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BRENTWOOD — A woman who claimed she was an angel sent from God to punish pedophiles was convicted Friday of murdering two boyfriends by a jury that rejected her insanity defense.
Sheila LaBarre, 49, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In 2006, police found her burning trash that contained the bones of one of her victims, Kenneth Countie. The remains of Michael Deloge, killed in 2005, also were found on LaBarre's horse farm in Epping, about 50 miles north of Boston.
As the jury filed out after the verdict, relatives of the victims burst into applause.
"This is for my son," said Countie's mother, Carolynn Lodge. "(For) two years, my son could not rest. Now he can rest."
During the five-week trial, defense lawyers argued that LaBarre, 59, was a delusional woman who believed every man in her life was a pedophile and who saw herself as an avenging angel. The prosecution countered that she was a "crude, manipulative, cruel and vindictive" woman who violently lashed out at the men she dated.
Defense lawyer Jeffrey Denner said he plans to appeal.
"It continues to be our belief that she's deeply crazy and insane," he said. "We also understand there's a huge amount of emotion in this case that clouds this issue."
Dr. Albert Drukteinis, the state's forensic psychologist, testified that he believed LaBarre was sane, after reviewing more than 8,000 pages in the case file, interviewing LaBarre three times and spending more than 12 hours with her.
"She answered questions well, she tried to explain evidence away that made her look bad. This is not what someone sees over many hours in a person who is psychotic," Drukteinis testified.
He said there was not enough evidence to show that a mental illness caused LaBarre to commit her crimes. The burden of proof was on the defense to show both that LaBarre suffered from a mental disease and that the murders were a product of that illness.
In a taped interview with Drukteinis played in court, LaBarre said she was driven to kill Deloge because he was hurting and killing her animals. In a separate interview, she said Countie's death was an accident.
Jurors also heard some of the hundreds of tape recordings LaBarre made of herself, some of which featured her interrogating or berating her victims. Malcolm Rogers, a forensic psychologist who testified for the defense, said those tapes illustrated that LaBarre has either a schizophrenic affect disorder or a delusional disorder that caused her to mistakenly believe the men were pedophiles and to kill them.
Rogers also said LaBarre believes she once died of a drug overdose but was sent back to Earth as an angel with special powers.
Countie, 24, met LaBarre through a personal ad in February 2006. He moved in with her soon after and was last seen alive that March, being pushed by LaBarre in a wheelchair at Wal-Mart, his face and hands covered with cuts.
"Sheila LaBarre took advantage of my son, who was a kind, caring, gentle young man who could not socially defend himself," Lodge said. "She was a master of evil who deliberately tortured him. Sheila LaBarre stripped my son of all his dignity and self-worth, and in the end, she murdered him."
Had LaBarre been found insane, there would have been be a further hearing to determine whether she was dangerous and needed to be held in a secure facility.
Friday, June 20, 2008
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A group of Greenville residents is calling upon state legislators to get tough on child sex offenders.
The Pitt County Republican Party held an open forum at its headquarters Thursday to provide information about Jessica's Law, a bill aimed at strengthening North Carolina's child sex offender laws.
Speaking to about 15 supporters, Rep. Louis Pate (Email), R-Wayne, said there is a remote possibility the bill will be called to a vote and passed this legislative session.
"Quite frankly, I believe it is going to take a leadership change in both bodies, and maybe even the governor's office, to make this happen," Pate said. "There is a movement among some in Raleigh that says once sex offenders have completed their sentence, they have paid their debt to society and should not be tracked."
Jessica's Law — also known as House Bill 933 — is named in honor of Jessica Lunsford, a nine-year-old girl who was kidnapped, sexually abused and buried alive in Florida.
Under current state law, child sexual abuse laws can range from a Class B1 felony to a Class H felony.
However, if passed, HB 933 will make rape and other sexual offenses against children punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or a mandatory 25-year sentence, followed by lifetime satellite-based monitoring.
The Senate passed a version of the bill last week and it now moves to the House for a vote. North Carolina is one of seven states that has not passed some form of Jessica's Law.
Mark Palmer, director of Jessica's Law Now North Carolina, said state laws are not harsh enough and have too many loopholes.
"We don't need (sex offenders) on the street when they are going to turn around and do this to a child," Palmer said, referring to the death of Jessica Lunsford. "This is happening all over North Carolina. Sex offenders have heard the state is soft on this issue."
- Not all sex offenders reoffender, you have been brainwashed by uninformed politicians and media.
Palmer said the safety of children is beyond party politics, yet some people at the capital do not seem to be concerned.
"Our children are not Democrats and they are not Republicans," he said. "This should not be a gray area."
- You need to pass laws that do not violate the constitution, then there would be no problems.
Members of the Pitt County GOP handed the audience members lists with contact information for local senators and representatives and urged them to make their voices heard.
- And sex offenders in this state, need to do the same thing, make your voice heard!!
"If this bill doesn't get passed, then we are talking about next year," Palmer said. "We don't want that to happen. We want this passed now."
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GLOUCESTER -- A pact made by a group of teens to get pregnant and raise their babies together is at least partly behind a sudden spike in pregnancies at Gloucester High School, school officials said.
Principal Joseph Sullivan told Time magazine in a story published Wednesday that the girls confessed to making the pact after the school began investigating a rise in pregnancies that has left 17 girls at the school carrying a child. Normally, there are about four pregnancies a year at the school.
Sullivan told Time that nearly half of the expecting students, none over 16, were involved. Sullivan said students were coming to the school clinic multiple times to get pregnancy tests, and "seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were."
Some of the girls reacted to the news they were pregnant with high fives and plans for baby showers, Sullivan said. One of the fathers "is a 24-year-old homeless guy," Sullivan told the magazine.
Superintendent Christopher Farmer confirmed the deal to WBZ-TV, saying the girls had "an agreement to get pregnant."
He said the girls are generally "girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their life."
The first reports of the students' apparent plan to get pregnant were in the Gloucester Daily Times in March, when Sullivan said students were reporting that the girls were getting pregnant on purpose.
The rash of pregnancies has shaken the seaside city about 30 miles north of Boston. Last month, two officials at the high school health center resigned to protest the resistance from the local hospital to the confidential distribution of contraceptives. The hospital administers the state money that funds the clinic.
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So from what I am getting from this, the "To Catch A Predator" craze is nothing but hype for ratings and money.
Henrietta - Parents may be worried about that frightening stranger who hides behind a computer screen to lure children in online, depicted on the popular television news series, “How To Catch A Predator.”
However, a recent survey shows that cyber crimes are more likely to come from a fellow student than an adult. The survey results also show that children as young as kindergarten surf the Internet, with some exposed to material they said made them uncomfortable.
Among other findings: Cyber bullying — sending threatening or demeaning messages — starts as early as second grade and peaks in middle school.
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers released their findings in a survey of children’s online experiences at a press conference at the school June 18.
Fourteen school districts took part in and helped pay for the far-reaching survey, which surveyed about 40,000 students and hundreds of teachers as part of the Rochester Regional Cyber Safety and Ethics Initiative. The surveys were taken between May 2007 and January 2008.
The districts were: Brighton, Brockport, Canandaigua, the Diocese of Rochester, East Irondequoit, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates Chili, Greece, Hilton, Kendall, Monroe 1 BOCES, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, Newark, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush-Henrietta, Victor, Webster, West Irondequoit and Wheatland-Chili.
Sam McQuade, graduate program coordinator at RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, said the survey was as comprehensive as any ever conducted on computer crime and victimization.
“It’s unique because for the first time, children younger than seven years of age were asked about their Internet activities,” said McQuade.
Additionally, the survey points out the ages when children become victims, as well as offenders of cyber crime.
The survey was conducted after a previous RIT survey showed cyber crimes occurring in college. School officials felt that similar events occurred in elementary, middle and high schools, but didn’t know how much.
Brighton Superintendent Chris Manaseri said the data can help Brighton and other school districts respond.
“What the data revealed in the Cyber survey can do for schools is to help us understand the need for curriculum and staff development at age appropriate levels and the importance of addressing the issues in ways that students will understand and respond to positively,” Manaseri said.
Manaseri said the survey will allow them to lead the way for other communities in responding to cyber crime among students.
“As a consortium of school districts,” he said, “we are very pleased to be partners with others in our community who recognize this important issue and who have taken steps to begin to address it at a grassroots level, in a matter which will be a model for other communities around the nation or the world.”
Researchers grouped their results by age. Here are some of the findings.
The survey results showed that, even in kindergarten and first grade, most kids have access to home computers. Fifty-seven percent of kindergarten through first-grade students in Monroe County surf the Internet with the home machines.
Forty-eight percent of kindergartners and first-graders reported seeing things on the Internet that made them uncomfortable, but only 72 percent of those students reported the experience to an adult.
In second and third grades, 94 percent children in this group joined the online gaming craze. Kids reported being exposed to sexual Internet communications as early as the second grade. Eleven percent of second- and third-graders were asked online to describe private things about their bodies and 10 percent of children reported being exposed to private things about someone else’s body. Cyber bullying was experienced by 18 percent of kids. Nine percent of students admitted to bullying.
For the most part, these younger kids were protected by their lack of reading and writing skills, which limited their ability to understand written content or to participate in chat rooms. Although children of any age can fall prey to online abuse, the survey showed that the potential increased as they become more proficient with their language skills and acquired Internet communication skills.
The survey showed crimes such as illegal pirating of music, movies and software began for many in fourth grade.
Although risky behavior was low for kids in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, a large number could be victimized by having posted personal information on the Internet. Personal interests were posted online by 16 percent, physical activities were posted by 15 percent, real names were used by 20 percent, and 23 percent said they lied about their age online.
Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders were asked whether they had been victimized in any way online. Of the children who responded:
• 13 percent said someone used their password without their knowledge.
• 10 percent had been embarrassed online
• 7 percent had been threatened or bullied
• 2 percent were exposed to nude pictures or private things about someone else’s body
• 3 percent were shown nude pictures of other people
• 1 percent were asked for nude pictures of themselves
Middle and high school
From the middle school to the high school, kids experienced all forms of online abuse either as victims or perpetrators.
Although cyber bullying is known to continue beyond high school, the survey showed that it peaked during middle school. Cyber bullying and abuse were more common from grades 7 through 9.
Students in seventh through ninth grades were asked if they had done something they shouldn’t have online:
• 7 percent said they bypassed security controls designed to keep them off certain Web sites
• 4 percent embarrassed someone online
• 4 percent threatened or harassed someone
• 3 percent requested nude photos
• 11 percent pretended to be someone else
• 24 percent lied about their age
• 5 percent admitted to online plagiarism
As for the victims in this age group:
• 15 percent had someone impersonate them online
• 13 percent reported being bullied or threatened
Many of the victims knew the perpetrator, as 59 percent reported that they had been victimized by friends.
In grades 10 through 12, 12 percent admitted bypassing security measures, 65 percent said they downloaded music illegally, 34 percent said they downloaded movies illegally and 30 percent said they downloaded software illegally.
Being harassed was reported by 17 percent of kids in this age group and online stalking was reported by 15 percent. Exposure to unwanted pornography was reported by 23 percent of students.
The survey showed 48 percent of students in the age group chatted with strangers.
A total of 880 teachers and other school staff took a separate survey.
According to the survey, relatively few teachers believe they are currently prepared to teach students in areas of Internet safety, information security or cyber ethics. A majority feel that these are important subjects, however, teachers in grades K-3 believe these subjects are less important for younger students to know about.
In general, teachers feel that districts are well prepared to facilitate student learning through technology.
Of the 376 parents surveyed, 25 percent feel that their child knows more about computer technology than they do, while 14 percent feel that they know the same amount as their children do. Fourteen percent of parents caught their children doing something with a computer they should not have been doing.
Parents were generally aware of filtering, blocking and information-security software, but only 30 percent reported using the software.
- So I guess they don't want to protect their children. If security is out there, why not use it?
Students also say they are less supervised than their parents think. Only seven percent of parents surveyed said they provide no supervision for their children when they are online, whereas 66 percent of students say their parents provide no supervision.
- This is because the sheeple want the government to run their lives and do not take responsibility and do it themselves, IMO.
More information on the survey is available at the Rochester Regional Cyber Safety and Ethics Initiative Web site: www.rrcsei.org.
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AIKEN -- South Carolina is trying to keep up with Georgia with a new sex offender law. It'll start to be enforced 90 days after the state database is updated.
News 12 went to a local park to talk to parents, who say they're trying to let their kids have fun while still being safe. Some of them say they wonder if this new law will actually be enforced.
"We need to keep them as far away from our children as possible. These days, you can't tell anything, you have to watch it all," said Bruce Huckabee, father of two-year-old Nicholas.
- Well, when 90% or more of all sex crimes occur in the victims own home, the unknown sex offender in your home may be a threat. So these laws are nothing more than forced exile and feel good false sense of security which does nothing to protect children or anyone for that matter. Your own husband, wife, uncle, child may be a sex offender who just hasn't been caught yet.
The new law says sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare, recreational facility, park or public playground.
"It needs to go farther, but I don't know how police officers are going to enforce it," says Bruce.
- Farther? Like what? What do you think would prevent further crimes, while still maintaining others rights? It's easy to say this when it doesn't affect you, but being reasonable is a whole different issues.
"I would hope they could (enforce it), but I also think that it's important for us as citizens to help them out. They got a lot to do," says James Rush.
"If they make the law, then they should do the best of their ability to enforce it and I hope that is what they are intending to do," says April Golden.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says that's exactly what they intend to do. They will let sex offenders know of the new law when they register and they'll check the address the offender gives them with a GIS mapping system to make sure the address isn't within the restricted distance.
Still, Bruce is skeptical. "There are too many people and not enough officers to keep the law, so that's where we need to work with each other."
"Ultimately, it's up to the parents to monitor their children, to know who their friends are, to know who their parents are and their families," says April.
So, it seems parents feel it's a balancing act between them making sure their kids are safe and law enforcement actually enforcing the law.
The new law does grandfather in sex offenders and doesn't force them to move if one of the restricted areas open up after the law is effective.
Aiken County was looking at an ordinance of their own, not allowing offenders to loiter within 1,000 feet of places minors congregate.
- And many people interpret this as meaning a sex offender cannot be at these places, well, that is not what loitering means, it means being somewhere without a purpose. So if a sex offender goes to a park with their own child to let the child play, then they are not there without a purpose.
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A MOTHER is accused of partially skinning her caged son and feeding it to relatives.
Kalra Mauerova, 31, of Brno in the Czech Republic, wept in court as she admitted torturing her son Ondrej, and his ten-year-old brother, Jakub, The Sun reported.
Ms Mauerova, a member of the Grail Movement cult, caged Ondrej for months while relatives, also members of the cult, ate his raw flesh, a judge heard yesterday.
The court in Brno heard the family sexually abused the boys and made them cut themselves with knives.
The boys said they were kept in cages or handcuffed to tables and made to stand for days in their own urine.
The abuse was discovered when a man living nearby installed a TV monitor to keep watch on his newborn baby.
Instead of pictures of his newborn he was confronted by live images of Ondrej naked in the cellar — beaten and chained, The Sun reporrted.
Ms Mauerova is understood to have installed the monitor so she could watch her victims suffering from her kitchen.
Police were called, and the boy and his brother, as well as what appeared to be a 13-year-old girl, were freed.
The teenage girl later turned out to be 34 — and one of the torturers.
Ms Mauerova accused the woman — fellow cult member Barbora Skrlova — of brainwashing her.
"Terrible things have happened. I realise it and can’t understand how I could have allowed it," Ms Mauerova was reported as saying.
The court heard the abuse of Ondrej and Jakub was co-ordinated via text messages sent by a leader of the Grail Movement cult — who was known only as the "Doctor".
The trial of Ms Mauerova, another relative and their bogus sister Skrlova — who fled and was later found posing as a boy in Norway — continues.
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Yep, she really does belong behind prison walls for a long time. Next time she might carry out what she states here... You watch, out of all this, she will get a slap on the wrist, because people condone this kind of vigilante BS.. Watch and see.. See the video at the end.
PUYALLUP -- The woman accused of beating up and threatening a sex offender who had moved into her neighborhood says she was only trying to protect her daughter.
- Bulls--t!!! You wanted to kill this man!!! See the other stories about this fishy case here.
Tammy Lee Gibson told investigators she beat up William A. Baldwin with a baseball bat outside his home earlier this week. Gibson said she wouldn't hesitate to do it again, even as she faces assault and felony harassment charges.
- And this is why she needs to be in prison for a very long time. She is clearly a threat to other people, by her own words.
While awaiting trial in jail, Gibson told KOMO News on Thursday she has no regrets.
"If it were up to me, I would kill him. I would kill him," she said.
- I think you might want to exercise your right to remain silent. You are digging your own grave...
According to police documents, Level-3 sex offender William A. Baldwin had moved into his uncle's Puyallup home earlier this month. Following his move, Pierce County deputies distributed flyers around the neighborhood to alert residents of his presence.
On Monday Gibson, an area resident, went to Baldwin's house in the 1800 block of River Road and asked for him.
When Baldwin stepped outside, she claimed she was going to kill him because Baldwin had molested her children. Gibson then proceeded to hit Baldwin repeatedly with her bat, the document said, leaving him with an injured arm.
"I kept swingin' and swingin', and swingin'," Gibson told investigators.
Contrary to what she had said to Baldwin, Gibson later told investigators Baldwin had not molested her children.
- So here, she was not trying to protect her daughter, which if he had done something, she should've called the police, but she just wanted to beat the hell out of someone. I am willing to bet she is a sexual abuse victim as well, and she needs help, big time.... Sounds to me like a serial killer in the making, one who hates men..
She did say, however, that when she saw the flyer, she recognized Baldwin as the man who had chatted up her 10-year-old daughter during the previous summer. It may have been Baldwin's unusual height of 7 feet 3 inches that made him memorable.
"For him to be right there, in front of my house and talking to my child -- made me crazy," she said.
The flyer listed the wrong address for Baldwin, but Gibson knew where Baldwin lived and sought him out.
"And I told him I thought he was a piece of crap and I smacked him," she said. "I just didn't stop hitting him. I just told him that 'if it were up to me, I'd kill ya."'
- These are terroristic threats, which are a crime.
"I was scared. I was frightened. I didn't know what the hell to do," Baldwin said of being assaulted by the unexpected visitor.
"I just wanted to hurt him," said Gibson.
In 1998, Baldwin was convicted of molesting a 5-year-old girl. While on parole, he sexually assaulted another 5-year-old girl the following year, the sheriff's department said.
But on Thursday Baldwin said he had not harmed anyone since then. He also said Monday's incident was the second time he had been beaten up for being a sex offender. Baldwin said his past refuses to stay behind.
- And the witch hunt continues to this day for others as well. Just check out the categories on my blog, and you will see TONS of vigilantes out there doing the same thing. MODERN DAY WITCH HUNT!!!!!
"I want people to know me for who I am, not what I did in the past. If they can't accept that, then I don't need anything to do with them," he said.
But Gibson has no ear for Baldwin's complaints.
"And I don't care what anybody else thinks about it," she said, "but it makes me crazy to think the thought of him hurting a child."
Baldwin is now in jail for failure to follow the rules of the sex offender registry. While investigating the assault, deputies learned that Baldwin had registered his new address as the 7900 block of River Road when he actually lived in the 1800 block.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday. He is being held on $20,000 bail. Baldwin said he does not have money as he has no job.
Baldwin is believed to be at high risk of re-offending, but was not under community supervision at the time of his arrest.
Gibson, meanwhile, is being held on $15,000 bail. Her friends, who view her as a hero, are working to raise $1,500 to post bond.
- A hero for beating the crap out of someone? Her friends should be watched closely as well, if they truly believe this. She beat the hell out of this man, why is his bail more than hers???
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MAYVILLE — Police Chief Bill Linzenmeyer calls the city a rental haven for potential high risk sex offenders and encouraged the public safety committee this week to review a residency ordinance that would protect children.
"We don't have anything now that gives us any leverage to say no to a sex offender who chooses to move into the community," he said.
Linzenmeyer said seven sex offenders live in Mayville and the city has a right to determine where those who may move here should go.
"It's important to try to have an ordinance that we feel comfortable within the next couple of months that would be a benefit to our city," he said.
Linzenmeyer distributed a sex offender residency restriction ordinance modeled after one adopted by Green Bay but changed some of the language to fit the environment of Mayville.
"Look through it, read it. If you don't like it we can change it," he said. "If you don't want it, just say so."
The ordinance for Green Bay prohibits any designated sex offender from establishing a permanent or temporary residence within 2,000 feet of any school, licensed day care center, park, trail, playground, place of worship or any other place designated by the city as a place where children are known to congregate.
"So it's just something I think we need to do for the people in this community so they have something to say about the residency of a high profile sex offender," Linzenmeyer said.
He hasn't determined what the distance restriction for sex offender residency would be for Mayville but displayed a map with zones representing a 1,200-foot radius from parks, schools, churches and day care centers.
"I've been in touch with the city attorney to make certain this ordinance would withstand a court challenge," Linzenmeyer said. "We don't want to create an ordinance that limits a person from living anywhere, but we have to protect our zones."
Capt. Chris MacNeill told the committee that www.mayvillepolice.org contains the locations of the seven sex offenders living in Mayville. The Web site also features a link to the Wisconsin Sex Offender Database.
The committee plans to discuss the sex offender residency restriction ordinance further before recommending it to common council for approval.
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PUYALLUP -- A woman who police said assaulted a sex offender with a baseball bat said," I'd do it again if I had to," reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
- One reason she should be in prison for a long time. She admits she'd do it again. They need to make an example of this lady and send a strong message that vigilante justice will not be tolerated.
After learning that her Puyallup neighbor, 24-year-old William Baldwin, was a convicted level 3 sex offender from a flyer she received from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Tammy Gibson said, "I lost my mind."
- So you see, he apparently was living where he said he was and that is how she found him, from the flier they sent out.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Kevin McCarty interviewed both Gibson and Baldwin.
"She grabbed a bat, picked it up and started beating the crap out of me. She started beating me the way a man would with a bat", said Baldwin of the incident. "I've never even seen her before and she just comes over and accuses me of molesting her children and attacks me with a bat."
Gibson said she had seen Baldwin around the River Road Trailer Park and adjacent Cottonwood Mobile Home Park several times over the last year.
"I can't believe that he was allowed in our neighborhood", said Gibson.
Gibson said she often saw the 7 feet 3 inches tall Baldwin talking with her 10-year-old daughter.
"Last year, on the Fourth of July, he was talking to my daughter. I got the flyer in the mail and I snapped. I went nuts," Gibson told McCarty.
- So who else is she going to "snap" on? Will she kill the next person?
Gibson said she once told her live-in boyfriend she thought Baldwin was harmless, but said all that changed when she got the flyer that listed Baldwin's conviction on two counts of first-degree child molestation in 1999 as well as other offenses.
The flyer states that Baldwin lured a 5-year-old girl into a doghouse in his backyard and sexually assaulted her. That crime was committed while he was on parole for another sexual assault in which he forced a different 5- year-old girl into a sex act with him.
Gibson, who one neighbor referred to as "angry Tammy," at first told investigators she believed Baldwin had molested her daughter, then later admitted she knew he had not, but was afraid he would re-offend, court documents said.
- So if the neighbors call her "angry Tammy," apparently she has an anger issue. She should be in therapy for that, or she may kill someone.
Baldwin told McCarty he understands why people need to be informed that he is living in their neighborhood and claimed he has been assaulted in the past when people residing near him learned about his criminal past.
Baldwin said he has not re-offended since his release from prison in 2002 and said he has gone through counseling while jailed and now wants to put his past behind him.
"I did wrong to kids and people. I'm not like that anymore," said Baldwin.
Baldwin said that on the day of the assault, he had just completed a job interview and was looking forward to getting to work with a new company.
He also said he approves of the sex offender notification law.
"I think people should be told. If I wasn't a sex offender and I had a sex offender or a rapist living near me, I'd be mad too. I understand why she did what she did, but I didn't touch her kids," Baldwin said of Gibson.
Because he lived in the trailer park near River Road for several months before changing his registered address as required by law, Baldwin could be charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
- Ok, so this explains why he has been arrested.
Baldwin, who is currently in the Pierce County Jail, said he had to be escorted by Pierce County Corrections Officers for protection once the news of his alleged assault and sex offender status was broadcast by KIRO 7.
Gibson was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and felony harassment. She was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.
Gibson said her biggest concern now that she is in jail and could go to prison is her daughter.
"I'm in big trouble for this and I'm wondering who is taking care of my daughter right now. I want to be with my kids, but I guess I just sit and wait," Gibson said tearfully.
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From the comments to this item, this is HB-3094, see it here.
Defenders of a new state sex offender bill say it will help limit access of abusers to children. However, it seems more likely to produce a false sense of security and might even increase the likelihood of sexual molestation.
The bill, signed into law by Gov. Mark Sanford (Contact) this week, limits sex offenders who have victimized children younger than 16 from living within 1,000 feet of schools, day-care centers, children's recreational facilities, parks and playgrounds. Similar laws have been adopted in other states, including Georgia, which prohibits sex offenders from living near churches, public libraries and school bus stops.
- I doubt it, it probably affects ALL sex offenders, period... Since nobody mentioned the bill #, I have no idea which bill it is. If someone finds out, let me know.
Several human rights groups have challenged the Georgia law in federal court, saying the restrictions are unfair to people who already have paid for their crimes under the law. But a more realistic reason to oppose such laws is that they seem unlikely to do much good and might ultimately increase the risk to children.
Critics argue that limiting where sex offenders live does little to prevent them from seeking out potential victims. Thus, the laws are apt to create a false sense of security in parents.
The critics also note that the overwhelming majority of sexually abused children are victimized by people they know -- a family member or family friend, teachers, church officials or others who routinely come into contact with children. This law does nothing to diminish that risk.
Ironically, the strict limitations on where sex offenders can live might inadvertently increase the risk. Convicted sex offenders might elect to go underground and not register at all, making it more difficult to track their whereabouts and increasing the likelihood of subsequent offenses.
This bill spawned another controversy. Sanford said he signed the bill only reluctantly because he objected to an amendment that reduced the first-offense penalty for sex offenders who fail to register.
The penalty under the original version of the bill was up to 90 days in jail. Under the new version, the penalty is 30 days and/or a $500 fine.
But the amendment was designed to streamline the process and reduce the cost of enforcing it. Under the amendment, the state's magistrates, not solicitors, will handle the cases. That means less expense, quicker sentencing and fines that can be used to allay the cost of trying cases.
Solicitors say most first-time offenders who fail to register do so out of neglect, not because they are trying to evade the system. Solicitors would rather deal with the repeat offenders who likely are to pose a bigger threat.
It is easy enough to endorse any and all efforts to crack down on sex offenders. It is harder, however, to support only the laws that really work.
We doubt this one amounts to much more than window dressing and might, in the end, do more harm than good.
WA - A SWING, A HIT, A TRIP TO JAIL - Woman charged with assault after beating sex offender with baseball bat
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A Pierce County woman welcomed a Level 3 sex offender to her neighborhood by wailing on him with an aluminum baseball bat, authorities said Wednesday.
Tammy Lee Gibson beat William Allen Baldwin badly enough Monday that he was taken to a hospital for treatment of a possibly broken arm, according to court documents.
Gibson was taken to jail.
Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen charged the 40-year-old woman Wednesday with second-degree assault and felony harassment. Gibson pleaded not guilty. She was being held in the Pierce County Jail late Wednesday.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the attack occurred shortly after deputies posted fliers in Gibson’s neighborhood announcing that Baldwin had moved there.
According to charging documents, Gibson went to a home in the 7900 block of River Road East where Baldwin was living with his uncle and knocked on the door.
She asked to speak to Baldwin, and, when he came outside, accused him of molesting her children, court records state.
Gibson – who is 5 feet 11 – then threatened to kill Baldwin – who is nearly 7 feet tall – grabbed a bat she’d stowed nearby, and started beating him, authorities said.
“I kept swingin’ and swingin’ and swingin’,” Gibson told deputies, according to the charging documents. She eventually broke off her attack and went home.
Baldwin, 24, told deputies he does not know Gibson, and she later told deputies the man had not molested her children.
“There was no new crime,” Troyer said. “She was just upset.”
- Upset or high on trailer park crack... She beat him for no reason, except the label...
The Sheriff’s Department does not condone people harassing sex offenders, Troyer said.
- So why does he say the comments below then? Sounds to me like he condones it...
“That’s not the point of putting fliers out,” he said.
People should be aware when sex offenders move into their neighborhood and contact law enforcement only if the offenders commit new crimes or violate the conditions of their release from prison, Troyer said.
“We thoroughly enjoy putting those people back in jail,” he said. “Let us do it.”
- Sounds like he condones it to me, in a round about way...
After being treated for his injuries, Baldwin was booked into jail Wednesday on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender.
- This is where it gets fuzzy. He registered, from what was stated above, and the police sent out fliers, but, they did not update the registry, see here, it says he is homeless. So it sounds to me like he was homeless, then found a place to stay, then went to register to stay with his uncle. So this just sounds fishy to me, like they wanted to arrest him... See other comments below. So is he being arrested for the sheriff's screw up???
While investigating the attack, investigators learned that Baldwin had been living at the address for some time before he checked in with the Sheriff’s Department, Troyer said. Registered sex offenders must tell authorities immediately when they move to a new home.
- Usually it's within 24/72 hours, not immediately.. I still think they just screwed up, and instead of them admitting it, they arrest him to make it look like he made the mistake. But who knows...
Baldwin was convicted in 1999 in Pierce County Juvenile Court of first-degree child molestation after he sexually assaulted two 5-year-old neighbor girls.
- So this would make him 13 or 14 when he was arrested. And it's been about 10 years without further incident, so that makes him a Level 3 offender??? Come on...
He participated in the sex offender treatment program while in detention.