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A haunting discovery has shattered the tranquility of a community in Henryetta, Oklahoma, revealing a gruesome scene that defies comprehension. In a horrifying turn of events, the lifeless bodies of seven individuals were unearthed within the confines of a registered sex offender’s residence on a fateful Monday afternoon, May 8th, 2023. As the shockwaves reverberate through the hearts of grieving loved ones, the true extent of this unfathomable tragedy is unveiled.

Among the victims were the convicted sex offender himself, Jesse McFadden, his wife, Holly Guess, and her innocent children (McFadden’s stepchildren) Rylee Elizabeth Allen, 17; Michael James Mayo, 15; and Tiffany Dore Guess, 13, along with two other young souls Ivy Webster and Brittany Brewer, who had tragically crossed paths with the malevolence lurking within those walls. The depths of sorrow that now envelop their families are immeasurable, their lives forever marked by an indescribable loss that defies reason.

Amid this grim revelation, heartbroken parents have come forward to share their anguish. Justin and Ashleigh Webster, filled with despair, recount the agonizing wait for their 14-year-old daughter, Ivy, who was expected home on that fateful Sunday night. As the hours turned into an eternity of dread, they took desperate measures, reporting Ivy as a missing person, hoping against hope for her safe return.

Their anguish echoed in the cries of Nathan Brewer, who also endured the unimaginable pain of filing a report for his 15-year-old daughter, Brittany. These families, forever entangled in this nightmare, are left to grapple with the depths of their grief and the unbearable questions that haunt their sleepless nights.

What is most concerning is the lack of information that the police have or are not reporting. It has been reported that the victims and the Mcfadden were shot to death, but thus far, there is no reasoning. One officer reported the crimes were “planned” but has not elaborated on how they came to that conclusion and what it means. Henryetta is a small town where allegedly the teenager’s parents were aware that they hung over at McFadden’s home and often had sleepovers with his stepchildren. 

The parents also were noted, claiming they had no idea of McFadden’s previous criminal history. McFadden was charged in 2004 with rape in the first degree and grand larceny. He was sentenced to 28 years but was released in 2020, seemingly without condition. Oklahoma sex offender registry seems to be particularly unuseful. I could not find him on the registry; I could only find his charges on the Oklahoma Department of Correction website. Oklahoma has several websites with zero consistency amongst the information of offenders being provided. 

It would make it very difficult for anyone looking to find information in their community. McFadden was also formally charged while incarcerated with soliciting a minor by sending a 16-year-old girl R-rated images of himself through a phone he should have never had. McFadden was due in Court the same Monday the bodies were found. Once he didn’t show up, a bench warrant was served, and police found the bodies when they executed a search warrant at approximately 4:00 pm that evening. 

Why McFadden was let out of prison after receiving more sex offense charges doesn’t make any sense. Let alone without any conditions such as parole or house arrest etc. This is where the judicial system truly failed Henryetta’s citizens and victims. McFadden should have never been released early on with no conditions, and Oklahoma has a responsibility to create resources that are easily accessible to its citizens. 

The magnitude of this tragedy demands an unwavering call to action. We must confront the grim realities hidden beneath our communities’ surface. We owe it to the innocent souls lost to enact profound changes to dismantle the cracks within our systems that allow such horrors to occur.

Society must stand united in demanding stringent measures, robust oversight, and unwavering vigilance to protect our most vulnerable members. Only through a collective commitment to change can we prevent further instances of darkness from infiltrating our lives and wrenching away our cherished loved ones.

McFaddens Original Conviction 

It is essential to look at McFadden’s original conviction of rape in the first degree and the laws and consequences Oklahoma currently has for such an offense. It is an important piece of information that shows how the judicial failed to do its job and leaves the loved ones of the deceased wondering why McFadden was ever released. 

  1. Definition of Rape in the First Degree: Rape in the first degree involves engaging in non-consensual sexual intercourse with another person under specific circumstances defined by Oklahoma law. These circumstances include situations where the victim cannot consent due to mental illness, mental disability, or intoxication. It also applies when the victim is physically helpless and unable to resist due to the administration of drugs or substances. Additionally, the act can be classified as rape in the first degree when it is accomplished through force, violence, or threats of force or violence.
  2. Classification and Penalties: Rape in the first degree is considered a felony offense in Oklahoma. The penalties for this crime are severe and can include:
    • Imprisonment: Upon conviction, an offender can be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or any form of early release. Unlike some other offenses, there is no set minimum term of imprisonment specified for this crime. The Court has the discretion to determine the appropriate length of the sentence based on the circumstances of the case.
    • Sex Offender Registration: In addition to the prison sentence, an individual convicted of rape in the first degree is generally required to register as a sex offender. The Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act outlines the specific reporting requirements and obligations that the offender must comply with, including regular updates of personal information, address verification, and notifications to law enforcement.
  1. Aggravating Factors: Certain aggravating factors can lead to enhanced penalties for rape in the first degree. These factors are considered additional circumstances that make the offense more severe. Examples of aggravating factors include:
    • Use or Threatened Use of a Dangerous Weapon: If the offender employs or threatens to use a dangerous weapon during the commission of the rape, it can result in increased penalties.
    • Infliction of Serious Bodily Injury: If the victim sustains a serious bodily injury due to the rape, the court can impose more severe penalties.
    • Presence of Accomplices: If one or more individuals act as accomplices during the commission of the offense, it can be considered an aggravating factor and lead to enhanced punishment.

Aggravating factors allow the court to consider additional circumstances when determining the appropriate sentence, potentially resulting in longer prison terms or other enhancements to the penalties imposed.

Sex Offender Facts

  1. Impact on Victims: Sexual offenses have profound and long-lasting effects on victims, often causing emotional trauma, psychological distress, and significant disruptions. It is estimated that only about 30% of sexual assault cases are reported to law enforcement.
  2. Age of Victims: Most child sexual abuse victims are between the ages of 12 and 17, with research indicating that one in nine girls and one in 53 boys experience sexual abuse before age 18. These staggering numbers highlight the vulnerability and harm inflicted upon young individuals.
  3. Familiarity: Approximately 93% of child victims know their abusers, with perpetrators often being family members, relatives, friends, or trusted individuals within the victim’s social circle. This betrayal of trust exacerbates the emotional impact on victims.
  4. Underreporting: Sexual offenses are significantly underreported, with various barriers preventing victims from coming forward. These barriers include fear of retaliation, social stigma, shame, lack of trust in the criminal justice system, and concerns about not being believed.
  5. Recidivism Rates: While recidivism rates vary, research indicates that many sex offenders re-offend. Estimates suggest that around 13% of sex offenders will commit a new sex crime within five years of release from prison. This highlights the need for effective rehabilitation and monitoring programs.
  6. Online Exploitation: The rise of the internet has facilitated increased online sexual exploitation. Children and vulnerable individuals are at risk of online grooming, sextortion, and exposure to explicit material. Law enforcement agencies are continuously working to combat these heinous acts.
  7. Impact on Communities: The presence of a registered sex offender can have a profound impact on a community, leading to fear, anxiety, and reduced feelings of safety. This can disrupt the social fabric and have consequences for property values, community cohesion, and the overall well-being of residents.
  8. Psychological Profiles: Sex offenders exhibit diverse psychological profiles and motivations vary. Some offenders may suffer from deviant sexual preferences or paraphilias, while others may have distorted views of power, control, or a lack of empathy. Understanding these factors is crucial for prevention and intervention efforts.

Brock Turner

In 2019, the case of Brock Turner gained national attention in the United States. Turner, a former Stanford University student, was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The gravity of the crime was indisputable, with the victim enduring significant emotional trauma and the incident generating widespread outrage.

However, the sentencing, in this case, sparked controversy and highlighted the sentencing disparity between sex offenses and marijuana-related charges. Turner received a sentence of only six months in jail, of which he served only three, along with probation and a requirement to register as a sex offender. The leniency of the sentence was met with public outrage and criticism, as many felt it did not adequately reflect the severity of the crime committed and the impact on the victim.

In contrast, individuals charged with non-violent marijuana offenses often face harsher penalties. For instance, in some states where marijuana possession is still criminalized (The fact that marijuana is still criminalized deserves one gigantic eye roll), individuals can receive sentences ranging from months to years in prison for possessing even small amounts of the substance without causing harm to others.

This case exemplifies the discrepancies in sentencing between sex offenses and marijuana-related charges. It raises crucial questions about prioritizing punishment and the need for a more balanced and equitable approach within the criminal justice system. By acknowledging and addressing these disparities, we can work towards a system that better reflects the severity of the harm caused and promotes fairness in the administration of justice.

 

Florid New Bill Allowing the Death Penalty for Child Sexual Abusers

A groundbreaking bill has emerged from Florida’s legislature, ushering in a wave of determination to combat the horrendous crime of child sexual abuse. In a resounding display of bipartisan support, lawmakers have passed crucial legislation to expand the state’s use of the death penalty for those convicted of sexually abusing children. This bill garnered an overwhelming vote of 34-5, amplifying the unwavering message that such heinous acts will not be tolerated.

Under the new law, juries will possess the power to impose the ultimate punishment with a vote of at least 8-4, heralding a critical departure from the previous unanimity requirement. By reevaluating the standard for imposing the death penalty, Florida has taken a significant stride towards ensuring swift and impactful justice for the most vulnerable victims. The resolute stance adopted by the Florida House of Representatives, evident in their resounding approval with a vote of 95-14, exemplifies the collective determination to protect the innocent and hold perpetrators of such grievous crimes accountable.

This groundbreaking legislation specifically targets individuals convicted of sexually abusing children under 12, a demographic that demands the utmost protection and safeguarding. By implementing this law, Florida has drawn a line in the sand, making a powerful statement that the safety and well-being of its young citizens will be fiercely defended. The imminent signing of the bill into law symbolizes a resolute commitment to shielding children from the horrors of sexual abuse and ensuring that justice is served swiftly and decisively.

Tips on How You Can Stay Safe in Your Community 

Awareness and Education

  • Stay informed about sex offender laws and regulations in your area.
  • Educate yourself and your loved ones about potential warning signs and common offender tactics.
  • Be aware of high-risk areas and situations, such as isolated locations or late-night outings.

Trust Your Instincts

  • Trust your gut feelings and intuition when something or someone feels off or suspicious.
  • Teach children to recognize and trust their instincts, empowering them to speak up if they feel uncomfortable or threatened.

Communication

  • Maintain open lines of communication with family, friends, and neighbors regarding safety concerns and any suspicious activities in the community.
  • Establish a trusted support network to turn to in times of need or uncertainty.

Personal Safety Measures

  • Be cautious about sharing personal information online and on social media platforms.
  • Utilize privacy settings on social media to control who can access your personal information.
  • Use strong, unique passwords for online accounts and regularly update them.

Secure Your Home and Surroundings

  • Install robust locks on doors and windows to enhance home security.
  • Consider installing security systems, motion-sensor lighting, and surveillance cameras to deter potential offenders.
  • Keep doors and windows locked, even at home, and be cautious about opening doors to strangers.

Safe Practices for Children

  • Teach children about appropriate and inappropriate touching, empowering them to recognize and report uncomfortable encounters.
  • Educate children about boundaries and reinforce the importance of saying “no” to unwanted advances.
  • Encourage open communication with children and create a safe space for them to share their concerns or experiences.

Personal Safety in Public

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and the people around you in public spaces.
  • Walk in well-lit areas, stay on main roads, and avoid isolated or dimly lit areas whenever possible.
  • Utilize buddy systems or travel with trusted companions, particularly during nighttime outings.

Reporting Suspicious Activity

  • Familiarize yourself with local law enforcement contact information and emergency hotlines.
  • Report any suspicious activity or individuals to the appropriate authorities promptly.
  • Provide detailed and accurate information when reporting, which can help law enforcement take necessary action.

Stay Informed and Engaged

  • Stay updated on local news and community alerts regarding sex offenders or safety concerns.
  • Participate in community programs or initiatives that promote safety, awareness, and prevention.

Remember, staying safe against sex offenders requires a multi-faceted approach. By staying informed, trusting your instincts, practicing personal safety measures, and fostering open communication, you can take proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential harm.

Final Thoughts 

Last week I was going for my usual walk in the middle of the day on a break from work. A few guys sat on their front porch and attempted to flag me down. One asked for my number, but luckily, I had my AirPods in, and I acted like I couldn’t hear him. Truthfully, it is hard to hear with noise-canceling air pods, but this particular gentleman was literally screaming at me. I don’t tend to feel unsafe walking as a woman, and I am not a particularly nervous person. 

However, this time I did get an odd feeling. So I input his address into the sex offender registry list, and wouldn’t you know he was on it? Most shocking is that his victim was under the age of one. Unfortunately, you can expect at least one sex offender to live in your community, even if that means they live a mile or two from you. It is our new reality. It is essential to do everything you can to keep yourself safe. 

It is even more critical for our judicial system to do its job and protect society from predators. When people are getting more time for marijuana drug charges than sex offenses, you know we have a completely broken system. 

Further Resources

Look up Oklahoma Sex Offenders

Look up Florida Sex Offenders

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Julie Johansson

Educated in Criminal Justice and a true crime junkie. Former mall cop, fur mom and women's rights advocate. I am trying to engage in more important topics and writing is how I connect with my community and the world.