Saturday, May 16, 2009

NY - Ex-Lawyer and Convicted Sex Offender Wins Critical Acclaim for His Memoir, Two To Six

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05/14/2009

NEW YORK -- That holiest of Holy Grails is surely a provocative story well told. Well, here's a book so highly-charged that two days after issuing its review, the independent, professional review service, Kirkus Discoveries -- in a rare if not unique reversal of its longstanding policy -- agreed to withdraw that review and re-assign the book to its most senior reviewer. That reviewer went on to praise the author as a "skillful, at times beguiling writer" who "makes his readers feel his anguish and fear and the spiritual crisis they provoke." As for the story itself, the reviewer calls it a "troubling, absorbing memoir" and a "revealing confessional" which makes the author's crimes "a bit more understandable."

What is this book?

It is a memoir written by James Cornelio called Two To Six.

Mr. Cornelio spent over 20 years of his life as a corporate attorney in Manhattan. On December 12th, 2003, he was arrested and charged with crimes alleging child sexual abuse. Two To Six is his story of how he struggled to cope with those devastating charges. It begins when he receives a phone call from a woman claiming to be the mother of a teenage male prostitute. It ends when he hears the recording of a phone call used by the police to obtain his criminal indictment. In between, Mr. Cornelio seeks to uncover the truth about his crime, about his life, about himself. Only you can decide if he does so with the searing honesty such a quest demands. Or, more pointedly, whether you agree with the reviewer that the author, in this first-of-its-kind book, has undertaken a "journey into ... his soul."

To obtain a copy of the book or a podcast of Mr. Cornelio's recent appearance on Ron Reagan's talk radio show on AirAmerica (where the intensity of the interest led the show to hold Mr. Cornelio over an extra half-hour to answer listeners' questions) or to arrange an interview or simply learn the reason behind the unusual reversal by Kirkus Discoveries, please contact us at:

Karen Silk               OR     James Cornelio
    860-868-0845/6916               860-868-3823
    kmfsilk@yahoo.com               jj4cpw@aol.com

Two To Six is available only at amazon.com and select bookstores.

Website: http://www.twotosix.com


CA - Sex offender law becomes final

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05/16/2009

By Josh Premako

An ordinance effectively barring newly registered sex offenders from living within Santa Clarita city limits passed its last checkpoint this week and will become active June 12.

The City Council approved a second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that expands on the provisions of Proposition 83 — or Jessica’s Law — passed by state voters in 2006.

The ordinance does not apply to the roughly 230 registered offenders who already live in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The restriction includes nearly all of Santa Clarita. It prohibits newly registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of child-care centers, trails, parks, paseos and open space within city limits.

The areas of the city not affected by the ordinance include land just east of the Highway 126-Interstate 5 junction; a swath of land northwest of the intersection of Highway 14 and Placerita Canyon Road; and roughly two square-mile area on either side of Sand Canyon Road just north of Placerita Canyon Road.

There are a handful of small areas on the fringes of the city limits that fall outside the ordinance.

Sex offenders are required to register with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station when they move to the valley, and sheriff’s deputies conduct parole checks several times a year to ensure offenders are in line with the law.


FL - Bridge Dwelling Sex Offenders Given The Boot

This video was uploaded to YouTube on 02/04/2008, but I'm posting it here for archive. It's also at the JuliaTuttleCauseway YouTube channel as well.

And when is the damn media going to get it through their thick skulls, not all sex offenders are predators! It seems like educated reporters would know the difference... But I guess not!



CANADA - Video catches the lie: Edmonton cabbie sues over false sexual assault allegations


ID - Mother Arrested In Aiding In Sex Abuse Of Daughter

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05/16/2009

CALDWELL - A Treasure Valley mother faced a judge after being arrested late Wednesday. Prosecutors allege she helped youth soccer coach and former Canyon County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Hundersmarck sexually abuse her teenage daughter.

"The allegations arise out of some advertisements on Craigslist and that those advertisements did not specifically involve the minor child", says Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak.

Prosecutors say the mother was aware some sexual contact happened between Hundersmarck and the teen. Investigators say the mother met Hundersmarck on Craigslist where she posted an ad.

"It did not expressly advertise for sexual services of any kind it was simply a listing offering erotic massage", Bujak said.

One Neighbor who asked Today's Channel 6 News to conceal her identity says she would often see late night activity happening inside the family home in Nampa.

"There's been all kinds of different vehicles, different men, no women just men", she said.

Prosecutors say because the mother failed to protect her daughter she could face hard time and because of the nature of the crime they wanted to take every precaution to keep her behind bars and away from children. The judge set bond at 500-thousand dollars and order the mother to stay away from minors including her own.


ME - Sex offender bills win committee’s OK

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05/16/2009

By Kevin Miller - BDN Staff

Last-minute deal on registry petitions, housing sends measures to full Legislature

AUGUSTA - Legislation that would restrict a community’s ability to control where sex offenders live in town is headed to the full Legislature after a last-minute compromise received a favorable vote in committee on Friday.

A second bill that would allow some sex offenders to petition to be left off the statewide registry also won the endorsement of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

As originally introduced, LD 385 would have prohibited municipalities from enacting local ordinances that restricted how close convicted sex offenders could live to schools, parks and other places where children congregate. Bill supporters said such laws, while well-intentioned, further punish sex offenders who have served their time and could result in a total ban on sex offenders within some towns.

After encountering opposition from towns and the Maine Municipal Association, lawmakers worked with critics to draft a compromise that was further tweaked during negotiations on Friday.

The version that received an “ought to pass” vote from a majority of the committee would allow towns to prohibit sex offenders from living within 750 feet of public or private schools.

Towns could also extend that prohibition to areas around other municipal-owned properties, such as parks. Additionally, the bill would only apply to adult sex offenders convicted of felony offenses against children under age 14.

Several members voted in support of the bill despite serious reservations about the constitutionality of the restrictions as well as their effectiveness at reducing sexual abuse of children by past offenders. “At best they are ineffective,” said Rep. Gary Plummer (Email), R-Windham. “They give a false sense of security. They force people to go underground and, in my mind, there are more negatives than there are positives.

Rep. Anne Haskell (Email), D-Portland, said the worst outcome would be for the local ordinances to force sex offenders to move into rural areas far from the jobs, transportation networks and services they need to live healthful lives post conviction.

But Haskell, the sponsor of the original bill and committee co-chair, ultimately voted for the bill. At least 18 communities in Maine have enacted some form of residency restrictions on convicted sex offenders. Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court has heard several cases challenging the local ordinances but has yet to render final decisions on those.

Kate Dufour of the Maine Municipal Association said while her group and its members won’t be happy with the 750-foot limit, at least the bill preserves some level of local control.

The bill’s sponsors had hoped to win unanimous support from the committee, thereby strengthening its odds in the House and Senate. In the end, two lawmakers couldn’t go along with the amended bill and will submit their own recommendations to the Legislature. The other bill, LD 1157, is similar in spirit to a measure that passed the Legislature last year but was pocket vetoed by Gov. John Baldacci (Contact). This year’s version, because of recent changes, appears to have the governor’s support, however.

The measure seeks to address criticisms that Maine’s sex offender registry is doubly punitive because it forces people to retroactively register long after they have finished serving time for their offenses. LD 1157, sponsored by Sen. Stanley Gerzofsky (Contact), D-Brunswick, does not automatically remove anyone from the registry. Instead, the bill would allow anyone convicted between Jan. 1, 1982, and June 29, 1992, to petition to not be listed in the searchable registry. To be eligible, the person must not be a repeat violent offender, must have been discharged from jail before Sept. 1, 1998, and cannot be convicted of subsequent felonies.

The last requirement was key to winning support from several committee members.

If a person is a convicted sex offender … and they find themselves convicted of a felony — and not just any crime, but a felony — then we have to carefully consider that,” said Rep. Christian Greeley (Email), R-Levant. Last year’s bill that was ultimately vetoed by Baldacci attempted to differentiate between those convicted of the most serious sexual offenses and those considered less serious, such as when a 19-year-old male is convicted of having consensual sex with his girlfriend before she turns 16.

While always controversial, Maine’s sex offender registry was thrust into the limelight in 2006 when a Canadian man killed two men whom he did not know after finding their names and addresses on the registry. One of the men had been convicted for having sex with his under-aged girlfriend.

The current bill does not seek to create such a tiered system, however.

Joy Leach, spokeswoman for Baldacci, said the subsequent compromise negotiated between lawmakers and staff from his administration likely was enough to gain the governor’s support.

Both measures now head to the full Legislature for debate.


TX - Ex-police chief gets probation for sex crime

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05/15/2009

RIO GRANDE CITY (AP) - A Starr County jury has sentenced the former police chief of a small South Texas town to probation for soliciting sex from a minor.
- Meanwhile, John Q. Public would be in prison!

Former La Grulla (GROO'-yah) chief Alfredo Hernandez will serve 10 years' probation, pay a $5,000 fine and must register as a sex offender under the Wednesday sentencing.

The indictment against Hernandez accused him of trying to talk a girl younger than 17 years of age into having sex with him last month. The girl, who was a student at La Grulla Middle School, testified against Hernandez.


NY - 'Stunned' over child porn case

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05/16/2009

By CASEY SEILER AND SARAH HINMAN

Ex-leader of Young Democrats sentenced after long investigation

ALBANY - Members of Albany County Young Democrats are "shocked and disturbed" at the revelation that the former president of the organization, Benjamin Jakes-Johnson, spent almost four years facing child pornography charges while rising through the ranks of the local group, as well as the party's state and national affiliates.

Jakes-Johnson, 29, received a 57-month sentence in U.S. District Court Thursday after pleading guilty last October to one count of possessing child pornography.
- You see, more protection for the "Good Ole' Boys!"  Usually people get many years per image, and from below, he had over 80 images, yet he gets a 4 1/2 year sentence.

According to the office of the U.S. Attorney for New York's Northern District, Jakes-Johnson's computer and several discs were seized in October 2005 at his parents' house in Syracuse. Forensic analysis ultimately uncovered more than 80 images and a video of "minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

After his release, Jakes-Johnson will remain under supervision for life, and will have to register as a sex offender.

Following the execution of the search warrant, Jakes-Johnson agreed to cooperate with investigators by allowing them to use his online identity to track down another consumer of child porn who had told Jakes-Johnson online that he was molesting his own son. No arrest was ever made in that case.

Matthew Peter, the Albany County Young Democrats' new president, issued a statement Friday afternoon that said the charges "were previously unknown to the organization."

"While we are still becoming aware of the circumstances surrounding this case, we are very concerned that these charges were not revealed to the organization at their onset," Peter wrote. "(The) actions of one individual will not, and do not, define this organization and its many dedicated members."

The county organization currently includes more than 40 members.

Extensive court documents — including therapists' assessments and letters from family members — blame Jakes-Johnson's predilection for child porn, which began as early as age 14, on alleged sexual abuse he suffered throughout childhood and adolescence at the hands of an older male cousin.

"Ben is a victim of abuse that is gargantuan," said his attorney, Robert Gottlieb, "and the tragedy of this is that he's going to prison and his abuser remains free."

In a phone interview Friday, Gottlieb said the investigation allowed Jakes-Johnson to deal with his experience of sexual abuse, and to come to terms with his identity as a gay man. "The irony of this horrible situation is that it ultimately led to him being a healthier person," the attorney said.

In addition to his former post with the Albany County organization, Jakes-Johnson has served as executive vice president of the state Young Democrats and treasurer of the northeastern regional branch of the national Young Democrats organization. Last summer, Jakes-Johnson appeared briefly on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" at a rally for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Matthew Silverstein, president of the state Young Democrats, said in a statement that the group was "stunned" by the revelations about Jakes-Johnson. Silverstein said Jakes-Johnson resigned Thursday, but did not provide them with any reason for his departure.

Gottlieb resisted the idea that Jakes-Johnson's fellow Democrats might feel betrayed after learning that he had allowed himself to be placed in leadership roles despite facing charges that could damage the mission of the larger group.

"The Democratic party should be thankful that they've had Ben's active involvement all these years," Gottlieb said.

Jakes-Johnson's guilty plea, the attorney insisted, "does not detract from his enormous potential."

His sentence is scheduled to begin July 7. Gottlieb has requested that Jakes-Johnson be incarcerated in a Massachusetts facility that offers mental health services.

After moving to the Capital Region in 2003, Jakes-Johnson lived in Troy and Albany, and has worked as a financial analyst for HSBC Bank. On Friday, his Facebook and LinkedIn Web pages had been deactivated.