Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Child Sexual Predators Caught in Online Sting Head to Court
Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that sexual predators from across the state who were caught in October’s Child Sexual Predator sting will face a Jefferson County judge this month, beginning next week. During a sting operation in October, 2006, these men, ages 23 to 48, drove to a home in Louisville with one goal in mind – to victimize an innocent child. Instead they came face to face with law enforcement.
“These sexual predators assumed they had been chatting online with a 13-year-old child for a day or two, or in some cases, for several days or weeks,” Attorney General Stumbo said. “They actually had been chatting with a volunteer from watchdog group “Perverted Justice,” which assisted law enforcement in the undercover operation. Several of the predators also sent explicit photos and showed indecent video of themselves to the person they thought was an underage female. It’s time they face justice.”
On Monday, February 5, 2007 two of the child sexual predators will go before a Jefferson County judge during a pretrial conference. The cases are being prosecuted by John Heck of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel’s Office. Anthony Vincent Ross’ pretrial conference is scheduled before Judge McKay Chauvin at 10a.m. Ross, from Louisville, is alleged to have driven his Mercedes sports car to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl whose mother was away. Steven Darrell Duncil’s conference is scheduled at 10:30a.m. before Judge James M. Shake. Duncil was a substitute school teacher in Fleming County who had taught 4th graders the previous year. He’s alleged to have traveled for hours believing he had lured an innocent minor into a sexual relationship.
Following is the court schedule for the other men caught in the sting operation:
- Jeffrey Wayne Barnes – Guilty plea entered on December 13, 2006. Sentencing will occur on February 6, 2007 at 8:30a.m. before Judge Judith McDonald Burkman in Jefferson County.
- Charles Martin Clark – Pretrial conference scheduled for February 14, 2007 before Judge Craig Clymer in McCracken County.
- Todd Edward Noble – Pretrial conference scheduled on February 23, 2007 at 9:45a.m. in Jefferson County – unclear which judge will hear.
- Damon Baete – Pretrial conference scheduled for February 20, 2007 at 9:30a.m. before Judge Stephen K. Mershon in Jefferson County. Jury Trial set for May 22, 2007.
- Bryan J. Prow – Pretrial conference scheduled for March 9, 2007 at 11:45a.m. before Judge Kathleen Voor Montano in Jefferson County.
- Leslie R. Peek – Pled guilty on November 20, 2006. Sentenced on January 12, 2007 to five years supervised probation and a $1,000 fine before Judge Martin McDonald in Jefferson County.
Each perpetrator was charged with use of an electronic device to entice a minor into a sexual act, a Class D felony, and all but one was charged with attempted unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class C felony. These criminal defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Since the sting operation, Attorney General Stumbo has formed an i-Shield Task Force to get "cybersafety" information out to our schools and communities. This Task Force is composed of specially trained law enforcement officers from across the state who help teach children and others in our community how to avoid Internet predators and other Internet dangers. He has also added a Cybersafety section to the Office of the Attorney General website (www.ag.ky.gov/cybersafety) with online tips and information to safeguard children from Internet threats including dangers such as cyberstalking and cyberbullying.
The Office of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for School Safety, also sponsored an i-SAFE Assembly Program at Green County High School last week to educate and empower students to act safely and responsibly on the Internet. A day-long program is being planned for Bullitt County on March 31st, 2007.
The Attorney General’s Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and Office of Consumer Protection coordinated October’s undercover child sexual predator sting operation with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Louisville Metro Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit, Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Kentucky State Police, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, Lexington Metro Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit, the New Albany Police Department, Floyd County, Indiana County Attorney’s Office.