Monday, June 15, 2009

MD - Sex offenders are always the bad guys!!!!!!!!!!

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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)


NY - Sex Scandal Statute of Limitations

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06/15/2009

Paul Vitello, staff reporter for the New York Times covering health issues for the Metro desk, discusses the controversy over the bill in Albany that would adjust the statute of limitations in childhood sexual abuse suits.

 



"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)


ME - Mars Hill woman charged in sex-assault case

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06/15/2009

By Jen Lynds

MARS HILL - A 30-year-old local woman was arrested and charged with gross sexual assault Friday after Maine State Police alleged that she is linked to a child pornography investigation with international ties.

_____ was arrested late Friday evening at her Mountain View Street residence after state police detectives and federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency _____ied out a search warrant at her home.

State police Detective John Cote said Saturday that state police investigators were contacted by ICE agents who gave details about an ongoing investigation into child pornography on the Internet.

Cote said that ICE agents were contacted by West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom. Law enforcement officials in that country were investigating child sexual abuse when they discovered recorded videos showing a woman committing sexual acts on a young child.

The U.K. investigation revealed that the U.S. was the likely origin of the videos, which Cote said had been recorded from a live webcast. Police discovered that the point of origin likely was in Mars Hill.

According to Cote, state police detectives and ICE agents worked to identify the woman while Aroostook County District Attorney Neale Adams and caseworkers from the state Department of Health and Human Services teamed up with authorities to collect information about the suspect. Information, including a photograph of _____ on file with the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles, reportedly confirmed that the woman in the video from the U.K. was _____. Police then secured a search warrant for the _____ residence.

Authorities uncovered evidence related to the crime during the search _____ied out Friday evening. Police gave no details about the evidence that was gathered.

_____ was arrested and taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton where bail was set at $20,000. Her first court appearance was scheduled to occur by videoconference on Monday.

Cote said _____ likely will face further state and federal charges as the investigation continues.




"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)


VA - Former officer faces child porn charges

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06/15/2009

PORTSMOUTH - A former Portsmouth Police officer charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl back in December is now facing child porn charges as well.

According to court documents obtained by WAVY.com, _____ now faces three federal counts of Possessing Child Pornography.

It appears the images were found on two hard drives and one thumb drive owned by _____.

_____ remains on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation.


"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 - Exonerated man chooses forgiveness over bitterness

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06/15/2009

By BO EMERSON

Calvin Johnson motivated to ‘give back’ to others

Leaning into a curve on a Georgia mountain highway, tearing through the wind like a bullet, Calvin Johnson can forget about the shackles that he wore.

He and his friends ride their motorcycles for fun, for fellowship and because they just love the machines. But Johnson also gets something more out of it. Freedom. Limitless space. Payback for the 16 years he served in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

During all those years of prison, I grew up a lot,” he says. “I had a lot of time to mature … but I had to keep a little something from my past, something a little wild, a little dangerous at times.”

It has been 10 years today since Johnson, 51, was freed from prison. In that time he has fallen in love and married, fathered a beautiful girl, built a house and pursued a career. He is also a founding board member of the Georgia Innocence Project and sits on the board of the New York Innocence Project, working to free others who have been wrongfully imprisoned.

Clearly his motivation is to give back,” says Lisa George of the Georgia Innocence Project. “He’s paying it forward in the biggest way possible.”

A visit to his Clayton County home reveals a different world than the one he inhabited behind bars. Green lawns lead up to a spacious, five-bedroom, all-brick home. A settlement from the state helped him pay for the house. His Suzuki motorcycle is parked in the garage near his Dodge truck and a croquet set.

Inside he gets a frenzied greeting from T.J., his papillon pooch. On the coffee table in the living room is a school project built by his 8-year-old daughter, Brianna — a scale model of a tropical island, surrounded by a blue-painted sea and dotted with miniature hobby-shop trees.

She’s 8 going on 9, and thinks she’s 21,” Johnson says, laughing.

Out back is the barbecue grill and deck where later this month he’ll entertain a crowd at a party celebrating his 10 years of freedom.

In 1983 a College Park woman was raped in her home. Johnson, a Clark University graduate, was named as a suspect. He became a suspect because of an earlier rape charge that was dismissed because he couldn’t be picked out of a lineup and because the victim stated that her attacker was uncircumcised. (Johnson is circumcised.)

His hair did not match a hair found at the scene, and he didn’t fit the description the victim offered immediately after the crime, yet he was convicted in Clayton County and sentenced to life plus two concurrent 15-year sentences.

As Johnson swung a bush ax, working on prison crews in South Georgia swamps, evidence in the case was almost discarded — it was actually rescued from a garbage can at one point. His case came to the attention of the New York Innocence Project, which worked to get his DNA compared to the evidence gathered at the scene.

He became the first man in Georgia exonerated because of DNA evidence, and his case inspired the founding of the Georgia Innocence Project. Since his release, six other men have gained freedom through DNA evidence. The Georgia Innocence Project also has helped promote legislation passed in 2003 requiring the state to store such evidence for at least 10 years.

Shortly after Johnson was released, he was interviewed on the Neal Boortz radio show and Sabrina Middleton heard him speak. She was fascinated by his experience and by his calm demeanor.

I knew that I would have to meet him and hear that story,” she says now. “It reminded me of the story of Joseph in the Bible.” Later, they ran into each other at church and went on a July 4 date. They married the next year.

Johnson helps his fellow exonerees deal with the enormous hassles of a post-prison life. He knows from experience what they’re going through.

He took a rental car to the driver’s license bureau, but was told (after waiting in line) that he couldn’t use that car to take his driving test. Instead, he turned to the stranger behind him in line and borrowed their vehicle. When he went for a fill-up his first time out in the free world, Johnson sat for a long time, waiting for an attendant, before he realized that gas stations had all become self-service.

Johnson has been promoted three times at his MARTA job, where he now is a supervisor, responsible for the station agents along the east-west line. He demonstrates that success after prison is possible. He also shows the power of forgiveness. “He teaches the new guys by example that [anger] is just a waste of time,” George says.

Johnson was 42 years old when his daughter was born, which is a late start on a family, but he doesn’t count time in a conventional way. “I might be 51 in numbers,” he says with a smile, “but I’m really 35. I was preserved. They had me on ice for 16 years.”

For more information about the Georgia Innocence Project, go to ga-innocenceproject.org.


"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)


MA - Kids attend prom from 'sexual hell'

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06/12/2009

By Chelsea Schilling

You won't believe how children as young as 12 years old partied

Note: This story contains material that readers might consider graphic and offensive.

Family advocates are outraged by a prom held at Boston City Hall that was open to children apparently as young as 12 featuring crossdressers, homosexual heavy petting, suspected drug use and a leather-clad doorman who teaches sexual bondage classes.

Children from middle schools and high schools across Massachusetts on May 9 attended a Youth Pride Day event ending with a prom inside of Boston City Hall sponsored by the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth, or BAGLY, a group seated on the Massachusetts Commission for GLBT Youth.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino issued a proclamation welcoming homosexual and transgender youth to the celebration. A man in drag introduced a homosexual activist from Menino's office to read the letter. A video of that proclamation is below.

MassResistance, an organization that describes itself as a pro-family action center, sent a 20-year-old college student named Max to the prom to take pictures and learn more about what Massachusetts children were doing there.

Brian Camenker of MassResistance said Max was astonished by the number of children who appeared to be between 12 and 14 years old.

"They look pretty darn young," Camenker told WND. "He said there were a lot of middle school kids there. It really bothered him."

The day's events began with a transgender Elvis and a parade. Attendees were given condoms and pro-homosexual material such as a bookmark for kids on how to get involved with several homosexual groups and "Transgender Rights Now" stickers. Then many children attended the prom that evening at City Hall.

"I remained in the building for an hour and a half and found the events inside disturbing, depraved and outright criminal," Max reported. "The line included kids wearing the rainbow regalia of the gay movement, teenage boys wearing dresses and high heels, hugging their 'boyfriends,' extremely young looking girls, not much older than 14 or 15, with 'Out and Proud' inscribed in rainbow letters on the front of their T-shirts."

Max continued, "On the flower pots and stairs leading up to the subway entrance, I saw dozens of kids aged 12-17 smoking cigarettes and making out with each other."

He said three middle-aged lesbians with military haircuts shouted from megaphones at the more than 300 youth attendees in line for the event. They barked: "If we find you bringing alcohol, you're going home!"; "Don't have sex on the dance floor!" and "Are you ready to party?"

Two men helped the lesbians herd youth into City Hall. One of the men reportedly wore exceptionally tight pants and eyeliner while calling the children "sweetie" and everything around him "fabulous." The other man wore leather bondage gear.

While BAGLY advertised the event for youth 22 and younger, Max said identification was not checked – even for people who were obviously older than 22.

"Why would 22-year-olds be mingling with 14 and 15-year-olds?" Camenker asked, troubled by the details of the event. "As we saw, they pay no attention to any age limit at all. It was full of all of these strange adults."

A doorman, with a Mr. Boston Leather sash, had BAGLY's official chaperone credentials around his neck, Camenker noted. He identified himself as a "leather BDSM (bondage discipline and sado-masochism) fetishist" and handed out business cards to youth.

His card asked, "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Mr. Boston Leather's MySpace profile describes him as a single, middle-aged gay male who attends spanking parties and waxes for leather dancing events.

"Starting in April I am teaching month BDSM classes at the MALE Center in Boston, and I will be running an event called Kinky Kamp ... in Upstate New York at Easton Mountain Retreat Center," it states.

Max said he also saw a prominent transsexual activist who specializes in recruiting middle and high school children enter the building.

Despite its announcement stating,"Do not bring drugs, weapons, or alcohol into the space, and do not come to the space under the influence of drugs or alcohol," Max said no measures were taken to stop anyone from sneaking prohibited items into the building.

He entered City Hall as two floors shook with earsplitting music and began taking numerous photographs of the event. Max spotted teen homosexual couples, with hair painted rainbow colors, making out in almost every corner of the room.

As Max moved through the crowd, he said he observed several adult homosexuals wearing T-shirts with "recruiter" written in rainbow colors.

"The intention of these individuals, and of the entire event, is made plain by the slogans on those shirts," he noted.

Max moved into a smoking section where he claims he saw people of all ages smoking cigarettes and marijuana.

"Chaperones clearly witnessed these things occurring but did nothing to stop them," he wrote of his experience.

"He said that there was absolutely, definitely marijuana," Camenker told WND. "We have a picture. … He said that here was no question that the girl in his picture was smoking marijuana. A ton of people around her – that whole area of the room – just reeked of marijuana smoke."

WND contacted the Boston Police Department to ask whether officers on duty were aware of attendees smoking marijuana.

Boston Police Department spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said, "We don't have any reports on that."

Boston City Hall spokesman Nick Martin reviewed the photos with Driscoll and told WND, "There were both City Hall security on hand and also undercover Boston police officers. The allegations in terms of smoking both cigarettes and marijuana are unfounded. City Hall has hosted the event for at least 15 years and never ran into issues of that sort."

He said such illicit behavior would never be tolerated.

"People can make allegations about anything they want. The individual who claims that the person was holding paraphernalia might have an agenda of their own," Martin said. "But, as far as we are concerned, there weren't any problems with the event."

Camenker told WND this event takes place every year and the state of Massachusetts originally budgeted $850,000 last year for the Massachusetts Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. He said members, such as BAGLY, usually receive funding from that commission. However, that funding for the homosexual lobby was later slashed as part of an effort to cut costs in response to the state's budget shortfall.

The Massachusetts Commission for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth sponsors programs in public schools such as Gay-Straight Alliance clubs, he noted.

"The kids are contacted and brought in through this network of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and the money that funds that," he said. "There are also buses that often bring kids in. We're not sure if they used buses this year, but they usually do. That's basically how the kids get there."

Camenker said he objects to the city hosting the event at City Hall and sanctioning it by providing a taxpayer-funded police presence.

Another spokeswoman with Boston City Hall property and Construction Management Department told WND the prom was funded entirely by BAGLY and that the group received no special discounts on its use of the City Hall building.

After his experience, Max said it is difficult for anyone who has never attended such an event to truly grasp the "perversion and disturbing nature" of the prom hosted by the city and welcomed by the mayor.

"As a young person who has been exposed to many disturbing things within today's youth culture, I believed I was prepared to deal with what I saw at the 2009 BAGLY Prom," Max wrote.

"Minutes after entering the event, I discovered that I was not."

Camenker agreed that the affair was shocking.

"This stuff doesn't happen by accident. You don't have these kinds of really weird people around these kids by accident. These guys actually think that this is what these kids should be experiencing," he said.

"This movement has an obsession with kids, and there are no boundaries. It's worse than anybody thought."


"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)


The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws (That Don't Work)

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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)


Living Beyond The Label: Level 3 Dreams Come True

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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)


NJ - Manalapan moves to repeal sex offender law

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06/14/2009

By Alesha Williams Boyd

Supreme Court voided local residency rules; N.J. lawmakers to fix law

MANALAPANThe township is moving forward with plans to repeal its sex-offender residency law, following the state Supreme Court's decision in May that struck local laws restricting where offenders may live.

The Township Committee at its June 10 meeting introduced an ordinance that would repeal its existing sex offender registry law. The township in 2005 had barred sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, day-care center, park or library.

The high court affirmed last year's state appellate court decision, which said Cherry Hill and Galloway could not enforce residency restrictions for convicted sex offenders because those local rules conflicted with the state's Megan's Law.

The decision invalidated rules in some 100 communities across the state, including Manalapan's.

"We're compelled to rescind the ordinance now," Township Attorney Ronald Cucchiaro said.

Cucchiaro added that, whatever comfort it might give the committee and the community, the state Legislature is moving to address the issue.

The New Jersey Assembly's Judiciary Committee this month advanced a bill that would regulate where convicted sex offenders can live. The proposal would allow towns to restrict sex offenders over age 21 from living within 500 feet of schools, playgrounds or child-care centers.

Under Megan's Law, convicted sex offenders may only live in a residence approved by a parole officer, and must notify authorities when they change addresses and employment. The law forbids anyone from using an offender's criminal record to deny housing.

"I would just urge the Legislature to take some action here," Mayor Richard Klauber said, adding "there's a hole" in the legislation now in place. "I would urge them to do that quickly."

The Assembly panel also advanced a bill establishing a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years to life for anyone convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a child.

Convicted sex offender _____ threatened to challenge Manalapan's ordinance in Superior Court before he relented and moved to Asbury Park from his parents' township home in 2006.

He had served a seven-year sentence for disseminating child pornography and attempting to lure an 11-year-old boy into a weekend of sex in a Wall motel room.

A hearing on the ordinance repeal is scheduled 8 p.m. June 24 at town hall, 120 Route 522.


"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)