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United States of America v. Philip Toronto District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA -Billerica Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Two Young Boys

A Billerica man was sentenced on February 15, 2018 in federal court in Boston for sexually exploiting two young boys over a five-and-a-half year period.

Philip Toronto, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 40 years in prison and five years of super... More...
   $0 (02-22-2018 - MA)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Ray A. Shetler, Jr. Westmoreland County Courthouse - Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Greensburg, PA - Jury Finds Defendant Accused of Murder Not Guilty

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged Ray Shetler, Jr. with first-degree murder and third-degree murder for killing a polic officer who responded to a domestic violence call in Westmoreland County in 2015.

Shetler's girlfriend domestic violence 911 call.

Officer Lloyd Reed responded to the call and ord... More...
   $0 (02-17-2018 - )

State of Florida v. Donald Smith Duval County Courthouse - Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, FL - Jury Convicts Defendant In 14 Minute on Murder and Rape Charges

The State of Florida charged Donald Smith, age 61, with kidnap, sexual battery and first-degree murder in the kiddnapping, raping and murdering of Cherish Perrywinkle, age 8.

The State charged that Smith introduced himself as a good Samaritan to the mother of the child at a Wal-Mart Store and offer... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - FL)

State of Ohio v. Christopher Whitaker Cuyahoga County Courthouse - Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, OH - The State of Ohio charged Christopher Whitaker with aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Alianna Defreeze, age 14.

Whitaker admitted that he committed the crimes.

Charges:

INDICT
2903.01.B
AGGRAVATED MURDER

INDICT
2903.01.B
AGGRAVATED MURDER

INDICT
2903.01.B
AGGRAVATED MURDER... More...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - OH)

Larry Gene Burks v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Corrections Easter District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Larry Burks was convicted of rape in Arkansas and sentenced to thirty years in
prison. When Burks, more than five years later, petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus
under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, there was a dispute about whether the petition was timely.
The district court determined that the one-year statute of limitations should be
equitably tolled and deemed Burks’s petition timely. T... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Joshua Van Haften Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Joshua Van Haften is a Wisconsin native
who was caught travelling to Turkey in an attempt to join
ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. In some ways,
Van Haften fits the typical profile of a terrorist: he believes
that ISIS is fighting a holy war against America—a war that
will culminate in the establishment of a global caliphate. But
this view is just one strand in a ... More...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - WI)

United States of America v. Miller Eugene Francis District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration

Miller Eugene Francis, 59, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty on February 1, 2018 in federal court to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

SORNA, also known as the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act, requires that a convicted sex offender register in e... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - NM)

State of Oklahoma v. Wesley C. Harrison Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Wesley Harrison with:


Count # 1. Count as Filed: RAPE, RAPE BY INSTRUMENTATION, in violation of 21 O.S. 1114 A 6
Date of Offense: 12/25/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
HARRISON, WESLEY C Disposed: CONVICTION, 02/01/2018. Guilty Plea
Count as Disposed: RAPE BY INSTRUMENTATION(RAPE)
Violation of 21 O.S. 1114 A 6... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - OK)

United States of America v. Jary Vincente Valenzuela District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Guatemalan National Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Illegal Reentry After Deportation

A Guatemalan national pleaded guilty on January 31, 2018 in federal court in Boston to failing to register as a sex offender and to illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Jary Vincente Valenzuela, 27, a Guatemalan national formerly r... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - MA)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. ANTHONY WORTH WYRICK RAPE SECOND DEGREE

D.K. was sixteen years old in 1985, and lived with her mother in a Charlotte
apartment. n September 6, 18, while ..s mother was out of town, .., who
was fifteen years old at the time, stayed in the apartment with D.K. At 4:30 a.m.,
they were awakened when the doorbell rang. They spoke with a man named ”Tony‘
through the door, who claimed to be looking for the property manage... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - NC)

State of Oklahoma v. Benjamin Lawrence Petty Murray County Courthouse - Sulphur, Oklahoma

Sulphur, OK - Legally Blind Church Camp Cook Get 15 Years' On Rape Charge

The State of Oklahoma charged Benjamin Lawrence Petty, age 36, with:

1. FORCIBLE SODOMY

2. RAPE, FIRST DEGREE

3. RAPE, BY INSTRUMENTATION

The State charged that Petty raped at 13-year-old girl at Falls Creek Chruch camp in 2016 by tying her up and then threatening her is sh... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - OK)

STATE OF OHIO v. LINDRELL E. MALONEY

This matter is before the Court on the September 16, 2016 Notice of Appeal
of Lindrell E. Maloney. Maloney appeals from his judgment entry of conviction on two
counts of rape (under thirteen), in violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b), felonies of the first
degree, and two counts of sexual battery (natural parent), in violation R.C. 2907.03(A)(5),
felonies of the third degree. T... More...
   $0 (01-29-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. DEONTE L. GAUSE

On January 24, 2017, the Montgomery County Grand Jury returned an
indictment charging Gause with single counts of carrying concealed weapons in violation
of R.C. 2923.12(A), improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle in violation of R.C.
2923.16(B), and having weapons while under disability in violation of R.C. 2923.13(A)(2).
The charge of having weapons while under disability... More...
   $0 (01-29-2018 - OH)

Martin Flores v. The State of Texas Authorities find, arrest man accused of sexual assault of a child

The grand jury indicted Appellant on two separate counts for the offense of sexual assault of a child. Under Count One, the indictment alleged that Appellant intentionally and knowingly caused the penetration of M.B.’s sexual organ with his sexual organ while M.B. was under the age of seventeen. Under Count Two, the indictment alleged that Appellant intentionally and knowingly caused the penetra... More...   $0 (01-26-2018 - TX)

State of Oregon v. Wilson Scott Witzel Benton County Courthouse,

Corvalis, OR - Jury Acquits Defense On Rape Charge

The State of Oregon charged Wilson Scott Witzel, age 23, with two counts of first-degree rape and one county of second-degree sexual abuse.

The facts that gave rise to the indictments against the Defendant are not available.... More...
   $0 (01-24-2018 - OR)

State of Tennessee v. Jaquan Gathing and Prince Parker COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

The Defendants, along with two co-defendants who are not parties to this appeal, committed a brutal attack on Mr. Eric Cain, Ms. Myisha White, and Mr. Deangelo Terry (collectively “the victims”) as part of a robbery on March 13, 2014. In the course of the robbery, the perpetrators took the victims’ clothing and personal property and inflicted injuries on the victims with a hatchet and by hitting... More...   $0 (01-22-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO V. CEDRIC N. JEFFRIES

Jeffries was charged in a four-count indictment as follows: Count 1, rape
in violation of R.C. 2907.02(A)(1)(b); Count 2, kidnapping in violation of R.C.
2905.01(A)(4) with a sexual motivation specification; Count 3, rape in violation of R.C.
2907.02(A)(2); and Count 4, kidnapping in violation of R.C. 2905.01(A)(4) with a sexual
motivation specification. Counts 1 and 2 relat... More...
   $0 (01-22-2018 - OH)

James Earl Love v. The State of Texas Waco man gets life in prison for continuous sexual abuse of child

A McLennan County grand jury returned an indictment alleging that Love, during
a period that was thirty days or more in duration—specifically, from on or about January
1, 2010 to September 1, 2013—committed two or more acts of sexual abuse against Z.L.,
Love’s grandson, who was then under the age of fourteen. See id.
Prior to trial, Love filed a “Motion to Declare Continuous S... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

David Wilbanks v. The State of Texas The Colony resident sentenced to 60 years for child molestation

When she was fourteen years old, Gloria3––who had lived with Wilbanks
from time to time while he financially and emotionally supported her family––told
her best friend’s mother that Wilbanks had repeatedly performed sexual acts with
her, beginning with fondling when she was six years old and continuing until the
time of her outcry. At the urging of her friend’s mother, Gloria ... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. DAVID CANTRELL SR. Rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child

The relevant facts are straightforward and uncontested. The State charged Cantrell with four counts of off-grid rape and one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a severity level 3 person felony, in 16CR2758. The State also charged Cantrell with
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one count of off-grid aggravated indecent liberties with a child in 16CR2826. For purposes of this appeal, we do not nee... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - KS)

State of Tennessee v. Quantez Person Jury hung in trial of former FedEx employee accused of rape, exposing HIV

Originally charged with aggravated rape and criminal exposure to HIV, the defendant was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of criminal exposure to HIV based upon hisengaging in unprotected sexual acts with the victim in March 2012.

At the defendant’s May 2016 trial, the victim testified that as she walked from her home to the home of a friend, a man driving a Chrysler conver... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

STATE OF OHIO - vs - GILBERT EUGENE SKEINS, JR. Rape and gross sexual imposition involving a minor

Skeins had one child with Joy Slusher and she was pregnant with their
second child in February 2016. Skeins and Slusher resided with Slusher’s mother and
stepfather in Niles, Ohio. On February 14, 2016, Slusher went shopping with her
2
parents and they left Skeins home alone with the children, which included Slusher’s
child from another relationship, Slusher’s child with... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

Anthony Johnson v. Lisa Madigan, Hiram Grau, Tracie H. Newton, and Bruce V. Rauner Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

A felony conviction for stealing
$12 worth of meat branded Anthony Johnson a “sexual predator”
under Illinois law and subjected him to burdens and responsibilities
he didn’t have before that conviction. He filed
suit contending that the United States Constitution’s ex post
facto clause makes at least some of those burdens and responsibilities
unconstitutional. The district ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - IL)

STATE OF KANSAS v. STEVEN TERRY JORDAN

Around 1:30 a.m. on February 6, 2013, in Great Bend, Kansas, A.W. was preparing to go sleep. She had worked at a nearby gas station that evening and had just sent her cousin home because it was late. About 10 minutes after getting into bed, A.W. heard footsteps on her front porch and a loud banging at her front door, as if someone was kicking it in. A.W. turned on her light, picked up her cell pho... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

Tracey E. George, et al. v. Tre Hargett Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

In November 2014, Tennessee voters approved an
amendment to the Tennessee Constitution making clear that the Constitution is not to be
construed as securing or protecting a right to abortion or requiring funding of an abortion.
Understandably, the amendment was a matter of no small controversy. In fact, more votes were
cast in favor of and opposition to the amendment than were cast... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

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