Monday, August 30, 2010

GA - Are problems with the Georgia Sex Offender registry putting you in danger?

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Well, ever year, a friend of mine has went down to register, provided the correct information, and once the data was online, had to go back to the sheriff's office to have them fix their mistakes. They have had to do this for the last three or four years. So the data is only as accurate as the person giving it, and the person entering it into the system, which leaves room for mistakes.

08/30/2010

By Navideh Forghani

A new audit (PDF) showing flaws in the Georgia's sex offender registry system. The report found the state's registry contained numerous mistakes and out-of-date information. The state audit cited outdated computers, financial constraints and poor communication between government agencies for the misinformation on Georgia's sex offender registry.

While the state system may need improvement, investigators locally believe the information is accurate. More than 300 sex offenders are registered in Richmond County, which are tracked by two investigators. There's a step by step process investigators use to keep track of offenders. Once they've registered, it takes about two weeks for deputies to verify the information and update the website.

In Richmond County, sex offenders are checked on at least once a year. In Columbia County, deputies track offenders every quarter. That information is immediately updated to the county's website.
- Richmond County uses the Offender Watch system, which spreads disinformation about recidivism.  They state, in their presentation, that "50% of sex offenders re-offend," which is a total lie.  You can read the many studies here, which most show the recidivism rate around 10% and below. They could save a lot of money by getting rid of Offender Watch and using the one GBI web site, instead of each county purchasing the expensive Offender Watch.  Just my opinion!


Only Yesterday - The Rise and Fall of Twentieth Century Sexual Psychopath Laws

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IL - Police Sergeant (Jeffrey Pelo) Had Secret Life as Serial Rapist

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08/30/2010

By JIM AVILA, ALISON LYNN and LAUREN PEARLE

Decorated Cop and Devoted Husband, Jeffrey Pelo, Sentenced to Over 400 Years in Prison; Pelo Will Appeal

It was nothing short of a nightmare -- a man obsessively tracking women, sneaking into their homes, assaulting them, and forcing them to perform a bizarre "cleansing" ritual that washed away any hint of evidence from their bodies.

Bloomington, Ill., Police Detective Clay Wheeler spent two years pursuing the first serial rapist in his town's memory.

"I've seen more brutal things, more violent things, but some of the things that happened and what he would say and tell these girls as he's assaulting them, and I mean, I get chills. It just disgusts me," he said.

Hot on the rapist's trail, Wheeler and his colleagues soon uncovered clues suggesting the perpetrator was closer to home than they had ever imagined.

Rapist's Victims Awakened by Masked Intruder

The rapist's first victim was then 25-year-old [name withheld], who awoke to a masked intruder standing in her doorway in April 2003.

"I was in shock, absolute shock. I looked at the door and saw the light there, and something just didn't seem right. And that's when I saw him," she said. "The next thing I remember is he was on top of me in the bed."

[name withheld] said the intruder told her he was there to burglarize her, and that he didn't want to hurt her, but if she made noise, he would shoot her.

Wearing a ski mask and gloves, he seemed oddly calm and methodical as he bound her with zip ties and duct tape, she said. Then he slipped a pillowcase over her head and sexually assaulted [name withheld] for 45 minutes.

"He seemed very assertive when he talked and not like somebody who's, you know, panicking. He seemed like he knew what he was doing," [name withheld] said.

Still blindfolded, he forced her into the bathroom where she heard water running. "I started to panic and I thought he was going to shoot me in the bathtub," she said. "Just over a month from my 26th birthday, and I was going to die."

[name withheld] was forced to take a long bath and told to wash carefully, while her rapist calmly walked about her apartment cleaning up after himself.

Then he was gone, taking with him all the evidence, including the bed sheets.

She was so upset and scared that when she got out of the bathtub, removed the pillowcase, and ripped the tape from off her eyes, she actually tore out chunks of hair. Though she said she wanted to run and hide, she decided to call 911 and report it.



PA - Ruling Limits Ability of Judges to Inflate Sex Offender Sentences

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08/29/2010

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has stopped an end-run around sex offender laws in their efforts to get offenders sentenced to harsher penalties.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has stopped prosecutors and judges from employing an end-run around sex offender laws in their efforts to get offenders sentenced to harsher penalties.

The court's ruling came in the case of Commonwealth. v. Jarowecki (PDF) (985 A.2d 955). Jarowecki of West Reading was convicted in 2006 of eight counts of possessing child pornography for having six images and two movies on his computer.

At his trial, Judge Linda Ludgate agreed to treat one conviction as his first offense and the other seven offenses as second convictions, dramatically raising the penalties for Jarowecki.

Enormous Changes
Ludgate then imposed a sentence ranging from 37 months to 17 years in state prison. If she hadn't agreed to the artificial upgrade in his sentence, the punishment for a first offense would have ranged from probation to up to seven years in prison.

In a 21-page decision, Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd concluded that the law doesn't allow treating one violation as a first offense, and other violations of the law in the same incident as second offenses in order to obtain multiple convictions and higher penalties.

Last year, state lawmakers expanded child pornography laws to make intentional viewing of child porn a punishable offense. Previously, a person had to "knowingly possess or control" child pornography. Now the law defines the offense as "the deliberate, purposeful, voluntary viewing" of the materials.

Guidelines
Sentencing guidelines in Pennsylvania are weighted against sex offenders with prior convictions. With sex offenses, the penalties rise significantly for those with multiple convictions.

Pennsylvania sentencing guidelines are broken down into five categories, with Level One being for "the least serious offenders" and Level Five for "the most violent offenders."

For example, a Level Five conviction for sexual assualt for an offender with no prior convictions calls for a sentence of 36 to 54 months, according to Pennsylvania sentencing guidelines. If the same offense is proven against someone with five prior convictions, the guidelines go up to a range of 72 months to 90 months.

Someone who is a repeat Level One and Level Two offender would, for the same offense, get 84 to 102 months. whereas someone classified as a repeat violent offender would get 120 months (12 years) in a state prison for the same offense and conviction.

If you or a loved one faces sex offense charges, contact a Pennsylvania criminal offense lawyer who understands the law and the rights of the accused. A criminal defense attorney can assess the facts and charges in the case and advise you of your legal options.

Article provided by The Law Offices of David S. Shrager (www.shragerlawfirm.com)


Children not of a lesser god

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This video is dedicated to both the victims of sexual abuse. And to the families of registered sex offenders whom are collaterally damaged.

Not all sex offenders are the monster the registry was intended for.

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