May 17, 2015 |
Robert J. Kerns, the former Montgomery County GOP chairman who resigned in 2013 amid rape allegations, agreed Friday to be classified as a sexually violent predator. Kerns, 67, of North Wales, pleaded no contest in November to indecent assault on a former employee of his law firm. In an expedited sentencing, he received two years' probation and had to register as a sex offender for 15 years. Friday's ruling elevates his offender status. As a sexually violent predator, he will have to remain registered and receive monthly counseling for the rest of his life.
December 15, 2014 |
THE UNDERAGE GIRLS who attended booze-and-drug-fueled parties at Tawfik Nakishbendi's Manayunk home called him "Doc" and "Sugar Daddy," but the state has determined that "sexually violent predator" is a better moniker. Nakishbendi, 65, a small, balding man, pleaded guilty in two sexual-assault cases in Common Pleas Court yesterday and was sentenced to five to 12 years in state prison and 10 years' probation. He was determined to be a sexually violent predator and will be required to register as such for the rest of his life, under Megan's Law. Nakishbendi tried to give reason to his creepy actions by telling Judge Gwendolyn Bright that he was distraught after his wife's suicide in 2006 and sought "refuge in anything.
September 13, 2012
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday for a hearing to determine whether convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky should be designated a sexually violent predator under the state's version of Megan's Law. The Attorney General's Office filed a document saying that it wanted the classification for Sandusky and asking for the hearing before Senior Judge John M. Cleland. Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina said prosecutors would rely on the testimony of an official with the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.
September 1, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been recommended for designation as a sexually violent predator, a legal status that would require lifetime registration with authorities, according to a person who has read an assessment board's report to a judge in the case. The recommendation from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board was disclosed to the Associated Press on Thursday by the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the report's confidential nature.
August 22, 2012 |
A STATE POLICE spokesman calls the fact that a sexually violent predator was able to register his address as a suburban park "an enhancement to public safety. " Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood was furious when he was notified last week that Steven Sherlock, 30, a violent sexual predator, had listed his address as Naylor's Run Park, an Upper Darby community park popular with children. But Lt. Todd Harman, commander of the Megan's Law division of the State Police, said a law passed in February requires homeless sexual offenders in Pennsylvania to list a location they frequent if they don't have an address.
August 21, 2012 |
STATE POLICE have allowed a sexually violent predator to register his address as a suburban community park that's a popular hangout for children - and the local police chief is not happy. "It's absolutely insane," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "The State Police should have asked him what bench he was sleeping on so we could find him. " In 2003, Steven Sherlock, now 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault of a 13-year-old girl and was sentenced to two to four years, according to court records.
June 13, 2012 |
A former girls' soccer coach from Northeast Philadelphia was sentenced Monday to 12½ to 25 years in prison by a Philadelphia judge on his guilty plea to sex charges involving teenage girls he met on Internet social sites and lured with promises of alcohol, marijuana, and sex. Vincent Mickle, 35, was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Denis P. Cohen, who criticized his use of Internet technology to victimize vulnerable teenagers, according to...
June 12, 2012 |
VINCENT MICKLE, sometimes calling himself "Hot Vinny," once cruised the Internet with confidence to meet young women whom he eventually entertained in person with alcohol and marijuana. He had sex with one, tried to have sex with others and exchanged nude pictures. The only problem was that the six young women were very young — ages 14, 15 and 16. In October 2009, Philadelphia police got a tip about Mickle from one of the girls, who became afraid after he showed up at one of her field-hockey games.
March 23, 2012 |
Christopher Reeves, the homeless man who pleaded guilty in October to raping a woman inside the Bella Vista coffee shop where she worked, was sentenced Friday to 31 1/2 to 63 years in state prison. Reeves, 33, sat handcuffed for more than an hour listening to the victim's friends and representatives from the Bella Vista community tell Common Pleas Judge William J. Mazzola how the March 31, 2011, attack had impacted their lives. "It's a game changer for this community. It's a game changer for everyone who lives in this area," said Matthew Armstrong, owner of the Bean Exchange Coffeehouse, at 7th and Bainbridge streets, the scene of the early-morning attack.