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.
Legislators please see the detailed list of the 8 bill ideas with reference to the exact existing law to update. They couldn’t be easier bills to write.
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.
Why do stupid ideas make it to law and great bi-partisan bill ideas to get justice for children who are sexually assaulted do not? The answer is simple. Aside from having paid special interest at the legislature like the MN film industry… you need to have an idea that is being called on by the public. Overall, the public has no clue how bad sex offender law in MN is. Even we had no idea, until it hits you like a ton of bricks when your child is sexually assaulted.
You can tell law makers about your child being violently sexually assaulted and give them the exact law to fix to prevent it from happening to someone else’s child; but they are unmotivated it seems until the public catches on. One example of many horror stories, we emailed them about of a recently convicted rapist in Woodbury who admitted unapologetic to police he raped a 13 year old girl “over 130 times;” but was only sentenced to 8 years. Convicted of having a significant relationship with someone under 16 and not child rape as he should have been tried. His name is Eric Duncan, DOB 8-31-1984; but you won’t find him if you google his name… The legislature and the media ignore this news.
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, and if you get a response let us know through our facebook page. We highly respect the County and the difficult job they have. It is unfortunate they do not communicate with the public or legislators on what laws could be changed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and prosecutor Jessica.Stott@co.washington.mn.us did not respond to our request to clarify. Why was this case treated as if he had consensual sex with a minor when clearly she was violently raped?
Caleb Wolfgram of Forest Lake, Convicted of spying on minors in a Woodbury Gap store and another conviction of spying on minors in a tanning bed in 2014 and 2015. Strikes a third time in broad daylight in the Forest Lake Target sexually assaulting a 12 year old. The attack was captured on surveillance camera. He was charged with 2nd degree sexual conduct which could have had a max penalty of 25 years in prison; however the County exchanged a plea deal down to 4th degree and he only has to serve a minimum of 2 years. It’s his third conviction of this, he’s escalating, yet the county gives a plea deal?
CORWIN THOMAS MOOSE, was turned in by a 16 year old female with concerns regarding this child predator. Police set up a child trafficking sting offering sex with a minor. Moose showed up and was arrested and they found a tarp, an empty suit case, and rubber gloves in the trunk. He was convicted and only has to serve 5 years probation and a year in jail. Will be back on the streets in July 2017.
Luis Ponce of Cottage Grove. Number 1 on our list as one of the original men caught in the first child trafficking sting in 2015. Accepted a too good to be true plea deal from the county. All we know is he admitted at the scene he knew the ages of the children, yet his conviction got him just 60 days in Jail and 3 years probation. Again, weak Sentencing guidelines?
Appears the County upped the charges and he was convicted in August 2017 of 3 degree criminal sexual conduct. Has to serve 180 days in Jail, 15 years probation, and only 10 years as a registered sex offender. see:
CHRISTOPHER SCOTT HENDERSON, was caught red handed in a Washington County child sex trafficking sting when he tried to meet what he thought was a 32 year old “mother” and her “deaf” 14 year old “daughter” for sex. He’s number 8 on our list. Convicted in August 2016 and only served 60 days in jail and has 5 years probation. Contact legislators to have child predators monitored for life instead of just 10 years max.
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”
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.