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CdA sex crime fugitive arrested in LA

A child molestation suspect who has been missing since escaping a manhunt in North Idaho in December was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles.

Nathaniel Robert Howell, 32, was booked into jail in Los Angeles County about 3:52 p.m. Thursday, according to online records.

Howell had been wanted on a felony warrant in Kootenai County charging him with four counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and five counts of sexual exploitation.

Coeur d'Alene police notified the public about his fugitive status after he ran from police through the woods in the 1500 block of South Sagle Road last December.

Howell had seen police while visiting relatives nearby. He's now awaiting extradition to North Idaho from California.

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 man accused of lewd conduct

A Spokane man is wanted in Kootenai County on a charge of lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Louis Arturo Hernandez-Vera, 32.

His criminal case in Idaho is sealed pending his arrest.

Hernandez-Vera, 5-foot-4 and 220 pounds, last gave an address in the 500 block of South Freya in Spokane. He has no criminal record in Spokane County.

Anyone with tips on Hernandez-Vera’s location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Feds: ‘World of Warcraft’ led to porn

SEATTLE (AP) — A 33-year-old Centralia woman is accused of photographing herself having sex with a 16-year-old New Jersey boy she met through an online game.

The seattlepi.com reports child pornography charges were filed in federal court in Tacoma recently against Jessica Pearce. She’s accused of beginning a relationship with the boy in 2008 after they met playing “World of Warcraft.”

Prosecutors say she flew to meet the boy in New Jersey three times, once bringing her 6-year-old child with her. They flew back to Washington together on her final visit. Pearce was arrested Tuesday and is due in court Friday.

Babysitter accepts plea in Idaho sex case

After making national news last summer, a babysitter sex scandal in North Idaho was plea-bargained out Thursday after the alleged victim gave the accused a perfect alibi: He said the sex acts occurred on dates when the babysitter was living out of state. 

Summer Kelli Ashle Hughes, 29, also known as Summer Nelson, will be on supervised probation for two years after entering an Alford plea to four lesser counts of misdemeanor injury to a child.

Kootenai County prosecutors were prepared to take her to trial on felony lewd-conduct charges before her teenaged accuser, who was 14 at the time of the crimes, testified at a preliminary hearing in May.

Read the rest of my story here.

Ex-church leader accused of sex abuse

A former Post Falls church youth leader was arrested last week on suspicion he had sexual and inappropriate contact with multiple minor girls from the congregation.

Jordan Vernon, 20, (right) is accused of allegedly having sex with at least two girls ages 14 and 17, and having inappropriate contact with at least two others ages 12 and 14 while serving as a youth leader in training at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls from 2007 to 2009, said Post Falls Police Detective Sgt. Dave Beck.

Vernon was arrested Dec. 28 for sexual battery of a minor child under the age of 16, lewd conduct with a minor child under the age of 16, and statutory rape for having sexual intercourse with child under 18, among other charges, police said.

Luke Denman, 28, (left) a relative of Vernon, was also arrested for intimidating a witness.

Denman allegedly went to the church after learning authorities planned to arrest Vernon, and threatened a church member, Beck said.

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