Veteran San Francisco California Gay Rights Adcocate Larry Brinkin Arrested For Child Pornography

June 26, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – San Francisco police have arrested veteran gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin in connection with felony possession of child pornography.

Brinkin, 66, who worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission before his retirement in 2010, was taken into custody Friday night. He spent the night in jail before he was released on bail, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

The district attorney’s office will decide Tuesday whether to file charges. “We’re still reviewing the case,” district attorney’s spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said Monday.

Police say that Brinkin had pornographic images, some that appear to show children as young as 1 and 2 or 3 years old being sodomized and performing oral sex on adult men, in e-mail attachments linked to his account, according to a search warrant served by San Francisco police.

Representatives of America Online contacted authorities after coming across e-mail attachments from one of its subscriber’s accounts containing what they believed to be child pornography.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which was assigned to the case, traced the IP address associated with the account, Zack3737@aol.com, to Brinkin, a San Francisco resident, according to court records. Los Angeles police forwarded the case to San Francisco police.

San Francisco investigators say the account was registered to Brinkin, and that he paid for the e-mail service with his credit card.

Police provided two examples of e-mail messages from last year in which Zack3737 provides disturbing descriptions of the exploitive sexual acts.

The e-mail account also is linked to Yahoo discussion groups on sexual exploitation of young boys and girls, according to the search warrant.

Executing a search warrant Friday, police seized two laptops, a desk top computer, videos, a floppy disk and thumb drives from Brinkin’s Waller Street home.

During his 22-year tenure at the Human Rights Commission, Brinkin was best known for championing equal rights for gays and lesbians. He helped craft San Francisco’s groundbreaking Equal Benefits Ordinance, which became a national model for workplace equality.

Upon Brinkin’s retirement, the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution declaring the week of Feb. 1, 2010, “Larry Brinkin Week” in San Francisco, saying his “dedication to advance the civil rights of all people has never stopped.”

Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty who authored the board resolution, said Monday that he was shocked to learn of Brinkin’s arrest. “I have admired and respected his work for the LGBT community,” Dufty said. “I respect and am confident that there will be due process.”

Brinkin did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

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Pedophile Former Charlotte County Florida Deputy Sheriff Ken Barton Charged With Child Pornography – Previously Investigated After Affairs With Children

June 6, 2012

CHARLOTTE COUNTY FLORIDA – The Charlotte County Sheriff is giving us more in sight into the arrest of a former deputy who is now behind bars. Charged with possessing child porn, Ken Barton was accused of sexual misconduct while he was on the job. Allegations came to light in 2007 when a girl came forward calling barton “Uncle Ken” and claimed that in the early 1980’s when she was 6 to 10 years old, Barton had sexually assaulted her. The investigation into that accusation subsequently led to another accusation that Barton had carried on an affair in the early ’80s with a young lady in the Explorer program in Englewood which Barton was running.

An internal affairs investigation in 2007 of then deputy Ken Barton sustained the allegations of the affair with the teen, but back then the affair was not considered a crime.

“We did not have a crime so we were actually investigating policy violations,” said Sheriff Bill Cameron.

On the original allegation, The sheriff says the department found enough evidence to file a warrant request with the State Attorney’s office, but the State Attorney’s Office says there was not enough evidence to build a case a quarter of a centery after the alleged crime. They also pointed out that the memory of the victim left quite a few gaps in her story.

As for this latest case, Sheriff Cameron was quick to point out that his agency participated with the F.B.I. in Barton’s arrest yesterday.

“The innocent images task force that is doing these investigations- i have a detective assigned to that task force,” said Cameron.

He was also quick to distance his agency from Barton pointing out that the crimes that Barton have been accused of happened five years after Barton left the agency.

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Pedophile Retired San Diego County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. John Frederick Garner Arrested, Charged After Hundreds Of Child Pornography Images Are Found On His Computer And More In His eMail Account – Images Included Infant And Children 5 Through 10 Years Old

May 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – A Spring Valley man and former sergeant with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was arrested Friday for possessing and distributing pornographic images of children as young as 5-years-old.

John Frederick Garner had hundreds of images of prepubescent children posing nude or performing sexual acts, according to a federal complaint.

Garner worked at the Sheriff’s Department from 1994 through 2010. His last position was in the George F. Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa, which he retired from in 2010, according to department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell.

A Chula Vista police officer working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from Microsoft Corporation that one of their users had uploaded the disturbing images.

The officer served a warrant and seized Garner’s computer from his home on Berkwood Drive, which confirmed that the images were downloaded February 16 through 19 of last year.

Court documents show the officer discovered the images were not only uploaded but also distributed to other users. The complaint described the images of boys and girls most of them ages five through 10. One image depicts an infant, the complaint read.

A statement from Garner’s attorney said the charges are “extremely difficult for him and his family.”

“[Garner] admirably served in the military for 28 years and also served the local law-enforcement community for several years as a deputy sheriff,” said his attorney Kerry Armstrong.

In an interview during the raid, Garner confirmed that he received and distributed child pornography on the computer he shared with his wife, prosecutors alleged.

He also allegedly admitted that he participated in sexual online chats about children.

A seperate investigator in Los Angeles was also looking into an email account that belonged to Garner. The account was identified on the computer the officer seized from Garner’s home. The account contained 50 child pornography images and 12 child pornography videos, as well as several in the “sent” folder,” all distributed between February and June 15 2011, the complaint alleges.

Neighbors were surprised to learn that a federal raid served 6 months ago resulted in Garner’s charges.

Garder is currently in federal custody, and will appear for a bond hearing Friday at 2:30 p.m., Armstrong said.

“I hope to get him released on bond tomorrow so that we can more effectively fight his charges,” Armstrong added.

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Pedophile Loveland Colorado Police Officer Rod Bretches Arrested For Child Pornography And Secret Video Of Woman At His Home That He Shared Online

May 26, 2012

LOVELAND, COLORADO — Loveland police filed charges Friday against a member of the Police Department on allegations he possessed child pornography.

Rod Bretches, 48, faces a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a child and two misdemeanor charges of peeping after his co-workers served a search warrant on his home Tuesday. The felony charge accuses him of having more than 20 pornographic videos and photographs, and the misdemeanors allege he, twice, viewed or recorded a woman in the shower without her knowledge.

Bretches turned himself in and was booked, then released on $10,000 bond — an amount set by 8th Judicial District Court Judge Greg Lammons.

Bretches began his career with the Loveland Police Department as a reserve officer in 1985, then was hired as a police officer in Craig from 1988 to 1993 before returning to serve with the Loveland Police Department for 19 years.

He became one of the department’s first police-dog handlers and has given K9 presentations throughout the community at public safety day, for Scout groups, before community groups and at schools.

There is no indication that any crime occurred while he was on duty or in any police capacity, said Chief Luke Hecker.

Earlier this week, a woman learned a video of her in the shower had been secretly taken at Bretches’ home and shared online, according to family and friends. She reported the alleged violation to Loveland police, and detectives quickly launched an investigation.

Officers served a warrant at Bretches’ home Tuesday and reportedly found child pornography on his personal computer.

Police took his badge and service weapon immediately, then continued to investigate, filing charges Friday with the 8th Judicial District Attorney.

“We treated this like any other case, like any other suspect,” Hecker said.

His officers are reeling with the arrest of one of their own, but are committed to continuing to protect and serve the community with integrity, Hecker said. Counseling and peer support are available to all staff.

“This has been a very difficult investigation for Loveland police, but they have stepped up, heroically and with integrity, and investigated thouroughly and very rapidly,” Hecker said.

“The speed with which the charges were filed and the due diligence our staff put into this and investigating this with integrity is a reflection of the trust people can have in this department.”

During his career, Bretches was involved in many arrests, chases and notable captures and was a visible face of the Loveland Police Department.

He is on paid administrative leave, facing prison time if convicted.

The felony carries a sentence of two to six years in prison, which spikes to 12 years if there are aggravated circumstances, and each misdemeanor could bring up to 24 months in jail.

Bretches, like anyone accused of a crime, is considered innocent until proven guilty, so department policy dictates paid leave until the allegations have played out in court.

The police officer is due to make his first appearance Friday. He is free on bond and has been ordered not to possess any weapons.

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Pedophile Birmingham Alabama Police Officer And Task Force Member Sgt. Patrick Cavan LeBlanc Arrested On Child Pornography Charges – Victim Was Child Family Member

May 26, 2012

HOOVER, ALABAMA – A Birmingham police officer has been arrested on charges of possessing and attempting to produce child pornography.

Patrick Cavan LeBlanc, 44, faces a charge of possession of obscene matter containing visual depiction of person and a second charge of attempted production of obscene matter containing visual depiction.

Hoover Police say the victim in this case was a family member under the age of 17.

LeBlanc was hired by the Birmingham Police Department Aug. 9, 1990. He was assigned to a city-wide task force and held the rank of sergeant, according to Birmingham Police Sergeant Johnny Williams.

Williams says LeBlanc was placed on administrative leave once the Birmingham Police Department learned of the Hoover Police Department’s investigation of LeBlanc. Hoover police began their investigation a week ago after receiving information about a possible suspect in a child pornography case.

“We were notified at the onset of their investigation and we fully support their efforts in conducting their investigation,” Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said.

The Birmingham Police Department is conducting an internal investigation in addition to the Hoover Police investigation.

LeBlanc turned himself in to the Hoover Police Department Friday, May 25. He was booked into the Hoover City Jail and then taken to the Jefferson County Jail. Police say his bond on both charges is $45,000.

LeBlanc’s arrest occurred on the same day that another Birmingham police officer, Curtis Thornton, was charged in an arson investigation in Warrior.

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Pedophile Former “Top” FBI Agent Donald Sachtleben Arrested, Charged With Child Pornography – Currently Visiting Professor At Oklahoma State University, But All References To Him Suddenly Disappeared From Their Web Site

May 15, 2012

CARMEL, INDIANA – A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges.

Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet.

The 54-year-old resident of Carmel, Indiana, has pleaded not guilty and has a detention hearing in federal court Wednesday.

A federal complaint alleges 30 graphic images and video were found on Sachtleben’s laptop computer late last week when FBI agents searched his home, about 23 miles north of Indianapolis.

The arrest was a result a months-long probe, said the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Joseph Hogsett.

“The mission of our Project Safe Childhood initiative is to investigate and prosecute anyone found to (be) engaged in the sexual exploitation of children,” Hogsett said in a news release. “No matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior.”

Sachtleben is currently an Oklahoma State University visiting professor, according to his online resume. He is director of training at the school’s Center for Improvised Explosives, but all references to his work have now been removed from the university’s website. There was no indication from the school as to whether it had suspended him. Calls to the university and his Indianapolis attorneys were not immediately returned.

He had been an FBI special agent from 1983 to 2008, serving as a bomb technician. He worked on the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber investigations, according to his university biography.

A separate LinkedIn profile filled out by Sachtleben says he is an “accomplished investigator with more than 25 years of experience in FBI major case management, counter terrorism investigations, bombing prevention, post blast investigations and public speaking.”

According to the criminal complaint, a federal-state joint task force had been investigating an Illinois man allegedly trading child porn images as far back as September 2010. That suspect was arrested in January, and a search of his computer reportedly led to Sachtleben, who was using the e-mail name pedodave69.

According to the affidavit, an e-mail from that account was sent to the Illinois suspect last fall, along with nine images of child porn. “Saw your profile on (a file sharing network). Hope you like these and can send me some of ours (sic). I have even better ones if you like.” Prosecutors say Sachtleben sent that e-mail.

Sachtleben’s wife was interviewed by agents during the execution of the search warrant and denied any involvement with child porn. She was not taken into custody.

FBI officials in Washington had no comment on the arrest.

If convicted, Sachtleben would face up to 20 years in prison on the charge of distribution of child porn, and an additional 10 years for possession.

The Justice Department’s Project Safe Childhood initiative was launched in 2006, leading to what federal officials call a more than 40% increase in the number of cases investigated. The project’s website says 2,700 indictments were filed last year alone.

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Highest Court In New York State Legalizes Viewing Of Child Pornography – Pedophiles Can Still Be Prosecuted At Federal Level Until State’s Defective Laws Are Fixed

May 15, 2012

NEW YORK – In the wake of a New York court ruling that says it’s not illegal to “merely” view online child pornography, child advocates are urging Internet-savvy federal prosecutors to take over these kinds of cases as two state lawmakers rush to fix the law.

It is “a singular outrage that the highest court in New York has decriminalized the act of viewing child pornography by computer,” Patrick Trueman, president and chief executive of Morality in Media, said after the May 8 ruling by the New York Court of Appeals.

The high court unanimously agreed to reverse two of the dozens of child-pornography counts against a former college professor, saying there was no evidence the professor did more than look at some images on his computer.

The ruling resulted in a spate of head-spinning headlines like Gawker.com’s “Viewing Child Porn Online Officially A-OK in New York State” and “Looking at Child Porn Is Totally Legal in New York State” by the Atlantic Wire.

Mr. Trueman, a former federal prosecutor, said that until the law is fixed, all child-pornography cases in New York “that cannot now be prosecuted in New York state courts as a result of the court’s decision” should be handled in federal court by U.S. attorneys and prosecutors with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

“This will mean that there will be a lot more child porn cases in the federal system, but it is a much better situation than letting these child pornographers go,” Mr. Trueman said.

Two New York lawmakers have already jumped into action.

In a press release headlined “New York must close loophole that protects perverts,” New York state Sen. Martin J. Golden said he had introduced a bill saying that a person who “knowingly accesses [child pornography] with intent to view” has committed a felony crime.

“Child pornography is highly offensive” and it “should not matter if you view it, read it or download it. Simply the fact that you are viewing it is a crime, and New York should treat it as such,” said Mr. Golden.

New York state Assemblyman Joseph Lentol sponsored a similar bill in his chamber.

The high court ruling stemmed from an appeal by James D. Kent, 65, a former Marist College professor of public administration who was convicted on 136 counts of procuring and possessing child pornography in 2009.

He is currently serving a prison sentence of one to three years.

Following a routine computer upgrade in 2007, Kent’s work computer was found to contain deleted evidence of more than 30,000 images of young girls, including ones depicting children “engaged in sexual intercourse with adults,” “engaged in oral sex and sexual intercourse with dogs, adults and other children,” and “lewd exhibition of the exposed genitals of female children,” the high court wrote.

The photos and videos were downloaded and saved onto Kent’s computer between 2005 and 2007, and sorted into files and documents with names like “Arina,” “Jim” and JK,” the ruling said.

Kent initially “denied any knowledge” of the images, but later said he had been working on “a potential research project on the regulation of child pornography.”

In Kent’s appeal, lawyer Nathan Z. Dershowitz argued that just “accessing and displaying” Web images of child pornography was not illegal possession under state law.

The high court agreed, saying that to be guilty of possession, a defendant’s conduct “must exceed mere viewing to encompass more affirmative acts of control, such as printing, downloading or saving,” Senior Associate Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick wrote for the majority. “To hold otherwise would extend the reach” of the law “to conduct – viewing – that our Legislature has not deemed criminal.”

“I do not support this view,” Associate Judge Victoria A. Graffeo wrote in a separate but concurring opinion, joined by Associate Judge Eugene F. Pigott.

“Because I conclude that the Legislature recognized that a child is victimized each time an image of the child is knowingly viewed, I believe that this conduct” is illegal, she wrote.

Despite not agreeing with her colleagues, Judges Graffeo and Pigott voted to strike Kent’s conviction.

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