Thursday, August 25, 2011

UK - Death threat to Lotto rapist daubed on gates to his mansion

Original Article

08/26/2011

A chilling message has been daubed on the gates of lotto rapist [name withheld]’s mansion warning him: “Leave or Die.”

Now security at his luxury property – already costing the taxpayer up to £30,000 a week – has been stepped up.

The sex offender, who won £7.2million in August 2004 while serving life for rape, is said to be in fear of his life.

He called police after the night raid at his £1million home near Newcastle.

Detectives are said to be taking the threats seriously – and police and probation chiefs must now decide if [name withheld], 59, will have to be moved.

He has faced abuse, vandalism, and stone-throwing since his release on licence in 2005 after serving 16 years for rape, three attempted rapes and two assaults.
- Sounds like security is not doing their job to me!

Recently he told how he is constantly looking over his shoulder after once being sent two silver bullets through the post.

A neighbour said: “We’ve had lots of incidents, but nothing like this.”

[name withheld], who has a panic button in his home, admits: “I am nervous.”


NY - Former sheriff's deputy Marchon Hamilton pleaded guilty to the 2002 rape of inmate

Original Article

08/25/2011

By MATT REYNOLDS

The 2nd Circuit reinstated a jury's award of $500,000 to a woman who was raped by a sheriff's deputy while she was being detained at the Erie County Holding Center in western New York.
- So basically, instead of the cop having to pay the above, the tax payers are.

Former sheriff's deputy Marchon Hamilton pleaded guilty to the 2002 rape of [victim name withheld], a woman awaiting trial in a woman's housing unit at the Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo, N.Y..

"Deputy Hamilton, acting alone, escorted some female detainees to the recreation center but ordered [victim name withheld] to remain behind," according to the 2nd Circuit. "When Hamilton returned, he grabbed [victim name withheld], put his hands over her nose and mouth, forced her into the deputies' bathroom, and raped her."

After Hamilton pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, [victim name withheld] brought a federal due-process claim and New York state-law claim for negligence against Erie County, the Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Patrick Gallivan and her attacker.

Though a jury ultimately awarded [victim name withheld] $500,000 in damages, the magistrate judge hearing the case set the decision aside, finding that Erie's policy of leaving male deputies alone with female detainees was not unconstitutional. The judge also said [victim name withheld] had failed to prove that Erie had a policy of ignoring prior incidents of male guards sexual assaulting female prisoners.
- This is a policy that needs to change.  It may not be unconstitutional, but it's morally wrong, for this reason. Since you have a lot of cops who think they are above the law, females should be handled by female officers, and males by male officers.

In a 2-1 decision, the 2nd Circuit reversed. The majority found that Sheriff Gallivan showed "deliberate indifference" to the risk of sexual attacks on prisoners because of his awareness of prison guards' past misconduct.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy improperly set aside the verdict on [victim name withheld]'s claim for violation of due process under federal law, the federal appeals court ruled.

"Defendants cannot claim that the evidence was insufficient to alert them to the risk of sexual exploitation posed by male deputies guarding female prisoners at ECHC," Judge Reena Raggi wrote for the majority. "That risk is acknowledged in New York state law, which pronounces prisoners categorically incapable of consenting to any sexual activity with guards ... and subjects guards to criminal liability for such conduct."

"In short, these laws recognize the moral certainty of guards confronting prisoners in sexually tempting circumstances with such a frequent risk of harm to prisoners as to require a complete prohibition on any sexual activity," she added.

Raggi said that it was reasonable for the jury to conclude that women prisoners were at risk.

"By 1999, defendants also knew that a policy simply proscribing all sexual contact between male guards and female prisoners was insufficient to deter such conduct at ECHC; and that, in these circumstances, defendants' mere reiteration of the proscriptive policy unaccompanied by any proactive steps to minimize the opportunity for exploitation, as for example by prohibiting unmonitored one-on-one interactions between guards and prisoners, demonstrated deliberate indifference to defendants' affirmative duty to protect prisoners from sexual exploitation," the 35-page decision states.

The majority also rejected Erie's request for a new trial based on improper questions to jurors and a supposed deficiency in the verdict. Raggi said those errors "were not properly preserved for review."

Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs criticized the majority's holding and said it would "impose strict liability on municipalities and policymakers for any incidents that arise in a prison."

The court's decision hinged on an incident that the court said demonstrated Gallivan's apparent indifference to sexual exploitation of prisoners. In that instance, a female inmate at ECHC, [victim name 2 withheld], claimed that a prison guard bartered sexual activity for commissary items. In the past, [victim name 2 withheld] had exposed her breasts to guards for cigarettes.

Jacobs said [victim name 2 withheld]'s case "yielded ambiguous conclusions establishing no more than that the inmate exhibited herself sexually to guards who did not report her, and that one or more guards gave her commissary items."

"One guard was found to have violated policy and was given a three-day suspension without pay," the seven-page dissent states. "Thus the [victim name 2 withheld] complaint was not ignored: It provoked an investigation; and the investigation resulted in discipline. This is not deliberate indifference to sexual exploitation, and far less is it deliberate indifference to the risk of rape."

Jacobs said that the majority's ruling meant that the "only effective solution" would be to segregate prison guards and prisoners by gender.
- Yes, it's common sense!

"Because male inmates greatly outnumber female inmates, the resulting curtailment of opportunity for female guards would likely trigger valid Title VII suits," Jacobs wrote.

"People with known same-sex preferences may not be able to serve as guards in any prison," he added. "And in another sphere, since military officers are responsible for their subordinates, we could not have mixing of the sexes in the military, unless (I suppose) the officers are paired off."


MA - Cardinal launches accused clergy sex offender site

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley
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How Christian of him! I don't think Jesus Christ would condone naming and shaming anybody.

08/25/2011

By Laurel J. Sweet

The Archdiocese of Boston is upgrading its Web site today to include one-stop shopping for information on past and present clerics already publicly accused of sexually abusing minors.

The new site can be likened to a sex offender registry for priests and deacons.
- If they committed a sex crime, why put them on a separate registry? Why not put them on the state sex offender registry with everybody else?

The controversial step for a church lambasted for its history of denial and secrecy has Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley girding for criticism, hoping for praise and praying www.bostoncatholic.org doesn’t crash from a sudden traffic rush, officials close to the cardinal told the Herald.

Some will say we’ve thrown priests under the bus. Others will say we haven’t gone far enough. What we’re posting is factual information. If there’s backlash, so be it,” the Very Rev. Richard M. Erikson, Vicar General and O’Malley’s second in command, said during a sitdown interview at the Pastoral Center in Braintree.

The idea was to make access to this information simpler for people,” he said, “but when you’re dealing with such raw emotion and pain, nothing’s simple.”

Details on the identities, work status and parish histories of 159 clerics who have been found guilty of sexually abusing a child or teen either by the church or the state, who have been accused and volunteered to be laicized (separated from the clerical state), who have been accused of sexual abuse and placed on administrative leave while their cases are investigated, who were no longer in active ministry when they were accused and even those where abuse claims were unsubstantiated will now be instantly available at the public’s fingertips.
- Once again, a "Christian" naming and shaming people who have been accused, but have yet to have their day in court, yeah, how "Christian" like.

Their photos are not included, but their years of birth and ordination are, as well as whether they’re dead or alive. Dead clerics, who were previously publicly accused are also listed, but 62 whose names never reached the public domain are not.
- So why list dead people?  What good will that do, except further ruin the reputation of the ex-offenders families?

Among the 159 names are 22 clerics whose cases are still open canonically. The accusations date back as far as 1950.

Erikson said the listed clerics were being notified by letter. Asked how he expected them to take the news, Erikson suggested it was a no-win situation for all involved.

When there is an accusation of sexual abuse, it is absolutely horrible,” he said. “There is the possible abuse of a child or minor, which is absolutely horrible. The second possibility is that it’s not true and the priest’s reputation is ruined for life. Whether it’s true or false, it’s horrible."

Rightfully so, the church is held to a higher standard,” he said.

A church official told the Herald new complaints of sexual abuse of children by local clerics have become almost nonexistent, but if any arise, the lists will be updated.

Thank God, it’s rare,” Erikson said.
- So, like I said, why not put them on the normal state registry, if they have been convicted? Or, let's create 10 million registries for all walks of life, so it makes it harder for everyone? Put all sex offender cops, politicians, news media, celebrities, etc, on their own expensive registry, and waste more tax payer money. Why not, if it's good enough for one group, then it's good enough for all other criminals as well.

In a seven-page letter explaining his reasoning behind the policy revision, O’Malley said, “I am acutely aware of the harm that the abuse of children by clergy has caused in the lives of so many. And while I know there will be some who believe our policy changes should go further, after careful consultation and consideration of views expressed by so many people and groups, I believe that the changes we are making are appropriate ...
- Do you think Jesus Christ would approve?  I don't!


Austrian Probed for Sexually Abusing Mentally Disabled Daughters for 41 Years

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08/25/2011

VIENNA – An 80-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of locking up his two mentally disabled daughters in a small room for 41 years, sexually abusing them, and beating and threatening them to keep them subservient.

Alois Lissl, a senior state police official, said the father -- from the Upper Austrian village of St. Peter am Hart -- is suspected of assault, torture or neglect of defenseless individuals, threat to life or physical condition, rape and other sex crimes. The man had been at liberty and living in a senior citizens' home.

Lissl said the man will be questioned by an investigative judge within the next 48 hours, who will decide whether to keep him confined.

Police said the man's daughters -- now 53 and 45 years old -- have accused him of repeatedly raping them at their home between 1970 and May 2011. The women said their father repeatedly warned he would kill them if they resisted, occasionally threatening them with firearms, said Lissl.

They also said that their mother, who died several years ago, was also repeatedly abused by the suspect.

The father has denied the accusations, said local police commander Martin Pumberger. Police have not named him or the alleged victims.

The Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten newspaper reported that the women escaped from their father's custody when he fell and was unable to get up after the older daughter pushed him during an attempted rape. It said the victims were also beaten with a stick and a pitchfork.

It was unclear why it took for so long for the allegations to surface.

Police were initially quoted as saying the daughters did not tell anyone about the alleged abuse until weeks after their escape. But authorities later said that a social worker who discovered the father two days after he fell went to police shortly after with her suspicions. The man was moved to the senior citizens' home after he was found.

The allegations evoke chilling parallels to the case of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his daughter in a windowless cellar for 24 years and repeatedly raped her, fathering her seven children. Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment two years ago for that crime and for responsibility in the death of one of the children.


DE - Evicted from their homes in Delaware


IL - Class Claims Credit Reporter Misidentified 'Hundreds or Thousands' as Sex Offenders

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Come on, I hope this man wins, and wins a ton of money. And this is a company that is suppose to do background checks for businesses? Any person with a little common sense would know to check all pertinent information to make sure it's an exact match, like Name, DOB, SSN, etc.

08/25/2011

CHICAGO (CN) - A federal class action (PDF) claims that consumer credit agency Infotrack Information Services falsely identified "hundreds or thousands of consumers as sex offenders in consumer reports provided to employers."

Lead plaintiff Samuel D. Jackson claims that "Infotrack created a consumer report erroneously indicating that Jackson was a registered sex offender and that he had committed heinous criminal acts" and sent "that consumer report to Jackson's prospective employer."

"This was not a one-time mistake on Infotrack's part," the complaint states. "Infotrack reports sex offender information about consumers whenever the consumer's first and last name matches the first and last name of any sex offender in its national sex offender database. Moreover, it never checks to determine whether the consumer's date of birth - or other personal identifying information - matches the date of birth of the actual sex offender. The failure to implement such basic cross-checking procedures has resulted in the erroneous labeling of hundreds or thousands of consumers as sex offenders in consumer reports provided to employers." (Emphasis in original.)

In his case, Jackson says, "the erroneous information never would have appeared in Jackson's consumer report, however, if Infotrack would have implemented the most basic and fundamental procedures to determine whether the sex offender information in the report actually related to Jackson. Indeed, Infotrack never determined whether Jackson's date of birth matched the dates of birth of the sex offenders listed in his report."

Jackson says Infotrack's report generated seven "possible matches," three of which were for "a fifty-eight-year-old African American male named Samuel L. Jackson from Virginia who was convicted of rape in November 18, 1987. Plaintiff was not yet 4 years old at the time."

When he called Infotrack to report the inaccurate information, Jackson says, the company told him "that the company's consumer reports frequently contain inaccurate sex offender information when the consumer has a common first and last name and that consumers frequently complain about the problem."

He says that "Infotrack's consumer reports are incomplete with respect to the sex offender information that they report because the consumer reports omit important information such as the actual sex offender's age, height, weight, and whether the sex offender is currently incarcerated."

He seeks punitive damages for Infotrack's failure to follow "reasonable procedures" to ensure accuracy in its reports and for reporting "sex offender information in consumer reports likely to have an adverse effect on a consumer's employment, while excluding from those consumer reports a great deal of personal indentifying information."

He is represented by Christopher Wilmes with Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick and Dym.


Computer porn exposure for kids grows as Internet becomes more dominate

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No doubt that porn is a problem for many, but I don't trust any study done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

08/13/2011

By Dave Masko

That’s 11-year-old Jimmy sitting over there in the corner giggling after Goggling porn; and that’s Jimmy losing his innocence along with millions of other teens and pre-teens in America today, say experts who warn of the mental health effects of regular porn exposure on youth.

Based on a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children survey, “only a small percentage of kids seek out pornography on purpose, and most respond appropriately by quickly leaving the site, though few report such incidents to parents,” stated Dr. Lynn Margolies on her website that focuses on the growing trend of youth looking at porn online. Moreover, “if you feel that you have to use some sort of computer program to surreptitiously monitor your child’s social networking, you are wasting your time. Your child will find a workaround in a matter of minutes,” explained California State University social media researcher Larry Rosen during a recent MSNBC TV report; while also stating that “you have to start talking about appropriate technology use early and often and build trust, so that when there is a problem, whether it is being bullied or seeing a disturbing image, your child will talk to you about it.”
- Well, there are ways to block porn, if people would educate others.  There should be people educating others on how to lock down a computer so their child cannot view porn.  You can do it through turning on parental controls on the web browser, setting firewall rules, some virus programs allow blocking of certain sites, etc.  It can be done, it's just something the average user would not know how to do, so education is needed.

Children are hurt and exposed to porn and other social ills online

Simply put, too much Facebook and online time is bad for teens. This is according to Larry Rosen, a social media researcher at California State University, who presented report on “digital natives” at the Aug. 6 American Psychological Association meeting in Washington D.C. In turn, MSNBC reported Aug. 7 that “today’s teens and college students are what researchers call ‘digital natives, or the ‘iGeneration,’ a generation constantly connected to the Internet and Facebook, texting and instant messaging." Now, a set of new studies reveals the psychological and negative health effects of constant Facebooking and other online ills.

At the same time, Rosen noted how Facebook is taking over the lives of many youth who already spend too much time online.

I know our Jimmy was exposed to porn online, and something has to be done,” states the Eugene mother of this 11-year-old during a recent parents open house at a local school where “constant exposure to the Internet” is now viewed as a major health scare for some parents.

In turn, Rosen told mental health experts in Washington, D.C., recently that his research shows how constant “Facebook exposure is not only bad,” but teens who use Facebook and other social media on a regular basis “show more narcissistic tendencies.”

Children exposed to constant porn during their online surfing

Dr. Lynn Margolies, who presents her views about the dangers of porn for children on her website, asks “what should parents do when they discover that their young teen or pre-teen has been looking at pornography sites online?” This Ph.D warns that “exposure to sexually explicit content online can occur very easily through a misdirected ‘google’ search using an innocent word such as ‘toy,’ or a misspelled word or URL.”

In turn, Doctor Margolies advises parents to evaluate “what it means that your child is viewing sexually explicit material, before reacting or drawing conclusions.”

However, the doctor does warn that “viewing pornography, especially in an ongoing way, can have potentially detrimental effect on children, and may be motivated or perpetuated by loneliness, isolation and compulsion.”

In turn, 11-year-old Jimmy’s mother in the Eugene group of concerned “online parents,” admitted that “many parents do not spend time with their kids and, instead, give them unlimited access to the Internet. It’s become a sort of babysitter for parents I know. They even joke about equipping their kids with iPhone and iPads and ‘anything and everything’ to get them off their back. It’s no surprise that kids are locking themselves in their rooms and watching porn or other horrors to deal with this rejection,” she said.

Children exposed to massive amounts of online porn in an adult run cyber space

A recent University of New Hampshire study showed that “42 percent of Internet users aged 10 to 17 surveyed said they had seen online porn in the past year. Of those, 66 percent said they did not want to view these adult only images but did so because they’re parents, or other family members had easy access to these porn sites."

It’s beyond the wild West out there. You’ve really taken away the age of innocence with the Internet,” explained Dr. Michael Wasserman, a pediatrician with the Ochsner Clinic in Metairie, La., who was involved in a recent study of what children are doing with all their “online” Internet time.

Pornography addiction, or the overuse of porn is a real health issue, state experts who worry about “sexual dysfunction and sexual behavioral addiction” impacting youth as they view more and more porn on line that’s non-stop 24/7 in our American society.

Children bombarded with online porn, and parents don't seem to notice

A recent CBS TV News report on the growing viewing of porn by Internet users aged 10 to 17 “found that one in seven had received ‘unwanted sexual solicitations or approaches in the past year.”

We need to protect our kids from porn and predators, and allowing them to communicate with adults on Facebook and the Internet is not the answer. We have to question is everything on the Internet and Facebook good for our kids? Some parents don’t even ask these questions,” said another parent involved in stopping kids from viewing porn on line.
- You cannot shield your kids from everything bad, it's part of growing up, and people need to realize that.  Yes parents need to talk to kids, but the government needs to stop trying to be the parents and baby sitters.

"It comes as no surprise that teens are exposed to both wanted and unwanted sexual material online. That's all the more reason for parents to keep in close touch with their kids, keep computers in a central area of the house and – if necessary – use parental control software that blocks inappropriate sites," said in a recent report that “online CBS News technology analyst Larry Magid use that put kids at the highest risk for unwanted exposure to pornography was using file-sharing programs to download images.”
- File sharing programs are dangerous, IMO, and should be deleted from any computer.  Most files are infected with viruses, trojans, or malware, or adult/child porn.

Lawmakers trying to stop kids from viewing porn online

According to the website Politico, new legislation seeks to clamp down on online child porn. The bill is being supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and asks, among other things, that parents to help stop their kids from accessing Internet porn that their parents and others also view in their homes and even at schools and public libraries.

The bucks stops with parents who allow “their kids to view porn online,” asserted one parent here in Eugene.

Still, this same parent admitted that part of the problem with kids viewing porn online is the social isolation that comes from being online all the time. One parent even noted that kids today are “inside of their computers,” and, thus, “not outside with their family and friends.” Being “inside” with that computer is why they’re viewing all this porn, the parent added.
- Yes, I agree, parents need to start pushing their kids outside to play, like in the old days, before computers and the Internet, where they can socialize and get exercise.  Parents need to be parents and stop letting an xBox, iPhone or computer be the baby sitter and parent.


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SC - Parent Concerned School Bus Stop Located Near Registered Sex Offender Home

Tammie Simpson
Original Article

08/24/2011

By Dianne Derby

Anderson - Tammie Simpson is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her 11-year-old son safe, especially since South Carolina's sex offender registry shows 42 sex offenders live in a two mile radius of her home.
- Except take her son to the bus stop and wait, or take her son to school. Sounds like she's not willing to do "anything" to me.

"I have actually showed my son hey this is a sex offender remember that face," said Simpson.

So when her son told her he and other students were being dropped off next to the home of a registered sex offender, she started making calls to Anderson School District Five asking for the bus stop to be moved.

"Every time I tried to talk to the district it was a dead end," said Simpson. "Nobody called me nobody done anything."

Anderson School District Five spokesperson Bill Baker wouldn't talk to me on camera. In an email, he told me middle school and elementary routes run through this neighborhood every day, but he said no child on Simpson's street actually has to walk past the offender's residence on their walk home.

Baker also said, "Regardless of who lives next door or across the street, we have a responsibility to pick up these students and transport them to school as safely as possible. We are doing this in a professional and conscientious manner."

The good news for Simpson is the district added a bus stop at her home this week. It's a step they told me they did before I called.

"Well that's mighty funny I never saw the district out here til the day I called ya'll," said Simpson. "That's when they got on their toes and done something when I called News 7."

Simpson hopes other parents keep a watchful eye on how close their child's bus stop is to a registered sex offender.

"They can go online and do this," she said. "If you don't have a computer at home you can go to the library and do it."

We checked with other districts in our area to see how they handle planning their bus routes with sex offenders living in neighborhoods. Spartanburg District two told me bus stops are designed for efficiency and are not based on sex offender residences. They said parents can call the transportation office with concerns. Greenville County schools told me stops are based on where students live and they will change the route if possible when concerns are brought to their attention.


TX - U.S. Marshals raid East Texas home, bust down the door, scare the hell out of people, based on a tip?

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So are the US Marshals going to fix all the damage they did, and what about emotional damage? And all this done based on a tip? So much for investigations and stuff.

08/23/2011

By Samantha Jordan

6:45 p.m. UPDATE: Pittsburg police chief Richard Penn says that [wanted name withheld] was arrested around 6:30 this evening. He was taken into custody, without incident, by Pittsburg police and Camp County deputies.

DAINGERFIELD - The U.S. Marshals service is on the search for a rape suspect.

[name withheld] is wanted for a crime that happened in Oklahoma, but is from the Pittsburg area.

One East Texas couple says the hunt for [wanted name withheld] turned into an unexpected visit from Federal Agents.

"It was like a dream I couldn't understand I thought somebody was trying to kill us or someone was doing something I couldn't think of what it was terrifying," said [name withheld], home raided.

[name withheld] says she was in her bedroom when she heard a crash come from the living room.

"Then I got to that door in my bedroom there was a lot of lights and guns in my face I said what's going on, please tell me what's going on," said [name withheld].

Her husband, [name withheld] says U.S. Marshals burst through the door and told him to stay on the couch.

"He put that big light on me a spot light and I couldn't see all I could see was a body of armor looked like a swat team," said [name withheld], home raided.

The [name withheld] say after officers searched their home they showed them a picture of [wanted name withheld], an East Texas man wanted on a rape charge out of Oklahoma.

"He said have you seen this guy and I said I don't know that guy and I haven't seen that guy," said Jerry.

"I'm a Christian person I wouldn't do nothing like that I can't understand why they thought I would," said [name withheld].

The US Marshals admit to being at the [name withheld] home and say they were acting on a tip.


ME - Woman indicted in unlawful sexual contact she allegedly talked about on Facebook

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08/24/2011

By Judy Harrison

BANGOR - A local woman was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury for unlawful sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

[name withheld], 29, of Bangor was communicating with a convicted sex offender on Facebook, according to Michael Roberts, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County.

In her conversations with the sex offender, whose whereabouts are not known, [name withheld] posted comments about having had sexual contact with a 6-year-old child, Roberts said. When interviewed by investigators, the child confirmed the sexual contact.

Roberts did not explain how investigators became aware of [name withheld]’s Facebook chats.

If convicted, [name withheld] faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the sex charge and up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 on the endangering charge.

Her arraignment date has not been set.