Dead Or Alive: Hero Offered Cash For Body Of 33 Year Old Registered Sex Offender Dating His Teen Daughter

March 26, 2011

LA MESA, CALIFORNIA – Police Friday arrested a Spring Valley man for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill the boyfriend of his 19-year-old daughter.

Domingos Oliveira, 50, was arrested on suspicion of solicitation for murder at about 9 a.m. after detectives executed a search warrant at his home in the 10000 block of Roadside Place in Spring Valley.

Police were contacted by Oliveira’s daughter and boyfriend after several reward posters were posted on the Grossmont College campus over the last two weeks. The home-made fliers, allegedly made and distributed by Oliveira, offered $3000 for the boyfriend’s body “dead or alive.” The poster listed the boyfriend’s name, had his photo and said he was a convicted sex offender.

The boyfriend is 33 years old and a registered sex offender, according to police. Investigators released a copy of the poster with the boyfriend’s personal information obscured.

Oliveira was booked into county jail and was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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10 LA California Train Passengers Beat The Shit Out Of Sex Offender Who Tried To Kidnap Teen Girl

March 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – As many as 10 commuters helped to foil the kidnapping of a teenage girl at a South L.A. light rail station. The girl has now come forward to detectives, officials said Friday.

The group of Good Samaritans tackled the girl’s would-be attacker in the incident Thursday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.

“Eight to 10 people wrestled him to the ground,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “The bystanders refused to let this occur. They brought this man to the ground, and there was a fight. It was an aggressive fight.”

Sheriff’s transit deputies received a report of a disturbance on a train just after 2 p.m. at the Avalon station in the 11600 block of Avalon Boulevard in Green Meadows, Whitmore said.

When they arrived, witnesses told deputies that commuters at the station had wrestled a man to the ground after he grabbed an unidentified teenage girl from behind and tried to drag her away. The girl broke free and ran away, Whitmore said. The attacker fled on an arriving train. The suspect is identified as James Alfred Burnett, a 46-year-old registered sex offender with a criminal history.

When Burnett arrived at the Imperial station, waiting deputies arrested him, Whitmore said. He was booked on suspicion of attempted kidnapping. Burnett was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises.

The girl left the scene but has since contacted police after media reports about the story.

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Former Laurel Deleware Maryland Police Officer And Registered Sex Offender Kevin Hovatter Arrested, Charged With Rape

February 25, 2011

LAUREL, DELAWARE – February 24, 2011 (WPVI) — Authorities say a former Laurel police officer has been charged with raping a woman several years ago.

Delaware State Police said 32-year-old Kevin Hovatter was arrested following an investigation prompted by an anonymous tip.

Investigators said Hovatter met the victim, now 28, after a domestic incident between her and her boyfriend and touched her inappropriately at the police station.

The victim met with Hovatter over the next two years for fear of being arrested, and Hovatter allegedly committed inappropriate acts with her during those meetings.

Hovatter was indicted Monday on charges of rape and sexual extortion and was being held on $40,000 secured bond.

Hovatter was charged in 2006 with raping a woman after making a traffic stop. He has been a registered sex offender since 2007.

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Warren County Ohio Jail Worker Convicted And Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail After Sex With Inmate In Walk-In Cooler – Tax Dollars Will Be Pissed Away Tracking Her As A “Sex Offender” For The Rest Of Her Life

June 10, 2010

LEBANON, OHIO – A former food service worker at a southwest Ohio jail has been sentenced to 30 days after authorities say she and an inmate engaged in sexual activities in a walk-in food cooler.

The Warren County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that 25-year-old Samantha Shannon of Lebanon also was sentenced to three years of community control on the sexual battery conviction and must register as a sex offender. If she violates terms of the community control, she faces up to two years in prison.

Authorities say Shannon was employed by a company that provides inmate meals at the Warren County jail. Investigators say she was a kitchen supervisor in November when she engaged in sexual activities with an inmate under her supervision.

A message seeking comment was left for her attorney after business hours Wednesday.

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Hero Father Striped, Tied Up, And Used Stun Gun On Pervert Who Sent His Child An Explicit Cell Phone Picture

June 6, 2010

FRENCH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA – A French Valley father suspected of tying up and using a stun gun on a 23-year-old man who sent his 17-year-old daughter an explicit cell phone picture was charged this week with multiple felonies.

Authorities say William Atwood Sr., 45, lured Justin Moore to his home, ordered him to strip down to his boxer shorts and assaulted him before turning him over to a sheriff’s deputy.

Moore, who lives in Temecula and knows Atwood’s daughter and son, later told sheriff’s investigators that he had sent the photo of his genitals to several friends as a joke.

But Atwood failed to see the humor when his daughter told him about the picture in January.

An angry Atwood reported to the Sheriff’s Department that Moore had sent pornography to a child, court records show. Before sheriff’s officials had a chance to investigate, they received a call from Atwood the evening of Jan. 10. He said Moore came to his Avenida Armada home uninvited.

Out of concern for his family’s safety, Atwood told sheriff’s officials, he fired a shotgun into the air. Atwood said he told Moore to take off his clothing and bound his wrists and ankles with zip ties.

When a deputy arrived, he found Moore behaving as if he were extremely frightened. Not only did he refuse to speak, but Moore also did not open his eyes for several minutes after the deputy arrived.

Later, at the station, Moore told a rather different story.

He said Atwood had called and asked him to come over to his house to discuss the photo. When Moore arrived, he said, the electric gate opened to reveal the 6-foot-2, 350-pound Atwood waiting for him in the driveway. Atwood was a few feet away when he fired the gun, Moore told authorities.

Atwood ordered Moore out of his car and, as he was walking, fired another shot. After he was tied up, Moore said, Atwood pulled him off the ground by his feet, injuring his shoulder.

Atwood told Moore he had connections with the Pechanga tribe and was going to have him buried on the reservation, court records say.

Moore said he believed that Atwood was going to kill him.

At some point, Atwood retrieved a handgun and a stun gun. He shocked Moore on the shoulder for about 20 seconds and asked him how he liked it, court records say.

Atwood told Moore that he shocked his dogs daily and they took it better than him, court records say.

Moore said he was detained for about an hour before Atwood called the Sheriff’s Department.

When sheriff’s investigators looked into Moore’s account of events, they discovered that he had indeed received a call from Atwood about an hour before Atwood called authorities. They also found a text message Moore had sent to a friend on his way to Atwood’s house, saying he was going to discuss the pictures.

“If I don’t get back, let everyone know,” he joked.

Investigators searched Atwood’s home, seizing zip ties, at least two stun guns and more than a dozen firearms.

The district attorney’s office on Wednesday charged Atwood with making criminal threats, false imprisonment, assault with a stun gun, assault with a deadly weapon and other gun charges. As of Thursday, he had not been arrested.

Moore declined to comment Thursday, saying he hadn’t heard about the charges. Efforts to reach Atwood were unsuccessful.

Prosecutors declined to charge Moore in connection with the photo for lack of evidence, said district attorney’s spokesman John Hall.

Veronica Rico, the sheriff’s investigator who handled the case, said that while Atwood’s displeasure over the photo was understandable, he took it much too far.

“It just kind of got out of hand,” Rico said.

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Scam By Military Prosecutor And Judge Sends Sex Offender Doctor To Jail For Just 7 Days – At Least 23 Victims, Some Of Whom Have A Problem With Doctor Receiving Less Than A Slap On The Wrist

June 6, 2010

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, JAPAN — Victims of convicted sex offender Lt. Cmdr. Anthony L. Velasquez say they are furious at the Navy for letting the disgraced doctor off with what they perceive as a light sentence — and then misleading them into thinking the sentence had been much tougher.

At least 23 women had alleged that Velasquez sexually violated them after they sought medical treatment in two locations, at Japan’s Naval Air Facility Atsugi branch clinic in 2007 and 2008 and Kuwait’s Camp Arifjan clinic between December 2008 and June 2009.

On May 26, Velasquez pleaded guilty at a Yokosuka Naval Base court-martial to two counts of wrongful sexual contact and two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer. In exchange for those guilty pleas, under the terms of a pretrial plea agreement negotiated between the Judge Advocate General’s Office and the defense, prosecutors dropped 29 other counts of sexual misconduct and related charges leveled against Velasquez by his former patients.

Military judge Cmdr. David Berger sentenced Velasquez to two years in prison, a $28,000 fine, dismissal from the Navy and forfeiture of all pay and allowances, but the convening authority suspended the prison sentence and fine in accordance with the pretrial agreement. Instead, Velasquez spent just seven days in the Yokosuka Naval Base brig.

But a post-trial e-mail sent to victims by the JAG office left some with the impression that Velasquez would suffer a much harsher fate.

The May 26 e-mail stated that “the judge awarded a sentence of 24 months, a $28,000 fine to be paid right away or else an additional 6 months would be imposed, total forfeitures of pay, and most iportantly [sic], a DISMISSAL from the Navy.”

The e-mail made no mention of the plea agreement. Nor did it state that the judge’s sentence had been largely set aside because of the plea deal. Unless Velasquez violates the terms of the plea agreement and commits another crime, he won’t go to federal prison or pay any penalties.

Stars and Stripes contacted seven of the women whose complaints led to charges against Velasquez. Three said they did not fully understand what happened.

“I was confused when I read the [May 26] Stars and Stripes article, and it said that none of the punishment set would be happening unless he committed another crime … so I guess I don’t even know what his actual punishment is,” said an enlisted soldier whom Velasquez was convicted of molesting while she was a patient at Camp Arifjan. “It’s all been very unclear to me. I ask questions, and a lot of them don’t get answered.”

Capt. Rex Guinn, commander of Regional Legal Service Office Japan and the ranking officer copied on the JAG e-mail, said the victims were offered the right to choose whether they wanted to be notified of a plea agreement as part of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program. Neither Guinn nor any of the attorneys copied on the e-mail sent a follow-up e-mail to the full group of victims to clarify the decision.

“It was a wrap-up providing the 2703 form,” said Guinn, referring to a form that explains the post-trial rights of victims. “That was the intent of the communication.”

The victims are free to lodge an official complaint if they believe they were misled, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ron Steiner said. As of Friday afternoon, no one had done so, he said.

Two of the victims that Stars and Stripes interviewed said that prosecutor Lt. Emily Dewey, the author of the e-mail message, explained the plea deal to them after they sent her private replies about the confusing message.

Another victim said she did not blame Dewey for the misleading e-mail “because it didn’t sound like her at all.”

That victim said Dewey had told her about the impending plea deal days before the final hearing. Before the deal was made, she said, Dewey had expressed her eagerness to fight the complete case in a trial.

Dewey could not be reached for comment Friday, but told Stars and Stripes last week that all requests for comment should be referred to her superiors.

Among the seven women interviewed, two expressed some satisfaction that Velasquez had been found guilty, along with relief that the trial had concluded.

However, all expressed dismay over the terms of the plea deal, which most called “a slap on the wrist.”

Velasquez was released from the brig earlier this week and was walking around base at Atsugi on Wednesday, according to Navy officials.

“It feels like, because we’re military, there is no justice and that he’s getting away with it,” said one of the victims. “Had we been in the civilian world, he’d be in jail for a long time.

“But that’s not the case in the military, where the higher-ups make that decision,” she continued. “It’s another slap on the hand. It’s appalling. You know you’re going to suffer the rest of your life, and he’s just going to lose his license. Are you kidding me? It doesn’t make up for what he did.”

Many of the women visited Velasquez for common maladies such as neck and sinus pain. But, according to evidence and court testimony, Velasquez, 48, used his ungloved hands to fondle their genitals while purporting to check their lymph nodes.

“For me, this is yet another example of the military protecting officer positions from disciplinary action,” another victim said. “Have an enlisted man do the same thing, the sentence would have been much harsher.”

Steiner, the Navy spokesman, emphasized that Velasquez will have to register as a sex offender when he returns to the United States. His medical credentials also will be subject to revocation by a civilian medical body, and he will be dismissed from the Navy–the harshest type of discharge available in that service.

“That’s the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge,” Steiner said. “These are serious outcomes.”

The case must now be authenticated, which includes transcription and review of the proceedings by attorneys. It is then forwarded for approval to the convening authority, which in this case is the Naval Forces Japan commander, Rear Adm. Richard Wren.

Wren can make the sentence more lenient but he cannot make it any harsher.

“The convening authority can order a rehearing to the findings … but I’ve never seen it happen,” Guinn said.

Following Wren’s decision, the case is subject to appeal.

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