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At 8:18 a.m. on 9 September 2014, Defendant drove a rented Nissan Altima
faster than the posted 65 mph speed limit on Interstate 95 (“I-95”) in Johnston
County, North Carolina. His fiancée, Usha Peart, rode in the front passenger seat
and held a female pit bull in her lap. Trooper John W. Lamm, of the North Carolina
State Highway Patrol, was parked in the median of I-95. Tro... More...
   $0 (09-29-2016 - NC)


In February 2014, A.B. was living with her mother, her two younger siblings,
and Defendant. Defendant was A.B.’s mother’s boyfriend and had been living in the
apartment since 2013. A.B. was fifteen years old at the time the incidents occurred.
On the afternoon of 21 February 2014, A.B. returned home after school, ate,
and went to sleep in her room. No one else was home bec... More...
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United States of America v. Brian Dale Prim

Fort Worth, TX - Man Who Tried to Meet a 13-Year-Old for Sex at Motel in Fort Worth is Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Enticement of a Minor

A 48-year-old man, most recently from north Texas, Brian Dale Prim, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 120 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in May 2016 to an indictment charging one ... More...
   $0 (09-21-2016 - TX)

The People of the State of California v. Juan Manuel Tello

Modesto, CA - Defendant Found Not Guilty at End of Second Trial for Murder

The States of California charged Juan Manuel Tello with first-degree murder for killing Robert Ruvalcaba, age 38, who was found dead in an alley in west Modesto in 2011. The State claimed that Tello killed Ruvalcaba for asking to be paid an outstanding debt for drugs.

California Penal Code Title 8
   $0 (09-17-2016 - CA)

Consumer Product Safety Commission v. Goodman Company, L.P.

Houston, TX - Goodman Co. Agrees to Pay $5.55 Million for Delay and Misrepresentation in Reporting Fire Hazard Involving Air Conditioners/Heaters

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Goodman Company, L.P., of Houston, Texas, has agreed to pay a $5.55 million civil penalty and has agreed to other terms of a consent decree (which is subject to judicial approval... More...
   $0 (09-16-2016 - TX)


Twenty-year-old A. and Stinde became acquainted through work and
began dating, which developed into an intimate relationship. They lived together
off and on for about three months. They were not living together on January 15,
2014, but at about 9:30 p.m., they went to the Quad City Inn for the purpose of
having consensual sex. They took A.’s car, and she paid for the room re... More...
   $0 (09-16-2016 - IA)

United States of America v. Steven Douglas Rockett

Portland, OR - Child Sexual Predator Sentenced to 60 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon sentenced Steven Douglas Rockett to 60 years in federal prison followed by a life term of supervised release. Rockett, 47, was convicted by a federal jury in Portland, Oregon for producing child pornography outside the United States, engaging in illicit sexual conduct in forei... More...
   $0 (09-08-2016 - OR)

United States of America v. Akil J. DeCoteau

Boston, MA - Boston man pleads guilty to sex trafficking

A Boston man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston to sex trafficking charges.

Akil J. DeCoteau, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in prostitution and one count of conspiracy to transport an individual for prostitution. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Cas... More...
   $0 (09-07-2016 - LA)

United States of America v. Gregory Lyle Bridges

Seattle, WA - Former Seattle Resident Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Traveling to have Sex with Teen and Possession of Images of Child Rape

Flew from Seattle to Colorado to Sexually Molest 14-year-old Boy

A 38-year-old Seattle man who traveled to Colorado to groom and sexually molest a teenager he met on the internet was sentenced to ten years in prison and lifetime supervi... More...
   $0 (09-05-2016 - WA)

Jonathan D. Drewry v. State of Tennessee

A Williamson County grand jury indicted the Petitioner for aggravated rape, attempted second degree murder, aggravated kidnaping, and aggravated assault. At the guilty plea submission hearing, the State provided a factual basis in support of the Petitioner‟s guilty plea: On February 13, 2012, the victim was staying at a Quality Inn in Williamson County, Tennessee. The victim left her hote... More...   $0 (09-04-2016 - TN)

United States of America v. Arshad Razzak

San Francisco, CA - Former San Francisco Police Officer Sentenced To Prison

Officer Sentenced to Fourteen Months For Violating Fourth Amendment And Writing False Police Report

Former San Francisco Police Officer Arshad Razzak was sentenced to 14 months in prison, and ordered to pay a $12,500 fine for violating the civil rights of a resident of a single room occupancy hotel and wr... More...
   $0 (09-04-2016 - CA)

United States of America v. Amuary Villa

Owensboro, KY - Miami Resident Sentenced To 77 Months In Prison For Participating In A Conspiracy To Burglarize A Kentucky Cigarette Warehouse

Ordered to pay $1,486,164.45 in restitution for theft of cigarettes from Leitchfield, Kentucky warehouse

A Miami resident from Cuba, was sentenced to 77 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $1,486,164.45 - for conspiracy and... More...
   $0 (08-31-2016 - KY)

United States of America v. John Bills

Chicago, IL - Former City of Chicago Transportation Official Sentenced to Ten Years for Corruption in Awarding of Red-Light Camera Contracts

The former assistant transportation commissioner for the city of Chicago was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for his role in a corruption scheme involving the city’s red-light camera contracts.

A jury in January convicted JOHN BILLS... More...
   $2032959 (08-31-2016 - IL)


Between the months of January 2013 and July 2013 a series of home-invasion
sexual assaults and robberies occurred in the Billings, Montana, area. The first reported
assault occurred in the early morning of January 27, 2013, when twenty-one-year-old
victim K.L., asleep in her bed, was awakened by a gloved hand cupped over her mouth, a
knife held to her throat, and a man tellin... More...
   $0 (08-24-2016 - MT)

State of Tennessee v. Javonte Thomas

This case arises out of the February 8, 2014 shooting death of Quintin Fifer, which occurred in the parking lot of a Memphis hotel as the victim was sitting in the driver‟s seat of his vehicle with his girlfriend, their two-year-old son, and his brother as passengers. A tip led the police to the defendant, whose brother, Jeremy Thomas, had been involved in an earlier dispute with the victim.... More...   $0 (08-22-2016 - TN)

Adam P. Paty v. The State of Texas

Travis Everett, a shift manager at a McDonald’s restaurant, testified that on
October 2, 2013, while he was working “overnight,” a person “pulled” a truck up to
the drive-through “order[ing] booth,” but then appeared to “dr[i]ve off.” About ten
to fifteen minutes later, Everett heard “honking” in the drive-through lane and
realized that the person had not in fact “dr[iven] off... More...
   $0 (08-19-2016 - TX)

Gary James Cox v. The State of Texas

Tom and Debbie B. were friends with Appellant when he became homeless.
Taking pity on him, they would occasionally pick him up and feed him or put him
in a hotel. During a family vacation in the summer of 2013, Tom and Debbie invited
Appellant to housesit for them in League City, Texas. By that August, their son had
reached the age of majority and moved out of their house. ... More...
   $0 (08-19-2016 - TX)

Mark Conley v. State of Indiana

On Thursday, August 6, 2015, Michael Dexter parked his 1975 Harley
Davidson FXC motorcycle in his driveway on Schuyler Avenue in Tippecanoe
County. Around 7:30 the next morning, Dexter discovered that his motorcycle
was gone, and he contacted the police to report it stolen. That Sunday, Dexter
could hear his motorcycle being driven somewhere through his neighborhood.
[... More...
   $0 (08-13-2016 - IN)

United States of America v. Daniel James Barnes

Las Vegas, NV - Pimp Sentenced To 30 Years In Federal Prison

A California man was sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervised release following his jury convictions for felony sex trafficking offenses involving a minor.

“Assisted by his partner, this five-time convicted felon preyed on his minor victim simply for the purpose of enriching his own pocketbook,” said U.S.... More...
   $0 (08-11-2016 - NV)

United States of America v. Jarrail Lamont Smith

Sacramento, CA - Cleveland Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Transporting Minors to California to Engage in Commercial Sex Acts

Jarrail Lamont Smith, 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 15 years in prison on two counts of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of prostitution, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. ... More...
   $0 (08-08-2016 - CA)

Paris Defrance Michael v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted Paris Defrance Michael of sexual assault, trafficking, and compelling
prostitution, all involving a fourteen-year-old girl, and assessed punishment at concurrent prison
terms of sixty-five years. In one issue, appellant contends the trial court erred in admitting a
detective’s expert testimony on child sex trafficking. We conclude this issue is without merit. In ... More...
   $0 (08-03-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Shawn Shannon

WASHINGTON – Indiana Gospel Singer Found Guilty of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

A jury has convicted a Muncie, Indiana, man of 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of distribution of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jim Lewi... More...
   $0 (07-28-2016 - IL)

United States of America v. Shawn Shannon

East St. Louis, IL - Indiana Gospel Singer Found Guilty of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

A jury has convicted a Muncie, Indiana, man of 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Shawn Shannon, 44, a traveling gospel singer, was convicted after a three-day trial.

The government ... More...
   $0 (07-28-2016 - IL)

Douglas Craig Lemley v. The State of Wyoming

On December 17, 2014, a housekeeper employed by the Holiday Inn of Cheyenne1 called the front desk to report that a man was harassing the hotel staff on the fifth floor. The housekeeper believed he was in Room 527. Front desk employees reviewed their records and found that Room 527 was registered to a woman who appeared to have already checked out. The hotel’s branch office manager called Room 52... More...   $0 (07-28-2016 - WY)

United States of America v, Jonathan Brent Wulf

Seattle, WA - Former Psychologist Sentenced to 6+ Years for Seeking Sex with 12-Year-Old

After Posting Ad on Craigslist, Communicated about Sex with Child

A Seattle psychologist was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 78 months in prison and five years of supervised release for attempted travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and attempted receipt of child pornogra... More...
   $0 (07-25-2016 - WA)

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