Wednesday, November 25, 2009

LA - Former Orleans deputy arrested in Internet sex sting

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By Michael Luke

METAIRIE  – A former deputy with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office was arrested by State Police for soliciting what he believed to be a minor via the Internet, after he was caught in an on-line sting, according to a statement by State Police spokesman Trooper Melissa Matey.

Michael Chatellier, 38, was arrested Tuesday for “engaging in a sexually explicit manner with undercover agents over the internet. State Police Detectives received information about the indecent behavior of Chatellier with, what he believed was a 14-year-old female in an internet chat room,” said Matey.

Police discovered that Chatellier had been recently released from prison, after serving a two-year sentence for child pornography and computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile, said Matey.

During the search warrant,” said Matey, “detectives located 116 pornographic images involving juveniles. Chatellier was arrested and booked at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, two counts of computer aided solicitation of a minor, three counts of sex offender registration violations and 116 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.”

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WA - Tent City 4 will return in January (A so called "Church Ministry" is denying people who may be sex offenders, shelter! Is that what Jesus would do?)


Homeless encampment last visited Community Church in 2007

Tent City 4 will return in late January, when the homeless encampment sets up at Community Church of Issaquah.

Organizers announced a plan last week to welcome the encampment from Jan. 23 to April 23 on the Community Church property where the community settled in late 2007. The complex includes up to 100 homeless residents, and moves between Eastside churches. Residents leave the camp for work during the day. Applicants undergo sex offender and warrant checks.

Elizabeth Maupin, coordinator of the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition, recalled how Issaquah welcomed the roving camp then — and predicted the community would do so again.

We anticipate that even in these very difficult times, Tent City 4 will again find that Issaquah is a community of kind, generous people who want to reach out to those in dire straits,” she said.

Tent City 4 will come to Issaquah after a stint at a Bellevue church. Maupin said organizers would secure the necessary city permits in order to host the encampment at Community Church, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.

The church last hosted Tent City 4 from August to November 2007. When the city permit was issued then, staffers from most city departments had comments. Organizers were required to maintain the site and address security issues.The camp will again be required to adhere to local fire, health and safety codes. Community Church will be responsible for electricity, sanitation and water.

Staff throughout the city government, from the permit department to the police department were all very helpful, not only as public servants, but as private citizens who collected donations to keep Tent City residents dry, warm and fed,” Maupin said.

Community Church representative Earle Jones joined Maupin to present the Tent City 4 plan to City Council members Nov. 16.

Jones noted how the city supported the church when Tent City 4 last arrived in Issaquah. Because the Community Church congregation is small — with about 50 members, most of whom are seniors — the church will seek help from other churches and civic groups.

Maupin said the interfaith coalition would raise money and organize volunteers to coordinate meals and donations for camp residents.

A committee made up of representatives from churches will organize the Tent City 4 return.

Maupin said the encampment “provides a safe place for people to sleep and keep their belongings as long as they are able to abide by the camp rules.”

When the encampment last set up in Issaquah, the fenced complex included a food service tent, a security tent, community areas and a shower housed in a trailer.

Maupin recalled how Tent City 4 residents volunteered at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank during the 2007 stop.

Some found employment that eventually enabled them to move into housing,” she said.

Despite the smooth run the encampment experienced in Issaquah, Tent City 4 has produced opposition and legal battles in other cities. The first Tent City was established in Seattle in 1990.

A group of Mercer Island residents attempted to halt the encampment last summer, but a King County Superior Court judge intervened and allowed the camp to set up at a Mercer Island church. Woodinville officials filed a lawsuit against the encampment related to damages the city said occurred during a 2004 visit.

During the last legislative session, state lawmakers attempted to override local zoning rules and prohibit cities from intervening if a church wanted to host homeless people, but the bill fizzled.

The challenges contrast with the treatment Tent City 4 organizers and residents received in Issaquah. Maupin said business owners welcomed residents, and schools used the encampment as a learning tool for students.

It was, in fact, such a successful event that I have often been asked by those who got to know the encampment how soon they would return,” Maupin said.

And my response sent to them, here:

I recently read this article:

And I noticed you do sex offender and warrant checks.

I have just one question, "What would Jesus do?"

You claim to be a church ministry, yet I do not think Jesus would turn ANYBODY away.

A majority of sex offenders are trying everything in their power to get on with their lives, yet society continually knocks them back down again, and I find it appalling that a "Church Ministry" is also doing this.

I think it's wonderful to help people in need, but sex offenders are people as well.

So, are you a true religious person, or a hypocrite? I think the latter

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MI - Suicide at Washtenaw County Jail under investigation

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A man charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct committed suicide Monday at the Washtenaw County Jail, authorities said.

_____, 36, was found by a correctional officer about 4:55 p.m., who reported that _____ had hanged himself, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said.

He was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators have interviewed the inmates on the cell block, said Derrick Jackson, the sheriff's department's director of community engagement. An internal investigation, which is considered routine in such a case, is also under way, Jackson said.

Jackson did not know whether _____ shared a cell with anyone and did not have details about the charge he was facing. Michigan State Police at the Ypsilanti post confirmed they are investigating the case and arrested _____ in October, but no further details were available this afternoon.

"There's nothing that would lead us to believe it wasn't a suicide," Jackson said.

_____ was booked at the jail on Nov. 12 and hadn't been convicted of anything, Jackson said.

Mental health support is being offered to staff and inmates, officials said.

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GA - Facing rape charge, colonel commits suicide

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By Trista Talton

Fit and with chiseled good looks, he was the picture of a “squared-away” Marine Corps officer.

A reservist, he parlayed an Ivy League degree into corporate success.

He had respect, friends and family.

It all unraveled suddenly after he had sex with his daughter’s college acquaintance.

He said it was consensual. She said it was rape.

Four days after pleading innocent to related charges, Col. _____, 50, was found dead of an apparent suicide at the Residence Inn Marriott in Norcross, Ga.

A maid discovered his body. He was dressed in his Marine dress “D” uniform — short-sleeve khaki shirt with blue trousers. _____ had duct-taped a plastic bag around his head and asphyxiated himself with helium, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

_____, a logistician in the Individual Ready Reserve who commanded a Kansas City, Mo.-based unit responsible for mustering and mobilizing IRR Marines, was a vice president at United Parcel Service. He was suspended from his civilian job, however, after his employers learned about the rape allegation.

_____ faced up to 20 years in prison. He was visiting his daughter, a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, on Oct. 18 when he had sex with one of her acquaintances in an off-campus apartment, according to police and his attorney, Megan Lewis.

The 21-year-old woman told police that she had been drinking before she went to sleep, and that she woke up as _____ was having sex with her, said Capt. Joe Qualters, a Bloomington police spokesman. _____ told authorities that he had sex with the woman, but called it consensual, Qualters said.

He was remorseful that he had sex with her and also indicated that he was remorseful that he hadn’t used a condom,” Qualters said.

_____ was married, but separated from his wife, his attorney said. He is survived by his two children and two stepchildren. Efforts to contact his family were unsuccessful.

On Nov. 2, _____ appeared in court, pleaded not guilty, and agreed to give a blood sample so he could be tested for communicable diseases. He posted a $20,000 bond and was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim.

A prosperous career

_____ was the picture of success — a Harvard-educated executive at UPS and a longtime Marine officer, serving on active duty from 1982 to 1991 before moving to the Reserve. His booking photo, released by Bloomington police, shows his chiseled jawline and a quintessentially Marine hairstyle.

He lived in a gated community in Johns Creek, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta along the shores of the Chattahoochee River. The street on which he lived is lined with three-story luxury town houses, some of which are currently selling for close to $500,000.

_____’s home of record is Atlanta, according to information provided by Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of San Francisco and later picked up a master’s in business administration from Harvard.

In May, he took command of Peacetime/Wartime Support Team Midwest in Kansas City. Before that, _____ was deputy rear area operations group commander with III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, a position he held from May 2004 until April 2009.

Throughout his Marine career, _____ held numerous assignments, including stints as a platoon commander with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and, later, as a logistics officer with the 13th MEU, both out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

He was hired by UPS in 1994 and initially worked in Tokyo, a company spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. _____ then went on to become the company’s highest-ranking supply chain manager in Japan and South Korea. At the time of his suspension, he worked at UPS’ corporate headquarters in Sandy Springs, Ga., as a vice president of supply chain and logistics.

Mike Healy said he met _____ when the future colonel was a junior in college. They became friends, then roommates and stayed in touch through mutual friends over the years.

Healy described _____ as “squared away,” a “genius” who would file complicated tax returns for his friends during college and helped his friends live on slim budgets. He said _____ was athletic. He was someone who could “outrun a deer,” Healy said.

He said _____’s death and the allegations against him. The decision to have sex with a college student was “poor judgment on his part,” Healy said, but he vehemently defended his friend’s character.

When I heard about what happened … there’s no way in hell he raped anybody,” Healy said. “I still can’t quite fathom that he would take his own life like that. What could have led to this? I have no idea. He was very devoted. He was a sensitive guy.”

Healy said several mutual friends attended _____’s funeral Nov. 12 in the Atlanta area.

Maintained his innocence

_____’s arrest was detailed in newspaper and television reports throughout Indiana, and bloggers ferociously debated his case online — all of it unwanted attention that, along with his employer’s decision to put him on leave, was “too much for him to handle,” his attorney said.

He maintained his innocence throughout,” Lewis said, adding she believed _____ had a strong case. “This is an example of a system, through the media, where you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

Around 2 p.m. Nov. 5, _____ checked in at the Marriott less than 10 miles from his home, but he didn’t stay the night there, according to a police report. Instead, he went out with his son, who returned him to the hotel the next morning around 7. He was scheduled to check out of his room by 11 a.m.

The maid found his body shortly after noon. A medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

An unloaded 9mm pistol, wrapped in a white plastic bag, was found on a table near _____’s body — along with a note. Police declined to discuss the letter’s contents.

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FL - Lock 'em up and throw away the key? Some say yes

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The headlines, sometimes daily, rekindle the outcry:

"Man charged with rape of 7-year-old girl"

"Sexual predator seen with gun at school"

"Sex offender accused of trying to meet teen"

"Man charged with molesting a 4-year-old"

Some residents say their children aren't safe and lately lawmakers question if regulations are tough enough.

Florida prohibits sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers, parks and other places that attract children, but state Rep. Luis Garcia Jr., D-Miami Beach, said recently he'd like to see "a study of longer incarceration, just putting them away and throwing the key away."

Is it even feasible -- if laws were changed to make sex offenders "lifers" -- to lock 'em all away?

Florida is home to about 40,000 sexual offenders and predators, and about one third of them are currently incarcerated, according to data provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Corrections. The incarcerated sex offenders use enough beds to fill one-fifth of the state's prisons.

"We would definitely have to build more prisons if the sex offenders on the street were to be locked up," she said.

Florida law requires that prisons never reach full capacity, Plessinger said. At least 19 prisons, at a cost of $100 million per prison, would have to be built to house the remaining offenders living out in the community.

"That's just the building cost," Plessinger said. "That doesn't include the costs to staff and run a prison."

Even if the lock-them-all-up strategy won't fly, lawmakers are likely to consider tighter controls.

Marti Harkness, a specialist in criminal justice issues for the Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Governmental Accountability, said he expects a request will come next session for him to research longer prison terms or the possibility of electronic monitoring for all offenders.

Monitoring is the far less expensive option, but it's not cheap.

At nearly $9 per day, it would cost about $130 million per year to monitor all of Florida's sex offenders. The cost to incarcerate them would be $649 million per year, plus the $1.9 billion to build all the prisons, based on numbers provided by the Department of Corrections.

And, of course, these numbers don't take into account the sex offenders who either haven't been caught or are otherwise not yet in the system.

"There just aren't any easy answers," Harkness 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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