• cyberstalking campaign Oct 27, 2020

    5th Former eBay Employee Pleads Guilty in Harassment Scheme of Mass. Couple

    A former supervisor of security operations for eBay Inc.’s European and Asian offices pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a cyberstalking campaign that included having live spiders and other disturbing deliveries sent to a Massachusetts couple who published an online newsletter critical of the online auction site. Philip Cooke, 55, of San Jose, California, a former police captain, pleaded…

  • human smuggling case Aug 24, 2020

    Canadian Man Pleads Guilty in Human Smuggling Case on Border

    A Montreal man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he led an organization that smuggled people into the U.S. from Canada along the Vermont and New York borders, court records show. Godofredo Rivas-Melendez, 61, entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. In a plea agreement filed before Friday’s hearing, Rivas-Melendez and prosecutors agreed...

  • guilty plea Jan 23, 2020

    Man Pleads Guilty to Fatally Stabbing Another Man in Fall River

    A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of another man. A judge sentenced Adam Conners, 29, of Fall River, to three to five years in prison in the fatal stabbing of Joseph Reading, The Herald News reported  Tuesday. District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said it was an appropriate sentence because the stabbing victim initiated the…

  • Massachusetts Jan 8, 2020

    Mass. Firefighter Who Sexually Abused Girl Sentenced to Prison

    A Massachusetts firefighter convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl for nearly three years has been sentenced. Andrew LeColst, of Middleton, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three counts of aggravated child rape and one count of indecent assault and battery. LeColst was sentenced to two to five years in state prison followed by five years of supervised probation. The victim…

  • guilty plea Jan 7, 2020

    Priest Gets Probation for ‘Unnatural Acts' On a Minor

    A Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to two counts of “unnatural acts” with a minor for accusations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s. James Randall Gillette was sentenced to five years of probation in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Jan. 2, according to court records. More serious charges of child rape and indecent assault and battery on…

  • COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL Dec 9, 2019

    California Parent Charged in College Bribery Case Will Plead Guilty

    A California woman has agreed to plead guilty after authorities said she paid $9,000 to have online classes taken on her son’s behalf to help him graduate from Georgetown University. Karen Littlefair, 57, of Newport Beach, California, is the latest person to be charged in a sweeping college admissions scandal that has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents. An agreement with…

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