Saturday, March 31, 2012

Are all softball players lesbians ?


A 35-year-old former gym teacher and softball coach at Haywood High School, Brownsville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty in in Madison County Circuit Court and was sentenced for engaging in sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Franks received a sentence of two years on each count of aggravated statutory rape and two years for coercion of a witness. The combined effective sentence was six years. But based on the plea agreement, which was approved and recommended to the District Attorney’s Office by the girl’s family, Franks is already eligible for release after serving a little more than nine months in jail. The terms of the agreement resulted in Franks pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated statutory rape and entering a best-interest plea to coercion of a witness.

Upon her release, Franks will be placed on supervised probation for six years and must register as a sex offender.

Franks was a gym teacher and coached softball and cross-country at Haywood High when she was indicted in Brownsville in March 2011 on 19 charges involving abuse of the 14-year-old girl between November and December 2010. The Haywood County indictment included five counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, five counts of aggravated statutory rape and nine counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. All of the charges involved the same female student, according to the indictment.

Based on the investigation, between November 2010 and February 2011, Franks had sex with the girl in Franks’ home in the 200 block of Maddox Drive. Franks was the teen’s teacher and coach at the time, police said. Franks also persuaded the teen to provide false information about their relationship, which prompted the additional coercion of a witness charge, Jackson police said.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cell phone gifts


Update from a previous post:

L. Szmuc, 44-year-old woman from Orlando, Florida, has been sentenced to four years in prison after convictions on charges of lewd battery and molestation of a 13-year-old boy.Szmuc was arrested in April 2011 after the boy told his mother Lori Szmuc had forced him to have sex with her after playing a game similar to hide and seek called man hunt at her house on December 31, 2010.

According to the boy, Szmuc hid with him, touched him inappropriately and kissed him on the lips. Later she asked him to pretend to be her boyfriend, according to the arrest report. Szmuc also told the boy he had to ‘fight for her and try to get her back’ if she tried to leave him, the report shows. Two weeks after their first encounter in dark room, the 44-year-old Szmuc sent 13-year-old boy a message inviting him to her home, where she performed sex acts on boy before she ‘began having sexual intercourse with him’, the report states.
A similar incident happened a second time in the same apartment, the report shows. The boy said he later told Szmuc he was tired of her demands and wanted to stop the relationship. While he participated in an after-school activity at a nearby facility, he said Szmuc would show up and “stare at him, making him feel uncomfortable.”

After her prison term Szmuc will serve 10 years of sex offender probation. She was ordered to have no contact “whatsoever” with the victim.

This was not the only case where Lori Szmuc has faced similar allegations of inappropriate behaviour before. About nine months ago, she was questioned in Osceola County after a mother a teen boy came forward saying she had inappropriately touched her son. On this occasion, the victim said Szmuc touched him with a flat hand on his stomach and groin area during a sleepover at her home.

She was not charged as there was no evidence to prove it.

In another allegation, detectives said Szmuc brought a teenager to a motel and bought him a cell phone to communicate with her.

She was never charged because detectives said they couldn’t prove that anything criminal occurred between the two and the teenage victim changed his story several times.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Woman to plead guilty to 2 felony counts of sex with underage boys


A 42-year-old Cloverdale woman, arrested Oct. 4 on charges she had sexual contact with as many as five teenage boys, has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Kristina Renner has agreed to a plea agreement with the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office in which she will enter a guilty plea to two of the counts as Class D felonies, which are lesser included offenses of the original counts.

In return for the guilty pleas, the three remaining counts filed against Renner will be dismissed, according to documents filed this week in Putnam Circuit Court. Renner will face a 1 p.m. April 26 sentencing hearing before Judge Matthew L. Headley in Putnam Circuit Court.

With her sentence open to argument, according to the plea agreement, Renner could receive a sentence ranging from no additional time served to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two Class D felonies.

Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter recommends that the court accept the plea agreement, in part, because a trial would be an unnecessary burden on taxpayers’ money and the court’s time, documents indicate.

Renner, who originally pleaded not guilty to all charges during her initial appearance in court Oct. 6, is represented by Indianapolis attorney Steven Barry Geller. She bonded out of the Putnam County Jail on Oct. 17 by posting $2,000 cash bond.

The Cloverdale woman had been booked in on five counts stemming from reported incidents with teenage boys that allegedly occurred during 2003 and 2004. She was originally charged with:

– Two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, regarding sexual intercourse and/or deviate conduct with a child at least 14 years old but less than 16.

– One count of child seduction, a Class C felony, involving fondling or touching the genitals of a male at least 14 but less than 16 with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child or defendant.

– One count of child solicitation, a Class D felony, involving solicitation of a child age 14 or 15 to engage in sexual activity.

– One count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor involving knowingly or intentionally aiding or inducing a person less than 18 years old to commit an act of delinquency. She was specifically charged with inducing the boys to smoke marijuana and consume alcohol.

While the alleged acts occurred seven or eight years ago, the illicit activity came to light after one of the boys came forward with information late in 2010, Prosecutor Bookwalter said last fall.

That boy’s recollections of the incidents led authorities to the other boys, all reportedly his friends, who subsequently cooperated in the investigation.

At the time of the alleged encounters, the boys ranged in age from 14 to 17, court records indicate, while the suspect was 33 or 34 years old. The boys are now all age 21 or older.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Woman avoids jail time for sexually assaulting boys, 11 and 12, in the 80s


James Hoekstra hates child molesters, so much so that he is making a movie where his cat tells him to kill them. But when facing his own sexual abuser in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday, the 42-year-old actor accepted F. Desormeauxs tearful apology and expressed no anger that the former elementary school social worker and OC Transpo bus driver wouldnt spend a single day in jail for indecently assaulting him.

Desormeaux, 52, admitted to sexually abusing Hoekstra over a five-year period beginning when he was 11 along with another 12-year-old boy in the 1980s when she was employed at the Child Study Centre at the University of Ottawa, a school run by the Ottawa Board of Education and Ecole M.F. McHugh School.

Court heard Desormeaux would socialize with the two boys outside of school, taking them on camping trips, out for dinner and to movies or rock concerts.

Desormeaux repeatedly engaged in oral sex with the boy before having sexual intercourse with him as many as a dozen times over a two-year period.

On one occasion Desormeaux brought that victim and a friend home with her following a Bon Jovi and Cinderella concert in July 1987, having sex with the boy before doing the same with his friend.

Hoekstra also remembered receiving oral sex from Desormeaux as they watched TV shows Simon and Simon and Magnum P.I.

Another time, the two had been watching the Alex Trebek game show Pitfall when Desormeaux performed oral sex on him at her mothers house. Desormeaux broke down in tears when he refused to have sexual intercourse with her.

Desormeaux cried again Tuesday, this time weeping as she apologized to Hoekstra for the harm she had caused.

Desormeaux said she would always live with the “guilt and disgust of what she had done. That girl doesnt exist anymore, she said through tears before being sentenced to an 18-month conditional sentence to be served in the community, including 12 months of house arrest.

Thanks Fran, thats going to help me move forward, said Hoekstra, who took the unusual step of asking the judge to lift a publication ban that would normally prevent the reporting of his name. Hoekstra said he asked the publication ban be lifted because he felt sex abuse victims shouldnt have to feel ashamed.

I felt sorry for her,said Hoekstra outside of court. “The fact she is taking responsibility I think is important,he said. Jail isnt going to do anything for me. Hoekstra said he was happy women are finally be recognized as abusers. For years, people told me to get over it, its OK, he said, calling abuse by anyone male or female ” the most heinous thing that can happen.

Desormeauxâs second victim didnt seem to share Hoekstras sympathies for Desormeaux. He stormed out of the courtroom as Desormeauxs lawyer Vince Clifford shared the results of a psychiatric report that found Desormeaux was an extremely low risk to reoffend. I dont want to sit here and listen to this crap, the now 38-year-old man said loudly. By the end of the year Im going to own your house,he said to Desormeaux before leaving.

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