Repeat sex offender gets 300 months in prison:
Burlington Sex Offender William Flowers Sentenced To 300 Months For Online Coercion, Enticement:
William Todd Flowers
37-year-old William Todd Flowers of Burlington, North Carolina is a registered sex offender. He was busted in 2008 for using MySpace and AIM to solicit sex from a 14-year-old girl who was actually a cop. Then in 2009 he was busted for soliciting a 15-year-old on MySpace. Surprisingly he’s never been featured on this site before.
Now fast forward to June through October of 2012 where he was soliciting minors again on an unnamed social networking site. Not to mention the last time I checked being a sex offender in NC on any social networking site was against the law.
For not learning his lesson Flowers was sentenced last month to 300 months in prison which may not sound like a lot but comes out to 25 years.
Do you think he’ll learn his lesson this time? Nah, me neither.
Woman Sexually Assaulted after Answering Housekeeping Ad in Craigslist:
Sex Offender Attacks Housekeeper:
Police in Cordova, Tennessee recently arrested registered sex offender Arnold Briggs, 55. Briggs allegedly hired a housekeeper from craigslist to clean his cabin in the woods. The victim says that when the cleaning was done Briggs put his hand under her shirt and pants and asked her to stay two more hours for 50 bucks.
Briggs was convicted of sexual battery back in 1987.
It doesn’t matter what kind of business, service or merchandise you’re offering through craigslist, when you do you run a pretty good chance of running into creeps like this. Again it makes me wonder how many times he may have gotten away with this because this sounds like an M.O. rather than a spur of the moment thing.
Desiree Lee Padilla
Harlingen infant porn suspect met sex offender on MocoSpace:
Swiss Miss up there is 22-year-old Desiree Lee Padilla of Harlingen, Texas. She was recently arrested for allegedly sending explicit pictures of an infant girl to a registered sex offender that she met on MocoSpace. Again with Texas and MocoSpace. I have to wonder once again if it’s just being reported more in Texas than any other area.
Anyway, the sex offender in question is 41-year-old James Leland Copeland Jr. who was convicted on child porn charges in Tennessee in 2005. He’s been in and out of prison since. He’s been arrested as well in this case.
Investigators say that Padilla sent pictures of her performing a sex act on an infant girl at Copeland’s request. The articles come out have not said if the girl was Padilla’s daughter.
Unfortunately this is not the uncommon occurrence you may think it is. Over at Bad Breeders there have been a multitude of stories of women who have sent their insignificant others child porn usually involving their own children. I don’t care if the guy was a multi-billionaire who was going to set you up for life on a private island. There is no man or woman out there that’s worth violating a baby for.
Do we as a society think so little of our children anymore?
Undercover H.B. officer thwarts possible sex crime:
In my opinion the Huntington Beach Police Department in California is one of the most proactive law enforcement agencies when it comes to catching sexual predators on craigslist. They’ve been featured on this site many times before and it’s good to see that they’re still being vigilant.
Most recently they arrested 55-year-old Carlton Earl Griner for allegedly placing an ad on craigslist soliciting for sex. He thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl at a shopping center but the person he was exchanging sexually explicit e-mails with was a Huntington Beach detective. Shopping Centers or malls is the other prerequisite meeting place for creepers like this to meet their victims. Griner is a registered sex offender for having a prior conviction in Iowa on child pornography charges.
While the HBPD may be doing their job in catching this creepers it doesn’t feel like the state is backing them up. While Griner is facing a lifetime on the sex offender registry he’s only looking at 5 years in prison. Obviously the registry wasn’t enough to keep him from offending again.
And once again this shows that craigslist has become the weekly flier for sexual predators shopping for victims.
UPDATE 11/2/2013: Griner was only sentenced to 3 years behind bars. Not even the 5 years he was looking at. What does it take to keep a registered sex offender in California behind bars longer?
Court nixes sentence in Pa. MySpace sex case:
In 2010 a then 33-year-old Michael E. Begin of Bradford, Pennsylvania was arrested for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl online. He posed as a 20-year-old Marine sniper who also happened to be of Cherokee descent. When he was arrested at the meeting place he had condoms, handcuffs and a knife in his possession. Last year he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Now the fake sniper but real predator will be receiving a new sentence…
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a federal judge didn’t consider arguments from Michael Begin’s defense attorney that the sentence might be unduly harsh.
Unduly harsh? You have got to be kidding me. Investigators put a stop to what could have been the brutal rape, torture and murder of a 14-year-old girl and they want to talk about how a 20 year prison sentence is unduly harsh to a scumbag child predator? At the time of his arrest he was already a registered sex offender for charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault and indecent exposure in 2000.This is just one of the many things that is wrong with our justice system.
With any luck he’ll get an even longer sentence but I doubt that will happen.
And by trolling I mean the dictionary definition (#2) and not the Urban Dictionary definition.
Chestnuthill tip leads to child porn arrest in Canada:
Ex-hockey coach busted for sending child porn to U.S. teen:
37-year-old Eric Ernest Cloutier of Timmins, Ontario has been arrested for allegedly sending child porn to a 15-year-old girl he met over the anonymous chat site Omegle.
Police say that Cloutier told the girl he was having sex with his 13-year-old daughter before sending her the video. Luckily Cloutier has no daughter.
The girl from Pennsylvania notified the NCMEC who in turn notified authorities.
Not so luckily is that Cloutier is a convicted sex offender. He served less than a year on house arrest and weekend jail for trying to hook up with a 14-year-old girl that he met online back in 2010. If you think the US is bad on how it lightly sentences child predators Canada is even worse.
When will all courts start treating these scumbags like the monsters they are and when will parents wake up to the real dangers to their children that are on the internet?