Wednesday, 2 May 2018

REALLY BAD CHILD MOLESTERS  (part 1)                                           

The remote community of the Wapekeka Indian reservation was one of the areas convicted pedophile Ralph Rowe targeted for nearly two decades. Rowe was a pilot, a Scout leader and Anglican minister. Recently, a documentary called Survivors Rowe, focused on three of Rowe’s abuse victims and how the consequences of the abuse they experienced has affected their lives.

Hundreds of boys were sexually abused by Rowe in a variety of northwestern Ontario indigenous communities. The true number may never be known as many victims have not wanted to publicly disclose their pain. But indigenous leaders acknowledge Rowe’s legacy has led to many suicides in the region.

In 1994, Rowe was convicted of 39 counts of indecent assault on 15 boys aged 8 to 14. He was sentenced to six years in prison but served only 4.5 years.

Part of Rowe’s 1994 plea deal shielded him from facing more charges of a similar nature. However, in 2006, Rowe faced another 31 alleged victims and 75 charges, wrote Justice Erwin Stach in a July 2006 court document.

After preliminary hearings, the number of charges fell from 75 to 57 and complainants from 31 to 25. Five went to trial and only two cases resulted in convictions. Rowe was sentenced to three years in prison to one three-year sentence and another one year concurrent sentence.    

Arthur Leon Vitasek, 47, was sentenced to prison  by an Arizona judge after being found guilty in November of 26 counts that included sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation and public sexual indecency. .

The charges stem from the molestation of eight boys from 7 to 15 years old in Phoenix and the suburbs of Mesa and Paradise Valley over a 15-year period beginning in 1990. Police suspect there are more victims. Vitasek often targeted financially struggling single mothers, helping them with material items and showering their sons with gifts and attention.

Vitasek was arrested in Texas in September 2006 after being on the lam for more than a year and a half. America's Most Wanted featured Vitasek on the program numerous times before his arrest. Grand Prairie police said Vitasek was using a different name, Rich Loper, and that Vitasek only admitted his real name after a detective recognized him and repeatedly questioned him about his identity.

Vitasek told police that he was tired of being a hunted man and that he was glad his life on the run was over, adding, "I'm the nicest man in the world," according to "America's Most Wanted."

Vitasek's case also gained attention because he was mentored by former Arizona House Speaker Jim Weiers, who had hired him for a couple of jobs and allowed him to live in his home for a time. Weiers is still a state representative.

A 2006 Mesa police report said that one of Vitasek's teenage victims told investigators that Weiers tried to discourage him from co-operating with police in the case. But the teen later signed a notarized handwritten statement, issued by Weiers' office, saying that the Republican lawmaker "never told me not to talk to police."

In the statement, the victim also said any comments he'd made "that point a finger at Jim Weiers were a result of my being angry about what happened to me. I was blaming Jim for not having stopped Arthur Vitasek.

Vitasek was sentenced to 560 years in prison which will likely provide some closure to the victims in the case

It is ironic when you think about it. Rowe received three years after being convicted of molesting 27 victims and Vitasek got 560 years for molesting eight victims.

One of the biggest things with the crimes of child molestation and rape is that  these types of cases oftentimes have victims who feel like they're the only ones who have been molested or raped and no one's going to believe them and for this reason, they're reluctant to come forward and inform the police.

 A man believed to be one of the most prolific child molesters in U.S. history was sentenced in San Jose, Calif., Monday to 152 years to life in prison. Dean Schwartzmiller is expected to appeal his conviction and sentence for molesting two 12-year-old San Jose boys in 2005, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

He acted as his own attorney in the trial that ended when a jury convicted him of 10 counts of child molestation.

Schwartzmiller had previously been arrested on more than 80 counts of child molestation in five states. He was convicted on nine counts, but four were overturned upon appeal

Police arrested Schwartzmiller in May 2005 at an apartment in San Jose that he shared with another convicted child molester.  The police found notebooks containing the names of 36,000 children with codes next to their names, presumbably describing how the children were abused. Quite frankly, I find it hard to believe that anyone could molest that many children in his lifetime.  However….

As expected, the man once called “the most prolific child molester in Genesee County” was sentenced to 40 years in state prison.

It was the second time Sean M. Vickers has been sentenced in Genesee County Court for his 2014 conviction for repeatedly sexually assaulting five boys.

Vickers was originally sentenced to 107 years in state prison by then-Judge Robert C. Noonan in 2014, a sentence later reduced to 50 years.

But Vickers appealed his case and a higher court overturned the most serious convictions against him.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman had been set to present the case against Vickers to a grand jury and proceed with prosecuting him for a second time

Vickers, however, opted to plead guilty in October to two counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, with the promise of no more than two consecutive 20-year terms.

That’s what Judge Charles Zambito gave Vickers.  

The sentences will run concurrent with a seven-year term that was upheld in Genesee County and a 20-year term imposed for molesting boys in Niagara County.

Vickers, a Genesee County native, was living in Geneva at the time of his arrest in the spring of 2013. The arrest came after a joint city of Batavia police and Niagara County investigation into allegations of abuse of five boys dating back to 2001.

The investigation revealed a long-time pattern showing Vickers had been preying on boys since at least 1990, when he was convicted of abusing a child in Monroe County. He also was convicted in New Hampshire in 2009, making him a Level 3 sex offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

The investigation also led authorities to Vickers’ brother, David Vickers who was a truck driver. David Vickers was sentenced in 2016 to life in prison by a federal judge for transporting minor boys across state lines for the intent of having sex with them.

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