Monday, May 18, 2015

More than 20 arrested in child sex sting

The Augusta Chronicle

Monday, May 18, 2015 8:48 AM

Almost two dozen people including a funeral home director, soldier and corrections officers were arrested in a weekend operation aimed at targeting online sexual predators.
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Flanked by GBI investigator Debbie Garner (left) and Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree talk during a press conference about Operation Mayday, an under-cover investigation that targeted adults chatting with children online and then traveling to meet them for sex.    MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Flanked by GBI investigator Debbie Garner (left) and Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree talk during a press conference about Operation Mayday, an under-cover investigation that targeted adults chatting with children online and then traveling to meet them for sex.

The four-day effort, called Operation Mayday, ended Monday morning with 22 suspects, ages 19 to 52. All of the suspects communicated with a “child” online and then traveled to Augusta with the intention of having sex with a child. They are charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation, but more charges might be added, authorities said.
Debbie Garner, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and commander of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said those charged thought most of the children were around 14 to 15 years old.
The offenders range in age, gender, race and occupation, which Garner said is not surprising.
“There is no stereotype,” she said. “There is no typical child predator. “
The undercover operation was coordinated by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by members of the task force from 16 other Georgia law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree said he considered the operation, which took several months of “very tedious planning,” most successful.
Six of the those arrested admitted to previous sexual contact with children. One had two firearms in his vehicle at the time of arrest, and two had the intent of trading something of value in order to have sex with the child.
“They were pretty surprised,” Garner said of the offenders finding themselves in handcuffs instead of meeting a child. “...Some are (remorseful) but some are just sad they got caught.”
All of the suspects’ phones and digital devices were seized. Those devices will be processed and analyzed.
Officials said in a Monday morning news conference that they hope this will bring home the importance of parents monitoring their children’s Internet activity to keep them from sexual predators. In addition to the sexual abuse, children who meet with these type predators could fall victim to kidnapping or human trafficking.
“Children are vulnerable,” Garner said. “The predators are nice to them. They promise them they will take care of them. There are all sorts of ways that they will entice a child to meet with them.”
Officials would not release many details on the workings of the undercover operation, but said no children were actually involved. Garner said people can relate it to television operations like Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator,” but there are also a lot of differences.
Garner said this is only the second online child predator operation she has been involved in. Last year in suburban Atlanta’s DeKalb County a similar operation resulted in 14 arrests.
Name - home - age - occupation
  • Thomas Michael Moxley, Jr. - Aiken - 43 - tire store employee
  • Cody Allen Bondurant - Martinez - 23 - actor
  • Paul Ellis Kitchens - Augusta - 44 - funeral home director
  • Richard Dean Tyndall - Evans - 24 - electrician
  • Leon Cornelius Holley - Grovetown - 20 - retail stocker
  • John Kenneth Crowley - Augusta - 30 - unemployed
  • Kyle Andrew Negus - Augusta - 26 - software programmer
  • Travis Demond Driggers - Louisville - 34 - correctional officer
  • Matthew Kyle Sears - Augusta - 25 - tire store employee
  • Matthew Robert Tyndall - Augusta - 25 - restaurant manager
  • Cody Justin Pobanz - Augusta - 27 - crane tech
  • Christopher Anthony Titre - Martinez - 22 - grocery store employee
  • Jordan Andrew Waters - Beech Island - 22 - pharmacy tech
  • Ruben Ellis Reese - Martinez - 52 - Columbia County deputy jailer
  • Nicholas Sebastian Barber - Martinez - 23 - pool attendant
  • Ian B. Shelby - Martinez - 25 - university student
  • Everett Ryan Lewis - Baxley, Ga. - 21 - laborer
  • Heather Elyssa Myers - 19 - Fort Gordon - soldier
  • Reginald Martinez Grubbs - Waynesboro - 40 - truck driver
  • Jordan Blake Roberts - Grovetown - 21 - Airman
  • Nicholas Michael Hopkins - Evans - 25 - landscaper
  • Tyler Alexander Judkins - Evans - 19 - student
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AFjoe 05/18/15 - 09:03 am

kind of fools are these people? Hope they all get what is coming to them. A good friend of mine, his son (age 28) responded to a craigs list ad awhile back and got nabbed. He was more than shocked, some of these folks really fly under the radar.
SimpleGirl 05/18/15 - 09:19 am
They come in all ages and

They come in all ages and backgrounds, wow.....
Disgusting and makes my stomach churn. If and when these folks are proven guilty, I hope they never, ever walk our streets again. They've chosen to live their lives preying on children.....lowest of the lowest.
NewsJunkie1 05/18/15 - 09:19 am
Great job RCSO and GBI!

Great job RCSO and GBI! Children of the CSRA and around are a little safer thanks to these efforts!
scooter2762 05/18/15 - 09:49 am
I think the unemployment rate

I think the unemployment rate just rose. Disgusting people.
Dixieman 05/18/15 - 10:04 am
OK, but...

...I would like to know the names of their employers so I can keep my kids safe. Restaurant manager? Which one? Grocery store, pool attendant, etc. -- if these creeps get out on bail and go back to work, I want to know where they are. Chronicle?
happychimer 05/18/15 - 10:49 am
I want to see pictures.

I want to see pictures.
I Be Dog Gone
I Be Dog Gone 05/18/15 - 11:02 am

These are very sick and disturbed individuals. I hope each of them are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and I think the business of each of these arrested should be listed to be sure children are not alone at any of these places until the investigation is complete.
nocnoc 05/18/15 - 11:35 am
Marinerman1 05/18/15 - 12:17 pm
Deep, Dark, Hole

Gather them all, and place into a deep, dark hole. The few "professionals" have now had their careers smashed into the rocks. I would also agree with 'Dixieman' -- name the employers, so we'll know. It is not their fault, but it would still be nice to know.
SimpleGirl 05/18/15 - 12:38 pm
Very hard just looking at

Very hard just looking at these photos knowing the types of people they are. How anyone on this earth can look at a child in any way other than what they are, innocent, precious children, is sickening.
I think people like these should die for their behavior not allowed to hurt and ruin innocent childrens' lives.
happychimer 05/18/15 - 12:45 pm
GOOD WORK!!! Thanks to all

GOOD WORK!!! Thanks to all those involved with catching them.
Quack Quack Quack
Quack Quack Quack 05/18/15 - 01:50 pm
Looks like a lot of jobs

Looks like a lot of jobs became available today. Good job to all
involved in this catch.
Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 05/18/15 - 03:22 pm
Let's be honest...when you

Let's be honest...when you were scanning the names or the pictures, weren't you the least bit afraid that you would see someone you recognized or actually knew? I know I did. These people look like everyone else. What I'm trying to say is that our kids are taught to watch out for the big, bad, boogey-man sexual predator..but these guys don't fit that bill in the minds of a child! Studies have shown that kids are looking for someone "dark and mean-looking", not some average-looking guy. When we teach our kids to be on guard for someone like this, we have to remember that it can be anyone!
Very scary.
And BTW, I'm thankful that NONE of the creeps was anyone that I know.
corgimom 05/18/15 - 05:26 pm
As a police officer told me
As a police officer told me last year, "Nobody needs to be around a sex offender, ever. They are sick in the head, they don't think like other people, and they never change."
ALL of them are just sorry they got caught. They've done it before and they will do it again.
Did you notice the CC DEPUTY JAILER!!!

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Child Sexual Abuse: Top 5 Countries With the Highest Rates


Basing its research on official statistics and reports, IBTimes UK looks into some of the countries with the highest rate of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA).
South Africa
One child is raped in South Africa every three minutes, according to a 2009 report by trade union Solidarity Helping Hand.
A 2009 survey by the country's Medical Research Council found that one in four men admits to raping someone, 62% of boys over 11 believe forcing someone to have sex is not an act of violence and a third believe girls enjoy rape, the Independent reported.
More than 67,000 cases of rape and sexual assaults against children were reported in 2000, according to the Telegraph.
Some of the victims were as young as six-months-old, a number of whom died from their injuries, while others contracted HIV.
Many people in South Africa believe that sex with a virgin can heal someone from HIV/AIDS.
"The idea that having sex with a virgin cleanses you of AIDS does exist and there have been reported cases of this as a motivating factor for child rape. But evidence suggests that this is infrequently the case," Dr Rachel Jewkes, director of the MRC's Gender and Health Research Group told humanitarian news and analysis service IRIN in 2002.
In its 2013 report India's Hell Holes: Child Sexual Assault in Juvenile Justice Homes, the Asian Centre for Human Rights said that sexual offences against children in India have reached epidemic proportion.
The report stated that more than 48,000 child rape cases were recorded from 2001 to 2011 and that India saw an increase of 336% of child rape cases from 2001 (2,113 cases) to 2011 (7,112 cases).
"Imagine 48,838 children raped in just 10 years and you have a small measure of how deep the inhuman phenomenon of child rapes runs in India," correspondents Nishita Jha and Revati Laul wrote last year on a Tehelka blog.
"Child sexual abuse is rampant, indiscriminate and cuts across class, geography, culture and religion. It happens in cities and villages, by fathers, brothers, relatives, neighbours, teachers and strangers," Jha and Laul continued.
In 2012, the Indian Parliament passed the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, which incorporates child friendly procedures for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and trial of offences.
According to a 2007 study by the Indian Government of nearly 12,500 children from across India, 53% of children - boys and girls equally - were victims of sexual abuse.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said in 2012 that rape cases against children continued to increase countrywide, according to NewsdeZimbabwe.
"The (rape) cases are on the increase and during the week ending 25 September 2012, the cases rose to 81 from 65 the previous week. Evident from our investigations is the fact that relatives commit most juvenile rape cases," said Charamba.
In 2011, there were 3,172 rape cases of juveniles recorded countrywide, an increase from 2010, when 2,883 were reported.
A clinic in Harare, capital of Zimbawe, said it had treated nearly 30,000 girls and boys who'd been abused in the previous four years, the Guardian reported in 2009.
Betty Makoni, founder of the Girl Child Network (GCN), said the real number of victims was likely to be double that recorded by the Family Support Trust Clinic.
United Kingdom  
A quarter of a million Britons - more than one in every 200 adults - are paedophiles, according to figures released by Scotland Yard, the Telegraph reported in 2000.
In 2012/13, there were 18,915 sexual crimes against children under 16 recorded in England and Wales, according to the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).  Included in that figure were 4,171 offences of sexual assault on a female child under 13 and 1,267 offences of sexual assault on under-13 male children.
In the UK, one in 20 children (4.8%) have experienced contact sexual abuse and over 90% of children who experienced sexual abuse, were abused by someone they know, NSPCC said.
A paedophile ring linked to Britain's worst abuser Robert Smith, arrested in 2005, is 'still at large', the Herald reported in 2013.
United States 
"Even if the true prevalence of child sexual abuse is not known, most will agree that there will be 500,000 babies born in the US this year that will be sexually abused before they turn 18 if we do not prevent it," according to the Children Assessment Centre (CAC).
The US Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010 found that 16% of young people aged 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized in that year, and over the course of their lifetime, 28% of young people in the US, aged 14 to 17, had been sexually victimized.
"Adult retrospective studies show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18. This means there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the US,"  said the CAC.


'I was in the middle of the viper's pit': Soldier describes gang rape as male-on-male sexual assault in the military increases

 By Mark Duell

  • Greg Jeloudov says he felt 'deflated, depressed and dejected' by the event and the psychological impact was 'unreal'
  • The former actor now suffers from nightmares and flashbacks
Some soldiers keep silent about male-on-male sexual assault because they don't want anyone to know, don't think anything will be done or are afraid of retaliation.
But nearly 50,000 male veterans screened positive for ‘military sexual trauma’ at the Department of Veterans Affairs last year - up from just over 30,000 eight years ago.
Greg Jeloudov was fired up with patriotism and a desire to provide for his family when he joined the U.S. Army - but instead was bullied and sexually abused by soldiers.
Greg Jeloudov was full of patriotism and a desire to provide for his family when he joined the U.S. Army in 2009 at arrived at Fort Benning in Georgia...

Greg Jeloudov was full of patriotism and a desire to provide for his family when he joined the U.S. Army in 2009 at arrived at Fort Benning in Georgia...
Before joining the Army, in a previous career as an actor he had appeared in films such as Braveheart and King Arthur, but arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia, in May 2009.
Mr Jeloudov - laughed at for his Russian-Irish accent, acting background and New York address - was labelled a ‘champagne socialist’ and ‘commie faggot’ by soldiers.
‘We don't like actors here,’ they told him. ‘We especially don't like Russian and Irish actors.’
Less than two weeks after arriving, aged 35, he said he was gang-raped by men who claimed they were ‘showing him who was in charge of the United States’.
‘After lights went out we were left to ourselves and the drill sergeant would only come down if there was an emergency,’ he told MailOnline.
‘It happened in the shower just before lights out.’

... but he was bullied and sexually abused by soldiers, who gang raped him in a shower just two weeks after he arrived, making fun of his accent and acting past

... but he was bullied and sexually abused by soldiers, who gang raped him in a shower just two weeks after he arrived, making fun of his accent and acting past
‘They wanted to get me down. The attack certainly happened out of the blue - they went for me in the shower. I felt deflated, depressed and dejected.’
Now Mr Jeloudov suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and takes 13 different types of medicine for issues such as nightmares, depression, flashbacks and pain.
‘The psychological impact is unreal because you're always irritable and you're not sleeping or connecting with people properly,’ he said.
Mr Jeloudov has flashbacks before he goes to bed, gets memories triggered by films which contain rape scenes and said he ‘nearly committed suicide by overdosing'.
But commanders allegedly refused to believe something like this would happen at the barracks and told him: ‘It must have been your fault. You must have provoked them.’
He described the whole incident as being 'in the middle of the viper's pit'.

Rising: 50,000 male veterans screened positive for 'military sexual trauma' at the Department of Veterans Affairs last year - up from 30,000 in 2003 (file picture)

Rising: 50,000 male veterans screened positive for 'military sexual trauma' at the Department of Veterans Affairs last year - up from 30,000 in 2003 (file picture)
‘We don’t like to think that our men can be victims,’ Kathleen Chard, chief of the post traumatic-stress unit at the Cincinnati VA, told Newsweek.
‘We don’t want to think that it could happen to us. If a man standing in front of me who is my size, my skill level, who has been raped - what does that mean about me? I can be raped, too.’
Soldier-on-soldier sex assault was not recognised as an offence by the Department of Defense until 1992 - and to begin with, only female victims were acknowledged.
But more than 110 men last year reported sexual assault by other men – almost three times as many as in 2007, with actual victim numbers believed to be much higher.
One in 15 men in the Air Force would report being sexually assaulted, compared with one in five women, according to a report last month.

Being acknowledged: Soldier-on-soldier sexual assault was not recognised as an offence by the Department of Defense until 1992 (file picture)

Being acknowledged: Soldier-on-soldier sexual assault was not recognised as an offence by the Department of Defense until 1992 (file picture)
‘One of the reasons people commit sexual assault is to put people in their place, to drive them out,’ Mic Hunter, author of ‘Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America’s Military’, said. ‘Sexual assault isn’t about sex, it’s about violence.’
Mr Hunter and others say the end of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military’s policy could help the military address the issue.
‘I wouldn’t say that the repeal is going to make it safe - but male victims will be a little bit less reluctant to report their assaults,’ said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center - a think tank on gays in the military.
The Pentagon said a 2010 survey it conducted showed many men who don’t report sexual attacks keep silent because they didn’t want anyone to know, didn’t think anything would be done or were afraid of retaliation.

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Nursing Home Abuse Guide Presented by Paul and Perkins PA

Elder Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse in Nursing HomesElder sexual abuse is understudied and rarely understood. Victims of elder sexual abuse frequently have medical conditions that cause memory loss, confusion, or problems with communication. Elder sexual abuse is an aspect of elder maltreatment that can involve multiple forms of abuse. It can include types of elder physical abuse and emotional abuse. Furthermore, it can be difficult to seek justice for elder sexual abuse.
Elder sexual abuse is defined as any unwanted sexual conduct against a person over the age of 60. The elder sexual abuse may cause harm by tricking, manipulating, or coercing the elder person into undesired sexual contact. This includes sexual contact with an elderly person that is unable to communicate consent or disapproval.

NIJ Sexual Abuse Study

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) found that the older the victim was, the less likely it was for the sexual offender to actually be convicted. The same NIJ study found that elder sexual abuse victims were less likely to be believed if there weren’t any signs of physical trauma. Lastly, elder sexual abuse victims living in nursing homes were the least likely to achieve a conviction for their perpetrators.

Elder Sexual Abuse Offenders

Elder sexual abuse research is limited. Research is made more complicated by the fact that many elder sexual abuse victims are unable to communicate the elder maltreatment. Cases of elder sexual abuse have occurred involving nursing home assistants, live-in nurses, friends, family members, or any other type of care provider that is trusted to be alone with the elderly patient.

Where Does Elder Sexual Abuse Happen?

According to the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study of 1998, approximately 67% of elder sexual abusers were family members. Another study, published in the Journal of Abuse in 2000, estimated 12.2% of elder sexual abuse victims were assaulted within their own home. Approximately 14.6% of elder sexual abuse victims were assaulted in the sexual offender’s home. The largest percentage of elder sexual abuse, around 70.7% of cases, occurred within nursing homes.
Signs of Elder Sexual Abuse
Indicators of elder sexual abuse can be both physical and behavioral, including:
  •       New emergence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  •       New difficulty sitting or walking
  •       Pelvic injury
  •       Bruises on inner thighs or around the genital area
  •       Anal or genital pain, bleeding, or irritation
  •       Bloody, torn, or stained undergarments
  •       Extreme agitation
  •       Withdrawal from social interactions
  •       Panic attacks, or emerging post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms
  •       Inappropriate, aggressive, or unusual sexual behavior
  •       Inappropriate or unusual behavior, appearing as a sex-role relationship, between the victim and the elder sexual abuse suspect
  •       Suicide attempts
Elder Sexual Abuse Statistics
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is one of the most active organizations investigating all forms of sexual abuse. PCAR offers approximately 50 rape crisis centers across the state of Pennsylvania. The organization supplies the public with some of the most detailed research in the United States that focuses on elder sexual abuse.
Through their continued research, PCAR discovered the following statistics regarding elder sexual abuse:
-      Only about 30% of all elder sexual abuse victims, over the age of 65, report their abusers to the police.
-      Females are 6 times more likely than males to experience elder sexual abuse.
-      The majority of elder sexual abuse victims, roughly 83.3%, live in nursing homes or adult care facilities.
-      While 83.3% of elder sexual abuse victims live in some form of institutional care facility, 26.8% of those victims experienced the actual act of sexual abuse within a family home or the perpetrator’s home.
-      Approximately 76.2% of elder sexual abuse cases have at least one witness.
-      In 81% of elder sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator was the actual caregiver to the elderly person.

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

If elder sexual abuse is suspected, it is important to contact a government official for further investigation. As with elder emotional abuse, elder sexual abuse victims will be assigned a government-affiliated caregiver to investigate the accusations. The state-assigned caregiver will ask the elderly person a series of questions providing insight on their relationships, mental stability, and current living environment. If elder sexual abuse is identified, patients will be relocated to another home environment and treated with medication or counseling.

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