Random acts of madness: the horny hockey mom in NY & the hit mom in MI

Poughkeepsie Journal Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Former Rockland prosecutor pleads not guilty to sex with teens

NEW CITY — A former Rockland County assistant district attorney pleaded not guilty this morning to charges that she had sexual intercourse or oral sex with two teenaged boys, served them alcohol and smoked marijuana with them.

County Court Judge Catherine Bartlett set Beth Modica’s bail at $75,000 cash or bond, an amount greater than the $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond requested by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office.

Modica’s attorney, Gerard Damiani, objected to the figure.

”Your honor,” he said, “The DA recommended bail at $25,000.”

Bartlett responded sharply.

”I heard it. These are serious charges involving children in her community,” she said.

Damiani had requested that Modica, the estranged wife of Spring Valley police Chief Paul Modica, be released without bail on the 35-count indictment.

She was charged with five felonies: one count of third-degree rape, which is basically statuatory rape; and four counts of third-degree criminal sexual assault. She also faces 30 misdemeanor charges: four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and 26 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The incidents in question happened between July 1 and Sept. 2, District Attorney Tom Zugibe said in a press conference after the bail hearing.

Between July 20 and 22, Beth Modica is accused of having had intercourse with a 16-year-old and oral sex with a 15-year-old in her home. She is alleged to have served alcohol to both of them.

On other dates during the two-month period, Modica is accused of having had oral sex with the two boys in cars or at their homes, while drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana with them.

Zugibe dispelled one rumor that had run through the community before the indictment was unsealed today.

”My understanding is there is no involvement of the hockey team, whatsoever,” he said.

In addition, he said, the investigation showed Chief Modica had no knowledge of the incidents.

In requesting no bail, Damiani cited Modica’s ties to the community – she grew up in Rockland, graduated Spring Valley High School, then Syracuse University and St. John’s Law School before returning to Rockland, where she worked as an attorney in the District Attorney’s Office in the late 1980s and early ’90s and later became assistant town attorney in Ramapo and village attorney for Sloatsburg, where she lived with her husband and children.

Damiani said Modica’s character and morality had never been questioned before the current charges were filed.

Bartlett was unmoved.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Dominick Crispino is serving as prosecutor.

Dressed in a gray suit, Beth Modica stood silently next to Damiani. Her mother, Judith Gardner, sat in the courtroom. Gardner is the former assistant to the late state Sen. Eugene Levy and, later, Joe Holland, who succeeded Levy upon his death. Modica has been staying with her mother.

As of 10:30 a.m., District Attorney Tom Zugibe was preparing to hold a news conference imminently, at which time more details should become available.

Area woman held in murder-for-hire plot

Sunday, January 27, 2008

By Nate Reens

The Grand Rapids Press

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP — When asked what Ann Marie Linscott meant when she tried to hire someone to “eradicate” a California woman, her alleged cool response to a federal agent: “Duh. Well to have her killed.”

FBI Special Agent Islam Omar accuses Linscott, a 48-year-old Algoma Township woman, of a murder-for-hire plot using cyberspace as a recruiting tool for an “assassin.”

Omar, in a federal arrest affidavit, says Linscott used the online classified service craigslist.com to post a freelance job opportunity near Sacramento, Calif. Linscott left no other details in the listing.

But authorities said she described the prospective hit to three people who responded to the ad in a three-week span in November, offering $5,000 to target and kill the wife of a man with whom she was having an affair.

Linscott was arrested Friday at her home on three counts of soliciting murder.

Neighbors described a movie-like scene with agents descending on the house and toting out boxes of materials from inside the residence on Porter Hollow Drive NE.

Linscott, a massage therapist who has been married since 1989, is jailed on the charges. She will be in U.S. District Court on Tuesday for a hearing that is likely to end with her extradition to California to face charges, authorities said.

Linscott met the man during an online college course in either 2004 or 2005, the man told investigators. In 2005, the pair had a two-day tryst in Reno, Nev., and Linscott visited him in California last year.

The sexual encounters extended their “deep and intimate online relationship,” he told police.

Linscott’s home telephone has been disconnected temporarily and a cell phone number for her massage business was not answered Saturday.

Neighbors said they rarely saw the woman and her husband outside of their $240,000 home that sits on 1 acre near Summit Avenue and 13 Mile Road NE. The couple has two teenage children.

“You wonder what people are thinking sometimes,” one neighbor said.

The woman allegedly told investigators her only fear of having the homicide carried out was police would track the slaying back to her, court documents show.

When e-mailed by three people seeking employment, Linscott allegedly said she was looking for “silent assassins.” She even told one, “This IS a serious proposition,” documents show.

She hoped to move to California, the husband of the intended victim told agents. His wife is a 56-year-old county government employee.

Agents asked Linscott if she wanted the victim to be dead. She allegedly responded: “Sometimes. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.”

Sheriff’s investigators in Butte County, Calif., and FBI agents have been working the case since November, according to Drew Parenti, the agent in charge of the Sacramento FBI office.

Send e-mail to the author: nreens@grpress.com

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