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On Monday, March 9, 23-year-old Kevin Motyka of Howell Township, NJ pleaded guilty to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 2-year-old boy between May and December of 2012. Motyka pleaded guilty to child endangerment, aggravated sexual assault, and other charges. He also reportedly recorded the sexual assault on the toddler. Michigan High Court Considers the Term “Possession of Child Pornography” Pic

In 2014, prosecutors received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding Motyka’s actions; he was then arrested.

In all, Motyka pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child by causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, and distributing child pornography. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct with a child, according to a news article at the Howell Patch. Motyka also allegedly distributed child pornography including images that were of other children and not the toddler he is accused of sexually assaulting.

On Tuesday March 3, 31-year-old Dinis Oliveira, a Sheriff’s officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, turned himself in after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted by Oliveira in her home. According to a news article at NJ.com, the assault took place over the weekend. The woman contacted authorities on Saturday, claiming that the man who came to her home said he was a law enforcement officer. She complied with his demands before reporting the sexual assault to police. light-1-714566-m

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray did not reveal details of the alleged assault, however upon turning himself in, Oliveira was charged with one count each of fourth-degree criminal coercion, second-degree sexual assault, and second-degree sexual misconduct. According to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Oliveira was not on duty and not in uniform when the alleged assault took place. Oliveira has been suspended without pay, and had joined the Sheriff’s Department in June of last year after working for about one year as a volunteer deputy sheriff’s officer.

At the time of news reports, authorities were still investigating the incident. Oliveira was held on a $200,000 bond with no 10% option.

Recently, 65-year-old Michael Ray Gwilliams was arrested in Florida for the alleged sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl over a period of one year. According to a news article at Mlive.com, Gwilliams had been under investigation for the sexual assault for about one year prior to his arrest. sad-little-girl-511477-m

Gwilliams, a resident of Bloomingdale, reportedly fled to Silver Springs, FL upon learning that he was under investigation. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office received a report alleging the victim had been sexually assaulted multiple times over a one-year period in October of last year. Authorities apprehended Gwilliams in Florida after issuing a felony arrest warrant before he could carry out his plan to flee to Colorado, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office. The suspect was brought back to Michigan on January 28, and arraigned on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the 7th District Court at South Haven.

Gwilliams was being held on a $5 million cash bond at the county jail at the time of news reports. He is charged as a habitual offender; if found guilty, he could face life in prison with no possibility of parole.

In the early morning hours of Monday, January 19, a 25-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted after she was approached from behind in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, according to a news article at the Chicago Tribune. chicago-alley-1159929-m

The victim was on West Pierce Avenue walking on the sidewalk when the attack took place, according to Veejay Zala, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department. The woman told police that the man threw her to the ground and sexually assaulted her near an alley after ripping her pants off. When the victim screamed for help, she caught the attention of someone passing by the area, who verbally challenged the woman’s attacker, causing him to flee the scene. The victim was taken to an area hospital.

At the time of news reports, police were still looking for the man who is described as a black man wearing a dark coat and pants, approximately 180 to 220 lbs., between 5′ 8″ and 6′ tall, somewhere between 25 and 40 years of age. He may have also been carrying a handgun.

On New Year’s Eve, Chicago police officers noticed a vehicle that was partially blocking an alley and double parked, according to a news article at the Chicago Tribune. As they approached the vehicle, Cook County sheriff’s Deputy Fernando B. Rodriguez attempted to send the officers away, telling them that it was “OK,” he was on the job. Rodriguez was not on duty at the time, however a woman jumped out of the passenger side of the car and told police what happened. tunnel-with-police-car-1015021-m

According to the woman, who was a known prostitute to police, Rodriguez asked her to get into the car. He then displayed a holstered handgun, told her he was a police officer, and according to Beth Novy, Assistant State’s Attorney, told the woman that he would let her go “if she handled this the right way.” Rodriguez was arrested after it was determined that he was not on duty and was not acting in an official capacity. In addition, Novy alleged that police had seen Rodriguez driving around in the area, which is known for prostitution, in November.

Rodriguez, who began working for Cook County in July of 1991, is charged with felony attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault.

On Thursday, December 18, 22-year-old Kevin D. Champion was sentenced to 22 years and one month to 40 years in prison for the 2011 rape of a woman at gunpoint, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Protecting Yourself Against Personal Crimes Pic

In July, Champion pleaded no contest as charged to one count each of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, armed robbery, kidnapping, and extortion, and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon. The crimes occurred in late September of 2011 outside 2001 Limerick at Webber on Saginaw’s southeast side.

In March, the victim testified at Champion’s preliminary hearing, but could not identify him as the offender. The Michigan State Police crime lab conducted tests that indicated a semen stain on the woman’s hoodie matched samples of Champion’s DNA.

On December 17, an article was published on the NFL website regarding the San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald. According to the article, McDonald is suspected of sexual assault, and is under investigation. His San Jose home was searched by San Jose Police Department detectives, according to Sgt. Heather Randol. football-field-1430512-4-m

On Tuesday evening, an area hospital notified the department that a woman, allegedly the victim, was seeking medical treatment. She told police that she was “possibly” sexually assaulted by McDonald, however no arrest had been made at the time of the news article.

The league is investigating the matter, according to an NFL spokesperson. In addition, Trent Baalke, general manager for the 49ers, said on Monday that the decision was made by the team to release McDonald from his contract.

On Sunday morning November 16, Eli Bronson Burdette was arraigned on sexual assault charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Friday night at the Peninsular Place apartments in Ypsilanti, according to a news article at Mlive.com. athletic-tracks-3-1347223-m

Burdette, who is a track athlete at Eastern Michigan University, has been charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of first-degree CSC, which involve penetration. Police were notified of the sexual assault on Saturday morning, after the alleged victim was able to leave her apartment. She alleges that following the sexual assault she was prevented from leaving her apartment, but once Burdette left, she notified police.

Burdette lives in the same apartment complex as the victim; he was arrested without incident. Police reports indicated that the sexual assault took place sometime between 11:30 p.m. Friday evening and 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

53-year-old Larry D. Currington of Saginaw was recently jailed without bond after being charged in three recent sexual assaults, one involving a woman in Saginaw’s Old Town district, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Currington had been in prison for nearly 30 years after he was convicted of raping a woman in downtown Saginaw in November of 1983. Following his release from prison in July of 2012, Currington had been on parole and was just released this past July. security-fence-4-1398073-m

The most recent incidents took place on August 19, September 6, and September 14, according to reports. Among other charges in the three incidents including robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and assault with a dangerous weapon, Currington is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

In all three incidents, Currington allegedly attacked women who were alone near their vehicles in the area of Hamilton Street and Cass. At the time of news reports, how police linked Currington to the attacks was not revealed. Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank entered a plea of not guilty on the defendant’s behalf.

Considering his criminal history and the fact that Currington was imprisoned for almost 30 years for rape, it is very likely he will spend the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty of the recent sexual assaults. In addition, carjacking and kidnapping are extremely serious crimes which may result in a life sentence.

Regardless of whether an individual has been convicted of a sex crime in the past or is accused for the first time, it is vital to consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney. The criminal penalties for rape, child pornography or molestation, and other offenses are extremely severe; your career, reputation, and future will be ruined if convicted. In many situations, innocent people are accused of crimes they did not commit.

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On Monday, September 1, a female student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield was allegedly sexually assaulted after a man broke into her home on Berkeley Road, according to news reports at the Connecticut Post. get-in-6195-m

The woman, who lives with several roommates who were not home at the time of the incident, described the man who she says attacked her as short and stocky, 5 feet 6 inches tall or shorter, with dark, spiked hair. She said that he had a Spanish accent, and she believed him to be in his 20’s. The victim required treatment at an area hospital for physical injuries she suffered during the sexual assault.

The alleged victim told police that she did not see or hear a vehicle leave her home when her attacker fled. Law enforcement is requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspect, and have released a sketch artist’s rendition of what he may look like.

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