Tag Archives: Child Predator

Michigan State Police ICAC Stops Child Predator

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Alexander Joseph Piscitelli, 22, of Wyoming Michigan.

MSP: Undercover detective busts
Child Abuse plan

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

Help Stop Child Predator In CO

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A composite sketch of a suspect in an attempted abduction case in Colorado. Photo courtesy Fort Collins Police Services.

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.

TX Mayor Charged Child Molesting 2005 Arrested For CSA

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Rodney Nichols, 81, of Valley Mills Texas.

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.

Operation Net Nanny 16th By WSP MECTF

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COLLABORATION: OPERATION NET NANNY

Operation Net Nanny: 19 ARRESTS
in KITSAP COUNTY

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 mectf@wsp.wa.gov.

“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)
  • Washington State Patrol Fusion Center
  • Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Maui Police Department ~ Hawaii
  • Alabama Attorney General Office

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.jpg photo of Operation Underground Railroad Logo graphicIn the past five years of existence, O.U.R. has rescued 2,760 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 1,493 traffickers around the world.

Not Much Of A Deterrent

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A professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine was charged with the distribution and possession of child pornography.

UCLA professor of medicine charged with possession and distribution of
Child Porn

A professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine was charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office news release announced Wednesday.

Guido Germano, director of artificial intelligence medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA professor-in-residence, plead not guilty to one felony count of distributing obscene matter and one count of possession of child or youth pornography Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He is accused of using a peer-to-peer software to distribute child pornography videos and downloading them to his personal computer, according to Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the Cyber Crime Division in the news release.

Germano is still listed on the UCLA campus directory as of Aug. 2.  However, he was placed on administrative leave Thursday after the university was made aware of the charges against him, a UCLA spokesperson said.

He was arrested June 19 and released on bond.  His arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 1.

Germano faces a potential maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the news release.  The case is still under investigation.