Wednesday, August 19, 2009

MA - Sex offenders and GPS devices

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08/19/2009

(NECN) - Massachusetts lawmakers will have to try again to clamp monitoring devices on dozens of sex offenders. Yesterday, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that sex offenders convicted before 2006 are exempt from a law requiring them to wear GPS devices if they violate probation or parole.

Today, in a Lowell courtroom, the ruling was put to the test.

_____ is a level 3 sex offender. In 1990. He was convicted of kidnapped and repeatedly raped a seven year old boy, then carrying him outside in a cardboard box and leaving him. But after Tuesday's ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court, a Lowell judge said she would not require _____ to wear a GPS tracking system.

Attorney Randy Chapman joins Chet Curtis on Broadside to weigh the pros and cons.

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OK - Mother Accused Of Teen Sex Crimes

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08/19/2009

By Abbie Alford

A woman accused of molesting teenage boys may not have to register as a sex offender as part of a plea deal.

The attorney for 32-year-old Jayme Jo Nelson says the courts are waiting for the results from a psychological exam to determine if Nelson is a threat to the community.

Nelson is charged with five counts of lewd molestation and acts against a minor under the age of 16.

The charges were filed in April 2008 and today a Judge in Bristow passed Nelson’s plea hearing until September 9th.

The affidavit states Nelson was sexually involved with two teenage boys between 2005 and 2007.

The victims were 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged offenses.

The affidavit also states that Nelson told police the boys had been sexually aggressive toward her but police say her statements were inconsistent with their investigation.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford spoke to a mother of one of the victims who says she is outraged, "She is a big monster even if she is a female she is big monster like a male predator, pedophile."

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FL - Sex offenders search for housing


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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 (United States Constitution)

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MI - Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

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08/19/2009

By Heather Catallo

The accused child sex predators who were arrested over the weekend in a hi-tech sting may not end up on Michigan’s Sex Offender registry – thanks to a loophole in the law.

So now the Attorney General is trying to change the laws.

[Perverted Justice]Which way is he going now?

They came from places like Columbus, Ohio.. and Monroe County.

[Perverted Justice]He’s coming for a 14 year old.”

They showed up on foot – and they took buses and cabs.

Police say all of these men were hoping to have sex with a young teenager.

The Action News Investigators had exclusive access to this 3 day sting at a house in Howell.

They’re going to take him right now.”

The Michigan Attorney General’s office (Contact), along with Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up with the non-profit (vigilante) group Perverted Justice to chat with accused predators on-line as part of the hi-tech undercover operation.

When the men showed up to meet the teenage decoys.. they got locked up.

Even though the 9 men arrested in the sting all face serious felony charges – they may never end up on Michigan’s sex offender registry.

Mike Cox/Attorney GeneralWhen they passed the sex offender registry law, we didn’t have internet predators. So we’re just trying to have the law catch up with technology.”
- No, you're trying to pass an ex post facto law, which is a direct violation of the US and State constitutions!

Today Attorney General Mike Cox, along with several state representatives and senators announced three new bills that close loopholes in the current laws.

One bill would require increased sentences for internet predators that possess and distribute child pornography. Right now – defendants face the same penalty whether they send 1 image… or 400 pornographic pictures to someone on-line.

Another bill would ban all registered sex offenders from using social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook.
- No, the bill is for those on probation or parole, not all sex offenders. Why does the media not investigate issues anymore and get ALL the facts?

MySpace recently discovered that 90,000 sex offenders (See Also) had accounts on their site.
- And how many of them were actually using MySpace to commit a crime?  I am willing to bet less then 2%.

The third bill would mandate that all convicted internet child sex predators be placed on the sex offender registry.

That way the offenders who only approach kids on-line… will be made public on the registry.

Tonya Schuitmaker/(R) LawtonWhy should the standards be any different whether you’re in person or targeting people over the internet?

Mike Cox/Attorney GeneralThese messages are starting to get out there amongst these predators. They’re becoming afraid of the stings, and they’re trying to adapt. And this is just another tool to push people off the web, if they’re going to have a predilection to prey upon a child.”

The Attorney General says 1 in every 5 teenagers has been approached on-line for sex. That’s why the legislators introducing these bills are hoping they’ll get taken up by the House and the Senate very quickly.
- The "1 in 5" statistics is a bogus number, click the link above to read more.  They also do not mention that most kids approached online, are by other peers, and not an adult.  Adults do approach kids, but not as much as they hype!

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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 (United States Constitution)

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MA - Rapist won't have to wear GPS

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Finally a judge with the balls to stand up and defend the constitutions ex post facto clause!

08/19/2009

By Martin Morenz

Judge: Sex offender doesn't need to wear GPS

LOWELL - A sex offender who served 19 years for kidnapping and raping a 7-year-old boy will not be required to wear a GPS monitoring device  after a judges ruling on Tuesday.

Judge Kathe Tuttman cited a ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court that says offenders convicted of crimes before 2006 cannot automatically be required to wear the device.

_____, 48, of Lowell, was convicted in 1990 and was released in June.

_____’s defense argued his life will still be restricted. He will be medicated and will still be monitored by the state.

Victims’ advocates say this sets a dangerous precedent.

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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 (United States Constitution)

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CT - Judges Concerned About Sex Offenders Near Children

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08/17/2009

NEW HAVEN - Two Connecticut probate court judges say they're concerned that sex offenders are visiting probation officials in the same building that houses the New Haven Regional Children's Probate Court.
- Give me a friggin' break!  They have to visit their probation officers, or get violated.  Just another wanna be judges, trying to make a name for themselves.

Probate Judges Frank Forgione and John Keyes say sex offenders are among the clients visiting the Adult Probation Office at the State Street building.
- Yeah, so what the hell.  Move the Children's Probate Court then.  It's a court room.  Do you think they are going to molest someone in court?  Come on!

Forgione says probation officials told him they're making every effort to ensure children are not in danger. But the New Haven Register reports there were no guards at the probation office door or the front lobby of the building Friday afternoon.

Judicial Branch spokesman Steve Ment says sex offenders have been going to the same probation office since 1991 and he hasn't heard of any incidents.
- Yeah, it's just another paranoid idiot!


"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 (United States Constitution)

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MI - Michigan bills target online child sex predators

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You will notice, Mike Cox is running for Governor in 2010, so you can bet this is part of his strategy. See this article as well.


08/19/2009

LANSING (AP) - Convicted Internet child sex predators would be banned from social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Craigslist under Republican-backed legislation again headed for the Michigan Legislature.

The bills were outlined Wednesday by several lawmakers and Attorney General Mike Cox (Contact).

The legislation would require that Internet sex predators be placed on Michigan's sex offender registry. The bills would strengthen penalties for those convicted of possession or distribution of multiple child pornography images.

Similar legislation has been introduced in Michigan in recent years but never has become law.

Cox is one of several Republicans seeking his party's 2010 gubernatorial nomination.
- Of course, so he busts out the sex offender issues, the sure fire way to get votes!


"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 (United States Constitution)

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Criminalizing our nightmares, destroying civilization

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08/18/2009

We all know what an unmitigated disaster the Drug Wars have been. Here at Ground Zero (California), prison guards live large while public schools crash and burn. (We used to have among the best schools in the United States; now we are at the bottom.) Membership in the guards' union has soared from 2,600 to 45,000, while correctional salaries rose from $15,000 to -- in some cases -- $100,000 a year or more. (Laura Sullivan at NPR has an informative piece on Folsom Prison as an exemplar of this process. Folsom used to rehabilitate its prisoners; now it's a "merry-go-round" with no escape.)

Have we learned from the failed Drug Wars? Nope. Instead, we are on the cusp of a new and massive criminalization effort, this time targeting the bogeyman sex offender.

So predicts Corey Rayburn Yung, prolific scholar at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, in a new article, "The Emerging Criminal War on Sex Offenders ." Yung reviews the history of "criminal wars," mainly the War on Drugs, to identify three essential features:

  • Marshaling of resources
  • Myth creation
  • Exception making

He predicts that the changes being wrought by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act ("AWA") of 2006 may bring "repercussions as substantial as the drug war has had on American criminal justice and society."

The ratchet effect

By now, we really should know better than to allow this further destruction of our civil society. Even the Economist of London, hardly a bastion of liberal politics, is lambasting the laws. The August 6 issue includes both a leader and a more in-depth article explaining why America’s sex laws are "unjust and ineffective." As the subhead puts it:

"An ever harsher approach is doing more harm than good, but it is being copied around the world"

As with the Drug Wars, the laws are driven by the "ratchet effect ":

"Individual American politicians have great latitude to propose new laws. Stricter curbs on paedophiles win votes. And to sound severe, such curbs must be stronger than the laws in place, which in turn were proposed by politicians who wished to appear tough themselves. Few politicians dare to vote against such laws, because if they do, the attack ads practically write themselves.

"In all, 674,000 Americans are on sex-offender registries -- more than the population of Vermont, North Dakota or Wyoming…. [A]t least five states require registration for people who visit prostitutes, 29 require it for consensual sex between young teenagers and 32 require it for indecent exposure. Some prosecutors are now stretching the definition of 'distributing child pornography' to include teens who text half-naked photos of themselves to their friends.

"How dangerous are the people on the registries? A state review of one sample in Georgia found that two-thirds of them posed little risk. For example, Janet Allison was found guilty of being 'party to the crime of child molestation' because she let her 15-year-old daughter have sex with a boyfriend. The young couple later married. But Ms Allison will spend the rest of her life publicly branded as a sex offender."

Yung too discusses some of these unintended consequences, including the harm to innocent parties. Other examples can be found daily in the popular press. For example, today's Raleigh (North Carolina) News and Observer reports on the travesty of convicted sex offenders being denied the right to worship, and one church choosing to move its children's programs off-site to protect a sex offending parishioner.

As I've reported before, the sexual predator hysteria is creating a widespread phobia of men in contact with children. Columnist Jeanne Phillips (Dear Abby), for example, is fueling panic about the dangers of public men's rooms. As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll sardonically responded:

"When did the idea get out that men's rooms were a secret hotbed of molestation? I mean, there are some men's rooms -- including, apparently, one in the Minneapolis airport -- where consensual homosexual activity between adults has been known to happen. But that's not at all the same thing as child molesting; that's just a form of speed dating. Men's rooms, may I say, are boring. Ain't nothing going on in them. Molestation typically happens in other places, usually in a private home. And statistically it's no more common than it was 30 years ago. As I've said before, if you're looking for the people most likely to molest your child, look at the members of your own family, because that's how it usually happens. People don't want to admit that, so they invent phantom pedophiles in the nation's men's rooms."

But above and beyond all of these unintended consequences, I predict that years from now we will look back and realize not just what we already know -- that we destroyed many lives unnecessarily, bankrupted our schools and other public institutions, and curtailed civil liberties on a massive scale -- but, more fundamentally, we actually created the creature we feared.

Creating the bogeyman: "Mike"

Let's take "Mike." An average, red-blooded 19-year-old American, he dated a cute 16-year-old girl. Like thousands of other young men, he was arrested, and forced to register as a "sex offender" for life. No matter that his behavior was not deviant. Three years is a standard age gap between young men and women for dating in our culture, as it has been forever. I happened to see the obituary of an 89-year-old man who before his demise had celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary. His wife was 86. Do the math. If he had been born 70 years later, he'd be a sex offender for life. Unable to live freely, work, or even attend church, he probably wouldn't have led such a successful life. After all, as social psychologists can tell you, the environment is at least as important to behavior as any psychological characteristics. Probably far more so.

Back to Mike. As I said, there's nothing wrong with Mike. But no matter. Like everyone else, he must undergo mandatory "treatment" for "statutory perpetrators" (yes, that's what treatment providers are calling guys like Mike).

The treatment of choice is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Its mantra, as Dany Lacombe of Simon Fraser University in Canada found in an ethnographic study of one prison-based treatment program, is:

"Once a sex offender, always a sex offender."

"Sex offending is like diabetes," a program therapist tells the assembled sex offenders. "It will not go away. You cannot be cured. We don't use the C word here. But can you be managed? Yes. Treatment is all about managing your risks to re-offend."

Despite little empirical support for this approach, Mike will be trained to understand his "cycle" of offending and develop a relapse prevention plan that focuses on controlling "deviant sexual fantasies." He will have to generate a log of sexual fantasies. If he denies deviant fantasies, or doesn't see the connection between his fantasies and his offending, he will be accused of not cooperating. He will learn to create deviant fantasies "to keep the therapists at bay."

As Lacombe quoted one 18-year-old, in his article in the British Journal of Criminology:

"They want to hear that I always have fantasies and that I have more bad ones than good ones. But I don't have bad ones that often. I make up the bad ones. I make them really bad because they won’t leave me alone."

Through the treatment process, Mike and others will learn to think of themselves as "beings at risk of reoffending at any moment." Indeed, if treatment is successful, Mike will become a virtual "confessional machine," "expected all his life to narrate his darkest fantasies to criminal justice officers and significant others who are enlisted to help him control his risk."

The iatrogenic process

As you probably know, iatrogenesis refers to the situation in which treatment creates or exacerbates an illness or adverse condition. In the context of sex offender treatment and management, here's how the process works:

  1. Saturate popular culture with hypersexual advertising and degrading, misogynistic pornography.
  2. When men succumb to the allure and experimentally transgress, label them as lifelong "sex offenders."
  3. Through mandatory "treatment," reprogram them into dark and dangerous deviants, "a species entirely consumed by sex."
  4. Finally, restrict their freedoms so severely that few if any prosocial life courses remain open.

Through exercises of moral regulation, then, the government, law enforcement, media, and therapists collude to transform sex offenders into a strange and different "other," no longer recognizable in their ordinariness.

While this makes Mike more closely match the public's conception of the bogeyman sex offender, is this helpful in the long run, either to him or to society more broadly? By brainwashing thousands of men to think of themselves as nothing more than perpetual sexual deviants, might we not be producing the very risk we have imagined and then sought to ameliorate?

Related articles by Corey Rayburn Yung:

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and the Commerce Clause, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2008

Banishment By a Thousand Laws: Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders, Washington University Law Review, Vol. 85, p. 101, 2007

Photo credit: "Bogeyman" by faedrake (Creative Commons license)


"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 (United States Constitution)


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CA - Pedophile Suspect Lured, Beaten By Victim's Family

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Vigilante justice must stop! And the police did not arrest them for assault! It's crap like this which ticks me off. The police, who are suppose to UPHOLD THE LAW, and arrest vigilantes, are allowing it to flourish. Next we will have vigilante mob squads out killing people.  You can detain someone without beating the hell out of them.  That is where they broke the law, and should be brought up on criminal charges.  The law is the law!!!  Also, the news media needs to learn the difference between the words "sex offender ," "pedophile," "child molester ," and other terms.  They seem to think that all sex offenders are pedophile, child molesting predators.


08/18/2009

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) - A 25-year-old man who allegedly solicited a 14-year-old girl for sex is under arrest after the girl's family got involved and took the law into their own hands, according to authorities.

The Sacramento Police Department says that _____ went to Garcia Bend Park on Monday night, believing that he was meeting up with a 14-year-old girl he had met on a social networking website.
- Any why is the family not punishing the daughter for talking with some unknown man about sex on the Internet?  Did they punish her?

"This would've been the first physical contact between the suspect and the victim," said Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Norm Leong.

As _____ waited in his car, police say five or six of the girl's family members walked up and began attacking him and his vehicle. _____ tried to drive away, but the family members chased him, forced him out of his car and held him for police, who arrested _____ but did not detain the relatives.

"_____ was bloody from that," Sgt. Leong said. "We'll review it and see if what they did was reasonable given the circumstances in that they were trying to detain him."
- Yeah, a crime was committed, and this policeman ignored it!  This cop should be fired, and the family members involved should be arrested as well.

Police said that _____ was planning to videotape the young girl in a sex act.


"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 (United States Constitution)

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TN - Former Officer Found Not Guilty Of Prison Beating (Of course he was)

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08/18/2009

NASHVILLE - The former Tennessee correctional officer charged and tried for the beating of a prison inmate was cleared of all charges.

Joshua Barber was found not guilty just Tuesday evening on three counts, including official misconduct and assault.

Barber was suspended and then fired in connection with the July 2007 prison beating of high-profile convict _____ - a sex offender and long-time fugitive.

Joshua Barber's attorney said he was appealing to get his job back, and was pleased by the verdict.

On OpenLine Tuesday night, TDOC Commissioner George Little said him getting his job back was not likely.
- Then he must have committed the crime!


"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 (United States Constitution)

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OFF TOPIC - OH - Lorain County Sheriff's Office investigates assault at juvenile detention center

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07/28/2009

By Michael Sangiacomo

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Sheriff's office confirmed today that officers were called to the county Juvenile Detention Home Friday evening for a report that a boy was struck while in custody.

A police spokesman said details of the incident were sketchy, but said that it occurred about 2:30 p.m. and was reported to police at 6 p.m.

Details of the juvenile's injuries were not immediately available. But a spokesman for the sheriff said that a boy required stitches for his injury and that an employee has been suspended pending 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 (United States Constitution)

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