Monday, June 7, 2010

CA - Dad (William Atwood) Accused of Using Stun Gun on Daughter's Friend Over Naked Photo

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06/04/2010

Authorities say the father became angry after the man sent his daughter a photo of his genitals.

TEMECULA - An angry father is accused of using a stun gun on a 23 year old man who sent his 17 year old daughter an explicit cell phone picture.

William Atwood Sr., 45, was charged Wednesday with multiple felonies in connection with the case.

Authorities say Atwood lured [name withheld] to his home, ordered him to strip down to his boxer shorts, and tied him up and tased him with a stun gun before turning him over to a sheriff's deputy.

[name withheld] told authorities he sent a photo of his genitals to several friends, including Atwood's daughter, as a joke.

Atwood apparently didn't think the joke was funny when his daughter told him about the picture in January.

According to court records, Atwood called the Sheriff's Department saying that [name withheld] sent pornography to a child.

Before detectives could investigate the claim, Atwood told deputies that [name withheld] came to his home uninvited.

He admitted telling [name withheld] to take off his clothes and says he bound his wrists and ankles with zip ties.

Deputies found [name withheld] at Atwood's home naked, tied up and extremely frightened.

[name withheld] tells a different story. He says that Atwood called him and asked him to come over to discuss the photo. When he arrived, Atwood was holding a shotgun, [name withheld] told officials.

He says Atwood ordered him out of his car and fired a shot. Atwood pulled him off the ground by his feet, injuring his shoulder, according to [name withheld].

Atwood told [name withheld] he had connections with the Pechanga tribe and was going to have him buried on the reservation, court records say.

[name withheld] said he believed that Atwood was going to kill him.

A short time later, Atwood pulled out a handgun and a stun gun.

He shocked [name withheld] on the shoulder for about 20 seconds and asked him how he liked it, court records say.

[name withheld] said he was detained for about an hour before Atwood called the Sheriff's Department.

Investigators determined that [name withheld] had received a call from Atwood about an hour before he called authorities and also found a text message [name withheld] had sent to a friend on his way to Atwood's house, saying he was going to discuss the pictures.

"If I don't get back, let everyone know," he joked.

Investigators searched Atwood's home, seized zip ties, at least two stun guns and more than a dozen firearms.

The district attorney's office on Wednesday charged Atwood with making criminal threats, false imprisonment, assault with a stun gun, assault with a deadly weapon and other gun charges.

Prosecutors declined to charge [name withheld] in connection with the photo for lack of evidence, said district attorney's spokesman John Hall.

 


UT - GOP leader (Ozwald Balfour) accused of sex abuse to have jury trial in fall

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06/07/2010

By Sheena McFarland

A Republican leader accused of groping or trying to grope three women will get a jury trial on the three sex abuse charges against him.

Three women have accused Ozwald Balfour, 54, of sexual abuse. The women said he grabbed their breasts, or tried to, during 2005 job interviews or class registration in his office, court documents state.

He faces three second-degree felony charges of forcible sex abuse and one third-degree felony charge of attempted forcible sex abuse.

Balfour, of South Jordan, is the founder of the Utah Republican Black Assembly.

His trial will take place Sept. 28 and 29 in front of 3rd District Judge Ann Boyden.


TX - Lisa Guerrero Exposes Sex Offenders in Hotels for Inside Edition (Just the usual media vigilantism)

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GA - Sex offender reacts to new law

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And as usual, the media blows it all out of proportion, using fear-mongering and disinformation.

06/07/2010

By Jonathan Davis

AUGUSTA - Governor Sonny Perdue signed a new sex offender law that erases restrictions for some convicted sex offenders, making it harder for law enforcement to keep track of them. 26 News spoke with one sex offender about the law and how it will make his life easier.

I was young, going down the wrong road. I met a girl. Didn't know how young she was, you know how it goes,” said the anonymous sex offender.

This registered sex offender who didn't want to be identified was convicted in 2001 of child molestation, at the young age of 14 after spending 7 years behind bars. He is now living at a hotel along Gordon Highway, one of the only places safe for sex offenders to live under the old law. He says the law wasn't fair to those who already did time for their crime.

I don't think it was fair for myself but for everyone else it’s messed up for them,” he said.

But a new law is giving registered sex offenders like him a second chance.

Really I'm just happy,” he said.

A new Georgia law states any sex offender or predator convicted before June 4, 2003 will have no restrictions on were they can live or work. Richmond County deputies say the new law also makes it easier for sex offenders to be removed from the registry which could make it harder for law enforcement to keep track of them. That brings concern to parents.

I think all sex offenders should be registered. I think we should know where they are as a parent to keep our kids safe. I mean they committed it one time, who’s to say they are not going to do it again?” said Sally Forner, a concerned parent.

But this registered offender says some can change, and he's just glad to be getting a second chance.

Get a job...now I can get one wherever I want now, that makes that better 'cause I don't have to worry about being close to a school, bus stop. If a job is across the street from a church is hiring I can go apply for it,” he said.

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DC - Former CIA Star Agent (Andrew Warren) Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

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06/07/2010

By LISA A. CHINN and ANGELA M. HILL

Andrew Warren Drugged, Raped Muslim Woman in Algeria

Andrew Warren, a former CIA station chief in Algeria, pleaded guilty in federal court here Monday to drugging and raping a Muslim woman while stationed in Algiers.

Dressed in prison garb and walking with a limp, Andrew Warren, 42, appeared in a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom to plead guilty to one count of abusive sexual conduct and one count of using illegal drugs while possessing a firearm. He will remain in federal custody until he is sentenced on September 9.

Warren faces a maximum of ten years in prison, plus a $250,000 fine, registration as a convicted sex offender and lifelong supervised release.

According to two former CIA officials, Warren was a rising star at the CIA before he was charged with sexual assault. He was a fluent Arabic speaker who had converted to Islam, making him an ideal officer in the Middle East for the intelligence agency. He was recalled from Algeria in October 2008 and then fired after two women came forward and accused him of rape, accusations which were first reported by ABC News' Brian Ross in January 2009. Warren's plea Monday involved admitting to engaging in sexual contact with a woman after rendering her unconscious on U.S. Embassy property on February 17, 2008.

The gun and drug charge is related to his arrest in April after a bench warrant was issued when he missed a pretrial hearing.

As first reported by the Washington Post, Warren had a gun in his waistband when officers attempted to arrest him in a Norfolk, Virginia motel room.

According to federal law enforcement officials, officers tasered Warren twice because they believed he was under the influence of drugs and was reaching for his "mid-torso," where the gun was located. The officials said a crack pipe and a handgun were recovered from Warren's room.

Local ABC affiliate WVEC reported that neighbors of Warren noticed odd behavior in the weeks prior to the hotel room arrest. The acquaintances said that Warren displayed his genitals outside his pants.

After his April arrest, Warren was brought into a Norfolk courtroom in wheelchair, with bruising visible on his face. At a May hearing, Warren's lawyers requested their client, who had been moved to Washington, D.C., be given access to psychiatric and addiction services. Warren told U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle during his plea hearing Monday that he was seeing a counselor in prison and had been prescribed the antidepressant Celexa.

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Warren's fall from grace was dramatic. Before being posted to Algeria, Warren had served in Egypt, Afghanistan, and a stint in that CIA domestic station in New York. It was in New York, a few years after 9/11, that supervisors spotted him as a potential star, ready to be deployed around the world as a spy. Within a very short time - four years - Warren had been posted as station chief in Algeria.

According to an affidavit filed by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, two women in separate incidents alleged that Warren gave them drinks that caused them to pass out and then sexually assaulted them at his Algerian apartment while they were in a helpless unconscious or semi-conscious state.

In the first case, the alleged victim claims that Warren prepared a mixed drink of cola and whiskey. The woman stated that she felt a "violent onset of nausea," and Warren said she should spend the night at his home.

When she woke up the next morning, according to the affidavit, "she was lying on a bed, completely nude, with no memory of how she had been undressed." She said she realized "she recently had engaged in sexual intercourse, though she had no memory of having intercourse."

The second victim's account also states that Warren allegedly drugged her before raping her. "While drinking the second apple martini, [Victim 2] suddenly felt faint and felt the immediate needed to vomit. V2 described the sudden and violent onset of the illness as nothing like the physiological effects of alcohol related sickness that she had experienced when she consumed alcohol on previous occasions. V2 stated she immediately began to pass in and out of consciousness. V2's recollections of the ensuing events are characterized as passing in and out of consciousness, due to the debilitating effects of the illness," the affidavit states.

"[Victim 2's] next recollection was being located in Warren's upstairs bathroom, on the floor. V2 could see and hear, but she could not move. Warren was in the bathroom, and he was attempting to remove V2's pants. Although V2 could not physically resist Warren, she was able to speak, and she asked him to leave the bathroom. Warren continued to undress V2, and told her she would feel better after a bath. V2 stated that she had difficulty comprehending what was happening to her. Eventually Warren was able to remove V2's blue jeans, boots, and her blazer," the statement said.

Allegedly, the woman remembers being in Warren's bed and asking him to stop, but according to the affidavit, "Warren made a statement to the effect of 'nobody stays in my expensive sheets with clothes on.'" She told the Diplomatic Security agents that, "as she slipped in and out of consciousness she had conscious images of Warren penetrating her vagina repeatedly with his penis."

Diplomatic Security Special Agent Scott Baker noted in the affidavit, "The victims' symptoms were consistent with drugs used to facilitate sexual assaults."

U.S. officials also said that a search of Warren's residence uncovered many tapes of Warren engaged in sex with women, including at least one tape that shows a woman in a semi-conscious state.

Asked for a comment on the case in 2009, CIA spokesman George Little said in a statement, "We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in this matter, which involves a former agency employee who was fired earlier this year."


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MT - High Court Asks if Sex Offender Case Is Moot

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06/07/2010

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Montana Supreme Court for guidance on whether a juvenile can challenge national requirements to register as a sex offender. The state court's answers will help the justices decide if the case is moot.

The respondent in the case is a male juvenile who engaged in sex acts with a child under 12. He was sentenced in 2005 to two years' detention and juvenile supervision until his 21st birthday.

The following year, Congress passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which requires juveniles who commit serious sex crimes to register as sex offenders. The U.S. attorney general said this requirement applied to all sex offenders, including those convicted before the law was enacted.

In 2007 a federal judge revoked the respondent's supervision and sentenced him to another six months of detention for failing to comply with the conditions of his prerelease program.

The government invoked SORNA's juvenile registration requirements, arguing that the juvenile offender should have to register as a sex offender at least through the duration of his supervision, which expired on May 2, 2008.

The government asked the Supreme Court to review the 9th Circuit's decision that the respondent did not have to register as a sex offender during supervision, because those requirements can't be applied retroactively.

Now that the juvenile's supervision has ended, the Supreme Court must decide if the case is moot.

It certified the following question to the Montana Supreme Court:

"Is respondent's duty to remain registered as a sex offender under Montana law contingent upon the validity of the conditions of his now-expired federal juvenile-supervision order that required him to register as a sex offender, or is the duty an independent requirement of Montana law that is unaffected by the validity or invalidity of the federal juvenile-supervision conditions?"

The justices said the Montana high court's answer "will help determine whether this case presents a live case or controversy."


CA - Special IDs for Sex Offenders?

He talks about other people having "knee-jerk" reactions? Well, what is he doing? He is wanting all sex offenders to have marked drivers licenses (scarlet letters), when all sex offenders do not go around killing children. Just another parent who lost a loved one, taking out his anger and grief on others. If everyone in the world did that, we'd all be in prison now.

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