COURT UPHOLDS LIFE SENTENCE FOR CHILD PORN CONVICTION

Paul Pavulak was convicted of possessing and attempting to produce child pornography, attempting to entice a minor, and committing crimes related to his status as a sex offender. The Delaware State Police received information that Pavulak was working for his son’s company and that he was viewing child pornography at the office. They got a search warrant and arrested him after pornography was found on two computers and after searching his email. He was convicted and due to his two […] Read more »

JERRY SANDUSKY SENT TO SUPERMAX PRISON

Jerry Sandusky the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of 45 counts of child molestation and sentenced to an indeterminant term of 30 to 60 years at 68 years old. After he was sentenced he was housed at a holding facility at Camp Hill near Harrisburg for evaluation until the Department of Corrections could decide on permanent housing for him. They have now decided to place him in the maximum security State Correctional Institution in Greene County. […] Read more »

JERRY SANDUSKY CLAIMS INNOCENCE PRIOR TO SENTENCING

Tomorrow former Penn State Assistant Football Coach, Jerry Sandusky is scheduled to be sentenced. He was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Today Sandusky released a statement denying guilt and claiming that he was the victim of a conspiracy between the victims, media, investigators, the justice system, Penn State, psychologists, and civil attorneys. No judge wants to hear from a defendant that he/she is innocent at sentencing. Particularly in a case like this […] Read more »

JOE PATERNO, GUILTY?

The Freeh Report commssioned by the Board of Directors of Penn State University blamed the leadership of Penn State for failing to protect children on the campus from being molested by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky who was recently convicted of 45 counts of child molestation. Specifically the report by the former Federal Judge and FBI director, Lewis Freeh, pointed the finger at Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno, President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance and Business Gary […] Read more »

COURT: VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY NOT A CRIME IN NEW YORK

The New York Court of Appeals held that a conviction for possession of child pornography, found in “cache files,” or temporary internet files, under New York law, requires the prosecution to show that the defendant knew that pornography could be found in such files. Furthermore the court held that merely viewing web pages with child pornography under New York law does not constitute either possession or procurement of child pornography. James D. Kent was convicted on two counts of procurement […] Read more »

ANOTHER L.A. TEACHER ARRESTED ON SEX ABUSE CHARGES

Last week we reported the arrest of a teacher on sex abuse charges at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles. In a bizarre turn of events it became known over the weekend that a second teacher, Martin Springer, has been arrested at the same school, charged with groping two young children. At first glance it might appear that the two cases are related. In fact one girl is alleged to be the victim of both teachers. It is certainly easy […] Read more »

LA JUDGE SETS $23 MILLION BAIL FOR TEACHER ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A former Los Angeles teacher was charged with committing lewd acts against 23 children ten years old or younger. His bail has been set at $23 million. Few former teachers who I know can make a $100,000 bail yet alone a $23 million bail. He is charged with horrendous crimes. It is alleged that he blindfolded the children and using his semen gave them a tasting test to determine whether the semen was sweet or salty. It is further alleged […] Read more »

FIFTH CIRCUIT FINDS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTION

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed due to insufficient evidence that the defendant, Keith Moreland, knew that photographs of child pornography were located on his computer. Keith’s wife Deana found an internet site with child pornography in the history of two computers that were kept in their living room and called the sheriff’s department.The only people with access to the computers were the Morelands and Keith’s terminally ill father, George. All users used the same password to log-on the […] Read more »

BISHOP INDICTED FOR FAILURE TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE OF YOUNG GIRLS BY PRIEST

Robert Finn, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kansas City Missouri, was indicted Friday on misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse by one of his priests. The priest, Rev. Shawn Ratigan was indicted in May. This is the first time an American bishop has been criminally charged with failure to comply with mandatory reporting requirements. Most states have mandatory reporting requirements. While the laws vary from state to state they generally requires specific professionals to report suspected incidents of […] Read more »

COURT REVERSES RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE DUE TO ERRONEOUS JURY INSTRUCTION

Randy Lee Johnson, Jr. was tried in Federal Court on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. On appeal he claimed that convicting him on both counts violated the Double Jeopardy Clause. Furthermore, Johnson and the government agreed that in instructing the jury the judge erred as to the jurisdictional element of the receipt charge.. The Government agreed that Johnson could not be convicted of both receipt and possession of child pornography without violating the Double Jeopardy Clause. But if […] Read more »