Monday, September 12, 2011

ND - Sex offender perimeter of 1,200 feet, sheriff admits he wants it hard for ex-offenders to find a place to live!

The sheriff in this video admits, he hopes that the law makes it hard for ex-offenders to find a place to live. So he admits the laws are about punishment and forcing people into homelessness and/or exile. It's pure punishment, and ex post facto punishment, which is against the Constitution.


FL - Sheriffs Association Announces Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative

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Yes, the USA is a warmongering country, we declare war on everything, so what else is new? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure sexual predators are out there, but I believe this is a lot of hype. I don't think kids are as ignorant as most people think they are, I'm sure they can run circles around you on a computer.

09/12/2011

TALLAHASSEE – Today, in conjunction with Florida Missing Children’s Day, Florida’s Sheriffs are declaring war on the online predator epidemic by sharing its Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative with any Florida law enforcement organizations that would like to implement this program in their communities. As evidenced by its recent successes across the state to target online sexual predators this approach uses best practices, collaboration, and education in an effort to keep Florida’s children safe. In the past 11 months, 177 persons have been arrested from sting operations conducted across several Florida counties.
- Wow, we celebrate missing kids? Why not have a Florida dead kids day, or Florida kids abused by their parents day, or crack babies day? I guess when you see all the money people make, and how it helps people get elected into office, no wonder they are celebrating!

Florida Sheriffs are dedicated to keeping our children safe from the dangers that are lurking online with this collaborative effort which shares resources to combat the epidemic of online sexual exploitation of our children. Combined resources from Sheriffs’ offices, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Attorney General, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce, and many Florida school superintendents have provided support and education for this initiative.
- If they were concerned about the "dangers online," then they'd also be going after cyberbullies, sexting, identity thieves, scammers, etc.

To date, the FSA Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative, through the Sheriffs’ Offices school resource officers and Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit team, have educated more than 214,000 children about staying safe on the streets and on the Internet. One such example, a cybersafety program started by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office launched in October 2010, has already worked with 104,516 students in elementary, middle and high schools across 25 counties in Florida. FSA leaders say that educating our children is critical to helping them combat the sexual predators who are attempting to lure kids through Internet chat rooms.
- Really? You've "educated" this many kids? I'd love to see the proof. I agree though, education is key, not just for kids, but parents as well.

Leading the FSA Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative is Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, who launched the first operation in October 2010. “Operation Grim Reaper” netted 22 arrests after 700 hours of logged chat time online.
- Wow, what a dramatic name! Why not call it, "Operation Fear Monger?" That would be more accurate, IMO.

This is the crime you never see, this is the crime you never hear of,” said Sheriff Dawsy, “and we are declaring war on this epidemic. The Florida Sheriffs Association Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative is going on the road--and it will be coming to a town near you."
- Hmm, we never see it or hear about it? I don't buy that either.

Sheriff Ben Johnson of Volusia County, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association, is pleased to offer this cyber sexual predator toolkit to other agencies. Johnson explained, “We are sharing the FSA Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative to provide real resources to other agencies, including step-by-step instructions on developing chat room personnel, conducting undercover operations, drafting search warrants, and selecting the location that will aid in the successful prosecution of those preying on our youths.”

Sheriff Dawsy and Sheriff Judd (Polk County), as well as the other Sheriffs and their staff who took part in this initiative, are available to assist in sharing this template with other law enforcement agencies to implement in their own areas.


"Sexting" could land kids in trouble with the law

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VA - Virginia Beach schools abandon expensive visitor screening system (Poll)

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Maybe other schools who are implementing this, should read this and consider doing the same thing? Also take the poll at the article above.

09/12/2011

By Mike Hixenbaugh

VIRGINIA BEACH - Budget restraints have forced school division officials to scrap a plan to install security software that would have screened school visitors divisionwide against a national database of registered sex offenders.
- And since they were doing that, murderers, gang members, terrorists, and kids with guns were entering the schools unchecked!  If you are going to check some, you should check all.

The system was tested at three school buildings in the spring, winning praise from some parents and drawing the ire of others who argued the background checks were intrusive and unnecessary.

"We tried it out, and although it was successful and fairly well received, we were not in a position to expand it to all our schools," said Melissa McQuarrie, director of community relations. "It just wasn't in the budget for us."

Installing and running the Raptor Technologies security system - which scans visitor IDs and then alerts school officials if the person appears on a national list of offenders - would have cost the division $120,000 the first year and $36,288 each year after that.
- The people who exploit fear to sell a product, are like the snake-oil-salesmen of old!

McQuarrie said she would like the school system to revisit the idea.

"I think it's a valuable service," she said.

A growing number of schools have hired private companies to run sophisticated background checks on visitors in an effort to ferret out sex offenders. In Virginia, sex offenders are by law generally barred from entering schools.
- But what about all the others who are more of a threat to children?

Opponents have argued that such checks do little to deter crime.

"It's worth asking how often someone has actually accessed a school to commit a crime against a child," said Jim Harper of the libertarian Cato Institute. "I'm guessing the answer is, not very often."

The Raptor system flagged one registered sex offender during its four months in operation at three Beach schools this spring, McQuarrie said.

A pizza delivery man with a record of sexual misconduct was ordered to leave Larkspur Middle School when he attempted to drop off pizzas for a classroom function. The man was not charged, school officials said.

A similar security system was installed at all Chesapeake public school buildings at the start of last school year. To date, the system hasn't flagged any sex offenders, division spokesman Tom Cupitt said. But that doesn't mean the system hasn't deterred potential predators from stepping into a school building, he said.

"It's another layer of security," Cupitt said. "And it's very popular with parents."


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Notice the fear mongering in this video?

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TX - Houston Woman (Ejjetta Williams) Kills Her Mom Because She Didn't Like Her Sex Offender Boyfriend (James Bishop)

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06/11/2011

By Kevin Reece

HOUSTON - Police say they have solved a 2009 murder after arresting the victim’s 19-year-old daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend.

"This is really one of the saddest cases I have ever worked," said Sgt. Ora Chandler with the HPD Homicide Division.

The body of 39-year-old Undra Williams was found on a vacant lot in the 5300 block of Briscoe in southeast Houston in June of 2009. Months later the Harris County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide when they determined Williams had been stabbed to death.

Investigators now believe they can prove that Ejjetta Williams, the victim’s youngest daughter who was 17 at the time, masterminded her mom’s killing because she and her mom fought over whom Ejjetta was dating.

That boyfriend at the time was 29-year-old James Bishop, a convicted sex offender. Houston Police arrested Bishop in February on a charge of sexual assault of a child. Ejjetta Williams was just 16 when they began dating.

Investigators believe Williams and Bishop carried out the act together to get rid of the woman who stood in the way of their relationship.

"I kind of figured she had something to do with it anyway," said Eligah Williams, Undra’s father and Ejjetta’s grandfather, "because of the way she was hiding and covering up stuff."

Her grandparents said Ejjetta even wrote in diaries about wanting to violently end her mom’s life. But they thought it was just talk. They never thought she would go through with it.

"For Ejjetta’s sake, I hope it’s not true," said Ejjetta’s stepmother, Gayle Williams. "Because she would hurt my heart...again."

"No one wants to believe that somebody really wants to murder their mom," said Sgt. Chandler. "I mean it’s the most far-fetched thing. It’s just like something that’s taboo. But unfortunately this is what’s happened in this situation."

Both Ejjetta Williams and James Bishop are being held in the Harris County Jail.


FL - Daytona Beach Leaders Approve Sex Offender Ordinance

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09/08/2011

DAYTONA BEACH - An ordinance to require sex offenders in Daytona Beach to live farther away from schools, parks, and churches is one step closer to taking effect.

On Wednesday night, Daytona Beach City Commissioners unanimously approved the the ordinance that would require the offenders to live at least 2,500 feet away.
- Why don't you just make it 100 miles?  Might as well.  It still wouldn't prevent crime or protect people from someone who is intent on harming someone.  This is nothing more than forced exile, and I thought only third world countries did that?

According to the FDLE, there is currently a Florida Statute, which holds, in part, that individuals convicted of certain sexual crimes, where the victim was less than 16, and the offense occurred on or after Oct. 1 2004, cannot reside within 1,000 feet of any school, day care center, park, or playground.
- So tell me politicians and media, how many sex crimes have been committed by known sex offenders around schools, day cares, parks or playgrounds?  Most sex crimes, as the FACTS point out, occur in the victims own home, by their own family or close friends, not some stranger.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood proposed the new measure. He said 10 other cities and towns in Volusia County already have similar guidelines.

But some people at the meeting didn't support the idea.

"If you don't have children or you don't live in the area or you don't work in law enforcement, you don't know studies," said Chitwood. "You'd be crazy not to pass this."
- I think you are clueless. And speaking of studies, all the studies I have seen, show these buffer zones, and the online registry doesn't do what it's intended to do, and only makes matters worse. But hey, who cares for the actual facts, right?

The 178 sex offenders who already live in Daytona Beach would be grandfathered in and allowed to stay in their current homes.

"I think this is double jeopardy, frankly," said Chitwood. "To continue to subject these people who have done their time."

"Do you wish they'd just leave your city all together?" WFTV asked.
- Yes, that is obvious!

"I wouldn't be opposed if we backed up a ship out there on the pier and loaded them up and took them somewhere to live," said Chitwood. "Put them all on an island together."
- Yeah, let's remember how Nazi Germany was, and relive it!  Even if you did this, most all sex crimes are from those NOT on the registry, so even this emotional reaction would not solve the problem.

Commissioners will take a final vote on the ordinance in two weeks. If it passes, it will take effect immediately.


AK - Anchorage: Knee-jerk legislation capital?

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09/11/2011

By Ben Anderson

After Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her daughter Caylee in early July, an online petition sprang up to create a new law -- dubbed "Caylee’s Law" -- that would charge a parent with a felony if they failed to report their child missing within 24 hours of their disappearance, or within one hour of their child's death. At the time, criminal justice reporter Radley Balko noted the danger of such knee-jerk responses to injustices as perceived by the public in a high-profile case such as Anthony’s:

The problem, of course, is that the new law -- usually poorly written and passed in a fit of hysteria -- is too late to apply to the case it was designed for. But it does then apply to everyone else.

Anchorage has had its own recent examples of these knee-jerk reactions to individual’s actions. Back in June, John Martin III began sleeping on a sidewalk outside of Anchorage City Hall as a peaceful protest against an ordinance that prohibited camping in public areas and targeted populations of the city's homeless, who had set up makeshift residences in greenbelts and elsewhere around Anchorage.

Martin was hoping to get some face time with Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan to discuss the law, and his protest briefly became a hot topic around town. But Sullivan was largely unsympathetic to Martin's cause.

"You don’t get the right to co-opt public spaces," Sullivan said in the early days of Martin's protest. "Take your lifestyle somewhere else." Later, Sullivan dismissed Martin -- a convicted sex offender -- by saying that he tries to limit his interaction with first-degree sex offenders.

Then came action seemingly targeted toward Martin. On July 20, Martin was arrested for being out of compliance with the sex offender registry, having previously registered as living in the Campbell Creek area -- clearly a violation given his new downtown location. Martin posted bond and was back in front of City Hall the next day with his registration updated.

Next, Sullivan proposed a sit-lie ordinance for Anchorage, similar to anti-homelessness initiatives in other West Coast cities, which outlaws sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska at the time expressed concern that the proposed law could infringe on Martin's -- or anybody else's -- First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and hold “sidewalk protests.”

Beyond that, the law sounds like a wacky board game or children's trivia rule. Imagine a tourist visiting Alaska for the first time, staying at the Hotel Captain Cook in the heart of downtown Anchorage. After a long day of shopping at Once in a Blue Moose or Grizzly's Gifts, maybe they stop by M.A.'s famous hot dog stand and can't wait to get to a table to enjoy it. So they sit down on the sidewalk, about to savor the first bite of reindeer sausage, only to be shooed along by a police officer exiting the courthouse, saying "you can't sit here."

Then that tourist gets to go home and tell friends, "you won't believe what kind of stupid law they have in Alaska."

In introducing the law, Sullivan cited San Francisco as an example of what Anchorage should hope to avoid. San Francisco passed a sit-lie ordinance of its own by public vote in November 2010, though the language of that law was far less restrictive than the Anchorage proposal. San Francisco prohibited sitting and lying down on sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. -- allowing citizens to continue to sleep on the streets -- and the Bay-Citizen at the time quoted an opponent of the new law saying it would likely be overturned in court.

It was still in effect in mid-2011 even though it took months of officer training and was said by a police official in May to be largely ineffective.

While the proposed law in Anchorage could eventually come to be viewed as mere silliness, it doesn't change the fact that in this instance, its proposal was clearly in response to one person who seemed particularly effective at getting under the thin skin of city officials.

Who knows? Anchorage's sit-lie might as well have been named "Martin's Law." Anchorage Assembly members seemed to recognize the law's holes when it postponed voting on it -- effectively killing it -- once the media circus surrounding Martin had subsided.

Balancing public safety with constitutional rights

More recently, on Aug. 30, Anchorage Assemblyman Dick Traini proposed an amendment to city law that would suspend the chauffeur's license of any cab driver charged with sexual assault, a response to the recent arrest of cab driver Chidiebere Nwokorie.

Nwokorie is accused of picking a woman up in his cab on Aug. 21, taking her to a cab service yard near Ship Creek and sexually assaulting her.

Currently, getting a chauffeur's license requires a background check that disqualifies a person for numerous reasons -- including assault-related misdemeanors and felonies and sexual abuse of a minor -- in the five years prior to the application. A registered sex offender is also ineligible for a chauffeur's license.

"The proposed ordinance uses the same definition adopted by the Assembly for sexual offences in the licensing of ice cream vendors," Traini said in introducing the amendment.

While the proposed law is a direct response to a current public concern, there is another concern that the law could interfere with the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The language of the proposed law is as follows:

The Transportation Inspector shall suspend the chauffeur's license upon receipt of evidence or complaint sufficient to cause the Transportation Inspector to conclude by a preponderance of the evidence (i.e., that it is more likely than not) the chauffeur used a regulated vehicle, chauffeur license, or uniform to gain physical proximity or the trust of the victim for criminally offensive sexual behavior by the chauffeur. If the Transportation Inspector’s conclusion is supported by the circumstances of an arrest, the suspension shall be immediate. The suspension shall continue until final judicial adjudication of the arrest, unless the Transportation Inspector makes a written finding that restrictions have been judicially imposed on the chauffeur for the period until final judicial adjudication of the arrest is complete, the public is best protected by the judicially imposed restrictions, and the public trust is preserved.

If the cab company that employs a driver charged with sexual assault wishes to suspend that employee following the accusation, that's one thing, but a city ordinance mandating the suspension of a license -- as a criminal trial extends over months or years -- raises a question of potential constitutional issues.

Enter, again, the ACLU of Alaska, which took note of the potential flaws in this knee-jerk legislation, however well intentioned it may be.

Jeff Mittman, executive director for the ACLU of Alaska, said that they were aware of the proposal.

"The ACLU has reviewed the proposed amendment," Mittman said, "and has reached out to Assembly member Traini and are discussing some potential changes to it." Mittman added that the goal is that "the safety of the public is balanced with citizens' constitutional rights."

A public hearing on the proposed law will be held on Sept. 13.


The child-monitoring industry: By the numbers

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They need you to fear things, so they can get rich from it! I have said this for years now.

09/06/2011

There seems to be a high-tech device to help moms and dads deal with just about every fear they have

Parents live every day with the fear that something could happen to their children — and a multibillion-dollar security industry has grown to give them ways to keep their nightmares in check. From baby monitoring to computer spyware to home drug tests, worried moms and dads now have many, many ways to check up on their kids at any time of the day or night. Here, a look at the protective parent market, by the numbers:

$3 - Cost of a home kit to test for a single drug; kits that test for 10 substances sell for $19.95

$30 - Price of a basic baby monitor

$279 - Price of a high-end baby monitor with audio and video

$200 - Approximate price of a GPS tracker that doubles as a digital children's watch, sold by BrickHouse Security

3.5 - Number of "hyper-texters" — teens who send more than 120 text messages per day — who have had sex for every non-hyper-texting teen who is sexually active

20 - Percentage of high school students who qualified as hyper-texters in a recent Cleveland study

$5 - Monthly fee for SafeText, a system that lets parents monitor their children's text messaging

$100 to $150 - Range of prices, per year, for systems such as Mobile Spy and MobiStealth, which can monitor smartphones using Google's Android operating system

72 - Percentage of parents who monitor their kids' activity online

$99 - Price of Spector PRO and eBlaster software for monitoring online chats, instant messages, and emails

80 - Percentage of teens who use privacy settings to hide some of their online activities from their parents or friends

8 - Percentage of teens who say they accept all social-networking friend requests they receive from people they don't know