Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TN - Former Officer Sentenced

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A Former Cleveland police officer facing sex charges is going to prison

Dennis Hughes has pled guilty to 2 counts of aggravated statutory rape. Court records show he received a 3 year sentence, suspended upon serving 9 months in prison

Hughes must also register as a sex offender for 10 years.

He also pled guilty to reckless aggravated assault in the shooting of his former fellow officer Christopher Mason.

Mason was shot in the hand during a game of Russian roulette.

Court records show Hughes will not serve time for that crime.

He is ordered to turn himself in by October 19th

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

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GA - Sex offenders told where *NOT* to live

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This is a tricky concept to get your head around. Watch this clip before you make your mind up (Below).

Registered sex offenders in the state of Georgia (and several other states) have to follow very strict guidelines regarding where they’re allowed to live after returning to society.

For example: in Georgia, a convicted sex criminal may not live within a certain distance from a school, a church, a playground, or anywhere where minors congregate.

Is that harsh? You’d better believe it. But as one state lawmaker says in this clip, “We didn’t design this law with comfort and convenience in mind. We designed it with safety in mind.”
- And yet the laws protect nobody!  Jerry Keen has made it very clear, he wants all sex offenders out of Georgia, so he can push the problem off to someone else, instead of working on actual prevention and rehabilitation.

Brooke Baldwin met and interviewed a man who is essentially homeless because he’s struggling to find a place to live where he will be compliant with the law.

It’s tough to sympathize. And I’m not asking you to. But the story and the law is fascinating.

Tell me what you think after you watch the clip. (Comment at the site above)

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

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WA - Ex-cop cleared to withdraw guilty plea

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Congratulations! The injustice system sends a ton of people to prison every day, on no evidence, and there is tons of proof as well.



A former Vancouver police officer who spent nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted of molesting his children will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea, the Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

The decision vacates _____'s 1985 conviction, a pivotal step in the ex-officer's long quest to clear his name. His sentence had already been commuted in 2004.

The case will now return to the Clark County Prosecutor's Office. Prosecutors could either ask the Court of Appeals to reconsider or appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Charges would either be filed again or dismissed.

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Dennis Hunter said Tuesday that prosecutors were meeting to decide what to do and expected to reach a decision by today.

"We are analyzing the decision as we speak," Hunter said, declining further comment.

According to a letter of opinion, the Court of Appeals found several holes in _____'s conviction. Among them: his two adult children testified in a hearing this summer the abuse never happened.
- Why did they not find this 20 years ago, before ruining someone's life?  Instead of convicting based on evidence, and beyond a reasonable doubt, not all it takes is bogus allegations!

_____'s 33-year-old son testified how, at age 9, he was repeatedly questioned by a sheriff's detective. The son testified that, after months of questioning, he said he'd been abused to get the detective to leave him alone.

_____'s son and 30-year-old daughter, who live in Sacramento, Calif., said that their mother, who divorced _____ before he was charged, told them as children that they had been blocking out the memory of the abuse.

They said they realized as adults the abuse never happened, and they came forward because it was the right thing to do.

Other discrepancies outlined by the Court of Appeals included the withholding of medical exams that showed no evidence of abuse and information that the supervising detective was having an affair with _____'s wife.

"The recantations that remained consistent throughout direct and cross-examination coupled with the significant irregularities in how the case was prosecuted … require that we grant _____'s petition and remand for withdrawal of his plea," the Court of Appeals opinion stated.

When reached by telephone Tuesday afternoon, _____, who lives in Seattle now, said he was relieved by the decision but acknowledged the case isn't over yet.

"It's a long time coming," he said. "There were many, many years where I didn't think I would reach this point. It's slowly worked its way through. It's not over yet."

_____ entered no-contest pleas, which is considered the same as a guilty plea, and was sentenced to two life terms plus 14 years.

Gov. Gary Locke commuted _____'s sentence on Dec. 23, 2004. Since then, _____ has worked to expunge his criminal record so he is no longer a convicted sex offender.

His Seattle attorney, Peter Camiel, said his client's criminal record and requirement to register as a sex offender would automatically be dismissed with the dismissal of the case.

_____ said having his record cleared is especially important, because he has been unable to receive a state license after receiving a doctorate in clinical psychology.

He said he's hopeful.

"So many times we've been in court and they've turned us down. I was preparing myself to be turned down again," _____ said. "Once again, things have continued on to right this wrong."

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

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CA - Some parolees say they were directed to homeless encampment by their parole officers

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This, along with the many other states across the country, which are setting up leper colonies, prove the laws are punishment!


By Brett Wilkison

Parolees ordered to leave by 5 a.m. today, before camp's disbandment next month

When 40-year-old _____ was released from state prison in July, the parolee said, he was given two options for housing in the area.

A convicted sex offender who had also served time for battery on a police officer, _____ tried making the first option work. He rented a room in a Visalia group home for $600 a month.

But then, only months after the state had yanked housing subsidies for all parolees in a round of budget cuts, the license for that home and several others in Visalia were revoked in a state audit, leaving no sanctioned homes for sex offenders in town. _____ sought out his parole officer, who, he said, gave him a clear order.

"He said the only place you can go is to the river," Acevedo said.

He meant the St. Johns River, _____ said, where more than 200 homeless people live on the sandy north bank between Ben Maddox Way and Dinuba Boulevard. In existence off and on for more than seven years, the camp swelled in size this year, with some new residents settling in after job losses and foreclosures.

Authorities last week cited the population increase and landowner complaints when announcing plans to disband the camp next month.

Yet residents of the camp say its growth has been fueled in part by state parole officers. Those officers have directed recently released state inmates, including sex offenders, to the area just north of Visalia's city limits, they say.

About 40 parolees, including 15 convicted sex offenders, were living in the camp as late as last week, residents said. In some cases those parolees were pointed toward the camp, residents said. In others, the former inmates were dropped off by their parole officers, they said.

All declined to give the names of the officers for fear of reprisals.

"My parole officer dropped me off at the gate," said 26-year-old _____, referring to the entrance to the camp along the river levee at Ben Maddox.

_____, who was convicted of lewd acts on a minor and who's been a parolee for six years, said he lost his handyman business and housing after a knee injury. He was prevented from moving in with relatives because of state laws regulating where a sex offender can live, he said.

"I had no choice but to come here," he said Tuesday, standing outside a collection of tents in the camp.

State parole supervisor: 'We don't do that'

Chuck Villarreal, a unit supervisor with the state parole office in Visalia, denied Tuesday that any of his officers have directed parolees toward the St. Johns homeless camp, saying the claims by residents are "factually incorrect."
- This is why these people should carry recording devices, to capture their lies!

"We don't do business that way," he said. "Parole doesn't try to be secretive about what we do. We don't do that."
- You don't?  Then what about the "sex offender shuffle" you've been carrying on with for years now?

Villarreal said parolees learn about the camp from other former inmates and wind up there of their own accord. He added, however, that his officers have closely monitored the parolees living in the camp.

As of last week, there were 16, including 14 sex offenders, he said. (Previous estimates by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department put the total at about five, with two sex offenders.)

Members of the latter group, who are required to wear GPS-monitoring devices and check in with their case officers at least once a week, have not increased in number during the past year, Villarreal said.

He said sex offenders make up the majority of parolees at the camp because a 2006 state law restricts where they can live — nowhere within 2,000 feet of a school or park — and eliminates charitable housing options such as the Visalia Rescue Mission, which is close to George McCann Memorial Catholic School.

That, plus the recent closure of the group homes in Visalia and the elimination of housing subsidies, means most parolees are now on their own in the search for homes, Villarreal said.

"These guys are going to have to start looking a little harder," he said. "The Parole Division is not in the housing business."

5 a.m. eviction

And the parolees camped out on the St. Johns will have to start looking for new shelter starting today.

While most other residents of the camp have until the county's Nov. 16 deadline to pull up stakes, an order by the Visalia parole office last week set the eviction deadline for parolees at 5 a.m. today.

That is one day before a site visit by authorities, including social, mental health and housing workers, who will try to find housing and services for many of the camp's residents.

The parolees said the early eviction is an attempt by parole officials to save face, removing the parolees from the area before they can be counted. Many also said the short notice, which came only late last week, has not provided them enough time to find other shelter, and that they'll be forced to camp out on the streets or retreat to far-flung campsites in the foothills.

If they resist moving, they said they were told, they'll be arrested.
- So let them arrest you, take it all the way up to the Supreme Court, and onto the news.  Then they will be trying to put out fires, and covering their lies.

"I don't know what they expect us to do," Ledger said.

The eviction perplexed several authorities who have been organizing Thursday's site visit.

"This is the first time I've heard of it," said Capt. Dave Williams, who's led the aid effort for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Villarreal said Tuesday that he ordered the early eviction but not the arrest order. He said he told a sheriff's official about the eviction last week, but he declined to say who that official was.

The short notice is reasonable, Villarreal said.

"If they just have a backpack, it's not that hard for them to get up and move," he said.

Waiting until after Thursday's site visit might have been an option, he added, but the parolees at the camp "already know about most of those services."

"If I give them 30 days [to move out], they'll take all 30 days," he said. "We did this because I think it's the best thing to do. I wanted them out of there."
- So, another homeless camp will pop up somewhere else, and the shuffle game will continue!

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

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LA - IPSO deputy arrested for child pornography

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By Jim Mustian

An Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Tuesday on charges of possessing child pornography.

Sgt. Keith Koen resigned his post immediately and was to be booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said authorities found the pornography on a computer in Koen’s Texaco Street residence after executing a search warrant. Koen has been a deputy since July 2008 and was assigned to the support services division.

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

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NM - CYFD official investigated for child porn

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The deputy director of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department is under investigation for allegations of possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Mark Edwards of Santa Fe has not been arrested or charged with any crime at this point. However, the newspaper says Edwards told investigators that he had possessed and distributed child porn for years.

Authorities confiscated a computer hard drive from Edwards' home that contained more than 25 images of children as young as three exposing themselves or engaged in explicit sexual acts, according to an affidavit obtained by The Journal.

A CYFD spokeswoman said Edwards' $95,000-per-year position oversaw the department budget and administrative responsibilities and did not involve any direct contact with children.

According to the affidavit, the Attorney General's Office's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force started investigating in January "a distribution of child pornography case regarding an America Online subscriber named Mark Edwards." The affidavit states that an investigator for the Attorney General's Office and an FBI agent visited Edwards' Santa Fe home on October 6 and he provided written consent for them to search his laptop and an external hard drive.

CYFD has placed Edwards on paid administrative leave during the investigation and his computer at work is being checked for any inappropriate material, according to The Journal.

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CO - Possible sex crimes investigated in Hinkley H.S. bus incident

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By Kim Posey

AURORA - An incident on a school bus involving the soccer team at Hinkley High School in Aurora has prompted school suspensions, and a police investigation.

According to the superintendent of Aurora schools, John Barry, the soccer team was on a bus driving through Denver after a game on September 25th when the alleged incident happened.

It was reported to the school by an adult five days later, on September 30th. Students say it was a hazing incident of a younger team member and involved a players genitals.

"They were doing a team initiation type of thing, but it was little inappropriate," said student Jahleel Laballais.

Denver Police are investigating the possibility of misdemeanor sex crimes, and misdemeanor harassment.

The Aurora Public Schools superintendent says the district will not tolerate inappropriate behavior. "We want the confidence of our community to know that we deal with it appropriately, so it never happens again," said John Barry.

He says some students have been suspended and may be expelled. There were two adult supervisors on the bus. They are on leave during the investigation, and could face disciplinary action as well.

WARNING: The video report below contains a graphic description ot the incident.

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WA - Where are Seattle sex offenders? What do the levels mean?

See the PDF at the end, it has some good info in it.

Q: Where are the sex offenders in Seattle, and what do the levels mean?

A: Statistics show offenders are in neighborhoods across Seattle. In May, Seattle Police Det. Bob Shilling said there were 1,180 registered sex offenders here.

The database only contains information about level two and level three offenders. Police can send notifications about those level offenders because of their likelihood to reoffend.

Here is a breakdown of the levels from the King County Sheriff's Office.

Level 1: The vast majority of registered sex offenders are classified as Level 1 offenders. They are considered at low risk to re-offend. These individuals may be first time offenders and they usually know their victims.

Level 2 offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending. They generally have more than one victim and the abuse may be long term. These offenders usually groom their victims and may use threats to commit their crimes. These crimes may be predatory with the offender using a position of trust to commit their crimes. Typically these individuals do not appreciate the damage they have done to their victims.

Level 3 offenders are considered to have a high risk to re-offend. They usually have one or more victims and may have committed prior crimes of violence. They may not know their victim(s). The crime may show a manifest cruelty to the victim(s) and these offenders usually deny or minimize the crime. These offenders commonly have clear indications of a personality disorder.

The sex offender level is determined by the law enforcement agency in which the sex offender resides.

At a May community meeting, Shilling said a study in 2000 showed more than 90 percent of victims knew their offenders before the sexual assault.

"Yet, the media perpetrates this image that they're all jump-out-of-the-bush types," he told the group. "They're not."

Police gave community members a safety information packet at the meeting. Click here to view it as a PDF.

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

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