WARREN — A Mineral Ridge man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison after being convicted of a felony rape charge in a case involving a girl who was 7 at the time of the offenses.
Larry N. Herbert, 77, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay and pleaded guilty to a rape charge. Last month, Herbert appeared in court after agreeing to a plea deal, but then changed his mind.
Tuesday’s plea headed off a jury trial that was scheduled to begin March 27. If found guilty at trial, Herbert could have faced a life prison sentence.
Prosecutors said he had unlawful sexual conduct with a girl between 2009 and 2010 beginning when she was around 7 years old.
GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A man employed at a Gig Harbor child care center has been charged with four counts of child rape involving a 5-year-old student.
The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/ClxHF2 ) 26-year-oldParker Trotter was charged Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held on $150,000 bail.
The girl's parents reported the alleged sexual abuse Feb. 1 after she told them about it. The child said it happened at Little Steps Christian Learning Center at nap time when Trotter was alone supervising the children.
Prosecutors say Trotter, who has worked there since September, acknowledged he was left alone with the kids at nap time but denied inappropriately touching the girl.
In court, Trotter also was ordered to have no contact with his mother, who runs the facility.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A wanted man accused of raping a young child has been indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury.
Investigators say they've been working on the case since August and finally had enough cause to move forward. David Kausky, 34, was indicted four counts of rape, and four counts of gross sexual imposition for crimes committed against an 8-year-old child.
They have a warrant out for Kausky’s arrest.
"It's a sex offense,” Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese said. “The allegations are that this was perpetrated against a young girl, and we are interested in getting Mr. Kausky into custody as soon as possible."
The acts were allegedly committed in Steubenville, and it’s taken the city police department and county sheriff’s office some time to piece the puzzle together.
Bruzzese says these are very serious sex crimes that could carry a life-long prison sentence.
“Obviously I can't comment on what happened in the grand jury, but these cases are always hard to hear for anyone,” he said. “They are hard for us to deal with, and they’re hardest on the victim and the victim’s family. For that reason, we want to get David Kausky in the custody as soon as possible."
Investigators say the female is under the age of 10 and was known to the suspect.
Kausky is already a registered sex offender. Investigators say the child has been under the care of Children's Services for the past several months.
On the heels of the indictment, investigators have a stern warning for those close to Kausky.
"We warn anyone helping him, you are on notice,” Bruzzese said. “Don't provide him any aid or asst. Because those people could face charges as well. If anyone has information we certainly would like to hear from them."
LAUREL, Md. - A Maryland volunteer youth football coach is facing rape and sexual assault charges after allegations were made by a teenage family member and her friend, authorities said.
Police arrested 35-year-oldWarner Jenerio Jude Murphy at his Laurel home on Jan. 30 and have charged him with second-degree rape and several sex offenses after an 18-year-old female relative reported to police that she has been repeatedly sexually assaulted by Murphy since last November.
“According to charging documents in the case of Murphy’s family member, the crimes occurred ‘almost daily’ and primarily at home,” the City of Laurel said in a news release.
According to police, Murphy has been charged with additional sex offenses after the teenager's friend also came forward with sexual assault allegations against him.
Murphy was a volunteer coach at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. The youth organization said Murphy did pass a background check. But in light of the allegations, Wilbert Nicholson, the vice president of the club, said he is no longer welcome there.
“He better not step foot on this property,” Nicholson said. “I don’t care if he hasn’t been found guilty or not. To me, we don't need that around here.”
“It's terrible," he added. "I heard a little bit of what took place and I couldn't believe it.”
“There were no flags or anything that would indicate that any of this type of stuff was going on with us,” said Adrian Rousseau, the president of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. “We focus on the kids. We focus on mentoring. As much as we like to open our doors to volunteers, if we catch wind of this type of stuff, they are going to have to volunteer somewhere else or in another manner. It's not worth the risk.”
For the past three years, Murphy coached boys from ages 6 to 8 years old on the football field. He even created a GoFundMe page for the kids to travel to the national championship in the 2015 season. Nicholson said his nephew was also on Murphy's football team this past fall.
BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A plea agreement has been reached for a man charged with the sexual abuse of a minor.
Timothy Schmidt, 34, was indicted on several charges stemming from multiple incidents in the summer of 2016, including rape involving a minor, gross sexual imposition involving a minor, endangering children, disseminating sexual matter and pandering sexually explicit material of a minor.
According to Fayetteville Police, Schmidt pleaded guilty to amended charges in a plea agreement made with his attorney and the Brown County Prosecutor.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Schmidt is also under federal indictment from the Department of Homeland Security for similar charges.
He will be transported to Idaho to face those charges.
The Washington State Department of Health has suspended the license of a White Salmon pharmacist, Dr. Larry Chapman. Chapman, 68, was arrested on Sept. 28, 2016 and charged by the Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney with four counts of Rape of a Child in the First Degree. The alleged crimes took place between Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2006, beginning when the victim was six years old.
Sergeant Erik Anderson of the Klickitat County Sherriff’s Office wrote a probable cause statement detailing interviews with Chapman and the person who first raised concerns about Chapman’s conduct to police, among others. Anderson reports that Chapman confessed to child molestation but denied the rape charges, although at least one accuser insists his behavior did constitute rape.
According to court documents, Chapman’s child molestation behavior was announced to a church congregation on Sept. 25, 2016; at that time Chapman openly confessed his conduct to the congregation. The church sent parishioners home with letters advising them to talk about sexual abuse with their children. Chapman was directed not to attend any church services at which children would be present. The church stated at that time it was also seeking to determine whether or not there were additional victims.
Chapman told Anderson he “sexually assaulted” his daughter when she was four to eight years old and also molested his adolescent niece.
The reporting victim and her family did not immediately go to police, Anderson wrote in his statement, saying “they did not want Chapman to lose his occupation or income as a pharmacist.”
Chapman was confronted by his victim in his home at one point and apologized for his behavior. “I know I have a problem,” he is reported to have said. “I should just be in jail.”
When Anderson asked whether there would be additional victims in the case, Chapman reponded, “I hope not.”
Klickitat County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Wall says the prosecution has found three victims, but two are past the statute of limitations. He anticipates there will be further victims.
Over the objections of Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel, Chapman was allowed to post bail at $25,000. “We have a confessed child molester running around out there in public,” Quesnel said.
In a shocking incident of child abuse, a 15-year-old girl child became pregnant after she was repeatedly raped by her guardian in Karnataka's Koppal district.
According to a report in the Times Of India, the victim is a Class 7 student in a government school who had been abandoned by her biological parents and was staying with Krishnappa, who works as a labourer, and his blind wife.
The accused is also alleged to have threatened the victim with serious consequences if she reported the abuse. Others in the village informed the police about the case only after the girl became pregnant.
According to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), almost 20,000 children were sexually assaulted in 2015 and crime against children went up by 5.3 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year.
A former Jefferson Parish resident faces spending the rest of his life in prison after being convicted Tuesday night of raping a girl on her 10th birthday five years ago, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
Brian Banks, 52, was convicted as charged of aggravated rape by a jury before Judge Nancy Miller in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.
Miller will sentence Banks on Monday.
The victim, now age 14, is not being identified. She testified that during a 2012 visit to his apartment in Terrytown, Banks ordered her to go to his bedroom, where he forced himself upon her, Connick’s office said.
She recounted the abuse for a jury and to forensic interviewer Brittany Bergeron of the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center. “If you tell anybody, you’re going to hell,” the victim told Bergeron in repeating what Banks told her.
Connick’s office said the victim testified that she was too embarrassed to report what happened, and she did not understand that she was raped until later in life, when she took sex education at her school. She said nothing about the rape for three years, until her mother, concerned about her daughter’s trouble in school, asked her to speak with a member of their church congregation who worked in the criminal justice field, Connick’s office said.
Still, the crime wasn’t reported until the April 2015, when the girl and a classmate were passing notes in class about their experience being sexually abused and were caught by the teacher.
Banks was arrested on July 7, 2015, in Houston, where he lived, Connick’s office said.
He said he was playing golf with a friend at the time the victim was raped, and in doing so, he contradicted a statement he made during a previous court proceeding.
The jury deliberated more than two hours before reaching a unanimous decision, Connick’s office said. Life in prison is the mandatory punishment for aggravated rape under Louisiana law