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Archive for July 22nd, 2010

Feds Indict Mi. Boy Scout Leader on Child Porn Charges

BSA1By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

If the office voice mail recording is any indication, damage control was in full swing this week at the Gerber Boy Scout Camp near Muskegon, Mich., where the director is behind bars, charged with possessing and distributing child pornography — including locker-room videotapes of boys at the YMCA where he worked as a pool safety instructor.

“I’m so very grateful for our great Scout leaders who are stepping up and letting folks know that the Boy Scouts of America is still a great organization doing great things for kids,” said the voice mail of Mike Sulgrove, Scout executive for the Gerald R. Ford Council, which oversees the camp, “and not to let the actions of one adult leader … ruin the great experiences so many of our children are having.”

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Grand Rapids indicted Scott Allan Herrick, 39, of Twin Lakes, Mich., on charges of sexually exploiting children and possessing and distributing child pornography. He was arrested in early July on a federal criminal complaint and jailed pending a court appearance on July 27.

Herrick’s arrest sent shock waves through western Michigan. He had been director of the camp for the past seven years.

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Advice to Inmates: Don’t Threaten to Murder the Judge

jailBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Texas federal inmate John W. Manning may have a little advice for prisoners hoping to get out on time: Don’t threaten to kill the judge.

Authorities alleged that Manning did just that. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Antonio in May after he allegedly sent a threatening letter to U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia. He made his initial appearance in court on Thursday.

Manning, who was a prisoner in Beeville, Tex. was upset about his theft conviction and indicated he planned to harm the judge when he was released from prison on July 22, federal authorities alleged.

Doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen.

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Diego Rodriguez Named NY SAC for Criminal Division

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Rodriguez Diego/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Native New Yorker Diego Rodriguez is leaving the mothership at FBI headquarters to return home as special agent in charge of the criminal division in New York, the agency announced Thursday.

Rodriguez, the section chief of the Domain and Collection Management Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters, started his FBI career in 1990 in New York.

He was a member of the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, which was responsible for investigations involving South American and Mexican drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, the FBI said.

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Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy Offered Protection to Undercover FBI Agents Posing as Drug Dealers

fulton county sheriffBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Fulton County sheriff’s deputy in Atlanta fell for an FBI sting that has been played out before around the country targeting crooked cops.

Anthony Atwater, 33, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption and drug offenses after he provided police protection for people he thought were drug dealers, but were actually undercover FBI agents.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office  in Atlanta, Atwater received $4,000 earlier this year to provide armed protection for the undercover FBI agents posing as drug dealers.

His services included providing armed protection for the fake cocaine shipments while he was in uniform. He also had agreed to intervene if the drug dealers were stopped by police.

The FBI sting has been pulled off on different occasions including in Detroit in the 1990s when the FBI busted several Detroit and suburban cops, along with the common-law brother-in-law of then Mayor Coleman A. Young, who helped recruit the crooked cops.

“This former deputy took money to protect men he thought were drug dealers at the expense of the public he was sworn to protect,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “He even wore his sheriff’s uniform and weapon while witnessing and protecting what he believed to be a major cocaine deal. Today he admitted he is guilty of this reprehensible conduct.”

“Rogue and corrupt conduct such as former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Atwater’s, if left unchecked, undermines that much valued public trust and make the work of other law enforcement officers much more difficult,” Brian D. Lamkin, head of the Atlanta FBI, said in a statement.

Ex-High School Football Player Arrested in Bid to Join Terrorist Group; Made Threats About South Park Show

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A 20-year-old Virginia man, who made threats against the TV show “South Park”, was arrested Wednesday on charges of providing material support to al Shabaab, a terrorist organization in Somalia with links to al Qaeda, authorities said.

Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Va., who according to a report in the Washington Post, was a high school football player and rowed crew, told federal agents that he twice tried to travel to Somalia to join the al Shabaab as a foreign fighter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria said.

He was not charged for his online posting in April that said the creators of the TV show “South Park” risked death by mocking the Prophet Muhammad, according to the Associated Press

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