Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Roundup

A weekly tab of what’s going on in the courts.

By Logan Beck

U.S. For the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

In November of 2014, just before 10 p.m., a 22-year-old woman was violently grabbed off a Philadelphia street and forced into a car. She was then struck by her attacker with a hammer, and was told that if she continued to resist, he would kill her.

The victim was transported to Maryland in the trunk of the attacker’s car, her wrists bound together. Three days later, she was rescued by police. 

A surveillance video captured the attack as it happened, showing Barnes seize the woman shortly after she stepped off a bus.

On June 30, Delvin Barnes, 38, of Virginia was sentenced to 35 years in prison for kidnapping, and will also face an additional $100 special assessment as ordered by U.S. District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner.

Barnes attack allegedly began as an attempt at robbery, as he supposedly needed money to visit his daughter in Virginia. He pleaded guilty in September 2015.

The innappropriate online behavior and subsequent arrest of one man quite literally led to another.

Two Pennsylvania men have been charged with sexually exploiting children through online advertisements, as announced by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office.

Jeffrey Alan Harvey, 39, and David R Parker, 37, have been arrested on various counts of possession of child pornography as well as soliciting sex with minors.

Harvey was arrested after attempting to solicit sex with an individual who he thought was a 13-year-old boy, but was actually agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section. The agents posed as the boy after responding to Harvey’s Craiglist advertisement.

According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Harvey requested to visit the boy’s house and engage in various sexual acts via email. After arriving at the pre-determined location to meet the boy, Harvey was arrested on counts of unlawful contact with a minor, as well as criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal attempt to commit statutory sexual assault and criminal use of a communication facility.

Harvey’s arrest and interview with agents notified investigators about other individuals who were seeking sex with minors, including Parker. The investigators then conducted a search of Parker’s residence, and found numerous images of child pornography. Parker is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, as well as one count of criminal use of a communication device.

A former firefighter, Shane Streater, 41, of Camden, New Jersey added insult to fake injury after collecting disability checks amounting in more than $82,000...despite continuing to teach jiu jitsu classes and participate competitively in mixed martial arts.

In 2009. Streater applied for disability, citing that two incidents at work led him to be disabled and unable to continue working, claiming that his neck and back were badly injured after a car struck his firetruck and after driving over a pothole.

After a doctor’s examination, experts concluded that Streater’s “disability” was caused by pre-existing conditions, not by the incidents happening on the job. In 2010 however, the PFRS Board awarded Streater with disability compensation. Later, a deputy attorney general and investigator found that Streater was teaching a jiu jitsu class more than twice a week at a mixed martial arts academy, despite his “injuries.”

A YouTube video of Streater competing and winning a bronze medal in the Grapplers Quest Mixed Martial Arts Tournament in June 2010 also surfaced, prompting the PFRS Board to revoke his disability pension.

As a result, Streater will spend seven years in state prison, in addition to paying a full restitution of $82,488. He has also been banned from public employment in New Jersey.

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