Thursday, February 21, 2008

CO - Tracking sex offenders

Hey Mark, what about your own son, who was convicted of a sex crime in 2007? And also, what about that child porn you had on your machine when Jessica went missing, because you did not lock the door? I guess Mark thinks money grows on trees. How do you put a price on ANY life Mark? Get a life, let your daughter rest in peace and move on. With doing what you are doing daily, you are only torturing yourself!


NY - NY proposal would require sex offenders to register e-mail, screen names

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02/21/2008

Syracuse -- Local officials gathered today to show support for state legislation that would require sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses and screen names.

The Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators would also make it illegal for Level 3 sex offenders to go where young people congregate online like MySpace and Facebook, said state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who visited Syracuse City Hall. It's an extension of Megan's Law, which makes it illegal for sexual predators to go places like playgrounds, he said.

The bill would place mandatory restrictions on sex offenders who used the internet to commit an offense, who were designated a Level 3 sex offender or whose victims were minors, according to a news release. As a condition of probation or parole, it would be illegal for them to use social networking sites, view Internet pornography, communicate with anyone to promote sex with minors or communicate with anyone under 18.

All registered sex offenders would have to submit their internet accounts, e-mail addresses and names used in chat rooms, instant messaging, blogging and social networking with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. The information would not be public, Cuomo said. But the list would shared with social networking sites, who could use the information to remove sex offenders from their site and report illegal activity.

Any new e-mail addresses or internet identifiers would have to be registered within 10 days, Cuomo said. Failure to register would be a felony. Probation officers would be allowed to check a sex offender's computer hard drive to see if any changes were made.

The bill passed last week in the state Senate and will come to a vote before the Assembly in coming weeks, the news release stated.

There are 1,269 sex offenders living in a four-county area in Central New York, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.


IN - Lawmaker angry over watered-down sex offender bill

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Her bill? Come on, this has been passed way before she even thought about it. She's just trying to add her name to it for votes and to look good to the sheeple. Video is available at the site.

02/21/2008

Indianapolis - There are some new developments at the Statehouse dealing with sexual predators.

Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh (Contact, Email) from Crown Point is more than a little angry.

Her bill (HB-1134) requiring sexual predators to register their email address and user names passed out of the House, but the Senate bill will allow a sexual predator to live 500 feet from a school or child care center rather than the 1,000 feet as is currently required by law.

"One thousand feet is two city blocks. That is not far to reduce that down to one block. You could have a sex offender living on the same block as a school. Do we want that? I don't," said Rep. VanDenburgh.

Rep. VanDenburgh says she would rather see her bill die that be passed into law with that amendment in it. She may get that chance on concurrence or in conference committee if the bill passes out of the Senate that way.


CA - State Report Highlights Gaps in Jessica's Law

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This is what you get when you have legislature who create and pass laws they know are unconstitutional and no way to fund them, yet they do it anyway to "look good" to the public, knowing it will not protect anybody. Why do we not monitor other criminals as well? Like murderers, gang members, drug dealers, DUI offenders, etc? Huh? Tell me why? These people are just as dangerous to kids and everyone else, so why are we not bitching about them as well? Many people I have talked to, like Sheriffs, etc, have no clue as to what they are to do. The probation officers say and enforce one thing and the sheriffs do something else. Not even lawyers can figure these laws out, so how do you expect law enforcement or sex offenders to even understand them?

02/21/2008

Just because Jessica's Law requires lifetime GPS tracking of newly-paroled sex offenders doesn't mean it's working, with a shortage of devices and no one willing to take over the lifetime tracking once offenders are off parole or probation, according to a new state report released Thursday.

The report from the newly-formed California Sex Offender Management Board details several shortcomings in how the law is implemented. Jessica's Law was passed by the voters in November of 2006.

Since that time, about 5,600 newly paroled sex offenders should have been fitted with the GPS devices. Sixteen months after the law passed, 2,000 offenders have been released from prison, yet still do not have the GPS devices.

"We're putting them on parolees and sex offenders as fast was we can get them. We have the funding for the devices. It's primarily availability of the devices," said Seth Unger of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

"We have some contractors who are building them as fast as they can and as soon as we get them, we're strapping them on our sex offender population." he said.

Then there's the problem of monitoring them. Virtually all local law enforcement agencies have declined to take over GPS monitoring from the state once offenders are off parole, despite the law's mandate of lifetime monitoring.

"It's already a cricital element. There are already 650 or 750 offenders who have rolled off of supervision," said Board Chairwoman Suzanne Brown-McBride. "They are theoretically required to wear the devices, but I'm not sure that anybody has devices and I'm not sure that anybody would be watching them if they had them."

Local police and sheriff's departments confirm that when they're asked to take over monitoring, they decline.

"It is our understanding that it's not being done at any level of local law enforcment," said Sgt. Mike Jones of Sacramento's Sheriff's Department. "It is simply a costly resource intense issue that needs to be addressed."

Jones and others say there are so many questions about who's responsbile for what in the enforcement, everyone's waiting for the courts of the legislature for clarification.

"We're pretty much in a gray area right now. We're in a holding pattern," said Jones.

Jessica's Law is also resulting in more paroled sex offenders declaring themselves as transient when they're released from prison and registering with local law enfrocement. The law prohibits them from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park.

According to the report, the number of sex offenders registering as transient have quadrupled since Jessica's Law.

"I think it's less an issue of skirting (the law)
than that there are some places where it's become incredibly challenging, if not impossible, to find housing," said Brown-McBride.

Jones said the rise in transient registrations by parolees should be a concern to the community.

"It could be argued the the community is being put at an elevated risk. It is better to know where they are, to supervise them in that fashion, than to have to go look for them," he said.

The report will be forwarded to the legislature and the governor, with the hope that the law will be refined through legislation.

"It's important that the citizens realize we're not out there actively opposing the law and we're not enforceing because we don't want to," said Jones. "It's because we are still waiting to receive direction on how to proceed."


How Bad Policies Continue to be Supported

Sorry Static, I did not mean to make it look like I thought of this. I did not. And I take it you did, so thank you for this great analogy!

Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the Banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water.

After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result - all the apes are sprayed with cold water. Turn off the cold water. If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.

Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they weren't permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes, which have been sprayed with cold water, have been replaced. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs.


QUESTION IS SHOULD WE ALLOW JOHN WALSH NEAR OUR CHILDREN OR ANYONE THAT ADMITS TO A SEX ADDICTION?

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MS - Attorney: Legal system favors female sexual predators

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02/21/2008

The lenient sentence handed down to a female teacher who sexually abused five male students is proof of a double standard in America's legal system, says prominent pro-family attorney Pat Trueman.

Allena Ward, 24, of Laurens, South Carolina, was sentenced this week to six years in prison after she admitted to having sex with five of her teenage students. "I wish healing for each person affected by my carelessness. And I offer my deepest and most sincere apologies to these young men," Ward apologizes.

But Pat Trueman, special counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, says Ward's crimes were not the result of "carelessness" but the conscious choices of a sexual predator. Her victims were children, he says, not "young men." And, he adds, things would have been different if Ward had been male and her victims had been girls.

"You'd get a ... 30- or 40-year sentence [if that were the case]," he maintains. "But women who are predators are not viewed as predators by the legal system in many states."

Ward was actually sentenced to 63 of a possible 105 years in prison on six separate charges, but the judge reduced those punishments to six years total. "In the federal system, that wouldn’t happen," continues Trueman. "The sentences are the same whether it's a male or female predator. But in the states, judges can do what they want, oftentimes. And the norm is that women sexual predators get off easy." (See video report on the recent arrest of another female teacher)
- I guess all that womens rights worked!! They states they wanted to be treated equally and the same as men, so when are we going to do so? No, I am not sexist, just asking why aren't they treated the same? It should not depend on your sex, skin color, etc...

Trueman hopes lawmakers will change that. "I think every state legislature ought to review its laws to eliminate prejudice and treat all sexual predators ... the same and give stiff sentences, even for the first offense," he suggests. As the attorney explains, "the effect on children from a female predator is no different than the effect on the child of a male predator. The child is affected for life and it harms them -- it harms their psyche; and the justice system is supposed to mete out justice."
- And this idiot needs to stop thinking sex offender and sexual predator and child molester are all one and the same...

Ward is expected to serve no more than five years in prison.



The minister in this video is a joke. What religion does he practice? Not the one Jesus Christ taught, who taught forgiveness for ALL!


NH - Sex offender bill heads to House

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02/21/2008

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN Telegraph Staff

CONCORD – A three-hour work session Wednesday revived critical legislation that would update the state's sex offender registry to comply with a federal law and avoid losing anti-crime grant money from Washington.

House leader, Rep. William Knowles (Email), D-Dover, dropped his bid to ship this bill off to a study committee until 2009 after state officials agreed to trim the number of sex offenders whose names would be accessible to the public.

"I was concerned the public list would be so numerous that its impact would be diluted. We're making sure those the public really wants are on the public list, those who commit crimes against children or are serial offenders," said Knowles, who chairs the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

In the future, all those who commit serious sex crimes against children would have to register as well as those guilty of multiple, sex crimes against adults.

Under current law, only those who victimize children are on the public list.

The House panel approved the amended bill, 15-0.

Linda Reid and Donna Pesaturo, of Derry, helped lead a concerned parents group that was irate they had not seen Douglas Simmons, a convicted murderer from Connecticut who moved into their town, on the registry.

He has since left but has a girlfriend who lives in Derry, Reid said.

Simmons served 25 years for the 1981 slaying of a 6-year-old girl whose body he sexually assaulted and then dumped into a sewer drain.

A key change in this bill requires registration for anyone who commits murder and sex is an element of the crime.

"I was just amazed to learn the law didn't address that. This bill closes that loophole so it's a dramatic improvement," Reid said after the vote.

It also creates a "Peeping Tom" criminal offense because state officials discovered those who had to register for that in other states were moving here because New Hampshire lacked the specific crime.

The revised bill divides all offenders by the severity of the crime into three tiers, each with its own length of staying on the registry.

For the first time, offenders would be able to ask a judge to have their names taken off the registry after many years of good behavior.

"We certainly don't want to set offenders up to fail. We want them to register but we want the requirements to be reasonable," said state Trooper Jill Rockey, who manages the registry.

There are 2,200 whose names are on the registry and about two-thirds of them are on the public list. Rockey said.

The public will be able to get more information on the list about offenders, who now must give their e-mail addresses and any login name they use on the Internet to state authorities, she added.

Another change permits the state to take a DNA sample of anyone who has to register and to place it on the FBI database so they can be tracked if they move to another state.

States have until 2009 to come into compliance with the 2006 federal law or risk losing 10 percent of money they get under a federal crime-fighting grant.

Kevin Landrigan can be reached at 224-8804 or klandrigan@nashuatelegraph.com.


CT - Neighbors want tax break for living next to sex offender

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And I'd love a tax break for living next to idiots like you!

02/21/2008

SOUTHBURY - Neighbors of a convicted sex offender living in Southbury are seeking tax breaks on their homes.

Some two dozen homeowners in the Fox Run Drive area believe their property values dropped last fall when David Pollitt moved to his sister's home in their neighborhood.

They tried but can't force Pollitt to move out, so they have asked the town to reduce their property tax assessments by as much as 17 percent.

They argue the presence of a registered sex offender has lowered the sale price of their homes.

The 54-year-old Pollitt was released in October after more than 24 years in prison for a series of rapes and moved to Southbury.


FL - Father of Jessica Lunsford to sue Citrus County, FDLE for negligence

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I wonder if he is going to tick off the police and they reopen the investigation of which he had child porn on his machine, here? Also Mark, if you would've locked the door when you went to meet your trailer park girl friend, Jessica might still be here. And what about your fathers criminal history, and your two sons, which Joshua was charged with a sex crime, so was your father. Your whole family is a basket case!! You are just looking for a scapegoat to blame, when you are responsible for taking care of your children, not the police. Your own son committed a sex crime, and got a MAJOR slap on the wrist, so I guess when you preach about all this, you are wanting your son to be tortured as well? See the video at the end.

02/21/2008

INVERNESS -- The father of kidnapping and murder victim Jessica Lunsford has filed a letter of intent to sue the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, the County Commission, and the Florida department of Law Enforcement for negligence.

In a certified letter to Sheriff Jeffrey Dawsy, lawyers for Mark Lunsford spell out his intent to sue for "harm suffered because of the reliance upon the express promise or assurance of assistance which was carried out in a negligent manner, which placed Jessica Lunsford in a foreseeable zone of risk."

The letter goes on to say, "The negligence of (the) Citrus County Sheriff's Office and (the) Florida Department of Law Enforcement directly and indirectly led to the death of Jessica Lunsford."

A letter of intent to sue is required before any formal legal action can be taken.

At a news conference this afternoon, Sheriff Dawsy denied any negligence saying, "There's only one person responsible for Jessica's death and that's John Couey...don't point the finger at us."

9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her home in Homosassa in February 2005, then raped and murdered by 47-year-old John Couey.

Three days after he abducted her, Couey bound the girl's wrists with speaker wire, placed her in two garbage bags, and buried her alive in a shallow grave, where she suffocated.

The case gained both national and international attention.

In August, 2007 an Inverness judge sentenced Couey, a convicted sex offender, to death for kidnapping, raping, and murdering Jessica.

Following her death, Mark Lunsford pursued legislation resulting in the Jessica Lunsford Act, also known as Jessica's Law, requiring tighter restrictions on sex offenders and longer prison sentences for sex offenders.

Lunsford is currently in Colorado where he's backing a plan which would require sex offenders to wear GPS tracking devices.
- I hope this goes for his own son, who was convicted of a sex crime as well. How much you want to bet he won't have to wear a GPS monitoring device?


Residents Rally to Rid Area Of Sex Offenders Building

Why does the media feel like they have to go question sex offenders every time they move somewhere? This is harassment. And for ratings, period! And someone in the video, apparently a sex offender, said "all sex offenders are high risk!" That is a load of CRAP! He may be high risk, but not all sex offenders are. If they were, we'd have tons of sex crimes daily!


WV - Inmate: Sex Offender Status Prevents Help

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02/21/2008

WHEELING — A West Virginia penitentiary inmate claims his status as a sex offender is preventing him from participating in a program designed to help prisoners prepare for re-entry into society.

David McDonald, no known last address, appeared before Ohio County Circuit Judge Arthur Recht on Wednesday to ask for a hearing that would ultimately determine if he should be required to register as a sex offender and to have himself excluded from a West Virginia Department of Corrections directive.

According to the directive, sex offender status prevents prisoners slated for release from participating in re-entry initiatives.

McDonald’s attorney, William Gallagher, said the state’s sex offender registration law went into effect in 1999 and was made to be retroactive to include offenses committed prior to the law.

Gallagher said McDonald was convicted in 1987 of sexual abuse of an adult female and burglary in Harrison County and was sentenced to two to 20 years.

“He was brought to Ohio County and released in November of 2005,” Gallagher said. “He was not from the area and had no place to go but he had to register as a sex offender with no known address.”

McDonald was arrested in Ohio County and returned to prison in December 2006 after pleading guilty to two marijuana related charges. His first parole eligibility date on the marijuana conviction was this past week.

Gallagher said the parole hearing was canceled because McDonald was scheduled to appear before Recht on Wednesday. Recht denied a request by Gallagher for a hearing to determine if McDonald had been rehabilitated and did not need to be required to register as a sex offender.

In denying the request, Recht said he was in agreement with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals which did not say a person is entitled to a hearing to show rehabilitation. Gallagher also argued his client could not participate in re-entry programs designed to help a prisoner prepare for returning to society.

“A directive from the department of corrections says sex offenders cannot participate in re-entry initiatives,” he said.

However, John Boothroyd, an assistant West Virginia attorney general representing the parole board and department of corrections, said McDonald is participating in the re-entry programs.

If McDonald has a complaint, he should follow internal grievance procedures to get it resolved, Boothroyd said.

“Grievances are handled by a grievance counselor and can be appealed to the warden and, if necessary, to the commissioner of corrections,” he said.

Recht advised Gallagher to have McDonald go through the grievance procedure and return to circuit court if the matter is not resolved. Boothroyd said if the matter must return to circuit court he would want it filed in Kanawha County.

Gallagher said he would prefer the case be heard in Ohio County.

Recht said he was not sure, but believed the case should be heard in Ohio County since that is where McDonald had been sentenced in the marijuana case.


CA - Some prisoners are vulnerable to crime behind bars

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Why are sex offenders not segregated from the general population? Because the guards know what will occur, and to them, this is their entertainment. Sick, but it's the truth, you see crap like this all the time in jail and prison, just ask people who have been there.

02/20/2008

There is societal pecking order within the inmate population and it appears that child molesters are on the bottom of the food chain.

“Even in a criminal world there’s a code,” said Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner. “Child molesters are not well thought of in any quarters.”
- They are just scapegoats so murderers can murder someone else. Killings are NOT rare in prison like mentioned below, and this is why all prisoners should be segregated from each other.

A week ago a prison inmate, serving a life term for killing his mother in Rocklin almost a decade ago, allegedly fatally stabbed another inmate.

Steven Matthew Schultz, 28, reportedly used a homemade “shank” last Thursday to slash the throat of convicted sex offender Shannon Lee Graling, 53, at the California State Prison-Sacramento in Folsom.

Schultz is currently serving a 26-year-to-life sentence for the 1997 murder of his mother. Officials said Schultz, who was 17 years old at the time, strangled his 40-year-old mother Barbara Schultz in their Rocklin home. Her body was found July 26, 1997 chained to a propane tank and weighted down in a stagnant, water-filled quarry behind Greenbrae Road in Rocklin.

Lt. Judy Loer, of the California State Prison-Sacramento, said although killings within the prison population aren’t unheard of, it is rare.
- Rare my ass. Ask anybody who has been into prison and I am willing to bet they saw a lot of fights and a murder or two. Especially among gang members, and for entertainment purposes.

Graling was serving a 400-plus-year sentence for multiple child molestation convictions.

“It doesn’t happen often, we may go a few years without a homicide,” she said. “We do have frequent stabbings and assaults that don’t result in homicides.”
- So why aren't you separating inmates? Then there would be no more of this. Let them out one by one, problem solved. When you let them all out into the yard together, you can bet there will be trouble.

She said when someone is already serving a potential life sentence they, in essence, “have nothing to lose” by committing another violent act.
- And this is why people NOT serving life sentences should be with those who are.

There is a system in place, at least in the Placer County Jail, to avoid inmate conflicts and violence.
- And what system might that be? I doubt it...

Bonner said that classification of inmates is crucial.

“It’s where you keep rival gang members and the level of sophistication among inmates apart,” he said.

Child molesters would most likely not be placed within the general population, but rather in “administrative segregation.”
- Then how did this occur?

Additionally, inmates are allowed access to TV and provided with good food – three hots and a cot. That can be controversial in and of itself. We are talking about criminals removed from mainstream society because of their failure to follow the rules that govern the rest of us.

“The idea is to give something so you have something to take away,” Bonner said.

At issue, as I see it, is housing convicted child molesters with the general population in prisons where they become vulnerable to the possibility of attack by other inmates.

“As it stands the Sheriff’s Office is charged with housing these people until they are released or sent off to prison,” Bonner said. “We have to protect them from others and themselves.”

Who was protecting the children who fell prey to the molesters?
- Their parents should've been. I get so tired of hearing this crap. This world is an evil and sick place, it has been since day one. No matter how many laws they pass, it will not protect you, and you can bet, someone else will be a victim, period. That is life.... That is sad to say, but it's reality!!


OH - Sex offenders win ruling on residency restrictions

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02/20/2008

Sex offenders fighting Ohio's residency restrictions have won another legal battle, this one in the state Supreme Court.

The high court today found that Ohio's law banning some sexual offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school is vague.

A 6-1 majority ruled the law as written does not specify its use retroactively against defendants convicted before the statute took effect in 2003.

The decision allows a Cincinnati-area sex offender to move back home with his wife and two sons and near a school. The man's attorney says the decision could affect thousands of pre-2003 offenders affected by the school ban.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruling comes five months after a federal judge sided with an Akron man who claimed the same law was unconstitutional.

In the case decided today by the Supreme Court, the justices sided with Gerry Porter of Hamilton County's Green Township, who was forced under the law to leave a house he had lived in with his family for more than 14 years.

Justice Terrence O'Donnell cast the lone dissenting opinion. Chief Justice Thomas Moyer wrote the majority opinion. The court did not rule on the constitutionality of the law.

Porter was convicted of sexual battery in 1999 and was required under state law to register his address. Afterward, a township attorney tried to enforce the 2003 state law and make Porter move. It was determined that a portion of Porter's home was within the 1,000-foot school restriction.

In 2005, Porter did leave his family home, taking up an apartment a few miles away, his attorney said. He would visit regularly, but did not sleep in the home he had owned since 1991.

His attorney, David Singleton, the executive director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center in Cincinnati, said Porter, 45, was looking forward to spending tonight with his family. The couple has been married close to 20 years.

''It's a huge relief to them. He can now get on with trying to rebuild his life,'' Singleton said.

Representatives of Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann did not return a call for comment. The office had filed papers in support of Green Township.

The Supreme Court decision, Singleton said, is a major victory for those contesting the residency restrictions. He said that potentially thousands of offenders could be affected by the decision.

In the federal court case, also represented by Singleton, Lane Mikaloff of Akron had contested an eviction order from the Summit County sheriff. The state sought to move Mikaloff from a home his family had owned for more than 50 years. The state is appealing the federal court ruling.

''I think the impact is huge,'' Singleton said of today's ruling. ''It is unclear how many people will be affected, but the court was very clear that the legislature did not expressly make the statute retroactive.''


The Online Predator Myth

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02/20/2008

A new study suggests that old notions of Internet predators may be overblown. Madeleine Brand talks to David Finkelhor of the Crimes Against Children Research Center about his research and what parents should really worry about.

"We found that the images that parents and the media have about these crimes are different from what they really are," he says. "It does not look like the Internet is actually the generator of sexual predators."

The adults use the kids' interest in sex and romance to seduce them, he explains. Typically, the adults admit to being older and interested in sex, he says.

This challenges the notion that the Internet is full of old people posing as young people to trick innocents into unwanted activity.


MD - Republicans Clean Up Mess Left by ex-Delegate McKee after Child Porn Arrest

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02/20/2008

ANNAPOLIS - Former Republican Maryland Delegate Robert McKee, of Washington County in western Maryland, left little unfinished legislative business behind when he resigned recently after police seized computers from his home as part of a child pornography investigation.

In a legislative session that has seen 1,517 bills introduced in the House of Delegates, McKee sponsored only one, which would require mortgage lenders to allow payments from customers online.

The 47 bills McKee co-sponsored included efforts to name Smith Island Cake the state dessert, to repeal the unpopular computer services tax and to step up penalties for child sexual abuse.

McKee's resignation took effect Monday night. The Washington County sheriff's office seized two computers and numerous video tapes and printed materials from his house last month as part of a joint child pornography investigation with the FBI.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley will appoint a replacement based on a recommendation from the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

McKee has also resigned as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County. He had been chairman of the Western Maryland delegation, which is scheduled to meet Thursday to elect a replacement.

McKee's absence is not likely to have any significant effect on delegation bills, said Delegate LeRoy Myers, R-Washington, and the delegation's vice chairman.

"Things are pretty vanilla when it comes to the legislation," he said, because the delegation is unified on most issues.

The Washington County Republican Central Committee has 30 days to provide O'Malley with the names of candidates to fill the seat. The governor then has 15 days to make the appointment.

Committee officials said they do not yet have a candidate in mind but they are accepting applications postmarked on or before Thursday. McKee ran unopposed in 2006 and handily defeated his Democratic opponent in 2002.

"Everyone that submits an application will be considered," said Committee Chairwoman Penny Pittman.

The new delegate will finish the remainder of McKee's four-year term. Former Chairman John Dunlap said keeping the vacant spot under Republican control through the next election year, 2010, is a priority.

"We're looking for the person who's best qualified and who can hold the seat," Dunlap said.

Although the committee can submit as many names as it chooses Dunlap said he expects to pass only one to the governor. Pittman declined to specify a definite number.

Dunlap said the nomination decision will rest entirely with the nine-member committee, which will not seek recommendations from McKee.

"I don't think we'll have any contact with him whatsoever," Dunlap said.


CA - Is Ricky Really a Sex Offender?

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This is just insane. Lets just remove the statue of limitations and see how many old people whom had sex when they were young kids themselves and thrown on the registry for having underage sex when they were young, even when it was consensual. This whole article is talking about child sex offenders, but, adults suffer the same issues, just ask them and I bet they will tell you the same things.

02/20/2008

California’s registry for life may soon include promiscuous kids

When Ricky was 16, he went to a teen club and met a girl named Amanda, who said she was the same age. They hit it off and were eventually having sex. At the time Ricky thought it was a pretty normal high school romance.

Two years later, Ricky is a registered sex offender, and his life is destroyed.

Amanda turned out to be 13. Ricky was arrested, tried as an adult, and pleaded guilty to the charge of lascivious acts with a child, which is a class D felony in Iowa. It is not disputed that the sex was consensual, but intercourse with a 13-year-old is illegal in Iowa.

Ricky was sentenced to two years probation and 10 years on the Iowa online sex offender registry. Ricky and his family have since moved to Oklahoma, where he will remain on the state’s public registry for life.

Being labeled a sex offender has completely changed Ricky’s life, leading him to be kicked out of high school, thrown out of parks, taunted by neighbors, harassed by strangers, and unable to live within 2,000 feet of a school, day-care center or park. He is prohibited from going to the movies or mall with friends because it would require crossing state borders, which he cannot do without permission from his probation officer. One of Ricky’s neighbors called the cops on him, yelled and cursed at him, and videotaped him every time he stepped outside, Ricky said.

It affects you in every way,” he said. “You’re scared to go out places. You’re on the Internet, so everybody sees your picture.”

His mother, Mary, said the entire family has felt the ramifications of Ricky being labeled a sex offender. His younger brother has been ridiculed at school and cannot have friends over to the house; his stepfather has been harassed; the parents’ marriage has been under tremendous pressure; and strangers used to show up at their door to badger the family. One neighbor came to the house and told Mary he wasn’t going to leave them alone until they took their “child rapist” away, so they moved, she said.

California is currently deciding if it will comply with a federal sex offender act that would put adolescent sex offenders as young as 14 on a national public registry, like the one Ricky is on in Oklahoma. Supporters say the act would improve public safety, but critics argue it would stigmatize thousands of teenagers. The law, called the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, would require states to submit information on youth deemed delinquent in juvenile court of aggravated sexual abuse to the registry.

Juveniles affected by the act would range from those who used force or drugs to rape another person, to those who have had any sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. If a 14-year-old touches an 11-year-old’s penis, the 14-year-old would be eligible for the public registry.

Human rights advocates and even some prominent sex crime prevention groups warn this is one more act in a long list of sex-offender laws across the country that appeals to voters but is ineffective and counterproductive. They argue that almost all sex offender laws in the United States fail to solve the problem of sex crimes because they drive people underground, block paths to treatment and focus on a high-profile case, like that of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, who was abducted from a Florida department store and killed in 1981, and miss the fuller picture of sexual violence.

A few heinous, high-profile sex crimes capture the media’s attention, and the result is more Draconian sex-offender laws, such as Megan’s Law and Jessica’s Law, said Sarah Tofte of Human Rights Watch, which recently released a report on sex-offender laws called “No Easy Answers: Sex Offender Laws in the U.S.

“We have created these laws and we apply them to anyone convicted of a sex crime regardless of their risk to the community,” Tofte said.

Megan’s Law requires public registration for adult sex offenders. If Jessica’s Law, approved by voters in 2006, overcomes challenges in court, it would prohibit adult registered sex offenders from living 2,000 feet within a school or park and require those paroled from prison to wear lifetime GPS monitors. Unlike the Adam Walsh Act, Megan’s Law and Jessica’s Law generally do not affect registered juveniles, according to California Deputy Attorney General Janet Neeley.

While the media focuses on the stories of the child being raped and killed by a stranger, the Human Rights Watch report states that 80-90 percent of the offenses against children are committed by someone the victim knows.

If California complies with the Adam Walsh Act, the law would be retroactive, and the offenders would be listed on the registry for life. They would be classified as Tier III offenders and forced to register with law enforcement authorities every three months, or risk being charged with a felony and going to prison for at least one year.

The act, sponsored by Wisconsin Republican Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. and 37 co-sponsors – including former Florida representative Mark Foley – was signed into law by President Bush on July 27, 2006, and gives states three years to comply or risk losing 10 percent of federal Byrne money, which are law enforcement grants worth $5 million in California. The Department of Justice is formulating the final guidelines.



Congressional co-sponsors of the law and crime-victim advocates have hailed the bill as an opportunity to improve community safety by increasing penalties for sex crimes, better tracking of sex offenders, and making it harder for predators to reach children on the Internet.

“The Adam Walsh Act intends to register convicted sexual offenders, 14 and older, who have committed the most violent sexual abuses,” said California Congressman Ken Calvert, a Republican from Riverside, in an e-mail. “If a juvenile has committed such a crime, the safety of our community and children supersedes the rights of the juvenile who, at the age of 14, understands the difference between right and wrong.”

A father pleas for harsh penalties

Child-protection advocates argue that it is more important to hold juvenile sex offenders responsible for their actions than to worry about them being stigmatized by the registry or punished too harshly.

“We have to put the safety of our kids before the civil rights of someone who’s already proven they will hurt a kid,” said Mark Zyla, who became an activist for tougher sex offender laws after his two daughters were sexually assaulted in separate instances. “Being on the registry doesn’t keep people from rehabilitating; it doesn’t keep them from getting a job. It may be more difficult, but that’s part of the consequence of hurting a young child.”
- So who assaulted this mans daughters? Bet it was a family member or someone close! This man, since he doesn't have to live by these laws, doesn't know what he is talking about!!

Zyla’s daughter Amie was violently sexually assaulted by a 14-year-old, Joshua Wade, when she was eight. Wade was a family friend and attacked Amie, who is now 20, during a sleepover party at her house, Mark Zyla said. Wade was tried as a juvenile and sent to a juvenile detention center. But because his record was sealed, he was able to later get a job at a summer camp, where he went on to assault more young girls. He has since been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
- So why in the hell is a 14 year old boy allowed to sleep over at an 8 year old girls house? Sounds like the parents are idiots to me!!! So he assaulted more girls.. Did he get any sex offender treatment? I'm willing to bet he did not..

The Zylas helped pass a law in their home state of Wisconsin to enable law enforcement officials to release information on juvenile sex offenders if they pose a threat to society. They then lobbied Congress to pass the federal Adam Walsh Act. If states comply with the Adam Walsh Act, Mark Zyla said, local law-enforcement agencies would know about juvenile sex offenders like Wade and be able to inform schools and places of employment.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives said registries significantly help them track down sex offenders. If they have an unsolved sex crime, they can take the description of the suspect, plug it into the database and look for a match, said Detective Diane Webb, a supervisor of LAPD’s sex-offender registration and tracking program.

The DNA and registration databases enable detectives to clear old cases and find patterns of crime, said Detective Jesse Alvarado of LAPD’s rape special section.

The registries also help inform the public, Webb said.
- And the public has proven they cannot handle the registry without vigilante acts and harassment, just check out all the links on my blog and you will see.

“Not only does registration give law enforcement a first place to look, it also provides information to the public,” she said. She added that people should be allowed to know if sex offenders live in their community so they can, at the very least, decide if they want to date them or have them baby-sit their children.
- Ok, so take the registry back offline, like it was before, and used by police only. It was like this, and it was working and not all the vigilante attacks, harassment, etc... Where is the law that says people have the right to know if a sex offender lives near them? And if there is one, why not murderers, gang members, drug dealers, gun owners, people who cannot control their anger, abusive baby sitters, etc?

The detectives disagree on whether the registry should include juveniles, who commit 17 percent of all sex offenses and about a third of all sex offenses against children, according to the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth. Alvarado said he thinks it would be helpful to have a database like the Adam Walsh one for juvenile offenders. “Giving us an ability to look for somebody would always be a good thing,” Alvarado said.

Webb said she agreed with juvenile justice experts that juveniles should be treated differently from adults.
- I agree with this, but each sex offender, young or old, should also be treated differently, based on their crime, history, etc. You should not create all young or old sex offenders like predators when they are not.

One of the reasons the law came into effect was because of the more than 100,000 missing or non-compliant sex offenders. They are part of the 603,000 registered sex offenders nationwide, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
- This is BS! The law came to be due to several high profile cases where some idiot sexually assaulted and killed some child. And they treat all sex offenders as if they did this same crime. And apparently the cops, when the hysteria was not like it is now, were not doing their jobs on finding the people not compliant. Now, due to the hysteria, they are doing their jobs.

“When they’re on the run and they’re not compliant, they become more dangerous,” Mark Zyla said. “They’re not getting their treatment and they’re free to do whatever they want.”
- You are making more blanket assumptions that all sex offenders are still going to treatment and need treatment and are on parole or probation. Most sex offenders are out of treatment and off parole and probation, so they should be a free person again and allowed to live as you do.

Supporters also said juveniles would not be stigmatized for life because a section of the law stipulates that youth deemed delinquent in juvenile court can get off the registry after 25 years if they are not convicted of another sex crime and have successfully completed a sex offender treatment program.
- Another load of crap. Then why is the above child now on the registry for life? And many other kids are in the same situation as this kid, just check here.

However, juvenile justice advocates, public defenders and prominent sex crime prevention groups have criticized the law, arguing that it would make it harder for youth to reintegrate into society, further break from the tradition of treating children differently from adults, be ineffective, and cost the state millions.
- Look, why treat children differently than adults? They experience the same issues with integrating back into society due to job and housing issues, harassment, vigilante attacks, and many are willing to get treatment and in a lot of cases, it helps, just ask the experts who you never listen to, they will tell you this.

Imagine writing down the worst thing you ever did when you were a teenager, or an adult, and being forced to put that on a placard on your forehead. This is, in effect, what registration does to these youth,” L.A. County Deputy Public Defender Maureen Pacheco wrote in an e-mail.
- Not just youth, but all sex offenders.

They must disclose these offenses when they apply for school, when they apply for jobs, if they want to get licensed or bonded,” she wrote. “In other words, in all the ways a youth might seek to become rehabilitated, we shut the door.”
- Same issues for adult offenders as well!!

The case for leniency

Juvenile justice advocates said they fear the Adam Walsh Act would make it harder to rehabilitate young sex offenders because it would ostracize them from society. There is no direct research showing the psycho-social effects of registering on youth, say experts.

But common sense would tell you that having your name, picture, and home address on the Internet as a sex offender at age 8, 12, or even 14 could be devastating in terms of peer relationships, community [relations], ability to stay in school, and involvement in church activities,” said Dr. Barbara Bonner, an expert on sex offenses and co-director of the Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
- This applies to adult sex offenders as well, not just child sex offenders.

The law is counterproductive because young people are more likely to be rehabilitated and successful in the future if they get involved with social activities like sports, bands, choir, or a job, she said.
- Adults can be rehabilitated as well, if you get them treatment at the get go, instead of putting it off and not even giving them a chance. I know there is a ton of adult sex offenders who have received treatment and have not reoffended. So if you give them a chance, it might work, but not doing so, just destroys their lives and their families.

Juvenile justice advocates also criticize the law for treating and punishing youth as adults rather than focusing on rehabilitation. The basic concept of the juvenile justice system is to treat young people differently from adult offenders because they are considered less responsible for their actions and more receptive to rehabilitation and treatment.
- I agree with the above, also, rehabilitation should be on the minds of everyone for children and adults who sexually offend, not just children.

Almost every state ensures that if a child is adjudicated or deemed delinquent – juvenile court does not convict youth – he or she does not have to submit information to a public registry, according to Tara Andrews of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, a national nonprofit comprised of governor-appointed advisory groups. Andrews said she finds the Adam Walsh Act most troublesome because it “reaches out and grabs kids who were adjudicated as juveniles. The Adam Walsh Act sweeps in and says we still want these kids on the registry.”

Critics also fear it will cost millions of dollars to follow and would not be worth the money the state might lose for not complying. If the federal Attorney General’s office finds that California has not made a “good faith conduct” to comply with the Adam Walsh Act, the Attorney General can reduce the federal Byrne funds allocated to that jurisdiction for law enforcement resources.
- So this is called bribery, which is against the law. Either you comply with this law, or we do not give you money to uphold the laws. They should all be arrested for bribery, IMO.

We think the cost of compliance might greatly outweigh the benefits of losing 10 percent of the Byrne funds,” said Pacheco.

Critics fear the massive costs will include applying this law to a state as populated as California, complying with the federal classification system and DNA collection.
- And how much is it going to cost to monitor sex offenders with GPS for life? Billions!!!! And who is going to do the monitoring?

It costs more to enact a federal act than individual state laws because a federal law does not take into consideration a state’s specific needs and resources, said Robert Coombs of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a statewide coalition of rape crisis centers and prevention programs.
- I think all these laws need to be repealed and put back to how they were. Also, I believe they should be federal laws, so all laws are uniform from state to state, so it doesn't confuse sex offenders who may move from one state to another, or one county to another and each state or country has their own rules. It's confusing as hell.

It would also be costly because the categories the federal government uses to distinguish between different levels of sex crimes do not match the ones California uses. The federal act assigns sex offenders to a numbered level, while California uses other distinctions, such as “sexually violent predator.” To comply, California would have to either run two concurrent leveling systems or completely revamp its present system, Coombs said.

Another cost would be gathering the DNA samples of individuals affected by the Adam Walsh Act. Adults and juveniles convicted of any felony or sex offense already have their DNA collected, but the cost for testing DNA samples has exceeded expectations. The Los Angeles Police Department needs $9.3 million to clear up a backlog of untested samples. Since the Adam Walsh Act is retroactive, it would require collection and analysis of DNA samples from adults and juveniles convicted before the DNA regulations, which did not start until 2004.

Supporters of the law argue the high cost of putting the act into effect is worth the safety of the community.

“There just is no higher purpose for government than keeping the public safe,” said Will Smith, State Senator George Runner’s spokesperson. The Antelope Valley Republican sponsored Jessica’s Law.
- But tell me, how is any of these laws, banishment "residency" laws or anything going to keep the public safe? It won't, it's a PLACEBO which does nothing but make you "feel safe" when you are no safer than you were. The world is a dangerous place, wake up and come back from Wonderland!!

Recidivism rates fail to prove the law effective or counterproductive, and both advocates and critics of the law use the statistics to support their arguments. Data from the Justice Department shows that 5.3 percent of male sex offenders released from prisons in 15 states in 1994 were rearrested for a new sex crime within three years of release. Juvenile justice advocates, on the other hand, look at recidivism rates among teenagers, which show that the rates of sexual re-offense are substantially lower, at 5 to 18 percent, than the rates for other delinquent behavior, which is 8 to 58 percent, according to the National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth.

The California Sex Offender Management Board will evaluate the law and might recommend to the legislature and governor whether it should be complied with, according to board chair Suzanne Brown-McBride. The decision rests with Attorney General Jerry Brown, Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Legislature. California is home to 90,000 registered adult sex offenders and 2,528 registered juvenile sex offenders.

“The state is reviewing the act and evaluating the potential impact it will have on the state,” said Gareth Lacy, a Brown spokesman. “California has a long history of setting tough laws mandating sex-offender registration.”

Runner will be watching the outcome. If California’s current laws do not conform to the federal act, the state senator plans to introduce a bill.

Ricky is now 19 and trying to bring some normalcy back to his life. But that’s practically impossible. In between monthly meetings with his probation officer, he’s been trying to find a job.

However, employers haven’t been eager to hire a registered sex offender. He wants to get a college degree, yet that, too, is problematic. He’s worried his classmates would find him on the registry and start harassing him. “I have to watch my back all of the time,” he said. “Once people find out, they panic. They don’t know the real story.”