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ARLINGTON — The mayor of an Oregon town who once stripped to her underwear and posed on a fire truck has been stripped of her office.
Voters in Arlington, population about 500, voted narrowly on Monday night to recall Carmen Kontur-Gronquist.
The tally was 142-139. City officials said the recall is effective Tuesday.
Kontur-Gronquist said the pictures of her in black bra and panties were taken for use in a contest about fitness, but a relative posted them on MySpace in hopes it would improve the social life of the single mother.
They predated her election, but she said she saw no reason to take them off the popular Web site once elected three years ago. Later, she closed access to them.
Opponents said it wasn't fitting for the mayor to be so depicted. They said they also disagreed with her on issues about water and the local golf course.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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From the above blog.
OK, I know what you are thinking.................... How in the f___ can being a sex offender have rewards? Well, I am going to give you the very long story to explain. I am having another one of the usual nights at home, my fiancee is upset, she is pregnant and wondering if I will be mad Thursday if we out out the baby is a girl. Well here is the thing. I have a seven year old boy with Autism, and a five year old daughter. She has five year old daughter from a previous relationship. I love my son very much and I am very protective of him. I know that the chances of him growing up and living a normal life is getting slimmer everyday.
It may sound selfish but I want another boy, I want to be able to have a normal son that I can teach things. I am not trying to be selfish , but I remember growing throwing the baseball with dad, getting under the car with dad, and all of the other things that fathers and sons do. When you have a child with Autism............ a lot of these things are pretty much impossible.
Of course no matter what I want a healthy baby, if I have to live in a house with four girls I can handle it............but ill go nuts.....lol.
I am a registered sex offender, I have SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY of my kids!!! I worry everyday how my son is going to not only be picked on because he is "different", but because his "daddy" is a sex offender. I worry about upsetting my daughter or my fiancee's daughter and falsely being accused of molestation or something else. Let's face it, kids do it all the time these days.
And this is why I wrote this entry,
A couple of guys at work were complaining at work today how they are getting screwed over on child-support. I told them that I am glad that I do not have to deal with that. They tell me that if I were smart I should do a reversal, be mean and get child-support.
Well, being a sex offender I am always going to live in fear that my x-wife will somehow turn my kids against me, or find a way to use my past against me. I have been told by my family services that this cannot happen. Do you think I will trust the state?!
Being a sex offender sucks........... it always is a reminder of how easily you can lose your freedom. It reminds you how people look at you when you are walking down the street. But as for me.......... It reminds me of a compliment I received from a boss, he told me....." Rob, you are the only person I know the can run straight into a wall.....get back up ...dust yourself off...........and do it again............you never give up".
Being a sex offender, makes me realize how I take NOTHING for granted. I live everyday in fear...........But I also know that I am not only loved......., I am also appreciated, and counted on.
And that is a good feeling.
Pure fear... This man was convicted of sexual assault on an ADULT and it was over 10 years ago. But now, due to the hysteria, he's being fired from his job...
You see, they use the worse case to create more knee-jerk reactions to horrible crimes to punish ALL sex offenders, when 90% or more are not murderers like this man mentioned in this video. And it's a known fact that 95% or more of all sex crimes are committed by someone KNOWN to the victim, so forcing sex offenders to be banished into the country will not solve anything except make you "feel safe" when you are NOT SAFE! Plus the fact the registry is growing on a daily basis, means the people you do not know about are the ones you need to worry about, and the people in your own family. DAMN THE MEDIA!!! How many children can you think of that have been sexually abused at a school or daycare, except from a teacher? 10% or less! And they say the recidivism is difficult to measure. That is a cop out! All they have to do is get a list of all the sex offenders, and see who has committed more than one crime on different occasions. It's because they continue to IGNORE the experts who are trying to help, but they think they know better than the experts, or it's because of greed for more GRANT money.
And they also say these residency laws keep sex offenders in check, after the lady told them they make people in more danger. By pushing offenders way out into the country, the police have to drive further to check on them, and that takes a tons of their time. If they were allowed to live in town, the police could check more often and then we are all feeling better, IMO.
Little children, you better not tell on me
I'm tellin' you
Little children, you better not tell what you see
And if you're good
I'll give you candy and a quarter
If you're quiet like you oughta be
And keep a secret with me
I wish they would go away
Little children, now why aren't you playin' outside
I'm askin' you
You can't fool me, 'cause I'm gonna know if you hide
And try to peek
I'm gonna treat you to a movie
Stop your gigglin', children do be nice
Like little sugars and spice
You saw me kissin' your sister
You saw me holdin' her hand
But if you snitch to your mother
Your father won't understand
I wish they would take a nap
Little children, now why don't you go bye-bye
Go anywhere at all
Little children, I know you would if you tried
Go up the stairs
Me and your sister, we're goin' steady
How can I kiss her when I'm ready to
With little children like you around
I wonder what can I do around
Little children like you
DC - U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Wants To Prevent The Release Of Federal Inmates Who Received Long Illegal Sentences
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Monday urged police officers to join his effort to push Congress to prevent what he fears will be a dumping of thousands of violent criminal offenders on the streets of U.S. cities in coming weeks.
Mukasey said he wanted to spike "misperceptions" in press reports about reported minimal dangers from the expected early release of about 1,500 convicted crack cocaine inmates who are to begin receiving their freedom in March.
Judges could ultimately free nearly 20,000 inmates following a recommendation by the U.S. Sentencing Commission that the prisoners be released early because they were victims of disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine convictions. Most crack users are black, while powder users are white.
"Nearly 80 percent of those eligible ... have a prior criminal record," Mukasey told hundreds of members of the Fraternal Order of Police. "This tells us those who are eligible for early release are very likely to commit another crime."
Mukasey also said 95 percent of those eligible for release are male. "We believe that this statistic will help to alleviate the concern expressed by some that the eligible offenders were simply girlfriends just caught up with their boyfriends," Mukasey said.
He also rejected the claim that they were involved in one-time "hand to hand" street sales, saying the average crack prisoner had trafficked in 500 doses.
Law enforcement officers are in Washington this week to lobby Congress on crime issues, and Justice Department officials said they hope the police will press the need to change cocaine sentencing laws that could endanger the public.
Mukasey said he is willing to discuss with Democratic lawmakers what should be the proper ratio in crack and powder cocaine sentencing but first wants to ensure the rules are changed to sharply curtail the releases.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have taken the lead in pressing for greater fairness. They point to the Commission's statistic that 32 percent of the first wave of offenders who could be released have had been convicted of only one crime or none at all prior to the charge that led to their conviction.
The Justice Department said that means more than two-thirds of the offenders are in a criminal history category that suggests they will commit another crime.
The subject will be explored Tuesday in a House subcommittee hearing where Democratic officials say they plan to call for lighter sentences for those convicted of crack offenses and reject the Justice Department arguments.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which is harshly critical of the Justice Department's position, plans Tuesday to highlight two individuals the group says are examples of individuals adversely affected by the longer sentences.
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SALISBURY - Rowan county leaders continued their push Monday night to keep families, and their children, safe from sex offenders. A committee approved an ordinance banning sex offenders from county parks, libraries and fairgrounds, setting the stage for a county commission vote next month.
"A couple of these folks in this book are known library users," said Rowan County Library director Jeff Hall, talking about a book of more than 200 registered sex offenders in Rowan County. "We haven't had any difficulty with any of those in that book in quite a while, but we have had some in the past."
But those problems, well documented by Hall, could soon be solved. On Monday night, the Rowan County Planning Board unanimously moved the countywide ordinance against sex offenders to the brink of law. The resolution, up for a final county commission vote next month, would prohibit registered sex offender from county parks, fairgrounds and libraries.
"I think it shows to our community as a whole in terms of how we care about our children, our most vulnerable people,” said Rowan County chairman Arnold Chamberlain. “I think it sends a very positive message.
County attorney Jay Dees promised while the ordinance is tough, it's also legal. A similar ordinance was upheld in a community near Asheville.
"We're not going to post pictures in the park, we're not going to have a driver's license check at the entrance to the park; it's going to have to be an as-call basis for the parks," he said.
If the sex offender ordinance passes, a person found in violation would be guilty of a class three misdemeanor. That carries a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail.
If Rowan County commissioners approve the sex offender ordinance at their March meeting, there would be one exception. Registered sex offenders would be allowed to enter a county facility if is being used as a polling place and that person was eligible to vote.
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WTVG (WTVG) -- New sex offenders register every year. But how law enforcement monitors this group is changing and it's causing a lot of controversy.
In 2006, FBI statistics show there were 1,371 arrests for sex crimes in Ohio. New sex offenders register every year. But how law enforcement monitors this group is changing and it's causing a lot of controversy.
A new law changed everything on January 1. The goal was to standardize the system across the country and make sure sex offenders didn't fall through the cracks.
One mother says new, tough sex offender laws are her family's worst nightmare. About 2 years ago, her 15-year-old son was convicted of inappropriately touching his 9-year-old younger sister, a tragedy which shocked her family.
When her son was sentenced, a judge determined he was a sexually oriented offender, the lowest severity under the law. But in January the law changed. The family received a letter from the Attorney General's office saying the boy was reclassified to the most severe type of offender.
Lucas County sheriff's Lt. Greg Wojciechowski says many offenders received similar notices, and like this boy, they were outraged.
"There was anger, confusion and of course where do I go to challenge this."
According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, more than 26,000 sex offenders were reclassified into a new, three-tier structure. Tier I for the least serious crimes.
Registration lasts 15 years for adults, 10 years for juveniles. They must register in person once a year. About 3,000 offenders are tier I.
Tier II is the middle level. Registration lasts 25 years for adults and 20 years for juveniles. They have to register every six months. About 8,000 offenders are tier II.
Tier III offenders register every 90 days for the rest of their lives. About 14,000 offenders are tier III. More than half of them were in the lowest tier of the state's old law where a judge could choose the tier. But, the new law is based simply on the crime and some say that's misleading.
Thousands of offenders have called the classifications unfair and lawsuits have flooded the state's courts. Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter has assigned one of his staff members just to these cases. Offenders have filed more than 200 cases in Lucas County since January 1.
Bernie Quilter says, "There is a lot of money being used on this with the staff time and with the equipment."
An expense the taxpayers pay. Lt. Greg Wojciechowski says there has been more work for sheriff's offices too, not unmanageable but more expensive.
"It is four times the work. It keeps us busy."
For many parents, the expenses are worth it if their child is safer.
Tiffany Jones says, "I would have to be scared for my child first before anything else. I think that there's a lot more that can be done about the sex offender issues."
The courts haven't decided how to handle all of these cases. Lt. Wojciechowski expects the debate to rage on for a long time.
"It's fluid. This law, since 1997, has continued to change up until January of 2008 and will continue to change. We just have to keep up with it and do the best we can."
And one mother says change is for the best. Her son, now 17, faces a lifetime of registration and notices sent out to his peers and his neighbors. Before the law changed, he would have only registered for 10 years. She says this system has altered her children's lives forever.
"I don't want one single parent, not one single mother to have to go through the year of hell that I have gone through. I want them to know. I want them to know what they have done to my son. I want them to know what they have done to my daughter."
The Ohio Supreme Court handed down an important ruling last week. It said some sex offenders can live within the 1,000 foot limit from schools. It's another example of the constantly changing rules for sex offenders and the headache for local officers.
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NEW YORK - A federal judge handed a legal victory Tuesday to a woman who claims "Dateline NBC: To Catch A Predator" led her brother _ a Texas prosecutor _ to kill himself after camera crews and police officers showed up at his home in a sex sting.
In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin permitted a $105 million lawsuit to go to trial, saying a jury might conclude the network "crossed the line from responsible journalism to irresponsible and reckless intrusion into law enforcement."
Louis William Conradt Jr., an assistant prosecutor in suburban Dallas, fatally shot himself after he was accused of engaging in a sexually explicit online chat with an adult posing as a 13-year-old boy, according to a lawsuit filed by his sister.
In the lawsuit, Patricia Conradt said NBC "steamrolled" police to arrest her brother after telling police he failed to show up at a sting operation 35 miles away.
NBC was working with the activist group Perverted Justice on the sting, in which officers impersonating underage girls established online chats with men and tried to lure them to a house, where they were met by TV cameras and police.
- Perverted Justice are not officers!!! They are self-made vigilantes.
Chin said the lawsuit contained sufficient facts to make it plausible that the suicide was foreseeable, that police had a duty to protect Conradt from killing himself and that the officers and NBC acted with deliberate indifference.
In a statement, NBC News said: "We think the evidence will ultimately show that 'Dateline' acted responsibly and lawfully, and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously. The judge's ruling was based solely on the plaintiff's version of the facts."
Bruce Baron, a lawyer for Patricia Conradt, said: "This decision shows no one is above the law, no matter how powerful."
Chin tossed out many of Patricia Conradt's claims but said her principal claims could proceed to trial.
In his ruling, Chin said the network "placed itself squarely in the middle of a police operation, pushing the police to engage in tactics that were unnecessary and unwise, solely to generate more dramatic footage for a television show."
Chin wrote that a reasonable jury could find there was no legitimate law enforcement need for a heavily armed SWAT team to extract a 56-year-old prosecutor from his home when he was not accused of any violence and was not believed to have a gun.
He said a jury might conclude it was done solely to sensationalize and enhance the entertainment value of the arrest.
"A reasonable jury could find that by doing so, NBC created a substantial risk of suicide or other harm, and that it engaged in conduct so outrageous and extreme that no civilized society should tolerate it," Chin said.
Before issuing his ruling, Chin said he reviewed a copy of the Feb. 20, 2007, episode. In her lawsuit, Patricia Conradt claims a police officer at the scene of the shooting told a "Dateline" producer: "That'll make good TV."
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Law named for slain girl threatens six jobs in county because of records.
LAKELAND - In 1980, Guy Patterson was arrested for holding a stolen rifle for a friend.
Charged with felony grand larceny, Patterson, 64, spent a half-day in a cell, paid court costs and served two years of probation.
Nearly three decades later, Patterson is again paying for his crime.
A janitor at Winter Haven High School, Patterson is one of six employees who is expected to be fired today because of the Jessica Lunsford Act, which prohibits people who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses from working on school campuses with children.
In all, 22 employees in the district are expected to lose their jobs because of the Jessica Lunsford Act. Sixteen of the 22 have already retired or resigned. The six expected to lose their jobs have requested hearings scheduled to begin March 10 and last through March 13.
An employee for the School District for seven years, Patterson said he earns $848 in Social Security. He has a $520 mortgage payment and $440 truck payment.
"I want to continue working till I'm 66 or 67 at least," Patterson said. "I love my job."
Polk School Board members have little choice but to fire the employees.
In October, state Attorney General Bill McCollum told School Board Attorney Wes Bridges in a letter that the board had no authority to grant any relief to employees.
"The legislature worked and did this in haste in the spur of the moment of their grief," said Board member Frank O'Reilly. "Even when they (legislators) learned there are good, decent people, they still did not go back and change this."
The bill easily passed through the legislature in 2005 after Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped, raped and buried alive near her Homosassa home. John Couey, a sex offender, worked as a brick mason for a contractor at Lunsford's elementary school. The intent of the bill wasn't to ensnare people who have committed minor crimes but rather crack down on employees with sexual crimes against children.
Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, said it was an emotional time for lawmakers. "There was an awful lot of testimony," Dockery said. She said the bill may need to be reviewed.
But Fred Murphy, assistant superintendent for support services, said it's unlikely it will be tweaked.
"To do anything perceived as lessening the requirements will tag you as being sympathetic to pedophiles," Murphy said.
"The intent was admirable," Murphy said. "But I don't know how writing a felony bad check has anything to do with sexual predators."
The act has been costly.
Since it passed, the district has spent more than $1 million to screen its estimated 12,000 employees, buy new fingerprinting equipment and hire six new employees, said Greg Bondurant, director of safe schools.
DIFFERENT DISTRICT,DIFFERENT INTERPRETATION
Districts throughout the state have different interpretations of the law.
In the smaller counties of Alachua and Osceola, officials are re-fingerprinting employees but seem to be more lax in handling the Jessica Lunsford Act.
Alachua Personnel Supervisor Will Calsam said that "there are different interpretations on how the plan should be implemented."
The Alachua District has conducted new background-checks on every one of its 4,500 employees. Calsam said that he couldn't think of a time that the Alachua District has terminated a current employee because of the act.
Standards haven't changed in Osceola County, said Dana Schafer, director of community relations.
"The only way you're going to get fired is any new arrests that we didn't know about," Schafer said.
In Polk County, those expected to lose their jobs make meager wages with salaries ranging from about $13,000 to $22,000. They are three custodians, a food service assistant and two paraprofessionals.
Those employees' arrests came in the 1980s, and the crimes were drug charges, grand theft, grand larceny and burglary.
Besides Patterson, The Ledger could not reach additional district employees for comment.
A glance at the personnel files of the six about to be let go shows they are hard-working employees who have each worked for the district for at least five years.
Arrested for grand larceny in 1983, Antionette Carter, a paraprofessional at George Jenkins, has received high marks wherever she's worked.
At Mulberry Middle School, under the category of job knowledge, her boss said, "She knows her job expectations and follows through."
More recently at George Jenkins, a boss said, "Her calming presence helps to maintain classroom management of students." "She is a valued member."
Patterson also received good reviews.
His hearing is scheduled for March 11.
He says he loves working at Winter Haven because of friendships he's developed with teachers and students.
In light of McCollum's letter, School Board attorney Wes Bridges has said he doesn't think employees like Patterson and Carter will be as fortunate as Martha Belmares, a school janitor with a nearly 30-year-old shoplifting transgression. Belmares, 52, was arrested in 1980 and charged with felony grand theft after she was caught shoplifting $110 worth of clothing from a Winter Haven department store.
Belmares was fired, but a hearing officer in June recommended restoring her to her old job as night janitor at Fort Meade Middle/Senior High School.
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By Bob Marquis, Director New Beginnings, Inc., First Baptist Church of Wilmington
The publicized case of Corey highlights the deficiencies in our judicial system that will release a clearly dangerous predator before even classifying him (“Measure the risk before it’s too late,” Feb. 14).
Unfortunately the same system is also guilty of victimizing former sex offenders.
In scrutinizing the listing of Level 3 offenders around Malden, I noted that many of their offenses took place over 20 years ago and yet they’re still classified as highly likely to re-offend. Also, having their address and place of work listed may expose them to job termination, eviction and harassment.
The flaws in the current system also create somewhat of a paradox. A sex offender automatically comes under review for civil commitment by the district attorney upon completion of his sentence.
If he is found not be dangerous and released, how can the Sex Offender Registry Board turn around and classify him as Level 3? If he is deserving of Level 3, why was he released? Our sex offender laws need refining, but in a way that will balance the playing field.
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TAMPA -- Opinions on the Lunsford lawsuit are everywhere online, and they are getting ugly.
Many of the thoughts posted on ABCActionNews.com attack Mark Lunsford, questioning his motives and suggesting he himself might have prevented his daughter's abduction and murder.
- Yep, he could have, if he'd stayed home and locked the door.
Monday night, Lunsford countered that criticism with supports of his own. He showed ABC Action News reporter Chris Martinez some of the support he's receiving through messages left on his MySpace page.
- Because those people are not informed, and will believe anything this idiot says. But, you have to question his motives, and also what about the child porn he had when Jessica went missing?
They are words of encouragement that Lunsford says are fueling his efforts to change Citrus County Sheriff's Office policies and procedures through his lawsuit.
On a national cable talk show Monday night, Lunsford's attorneys revealed some of the procedures they say failed their client's daughter. They include claims that detectives were suspicious of the trailer where John Couey held Jessica Lunsford captive, and went there four times in the first two days of the search, but never followed through.
- So Mark, why did you leave the house to go visit your girlfriend late at night and leave the door unlocked? Who in the world leaves their door unlocked in this day and age?
"And despite very suspicious circumstances that are documented in the sheriff deputies reports, they never asked to search inside that trailer," Lunsford attorney Mark Gelman said.
Lunsford's attorneys also said Citrus County authorities were told Couey was living in a mobile home in the same neighborhood as Jessica, but ignored that information and didn't seek him out.
Mark Lunsford says the point of the lawsuit is to make Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy aware of problems in his department.
Lunsford and his attorneys will share more details of their lawsuit at a press conference in Jacksonville on Tuesday. ABC Action News reporter Bill Logan will be in Jacksonville for that press conference, and will have live reports starting Tuesday on ABC Action News at Noon.
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This just ticks me off. The media thinks it's there job to inform the public, since the police don't. So basically they are vigilantes who are threatening, intimidating and harassing people, which is against the law, from what their own registry says, so I'd sue this news organization!
PLEASE SEND THIS ARTICLE TO ALL THE RHODE ISLAND REPRESENTATIVE, (here and here) and let them know this news organization is basically breaking the law here.
(WPRI) -- Tonight a Target 12 Child Watch exclusive you need to see.
A sexual predator is just days from getting out of prison and he'll never have to register as a sex offender.
He falls into the crack of a legal loophole. Because of the way the law is written in Rhode Island, certain sex criminals will never have to register with police when they're released from the ACI.
Target 12 Investigator Tim White has been tracking these sex offenders for more than a year. He has the details on this latest release.
In just 5 days (March 1, 2008), a man who sexually assaulted three young girls, will walk away from the ACI a free man.
Wherever he ends up calling home the police won't be able to tell you anything about this sex offender. So we will.
His name is Dino Dalessio. Convicted on multiple counts of sexual assault and child molestation you would think when he gets out of prison this weekend, he'll have to register as a sex offender. Think again.
Alan Goulart, Chief of the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office Criminal Division says, "it is troubling, what's troubling is law enforcement doesn't have a tool that will allow them to know where a sex offender is."
His crimes are disturbing. Dalessio was sentenced for 5 counts of sexual assault and 2 counts child molestation. Prosecutors say he raped three girls known to him, several times from 1984 to 1989. The youngest victim was only 10 years old when Dalessio was finally arrested by the Providence police.
But despite this record, wherever he goes, he won't even have to register with that town's police department.
Goulart says, "They need to be better managed right now."
Alan Goulart with the Attorney General's Office sits on a legislative commission designed to fix this problem.
Under state law anyone who was convicted of a sex crime before 1992, does not have to register as a sex offender. The courts ruled the law is not retroactive.
Goulart says, "There will be some legislation that will be enacted which will look at all those problems including the retroactive application of the statute."
The question now is, where will Dalessio live when he gets out? That is unclear. But Target 12 Child Watch combed through public records and we can tell you where he's called home in the past. He's lived in Johnston near the Providence line, and most recently in Warwick, not far from the airport.
In an ironic twist Dalessio was convicted of his sex crimes in June of 1991. Had the trial wrapped up just six months later, when the sex offender registry went on the books, it would have been a different story.
This is not the first sexual predator we've told you about who falls into this legal loophole, and it won't be the last.
We'll keep track of these offenders, and let you know when they get out.
And the Rhode Island registry page says this:
Sex Offender Fact Sheet Notification of Release in Rhode Island
The Sex Offender Community Notification Unit is releasing the following information pursuant to RI General Laws §11-37.1-1 ET SEQ., also known as the Sexual Offender Registration and Community Notification Act. These individuals are subject to community notification pursuant to RI General Laws §11-37.1-1 which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when the Sex Offender Board of Review determines that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individuals who appear on these notifications have been convicted of a sex offense, which also requires registration with law enforcement pursuant to RI General Laws §11-37.1-1 ET SEQ.
THIS OFFENDER HAS SERVED THE SENTENCE IMPOSED BY THE COURT. THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT TO INCREASE FEAR IN THE COMMUNITY. IT IS THE BELIEF OF LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFE PUBLIC.
Per Rhode Island General Law sex offenders who are eligible for community notification review must have a date of offense on or after 7-24-96. In Rhode Island sex offenders are classified based on their risk to re-offend. An offender’s classification will be:
- a Level 1 or “low risk offender”
- a Level 2 or “moderate risk offender”
- a Level 3 or “high risk offender”
Website information about a sex offender is available to the public only if the Sex Offender Board of Review has classified the offender as a Level 3, or as a Level 2 as of January 1, 2006. Per Rhode Island Law information pertaining to Level 1 sex offenders cannot be posted on the website.
No agency, including any Law Enforcement Agency or any state agency, may direct where the offender does or does not reside, nor can these agencies direct where the offender works or goes to school. The risk level of this offender has been determined based largely on the offender’s potential to re-offend.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until passage of the Sexual Offender Registration and Community Notification Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share information with you. Abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered offenders will not be tolerated and may be a crime. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to conduct community notifications. We believe that if community notification ends because of community harassment, the only person who wins is the sex offender since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.
WARNING: Information contained on this Web site should not be used to threaten or harass any identified individual as such conduct may be prohibited under the general laws of Rhode Island.
- Maybe this news site should check out what THREATEN, INTIMIDATE and HARASS mean!
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Alabama's prison system is overcrowded and underfunded, and now state officials say they have no choice but to look for alternatives to locking up criminals.
"It's a farce," said Rep. John Knight (D), Chairman of the Alabama House Appropriations Committee, "It's just a political game when people say oh, I'm gonna lock them up and throw the keys away."
- That is exactly what it is. Something to boost their reputation for looking tough on crime when the laws they create do nothing. And the sheeple suck it up as well.
Of Alabama's felony offender population, only 39% are actually behind bars, 9% are out on parole and more than half, 52%, are actually on probation.
"Unless you get life without parole or the death penalty, even on a life sentence, chances are you're going to return back to the community," said Steve Green, who runs Mobile County's Community Corrections program. Green says there could be as many as 25,000 convicted felons living in Mobile County.
Three thousand of them are still finishing out their sentence under some kind of court ordered supervision. But, just as the prisons are overloaded, so are the state's case managers. On average, a supervisor is overseeing more than 150 people on parole or probation. "And, that's three times the amount someone should be supervising," said Robert Oakes, the assistant director of the state's parole board. "Generally you get to about 50 or 60 offenders is all any officer can really manage to give that full 100-percent amount of time and effort in to," said Oakes.
Oakes says Alabama's parole board generally hears 60 cases a day, sometimes even 70. "That's not counting pardon hearing," he says.
But, how safe should that make you feel? When you look at the state's statistics on re-offenders, it certainly doesn't feel good. According to the Department of Corrections, more than 60% of people currently in D.O.C. custody had been there before, and one out of four offended again within three years of being released.
"They'll get in trouble. They'll go to jail. They'll get convicted. They'll serve their time and come back out, "said Lt. Jud Beedy of the Daphne Police Department.
"I don't know what makes them do it but typically we run into them again," he said.
- So what are you doing to rehabilitate these people to change their ways so you do not see them again? Apparently nothing, and that is a major problem. Nothing will even change until you work on this, IMO.
Beedy says investigators are used to seeing the same criminals over and over, but each time there are new victims. A Daphne woman, who was attacked last year with a 2 x 4 near Lake Forest Subdivision knows that all too well. The man accused in that attack was a parolee living in a Baldwin County halfway house.
"I don't think people realize that people in the halfway houses are out in the general public doing what's required of them to being the halfway house which is be employed," said Beedy.
So how do you know if there's a criminal living near you? We've told you before how easy it is to find a sex offender. But, what about a murderer or someone convicted of another violent crime. We found that's not nearly as easy.
Green says there's no public database for criminals other than sex offenders, and he says it's not likely there will be on any time soon.
- Why not? It's discrimination, pure and simple. It costs millions of dollars, and does nothing in the long run to fix anything. You keep doing the same things, then you will always get the same output, that is a known fact. When are you going to work on something different to fix the problems?
"But I certainly think it's a viable question on the part of someone in the community. I'd like to know who's living next door to me," said Green.
- Why? Why must we all of a sudden, since 09/11 know who is living next door to us? This is a very slippery slope. Eventually we will all be on some database, and then what? Everyone lives in TOTAL FEAR!!!!
We also learned it's even tougher to track down someone who lives near you if they are out on parole. According to Oakes, Alabama's Supreme Court has sealed all parolee files. "The court ruled it's privileged information, and the board can't wave that priveledge," said Oakes.
- Privileged information, except if you are a sex offender. If sex offenders must expose their records, then ALL CRIMINALS SHOULD BE MADE TO DO THE SAME!!!
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ST. CHARLES COUNTY — The County Council on Monday night approved a 15 percent pay raise for council members chosen in the next two elections and barred some sex offenders from county parks.
The pay boost, to $14,375 a year from the current $12,500, goes into effect next year for members elected in November from the three even-numbered districts.
They will be followed in 2011 by council members elected in 2010 from the four odd-numbered districts.
Supporters said the pay raise, which passed on a 4-2 vote, is in line with those given over the past four years for full-time county employees. Most of those workers have gotten yearly pay raises which together total more than 13 percent.
The pay boosts for the part-time council members occur only once in their four-year terms and are phased in gradually. That's because state law bars elected officials from voting to increase their own salary during their current terms.
One opponent, Councilman Paul Wynn, R-4th District, tried unsuccessfully to delay a vote until after a private firm completes a study of the wage scales for county employees in general.
"How is this going to look to county workers and the citizens in general?" Wynn asked. Also voting "no" was Cheryl Hibbeler, D-1st District.
The bill's sponsor, Council Chairman Dan Foust, R-6th District, said the measure lets the public know in advance of the elections how much council members will get paid. If constituents disagree, he said, "when it comes time to vote, they'll make a decision then."
Also voting in favor were Nancy Matheny, R-3rd District; Joseph McCulloch, D-5th District, and John White, R-7th District. Absent was Joe Brazil, R-2nd District.
The county parks ban, approved 6-0, applies to individuals convicted of sex offenses involving children. Violation of the ban will carry a fine of up to $1,000 or a year in jail or both.
- No, it affects ALL SEX OFFENDERS, and not all sex offender harm children!
McCulloch, the sponsor, says it would be a pre-emptive tool for law enforcement authorities when they get information about a sex offender loitering in a park. Florissant's city council passed a similar bill last month.
- And I don't think you actually mean "loitering" which means being in a park without a purpose. I think you mean being in a park period!
The measure allows exceptions for sex offenders who obtain advance permission from the county parks director to attend special events.
Also on Monday, the council approved County Executive Steve Ehlmann's appointment of John Sonderegger to the county's lone seat on the commission that oversees Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Sonderegger, the county's public information coordinator, is a former Post-Dispatch columnist.