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TX AG CEU Stops Child Predator

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Christopher Carl Camacho, 43, of Kempner, Texas

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit
Arrests Kempner Man for Online
Solicitation of a Minor

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit of his office arrested 43-year-old Christopher Carl Camacho, of Kempner, Texas, on charges of online solicitation of a minor.

The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office referred this case to the Attorney General’s Office following an investigation of sexually explicit communications between Camacho and an 11-year-old child.

Camacho traveled to a meeting location with the intention of engaging in sexual acts with the child, where he was taken into custody and transported to Lampasas County Jail.

Attorney General Paxton’s office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.

Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 264 arrests and obtained 194 convictions on charges for online solicitation of a minor.

Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.

If you suspect someone is attempting to sexually exploit a child or is producing and/or downloading child pornography online, report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®.
CyberTipline
1-800-843-5678

For more information on cyber safety, please visit:
https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/

Parents Be Very Careful Who You Let Babysit

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David Marvin Hass Jr., 34

Man charged with fatal Child Abuse of
girlfriend’s son

ESSEX, MD  –  A man has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in Maryland.

Baltimore County police said they received a call on June 29 for a cardiac arrest in Essex, Maryland.  The caller, identified as David Marvin Hass Jr., 34, was babysitting his girlfriend’s son and 5-year-old daughter while she was working when the child stopped breathing, police said.

The boy, identified in a probable cause statement as Damien Landrum, was taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a half hour after arriving.

Hospital investigators noticed the child had multiple bruises on his face, arm, stomach and back, the probable cause statement said.  Due to the age and injuries observed on the child, the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit was asked to investigate.

According to the probable cause statement, Haas told investigators that the boy had “pooped himself,” and that he placed the child in the shower.  Haas told investigators that he was gone for approximately 4-5 minutes, and when he returned, he found the boy face down in the tub, not breathing, the statement said.

An autopsy returned to police on July 8 revealed the boy’s bowels were torn and his pancreas was split in two pieces from the force used to inflict the injuries, that statement said.  The cause and manner of death was determined to be multiple injuries and homicide.

Homicide Unit detectives determined that the injuries the boy suffered were inconsistent with the account of events given to police by Haas.

Haas was arrested Tuesday and is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in death and first-degree murder.  He is held without bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

CA Child Predator Works As ‘Manny’

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Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 30, of Costa Mesa CA

‘Manny’ arrested for molesting kids,
possessing child porn

SANTA ANA, CA  –  A 30-year-old Southern California man who says he works as a “manny” for families with young children is facing four felony counts of sexual assault involving children under the age of 14 and 10.

Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski of Costa Mesa was arrested by Laguna Beach police earlier this month after he arrived in Southern California on an international flight. Authorities did not disclose what country he was traveling from.

He was charged Tuesday with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, one count of oral copulation of a child under 10 and one count of possessing child pornography.

Zakrzewski was in jail Thursday on $1 million bail, and jail records did not reveal if he had an attorney.  He is scheduled to appear in court May 31.

Authorities said Thursday they are looking into bringing more charges, adding they have spoken to the families of two other possible victims and are looking into allegations from others.

“We’ve received several, and when I say several it’s been up to about 16 voicemails overnight on a phone line that we designed for just this investigation,” police Sgt. Jim Cota told KCAL-TV news.  “We now have confirmed six victims that we’re working with.”

Zakrzewski describes himself on his website as a “manny” who relates well to children and serves them as a “buddy, big brother, role model, mentor.”

He says he has six years of babysitting experience.  His qualifications include certified lifeguard and first-aid training.

“I think the reason I connect easily with kids is because I am not just there to supervise, I participate,” he said.

Police began investigating after a couple told them he had inappropriately touched their 8-year-old.

Zakrzewski has worked as a nanny for families throughout Southern California, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.

VT Couple Accused Of Brutal Abuse

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Roland Withers, 35

Prosecutor:  Exam of ‘Ravenously Hungry’ Children Reveals Disturbing Child Abuse Case

“A Barre couple is accused of extensively harming children known to them—both physically and sexually”

Police and prosecutors in Vermont’s Washington County are calling an investigation into a Barre couple one of their most disturbing cases of alleged child abuse in recent memory.

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Robin Benedict, 38

“It’s a really concerning fact pattern,” Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault said of the accusations against Robin Benedict, 38, and Roland Withers, 35.

Police affidavits filed with the court Friday outline accusations that the couple subjected multiple children who were known to them to extensive cruelty and harm.

Investigators said there were beatings—even threats of murder.  Interviews with the children revealed the kids could go days without food or be locked in closets for punishment, according to the affidavits.  One young child was allegedly made to drink alcohol, Thibault noted.

The adults are also accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting two children and forcing them to touch each other’s private parts.

Separate defense attorneys for both Benedict and Withers entered not guilty pleas on behalf of their clients to all counts against them.

In one of the interviews described in the affidavits, Robin Benedict said she was afraid Withers might seriously hurt her if she reported the alleged crimes.  However, prosecutors said she was a knowing participant in some of the alleged abuse.

Thibault noted the investigation is ongoing.

Judge Mary Morrissey ordered Benedict and Withers jailed without bail until at least their next court hearings.  In those hearings, defense attorneys may argue for the suspects to be released on conditions, and prosecutors could present evidence asking that they remain in jail until trial.

According to court paperwork, police learned about the situation after the children’s doctor called in an urgent report that they were “filthy and pale,” “ravenously hungry,” and in the pediatrician’s opinion, “at risk of recurrent injury, deprivation, and death.”

Those alleged victims are now in DCF custody.

In the suspects’ Barre neighborhood, the accusations were deeply upsetting to other parents.

“To hear even just one child is torture,” said Barre resident Amanda Plante.  “So I really do hope those kids can find peace.”

The chief of police in Barre said the community and state take sexual violence and crimes against children very seriously, and he wants survivors to know help is available.

“There are a lot of resources in the community and there are a lot of contact points,” said Chief Tim Bombardier.  “You can deal with your healthcare provider, you can go through victim advocate services, you can even contact the police department and ask to speak to me.”

TX Boyfriend Charged With Felony Child Abuse

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Evan Williford, 21, is charged with 1st Degree Injury to a Child.

Mother’s boyfriend facing child abuse
charges for critically injuring Brownwood
infant

BROWNWOOD, TX  –  A Brownwood man accused critically injuring his girlfriend’s infant son is now facing felony child abuse charges.

Evan Williford, 21, is charged with 1st Degree Injury to a Child in connection to the serious bodily injury a 7-month-old.

Emergency crews found the infant suffering from undisclosed injuries at an apartment on the 300 block of Bluffview Road around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

He was initially transported to a local hospital then flown via medical helicopter to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth to continue receiving treatment.

His current condition is not known at this time, and the extent of his injuries has not been released.

Williford was arrested at the scene of the crime for unrelated drug charges.

The child abuse charge was added during an investigation headed by the Texas Rangers, Child Protective Services, and the Brownwood Police Department.

The investigation is still ongoing.