Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AL - Sex offenders attend meeting Halloween night

Tony Logan
Original Article

I sure hope Mr. Logan was made to stay home on Halloween night, you see, this idiotic police chief, was arrested for DUI.  I wonder how many times he has been arrested for DUI?  He could have killed people, even children.

10/29/2011

By Tom Smith

All sex offenders in Alabama will be required to attend an educational program on sex offender laws for four hours on Halloween night.
- Misleading as usual.  No, it's not ALL, it's only those on probation/parole.

The Alabama State Probation and Parole Office and the U.S. Probation Office are joining together to provide the program on state and federal sex offender laws to all felony sex offenders under supervision of state and federal probation and parole offices in Huntsville.

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance’s office requires felony sex offenders to attend the educational program, which also will provide training on employment and other community support topics. It will be 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday at an undisclosed location.

The timing of the program coincides with trick-or-treaters taking to the streets Halloween night and going door to door.

I know parents are concerned and it’s a concern for law enforcement,” Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said. “There are a couple of times a year I refer to as a pedophile’s dream come true. This is one of those times.”
- What an a--hole.  This is his own personal opinion, and how many kids can he show us, that have been sexually abused on Halloween night?

Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer Jeffrey Purcell said the operation is a pro-active venture to provide education and training to sex offenders, and improve accountability and behavior change.

As well as safeguard the community, in that these offenders will not be participating in Halloween activities,” he said.

Deputy Florence Police Chief Tim Shaddix backs the program.

I know parents who have already gotten on the Internet to find where the registered sex offenders live to make sure they don’t take their children into those neighborhoods,” he said.

Logan said knowing that sex offenders will not be around on Halloween night will give parents and law enforcement some peace of mind.

This is brilliant. I love it,” Logan said. “It will help provide a safe environment for the hundreds of kids out Halloween night and their parents.”
- Well, did they also make you stay home and not drinking on Halloween, so you'd not run over any kids while intoxicated?

In Tennessee, state probation and parole officers will be making announced and unannounced visits to make sure convicted sex offenders are complying with restrictions during Halloween.
- Again, it's only for those on probation/parole.

They cannot answer the door to trick-or-treaters, pass out candy, decorate their homes, host Halloween parties or wear costumes, state officials said. Local law enforcement officers will be going with probation and parole officers on many of the visits.

I know this is a concern for the public and for parents, but hopefully these measures will ease their concerns,” Shaddix said.


VA - Non-profit organization in Suffolk gives non-violent sex offenders a second chance

Original Article

10/31/2011

When someone hears the words “sex offender,” they automatically think of the worst kinds of criminals including those suspects who commit crimes against children and those who have been habitual offenders. But not all crimes are violent ones.

I don’t think parents should be concerned because we are not monsters,” says [name withheld] who fights the stigma of “sex offender” every day.

In 1994 when he was 18-years-old, he was convicted of having consensual sex with a 15-year -old girl.

This landed him in prison for 12 years with a lifelong label as a sex offender.

Lots of people just don’t want to take the chances with me,” says [name withheld].

[name withheld] is just one of the dozens of sex offenders living near school bus stops in Suffolk.

But his situation is a bit different than most because he is a member of the Better Men Coaltion.

The organization was created six months ago and it tries to help offenders who are just coming out of prison and those who are homeless attempting to get off the streets.

If you give them right opportunity and right road to travel, a lot of them turn out to be decent tax paying citizens,” says [name withheld] who is a former offender himself. He teamed up with Suffolk businessman Bob Battaglia.

They’ve created several companies including a car wash and a lawn care service to give job experience to offenders while helping them assimilate back into society.

Seven men in the program are sex offenders, many of them considered non-violent.

[name withheld], who lives between two bus stops on Washington Street, knows better than most about the concerns parents have.

He was sexually abused at the age of four by boyfriends of his mother.

Bunch of guys that were pedophiles and child molesters, and I was a victim of their fantasies that went on,” says [name withheld].

Even though he has seen the worst perversions society can create, he also knows there are many like himself, labeled as sex offenders, who would never want to hurt children.

Parents can get that mixed up, crisscrossed in between the lines, label one sex offender the same as the rest of them. That’s just like prejudging someone before you get to know the actual person,” says [name withheld].

NewsChannel 3 asked Hampton Roads residents if sex offenders can change, and many of them were not convinced.

Generally with these people, once they do it once, they will do it again and again and again,” commented one resident.

According to statistics from the Virginia State Crime Commission, about 13 percent of sex offenders commit another sexual crime in the ten years after they are released from prison....

That means the majority do indeed turn their lives around.

[name withheld] and [name withheld] hope they can as well.


SC - Swedish filmmakers look at sex offenders and Halloween in Anderson

Original Article

10/31/2011

By Mike Ellis

ANDERSON — There is no such thing as sex offender registries in Sweden, although there is public pressure to create such lists, said Magnus Arvidson.

Arvidson is a Swedish journalist who was in Anderson on Halloween to film sex offenders who were required to gather in an Anderson County auditorium during trick-or-treating hours.

He and photographer Mikaela Krestesen, who are engaged, are working on a documentary film project for Sveriges Television, the Swedish national network, about sex offender registries in the United States.

We don’t have sex offender registries,” Arvidson said. He said that a private citizen had posted sex offender information but Swedish courts shut the site down, which helped to spark a national conversation about the possible creation of sex offender lists in the European country.

We stumbled on what they do for Halloween here,” Arvidson said. “It is so far away from how we do it in Sweden.”

He said that many in his country are now pushing for sex offender lists and the film he and Krestesen are creating aims to illustrate how sex offender lists work, for good and bad, in the United States.

Two years ago they were in Anderson for Halloween but did not have enough clearance to shoot video footage of the rounded-up sex offenders. They had permission Monday, taking video shots of the back of offenders’ heads so as not to identify the offenders.

Arvidson said that they have also done work this week in Georgia, were heading out to go trick-or-treating with a family later Monday night in Anderson and also had interviewed sex offenders and their families.

We have one mother whose son was 16; he was looking at pictures of girls his age and was put on the list,” Arvidson said. “So it definitely is interesting.”

He said he does not yet have an opinion on creation of sex offender lists but wants to share the documentary with a national audience in Sweden.