Dismissed jurors discuss Kenneth Robert Davis’ felony Child Abuse case
GREENE COUNTY, MO – A Greene County jury is deliberating the fate of an accused child abuser.
Robert Davis is charged with 7 felonies for brutally beating and torturing his then, 8 year-old daughter last year.
Attorneys for both sides stated their cases to the jury one last time Thursday morning.
The prosecution declares that Davis severely beat his daughter and that they proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The defense argued that the state tried to make Davis look bad. They insist that he did not abuse her.
We spoke to two alternate jurors after they were dismissed from the case.
“I felt like I’d ran a race and never got to cross the finish line. I feel glad because I don’t have to be a part of it but I also wish I was able to finish out what we started. I think he was, can I say, a big fat liar? I thought he was a big fat liar,” said Julie Kennedy.
Heather Hutson was also dismissed from the case.
She said, “The defense just seemed kind of almost lost. They weren’t really sure where to go. This guy was guilty. The defense didn’t seem to put up too much of a fight. There was nothing to prove his innocence or to defend his innocence I should say.”
Davis is also charged in the beating death of two year-old Kinzlea Kilgore.
He’ll be in front of a Dallas County, Missouri judge for that case next week.
WYOMING, MI – A Wyoming man was arrested after he allegedly tried to set up a meeting to sexually assault children, state police say.
Alexander Joseph Piscitelli, 22, was arraigned on two counts of child sexually abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime.
The Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says Piscitelli arranged online to pay someone to have sexual contact with a 5 and 8-year-old child. But the person he was communicating with was an undercover detective.
MSP says it found more evidence against Piscitelli when officers searched his home after the arrest.
Online records show Piscitelli was booked into the Kent County jail Thursday and that he was being held on a $100,000 bond.
Tips about exploitation of a child online can be submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®. CyberTipline 1-800-843-5678
Information on talking to your kids about online safety can be found on MSP’s website
WANTED: Suspect reportedly tried to abduct a teenage girl in Colorado
FORT COLLINS, CO – Police in Colorado are hoping a composite sketch can help lead to an arrest in an attempted abduction case.
The incident happened on Tuesday in Fort Collins at about 3:40 p.m.
Police are reporting a teenage girl was riding her skateboard on Deerfield Drive when she fell.
A vehicle described as an older, tan, four-door sedan with “bubbled window tint” stopped, and a man got out. He approached the girl, grabbed her arm, and pushed her into his vehicle.
Two men were walking nearby and approached the vehicle to intervene.
The suspect reportedly told the witnesses that he knew the victim.
The victim told them she did not know the suspect.
She fled the area on foot and called the police a short time later.
Police are asking for help in identifying the suspect and are asking the two witnesses to come forward. A composite sketch of the suspect is at the top of this article.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, in his early 20s, about five-foot-ten, with short hair, a thin mustache, bushy eyebrows, a deep voice and a Spanish accent. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans at the time. He reportedly has tattoos on both arms.
“Detectives have been diligently investigating this incident. Now that they’ve spoken to area residents and completed necessary interviews, we need the larger community’s help identifying the suspect,” said Sgt. Heather Moore, who leads the Crimes Against Persons Unit.
“We’re very grateful to the bystanders who intervened, and we also really need them to contact police to share what they saw.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 970-416-2825.
Ex-Central Texas mayor indicted for
continuous sexual abuse of a Child
VALLEY MILLS, TX – Former Valley Mills Mayor Rodney Nichols, 81, who shot himself earlier this year before officers arrived to serve an arrest warrant has been indicted for continuous sexual abuse of children.
The indictment, which the Bosque County Grand Jury handed up last Friday, alleges that from Nov. 15, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019 Nichols had repeated sexual contact with a child younger than 14 and had sexual contact once with a second child.
The indictment lists seven instances in which Nichols had sexual contact with the first child and one in which Nichols had sexual contact with the second child.
The offense is a first-degree felony, punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.
Nichols shot himself in the abdomen in June at his home in Valley Mills while family members present at the house, sources with direct knowledge of the incident said.
Nichols was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco and was in the hospital when Valley Mills police officers arrived at the residence in an attempt to serve the arrest warrant, but his wife was home and collapsed and died of a heart attack, the sources said.
He was taken into custody after he was released from the hospital, but was released after posting a $50,000 bond.
Nichols was charged in a child molestation case in 2005, but a Bosque County grand jury declined to indict him.
He was serving on the Valley Mills City Council at the time, but stepped down, citing personal reasons.
He was later reappointed to the council and served as mayor.
KITSAP COUNTY, WA – Nineteen dangerous sexual predators who targeted children in Kitsap County were removed from the streets, thanks to a multi-day operation run by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and several partner agencies.
Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this is the 16th operation spearheaded by the WSP’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate. Since the original operation in August 2015, MECTF has netted a total of 271 arrests and rescued more than 31 children across the state.
The funding for this operation was made possible due in part by support from the public as well as a generous donation from Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). O.U.R. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) who shares the mission of law enforcement agencies to save children and see that child predators are arrested and prosecuted. O.U.R. is privileged and honored to partner with our nation’s law enforcement heroes in this important cause to combat the sexual exploitation of children in our nation’s communities.
MECTF’s primary mission is to proactively target those persons involved in child abuse and child exploitation via the internet. “This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children. We will not rest in our efforts to make Washington communities safer and appreciate our partners in this important work” says WSP Chief John R. Batiste.
From July 25, 2019 to July 29, 2019, undercover law enforcement officers used various websites on the internet and phone applications to communicate with people interested in having sex with children. The operation generated hundreds of responses. The would-be perpetrators who were arrested during the operation traveled to meet with the undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys with the intent to engage in sexual activity with children as young as six years old.
Primary crimes investigated are:
RCW 9A.44.073 – Rape of a child in the first degree – attempt
RCW 9A.44.076 – Rape of a child in the second degree – attempt
RCW 9.68A.100 – Commercial sexual abuse of a minor
RCW 9.68A.090 – Communication with a minor for immoral purposes
The names of the individuals arrested during the operation are:
Joseph T. McCarthy, 23, Maple Valley
Anthony J. Tangonan, 24, Bremerton
Owen T. Shreve, 27, Poulsbo
Hector C Escobar, 26, Lakewood
Jordan M. Kaufman, 24, Port Orchard
Kendall N Spann, 25, Bremerton
Bradley D Petrie, 21, Bremerton
Skyler L Barkdull, 20, Tacoma
Timmothy A Hoskinson, 49, Bremerton
David Bagby, 39, Port Orchard
Mathew E Sanches, 25, Tacoma
Zachary M. Drouin, 26, Olalla
Dominic J. McGill, 27, Lynnwood
Reid A. Weeks, 64, Woodland
Noah A. LaFountaine, 22, Bremerton
Jason C. Steele, 46, Seattle
Travan T. Tagaloa, 33, Bremerton
B. A. Youngblood Simpson, 26, Bremerton
Jimmy S. Howard, 46, Bremerton
“The number of arrests made during this operation is extremely disappointing,” said Bremerton Police Department Chief Jim Burchett. “I hope that someday we conduct an operation like this and no one responds. Until that time, we will continue taking proactive steps to keep our kids safe, including partnering with the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force in the outstanding work they do in protecting children from predators.”
Anyone with information related to the suspects listed, or information leading to the identity of victims potentially involved in these cases please contact MECTF at email@example.com.
“The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office will continue targeting those persons who engage in victimizing the most vulnerable members of our communities, our children, through sexual abuse and human trafficking,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson. “Working as part of the WSP task force optimizes our investigative and enforcement capabilities ten-fold, which assists us in holding these perpetrators accountable for their actions.”
The collaborative effort involving more than 60 dedicated law enforcement officers, agents, and staff led to the success of this operation. Those agencies involved include:
Federal Bureau of Investigation’s South Sound Child Exploitation Task Force
Homeland Security Investigations
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Bremerton Police Department
West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team
Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office
Washington State Attorney General’s Office
Washington State Patrol High-Tech Crime Unit
Washington State Patrol Criminal Investigation Division
Washington State Patrol Field Operation Bureau
Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF)