Saturday, August 22, 2009

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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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KY - What to do when you feel your child’s bus stop may be by a sex offender’s home

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Parents have nothing to worry about if their child's school bus stop is near a registrants home, or near a murderers' home. Why you ask? Well, since the parent or other appointed adult is always with the child, whats the problem? Yes parents, its against the law to leave your child unattended anywhere, if you don't believe this, check with local Child Protective Services (CPS).

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08/22/2009

By Jennifer Harp

Children often stand anywhere from ten to thirty minutes at a bus stop waiting on their bus to pick them up. This bus is taking them to their safe place for the day. But what do you do when your child’s bus stop is not safe? This has recently been an issue here in Jefferson County Kentucky when a local news channel first reported a story.

One bus stop was right by a registered sex offender’s home. The parent did not feel comfortable with his child having to stand there and wait for the bus. He wanted the stop moved down the street on the path the bus was already taken but was told no. This story has a happy ending, but what should you do to protect your child?

First thing you need to do is search the local sex offender registry . You can click on the radius map link on the left and put in your child’s bus stop address. This will show you any registered sex offenders within a one mile radius.

You can even click on the name of the offender to view the type of sex offense and age of the victim. If you have concerns, you can contact Jefferson County Public Schools. They will listen to your concerns and discuss them with you. Remember, riding the bus is a dependable way to get your child to and from school everyday!


"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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AL - Accused ex-officer spurns sex sting plea deal

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How ironic. A cop, gets busted in an online sting, and doesn't want to take a plea deal, because he knows the sex offender label is a life long punishment. Well, even if you go to court, if you are found guilty, you are screwed for life. So I wish him luck, he's going to need it. But he's also a cop, so he'll probably get a way with it.

08/22/2009

By FRANK FERNANDEZ

A former Alabama police officer snared in "Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator" sex sting turned down a plea offer, remaining among the last few unresolved cases.

Todd Spikes gained notoriety after investigators said he drove to Flagler Beach to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl named "Lindsay" but who actually was a decoy. After Spikes was arrested, Flagler Beach police said they found a shotgun, an assault rifle and handguns, all loaded, in his sport utility vehicle.

Spikes was fired from the Florala, Ala., Police Department after his arrest.

In all, 21 men were arrested after driving to the sting house to meet with decoys who were working with "Dateline" and police in December 2006. Most have since been sentenced to either probation or prison. Spikes is among the few whose legal fate has yet to be decided.

Prosecutors offered the 44-year-old Spikes a plea deal that would have required probation but no prison time, defense attorney Ted Zentner said. But Spikes rejected the deal because it required him to register as a sex offender, Zentner said.

"It's a permanent sanction," Zentner said. "It never ends. You have to think long and hard whether you want to take that sanction. That sexual-offender status is horrible."

Prosecutors also offered a similar deal to another of Zentner's clients, _____, 48, of Clearwater, who was also arrested during the "Dateline" sting. _____ also declined the deal because of the sex-offender status.

"It would have a severe impact on their employment and the contacts they can have and where they can live," Zentner said.

Spikes is charged with attempted lewd or lascivious battery, lewd or lascivious exhibition and computer pornography and child exploitation. No trial date has been set.

Defending a former police officer will mean taking extra care when picking jurors, Zentner said.
- Why?  I thought all were suppose to be treated equally under the law?  Guess not!

"The important thing there is, during the jury selection, that we ensure that we don't have people sitting in that jury that have some kind of vendetta against a police officer, that don't think, 'Well, this is my chance to get even or make it right,' " Zentner said.
- Unlike the people on juries with normal sex offenders who are not out for revenge?

He added that Spikes' occupation has nothing to do with the charges.

"He was off-duty when this allegedly happened," Zentner said. "He should not be considered any different than anyone else. The state has the same burden of proof; the same requirements exist for him as anyone else."
- And I'll be watching this closely.  I'm sure he'll get some slap on the wrist.

Sometimes, it's tougher to convict a police officer of a crime because the officer understands the legal system better and knows how to work it, said George Dekle, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
- I think that is a "cop" out, no pun intended.  People go light on cops, because they are cops!

Prosecutors also need to take care not to offend other law enforcement officers, Dekle wrote in an e-mail.
- Why do you care about "offending" other cops?

"Prosecuting police officers is not an activity which tends to endear you to other police officers," Dekle wrote. "You have to be very diplomatic so as not to erode the good will of uncharged officers."
- Yeah, you got to protect the "Good Ole' Boys," instead of treating them equally under the law!

Spikes, who lived in DeFuniak Springs in North Florida near the Alabama border, drove to the decoy house but then drove away without getting out of his SUV, police said. He was stopped a few blocks away. Besides the weapons in his SUV, investigators said they also found pornographic DVDs, condoms, an anchor and a rope, a floating fishing light, handcuffs, a bulletproof vest, police scanners, video cameras and digital cameras.

Zentner said he has an expert who will examine computer logs from Perverted Justice, the controversial group that was paid by NBC to help set up the sting. Perverted Justice initially rebuffed a court order to allow the expert to examine computer records. That has since changed. Zentner said his clients want to make sure the computer record was not changed.

"You want to make sure that the tape wasn't altered and that it is what it is," Zentner said.


"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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NY - FALLS FORUM: Sending off sex felons

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I recommend all those in this state to attend this forum, if it's legal for you to do so. Since it's at a library, you may or may not be able to attend. Contact the sheriff to see if you can attend. If you are an ex-sex offender and cannot attend, then get a family member who can, and arm them with the facts.

08/21/2009

By Rick Forgione

The highly publicized debate over the housing of registered sex offenders will be up for further discussion during a public forum Monday.

Organized by City Council candidate Candra Thomason, the forum is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Niagara Falls Library and will include a panel of speakers representing various groups concerned over the placement of offenders in residential neighborhoods and in close proximity to schools.

The answer, ‘they’ve got to live somewhere’ is not acceptable,” Thomason said. “The only answer is to get them completely out of our neighborhoods and place them where there is no residents or schools. We don’t want to see children in harm’s way. This has been a hot issue for some time.”
- Pure insanity!  Moving them a way from all residents and schools is impossible.  Where do you expect them to live?

The debate was thrust back into the spotlight earlier this summer after registered sex offender _____ was assigned to the Midtown Inn on Niagara Street in Niagara Falls despite the majority of his sex crimes taking place in North Tonawanda. Located only a few blocks away from Niagara Street Elementary School, the Midtown Inn housed at least eight Level 2 and 3 sex offenders at the time of _____’s placement.

Following a public outcry to have him moved from the Falls’ site, _____ was relocated to North Tonawanda’s B-Cozy Motel, 1200 Niagara Falls Blvd. He will have to be moved again before the start of the new school year since the motel is too close to a daycare and a soon-to-be-open school.

Meanwhile, preparations are being made to move all remaining registered sex offenders out of the Midtown Inn and into another site at 918 Niagara Ave. in the Falls. That address is also in a residential neighborhood and is only about a half mile away from Abate Elementary School at 1625 Lockport St.

We definitely have issues with that,” said Falls School District Superintendent Cynthia Bianco.
- So where can they live that you won't have issues with?  No where!  The state reps need to grow some balls, and stick to the constitution.  All people have rights, period.  And the constitution says all people have equal rights, which all state reps took an oath to uphold the constitution, and are NOT upholding that oath!

School attorney Maria Massaro will represent the district on Monday’s discussion panel. Also scheduled to participate are Sharon Szwedo and Ron Anderluh of the Niagara Street Business Association, Dorothy West, president of the LaSalle Preparatory School parents group, Niagara Falls Republican Committee Chairman Robert Krause and a representative from the city’s Human Rights Commission.

Thomason said state Sen. George Maziarz (Contact) will be in attendance to make an opening statement. Residents can voice concerns during the meeting’s second half and Thomason is hoping Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and state Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte (Email) will be there to answer questions and provide an update on the relocation.

We’re not playing a game here,” she said. “It’s time to resolve this problem.”


"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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