Monday, January 23, 2012

No smoking please

Felicia Rickett, 22-year-old woman from Cookeville, Tennessee, has pleaded guilty to engaging in sex with a 16-year-old boy. As a result, she will be on probation for two years.

Last summer police officers received allegations that young boys and others had been smoking marijuana in a N. Dixie Avenue residence. When they went there to investigate, they found Rickett in bed in a middle of a sex act with the boy. Once in custody, Rickett admitted to detectives she had been having sexual relations with the teen for about six months, and charges were filed against her last July. In exchange for Rickett’s guilty plea, a two-year sentence for statutory rape was suspended.

Rickett will be on judicial diversion probation for a period of two years and must be on the state’s sex offender registry during that time, Craighead said.

As part of the agreement, Rickett is required to be gainfully employed, to pay the “sex offender tax/fine” required in state law, to notify authorities of any change in her residential address or employment, and to pay probation supervision fees and court costs.

Murdered lawyer was friends with accused

One of the four people charged with the arson murder of Illawarra solicitor Katie Foreman was once a friend and well known to the victim’s family. Wendy Anne Evans, 39, sat directly across from Ms Foreman’s parents during her first court appearance on Wednesday but looked away during the brief proceedings.

Ms Foreman’s body was discovered upstairs in her Corrimal home after firefighters were called to a blaze in the early hours of October 27. Police say accelerant was found throughout the burnt-out house.

“Detectives will allege that the fire was deliberately lit, that it was planned and that money was paid for the fire to occur,” Detective Superintendent Michael Willing, Homicide Squad Commander, told AAP. After months of investigating, two men and two women were arrested during simultaneous raids at homes in the Illawarra and western Sydney about 7am (AEDT) on Wednesday.

Police allege that a man and a woman arrested in the Illawarra area masterminded the deadly fire. “We’re alleging that (those) two persons paid a sum of money to the two persons in the western Sydney area,” Det Supt Willing said.

He said a previous relationship existed between the two groups, and the pair in the Illawarra knew Ms Foreman socially and as a legal practitioner. Police allege that they paid a small amount of money to have the fire started. Evans was arrested at Lake Heights and appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday.

She was charged with murder and damaging property with intention of endangering life. Evans entered the dock wearing a black tracksuit and white joggers and avoided looking at Ms Foreman’s family, who were seated across from her. Evans was supported by a number of her family who were seated across the courtroom by one of the bailiffs.

During the brief appearance, she did not apply for bail, which was formally refused. She is due to appear in the same court on February 8.

Outside court, Ms Foreman’s friend and colleague, Helen Volk, president of the Wollongong and District Law Society, said her family were keen to see a resolution.

“I think the accused is not unknown to her family so you can imagine it’s shocking,” Ms Volk told reporters.

She said the local legal community was devastated over Ms Foreman’s death.

“Katie was a very valued member of our profession,” Ms Volk said.

“She was our friend. She was an officer of the court and she did a great job with that.”

Ms Foreman practised family law and criminal law and the Law Society has created a scholarship in her name for prospective recipients attending Wollongong University.

Two of Evans’ co-accused appeared in Mount Druitt Local Court on Wednesday.

Bernard Spicer, 30, and Michelle Proud, 27, were arrested at Whalan, in Sydney’s west.

The pair declined to appear in court and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.

Proud’s matter will come before Wollongong Local Court on January 11 and Spicer’s matter will come before the same court on February 28.

Late on Wednesday afternoon a 39-year-old man from Woonona was charged with murder and damaging property with intention of endangering life.

He was refused bail to face Wollongong Local Court on Thursday.

Police said the autopsy determined that Ms Foreman died from smoke inhalation but would not divulge if she had been subdued prior to her death. When asked if all four of the accused were present when the fire started, Det Supt Willing said police will allege that “all four were involved in the murder itself”.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

The Teachers assistant

Miss McIntyre, 44-year-old mother-of-two and teacher’s assistant at Centennial High School, Urbana, Illinois, has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual abuse in accordance with a plea agreement specifying she will serve two years of probation.

The allegations against McIntyre, of 2400 block of North Neil Street, Champaign, came to light in February 2010 when the boy’s parents found text messages of a sexual nature on his cell phone. The teen, a student at Centennial, told police that McIntyre was to tutor him and that on at least two occasions last month picked him up at his home and drove him to her apartment. On Jan. 31, after studying, they moved to her bedroom to watch a movie. There, she allegedly performed a sex act on him. Afterwards she sent him text messages of a sexual nature, which his parents found on the phone.

McIntyre pleaded guilty in the end of the November 2011 before Judge Tom Difanis to criminal sexual abuse, a Class 4 felony. She admitted that in January she committed a sex act in her apartment with a 17-year-old male student.

McIntyre will now have to undergo a sex offender evaluation and depending on what it shows, the judge will confirm or reject the plea agreement entered into by her attorney. She’ll have to register as a sex offender. A more serious felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse will be dismissed if the judge confirms her sentence at a Feb. 6 hearing.


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