Friday, June 11, 2010

NC - Former politician (Van Jenerette) pleads guilty to assaulting stepchild

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By Janelle Frost

A former college instructor and former Republican congressional candidate was sentenced to 10 years suspended for time served and 5 years probation Friday for an allegation that he sexually assaulted his stepdaughter in 1972.

Van Jenerette , who was an instructor at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, N.C., and who lost a bid for a 1st Congressional District seat to Henry Brown in 2000, pled guilty Friday under an Alford plea, which means he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that a jury would likely convict him based on the evidence.

Jenerette, who was charged in 2007 with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, said Friday that he maintains his innocence and only took the Alford plea instead of going to trial because it was the best thing he could do for his children.

Jenerette - who has four children with wife [name withheld] - has been sentenced to 10 years suspended for time served and 5 years probation, according to the Horry County public index. He must also undergo a mental heath evaluation and be evaluated for sexual abhorrent behavior.

The charges stem from [name withheld]'s allegations that Jenerette sexually assaulted her in 1972. She is now in her 40s.

[name withheld] told The Sun News in 2007 that she decided to contact authorities about the allegations because Jenerette failed to acknowledge her on a Web site and that she "couldn't sit back and let his wife and him sit in a political arena.'' The Sun News does not normally publish names of sexual assault victims. [name withheld] agreed to the interview.

[name withheld] just lost a bid for Henry Brown's 1st Congressional District seat during Tuesday's primary.

IA - Iowa Supreme Court rules in sex offender treatment case

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By Grant Schulte

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that two prisoners enrolled in mandatory sex offender treatment were denied their due process rights when the prison officials stopped crediting them with “earned time” to shorten their sentences.

Both men were required to serve more time behind bars when they stopped participating in the treatment program, for different reasons.

One of the inmates, [name withheld] (PDF), refused to participate in the program because he had not admitted to a sex crime in his plea deal, according to the opinion.

[name withheld] had been charged with third-degree sexual abuse and dependent adult abuse for allegedly forcing oral sex on his wife, who lived in a nursing home because of multiple sclerosis. [name withheld] plea-bargained the sex charge down to simple assault.

The other inmate, [name withheld] (PDF), was removed from the treatment program after he failed a polygraph test. [name withheld] was convicted of lascivious acts with a child.

Their lawyer, Philip Mears of Iowa City, said the ruling’s impact on the sex offender treatment program was unclear. Mears argued that the use of a polygraph results to deny “earned time” credit violated his clients’ rights.

In both cases, the Court indicated you have a right to certain protective procedures, but not necessarily in all circumstances,” Mears said.

Prisoners generally earn one day of “early release credit” for every day they serve, Mears said. An inmate sentenced to 10 years, for example, would realistically serve about 5 years with good behavior if there was no mandatory minimum.

[name withheld] and [name withheld] were denied their earned time when their sex offender treatment stopped, which effectively doubled the time left on their sentence.

[name withheld]’s sentence, as a result, was extended more than two years – from Jan. 20, 2008, to May 12 this year.

[name withheld] had been scheduled for release on March 20, 2008, when he was enrolled in the program. His release was postponed until June 13, 2010 after he was removed. He was later reinstated in the program, and his release date was moved to May 27, 2008, which added two months to his original sentence.

A third inmate who challenged his sentence, [name withheld] (PDF), lost his claim before the Iowa Supreme Court. [name withheld], who was serving time for assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and operating while intoxicated, argued unsuccessfully that he had already served his time on the assault charge.

GA - Deputy (Gregory Todd Bowden) Sentenced for Child Sex

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By Jon Lewis

(WSB Radio) A former sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for trying to solicit sex with a seven year old girl.

Gregory Todd Bowden, 44, of Byron, Georgia, received his sentence in federal court this morning.

"Defendant Bowden sought to have sex with a seven year-old girl. Seven years old. At the time of his crime, Bowden was a sheriff's deputy - someone who had sworn to enforce the law and protect the public," said Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. "He failed on both counts. With today's sentence, the law has been enforced and the public will be protected from Bowden's predations for 20 years."

According to Yates, Bowden, an eight-year veteran of the Bibb County Sheriff's Department, would go to on-line chat rooms in which he engaged in fantasy role-playing about incest and other child sex acts

In October 2008, he befriended a woman on-line whom he believed to have a seven year-old daughter. This woman, who was actually an undercover FBI agent, told him that she was willing to make her daughter available to him for sex.

In February 2009, Bowden and the mother, through additional chats, e-mails, and phone calls, agreed to meet for the purpose of having three-way sex between him, the mother, and the seven year-old daughter.

On February 11, 2009, Bowden drove 110 miles from his home in Byron to Sandy Springs, where he expected to meet the mother and her daughter.

He was arrested at the scene.

Agent later recovered a computer from his home on which they found child pornography and other evidence of interest in incest and sex with minors.

Bowden was given 20 years in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.

IL - Former cop (Marc Carder) who admitted having sex with underage girl sentenced to 10 years in prison

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A former police officer at a suburban junior college who admitted having sex with an underaged girl was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Marc Carder, 50, worked at the College of Lake County in north suburban Grayslake in 2006 when he engaged in a sexual relationship with the teenager, who was younger than 17 at the time, McHenry County prosecutors said. The teen was a family friend.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, the Island Lake man pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse and harassment of a witness and received the 10-year prison term. Prosecutors dropped a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault that carried a maximum 30-year prison term.

Carder was fired from his police job following his 2007 arrest, authorities said.

UK - Mother (Melissa Anne-Marie Carter) who falsely accused policeman of rape after he spurned her advances is jailed for two years

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A mother of three who falsely accused a police officer of rape after he rejected her advances following a one-night stand was today jailed for two years.

Melissa Anne-Marie Carter, 46, took revenge on Pc [name withheld] when he failed to reply to her text messages begging to see him again after they met on a dating website.

Carter, a single mum, who has three sons by two different men, continued her lies for four months during police investigations.

She only admitted the truth after officers confronted her with the text messages she had sent to the long-serving police constable, blaming her actions on ‘stress’.

Carter was today sentenced to two years at Oxford Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by making a false rape allegation.

Judge Julian Hall blasted Carter saying she had ‘betrayed the sisterhood’ and accused her of making it easier for real rapists to be acquitted.

He added: ‘The offence you committed has effects on all sorts of levels.'

It is difficult to imagine a worse situation for a serving police officer than to be accused of rape. In his victim statement he talks about losing weight and taking time off work.'

What you did also had a much wider impact. Government ministers and social commentators talk about the very low conviction rate [for rape].'

These people also talk as if false complaints of rape are frequently made but they are able to say this because people like you occasionally do.'

Some people who commit rape are acquitted because people like you make false allegations.'

To put this a little dramatically you have betrayed the sisterhood. You kept Mr [name withheld] hanging on not knowing what his fate would be for three months.’

The court heard Carter met Pc [name withheld] on a dating website and invited him to meet her at her home in Banbury, Oxfordshire, which she shares with her three sons, aged 17, 15 and seven.

On October 24 2009, Pc [name withheld] went to her home where they had sex and the next day he left for his job in London.

Carter sent him a text message which read: ‘Perhaps we can meet again next Wednesday.’

When he failed to reply she sent another text saying: ‘Are you ok?

Four days later, Carter went to her local police station and claimed she had been raped by Pc [name withheld].

Paul Harrison, prosecuting, said: ‘Miss Carter met Mr [name withheld] on a dating website. There had been some to-ing-and-fro-ing in messages between the two.'

Miss Carter invited Mr [name withheld] to her home on October 24 where they met for the first time face-to-face.'

Sexual contact took place during that evening and they had full sexual intercourse. Miss Carter sent Mr [name withheld] text messages which were completely inconsistent with her allegations.'

Mr [name withheld] did not reply to the text messages as it seemed he would. The prosecution maintains this led her to make a spiteful allegation against him.’

Pc [name withheld] was arrested wearing full uniform at 5pm October 29 at the police station where he worked and was quizzed by officers for 6 hours before he was released at 11pm.

The court heard Pc [name withheld] was not suspended but was moved to desk role and banned from having contact with the public.

Carter made repeated phone calls to the police station to enquire about how the investigation was going and what had happened to PC [name withheld].

Despite repeated interviews with police, Carter maintained she had been raped and only admitted it was a lie on February 4 when officers confronted her with the text messages she had sent to PC [name withheld].

But even when confronted with the truth Carter blamed her actions on ‘stress’.

She told officers: ‘There is no excuse for what I have done. It was a very stressful time with my family.’

Judge Hall said the false rape allegation had caused PC [name withheld], a long serving officer with the Met Police, ‘extraordinary distress’.

Mr Harrison added ‘He has been on sick leave, he was humiliated. It was an awful experience.’

Carter, who had no previous convictions, will serve 12 months in prison before being released on licence for the remainder of her sentence.

Lucy Tapper, mitigating, said: ‘In cases like these there are only ever losers. She will suffer the stigma for what she has done and will be vilified and perhaps deservedly so.’