Akron Philip and Michael Schmidt pleaded guilty to molesting children attending the day care center operated by their grandmother, Hazel Riggs, who was sentenced on a lesser charge.A Denver Post report on the case included ritual allegations by a child victim. Acree, former heroin addict and operator of a halfway house for juvenile delinquents, was convicted in February 1983, on two counts of prostituting children and one count of sexually assaulting a child.A second intrafamilial child-sex ring was exposed and prosecuted in Bakersfield, with trials continuing into 1985. Seven defendants in another Bakersfield child-sex ring were convicted in August 1985, with multiple charges including child molestation and endangerment, assault with a deadly weapon, and production of child pornography.
Cumulative prison sentences in the case came to 2,100 years. Leroy George Stowe III was convicted on 16 counts of child molestation and sentenced to 30 years in March 1985.In February 1987, a California appeals court reversed Leroy Stowe's conviction on 12 of 16 felony counts, with the grounds cited as a technical insufficiency in the pleadings.** (Newton, 1996). Wilkins, 38, and Lori Elizabeth Bartz, 22, were convicted in July 1987 on 8 counts of sexual abuse involving children from Bartz's unlicensed day-care center.The original list of charges, dating back to 1984, included 92 counts of sex acts forced upon girls aged 10 to 15.The Phelps fled town and disapeared after being charged with 33 counts.Ritual elements in the case were ignored by authorities at the time. In August 1996, a judge overturned the child molestation convictions of Alvin and Deborah Mc Cuan and Scott and Brenda Kniffen.** (Northwest Herald, August 14, 1996).