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September 2, 2001 | By Stephanie Doster INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A former Philadelphia paratransit driver convicted of raping a woman with cerebral palsy was sentenced in Bucks County Court Friday to serve 20 to 40 years in state prison. David Desouza, 49, sat motionless as Judge Alan M. Rubenstein sentenced him to two consecutive 10- to 20-year terms for rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Rubenstein cited the crime's "heinousness, its sheer, unbridled depravity, and the absolute horror visited upon the victim. " Rubenstein told Desouza: "You probably believed she would never tell anyone about this, and if she did, no one would believe her. . . . But she was not the perfect victim.
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March 5, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dodging a ruling that would have brought a tougher sentence, a Havertown man who provided a teenage prostitute for sex at a Bensalem motel was sentenced yesterday to one to two years in county prison. Norman Brandoff, arrested during an undercover sting operation at a Route 1 motel, was determined by Bucks County Court Judge Isaac S. Garb not to be a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania's version of the so-called Megan's Law. Had Brandoff been classified as such, prosecutors said, he would have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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March 5, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dodging a ruling that would have brought a tougher sentence, a Havertown man who provided a teenage prostitute for sex at a Bensalem motel was sentenced yesterday to one to two years in county prison. Norman Brandoff, arrested during an undercover sting operation at a Route 1 motel, was determined by Bucks County Court Judge Isaac S. Garb not to be a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania's version of the so-called Megan's Law. Had Brandoff been classified as such, prosecutors said, he would have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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August 17, 2004 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A West Grove man will spend nine to 18 years in prison for molesting two young girls, a judge ordered yesterday. After concluding that Carlos Rentas met the definition of a sexually violent predator, Chester County Court Judge William P. Mahon imposed the sentence on the 50 year old. The prison term will be followed by five years' probation. Under the terms of Megan's Law, Rentas must register his address with authorities for the rest of his life. He will also be required to comply with the provisions of community notification.
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October 1, 1997 | By Douglas Herbert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Douglas Gensel, the Newtown Square man whose rape conviction last October offered Delaware County its first test-case of Megan's Law, was sentenced yesterday to 20 to 43 years in prison. But in what the defense hailed as a small victory, Judge Patricia H. Jenkins denied the prosecution's request to classify Gensel a "sexually violent predator" under the law, which took effect in Pennsylvania in April 1996. Modeled after the New Jersey statute, Megan's Law aims to provide protection from sexual predators by notifying communities whenever paroled sex offenders move in. In the majority of cases, the paroled offender can satisfy notification requirements by registering with local police for 10 years.
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July 16, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A respected Chester County paramedic and ex-Marine was deemed a sexually violent predator and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison yesterday. Timothy Brian Kauffman, 40, of Coatesville, pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors, stemming from a series of illicit encounters he had with boys ranging in age from 15 to 17 from 1998 through 2006. Addressing Chester County Court Judge Anthony A. Sarcione, Kauffman apologized to the victims, his family and the community.
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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.
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July 4, 2001 | By Ralph Vigoda INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law, already amended after parts of it had been found unconstitutional, continues to come under attack. The law requires convicted sex offenders to register with state police, and provides for notification of the communities in which they live. But defense lawyers continue to chip away at the law with arguments that have been finding favor with trial judges. This week, two Delaware County Court judges declared part of the law unconstitutional; two weeks ago, an Erie County judge struck down another piece.
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February 29, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 23-year-old youth soccer coach accused of trying to lure one of his campers into a sexual relationship will spend 3 1/2 to seven years in prison. Benjamin D. Evans of Village Circle in Blue Bell, pleaded guilty yesterday to unlawful communication with a minor and attempted involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, said Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Todd Stephens. The sentencing, part of a plea agreement that includes three years of probation after the jail term, will be postponed until Evans can be evaluated to determine whether he is a sexually violent predator under Megan's Law, Stephens said.
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May 10, 2005 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County judge has ordered satellite monitoring of a rapist, the first such use of the technology for a sex-offender case in the county, according to court records. Judge William J. Furber made a global-positioning system a condition of parole for Edward Perry Wardlaw, 51, a Harleysville man sentenced to six to 12 years in prison for rape. The request for the monitoring came from prosecutors in Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr.'s office. Castor has been pushing the use of GPS monitoring of sex offenders, and testified last month in support of House Bill 115, which would set statewide standards for GPS monitoring of sex offenders.
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May 17, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 15, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
NEWS
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.
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September 1, 2012 | By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
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.
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August 22, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 21, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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June 13, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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...
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June 12, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean and Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 23, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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