Police: Couple arrested on multiple child sex abuse charges after horrific pictures and videos found

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ST PETERSBURG, FL – A couple based out of St. Petersburg was arrested back in July after police reportedly found both videos and images depicting child pornography, which, among the evidence seized, allegedly contained video of the male suspect arrested performing sexual acts with a child.

According to officials, the St. Petersburg Police Department begin investigating 31-year-old Jason Wienrich and 26-year-old Alicia Stevens following some received tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Upon a request from police, Wienrich reportedly allowed detectives to search his electronics devices where both incriminating images and video were found. Officials say that the children depicted in the videos and images have been identified and are safe.

Wienrich has since been charged with two counts of sexual battery involving children less than 12, possession of child pornography, unlawful use of two-way communication device and promote sex performance of a child.

As for Stevens, she has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation, use of a child to engage in sex and lewd and lascivious exhibition charges.

The investigation into the matter is still ongoing, according to authorities. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the St. Petersburg Police’s non-emergency line at 727-883-7780.

In other similarly disturbing cases in Florida, a man who police say sexually abused young girls that he fostered in his home was arrested earlier in July by the Holly Hill Police Department.

Authorities allege that the suspect would molest and abuse his foster kids inside a shed that had an area referred to as the “punishment room”, where at least four victims were abused during his time as a foster parent.

A man identified as Lawrence Henry Williams was arrested on July 22nd in Port Orange under charges of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation, with police saying that more charges may be coming down the line as the investigation continues.

Four victims were listed in a charging affidavit against Williams, which police say that the four victims all had similar accounts of abuse that involved a shed in the backyard that had three rooms: a game room, a fun room, and a punishment room.

Authorities say that the punishment room was where the sexual abuse occurred.

The victims reportedly told authorities that Williams would tell them to pull down their pants and underwear so he could spank their bare buttocks, which the victims told police that they’d be molested during these encounters.

One of the victims was as young as 8-years-old when Williams first allegedly raped her.

Another one of the victim’s had previously come from a home where her own father and brother molested her, and she told authorities that Williams claimed to be ‘helping her’ when he’d allegedly molest her.

Another of the victim’s told police that Williams would give her an ultimatum while in the punishment room, which was either be spanked or touch him inappropriately.

Williams would allegedly take the victims into the punishment room during the early morning hours prior to anyone else being awake in the home, sit them on a couch and cover both of their laps with a blanket so that if he was caught in the act, the blanket would conceal what he was doing.

The organization that Williams used to be able to foster the young girls in his home claimed to have been hesitant to house the victims with Williams but cited that he’d passed the background check and answered the questionnaires involved in the process accordingly.

This organization also noted that Williams seemed eager and often requested that young white girls be placed in his care.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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In Tulsa, Oklahoma, another disturbing case revolving around sexual abuse targeting a minor resulted in two arrests recently – the man accused of assaulting the minor and the minor’s own mother for allegedly permitting the abuse to occur. 

Here’s that previous report from July. 

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TULSA, OK – The mother of a 12-year-old girl, who recently gave birth to a 24-year-old man’s child, in Tulsa was arrested earlier in July after authorities say she knew of the illicit relationship between her daughter and the adult male – and even threw her daughter and the male a baby shower.

According to a release from the Tulsa Police Department, officers were called to a hospital in midtown Tulsa regarding a possible rape victim on July 14th, as there was a 12-year-old girl actively going into labor at the time.

Police later arrested a suspect identified as 24-year-old Juan Miranda-Jara for first-degree rape of a minor, after he reportedly admitted to authorities that he “was in a relationship with the 12-year-old victim that started in October of 2020”, according to the release and admitted to being the biological father of the minor’s child.  

In an update to the investigation shared on July 29th, Tulsa Police announced a second arrest in connection to the case – this time the mother of the 12-year-old victim.

Tulsa Police confirmed the arrest of Desiree Castaneda, citing that the suspect was allegedly “aware” of and “permitted” the abuse of her daughter:

“The investigation revealed that the victim’s mother and family members were aware of the relationship between the victim and Miranda-Jara. The family permitted the relationship, and there are photos of the family throwing a baby shower for the victim and the suspect.”

Castaneda has since been charged with enabling child sex abuse and child neglect.

Elsewhere in Oklahoma, a 34-year-old man was recently charged with eight child abuse charges and two child sexual abuse charges between three different abuse cases that were investigated between March and June

Stillwater Police Officer Shawn Millermon investigated three cases linked to child abuse, which ultimately led to the arrest of 34-year-old Erick Roy Hale. 

Officer Millermoon had initially received notification from Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Specialist Bailey Tyler that several children has alleged physical and sexual abuse by the hands of Hale. 

One of the victims alleged that Hale had previously used a hardcover book to hit them in the face and would frequently be beaten “with a black leather belt that had a bronze belt buckle.”

That same victim reportedly disclosed to investigators that they remembered having to get stitches when they were only 2-years-old due to “being slammed into the bed frame” by the suspect. 

Erick Roy Hale - Payne County Jail
Erick Roy Hale – Payne County Jail

Another victim claimed that Hale was also frequently beaten by the same belt used on the aforementioned victim. 

The third victim in the case alleged Hale would hit them “mostly everywhere” and also witnessed the physical abuse of the other two children.

The investigation into Hale also uncovered alleged sexual abuse, where a victim said that Hale had abused them from the age of 7 up until they were 10-years-old. 

There were reportedly two other victims that came forward in April, with one alleging that they were “sexually assaulted by Erick when they lived in Stillwater” between the ages of 8 and 9-years-old and a victim alleging physical abuse when they were 11. 

Hale was arraigned on July 13th for the charges and his next court appearance is slated for August 18th. The suspect could be facing life in prison if convicted of the charges. 

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In Las Vegas, a woman who happens to be a deputy district attorney was arrested under child endangerment and DUI charges for allegedly being drunk behind the wheel with her child in the backseat. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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LAS VEGAS, NV – A Clark County deputy district attorney is facing some serious charges after allegedly being drunk behind the wheel earlier in July while having a sleeping child in the backseat of her vehicle after being pulled over by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

On July 18th, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper had pulled over Clark County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Malich at approximately 2:30 a.m. along U.S. 95 southbound near Tropicana. The trooper had reportedly observed the suspect’s car failing to stay in its lane and repeatedly going over the fog line.

After the trooper had pulled Malich over, the arrest report noted that her speech was “thick and slurred”, and that the trooper could smell “a strong odor of unknown intoxicating beverage” on the suspect’s breath.

Malich had reportedly told the trooper that she’d consumed one beer roughly two hours earlier. When Malich agreed to participate in a field sobriety test, the arrest report noted that she had failed.

Malich was subsequently arrested, and child protective services was called to pick up the child (whose age was redacted from the report) who was in Malich’s backseat.

A blood draw was reportedly conducted at the Clark County Detention Center approximately three hours after the stop was conducted. Malich has since been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to maintain, failing to use a turn signal and child endangerment.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has yet to comment on the employment status of Malich, following her arrest and charges, with a spokesperson for the office simply saying the matter is “confidential”:

“As to Ms. Malich’s status with our office, that is a confidential personnel matter, and we will not be commenting on that at this time.”

Furthermore, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office – which the case was referred to, reportedly – is also not commenting on Malich’s case, nor is the attorney representing the deputy district attorney in the matter.

A court date is scheduled for November for Malich, according to reports.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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