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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) – An Air Force staffer stationed in Illinois has admitted he possessed pipe bombs that officials say he planned to unleash on local sex offenders.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 24-year-old Justin Vangilder entered the pleas Wednesday in East St. Louis federal court to three felony counts of possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was arrested and charged last October while he was assigned to Scott Air Force Base.
 
An FBI agent’s affidavit says Vangilder had three pipe bombs in his home in Shiloh. Documents say he’d told an informant he fantasized about killing child molesters and sought to “inflict as many casualties as possible.”
 
There’s no indication Vangilder targeted anyone on the base.
 
He is to be sentenced August 1.
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A 21-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly killing his roommate, who was a convicted sex-offender.

 

The St. Clair County State's Attorney announced the charges today. Police say that Mohammed Abuharba shot William Harriel Jr on February 6 and left him in the road to die. Investigators say that Harriel's status as a sex offender does not appear to be part of the motive. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a man convicted twice of sexually assaulting young boys in Missouri has pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography.

Forty-year-old Sean Lawrence of Kansas City, Mo. entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in of Delaware.

According to court documents, Lawrence came to the attention of a Wilmington-based Homeland Security Investigations special agent in February. Officials say Lawrence provided the undercover agent with access to his non-public, peer-to-peer network. The agent was able to download child pornography.

Authorities say federal agents in Kansas City arrested Lawrence as he was downloading a video of child pornography in a community college library.

Lawrence was convicted in 1995 and 2005 of sodomizing two young boys. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 6.

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Governor Jay Nixon spoke at the St. Louis City Police Department, defending his veto of a Missouri House Bill.

The legislation, House Bill 301 would have removed hundreds of criminals who committed sex crimes when they were under the age of 18 from online sex offender registries. The proposal would allow sex offenders to petition the court for removal from the registry. Nixon said the bill is flawed because it does not consider the seriousness of the criminal's offenses.

The legislation would remove around 870 people from the registry.

 

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   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man faces up to 15 years in federal prison now that he's admitted to paying undercover investigators $1,500 in hopes of having sex with a seven year old girl.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 65 year old David Driskill of Carrollton has pleaded guilty in East St. Louis to commercial sex trafficking. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7.

   Authorities say Driskill sent text messages in May to a woman, offering to pay $3,000 if she could arrange for to have sex with a child between 7 and 11 years old. The woman instead notified authorities and cooperated with them.

   Driskill was arrested days later at a Jerseyville apartment after paying an undercover federal investigator $1,500 for the supposed sexual encounter with a girl.

 

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An admitted sex offender is charged for allegedly molesting a nine-year-old girl.

Police say the girl identified 48-year-old Hershel Brown--who is a family friend--as the abuser. The incident allegedly happened late last month. Brown faces several sex crimes charges, including failing to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty to forcible rape in 2003 and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Hershel is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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The search is underway for a paroled sex offender who authorities say bolted from his East St. Louis halfway house.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is searching for Frederick Buettner. He was convicted in 2004 after being charged with felony predatory criminal sexual assault. He was paroled in May.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation aimed at keeping the names of people who committed offenses as juveniles off Missouri's public sex offender registry.

The governor said Wednesday the legislation is too broad and would apply to anyone regardless of the crime that was committed. Nixon says crime victims would have been deprived the chance to be heard before someone's name is removed from the public websites, which are aimed at protecting the public.

The vetoed legislation also ultimately would have allowed juveniles to petition the court for removal from the sex offender registry.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky said in interview on NBC's "Today" show that a key witness against him misinterpreted him showering with a young boy in Penn State football team facilities more than a decade ago. Sandusky told documentary filmmaker John Ziegler, in recordings played on the NBC program, that he does not understand how Mike McQueary concluded "that sex was going on" when he witnessed Sandusky showering with a boy in 2001.

Sandusky also told Ziegler he was not sure whether head coach Joe Paterno would have let him keep coaching if he suspected Sandusky was a pedophile. Sandusky was investigated by university police for a separate shower incident in 1998, but remained one of Paterno's top assistants through 1999.
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St. Peter’s Police Department is asking for your help in finding an endangered teen who may be with a registered sex offender.

Police are searching for 16-year-old Molly Linhardt  who was reported missing by her parents Monday. They dropped her off at work at a Kentucky Fried Chicken of Jungermann Road to later find out she was not scheduled to be there.

Molly Linhardt was described by police as being a white female standing at 5 foot 3 inches tall. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and is approximately 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a KFC uniform; black pants, black shirt, black shoes and hat.

It is believed that Linhardt may be with 27-year-old Benjamin Kinkade of Wright City. He is a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in 2002 for having intercourse with a 12-year-old female.  He could be driving a 2006 silver Chevy Colorado with Missouri state license plate 7PT914.
 
After making several attempts to reach Linhardt by phone, officers believe she is not in possession of her cell phone.
 
Linhardt is considered an endangered missing juvenile and we are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts call St. Peters Police Department at 636-278-2222.
 
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