Wednesday, June 22, 2011

When “Child Porn” Isn’t, And The Woman Who Insisted We Differentiate

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CA - Mr. Winky on Your Windshield: Plea Deal For Former Police Chief (Paul Lawrence Wadley) Accused of Plastering Cars With Penis Pics

Paul Wadley
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Of course, he's a cop, and they get all the perks.


By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

After allegedly exposing himself to multiple women on hiking trails and leaving pictures of his penis on car windows, former Huntington Park police Chief Paul Lawrence Wadley has managed to avoid having to register as a sex offender by accepting a plea deal.

The OC Register reports that Wadley's difficulties began when pictures of male genitalia were found on the ground on Oak Canyon Road in east Anaheim last November. Police were contacted by a woman who had seen the photos lying around on more than one occasion.

Wadley, 56, was linked to the pics and to flashing hikers at Toyon Park several weeks later, when a fingerprint on a car window that had also been hit with a penis pic was matched to his. Authorities later found similar photos on other cars in the area.

As part of his plea agreement, Wadley plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of prowling and one count of vehicle tampering, and will serve three years of probation as well as complete 150 hours of community service.

According to his lawyer, Al Fadel Amer, Wadley's guns were taken away but he'll get them back when his probation ends, and in the meantime, he's been also ordered to stay away from parks and trails.
- What about staying away from cars?

UK - Teenager (Terri Sproul) who made false rape claim caught out after trying to cover up her lies on Facebook

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A teenager who falsely claimed she had been violently raped was caught after she tried to cover up her lies on her Facebook page, a court heard.

Terri Sproul’s claim that she had been assaulted as she walked home from a party led police to spend 147 hours trawling CCTV footage while forensic teams carried out a finger-tip search of Coventry city centre.

But her lies unravelled when officers found a message on her Facebook page to a man she had consensual sex with on the night of the alleged rape.

The 19-year-old posted the comment: ‘Oi Oi sexy how are you? Listen if the police phone you I got out of the taxi on my own. Don't say you came to mine.’

She pretended she had been attacked by an unknown other man.

But jobless Sproul walked free from court after she admitted wasting police time by making up the false rape claim at Coventry Magistrates Court yesterday.

She was given a 16-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

Katie Simpson, prosecuting, told the court: ‘When they [the police] spoke to her about the Facebook messages she became very emotional."

She started crying and admitted to the police that she had lied to them.'

She said she had never been raped and when they asked her why she had lied she said simply because she wanted to seek help.’

The court heard Sproul had been at an alcohol and drug-fuelled party at a friend's house in Coventry.

Witnesses saw her snorting cocaine before she met a man who she later had sex with.

Officers interviewed the man who admitted having consensual sex with her.

But she pretended to police she had been attacked by another man in the city centre as she walked home from the party.

Sproul, from Coventry, maintained her lie for six weeks before she finally admitted making the entire attack up.

Stefan Hunka, defending, told the court Sproul was suffering at the time after falling out with her parents because of her £300-a-day drug habit.

He said: ‘It's extremely fortunate for her that we don't have a human victim in this case.'

No-one was arrested and no-one was held in custody.'

Even though I represent her I was to get across the enormity of what might have happened here.’

Magistrate Steve Old told Sproul she had ‘narrowly avoided' a prison sentence.

Two years for false rape claimant (Aisha Mather)

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By Richard Young

A woman who falsely claimed she had been raped was sentenced to two years in a young offender’s institution yesterday (Tuesday).

Aisha Mather, 19, of Hertford Road, Stevenage told police she had been raped by a man at a house in Nottingham in January.

Her case collapsed however and she was sentenced on Tuesday at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice last month.

Detective Inspector Mat Healey said Mather had wasted a large amount of police time which could have been directed at real crimes.

In this case we put in significant police resources, including extra patrols to reassure other residents, and invested a lot of time following various lines of inquiry, which were later found to have been made up. We even arrested a man based on a description given, who was released without charge."

It is extremely disappointing that someone would go to the extreme of making something like this up. It took valuable resources away from helping others who had been real victims of crime.”

CA - Sex Offender Ban in San Juan Parks Moves Forward

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By Jenna Chandler

The City Council needs to define which parks would be off-limits, among other details.

At the request of Mayor Sam Allevato - a retired police officer - the City Council will soon discuss at length the possibility of banning sex offenders from city parks.

Allevato on Tuesday night gauged the council's interest in such a law, and all of the members said it's something they would very much like to consider.

The ordinance would likely mirror one adopted recently by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. A handful of other cities in the county have followed suit.

"San Juan Capistrano has many rules about its parks," said District Attorney chief of staff Susan Kang Schroeder, who lobbied the City Council in favor of a ban. She listed existing rules, such as horses not being permitted in parks, and said: "If you can prohibit things such as that, certainly the city should join the county."

The D.A. helped draft the measure enacted April 5 by the Board of Supervisors.

California law bars serious sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of parks. It also restricts them from visiting parks, but only while they are on parole. The county law extends the restriction on park visits indefinitely and to all registered sex offenders in unincorporated areas.

This is a "serious enough issue that we should agendize it for a future meeting," Allevato said. It would be an "extra tool for law enforcement to have, to use if they come in contact with someone loitering in the vicinity of children."

However, San Juan Capistrano's chief of police, John Meyer, said sex offenders loitering in parks in town isn't currently an issue.

Of the more than 1,800 registered sex offenders identified on California's Megan's Law, 17 live in San Juan.

City councilmen Larry Kramer and Derek Reeve did raise some concerns, including:

  • What would be defined as a park (San Juan has a historic district and lots of open spaces owned by the city)?
  • Would the law become a tool for law enforcement to harass homeless people who sleep in the Northwest Open Space?
  • Should the measure be narrowed to include only sex offenders who have committed crimes against children?

Staffers will take these concerns under consideration when drafting a proposal for the council. A date for the next discussion hasn't yet been scheduled.