Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - March 23, 2005, Athens, Alabama
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Navy vet jailed for rape
Sheriff says suspect abused teenager for years
By Sonny Turner
Limestone County authorities arrested a 45-year-old retired Navy veteran Tuesday afternoon on charges of rape, sodomy and incest.
Joseph Thomas Kriz, of 4164 Pryor Road, Madison, is accused of sexually abusing a 19-year-old relative over a period of years, said Limestone County Mike Boyles, the lead investigator on the case.
“He was brainwashing her by reading scriptures out of the Bible saying honor thy father, love thy father and she thought religiously that she was supposed to do that. It started when she was 11 and stopped this past summer,” Boyles said.
A boyfriend of the teenager who started dating her two months ago brought her in to the Sheriff’s Department and she reported it,
Boyles said. “The boyfriend found out about it after she told him what had been happening in the home.”
“This guy is sick,” said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. “Our investigators found all sorts of pornographic materials and Joseph Krlz magazines inside his home. They even found stuffed dolls that he used to have sex with. It’s the sickest stuff I’ve ever seen in my life.”
On Spring Break
News-Courier/ Kim Rynders
West Limestone senior Cullen Lovell spent part of his spring break vacation Tuesday working on his family’s farm.
Teens staying at home while on spring hreak
By Tashia Lovell
While some teenagers across the nation may be soaking up the sun in Cancún, Florida, Texas or any other popular spring break destinations, some of our “good old boys and girls” in Limestone County are staying right here at home.
And unlike others, teens in Athens are not causing much trouble, if even any at all.
According to Athens Police Captain Marty Bruce, there’s not really any additional problems caused in
Athens during spring break.
He said that there is more traffic out during the day than when school is in session and that they are not really expecting more problems this week.
“I’m Just taking it easy and trying to get a little work done around the farm,” West Limestone Senior Cullen Lovell said Tuesday.
He said he doesn’t really have any special plans, just stay out later than usual and mainly “hangout.”
See Break, Page 2A
Kriz was in the Limestone County Jail being held without bond late Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and incest, all felonies.
Boyles said when he questioned Kriz the suspect denied being involved. But Boyles said even though he denied it, there was enough evidence to charge him.
Meanwhile, county authorities are investigating another reported rape Tuesday, but this one occurred in Lauderdale County, said Limestone Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt.
“This involved an underage child who is 13." McNatt said. “We are still investigating that case.”
The rape was reported off Cox Road he said.
McGlocklin cleared by state court
By Sonny Turner
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed the first-degree sexual abuse conviction of former Limestone County Commissioner Walter McGlocklin and cleared him of all charges.
“After carefully reviewing the evidence before us, we are forced to conclude that the State failed to present sufficient evidence of forcible compulsion,” the appeals judges ruled.
“McGlocklin’s actions, while reprehensible, did not subject (the girl) to sexual contact by Walter McGlocklin forcible compulsion, because he stopped touching her w'hen she resisted his actions.” The girl was 18 at the time of the incident.
McGlocklin, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday, said he was shocked when he heard a jury pronounce him guilty of sexual abuse in early May, 2004. He said then that he proved it did not happen beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The jury of nine women and three men took 2 12 hours to arrive at the guilty verdict.
Limestone Circuit Judge Jimmy Woodroof later sentenced McGlocklin, who was 60 at the time, to
See McGlocklin, Page 2A
Governor posts reward in two county deaths
Gov. Bob Riley approved Tuesday S5,()00 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in the deaths ot two Decatur men who w'ere killed recently in two separate cases in Limestone County.
In January, Andres Flores, of Athens, was found shot to death on the side of a rural road in Limestone County. He death has been ruled a homicide by Limestone County investigators.
In February, Royce Dale Ramsey, of Decatur, was found lying in a ditch off of U.S. Highway 31 South near Tanner. He w'as the victim of a hit-and-run driver, Athens police say.
“1 hope this reward will persuade someone who knows about these deaths to come forward and help authorities bring the perpetrators to Justice,” Riley said.
If you have any information regarding F lores, please contact Captain Stanley McNatt with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Otfice at 232-0111. If you have information regarding the Ramsey case, please contact Lt. Floyd Johnson with the Athens Police Department at 233-8705.
More than 50 registered sex offenders living in county
By Tashia Lovell
com Do you really know your neighbors? You might want to make sure that you do.
There are more than 50 registered sex offenders in Limestone County and the city of Athens combined.
But, what should give you some comfort is that it’s local law enforcement’s job
to notify you if your neighbor has ever been convicted of a sex crime.
You may even be familiar with a recent case in Florida where John Couey confessed to kidnapping and killing Jessica Marie Lunsford, a 9-year-old girl who lived about 150 yards away from where Couey had been staying. He was a registered sex offender.
“We have to send out notifications when a sex offender comes into our office and registers with us as a sex offender,” Limestone County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Tuesday.
In May, 1996 President Bill Clinton signed a federal law allowing public access to information about high-risk
This after a 7-year-old girl from New Jersey, Megan Kanka, was raped and murdered by a convicted child molester living across the street from her home.
In 1995, when she was killed, the local police department was not allowed to
See Registered, Page 2A