Monday, June 8, 2009

National Geographic - Sex Offender


OH - Concerned mom finds sex offenders on Facebook

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I can understand kicking those off who may be doing something illegal, if deemed so by the police, but just making an assumption that all sex offenders on these sites are up to no good, is not absurd.

06/08/2009

KENT — A mother of three said she worries daily about her kids' safety, especially with sex offenders living nearby. So she's doing something about it after being inspired by a story on News Journal sister station, WKYC in Cleveland.

The woman, 29, saw _____'s series on a convicted child molester in Akron who set up a Facebook profile, something the social network now prohibits.

Facebook deleted the man's profile within minutes of being contacted by WKYC.

"Mary," not her real name, wanted to see if offenders living near her family in Kent are also on Facebook, which allows those with profiles to "friend" each other and then share photos, emails and instant messaging.

Mary entered her address on the Portage County Sheriff's Web site and learned the names and addresses of the sex offenders living near her.

She then entered those names one at a time on Facebook and has matched four sex offenders — all of whom were convicted of abusing underage girls — with active Facebook profiles.

"Kind of shocking and sick — just more access to kids," she said. "You'd think Facebook could make some kind of way to check to see better if sex offenders were on there."

After deleting one man's profile, Facebook's Simon Axton said, "Protecting our users, especially the many children who use our site, has always been a top priority for Facebook. We have been working proactively with states' attorneys general to run their lists of registered sex offenders against our user base."

Calls to the Portage County Sex Offender unit were not immediately returned.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


MD - Second man plans plea deal in inmate's slaying

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06/08/2009

HAGERSTOWN - Court records indicate that a second Maryland prison inmate will plead guilty in Hagerstown in the slaying of a child sex offender inside the Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Twenty-one-year-old James Proctor's plea hearing was scheduled for Monday morning in Washington County Circuit Court.

Proctor is accused of fatally beating 48-year-old _____, of Prince George's County.

Fifty-one-year-old codefendant Robert Steingold pleaded guilty in April to a reduced charge of conspiring with Proctor and inmate Chad Cirigliano to rob _____.

_____ died in April 2008, after nearly two months in a coma. The defendants were charged in December after state police exhumed _____' body to gather evidence in he case.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


GA - Lawyer argues sex offender law off target, unconstitutional

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06/08/2009

By Bill Rankin - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sexual act need not be committed for someone to be on registry

A Fulton County judge was asked Monday to declare a facet of Georgia’s sex-offender registry law unconstitutional because it makes people who have not committed sex crimes register as sex offenders.

The law applies to sexual predators — and also to anyone convicted of kidnapping or false imprisonment of a minor, regardless if a sexual act was involved.

Monday’s challenge was brought on behalf of Jake Rainer, convicted in 2000 in Gwinnett County of a drug robbery.

At that time, Rainer, then 18, and three of his buddies picked up a 17-year-old girl who was going to sell them some marijuana. Instead of buying it, they decided to take it from her so they drove her to a cul de sac, took the pot and left her.

Rainer made “a stupid mistake” but committed no sex act of any kind, his lawyer, Ann Marie Fitz, said Monday.

Rainer pleaded guilty to robbery and false imprisonment and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years on probation. As a registered sex offender, he cannot live or work within 1,000 feet of places children congregate, such as parks, schools and swimming pools.

Under state law, Rainer can ask a judge to remove him from the registry 10 years after the completion of his sentence — in 2020, Fitz said.

“It is grossly disproportionate and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment,” she said of Rainer’s sentence.

Joseph Drolet of the state Attorney General’s Office urged Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter to dismiss the challenge. Drolet agreed that some offenders such as Rainer did not commit a sex crime but have to register as sex offenders.

“It does not seem fair,” Drolet said. “I can understand they do not like it. But the law is the law.”

Baxter did not issue an immediate ruling. But the judge indicated he may rule against Rainer’s challenge.

“I have great empathy for your situation,” Baxter told Fitz. “But I’m feeling like my hands are tied here.” Baxter urged Fitz to return to Gwinnett and try to get the false imprisonment conviction stricken from Rainer’s record.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


TX - Texas Lawmakers Crack Down On Fake Profiles

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06/08/2009

By Wendy Davis

In a move aimed at cracking down on cyerbullying, Texas lawmakers passed a new bill that makes it a crime to impersonate people online.

The new "online harassment" statute makes it a felony to create phony profiles on social networking sites with the intent to "harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten" others. The statute defines commercial social networking sites broadly, saying they include any sites that allow people to register to communicate with others or create web pages or profiles. (Email programs and message boards are excluded from the definition.)

The law was sent to the Texas governor for signature last week.

The move comes at a time when fake profiles are increasingly in the news, thanks largely to the relatively new phenomenon of phony Twitter accounts. Last week, it was widely reported that one such account had already led to a lawsuit. In that case, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa alleged that the parody account infringed his trademark.

The Texas law conceivably addresses those types of profiles on Twitter, although it's not clear that courts would find that parody creators do so with an intent to "harm" or "intimidate."

It's also not certain that the law would hold up in court. Internet law expert Eric Goldman, director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University, says the Texas law appears problematic for at least two reasons: it singles out social networking sites and bans speech that might be permissible. "The whole social networking exceptionalism is ridiculous," he says. "There's no way to distinguish social networking sites from other sites."

And, he adds, the attempt to ban fake profiles might be unconstitutional because it could end up also criminalizing legitimate speech. "There's so much potential speech that's covered by this, it makes me nervous," he says.

Last year, a Texas appellate court invalidated another harassment law that made it a crime to send repeated emails "in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass, or offend another." In that case, court ruled that the law potentially criminalized speech that was allowed under the First Amendment.

Texas isn't alone in trying to crack down on Internet harassment. Policymakers throughout the country have proposed new laws addressing cyberbullying on social networking sites in wake of the Megan Meier suicide, and at least one politician, Rep. Linda Sanchez (Contact) (D-Calif.), has introduced a federal measure.

The Texas law, however, doesn't seem to address the Megan Meier situation because no one was impersonated in that case. There, 40-something Missouri resident Lori Drew allegedly helped hatch a plan to create a fake MySpace profile of a fictional boy, "Josh," who sent messages to 13-year-old Megan. She killed herself after receiving a final message from Josh -- a statement that the world would be a better place without her. (That email didn't come from Drew, but a 20-year-old who used to babysit for Drew's daughter.)

But the Texas statute could potentially cover some other fake-profile incidents, such as a well-publicized case involving Yahoo. In that instance, the ex-boyfriend of Oregon resident Cynthia Barnes created a fake profile of her that included nude photos as well as her name, address and phone number.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


FL - Ron Book, head of the Homeless Trust, trying to make more people homeless! Talk about a hypocrite, he's the poster child!

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Ron Book, still on his rampage to force people into homelessness! Send this hypocrite an email, here.

06/02/2009

Florida Lobbyist, Daughter Launch National Campaign

ORLANDO - A Florida lobbyist and his daughter who was molested when she was 12 years old have started a national campaign seeking to ban convicted sex offenders from loitering near places where children hang out.
- Just the typical grandstanding.  Florida already has draconian laws forcing many into homelessness, and this hypocrite runs the Homeless Trust.  Guess he wants to keep himself in business!  Then even have a "Ten Year Plan to END Homelessness" article at the link above.  Looks like they aren't going to make that happen, they are making more homeless.

Ron Book, who is a Miami attorney and lobbyist, wants a child-safety zone implemented that would keep sex offenders within 300 feet of parks, day cares and YMCAs, among other facilities.
- Hey Ron, stop boasting.  Florida already has such a law, you should know that, of all people.

Book's daughter, Lauren, was molested by her nanny. Lauren Book has penned a book that has a program -- called Lauren's Kids -- to teach children to recognize warning signs.

"Back home in Boca Raton, three children were sexually molested in a bathroom during the day," Lauren Book said. "And their parents said, 'Just go to the bathroom, I'm standing here.' It's not OK."

Ron Book said parents should never take their children for granted.
- Duh, and people should not let their emotions run their lives and pass laws.  All laws, passed on emotions, are almost always wrong!  I wonder if you are feeling guilty for this, so you lash out at others to make yourself feel better.

"Hug your children. Ask them what they're doing. Pay attention. Pay attention all the time, not just five minutes after this broadcast," he said.

Local 6 News reporter Mike Holfeld researched sex offenders in the Orlando area and found that hundreds of them live near popular parks.
- And how many sex crimes have been committed at parks?  Why don't you answer that question?  Most sex crimes occur in the victims own home, just like this example talked about here, not in some park!

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement database, 44 sex offenders live within a mile radius of Lake Eola in Orlando, and 735 sex offenders live within a 5-mile radius of the park.

"We live in Winter Garden, so we came a good little distance. The kids enjoy it here," said Lisa Sharp, who was spending a day at Lake Eola.

She told Holfeld that she's not surprised that sex offenders live in the area.

"I know how many people are out there. That's why we have to be vigilant and take care of our kids and make them aware of the dangers that are out there," said Sharp, who admitted that the high number of offenders in the area caught her off guard. "Well, I mean in my home I can do the same thing and there's five (sex offenders) just within a mile radius where they go to school."
- And 90% or more of all sex crimes occur in the victims own home, so it's your husband, wife, son or daughter you should be watching out for, not some stranger at the park.

The FDLE database showed that there are 494 registered sex offenders near the Mall of Millenia; 558 near the Fashion Square Mall; and 204 around the Altamonte Mall, all of which are popular hangouts for teens.
- So like I said above, how many sex crimes have been committed by anybody in any of these places?

"If they are going to violate, they are going to go where it is easy to violate," said Seminole County sheriff's Lt. James Clark, who added that parents need to educate their children about dangerous situations. "I'm not saying walk around paranoid, I'm just saying be aware."
- Yeah, if they are going to violate, they will do it at home, or close by.  If you read the facts, instead of the hype, you'd know that, but, it's all about saving a career, getting votes and selling a book.

"Even the quietest places can be infiltrated by a sex offender. A week ago tonight, a registered sex offender was arrested and charged with voyeurism at the Barnes and Noble book store on South Orange Blossom Trail," said Holfeld.

More than 270 sex predators and offenders live within a 5-mile radius of the store, according to the FDLE database.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


Special Needs Offenders: FCI Butner Sex Offender Treatment


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It provides an overview of the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina. The program presents highlights from a seminar held in June 2000, during which SOTP Director Dr. Andres Hernandez and others talked at length.

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)