Monday, April 5, 2010

CA - Westminster policeman, state correctional officer arrested in connection with kidnap, rape of woman

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04/05/2010

By Paloma Esquivel

An off-duty Westminster police detective and a California corrections officer were arrested late Saturday in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape of a 25-year-old woman in Ontario.

According to Sgt. David McBride of the Ontario Police Department, the woman was walking to her car in the parking lot of Ontario Mills Mall when Westminster police Det. Anthony Nicholas Orban and California Corrections Officer Jeff Thomas Jelinek approached her.

As the woman got in her car, Orban slid into the passenger side, pointed his service gun at her and told her to drive, McBride said. Jelinek allegedly stood by and watched.

Orban then ordered the woman to drive to a commercial complex, where he raped her at gunpoint, authorities said. At some point, the woman was able to get out of the car and ran to a local business, where she summoned police.

Authorities said Orban ran after her, leaving his gun in her car. He later called Jelinek, who picked him up and took him back to the mall, police said.

Orban then called his wife and told her he’d lost his gun in Ontario, McBride said. Orban's wife, police said, called the Ontario Police Department and officers responded to the mall to help. But at the same time, the 25-year-old woman was talking to Ontario police officers, who began investigating the alleged rape.

The police detective and the corrections officer were identified and arrested, McBride said.

Orban, 30, has been with the Westminster Police Department for five years, assigned to investigations, McBride said. He has been relieved of active duty pending the outcome of the investigation and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape and carjacking. He is being held in lieu of $1 million.

Jelinek, 30, is a corrections officer assigned to the Chino Institution for Men. He also has also been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of carjacking and being an accessory to the crime. He is also being held on $1-million bail.


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


TX - R&B Singer Erykah Badu in Trouble for Naked Ambition

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Yeah, she shown everyone her "butt naked truth," around children, and if a man did this, they'd be in prison now. And it's absurd how the media is ignoring and playing this down. What would they be saying if this was a man taking off all his clothes around children? I am sick and tired of double standards, this lady should be in jail awaiting a court date, and put on the sex offender registry for life, like anybody else who would have done the same. See the video at the first link above.

04/05/2010

By Mariel Concepcion

Erykah Badu has been charged with disorderly conduct over her nude video shoot for her latest single, "Window Seat," according to TMZ.com.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer will be mailed a citation and faces up to a $500 fine. According to the site, a Texas woman filed an indecency complaint with the Dallas Police Department; an official announcement will be made at a news conference held by the police department soon.

The video was shot in one take at Dealey Plaza in Badu's hometown of Dallas, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Once Badu gets all the way down to her curvaceous birthday suit, a gunshot rings out and her body collapses on to the sidewalk, as blue blood spills out to form the word "groupthink."

On the complaints about her decision to go naked on camera, Badu recently tweeted, "Funny thing is, the physical nudity is nothing lol. I been naked all along in my words actions and deeds. thats the real vulnerable place."

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


TX - How young is too young to be labeled a sex offender? (07/27/2009)

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


ND - Do sex offender boundary laws work?

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04/05/2010

By Dave Roepke

There’s no doubt that a ban on sex offenders living within 1,200 feet of Fargo’s schools or parks would be popular.

Dave Piep­korn, the city commissioner backing that idea, said the reaction he’s had from Fargo residents has been “overwhelmingly positive,” and in a nonscientific online Forum poll last week, 86 percent of the 2,188 votes were in favor.

The majority of people have said it makes sense,” Piepkorn said.

The enthusiasm explains why sex offender residency laws have grown quickly in the decade or so since they were first enacted. A report by the Center for Sex Offender Management, a project of the Department of Justice, states that from 2000 to 2008, the number of states with restrictions for sex offender housing went from five to nearly 30.

Yet Fargo’s police chief and the head of an area nonprofit that works with victims of sexual violence are both dubious about the effectiveness of such laws. And they’re not alone.

Studies of sex offender residency laws in areas they’ve been tried haven’t found any positive effect on recidivism rates. Authorities who deal with sex offenders – police, prosecutors and probation and parole agents – often end up opposing the buffer-zone restrictions.

It’s almost totally driven by emotion,” said Richard Tewksbury, a University of Louisville professor of justice administration who studies sex offender laws. “Without exception, all the research shows there is no impact.”

Pushed to margins

_____ is a Level III sex offender, a 65-year-old who must register for life because of two indecent exposure convictions in North Dakota, the latest in Cass County in 2007. Level III is the designation for sex offenders who are deemed the highest risk to re-offend.

He had difficulty finding a place to live at first, being turned down by a handful of landlords before ending up at _____ in Fargo – one of four Level III offenders in the apartment building.

_____ has no complaints about the small apartment, though he said his hopes for rehabilitation would be better if he were elsewhere.

You’re in the place you are trying to get out of,” he said.

It doesn’t appear the building _____ lives in would be affected by the 1,200-foot law. City planners are still working on a map plotting the restricted areas, but a similar map produced by The Forum indicates the largest swaths of area left open to sex offenders would be downtown and in the industrial parts of the city straddling Main Avenue between Interstate 29 and 25th Street. Much of the city would be off-limits.

That’s one of the troubles with broad bans on where sex offenders can live, said Tewksbury. If they can find a place at all, it’s in “the poorest, most disorganized, least desirable areas of the city,” he said, where it is more common for children to be unsupervised.

It also tends to make it harder for sex offenders to access treatment, find jobs and have a support system – all keys to crime-free life.

We simply make life more difficult in the important ways,” Tewksbury said.

_____ agreed, saying that isolation makes his recovery much harder.

The only way to be back in society is to be around people,” he said.

If the law pushes offenders away, Piepkorn said, that’s fine with him. That’s partially the point, he said.

I think we’d be sending a message that convicted sex offenders aren’t welcome in Fargo. That’s the bottom line, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying that.”

Police Chief Keith Ternes said that sort of take on sex criminals is overhyped.

We’ve put a scarlet letter on those people,” he said. “It’s not the only offender out there to be concerned about.”

Hardship without upside

Ternes is worried the 1,200-foot ordinance could lead more offenders to stop registering, as they must do under state law, which would in turn take up more of the police’s time.

That’s what happened in Iowa, one of the first places where offenders were barred from living by schools or parks. The state repealed the law upon the urging of law enforcement officials. It’s a case Ternes has pointed out publicly.

Tewksbury said he has conducted a study of re-offending rates in Iowa during the time the law was in place, though it hasn’t yet been published. Recidivism was unchanged, though the law put a greater burden on both the offenders and the authorities responsible for keeping tabs on them.

It poses many hardships, with no real possibility of benefits,” he said.

The chief is also skeptical that a geographical separation between places kids go and offenders’ homes does much to keep children safe.

Piepkorn said the law’s main purpose is to protect the most vulnerable people in society – children.

Yet a sex offender who’s looking to strike again can simply travel to those same areas, Ternes said. Also, a study in Minnesota showed that’s a rare occurrence.

That study of 224 repeat sex offenders from 1990 to 2005 found that 16 of them made contact with a juvenile victim within a mile of their home, but none of the contacts happened near a school, park or playground.

Piepkorn said he thinks some researchers “have an agenda” to support rights for sex offenders and said he’s been getting most of his negative feedback from out-of-state groups.

As for Ternes’ opposition to the residency ordinance, Piepkorn said: “He just has a different perspective. I have no problem with disagreement.”

Greg Diehl, the executive director of the local Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, said though he can see the rationale of Piepkorn’s proposal, he doesn’t think much of the 1,200-foot law, either. He’d rather see new approaches implemented.

I’m not sure that this would solve a whole lot of anything,” Diehl said. “The biggest issue is there are no easy answers.”

At least it’s being talked about,” Diehl added.

‘A positive effect’

_____ said he doesn’t understand why he would be barred from living near the places children go since he has no record of abusing minors.

Sex offender: That’s just a word,” he said. “It should be based on the charge.”

That’s also what Tewksbury suggested: reserving residency limits to those who’ve abused children. Otherwise, buffer laws rely on the assumption that all sex offenders target kids.

Piepkorn said he wants to fashion the law based on how it had worked in other places. “You want it to have a positive effect,” he said.

He said he’s leaning toward proposing the city law only apply to the Level III and medium-risk Level II offenders – roughly 25 percent of Fargo’s 155 registered sex offenders.

Piepkorn said he would potentially consider having the law only apply to those convicted of crimes against children.

City Attorney Erik Johnson is researching the laws enacted in other areas and working on a draft ordinance, Piepkorn said. A small group working on the proposal – which includes Ternes – plans to meet next week to take up the issue.

The proposal wouldn’t be in front of the commission until after that, Piepkorn said. He expects the debate about it to be robust.

I will guarantee that will happen,” he said.


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