35 Year Old Stephen Howells & 25 Year Old Nicole Vaisey Arrested in Kidnapping of Two Amish Girls, Fannie and Delia Miller (VIDEO)(Update: Expect More Charges Like Sexual Assault and Rape)
A New York couple, 35 year old Stephen Howells and 25 year old Nicole Vaisey, have been arrested in the kidnapping of two Amish girls. Howells and Vaisey abducted 12 year old Fannie Miller and 7 year old Delia Miller on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm from their farm stand in Oswegatchie, NY prompting an AMBER ALERT.. The two girls were found safe on Thursday when their captors left them off at a home, and the individual returned them to their parents. The Hermon, NY couple have been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse both Fannie and Delia Miller. Both Howells and Vaisey are being held without bond. Both have been charged with first degree kidnapping; however, more charges are sue to follow.
Stephen Howells – Nicole Vaisey
A New York couple arrested in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters may have planned to abduct more children.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said Saturday that “there was the definite potential” of additional victims and that additional charges may be filed against Stephen Howells, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25.
The Hermon, N.Y., couple have been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse a 7-year-old and 12-year-old after abducting them from a roadside farm stand in northern New York State earlier this week.
Wells says the motive was “to take these girls from their home and victimize these girls.”
Wells says the motive was “to take these girls from their home and victimize these girls.”
The sheriff said Howells and Vaisey “were targeting opportunities” and did not necessarily grab the girls because they are Amish.
“There was a lot of thought process that went into this,” Wells said. “They were looking for opportunities to victimize.”
The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement late Friday saying the arrests of Howells and Vaisey “no doubt saved young children from future abuse.”
The two Amish sisters from northern New York who were kidnapped this week and then found safe a day later were sexually assaulted, the St. Lawrence County’s District Attorneys office told NBC News. Investigators believe suspects Stephen M. Howells II, 39, and Nicole F. Vaisey, 25 had planned the kidnapping using “coercion tactics” and knew ahead of time they wanted to take the girls, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells told reporters Saturday. Howells and Vaisey are being held without bail on first-degree kidnapping charges in the abduction and could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Wells added that “there was the definite potential” for additional victims, and the suspects could be hit with more charges.
Expect more charges to be added to the first degree kidnapping for Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey. Look for sexual assault and rape charges as well. Hopefully these two sex offenders will be going away for life.
More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday.
Computer hard drives and other potential evidence are still being collected Sunday from the home of Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey, said Mary Rain, district attorney for St. Lawrence County.
“I 100 percent expect more charges,” Rain told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. She said the new charges, which she would not detail, could come after she meets with police investigators Monday or at the hearing Thursday. It’s also possible prosecutors would have to wait for results from forensic tests.
32 Year old Fugitive Child Molester Charles Richard Mozdir Featured on CNN’s ‘The Hunt’ Killed in NYC Shootout
Good riddance to bad rubbish …
32 year old Charles Richard Thomas Mozdir, a fugitive child molestation suspect from Coronado, CA was shot and killed by US Marshall’s on Monday in New York City. Mozdir, who was pronounced dead at a New York City hospital. According to accounts, two US Marshals and one NYC police officer were injured in the shootout. They are all in good condition.Charles Richard Mozdir had been sought since June 2012, when he failed to appear for a pretrial hearing on charges of molesting a child in Coronado. A judge issued a $1 million warrant for his arrest.
Charles Richard Thomas Mozdir – City of Coronado Police Department
A fugitive child molestation suspect from Coronado who had been on the run for more than two years died Monday in a New York City shootout that left three law enforcement officers wounded.
Charles Richard Thomas Mozdir, 32, opened fire when two U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective tried to take him into custody at a Greenwich Village smoke shop about 1 p.m. Eastern time, authorities said.
Mozdir was apparently working at the shop as a salesman.
One witness next door said authorities went inside to talk to Mozdir and he just started shooting.
His case had recently been featured on CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh.” Mozdir was accused of abusing a young boy while babysitting him and authorities later found evidence of child pornography and bestiality on his cellphone and computers, according to the show’s website, quoting federal authorities.
Authorities have searched for him in Coronado, Georgia, California and Mexico, according to the show.
In the end, we have one less sex offender who will never, and I repeat never will offend again.
Father Beats Child Molester Raymond Frolamder Unconscious After Catching Him in the Act of Sexually Assaulting his Son in Volusia County, FL
The feel good story of the day and hero of the week goes to the 35 year old unidentified Florida father.
18 year old child molester, Raymond Frolander, was left beaten, battered and unconscious in a pool of his own blood after a Florida father caught the perv in the act of sexually assaulting his son. The unnamed father called 9-1-1 Frolander has since been charged with sexual battery on a victim under 12 and is being held without bail, county jail records show. Daytona Beach police chief Mike Chitwood said the father was not charged with a crime. Not been charged? The dad should get a medal. CNN affiliate CFN 13 asked Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood whether he had any issue with the father’s reaction Friday. Chitwood responded, “Not as a police chief and not as a father.” Frolander is being held without bail.
“I just walked in on a grown man molesting—,” the 35-year-old unidentified father told a 911 dispatcher. “And I got him in a bloody puddle for you officer.”
Asked by the dispatcher if he had used any weapons, the father responded, “My foot and my fist.”
“I didn’t proceed to ask him any questions sir,” he said. “He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you. I drug him out to the living room.”
“He stood up and his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said,” the father added to the dispatcher. “I did whatever I got a right to do except I didn’t kill him.”
The father then advised the dispatcher to deploy paramedics. “Send an ambulance. He is going to need one.”
An 18 year old Child Molester Raymond Frolander after Father got through with him (Pic source: Volusia County Jail)
According to Frolander’s arrest affidavit, police say when they questioned him he admitted sexually battering the child and said, “I’m guilty.”
Frolander was charged with sexual battery by an 18-year-old on a victim under 12 and is being held without bail, Volusia County Branch Jail records show.
The child told investigators that he was playing video games with friends but after the friends left, Frolander asked the boy to sit in his lap and then took him to a back room, the report states.
Frolander then pulled the boy’s pants down and started sexually battering him, the boy told police, adding that Frolander had been abusing him since he was 8 years old, investigators said.
Now that is some street “JUSTICE” … Parental style. How would have the nerve to say that this
perp perv did not get exactly what he had coming?
16 Year Old Ashley Lyon Missing Since 6/11/14 from Valrico, FL … Believed to be With 41 Year Old Registered Sex Offender Steven Patrick Myers (Update: Missing Teen Found with Sex Offender after car chase in Louisiana)
16 year old Ashley Lyon has been missing since Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Valrico, Florida. Lyon was last seen around 4 p.m. on Wednesday at her home on the 4000 block of Water Lark Way in Valrico. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a statewide missing child alert on Saturday afternoon for Ashley Lyon who police believe is in the company of 41 year old registered sex offender, Steven Patrick Myers. Ashley Lyon has been diagnosed as bipolar and is without her medication. Authorities say that they two may be traveling in a 1989, dark-colored, Ford Ranger truck with flames painted on the front and sides with Florida tags CSJM45.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a statewide missing child alert on Saturday afternoon for Ashley Lyon, who has not been seen or heard from since leaving her Valrico home. Lyon has been diagnosed as bipolar and did not take her medications with her.
Deputies said Lyon may be in the company of 41-year-old Steven Patrick Myers, who the sex offender registry indicates moved to Plant City after two convictions on sex charges in Georgia.
Lyon was wearing a black tank top, black gym shorts and black shoes. She has brown eyes and black hair. She weighs 175 pounds and is 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
Myers has brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs 156 pounds and is 5 feet, 11 inches tall.
They might be traveling in a 1989, dark-colored, Ford Ranger truck with flames painted on the front and sides. The tag number is CSJM45.
Ashley’s parents said they recently found out she had been spending time with Myers, who lives in Plant City, but has relatives in their neighborhood.
The Lyons grounded Ashley but she disappeared while her mother Michelle had jury duty and father Roger was at work.
“I returned home from work at approximately 4:30 that afternoon. I heard music on in her room. My assumption was that she was in the room. When my son and I finished barbequing dinner, I said go get your sister, it’s time to eat and at that point he said she’s not in her room,” said Roger Lyon.
The family said she hasn’t been heard from since and her phone is off.
“Quite honestly, we’re not angry at this point,” he said. “We’re terrified. We just want our baby daughter to come home.”
UPDATE II: $5,000 reward offered in missing teen case.
Hillsborough County, Florida – A father is making an emotional plea on this holiday weekend. His 16-year-old daughter has been missing since Wednesday and he is asking for the public’s help in finding her.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to finding Ashley Lyon.
Ashley’s family spent the evening passing out flyers at businesses near their home in Valrico. They also passed fliers out near a gas station in Plant City, where 41-year-old Steven Myers, a two-time sex offender, lives. Ashley’s family believes she is with Meyers.
The parents of a missing Valrico teenager spent Father’s Day distributing fliers to businesses and neighborhoods all over Hillsborough County.
Ashley’s parents say the community and thousands on social media have been helping in the search and they won’t rest until their daughter’s home safe.
“There are so many, I mean, I’ve had my daughter’s teacher call and anything she can do she wants to help. And so many online shares, like the missingcase.com that was posted last night – they already had close to 5,000 shares,” said Michelle Lyon, Ashley’s mother.
“Today isn’t Father’s Day. Today’s Ashley’s day and it will be Father’s Day when I get her back home,” said Roger Lyon, her father.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Ashley Lyon is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200, Crimestoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 888-FL-MISSING.
A truck stop cashier spotted a sex offender and a Florida teen who’d been missing for a week, setting off a 40-mile chase across Louisiana swampland that ended when the man’s truck burst into flames, officials said Thursday.
The Florida man — Steven Myers, 41, of Plant City — and the 16-year-old girl both had stab wounds and were in serious but stable condition, police said. Investigators believe but have not confirmed that Myers stabbed the girl and then himself, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for the Lafayette City Police Department.
The missing Tampa Bay area teen found in Louisiana early Thursday was stabbed 10 or 12 times after the registered sex offender she was traveling with “realized he wasn’t getting away” during a high-speed pursuit, a sheriff’s official said.
Ashley Lyon, 16, Valrico was upgraded to serious but stable condition at a Lafayette, La., hospital, police said.
The man she was with, Steven Myers, was also hospitalized after the 40-mile pursuit with law enforcement. He was in serious but stable condition with apparent self-inflicted stab wounds and K-9 bites after confronting officers with a knife, police said.
Samuel “Curt” Johnson III, SC Johnson Heir Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Teen … Sentenced to Misdemeanor, Fourth-Degree Sexual Assault
THERE CAN BE NO JUSTICE WHEN THE VICTIM DOES NOT WANT IT …
Samuel “Curt” Johnson III, heir to the SC Johnson fortune, was convicted on Friday of sexually assaulting a teen. However, the felony was downgraded to a misdemeanor, fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. Johnson was initially charged in 2011 with the repeated sexual assault of a child, that charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. However, Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz sentenced Johnson to four months in jail and fined $6,000. Wow, $6,000, that is the equivalent of like 6 cents for this individual. However, the problem this time was not a lenient judge or lame prosecutor, it was the victim and her family. Neither the girl nor her mother wanted a case brought against Johnson, but the female victim did initially tell Racine County investigators that Johnson had inappropriate sexual contact with her 15 to 20 times, starting the summer after she finished sixth grade. She said Johnson exposed himself, fondled her under her clothes and kissed her breasts and elsewhere.
A Wisconsin billionaire pleaded guilty Friday to repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl, a charge that prosecutors ended up downgrading from a felony to a misdemeanor after they said the victim and her family repeatedly refused to cooperate.
Samuel “Curt” Johnson III, whose family has run home-products giant SC Johnson for five generations, was convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to four months in jail, short of the one-year maximum. He was also fined $6,000.
In considering the sentence, Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz acknowledged that neither the girl nor her mother wanted a case brought against Johnson. Authorities only became aware of the allegations after the 59-year-old sought counseling at a clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he made an undisclosed comment that triggered a mandatory report.
Sadly, this billionaire sex offender is going to get off with a slap on the wrist. Assistant District Attorney Robert Repischak said the victim and her mother refused to cooperate from the outset, leaving him a flimsy case at best. Repischak told reporters after the hearing, “I would have liked a chance to present the felony case to a jury. But given the state of the case, with little if any evidence, I did was I was able to do.”
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown Rules Serial Rapist, the “Pillowcase Rapist” Christopher Evans Hubbart, Be Released from Prison
WHAT IS THIS JUDGE THINKING!!! Do the rights of the law-abiding public ever supersede the rights of a serial rapist violent sexual predator? Honestly, who releases into the public a serial rapist?
Santa Clara County, California Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown has done the unthinkable, he has ruled that Christopher Evans Hubbart, a serial rapist, be released from prison. 67 year old Christopher Evans Hubbart was dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist” who sexually assaulted at least 40 women in the 1970′s and 1980′s; however, authorities believe the number of victims is closer to 100. He got his nickname by using a pillowcase to muffle the screams of some victims. This serial, sexual predator admitted to raping and assaulting about 40 women between 1971 and 1982 and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He was paroled in 1990 only to be arrested two months later for a new sexual assault. Hubbart was returned to prison until 1996. Judge Gilbert Brown said Hubbart will resided at a home in the 2000 block of East Avenue R. WTF. This issue is that these sexual predators have to go some where when they get out. Hmm … how about Hell!!!
It is bad enough what this judge did, but how in the hell did any doctor deem this predator fixed and safe to be released into society? What part about a serial sex offender do they not get? These habitual, serial raping scumbags cannot be fixed.
The so-called “Pillowcase Rapist” who attacked at least 40 women in the 1970s and 1980s will be freed and allowed to live in a remote Southern California desert area despite a host of vocal protests, a judge ordered Friday.
Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, must be released from a state facility by July 7, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown ruled.
Hubbart will be permitted to rent a small house near Palmdale, some 45 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
“Now we are preparing for his arrival,” said District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who spent months fighting Hubbart’s release. “We will do everything within our authority to protect the residents of Los Angeles County from this dangerous predator.”
State Assemblyman Steve Fox:
Fox has proposed legislation which would require communities to be notified in advance of the release of sexually violent predators if they are being released to counties other than the one where they were sentenced, KTLA reports. The legislation, Assembly Bill 1607, passed the State Assembly on Friday.
UPDATE I: Christopher Evans Hubbart to be located in a remote part of Palmdale, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, CA.
“I know he’s going to escalate and he’s not going to leave any witnesses behind,” Holbrook said. “He is going to prey on us like a cat, like a slimy rattlesnake.”
Hubbart must wear a GPS ankle monitor and will be transported to individual therapy sessions twice per week. He will be accompanied by a Liberty supervisor when he goes out in public for the first six months to a year, according to terms of his release.
The house (pictured, right) is located in a remote part of Palmdale, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. He was ordered to Los Angeles County because of a state law that states a judge can send a sexually violent predator back to his “alleged county of domicile.”
“There’s no streetlights out here, the cell service doesn’t hardly work out here. What is this judge thinking?” Holbrook said.
The PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent,
Christopher Evans HUBBART, Defendant and Appellant.
WHEN THIS PREDATOR RAPES AND HE WILL RAPE AGAIN … THIS JUDGE AND MENTAL HEALTH DOCTORS SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES.
US Supreme Court Sets Aside $3.4 Million Verdict for Child Porn Victim … SCOTUS Says: May Claim Damages from Every Person Caught with Illegal Images
The case was Paroline vs. United States:
The SCOTUS has setaside a$3.4 million verdict again a Texas man named Doyle Paroline. The 5-4 decision upholds part of the Violence Against Women Act which calls for restitution to victims of child pornography, but it has some up with a compromise position on how to set the monetary amount. The SCOTUS majority opinion says those who possess the child porn images must pay something because they have contributed to the abuse. In essence, the Court ruled that a federal district court judge must calculate how much to assess against Paroline personally. The WAPO points out that the 5-4 decision was not the typical SCOTUS left-right split, which although the opinions were based on different rationals, at least issues like child porn are dealt with not along political lines.
Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
But justices rejected the idea that a single person who possesses such images may be assessed the full amount due to the victim, setting aside a $3.4-million verdict against a Texas man in a favor of a woman whose childhood rape was photographed and widely circulated on the Internet.
The 5-4 decision upholds part of the Violence Against Women Act which calls for restitution to victims of child pornography, but it adopts a middle-ground position on how to set the amount. It said those who possess the images must pay something because they have contributed to the abuse.
“It makes sense to spread the payment among a larger number of offenders in amounts more closely in proportion to their respective causal roles and their own circumstances,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy. “This would serve the twin goals of helping the victim achieve eventual restitution for all of her child pornography losses and impressing upon offenders the fact that child pornography crimes, even simple possession, affect real victims.”
His opinion in Paroline vs. United States leaves it to federal judges to decide on the proper amount in each case.
The case began when a young women using the name “Amy” learned the photos of her sexual abuse as an 8 year old child were circulating on the Internet. Sadly, it was her uncle, Eugene Zebroski, that was her abuser. Initially, a federal judge refused to order Paroline to pay restitution because there was no proof his offense caused or contributed to Amy’s abuse. However, a federal appeals court in New Orleans would overturn that decision and ruled for Amy and said Paroline was responsible for paying the full amount she had sought, a total of $3.4 million.
Paroline was among an estimated 71,000 people worldwide who viewed the attacks.
The full decisions can be read HERE.
Much, much more at the SCOTUS Blog, Opinion analysis: Dividing the duty to pay for child porn.
Each individual — among hundreds and maybe thousands — found guilty of keeping and looking at images of a child being sexually abused must pay the victim something more than a “trivial” sum, but none of them can be required to pay for all that the victim has lost, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a five-to-four decision.
The ruling in the case of Paroline v. United States, settling a dispute among lower courts on a mandatory law of restitution to victims of child pornography, refused to establish a specific formula for allocating the financial blame, telling federal trial judges to “do their best,” with a few suggestions for starting points. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.
Man Wearing a ‘Scream’ Mask Sought by Police after Attempted Abduction of 14 Year Old School Girl in Frankford Area of Philadelphia, PA
Police are investigating an attempted abduction of a 14 year old girl in the Frankford Area of Philadelphia, PA. The incident happened at about 7:30 AM on March 21st in the 2100 block of Granite Street as the teen was walking to school. The kidnapping suspect was wearing a ‘Scream’ mask and was reported to be driving a white four-door car, possibly a Pontiac, with tinted windows. Thankfully, this was only an ‘attempted’ kidnapping as the 14 year old girl was able to break free. Since the girl was attacked during her routine walk to school, one must wonder whether she was targeted and the individual stalked her movements first before he acted.
Be on the lookout for this predator who is si brazen to attack on broad daylight.
Philadelphia police are investigating the attempted abduction of a teenage girl by a man wearing a mask made famous by a series of horror movies.
The incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. on March 21st in the 2100 block of Granite Street in the city’s Frankford section.
The suspect is described being approximately 5’9” and weighing 200 lbs. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. Investigators say his face was covered by a “Scream” movie mask
Madeleine McCann Missing Since May 3, 2007 in Praia da Luz, Portugal … Police Investigating New Suspect Who Assaulted Other Young Girls & Linked to 12 Crimes at Resorts in Portugal
New lead reported by police in the investigation in the disappearance of missing Madeleine McCann …
Could a serial sexual predator been responsible for the disappearance of Maddy McCann? Authorities are saying that they are looking for a man who assaulted five other young British girls on vacation in Portugal. Police are investigating 12 potentially linked crimes at resorts near where the toddler vanished between 2004 and 2006 by a man describe as being tanned with short, dark, unkempt hair. Three year old Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007 while on vacation with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking for a man who assaulted five other young British girls on vacation in Portugal, London’s Metropolitan Police said Wednesday.
Officers are investigating 12 potentially linked crimes at resorts near where the toddler vanished.
The man, whom witnesses describe as being tanned with short, dark, unkempt hair, is suspected of breaking in to 12 vacation homes where British families were staying in the Algarve between 2004 and 2010.
In four of the incidents, girls between 7 and 10 years of age were sexually assaulted in their beds. On one of these occasions, he assaulted two girls in the same villa, police said. These attacks happened between 2004 and 2006.
On two occasions the suspect was wearing a burgundy long sleeve top. On one of those occasions it was described as having a white circle on the back.
Of the 12 offenses, there were four in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra, Praia da Gale district, and two in Praia da Luz. On two occasions, the noise of a bin collection lorry could be heard nearby.
The man is said to have spoken in English with a foreign accent, and his voice was described as slow, or possibly slurred.
On two occasions the suspect was wearing a burgundy long sleeve top. On one of those occasions it was described as having a white circle on the back.
Could There Finally Be a Break in the 1975 Case if Missing 12 Year Old Sheila Lyon & 10 Year Old Sister Kate Lyon … Looking at Convicted Sex Offender Lloyd Lee Welch Jr
Could there finally be a break in the 40 year old missing persons case of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon?
Twelve year old Sheila Lyon and her 10 year old sister Katherine went missing March 25, 1975 while walking home from Wheaton Plaza in Kensington, Maryland. 40 years ago, several witnesses, including the girls’ older brother, saw the two girls inside the shopping mall before their disappearance. An extensive search and investigation ensued, but the two girls were never found nor heard from and no one had ever been charged in the case. Now after all this time, the police belive they may finally have a break in the case. Authorities have identified a “person of interest in the 40 year old Lyon’s missing person’s case … he is 57 year old Lloyd Lee Welch, an already convicted sex offender.
Person of Interest, Convicted Sex Offender Lloyd Lee Welch Jr.
Pic – (Montgomery County police)
Welch traveled extensively throughout the United States from the 1970s through the mid-90s, authorities said. He worked as a ride operator for a carnival company, which often set up at malls. He has a criminal history that includes arrests in several different states for sexual offenses against young girls, according to the station.
The two little girls vanished nearly 40 years ago, their disappearance long faded from the public consciousness, their names etched in a stone marker their hope-sapped parents placed in a local cemetery.
But Maryland police have been tenacious about solving this cold case. And on Tuesday they breathed new life into it, when they announced a possible breakthrough.
Convicted sex offender Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., 57, who’s been serving a prison sentence in Delaware since 1997, was near Sheila and Katherine Lyon on that March day in 1975 when they went missing, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters Tuesday.
Welch was at a plaza that was among the last places that the two girls were seen alive, and he was observed paying attention to the sisters, Manger said. He declined to state how police obtained this lead.
Old case file documents show that a young girl who was with the Lyon sisters that afternoon had described a man who followed the three of them that day. Police developed a sketch partly based on that description, they said. It resembles a mug shot taken of Welch a few years later — in 1977 — when he was arrested in a burglary case in Montgomery.
Welch went on to assault girls in South Carolina and Delaware, where he is in prison, police said. The details of the Delaware case are not clear, but court papers show that he pleaded guilty in 1998 to several sex offenses. Officials said he is due to be set free in 2027 but has asked for early release. The Board of Pardons has scheduled a hearing for July.
Welch’s niece, Debbie Roe, 38, of Dover, Del., said she is the only member of the family who is in regular contact with him. She said she has written letters on and off to him for the past 13 years during his incarceration. She described him as “sweet” and said he is excited when she visits him in prison.
She said that Welch has denied involvement in the disappearance of the Lyon girls but told her that he was at Wheaton Plaza that day.
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Authorities are seeking the public’s help to learn more about Welch. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or they can submit a tip online at http://tips.fbi.gov.