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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.

Tips sought on 3 fugitive sex offenders

UPDATE 3/14: Rice and Gilmore are in custody.

A sex offender living as a transient in Spokane County now has a warrant out for his arrest.

David Wayne Rice, 21, (left) is accused of not registering as a sex offender as his child rape and child molestation convictions require.

Rice recently registered as a transient; the sheriff's office announced that registration last week without knowing of the $50,000 warrant, Sgt. Dave Reagan said. Rice, a level 3 sex offender, was convicted in Grant County in 2005. He also has a previous conviction for failure to register.

Two other Spokane County sex offenders are wanted for failure to register.

James Richard Gilmore, 22, (right) was convicted of indecent liberties in Spokane County in 2005.

Gilmore, 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, last gave a home address in the 100 block of East Main in Spokane. A $25,000 arrest warrant was issued on March 9. Gilmore is a level 1 sex offender, the classification considered least likely to reoffend.

 Level 1 sex offender Jody Michael Thomas, 40, (left) has an out-of-state sex crime conviction from 1988.

Thomas, 5-foot-2 and 115 pounds, last gave home address in the 9500 block of East Eighth in Spokane Valley.

A $25,000 warrant was issued in Spokane County March 10 for failure to register.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Rice, Gilmore or Thomas.

Anyone with information on their current locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Child rapist is now a Spokane transient

A convicted child rapist considered likely to reoffend is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff's office announced today.

David Wayne Rice, 21, was convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree child molestation and second-degree child molestation in Grant County in 2005.

His victims were a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

Rice was released from prison in October 2007 but returned in September 2009 after failing to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to 22 months in prison with credit for 130 days served in jail.

Rice remains under supervision by the state Department of Corrections. He's a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Rice is not wanted by authorities, but the sheriff's office wants the public to be aware of his presence.

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.

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.
  

$250k bond for arson, child rape suspect

A child rape suspect pulled from his burning Chattaroy home this week remains jailed on $250,000 bail after his first court appearance Thursday.

David Wayne Jewell, 40, faces first-degree child molestation and first-degree arson charges after he allegedly tries to torch his home at 34124 N. Newport Highway when deputies arrived to investigate a child rape report about 1:20 a.m Wednesday.

Jewell lit the home on fire and was pulled to safety by deputies after wielding a knife and homemade flame thrower, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. He was shocked with a Taser after refusing to drop the items.

Jewell denied the rape allegation in interviews with detectives at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he was treated before being booked into jail.

Jewell appeared before Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins Thursday via video from the jail.

2 child molesters register as transients

Two sex offenders considered likely to reoffend have registered as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff's Office announced today. ,

Russell Allen Clinger, 45, (right) was released from prison in 2006 after being convicted of first-degree child molestation in 2000. His victim was a 7-year-old girl. Clinger is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections.

Christopher Michael Foster, 26, (left) was released from prison in August 2009 after serving five years for third-degree rape of a child in Spokane County. His victim was a 14-year-old runaway.

Foster also was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1999 in Pend Oreille County and was incarcerated for two years. His victim was a 6-year-old female stranger. Foster is no longer under DOC supervision.

Clinger and Foster are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Neither is wanted by authorities, but the Sheriff's Office wants the public to be aware of their presence.

A registry of all registered sex offenders in Spokane County is available here.

Oregon sex offender arrested in Idaho

A convicted sex offender with a lengthy criminal history in Oregon is accused of molesting a Post Falls girl.

Roy L. Goldsborough, 51, is in Kootenai County Jail on $500,000 for one charge of lewd conduct with a minor.

He’s accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-girl who told her mother about the alleged abuse last week.

Post Falls police recorded a phone call between the girl and Goldsborough in which he confessed to the abuse, according to court documents.

Goldsborough was arrested in a Wal-Mart parking lot last Wednesday, where police said he appeared to be trying to fix a flat tire.

Goldsborough, of Coos Bay, Ore., moved to Post Falls about two months ago. His criminal history in Oregon includes several sex abuse convictions, police said.

Cops search jailed sex offender’s home

A sex offender has been jailed on child rape charges after three children told Cheney police he’d assaulted them. 

A forensics technician and a Cheney police detective searched a trailer belonging to Bruce L. Austin, 55, at 2225 1st St. in Cheney Tuesday, where they seized a computer, cameras and other evidence, including a letter from New York about sex offender registration.

Austin (pictured in 2002) is in Spokane County Jail on $250,000 bail, where he was booked Oct. 8 after his alleged victims described the abuse in interviews with child specialists.

Two girls said Austin had molested them while they were at Cheney Baptist Church and at Austin’s trailer.

A boy said Austin had raped him after giving him alcohol and night-time medication. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Austin’s home after the boy said he’d seen Austin viewing pornography in the trailer, according to the warrant, filed Wednesday in District Court.

Austin has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.

A news article in 2002 described him as a level 3 sex offender who served a year in prison after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with boys. He has a previous conviction in Alaska for sexual abuse of a child and first-degree sexual assault.

Suspect: Sex abuse triggered slaying

A suspect in the murder of a Spokane man told investigators he beat and strangled the victim with an electrical cord after the man began talking about molesting a relative of the suspect, documents released today say.

 Ryan D. Corkery, 27, was ordered to stay in jail on $1 million bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Sheriff’s investigators say Corkery admitted killing William Frazier Hanel, 56, in Hanel’s home at 12036 S. Player Drive on Oct. 8 or Oct. 9 while the two were drinking.

Corkery said he returned to the home early Tuesday with two unnamed people and set Hanel’s home on fire, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Spokane County sheriff’s Detective Mike Ricketts. Corkery told KHQ in a jailhouse interview Thursday that Hanel, who was convicted in 1994 of of patronizing a juvenile prostitute. had molested him and a relative years ago.

Read my full story here.

Sex abuse lawsuit settled for $1.7 million

A Spokane man molested in the 1970s after being placed as a foster child in the home of a convicted child molester will be paid $1.7 million by the state Department of Social and Health Services as part of a settlement that avoids a civil trial that was to begin Monday. 

Attorneys informed Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen that they reached the settlement Sunday night, which avoided a civil trial scheduled to last five weeks.

As part of the agreement, DSHS will pay 47-year-old Michael Phillip Smith $1.7 million. DSHS also will pay $65,000 to Smith’s brother, 45-year-old Matthew Smith, who alleged that he had been molested by the same man.

The cases had been joined, according to court records. Michael Smith (pictured above and right) was placed in the care of Gerald “Jerry” Duane Allen, then a 40-year-old truck driver.

About 15 years earlier, Allen had been convicted of molesting an 11-year-old boy. Two years later, in 1963, Allen pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a 10-year-old boy, according to court records.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse’s story here.

Read an in-depth story on Michael Smith’s case here.

Idaho lawyer jailed on sex abuse charges

A North Idaho attorney is being held without bail in San Diego following allegations he sexually abused a teen girl, including “dates” at Southern California hotels. 

David C. Jacquot, 52, also is under investigation in Bonner County for a suspicious fire that destroyed his rural home just days after the girl first told his family about the alleged abuse.

Fire officials reportedly found more than 40 firearms, including a grenade launcher, while searching the remains of the anti-tax attorney’s scorched home in March.

Authorities say the fire appears to be arson and question whether Jacquot targeted his family because of his adopted daughter’s allegations.

“Attempted murder charges are very difficult to prove,” Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall said this week. “But certainly the timing is being looked at.”

Jacquot, his wife, lawyer Ann Jacquot; and the couple’s son escaped the fire; the girl was not at the home.

A federal grand jury in San Diego indicted David Jacquot last month on federal child exploitation charges. He was ordered held without bail at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Southern California earlier this month. His lawyer, Michael Crowley, filed a notice of appeal Sept. 9. He did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Jacquot was indicted Aug. 13 on three counts of transportation of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. Marshall said he considered charging Jacquot with sex crimes under Idaho state law, but the federal charges carry much longer prison sentences.

Jacquot faces a maximum federal prison sentence of 90 years, but his standard sentencing range is 12 to 15 years, according to court documents.

The charges come at the same time Jacquot is preparing for trial on federal accusations that he filed false tax returns in 2002 and 2003 while vice president and general counsel for Xelan, Inc., a financial management company.

Jacquot is licensed to practice law in Idaho but did most of his work in the San Diego area, Marshall said.

His now-defunct website described him as an aggressive “tax hero” who served nine years in the U.S. Army before retiring because of injuries suffered during the Gulf War. He graduated Oregon State University in 1984 and earned a law degree from Gonzaga Law School in 1989. He practiced law in Coeur d’Alene, according to his website, and also kept an office in San Diego.

Federal agents raided that office in 2007 while investigating accusations that Jacquot understated his earnings by more than $250,000. He was allowed to stay out of jail pending trial but was given strict release conditions - including that he not posses firearms.

He was jailed in Bonner County about a month after the fire ripped through his home at 2041 Bandy Road, about 15 miles northeast of Spirit Lake, just days after the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office learned of abuse allegations lodged against Jacquot by the teen girl.

In March 2010,the alleged victim told her high school counselor that David Jacquot had been sexually abusing her. Federal prosecutors say David Jacquot began raping the girl several years ago. He flew her from Spokane to San Diego three times in May and June 2006 “with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with her,” according to court documents. Federal investigators say Jacquot stayed with the girl at hotels and rented sexually explicit movies.

Tips sought on off-the-grid child molester

A convicted child molester already on probation for failing to register as a sex offender is wanted by police for failing to register again. 

Joshua J. Wilson, 18, was convicted of second-degree child molestation in 2006.

He pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in June and was credited for eight days in jail and given three years probation. But authorities allege he hasn’t checked in with them as required, so Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to his capture.

Wilson, 5-foot-7 and 219 pounds, last gave his address as 3754 W. Indian Trail Road, according to Crime Stoppers.

Wilson is a level 1 sex offender, the classification considered least likely to reoffend. Anyone with information his whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

UPDATE: Cheney police arrested Wilson on Thursday after a brief foot chase.

Meth-addicted sex offender sent to prison

A Plummer, Idaho, man who sexually abused a child then failed to register as a sex offender was sentenced this week to just over two years in federal prison.

Jeremy Bohlman, 31, was required to live at the Port of Hope drug treatment facility in Coeur d’Alene when he left on March 23. He was arrested on April 21 in Fairfield, Wash, after a high-speed police chase that began in Idaho, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Bohlman was charged because he left the center and didn’t report his change of address. He’d already been convicted of violating his parole. He had been sentenced in January 2007 to 50 months in prison for sexually abusing a child on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation.

In a sentencing memorandum, Bohlman’s lawyer said his client’s methamphetamine addiction led to that abuse as well as his decision to leave the treatment center.

Along with 27 months in prison, Bohlman will be on probation for five years, U.S District Judge Edward Lodge ordered on Tuesday.

Sex offender indicted on child porn charges

A child molester considered likely to reoffend was arraigned on child pornography charges in federal court Monday.

Donald D. Holloway, 50, has been in Spokane County Jail since December after federal authorities said he’d uploaded child pornography to the Internet.  Holloway was on probation for a 2002 marijuana conviction; he was booked into jail Dec. 22 for violating his probation.

According to his probation officer’s report, Holloway uploaded pornographic images of teen and pre-teen boys in March, April and July 2009.

A grand jury indicted Holloway last Thursday on a federal charge of receipt and attempted receipt and child pornography for alleged activity between Sept. 18 and Dec. 21 in Valley, Wash. Holloway had lived in the 2900 block of Bakie Road in Valley since at least April 15, 2009, when the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office issued a notice warning residents of his presence.

Holloway was convicted of indecent liberties in 1981 and second-degree and third-degree child molestation in 1992. His victims were between the ages of 8 and 16 and were male and female, according to the sheriff’s office.

Holloway, a level 3 sex offender, pleaded not guilty to the new federal charges on Monday and remains in jail.

Tips sought on unregistered sex offenders

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest two transient sex offenders who haven’t registered with authorities. 

Anthony Daniel Wayne Miles (left), 24, was convicted of first-degree child molestation Benton County in 2000.

Miles, 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, is a transient with a three-year arrest history but now new convictions, according to Crime Stoppers.

Miles has been wanted since November 2008 for failure to register as a sex offender, according to court records.

Also wanted is James Michael Wells, 36 (right). 

Wells was convicted of third-degree assault with sexual motivation in Spokane County in 2002. 

Wells, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, is on probation after pleading guilty to failure to register as a sex offender last October.

His 19-year local criminal history also includes a conviction for drug possession, according to Crime Stoppers.

A warrant was issued on the new charge June 23.

Both Miles and Wells are level 1 sex offenders, the classification considered least likely to reoffend.

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

2 sex offenders wanted since summer ‘09

UPDATE: Cheney pleaded guilty in March 2011 and is no longer wanted by authorities.

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that help arrest two unregistered sex offenders wanted since last summer

Gregory D. Cheney, 32 (left), was convicted of two counts of first-degree child molestation in Spokane County in 1992.

Cheney, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, is a transient with an 18-year-criminal history, according to Crime Stoppers. He's been wanted since last August for failing to register as a sex offender.

Also wanted is Steven V. Latterman, 39 (right).

Latterman, who has a nine-year criminal history, was convicted of third-degree assault with sexual motivation in 2003 in Spokane County.

A warrant was issued in July 2009 for one count of failure to register as a sex offender.  Lattreman, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, last gave 1905 W. 2nd Ave. #L in Spokane as his address.

Cheney and Latterman are level 1 sex offenders, the classification considered least likely to reoffend.

Anyone with information their whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don't have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Pro fighter accused of raping young girl

A competitive mixed-martial arts fighter pleaded not guilty Wednesday today to raping and molesting a young girl.

Michael L. Mininger, 28, is represented by John Clark, who said his client denies all the allegations.

He “is looking forward to clearing his name,” Clark said. “He’s willing to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence.”

According to court records, Mininger sexually molested the girl, who is 9, over a period of three years.

The girl told a forensic interview specialist that the sexual abuse occurred after dark when her mother, Mininger’s girlfriend, was asleep and when Mininger was drunk, according to court records.

Mininger — who is charged with first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation — appeared before Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno, who granted Mininger’s request to be able to travel to Boise, Lincoln and Grant counties.

Clark said it was for Mininger’s job — not his fight schedule.

 Mininger was arrested June 16. He’s out of jail on $10,000 bond.

Molester jailed after police find child porn

A child molester released from prison last year and once called “a real danger to little girls” is back in jail after Spokane police found suspected child pornography on his cell phone.

Charles E. Smith, 39, was jailed on a probation violation June 24, two days after detectives found a cell phone with inappropriate photos of young girls. 

Police learned of the phone from Smith’s landlords at 9 North Rambo Road, who rent to registered sex offenders and had written permission from Smith to check his trailer for prohibited items.

Smith is known to hunt through dumpsters for photos children, pornography, ID cards and cell phones, according to a search warrant used to search the phone.

Smith told detectives he’d found the phone in a dumpster at near Jefferson and 7th or 8th Avenue about nine months ago. The images are low quality, and detectives still are trying to determine which ones fit the statute for child pornography, said John Grandinetti, a detective with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

But Smith’s probation officer determined the case violates his probation, and he’s been in jail since.

Smith, level 3 sex offender, has convictions for third-degree child molestation in 1993, possession of child pornography in 1995, failure to register as a sex offender in 2002, possession of child pornography in 2005 and failure to register as a sex offender in 2008.

In 1995, a detective called Smith “a real danger to little girls,” according to previously published reports. He caused a stir when he moved in near a Spokane Valley elementary school, tried to get a job as janitor at the YMCA and was a suspect in 17 child sex assaults before undergoing treatment in Montana.

Tips sought on alleged Idaho child molester

A Bonner County, Idaho, man is wanted on child sex abuse charges.

Ted Norman “Bear” Engelbrecht, 50, is wanted on felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16 and sexual abuse of a child under 16, the Priest River Police Department announced Monday.

The charges were filed in Bonner County District Court. The case is sealed, records show.

Engelbrecht is known to drive a maroon 1991 Ford Ranger pickup with a black canopy, Idaho license plate 7BE8662.

Anyone with information on his location should call their local law enforcement agency.

Trio of child molesters registers in Spokane

Three sex offenders considered likely to re-offend recently registered in Spokane County. 

Joe Louis Barton, 47, (right) is living in the 1100 block of West York after serving 216 months in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl in 1986. He’s no longer on probation. 

Delores M. Hegge, 31, (left) is living in the 1300 block of North Foothills Drive. She was sentenced to 21 months in prison in 1995 for first-degree child molestation. Her victim was a 10-year-old boy. She is not on probation. 

Jeffrey W. Naftel, 52, (right) is living as a transient in Spokane County. He was convicted of first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation in 1991 in Chelan County. His victims were 5- and 7-year-old boys. He’s not on probation.

Barton, Hegge and Naftel are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend. None is wanted by law enforcement, but authorities want the public to be aware of their presence.

Child rapist, molester living as transient

A child rapist considered likely to reoffend is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff’s office announce today.

 Edwin L. Kedish, 54, served 80 months in prison after being convicted of third-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation in Pend Oreille County in 1996.

His victims were girls ages 9 and 15. He recently registered as a transient and is not under supervision, the sheriff’s office said.

Kedish is a level 3 sex offender, the group considered most likely to reoffend. He is not wanted by law enforcement, but the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office wants people to be aware of his presence.

Child molester registers as local transient

A child molester considered likely to reoffend will be living as a transient in Spokane County.

 Elijah P. Stanford, 47, was convicted in 1998 and served 68 months in prison for first-degree child molestation in Walla Walla County. His victim was an 11-year-old girl.

Stanford is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 350 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. His right middle finger is missing.

He is not wanted by law enforcement at this time but recently moved back to the area from Chelan County, and authorities want people to be aware of his presence.

Transient pleads guilty to molesting boy, 12

A Spokane Valley transient pleaded guilty today to molesting a 12-year-old boy over a five-month period last year.

Sean M. Hofer, 27, faces up to three years in prison at a sentencing scheduled for July 7.

Hofer was a transient who had been staying in a trailer in a Spokane Valley RV park when he was invited to live in the same home as the boy, according to court records and testimony. He babysat the victim while the father went to work, according to court records.

Hofer admitted to molesting the boy between February and July 2009 Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Ed Hay allowed Hofer to plead guilty to second-degree child molestation and assault of a child in the third degree. Hofer originally had been charged with child molestation in the first degree.

The agreement calls for a recommended sentence of 27 months for the molestation charge and eight months for the assault charge. It was not clear if the sentences will consecutively or at the same time.

- Thomas Clouse

14+ years for child-molesting counselor

The longtime psychologist for the Colville School District was ordered Monday to serve at least 14 1/2 years in prison for molesting one of his students and attempting to molest another.

Superior Court Judge Al Nielson sentenced 59-year-old Craig L. Figley to 174 months in prison. However, his case will go before a state board that reviews the sentences of sex offenders, and that board could decide to keep Figley in prison for life, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said.

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse’s story here.

Past coverage:

March 24: Guilty plea in molestation case

Child molester could be locked up for life

A Coeur d’Alene man could be in prison for the rest of his life for two sex crimes, a judge ruled recently. 

Kyle Richard West, 41, will serve four years in prison before he’s eligible for parole, according to a sentence imposed by Kootenai County District Judge John Mitchell.

West was sentenced to life in prison, with four years fixed and the rest indeterminate after pleading guilty Feb. 4 to two counts of lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

West’s “lack of remorse and inability or unwillingness to acknowledge the damage” done to his victim were factors in the sentence, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Mr. West has an opportunity to seek and benefit from counseling while in prison so that he can avoid victimizing children in the future,” Prosecutor Barry McHugh said in a prepared statement. “If he is unable to comply with the terms of supervision, Judge Mitchell’s sentence allows for him to be removed from society for the rest of his life.”

2 child rapists now living as transients

Two child rapists classified as sex offenders most likely to re-offend are living as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Jeffrey R. Evans, 22, (left) was convicted of second-degree child rape in 2001 for an attack on a 12-year-old female family friend.

Evans also was convicted of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion in 2004. His victim was a 6-year-old male relative, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Clifford R. Sain, 30, (right) was convicted of first-degree child rape and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation in 1993 for attacks on 7- and 8-year-old male relatives. He was released from prison in December 1998.

Both Evans and Sain are being supervised by the Department of Corrections.

They are not wanted by law enforcement, but they are level 3 sex offenders and the Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of their presence.

Click here for the Spokane County sex offender database.

Jury orders child molester locked up

Child molester Ronald Reo Timm should be locked up indefinitely because he’s a predator who poses a danger to society, a Spokane jury decided today.

Assistant Attorney General Tricia Boerger gave the state’s final argument Tuesday before the jury, made up of nine men and three women, began deliberating the future of the 59-year-old sex offender.

Timm was convicted in 1989 of statutory rape and then again in 1996 for first-degree rape of a child. While in prison, Timm told a counselor that he molested 24 children, all ages between 3 and 7.

“He is a predator,” Boerger said of Timm. “He preys on young girls to satisfy his sexual desires.”

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse’s story here.

Past coverage:

A molester with a method

Rapist likely to reoffend, state says

Spokane sex offender captured in Indiana

Spokane County Sheriff’s investigators will fly to the Indiana next week to bring a sex offender back to Spokane County.

Michael Lee Williams, 30, (left) was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1991 and 1992, then arrested Feb. 17 in Lawrence County, In., on a Spokane County warrant for failing to register as a sex offender, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Williams, a level 2 sex offender, has been living in Indiana with his wife and children, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Williams, who is jailed in Bedford, In., was arrested by Lawrence County authorities after Spokane County Deputy Damon Simmons, a grant-funded sex offender investigator, located him, according to a news release.

Simmons and Detective John Grandinetti will extradite Williams back to Spokane.

Child molester to serve at least 3 years

A Coeur d’Alene man will spend at least three years in prison for lewd conduct with a minor under 16, a judge ruled this week.

John A. Shepherd, 56, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday with eligibility for parole after three years, the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.

Shepherd pleaded guilty Dec. 11, but District Judge John Luster ruled he “had only nominally accepted responsibility for his actions,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Shepherd said the molestation was a one-time event driven by his methamphetamine use and excessive drinking, despite having said in a previous interview that he’d been abusing the victim for several years, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“The alcohol and drug use here reinforces the appropriateness of law enforcement’s aggressive enforcement of controlled substance laws, and the responsible consumption of alcohol,” Prosecutor Barry McHugh said in a prepared statement. “…While incarcerated in the state prison system, Mr. Shepherd will be able to receive sex offender and substance abuse treatment should he choose to do so. In the meantime, the decision by Judge Luster protects the community from Mr. Shepherd for at least three years.”