Tuesday, January 22, 2008

UK - Social network sites link to town's seven suicides

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What the hell is going on in this world? We need to bring God back into these kids lives, IMO.

01/23/2008

Natasha Randall was 17, had a large circle of friends and was studying childcare when, without any indication that she was unhappy, she hanged herself in her bedroom.

Her death last Thursday was the latest in at least seven apparent copycat suicides in Bridgend, South Wales, that have alarmed parents, health authorities and police, who believe that they may be prompted by messages on social networking websites such as Bebo.

Within days two 15-year-old girls, both of whom had known Tasha, as she called herself, had also tried to take their lives. One cut her wrists and was later discharged from hospital into the care of her parents. The other tried to hang herself and spent two days on life support before showing signs of recovery. Police have since visited the families of 20 of Tasha’s friends, urging them to keep an eye on their daughters.

In the 12 months before Tasha’s death, six young men from Bridgend and the surrounding area had killed themselves. Most were known to each other. This month Tasha attended the funeral of 20-year-old Liam Clarke, who was found hanged in a local park the day after Boxing Day.

Tasha had left a tribute to Liam on his Bebo webpage. It said: “R.I.P. Clarky boy!! gonna miss ya! always remember the gd times! love ya x.”

After Tasha’s death police took her computer to try to find a reason for her suicide. They will also be looking for links to the other deaths.

Copycat suicides are a well-known phenomenon but in Bridgend the tributes left on websites such as Bebo appear to have had a significant impact. Friends have set up memorial pages where wellwishers have posted messages or bought virtual “tablets” in a remembrance wall. The 19 tablets on Tasha’s memorial page include the messages “RIP chick”, “Sleep Tight Princess” and “Sweet dreams, Angel”.

David Gunnell, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, said that research had shown a connection between reports of suicide in the media and copycat deaths, and it was likely that discussions of suicide on websites would have a similar effect.

He said: “Young people are more likely to see and read items concerning suicide on the internet than they are in newspapers. One can extrapo-late from wider research on responses to newspaper reporting that a medium like Bebo will have an impact on suicidal behaviour in young people.”

South Wales Police fear that the reason could be simpler. One officer said: “They may think it’s cool to have a memorial website. It may even be a way of achieving prestige among their peer group.”

South Wales already had one of the worst suicide rates for young people. Tasha, who called herself “Wildchild”, was not the only one to spend hours each day on the internet in a world about which their parents knew little.

Even before she died a task force that includes represntatives of the NHS trust, school, police and local authority was investigating the high suicide rate. It is due to report in the next few weeks. Tegwyn Williams, the director of mental health services for Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust, said: “The key is to break down the stigma attached to suicide in the community so that people aren’t afraid to talk to someone if they feel depressed.”
- Where are the parents?

Melanie Davies’s son, Thomas, was the third young person from the area to kill himself last year. Mrs Davies, 38, said: “One of his friends told me that they feel these kids seem to be copying each other . . . so many of them are hanging themselves.”

The friends who killed themselves

Dale Crole, 18, hanged himself at the Coney Beach funfair at Porthcawl, near Bridgend, January 2007

David Dilling, 19, a former classmate of Dale from Pyle, near Bridgend, hanged himself, February 2007

Thomas Davies, 20, who had been at school with both Dale and David, found hanged from a tree in David’s home village two days before his funeral, February 2007

Zachery Barnes, 17, of Wildmill, Bridgend, a friend of Thomas’s family, hanged with washing line, August 2007

Liam Clarke, 20, a friend of Dale, found hanged in a park in Bridgend, December 2007

Gareth Morgan, 27, who knew Liam, found hanged in his bedroom, January 2008

Natasha Randall, 17, of Blaengarw, Bridgend, a close friend of Liam, hanged herself in her bedroom, January 2008


China shut 44,000 porn Web sites in 2007: report

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01/22/2008

BEIJING (Reuters) - China shut down 44,000 Web sites and homepages and arrested 868 people last year in a campaign against Internet porn which will continue until the end of this year's Beijing Olympics, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

China launched a crackdown on online pornography and "unhealthy" Web content after Chinese President Hu Jintao said the country's sprawling Internet posed a threat to social stability.

Rights groups have said the campaign has been used as a thinly veiled pretext to crack down on dissent and round up online dissidents ahead of the Olympics.

Xinhua said authorities had also investigated 524 criminal cases involving online porn and "penalized" another 1,911 people.

Some 440,000 "pornographic messages" had also been deleted, the agency said.

China has attempted to stifle online criticism of the ruling Communist Party and discussion related to sensitive topics such as Tibet and Taiwan by ordering Web sites to register with authorities.

Authorities registered 199,000 Web sites last year, Xinhua said, but refused 14,000 for failing to get official registration or to apply for official approval.

China employs tens of thousands of human Internet censors and a vast network of filters to control online information.

The anti-pornography campaign would continue until September, Xinhua said, "after the Beijing Olympic Games end".

China last month said it would crack down on video-sharing Web sites, and allow only state-controlled sites to post video content online in new restrictions effective from January 31.


WA - Council wants to limit where sex offenders can live

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01/22/2008

Council resolution asks Legislature 'to get out of our way'

The Pierce County Council wants to restrict where sex offenders can live, but first it needs permission from the Legislature.

The seven-member council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that asks the Legislature to give local governments the power to impose rules that prohibit sex offenders from living near schools, parks and other places where children and other vulnerable people gather.

It’s a power that state lawmakers revoked in 2006 in an effort to develop statewide guidelines. That effort has stalled, and council members said it’s time to give that power back to local leaders.

“They failed to come up with a state solution,” said Councilman Calvin Goings (Email), D-Puyallup.

In 2006 the Legislature approved a law preempting new local rules restricting where sex offenders can live. A state law that prohibits certain sex offenders from living within 880 feet of a school remains in effect.

The 2006 law required the Association of Washington Cities – a nonprofit group that lobbies state officials on behalf of cities and towns – to agree on limits for sex offender housing that could be used by local governments statewide.

However, the association failed to arrive at a consensus, and the state’s preemption of local governments remains in effect.

The preemption did not apply to existing local limits on sex offender housing. But Pierce County currently does not restrict sex offenders from living near schools, parks and churches, as some local governments do.

Now some on the County Council want to impose restrictions, but the 2006 law stands in their way.

Councilman Shawn Bunney (Email) R-Lake Tapps, said the council wants the Legislature “to get out of our way.”

While the county awaits a response from state lawmakers, the council has asked its staff to draft proposed restrictions limiting where sex offenders can live.


IN - Sexual predator bill inspired by Cambridge teen's slaying moves ahead

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And another bill in a childs name, which should be illegal. Who in the world would vote against a bill with a human face placed on it?

01/22/2008

A bill that could become known as "Tarra’s Law" is under consideration by the Indiana General Assembly.

House Bill 1276 would require an open court hearing be held before bail is set for sexually violent predators accused of another sex crime. It won unanimous approval today by the Indiana House Judiciary Committee and moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Sponsored by state Rep. Phil Pflum (Email), D-Milton, and state Rep. Tom Saunders (Contact), R-Lewisville, the bill was inspired by the 2007 slaying of 16-year-old Tarra Pickett of Cambridge City.

Pickett’s death brought four women to the Wayne County Courthouse last year to protest the granting of bail to violent sex offenders. Indiana law requires bail in all cases except murder and treason.

Leonard Dickey, a convicted rapist who was out of jail on bail on child molestation charges, is accused of strangling Pickett last May in a wooded area of Cambridge City.

Dickey had served 22 years in the Department of Correction on rape and confinement convictions in Fayette County. He was released in 2005.

Bail for Dickey in the child molestation case was set at $50,000 in January 2007, so only $5,000 was needed to free him, Pflum said.

Because court dockets are busy, it’s easy for some cases to slip by, Pflum said. This bill would raise a red flag on sexually violent predators, he said.


VA - French-kissing Bill Would Ban Pop’s Smooches

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Yet another bill in another persons name, which should be illegal, IMO.

01/23/2008

After the husband of her child-care provider made it to first base with her then-10-year-old daughter, a Varina mother is pushing for legislation to criminalize such May-December make-out sessions.

The bill’s sponsor, Delegate Riley Ingram, D-Hopewell, also is carrying the so-called “Ed Barber bill” to ban convicted sex offenders from holding elected office.

“You don’t think these things happen, but they do,” Ingram says. He initially didn’t believe the legal loophole story he was told by Sydney Smith (name changed), whose daughter was victimized by Roland Delbert Knight Jr. of Varina. “The person was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but that’s all.”

Knight was convicted in June 2005 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for his forced make-out session with the child, who was in the care of his wife, Barbara Knight. State law did not provide for a more severe charge, and Knight wasn’t required to register with the state’s sex-offender registry.

After a brief jail stay, Knight was back at home, where his wife continued to operate a day care. Barbara Knight was also put in charge, by judge’s order, of ensuring that her husband has no “unsupervised contact” with minors.

That Knight was back in daily contact with kids — following the letter of the judge’s order, but not the intent — still incenses Smith.

“I’m still very angry, because this could have been handled differently and he could have been on a sex-offender list, but he still isn’t,” says Smith, whose quest to change the law will not change Knight’s punishment.

“The offender in this crime has already done all his time. It’s not going to affect him or his family in any way,” she says. “But it’s going to help another child out there.”

Ingram’s bill would amend the state code on sex offenses with minors, stipulating in not-so-delicate language that it’s a felony for, say, 60-year-olds to French kiss 10-year-olds. “If it happened to my daughter,” he says. “I would want the same thing.”

Ingram says he hopes his bill passes muster with his fellow legislators, but worries that some will struggle with the question, What’s the threshold for age-inappropriate French kissing?

“This bill is not intended in any way, shape or form to [deal] with someone who’s 19 and someone who’s 16 or 17,” says Ingram, who doesn’t want to become the man who rained on a thousand teenage first dates.

“It’s not drafted that way,” he says. “But if a man is 50 or 60 years old, and he’s trying to French kiss an 8-, 9- or 10-year-old, there’s something wrong with that person and they need to be punished accordingly.”


NY - John Jay College of Criminal Justice Receives More Than $1.5 Million in Federal Support for New Research Initiatives

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01/22/2008

NEW YORK (AScribe Newswire) -- John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced receipt of more than $1.5 million in federal funds (Congressional earmarks and grants) to support a variety of criminal justice research initiatives -- emergency response to large-scale disasters, gang violence and crime prevention, sex offender management, domestic violence, undergraduate science education, and public safety leadership.

"The Congressional earmarks will insure that national visibility is given to the landmark work of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response. Furthermore, federal funding of our programs helps to reinforce John Jay's criminal justice leadership position. Our faculty are recognized world over for their expertise and these funds attest to their scholarship," said President Travis.

The Congressional earmarks and federal grants include:

- A $330,000 grant from the U.S Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for a project entitled "Real-time Decision Making for Public Safety Executives." Under Ellen Scrivner, Director of John Jay Leadership Academy, this program will focus on the real world practice of preparedness leadership and decision-making among public safety leaders.

- Sponsored and led by Congressman Jerold Nadler (D-NY), $305,500 was earmarked by Congress to support the award-winning work of the College's Center for Crime Prevention and Control directed by Professor David Kennedy. Through these funds, the Center will develop and disseminate crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, research and unique partnerships with community, police and other law enforcement professionals in cities across the United States.

- A $296,656 grant from the National Institute of Justice for a project entitled "Sex Offender Management, Treatment, and Civil Commitment: An Evidence Based Analysis Aimed at Reducing Sexual Violence." Under the direction of Professors Elizabeth Jeglic and Cynthia Mercado of the psychology department, this project will examine the program management, treatment and recidivism of sexual offenders in New Jersey.

- A $265,883 grant from the Centers for Disease Control for a project entitled "Can Family Based Prevention of Conduct Problems Prevent IPV Development." Under the direction of Miriam Ehrensaft, professor of psychology, this program will examine whether IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) in high-risk children can be prevented via early, family-focused preventative intervention for conduct problems.

- A $206,424 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a project directed at the Comprehensive Program Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Invitational Priority A. Under the direction of Anthony Carpi, professor of science, this program will develop a curriculum and supporting content for teaching the process of science to undergraduates.

- Sponsored and led by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) with support from the New York Delegation in particular Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), $178,600 was earmarked by Congress to support the creation of the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies. Under the direction of Glenn Corbett, professor of public management, the Center will provide an integrated and comprehensive approach to the study of emergency response to national large-scale disasters such as the attacks on the World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/ .


GA - Georgia Legislators Not Able to Connect Dots!

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Every SO or family/friend of a SO in Georgia, take action now. Contact Legislature and ask them to vote NO on 908, see here.

After the Georgia Supreme Court stuck down Georgia's Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders last November, one would think that Georgia's Legislators would have connected the dots and got the message. Evidently, Georgia's Legislators are either not that smart or they are just too arrogant. Either way, the taxpayer of Georgia will have to bear the cost of defending yet more lawsuits, that were avoidable.

As an example in HB908, the legislators are attempting to reinstate the school bus stops, an issue, from HB1059, that currently has a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) on it from the U.S. District Court of Judge Cooper. Perhaps Judge Cooper should hold every Senator and Representative who votes for HB908, in Contempt of Court.

At the very least, the taxpayers of Georgia should, next election day, send these "public servants" home for failure to serve the public. They just cant seen to connect the dots or get it right, even after EVERYONE who testified to the House Non-Civil Judiciary Committee hearing on HB908, spoke up against it. (To see the complete text of Dr. James E. Stark's statement, CLICK HERE.)

The following article appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, we can only hope that the taxpayers of Georgia will contact their Representative and Senators and tell them to VOTE NO on 908. If the bill does pass, and is signed into law, there will be court challenges, this will cost the taxpayers of Georgia millions more, money that would be better spent on other things, like health care, water conservation, roads and bridges, school programs, etc. It is time to tell the Georgia General Assembly, "Either connect the dots or go home!"


GA - Minority Report on the House Judiciary's (Non-Civil) Committee's Consideration of House Bill 908

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Looks like they are finally thinking things through before passing another law that will be fought with a ton of law suits.

01/22/2008

Five members of the House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee have issued a Minority Report to the House of Representatives concerning HB908. CLICK HERE TO READ IT.


VIETNAM - Gary Glitter in Vietnam hospital

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01/21/2008

Disgraced glam rocker Gary Glitter has been treated in hospital after suffering diarrhoea and an irregular heartbeat in Vietnam, his doctor said.

Glitter, 63, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was convicted and jailed in March 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12.

His three-year sentence was reduced by three months last year during an annual prisoner amnesty.

Glitter is due to complete his prison sentence in August.

Doctor Nguyen Thai Hoa said Glitter was taken to a prisoners' clinic on January 4 suffering from intestinal problems.

He said Glitter was kept in after it was found that his heartbeat was slower than normal.

"He is fine now," he said, "Every morning he smiles and says good morning to me when I see him."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office refused to comment on Glitter's health.

A spokeswoman said reports that he would have his sentence transferred to UK were incorrect.

"There have not been any discussion about an early release and there is no prisoner transfer agreement with Vietnam," she said.


CA - Jury selection today in trial of former DHS officer suspected of sexual assault

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01/22/2008

Jury selection is expected to conclude today in the trial of a former Desert Hot Springs police officer accused of molesting an underage relative and her friend, both of whom were in a police ride-along program.

The former officer (Dennis Paul Decker) was arrested on Sept. 26, 2006, in Marina del Rey.

He has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child, rape, lewd acts with a child and other charges and could face life in prison if convicted.

The two alleged victims were in the Explorers Program, which allows teenagers to ride along with police and perform tasks at the station.

Defense attorney John Patrick Dolan has estimated the trial likely will last two to three months. He and Deputy District Attorney Victoria Cameron earlier agreed on 12 jurors and plan to pick the alternates today.

Dolan expects opening statements in the trial to begin Monday and says he and Cameron collectively have just under 100 witnesses who could be called
to testify.

Dolan said he planned to call the former officer's friends and family to testify on his client's behalf, as well as his teenage son and the boy's girlfriend.

Several Desert Hot Springs police officers also have been subpoenaed to
testify, he said.

The prosecution's case is expected to rely heavily on the testimony of
the two alleged victims.

Prosecutors allege the man molested the relative, who is now 18, over a 10-year period, starting in 1996.

Authorities allege the other girl was molested over a one-year period while she was a member of the Explorers Program.

The former officer founded and supervised the program in Desert Hot Springs and also worked as a resource officer at Desert Hot Springs High School and Desert Springs Middle School.

He is being held at the Indio Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.


OH - Dead man found in Bridge Avenue house

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Ok, my question, if he's a predator, and most are required to register 4 times a year (in most states), why did it take almost 1 year to check back up on a predator? Are the police NOT doing their jobs? Also, was it self inflicted or murder? Not much details here except humiliating the man even more by broadcasting his crime.

01/22/2008

Cleveland homicide detectives were called to a house in the 3900 block of Bridge Avenue, where Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies found a dead man lying on the kitchen floor.

The deputies went to the duplex today to arrest sexual predator Charles Anderson, 57, who had failed to re-register his address last July.

Sheriff's Capt. Donald Gerome said the body -- which has not officially been identified -- had been there awhile, decomposing.

Anderson pleaded guilty to rape in 1990 and served 14 years in prison for raping a 28-year-old woman.


IN - Baby found drunk

More proof that most children who are abused, are abused by parents or family, not strangers.


CO - Masters leaves court free man

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This is what happens when all the police, DA's and others want is a conviction. An innocent boy is charged with murder, then later, by DNA set free. Watch the video to see the evil tactics they use to try to get him to admit to something he did not do. Also, were they interrogating him without a lawyer? He was 15 and is now 36. So he has lost his life over no evidence!

01/22/2008

FORT COLLINS — Special prosecutors today said that DNA testing of murder victim Peggy Hettrick's clothing revealed the partial profiles of three men, but that the profiles excluded Tim Masters as the source of the DNA on Hettrick's clothing.

Minutes after the prosecutors handed their findings to Judge Joe Weatherby, Weatherby vacated the judgment of conviction and sentence against Masters, who was immediately released from custody on a $200,000 personal recognizance bond.

A short time later, longtime Colorado defense attorney David Wymore, who led the effort to free Masters for a crime Masters maintained he didn't commit, praised former employees of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the FBI and Fort Collins police department for their help in freeing Masters.

"The reason why we are here is because Tim is innocent," Wymore told a room packed with Masters supporters and press. "He remains the victim of an unfair conviction."

Masters, dressed in a new suit, was humble and appeared surprised by the attention, which included television cameras from at least 20 regional affiliates and national networks.

"I'm a little overwhelmed," he said as supporters and media jammed a conference room. "I want to thank my family and friends. I want to thank the media."

Weatherby presided over months of hearings in which Wymore and co-counsel Maria Liu argued that prosecutors in the original case had withheld evidence from Masters' defense team and had failed to look at alternate suspects.

Rather, they said, they focused solely on Masters.

The key alternate suspect, they claimed, was Dr. Richard Hammond, who lived near where Hettrick's body was found.

But Goodbee made it clear today that the DNA of Hammond, who is now deceased, was not on Hettrick's clothing.

Goodbee said that he first became aware on Dec. 6 that CBI testing had revealed the partial profiles of the three men on Hettrick's clothing.

Then on Jan. 15, Goodbee said, the defense provided the special prosecutors a DNA profile developed in the Netherlands which the defense said belonged to a potential suspect in the early investigation of Peggy Hettrick's murder. The defense findings were presented to the CBI, which conducted its own tests.

"On Jan. 18, we learned (from the CBI) that the results of this new testing and comparison confirmed the presence of DNA on clothing of Hettrick at the time of her murder was consistent with the alternate suspect and inconsistent with Tim Masters," said Goodbee.

During the relatively short proceedings this morning, which were delayed because of paperwork, Weatherby's courtroom was packed.

More than 40 of Masters' relatives stood to the left of the judge and in front of Masters.

There were not, however, any of Hettrick's relatives present. Wymore specifically addressed the victim's family at the press conference, saying it had never been the defense's intention to open old wounds in trying to free Masters.

"We'd like to acknowledge Peggy Hettrick," said Wymore. "We are sorry if we have opened any wounds."

The murder of Hettrick on Feb. 11, 1987, sickened the city of Fort Collins. Her murder was particularly gruesome and she was sexually mutilated.

Masters, who was 15 at the time of the murder, was convicted of the crime in 1999.

In the years that followed, both the Colorado Court of Appeals and then the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the conviction.

Much of the case was based on the testimony of Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist.

In February 2001, in a precedent-setting ruling, the Colorado Court of Appeals said it is permissible for forensic psychologists to testify about "sexual homicides" in Colorado courts.

Masters' attorneys told the Court of Appeals that such testimony amounted to "impermissible psychological profiling."

But the judges rejected that argument.

They stated that there were fundamental differences between the psychological theories and analysis offered in the Masters case and impermissible profiling.

And in October 2002, the Colorado Supreme Court, again breaking new legal ground in Colorado, upheld the conviction in a 4-3 vote.

The majority of justices said that writings and drawings by men that depict hatred of women are admissible in court and forensic psychologists may testify about the traits that drive men to commit "sexual homicides."

The two appellate courts were presented with evidence uncovered by the Fort Collins Police Department.

When investigators searched Masters' bedroom, they found a large collection of knives with long blades, one containing a scalpel in its handle. Also found was a fillet knife, a machete, a ninja sword, a suitcase of pornographic depictions of the female anatomy and a large number of drawings and narratives.

The drawings were made by Masters and depicted surprise attacks, gruesome death scenes and scenes of violence and sex, authorities said.

The case languished for 10 years because police couldn't find Hettrick's blood on Masters' clothing or property.

But then a field of expertise in sexual homicides developed, and in 1997, Fort Collins Police Department contacted Meloy.

Meloy reviewed the drawings and narratives produced by Masters, together with other evidence in thee case. He concluded Masters killed Hettrick and in doing so had symbolically killed his own mother. Masters' mother and Hettrick looked similar — including wavy red hair.

Meloy testified that a primary reason perpetrators of sexual homicides fantasize is to express deeply felt hostility toward women.

The majority of four justices said Meloy's expertise met court standards and the bulk of Masters' writings was properly admitted.

At the time of Hettrick's death, Masters was 15. He became a prime suspect because his window faced a field where he could see Hettrick's sexually mutilated body. Masters failed to report the body, later telling police he thought it was a mannequin.

Several detectives who worked on the case never believed that Masters committed the crime.

Former Fort Collins Detective Linda Wheeler, who has long believed that Masters was innocent, asked Masters' attorneys to submit Hettrick's clothing for advanced forensic analysis in the Netherlands.

There, scientists targeted spots where the killer, or killers, may have touched her forcefully, embedding skin cells in her clothes.

The Dutch lab found a full genetic profile last summer of a person who left DNA inside Hettrick's waistband.

That man, a former boyfriend, who still lives in Fort Collins, told police he had seen her about a week earlier for dinner, but did not reveal whether they had intimate contact since that date.

He denied any involvement in her death.




OH - Data entry error creates some worry - Residents thought home for sex offenders nearby

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When humans enter the data, you can bet there will be garbage in and garbage out!

01/22/2008

An incorrect bit of data entry has resulted in a mistaken assumption by some Londonderry residents that a house for recovering sex offenders was located on their road.

A Blue Lick Road resident contacted the Gazette Sunday via e-mail worried about something called The Hope House for sexual offenders supposedly operating on Skaggs Road in the village.

"What in the world is going on, when a home for sexual offenders can be started on a dead end road with over 10 children living there and no one is notified?" the e-mail reads.

Ross County Sheriff Ron Nichols looked into the situation Monday and discovered that some information entered incorrectly into the Ross County sexual offender database was the source of the error and that there are no Hope House operations in the county.

What the listing should have shown was a private home with a person classified as a Tier II offender staying in it.

Tier II is the middle classification possible as far as seriousness of the offense for those whom the courts deem must be classified as a sex offender. A Tier II offender must register every six months for 25 years with the sheriff of the county in which the offender lives, works and attends school and whenever the offender changes residences.

Tier III offenders, who have committed very serious or violent sexually-oriented offenses and are considered at high risk of committing similar offenses in the future, require the sheriff's department to notify neighbors, day-care centers, schools and other entities that an offender has moved in nearby.

According to Nichols, the neighborhood was not notified of a Tier II offender nearby because such a notification is not required by law.

Still, Nichols said Monday the Ross County Sheriff's Office will be sending out officers to talk with the residents of Skaggs Road about their concerns.


PA - For ex-offenders, jobs, education key in reducing repeat crimes

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01/22/2008

U.'s decision to reinstate Mitman, a paroled sex felon, in line with research on recidivism

The crime cycle often begins with an unfinished education and chronic unemployment and ends with a prison sentence. Then the cycle begins again, as getting hired with a criminal record is nearly impossible.

But increasingly, governments, schools and businesses are providing opportunities for ex-offenders to break this cycle with education and employment.

"We have a responsibility to play a role in the rehabilitation of these individuals where it is safe and appropriate to do so," Provost Ron Daniels said of Penn.

In the wake of the University's decision to reinstate Kurt Mitman, a convicted sex offender and an accomplished student, in the Economics graduate program after his parole from a Bucks County prison, Penn - along with the City of Philadelphia and similar institutions - is demonstrating a commitment to stopping the cycle of unemployment, under-education and crime.

Research supports these efforts: a 1994 study by Miles Harer, a research analyst for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, showed that 53.9 percent of prisoners who made no plans for post-release employment recidivated, or committed additional crimes. In comparison, only 27.6 percent of prisoners who arranged for employment committed further offenses.

The study also found that those who were employed full time or who attended school before they entered prison had a 25.6 percent rate of a return to crime versus 60.2 percent for those who did not go to school or hold a job.

The study also found that In efforts to lower recidivism in Philadelphia, the city government has implemented the Philadelphia Re-entry Employment Program for ex-offenders.

Approved Nov. 1 by City Council, PREP aims to "give people the means to help themselves [and] a greater sense of pride," said Maura Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Nutter.

Businesses that hire ex-offenders and contribute $2,000 toward their education receive a $10,000 credit against the city's business-privilege tax for three years. The ex-offenders themselves pay an additional 5 percent of their wages back to the city.

"Mayor Nutter believes that [this is] the greatest way to end the cycle of violence," Kennedy said. "There [are] lots of cities doing similar programs all around the country and they've been pretty effective."

No such incentive exists for non-profits like Penn, which are tax-exempt. But the University agrees with the spirit of Nutter's policy.

"We feel this is the nature of the way a community … should work in American society," Daniels said, adding that after an offender serves a prison sentence, "he should be allowed to re-enter society."

The University is currently reviewing hiring and admissions policies pertaining to criminal background.


ID - Sex offender bills move forward

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01/22/2008

BOISE -- A North Idaho legislator on Monday introduced three bills designed to further strengthen Idaho's canon of law dealing with sex offenders.

Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, gained bill print status for the trio of measures in the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee that he chairs.

One of Clark's bills would extend the distance that a registered Idaho sex offender would be allowed to get to a school building.

A second measure introduced by the seventh-term lawmaker would make it a felony for "third parties" to aid sex offenders in avoiding state sex offender registration.

And a third piece of legislation introduced by Clark would require the "electronic monitoring" of violent sexual predators for the duration of their probation or parole. Probationers or parolees who tampered or damaged the electronic equipment would be guilty of a felony.

All three of Clark's bills are co-sponsored by Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee.

But the last one of the three measures now ready for full public hearings elicited a critical line of questioning from Rep. Leon Smith, R-Twin Falls, during the routine print hearing.

Clark's legislation calling for making the distance 500 feet from a school's property line the nearest a sex offender could get to the school -- instead of within 500 feet of the school building itself -- has been attempted before in the Legislature, the North Idaho lawmaker acknowledged.

"Mr. Chairman, all I'm trying to do is tighten up the law, this year, and I know everybody's tired of seeing it," Clark said to Smith. "I don't know what we're gonna do, other than maybe repeal it, and move away from this 500-foot zone, and there is a movement toward that. But I'm not sure we're ready to repeal the 500-foot rule. Let's try to tighten it up a little bit."

Clark added: "Let's get it printed, let's get it out there, get all the ideas on the floor. Mr. Chairman, I've never wanted to be an expert on this. Quit laughing at me."

Currently, Clark said that doubling the distance limit to 1,000 feet would be impractical.

"If we would go 1,000 feet distances from schools, it would be impossible to live in Coeur d'Alene," Clark said.

Citing a hypothetical example, Smith, a lawyer, said he would be breaking the law under the proposed legislation if he had a brother who was a violent sexual predator and didn't inform police if they approached him.

"This could make a felon out of me by just standing there mute," Smith said.

Clark said: "If you had a kin, a brother, or a sister, a brother who was a violent sexual predator, you would know that. There's only 42 of them in the state. If you didn't, I would be surprised at that."


Does PJ Purposely Not Post All Chat Logs?

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Hmm, interesting. From what I've read at Corrupted-Justice, I'm sure they do, and apparently, if what is said here is true, then someone is lying to the American people. I have not verified this.

So I was updating my youtube page when I received a video. The video is below. (I've been gone a long time so I don't know how to post it within the topic):

At the 1:29 mark, you can see and hear the text of the decoy (Jay) telling Bill (Conradt): "u want the house num so u can see on a map"

Well, I decided to go to Bill's chat log, which is still up. I did a search of the whole chat log posted for the word "map", and guess what? Firefox did not return ANY results.

So uh, does PJ love hiding certain things from public eye now?


OH - Former coach contests offender listing

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See what these laws are doing? Wasting TONS of tax payer dollars. Meanwhile, the value of the dollar is going down and we are becoming bankrupt. One day, you will listen to the experts who have told you over and over these laws do not work and violate the Constitution. You can bet, lawsuits will keep coming until these laws are repealed and put back to how they were when they were working. Every sex offender in Ohio who reads this, sue them, take them to court over this BS! FIGHT!!!

01/22/2008

Summit suit challenges placing Claude Brown in most serious category

The lawyer for former Buchtel High School football coach Claude Brown has filed a civil suit challenging his retroactive placement in the state's most serious sex offender classification, claiming it was unconstitutional.

Brown, 42, was released from the Summit County Jail this month on shock probation after serving nearly eight months in prison for sexual battery in a 2006 incident involving a 17-year-old girl.
- What the hell is shock probation? Here is an article about it here.

As part of the release order, Common Pleas Judge Marvin A. Shapiro classified Brown as a Tier 3 sex offender, the highest level under the new state sex offender law.

It means that Brown must register his address with the county sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life.

But when Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery April 11, there was a different sex offender law in effect. And his registration requirements then were not nearly as ''onerous'' as they are now, defense lawyer Paul F. Adamson said in his court filing.
- Repunished without due process of law. Thanks Mr. Bush for torturing more than Guantanamo prisoners!

The civil suit, filed Friday in Common Pleas Court, asks for a hearing, in addition to a preliminary injunction preventing the sheriff from enforcing the Tier 3 penalties against Brown.

Under terms of Brown's plea agreement in April, he was classified as a sexually oriented offender. As such, he was required to register his address with the sheriff once a year for 10 years.

Brown was notified of the change in the sex-offender laws in mid-December, while he was still in prison, and the resulting reclassification was ''improper and unconstitutional,'' Adamson said in the filing.

Not only was the reclassification a violation of the ex-post-facto provisions of the U.S. Constitution, it also was a violation of the double-jeopardy clauses of the U.S. and Ohio constitutions, Adamson said.

''There is a feeling across the state that this statute is unconstitutional. Now that's not to say that the public does not have the right to know (where a sex offenders lives). It's just to say that we want to do it in conformity with the constitution,'' Adamson said.

The Ohio Public Defender's Office and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have reviewed the new law, according to Adamson, and suspect as many as 30,000 sex offenders in the state could be affected.

Summit County court records show Brown's residence is on Mercer Avenue in Akron.

Shapiro originally sentenced him to two years in prison for each of the two counts of sexual battery and ordered the sentences to run simultaneously.


OK - Police: Some sex offenders who say they're homeless are lying

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It's all because of these draconian laws. Before the Adam Walsh law, this was not a problem. You put the laws back, and this problem goes away. This is putting possibly MORE people in danger. Ask the police in this state, how many people were in compliance before the Adam Walsh law? And now?

01/22/2008

TULSA (AP) - Tulsa police say that many sex offenders who are registering as being homeless are not telling the truth.

Since November 1st, when a new sex-offender law took effect, about 20 of them have claimed to be homeless. Police think that by doing so, sex offenders could be trying to circumvent the law, which makes most of Tulsa off-limits to them.
- The law is draconian! You cannot live or work anywhere that is not where children are? And people fire you for being on the registry, so yeah, they are going to stop reporting. Duh!!!

The law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of playgrounds, parks or child-care facilities. An earlier law restricted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools.

Before November 1st, if a sex offender wanted to live in a restricted area but did not provide a home address, Tulsa police told the person to find an approved location at which to live and to then register.

Under the new law, police do not think they have that option.

Police Detective Tim Lawson says that sex offenders claiming to be homeless gives police another complication with which to deal, because authorities have no way of verifying that claim.


WI - Children tell of trials of life online

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01/21/2008

High school senior Greg Bukata is facing the challenge of his young life: seven weeks without the Internet, a prohibition extending to all freshmen at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, which he'll enter this fall.

"It'll be hard, but I need to disconnect," the New Jersey teen tells the producers of a timely and incisive report on PBS' "Frontline" series.

"Right now, face it, all I do is sit online when I'm sitting home."

The second sentence is repeated, in varying forms, by more than a dozen preteens and adolescents in "Growing Up Online," but the first is unusual.

Disconnect from the Internet? You might as well ask them to swear off oxygen.

The kids and parents featured in the hourlong episode live in suburban Morris County, N.J., where, as in most of the country, about 90% of the teenagers are online.

They're kids like Greg, who is articulate, even thoughtful, but confesses that all he knows of "Romeo and Juliet" is from the five-minute condensation available at a popular academic site.

Or Jessica, a social outcast who found not just friends but fans as "Autumn Edows," posting pictures of herself in lingerie and Goth makeup on her own site.

Or the four adolescent children of Evan Skinner, the president of her local high school's Parent-Teacher Organization.

Skinner has stationed the family's only computer in the kitchen, but even that hasn't given her the kind of oversight she wants. So she has asked her kids for their Facebook passwords - to be sealed in an envelope and opened only in an emergency, she has promised.

They have refused.

"The scariest, worst part for me is stalkers," Skinner says. "(Kids) don't realize that when they're sharing on that keyboard, it's like, 'Let 'em on in, baby.' "

Where the real risks are

Danah Boyd, a fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, believes that this particular concern is exaggerated.

"I have found kids who have engaged in risky behavior online," she notes. "Fact is, they've engaged in a lot more risky behavior offline."

Anne Collier, editor of Net Family News, agrees that attention focused on stalking by news outlets like NBC's "To Catch a Predator" obscures less-publicized dangers that await kids online.

"Sexual predators are a risk, but all the known cases of sexual exploitation involving social networks have involved kids who have gone out looking for a meeting with somebody," says Collier, whose site (www.netfamilynews.org) reports on Web and other technology issues affecting young people.

"We need to start thinking about our kids less as victims and more as participants. Real problems, real damage can result from things kids do to themselves and each other."

Among these dangerous influences are sites promoting anorexia - "I can find tips and tricks to, like, binge, or to purge or just starve," one girl tells "Frontline" - and so-called "cyber-bullying," which can have tragic results.

"The computer and the Internet were not the cause of my son's suicide, but they helped," says Vermont's John Halligan, whose 13-year-old son, Ryan, hanged himself in 2003 after enduring a deliberate campaign of verbal abuse at school and online. "I believe they helped amplify and accelerate the hurt and the pain that he was trying to deal with."

Protecting such children, Harvard's Boyd insists, is possible only through education, not prohibition:

"Instead of saying that this is terrible, instead of saying, stop MySpace, stop Facebook . . . , it's a question of how we teach ourselves and our children to live in a society where these properties are fundamentally a way of life."


OH - Critics decry new sex law

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01/22/2008

It might make it difficult for juvenile offenders to be adopted.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Advocates for juveniles who have committed sex crimes are challenging a new state law that increases the length of time convicted sex offenders must register their names and addresses with law enforcement agencies.

The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, changes the number of classifications for sex offenders from eight to three, increasing the number of felons considered sexual predators and requiring those considered the worst to register for life.

But advocates say juveniles have low recidivism rates and should not be required to register, at times meaning their photos will be posted on the Internet.
- Sexual offenders in general have a low recidivism rate, which all these studies will show, if these representatives would read once in a while.

About 2,500 young people could be affected by the reclassification system, said Amy Borror, spokeswoman for the Ohio public defender’s office.

The office has asked judges to grant temporary orders to keep juveniles being held by the Ohio Department of Youth Services from having their information placed on Internet registries. The office also offers to help locked up youth file motions seeking to prevent reclassifications.

She said some counties say registration is a civil penalty, not a criminal one, and are refusing to appoint lawyers for those fighting reclassification.

“It’s a mess,” Borror said. “Not only are different counties doing different things but different judges in the same county are doing different things.”

Hundreds of letters have been sent to government offices by child advocates and others to express concerns about the law.

In some cases, judges are listening to the arguments. Cuyahoga County Juvenile Judge Kristin Sweeney, for example, granted a temporary order preventing at least one youngster from being placed on a registry.

Requiring juveniles to register could cause young people a host of problems, including preventing foster or adoptive parents from taking them in because they don’t want their addresses listed on sex offender registries, said Ken Boris, who oversees the sex abuse unit at the Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.

Any lifetime penalty could deter a young person from getting treatment or reforming, Boris said. And the law may discourage sex offenders from making guilty pleas, requiring more young sex abuse victims to testify at trials, he said.

The Legislature passed the law last year to comply with a federal one that requires states to increase registration requirements by 2009 or lose some federal funding.

The federal law is named after Adam Walsh, a 6-year-old Florida boy who was abducted and killed in 1981.

Besides increasing the length of required registrations, the law requires county sheriffs to notify community members about where more offenders live, and the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association says it will increase sheriffs’ workloads by 60 percent.

The public defender’s office, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Ohio Justice and Policy also oppose the law because it applies retroactively, requiring those convicted of sex crimes before the law went into effect to register for lengthier periods. The Ohio Supreme Court rejected their challenge.


TX - Police have no leads in county's first homicide of 2008; Port Arthur victim a registered sex offender

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Yet another sex offender murdered in cold blood. When is the governments going to remove the registries from the Internet? The public cannot handle the registry in a civilized manner, which has been proven over and over again.

01/21/2008

Port Arthur's first homicide victim of the year was a registered sex offender paroled about five years ago, according to Department of Public Safety records.

And despite a day's work Tuesday, police have no suspect information or description of a vehicle - if any - the person may have been in, Port Arthur Police Sgt. Rodney Harrison said.

"It was a walk-by," Harrison said of the random killing.

Harrison said the department's Major Crime Team is investigating.

Edward Roberts, 56, was shot at his home at 147 Fifth St. and later died at Christus St. Mary Hospital.

The 6-foot-4, 284-pound Roberts was convicted on June 6, 1984, of aggravated sexual assault. The victim was an 8-year-old girl, according to DPS records.

He was sentenced to 50 years in prison, but was paroled May 6, 2002.

A criminal background search indicated only financial judgments against Roberts since his release.

Port Arthur is recording its first 2008 homicide nearly a month sooner than the city's initial 2007 murder on Feb. 20, when Special Rubien was killed in her Port Arthur apartment by ex-boyfriend John Sanders. Sanders was shot by police in an ensuing chase.

Her death was one of 11 homicides in 2007, the city's highest total since 1999. One was ruled justifiable and another accidental.

Harrison said the department naturally is disappointed about this year's first killing, but noted the early timing does not necessarily indicate a violent year ahead.

"We'd like to go the rest of the year without another homicide, but there's no magic formula to predicting (homicides)."

"I wish we could go forever without a homicide."

Harrison said he and other officers were out all night investigating the slaying and that Port Arthur Police will do what they always do to solve a homicide.

"We take each one very seriously ... It's the worst crime a person could commit."

Roberts was shot in his home Sunday night after a person walked up to his residence and fired shots through a window, striking Roberts and his girlfriend, Harrison said.

Both were taken to St. Mary where Roberts was pronounced dead and his girlfriend was in stable condition as of Monday evening.

Police would not disclose where Roberts was shot or what kind of weapon was used.

Sunday's homicide also marks the first homicide of 2008 in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County recorded its first homicide of 2007 on Jan. 28 in Beaumont when Wilber Franklin was killed after being stabbed in the chest during an altercation at a residence at 1880 Fairway St.

Anyone with information about Sunday's shooting is asked to call (409) 724-8477.


TN - Lesbian Gang Assaults Woman