Senior citizen that defended eight year-old from online sexual exploitation – now herself being sexually assault online

District Judge wants to avoid planning a “funeral”

The brave senior citizen that provided a detailed Affidavit for Polk County law enforcement to identify the participants in an extortion scheme continues to be viciously attacked online.

It began in August of 2013.

Mary Lee, a former police officer that once worked with sexual abuse victims in New Mexico, came to the online aid of two Minnesota children that were being sexually violated on a website operated by a Florida blogger that once (allegedly) bragged he murdered six children, including the missing Florida child Trenton Duckett.

The Florida blogger is William Murtaugh.

Lee, a grandmother from North Carolina, agreed to provide a detailed account of how an East Grand Forks, Minnesota man’s children, including an eight year-old, was being sexually exploited on the Web by Murtaugh, and what she and another woman did to make him remove the content.

Lee’s courageous actions have now made her a target for online assault, and she has been repeatedly attacked.

What is particularly disturbing is the harassment itself is clearly authored and published by a very sick individual. The attacker incessantly uses the ‘F’-word and is obsessed with sexual imagery and vulgar expressions.

On October 31 the website http://www.radionewz.net wrote an article claiming Lee has photographs that she “masturbates to daily”. In another posting, a vile reference is made regarding Lee’s body and sex organ.

In the on-going campaign to discredit Lee, http://www.radiondewz.net attempted to convince readers that she had never really been a police officer, and rather, the photograph published of Lee in her police uniform was actually a costume she used when she worked as a “stripper” (absurd because Lee’s image was extracted from a group photo of the entire Department).

Today, the anonymous publisher’s obsession with sex, which in the past has included headlines stating Lee’s “vagina spews disgusting filth”, surfaced again in a maniacal profane rant wherein the author says Lee becomes “orgasmic” when talking about a certain professional person in South Florida.

The bizarre and criminal set of circumstances is well known to Minnesota law enforcement. The extortion and blackmail regarding the minor child was immediately reported to Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman and Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth in August, 2013.

The intimate nature and extremely angry tone of the statements made by the publisher at http://www.radionewz.net against Lee have generated calls for Erdman and Widseth to have the content examined by a forensic criminologist, who might be able to determine if the content being published is being published by the very professional from “South Florida” the anonymous writer often references.

The criminal nature of the consistent threats being made against Lee recently saw an ironic twist when the cyber-stalker turned its sights onto William Murtaugh.

Irony is cited for good reason.

Murtaugh is the person that originally initiated contact with Timothy Holmseth, journalist, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and asked Holmseth sexually related questions about his children.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is aware that Murtaugh knows and communicates with Lee, because Murtaugh mentions Lee in his emails to Holmseth. Murtaugh’s emails to Holmseth also expose two other individuals he (Murtaugh) is working with.

When Murtaugh originally contacted Holmseth, he (Murtaugh) had already began publishing a ‘series’ about Holmseth on his Web blog – billing it as a big development in the case of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.

Murtaugh was referring to Holmseth as a major figure in the HaLeigh Cummings case because Holmseth wrote a book about the subject. Murtaugh was simply using the high profile name HaLeigh Cummings to attract readers to his blog, where he would then write vile content about Holmseth’s children.

Holmseth refused to comply with Murtaugh’s detailed requests, and almost immediately sexually related content was published about Holmseth’s children in retaliation.

Ironically, on October 22, Murtaugh himself became the target; and the author appeared to intimately know and despise Murtaugh during a rant at http://www.radionewz.net.

“I’m not going to forget about your dirty draconian antics William. You may pull the wool over the eyes of some, but I’m not gullible. I see you exactly for what you are.

YOU project. You are a pedophile, your involvement in the Trenton Duckett case was strange, disturbing, and suspect. Not to mention the shit you pulled during the search for Caylee Anthony. You parked your old news van in front of Melinda’s apartment and claimed you had “visions” of the missing child. You claimed you partied with Casey Anthony. You’ve threatened to send sex offenders to the home of women with children. Your behavior is daunting!” said the anonymous publisher.

“You need to get back into your place and watch your fucking mouth and WATCH YOUR FUCKING BACK,” the author warned.

The attacks launched by the cyber attack website on innocent people, and anyone that befriends Holmseth, are common. Anybody that publicly states they believe HaLeigh Cummings is alive is almost immediately slated for an indefinite regimen of threats and harassment.

In the fall of 2012 http://www.radionewz.net wrote vile commentary about Harriet Sweat, founder, You Came to Me Ministries, Palatka, Florida. In a barrage of profanity, Sweat was chastised for her friendship with Holmseth. “I don’t know what I could have done to anger that person,” Sweat said, confused.

The vulgar attack on the soft-spoken, non-confrontational Christian missionary, that provides prayer and faith services to bring hope to inmates, causes many to be concerned about the predator’s mental state, capabilities, and clear lack of boundaries.

The extended matter was turned over to Polk County Child Protective Services by County Attorney Widseth. The matter was subsequently transferred to Grand Forks County Child Protective Services.

Because it is illegal to sexually exploit a minor child in a coercion and extortion scheme, it is possible CPS agents will now document who has been assisting Murtaugh.

During a court hearing at the Polk County Justice Center on October 9 the District Judge expressed live(s) could potentially be at risk. The true gravity of the escalating situation was clear when Honorable Tamara Yon advised she was quite concerned, and noted she does not want anybody to have to plan a “funeral”.

The situation did not develop overnight, and many believe East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad knows exactly who is publishing the x-rated attacks on http://www.radionewz.net.

Galstad remains under scrutiny after small details contained in a confidential complaint that was filed against him by Holmseth to the Minnesota BAR Association and FBI in 2012, inexplicably surfaced on the very website in question – http://www.radionewz.net.

East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss has been contacted at the direction of the Minnesota Attorney General but has taken no known action nor provided a comment.

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