Scott Shefelbine appeal for new trial denied

Scott Shefelbine

Scott Shefelbine

Judge Rejects New Trial For Shefelbine On Sex Assault Charges:

In my estimation Scott Shefelbine was the most prolific MySpace predator with 13 arrests for various offenses that involved MySpace and underage girls. The last we had heard from Mr. Shefelbine he was appealing his 20-year-sentence. He claimed that not only did he have ineffective counsel but that prosecutors violated his plea agreement by charging his mom with perjury. Today a Connecticut judge denied his motion for a new trial.

In his decision the judge not only ruled that Shefelbine’s attorneys acted in his best interest but that the terms of his plea agreement said that his mom would not be charged with crimes related to Shefelbine’s many assaults. His mom perjured herself when she vouched for her son’s whereabouts. Shefelbine was arrested many times after his initial arrest and continued to offend until his bond was finally revoked.

Part of me was actually hoping that Shefelbine would have gone to trial since he was looking at a life sentence rather than 20 years.

David Sparre sentenced to death


David Sparre

Craigslist killer sentenced to death for Jacksonville slaying:

Today a judge in Jacksonville, Florida sentenced 20-year-old David Sparre to death for the brutal stabbing murder of Tiara Pool. Sparre met Ms. Pool through a craigslist personal ad and stabbed her roughly 90 times when they went back to her place.

In a letter to his ex-girlfriend, Sparre detailed that it was his intent all along to kill someone. Ms. Pool was just his unfortunate victim.

Previously in this very site family members of Sparre had defended him and tried blaming the victim for what happened. Not surprisingly I haven’t heard from them in a while.

Unfortunately with the way the system is his sentence won’t be carried out soon enough.

Trench on the Trayvon Martin shooting

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

Once again the internet is in total outrage over something and that would of course be the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. This time though there are two schools of outrage. One side says that George Zimmerman is a racist who was looking to a kill a black kid while the other says that Trayvon Martin was a thug and that Zimmerman was well within his right to defend himself. However even with two avenues of outrage both sides are wrong.

On the one side George Zimmerman was clearly in the wrong. He contacted police about a suspicious character in his community and the police instructed Zimmerman not to follow him and that they would be there soon. Zimmerman willingly chose to ignore that recommendation by police and took matters into his own hands. On most levels that makes Zimmerman a vigilante. While there had been a spate of burglaries in the community it wasn’t Zimmerman’s job to apprehend anybody. In the worst case scenario if Zimmerman stayed put some property may have been damaged or stolen. Now you can give me Martin’s alleged criminal behavior at school all you want but that’s immaterial. Zimmerman had no idea who Martin was or his supposed history.

On the other hand this had nothing to do with race. Last year I spent the better part of the year in my late mother’s development. I’ve seen how people in these communities act. No matter how affluent or not outsiders are always viewed as intruders no matter what color they are. Add the rash of robberies that I mentioned before and you could see why Zimmerman called the cops. Adding race into the mix doesn’t help anyone. For each false claim of racism a true hate crime may be doubted because of it.

Here’s how I think it went down. Zimmerman sees the 6’2″ Martin and calls police. Police tell Zimmerman to stay put, instead he pursues Martin in his SUV. Zimmerman gets out and Martin asks him why he’s following him. Words are exchanged and a scuffle ensues. Martin gets the best of the less than athletic Zimmerman. Zimmerman pulls his gun and shoots Martin. Now from what I understand about Florida’s self-defense law according to the law Zimmerman was within his right to protect himself. Agree or disagree with it, that’s the law. You can’t go back in time to change it. Morally though Zimmerman was definitely overstepping his role as neighborhood watch by pursuing Martin.

What will probably happen is the same thing that happened to Bernie Goetz. While Goetz was only charged with illegal possession of a firearm he lost a $43M civil suit to one of the men he shot. Zimmerman will rightly lose a wrongful death suit when it’s brought against him.

Man with many names indicted for backpage child trafficking


Police rescue missing 15-year-old girl from alleged pimp at motel:

Melvin Douglas/Melvin Longwood of Washington D.C. indicted for transporting minor to Md. for prostitution:

Police in Baltimore Maryland rescued a 15-year-old girl who was being prostituted on the Village Voice Media owned Police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and their first place to think to look was backpage of course.

Arrested and indicted for trafficking the teen was 31-year-old Melvin Douglas, aka Melvin Longwood, of Washington D.C. Douglas/Longwood is also accused of transporting the girl across state lines for the purpose of prostitution so he’s looking at federal time. That would be 10 years to life but as I’ve said before, if history is any indicator it will be closer to ten than to life.

Meanwhile backpage keeps saying that if they shut down their adult section it will be harder to find these girls. That’s true to a point. It will be harder to find them because there will be less of them being trafficked. Backpage allows a national marketplace for pimps and traffickers. One less outlet that size will mean they’ll have fewer and fewer opportunities to traffic these girls and women. Also what backpage forgets to mention is that the revenue they make from the ads is propping up their dying print media business.

Pa. MyYearbook predator arrested for 2010 rape

Ryan T. Mock

Ryan T. Mock

Police: Man used social networking site to meet 13-year-old he raped:

Police: Sexting Preceded Rape of Lower Macungie Teen:

Lower Macungie Township teen sexually assaulted by man she met on, police say:

23-year-old Ryan T. Mock of Allentown, Pa. was recently arrested for the 2010 rape of a 13-year-old girl from Lower Macungie Township. Mock is accused of posing as a 16-year-old boy on MyYearbook grooming the girl for sex. In August of 2010 police say that the girl invited Mock to her house under the impression that he was 16.

This wasn’t a statutory rape either. Mock allegedly restrained the girl and raped her while she tried to stop him. After he had left the house he texted his victim to wash the sheets.

The rape recently came to light when it came up during a class discussion at school and her teacher asked her to speak with a guidance counselor.

This isn’t Mock’s first go around either. Back in 2011 Mock was sentenced to 2 years for having sex chats with a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl on MyYearbook.

But wait, there’s more. This past December Mock pleaded guilty to the June 2010 sexual assault of a minor in Lehigh County. It seems that Mock was quite the busy little predator in 2010.

I wonder how many more victims he has out there.

It goes to show that just because someone has been caught for inappropriately chatting with teens online it doesn’t mean they haven’t committed much more heinous crimes.

UPDATE 4/29/2012: Mock was sentenced to 7 to 15 years for the Lehigh County rape.

We get letters: Get a life old man pedophile

We get letters: And if you call yourself a journalist?

I received the following e-mail from a mutant who was arrested and convicted of plotting to shoot up his school some years ago. Normally I would have no problem posting which mutant it came from but I have redacted his name because it seems to me that he is seeking attention.

Hello Trench, you had mentioned my case a long with my name a few years ago on your web site. I tried to shoot up (school) in (place), and I had friends keeping track of these web sites for me. I was released in 2009, and why it has taken me this long to respond to you I am not sure.. But anyways, I don’t think your any better then the teenagers you frequent on your web site. You’re in your 40’s, calling people mutants.. Sick people at that.. And what I don’t understand is your constant usage of school shootings to promote your boring web site. I guess I would just like to understand that. Some of the so called “mutants” that you post here on your mutated old man web site, are very lost and sick, and cannot find the outlets that are appropriate. I’d like to call you a mutant. You sit and rant on about lost hopeless teenagers with their mostly theoretical school plots.. What kind of life is that? Stop being so harsh. These are kids. Get a life old man.

That was followed up by this Facebook message…

Eww.. Just as I thought.. You are an old nasty man. Probably a pedophile too.. Sent an email to you via your web site regarding my case a few years ago. Check it out.

First off it’s too bad you’re out because it sounds like your ‘incarceration’ had no effect on you whatsoever.

Secondly, you’re right. These kids are sick. Not sick in a way that they can be treated but sick in the serial killer way. And don’t give me that crap that these kids have no outlets or resources. Kids today have infinitely more resources and outlets then when I was that age. Which brings me to my next point. When I was in school I was one of these kids. I was an outcast and bullied violently which included concussions, broken bones and a separated shoulder. But where I differ from those kids is that I didn’t obsess over mass murderers and plot to shoot up my school. Things are black and white in my world where no matter how bad things get you don’t turn to killing as a solution. And that’s what’s wrong with a lot of this generation’s kids. They have no moral compass and are so spoiled they think everything is about them. A bunch of selfish emotional marshmallows who resort to cowardly acts of violence instead of using their heads to solve their problems or overcome their shortcomings. As far as school shooting plots being theoretical they are only theoretical until they become school shootings. Luckily the law compensates for that. Don’t want to go to jail? Then don’t plan a mass murder.

Lastly, you’re not the first person to call me a pedophile and I doubt you’ll be the last. I won’t say that this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black but it’s usually the pedophiles I post about that call me that. Just sayin’.

Prosecutor: WM3 not a factor in running for office

Damien Echols (You'd have my vote, if I could vote. You know, being an ex-con and all that.)

Damien Echols (You’d have my vote, if I could vote. You know, being an ex-con and all that.)

Prosecutor reveals new details in West Memphis 3 negotiations:

I originally posted about Scott Ellington here. He’s the prosecutor that allowed the West Memphis 3 to walk out of prison and escape justice. In my last post I alleged that the release of the WM3 was nothing more than a political stepping stone since he announced his candidacy to run for congress. Mr. Ellington says otherwise.

Ellington said any speculation he was seeking higher office when he agreed to release the West Memphis Three last August belittles everyone involved.

“Any opportunities were not in my mind because I thought this was the right thing to do,” said Ellington.

How in the world was it the right thing to do. Time and time again the Supreme Court of Arkansas upheld their convictions. Releasing them belittled the real victims in this case, the three little boys who were brutally murdered and mutilated. You disgrace their memory by using them in a run for political office.

And once again as politicians are wont to do Ellington is speaking out of both sides of his mouth on the situation…

Action News 5 asked Ellington if he believed the West Memphis Three were innocent or guilty.

“What I believe now is not really relevant, I guess,” he answered. “It’s what was the law at the time in the case.”

Ellington said District 1 needs to send a proven consensus builder to Washington to bring back jobs.

“It shows that I have the courage to make the right decision and stand by that decision,” said Ellington.

It doesn’t show that at all. What it shows is that you’re trying to play both sides of the fence in order to gain as many votes as possible. In reality it was a non-decision to allow them to go free while pleading no-contest. A non-decision that a conniving politician would make.

We get letters: After years of torture a cycle is still broken

Once again we received an e-mail from someone who suffered years of abuse and torture and still went on to treat their own children with love and respect. This one speaks for itself…

I was adopted , Born in a small clinic in the midwest.

I was adopted at birth by two people from the Appalachians, it was hell from day 1.

When I cried I was smacked, my mother said I cried on purpose, trying to get attention. I was an ill baby , allergic to milk and my tummy always hurt , always throwing up. This didn’t sit well with my mother, her remedy was to give me more to what ever I was allergic too.

My earliest memory was her holding me on her lap and restraining me, forcing me to eat, if i fell asleep during my feeding I was rudely shaken awake. I have scars on my face where she has pinched my cheeks to hold food in my mouth so I wouldn’t spit it out.

My toddler years consisted of being thrown out of the crib onto the floor busting out my teeth and giving me two black eyes, my leg was broken because my mom said I fell off the bed, I was always being chased, hit or force-fed.

AS I became older, I was always told I was ugly, and I acted stupid. I was tied up by my ankles to a bed post and stripped of my pants and under garments, my mom then sat across the small of my back so I couldn’t reach around to stop her from beating my butt with a shoe heel, a thick wooden paddle this all the while stuffing my dads tube socks in my mouth so I couldn’t scream. This beating would go on until her fury drained out of her and I was left bleeding through my bruises. Before any type of beating she would walk through the house closing windows so the neighbors wouldn’t hear.

She stood me in a corner naked and flipped me with rubber bands, put my feet in a frying pan on the stove. Made me eat dish soap and whenever I had chapped lips she would put hot pepper sauce on them.

When she was potty training me, she would make me sit on the toilet for hours. During summer vacation she would get me up, feed me breakfast and then make me stand in the corner until it was time to go to bed that night , usually standing 13 hours or more a day.

She beat me ( along with my father) on my female private parts with a paddle or a paint stirrer, and when it was bruised, she would remark….” look , your pee-pee is wearing lipstick.” She then would apply muscle rub to my genitalia. This happened more than once.

I think she was poisoning me, I had sores all over my body, my tongue always had red bumps and my nails had white spots on them. I was always very sick to my stomach, but I was never allowed to rest, I had to stand in that corner very ill. Sickness was a sign of weakness.

She didn’t like it when I had to go to the hospital. She took me out and brought me home. She would wrap me up in bed sheets with a peroxide or alcohol solution with all of those open sores on my body, it hurt so bad!! then she stood me in front of the window air unit wrapped in wet bed sheets, She would make me stand there for hours. I would freeze and shake.

At night when I was in bed, she would come in and scream at me that I wasnt sleeping in my bed correctly and then she would grab me by the hair and throw me to the ground this would happen over and over, it got to where I was afraid to go to sleep. I wasnt allowed to have friends and I couldn’t play with my toys, I either stood in the corner all day ( from time of getting up till time for bed) or sat in the corner of my room.

I was tested at school and they wanted to put me in a gifted class and she told them no. So when I got home after school, she would take away my books and not let me do homework, so I would flunk out. See? she said, you’re not so smart.

She made me clean the bathroom and mirrors with my tongue, she wrapped me up in my dads thermal shirts and tied my hands behind my back like a straight jacket I was often made to eat off the floor like a dog . She also made me eat whole cakes and a bottles of ketchup when I told her I was hungry and wanted a little bit more.

She would make me stand and make faces at myself in the mirror. She would send me to my room to cry and when I stopped she would come in with a belt,extension cord. She was also known to punch me in the stomach.

I had a horrible life, I was always afraid, afraid to sleep, afraid to speak. And my dad would just go along with it.

I still suffer.

I went through 38 foster homes after this, it was just as bad.

I am a single mother with a son and I could never even imagine doing these things to my child. I want everyone to know for the record that past abuse is not an excuse for abusing your own children, you can rise above it.

My son is a straight A student, charming and precocious and I love every hair on his head. I am thankful he is here and I never want to see him cry because someone hurt him.

I hope others read your stories and learn.

To this day, I don’t date because I am afraid of putting some idiot in my child’s life. I had him, and I am here to take care of him and see he gets the best start possible, my social life can wait.

Be well and do good work………

It is the person who sent this e-mail who is doing the best work of all.

Another SC man caught in a craigslist pedo sting

Ryan Bowlen

Ryan Bowlen

Little River man arrested in internet predator sting by Georgetown authorities:

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina recently arrested 26-year-old Ryan Sean Bowlen of Little River, SC. He was charged with allegedly soliciting a child for sex through craigslist.

Reports say that Bowlen placed an ad on craigslist soliciting sex and received a response from a minor. Of course that minor was actually an undercover Georgetown Sheriff’s Deputy. Bowlen allegedly arranged to meet the minor for sex but instead was greeted with an arrest at the meeting.

If this sounds slightly familiar that’s because the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office arrested another man on similar charges a few weeks prior.

Again craigslist still needs to monitor its own site as the community policing is just a myth. The only community policing that happens is by real police.

UPDATE 10/12/2013: Bowlen pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two 10 year terms to be served concurrently and that even had 5 years suspended so he got 5 years. Way to send a message.

We get letters: You can break the cycle


It seems that our recent wave of e-mails has prompted another reader to write in. Now we don’t post these e-mails to pat ourselves on the back. We don’t post them to make ourselves feel good even though they do. We post them to let survivors of abuse to know that they’re not alone and that they do have a choice.

I was just reading a letter you received from a lady who reads on this site. I have to admit I come to your site daily, even though it breaks my heart I still read it daily.

I too had one of the worst childhoods imaginable. My mother had 5 kids, with 4 different men. My oldest sister was a product of incest and rape. My mother IS a drug addict and drunk still to this day. We endured beatings, rape at the hands of her boyfriends, being sold for drugs and much more. When I was 4 I remember my older brother teaching me how to steal food. Because if we did not steal we did not eat.

My mother is still a drug addict drunk and still says she did her best, never admitting the damage she has caused. However out of 5 kids, there is only one that is not addicted to drugs or alcohol. Me.

My older sister is in prison for 16 years due to a meth addiction. She got into high-speed police chases with all 3 of her kids in the car. One of her 3 kids is in a gang, and one is already having sex and doing drugs at 14. The other is younger but still always in trouble.

My little sister lost custody of her son when he was 3 weeks old, cops got a tip she was using drugs in front of the baby, found her in a motel room passed out with cocaine all over and the baby crying.

My little brother has been a heroin addict since he was 15 years old. My older brother is an alcoholic, although he is a functioning drunk. He works and takes care of his family.

I am the only one out of 5 that does not use drugs or drink. I have 3 kids as well, and I am so hard on them when it comes to drugs and drinking because of all the disaster I have seen.

We spent our lives back and forth between foster homes and with my mom, the state foster homes they put us in were almost as bad if not worse than living with mom. I was raped there too. We were beat and for some reason I can justify my mother beating me but I could never justify a pure stranger doing it, as they we supposed to be better.

I guess what I am saying is I agree the excuse that it happened to me is bull, but my sibling are helping to prove that theory. I have never and would never hurt a single being. I can’t even bring my self to hate my mother for all she has done. I just forgave and let it go. Some people are just like that for whatever the reason, and I feel they should be locked up and the key thrown away.

I am going through the classes to be a foster parent right now, trust me there are not many of those homes that are good. If I can be just one and save just a few kids that is the blessing to others I am able to do. But more good people need to step up and take on the responsibility that these sperm and egg donors do not.

We all need to be accountable for the kids that live close by. You can see and tell when there is abuse, quit being chickens and report it. That is what people need to do.

I love your site although I hate that there is a need for it. You guys are awesome. Thank you.