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SewingDeb
01-25-2007, 01:45 PM
Man faces 393 counts of sex abuse

A Chapmanville man and former foster parent has been indicted by a grand jury on 393 counts of sexual abuse.
Johnny Buster Likens, 52, was arrested on Aug. 22 and will appear in court for the first time Tuesday.

He is now being held at Southwestern Regional Jail.

If convicted on all counts, Likens could spend the rest of his life in jail.

He is accused of molesting nine children who all lived in his home.

Much more at this link:

http://www.dailymail.com/story/News/+/2007012543/Man-faces-393-counts-of-sex-abuse

Kymistry35
01-25-2007, 01:59 PM
How awful!!! The foster system is supposed to be in place to help children and I am reading more and more about foster and adopted children who are taken in for this purpose. What a sick pervert. I hope he rots!! God bless all of those children.

kittykat1
01-25-2007, 03:48 PM
393???!!!???

omg

AlwaysShocked
01-25-2007, 05:33 PM
http://www.familywatchdog.us/

This site has probably been posted before, but I just recently saw it for the first time. It is great! Interactive list of registered sex offenders. You enter your address and it shows you where they live, where they work and has their picture.

barb0301
01-25-2007, 07:39 PM
How awful!!! The foster system is supposed to be in place to help children and I am reading more and more about foster and adopted children who are taken in for this purpose. What a sick pervert. I hope he rots!! God bless all of those children.
Yes, you are right - we are hearing more and more of this. But we are also hearing more and more apalling stories about biological parents too. As a foster parent for 20 years, I can tell you that this is not the norm. We had to pass and extensive background check and have monthly visits for each child in our home. If each child had a different caseworker, we had a monthly visit from each one. At least 3-4 times a year, the caseworker would take the child to lunch, or shopping, etc. for some "alone" time. We each had to attend 30 hours of specialty training per year. We had to have fire and health inspections of our home every 2 years.

We were lucky to belong to a private foundation that worked with the state to place children, and they had the resources to provide such quality care. At least we were required to have a parenting "license".

Unfortunately, there are not enough resources to find good homes, monitor the homes, and spend time with the children that most need our help and attention. Background checks may not be as extensive, and monitoring of the children and families is not done as it should be. And unfortunately, there are not enough families willing to provide foster care services for the number of children that need them. It's a very sad state, but it is what it is, however unacceptable.

This is a horrible, horrible, unexcusable story. I hope it results in a complete overhaul of the foster system in the state. I am just absolutely sickened by this - 393 counts???? SOMEONE should have noticed and done something.

I do not defend all foster parents, just as I don't defend all biological parents. Basically, it boils down to good people and bad people. This was a BAD person !!

We eventually took in a family of 6, and they are grown now, and we have 13 grandchildren - the pride and joy of our lives !!

Belinda
04-21-2010, 12:40 PM
I find it very, very frightening that this guy has no criminal record and a current address listing in the white pages. I can't find anything on this guy. What's the deal here?

Did more checking through the West Virginia court system. I absolutely cannot find any trace of this guy ever being prosecuted.

Jenni979
04-21-2010, 01:37 PM
All I could find was an obit... I think it is about his wife... It looks like she may have passed last year...

But, I could not find a single thing, on any trial, plea or the like...

kbl8201
04-21-2010, 02:14 PM
so this guy had more charges then there are days in a year yet he's walking free with no record? good grief :(

Missizzy
04-21-2010, 02:52 PM
Belinda--I'm working on this. Thanks for the heads up. I think this is him. I'm not going to link in case all charges have been dropped. But, go to whitepages and put in John Likens in Chapmanville, WV. He should come up.

He also has two younger male relatives (sons possibly) nearby whose names start with an "S" and an "E" and who are in their early 30s.

Haven't found anything about a dismissal.

Texas Mist
04-21-2010, 02:52 PM
I'm not finding anything either...just a motion from his "new attorney" Bill Lester for COV & judge to rule "next month" -- this was over 3 yrs ago....can't find him in prison using offender search. :eek: WTH happened??

Missizzy
04-21-2010, 02:57 PM
He confessed!! So where's the trial, the plea, the sentence?


http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/3424486.html

....According to a criminal complaint “Likens confessed to having sexual contact with 3 children and all 3 were living with him at the time."

“Working under the premise of taking in children with the promise of giving them a better life and offending them like this it certainly adds to it” said Sheriff Miller.

The victims in this case are now in state custody but the concern here is huge because police say Johnny Likens was a foster parent for years and brought as many as 1,800 children into his home!"

more at link

Texas Mist
04-21-2010, 03:01 PM
He confessed!! So where's the trial, the plea, the sentence?


http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/3424486.html

....According to a criminal complaint “Likens confessed to having sexual contact with 3 children and all 3 were living with him at the time."

“Working under the premise of taking in children with the promise of giving them a better life and offending them like this it certainly adds to it” said Sheriff Miller.

The victims in this case are now in state custody but the concern here is huge because police say Johnny Likens was a foster parent for years and brought as many as 1,800 children into his home!"

more at link

I checked the Southwestern Regional Jail - shows he was booked 12/10/2008 & his name comes up when doing inmate search...maybe he's really still in jail?

ETA: inmate search shows "Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon"

Belinda
04-21-2010, 03:03 PM
Thanks for checking it out guys. I am completely perplexed and am just hitting brick walls on information. How can this guy not be in jail? It simply boggles the mind.

Just saw your post TexasMist. The criminal record site I use has nothing on him. How did you find him? By going to the nearest jail to his home? If you don't want to reveal your methods, that's fine. I'm just really trying to get good at this research thing and want to figure out what I failed to check.

kbl8201
04-21-2010, 03:06 PM
this guy better not be free.

or at least, not free with out a sex registration

DeepThinker
04-21-2010, 03:07 PM
this just makes me sick.....:sick:

Missizzy
04-21-2010, 03:12 PM
If you go to MS and search for the Likens last name in Chapmanville, a page comes up for a woman with the initial "J". Go to her page and check out her pics. Please tell me that Johnny is NOT Papaw--the one on the couch with the two little kids.

Belinda
04-21-2010, 03:18 PM
I went and found the information TexasMist directed us to and it appears to me that he is still in pre-trial detention. It says bail is $0.00, so I think he is being held without bail.

Belinda
04-21-2010, 03:19 PM
Missizzy - I don't have a MS account, but if you check the site TexasMist referred to, it has a picture of him you can compare it to.

Belinda
04-21-2010, 03:30 PM
Now I'm back to wondering if he is still in jail. While he comes up under the WV Regional Jail & Corrections Facility, he does not come up under WV Division of Corrections, which says it only lists persons under active supervision. Is there some sort of disconnect between these programs?

Texas Mist
04-21-2010, 03:41 PM
Now I'm back to wondering if he is still in jail. While he comes up under the WV Regional Jail & Corrections Facility, he does not come up under WV Division of Corrections, which says it only lists persons under active supervision. Is there some sort of disconnect between these programs?

It looks like he's being housed in a big ol' regional jail...the DoC records may only be prison.

I found the Southwestern Regional Jail in an article that had a link to it & Likens showed up...thinking it was maybe old cached info I tried a search myself & found him.

He didn't show up in WV's Vinelink, either.

Missizzy
04-21-2010, 03:47 PM
Guys--I've got a question. I know of another sex abuse case with hundreds of allegations which literally "fell off the face of the earth". It's the Roseberg, OR Gallup Christian Day Care case of the late 80s. This occurred less than ten years before our case and less than 100 miles away. No one in the judicial system in our county remembers this case although many know of this judge and worked here at the time. Here's a recent email I sent to our DA:

I've been looking into this case and not pleased with what I'm finding. I can hardly believe that I'd never heard of this case, given all the research I've done. I don't find any listing for these men on Vinelink but do find a telephone/address listing in Roseburg for them. Were they released? Did the children recant? What happened? Surely, somebody in your office must remember this case:

This is from a 2009 article about a retiring Douglas county judge, Judge Bill Lasswell, who tried the case:

http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20090301/NEWS/902289974


"Certain tragic cases have left their mark on the judge.

A story that recently came to Lasswell’s mind involved a peculiar meeting back when he was district attorney. On an autumn afternoon in his darkening office in the courthouse, two strangers asked to speak with him and tape the conversation. The pair wanted to talk to Lasswell about child witnesses. Apparently, they wanted to persuade the district attorney that children were unreliable, not to be trusted. At the time, Lasswell wasn’t sure what to make of the encounter.

A few months later, the mystery was revealed as Lasswell’s office began to prosecute the shocking and nationally followed child sexual abuse cases against Edward and Mary Lou Gallup and their son, who ran local child care centers together.

Lasswell, a father of three, said it was the most traumatic case he’s been involved with.

“I don’t want to be anywhere near them ever again,” he said."

[ETA: This is almost word for word what our judge said about our case on the day of our children's rapist's convictions]

And this:

http://www.endritualabuse.org/ritualabusearchive.htm

"August 28, 1991, STATE OF OREGON v. MARY LOU GALLUP, COURT OF APPEALS OF OREGON, 816 P2d. 669, 1991 Ore. App. LEXIS 1266, Conviction Remanded // September 6, 1989, STATE OF OREGON v. EDWARD J. GALLUP, SR., 779 P.2d 169, Conviction for Sodomy Affirmed

Overview: Appellate documents state Mary Lou Gallup sought reversal of her conviction for sexual abuse in the first degree. The Appeals Court found error in the local courts ruling that material contained in the District Attorney file was work produced, and exempt from discovery, which resulted in her conviction being vacated.

Mary Lou Gallup operated a private kindergarten in Roseburg, Oregon, called the Gallup Christian Daycare center. Her husband, Edward J. Gallup, an ex-minister of the Nazarene church, operated a separate preschool in that same vicinity. Their son, Edward (Chip) J. Gallup, operated a preschool in Winston, Oregon.

In 1987 defendant Ed Gallup Sr. was indicted for sexually assaulting a young boy who was a student as his preschool, and his son, Chip, was ultimately indicted on six separate charges for sexually assaulting six other preschool students. Chip Gallup was ultimately found guilty of three charges....."

more at link



and this:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/ra_gallu.htm

"The Gallup family consists of Ed Gallup Sr., Mary Lou Gallup and son, Ed "Chip" Gallup. Jr. They are fundamentalist Christians who operated three Gallup Christian Day Care Centers in Roseburg OR. They were charged and convicted on multiple counts of improper sexual activity with children. Over 100 children disclosed stories of ritual child abuse and sexual molestation. Included were many activities found in other Satanic ritual abuse cases: the killing of animals, posing for pornographic pictures, ritual sexual abuse by robed adults....."

and

"All three were found guilty in separate trials. A change of venue was obtained for the fourth trial. this probably contributed to an acquittal. Mary's conviction was overturned on a technicality. Some sources say that Ed Gallup Sr. and Chip Gallup both remain in jail. Others say that Ed Gallup Sr. has been released...."

Later developments:

In 1992, Cavalcade Productions in Ukiah CA released a movie titled "Children at Risk: Ritual Abuse in America." It included allegations of ritual abuse of children in Roseburg OR. Mike Farrell (B.J.) of M.A.S.H. fame was the narrator.


Do people think that no one is ever going to ask questions? What happened to the court records? Where's the paper trail? What happened to the alleged victims? I just sit here and wonder. Surely the way this case was handled MUST have informed our judge. Surely, someone knows the whole story. Why can't we get to the bottom of these stories? Wouldn't there be some sort of record of a dismissal, a recantation?

Aren't there other parents like me who believe that their cases are actually bigger? Or "alleged" victims who did NOT get justice? And if someone were truly wrongly accused, why wouldn't there be easily located information concerning a travesty like that?

Missizzy
04-21-2010, 03:50 PM
Texas Mist, I was so busy inserting my own little mystery here, I'm lost. Yes, I admit I was not paying attention and was working on another project and yes, I understand that detention is always an option. I'm sorry, Ma'am.

Where's the link to the photo of this guy?

reen
04-21-2010, 04:00 PM
This is very disturbing. He had contact with over 1,800 children?? That might explain why it's taking so long to move forward...that is a lot of potential victims to track down. But seriously, 4 years later and nothing? With a confession for at least 3...that's enough to go forward with! Something is not right here...

Texas Mist
04-21-2010, 04:04 PM
Texas Mist, I was so busy inserting my own little mystery here, I'm lost. Yes, I admit I was not paying attention and was working on another project and yes, I understand that detention is always an option. I'm sorry, Ma'am.

Where's the link to the photo of this guy?

here's the link w/ his pic

http://www.wvrja.com/puboffsearch/offdetail.asp?root=1177854&bid=2140777&row=adsum

Belinda
04-21-2010, 04:15 PM
http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy177/kinkyxkellye/JohnnyLikens.jpg

Belinda
04-21-2010, 04:28 PM
The records that I found show:

Edward Gallup, Sr.
Sentence: 20 years
Incarcerated: 7/20/1988
Paroled: 7/2/2008

Edward Gallup, Jr.
Sentence: 10 years
Incarcerated: 2/18/1988
Paroled: 6/16/1996

Mary Lou Gallup
Sentence: 2 years
Incarcerated: 12/5/1991
Paroled: 9/5/1991

Missizzy
04-21-2010, 05:43 PM
No it's not the same guy but possibly a relative. Lots of Likens in that area.

And Belinda, where did you find that? Our DA couldn't find anything. I kid you not!! I knew that the woman was released but couldn't find a thing on the guys. It's odd because one of the old news reports stated that the men got life. I wonder why there's nothing on the web as far as transcripts, appeals, etc.?

Anyway, thanks. I still worry about those three. Wonder why no victims have ever spoken up? I wonder if they're still involved in the church or child care. Yikes.

Have you seen any comments by Likens' victims?

Belinda
04-21-2010, 05:52 PM
I couldn't find any information on the trial or victims. The information I have is from RecordsLogin.com, which is a paid service, but I'm finding it well worth the money.

Missizzy
04-21-2010, 06:46 PM
Good to know. Thank you. Now I wish we could figure out why Likens is just sitting there. You'd think that the victims would be raising a ruckus. If this happened in a foster care setting, the state could be liable. I wonder if that has anything to do with the delay.

Sure doesn't make me feel that the Bradley case is going to be a speedy one.