In the novel "Lost Memory of Skin," author Russell Banks delves into deep issues of American life rarely raised or seen by most people. Jeffrey Brown and Banks discuss the book that explores a fictional group of convicted sex offenders.
- They do say it's "fictional" but the similarities cannot go unnoticed. At one time, under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, there were over 100 ex-offenders living under the bridge, many forced their by their probation/parole officers. You can visit the link above, and also click the "JuliaTuttle" link under the title of this post to see all related articles about this leper colony created by lobbyist Ron Book.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
By Lauren Steussy and Greg Bledsoe
New program sends emails to residents when sex offenders move nearby
Escondido residents can now opt to receive email notifications any time a registered sex offender moves within two miles of their address, school or playground.
|Still spreading the lie!|
The list of sex offenders is updated as they become registered in the police department’s system. Changes in the offenders’ statuses are also registered and sent to residents.
Though free to users, the program will cost Escondido $6,500 per year. In addition to the program, residents could see registered sex offenders on the Megan’s Law database. Police departments are required to report sex offenders to the state-run record.
- And this is only one county. California has 39 counties using this, which comes to $253,500 dollars per year, for the program alone, and that doesn't account for the monitoring, police officers needed, etc. And ask yourself this, instead of spending all this money so each county can have their own pretty little phone book, why not use the one state registry and save all this money?
The difference between this new program and the Megan's Law database is that users get email alerts, instead of having to check the website themselves.The system also allows users to follow a specific sex offender and see when they leave the neighborhood.
- So maybe you should fix the state run database, and stop wasting money maybe?
Carrie Mcgonigle, the mother of Amber Dubois, says that feature could be especially useful when looking for missing children.
"I would've wanted to have been notified if my child is missing and all of a sudden this registered is out of here. It sends up red flags to the community and to law enforcement...the cost is nothing in my opinion when it comes to the life of a child."
|Pollard Memorial Library|
By Lyle Moran
LOWELL -- City councilors will hold a public hearing and likely vote tomorrow night on an ordinance that would limit the hours Level 3 sex offenders can spend in the city's Pollard Memorial Library.
The ordinance is one of several major items the council is slated to take up at its 6:30 meeting at City Hall. Councilors will also vote on a $10 million loan order for improvements at the Lowell Regional Water Utility and on a proposal to name an assistant city solicitor as acting city clerk.
The proposed "Library Child Safety Ordinance" would prohibit Level 3 sex offenders from being in the library from 2-6 p.m., on weekdays during the school year and every weekday during summer vacation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Level 3 sex offenders -- those deemed most likely to reoffend -- would also be barred from the library on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and during additional times for children's activities as determined by library staff.
Violators of the ordinance could be banned from the library for life and face criminal fines of up to $300.
The council's public-safety subcommittee, made up of Councilors Edward "Bud" Caulfield, Franky Descoteaux and Rodney Elliott, voted 3-0 in August to forward the library ordinance to the full council.
Elliott pushed for a sex-offender ordinance earlier this year after two incidents of sex offenders being arrested in the library within a year.
In March, a Level 3 sex offender was arrested for outstanding warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and failing to register as a sex offender. In August 2010, a sex offender was banned for life from the library after removing his tracking bracelet while in one of the facility's bathrooms.
Elliott wanted to see Level 3 sex offenders banned from the library at all times, but City Solicitor Christine O'Connor warned that a ban could be ruled unconstitutional.
A public hearing on a water loan order is also scheduled. The discussion and expected vote on the loan comes a month after councilors sent City Manager Bernie's Lynch request for a $26.2 million loan order to the finance subcommittee because of concerns about the rate increases that would accompany the package.
The original loan order would have required a 17 percent rate increase spread over fiscal 2013 and 2014, which would have boosted the average water bill from $248 per year to an average of $290 by July 1, 2013. The rate hikes to fund the debt service would have come after a council vote last November to raise water rates by 24 percent to fill a deficit in the city's Water Enterprise Fund.
Lynch presented a scaled-down loan order to the finance subcommittee earlier this month and said the new plan will not require any rate increases.
The council has approved $46 million in loan orders for water-facility improvements in the last 13 years. All but $4 million of the $46 million has been spent.
City councilors will also vote tomorrow on Mayor James Milinazzo's proposal to name Assistant City Solicitor Eric Slagle acting city clerk.
When Milinazzo brought a proposal forward to extend Acting Clerk Brian Leahey's tenure earlier this month, the council voted 6-3 to appoint Assistant Clerk Angela Gitschier instead.
Before the vote to appoint Slagle, the council will vote on whether or not to rescind its appointment of Gitschier.
The council will also hold a public hearing on a zoning amendment that would increase the frontage requirements for residential development in all neighborhood residential districts by 15 feet over the current standards to make it more difficult for developers to subdivide properties without local input.
Before the 6:30 council meeting, the council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. in the council chamber to discuss the new state law, that if accepted by communities, gives municipal managers the power to alter municipal health-care offerings with limited union input.
The council has instructed Lynch to work with the city's unions over the next three months to come up with a health-care agreement that will produce cost-savings for taxpayers.
You would think, the way the media and politicians continue to spread the lie that "50% of sex offenders re-offend," that this would be at least 25 people arrested for a new sex crime, but it's not, it's ZERO!
Sex offenders have a low recidivism rate, not high.
Click the "ComplianCheck" label above to see other police raids, er, compliance checks, and you will see a similar pattern.
Kirksville - The Adair County Sheriff’s Office conducted an unannounced compliance check of the county’s 50 registered sex offenders and found them all were complying with residency restrictions and registration requirements.
From Sept. 11 to Sept. 18, deputies contacted all the registered sex offenders in Adair County and found that all registrants were found to be in compliant with their registration and residence restriction requirements, including one offender who is currently homeless.
According to the sheriff’s office, it is not against registration laws to be homeless, but he must continue to check in and following residence restrictions.
Two offenders are currently being held in the Adair County Jail on unrelated charges.
By Stefan Kamph
The head law enforcement official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in South Florida, Anthony Mangione, has been indicted in federal court on counts of transporting, receiving, and possessing child pornography. The indictment came down on Tuesday and was unsealed earlier today following his arraignment in West Palm Beach in front of Circuit Judge James Hopkins.
The charges of transportation and receipt both carry a five-year mandatory minimum prison sentence and a maximum 20-year sentence. The possession charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years. In addition, Mangione will face supervised release after leaving prison and will have to register as a sex offender, according to a news release sent out today by the FBI.
The FBI and BSO are collaborating on an ongoing investigation while a case is built against Mangione. According to the FBI:
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
Mangione is currently in custody at the Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale.
By Suzi Parker
LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - A man known in Arkansas as the "Toe Suck Fairy" for a series of 1990s assaults directed at women's feet was arrested after he struck again more than a decade later, police said.
[name withheld], 50, was arrested on Monday after two women identified him from a photo line-up as "the man who approached them in local stores commenting on their feet and asking to suck their toes," said LaTresha Woodruff, spokeswoman for the Conway Police Department.
One of the women described the man as having "really messed up toes."
Earlier in the month an 83-year-old woman told police she was sitting in a chair in front of her apartment when a man approached her. He took off one of her shoes and began sucking her toes, police said.
In the 1990s, [name withheld] was convicted and even served time in prison for his obsession.
He had pretended to be a podiatrist in order to fondle and suck a Conway, Arkansas, woman's toes at a clothing store.
And, he was convicted in 1991 of making threats for telling a convenience store clerk that he wanted to cut off her feet and suck her toes while she bled to death. For that, he was sentence to four years in state prison, but served just over a year.
In 1999, [name withheld] was arrested again, police said, after asking a woman in a northwest Arkansas Walmart if she wanted him to amputate her feet and showing her pictures of women with no feet.
[name withheld] was picked up at his home in Vilonia, about 15 miles from Conway, where three incidents have been reported in the past few weeks. Conway is about 30 miles north of Little Rock.
FORT DODGE - A former Fort Dodge police officer pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse and extortion Monday, reported the Fort Dodge Messenger newspaper.
Galen Hindt, 46, is charged with third-degree sexual abuse and extortion. Hindt pleaded not guilty in a written statement, the Messenger said.
Hindt is accused of forcing a woman to have intercourse with him in his apartment. According to the criminal complaint from the Division of Criminal Investigation, Hindt told the woman that she would be arrested for drunken driving if she didn't accept a ride home with him.
Court document show the woman went to Hindt's apartment and had more beers before she said he forced her to have sex. The woman later left and a relative called a law enforcement officer to take her to a hospital, documents show.
Hindt resigned from his job with the Fort Dodge Police Department.
A trial date has not yet been set.
- August 8, 2011 - Former Fort Dodge Officer Charged In Sex Assault
- April 8, 2011 - Police Officer Resigns After Called 'Person Of Interest'
- June 9, 2009 - Officials Investigate Crash Involving Police Officer
By Mary E. Arata
AYER -- Ayer's town counsel has been tasked with quickly recasting a draft bylaw which aims to restrict where sex offenders can live within town.
Selectmen asked Joyce Frank of Kopelman and Paige to provide a retooled bylaw for their meeting next Tuesday night where the board will consider whether to place restrictive bylaw language before the voters at the Oct. 24 Fall Town Meeting.
The warrant for Town Meeting closes on Friday, Oct. 7.
The mood of the audience at Tuesday's public hearing was decidedly in favor of enacting some sort of sex-offender restriction, even if the bylaw could not be completely overhauled in time for Tuesday's meeting. The public hearing was based on a draft crafted by the Ayer Police Department. But several sought terms of a seemingly more stringent bylaw that was adopted by Shirley Town Meeting last year and has since largely passed a legal review by the Attorney General's Office,
Frank said she'd "go through, line by line" the Shirley bylaw and the Attorney General's letter providing commentary and cautions to the town. "Something can be on the books for years and years before someone challenges it," said Frank. "I owe you my due diligence."
The hearing was attended by several dozen residents. No one spoke against the need for a bylaw and no one identified themselves as a sex offender or a landlord who might be impacted by the bylaw.
- This is another reason offenders and families need to take a stand. As long as you do not attend these meetings, more and more laws will be passed to punish you!
Indeed, Ayer Police Chief William Murray indicated in broad terms and without names that many of the resident sex offenders would be "grandfathered" or exempted from the restriction if they live within one of the several identified protected zones before the bylaw is adopted by Town Meeting. "What it does not do is expel people who already live within a zone," said Frank.
Frank said another wrinkle to consider is that the bylaw must not create so many overlapping zones so as to prevent an offender from living anywhere in town. Such a resulting situation would be ripe for a constitutionality challenge, she warned.
The draft bylaw suggests offenders may not reside within 1,000 feet of any town-owned park or any public or private school or licensed day-care center if they've been convicted of a sexual offense against a child. The targeted sex offender population are either Level 2 (at moderate risk of reoffending) or Level 3 (at high risk of reoffending) offenders as determined by the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). But Murray said he'd support broadening the scope to bar any Level 2 or 3 sex offenders from living within the mapped zones regardless of whether their victims were children or adults.
"That's up to the town," said Murray. "With a few tweaks, we can make it exactly what you folks want."
Frank cautioned "the broader you get, I guess the more attention you attract from those opposed to this sort of bylaw. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has made it clear they're not happy with this sort of bylaw." She said one suit filed against Barnstable was withdrawn because the offender in that instance moved out of town. Otherwise, such sex-offender residency laws have not yet been ruled upon by Massachusetts courts.
A stream of residents made their way to the microphone. Many clearly talked about one property owner in particular -- Hugh Ernisse of Washington Street, who resides across the street from the Ayer-Shirley Middle/High School and Page Hilltop Elementary School. This winter Ernisse told selectmen that his homes are part of his "Internet Love University" concept to provide safe haven and counseling for recovering drug addicts. But Ernisse's homes have also provided housing for a series of sex offenders who've made the news in recent months.
Level 3 offender [name withheld] resided on Washington Street before moving into Ernisse's 14 Williams St. multifamily. The FBI raided [name withheld]'s apartment in February and seized his computer.
[name withheld] fled and was eventually collared in Belize. He was extradited to the United States and faced charges of possessing, producing and disseminating child pornography. [name withheld] also allegedly failed to register as a sex offender living in Ayer. [name withheld] pleaded guilty in 2003 with possession of child pornography when he then lived across the street from an Upton elementary school.
Sharon Lantague of Coolidge Road is an 11-year neighbor to the Williams Street tenement. "There's been an awful lot of young men who've moved in this summer. Seems after he ([name withheld]) left, 10 more people moved in."
A Level 2 sex offender, [name withheld], is being held on $50,000 bail following his arrest earlier this month for allegedly molesting a minor. [name withheld] was already facing charges of failing to register his Williams Street address after relocating from Shirley over the summer.
Michelle Lee held up a "Baby Sinclair" doll she said is identical to one she says is positioned like a lure at the end of the driveway at Ernisse's Washington Street home. "This is a baby dinosaur. He's really cute. His arms are open so he's very welcoming... What is this up for?"
"For someone who claims he's boarding sex offenders for treatment -- is he a licensed doctor? What are his credentials?" said Lee, who asked the police to track the probation and release terms for offenders in town. "I know in some states they don't allow sex offenders, especially pedophiles, to even possess toys. Is anyone violating probation?" Lee's comments garnered applause.
Ayer Selectman Frank Maxant resides in Ernisse's Williams Street property. Sitting with the selectmen on stage, Maxant asked Lee, "Does he say something?" if the pull-ring on the doll's back is pulled. Lee pulled the cord and the doll offered up childish chirps before she retired to her seat among applause from the audience.
Jonathan Norris of Nashua Street lives in the shadow of the Williams Street tenement with his wife and 4-year-old son. He said the offenders are "peas in a pod" and "congregate" together. He noted that the Ayer-Shirley track team teenagers train by running by Ernisse's property wearing "gear which is a little more revealing than regular clothing."
Sharon Sawyer of Williams Street said she's appalled to see sex offenders sitting outside the Ernisse tenement with their shirts off when children are returning home from school. "I don't feel that is appropriate."
Laurie Nehring of Highland Avenue gauged the crowd's sentiment and suggested some version of the bylaw appear on the upcoming Town Meeting warrant "so we at least get something on the books."
Frank suggested "It's a good idea to try to get it as right as you can the first time around" but admitted that due to the time constraints, "You may end up before Town Meeting again to tweak it."
Two Ayer representatives to the Ayer-Shirley Regional School Committee -- Dan Gleason and Pat Kelly -- asked selectmen to consider a bylaw but each did so in their individual capacites. Gleason suggested that Massachusetts needs to enact uniform laws statewide instead of separate local legislation. He also advocated for laws like California's "Chelsea's Law" which makes it illegal for violent offenders to hang around public places where children congregate like parks.
Kelly suggested including language that states that the act of renewing one's lease would be a break in the residency continuum that would thwart grandfathered status for offenders who rent housing. Frank cautioned the Attorney General's Office wouldn't flat out reject such a notion but suggested the AG's Office would "give you enough rope to hang ourselves."
Maxant and fellow Selectman Jim Fay supported a bylaw. Maxant said "it's a good first step. I like what I see."
But Selectman Pauline Conley listed copious changes she's suggesting to the draft bylaw, stating the Shirley bylaw was stronger on several fronts. Conley also agreed that any sex crime, regardless of the victims' age, should act as a residency bar for Level 2 and 3 offenders within the protected zones.
Gleason said he and Kelly originally presented the selectmen with the Shirley bylaw for consideration and so tweaking it for Ayer's needs "seems almost done. I may be naïve but we have a template to work from."
Brenda Gleason of Howard Street urged some type of bylaw be enacted quickly for the sake of children, but also for the safety of offenders themselves, stating without swift action parents will exact their own justice with "torches and pitch forks."
SCOTTSBLUFF -- A former Scottsbluff police officer is scheduled for a January trial after pleading not guilty to 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
Tyler Reinpold, 27, of Mitchell, was arraigned in Scotts Bluff County District Court earlier this month.
Prosecutors said a relative discovered the images in August 2010 while he was fixing Reinpold's computer. Most of the images depict girls ranging in age from 11 to 14.
Reinpold's lawyer, Sterling Huff, has argued that the images were part of an investigation Reinpold was conducting.
Reinpold was a Scottsbluff police officer for about three years before leaving in January.
|Don't Fear The REAPer|
By Nick Lawton
ECTOR COUNTY - It's an operation that happens only twice a year, but one that helps law enforcement keep tabs on the locations of sex offenders.
Offenders face a list of specifics they have to keep up with or face jail time.
In the first 10 minutes of the operation, NewsWest 9 witnessed a sex offender handcuffed on his front porch and led to a police car.
Officers said he had several warrants and he went straight to the Ector County Detention Center.
"If they have warrants, and we're able to locate them, then they will be arrested," Detective Afton White with the Odessa Police Department, said.
The day began at 5 p.m. Tuesday for more than 60 law enforcement officers hailing from the Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Ector County Sheriff's office, the U.S. Marshals office, Ector County District Attorney's office, Ector County ISD and the Ector County Adult Probation and Medical Examiner's offices.
They came together to form a Registration, Enforcement, Apprehension and Prosecution team, or REAP team.
After a briefing, they dispatched to perform random checks at the homes of registered sex offenders throughout Ector County with NewsWest 9 closely following.
"It's unexpected," White said. "They don't know that we're coming and we'll have to deal with whether or not they're living there or not."
With more than 200 registered sex offenders in Ector County, the job of keeping tabs on all of them is hard for patrol officers on their own.
This large operation allows them to spread throughout the county.
|Let's Have A Picnic|
Any offender's change in address, vehicle or job has to be told to police.
If they don't comply, a warrant will be issued and they'll face jail time.
"We take it very, very seriously that we keep track of and that we maintain a contact with these people," Reed said. "That way, they know we're aware of them and we expect them to comply, and if they don't, we're going to arrest them."
By Tamasyn Guy-Jobson
Police last night warned against vigilante violence as hundreds of angry parents threatened to take action after rumours of a predatory paedophile trawling North-East streets spread across the internet.
More than 900 people joined a Facebook group in less than two hours following reports of a middle-aged motorist attempting to lure children into his car in Darlington.
The page carried bogus claims that a man had approached children in the Haughton, Neasham Road and Red Hall area of the town and urged parents to band together to “get the sick t**t brought down”.
A similar site has been launched in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, following claims that a man was trying to abduct children in the military town, and in nearby Richmond and Colburn.
Last night, amid calls for demonstrations and confrontations with teachers, senior police officers moved to quash the rumours.
They said the website, however well intentioned, was creating “unnecessary tension” and urged anyone with concerns to contact them rather than take the law into their own hands.
The rumours in Darlington began circulating after an incident last week in which a man attempted to snatch a 13-year-old girl.
Days later, a Facebook page was set up called Help Catch The Sicko Approaching Children In Darlington.
The site says: “There is a sicko approaching children in Darlington trying to lure them into his car."
“Stories have emerged he has appeared over Haughton, Grasmere Road, off Neasham Road and Red Hall."
“Please be vigilant and keep your children close to you. This creep needs to be caught so please pull together and get the sick t**t brought down.”
One mother posted: “There’s a sicko on the loose...” and another vowed not to let her child play out until the man was caught.
Members of the group were last night discussing a public protest that could be held today outside the town’s police station.
Others had noted down vehicle registration numbers of cars said to belong to the suspect.
Some reported sightings, including several that put the suspect in different parts of the town at the same time.
Others said he had abandoned his car and was prowling playgrounds, while a few said there were two people trying to kidnap children.
The Northern Echo also understands that the site’s warnings have prompted a meeting between parents and teachers in one of the town’s primary schools yesterday.
One parent said: “People are very worried."
“We heard someone had tried to take a four or five year-old on Monday. We are not letting our kids play out until it is sorted out.”
However, Detective Inspector Phil Curtis, from Darlington CID, said: “We have not got someone going around trying to abduct children – the attempted abduction (of the 13-year-old) was a one-off incident and is very rare."
“We do not suspect there are other incidents. If anyone has information, they should contact Darlington CID about it as opposed to putting it on Facebook.”
He warned parents not to take vigilante action after some threatened to take the law into their own hands if the man was not caught.
Police in Catterick Garrison believe an alleged serious sexual assault near Scotton Road two days earlier may have prompted the creation of a similar Facebook page for their town. The Keeping Our Kids Safe in Richmondshire site was launched on Sunday morning.
The site says it does not condone violence or vigilante action, and was formed to share information.
Reports of a man approaching children in Catterick Garrison, as well as Colburn and Richmond School, have circulated on the internet for several days.
Postings have suggested that the police have not taken the appropriate action following the reports. Others suggest that residents should take measures to protect their communities.
Inspector Neil Northend, from the Richmond and Catterick Safer Neighbourhood Team, said he understood that people may be alarmed by the postings.
However, he said: “I would like to reassure the local communities that every incident is thoroughly investigated to ensure that there is no risk to the public."
“There is nothing to suggest that any of the recent reports are linked in any way."
“Having investigated the latest incidents, it appears that the reports have been made by well-intentioned residents as a result of the previous postings on the Facebook site."
“I would also like to remind people that they must not take the law into their own hands.”
Users of both Facebook groups say the suspect is white, in his 50s, with grey hair and a tan, and drives a dark blue or black car.
The description was given out after the alleged attempted abduction of the 13-year-old on Tuesday, September 20, in Darlington.
Anyone with information has been asked to call Det Insp Curtis on 0345-60-60-365.
Yes, but for all criminals! If a draconian registry is okay for ex-sex offenders, then it's good enough for all criminals!
By Peter Dujardin and Ashley Kelly
Virginia has a registry for convicted sex offenders, in which those found guilty of certain sex offenses are listed — complete with their pictures and street addresses — on a state website.
But should the state now expand that to include both domestic abusers and animal abusers?
Del. Daniel W. Marshall III, R-Danville, introduced legislation in the last session to require that any adult who has been convicted of a violation of a protective order, or assault and battery against a household member, to be listed in a state registry for 15 years.
- It should be the same as sex offenders, if they have to registry for life, so should the above.
He also submitted another bill requiring that those found guilty of felony animal cruelty or animal fighting be listed on a state website for 15 years.
- Same as above.
Both bills were tabled in the General Assembly, but the State Crime Commission is now studying the issue to determine the pros, cons, costs and other considerations for possible submission in the coming session.
- Isn't that ironic? When it's another law to further punish ex-sex offenders, they are all for it, but when it's to punish other felons, they want to shelve it and study it further?
Several states are considering adding registries for domestic abusers. They would be in addition to a website run by a non-profit group, the National Domestic Violence Registry, available at http://www.domesticviolencedatabase.org.
Two counties in New York were the first in the nation to pass animal abuse registry bills by local ordinance. The rules require registration for five years following a conviction, with one county making it a crime for a pet store to sell a pet to anyone on the list.
- Again, why doesn't it mimic the sex offender requirements?
According to the Crime Commission's website, 16 states have pending animal abuse registry legislation similar to Virginia's. One that was proposed (but didn't pass) two years ago in California would have been paid for by a 3-cent tax on pet food.