Wanted Sex Offender, Mark Petersimes, Caught in Denver

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I can’t begin to count the number of articles I’ve read where criminals have cut off their GPS tracking ankle bracelet and are right back doing whatever it was that earned them the ankle jewerly to being with.  

You would think with all that is available today and so many skilled techies out there that someone couldn’t come up with a device that once it is locked around the ankle there would be no way to cut it off.   I just don’t understand how we can send someone into space yet we can’t make an ankle bracelet that stays on a criminal. – flagranny2

Just two hours before America’s Most Wanted was to air a profile on Mark Petersimes, the sex offender wanted by authorities was caught in Denver.

Petersimes, 47, was arrested Saturday night when an 11-year-old girl went into a Family Dollar store in Lakewood and told a clerk a man had attempted to rape her, according to MyFoxColorado.com.

Click here to see his profile page on America’s Most Wanted.

The clerk confronted Petersimes about the allegation and called police. He attempted to escape, but cops caught up to him and arrested him.

Petersimes had been on the run for more than a year after he escaped from a halfway house in Dallas. He cut off his GPS tracking ankle bracelet and disappeared on May 2, 2006, according to America’s Most Wanted.

His rap sheet extends back to 1981, when he was convicted of attempted rape in North Carolina and served two years.

Most recently, Petersimes was convicted in 1991 of sexually assaulting two young girls and served 12 years. In 2003, after release, he was put in a halfway house. He escaped, and had to serve more jail time. He was then put in another halfway house, but escaped again this past May.

He is being held in a Jefferson county jail on $1 million bond.

Tip snares alleged child molester on FBI top 10 list (another one off the street)

POSTED: 12:57 p.m. EDT, May 13, 2007

vert1143goldbergfbi.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — A tip from a Canadian resident ended Richard Steve Goldberg’s stint on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, and the alleged child molester is now awaiting extradition, the bureau said.

According to the Web site for the television show, “America’s Most Wanted,” Goldberg had been seeing a nonprofit counselor under the alias Terry Wayne Kearns. He allegedly told the counselor he was an American fugitive, but the charges against him were “trumped up,” the Web site said.

The counselor told a friend, who found Goldberg on the FBI Web site, according to “America’s Most Wanted.”

The 61-year-old former engineer had been on the run for six years after he was charged in 2001 with producing child pornography, two counts of possessing child pornography and six counts of performing lewd acts on a child, the FBI said. He also faces unlawful flight charges.

Authorities in Long Beach, California, say Goldberg engaged in sexual acts with girls younger than 10 for five months in 2001. Authorities also allege they found images of the sex acts on Goldberg’s computer, a federal crime.

“Goldberg gained the trust of [neighborhood] parents and then befriended their children. He entertained the girls by allowing them to play with his pets, watch television and use his computer to play games. Some of these girls also took short trips with him,” according to the June 2002 FBI news release announcing Goldberg’s inclusion on the most-wanted list.

The president of a gun club in Long Beach, California, Goldberg was considered armed and dangerous, according to the FBI.

Goldberg was captured in Montreal, Quebec, early Saturday after the tip from Canada, said Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts and J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant FBI director in Los Angeles.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Montreal Police Service arrested Goldberg without incident for violating Canadian immigration laws, the statement said.

Canadian authorities are holding Goldberg on the immigration violation. He is scheduled to be in court Monday.

Goldberg is expected to be extradited to the United States to face the California and federal charges, Tidwell and Batts said.

A reward of up to $100,000 had been offered for information leading directly to Goldberg’s arrest. The FBI news release did not mention the reward.

Information source: CNN.com

Arrest Made in Internet Child Abuse Case(one of the world’s most notorious child molesters)

There is so much bad news out there I’m thinking of starting a page devoted to human interests stories and I’d like for anyone who would like to share a story I’d love to have you contribute. 

Your comments would be appreciated as I think it would be neat to complile stories from all over.  In the meantime, it is articles like this that is good to know that these people are being caught. 

By LARA JAKES JORDAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

freeman.jpgWASHINGTON — A man accused of raping his own daughter and posting video of the attack on the Internet was being held in Hong Kong Wednesday in what authorities called the arrest of one of the world’s most notorious child molesters.

Kenneth John Freeman, a 44-year-old former sheriff’s deputy from Washington state, was apprehended by Chinese police Tuesday night using arrest information from U.S. authorities. It’s not clear what Freeman was doing in Hong Kong, but “obviously, he was trying to escape,” said U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Nikki Credic.

The Web video of the attack became one of the most widely downloaded child pornography videos in recent years, officials said. Freeman’s daughter is now a teenager who advocates against child sexual abuse, and has appeared on TV to tell her story.

Freeman was one of the fugitives most wanted by both the Marshals and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Web video was featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” which in turn triggered calls to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that helped identify the girl.

“Freeman will be returned for trial here, where penalties for child exploitation are among the toughest in the world,” said Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, who oversees ICE.

U.S. Marshals director John F. Clark called it a “complex, international case.”

Authorities said Freeman, facing local and federal charges, fled the U.S. last year. Investigators tracked him down in Suzhou, a city in China, where he is believed to have been working at the local office of a U.S.-based company. The U.S. does not have an extradition agreement with the Chinese government to return fugitives to their native nations.

However, such a treaty does exist between the U.S. and Hong Kong. In the last several weeks, investigators discovered Freeman was planning to travel to Hong Kong, where he was arrested on his arrival at the airport, officials said. Trying to flee, he injured four Chinese police officers while resisting arrest, officials said.

Credic said it was not clear when Freeman would be returned to the U.S.

His arrest follows more than a year of investigation by the Marshals, ICE, the State Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s office in Washington state.

On the Net:

U.S. Marshals Service: http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2007/050207.htm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement: http://www.ice.gov/

America’s Most Wanted: http://www.amw.com/captures/brief.cfm?id=41919

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: http://www.missingkids.com/