Thursday, December 18, 2008

CA - Miley Cyrus living with 20 yo boyfriend, but has to keep bedroom door open

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The age of consent in California is 18. So this is a crime. So apparently, the law does not apply to you, if you are rich and famous! Why is the media and police not all over this? A crime, is a crime!

10/24/2008

Yesterday we published photos of Miley Cyrus’ supposedly sober 20 year-old boyfriend, Justin Gaston, partying it up with some guy friends in a half shirt and shirtless. He looked drunk, and you would hope he was to be acting like that, but he was only seen with a glass of Mountain Dew and supposedly doesn’t drink. Maybe he’s just high on all the hormones and stupidity coursing through his young veins.

This week’s National Enquirer says that Justin is over Miley’s house that she shares with her family several nights out of the week and is practically living there. The 15 year-old is allowed to have her older model boyfriend in her room, but the two are supposed to keep the door open. As if they don’t sneak into each other’s rooms in the middle of the night:

The boyfriend of 15 year-old Miley Cyrus has moved in with her, the Enquirer has learned.

Miley’s dad Billy Ray approves of the shocking living arrangement because he thinks Miley’s beau, 20 year-old Justin Gaston, is a great match for his superstar daughter, say sources close to the family.

But don’t worry, Billy Ray hasn’t lost his mind - he keeps a close eye on his daughter, and she’s not allowed to close the door to her bedroom when Justin is with her.

"Justin is the guy Miley’s parents see her settling down with a few years down the line,” an insider told the Enquirer.

“He’s handsome, talented, clean-living, goes to church and knows his Bible - a real catch…”

Justin is also keeping an apartment, but has spent most nights in the Cyrus house.

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, November 3, 2008]

That’s just a recipe for disaster right there. 15 year-old kids know how to sneak around their house so they don’t make noise and you can bet these two are visiting each other in the middle of the night. How stupid can Billy Ray Cyrus be? The Enquirer also says that Billy Ray is the one who met Justin first and that he was so impressed with the kid he introduced him to Miley.

There’s another story in Star, which likes to stretch the truth to the breaking point, that Miley wants her own apartment for her 16th birthday next month. That’s probably not true, and if Miley has her older boyfriend right at home with her she doesn’t have to go through the trouble of convincing her parents to let her move out.

Miley played coy when asked by Ryan Seacrest on his radio show about Justin. She said “He’s been a really great friend. There’s a lot going on, everyone started judging us as soon as we started hanging out. I’ve learned not to judge and just go into our friendship with an open mind and not worry about the age and everything. Our families are like, whatever happens happens, no matter what he’s a great friend.”

Maybe their families are a tad too laid back about it. When a 20 year-old is involved with a 15 year-old some kind of judging can often help avoid future problems.



NEW ZEALAND - Man jailed for killing stepdad

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Insane!  5 1/2 years for murdering someone and setting their house on fire.

12/19/2008

A man who beat to death his convicted sex offender stepfather and then set fire to his house has been jailed for 5 1/2 years.

Jamie Stewart Davies, 31, had been found guilty by a jury in the High Court at Hamilton in October of the manslaughter of Ngaruawahia man Allan Wallace Davies, 57, in September last year.

In sentencing Davies yesterday, Justice Graham Lang said he did not believe he went to his stepfather's house with the intention to inflict violence on him, the Waikato Times reported.

"I believe you went there to confront him, but had not made the decision you did until you got there.

"The jury made it clear his death was not intentional."

However, Davies had taken a life and the fire had caused such destruction to the body that "even in death (Allan Davies) was not left with any dignity", Justice Lang said.

During the trial defence counsel Paul Mabey QC told the court that Davies had never intended to kill his stepfather.

Mr Mabey said Davies had gone to his stepfather's home to confront him over his historic sex offending.

The court was told Allan Davies had been due to be sentenced in Hamilton District Court after he was found guilty of five representative charges of committing indecencies with a girl under the age of 12.

Jo Davies, sister of the dead man, told the newspaper she was disgusted at the length of the sentence.

She said she would "like to see him rot in jail ... or at least spend 10-14 years there".
- He should be in prison until he dies.  IMO, if you take a life, then it is life in prison, period!


FL - Florida Woman Says Former Church Plans to Make Her Sins Public

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12/18/2008

By Diane Macedo

A 49-year-old Florida woman says her former church is threatening to reveal her sins to its congregation after learning that she is in a "sexually immoral relationship."

Rebecca Hancock told FOXNews.com that Grace Community Church, a non-denominational church in Jacksonville, Fla., was against her relationship with boyfriend Frank Young because the two were sexually active but not married.

When she wasn’t willing to obey the church's orders to leave him, she decided to leave the church instead, allowing her two children to remain active members.

Now, she says, church elders have given her the worst ultimatum yet: In a Dec. 8 letter, they told her she either has to meet with them and end her "immoral" relationship or she will face public humiliation.

Bottom line, on January they 4th they are going to the church publicly with my sins, and my children will be sitting in church at the time,” Hancock told FOXNews.com.


A church leader wouldn't commit to an interview when contacted Thursday by FOXNews.com. The Rev. T. Scott Christmas, pastor of the church, told the Florida Times-Union that the "process of loving accountability" is made very clear to members, and the church is doing "nothing more than following the practices of what biblical churches have done through history."

Hancock, who is divorced, said the problems began in March, when she started telling her church mentor about her relationship — in what she thought were confidential conversations.

“As it progressed I told her about it and she said, 'You’ve got to get out, you’re biblically wrong,'” Hancock said.

Despite knowing her relationship was against church rules, Hancock said she never realized that disclosing it would trigger the first in a three-step process used by the church to deal with sinners: private admonishment, admonishment in the presence of witnesses and finally public admonishment.

Still, she said she tried to follow her mentor’s advice and break up with Young, who wasn't a member of the church.

“I must have gone through 10 breakups trying to end it, but after not having the power to do it I would go back,” she said. “It was hard to give up somebody I love.”

Hancock learned that her private sessions with her mentor hadn’t been so private after all, when in October her mentor pulled her aside in church and asked her come into another room.

In the room, there were several women that I never told my business to. And they proceeded to tell me about my business and what I was doing and what a sinner I was — just persecuting me.” Hancock said. “One of the ladies was even saying ‘I was at your house when you didn’t come home all night.’"

It was then that Hancock said she decided to leave Grace Community Church.

“I told them, ‘I cannot believe you people are doing this. I’m not going any further — I’m never coming here again,’” she recalled.

Her boyfriend said the church wouldn’t let it end there.

The pastor kept calling her, and I informed him that she [Hancock] would appreciate it if neither he nor any member of his church contacted her ever again,” Young told FOXNews.com.

Almost two months later, Hancock received the letter from the elders of Grace Community Church, explaining that she had left them no choice but to continue the disciplinary process.

Your refusal to repent and be restored in your relationship with God and His Church leaves us with no alternative than to carry out the third step of the discipline process,” the letter explained. “In accordance with Matthew 18:17, we intend to ‘tell it to the church.’”

Darrell L. Bock, a research professor for the Dallas Theological Seminary, said that public admonishment is not uncommon in churches that focus on discipline but added, "Most churches would handle this much more privately than this particular community is choosing to do."

This kind of process normally would happen after "much more private interaction" with the person, Block said, and is normally reserved for church leaders as opposed to "a normal member of the church."

More importantly, he said, the actions are unusual given that Hancock had severed her relationship with the church.

Hancock sent a formal letter of resignation after receiving the elders' ultimatum in hopes of solving the dispute. She said she fears for her 20-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter if the church carries out its threat.

“I don’t really care what they do to me. But I am concerned about my children sitting in church with their mother being crucified by the church that they trust,” she said. “I am very concerned about how it would affect them.”


NC - What would Jesus do? State law would bar some registered sex offenders from attending church

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12/18/2008

By Corey Friedman

The Rev. Ben Robertson believes church doors should be open to everyone - even registered sex offenders.

Congregations are grappling with a new state law that prohibits certain sex offenders from being within 300 feet of child care centers, which include church nurseries and playgrounds. If worship services are held in close proximity to church child care, the law could prevent some from attending.

"As a church that preaches Jesus Christ as our savior, we at the same time preach resurrection and that Christ welcomes all people, regardless of what they have done, regardless of what demons they are dealing with," said Robertson, the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Gastonia.

The father of a 1-year-old girl, Robertson said the church doesn't tolerate child sex abuse. All employees and volunteers undergo sexual misconduct prevention training.

"While we welcome all, we are also vigilant of all, especially regarding our children," he said. "If someone is going to try to abuse one of our children, they will be identified and they will be prevented."

Church attendance a crime?

Included in a batch of tough new laws for North Carolina's registered sex offenders that took effect Dec. 1, the boundary rule applies only to offenders whose victims were under 16. Those affected can't go "(w)ithin 300 feet of any location intended primarily for the use, care or supervision of minors when the place is located on premises that are not intended primarily for the use, care or supervision of minors."

The law provides examples, including children's museums, nurseries and playgrounds located in malls and shopping centers. Churches are not specifically mentioned.

Deputy Shane Farmer of the Gaston County Sheriff's Office said more than a dozen sex offenders asked for clarification on the law, fearing it would prevent them from attending church. The Sheriff's Office quizzed the N.C. Department of Justice.

"That's the general consensus of the way they're interpreting the law," Farmer said. "If he or she is within 300 feet of that nursery or that day care, then he or she is in violation."

Spokeswoman Noelle Talley said she couldn't comment on the law's effect on churches because the Justice Department only provides legal opinions to state government agencies.

Farmer said the Sheriff's Office can't provide sex offenders with specific legal advice, but he makes it clear that the 300-foot law contains no exception for churches.

"Not every church is going to have a nursery," he said. "It's definitely putting limitations on them, but it hasn't eliminated that avenue."

A ‘good place' for offenders

About a fifth of registered sex offenders and a sixth of offenders who haven't been caught attend United States churches, according to Smyna, Tenn.-based Keeping Kids Safe Ministries. The Christian group helps churches safeguard children by setting clear expectations for accountability among attendees who are sex offenders.

"There is no profile of a sex offender," said Greg Sporer, president and co-founder of Keeping Kids Safe. "They're just run-of-the-mill people. We think that sex offenders mirror church attendance in Americans."

Not all sex offenders are child molesters who pose a danger to young children. Sporer said research shows that 10 percent of registered offenders are pedophiles.

Churches are a positive atmosphere for rehabilitated offenders when they understand their expectations and know they'll be held accountable, Sporer said.

"A church is actually a pretty good place for a registered offender as long as you get those really strong accountability rules that they can't break," he said.

Going to church doesn't have to mean attending a Sunday morning service.

Sex offenders concerned about North Carolina's 300-foot boundary law can still worship and fellowship by going to men's and women's ministries, Bible studies and small group meetings where children won't be present.

"The creativity of the gospel of Christ will continue to overcome whatever obstacles we've placed in its way," said the Rev. Brian Cornell, senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church.

Protecting the children

At the 2,200-member First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, each of the more than 150 volunteers who supervise children has passed a criminal background check and attended child abuse prevention training.

"We talk about, ‘These are proper ways of behaving around children that are in your care,'" said the Rev. Sarah Watkins Davis, minister of children's programs.

Volunteers also submit to a search of their driving records to ensure that keys to the church bus aren't being given to someone with a history of making bad decisions behind the wheel. The scrutiny prevents those with abusive pasts from coming forward and ensures that volunteers have the right motives, Watkins Davis said.

"I think that if somebody's willing to go through al this scrutiny, then they're willing to give their all to the church and they're willing to make this a safer place for children," she said.

At 250-member All Saints Episcopal, Robertson said all volunteers take a Christian anti-abuse class called Safeguarding God's Children.

Background checks and fingerprints are required for employees at Gastonia's First Wesleyan Christian School, which has 125 children in its preschool and 152 in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Dr. Benjamin Hinton, senior pastor of the 1,200 member Tabernacle Baptist Church, said he would balance forgiveness with accountability to ensure children's safety.

"There's really no way of being 100 percent sure that that person has healed and has overcome their predatory addictions," he said.
- Not all sex offenders are predatory!

A registered sex offender who wanted to attend Tabernacle would be required to follow all state laws and asked to remain in the company of a mentor or accountability partner for a minimum of one year while on church property, Hinton said.

"I believe they can (change), but they need some guidance," he explained. "We don't let a person say, ‘Well, I did it yesterday, but I'm straight today.' There has to be some prolonged supervision, and they have to show signs of transformation."

If someone committed a sexual offense against a child in the church, he or she would be dismissed, he said.

‘We welcome all to our altar'

Can sex offenders change? Cornell, of the 150-member Christ United Methodist Church on Union Road, believes salvation brings transformation.

"If I believe in the message of Christ and receiving Christ as my savior, then I'm absolutely testifying that he can change me and that he has changed me. Why would that salvation be different for anybody else?"

He retold the story in John 8 of Jesus stopping the execution of an accused prostitute by telling the person without sin to cast the first stone.

"Christ is the magnet for those who are broken to come to wholeness," he said. "Who are we to obstruct him or to tell people not to come to him? When we forget those who are the least, the last and the lost, we forget our identity in Christ. God is a God of justice and mercy."

Cornell said a church's primary responsibility is to protect its children, but it can't neglect its duty to minister to abusers who are repentant. While many churches operate child care and children's services within 300 feet of the main sanctuary, pastors said few would turn someone away from a worship service because their name appears on the state sex offender registry.

"We're also not going to screen people as they come in the door for worship," said Watkins Davis. "We've done all the things possible that we can do to safeguard our children. Excluding somebody from worship would not be one of those."

Robertson said Jesus offers forgiveness to those who repent - even the worst rapists, child molesters and sex offenders.

"We want to be a place where folks can be rehabilitated and folks know that God still loves them even though they have done horrendous acts," he said. "We welcome all to our altar and to our community, but at the same time, we are not turning a blind eye to the most vulnerable - our children."


CO - Naked pumpkin runner accepts plea deal, avoids sex-offender status

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12/18/2008

By Heath Urie (Contact)

Woman will avoid jail, sex-offender registration

The first of 12 runners cited for streaking on the Pearl Street Mall on Halloween night wearing nothing but pumpkins on their heads has accepted a plea agreement that prosecutors said would likely be offered to the others.

_____, 20, of Boulder agreed Thursday to plead guilty to disorderly conduct, a petty offense.

She agreed to undergo six months of unsupervised probation, eight hours of community service and pay $27 in court fees. She will not be required to register as a sex offender, and her record will be cleared if she doesn’t commit any crimes for at least six months.

In a light-hearted moment, a prosecutor joked with Ziemba that a condition of her probation would also include “no contact with fruits or vegetables.”

“This was very uncharacteristic of me,” Ziemba told Boulder County Judge Thomas J.B. Reed.

Ziemba, a docent at the Fiske Planetarium and a junior at the University of Colorado majoring in women’s studies, attended court with her parents.

None of them wanted to comment about the case, but Ziemba’s attorney, former Boulder Municipal Judge Sheila Carrigan, said the plea agreement was the best option for her client.

“This is certainly the maximum that makes sense,” Carrigan said, although she said she questions the original misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure.

“The prosecution and the attention of the so-called naked-pumpkin runners is something I wonder about spending our resources on,” Carrigan told the judge.

Prosecutor David Chavel has been assigned all of the naked runners’ cases.

He said the agreement with Ziemba would likely represent the same offer extended to all of the accused Halloween streakers. However, he said it would be “up to each individual” to accept such an offer.

All of the cases are being handled separately, Chavel said, because some of the runners have attorneys and others do not.

He said the remaining cases involving the naked runners are in negotiations with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office.

Ten of the 12 people ticketed in the Halloween run had courts dates Wednesday, but none showed up. Chavel said the remaining cases involving the naked runners are in negotiations with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office, and two of the ticketed runners have a Jan. 12 court date.

Police have warned runners in the past that the activity isn’t legal, but this year was the first time officers showed up en masse to enforce the law.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner has previously said indecent exposure was the charge that best fit the violation.

On Thursday, Boulder police issued a written statement about the plea agreement.

“The decision was made by the District Attorney’s Office, which consulted with the department. Chief Mark Beckner believes this is an appropriate disposition. As for future violations, Boulder officers will continue to issue citations or make arrests based on the law as it is written. It is — and will remain — the province of the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether other charges are possible.”


CA - John Walsh: In His Own Words

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12/18/2008

He finally got justice for his son Adam ... and says justice for Caylee Anthony is next.

This week, child molester and pedophile Ottis Toole was named by police as the man who kidnapped, murdered and decapitated John Walsh's 6-year-old son, Adam, back in 1981 when he went missing during a shopping trip with his mom.
- I don't think Ottis Toole was a child molester or pedophile.

The Walsh family sat down with momlogic to talk about the horrific nightmare that John, Reve and their three children have lived with every day since Adam went missing. It's a tragic irony not lost on John, the host of "America's Most Wanted." "The frustration for me is in 21 years I have caught over 1,000 guys and I could not get justice in my own son's case," he says. "That frustration ended for me yesterday."

John also described the maddening reality of knowing who was responsible for his son's death, but not being able to do anything about it. He says sloppy police work and missing forensic evidence prolonged the agony of not seeing their son's murderer brought to justice. Ottis Toole died in prison back in 1996 before he could be charged with Adam's murder. "I wish that DNA had been a factor because the police lost Ottis Toole's car and the bloody piece of carpet in the back of the car where he said he decapitated Adam," he says. "When DNA became the technology, the FBI wanted to test that carpet. The Hollywood P.D. said 'we don't have that carpet.' They lost it."

And now that his own son's case is solved, helping other families find the same closure is something this tireless advocate says he will never stop doing. "It gives hope to lots of victims out there," he explains. "There are parents of murdered children, of missing children that have never gotten any justice or closure. It gives them hope seeing us after 27 years of trying to keep Adam's case out there. I have said it before: justice delayed is not justice denied."

And Walsh hopes to see justice served soon in the case of missing 3-year-old, Caylee Anthony. He has always believed her mother, Casey, is guilty. "That mother in Florida -- I said it from the beginning in my opinion that she murdered her child. People would be lucky if they ever found her body. Now it looks as if they have. That's a terrible case, but I feel she is going to pay."

With the holidays approaching, John tells momlogic that this is going to be a very special holiday season for the entire family. "This is going to be the best Christmas in 27 years," he exclaims. "We're going to celebrate and we are blessed to have these three children. And Adam will be right there with us. He's always been our angel and he'll be right there with us."

While John admits he's not much for New Year's resolutions, this year will be different. His resolution is to stay committed and to continue to helping other families. "I would like to see a National DNA Database," he says. "It would solve thousands of rapes and would clear thousands of innocent people. It would send guilty people to prison and bring innocent people home."


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FL - Indian River County Sheriff's deputy charged with possession of child porn

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Sentenced to 210 months in prison (07/15/2009)

And yet another perverted cop from, of course, Florida!

12/18/2008

By Lamaur Stancil (Contact)

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — An Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged with possession of child pornography after several videos were found on his personal laptop computer by detectives.

Stephen Guy Thomas Jr., 26, was charged late Tuesday night with the crime, Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Jeff Luther said.

Detectives seized the laptop from Thomas' patrol car. The initial forensic search of the computer showed 14 video clips of children as young as 5 years old in a variety of sexual acts, including intercourse and bondage, the report said. Detectives searched his patrol car for the laptop after they could not find it in his home, Luther said.

Luther said detectives who routinely investigate child pornography came across a computer screen name that led to Thomas, who has been a road patrol deputy for the past few years. Thomas would not have been involved in conducting child porn investigations by the Sheriff's Office, Luther said.

Thomas has been suspended without pay pending the Sheriff's Office investigation, Luther said. He was being held at the Indian River County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. Thomas was being housed in the general population of the jail with no special accommodations, Luther said.

Thomas joined the Sheriff's Office in 2005 following more than four years with the Army, where he served in special operations and had a few missions in Iraq, according to his personnel file. When he applied to become a deputy, he received recommendations from his superiors in the Army, as well as from his local church.
- So, who cares about his jobs and service in the Army?  If he's found guilty of the crime, then he should be treated just like everyone else.  You reporters never bring up this kind of stuff with Joe Public!

His disciplinary record showed only a handful of investigations, with one written reprimand for failing to show up for court in December 2006.

Thomas recently had been staying in a security house at Rosewood Magnet School, said Patty Vasquez, spokeswoman for the Indian River County School District.

School officials said they were not aware until Wednesday he had moved into the house.


OH - Bill To Protect Residents From Sex Offenders Dies

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12/17/2008

An important piece of legislation designed to protect elderly people in our society crashed and burn in the Ohio Senate. The Ohio bill called for care facilities to notify residents when registered sex offenders move into the homes.

The idea came up after a series of reports on Local 12 in which Reporter Rich Jaffe exposed the fact there was no such notification. The bill sailed through the House but died this week in the Senate.
- Out comes the vigilante media, who have nothing better to report on!

According to its author, House Bill 57 is just common sense.
- Common sense died a long time ago.

State Rep. Courtney Combs (Email): "Nursing homes, assisted care must give the same notification that you get in your neighborhood. If you have a sexual predator who lives in your neighborhood two blocks away you get notification, you've got a sexual predator. Why shouldn't your mom your grandmother get the same notification if she's got a sexual predator in the room next to her?"

It was common sense to Ray McDaniel too when he testified in Columbus. His daughter was raped by convicted sex offender _____, in a Bond Hill care facility. No one ever knew _____ and other sex offenders were residents, because currently the facilities are not required to tell anyone. "I wouldn't have let her go in there period, my wife wouldn't have let her go in there neither, we would have told them to find another place."
- Why didn't you check the registry before moving her into the facility?  It's your obligation to do this, not Big Brother!

After unanimous support in the house, the bill died this week in front of Senator Tim Grendell's Criminal Justice Committee in the Senate. "I called at least six times, I talked face to face with Senator Grendell. What's going on? Well we've got more important things to do. What's more important than notifying my mom, gramma, grandpa that there's a sexual predator in proximity to them?"
- It's called, you being responsible, and checking before moving your mother in, and to check often, and when one moves in, you can find another place, or leave her there.  Stop letting Big Brother run the world for you!

Grendell told Combs the notification would upset residents, it would be one more paper people have to sign, and he wanted to know what kinds of facilities would be next. Some nursing homes make big money providing housing to sex offenders through Medicaid.

They also have powerful lobbyists. Combs say he thinks he knows what happened. "Big money got grandma... It's sad but I think that's what's going on."
- Oh give me a break, FEAR-MONGER!

We called Senator Grendell's office for an answer as to why the bill died in his committee we're still waiting for a response. Courtney Combs tells us he'll re-introduce the bill next year.

If you have a loved one in a facility, you can still find out if sex offenders are living there by typing the address of the home in to a sex offender registry. We have the registries for Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio posted in the "Get it section" of Local 12.com.
- Exactly!


FL - Why does Florida leave dead sex offenders on the registry? To make it look like more sex offenders roam the street, to scare people?


NJ - Porn indictment for ex-legislator

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Oh the irony.....  I bet he thinks karma really sucks!  Below is some videos of him talking. Watch them now, because I'm sure YouTube, or the author, will delete them.

12/18/2008

By Angela Delli Santi - Associated Press

Neil Cohen, who quit the Assembly, is accused of viewing underage girls on his state computer.

TRENTON - A North Jersey assemblyman who resigned after allegations that he viewed child pornography on his state-issued computer has been indicted by a grand jury.

The four counts announced yesterday against Neil Cohen, 57, include possessing, reproducing and distributing the illegal images. He also faces an official misconduct charge.

"We charge that Mr. Cohen used the computer equipment in his taxpayer-funded legislative office to view child pornography, printing out copies that were accessible to others in the office," Attorney General Anne Milgram said. "Possession and distribution of child pornography are not victimless crimes. These are crimes against young children who are sexually exploited."

As a Democratic lawmaker from Roselle, Cohen fought child porn. In 2002, he sponsored a measure that created a public hotline for reporting computer crimes such as child pornography.
- Yep, those who usually scream the loudest, have something to hide, just like Mark Foley, and many more.

He also cosponsored a law that retroactively removed immunity from churches, schools and charities that had negligently hired those who sexually abused children.

"Public officials should be protecting children, so these allegations are distressing and appalling," Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr. (D., Camden) said in a statement after Milgram announced the indictment.

If convicted of the most serious counts, Cohen faces more than a decade in prison and $150,000 in fines. He would have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law if convicted of reproducing or distributing pornographic images.

Cohen will be issued a summons to surrender in two to four weeks.
- Why not now?  If this was Joe Public, they would be in jail right now, waiting to post bond.

Milgram's office began the investigation after two lawmakers who shared a Union Township office with Cohen told authorities that a staffer had found a printout of a nude adolescent girl.

Cohen is accused of having, on his computer, photographs of underage girls performing or simulating sex acts. He allegedly reproduced the images and left copies in a printer at the 20th District office.

Milgram would not specify how many images were found, saying only that there were "more than one."
- Well, he's well known, so they'll just charge him with one or two images, watch and see.

Days after news of the investigation broke in July, Cohen resigned and checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.
- Yep, just like Mark Foley did...

He has not spoken publicly about the allegations. He could not be reached for comment yesterday; his cell phone would not accept a message. His lawyer, Daniel McCarthy of Cranford, did not return a telephone message.

Cohen, an unmarried divorce lawyer, served in the Assembly in 1990-91 before returning in 1994.







NJ - New Website Offers Holistic Approach to Protecting Children Online

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Once again, they do not tell you if children are being solicited online by other peers (teens) or adults, but they lead you to believe it's all from adults, which is not correct.  From studies done, most are from peers. The software costs Retail Price: $169.95 - Our Price: $97.00

12/18/2008

GuardChild introduces a new "One-Stop" holistic Website designed to provide parents, guardians and educators with resources needed to protect children online from sexual predators, pornography, and educational resources to increase their knowledge about the dangers of unsupervised internet surfing by children.

Leonia (PRWEB) - GuardChild introduces the first One-Stop Website, www.GuardChild.com that provides parents with the fundamental resources for protecting children from sexual predators and other online dangers.

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 64% of all teens admit to engaging in online activities they wouldn't want their parents to know about. This behavior puts children and their families at risk, which is why Michael Cafarelli has created GuardChild, a unique, holistic website that fuses the best parental control software and educational resources, enabling parents to minimize that risk.

"Real online security depends upon Protection, Education and Communication," says GuardChild president Michael Cafarelli. "GuardChild provides all three by offering child-monitoring and web-filtering software, a glossary of chat/text acronyms, a large database of child safety articles and websites, a searchable state-by-state sex offender registry, and an online community blog." Together, these services enable "Cyber Parenting" which encompasses understanding how technology affects one's family and using this knowledge to protect one's child when they are online. For example, a Cyber Parent sets guidelines for children's access and use of the internet, email, instant messaging, chat rooms, other online privileges and cell phones. This is only a basic aspect of Cyber Parenting which needs to be built upon in order to fully protect children.
- You can get a larger glossary of net lingo here.

"We are living in a Digital Age," Cafarelli says, "and if parents don't educate themselves and their children, then they will be vulnerable to a multitude of online dangers. It's that simple."

For more information about GuardChild.com, email Michael Cafarelli at administrator@guardchild.com or visit the GuardChild website: http://www.GuardChild.com.

About GuardChild.com:
GuardChild was founded by parents for parents. The president and his wife have four children and are well aware of the dangers of unsupervised internet access by children. Mr. Cafarelli has over twenty years of experience in working with parents and children through various non-profit organizations in New York City.

Contact:
Michael Cafarelli, President
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201-944-5013
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VT - Sex offender bill takes shape

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How much you want to bet, they will name the law "Brooke's law," or something like that? Yes, if this man is found guilty, he should be in prison for life, but do NOT punish all sex offenders. They are not like this man!

12/18/2008

By Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press Staff Writer

As the Senate Judiciary Committee fine-tuned legislation to toughen sex offender laws Wednesday, members had poignant personal reminders of the case that prompted the call for changes.

Cassandra Gagnon, the mother of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett, whose death this summer spurred demand for tougher laws, was there. So was Denise Jacques, the wife of convicted sex offender Michael Jacques, who is accused of killing her. The women are sisters.

Gagnon said that other than speaking at a public hearing in Rutland this fall, she has stayed out of the public discourse about her daughter’s case. Until now. The more she has learned about Michael Jacques and the number of times he slipped through the criminal justice system, the more desire she has to speak up, she said. “I just don’t want to be quiet anymore,” she said.

She went to the Statehouse on Wednesday to represent her daughter, she said. “With me being here, they’ll keep in mind why they’re making the decisions they’re making,” Gagnon said.

Gagnon said she wants to stay involved in the process as the legislation moves forward, though she has not decided exactly how. Sen. Richard Sears, D-Bennington, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he expected the bill to pass by March.

She supports the legislation the committee has produced, she said, including a 25-year minimum sentence for sex offenses against children. As the committee went over the bill Wednesday, Gagnon said, she was frustrated at times. When there was talk about whether convicted sex offenders should be allowed contact with children, there was no question to her, she said. “I don’t think those people have a right to anything,” she said.

Michael Jacques, who is Brooke’s uncle, is accused of drugging, raping and killing her in late June. He was a twice-convicted sex offender who was released early from probation after a state probation officer tagged him as a success story. Police investigating Brooke’s death say that during that time period, Michael Jacques coerced a 14-year-old female relative to engage in repeated sex acts with him.

Brooke’s mother said she wants to remind lawmakers how deceptive a sex offender can be. “He’s been so deceitful for all these years,” Gagnon said.

Michael Jacques,’ wife, Denise, had the same message Wednesday. She did not testify before the committee at the request of federal prosecutors but wrote a letter urging them to remember that sex offenders are uniquely deceptive and manipulative. She suggested, without offering details, that he continues that deception and manipulation from prison.

“Michael Jacques continues from behind bars in a jail cell to use deception and manipulation, it hasn’t stopped, it continues! He pulls strings and has control over what happens in our lives from behind bars!” the letter reads.

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NY - Wrongful convict freed in rape case is 'bitter'

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So yeah, he has a reason to be bitter.  Seem like the reporter thinks it's a joke or something.  I hope the woman is locked up for a while, to see how it's like.  They should charge her for false accusations!  And it gets me very angry, that a person's life can be ruined, over hearsay and false accusations.  What ever happened to proving someone did something BEYOND A SHADOW OF DOUBT?  Now all it takes is an accusation, and what kind of message does that send?

12/18/2008

By MATTHEW CHAYES

Even hours after being set free from an upstate prison, a man who a state appellate court ruled was wrongly convicted of raping a 7-year-old girl said he felt like he's still locked up.

Clay Bennett, who didn't know he was being released until a prison guard told him yesterday morning, could hardly believe the news, he said at his attorney's Miller Place office after being driven downstate from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in Greene County.

"I still feel like I have shackles on," Bennett said.

Bennett, 37, was convicted in a nonjury trial in 2005 - years after authorities said the rapes happened.

Bennett said life in prison for an accused child rapist was not easy. Guards taunted him. He was a pariah even among hardened criminals, despite his professed innocence.

"Does that make me bitter? It makes me very bitter. It makes me angry," Bennett said.

Bennett's attorney, John Ray, said his client was the victim of a woman and her daughter who concocted the rape story to sue and seek revenge on Bennett, whom the attorney said had scorned her.

The accuser and her mother, continue to say that Bennett raped the girl, saying yesterday that they now live in fear.
- So where is the proof?  People can, and do lie!

Bennett had dated the Greenport woman - whom Newsday is not naming because doing so would identify a sex-crime accuser - and cheated on her.

"It is unfortunate that our system fails us significantly in finding men like Clay Bennett guilty just because a child says so," said Ray. "Clay Bennett did nothing wrong. He never touched this little girl."

Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law and the Crime Victims Center, said children and their families should not be discouraged from coming forward with abuse allegations because of the ruling that freed Bennett.
- I agree, but they should not make false accusations either, which Laura Ahearn did not mention!

The Second Department of the Appellate Division in Brooklyn threw out Bennett's conviction Dec. 9 because it said the girl could not recall specifically when she said she was attacked. Without a specific time period, the court ruled, "it is virtually impossible" for Bennett to mount a defense against the allegations.


KS - Man fatally shot while officers attempt to serve arrest warrant

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Hell, if someone barges into your home at 7 in the morning, unannounced, what do you expect?

12/17/2008

A suspect wanted on charges of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child was killed this morning in Kansas City, Kan., as law enforcement officials attempted to serve an arrest warrant.

A task force made up of the FBI, Kansas City, Kan., police, Kansas City, Mo., police and the Missouri Highway Patrol confronted the armed suspect about 7:20 a.m. as officers entered his residence in the 400 block of Shawnee Road.
- Did the gestapo knock or anything?  Or just barge in with guns blaring?

A news release from Kansas City, Kan., police said shots were fired during a confrontation that followed. The suspect, _____, 31, of Kansas City, Kan., died at an area hospital.

The release did not say which law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting.

The incident is being investigated by the FBI, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Wyandotte County district attorney’s office.


Sexual Assault on College Campuses

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You may need to register to view the document(s), and by me posting this here, doesn't mean I agree or disagree with the studies done.

December 11, 2008

The fourth online event in a Series on Sexual Violence.

This discussion was moderated by Marnie Shiels (slides), Attorney Advisor for the Office on Violence Against Women.  The panel (bios) includes:
  • Chris Krebs (slides) - Senior Research Social Scientist, RTI International
  • David Lisak (slides) - Forensic Consulting, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dorothy Edwards (slides1, slides2) - Director, The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, University of Kentucky
Recording - View the multimedia recording of this event.
Resources - Links to resources related to this event.
Did you know that more than 50% of college sexual assault cases involve alcohol? Despite media perceptions, date rape drugs are rarely used. Schools vary widely in how they comply with requirements to report and respond to sexual victimization. Many schools need guidance on how to handle security, report crime data, and ensure victim rights.

This forum examined the prevalence, nature, and reporting of various types of sexual assault experienced by university students, including those perpetrated by "undetected" rapists, and discussed evidence-based prevention strategies.This event was the last of four in the Series on Sexual Violence, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice.  Recordings and presenters' slides are now available for each event in the series:
  1. Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
    June 19, 2008
  2. Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
    August 13, 2008
  3. Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
    September 25, 2008
  4. Sexual Assault on College Campuses
    December 11, 2008
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