Monday, March 1, 2010

CA - Radio Host Rick Roberts - Spewing the usual BS about sex offenders without facts to back it up!

Rick Roberts, spewing BS as usual. Hey Rick, where is the facts to back up your lies? Or is this all just your opinion? I think the latter. Here is many studies to disprove your lies.

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CA - Sex Offender Tied to Teen's Disappearance?

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


CA - Mission to Stop Sex Offenders From Reoffending

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Notice this is about those on parole, thus the photo of the parole agent? If someone is off probation and/or parole, then the police (i.e. Gestapo) cannot just bust into your home anytime they like, not yet anyway!

03/01/2010

By MARTIN BASHIR and ARASH GHADISHAH

Santa Clara County Police Monitor and Track 3,000 Sex Offenders With Home Raids

The picturesque county of Santa Clara, at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, is home to Silicon Valley and 3,000 sex offenders.

Policing sex offenders falls into the hands of 25 law enforcement officers who are part of a federally-funded task force called Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement, or SAFE.

"These are people who have just gotten out of prison or jail who are likely to reoffend," said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. "The recidivism rate for sex offenders is the highest of any type of crime."
- More BS lies.  The recidivism rates of sex offenders is totally the opposite, they are LESS likely than any other criminal, except murderers, to commit a similar crime. See here for many studies that show this.

Random visits are carried out to confirm that sex offenders who are considered to have a high propensity to commit another assault are living where they say they are and are obeying the detailed conditions that accompanied their early release from prison.

"Sometimes you'll see terms of probation that will include that they can't possess children's toys if their crime was a sex crime involving a child, or can't possess children's clothing," Smith said. "I've even seen terms and conditions of parole or probation that include 'can't possess a puppy or kitten.' We'll be looking at all those things. There is certainly a pornography prohibition."

"Nightline" accompanied SAFE on a typical day on the job, monitoring and tracking sex offenders. The first stop was the home of a 62-year-old former classroom assistant, who served a five-year prison sentence for multiple crimes against a 10-year-old girl.

After clearing the location, identifying the parolee, the police began the search. ABC News obtained permission from the parolee to follow the police onto his property to film their work.

While the police searched, we asked the parolee about his original offense.

"The original offense was the hug of the student," he said. "I worked with this student throughout the whole year and we developed a friendship during that time. ... She had low self esteem -- more so than any of the other members in class."

When we asked if it was possible by providing her with gifts, she was being groomed, the parolee said, "That's sort of the stereotypical view that was taken. I think that's part of [what] threw me into a category like a pedophile category."

Police Sweep Sex Offenders' Homes

The SAFE team searched his apartment for two hours. Sifting through the mountain of clutter in every room was a labor-intensive task.
- Yeah, I'm sure they ransacked the place, and did they leave it the way they found it? I doubt it!

"It makes it a lot tougher for us when we go in and search a residence if there is more stuff that we have to dig through," state parole agent Greg Weber said. "A lot of the stuff that we discover is not necessarily on the surface or in plain sight, but we'll have to dig."

This sex offender had been on parole for more than two years at the time of the SAFE sweep. It was only the police's second visit to his home, but he told us the visit was "overkill."

Although he was found guilty for the lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, possession of obscene matter depicting a child in a sexual act, and annoying and molesting a child, the parolee maintained his innocence.

Despite his attempt to play down the offenses, the parolee must also wear a GPS tracking device to ensure he's never in a location that places him close to children. Another condition of his parole explicitly forbids possession of any toys or children's clothing.
- To ensure he's never in a location that places him close to children?  Well, that is just about everywhere, right!

During the search, the police located a collection of toys in his home, and an Obi Wan Kenobi kid's costume.

"I bought that about a year and a half ago," the man said. "It was for a costume party over at my dad's assisted living place. He's 94."

When the officers questioned the parolee about the child's costume, he claimed he had purchased it to wear himself.

"You could put that on a person, on a guy. I had a shield and a helmet, a Trojan helmet," he said. "I didn't buy it for a child."

Despite his denials, the officers determined that the costume is a clear and certain breach of his parole. The man was taken into custody by police.

As they prepared to take this parole violator back to jail, we asked the obvious question: Was he planning to groom a child with the toys?

"No, those were just some of the things we've had over the years," he said.

The SAFE team may have prevented him from sexually abusing another child; he only had five months to go before he would be released from all his parole conditions.
- Of course, and as you get closed to the end of parole/probation, the raids and harassment will get more and more, and they usually find something to violate you on.

"Once this supervision is gone and once no one is looking over his shoulder supervising him, then he's on his own. So that's worrisome to me," Weber said. "But all we can focus on right now is while they're under our jurisdiction."

Smith is skeptical that sex offenders can be rehabilitated.

"We find that the same people commit the same kinds of crime," she said. "We believe that they'll reoffend."
- Well, some do, but by making it appear all will, is just wrong.

Jaycee Dugard Case: 'Tragic' for Law Enforcement

The case of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was allegedly kidnapped at 18 and forced to conceive two children by captor Philip Garrido, has been a chastening one for the state of California. Though Garrido, a known sex offender, was visited by a parole officer, Garrido's backyard -- where Dugard was held -- was never checked.
- Was never checked? Really? Sure he was, it's been in the news he was checked up on regularly, just not to everyone's liking.

"It's a tragic case. Could things have been done differently? Absolutely," Smith said of the case, which occurred just outside her jurisdiction. "And I think that's why this team is so important. To make sure things like that don't happen in the future."

Back on the road, SAFE headed for another address, but not all parolees are easy to find. More than 63,000 people are required to register as sex offenders in California, which is home to approximately 83,000 sex offenders.

Although Santa Clara County has a compliance level of 95 percent, many offenders are registered as transient and others simply disappear.

"He was living here since 2008 up until Jan 1. Then he left ... [without informing] his probation officer or complying with [California law] and registering within five days of moving," a SAFE team member told us about the next offender on their sweep list.

At a third house, the family members told police that the parolee was not there.

"Very often, family members are very savvy with the troubles that their loved one, father, brother, have been in. And so they're ready to lie," Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney Dan Okonkwo said. "We keep coming back to check up."

As the day drew to a close, we learned of a second arrest: a parolee with prohibited pornographic material and something the officers had never seen before.

"There were numerous photos of anime -- pornography which is not technically pornography. It's cartoon characters, most of which involved pre-pubescent males involved in sexual acts with adult males. There was some adult pornography, which is in violation of his parole," a SAFE investigator said. "But given his particular offense involving minors ... the material we found was very disturbing."

The police said the pornographic material suggested the parolee was still set in his ways.

"With someone with his history of committing acts similar to that of children of that age, just by him viewing this, it's pretty obvious the attraction is never going to go away," the investigator said.

The sex offender was booked again and sent to jail. Outside of supervision, the cop said that development would likely have gone unnoticed.

"If there is nobody to watch him and nobody to catch him at the early stages of this, that's just going to spiral out of control until who knows what," he said.

The statistics against sex offenders are damning; most will repeat their offences, even if they've served time in jail. But Smith said we should not be writing these people off.
- No, the statistics are not, if you'd stop spewing lies and actually review the true statistics.  All we hear is sound-bites but never shown TRUE statistics and the source cited. See here for many studies that disprove this myth!

"I have a lot of compassion for them. I don't want them offending again," Smith said. "And if there are steps we can do in law enforcement to keep them from offending, especially sex crimes, I think that's what we need to do."
- Compassion? Really? What a joke!

Of the 20 visits today, most were found to be complying with their conditions. Two were not and are now back in jail. The SAFE team closes down for the night, knowing there'll be plenty of work come morning.
- So my question is, why was this article even done?  Is it so the police can say "look at us, we are actually doing something now," or is it so they can spread more fear and lies to stir up the public fear and distract them from other things?  Why not do this for all criminals?


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


WY - Wyoming Senate advances sex offender bills

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03/01/2010

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Senate has given preliminary approval to House bills setting tougher sentencing and living restrictions for sex offenders.

The Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to House Bill 83. It would prohibit registered sex offenders from moving into residences within 2,000 feet of schools and also set other restrictions.

The Senate also gave preliminary approval House Bill 64. It would set a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for anyone 21 years old or older convicted of first-degree sexual abuse against a child 12 years old or younger.

Both bills have already passed the House and would need two more approvals in the Senate before heading to Gov. Dave Freudenthal (Contact) for his signature.


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


WI - Bill Aims To Create Statewide Sex Offender Residency Laws

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03/01/2010

GREEN BAY - A new bill in the Legislature would create statewide limits on where sex offenders can live, and override more restrictive local laws like those in Green Bay. The city adopted strict residency rules in 2007. And that drove sex offenders out to the suburbs, where a few passed their own laws and most called for uniform state limits. De Pere will consider residency restrictions Tuesday.

Assembly Republican Phil Montgomery of Ashwaubenon says there should be uniformity statewide – and it must spell out places where sex offenders can live. The vast majority of Green Bay is off limits to those offenders – and Common Council president Chris Wery defended its law, saying the city still has than its share of offenders. A statewide policy was proposed a few years ago, but it never got anywhere.

State corrections’ officials generally oppose residency restrictions, saying they drive sex offenders underground just so they can find a place to live. The department’s Tom Smith say they’ve found offenders at homes in Green Bay while using De Pere addresses. And if they’re not using fake addresses, Smith says many don’t register with the state at all – which sex offenders are required to do by law.

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


MI - Mich. state police accused of ignoring judicial orders

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03/01/2010

By David Alire Garcia

Dispute centers on interpretation of landmark _____ underage sex offender case

The Michigan State Police is being accused of flouting orders from judges directing the law enforcement agency to remove several individuals from the state’s sex offender registry.

The state police doesn’t deny receiving the orders, but argues it is merely seeking its day in court.

The state police can’t change the rules because it doesn’t like the decision that courts are making,” defense attorney Miriam Aukerman told Michigan Messenger. “While they may disagree with the decisions, they still have to follow the court.”

Aukerman, the attorney who successfully petitioned the Michigan Court of Appeals to remove _____ from the sex offender registry in a landmark case late last year, is referring to what she sees as a disturbing pattern of impropriety on the part of the state police, the executive branch agency charged with maintaining the registry.

Specifically, she alleges that the state police is disregarding the rulings of several judges in the wake of the _____ case calling for the removal of other registrants.

The _____ case was decided in November by a unanimous panel of judges of the Michigan Court of Appeals. In that case, 18-year-old _____ had been found guilty of having consensual sex with his then 15-year-old girlfriend — now his wife — by a Muskegon County judge.

He was required to register on the sex offender registry for a quarter century, and just like the most serious sexual predators, regularly report any change of address — along with a photo — for anyone with Internet access to see, including all prospective employers.

As a result, it became virtually impossible for _____ to land and hold a job. While _____’s case turned on other factors as well — including the timing of his conviction, just weeks before a 2004 exemption took effect that allows some young offenders to avoid the registry — the decision was especially noteworthy because it held that listing underage, consensual sex offenders on the public registry amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

_____’s name and photo have since been removed from the public registry.

You have judges who are applying that decision and saying that in the context of this case, ‘I’m going to order that this person come off the registry,’” Aukerman said. “That’s the court’s job. The state police may not like that result, but these are valid court decisions that say that those individuals must come off and the state police is obligated to follow those orders.”

Michigan State Police Inspector Greg Zarotney confirmed in an interview that several orders from judges have been received.

It’s less than 10” cases, Zarotney said, adding that the young offenders who’ve been ordered off the sex offender registry have not been removed. He said the state police is currently “evaluating” their cases.

The orders say they shall be removed from the registry, but they do not indicate who or which entity should do that,” Zarotney explained. He later acknowledged that the state policy is the only entity that by law maintains the sex offender registry. “Yes, we are charged with administering the registry,” he said.

Zarotney added that even though the state court of appeals decision in the _____ case was not appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court, he argues that it probably shouldn’t be broadly applied.

Mr. _____ had a very fact specific case. As far as we know, that is extremely unique,” he said, referring to the fact that _____ went on to marry his then-underage girlfriend. “No other cases are like the _____ case.”

Zarotney maintains that the state police only seeks to present its arguments on the cases before judges – cases that to date haven’t featured the participation of the state police.

In other words, we haven’t had our day in court,” he said. “The orders that we have out there, all of them say that the individual either doesn’t have to comply with the dictates of the registry or they shall be removed for whatever reason, and the state police has not had any chance at all to address these issues.

Aukerman, meanwhile, disagrees that the state police should have a formal role to play in the cases beyond administering the registry, and abiding by court decisions handed down by judges.

The state police feel that they should be part of the discussion, but these are cases involving prosecutors representing the people and then the defendants,” she said.

University of Michigan law professor David Moran, an expert in criminal procedure, cautioned against jumping to any conclusions on either side of the dispute.

I would be hesitant to draw any conclusions about any improper motives or any improper actions on behalf of the state police, because I haven’t seen that in my practice.”

Moran noted that sometimes judicial orders lacking precise language can present problems for executive branch agencies seeking to comply. But he added that under normal circumstances, compliance is a must.

If they get an order from a competent judge, that is somebody who has jurisdiction to enter the order, telling them to do something with arrest records or sex offender registry records, they are obligated to follow it,” he said.

Zarotney, the inspector with the state police, signaled that the state police will eventually conform to the orders.

We will comply with the judges’ orders. We are just waiting for our chance to brief these judges on our position,” he said. “We are not trying to be obstructionist.”


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


MO - Hearing scheduled for former officer accused of assaulting boys

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03/01/2010

FREDERICKTOWN - A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday for a former Fredericktown police officer and Boy Scout leader accused of sexually assaulting two boys.

Kenneth Tomlinson II, was Fredericktown's highest-ranking officer when he was arrested in January and charged with 16 counts of sodomy.

One boy is now 12 years old, but was 11 years old at the time. The other boy is 14. They told authorities that the abuse began last spring.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Tomlinson admitted having sex with the boys and videotaping some of it. The probably cause statement also said that Tomlinson and the boys watched the video and then he destroyed it.


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


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


Sex Offenders, what are you waiting for? Stand up and fight for your rights... NOW!!!

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FL - Remembering the JTC (Julia Tuttle Causeway)

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03/01/2010

In what looked like a raid, authorities began cutting up tents and destroying personal property in the process of shutting down Bookville. The sex offender concentration camp of sorts was located under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, Florida.

The camp of registered former sex offenders made national news and put a black eye on Miami and Florida. Bookville arose amidst a hate and fear based campaign, led by Miami Dade Homeless Trust Chairman Ron Book, the namesake of the camp.

Book, whose daughter was molested by a nanny who was not a registered sex offender, went on a public campaign to rid south Florida of what he perceived as the greatest threat to the safety of children in his state. What Mr. Book’s short sightedness did not foresee was that people, no matter who they are, need to live somewhere. You can’t just snap your fingers and make them go away. And so was the beginning of Bookville.

Now, years later and with new understanding of the workings of the probation and parole board, Mr. Book has relaxed his opposition on allowing these people to live in a home, somewhere in south Florida. It is likely that Mr. Book is doing this more to save face than anything else. For whatever reason, at the moment the pariahs are being moved to temporary housing that the Miami Homeless Trust is paying for (or the Florida tax payers?). I say temporary because this is no more than a band-aid for a much bigger problem. The temporary housing is only scheduled for six months. I wonder if this is past election time.

Part of the problem that has not been addressed is that each and every day men and women are being released on probation and parole. With the bridge closed down, where will these registered former sex offenders be sent to live? It will only take a short time and probation and parole will find a new place to drop these unwanted people, much like an inconsiderate, uncaring person would drop an unwanted dog or cat alongside the road. But then again these parole officers have a place to live, it does not concern them all that much. After all these people are the lowest of the low, right!? They are nothing more than animals, so that makes it OK.

It amazes me to think that we treat our animals better than we treat people. In truth, if the government were to start dropping dogs under a bridge and forcing them to live without basic needs, there would be a great outcry from the public. What does this say about our humanity? And the U.S. claims to be a Christian nation, Christ did not teach this kind of hate did he? But then again they are the most hated people of our time.

As Bookville closes and fences go up one chapter in this saga is ending and a new one is beginning. At some point people need to realize that residency restrictions are ineffective in protecting anyone. When they realize that they will begin to notice that the real threat to children is not registered sex offenders but that person living in your own home or that friend of yours who loves to spend time with your children. These are the dangers that we need to be concerned with. Former sex offenders have an extremely low reoffence rate, and yet the greatest amount of law enforcement time and resources are spent monitoring them. What a waste of resources.

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