Wednesday, February 24, 2010

KY - States consider proposals to discourage sexting

Original Article

02/24/2010

By ROGER ALFORD

FRANKFORT - Teenagers could face fines and community service the first time they're caught sending nude photographs of themselves or their friends via cell phones or online under legislation that received initial approval in the Kentucky Legislature.

Subsequent offenses could result in jail time and registry as a sex offender as lawmakers move to head off the problem of so-called sexting - the sharing sexually explicit photos or videos over cell phones.

Lawmakers in at least 10 other states - Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Carolina - are considering a variety of proposals this year to curb sexting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nebraska, Utah and Vermont took similar action last year.

"It is a situation that is out of control," said Kentucky Rep. John Tilley (Email), D-Hopkinsville. "It is a nightmare to some parents."

An Associated Press-MTV poll found last September that more than a quarter of young people in the U.S. have been involved in sexting in some form.

Two suicides were blamed on sexting last year in Florida and Ohio. Both involved teenage girls who hanged themselves after nude photos were circulated online.

In Kentucky, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday to give judges an alternative for minors facing the offense of sexting. The bill now goes to the full House for a vote.

State Rep. Mary Jane King, D-Lewisburg, said the Kentucky measure will allow judges to fine minors $100 and order them to perform community service for first-offense sexting. Subsequent charges could lead to jail time and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

King said the Kentucky legislation would allow sexting teens to go before a judge and be warned of potential consequences for future offenses.

"Today, we are either all or nothing," she said. "We either just turn away and don't do anything with the offender, or we have to prosecute that child under adult law. That all or nothing mentality leads people to say 'I really don't want to get a 12-year-old or a 14-year-old, who doesn't know what he's doing, prosecuted under child pornography laws.'"

States that are considering legislation to discourage sexting have taken widely differing tacts.

The Arizona measure would give prosecutors an option to intervene and hold teenagers legally accountable without filing felony child-pornography charges.

Lawmakers in New York are considering a proposal that simply requires children to be educated about the dangers of sending or posting electronic images of themselves.

The Kentucky legislation is House Bill 143.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


MI - Former city attorney enters plea in sexual assault case (Another lawyer, another break, as usual!)

Original Article

02/24/2010

HOLLAND – The former Assistant City Attorney for Holland has entered a plea that will land him behind bars for six months.

Carl Gabrielse is accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman from Zeeland in 2009.

Prosecutors say Gabrielse offered a woman accused of drunk driving a lesser charge if she'd have sex with him.

Prosecutors say the sexual assault took place inside a district courthouse in Holland. Because of what happened, Gabrielse has lost his position with the city as well as his job at a local law firm, but the plea deal could keep him off the sex offender registry.
- Of course it will, he's a corrupt government worker, and we all know they get sweet deals while the average citizen gets the book thrown at them.

Gabrielse pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and misconduct in office. He will also enter sexual counseling and upon finishing the therapy and one year of probation, Gabrielse can withdraw the plea on the criminal sexual conduct charge and instead plead guilty to gross indecency.

He'll trade a felony with a possible prison sentence of fifteen years to one with five years, the gross indecency charge does not require Gabrielse to register as a sex offender, he will also be able to avoid prison and serve instead six months in the Ottawa County Jail.

Gabrielse is scheduled to be sentenced in Ottawa County Circuit Court on April 19th.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


OK - Proposed Bill Could Ban Sex Offenders From Social Networking Sites

Original Article

02/24/2010

By Meredith Saldana

MARIETTA - The Internet can be a convenient source for research, business, and learning. But for sexual predators, it can be a quick, easy way into your home. Lawmakers in Oklahoma are now trying to ban anyone convicted of a sexual crime, from having access to social networking sites. Meredith Saldana reports.
- Why are they trying to force all sex offenders off social networks, when all are not predators?  If they committed their crime online, then that is understandable, but a vast majority of sex offenders use social networks, like everyone else, to keep track of friends and family.

The bill, aimed at sex offenders, just passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives and local lawmakers are hoping it eventually ends up on the governors desk.

Facebook started in 2004 as a social networking site aimed towards college students.

Today, there are over 8-million users and many of them are teenage students.

Lauren Johnson of Marietta says, "I think the Internet's gotten a little- - I know there's freedom of speech and freedom of whatever you want to do, but I just think that it's opened too many doors for dangerous people."
- And dangerous people will still use them.  They can create a new email address in a matter of minutes, and be on their way, if that is their intention.

Something local law enforcement agrees with.

Marietta Police Chief, Linda Johnson, teaches teen classes on computer safety and says she supports this bill.

"I do ask if they've had problems and there's a high majority that says that they have had people harass them, they have received photos they shouldn't have seen," says Chief Johnson.

Local resident, Davida Long agrees, "I don't think they should be allowed to get on there. There's too many young children on there and there's too many opportunities for them to do the things they've done in the past."
- So just like smoking, drinking, having sex, we set age limits, so where is the age limit for these sites?  Not all sex offenders are looking for kids to molest, that is just absurd, and nothing but discrimination based on a label, kind of like denying all middle-eastern people in the US because they are from the middle-east, yes, it's absurd.

In the KTEN viewing area alone, there are over 700 registered sex offenders who have access to your children through social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.
- Fear mongering?  Yep, I think so.  Even without the Internet, a person, if intent on doing so, can get access to your kids, period. Why are we not teaching kids to set their accounts private, and to only accept invites from people they know and have talked to in person?  Instead, we deny a large group of people, their rights, due to the fear of the public by the disinformation campaigns by the media and idiots like John Walsh, Mark Lunsford, etc.

"It does allow your predator to sit at home, in private and to have millions of possible victims and to spend hours just looking for a victim," adds Chief Johnson.
- Pure fear-mongering!  Wow, so can all the gang members out there, hate groups, murderers, identity thieves, etc.  So why are you not kicking them off the social networks?

But some are wondering if this bill will actually deter sex offenders.
- A true predator, no, I don't think so.  Do the laws we have in place, prevent criminals from buying guns?  Nope!

Long says, "It might cut down on it. I think they're gonna find a way to do these things anyway. But maybe it will cut down a little bit."

"I think parents really have to monitor their children on the computer," says Lauren Johnson. "Really look at their history behind what they're looking at, where they're going, who they're talking to."

State Representative Sam Buck (Email) says legislators are also working on other sex offender bills.

One, is to make convicted offenders register with physical addresses rather than PO Box addresses.

The other, is for homeless, convicted sex offenders to have to list the place in which they're staying.

Even if it's a shelter.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


WY - Bill would toughen penalties for child sex abuse

Original Article

02/24/2010

By MATT JOYCE

Supporters of mandatory sentencing for adults convicted of sexually assaulting children under 13 pressured the Wyoming Senate on Wednesday to pass the measure.

The Wyoming House approved House Bill 64 last week by a 46-12 vote. The bill would mandate sentences of 25 to 50 years for sex crimes against children under 13. The Senate Labor Committee is set to consider the bill.

Supporters said Wyoming shouldn't allow the possibility of short prison sentences for pedophiles. Opponents said sentencing discretion should remain with judges and not enforced through mandatory minimums.
- Just because someone may have sexually harmed a child, that does not necessarily make them a pedophile, by definition.

About a quarter of registered sex offenders in the country are unaccounted for at any given time, said Stacie Rumenap, president of Washington, D.C.-based Stop Child Predators. Sex offenders are four times more likely to commit another sex crime than other types of criminals, she said.
- So, I see we are still misquoting statistics. Go here for one study showing the above misquoted statistics. Or here or here for many more. The above statistics, when taking out of context, looks alarming. This is like saying a crack smoker is 4 times more likely than a non-crack smoker to smoke crack! Isn't that kind of obvious?

Mark Lunsford, of Homosassa, Fla., traveled to Cheyenne to push for the bill. Wednesday marked the five-year anniversary since Lunsford's 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in Florida.
- Yeah, and we continue to make and pass laws punishing ALL sex offenders for the death of Jessica and others, when 95% or more of all sex offenders are nothing close to the murderer of Jessica.  Why don't we treat all murderers like Jeffrey Dahmer or Charles Manson?  Because they are not all alike, that is why!

"What sex offender has only done this one time? ... For every time that they've been caught, do you have any idea how many times they've done it and they haven't been caught?" Lunsford said. "I'm just really confused about how certain legislators can make this a no-issue when it's actually a no-brainer."
- Mark, you are such an idiot. A vast majority have not done it more than once, like YOUR OWN SON for example. So are you calling your son a pedophile predator because he's done it once? A no-brainer? Then when are you going to tell them to lock your son up for life?

A similar measure failed last year in the Senate Judiciary committee.

Senate Labor Committee chairman Sen. Charles Scott (Email), R-Casper, said his committee got the bill this week because the Judiciary Committee has a heavy load of bills to consider before a Friday deadline. Scott said he expects the bill to get a hearing in his committee.

"There is some reluctance on the part of the Legislature generally over the subject of mandatory minimum sentences, where you don't give the judge any discretion," Scott said. "This one sounds like a bit of a special case. We'll have to take a careful look at it."
- Yeah, so make sure if you pass this, you go back and put Mark Lunsfords son back in prison for 50 years, because he molested a child, and got 10 days in jail and is not on the registry.

Sen. Tony Ross (Email), R-Cheyenne, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he opposes the mandatory minimum proposal.

"It appears to me that (the bill) is a solution in search of a problem in the state of Wyoming," he said. "In Wyoming, we don't have a problem with sentencing. Our judges are strict and are tough on sex offenders."
- Tough doesn't always mean right!

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


UK - Dorchester anti-paedophile march 'will go ahead'

Original Article

02/24/2010

By James Tourgout

ORGANISERS of an anti-paedophile march have vowed go ahead, despite opposition from people in Dorchester.

The walk is planned to take place in the town centre at 2pm on Saturday to support a petition calling for changes in the law about child sex attackers.

Community leaders spoke out against the action fearing a repeat of a protest in Weymouth with banners and ‘paedos out’ chants.

But organiser Daniel Riggs, of Fortuneswell on Portland, said that he wanted to reassure people about the demonstration in Dorchester.

He said: “There are people planning to attend."

We are still going ahead with it. I want to reassure people that it is not a witch-hunt or protest."
- Not a witch-hunt?  That is exactly what it is!

It is a walk through town to support the petition for Sarah’s Law and raise awareness about it.”

He added: “I think some people in Dorchester are being too politically correct about it.”

The march will go from Cornhill, through South Street, Trinity Street and back to Cornhill.

Town figures said last week that although they understood the concerns of marchers they didn’t think Dorchester was the right place for the action.

They included town crier Alastair Chisholm, councillors and residents.

Inspector Les Fry of Dorchester Police said he would ‘discourage’ the march but insisted there would be an ‘appropriate’ police presence if it went ahead.

The march in Weymouth at the end of January was sparked after paedophile _____ was found to be living in Weymouth – despite being banned from being close to a beach.

Mums Stacey Broughton, 24, from Southill, Weymouth, and Michelle Ross, 30, from Wyke Regis, set up a Facebook page and online petition for Sarah’s Law after the _____ episode.

About 6,000 people have signed up to the Facebook page so far and about 600 have signed the petition calling for Sarah’s Law.

They want Sarah’s Law to give more information about the proximity of child sex attackers. It gives certain people provision in certain circumstances to find out whether someone has a record for child sex crimes.

Sarah’s Law was proposed following campaigning by the mother of Sarah Payne, the eight-year-old who was murdered by convicted sex offender _____ 10 years ago.

Supporters say that it would help reduce the risk of people being falsely accused as those concerned would know one way or the other if a person had a conviction or not.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


CO - Spork, the vicious wiener dog, is public enemy #1

Original Article

So, will Spork be on the "Dangerous Dogs" registry so all his doggie neighbors know about his crime?

LAFAYETTE - Spork is a 10-year-old, 17-pound dachshund that has been featured on magazine covers and named dog of the month. He's also a vicious dog according to the city of Lafayette because he bit a veterinary technician.

The idea that Spork is vicious is something Spork's owners have a hard time accepting. "Every night I tuck him into bed. If he doesn't have a blanket on him, he starts crying, I have to get up and make sure he's covered," Kelly Walker, Spork's owner says.

She and her husband Tim are charged with having a vicious dog, after taking their dog to the Jasper Veterinary Hospital for dental surgery. "I was holding him and he bit her on the chin," Kelly Walker says. She also says the vet tech got too close to Spork's face with some scissors, and that scared him.

Under state law, people that work with animals are exempt from filing charges in dog bite situations. But the city of Lafayette told Spork's owners that city rules apply in this case and they will face charges. "To have this happen... the city of Lafayette just wanted to go out for blood and prosecute my husband and I and possibly execute our dog," Kelly Walker says.

The Walkers' attorney says the charges should be dismissed. "It'll put a scare, a fear into people with animals, that they can't bring their dogs or cats to health care facilities in the city of Lafayette for fear of criminal charges and fear their family friend will be euthanized," says Jennifer Edwards of the Animal Law Center.

The Walkers say they'll do anything to make sure their dog isn't euthanized. "Not everyone would spend their life savings protecting a 10-year-old dog, but we feel we need to."

The owner of the Jasper Vet Hospital says he couldn't comment because the case is set to go to trial in April. The city of Lafayette did not return phone calls from FOX 31 Monday.


Politicians - Want to "look tough" on sex offender?

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Some may find this video violent and/or offensive!

The video was made, to make a point to legislature. I am not advocating killing sex offenders, that is not the point. What do others think about it?

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


OK - Law Would Track Sex Offenders' Computer Activity

Original Article

02/23/2010

SALLISAW - Social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are popular among kids, but Oklahoma lawmakers say too many sex offenders are using those same sites as hunting grounds.
- As a hunting ground?  Really? Where is the proof of that?  Just because sex offenders use the site, just like you and everyone else, doesn't mean they are hunting someone to sexually abuse. Show me the true facts on how many have been arrested for actually using these sites to prey on someone, anybody!

The Electronic Security and Targeting Online Predators Act (E-STOP), bill passed the Oklahoma house, but still has to be approved by the Senate and governor.

The law would require all Oklahoma's convicted sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses and other Internet identifiers with the state.

That information would help officials track their computer use and would be turned over to social-networking sites, which have deleted profiled in other states where similar laws have passed.
- Yeah, they just deleted profiles without any proof the people were using the site to commit a crime.  That is called discrimination!

"I have nieces and nephews that are always on the computer," said Marla Sanford, an Oklahoma resident who said her relatives love to use Facebook.
- Okay, so what?  Teach your kid and relatives who apparently cannot fend for themselves, what to look out for.  Come on, this is just shear insanity!

"I'm very concerned about that and when my nieces and nephews are on the computer I make sure they don't put their real address, their real phone numbers, and things like that," she said.

The sponsor and co-sponsors of the E-STOP legislation say the law would help reduce the chances of a convicted sex offender preying on children.
- It will not do this.  If a person is a true predator, they can create a new email address in a matter of minutes, and sign up for either site, and be on their way.  This is just something politicians can use to grandstand and "look tough" on sex offenders, while actually doing nothing.

"We're actively pursuing about five cases right now," said Deputy Clay Thomas, who's in charge of tracking about 90 registered sex offenders for the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department.

He supports the proposed law.

"(It's) the best piece of legislation that's come across since I've been working," he said.
- Really?  So tell me, how will this protect anybody from a true predator?  Do you really think a true predator cannot just create a new email, and be on their way, if that is what they wanted to do?  You need to stop living in Wonderland!

Thomas said right now without a mandate, the discretion is up to local courts as to what computer and internet interaction a sex offender can have.

"Not all judges put the same sentencing conditions on an individual who has been convicted of a sex crime," he said.

Sanford said passing the E-Stop will go a long in helping protect her relatives and other children who use the World Wide Web.
- And Sanford is the typical sheeple who believes anything they are told!  It will protect nobody!

"That's a very good law," she said.” It’s just going to take care of our kids (and) make sure that they're safe."
- And that is the problem with these laws, they make you "think" you are safe, when you are not, and you will let you guard down, and something may happen.  It's nothing more than a placebo!


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


CA - Sex offender crowding still a major issue in Long Beach

Original Article

02/23/2010

By Kelly Puente

LONG BEACH - Two years after the Long Beach City Council approved new residential restrictions on sex offenders, 21 are crowded into the Baroness condominium complex in Alamitos Beach.

That number includes seven men in a one-bedroom unit in the complex on the southeast corner of Ocean Boulevard and Seventh Place, according to public records.

The living arrangement would likely come as a shock to the community, which lobbied for more restrictions after news reports revealed at least 15 sex offenders on parole were living in an apartment building in 2008.

The City Council later that year approved an ordinance which states that only one sex offender can live in a single-family dwelling or apartment unit.

But loopholes and legal ambiguities have left the city ordinance largely unenforced. Even the city's top two attorneys can't agree on how to enforce the ordinance.

"Without the city criminally prosecuting these people, we don't have the ability to criminally enforce this," said Long Beach Police Cmdr. Jeff Johnson. "This is a state-wide issue, and there's just no quick fix."
- Sure there is, repeal the draconian laws! The very laws idiotic legislature is creating and passing is what is causing all this.  But, do you think they will admit that?

Long Beach's 90802 ZIP code, which includes the dense downtown neighborhood of Alamitos Beach, is home to 116 sex offenders - a high number compared to the rest of the city - according to the Megan's Law Web site.

Whether it's sex offenders clustering in neighborhoods, houses or apartment complexes, the issue has started a heated debate between law enforcement officials, who have argued that clustering makes it easier for police to keep an eye on offenders, and residents concerned about preserving quality of life.

City Prosecutor Tom Reeves says the laws are cloudy and confusing.

"Clustering in and of itself isn't a crime," Reeves said.

The controversial Jessica's Law, which bars sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park where children gather, does not include provisions restricting sex offenders from living in the same house or apartment, he said.

Furthermore, Reeves, along with the California attorney general, has taken the stance that Jessica's Law is not criminally enforceable because the law does not provide a criminal penalty for violating these restrictions.

"Just because it's unlawful, doesn't make it criminal," he said.

As long as Jessica Law's remains clouded in legal uncertainty, the city's ordinances further restricting where sex offenders can live, such as the anti-clustering laws, are unenforceable, he said.

"It's an unhappy situation," Reeves said. "I don't like being the one to come out and say, `I'm not gonna enforce this ordinance,' but we have to do it the right way, and get the results we intended."
- So what are the results you intended?

Reeves was hoping a California Supreme Court decision this month, which upheld parts of Jessica's Law, would clarify whether the law could be criminally enforced. But that decision, he said, was left for another day.

The viewpoint puts Reeves directly at odds with City Attorney Bob Shannon, whose seat Reeves is vying for in the upcoming election for city attorney in April.

Shannon said the city takes the stance that Jessica's Law specifically allows cities to add their own rules to further restrict where sex offenders can live.

"It's a quality of life issue for the neighbors," he said.
- And what about the quality of life for the offenders?

For now, Shannon said, the city is working to enforce the ordinance civilly, which is a lengthier process. The city is suing the former owners of the apartment complex at 1149 E. First St. that housed a cluster of sex offenders in 2008.

Shannon said the city also is working with the Department of Corrections to relocate sex offenders who are violating the city ordinance.

"We've been in weekly communication with the Department of Parole in Sacramento and they've been helpful," he said.

While Reeves agrees that the quality of life for neighbors is a top priority, he questions the effectiveness of stricter laws governing where sex offenders can live.

Transient ploy

A major concern for state and local law enforcement is that many sex offenders, when faced with tighter restrictions, will register as transient.
- Of course they will.  When the very laws you are passing make it impossible for a person to get and keep a job, or home, what do you expect?

About 2,000 of the state's more than 7,000 registered sex offenders are listed as homeless, said said Gordon Hinkle, a spokesman for the State Department of Corrections.
- The state of California has a lot more than 7,000 offenders.

Homeless sex offenders are required to register with local parole agencies every 30 days. Reeves said Long Beach has just two retired police officers responsible for registering the city's sex offenders.

"We are already burdened in trying to keep these guys registered," Cmdr. Johnson said. "At this point, it makes no sense for us to tell someone, `No, you can't live there."'

Reeves said that an influx of homeless sex offenders would defeat the purpose of laws like Megan's Law and Jessica's Law.

"The whole point of this is to know where they are so we can take suitable precautions," he said.

As for the Baroness complex on Seventh Place, officials say they are aware of a problem and are working with the Department of Corrections.
- I doubt that, California has been playing the sex offender shuffle for MANY years now, and I'm sure it will continue.

But adding to the confusion, the complex is listed as a sober-living facility, officials said. Sober-living homes can rent up to six beds - pejoratively called "six-packs" - and do not need city business or conditional use permits or state licenses. Federal fair-housing laws prohibit cities from creating zoning standards that would treat six-pack homes differently - namely by implementing fees or rules that do not apply to any other residential property.

Fair-housing laws prevent discrimination against the disabled, and the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to recovering addicts and alcoholics, according to a 1997 California Legislative Counsel opinion.

The issue becomes further clouded when the recovering addicts and alcoholics are also registered sex offenders.

Either way, Johnson said he believes the location is out of compliance with the law.

Shannon said the city in the near future is determined enforce stronger rules restricting where sex offenders can live.
- And thus your huge ego will help create more problems!

"It may take more litigation," Shannon said. "But just because we can't enforce it criminally, doesn't mean we can't enforce it civilly."
- A cruel and unusual law is a cruel and unusual law, same with ex post facto laws.

Mike Wilson, former president of the Alamitos Beach Neighborhood Association, said clustering has been a nightmare for the neighborhood. While Wilson has received complaints in the past about the Baroness, he said the complaints have died down over the last year.

"I've never been against somebody looking for a second chance," Wilson said. "But it's the clustering that's the problem."
- No, it's the laws that are the problem!  Repeal the laws, and the homeless and clustering will vanish!


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


FL - Where the Wild Things Are: A Sex Offender's "Island" in West Broward

Original Article

02/23/2010

By Thomas Francis

Where's a sex offender to live in South Florida? Well, judging by the restrictive policies in Broward cities, they should live somewhere else. They just didn't plan on a GPS-wielding sleuth like _____, a former sex offender who places his fellow convicts in local housing -- the legal kind.

_____, who's the subject of this brief profile at TheAtlantic.com, found that neighborhood in Broadview Park. The fruit of his labors:

In 2007, according to the Broadview Park Civic Association, there were four registered sex offenders in the neighborhood; by April 2009, there were 106. Graciela Ortiz, a resident who had 14 sex offenders on her street, began to keep her grandchildren indoors.

Sorry to Ortiz and to the island's other neighbors, but I suggest taking your complaints not to the sex offenders themselves but to the city and county officials whose policies are to blame for this madness.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


AR - Searcy Cop (Hamilton Riley) Charged with Sex Assault

Original Article

02/23/2010

Searcy - A former police officer finds himself on the other side of the law after being arrested on a sex crime charge.

Hamilton Riley, 48, was arrested Tuesday by Arkansas State police and will be charged with first degree sexual assault, a class A felony. The arrest was made at the home of his alleged victim. Riley had been with the Searcy Police Department for about seven years, and was most recently assigned as the school resource officer at Searcy Junior High.

(Jim Clark, Parent)
"It scares me to death that the people...our children should be able to go to for protection and advice turn out to be the ones we have to fear and watch out for."

The victim is believed to be a 16 year old student. White County Prosecutor Chris Raff says she is not a student at the junior high where Riley worked.

(Chris Raff, White Co. Prosecutor)
"It's very disturbing, but it's also very dangerous that someone who is placed in a position of control and trust for young students and is actually the Searcy police officer who they should be going to if they encounter this, that that police officer turns into the predator."

Riley resigned from the Searcy Police Department Tuesday morning, and he bonded out that afternoon.

Phone calls to the Searcy school superintendent were not returned.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


OH - ATTENTION - U.S. Marshalls have descended on Ohio

This was posted elsewhere, but figured it was important to post here as well.

U.S. Marshalls have descended on Ohio, claiming they are here to check the registry and compare it with the offender's actual address by going to their home.

Nothing has been found to validate what they are saying, or why they are even here. Validating the registry by checking the addresses with the offender's actual presence is the job of the Sheriff's Department in each county. It is no other law enforcement agency's responsibility . For example, the only incident where you should find a U.S. Marshall at your door is if you moved to Ohio and failed to register, per the Adam Walsh Act requirements.

Should you look out your door and see U.S. Marshall's standing there, upon opening your door, you should know that:

  • The only thing you give them is your name.
  • If they ask to enter your home, ask them if they have a warrant, if not, the answer is "no".

It's important to never allow law enforcement into your home without a warrant, in other words when you don't have to, because that gives them the opportunity to "plant evidence" if they choose to.

There is no guarantee that they won't arrest you if you refuse entry to your home. If they arrest you for that, that would be "false arrest" and you can sue them for that. Don't speak to them, don't say anything, cooperate, let them take you in, and continually demand you be allowed to have an attorney present before answering any questions or talking to them. Say nothing else.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin