From Washington County alone, in just two years time, we have uncovered ten cases of the horrible results of our
completely broken Minnesota criminal justice system regarding child predators. We have 8 simple bill ideas for legislators.
We are making painstakingly slow progress despite having the facts, evidence, and common sense supporting. This needs awareness to motivate change. We're not the only one who have noticed. From Kare11: “We know of no other state in the union with sentencing as weak as Minnesota’s for child sexual exploitation.”Report: MN weak on protecting children from exploitation data from protect.org. Fortunately, it seems when the main stream media does a story on something tragic like a sex offender who is driving a bus up in Anoka MN... the news gets out, the public picks up the phone and calls the legislature, and the law changes for the better. Loophole allows sex offender to drive school bus
We hope the news of these 10 cases will help empower you to help contact legislators to get justice for the child victims and deter future child exploitation. Nothing else. We've got a total of four bipartisan bill ideas passed into law so far thanks to legislators like Cindy Pugh (R), Joann Ward (D), Kathy Sheran (D), Tony Cornish (R), and Tim Miller (R). However; this year, 2017, did not share the same success. Starting before session began, we had eight bill ideas to improve sex offender law. All of them exist as law in many other States; however, none of them got traction. No we're not lobbyists, no we don't have (or want) a budget, all we are is just citizens and parents like you. One of whom's child was a victim of one of the previously convicted child predators in Washington County.
Politicians are politicians. No mater what political party, they are great at looking you in the eye and saying they'll help write your idea to a bill and try to get it passed into law. They'll say they will work on your idea to make Minnesota the 24th state to require sex offenders to register for life and then do nothing. Or worse, find time to write a useless bill like making the State color purple; to give $13 million to purchase snow making machines for film makers; or to write useless legislation condemning China for organ harvesting, as if the communist super power will listen to Minnesota law.
There are 87 counties in MN and it's extremely disturbing that in just two years we can give you 10 examples from just our County alone of grossly under punished child predators. There are many more we didn't list. Two are not convicted yet (#7 & #9), but were both charged with very weak crimes not fitting the terrible crime they allegedly committed on a child. "Innocent until proven guilty" See all the sex offenders from public record we've found, nearly all of them are similar examples (see above).
Marques Williams of Stillwater, was just convicted with DNA proof, of raping a 15 year old child. He lives by two Stillwater Schools. He was sentenced to only 90 days in jail; just a $50 fine, 5 years of probation, and to register as a sex offender for 10 years. The county ignores requests to provide details as to what happens with all these cases like this with offenders getting weak punishments. Are they giving out plea deals to avoid a trial? Is it weak charges? Is it weak sentencing guidelines? If so what are they doing to increase the punishment? email our elected county attorney, Pete.Orput@co.washington.mn.us
Michael John Quesnel, of Hugo MN, convicted of violent sexual assault on 4-19-17 to the point of vaginal bleeding on a 3 year old with cerebral Palsy. Only received 7.5 years in prison with over a year credit for time served. Only has to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Write your legislators to change sentencing guidelines and increase severity of punishment for child predators like this.
Jeremiah Turner of Cottage Grove, Convicted of raping a deaf 15 year old child. In the criminal complaint it states he held down and sexually assaulted the child. The victim's disturbing account of the incident ishorrifying... unfortunately the county attorney's office decided to only charge him with "Significant Relationship, victim under 16" instead of child rape. The County attorney email@example.com and prosecutor Jessica.Stott@co.washington.
Randy Oldeen of St. Paul Park. "innocent until proven guilty" Parents of a child reported to police he allegedly sent and received sexual messages with their child since she was 11 years old. Police report states the child said they met and had sex "multiple times" when she was 13. Police found sexual communication with the child on his computer. He's only charged with communication with a minor. Contact the County prosecutors on why he was not charged with soliciting a minor or more harsh charges to fit the crime of this accused child predator. A slap on the hand of a max penalty of 3 years is hardly justice. He also will not have to register as a sex offender if convicted. Please contact and write your legislators to make the sentencing guideline more harsh and to make this crime have to register as a predatory offender if convicted. "Innocent until proven guilty"
10.) Like the example of number 9:
Both of these men on our list had the exact same crime of being caught in child trafficking stings by showing up to have sex with a child, both charged with child prostitution, and both were convicted in the same month almost. Yet Charles Manley Anderson and many others on the list have the charge of child prostitution/solicitation dropped and only get convicted of "sexual communication with a minor" or other charges that do not require sex offender registration. Then very few like Kevin Michael Aylward get the conviction that requires offender registration. Why? Especially in light of the fact Anderson has been convicted twice in the past soliciting minors according to his criminal complaint.