Wednesday, November 2, 2011

FL - New Restrictions On Renting To Sex Offenders


CANADA - Wilks petition targets sex offenders

Original Article

11/02/2011

By Annalee Grant

Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks introduced a petition into the House of Commons on Monday that seeks a strengthening of laws to protect children.

The petition, with 5,600 signatures collected from coast to coast, was presented by Wilks in a continuing trend of the MP's causes related to the protection of children.

The petition calls for the strengthening of Canada's Amber Alert program by making the protocols and criteria to issue an alert standard across the country, a national child abduction and kidnapping registry and the informing of communities of high-risk offenders in the area. The petition also recommends that the federal government introduce a three-tiered classification system for child offenders much like the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in the U.S. That act is an American initiative that was signed into law by former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2006.
- See below, this child was not abducted by a sex offender, and child abductors are not on their registry, nor in the US, so further punishing sex offenders would not solve this or any other problem.

The petition presented by Wilks was developed by Sparwood resident and teacher Jill Klapp, who solicited signatures and support for the petition and handed it over to Wilks.

The petition will now be reviewed and a reply will be returned with suggestions on how the petition could be put into effect.

Wilks said that the Amber Alert program could have better served the case of three-year-old Kienan Hebert, who was allegedly kidnapped from his home in early September, had it had a national standardized criteria. Because of different criteria for Amber Alerts in each province, the alert could not be extended to Alberta as soon as it was issued in B.C. Wilks said it's important that the criteria be standardized in all provinces, and that an alert could go Canada-wide if necessary, especially when towns are near provincial borders like Sparwood.
- And in a rare case, the abductor returned the child, unharmed, to where he abducted the child.  See the link above.  It was also not a known or unknown sex offender either.

Wilks said that he has taken up the cause of protecting children because everyone has or plans to have children, or knows someone who does - and they have to be protected.

"They're the most vulnerable," he said. "They are our legacy - without them, nothing proceeds."

As a former police officer, Wilks remembers working on three child abduction cases through his career - and in each case the families were never the same.

"You watch what these families go through, and they never recover," he said. 'It's a sad, sad thing."


CANADA - Child porn extortion plot jails Windsor-area man (Gary Dufour)

Original Article

11/02/2011

By Trevor Wilhelm

WINDSOR - Gary Dufour may have threatened a man with a fake handgun and tried to extort $25,000 from him, but he did it for the "noble" cause of bringing "salvation" to the victim.

That was the picture Dufour's lawyer painted of the troubled man Tuesday as he was sentenced to one year and 45 days in jail for extortion and using an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence.

When Dufour found child porn on the victim's computer flash, he used the fake nine millimetre pistol and the extortion attempt to force the man to admit his wrongdoing, said lawyer Gary Mendler.

"Mr. Dufour, rather than taking this information to the police, sort of took it upon himself with the hopes of bringing salvation to the victim by getting him to confront his own demons," Mendler said Tuesday outside court.
- Sort of?

"Although I would characterize this as a rather noble motive at the beginning, it's clear Mr. Dufour took a very, very strange route to get there."
- Not me, it's extortion and vigilantism, nothing "noble" about that.

Dufour, 41, was also charged with unlawful confinement and making a death threat, but the Crown withdrew those charges after he pleaded guilty to the other offences.

With credit for the time he spent in pre-trial custody, Dufour must serve another 41 days. He will also be on probation for three years.
- Yet another judge basically saying it's okay to be a vigilante!

Mendler said that after the extortion attempt, the victim went to police.

The victim was not charged with possessing child pornography, Mendler said.

Mendler said Dufour had been doing renovation work in a rental unit belonging to the victim when he came across a computer flash drive.

He had it for months before opening it and realizing it contained child pornography.

The discovery transported Dufour back to his own "terrible upbringing" that included sexual abuse in foster homes, which prompted him to try to make the man confess.

When Dufour was a young boy, said Mendler, his mother was killed in a car crash.

The wreck also left Dufour and his brother with serious injuries and put his sister in a lifelong coma.

After that, the family was split up and Dufour was passed around to 22 foster homes in Ontario and Alberta.

He was sexually abused at two of those homes.

Mendler said Dufour has only a Grade 8 education, the result of his constant shuffle from home to home.

Between the ages of 12 and 16, Dufour turned to booze and drugs to "block out his upbringing."

"It's almost apparent Mr. Dufour had no chance," said Mendler.
- I feel for the man, but it's no excuse to break the law!

Assistant Crown attorney Tom Meehan, who agreed to a joint sentencing submission, said it's noteworthy given Dufour's upbringing that he doesn't already have a lengthy criminal record.

"It's amazing he has no criminal record," said Meehan.

"It's a credit to him that he hasn't got in trouble."

But Meehan added Dufour has shown "no clear remorse" and his "contempt for counselling is obvious."

Meehan also pointed out that Dufour did try to extort $25,000 from the victim in exchange for not going to police about the child porn.

It was a "profiteering version of vigilantism," he said.


CA - ACTION ALERT: California Sex Offender Registry Law: New change affecting former sex offenders REMOVED from the registry

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This is how a paradigm is formed

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Sound familiar? Sounds like this has started in congress as well.

A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on the top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey went up the ladder, the others beat up the one on the ladder. After some time, no monkey dare to go up the ladder regardless of the temptation.

Scientists then decided to substitute one of the monkeys. The 1st thing this new monkey did was to go up the ladder. Immediately the other monkeys beat him up. After several beatings, the new member learned not to climb the ladder even though never knew why.

A 2nd monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The 1st monkey participated on the beating for the 2nd monkey. A 3rd monkey was changed and the same was repeated (beating). The 4th was substituted and the beating was repeated and finally the 5th monkey was replaced.

What was left was a group of 5 monkeys that even though never received a cold shower, continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder. If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they would beat up all those who attempted to go up the ladder …..

I bet you the answer would be … ”I don’t know – that’s how things are done around here!

Does it sound familiar?

Don’t miss the opportunity to share this with others as they might be asking themselves why we continue to do what we are doing if there is a different way out there.


GA - More than 800 sex offenders released from Georgia registry

Original Article

11/01/2011

By Wendy Saltzman

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - A CBS Atlanta News investigation has uncovered that hundreds of potentially dangerous sex offenders have been removed from Georgia's sex offender registry. Those criminals are unable to be tracked, and in many cases, the records of their horrific crimes have been wiped clean.

The criminals removed from the sex offender registry include child molesters and those convicted of aggravated sodomy and rape.

But if you think you can log onto the Georgia sex offender registry to find those convicts living in your neighborhood, you're wrong. Under new Georgia laws, you may have no way knowing they are living next door.

CBS Atlanta's Chief Investigative Reporter Wendy Saltzman asked John Bankhead, the spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, how someone would know if a child molester was living next door to them.

"You don't, if that person is no longer on the registry," said Bankhead.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed to CBS Atlanta that for a variety of reasons, 809 sex offenders have been removed from the state's registry in the last 15 months.


CA - Another sheriff department citing old outdated lies!

Showing Bogus Statistics
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This county (seen here) uses Offender Watch, and the same "50% of sex offenders re-offend" lie. We have emailed this person using the email at the end, and our email will be attached as a comment. Read more about Offender Watch here.

11/01/2011

The Lassen County community has a new and better way to get information about registered sex offenders, thanks to a new software program available on the county’s website.

Undersheriff John Mineau presented the new software program (a long with false statistics) to a small group at a public meeting on realignment held at Jensen Hall Tuesday, Oct. 24. Mineau said the new program, OffenderWatch®, is used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the nation.
- And the hundreds, except Washington state (see below), all have bogus statistics. Washington has the right statistics, which can be seen below, as one example.

Click the image to see the presentation for Adam's County in Washington

The program shares all the information on an offender that may legally be released — including photographs and addresses. The LCSO also will send a free email alert to residents who request one any time an offender moves within one mile of a resident’s home, school, work, gym, day care, park, soccer field, parents or children's homes. Residents may sign up for the email alerts for as many locations as they desire.

Mineau said so far the database only contains information about registered sex offenders under the county’s jurisdiction. He said Susanville Police Department officers are being trained in how to use the program and information on those registered sex offenders under the city’s jurisdiction will soon be added.

According to Mineau’s presentation, notification is important because 45 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 12, 75 percent of victims know their attacker, 50 percent of sexual offenders re-offend, more than half of rape/sexual assault incidents occur within one mile of the victim’s home and sex offenders cross socio-economic lines, living in the richest and poorest of neighborhoods.
- Yes, he is using he generic presentation that comes with the software, which they can change to be more accurate, but apparently chose not to. Below is a snapshot of the bogus statistics they are showing people, thus spreading lies, as usual.

Click the image to view their presentation

State law permits law enforcement agencies to register sex offenders and notify the public. The agencies normally verify offenders once every year and collect additional information for law enforcement purposes and to enhance community awareness.

Mineau said the law enforcement agencies control the information on the website, check it for accuracy and the use of any other information from other sites is not as accurate.

To access the program, go to the county’s website at _____, select Sheriff under departments, scroll to the bottom of the page, click the offender watch icon and then follow the online instructions.

According to the LCSO’s website, “Our office is pleased to provide OffenderWatch® for the citizens of Lassen County. OffenderWatch® is the nation's leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it."

Lassen County's law enforcement utilizes OffenderWatch® to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered offenders in Lassen County."

OffenderWatch® provides the most accurate and timely information available and now this information is available to you!
- This is not true, exactly. OffenderWatch is a simple database program, so the information entered is by the sheriff's office, and is only as accurate as they enter it.

If you have any questions about the OffenderWatch® program, call 251-8014 or email administrator Matt McFarland at mmcfarland@co.lassen.ca.us.
- Everyone should email these folks, and tell them to change their lies. Also see this item, we have a spreadsheet of all the other counties (most), and people should contact those counties in their states to get them to change the lies as well.


OH - Supreme Court Case Could Mean Big Change For All Sex Offenders

Original Article

Click the link above to see the video.

11/01/2011

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Supreme Court was deciding whether one sex offender must continue to register with authorities on Tuesday.

The decision could have implications on many other sex offenders in Ohio, 10TV's Chuck Strickler reported.

The case centered on a man named [name withheld], who was convicted of a sex crime in Franklin County in the 1990s.

The case has bounced around the courts for years and today his appeal went before the state supreme court.

[name withheld], 46, was convicted of sexual battery in 1995, he served time in prison and was released before Ohio's first sex offender registration statute, Megan's Law, went into effect.

[name withheld]'s attorneys argue that because he was released from prison before Megan's Law was enacted, he should not have to register. His attorneys say he should also not have to register because of the Adam Walsh Act, which is more stringent, and a part of it was ruled unconstitutional.

The state argues that [name withheld] and others convicted previously should be required to register as sex offenders.

[name withheld]'s sister said he is currently living in a homeless shelter and is working to turn his life around, Strickler reported.

The court could take up to six months to decide, Strickler reported.