January 12, 2018

Prosecution dropped following defendant’s death

1-11-18 Georgia:

Federal prosecutors asked for the dropping of charges against a man accused of committing sex crimes following the man’s death in December.

A federal grand jury indicted Brian A. Temple, 55, in September 2015 for attempted online enticement of a minor, interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and commission of a sex offense by an individual required to register as a sex offender.

According to the indictment, he allegedly used a cellphone in August 2015 to arrange a sexual encounter with a person he believed was a 15-year-old girl, and later that month drove to Florida to meet with the girl. He was previously been convicted in 1999 in Massachusetts for a sex offense against a child younger than 14, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offender database. ..Contined..

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January 11, 2018

Was homicide victim attacked because of his alleged history as sex offender? Detectives looking into the possibility

1-9-18 California:

A Los Angeles man who was stabbed more than 50 times and whose body was dumped near Rosamond may have been targeted in the belief that he was a sex offender, according to a search warrant.

The slaying of Roderick White may be connected to comments found on his Facebook page ALLEGING that the 32-year-old was a child molester, Kern County sheriff's Detective Daniel Perez wrote in the warrant. In the years he's worked in law enforcement, the detective wrote, he is aware that convicted or accused sex offenders are sometimes assaulted or killed because of their criminal history.

Perez found a Facebook page that had selfies of White, and he noted comments made in March and April of last year alleging that White was a child molester and listing possible addresses for him in Los Angeles and New York, the warrant states. ..Continued..

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December 23, 2017

Homeless man arrested in 2015 killing of convicted rapist

12-22-17 Oregon:

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Springfield police say a homeless man has been arrested in the 2015 killing of a 71-year-old man.

Sgt. David Lewis said in a news release that 50-year-old Edward Hughes was arrested Thursday night in Eugene and booked into the Lane County Jail on a charge of a murder. He did not say what led investigators to Hughes.

The victim, Leonard Johnson, was found dead in his Springfield apartment on Sept. 7, 2015. He was a convicted rapist and registered sex offender. ..Source..

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December 22, 2017

3rd Man Killed in Train Wreck Was Convicted Sex Offender

12-22-17 Oregon:

Authorities have identified the third person killed in the deadly Amtrak derailment outside of Seattle as a man under federal supervision for a child pornography conviction.

Authorities have identified the third person killed in the deadly Amtrak derailment outside of Seattle as a man under federal supervision for a child pornography conviction.

The Pierce County coroner's office said Wednesday that Benjamin Gran, 40, of Auburn, Washington, died of multiple traumatic injuries in the train wreck Monday.

Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle, said the prosecutor was notified Wednesday of Gran's death. Gran had been ordered to a lifetime of supervised release following a felony conviction for child pornography.

Gran had pleaded guilty and served two years in prison before his release in 2015. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

Gran died on the maiden voyage of a faster train route between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. ..Source..

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December 11, 2017

Sex offender wanted for Kokomo rape dead after standoff in Louisiana

12-10-17 Louisiana:

ACADIA PARISH, La. – Kokomo Police confirmed that the suspect accused of raping and confining a woman last week has died following a standoff in Louisiana, according to Fox59.

Gary Perkins, of Kokomo, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Acadia Parish Sheriff Dept. responded to a report of a suspicious person at a gas station on Saturday night.

The victim told police that she was struck in the head and went unconscious around 6 p.m. on Monday. When she regained consciousness, she reportedly struggled with Perkins before she was strangled and lost consciousness again.

After allegedly being confined to a bed and raped, the victim says she was finally able to free herself about 12 hours later after the suspect left the residence. ..Continued..

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November 22, 2017

Child molester's death at Shelton prison investigated as homicide

11-22-17 Washington:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 57-year-old man serving a life sentence for child molestation at the Washington Corrections Center near Shelton died over the weekend and police are investigating it as an apparent homicide.

The Olympian reports the state Corrections Department said Bryan Emmal died after "sustaining injuries in his two-person cell" shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday.

Corrections officials planned to conduct a critical incident review.

Emmal was a medium-custody inmate at the prison, which houses about 1,270 men in medium, close and maximum custody. Emmal began serving a life sentence Sept. 8 after he was convicted of child molestation in Thurston County.

Emmal's cellmate, Daniel Porter, is being housed in the facility's intensive management unit pending an investigation.

Porter began serving a 15-month sentence Oct. 19 for burglary in Pierce County. ..Source..

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November 19, 2017

For Illinois Sex Offenders, Six Years Can Turn Into Life In Prison

11-19-17 Illinois:

The Rockford native committed a sex crime, and in order to get out of prison he has to meet the state’s long list of rigid parole requirements for those convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. He could remain behind bars for the rest of his life if he doesn’t find appropriate housing. For Lindenmeier, that means finding a place to live where, among other things, he is away from children and has no internet-accessible devices like smartphones and smart TVs.

Lindenmeier said he couldn’t afford his own apartment, so he turned to his family for help. But their living situations disqualified them under state law. He said his father lived too close to a park, his mother had a computer and smartphone, his sister had small children, and his dad’s girlfriend’s home was too close to a day care center. The rules even prohibit halfway houses from taking in sex offenders. So he remains behind bars, searching for a home. ..Continued..

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November 10, 2017

Accused child molester plunges to death trying to escape angry parents

11-9-17 New York

A Queens man was accused of molesting two kids at a children’s birthday party — and then wound up dead on the pavement hours later.

Edgar Collaguazo, 44, plunged to his death from a fourth-floor apartment inside a building on 95th Street in Jackson Heights early Thursday, police said.

He sublets a room in his unit to the 5-year-old birthday boy’s family, and had offered to let the child and a young girl watch a movie in his room while the adults partied, police and the family said.

But when one child’s mom went to check on them around midnight, she found Collaguazo with his hand down the boy’s pants. The girl later claimed the man had kissed her on the mouth.

Some of the adults began hitting Collaguazo. Then they locked the accused perv in his room and called the cops.

Collaguazo tried to flee out a window — and landed directly on a metal fence, before bouncing onto the ground, grisly security footage from the street level shows.

Police arrived moments later. EMS rushed him to the hospital in critical condition, and he later died, officials said.

The boy’s furious mom said Collaguazo and her son were very close, but she wasn’t aware of him touching the child in the past.

“I never imagined he was able to do something like that,” she told The Post. ..Source..

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October 28, 2017

South Carolina Sets Rules for Sex Offenders on Halloween

Other than fear mongering there is no known issue connecting former sex offenders with Halloween
10-28-17 South Carolina:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is requiring many sex offenders to stay inside their own homes during prime trick-or-treating hours on Halloween night.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports that the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services has set a 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. curfew for all offenders under its supervision for a sex offense.

The curfew applies to sex offenders on probation or parole. In addition, the state has set other rules for sex offenders on probation or parole, including no candy distribution.

The department says that agents checked in at 417 offenders' homes and made 320 landline phone checks last Halloween. No supervised sex offenders were arrested last Halloween, and four were cited for violating directives. ..Source..

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