Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MD - Former Officer Sentenced To Prison In Sex Abuse Case

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01/21/2009

PRINCESS ANNE -- A former University of Maryland Eastern Shore police officer has been sentenced for sexually abusing a teenager.

Naham Perry, 41, of Princess Anne, was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison, with all but four years suspended.

He is also barred from having unsupervised contact with the victim and other children. He had been charged last year with seven sex abuse offenses.

Authorities said the abuse spanned 18 months to two years.


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WA - Anti-porn online law dies quietly in Supreme Court

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Mukasey v. ACLU. 08-565 | Archived

01/21/2009

By MARK SHERMAN - Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal law intended to restrict children's access to Internet pornography died quietly Wednesday at the Supreme Court, more than 10 years after Congress overwhelmingly approved it.

The Child Online Protection Act would have barred Web sites from making harmful content available to minors over the Internet. The law had been embroiled in challenges to its constitutionality since it passed in 1998 and never took effect.

Also Wednesday, the court ruled unanimously in favor of a Massachusetts schoolgirl and her parents in their effort to sue a local school district under both a 1972 law against sex discrimination in education and a post-Civil War civil rights law.

Federal courts had said that the newer law, Title IX, barring sex discrimination at schools that receive federal money, was the only avenue open to the parents.

The high court disagreed, although several justices commented when they heard arguments in December that the family probably would lose their lawsuit, even if they won the right to pursue it.

Their daughter was a 5-year-old kindergarten student when she told them said she was subjected to repeated harassment by a third-grade boy on their school bus.

The Internet blocking law did not make it as far as a high court hearing. The justices rejected the government's final attempt to revive the law, turning away the appeal without comment.

The American Civil Liberties Union led the challenge to the law on behalf of writers, artists and health educators. "For over a decade the government has been trying to thwart freedom of speech on the Internet, and for years the courts have been finding the attempts unconstitutional," said Chris Hansen, the ACLU's lead attorney on the case. "It is not the role of the government to decide what people can see and do on the Internet. Those are personal decisions that should be made by individuals and their families."

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia earlier ruled that the law would violate the First Amendment, saying filtering technologies and other parental control tools are a less restrictive way to protect children from inappropriate content online.

The act was passed the year after the Supreme Court ruled that another law intended to protect children from explicit material online, the Communications Decency Act, was unconstitutional.

The Bush administration had fought hard to have the law take effect.

In 2006, the Justice Department subpoenaed internal files from dozens of Internet service providers and other technology firms, including AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc., EarthLink Inc., Symantec Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. as part of its defense of the law.

But senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. ruled in 2007 that software filters work much better than the law would. Reed also said the law failed to address threats that have emerged since it was written, including online predators on social-networking sites, because it targets only commercial Web publishers.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld Reed's ruling.

Critics also said that pornographers and others could simply base their operations offshore, beyond the reach of U.S. authorities.

In an earlier test of the law, the Supreme Court in 2004 upheld an order blocking its enforcement on the grounds that the law probably was unconstitutional. The five justices who made that ruling remain on the court.

Still, it was unusual for the court to kill a major federal law that had an administration's backing, without a hearing.


NE - POLICE FIND BODY OF CHARGED SEX OFFENDER

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01/21/2009

Scottsbluff police have found the body of a Mitchell man who was set to appear in court yesterday on child sex assault charges.

Fifty-three year old _____ was charged with multiple counts including forcible rape, first–degree sexual assault, pornography, and incest when he didn't show up to court tuesday morning.

Authorities found _____'s body in his apartment tuesday morning.

County attorney Derek Weimer says _____ apparently shot himself.

Investigators have said that the fifty–three year old had repeatedly assaulted two young girls over a ten year period beginning when the children were six and nine years old.


LA - Woman guilty of sex with teens

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More double standards!  Child molestation is child molestation, regardless of whether a male or female does it.  These double standards need to stop!

01/21/2009

By Matthew Pleasant - Staff Writer

HOUMA – A district judge scolded a 47-year-old house cleaner Tuesday morning who pleaded guilty to having sex with a group of teen boys – two as young as 13 – in her Ashland trailer.

_____, 444 Ashland Drive, must serve five years of probation and register as a sex offender to comply with a plea deal she took. She was charged with three counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and could have received 10 years in prison for each count.

The boys’ families requested that _____ get no jail time, said Juan Pickett, a Terrebonne assistant district attorney.

Terrebonne sheriff’s deputies arrested _____ just before 3 a.m. May 29 after one of the boy’s mothers called police. The boys had bragged about their encounter, authorities said.

After a late-night card game on May 21, _____ brought the boys, along with four 18-year-olds, in her bedroom and had sex with each while the others watched, police said.

Pickett explained the charges in court Tuesday to Judge Timothy Ellender, who reacted with disgust.

“So this was a gang bang?” Ellender said. “Are you pleased with yourself? Can’t you get yourself a man?”

_____ did not respond to Ellender.

Carnal knowledge of a juvenile is consensual sex between a person 17 or older and someone 13 or older with no fewer than four years separating the ages of either person, according to state law. Ignorance of the juvenile’s age is not considered a defense.

Picket told the judge the boys’ mothers requested that _____ receive no jail time. One mother made the decision because she knew _____ has a daughter, Pickett later said.
- Wow, if this was a man, and the bread winner of the house, this would not even be considered!

Ellender said if a man had committed the crimes _____ pleaded guilty to, he would have received a much harsher sentence, perhaps even death.
- Death?

There’s a double standard,” he told _____. “Some people think you did a 13-year-old boy a favor. I certainly don’t.”
- Then stop helping this "double standard!"  By this sentence, you are helping the double standard issue!

“I’m sorry if I embarrassed you,” he said. “But you need to be embarrassed.”

The state constitution allows family of victims to give input on a defendant’s potential punishment, said Carlos Lazarus, first assistant district attorney.

“It’s not unusual for them not to want jail time,” he said, adding the Terrebonne District Attorney’s Office has handled a few cases such as _____’s. “It’s rare to see it reported.”


UK - Rapist dies after long hunger strike

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01/21/2009

A former Walsall education worker and convicted sex offender has starved himself to death after one of the longest fatal hunger strikes in British penal history.

_____ died at Stafford Hospital on Saturday, January 17 after refusing food since October last year.

The 54-year-old was moved to the hospital from Stafford Prison where he was serving an indeterminate sentence for a string of sex offences.

_____ had signed a legal order which prevented the Prison Service or the hospital from force-feeding him.

At more than two-and-a-half months, it was one the longest strikes leading to a prisoner's death.

_____ worked for Walsall Council from February 1987 to May 1996.

He was arrested in 2007 after police revealed he was wanted in connection with the rape of a Stafford woman.

In February last year _____ was convicted at Stafford Crown Court of two rapes, one attempted rape and two other sexual offences.

Previously _____ was jailed in 1996 for 10 years after pleading guilty to the attempted murder of his own two children, and in 2005 he was given 42 months for indecent assault.

In a statement from the Prison Service, a spokeswoman said: "HMP Stafford prisoner _____ had been refusing food since October 2008.

"On Thursday, January 15 he was taken to an outside hospital, and was pronounced dead at 11am on Saturday, January 17.

"Mr _____ had signed an advance directive to refuse food and as he was of sound mind when he signed it, neither the prison nor the hospital could force him to eat.

"As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

_____'s reasons for going on hunger strike were not made public but his indeterminate sentence meant he faced the rest of his life behind bars.


OR - Oregon AG agrees to investigate Portland Mayor

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If he was 18, then it's not a problem, IMO, but other articles (see above), say he was 17 at the time, which is a problem.

01/21/2009

By William McCall - The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Oregon’s attorney general has agreed to investigate Portland Mayor Sam Adams, who has admitted he lied to cover up an affair with a teenager in 2005.

Adams took office this month, making Portland the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.

On Tuesday, he admitted he lied when he denied having sex with Beau Breedlove. Adams says the relationship began after Breedlove turned 18, Oregon’s legal age of consent.

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk asked Attorney General John Kroger for an investigation.

Kroger issued a statement Wednesday agreeing to look into “matters pertaining to Portland Mayor Sam Adams that have recently come to public attention.”


WI - Should predators be banned from lakes?

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What is next?  All sex offenders must stay in their homes 24/7?  Where do kids not congregate?  Also, the title says "predators," but we all know this is about ALL SEX OFFENDERS.  And sex offender and predator are not one and the same!

01/21/2009

By JOHN SCHULTZ

Council wrestles with amendment to new ordinance

Though Muskego’s sexual predator ordinance is less than three months old, city officials are already struggling with an amendment to the ordinance.

The amendment would add lakes to the areas in the city where sexual predators are prohibited from loitering.

At a Committee of the Whole meeting Jan. 13, however, aldermen postponed amending the ordinance pending more research.

Mayor voices concerns

In a letter to Mayor John Johnson, the state Department of Natural Resources legal department wrote that it would be proper to include state-owned lakes in the ordinance.

But Johnson told aldermen he had concerns about the amendment.

“By putting the lakes in here, we tend to weaken the ordinance,” he said. “I recommend we don’t include lakes.”

Johnson said he feared the city could lose a court challenge because the ordinance would be deemed too broad, and the whole law could then be thrown out.

Banning sexual predators from the lakes would mean they would not be allowed on a boat in the middle of the lake, Johnson said.

“It is assumed loiterers might want to grab a kid,” he said. “It’s hard to envision someone in a boat trying to do that.”

Johnson said he might consider restrictions on how close a predator could be from the shoreline.

“That might make some sense,” he said.

The ordinance contains loitering prohibitions for predators near schools, day care centers, libraries, parks and conservation areas, swimming pools and golf courses.

But Alderwoman Tina Schaefer argued there is more of a risk of an incident at a lake than on a golf course.

“All a lake is a large swimming pool,” she said. “What can happen at a swimming pool can happen on a lake.”
- Give me a break!  This same idiotic logic can be applied to anything!

More research needed

Alderman William Schneider wondered how other communities with lakes, such as Oconomowoc, handle the situation. He suggested doing more research.

“We still have questions,” Alderwoman Tracy Snead said, suggesting the aldermen delay a decision on the amendment.

Johnson agreed.

“We want a good law,” he said.
- So when will it be a good law?  When all sex offenders are basically in jail or prison?  If that is the case, then why not make a law that all sex offenders must report to prison now, and be in prison for life?  Then we can get the law knocked down right now!

The city’s sexual predator ordinance went into effect Nov. 6. It does not cover everyone on the state’s sexual predator registry. It does include repeat offenders, those who have used physical violence in their crimes and those who have preyed on children.

Those sex offenders are prohibited from living or loitering within 2,000 feet of the targeted locations. They also are prohibited from participating in events involving children, distributing candy at Halloween, and wearing a Santa suit or Easter Bunny costume in public.


FL - Former State Spokesman Pleads Guilty To Production of Child Pornography

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Indictment | Archived

01/21/2009

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida today announced that Albert Andre Zimmerman, a former state spokesperson for the Florida Department of Children and Families, pleaded guilty to one count of a federal charge of production of child pornography. Zimmerman, 41, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

According to the plea agreement, from October 2004 through December 2007, Zimmerman persuaded six teenage boys in Hillsborough and Orange counties to engage in sexually explicit conduct and to email him pictures of their behavior. Zimmerman also offered to pay, and in some cases did pay, the boys for the images. He also claimed he was selling the images to a third party who would then distribute those images overseas. At times, Zimmerman provided instruction to the boys concerning the poses they should assume for the photos. Zimmerman, formerly of Tallahassee and Lakeland, was arrested on a federal complaint on February 11, 2008, and was indicted on April 16, 2008.

The case was jointly investigated by the Florida Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Jacksonville Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Colleen Murphy-Davis.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.


MN - Former sex-offender security employee at St. Peter busted for child porn

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01/21/2009

By PAUL WALSH

A former security employee at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center in southern Minnesota, where sex offenders reside, is facing federal child pornography charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis said this morning.

Charles David Boynton, 52, of St. Peter, was indicted last week, charged with possessing and receiving child pornography.

The indictment alleges that on Feb. 28, 2007, Boynton received by computer an image of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Boynton left his job with the center in June 2004, said state Department of Human Services spokeswoman Terry Gunderson, whose department runs the center. She declined to release the reason for his departure.

Boynton was a security counselor, meaning he provided "direct patient care and security at the maximum security hospital," Gunderson said.

The treatment center houses sex offenders and dangerous mentally ill patients. It is operated by the state Department of Human Services.


The Double Standard of Forgiveness (By The Angry Offender)



AMEN!

The other day, I was listening to a lively conversation between two Christian individuals I shall not name about people with problems in their pasts, such as porn stars or robbers, working around children. One gentleman insisted that none of these people should be allowed to work anywhere near children, regardless of how long ago they engaged in unsavory activities and regardless of the changes they may have made in their lives.

The other person in the conversation then said something very interesting, and particularly with sex offenders, very often ignored:

Forgiveness is great when YOU need it from ME. When YOU want forgiveness for your sins, forgiveness is a great thing and it's important...but when I need YOUR forgiveness, suddenly it doesn't matter, and you don't want to give it to me. It's easy to accept forgiveness, and it's very difficult to actually forgive.

I knew they were Christians by the next part of the conversation. I'm not Christian myself, but I do believe that there are some very important lessons about how to treat others in the Bible, and the ensuing tale is one of those. If you've never heard it, here's the short version:

A woman was caught in the middle of committing adultery (having sex with someone else other than her husband). The scribes and Pharisees brought the woman to Jesus and asked if they could stone her for this sin. Jesus famously replied, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Because all of these people were sinners themselves, they realized their own faults, and they walked away until no one but the woman and Jesus were left. Jesus asked the woman, "Where are the people who condemn you?" She replied, "There are none." Jesus then said, "I don't condemn you either; go and sin no more."

Sex offenders, to put them in this Christian context, have become the lepers and adulterers of our time. We are very quick to identify them as disgusting, horrible people and maintain that image of disgust and horror for the rest of their lives, as retaliation for the wrongs they have committed (or are thought to have committed, given the number of innocents consumed into the sex offender label by taking plea bargains instead of "mandatory minimum sentences" that have grown Draconian and outrageous.) We see sex offenders (and indeed, ex-cons and criminals in general) as a clear and easily identifiable bogeyman, and a manifestation of all the wrong that human beings commit, as well as a mirror image of all the things about our own selves that are not good and that we do not want to see, because it reminds us that we are not pure either.

In fact, I would venture far enough to say that the most vehement attackers on sex offenders are those who themselves have sinned, or have felt the desire to sin, the worst of all of us. Psychologically, this is often the case: sex offenders show us that humanity is not infallible. We are capable of evil and hatred and damage and inflicting pain and misery and suffering and other horrible negative things upon our fellow man. Criminals just happen to have been caught doing something evil, and sex offenders, due to America's unhealthy obsession with sex and sexuality, are held up on a pedestal as the ultimate example of "what's wrong with humanity."

It scares the hell out of us that we might be in any way similar to them. That's why we tend to wish to persecute them for the remainder of their lives, and why politicians frequently take this manifestation of our own personal weakness and use it to their advantage in the form of "cracking down on sex offenders" on a continual basis.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Are you honestly innocent? Have you never stolen something from someone, no matter how small? Have you never deceived or lied to someone? Never treated someone else poorly, never yelled at another person or betrayed their trust? Have you never done something so stupid that it engraved itself into your memory for the rest of your life, as a permanent reminder that you ARE capable of making mistakes and that you already HAVE made a big one in your life?

Sex offenders, regardless of their crime, are human beings just like you. You are capable of the same actions they are, and you have made serious errors in your life--some of those may not have legal consequences, or you may not have been caught or held responsible, but you are still a flawed person, just like any criminal. The next time you express hatred or disdain for sex offenders, think about mistakes and forgiveness, and ask yourself if you hate sex offenders because of what they have done...or because they remind you subconsciously of what YOU have done wrong in your own life. Show forgiveness. Understand that humans are malleable and rarely does time allow them to remain the same person they were when they offended (or took the plea deal!) Remember your own faulty nature, your own personal record of errors, the skeletons in your personal closet.

Think about how your own life would be different if the government forced you to disclose everything in your life that you aren't proud of to everyone else around you. Think about how your actions in any situation could be easily misunderstood by someone who hears about it and doesn't understand all the details. Think about how "my computer at work had kiddie porn on it and I got arrested, even though other people got on my machine when I wasn't there" can look a million times worse when the government converts that explanation to "THIRD DEGREE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR" with no further detail.

Forgiveness is pretty hard to give. Many people reading this will be so quick to condemn a sex offender without giving a damn about one single detail of the crimes. But then again, if you refuse to forgive and believe in the ability of people to learn, grow, and change, and others do the same, where will the forgiveness be when you screw up and it's your head on the proverbial chopping block? When someone gets in a bitter dispute with you over something you did and attempts to exact vigilante justice on you by pressuring their 12-year-old daughter to say you sexually molested her, who will forgive you?

In the same vein that Niemoeller's famous poem on the AngryOffender.com entry page goes, forgiveness follows: many people need your forgiveness and you condemn them, such that by the time you become the one needing that same forgiveness, no one is left that would do anything but condemn you in return.

One final note: if you call yourself a Christian and you refuse to forgive sex offenders, you're not Christian and you're not living by God's word, and you ARE a sinner and a hypocrite. I've found so many people that call themselves Christian who only try to live by what Jesus taught when it's Sunday, and I'm quite tired of the hypocrisy. I used to call myself a Christian until I saw this kind of behavior so consistently that it couldn't be a coincidence, and decided that if Christianity is so bad that even its own followers refuse to live by it, I'll not be spiritually associated with such two-faced people. I'd rather die a non-Christian that follows the spirit of what Jesus taught than a Christian living in blatant sin and not caring until it's time to go to church and repent!


FL - Davie law targets landlords renting to sex offenders

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So now, these far reaching laws, are also punishing landlords, who will surely loose a lot of money.

01/21/2009

By Susannah Bryan - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Davie proposes jail, fines for those who 'turn a blind eye'

DAVIE - Landlords beware.

A proposed town law would allow property owners to be fined or jailed if they rent to convicted sex offenders and predators in violation of residency restrictions. The Town Council will take a final vote on the measure tonight.

Davie requires a 2,500-foot buffer between where sex offenders and predators can live and places where children gather, like school bus stops and playgrounds. Under the new law, landlords in that zone who "turn a blind eye" may face fines up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail, said Assistant Town Attorney Tom Moss. Repeat violators could face fines of up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail.

"We're not looking to run out and arrest landlords," Police Chief Patrick Lynn said. "The intent is to move offenders out of our area."
- So, the true intent comes out!

Chris Mancini, an attorney who has represented sex offenders, said Davie would be the first in Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports to "lock up" a landlord.

Police officials in Davie, currently home to 48 registered sex offenders, say they are simply following the lead of Cooper City, Pembroke Pines and Weston.

But landlords in those cities don't face jail time for violating the buffer zone law. They can, however, be fined up to $500 a day.

So far, Weston has not fined any landlords, according to City Manager John Flint. But in 2007, Weston threatened to fine the grandparents of a sex offender $150 a day for allowing him to live in their home, located near an elementary school and bus stop. The city later settled the case and dropped the fine, allowing the grandson to remain as long as he was not convicted of any more sex crimes.

Mancini, the attorney in that case, said laws targeting sex offenders don't make cities any safer. He holds out hope for a state law that would create a standardized rule that would apply anywhere in Florida.

"The bottom line is this battle is going to rage on until the state comes in with a state law," he said. "There is no consistency anywhere."

Davie's 2,500-foot buffer zone is similar to laws passed by cities across the state after pedophiles were charged in the separate murders of Jessica Lunsford and Sarah Lunde. The town's current ordinance applies only to sex offenders convicted after Oct. 1, 2004. The new law would apply to all sex offenders, regardless of their conviction date.
- I wish the media would get it through their friggin' heads, that sex offender and pedophile are two separate things, not the same.

Davie officials say the new law should help persuade property owners to do background checks.

"It's not meant to be a trap for landlords," Mayor Tom Truex said. But "if you are a landlord, you should make some inquiries before you rent the property."

Florida law requires all sex offenders and sexual predators to register with the state. It also requires police to notify a community when a sexual predator moves in, but does not mandate notification for sex offenders.

Davie police will inform landlords if a sex offender has moved in, Chief Lynn said.

But most landlords know when they are renting to a sex offender because the neighbors usually let them know, Police Lt. Wayne Boulier said.
- Yeah, out comes the mob squad with pitch forks!

"It's hard to say you didn't know it when the whole neighborhood said they told you about it beforehand," he said.