Wednesday, October 29, 2008

VT - In Vermont, an accused man takes his own life

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Sure is a lot of suicides in government buildings lately. I know of three, which are on this blog.

10/29/2008

By PHILLIP BANTZ - Sentinel Staff

Vermont man was charged with molesting a young girl

NEWFANE - A Vermont man accused of sexually assaulting a girl and having child pornography committed suicide Tuesday in the Windham County Sheriff’s Department parking lot before he could be arrested on federal charges.

Joseph P. Childs, 39, of Townshend shot himself in the head with a 9 mm pistol while he sat beside his mother in the passenger seat of her car, waiting to turn himself over to Brattleboro police detectives, according to Sheriff Keith D. Clark.

Childs pulled the trigger just as detectives were approaching the car to arrest him on federal charges of possession and production of child pornography, according to Vermont State Police Sgt. John Hagen.

Hagen said Childs did not threaten anyone else with the gun. After the shooting, an ambulance rushed Childs to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

U.S. Attorney Thomas D. Anderson said the production of child pornography charge is tied to a girl who police say was repeatedly molested by Childs earlier this year. He said Childs also had child pornography that did not involve the girl.

The girl, now 10, told investigators that Childs began abusing her in March at his Brattleboro apartment. She said Childs would disrobe her and touch her inappropriately, according to an affidavit prepared by Brattleboro police detective Michael W. Carrier.

She also said that Childs sometimes gave her money after the incidents, and laughed once when she told him her parents would eventually find out about the abuse.

Childs was arrested at his mother’s Townshend residence in April after a brief standoff with Vermont State Police troopers.

He was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.

He was re-arrested in May on charges of possession of child pornography and promoting sexual conduct with a child. Investigators said Childs’ computer contained images of child pornography.

Carrier refused to say whether those charges involved the girl Childs allegedly molested.

Childs was released from the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., after posting $15,000 bail shortly after his second arrest.

The Vermont State Police are investigating Childs’ death. His body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy scheduled for today.
- Why does an autopsy have to be done?  I think it's obvious why he died!

In the meantime, a second man, Anthony M. Giallella, 70, of Brattleboro faces two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. He and Childs are accused of molesting the same girl.

Giallella, a convicted sex offender, was arrested Oct. 17, when he showed up at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital threatening to kill himself because of what he’d done to the girl, police said.

He is accused of directing the girl to remove her clothing and inappropriately touching her on several occasions while the two were alone inside his Brattleboro apartment.

During a search of Giallella’s apartment, investigators said they found children’s underwear and diary entries describing sexual encounters with other young girls.

They also found numerous photographs of Giallella posing with children inside his apartment. They are working to identify those children.

Giallella remains at the Springfield jail for lack of $5,000 bail.

Phillip Bantz can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1409, or pbantz@keenesentinel.com.

(Article originally published in The Keene Sentinel print edition entitled Accused man kills himself at sheriff’s office.)


MI - Cops crack down on sex offenders

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I am tired of reporting on this Halloween Hysteria, so this will be the last fear-mongering article about Halloween.

10/28/2008

By Mike Fornes

Cheboygan - Law enforcement agencies across Michigan will work together through Oct. 31 to find individuals in violation of the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act.

The search is on in Northern Michigan counties including Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Mackinac and Emmet.

Led by the Michigan State Police with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, the initiative, known as Operation Verify, is aimed at increasing compliance with the state's sex offender laws. A total of 2,200 sex offenders have been arrested since the first statewide sweep in 2005.
- Why don't they call it "Operation Hysteria?"  Or "Operation Fear-Mongering?"  Or "Operation Insanity?"

"Coordinated sweeps like this provide the opportunity to augment law enforcement's daily efforts to protect our children and families by ensuring sex offender registration compliance," said Col. Peter C. Munoz, MSP director.

The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act requires offenders convicted of a misdemeanor listed offense to report to a local law enforcement agency to verify their address yearly, Jan. 1 through Jan. 15. Offenders convicted of a felony listed offense must report heir address quarterly during the first 15 days of January, April, July and October.

Failure to do so is a graduated penalty ranging from a 93-day misdemeanor to a four-year felony. Convicted offenders must also report a change of address within 10 days of moving; failure to do so is a four-year felony.

In addition to Operation Verify, the MSP participates in several local and regional sweeps each year. The department also maintains a list of the Most Wanted Sex Offenders. A total of 25 individuals featured on the Web site have been located and arrested since it began in August 2006.


WI - Halloween: Have fun and do not barf

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10/29/2008

Chinese-made candy is loaded with poison.

Psychos are going to hide needles in the Snickers bars and razor blades in apples.

Child molesters are lurking in every neighborhood, waiting to abduct little ghosts and goblins.

With so many dire warnings bombarding them, what responsible parents would possibly subject their kids to the horrors of Halloween? The trick-or-treat police might come slap the cuffs on you and haul you away for child endangerment just for letting the kid out the door.

Let's get real.

First off, there really is some Chinese candy out there that was found to contain an industrial chemical called melamine. It appears to be confined to the brand White Rabbit Creamy Candy, which looks like taffy and comes in a wrapper with Chinese characters on it.

According to the National Confectioners Association, just 0.7 percent of the candy sold in America is made in China. So your odds are pretty good to begin with, and if the kids avoid sweets wrapped in labels they can't read, they should be OK.

Second, we've been panicking for years about dastardly fiends poisoning candy or slipping sharp objects inside. While it's true there have been a handful of such reports, they almost always have turned out to be pranks perpetrated by kids, or their parents who were seeking attention. (Check http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/needles.asp for more details.)

That hasn't stopped communities from X-raying bags of sugary goodness or insisting that parents sort through it all, looking for signs of tampering (and sneaking a few Kit Kats for themselves) over the years.

But again, there's not much to worry about here.

Finally, our own state government this week upped the fear factor by encouraging parents to check sex offender registries to make sure their kids don't knock on the door of some creep.

In Marathon County, population about 135,000, we have 133 registered sex offenders who are deemed to be so dangerous to children that they are forbidden to participate in Halloween.

So, your odds are roughly 1 in 1,000 that you'll meet up with one, and infinitesimal that an offender would actually snatch your kid off his front porch.

It's kind of sad that it's come to this, and we shouldn't let all the worrywarts ruin this for us.

Heck, we finally just got Halloween back to Oct. 31, where it is supposed to be, rather than some goofy date designated by the government to be -- guess what? -- safer. Had we stuck with that plan, you would have been out trick-or-treating on Oct. 25 or Nov. 1 this year.

So listen up: Have fun this year.

Start early to avoid being out after dark.

Parents, go along with your kids if you think they're too young to go door-to-door on their own.

Kids, do what your mother tells you to do.

And don't eat all the candy at once or you'll barf.

Deadline today

Back to serious stuff for a moment: The deadline for submitting election-related letters to the editor is the close of business today. Letters must be received in the Daily Herald's office or via e-mail and verified by 5 p.m. today to be considered for publication.

Get writin', folks.


AUSTRALIA - Pedophile fears as student profiles, pictures go on net

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Sounds like fear-mongering, or pure ignorance. There IS a different between Internet and Intranet. An Intranet is an internal network, not accessible by the outside world. So this sounds unfounded to me.

06/16/2008

By James O'Loan and Melanie Christiansen

PARENTS are outraged at a State Government plan to post the profile of every state school student on its intranet, sparking fears pedophiles could find it.

The intranet database, dubbed OneSchool, will profile each of the state's 480,000 public school students enrolled from Prep to Year 12.

Photographs, personal details, career aspirations, off-campus activities and student performance records are being collected from all 1251 state schools.

The site already has been labelled a likely target for computer hackers.
- So are you saying all hackers are pedophiles?  That is total BS!  If it's on a secure Intranet and staff has to supply a name and password to get to it, it would be rather hard to get to it, unless the Intranet is exposed to the outside world by some IT person who doesn't know what they are doing!  Hire a security expert, they will tell you this.

"The social fabric of hackers is such that this database (OneSchool) is going to be a fair target," Queensland University of Technology deputy dean of Information Technology professor Mark Looi said.

"People are going to try and get in. There is no doubt in my mind."

But Education Minister Rod Welford has warned the state-wide rollout of the OneSchool database is "non-negotiable" and students could be refused an education if they don't divulge required information.

Parents outraged

couriermail.com.au reader Sari, of Brisbane, suggested personal information of our politicians, their wives and children should be posted first.
- It's an internal network, not Internet?  Why don't you read up on what an Intranet is before jumping on the fear-mongering bandwagon?  Most people who have a network at home, are on an Intranet, of sorts.

“Then we'll see how safe it is before adding school children.”

Sandra of Brisbane said Mr Welford could not stop her children from attending school if she refused to allow them to be part of the database “because by law the government has to provide my children with an education”.

“Stick that where you must. And you can get screwed if you think I am going to consent to my children's photo and private details being available to anyone and everyone in the system,” she wrote.

I Reckon of Brisbane wrote: “Ya gotta be joking? What a world of paranoid people we have became!

Andrew of Queensland said: “My own children’s teachers need this information, not every person (including adminstration staff) and the entire education system.”

“Well, I guess my children will be getting a home education as there is no way on this earth any of my child's details will be available to anyone in this way,” Ad of Brisbane wrote.

However, Adam of Brisbane said: “Why would a pedophile bother to hack into a database like this when there seems to be enough vile content elsewhere on the internet?”

Education Queensland said details of 180,000 students from 637 schools already were online and the database would be completed by December.

About 80,000 students are expected to be added to the internal education department database each year.

Welford's ultimatum

Education Minister Rod Welford said parents could be denied access to public education if they refused to consent to their child being profiled, and he dismissed concerns from parents about pedophiles hacking into the database.

"It's not Facebook we're creating here," Mr Welford said, referring to the popular internet networking site.

"The Courier-Mail is playing to the ridiculous, extreme and hypothetical, and I will not be drawn into playing your game."

He said - to his knowledge - no one had gained unauthorised access to Education Queensland's other online databases.

Students must accept it

Mr Welford has warned OneSchool is "non-negotiable" and students could be denied an education if they don't divulge required information.

He also said he understood some people might have concerns about the security of online databases but OneSchool was designed to be more secure than the current system.
- Well, it is on an Intranet, not the Internet.  If it was on the Internet, then ANY database can be hacked, just ask the FBI and Pentagon!

"If they don't want to have any of their information recorded ... how else does one record a student's results," he said.

However Civil Liberties Council vice-president Terry O'Gorman yesterday said parents should be concerned, warning the OneSchool system could put students' privacy at risk.

Mr O'Gorman called for the system to be restricted so principals and teachers could access data only on their own students, with non-teaching staff excluded and no access for home computers or laptops.

"Why should anyone other than the teacher of a particular student and the principal of that school have a right to know what a child's academic performance is, behavioural status is or what their life aims are?" he said.

"It just puzzles me as to how it can have any possible benefit to centralise that information, whereas it has a clear privacy downside."

At least four Queensland teachers have been arrested in the past fortnight in connection with an international child porn network. One is accused of super-imposing photos of himself and his students on online images of children being sexually abused.

OneSchool users will have passwords to one of 12 different levels of access to the encrypted data, according to their role.

Until now schools have used paper records and offline computer or internet-based databases to store student information.

Queensland Council of Parents and Citizens Association vice-president Charles Alder rejected concerns about security breaches.

"The security standards on this are as high as on any other system," he said.

Queensland Association of State School Principals president Norm Hart also supported OneSchool.

The first phase of the database rollout, to be completed by December, focuses on developing accurate student-management records including school reports, contact details, attendance, extra-curricular activities, behaviour, career aspirations and parental contact.


MD - Maryland afraid of strangers with candy on Halloween

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They hit the nail right on the head!

10/29/2008

By Sean Irwin

The Division of Parole and Probation in Maryland is requiring about 1,200 registered violent and child-sex offenders to post a sign reading "No candy at this residence" on their house before Oct. 31. Registrants are also required to stay at home on Halloween with their outdoor lights off and to not answer their doors.

This is national news, and it has been greeted with roars of approval from some sides and jeers from others. The reasons for it are obvious. Children go from door to door, trick-or-treating with strangers, and the possibility that some of these strangers might be a sex offender is enough to make any parent nervous.

Those in favor say that sex offenders are already registered, that a dedicated parent can find the names of neighborhood offenders in official databases anyway, that the only people being hurt by this gave up their freedom the day they acted on their impulses. Nobody is going to shed any tears over the loss of a sex offender's privacy. But does this make it OK?

The only difference between a registered sex offender and an uncaught or potential sex offender is that the former of them is registered. Also, "sex offender" and "pedophile" are not synonymous. Technically an eighteen-year-old who has sex with a seventeen-year-old has committed statutory rape in California, for instance. That "no candy" sign is nothing short of a scarlet letter, and the label of sex offender is not something neighbors will forget.

Naysayers point out that there has never been a reported Halloween child molestation case, and this makes sense. Halloween is high profile. Children almost as a rule travel with adult chaperon's. This nervousness is only paranoia, and registrants are suffering an unprecedented breach of privacy to soothe it.

These signs do not make anybody safer. If anything, they serve to stoke up an irrational fear at the thought of one of those pumpkin signs appearing on a neighbor door. This country has shown before that the populace is often willing to give up freedoms for the illusion of safety.

And for those of you who say bah-humbug on Halloween, think twice before you put up that sign that says "no candy."


IN - No Halloween for sex offenders

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10/28/2008

Counties in region to monitor parolees during trick-or-treat hours

Statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Justice show that 93 percent of the people who commit sex crimes against juveniles know their victims well beforehand.

That leaves the chances of a sex offender snatching up a random child out trick-or-treating for Halloween this Friday slim to none. But to be safe, the Indiana Department of Correction has enacted a statewide program designed to keep some sex offenders out of sight and out of the way between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., the prime trick-or-treating hours.

And, as always, officials are asking parents to practice some common sense with their little ghouls and goblins.

"It's important not to let children trick-or-treat alone," said Cpl. Jeff Shimkus, a member of the Allen County Sheriff's Department's Sex Offender Registry and Notification team.

As part of the Department of Correction program, sex offenders on parole in Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange and Noble counties are required to stay inside their homes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the front porch lights off and a special sign provided to them posted on their doors alerting children and parents that no candy will be handed out there.

Parolees in Whitley, Kosciusko, Wells and Adams counties are ordered to attend meetings at nearby jails during trick-or-treating hours, according to Fort Wayne Parole District Supervisor Dave Wuthrich. There they will receive information about treatment for sex problems and tips on how to stay in the good graces of their parole officers, according to the Department of Correction.

All offenders have been notified by letter of what they have to do, according to officials.

Those offenders ordered to stay in their homes must be available to answer their doors, as police and parole agents will be checking those homes to make sure regulations are being kept. Failure to do so could result in a parole violation.

"Nobody there can be giving out candy if an offender lives in the house," Shimkus said. "It doesn't matter if their mom or dad or another family member lives there too."
- So now, instead of saying just the offender cannot give out candy, you are PUNISHING the entire family!

In Allen County, about 100 sex offenders are on parole and will be affected, according to Shimkus. Fort Wayne and New Haven police officers will check homes of parolees in their jurisdictions while sheriff's reserves will be checking homes in the county area outside those cities.

Some parole agents will also help in Allen, whereas parole agents will handle the brunt of home checks in DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange and Noble.

In addition, the Allen County Adult Probation Office has ordered the 94 sex offenders currently on probation in the county to adhere to the same rules as those on parole. Armed probation officers will be checking those homes and offenders not in compliance could be referred to a judge for violating probation, according to Chief Probation Officer Eric Zimmerman.

That leaves about 450 or so registered sex offenders in Allen County who are not on parole or probation and are free to hand out candy if they like. Federal statistics gathered throughout the 1990s show that 93 percent of the people who committed sex crimes against juveniles knew their victims beforehand.

"In my 25 years prosecuting sex crimes we have not had a child snatched up on Halloween," said Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards. "Most sexual abuse of children is perpetrated by someone the child knows. They groom their victims with gifts and presents, little steps to power and manipulation."
- Thus proving the point that the "Halloween Hysteria" is blown way out of proportion!

"It is very rare, although it does happen, that a child is snatched off the street by a stranger," she added.

"If there's a sex offender nearby, just don't go to that home, whether they're allowed to give out candy or not," Shimkus said.
- So now, you are asking people to punish those not on probation or parole as well!


NV - Budget Cuts May End Halloween Sex Offender Checks

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How sad, using fear-mongering to get money!

10/28/2008

Sex offenders living in the valley may not get their regular Halloween night visit from their probation officers. Because of budget cuts, Parole and Probation cannot afford Operation Scarecrow, meant to keep trick-or-treaters safe.
The whole point of Operation Scarecrow is to make sure sex offenders have no contact with children. Offenders aren't allowed to have decorations and cannot hand out candy. But this year, the state can't afford to pay the Probation and Parole officers who enforce these rules so they've had to come up with a different plan.

Halloween on a Friday may sound perfect for kids dressing up to trick-or-treat, but for the state's Probation and Parole office, it's a nightmare.

"The 31st is Nevada Day, which is a holiday and anybody who worked that day would have to get holiday premium pay, which is double time and half and the budget just can't handle that this year," said Ron Cuzze, President of the State Law Enforcement's Union.

He says with no money, Probation and Parole's Operation Scarecrow had to be moved. In years past, officers have gone door to door on Halloween night making sure sex offenders weren't luring children into their homes. Because of the holiday, to do that this year would cost more than $30,000.
- When was the last time you had a sexual offender harm a child on Halloween?

He blames Governor Jim Gibbons' budget cuts, "He said that budget cuts would not affect public safety and we know now that budget cuts are so bad this it is affecting public safety."
- Well, if the state was "for protecting the children," then the police would do this for free!  But you see, it's not about "protecting" anybody, it's about fear and hysteria to get more money, votes, etc!

Operation Scarecrow has now been moved up one day which some think defeats the entire purpose.
- What?  Why not move "Nevada Day" back one day?  So then cops can work on Halloween and not have to be paid double!  Sounds like you are not using your brains again!

A few probation officers are also working with federal authorities and Metro on Halloween night to make sure sex offenders are following the rules.

"There are certain sex offenders in our community that have to register with us and they need to remain in compliance and we have officers assigned to make sure they are in compliance," said Metro Officer Cris Johnson.

But Cuzze thinks this may be just a glimpse of what's to come, "I'm very concerned that public safety is taking a back seat to the budget restraints. I believe that we could be entering in some dangerous waters for the public."

The governor's office says it's not the best situation to move Operation Scarecrow to the night before Halloween, but the governor says he still has confidence that the Department of Public Safety is doing all they can to make sure kids are safe.


UK - Cybercrime wave sweeping Britain

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And a lot of online harassment is being done here in the US by cult/terrorist groups like Perverted-Justice, AbsoluteZeroUnited and many others.

10/30/2008

Cybercrime in the UK rose by more than 9% in 2007, according to a new report.

Online identity firm Garlik's cybercrime report claims that more than 3.5 million online crimes were committed in the UK last year.

The majority of crimes related to fraud and abusive or threatening emails. There was an 8% drop in online identity theft and sexual offences fell 2%.

Tom Ilube, of Garlick, said he expected to see a growth in online financial fraud due to the credit crunch.

In 2007, the sharpest rise was in online financial fraud, with more than 250,000 incidents reported in 2007; a 20% rise on the previous year.

The report highlighted a growing professionalism among online criminals, with personal and credit details being traded online.

Garlik said that the information black market had doubled, with more than 19,000 illicit traders identified.

Abuse and blackmail

Online harassment also increased. More than two million people were the victim of an abusive email, false accusation or blackmail attempt.

It is thought the growing popularity of social networking sites helped drive this, providing a new widespread medium for online harassment.

However, there was a drop in cases of online identity theft, which fell 8% to just over 80,000 reported cases.

The number of online sexual offences also fell by 2% to 830,000.

The report warned that a rise in overall cybercrime was to be expected, with people resorting to illegal activities as the economic climate worsens.

Cybercrime is one of the fastest-growing criminal activities and covers a wide range of offences, including financial scams, hacking, harassment and identity theft.

But some people think the report is just the tip of the iceberg.

Andrew Goodwill, from fraud prevention specialists The 3rd Man, said cybercrime was mushrooming out of proportion.

"Cybercrime costs the country hundreds of millions every year," he said.

"Retailers alone lost more than £270m in 2007 from internet fraud. And that's just the figures reported by banks.

"These numbers are a shadow of the real figure. Pretty much everyone who goes online will be the subject of some kind of internet crime, be it phishing emails, virus attacks or malware," he said.

According to the FBI, the UK is home to many of the perpetrators.

In a 2007 report by its Internet Crime Complaint Center, Britain came second after the United States (and before Nigeria) as the source of online crime.

Garlik's chief executive Tom Ilube sounded a warning for the future.

"It's critical in this time of financial crisis that individuals are vigilant with their personal information, because as long as the credit crunch continues, we can expect to see a real growth in online financial fraud," he said.

WHERE CYBERCRIME COMES FROM
United States 63.2%
United Kingdom 15.3%
Nigeria 5.7%
Canada 5.6%
Romania 1.5%
Source: The Internet Crime Complaint Center 2007 annual report


Delaware Sex Offenders - Profiles and Criminal Justice System Outcomes (January 2008)


Below is just portions of this study. I advise you to download and view the above PDF document for the entire article.

Introduction

Research on sex offenders has gained widespread attention in the past several decades. Media sensationalism and the exposure of sex offense cases, especially those involving children, contribute to the current environment of fear. However, important questions still remain unanswered by research, the media and the criminal justice system. Who are the typical sex offenders? Who are their victims or potential victims, and what can be done to protect the victims?

One may infer from media reports that the typical sex offender is an individual who has already committed a sex offense, is a stranger to the victim, or an authority figure. For example, recent national headlines include a 29 year-old sex offender who pretended to be a 12 year-old boy, and enrolled in four different middle schools. Or, there are the cases in which individuals are preying on children via the internet, and driving hundreds of miles to engage in sexual acts with these children (Dateline NBC, To Catch A Predator).

Truth be known, there is no map, set of guidelines, or picture of a typical sex offender. Much research has reiterated this important point. Previous research provides insights into the sentencing, treatment and recidivism of sex offenders as well as the impact of sex offender laws passed in recent legislative sessions in state and federal government.

This study provides a more complete background of serious sex offenses in Delaware so that we can better understand the effectiveness of our sex offender public safety efforts and penalties as well as the possibilities for rehabilitation and reduction in recidivism. This report seeks to identify a profile of Delaware sex offenders. The purpose of this study is to identify the state of Delaware’s sex offender population for a given year, providing detailed information on Delaware’s sex offenders regarding age, sex, race, relationship to victims, criminal history, conviction, sentencing and recidivism.

Sex Offender Recidivism

Fear of sex offender recidivism is the foundation of the Adam Walsh Act resulting in the tightening of state sex offender registration and notification activities. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales explains, “Too often sex offenders continue to harm children even after previous conviction (DOJ Press Release May 17, 2007).” However, in the world of criminal recidivism, sex offender recidivism rates appear to be an anomaly, and are difficult to interpret. For instance, adult sex offenders have low sex offense recidivism rates. The Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (Langan et al, 2003) study of sex offenders released from prison in 1994 shows that only 5.3 percent of them were rearrested for a new sex crime after being at risk three years (p.24). Similarly, in the study of Delaware adult sex offenders (Huenke et al, July 2007) released from prison in 2001, only 3.8 percent of them were rearrested for a new sex crime after being at risk three years (p.11). In a very extensive recidivism study in Ohio (Black et al 2001), only 8 percent of sex offenders released from prison return to prison for a new sex offense after being at risk 10 years (p.11).

Yet, there is a bewildering contrast when these adult sex offender recidivism rates are viewed in light of the 2007 Delaware Juvenile Level V (incarceration) and Level IV (24 hour programs) sex offender study (Rodriquez-Labarca and O’Connell June 2007). Twenty-seven percent of the juvenile sex offenders are rearrested for a new sex offense or failure to register as a sex offender offense within three years of release (p. 10). After five years at risk, 41 percent of the juvenile sex offenders were rearrested for a new sex crime or failure to register as a sex offender offense(p. 10). It is striking that sentenced juvenile sex offenders have a recidivism rate about ten times higher than their adult sex offender Level V (incarceration) prison counterparts. Also interesting to note is that 27 percent of the offenders in the Delaware adult sex offender study had sex offenses in their prior criminal history (Huenke et al July 2007, p.7). Likewise, this study finds that 34 percent of the offenders with a 2004 sex offense disposition have a prior sex offense arrest. These comparisons imply that until significant time is served in prison (about four and one half years on average in Delaware), sex offense recidivism remains fairly high (Huenke et al July 2007). Interestingly, the Langan et al (2003) study shows that the longer the time served in prison, the lower the recidivism rate for child molesters (p.19).

Is post-prison sex offense recidivism really as low as reported by official statistics? If so, it might be expected that post-prison recidivism for sex offenders for any crime would also be very low. However, this is not the case. Sex offenders are very likely to be arrested for non-sex crimes after release from prison or conviction. In the BJS (2003) study, 43 percent of the sex offenders released from prison were rearrested within three years for any crime. In Delaware, adult sex offender recidivism is 55 percent for any crime (Huenke et al 2007, p.13), and 68 percent for any new crime for juvenile sex offenders (Rodriquez-Labarca and O’Connell June 2007, p.11).

In most cases, a convicted sex offender has nothing to gain by reporting his/her own sexual criminal acts. Where a sex offender’s treatment should involve an honest assessment of the individual’s deviant sexual fantasies and behavior to be effective, such disclosure may result in further prosecution and punishment. We also know that a very high percentage of sexual assaults go unreported by the victim (Tjaden and Thoennes Jan. 2006). This may be why we react as if the very low post-prison sex offense recidivism rates belie reality. The enhanced sex offender registration and notification programs represent one way that we try to ensure protection, and to locate offenders when sex assault reports come in. Oddly, the Washington State (Schram and Milloy 1995) study shows that community notification has no impact on increasing arrests for sexual assault, though it does result in an increase of arrests of sex offenders for non-sex related crimes (p.19). Thus, increased surveillance, while likely to increase the discovery of new crimes committed by sex offenders, does not ensure catching sex offenders for new criminal sexual acts; however, if incapacitation results from arrests for other offenses, the practice may still be effective in reducing sex offense recidivism.

The secrecy of a sex offender’s life has led Colorado to develop treatment and monitoring programs for sex offenders released to their community, which includes the use of routine polygraph examinations as a way to expand their knowledge of sex offenders’ activities. (Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, June 2004). The Colorado approach to treatment and public safety are not well served unless sex offenders are forthcoming about their deviant sexual activity. “Just as the offender’s current offense may not accurately reflect his level of dangerousness, the information he self-reports will most likely reflect what he is willing to disclose rather than what professionals need to know (English and Heil 2006, p.15).” To gain a step toward more personal freedom in Colorado, sex offenders must complete at least two non-deceptive polygraph tests. Not only is knowledge of sex offender activity more complete in Colorado, using this knowledge appears to be associated with a better understanding of sex offender behavior, both pre and post-conviction, and victim types (English et al 2000). An answer to the surprisingly low “official” sex offender recidivism numbers may be that when polygraph results are compared to the official records, the actual sex offenses in Colorado increases from a median of two to a median of thirty-six, a ratio of 18 to 1 for actual versus official sex offenses (Simon et al 2004).

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GA - Request for information from renters

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10/29/2008

Friends:

In anticipation of our November 13 hearing, we are writing to ask a favor. Can you please email us or call us if you fall into one of the two following categories?

Category 1

  1. You are a person on the registry;
  2. You currently rent your residence pursuant to a written lease that has your name on it as one of the renters; AND
  3. You have recently been told to move from this residence because it is within 1,000 feet of a prohibited location

Category 2

  1. You are a person on the registry;
  2. You previously rented your residence pursuant to a written lease that had your name on it as one of the renters; AND
  3. You were required to break your lease and move since (or in anticipation of) July 1, 2008 because your residence was within 1,000 feet of a prohibited location.

We know that many people have been unfairly evicted from their residences over the past two years, but at the moment, we are only looking for people who fit into the categories described above. Many thanks for your assistance.

All the best,

Sara, Sarah, Mica, Gerry and James

Mica Doctoroff
Southern Center for Human Rights
83 Poplar St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 688-1202 -phone
(404) 688-9440- fax
mdoctoroff@schr.org


GA - Halloween warning for registered sex offenders

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Sorry Mr. Fincher, you are a sheriff, and you have no authority to tell those NOT on probation or parole to obey these draconian laws. So I'm sure, if you arrest a sex offender NOT on probation or parole, you WILL be sued!

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.
- And if they are not on probation or parole, you will be sued!

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.
- So what?  It's not a law they have to answer their phones.  If you stop eating donuts for a while, get off your fat, lazy butt, and go do you job!

"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.
- Also, if they are not on probation or parole, you can knock all you want, they do not have to answer the door, or phone.  It's their home, and their right, and you have no authority to make them open the door or answer the phone.

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


GA - Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed to Serve in Church?


View the Alan Hunt web site here

Original Air Date: June 28, 2008

Show Category: Christianity/Church

Show Description: I came across a law this week that was enacted in Georgia that forbids anyone convicted of a sex crime from serving in their local church. Give me a break. Now the government is telling the church who can and cannot serve in the church. Don't get me wrong, I don't want sex offenders serving in Children's ministry. But the church is a rehabilitation center more than it is a tea party. Join the conversation as we look at who should be serving at our churches.

The woman in this show (Nancy), is apparently not a religous person, and she is one sided, and won't answer the questions. Wait until her, her husband, or child gets slapped with the "sex offender" label. What would Jesus do? And the man after her, once she is kicked off the show, once again, takes a bible quote out of context. The REAL meaning can be seen here.