Saturday, May 24, 2008

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SC - Simpsonville officer accused of sex with 15-year-old

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See the "Another Article" above. It seems someone is lying or the reporters do not know what they are talking about! The reporter below says the kid was 15 at the time it occurred, but the other article says the kid is 15 now. So which is it?

05/24/2008

A Simpsonville police officer was charged Saturday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in connection with incidents that a warrant alleges occurred several years ago.

The charge against Thomas Newton Durdick, 45, of Charter Oak Drive, Taylors, involved a minor who was 15 at the time, according to the warrant. The incidents were alleged to have occurred in Taylors between Aug. 15, 2001, and Aug. 15, 2004, according to the warrant.

The Greenville Sheriff’s Office said it was notified of the allegations on May 19.

Durdick met with investigators Saturday and was later charged, said Master Deputy Michael Hildebrand.

Durdick was put on administrative leave with pay earlier when allegations surfaced, said Lt. Ralph Bobo, spokesman for Simpsonville police. He said he couldn’t comment on what further action may be taken after the arrest.

Hildebrand said Durdick had previously been a reserve deputy for the Greenville Sheriff’s Office, but the exact dates of that service weren’t released.

Durdick was being held in the Greenville County Detention Center under a $80,000 bond, he said. 


OH - Lorain Police: City councilman arrested in prostitution sting

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05/24/2008

LORAIN -- The Lorain and Elyria police departments teamed up Friday night, putting decoy prostitutes at locations around the city.

That's when police say they arrested Dennis Flores on suspicion of solicitation and OVI.

Flores is an elected member of the Lorain city council.

In a statement to Channel 3 News, Flores said: "No one is infallible. I made a bad lapse of judgment. I'm very regretful. I apologize to my family and the City of Lorain. I'm embarrassed and ashamed. Hopefully I will be able to move on and help move the city forward."

Overall, six people were arrested.


Social networking site bans oldies over sex offender fears

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So all you old farts over 36, you cannot play on the Internet anymore...

05/22/2008

Over 36? You can't play

A social networking site has deleted most of its users over the age of 36 because it claims older users pose a danger of sex offending. It claims to be forced into the action by the Government, but the part of a law it cites is not yet in force.

Faceparty has deleted what it describes as "a huge number of accounts" from its social networking site in recent weeks. It lists 'over 36 years old' as one of its reasons for deletion.

"We understand that only a minority of older users are sex offenders, but you must understand that we cannot tell which," it says in its explanation of the deletion of accounts.

"New government legislation means we need to check older users on the sex offenders list," says its notice. "This legislation is based upon checking email addresses against a government provided list. Faceparty has never insisted on validated email addresses and can therefore not participate in this new scheme."

A new law was passed earlier this month, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act, which contains provisions for the Secretary of State to require sex offenders to register their email addresses or other information. That, though, is not currently part of the law and would require a ministerial order to become law.

The law makes no reference to the age of offenders. Neither that law nor any other suggests that people over the age of 36 are more likely to be sex offenders.

"Having discussed the use of our website with the home office and the police, and further some pretty serious crimes caused by older users, we were left with no option but to terminate a huge amount of accounts, and without notice, immediately," says the notice.

Faceparty has defended itself against accusations that it is simply trying to create a younger, more valuable user base for itself.

"Despite malicious rumours spread by a few people on the website, it is not true that we have deleted members due to 'ageism'," its notice said.

Faceparty did not respond to a request for comment. It did say in its notice, though, that the site did have a serious problem with sex offenders. It said that accounts were deleted without notice "because a gang of paedophiles had arrived on the website and had carried out a series of attacks on younger users".

The Government has proposed a system which bears some similarity to that described by Faceparty. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has suggested a future system involving sex offenders registering their email addresses with the Government.

That list would then be made available to social networking sites who could check their users against it in order to help prevent offenders using the networks to contact potential victims.

One part of the new Criminal Justice and Immigration Act allows a Secretary of State to increase the notification requirements of sex offenders. Offenders can already be required to notify details such as their name, address and national insurance number to their local police station.

Those notification requirements could include a person's email address, their passport number, and notice of any foreign travel, the Home Office said in a review (pdf) of child protection online from 2007.

A spokeswoman for the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre, a Government-backed centre, said that trying to ban users older than 36 may not be very effective in combating child abuse.

"It's pretty easy to lie about your age," she said. "One of the things we'd like to see all sites do is adopt a Report Abuse mechanism. We think social networking sites are fantastic but providers have a duty of care to children. Children should be able to use these environments but make it easy for them to report abuse."

The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act also made it an offence to possess extreme pornography, a move which had attracted objections from some civil liberties campaigners. That part of the Act is not yet in force.


NH - Fight is on for sex offenders

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05/24/2008

DOVER (AP) — The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is renewing its effort against ordinances that limit where sexual offenders can live.

The organization has filed motions with Dover District Court arguing charges against registered sex offender Richard Jennings should be dropped.

The organization is arguing that the city does not have the power to restrict where sex offenders can live, that state criminal law dealing with sex offenders pre-empts the local ordinance and that the ordinance violates constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection.

The city's ordinance bans registered sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school or day-care center. It was adopted by the City Council in October 2005.

Jennings was charged with violating the ordinance.

Civil Liberties attorney Barbara Keshen says the case probably will be appealed to the state Supreme Court, which could throw out Dover's ordinance and others like it in the state.

"The basic concept is one of fairness — that the state ought to deal with sex offenders in their population equally and that cities and towns shouldn't be able to, on their own, simply opt out," said Keshen.

Franklin, Tilton, Northfield and Boscawen have adopted similar residency restriction ordinances.

Keshen said sex offenders deserve the same protections under the law as other citizens.

"For Dover, for Tilton, for Franklin, for those communities to say, 'We don't want sex offenders in our jurisdiction,' means that sister cities and sister towns are going to have open doors to them. You can't close the state off to them," said Keshen.

She said the ordinances are too broad and aren't based on evidence they will make children safer.

Dover officials say they will defend their ordinance.

Last month, Jennings was charged with failure to report, a felony, for allegedly continuing to live in Dover even though he had registered at his parents' in Epping after he was forced out of the city.

He served four years in prison after pleading guilty in 2000 to two counts of felonious sexual assault for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.


UK - BRISTOL BARMAID KILLER FOUND HANGED

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05/24/2008

The family of a barmaid stabbed to death in a Bristol pub say justice has been done after her killer was found dead.

Shirley Cotton-Bettridge was 22 years old when psychopath Paul McMilan stabbed her more than 40 times at the Figurehead and Firkin pub on the Harbourside in 2001.

McMilan, who grew up in Weston-super-Mare and was living in Marston Road, Knowle, at the time of the attack, was sentenced to life in Broadmoor high-security hospital in 2002.

But on Thursday morning he was found unconscious on his ward and died minutes later.

Shirley's stepfather Graham Morgan, of Cheltenham, yesterday said McMilan's death was "brilliant news".

He said: "I was sat in my van when I got the call. My first gut feeling was, 'They are going to release him'. So when they said he was dead, I thought it was great.

"At least now he won't hurt anyone else."

Mr Morgan became stepfather to Shirley and her sisters Anna, Christie and Lucy when she was four.

He said: "People just don't realise what we've been through and are still going through.

"Not a night goes by when I don't talk to Shirley.

"We don't speak about her much because we don't want to upset each other.

"Sometimes I see a girl in the street who looks just like her and I want to go up to her, but I don't.

"You couldn't have asked for a better daughter. You could have a laugh with her and nobody had a bad word to say about her."

McMilan was a registered sex offender supposedly being monitored by the Probation Service at the time of the attack.

A year earlier, he had been released from a young offenders' institution after serving 16 months of a three-year sentence for indecently assaulting a 22-year-old woman and causing her grievous bodily harm during a knifepoint attack.

He was still considered to be a risk to the public on his release.

McMilan had previously worked at the pub and had chatted to Shirley, who was the assistant manager, on the night of her death. He waited for her as she locked up before he attacked her.

Originally charged with murder, McMilan pleaded guilty to manslaughter through diminished responsibility at Bristol Crown Court in July 2002.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment three months later and the judge, Mrs Justice Heather Hallett, imposed the sentence "without limit of time", saying McMilan presented a danger to women in particular.

But in 2005 the unlimited tariff was overturned on appeal and McMilan was told he could apply for parole after nine years.

Lord Justice Kennedy said the offence, "grave though it was", was not of such seriousness as to justify a life sentence with no minimum tariff.

Mr Morgan, a builder, could not work for nearly a year after the murder, and still visits Shirley's grave every Sunday.

He said he and Shirley's mother Anita Nelder were still angry at the justice system for releasing McMilan early from his previous sentence.

He went on to miss meetings with his probation officer and a mental health assessor, and failed to attend a sex offenders' course, before killing Shirley.

Mr Morgan said: "They let Shirley down and then they let us down. If it wasn't for them, she'd still be here. We'd probably have had grandkids by now. They've taken everything from us."

But he reserved most of his anger for McMilan, saying he could never forgive him for what he had done.

"I wish the death penalty had still been around for the likes of him," said Mr Morgan.

"Paul McMillan has never, ever given a reason for what he did, and that's what really hurts."

"If he had come out in my lifetime I'd have killed him. I prom- ised Shirley I wouldn't let this happen to any other girl and now I feel like I've kept my promise."

Shirley's sister Laura, 25, said she hoped people would learn from her death.

She said: "I'm sad for his parents but happy about him because he's not going to do it again.

"If he hadn't been released in the first place, two lives would have been saved - my sister's and his."


IA - Davenport man shot, killed on way to work

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05/24/2008

Police in Davenport said Friday that a man recently released from prison was shot to death as he walked to the restaurant where he worked.

Hano Clarence Bailey, 41, was gunned down outside an IHOP Thursday night. The restaurant was open when the shooting happened.

Witnesses said the assailant got out of a dark-colored car that pulled up near the front of the restaurant, fired several times, then got back into the car and drove away.

Bailey died at a local hospital.

No arrests had been made Friday. Police said they had reason to believe the shooting was not random.

"This is a safe city," Capt. David Struckman told the Associated Press. "This type of crime doesn't happen up in this area."

The restaurant was open for business Friday. Employees declined to comment about what happened.

Bailey was convicted of third-degree sex abuse in 2001 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He also had convictions for assault, theft and eluding. His most recent arrest was on May 9 for drug possession.

Thursday's was the city's third shooting incident this week:

- A man, 18, was wounded in the back Sunday in what appeared to be retaliation for an earlier shooting in which a man was shot in the leg.

- Several shots were fired just north of Central High School on Monday. Two cars were damaged; one belonged to a Central teacher.


NY - NYPD sergeant from Nanuet indicted in sex abuse case

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Perverted cops, Perverted cops, what cha gonna do? What cha gonna do, when they come for you? Filmed on location with the "Good Ole' Boys" of the USSA!

05/24/2008

NEW CITY - A New York City police sergeant from Nanuet charged last week with sexually abusing a boy for six years, was indicted yesterday on 31 counts alleging that he sodomized and sexually abused the boy.

An indictment unsealed yesterday before County Court Judge Victor Alfieri accused Jaime Katz, 38, of abuse that began when the boy was 12.

He is accused of abusing the boy in locations including the 21 Norwood Place home of Katz's mother, where Katz still lives, as well as in Manhattan, where he was charged with similar crimes last week.

Defense attorney James Culleton of White Plains asked Alfieri to release Katz without bail, citing his longtime Rockland residency and his sergeant ranking in the Police Department.
- Who gives a rats a$$ about his longtime residency and rank? He's charged with a crime, so he should pay bail like the rest of the world does!

Bail totaling $350,000 was already posted to free Katz from Rikers Island after last week's charges were filed.

He went directly to the Rockland County jail, where he was returned yesterday, when Alfieri set bail at $500,000 cash or bond.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Dominic Crispino had requested $2 million bail.

"The defendant has molested, sexually abused, had sexual relations with the victim," Crispino said.
- Has he been through court yet? No, then stop saying this unless it's been through the court system. Granted he probably did it, but give him the benefit of the doubt!!!!

Katz showed no reaction to Crispino's statement as he stood still in a crisp orange jumpsuit from the county jail.

His hands were shackled at his waist as he turned twice in the courtroom to nod to several family members who sat in the second row.

Culleton, the defense lawyer, said neither he nor the family had any comment.

Alfieri signed an order of protection to keep Katz from the alleged victim, now about 18.

"If you should be released," Alfieri told Katz, "and the court determines that you violated the order of protection, you will go to jail."

Katz has been placed on light duty by the Police Department and not yet suspended.

He is accused of having anal and oral sex with the boy as early as 2003. Some charges of abuse go back to 2002.

Katz has pleaded not guilty. If convicted of the most serious offense, first-degree sodomy, a Class D violent felony, Katz could be imprisoned for five to 25 years.

"This was a police officer, a sergeant, in the New York City Police Department," District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said after the court session, "who was sworn to protect us, and who in fact was a sexual predator."
- Wait to say this crap in court idiots... You are ruining his chance for anything of a fair trail by saying this and it getting into the paper... Like I said, he has not been found guilty yet!!!!!!

The prosecution and defense are to meet in a conference with Alfieri on June 2, when potential sentences and pleas will be discussed.

"We think the crime is absolutely reprehensible," Zugibe said, "and we intend to prosecute vigorously."

In addition to the felonies, also including second-degree sodomy, yesterday's indictment against Katz also included misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Overall, Katz is accused of engaging the youth in sex at the boy's Manhattan apartment, inside Katz's car, at the Bergen County, N.J., home of the victim's sister, at Katz's mother's home, and at various locations during family vacations.

Reach James Walsh at jawalsh@lohud.com or 845-578-2445.


Fl - Pinellas sheriff predicts 'carnage' in streets if budget is cut

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Notice the "FEAR FACTOR" here? Watch and see... There won't be this chaos they are talking about... They just want "Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money!!!!"

05/24/2008

If Pinellas Sheriff Jim Coats has to cut his budget by 10 percent, he says, taxpayers should expect "a significant crime increase" and streets "littered with human carnage."

"Innocent citizens, including children, will be caught up in a deadly crossfire," Coats says. "… Law-abiding citizens will become prisoners in their own home."

Such predictions don't make for good campaign slogans, but Coats, who is seeking re-election this fall, said Florida's voter-approved Amendment 1 budget cuts put him in a terrible position.

Gone or reduced, he said, would be units to track sexual offenders, arrest drunken drivers and carry out community-oriented policing.

The Sheriff's Office proposed budget for 2008-09 is $261-million — by far the largest of any of Pinellas County's elected constitutional officers. Still, that's roughly $25-million less than this year's.

The biggest cuts would come from eliminating 161 positions at a savings of $11-million. Only 32 of those positions are currently vacant. That will be accompanied by a wage freeze for his roughly 3,000 employees.

Reductions in capital outlay and requests for new equipment cut another $4-million from the budget.

Then there are the popular programs Coats says would have to go as well. He spent most of a two-hour presentation to the County Commission Thursday talking about:

  • Eliminating the community policing program, where deputies spend time working with community leaders.
  • Eliminating the driving-under-the-influence enforcement unit.
  • Eliminating the traffic enforcement unit, which handed out 7,389 citations last year.
  • Cutting in half the sexual predator and offender tracking group, which consists of 10 deputies who keep track of 1,300 sex offenders.

Currently, the Sheriff's Office tracks sex offenders throughout the whole county. The cuts, Coats said, would cause his people to track only those offenders in his main service area. Cities would have to track their sex offenders on their own or pay the Sheriff's Office to do it.
- Why aren't you tracking only the worst of the worst instead of ALL of them in the first place?

The budget discussion generated friction between him and the County Commission. What, commissioners asked, would happen in communities that rely on community-oriented policing?

"We're going to provide basic, core law enforcement services and respond to calls for service as we can," Coats said. "If you eliminate our resources, what do you expect us to do?"

"I can't let you pass on that last comment," commission Chairman Bob Stewart told the sheriff. "It's not us vs. you. I mean, we're in this thing together."

A final decision on the budget cuts is months away. The next budget year begins Oct. 1.

Coats said later that if the cuts went through, he wouldn't be the one to blame for the consequences; it would be the county commissioners.

"If they don't give me the resources," he said, "I think the citizens should be pointing fingers at them."

Jonathan Abel can be reached at jabel@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.