Thursday, September 25, 2008

Officer Charged with Possessing Child Porn

A POLICE officer from has been charged with possessing child pornography after a raid triggered by authorities in Croatia.

The 44-year-old probationary constable's home, in the New South Wales central west town of Cowra, was raided by police today after a tip off provided to Interpol by their Croatian counterparts.

Croatian police were investigating pornography downloaded from a website hosted in that country, NSW Police said.

Police raided the policeman's home at 8.15am (AEST), seizing a computer hard drive and a replica pistol.

Child pornography was allegedly found on the computer, police said.

The officer has been charged with possessing child pornography and a prohibited weapon.

He will appear in Cowra Local Court in November.

Former Police Chief Todd Vecellio Arrested in Internet Sex Sting

A former police chief with the Calhan Police Department is in jail for allegedly trying to arrange sex with a minor. The Canon City Police Department arrested Todd Vecellio, 38, on Wednesday in Penrose as part of a month long internet sex sting.

Vecellio is not only a former police chief, but he was also working as a police officer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). He has been suspended without pay. A university spokesman said there is no reason to believe that Vecellio acted inappropriately with students and did not use University equipment, computers, in unlawful activities.

Vecellio is facing more than half a dozen charges, including conspiracy to commit sexual assault on a child. According to an arrest affidavit, Vecellio meet a woman online and made plans to have sex with her and her 13-year-old daughter. What Vecellio didn't know, was the woman was an undercover Canon City police officer working with the internet crimes against children unit.

After a month of online chatting and several phone conversations, Vecellio made plans to drive from Colorado Springs to Penrose to meet-up with the woman.

On Wednesday, on his way down, officers arrested him outside a liquor store on highway 115.

The undercover officer says although Vecellio was suspicious that she was a cop, he made it clear he wanted to have sex with both her and her 13-year-old daughter. In one conversation he told the undercover officer that he had been with a 15-year-old once before.

After he was arrested, Vecellio told police he was conducting an investigation on the woman. However, he made no reports, nor told his supervisor at UCCS or law enforcement about the investigation.

As for his background. Vecellio has been arrested twice for domestic violence, and once for child abuse in El Paso County. But all three of those cases were dismissed.

Vecellio remains in the Fremont County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

UPDATE: Skip Brinkley Still on the Loose

The alleged murderer of Caldwell County Sheriff’s (N.C.) deputy Adam Klutz is still on the loose.

Skip Brinkley, also known as Larry Wayne Brucke Jr. in his native Walhalla, stands accused of shooting Klutz in the head and Lt. Chris Martin in his vest three times Friday night while following up a 9-1-1 hang-up from the home. Martin suffered no major injuries.

According to reports, Brucke was last seen riding away from the scene on horseback.

“We do know that the authorities in North Carolina have confiscated all of his vehicles,” Capt. Steve Jenkins with the Oconee County Sheriff’s office said. “If he does have a ride, it is borrowed or stolen. We do have information that he possibly still has a weapon in his possession.”

Brucke is described as a white male, standing 5’8’’, weighing roughly 180 pounds with blonde hair, green eyes and a recently grown goatee. Jenkins said their information indicates his name change from Brucke to Brinkley is fairly recent, as he was born a Brucke.

“The information we’ve gathered is that his mother moved to North Carolina and remarried a fellow whose last name is Brinkley,” Jenkins said. “That is when he started going by Brinkley.”

Brucke is a former member of the Army National Guard and has served a tour of duty in Iraq. He is best known in the area for having grown up in Walhalla and served as an officer in the Seneca Police Department from 2001 to 2002. Seneca Police Chief John Covington confirmed the dates of Brucke’s employment, but said he could not specify his reasons for leaving, as it was technically a personnel matter. The lead agency in the matter is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), while Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) are all contributing to the investigation.

“I have been in contact with Caldwell County authorities there, and with the FBI,” Jenkins said. “We do know that he still has some family and friends here, and we have been in contact with them. We don’t know if he has attempted to contact anyone down here yet.”

Jenkins stated further that those who do know him have not seen him for a long period of time, and most of them were only “acquaintances.” Authorities do not have any concrete information leading them to believe he is back in South Carolina, he said.

“The authorities in North Carolina are working on several locations up there,” Jenkins said. “Down here we’re patrolling areas we know he’s acquainted with, so that is our role right now.”

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Jevenile Detention Officer Parris Woods Arrested for Trying to Meet 14-year-old

Police have arrested a state juvenile detention officer after they say he tried to meet a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

The ninth-grader at Boca Ciega High School approached a school resource officer Wednesday morning and reported that Parris C. Woods, 27, sent her a text message with photos of himself nude and in obscene poses, police said.

The girl had never met Woods, a state employee with the Department of Juvenile Justice. But she had been incarcerated in July at the Pinellas Juvenile Detention Center in Largo where he works, said Lt. Robert Vincent of the Gulfport police.

Vincent said it's unclear whether there are more victims.

"It's kind of hard to tell. The man has access to all sorts of information and kids there where he works," Vincent said. "That's something we're looking into right now."

Police say Woods wanted to arrange a meeting with the girl, so they set up an appointment at a convenience store at 15th Avenue S and 58th Street. Police and officials from the attorney general's Tampa region cybercrime task force were waiting there to arrest Woods.

Woods, who has no prior criminal history in Florida, was charged with traveling to engage in sexual activity with a minor, providing harmful material to a minor and soliciting a minor for sexual activity.

Frank Penela, a spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Justice, said Woods was terminated as soon as the department heard of his arrest. Woods had worked there less than six months and was still on probation, so the department didn't need to follow a firing process, Penela said.

"We don't tolerate this," Penela said. "We do not want people like this taking care of our kids."

Former Deputy Dexter Morris Jr. Arrested for Civil Rights Violation


DEXTER L. MORRIS, JR., age 34 of Morristown, Tennessee, was arrested today in Greeneville by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on charges involving civil rights violations and making false statements to the FBI. This arrest was announced by FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Richard Lambert and United States Attorney James R. "Russ" Dedrick.

Morris had an initial appearance later that morning in the United States District Court in Greeneville before the Honorable Dennis H. Inman, United States Magistrate Judge.

The details of the charges are outlined in the criminal complaint and supporting affadavit, and are filed as public records in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville.

In summary, the affidavit alleges that Morris, while a deputy sheriff with the Hamblen County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office, willfully deprived a woman, identified as "JL" in the complaint to protect her privacy, of her constitutional rights by forcing the woman to engage in sexual acts after a traffic stop on August 24, 2005. Morris is also charged with violating the constitutional rights of a second woman, identified as "NE," by having the woman expose her breasts in exchange for Morris not filing a charge for a traffic offense. Morris is further charged with making false statements to FBI agents during an April 2007 interview when he falsely claimed he could not recall whether he had ever had sexual contact with any woman he encountered during a traffic stop.

United States Attorney Dedrick said, "The protection of our citizens and their civil rights is of paramount importance in our society. It is important that those freedoms guaranteed to all citizens be strictly enforced, especially when a law enforcement officer violates his/her oath and attacks the very citizen they are responsible for protecting."

Morris faces maximum penalties of up to life imprisonment and fines of up to $600,000. Morris was released on bond to return for a preliminary hearing or arraignment on October 14, 208 at 1:30 p.m.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Hamblen County Sheriff's Office.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.