Wednesday, October 19, 2011

OK - Former police chief (Bradley Morgan) arrested for distributing child porn

Bradley Morgan
Original Article

10/19/2011

By Bobbie Miller

KONOWA - The tiny town of Konawa is just hearing about one of their own being arrested by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials Wednesday morning in his home. Former Konawa Police Chief Bradley Morgan was arrested and is now in Seminole County Jail charged with possessing and distributing of online child pornography.

A former Seminole County Sheriff's deputy as well, Morgan was at Konawa's department for three years as part of his long-time law enforcement career.

The current chief was shocked to hear the news.

Chief Rick Brogdon said, "I knew the man when he was here and it just shocked me. Made me sick knowing about it."

Morgan is married with children.

OSBI agents surrounded his home and arrested him while searching his house and seizing computers and software.

A CLEET spokesperson verified that Morgan works for a company that does security for CLEET, the main law enforcement training center in our state.

But we're told after this, Morgan no longer will.

Officials don't know how long the former lawman may have been doing this or the identities of the victims.

The investigation continues.


NE - A sex offender speaks at the LB-285 hearing

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Testifying before the Nebraska Legislature's Judiciary Committee, a former Level 1 (low risk to reoffend) registrant tells of the damage inflicted on him and his family since LB 285 of 2009 went into effect. His image has been obscured and his voice distorted to prevent additional retaliation against him. (See this and other related videos here)


MA - City bans sex offenders

Original Article

10/19/2011

By George W. Rhodes

ATTLEBORO - City councilors took a stand against sexual abuse of children Tuesday by banning Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from the city's playgrounds, parks, pools and any other public place where children are likely to gather.
- Not all Level 2 & 3 offenders have harmed children, but as usual, they lump them all into one group and make it appear that all are child molesting, pedophile predators just hiding behind the bushes waiting to pounce on your child (i.e. Fear mongering)

The vote was 11-0.

While the vote was unanimous, it was far from routine. During the year-long process, Councilor Walter Thibodeau said sexual abuse had inflicted great harm on his family, and Councilor Shannon Heagney said she was a victim as a child.

But Councilor Duff White gave the most emotional appeal, breaking down in tears Tuesday when he tried to read a long statement in support of the measure.
- You see, they are passing laws based on emotions, not facts.  How many kids can you name, have been sexually abused at any of the mentioned places?  Most are abused in their own homes, by their own families, not some stranger at a pool, park or playground.

He revealed for the first time that his brother committed suicide in 1993 as the result of abuse he suffered at the hands of a child predator.
- And who was the "child predator?"  Probably someone in the family, and I'm willing to bet it wasn't at either of the places mentioned.

Councilor Mark Cooper completed the reading of White's statement for him.

The measure, crafted over almost a year, gives city officials and police the right to ask sex offenders to leave city property or face arrest and criminal and civil fines.

The law bans sex offenders who have specifically abused children, but does not affect other sex offenders.
- You say that, and it may be true, but for some reason, I doubt it's true.

White said the ordinance is among the first in the state and is not perfect, but should be passed.

"I don't think it goes far enough," he said. "I think it should ban all sex offenders."
- Why?  So you can feel happy you are punishing someone due to your emotions!

The measure, first suggested by the library board of trustees, was shepherded through the council by ordinance Chairwoman Cherie Felos.

At one point, the measure got bogged down by concerns over the civil rights of offenders, but a recent court decision that allows offenders to appeal to the chief of police if they don't believe they are a threat to children helped push it forward.

The law also creates exceptions, which allow offenders into child safety zones for specific reasons and limited times.

For example, offenders may go to a school event in which their children are involved, but must leave immediately after.

Level 2 and Level 3 offenders are considered by the state to be most likely to reoffend.


WA - New amendment could change juvenile sex offender registration

Original Article

10/17/2011

By Ashley Korslien

SPOKANE - A new amendment could change the way juveniles are required to register as sex offenders in Washington State.

Junveiles were previously required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they will not re-offend, but that burden of proof is now lower.
- Since when did we move from us having to prove we didn't do something instead of the state having to prove beyond a reasonable doubt we did?  We've done a complete 180 degree turn.

Juveniles between 15 and 17 years old who have committed a Class A offense, such as first degree rape or murder, can petition the court to be allowed not to register as a sex offender.

Juvenile offenders used to have to present clear and convincing evidence that they would not re-offend, including professional evaluations and treatment. Now, only a judge now has to decide if a person more than likely will not re-offend, but the wait time is longer than in the past.

The amended law requires offenders to wait five years to petition the court. It used to be only a two year wait.

Detective David Bentley of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office knows people might be alarmed by the changes, but he offered some professional insight to those who disagree with the change.

Statistics show that very few of them actually re-offend,” Bentley said. “So it’s a chance for them to be productive citizens again.”
- This is true, and it's also true for adults.

Detectives say most juveniles don’t even try to petition the court to relieve them of registering because they can’t afford to do so. Officials say it costs more than $3,000 dollars to petition.
- And the same can be said for adults.


PA - Yardley repeals sex offender ordinance

Original Article

10/18/2011

By GEMA MARIA DUARTE

Yardley council repealed its local sex offender ordinance that was too restrictive as to where offenders are allowed to live in the borough.

The small town removed the ordinance from the books months after Pennsylvania Supreme Court nullified an Allegheny County law that restricted where registered sex offenders can live.

On Tuesday, Yardley joined several communities around the state taking similar measures after the court found that Allegheny County’s prohibition on where registered sex offenders can live would isolate many in what would amount to “localized penal colonies.” In Bucks County, Doylestown and Newtown Township have taken similar measures. Newtown council has discussed the issue in recent months, but hasn’t taken action to repeal its local ordinance.

The borough’s ordinance prohibited sex offenders living in the borough from residing within 1,700 feet of schools, childcare facilities, public parks, community and recreational facilities. They also weren’t allowed to live near common open areas, which are properties, land or water, restricted from future development for conservation or recreation.


MO - Lawmakers Look at Revising Missouri Sex Offender Registry Rules

Original Article

10/18/2011

By Dick Aldrich

Jefferson City - A Missouri House of Representatives' committee heard emotional testimony Tuesday from family members of sex offenders who said Missouri's sex offender registry is too broadly defined.

Lawmakers heard from a number of witnesses who said their loved ones, who committed relatively minor or technical sexual offenses in their youth, have been unfairly put into the same category as rapists and predatory child molesters. The committee is in the process of examining state's laws related to sexual offenses and the use of the sex offender registry.

A wife told the committee of how her husband is banned from picking up his children from school, attending social functions with children and coaching his children's sports teams because he is on the sexual offenders' registry for having consensual sex with an underage girl when he was 19.

A father told committee members through a family spokesman how his 24-year-old son was arrested for an alleged sexual incident that occurred 12 years before, pleaded guilty and was placed on the sexual offenders list.

And a mother who said her son committed suicide after years on the offenders list for an incident that occurred when the boy was 14.

St. Louis attorney Matthew Fry told committee members he has represented more than 100 clients charged with sexual offenses. He told the committee that once offenders are added to the list, they will be permanently branded.

Those on the list aren't allowed to live within 500 feet of a school, they aren't allowed to celebrate occasions like Halloween, won't be allowed in locations where children are present and more than likely not be able to get a job.

"Frankly, I don't know how they go on with their lives," Fry said. "I don't know why I haven't heard of more of my clients...committing suicide. It is that extreme at this time in Missouri."
- They go on due to hope, hope that the idiotic politicians will see the light of day.  Maybe when their own sons or daughters are caught up in the very laws they are passing, which do nothing to protect anyone or prevent any crime, then they will see the draconian nature of their ill conceived laws.

The chairman of the committee, Rep. Rodney Schad, R-Versailles, sponsored legislation that passed the House of Representatives during the regular session last year that would have allowed for shorter periods of time on the offenders list depending on the specific nature of crimes committed. It also would have established an appeals process. The law failed to gain traction in the Senate.

But Highway Patrol Capt. Tim McGrail, the director of the patrol's Criminal Justice Information Services section said lawmakers should not be in a rush to make it easier to remove a name from the sexual offenders list. Calling lawmakers' attention to previous cases of sex offenders committing nationally notorious crimes, McGrail pointed to the offenders list as a crime fighting tool.

"So, okay, we take people off the list, what happens? That's the question," McGrail said. "What is the general public going to say when somebody who should be on the registry is not on the registry and something happens?"
- Well, we treat them like every other criminal who has done their time.  If they commit another crime, lock them up, period!  Most cops seem to think, from my experience dealing with them, that all criminals are guilty and most people are criminal.

The committee will continue taking testimony at the State Capitol Wednesday.