Wright State prof is charged in child porn case

Published: Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 3:34 PM
Updated: Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 3:34 PM


            WSU professor faces child pornography charges

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.- Wright State officials said in a statement that upon learning that charges were pending Dr. Farlow was placed on a paid suspension. The statement went on to say that Dr. Farlow is not supposed to have contact with students during the investigation.

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A Wright State University professor accused of possessing child pornography pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in federal court.

Dr. Gary Farlow, an associate physics professor, remains free on bond.

A Secret Service investigator said Farlow took his work-issued laptop to the IT department of the university in December 2013 claiming there was a virus on it. While being serviced, IT workers discovered dozens of videos and pictures containing child pornography, according to the investigator.

The Wright State University Police Department then opened an investigation against Farlow and found more images on his work-issued desktop, the investigator said. The Secret Service and Greene County Prosecutor's Office were also involved in the investigation.

There was no indication that any images contained local children, according to investigators.

Farlow has worked at Wright State for decades, according to the Secret Service.

Ex-officers charged in traffic stop brutality case surrender

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 9:10 AM

Now-former Gwinnett County police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald.
Gwinnett County Police Department

 

Two former Gwinnett County, Georgia, police officers, who were fired after a traffic stop caught on camera that showed them kicking and hitting a man, have turned themselves in to police.

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Former Gwinnett County police Sgt. Mike Bongiovanni turned himself in on criminal charges just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Former officer Robert McDonald turned himself in late Tuesday evening after his legal team spent the day trying raise the money for his bond. There was some sort of paperwork issue.

Bongiovanni was silent as he walked into the Gwinnett County Jail and paid the $15,000 bond.

Both Bongiovanni and McDonald are charged with one misdemeanor charge of battery and one count each of violation of oath, which is a felony.

The Gwinnett Police Department worked with the district attorney's office during the investigation. 

"The Police Department and its employees will continue to serve the citizens while maintaining our core values and highest level of professionalism," Chief Butch Ayers said.

Videos that surfaced on social media earlier this month showed Bongiovanni hit Demetrius Hollins in the face before McDonald kicked him in the head while he was on the ground in handcuffs.

Prosecutors have since said the video shows what appears to be an object in one of the then-officer’s hands. They said they believe McDonald appeared to have his gun drawn during the incident.

Washington learned that could lead to an upgrade of his battery charge to a charge of aggravated assault.

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen a situation where both officers appeared to act without justification," Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

Bongiovanni told Washington Thursday that his client, Bongiovanni, maintains his innocence and plans to fight the charges.

"He's prepared to defend himself on this. He stands by his actions,” Mike Puglise said.

As for the victim, Hollins said he constantly thinks about his encounter with the former officers.

“I’ve just been having nightmares and in my head and it’s just like, what could I have done that would have not let this happen to me?” he said.

There will be a grand jury hearing for both former officers in the next few weeks.

"Now he has this blemish and he's in the fight not only to protect his integrity of wearing that badge, but he's looking at prison time," Puglise said.

 

Bellefontaine student charged with inducing panic

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 8:19 AM

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BELLEFONTAINE — A 16-year-old student was recently charged with inducting panic, according to the Bellefontaine Police Department Facebook page Friday morning. 

The social media post states the charges are related to online video threats. 

The Facebook post states:

“Both he and his family were cooperative with police investigators. No real firearms were involved in this incident. The weapon that the teen is seen holding in the online photo was found to be a plastic replica.”

Police state the department will continue working with the district to keep schools safe. 

We are working to bring you more information about this incident. 

Florida elementary school janitor accused of sexting teen

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 4:09 AM

Matthew Benedict
Lake County Jail

A Florida elementary school janitor has been suspended after allegedly exchanging explicit photos and texts with a 15-year-old boy, deputies said. 

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Matthew Benedict, 29, of Lake County reportedly gave the teen a cellphone and sexted him, WESH reported. 

Even though Benedict worked in the school district, detectives said, that’s not how they knew each other, according to WESH. 

Investigators added that there’s no evidence that Benedict was inappropriate with any school children.

Benedict was charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child and transmitting harmful material to a minor.

Arkansas executes fourth inmate in 8 days

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 2:44 AM

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days as Kenneth Williams was put to death by lethal injection Thursday night.
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Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days, as Kenneth Williams received a lethal injection Thursday night, KARK reported.

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Williams, 38, died at the Cummins Unit prison in Varner. He was convicted of killing a former deputy warden after he escaped from prison in 1999, The Associated Press reported. At the time of his escape, in a hog slop-filled tank in a garbage truck, Williams was serving a life term for killing a cheerleader at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, KTHV reported.

On December 18, 1998, Williams kidnapped Dominique Hurd and her friend at gunpoint and forced them out of their car. Williams shot Hurd in the head, KTHV reported.

On Oct. 3, 1999, Williams escaped from state prison. During his escape, he fatally shot 57-year-old Cecil Boren, who had once worked as a prison warden, KTHV reported. He stole Boren’s pickup truck and then drove to Missouri, where he was arrested after a high-speed chase, KTHV reported.

Williams was sentenced to death in 2000, KARK reported.

The state had planned to put eight men to death before its supply of the sedative midazolam expires on Sunday, the AP reported. Courts issued stays for four of the men who were scheduled to die.

Witnesses in the chamber, including an Associated Press reporter, said Williams lurched 20 times on the gurney before three lethal drugs took his life. The movements were described as “lurching, convulsing, coughing and jerking.”

Shawn Nolan,  one of Williams' attorneys, said in a statement that he is requesting "a full investigation into tonight's problematic execution."

A spokesman for Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the AP that Williams’ movements were an "involuntary muscular reaction" to one of the drugs used.

Spokesman J.R. Davis said he expects Hutchinson to review the execution.