Father Who Repeatedly Raped His Daughter Since She Was Three And Fled To Germany For 10 Years Finally Goes To Jail
After being on the run for nearly 10 years, a father who repeatedly raped his daughter over a long period of time has finally been convicted.
Frank Hertel, 51, was sentenced to 19 to 95 years in prison by Ohio’s Delaware County Common Pleas Court after he pleaded guilty to rape and gross sexual imposition. His daughter Heather Orr, now 31 years old, started being raped by Hertel when she was just three years old. According to Orr’s claims, her father said he was “teaching her how to express love.”
After years of abuse, Hertel was finally arrested and set to go to trial when Orr was 18. Just days before the trial, Hertel, Orr’s mother Judy, and Orr’s brother were able to flee to Germany. Reports claim that the couple lived using fake identities and ran a bar and grill.
For years, Orr, who was now left alone, struggled to have a normal life. In 2009, after years of building up the courage to search for her father, Orr decided to run an Internet search for him. When she typed her father’s name into Google, she found an article about her grandfather being arrested and charged with $1.2 million in tax fraud. She decided to contact some of the people who commented in the article, and eventually, she was able to discover the location where her father was hiding in Germany. He was captured shortly after.
Now, Hertel will likely spend the rest of his life in jail. During court proceedings, Hertel told the judge that he was sorry for what he did.
“It's not the life that I wanted my daughter to have,” said Hertel. “I wanted her life to be perfect."
Orr says that every new day is a struggle to be happy.
"I have lost my entire family," said Orr. "I often wonder, if I hadn't found him, what would have happened."
The woman, now a married mother, says she is planning to write a book about her lifelong hardships.
A Portland, Ore. man riding a public bus has been arrested for claiming to have a “loaded and cocked” gun on him during the ride.
According to reports, 41-year-old Patrick O’Brien Nolin announced that he had the gun, and when the bus driver overheard, she decided to call the police.
When police arrived, they carefully approached the bus to apprehend Nolin. Once they got him into custody, they discovered that he didn’t really have a gun on him at all. Even though police didn’t find a firearm on Nolin, and he didn’t break any laws in that regard, authorities still arrested him.
Nolin was charged with interfering with public transportation and is currently being held at Multnomah County Jail.
A man who fired a gun into the air in 2012 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday.
Francis Aponte, 47, had a previous criminal record that included at least one prior felony.
The Philadelphia man was at an outdoor party near 4th and Indiana in June of 2012 when two Philadelphia police officers saw him shoot a gun into the sky.
Although no one was hurt by what Huffington Post has described as the “celebratory gunshots”, federal prosecutor Jose Arteaga argued that Aponte committed a potentially lethal offense.
“I can cite an example of a four-year-old boy who was killed when the bullet entered the top of his head when an individual fired a gun into the air,” Arteaga said.
“There was a seven-year-old that was killed. There was a 34-year-old woman that was killed while she was standing in a backyard,” Arteaga continued.
In a similar case dating back to New Year’s Eve 1998, Joey Jaskolka was hit by stray gunfire in Philadelphia. Jaskolka has sustained permanent damage from the injury; he has undergone more than 50 surgeries, plus countless hours of rehabilitation.
Aponte faced a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of life in jail.
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In a strange convergence of church and state, sex workers in Arizona are currently being given the choice between undergoing religious therapy or being prosecuted by the state.
Since at least 2011, Arizona law enforcement officials have been bringing prostitutes and other sex workers to the Arizona State School of Social Work, where they are given the opportunity to undergo treatment as part of a program called Project ROSE. According to RT, the program offers “healthcare, housing, and other support services to sex workers,” and “if the women agree to the program they are not arrested and taken to jail.”
The program, however, is carried out by the Bethany Bible Church, a religious institution in Phoenix. Vice reported on the program, claiming that it unfairly funnels women into the church's program, forcing them to participate in Project ROSE even if they haven’t actually been convicted of anything. To Vice, this is a form of forcing religious ideals on sex workers rather than charging them for any crimes they may have committed.
This opinion stems from the fact that law enforcement officials actively seek out sex workers on the streets of Phoenix, handcuff them, and take them in to the church.
Still, many believe that Project ROSE is a successful alternative to incarceration. According to RT, an estimated “35 percent of the women who first arrive at Project ROSE eventually lead healthy, productive lives.”
A 19-year-old factory worker is facing serious charges after his girlfriend discovered a video of him having sex with her dog on his cell phone.
Wayne Bryson fully admitted to having sex with his girlfriend’s Staffordshire bull terrier, and while in court last month, he pleaded guilty to the charge against him.
In addition to being arrested for sexual penetration with an animal, Bryson was caught with 315 grams of marijuana, which he fully admitted to having.
Sentencing is currently set for March 5, and in the meantime, Bryson has been released on bail until he learns his fate. He is not allowed any contact with animals while he is out. Bryson could not offer a reason as to why he had sex with the dog and claims that it was the first time and only he had ever done it. He could serve up to two years in jail for the offense.
A 25-year-old 10th grade English teacher at Brazosport High School in Houston, Texas admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student last year, and after apologizing for what she did, she will be spared jail time.
The incident first came to light when students spotted the teacher Nikki Scherwitz at an after-prom party at one student’s house.
“She was wearing no shoes when she showed up…like a cut up, cut off shirt and everything,” said one of the teens at the party. Witnesses said it appeared that Scherwitz had been drinking. At one point, a student approached Scherwitz and asked her to leave because it was inappropriate for her to be there, so she left with a male student.
Now, after admitting to the sexual encounter and pleading guilty to charges against her, Scherwitz will not face any jail time. She has been sentenced to 10 years probation and $5,000 fine thanks in part to a letter she wrote apologizing for her behavior.
"I apologize for the behavior I engaged in with a student,” wrote Scherwitz in the letter. “I crossed an ethical boundary I never should have crossed. I’m sorry."
Many students and parents are outraged at Scherwitz’s life sentence, claiming that it would not be the same if she was a male and the student was a female.
“The men get 25 to life, but a woman gets a slap on the wrist with only a $5,000 fine,” said student Mario Salinas.
Scherwitz has been told that she will never be allowed to teach again and that she has to stay away from minors.
A hearing was scheduled by Justin Bieber’s lawyers in an attempt to prevent news organizations from obtaining unreleased footage of the pop star in jail.
The hearing is set for Thursday before a Miami-Dade County judge.
While Bieber’s attorneys argue that they need more time to review the videos, news organizations have complained that there is no basis under Florida law that allows attorneys to withhold the footage.
The collection of media groups has asked the judge to grant it access to the videos and has promised that the Associated Press will review the content.
If the videos are obtained, the AP would guarantee that the footage meet the news co-operative’s standard of publication.
Miami Beach Police have already released one jail video, which features the singer getting a pat-down after he removed his outer clothing.
The video was reportedly released without police notifying Bieber’s lawyers.
Police in San Francisco Arrest Good Samaritan and Force Him To Spend A Night in Solitary Confinement
A San Francisco man and his friend called 911 after discovering an injured woman who had fallen off her bicycle on the street, but when police arrived, the man was arrested and taken to jail for no reason at all.
Peretz Partensky wrote about his July 2013 incident in which he spent 12 hours in jail, with half of that time in solitary confinement.
“My friend Ben Woosley and I were hanging out at Driftwood Bar on Folsom Street,” wrote Partensky in his post online. “We were talking work; we had three drinks over the course of three hours. We left the bar at 12:45am and walked towards my house, a block away. The accident had happened just seconds before…the bicycle had flipped forward and lay unattended in the street. The girl’s foot was bare and mangled, her chin bleeding. There was blood on her jacket, a puddle of it on the ground.”
Partensky says he then called 911 as Woosley and a bystander tried to help keep the woman’s foot elevated. When police finally arrived, Partensky says he identified himself as the caller. Out of nowhere, Partensky says that the officers grabbed Ben, who was keeping the injured woman’s foot elevated, dragged him across the sidewalk, and threw him against the wall. When Partensky tried to explain to the officers that he and Woosley were heading home and that they discovered the accident, officers handcuffed him. According to Partensky, he was not told why he was being arrested and was never read his rights.
“As I sat cuffed and propped against the wall, another officer came over and reprimanded me for obstructing police work,” wrote Partensky. “If this were indeed the case, I said, I would agree. But I hadn’t interfered with the medical response, nor could I have. I was 15 feet away from Rebecca [the injured woman] and Josh when I was tackled. I had good intentions, I said. I had called 911 and was following the operator’s instructions to remain on the scene until the ambulance arrived. That was all.”
“The small talk continued. They said I had nothing to worry about. I had done the right thing,” continued Partensky in his post. “I’d probably be taken to the police station around the corner and released. I asked whether I should communicate this to Ben or other friends, in case I needed help getting bailed out. They said that this process should be quick, quicker than my friends’ ability to help, and that I’d be out in no time.”
Partensky was soon taken to San Francisco County Jail, put in a cell, and treated harshly for his 12-hour stay there. During that time, he tried to ask officers if he could see a doctor because he was having head pain from police arresting him, and after asking numerous times, the officers escorted him to solitary where they stripped him naked and left him there with little attention for six hours.
By the time the day shift officers arrived, Partensky says, the entire tune changed completely. A psychiatrist arrived to evaluate Partensky and immediately realized that he should not be there. He was transferred to a holding cell and began the process of being released.
Once Partensky retrieved his personal items, an officer informed him that if he showed up to court on Tuesday, all charges against him would be dropped. He recalls the conversation he had before walking out the door.
“The charges will be dropped if you show up on Tuesday. If you don’t show up, there will be a warrant for your arrest,” I was casually informed.
“Deputy, should I have been here in the first place?”
It was almost too good to hear. “Then why did I end up here?”
“You have to consider the source.” This phrase I remember verbatim.
“How do you mean?”
“I mean, there are a lot of young cops on the street, trying to make a name for themselves.”
Now, Partensky has filed complaints with the city, to no avail, and plans to file a lawsuit. It's also being reported that one of the arresting officers was already being sued by another person at the time of this unwarranted arrest.
Kristina Clark and her boyfriend Donney Carlson spent a night in jail after walking over two avalanches that were blocking traffic on an Alaskan road, but their reason for doing it has some people praising them.
According to reports, Clark and her friend were trying to get her ailing cat Ninja to a vet when their path was blocked by the avalanches. Instead of turning around and going home, the pair decided that they would climb over the avalanches and get the cat medical attention.
The road that was blocked was the only way to get to the town of Valdez, so for Clark, there was no other option if she wanted her cat to live. After walking through the avalanche-blasting zone, the two were arrested and taken to jail while the cat was taken to Valdez Animal Shelter.
DOT workers apparently told the two to turn around and go back, but according to Carlson’s account, they were also told they could be taken to Valdez by helicopter. They didn't realize, however, that once they got into the helicopter, they were going to be arrested.
"We didn't know we were going to get arrested," said Carlson. “They didn't care about Ninja at all.”
“We had to do something and that was the only option," said Clark, who added that she called the police multiple times to ask what she should do. “They said if you want to go climbing, we can't stop you.”
Ninja was eventually taken to the Valdez Veterinary Clinic, where Dr. Kelly Hawkins saved her life.
"That cat wouldn't have made it much longer,” said Hawkins. “I was floored. I have to commend them for doing something to get their cat help."
The pair were eventually released from jail by a judge. Ninja has recovered and is reportedly doing well.
An 18-year-old in St. Cloud, Minnesota has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally punching a 20-year-old in the face.
According to reports, Jesse Smithers perpetrated what authorities called a “tragic, unprovoked attack” on college student Colson Gleason in September of 2012. Gleason and two women were reportedly walking down an alley near St. Cloud State University when a passing car with five to seven passengers suddenly stopped. Smithers had reportedly told the driver to stop, got out of the vehicle, approached Gleason, and punched him in the face before getting back in the car. He reportedly told the others that Gleason was unconscious.
Gleason was rushed to the hospital and regained consciousness, but he tragically died a short time later from his injuries.
"You know, we've lost our baby and we're all hurting because of that," said Colton’s father John Gleason outside the courtroom where Smithers was officially charged in September 2012. "Right now, we need this to happen. I'm going to be honest with you. This is a really hard thing. We know we need to see the person who took our son's life, and you know, right now, we're just numb.”
At the time, Smithers was 17-years-old. Now 18, he will live the next 10 years of his life in prison, although a judge says that if he doesn’t get into any trouble while he’s there, he could be released after five.