Friday, February 5, 2010

FL - Potential 1,750-foot Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Would Not Address Dangers Posed by Homeless and Transient Sex Offenders, Says ACLU Study Released Today

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 22, 2009

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MIAMI – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida’s Greater Miami Chapter today released a revised study, which shows that anticipated legislation aimed at increasing the State’s residency restrictions for sex offenders from 1,000 to 1,750 feet offers no solution to lack of affordable housing for sex offenders in Miami-Dade County.
- If you are homeless and cannot get a job due to being on the registry, what is housing going to do for you?  You can't pay for it!

The study shows that there would be a minimal increase in the availability of housing under a potential statewide 1,750-foot scenario compared to the overly burdensome 2,500-foot local ordinances currently in place in Miami-Dade County, in addition to the State’s 1,000-foot restriction.

However, in the category of actually available housing for less than $750/month (which is what most released offenders need), under the 1,750-foot anticipated scenario, there were only two available units in July 2009, and when designated public school bus stops were added to the restrictions, there was virtually no available housing.

To view the detailed results of the survey, download the PDF here:
http://www.aclufl.org/pdfs/Report_Oct2009.pdf

To view the original ACLU study, released in August 2009, download the PDF here:
http://www.aclufl.org/pdfs/SORRStudy.pdf

About the ACLU of Florida
The ACLU of Florida is freedom's watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For additional information, visit our web site at: www.aclufl.org.


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Girl, 11, Gives Birth to Baby Boy in Northeast Hospital

Original Article

02/05/2010

By Jessica Ryen Doyle

An 11-year-old girl in the Northeast recently gave birth to a baby boy, the girl’s family told Fox News.

"My daughter and (her) baby are fine, and the baby is absolutely beautiful," said the mother of the 11-year-old girl. The girl and her family are not being named in order to protect the new parent's privacy.

According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of FoxNews.com, the girl’s age places her in significant danger.
- And noticed they do not mention who the father is in this article.  Wonder why?

"A very comprehensive approach to her care needs to be instituted early in her pregnancy," Alvarez said.

A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute said teen pregnancies in the U.S. were up 3 percent in 2006. But this case is not about a teenager, noted Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, a leading high-risk obstetrician — it’s about a pre-teen whose body is not yet built to carry a child.

"Her body is clearly not defined for pregnancy with its short stature," Al-Khan said. "Her chest is not extensively developed for breast tissue, her bones aren't quite fused, and once you expose a child this young to high amounts of progesterone and especially estrogen, there is (a possibility) that it could halt her growth."

Al-Khan said other medical challenges facing a pregnant girl as young as 10 or 11 include:

  • The pelvis is not defined for natural childbirth;
  • The vagina could sustain injury during a natural birth;
  • The patient is at high risk for preeclampsia, a pregnancy condition marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, and which can lead to convulsions and multi-system organ failure;
  • A higher risk of pre-term labor and delivery, which would mean the baby’s size would be compromised, leaving the baby at risk for developmental issues, fetal growth restriction and chromosomal abnormalities;
  • Higher incidence of stillbirth;
  • Higher incidence of cholestasis of pregnancy, a condition caused by the blockage of bile, which can lead to stillbirth and placenta issues;
  • A chance of developing fatty liver, which can be fatal.

"The textbooks don’t even tell you how to deal with a 10-year-old; it’s completely different even though we understand the basics," Al-Khan said.

Al-Khan said a patient like this would benefit from early intervention and would have to be seen on a weekly basis during the pregnancy to prevent complications.

"Think about how difficult a pregnancy is for someone in their 20s or 30s ... the aches, pains, the sleep deprivation," Al-Khan said. "Now imagine it in a child."

There are also psychological issues associated with pre-teen pregnancy because a 10-year-old cannot be mentally ready to give birth, Al-Khan said.

"This is heart-wrenching because you have a kid whose mental capacities can’t possibly wrap themselves around what it means to be a mother," agreed Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and Fox News contributor. "There are so many psychological minefields in store for her. Feelings of guilt, feelings of wanting to nurture another human being, and yet this is all very, very complex and intense when she looks to her own family to essentially support, and if you will, father her child."

Ablow pointed out that the girl is dependent on her own family to take care of her, yet she now has a child who is dependent on her.

"She has her own life plan, and yet there’s another life that should take precedence," Ablow said.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly half of all 15-19 year-olds in the U.S. have had sex at least once.

In 2002, some 13 percent of never-married females aged 15-19 had had sex before the age of 15, according to the think tank.

Al-Khan said it was likely that the possibility of terminating the baby would have come up in this case, because as sensitive a subject as it is, going through with the pregnancy would be a greater risk than having an abortion.

The youngest documented case of a child pregnancy was in 1939 in Lima, Peru, Al-Khan said. Lina Medina was six years old when she became pregnant and gave birth to a baby.



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COPWATCH.NET - Documenting the MANY sex offender cops, which the media never tells you about!

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SCOTUS Wiki - Wiki articles about sex offender court cases



Click the image or link above to visit the SCOTUS Wiki and read about various court cases about sex offender laws, restrictions, etc.


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GA - Allen Hunt - It Isn't Just Trolls Under Bridges These Days

There is a new leper colony of sorts under a bridge in Miami. But they aren't lepers, they are sex offenders. The draconian sex offender laws prohibit them from living in so many places, that the only place that is safe for them to live is under a bridge. This is wrong. We need to provide these people an opportunity to reacclimate to our society.

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OH - Due to the sex offender hysteria, a former sex offender has been evicted from his apartment for a crime committed 25 years ago!

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He did not commit any new crime, but was simply living in an apartment owned by the government.

02/05/2010

By Kaitlin Bushinski

MEDINA — A man was evicted from Union Square Apartments after the Medina County Sheriff’s Office notifed management that he is a registered sex offender.

Under federal law, convicted sex offenders cannot live in Section 8 housing, such as the Union Square Apartments, which is subsidized by the government.

_____, 45, is registered as a Tier III sex offender with the sheriff’s office for a 1985 (25 years ago) sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, according to the sheriff’s sexual offender database.

Tier III is the highest designation in the national tier system for registered offenders and requires registration with law enforcement every 90 days for life after release from prison.

Shelly McFarland, manager of Union Square Apartments, said she was unaware _____ was residing there until she, along with every tenant in the complex, received a “neighbor notification” from the sheriff’s office on Wednesday that alerted her to _____’s status and address.

Although _____ registered his address as 382 W. Union St., Apt. 3, with the sheriff’s office, his name was not on the lease, McFarland said.

I didn’t know this gentleman,” she said, adding he was residing with the woman who rented the apartment.

When she moved in here, he was nowhere around. I didn’t know about it until I got the notice,” McFarland said.

She said she immediately contacted Medina police, and officers escorted her to the apartment, where she told the tenant and _____ he would have to leave immediately.

It’s all been taken care of; he’s gone now,” McFarland said, adding _____ left without incident.

If he returned to the property, I would press criminal charges against him, and he would be arrested,” she said.

Police Chief Patrick Berarducci confirmed a detective assisted McFarland in removing _____.

We feel strongly about quality of life there for the residents,” Berarducci said. “You have no right to live within a government subsidy if you don’t meet the criteria that Congress set forth. We intend to enforce that.

McFarland said she runs a criminal and sex offender background check on every apartment applicant age 18 and older and on every person who intends to reside with the lessee.

She said this was the first time a sex offender was found to be residing illegally in the Union Square complex.

(_____) came and explained to me that it was something that happened 25 years ago when he was 19,” McFarland said. “But you have to pay the price of what you do.”


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MA - Woman faces charges for false rape report

Original Article

02/05/2010

By Kim Ring

NORTH BROOKFIELD - A 23-year-old woman has been arraigned on charges she filed a false report with police last summer, telling them she’d been raped in a vehicle when she’d really arranged the back-seat tryst herself.

Kim Inslee of 24 Grove St. called police from her home just after 1:15 a.m. July 16 and told an officer who responded she’d been walking around town after arguing with her disabled husband about their lack of sex when a man pulled her into a dark-green SUV. He raped her, she said, forced her to have oral sex, cleaned her up and dragged her out of the vehicle near the library. She walked home after the alleged encounter.

Court documents indicate Ms. Inslee gave police a detailed description of the alleged rapist, telling them he was a clean-shaven black man, 6 feet tall, with a deep voice. She provided details of the incident and said the man had a yellow safety vest hanging from the back seat.

She was taken to a hospital for treatment and so evidence might be collected while police put out an alert for area law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for the green SUV and its driver. But they were never found.

Later that day, when police did a follow-up interview, Ms. Inslee admitted “there was a pre-arranged meeting through a mutual friend to meet this ‘suspect’ for the express purpose of consensual sex,” police wrote in their report.

The description of the man was accurate, but there was “no rape or use of force at all,” the report says.

After conferring with staff from the Worcester district attorney’s office, Ms. Inslee was charged with false reporting of a crime and making a false statement under penalty of perjury.

Ms. Inslee was arraigned yesterday in Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield. Her case is scheduled for a pretrial hearing March 9.


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TN - Woman charged with filing false rape report

Original Article

02/05/2010

A woman who claimed her boyfriend raped her is charged with fabricating the story, according to an affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court.

Amy Leann Bryant, 28, of Lebanon, was pulled over by Gallatin police on Jan. 21 for DUI. At that time, she told officers that her boyfriend had raped her.

She was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center, where she submitted to a rape kit. According to the affidavit, Bryant then went to the Gallatin Police Department, where she allegedly admitted that she might have lied about being raped. According to police, the investigation determined that no rape occurred.

Bryant was charged with filing a false report. Her bond was set at $1,000. She is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on March 16.


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