SuperDave's arrest
He was a member of webbsleuths, wrote a book on the subject.  Now we hear he has been arrested for crimes against children.

I do NOT want to put the blame on the other forum at all - - people can't know for sure who they are dealing with on the internet and that is why I advise all to be very careful.    But he was a pretty strong poster over there, kind of a leader, and I think it is good we all see this.

[b]RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX)[/b] A 37-year-old West Rutland man will be in court Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a child and for having child pornography.
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David Hughes
David Hughes, 37, of West Rutland is charged aggravated sexual assault of a child, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, promoting a recording of sexual conduct involving a child and possession of child pornography.
Investigators say Hughes engaged in a sexual act with a child who is under the age of 16 and possessed child pornography
An Angel Betrayed: How Wealth, Power and Corruption Destroyed the JonBenet Ramsey Murder Investigation
by David J. Hughes
About the Book
JonBenet Ramsey was six years old when she was murdered on Christmas night, 1996 in her home in Boulder, Colorado.
Her killer has never been brought to justice, because the police, prosecutors, lawyers, and her own family were too focused on their own careers, public images, political agendas, and social status. Experts sold out, lawyers used every dirty trick available, and police were hamstrung by political maneuvering and restrictions placed on them largely without public consent. She was An Angel Betrayed.
The murder of JonBenet Ramsey was a tragedy for her and her loved ones. The corrupted investigation into her death was tragic for the entire country. Now, a common man tells how the American justice system has been compromised by money, politics and cowardice, and how it bodes ill for where our society is headed.
About the Author
David J. Hughes was born to a working-class family in Vermont. He was inspired to write this book by frustration and a strong sense of duty. This is his first book.
Man accused of sexually assaulting a child
Staff Report Dec 15, 2018

A West Rutland man is facing charges after police said he sexually assaulted a child and possessed child pornography.

A statement from the Rutland City Police said David Hughes, 37, of West Rutland, would be arraigned Dec. 13 but as of Friday afternoon, Hughes had not yet arrived.

The release said Hughes had been cited for aggravated sexual assault of a child, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, promoting a recording of sexual conduct involving a child and possession of child pornography. Police said they learned from their investigation that Hughes had engaged in a sexual act with someone younger than 16.

Rutland City police said troopers from the Vermont State Police assisted in the investigation.
He is expected to be arraigned today. Will look for news tomorrow.

He was awful young in 1996, but his DNA needs to be compared with what we have.

a 15 year old visiting in Boulder could have done this - - unlikely but worth checking into.
A West Rutland man was arraigned on three felony charges Friday after police said they found evidence he had videotaped a 3-year-old girl in Castleton in March 2014.
David Hughes, 37, pleaded not guilty in Rutland criminal court on Friday to one felony count of aggravated sexual assault on someone younger than 13 and two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
The sexual assault charge is punishable by a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in jail and a maximum term of life in prison. The lewd and lascivious conduct charges are punishable by a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison and a maximum term of 15 years in prison.

The charges are based on an affidavit written by Detective Ryan Ashe, of the Rutland City Police Department. Ashe said he responded to an allegation made to the Vermont Department for Children and Families on Nov. 25 by a man who was related to children involved in the case.
The man said he knew Hughes had been investigated for an allegation of inappropriate contact with children in March 2014 but no charges had been filed.
However, the man’s mother had decided she didn’t want Hughes around the children in her family. She put together a box of his possessions in March 2014 but apparently the box had not been picked up.
The man told police that in the box, he found three videotapes that showed three children the man knew and Hughes, who allegedly exposed himself.
The man’s mother said she believed two of the videotapes showed two of her sons when they were 10 to 11 years old. The third showed her niece when she was 3, the woman told investigators.
The mother also told police she believed the videotapes were recorded in her former home in Castleton.
Ashe wrote in the affidavit the mother said Hughes was a neighbor she “took under her wing” after his mother died. The mother said Hughes used to play with two of her sons although he was 32 at the time.
Ashe said the videotapes seemed to show Hughes encouraging the three children to take off their clothing. One videotape showed Hughes removing the girl’s clothing and touching her.
The contact Hughes allegedly made was the basis for the sexual assault charge.
During an interview with a DCF investigator, the girl, who is now 8, said she didn’t remember the alleged incidents.
Hughes was interviewed on Dec. 12, according to the affidavit.

Ashe said Hughes began to cry during the interview.
“I don’t understand. I hate people that harm children like that. How could I be one person and then another,” Hughes said, according to the affidavit.
Ashe said Hughes told him that he never showed the videotapes to anyone else. But he allegedly admitted to accessing child pornography through the computer.
During the interview, Hughes asked Ashe to help him, the affidavit said.
Judge Thomas Zonay denied the state’s request during Hughes’ arraignment to set a bail of $20,000. Instead, he ordered Hughes to post an unsecured $5,000 appearance bond.
Hughes was ordered not to use electronic devices, like a phone, to take pictures of people or access the internet.
Zonay told Hughes he needed to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional within seven days and follow the professional’s recommendations.
Vermont Court Calendars:
Monday 14th January 2019
03:00 PM in Room Cour State vs. Hughes, David Status Conference 1481-12-18 Rdcr Active - Pretrial Hughes David, Defendant
Vermont Press Releases
U.S. Department of Justice announces Rutland man charges of child pornography
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Jan. 3, 2019
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Rutland Man Charged with Production and Possession of Child Pornography
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that David Hughes, 37, of Rutland, Vermont, was charged by criminal complaint in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont, with one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Hughes was arrested and made his initial appearance to answer the complaint in federal court on December 27, 2018. At the January 2, 2019 hearing on the government’s motion for pretrial detention, U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy granted the motion and ordered Hughes detained without bail pending trial. Hughes is next scheduled to appear in Federal court on January 10, 2019, at 3:00 pm.
According to court records and proceedings, in 2014, the Rutland Police Department investigated a report that Hughes had sexually assaulted a three-year old little girl while playing a game called “Find the kitty.” Hughes was a friend of the family of the victim. The investigation did not result in charges brought against Hughes.
In late November 2018, a family member of the victim in the 2014 case discovered a box in his mother’s basement belonging to Hughes that contained video tapes of child pornography. Specifically, the video tapes showed the 2014 victim and two other minor family members being exploited and sexually assaulted by Hughes. In one of the tapes, Hughes encouraged the three-year victim to pull down her pants as they played a game called “Find the kitty.” In a statement given to Rutland Police Department officers after discovery of the tapes, Hughes admitted to exploiting and sexually assaulting the children depicted in videos. He admitted to producing the videos and explained that he “made the videos so it would keep going on.” Rutland PD officers executed a search warrant at Hughes’ residence. At that time, Hughes identified a desktop computer as belonging to him.
Investigators obtained a warrant to search that computer. Approximately nine images of child pornography, including some images depicting infants, were found on that computer during a “preview” search.
Hughes was charged in Vermont Superior Court in Rutland with one count of aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 13 years old, and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Hughes pleaded not guilty to both charges prior to his arrest on federal charges. That case is being prosecuted by Rutland County Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Peter M. Bevere. The lead state investigator is Rutland Police Department Detective Ryan Ashe.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara A. Masterson is handling the Federal prosecution of Hughes. The lead Federal investigator is Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Caitlin Moynihan. Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth K. Quinn represents Hughes.
U.S. Attorney Nolan emphasized that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. If convicted, Hughes’ sentence will be determined by the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
U.S. Attorney Nolan commended the efforts of the Rutland Police Department, Castleton Police Department, Rutland Unit for Special Investigations at the Child First Advocacy Center, Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.
U.S. Attorney Nolan noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice=s Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney=s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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