Friday, July 3, 2009

OH - Bowling Green couple indicted for rape of 4-yr-old

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BOWLING GREEN (WTOL) - Two people are facing charges for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl.

A Wood County grand jury has indicted 28-year-old _____ and 26-year-old _____ for sexual offenses. The two are charged with two counts of rape and gross sexual imposition with a specification because of the age of the victim.

"Now I've got to keep an eye on my daughter more now. I know it's a 4-year-old child, but you never know. It can be any age," neighbor Brenda Sanchez told us.
- Already assuming they are guilty, remember, they have not been to court yet!  They might be guilty, but wait until they have their day in court before you jump to conclusions!

She lives a couple houses away with a teenage daughter. They live in an apartment complex in Bowling Green. It's the same complex where many little kids play everyday.

"I'm scared because, you know, these kids, a lot of them just run around with out the parents around," a neighbor told us.

As for _____, this isn't' the first time for an indictment like this. He was also indicted in January for a similar gross sexual imposition count involving the same 4-year-old victim.

The Harles live in the Bowling Green apartment and are accused of touching and having sexual contact with the child between May and November of 2008. "Sex crimes is happening all the time, and these poor little children just don't know what to stay away from and what not to," the concerned neighbor said.

The two will be arraigned in the Wood County Common Pleas Court on July 13. We'll be there to bring you the very latest.

If found guilty, they both face life in prison.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)

OR - Center angers 4-H Club parents

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And the 15 years it's been there, apparently no child has been harmed, but, they don't care about that, they have let the media scare them so bad, they are afraid of their own shadows.


By Whitney Malkin

A treatment program for sex offenders has been next to the local youth office for 15 years

The Lane County sex offender treatment center has been located on West 13th Avenue for 15 years.
- And has any sex crime been committed in those 15 years?

But that isn’t stopping residents from getting fired up over the center’s close proximity to the local 4-H office at the Oregon State University/Lane County Extension Service building where their children congregate.

It isn’t just in the same neighborhood.

It’s next door.

As a parent, I can’t believe this has been under our nose this whole time,” said 4-H parent Bill Linn, whose 9-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son raise beef cattle in 4H. “I have a big problem with the county’s placement of this building. You should not put a bunch of sex offenders in a place where people congregate with children.”

The treatment program tends to select the highest-risk offenders, said Lane County Behavioral Health Services Manager Al Levine, who oversees the treatment facility.

When asked if predatory offenders — those who have a tendency to victimize or injure others and who have been convicted of certain sex crimes such as rape, sodomy and sexual abuse — were treated in the facility, Levine said: “Probably,” adding that “these are the ones we most want to treat.”

In the 15 years the program has been located in the building, there has never been a problem, Levine said.

We make a point of not scheduling visits during times when there are events or during the fair,” he said. “There is a very high level of vigilance and diligence in that office.”

And it’s not likely the program — which treats between 30 and 40 offenders and is staffed by two parole officers — will be there for very much longer.

It is scheduled to move to another building on West Seventh Avenue and Charnelton Street in February.

But Linn and other parents want the program to move now.

I plan to lobby the county to accelerate the moving of the facility,” Linn said Thursday. “It’s not safe.”
- It's been safe for 15 years, and now, all of a sudden, it's not?

Parents became aware of the problem Monday, when a child ran by the doors of the office and a probation officer stepped outside to tell his mother that children shouldn’t be playing in the area.

Levine said 4-H staff have known about the county’s treatment facility for years.

Steve Dodrill, staff chairman with the OSU Extension Service, which offers the 4-H program, did not return a message left Thursday.

However, longtime 4-H leader Doris Hoitt said she and other leaders had no idea the sex offender treatment facility was next door.

I am concerned about exposure to predators,” she said. “Exposure to people who may not have the best intentions.”

Upset about perceived potential dangers, Linn is launching a campaign that he says will start today when he greets parents arriving to pick up their children from 4-H camp with handouts and a video camera.

He’s also moving his charge online to Facebook and Twitter and said he may purchase mobile billboards to alert people to the problem.

Offenders in the sex offender treatment program have a near-zero recidivism rate, Levine said.

These are the subset of clients who have been directed to and agreed to pursue treatment for their difficulties,” he said. “These are not the sex offenders to be worried about.”

Levine said he hopes the program won’t have to move twice before February.

It really isn’t a problem that needs to be fixed,” he said. “But it is going to become political — commissioners are going to get involved and they will make a decision.”

With 4-H kids coming back from camp today, Linn and other parents say they are worried about their children’s safety.

There are plenty of places to put this type of agency,” Hoitt said.

It needs to be stopped now and moved tomorrow.”

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)

UK - Schools bar parents from sports day... to keep out paedophiles

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Beware, pedophiles are everywhere, and now even you are a suspected pedophile.  So I guess people cannot attend foot ball games, soccer games, etc, because an "unsavory" character may be "lurking!"  Come on, this is just hysteria gone mad...


Parents have been banned from attending their children's sports day in an extraordinary measure to protect pupils from child abductors and paedophiles.

More than 270 pupils from four primary schools took part in the event - but there were no spectators because the organisers said they could not prevent 'unsavoury' characters from sneaking onto school grounds.

The decision to bar parents was made after a risk assessment concluded that Sandy Upper School in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, could not 'guarantee the children's safety' when it hosted the athletics day.

Parents have condemned the June 24 spectator ban as 'health and safety gone mad'.

One mother, who did not wish to be named, said: 'I was told that we could not come because there were so many children taking part.'

'They said they just cannot estimate how many parents are going to be there, and are worried that they can't stop someone who shouldn't be there from being there.

'But I think it's just health and safety gone mad.'

Mother-of-three Emma Collett, 33, of Biggleswade, has a child at St Andrew's Lower School in the town.

She said: 'I would have taken time off work to support my child. It would have meant a lot to me.'

'I'm all for measures to protect the safety of children but lines must be drawn and common sense must prevail.'

Paul Blunt of the East Bedfordshire School Sports Partnership, which ran the event, said the 'ultimate fear' was that a child could be abducted.

He said: 'If we let parents into the school they would have been free to roam the grounds. All unsupervised adults must be kept away from children.'

'An unsavoury character could have come in and we just can't put the children in the event or the students at the host school at risk like that.'

'The ultimate fear is that a child is hurt or abducted, and we must take all measures possible to prevent that.'

Mr Blunt confirmed he had received a complaint from an irate mother but defended his decision.

He added: 'None of the children taking part attend the host school so it would've been really hard to police.'

'We did a risk assessment and concluded that we couldn't guarantee the children's safety.'

'The number of children involved meant it would have been hard to ensure people were who they claimed to be.'

However, Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said it was 'totally unreasonable' to ban parents from a sports day.

'It's clearly a serious misjudgement. One of the great pleasures of sports day is that their parents can watch them take part,' he said.

'If you followed the thinking of this ban you wouldn't be able to let you child out of the front door.'

The schools that took part in the athletics event are Lawnside Lower School, Dunton Lower School and St Andrews Lower School, all in Biggleswade, and Robert Peel Lower School, in Sandy.

No pupils from host school Sandy Upper took part as this is a secondary school and community sports college.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)

UK - Hundreds of men 'wrongly convicted of being paedophiles after becoming victims of identity theft'

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By Fay Schlesinger

One of Britain's biggest online paedophile investigations will be challenged in the Court of Appeal following allegations that hundreds of men may have been wrongly convicted in a 'huge miscarriage of justice', it has been revealed.

A test case challenge has been launched against Operation Ore, the landmark investigation that has snared and convicted 1,451 paedophiles since 2002.

But lawyers and computer experts claimed that many may be innocent victims of credit card fraud.

Among those convicted under Operation Ore were high-profile figures including the comedian Chris Langham, who received a six-month prison sentence in 2007 for a string of child pornography convictions.

He claimed he had been researching for a TV show.

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend accepted a police caution for child pornography but was later cleared after he was found to have accessed an unrelated site.

The inquiry focused on more than 7,000 people whose credit cards were used to buy illegal porn from a U.S website. In addition to those convicted, 493 were cautioned.

At least 35 of the accused have committed suicide, including Commodore David White, the senior commander on Gibraltar who was found dead in his swimming pool in 2005.

The names, addresses and DNA of every man convicted or cautioned have been placed on the sex offenders register.

Within weeks, allegations that hundreds of men were victims of mass credit card fraud will be tested for the first time in the appeal court.

A single judge will decide whether the case is strong enough to go to a full appeal.

Officers from the child exploitation and online protection unit, Ceop, maintain that Operation Ore was successful, bringing to justice more than 2,600 British men who downloaded or attempted to download images of child abuse.

The vast majority pleaded guilty.

But the test case raises the possibility of a miscarriage of justice of an unprecedented scale.

Chris Saltrese, the solicitor representing the convicted man in the test case, Anthony O'Shea, told The Guardian: 'If his appeal is successful the convictions of others for the same offence will fall too."

'We are talking in the hundreds and we say this is a huge miscarriage of justice.'

'It is absolutely riddled with fraud. I have clients who have lost everything: their jobs, their homes, their marriages, their children and their health.'

Operation Ore began after the conviction of an American couple behind Landslide Inc, a website that gave access to adult pornography and child abuse images.

The personal details of 7,100 Britons were found on its database, including O'Shea's.

The father of two was jailed for five months in 2005 for a string of child pornography convictions. His home was raided in 2002 but no images were found.

Mr Saltrese said his legal team would prove that O'Shea did access adult pornography, but his credit card had been fraudulently used to access a paedophile site within Landslide.

Ceop said Operation Ore cases were tested multiple times to ensure the validity of the intelligence.

As well as personal details, the investigation may have captured the individual IP address of the suspect's computer, the team said.

Ceop said: 'No evidence of widespread or endemic fraud has ever been found in relation to cases pursued to prosecution as part of Operation Ore.'

'The veracity of any evidence to contradict this should be tested in the criminal justice environment.'

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)

FL - Sexual Predator Assigned to Live Under a Bridge

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I wonder if this will be the next leper colony in Florida?  It seems many colonies are popping up all over Florida.


By Jackelyn Barnard

PUTNAM COUNTY - The view couldn't be better. It's waterfront property, a hot fishing spot, and there is peace and quiet.

The serenity is one reason Thomas Nettles decided to live here. He's lived in the same place for the last 40 years.

But what Nettles didn't realize is he had a neighbor out here too.

"You hate to even think the state is doing that. It just don't even make sense. I didn't even know he was there," says Nettles.

Nettles' home is right next door to _____'s. He is a sexual predator. The only thing is _____ doesn't actually have a house.

You see, the 43-year-old listed his address, with the Department of Corrections, as Putnam County's Dunns Creek Bridge.

"You can blame him for being the kind of person he is, but you can't blame him for the situation they put him in," says Nettles.

The two time sex offender was just released from prison on June 1st. It was a conditional release meaning _____ had an ankle monitor and had to abide by rules, such as living more than 1,000 feet from a school or bus stop.

But that is where the problem begins. "They directed him to live at the Dunns Creek Bridge because it's the only place in Putnam County that a sex offender can go and stay," says Bob Davis, _____'s attorney.

Davis says _____ had no money and his mom lived too close to a school.

The state admits it knows resources for sex offenders are limited and they are okay with _____ living under the bridge.

That may be because sex offenders assigned to live under a bridge is nothing new.

"Unfortunately, this is not a new issue for the department. We've been dealing with this for a few years now. We see our numbers slowly increase. So, this is a problem that needs to be addressed. We know this is not a good situation," says Gretl Plessinger, with the Department of Corrections.

The Department's hands are tied. Probation officers have to have a place to check on offenders and many times it is not a home. "In some sex offenders, it's under a bridge, some its their cars."

Plessinger says there are 91 homeless sex offenders in Florida, most of them are in the southern part of the state.
- I think there is more than this in Florida.  There is almost 80 under the Julia Tuttle Bridge alone!

"These situations aren't good for the public, and we have concerns about public safety when an offender can't find a place to live, whether it's a sex offender or another type of offender. They are more likely to violate their probation, more likely to break the law," says Plessinger.

But some say the law is part of the problem. "It's a guaranteed failure," says Davis.

The law, he says, doesn't leave many options for an offender to successfully meet the criteria for probation or parole.

"_____ actually begged them not to release him. When you have an inmate saying please don't release me, I can't do it, that is the part I find appalling."

_____'s curfew was to stay under the bridge from six o'clock at night until seven o'clock in the morning. "If he has to go to the bathroom, he can't leave the bridge. I mean that's asinine. You're actually telling him to commit a new crime," says Davis.

Another problem Davis sees is _____'s ankle monitor and how his client was to charge it. "He was told to walk up to the 7-11 and plug in. Which I don't know if the 7-11 would appreciate that."

The closest store to the bridge is 1.4 miles away. The state says it is up to the offender to find a place to charge the ankle monitor. If they don't, they go back to jail.
- So, he begged to stay in prison, and he's homeless and cannot charge the GPS, so it looks like he might get his wish.

"Is it fail safe, no, it isn't. I wish I could say that it was. People certainly need to be cautious, but the probation officers here do a great job trying to make sure these offenders are where they are and doing what they are supposed to be doing."

_____ didn't last long under the bridge. In fact, it was only one day. Probation officers went to the Dunns Creek Bridge and _____ wasn't there until four hours after his curfew began.

He is now back in prison. "We all want to protect our kids. We've got kids but in the same aspect, these people have to be able to survive without breaking the law when they are trying to abide by the statute," says Davis.

_____'s attorney believes the system failed his client by not giving him a fair chance at a fresh start.

As for _____'s neighbor, he is glad he is gone, maybe this time for good. "I feel better that he is gone. I didn't know he was there, so I wasn't that upset, but I'm glad he's gone."
- So you see, we have the registry, yet this person did not know this offender was there, so my point, what good is the registry?

The state says, right now, there are no other sexual offenders or predators assigned to live under bridges on the First Coast.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)