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Man Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case

Jeffrey Cooper was facing a charge of possession of child pornography before taking a plea today.  Cooper pleaded guilty today and agreed to serve one year in the county jail and one year on probation.  Cooper would reportedly stay up until the early morning hours on his computer, until his wife found child pornography on the hard drive.  Cooper's wife became suspicious of what he was doing and found several pictures and videos of children engaged in various sex acts, she then contacted the authorities.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/laporte/michigan-city/article_3ed2fe26-c675-53df-b117-5388b0b1b56d.html

24-Year-Old Sentenced To 20 Years In Deadly Crash

Lance Palermo has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading to intoxication manslaughter.  Palermo was charged after a deadly crash that killed 16-year-old Shelby Forester.  The night of the crash, Palermo's blood alcohol concentration was .30, nearly four times the legal limit.  This was the second time that Palermo had been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.kcentv.com/story/15351273/man-before-judge-today-in-lumberton-teens-death  

Man Accused Of Sexting A Teen

Michael Sherard Harris has been charged with online solicitation of a minor.  Harris reportedly met the 14-year-old girl at a church that they both attend.  Police were notified by the girl's mother about Harris allegedly sending her daughter explicit messages.  Police say there were a total of nine messages sent and they all had a sexual nature.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.click2houston.com/news/29018858/detail.html

Doctor Arrested For Intoxication Manslaughter

Dr. David Patricio Gonzalez-Gibler has been arrested and charged with the offense of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.  According to police, Gonzalez-Gibler flipped his car off an overpass and caused an accident with another vehicle.  The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene and her passenger was seriously injured.  The doctor's blood alcohol content at the time of the accident was 0.14.  Gonzalez-Gibler will also be charged with intoxication assault for the injuries to the passenger of the other vehicle.  To read more on this story please go to http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2011-08-30/physician-arrested-connection-teens-death

FBI Arrests Chicago Man For Child Porn

Christopher Kice has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography following his arrest by the FBI.  Investigators with the FBI were tipped off about Kice by his former employer, a Chicago area law firm.  The FBI raided Kice's home and found numerous images and videos of what appeared to be child pornography.  To read more on this story please go to http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/7283749-418/fbi-arrests-shorewood-man-on-child-porn-charges.html

Man Indicted For Fatal Accident

Michael Anthony Bass has been indicted for his involvement in an accident that left Amber Hawthorne dead.  Bass was indicted on a charge of intoxication manslaughter following his involvement in the May 1st crash.  According to police, Bass ran into the back of Hawthorne's vehicle  as as she was driving down the road and she later died at an area hospital due to her injuries.  To read more on this story please go tohttp://www.kfdm.com/news/suspect-44449-indicted-intoxication.html

Drunk Driver Confuses Tea For I.D.

Alex Simko has been arrested and charged with DWI and a number of traffic offenses following an accident.  Police say that Simko was so intoxicated he handed the officer his bottle of iced tea, instead of his driver's license and registration.  Simko caught the attention of police after he was involved in a minor collision with another vehicle.  Simko was driving on a suspended license, due to a previous DWI conviction.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2011/08/26/news/local/580532.txt

Woman Charged With Injury To A Child

Ginger Ayers has been charged with injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury.  Detectives say Ayers walked up to an 11-year-old boy, put him in a headlock and hit him several times.  The boy suffered minor injuries and his eyeglasses were damaged during the altercation.  Ayers told the boy's mother that she hit the child because he was being rude.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.click2houston.com/news/28965019/detail.html

Councilwoman Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

Heather Prinkey, a former member of the North Belle Vernon Borough Council, plead guilty to the sexual assault of a teen girl.  According to the victim, the assaults began in October 2007 when she was 13 years old.  Prinkey pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_753398.html

Man Arrested For Soliciting Minor

Steven Shelton has been charged with the offenses of solicitation of a minor and drug possession.  Police were notified about Shelton after a citizen reported Shelton attempting to solicit minors in the area.  Police later arrested him at a convenience store and found him to be in possession of prescription drugs, which led to an additional drug possession charge.  To read more on this story please go to http://bdtonline.com/local/x914657608/Monroe-County-suspect-arrested-on-soliciting-a-minor-drug-charges

High Profile Sex Case Dismissed

Sexual assault charges were dismissed today against former chief of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.  Charges were dismissed after it was determined that the accuser had lied about events that took place on the day of the alleged attack.  The judge rejected the accuser's request for a special prosecutor to be assigned to the case.  A lawyer for the accuser said that the District Attorney had abandoned his client.

Fatal Crash Leads To An Arrest

Stephen Ellis has been charged with the offense of intoxication manslaughter following a fatal crash.  According to police, Ellis was attempting to change lanes when he drove into the back of another vehicle.  The driver of that vehicle lost control and ended up landing upside down, he died at the scene.  Ellis was arrested on the scene after failing a field sobriety test.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.khou.com/news/crime/Authorities-Drunk-driver-charged-after-causing-fatal-crash-on-Northwest-Freeway-128067653.html

Drunk Driver Takes Trip Through Cemetary

Paul Martinez has been arrested and charged with the offense of driving while intoxicated.  Charges were filed after Martinez allegedly drove his vehicle through a cemetary and then fled the scene.  Witnesses say they saw a vehicle drive through several tombstones and a fence before the driver left the cemetary.  Martinez was later tracked down by police and charged with felony DWI.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.ultimateeastend.com/stories/260622-crime-man-faces-dwi-charges-after-drive-through-cemetery

NFL Player Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge

NFL player Albert Haynesworth pleaded no contest to a simple assault charge today in order to avoid a charge of sexual assault.  He was originally charged with sexual assault after allegedly touching the breast of a hotel waitress.  If he is able to stay out of trouble for the next 18 months, the case will be dropped.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/patriots/2011-08-22-albert-haynesworth-sexual-abuse_n.htm

Businessman Indicted For Intoxication Manslaughter

William D. Abraham has been indicted for the offense of intoxication manslaughter.  Abraham is accused of hitting a homeless man on the street and then leaving the scene of the accident.  According to police, Abraham smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and red bloodshot eyes.  He was later given a mandatory blood draw to determine if he was intoxicated.  Abraham stated that he was not intoxicated and does not drink when questioned by police.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_18700817?source=most_viewed

Motorcyclist Hit By Drunk Driver

Nathaniel Paul has been arrested and charged with the offense of intoxication assault.  Paul was allegedly driving drunk when he got into an accident with motorcyclist Roy Bermea.  When police arrived, they found Bermea on the ground and Paul sitting in his car.  Paul failed a field sobriety test at the scene and was later given a blood test.  According to police, it is quite possible that Bermea will lose his leg as a result of the accident.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.newswest9.com/story/15286135/motorcyclist-injured-in-accident-could-lose-his-leg

Man Arrested For Soliciting Minor

24-year-old Joshua Payne has been arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor.  Payne allegedly solicited sex from what he believed to be the daughter of a co-worker.  He then allegedly e-mailed the child nude photos of himself and links to adult websites.  The father of the girl found the photos and notified the local police.  To read more on this story please go to http://www2.wspa.com/news/2011/aug/17/man-arrested-allegedly-soliciting-child-online-ar-2288442/

Huge Drug Bust In Michigan

A couple from Michigan has been charged in the largest heroin bust in the state's history.  A traffic stop last week led to the search of an apartment and the discovery of a large amount of drugs.  When officer's searched the house they found 69 kilograms of heroin and 10.5 kilograms of cocaine.  The couple living in the apartment have been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpps/news/national/pontiac-bust-seizes-drugs-totaling-%24150m-20110818-mr_14614547?obref=obinsite

Local Man Facing Sexual Assault Charges

Billy Barrett has been charged with the offense of sexual assault of a child under 19 years of age.  According to police, the victim stated that Barrett took her to his house and offered her a soda.  A few minutes after drinking the soda, the girl passed out.  She said she woke up to Barrett on top of her, assaulting her.  Barrett is reportedly a family friend of the young girl.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/110818-man-accused-of-drugging%2C-raping-teen?obref=obinsite

Drunk Driver Heads Down The Railroad Tracks

A suspected drunk driver has been charged with DWI after taking a trip down the railroad tracks.  At some point the driver crashed into a railroad crossing arm near Highland Village.  There were reportedly several passengers inside the vehicle but nobody was injured.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/traffic/110818-hummer-railroad-crossing-crash?obref=obinsite

Former HPD Lab Supervisor Questions Accuracy of DWI Breath Tests

The Houston Police Department (HPD) maintains six Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) vans for field testing suspected drunk drivers. But, the accuracy of the test results gathered with the BAT vans has been called into question. Amanda Culbertson, a former lab supervisor at the HPD crime lab, said known electrical and overheating problems with the vans may have lead to incorrect breath-test results.

Airline Founder Indicted For Child Porn

Robert Hedrick, 60, has been charged with attempted sexual exploitation of children, transfer of obscene materials to a minor and distribution and possession of child pornography.  Undercover officers in two states had contact with Hedrick while posing as minors online.  Hedrick is the founder of Pan American Airways, an air cargo carrier operating between Brownsville and Latin America.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/081711-Child-Porn-Indictment-for-Texas-Airline-Founder

Drunk Driver Drives Wrong Direction

Ahmed Figueroa has been charged with the offense of intoxication assault.  Figueroa was allegedly driving his car north in the southbound lanes when he drove head on into another vehicle.  The driver of the other car had to be cut out of her vehicle and was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.  Records show that Figueroa was sentenced as recently as last month to 12 months probation for a DWI.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/081211-Police-Charge-Latest-Wrong-Way-Driver

Repeat DWI Offender Gets Stiff Punishment

Lucius Brown was convicted of his 7th DWI this past Thursday.  In the most recent DWI, Brown drove his vehicle into a guardrail and admitted to taking Soma and Vicodin before driving.  A blood sample determined that Brown had extremely high levels of those drugs in his system at the time of his arrest.  After being convicted of his 7th DWI the judge sentenced Brown to 25 years in prison.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/article_71ae3abd-6a4d-5f5f-85e5-30b4383fb0d2.html

14-Year-Old Fondled By Elderly Tutor

Charles Hoffman, 76, has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.  The victim told police that Hoffman had been touching her inappropriately for the past 9 months.  According to police, Hoffman had tutored the girl since she was in the second grade.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/local_story/Police_14_year_old_girl_was_fo_1313120690/

Mother Charged With DWI

April Lunsford has been charged with DWI with a minor child passenger.  Lunsford caught the attention of police because they believed that her vehicle was disabled.  When an officer drove over to check on her, he claimed that Lunsford smelled of alcohol and had vomited on herself.  The officer also noticed there was a 9-year-old boy in the car with her.  Lunsford was arrested at the scene and taken to the Montgomery County Jail.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/spring/news/article_ef6e7072-bfe0-11e0-80bb-001cc4c002e0.html

Drunk Driver Kills Stranded Motorist

Ernesto Sotelo was killed by a drunk driver when he got out of his stalled vehicle and stood next to it this past Sunday.  According to police, when Sotelo got out of his vehicle he was hit by Jose Olivas.  Sotelo was seriously injured and died at the scene.  After the accident, Olivas flipped his truck over and was later arrested by police.  Olivas is being charged with the crime of intoxication manslaughter.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/28864728/detail.html

Former TABC Agent Found Guilty

Joe Chavez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual assault of a minor and 10 years for online solicitation of a minor.  Chavez pled guilty to all charges when his trial began last week.  According to police, Chavez sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl after she assisted him with an undercover sting in 2009.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.ktsm.com/former-tabc-agent-sentenced-for-sexually-assaulting-minor

Deadly Accident Leads To Serious Charges

Police have arrested and charged Taja Deweese with the offenses of intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter.  Police say that Deweese was driving down I-20 when she collided with a crash barrier on the interstate.  Moments after Deweese and her passenger climbed out of the vehicle, it was hit by an SUV.  During that crash Deweese's car struck her passenger and he died at the scene.  Deweese was found to be intoxicated and charges were later filed.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/081411-man-killed-in-drunk-driving-crash

Trial Set In Unlawful Sexual Conduct Case

A trial date has been set for a former elementary school teacher accused of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.  Aaron Turner was indicted in May for attempted unlawful conduct with a minor and possession of criminal tools.  He was arrested after he responded to an ad on Craigslist offering sex with a 13-year-old boy.  The ad had been posted by an undercover police officer.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.northcentralohio.com/newsboard/single.asp?Story=47210   

Crash With 18-Wheeler Leads To DWI Charge

Henry Barrett II has been charged with DWI following a crash he had with two 18-wheelers.  Barrett was driving down the highway when he crossed the center line and was headed into on-coming traffic.  In an attempt to correct the situation, Barrett turned the wheel of his truck and ended up striking an 18-wheeler.  He then allegedly continued driving and struck another truck which ended up catching fire.  All parties involved were not seriously injured and Barrett was taken into custody.  To read more on this story please go to http://northcaddoparish.ksla.com/news/news/49387-man-charged-dwi-after-crashing-2-semis

Fatal Car Crash Leads To Serious Charges

Leland Winter has been charged with the offense of intoxication manslaughter following a fatal car wreck.  Matthew Armstrong was killed when Winter's truck crossed into his lane and struck his vehicle.  Winter has previously been convicted of DWI twice before this accident took place.  Winter was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries and was charged soon after being released.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.examiner.com/law-enforcement-in-wichita-falls/wichita-falls-man-matthew-armstrong-killed-accident-with-alleged-drunk-driver

Man Accused Of Having Child Porn On Phone

Brian McGauley was arrested on a warrant in connection with an online solicitation of a minor case.  McGauley was accused of sending nude photos of men to a 13-year-old girl's cell phone.  When a search was conducted of McGauley's phone, several images of child pornography were discovered.  Those images led to McGauley also being charged with possession of child pornography.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/aug/05/no-headline---tc_sl_brf_childporn/

Bicyclist Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver

Christy Renee Arceneaux has been charged with the offense of intoxication manslaughter.  Arceneaux is accused of driving drunk and hitting Carol Singleton as she rode her bike down the road.  Singleton was taken to a local hospital but did not survive her injuries.  If convicted Arceneaux will be facing between 2 and 20 years in prison.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.kfdm.com/articles/manslaughter-44117-driver-beaumont.html

12 Arrested In Prostitution Sting

12 men were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution in a reverse prostitution sting, where the customers are the target of the sting.  Female police officers in plain clothes were stationed along the road, waiting to be solicited by potential clients.  This is the third time a reverse sting has been used in the area.  The previous 2 stings had a total of 17 arrests made.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/news/crime/ph-ho-cf-glances-prostitution-20110809,0,2405279.story

Multiple Charges Filed In Fatal Accident

Sylvia Ann Garcia Ramirez has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, aggravated assault, and injury to a child.  Garcia allegedly failed to yield while turning left and caused an accident with two other vehicles.  One man was killed and six others were injured in the wreck, including 3 children.  If convicted, Ramirez will be facing up to 20 years in prison.

Mother Charged With DWI

Ana Moreno has been charged with DWI and endangering her children.  She first caught the attention of police due to her high rate of speed on the road.  She then allegedly attempted to evade the police before finally being caught.  It was at that point that police realized there were two children in the car with Moreno.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.laredosun.us/notas.asp?id=17742

Man Solicits 11-Year-Old Girl

Brandon Lane Pickard has been charged with online solicitation of a minor.  The mother of the girl told police that she discovered sexual chat conversations between her daughter and Pickard.  Pickard apparently met the girl on a dating site for discreet dating and casual encounters.  He allegedly led the girl to believe that he was only 12 years old.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2011/08/05/bastrop_man_charged_in_online.html

Driver Charged With 6th DWI

The driver was first noticed by police around midnight when he stopped at a 'stop sign ahead' sign, instead of the actual stop sign.  During the course of the arrest, the driver's passenger accused the deputy of harassing a good driver while not stopping the real drunk drivers.  When tested, the driver registered a .199 percent blood alcohol concentration.  This will be the sixth time that the driver is facing a DWI charge.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.fdlreporter.com/article/20110809/FON0101/308090035/Driver-cited-6th-drunken-driving-offense-Dodge-County

Man Charged With 5 Counts of Intoxication Assault

Bernardo Bautista has been charged with 5 counts of intoxication assault.  Charges were filed after Bautista was involved in a car accident that led to five people being injured.  Police say that when they arrived on the scene they could smell an odor of alcohol on the driver.  All five of the injured motorists were treated for minor injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.krgv.com/content/news/story/San-Benito-Man-Arrested-Facing-Intoxication/r5o5fiBUWU6Uj_NDe5R5Xw.cspx

Houston Man Charged With Sexual Assault And Solicitation

Darren Shin, 45, has been charged with 2 counts of online solicitation of a minor and sexual assault of a child.  Shin is accused of soliciting a 14-year-old boy online, sending him explicit pictures and text messages and engaging in sex acts with the boy.  The boy later told his parents about what happened and they notified the police.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pearland/news/article_17ab9a09-8901-50ce-a28d-45603e542fca.html

Suspected Drunk Driver Had Child Passengers

John David Sanchez lost control of his SUV while trying to get onto the freeway and crashed into a concrete wall.  Police arrived and determined that Sanchez appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.  Police also noticed that there were four children in the car, thankfully they were not hurt in the crash.  Sanchez was charged with the felony offense of DWI with a child passenger.

53-Year-Old Solicits Sex From Undercover Cop

Bret Lang has been charged with the offense of solicitation of a minor.  Lang allegedly sent nude photos of his genitals to an undercover deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl.  Lang allegedly also solicited the undercover officer for a sex act during the chat.  Investigators discovered that Lang was having the chat sessions on a computer where he works.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/aug/03/53-year-old-accused-soliciting-sex-detective-posin/

Driver In Fatal DWI Turns Herself In

Stephanie Mendez turned herself in to police today for her involvement in a fatal alcohol related accident.  According to police, Mendez drove into oncoming traffic as she traveled up the on-ramp of a freeway.  Two passengers in the car were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.  Mendez reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .23 at the time of the accident.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/woman-in-fatal-dwi-crash-turns-self-in

Suspected Drunk Driver Injures Two

Gary Patton has been arrested and charged with DUI, his second time facing such a charge.  Patton is accused of driving the wrong way and causing a head on collision.  The impact was strong enough to flip the other car over and send it into a ditch.  Both passengers of that vehicle were flown to a nearby hospital.  Patton was arrested on suspicion of DUI.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.lex18.com/news/suspected-drunk-driver-causes-crash-that-sends-two-to-the-hospital

Man Charged With Soliciting Minor

Johnny Mendoza has been charged with online solicitation of a minor.  He is accused of exchanging sexual text messages with a 16-year-old he met at church.  The mother of the girl told police that she found the messages on a cell phone provided by Mendoza.  When questioned, the girl told police that she had been dating Mendoza for four months.

Deadly Crash Leads To Intoxication Manslaughter Charge

Jonathan Davis has been charged with the offense of intoxication manslaughter.  According to police, Davis ran a red light at Harwin and collided with a Honda Civic.  The impact caused the Civic to break apart and burst into flames, the driver was killed during the crash.  A witness said he saw Davis run several red lights before the crash occurred.  Alcohol was found in Davis' vehicle and it appears to be a factor in the crash.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.khou.com/news/crime/HPD-Woman-killed-in-fiery-crash-caused-by-suspected-drunk-driver-126760558.html

Sex Offender Charged With DWI

John Babjack, a registered sex offender,  has been arrested for the offense of driving while intoxicated.  He was stopped by police after he allegedly drove past a child's birthday party in a reckless manner.  According to police, he struck some mailboxes as he was returning home from a corner store.  Authorities say Babjack showed multiple signs of intoxication, failed field sobriety tests and was then taken into custody.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/east_montgomery/news/article_650148a6-bcc0-11e0-93c3-001cc4c002e0.html

18-Year-Old Charged With Intoxication Assault

Eliseo Yanez, 18, has been charged with several felonies including intoxication assault.  Yanez allegedly caused a crash that injured two people and he then fled the scene.  One passenger in the other vehicle had a serious head injury and the other suffered a knee and elbow injury that required surgery.  Yanez is currently in Travis County Jail with a bond set at $44,000.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2011/08/01/man_faces_intoxication_assault.html?cxntfid=blogs_the_blotter

Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

Robert Cruz has been charged with 52 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of dissemination of child pornography, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.  Cruz admitted to police that he had viewed more than 900 online files of child pornography.  Cruz, who is 22 years old, told police that he was 13 or 14 when he first began looking at child pornography.  To read more on this story please go to http://delcotimes.com/articles/2011/08/01/news/doc4e36b3022fb11611516178.txt

Al Pacino's Daughter Arrested For DWI

Al Pacino's daughter, Julie, has been arrested and charged with DWI in New York City.  She was stopped at a DWI checkpoint after police noticed her license plate tags were expired.  Police noticed she had blood shot eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on her breath.  When questioned, she admitted to drinking three beers and smoking marijuana that night.  She was later released from custody at around 5:00 pm the next day.  To read more on this story please go to http://www.rttnews.com/Content/EntertainmentNews.aspx?Section=2&Id=1679696&SM=1

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