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MO - Reach of Halloween sex offender law before court

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12/02/2009

By Brent Martin

Just how far the state can go to keep convicted sex offenders from contact with children is at the heart of a State Supreme Court case on a state law that greatly restricts activities on Halloween.

State law requires registered sex offenders to stay in their homes from 5-to-10:30pm on Halloween, turn off outside lights and post a sign stating “no candy or treats at this residence”.

During oral arguments, Supreme Court Judge Laura Denvir Stith questioned the reach of such restrictions.

If it’s OK to restrict going outside or opening your door to others or keeping the porch light on on Halloween, although we understand why that was chosen, but legally if that’s permissible what’s the difference between that and saying you can never have your light on or you could never leave your home,” Stith asked.

Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger understands there is a line to be drawn.

I believe the legislature has tailored these particular restrictions in a particular way and chosen their words carefully in doing so,” Shellaber responded. “I don’t know where the line is, your honor, but I think this is clearly on the lawful side of it.”

The case, State of Missouri v. Charles A. Aynor, doesn’t really center on the constitutionality of the Halloween restrictions, but on whether they are being applied retrospectively to Charles Raynor, who had to register as a sex offender when he moved to Missouri, because of a 1988 conviction in the state of Washington. Missouri law prohibits retroactive enforcement. The trial court found it retrospective. The Supreme Court will rule later.

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OR - Foot fondler will have to register as sex offender

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12/02/2009

A man who asked women to try on shoes for him, then fondled their legs and feet at stores across Oregon, including in Medford, was found guilty Tuesday in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

_____, 46, pleaded no contest to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and a charge of harassment. A judge found him guilty of all charges.

_____ was arrested this summer after a string of inappropriate contact with women in department stores came to light.

In July, a 15-year-old girl at Ross Dress For Less on Poplar Drive in Medford reported that a man asked her to try on shoes he wanted to buy for his wife, then kissed her feet and legs when she put on the shoes, Medford police said. That case prompted other women to come forward with similar stories in Medford and in the Portland area.

After surveillance video of the man was released, an alert woman in Happy Valley spotted him and contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, which sent deputies to arrest _____.

The charges stemmed from incidents at a Target and Ross Dress For Less in the Clackamas area.

_____ has undergone mental health evaluations since his arrest. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years on probation Tuesday. He is barred from stores in Oregon selling footware, and must register as a sex offender and comply with mental health treatment, Clackamas County court records show.

Jackson County court records show no additional charges are pending here.


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ARC RADIO - Keeping Kids Safe Ministries

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Title: Keeping Kids Safe Ministries

Time: 12/02/2009 08:00 PM EST

Episode Notes: Please join Americans Reality Check radio (ARC) this coming Wednesday as we welcome our special guests, Steve Vann and Greg Sporer, from Keeping Kids Safe Ministries out of Tennessee. Both Steve and Greg are co-founders of KKS Ministries who has an impressive track record in working with churches and other religious groups. The ministry has served in churches in thirty-five states as well as with Focus on the Family and the Agape Counseling Center. The work of the ministry has been a consultant for featured stories on the ABC Nightly News with Charles Gibson, WSMV Nashville, the Salon magazine, and many other highly recognized news organizations. The reputation that Keeping Kids Safe Ministries has earned lends even more credibility to its latest efforts concerning church certification. With recent ARC radio shows discussing how states like North Carolina are banning former sex offenders from attending church, due to laws, we at ARC radio feel KKS Ministries gives new hope for former offenders and their families to be able to practice their religion and as well keep kids safe. Many experts will agree a support network is vital in the rehabilitation in all criminal cases but maybe even more so with former sex offenders who find themselves being banished from their communities and churches, whos Pastors do not know how to deal with this issue facing their congregation. To read more about keeping Kids Safe Ministries visit: www.kidssafeministries.com/ Merry Christmas! ARC Hosts, Kevin and Mary Click Link below to See our Show Schedule for Further dates! www.americansrealitycheck.com




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MA - Get tough on sex offenders - Forum hears options and proposals


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People need to contact this lady, and express your concerns about these laws, which do nothing to prevent another crime, nor protect anybody, they are just feel good placebo's to make the public feel safe, when they do not make them safe.

12/02/2009

By Rushmie Kalke

WESTBORO — The statistics are chilling. According to the state Sex Offender Registry Board, one in four girls, and one in six boys will be sexually abused, and the crimes are underreported, difficult to investigate and hard to prosecute successfully.
- Hard to prosecute?  I think not, all it takes is allegations and your life may be ruined for life!

Sexual assault claims 100 victims nearly every four and half hours, and only 12 to 15 offenders will be prosecuted, according to national statistics.
- So where did you find these "statistics" from?

How to handle sex offenders is a heavily debated issue, especially in Marlboro, West Boylston, Holden, Fitchburg and Southbridge, communities that are considering or have passed ordinances restricting where convicted offenders can live and visit.

At a forum in Westboro High School last night, Rep. Karyn E. Polito (Email), R-Shrewsbury, explained the measures she is trying to pass on Beacon Hill to enact stronger penalties and the monitoring of sex offenders.
- You will notice, most of the time when a conference is held, it's where sex offenders cannot go, so they cannot voice their opinions.  But, you can get a family member to go, or go to this lady's office and talk with her one on one.

Her bill would establish 1,000-foot safe zones in all 351 communities, increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for rape by force and child pornography and eliminate the option of judges to decide whether certain sex offenders have to register with the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board.

Residents and local government officials filled the seats of Westboro High’s library, listening to panel speakers discuss community involvement and the role of local police departments. Many of these officials said they want to see the state step in with tougher laws.

Steven Levy, Marlboro councilor-at-large, said the city proposed its ordinance because state bills have languished in the past.

I think it is a reasonable measure to protect our children,” he said.

Marlboro is considering a barrier zone around schools and other youth facilities of 1,000 feet. This new ordinance was proposed after Mayor Nancy E. Stevens (Email) vetoed one that was adopted in December, which restricted sex offenders from 2,500 feet of these properties.

Ms. Polito modeled her bill after one passed in Florida called Jennifer’s Law, named after 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was taken from her bedroom and then raped and killed by a registered sex offender. Already 22 states have adopted similar legislation, and Massachusetts is one of 10 states considered to be falling behind, she said.
- I think that was called "Jessica's Law," not "Jennifer's Law!"  Do your homework, will you!

Ronal C. Madnick, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts’ (Email) Worcester County Chapter, said last night that imposing an ordinance is unconstitutional and poses practical problems, such as the undervaluing of real estate in a town’s unrestricted living areas.

Panelist Robert Baker, director of operations at the Sex Offender Registry Board, said parents should devise safety plans with their children and establish open communication on the topic. Residents also have to be aware of offenders in their community and understand that many have yet to be identified. “You can’t let your guard down,” he said.

In Massachusetts, Level 3 offenders are posted on state agency Web sites, such as the Sex Offender Registry Board, but information about Level 2 offenders has to be obtained through a written request, via the board or the police departments where offenders are registered. Level 3 sex offenders are those classified as most likely to re-offend, Level 2 means a moderate chance of committing more sex offenses, and Level 1 are considered low risk. Every three years, a sex offender can petition the Sex Offender Registry Board to be reclassified.

President Bush signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act into law last summer, creating a national registry and imposing uniform standards for posting offender information in the Internet. It also forces Level 3 offenders to update their address every three months and makes failing to register or failing to update data a felony.

Police Chiefs Alan R. Gordon of Westboro and James Hester of Shrewsbury said their departments have officers designated to track the towns’ registered offenders. Chief Gordon said he supports Ms. Polito’s bill and thinks it would tighten current loopholes.

Westboro is a very safe community, but we are not immune to sex crimes,” he said.


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