Texas Woman Who Was Molested As A Child Turns Cop And Catches Her Abuser

Erlis Chaisson's mug shot. [Texas Department of Public Safety]

These are the crime stories making headlines today, September 7, 2016 …

  • A Texas woman who was molested for four years as a child grew up to be a cop and helped catch her attacker. The unnamed victim says Erlis Chaisson began sexually abusing her when she was eight years old and living with her family in Louisiana during the 1990s. In 2014, the victim contacted Chaisson, and told him she was going to counseling and wanted to talk about the abuse, according to the Waco Tribune. But Chaisson had no idea that she had become a Texas police officer, and was wearing a wire during their 90-minute conversation. The tape of the 47-year-old confessing to his crimes six times, with phrases including “the d**k doesn’t have a conscience,” was played for the jurors. Because Chaisson had a prior criminal record, he was sentenced to life in prison. [Newser]
  • Police in Ohio have arrested 73 people after busting up a huge Amish field party. The party, held in a massive field along County Road 400 in Hardy Township, was expected to draw more than 1,000 Amish youth, but authorities were tipped off after the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office received calls from concerned parents. More than 40 officers from various law-enforcement agencies in several counties raided the party and arrested dozens of revelers — both adults and juveniles. Two people were hospitalized for alcohol-related symptoms and several were booked on charges of resisting arrest. [Fox 8]
  • An Iowa man man was arrested for attacking his girlfriend with a hammer after she refused to let him tattoo his name on her chest. Jonathan Michael Boggs has been hit with charges including aggravated domestic assault for allegedly battering his girlfriend with a hammer, according to The Sioux City Journal. Police say Boggs had been dating the woman for just about a month. He suggested the tattoo on Friday, and when she refused and attempted to leave, he tired to stop her and eventually assaulted her with the tool. Boggs is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on $10,000 bond. [Fox News]
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Michael Boggs [Photo: Woodbury County]

  • A report of a naked man running on the beach in Florida led to the discovery of a dead body. The “strange story” began at around 2 A.M. on Sunday morning when cleaners from a business on Coquina Beach called police to report that a naked man asked them to call for help because he believed that he had been drugged, according to Bradenton Beach Police Sergeant Lenard Diaz. Just a few hours later at around 7 A.M., beach walkers discovered the body of Samuel Collins, Jr., 42, on the shore at Coquina Beach. Police confirmed that Collins was the naked man’s friend, who told police that they lived together in Bradenton. Police say that foam was coming out of the victim’s nose and mouth, which would be consistent with either overdose or drowning, but they will have to wait for the toxicology reports before drawing any further conclusions. [Island Packet]
  • A Secret Service officer who was fired after being accused of trying to solicit sex from undercover agents posing as a minor is facing criminal charges in south Florida. The Sun Sentinel reports that Lee Robert Moore, 38,  appeared Tuesday in federal court in West Palm Beach on charges that he tried to lure a 14-year-old Broward County girl into sexual activity. Moore, who was based at the White House, has been incarcerated since he was arrested in November on a related federal charge in Delaware. [WPTV]
  • Lawrence Ripple [Photo: Wyandotte County Detention Center]

    Lawrence Ripple [Photo: Wyandotte County Detention Center]

    A bank robbery suspect says that being in jail is better than living with his wife. Laurence John Ripple, 70, gave a note to a bank teller in Kansas City on Friday demanding cash and warning that he was armed. But instead of escaping, he grabbed the bag of money, sat in the lobby and told a guard that he was the “guy he was looking for.” An FBI agent wrote in the affidavit that after an argument with his wife, Ripple would “rather be in jail than at home.” Ripple was charged with bank robbery Tuesday. [Fox News]
  • Police have arrested a 63-year-old man after he allegedly punched a five-day-old baby in the face in a supermarket. Tiny Elsie Duckers was being strolled by her mom Amy, 27, in a Tesco supermarket when they were approached by a man who overheard someone say, “Come and have a look at this beautiful baby.” Suddenly, the assailant struck Elsie in her head before recoiling when the infant burst into tears. Elsie’s shocked parents immediately took her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for seven hours. Greater Manchester police have arrested a man in connection with the assault, and say that the thug claimed he thought the baby was not real and was a toy.  [Daily Mail Online]
  • Christopher Cuccorillo’s mug shot [Photo: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department]

    An Über driver in Florida has been arrested for trespassing after being caught prowling around the apartment of two women he dropped off. Police allege that Christopher Cuccorillo dropped off two young women at around 4 A.M. on Sunday, and an hour later a witness called to report hearing noises of someone “in the back of the condo building tampering with the rear window of their apartment.” The witness also reported seeing Cuccorillo walking back and forth near the fence in a private area of the condo. When questioned by cops, Cuccorillo claimed that he was “checking on the females per their request due to their intoxication.” The women denied that they had made the request, and Cuccorillo was arrested for loitering and prowling. [The Smoking Gun]
  • Police in Connecticut have seized 600 hundred marijuana plants worth $1 million from a day-care center. The plants had reached nearly seven feet tall when authorities pulled them out of the back yard of the day-care center in West Haven, according to WSFB in Connecticut. Authorities reportedly became suspicious after the owner kept state inspectors from checking the property, so the state suspended the day care’s license and notified police. The business has been shut down, and police say that  “arrests are forthcoming.” [Nola.com]

Main photo: Erlis Chaisson [Texas Department of Public Safety]