Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GA - Bible College Officer Stripped Of Certification

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If it wasn't for the "Good Ole Boys" network, this guy would have been caught and stopped years ago! Apparently, all of his previous offenses were covered up. See the video at the link above.


By Tony McNary

GWINNETT COUNTY - We asked the tough questions and found out former Carver Bible College police officer Steven Turner has a history of alleged mis-conduct.

The Georgia Peace Officers Standard & Training Council (P.O.S.T.) started investigating Turner last September after he quit his job at the Lithonia Police Department.

Turner's resignation came after he was accused of exposing himself to two women, who never filed charges against him. But that didn't come up when Carver Bible College hired him.

"This guy had no prior elements on his record that would raise a flag for our chief of police. He actually did the interview, did the recruiting-- did the scrutiny of his background. He came with sterling credentials," said Carver's President Robert Crummie.

But when CBS Atlanta looked at Turner's record, his work history and complaints against him we found several things that should have raised a flag.

For one, in three years he has worked for four different police agencies.

Turner was at Clark Atlanta University for 1 year and 1 month. He worked for the Clayton County Sheriff's Office for exactly 1 year, the Lithonia Police Department for 6 and a half months and at Carver Bible College for 10 months.

Carver's President blames P.O.S.T. for allowing Turner to slip through the cracks.

"P.O.S.T. is the one that does the thoroughest background check. They are the ones that conduct those investigations. We rely on P.O.S.T. We're a bible college. We don't certify police officers," said Crummie.

Georgia P.O.S.T. Executive Director Ken Vance said it's up to the hiring agency to investigate a potential candidate's employment history.

"P.O.S.T. may certify them to start with. This person [Turner] was certified several years ago. They are just working for Carver Bible College now. That person has a work history at other places. It is incumbent upon the hiring agency to do their absolute best to hire the best person that they can and not just hire a person because they are certified by P.O.S.T.," said Vance.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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NY - Report: Babylon's sex offender rules can cause problems

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Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone says current sex offender residency restrictions could be pushing offenders underground and away from law enforcement - citing a two-year analysis of the addresses of sex offenders living in the town that found nearly one-third were not residing at the locations listed on the state's sex offender registry.

The report also stated that, as of Sept. 24, eight of the 17 sex offenders never lived at the locations where they were registered, and 50 of Babylon's 57 registered sex offenders were registered at addresses from which they were barred by residency restrictions.

Bellone called on Gov. David A. Paterson (Contact) to commission a statewide analysis of the rules governing where sex offenders can live, laws which vary by jurisdiction. Babylon uses Suffolk County's restriction that offenders cannot live within a quarter-mile of schools, parks, day care centers and nursery schools.

Bellone proposed a different option: Apply residency restrictions at sentencing, with tougher rules for those more likely to re-offend.

"My concern is we often, in government, leap to do things that seem tough, but might actually undermine the goals" of laws designed to protect children, he said Wednesday.

Paterson's administration will review the report, said John Caher, a spokesman for the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. Spokeswoman Janine Kava said the state registry - which includes 29,518 Level 2 and 3 offenders - is designed to make it "incumbent on the sex offender to get in touch with us about the change of address."

Bellone's findings seem to echo the sentiment of sex offender rehabilitation advocates who have said residency restriction laws merely push offenders off the grid and do not make children more safe.

Richard Hamill, president of the New York State Alliance of Sex Offender Service Providers (Contact), said the laws can discourage sex offenders from registering at all because they are left with few options for housing. Bellone's report includes a map showing offenders are barred from living in more than 80 percent of the town's land area.

Fewer housing options can produce clustering, critics say, pointing to communities such as Gordon Heights, a Brookhaven Town neighborhood where officials say about 40 offenders live within a roughly half-square-mile area.

Long-term supervision is a more effective way to prevent sex offenders from committing more crimes, Hamill said.

"As long as we keep the populations of sex offenders up in the air, moving from place to place . . . they are more likely to commit offenses," he said.

Residency restrictions have many proponents, including Parents for Megan's Law, a Stony Brook-based group that has lobbied for tougher laws governing sex offenders.

Laura Ahern, executive director for the group, cautioned that restrictions "reduce the potential for offender escalation by removing the very stressor - the ability to observe potential victims on a daily basis."

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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FL - Daycare intentionally near sex offenders?

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ORANGE COUNTY (WOFL FOX 35) - Nearly 100 sex offenders are clustered in an Orange County neighborhood and it's near a school bus stop.

Sex offenders can't live within 1,000 feet of a school. That’s a state law, but it doesn't extend to school bus stops. One woman thinks she's found a loophole that can send the sex offenders packing.

The area is on North Orange Blossom Trail near Lake Fairview. The school bus drops off kids close to two mobile home parks where registered sex offenders and predators live. For weeks Barbara Farris has been trying to get the bus stop moved. She couldn’t. So she is taking her fight one step further. "I'm going to do a daycare," said Farris.

The law doesn't say sex offenders can't live near a school bus stop, but the law does say sex offenders and predators can’t live 1,000 feet from a daycare. So Farris wants to put in a daycare to force the registered sex offenders and predators out.

FOX 35 asked Farris, "People will say, have you lost your mind? Having a daycare next to known sex offenders?"

Farris said, “Um, yeah they're going to say that, but it makes the sex offenders, they get a 24 hour notice to leave. So the kids are safe but sex offenders got to go. So, no I haven't lost my mind. I've done what everybody else should have done 3 years ago."

Farris has asked that we not say yet where the daycare is planning to go yet. What we can tell you is that we have seen the site she is looking at and it's close.

The daycare will be called “Bee Aware Daycare” after her organization called “Bee Aware” to fend off sex offenders and predators. The question is can she do it?

The Department of Children and Families said they can't deny Farris a license.

Farris is working to get that daycare license. The daycare could be open by next week.

The Sheriff's Office says there is no rule that the sex offenders have to go if a daycare comes in.

The Orange County County Commission and the Sheriff's Office said Farris would have to jump through a lot of hoops with zoning. The County Commission said they will have to take the issue up when it comes, but all have said it's unlikely she would get permission to put it here.

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Oh the lies they tell! Chris Mathews and Wendy Murphy - Telling Lies As Usual About Sex Offender Recidivism and other issues

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Get the REAL facts here:

More lies from those in the media and politics.

Judge Judy:

Jane Valez-Mitchell:

Dr. Phil:


Senator Jeff Klein:

Attorney General Mike Cox:

Rep. Lew Evangelidis:

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MI - Sex offenders may have to avoid bus stops

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By Lisa Brody

The Michigan House of Representatives has been asked to consider legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from working or loitering within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop.
- So what if a person lives next to a bus stop?  That is not loitering!

House Bill (HB) 5505 was introduced on Thursday, Oct. 8 by state Rep. Marty Knollenberg (Contact) (R-Troy). Among its co-sponsors are state Reps. Eileen Kowall (Contact) (R-White Lake, Highland) and Chuck Moss (Contact) (R-Orchard Lake). The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

"We do not want our children to be menaced by sex offenders," Moss said.

State law already prohibits registered sex offenders from coming within 1,000 feet of an elementary, middle, or high school. HB 5505 would revise the definition of a school safety zone to include school bus stops.

Under the the bill, a first violation would be a misdemeanor punishable by a year in prison, or a fine up to $1,000, or both. If found guilty after one or more prior violations, it would be a felony, punishable with no more than two years in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

The only exemption would be if the sex offender were meeting his or her own child at a bus stop.

This is a particularly passionate issue for Kowall, who said she is concerned about a group rehabilitation home in White Lake Township. This summer, White Lake police learned that five sex offenders were living in the township at the same address. The home is owned by Sequoia Recovery Services of Pontiac, and now houses residents receiving drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

There are no longer any sexual offenders living in the home. Those that had been living there had jobs, were on tethers and were monitored by the state Department of Corrections.

"The situation in White Lake definitely made me aware, and mad," she said."We question them being able to operate in this neighborhood."

Kowall said there are often bus stops set up outside every every few houses, depending on if the stop is for elementary, middle, or high school students.

"We have to have tighter restraints on who we are letting into our neighborhoods. We have to be concerned about the safety of our neighborhoods first," she said.

"With this bill, protecting children is my first priority," she said.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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SD - Major changes proposed to S.D. sex offender registry

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By Megan Luther

A committee of state lawmakers is recommending major changes to the sex offender registry laws.

The biggest change would be a three-tier registry, which would allow offenders with less severe crimes to apply to be removed from the registry. With a few exceptions, currently all convicted sex offenders must be registered for life.

Under the proposal, registered offenders would be categorized into one of three levels. Level One would be for less severe convictions such as statutory rape and offenders could apply to get off the registry after ten years.

Level Two sex offenders must remain on the registry for at least twenty five years and Level Three sex offenders must registered for life.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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NV - Fallon judge's son pleads no contest in underage party case

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As expected, a judge's son, gets a slap on the wrist for having sex with an intoxicated 15 year old, will not be on the registry, of course. The age of consent in Nevada is 16, not 15.


By Jaclyn O'Malley

The 19-year-old son of a Churchill County judge pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to having sex with a severely intoxicated 15-year-old girl at a teen drinking party hosted by a Fallon softball coach who was prosecuted.
- So is the coach also arrested for hosting a teen drinking party?

Jeffrey Michael Lister pleaded no contest to the gross misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit an obscene, indecent or immoral act. He faces one year in jail and will be sentenced in December.

In his plea, Lister acknowledged the Nevada attorney general's office had enough evidence to convict him of statutory sexual seduction. In pleading to the conspiracy charge, he is not required to register as a convicted sex offender.

Lister's father is Fallon municipal judge Michael Lister.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Ronda Clifton said her office is continuing to investigate the girl's claim she was gang-raped by three other boys at the Jan. 18, 2008, party at the home of former softball coach Tami Peel.

Witnesses' statements

According to court documents, Lister, then 18, reportedly bragged that he had sex with the girl in his truck outside Peel's house. Inside, there were dozens of children drinking in what Peel, 39, told their parents was a sleepover with no boys, just pizza, movies and soda.

"The (witness) states Lister responded, 'I'm the judge's son. I can never get in trouble,'" a criminal complaint filed against Lister said.

Investigators said the girl knew what was happening with Lister, but did not say "no" because she was too intoxicated. Teen guests told authorities they saw the girl throwing up and stumbling around.

One witness said, "She was completely out of it."

The ages of people at the party were 8 to 19. Peel's three children also were present.

Earlier this year, Peel was sentenced by two judges to a total of 11 months in jail for pleading guilty to misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors and a felony count of child endangerment related to her supervising the party where the underage girl had sex with Lister.

Peel had taken a group of children to a drug store to buy liquor, plastic cups and table tennis balls so party-goers could play "beer pong," police said.

An 8-year-old boy told investigators he saw juveniles in a bedroom "doing things they shouldn't be doing." He said he saw several children trying to get into the bathroom because the victim and a boy were "doing it" in the shower and said he had to sleep on a rug in the kitchen because "people were everywhere."

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CIA Buys Stake in Firm That Monitors Social Networking Sites

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By Jeremy Hsu

U.S. spies hope to glean intelligence nuggets from blog posts and Twitter

Twitterati and other netizens should already know that their Internet musings are public and could potentially become fodder for intelligence analysts. But now U.S. spy agencies have officially invested in a software firm that monitors social media and half a million web 2.0 sites daily.

Wired has the breakdown on the recent investment move by In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and other intelligence agencies. That cash is slated for Visible Technologies, a software firm that is helping Microsoft monitor Internet buzz surrounding Windows 7 and tracking online campaigns launched by animal activists against food manufacturer Hormel.

Websites such as Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon all represent fair game for Visible's searches. Closed social networks such as Facebook remain off the radar -- at least for now.

"Facebook says that more than 70 percent of its users are outside the U.S., in more than 180 countries," said Lewis Shepherd, a former technology officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, in an e-mail to Wired. "There are more than 200 non-U.S., non-English-language microblogging Twitter-clone sites today. If the intelligence community ignored that tsunami of real-time information, we’d call them incompetent."

This follows the latest trend of open source intelligence, where spooks pick out intelligence morsels hidden in the daily deluge of media information. But it's hardly a one-way intelligence street. The Wikiscanner was developed by a lone individual to track suspicious edits on Wikipedia made by the CIA, the Vatican, governments and news organizations.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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PA - Ex-teacher found not guilty of raping student

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I'm not following this article very well. The title mentions he was found not guilty, yet they say he was found guilty in the article, and also not guilty.



SOMERSET — A former Somerset County high school teacher was acquitted Tuesday of raping an eighth-grade student in 2001.

The jury of 10 women and two men found _____, 57, of Grove City, guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count each of endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors.
- So which is it?  You mention in the first paragraph, he was acquitted, then here mention "found guilty!" I'm confused!  I see he was found guilty of some charges, but not all, from what I can tell.

The jury deliberated for about 61/2 hours before returning the verdict, ending a two-day trial in Somerset County Court.

Judge D. Gregory Geary set Jan. 6 as the sentencing date for _____, a former teacher at Somerset Area High School.

_____ faces a maximum of 14 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines, District

Attorney Jerry Spangler said. He also would have to register as a sexual offender under Megan’s law for 10 years.

In addition to the rape charge, _____ was found not guilty of statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, indecent exposure and a second count of corruption of minors.

I think the jury did a very good job, carefully considering and evaluating the evidence,” Spangler said.

It was a difficult case because of the nature of the charges.”

Authorities had alleged that _____ assaulted the girl, who is now 22, in January or February 2001. In March 2001, after the eighth-grader had turned 14, authorities said _____ raped her at his home one night when she was baby-sitting.

Spangler said during his closing argument that the case was one of credibility.

Who are you going to believe (the student) or Mr. _____?” he asked the jury. “It’s one or the other.”
- This is the problem, it's not always black or white.  You are suppose to judge based on EVIDENCE, not simply on what someone says!

Spangler said the woman was willing to come forward and tell her story in public.

She had no motive to lie here,” he said.

_____’s attorney, David Weaver of Johnstown, said there was no physical evidence such as blood, semen, hair samples or torn clothing.

He also questioned why the woman waited until last year to have Somerset borough police file charges.
- Well, maybe because many who are abused, feel ashamed, scared or that it's their fault.

Spangler said the woman’s testimony had been consistent and forthright throughout the trial.

The woman initially did not tell anyone what had happened because she felt guilty, Spangler said.

She spoke to police after becoming engaged.

Then she felt she had support and came forward with the information,” Spangler said.

_____ surrendered his teaching certificate last year as the state’s Department of Education was investigating a “personal, romantic and sexual relation” he allegedly had with a student.

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Abuse report: 10,440 children died 2001-07 (Yet we have no abuse registry?)

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By Wendy Koch

More than 10,000 children died from abuse or neglect in the United States from 2001 through 2007, a report released today says.

The U.S. death rate is more than double the rate in France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Great Britain and Italy, countries that have less teen pregnancy, violent crime and poverty, according to the report by the Every Child Matters Education Fund, a non-partisan advocacy group.

"It's heart-wrenching that each day in America, five children will die from abuse and neglect, but what's worse is that the real number is even larger," as much as 50% higher, says Michael Petit, the fund's president. He says the deaths get too little public attention.

To highlight the problem, his group is hosting a conference this week in Washington at which federal officials, scholars and social workers will discuss possible remedies.

The report, based on data from the Department of Health and Human Services, finds that three-quarters of the children who died from abuse or neglect were younger than 4. The number of child deaths rose from 1,300 in 2001 to 1,720 in 2007, the most recent year for which figures are available. In that period, 10,440 abuse and neglect deaths were reported.

"It's an alarming statistic," says David Finkelhor, director of the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center. He says the real number could be twice as large, but "we don't know" because many deaths from abuse or neglect are attributed to other causes.

Finkelhor says it's difficult to know whether the problem is worse or whether states are doing a better job reporting deaths.

"It's hard to know for sure, but there's plenty of reason to worry that it's getting worse," given high child-poverty figures, says Olivia Golden, a scholar at the Urban Institute, a liberal social policy think tank, and author of Reforming Child Welfare.

The report finds that state spending to address abuse and neglect varies and that states that spend more generally have fewer child deaths.

The report "is an exercise in hype and hysteria," says Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, which says too many children are put in foster care. He says state reporting varies so widely that the figures are not accurate, and he fears that more worry about abuse means more children will be taken from their parents.

Petit says, "There's been an erosion in the safety net over the last decade or more," and the recession is making it worse. "I've never seen so many states cutting child welfare services."

The report recommends more spending as part of broad effort to combat child poverty and abuse.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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