Calif. Cops: Molester May Have 36,000 Victims
Thursday, June 16, 2005
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A convicted child molester jailed here may have committed sex crimes against many thousands of victims in at least five U.S. states as well as Brazil and Mexico, police said Thursday after finding he kept meticulous records, complete with names and codes indicating which sex act was involved.
Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller (search), 63, was being held without bail on one count of aggravated sexual assault on a child under 14 and six counts of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child under 14, with each count alleging multiple victims, San Jose Police Lt. Scott Cornfield said.
Schwartzmiller is "one of the most active child molesters we've ever seen," said Cornfield.
Police held a news conference about the case Thursday to appeal for help from the public in identifying more of his victims.
During a search of his bedroom in San Jose, police discovered binders full of child pornography images and numerous logs with detailed records, listing more than 36,000 children's names — mostly boys
— and codes that appear to indicate how he abused them.
"If one-tenth of these numbers are accurate, we're looking at hundreds of victims in a number of states. The reason we want to tell the world about this is because we believe he's been involved in child molestations in a number of countries," said Cornfield.
Schwartzmiller, who was arrested in Washington state late last month and extradited to San Jose on June 7. He's also wanted in Oregon on felony sexual assault charges involving a minor. He also served prison time in Idaho for child molestation in the late 1970s. He then lived in Brazil, and was extradited from there to Idaho again in the late 1980s, serving more time there, Cornfield said.
San Jose police got involved after Schwartzmiller allegedly befriended at least two boys in San Jose with gifts, invited them to his house for video games and movies, and molested them.
A message left for Schwartzmiller's public defender was not immediately returned Thursday.
Hang him by the testicles and let each victim do whatever he pleases.