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Man pleads guilty to child porn charge

A 41-year-old Hayden Lake man pleaded guilty Monday to possessing child pornography.

Charley Brigham Leighton II faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and lifetime supervised release when he's sentenced Jan 30 by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Coeur d'Alene.

A grand jury indicted Leighton in September after the North Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home on Aug. 26, 2010, and seized computers containing pornography images of children. Leighton told investigators he'd downloaded more than 1,000 images in about a year, according to court documents.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said the images depicted children from Missouri, Georgia, Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, Washington, France, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, England and the Netherlands, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“Children are our society's most precious resource,” U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement. “The federal, state and local law enforcement officers who make up the North Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force work cooperatively and use every available tool to protect children from online predators.”  

  

Convicted rapist indicted for child porn

A 70-year-old Stevens County man who recently pleaded guilty to child rape has been indicted by a federal grand jury for producing child pornography.

James Ernest Guinn, Jr., is in jail awaiting sentencing in Stevens County Superior Court and arraignment in U.S. District Court, where he was indicted last week on charges of production of child pornography, transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Guinn is accused of producing child pornography with a young girl between August and November 2010, and of transporting child pornography from California to Washington in 2006.

Investigators found child pornography dating back to the 1960s and on several kinds of media, ranging from digital images in computer files, to video footage and 8 mm movie film, according to the Stevens County Prosecutor's Office.

Guinn faces up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted. He's to be arraigned in Spokane on Oct. 6. He already faces 93 to 123 months in state prison after pleading guilty to first-degree rape of a child Tuesday in Stevens County.
  

CdA man, 25, gets 5 years for child porn

A Coeur d'Alene man who downloaded child pornography and shared it with other Internet users has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

 Scott Tyler Aresvik, 25, also is to pay $1,750 in restitution to a child identified in one of the nine pornographic images and 91 videos found on his computer after investigators searched his home in Coeur d'Alene on Dec. 15, 2009, according to a sentence imposed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene.

The investigation began when the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office learned Aresvik's computer was making child pornography available for download on the Internet.

Aresvik pleaded guilty to possessing sexually explicit images of minors in March after a grand jury indicted him in January. His plea requires him to forfeit his computer and electronic storage equipment.

Aresvik told FBI agents he'd been downloading child pornography for about one year, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In addition to 60 months in prison, he'll be on probation for 10 years.

“Individuals who use the Internet to access, view and share child pornography mistakenly believe their anonymity will protect them,” Wendy Olson, U.S. Attorney for Idaho, said in a prepared statement. “Federal, state and local law enforcement are committed to working together with prosecutors to identify and prosecute these individuals. We will continue to use every available tool to apprehend and convict them.”

More information is available at  www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Invalid search nixes child porn case

Felony charges against a registered sex offender have been dismissed on technical grounds after a federal judge ruled that the search warrant used to find hundreds of images of child pornography on the suspect’s computer was invalid. 

Andrew V. Davis, 34, of Deer Park, faced at least 15 years in federal prison if convicted, but U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush concluded that police failed to disclose when seeking the search warrant that key information came from a girl who had lied to detectives in other cases.

By throwing out the search warrant, it rendered the evidence against Davis inadmissible.

“Of course he is relieved that the case was dismissed,” said Davis’s defense lawyer, Aaron Rasmussen. “It’s embarrassing because of the nature of the charges.”

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Feb. 18: Sex offender faces child porn charges

CdA man sentenced for child porn

A Coeur d'Alene man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Cyle Anthony Wyckoff, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of sexually explicitly images of minor in December 2010 after members of the multiagency North Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home in July 2009.

Police began investigating Wyckoff in November 2008 after developing information that a computer registered to him contained child pornography. A forensic examiner found 49 images and 65 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The images were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which confirmed that least some of the images were of identified minors,  including children from Washington state, Connecticut, Utah, Kentucky, Belgium, Germany, England, and Russia.

In addition to 84 months in prison, Wyckoff will be on probation for 10 years and will pay $3,000 restitution to his victims, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge ruled.

“Crimes against children taint our communities and do harm that reverberates, at times, for generations,” U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson said in a prepared statement. “In Idaho, federal, state and local law enforcement officers work together in cases such as this one to ensure that those who traffic in these images are caught and punished.”

For more information, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Skinhead promises speech at bench trial

A self-described skinhead says he has prepared a speech to read at his federal bench trial this afternoon for allegedly assaulting an accused child molester.

James D. Bacon, 23, is charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Darrell W. Monzingo, 44, as the men shared a holding cell at the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse on March 10.  The assault was captured on video, accoridng to a trial brief.

In an April 9 jailhouse letter to The Spokesman-Review, Bacon said he is a member of the Valhalla-Bound Skinhead movement, which was founded by Keegan Van Tuyl. Van Tuyl is scheduled to be released from federal prison in September. Authorities consider him extremely dangerous.

Bacon said his three-page speech will shock the judge.

“However, it is written with an eloquent passion from my heart,” Bacon wrote. “It is by no mean's vulgar, & it addresses my beliefs as a skinhead, as a man, & as a person utterly disgusted with sex offenders.”

Bacon wrote that he hopes victims of sex crimes can be consoled by “knowing that people like myself are fighting in their honor.”

Bacon, who was convicted of armed robbery in 2004, was wanted for a felony drug violation and Department of Corrections warrant when he ran from police near Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street on Dec. 7.

Police arrested him in a struggle, then realized he was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun.

Monzingo, whose trial is set for September, faces up to 30 years in prison after Spokane police found child pornography during a search of his home in the 3400 block of E. Fairview Ave. on Dec. 16. He's charged with manufacturing the material.

Child molester sentenced for child porn

A child molester was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison for possession child pornography.

Donald D. Holloway, 51, of Valley, Wash., received a longer sentence because of previous conviction in Stevens County for second-degree and third-degree child molestation.

The level 3 sex offender was arrested in December 2009 after three computers containing child pornography were seized from his home 2900 block of Bakie Road in Valley, along with digital media and printed images.

Holloway was already on probation for a 2002 marijuana conviction. He also was convicted of indecent liberties in 1981.

“Repeat offenders have proven that they have no place in our neighborhoods,” Michael Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said in a prepared statement.

The case was prosecuted under the federal Project Safe Childhood initiative.

Accordng to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Initiative has five major components:

• Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue child victims

• Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives

• Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases

• Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents

• Community awareness and educational programs

To report these crimes, visit www.cybertipline.com or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s hotline at 1-800-843-5678.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Man indicted on child porn charges

A Spokane Valley man caught with child pornography last fall has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Cory R. Greer pleaded not guilty Monday to transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and a forfeiture calling for him to give up a laptop computer seizure from his home last fall.

Spokane County sheriff's investigators searched Greer's apartment at 19221 E. Buckeye Ave. on Oct. 12.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified them of child pornography was being sent through email coming from a local Internet Protocol address; Deputy Damon Simmons traced the address to Greer, who was 28 at the time of the search.

Greer “was cooperative and not considered a threat to the community” and was not arrested.

He was allowed to remain out of custody after his arraignment but is on home detention.

Spokane fugitive charged w/ child porn

A man wanted for failing to register in Spokane County is in custody on federal child pornography charges in Idaho.

Jody Michael Thomas, 40, was at a home in Caldwell, Idaho, when Idaho State Police served a search warrant for drugs last October.

Detectives found a computer containing child pornography that belonged to Thomas. He was arrested that day for failing to register as a sex offender in Idaho. He said he'd registered as a sex offender in Spokane but moved to Idaho in December 2009, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court.

Thomas was convicted of aggravated child molestation, statutory rape and three counts of child molestation in Georgia in 1988 for having sex with a 10-year-old girl. He served 15 years in prison. He also was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Okanogan County in 2004.

Thomas pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of sexually explicit images of minors, which bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and failure to register a s sex offender, which carries up to 10 years incarceration. He's to be sentenced June 14 in Boise.

He's still wanted in Spokane County on a $25,000 warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sirens/2011/mar/14/tips-sought-3-fugitive-sex-offenders/

Alleged child molester assaulted in cell

A convicted robber jailed on federal gun charges is accused of assaulting an alleged child molester at the federal courthouse.

James D. Bacon, 23, (pictured) is charged with misdemeanor assault for punching Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, as the men shared a holding cell at the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse on March 10.

Another defendant in the cell, Fabian Vaksman, said Bacon punched Monzingo after Monzingo refused to discuss his charges, which include two counts of production of child pornography.

Bacon “made statements to the effect that he hated sex offenders,” Vaksman told U.S. Marshals. Vaksman also noted blood on Monzingo's face; Marshals say his lower lip was split.

Bacon and Monzingo were Spokane County Jail inmates but were at the courthouse for hearings before U.S. District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen.

Monzingo, whose trial is scheduled in September, faces up to 30 years in prison after Spokane police found child pornography during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave. on Dec. 16.

Bacon pleaded guilty March 10 to felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in June. The new assault charge, filed today, carries a maximum six months incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000.

Bacon, who was convicted of armed robbery in 2004, was wanted for a felony drug violation and Department of Corrections warrant when he ran from police near Wellesley Avenue and Regal Street on Dec. 7. Police arrested him in a struggle, then realized he was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun.

Sex offender in child rape case arrested

A convicted sex offender accused of child rape is due in court this afternoon after being arrested over the weekend.

Glenn E. Sapp, 51, was booked into the Spokane County Jail Saturday at 4:26 p.m. He was arrested at a home on North Molter Road in Otis Orchards.

Authorities notified the public of Sapp's fugitive status on Friday after sheriff's detectives couldn't locate him.

Law enforcement began investigating Sapp Feb 9 after a man who bought a computer from Sapp said he found images and videos showing the sex offender sexually abusing a young girl.

Then on Feb. 20, a woman contacted police and said a camera memory card stolen from Sapp's apartment in the 10100 block of East Main contained sexually explicit videos and pictures of at least four young girls. The woman said she'd gotten the card form a man who claimed to have stolen the camera from Sapp. Police say the card contained 223 photos and 49 videos of a sexually explicit nature.

Sapp is a level 1 sex offender after being convicted in Chelan County in 1999 of child pornography possession after he photographed children in his neighborhood.

He's charged with first-degree child molestation, first-degree child rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Sex offender jailed for child porn

A Spokane sex offender already in jail has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Daniel Elliot Ochs, 47, pleaded not guilty this week to two felonies after a grand jury indicted him Feb. 16.

He's charged in U.S. District Court with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography in relation to a search at his home on July 27. He's accused of possessing sexually explicit images of children beginning in January 2010.

The FBI seized three cell phones; Ochs would relinquish ownership under a forfeiture charge included in the indictment.

Ochs has been in jail since July. In 2005, he was sentenced to 46 months in prison for possession of child pornography. He was released early, in late 2008, and was to be on probation for five years. He was arrested after an Internet site complained of uploaded images of child pornography. Investigators traced an email address to Ochs.

Ochs said in a written statement to the FBI that he started looking at child pornography again because of “stress and relationship problems.”

“It is an addiction and I am in treatment for it,” he wrote, according to court documents.
  

Sex offender faces child porn charges

A registered sex offender is accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet. 

Andrew Vaughn Davis, 34, was arrested Thursday in Deer Park after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The charges carry sentences of 15 to 40 years and 10 to 20 years in prison.

Davis is a level 2 sex offender after being convicted of two counts of third-degree child rape in Thurston County in 1998. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

The new charges allege he received child pornography over the Internet from Sept. 9, 2005, to Nov. 19, 2008, when investigators found more than 600 sexually explicit images of children on computers at his Deer Park home.

Davis is being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail.

Child porn suspect jailed without bail

A suspect in a child pornography case previously allowed to leave jail on his own recognizance has been ordered held without bail after a federal indictment.

Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, faces up to 30 years in prison for five charges that include two counts of production of child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno ruled Monday that the charges were too serious to allow Monzingo out of custody. He does not have a stable address and he has not undergone a mental health assessment, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Monzigno was arrested Dec. 16 after Spokane police found child pornography during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price released Monzingo from jail on his own recognizance the next day; the suspect was arrested on the federal charges last week. He has pleaded not guilty.

Feds: CdA man had child porn on laptop

A 24-year-old Coeur d'Alene man has been charged in federal court with possession child pornography.

Scott Tyler Aresvik faces up to 10 years and prison and lifetime probation for one count of possession of sexually explicit images of minors.

The charge alleges he possessed the images on a Gateway laptop computer on Dec. 15. He would be forced to give up the computer under a forfeiture charge also filed last week in U.S. District Court.

Aresvik waived a grand jury indictment and is not in custody.

He was booked into jail on a probation violation Dec. 15 and has a previous domestic violence case in Kootenai County. He is not currently in custody.

Man charged w/ producing child porn

A Spokane man arrested on child pornography charges in December has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Darrel W. Monzingo, 44, pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to two counts of production of child pornography, two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

The charges allege Monzingo filmed the sexual abuse of a minor on two occasions in July and August, then distributed child pornography through his computer on Oct. 28 and Nov. 30.

Police found explicit materials during a search of his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave. on Dec. 16.  The home is about a block from an elementary school.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price released Monzingo from jail on his own recognizance after his arrest, but he was taken into custody on the federal indictment Thursday and remains in jail. A hearing to decide if he should be allowed bail is set for Jan. 24.

Spokane police began investigating Monzingo after undercover Colorado detectives said they’d received pornographic files from him over the Internet.

Child porn distributor arrested again

A Cheney man who distributed child pornography using his former co-worker's stolen identity is back in jail.

John Alan Harmon, 57, was ordered held without bail this morning on federal allegations that he distributed child pornography last January and in October 2009. The sex offender left prison in 2005 after serving about three years for the same crime.

His lawyer, Bevan Maxey, said Harmon has strong ties to Cheney and will show up for court if he's out of jail, but U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno said he needed a more structured release plan before he could be released.

“There is not issue as far as risk of flight. The issue in this case is risk to the community,” Imbrogno said. “My impression is Mr. Harmon is really trying, but these alleged difficulties are simply too pervasive right now.”

A grand jury indicted Harmon on charges of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He also could be forced to forfeit a computer seized from his home on Jan. 7, 2010.

Harmon faces at least 15 years in prison because of his previous conviction for distribution of child pornography. He was arrested Monday and pleaded not guilty to both charges in U.S. District Court that afternoon.

Spokanite jailed in 3rd child porn probe

A convicted sex offender already under investigation for possessing child pornography was jailed recently after a new investigation revealed ongoing illegal activity, according to court documents.

Shawn P. Sather, 34, was ordered to stay in Spokane County Jail without bail after appearing in U.S. District Court Tuesday on a charge of possessing child pornography.

He was arrested last week after an undercover detective in Colorado Springs, Colo., said he'd downloaded hundred of images of child pornography from an Internet user identified as Sather.

Federal agents already were awaiting a forensic analysis of computer seized from Sather's home at 1603 E. Ostrander Ave., last January. They had searched the home after a detective in Canon City, Colo., connected child pornography obtained online to Sather's computer, according to court documents.

Federal agents seized computer equipment from his home Jan. 14 and informed him of the ongoing investigation, but he was not arrested pending a more thorough examination of the materials.

Investigators say that examination still was not complete when they learned of the new allegations against Sather. Sather is a convicted sex offender because of a previous federal conviction in 2001 for possession and transportation of child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno cited the previous investigation and Sather's conviction when she denied his request for bail on Tuesday. She said he appears to be a risk to the community.

Child porn probe leads to Spokane man

A 44-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police connected him to hundred of images of child pornography.

Darrel W. Monzingo was taken into custody at his home at 3403 E. Fairview Ave., after detectives served a search warrant there about 9 a.m.

Spokane police Detective Jan Pofacher developed Monzingo as a suspect after Colorado detectives said they'd shared files with a Spokane man, according to a news release.

Investigators found pornographic videos and photos on Monzingo’s computers. His home is about a block from an elementary school.

Now he’s in jail on one count of possession of child pornography. Police say more charges are expected.

Child porn possession gets 70 months

A 32-year-old man was sentenced to five years in federal prison this week for receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Brian Scott Fellman, formerly of College Place, Wash., will be on probation for five years when he gets out and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life under a sentence imposed Monday in U.S. District Court in Richland.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Maryland tracked to Fellman a computer that was sharing child pornography filed over the Internet in 2009. Agents found thousands of images and videos of child pornography that had been downloaded onto one computer.

Fellman, who had been a student at Walla Walla Community College, pleaded guilty in July and was out of custody.

His public defender, Diane Hehir, tried to keep him out of prison, saying Fellman obtained the files from someone who had already organized them and hadn’t looked at many of them. Hehir said in court documents that Fellman had never physically harmed chidlren.

“He has been struggling with shame, embarrassment and guilt because he received child pornography,” Hehir wrote. “Mr. Fellman noted that he had not looked at all or even most of the material that he received, while noting that he certainly had looked at some of it and did not dispute the Government’s characterization or description of the material.”

Prosecutors called for a prison sentence of 10 years, saying “his downloading and collecting of child pornography…helped to encourage and support, what Congress has called, ‘a national tragedy.’”

Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said in a prepared statement, “Our youth have been manipulated, victimized and traumatized by sexual predators. Their images have been stolen and will forever be traded over the Internet. Our dedicated law enforcement officers are to be commended for reaching across the country to make this community safer. ”

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