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JonBenét Ramsey Sicko Busted For Child Sex
David J. Hughes has admitted to his “obsession” with her murder.

By National ENQUIRER Staff
Jan 24, 2019 @ 9:00AM
Jon Benet Sicko Busted For Child Sex
In a spectacular new twist in the JonBenét Ramsey case, a sicko obsessed with the slain pageant princess has been busted for sexually assaulting a child!

Now the arrest of David J. Hughes — a JonBenét blogger who wrote a book about her murder implying the six-year-old enjoyed the attack — could hold the key to finding her killer!

Vermont authorities charged Hughes, 37, with three felonies in December after police found evidence he videotaped a 2014 attack on a three-year-old girl.

Cops said they also found tapes of other attacks where he encouraged two boys, aged 10 and 11, to take off their clothes!

The fiend admitted watching kiddie porn — and authorities are now combing his computer for links to JonBenét’s murder!

“This is an active investigation,” Det. Ryan Ashe of the Rutland, Vt., police department told The National ENQUIRER. “[Hughes] said he has family out ‘west’ and I plan to reach out to Boulder police to discuss the case. If we could establish he was in Colorado or the general vicinity of Boulder, we could develop enough probable cause to get a warrant.”

Jon Benet Sicko Busted For Child Sex

Insiders told The ENQUIRER that Hughes’ DNA has already been secretly seized by cops and is being tested.

Hughes was just 15 when JonBenét was found dead in her family home in Boulder on December 26, 1996 — but he’s admitted to an “obsession” with her murder.

“It seems to have consumed most of my life,” Hughes confessed to The ENQUIRER.

In his book, An Angel Betrayed, he implied JonBenét enjoyed the assault. “[Children] don’t always know it’s wrong, especially 
if their victimizer is a trusted adult … and most of them want to please adults,” he wrote.

Hughes said he’s communicated with people from Boulder but insisted he played no part in her murder.

“I could tell you I was in no way involved in JonBenét’s death,” he 
Man faces eight years in child porn case
By Patrick Mcardle Staff Writer Mar 5, 2020 0

A local man is expected to face at least eight years in jail after pleading guilty in federal court on Wednesday to a felony count of possession of child pornography.

David Hughes, 38, of Rutland, was arraigned in federal court in January 2019, on two felony counts of coercing a minor to perform a sexual act in order to make a video or take photographs and one felony count of possession of child pornography.

On Wednesday, Hughes agreed to plead guilty to the count of child pornography. According to a plea agreement filed in the case, Hughes and the government have agreed to a sentence of 96 months with a minimum term of five years of supervision after his release.

The conviction will also require Hughes to register as a sex offender with Vermont and the federal government.

Hughes was also arraigned in Rutland criminal court in December 2018 on one felony count of aggravated sexual assault on someone younger than 13 and two felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

Law-enforcement officers arrested Hughes after getting a report from a local mother.

She had become suspicious of Hughes and told him she didn’t want him around the younger members of her family. She said she was going to put Hughes’ stuff outside for him to pick up but in November 2018, she found three videotapes.

The mother said she believed two of the videotapes had footage of two of her sons when they were 10 to 11 years old and the third showed her niece at a time when the girl was 3.

Police said Hughes exposed himself on the tapes.

The mother told police Hughes was a neighbor she “took under her wing” after his mother died. She said Hughes used to play with two of her sons although he was 32 at the time.

Police 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.

According to police, Hughes admitted early in the investigation to recording the videotapes.

The videotapes allowed federal investigators to get involved, according to Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Caitlin Moynihan, who said that because the videotapes were manufactured in Vermont and ended up in Vermont, they traveled in interstate and foreign commerce.

As part of the agreement reached on Wednesday, Hughes must plead guilty to the Rutland County charges before his sentencing in federal court which is scheduled for July 2.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Masterson said she had discussed the plea agreement on Wednesday with Rutland County States’ Attorney Rose Kennedy.

Kennedy said Hughes had been expected to change his plea on March 9 but the local agreement is still being worked out.

Any sentence from the state is expected to be served at the same time as the federal prison sentence.

According to the local affidavit, Hughes cried during the interview with Detective Ryan Ashe, of the Rutland City Police Department, and denied having ever been inappropriately touched when he was a child.

“I don’t understand. I hate people that harm children like that. How could I be one person and then another,” Hughes said.

Hughes asked Ashe to help him, the affidavit said.

While there is an agreement in place about sentencing Hughes, it will not be enacted until the Department of Corrections completes a pre-sentence investigation. Hughes will remain in federal custody until his sentencing.


Rutland Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on December 17, 2020, David Hughes, 39, of Rutland, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to serve 96 months in prison after his guilty plea to one count of possession of child pornography. Chief U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford also ordered Hughes to serve a five (5) year term of supervised release, and to pay a $100 special assessment.

According to court records and proceedings, in November 2018, an individual cleaning out his mother’s basement in Rutland, Vermont, came upon a box belonging to Hughes. Hughes had stored the box in the basement with the mother’s permission. The individual opened Hughes’ box and discovered VHS videotapes which depicted small children known to the individual engaging in sexually explicit activity. The individual also recognized Hughes’ voice on the tapes. After discovery of the tapes and taking a statement from Hughes in which he admitted to making the videos on the tapes, law enforcement obtained a warrant to search Hughes’ residence. During the search of Hughes’ residence, law enforcement seized a Dell computer that belonged to Hughes. On it, law enforcement discovered images depicting child pornography.

In resolving Hughes’ case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office worked closely with Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy because Hughes also faced state charges related to the sexual activity depicted on the VHS tapes. In Hughes’ federal plea agreement, he was required to plead guilty to the state charges prior to imposition of sentence in the federal case. If Hughes failed to enter guilty pleas in the state case, the federal plea agreement would have been voided. On October 9, 2020, Hughes pleaded guilty in state court to sexual assault charges and received a sentence of 7-15 years, all suspended with seven (7) years to serve. Hughes’ 96-month federal sentence will run concurrently to the state sentence.

U.S. Attorney Nolan commended the efforts of the Rutland City Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations in the investigation of Hughes. She also cited this case as an example of the strong partnership between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and State’s Attorney Kennedy’s office and thanked SA Kennedy for her collaboration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara A. Masterson handled the prosecution of Hughes. Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth Quinn represented Hughes.

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 http://www.justice.gov/psc.

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