Doctor heads to court after online se...

Doctor heads to court after online sex sting

There are 17159 comments on the Contra Costa Times story from Oct 13, 2006, titled Doctor heads to court after online sex sting. In it, Contra Costa Times reports that:

A prominent Piedmont doctor is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 2 to answer to felony charges stemming from his arrest in late August in Petaluma in a sting operation involving online sex crimes with children.

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PSYCHO

San Francisco, CA

#3010 Mar 5, 2008
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Maurice Wolin - wants case thrown out
The most prominent suspect from a televised child predator sting operation in Petaluma returned to court Thursday to ask a judge to throw out his case.

Dr. Maurice Wolin, a Piedmont cancer researcher whose woeful, August 2006 arrest was watched by millions on NBC's "To Catch a Predator" series, faces a charge of attempted child molestation.

A former medical director at Chiron in Emeryville, Wolin has launched the most aggressive fight among the 29 men charged from the three-day sting. Most others, including Mohammed Aksoum, 30, of Walnut Creek, have taken plea deals.

In a lengthy preliminary hearing in Sonoma County Superior Court last year, Wolin's attorney, Blair Berk, attacked the alliance of police, NBC and the paid online group Perverted Justice that conducted the sting, which was featured two episodes of the popular TV series.

Berk, whose client list includes actor Mel Gibson and oft-troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, challenged the accuracy of various transcripts of racy online chats that Wolin held with Perverted Justice leader Xavier Von Erck.

Wolin, 49, called himself "talldreamydoc." Von Erck, 28, went by "willowfilipino" and claimed to be a 13-year-old girl. Wolin has pleaded not guilty, arguing that Von Erck illegally badgered him into driving to the sting house and that he never intended or attempted to molest anyone.

Berk last year failed to sway Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Raima Ballinger, who held Wolin over for trial. Berk asked a different judge Thursday to review that ruling and dismiss the case. A decision is expected Jan. 31.

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Piedmont

DOCTOR FAILS TO GET MOLESTATION CHARGES DISMISSED: A Sonoma County judge refused Thursday to toss out the case against Dr. Maurice Wolin, a Piedmont cancer researcher who faces an attempted child molestation charge after he was caught in a televised child-luring sting in 2006.

Wolin, 49, a former Chiron executive, has waged the most aggressive fight of 29 suspects who were charged after the three-day sting, in which Petaluma police teamed with "Dateline NBC" and the online group Perverted Justice. Most chose plea deals.

The sting aired on the popular "To Catch a Predator" series. The state Medical Board suspended Wolin's license. He faces registration as a sex offender and possible jail time if convicted.

Although he entered the backyard of the sting house, Wolin's celebrity attorney, Blair Berk, argued in a motion to dismiss the case that his actions did not legally add up to an attempt. She noted that Wolin insisted in an online chat that "we can't do anything," and argued that the online decoy in the sting illegally badgered him into meeting.

Superior Court Judge Arthur Wick rejected the motion in a ruling that Wolin may appeal. He returns to court Feb. 21 to set a trial date.

-- John Simerman
PSYCHO

San Francisco, CA

#3011 Mar 5, 2008
Judge Upholds Attempted Lewd Act Charge Against Doctor
SANTA ROSA (BCN)
Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Arthur Wick upheld this
afternoon an attempted lewd act charge on a child age 14 or under against
Piedmont oncologist Maurice Wolin, who was arrested during a sexual predator
sting operation in Petaluma.
In a written ruling today, Wick upheld Judge Raima Ballinger's
ruling in October after a month-long preliminary hearing that Wolin should
stand trial on the charge. Wolin's attorney, Blair Berk, said she is
considering appealing Wick's ruling to the First District Court of Appeal.
Wick set Feb. 21 for Wolin to re-enter a plea and for setting of a trial
date.
Wolin, 49, was among 30 men who were arrested during the two-day
sexual predator sting operation at a Petaluma home on Aug. 25-26, 2006. His
case is the first in the county court system in which an affirmative defense
was offered.
Berk claims the Perverted Justice organization and Petaluma police
entrapped Wolin. She argued before judges Wick and Ballinger that the
prosecution must prove there was a specific intent and an act in furtherance
of committing a lewd act.
Berk argued that Wolin started leaving the Petaluma residence when
he noticed television monitors behind a screen outside. The sexual predator
stings were taped and broadcast by the NBC Dateline program, "To Catch a
Predator."
An actress posing as the young girl greeted Wolin at the residence
and Wolin told her he could not get into a hot tub as she suggested. During
e-mails that Wolin, conversing as "talldreamydoc", exchanged with Perverted
Justice founder and decoy Xavier Von Erk, conversing as "willowfilipino",
Wolin said, "We can never do anything if we meet," Berk said.
She said the Von Erk re-initiated e-mail communication and
badgered and cajoled Wolin after he failed to show up at a previous meeting.
She said there was no physical contact at the Petaluma sting house and Wolin
did not bring any sexual objects with him.
"Just showing up is not enough," Berk reiterated outside the
courtroom this afternoon.
Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell said Ballinger found
sufficient evidence of Wolin's intent to commit a lewd act. He said Wolin
described to the decoy the things he wanted to do with the girl and engaged
in "disgusting conversation."
Driving from Piedmont to Petaluma demonstrates Wolin's intent,
Staebell argued before Wick last month, and Wolin picked a date to meet the
girl when she said her parents would be out of town.
There was no further argument before Wick today. His written
ruling denied Berk's request to dismiss the attempted lewd act charge that
was upheld by Ballinger.
PSYCHO

San Francisco, CA

#3012 Mar 5, 2008
ALL FUTURE PREDATORS, WHO WILL BE FIRST TIME OFFENDERS, WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF whatever HERE IS A SLOGAN TO THINK OF:

"I AM TOO OLD
FOR A 13 YEAR OLD!!!"

"I AM TOO OLD
FOR A 13 YEAR OLD!!!"

"I AM TOO OLD
FOR A 13 YEAR OLD!!!"

"I AM TOO OLD
FOR A 13 YEAR OLD!!!"

"I AM TOO OLD
FOR A 13 YEAR OLD!!!"

"I AM TOO OLD
FOR A 13 YEAR OLD!!!"

"I AM TOO OLD
FOR A 13 YEAR OLD!!!"
Dont bring the girls

Berlin, Germany

#3013 Mar 5, 2008
On one TCAP episode they showed short video clips of some of the accused getting sentenced or pleading. One of the clips showed 6th grade teacher James Rutherford of Ohio ('iurutherford') pleading guilty. Does somebody know his sentence and if he had to register as a sex offender?

Since: Jan 08

Woodland, CA

#3014 Mar 5, 2008
PSYCHO wrote:
<quoted text>
Did I mention this? Went to see my friends. 2 brothers, one has a 6 year old daughter....and this time, her pants did not even begin to come down in any way (but I keep encouraging her to wear a belt!!!) and her father and uncle jammed with me on guitar and bass. we took photos, even her, and no hanky panky, innapropriate, stuff happened NOTHING. She is 6 and she does get tickled appropriatly every once in a while, but thats all. NO molesting of any kind. She gets hugged (and a peck on the cheek) but no ...this saturday we are getting together again.
WTF???
bama

Atlanta, GA

#3015 Mar 5, 2008
Dont bring the girls wrote:
On one TCAP episode they showed short video clips of some of the accused getting sentenced or pleading. One of the clips showed 6th grade teacher James Rutherford of Ohio ('iurutherford') pleading guilty. Does somebody know his sentence and if he had to register as a sex offender?
his chat:
http://www.perverted-justice.com/...

his conviction and sentence:
http://www.perverted-justice.com/...
Dont bring the girls

Berlin, Germany

#3016 Mar 5, 2008
Ah, thanks. One problem though. I can't open perverted-justice.com . I couldn't open it for months now. I assumed they always were down when I tried to access the site. Does anyone else have that kind of problem? Could it be that they ban European IP addresses? What's going on?

Anyway, could someone do me favor and cut & paste his conviction and sentence. Thanks in advance.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#3017 Mar 5, 2008
Dont bring the girls wrote:
Ah, thanks. One problem though. I can't open perverted-justice.com . I couldn't open it for months now. I assumed they always were down when I tried to access the site. Does anyone else have that kind of problem? Could it be that they ban European IP addresses? What's going on?
Anyway, could someone do me favor and cut & paste his conviction and sentence. Thanks in advance.
PervertedJustice.com is blocked on my work computer. For the reason, it says: "Provocative Attire, Sexual Materials"
Dont bring the girls

Berlin, Germany

#3018 Mar 5, 2008
My ISP that I use at home doesn't block any web sites or IPs. If someone blocks my connection to PJ.com it must be PJ themselves blocking incoming connections based on geographic location. But I can't imagine why they would do that. I'm puzzled. I'm gonna try out connectiong to PJ via a proxy server in the US. In the meantime if someone could cut & paste the info on iurutherford. Thanks a bunch!
Dont bring the girls

Berlin, Germany

#3019 Mar 5, 2008
Okay, I used Torpark which is a Firefox based browser that anonymizes your connection by encrypting it and by rerouting the encrypted connection through a worldwide network of proxy servers. The connection is slow but if anonymity is needed one can live with that. On my first try I connected to PJ via a randomly chosen proxy server in Paris, France. Strangely enough I can connect to and read PJ via a French connection but not via a German one. Why would they block connections from Germany? Very strange. Anyway, disregard my request for a cut & paste.
bama

Atlanta, GA

#3020 Mar 5, 2008
here you go:

Welcome to every parent's worst nightmare.

James Rutherford is an interesting case. Ol' Jimmy wanted to fight the conviction to start out with, so he hired a lawyer and there was a preliminary hearing. The lawyer, apparently no fan of research, asked a question at the evidence suppression hearing that any actual reader of the website would laugh at.

Here is his question regarding our arrests, as recounted by our volunteer:
"In fact, as far as you know, this has never been tested before, has it?"

Uh. Yes. Many times.

After James witnessed another episode of "Defense Attorneys Say the Darndest Things" and lost the evidence suppression hearing, he decided that he didn't wish to go to a full trial. Probably a good decision. He pled guilty and received the following...

-45 days in Darke County Jail
-40 hours of community service
-2000 dollars in court costs and fines from his failed suppression hearing
-No contact with minors ever.
-No porn by any means.
-No drugs.
-No alcohol.
-Must submit a DNA sample.
-36 months of community control (parole) after he gets out (an extra year than other cases there)- if he violates the terms or breaks any Ohio laws he goes straight to the Ohio State Pen for 9 months.
-The judge ordered indefinite sex offender counseling due to the poor results of his court-ordered psychological sexual offender evaluation.
-Sex offender registration for life in Ohio, reporting for 10 years.
-His teaching certificate in Ohio has been revoked.
-He is facing 7 additional felonies in Indiana for chatting with and wanking for a Detective there that he was talking to at the same time as our volunteer. He will face those when he gets out of Darke County Jail.

Enjoy life, James.

Notes from the Contributor, Almond Joy

I have been waiting for this conviction for a long time.

In middle March of 2006 I was trolling the Ohio area chat rooms for a sting to be conducted by the Darke County Sheriffs office and filmed by Dateline To Catch a Predator. I was contacted by James Rutherford and the chat itself was pretty boring until he identified himself as a 6th grade Catholic school teacher. That sure got my attention and I thought to myself "if he is chatting what is he doing to his students?". He went further and told me he also coached girls track at the school, putting him in an even closer relationship to young girls.

Mr. Rutherford was a married man at the time he chose to show up to molest a 13 year old girl, however his wife left him just a few days before then, perhaps she knew of his tendencies. As part of his sentencing he had to undergo a psycho sexual evaluation and the Doctor uncovered so many "icky" things that Mr. Rutherford will be under the care of a therapist for a very long time. After he was arrested and the TCAP aired the mother of one of his students called the Darke County Sheriffs office to thank them. It seems Mr. Rutherford had been grooming her 6th grade daughter, she was so weirded out by him she did not even want to go into his class and would never go in there alone.

He proclaimed to Chris Hansen when he sat for a very long interview that as he aged the girls he was attracted to did not. He also said he did not think he was a predator. Mr. Rutherford not only hit on my decoy profile during this sting, he hit on a few other contributors as well as a Detective in Indiana. He still faces seven felonies in that state for those chats once Ohio is done with him. He will be in jail for a long time.

I am very glad that he will not have access to minors anymore and that those around him have been put on notice so they can protect themselves from this seemingly innocent looking, yet dangerous vile individual.
dogstar

Canada

#3021 Mar 5, 2008
Esquire1 wrote:
<quoted text>
WTF???
Hey Esquire, here's my imitation of his rambling logic:

Wolin is innocent because nobody can tell a 13 year old from a 30 year old and my brother looked at playboy when he was 13 and he never went to prison plus Caroline Kennedy had a song written about her and shouldn't she be charged then? And Brandy killed somebody and got off scot free but my cousin went to prison for nothing. Wolin should be set free because there is no spoon.
Dont bring the girls

Berlin, Germany

#3022 Mar 6, 2008
Thanks for the cut & paste. As I wrote, I managed to access the site myself by using an encrypted proxy in Paris, France. PJ.com apparently blocks incoming connections from Germany. Why they do that I would like to know. Anyway, is there a way to find out how he fared in court in Indiana?
bama

Atlanta, GA

#3023 Mar 6, 2008
yeah, I saw your post to ignore the cut and paste after I had already posted it.

I don't know about he did in Indiana or where to find that info.

“Say hello to my evil twin!”

Since: Jan 08

Living with the Slayer

#3024 Mar 6, 2008
Esquire1 wrote:
<quoted text>
That coming from Mr. Zero Credibility. What a laugh you moron.
A pedophile with no credibility? You don't say LOL

“Say hello to my evil twin!”

Since: Jan 08

Living with the Slayer

#3025 Mar 6, 2008
Oooops sorry TP got on the wrong one.lol

“A kinder gentler assassin”

Since: Sep 07

Middle Earth

#3026 Mar 6, 2008
Treadhead wrote:
It is best to ignore 'Wolin is Innocent' aka 'ML Johnson' aka 'The Festering Postule'
He's a hemmorhoid that will go away by pretending it was never there. No Preparation-H needed.
LMAO! Makes me want to shower whenever his sticks his little perverted ass out. I REALLY want to find him on Tulsas Most Wanted list.

Since: Jan 08

Woodland, CA

#3027 Mar 6, 2008
dogstar wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Esquire, here's my imitation of his rambling logic:
Wolin is innocent because nobody can tell a 13 year old from a 30 year old and my brother looked at playboy when he was 13 and he never went to prison plus Caroline Kennedy had a song written about her and shouldn't she be charged then? And Brandy killed somebody and got off scot free but my cousin went to prison for nothing. Wolin should be set free because there is no spoon.
I know, he is completely out there! Every time I look at one of his posts, I scratch my head and say, "what in the hell does that have to do with the price of tea in China?"
He is obviously mentally challenged, very "unedumacated" and probably picks his nose and eats it....and that is of course, why wolin is not guilty of anything...
Joe

Bilzen, Belgium

#3028 Mar 6, 2008
Dont bring the girls wrote:
My ISP that I use at home doesn't block any web sites or IPs. If someone blocks my connection to PJ.com it must be PJ themselves blocking incoming connections based on geographic location. But I can't imagine why they would do that. I'm puzzled. I'm gonna try out connectiong to PJ via a proxy server in the US. In the meantime if someone could cut & paste the info on iurutherford. Thanks a bunch!
The site must be blocked by Germany. Many sites are (revisionist, etc...). My guess is that PJ is blocked because of the explicit chatlogs and wanker pictures.
Dont bring the girls

Berlin, Germany

#3029 Mar 6, 2008
No, that can't be it. The German government doesn't block sites, certainly not any Nazi sites or revisionist sites. And I would know, I visit those sites (for research, I'm not a Nazi). There were attempts in 2003 by one city council to block Nazi sites in their city (Düsseldorf) but never by the federal government. And in any case if the German government wanted to try to insulate its part of the Internet from the worldwide flood of porn or crazy Nazis it would have to shut down all means of digital communication to the rest of the world. It must be PJ that is blocking incoming connections from Germany. Anyway, it's not such a big deal.

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