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A former FBI special agent, who worked on some of the bureau’s most high profile cases including the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma bombing, faces twenty years in prison after being arrested on child pornography charges.
Donald Sachtleben, 54, who served the FBI as a bomb technician for 25 years, was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.
The Indiana resident was arrested after the FBI and an Internet Crimes Against Children task force began investigating another individual who was allegedly trading child pornography online.
That individual, identified as Jason Nicoson from Illinois, was arrested in January.
After searching Nicoson’s computer, investigators were able to trace illegal activity to Sachtleben’s home in Carmel.
After obtaining a search warrant on May 3, police allegedly discovered approximately 30 images and video files containing child pornography on the hard drive of his laptop computer.
Charged: Sachtleben, 54, faces thirty years behind bars if convicted of the child pornography possession and distribution charges
Police interviewed Sachtleben’s wife, who denied knowing anything about the images on her husband’s computer, according to an affidavit released today by the U.S Attorney’s office in Indiana.
The indecent images found on Sachtleben’s computer allegedly match those which were discovered on Nicoson’s.
If convicted, Sachtleben faces up to 20 years behind bars for the distribution charge and up to 10 years for the possession charge.
Successful career: After retiring from an illustrious career in the FBI, Sachtleben began working in the Forensic Science department at Oklahoma State University, where he has been employed since last October
Both charges carry a fine of up to $250,000 and a lifetime supervised release.
‘Today’s announcement […]should make clear that no matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior,’ said US Attorney Joseph Hogsett.
Sachtleben retired from the FBI in 2008, after working on cases including the Unabomber case, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the USS Cole bombing, reported ABC News.
and currently works at Oklahoma State University in the Forensic Sciences department, where he has been employed since last October.
He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
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Sadness: Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said he regretted failing to challenge race rules
Thousands of children have lost the chance of a decent life because of the ban on mixed-race adoption, the state equality chief has admitted.
Trevor Phillips said it was his greatest regret that he failed to challenge the race rules which denied children the chance of a loving family and instead left them at the mercy of a failing care system.
Changes could have been made 10 years ago if the race relations watchdog had called for an inquiry, Mr Phillips said.
The acknowledgement by Mr Phillips of the damage done by the ban follows the Coalition’s decision to legislate to sweep away race rules.
The new law will reinforce guidelines already handed to social workers that tell them the need to find a family for a child is more important than their longstanding doctrine which says, for example, it is bad for a black child to be brought up by a white family.
For more than two decades adoptive parents have been strictly screened on race grounds, with many rejected because they have been judged the wrong match.
Social workers have been trained to believe that black children lose self-esteem and pride in themselves if they are not brought up by parents of the same colour.
Critics have said there is no evidence to support this theory and that race has been used as an excuse to depress the number of adoptions.
Mr Phillips, who is to step down as chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission this summer, said he should have challenged the race ban when he was appointed chief of its race relations predecessor, the Commission for Racial Equality, in 2003.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘If I had to pinpoint one single thing I would say that I wish when I took over at the CRE I had been more aggressive on the issue of transracial adoption.
‘If I had ordered an inquiry, an investigation, it would have shown pretty clearly that the life chances of children would have been much much better in a family of any race compared to staying in care.
‘I would have then be able to essentially change the policy in local authorities 10 years ago.’
Mr Phillips added: ‘My personal regret is that hundreds of children, maybe thousands of children, would now be in families who got stuck in the care system. If I had to go back and do something different, I would do something about that.
‘Being in care is the surest indicator that you will end up in crime, in drugs, that you will end up unemployed, and your children will repeat your experience.’
He added: ‘I think if we had been more aggressive on this issue we could have transformed the lives of very many children. But these are things we know in hindsight.’
It was the first time Mr Phillips is thought publicly to have criticised the ban on mixed-race adoptions, although critics of the system have long held that adoption was the last area of public life in Britain in which authorities were prepared to support open racial discrimination.
History: In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go
In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go, and his Government began to publish figures illustrating how long black children had to wait for new families because of the race rules. But his 2002 Adoption Act had nothing to say about race.
Mr Phillips was the leading Labour figure on the London Assembly at the time. He went on to head the CRE and then the EHRC when it took over from all the state equality bodies in 2007.
Social workers have long been criticised for failing to back adoption for children in care, preferring to see them brought up in the care system which often means life in a children’s home or shifted repeatedly between different foster parents.
Middle class couples hoping to adopt have long been rejected on a series of flimsy grounds, including their age, their smoking habits, or their beliefs.
There are currently around 65,000 children in the care system, with numbers rising because more children are being taken into state care following the Baby P scandal in 2008.
Last year just 3,050 children were adopted from state care, among them only 60 babies under a year old, the lowest total since 2001.
Trayvon Martin’s death has not only sparked a national debate over racial profiling and prompted a federal investigation, it has also made many recall other fatal shootings of unarmed civilians. In less than two months since Martin died, reckless police behavior has been cited in the deaths of two other people. In some instances, law-enforcement officials have acted unlawfully themselves—and not in self-defense. On Wednesday, five New Orleans police officers were sent to prison following the deaths of two unarmed civilians and a subsequent coverup. Will the crackdown set a new precedent for rogue cops? From the post-Katrina victims to Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, see the cases of other unarmed civilians who were shot dead by police.
Less than a month after the death of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed black teen was shot dead, this time in Pasadena, Calif. Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot and killed on March 24, after the Pasadena Police Department received a 911 call about an armed robbery. Investigators later determined the caller had lied about McDade’s possession of a gun, and that the teen had allegedly acted as a “lookout” during a burglary at a restaurant. When police caught up with McDade and his juvenile accomplice, an officer reportedly shot McDade several times after he allegedly made a motion at his waistband. His family has since filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit citing racial profiling.
Last week, some 200 people protested outside the home of a Chicago police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman on March 21 while he was off duty. Chicago Police have admitted that the victim, Rekia Boyd, 22, was an innocent bystander. She was struck in the head by a bullet after an officer opened fire at a man who police say was approaching him with a gun in his hand. While police maintain 39-year-old Antonio Cross was indeed armed, Cross and his family insist he was only carrying a cellphone. No weapon was recovered from the scene. The shooting that killed Boyd is being investigated by Chicago’s independent police review authority.
Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.
Last November, Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was killed at his home in White Plains, N.Y., by police who were initially responding to a call for medical help. Chamberlain, 68, suffered from a chronic heart condition and wore a pendant that could signal for help in case of a medical emergency. Having accidentally set off the pendant in his sleep, he was surprised when an armed police squad showed up outside his apartment early in the morning and reportedly demanded to be let in, despite his assurance that he was OK. Chamberlain grew increasingly agitated as cops allegedly swarmed his home and the clash resulted in him being shot twice in the chest. As in the case of Trayvon Martin, the incident was apparently sheltered from the media and authorities initially resisted a grand-jury probe. But as reports about the incident have become widely circulated, and at least one officer has reportedly been recorded on tape taunting Chamberlain and using racial slurs just before they broke down his door. More than four months later, a grand jury is hearing evidence regarding the incident.
Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man who lived at home with his mother, was shot by New Orleans police officers near the now-infamous Danziger Bridge, six days after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans. Ronald’s brother, Lance, said they were walking across the bridge when a group of teens came up behind them and began shooting. The police showed up and began firing at people on the bridge. Madison was hit in the back and reportedly stomped on while dying by former Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday.
Along with Ronald Madison, James Brissette was a victim of the Danziger Bridge shooting for which five NOPD officers were sentenced to prison on Wednesday. (Aside from Madison and Brissette, four others were gravely wounded in the gunfire.) Speaking in court, Brissette’s mother mentioned that he was only 17 when he died and that “he never knew what hit him.”
Oscar Grant was in a BART transit station in San Francisco on Jan. 1, 2009, when he was shot in the back while laying face down. Dozens of witnesses said they saw the shooting, which was filmed on several cellphones. Johannes Mehserle, the BART officer who shot Grant, said it looked like Grant was going for a gun. Grant was unarmed. The district attorney filed murder charges, but Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months for the crime. Grant’s family filed a $25 million civil suit against six BART police officers who were present during the shooting.
Hit by 19 bullets, Amadou Diallo died in the doorway of his apartment building in New York City on Feb. 5, 1999. Diallo was a 22-year-old West African immigrant whose death became a symbol of police brutality. Four plain-clothes police officers approached Diallo at his apartment because they thought he might be the suspect in a rape case. When Diallo reached for his wallet, the officers said they thought he was reaching for a gun and fired 41 shots at the unarmed street peddler. The officers were acquitted of second-degree murder charges.
The morning before his wedding, Sean Bell died in a hail of bullets in Queens, New York. Bell was out with friends for his bachelor party, and police suspected one of them had a gun. Bell and his buddies were driving out of a parking lot, when Detective Gescard F. Isnora reportedly ordered them to stop. Bell instead accelerated and crashed into a police minivan. Isnora thought he saw one of Bell’s friends reach for a gun and the team opened fire, blasting 50 bullets at the car. Bell was killed, while his two friends survived. Isnora and two other detectives were acquitted in a criminal trial in 2008, although Isnora was kicked off the force in March 2012.
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black residents offended by home owners association email warning: “If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons”
A Neighborhood Watch sign stands outside the gated The Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Trayvon Martin was shot by George Michael Zimmerman while on Neighborhood Watch patrol March 20, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.
A home owners association (HOA) in Walnutbend Texas sent an email to its members asking them to report “any group of young black males” to authorities. The email was motivated by an assault at a local convenient store that occurred Monday night.
The email described in Mondays attack as being black, and went on to request of its members that, “If you see any group of young black males in the neighborhood after school, chances are they are up to no good and should be reported as suspicious persons to the Constables.”
Samantha Howell, a resident in the neighborhood who has four sons that walk to school, is concerned that her sons will be profiled and have the police called on them for simply trying to make it to school. “That’s very disturbing,” Howell said, “because they’re not doing anything. They were just walking home from school.”
Other residents in the neighborhood didn’t seem to mind the tone of the email stating that, if a crime has been committed in the neighborhood, residents should do whatever they can to limit other assaults.
A mother in Pennsylvania left her infant son and young daughter alone in her car while she went tanning at a local salon.
Krista Mann, 28, now faces child endangerment charges and a wrath of public scrutiny as her incident comes on the heels of New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil earning the moniker ‘tanning mom’.
Krentcil was charged with allegedly bringing her pale red-head daughter into a tanning booth with her and has since been banned from 63 tanning salons in her home state.
Tanning mom II: Krista Mann, left, was arrested for leaving her six-year-old daughter (right) in the car with her 10-month-old son while she went tanning
CBS News reports that Krentcil’s ban happened on the same day as news of Mann’s arrest broke.
Though Krentcil is significantly more tan than Mann, the similarities between the cases will certainly raise the heat that both mothers are facing.
A neighbor of Mann’s told local ABC affiliate WHTM that she is a good mother but simply under stress.
‘It’s a mistake and I know she’s devastated,’ Trish Rowles told the station.
The incident occurred when a police officer saw the 6-year-old girl and her 10-month-old brother sitting in a car in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania unattended.
Different hues: Patricia Krentcil (left) was the first one to be called tanning mom, and now Krista Mann (right, seen with her son) is raising comparisons
The officer, who was doing meter checks on Saturday morning, asked the girl where their parents were and she pointed to the tanning salon nearby.
Trouble: Because Mann was driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI charge, she now faces a possible 60 days in jail
One credit that Mann does get: she told her daughter never to talk to strangers, so when the police officer was asking questions she would only point her answer and began to cry.
Mann was in the tanning booth when the officer arrived at the salon, and she told him that it was ‘stupid’ of her to have left her children in the car.
She said she had forgotten her driver’s license, and when it was presented, the officer learned that it had been suspended because of a prior arrest for drunken driving.
As a result, she now faces two charges of child endangerment, two charges of leaving a child in an unattended vehicle, and a charge of driving on a suspended license.
If convicted of the last charge, she will face at least the mandatory minimum sentence of 60 days in jail.
‘The thing that we hope occurs is that we raise public awareness to the fact that we should not be leaving our children unattended in vehicles, particularly with the keys in the ignition,’ police chief Jack Mentzer told The Huffington Post.
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white female teacher, 29, jailed for having sex with a boy, 15, after he identified a tattoo by her privates
Teacher Rhonda Michelle Ford, 29, was arrested after she allegedly had sex with a boy, 15, 10 times, had oral sex with him on multiple occasions and gave three underage teens beer as a gift. The boy told police he could ID a tattoo on her pelvic area that would be hidden by her underpants
A teacher has been jailed after a 15-year-old boy was able to prove he was having sex with her by identifying a tattoo on her body.
Police in Oklahoma said the teen was able to describe a tattoo on Rhonda Michelle Ford’s pelvic area which is low enough to be hidden by her underwear.
The 29-year-old contract teacher was arrested at her home in Clayton, Oklahoma, following a two month investigation.
An affidavit filed in Pushmataha County revealed that Ford is alleged to have become involved with the boy shortly after Valentine’s Day.
The student told detectives he and Ford kissed and had a sexual encounter that involved the touching of genitals.
He said the following day he went to Ford’s home where they had sex.
The teen said they had sex on at least ten occasions in the following months as well as performing oral sex on each other.
The boy told authorities that because of the sexual relationship, he could identify a tattoo on Ford’s pelvic area, which is low enough to be hidden by panties.
The charging document also alleges Ford provided alcohol to three students at her residence in March.
The three students, two boys and a girl, admitted to helping Ford move into her new house and afterward Ford bought them a 30-pack of beer, the affidavit says.
Ms Ford is a contract teacher and taught at Oklahoma’s Cleveland high school from 2009-2010 before moving to Clayton Public Schools. It is not clear how she met the victim
The students told investigators Ford then fixed herself a cocktail — pineapple juice and Malibu rum — and provided one to one of the students, the affidavit says.
Ford has since resigned from Clayton Public Schools.
From 2009-2010 she was a teacher at Cleveland High School in Oklahoma.
She has been charged with lewd or indecent acts with a child under the age of 16, second-degree rape, sodomy and permitting children under 21 to possess or consume alcohol.
Ford, who has since resigned from Clayton Public School District, is being held in Pushmataha County.
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Angel Adams pictured here with four of her 15 children claims that she was Tasered by a policeman in her home endangering the life of her unborn child
A Florida woman who is eight months pregnant with her 16th child says that she is a victim of police brutality after officers used a Taser stun-gun on her.
Thirty-nine-year-old Angel Adams has been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer after Tampa police came to her home to speak to one of her sons.
A scuffle broke out inside Adams’ house, during which she says a male police officer repeatedly Tasered her endangering her life and the life of her unborn child.
The incident occurred last week when the police arrived at her Gray Street, Tampa home to speak to one of her sons about throwing rocks according to Tampa Bay Online.
Adams alleges that the two officers, one man and one woman, forced their way into her home.
‘I told officers, ‘Don’t come in my house. You don’t have a search warrant.’
‘And then he pushed me out the way over here like this (up against the wall).’
A struggle then occurred in which Adam’s 21-year-old daughter also called Angel fought with the police.
Heavily pregnant Angel Adams gives a reconstruction of how she alleges the two Tampa police officers forced their way into her home
Angel Adams is eight months pregnant with her 16th child and gives the news cameras a demonstration of how she claims police Tasered her at her home
It is then that the mother of 15 alleges that she ran into her own room during the fight and was followed by the female police officer who grabbed her and threw her onto the bed.
‘She pulled me from the closet, she slammed me over my bed,’ said Adams.
‘I felt something go shooting through me and the male officer was Tasering me.’
Police had arrived at the Tampa house to question Angel Adams’ son (pictured here but not named for legal reasons) about a rock throwing incident
However, the police in Tampa have a different account of what happened in the house.
‘The officer (female) was at the door, went in to talk to the kid, and at that point, he physically punched the officer, so at that point now we have a struggle,’ said Tampa police spokesman Andrea Davis.
‘While the (male officer) was struggling with that kid, the pregnant suspect and her daughter were fighting with (the female) officer.’
The spokesman then said that Adams and her daughter took the female officer out of the home, leaving the male officer on his own in the house with four other people.
‘Her actions, that’s what determined these results,’ said Davis.
‘And it’s incredibly concerning that someone would put themselves and their unborn child at risk.’
Angel Adams and her daughter were arrested and both charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.
The family home was where two police are alleged to have had a confrontation with mother of 15 Angel Adams
‘The bottom line with the situation is this mother chose to put her unborn child at risk,’ said Tampa Police spokesman Laura McElroy to WFTS.
‘And she made that choice long before the officer the backup officer utilised his ECD from behind not knowing she was pregnant.’
The elder Adams was released on $2,500 bail and her daughter on $1,000 bail.
This is not the first time that Adams has had a brush with the law and infamy.
Adams was taken to hospital to be checked out following her encounter with Tampa police but was later released