Saturday, December 12, 2009
Click the link above to view the video and everything else. Sex offender discussion starts around 35:31. Below is only the two portions related to sex offenders. They also discuss the "Jimmy Ryce" case, another worse case scenerio, that is not the norm!
Another Wendy Whitaker in the making
WARNER ROBINS - Two middle school students who allegedly engaged in oral sex in a classroom while a substitute teach and other students were present are being charged with sodomy and disruption of a public school.
Capt. Jerry Stewart of the Houston County Sheriff's Department said the students are being held at the Crisp Youth Detention Center. A hearing has been scheduled for Monday in Houston County Juvenile Court for the students.
The Warner Robins Police Department released its report Friday regarding the Dec. 4 incident.
The police report said the incident involved a male and female student. The report said it occurred while the substitute teacher was at the front of the room and her view was blocked.
MI - Lawyer asks court to allow homeless with sex offenses to stay at shelters near schools after Grand Rapids man died in cold last winter
By John Tunison
GRAND RAPIDS -- When _____ froze to death early this year next to a car in an auto salvage yard, his friends were outraged that state law prevented the convicted sex offender from taking shelter at local missions.
Now, in the aftermath of the 52-year-old's death amid frigid temperatures, a move is under way to clarify a law that prohibits registered sex offenders from residing anywhere within 1,000 feet of a school or day care.
"No one, regardless of what they have done, deserves death on the street like that," said Miriam Aukerman, a Legal Aid of Western Michigan attorney taking up the legal battle on behalf of area homeless advocates.
Among the local agencies supporting the effort are: Mel Trotter and Degage ministries, the Servants Center, Salvation Army, Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness, Guiding Light Mission and Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Aukerman recently asked Michigan State Police Director Peter Munoz, whose agency oversees the state's Sex Offender Registry, to look at whether shelters should be considered the "residence" of a homeless person. Munoz declined to rule, saying the state police primarily only keeps the computerized database of offenders.
Aukerman now plans to ask a court to issue a decision.
_____, convicted in 1991 of molesting a pre-teen girl, reportedly tried to get into Guiding Light Mission or Mel Trotter Ministries the night before his death, but was turned away because of the state law. Officials from the missions could not confirm _____ tried to get in, but could not rule it out, either and, last January, said they were obligated to turn away known sex offenders on the registry.
As winter weather descends on West Michigan again, the issue is important to local homeless advocates who do not want to see any deaths similar to _____'s.
"I think it was an unfortunate turn of events with Mr. _____," said Chico Daniels, director of Mel Trotter. "I would not like to put people out in the streets. We are in this business of providing hope for those who would otherwise be without, but at the same time, we have an obligation to obey the law."
"It's a real tug of war for us," he said.
- If your "mission" is to provide shelter for homeless and people in need, THEN DO IT!!!
As temperatures dipped into the low teens Thursday night, Mel Trotter Vice President of Programs Bill Merchut said the mission would rely on the homeless to identify whether they are sex offenders and would not ask questions.
"Both (men's) missions have said that, in this weather, we are going to be available," he said.
Aukerman filed the request for a "declaratory ruling" with the state police on behalf of a 49-year-old man with a sex conviction from 20 years ago, and a 23-year-old developmentally disabled woman convicted of a sexual touching crime.
Both are concerned about being turned away from local missions in the winter, she said.
Aukerman argues that shelters are not a permanent residence for the homeless and are simply "night by night" accommodations. Homeless men generally have to leave both missions before 8 a.m. for the day.
"They bring their bags of things with them and they have to take their property the next day," she said. "It's much more akin to staying in a hotel."
Aukerman also argued that since all of the emergency shelters in Grand Rapids are within 1,000 feet of a school, the state law "effectively criminalizes homelessness." She does not believe the state Legislature intended "homeless people to freeze to death."
"We want to make sure the law is clear and no one suffers the same fate as Mr. _____ did," she said.
By Sarah Buduson
PHOENIX -- Arizona has to decide to delay implementing a law aimed at increasing protections from sex offenders.
States are supposed to adopt the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, or SORNA, rules by July 2010.
- No, states do not have to implement them, that is another myth being spread by the media. It's recommendations, and if they comply (bribery), then they get grant money, but, it will cost more to implement the laws, monitoring, police staff, etc, than to not.
This week, a state committee voted to ask for an extension until 2011.
Officials on the committee said Arizona cannot afford to implement the law because of its budget crisis.
The startup cost is estimated at $12 million.
"It is extremely expensive,” said Maricopa Juvenile Public Defender Chris Phillis.
Phillis also said the law would be detrimental to Arizona.
"This is not good for Arizona. It's going to have a very chilling effect,” she said.
SORNA requires juveniles to be listed on the sex offender registries.
- Another myth, again, SORNA is only recommendations, not mandated.
Experts said juveniles rarely reoffend and would be irreparably harmed by being listed on the registry, which defeats the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system.
- Adults rarely re-offend as well, if you review the MANY studies out there.
The law adds to the number of crimes that require registration.
For example, anyone convicted of public urination would be required to register as a sex offender.
"We're not going to be registering and watching the right offenders,” Phillis said.
Phillis said parole and probation officers would be forced to keep an eye on many people who are not a danger to society, thereby spending less time watching sex offenders who are a threat.
"I would say take a look again,” said a local woman named Cindy.
The Valley area mother said SORNA is needed in Arizona.
- Why? It won't prevent or protect anybody! People are just running on emotions instead of what will actually work, and emotions always makes bad laws.
_____ spent two years in jail for fondling himself in front of Cindy’s daughter.
However, due to current regulations, he is not listed on the state’s sex offender registry.
"I understand the cost, but what about the cost of a life? What about the cost of the trauma that a child has to go through from a sex offender?” she said.
- So then, tax the tax payers, let them pay for it, those who want it that is. Is this lady going to be willing to fork over some money to help pay to enforce the laws, which won't work anyway? I doubt it.