Wednesday, October 8, 2008

MO - New Law Targets Sex Offenders on Halloween

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Video is available, and you can also leave your comments.  If these people are not on probation or parole, then the GESTAPO have no right to tell them to stay in their homes.  It's a free society, or was at one time!

10/09/2008

By Michelle Sherwood

A new Missouri law could keep sex offenders inside a dark home this Halloween and also give parents a clear sign where they are.

The new law has four main parts-- it requires registered sex offenders to avoid all Halloween-related contact with children, to remain at home that night, and turn off their outside lights. Sex offenders also have to put up a sign that says no candy or treats at this residence.

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the new law. The group says the law is too vague and too harsh, but Greene County deputies say they are here to enforce the law.

Police and deputies will be out looking for all four requirements this year. If caught violating the new law, a registered sex offender could spend up to a year in jail.


VT - Sex Offender Candidate for Vt. Senate

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Good luck!

10/08/2008

Milton - "Oh well. I know most voters are not going to warm up to my record," Larkin Forney said.

Forney, 29, knows he has an uphill fight if he plans to get elected to the Vermont Senate from Chittenden County. He is an independent, unemployed, and has a lengthy criminal record-- three convictions for drunk driving and one for sexual assault on a teenager. But he says he was wrongfully convicted.

"I want to be a senator because I think I could bring integrity and honesty back to the justice system which I believe is failing us because I have been a victim of false reports and false accusations," Forney said.

He spent 21 months behind bars for his sex crime conviction. He met a girl on the internet and had a long-lasting affair with her. The problem is she was only 14.

"And she had lied to me about her age and the charge in Vermont is called sexual assault on a minor," Forney said.

And he says he will address the hot topic of the day-- dealing with sex offenders.

"I agree that there should be tighter restrictions for sex offenders who are real predators... a danger to society. I had testimony from professionals that I am no predator or a pedophile," Forney said.

He claims he is no predator, but some of his neighbors in Milton are alarmed that anyone with such a record could run for office.

"I don't think there's any reason for them to take advantage of children, whether he had a brain injury or whatever his reasoning," Ida Westover said.

Jim Thatcher said, "It didn't really surprise me that much given that this town has the second highest population of convicted sex offenders in the county. One of 'em would have to end up on a ballot at some point, wouldn't they?"

"There isn't a politician who doesn't have skeletons in their closet. Not knowing him at all personally, and not knowing what he really does stand for, I'd have to say that my reaction would be to look, wait and see," Gary Morgan said.

Forney will have a chance to debate all the other senate candidates from the county. He is appearing in a forum on channel 17 Thursday night.

Forney is a valid candidate for the state Senate. There is nothing in Vermont law preventing convicted felons from holding elected office.

Brian Joyce - WCAX News


CA - Ex-Calimesa councilman suspected of probation violation

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10/08/2008

By JOHN ASBURY - The Press-Enterprise

A former Calimesa councilman convicted of felony child pornography has been arrested on suspicion of violating his probation

Jonathan Winningham, 52, scheduled to appear in Riverside court next week, is accused of communicating with a law enforcement adult decoy over the Internet last month, authorities said.

Winningham pleaded guilty in January 2007 to 10 felonies of transporting child pornography and three misdemeanors of possession, after 1,100 child-pornography images were found and seized by investigators on his home and city computers. Winningham was arrested in 2005.

A condition of his sentence was to register as a sex offender and not have contact with anyone over the Internet or use a computer except for work purposes.

The Riverside County Sexual Assault and Felony Enforcement Team, made up of probation, police, sheriff and district attorney officials, learned that Winningham had been chatting online, said Ron Garcia, SAFE team director and district attorney supervising investigator.

Winningham was arrested Sept. 22 in a Banning hotel room where the SAFE team decoy had arranged a meeting. Winningham was booked and released on $5,000 bond, according to jail records.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 15 on a probation violation charge. If convicted of the new charge, Winningham could serve time in state prison.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Winningham declined to comment and referred questions to his attorney at Blumenthal and Associates.

His attorney's office did not issue a statement.

"We can't say who Mr. Winningham thought he was talking to online," said Rick Quinata, Riverside County chief deputy probation officer. "That's not part of the allegations. He was not supposed to be using a computer to communicate, period."

For his 2007 conviction, Winningham was sentenced to 360 days in Riverside County jail and five years probation but was released from jail early, Quinata said. It's unclear how much jail time he actually served, Quinata said.

At the time of his sentencing his attorney estimated it would be less than a week.

Winningham served on the Calimesa City Council for 12 years before stepping down when his term expired in December 2006.

Reach John Asbury at 951-763-3451 or jasbury@PE.com


The difference between going to school in 1958 and 2008


Old item, but how true!

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.

  • 1958 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
  • 2008 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

  • 1958 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
  • 2008 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrest Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

  • 1958 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
  • 2008 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a swat with his belt.

  • 1958 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
  •  2008 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

  • 1958 – Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
  • 2008 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

  • 1958 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
  • 2008 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant pile.

  • 1958 – Ants die.
  • 2008- BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

  • 1958 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
  • 2008 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.


DC - Pedophilia in Bush/Reagan White House


WA - Fear-Mongering at it's best, or worse!


Yep, politics as usual! Use the sex offender scapegoat, to make your opponent look bad, while you put yourself on a grandiose platform! This is why I hate politics! They act like children who whine when they do not get their way! Plus, they say this without showing where they got the facts! They just assume the sheeple will believe anything thrown at them, and sadly, they usually do! I've attached many of my videos, to the first one below. Maybe that will educate them? But, I'm sure, when they see them, they will remove them, because they do not want the truth to get out. Watch and see!

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Post Turtle - Suppose to be a joke, but it's more truth than a joke!

Explains politics very well, IMO.

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, whose hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to one of the political candidates.

The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, that candidate is a 'Post Turtle'".

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.

The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'".

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain.

"You know they didn't get up there by themselves, they don't belong up there, and they don't know what to do while they're up there, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put them up there to begin with".


TN - Former jail employees plead guilty to having sex with an inmate

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10/08/2008

By TAVIA D. GREEN • The Leaf-Chronicle

Two former Montgomery County Sheriff's Office employees settled their cases in Judge Mike R. Jones on charges that they both engaged in sexual conduct with jail inmates.

Santiago Alcantara, 37, and Kevin Vance, 30, are both charged with sexual contact with an inmate.

Vance and Alcantara were indicted in the June term of grand jury following an internal investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

Both men were fired from their jobs.

Vance was placed on a two year pretrial diversion negotiated by his attorney Jeffry Grimes and Assistant District Attorney Robert Nash.

Alcantara pleaded guilty and was also placed on a two-year judicial diversion.

Grimes was his attorney.

The two men appeared in court this morning for their settlement dates.

Both will be put on regular probation and will not have to register as sex offenders or be on specialized probation.
- Of course not, they are above the law!  A sex crime is a sex crime, so why do the "good ole' boys" always get special treatment?

Grimes and probation officials said after much research they determined the charge did not merit specialized sex offender probation.
- So why is the probation officer, which is assigned after the court sentence, saying this?  This should've been decided by the judge, not some probation officer!

Having sexual contact with an inmate is a Class E felony and carries a one- to six-year sentence, according to Tennessee Law.
- So why are they not serving this "one to six year" sentence?  Because they are above the law, apparently!

For more court updates read Thursday's edition of The Leaf-Chronicle.


UT - Neighbors win small batle to keep sex offender house out of Pleasant Grove

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I wonder what these people will say when someone in their own family is slapped with the sex offender label? Statistics show that 90% or more of all sexual crimes are committed by family and close friends, not strangers. So when KARMA comes knocking, do not start raising hell about the laws being unfair!  Video is available at the site, and below.

10/08/2008

Reported by: Brent Hunsaker

PLEASANT GROVE (ABC 4 News) - Neighbors living around a proposed house for teenage sex offenders at 560 South 300 West were told that their cause was hopeless. They were told that there was no reason to go the city council. The council couldn’t act, they said. It was not the council’s decision, they said.

“They” could not have been more wrong.

The Neighbors did not give up hope. And they did go before the city council. The result: A whole new ballgame. Pleasant Grove Mayor Michael Daniel directed staff members to re-examine evidence it may have overlooked.

Alicia Redding presented the evidence to the council. The Reddings live across the street from the proposed facility. After reading relevant state and federal laws, she told the council that according to GPS readings, the sex offender house is 310 feet away from a licensed pre-school and kindergarten. State law says that’s too close for a registered sex offender – no matter their age.

Pleasant Grove city staff has agreed to review the new information and the law. If what Redding told them checks out, it is not clear how the city will proceed, but it would seem that ultimately the conditional use permit for the residential treatment facility would have to be denied.

The city’s planning commission had already rejected the permit in August. But it was overturned last month on appeal to the board of adjustment. That same board seemed poised to approve the permit at its upcoming meeting on October 16. Now it may not get that chance.

Neighbors are excited about the prospect of a victory in what seem to be a difficult if not impossible battle. They know that obstacles remain, but that also know to ignore those who would tell them to give up.


NC - Married To A Child Molester

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10/08/2008

Reece Murphy - Reporter

"From the beginning of the investigation, I have given the situation to God."

Carolyn Jewell, the estranged wife of recently convicted sex offender Larry Ray Jewell, begins a letter written to The Daily Record describing what she went through as a result of her husband's arrest.

A former assistant principal at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, Mr. Jewell was arrested in February 2007 on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted Mrs. Jewell's nephew over the course of 10 years from the time the boy was a preteen.

Some of the later assaults occurred after the boy became a teenager living with the couple at their home in Dunn.

Mrs. Jewell's nephew, now 21, declined to comment for this article, but seems to be moving on with his life. He is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and was recently married. The couple are expecting their first child, due in five months.

The legal proceedings came to an end last week when Mr. Jewell pleaded guilty to 15 counts of indecent liberties with a minor, incidents investigators said occurred between December 2002 and November 2004. He received a four- to five-year prison term, followed by five years of probation. He must also register as a sex offender.

The letter, written in response to an interview request, tells of a year-and-eight-month ordeal for Mrs. Jewell marked by pain, worry, humiliation and anger, some a result of actions by those closest to her, neighbors, friends and in at least one case, extended family members.

"This has been a faith-growing experience for me," she says.

Many of the trials Mrs. Jewell faced, she says, were a direct result of defense allegations made against her and her nephew by Mr. Jewell and his attorney. Mrs. Jewell has always denied the allegations and says the were exacerbated by the intense media coverage the case received - much of which she still feels was unnecessary.

In a March 14 probable cause hearing that resembled a trial, Mr. Jewell and his lawyer Jesse Jones alleged Mrs. Jewell and her nephew concocted the abuse story.

Defense Allegations

The two made up the story, the defense said, after Mr. Jewell confronted her about an extramarital affair and threatened to kick the nephew out after catching him looking at porn on the family's computer.

"When Mr. Jesse Jones, Larry's lawyer, started saying all the horrible things about me and my character in the courtroom, which then appeared in newspapers, Internet articles and TV, I was told that it was only part of the defense and not to worry," Mrs. Jewell says.

Mrs. Jewell goes on to tell how futile that advice not to worry seemed. She said she was frustrated from the beginning when Mr. Jewell was given a court-appointed lawyer, her nephew had the District Attorney's office working for him, and she was forced to hire her own counsel.

Mrs. Jewell said throughout the case she was denied information about the case since she was neither the defendant or the victim.

Not only did she face financial difficulties stemming from the loss of Mr. Jewell's income, but a social stigma as well.

Suffering

Mrs. Jewell's letter tells of vile signs placed in her yard, phone calls and people knocking on two or three doors of her home at once in the middle of the night.
- Get some cameras, record it, then press harassment charges against the people involved!

She tells how visits by the step-grandchildren she loves were stopped because their parents didn't want her telling the kids where their grandfather was.

She tells of co-workers and acquaintances in town turning their faces to the ground as they passed by; harsh words spoken by so-called friends because they believed the allegations or thought she knew about the abuse and let it happen.

"... how can you keep from worrying?" she says. "Also, how do you keep from worrying when your sons, parents, and other family members have to live this nightmare with you.
- More proof that the stigma of the sex offender label harms the entire family, not just the offender!

"Seeing their pain hurts more than your own," she says.

How He Hid The Truth

Mrs. Jewell said she never knew about the abuse. When asked how that could be, she says the question is best answered with a similar question, "How does any abuse of people or substances happen in any home without certain members of the family knowing?

"It takes sneaking around, being dishonest, and even creativity to find ways," she says in a follow up e-mail. "Sometimes it happens while you are in the next room of the home, while you are sleeping, bathing, etc.; while you are working in the yard, before you come home from work, while you are on a business trip, and there are many other opportunities found.

"Where there is a way, evil will find it," she says. "It is not your fault when something like this happens; however, if you do nothing when you find out, then you are at fault."

Mrs. Jewell says the only way she has been able to make it through the past months was due to the prayers and caring of a few close friends, family members and her church family at Glad Tidings Church in Dunn.

She says she can't remember how many nights she fell asleep hugging a prayer pillow she'd been given by the women of the church, and the comfort it gave her knowing they were holding her up in prayer.

Mrs. Jewell said she is not angry about the plea deal Mr. Jewell received because she can only believe it was the Lord's will.

Above all, Mrs. Jewell said even though she has been a Christian all her life, she learned some important things about God's grace through her tribulation.

Forgive, But Can't Forget

Forgiveness is one of those lessons, a lesson she calls one of the "true tests" of a Christian walk.

"When he forgives us (of our sins), he commands us to forgive others; therefore, when asked do I forgive Larry, my answer could be nothing less than 'yes,'" she says. "I forgive him and I pray for him when directed by the spirit - forgetting is totally different.

"I haven't learned to handle that yet," she says.

In summing up what Mrs. Jewell says she learned, it is possible to go back to the top of the letter and read what she wrote immediately following her opening quotes, a sentiment she reiterates consistently throughout the her letter.

"I've learned more about our justice system than I ever wanted to know, and as if I didn't already know, this has reinforced the fact that we must put our trust in God, and that we can't always trust the system or people."


TX - Castrated sex offender jailed again

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You see, castration doesn't always work, like many people believe it does, it's just another one of those "feel good" things to do to further shame someone. Many times sexual assault crimes are not about sex, but control, from what some studies have said, and therapists will tell you the same thing.

10/08/2008

By Robert Crowe - Express-news

A convicted sex offender who underwent voluntary castration has been placed in the Bexar County Jail after authorities say he violated parole by possessing sexually explicit materials.
- I do find it odd, that this reporter thought it was necessary to mention the fact that this was a castrated sex offender.  What purpose does that serve in reporting a story of a man violating parole?

Texas prison authorities will hold a hearing Wednesday morning to determine whether Larry Don McQuay, 44, should be sent back to prison for violating terms of his mandatory supervision.

“The hearing will determine whether he is allowed to continue his supervision or if his supervision will be revoked and he will return to prison,” wrote Michelle Lyons, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman, in an e-mail to the Express-News.

McQuay had been living at a Bexar County work-release facility since his release from a TDCJ prison on May 3, 2005.

The Texas Legislature made voluntary castration available in 1997 after McQuay requested the procedure. At least three Texas inmates have undergone the procedure, which was intended to subdue sexual desire.

Psychologists and doctors, however, are unsure of the procedure’s effectiveness.

McQuay admitted he had molested hundreds of children prior the surgery.
- If he has indeed molested this many people, which I kind of doubt, then why is he out of prison and not serving a life sentence?

In September, authorities discovered contraband at the facility he had been living at under an intense supervision program monitored by TDCJ.
- How does someone in an "intense" facility get a hold of pornographic material?  This was apparently part of his plea bargain or conviction.

“McQuay had several violations – possession of sexual explicit materials, having a subscription to a media that provides sexually explicit materials, failure to comply with the sex offender treatment program for having those materials, and for having the contraband at the Bexar County Work Release Facility,” Lyons said.

McQuay was released in 2005 after serving eight years of a 20-year sentence because his time-served and good-behavior credit met state requirements for release under mandatory supervision. Prison officials said he would be closely monitored for 11 years under an intensive supervision program, which required him to wear an ankle monitor at one point.

Authorities did not say how they suspect he procured the explicit material while under supervision.
- Corruption maybe?  People not doing their jobs?

Crime victims’ advocates protested his release in 2005, but prison officials said they were forced to release him because of the state’s mandatory release laws.

“He had to be released once his good time credits and his flat time (physical time behind bars) equaled the length of his sentence,” Lyons said.


PA - Sex offender residency limited

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Just more of the same old "jump on the bandwagon" mentality!  It has been proven that 90% or more of all sexual crimes NEVER occur at ANY of these places, but in the victims own home or close family.  So these laws are only placebos to make you feel like you are safe, when in reality you are not.

10/08/2008

By DANNY ADLER - Bucks County Courier Times

Convicted sex offenders will have a tough time moving into Yardley now that the borough council passed its sex offender residency ordinance Tuesday night, leaving only about 20 properties where offenders can live.

The new law prohibits sex offenders from moving within 1,700 feet of any school, childcare facility, common open space, community center, public park or recreational facilities, and sets up other restrictions. Since the Delaware Canal, which runs through the entire borough, is a state park, nearly all residential properties are off limits.
- So what are these "other restrictions?"

The ordinance was passed in a 6-0 vote. Councilwoman Patricia Sims was absent. Mayor Matthew Sinberg also supported the restrictions.

About a half-dozen residents of the Orchard Hill development off of Dolington Road asked the council to amend the ordinance to protect a privately owned tot-lot in their neighborhood.

“We're looking for equal protection for our kids,” resident Bill Hilton said.
- What about equal protection for ALL people, including sex offenders?

Councilwoman Jean Schmidling agreed that the council should do something since children congregate there, even though the playground is not public.

However, Councilman Michael Ruttle and Solicitor James McNamara warned that the borough can't create a blanket ordinance to prevent offenders from moving into the borough.

At what point do we risk a lawsuit against the borough?” McNamara asked. “You're dealing with people who, number one, have served their time.”
- Looks like you just opened yourself up for law suits!  And I'm sure they will be coming, because the laws are unconstitutional and will not work.  Read my statement at the top again!

Violators of the ordinance could be sentenced up to 90 days in prison and fined up to $1,000 for each violation. The law doesn't apply to anyone who established residence prior to Nov. 1, or to those who have one of the aforementioned facilities established within 1,700 feet subsequent to them establishing residence, the ordinance says.

The borough will put a map on its Web site depicting where offenders are restricted from living on a permanent or temporary basis, it reads.

Lower Makefield, which surrounds the borough, has its own sex offender ordinance that was established in 2005. The township was the second in the area, behind Tullytown, to enact such a rule. Since then, other municipalities have followed suit.

Danny Adler can be reached at 215-949-4205 or dadler@phillyBurbs.com.


IL - Cops: Mom said she'd post boy's nude pics

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This reminds me of the movie "An American Crime!" See video trailer below!

10/08/2008

An Elgin woman is under investigation in connection with a strange—and possibly criminal—campaign to reconcile her 13-year-old daughter with a former boyfriend.

Authorities say she threatened to publish nude pictures of the boy on the Internet unless he contacted the girl.
- So, here we have a adult female, who has nude photos of a 13 year old boy.  That is possession of child porn, even if it was in her daughters hands only.  Plus, this is harassment, threats and stalking!

The 42-year-old woman reportedly peppered the Sleepy Hollow boy, also 13, with phone calls, e-mails and thousands of text messages aimed at reuniting the young couple, according to a search warrant and affidavit filed late last month. The Tribune is not naming the woman because she has not been charged.
- Why aren't they naming the woman?  Yeah, she's not been charged, but the media has no problems reporting a persons name when they are accused of sexual abuse.

When those tactics failed, the woman threatened to publish photos online of the naked teen that he had sent to her daughter via cell phone, the records say.
- Hmm, this kid could be charged with possession of child porn as well, and also the girl, if she took the photos!  Sounds like a lot of lives are going to be ruined, possibly!

"It's odd, to say the least," said Kane County State's Atty. John Barsanti, who said the woman is under investigation. "It's not a fact pattern we normally come up against."

The woman could face charges of child pornography, intimidation and harassment, the documents say. Police seized cameras, computers, cell phones and other items from her Elgin home and the private school where she works. The boy received 12,302 text messages from the woman between January and July, according to records. The boy's family contacted police in late August.
- Could be?  She should be!

The girl's brother also took part, allegedly threatening to go to the boy's parents with the pictures unless the boy saw the girl twice a week, according to records.

On Sept. 23, the woman left a message warning the boy she would "send the pictures and video of him to his teacher and minister to show them he is not a nice person," the search warrant stated.

Oh, and this mother's job at the school? She's a teacher.

From the movie: "An American Crime":


This is suppose to be the full movie


TX - Boy received a nude photo of a female classmate, arrested, labeled a sex offender. So why isn't the person who sent the photo?

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I do not wish either of these people to be labeled a sex offender, that is insane. But, if they are charging the person who received it, why are they not charging the person who sent it? Which was a female, who took a nude photo of herself, and sent it to him. This was apparently a "young love" thing, so why are people considering this BOY a danger to society and not the GIRL as well? Neither of them are a danger! Why not warn them, punish them, then let it be? You see, we are RUINING the children these very laws were suppose to protect!

13 year old boy received nude photo of female classmate, is then charged as a SEX OFFENDER.

The boy faces 20 years to lifetime registration as a Sexual Predator.

Only in America.


NV - New sex offender laws could rise out of limbo

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Again with the word "punishment!"  See the video at the link above.

10/08/2008

More strict punishments are on hold

By Abigail Goldman

Last month the fight over Nevada’s new sex offender laws appeared to have ended. Rulings in three courts indicated the controversial Adam Walsh Act wasn’t going to fly in Nevada. A Sept. 13 newspaper editorial wrote its epitaph under the headline: “Even sex offenders are entitled to protections of the Constitution.”
- You darn straight they are.  All people are entitled to the same constitutional rights.  If you erode one group of people, then you should erode all peoples rights as well!

But the Walsh Act isn’t half-dead.

Here’s why we should care: The Walsh Act would force Nevada to come down much harder on sex offenders. This doesn’t sound bad, until you consider that the law treats people who committed crimes years ago and haven’t committed any offenses since the same way it treats people with recent offenses. Sex offenders who have long since been deemed low risk would find themselves under a slew of new restrictions.

Another factor is cost. The more closely sex offenders are monitored, the more it costs. Law enforcement insiders have said the law could cost the state millions of dollars each year. Among other things, hundreds of low-risk offenders could end up wearing GPS monitors paid for by taxpayers.

Even if you like the Walsh Act, and many do, remember that the state is paying to battle it out in three courts. The legal system is weighing the laws, and we haven’t yet enforced them.

Here’s a look at the three cases, and why the act is still alive:

The Walsh Act creates a new categorization system for future sex offenders and for existing sex offenders charged in the past 52 years.

In federal court, however, U.S. District Judge James Mahan ruled the laws couldn’t be applied retroactively. Mahan’s ruling spared offenders whose crimes have occurred, but he made no ruling on the fate of future offenders. So he left the constitutional question half-answered.

In District Court, Judge David Wall put a preliminary injunction on the Walsh Act while he evaluates it. This means that nobody is being punished according to its regulations, originally set to take effect in July.

This injunction put the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada in a bind. The organization successfully defended convicted offenders who would be retroactively affected by the act, but it could not defend future offenders. Now the civil liberties organization is in an awkward position, waiting for someone to be penalized by the Walsh Act so the case can be taken to court. This won’t happen until Wall lifts his injunction.

And while all this was going on, Family Court Judge William Voy ruled that one element of the act was arbitrary — making a teenage sex offender subject to adult punishments at age 14. The case went all the way to the Nevada Supreme Court, where it seemed a definitive ruling would emerge. Instead, the court sent the case back on a technicality. The process must begin again.

The Family Court delay puts judges such as Wall and Mahan on hold, because many think the lower courts will wait to see what the Supreme Court does with the case. The case in Voy’s court could set the tone for the other two, as soon as it works its way to the top again.

The court challenges mean the Walsh Act is stuck in a holding pattern. Future offenders could face regulations that would uproot their families, prohibit them from living near parks and schools and put their faces online — provided the act survives in one form or another.

And it might.


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Good idea in the next video, but, who carries computers around with them?






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I am not sure if this person is actually a police officer or not, but what they say is interesting! This might explain why PJ did not consent to a search of their computer!

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I'm a full-time member of a ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) taskforce. We will have nothing to do with Perverted Justice. No way to prove chain of custody, no way to prove who truly initiated and prompted the conversations. They have a lot of "cases" not even prosecuted, because of lack of or shoddy evidence. If some civilian pulls over a dui, and then presents you the evidence, what would we do? Laugh at em, and say "Great, but WE (LE) didn't see it, so we can't do anything about it." Heck, they don't even have access to the LE assistance departments of major ISP's and websites. What is their training? What is their background? Are they sure they are not violating the rights of people? How about them posting suspects names, photos, phone numbers, addresses, etc, online, even before a trial? Talk about some liabilities. How about screwing up ongoing investigations? Without giving up opsec, we have ways of knowing what suspects are being investigated by other UC's...PJ volunteers do not. And since they are a volunteer organization, how many pedophiles are performing counter-intelligence by volunteering, and learning how to avoid LE? Last I checked, all the training I've had has been for LE only. What about any images they receive from enticers? Alot of enticers will send child porn to the "minor target", to groom them into thinking it is normal for children their age to be engaged in sexual activities with other children and adults. Guess what...now that volunteer is in possession of child pornography...and last I checked, they are not exempt from those laws. I understand their hearts are in the right place, but they need to let LE handle this stuff.


UT - Residents oppose proposed center for sex offenders

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10/07/2008

By Ethan Thomas Deseret News (ethomas@desnews.com)

PLEASANT GROVE — A group of Pleasant Grove residents are upset about a decision that could put a treatment center for young sex offenders in their neighborhood.

To emphasize that, the group has circulated a petition that now has close to 500 signatures. Neighbors also held a protest outside Tuesday's City Council meeting that got the attention of many passers-by as well as city officials.

Although the issue was not scheduled to be discussed that night, Pleasant Grove Mayor Mike Daniels allowed opponents to speak at the conclusion of the regular council meeting.

"They are putting youth who have been convicted of sexual crimes in the backyard of children, literally," Pleasant Grove resident David Lisonbee told the council and city staff.

In August, Alliance Youth Services sought a conditional youth permit from the city planning commission to house young sex offenders near 500 South and 300 East.

After considering the issue, the planning commission denied the request based on the premise it "unreasonably" interfered with the health, safety and general welfare of the community it surrounded.

Alliance appealed to the Board of Adjustments, which found merit in the company's complaint regarding how the decision was reached.

"It doesn't mean the commission's decision was wrong, it just means the board felt how they got to that decision was," said Sean Allen, Pleasant Grove city planner. "So the board will go through the steps again and make sure they do what is right."

The board is scheduled to make a decision Oct. 16. They will either approve the facility and impose several conditions upon it, or deny it for reasons outlined to Alliance.

The decision looms over many neighborhood residents and parents who send their children to a nearby school.

Joseph and Britanie Kitchens moved into the house next door to the proposed treatment center.

"The thing that worries me most, the tendencies that they have to be repeat offenders," Britanie Kitchens said. "You put them right next door and they look right into our house and our yard and no one can promise me the safety of my children."
- This is a lie propagated by the media and politicians.  The recidivism rate for sex offenders is 10% or lower, see here for the real factsEven if sex offenders did not exist, nobody can promise you safety!  The world is a dangerous place, and you need to wake up to that fact, and come back from wonderland!

The Kitchenses have three children 8 and under and another on the way. They, as do many other parents who live on the street, worry about what this could mean for their kids.

"We already don't let them play in front yard because it is busy, but we have a big backyard, and we let them play back there," Britanie Kitchens said. "I wont even want to let them go outside without me if this goes through. It is just going to make me have even more anxiety."
- Well, that is anxiety you are bringing on yourself, and you are hurting your child by not letting them be kids!  Like I said, even if sex offenders never existed, the world is still a dangerous place, people just use sex offenders as their scapegoat!

All attempts to contact representatives of Alliance Youth Services were unsuccessful.

Once denied or approved, the only way to challenge next week's decision would be through district court.