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She should've got what he would've got, if sentenced. These false claims need to be stopped and these people punished for doing this.
A 17-year-old Oshkosh girl was placed on probation for falsely claiming that a convicted sex offender took her to Green Bay in September and held her there against her will.
Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge William Carver placed Angelina Lor on probation for one year and ordered her to perform 25 hours of community service after Lor pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer Thursday.
Lor was charged in December, after she acknowledged in an e-mail that she made up the story because she feared her parents’ reaction to her running off with an older man.
“This is obviously a distraction and a problem for law enforcement officers,” Carver said. “You’re probably fortunate you’re not going to jail for a long time.”
In September, Pheuk Kue, 37, a convicted sex offender from Sheboygan, was charged with false imprisonment after Lor lied about her two-week disappearance. That charge was dismissed after Lor admitted to lying.
Lor initially claimed that she was working Sept. 3 when Kue arrived and wanted to talk to her. She told police she got in his car, but then he drove away and wouldn’t let her out. She said he took her to Green Bay against her will and held her there until she was able to escape about two weeks later.
However, in November, Lor told police she “willing went with him without any argument” and that she “voluntarily stayed in Green Bay,” until she returned home Sept. 16.
She told officers she felt bad about the incident and thought that “lying was the best way to get out of it,” according to the criminal complaint filed against Lor.
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Prison is a business and business is good!
The U.S. prison population, the world's largest, has grown nearly eightfold over the past 35 years and now costs taxpayers at least $60 billion a year. An eye-popping report released last week by the Pew Center on the States found that, for the first time, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison. And that figure doesn't count the hundreds of thousands of people who are on probation and parole.
What is the goal here? Is there a smarter way to get there? What are we as a society getting in return for all this money? What is this massive and growing penal system accomplishing?
Before the nation hits two in 100 behind bars, which seems inevitable, it's time for a national debate on corrections and criminal justice policies that will lead to a more rational, humane and cost-effective system. The nation has gotten far too little for its enormous investment in locking people up. Violent crime rates are higher than they were more than three decades ago, when tough-on-crime policies, including mandatory sentencing laws, created a prison-building boom.
States can no longer afford to divert so many resources from education, health care and other pressing needs. Michigan, for example, with one of the nation's highest incarceration rates, spends $2 billion a year on corrections, or 20% of its general fund. It is one of four states spending more on corrections than higher education. In today's economy, spending more on prisons than college is a recipe for failure.
Nor can the nation ignore the human costs of mass incarceration. Nearly half of the 2.3 million adults locked up are African Americans, who make up less than 13% of the U.S. population. A stunning one in nine black males between the ages of 20-34 is behind bars.
The large numbers of people incarcerated may well increase crime rates. Prison culture has become a norm in some urban neighborhoods, with more than 600,000 people a year returning home from prison and jails. They come back poorly educated, lacking job skills, and socially and legally disabled by felony records. One in 14 African-American children has a parent who is incarcerated, greatly increasing the chances that they, too, will grow up to go to prison.
The good news is that budget pressures are forcing states, including Michigan, to take steps to control their prison populations. On average, Michigan incarcerates at a 40% higher rate than surrounding Great Lakes states. But Michigan was also one of 14 states where prison population dropped over the past year. The state's prisoner re-entry program has reduced recidivism; in some cases, parole rates have gone up.
Michigan is also considering other initiatives, including sentencing reforms that divert more low-level offenders into community programs and releasing more severely sick or dying inmates who pose no risk.
All states must consider greater use of community supervision for low-risk offenders, as well as repealing harsh drug laws and mandatory sentencing policies, including three-strike laws, which result in unreasonably long prison stays.
Unacceptably high incarceration rates tear at the nation's social fabric and take public money from education, health care, transportation and other vital needs. Nor have they significantly reduced crime. It's time to re-examine the policies that have made us the incarceration nation.
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A Fairfax County deputy sheriff charged with rape in Ocean City has apparently turned himself into the custody Ann Arundel County, Md., police.
Ocean City Police Public Affairs Spokesman Pfc. Michael Levy said he had heard through his sources that Zachary Dennis Taylor, 31, surrendered at about 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Taylor, who lives in Ruther Glen, Va., was charged with second-degree rape following an incident that occurred on Feb. 24.
Police said a 22-year-old female victim was at an Ocean City-area night club and became intoxicated. Taylor allegedly assisted the woman and took her from the club to a hotel he was staying at nearby and into his room.
According to investigators, Taylor allegedly undressed the woman and sexually assaulted her, after which Taylor allegedly escorted her out of the hotel room and put her on an elevator alone.
Police said the woman was discovered lying on a sofa in the hotel lobby distraught and crying. Employees of the hotel then called police.
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Another cop, another slap on the wrist.
ALBANY — A former Albany Police officer Monday was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to give up his Peace Officer Standards and Training certification after pleading guilty to a pandering charge, an official said.
Derrick Lamond Cade, a former investigator with the APD, pleaded guilty Monday to the misdemeanor charge of pandering, which means that he solicited a prostitute for sex, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards.
Police reports showed that Cade approached the prostitute in June 2007 while in his APD cruiser to solicit sex from her.
He was initially booked on an aggravated sodomy charge because the woman said he forcefully sodomized her, but a grand jury declined to indict him for that, instead indicting him for pandering.
“The initial allegation was that it was aggravated sodomy, but after our investigation, we determined that it was not,” Edwards said. “We determined that it was a pandering case, which he pled to.”
In addition to the probation sentence and order to surrender his POST certification, Cade was ordered not to have contact with the prostitute, Edwards said.
Cade resigned his position at the APD after he was arrested.
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Another cop, another slap on the wrist.
A former Hall County corrections officer was convicted Monday of sexually abusing a female inmate.
Jason Keller, 28, pleaded no contest to sexual abuse of an inmate in Hall County District Court as part of a plea agreement.
Deputy Hall County Attorney Gail VerMaas said Keller had sexual contact with an inmate at the Hall County Jail on Nov. 1, 2006, while he was an officer there. But she said Keller did not use force, coercion or threats.
Keller was employed at the jail from February 2005 to December 2006 and was initially charged with sexually assaulting an inmate last March.
He pleaded not guilty to that charge in June and was scheduled to go on trial on Monday.
But the trial was averted through the plea deal, with terms that require prosecutors to ask for probation without jail time at sentencing.
As part of the agreement, VerMaas also said her office doesn't believe the Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act requires Keller to register.
The charge of sexual assault of an inmate had previously been reduced to sexual abuse of an inmate, a Class 3 felony.
Through the plea agreement, it was reduced once more on Monday, to a Class 4 felony, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Hall County District Judge Richard Livingston allowed Keller to remain free on bond, provided he returns at 10 a.m. April 22 for his sentencing and cooperates with his pre-sentence investigation.
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Former coach faced child porn charges
WEBSTER CITY — Shawn Mofle was found dead from an apparent suicide Thursday before a scheduled arraignment.
Mofle, 41, a former Webster City Middle School boys basketball coach, was scheduled to appear in Federal Court in Sioux City on eight counts of producing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.
Mofle was arrested Jan. 16 in Webster City after one of his stepsons found a mini DV cassette that had video of boys showering in a locker room.
He was being held in the Union County jail in Elk Point, S.D., where he was being held under a contract with the U.S. Marshal’s office. His body was found at about 7:30 a.m. He appeared to have hanged himself before his Thursday hearing, according to the U.S. Marshal’s office.
He faced spending the rest of his life in prison on the charges.
Each of those six charges of producing child porn carried up to 30 years in prison or a minimum of 15 years in prison. Each count of possession of child pornography carried up to 10 years in prison.
In four counts, Mofle is accused of videotaping seventh-grade basketball players in the locker room at the Webster City Middle School from a camera placed in a duffel bag on four separate dates — Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 4 and Jan. 10.
He was also accused of engaging in oral sex with a minor April 21 and July 16, 2003, and making videotapes of those acts, according to the indictment filed against him Feb. 28.
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PORTSMOUTH — A bill aimed at improving the classification and identification of sex offenders in the state has cleared the House.
Approved by the House on Wednesday, it calls for further disclosure of information to the public and develops three tiers to categorize sex offenders, in compliance with a federal mandate.
Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said the lowest tier would be used for crimes of sexual touching, the second would be for crimes of penetration and the third would be for violent crimes such as capital murder with sex-crime elements.
“The tiers are based on the manner of the sexual assault,” Reams said. “There are federal compliance levels which must be followed ... or the state can be penalized in grants (from the Department of Justice).”
- It's basically a bribe... You do this and we give you more grant money, and if you don't you will lose grant money, so it's all about money.
Reams said the pressure to bring sex offender classification up to snuff comes from the passing of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act signed into law by President Bush in 2006, which rolled out a similar three-tier system at the federal level. He said he did not recall the exact deadline, but added that he believed it was between 2009 and 2010.
- Well, if you'd read and look for the info, then you'd know it's April 1st, 2009.
Combined with other state legislation from the last couple of years, which has made failure to comply with registration requirements a felony and enacted other more stringent punishments, Reams said New Hampshire is becoming consistent in its policies with other states across the nation.
David Finkelhor, the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center and a professor at the University of New Hampshire, said Wednesday that he was pleased with the bill’s stated goal of developing a classification system for offenders. He said he also supports the idea of supplying the public with more information about sex offenders.
Finkelhor expressed reservations about the level of detail written into the bill about how the state should manage the sex-offender registry, saying that some of those details would best be left in the hands of state agencies working directly with sex offenders. Balancing the need to inform the public with the severity of the person’s crime is also more easily handled by agencies who typically work with sex offenders, he said.
Portsmouth Police Chief Michael Magnant said he has seen a number of states implement the tiered system. He said the classification will likely aid police if implemented, but added that Portsmouth police will still make judgment calls on convicts.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Magnant said. “That’s not to say that this will totally replace our own risk assessment.”
Among other changes, the bill would also revise the type of information collected on offenders, the duration of registration, the verification of sex-offender registry information, public access to that information and the penalties for failure to register. It also would require some offenders against adults to register and allow offenders of all but the most serious crimes to ask to be removed from the public list, with law enforcement maintaining a private list.
The bill now moves on to the Senate for approval, and Senate staff said it will likely be assigned to committee sometime after March 20.
Gov. John Lynch (Contact) has indicated that he supports the measure.
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More Scarlet Letter BS that will do nothing except further shame sex offenders. Why don't you just make it a bullseye?
SACRAMENTO - A California lawmaker wants to require certain sex offenders to use specialized license plates that would distinguish the driver as a registered sex offender.
Sen. Abel Maldonado (Contact), R-Santa Maria, says Senate Bill 1163 would make the streets safer by helping the public better identify potentially dangerous sex offenders.
"SB 1163 will make sure that we know when these violent offenders are places where they don't belong," Maldonado said.
The measure would prohibit offenders accused of child sex crimes from operating a motor vehicle unless the car had a specialized license plate. Violators would face a misdemeanor charge.
Opponents say the legislation makes for good headlines but would do little to help reduce sex crimes.
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Of course it was thrown out and he will not have to be a sex offender on the registry, he's a politicians... Rules don't apply to them!!!
Embattled City Councilmember Dennis Gallagher (Email), whose grand jury indictment on charges of rape and assault was thrown out, is reportedly negotiating a plea deal to avoid a possible second grand jury.
Gallagher, 43, is accused of raping a 52-year-old woman he met at a neighborhood bar last July 8, after she accepted a ride in his car.
Although the indictment was thrown out in January after a judge found “that the grand jury proceedings were impaired to such an extent that prejudice to the defendant clearly resulted,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown declared that he would empanel a second grand jury in the case.
Published reports claim that the plea deal drops the rape charges, meaning Gallagher would not have to register as a sex offender. He would reportedly plead to a misdemeanor, and would avoid jail time.
The reported sticking point is the DA’s insistence that Gallagher would have to resign from office.
The reports cite “people familiar with the matter” as sources.
As of Tuesday, March 4, neither Gallagher’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, nor Brown’s office would comment whether a deal was on the table or another attempt to indict Gallagher was imminent.
Brafman has only said that “you can conclude that there are discussions going on,” and that “it would not be appropriate to comment on the status of any negotiations that may or may not be taking place at this time.”
Gallagher testified before the grand jury late last July. While admitting having sex with the woman, he insisted that it was consensual. Both parties reportedly admitted that they had been drinking.
After a four-day presentation, during which prosecutors would not allow jurors to question the judge on the propriety of some of their questions, the grand jury indicted Gallagher on the charges.
In response to Gallagher’s claims that prosecutors abused their power, Brown defended his office. “We handle thousands of grand jury presentations in Queens,” he said at the time. “Each one is fairly and thoroughly presented. The presentation of this case was no different.”
Nevertheless, Justice Sheri Roman of the State Supreme Court threw out the indictment on Thursday, January 24, citing prosecutorial misconduct. However, in her 26-page decision she also observed, “The testimony and evidence presented to the grand jury was legally sufficient to support each and every one of the counts charged.”
Later that day, Brown declared that “the matter will be re-presented to another grand jury,” but as of press time, no action has been taken.
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WINDSOR LOCKS - Registered sex offenders here could someday face restrictions on where they live and travel.
The Board of Selectmen this week voted to ask Town Attorney Scott Chadwick to draft an ordinance based on a law adopted by Danbury in 2006 that bans sex offenders from public parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, beaches, swimming pools, and sports fields and facilities.
Danbury and New Milford are the only towns in Connecticut to have such laws.
A group of residents here recently complained to Selectwoman Denise Balboni that there is no local law to keep convicted offenders away from their children.
There are 16 registered sex offenders living in town, a troubling number considering that the town is only about 9 square miles, Balboni said.
According to the state Public Safety Department's Web site, a handful of towns in north-central Connecticut report many more sex offenders than Windsor Locks. Topping the list is East Hartford, with 75 sex offenders; Manchester, with 58; Enfield, with 44; and Windsor, with 38 registered sex offenders.
East Hartford Mayor Melody A. Currey (Email) said there already are state restrictions banning offenders from school areas, but there has yet to be a public call for anything more comprehensive.
"No one has approached me about it to date," she said. "What the state has in place is all that anyone's asked for."
But Windsor Locks can't be compared to other towns in the matter, Balboni says. Because Bradley International Airport takes up a great portion of land, neighborhoods are tightly packed. The relatively close proximity of sex offenders to children makes playgrounds and public places difficult to monitor.
Also, she said, a number of sex offenders have moved in from Massachusetts, where their crimes were committed.
"I've heard of sex offenders just openly hanging around the public pool and other areas, and there are children everywhere," Balboni said. "There's nothing right now to stop them."
Although only two Connecticut towns have local laws restricting sex offenders' movements, 400 local governments in 21 states have passed legislation, according to state officials.
While most states' laws are based on nuisance codes - creating sex-offender-free zones much like drug-free zones - a bill is now before the General Assembly that would bar offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools and day-care centers.
The ordinance in New Milford, modeled after Danbury's law, was passed in September with stringent residency restrictions on registered sex offenders. Many there - including lawyers who supported the proposal - expect the law to be challenged in court.
But although the restrictions set up in many states may seem unconstitutional to some, protest has never held up in court, public safety officials say.
A recent arrest in Windsor Locks helped renew interest in bringing about a law. Earlier this month, Michael Hayes, 27, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of illegal sexual contact, and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
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Don't believe the hype.
It's not just Flavor Flav's catchphrase, it's good advice for parents, teachers, police, and anyone else concerned about the threat of Internet predators.
According to a new study by researchers at the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center, most of what you think about Web-based sex predators is probably wrong.
The study, published in the February/March issue of the journal American Psychologist and titled, "Online 'Predators' and Their Victims: Myths, Realities and Implications for Prevention," was based on three surveys: two of teen Internet users, and one involving hundreds of interviews with law enforcement officials. The results reveal that "the stereotype of the Internet 'predator' who uses trickery and violence to assault children is largely inaccurate."
Much of the public's concern comes from fear-mongering journalism. While TV shows like NBC’s "To Catch a Predator" and the "Today Show" gain high ratings scaring parents into thinking that threats to children lurk around every corner and abound on the Web, the reality is quite the opposite.
Among the study's findings:
Myth# 1: The sexual abuse of children has jumped, largely because of the surge in Internet predators.
Despite popular belief (and a fact-challenged 2001 "Newsweek" magazine headline that claimed that the Internet has created a "shocking increase in childhood exploitation of children"), sex assaults on teens dropped significantly (more than 50 percent) between 1990 and 2005. Ironically, it is the alarmist news coverage of sex offenses that has jumped dramatically over the past decade—not the attacks themselves.
Myth #2: Internet predators are a new threat to children.
In fact, the largest threat to children always has been, and remains, the child's parents and caregivers. Children are in far more danger of being abused, kidnapped, or killed by their parents than any stranger on the street or on the Web. While the Internet is a new way for some predators to find victims, if the Internet had not been invented they would have found victims in other ways—at home, school, or church, for example.
Myth #3: Children should not interact with strangers online because of the potential for abuse.
If there is one thing that the Internet does better than anything else, it is connecting people who don't know each other. That's the magic of the World Wide Web; it's just as easy to communicate online with someone around the block as around the world. Of course everyone (including kids and teens) should be careful about divulging personal information, but in virtual life, just as in real life, the vast majority of strangers are not a threat.
Myth #4: Most Internet predators are pedophiles.
The public largely assumes that people looking for sex online are targeting young children, but that's not true. In fact, most predators seek relationships and sex from teens and adolescents, not from younger children.
Myth #5: Internet predators often use deception to abduct and forcibly rape their victims.
The reality is that Web predators rarely use deception; most victims are well aware that the person they are communicating with online is an adult interested in sex. The predators rarely trick or force their victims into sex; they don't need to because the victims often voluntarily meet with them, intending to have sex. Most Web predators are guilty of statutory—not forcible—rape because the victim is under the age of consent.
There is no doubt that Internet predators are real, and do pose a threat. But the real danger is the public's deeply flawed understanding of the problem.
"To prevent these crimes, we need accurate information about their true dynamics," said Janis Wolak, lead author of the study. "The things that we hear and fear and the things that actually occur may not be the same."
Until the news media start accurately characterizing child sexual abuse and the real dangers of Internet predation, America's children will remain at greater risk.
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Benjamin Radford is managing editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine. He wrote about sex offender panics and Megan's Law in his book" Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us." This and other books can be found on his website.
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Another cop, another slap on the wrist. Why is he not in prison and being labeled a sex offender like the average Joe is? Protecting the "Good Ole' Boys" I guess!
ELKADER - Terry Lee Austin, 46, a former Clayton County Sheriff's deputy, has pleaded guilty to charges of lascivious acts with a minor and misconduct in office.
Judge Margaret Lingreen sentenced him Feb. 25 to a year in jail on each count but suspended all but 20 days of the jail term.
Austin, who resigned from the Sheriff's Office during the investigation, was also sentenced to two years' probation.
Clayton County Sheriff Robert Hamann declined to go into detail about Austin's offense but said it happened last April, involved a minor female and was committed while Austin was on duty.
The Sheriff's Office suspended Austin without pay while it conducted an internal investigation, which was later transferred to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Hamann said.
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These sex laws and hysteria is just total madness. Kids cannot be kids anymore without a law suit and a lawyer...
Public officials called it "nutty" and "foolishness" Wednesday morning, and one asked whether SWAT teams would now descend on teenagers kissing at school.
The Denver district attorney calls one such case a crime.
The difference between a kiss, and a crime, centers on the requirement that Denver Public Schools employees "make a report if child abuse or neglect reasonably is suspected."
But a meeting Wednesday of the City Council Safety Committee indicated that a climate of fear among DPS employees is spurring an unwarranted increase in abuse and neglect referrals. The head of Human Services indicated the agency was being overloaded, and there was concern about police resources.
"It's just getting to the point of ridiculousness where we're prosecuting kids for kissing," Councilman Doug Linkhart, who chairs the Safety Committee, said after the meeting.
Much of Wednesday's discussion involved issues of sexual harassment. Among the examples cited Wednesday was a referral to Human Services for two 5-year-olds who were kissing. In another case, one 6-year-old said to another 6-year-old, "You have a sexy booty."
There was no sanction in the case of the 6-year-old, but it remains a traumatic experience for children and their parents to be "ordered in" to Human Services, said spokeswoman Benilda Samuels.
Safety committee discussion indicated the trigger for these and other cases came in January when the district attorney served Skinner Middle School principal Nicole Veltze with a misdemeanor summons for failure to report an unlawful sexual contact.
Veltze was investigating the case, but in the meantime, the girl's mom notified police, said Rich Caschette, Veltze's attorney. Police and the district attorney are making an example out of Veltze because they believe DPS is underreporting crimes, Caschette added.
After the Veltze case was filed, Chief Deputy District Attorney Lamar Sims attended a training with DPS principals about the requirement to report child abuse or neglect. Linkhart indicated that Sims further prompted employees to overreport.
In February, Human Services said it received 251 referrals from DPS. Previously, the monthly average was 142, Samuels said. That's a 76.7 percent increase.
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A bill that would adopt key provisions of Jessica's Law and strengthen other aspects of the state's sex offender laws will be introduced next week by SouthCoast legislators.
Rep. Antonio F. D. Cabral (Email), D-New Bedford, and Sen. Mark C. W. Montigny (Email), D-New Bedford, said they will file a bill that would set a minimum 20-year prison sentence for individuals convicted of raping a child under 16.
Someone convicted for a second offense would be sentenced to 30 years, according to the proposed law.
The legislation also: calls for instituting 10-year probation periods to include GPS ankle bracelets; requires all individuals convicted of sex crimes be classified with the sex offender registry board before their release from jail; and prohibits sex offenders from entering playgrounds, libraries, schools and daycare centers where children are present.
Rep. Cabral said the bill reflects society's obligations to protect children.
"If our judges' decisions don't honor that obligation, we need to step in and make them accountable," he said in written statement.
New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva was pleased with the legislation.
"We're all very excited at the Police Department to see Senator Montigny and Representative Cabral to take the lead on some much-needed and long-overdue legislation. We commend them for their courage and their initiative."
The legislation is being filed in the wake of outrage that resulted from the Jan. 31 rape of a 6-year-old boy in the downtown public library in New Bedford.
Corey Saunders, a convicted Level 3 sex offender, is charged with raping the child. Mr. Saunders, 26, pleaded guilty in 2000 to molesting a 7-year-old Attleboro boy.
Mr. Saunders was released in December 2006 after a Superior Court judge ruled he was not sexually dangerous; a designation the Bristol County District Attorney's Office had sought in order to have Mr. Saunders civilly committed.
Sen. Montigny said the legislation is not a cure-all, but added it would at least shore up the existing laws to prevent sexually violent criminals from preying on children.
"The rehabilitation of pedophiles is not high on my priority list, but protecting kids is," he said.
- Not all sex offenders are pedophiles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Ultimately, we as a society do a lot of talking about protecting children, but no one can tell me with a straight face, when you look at the laws, that we truly put children's interest first."
He said he expects the bill to face resistance from defense lawyers, but hopes the publicity surrounding recent high-profile sex offender crimes will neutralize the opposition.
"When there's a real anger and public outcry against things, that's when there's a good chance for the law to pass," he said.
With sex crimes against children, Rep. Cabral said judges should not have discretion when sentencing individuals.
- WHAT??? Then why even have judges? I guess you'd like to personally be the judge, jury and executioner?
"Justice should be swift and the punishment should fit the crime," he said. "Our children are too precious to leave to someone's discretion."
- Oh, you're going to get some brownie points for this, when I know it's all show boating and to boost your ego to the sheeple!!! One day, when you erode their rights, they'll be screaming then...
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WTF???? These people are just sick in the head. I cannot wait until the Lord comes and puts and end to all the evil and BS in this world...
1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
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Embattled Senate Republicans in Albany are embarking on a renewed crusade against sex offenders.
Republicans are organizing what one lawmaker billed, rather awkwardly, as "child sex week," to rally behind proposed legislation that would, among other things, increase penalties for producing child pornography, toughen punishments for people who open their premises to child prostitution, and provide additional wiretap authorization for certain child prostitution and pornography cases.
- Again with the word "punishment!" When are lawyers going to jump all over this? They say over and over these laws are not punishment but restrictive, but they all know it's punishment, and the bills text say so. So punishment after the fact is a direct violation of the constitution.
"In a week or so, we'll probably have something — I hate to call it a 'child sex week.' It sounds terrible, but by that, I mean we're going to do bills to protect children and pass them and send them to the Assembly," the prime sponsor of the legislation, Senator Dale Volker (Contact), said at a press conference yesterday.
In Albany, criminal justice is a key policy area where Senate Republicans, who have in recent years have co-opted many liberal issues, have tried to distinguish themselves from Assembly Democrats, whom they paint as weak on crime.
- Typical politics!!!
Last year, Senate Republicans took aim at Democrats, including Governor Spitzer (Contact), for not passing legislation reinstating the state death penalty for murderers of police officers.
Republicans are highlighting their record on cracking down on sex offenders as they seek to sharpen their agenda after a string of election losses that have reduced their majority over Democrats to one seat.
- I am so sick of politicians riding on the backs of children and sex offenders to make themselves "look good" to the sheeple who will believe anything. This is Nazi tactics, for those who wish to investigate this and see I am correct in saying so.
"The thing we have to realize is kids' lives are at stake and their futures," Mr. Volker said. "This is a time where we all have to forget politics. We have to think of really governing … and this is what governing is about."
- Forget politics, "really governing!" I thought you should've been doing that all along? So what the hell have you been doing?
He said Republican efforts to pass bills to further protect children from sex offenders have been stymied by criminal defense associations that have lobbied against the legislation.
Along with passing the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act of 2008, Senate Republicans say they are planning to block two provisions in Mr. Spitzer's budget that they say pose a risk to children' safety.
Mr. Spitzer proposed redeploying about 100 state troopers currently assigned as school patrols to local police departments in high-crime areas, including Rochester and Buffalo, to help those cities bring down their crime rates.
Republicans say the so-called School Resource Officers, who function as both guidance counselors and security officers at schools on a rotating basis, protect children by confiscating weapons, making arrests, and helping to deter school shootings. Republicans said the officers intervened to prevent more than 170 potential suicides and thwarted at least one planned attack at a public school.
- So where is the proof to back this up?
Lawmakers say they will also restore $425,000 in funding for a state education office that conducts background checks for employees working at schools.
A spokesman for Mr. Volker said Assembly Democrats have yet to agree to introduce the sex offender legislation.
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CONCORD – A pair of bills that would revamp the state's laws governing sex offenders won the support of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
One upgrades the state's Sex Offender Registry to bring it largely in compliance with the federal Ryan Walsh Act.
- Clearly this reporter doesn't know what they are talking about. I think this is the Adam Walsh Act...
The other rewrites child pornography laws to increase the age of victims from 16 to 18 and to permit the state to seize the driver's license of a sex offender who fails to register or someone who violates parole.
The House turned down the bid of Rep. Jennifer Brown (Email), D-Dover, to exempt someone younger than 21 who has consensual sex with a minor from the registry.
- This is just insane. They need a "Romeo & Juliet" clause!
"One time with consent does not make a predator," Brown said.
But Rep. John Tholl (Email), R-Whitefield, said state law already only subjects those who have sex with a minor girl who is younger than 14 and is four years younger than the partner.
"I don't think a 20-year-old having sex with a 13-year-old is particularly close in age," Tholl said.
The House rejected Brown's amendment by a voice vote. Both measures now go to the State Senate.
Gov. John Lynch (Contact) is promoting a third bill, which faces initial public testimony next week, that increases criminal penalties for those who distribute child pornography.
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.
A key change in this bill requires registration for anyone who commits murder with sex as an element of the crime.
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.
Simmons served 25 years for the 1981 slaying of a six-year-old girl, whose body he sexually assaulted and then dumped into a sewer drain.
The sex offender registry bill creates a "Peeping Tom" criminal offense. State officials discovered those who had to register for that in other states were moving here because New Hampshire lacked the specific crime.
It divides all offenders, by the severity of the crime, into three tiers, each with its own length of stay on the registry.
For the first time, offenders would be able to ask a judge after many years of good behavior to have their names taken off the registry.
There are 2,200 whose names are on the registry, and about two-thirds of them are on the public list.
The public will be able to get more information about offenders, who now must give their e-mail addresses and any login name they use on the Internet to state authorities.
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Dozens of south Bakersfield residents gathered Tuesday night to talk about sex offenders living in their neighborhood.
Parents said they’re frightened and feel their area has become a dumping ground for sex offenders.
With signed petitions in hand, Jim Starkey said he’s ready for a fight.
“What is it going to be, 100, 120?” said Starkey. “How many hotel rooms do these guys have here that they think they can use?”
- If they are legal, as many as they need. If they are grouped together, it's easier for police and everyone else to know where they are. By kicking them out, they are dispersed elsewhere, and who knows where they will be then?
Starkey operates the Rosegarden Residential Care Home on Union Avenue, a facility for people with mental disabilities like Down Syndrome.
Starkey isn’t happy about his new neighbors to the north. Nine registered sex offenders moved into the El Don Motel, just feet from his facility.
”I want my employees to be safe,” said Starkey. “I want my developmentally disabled clients to be safe.”
Maria Lopez said she’s fed up with sex offenders being stacked by the dozen in motels on S. Union Avenue.
Lopez said there are three school bus stops just a couple hundred feet away from the motel.
“We were not made aware of it,” said Lopez. “We want them out of here.”
- I'm sure you do, but if it's legal, then they have as much right to be there as you or anyone else.
Lopez heard about our story a few weeks ago about dozens of other sex offenders paroled at the Bakersfield Lodge.
Wednesday, the Megan’s Law website said there are 31 offenders living at the Lodge, leaving Lopez to wonder if her neighborhood has become a dumping ground.
“We had neighbors tell us about the Bakersfield Lodge, and then all these others started coming out,” said Lopez.
Parole director John Bailey was out of town Wednesday, but 17 News spoke with him just a few weeks ago about the offenders living at the Bakersfield Lodge.
“When residents say, well there are 20 sex offenders living in that hotel, they can be assured that those 20 sex offenders are on electronic monitoring, that their every move is monitored 24 hours per day, 7 days per week,” Bailey said a few weeks ago.
Bailey said he’s doing his best under tight laws that limit where offenders can life.
“My high risk sex offender agents only supervise 20 people each, so there's a 1:20 ratio there,” he said.
State Sen. Dean Florez (Contact) (D-Shafter) said that isn’t good enough.
He intends to pressure the Board of Supervisors to put a safe zone around the fairgrounds.
Parents at Tuesday’s rally said they would be vigilant. They’re passing around packets with pictures of the sex offenders living in the area.
- The California sex offender registry says the following, and yes, this is harassment.
Legal and Illegal Uses. The information on this web site is made available solely to protect the public. Anyone who uses this information to commit a crime or to harass an offender or his or her family is subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability.
Any person who is required to register pursuant to Penal Code section 290 who enters this web site is punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment. (Pen. Code, § 290.46, subd. (i).)
Florez said he was talking with Supervisor Michael Rubio about drafting an ordinance to be introduced at an upcoming board meeting.
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The former inmates were accused during a sheriff's department probe of taking part in the 2006 Chamberlain killing.
Two former inmates implicated in the jailhouse killing of John Derek Chamberlain were arrested Wednesday and booked into Orange County Jail — less than a week after a special grand jury ended its investigation into the slaying.
Authorities would not say whether the arrests were connected to sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury. But the two men – Raul Villafana, 21, and Jeremy Dezso Culmann, 24 – were identified as potential suspects in the Chamberlain killing by an earlier sheriff's investigation, according to records obtained by The Orange County Register.
Inmates interviewed by sheriff's investigators said that Villafana, a purported jail "shotcaller," allegedly assaulted Chamberlain, 41, while Culmann allegedly assaulted, threw hot water and spat on the victim, which would theoretically leave DNA evidence, records show.
Both men are being held without bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Santa Ana.
The indictments are expected to be unsealed soon. The two arrests brings to nine the number of inmates accused of torturing and killing Chamberlain at Theo Lacy jail after word spread that he was a child molester. Actually, Chamberlain was awaiting trial on charges of possessing child pornography.
One of the accused men alleged that Deputy Kevin Taylor instigated the beating by outing Chamberlain as a molester.
A Register investigation found that Taylor had been watching a baseball game on television in the guard station while inmates pounded Chamberlain for 20 minutes and then washed the blood off their clothes on Oct. 5, 2006. The killing led to the creation by county supervisors of a special office to oversee jail operations and the creation by county prosecutors of a special grand jury.
After meeting with the grand jury and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson last week let go of two top assistant sheriffs who were involved in the department homicide investigation and relocated the jail commander to another job. No deputies have been charged or placed on leave.