Friday, September 25, 2009

Poland - Give Rapists Libido-Killing Drugs

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Poland using US "statistics" instead of their own!

09/25/2009

Lower House Approves "Chemical Castration" for Offenders Who Rape Children Under 15 or Close Relatives

(AP) Poland's lower house approved legislation Friday that would make it obligatory to chemically castrate offenders who rape children under 15 or close relatives.

The center-right government proposed the bill in response to a series of cases in which fathers sexually abused their daughters. It also raises the maximum prison term for the rape of under-15s to 15 years from 12.

Under the law, approved overwhelmingly by parliament's lower house, people convicted of raping under-15s would be obliged to take drugs intended to control their sexual urges - a practice known as chemical castration.

The drugs would be administered at a prison hospital or medical center.

In cases where children between 15 and 18 are raped, the new law would leave it up to courts to decide whether the assailant should undergo chemical treatment.

The law also would apply to people who rape close relatives - a term that it does not define more specifically. It also does not say how old those relatives would have to be for obligatory chemical castration to apply.

Poland already offers the procedure on a voluntary basis. The bill still needs approval from the upper house of parliament and President Lech Kaczynski, both of which it can expect to receive.

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NH - Bill Would Give Police More Ability To Notify Of Sex Offenders

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09/25/2009

Lawmaker Files Bill After Outrage Over Hooksett Man's Release

HOOKSETT - New legislation has been filed in Concord that would give New Hampshire authorities more options in letting residents know where sex offenders are living.

The bill was filed after parents in Hooksett expressed outrage that a convicted sex offender accused of reoffending was released back into their neighborhood.

Rep. David Boutin, R-Hooksett, said his bill seems to have struck a nerve and that he is getting calls from representatives across the state looking to sign on as co-sponsors of his legislation.

Boutin, who is also a member of the Hooksett Town Council, said he recently attended a meeting about sex offender _____, who was accused of inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl and then released on bail.

"The pain and the anguish that I saw on those mothers Wednesday night is something that I won't forget," Boutin said.

As a result of the outrage over _____'s release, Boutin filed a bill that would give police greater latitude in notifying residents about sex offenders in their area.

"I'd like to be notified," said Brian Pahigian, of Hooksett. "I'd like to see it posted instead of having to go look for it. It'd be nice to have it out in the open."

It's not clear yet how that would be done.

"Part and parcel of what we're talking about is notification, and exactly how that's done is something we're still working on now," Boutin said.

Some residents said notification is fine, but they would also like some restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

"Definitely not near a school," said Lisa Lafontaine, of Hooksett. "There should be special laws that he's not near a school. That would make sense."

But Boutin said such restrictions might not be feasible.

"Residency restrictions have some real problems," he said. "I've done a lot of research, and essentially, courts across the country at all levels have struck them down."

The bill is still in its infancy, but Boutin said he is hopeful that lawmakers can get something passed by the end of the legislative session.

If the bill becomes law, the Department of Safety would have six months to come up with some guidelines, so Boutin said that in the best case, it would probably be a year before a town could adopt the ordinance.

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NY - New York Prosecutor Won't File Charges Against Teen in Hofstra Gang Rape Lie

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09/25/2009

GARDEN CITY - A New York prosecutor has decided not to file criminal charges against a Hofstra University freshman who falsely claimed she was gang-raped in a dormitory bathroom.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says Danmel Ndonye must undergo mental health treatment and lengthy community service in exchange for not being prosecuted.

The 18-year-old, previously described by the prosecutor as "a deeply troubled woman," had claimed she was attacked following a dance party at a Long Island campus nightclub. Four men were arrested and a fifth was being sought when she recanted the story three days later.

The turning point in the case came when the woman was confronted with existence of a videotape of the encounter, which indicated the sex had been consensual.

The four accused men were released two hours after the woman changed her story.

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FL - Final Report: Sexual Offender & Sexual Predator Residence Task Force (08/25/2009)

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NJ - Former Brigantine official gets three years on child-porn charges

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09/25/2009

By ELAINE ROSE

MAYS LANDING - A former Brigantine city councilman was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to sending child pornography over the Internet, state Attorney General Anne Milgram said.

Richard Casamento Sr., 65, admitted in his June plea bargain that he distributed a video containing child pornography from his America Online account in September 2007.

State Police searched two of Casamento's computers on a warrant April 11, 2008, Milgram said. Forensic examination of a desktop and a laptop computer revealed numerous still images and videos of child pornography, and Casamento was arrested.

Casamento, a Republican who had been on City Council since 1996 representing the 2nd Ward, resigned his seat the day he was arrested, saying he wanted to "focus on my family and our future."

As part of the plea agreement, Casamento must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni said.


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CA - Ex-CHP Sergeant Gets Jail For Molestation

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Another cop, and as usual, no photo!

09/25/2009

Sergeant Pleads Guilty

AUBURN - A former California Highway Patrol sergeant is headed to jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor counts of child molestation and child pornography.

A Placer County judge sentenced 37-year-old Wayne Alger this week to 300 days in jail and five years probation, and also required him to register as a sex offender for life.

Alger pleaded guilty in August to a total of three misdemeanor counts. He initially was charged with seven.

Authorities said he admitted molesting a 16-year-old girl and committing a lewd act on a 12-year-old girl, who was the daughter of a fellow CHP officer.

Alger was a 10-year veteran of the CHP, working in the Capitol Protection Section, when he was arrested last year by Rocklin police.


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MA - Ask your legislator

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09/24/2009

State Rep. Karyn Polito

State Rep. Karyn E. Polito (Email), R-Shrewsbury, whose district includes Shrewsbury and part of Westboro, will answer constituents’ questions in the Flash. Send your questions to flash@telegram.com.

Massachusetts recently took steps to protect the constitutional rights of sex offenders. The state Supreme Judicial Court issued a 4-3 ruling that sex offenders convicted before 2006 cannot be forced to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, based on a technicality regarding a law that I sponsored.
- Yet all sex offenders can be forced onto the registry, thus violating the same ex post facto laws?

The SJC did not find fault with the law; it just stated that the law could not be applied retroactively. It is the justices’ majority opinion that it is unconstitutional to impose a punishment that was not in effect at the time of the crime. As a result of this decision, 234 sex offenders currently wearing GPS tracking units in Massachusetts will return to court for modifications to the order of GPS consistent with the decision.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, released sex offenders are four times more likely to re-offend than are other offenders (Wow, they did not post the rest of the study, but just the part that furthers their agenda, see the full study here.). In the case in dispute, Commonwealth vs. Russell M. Cory, the SJC found that there was no basis to use GPS technology to monitor this Level III sex offender, convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child in 1997, and who was sentenced to 25 years of probation. When released from prison, similar individuals will be free to walk the streets without a device to alert local law enforcement where they are and whether they pose a risk of imminent harm to someone. Dissenting justices described the tracking requirement as a “non-punitive regime to protect the public,” and I respectfully agree with their statements.
- Non-punitive?  Yeah right.

I filed remedial language to reduce the impact of this decision. Convicted sex offenders found to be in violation of the conditions of their release may be required automatically to wear a GPS tracking unit regardless of when their crime was perpetrated. My proposal also mandates that any justice modifying the GPS order based on the SJC decision provide written rationale for their finding.
- And so, you are violating your "oath of office" and the constitution which you swore to uphold.  By doing so, violates ex post facto laws.

These sex offenders were deemed dangerous to society prior to this ruling, and it is extremely important that before they are released back into society, a judge publicly evaluates the reasoning for doing so. The intent of GPS tracking is guaranteeing the greater public safety, and the community deserves that the courts offer equal protection of the innocent.
- GPS tracking is not guaranteeing anything! And all people, regardless of their crimes, deserve "equal protection!"


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OH - Former Police Chief Accused of Having Sex With 17 year-old Boy


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Notice most stories about cops busted for crimes, their photos are not published like the general public?  Why is that?

09/25/2009

By Dave Elias

Ronald Bone is facing two counts of sexual battery.

Hopedale - 7News has learned that the former police chief of Hopedale, Ronald Bone, 51, has been arrested and is now behind bars for allegedly having sex with a 17 year-old boy.

Bone is charged with two counts of sexual battery.

According to prosecutor Shaun Hervey, Bone allegedly had sex with the teen inside police headquarters and while he was in uniform.

Bone is expected to be in court later today for an arraignment.

This comes as a shock to many in law enforcement as Bone previously served on the Cadiz police force as well as the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.


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FL - Sex offenders welcome: Fla. apartments offer home

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09/25/2009

By BRIAN SKOLOFF (AP)

PAHOKEE - No sign marks Miracle Park, a cluster of one-story yellow buildings surrounding a small church that caters to one of society's most despised demographics: sex offenders.

Since the development opened eight months ago, the minister who runs it has recruited former inmates by distributing brochures in Florida prisons and plugging it in sermons at the lockups. Some 35 sex offenders now live in the complex about three miles from Pahokee, a poor farming community of 6,000 wedged into sugar cane fields of the Everglades.

"Leaving prison or jail soon? ... Do you have special requirements concerning where you can and cannot live? You may have just found the answer to your prayers," reads the pamphlet advertising the privately operated, 24-acre village.

Angry Pahokee residents say they fear for their children's safety. The ex-cons have served time for various charges, including sexual battery on children and molestation.
- This is just absurd.  Since the dawn of prisons, sex offenders and other criminals have been coming out of prisons and living among us, and now, within the last couple years, it's a major issue, because the media and politicians scare us with the few high profile crimes, and to distract us from the people "running" this government, who are killing the USA, and also exploiting the issues to get votes and to "look tough" on crime, when nothing about the laws, make anybody any safer than they were 20 years ago.

Some former tenants of the one-time migrant worker camp also have sued, claiming families with children were forced out to make way for the sex offenders.

"There's just too many in one place," said Pahokee Mayor Wayne Whitaker. "It's very, very risky."

Whitaker said he had no idea the offenders at the complex had actually been recruited to live there.

"It's a little unnerving, but our hands are tied," he said.

The village has become a haven for the ex-cons, who face tight restrictions on where they can live. Nationwide, hundreds of ordinances require sex offenders to dwell at least 1,000 feet from anywhere children gather — schools, churches, parks, bus stops.

Elsewhere, narrow housing options have prompted clusters of offenders to live in tents and other makeshift structures, such as the 70 or so who live beneath the bridge that connects Miami and Miami Beach.

"Society sees us as lepers, like rejects," said _____, who moved into Miracle Park three months ago from the nearby Glades Correctional Institution after serving almost nine years for attempted sexual battery on a young female family member.

"I don't know where I'd be without it, probably living with my family, but that would be tough," he said.

The neighborhood is the brainchild of Richard Witherow, a minister has been preaching to inmates for about 30 years. Surrounded by nothing but sugar cane fields and country roads, Pahokee seemed the perfect fit for the venture — far enough removed from the voices of dissent, or so Witherow hoped.

Several attempts at establishing a place like Miracle Park elsewhere in Florida failed after local governments kicked him out.

"People get hysterical when you mention sex offenders," Witherow said.

He said Pahokee shouldn't fear his tenants, who pay about $500 a month in rent and work odd jobs around the site if they can't find work elsewhere. Witherow also offers church services and classes on relationships and anger management.

"The ticking time bomb here does not exist," Witherow said.

Jill Levenson, a Lynn University professor in Boca Raton who studies sex offenders, said most of them don't commit new sex crimes. Still, she said it's rare to see a property owner welcoming sex offenders — much less advertising to them.

"There is a fairly small subgroup of sex offenders who seem to be most dangerous, most likely to re-offend, but the majority do not," Levenson said.

Studies on sex offender recidivism rates have produced varied results, from as little as 5 percent re-offending to more than 30 percent, depending on the severity of the original offenses.

Sgt. Mark Jolly, of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Sexual Predator Offender Tracking Unit, said authorities have had no reports of Miracle Park residents committing new crimes. Still, he said, he'd be concerned if he lived nearby.

Pahokee resident _____, 61, summed up the town's feelings in one word: "Outrage."

"People are just real nervous," he said.

Last month, the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity determined Witherow, his Matthew 25 Ministries, and the complex's owner, Alston Management Inc., the company Witherow leases from, violated the county's fair housing ordinance by threatening to evict families with children.

A letter sent in December by Alston Management informed tenants in what was then Pelican Lake Village that it was becoming "adults only." Witherow started renting to offenders in January.

"If you have children living or staying in the apartment under the age of 18 years old, you will have to vacate the property," or be evicted, the letter stated.

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Florida Equal Justice Center have sued Witherow and Alston on behalf of former residents, claiming they violated county and federal fair housing laws.

Legal aid attorney Shane Weaver said the housing of sex offenders is not the concern. Legally, Miracle Park can exist because it sits in an unincorporated part of Palm Beach County far enough away from where children gather, so it violates no laws.

However, Weaver said: "You can't just target people with children and say, 'Leave.'"

Alston owner Calvin Alston did not return telephone messages from The Associated Press, but Witherow said the letter was a mistake. He said residents were welcome to stay, but the school bus stop had to go.

"That was the only thing that prevented us from having sex offenders here," Witherow said.

Mary Diggs, 69, has lived there since 2002. Her granddaughters lived there, too, with their small children, but they moved out when the offenders moved in.

"They didn't want their children in here," Diggs said.

She's not concerned about the offenders, noting: "They don't seem to bother me in no way."

On a recent Sunday at Miracle Park, Witherow stood behind the church pulpit preaching to about 15 sex offenders.

"The word helps us to keep pure, to live a pure life ... to keep us from sinning," Witherow said. "Hallelujah."

Aponte, 34, the recently released sex offender, bowed his head and closed his eyes, an open Bible on his lap.

He took the microphone and wrapped the service with a prayer.

"Lord help us ... to stop loving things that are not of you," Aponte said. "You see the struggles that each one of us are going through, Father, you see the physical pain, Lord, the mental pain, the emotional pain, Lord, help us Father, because we are weak."

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AL - Alabama's sex offender laws challenged

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09/25/2009

By Markeshia Ricks

A Montgomery circuit judge has struck down a portion of the state's sex offender law, saying that a provision that requires indigent offenders to provide a verifiable address as a condition of their release is unconstitutional.

Several homeless sex offenders sought to have the Class C felonies that they were charged with for not complying with the law dismissed citing that the provision violated their rights. But the state's top attorney said he's ready to take the cases to the highest court he can to protect children from pedophiles.

Under Alabama's Community Notification Act, incarcerated sex offenders must provide law enforcement officials a verifiable address where they will live 45 days prior to their release.

Failure to comply with that provision is a Class C felony, and the sex offender is immediately taken to county jail upon release. The offender could face 15 years to life in prison if convicted because of the state's Habitual Offender Act, according to briefs filed on behalf of the homeless defendants.

Lawyers for the defendants in the cases argued successfully that they were being punished for not complying with a law that was physically impossible to abide by, and that they were essentially being re-imprisoned after they had served their sentences.

Attorney General Troy King (Contact) said he is appealing the rulings because an "actual address," which the law requires, can be anything from a homeless shelter to a park bench.

"We have argued in these briefs that homeless sex offenders can comply," he said. "You don't have to live at a house with a street address to comply. The law is broad enough that if you live in a park you can use that as an address."

That's as long as that park isn't within 2,000 feet of a child-care facility, a K-12 school, or a college or university campus. During the 2009 legislative session, lawmakers approved adding college and university campuses to the list of places in Alabama that sex offenders couldn't live near.

King has been a vocal proponent of toughening Alabama's sex offender laws, and he said it's with good reason: Alabama's children must be protected.

"Five years ago, Alabama had a reputation as being a pretty good place to go if you were a sex offender," he said. "Restrictions here weren't severe and punishments weren't harsh."

Lawyers who've represented sex offenders, and law enforcement officials who've had to keep up with them, say it's certainly not that way anymore. But some say communities and children might not be any safer from sexual predators because of Alabama's strict laws.

A dangerous situation

Alabama, like most states, has passed laws restricting where sex offenders can live and work, but instead of making communities safer, some say the laws have allowed truly dangerous people to fly under the radar because they're being forced into remote communities with limited resources.

Tuscaloosa County Public Defender Bobby Wooldridge has worked with people who have been convicted of sex crimes, and he said some of them have committed crimes that he would like to know about if they were moving in his neighborhood.

But he said he doesn't need to know about the man who at 19 had consensual sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend and wound up convicted of statutory rape, particularly if that man is now married to his "victim" and they're raising a family.

In Alabama, a person convicted of statutory rape has to register as a sex offender. That means there are certain places he cannot live, and he can't live in a house with minor children if he is not their parent. His neighbors also will be notified that he is a sex offender.

"It creates these just unbelievable situations that are not productive for the community, and often disastrous for the individual," Wooldridge said. "We've tried to blanket this issue with laws that treat everybody the same, even though the risk is different depending on the individual."

Alabama, like most states, uses the generic term "sex offender" to categorize people who have been convicted of crimes that are sexual in nature. Those crimes can range from a Romeo and Juliet case of consensual sex between an older teen and a younger teen to child molestation and pedophilia.

But the common thread is that all these crimes are treated the same under the state's sex offender laws. Those convicted under those laws are for the most part subject to the same restrictions and monitoring requirements.

"There are some very, very dangerous people out there who have committed some very serious crimes, but they are a minority of the population," Wooldridge said. "Those people need some serious monitoring and supervision or they will re-offend."

Unfunded mandates

Montgomery County has more than 300 registered sex offenders, but Sheriff D.T. Marshall said there are certainly more than that living in the county.

That's because everyone who is supposed to register doesn't, and even if they do register, they might give an address -- that while verifiable -- is one where it is difficult to ensure that the person actually lives there. Marshall said law enforcement often doesn't have the money and the manpower to keep up with sex offenders and all of their other public safety duties.

"These laws keep changing so much that they're hard to keep up with, never mind trying to keep up with the sex offender," he said. "Local agencies are already overburdened and don't have the manpower to verify so many addresses and periodically check up on them."

Marshall said he's fine with lawmakers passing more restrictions on sex offenders, but believes they should also provide the funding to enforce them.

Birmingham attorney David Gespass said that's not likely to happen because many of the existing laws are based on emotion and not reality. He said cases such as that of Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted by a registered sex offender and held for 18 years, grab headlines but the truth of the matter is those cases are quite rare.

Gespass says legislators and politicians often push for such laws so they can appear tough on crime, but whether the population at large is any safer is debatable.

He said the state would be better served by identifying which offenders are truly dangerous and monitoring those individuals more closely.

"Stories are more compelling than dry statistics that show the chance of something like that happening to you is really negligible," he said. "The consequence is just bad laws that cost a lot of money and don't provide much safety."

Wooldridge said he's not surprised that a judge has declared part of the law unconstitutional. He's seeing more and more convicted offenders who are stuck in jail long after they've completed their prison sentences because they don't have anywhere to go.

He said people don't want to hear it, but there are some basic rights that even sex offenders have that can't be violated, and he expects there to be more legal challenges in the future.

King said when his office started pursuing tougher restrictions and penalties for sex offenders, it knew there would be legal challenges. He said being homeless should not make a sex offender exempt from the provisions of the law. King said if the decision is upheld, he will abide by it, but he will bring the issues back to the state Legislature.

"It comes down to the protection and safety of the children of Alabama," he said.


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FL - Sex Offender Registration History

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09/24/2009

FSU Law professor Wayne Logan's latest book breaks down for the first time ever, the historical context of the sex offender registration system,from past to present.

There are currently more than 39,000 sex offenders in Florida and nearly 11,000 in Georgia.

But how did the registration system that we know today, come to be?

FSU Law professor Wayne Logan's latest book breaks down for the first time ever, the historical context of the sex offender registration system, from past to present.

Sex offender registration as we know it, has been around for nearly two decades, but as Florida State Law professor Wayne Logan's new book looks into, registration programs have been around for more than seventy years.

Logan says it all started back in the 1930's, when city of Los Angeles created a registration system to keep organized crime and gangsters out of the area.

"It's a technology that's been here a long time and so I think that it's very healthy, when we're looking at public policy, look at it holistically, and in an historical context because perhaps it would provide us with a fuller understanding of what this means in an evolutionary sense," says FSU Law professor and Author, Wayne Logan.

But now, in the 21st century, incidents as recent as Jacycee Dugard, proves the system isn't perfect.

Phillip Garrido, the alleged kidnapper of Dugard, was a registered sex offender in 1991, the same year she went missing.

So although some won't argue that registration systems have deterred many offenders and predators from continuing their behavior, many still believe there's room for improvement.

"I expect that because of the very nature of the crime that gets you named as a sexual predator, that's one of those things that is wishful thinking to think that that's never going to occur again," says Tallahassee Police Department Sergeant James Fairfield , of the Career Criminal Unit.

California was actually the first state to enact a criminal registration system back in the 1940's, but it wasn't until 1994 when all fifty states were required to enact registration laws or 10% of the state's funding for criminal justice programs would be denied.


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