02-24-2006, 04:35 PM #1Registered User
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WI - Felony charges multiply for ex-counselor
A former counselor at a Madison group home, already facing 85 felony charges related to videotaped sexual encounters with boys as young as 14, was charged Thursday with another batch of felonies, including having sex with teenage group home residents.
The encounters involving Gregory A. Ledbetter, 38, of Madison, were discovered as police reviewed videotapes taken during a search of Ledbetter's apartment in October. The new charges are reminiscent of those Ledbetter faced while he was a group home counselor in Lafayette, Ind., in 1996, which ultimately were dismissed after the alleged victims recanted.
The latest criminal complaint, filed in Dane County Circuit Court, charges Ledbetter with three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, one count of second- degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim, two counts of child enticement and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
Bail on the new charges bail was set at $35,000, added to the $44,000 bail for the 85 felonies Ledbetter was already facing. He now faces up to 1,529 years in prison if convicted on all charges against him.
A plea hearing on the 85 felonies is scheduled for April 17. Ledbetter faces a preliminary hearing on the new charges on March 2.
According to the prior criminal complaints, Ledbetter videotaped sexual encounters with teenage boys and then meticulously labeled the tapes with the names and ages of the boys and the date of the encounter. According to the latest charges, the pattern is the same, and using the videotapes police were able to find the boys who were in the videos.
Four of the latest victims were residents of the group home, which is not being identified in this story to protect the identity of the victims. Two of the boys were not residents, while the seventh victim was a 24-year-old man who has a diminished mental capacity due to a head injury he suffered as a boy.
According to the criminal complaint filed Thursday:
The encounters with the boys, who were 14 to 17, occurred from 1999 to 2001 at various apartments Ledbetter occupied and at the group home. Along with sex, Ledbetter plied the boys with alcohol, marijuana and pornography, let them play video games at his apartment and showed some of them his .45 caliber handgun. One of the boys told police he was not aware Ledbetter was videotaping them.
"I was a (expletive) kid, it was not my idea," he told Detectives Dorothy Doheny and Rosa Aguilu.
More recently, Ledbetter worked at a Madison hobby shop, and also in the photo department of a Walgreen Drug Store.
The group home where Ledbetter worked has been the subject of nine complaints since it was first licensed in 1998, said Stephanie Marquis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Family Services, which regulates group homes.
Nobody from the group home could be reached for comment Thursday.
Group homes are required to do background checks on employees, Marquis said, including past criminal behavior and substantiated reports of abuse.
05-16-2010, 10:53 AM #2
Ledbetter sentenced to life in prison 28 felony convictions give man 100 years
BRENDA INGERSOLL email@example.com 608-252-6144 | Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:00 am
Convicted sex offender Gregory A. Ledbetter will spend the rest of his life in prison.
The former worker at a Madison group home for troubled boys was sentenced Tuesday to 100 years in prison on 28 felony convictions for sexual encounters with teenage boys and a mentally disabled person, most of which he meticulously videotaped and labeled with the victim's name, age and date.
"I can't assume you will be successfully treated (for pedophilia) in prison," Dane Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser told Ledbetter, 39. "The only way to protect the public is to lock you up for a long time."
Moeser also sentenced the handcuffed Ledbetter to 85 years of extended supervision. "I am well aware this is a life sentence," the judge said. "I believe this is appropriate."
Ledbetter was given credit for 260 days already served. He faced a maximum of 855 years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser said.
Kaiser noted that Ledbetter also had victims in Indiana, where police charged him with multiple counts of child seduction while working at a group home there. Those charges were dropped after the victims recanted.
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05-16-2010, 10:58 AM #3
Predators at Work
Ledbetter, 39, was convicted last year of molesting several Spring House residents, among other victims. His crimes were so heinous that a Dane County judge sentenced him to life in prison, rejecting Ledbetter's offer to be castrated.
Strikingly, Ledbetter is not the only sexual predator hired in recent years by Walden Homes to support and nurture some of Dane County's most vulnerable teenagers. Angela Kalscheur, 26, faces more than 40 years in prison on charges related to sexual acts with four boys at Spring House. She has admitted to the crimes and will likely strike a plea bargain to avoid trial, now set for Feb. 7.
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FORMER COUNSELOR TO SERVE ONE YEAR ANGELA M. KALSCHUER WAS CONVICTED OF HAVING SEX WITH TEENAGE BOYS IN 2005 IN A GROUP HOME.
Sandy Cullen | Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2007 12:00 am
A former counselor convicted of having sex with teenage boys at a now-closed East Side group home where she worked will serve a year in the Dane County jail and be on probation for 10 years.
Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Markson withheld sentencing for Angela M. Kalscheur, 26, of Madison, meaning that if she violates the conditions of her probation, she could be sentenced to up to 42 years of prison and extended supervision for her crimes. Kalscheur can ask the court for early release from probation after seven years.
Kalscheur was charged in September with one count of repeated sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy, a felony, and nine counts of misdemeanor sexual intercourse with a child for having sex with boys ages 16 and 17 who were placed at the Spring House group home on South Ingersoll Street.
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So much for the "possible" 40 year sentence.
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