Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OH - Ohio Registry Problems

Paedophiles gearing up for their national holiday

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Parents are warned to keep a close eye on their children this Halloween and accompany them on their Trick or Treating.

"A lot of paedophiles see Halloween as Home Delivery Night," said DI Henry Hoover of Dorking CID. "We'd like to ensure that this is not the case."

A full list of known sex offenders and their particular predilections, their so called Paedo File, will be made available on the Dorking Police website.

"We hope that providing information that Offender X likes girls aged between five and ten will mean that boys of any age or older girls can still visit for trick or treating," said Hoover. "It will also allow parents to have their children boycott certain addresses."

Hoover is quick to point out that the list only contains known sex offenders.

"New perverts are popping up all the time," he said. "We can only register them if we catch them. For this reason it is a very good idea to educate kids going out on their own to only visit people they know. For those parents taking kids around, we urge them strongly to keep counting the children after each house to ensure they still have the same number."

In an attempt to nip the problem in the bud, Hoover has asked that all shops selling sweets make a note of any single men buying large quantities of chocolate.

"Bound to be up to no good," said Hoover. "Most single men turn the lights off and pretend to be out on Halloween. I know I do."

Dorking Mum's Net co-ordinator, Julie Ann Calendar, believes that Hoover is overreacting.

"Hoover is playing into the mass media paranoia," she said. "Whilst these predators are dangerous if you look at the actual numbers and not the Daily Mail, there are very few predators sat waiting behind their doors for innocent children rocking up with plastic pumpkin buckets. Be aware yes, but don't let it spoil your holiday."


Opinion: Family members of accused suffer

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By Shana Rowan

To The Editor:

I was dismayed to see a front page article on a Cazenovia funeral director who is facing alleged charges of sexual abuse. Though I understand and appreciate that it is commonplace to publicize serious charges that have been filed against various people, the fact that this is a sex abuse case differentiates it from every other possible charge, including murder, burglary, and drugs, among other things.

Most importantly, this man has been accused, but not convicted. A 24-year-old employee, about whom we are given no information other than her age and gender, has alleged that this occurred. The article states that the police “investigation revealed that Tait subjected the former employee to inappropriate physical exams at the funeral home as conditions of her employment", but nothing about what actual evidence was found to adequately charge Mr. Tait.

Essentially, the article all but accuses a man who is still presumed innocent by law of a very serious offense, but provides little information with which to back this up.

While some may argue that articles like this are OK because they protect the community from possible sexual predators, widely available statistics prove that this is extremely unlikely.

The large majority of sex crimes of this nature are perpetrated by family members or people known to the victim or their family (in this case, an employer). Even if Mr. Tait is guilty of abusing his employee, it is not as though he is going to run out and abuse random women on the street. That is simply not the profile of this type of offender, and again, there is significant research to back this up.

All this article has accomplished is ensure that Mr. Tait’s life waiting for trial, throughout the court process and after jail, if he is convicted, will be miserable and difficult. Why should anyone care about the “feelings” or treatment of a sex offender? Because for every accused offender, guilty or innocent, there are family members and loved ones who suffer with them, and they are surely innocent. I am one of these people, and anyone is welcome to ask me how it has impacted my life.

Please understand I am not minimizing or undermining the harm that has been done to the victims of sexual abuse - obviously, they have experienced trauma and pain as well, in ways most of us will never understand. But this doesn’t take away from the fact that Mr. Tait’s family has not committed any crime, although thanks to articles like this one and the inevitable public reaction, they will pay for it dearly.