a security plan after the tragic events at Columbine and Arizona Tech? While metal detectors wouldn’t prevent acts of violence with sharp objects, bombs, chemical weapons, or other means, it would certainly have prevented the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy.

Teachers are required mandated reporters, and have routine C.O.R.I checks, while some are required to take self-defense training currently. Why wouldn’t we consider the opportunity of classifying our teachers as Group 4 employees if they were interested in taking on such a commitment? Wouldn’t it make sense to explore the option of adopting these measures for members of the community who are trusted to educate, and protect our children daily?

Why haven’t we had honest dialog about every option?

Even gun owners should be willing to make sacrifices for a timely and balanced resolution. I come from a military family and was exposed to firearms at a very young age. Because of my role at Protect Mass Children I recognize the risks associated with accepting such an honor. I have a responsibility to protect my family, educate and train them to protect themselves. I have a responsibility to teach my family detailed and effective safety measures to protect themselves.

Collectively my wife and I own 7 firearms, 1 assault rife, hunting rifle, 4 handguns, and a shotgun. We have never hunted, but faced with the responsibility of providing food for our family, we are prepared to act if necessary. An assault rife is available to provide protection from a tyrannical government, terrorist attacks, and mass chaos. Our handguns are spread out around our home in locked safes situated strategically to protect us from possible life threatening situations by intruders, retaliation for my works, and other circumstances.

We live in a dangerous world, and as primary caregivers of our families we are obligated to be prepared to protect our children in any situation that threatens their livelihood .

Gun owners like myself, and my wife should be willing to accept annual psychological evaluations as part of an annual firearms license renewal process. This process should also require confirmation of specific storage and lockup behaviors and other important safety measures.

Annual training both online and on site should be provided to every community teaching safe storage, separation of ammo and firearms, and installing alarm triggers to alert police in the event a criminal has forced their way into having or almost having access to a firearm against your will.

In my opinion no other class is left as unprotected than our children. Blacks, Whites, Hispanic, Latinos, Gays, and others are far more protected than our young. With the countless dangers our children face today we must completely overhaul the way we deal with child protection in Massachusetts. We must explore arming and training teachers or installing security teams, expanded education in sexual abuse, self defense training and strong legislation to address many of these crucial and dire issues.

Last week our organization delivered a pledge to the Children of the Commonwealth to every lawmaker in Massachusetts. Asking all of our lawmakers to sign a pledge to be educated about the issues surrounding child sexual abuse, to meet with survivors, hear their stories and understand solutions from their prospective, to understand the enormous burden child sexual abuse causes, and to be in partnership to create strategies and solutions to truly protect the children of the Commonwealth.

Many have signed this pledge, while some are disappointingly reluctant to sign a pledge to the children of the Commonwealth even after the horrific events in Newtown. Regardless of politics a hesitant approach towards a commitment to protect children is unacceptable.

We need to take action to protect our children now. We have failed them for too long, and it is our time to make real change. We cannot accept the same lip service or delayed responses we have accepted for decades.

Massachusetts is an amazing state, full of the most intelligent, and gentile people. We have the whereabouts to make timely intelligent decisions and changes that will not have unintended consequences, and will protect our children.

Today I ask our leaders not only to sign our pledge to the children of the Commonwealth, but to also endorse another pledge, a pledge to pass adequate legislation, and adopt effective measures to responsibly address all of the dangers the children of Massachusetts face today. I ask them to pledge to have drafted, and implemented these changes by April 30th in recognition of child abuse awareness month, and in honor of the victims and families of Newtown Connecticut.

So while our nation struggles to heal the brokenhearted, and bind up our wounds.” I ask the people of Massachusetts, when are we going to make real sacrifices to protect our children? When are we going to put politics aside and change the way we deal with protecting our children? When are we going to demand our leadership adopts real solutions to keep our children safe? When are we going to truly protect our children from all of the clear and present dangers they currently face?

Joseph DiPietro, LynnfieldPresident / Protect Mass Childrenwww.protectmasschildren.org

Protect Mass Children is a federally recognized 501(C)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to protect children from sex offenders in Massachusetts through education and legislation.

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12/18/2012 – Wicked Local Essex – Tarr seeks more frequent updates to sex offender info.

In the wake of horrific charges of child sex abuse brought against a Wakefield man, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr announced Tuesday he would file legislation next session to increase the flow of information among law enforcement about sex offenders, and keep information more up-to-date.

Wakefield resident John Burbine is a Level 1 sex offender who was recently arrested and accused of raping and sexually abusing 13 small children in what Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone said was “among the worst cases of child abuse ever prosecuted” by his office.

After his first conviction, Burbine was the subject of several investigations referred by the state to prosecutors, who said they lacked sufficient evidence to prosecute.

Gov. Deval Patrick had previously filed a bill that would make information on Level 1 sex offenders available to anyone who called the local police department, as information about Level 2 sex offenders is handled. Information about Level 3 sex offenders is available online through the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Tarr’s bill would “at a minimum” require law enforcement and prosecutors to communicate with the SORB about new offenses committed by past sex offenders; give SORB the ability to reclassify sex offenders based on new information, an ability that was taken away by a state Appeals Court decision in July; allow SORB reclassification to be expedited with the recommendation of law enforcement or prosecutors; and introduce a requirement for the timely reclassification for sex offenders who have committed subsequent offenses.

“The Burbine case has exposed deep flaws in the state’s system for classifying and tracking sex offenders, while underscoring the need for better communication among the state’s public safety agencies to ensure that sexual predators are more closely monitored,” Tarr said in a statement.

Tarr said, “Burbine’s original classification suggested his risk of re-offense was low, and the public would not benefit from the disclosure of his information; however, subsequent facts have proven this assessment was inadequate and needed to be adjusted accordingly. Since 1989, Burbine has been the subject of multiple investigations that, with due diligence, would have warranted further scrutiny of his classification level and risk to re-offend.”

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12/18/2012 – Reuters- Former Mass. prep school doctor pleads not guilty to child porn.

(Reuters) – Cambridge- A doctor who worked for nearly two decades as medical director of a prestigious Massachusetts boarding school and was arrested on child pornography charges in September pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to additional related charges.

Richard Keller was arrested and charged in September with receiving child pornography at his Phillips Academy office before being indicted last week on new charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

According to the indictment, Keller received DVDs that included pornographic images of minors in 2009 and in September had pornographic material that included videos of young boys engaged in sexually explicit activities.

A search of Keller’s home in September turned up more than 500 photographs and as many as 100 DVDs of pornography, authorities said earlier. Orders for pornographic DVDs were delivered directly to the Isham Health Center on Phillips’ grounds in Andover, Massachusetts, court documents said.

Keller was medical director of Phillips for 19 years, ending in 2011. A venerable prep school that dates to the 18th century, it counts former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush among its graduates.

More recently Keller worked as a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. The hospital has said it put Keller on administrative leave when it learned of the initial complaint

Keller pleaded not guilty to the latest charges in U.S. District Court in Boston, a U.S. Attorney’s office spokeswoman said. If convicted of the initial charges, he could face a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Keller’s attorney did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. (Reporting by Daniel Lovering, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Matthew Lewis)

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12/18/2012 – Boston Herald- Beacon Hill lawmaker to push sex offender reporting bill.

Beacon Hill Republicans plan to push a bill that would require law enforcement and prosecutors to report sex offenders under investigation to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board.

“We don’t want to leave that to chance,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who announced he would file the bill next month with the new session. “After the Burbine case it’s clear we need to act.”

Earlier this month, the Herald reported the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office failed to report child sex abuse investigations involving Level 1 sex offender John Burbine in 2005 and 2009 to the Sex Offender Registry Board. Burbine, of Wakefield, was arrested earlier this month and is facing nearly 100 counts of sexual abuse of more than a dozen babies and toddlers.

The victims in the two earlier cases declined to move forward with criminal charges against Burbine, but if the DA’s office had reported the probe to the board, Burbine may have received a higher classification, according to the board’s rules at the time.

The board is now prohibited from reclassifying sex offenders at a higher level without a new sex offense conviction after a July 16 Supreme Judicial Court decision, but Tarr’s legislation would also allow the board to return to its old rules of classification based on sex abuse complaints, arrests and probation violations.

“Basically the court was saying the Legislature didn’t give the board authority to reclassify without a conviction. Not only should the board have the authority, but it should act on that information,” said Tarr.

His bill would require the board to file the reason in writing if the decision is made not to move a sex offender to a higher classification based on a complaint.

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12/18/2012 – Youtube- Amazing tribute ti the victims and families of Newtown Connecticut.

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12/18/2012 – Wicked Local Gerogetown – Timothy Vaters, a Georgetown resident, has been sentenced to four to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty to a 21-count indictment for possessing and distributing child pornography over his computer.

Salem — Timothy Vaters, a Georgetown resident, has been sentenced to four to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty to a 21-count indictment for possessing and distributing child pornography over his computer.

According to a release from Attorney General Martha Coakley, Vaters, 44, pleaded guilty on Monday, Dec. 17, in Essex Superior Court to 10 counts possession of child pornography, three counts of dissemination of child pornography, three counts posing a child in a state of nudity, four counts of unauthorized video/photo of a person in a state of nudity and possession of marijuana.

Vaters has also been sentenced to five years of probation to be served after prison. Conditions of probation include GPS monitoring, sex offender counseling, no unsupervised contact with children under 16, restricted computer use and registration with the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Massachusetts State Police began their investigation of Vaters in February 2011 when law enforcement officials in Canada had encountered suspected child pornography images over a file-sharing network that originated from a Massachusetts IP address.

Investigators executed a search warrant the following month at Vaters’ residence and subsequently arrested him. Police seized various forms of computer equipment, 130 grams of marijuana, and a mini camera allegedly used to videotape others.

Later investigations found a substantial quantity of images and video files containing suspected child pornography.

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12/14/2012 – Wicked Local Malden – VIEW FROM THE SENATE Protecting our children.

Last week, a Wakefield man was charged with 100 counts of child abuse and sexual assault involving very young children. These hideous allegations are deeply disturbing. Our primary concern is for the children and their families and providing them with the support and help they will need. At the same time, we also must examine how we can strengthen our system to prevent the exploitation and abuse of children and other vulnerable populations.

To assess the need for changes in our laws, I have been working with Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, local law enforcement, and the Wakefield legislative delegation to examine our system of classifying sexual offenders and notifying the public about offenders in our communities.

Categorizing sex offenders: Currently, sex offenders are categorized into three levels: Level 1 is considered the least dangerous

and Level 3 the most likely to re-offend. Public information is only available for offenders classified as Level 2 or 3. Although the defendant in the Wakefield case had prior convictions of indecent assault and battery on a child, he was classified as a Level 1 sex offender, thus shielding his information from the public.

We are closely reviewing the current categories to determine if the classification criteria should be adjusted to improve public safety. In addition, we are researching whether the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) should be allowed to consider a substantiated report of abuse — even if it does not result in a conviction — in reclassifying an offender to a higher level of threat.

Increasing licensing agency’s access to sex offender registry information: We have a robust system of licensing child care providers in Massachusetts that includes extensive background checks. Currently, however, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) cannot obtain registry information on sex offenders. While no system of background checks will screen out all potential criminals, allowing EEC access to this sex offender registry information would provide an important additional safeguard.

Look for the license: A great start to finding an educational, high quality and safe child care environment is to make sure that your child care provider is properly licensed. The Massachusetts EEC maintains a searchable web site to locate licensed child care providers in your area at mass.gov/eec.

In addition, EEC will provide the licensing history of a child care provider over the phone to help parents gain a better understanding of the program and staff. Many other states have child care licensing histories available online for parents to access easily, and Massachusetts also should provide this information on its website. In addition, parents should always ask for references and be wary of any program or person that tries to restrict access to your child during any time of the day.

As we consider these changes to our laws and regulations, we must do so thoughtfully and carefully. This horrible case raises far more questions than answers, but we must continue to vigorously enforce our regulations, examine the system overall, and make changes that better protect our children, vulnerable adults and our communities.

State Sen. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, represents the Middlesex and Essex district.

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12/14/2012 – Salem News – Man faces child porn charges.

DANVERS — A Nichols Street man was arrested on child pornography charges on Wednesday night after state police received a tip from an Internet crimes task force.

Erik Resto, 22, of 43 Nichols St., Danvers, was arrested by state police detectives working for the Essex County district attorney’s office on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, according to a press release from district attorney spokesperson Carrie Kimball Monahan.

Resto pleaded not guilty to the charges in Salem District Court yesterday. Judge Michael Lauranzano set Resto’s bail at $50,000 and ordered him not to use a computer, access the Internet or have contact with anybody under 18. He is due back in court on Jan. 7 for a probable cause hearing.

Monahan said Resto was arrested after the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force provided information to state police detectives.

“The ICAC Task Force is a national network comprised of over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies,” Kimball Monahan said. “The task force targets offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems or computer technology to exploit children.”

Resto was represented by attorney Steve Reardon at the arraignment for bail purposes only, Monahan said. Essex Assistant District Attorney Heidi Sylvanowicz represented the commonwealth.

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12/14/2012 – Peabody Patch – City Adopts Child Sex Offender Law.

Peabody joins more than 40 other cities and towns in the Bay State by creating a local child sex offender ordinance to restrict the activities of convicted offenders.

The City Council unanimously adopted a new ordinance Thursday night that will create “child safety zones” in Peabody and thereby restrict the activities of convicted Level 2 and 3 child sex offenders.

The zones would typically be schools, parks, libraries or other areas children often congregate and the Police Department would be tasked with enforcing the law and handing out fines to repeat offenders.

“I think this is the right thing for our city,” Mayor Ted Bettencourt said, arguing the ordinance is important to safeguarding the city’s children against sexual predators.

He told councilors that this measure is about public safety, particularly for children, and that local officials should do what they can to empower the police to deal with safety concerns.

Bettencourt first started working on the law this summer after learning of an incident at a city park where two Level 3 sex offenders had a run-in with some parents while a youth sports game was going on nearby. One mother, Jessica O’Hara, reached out to Bettencourt afterward.

“I was greatly concerned as all of you are that such an incident could take place at one of our parks and our Police Department didn’t have the ability or power to do anything [legally]…because a state law doesn’t exist or a municipal ordinance didn’t exist,” Bettencourt said.

He, along with other local officials, was surprised to learn there were no existing state laws that prohibited the activities of sex offenders who had served out their time.

There are only about two dozen states in the country that have enacted such laws, and in Massachusetts, such restrictions are dealt with in court as part of sentencing or probation.

Peabody’s new ordinance is modeled after one in New Bedford, which is not currently facing a legal challenge.

Councilors, who fully supported the measure back in October, had little more to say Thursday other than give a firm “yes” vote.

“I think it’s a terrific ordinance,” said Council President James Liacos. “I was really surprised that we didn’t already have something in place.”

Several parents were present again Thursday as well for the council’s vote, along with School Committee members Dave McGeney, Brandi Carpenter, Ed Charest and Tom Rossignoll.

“I think it speaks for itself,” McGeney told reporters after the vote, in reference to the local ordinance.

He added that he’s heard nothing but total support for the measure along with surprise that no such law had previously existed.

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12/13/2012 – Enterprise News – Bridgewater man indicted on child porn charges.

The local man arrested on child pornography charges in August will be arraigned in U.S. District Court on Dec. 20 after he was indicted this week.

Kevin J. Balzarini, 36, of 180 Cross St., was arrested Aug. 28 after an FBI search turned up images of child pornography in a dresser drawer, authorities said.

The arrest prompted neighborhood mothers to urge authorities to move a bus stop that was across the street from the house where Balzarini lived with his parents.

Balzarini has been on house arrest since Sept. 9.

U.S. prosecutors indicted him Tuesday on three counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

The indictment alleges that Balzarini “knowingly received” visual depictions of “a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” It also alleges Balzarini stored such images on two laptops, recovered at his home during the search, authorities said.

If he pleads not guilty at his arraignment next week, the case will move to trial.

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12/13/2012 – Danvers Patch- Local Man Faces Child Porn Charges.

A Danvers man was ordered held on $50,000 bail after his arrest Wednesday night on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Erik Resto, 22, of 43 Nichols St. was arraigned in Salem District Court on Thursday, where he pled not guilty to the charges, the Essex County District Attorney’s office said in a press released issued on Thursday afternoon.

Judge Michael Lauranzano set Resto’s bail at $50,000 and ordered him not to use a computer or access the internet or any internet capable device and have no contact with anyone under 18.

Resto was arrested on a warrant Wednesday night by State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office. The charges are based on a tip received by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Resto was represented by Attorney Steve Reardon for bail purposes only. Essex Assistant District Attorney Heidi Sylvanowicz represented the Commonwealth.

Resto is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 7 for a probable cause hearing.

The ICAC Task Force is a national network comprised of over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies, the Essex DA said in Thursday’s press release. The Task Force targets offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children.

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12/13/2012 – Radio World –  Mass. Rep. O’Connell Collaborates with WRKO’S Kuhner.

WRKO(AM)’s Jeff Kuhner, host of Boston-focused news talk show “The Kuhner Report,” and Massachusetts State Representative Shaunna O’Connell, who has been a long-time advocate for stronger penalties for child predators, beginning with Jessica’s Law have created a legislative package called the Child Sexual Predator Prevention Act.

The proposal mandates a minimum 25-year sentence for the first offense of raping a child, a 40-year sentence for the second and life for the third conviction. Moreover, all Level 2 predators will be required to have their information posted online and will be available so the public has access.

Kuhner was inspired to take action after John Burbine was arrested for more than 100 charges of alleged rape and sexual assault of 13 children. Kuhner contacted O’Connell, 3rd Bristol House District, to help file legislation because Massachusetts currently has no mandatory sentence for first rape offense of a child although there is one for aggravated rape. Burbine’s alleged assaults might not have met the criteria of aggravated.

In a live broadcast of “The Kuhner Report,” he challenged Gov. Deval Patrick, Speaker of the Massachusetts House Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray, “How dare you not support a bill that will send a child rapist and molester convicted for 25 years to prison?”

Kuhner and WRKO have launched a petition supporting the Child Predator Prevention Act at www.WRKO.com.

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12/13/2012 – Mansfield Patch – Mansfield Resident Arrested for Child Porn.

William Koury of Mansfield arrested for child pornography.

William Koury, 30, of 1918 Erick Rd. was arrested on Wednesday at around 5 p.m. for possession and dissemination of child pornography..

Police state that he was a level 2 sex offender with several articles of child pornography, including a laptop, that were taken as evidence during the arrest.

The arrest came after an investigation into child pornography and was carried out by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and the Mansfield Police after a search warrant was obtained.

Detective Sgt. Ronald Sellon, Det. Kenneth Wright, and officer Anthony Latanzio took part in the action.

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12/13/2012 – Wicked Local Hull- Former Hull man accused of raping child.

A former Hull man already serving time for possession of child pornography is now accused of repeatedly raping a child in Hull.

William E. McDonagh, 53, was arraigned Friday in Hingham District Court on three counts of rape of a child with force and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and providing obscene matter to a minor. Judge Francis Marini set bail at $50,000 cash. McDonagh is due back in court for a probable cause hearing Jan. 4.

McDonagh was one of seven people arrested in October 2008 in a statewide sweep aimed at the exchange of child pornography over the Internet. McDonagh pleaded guilty in January to six counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of obscene material and was sentenced to a year and a day in jail followed by five years of probation. Judge Carol Ball also ordered McDonagh to undergo sex offender evaluation and have no access to the Internet, except for work purposes.

According to a police report on file at Hingham District Court, McDonagh and his family left Hull after his arrest on the child porn charges in 2010 and moved to Hyde Park. While in Hull, police said, McDonagh raped a young boy three times and showed him pornographic videos and photographs, including some that featured children.

It’s unclear when the alleged attacks occurred or how old the boy was at the time. The police report indicates the boy was 11 in 2010 when McDonagh moved out of Hull.

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12/13/2012 – Wicked Local Melrose-  Child assault case prompts officials to reconsider sex offender laws.

With the arrest of John Burbine last week for allegedly sexually assaulting at least 13 infants and toddlers, state officials are examining what the commonwealth could do to prevent such crimes from happening.

Burbine, 49, of Wakefield, allegedly raped and abused more than a dozen children in their own homes, which he reportedly accessed through a child care service operated by his wife.

Two of the victims are from Melrose, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office. (Click on the link, at left, for the latest story about the Burbine case.)

Burbine was convicted in 1989 of indecent assault and battery on a child, and was classified as a Level 1 offender, the lowest sex offender status. The identities of Level 1 offenders are available only to police.

“We can hopefully, in a quick fashion, take up how this happened, and what laws have to be changed to make sure it doesn’t happen again, if a change in legislation would do anything,” said House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday, Dec. 10.

DeLeo told reporters he is reviewing the state’s sex offender laws, and is considering stalled legislation supported by Attorney General Martha Coakley that would make the identities of the lowest level sex offenders public. DeLeo said he has not made a definitive decision about whether information on Level 1 sex offenders should be available to the public.

Before he proposes legislation, he is looking at what types of offenses are classified under each level, he said. There are three levels of sex offenders under state law.

DeLeo said Burbine’s alleged crimes are “so repulsive to me, we’ve got to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

DeLeo said he wants lawmakers to look at the issue, which has failed to gain traction during this two-year session, as soon as the new session begins in January. He said he is troubled by the fact that Burbine was classified as a Level 1 sex offender because he was convicted in 1989 of assault on a child under the age of 14 years old.

“This gentleman, if he was considered Level 1, should not have been considered Level 1,” DeLeo said.

“My first question is how could this happen? How could this gentleman, who was convicted of that type of crime, be considered a Level 1 offender?” he said. “Is this a question of he was not placed in the proper classification, or do we have to strengthen our laws to make sure these types of folks are not out there again?

When classifying a sex offender, the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board considers not just the crime itself, but a variety of other factors. These include criminal record, history of substance and alcohol abuse, the offender’s relationship with the victim, and the age of the offender when the first sex offense was committed.

Gov. Deval Patrick reiterated last week his support for making Level 1 sex offender identities available to the public.

Patrick, in May 2011, filed legislation that would have made Level 1 sex offender information available to members of the public who called the local police, similar to how Level II information is handled.

“We have made that request in the past. I don’t see any reason to change that position,” Patrick said as he left a cabinet meeting early Friday afternoon, Dec. 7.

The bill (H 3471) would have aligned state law with the requirements of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The Committee on the Judiciary sent it to a study, usually a dead end.

State Sen. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose, said local lawmakers are working with District Attorney Leone’s office and with local law enforcement on ways to adjust sex offender registration laws to offer further protections to the community.

“We want to see if we can use information that doesn’t rise to the level of a criminal conviction but demonstrate an increased likelihood to re-offend to reconsider their classification,” Clark said. “We are looking at current [sex offender] levels. Are they working? Are they set at the right levels?”

Clark noted federal sex offender levels are different, and the commonwealth might consider adopting the federal standards.

“We need to ask how can we classify sex offenders to make sure families have the best information possible,” Clark said.

Clark also said state lawmakers are looking at better coordination between law enforcement agencies and state agencies that deal with vulnerable populations, such as children and the elderly.

“When there is a report of an issue and neglect, we should be able to connect that back [to the license],” Clark said.

Allegedly, aspects of Burbine’s wife’s child care business were unlicensed. A child care provider must put its license on full display, Clark said.

“It is not a perfect system, but I really urge parents and other guardians how important it is to look for that license,” Clark said, noting a criminal background check that includes family members who don’t work for a child care business is part of the licensing process.

A day after the charges against Burbine were announced, state Rep. Brad Jones, R-North Reading, noted many legislators are waiting for all the details to come out before deciding the best approach to tighten laws regulating licensing and categorizing sex offenders and whether to make information about Level 1 sex offenders public.

He said there are many components to examine, including the day care licensing component, the sexual abuse component and the sentencing component.

“The allegations go above and beyond anything anyone can remotely comprehend,” Jones said. “It’s human nature, emotion to rush to judgment. But we need to get a lot more data not available right now to policymakers and the public and do a top-to-bottom review of everything that went on.”

“If all the rules and regulations were followed, the question becomes whether we need new rules and regulations in place if the existing system was not enough,” Jones said. “This will serve as an unfortunate reminder that people will undertake these acts repeatedly.”

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12/12/2012 – Wakefield Patch – Protecting Our Children.

The following is an opinion piece from State Senator Katherine Clark:

Last week, a Wakefield man was charged with 100 counts of child abuse and sexual assault involving very young children.  These hideous allegations are deeply disturbing.  Our primary concern is for the children and their families and providing them with the support and help they will need.  At the same time, we also must examine how we can strengthen our system to prevent the exploitation and abuse of children and other vulnerable populations.

To assess the need for changes in our laws, I have been working with Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, local law enforcement, and the Wakefield legislative delegation to examine our system of classifying sexual offenders and notifying the public about offenders in our communities.

Categorizing Sex Offenders:  Currently, sex offenders are categorized into three levels: Level 1 is considered the least dangerous and Level 3 the most likely to reoffend.  Public information is only available for offenders classified as Level 2 or 3.  Although the defendant in the Wakefield case had prior convictions of indecent assault and battery on a child, he was classified as a Level 1 sex offender, thus shielding his information from the public. We are closely reviewing the current categories to determine if the classification criteria should be adjusted to improve public safety. In addition, we are researching whether the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) should be allowed to consider a substantiated report of abuse – even if it does not result in a conviction – in reclassifying an offender to a higher level of threat.

Increasing Licensing Agency’s Access to Sex Offender Registry Information:  We have a robust system of licensing child care providers in Massachusetts that includes extensive background checks.  Currently, however, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) cannot obtain registry information on sex offenders. While no system of background checks will screen out all potential criminals, allowing EEC access to this sex offender registry information would provide an important additional safeguard.

Look for the License:  A great start to finding an educational, high quality and safe child care environment is to make sure that your child care provider is properly licensed. The Massachusetts EEC maintains a searchable web site to locate licensed child care providers in your area at www.mass.gov/eec. In addition, EEC will provide the licensing history of a child care provider over the phone to help parents gain a better understanding of the program and staff.  Many other states have child care licensing histories available online for parents to access easily, and Massachusetts also should provide this information on its website. In addition, parents should always ask for references and be wary of any program or person that tries to restrict access to your child during any time of the day.

As we consider these changes to our laws and regulations, we must do so thoughtfully and carefully.  This horrible case raises far more questions than answers, but we must continue to vigorously enforce our regulations, examine the system overall, and make changes that better protect our children, vulnerable adults and our communities.

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12/12/2012 – Wicked Local North Attleborough- North Attleborough man arrested on child porn charges.

A North Attleborough man was arrested last week on child pornography charges, North Attleborough Police said.

David Lambert, 52, of 177 East St., was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 4, on charges of possession of child pornography, and distribution of child pornography.

Lambert was held on $20,000 cash bail.

Police said Lambert sent child pornography to undercover state police detectives and North Attleborough police officers. Police then exercised a search warrant and seized his laptop, which police said contained more illegal images.

Possession of child pornography involves a maximum sentence of five years in prison, while the distributing charge involves a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Lambert is due back in court on Dec. 28 for a probable cause hearing.

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12/12/2012 – Marblehead Patch – Marblehead Child Porn, Weapons Case Moves Forward.

A Marblehead man accused of possessing 13 unregistered guns, three packages of marijuana and child pornography in his home on Puritan Road earlier this year had his case continued last week in Lynn District Court.

At his arraignment in August, Raymond Depaula, 39, of 23 Puritan Road, Marblehead, pleaded not guilty to to charges of possessing child pornography, possessing a class D substance (marijuana), 8 counts of improperly storing a firearm and 13 counts of possessing a firearm without a firearms identification card.

Judge Stacey J. Fortes-White ordered Depaula held on $20,000 cash bail – an amount he reportedly posted on Aug. 22.

The case was moved to gun court on Sept. 5, and he has since hired defense attorney H. Drew Romanovitz.

On the morning of Aug. 15, local officers, working in cooperation with the State Police and representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, reportedly arrived at Depaula’s home and he granted them permission to search the premises and his two computers, according to court documents.

During the search, police reportedly found 13 unregistered firearms. Five of the weapons were reportedly stored in a locked safe in Depaula’s closet – the other 8 were reportedly found unsecured in an unlocked gun chest in a different closet.

Police also reportedly searched Depaula’s computer and found pornographic images of children performing sexual acts on adults.

“The investigation is ongoing and police expect an additional forensic search of his computer will lead to further charges with significant and severe penalties,” a prosecutor said at his arraignment.

Depaula reportedly admitted to viewing child pornography but denied sending it anyone else, according to police.

Also found at Depaula’s home were three containers of marijuana, two of which were reportedly located in his freezer. The marijuana reportedly weighed out to approximately 1.5 ounces, according to court documents.

 

The guns reportedly found by police:

  • .22 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol
  • .22 caliber Beretta semi-automatic pistol
  • .22 caliber Iver Johnson revolver
  • .357 Magnum caliber Sturm Ruger
  • .38 Special caliber Colt revolver
  • .38 Special caliber Smith & Wesson revolver
  • .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver
  • .38 caliber Rossi revolver
  • .22 caliber Remington bolt-action rifle
  • .30 caliber Marlin lever-action rifle
  • .22 caliber Remington bolt-action rifle
  • 12 gauge Harrington & Richardson shotgun
  • 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun

Depaula also has a prior arrest for statutory rape.

At his arraignment, his lawyer noted that a sealed statutory rape case he had continued without a finding in 1995 stemmed from a relationship Depaula had with a 15-year-old.

While his case is pending, Depaula has been ordered to stay away from and have no contact with children under the age of 16.

He is now scheduled to return to gun court on Feb. 7 for a pretrial hearing, according to court documents.

Marblehead Patch will be posting updates as they become available.

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12/12/2012 – MassLive.com- Alleged Massachusetts sex offender John Burbine heads to court.

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Wakefield man charged with sexually assaulting children as young as 8-weeks-old at his wife’s unlicensed day care business is heading to court.

John Burbine is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on 100 criminal counts in Middlesex Superior Court, including 40 counts of aggravated forcible rape of a child.

Prosecutors allege that the 49-year-old Burbine preyed on 13 children ranging from 8 days to 3 1/2 years old, with many of the assaults happening in the victims’ homes between August 2010 and August 2012.

Burbine was already a Level 1 sex offender, following a 1989 conviction for indecent assault and battery, deemed the least likely to re-offend.

Burbine’s lawyer has already said his client plans to plead not guilty.

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12/12/2012 – The Boston Globe– Quincy man convicted of child rape.

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Quincy man convicted of child rape has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.

Prosecutors say 58-year-old Michael Brundige was sentenced in Norfolk Superior Court on Tuesday following his conviction Monday on three counts of rape of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14 after a four-day trial.

In addition his prison term, Brundige received 10 years of probation.

Prosecutors say the assaults occurred from 2001 to 2004 before the victim, who lived near the Brundige family, turned 10. The assaults only ended when Brundige moved out of the city.

Indictments involving two other alleged victims were withdrawn because they refused to testify.

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12/12/2012 – Fenway Kenmore Patch – Children’s Hospital Boston Pediatrician Indicted on Child Porn Charges.

Police & Fire Children’s Hospital Boston Pediatrician Indicted on Child Porn Charges

Dr. Richard Keller, who was arrested this past September on child porn charges, was indicted in federal court on Tuesday.

The New Hampshire board that governs medical licenses held an emergency meeting to suspend Dr. Richard Keller’s right to practice medicine in the Granite State. Keller was accused of receiving child pornography. courtesy of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Keller, 56, was arrested back in September and charged with buying more than 50 sexually explicit films involving minors. During a search of his home in Andover, police said they found more than 500 photographs and between 60 and 100 DVDs, according to Fox News.

He is also accused of receiving child porn at the mailbox of his former position as the head pediatrician for Phillips Academy Andover.

Keller was indicted on two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

He has agreed to be held without bail pending his trial, and has agreed not to practice medicine.

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12/12/2012 – Fox News- Massachusetts babysitter accused of raping 13 children pleads not guilty to 100 charges.

A Massachusetts babysitter, who authorities say raped and sexually abused 13 children, pleaded not guilty to 100 charges Wednesday, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

John Burbine, 49, of Wakefield faces 40 counts of aggravated rape of a child by force, 18 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, 13 counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, 14 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of dissemination of child pornography.

He also faces one charge of operating a daycare without a license.

According to MyFoxBoston.com, Burbine was held without bail for 90 days, and after the 90 days, his bail will be set at $1 million

Prosecutors called the case one of the “most troubling and disturbing cases of child abuse ever prosecuted in Middlesex County.”

The alleged victims range in age from eight days to 3 years old.

Burbine and his wife advertised child care and tutoring services on parenting and coupon service websites.

Burbine is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 15

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12/12/2012 – WBUR – Ex-Prep School Doctor Faces More Child Porn Counts.

BOSTON — A federal grand jury has indicted the former medical director of an exclusive Massachusetts prep school on multiple child pornography charges.

Physician Richard Keller of Andover faces two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography following Tuesday’s indictment.

Authorities arrested the 56-year-old in September on a charge of receiving child pornography, and alleged he’d had child porn delivered to him at Phillips Academy campus before his 2011 resignation.

Authorities said they seized hundreds of photos and several dozen DVDs of child porn from his home.

The indictment charges Keller possessed depictions of minors in sexually explicit conduct, including boys from about 7 to 16 years old.

Keller, who worked at Boston Children’s Hospital and taught at Harvard Medical School, has a Dec. 18 arraignment.

His lawyer couldn’t be immediately reached for comment Wednesday.

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12/11/2012 – Lowell Sun –Day-care abuse case spurs call to be tougher on sex offenders.

Child sexual-abuse charges filed last week against a Wakefield man who worked at his wife’s unlicensed day-care center may lead to new legislation making public the names of low-level sex offenders and make it easier to obtain the names of more serious offenders.

State Sen. Barry Finegold said he also wants to file legislation that would require day-care centers to prove in forms given to families that they are properly licensed.

“Whether you buy a home or refinance a house, the provider needs to disclose that they are licensed,” said Finegold, an Andover Democrat. “I think the state should at least require the same of people who are caring for our children.”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo will “give serious consideration,” a spokesman said Monday, to a bill filed last year by Gov. Deval Patrick that would bring Massachusetts into compliance with a federal sex-offender notification act that would, among other things, make public the names of Level 1 offenders.

The buzz around strengthening sex-offender legislation began after John Burbine of Wakefield was charged last week with sexually assaulting 13 children, ranging in age from 8 days to 3 1/2 years, at his wife Marian’s day care. His wife was charged with running an unlicensed day-care center and reckless endangerment of children.

“I don’t want to beat up on the Legislature, but there’s no doubt in my mind that if this information was available, these kids would not have been victimized,” said Chelmsford resident Laurie Myers, founder of the victim-advocacy group Community Voices, which is fighting for more public disclosure of sex offenders’ identities and locations.

Level 1 sex offenders, those deemed to have the lowest risk of reoffending, are not named publicly but are available to law-enforcement agencies. Level 2 offenders can be identified through an in-person request for the information at the local police department. Level 3 offenders are named at the Sex Offender Registry Board website at www.mass.gov/sorb.

In regards to Level 1 offenders, the Sex Offender Registry Board says the “degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public-safety interest is served by public availability” of their information.

The chairwoman of the board, Saundra Edwards, testified last year in favor of the governor’s bill, said Charles McDonald, the board’s spokesman. Vesna Nuon, a Lowell city councilor and member of the Sex Offender Registry Board, declined to comment on potential legislation.

There are 275 Level 2 and 3 sex offenders living in Lowell, according to the state. Among nearby towns, there are 50 in Billerica, 41 in Chelmsford and 52 in Tewksbury.

Finegold said that when he and his wife were looking for day-care centers for their 10-month-old son, they didn’t know who was licensed, even though providers are required to post their license in the facility. Some parents may not even know to look for a license, he said.

“I want mothers and fathers to know whether or not the facility is registered with the state,” he said.

The state Department of Early Education & Care offers two ways parents can check on a day-care center’s licensing, spokeswoman Heather Johnson said. Regional offices are available to provide information and the department’s website lists licensed centers.

The nearest regional office, in Lawrence, can be reached at 978-681-9684. The website can be reached at the following shortened link: http://tiny.cc/s8a4ow.

State Rep. James Arciero, a Democrat from Westford, filed legislation last year that would make available online the identities of Level 2 sex offenders. The bill was backed by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and 26 co-sponsors, he said, but wasn’t passed into law.

“We need to give citizens the tools to protect their families and keep our neighborhoods safe,” Arciero said.

Chelmsford Police Chief James Murphy said he supports both proposals to expand access to sex-offender information.

“I have no problem giving the public access,” he said.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, which was involved in bringing sexual-assault charges against Burbine, has not called for specific legislation because of the case but is having discussions with the governor’s office, legislators, law-enforcement officials and the Sex Offender Registry Board, office spokeswoman Stephanie Chelf Guyotte said. It is premature to make specific proposals until having those conversations, she said.

DeLeo’s office said in a statement the speaker will meet with law-enforcement officials from the affected communities in the Burbine case and consider the governor’s bill, along with other options for similar crimes.

“We can hopefully in a quick fashion take up how this happened, and what laws have to be changed to make sure it doesn’t happen again, if a change in legislation would do anything,” DeLeo told reporters, according to the State House News Service. “I’m told, according to what I’ve reported from the governor, no matter what law was passed, it would not have stopped this.”

State Rep. Tom Golden, a Lowell Democrat, said he supports both Patrick’s bill and what was proposed by Arciero, calling it “absurd” that someone like Burbine, a registered sex offender, was able to be around children.

State Sen. Eileen Donoghue gave general support to both Patrick’s bill and the proposed legislation from Finegold. What is troubling about the Burbine case in addition to the charges is that Burbine was not off the radar, the Lowell Democrat said. He was a registered sex offender but actions were not taken to better protect the public.

“There’s got to be a way,” Donoghue said of getting legislation passed. A new law may not be passed this session, but Donoghue said she hopes legislation can be enacted in January when the Legislature reconvenes.

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12/11/2012 – Boston Herald – Teacher’s aide gets only one year jail time in child sex abuse case.

A Boston Public Schools teacher’s aide will spend at least the next year behind bars after pleading guilty today to charges he molested two special needs students.

LaShawn Hill, 34, of Dorchester, pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, lewd and lascivious behavior and unnatural lascivious acts with a child.

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12/11/2012 – MyFoxBoston- Salisbury man accused of possession of child porn and performing fake medical examinations.

NEWBURYPORT ((FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) — A Salisbury man has been charged with pretending to be a medical professional so he could recruit young women for invasive medical exams that he secretly videotaped, FOX 25 has confirmed.

Prosecutors also allege David E. Anderson, who has a home in Newtown, Conn., secretly videotaped nude adolescent female relatives.

Police say Anderson, 44, recruited women through Craigslist and offered money to be examined by medical students for research. Instead, Anderson conducted what he called preliminary examinations.

Authorities say Anderson may have fooled at least 20 women over several years and is being investigated in other states, including Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Washington, for similar crimes alleged to have taken place.

Anderson was held on $500,000 bail at his arraignment Monday on charges of unlawfully recording a nude or partially nude person and possession of child pornography. His court-appointed attorney said bail was excessive and his client is not a flight risk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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12/11/2012 – Enterprise.com – Grand jury indicts Brockton man on child rape charges.

A city man faces rape of a child charges.

Robert L. Credle, 51, of 11 Irvington St., was indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury on Friday on charges of aggravated rape of a child, rape of a child with force and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

He had been facing similar charges in district court. The incidents in question occurred on Sept. 29-30 of this year, according to court documents. The girl is someone he knew.

Credle will be  in court for an arraignment at a later date.

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12/10/12 -Wicked Local Burlington – After Burbine case, DeLeo examining sex offender laws.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday, Dec.10, he is reviewing the state’s sex offender laws, and is considering stalled legislation supported by Attorney General Martha Coakley that would make the identities of the lowest level sex offenders public.

In the aftermath of allegations against a Wakefield man accused of raping and sexually abusing more than a dozen children in his wife’s day care business, DeLeo said he has not made a definitive decision about whether information on Level 1 sex offenders should be available to the public.

Before he proposes legislation, he is looking at what types of offenses are classified under each level, he said. There are three levels of sex offenders under state law.

John Burbine, charged last week with raping and sexually abusing children cared for by his wife at her unlicensed day care, was classified as a Level 1 sex offender before committee his alleged crimes. Information about Level 1 offenders is not currently available to the public.

Burbine’s alleged crimes are “so repulsive to me, we’ve got to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” DeLeo told reporters.

DeLeo said he wants lawmakers to look at the issue, which has failed to gain traction during this two-year session, as soon as the new session begins in January.

“We can hopefully in a quick fashion take up how this happened, and what laws have to be changed to make sure it doesn’t happen again, if a change in legislation would do anything,” DeLeo said. “I’m told, according to what I’ve reported from the governor, no matter what law was passed, it would not have stopped this.”

DeLeo said he is troubled by the fact that Burbine was classified as a Level 1 sex offender because he was convicted in 1989 of assault on a child under the age of 14 years old. “This gentleman, if he was considered Level 1, should not have been considered level one,” DeLeo said.

“My first question is how could this happen? How could this gentleman, who was convicted of that type of crime, be considered a Level 1 offender?” he said. “Is this a question of he was not placed in the proper classification, or do we have to strengthen our laws to make sure these types of folks are not out there again.

“Whatever it is going to take, we are going to do it,” DeLeo added.

Burbine, 49, allegedly videotaped himself as he raped and sexually abused 13 small children — some as young as 8 days old, according to Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone’s Jr. office. He was indicted on 100 counts last Thursday. He is now being held in a Billerica jail under close observation. Leone described the case as “among the worst cases of child abuse ever prosecuted” by the county office.

Gov. Deval Patrick proposed a bill this legislative session that would have made more information public about convicted sex offenders.

Under Patrick’s bill, information about Level 1 offenders would have been made public to anyone who called the local police, similar to how Level II information is handled.

The bill (H 3471), which would have aligned state law with the requirements of the federal Sex Offender Registration and

Notification Act, never gained any momentum in the Legislature. It was sent to a study in the Judiciary Committee, usually a dead end.

“As it was put into study it never really got to my level in terms of consideration,” he said.

DeLeo said he is checking on why the bill never moved, adding he assumes there were some committee members who had concerns about it.

Attorney General Martha Coakley on Monday released a statement regarding sex offender disclosure.

“Families should have the tools at their disposal to make informed decisions about how to best protect their children, including access to appropriate information about Level 1 sex offenders,” Coakley said. “The Governor’s bill would make many common-sense updates to our sex offender laws and I continue to support its passage.

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12/10/2012 – Wellesley Patch- Boston Man Arraigned on Child Rape Charges .

54-year-old man who police sought on Friday night was arrested, and arraigned in Dedham Court earlier today.

Friday, Wellesley police were looking for a 54-year-old man they wanted to question about the rape of a child. Monday, he was arraigned.

After Mariano Pereyra of Boston became aware that he was being sought by police, who obtained a warrant for his arrest on Friday, he agreed to turn himself in with the assistance of counsel, according to a press release (below).

He was arraigned in court, with bail set at $7,500, and charged on on multiple counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, rape of a child and aggravated rape. These charges all involve the same victim, who police say was known to Pereyra.

Wellesley Police Department issued the following press release:

On Monday, December 12, 2012 Mariano Pereyra of Boston, a 54 year old male party wanted by the Wellesley Police Department, on multiple counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, rape of a child and aggravated rape was arraigned in Dedham District Court.

Investigators from the Wellesley Police Department obtained a warrant for Pereyra’s arrest on Friday, December 7, 2012. Pereyra became aware that the police were attempting to locate him and that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Pereyra agreed to turn himself in on Monday December 12, 2012 with the assistance of counsel.

All of the crimes involved the same victim who was known to Pereyra. Subsequent to Pereyra’s arraignment in Dedham District Court bail was set at $7,500.00.

There are no further details available for release at this time due to the sensitive nature of this case involving a child.

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12/10/2012 – KWQC – Mass. man arrested as part of international child porn ring pleads not guilty.

BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts man charged in an international child porn investigation has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Geoffrey Portway of Worcester was arrested after state and federal agents allegedly found child pornography and photos of children who appeared to be dead on his computer. Authorities said he chatted online with two men who talked about their desire to abduct, kill and eat children.

Portway is among 60 people who have been arrested worldwide in the investigation. More than 150 children in seven countries have been identified as victims.

The investigation began with the arrest of Robert Diduca, also from Massachusetts. He has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

A federal judge Monday also scheduled a Jan. 7 court update on Portway’s case.

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12/10/12 – Boston Herald – Legal gaffe endangering kids. Tougher sex offender law needed now.

You find out how the sex offender registry works in this state. You realize any Wakefield parents who felt suspicious of John Burbine, now accused in one of the worst cases of child sex abuse in memory, had almost no chance of discovering who he is.

You know how it goes. You feel uneasy about the day care or preschool teacher or maybe even the father of your child’s play date.

You ask around. You do your due diligence. You check the Internet, which lists Level 3 sex offenders. Nothing. You visit your local police station and check the list of sex offenders. Nothing again. You think — because you’ve read this so often — that worst-case scenario, the guy’s a Level 1 offender. Bad, but not that bad, the type who got caught drunk and urinating in public or having sex with an underage girlfriend.

Level 1’s certainly aren’t like John Burbine. Well, now we find out differently. Some of them are.

How many? Who knows?

Had Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone done what he should have — notify the registry about two new abuse allegations against Burbine in 2005 and 2009 — Burbine could have been bumped up to a Level 2 offender. Then he’d be listed at the Wakefield police station. But did you know? Level 2 offenders are listed only at their local station. So if Burbine lived in Woburn, he wouldn’t be listed in Wakefield. A concerned Wakefield mother must visit every police station in the state — and even that’s not foolproof. He might come from New Hampshire.

How crazy is that?

Last year Gov. Deval Patrick filed a version of a bill to change much of this, and it has languished. Yesterday, Patrick said he now favors making information about Level 1 offenders public.

But it’s painfully clear that Massachusetts rarely takes sex crimes seriously. Burbine’s wife, who let him care for these children, was released on a mere $1,000 bail.

Just days before all this we learned, again, that violent, Level 3 sex offenders are freed even after being accused of more violent crime. Such an offender, convicted rapist Anthony Williams, was freed in September after charges that he choked a woman. That was shortly after he was charged with failing to register as a sex offender. Then right after Thanksgiving, unsurprisingly, he was arrested for allegedly putting a knife to the throat of a young Beacon Hill woman, then raping and robbing her.

“You have to ask who we’re protecting around here,” said victims advocate Laurie Myers yesterday. “The sex offenders, that’s who.”

John Burbine – Dec. 11, 2012.

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12/10/12 -NECN- Are sex offenders unfixable?

(NECN) –  A child sexual abuse case announced last week could impact the laws governing how sexual offenders are managed in Massachusetts.

John Burbine, 49, of Wakefield, Mass., was indicted for the rape of 13 children, ages eight days to 3 1/2 years old.

Burbine had a previous record as a sexual offender.

Gov. Deval Patrick raised a question about whether laws need to be changed.

Monday’s “Broadside” guest, Dr. Laurie Guidry, is an expert on the treatment and management of sexual offenders. She is a clinical and forensic psychologist working with perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse and violence, and she joined Monday’s show to discuss the reasons why Burbine was classified as a Level I offender.

“In the world that I live in, where I do clinical work and I do assessments … and try to look at the risks among sex offenders, we look at different factors than those that are used in the sex offender registry,” she said.

Watch the video for Guidry’s thoughts on whether sex offenders are “unfixable.”

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12/10/2012 – Fox 12 – BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts man charged in an international child porn investigation has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Geoffrey Portway of Worcester was arrested after state and federal agents allegedly found child pornography and photos of children who appeared to be dead on his computer. Authorities said he chatted online with two men who talked about their desire to abduct, kill and eat children.

Portway is among 60 people who have been arrested worldwide in the investigation. More than 150 children in seven countries have been identified as victims.

The investigation began with the arrest of Robert Diduca, also from Massachusetts. He has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

A federal judge Monday also scheduled a Jan. 7 court update on Portway’s case.

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12/10/2012 – The Boston Channel – Accused pedophile John Burbine had been ordered to stay away from children. Mother of 1980s victims of Burbine is ‘horrified’.

BOSTON — A woman who said her sons were the sexual-abuse victims of accused pedophile John Burbine over 20 years ago, said she is horrified that Burbine was allowed to be in contact with young children as recently as this year.

“I saw his face on the screen. The memories just came flooding back to me of what happened many years ago,” she said. NewsCenter 5 is not reporting her name, as it is our policy not to identify sexual abuse victims.

The woman told NewsCenter 5’s Kimberly Bookman that she and her husband hired Burbine in the late 1980s to care for their three sons, then between the ages of 2 and 6. Burbine told the couple he was a college student studying early childhood education, she said.

“I checked him out with the police, FBI, any avenues I could, just to be sure everything was OK,” she said.

But within months, she discovered her middle son was being sexually abused by Burbine, and after questioning her other sons, believed that they were being abused as well.

She went to prosecutors and Burbine was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

According to documents from Woburn District Court in 1989, Burbine entered an Alford Plea, in which he admitted that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to find him guilty. He was given a six-month sentence and classified as a Level 1 sex offender. As a condition of the sentence, Burbine agreed to have “no contact with a child or children any time unless in the presence of a guardian.”

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12/10/2012 – Wicked Local Medford –  Medford victims found in Wakefield child abuse case.

Medford – A 49-year-old Wakefield man has been indicted in the rape of 13 children, ranging from 8 days old to 3 1/2 years old, after gaining access to the children through his wife’s child care service business.

John Burbine, of Wakefield, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of aggravated forcible rape of child (40 counts), aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child (17 counts), posing a child in a state of nudity (12 counts), posing a child in sexual conduct (11 counts), possession of child pornography (13 counts), dissemination of material harmful to a minor (two counts) and operating an unlicensed child care program.

“In my 14 years in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office, I have never seen a case this bad,” said Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone during a Dec. 6 press conference at his offices. “Due to the ages, we are clearly and literally speaking for victims without a voice.”

The victims are from Stoneham, Medford, Newton, Reading, Melrose, Woburn and Waltham and the assaults allegedly took place in the victims’ communities.

Burbine allegedly possessed images and video of the 13 victims on his home computer posed in the nude and engaged in sexual acts. The defendant allegedly videotaped the assaults.

“The basis of the indictments are chilling and troubling,” Leone said, noting his staff poured over hours of video and images allegedly depicting the assaults to build the case.

Leone said they were able to identify all the victims in the video footage.

According to authorities, Burbine allegedly raped and sexually assaulted boys and girls in his care, many of whom were abused multiple times over several months and years through his wife’s business, named Waterfall Education Center. The business was based out of 7 Lincoln St.

The time period of the assaults is currently between August 2010 and August 2012.

The alleged assaults took place in the victims’ homes and communities. Burbine and his wife, Marian Burbine, 46, advertised childcare and tutoring services on various websites, including parenting websites. It offered short- and long-term childcare, overnight newborn care and summer camp alternative care.

Marian Burbine was also indicted on charges of reckless endangerment of a child and operating an unlicensed daycare. She was released on $1,000 bail under strict conditions.

Portions of the Waterfall Education Center’s business were not licensed. Also, she allegedly knew her husband was a convicted sex offender based on a 1989 case that categorized him as a Level 1 offender.

Additionally, the state Department of Children and Families investigated alleged abuse complaints against John Burbine in 2005 and 2009. However, at the time, Leone said his office was unable to prosecute based on the complaints.

John Burbine was arrested on Sept. 28 by State Police in Reading. Leone said an investigation into the unlicensed childcare at his wife’s business uncovered the evidence of a sexual assault.

Leone asked if anyone had additional information to call the Middlesex District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit at 781-897-8400.

“We can’t know whether or not there are [further] victims,” he said.

An arraignment date has yet to be set.

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12/10/2012 – The Boston Globe – 3 defendants in UMass rape case in court.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Three of the four teenagers accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room in October are facing arraignment.

Justin King and Emmanuel Bile, both 18 and from Pittsfield, and 17-year-old Caleb Womack of Windsor Locks, Conn., are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Hampshire Superior Court on aggravated rape charges.

A fourth suspect, 18-year-old Adam Liccardi of Pittsfield, will be arraigned at a later date.

None of the defendants is a UMass student.

Authorities say the woman knew the teens, but asked that they not visit. They were signed into the dorm by another student.

The suspects’ lawyers have said the sex was consensual. They have pleaded not guilty.

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12/10/2012 – Boston Herald – Robert A. DeLeo to review bill to publicize sex offenders.

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo says he will re-evaluate a stalled Beacon Hill bill that would make the names of even low-level sex offenders public, signing the Bay State on to a national online sex-offender database, after horrifying child sex abuse charges against a Wakefield man last week.

“In the coming days, Speaker DeLeo will meet with law enforcement from the affected communities and give serious consideration to the bill in question as well as other options to address these types of sickening crimes,” DeLeo spokesman Seth Gitell told the Herald.

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12/10/2012 – ABC-40- Mass. Speaker to Re-evaluate Sex Offender Bill.

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo will re-evaluate a bill that would make the names of low-level sex offenders public.

The decision comes days after prosecutors brought charges against a man who allegedly molested more than a dozen children at his wife’s child care business.

John Burbine of Wakefield is a Level 1 sex offender, considered the least likely to re-offend.

A bill filed by Gov. Deval Patrick last year would sign Massachusetts on to the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The bill languished in the Legislature last year.

The proposed law would allow the public to access information about Level 1 sex offenders.

A spokesman for the Winthrop Democrat tells the Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/SL0bv4 ) that DeLeo will meet with law enforcement and give serious consideration to the bill.

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12/10/2012 – Boston Herald –  Harsher penalties.

I don’t know whether I want to scream or cry reading the sickening story of John Burbine, who is accused of sexually abusing children he cared for, including one who was only 8 days old (Dec. 7). This man, a Level 1 sex offender, got off too easy back in 1989, when he was reportedly convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child. He also had prior such accusations back in 2005 and again in 2009 involving young children.

Massachusetts needs tougher laws against sex offenders. We need to keep these dangerous offenders behind bars so they will not keep re-offending and creating more victims. Not only the children suffer but also the parents. The fact is we have weak laws in our state.

— Renee Scalfani, East Boston

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12/09/2012 – Boston Herald- Victims advocate begs: ‘Just put them all online’.

Lawmakers and child-abuse victims advocates are renewing a push for the Bay State to sign on to the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which would create an online national sex-offender database and mandate classification by severity of the crime, in the wake of the horrific case of a Wakfield Level 1 sex offender indicted last week for allegedly assaulting 13 babies and toddlers.

“They should just put them all online,” said Laurie Myers, a longtime victims advocate. “I don’t understand why they want to keep this information secret. How many more kids have to be harmed before we get it right?”

Information for Level 1 sex offenders such as John Burbine, who faces nearly 100 sexual abuse charges, is currently not available to the public. Level 2 sex offenders are only available at police stations town-by-town, while Level 3 sex offender lists are online.

Beacon Hill bosses, citing privacy rights for sex crime convicts, have dragged their feet for more than a year on a proposal by Gov. Deval Patrick to change that.

Patrick’s bill would put Level 2 and Level 3 offenders online in the national database and make Level 1 sex offenders available at local police stations.

Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty, co-chairman the Joint Judiciary Committee, called the bill “unconstitutional” earlier this year. The Chelsea Democrat did not return calls for comment.

The governor’s bill doesn’t go as far as the Walsh Act in one respect: It would keep the state’s old system of classifying sex offenders based on likelihood to re-offend — instead of the national standard based on the severity of the crime.

Burbine was classified as Level 1 despite three convictions for indecent assault and battery of a child in 1989.

Patrick’s staff said the governor would be open to working with legislators.

“I’m not an attorney, but there doesn’t seem any common sense reason why this wasn’t passed,” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones. “This isn’t a right-wing governor filing this, and even members of his own party have stymied an incremental step in the right direction.”

States that don’t comply with the Walsh Act lose 10 percent of federal crime-fighting grants — about $327,000 annually in Massachusetts.

“It’s really disgraceful,” Jones said. “Hopefully this will serve as the impetus for the Legislature to get off its collective posterior and do something.”

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12/08/2012 – The Boston Herald- Gov. Deval Patrick says sex offender info should be public.

Gov. Deval Patrick says he continues to support making the identities of lower-level sex offenders available to the public following charges against a Wakefield man accused of sexually abusing 13 infants and toddlers.

John Burbine of Wakefield was classified as a Level 1 sex offender after being convicted in 1989 of indecent assault and battery on a child. Level 1 offenders are considered the least likely to re-offend. Prosecutors said Thursday that Burbine abused more than a dozen children through a child care service operated by his wife from 2010 to 2012.

Legislation Patrick filed last year would have made information on Level 1 offenders available to the public instead of just the police, but the bill never came up for a vote.

Patrick on Friday reiterated his support for making Level 1 identities public.

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12/08/2012 – The Boston Globe – Offender labeling secretive.

Why is John Burbine a Level 1 sex offender?

In Massachusetts, a sex offender’s classification has nothing to do with the severity of the crime.

A hearing officer at the Sex Offender Registry Board classifies a sex offender as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on the likelihood to re-offend. The board uses criteria such as age at the time of the crime and whether the offender has a home, according to state regulations.

But no one knows exactly how the process works because sex offender hearings are shrouded in sec- recy. None of the proceedings or records are public. Sex offenders also can petition to change their classification to a lower level — also a secretive process.

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12/08/2012 – MetroWest Daily News-  Police searching for suspect in Wellesley child rape.

Police are searching for a 54-year-old man for questioning in a child rape investigation in Wellesley.

Investigators from the Wellesley Police Department are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for Mariano Pereyra. Police believe the victim knew Pereyra and  was raped over a period of time, according to the police homepage.

 

Pereyra is described as being about 5’8”, 210 pounds with brown eyes and hair, police said.

Pereyra has ties to Boston, Watertown and Wellesley and is believed to be operating a red 1999 Toyota Carolla with a license plate of 866-RL3.

No further information was available Saturday, police said. Local police departments outside of Wellesley were heard on public safety radio communications looking for the suspect but could nto confirm any sightings when contact by the media.

Anyone with information on Pereyra’s whereabouts is asked to call Wellesley Police at 781-235-1212.

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12/08/2012 – Newburyport Daily News- Governor’s bill would have exposed Burbine.

BOSTON — After the arrest of John Burbine, who faces a 100-count indictment in connection with allegedly sexually assaulting at least 13 infants and toddlers, Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday reiterated his support for making Level 1 sex offender identities available to the public.

Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone described the case as “among the worst cases of child abuse ever prosecuted” by the county office. Authorities say Burbine raped and abused more than a dozen children in their own homes, which he accessed through a child care service operated by his wife. The alleged assaults occurred from August 2010 through August 2012.

Burbine, 49, of Wakefield, was convicted in 1989 of indecent assault and battery on a child, and was classified as a Level 1 offender, the lowest sex offender status. The identities of Level 1 offenders are available only to police.

Patrick in May 2011 filed legislation that would have made Level 1 sex offender information available to members of the public who called the local police, similar to how Level II information is handled.

“We have made that request in the past. I don’t see any reason to change that position,” Patrick said as he left a Cabinet meeting early Friday afternoon.

The bill (H 3471) would have aligned state law with the requirements of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The Committee on the Judiciary sent it to a study, usually a dead end.

There was widespread disagreement at the time between the administration and Attorney General Martha Coakley about what pieces of Patrick’s bill were necessary, whether all the provisions would be constitutional in Massachusetts and how the bill would be paid for given its estimated $15 million cost, according to an individual familiar with the process. The bill also required an extensive rewrite due to the various boilerplate definitions of crimes that didn’t always match state law, the person said.

A spokeswoman for Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty said the Chelsea Democrat had no immediate comment, but noted that the committee did recommend a bill filed by Rep. James Arciero that would have published Level II sex offender information online.

As far as changing other sex offender notification laws, Patrick said, “Any law that would help deal with a situation as horrific as this one would be helpful. I’m not sure there is a law to deal with this. I am very, very pleased that it was our own folks who responded to complaints and referred this over to prosecutors who have brought this to light but gosh, I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent and get this kind of information about what’s going on at this unlicensed facility.”

Authorities say Marian Burbine operated an unlicensed tutoring and child care service.

Asked whether he had a message for parents who might choose to send their child to an unlicensed care provider, Patrick said, “People make decisions for a whole host of reasons and they make their choices based on a whole host of reasons and we know for a fact that the availably for good safe child care facilities is not as great as the capacity demands, but all of that is secondary to dealing with the behavior up in Wakefield that is just beyond the pale.”

According to media reports published Friday, Burbine was investigated by state social workers in 2005 and in 2009 in connection with complaints from children who said he had inappropriately touched them. Fox 25 reported that social workers said they found complaints against Burbine to be credible but the cases were never prosecuted due to a lack of evidence.

“When allegations of abuse by Mr. Burbine were alleged in 2005 and 2009, the Department made the appropriate referrals to the District Attorney’s office for further investigation,” a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families told Fox 25. “For information on those investigations, please contact the District Attorney’s office.”

Asked if DCF had done anything wrong in handling Burbine’s case, Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby told reporters Friday, “No, they did what they were supposed to do.”

When they were allegedly abused, Burbine’s victims ranged in age from eight days to three-and-a-half years old. They are from Stoneham, Medford, Reading, Melrose, Woburn and Waltham. Burbine is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. in Middlesex Superior Court.

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12/08/2012 – Wicked Local Needham-  Needham Police: Police arrest child rape suspect.

Needham — On Nov. 29 police saw someone parked on Great Plain Avenue slumped over against the window, said reports. In the course of investigating the person, officers learned that the person had outstanding warrants from Lynn District Court for rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and attempts to commit a crime, according to reports. Police proceeded to arrest Elmer Marin, 42, of 32 West Neptune St. in Lynn, on the active warrants, said reports.

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12/07/2012 – The Boston Globe – After Wakefield arrests, parents weigh child care risks.

Christina Kirkwood, a ­Woburn mother of two, has ­every confidence in her child care provider.

The day care, run out of the home of a Woburn family, passes all her tests: The caretakers are licensed. They came with great references. One is an official with the local Fire Department.

Still, she says, hearing allegations about a Wakefield child care provider was painful.

“It rattles me,” she said. “It bothers me a lot that this would happen.”

After news spread about the arrest of the Wakefield child caretaker on charges of a disturbing series of sexual ­assaults, parents and child advo­cates said the case highlights the challenges of guarding against dangerous child care providers.

Child advocates said the ­alleged incidents should remind parents of the measures they can take to evaluate individuals claiming to be reliable baby-sitters and nannies, most crucially, checking to see if a child care provider is licensed by the state.

Still, some parents and child advocates said, it is hard to know whether they can ever completely trust someone with their child.

“It’s just so difficult to imagine that a young child could be exploited in that way, because we just tend to not want to think about it,” said Jetta ­Bernier, executive director for Massachusetts Citizens for ­Children, a statewide child ­advocacy organization.

The man arrested Thursday, John Burbine, 49, provided child care through a business owned by his wife, Marian ­Burbine. She did not have a license to provide child care services, and, if she had applied, Burbine’s status as a registered sex offender would have prevented his wife from approval, Bernier said.

Checking for licenses is a key step in ensuring that a child care provider is trustworthy, Bernier said. But parents may not take that step, relying ­instead on friends’ reviews.

“When other parents who you trust say, ‘Oh, yeah, we used her and everything went fine,’ that almost seems more valuable to a parent than calling a state agency,” she said.

Taking steps to authenticate credentials can help prevent ­instances such as the crimes of which Burbine has been ­accused. It is an option that many parents do not realize is available, she said.

“What this shows us is, in this day and age, it’s important that there be safeguards and oversight,” she said. “We need to be asking some clear questions about whether a program is licensed or evaluated.”

Kathleen Hart, spokes­woman at the state Department of Early Education and Care, recommended that parents use the agency’s online database of licensed child care providers and child care referral agencies to search for licensed businesses, using their ZIP code.

Additionally, parents concerned about a child care provider’s credentials can call the agency to learn about the provider’s full licensing history, she said.

The department licenses 7,718 at-home child care businesses in Massachusetts, she said.

And while checking state sex offender registries can be an imperfect method for targeting possibly dangerous caretakers, Bernier said, websites such as SitterCity.com perform background checks and sex offender registry searches before allowing individuals to advertise baby-­sitting services on the website. Sex offender registries list only those considered most likely to commit another sex crime, Level 3, and not those such as Burbine, a Level 1 ­offender.

Fear of dangerous child caretakers is why Kirkwood, 35, first turned to a day care center, rather than an operation run out of a home, for her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. She thought a larger atmosphere would be safer: Her children would be out in the open, with multiple adults overseeing their care.

“Originally, I didn’t want a home day care,” she said. “I was afraid there wasn’t going to be any oversight.”

But Kirkwood said she eventually grew unhappy with the quality of care they received and switched the children to an at-home day care she has come to trust.

She said she feels confident that if her children were confronted with inappropriate actions, she would be able to ­detect a change in their ­demeanor.

“I know that I’m observant of my children’s behavior,” she said. “I would hope that I would be in tune enough with my kids to know I need to pull them.”

Ferrying his 13-month-old daughter through the rain in a covered stroller after picking her up from a downtown day care center, Anthony Tracy of South Boston said he was disgusted by the news of the allegations made against the Wakefield baby-sitter.

But, he said, he felt confident nothing like that could happen at the large day care that tends to his child. Because the day care centers they use are large, with several staff members on duty at all times, he said he knows his child is never alone with just one adult.

“Security is an extremely ­important thing we looked for,” Tracy said.

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12/07/2012 – Boston Herald-  Wellesley police search for man in connection with child rape.

Wellesley police have called for help from authorities throughout the region in finding a 54-year-old man with ties to Boston, Watertown and Wellesley wanted for “questioning in an aggravated rape of a child investigation,” Wellesley Police Chief Terrence M. Cunningham said tonight.

“We have probable cause that an individual raped a child,” Cunningham said. “It’s not a stranger rape, it’s someone known to the family.”

The man being sought was identified as Mariano Pereyra, the police chief said. In a release asking for the public’s help in finding him as well, Wellesley officials said he is believed to be driving a red 1999 Toyota Corolla four-door sedan with Massachusetts registration 866-RL3. Pereyra is described as five-feet, eight-inches tall and 210 pounds with brown eyes and hair.

“Investigators from the Wellesley Police Department are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for Mariano Pereyra,” a statement said.

Police are not sure if the man knows he is being sought, Cunningham said, but Wellesley officials asked state police to broadcast his description and that of his car shortly before 6 p.m.

“He does not reside in Wellesley,” Cunningham said. “We don’t expect to find him in Wellesley. We figure he’ll be some place outside of Wellesley.”

The alleged sexual assault “occurred over a period of time recently,” the police chief said.

Police plan to arrest the man they are seeking when he is found, Cunningham said.

“We haven’t been able to locate him, but we are trying,” he said.

Cunningham asked anyone with information about Pereyra to contact his department at (781) 235-1212.

“There are no further details available for release at this time due to the sensitive nature of this case involving a child,” the police department said in a statement last night.

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12/07/2012 – Wellesley Patch-  Wellesley Police Issue BOLO for Man in Connection with Child Rape. 

A man driving a Red Toyota Corolla is believed connected to a child rape.

Police are on the lookout for a suspected rapist, who may be armed and dangerous.

According to reports on Twitter, police are on the lookout for a red 1999 Toyota Corrolla with the registration 866-RL3. According to those reports, a Hispanic man in the car is wanted for questioning about the aggravated rape of a child.

The man is known to the family, he is not a stranger. Police are not sure whether he is aware that he is being sought, according to the Boston Herald.

Contact the Wellesley Police Department if you have any information, at (781) 235-1212.

[Update 11:36 p.m.] The Wellesley Police Department has issued a press release regarding the case. Below is the full press release.

The Wellesley Police Department is attempting to locate a 54-year old male party, Mariano Pereyra for questioning in an aggravated rape of a child investigation. This is believed to have occurred over a period of time and the victim was known to Mariano Pereyra. Mr. Pereyra is pictured below and is described as being 5’8’, 210 pounds, with brown eyes and hair. Investigators from the Wellesley Police Department are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for Mariano Pereyra. He currently has ties to Boston, Watertown and Wellesley. He is believed to be operating Massachusetts Registration 866-RL3 – a 1999 Toyota Corolla, 4 door sedan, red in color. A photo of a similar vehicle of the same make and model is depicted below.

The Wellesley Police Department is requesting that if anyone has any information about Mariano Pereyra’s whereabouts to contact us immediately at 781-235-1212.

There are no further details available for release at this time due to the sensitive nature of this case involving a child.

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12/07/2012 -MyFoxBoston –  Protect Mass Children’s Eva Montibello Discusses the Wakefield Tragedy and sexual abuse of children as young as 8 days old.

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12/07/2012 – MyFoxBoston- Details of abuse emerge in babysitter sex abuse case.

More than 150 pages of indictments were released in what one district attorney called one of the “most troubling and disturbing cases of child abuse ever prosecuted in Middlesex County” Friday.

John Burbine, 49, has been indicted on more than 100 counts of charges related to sexual abuse of 13 children.

The indictments detail the brutal sexual acts prosecutors say Burbine committed on boys and girls ranging in ages from eight-days-old to three-and-a-half years old.

Burbine was also indicted on charges of videotaping the acts and storing the videos on his computer.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone said Burbine has been in custody since September on charges involving one victim that grew out of an abuse complaint from July.

 

“I have never seen a case this bad,” Leone said Thursday.

 

The prosecutor said the abuse occurred between August 2010 and August 2012. Leone said the children lived in the Boston suburbs of Stoneham, Medford, Newton, Reading, Melrose, Woburn and Waltham. He said there may be more victims that investigators haven’t identified.

The prosecutor said Burbine’s wife, Marian Burbine, operated Waterfall Education Center in Wakefield. The business advertised services including short- and long-term child care, group child care, overnight newborn care and summer camp alternative care.

Leone said investigators believe Marian Burbine didn’t know her husband was sexually abusing children, but she knew he was a convicted sex offender and that state officials believed child abuse allegations against him in 2005 and 2009 that never led to prosecution. Both spouses face charges of operating an unlicensed day care business.

Heather Johnson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Early Education and Care, said Thursday that the Burbines never applied for a day care license and never got one.

Leone said investigators began a probe after previous abuse complaints that didn’t lead to criminal charges. This summer, authorities got a cease and desist order for Waterfall Education Center because it wasn’t licensed. That led to search warrants for the Burbines’ business and home that Leone said led investigators to seize video evidence of the child abuse.

Among the offenses John Burbine faces are 40 counts of aggravated forcible rape of a child. His attorney, William Barabino, said Thursday that the defendant will plead not guilty at his Dec. 12. arraignment. A judge previously ordered the defendant held without bail.

Marian Burbine is free on $1,000 bail following her Oct. 1 arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court. She must wear a GPS monitoring device as a condition of her bail. An indictment against the 46-year-old includes six counts of reckless endangerment of a child. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a message Thursday seeking comment.

Leone said John Burbine is a Level 1 sex offender, following a 1989 conviction for indecent assault and battery.

Barabino said he hasn’t seen evidence prosecutors say they seized from Burbine’s computer, including videos.

“Everything they say exists was found on a computer,” Barabino said. “He’s been cooperative in the process with the district attorney to more than a reasonable degree, and we’ll wait for the evidence.”

Barabino said Burbine grew up in Wakefield, where his father was a police officer. He said John and Marian Burbine have been married for nearly 20 years. The couple does not have children. Burbine has a master’s degree in management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Barabino said.

The lawyer also said his client had worked at a sporting goods store in Reading and as an adjunct professor at North Shore Community College in Danvers teaching an introductory computer class.

College spokeswoman Linda Brantley said the school fired Burbine following his arrest.

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12/06/2012 – Wicked Local Newton- Newton kids among victims of Wakefield child rapist.

Wakefield – A 49-year-old Wakefield man has been indicted in the rape of 13 children including at least one from Newton, ranging from 8 days old to 3 1/2 years old, after gaining access to the children through his wife’s child care service business, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced today. Dec. 6.

John Burbine, of Wakefield, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of aggravated forcible rape of child (40 counts), aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child (17 counts), posing a child in a state of nudity (12 counts), posing a child in sexual conduct (11 counts), possession of child pornography (13 counts), dissemination of material harmful to a minor (two counts) and operating an unlicensed child care program.

“In my 14 years in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office, I have never seen a case this bad,” Leone said during a press conference at his offices. “Due to the ages, we are clearly and literally speaking for victims without a voice.”

The victims are from Stoneham, Medford, Newton, Reading, Melrose, Woburn and Waltham and the assaults allegedly took place in the victims’ communities. Burbine allegedly possessed images and video of the 13 victims on his home computer posed in the nude and engaged in sexual acts. The defendant allegedly videotaped the assaults.

“The basis of the indictments are chilling and troubling,” Leone said, noting his staff poured over hours of video and images allegedly depicting the assaults to build the case.  Leone said they were able to identify all the victims in the video footage.

According to authorities, Burbine allegedly raped and sexually assaulted boys and girls in his care, many of whom were abused multiple times over several months and years through his wife’s business, named Waterfall Education Center. The business was based out of 7 Lincoln St. The time period of the assaults is currently between August 2010 and August 2012.

The alleged assaults took place in the victims’ homes and communities. Burbine and his wife, Marian Burbine, 46, advertised childcare and tutoring services on various websites, including parenting websites. It offered short- and long-term childcare, overnight newborn care and summer camp alternative care.

Mariane Burbine was also indicted on charges of reckless endangerment of a child and operating an unlicensed daycare. She was released on $1,000 bail under strict conditions.

Portions of the Waterfall Education Center’s business were not licensed. Also, she allegedly knew her husband was a convicted sex offender based on a 1989 case that categorized him as a Level 1 offender.

John Burnine was arrested on Sept. 28 by State Police in Reading. Leone said an investigation into the unlicensed childcare at his wife’s business uncovered the evidence of a sexual assault.

Leone asked if anyone had additional information to call the Middlesex District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit at 781-897-8400.

“We can’t know whether or not there are [further] victims,” he said.

An arraignment date has yet to be set.

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12/06/2012 – The Patriot Ledger- Closing arguments Thursday in Quincy rape case.

DEDHAM- Closing arguments began Thursday at Norfolk Superior Court in a case against Quincy plumber Michael Brundige, who is charged with raping a 12-year-old girl during a 2002 sleep-over at the Brundige family’s home.

The trial of 58-year-old Brundidge started Monday, and Judge Susan Garsh is presiding.

He faces nine counts of rape of a child with force and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Since 2010, Brundige has been indicted in three other cases in Norfolk and Plymouth counties and in Montville, Conn.

His alleged victims were all neighbors’ children as young as 6. Except for the single 2002 incident, the assaults lasted anywhere from four to nine years, with some beginning 20 years ago, prosecutors said.

Last year at Brundige’s arraignment in Quincy, Norfolk County prosecutor Erin Murphy said six alleged victims have now contacted police and the district attorney’s office.

Brundige assaulted his daughter’s friend in the predawn hours in March 2002 as both girls lay asleep in separate beds in the daughter’s room, Murphy said.

The Brundige daughter’s friend came to the sleep-over from Hull. The girls became friends when Brundige’s family lived in Hull, before moving to Quincy.

That victim told prosecutors that Brundige put his hand over her mouth and nose, fondled her and then raped her. She said Brundige smelled of diesel fuel.

As Brundige left the room, she said he told her: “Don’t tell anyone or you’ll get in trouble.”

He also said: “This is what adults do when they love someone,” and told her: “I love you,” the prosecutor said.

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12/06/2012 –Barnstable Hyannis Patch- Hyannis Man Charged with Rape.

FERNANDES, BRUCE, 58, 473 Oakland Street, Hyannis; indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, rape of a child by force.

Pretrial hearing Dec. 28.

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12/06/2012 – MassLive.com – Grand jury indicts 4 teens accused in UMass rape.

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire County grand jury has indicted four teens on charges that they raped a University of Massachusetts student in her dormitory room.

Adam T. Liccardi, 18, Emmanuel T. Bile, 18, Justin A. King, 18, and Caleb M. Womack, 17, were each indicted on three counts of aggravated rape.

Liccardi was also indicted on an additional count of rape. Liccardi, Bile and King are from Pittsfield. Womack lives in Windsor Locks, Conn.

According to prosecutors, the four men, who are not UMass students, went to the alleged victim’s dormitory on Oct. 13 after the woman said she did not want them to visit. When the student returned from a hockey game, she and the defendants drank in her room. The woman told police that someone then shut the lights and the men took off her clothes and raped her.

Lawyers for the defendants have characterized the encounter as consensual sex. The four have pleaded innocent to similar charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court, where they were initially arraigned in October.

King and Bile are due to be arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday.

UMass has been reviewing its security procedures since the incident. Although an electronic pass is needed to enter the residence halls, someone apparently let the defendants in. Resident directors have met with students to reinforce the policy.

After campus security provided him an internal report, UMass Police Chief John Horvath requested the university hire an outside consultant. The consultant will be charged with looking at security in the 45 resident halls, assessing its strengths and weaknesses. In particular, it will study guest registration and review the layout of the buildings for possible security improvements.

Proposals are due Dec. 21. Horvath said he expects to select the consultant during the spring semester.

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12/5/2012 – Wicked Local Newton –  Sentencing delayed for former Newton teacher in child porn case.

NEWTON- The sentencing of a former Newton teacher who pleaded guilty in federal court to charges in connection with his involvement with an international online child pornography forum has been postponed until January, according to his attorney.

David Ettlinger’s sentencing date was pushed back from Nov. 29 to Jan. 8, according to his attorney Jennifer Culotta. The hearing in a Louisiana federal court was pushed back because of court scheduling conflicts, according to Culotta.

Ettlinger was arrested at his Brighton home in January and charged with possession of child pornography. He was teaching second grade at Underwood Elementary School at the time of his arrest.

He pleaded guilty in August.

Investigators had linked Ettlinger to “Dreamboard,” a global online forum that promoted pedophilia and sexual abuse of young children.

Authorities launched an investigation in 2009 that targeted 72 individuals and 500 other participants from around the world. After his  arrest, prosecutors said they found child pornography and a video of Ettlinger sexually assaulting a girl under 14.

Further investigation uncovered other videos of Ettlinger allegedly assaulting young girls, some of whom he was babysitting. None of the victims were his students, though prosecutors did discover he had taken inappropriate photos of students at school without them knowing.

Ettlinger faces a slew of charges in Massachusetts, and is scheduled for trials in Suffolk and Middlesex counties, respectively

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12/5/2012 – The Boston Globe – Middleborough man convicted of child rape.

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Middleborough man has been sentenced to up to 16 years in prison for raping three children.

Authorities say 61-year-old Thomas McNamara was also sentenced this week in Brockton Superior Court to 10 years of probation upon completion of his sentence.

Prosecutors say McNamara sexually abused the victims over a period of several years, beginning when they were 5, 7 and 9 years old. The victims, who are now adults, graphically described all manner of sexual acts that they say McNamara committed on them. The Enterprise (http://bit.ly/UepNOq ) reports that one victim said she had been abused so many times she lost count.

Some of the charges he pleaded guilty to date to the mid-1990s.

McNamara had been convicted late last month.

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12/04/2012 – The Boston Globe- Alleged abuse victims seek Foxborough response.

FOXBOROUGH — Four men who say that William E. ­Sheehan sexually abused them as children called Monday for the town of Foxborough to inves­tigate past management practices to see how the former teacher, swim coach, and Boy Scout leader allegedly was able to prey on boys for almost 20 years without detection. The town, as a corporation, was liable for employees who oversaw the schools and recreation areas where Sheehan, now 74, allegedly molested boys from 1963 to 1981, they said. “There has been a deafening silence from Town Hall,’’ the men said in a statement during a group interview Monday.

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12/4/2012 – WWLP.com – Chiropractor Bruce Fernandes charged with rape of 9 year-old girl.

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) – A Hyannis man has been ordered held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty to raping a 9-year-old girl.

Bruce Fernandes was arraigned Monday in Barnstable District Court on charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and rape of a child with force.

Prosecutors say the 58-year-old Fernandes allegedly assaulted the girl at a Yarmouth home last month where his girlfriend was caring for the child.

The Cape Cod Times reports that prosecutors allege while his girlfriend was helping the mother, who uses a wheelchair, Fernandes assaulted the child in another room.

The girl allegedly told her mother that Fernandes touched her on her chest and under her underwear.

Fernandes is an out-of-work chiropractor and his lawyer says he has deep ties to the region.

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12/3/2012 – Eagle Tribune- Methuen man sentenced to five years for child porn.

METHUEN – A Methuen man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for possessing child pornography.

Stephen Hooper, 64, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Judge O’Toole also ordered Hooper, who pleaded guilty to the charge, to pay $2,000 in restitution to victims portrayed in the pornography he possessed.

On April 29, 2011, local and federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Hooper’s home The agents seized, among other things, a computer hard drive that contained more than 3,000 media files containing child pornography, including more than 900 videos.

The files contained graphic depictions of sexual abuse, including S&M imagery and others that were particularly violent. Hooper admitted to agents that he had downloaded thousands of videos and photographs of child pornography.

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12/3/2012 – The Boston Globe- Parents on alert as child sexual abuse cases grow.

Pollyanna Santos doesn’t let her 6-year-old son play at a friend’s house unless she knows all of the adults who live in the home — and those who might be visiting. “You don’t know what can happen in the next room,” said Santos, a waitress from East Boston.

In Braintree, Debbie Currie feels anxious when she leaves her 7-year-old daughter at gymnastics class. “There are 20 other kids in there, and we live in a nice town, but you just never know,” said Currie, a customer service supervisor for Comcast.

Bernice Ferrara, a retired MBTA bus driver from Brockton, will not let her 15-month-old granddaughter sit on Santa’s lap because she doesn’t know the man behind the beard. “I don’t want to feel that way,” she said. “But I do.”

After years of revelations about sexual predators lurking in some of our most high-profile institutions, including recent accusations against Elmo’s puppeteer, it has come to this: Parents and caregivers say they’re living in a state of high alert, suspicious of even the most innocuous-seeming encounters, worried even in their own homes, where the Internet has the power to deliver predators to their children’s bedrooms.

In 2012, forget what Santa thinks about whether we’ve been bad or good. We’re watching him.

“There is no escaping it,” said Stuart Goldman, a psychiatrist at Boston Children’s Hospital. Among the parents of his patients, he has observed a growing awareness of child sexual abuse, and with it, caution. “Do you feel comfortable having your son camp out in the woods with the Boy Scout leader?” he asked.

The growing unease about sex abuse is reflected in two surveys taken four years apart by MassKids , a nonprofit child advocacy organization. In 2003, fewer than half of Massachusetts residents said they would be willing to participate in training to learn about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it. By 2007, two-thirds of residents said they would be willing.

Parental anxiety seems to be on the rise even as the rate of child sexual abuse is falling, according to a large-scale analysis by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

Data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System showed that the rate of substantiated child sexual abuse dropped 62 percent between 1992 and 2010, from 150,000 cases to 63,000 cases, said the center’s director, David Finkelhor.

The trend was confirmed by data from six other sources, including governmental agencies, the FBI, and reports by victims, he added.

A combination of factors has led to the decline, said Finkelhor, a UNH sociology professor, including: more aggressive law enforcement; prevention education; public awareness; and cultural changes such as the empowerment of women.

But even so, the list of organizations that have housed molesters keeps growing.

While the Catholic Church has been at the center of sexual abuse scandals for years, the Penn State football program and the Boy Scouts of America have now been implicated.

In early October, Penn State’s former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in a child sexual abuse case, and later that month, files were released showing allegations of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America.

Last month, the Tennis Hall of Fame suspended disgraced star Bob Hewitt following allegations he sexually abused underage girls he coached from the 1970s to the early 1990s, and Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer behind the “Sesame Street” character Elmo, resigned after allegations that he had sexual relations with underage boys.

And those are just the nationally known cases. The media regularly carry a steady stream of local stories as well.

Just weeks ago, Massachusetts Maple Leafs hockey coach Anthony DeSilva of Acushnet was arrested on charges he allegedly attempted to seduce two Florida boys online.

In August, Rockport guidance counselor Howard J. Kasper was placed on leave after being accused of inappropriately touching two students years earlier at a school in Beverly.

The media accounts have led to a generalized mistrust among parents that can be seen in the smallest of actions: a father deciding not to run a 10-minute errand and leave his child alone with the piano teacher; a mother watching out the window as a (too friendly?) neighbor plays catch with the kids.

The growing suspicion that predators are among us can be seen in places like Athol, where a 10-year-old “Enough Abuse” training program is gaining a larger audience.

“In the kick-off years we were doing a lot of outreach,” said Rebecca Bialecki, executive director of the nonprofit North Quabbin Community Coalition. “Then we went through a period where there was a lull.” But within the past few years, “groups are reaching out to us,” Bialecki said.

The training aims to help parents, caregivers, and people who work with children recognize warning signs and keep kids safe, and the message is simple, Bialecki said. “Sexual offenders can look like anyone around you, and they can be in your family, your neighborhood, your friends, and in positions of trust in a community.”

Indeed, 80 percent to 90 percent of abusers are people known to the children, said UNH’s Finkelhor.

Despite the dropping rate of substantiated sexual abuse cases, widespread media coverage and high-profile offenders make for a nervous public, he said. “There’s been a steady parade of sex crimes against children in the news over the last 20 years.”

“Some of the anxiety is positive,” he added, “in that people are taking precautions and thinking about who their kids are with and making sure they’ve talked to their kids, but some of it is probably an overreaction, too.”

Jetta Bernier, executive director of MassKids, says her organization’s surveys show that parents have become more anxious over the years. “In some ways that’s a good thing — there’s greater recognition that this is not just some rare occurrence.”

Parents aren’t the only ones becoming more educated, Bernier added. Child-safety advocates are, too.

When the Massachusetts Medical Society asked her to revise a brochure on child sexual abuse that she had written for the group in 2006, Bernier realized she needed to completely re-do it.

“We have learned so much since then,” she said, explaining that in-depth interviews with sexual abusers have provided valuable insight.

Bernier gave an example: “Sometimes [the predator] will start with ‘accidental’ touching to see if the kid is a good target. They’ll sit on the couch really close to the kid and see if he wiggles away. They might even do it in front of another adult. If the kid doesn’t move, that says it’s OK.”

But even as education increases, and abuse rates drop, many parents say the only time they feel truly safe is when their kids are in view.

“Their lives can be destroyed so quickly,” said Christine Nolan, a Somerville mother of three who supervises as many of their activities as possible. “If I can prevent that, I’m going to. They’re all I have.”

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12/1/2012 – Salem News –  Peabody Police Officer accused of sex abuse -Prosecutors: Peabody officer molested stepdaughter.

PEABODY — A Peabody police officer repeatedly molested and showed pornography to his stepdaughter over a four-year period starting when the girl was just 11, prosecutors are alleging.

Frederick Wojick’s lawyer, meanwhile, contends that the “salacious, sensationalized allegations” by the girl, now a teenager, are retaliation because he disapproved of her boyfriend.

Wojick, an 11-year member of the Peabody force, pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and a charge of disseminating obscene material to a minor during his arraignment yesterday in Peabody District Court.

While prosecutors had sought $10,000 cash bail, noting Wojick’s ties out of state, Judge Matthew Nestor released Wojick on his own recognizance, without requiring him to post bail.

Wojick has been placed on suspension as a result of his arrest, which took place Thursday evening, according to Peabody Police Chief Robert Champagne.

The allegations came to light in mid-November, said prosecutor Kate MacDougall, after Wojick contacted a colleague on the force and told him that “his family life was in disrepair.”

Wojick complained to the fellow officer that “he should have been more of a father than a friend” to the girl, now 17, MacDougall said.

When the officer questioned whether there were any accusations of inappropriate behavior, he allegedly told him that he’d “joked around” with the girl and sometimes slapped her backside, but denied anything more serious.

But his colleague, following the department’s protocol, reported the conversation to his superiors, who began an investigation, said MacDougall, who is head of the Essex family and sexual crimes unit.

The girl initially denied that Wojick had done anything more than make inappropriate comments about her appearance, but three days later, in a subsequent interview, disclosed that starting shortly after her mother married Wojick, he told her she was his “favorite.”

MacDougall said the girl told investigators that when she was 11 or 12, Wojick had her sit on his lap at a computer and showed her pornography, telling her that she could learn how to perform various sexual acts from watching.

She also said Wojick would offer to tuck her in when she began having trouble sleeping, then take the opportunity to climb on top of her in bed.

Wojick also touched her inappropriately, said MacDougall.

The officer made numerous inappropriate comments about the girl’s body, including remarking on her flexibility, the prosecutor said. Later, he would ask prying questions about her friends, wanting to know the details of their relationships, said the prosecutor.

MacDougall told the judge that while the defense may be suggesting that the girl lacks credibility because she did not disclose the incidents when first questioned, she told investigators that she was reluctant only because she did not want to make her mother unhappy or cause the end of her marriage.

MacDougall told the judge that Wojick is now on medication due to “anger issues.”

After the allegations first came to light, Wojick checked himself into Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. He then moved in with a friend in Danvers, where he was staying when he was arrested.

But defense lawyer Thomas Drechsler argued that his decision to seek mental health treatment isn’t an indication of guilt, only his attempt to deal with a stressful situation.

“What could be more stressful than being falsely accused of such behavior?” Drechsler asked the judge.

Drechsler said his client is the victim of a vendetta by the girl because he had expressed his disapproval of the young man she is dating.

“It was only after he told her mother (about the boyfriend) that she makes the allegations,” said Drechsler.

“There are some serious issues of fact in this case,” said the lawyer. He also told the judge that Wojick had been cooperative, willingly going to the state police barracks for questioning, without an attorney.

He urged Nestor to release Wojick without bail, saying his ties to the community and his eagerness to defend himself against the charges show that he’s not a flight risk.

The judge agreed, but granted a request by the prosecutor to bar Wojick from contact with his wife or her daughter while the case is pending, noting that Wojick had been texting his wife while in custody Thursday night. Nestor also denied a request from Drechsler to allow Wojick to visit his parents in Florida.

The judge also warned Wojick and his family members to avoid posting on Facebook about the allegations, after police found disparaging comments about the girl on the social networking site.

Before joining the Peabody department in 2001, Wojick spent five years as an Essex officer and had worked as a campus officer at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he implemented bicycle patrols on the campus, according to a Gloucester Daily Times story on his hiring in Essex in 1996.

Wojick was sworn in as a full-time officer in Peabody in 2001.

He has also been a Pop Warner football coach in Peabody, said his lawyer.

In 2003, he opened a business on the side, the Empire Gym, on Foster Street; that gym is now closed.

Wojick is due back in court Jan. 10.

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11/30/2012 – 90.9 WBUR- One Woman’s Tale Of Surviving Sex Trafficking.

Asia Graves, a victim of underage sex exploitation who was trafficked from Boston up and down the east coast, chose to speak out as well.  In 2010, she testified against her pimps, landing six men in jail. She now works as a case manager for FAIR Girls, which works against the exploitation of women.

Since 2010, Massachusetts has made strides to deal with human trafficking. In 2011, the state passed its first human trafficking bill, which went into effect in in February. In August, the Polaris Project, which rates all states on their laws combating human trafficking, named the Bay State the “Most Improved in 2012.”

When it comes to sex trafficking and exploitation, Suffolk County has been leading the state in its efforts to provide services for victims since 2005. One organization, My Life My Choice, focuses on adolescent girls vulnerable to exploitation. The co-founder and director, Lisa Goldblatt-Grace, joins us today to talk about what’s being done across Eastern Massachusetts to address the growing problem of underage sex trafficking.

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11/30/2012 – Mail Online –  Woman, 27, ‘had sex with friend’s son, 13, while she was taking care of him’.

A 27-year-old woman has been accused of having sex with her friend’s 13-year-old son while he was staying with her when his family was out of the country.

Amanda Wilson, from Belchertown, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated rape of a child in court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said some of the sexual encounters took place at his home while his mother was at work or visiting relatives.

Other alleged encounters happened in June while the rest of the family were away.

Wilson has been barred from any contact with the boy, and any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16, according to the Boston Herald.

She was initially ordered to be tracked by GPS but her lawyer argued she is not a flight risk and the condition was dropped, according to the Republican.

‘If she wanted to run, she could have by this point,’ he said.

The teen told police Wilson had showed him and another boy pornography on her laptop and that she threatened to kill herself if anyone found out about the sex.

According to court documents, the 27-year-old confessed to the rapes citing ‘daddy issues’ despite pleading not guilty on Wednesday.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 3, 2013.

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11/30/2012 – Lowell Sun – Lowell High counselor faces morals charges. Court: Suspect exposed himself to kids on bus.

LOWELL — John Silva, a Lowell High School guidance counselor accused of exposing himself to children on a school bus, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Lowell District Court.

Silva, a 54-year-old Westford resident who has been employed at the school since February 1997, was released on personal recognizance and ordered to return to court on Feb. 1 for a pretrial conference hearing. He was charged with two counts of open and gross lewdness.

Silva was arrested at the Lowell Police Station late Wednesday afternoon. According to court documents, Lowell police said small children on a school bus had observed an older male with gray hair driving a light blue jeep or a black truck with a rejection sticker who exposed and touched himself as he tried to gain the attention of the children. This occurred several times, starting in September until Wednesday, court records state.

Witnesses photographed the suspect engaged in this behavior and recorded the vehicle’s license-plate number, records state. Police tracked the car to Silva, of 108 Providence Road, Westford. Police learned that Silva worked as a Lowell High School guidance counselor.

Police said Silva was reluctant to speak at first, noting he was a retired Hampton Beach, N.H., police officer who worked there during summer months. Silva later he said he had a medical condition that would normally preclude him from committing the act of which he was accused. However, according to court documents he admitted to what happened, adding: “I don’t intend for people to see me.”

When told that children on a school bus said they had seen him, Silva replied, “That’s possible, but I never intended for them to see me.”

 

Silva, who earns $80,200 a year, was placed on paid administrative leave late Thursday morning pending the outcome of the case, said Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jay Lang.

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11/29/2012 – Barnstable-Hyannis Patch – Child Rape Case Moves to Superior Court.

GRUNDMAN, MICHAL C., 20, 51 Wing Boulevard, East Sandwich; statutory rape of a child (sixteen counts), disseminating obscene matter to a minor, lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct (two counts). Indicted and arraigned in superior court.

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11/29/2012 – The Republic- Trial date set for former music teacher accused of raping 12-year-old student.

WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A former Leicester Middle School teacher charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old student on school grounds is scheduled to go to trial in April.

A judge on Wednesday scheduled an April 22 trial date for 47-year-old David Gilman

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/V7WjCX ) reports that the Brookfield resident is charged with child rape aggravated by age difference and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child.

Prosecutors say the alleged assaults occurred between Oct. 30, 2009, and Dec. 14, 2009, at the school where he had taught band, chorus and drama to students in the sixth- through eighth-grades.

He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $7,500 cash bail.

He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

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11/29/2012 – The Republic- Belchertown woman pleads not guilty to raping 13-year-old boy.

NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — A Belchertown woman has pleaded not guilty to having sex with her friend’s 13-year-old son.

Amanda Wilson was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Wednesday to four counts of aggravated rape of a child.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Wilson had sex with the boy at his Amherst home on several occasions while his mother was at work or visiting relatives.

Some of the alleged sexual encounters took place in June, when the rest of the boy’s family was out of the country and he was staying with Wilson.

Wilson was also barred from any contact with the boy, and any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16.

Wilson’s lawyer says she is not as flight risk and has no criminal record.

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11/29/2012 –The Boston Globe- Belchertown woman charged with raping teen boy.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Belchertown woman has pleaded not guilty to having sex with her friend’s 13-year-old son.

Amanda Wilson was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Wednesday to four counts of aggravated rape of a child.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Wilson had sex with the boy at his Amherst home on several occasions while his mother was at work or visiting relatives.

Some of the alleged sexual encounters took place in June, when the rest of the boy’s family was out of the country and he was staying with Wilson.

Wilson was also barred from any contact with the boy, and any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16.

Wilson’s lawyer says she is not as flight risk and has no criminal record.

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11/28/2012 Wicked Local Weymouth –  Kudos to brave woman in Weymouth rape case.

We commend the brave woman who was raped in Weymouth as a teen, persevered through 17 years of waiting for justice and finally saw her assailant convicted this month. Through her strength and courage, she has done a service to all in our community.

Few crimes induce as much shame as rape. It’s not because the nature of the assault is sexual – it’s about control and violence – but how society perceives the victims of such crimes.

Too often, society and traditionally the criminal justice system, though it’s changing, accuse rape victims of being guilty of their own crime: She shouldn’t have drank so much, worn a miniskirt, gone jogging in a secluded area, and, the most frequent accusation of all, she probably regrets saying yes and now she’s going to ruin that poor man’s life. This last one is due, in part, to the fact that the vast majority of victims know their rapists.

The fact is, our society is guilty of sharing U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s interpretation of “legitimate rape.” According to the National Institute for Justice, only 36 percent of rapes are reported. Shame, fear of not being believed and lack of faith in our criminal justice system silence many other victims.

We hope she serves as an example to others who suffer this crime and that her spirit encourages them to come forward without shame or fear. We hope the entire justice system – from police on the front lines to the judges and juries hearing rape cases – continue to evolve in their handling of such crimes.

More than that, however, we hope the woman will serve as an example to society, that the only shame in rape is reserved for those who perpetrate it and those who assault the victim a second time in the court of public opinion.

While the crime was horrific, the woman who triumphed over it, and over Burton, deserves our admiration.

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11/28/2012 – The Boston Globe- Dalton man facing child porn charges.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Dalton man is being held without bail following a raid on his home in which authorities allege they uncovered child pornography.

Jared Sprague is being held at the Hampden County jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

The 25-year-old Sprague’s home was raided by federal agents on Monday after an investigation into the exchange, distribution and possession of child pornography through an online peer-to-peer file sharing program.

According to the complaint, investigators discovered child porn on a computer in Sprague’s home.

Sprague’s attorney tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/Tnxp1U ) a complaint has been issued on the charge of distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor, but his client hasn’t been indicted and had no further comment.

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11/28/2012 –MyFoxBoston- High bail set for convicted rapist in Beacon Hill rape, burglary.

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A convicted rapist was held on $1 million bail following his arraignment for the alleged rape of a Beacon Hill woman.

Anthony Williams was arraigned on charges that include aggravated rape, kidnapping, armed burglary, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault in a dwelling on Tuesday. His bail in a September assault and battery case was revoked during the arraignment.

Investigators allege that Williams followed a 28-year-old victim into her Beacon Hill apartment when she returned home after 2 a.m. on Nov. 10. They claim he forced his way into her apartment and threatened to kill her.

Police further allege that Williams held a kitchen knife to the victim’s throat and sexually assaulted her. After the assault, Williams reportedly tied the victim to a piece of kitchen cabinetry and demanded the PIN number for her bank card. Investigators say Williams threatened to return to the apartment and kill her if she gave him a false PIN number.

The victim was able to free herself and went to a neighbor’s apartment to call for help.

Williams is accused of stealing the victim’s iPad, iPhone, jewelry, and ATM card. Boston Police obtained surveillance images from two ATMs where a man, who they believe to be Williams, used the victim’s bank card.

Police posted the surveillance images at Boston area homeless shelters and one shelter worker reportedly stepped forward to identify the man in the images as Williams.

Investigators also say that a business in Dorchester purchased the stolen iPhone from a man who regularly sells them items. The store owner identified Williams as the man who sold him the phone after looking at a photo array.

Williams was sentenced to 12 to 14 years for a 1998 rape conviction in Essex County. He was also arraigned on July 31 for failure to register as a sex offender and again on Sept. 4 for assault and battery. Police say Williams has a criminal record that dates back to the late 80’s.

Williams is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 26.

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11/27/2012 – MyFoxBoston- Convicted rapist arrested in Beacon Hill sexual assault case.

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Boston Police have arrested a 45-year-old man in the sexual assault of a Beacon Hill woman.

Anthony Williams, of Boston, is facing charges of receiving stolen property and rape for his alleged role in the Nov. 10 sexual assault of a woman in the area of Joy and Myrtle Streets.

Police tell FOX 25 that Williams was previously convicted of rape in 1998 in Essex County.

The victim claims that a man forced his way into her apartment just after 3 a.m. on Nov. 10. She says the man displayed a weapon before robbing and raping her.

Williams is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday morning. Boston Police say an investigation is ongoing.

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11/27/2012 -The Boston Globe- Salem men gets up to 13 years for child rape.

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Salem man has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 9 years old.

Wilfredo Alas was also sentenced Monday in Superior Court to 10 years of probation on charges of child rape, attempted child rape, and indecent assault and battery on a child. He also faces deportation to his native El Salvador.

The judge called it a ‘‘heart-wrenching’’ case because the girl had also been raped by Alas’ brother, who is serving an eight- to 10-year sentence.

The victim has since graduated from high school.

The Salem News (http://bit.ly/SauaMC) reports that Alas was a family friend who helped and housed the victim’s family when they came to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally.

Alas’ lawyer argued for a lighter sentence.

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11/27/2012 – The Boston Globe- From victim to impassioned voice. Woman exploited as a teen fights sexual trafficking of children.

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11/26/2012 -Mass Live –Convicted sex offender Blaze DeCarlo due back in court, charged with going to Wilbraham home of victim, an 11-year-old girl.

PALMER — A convicted sex offender from Maine is due back in Palmer District Court on Friday to answer charges that he showed up at the Wilbraham home of his victim, an 11-year-old girl.

Blaze T. DeCarlo, 41, of Bangor, was found guilty last year of two counts of indecent assault and battery for inappropriately touching the girl. But he picked up new charges in September after showing up at the girl’s home with a guitar, boxes of costume jewelry and a bag containing a Bible and laptop computer, according to court records.

DeCarlo, whose probation conditions prohibit him from leaving Maine, tried to contact the victim and her family on Sept. 15, according to police and prosecutors. As a result, he was charged with criminal harassment, witness intimidation and breaking and entering into a building, authorities said.

DeCarlo was due back in court last month for a pretrial conference, but his cases were continued until Nov. 30, according to an official in the clerk’s office at Palmer District Court.

After last year’s guilty finding, DeCarlo was ordered not to have contact with children younger than 14, not to have unsupervised contact with minors and not to leave the state of Maine. Other court-ordered requirements included registering as a sex offender, abstaining from drug and alcohol use, and undergoing sex-offender counseling and treatment.

DeCarlo last year failed to show up for arraignment in the indecent assault-and-battery case. He was found by Maine authorities and finally arraigned back in Palmer, where bail was set at $100,000.

An assault and battery may be deemed “indecent” if it involves touching portions of the human body that are commonly considered to be private, such as a person’s genital area or buttocks, or a female’s breasts, according to Massachusetts General Law. The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Wilbraham police arrested DeCarlo after he went to the victim’s home in September.

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11/26/2012- The Salem News – Andover man facing child porn charges released.

ANDOVER — A man arrested as part of a child-pornography crackdown has been released from prison as he awaits trial.

William Thomas, who lived on Colonial Drive prior to his arrest, was released to the custody of a friend, according to Christina Dilorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. Thomas was released under several conditions, including electronic monitoring.

Thomas was arrested in September on charges of receiving child pornography. U.S. postal inspectors searched his home and seized more than 200 DVDs and CDs containing child pornography, according to an affidavit filed by U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Kelley. The items were found in is bedroom, the affidavit said.

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11/26/2012 – Lowell Sun- Prospective day care, lawyer with sex-offender clients, on collision course.

DRACUT — While a Dracut couple’s application to open a new day care at 1470 Lakeview Ave. is pending with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, a criminal defense attorney whose clients include sex offenders has complained to state and town officials that a child-care business on the premises will conflict with his practice.

Attorney Roland Milliard, a 16-year tenant of Pilgrim Place, an office building housing multiple commercial condominium units at 1470 Lakeview Ave., contacted Town Manager Dennis Piendak last week to cite multiple objections to sharing the building with a day care.

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11/22/2012 – The Salem News – Salem man convicted of child rape.

SALEM — A former Salem man has been found guilty of repeated sexual assaults on a young relative, starting when she was just 9 years old, in her Salem apartment.

Wilfredo Alas, 33, was found guilty of child rape, attempted child rape, and two counts of indecent assault and battery yesterday following a four-day trial in Newburyport Superior Court, the Essex County district attorney’s office announced.

Alas and a second man, also related to the girl, Jesus Najarro, 39, were arrested and charged in 2009 after the girl disclosed abuse by both men over a five-year period.

The men had at various points lived with the girl and her family on Ward Street in Salem.

The girl had earlier reported being sexually abused by Alas, but she and her mother were “chastised” and intimidated into not reporting the incidents. Najarro subsequently began abusing the girl.

Najarro was convicted in February of child rape and is serving an eight- to 10-year prison term.

Alas is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday afternoon by Judge Richard Welch III. Child rape carries up to a life sentence.

Alas had been free prior to trial on $10,000 cash bail and a GPS bracelet. At one point in 2010, Alas asked a judge to let him off the bracelet because it was hindering his ability to find a new job and, defense lawyer Ray Buso also argued, it was causing “chafing” on his leg.

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11/20/2012 – Gloucester Times – Feds nab Gloucester man in child porn probe.

A 36-year-old Gloucester man, allegedly at the center of a federal investigation into child pornography possession and dissemination, was questioned by federal agents at his workplace Tuesday afternoon, and later arrested at his home.

Two Homeland Security officers and a Massachusetts State Police trooper had told Gloucester police detectives earlier Tuesday that Mark A. Pallazola of 7 Harvard St., a Level 3 registered sex offender, was a suspect in the federal probe, according to Gloucester police.

Gloucester detectives assisted federal agents who found Pallazola at Gloucester Crossing’s Market Basket, where he was working Tuesday about 1:26 p.m., according to Gloucester police. The federal agents questioned Pallazola in the store’s private room.

Police said that during questioning, Pallazola admitted to having child pornography on his home computer and disseminating the pornography. Police also said that when officers brought Pallazola to his home, Pallazola allowed the federal agents to search his computer, on which they found “several pornographic photos of young children.”

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11/20/2012 – Lowell Sun – Lowell child pornographer gets 6 years in jail.

LOWELL — A 47-year-old Lowell man was sentenced Monday to more than six years in prison after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of transporting child pornography.

William Noble was sentenced by US. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton to 81 months in prison followed by five years of supervised released after he pleaded guilty in May to transporting child pornography, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

Prosecutors allege that Noble, under the user name “notmeatall,” communicated online through a peer-to-peer network with an undercover agent.

Noble made nearly 2,000 child-pornography image and video files available for trading and sharing, the release states. From Noble, the agent downloaded 49 files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including several with adult men and boys who appeared to be as young as 4.

After his release from prison, Noble must register as a sex offender.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in February 2006 to protect children from exploitation and abuse.

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11/20/2012- Fox 25 Boston – Judge to issue written decision about killer’s name change within a month.

The decision about whether a convicted killer can legally change his name will come down within a month.

Charles Jaynes, convicted of killing 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley more than a decade ago, petitioned Brockton District Court for a legal name change. Fifteen years ago, he and Salvatore Siccari lured Jeffrey into a car, sexually assaulted him and killed him before dumping his body in a river in Maine.

Jaynes wants to change his name to Manasseh-Invictus Auric Thutmose V to reflect his Wiccan beliefs.

At a hearing on Tuesday, a judge said a written ruling about the name change would be handed down within 30 days.

Jaynes is eligible for parole in 2021.

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11/20/2012 – The Boston Globe – Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.

Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied. A day later, the man recanted his charge. A lawsuit by a second accuser was filed Tuesday, according to attorney Cecil Singleton.

Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash’s personal life “a distraction that none of us want” and led to his decision to leave the show.

Clash created the voice and persona for Elmo, who has become one of “Sesame Street’s” most popular characters.

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11/20/2012- Orlando Sentinel-  More sex charges filed against junior hockey league coach.

Additional charges have been filed against a junior league hockey coach from Massachusetts accused of soliciting boys online for sex in Central Florida, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Anthony “Tony” DeSilva, a coach for the Massachusetts Maple Leafs, was arrested last week in Massachusetts and remains in the Polk County Jail.

Earlier this year, the mother of a 16-year-old boy told the Polk County Sheriff’s Office a man named Tony from Massachusetts was soliciting her son on Facebook.

Detectives asked the woman if they could pose as her son online and continue communicating to DeSilva, and the mother agreed.

The Sheriff’s Office said DeSilva told the “boy” things he wanted to do sexually with him, and sent naked pictures of himself.

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11/20/2012 – Worcester Telegram- Teacher accused of sending nude photo to student.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. —  A part-time dance teacher at a South Hadley performing arts charter school is facing charges for allegedly sending a nude photo of himself to a 17-year-old student.

Daniel Lozada of Easthampton pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to a charge of disseminating obscene material to a minor.

Authorities say the 33-year-old Lozada, a teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, also sent several sexually suggestive text messages to the girl last month.

The prosecutor said the girl claimed Lozada had been making sexually charged comments about her appearance that made her uncomfortable.

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11/20/2012 – Seacoast Online – Mass Man sexually assaulted relative in Hampton.

HAMPTON — A Massachusetts man convicted on charges that he molested an underage girl over a seven-year period starting during a family trip to Hampton Beach in 2002 will be sentenced next month in Superior Court.

A Rockingham Superior Court judge will hand down the sentence to Shayne Beardsley, 31, of 42 Shore Drive, Oakham, Mass, on Dec. 5.

Beardsley was convicted by a jury in September of several counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

According to court documents the alleged assaults started during a family trip to Hampton Beach between June 1, 2002 and Aug. 30, 2002.

The victim at the time was 12 and was related to Beardsley.

Court documents state the alleged assaults continued at a family home in Spencer, Mass.

When the victim threatened to go public in 2004, Beardsley alledgedly told the victim that he was sorry for what he did and that it would not happen again. He also told her that he would kill himself if anyone found out what happened.

But in 2009, court documents allege, Beardsley attempted again to have sexual contact with the victim while she was sleeping. The victim was able to prevent the assault by pushing him off of her.

The abuse from 2002-2009 became public after the victim confided in her mother.

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11/20/2012 – Sentinel and Enterprise – Judge rules sex offender can sue town.

LOWELL — A judge denied a motion to dismiss a Level 3 sex offender’s suit against the town of Ayer in federal court.

John M. King is challenging the town’s bylaw that restricts residency for sex offenders.

The attorney for King, whose address is listed in court documents as 6 Whitcomb Ave., Ayer, argued in Lowell Superior Court that the charge that he failed to register as a sex offender (subsequent offense) should be dismissed. Judge David Ricciardone denied the motion to dismiss.

King’s next date in state court is a pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 6.

During his arraignment in August, King was released on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to failure to register as a sex offender (subsequent offense).

On May 15, Ayer police arrested King at 6 Whitcomb Ave., and charged him with failing to properly register his residency.

King’s address on the Sex Offender Registry website May 16 and Aug. 22 was 32 Myrick Lane, Harvard, a home owned by William and Sharon McHugh, the parents of King’s wife, Ashley.

The Ayer address where King was arrested is also owned by the McHughs as trustees of SBAJ Realty Trust.

Ayer police arrested King in May after he allegedly gave a Harvard address, where he once lived, instead of providing them with an Ayer address.

King was featured on the Massachusetts State Police’s June 2009 Top 10 “Most Wanted Sex Offenders” list for failure to register his residency. King  was in custody on another charge at the time.

According to the Sex Offender Registry Board, King was convicted of rape in 1999 and sentenced to six years in prison. The registry lists King’s offenses as two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.

Around the time of King’s arrest, there were questions about whether the town had properly implemented its newly adopted sex-offender residency-restriction bylaw, passed at Town Meeting in fall 2011.

Town Meeting approved the residency bylaw in October 2011. Ayer’s bylaw bans Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from establishing residence within 1,000 feet of protected areas, including schools, parks, bus stops and senior-citizen residences, for any consecutive five-day period, or for 14 consecutive days in a year.

The Whitcomb Avenue home is within 1,000 feet of Pirone Park and an elderly-housing complex on Pond Street.

The Kings filed the federal lawsuit in hopes of striking down the town’s bylaw as unconstitutional. The couple now live in Harvard with Ashley King’s parents.

At a hearing last month, U.S. District Court Judge William Young said he would take no action on the injunction request until there is a “trial with evidence.”

A trial is scheduled in federal court for Nov. 29.

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11/20/2012 – Falmouth Patch – Homeless Mass man arrested for rape of a child.

DILLREE, JASON R., 31, homeless; breaking and entering during daytime for a felony, larceny over $250 (two counts), vandalizing property, threatening to commit a crime, rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Ordered to have no contact with any child under 16; pretrial hearing Dec. 12.

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11/20/2012 – ABC 40 – Another Defendant Charged in UMass Rape Case Has Bail Lowered.

Northampton, Mass. (WGGB) – A second defendant charged with raping a UMass Amherst student in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 13 has had his bail reduced.

That’s according to the Hampshire Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

18 year-old, Adam Liccardi was granted a reduced bail Monday from $10,000 to $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety.

Should Liccardi post bail, he will be required to meet twice weekly with a probation officer in Pittsfield, observe an 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew at his parents’ house and wear a GPS monitor, when one becomes available, among other conditions.

Liccardi is the second defendant in this case to have a lowered bail.  On October 30, 18 year-old, Emmanuel Bile received a reduced bail of $3,500.

Originally, all four defendants had bail set at $10,000 along with conditions.

On October 22, Liccardi, Bile, 17 year-old Caleb Womack, and 18 year-old Justin King, all of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape, each in Eastern Hampshire District Court.  At that time, Liccardi also pled not guilty to an additional charge of rape.

All four are due back in court on December 10.

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11/19/2012 – Providence Journal – Sex offender wanted in Massachusetts is caught in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Massachusetts man convicted of raping a child was arrested Monday after he asked police about being registered as a sex offender in Providence.

John Manning, 43, was wanted by police in Somerville, Mass., for failing to register there, where he’d been living.

But Manning moved to Rhode Island in April, without notifying Massachusetts or Rhode Island authorities. He told Providence Officer Chris Poncia that he’d stayed at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket for a few days, then moved to the Urban League shelter, according to a police report.

Manning had been charged with child rape in 1989, according to Somerville police.

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11/19/2012 – Weymouth Wicked Local – Weymouth native sentenced 18 to 25 years for the rape of a 17-year-old girl in the basement of a rectory at St. Albert’s Church in Weymouth in 1995.

“I cannot overstate the courage demonstrated by this woman,” stated Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey following the sentencing of William E. Burton III, 43, Nov. 16. “She was a very young girl, working part-time answering phones at the rectory, when she was attacked. She helped police at the time, and agreed not withstanding the passage of time, to persevere until the end. I am extremely gratified for her that the end was just.”

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11/19/2012 – Barnstable/ Hyannis Patch – Hyannis Man Arrested for Rape of a child.

1:33 p.m.: Barnstable Police Department, 1200 Phinney’s Ln., warrant, attempt, arrested 31-year-old Jason Richard Dillree of Hyannis, warrant straight, 2 counts larceny over, warrant straight, breaking and entering daytime felony, rape of a child under 16, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years

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11/18/2012 – MyFox Boston – Former hockey player says Coach DeSilva ‘crawled into his bed’.

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The father of a hockey player who once played for Anthony DeSilva claims he tried to warn the U.S.A. Hockey League about DeSilva back in 2010. This comes as DeSilva is facing charges for alleged attempts at soliciting sex from who he thought were teenage boys on the Internet.

The player was 18 years old when he played for the Mass. Maple Leafs. He says DeSilva acted inappropriately on several occasions, including one night when DeSilva crawled into his bed while the team was staying at a hotel.

“Yeah, I’m lying in bed and he’s like creepy and gets like close to me and tries cuddling with me,” says the former player. “I’m like almost on the edge of my bed.”

The former player also tells FOX 25 that DeSilva sent him inappropriate text messages and e-mails. He adds DeSilva punched him and other players in an inappropriate spot on several occasions.

FOX 25 discovered the former player’s father complained about DeSilva’s behavior to several members of the U.S.A. Hockey Organization via e-mail. He states, “Tony has acted beyond inappropriate with my son and numerous other players.”

The e-mail also includes the father warning the league to take action before, “This man seriously hurts one of the players or someone else.”

According to the former player, U.S.A. Hockey said there was nothing they could do because he was 18 and he needed to file a complaint, not his father. He tells FOX 25 he left the team and did not come forward because he was embarrassed and didn’t want to hurt his team. Now, the player feels recent accusations against DeSilva may not have happened if the organization properly investigated a year ago.

A U.S.A. Hockey spokesperson says, “We take the safety of players seriously and investigate all claims including from former players. DeSilva has been suspended from all U.S.A. Hockey activity.”

DeSilva has worked with several teams in Massachusetts over the years. He was an assistant hockey coach at Taunton High School last year. He has since been dismissed. The 41-year-old was also formerly a coach and umpire with Middleboro Babe Ruth Baseball. He founded the Mass. Maple Leafs in 1997.

DeSilva is expected to be arraigned in Florida on Saturday for 10 counts of use of a computer to seduce a child and one count transmission of material harmful to a child.

For More:

http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/20110739/2012/11/15/mass-maple-leafs-gm-accused-of-seducing-teen

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11/17/2012 – Wicked Local – Carver police log and arrests.

Robert Edwards, 36, 10 Ericsson St., Belmont, was arrested and charged with rape of a child with force and for indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 at 8:50 at his residence in Belmont on Nov. 1.

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11/16/2012 – Wicked Local Brookline – Brookline Schools employee arrested for possession of child porn.

Brookline — A paraprofessional in the Brookline School District was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 15, on charges of possession of child pornography.

Benjamin Schwartz, 32, was arrested and charged with possession and dissemination of obscene materials, according to a press release from the Brookline Police Department, after police executed a search warrant at his home at 11 Englewood Ave.

According to the police report, officers discovered seven video files inside Schwartz’s home depicting females under the age of 18 engaging in various sexual acts.

Schwartz was hired as a paraprofessional in Brookline for the 2002-2003 school year. He didn’t work in Brookline the following year, but returned the year after, and has been a paraprofessional in the school district ever since.

He worked at the Pierce School his first year, said Brookline Superintendent William Lupini, and has worked at Brookline High School the last two years.

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11/15/2012 – The Boston Globe- Bob Hewitt suspended from Tennis Hall of Fame after allegations of sexual abuse.

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11/15/2012 – Boston Channel 5 – Acushnet youth hockey coach faces child sex charge. Anthony DeSilva charged with using computer to seduce child.

A Massachusetts youth hockey coach was arrested after sending naked pictures through the Internet and soliciting what he thought was a 16-year-old Florida teen, the Polk County Sheriff’s office said.

Anthony “Tony” DeSilva, 41, of Acushnet, Mass., was taken into custody Wednesday night at his home by Massachusetts State Police.

DeSilva, coach of the Massachusetts Maple Leafs junior team, faces 10 counts of using a computer to seduce a child

The investigation began this summer when the mother of a 16-year-old Polk County boy contacted police about a Massachusetts man named Tony she believed was soliciting her son through Facebook.

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11/15/2012 – Patriot Ledger –  Weymouth native gets 18-25 years in prison for rape of teen in church.

A Weymouth native convicted of raping a teenage girl in a church rectory basement in 1995 will head to a prison cell in Massachusetts as soon as he finishes a lengthy sentence in Maryland for the attempted murder of another woman.

Judge Susan Garsh on Thursday sentenced William E. Burton III to serve 18-25 years in prison for the rape 17-year-old girl in the St. Albert the Great Catholic Church rectory. A jury convicted Burton, 43, of aggravated rape and kidnapping Wednesday.

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11/15/2012 – Seacoast Online – Mass. rape suspect was suspected in now-closed Hampton case, too.

HAMPTON — A Massachusetts man charged with raping at least two women in his car in 2010 was a prime suspect in a 2004 rape case in Hampton that was never prosecuted by county attorneys.

Kenneth Poirier, 40, appeared last week in Salem Superior Court in Massachusetts as prosecutors pushed to revitalize their case against him.

Poirier is currently charged with raping a woman on May 23, 2010 and another on Oct. 10, 2010 in Methuen, Mass.

But he was released from prison in August after his initial unrelated arrest— which led him to being identified as a rape suspect— was thrown out by a judge.

During the hearing, prosecutors said that DNA linked Poirier to unsolved rapes in Methuen, Hampton, N.H. and a 1988 case.

The new information was enough to persuade Judge John Lu to have Poirier rearrested and held on $50,000 cash bail.

Unless he make bail, Poirier will remain in custody until his trial.

Poirier was released from jail last August, when Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley ruled Methuen police had no legal basis to stop his car and arrest him in October 2010. According to court documents, Poirier was pulled over by an officer in an industrial/commercial area. While the officer admitted to seeing no violations, he pulled Poirier over and discovered their was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

It was that booking photo from that arrest which was used to aid police in identifying him as an alleged rapist.

But in his decision to throw out the evidence, the judge wrote that a police officer conducted a “warrantless stop.”

As a result, Feeley ruled the evidence sized must be suppressed, including the booking photo which allowed the victim to identify her rapist.

Poirier is currently facing four counts of rape, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery.

Police allege Poirier forced a woman into his car on Oct. 10, 2010 and then raped her.

Police allege he altered or removed a handle on the passenger door of his red 1995 Pontiac Grand Am to prevent victim from fleeing the car.

Shortly after his arrest another victim came forward accusing him of similar crime on May 23, 2010.

So far, Poirier has not been charged with additional rapes that prosecutors brought up last week.

Hampton Police Lt. Dan Gidley said Poirier was a suspect in a 2004 rape case investigated by their department.

The department’s old case came up after Methuen authorities ran Poirier’s DNA.

“They put a DNA request out and all the towns that had pending cases popped up,” said Gidley

Gidley said the Hampton case is closed.

“The county attorney’s office declined prosecution on our case back then because he never denied it and claimed it was consensual,” Gidley said.

Gidley noted there were other issues with the case that prevented it from being brought forward.

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11/15/2012 – Wicked Local Newburyport – Melrose man pleads not guilty to child pornography charges.

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11/15/2012 – The Boston Globe – Newton divinity school increases security after reported rape.

A reported rape at Andover Newton Theological School last month has prompted its administrators to reconsider security measures on the quiet, tree-lined campus in Newton Centre, as shocked students, faculty members, and the nearby community seek reassurance.

The school will be adding lampposts on campus and installing additional lights in its buildings, said president Nick Carter.

Andover Newton is also talking to security experts and law enforcement about additional steps, including whether to install campus emergency phones, marked by blue lights, that are common at larger colleges, Carter said.

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11/13/2012 – MassLive – Amanda Wilson of Belchertown, charged with child rape, ordered to court again after failing to appear.

NORTHAMPTON – Authorities will try again to summon Amanda Wilson, of Belchertown, to Hampshire Superior Court court after she failed to appear for her arraignment Tuesday on four counts of rape and abuse of a child.

Wilson, 27, is accused of having sex with two underage males, one of them the 13-year-old son of a friend.

According to a document filed by prosecutor Linda Pisano, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families was first notified of the situation in May 2011, when Amherst Regional High School reported that two high school age students might have been left unattended while their mother was out of the country. Police also received reports that Wilson might have been sexually active with one of the males, as well as with the 13-year-old alleged victim.

During a June 13, 2011, interview, the 13-year-old told Amherst police that Wison was a close friend of his mother and that she sometimes slept at his apartment. However, he would not say whether he had sex with Wilson. A few days later, the boy returned to the police station in the company of another woman, who told police Wilson had had sex with the boy at least six times.

The boy ultimately acknowledged having sex with Wilson, whom he said he had known since he was 10. The sex would take place at his house in Amherst while his mother was at work or visiting his grandmother, he said. According to the boy, Wilson would show him and another boy pornography on her laptop. She said she would kill herself if anyone found out about the sex, the boy told police.

Some of the sexual encounters occurred in June, when the rest of the boy’s family was out of the country and he was staying with Wilson, according to Pisano’s filing. Wilson confessed the rapes to police during a separate interview on June 22, saying she had “daddy issues,” Pisano’s wrote.

Clerk of Court Harry Jekanowski told Judge Mary Lou Rup that court officials were unable to serve Wilson a summons at her 10 South Main St. address in Belchertown. Rup agreed to let authorities try again to locate the defendant.

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11/13/2012 – Stoneham Patch – Police Log: Armed Robbery and a Reported Rape.

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11/13/2012 – TheBostonChannel – Man accused of raping Wareham teen he met online.

WAREHAM, Mass. — A Norwell man was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenager whom he met online.

Police said Ryan Palmer, 27, assaulted the victim in her Wareham home. The teen’s parents called police on Wednesday to report the incident.

Detectives later learned that the teen met Palmer, who said he was 21 years of age and provided a false name, on mylol.net, a teen dating website, police said. Palmer and the teen continued to speak on Skype. Police said during conversations, they arranged to meet at the teen’s home.

Palmer is scheduled to be arraigned on one count of aggravated statutory rape of a child.

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11/13/2012 – Boston Herald – Victims of suspected kid porn pair sought.

Massachusetts authorities are urging the public to come forward with any information about more victims connected to a Mississippi man accused of raping a toddler.

Jemery Atral Hodges, 26, formerly of Jackson, Miss., but most recently a resident of Woodbole Avenue in Cambridge, was indicted with Marco Laquin Rogers, 26, of Atlanta by a Mississippi federal grand jury for assaulting a girl estimated by federal agents to be 3 to 4 years old. The pair are also accused of transporting the girl for “commercial sex acts.”

“At this point, (Hodges) is being held for possession and distribution of child pornography,” said Middlesex District Attorney spokeswoman Stephanie Guyotte. “But it’s an ongoing investigation and if anybody related to this case knows anything, or anyone has been abused or is a victim of abuse, we’d like to hear from you.”

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11/12/2012 – The Boston Globe – Cambridge man accused of raping toddler.

A man living in Cambridge who allegedly raped a toddler with another man inside a Mississippi hotel room in May is facing child sex-trafficking charges in federal court in that state and related charges in Massachusetts, according to records.

The Cambridge man, identified in federal court records as Jemery Atral Hodges, 26, also faces child pornography charges in Middlesex County, according to District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.’s office.

Hodges was arraigned on those charges several weeks ago and is due back in Cambridge District Court for a probable-cause hearing on Thursday, a spokeswoman for Leone said.

It was not immediately clear when Hodges will return to Mississippi to face the federal charges.

According to an affidavit in the federal case, on Sept. 6, Hodges showed pornographic images on his phone of children between the ages of about 3 and 14 to a Cambridge man, who threw Hodges out of his home and called police. The man referred to Hodges as “Jeremy” in the court records.

A search of Hodges’s laptop later turned up videos of him and Rogers raping a girl, who appeared to be 3 or 4 years old, inside a room at a Days Inn in Jackson, Miss., according to the affidavit.

The time stamps on the videos indicate they were made at about 1:30 a.m. on May 26, the same night Hodges checked into the room, according to court records.

Hodges, formerly of Jackson, told Cambridge detectives that Rogers had access to a 3-year-old girl, whom he took to Memphis, Atlanta, and Mississippi to exploit, the filing states.

Rogers’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.

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11/12/2012 – Worcester Telegram – Mass Suburbs seeing their share of sex trade.

Police say websites help prostitution find its way into towns

WEBSITES BRING PROSTITUTION TO TOWNS

When people think of prostitution and the sex trade in Central Massachusetts, the usual image is of women flagging down cars in Worcester’s Main South.

But that’s only part of the story. These days, much of the illicit business has been occurring in suburbia, where local police are finding “massage” parlors and prostitutes setting up shop.

Police officials in communities outside the city say the security and low crime rates in suburban towns have, ironically, become the draw for the illegal activities.

“The interesting thing is one of the questions we’ve asked has been why Northboro?” Northboro Police Chief Mark K. Leahy said. “We had one girl, she was from the Fall River/Attleboro area, and her response was, ‘I feel very safe here.’ Now that’s not exactly the aspect of crime prevention that we’ve been going for.”

And it’s not just at lower-cost hotels such as the Motel 6 in Northboro where prostitutes have been a recurring problem, said Westboro Police Chief Alan Gordon. He said the women have even booked rooms at pricier hotels in his town.

“They do feel safe. They have a less of a chance of being ripped off or hurt,” Chief Gordon said. “There is a higher clientele here too. There are a lot of white-collar jobs around here. It is an area they can certainly make a lot more money.”

Detectives mine websites such as Craigslist and Backpage for the illicit offers. A couple of years ago a phalanx of attorneys general across the country demanded that Craigslist shut down its adult services section, and the company eventually agreed to do so.

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11/10/2012 – Taunton Daily Gazette – The following cases were heard Friday in Taunton District Court:

  • Brian Godlewski, 54, no address provided, was arraigned on Oct. 18 Taunton police charges of rape of a child with force and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. The charges stem from an alleged incident from 1991. Judge Kevan Cunningham ordered him held on $1,000 cash bail and continued the case to Jan. 14.

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11/09/2012 – Boston Herald – 2 indicted on charges of sex trafficking child.

A federal grand jury in Mississippi has indicted two men on charges of sexually assaulting a 3- or 4-year-old girl and recording it.

Marco Laquin Rogers and Jeremy Atral Hodges were indicted on sex trafficking charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A criminal complaint filed against Rogers in October said they both had sex with the child at a Jackson hotel on May 26.

Court records say Hodges and Rogers are from Mississippi, but Rogers had been living in Atlanta and Hodges was living in Cambridge, Mass.

Court records say the investigation began after Hodges showed another man in Massachusetts a video of the assault. That man called police.

Rogers’ lawyer didn’t immediately return a call on Friday. It wasn’t clear who is representing Hodges.

 

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11/09/2012- Lowell Sun – Billerica sex offender released on charges of failing to register.

LOWELL — Two years ago during the trial of Ernest Frobese for failing to register as a sex offender, for which he is a habitual offender, a mistrial was declared because the judge found him incompetent to stand trial.

After the 2010 mistrial, the Billerica man, then 70, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital where he would be held until he was competent to stand trial, or for a minimum of six months in jail — the sentence he might have served if convicted.

Billerica police arrested Frobese, 72, of 54 Connelly Road, last Thursday for failure to register as a sex offender. At his arraignment Monday in Lowell District Court, Frobese was released on personal recognizance. His next court date is Jan. 23 for a pretrial conference.

Frobese is classified as a Level 3 sex offender — the most likely to reoffend — by the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board. He served 2 1/2 years in prison for a 1995 conviction for indecent assault and battery on a child.

Initially, he skirted the requirement that he register with Billerica police because a court-appointed guardian did it for him. As a result police had no photo of Frobese, no fingerprints and no indication of whether he was working.

In 2007, when there was a change in the requirements, Frobese, a retired Chelmsford firefighter, was forced to register. He refused and faced charges then.

In 2008, he was arrested again for failure to register as a sex offender. At his

Jan. 4, 2008 arraignment in Lowell District Court, Frobese told the judge, “My constitutional rights are being violated constantly…I’m challenging the restraints of my life, liberty and my property.”

During the 2010 trial, defense attorney Daniel Callahan said Frobese is mentally ill and not criminally responsible for his actions. Frobese had been found competent to stand trial, but Callahan raised the issue of his client’s competency and his inability to help in his defense.

Dr. Alexandra Weida, a court-ordered psychologist, testified that after interviewing Frobese, in her opinion he was not competent to stand trial. She described Frobese as well spoken and intelligent, but suffering from paranoid delusions.

Frobese also made news in May 2002 after the SWAT team from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office was called in after he barricaded himself in his 33 Irene Drive home in Billerica.

The home had been sold to pay reparations awarded in a civil lawsuit against Frobese by the victim in a child sex-assault case.

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11/8/2012 – Eagle Tribune – DNA links Methuen man to 5 more cases, Alleged rapist back in jail.

A Methuen man charged with trapping women in his car and raping them is back behind bars after DNA evidence linked him to five additional rape cases, including one when he was a teen.

DNA obtained from a cigarette butt found at one of the rape scenes links Kenneth Poirier, 40, to unsolved rapes in Methuen, Hampton, N.H. and a 1988 case “where the defendant could have been a juvenile,” said prosecutor Kate MacDougall in Salem Superior Court yesterday.

This summer, Poirier, formerly of Pelham, N.H., was released from Middleton Jail after a Superior Court judge ruled Methuen police had no legal basis to stop his car and arrest him in October 2010 on four counts of rape, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery. Prosecutors went back to court yesterday to fight for the case to go forward.

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11/07/2012 – Wicked Local Somerville –  Somerville sex offender busted for failing to register.

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11/06/2012 – Wicked Local Wareham – Wareham man indicted for failing to register as sex offender.

A Wareham man has been indicted in Plymouth County Superior Court for failing to register as a level 2 sex offender-subsequent offense.

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registration Board notified Wareham police in September that Laquan Holland had failed to register, according to court records.

Police reviewed his in-house records and found that he had last registered in July 2011, and gave the address of an apartment on Swifts Beach Road. However, the mail was being returned from that site. According to court records, police spoke with his girlfriend and requested that he provide an accurate address, but there was no response.

Holland has two prior convictions for failing to register, in Middlesex Superior Court and Quincy District Court, according to court records.

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11/5/2012 – Boston Globe – Founder of a Brockton social services agency faces indecent assault charge.

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The founder of a Brockton social services agency that helps at-risk youths has been charged with indecent assault against a young woman he mentored, but he says he’s the victim of an extortion attempt.

Police say Paul Protentis was arrested at 3 p.m. Saturday after an officer allegedly saw him strike a woman. The woman told police the 54-year-old Protentis had inappropriately touched her.

Protentis is the founder of My Turn, a program that focuses on helping youth ages 14 to 21.

The Enterprise (http://bit.ly/Pya400 ) reports that the woman told police Protentis has mentored her since she met him at My Turn in 2010.

Protentis says his accuser is a ‘‘troubled individual’’ who took his cellphone and tried to extort money from him.

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11/3/2012 – Examiner- Man arrested for rape of underage girl and other crimes.

The United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force announces the arrest of 20 year old, Jonathan Maguire of Groveland, Mass. Maguire was wanted on warrants issued by the Weare Police Department for aggravated felonious sexual assault among several other offenses including theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree assault, simple assault, obstructing the report of a crime, criminal mischief and attempt to commit sexual assault, for an incident which occurred on Tuesday. Maguire was arrested without incident by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at 5 Maple St, Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Police reported that Maguire assaulted the teen and then stole her 2003 black Jeep Liberty with New Hampshire plate 210 3374. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, sneakers and no shirt.

The arrest of Maguire was the result of a collaborative effort led by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Forces from both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, in addition to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Forces, assistance was given by Weare Police Department, Belknap County Sheriff’s Office, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Haverhill Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, and Groveland Police Department. Maguire is currently being held at Essex County Department of Corrections in Massachusetts and will be arraigned in the near future on fugitive from justice charges.

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11/2/2012- Union Leader- Man arrested in Weare rape.

WEARE – A Massachusetts man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshal’s Office, according to a news release.

Authorities were searching for Jonathan Maguire, 20, of Groveland, Mass., whom they described as dangerous, armed with a knife and suffering from mental health issues. He was arrested at a home in Haverill, Mass., the release said.

He allegedly sexually assaulted the girl on Old Town Road Tuesday night and fled in her Jeep. He was charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault and numerous other charges.

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11/1/2012 – Worcester Telegram- Spencer votes to restrict sex offender residency.

SPENCER —  The town has joined the ranks of several other communities that limit where registered sex offenders can live.

Voters at tonight’s special town meeting approved a new bylaw that restricts sex offenders who have been listed as Level 3 or Level 2 from living within 1,000 feet of parks, schools, day care centers, churches, libraries and elderly housing facilities.

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11/1/2012 –Daily Mail – TSA agent arrested over ‘rape of young boy’ he was mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

A TSA employee was arrested for allegedly raping the young boy that he mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Paul Magnuson, who recently worked as a transportation security inspector for the TSA and was returning to America after working on a job in Frankfurt, Germany, was arrested in the international airport in Newark, New Jersey.

Magnuson has not been formally charged with the rape of the boy, whose name will not be released due to his age and the nature of the crime.

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11/1/2012 – EIN News- Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Requirements.

November 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Massachusetts requires most sex offenders to register on the state’s sex offender registry. Since the state imposes stiff penalties for offenders who fail to comply with its strict registry requirements, it is imperative that those who have served time for sex offenses understand the law and their obligation to register.

Who Is Required to Register on Massachusetts’ Sex Offender Registry?

All Level One, Two and Three sex offenders who work, live or go to post-secondary school in Massachusetts are required to register as a sex offender with the state. Level One offenders must mail in their yearly registrations to the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB), however, their information is not made available to the public.

Additionally, any sex offender who has been convicted, released, is in custody, on parole or is civilly committed for an eligible offense since August 1, 1981, must register with the state.

Level Two and Three sex offenders–those with moderate and high risks of reoffending–must register every year in person at their local police stations. Information about both levels of offenders is available to the public in some way. Information about Level Two offenders is available at police departments or through SORB, but the request for information must be made in person or through the mail.

For information on Level Three offenders, however, the public is able to access data at police stations, SORB or online, and police departments have a responsibility to distribute information about Level Three offenders’ residencies to the public.

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10/31/2012 – Boston Globe- Man ordered held in child sex video case.

A federal judge has ordered a man to be held without bond on a charge that he videoed himself and another man having sex with a young child.

U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball in Jackson ruled Monday that 26-year-old Marco Laquin Rogers of Atlanta should be held without bond.

Rogers is charged with having sex with a girl who was 3 or 4 years old at a Jackson hotel May 26. Rogers was arrested as part of an investigation that began in with the arrest of another man Jeremy Atral Hodges, 25, in Cambridge, Mass.

Court records say Hodges and Rogers are from Mississippi, but have been living in other states.

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10/31/2012 – Wicked Local Weymouth- Weymouth man sentenced in child porn case.

This defendant was found in possession of images and video files depicting child pornography and he had shared those files over the Internet,” Coakley stated. “This verdict not only requires him to serve time in jail, but also prevents him from having unsupervised contact with children throughout his probation.”

According to a statement from Coakley’s office, on Monday, following a four-day trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Kevin C. Moore, 35, was found guilty of two counts of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography by Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman. Fishman sentenced Moore to 2 1/2 years in the House of Correction and that Moore be placed on 10 years of probation upon his release, with the conditions that he have no unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18, be monitored by a GPS device, be restricted to using the Internet for work purposes only as approved by the Probation Department and undergo sex offender evaluation and any treatment necessary under the guidance of the Probation Department

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10/31/2012 – Boston Globe – Weymouth man gets 2 1/2 year jail sentence on child porn charges.

Weymouth man was sentenced Monday to 2½ years in jail for possessing and distributing child pornography over the Internet, prosecutors said.

The man’s arrest came as a result of a statewide cyber-crime sweep executed in 2010.

Kevin C. Moore, 35, was found guilty of possession and dissemination of child pornography in Norfolk Superior Court following a four-day trial, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said in a statement.

Moore was also sentenced to 10 years probation following his release, with the conditions that he have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, wear a GPS-monitoring device, only use the Internet for approved work purposes, and undergo sex offender evaluation and necessary treatment, prosecutors said

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10/31/2012 – Mass LIve – East Longmeadow police arrest teenager who allegedly failed to register as sex offender.

A local teenager was arrested Tuesday on an out-of-state-warrant and charged with a new crime, police said.

Logan Michael Martin, 17, of 131 Gates Ave., was arrested just after 1 p.m. on a fugitive-from-justice warrant, according to authorities.

East Longmeadow police Sgt. Denis Sheehan said Martin was additionally charged with failure to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts. Sheehan declined to elaborate on the out-of-state case that triggered Tuesday’s arrest.

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10/31/2012 – Boston Globe- Ex-Chicopee teacher pleads guilty to raping teen.

A former Chicopee High School teacher has been sentenced to up to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old student.

Donald Cushing pleaded guilty to five counts of rape and abuse of a child and five counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor this week in Hampden Superior Court.

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10/31/2012 –Boston Globe- Peabody considers sex offender restrictions.

Peabody is expected to pass an ordinance this month that would further restrict the everyday lives of convicted sex offenders, but the city is hoping not to end up in court over the matter like neighboring Lynn.

“I looked into Lynn’s ordinance a great deal,” said Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, “and I feel the ordinance we’re putting forth right now will withstand any legal challenge.”

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10/31/2012 – Wrentham Patch –FBI Releases Crime Stats for Massachusetts Towns.

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10/31/2012 – WWLP 22 News – Halloween Sex Offenders

The 22News I-Team is investigating what police are doing to keep your children safe this Halloween and what restrictions there are on sex offenders in Massachusetts and other states.

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10/29/2012 – Standard Times – ‘Terrible failures’ in protecting Scouts -Child predators sometimes stayed, despite policies.

The Boy Scouts of America prides itself on creating a safe environment for its youths. But an investigation into more than two decades of the organization’s internal records reveals it failed to stop Scout leader pedophiles from becoming repeat offenders or from re-entering Scouting through a revolving door.

A Scripps news team’s examination of 1,881 “ineligible volunteer” files dating from 1970 through 1991 shows that the Boy Scouts were plagued by systemic failures that left its young members at risk for decades.

Among the findings:

At least 101 Scout leaders accused of sexual molestation had faced previous allegations of abusing Scouts, but had not been kicked out of the organization.

In at least 88 cases, Scout officials failed to conduct adequate background checks and allowed men with criminal convictions, often for child molestation, into Scouting.

At least 46 men booted from Scouting because of sexual misconduct were later able to return, often by changing troops or moving to another state — a revolving door for predators.

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10/29/2012 -Fox News-  Case of rapist seeking visitation of child he fathered during assault reaches high court.

The case of a Massachusetts man seeking visitation rights to the child he fathered after raping a 14-year-old girl has landed in front of the state’s highest court, MyFoxBoston.com reports.

The girl was 14 when she was impregnated by then-20-year-old Jamie Melendez, who pleaded guilty last year to four counts of statutory rape of a child.

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10/27/2012 – Wicked Local Needham- Needham Police: Alleged sex offender arrested.

Needham — On Oct. 19 at approximately 9:45 a.m. police encountered Gilbert James, 57, of 3 Wexford St. in Boston, according to reports. After a short investigation police placed him under arrest and charged him with failing to register as a sex offender.

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10/27/2012 -The Berkshire Eagle – Berkshire college campuses review safety after alleged UMass rape. 

Student safety and risks of sexual assault have resurfaced as discussion issues among college campus communities in wake of the arraignment of four Pittsfield teenagers this week for the alleged rape of a University of Massachusetts student in her dorm room earlier this month.

Authorities investigating the University of Massachusetts at Amherst case are questioning, among other things, how one of the suspects was able to enter the residence hall without being signed in, a UMass safety protocol. Three others were apparently signed into the dorm by another UMass student.

All four colleges in Berk shire County have been paying atten tion to this case, re minding students, faculty and staff of their safety policies and protocols.

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10/27/2012 – Concord Monitor- Massachusetts Lawyer charged with possessing child porn ordered to give up passport

Manchester lawyer accused of possessing child pornography was ordered by a judge to give up her passport yesterday.

The police believe the pornographic images 43-year-old Lisa Biron is accused of having on her computer were not made in New Hampshire, and officials have handed off the investigation into their origin to the FBI. The police have not charged Biron with making the pornography, just possessing five videos and two images of the same teenage girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct with an unknown male.

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10/26/2012- The Boston Herald – Judge refuses to lower bail for UMass rape suspect

A Hampshire Superior Court judge today refused to lower the bail of one of the four Pittsfield teens charged with gang raping a female freshman in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

The attorney for Caleb Womack, 17, asked the court to lower the teen’s $10,000 bail to $1,000 but Judge Daniel Ford denied it.

Womack is charged with three counts of rape. Another of the accused rapists, Emmanuel Bile, 18, plans to ask the court to lower his bail Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.

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10/26/2012 – Huffington Post- The Second WoundBlaming the Victim in Childhood Sexual Abuse

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10/25/2012 – Wicked Local Newton – Newton police investigating rape at Andover Newton Theological School.

Police are investigating the rape of a female at Andover Newton Theological School by an unknown masked assailant.

The incident occurred in the afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 14, according to police, when the female student was standing at the sink in a basement bathroom in Stoddard Hall at 230 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. She was grabbed, thrown to the ground and raped by an unknown male, police say.

The victim reported the incident to an administrator at the school on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and the school notified the police on Monday, Oct. 22. The victim has informed the school that she wishes to remain anonymous. She has not reported the incident to the Newton Police Department nor has she spoken with investigators.

The only description the victim could provide to school staff was that her attacker was a white male wearing a facemask covering his head and face. No further information on the suspect’s description is available

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10/25/2012 – The Salem News- Police: Clown tried to solicit sex at rest area.

DANVERS — Police say a nude man who works as a clown and children’s entertainer was arrested yesterday morning after jumping into a tractor-trailer at a Rowley rest stop off Interstate 95 and soliciting the male driver.

According to state police, James Vosolo, 46, of Danvers surprised the truck driver Tuesday evening just before midnight, hopping naked into his truck cab and asking him if he wanted to have sex. Vosolo is employed by Total Entertainment of Danvers, state police said.

A state police official said the truck driver called police after feigning interest and suggesting they meet up at the Seabrook, N.H., rest stop. Trooper Michael Caranfa responded to the call and attempted to pull Vosolo over. Vosolo proceeded to throw items, which police believed to be narcotics, out of his car before stopping alongside the highway in Salisbury. No narcotics have been recovered.

Vosolo was wearing only thong underwear when Caranfa approached. Vosolo was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, assault and battery, failure to stop for police, a marked lanes violation, and disorderly conduct. According to police, he allegedly grabbed the truck driver after entering his cab.

A search of Vosolo’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of several sex toys, Halloween masks and head lamps. He is expected to be arraigned today at Newburyport District Court. According to state police, Vosolo has no previous convictions.

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10/25/2012- Barnstable-Hyannis Patch – Falmouth Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges.

The Cape Cod Computer Crime unit along with the Falmouth Police Department arrested Canavin after searching his home in Falmouth. Officers seized several computers containing child pornography, according to a press release.

The Cape Cod Computer Crime unit is made up of officials with the Massachusetts State Police, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and Barnstable Police Department.

Canavin was arraigned in Falmouth District Court Wednesday.

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10/25/2012 – Pittsburg Post Gazette – Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to posing as teenage boy to meet up with W.Va. girl.

A Massachusetts woman arrested at Pittsburgh International Airport in May after months of posing as a boy to have sex with a teenage girl in West Virginia will spend 87 months in federal prison.

A federal judge in West Virginia Wednesday accepted a guilty plea by Carissa Hads, 25, who earlier this month agreed to that prison term as part of a deal struck with prosecutors.

Ms. Hads admitted that she traveled from her home in Quincy, Mass., to Lewis County, W.Va., to engage in illegal sexual conduct with the victim. She pleaded guilty to coercion or enticement of a minor female in U.S. District Court for the Nothern District of West Virginia.

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10/23/2012 – Boston Globe – Westport man gets harsh sentence for child rape.

A convicted sex offender from Westport has been sent to prison for up to 35 years for raping a child over a number of years starting when she was 12 years old.

Edward Pacheco Jr. was sentenced Monday in Fall River Superior Court to 25 to 35 years in prison and 40 years of probation. The 42-year-old Pacheco was found guilty in September of charges including statutory rape and rape of a child by force.

Pacheco was a friend of the victim’s family.

The Herald News (http://bit.ly/RukgnR ) reports that Judge D. Lloyd Macdonald said Pacheco ‘‘must be separated from society for a significant number of years, to protect other children.’’

Pacheco had been previously convicted of child rape in a separate case.

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10/22/2012 – MASS LIVE – Child Sexual Predator Project, launched by Northwestern DA David Sullivan, monitors sex offenders in Hampshire, Franklin counties.

GREENFIELD — “Keith” is a 25-year-old Franklin County man who lives with his parents, works less than 20 hours a week and says he spends much of the rest of the time in his room playing video games.

He also is classified by the state as a Level 3 sex offender, previously convicted of indecent assault on a minor. Under the terms of his probationary sentence, he wears an electronic ankle bracelet and is not supposed to drink, do drugs or be viewing pornography.

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10/22/2012 – Boston Globe – Three of four Pittsfield men arrested in alleged rape of UMass student were signed in to dorm.

AMHERST — Three of the four Pittsfield men accused of raping an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13 were signed into the dormitory where the alleged attack occurred — but not by the victim or her roommate, school officials said today.

UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath described the security procedures used at the state’s flagship public university in general terms, but also said that some of the woman’s alleged attackers appeared to have followed the security procedures.

He said the names of three of the men were found on the sign-in sheets on the date of the incident. Neither the woman they allegedly assaulted, nor her roommate, were responsible for letting the men into the dormitory, he said.

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10/20/2012 – Enterprise News- Brockton area men listed in Boy Scouts “perversion files”. Brockton, Stoughton, Hanson men listed in Boy Scouts ‘perversion files’

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10/19/2012 – United States Attorney’s Office – Blackstone Man Charged with Producing Child Pornography

A Blackstone, Mass. man was charged with production of child pornography earlier this month by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia and arrested on October 16, 2012 in Massachusetts.

Christopher Ceolinski, 37, was charged in a criminal complaint of using, persuading, inducing, and enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct which was transported in interstate commerce.

The complaint alleges that, between August 2011 and September 2012, Ceolinski engaged in an online relationship with a 15-year-old female in Georgia. The relationship started following an unsolicited “friend request” on Facebook. After three weeks of conversing online, Ceoliniski began sending pictures of his genitalia to the female. While communicating via Skype, Ceoliniski asked the female to describe sexual encounters between the two of them. Ceoliniski asked her to send him sexually explicit pictures of herself over the Internet, which she did after he provided her with a new Apple iPod with a camera for that purpose. In July 2012, Ceolinski traveled to Georgia and engaged in sexual acts with the young female, who had turned 16 years of age.

If convicted, Ceolinski faces a federal mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years.

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10/19/2012 – Somerville Patch – Two Somerville Names in Boy Scouts’ ‘Perversion Files’

Records released Thursday show two Somerville men were listed in the Boy Scouts’ confidential “perversion files,” which barred them from volunteering with the Scouts.

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10/19/2012 – ABC 40 – Local Boy Scout Leader Responds To Sex Abuse Scandal

The internal list released this week shows hundreds of former leaders that the boy scouts were monitoring and not allowing near children after suspected abuse. Most of the abuse happened 25 or 30 years ago, and about half a dozen of the leaders were right here in western Massachusetts. Although the list of suspected abusers was kept secret for decades, Kruse says the Boy Scouts have world renowned child safety measures. He says all leaders must have references, background checks, be approved by a board, and go through youth protection training. Also, no one-on-one interactions between scouts and leaders are allowed and large groups are encouraged

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10/19/2012 – MASS LIVE- Inside the Boys Scout’s ‘perversion files’ is Roger Norton, a convicted child molester with Western Massachusetts ties.

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10/19/2012 -Nashoba Publishing- Pepperell, Ayer names in Boy Scout ‘perversion files’

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10/19/2012 – WWLP- “Perversion List” includes Western Mass victims.

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Several former Western Massachusetts Boy Scout leaders were part of the newly publicized perversion files.

Boxes and boxes of files on suspected sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America are no longer confidential.

The files that date back decades were released after a jury in Oregon determined the boy scouts failed to protect members from molesters in the 80’s.

In Western Massachusetts there were four cases; in North Adams, Pittsfield, Woronoco and Ware.

They include allegations of rape of a child under 14, sexual advances and molestation.

Two of those were reported to law enforcement and resulted in charges.

The two others were not.

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10/19/2012 – Boston Channel 5 News-  Boy Scouts ‘perversion files’ include dozens tied to Mass.

The public release of thousands of confidential Boy Scout documents detailing alleged child abuse claims on Thursday included dozens of files devoted to Massachusetts cases

The files include the names of 45 individuals from Massachusetts.  One of the accused is Donn Kruger.  Team 5 Investigates discovered he’s a Level 3 sex offender, now in prison for rape, abuse and multiple counts of indecent assault and battery on a child.

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10/18/2012 – Malden Patch – Malden Woman Arrested for Sex Slavery

The Attorney General’s office announced Wenjie Dong, 49, of Malden, was arrested Thursday night and faces arraignment Friday for charges of sex trafficking and keeping a house of prostitution.

Two others, Zhen Lai, 37, of Quincy and Joseph Girouard, 55, of Revere, were arrested and face similar charges

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10/18/2012 – Boston Globe- Wellesley spa owner arrested in connection with alleged sex trafficking/prostitution.

The massage parlors are the Sun Spa, also known as the Spa Studio, in Wellesley, and Bodywork in Revere. Co-owners 37-year-old Zhen Lai of Quincy and 55-year-old Joseph Girouard are to be arraigned Friday on charges of sex trafficking and keeping a house of prostitution.

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10/18/2012 – Lowell Sun – Town of Ayer fights back in sex-offender bylaw challenge.

The town of Ayer has fired back after a Level 3 sex offender and his wife filed a federal lawsuit challenging Ayer’s new sex-offender bylaw, which limits where sex offenders can live.

In court documents filed Oct. 11 in U.S. District Court, attorney Leonard Kesten, who represents the town, filed court documents in opposition to John and Ashley King’s request for a preliminary injunction and asked the judge to deny the Kings’ preliminary injunction.

The injunction, if approved, would put the town’s sex-offender-residency bylaw, enacted Oct. 24, 2011, on hold until a judge decides whether to strike it down as unconstitutional.

A hearing on the preliminary injunction was scheduled in U.S. District Court, but the hearing was canceled. No new date has been given.

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10/18/2012- Boston Globe- Harvard doc gives up license after sex allegation.

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard psychiatrist who specializes in treating eating disorders has surrendered his medical license after officials found he engaged in sexual misconduct with a bulimic patient.

The Board of Registration accepted Dr. David B. Herzog’s resignation Wednesday.

An administrative magistrate found Herzog had a sexual encounter with his patient at her home in August 2010. The patient was 55 when she filed her complaint.

But Herzog’s attorney, David Gould, said his client ‘‘categorically denies’’ what he said are baseless allegations and called the magistrate’s findings ‘‘an absolute travesty.’’

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10/17/2012 – Herald News – Fall River man facing Tiverton rape charges arrested, transferred to R.I.

Jason Torres, 29, of Roosevelt Street, was arrested at the House of Correction to be charged by Tiverton Police with rape.

Police allege Torres went to the Tiverton home of a woman he knew previously and raped her, hours after he was released from the Adult Correctional Institutions on Nov. 2, 2011.

Before Tiverton police could arrest Torres last year, he was arrested in Massachusetts on charges from New Bedford Police and Fall River Police and has been held at the House of Correction since that time.

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10/16/2012  – ABC – Fingerprinting Door-to-Door Solicitors in Southwick.

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) — They were two people no one would ever want knocking on their front door.

“On a background check for some magazine sales persons, we had one that was a sex offender who wasn’t registered in the commonwealth and we also had another vendor who was being charged with murder,” said Southwick Police Chief Mark Krynicki.

The standard background check on their names worked. But Krynicki said it could have been different if a fake name or I.D. was used.

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10/16/2012 – UPI – City official arrested, child porn charged.

CHARLESTOWN, Mass., Oct. 16 (UPI) — A Charlestown, Mass., city official and neighborhood volunteer was arrested on child pornography charges, and community leaders expressed shock at the arrest.

James Mansfield, 47, a 28-year city employee and city transportation official with two school-age sons and a record of involvement in several local youth activity groups, was freed on bond Monday evening after his arrest on possession of child pornography, the Boston Herald reported Tuesday.

“If the allegations are true, it’s very disturbing to me and to everyone,” said Charlestown Councilor Salvatore LaMattina. “I have a neighborhood shocked. I have a very good family from Charlestown that’s devastated.”

Boston police detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit received a “cybertip” from Massachusetts State police about online chats in which Mansfield allegedly participated, the Suffolk County, Mass., District Attorney’s Office said.

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10/16/2012 -BOSTON GLOBE- Sex offender pleads guilty to failing to register.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A convicted sex offender who once lived in Providence has pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to register when he moved to Massachusetts.

The Rhode Island U.S. Attorney’s office says 38-year-old Denny Mendoza pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence to failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Fall River, Mass., then Chelsea, Mass., beginning in May of last year. Authorities say he was arrested in Chelsea in November by members of a U.S. Marshals-led sex offender task force and local police.

Mendoza had registered as a sex offender in September 2010 while living in Providence.

Federal law requires sex offenders to register and then keep their registration current in whatever jurisdiction they live, work or attend school.

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10/16/2012 – VOCM- Sentence Coming in Child Porn Case.

A man convicted of distributing and possessing child pornography will be sentenced at provincial court next week.

Joseph Rice was arrested over the summer on a warrant, resulting from a report from a Massachusetts teenager. The 16 year old boy said he knew Rice from an online video game, and befriended him. The boy says he and Rice were texting and chatting for a year before the friendly conversations changed in nature. Rice and the boy exchanged pornographic photos a few times, until February 2012 when Rice told the boy he was going to visit him in Massachusetts. That’s when the police were notified.

Rice was tracked down and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Rice will be sentenced on Tuesday, October 23rd.

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10/16/2012 – Wicked Local Hanson – Lessons from the Sandusky scandal.

Perhaps the saddest aspect of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation case is that it’s an old and familiar story. A respected member of the community takes an interest in a (usually poor) youngster, often to the delight of the child’s family, and offers the child outings, opportunities and flattering attention.

Residents of Massachusetts saw this repeatedly when the Boston archdiocese shuffled priests from parish to parish to “hide” them even after numerous accusations of child sex abuse.

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10/16/2012 – East Bay News- Fresh out of jail, man allegedly rapes Tiverton woman.

Jason M. Torres, 29, is charged with his 4th and 5th no contact order violations, and with first degree sexual assault, a felony, carrying a possible life sentence. TIVERTON — Police have charged a Fall River man with raping a Tiverton woman hours after he was released last November from the Adult Correctional Institute (ACI), and with violating two no-contact orders she had obtained against him.

The alleged rape occurred in the late morning of Nov. 2, 2011. During the months since then, the man, Jason M. Torres, 29, of Fall River, has been held by Massachusetts authorities under warrants for unrelated charges.

Upon his release last Tuesday, Oct 9, from the Massachusetts charges, he was picked up by Tiverton police and charged at 2:30 p.m with sexual assault in the first degree (forcible rape) and with the two no-contact order violations (his fourth and fifth such violations, police say) stemming from the Tiverton incident of last November.

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10/15/2012 – Boston Herald – City Hall worker held on $20,000 bail in child porn case

A top city transportation official was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail today after being arraigned on child pornography charges this morning. Also today, the mayor ordered that all the suspect’s City Hall computers be quarantined.

There is no evidence that Transportation Department employee James Mansfield was using city computers inappropriately, but officials have secured his computer “as a precaution” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s spokeswoman Dot Joyce.

City officials are conducting their own investigations into two allegations Mansfield was in possession of child pornography and engaged in inappropriate conduct in chat rooms, including whether any of the alleged conduct occurred during work hours, Joyce said.

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10/13/2012 – NBC NEWS – Boston city worker arrested on child porn charges.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has placed a city worker on unpaid administrative leave effective immediately after police arrested the 47-year-old man on child porn charges.

James Mansfield is an executive assistant in the Boston Transportation Department. He is charged with possession of child pornography. He was arrested Friday after an internet investigation revealed he was engaging in graphically sexual chat

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10/12/2012 – Wicked Local Newburyport – Lynn man to serve 15-25 years for child rape.

William Lora, 50, of 17 West Baltimore St., Lynn, was sentenced to 15 to 25 years in state prison by Judge Howard Whitehead Thursday in Salem Superior Court after a jury found him guilty of three counts of rape of a child with force and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over. He was found not guilty of a witness intimidation charge.

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10/12/2012 – Boston Globe- Lynn man convicted of raping relative

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10/12/2012- Peabody Patch-  Mayor Gains Full Support for Sex Offender Law From City Council

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10/12/2012- Salem News-  Council: Bar sex offenders in parks.

Peabody: Board votes for public hearing on mayor’s ordinance

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10/12/2012- North Adams Transcript –Savoy man sentenced after pleading guilty to abuse charges

PITTSFIELD – A Savoy man who admitted he beat and threatened a woman with death has been ordered to serve a 3 1Ž2 to six-year sentence in state prison.

On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, 31-year-old Jason M. Lemieux pleaded guilty to 14 charges related to the abuse of a 31-year-old woman over the course of more than a year, between Aug. 1, 2009, and Sept. 27, 2010, in Northern Berkshire County.

Among the charges were eight counts of assault and battery, two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threat to commit murder, and single counts of witness intimidation and misleading a police officer. Three counts of rape were dismissed at the request of the prosecutor, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo, as part of the agreed-upon plea.

Judge John A. Agostini ordered Lemieux to serve a Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction prison sentence of at least 3 1Ž2 years and a maximum of six years. After his release from prison, the defendant will be on house arrest for three years, with a 2 1Ž2-year suspended jail sentence. If he violates his probation, he can be sentenced to the jail time.

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10/12/2012-  Wicked Local Somerset – Sentencing of Westport rapist postponed.

The sentencing for a Westport man found guilty of several rape-related charges has been postponed.

A jury had found him guilty of charges of including two counts of statutory rape, and one count each of rape of a child by force, rape of a person 16 or older, intimidating a witness and violating a restraining order

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10/11/2012 –  Channel 5 News – Woman Admits to Traveling to Try to Have Sex with Minor. A Massachusetts woman admitted in federal court Wednesday morning that she came to the Mountain State to try and have sex with a minor.

25-year-old Carissa had supposedly met the victim online two years ago. She was posing as an 18-year-old man on MySpace and even started to change her appearance.

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10/11/2012 – Hampton / North Hampton Patch –  County Sheriffs Arrest Hampton Sex Offender

The man was recently arrested by another agency and recently indicted, while sheriffs also arrested a Hampton and a Seabrook man.

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10/11/2012 – Peabody Patch – City Council to Consider Local Sex Offender Law

The proposal from the mayor’s office would create “child safety zones,” such as at city parks and schools, where child sex offenders would not be allowed unless their presence was required for certain occasions — as a parent, for example.

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10/11/2012 – Wicked Local Somerville – DA: Somerville man among six caught in underage prostitution sting – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal.

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10/11/2012 – Southborough Daily Voice- Chief: Southborough Sex Offender Must Move.

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10/11/2012 – Wicked Local Marlborough – Protect Mass Children Endorses Dean Cavaretta for State Senate.

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10/11/2012 – Wicked Local Hudson – Protect Mass Children Endorses Dean Cavaretta for State Senate.

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10/11/2012 – Northborough Patch – Protect Mass Children Endorses Dean Cavaretta for State Senate.

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10/10/2012 – Channel 22 News- Teen charged with sex assault at Cape Cod camp. SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) Police have charged a 14-year-old boy who attended a YMCA summer camp in Sandwich with two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault on a child under 14.

Police are withholding details of the alleged incident at Camp Lyndon because of the nature of the allegations and because both the defendant and the alleged victim are juveniles.

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10/10/2012 – Protect Mass Children – Protect Mass Children fully endorses Dean Cavaretta for State Senate

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10/9/2012 – Yahoo News – Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday morning after being found guilty on 45 of 48 charges in a child sexual assault case earlier this year.

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10/9/2012 – Holliston Hopinkton Patch – Hopkinton Police Log: Drunken-Driving Arrest, Sex Offender Warrant.

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10/9/2012 – Boston Channel 7 News- Jailed sex offender not allowed back to Soutboro home.

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10/9/2012 – Wicked Local Mansfield – Bus stop moved to protect students.

When the Mansfield Public School system was informed that a bus stop was located next to the home of Level II sex offender, Gerald Deneault, 45, of Mansfield they immediately took action to relocate the stop

Deneault was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 3 and charged with receiving child pornography. During a warrant search of his residence, federal officers seized evidence on computers, videos and DVDs. Deneault lives at 575 North Main St., on the corner of Summit Ave., where a bus stop had been assigned

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10/6/2012 – Boston Globe –  Somerville man arrested in Reading on child-enticement charge.

A Somerville man was arrested Saturday on a charge of enticing a child under 16, Reading police said in a statement.

Justin Koser, 30, was arrested at 6:31 p.m. Saturday after traveling to Reading, allegedly for the purpose of having sex with a 15-year-old, whose gender was not disclosed by police. Koser had conducted a sexually graphic correspondence with the teen through text messages and online, police said.

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10/6/2012 – The Daily Voice – Southborough Police Update Sex Offender Procedures

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The Southborough Police Department has conducted a review of it’s sex offender policies and is in the process of making a number of changes, according to a statement released Friday by Selectmen Chairman John Rooney.

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10/6/2012 – New York Daily News –  Retired Mass. teacher faces child sex abuse charges
The alleged offenses occurred in Massachusetts, some up to 40 years ago. Authorities say Sheehan has not been arrested because he is in poor health. He could not be reached for comment. Superintendent Debra Spinelli says she told police this summer

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10/5/2012 – Metrowest Daly News – Two indicted on child rape charges in separate cases

A grand jury has indicted two Framingham men on child rape charges in unrelated cases. Each is scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court next Wednesday. Framingham Police arrested Nivaldo Teles, 37, on Aug. 24 and Celio DeOliveira, 35, was arrested on Aug. 30. Each was recently indicted by a Middlesex grand jury. Teles, of 171 Irving St., is charged with four counts of aggravated rape of a child, assault with the intent to rape a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14

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105/5/2012 – Wicked Local Natick – Police Report- 12:20 p.m. – An Ashland man was arrested after police said he did not register as a sex offender. Joseph E. Flynn, 59, of Forest Ave., was charged with failing to register as a sex offender, police said.

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10/5/2012 – Go Local Worcester – Worcester Sex Offenders Migrating To Main South.  The  number of registered level 3 sex offenders living in Worcester has more than doubled in the past six years, with the majority concentrated in the city’s Main South area.

In 2006, the city was home to 91 registered level 3 sex offenders, individuals who were determined to pose a high risk of re-offense and a degree of dangerousness significant enough to warrant the active dissemination of their registration information by the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board in the interest of public safety.

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10/4/2012 – Boston Globe -Massachusetts not in compliance with sex offender law.

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10/4/2012 – Martha’s Vineyard Patch – David Thrift Sentenced to 10-13 Years for Rape of a Child.

David Thrift of Vineyard Haven was sentenced to 10-13 years Wednesday in Dukes County Superior Court after pleading guilty “to a total of seven criminal charges, including rape of a child under 16 by force, and rape of a child under 16, aggravated by age difference greater than 10 years. He also pleaded guilty to intimidating a victim, assault and battery, and violating a restraining order,” reported the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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10/4/2012  – Sentinal & Enterprise – Fitchburg man held in ’98 rape, kidnapping of pregnant teen

FITCHBURG — A registered Level 3 sex offender is being held on $300,000 cash bail after being arraigned in the 1998 rape and kidnapping of a pregnant 17-year-old girl.

Kenneth J. Casey, 52, whose address was listed in court documents as 231 Boutelle St., Apt. 3, was linked to the 14-year-old crime through DNA and the victim’s recollection of his tattoos.

Casey allegedly “forcibly confine(d) or imprison(ed) the victim” at her residence in the early morning of July 14, 1998, according to police reports.

She was 6 months pregnant at the time.

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10/4/2012 – Wicked Local Mansfield – Mansfield registered sex offender arrested on child porn charges. A Mansfield man was charged in federal court on Oct. 3 with receiving child pornography.

Gerald Deneault, 45, was arrested at his home Wednesday morning, United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin Niland, Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service, said. He had been previously convicted in Massachusetts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.

The new complaint alleges Deneault received child pornography from a Canadian company on a number of occasions from June 2008 to February 2011

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10/4/2012 – Southborough Daily Press – SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The Southborough Police Department is conducting an internal investigation to figure out how a registered level 2 sex offender facing child pornography charges has been living near a child care center.

Daniel J. Goichman, 50, of 29 East Main St., was arraigned in Westborough District Court on Mondayon three counts of possessing child pornography. Southborough Police Chief Jane Moran confirmed Wednesday that Goichman’s residence was within 1,000 feet of the Southborough Village Preschool at 14 East Main St. According to a town bylaw passed in 2008, no registered sex offender may live within 1,000 feet of schools, day-care centers, parks, elderly housing facilities or other recreational facilities

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10/4/2012 – Sun Chronicle – MANSFIELD– A Level 2 sex offender was arrested at his North Main Street home Wednesday on federal child pornography charges. Gerald E. Deneault, 45, was taken into custody by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service, who executed a search warrant at his home at 575 North Main St.

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10/4/2012 – Wicked Local Waltham – A Mansfield man has been charged in federal court with receiving child pornography. Gerald Deneault, 45, who was previously convicted in Massachusetts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, was arrested at his residence Wednesday morning.

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10/3/2012 – The Lynn Item – Lynn man facing life in prison as trial for 2007 rapes begins

William Lora, of 17 West Baltimore St., #22, pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape of a child with force and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child 14 years old or older in Salem Superior Court in February 2008.

Lora allegedly raped and molested a 14-year-old Lynn girl in incidents occurring between Sept. 1, 2007 and Nov. 13, 2007, the Daily Item previously reported. Jury selection for the trial began Monday.

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10/3/2012 – Enterprise News –  Repeat sex offender indicted for incident at Brockton supermarket.  John G. Coppinger, 59, was indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury on Friday on two counts of open and gross lewdness and two counts of accosting, according to court records. The indictment moves the case to superior court with more serious charges stemming from an incident over the summer at a supermarket in Brockton. Coppinger allegedly exposed himself to several adults and children.

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10/3/2012 – Lexington Patch – Lexington Police Chief encourages residents to remain calm concerning a level 3 sex offender hanging around school yards, soccer fields, and public places in Lexington.

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10/3/2012 – Vineyard Gazett – Vineyard HAven man pleads guilty to rape of a child by force, and intimidation of a witness,

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10/2/2012- Wicked Local Lexington – Lexington police chief addresses sex offender concerns.

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10/2/2012 – The Berkshire Eagle- A level 3 sex offender was held on $100,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in Central Berkshire District Court for allegedly sexually assaulting two young children over the course of the past nine months.

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10/2/2012 –Waltham Patch- Waltham Sex Offender Causing Stir in Waltham, Lexington.

A Level 3 sex offender’s behavior in both towns has raised eyebrows among residents.

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10/2/2012- Marlborough Patch- Underage Sex Sting at Econo Lodge Nabs 7.

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10/1/2012- Community Advocate- Southborough Police assist with arrest of town resident.

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10/1/2012- Shrewsbury Daily Voice- 8 Men arrested in Northborough hotel for attempting to purchase sex from a minor.

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10/1/2012- Boston Globe- Man charged with rape of 4-year-old child.

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10/1/2012- Mysouthbrorough.com- Registered sex offender arrested on child pornography charges in Southborough.

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9/30/2012- The Examiner- Boston: Rapist files for visitation rights to victim’s toddler.

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9/28/2012- Daily News- Retired Massachusetts teacher faces decades-old child sex abuse charges.

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9/28/2012 – Boston Globe- Westport man convicted of child rape charges.

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9/28/2012- Wicked Local Needham- Needham Police: Sex offender arrested.

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9/28/2012- Boston Globe- Pittsfield- Ex-school head guilty of child porn charges.Sentenced to six months in jail.

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9/28/2012- Boston Globe- Ex Mass Ex-Mass. senator keeps pension despite sex offense conviction

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9/27/2012 – MyFoxBoston- Judge denies rape victims motion to remove rapists parental rights.

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9/27/2012- Wicked Local Dighton- Michael Alifonso, 30, 12 Maple St., No. 3, pleaded guilty to indecent assault and battery on a child under 14; sentenced to two and a half years with one year to serve in house of correction.

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9/27/2012- Worcester Telegram- Repeat rapist gets 9-15 years

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9/27/2012 – The Herald News – Fall River- Edward Pacheco has been found guilty on the charges of rape of child with force, rape, statutory rape, statutory rape.

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9/27/2012- Salem Patch – Bradford sex offender faces trial for felonies of indecent exposure and lewdness and failure to register as a sex offender.

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9/27/2012- Wicked Local Somerville – Former Somerville preist accused of sex abuse, kills self.

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9/25/2012 – CBS Boston- Lexington School Warns Parents About Level 3 Sex Offender. Parents in Lexington are being warned about a Level 3 sex offender seen biking around town and approaching children. Families are alarmed because police say there is nothing they can do.

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9/18/2012 – Protect Mass Children links North Reading to the 351 Project.

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8/15/2012 – Stow Independent – PMC’s New 351 Project.

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7/23/2012 PMC’s President Joseph DiPietro on the Michelle Mcphee show discussing Melissa’s Bill and why any Senator and State Rep would vote against a bill to protect children and the community from violent habitual offenders.

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7/20/2012 – Les Gosule discusses Melissa’s Bill, in memory of his daughter Melissa Gosule.

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7/19/2012 –  Massachusetts State Senate passes Melissa’s Bill

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7/18/2012 – Bish Foundation urges passage of Molly’s Bill and other very important child protection legislation. PMC joined with 8 other advocacy groups attented for a Public Ralley Against Child Sexual Abuse

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7/18/2012 –  Massachusetts House of Representatives passes Melissa’s Bill

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8/31/2011 – For Immediate Release – Senator Bruce Tarr recognized by Protect Mass Children

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8/22/2011 – Lowell Sun- Lowell Ban on Sex Offenders Hard to Enforce

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7/28/2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OSHA Fines Mental Health Association for Safety Violations in Death of Health Care Worker. Victim’s mother states, “safety policies would have saved her daughter’s life.”

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7/26/2011 – Mr. Philip Paleologos PSA promoting Protect Mass Children and the need to protect our children from predators

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7/25/2011 – PR Webb – 1966 Mustang Fastback Raffled to Fund Programs to Protect Children, Protect Mass Children Urges Communities to Help Protect Children from Child Predators

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7/24/2011 – Mrs. T – Gina Tempesta PSA promoting Protect Mass Children and the need to protect our children from predators

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7/22/2011 – Fox 25 News Zip-Trip Saugus – Show’s “Survivor” our 1966 Ford Mustang GT for raffle to fund programs to protect children from predators.

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7/19/2011 – WCBV TV Boston Channel 5: Wheelchair bound hero faces charges after protecting 3-year-old from pedophile.

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7/19/2011 – The Boston Herald: District Attorney’s Office moves case forward against paraplegic man who defended his daugther against admitted pedophile Joshua Hardy. Trial date set for September 12th.

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7/18/2011 – WRKO AM 680 Michele McPhee -Should a Paraplegic man who beat Child Molestor face jail time?

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7/18/2011 – WRKO AM 680 Michele McPhee – Paraplegic faces jail in violent citizen’s arrest.

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7/13/2011- The Sun Chronicle- Norfolk’s Winslow joins push for Caylee’s Law in Mass.

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7/11/2011 – Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr  helps promote stronger laws and awareness to protect children from sexual predators – A bi-partisian effort with Protect Mass Children to lower rates of abuse in Massachusetts and protect our children from the worst of the worst.

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7/10/2011 –  Joe Ligotti from Fox Business News, ‘The Guy From Boston” and the Joe and Huggy Show 96.9 WTKK Boston helps promote Protect Mass Children and child abuse awareness.

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6/29/2011 –  Barry Scott from the Lost 45’s helps promote Protect Mass Children PSA for Protect Mass Children

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6/23/2011 –  JJ Wright from 103.3 WODS helps promote Protect Mass Children PSA for Protect Mass Children

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6/17/2011 – Cambridge News Weekly – John Robert Powers New England Awards Protect Mass Children with One Year Scholarship to Aid Victims of Abuse

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5/31/2011 – The Lynn Journal – Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. recognized by Protect Mass Children

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5/26/2011 The Salem News – One week, four child abuse cases. Is anyone watching?

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5/11/2011 The Stoneham Independent – State officials join to create child abuse awareness campaign.

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5/1/2011 – South Coast Today.com – Your View: Put repeat pedophiles away forever

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4/22/2011 – Boston.com – Sheriff Cousins in Salem to raise awareness of child abuse.

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4/22/2011 – Wicked Local Saugus – Protect Mass Children event at Kowloon.

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4/21/2011 – Wicked Local Saugus – PHOTO GALLERY: Protect Mass Children event at Kowloon

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4/11/2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Protect Mass Children to honor Frank Hebert with “Heroes Award”

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4/10/2011 – The Herald News – Camp Good News, many unanswered questions.

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4/10/2011 – The Berkshire Eagle – Where is the outrage on child abuse?

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4/9/2011 –  Taunton Daily Gazette – Guest Opinion- Camp Good News, many unanswered questions.

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4/8/2011- PMC OP-ED – Camp “Bad” News, Too Many Unanswered Questions.

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4/6/2011 –  PMC’s President  talks about The Frank Hebert situation with WRKO’s Michele McPhee

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4/2/2011 -Child Abuse Awareness Month- The Child Abuse Crisis in Massachusetts.

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3/28/2011 – GPS Tracking Devices Do Not Ensure Sex Offenders Are Not Victimizing Children With the Bracelets on.

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3/28/2011 – Wicked Local – Saugus Police Chief Recognized by Protect Mass Children

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3/27/2011 – The MetroWest Daily News – GPS tracking devices can’t stop crime

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3/24/2011 -The Milford Daily News- GPS tracking devices can’t stop crime

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3/24/2011 – The MetroWest Daily News: Addeo case is a failure of law.

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3/22/2011 -The Daily Item- Saugus chief joins war vs. child sex predators

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3/18/2011 – State police ripped for no alert on sex offender escape

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3/15/2011 – State Senator Bruce Tarr and State Representative Donald Wong  Discuss our “Three Strikes you’re in” Bill on Jeff Katz Talk 1200 AM, Rush Radio

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3/15/2011 – Media Advisory – State Senator Bruce Tarr and State Representative Donald Wong to Join Jeff Katz Tuesday at 8:20am on Talk 1200 AM, Rush Radio

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3/9/11 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Fully Restored 1966 Mustang Raffled for Children’s Charity.  Supporters put their money where their mouth is for child advocacy organization.

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3/9/2011 – PMC announces major motorcycle rally for the children. In partnership with Boston Harley-Davidson, B.A.C.A and Mass Appeal International. Interested in being a Sponsor or Co-Sponsor? View our media kit.

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3/9/2011- PMC partners with Mass Appeal International in a 66 Mustang GT Fastback raffle to benefit the children.

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3/2/2011 –  Blogspot.com – Strong Mandatory Sentences for Pedophiles

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3/1/2011 –   PMC March Newsletter – Protecting the Children of Massachusetts from Child Sexual Abuse, through legislation and education

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3/1/2011 –  The Daily Item – Rep Wong Takes Aim at Sex Offenders.

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2/22/2011 –  Wicked Local Saugus – Donald Wong Sponsors “Three Strikes” Legislation Targeting Sex Offenders. Also Sponsors two other Bills calling for Life Imprisonment on any 2nd offense and 30 year Mandatory Sentences for first time offenders.

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2/17/2011 –  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sexual Predator “Three Strikes” Legislation Referred to Judiciary Committee. Advocates, Sponsors call on Leadership in Legislature to fast track Bill.

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2/15/2011 –  NECN – Three strikes law proposed for sex offenders

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2/14/2011 –  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Legislators Take to the Airwaves Supporting “Three Strikes Bill.

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2/12/2011 –  The Somerville News – Life Sentence Bill to Target Sex Offenders

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2/11/2011 –  Cambridge News Weekly – Three Strikes

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2/8/2011 –  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Strong Support for “Three Strikes” Sexual Predator Legislation.

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1/21/2011- House and Senate Bills have been filed. The bills call for strong mandatory sentences for child predators and life sentences for repeat offenders. Representative Donald Wong and Senator Bruce Tarr are leading the legislation and working towards protecting the children of Massachusetts.

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12/22/2010 – Mass Appeal International

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11/11/2010 –   CNBC article on Amazon.com

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11/12/2010 –  CNBC article

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