Parole opposed for Hubbard sex offender
WARREN — A man who “has the Ted Bundy look,” according to Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, is trying to get parole after serving the first 15 years of a potential life sentence for the sexual assaults of a young female relative.
A parole hearing is set for sometime in mid-December for Timothy M. Gaut, the former Hubbard resident who was sentenced in 2008 to 15 years to life in prison after being convicted of 21 counts of rape, gross sexual imposition, importuning and pandering obscenity of minor.
Watkins, assistant Prosecutor Michael Burnett, who handled Gaut’s case, and prosecutor investigator Roy Anne Rudolph all wrote letters to the parole board opposing Gaut’s release.
Gaut is expected to meet with three parole board members outside his cell at Marion Correctional Institution. This is his first chance at parole since pleading guilty on Sept. 12, 2008, to the charges.
In a letter to parole board chairwoman Alicia Handwerk that was mailed Dec. 1, Watkins said Gaut is one of the worst-ever sexual predators / human traffickers his office has ever seen.
In this case, Watkins sent his investigator Rudolph and victim / witness division administrator Mary Jo Hoso to Harrisburg, Pa., on Nov. 23, to meet with the victim of Gaut’s sexual assaults. That victim, who is a blood relative to the defendant, along with her brother and mother, is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office to “strongly oppose” Gaut’s early release.
Bundy is the infamous serial killer of young women in the 1980s and 1990s.
The victim was between the ages of 3 and 6 when Gaut committed his crimes.
In Rudolph’s letter, the investigator said: “(She) now has permanent reproductive issues caused by … scarring. (She) is angry and frustrated with the results and disappointment.” Rudolph added that the defendant has never offered any excuse or apologized for causing “such devastating harm.”
After interviewing the victim, Rudolph found her to be very vulnerable, hurt, volatile and frustrated, noting it was difficult for her to structure a functional life because of the damage caused by Gaut. She spoke about her post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and mood disorders, which have had a great effect on her employment and personal relationships and created social delays.
Rudolph also noted in the letter that the victim’s brother now lives in California and has recently completed a tour in the armed services.
“He has an overwhelming sense of anger and resentment for (the defendant),” Rudolph writes. Among the brother’s first remarks in the interview with Rudolph was: “I hope that (expletive) dies in prison!”
Gaut’s two cousins said the inmate was raised in a loving home with no signs of abuse or lack of parental support, Rudolph writes. Gaut’s parents are now dead, but Watkins said after learning the damage the son did to the young victim, the mother wanted to kill him.
An attempt was unsuccessful in reaching the Ohio Public Defender’s office to get a comment about Gaut’s representation for the parole hearing.
Burnett, the assistant prosecutor, details in his letter to the parole board that Gaut began communicating in January 2007 with an undercover law enforcement agent based in Virginia who was posing as a man named “Rich” in an online chat room that focused on incest.
After learning that “Rich” had an 11-year-old daughter, Gaut began to inquire into the sexual experience of the girl named “Alyson,” who also was a federal agent.
The federal agent eventually told Gaut that he would charge $250 per hour for sexual favors from his “daughter.”
Soon after, Gaut began communicating directly with “Alyson” through a chat room or on the telephone. Gaut asked “Alyson” if she would perform sexual acts. Later, Gaut sent both agents a streaming live video of himself with his then- 6-year-old victim.
After seeing this video, the federal agents immediately contacted Hubbard city detectives, who deemed the situation an emergency to get the child safely away from the Hubbard home. After gaining access to Gaut’s home through a search warrant, they found the man on the telephone, with the 6-year-old girl sleeping on the bed in close proximity. After confirming the person on the phone was a federal agent, officers took Gaut into custody and he was ultimately charged with the 21 felony counts.
Burnett also wrote that prosecutors learned from the victim that Gaut had previously groomed and assaulted a pair of children in her neighborhood.
Through an examination of Gaut’s online “chats,” Burnett wrote that Gaut has the desire and determination to engage in repulsive sex acts with children as young as 2.
Burnett also said that Gaut illustrated a pattern of lies and manipulation of others. He detailed that during his incarceration, he solicited his mother to facilitate workers’ compensation fraud in an attempt to get money to hire an attorney.
TED BUNDY LOOK
Watkins said this defendant was very good looking or perhaps disarmingly attractive to many people back in 2007.
“In my view, he had that Ted Bundy look,” Watkins said in invoking the name of the infamous serial killer of young women. “Even today, he could blend in to society and appear harmless and then suddenly strike and harm the youngest people among us. That is why this man should never be paroled.”
Watkins typecasts this “criminal mindset that evinces a thought-out plan to record your crime for prosperity, recalibration, and titillating enjoyment — which sadistically brings about physical and mental suffering on child victims.”
Clearly this is the worst of the worst sexual offender, Watkins said.
Burnett pointed out that Gaut has a number of infractions while breaking prison regulations, including multiple incidents of fighting, lying to corrections officers, failure to follow the orders of a corrections officer and misuse of medications.
Watkins said this goes against the grain of many sexual offenders’ behavior behind bars.
“I can make this observation that most child sexual predators don’t have many disciplinary violations … because there are no children in prison,” Watkins said.
As for Gaut, Watkins said he wants to see him spend a lifetime daydreaming about getting out of prison.
“Our hope is that inmate Gaut will dream on in prison until he ceases to dream,” Watkins write at the conclusion of his letter.