Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CA - Former Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced To 52 Months Jail For Child Porn Offenses

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10/20/2009

By Matthew Keys

SACRAMENTO - A former Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Fifty-one-year-old Mark Kessell was additionally ordered to pay a $12,500 fine and will be supervised by the state for up to five years upon his release from prison.

According to a press release issued by the Office of the Attorney General, Kessell's sentence is significantly higher than the recommended length of jail time as suggested by the federal government due to the severity of the offense.
- Not from what I've seen.  Ho much child porn did he have? Many non-police, are sentenced to XX years per photo, and many have received over 100 years in prison.  And you can see this by clicking the "ChildPorn" label above this article.

Upon his release, Kessell will also be required to register as a sex offender.


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VA - Man Charged After Making Coffee in the Nude

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CA - SAFE SWEEP SEX OFFENDER RAID

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SD - Former deputy pleads guilty

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10/20/2009

By Curt Nettinga

Buck McColl accepts deal in Edgemont rape case

CUSTER – Former Fall River County deputy Buckly ‘Buck’ McColl entered a guilty plea to a single count of third-degree rape, regarding an incident that took place in Edgemont in November last year.

McColl, 42, entered the plea before Seventh Circuit Court Judge Thomas Trimble in the Custer County Courthouse.

The charge is a Class-2 felony, punishable by a maximum of 25 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary and a $50,000 fine, or both. Third degree rape is defined as having sexual penetration with an individual who is unable to give consent because of an intoxicating agent.

According to McColl’s attorney Greg Sperlich, the guilty plea was given in exchange for two other rape charges, plus single charges of falsely reporting and perjury being dropped. In addition, the state would recommend a five-year cap on the prison term, as part of the agreement. McColl would be required to register as a sex offender as well.

As part of his guilty plea, Judge Trimble required that McColl give a factual basis for the plea, to which McColl replied, “I had intercourse with (name redacted). She was intoxicated at the time and could not give consent.”

After the plea, Judge Trimble ordered that a pre-sentence investigation be done. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled, but will take place in Fall River County before Judge A.P. Fuller.

State’s Attorney Jim Sword requested that McColl be remanded to the Fall River County Sheriff, but Trimble said that McColl would be allowed to remain free on bond. Sword then asked that he be required to stay within the boundaries of the Seventh Circuit.

McColl said that he is a truck driver, which takes him away from within the boundaries at times, so Trimble ruled that bond would remain as it is currently.

He is here. He entered his plea,” Trimble said.


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OH - Convicted sex offender is arrested after leaving home for nearly a week

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Since the articles about this are small, and not much detail, I can only speculate. So when did it become a crime for someone to leave their own home for any period of time, like vacation, visiting a friend, etc? If he was registered at the house, and came back, then what is the problem?

10/20/2009

By Lori Monsewicz

CANTON - A convicted sex offender who left home and didn’t return for about five days was booked into the Stark County Jail Monday.
- So, if he is registered at this address, and simple left for a couple days to visit friends or family, but apparently came back, what law did he break?

Jail records said deputies charged _____, 35, of 219 Hazlett Ave. NW, Apt. 2, with failure to give notice of change of address after he left his registered address on Oct. 8 and did not return until Oct. 13.
- He apparently did not change address, but was visiting friends or family, and came back, from what this article says, so what is the problem?  They just wanted him in jail, period!

He was arrested at 12:20 p.m. Monday at the jail.

Bake had been convicted of gross sexual imposition on a female child in 2007 in Carroll County, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification Web site.


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UK - 'Help me...I'm burning': Harrowing 999 call of girl, 13, killed in blaze started by her father

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10/20/2009

Relatives wept today as they listened to a harrowing 999 call made by a terrified schoolgirl moments before she died with six other family members in a house fire started by her father.

Caroline McGovern, 13, screamed 'Help me' and 'I'm burning ... run' as she gasped for breath in her burning home, a coroner's court heard.

Her heavy-drinking depressive father, 36-year-old Arthur McElhill, a convicted sex offender, killed himself, his partner Lorraine McGovern, 29, and their five children when he doused their house with petrol and torched it in November 2007.

The farm labourer, who had a history of suicide attempts and was twice found guilty of sex attacks on teenage girls, is believed to have started the blaze after Ms McGovern threatened to leave him.

When fire crews found the badly burned bodies of all seven in the house in Omagh, Co Tyrone, Caroline, the eldest child, still had a phone in one hand and her Rosary beads in the other.

Relatives from both extended families wept and shielded their ears as her desperate cries for help echoed round Omagh Court House on the opening day of the inquest hearing.

As well as the teenager's frantic pleas, muffled screams of help could also be heard in the distance from other family members on the recording.

Caroline then spluttered the partially coherent: 'He's k... us'.

Phonetics expert Professor Peter French had been asked by police to decipher the missing syllables after the sound 'k' but he told coroner Suzanne Anderson he had been unable to do so.
- Looks to me like it says "He's killing us!"

The call to the emergency services lasted around six minutes, but Caroline only spoke to the operator for the first 45 seconds.

The remainder was periodically marked by distant screams and cries, with the operator repeatedly trying to re-establish contact by shouting 'hello' and 'are you in Lammy Crescent?'.

As the call drew to an end a series of gasping noises were clearly audible - these are believed to be Caroline's last breaths.

Her siblings Sean, seven, four-year-old Bellina, one-year-old Clodagh and 10-month-old baby James also died in the blaze.

State pathologist Dr Jack Crane and his assistant Dr Alistair Bentley earlier told the court all seven family members had been alive when the fire started and had died from either carbon monoxide poisoning or smoke inhalation.

Arthur McElhill was not under the influence of alcohol at the time, Dr Bentley added.

At the start of the public hearing, the coroner said she expected the McElhill family to make a legal challenge which may prevent evidence from some witnesses being heard today.

'We will be able to proceed with a certain number of non-contentious witnesses,' she said.


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FL - Murphy's Law: Sex Offender Can't Find a Legal Place to Live in Broward

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10/20/2009

By Thomas Francis

The more we learn about _____'s case, the sadder it is. We first told you about him last week. Then we met the man this weekend. And yesterday a source with knowledge of the case told us that _____'s stuck living on a bench in Delray Beach, in part, because his family in Broward County has refused to let him live with them.

But mostly, he's stuck there because he's registered not just as a sexual offender but as a sexual "predator" -- meaning he gets a super-sized batch of statutory restrictions. Read them here if you've got an hour to kill.

He can't live within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop, a provision designed to keep him away from children, even though the crime that got him in this predicament was the rape of an adult woman he met in a public park.

_____ has no money, so building an estate in Southwest Ranches -- or some similarly rural section of Broward -- is not an option. It's "nearly impossible" to find a legal location in the county for guys like _____ to live, says the source (who asked not to be named) especially since neighborhoods that contain appropriate halfway houses have a way of suddenly building playgrounds in parks, whereby they disqualify themselves from being an area where offenders can live legally, which is what happened at one potential location, Fort Lauderdale's Mission of St. Francis.

So that puts _____ squarely in no-man's-land: the bench outside his probation officer's office in Delray Beach.


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MN - Do pricey TVs treat sex offenders?

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Pawlenty orders removal of sex offenders' luxe TVs
Pricey TVs fall flat: Plug is pulled

Look beyond the TV issue, and you will see a lot more than meets the eye.

10/19/2009

By MIKE KASZUBA

Moose Lake sex offender program officials say the new plasma-screen TVs have some clinical benefit. Some offenders say they waste a lot of tax money.

MOOSE LAKE - Sex offenders at Minnesota's newest treatment facility at Moose Lake can watch television on one of two dozen new, 50-inch flat-screen TVs, and more may be on the way.

The cost of the sports bar-type, plasma TVs -- $1,576 apiece, plus a $706 mounting bracket -- is a relatively small part of the state's multimillion-dollar effort to house and treat sex offenders.
- Keep this in mind, these facilities are suppose to be treatment facilities, to help rehabilitate offenders and get them back into society.  Yet, as mentioned below, not a single person has been released yet, so it's another way to sugar coat prison outside of prison.

But a debate has ensued over whether the TVs help make the offenders easier to manage and have a clinical benefit, or are a needless luxury for a controversial program that faces a skyrocketing budget and patient population.

Surprisingly, the loudest critics of the TVs may be the sex offenders. Two of them have complained to state legislators that the TVs mounted in common areas of the new 400-bed facility are a waste of money because most patients have small televisions in their rooms.

"I am appalled by the fact that there are children in school now that probably don't have schoolbooks, and that bridges are falling down, and old people are going without medicine, and we're sitting here in this 'white horse' bolting these huge sports bar televisions onto the walls," said _____, a sex offender living in the new $45 million complex that opened in July.

_____ maintains that the new TVs are watched mostly by security guards. "I just don't get it," he said.
- This man has a point.  See further below.  90% of the rooms have their own TV, so yeah, this does seem like a waste of money and mainly for the guards to use to watch football games instead of doing their jobs.

Program officials bristle at suggestions that the TVs are a waste of taxpayer money, and say focusing on their cost ignores the complex treatment plans devised for a population for which there are no quick cures.

Since Minnesota decided to commit sex offenders to civil treatment programs after they had served their criminal sentences, the number of sex offenders has risen to 566 patients and is expected to nearly double in seven years. So far, no patient has been successfully treated and released by the courts.

Two weeks ago, state legislators toured the Moose Lake facility and heard program officials urge that money be appropriated to build another new wing at a projected cost of $96 million. Officials said it may include more big-screen TVs.
- Why don't you work on rehabilitating those you have and releasing them?  Then you'd not need this new wing at $96 million!

One legislator on the tour, Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, is a key player in whether the new building will get funded. She said she found the explanation of why the TVs were necessary to be "fascinating."

TV benefits unproven

Program officials see two minor, but important, benefits to the TVs. First, they said that after reducing staffing by nearly 200 even as the patient population increases, the TVs draw groups of patients to one spot and make them easier to keep an eye on.
- So why do you think you have to always keep an eye on them, when they are in a secure facility without kids?  Just more BS to justify having the TV's and the facility.

Secondly, while officials acknowledged that 90 percent of the patients had TVs in their rooms, they said making television available in a group setting can have clinical benefits for a population with severe socialization problems. At the same time, the program's top officials acknowledge there is little research showing a conclusive clinical benefit.
- I can understand TV's in their rooms, small ones, to pass the time, but what about all the treatment that should be occurring?  Are they getting therapy and help, so they can be released back into society, or is this just prison?

Michael Thompson, president of the Minnesota chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, said he wasn't aware of any research on using TV as a socialization tool for sex offenders. "I perused approximately 180 research abstracts to see if this issue has ever been studied. I could find nothing," he said.

The case for the TVs

But Dennis Benson, the program's executive director, argues that the TVs have value.
- Like I said, I understand the TV's in the rooms, to pass time, but why do you need huge flat screen TV's?  Except for the guards to watch?  So what value do they have?  Care to elaborate?

"We aren't going to hide anything from anybody -- including how many TV sets," he said. "You really want to see how they're going to interact with four other people watching the [Minnesota] Vikings play the [Green Bay] Packers."
- Sounds to me like they think they are non-social animals instead of human beings with issues.  Reminds me of the shows where they study animals in the wild, to see how they react with each other.

Besides, he added, the TVs are located in common areas that are roughly 200 feet long, and are spaced at least 50 feet apart. Linked to a cable system, they give the sex offenders access to 62 networks such as the Disney Channel, ESPN, SPIKE TV, ABC Family and VH1.
- Why the Disney Channel?  It seems to me like more adult shows would be more appropriate.

"Could we have put up a 42-inch TV? I don't know," said Benson, who noted that the patients had access to TVs in their previous building. "Sex offenders are easy to hate ... I know what the public will say." Benson said there were "very clear clinical reasons" for purchasing the TVs and said observing a convicted sex offender reacting "to the stimuli of a 5-year-old on a television set" had potentially important clinical benefits.
- What? These statements make no sense to me.

Patients are watched by staff members to see how they respond to what is on TV -- a task made easier if TVs are located in an open area, said Janine Hebert, the program's clinical director. "TV is used as perhaps a social stimulus," said Hebert, who said a patient's treatment plan could be adjusted depending on how they reacted to an image on TV. Most patients have "a social interaction deficit at the simplest form," she said. "I'd rather have guys mingling, watching TV."

Plugging the budget shortfall

In March, the state sex offender program came before legislators with an urgent request to cover a $16 million shortfall, which the Legislature filled.

Much of the shortfall, program officials said, came because of construction delays at the new Moose Lake facility, which forced the program to temporarily rent beds elsewhere.

"We might find ourselves trying to figure out how we pay staff after April 1," Cal Ludeman, the state human services commissioner, told legislators last spring, in asking for the additional money. "We might have to delay payments to food service vendors, contractors." The sex offender program is part of the Department of Human Services.

Rep. Thomas Huntley, DFL-Duluth, who chairs the House Health Care and Human Services Finance Division Committee, said he was unaware of the TV purchase. "They certainly have a right to watch TV," he said. "I don't know if they need a big, flat screen. It has to be treated like a hospital -- it is not a prison."
- I agree, it's a hospital, not a prison, and these folks should be getting help and therapy, not just locked up in a facility for the rest of their lives.

But Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, who chairs the House Public Safety Finance Division Committee, said legislators are likely to have questioned the expense, had they known. "If it came up, I think there would be probably some concerns about it," he said.

_____, another sex offender who complained to legislators that the TVs were unnecessary, said he doubted that television provided any clinical benefit. "I don't know what dream world [Benson] lives in," _____ said. "Right now, one TV is on. Nobody even watches the [others]. It's just a waste of money."


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