Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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By Marissa Alter
LOUISVILLE - A massive multi-agency effort is underway to verify sex offenders in Jefferson County are in compliance with their sex offender registration requirements.
It's called Operation Derby City Overwatch. The goal is to confirm the nearly 1,100 sex offenders in Louisville.
One hundred twenty law enforcement officers gathered at the command post to learn more about their assignment.
"In 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act was enacted by Congress. Part of that is to verify the sex offender registries in every state," said Brian Parrish, chief deputy U.S. marshal for the western district of Kentucky. "If an individual fails to register and moves to another jurisdiction, he can be prosecuted federally."
For the next 11 days, officers from state, local and federal agencies will verify the 1,094 registered sex offenders in Jefferson County.
"This is the first operation of its kind for the marshal service here in the western district of Kentucky, and to my knowledge, is one of the largest ones on a national scale that's ever been put together," Parrish said.
Groups of two to four officers, divided up by ZIP code, will go door to door with packets of information on the sex offenders in that area.
The initiative is designed to further the working relationship between federal, state and local law enforcement while also verifying the compliance of Jefferson County's registered sex offender population.
"We have found in the past that when these operations have been conducted, there's a certain percent that fail to register and go to other locations and resume their activity that got them in trouble in the first place," Parrish said.
If that's the case, the marshals service will work with its offices across the country to locate and possibly prosecute those offenders.
"The goal is to target 100 percent of that registry and make contact with each and every offender that we can," said Sex Offender Investigation Coordinator Brad Quillen of the U.S. Marshals Service, western district of Kentucky.
You will notice, most of the time, when it's a cop who commits a sex or other crime, their photo is not posted, but when it's you or I, they post the photo.
By Doug Guthrie
Southgate — A police officer, who resolved a domestic dispute between a husband and wife by taking the wife to a hotel, has been charged with later returning to the hotel to sexually assault the woman.
Former Southgate Police Officer Emmanuel Paravas, 42, is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Wyandotte's 27th District Court on charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, official misconduct and neglect of duty.
The defendant is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday at 27th District Court in Wyandotte before Judge Randy Kalmbach.
It is alleged in a warrant authorized today by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy that Paravas was dispatched to a domestic violence complaint at a Southgate home about 1 a.m. Feb. 9.
For the 41-year-old woman's safety, Paravas transported the victim to a Northline Road motel, but he allegedly returned about 3 a.m. later to sexually assault the woman, according to the prosecutor.
Paravas has resigned from his job with the Southgate Police Department.
The sex crime carries a maximum sentence of up to 15 years. Misconduct is a five-year felony, and neglect of duty is a one-year misdemeanor. Paravas originally was to be arraigned in Southgate's 28th District Court, but Judge James Kandrevas recused himself from the case, according to the prosecutor's office.
HONOLULU — A former officer once lauded a hero by the Maui Police Department has pleaded guilty to committing felonies while on duty.
Kristopher Galon pleaded guilty last week, admitting in court to theft and sexual assault.
The Maui News reported Monday Galon stole $1,550 from a driver during a traffic stop and extorted a sex act from a woman who had been jailed after another officer arrested and robbed her.
The other officer, Steven Gunderson, pleaded guilty last month to charges of theft and evidence tampering.
The 37-year-old Galon was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor in 2004 for saving an unconscious driver from a vehicle after its engine exploded.
He faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Former Good Morning America weather forecaster Heidi Jones may go free after prosecutors admitted she was questioned about making false rape claims without being read her rights.
Jones, 37, claimed she was raped by a Hispanic man in his thirties or forties when she was running in Central Park last autumn.
She did not report it until two months later when she said he approached her outside her house.
But when a massive manhunt for the 'rapist' produced no witnesses or surveillance footage, police questioned her again and she allegedly admitted she made the whole thing up.
According to the New York Daily News, her lawyer Paul Callan, said that they are challenging the admissibility of the statements since they were taken without her being made aware of her rights.
He told the paper: 'The District Attorney has now confirmed no Miranda warnings were ever given to Heidi Jones.'
Assistant District Attorney Shanda Strain wrote in court papers: 'The defendant was not in custody at the time her statements were made.'
'Miranda warnings were not required and the statements taken from the defendant was lawfully obtained.'
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin ordered further hearings on whether Jones' rights were violated.
The next hearing will be on June 20.
According to Mr Callan, the popular weather forecaster had been grilled in an interrogation room for hours and was not told that she could have a lawyer present, could leave or could remain silent.
Jones, best known for her time on WABC-TV, allegedly caved in under the pressure in the interrogation room and admitted her lie to the policemen.
She allegedly told detectives: 'I did make this up. I made it up for attention.'
'I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family. I know there is no justification for it.'
The attack was said to have taken place on September 24 as she was jogging through Central Park.
She claimed the man dragged her into nearby woods but bolted when two tourists walked past and she screamed.
On November 21 she said the attacker approached her outside her house and this is when she decided to call 911.
After the claims she was suspended by WABC-TV.
If found guilty of the charges she could face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
If anybody knows which "law" they are referring to, let us know. I've never heard of this so-called "law!" You will also notice, it's only one county saying this. If it were indeed a state law, all counties would be doing it.
CHATHAM CO (WTOC) - The Chatham County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit is making the community even more aware of the convicted sex offenders living around them.
The State of Georgia now requires every Sheriff's Office to provide printed photographs of every sex offender to all schools, libraries, police stations and public buildings.
- I've never heard of any such law, and my, what a waste of paper, printer ink, etc? So I guess the registry is not sufficient? Why can't these places just check the registry?
For the past several months the S.O.R.T. Unit has been putting together binders of the nearly 400 sex offenders living in Chatham County which deputies will start delivering Wednesday, June 1, to the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, private schools, local colleges, public libraries, police stations and city halls in Chatham County this week. Any updates to the list will be e-mailed daily.
Sheriff Al St Lawrence said, "My deputies in the sex offender tracking unit always go above and beyond to keep this community safe. Putting together these binders was not an easy task, but one we feel will help make the public more aware of the convicted rapists, child molesters and predators who unfortunately are living among us."
The former chairman of one of Egypt's major banks has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a maid at a Manhattan hotel. Police say Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar was arrested at the Pierre Hotel Monday morning.
Hitler did this, and so do many third world countries. Doesn't mean it's okay and we should do it. But, it would not surprise me if we did revert to sadistic means like Iran and other evil countries.