The Child Exploitation Unit made one noteworthy arrest last week.
In Bexar County, Brandon Garza, 22, of San Antonio, was arrested for two counts of Promotion of Child Pornography and one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child on May 12. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to an online account, with a possible live victim. During an interview, Garza confessed to owning the online account, producing child pornography with a 9-year-old female child victim, and sending images of child pornography. Investigators seized multiple devices to be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit. Garza was transported to the Bexar County Jail.
The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.
In Bexar County, Gonzalo Gonzales was arrested in San Antonio on May 7. Gonzales had an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault/Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child issued by the Frio County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a warrant for Sexual Assault/Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child under 14 by the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office.
In Bexar County, Darren Paul Doze was arrested in San Antonio on May 7. Doze had an outstanding warrant for Homicide issued by the Leon Valley Police Department. This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio.
In Galveston County, James Nolans Logan was arrested in Galveston on May 12. Logan had an outstanding warrant for Murder issued by the Los Angeles Police Department in California. This arrest was made while working with the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force.
In Travis County, Victor Roman Cardenas was arrested in Austin on May 13. Cardenas had outstanding warrants for two Counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child by the Austin Police Department. This arrest was made while working with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.
First Hot Car Death in 2021 Confirmed as we Approach National Heatstroke Prevention Day
April 29, 2021 – Today it was confirmed that a North Carolina 5-month-old baby lost her little life after being left alone in a hot car last Sunday, April 25. Preliminary findings from the autopsy report point to the cause of death being environmental hyperthermia which is consistent with statements provided by the mother.
Saturday, May 1st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Though it is too late for this little girl, we need to double our efforts to focus on education and awareness regarding the dangers of hot cars.
This year, Kids and Car Safety is emphasizing that there are technological solutions to put an end to the devastation seen every year of children and animals dying excruciating deaths in hot cars.
“After more than 20 years of public education, the number of children dying in hot cars has gotten worse, not better,” stated Janette Fennell, president of Kids and Cars Safety. “The years 2018 and 2019 were the worst in history with a total of over 100 children that died in hot cars nationwide,” she continued.
Education and public awareness are important, but not enough. Children will continue to die in hot cars until technological solutions that can sense the presence of a child are standard in all vehicles.
The Hot Cars Act is a federal bill that will be reintroduced in the coming weeks that requires technology that can detect the presence of a child in all new vehicles to prevent hot car injury and death. This technology is readily available and affordable.
“The only thing more tragic than a child or animal dying in a hot car is knowing that there are solutions that exist that could prevent this. By not utilizing available technology to sense a child or pet alone inside a vehicle, we are shamefully allowing this to happen over and over again. The price of inaction is the life of children and that is unacceptable,” said Amber Rollins, Director of Kids and Car Safety.
Nobody believes that a hot car tragedy is going to happen to them or their family until it does. Kids and Car Safety is calling on the public to take action today by learning what to do if they see a child alone in a vehicle. The organization is also encouraging parents to adopt several simple habits to protect their children, even if they believe this could never happen to them.
Look Before You Lock Safety Checklist Create simple habits to help keep your child safe.
Make sure your child is never left alone in a car:
Place the child’s diaper bag or item in the front passenger seat as a visual cue that the child is with you.
Make it a habit of opening the back door every time you park to ensure no one is left behind. To enforce this habit, place an item that you can’t start your day without in the back seat (employee badge, laptop, phone, handbag, etc.)
Ask your childcare provider to call you right away if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled.
Clearly announce and confirm who is getting each child out of the vehicle. Miscommunication can lead to thinking someone else removed the child.
Make sure children cannot get into a parked car:
Keep vehicles locked at all times, especially in the garage or driveway. Ask neighbors and visitors to do the same.
Never leave car keys within reach of children.
Use childproofing knob covers and door alarms to prevent children from exiting your home unnoticed.
Teach children to honk the horn or turn on hazard lights if they become stuck inside a car.
If a child is missing, immediately check the inside, floorboards, and trunk of all vehicles in the area carefully, even if they’re locked.
Kids and Car Safety and their safety partners will be sharing posts via social media throughout the day about how child vehicular heatstroke can be prevented with the use of technology. They are calling on the public and media outlets to join in to support this national effort.
Kids and Car Safety has prepared posts, photos, and graphics that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, newsletters, and websites, etc. to help raise awareness about the importance of adding existing technology to vehicles to help end these predictable and preventable hot car fatalities.
Catching Predators: An Exclusive Look Inside A Statewide Underage Sex Sting
ROGERS COUNTY, OK – A two-month undercover sex sting to take down child sex predators ended with nearly a dozen men in jail in Rogers County, but this operation extends far beyond the county line.
Operation “Guardian Angels” went after adults trying to meet and have sex with what they thought were 14-year-old boys and 15-year-old girls.
For the last two months, News On 6’s Reagan Ledbetter rode along with investigators at all times of the day and night, as investigators arrested suspected predators from Joplin, Missouri to Oklahoma City. Months ago, investigators created fake social media profiles of 14-year-old boys and 15-year-old girls.
They arrested 11 men accused of trying to meet and have sex with those children.
Deputies said what people do not realize is predators will do whatever, and go wherever, to meet children. In one of the cases, deputies said the suspect drove from Joplin, Missouri, rented a hotel room, and messaged the girl and told her he wants to have sex with her. But, it didn’t stop there.
Just days later, the operation went to Oklahoma City.
“We have an arrest warrant that we are getting ready to execute on a violent predator down here in Oklahoma City,” said Lt. Kyle Baker with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. “He’s been soliciting a 15-year-old female for sex and other disgusting things he would like to do to her.”
Investigators teamed up with OKC police to take down a foster dad, Craig Hooper, who they said told the fake profile he wanted to get her a bus ticket to come to Oklahoma City so he could be her foster father and have sex with her. Investigators said half of their arrests were men trying to meet boys.
They said two of the suspects showed up with loaded guns.
In another case, deputies said Johnny Rose planned to pick up who he thought was a 15-year-old girl for sex and to do drugs, but he tried to get away. They chased him and eventually arrested him on the highway.
“We already positively identified who he was; we were basically just waiting for him to show up,” said Sgt. Bo Williams with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve already got communications with him in regards to sexual stuff he was wanting to do with our undercover profile; so, he’s bought and paid for.”
In the past, sexual predators had to drive around looking for a child to kidnap. Now, the predators are in your own living room, on your kid’s phone, and you have no idea – until it’s too late.
“They are predators and technology gives them a vehicle to do this. Most of the time if you look at the stats, untouched,” said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
Law enforcement’s worst fear is they don’t get to a suspect before he actually assaults a real victim, but that’s a reality and that’s what led to the arrest of 18-year-old Wade Ennis. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, which was captured on video.
Deputies said he admitted to that crime, as well as abusing other children who were even younger.
“That’s the one we want to get,” said Sgt. John Haning with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. “He had already touched, or potentially touched, three underage victims. As he was getting older, he was getting more brazen.”
Investigators said parents have to know what their kids are doing online, because the harsh reality is, for every one they arrest they have four more trying to meet a child for sex.
They said 80 percent of all child predators never get caught.
CHICAGO, IL – Contrary to what many peddlers of disinformation will lead you to believe, child sex abuse is not reserved to the Deep State, Democratic party, and Hollywood, Republicans are regularly caught committing the same acts. What’s more, while elite politicians are caught committing these child sex crimes like former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, the scope of the problem is far greater. Child sex abuse is rife no matter political or socioeconomic status.
A potential reason this problem has reached epidemic proportions in this county could be the lack of punishment these monsters face after hurting children.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are currently incarcerated in the land of the free for “crimes” which have no victims. Innocent people, whose only crime was getting caught with small amounts of a plant or who are unable to pay for a suspended license are serving years behind bars, yet child predators routinely receive insultingly low sentences or none at all.
In the following case out of Chicago, this horrifying problem is compounded by the fact that multiple alleged child sex abusers are walking free — while their 10-year-old victim is rotting away in an institution. This month, CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini revealed a despicable problem among police and child services that is facilitating this scenario.
A 10-year-old girl, still in elementary school, was abused for the first time by a 47-year-old man from her neighborhood when she was just 7. She was brought to the motel where she was horribly abused for the first of many times by several abusers.
Brenda Myers-Powell is an advocate for children like the one mentioned above and as co-founder of The Dreamcatcher Foundation, she has been fighting for victims like her.
“We have no idea what type of ugly things he did to her in that room,” Myers-Powell told CBS 2, describing the type of person she believes does something like this as “a dog; a predator; a very, very sick person.”
SICK???? YEAH RIGHT, this and all the rest like these are nothing but pieces of DUNG, and the lowest form of SEWER RATS on this earth!!!! Robert StrongBow
According to the report, while the man was in the motel with the girl, staff called 911 to report it. They even told authorities his name, yet he has never been arrested.
“Why wasn’t he locked up? That needs to be answered. Why did they not lock that man up?” said Myers-Powell. “It just made me sick.”
According to their own reports, the police department knows that the girl has at least five different abusers. She was abused from age 7 to 10 by these men — including men in their 40s and 50s.
Police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) were told about this abuse as far back as 2016. They received multiple reports from the motel where the abuse was happening as well as school officials who had found out about it.
Despite all the reports to DCFS, the police, and a record of the abuse, not a single person — whose job it is to protect children — lifted a finger to help the little girl.
Even when police responded to the motel and found her inside with one of the abusers, no arrests were made. As CBS 2 reports:
The DCFS refused to say anything about the pattern of abuse this child endured. CBS 2 Investigators used Chicago Police reports, obtained through a public records request, to piece together a tale of systemic failures that let her down – how her abusers were never charged, and how child protective services failed to get her the help she needed to escape a horrifying world of child exploitation.
In fact, just days before she ended up at the Grand Motel, police had their grasp on another one of her alleged abusers. He too is accused of taking her to a motel, and he also was never arrested.
Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert has spent 30 years working to protect abused children. It is his job to challenge the DCFS when they fail.
He said the girl should have received protective services when she was first assaulted at age 7. He also wants to know why the accused men have not been arrested.
“I’ve seen a lot. This has to be one of the very worst cases,” said Golbert. “It’s just, it’s disgusting.”
Disgusting indeed. Given the fact that Chicago police routinely raid the homes of innocent families looking for non-existent substances deemed illegal by the state, the idea of allowing child rapists to walk free shocks the conscience. However, according to Golbert, this is par for the course.
“DCFS commonly leaves kids in very dangerous situations, where they continue to be abused, instead of bringing cases to court and rescuing children,” Golbert said. “This case illustrates that.”
Now, because police and DCFS never stepped in when the abuse originally began, this 10-year-old little girl is now severely psychologically damaged and this heartbreaking tale gets worse.
After DCFS and police allowed this girl’s abuse to persist for nearly half her life, instead of giving her help, she was then locked away in a psychiatric facility in December — where she remains to this day.
“It’s horrible,” Golbert said. “You’re locked up indoors all day. They get about one hour of outdoor recreation every day. They lose schooling.”
What’s more, as this little girl remains locked up in a de facto prison, her abusers — some of whom were caught in the act — are all walking free.
“That says: ‘I’m the garbage that the man who abused me said I was,’” said Myers-Powell. “That says that I don’t matter, and the world showed me I don’t matter because I’m locked in a box.”
What’s more, according to CBS 2, during their investigation they discovered that when police found the girl at the motel in October, instead of bringing her to the hospital or getting her help, they brought her home to allow the abuse to continue. Only after CBS 2 aired their investigative story did the Chicago police department respond, claiming they are now launching a review.
Chicago Police issued the following statement:
“Protecting the lives and wellbeing of children is the highest priority of the Chicago Police Department. We have initiated a thorough review of how this disturbing series of allegations of abuse and neglect was handled by CPD. While the criminal investigations are ongoing, CPD is taking a close look at our policies around missing youth and we are committed to strengthening our guidelines, training, and protocols. We are also working with our partners in social services, education, and healthcare to be more extensive and trauma informed to better support youth and families. We are all committed to ensuring the safety of Chicago’s children.”
This statement is laughable and insulting given the fact that DCFS and the police department knew about the abuse of the little girl for years yet took no action to stop it. It also rings hollow knowing that all of her abusers are still walking free as this little girl rots in a box.
Democrats radical agenda to federalize state elections
The top legislative priority of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is to launch an assault against the First Amendment and against free and fair elections. Without these foundational freedoms, America will be unable to maintain her democratic republic.
Take action now before it’s too late and let your voice be heard. Tell your U.S. senators and representative to publicly oppose and vote against the expansion of government regulation and censorship of state elections.
The House version (H.R. 1) and Senate version (S. 1) of Pelosi’s and Schumer’s bills are deceptively named the “For the People Act.” Their bills are not about the citizenry but about Democrats preserving and cementing political power. They would remove the constitutional authority of the individual states to run federal elections and put that power into the hands of those in the U.S. Congress and the administrative state.
These deceptive and destructive bills would require non-profit organizations like American Family Association to publicly disclose financial donors’ names to the federal government. These names would then be made available to the public and searchable on government websites. Names of donors could then be used, for example, to publicly intimidate those whose religious convictions define marriage as being between one man and one woman, or those who believe that sex is a fixed biological reality established at conception. Such an act of intimidation of donors would harm the ability of non-profit organizations to advocate on behalf of their supporters. These bills would weaponize the Federal Election Commission against Americans and use the force of government as a way to silence dissenting opinion.
Pelosi’s and Schumer’s versions of the bill would also federalize state elections by imposing unconstitutional mandates and would expand federal government regulation of state elections. This agenda would violate the rights of states and their citizens to establish voter qualifications to ensure integrity at the polls by enforcing “progressive” laws on voter identification, absentee ballots, and mail-in voting.
Sincerely, Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association
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