Day Cares & Preschools Trading in Child Rape

This research is dedicated to the children brutally raped and tortured in the more than 894,640 videos/images confiscated in the following reported arrests. My daughter in Maine, Mila, may be among these nameless, faceless children.

University President Seeks Sex with Day Care Children

In 1990 American University’s president, Richard Berendzen, was caught calling day cares seeking sex with children. “He asked me if we would include his child that he was looking for care for in sex.” Berendzen made these solicitations for children to sexually abuse from his American University campus office. He also claimed to house an “extensive” child porn collection.

Richard Berendzen

Berendzen was caught when he called Susan Eva Allen, a mother operating a home-based day care. Allen was, herself, a survivor of child sex abuse. Her husband, David Allen, was a detective with Fairfax County Police Department.

Time Magazine 7 May 1990

A search warrant was obtained and Susan Allen recorded more than 30 hours of phone calls with Berendzen during which he “described going to sex slave auctions in Chicago and Detroit,” bragged about his abuse of children, his child porn collection, the four year old girl who was his “sex slave” and strapping his wife to a wheel in their basement. Berendzen asked Susan Allen if “she and her husband included their children in sex” and begged to have sex with Susan Allen’s children. He told her he masturbated while talking with her and offered to procure a child for her to use as a “sex slave.”

The Washington Post, Judy Mann, 8 May 1990

Berendzen’s calls to Susan Allen followed “a pattern” of similar calls. Investigators “had been trying to identify the caller on the tape for a year.” From January to April 1990, alone, he called 10–15 other local day cares. He also admitted to calling “as many as 15 women.” Media reports noted other witnesses, including a retired South Carolina police officer, but no one, except for Susan Allen, came forward. The Washington Post reported at the time “charges were not brought in a second case.” Apparently, not one of the 10–15 other day care providers pressed charges or, perhaps, charges were forcibly dropped.

In an apparent deal, Berendzen plead guilty to two misdemeanor obscene telephone calls. Fairfax County Judge J. Conrad Waters Jr. issued 30 day suspended jail sentences per charge. Berendzen was never charged for the possession of, in his own words, an “extensive” child porn collection, there was, apparently, no investigation by Child Protective Services to determine if Berendzen was abusing children, including his own.

Richard Berendzen remains active, professor emeritus, at American University to this day.

Reported by The Washington Post’s Patricia Davis and Rene Sanchez 25 April 1990; Page A01

He never spent one day in jail nor was he ever properly investigated for child sex crimes. Conspiracy to commit child rape and possession of child pornography are not an “administrative” issues. These are criminal matters and must be prosecuted as such.

The Washington Post, Judy Mann, 8 May 1990

In what appears to be clear obstruction of justice, American University protected, and continues to protect, Berendzen and his career and financial security.

One has to wonder why.

Day Cares and Preschools are Magnets for Pedosadists

The Richard Berendzen story is not unusual. As I’ve documented, in other articles, more than a few white elite, male pedosadists seem to walk free despite their crimes against children.

Child pornography is an organized crime driven by a demand for the sex abuse of children. Pedosadists require a fresh supply of children to abuse. Day cares and preschools are magnets for pedophiles.

When men like Richard Berendzen demand child sex abuse for their own gratification, too often with impunity, there is a supply chain of abused children meeting that demand. Day cares and preschools appear to be one such supply-line for America’s child porn industry.

Richard Berendzen, it appears, was well aware of this source.

Search Method and Data Problems

As with my other articles, because both the US government and law enforcement is either not collecting and/or not releasing comprehensive information about child porn arrests and prosecutions, I have used simple Google and Twitter searches to locate public media reports of day care and/or preschool employees, or relatives of these employees, arrested for child porn.

When I could easily locate original court documents, I supplemented the media reports; however, often the court documents are sealed or otherwise not easily accessible. At times, I called local police departments or prosecutors requesting, but not always receiving, follow-up information.

The reports I share here are, by no means, a complete account of day care and preschool employees arrested for child porn. These are, simply, what appears to be a very small representative sample. A snap-shot in time. This provide a sense of the scale of child porn use, from the most elite to the unlicensed, at day cares and preschools across America.

Recent Arrests

Carl McBride, a 48 year old man who lived at a home-based day care, Little Tykes Day Care, licensed to “family member” Barbara Kelly in Claymont, Delaware was arrested, 5 November 2013, on child porn charges. McBride was distributing pre-teen hard core (PTHC) child porn from the day care. The day care has been since closed. No charges were brought against Barbara Kelly.

Carl McBride’s Criminal Complaint

Investigators “seized a laptop computer found next to a diaper changing table in a room used for daycare services” and found “hundreds of images and movies of child pornography depicting prepubescent females engaged in sex acts. In a number of the images, the young children are bound and violently assaulted by adult males.”

Carl McBride’s Criminal Complaint

In addition to computers and memory storage devices, investigators also seized five cellphones. As of 30 December 2014, a sentencing date for McBride has not been set. He remains in custody pending sentencing.

Sgt. Erik Dean Rabes, a 44 year old Air Force Computer Security Specialist who had been assigned to the US Strategic Command a joint service unit that oversees the nation’s nuclear arsenal and is responsible for defending American interests in space, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for child porn production in May of 2006. Rabes’ now former wife had operated a home-based day care in Colorado Springs from December 1998 until December 2004. Unbeknownst to his ex-wife, Rabes was sexually abusing children, as young as four years old, at the day care and filming and distributing his abuse. In September 2007, Rabes was also sentenced by a Colorado State Judge to an additional 34 years in state prison on related child sex abuse and child pornography charges. Upon his arrest, Rabes had more than 30,000 child sex abuse images and/or videos at his home. The military refused to confirm if Rabes had used military computers. Rabes had also served in South Korea.

• A Sanford, North Carolina child pornography ring operating out of day care was broken up when 33 year old Bailey Joe Mills was arrested on 5 January 2014.

Bailey and Elizabeth Mills

Mills, and his wife Elizabeth, operated the day care and “mentoring program” to “attract young girls” with the intent of producing child porn and selling the children for sex abuse. Investigators found 10,000 images/videos; including infants as young as a year old.

Mills was charged with multiple child porn and child rape charges and held on $500,000 bail. On 12 August 2014, in an agreement, he plead guilty to one count of manufacturing child porn. His sentencing is scheduled for 6 January 2015. Mills was a registered sex offender prior to this most recent arrest and had already been convicted on several previous child sex abuse charges. In March 1997 Mills had plead guilty to molesting a 4 year old girl. He served no jail time for that crime and was sentenced only to probation and psychological treatment.

WRAL.COM

Mill’s wife and mother of their two children, 35 year old Elizabeth Holland Mills, was arrested, 10 January 2014, and charged with multiple child porn counts. She was held on $500,000 bail. In a deal, she plead guilty, on 12 November 2014, to one count of manufacturing child porn. Her sentencing is scheduled for February 2015. She was described as “a really sweet woman” by people who knew her.

Sgt. Jordon Busse

Men involved with Mills’ operation included Sgt. Jordan Everett Busse a 29 year old Special Forces Army solider stationed at Fort Bragg. Busse “is believed to have been involved in procuring the children.” He was arrested 9 June 2014 and charged with soliciting sex with a child on a computer and felony conspiracy. He posted $75,000 bond on 12 June 2014. His next court date is 13 January 2015.

Rashawn Jackson

Rashawn Rodriguez Drake Jackson, 20, was also arrested on 4 April 2014 and charged with first-degree sex offense with a child and felony conspiracy. He has remained in the Harnett County jail on a $150,000 bond. His next court date is set for the week of 20 January 2015.

Brian Belanger, a 21 year old man from Worcester, Massachusetts, was arrested, 7 February 2014, for child porn production. Belanger also admitted to sexually abusing multiple children enrolled in his mother’s day care. Donna Belanger, a 49 year former owner of a home-based day care, has been charged, 23 December 2014, with lying to federal investigators about her son’s previous sexual assaults of children, a 6 year old child in 2005, and if she had allowed him unsupervised contact with the day care children. She did. The day care has been closed since 2012 after allegations that Brian was sexually abusing children in the day care, including one child who was “tied up with a belt” during Belanger’s sexual assault.

Boston Herald 23 December 2014 by Laurel J. Sweet

Despite a Department of Children and Families investigation at the time no criminal charges were brought and Child Protection and law enforcement either refused or failed to obtain a search warrant for Belanger’s electronics to determine if child porn was being produced.

Boston Herald 23 December 2014 by Laurel J. Sweet

Belanger’s 7 February 2014 arrest was for enticing a 10 year child in Albany, New York, whom he met through on-line gaming with PlayStation, to send him sexually explicit videos of himself. Brian Belanger remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing.

Brady Verlo, a 22 year old day care worker from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was arrested in January 2014 and sentenced, 25 September 2014, to 20 years in jail, the maximum possible sentence, for a guilty plea of one count of child porn distribution. The mandatory minimum sentence was five years.

Brady Verlo’s plea agreement

Verlo used the internet and cell phone text messaging to trade in child porn. He had over 20,000 images and 900 video of child sex abuse in his possession when he was caught.

• The late John Burbine was a forty-nine year old man who operated an unlicensed day care, Waterfall Education Center, with his wife Marian, in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Burbine was arrested, 6 December 2012, and charged on more than 100 counts of child sex abuse. Marian Burbine plead guilty, in June 2013, to six charges of recklessly endangering children and was sentenced, 23 June 2014, to five years in jail and ten years probation.

The Boston Globe, Jennifer McKim, 7 September 2013

Over a two year period, Burbine raped more than a dozen day care children including an eight day old newborn baby and produced videos/images of this abuse. Investigators called it “among the most troubling and disturbing cases.” Upon his arrest, Burbine had hundreds of images/videos of child sex abuse in his possession. His trial was schedule for 1 May 2014; however, Burbine committed suicide in Middlesex County Jail on 7 March 2014. He had been held without bail since his arrest. Burbine had previously been convicted, in 1989, on three counts of indecent assault against a child when he was a 25 year old baby-sitter. He was ordered to undergo counseling and given a six-month suspended sentence and two years probation. Burbine was also investigated, several times, over the years by the Department of Children and Families for allegations of abuse of young boys. Although abuse was substantiated, prosecutors refused to bring charges. Burbine had been an early-education student at a local community college, an information technology specialist for a decade and held a Master’s degree in management. His father was a Wakefield police officer.

• In Omaha, Nebraska, 35 year old day care employee, James Klinkner was arrested and charged with 33 child porn related counts. In a deal, on 27 October 2014, Klinkner plead guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct and two counts of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct. The children in the videos/images Klinkner possessed were between the ages of 8 and 11 years old. Bail was set at $1 million dollars. Klinkner remains behind bars awaiting sentencing, currently scheduled for January 2015.

• Twenty-four year old Adam Justice, who worked at his parent’s day care in West Lafayette, Indiana, was arrested and charged with six counts including child exploitation and possession of child pornography. Justice was also distributing child porn. Justice worked as a before/after school counselor for at least 40 children at the local Burnett Creek Elementary School. His parents were “stunned” by the charges. Justice was discovered by Lafayette investigators when he accessed on-line videos of toddlers and 6 year old girls being sexually abused. Bail was set at $2,500, which Justice posted. He is currently free on bail pending his January 2015 trial.

Lawrence Amaral, a 71 year old day care employee in Glendale, Arizona, was arrested, on 29 October 2014, on ten counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Amaral had “thousands” of images/videos of the sex abuse of children as young as three years old on his home computer. He said he had been trading in child porn for three years. For the past five years, he was an after-school care assistant, along with his wife, at St. Louis the King Catholic Church. Amaral is currently free on bail. His original bail was set at $15,000. His next court date is schedule for 3 February 2015.

Darrius Carr, a 22 year old day care provider from Severn, Maryland, plead guilty, on 19 November 2014, to one count of child porn production. He had been filming himself sexually abusing a toddler in his care and been trading in child porn since at least 2012.

Darrius Carr’s Plea Agreement. Jane Doe is three years old

Carr used his LG Viper cell phone to produce the child porn and email and Instagram to store and distribute child sex abuse images/videos. Carr was caught when he lost his cell phone and a “citizen” found the phone and turned it into police.

Darrius Carr’s Plea Agreement

At the time of his arrest he had more than 600 videos/image of child sex abuse. If the court accepts the plea, Carr will be sentenced to twenty-five years in jail at his 26 January 2015 hearing. He has remained behind bars since his arrest.

Micheal Chaparro, a 26 year old son of a day care provider in McHenry Illinois, was arrested and charged, 4 December 2014, with four felony child porn counts. He posted 10% of his $50,000 bail and was released pending trial. Chaparro lives at home where his family runs a state-licensed day care center. His hearing date is set for 9 January 2015.

• Thirty year old Caleb Zachary Storey, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested, 8 January 2014, and charged with one count each of child porn possession and production. In addition to being a nanny, Storey had also been a preschool teacher at The Goddard School from 2009 to 2011. At least five victims had been identified, including a three year old boy.

Caleb Storey’s Statement of Facts

Police located Storey using the GPS information in child sex abuse images Storey was distributing on-line. Storey had used his Apple iPhone 4S to produce videos/images of himself sexually abusing children in his care. He remained in custody until his 15 July 2014 sentencing when he was given a 32 year prison sentence.

Eric Von Kohorn, a thirty-three year old preschool teacher from Wilton, Connecticut was arrested, 20 August 2014, and charged with child porn possession and promoting a minor in an obscene performance. His September 2014 arraignment has been continued three times with a new hearing set for 16 January 2015. Von Kohorn remains free on $50,000 bond. Von Kohorn had, on his laptop, some 120 videos/images of children, from the ages of 2 to 14, in bondage, bestiality and other sexual abuse. He had been investigated by Health and Human Services Child Protection Services a year prior to this arrest when a preschool girl told her mother Von Kohorn was forcibly wiping her “private parts” after she went to the bathroom leaving injuries and “physical symptoms in the genital area.” Neither Child Protection nor local police took any action against Von Kohorn and no search warrant was obtained for Von Kohorn’s electronics. He remained employed at the preschool for another year when investigators found Von Kohorn trading child porn on-line.

Heather Borden Hervé’s Good Morning Wilton News Report

In this second investigation police failed or refused to seize Von Kohorn’s cell phone, causing concern among the preschool’s parents. Von Kohorn was employed as a teacher’s aide in Wilton’s Miller-Driscoll preschool since 2007. He had falsely claimed, on his resume, that he had worked for two years at a preschool in Norwalk, Connecticut in order to gain employment at Miller-Driscoll.

Richard Gertler, a 44 year old preschool teacher in Oak Park, Illinois, was arrested, 4 June, 2014, and charged with two felony child porn counts. He was indicted on 25 June 2014 on eight felony child porn counts and has been out on $250,000 bond since 19 June 2014.

Richard Gertler from Facebook

At the time of his arrest Gertler had more than 300 images of child sex abuse on his laptop. For nine years Gertler operated a home-based Daddy Daycare caring for special needs children. He was also an assistant baseball coach for Oak Park’s youth team. His last court date, 16 December 2014 was, again, continued to 5 February 2015. This marks the fourth continuance in Gertler’s case.

Leonard Fite, a 28 year old man who operated a licensed day care from his home in Milan, Illinois, was arrested, 21 March 2014, and charged with one count of producing child porn with intent to sell and two counts of child porn production. He plead guilty on 31 July 2014 and was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of receipt and distribution of child porn and one count of possession of child. Fite’s sentencing is set for 5 March 2015. Fite has remained in the Rock Island County Jail, in lieu of $250,000 bond, since his arrest.

Michael Whelton, a father and fifty-three year old day care director at the Children’s Center in Upper Valley, New Hampshire, was arrested, 6 September 2014, and charged with four felony child porn counts. He was indicted, 5 December 2014, on all charges. Investigators found child sex abuse images/videos on Whelton’s work laptop. He had been using Yahoo! Messenger to store and trade in child sex abuse images/videos. Whelton was the Executive Director at Bright Stars daycare in Massachusetts for 12 years before moving to New Hampshire. As of 30 December 2014, Whelton is being held at Grafton County jail on $25,000 bail. His next court date is set for 20 January 2015 in Lebanon District Court.

Jennifer Mahoney, a 33 year old baby-sitter of Manalapan, New Jersey, was arrested, 13 December 2011, and charged with two counts related to the sex abuse of a 5 year old child in her care.

Jennifer Mahoney

Mahoney was live streaming herself abusing the child to Robert Ramos Jr. of Austin, Texas. She used her Skype and her Apple cell phone to record and distribute the abuse. In a plea deal, Mahoney, plead guilty, 9 May 2012, to one count of child sexual exploitation and was sentenced, 18 December 2012, to 30 years in prison. She was held in custody since her arrest.

Travis Stiehl, a twenty-three year man whose mother operated a licensed day care in Lowell, Michigan, was arrested, 25 April 2014, and charged with multiple child porn counts. He had been producing child porn of children, as young as two years old, enrolled in his mother’s home-based day care. He lived at home with his mother. Travis Stiehl’s mother, Shelley Stiehl, was not aware of her son’s crimes. Her day care license has been revoked. She described her son as a “good kid” and said “he loved the child care children, and they love him.” At the time of his arrest he had more than 2,000 videos/images of child sex abuse in his possession.

Travis Stiehl’s Federal Indictment

Stiehl was sentenced, 9 December 2014, to the maximum term possible; thirty years in federal prison for one count of child porn production of the sex abuse images/videos of a four year old boy. Eight addition child porn counts were dropped as part of a plea agreement. Stiehl told reporters “I don’t think I’m a monster like that… I know that’s how everyone’s going to view it… I personally don’t think I am, but that’s not what everybody’s been telling me.” Stiehl had been held in custody since his April 2014 arrest.

Brandon Price, a 26 year old man in Brunswick, Ohio, whose mother ran an unlicensed at-home day care, was arrested, 3 September 2013, on child porn charges.

Brandon Price

He was sentenced, on 31 July 2014, to two years in prison on five counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving minors and must register as a sex offender for 25 years. Price lived at home with this parents and helped take care of the day care children. At the time of his arrest investigators found some 300 images/videos of child sex abuse on Price’s laptop. Prosecutors said “these videos are of the most disturbing nature… showing children in some cases being raped by adults.” Price’s bond was set at $100,000 but Price has been, and remains, free pending the appeal of his July sentencing.

Christina Regusters, a 21 year old day care worker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was arrested in January 2013 and convicted, 12 September 2014, on six counts child sex abuse related counts. Regusters had kidnapped 5 year old Na’illa Robinson, who had previously been enrolled at the day care where Regusters worked. Na’illa was found half-naked on a playground some 19 hours later. She told the passerby who found her, “I ran away, I ran away from the people who took me.”’ During her captivity Na’illa was sexually assaulted and anally raped. Her injuries required colostomy. She told investigators that she had been shown a picture of a white man on a cell phone and told that would be her new father. There is evidence other people were involved but only Regusters has been charged. Regusters possessed child porn and Japanese anime involving child sexual torture. She has remained in custody on $4 million dollar bond since her arrest. Sentencing is scheduled for 20 January 2015.

David Ettlinger, a 35 year old baby-sitter and second grade teacher for 12 years at Underwood Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts, was arrested in January 2012 and charged with one count of child porn possession and one count of indecent assault on a child. He was sentenced, 8 January 2013, to 45 years in federal prison.

David Ettlinger

Ettlinger was a VIP member of Dreamboard, a pre-teen hard core (PTHC) child porn network called “a living horror” by investigators. Ettlinger had been sexually abusing children in his care and distributing videos/images of this abuse on-line. Members of Dreamboard were “required to upload new material at least every 50 days” in order to maintain their accounts. When US law enforcement dismantled Dreamboard, under Operation Delego launched in 2009, they retrieved the equivalent of some 16,000 DVDs of videos/images of child sex abuse where children were “victimized… in obvious, and intentional pain… in distress and crying...” One of the mothers Ettlinger baby-sat for said that he seemed “perfect.” “I still think when I see his face he was really friendly looking, he had a nice smile,” she said.

Justin Patrick Boniewicz, a 29 year old man who lived in a licensed at-home day care in Gainesville, Virginia, was arrested, 10 October 2014, and charged with three counts of producing and soliciting child porn. His bond was set at $75,000 and he is currently free on bond pending a 28 January 2015 hearing.

Andrew Faires Keith, a 29 year old son of a day care owner from Cincinnati, Ohio, was sentenced, 9 May 2012, to 80 years in prison. He had been charged with 115 counts of child porn production. In a deal, he plead guilty to 15 counts of child porn production and one count of transportation and possession.

Andrew Keith’s Statement of Fact

Keith had been sexually abusing children enrolled at his mother’s day care and producing child porn of his assaults. He had over 600 images/videos of child sex abuse, including infants. Investigators said “Keith used these images as a means of currency to receive other images, the photographs are forever in the stream of commerce.”

Andrew Keith’s Indictment

Keith was arrested 11 January 2011 and held in custody until his sentencing. Keith’s mother, Teresa Bailey, was charged with child endangerment. She had knowledge of her son’s activities.

Christopher Clark, 54 year old man, whose wife, a preschool teacher for 17 years operated an at-home day care in their Mesa, Arizona home, was arrested, 19 March 2013, and charged with ten counts of child exploitation. Clark was indicted on all ten counts. He had been trading in child sex abuse images/videos that included “children in sexually exploitative acts with adults and animals.” During a four month period Clark was caught, by investigators, using Limewire to share some 920 child sex abuse files. In a deal, Clark plead guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and was sentenced, 25 November 2013, to 12 years in prison. He was released on bail and held under house arrest until his sentencing. Although Clark’s wife had discovered his activity, six months before his arrest, she did not notify law enforcement.

Charles Federico, a 46 year old man and father of three children from Tewksbury, Massachusetts was arrested, 2 September 2010, for two counts of child porn possession and one count of distribution. Federico had been living with his now estranged wife, Joan Federico, who ran a licensed at-home day care. She voluntarily closed the day care pending a Department of Children and Families investigation. The day care was later ordered closed.

Local Man Facing Child Porn Charges

In a deal, he plead guilty to one count of child porn possession and was sentenced, 25 May 2011, to three years probation. He must register as a sex offender. Federico had remained free pending his sentencing, serving no jail time. Joan Federico was, apparently, not involved and had no knowledge of her husband’s activity. Joan confirmed her husband had been left alone, on occasion, with the day care children.

Corey James Loftin, a 24 year old, licensed preschool teacher at the Children’s Castle Preschool & Childcare Center in El Cajon, California, was arrested on 29 April 2011 and plead guilty on 31 May 2012 to six counts of child porn related charges. He was sentenced, 30 November 2012, to 70 years in prison. Loftin had been held in custody since his April 2011 arrest.

James Loftin

Loftin was caught by federal investigators “chatting live online with a male in Pennsylvania and receiving images on his computer as the male was sexually molesting children.” In addition to federal child porn charges, Loftin plead guilty to sexual molestation charges of 7 children from three to nine years old. He also admitted he used his cell phone to take “under-skirt” pictures of two girls, under seven, at a preschool in San Diego County where he had previously worked. He had also worked at Cuyamaca College Child Development Center and offered baby-sitting services.

Darin Casper, a 49 year old man from Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested on 4 May 2012 and indicted on 11 May 2012 on 150 child sex abuse related crimes. He was re-indicted on 28 August 2012 to 171 count indictment, including charges of gross sexual imposition and kidnapping. On 28 September 2012, Casper plead guilty to 155 child sex abuse and child porn related counts and was sentenced, 30 October 2012, to 24 years in prison. Casper lived with his wife, Rita Casper, and operated a, now closed, licensed at-home day care. “Darin Casper also had authorization to care for the children.” This included the care of special needs children. Casper sexually abused the children and operated “a web for sharing child pornography from his home.” Upon his arrest, he possessed some 1,500 images/videos of child sex abuse. Investigators identified 13 victims, including boys as young as five years old. Casper, reportedly, started videotaping children as early as 1998.

David Moe, a 45 year old preschool teacher at Denver, Colorado’s elite Paddington Station Preschool (annual tuition is $12,000),

David Moe

was arrested on 24 July 2012 for “one of the largest” child porn collections in America. Moe had been a respected teacher at Paddington for 18 years.

David Moe’s Plea Agreement

Investigators estimated he possessed 6 terabytes of child sex abuse files.

David Moe’s Plea Agreement

He had been trading in child porn for at least a decade. Just one, of more than 500 CDs, included 4,100 videos/images of child sex abuse including pre-teen hard core (PTHC); the torture of small children.

Descriptions of some of the child sex abuse David Moe was trading in from Moe’s Plea Agreement

At the time of his arrest, some 800,000 images and 13,000 videos of child sex abuse had been found. Six portable hard drives and two desktop computers were seized from Moe’s home.

In 2001 parents reported that their three year old daughter, enrolled at the preschool, said that Moe had touched her vagina. No action was taken against Moe at the time, by the school, child protection or law enforcement.

David Moe’s Plea Agreement

Moe was charged on three counts of distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography. In a plea agreement, two of the three counts were dropped and Moe plead guilty to one child porn count on 30 May 2013. He was sentenced, 10 September 2013, to 8 years in prison. He had been held in custody since his arrest.

Lubos Albrecht, a 25 year old live-in nanny and former preschool teacher, in Wheaton, Illinois, was arrested and charged, 24 March 2010, with one count of distributing child porn. He plead guilty, in April 2010, to one count of child porn possession and two counts of child porn transportation and was sentenced, 27 July 2012, to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison. He had been held without bond since his arrest. Upon his arrested he had more than 30,000 images/videos of child sex abuse. He said he “viewed his collection each morning when he woke up and again before he went to sleep.” He used open wireless network, belonging, to a neighbor to trade in child porn. His laptop password was, reportedly, the name of a Russian child pornography website. Albrecht had good references, including from the preschool where he had worked.

James Douglas Manring, a 54 year old preschool teacher from Fredericksburg, Virginia, was arrested, 13 November 2012, and plead guilty, 28 January 2013, to two counts of child porn production. He was sentenced, 24 May 2013, to 14 years in jail. His arrest was part of the US Postal Inspection Service’s Project Spade. He produced child porn, from 1996 to 1999, by sexually abusing the children in his care as a preschool teacher at Remei Hoikuen School in Japan. Manring’s Statement of Facts describes, in detail, the child pornography he was producing.

James Manring’s Statement of Facts

He was caught, when he returned from Japan, with at least 8 DVDs documenting the rape and sexual abuse of the preschool children.

James Manring’s Statement of Facts

In America Manring taught music lessons in his home and at local music stores and organized “a rock band geared toward offering extra encouragement to special-needs children.”

Joe Kane owner of BANG! Music where Manring worked as a music teacher

Manring also taught Japanese rhythm and movement at the National Institutes of Health preschool in Bethesda, Maryland and had worked at Odyssey Montessori preschool in Fredericksburg, Virginia and The Merit School of Prince William in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Walter Ramsdell, a 39 year old primary caregiver at his licensed home-based day care in Eddington, Maine, was arrested, 9 June 2010, for child porn possession and distribution. Investigators said he had shared child sex abuse images/videos at least 300 times on the internet. Ramsdell confessed to downloading “thousands” of images/videos of child sex abuse. He was allowed to enter a no-contest plea and on, 2 September 2010, was sentenced to 11 months in jail. Ramsdell’s wife, Kimberly, held the day care license but she was employed outside the home, at a hospital in Bangor, during the day. When police arrived to arrest Ramsdell, he was alone at the day care with a toddler. His wife, reportedly, had no knowledge of Ramsdell’s activities. Ramsdell had been free on $1,000 bail since his arrest.

Robert Youngblood Kerby, a 56 year old licensed day care owner in Stanley, North Carolina, was arrested, 5 November 2013, and charged with 14 child sex abuse counts. Investigators reported, at the time, they had enough evidence for some 80 charges. Kerby and his wife had operated Caron’s Care, out of their home, for 19 years. The day care has since been closed. In a plea deal, Kerby plead guilty, 4 June 2014, and was sentenced to 25–25 years in jail. He had been producing child porn of himself sexually abusing the day care children, including at least six children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old. He took pictures of the children on his bed, forcing them to undress and dress in outfits he provided. One child said she was forced to wear a bra and a boa.

A victim’s court statement as reported by Diane Turbyfill, The Gazette 4 June 2014

Kerby was caught when a 14 year old girl came forward. She told investigators that Kerby had been raping her, and documenting the abuse, since she was 8 years old. The child, and her mother, along with other victims, testified in court against Kerby.

The child’s mother’s court statement as reported by Diane Turbyfill, The Gazette 4 June 2014

There had been previous allegations by children claiming Kerby was sexually abusing but law enforcement failed to properly investigate these reports. Kirby was held on $5 million bond since his arrest.

Tony Pooya Aflatooni, a 28 year old man from Newark, California, was arrested, 6 December 2006, on child porn charges. Aflatooni had been sexually abusing children in his mother’s licensed home-based day care, without her knowledge, and taking images of that abuse, including of one eight year old girl. Mrs. Aflatooni operated the day care, which has since been closed, since 1988. His mother was not implicated in his crimes. Aflatooni had “thousands of photos and video clips of infants and prepubescents engaging in sex acts and being tortured.” Along with a computer and camera, investigators seized some 95 CDs and DVDs filed with child sex abuse. Prosecutors said “the images were among the most vile, disturbing images and movies imaginable.” In a deal, Aflattoni plead guilty to one count of receiving child porn and was sentenced, 29 May 2007, to 8 years and one month in federal prison. Bail was denied Aflatooni and he remained in custody since his arrest.

Connie Ramirez, a 43 year old day care and preschool employee from Austintown, Ohio, was arrested 22 August, 2013 on rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity involving a minor, and possession of criminal tools charges. She had been producing images/videos of “children engaging in sexual activity or bestiality.”

Connie Ramirez

Ramirez’s cell phone contained sexually explicit images/videos of herself and her own eight and nine year old daughters and a dog. The community was, reportedly, “floored.” Ramirez was described as a “model employee, came to work … parents loved her.” She had worked at the TLCC Preschool and Day Care for 12 years. She was caught when she sent child porn to her boyfriend William Brock, who was already under investigation for child porn. Sixty-five year old Brock, identified himself to neighborhood children as “Santa Claus.” He was arrested on 19 July 2013 on 25 counts of felony pandering and obscenity involving a minor. Ramirez plead guilty, 26 September 2013, to three counts of rape and one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor and was sentenced to 25 years in prison on the same day. She had been held on $500,000 bail since her arrest. Brock was sentenced to 20 years in prison on 6 March 2014.

Gary Romano, a 56 year old baby-sitter of Norristown, Pennsylvania, was arrested June 2011 and charged with sexual abuse of a child, indecent assault and criminal use of a communication. He was sentenced on 7 November 2012 to 20 years in federal prison for child porn production and distribution. Romano used his cell phone to produce child sex abuse of a 2 year old girl in his care and distributed this abuse on-line. He was free on $50,000 bail pending his sentencing.

Elmer Gene Ballou, a 46 year old man whose wife operated a licensed, home-based day care, Beary Patch Day Care, in Waco, Texas since 2004, was arrested, 25 May 2012, on child porn charges. Ballou plead guilty and was sentenced, 29 August 2012, to five years in federal prison.

Beary Patch Day Care, Waco, Texas

At the time of his arrest Ballou possessed hundreds of child sex abuse images/videos including files called “Pedo-Station Ptsc Collection Childlover Pedo Sex Daughter Incest Amateur Underage Young XXX Porn Teen Yr Preteen Hussyfan Kids Boylover Lolita Child Kiddy 025.jpg.” Ballou admitted to trading in child porn for at least the past 15 years.

Adam and Angele Henry, a 35 and 34 year old, respectively, husband and wife operating a licensed, home-based day care in Turlock, California, were arrested on child porn related charges. Adam Henry, also an information technology manager, was arrested, 19 September 2013. His wife was arrested in November 2013.

Adam Henry’s Criminal Complaint

Angele Henry was recording and producing images of the children. Her husband was receiving and distributing child pornography on eDonkey and Gnutella networks, popular for child porn distribution.

Adam Henry’s Criminal Complaint

The Henry’s possessed pre-teen hard core (PTHC) which is the brutal abuse of small children. Descriptions of some of the child sex abuse images/videos in their possession included an eight year old girl “placing her mouth on the adult male’s erect penis and performing oral copulation. Another scene depicted the adult male inserting his erect penis into her anus and sodomizing her.” Adam Henry has been held without bail since his arrest. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1 June 2015. Angele Henry is being prosecuted in Stanislaus Superior Court. Her next court appearance may be scheduled for 5 January 2015. It is not clear if she is out on bail or not.

Cody Ryan Charlton, a 31 year old man from Lakewood, Colorado who lives with his mother who operated a home-based day care was arrested, 1 May 2011, and charged with possession and distribution of child porn and attempted sexual exploitation of a child. He was free on $15,000 bond until his sentencing. Charlton plead guilty, 10 January 2012, to sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust, sexual exploitation of a child and unlawful sexual contact and he was sentenced, March 2012, to two years of “community corrections,” 20 years probation and registration as a sex offender.

Devin Hurley, a 29 year old live-in nanny from Hollywood, Maryland, was arrested on 18 October 2013 and charged with sexual abuse of a minor and child porn possession. He was sentenced, April 2014, to 18 years in prison. Hurley was caught when the mother of the children he was caring for found pornographic images of her grandson on Hurley’s cell phone. He had been held on $175,000 bond.

Heather Koon, 25 year old day care employee who worked at ABC Kidz Child Care and Country Day School in Elyria and Amherst, respectively, Ohio, woman was arrested, 4 October 2013, for raping at least four infants and toddlers in her care at ABC Kidz Child Care. On her first day of employment at Country Day School she molested an 18 month old girl. Koon was charged with some 40 child sex abuse and child porn counts.

Heather Koon and James Osborne

Koon used her Apple cell phone to film herself raping the infants at the request of her fiancé, James Osborne, a convicted sex offender. James Osborne was arrested on 26 September 2013 and charged with 80 child sex abuse counts. He is being held on $2 million bail and his next hearing is 23 April 2015. Koon is being held on $2 million dollar bail. Her next hearing is 9 January 2015.

Tad Jeremy Costin, a 42 year old man from Pearland, Texas, who helped a former girlfriend operate a day care and baby-sitting service, was arrested 1 November 2013 and charged with multiple child sex abuse and child porn charges.

Nancy Grace 14 November 2013

Costin raped as many as fifteen young children, some appeared to have been drugged, the youngest was a one year old infant. He was caught when he mistakenly left camera memory cards documenting his own rape of girls between the ages of 1 and 6 years old at his former residence. At the time of his arrest he was living with his girlfriend, Julia Lack, and her 5 year old son. His girlfriend’s parents were the ones who discovered the memory cards and alerted authorities. Julia Lack, who operated her own pay-per-view adult pornography website, was also arrested on December 2013 on child porn possession charges. Lack has been out free on $30,000 bail and not yet been sentenced. Her next hearing date is 26 March 2015.

Tad Jeremy Costin

Upon Costin’s arrest, investigators seized six hard drives and 80 CDs and DVDs filled with child sex abuse images/videos from Costin’s possession. Investigators believe Costin has “been videotaping sex acts with children as far back as 1999.” Costin had been caught, by the mother of a 5 year old girl, “on top of her daughter. ‘He was thrusting on my daughter and had her legs open,’ she said.” Although he was charged with indecency with a child at the time, charges were later dropped. According to his website, Costin is a former US Air Force employee who worked in Intelligence Communications in San Angelo Texas. Costin is being held on $4 million. He has charges pending in two counties and has not yet been sentenced. Costin’s next hearing date, in one county, is 26 March 2015.

Supply-Side/Demand-Side of America’s Child Porn Industry

So what does this small, random sample of day care child porn arrests tell us about America’s criminal child sex abuse industry?

First and foremost, as I’ve explained in my other research, white, trusted men with access to your child; that is the average pedosadist profile.

In my article Cops and Pedosadism? the vast majority of police officers across the country caught with child porn are white men.

In my article The Military’s Pedosadism Problem again, overwhelmingly, it is white men arrested for child porn.

In my article Infant and Toddler Porn: Pedosadism Crisis Levels?, you guessed, by and large, white men.

Contrary to what John Grisham, crime-fiction writer, said an interview with The Telegraph’s Peter Foster, even small scale qualitative research shows that America’s massive criminal child porn industry is driven by a demand-side overwhelming comprised of white, trusted men, often with access to children.

Day cares represent one aspect of the supply-side of America’s child porn criminal industry. The supply-side, like the demand-side, appears to be, again, overwhelmingly white and male.

Question for John Grisham: What about Richard Berendzen?

John Grisham claimed America has “prisons now filled with guys my age. 60-year-old white men… who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child…But they got online one night, started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever and pushed the wrong buttons and went too far and got into child porn or whatever.”

Carl McBride, from Delaware, was the first case I reviewed. Does anyone think that a 6 year old girl being subjected to anal rape while being bound around the neck is not harmed?

Carl McBride’s Criminal Complaint

Was this child not harmed, John Grisham?

Carl McBride’s Criminal Complaint

What about the child tied upside down to a chair that bound to the chair by her hands and ankles and abused? Or the 8 year old forced to give a male adult oral sex?

John Grisham, are these children not being harmed?

There is so much pain in all of these reports, it is impossible to select the children being harmed the most. Vast numbers of children across America are all being harmed; brutally and violently raped, abused, destroyed daily to feed America’s criminal child porn industry.

Too often the 60 year old white men “like me” that John Grisham speaks of are protected with total impunity for their crimes against children, as former American University president Richard Berendzen has been for decades now.

A man obsessively calling day cares seeking sex with the children, for at least a year to the knowledge of the police, is not a man who would “never harmed anybody, would never touch a child…”

A man who “described going to sex slave auctions in Chicago and Detroit,” is not a man who would “never harmed anybody, would never touch a child…”

A man who bragged about his abuse of children, his child porn collection, and the four year old girl who was his “sex slave,” is not a man who would “never harmed anybody, would never touch a child…”

A man who offered to procure children for other to use as “sex slaves,” is not a man who would “never harmed anybody, would never touch a child…”

Yet, former American University president Richard Berendzen was never even investigated, much less prosecuted. Is this an example, John Grisham, of America’s broken criminal justice system?

#OpDeathEaters

America’s mainstream media has consistently failed to provide the context when reporting on child porn stories. An estimated 50,000 Americans, at any given time, are on-line trading images of child sex abuse. America now produces an estimated half of the world’s child porn and hosts half of the global internet servers supporting child sexual abuse websites. As of 2012, child sex trafficking became America’s fastest growing crime, expanding by some 150% per year. The global child porn industry may be yielding $20 billion to upwards of some $50 billion a year.

This massive production of child porn depends, directly, on the constant, and brutal, sexual abuse of American children; increasingly infant and toddlers. Day cares, preschool, and baby-sitting all appear to be key supply-sides to America’s child porn industry, driven and protected by white, elite men.

What will you do about it?

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Dr. Lori Handrahan’s forthcoming book Child Porn Nation: America’s Hidden National Security Risk details America’s child sex abuse epidemic. Her Ph.D. is from The London School of Economics. She can be reached on Twitter @LoriHandrahan2