Friday, June 10, 2011

OH - Cuyahoga County Sheriff - Offender Watch - Misleading Information

The following is an email we sent to this county sheriff. Probably won't do any good, but it may if enough complain.

I noticed on the presentation you have on your Offender Watch web site says "50% of sex offenders re-offend," which is not true, and is misleading.

The Bureau of Justice did a study that shows sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of any other criminal, except murderers.

You can view many more studies that prove this as well, here:

This is the standard template that comes with the Offender Watch system, which it's up to you to change to be more accurate.

Washington state has changed theirs, below is one example, and it's more accurate.

And you can see more on Offender Watch here:

And you should also have a warning, which I believe is mandated by the Adam Walsh Act, about the misuse of registry information to harass others, which happens all the time, and we have proof here:


Sex Offender Issues

CA - Ex-Kern County Jail deputy (Anthony Lavis) must register as sex offender

Anthony Lavis
Original Article


BAKERSFIELD — A former Kern County detentions deputy was sentenced Thursday for assaulting female inmates.

Anthony Lavis, 56, was arrested early last year for the alleged sexual assaults in the Lerdo Pre-Trial facility. He pleaded no contest last month to three counts of assault by a public officer, and several other charges were dismissed.

The investigation began in October 2009 when an inmate told another guard about the alleged assault, according to arrest documents from the sheriff's office. That inmate claimed Lavis talked to her when she was taking a shower and touched her vagina.

Investigators set up audio and video surveillance on that inmate's cell, and Lavis was caught touching the inmate and talking to her again in a sexual manner, according to the arrest documents.

Three additional inmates came forward with allegations against Lavis. They told investigators that he either touched them in their private areas, rubbed himself on them, tried to kiss them and or forced them to disrobe.

Lavis' sentence includes more than three years in prison, and he must register with the state as a sex offender.

TX - Former Victoria County Democratic party chairman (Stephen Jabbour) sentenced to federal prison on child porn charges

Stephen Jabbour
Original Article


By Gheni Platenburg

Stephen Jabbour given 14 years for receiving, possessing child pornography

Former Victoria County Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Jabbour was sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison on Thursday for receiving and possessing child pornography.

Jabbour, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of possession and one count of receiving child pornography via the Internet during a plea hearing before Senior United States Judge Hayden Head in Corpus Christi in January.

Head sentenced Jabbour to a 170 months in prison for the receipt of child pornography and 120 months in prison for the possession of child pornography conviction. The sentences will be served concurrently in federal prison without parole.

"I was very disappointed with the court's decision to sentence him at 170 months," said John T. Floyd III, Jabbour's Houston-based attorney. "We asked the judge for a significantly lower sentence that we thought was proper under the circumstances."

He continued, "This is what the judge thought was right."

Jabbour's prison time will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, during which time he will have to comply with additional conditions designed to protect children and the community.

If Jabbour fails to abide by the conditions set forth with his supervised release, he could face an additional prison term.

Jabbour, who is a licensed attorney with a practice in Victoria, has also been ordered to register as a sex offender.

At his plea hearing, Jabbour admitted that between August and November 2008 he received child pornography, consisting of images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, via the Internet and possessed child pornography in January 2010.

During Thursday's hearing, government witnesses testified that Jabbour's collection of child pornography is believed to have been the largest collection of child pornography seized in the Southern District of Texas, and one of the largest seized in the United States. Jabbour possessed in excess of 250,000 images and videos of child pornography and another 400,000 to 500,000 images and videos of child erotica, according to a United States Attorney's Office news release.

Witnesses also detailed Jabbour's online chatting with other people believed to be pedophiles and the exchanging of images and videos with them via the Internet.

According to their testimony, in his online chats, Jabbour repeatedly declared his sexual interest in children between the ages of 0-9 years old; stated he admired child kidnappers; and became sexually aroused when he heard Amber alerts, according to the news release.

Jabbour was arrested at his law office in August, following the execution of search warrants at his home and law office in January 2010.

The investigation leading to the charges against Jabbour was conducted by special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations and the Corpus Christi Police Department, as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation.

"Mr. Jabbour did everything he could to take responsibility for his crimes," Floyd said. "He received a tremendous amount of support from people in Victoria. He was thankful and touched for the support given."

Assistant U. S. Attorney Lance Duke prosecuted the case against Jabbour.

Jabbour, who has been in custody following his conviction in January, will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.

Floyd said he and Jabbour will be evaluating findings that were presented to Head in a pre-sentencing report to determine whether they will file an appeal.

In regards to the future of his client's law firm, Floyd replied, " (Jabbour) took every step he could to wrap up his affairs. He did everything he could do to protect his clients."

IN - Former DeWitt deputy (Timothy Collins) arrested on sex abuse charges

Protect and serve... NOT!Original Article


By Edith Brady-Lunny

CLINTON — A former DeWitt County sheriff’s deputy returned to the jail where he once served as an officer following his arrest on sexual abuse charges involving a minor girl in Clinton.

Timothy Collins, 38, faces eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse accusing him of molesting a teenage girl under 17 during two incidents in April.

Collins, who was honored by state officials in 2004 for his efforts to save three children who drowned in Clinton Lake a year earlier, was taken into custody Wednesday in Clinton, Ind. where he was working for a heating and air conditioning company.

The former police sergeant, along with two other officers, was named Deputy of the Year in 2004 by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. He resigned as deputy about two years ago.

DeWitt County State’s Attorney Richard Koritz said Thursday the alleged victim in the current case disclosed the accusations to adults who contacted Clinton police.

Collins is scheduled to be arraigned July 13 on the charges. He was released after posting $7,500 bond.