My lord! This is a 5 year old for Gods sake! Why don't we just lock up everyone for doing anything sexual? This is F'ing insane! This story is NOT DISTURBING! Kids will be kids, and they do experiment! Why are we so freaked out now by anything sexual?
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My lord! This is a 5 year old for Gods sake! Why don't we just lock up everyone for doing anything sexual? This is F'ing insane! This story is NOT DISTURBING! Kids will be kids, and they do experiment! Why are we so freaked out now by anything sexual?
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So much for love. I am willing to bet she truly loved him, until she found this out. Hope she gets put in prison for LIFE for attempted murder. She needs to be on an ATTEMPTED MURDER registry so we know to stay away from this "evil" person. Did she even asked what he did?
Frazzini Found Stabbed On Butler Street
BUTLER -- A girlfriend is accused of stabbing her boyfriend. Police say she did it, when she found that he was a sex offender.
Police said Lerhonda Starnes, 42, tried to kill 39-year-old Tony Frazzini when she stabbed him nine times in the neck and chest Thursday night in Butler.
Frazzini was found bleeding at 10:42 p.m. on the sidewalk of New Castle Street. Police said he was able to identify his attacker as Starnes and said she stabbed him after she found out he was a registered sex offender.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police's Megan's Law Web site, Frazzini was convicted of sexual abuse in New York in 1993. State police list him as a Megan's Law offender who is required to register with police for life.
A witness led police to a house on Eighth Avenue, where Starnes was found sitting on the front porch. Investigators said blood was found inside the home.
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A federal court decision made earlier this month in Akron has caused a chilling effect on parents because it allowed a convicted rapist the ability to live within 1,000 feet of a school which could affect where offenders live in Miami County.
The decision was handed down by United States Judge James S. Gwin, who found Ohio's state law that limits where sex offenders live as unconstitutional as applied to a plaintiff who committed his crime before the law went into effect in 2003. Under Ohio's residency restriction law, convicted sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of schools, pre-schools or daycare centers.
Locally and throughout the state, sex offenders have been trying to fight residence restrictions, claiming the law is unconstitutional because it violates the ex post facto clause of the U.S. Constitution and further punishes them for crimes for which they already have been sentenced for, according to executive director David Singleton of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center.
Though the judge in Akron determined the law as applied to the plaintiff, Lane Mikaloff, was unconstitutional, the statute still applies to sex offenders throughout the state of Ohio, according to Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann.
"This ruling is based on the unique set of facts and circumstances presented to the Court by this plaintiff, and affects him alone," Dann said in a press release after the verdict was given Sept. 4. "It is our contention that the law was and remains constitutional and that it should be enforced across the state to ensure that our children and families are protected from those who would do them harm."
Miami County assistant prosecuting attorney James R. Dicks Jr. agreed.
"The statute has been widely held in Ohio and elsewhere," Dicks said. "Although it's retroactive, it's not unconstitutionally retroactive because it's a protective measure as opposed to punitive."
- What a load of crap. Change the wording just to make it constitutional. These laws are NOTHING BUT PUNISHMENT!!!
While many Ohio residents and law enforcement officials believe the statute prohibiting sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools protects children and is within the legal limits of the constitution, others do not.
"Not only is the statute unconstitutional because it imposes punishment retroactively, but it is wrong-headed as a matter of policy," Singleton said. "Children live everywhere, not just within 1,000 feet of schools. It is folly to think that we are protecting children by making former offenders move. By enforcing this statute, law enforcement officials are seriously damaging the lives of former sex offenders, but doing nothing to actually limit their access to children. It is not just unconstitutional, it is an ineffective use of time, energy and taxpayers' dollars."
According to the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, forcing sex offenders to move from their homes might actually harm more children than it protects. ATSA asserts sex offenders with stable housing and social support are less likely to commit new sex offenses compared to those who lack stability.
- And you have to ask yourself, why do they keep ignoring all these experts who keep saying over and over they do not work, and make everything worse? What is their real goal here?
"There is no evidence that these laws actually protect children," according to a brief submitted by ATSA to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking judicial review of the residential restrictions placed on sex offenders. "To the contrast, those states that have studied the issue carefully have found no relationship between sex offense recidivism and sex offenders' proximity to schools or other places where children congregate."
Miami County sex offender registration notification officer John Carroll said while he is not a champion of sex offenders, he has dealt with several sex offenders within the county who cannot find housing due to residency restrictions.
Carroll said a problem within the county, especially in the city of Troy, is that the most affordable housing is located within the city limits downtown. However, much of that housing is within 1,000 feet of schools. He also said when sex offenders become displaced from their homes and are not taken in by friends or family and do not find their own housing they become homeless. Once a sex offender becomes homeless, it becomes increasingly more difficult for authorities to keep track of the person, and that runs the risk of having sex offenders living amongst the community with whereabouts unknown, according to Carroll.
"That begins it," he said. "They're not able to find assistance and there's a reluctance for anyone to help them. The story goes on and on. They say people don't want to rent to them and don't want them around. They don't want to register because they don't want to be stigmatized when they try to return to the community. Even people who don't have kids don't want them around."
Carroll said more problems with the sex offender registration and residency restriction laws are coming. As of January 1, 2008, Ohio will align to the federal Adam Walsh Act. Under that act, sex offenders will be reclassified as determined by the charges they were convicted under and their registration requirements could change. According to the Web site for Ohio's Office of the Public Defender, classification is based solely on the offense of conviction; a person's likelihood to re-offend will no longer be considered.
- Yep, I can see the law suits now. You need to re-evaluate people for how they are TODAY, not how they were XX years ago. People do change, and this is totally unfair. EVERYONE WHO IS AFFECTED BY THIS, TAKE THEM TO COURT, SWAMP THE SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!
Currently, there are three types of sex offenders in Ohio: sexual predators who are required to register for life, habitual sex offenders who are required to register for 20 years and sexually oriented offenders who are required to register for 10 years. Under the Adam Walsh Act, sex offenders will be reclassified into three tiers and registration periods for sex offenders will be increased.
Because the Adam Walsh Act is retroactive, all sex offenders will be affected. Dicks said the reclassification also could remove some offenders who, under the current legislation, are registered as offenders least likely to re-offend based on their crimes into higher tiers. For example, Carroll said some sex offenders charged with rape can be labeled as sexually oriented offenders, not predators. Dicks said that determination is done by the courts and takes into consideration the seriousness of a crime, the number of sex crimes the person has committed and whether or not the person can be deemed a sexual predator. Under the Adam Walsh Act, rape is listed under tier three, which categorizes the worst of offenders.
- READ THE DAMN UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, IT SAYS PLAINLY:
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
And the Bill of Rights says:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
When the new law goes into effect in January, Carroll said he imagines several sex offenders will fight the retroactivity of the law.
- Oh I'm sure they will, and like I said above, I hope they SWAMP the system!!
"There'll be claims that it's unconstitutional flying all over the place," Carroll said.
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This is clearly a Romeo & Juliet case, which John Walsh says is not apart of Adam's law. He doesn't even know what his own law is doing to America. This was apparently consensual between teens. Come on! Why ruin this kids life forever because of consensual sex?
WEARE - First, a father was charged with beating up his daughter's boyfriend last week after learning the two had sex. Now, police are preparing to charge the boy with sexual assault.
The 17-year-old boy from Henniker, who admitted to having sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend, will "absolutely" be charged, police said.
Weare Detective Lou Chatel said the boy will be charged as an adult and could face up to a year in jail.
- He is 17, you are not considered an adult until 18, so why charge him as an adult you EVIL NAZI BASTARDS??
Both teens admitted to having sex during school hours on Sept. 10, but off school property, Chatel said. That afternoon, he said, the girl's father went to John Stark Regional High School and attacked the boy.
School had just let out and the parking lot was filled with students and parents.
The boy suffered cuts and bruises and received two stitches to his face. The father was charged with simple assault.
It all began that morning when the girl did not show up for her first class, even though she had been seen at school.
School officials searched the building, then put out a school-wide page. When the girl didn't respond, they called her parents.
Principal Michael Turmelle the parents helped search for their daughter, called her cell phone and coordinated with school officials.
The teens returned to school at the same time, through separate doors.
The principal said he's upset at the number of people who have sided with the father.
"We all work so hard to give our kids a safe place to go to," he said. "Any time we have an act of violence, it's very upsetting because it is completely antithetical to what we're trying to accomplish."
The girl and her siblings have transferred to another school, Turmelle said.
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Hell yeah they violated her rights. This is NONE OF THEIR DAMN BUSINESS!!!
Did security gaurd violate girls' privacy?
Grahamsville — Several television news crews from New York City are camped outside the Tri-Valley Central School following the story in today's Times Herald-Record about what question a school security guard asked a 14-year-old female student.
The girl was called out of class by a security guard during a school sweep last week to make sure no kids had backpacks or other banned bags.
Samantha Martin had a small purse with her that day.
That's why the security guard, ex-Monticello cop Mike Bunce, asked her The Question.
- More perverted cops! I hope he gets fired for this invasion of privacy!
She says he told her she couldn't have a purse unless she had her period. Then he asked, "Do you have your period?"
Samantha was mortified.
She says she thought, "Oh, my God. Get away from me." But instead of answering, she just walked back into class.
At home, she cried, and told her mother what happened.
It appears that at least a few other girls were also asked the same question.
On Sept. 21, Martin and other girls were called to the office of Principal Robert Worden. Lisa Raymond, the assistant superintendent for business, was also there, Martin said.
"They just asked me what he (Bunce) said. I told them, and they said thanks for coming," she said.
The small Sullivan County school has been in an uproar for the last week. Girls have worn tampons on their clothes in protest, and purses made out of tampon boxes. Some boys wore maxi-pads stuck to their shirts in support.
After hearing that someone might have been suspended for the protest, freshman Hannah Lindquist, 14, went to talk to Worden. She wore her protest necklace, an OB tampon box on a piece of yarn. She said Worden confiscated it, talked to her about the code of conduct and the backpack rule — and told her she was now "part of the problem."
Tri-Valley Superintendent Nancy George, who has refused to meet with any reporters today, yestedar said that when Worden, Bunce and another staffer did the bag check, they were telling students to put the bags in their lockers. The administration is investigating whether they said anything more to some girls.
"I have had some parents talk to me personally, and they gave me the names of some students" who were asked, she said. "We're certainly not going to make light of this. It's a very sensitive issue, but it needs to be handled." Parents with more information should call her directly, she added.
Raymond and Worden failed to return calls yesterday for comment. Bunce was not working yesterday, and his home phone number is unlisted.
nBunce was forced to retire from the Moticello Police Department in 2002 after he and the former chief were caught running their process-serving business on village time.
School board President Lori Mickelson declined comment.
The school banned backpacks in the halls this year for two reasons, George said: Student health, because heavy bags could hurt the kids' backs or people could trip on them; and for security concerns, felt nationwide, about concealed weapons.
Jenny Watson, 17, a senior, said kids have been confused since school started about the bag rules. Last week, a rumor started that girls could only carry purses if they had their periods. And then, on Sept. 19, school staff did the bag sweep.
"Faculty members pulling out ninth-grade girls is intimidating," Watson said, and the kids are angry about that. "We're a small school. We only have about 400 people. If anything happens, it hits all of us."
The protests have boiled over. Two days ago, state police say, a 16-year-old boy wearing nothing but a paper bag on his head streaked through the high school as students arrived. The boy was charged with public lewdness, a misdemeanor. He told police he was protesting the backpack policy.
Parents are furious.
Evelyn Fassetta, whose oldest daughter is in seventh grade, said she knows of at least one other girl who was asked The Question. "I'm livid, and I want the school to fire these guys," she said. "If these kids are going this far (in protest), then we need to listen."
Kim Martin, Samantha's mom, said she feels like the district is calling her daughter a liar and backing Bunce.
"I don't want him to be able to talk to girls like that," she said. "They're kids, but they're still citizens. They have rights."
Vern Lindquist, Hannah's dad, said, "I think serious allegations like this need to he investigated honestly and openly."
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What a load of crap! This is wrong, period. This is what ZERO TOLERANCE does for you! Strip search to check for ASPIRIN!!!
Safford Middle School officials did not violate the civil rights of a 13-year-old Safford girl when they forced her to disrobe and expose her breasts and pubic area four years ago while looking for a drug, according to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.
The justices voted 2-1 in favor of the Safford School District on Sept. 21. The decision upheld a federal district court's summary judgement that Safford Middle School Vice Principal Kerry Wilson, school nurse Peggy Schwallier and administrative assistant Helen Romero did not violate the girl's Fourth Amendment rights on Oct. 8, 2003, when they subjected her to a strip search in an effort to find Ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug sold over the counter and in prescription strengths. The Safford School District has since (in 2005) adopted a policy that states, "Disrobing of a student is overly instrusive for purposes of most student searches and is improper without express concurrence from school district counsel."
The girl's mother filed a federal law suit against the district and Middle School officials because they forced her daughter to strip down to her underwear then move her bra and panties in such a way that her breasts and pubic area were exposed. The mother also asserts that she was not notified of the impending search.
In the opinion written by Judge Richard Clifton, "Based on the information available to them, defendants (Safford School District, Wilson, Schwallier and Romero) had 'reasonable grounds' for suspecting that the search of (the girl's) person would turn up evidence that (the girl) had violated or was violating either the law or the rules of the school."
- Ever heard of "GET A DAMN SEARCH WARRANT?" Apparently not. Just because you have "probable cause" doesn't give you the right to search without a warrant.
Clifton wrote that Wilson and the others had reasonable grounds for believing the girl had Ibuprofen based on conversations with two other students.
- They "believed" instead of had proof, so that is wrong. Hell, if I "believed" you had drugs on you, would you strip for me?
The other students said the girl possessed Ibuprofen and had distributed the drug to others, according to the court report.
- It's called ASPIRIN! Give me a break!
Judge Richard R. Clifton, however, disagreed with Thomas and Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, and wrote the dissenting opinion.
"I disagree, however, with the assertion that the search of (the girl's) person was reasonable in scope," Clifton wrote. "It was unreasonable to force (the girl), a 13-year-old girl, to expose her breasts and public area to schools officials."
Safford School District Superintendent Mark Tregaskes said school officials do not see the Appellate Court's ruling as giving them the OK to strip search students when possession of over-the-counter drugs are suspected.
"That's never been the case either before or after this decision," Tregaskes said, adding that the term can be misleading.
He also said parents are usually notified, depending on the circumstances.
A school district policy, adopted in 2005, states, "School officials have the right to search and seize property, including school property temporarily assigned to students, when there is reason to believe that some material or matter detrimental to health, safety and welfare of the student(s) exists. Disrobing of a student is overly instrusive for purposes of most student searches and is improper without express concurrence from school district counsel."
School district policies also state that students cannot possess or take over-the-counter drugs without the written consent of their parents. Over-the-counter drugs must be brought to the school in its original container and be administered by a school official, the policy states.
Under certain circumstances, however, students may administer medications to themselves if they provide written permission from their parents.
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E-Gold is a founding member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), see other links above. Corruption abounds!
Digital Currency Business E-Gold Indicted for Money Laundering and Illegal Money Transmitting
WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. has indicted two companies operating a digital currency business and their owners on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jeffrey A. Taylor announced today.
The four-count indictment, handed down on April 24, 2007, and unsealed today, charges E‑Gold Ltd; Gold & Silver Reserve, Inc.; and their owners Dr. Douglas L. Jackson, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; Reid A. Jackson, of Melbourne, Fla.; and Barry K. Downey, of Woodbine, Md., each with one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business under federal law and one count of money transmission without a license under D.C. law.
Subsequent to the indictment, the Department of Justice also obtained a restraining order on the defendants to prevent the dissipation of assets by the defendants, and 24 seizure warrants on over 58 accounts believed to be property involved in money laundering and operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business. The restraining order does not limit the E‑Gold operation’s ability to use its existing funds to satisfy requests to exchange E-Gold into national currency for customers of non-seized accounts, or its ability to sell precious metals to accomplish the same, once approval has been received.
According to the indictment, E‑Gold’s digital currency, “E‑Gold,” functioned as an alternative payment system and was purportedly backed by stored physical gold. Persons seeking to use the E‑Gold payment system were only required to provide a valid email address to open an E‑Gold account – no other contact information was verified. Once an individual opened an E‑Gold account, he/she could fund the account using any number of exchangers, which converted national currency into E‑Gold. Once open and funded, account holders could access their accounts through the Internet and conduct anonymous transactions with other parties anywhere in the world.
The indictment alleges that E‑Gold has been a highly favored method of payment by operators of investment scams, credit card and identity fraud, and sellers of online child pornography. The indictment alleges that the defendants conducted funds transfers on behalf of their customers, knowing that the funds involved were the proceeds of unlawful activity; namely child exploitation, credit card fraud, and wire (investment) fraud; and thereby violated federal money laundering statutes. The indictment further alleges that the defendants operated the E‑Gold operation without a license in the District of Columbia or any other state, or registering with the federal government, and thereby violated federal and state money transmitting laws. The indictment alleges that this conduct occurred at various times from 1999 through December 2005.
“As alleged in the indictment, the E-Gold payment system has been a preferred means of payment for child pornography distributors, identity thieves, online scammers, and other criminals around the world to launder their illegal income anonymously,” said Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division. “This indictment demonstrates that the Department of Justice, in cooperation with its law enforcement partners, will aggressively identify and prosecute those who knowingly enable and profit from transmitting the proceeds of criminal activity, online or offline.”
“Douglas Jackson and his associates operated a sophisticated and widespread international money remitting business, unsupervised and unregulated by any entity in the world, which allowed for anonymous transfers of value at a click of a mouse,” said U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor for the District of Columbia. “Not surprisingly, criminals of every stripe gravitated to E-Gold as a place to move their money with impunity. As alleged in the indictment, the defendants in this case knowingly allowed them to do so and profited from their crimes.”
“Today's indictment is the result of a two and a half year investigation by the U.S. Secret Service Orlando Field Office into an alternative payment system which has largely operated outside of normal banking industry regulations,” said Secret Service Assistant Director for Investigations Michael Stenger. “This system has been exploited for more than 10 years by criminals who operate primarily via the Internet. Cooperation among investigators, including the IRS, the FBI and other state and local law enforcement, has enabled us to more effectively address emerging threats and evolving criminal methods, such as the use of electronic or digital currency to facilitate trafficking in illicit goods and services.”
“The advent of new electronic currency systems increases the risk that criminals, and possibly terrorists, will exploit these systems to launder money and transfer funds globally to avoid law enforcement scrutiny and circumvent banking regulations and reporting,” said Assistant Director James E. Finch, of the FBI’s Cyber Division. “The FBI will continue to work closely with the Department of Justice and our federal and international law enforcement partners to aggressively investigate and prosecute any, and all, persons or organizations that use these systems to facilitate child pornography distribution, to support organized crime, and to perpetrate financial crimes.”
“This is a new twist on laundering money through unlicensed money transmitters but it is nothing new for financial investigators,” said Eileen Mayer, Chief of IRS Criminal Investigation. “The combined investigative skills of the law enforcement partners under the St. Cloud IRS Criminal Investigation and Secret Service Task Force proved to be a brick wall for E-Gold. We are proud to bring our financial expertise to this type of investigation that ultimately unravels fraud.”
The conspiracy charge in the case relating to money transmitting carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The federal law violation of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The D.C. Code violation for money transmission without a license carries a maximum sentence of five years. The conspiracy charge relating to money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service with the assistance of the IRS and the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division. Assistance is also being provided by the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the Criminal Division.
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Disinformation techniques may also be found in commerce and government, used by one group to try to undermine the position of a competitor. It in fact is the act of deception and blatant false statements to convince someone of an untruth. Cooking-the-books might be considered a disinformation strategy that led to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Unlike traditional propaganda and Big Lie techniques designed to engage emotional support, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at the rational level by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions.
Another technique of concealing facts, or censorship is also used if the group can affect such control. When channels of information cannot be completely closed, they can be rendered useless by filling them with disinformation, effectively lowering their signal-to-noise ratio.
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NC - Singer Uncle Kracker pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault in nightclub incident in North Carolina
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What a load of crap! He committed a sex crime, and gets off because of who he is! I am so sick of these double standards. His original arrest is here for sexual assault. Now look at what he gets below?
RALEIGH - The rock and country singer Uncle Kracker pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor assault charge in an incident last month at a Raleigh nightclub.
A Wake County judge sentenced the singer, whose real name is Matthew Shafer, to 12 months' probation, fined him $1,500 (€1,058) and ordered him to undergo an alcohol assessment.
- What about a sexual deviancy test? He sexually assaulted someone. Yeah, alcohol may have played a part in it, but he should also have this test done as well, and possibly register as a sex offender. But nooooooooooo, he gets off because of who he is.
Assistant District Attorney Adam Moyers said Shafer put his hand up a woman's skirt at the nightclub. The 26-year-old woman slapped Shafer, and he slapped her back, Moyers said.
The woman later reported the incident to an off-duty police officer.
Shafer, a 33-year-old Michigan native, is a former disc jockey for Kid Rock. His hits include a duet with Kenny Chesney, "When the Sun Goes Down."
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Over in Israel, they make people have different color license plates. And guess what, they use that to discriminate against, single out certain people, torture and punish them. So why does Florida and other states think this will not occur here? It's pure discrimination. HEIL HITLER!!!! This reeks of Nazism!!
Convicted sex offenders and predators in Citrus County would need to carry a special identification card and not live within a half-mile of places where children gather, according to a draft ordinance.
The ordinance also would require that sexual offenders and predators be housed in shelter separate from the general public during an emergency, such as a hurricane evacuation.
The ordinance, being reviewed by county officials and the sheriff’s office, was piecemealed from similar ordinances in other Florida communities, County Attorney Robert “Butch” Battista said Thursday.
“We didn’t invent anything in here,” Battista said. “None of this stuff is original thought at the moment. This is pure cut and paste.”
- Cut and paste from what? Mein Kampf?
The ordinance, prepared in reaction to a company’s reported plans to house sexual offenders in a group of mobile homes south of Inverness, includes:
- Sexual offenders and predators could not live closer than 2,500 feet to schools, day-care centers, parks, playgrounds, public libraries or churches.
- Offenders and predators would receive photo identification cards from the sheriff’s office when they register their home addresses. Offenders and predators would be required to carry the card with them at all time.
- The sheriff’s office would provide maps to sexual offenders and predators showing the location of schools, day-care centers, playgrounds, parks and churches.
Sheriff’s general counsel Richard Wesch said he sent copies of the proposed ordinance to departments in the agency for review.
Wesch, the former county administrator, said he wasn’t sure if identification cards are necessary because state law requires that sexual offenders and predators be identified by the statute number printed on their driver license.
- Thus a Scarlet Letter! Nazis used different color triangles, what's the difference?
As for providing locator maps to offenders and predators, Wesch said his office will look at that too.
“That’s an issue we’re going to discuss to see if any potential benefits are outweighed,” he said. “I know the intent there is to address the potential argument that somebody was without knowledge as to the location of these facilities.”
The residency requirements would not impact sexual offenders and predators at their current addresses.
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NASHUA – A proposed city ordinance would keep sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and day-care centers.
One alderman, however, thinks the ordinance would impose overly restrictive zoning requirements and may not hold constitutional muster.
The ordinance, introduced by Alderman-at-Large James R. Tollner, would prevent registered sex offenders who have been convicted of a crime against a person under the age of 18 from living within 1,000 feet of a school, day-care center or park.
Sex offenders would not have to move if they had established their residency before the ordinance is passed or if the residency had been established before the school, park or day care was created, according to the proposal submitted at an alderman's meeting earlier this week.
In addition, sex offenders would be prohibited from entering a school or day-care center "unless specifically authorized by the school administration or day-care center owner."Penalties would be a fine of $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for subsequent offenses.
State law requires sex offenders to register, but it doesn't go far enough, said Tollner, who is running for mayor.
- So he's running for Mayor? And using this to garner votes and "look tough" on sex offenders! Just like everyone else. Follow the bandwagon. This makes me sick. He probably thinks he can't get elected unless he uses sex offenders as his talking points.
Tollner said some people have asked why Nashua doesn't have its own ordinance, as some other towns and cities in the state have.
"We need to protect our children," Tollner said. "We have drug-free zones around the schools. We should have sex offender-free zones around the schools as well."
- But 90% or more of ALL sex crimes are committed by family members or someone very close to the family. Stranger danger happens less than 5% of the time. So banishing people out into the country will solve nothing.
Tollner, the board vice president, is running against Donnalee Lozeau, the former deputy speaker of the state House of Representatives. The two will square off in a citywide election Nov. 6.
- So you see folks. Elections are coming up, and they bust out the "sex offender" issues to use them as scapegoats for your vote. When will people see this?
While she served in Concord, Lozeau sat on the Corrections and Criminal Justice Committee and chaired a subcommittee when the state's sexual predator legislation was crafted.
The law, which requires sexual predators to register, is a good law, Lozeau said. It established a list of where offenders live and gives the public access to their names, crimes and addresses.
- So this registry, how many children has it saved? Can you show me that? It's protected nobody! So what is the point, except public shaming and banishment!
It's difficult to restrict where sexual predators live because of the number of schools and day-care centers and homes in the city, she said.
"The last thing that anybody wanted was to have an unintended consequence," Lozeau said of feelings in Concord when the law was written.
- I'm also sick of hearing "unintended consequence", more bandwagon BS! These laws have been on the books for years now, so NOTHING IS UNINTENDED anymore. You know what these laws are doing, don't you?
The proposed city ordinance could have such a consequence by driving sexual predators underground, she said.
- Could have? Open your eyes, look around. Many other states who implemented these laws, with promises for funding (money & greed), have had many offenders vanish, so this is not a "could have" it is a FACT! These laws are so draconian, that people would rather risk it, and vanish. So who is that protecting? You can enforce something to much you know? Well, apparently you don't know that..
"That would be significantly more dangerous," Lozeau said.
Tollner said he doesn't buy the argument that restricting where sex offenders live will cause them not to register or update their addresses.
- Because he's running for office, and needs your votes. If he'd read the news, and maybe my blog, he'd see this is a FACT!!
"They have to register. If they don't register, they're breaking the law," Tollner said.
The ordinance had its first reading Tuesday. As with all new legislation, after being debated in committee, it will be brought back to the aldermen at a later meeting for a vote. In this case, that will be long after the people have voted on the city's next mayor.
Other members of the board of aldermen are already criticizing the measure. While well intended, the ordinance might be over-restrictive and unconstitutional, Alderman-at-Large Fred Teeboom said.
- Might be? It is over-restrictive and unconstitutional, if you'd read the Constitution.
In a memo to his colleagues on the board, Teeboom wrote, "I have concerns about the legality of this ordinance, double jeopardy and overly restrictive zoning. For me, the 1,000-feet restriction has questionable justification, is anecdotally unproven to prevent the danger it purports to protect against, stands on very dubious legal and constitutional foundation, and opens the city to potential lawsuits."
Teeboom said he asked attorney Stephen M. Bennett, the city's deputy corporation counsel, for an opinion about the viability of the ordinance.
Tollner said the ordinance will probably be amended in committee and by the full board before it's voted on.
"I'm sure there will be debate and deliberation, and I welcome that. But the main objective remains protecting the children," Tollner said.
- But that is the point. How does a buffer zone or registry protect children? A buffer zone can be 50 or 100 miles, but if a violent predator wanted to commit another crime, how would anything about these laws "prevent" this from occurring?
"All you have to do is look at The Telegraph in the past few weeks," he said. "There are numerous stories in there where children have been assaulted and molested."
- I just checked, and do not see it. I see maybe 2 or 3 cases.
The Nashua ordinance was referred to the aldermen's personnel/administrative committee and is scheduled to be discussed at its meeting Nov. 8.
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Florida will eventually have the whole state off limits, and the entire police force will be sex offenders. Just click the Corruption link at the top of this blog, and look at all the cops busted on sex crimes. This state, as well as many others, already have sex offenders who are homeless and living under bridges and in tents. Wonder if the cops, once they are out of prison, will be joining the ranks? Probably not.
An email from someone who emailed this reporter:
I just got off the phone with Jennifer Gollan, the writer of the story. She seems nice enough and sounds like she was just writing what she was told. I asked her if she or the paper had ever done a story on actual recidivism rates and she said no.
I quickly went over some of the studies and she seemed surprised. She said they report on topics that are popular and if I wanted them to follow-up the topic of recidivism, I should write the editor. She said he is the one that gives a go on stories.
SUNRISE - Sweeping residency restrictions could make this city the most inhospitable in South Florida — if you're a convicted sex offender.
New rules tentatively approved Wednesday prohibit sexual offenders and predators who register a new Sunrise address with authorities from living within 2,500 feet of a school or school bus stop, day care center, park, playground or any other places for children. The rules would apply regardless of when the offender was convicted.
- And you can expect many law suits to be filed. Anybody living in Florida who are faced with these draconian laws, take them to court!!! Swamp the "injustice" system with legal cases...
Current residency restrictions apply only to those who were convicted of sex crimes involving children after Aug. 9, 2005, the day the law was adopted in Sunrise.
- So basically these news laws violate the ex post facto clause of the United States Constitution. Just tear up the document, since it means nothing anymore. Why even have it?
"This will be the most restrictive ordinance on sex offenders in Broward County and South Florida," said City Attorney Kimberley Register.
Most residency restrictions in South Florida apply only to those convicted after the date the ordinance was passed in each city, or after the state passed its less stringent law in 2004, she said.
Civil liberties advocates say the new restrictions would trample on sex offenders' constitutional freedoms. But Sunrise officials say they will risk legal challenges to protect children's safety.
- So they are willing to waste millions of tax payers money on laws that will not work! Fire them all!!!!!
"The key to this whole thing is knowing where they live," said Deputy Mayor Roger Wishner, who introduced the new law. "If there is a child missing, I want the homes of sex offenders searched."
- When they go underground, or become homeless, how will you know where they are at?
As of Thursday, 41 registered sex offenders live in Sunrise.
- And there should be 41 law suits being filed right now.
Under state law, sex predators and offenders, when they change their address, must inform the local sheriff's office within 48 hours. Those addresses are then sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which posts them online in a sex offender registry.
Courtenay Strickland Bhatia, public policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said Sunrise's new rules overreach.
"We're concerned that people's civil rights are not jeopardized while we keep people safe and free," Bhatia said.
Further, sex offender residency restrictions do not prevent recidivism, said Jill Levenson, a Lynn University professor and social worker who treats sex offenders.
- Hell, they don't care, they think experts who have been working with sex offenders for 20 years or more don't know what they are talking about. I am sick and tired of all the BS going on in the injustice system, with Bush, etc. When are people going to WAKE UP and smell the rights being burned away? I guess they won't until they are affected, then it's too late!
"In fact they increase homelessness and transience and make sex offenders more difficult to supervise," Levenson said.
- Exactly! And waste millions of money on laws that will not work anyway!
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And FamilyWatchDog says this doesn't happen. Just shows you, they do not know what they are talking about.
17-year-old may have to register as sex offender, if convicted
It's no official holiday, but a number of students at Boulder High School will be celebrating "Free Mason" day today.
Mason Lacy, a 17-year-old senior and the impromptu holiday's namesake, will not be in attendance.
Instead, he'll be at home doing manual labor for the fifth day in a row as punishment for his five-day suspension from school for attempting to streak naked across the football field during the annual Boulder High-Fairview game last week.
Lacy received a ticket for indecent exposure Sept. 20 after he attempted to sprint across the field wearing only racing flats and some purple body paint. His plan was foiled by security guards, who caught him hopping over the field's fence and held him until police arrived.
"I didn't think anyone would be able to catch me, or want to grab onto a naked person," Lacy said. "They proved me wrong."
After sitting in the back of a patrol car sporting a makeshift skirt officers fashioned from Scotch tape and napkins, Lacy was told that he may have to register as a sex offender.
That's because indecent exposure is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to a year-and-a-half in jail and possible sex offender registration. That's not something Lacy or his parents ever expected to hear.
"If my son breaks a law, there are consequences," Gary Lacy said. "We don't want to be in the way of any fair sanctioning, but it just feels like maybe ... this seems a little bit out of balance compared to other things."
Gary Lacy said he learned that some students at the same game who were busted for fighting and being intoxicated were suspended for three days, as opposed to his son's week-long abeyance from classes.
"That seems a little out of whack," Gary Lacy said.
Students at the school also are blown away by the prospect that the annual tradition at the match-up between Boulder's rival high schools is such a serious crime.
"It was not at all sexually offensive to anyone," said Alena Heath, a 17-year-old senior at Boulder High. "If anyone was offended, it must have been a parent."
- No, it's the wide net these sex offender laws have created. Young children are being caught in these very nets daily!
Phoebe Breed, a 17-year-old senior, chimed in: "Plus, they're so far away you can't see anything anyway."
Lacy's ticket and subsequent suspension has been a major topic of conversation in school hallways. A Facebook.com page dedicated to Lacy has attracted 220 members, many displaying their "Free Mason" T-shirts they plan to wear to school today.
"I think it's a little too extreme, and he got stopped at the fence so he didn't even do anything," said Andy Kearney, a 16-year-old junior.
As of June, of the 96 registered sex offenders in Boulder, there are 16 people who were convicted of indecent exposure.
- More proof FamilyWatchDog doesn't know what they are talking about.
Mark Langston, a local defense attorney with no ties to Lacy's case, said he is perplexed why lawmakers deemed indecent exposure — defined as when someone "knowingly exposes his genitals to the view of any person under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to the other person" — to be a sexual offense.
"The word sex doesn't appear anywhere in the statute, and you don't have to engage in any conduct that is sexual or sexually motivated to not only be charged but convicted," Langston said. "And if convicted, you're a sex offender and classified the same as those who commit sex offenses."
- You are in the same boar as people like John Couey. And yes, that is wrong! This is what you get when public officials react in knee-jerk fashion, and the public is all for it. Yet when their own child is caught in the net they helped pass, they scream and shout. Now you know why myself and others have been screaming about these laws, and everyone thinks we do not know what we are talking about. Well, this proves my point!
Lacy, a 4.0 student and member of the cross-country team, will be in juvenile court on Oct. 19. The judge can waive the sex-offender registration requirement even if Lacy is convicted, because the law allows exceptions for indecent exposure charges if the defendant is younger than 18 and hasn't previously been charged with a criminal sexual behavior.
Janine D'Anniballe, executive director of Boulder's Moving to End Sexual Assault, said she doesn't believe the intent of the legislature was to have activities like streaking lumped together with sexual offenses.
"It's unfortunate really," D'Anniballe said. "I think, overall, the law to register as a sex offender and when people are found guilty of sex crimes is a good thing. ... I wouldn't want a case like this to dilute the bigger purpose."
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And yet another perverted cop from Florida! What was this women thinking? She kissed him back!
LEE COUNTY -- A Florida Sheriff's detective has resigned his post after being accused of kissing a woman during a traffic stop.
Now an internal investigation by the agency concluded the allegations are true.
Five-year veteran Sergeant Christopher Stroka is charged with three counts of improper conduct and one neglect of duty charge.
The allegations stem from a traffic stop back on June 7.
Barbara Mason said Stroka pulled her over for a traffic violation.
Mason said the two talked for almost a half-hour about Stroka's wife, daughter and his training after he pulled her over.
The report also says Stroka had started smoking a cigar while having the conversation with Mason.
Mason then said that Stroka leaned into her car and kissed her.
Stroka did not issue her a ticket.
"He leaned in and kissed me, I kissed him back, and I didn't really think anything of it," said Mason. "It was surprising, shocking, and kind of a fantasy."
The complaint goes on to show that on the following day, Stroka tracked Mason down at her job.
He used the Lee County Sheriff's Office database to find her and called her on his department cell phone, which is a violation of the sheriff's office policy.
- Yep, he's a predator!
"You are held to a higher standard. You have to be credible, you have to be trustworthy," said Lieutenant Robert Forrest with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
The following week, the two met to have lunch.
The internal report shows that Mason got into Stroka's police car.
He then drove behind a dumpster, parked the car, and the two started kissing.
The report shows when Mason asked about Stroka's marital situation, he replied he was happily married.
He then told her that he saw her simply as an opportunity.
She said she became uncomfortable and has Stroka drive her back to her car.
It was after that meeting Mason filed the complaint.
"Kind of thought it might happen again to someone else, maybe that doesn't want to be kissed or anything," said Mason.
She said he did and didn't talk to her again until Stroka started investigating Mason's brother in an aggravated battery case.
The report says Stroka then asked Mason's brother for his sister's cell phone number and contacted her once again.
Stroka resigned from the sheriff's office on September 11th.