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In the summer of 1981 6 year old Adam Walsh was murdered. His killer has never been found. I bolded that type so you can see that no one has ever been convicted of this crime. John Walsh believes it was a drifter from Jacksonville Florida by the name of Ottis Toole. A man who has be classified as retarded. Toole had confessed to the murder of young Adam. He told police "things that only the killer would have known". But Ottis Toole and his partner Henry Lee Lucas confessed to many crimes and eventually many of them turned out to be false confessions and was found that is was impossible for Toole or Lucas to have commited them. They flat out lied. But one has to ask the question....were either of them in their right mind when they made the confessions in the first place?
Toole told the story of how he had murdered the Walsh child and the police confiscated his Cadillac. There was evidence of blood in the front and read floorboards of Toole's car. Exactly where tool had confessed to placing the boys severed head. This piece of evidence was turned up by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab in Jacksonville. However, 3 months after Toole's confession, he recanted the entire story.....and you know what happen then....
THE EVIDENCE WAS LOST. It was thrown away because Toole recanted his story. Florida had the carpet from the car and it had the blood samples on it. They could have made the determination from the DNA that the blood was in fact Adam's. But the evidence was thrown away and now lost forever.
If you would like to read the account, it's on the AMW site. You can view it here. In fact, before continuing, I suggest you read the article. CLICK HERE it opens up in a new page.
I had also belived that Ottis Toole was the killer. You can read about his life and lifestyle HERE.
He was a cold blooded killer. But did he really murder Adam Walsh. After reading about Toole's life, I believed there was no doubt. Not only was he a killer, he was a sex offender. You can see that by his crime of rape. He also had an apatite for voyeurism. Therefore and ergo, by TODAY'S definition, he was a sex offender and this (In my personal opinion) is why John Walsh has a personal vendetta against anyone who has committed a sex crime.
He associates any sex crime against a minor as a personal assault against himself because of what happened to his son. If you listed to his program "America's Most Wanted", Sex Offenders are know as "SCUMBAGS". He goes out of his way to make sure that he lets the public know he hates Sex Offenders. But are we sure that Toole (a sex offender/serial killer), was the person who murdered Walsh's son.
There was also another person in the area that same day who could have committed the crime. Someone who was familiar with killing young men and boys. Jeffrey Dahmer. He was also known to decapitate his victims. Dahmer was spotted by two eye witnesses as being in the Sears and Roebuck store the same day that Adam turned up missing. But....Dahmer did not confess to this crime and even told police that he was not even in Florida. However, Dahmer was working in a local sandwich shope in Dade county at that same time. Dade and Broward county, where Adam Walsh was murdered, are right next to each other.
Could it be possible that a person who was NOT a Sex Offender be the killer? We will never know as both men are now dead and the only evidence that was obtained was thrown away by Florida's finest.
But....the vendetta has grown....to full fledge hate. But what does John Walsh hate. The man who possibly killed his little boy or ALL SEX OFFENDERS. Maybe he hates himself as he is a self confessed sex addict (CNN Interview with Larry King). No matter what his problem is...he as caused much harm to Former Sex Offenders and their families with the inception of the Adam Walsh Act (also known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act) that was signed by President Bush in July 2006. But let me tell you, there is nothing SAFE about this act. It is a feel good law that does not protect our children one bit!!
The Adam Walsh Act is nothing more than the governments (now legal) way to place men and women who have committed a sex crime back in prison and or on community control for life.
I realize that some of you reading this will say "that's a GREAT DEAL". Not at the expense of Human or Civil Rights.
John Walsh and Mark Foley conceived this ingenious plan to pass a law that has violated so many civil liberties.....it has set this country back centuries.
And no matter what you think about Sex Offenders, your rights are on the line because of these laws. If the government does this to one group, they will do it to another, you can be assured of that. It's only a matter of time.
Let me sum up this entire post:
John Walsh's son was murdered. Know one knows who did it. John Walsh personally believes it was Ottis Toole. John Walsh has a personal hate for Sex Offenders. He might have done some research to understand WHY another human might commit a crime like that, but he chooses not to. Society does need to understand what make a person commit this type of crime. It's reached epidemic proportions....and must be understood to assist in treatment.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act "Violates the Ex Post Facto clause" of the constitution because it is retroactive and punitive. Some agree with that statement and some don't. However, YOU HAVE TO BE BLIND NOT TO AGREE.
Those who have committed a crime against the state or government must be punished for their crime, but our society and constitution make provision for rehabilitation (it's the duty of those who commit any offense to stop, be rehabilitated and then become a productive citizen again). Most of the time that will take a period of incarceration to accomplish the task, but it needs to be done!
We the people of this United States cannot let our government/state lawmakers create laws that go directly against the Constitution of the Unites States of America. Our country was founded on these laws. The Constitution is NOT a dead document!!
Sex Offenders do have rights. No matter what John Wash or Mark Foley say!!! If you let a private citizen like Walsh and a politician like Foley take away the Sex Offenders rights....you will be giving up yours in the future!!!!!
Friday, May 2, 2008
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ORLANDO -- An experiment to raise awareness about the plight of missing children found that a majority of people did not notice or stop to help a little girl after seeing her face on a missing person poster a few feet away.
Local 6 printed missing posters of Britney -- a paid 8-year-old actress -- and posted them at the entrance of the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando.
Britney sat alone on a mall seat near a missing poster as her father watched from a distance inside a nearby Panera restaurant.
The experiment was to determine how many people would notice or help the girl posing as a missing child.
Local 6 videotaped person after person entering the mall without even noticing the missing child signs.
Others who did see the posters on the doors were videotaped walking by the missing child.
"I saw her but didn't know what to think," shopper Megan Reed said.
"I didn't even see her," shopper Priseilla Landerer said. "I didn't notice her."
The majority of people at the mall who did see a missing person sign also saw the young girl but just kept walking, Local 6's Donald Forbes reported.
"I took a good look at the poster," shopper Tony Roush said. "I'm a photographer, so I'm good with faces and I walked in and I was like, 'That's the girl. What do I do?'"
Some people said they were fearful of getting involved.
"That’s what I was thinking," a shopper said. "I was scared the mom would pop out of nowhere and be like, 'Why are you talking to my child?'"
"Yeah, I think a lot of people have that fear (of getting involved)," shopper Omar Rijos said.
Forbes said there was concern by shoppers that if they started a conversation, it would be misconstrued by a possible nearby parent.
"We don't want to get really close because some people don't like it when you bother their child," shopper Linda Turner said.
Others said they didn't want to overreact or be made to look foolish.
"I didn't want to go tell the police and it not be her," shopper Jose Adorno said. "I really didn't know what to do."
Out of the dozen and dozens of people who walked by the girl, only two actually stopped to ask if Britney was OK, Forbes reported.
Marlon Campbell and Gina Perazella noticed the missing flier and then the girl.
Perazella sat down next to the girl and started to ask questions.
"She was alone," Perazella said. "I didn't see any parents around so that was another thing that kind of shocked me as well. And then, (Campbell) said that is the girl on the poster, so the poster definitely let us know."
Chelsa Stewart said she also noticed the girl but did not initially stop and went about her shopping. However, she came back 10 minutes later to ask Britney is she was OK.
"You might as well check," Stewart said. "It's better to be safe than sorry."
Katey Yocum and Maria Majiros Courtney were videotaped looking carefully at a flier and then at the child.
Both went to the nearest store and asked a manager to call security.
"I was like, 'What are the chances?'" Majiros said. "I'm like, 'No, that couldn't be it' and then I was like, 'It looks like her.'"
The experiment and the reactions of shoppers was upsetting and satisfying to the child's real father who watched the experiment from a distance.
"On one hand, I wish someone could have stopped to check on a little girl who was obviously by herself," father Brian Ball said. "But on the other hand, it was NICE to see there weren't a lot of MEN walking up to her and RANDOM STRANGERS."
For safety, Local 6 lined the surrounding halls of the mall with producers and planted undercover cameras at the main entrance.
Does Watch Systems, Inc. use deceptive statistics to hype danger?
by David Hess
Representative of SOhopeful of New York
There is money to be made off of sex offenders. Consider Watch Systems, Inc., a Louisiana based company, which sells their Offender Watch system to counties and sheriffs' departments all over the United States. Their service makes it possible for local residents to see information on sex offenders in their area on local web sites such as that of the county sheriff. Residents also may sign up for e-mail alerts when a registered sex offender moves into their area. Counties pay several thousand dollars for this service. Often this is covered by a grant for the initial year with the county picking up the cost in subsequent years.
It should be of no surprise that fear plays a part in their sales approach. Their web site reminds government entities that they should be afraid of their citizens: “The public has zero tolerance for law enforcement who minimally comply with sex offender laws. How would the public grade your office on sex offender address verification, registration and community notification?”
They also fan the fears of the public. Their online presentation which is incorporated into all their local web sites contains this statement: 50% of sex offenders re-offend." This statement is puzzling, to say the least. It is at variance with the largest study of sex offender recidivism ever done in the United States, a 2003 U.S. Department of Justice report--Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from Prison in 1994. Its findings: “In 1994, prisons in 15 States released 9,691 male sex offenders. The 9,691 men are two-thirds of all the male sex offenders released from State prisons in the United States in 1994. This report summarizes findings from a survey that tracked the 9,691 for 3 full years after their release… Within the first 3 years following their release from prison in 1994, 5.3% (517 of the 9,691) of released sex offenders were rearrested for a sex crime… Of the 9,691 released sex offenders, 3.5% (339 of the 9,691) were reconvicted for a sex crime within the 3-year followup period.
I e-mailed Watch Systems and asked them for the source of their 50% recidivism figure. I received this response from Mark A. Wilson, their Vice President of Marketing: “…we are not trying by any means to exaggerate the recidivism statistics nor to create hysteria – the numbers we use are widely reported in various channels and media and by various experts in the field. They are based in part on this and other studies from the Dept of Justice http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/soo.pdf
The source of their information was Sex Offenses and Offenders; An Analysis of Data on Rape and Sexual Assault by Lawrence A. Greenfeld, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistic, February 1997. It is important to note that this study is ten years older than the Department of Justice study referenced above. When one looks at the details of the study, one finds that Watch Systems' use of the statistics contained therein is questionable, at best. Here are some direct quotations from the report:
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SHORTLY AFTER the Press-Register's editorial on the use of Global Positioning System equipment to track criminals on probation or parole, we heard from Attorney General Troy King (Contact).
Mr. King had some of the answers to the questions we posed in the editorial, and he made some good points that bear repeating. He's right about this: The GPS electronic tracking system that is no longer being used should never have been used to keep sex offenders and robbers from going back to prison.
The pilot GPS system was supposed to be paid for with a $600,000 federal grant, but because of many problems awarding the contract, the money was never spent and the monitoring of 22 criminals stopped in March. State officials are seeking an extension of the November deadline by which the Pardons and Paroles board was supposed to spend the money.
One of the 22 men, Phillip McGraw of Bay County, Fla., has already been arrested again, this time for allegedly trying to disseminate child pornography using a public library computer in Birmingham, Mr. King said. Calling him a "horrible sex offender," the attorney general said Mr. McGraw is "a textbook example" of the type of criminal who shouldn't have been in the program.
Mr. King, who has been in contact with parole board officials, says he thinks most if not all of the men in the program had already been released from prison but were becoming difficult to monitor and were not following the rules governing their release. Instead of a judge deciding whether an offender should be sent back to prison, someone decided to see if the GPS system would provide another level of security, he said.
The attorney general criticized the Pardons and Paroles board for targeting the GPS monitoring at high-risk offenders in certain areas (including Mobile County) who had been convicted of sex crimes and violent crimes. This group shouldn't have been out of prison in the first place, he said.
Currently, the remaining 21 offenders are being monitored at the highest level by probation officers, but without the GPS system, Mr. King said. It is still unclear to him, though, why officials didn't seem to know how many offenders were in the program, first saying 12 before eventually setting on 22.
We agree with Mr. King that the experiment is worth continuing if the federal grant deadline can be extended, but with a less serious class of offenders. People convicted of rape, sexual abuse, child molestation, first-degree robbery and the like are among the most heinous of criminals and the most likely to pose a danger to society.
They do not deserve to get a break on their sentences, with or without GPS monitoring.
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You see, GPS is a waste of time. People who are intent on not obeying the law, will do so, regardless of what punishment is put on them. They make these laws so draconian, that this man could not find a place to live, so they made him live under a bridge, close to the victim. So yes, they failed all the way around... Video is available at the site.
SEATTLE - A KING 5 story has led to a big change in state policy when it comes to alerting victims of sex offenders.
On Friday, the KING 5 Investigators alerted the Department of Corrections that they had failed a rape victim by not telling her that her attacker was on the loose.
Last week, a sex offender released from prison cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet. He is still on the loose.
After KING 5 told the DoC that the victim was not notified, they wasted no time changing their policy.
Sabrina was just 15 when David Torrence raped her twice and threatened to kill her if she yelled for help.
But 14 years later, the DoC, with nowhere to place the man, left him under a bridge a few miles from Sabrina's house.
She found out by watching this story that Torrence was on the loose after cutting off his ankle bracelet.
"I was shocked because I was not notified, especially since it was so close to the area where I live," she said.
KING 5' called the Department of Corrections to tell them Sabrina's story.
They pledged to look into it and they have. Beginning today, if a sex offender such as Torrence cuts off his GPS locator, the victim will be notified immediately.
"I think it's awesome," said Sabrina on the phone Wednesday. "Of course, I think they should have done it before, but I'm glad they've changed the policy. Victims should have every right to know if the offender has escaped."
U.S. marshals are working with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office to find Torrence. They think there's a possibility he's fled to Kansas where he has family. But Sabrina and her five children aren't taking any chances. They're still nervous and keeping a close eye on what's going on around them.
Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.
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An investigation by Fox 31 News into Greeley's Platte Valley Youth Services Center regarding potential staff violations has contributed to an official state investigation.
According to the report, employees at the center, 2200 O St., which is home to an estimated 140 children serving a sentence or awaiting trial, have used excessive force and touched female residents inappropriately.
The investigation by Fox 31 reporter Julie Hayden cites current and former employees of the center who wanted to remain anonymous for the interview. These employees describe the situation in the facility as dangerous for the children.
One source reported a shift supervisor who picked a boy up and smashed his face into a wall. Another former staff member said an adult who worked at the center became "romantically involved" with a girl living at the facility. And a different supervisor was not reported for meeting girls in the center's parking lot to have sex, according to the report.
Other possible violations cited in the investigation include a supervisor selling pirated DVDs on his laptop while at work. Another counselor lost her driver's license for driving under the influence, and must get a ride to work from the assistant director, according to the investigation.
Leo Navarro, director of the youth services center, directed all questions about the report to Liz McDonough, spokeswoman with the Colorado Department of Human Services.
McDonough said she can't comment on specific allegations listed in the report. She did say Human Services has already looked into some issues with the center, and that it will investigate other claims where there is credible information to do so.
Any corrective actions taken with employees are done internally and the public, as well as other employees, would not be privy to such actions, McDonough said.
Previous reported incidents
* 2003 -- Daniel Rodriguez, 15, hung himself in the Platte Valley Youth Services Center. An investigation found the facility was understaffed at the time.
* 2001-- A former guard at the Platte Valley Youth Services Center, Brenda Baker, was accused of kissing and fondling a 16-year-old boy who was an inmate there. She was arrested in March 2001 and charged with sexual assault on a child. In 2004, the charges were dropped.
Source: Greeley Tribune archives. *This story was updated April 25 to reflect the following correction: Daniel Rodriguez, hanged himself Feb. 27, 2001, at Platte Valley Youth Services Center. A Tuesday article misidentified Rodriguez and the date of his death.
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If Saginaw residents angered about an under-construction federal prisoner halfway house want to stop it from opening, they'll likely have to file a petition at the Saginaw County Circuit Court, city officials say.
In the meantime, an angry contingent of community members say they may picket City Hall, the halfway house's construction site and even homes of City Council members.
More than 150 residents of a northeast Saginaw neighborhood attended a Wednesday meeting to discuss the source of controversy -- a federal prisoner re-entry home going up on Norman and Leon Scott -- and came away with ideas to put pressure on city leaders to halt construction permanently.
Duane Walker, executive director of the Saginaw Housing Commission, said he wants to organize a group of residents to picket in front of City Hall and on 11 acres that his agency owns directly across the street from the halfway house site if construction continues.
He didn't indicate when such protests could begin -- "sooner rather than later" -- but said about 200 people have shown interest.
"We can set up a bar and grill," he said. "They can't do nothing."
Walker said he's exploring the legal ramifications of picketing City Council members' homes and may resort to those methods if something isn't done soon.
"People seem to forget when it's not in their backyards," Walker said.
John Stemple, the city's zoning coordinator, said legal action likely is the citizens' best hope for a remedy.
"They would have to have some basis (for stopping construction) other than, 'We don't want it in our neighborhood,' " Stemple said.
Councilman Amos O'Neal, who spoke at the gathering, said city officials have negotiated a temporary shut-down of the home's construction until the completion of a City Hall "fact-finding mission" that will explore if Planning Commission officials followed guidelines when they approved the project last fall.
If crews begin building again, Walker said he will launch the protest plans.
Construction has progressed since the controversy erupted Thursday, when neighborhood leaders discovered crews beginning work on a site that would house 38 former prisoners as they make the transition back to society.
Sunday, the site consisted of heavy construction equipment and open field. By Wednesday night, it appeared workers had laid a concrete foundation.
One of residents' chief concerns is the location of the halfway house one block west of Arthur Eddy Academy, school to 454 kindergarten-through-eighth-grade students.
Stemple said the city's ordinances do not prevent construction of such a facility near a school, although he wasn't sure if any state or federal laws existed that might prove applicable in Circuit Court.
At Wednesday's meeting, O'Neal talked of changing city ordinances to limit similar projects.
O'Neal, who lives in the northeast neighborhood, said he wants city leaders to alter Saginaw's laws to increase the checks and balances of approving such sites.
Much of the crowd expressed anger at city officials, accusing them of fast-tracking the initiative to avoid a citizen-led outcry.
City officials have denied such allegations, but O'Neal said the fact-finding should reveal the truth.
He said, regardless of what he discovers, public forums should precede the approval of similar sites in the future.
"When I heard about this, I was just as upset as you," he said. "We should have had a public meeting to say, 'This is what we're considering,' and then let the community decide."
O'Neal hopes to provide the fact-finding results at the 6:30 p.m. Monday City Council meeting at City Hall, 1315 S. Washington.
Walker also encouraged residents to sign up to speak during the meeting's public comment session, and many voiced their desire to follow that suggestion with applause and approving shouts.
Not the first
Two other halfway homes are in Saginaw, Stemple said, and an agent at one of those facilities attended Wednesday's meeting.
Charles Braddock, a former Saginaw police officer, said he serves as a coordinator at Arete Community Corrections Center, 709 Lapeer, which opened in 1989. The facility houses federal prisoners during their transition back into society.
Stemple said Arete eventually will close if and when the house at Norman goes up -- possibly as early as this summer.
The company that coordinates Arete lost a bid to Bannum Inc. of Florida to run a Federal Bureau of Prisons-sponsored halfway home in Saginaw, Stemple said -- a fact Braddock said he didn't discover until April 10.
"Nobody told me I was going to be out of a job," Braddock said. "Nobody gave me a heads-up."
He said employers informed him Arete would close July 31. It's not clear when the new facility would open.
Braddock spent 10 minutes describing Arete's facility and inhabitants. He said no assaultive offenders or murderers have received shelter there. Some sex offenders have roomed there, but that only those convicted of Internet-related sex crimes -- such as soliciting sex with minors over the Web, he said.
"Not one person who has set their hands on a child," he added.
Braddock said he didn't know if the same standards would apply to a Bannum-run operation.
Saginaw's second halfway home, Tri-County Adjudication Program at 2300 Veterans Memorial Parkway, is near the same neighborhood as the Norman initiative, Stemple said. He said that facility houses inmates from the Saginaw County Jail.
The Norman site puts neighborhood plans in jeopardy, Walker said.
Housing Commission, neighborhood residents and religious leaders are working on plans to revitalize property across the street, he said, including Unity Park and the adjoining 11 acres the commission owns.
For now, the entire 30 acres remains "underused," he said. A field and a rarely-used basketball court sit there.
Walker said community members are scouting multimillion dollar donations and grants to develop housing and park equipment there.
He hoped to come up with a plan to present to the City Council in an effort to take control of Unity Park for those purposes. Neighborhood leaders also hoped to begin volleyball and baseball leagues in Unity Park during the summer.
The halfway house "renders that land useless," Walker said. "At some point in time, the Northeast Side of Saginaw needs to get some consideration."
That was a message that echoed throughout Wednesday's meeting at the Housing Commission's headquarters, just one block west of the construction site.
About 100 people sat in fold-out seats in the center's community room. Others lined all four walls.
Mary C. Washington, president of the 100-member Northeast Saginaw Neighborhood Association, called for the audience to take a proactive role in the city government -- even when there isn't a controversy to tackle.
"We cannot let them play with us," she said.
O'Neal encouraged residents to apply for city planning positions.
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Click here to listen to Palfrey clearly state that she would not commit suicide.
DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey predicted she would be "suicided" on several occasions both recently and as far back as 17 years ago - comments that now appear ominous in light of the announcement that the former head of a Washington escort service allegedly killed herself today.
"If taken into custody, my physical safety and most probably my very life would be jeopardized," she wrote in August 1991 following an attempt to bring her to trial, "Rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me," said Palfrey in a handwritten letter to the judge accusing the San Diego police vice squad of having a vendetta against her.
During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey also said that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.
Palfrey had threatened to release the names of well-known clients of her upscale call girl ring in the nation's capitol, and had indicated that Dick Cheney may be one of them.
"We now know it goes at least as high as a United States Senator," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show, "I'm hearing rumors now from other people that there are other possibilities in that stratosphere so to speak, on that level."
"No I'm not planning to commit suicide," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance in March, "I'm planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government," she said.
"Blanche Palfrey had no sign that her daughter was suicidal, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, police Capt. Jeffrey Young said," according to an AP report.
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Click here to listen to the entirety of a July 2007 interview with Palfrey.
UPDATE: In an almost uncanny development, as soon as this article started to go viral on the Internet, Time Magazine released a story claiming that Palfrey told author Dan Moldea that she would rather commit suicide than go to jail. What a funny coincidence!
RELATED: Palfrey Considered Call Girl's "Suicide" Possible Murder
FLASHBACK: D.C. Madame: "Big Names" May Be On Client List
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CLAYTON COUNTY -- A member of the Atlanta Police Department’s Red Dog Unit made his first court appearance Thursday on charges he raped his neighbor.
Clayton County police said a neighbor claims 27-year-old Edward Rabb raped and sodomized her at his house after she used his shower.
“Her hot water heater had gone out and she had actually gone over to use the shower,” said Officer Tim Owens.
After that shower, the woman said she tried to leave and that’s when the assault happened.
According to the police report, she said she told Rabb to stop and that it wasn’t what she wanted but he raped her and used police maneuvers to restrain her.
“The way that he was holding her on the bed, that he did force her arm behind her according to the report,” said Owens.
Rabb’s attorney, Lance Tyler, announced in court they would be requesting bond and pleading not guilty.
In court Thursday, Rabb didn’t say anything and his attorney had no comment on the charges. Officers said Rabb claims the sex was consensual.
Clayton County police said it’s tough when one of their own is accused of a crime but, “If someone has done something wrong regardless of your profession or where you stand in it you have to pay the consequences,” said Owens.
Rabb has been placed on administrative leave with pay and he could lose his job after a hearing with the police chief. He will be back in court for a preliminary hearing in two weeks.
He is currently in the Clayton County Jail without bond.
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Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (Contact) has signed legislation that will give law enforcement officers a new tool to combat sexual crimes against minors.
The sexual predator legislation passed both houses of the Legislature by a combined vote of 84-0.
House bill 2129 (PDF) makes it a crime to misrepresent age over an electronic communication device for the purpose of committing a sexual offense that requires registration as a sexual offender.
"This bill will help enhance current laws that are in place that deal with sexual abuse of minors," said Peter Gentala, a representative of the Center for Arizona Policy, which supports pro-family laws.
Examples of offenses that will require registration as a sexual offender are sexual misconduct with a minor, the sending or receiving of indecent pictures of a minor, child prostitution and sexual exploration with or kidnapping of a minor.
"The way the system works, if someone is convicted of a sex crime and serves his or her time in prison, he or she is able to be released without probation" but has to register as a sex offender, said David Gass, legislative liaison for the Arizona Attorney General's Office.
Gass said the new law will put sex offenders on lifetime probation after their time in prison.
The bill defines an electronic communication device as a computer, a cellular or a wireless device.
"I hear about a minor being sexually assaulted by a person they meet over the Internet every time I turn on the TV," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Bob Robson (Email), R-Chandler. "This will hopefully detour people from lying about their age over the Internet to take advantage of our children."
- Studies show that most teens who chat online in a sexual manner, know the person is older, so this law will do nothing, except help get votes and boost their image to the sheeple. Also, what about teens lying about their age to get onto social networking sites or any where for that matter, will they be prosecuted for saying they are 21 or older than they are? What I'm saying is, what if a teen who is say, 13, says they are 21 and talks with someone in a chat room who is of the same age or older?
People found guilty of lying about their age in an effort to commit a sexual offence will be guilty of a felony that carries a presumptive sentence of seven years.
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When the state passed a law in 1993 to restrict where ex-sex offenders could live, it seemed like a good idea. The law said sex offenders could not live within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or child-care centers.
Miami Beach declared its city off-limits to sex offenders by passing a 2,500-foot residency restriction of its own in 2005 Now there are 128 local ordinances throughout our state, ranging from 1,000 feet to 3,000 feet.
Ironically, what started out as a well-intentioned way to keep our kids safe has actually put them in greater danger. Unable to find housing after being released from prison, sex offenders have gone homeless or underground in record numbers.
Miami-Dade County made national news when sex offenders were sent to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. As many as 40 offenders have lived under the bridge at one time, creating a colony of bitter, desperate offenders left to roam our streets.
Law enforcement's efforts to track these offenders are frustrated by an inconsistent patchwork of differing laws by jurisdiction, along with the difficulty of recharging an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet under a bridge. Moreover, it has become clear that homeless sex offenders are more likely to commit additional crimes than offenders who are employed with a stable residence.
Perhaps most shocking is that these so-called "tough" residency restrictions apply only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.— when there are no children at schools, parks or libraries!
To add to this mess, a court in Jacksonville recently declared these local ordinances unconstitutional, which has put all 128 of them in legal jeopardy.
A solution may be at hand, if legislators act today on SB 1430/HB 1107/1351, which would create a single, consistent 1,500-foot residency restriction throughout Florida. Backed by law enforcement, prosecutors and child-safety advocates, the bill would be tougher than local ordinances because it creates 24-hour-a-day "child protection zones."
Our current laws on ex-sex offenders have backfired. The Legislature must act to protect public safety, or a bad situation will only get worse.
Dave Aronberg (Email) is a Democrat representing Palm Beach, Lee, Glades, Charlotte and Hendry counties in the Florida Senate.