Monday, October 20, 2008

GA - Police: Officer Had Sexual Contact With Prostitutes While Investigating Them

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10/20/2008

SANDY SPRINGS - Have investigators at the Sandy Springs Police Department gone too far in some vice investigations?

Acting Sandy Springs Police Chief David Bertrand confirmed he has requested an internal investigation to find out. Bertrand was initially spurred by two cases involving the same officer and a couple of alleged prostitutes. WSB-TV showed police reports from the two incidents to former Clayton County Solicitor-General Keith Martin.

"I've probably done as a prosecutor over a thousand vice cases," Martin told Channel 2's Mark Winne. "I've never seen one where it went this far, that we were asked to prosecute."

In a report dated Aug. 22, the officer entered a spa and said he was there for a massage. A price of $200 was given and a woman removed her clothes. The report suggests she climbed on the table with the officer and began rubbing her body on him before putting a condom on him.

The report goes on to say, "She then initiated the act of sexual intercourse with me."

It says he told her to stop during the act, so he could use the phone. He gave the take down signal to a detective and advised the woman she was under arrest.

A second report indicates on Aug. 18, an officer responded to an ad. This woman is alleged to have placed a condom on the officer and began another type of sex act. Again, the officer advised her to stop so he could make a phone call. He told her she was under arrest.

The investigation into whether this officer went too far actually came as a result of the officer's own reports. Someone read the reports as to the officer's actions in these cases and the matter was brought to the attention of Bertrand.

The investigation into the officer's actions is under way. The officer's name has not been released.


NEW ZEALAND - Murder-accused admits razing stepfather's house

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Now watch, her murdered someone in cold blood, and he will get a slap on the wrist, watch and see!

10/21/2008

A man accused of murdering his convicted sex offender step-father has admitted burning down his house.

Jamie Stewart Davies, 31, of Raglan, yesterday admitted a charge of arson at the start of his murder trial in the High Court at Hamilton.

Davies is charged with murdering his stepfather, Allan Wallace Davies, 57, whose body was found in his burned-out house in Struve St, Ngaruawahia, on September 28 last year.

Police arrested Davies four days later, in Tauranga.

An autopsy on Allan Davies showed he died before the fire, allegedly from injuries inflicted by the accused.

In his opening address, Crown prosecutor Ross Douch said Jamies Davies had arrived at his stepfather's home in the early hours of September 28 with the intention of confronting him.

The court heard that Allan Davies was due to be sentenced in the Hamilton District Court for historic sex offending. He had earlier been found guilty of five representative charges of committing indecencies with a girl under the age of 12.

Mr Douch told the court that in a taped interview at the Tauranga police station on October 2, Davies said he had "lost control" when confronting his step-father over his historic sex offending.

Davies admitted punching Allan Davies between 20 to 40 times.

During the taped interview, however, Davies insisted he had not gone round to the house to kill his stepfather but instead "to talk to him".

Mr Douch - citing a pathologist report - said Mr Davies' injuries included a 4cm fracture across his breast bone, an injury to the back of his head and neck injuries consistent with strangulation.

He said Davies had meant to cause the death of his step-father.

"He wanted him dead," Mr Douch told the jury.

The Crown is expected to call 18 witnesses, including a taxi driver who drove Davies to his stepfather's home on the day of the incident.

Defence counsel Paul Mabey QC, in his opening address, told the court that while Davies denied murdering Allan Davies, he did not deny killing him.

Mr Mabey said it was the jury's task to decide if Davies was guilty of murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.

He said it was not a case of whether Davies could walk away free at the end of the trial.

The trial, before Justice Lang and a jury of six men and six women, continues.


WI - Violations aren't crimes

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We are called a "Prison Nation" for a reason!

10/20/2008

Regarding the proposed new Eau Claire County Jail, one issue has yet to be addressed: probation violations. The jail does not need more space, and the existing cells are not being filled up by people committing new crimes. Many of the beds are being used by people on probation being locked up for petty and technical rule violations (but not new crimes).

It's common sense. You don't lock up a drug or alcohol offender for having a few beers at home. You don't lock up a sex offender for looking at an adult video or for using the Internet (unless they're contacting minors). These "violations" are not a danger to the public, and these issues are best addressed by community counseling, not by the prison system.

Locking people up for actions that are not illegal only causes those people to hate the system, not to respect it. We lock people up for petty rule violations and then complain about the financial cost of doing so. The jail population could easily drop if these probation agents would use common sense.

JENNIFER ERIN KEITH

Eau Claire


OH - Teen who sent nude photos will not have to register as sex offender

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I think this is great, but, meanwhile, there is many other children in this country, that are labeled a sex offender, possibly for life, for doing the same thing.

10/20/2008

NEWARK - A high school student accused of sending nude photos of herself to classmates' cell phones will not be required to register as a sex offender.

Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt and the girl's lawyer, Jill Cochran, reached an agreement today on how the case against the 15-year-old girl will be resolved, but did not disclose details.

However, the resolution of the case against the Licking Valley High School student would not require the girl to register as a sex offender, Oswalt said in a press release.

The girl was charged Oct. 3 with delinquency counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and possession of criminal tools - her cell phone.
- A cell phone is a criminal tool?  Then I guess 99% of all society is criminals for having such a device!  Put them all on a criminal registry for all to see!

School officials notified authorities after learning an undetermined number of students had received nude photos of the girl via their cell phones.


OH - Woman Attempted To Sell Daughter For Sex

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Notice this was not a stranger, but her own mother!

10/20/2008

DAYTON - A Dayton woman was sentenced Monday for attempting to sell her daughter for sex, but the girl said it never happened.

Rachel White, 39, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted compelling prostitution of a minor and child endangerment.

Police said she tried to peddle her 17-year-old daughter for sex at a Harrison Township motel last April to support her own drug habit.

Judge A. J. Wagner sentenced White to 18 months behind bars, the maximum sentence.

In a Dayton courtroom, Judge Wagner told White, "Attempting to whore out your daughter...it's disgusting."

After White serves her sentence, she must register as a sex offender.

Following Monday's sentencing, the teenage daughter told reporter Kathryn Burcham that it never happened. The girl said, "My mother has never prostituted me out, and I've never sold my body whether it's for drugs or money."

The 17-year-old said she supports her mother and will miss her while she is in prison.

The girl said, "I'm glad she's getting help and everything but at the same time I don't want everybody thinking that my Mom was out here, my pimp, prostituting me out for her addiction to crack cocaine."


GA - Halloween warning for registered sex offenders

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Sorry, but a Sheriff doesn't make laws. So he has no right to do this, period. There is no law in Georgia, that says sex offenders must do this, none! So what right do you have to try to make someone obey some rule you decide to come up with, to make yourself look better? You have none. Those on probation or parole, might be told by their probation/parole officers, that they must stay inside, but they have that authority, not some Sheriff.  These so called rules, are at the end of this article.

10/20/2008

By Ken Stanford Editor

CLARKESVILLE - Registered sex offenders are being given fair warning by Habersham County Sheriff DeRay Fincher: stay away from kids on Halloween.

Of course, registered sex offenders are supposed to do that anyway. But, Sheriff Fincher warns they should go the extra mile and has posted a set of rules he expects each of them in Habersham County to observe between 5:00 and 10:00 Halloween night. And, he says, his department will be monitoring the movement of registered sex offenders in the county during those hours.

Sheriff Fincher says any registered sex offender caught violating any of the rules will be arrested.

Fincher says sex offenders cannot accompany children while they trick-or-treat; participate in Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating; wear a costume; decorate the home; open the door to trick-or-treaters; pass out candy to children; or attend any party where children are gathered.

He says they must stick close to the phone, because officers will be calling throughout the night.

"Sheriff's deputies will be out in force checking on sex offenders to ensure that they follow these rules," Fincher added. "Deputies will also make unannounced home visits and routine checks on Halloween night.

Sheriff DeRay Fincher says there will be "zero tolerance" on Halloween for any sex offender who "violates the rules."


RULES: (Link)

Keep in mind, there is NO LAW in the state of Georgia which says sex offenders must stay inside on Halloween, NONE!!!

The rules shown below must be observed by all sex offenders on October 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Any sex offender violating any of these rules will be arrested.

Sex offenders CANNOT:

  • Accompany children while they trick-or-treat.
  • Participate in Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating.
  • Wear a costume.
  • Decorate the home.
  • Open the door to trick-or-treaters.
  • Pass out candy to children.
  • Attend any party where children are gathered.

Sex offenders MUST:

  • Stick close to the phone, because officers will be calling throughout the night.
- So what, is it a law now that someone has to answer their phone?  If you want to check on someone, get off your donut eating butt, and go to their home.  I'd just not answer the phone, period.  No law saying I must!

Sheriff's deputies will be out in force checking on sex offenders to ensure that they follow these rules. Deputies will also make unannounced home visits and routine checks on Halloween night.

Sheriff DeRay Fincher says there will be ZERO TOLERANCE on Halloween for any sex offender who violates the rules.


PA - Law limits on where sex offenders can live

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10/20/2008

By ANNIE TASKER - The Intelligencer

Warrington has passed a law barring sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of places children gather.

That means people convicted of sex crimes will not be allowed to live near schools, parks, sports fields, arcades, movie theaters and day-care centers, among other locations. More specific descriptions of the places children gather will probably be added to the ordinance later, said Supervisor Chairman Paul Plotnick.
- Does this mean anybody who committed a sex crime, or those against children only?

The law supervisors approved Tuesday puts Warrington in step with surrounding municipalities, including Hatboro, Horsham, Quakertown, Hilltown and Doylestown Township, where residency restriction laws already are in place.

“We didn't want Warrington to be the only potential place for sexual predators in Pennsylvania,” Plotnick said.

When a draft of the ordinance was introduced last month, solicitor Michael Clarke said no challenges have been filed in the state so far to municipal sex offender residency restriction ordinances. Clarke warned supervisors when they approved the law last week that there is a chance laws like Warrington's will end up in court, Plotnick said.
- People, if you live in Pennsylvania, take this to court!

After eliminating everywhere in the township within 2,500 feet of where children gather, there aren't many places left, Plotnick said. Among them: part of a cemetery.

Penalties for violating the residency restrictions include a maximum $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Annie Tasker can be reached at 215-345-3187 or atasker@phillyBurbs.com.


VT - A good start

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10/20/2008

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has finished its work on reviewing Vermont's sex offender laws and will be recommending a number of changes to the Legislature in January.

The committee seems to have listened to the concerns of the community following the death of Brooke Bennett in a responsible, thoughtful way. In the immediate aftermath of her death, there was an understandable outcry for ensuring sexual predators cannot reoffend. Gov. James Douglas (Contact) even pressured the Legislature to hold a snap session to pass a so-called "Jessica's Law" without time to hear what victims, their families and law enforcement had to say.
- This Governor is an idiot!  You need to listen to all sides of an issue before jumping the gun and passing something which may or may not work, just to make yourself look better!

Instead, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin called on Bennington Sen. Richard Sears to spend the summer asking for input from those involved with both offenders and victims as well as the general public. Sears, who worked in youth residential programs for 35 years, was endorsed by both parties as an appropriate person to do the job and he and his committee have done well.

Their recommendations include a 25-year maximum sentence for the worst offenders, without tying the hands of prosecutors faced with a weak case. Victims' advocates, prosecutors and police were all concerned that an all-or-nothing minimum sentence would lead to too many innocent verdicts in cases where there was no physical evidence or the victim was unable or unwilling to provide credible evidence. In states that have done research after passage of a Jessica's Law, prosecutors have resorted to offering plea bargains without reference to the sexual nature of the charged offense in order to obey the law and still get convictions on imperfect cases. Rather than solving the problem, it makes it worse, by allowing sex offenders to hide the nature of their crimes and avoid enhanced sentences, special probation restrictions like an offenders' registry, treatment and so on.

Some of the other recommendations are equally important, like ensuring full disclosure of past offences during sentencing; preventing harrowing, even abusive pretrial depositions, described by more than one observer as "fishing trips" for the defense; and funding special investigative units trained to ensure prosecutors get the strongest possible case to take to court from police trained to treat victims with respect.

But the judiciary has only a limited role in the issue. It's crucial that we as a state don't consider the problem solved by passing longer prison sentences, because by definition, punishment follows rather than prevents a crime.

First and most important is to ensure the community is trained in spotting and preventing potential abuse before it happens. That means involving the schools and the human services branches of government in education and prevention programs. The vast majority of sexual abuse happens in homes and other supposedly safe locations at the hands of family members or their trusted associates and follows predictable patterns.

Even if the Legislature passes the harshest possible penalties for convicted sex offenders, if that's all the state does, we will have failed to respond appropriately to the tragedy of Brooke Bennett's death.


SC - Sex offender ordinance up for Council review Tuesday

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10/19/2008

By HALEY HUGHES - Staff writer

More than one year has lapsed since Aiken County Council first looked at a sex offender ordinance, and the body will finally hear third reading of it Tuesday.

Council revisited its proposed ordinance several times since it was first proposed in July of last year with provisions seeking to regulate where registered sex offenders could live, work and loiter. The current ordinance version is much different from its original, reflecting a state law passed in June that prohibits where certain offenders can reside.

Council's proposed ordinance no longer includes residence provisions but does still stipulate where offenders can work and loiter. The ordinance would make it unlawful for offenders to be employed by or loiter within 1,000 feet of any child care facility, school, church, children's recreational facilities, playground or park.

But the state law - and Council's ordinance - only applies to offenders who have been convicted of first- or second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct with a minor or kidnapping a person under 18 years of age.

Some Council members have opined that the ordinance needs to be broadened as people are required to register as sex offenders for crimes other than those committed against minors, and that could come up in discussion Tuesday.

In other business, Council will consider removing from the table and voting on a proposed ordinance to rezone 2,038 acres located along Wire Road, New Bridge Road, Wheat Road, Wrights Mill Road, Rushton Road, Tyler Hill Road, Steadman Road and Redds Branch Road from residential (RD) to rural community (RRC).

When Council met last month, a debate sparked in the audience during a public hearing on the subject as to whether the rezoning was the appropriate step to take.

Some community members said the entire area had never been zoned correctly since small businesses have been allowed to open there but currently operate illegally because commercial endeavors are not permitted in residential zoning districts. Others said they felt they would lose certain protections if the zoning was changed.

Several public hearings organized by Councilman Charles Barton have previously been held and, as a result of the discussions, the new zoning district of rural community (RRC) was created. However, some feel the zoning is too broad to apply to such a large area of Aiken County.

"It is hard to put one zoning on the whole area," Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie said at the time.

Aiken County Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in chambers located at 736 Richland Ave.