Fugitive director Roman Polanski will reportedly attempt to have his decades-long child rape case resolved so that he may return to the United States without fear of arrest or incarceration. The 83-year-old director’s attorney, Harland Braun, has asked a Los Angeles judge to review what it reports is a “long-secret transcript” of the prosecutor’s testimony during Polanski’s trial. The attorney claims the transcript proves that the Pianist director had agreed to a plea deal to serve just 48 days in jail, and that the judge had agreed to the deal. Polanski was convicted of raping a child after a photo shoot in Los Angeles in 1977 and spent 42 days in prison before being released. But the director later fled the country for Europe when he feared that the judge in his case backed out of the deal and suggested prosecutors give him 50 years in prison.
On Friday, a former casting agent from Minnesota pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in Massachusetts. Matthew Feeney ran a Bloomington casting agency where he worked with children who wanted to be in movie and television roles. In 2013, he admitted to molesting two brothers in Washington County who were his clients.
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — A local man was arraigned Thursday for charges of child abuse and neglect resulting in death. Patrick William Yeager, 30, of an unfixed address, was arraigned in Jefferson County Magistrate Court for felony charges of child neglect resulting in death and child abuse resulting in injury. According to a criminal complaint, police were dispatched to a home in Shenandoah Junction in June 2016 for an unresponsive infant. The father — Yeager — told police he was holding his child in a rocking chair. Yeager said he allegedly blacked out and when he woke up, the chair and toys were upside down.
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added David Dale Booth, 58, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Booth is wanted for parole violation and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Booth is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 195 pounds. He has tattoos on his upper arms. Booth has previously worked in the rail car repair industry. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
JEFFERSON PARISH, LA – A Lafitte man has been arrested in connection with the sexual abuse of two children, and detectives believe there could be more victims who have not come forward, according to a news release from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Kenneth Leblanc, 62, was booked into the JPCC on one count each of aggravated Rape and sexual battery. On Feb. 21 Personal Violence Detective Chris Vado received information about an aggravated rape that occurred approximately 24 years ago.
A Townsend woman was charged with four counts of felony Sexual Abuse of Children. Colleen Jade Nickerson is accused of texting topless photos of herself and two 14-year-old females at the request of another suspect, Nathan Zipperian from June of last year. The 22-year-old is also accused of bringing both females to Zipperian’s home. Once there prosecutors say Nickerson and Zipperian took one of the 14-year-old to a bedroom.
A judge fought back tears as he described how a married couple subjected two young girls to ‘wickedly cruel, chillingly heartless and utterly inhuman’ abuse. Michael Miszczak, 54, and his ex-wife Sandra Jones, 52, ‘brainwashed’ and repeatedly raped their extremely vulnerable victims and beat them with metal poles. They forced the children from before the age of eight to eat their own vomit, watch pornography and fight with each other while half-naked. Police said the abuse was ‘some of the most despicable crimes against children’ they had ever seen, while the prosecutor told Liverpool Crown Court, ‘It’s difficult to imagine a worse example of the rape of a child.’
MICHIGAN – A Michigan man whose 14-month-old stepdaughter died this week after having been beaten into a coma and suffering alleged sexual abuse has been charged with homicide. Layla Heether passed away from her injuries at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, a week after she was found unresponsive at a home in Newaygo while in the care of her stepfather, 29-year-old Wayne Brown. A short time after Laylah was taken to the hospital on February 14, Brown was arrested on a count of domestic violence involving the baby’s mother.
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Mark Timothy McBride, 59, has been increased to $8,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during February. McBride, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month’s featured fugitive, is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, parole violation and probation violation. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
A 70-year-old Danish man has been charged with ordering numerous child rape and sex abuse livestreams from third-world countries, where each assault usually cost the predator no more than $40. The man, who allegedly ordered sex abuse of children, predominantly Filipino, over the internet and had them streamed to his computer, was charged on Wednesday with 346 counts of participating in sexual assaults or rapes of minors. He was arrested in Copenhagen’s suburb of Brondby last February, and it took the prosecutors, in cooperation with cyber police, a whole year to collect and process all the evidence and to finally charge the suspect in this “historic scale case.”
Washington — New charges have been filed in the case of an ex-Washington State Penitentiary corrections officer accused of child molestation and child rape. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports the amended documents increase the seriousness of one charge filed against Benjamin G. Smith and add four new charges, for a total of seven. A prison spokeswoman says the 33-year-old Smith resigned after his arrest in January from the corrections officer job he held since 2008.
TEXAS – Parents are on trial for the death of their 7-month-old son, who allegedly weighed only ten pounds and suffered from meningitis and sepsis for weeks leading up to his death. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Qwalion Busby, 36, and Marquita Johnson, 33, are charged with injury to a child by omission for the December 2015 death of their son Naeem Busby. Prosecutors claimed the child succumbed to sepsis caused by a common ear infection. The pair is accused of not vaccinating the infant and treating him with essential oils and natural remedies.
TEXAS – A man has been arrested for child abuse after graphic footage of him beating a seven-year-old child outside his car was reported to police. Kordarell Williams, 27, is reportedly the boyfriend of the young boy’s mother. He was seen lashing the child 62 times with a belt on his head, shoulders, and legs during the five minute long attack in northwest Houston, Texas. Williams admitted in court to hitting the boy because he stole a phone charger.
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A son of former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been jailed as he awaits a hearing on charges he pressured a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex. Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, was arrested Monday, more than five years after his father was arrested in a child molestation case that shook Penn State and is still working its way through criminal and civil courts. He faces 14 counts, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault and solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. His lawyer isn’t commenting on the allegations.
A 13-year-old Australian girl who took her own life penned a letter to her classmates detailing torment she suffered in school and a gang-rape carried out by bullies. “My name is Cassidy Trevan, and I was raped. If anyone every [sic] tries this on you trust me it’s worth fighting! Fight! If you don’t you’ll regret it for the rest of your life like I do. You can do it. Be careful. Be warned. Be safe,” the teen wrote. Cassidy’s mother, Linda, reportedly discovered the note in her late daughter’s laptop. Cassidy died by suicide in December 2015. She said she was pushed to write the letter to warn other people at the Melbourne, Australia, high school because “if they could do it to me they do it to other kids like me.”
MINNESOTA – A man working as a school bus attendant was charged with sexually molesting six girls, all between the ages of three to five. Harvey Theodore Kneifl, from Woodbury, Minnesota, worked as a bus attendant. His job involved him helping children into their seats. Many of the children he helped have special needs. After a 4-year-old complained to her parents about Kneifl rubbing her genitals, her father contacted police on February 4 to put in a criminal complaint. Authorities immediately began to investigate the claim and the 70-year-old.
COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly raped three children. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says Cody Haupt engaged in “sexual conduct by force” with two boys — ages 5 and 8 — and one girl, age 6. Investigators say Haupt is the half-brother of the victims. When detectives were alerted of the potential sexual abuse, they arrived at the Coventry Township residence where nine children were found living with their parents. All of the kids were removed from the home.
KENTUCKY – A 40-year-old mother from Kentucky has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on charges of incest, sodomy and sexual abuse involving her young son. The Louisville resident, whom is not being named due to the nature of the crimes, was handed her sentence on Tuesday after accepting a plea deal. Jefferson Circuit County Judge Olu Stevens also ordered the mother to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
PENNSYLVANIA – Police say they have arrested a suspected child rapist in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and there are fears more victims may still be out there. One detective said that the human race hasn’t invented words yet to describe what they found in the trailer of 57-year-old William Charles Thomas. He lives in the Midway Village Trailer Park in Morrisville. Investigators released multiple photos of him dating back almost a decade in hopes of helping victims identify him. Police say Thomas is an independent contractor who is charged with the sexual assault of as many as six children, including a relative, over the last 40 years. The victims range in age from 2 to 10 years old.
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