Friday, September 12, 2008

AUSTRALIA - Sex club for six year olds exposed

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I am not sure if I believe this or not!

09/13/2008

THREE boys aged six ran a sex club at a Brisbane state school demanding and receiving sexual favors from Year 2 classmates.

One outraged father claimed yesterday the school did not bother to tell him for more than a week that his son was involved.

He spoke out as similar stories emerged at state schools on the Gold and Sunshine coasts and Cairns, which indicate the sexual abuse of young students by other school children appears rampant.

The Brisbane father said his son was one of a trio seen performing various sex acts in a toilet block.

"The teachers interrogated the kids and made them write out statements without our consent," he said. "The boys wrote down that they belonged to a sex club.

"The teachers didn't make contact for six days. They sent me an email and said, 'Sorry, we've been busy'.

"We believe older children were also involved. I want a full police investigation.

"I was on the phone for hours being fobbed off by the Education Department."

His revelations came as uproar was sparked by yesterday's Courier-Mail story, which told how the sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl by a young classmate was dismissed as a "childhood experiment" by a country school principal.

The Courier-Mail revealed how the young victim was forced to perform oral sex on the boy who had threatened her with violence.

The principal was still working at the school yesterday despite demands from parents and child welfare groups that she resign.

Meanwhile, on the Sunshine Coast, a gang of nine-year-old boys has been accused of "grooming" children as young as five to engage in sex acts. Investigators were told victims were rewarded with lollies.

A grandmother of one of those victims said the Education Department had promised an investigation but it had come to nothing.

"It got nowhere and the offenders are still at the school being protected," she said.

"My grandson was scared to death and needed counselling. Of course we couldn't leave him there."

She said a little girl molested by boys more than 12 months ago at the same school was still traumatised and experiencing nightmares.

She accused the Crime and Misconduct Commission of simply referring her complaint back to the Education Department.

Opposition Child Safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said she raised similar allegations involving children in far north Queensland in May.

She said the Child Safety Department had failed to get involved in countless cases of sexual abuse.

And she criticised the State Government for the "appalling betrayal' of victims such as the seven-year-old girl who had to travel more than eight hours for counselling.

Yesterday Premier Anna Bligh admitted the principal of the school had been too slow to contact police.

A spokesman for the Premier said it had been agreed the family be reimbursed all reasonable costs associated with the child's counselling.

Last night Education Minister Rod Welford ordered the Ethical Standards Unit to investigate allegations.


FL - Detective Release Casey Anthony's Interrogation Tapes














CA - For Sale, Virginity

So, isn't this prostitution? This is just pathetic, IMO!


AL - THE SCARLET LETTER: ONE SEX OFFENDER’S STORY

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09/12/2008

These are my experiences in the Alabama legal system since my initial charge of indecent acts (UCMJ Article 132) in August of 1998. I returned to Pelham, AL in September of 1999 after serving a year and 13 days in Norfolk Naval Brig in Norfolk, VA. I had little understanding as to how much my life had just changed. I moved back in with my parents in the home I lived in before my legal situation changed. I found a job at a local restaurant, made new friends and found a girlfriend and sought only to live a normal life. I had made my mistakes in the past, served my time for them, and moved on. Clean slate, right?

Some time around November of that year, I was shown in no uncertain terms. How much of my life had changed. A detective from the Pelham Police Department arrived at my parents’ house to pick me up and explain to me that I could no longer live at that address, because it was within 1,000 feet (just barely as it turns out; my parents’ home is about 973 feet or so away) from a daycare center. The detective also took this opportunity to inform me that regardless of the relatively lesser nature of my charge, all sex offenders in AL are under the same blanket.

This was the first time I was forced to up root and attempt to make a life elsewhere, but it wasn’t the last. From there, we searched around to find a place to live for me, and the first one that turned up was a Motel in Homewood. We purchased the room for two weeks (my parents took care of the bill, as they’ve continued to do numerous times when situations would put me out of an established residence), and I went job hunting the day after I registered the address.

A little over a week later, I returned from the only job I could acquire in the area (a door-to-door salesperson job, selling meat and fish. I didn’t have a car or a license at the time, so my options for employment were very limited.) to find that my key no longer worked in the lock. I went down to the office, figuring that there was just something wrong with the key. Little did I know that Homewood Police had been there, passing my picture around while I was at work. I was told that I could no longer stay at that Motel. I had to leave the next morning.

My parents and I were at our wits end with regards to where to move me. Finally, we settled on the only option available; relocate out-of-state, to New York. We had discovered that my options were more open in my state of origin, with a better chance to live a normal life. I moved to New York in January of 2000. I found out that due to the nonviolent and non-predatory nature of my charge, it wasn’t necessary for me to register my address, nor was it required for the neighborhood to know where I lived.

Unrelated legal issues and personal matters pressured my return to AL. I had also acted on misinformation in my move back to my parents home. I was under the impression that due to the fact that New York didn’t require me to register, the word had passed on. There was more involved with it, like the lawsuit I knew in effect regarding out-of-state offenders and community notification. In any case, I moved back here in July or August of 2001. It was quickly discovered by the authorities that I had returned, because I was arrested in early December of that year for Failure to Register as well as Residing within 1,000 feet of a daycare.

During the three years of court appearances that followed, I had to move several times due to lack of financial stability, as well as my physical condition hindering my employment opportunities still further. I had been in an accident in New York in September of 2000, resulting in three herniated discs, two in my neck, one in my lower back, two pinched nerves, and constant pain.

Depression was also a constant companion during this time, and I entertained a myriad of negative thoughts regarding not only myself, but my loved ones as well.

Two things happened that stabilized me a bit; I actually found a house in Bessemer that I could afford and the court case finally got dealt down to three years of probation. I registered my new address and went to Columbiana the first of the month to start my probation.

I had no clue that things were about to go sour in a hurry.

I first met my probation officer in the middle of a small group of probationers. We gathered in her office, and she laid down the rules for us first-timers. Then she asked who the sex offenders were. I was the only one to raise my hand. She gave the others a few more words of instruction, then dismissed them. When they were gone, she turned to me — and turned on me. The stern-yet-amicable look on her face turned into malice and hostility in an instant.

She stated plainly that she didn’t like me; I was unredeemable; I belonged in prison; and that she was going to do “everything in my power to violate you.” I was stunned. I told this to my parents, but in reality I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it but stay out of her cross hairs until my probation was transferred to Bessemer.

For some reason, my probation was never transferred. I had to see her the whole time I lived in that little house on Fairfax Avenue, And suddenly, when I’m told the transfer is about to go through, lo and behold, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department stops by my house, one day and tells me I have to move because I am residing within 2000 feet of not one, not two, but three unmarked day cares! After living there for nearly a year!

Please forgive the sarcasm. Even after all this time some of the anger still bleeds through. I’ll try to stick with the facts, but I can’t promise there won’t be emotion.

I did what I was supposed to do, though. I called my PO and let her know the situation. She told me to call her every day with my living quarters until I had something permanent. I finally found an apartment in Homewood, registered it, gave my PO the info, and settled in. I thought it was all settled now.

June 28, 2005, I was in my apartment watching TV, when I heard a knock on the door. I stopped just shy of opening it, and asked who it was. I couldn’t make out the reply, which didn’t surprise me, since I sometimes have difficulty making out sounds. I opened the door, thinking that this may be a case of wrong apartment. Imagine my surprise and terror when I was suddenly grabbed by the throat and thrown to the ground. My first thought was “I’m being robbed again.” I had previously been robbed by gun point in my home in South Bessemer, one reason That is why I wasn’t that upset when I had to move from there. That thought dried up when I felt the handcuffs being applied.

I was told that the arrest was at the request of my PO and that’s all. The apartment manager comes up and promptly tells me that I’m evicted and not to come back. I was taken down to Homewood PD where I waited for my parents to bond me out. The next day, I called my PO. She says that I need to come to her office first thing in the morning. I expected the worst when I walked into her office. Sure enough, she was waiting with her supervisor. In his hands were a pair of cuffs.

I told you I’d violate you” she said, almost smugly. “ Can you admit now that you need help?

I spent four months in Shelby County Jail . An attorney got me out, but even then I had to plead guilty to something.

I’ve long since started referring to myself as untouchable. After all, it’s easier to condemn something and cast it away than to embrace someone and help them up.

It’s easy to forget that I’m supposed to have rights. It doesn’t matter that I served my time for my initial charge. The only thing that people see when they look at my record, no matter how much time has passed, is that red “S” on it.

I have actually been tempted to take the sex offender identification card that Jefferson County makes us carry and wear it around my neck on a chain, just to save time. Of course, with Alabama now marking our Driver’s Licenses and license plates, I imagine it won’t be long before our very clothing has a scarlet letter embossed upon it.

At this moment, I am in Jefferson County Jail, for the charge of failing to register, That I was forced into such a predicament, like so many of us in similar circumstances have been, doesn’t matter to those in charge. Mike Hale, and others like him, would like nothing more than to make 809 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North our permanent address. He’s perfectly satisfied with housing us in jail. He even stated in a newspaper article that he has no sympathy and that he’s “not going to help get a sex offender a place to live.”

It’s gotten so that I can’t open a blog site like Myspace to express my opinions on issues like faith or music or friendships without it being cancelled, not because I’ve broken some online rule, or because I’ve done something illegal, but because I’m a registered sex offender and I may be up to something sinister! Talk about being convicted without evidence!

Please don’t misunderstand me. I appreciate why the laws and safeguards are there in the first place. There is real danger out there, and it should be protected against, as well as punished when it is found.

My problem is when the laws overcompensate, in order to “err on the side of caution.” An error is still made no matter how well-meaning, and people’s rights are trod upon because of it.”

JR
Jefferson County Jail


NJ - Former Elk Twp. woman gets six years in prison for having sex with 13-year-old

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09/12/2008

WOODBURY -- Pamela Torres, 35, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to six years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child. Specifically, she acknowledged having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy in her former Elk Township home between September 2004 and April 2006.

Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker Jr. imposed the sentence, saying some factors in favor of the defendant justified a six-year term rather than the seven-year midpoint of the 5 to 10-year sentencing range for the offense. Torres is a first-time offender who is unlikely to commit another crime, Becker said. He also said he took into account letters of support from the defendant's sister, former husband, fiance and employer.
- If this were a man, they would not be saying any of this, even if the man was a first time offender, and they would not be taking into consideration letters from family. 

Though a Feb. 29 plea agreement with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office called for six years in prison, Torres' attorney argued for the minimum five-year sentence, saying she had been in an abusive spousal relationship when the offenses occurred and had dealt with addiction and depression. He also noted she has an 11-year-old son with disabilities.
- So it makes you wonder, did she molest her own disabled son as well?  I am not saying she did, but you got to wonder.

Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Audrey Curwin maintained that the sentence was appropriate, pointing out that the defendant took advantage of the victim's "extreme youth" and had sex with him more than 100 times, according to his statement. Curwin also presented the boy's guardian, who gave a statement to the court that described the boy as borderline retarded and now struggling with confusion over how to relate to female adults and girls of his own age.

Becker also ordered that Torres have a psychiatric evaluation and have no contact with the victim. Upon release from prison, Torres will be placed on parole supervision for a minimum of 15 years and will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law.


IL - Accused sex offender's death ruled a suicide

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09/12/2008

PEKIN - A Tazewell County Coroner's Jury ruled Thursday that the death of an accused child molester was a suicide.

Brad A. Mason, 48, was found dead against the door inside his detached garage about 10:40 a.m. July 23. An autopsy and toxicology reports indicated that he died of carbon monoxide toxicity with a level of 81 percent in his blood stream, said Tazewell County Coroner Dennis Conover. He said 35 percent saturation is typically enough to kill most people.

Pekin police detective Rick Von Rohr said Mason had hooked a drier hose up to the tailpipe of his car and then placed the other end inside the car. His body was found against a regular-size entryway door at the back of the garage as if he were trying to leave the garage and collapsed, Von Rohr said.

Inside the car were pictures of loved ones, a cell phone, a one-hitter cannabis pipe and other personal keepsake items, said Von Rohr.

Von Rohr said that he was notified on July 22 that a 15-year-old girl had told her boyfriend that Mason was fondling her. The boyfriend went to Mason's home and confronted him and yelling ensued. Mason forbid the boy to return to the house.

The girl then told her mother, Mason's girlfriend, that Mason had been touching her. The woman filed for an order of protection and then left the home to stay with a family member, said Von Rohr. Officers were dispatched to the home on July 23 to serve the order of protection on Mason, which would have required him to leave the home. The girlfriend was there and told police she could not open the garage door.

Von Rohr had arrived to search the home. When the girlfriend retrieved the garage door opener from the house and opened the door, officers found Mason. The car key was still in the on position but the car had run out of gas. The small detached garage, he said, would have filled quickly with fumes.

Von Rohr said neighbors last saw Mason at about 10 to 10:30 p.m. on July 22 when he backed his car into the garage - which they said was unusual because he never parked the car in the small garage.

While investigating in the house, detectives found three messages on the answering machine. The last message was from Mason, left at 12:01 a.m., which said, "I didn't do what she said. I love you forever. Don't go into the garage. Let someone else go in." Von Rohr said Mason sounded very upset on the message.

Von Rohr said he never had the chance to question Mason or his 15-year-old accuser. He had not been charged with any crime. Mason's death closed the case, he said. Mason had no previous record of sexual abuse, said Von Rohr.


NY - Teens Trade Sexually Explicit Images -- More Could be Charged

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09/12/2008

Webster - A 16 year-old Webster boy is facing felony charges, jail time, and even possible sex offender registration status. Wayne County Sheriff’s Investigators claim John Sciabica sent sexual images of another teen to friends’ cell phones. It was a 15 year-old girl who allegedly sent him those images according to detectives, and as a result Wayne County’s District Attorney is not ruling out charges against her as well.

The exchange of sexually-charged images over cell phones, known as “sexting” to some, is a growing trend among teens. Some experts and lawyers are concerned that current laws aren’t keeping up with that trend.

In this case Sciabica’s charged with Possessing a Sexual Performance of a Child under the age of 16, and Promoting a Sexual Performance of a Child under the age of 17. The felony charges carry a maximum sentence of four and seven years respectively.

According to Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy it was the parents of the 15 year-old girl in this case that filed the original criminal complaint. Healy tells 13WHAM News that he will be taking into account the ages and circumstances of all parties involved, and he’s not ruling out potential charges against the victim if the facts substantiate it.

"It would, on the surface appear to be a case of mutual offending," Dr. Sam McQuade of Rochester Institute of Technology said. McQuade, a nationally recognized expert in cyber-crimes and trends, said he’s not surprised that cases similar to Sciabica’s are popping up as local headlines across the country. One such case in Westport, Connecticut involves a 12 year-old girl.

"This is inevitable we've been seeing it come for a long time,” McQuade said. “It's worse than we thought.”

McQuade believes that it’s time everyone begin to pay attention to such trends and start to address the negative side-effects of them. "It’s a parent's responsibilities, education has a role, and the business community also needs to wake up to this because today's youth are tomorrow's employees."

"Remember these are young people sixteen, seventeen, sometimes younger," Thomas Splain, Sciabica’s lawyer said of this case and others. In the last six months Splain said a handful of similar cases have crossed his desk and in his experience the “letter of the law” is failing to keep up with reality.

"If you went into any local high school now and confiscated all the cell phones I'm sure they'd have to build a new jail," Splain said. "Kids are getting picked up and these are felony level offenses, state prison level offenses or federal prosecution (and) that's just a bit much for kids trading pictures over cell phones."

McQuade believes the Three “E’s” represent the path to towards keeping kids safe in an increasingly dangerous online world. Education, Engineering in the form of new technology, and Enforcement from police and prosecutors need to be implemented in combination.

"The reality of it is we'll never be able to prosecute our way out of juvenile cyber-crime,” McQuade said. “It's too common."

The entire interview with Dr. Sam McQuade is attached to this story, as well as a copy of McQuade’s presentation on Monday to the National Governor’s Association. More information on this issue and others can be found at www.bcybersafe.org


TX - Hubris: Galveston Sheriff leaves inmates, deputies, in hurricane's path

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So what are they going to do if all these jail inmates die because they did not evacuate them?


To Catch a Partier!!!

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09/12/2008

No hidden cameras here, Chris!

"To Catch a Predator" catcher Chris Hansen enjoyed himself at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Good luck claiming entrapment on this one.