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    CT - William Oehne for sex abuse, child porn, Fairfield, 2011

    The FBI searched for this child for over three years and used amazing investigative techniques to identify him and track him. And what was he doing when found? Abusing another child, of course.

    My only question here is that if a man comes to agreement concerning a plea of guilty in exchange for 15 years, how can the prosecutors come back with 50 years. Not a bad thing, as 50 years works for me, but just curious.

    This young lady has years of healing ahead of her. My prayers are with her.



    http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/F...er-1400927.php

    Feds want 50-year term for child abuser

    "In the sordid world of child pornography, the series became one of the most exchanged over the Internet. It documented, over four years, the sexual abuse of a young area girl as she grows into a teen. On Tuesday, William Oehne, the 50-year-old former truck driver who is the admitted producer and alleged abuser, faces up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall for pleading guilty to producing child pornography.

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    "....Oehne developed a relationship with his victim's mother over the Internet. Eventually, he moved into her apartment in lower Fairfield County.
    It wasn't long, Patel charges, before Oehne began grooming the girl for abuse. The prosecutor claims he allowed her to view pornography, told her she could be a model and began photographing her. He bought her gifts and began walking around the house nude. He interrupted her while she was showering, took her to a nude beach and began touching her. Eventually, photographs began appearing on various Internet websites frequented by collectors of child pornography...."

    "....In one image, investigators found the girl standing in front of a decorative plate containing a name and a birthdate. Using that information, the FBI obtained a court order allowing agents to search federal tax records of filers claiming a dependent bearing the girl's name and birth date...."


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    I think it is amazing what the FBI can find from a pic. But how many man hours would it have taken before someone noticed writing on that plate and they determined the best way to enlarge it enough that it could be read?

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    My guess is that the plaque said something like "Emily Dec. 12, 1993". That would be like searching for a needle in a haystack. It took 3 years to find her. They must have checked out hundreds of "Emilys". If she had a very unique name it probably wouldn't have taken so long.

    I've been told that each image is gone over with a fine tooth comb looking for little details. They identify countries by electrical outlets. They look for product names of items in the photo, logos on T-shirts, brands of children's clothing, unique furniture. It fascinates me. But oh, the toll it must take on the investigators. I'm certain that there was a huge sigh of relief when LE finally found the right girl....and rescued another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew View Post
    I think it is amazing what the FBI can find from a pic. But how many man hours would it have taken before someone noticed writing on that plate and they determined the best way to enlarge it enough that it could be read?
    You should check out the thread on Johnny Gosch. Our fellow sleuthers have noticed all kinds of things from the pics. This is just one of the threads on his case. There are many. http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...y+gosch+photos

    And this is really interesting too. Remember that polaroid that was found with those two kids with tape over their mouths? Check out what the sleuthers noticed in the photo.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...y+gosch+photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    The FBI searched for this child for over three years and used amazing investigative techniques to identify him and track him. And what was he doing when found? Abusing another child, of course.

    My only question here is that if a man comes to agreement concerning a plea of guilty in exchange for 15 years, how can the prosecutors come back with 50 years. Not a bad thing, as 50 years works for me, but just curious.

    This young lady has years of healing ahead of her. My prayers are with her.



    http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/F...er-1400927.php

    Feds want 50-year term for child abuser

    "In the sordid world of child pornography, the series became one of the most exchanged over the Internet. It documented, over four years, the sexual abuse of a young area girl as she grows into a teen. On Tuesday, William Oehne, the 50-year-old former truck driver who is the admitted producer and alleged abuser, faces up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall for pleading guilty to producing child pornography.

    and

    "....Oehne developed a relationship with his victim's mother over the Internet. Eventually, he moved into her apartment in lower Fairfield County.
    It wasn't long, Patel charges, before Oehne began grooming the girl for abuse. The prosecutor claims he allowed her to view pornography, told her she could be a model and began photographing her. He bought her gifts and began walking around the house nude. He interrupted her while she was showering, took her to a nude beach and began touching her. Eventually, photographs began appearing on various Internet websites frequented by collectors of child pornography...."

    "....In one image, investigators found the girl standing in front of a decorative plate containing a name and a birthdate. Using that information, the FBI obtained a court order allowing agents to search federal tax records of filers claiming a dependent bearing the girl's name and birth date...."


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    HIM! I've read about this creep. It made me so sick I didn't post it. He had a Facebook out there somewhere with a picture of him sitting at a bar.

    If I recall correctly he basically put this poor young girl through he*l all over again with court issues.

    Bless her. May the dear child heal and find her way in life.

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    The box of rings hidden in the shed helped bust him.

    Big picture of the rings.



    http://www.dariennewsonline.com/defa...the-395053.php

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    Whoa, Filly, did I miss something? What connection did the rings have? That brings back memories of the Mohler guys flipping rings. It was somehow connected to the girls' rapes. Yikes.

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    They sentenced him:

    http://www.the33tv.com/sns-rt-us-cri...0,402383.story

    Former Conn. man sentenced to 45 years in child pornography case

    "A former Connecticut man was sentenced on Tuesday to 45 years in prison followed by a life term of parole for making and distributing child pornography during his abuse of an eight-year old girl several years ago. Some of the pictures are among the most widely distributed images of child porn, authorities say. To date, the victim's images have been identified in more than 3,300 child pornography criminal investigations, both domestically and abroad...."

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    "...William Oehne, 50, lived in Fairfield, Connecticut when he photographed himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the young girl between 2004 and 2006..."

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    "....Court documents showed Oehne "engaged the victim in a lengthy grooming process involving trickery and threats, and he enticed her to engage in sex acts by promising her gifts of clothes and electronics..."

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    The rings. I didn't see that. I was focused on the plaque. And note that he kept them. Trophies.

    http://m.connpost.com/connpost/db_43...ps=4&full=true

    "...The next day they found Oehne living in Virginia, where he was charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. During a search of Oehne's residence and garage, agents found four rings which appear in one of the images. They also found a camera containing images of four other girls, one partially nude and another displaying her genital area...."

    How many other little girls are there out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    The rings. I didn't see that. I was focused on the plaque. And note that he kept them. Trophies.

    http://m.connpost.com/connpost/db_43...ps=4&full=true

    "...The next day they found Oehne living in Virginia, where he was charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. During a search of Oehne's residence and garage, agents found four rings which appear in one of the images. They also found a camera containing images of four other girls, one partially nude and another displaying her genital area...."

    How many other little girls are there out there?
    Yep. The rings.

    For some reason this case hit me particulary hard and I didn't post it months back. I think it was his total BS in court, and all the wranglings. Blame the victim. I think he said something like the little girl asked him to take the photographs. Gettheh*llouttahere.

    Also this poor girl is basically well "known" now. A series. I can't even begin to imagine the poor young lady has to worry for life if someone will recognize her and hurt her.

    He makes me sick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spurser View Post
    You should check out the thread on Johnny Gosch. Our fellow sleuthers have noticed all kinds of things from the pics. This is just one of the threads on his case. There are many. http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...y+gosch+photos

    And this is really interesting too. Remember that polaroid that was found with those two kids with tape over their mouths? Check out what the sleuthers noticed in the photo.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...y+gosch+photos
    Special thanks, Spurser. I'd never saw those threads. Alarming and so sad, but interesting with good tips on things to look for in photos.

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    Hi everyone... my wife found this thread quite by accident... William is actually my uncle... which means that I'm frankly MORE disgusted than any of you with all of this... to think any member of my family could ever be capable of what he was accused and now convicted of is something that's almost impossible to wrap my brain around.

    I can't say I was ever super-close to him or anything, I saw him maybe every few months when I was younger and a lot less frequently as I grew up... at this point I can't even remember the last time I saw him for sure... I think it may have been at Christmas around 10 years ago. That being said, I did spend time with him as a child and I can remember sleeping over his house once or twice (he actually had one of the most adorable dogs I've ever seen).

    He was always a bit childish and immature, but never in a million years would I have thought he could do something like this. I never saw any hint of it. He seemed like a pretty normal guy really... a little crazy in that crazy uncle sort of way, but never did I even have a hint of him being dangerous at all. He actually was on David Letterman back in the 80's, Dave did a bit with him in the audience, and it was actually quite funny (I have a copy of the video to this day actually). He just pretty much seemed like every other adult I knew at the time... a little less mature maybe, but that's certainly not a crime in and of itself.

    Don't misunderstand, I'm not trying to garner sympathy for him at all here... far from it in fact... what he did is inexcusable to say the least and he most definitely deserves to be where he is now (from everything I've read anyway... I don't have any more information than anyone else). I'm not sure how I feel about the sentence though... 50 years, part of me at least, thinks is too harsh. I'm not so sure this isn't a case of some prosecutor trying to set an example. Part of it certainly is not wanting to think of the person I knew growing up dieing in prison regardless of what he's done.

    I also don't really know what's true and what's not, none of us really do... there's been quite a bit of conflicting information over the past few years. Clearly he did plenty wrong, and like I said, no question he deserves to be behind bars now. I most definitely feel for the people he's hurt and what they'll have to deal with the rest of their lives. It's a very sad situation all around.

    I guess that's really my main point in posting here: to say that unfortunately, the thing people tend to forget in criminal situations like this is there's obviously a victim of the crime, but there's a lot of other victims in different ways too... the family of the criminal suffers as well... not as much, and certainly in different ways, but they suffer none the less. We're most definitely NOT a family of criminals, in fact, William is the only person I'm aware of in my family to have any more trouble with the law than a speeding ticket. Everyone I've spoken to in my family feels similarly: painful as it is to say, he deserves what he got. There's no forgiveness here, no absolution, none of that... but it still pains us to think of our uncle, brother, cousin, rotting in prison for the rest of his life.

    If anyone wants to discuss this further feel free to respond here. I'll answer any questions I can or just debate points if need be... I don't disagree with anything that's been said though so we're all on the same basic page Like I said, might quibble over the length of the sentence a bit, maybe, but that's it.

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    Fzammetti,

    Welcome to websleuths. I appreciate your post. I can't imagine being in your family's shoes. I don't think any of us here judge you or your family based on what your uncle did. I'm sure you are suffering a great deal because of his actions. I pretty much agree with everything you said except for the 50 year sentence being too long. The abuse of his victim not only lives on forever via the internet but also in her memories. It's not something she is likely to ever get over. Plus, she will always have to worry about someone (future husband, children, employer, friends, etc) seeing those images of her abuse. She has a lifelong "sentence" for something she had no control over. It's only fair that William should receive a lifelong sentence. I still think he is getting off easier than his victim(s). And by victims, I am referring to the child, her family and your family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fzammetti View Post
    Hi everyone... my wife found this thread quite by accident... William is actually my uncle... which means that I'm frankly MORE disgusted than any of you with all of this... to think any member of my family could ever be capable of what he was accused and now convicted of is something that's almost impossible to wrap my brain around.

    I can't say I was ever super-close to him or anything, I saw him maybe every few months when I was younger and a lot less frequently as I grew up... at this point I can't even remember the last time I saw him for sure... I think it may have been at Christmas around 10 years ago. That being said, I did spend time with him as a child and I can remember sleeping over his house once or twice (he actually had one of the most adorable dogs I've ever seen).

    He was always a bit childish and immature, but never in a million years would I have thought he could do something like this. I never saw any hint of it. He seemed like a pretty normal guy really... a little crazy in that crazy uncle sort of way, but never did I even have a hint of him being dangerous at all. He actually was on David Letterman back in the 80's, Dave did a bit with him in the audience, and it was actually quite funny (I have a copy of the video to this day actually). He just pretty much seemed like every other adult I knew at the time... a little less mature maybe, but that's certainly not a crime in and of itself.

    Don't misunderstand, I'm not trying to garner sympathy for him at all here... far from it in fact... what he did is inexcusable to say the least and he most definitely deserves to be where he is now (from everything I've read anyway... I don't have any more information than anyone else). I'm not sure how I feel about the sentence though... 50 years, part of me at least, thinks is too harsh. I'm not so sure this isn't a case of some prosecutor trying to set an example. Part of it certainly is not wanting to think of the person I knew growing up dieing in prison regardless of what he's done.

    I also don't really know what's true and what's not, none of us really do... there's been quite a bit of conflicting information over the past few years. Clearly he did plenty wrong, and like I said, no question he deserves to be behind bars now. I most definitely feel for the people he's hurt and what they'll have to deal with the rest of their lives. It's a very sad situation all around.

    I guess that's really my main point in posting here: to say that unfortunately, the thing people tend to forget in criminal situations like this is there's obviously a victim of the crime, but there's a lot of other victims in different ways too... the family of the criminal suffers as well... not as much, and certainly in different ways, but they suffer none the less. We're most definitely NOT a family of criminals, in fact, William is the only person I'm aware of in my family to have any more trouble with the law than a speeding ticket. Everyone I've spoken to in my family feels similarly: painful as it is to say, he deserves what he got. There's no forgiveness here, no absolution, none of that... but it still pains us to think of our uncle, brother, cousin, rotting in prison for the rest of his life.

    If anyone wants to discuss this further feel free to respond here. I'll answer any questions I can or just debate points if need be... I don't disagree with anything that's been said though so we're all on the same basic page Like I said, might quibble over the length of the sentence a bit, maybe, but that's it.
    Welcome Fzametti, and thanks to your wife for directing you here.

    Please know I am sorry for any pain this has caused you and your family. That has to be tough to deal with no doubt.

    Like Spurser I have to say I'm right O.K. with that sentence myself. As a survivor of child sexual assault I can tell you we all get a life sentence. Our families get a life sentence as well dealing with what we went through. Praise the Lord I'm not on tape and out there on the wide world web in a "series" and known by a specific name. That poor girl gets to walk around for life wondering if she's recognized on the street.

    Again thank you for your insight. Of course you are not a criminal family. It is not your crime or sin. Hoping for all good things for you and yours.

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    It's pretty hard to argue with any of your logic Filly and Spurser... thankfully, I myself have never had to endure such an ordeal and I sincerely sympathize with anyone that has. I think it's *especially* true in this day and age of the Internet that it really is much more of a "life sentence" than it once may have been (I understand it ALWAYS was that given the emotional and physical trauma, but the Internet certainly adds a new dimension to it all, as you pointed out).

    As I said, I was a bit mixed on it, wasn't quite sure what I thought... I think though that your words have convinced me it was the right sentence. I was also trying to think through if I really thought 50 was too much, what would I think is the "right" number? And you know, I get pretty darned close to 50 on my own anyway, everything considered. So I don't think I have any doubt about it anymore.

    I do know, rather selfishly I admit, that I'm glad I wasn't closer with him. There are others in my family who are having a much harder time with this (even though I haven't heard anyone defend him per se, nobody I've talked to believes he doesn't deserve to be behind bars).

    But again, I don't want to minimize in any way what the true victim(s) have gone through... we're collateral damage, which is bad, but ultimately not the worst of it. It's a shame any of this had to happen to anyone, to say the least... I know you all feel as I do that we wish the world we live in never produced situations like this. In the end, it's a good thing he's where he is now, and I hope it brings those he hurt some small measure of peace. I'll probably always remember him as the guy with the cute dog and the good bit on Letterman and just try and pretend the person he is now just doesn't exist. Thankfully, I have that luxury. Others don't, and I truly wish that wasn't the case.

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