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Jury indicts DSHS worker for child porn

A state social services employee arrested on child pornography charges April 17 has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Darrell J. Rogers, 51, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of distribution of child pornography. The charges carry five years to 20 years in prison and registration as a sex offender if convicted. 

Rogers, a married father with no criminal history, was allowed to leave jail a few days after his arrest after undergoing a mental health assessment.

A prosecutor said the material federal agents downloaded from Rogers, who licenses foster homes for children, is some of the worst he's encountered in his 36 years of practicing law.

DSHS worker had ‘disturbing’ child porn

A state social services employee accused of distributing child pornography must undergo a mental health evaluation before he can leave jail, a judge ruled today.

A federal prosecutor said the material distributed by Darrell J. Rogers, who licenses foster homes for children, is some of the worst he's encountered in his 36 years of practicing law.

“This is not normal child pornography,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks said at Rogers' bail hearing in U.S. District Court. “This is child pornography that is very disturbing.”

The material includes a video of a 3-month-old girl being raped by an adult male, Hicks said.

“This is not like trading baseball cards,” Hicks said. “What kind of person would have an interest in this?…Most people are disgusted by it, and most people would ask 'what's wrong with this person?'”

Rogers, 51, is a married father of two with no criminal history. He's lived in Spokane his entire life and has worked for the state Department of Health and Human Services since 1995. Family, friends and coworkers attended his hearing; some left afterward in tears.

Distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison for each image.

U.S Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno will review Rogers' mental health evaluation. Rogers and his wife must pay $25,000 bond to secure his release from jail. If he is released, Rogers will be confined to his home and must wear an electric monitor. Firearms that FBI agents found in his home during a search on Tuesday must be removed.

Imbrogno called the conditions “perhaps about as stringent as they get for this type of charge,” she said.

Hicks cited Rogers’ employment as a person in a position of trust with children as further reason for a mental health evaluation.

“He's leading a double life, in effect,” Hicks said.

A DSHS spokesman said Rogers will be reassigned to a position in which he does not have contact with children if he's released from jail pending the resolution of his case. Imbrogno said she'll decide if Rogers can be employed after reading his evaluation.

Rogers has been in the Spokane County Jail since Tuesday, when FBI agents arrested him at his home in the 7100 block of North Westgate Place in the Indian Trail area in north Spokane and seized a computer containing sexually explicit images of children.

The FBI began investigating him in February after an agent in Maryland downloaded child pornography from an Internet Protocol address linked to Rogers' home.

The material features the infant and children up to six years old, Hicks said.

Rogers told the FBI the material was on a computer in the guest bedroom when questioned, Hicks said.

Rogers also told investigators he'd never hurt a child and would contact authorities if he knew of someone who was. He said he wasn't sexually attracted to children but was “trying to figure out” child pornography.

Hicks said Rogers' response was typical “even from people who have been diagnosed as pedophiles.”

“I'm not saying Rogers is; I'm saying that's a typical response,” Hicks said.

He called the assertion that viewing and distributing child pornography doesn't harm children “bunk.”

“Fifty-one-year-olds creating generations of pedophiles. If we look at the facts, that’s what happens in a lot of circumstances,” Hicks said.

Public defender Matthew Campbell said a mental health evaluation isn't necessary and said Rogers is not a danger to the community. “He has no criminal history,” Campbell said.

Campbell said prosecutors have not opposed pre-trial release in other child pornography cases, but Hicks said the cases didn't involve three month olds being raped by adult males.

FBI arrests social worker for child porn

A state social services employee who licenses foster care homes was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of child pornography possession.

Darrell J. Rogers, 51, is in the Spokane County Jail without bail after appearing in U.S. District Court Tuesday afternoon. FBI agents arrested him at his home in the 7100 block of North Westgate Place in the Indian Trail area in north Spokane, where he lives with his wife, Kim Rogers, 49.

Kim Rogers also is a social worker with the state Department of Social and Health Services who specializes in finding homes for children who are wards of the state. Her husband licenses those homes, a neighbor said.

Darrell Rogers told FBI agents his wife had nothing to do with the child pornography they were investigating, according to court documents. The FBI began investigating Rogers in February after an agent in Maryland downloaded child pornography from an Internet user in Spokane.

The material includes children as young as approximately three months old being sexually assaulted by men and women.

Darrell Rogers was a social worker for 10 years beginning in 1995, said Thomas Shapley, DSHS spokesman. He began licensing foster homes in 2005, Shapley said.

Rogers is barred from entering his workplace, and his computer access has been locked. Should he be released from jail pending the resolution of the case, “we've already prepared an alternative work assignment for him where he would not have any contact with children,” Shapley said.

FBI agents say Rogers admitted Tuesday to using Internet file sharing programs and said no one else in the home, including his wife and two sons, would have used the screen names associated with the explicit material.

“Agents asked if he knew of any really bad people who he traded with that specifically harmed children,” according to court documents. “Rogers responded that he did not know of anyone who was abusing children, and had he known he would have reported it.”

Rogers told federal agents he had had no sexual interest in the material but was “trying to figure it out,” documents say.

“When asked about how long he had an interest in child pornography, Rogers stated that he did not know, and that he would never touch a child, and would never molest children,” agents wrote.

Rogers is due back in court Friday for a hearing to determine if he can be allowed out of jail on bail pending trial.

Crime Stoppers targets 2 sex offenders

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that help arrest two sex offenders who haven't check in with authorities as required.

Kevin Raymond Belieu, 53, (left) is a transient with a 35 year criminal history that includes convictions for robbery, theft, forgery and lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor.

Belieu, 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, is living as a transient, which means he's required to check in with authorities once a week. A $15,000 warrant was issued March 12 after he failed to check in.

Also wanted is Billy Ray Roberts, Jr., 32 (right).

Roberts, 6-feet-tall and 215 pounds, last gave an address in the 8000 block of North Mayfair Street in Spokane.

His nine-year criminal history includes conviction for theft and burglary, as well as a conviction for third-degree rape of a child in 2003. A $15,000 warrant was issued March 12 after Roberts failed to check in with authorities.

Belieu and Roberts are level 1 sex offenders, which is the classification considered least likely to reoffend.

Anyone with information on their current locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

CdA man accused of raping teenage boy

A 41-year-old Coeur d'Alene man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old boy.

Sonny Novero Coley was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on charges of rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child.

Detectives received a report Tuesday that detailing Coley's alleged contact with the boy, police said Wednesday. They interviewed Coley at the police station and arrested him about 8:30 p.m.

The alleged victim knew Coley “and spent a lot of time with him,” according to a Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release.

Police did not release further details.

Man gets 11 years in prison for 2 rapes

A man who raped two women on the Colville Indian Reservation in 2007 has been sentenced to about 11 years in prison.

Clarence J. Stensgar, Jr., 60, will be under federal supervision for life after he serves 135 months in federal prison under a sentence imposed today in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Stensgar raped a woman in April 2007 and another woman in November 2007.

He was indicted by a grand jury in September 2010 and pleaded guilty in July. He's in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to federal prison.

In a prepared statement, Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “I am committed to aggressively prosecuting violent crime on Tribal lands. It is especially important to remove and incarcerate repeat sexual offenders, because women on Tribal land suffer a greater percentage of assaults than the general population.”

Duo in rape revenge charged w/ assault

A couple arrested for attempted murder in Airway Heights last week will instead be charged with assault.

Elijah J. Boxley, 33, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday on a first-degree assault charge while his girlfriend,  Molly E. Foote, 38, alias McBride, appeared on a second-degree assault charge.

The two were arrested Thursday after attacking Michael J. Martin, 46, in what they said was revenge because Martin raped Foote.

Detectives are investigating the rape allegation. Airway Heights police say Boxley and Foote attacked Martin with a knife in a car at a gas station at 220 S. Hayford Road in Airway Heights last week. Boxley allegedly struck Martin with his car.

Boxley told police he was “on fire and ready to go” after Foote said she'd been raped by Martin.

“It pretty much put me in a temporary insanity state when your best friend rapes your girlfriend,” Boxley said, according to court documents.

Police found a machete, hatchet and several knives in Boxley's car and arrested the couple for attempted murder, but prosecutors filed the lesser charges on Monday.

Boxley and Foote remain in jail.

Attempted-murder suspect ‘was on fire’

A man arrested for attempted murder in Airway Heights told police he was “on fire and ready to go” after his girlfriend said she’d been raped by the alleged victim.

“It pretty much put me in a temporary insanity state when your best friend rapes your girlfriend,” said Elijah J. Boxley, 33, according to court documents.

Boxley and his girlfriend, Molly E. Foote, 37, alias McBride, are in Spokane County Jail on $200,000 and $250,000 bond, respectively, after appearing in Superior Court today on charges of first-degree kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.

Spokane County sheriff’s sex crimes detectives searched a Trent Avenue motel and a home in the 400 block of West 21st Avenue on Friday and seized clothing and other items as part of an investigation into claims that Boxley and Foote’s alleged victim, Michael J. Martin, 46, raped Foote on Tuesday.

Foote told Boxley on Wednesday that she’d been assaulted, and Boxley arranged to meet Martin at a gas station at 220 S. Hayford Road in Airway Heights, according to police. Foote was hiding in the back seat under a blanket and held a knife to Martin’s throat after he entered the car about 3 a.m., police say.

Martin told police he fared for his life and fought with the couple before fleeing the vehicle. He said Boxley ran over his right foot and caused him to fall over and hit his head on the asphalt.

Boxley told police the three lived together for about six months two years ago. He told police he wasn’t sure if he injured Martin but said he didn’t have any weapons.

Police say when they asked Boxley if it was Foote who cut Martin, he replied “If anybody had a knife and was doing the cutting, it wasn’t me.”

Foote told police she’d place a rope around Martin’s neck because she wanted to “pay him back” for raping her, according to court documents.

“Foote told (police) she and Eli planned to make sure Martin never did this to another woman again,” police wrote.

But Martin was too big and strong, Foote said, and their plan to subdue him failed.

Police say Foote repeatedly said that “Eli should have just left it alone. Mike is too big and strong for us to think we could have pulled this off.”

Police found a machete, hatchet and several knives in Boxley’s car.

Both Boxley and Foote have previous convictions for felony theft and DUI; Martin, who suffered minor injuries, has several felony convictions for theft. The investigation into the alleged rape is ongoing.

Beauty shop operator arrested for rape

The operator of a beauty shop in the NorthTown Mall in Spokane is in jail on rape charges involving two of his teenage employees.

Thomas C. Rohn, 37, is accused of sexually assaulting the 18- and 19-year-old women on separate occasions at his apartment in Airway Heights after they were hired to work at the mall beauty and spa kiosk.

Rohn operates the business with his roommate, Kirk Willis, who said Wednesday that he doesn’t know what happened but added that he doesn’t condone the alleged acts.

Read the rest of my story here.

Man groping women near Upriver Drive

Three women have reported being grabbed by a man on a bicycle near Upriver Drive, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Last week, a woman jogging on the Centennial Trail said a man passing by on a dark mountain bike grabbed her bottom as he rode past at about 7:30 a.m. He asked her if she “liked it,” and she ran, according to a news release.

At about 5 p.m. the same day, the same woman was walking to Minnehaha Park and was grabbed by the bicyclist again; he looked surprised to encounter her a second time, she reported.

Following that report, Crime Check got a call from another woman who said a man on a bike also grabbed her bottom as she was walking in the area of Stone and Upriver Drive on July 26.

A third woman told a deputy that she was walking her dog on the Centennial Trail on July 25 when she had a similar experience with a man on a black mountain bike.

The man on the bike has been described as a white male in his 20s, tall and thin, the news release said.

The Sheriff's Office encourages people using the Centennial Trail in that area to walk, bike or run in pairs, and to not wear headphones so they can hear when someone is approaching. Report suspicious activity or incidents to Crime Check, at 456-2233.

Tribal member pleads guilty to 2 rapes

A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to two counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

Clarence J. Stensgar, Jr., was charged last September with sexually assaulting two different women in 2007 on the Colville Indian Reservation.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to life in federal prison, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Ohms recommended a sentence of just more than 11 years in federal prison.

As part of the plea negotiation, a third count of aggravated sexual abuse and a single count of kidnapping were dismissed, according to court records.

U.S. District Judge Frem Nielsen set Stensgar's sentencing for 9 a.m. on Oct. 12.

Man in ‘94 Colville rape moves to Valley

A man who sexually assaulted a woman in front of her 4-year-old daughter in 1994 has moved to a new address in Spokane Valley.

David Robert Rickard, 50, was released from prison in 2004 after serving nine years for first-degree burglary with sexual motivation.

Rickard recently moved to a home in the 7300 block of East Seventh Avenue in Spokane Valley, the Sheriff's Office announced today.

Rickard had a history of stalking women when he broke into a Colville woman's home in July 1994 and tried to rape her. Police say Rickard had stalked the woman.

At sentencing in 1995, the victim pleaded with a judge to give Rickard a longer sentence and described how the attack terrorized her young daughter and son. The woman suffered a partially detached tongue from the attack.

Rickard is a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He's been convicted of domestic violence assault, violation of a protection order, money launder, drug possession and domestic violence malicious mischief since his release.

He is not under Department of Corrections supervision and is not wanted by authorities; rather, the sheriff's office wants the public to be aware of his presence.

A registry of Spokane County sex offenders is available here.

Child molester sentenced to treatment

A Seattle man was sentenced Friday to a treatment alternative for sexually assaulting two girls in February while visiting a family in north Spokane County.

James E. Norby, 67, had pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation.

Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced Norby, who has no prior felony convictions, to the state’s sex offender sentencing alternative, which will include three years of treatment.

Norby he could be sent to prison for life if he fails to comply.

“I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Norby said. “I don’t know why it happened.”
  

CdA rape suspect may be Oregon bound

A rape suspect wanted by Coeur d'Alene police may be traveling to Florence, Ore., authorities announced today.

Scott Patrick Giordano, 30, was reported to be in a 1973 GMC truck, but police located that vehicle, and the owner said he gave Giordano a ride but never let him borrow the truck.

Giordano may be with his girlfriend, Grace Emery, and their three-month-old baby. He is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl last Wednesday at a home in the 800 block of Mullan Avenue.

The victim said she was sleeping when the attack occurred, according to a police report.

Giordano is a friend of her family, police said. He is from Arizona but has a criminal history in Kootenai County dating back to 1999.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Coeur d’Alene police seek rape suspect

Coeur d’Alene police are looking for a 30-year-old man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl.

 Scott Patrick Giordano may be with his girlfriend, Grace Emery, and their three-month-old baby, police said today.

Giordano is accused of raping the girl early Wednesday at a home in the 800 block of Mullan Avenue.

The victim said she was sleeping when the attack occurred, according to a police report.

Giordano is a friend of her family, police said. He is from Arizona but has a criminal history in Kootenai County dating back to 1999. He may be driving a red pickup with a canopy.

Anyone with information on Giordano’s location is asked to call Coeur d’Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Spokane man sentenced for ‘99 rape

A Spokane man was sentenced essentially to time served today for a sexual assault in 1999 that remained unsolved until DNA caught up to him.

Originally charged with second-degree rape, prosecutors agreed to allow Robert C. Graham, who also was convicted in 2000 of third-degree rape in a different case, to plead guilty to second-degree assault with sexual motivation.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced Graham, 31, to 17 months in prison, but with credit for time served he faces little prison time.

Deputy Prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald said the victim was first elated to know her attacker had been caught. But processing the case brought back horrific memories that she no longer wanted to face. Thus, the victim asked that no trial take place.

Although he’s already a registered sex offender, he must register for 15 years under the latest conviction.

Graham apologized, saying he had no recollection of the event because of his alcohol abuse.

“I never meant to hurt anybody,” he said.
  

Seattle man accused of local child rape

A Seattle man visiting relatives in Spokane has been arrested for child rape.

James E. Norby, 67, is accused of sexually assaulting two young girls while visiting family in north Spokane County.

He was booked into jail Monday on charges of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.

The girls were sleeping when one awoke to Norby “in the act of the sexual assault,” according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

The girls' parents called police. Norby has no prior criminal history in Spokane County.
  

Man accused of raping 15-year-old girl

UPDATE: Bear was arrested on Feb. 13.

A reward is being offered for tips on a 33-year-old Spokane man suspected of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Tracy M. Bear is charged with unlawful imprisonment and two counts of second-degree rape for an alleged incident on Nov. 12.

The girl told police she met Bear at a park then accompanied him to a party, where she said he raped her in the bathroom. A stranger opened the bathroom door, allowing her to escape, according to court documents.

The girl ran from the house, which is in the 2300 block of West Everett Avenue, screaming that she'd been raped. She underwent a sexual assault examination at Providence Scared Heart Medical Center.

Bullet holes on Bear's Suburban helped identify him as a suspect. A $75,000 arrest warrant was issued Feb. 2.

Bear, 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, is considered to be a gang associate by police and has several felony convictions, including second-degree robbery, first-degree possession of stolen property and third-degree theft.

He last gave a home address in the 100 block of South Magnolia Street. Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Sex offender suspected in new assault

A Spokane man on probation for sexually assaulting a woman in a church basement last year is back in jail on a new assault charge. 

Michael J. Bosch, 48, (pictured) appeared in Superior Court this week, accused of trying to sexually assault a man at a home on North Crestline Street on Dec. 29.

Bosch was to pay the man $10 to have a beer and $200 to “spend the entire night with him,” but the man became uncomfortable when Bosch began smoking crack cocaine, according to court documents. Bosch allegedly attacked the man as he tried to leave. The man hit him with a hammer to escape.

Bosch told police he was going to pay the man for sex but wasn't sure if he was a male or female.

“The defendant said he gave the person $10 to pull up her shirt in the main floor bathroom,” police wrote. “The person pulled up her shirt and had two bras on.”

But Bosch said he didn't see breasts and asked for his $10 back when the person refused to pull down his pants, which led to the alleged victim punching him, Bosch told police.

Bosch remains jailed on unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault charges.

He's a sex offender with a previous conviction for indecent liberties for an incident at Mending Fences Ministry last February.

Bosch was convicted in July and credited for 186 days served in jail and given 12 months of probation. He isn't allowed to leave jail now because he allegedly violated probation.

Court OKs evidence review for Knox

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox won an important victory in her appeals trial of her murder conviction in Italy on Saturday, when a court ruled that it will allow an independent review of crucial DNA evidence after defense claims that samples were inconclusive and possibly contaminated.

The lower court trial, which convicted the American student a year ago and sentenced her to 26 years in Italian prison, had rejected a similar defense request for an outside review of DNA found on the bra clasp of the victim, her British roommate Meredith Kercher, and on a knife the prosecution alleged was used in the fatal stabbing attack.

Kercher’s body was found in a pool of blood on Nov. 2, 2007, her throat slit in the apartment she shared with Knox. Forensic experts said she was killed the night before.

Knox burst into tears, in a sign of a release of tension, said her stepfather Chris Mellas. “She’s a happy mess,” he said, smiling.

She was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher in the rented house they shared in the university town of Perugia, where both were studying. The co-defendant in the appeals trial is her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito (left), an Italian who was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years. Both deny any wrongdoing.

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