AG Paxton: Pflugerville Man Arrested for
Possession of Child Pornography
February 8, 2017
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Pflugerville man on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
Kenneth Ray Ward, 54, is charged with a third-degree felony and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The CEU began its investigation after receiving a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, indicating that Ward uploaded child pornography to a cloud storage account.
A search of his home turned up images of child pornography on Ward’s tablet computer. Investigators also confiscated a desktop computer and smartphone, which will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online. The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.
Jerry Sandusky’s son Jeffrey charged with
Child Sexual Abuse
BELLEFONTE, PA – Jerry Sandusky’s adult son is in a Pennsylvania jail, awaiting a hearing next week on charges he pressured one teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex.
Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, faces 14 counts, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault and solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. His lawyer isn’t commenting on the allegations.
A child abuse expert says the allegations raise the possibility that he may not have been raised in a healthy sexual environment, whether or not he was himself victimized.
University of Pennsylvania professor Richard Gelles said adult men who seek sexual contact with adolescent girls are seeking power over them and can’t have a mature relationship with another adult.
“The sexual development in that household must depart significantly from normal. Mom is denying (her husband’s serial abuse) or didn’t know. Jerry was accused of having some sexual contact with one of his adopted children. It’s hard to imagine that this young man (Jeffrey) is going to develop normally,” said Gelles, chair of child welfare and family violence at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice.
Jeffrey Sandusky is one of six people adopted by Jerry Sandusky. He’s been a stalwart supporter of his father, regularly attending his court proceedings alongside his mother, Dottie Sandusky, who also has consistently supported her husband and fought to clear his name.
Jeffrey Sandusky has not made any public allegations of abuse by Jerry Sandusky, but one of his siblings, Matt Sandusky, alleged at the time of their adoptive father’s 2012 criminal trial that he had been abused by him. Matt Sandusky was not called as a witness, and Jerry Sandusky has never been charged with those allegations.
Abbie Newman, chief executive of the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, a private agency that helps coordinate child abuse investigations, said it’s not unusual for patterns of abusive behavior to exist among different generations of the same family.
“We certainly see cases at Mission Kids of allegations of intergenerational child abuse,” she said.
Sandusky also was charged with six counts of unlawful contact with a minor and two counts each of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.
Sandusky knew the girls through their mother.
A state trooper said in the arrest affidavit that on Nov. 21, the alleged victims’ father turned over to investigators text messages from Sandusky in which he asked one of the girls for nude photographs.
The affidavit said Sandusky told the teen in texts in March that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine” and instructed her “to not show these texts to anyone.”
The girl’s mother told investigators that when she confronted Sandusky, he told her “he knows it was wrong and inappropriate,” police said.
The girl told police the texts made her uncomfortable and that “he kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone,” police said.
Gelles gave the teen accuser credit for reporting the alleged contact.
“This girl was mature beyond her years, and smart beyond her years, and certainly not vulnerable to the kind of grooming that predators tend to use,” he said.
Prosecutors allege Jeffrey Sandusky sought oral sex from a second girl in 2013. She was 15 years old at the time.
That teen told investigators that Jeffrey Sandusky told her in March: “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry.”
Jerry Sandusky is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys, maintains he was wrongly convicted and is appealing.
The state Corrections Department said that because of the charges, Jeffrey Sandusky was suspended without pay Monday from employment as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison, near State College. He was hired in August 2015.
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ERAU professor charged with Child Abuse,
9 other counts
Florida – A professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been charged with child abuse and committing lewd and lascivious acts with someone less than 16 years old.
Embry-Riddle professor Mark Fugler was arrested Friday night in Ormond Beach, according to arrest records. Fugler has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct to someone less than 16 years old, two counts of showing obscene material to a minor, one count of child abuse, and three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, the arrest records show. Fugler, 58, is being held at the Volusia County jail on $550,000 bail.
University spokesman James Roddey said in an email that Fugler is a professor of civil engineering at the Daytona Beach campus and that he was hired by the school in 1996. He said that “university officials will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities on this investigation.”
A woman at his Ormond Beach home answered the door but declined to comment about the charges.
According to the university’s website, Fugler was currently teaching four classes and his areas of expertise included advanced materials in civil engineering, structural performance prediction, civil engineering in aerospace education, and remote structural condition assessment.