Saturday, March 13, 2010

UT - Utah GOP Leader (Kevin Garn) Resigns After $150G Nude Hot-Tubbing Payoff

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Utah's House majority leader resigned from the Legislature Saturday, two days after his confession about sitting nude in a hot tub with a teenage girl 25 years ago stunned this conservative state.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's House majority leader resigned from the Legislature Saturday, two days after his confession about sitting nude in a hot tub with a teenage girl 25 years ago stunned this conservative state.

Republican Rep. Kevin Garn, in an e-mail message to House Speaker David Clark, apologized for becoming a distraction.

"After discussing this matter with my family, I have decided that it is in the best interests of them, my colleagues and the people of Utah," he wrote.

Garn, 55, acknowledged the indiscretion with the legal minor late Thursday immediately after the Legislature adjourned for the session.

"Although we did not have any sexual contact, it was still clearly inappropriate -- and it was my fault," he told colleagues from the House floor Thursday night.

House members responded with thunderous applause for his honesty and embraced him.

Garn said he paid the woman, Cheryl Maher, $150,000 to keep quiet about the episode when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2002.
- And bribery is a crime!

But the now 40-year-old Maher began calling local news media last week to tell them about being naked with Garn when she was 15. Garn is more than 14 years older than Maher, who now lives in Derry, N.H.

"I'm sure the resignation was really difficult for him, but it needed to happen," Maher said Saturday. "This is a secret that devastated my life and my family's life."

Maher declined to comment on specifics of the hot-tubbing episode. She said she thinks Garn still has a bright future out of politics.

"My intention was not to harm or hurt anyone, it's just to speak the truth," she said. "It's freedom for me to get it out in the open and I think somewhere down the line he will think it's freedom for him, too."

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GA - Former Cop (Matthew New) Accused Of Child Molestation

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FAYETTE COUNTY - A Former Tyrone police officer was arrested, accused of child molestation.

Matthew New, 38, of Fayetteville was arrested March 11 by the Fayetteville Police Department on a charge involving child molestation. New faces at least 40 additional charges on related crimes, investigators said.

The former Tyrone officer was initially arrested on a charge of child molestation.

According to investigators, more than one child was victimized. The children were under age 16 at the time of the incidents, investigators said, and one of the children was related to New.

Information from the investigation has resulted in 40 additional charges and of those, New will be charged with one count of sexual battery and multiple counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and multiple counts of child pornography, investigators said.

New's computer was seized during the investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, investigators said.

Officials said New was placed on administrative leave from the Tyrone Police Department immediately when the agency was notified of the investigation by Fayetteville police on Feb. 2.

New resigned from the police department on Feb. 24 while under an internal investigation for unrelated policy violations, police officials said.

New had been with the Tyrone Police Department for about nine years, according to police officials.

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CA - California Sex Offender Management Board - Recommendations Report (01-2010)

This has also been added to the recidivism studies, here.


"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln

MD - 7 sex offender bills pass panel

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By Brian Witte

House committee approves measures on child porn possession, monitoring, more

ANNAPOLIS -- A House panel moved forward Friday with measures aimed at stopping sexual predators, largely in response to the highly publicized slaying of a Salisbury girl who was allegedly murdered by a registered sex offender.

The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (Contact) to mandate lifetime monitoring of certain serious sex offenders, which may include GPS monitoring.

Delegate Kathleen Dumais (Email), D-Montgomery, described the measure as the best to help deter violent crimes like the killing of 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell, whose body was found on Christmas Day, just days after she was kidnapped.

"God forbid something like this happens again," Dumais said.

Committee members amended the bill to add a provision extending the time before an offender can request to be released from the monitoring from three to five years. Some lawmakers criticized referring to the monitoring as "lifetime" when someone could potentially be released from it after several years.

The panel voted for a bill supported by the governor to make sure the state's Sexual Offender Advisory Board has members who can carry out the duties it was created to perform. The board was created in 2006, but the law didn't require members to have skills needed to certify programs.

The committee also approved a bill that would require people convicted of child pornography possession or indecent exposure in the presence of minors to register as sex offenders.

All together, the committee passed seven bills, which incorporated provisions from more than a dozen different pieces of legislation. They are scheduled to reach the floor of the House of Delegates next week.

The committee approved legislation backed by the O'Malley's administration that would bring Maryland into compliance with the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which is known as the Adam Walsh Act.

It creates minimum standards for sex offender registration, and states have been given until July 2010 to come into "substantial" compliance or risk the loss of federal grants. It makes sex offender registration requirements retroactive, and requires juvenile offenders to register publicly if they are convicted in adult court.

Later Friday evening, the committee passed a measure to eliminate time off for good behavior for people convicted of committing first- and second-degree sex offenses against victims under 16. The panel also approved eliminating diminution credits for all repeat third-degree sex offenders and people who commit first- and second-degree offenses against victims under 13.

"There's a lot more work to be done, but we're happy," said Delegate Michael Smigiel (Email), R-Cecil. "It's a step forward."

_____ of Salisbury has been charged with first-degree murder in Foxwell's death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

_____ is a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware. He also has a lengthy arrest record in Maryland, where he was convicted of third-degree sex offense involving a child in March 1998. He was convicted of assault in 2000 and he was subject to a probation violation hearing in 2006.

In 2001, _____ was convicted in Delaware of rape for having sex with a victim who was 16 or 17, according to the Delaware registry. The registry describes his risk level as "high."

"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln