Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OR - In Search of Love: Teens Lured Into Sex Trade

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I do not doubt this is going on, I'm sure it is, just as it has been since the dawn of time. Everyone has found what sells and brings in ratings, votes, etc. Sex and kids!

09/22/2010

By SHARYN ALFONSI and URSULA FAHY

Police Say Portland, Ore., is a Hub for Child Sex Trafficking

The first time "Katie" danced at a strip club, she was 13, and in the seventh grade.

Not long before, the Oregon girl had gone on an ordinary outing to a mall in downtown Portland. She met some boys there and they invited her to a party in the suburbs. At the party, Katie met an older boy she would begin to date.

"He bought me a lot of things, like shoes, outfits and purses and stuff like that," said Katie, of J, who she began to think of as her boyfriend.

Before long, J told her he was having financial trouble, and he asked her if she would she dance, "just once," at a strip club, she said. Katie, who had only ever worn high heels to church and on special occasions, soon was forced into working as a stripper and a street prostitute six days a week, she said.

Every year, at least 100,000 children are forced into prostitution in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And Portland, routinely voted one of the most livable cities in the country, hides a dark secret: It is a national hub for child sex trafficking, police and victims' advocates say.
- Again with the magical goldilock number of 100,000. Everybody sure loves these "not too hot, not too cold" out of thin air "statistics!" Anything to scare folks, right?

Children, young teens from all over the country, but mostly from the small towns of the Northwest, walk Portland's streets.

Katie's inauguration into the life was like that of countless other girls.

That first day at the strip club, she remembers looking out from the stage.

"It was gross," she told ABC News. "They're like older than my dad and grandpap and I just wanted to go home. "

She was told, "You can't go home, you have to finish your shift," she recalled. "And I was like, 'I don't work here,' and they were like, 'You do now.'"

"I realized I pretty much walked into a trap," she said.

Katie's is a classic case, said Sgt. Mike Geiger, who heads Portland's sexual assault detail. Cute young girls are being targeted by pimps.

"They look for them in the malls, the parks, on MySpace, Facebook," Geiger said. "(A)nd they look for them in the schools and walking downtown. They strike up a friendship with them."
- So tell me, why do we never hear about pimps being busted for pimping out children and adults, on the evening news?  I cannot recall ever hearing about one single news report about this.

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GA - 3rd Lawsuit Filed Against Bishop Long In Sex Scandal

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09/22/2010

ATLANTA - A third lawsuit accusing Bishop Eddie Long of sexual abuse was filed Wednesday in DeKalb County, Channel 2 Action News confirmed.

The plaintiff, identified as Jamal Paris, is represented by Attorney B.J. Bernstein, the same attorney representing the first two men who came forward accusing the Atlanta-area megachurch pastor of coercing them into a sexual relationship.

The latest lawsuit filed on behalf of Paris contains similar complaints against the bishop, said Bernstein. In the suit, Paris details how Long allegedly gave him his personal cell phone number two weeks after they first met. Paris also alleged that Long encouraged him to call him daddy. According to the suit, Paris’ father had not been a positive figure in his life.

In the suit, Paris said he later became Long’s personal assistant, and that Long would ask him to remain in his private office after church, where Long allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with Paris.

Since the lawsuits went public, Bernstein said her office has taken several calls and believes that there are other victims. Bernstein said she opened her investigation after getting a call from one of the men.

The first two lawsuits against the prominent Atlanta-area bishop were filed on Tuesday.

In the lawsuits, the men accuse Long of sexually abusing them, as well as several other young male church members and employees.

The lawsuits also name New Birth Missionary Baptist Church at 6400 Woodrow Road in Lithonia as a defendant.

The plaintiffs, Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, claim that Long used his position as a spiritual counselor and leader to take the young men on trips out of state, where he allegedly performed sexual acts with them.

At a news conference Tuesday, Bernstein told reporters that the alleged abuse occurred when the plaintiffs were 17 and 18 years old. They are now 20 and 21 years old.

Bernstein described Long's relationship with the boys as odd.

"It was essentially a marriage ceremony where there were candles, (an) exchange of jewelry and biblical quotes given," said Bernstein.

During the conference, Bernstein also revealed that one of the plaintiffs was arrested in connection with a June 13 burglary at New Birth. Channel 2 first reported details of the break in, in which DeKalb police said two men wearing dark hooded tops and white gloves broke into Long's office and made off with high-end electronics, including Long’s iPad and jewelry.

Bernstein said she expects Long’s attorneys to bring up that arrest when addressing the abuse allegations.

Maurice (Robinson) immediately told what he did when he was confronted about it. He returned the black diamonds, the gold, the things that he had in the bishop’s office,” Bernstein said.

As bad as it is, if it weren’t for that act, I don’t know if we would have known about this because this young man exploded and realized that when he talked to his friends, he wasn’t the only one,” said Bernstein. “Bishop Long had other spiritual sons who had other relationships with him. It made him angry and confused and combusted in lashing out at the bishop in the only way possible.”

According to the lawsuit, Flagg said Long shared a bedroom on overnight trips and engaged in intimate sexual contact with him. He said Long was also involved in advising and counseling him in areas of his personal life, the lawsuit states.

A spokesman for Long told Channel 2 Action News that Long denies the allegations.

A statement released by Craig Gillen, attorney for Long, said, “Bishop Eddie Long adamantly denies the allegations. It is unfortunate that the two young men have chosen to take this course of action. We are reviewing the complaints and will respond accordingly.”




CA - Paranoia-induced overkill

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09/22/2010

By CityBeat Staff

What can be done to stop this awful condition?

This week, we’d like to talk about a serious condition known as “paranoia-induced overkill” (PIO). That’s when, for example, a politician might exploit public fears to score political points with the electorate, like, say, when Jessica’s Law (PDF) was passed, including an overkill provision: Convicted sex offenders can’t live with 2,000 feet of schools and parks. That restricted where people could live so severely that it’s led to widespread homelessness among sex offenders—homelessness creates instability, which contributes to bad behavior, which endangers the public.

There was an outbreak of PIO on Monday night, when the City Council fell one vote short of passing an ordinance that would locate the annual winter emergency homeless shelter on a parcel in East Village. The vote came after a parade of NIMBYs expressed their opposition to the location because it’s next to the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, and sometimes young female students come and go at night. Young women probably shouldn’t be coming and going alone at night whether or not there’s a homeless shelter in the vicinity, but homeless” doesn’t mean “criminal,” and there are laws on the books prohibiting assault against young women, or whatever they’re afraid of. Denying innocent poor people cold-weather shelter because someone else might commit a crime is a sure case of PIO.

But, perhaps surprisingly, this editorial isn’t about sex offenders or homeless people—or homeless sex offenders, for that matter. It’s about the PIO surrounding a set of proposed regulations governing medicinal-marijuana dispensaries.

The Medical Marijuana Task Force, created by the San Diego City Council, experienced its own bout with PIO, recommending that pot dispensaries not be allowed “within a 1,000-foot radius of schools, playgrounds, libraries, child care facilities, and youth facilities, including but not limited to youth hostels, youth camps, youth clubs, etc., and other similar uses.” The task force also endorsed a rule banning dispensaries within 500 feet of another dispensary.

The City Council’s Land Use & Housing Committee caught PIO from the task force back in March, and its case was much worse. The committee added parks and places of worship to the 1,000-foot rule, increased the allowable distance between dispensaries to 1,000 feet and recommended further restrictions for where dispensaries can be located, in terms of zoning designations. When PIO reached the full City Council last week, the strain was slightly more mild—a bid by severely stricken Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer (a chronic sufferer), Carl DeMaio and Ben Hueso to add colleges and universities to the distance separation fell two votes short.

With rules like these, it’s likely that the only places where marijuana collectives will be able to operate will be out in the boonies. Maybe we’ll have little enclaves far, far away, where medicinal-pot users, sex offenders and homeless people live and take their medicine in perfect harmony, free from our scorn.

First of all, the aim of regulating pot dispensaries is to, finally, create a legal means for complying with the spirit of Prop. 215, which allows sick people to use marijuana to alleviate their symptoms. Therefore, the reason we’re going through this process is so that sick people can gain access to the drug. But the City Council appears dead-set on putting dispensaries as far out of reach as possible. Lots of people who use marijuana to lessen discomfort don’t drive—they walk or ride the bus.

Secondly, if you insist on banning marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of anywhere kids congregate, you’re effectively saying that sick people and the pot collectives that seek to help them pose a danger to children.

It couldn’t be that you’re concerned about drug dealers trying to turn your kids into customers, because there’s already a law against that—selling weed for profit or for non-medicinal reasons is not legal (at least until November, when California voters might make it legal).

Heck, maybe marijuana can ameliorate the symptoms of paranoia-induced overkill. The problem is, the people who are at the highest risk for PIO tend also to be people who are most opposed to smoking the reefer.

In any case, when it comes time to finalize the regulations, we hope the members of the City Council remember why they’re doing it and whom they’re trying to help.


CT - US Marshal (William Nolan) apologizes for taking lap dance, while on duty!

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09/22/2010

HARTFORD - A Connecticut state marshal has apologized for paying $15 for a lap dance at a New Haven strip club when he went there to serve a city tax warrant to the owner.

The New Haven Register reports that Marshal William Nolan broke down crying and apologized while testifying Tuesday before two members of the State Marshal Commission, who will be recommending to the full board whether Nolan should be disciplined.

Commission members have found probable cause that Nolan unreasonably blurred the lines between professional and personal conduct at Stage Door Johnny's last March.

Nolan is also accused of charging club owner Johnny Kraft 10 percent more than the $9,800 he owed the city in back taxes, which Kraft has since paid. Nolan said it was a simple mistake.


Documentary Film “Playground”

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Sexual exploitation of children is a problem that we tend to relegate to back-alley brothels in developing countries, the province of a particularly inhuman, and invariably foreign, criminal element. Such is the initial premise of Libby Spears’ sensitive investigation into the topic. But she quickly concludes that very little thrives on this planet without American capital, and the commercial child sex industry is certainly thriving. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots—among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown. Her cultural observations are couched in an ongoing mystery story: the search for Michelle, an American girl lost to the underbelly of childhood sexual exploitation who has yet to resurface a decade later.

Executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, and punctuated with poignant animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, Playground illuminates a sinister industry of unrecognized pervasiveness. Spears has crafted a comprehensive revelation of an unknown epidemic, essential viewing for any parent or engaged citizen.

Backstory

While traveling to the Philippines in 2001, filmmaker Libby Spears gained first hand knowledge of the horrific practice of trafficking human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation. She examined a little deeper, and discovered that most of these victims were young children.

Facing death threats to be “knocked off” for only $10, Libby went undercover to infiltrate brothels in South Korea and Thailand. She held first-hand interviews with victims, their pimps, and their abusers. She mapped the trafficking routes of the sex tourism industry, and charted the commerce fueled by the purchase and sale of minors—she was disheartened to find that virtually the entire globe was involved and affected by this growing industry.

What she was astonished to find, however, was the involvement of the United States and the degree to which they were influencing the global demand and growth of the sex trafficking industry.

Previously, she had mistakenly believed that sex trafficking was primarily an “international” occurrence in countries like Philippines and Cambodia. But a meeting with Ernie Allen, President of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, confirmed to Libby what her research was beginning to uncover: that the trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation is every bit as real in North America.

This is where Playground begins.


WI - Third Woman Speaks Out About DA's (Ken Kratz) 'Sexting' Harassment

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These comments are in response to the video. Come on ABC, the man hasn't lost his job yet, because he is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY! Why should someone accused of something be ruined when it may not be true? If he is found guilty, then yes, he should lose his job and be in jail and/or prison, but until then, he is presumed innocent.

09/22/2010

By LEE FERRAN, JIM VOJTECH and STEVEN PORTNOY

Three Women Accuse Ken Kratz, DA of Calumet County, Wis., of Sexually Explicit Texting

The third woman to come forward to accuse a Wisconsin district attorney of sexual harassment via text messaging said today that she is not likely the last.

"A man like this has got a pattern of abusive behavior of his power," Maria Ruskiewicz, 31, told "Good Morning America" in a live interview. "There is no way we're the only three women out there."

Ruskiewicz claims that Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz began sending her sexually explicit texts in 2008 after the two met about clearing up an old drug charge against her.

"He would say things like, 'I'm in Traverse City with my family. ... Can we meet in between the sheets?'" Ruskiewicz said in describing the texts. She said she did not report the inappropriate contact because she believed her case depended on Kratz's support.

"I was freaked out. I was scared for my future, scared to be stripped of the years I've worked so hard to get this clemency," she said. "I've just received clemency. That's why I'm coming forward."

Ruskiewicz is the third woman to report such sexually charged texting. The first accusation against Kratz came to light last week when The Associated Press published several text messages from Kratz to Stephanie Van Groll, the victim in a domestic violence case Kratz was trying in the fall of 2009. Van Groll, 26, reportedly received texts from Kratz in which he called her a "tall, young, hot nymph" and asked whether she is "the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA."
- Wonder what his wife thinks about this?

Kratz admitted to texting Van Groll and offered his "sincere and heartfelt apology" at a news conference Friday. He also said he had already begun psychotherapy to address the "selfishness" and "arrogance" that led to him contact Van Groll.
- Typical of most in power.  When caught, seek help quickly to make yourself look better.  Remember, Mark Foley did this as well, and he's still a free man!

"My behavior was inappropriate," Kratz said. "I'm embarrassed and ashamed for the choices that I made, and the fault was mine alone."
- So you are admitting guilt, and if all this is true, it's sexual harassment, which is a crime!

Kratz's office announced Monday he'd gone on leave.

Adding to Kratz's woes, a second woman came forward Monday to claim similar harassment, saying Kratz had offered to let her attend an autopsy. In an e-mail written to Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle last week, the woman claimed to have met Kratz online in December 2009. On a dinner date, the woman said Kratz divulged to her the details of an ongoing murder investigation in which a woman was believed to have been killed by her boyfriend.

Kratz's recently hired attorney, Robert J. Craanen, did not return calls for comment on the most recent accusation, but Craanen did deny to the AP the second woman's claim about the autopsy date and said he knew nothing of Ruskiewicz's claims.
- What kind of person would want to see an autopsy on a "date?"



CT - Proponent of sex offender ban angered over defeat

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09/21/2010

By Frank MacEachern

A leading proponent of an ordinance banning registered sex offenders from areas like public parks and playgrounds is angry that the Representative Town Meeting Monday night effectively killed it by voting to postpone it indefinitely.

"You might as well put out a sign that sex offenders are welcome in Greenwich," Sam Romeo said Tuesday. "This was the coward's way out for them not to put their name to a vote."
- Well clearly Sam has not read all the studies which prove residency restrictions do not prevent crime, protect children, but only exile ex-offenders. He's just jumping on the "hate all sex offenders" bandwagon, IMO. He also took an oath to defend the constitution, which he clearly is not doing!

Postponing indefinitely is a parliamentary procedure that means the motion is dead and will not be brought back to the RTM, said Moderator Thomas Byrne in an e-mail Tuesday. It's not the same as postponing a vote to a future date.

Under the ordinance, police would have been authorized to request identification from suspected sex offenders in child-safety zones -- areas encompassing schools, parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities marked by signs. Police would issue a warning, requiring the individual to leave the premises. Those who refuse would be fined $100 for each violation of the ordinance.

Romeo said the RTM was more worried about potential lawsuits, including the possibility the American Civil Liberties Union might sue, than they were about backing the ordinance.
- Are you just saying this to make them look bad? Are you running for any office by the way?

"They chose not to take the heat. They were more afraid of the ACLU than anything else," he said. "I have no use for the ACLU who represents terrorists and sex offenders."
- These people defend people's constitutional rights, which ALL PEOPLE are guaranteed!

Brian Tims, president of the Fairfield Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the issue is about constitutional rights and not about who benefits from those rights.

He spoke to the RTM's Legislative and Rules Committee last week and reiterated the ACLU's position.

"I informed the committee that the ACLU is not in support of offenses against children but rather the organization is in support of maintaining constitutional rights of all including those convicted of these offenses," he said Tuesday. He commended the RTM for its vote. "The ACLU is obligated essentially to oppose this type of an ordinance because of the constitutional implications, even though the main benefactors would be sex offenders in this case. It's of no consequence," he said.

Opposition to the ordinance was based on three factors, said Karen Fassuliotis, chairman of the RTM's health and services committee that proposed postponing the ordinance.

On Monday, she said her committee didn't believe the ordinance offered any further protection for children than already exists. She also said it could place a further burden on police who may have to respond to more calls of suspicious people. She also said innocent individuals may become ensnared because someone believes they look like a sex offender.

Romeo scoffed at the reasoning offered by Fassuliotis and other RTM members who voted to postpone the ordinance.

"There wasn't a valid argument made in the last two-and-a- half years," he said. "It was an uninformed decision, and that really bothers me. I just hope and pray nothing happens in Greenwich."


CA - Is this legal?

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09/21/2010

By brokenlinkjournalism

First and foremost: I am currently employed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California. One of the services that we provide is the state mandated Megan’s Law website.

As I was looking over the web this evening, this local story caught my eye. I am all for people taking part in their community and “doing the right thing.” But somehow this story seems to me to be a bit sensationalistic.

I understand that there is anger against sex offenders, molesters and violent criminals in the community. The acts that these criminals commit are in no way, shape or form defensible in my opinion.

Also I am a firm believer in anyone’s First Amendment rights.

Yet I still think that this story – while maybe more sensationalistic than actually ‘newsworthy’ – points out a problem that some people forget about the Criminal Justice system. In America we are all “guilty until proven innocent” in a court of law before a jury of our ‘peers.’ But somehow the fact that someone is listed in the Megan’s Law database is taken to be much more serious than someone who is out on parole or probation.
- What?  No, we are all "Innocent until proven guilty!"

Why?

Again, I am not arguing that one crime is worse, more reprehensible than another, or even not as heinous as any other crime. Murder is just as “bad” as molestation.

Let’s not forget that there are numerous felons listed in error on the website because of how the information is gathered. This problem is being addressed by the State and local law enforcement agencies but it is far from perfect. Sadly the fact that there are errors in this system seems to be forgotten in the reporting of this story.

However my fault with this story is that there seems to be a feeling of Old West justice to it. Maybe the question that I would ask the members of the news media is: why are you publicizing something which people can access for free? And further, are you sure that the information that this person will represent be accurate?

As the story points out, the man behind this ‘magazine’ thinks that there are people out there who don’t have access to the internet and want to know this information. I guess that could be true but one reason that the public libraries have been asked to filter “questionable content” (i.e. pornography, medical sites and even the news) is because the sex offenders would utilize the libraries free internet access! And, again, there are numerous people who are not listed because of their failure to register as sex offenders.

Thus it seems that this story is more about sex, offenders, violent crime and sensationalism. The Megan’s Law website that is provided by State of California statute is maintained by the Department of Justice. As an employee of California’s DOJ it just sounds like this story is about how someone is using information which is open to the public to further their personal gains.

But that is just my opinion. I could be wrong...


Another "for the children" race?

Well, we had "Walk in my shoes," by Lauren Book. Then we had "Ride for their lives," by Ed Smart, which is to end today. And now Marc Klass is having the "Fireball Run!"

Fireball Run (2010) Promo Video:


Maybe all ex-sex offender support groups should start our own "xRSO CaNNoNball RuN?" I get the Lambo with the hot chicks though.

xRSO CaNNoNball RuN:


Or, we could have a race similar to the movie "Death Race 2000" (below), and we'd get points for running over Walsh, Smart, Klass, Lunsford, etc!



Just kidding!


CA - Sex Offender Magazine? Sacramento man (Corey Wright) publishes sex predator listings

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I wonder if the man doing this, has anything in his closet he'd not want someone to know about? It's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt because of this, and someone sues him. Also, by him calling the magazine "Predator Magazine," he is making it appear as if all the "offenders" he puts in the magazine are predators, which is not the case, but he's helping spread hysteria by basically labeling everyone a predator!

Also, a friend searched the Sacremento, CA criminal database, and it appears Corey may have a criminal record of his own.

Comments as posted here:

Before this magazine even gets to the stores, it will be out of date and spreading incorrect information. The only place where timely and accurate info is available, is, the state registry. Once you put this info into print, the magazine will become something that is kept around the house and folks will think they know, but the reality is, one minute after press time, it is out of date.

How long does this man think he will be able to do this for FREE? That alone should tell folks, he isn't facing reality and his goals are foolish. Producing anything on paper costs money, what is his source? He wants his 15-minutes of fame and at some point reality will sink in, likely when he sees the first bills for this effort, and then goes bankrupt. The general public will ultimately pay for his foolishness.

Finally, will it contain what the Adam Walsh Act requires? Warnings to the public about the use of what is printed in the magazine. Registrants are entitled to that as a minimum. Further AWA also requires the name and address of who to contact should the information be incorrect. Is he going to be ready to print retractions, explaining his magazine was incorrect at the time it was printed?

The magazine also enables registrants to violate the law, as folks should know, registrants in California are not allowed to view registry information, how will he prevent registrants from obtaining these magazines? He clearly has not thought this out at all, his goal is 15 minutes of fame and he doesn't care who gets hurt in the process.

09/21/2010

By Nick Monacelli

SACRAMENTO - A Sacramento man decided information on sex offenders isn't accessible enough -- and his solution was to create a magazine that makes it all more public than ever.

Corey Wright of Sacramento was browsing the sex offender database created when Megan's Law passed, listing all the area sex offenders, their addresses and offenses.

While clicking through, Wright said he realized not everyone has access to the Internet and eventually, children could be harmed.

"It's overwhelming how many sex offenders there are in Sacramento," said Wright. "I kind of wanted to move the listing of the offenders from the Internet to the coffee table."

To do that, Wright created the 916 edition of Predator Magazine. The pages have color photos of offenders and all the information available on the online database.

Every pages lists at least six offenders.

"You've got the small boxes, but some of them I had to put in big boxes because there were so many charges," he said flipping through the pages.

The first edition is due out in January. Wright said he hopes to distribute 10,000 copies a week -- and that every copy should be free.

While many residents applaud Wright's efforts, others say the magazine puts targets of those who have already served their sentences.

"It's going to harm a lot of people," said one man convicted of molesting his daughter. "It's going to profile people and everyone's going to start looking for these people."

However, when asked if he saw a positive side to the magazine, he said, "It probably has an aspect of doing good. Maybe warning kids to stay away from the type of people like that."

Either way, Wright said he is not promoting vigilantism.
- You don't have to promote it, people will use this info, just like they are using the registry the state creates, to harm people. Even the state registry has info wrong, and if you publish the same wrong info and the wrong person is harmed or killed, you could be sued, which I'm sure will happen in time.

"We're not telling anyone to go out and hurt these people," Wright said. "We're just trying to keep you informed as to where these people are. Please don't do anything to them."

Wright said he is making every attempt to avoid publishing low-risk offenders -- for instance, those convicted of public urination.

He also said he hopes the 916 edition is only the beginning and will expand across the state region by region. The next project is the 415 edition, focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area.