Friday, November 16, 2007

AR - Former Police Officer Arrested In White County Sex Sting

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You see, the police can do their job, so the Perverted Vigilante Geek Squad is not needed.

11/16/2007

It all starts at the White County Sheriff's Department when two deputies enter an on-line chat room.

The decoy profile is an eighth grader from Searcy, a regular teen who could be anybody's child.

One after another, men begin chatting with the officers posing as the young girl. Repeatedly detective Brandon Grimes tells the men the "girl" is only 14.

"We’ve had several that have offered to even drive from halfway across the state, so that really surprises me," says Grimes.

Since deputies began the cyber sex sting program about three weeks ago, they say three men have showed up at an undisclosed location with condoms to have sex.

"You’d be surprised. They will show you anything, do anything, and say anything," explains Grimes.

One of those men was 27-year-old Jason Jesclard, a former police officer in Hawaii who'd recently been given a conditional offer of employment by Arkansas State Police.

Found by deputies at Jesclard's home were several addresses and directions that detectives believe belong to girls across Arkansas he was planning to meet.

"We’ve spoken with youth ministers of churches, girl softball coaches; we've talked to everybody,” explains Grimes. "It never stops being amazing of who you're going to talk to, or where they are at, or who they're connected to."

Deputies says conducting these stings may have saved a child, maybe even your child from getting raped or even worse. But the operation is just the beginning of a long fight in White County.

Grimes says, "I want them to know that when they see 14-year-old female from Searcy, or anyone from White County they're through talking."

Jesclard and Greg Daughtery, 40, were arrested and charged with internet stalking of a child.

The third man, is 19-years-old. The law states to be charged with internet stalking of a child, you must be 21.

However, he is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies in White County say they have several other cases they're working and expect more arrests soon.


NM - Albuquerque police officer raped woman on way to jail, complaint says

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11/15/2007

The Albuquerque police officer charged last month in the rape of a woman in his custody is accused of taking the woman to a baseball field to have sex before taking her to the jail transport center, according to court documents.

The Metro Court criminal complaint detailing the rape allegations against David Joseph Maes, 28, have been sealed since his arrest Oct. 11.

Unsealed Wednesday, the complaint says the woman making the allegations was arrested Oct. 10 after she crashed a car that had been reported stolen.

She was treated at an Albuquerque hospital for injuries and was under guard by Maes, according to the complaint.

In the hospital room, Maes is accused of making sexual comments to the woman and exposing himself to her while she was in the hospital bed.

After her release from the hospital, the complaint says, Maes took her so she could change clothes.

Then, according to the complaint, Maes drove her to a baseball field near the Big-I. The woman told detectives the two climbed a five-foot chain-link fence into the baseball field area, where they found a spot and had sex.

According to the complaint, she was never hit.

Afterward, Maes put the woman in the back of his vehicle and then radioed the dispatch office that he was taking her to the Police Department's prisoner transport center Downtown. The woman later was booked into jail.

Maes is charged with one count criminal sexual penetration. He is on paid leave from the Police Department while an internal investigation is conducted and while officials wait for the outcome of his criminal trial.


TN - Federal court says state’s sex offender laws legal

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11/16/2007

NASHVILLE — A federal appeals court has upheld Tennessee’s tougher sex offender registry laws after a convicted sexual offender claimed the rules violated his rights.

Enacted in 2004, the laws require any convicted sex offender who lives, works or goes to school in Tennessee to register with local law enforcement. Violent offenders were required to check in with sheriff’s departments four times a year and wear monitoring devices.

A Knox County man who had been sentenced for aggravated kidnapping and sexual battery before the new laws took effect claimed the state couldn’t retroactively reclassify him as a violent sexual offender.

The three-judge panel voted 2-1 in ruling that the constitutional rights of the defendant, identified as “John Doe,” were not violated.


IL - Arts park removes sex offender

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How many people in this world have committed adultery? Married their husband or wife when they were underage? Maybe you should be on the registry as well!

11/16/2007

The Lakeside Legacy Arts Park has kicked out a featured studio artist after learning that the man was a convicted sex offender.

Jamar Slack, 22, of Algonquin had been given studio space at the Dole Mansion up until Wednesday after winning an art contest.

Slack pleaded guilty in October 2006 to criminal sexual abuse for having consensual sex with a Cary girl in her early teens. Slack was 20 at the time of the offense, according to court records.

Slack was sentenced to two years of probation and given credit for time served in jail. He also was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

“This young man has paid his debt to society and is trying to move on with his life,” his former defense attorney, Garry Payton, said Thursday.

The Lakeside Legacy Arts Park learned Slack was a convicted sex offender after he was featured in a Northwest Herald news story earlier this week.

“He [showed] up at the building at 1 p.m. [Wednesday],” said Tyler Lewke, president of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation. “We had his entire studio packed, and we escorted him off the property within 10 minutes.”

The arts group screens all resident artists or anyone who might teach children at the Dole Mansion, Lewke said.

“He came to us [as] a student, so he didn’t go through the normal procedure as someone who wanted to teach there or something like that,” Lewke said. “Clearly in light of this, we’ve taken immediate steps to step that up.”

Slack did not teach art classes or have contact with children at the Dole Mansion, Lewke said.

Slack was “absolutely crushed” when he learned that he’d been kicked out of the arts center, Lewke said.

His former attorney said that Slack wants to put the past behind him.

“This guy is a very talented artist and he wants to pursue his craft,” Payton said.

While Slack is sorry for his crime, Payton said, the case illustrates that the state’s sex offender label is too broad.

“You shouldn’t put him in the same category as someone who is a violent rapist,” Payton said. “It’s a guy who made one mistake.”


WI - Sex offender limits endorsed

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11/15/2007

Brookfield - The Common Council's Legislative and Licensing Committee on Thursday night revised, and unanimously recommended approval of, an ordinance preventing sex offenders from moving within 1,500 feet of places where children gather.

The proposal would restrict sex offenders who are considered sexually violent under state law or who were convicted of crimes against children from living within 1,500 feet of a variety of places, including schools, parks and day care centers. The city's Greenway Trail System would also be off limits.

If the council approves the measure, sex offenders would be prevented from moving into about 90% of the city's residential units, according to city data.

The meeting marked the second time in less than a month that the committee had recommended approval of the ordinance.

At issue Thursday was language that would require sex offenders to obtain permission from building owners to enter temporarily into restricted areas where children could gather, such as churches or schools.

City Attorney Karen Flaherty said that requiring a sex offender to seek permission from a building owner before entering such places would be difficult to enforce as a practical and legal matter. Instead, aldermen approved language that would prevent sex offenders from loitering in such areas.

Aldermen again expressed concerns that the ordinance would be difficult to enforce and could force sex offenders to congregate in small isolated pockets.

But with similar restrictions enacted in most of the city's neighboring communities, some aldermen expressed fears that Brookfield could become an island where sex offenders would relocate.

"I don't think we have a real problem now. The real question is how we keep it from becoming a problem," Ald. Steve Ponto said.


MI - 'Thrill Kill' Suspect's Parents Defend Son

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11/15/2007

The parents of Alexander James Letkemann, a suspect in the murder and beheading of River Rouge resident Daniel Sorensen, made a tearful plea on behalf of their son in a televised news conference Wednesday. "The kid that they're talking about on TV is not my son," said Peter Letkemann, Alexander's father. "Is not my son," he repeated.

Alexander's mother, Diane Letkemann, said in a message to her son that was barely audible as she choked back tears. "Stay strong. We love you so much."

This may be the last opportunity they'll have to speak to the media, as a gag order is expected to be enforced in the next few days.

The alleged leader in the killing, Canton High School student Jean Pierre Orlewicz, has a Web page on MySpace.com featuring a drawing of a skull and a quote that reads: "Give what you can, take what you need."

He describes himself as 17 years old and from Canton, and his last login was November 8, the day after Sorensen was murdered.

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Orlewicz and Alexander James Letkemann, 18, had carefully planned the attack on Sorensen for no other reason than the thrill of it.

The two are being held without bond at the Wayne County Jail after being charged with two counts of murder and one count of mutilation of a corpse.

The two were arraigned Monday at the 34th District Court in Romulus and a "not guilty" plea has been entered on their behalf. A preliminary exam date of Nov. 19 has been set.

Worthy said in a news conference Monday that neither money nor drugs appeared to be the motive when Orlewicz allegedly lured Sorensen, 26, to Orlewicz's grandfather's home on Nov. 7 "for the purpose of killing him."

Orlewicz then allegedly attacked Sorensen from behind, cutting his throat with a kitchen knife. Sorensen was killed by "multiple stab wounds to the back." Orlewicz then allegedly beheaded Sorensen's body with a hacksaw and burned the body with a blowtorch in an attempt to conceal his fingerprints.

The body was wrapped into a tarp that had been laid out in the garage ahead of time. Orlewicz then placed the head into a Rubbermaid container.

According to testimony at the arraignment, Orlewicz had trouble lifting the body into his pickup truck. So he asked Letkemann, a graduate of Livonia Public Schools, to come over and help him.

The body was then brought to Hidden Ridge Drive in Northville Township and his head dumped into the Rouge River near the Detroit/Dearborn border.

Canton police confirmed earlier reports that Sorensen was a registered sex offender, but police and Worthy emphasized that investigators have found no connection between the victim's sex offender status and his murder.

Worthy said her office is looking at other "persons of interest" in the case.

The suspects face charges of first degree homicide and felony murder, both of which carry life sentences; and mutilation of a body, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Worthy praised law enforcement officials from scattered communities who pooled their resources to make the arrests in the case.

She expressed her shock at the nature of the crime.

"Even though we have seen it all, or think we've seen it all, still a crime like this surprises us all," Worthy said during the news conference Monday. "It makes us think and ask a lot of questions about our society."


NY - Defensive Driving

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11/16/2007

Sex offenders need not apply at Lindy’s Transportation.

Through a partnership with Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center – that’s one organization – Islandia-based Lindy’s, one of Suffolk County’s busiest taxi companies, will no longer hire individuals appearing on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service’s Sex Offender Registry.

In exchange for checking current and potential employees against the registry, and agreeing to perform annual checks of all employees, Lindy’s can place decals on its vehicles declaring the company sex-offender-free. It also earns the gratitude of Megan’s Law advocates, and the ire of civil libertarians.

Somewhere in between are employment lawyers, not eager to champion sex offenders but unable to deny the legal implications of any blanket policy that discriminates against a particular group – whether based on race, gender or even criminal history.

Said partner Keith Gutstein of Woodbury law firm Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck: “Every employer who instills such blanket prohibition against hiring sex offenders, at some point, will run afoul of the law.”

Best intentions

There are three levels of registered sex offender in New York, determined by the courts based on the “risk of reoffense.” Level One offenders are deemed the lowest risk to commit future sex crimes.

The courts also decide whether an offender should be designated a Sexual Predator, a Sexually Violent Offender or a Predicate Sex Offender. Factors such as forcible compulsion and use of a weapon help with those determinations.

All convicted sex offenders in New York are required to register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Level Ones with no further designation must register for 20 years; Level Ones with one of the three designations, as well as all Level Twos and Level Threes, must register for life.

In announcing its Registry Verification Program partnership with Lindy’s, Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victim’s Center noted “loopholes and nonexistent town and village taxi fingerprinting laws” that allowed convicted sex offenders to transport children, the infirmed, people under the influence and other potentially at-risk passengers.

The idea behind the all-volunteer verification program is simple and noble, according to the group’s executive director, Laura Ahearn: Convicted sex offenders should not be taxi drivers, and “we’re making every effort to protect vulnerable populations.”

Lindy’s has committed in writing to the cause. According to Ahearn, the company can call in five names at a time or fax a larger list to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, which will run the names at no charge and report back.

Parents for Megan’s Law teamed with Lindy’s “because of the history they had with that dispatcher,” Ahearn noted, referring to Lindy’s dispatcher Roy D’Angelo. In February 2003, D’Angelo contacted police when a 14-year-old Coram girl requested transportation to Reading, Pa., to meet a man she claimed was her father. Acting on D’Angelo’s tip, Pennsylvania police searched the home of Michael Schaeffer, a 29-year-old who had served five years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and based on computer and other evidence seized from Schaeffer’s home charged him with attempted rape.

That case made Lindy’s famous in Megan’s Law circles – and an ideal partner for the Registry Verification Program. But according to Ahearn, the taxi company is only the beginning.

“We’re hoping [Suffolk] requires all towns and villages to have uniform laws on this,” she said. “And we’re reaching out to state lawmakers to try and create a uniform law.”

Not so fast

Not surprisingly, the Suffolk-New York Civil Liberties Union – an offshoot of the American Civil Liberties Union – is uncomfortable with any policy targeting a particular group, even if it’s comprised of sex offenders.

Seth Muraskin, executive director of the Suffolk-NYCLU, called the Registry Verification Program “too excessive” and a form of “continuous and repetitive punishment.”

“No one’s going to say sex crimes are not reprehensible, and as a parent I’ll say the same thing,” Muraskin said. “But in terms of punishing someone over and over for the same offense, after they’ve paid their debt to society … it just never ends. And we believe that’s absolutely wrong.”

There’s nothing wrong with a company deciding not to hire an individual, Muraskin added, and he agreed that convicted sex offenders shouldn’t be handed the keys to a taxi without some serious vetting. But any policy that singles out a group is going to oppose the fundamental rights of all Americans, he noted, and “when the Bill of Rights gets trounced upon, that’s when I take a stand.”

“You have to take emotion out of it,” Muraskin said. “They’re punishing someone who’s been punished already.”

It’s also interesting, according to Muraskin, that Parents for Megan’s Law targets only sex offenders with its Registry Verification Program. There are no similar programs targeting murderers, kidnappers, drug dealers or people with multiple drunk-driving offenses – crimes that could be easily repeated by a criminal cabbie.

Why? “Because the proponents of Megan’s Law just want to keep going after these offenders,” Muraskin said, “and not stop punishing them.”

Ahearn countered that a lack of programs regarding other convicted felons is not Parents for Megan’s Law’s domain. “I would leave it up to the DWI, homicide and other crime-victim advocates to set their own priorities,” she said. “We’re an organization that strives to ensure that sex offenders are not in a position … where they can potentially target vulnerable populations.”

By the book

The Bill of Rights aside, the Registry Verification Program appears to run up against multiple state and federal laws.

Gutstein, who specializes in employment law at a firm that exclusively represents management, foresees several legal dilemmas, starting with Section 752 of New York State Corrections Law, which prohibits “unfair discrimination against persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.”

“Essentially, such a conviction should not be, in and of itself, the determining factor in whether someone is hired,” Gutstein said, although “there are exceptions.”

Such exceptions include a direct relationship between prior criminal offenses and the employment being sought – a bank can legally refuse to hire a convicted bank robber as a teller. Another exception: Putting an ex con into a position that creates “unreasonable risk to property or safety,” Gutstein said, and “this is where Parents for Megan’s Law would have to hang their hat.”

And then there’s Section 753 of the State Corrections Law, which requires employers to consider factors such as time elapsed since the criminal offense, the age of the person at the time of the offense, the seriousness of the crime and public policies regarding such acts.

That last point is critical, Gutstein noted, since Section 753 “is actually meant to encourage the employment of people previously convicted of criminal offenses.”

None of this even mentions New York State Executive Law 296 – which basically says employers can’t discriminate based on marital status, gender, race, religion, disability, age or criminal convictions – or Federal Statute Title VII, which covers everything except age and disability, which have their own federal antidiscrimination statutes.

New York is an “at-will” employment state, Gutstein noted, meaning “you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all.” But that doesn’t mitigate potential legal quandaries with the Registry Verification Program.

“[Sex offenders] have committed horrible crimes, and we should never lose sight of that,” Gutstein said. “But statutes require that these situations be looked at on a case-by-case basis, person-by-person.”

Moral duty vs. the law

Lindy’s new policy has already cost one man his job. After hitching its wagon to Ahearn’s organization, the company checked the Sex Offender Registry and discovered a Level Three offender in its midst. Although the employee had committed no new offenses since being hired, he was immediately terminated.

Lindy’s did not return several calls for comment on this story, but Gutstein sees further problems with a firing under those circumstances. He understands why a company that can be sued for “negligent hiring” would do it, he said, but that doesn’t make it legal.

“I think there’s a big problem there with New York Corrections Law,” Gutstein noted. “You’re arguing that you foresee a potential problem. But with someone who’s been working there for years and has never been a problem, I think it’s more difficult … to prove that argument.”

Gutsetin stressed again that state and federal law requires these cases be handled individually and said he would not be surprised to see several of them wind up in court – especially if Parents for Megan’s Law presses ahead with plans to recruit other businesses.

That’s of little concern to Ahearn’s group, which believes its mission trumps the letter of the law. When people call for a taxi, Ahearn said, “We have to ensure that they are calling a taxicab, not a sexual predator.”


NC - Alamance detention officer charged with online solicitation

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Wow, and "To Catch A Predator" and Perverted Injustice didn't do anything, see, they can do their job without the vigilante geek squad.

11/16/2007

A detention officer with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department has been charged with sexual solicitation of a child.

According to a press release, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department contacted the local sheriff’s office after an online predator investigation led them to 42-year-old Rodney Charles Delorenzo.

Delorenzo, of Mebane, has worked as a detention officer in the Alamance County jail since August 2006. He is accused of soliciting a girl online he believed to be 14 years old for sexual purposes. He is no longer employed by the detention center.

Delorenzo is being held in the Guilford County jail under a $2,500 bond charged with soliciting a child by computer. The Alamance County Sheriff’s Department is conducting its own internal investigation.


MA - Stricter penalties urged

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It's election time, so bust out the sex offender issues.

11/14/2007

BOSTON— Lawmakers, law enforcement officials and rape victim advocates crammed into a hearing at the Statehouse yesterday to demand stricter penalties against sex offenders, including a minimum prison sentence of 10 years for rape of a child.

Rep. Karyn E. Polito (Email), R-Shrewsbury, said Massachusetts has some of the weakest sex-offender laws in the country.

The average sentence for sex offenders convicted of raping a child in Massachusetts is 3 to 5 years, she said. Current law does not require judges to sentence first-time sex-offenders to any time in jail.

The House bill includes a series of provisions that Ms. Polito and other advocates, including former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, say would bring Massachusetts in line with 33 other states that have adopted some form of “Jessica’s Law,” passed in Florida in 2005 after 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was raped and killed.

“Our laws do not adequately reflect our values when it comes to children,” Ms. Polito told the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

She pointed to examples of sex offenders, including one from Oxford and one from Shrewsbury, who were sentenced to 4 to 5 and 4 to 6 years in prison, saying those sentences are too lenient.

Ms. Polito’s bill, which has more than 50 Democratic and Republican co-sponsors, would set mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years for adults convicted of rape of a child under 16 and 20 years for adults convicted of rape of a child with a weapon.

For rape of a child younger than 12, the minimum sentence would be 20 years; for rape with a weapon of a child younger than 12, the sentence would be 25 years.

Ms. Polito, speaking before the hearing, said that of the bill’s numerous provisions, the penalties for sex crimes against children younger than 12 are most important.

“I feel it’s most important to protect our youngest and most vulnerable children. It would send a very strong message if we adopted that in Massachusetts,” she said.

Ms. Healey described sex offenders as smart, patient people who plan their abuse and know how to work around laws. If the Legislature doesn’t act, she said, Massachusetts will soon be known throughout the country for its soft sex-offender laws.

“Sex offenders are going to be looking at us as a safe haven,” she said. “It’s like hanging out a welcome sign.”

At the hearing, Sen. Stephen M. Brewer (Email), D-Barre, read a letter of support for the bill from Magdalen Bish, the mother of Molly Bish, the 16-year-old lifeguard from Warren who was abducted in 2000 and whose remains were discovered three years later.

“No one knows this better than the Bish family,” Mr. Brewer said.

A. Wayne Sampson, executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and former Shrewsbury police chief, endorsed the bill, calling it a set of “reasonable proposals” that would “help stop the cycle of violence.”

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz testified in favor of the bill, saying it would help law enforcement officials catch sex offenders who prey on children through the Internet.

“The Internet allows strangers into our home,” he said. “Although (convicted sex offenders) are monitored, they are back on the street. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen … They are very smart, they are very bold, they are very crazy, and they’re coming after our kids.”

Though the bill is not likely to advance unless it gains the support of House and Senate leadership, opponents of the bill were hard to find yesterday.

Sen. Robert S. Creedon Jr. (Email), a Brockton Democrat and co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said after the hearing that one sex offender who lives in Boston came to testify against the bill, saying if the measures were enacted, he would not know where to live.

The hearing room, with people filling the benches and standing elbow-to-elbow in the aisles, became absolutely still as one mother spoke about her three children who were molested repeatedly by a family friend, Glen Wheeler.

Mr. Wheeler served four years in prison in Massachusetts, later disappeared, was found in Florida in 2005, and was again placed on probation in March 2006 by Worcester Superior Court Judge John S. McCann.

He was not sentenced to any further jail time.

David W. White Jr., president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, who was at the hearing to testify for a different bill, said in an interview that while he has not reviewed Ms. Polito’s legislation, he doesn’t support mandatory minimums in general because they limit judicial discretion.

“We’re not saying there shouldn’t be harsh sentences,” he said, and added that those sentences should come with treatment and rehabilitation programs.

But Ms. Polito said mandatory minimums should be seen as a tool, rather than a restriction for the judiciary.

The bill includes a slew of other provisions, including harsher penalties for adults convicted under child pornography charges.

Those who force children under 14 to participate in making child pornography would face 10 to 25 years in prison.

The bill would heighten monitoring by requiring all sex offenders convicted of rape of a child to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board for life and would eliminate the option for judges to determine whether or not sex offenders have to register.

It would also create “predator-free zones” where Level 3 offenders and repeat Level 1 and 2 offenders would not be allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school or childcare facility.

Level 3 offenders are considered the most likely to commit offenses against children again.

Ms. Polito introduced most of those provisions in a bill filed last year, but the main part of the bill never advanced.

Some provisions of that bill, such as using GPS to track sex offenders and forcing offenders who live in homeless shelters to verify registration every 45 days, were adopted separately.


WI - Ex-deputy sentenced, denies child porn interest

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Perverted Cops, is filmed on location by the men and women of law enforcement!

11/16/2007

A former Dane County sheriff's deputy who resigned after being charged with possession of child pornography denies that he has a sexual interest in children.

Mark Rasmussen, 38, said in a lengthy letter to the judge who sentenced him Thursday that he was not specifically looking for child pornography. Rather, he said he stumbled upon it looking for other pornography, and he did not turn over the child porn to other law enforcement officers because to do so he would have had to admit that he was into Internet porn.

Rasmussen, a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was arrested after a search warrant of his home revealed he had numerous videos of child pornography on his computer. He eventually entered a guilty plea to two counts of possession of child pornography, and he was fined $10,000 Thursday by Dane County Circuit Judge Steven Ebert and sent to jail for at least 30 days. Rasmussen also must pay a $2,500 surcharge as mandated by state law for possessing the child pornography.

Ebert imposed a 12-month jail term for Rasmussen but stayed six months of that. After serving an initial month in jail, Rasmussen will spend five months of home detention on electronic monitoring.

In fashioning the sentence, Ebert leaned heavily on a report prepared by Dr. Roger Northway, which concluded Rasmussen was not a pedophile and was not likely to be a danger to society in the future.

Rasmussen's own explanation of his actions essentially said the same thing. He said he was searching for adult pornography on the Internet using peer-to-peer to networks and was surprised when he opened some of the videos he had downloaded and saw that it was child pornography.

"I viewed the videos of the child abuse," he said in his letter to Ebert. Rasmussen said he thought that as a law enforcement officer he could use the video to either apprehend those who made it or rescue the child in the porn video. "However, that was a rationalization," he wrote. "Had I really been interested in securing justice or safety for these children I would have taken the video to someone who had the proper equipment and training to analyze the videos and follow up on the information."

"I let my embarrassment overrule my common sense," he said. "I did not report the pornography to the appropriate entity and I continued to use the peer-to-peer networks to download pornography. I allowed the embarrassment I would have had to endure in admitting my use of adult pornography to deter me from reporting these child abuse videos," he wrote to the judge.

Rasmussen was arrested after a search warrant was executed by state Department of Justice agents at his home on May 25, 2006. Agent Jenniffer Price said at Thursday's hearing that an examination of Rasmussen's computer showed he had 49 child pornography videos on the computer and 78 adult pornography videos.

After being charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, Rasmussen was put on leave, but quit the force shortly thereafter. He was a patrol officer at the time he resigned.


OH - Deputy convicted of sex offense

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11/15/2007

A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer was convicted today on a charge of sexual imposition.

Hamilton County Municipal Judge Fanon Rucker made the finding after previously hearing evidence that Raymond Hilvert approached an undercover officer in Mount Airy Forest on July 17 and fondled the officer’s genitals.

A sentencing date for the 36-year-old Green Township man has not been scheduled. The charge carries up to 60 days in jail. Hilvert’s job status is unclear.


Federal Sex Offender Bills to be aware of

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What about HR-350? What does that mean? Sex Offenders will not be able to leave their own Nazi country?

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The following is a list of current pending legislation in Congress. These bills and resolutions have been proposed by Members of Congress but may not have had any action taken on them on their path to becoming law. In fact, the vast majority of proposed legislation never becomes law.

BillStatus
H.R. 719: Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007
Passed House
Nov 14, 2007 1:31 PM
H.R. 1684: Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
Passed House
May 9, 2007 6:52 PM
S. 1348: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007
Scheduled for Debate
May 10, 2007
S. 1639: AgJOBS Act of 2007
Scheduled for Debate
Jun 19, 2007
S. 1642: Higher Education Amendments of 2007
Passed Senate
Jul 24, 2007
H.R. 1829: Student Protection Act
Introduced
Mar 29, 2007
H.R. 1656: To amend title 5, United States Code, to permit access to databases maintained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for purposes of complying with sex offender registry and notification laws, and for other purposes.
Introduced
Mar 22, 2007
H.R. 350: Sex Offender Visa Loophole Elimination Act of 2007
Introduced
Jan 9, 2007
H.R. 291: Safe NOW Act of 2007
Introduced
Jan 5, 2007
H.R. 252: Save Our Children: Stop the Violent Predators Against Children DNA Act of 2007
Introduced
Jan 5, 2007
H.R. 128: David Shick Honesty in Campus Justice Act
Introduced
Jan 4, 2007
H.R. 750: Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2007
Introduced
Jan 31, 2007
S. 431: Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007
Introduced
Jan 30, 2007
S. 519: SAFE Act of 2007
Introduced
Feb 7, 2007
H.R. 876: SAFE Act of 2007
Introduced
Feb 7, 2007


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OT - Why don't people come to Jesus?

John 3:17-20 | Listen

17 - For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

18 - Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

19 - This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

20 - Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

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WA - Bank robber, ex-guard marry in Tacoma courtroom

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11/15/2007

TACOMA -- A bank robber and the guard who fell in love in jail apparently married when he appeared in court in Tacoma to be sentenced.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jimi James Hamilton smiled at 29-year-old Sara Camarillo who was in the courtroom Tuesday when he was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison. They didn't talk. There was no ceremony.

The next day the marriage form bearing their signatures was received at the Pierce County auditor's office.

Hamilton's lawyer, Leslie E. Tolzin, says the marriage was performed by attorney William T. Ferrell who is qualified to perform marriages.

Prosecutors and sheriff's officials are puzzled. They had turned down a request for a jail wedding.

Camarillo left her job in September while under investigation for custodial misconduct because of her relationship with the inmate.

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FL- Tape Recording Called "Smoking Gun" in Alleged Trinity Cover-up

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11/16/2007

JACKSONVILLE -- Did Trinity leaders know about allegations that former pastor Bob Gray was an alleged pedophile and covered it up for years?

A First Coast News investigation has uncovered an audio tape recording of a meeting at Trinity about a few weeks before Gray's arrest in 2006.

The husband of an alleged victim of Gray says he's the one who recorded the meeting.

We're calling the man "John" because he wants to remain anonymous.

"John" says an important point about him is that he and his wife are not part of civil litigation against Trinity. They aren't suing for money. In fact, "John" says, "I want people to understand we're not out to take a ministry down."

"John" says at the meeting and on the tape were some of his family members, current Trinity pastor Tom Messer, and two Trinity leaders, including a Deacon.

The tape has been subpoenaed by Trinity pursuant to the civil action against Trinity.

(Six cases have been filed alleging Trinity knew about Bob Gray and did not protect children.)

To understand the comments on the tape we need to go back to 1992.

Last year we interviewed Ann Stewart, a former Trinity member. Stewart, a pastor's wife now in North Carolina, says she was molested by Bob Gray when she was a young girl. Stewart went to Trinity for years.

She says finally, at age 21, she went to Tom Messer, she hoped, to expose the truth. She told about the incidents, she says, but her words were twisted to "lie to the congregation."

In 1992, church members recall, there were crazy allegations against their pastor at the time, Bob Gray.

Dennis Cassell was Athletic Director at Trinity back then. He remembers Gray told the congregation that there was an indiscretion but it was "neither sexual nor immoral."

Stewart says, "It was just a cover-up."

But those words, "neither sexual nor immoral," have been repeated at Trinity for years, as if Trinity was all above board and Gray had done nothing wrong.

Even after Bob Gray was arrested, Trinity released a statement saying its own internal investigation found "no indication of a cover-up...either deliberate or intentional."

When asked if there was no cover-up at Trinity, Stewart says, "No, that's a lie."

Stewart and the Cassells both listened to the tape.

Pat Cassell, Dennis's wife, says, "The victims are vindicated. The kids are vindicated. Tom (Messer) knew and covered it up for years."

Dennis Cassell says, "The truth is finally out and that's what we've been praying for for many years."

What's on the tape?

Messer acknowledges he knows the meeting is being recorded.

Also, Messer is asked about that well-known meeting in 1992 in which Gray said he had done nothing "sexual nor immoral."

A woman, who wants to remain anonymous, says, "People sitting in Trinity still do not believe that there is anything that Dr. Gray ever did anything sinful. Remember, Tom, it was an indiscretion. It was not of a sexual nature. That is not true."

Messer replies on the tape, "No, I've never doubted that what he said that first night was inaccurate. I've never doubted that. Um. And I wouldn't sit here and say that today."

Later in the tape Messer talks again about Gray's statement using the term "erroneous."

To "John" Messer says, "You want the erroneous statement that was made by Dr. Gray to be corrected."

"John" also asks Messer, "Let me ask you this question because I think it's important. Do you feel like he's disqualified himself from the ministry?"

Messer's reply is, "Yes, I do from pastoring."

"John" says he urged Messer to make a statement in front of the church admitting Gray's 1992 statement was inaccurate and admitting Gray molested children.

Messer on the tape says, "I have a draft statement."

Messer says he wants to help. "If I wasn't interested in trying to handle this I wouldn't be doing this."

But Messer says on the tape he can't promise it would happen.

It never did.

"John" says the date scheduled to tell the church supposedly was Sunday, May 21, 2006.

Bob Gray was arrested and charged with capital sexual battery three days before.

Still some want Messer to speak, they say, the truth.

Stewart says she isn't holding her breath, though.

She says, "I believe Tom Messer has entangled himself so much with lies and deceit for many years that it's impossible for him to face the people and tell the truth. That would be his demise at Trinity."

Stewart and the Cassells want Messer to resign.

We tried multiple times to offer Trinity an opportunity to respond. We offered to talk with Tom Messer personally. We offered Trinity's attorney an opportunity to explain what Messer was saying on the tape.

Our communication with Trinity's attorney, Ed Trent, went on for several days.

Trent's email response includes the real name of "John." So in the email we've inserted "John" to continue to protect his identity.

Trent:
"Jeannie, I am getting back to you, as promised, regarding your questions concerning an audio taped conversation involving (John), Tom Messer, and others. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on matters pending before the court. The Florida Rules of Professional Conduct properly restrict attorneys from commenting on matters pending before the courts where such comments are likely to prejudice the proceedings. Accordingly, I am not in a position to publicly comment on an audio tape beyond what has already been filed with the court. If you have questions regarding issues raised in the court papers, I am happy to help you understand the judicial process as it applies to these cases."

As for the civil suits, Adam Horowitz, the attorney in Miami who's filed the 6 suits, says the tape is the "smoking gun."

Horowitz says, "It establishes that Tom Messer and other leaders were in conspiracy with Bob Gray to conceal the truth from the parishioners and cover up wrong doing."
Gray was supposed to be in trial November 12th with jury selection November 13th.

With his passing, obviously, that trial will never happen.

Some members of Trinity say their prayers go out to Gray's family.

Meanwhile, some of the alleged victims say they're upset they will never get their day in court.
Stewart says the tape is "physical proof we have been telling the truth."

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