Saturday, July 30, 2011

RI - Sex offender sweep nets 8 arrests - Police checked up on 200 registered offenders

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07/29/2011

By Erin Kennedy

PROVIDENCE (WPRI) - A sweep of nearly 200 registered sex offenders across the Ocean State, netted the arrest of eight people.
- Wow, that is all? This is only 4% (re-arrest for any crime or technicality). With the way people constantly say sex offenders have high recidivism rates (for new crimes), you'd think it would be a lot more, but once again, this shows most don't re-offend, but get re-arrested of technical issues. Studies show that sex offenders have low recidivism rates (for new sex crimes). Also, just because someone wears the scarlet letter "sex offender" label, that doesn't mean they are predators. One person was arrested, per this article, so that would put the recidivism rate at 1% or less.

The sweep was the 6th one conducted by the Sex Offender Law Enforcement Multidisciplinary Network - or SOLEMN Task Force, which is headed by the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Authorities were checking up on about two hundred registered sex offenders in East Providence, Cranston and Warwick. While they found most suspects to be in compliance with sex offender registration laws, eight people were in violation.

"We're not just going to the address and looking for a face and saying 'hi, how are you doing?' We're hopeful that these offenders will let us into their house. We want to see where they sleep. We want to make sure that it's not just a place where they're receiving mail. We want them to show us what their living environment looks like, cause it can be looked at as an invasion of privacy, but we want to make sure the community's safe. And some of these individuals are on the cusp of making bad decisions," said C.J. Wyant of the task force.
- Not all sex offenders are on probation or parole, so they should deny the police entrance into their homes, even if they are doing nothing wrong. It's called privacy. They don't have any right to enter your home, if you are not on probation or parole, so don't let them in, let them get a warrant if they want.

[name withheld], 51 of Warwick, was a level three sex offender most likely to strike again. Police arrested [name withheld] and charged him with possession of child pornography.

[name withheld] was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender. The 37-year-old Cranston man was recently convicted of the same offense in Ohio.

Over the last three years, the task force has checked up on about 700 offenders in 19 Rhode Island communities. Local police, probation officers, DCFY and RI State Police computer crimes experts have all participated in the sweeps.


CA - San Ramon Valley home to 17 sex offenders

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See our comments we posted on the article, in the comments section below, or at the link above, if they do not delete them.

07/30/2011

By Glenn Wohltmann

While San Ramon and Danville both enjoy reputations of being squeaky clean, there are currently 16 registered sex offenders –- along with another in Alamo –- living in the area.

That's not counting a list of others either serving time or awaiting trial. Among them: a former sheriff's deputy accused of molesting three children, an ex-Cub Scout leader serving time for child pornography, a former substitute teacher arrested on drug and child pornography charges, and two recent graduates of San Ramon Valley High School arrested or serving time for sex-related charges.

Of the 11 men in San Ramon currently on the sex offender registry, one man convicted of a sex crime involving a child lives near Village Green Park. Two others, also convicted of sex crimes against children live near Athens Downs Park, while a third -- also convicted of a sex crime involving a child -- lives not far from Twin Creeks Elementary School.

San Ramon also has three men who don't have to disclose their addresses to the state because of the nature of their crimes, and one transient, whose address is unavailable.

Four Danville residents are on the registry, known as the Megan's Law database. Of them, only two have to disclose their addresses because of their convictions; neither of them lives near a park or school, as is the case with the single Alamo resident on the database.

While studies show that sex offenders in general and pedophiles in particular have high recidivism rates, those in the area are being closely monitored, according to local police.
- Once again, spreading lies.  The facts are, that sex offenders have the second lowest recidivism rate of any other criminal, except murderers, and you can see these facts, here.

Contra Costa County has a detective assigned to keep tabs on the 350 or so sex offenders in the county, including those in Danville.

Those offenders are required to register with the Sheriff's Office every year around their birthdays, according to spokesman Jimmy Lee. He said random address verifications are also conducted by the Contra County Sheriff's Office.

Those who are on the state's Megan's Law database must re-register within five days of their birthdays; those who do not are likely to get a reminder from police and could ultimately wind up back in prison if they don't comply with the law.

Lee said deputies also conduct random sweeps throughout the year, usually in conjunction with other agencies.

"These sweeps throughout the county are done to confirm they are living where they say they are living, that they are meeting the conditions of their probation or parole, and to see if they are committing any new offenses," he explained.
- How are you going to know if they are or aren't committing new crimes?

San Ramon also conducts random checks, according to Lt. Dan Pratt.

"The SRPD (San Ramon Police Department) Investigation Division and Contra Costa County have personnel and teams that periodically go out to the homes of sex offenders to ensure they are living where they say they are and are abiding by the terms of their probation or parole," Pratt said.
- Not all sex offenders are on probation or parole.

The Megan's Law website is maintained by local police agencies. When a convicted offender moves away or into an area, police are notified and update their lists. The registry is named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and murdered in New Jersey in 1994.

Lee noted a section on the database that offers tips on "How To Protect Yourself and Your Family."


DC - Congress wants to spy on everyone's Internet

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As Rabbi Daniel Lapin (Or Hitler) once said: "The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." And like we have said many times, once one registry is created, eventually we will all be on a registry, and this may potentially be it!

07/29/2011

Goodbye, civil liberties! The government is using a bill disguised as anti-child pornography legislation to allow them to start monitoring Web-usage of everyone.

The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (H.R. 1981, PDF) is aiming to keep the Web safe for children, but in the process it will treat any user logging on to the Internet as a potential criminal.

Bill sponsor Lamar Smith, House judiciary committee chairman and Representative from Texas, says that pedophiles have been able to avoid prosecution in the past because vital records linking them to web usage were never required to be retained. Under H.R. 1981, Internet Service Providers would have to hold onto those records for 12 months.

Those records, however, won’t apply to just suspected child pornographers and pedophiles. Instead, ISPs will be doing data retention on all of their customers.

If passed, the bill will keep the names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and temporarily-assigned IP addresses of everyone on the Internet on file for a full year.

Smith says that the law is similar to what telephone companies are currently required to do by keeping phone records of their customers. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), however, says it’s just an attempt to pry even deeper into the public lives of citizens.

This is not about child porn. It never has been and never will be,” Issa said. “This is a convenient way for law enforcement to get what they couldn’t get in the PATRIOT Act.” Issa further added that he is “offended” that lawmakers would use the issue of child pornography to gain leverage in passing the law.

Fellow California Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren shared the same sentiments as Issa. “This is among the most astounding increases in the power of the federal government to gain access to private information,” she said.

The bill is mislabeled,” Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) tells CNET. "This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes."

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) proposed an amendment to H.R. 1981 which would limit the data retention to only cases involving child pornography or terrorism. Despite that being why backers claim the bill exists, it ended up being withdrawn. When he tried another amendment to reduce the time that data is retained from one year to 180 days, it failed to win on the voting floor.

Rep. Smith responded that doing so could undermine current cases regarding other issues.

In a statement issued by the Center for Democracy & Technology out of Washington DC, the non-profit advocacy group says that the passing of H.R. 1981 would “fundamentally violate users’ rights to privacy and free expression.”

The CDT adds that telephone companies that offer Internet service to customers will be faced with an enormous burden of handling the request of data retention, which will be a costly mandate to wireless carriers.

In other words, the data retention provisions in H.R. 1981 would threaten our civil liberties, create significant economic burdens for small businesses and wireless carriers, and put consumers at a greater risk for identity theft and other privacy invasions,” writes the DCT.

In addition to receiving backing from Rep. Smith, H.R. 1981 is also receiving praise from Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Major County Sheriff’s Association, the International Union of Police Associations and the Fraternal Order of Police.