Sunday, October 29, 2017

Stodghill and thousands of other sex offenders may no longer need to register



While David Stodghill's maximum sentence ends around January 2018 and his release expected to be sometime in the next few months, due to a pending Pennsylvania case it is unknown if Stodghill will need to register as a sex offender.

The current issue can be reviewed best in this article from the Morning Call, which, in summary states that an updated version of sex registration laws that passed in 2012 is flawed and could be repealed, but defense lawyers argue that since it ended previous sex registration laws, anyone who previously needed to register should no longer need to.
The ruling found that Pennsylvania’s latest version of the registry — the 2012 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act — was so harsh that, unlike its predecessors, it had become a form of punishment, and not merely a tool to educate and inform the public...
As a result, the law commonly called SORNA can’t be applied looking backward, to cases that predated its enactment, the court said. Doing so violates the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions, both of which ban after-the-fact punishments, wrote Justice Kevin Dougherty...
...The defense lawyers say SORNA replaced the state’s prior version of Megan’s Law, and that the old law cannot be resurrected without action by the Legislature.
As shown in court filings, Stodghill is challenging his requirement to register, and a decision either way is pending the results of the other case. Stodghill is not alone -- the results of this case could result in 17,000 registrants from being able to remove themselves from the Megan's Law registry and reporting requirements, include 1000 sexually violent predators, which the court currently has designated Stodghill as.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Stodghill disputes court claims he's ineligible for parole while sleeping through sex offender treatment sessions

A recently filed court opinion reveals that David Stodghill and the State of Pennsylvania are at odds over his participation in the court ordered Sex Offender Program makes him eligible for parole. 

At issue: Stodghill has only attended 15 of the 120 sessions, and slept through some of these, according to the court. Stodghill argued that mere attendance, not completion, of the program makes him eligible. The court agrees that his minimum sentence term ended in February 2014, but that it believes the intent of the law is that satisfactory completion of the program is required:

Only where the rehabilitative goal of the program has been achieved can there be any hope of preventing future abuse of children, and absent successful participation in the plan of therapy, there can be little prospect of rehabilitation. - HONORABLE BONNIE BRIGANCE LEADBETTER, Judge

Stodghill's maximum sentence ends in early 2018.

Complete document here.

Monday, March 9, 2015

No news is good news

I wanted to post a brief update, even if it is without any actual news.

Please note that any emails sent to davidstodghillrevealed at hotmail dot com are being read and answered.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

David Stodghill mugshot now available

David Manning Stodghill's mugshot, taken after his arrest in California and while in transit to Pennsylvania, has surfaced online on the website Kentucky-Arrests.com. The photo, credited to Prisoner Transport Service, shows Stodghill with a head of stubbled hair wearing a pink and white striped jumpsuit.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stodghill eligible for parole in February 2014

According to a reliable source, a parole board is considering this month whether or not David Stodghill could be released from prison as early as February 1st of next year.

There is nothing unusual or unexpected about this, and follows the standard procedure for the State of Pennsylvania's parole process, based on an inmate's "minimum sentence." In Stodghill's case, he was sentenced to four to eight years when he was convicted in May 2011, which began retroactively to the date of his initial arrest and incarceration on February 1, 2010 in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Stodghill's online hijinks earn scrutiny of anti-Wikipedians

An online community of Wikipedia critics have recently dug into David Stodghill's long trail of using the online encyclopedia to promote his bogus businesses and then harass and threaten skeptics and critics.

Among the findings at the site Wikipediocracy are at least 12 different accounts they believe Stodghill used to edit pages, include efforts to delete information that points out who he is and his trail of malicious edits.

Wikipediocracy members are using Stodghill as a case example of the flaws of Wikipedia. "A lot of very creepy people edit Wikipedia," member Peter Damian summarizes. It's hard to stop them... Stodghill reinvented himself 18 times. "

"Wikipedia is not a safe place to edit. At least two people who came across Stodghill were threatened with violence. It is particularly unsafe for children. There are strictly two types of people who are interested in children's TV shows/child celebrities, of radically different age groups. They should be kept well apart from each other, in every possible way. How is this allowed to go on? Have any of the steward candidates replied to questions about child protection?"


As we told some of the members, while Stodghill's abuse of Wikipedia may well point out the dangers of the site, compared to other online message boards and comment threads, Wikipedia dealt with Stodghill more swiftly than anyone else. Regardless, if Wikipedia is the safest network online, it proves that even there, a guy like Stodghill can thrive... if only for a short period.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stodghill's Petition for Post-Conviction Relief Denied

David Stodghill
More than six months after David Stodghill initially filed an appeal to have some of the charges he pled guilty to overturned, Judge Albert Masland denied the petition.

The post-conviction collateral relief process, the last possible appeal a convicted felon has in the appeals process, has a success rate in less than 5% of cases according to various online references, so the judge's denial in Stodghill's case is of little surprise.

Had Stodghill prevailed, it is estimated that he could have been released one year earlier than our projected date of February, 2015. Additionally, and perhaps more critically for Stodghill, it could have reduced his lifelong status as a "sexually violent predator."

As usual, we welcome any additional info on David Stodghill's court status and criminal history by emailing davidstodghillrevealed@hotmail.com.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Why?

A frequent question asked of this blogger is "why?" Why do I spend the time and effort writing a blog about David Stodghill?

Today's news about convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky points to one answer: because if people did the right thing when they saw an evil and reported it, sociopaths like Sandusky, and Stodghill, would not be able to harm as many children.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Stodghill files appeal

David Stodghill may have plead guilty to molesting two children, but that doesn't mean he really meant it.

Court documents show that Stodghill filed a motion for Post Conviction Collateral Relief related to his 1999 molestation of an underage girl. In November of 2010, Stodghill plead guilty to the charge as well as charges of molesting a pre-teen in 2009. He was sentenced to serve four to eight years in prison, and will be required to register as a violent sexual offender for the rest of his life.

If accepted, the appeal could mean a reduced sentence, and lessen the severity of his sexual offender status.
"Post-conviction relief is a general term related to appeals of criminal convictions," according to US Legal.com, "which may include release, new trial, modification of sentence, and such other relief as may be proper and just."
Since Stodghill plead guilty, his appeal may be to challenge that his plea was "unlawfully induced where the circumstances make it likely that the inducement caused the petitioner to plead guilty," based on how Post Conviction Collateral Relief can be used in Pennsylvania (source).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Alon Finkelstein's (missing) side of the story

Alon Finkelstein aka Alon Fink aka Noah Fink
This blog will be updating infrequently unless there is news on David Stodghill's release, additional charges filed against him, or if other items of key interest about him come to light.

 
Recent site updates included cleaning up and making adjustments to the Stodghill criminal timeline, and the addition of a "countdown clock" on the sidebar. The time til Stodghill's release from prison is based entirely on this blog's estimation.

 
One outstanding item that we don't want to let go is the extent Alon Finkelstein (pictured), aka Noah Fink, played in facilitating Stodghill's crimes.

 
What we do know is that...

Friday, May 13, 2011

David Stodghill determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator

Online court dockets were updated today to include the assessment by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board determining that Stodghill is a "sexually violent predator."

Full text:
Upon consideration of the Commonwealth's praecipe pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S.A. Section 9795.4 (e), after a stipulation to the report of Dr. Stein, PhD., a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board, the defendant is hereby determined to be a sexually violent predator.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

David Stodghill Sentenced 4 to 8 Years; Must Register as Sex Offender for Life

undated photo of David Stodghill

According to online court documents (here and here), David Manning Stodghill was sentenced to four to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls in 2009 and 1999. Due to the age of the girls and past criminal history of sexual assault, Stodghill has been designated for Lifetime Megans Law Registration.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stodghill sentencing postponed until May

A hearing to determine if David Stodghill is to be designated a sexually violent predator (SVP) has been postponed until May 11th. Stodghill's sentencing date has also been postponed, and is now scheduled for May 17th.

The SVP/Megans Law hearing, originally scheduled for today, needs to be held prior to sentencing. Court dockets show that on Friday lawyers for Stodghill requested a continuance for the hearing.

Stodghill's sentencing will be for sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl in 1999, and a 12 year old girl in 2009. He previously served 5 months in prison for sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl in 1995. Additionally, in 1991 Stodghill was convicted for "concealing the whereabouts of a child." In each case Stodghill pled guilty.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Stodghill's Sentencing Date Postponed Due to Megans Law Hearing

David Stodghill's sentencing date, originally scheduled for February 8th, has been postponed until March 29th. According to court dockets, this was postponed after "a hearing to determine if the defendant is a sexually violent predator" was scheduled for March 23rd.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Stodghill's Sentencing and Sex Offender Registry Requirements Pending

David Stodghill's sentencing is still scheduled for February 8th when, per his plea deal, he will face between 4 and 8 years in prison. In addition, at some point it will also be decided if he should be included on Megan's Law Registry for the State of Pennsylvania.

While there is little doubt Stodghill will be required to register as a sex offender, it is unclear if this will be for the 10 year or lifetime registration period.

Among the convictions that would require someone to register for ten years is indecent assault "where the offense is graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher." Lifetime registration would require two or more of such offenses.

Of Stodghill's recent guilty pleas, only one qualifies: his June, 2009 conviction for "aggravated sexual assault" of a 12 year old girl. His guilty plea for sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl in 1999 is considered a second degree misdemeanor.

His first known conviction of sexual assault, of an eleven year old Carlisle girl in 1995, also ended with a guilty plea. Due to the girl's age, this appears to be considered a first degree misdemeanor. Regardless, it is uncertain if a sexual assault committed in August 1995 would apply to the current Megans Law assessment as Megans Laws wasn't enacted in Pennsylania until April 1996.

There are other conditions surrounding Megans Law that I may have overlooked, and it is also possible that additional charges could be forthcoming against Stodghill that could make him eligible for lifetime Megans Law registration requirements, but his lifelong history of sexual assault against minors alone makes a four to eight year prison sentence and ten year notification period seem very short.

To summarize Stodghill's history of sexual assault convictions:
  • August 1995: Stodghill, aged 22, sexually assaults an 11 year old girl in Carlisle, PA, and receives 5  to 23 months as part of a guilty plea (a charge of aggravated indecent assault is dismissed). The following April, he is paroled after serving 5 months in prison.
  • March 1999: Stodghill, 26, sexually assaults a 13 year old girl in Hampden, PA. Before police can question him, he flees with his wife and two year old daughter to Ocean City, Maryland. Five months later he is arrested and extradited. According to sources, the victim is too frightened of Stodghill to testify and charges are initially dropped, then renewed eleven years later in 2010.
  • June 2009: Stodghill, 37, sexually assaults a 12 year old girl in Shippensburg, PA. He flees to Los Angeles, California, where Federal Marshalls and Immigration and Customs agents track him down and arrest him seven months later. Sentencing for this and the 1999 assault are pending.
More on assorted investigations in a future post. In the meantime, if any readers have info on how to pressure Pennsylvania authorities to sentence Stodghill to the longest maximum sentence, please reply in the comments or email us at davidstodghillrevealed@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stodghill Pleads Guilty To Child Molestation Cases

David Stodghill has pled guilty in two child molestation cases.

According to court records, in the 1999 case Stodghill pled guilty to Indecent Assault With A Person Less Than 16 Years Old, a misdemeanor, but a felony charge of Aggravated Indecent Assault was dismissed. In the more recent, 2009 case, Stodghill pled guilty to Aggravated Indecent Assault with a Complainant Less Than 13 Years Old, while a misdemeanor Indecent Assault charge was dismissed.

A statement given to police by a woman Stodghill married after he fled to Los Angeles last year may have been the tipping point.

According to Penn Live, Stodghill had "told his new wife about the incidents, including showing her an illicit photo of the most recent victim and pornographic videos of other children, according to court documents. Stodghill had not divorced his first wife when he remarried, so prosecutors could use statements from his second wife against him..."

Penn Live, which broke today's news, adds that Stodghill is scheduled to be sentenced on February 8th, and could get four to eight years in state prison.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Court date set for Stodghill's earlier alleged victim.

A January 24, 2011 trial has been set for Stodghill to face accusations including aggravated indecent assault against a minor that allegedly took place over eleven years ago.

The date of his November 15th trial to face charges for aggravated indecent assault against another minor in a June, 1999 incident appears to still be scheduled according to previously linked court dockets.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stodghill court date postponed. Again.

The trial date for David Stodghill stemming from the alleged child sexual abuse in June, 2009 has been moved to November 15th.

Stodghill's  formal arraignment stemming from an alleged instance of child sex abuse on March 28, 1999 is still scheduled for October 21st.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

David Stodghill's criminal history timeline

I just assembled a chronological rundown of David Stodghill's criminal background that will be updated as new and revised information is received at this blog. The information is largely pulled from publicly available information, such as police reports, criminal dockets, and news articles, but also includes vetted information provided anonymously to this blog.

A link to the timeline is also provided up by the top of the site for quick access.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another indecent sexual assault charge filed against David Stodghill

Another victim has come forward alleging to have been molested by David Stodghill from an incident that occurred in 1999. According to online documents, a preliminary hearing for Stodghill was held on August 18th to face charges of Corruption of Minors, Indecent Assault, and Aggravated Indecent Assault with a complainant less than 16 years old.

An anonymous source has told me that in 1999, Stodghill molested the victim, a 13 year old girl. She pressed charges, and when Stodghill learned of this quickly moved him and his family to Ocean City, Maryland, where they lived for 5 months until he was arrested and extradicted back to Cumberland County, PA to face trial. The young victim was too afraid to testify, and the charges were dropped. However, when she heard of the current charges facing Stodghill, she decided to refile the charges, which will now be heard in court.

A voice mail left with the Hampden Township Police officer handling this case, to confirm these details, was not returned by the time of this posting.