Tag Archives: Child Sex Abuse

Where Is Justice For 12, 6, And 2 Year Old?

Cottondale Child Sex Abuse suspect faces
Child Porn charge

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James Robert Pendley, 48, on five felony counts of first-degree sodomy against victims who were 12, 6, and 2 at the time of his arrest.

TUSCALOOSA, AL  –  A Cottondale man with pending child sexual abuse charges has been arrested for disseminating child porn.

Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s Special Victims Unit arrested James Robert Pendley, 48, on Friday.  Pendley is facing one count of dissemination of child exploitation material and could face further charges, according to Lt. Brooke Walker, commander of ALEA’s Special Victims Unit and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Pendley is currently awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree sodomy and domestic violence.  He was arrested on May 10, 2017, and charged with first-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree domestic violence/assault, a misdemeanor.

According to court records, Pendley is accused of shoving and pushing a family member who caught him abusing a 6-year-old boy in the bathroom of his residence on North Davis Road on May 4, 2017.  A grand jury later indicted Pendley on five felony counts of first-degree sodomy against victims who were 12, 6 and 2 at the time of his arrest.

Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Al May revoked Pendley’s bond Friday, at the request of the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office.

The Special Victims Unit was assisted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Northport Police, the Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force, Alabama State Troopers, ALEA Tactical team and members of the SBI’s Alcohol and Narcotics division while conducting the child pornography investigation.

Plano TX Babysitter Caught Molesting Toddler

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James De La Vega was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl, police say.

Moms walked in on baby sitter molesting
3-year-old girl at Collin County home,
police say

PLANO, TX  –  A Plano man was arrested Wednesday after two women whose children he was baby-sitting walked in on him sexually assaulting one of the children, police said.

James De La Vega, 50, faces an enhanced charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.  His bail has not yet been set, and he remains in the Collin County jail.

The crime happened in the 200 block of Pagoda Drive in Anna, where De La Vega was baby-sitting three children whose mothers had gone out Tuesday night, Anna police said.

When they returned, they found De La Vega performing a sex act on a 3-year-old girl, Chief Jeff Caponera said.

De La Vega has no apparent previous criminal record in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

If convicted, he would face a prison sentence of 25 years to life because of a 2007 Texas law that increased minimum penalties in sexual-assault cases with very young victims.

Detectives from the Collin County Child Advocacy Center and the Anna Police Department are investigating the case.

Michigan Woman Should Have Drawn Life Sentence

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Mary Burkemo will spend five to 20 years in prison.

Woman Sentenced to Prison for Child Abuse

Cadillac, MI  –  The woman who allowed one of her underage family members to have a sexual relationship with a registered sex offender is heading to prison.

Mary Burkemo will spend five to 20 years in prison.

She admitted to child abusive activity and third-degree child abuse.

In exchange, charges like second-degree child abuse were dropped.

Burkemo was dating Kyle Donkers, a registered sex offender who was on parole for a previous sex crime conviction.

Donkers became obsessed with a relative of Burkemo’s.

He is currently serving 13 to 20 in prison for child abusive activity. 

TX State And County “Posse” Roundup And Put Away Sex Trafficker

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AG’s Office, Jefferson County DA Bob Wortham Obtain Conviction, 60-Year Prison Sentence in Sex Trafficking Case Involving Women and Underage Victims

AUSTIN, TX  –  As a result of a joint effort by his office and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a jury found Johnny Ray Matlock guilty on charges of continuous trafficking of persons, a first-degree felony.  Matlock waived his right to appeal and accepted a 60-year prison sentence, which is the equivalent of a life sentence in Texas.

 Attorney General Paxton’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime section, led by Deputy Criminal Chief Kirsta Melton, was invited by District Attorney Wortham to partner with his office on Jefferson County’s first human trafficking case.  Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Pipkin worked with Melton on the trial.

“This collaboration between my office and the district attorney’s office in Jefferson County is an outstanding example of how we’re fighting to ensure that justice is served upon those who commit the despicable crime of sex trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “I want to thank the prosecutors and law enforcement agents for their efforts on this investigation to put away a despicable human trafficker.”

Last March, a grand jury indicted Matlock, of Silsbee, on charges he used social media and apps to recruit two underage girls and two women, causing them to be victims of sex trafficking.  In court today, Matlock also agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of possession of a firearm.  A 10-year sentence for that will run concurrently with his sentence on human trafficking.

In July, a joint effort by the attorney general’s human trafficking unit, the Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety culminated in a 40-year prison sentence for the trafficker of a 14-year-old girl.

Attorney General Paxton has made combating human trafficking a top priority.  Two years ago, he launched his office’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime section, which prosecutes human traffickers across the state.  In April, the section’s prosecution of Backpage.com resulted in the company pleading guilty to human trafficking in Texas and its CEO, Carl Ferrer, pleading guilty to money laundering.  The attorney general’s office also assisted the U.S. Department of Justice with permanently shutting down the website, which was considered the largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Paxton unveiled a powerful training video to teach Texans how to spot and report suspected human trafficking activity. “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” is available for viewing online at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/human-trafficking

You Can Run

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Earl Jay Slaton

Man wanted for sexual battery and
Child Abuse captured in Mexico after
27 years on the run

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
A fugitive is back in the U.S. after he had been hiding in Mexico for 27 years.

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Earl Jay Slaton

Earl Jay Slaton, 72, was seen in his mugshot wearing oxygen tubes.

Slaton was wanted out of Florida for sexual battery of a victim under the age of 18 and aggravated child abuse.

A warrant was issued for Slaton’s arrest in 1990.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals detective Rich White told ABC News it is common for the departments to cycle through old files to see if there are ever new leads.  He said that Slaton’s case is the oldest file in their memory.

Investigators said a tip led to his arrest in a small town outside Mexico City, where he was living with his new wife.

Slaton is being held without bond at a Florida jail.