Thursday, November 3, 2011

OK - New Oklahoma Sex Offender Law Wont Affect Offenders, Authorities Say

Sgt. John Adams
Original Article

11/02/2011

By Lori Fullbright

TULSA - Oklahoma's sex offender law was changed slightly on Tuesday, but it doesn't affect one single sex offender in the state of Oklahoma.

Some would argue it wasn't the law, but the perception of it that needed to change.

The law now says if a man or woman is caught urinating in public, they should be charged with outraging public decency, which is a misdemeanor and doesn't require sex offender registration.

That's always been the case, but a lot of people believe you can be arrested for indecent exposure, which is a felony that requires registration. This new clarification might prevent anyone from slipping through the cracks.

"This will not affect us at all. it will not affect our registry with one single person," said Sgt. John Adams, Tulsa Police Department.

Sergeant John Adams says not one offender at the state level is affected by this new law clarification either. He says it's a big misconception that if you get caught urinating in public, you have to register as a sex offender. The fact is people lie.

"When someone gets arrested for indecent exposure, they don't want to tell their family and friends what they were doing, so they tell them, I was only peeing in public," Sergeant Adams said.

Sergeant Adams says a law change that would actually make citizens safer, is to change the safe zone around schools and parks from the current 2,000 feet, down to 1,000.

He says right now, about 95 percent of the city is marked out, so there's basically no place for sex offenders to live. He says they still live here, they just don't register anymore.

"This has caused more safety issues for our families than it's helped," he said.

He says there are around 200 sex offenders in Tulsa that authorities have no idea where they are and more than 800 statewide.

He believes by shrinking the safe zones, offenders will have more places to live, so they'll be more likely to register, especially if legislators also add prison time for failing to register.

"Even if they get caught, the standard punishment in Tulsa for failing to register is a suspended sentence. They know that," Sergeant Adams said.
- What about those off probation and parole?

He'd like to see lawmakers change that to a mandatory 5 to 10 years in prison. Then, he believes the sex offender registration law will do what it was designed to do: make families safer.


UK - Former police inspector from Barry (Geraint Lloyd Evans) admits inciting child abuse

Geraint Lloyd Evans
Original Article

So now they can arrest you for thoughts alone? Well, the thought police are alive and well. Sounds like 1984 for real!

11/03/2011

By Sharon Harris

South Wales Police has condemned one of its former Inspectors, from Barry, after a court heard he had taken part in internet discussions about abusing children.

Geraint Lloyd Evans, of Purdey Close, admitted inciting another man to engage in unlawful sexual activity with a child under the age of 13.

Evans, 47, also admitted possessing 179 images of extreme pornography, including images involving animals.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Croft said the former officer’s actions were ‘completely unacceptable and abhorrent’.

Swansea Crown Court heard that married Evans' pleas emerged during the three-day trial of 47-year-old Keith Bold, a chartered surveyor from Skewen near Neath.

Bold had denied encouraging Evans to take part in sex with children but was convicted. He is already serving a 28-month sentence for possessing and distributing images of child abuse.

He will be sentenced alongside Evans later this month.

During Bold's trial the jury was shown a transcript of a written conversation he had with Evans over the internet.

Evans said: "Are you interested in meeting at my friend's house in Caerphilly?

Bold replied: "Yes, I think it could be cool. I wish we could have some young to play with."

Evans: "That could be an option."

Bold: "How?"

Evans: "My mate has some pervy mates who could oblige but only once they know you're genuine."

Prosecuting, John Hipkin told the jury the prosecution did not have to show that any children had actually been molested, only that the discussions amounted to encouragement. However, it was true that Evans did have a friend in Caerphilly.

The indecent images were found on Evans' computer, along with a log of the chatroom discussions he had had with other men, after police raided his home.

Evans' barrister, Patrick Griffiths, said the discussions represented the expression of fantasies and that there had not been any real intention to sexually assault children. He also said that Evans found it ‘distressing’ to have to report weekly to former colleagues at Bridgend police station as part of his bail conditions.

Evans, who was bailed to an address in Bridgend, Bold and two other men will be sentenced following reports.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Croft said Evans was suspended from duty in January 2011 and was dismissed from South Wales Police in September.

He said: "The South Wales Police Public Protection Department and Professional Standards Anti-Corruption Unit conducted a thorough investigation into his conduct."

"The investigation was managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and demonstrates that we will bring offenders to justice regardless of their occupation or background."

"Evans was in a position of great trust within the community he served, but that trust was breached by this criminal behaviour,” he added.

"His actions are completely unacceptable and abhorrent; his colleagues feel let down, and I am sure that local communities will feel the same way."


LA - Judge to rule on sex offender Internet ban

Original Article

11/03/2011

BATON ROUGE - A constitutional question of whether the state's new law banning the use of certain Internet sites by sex offenders is in the hands of a federal judge.

A lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of two anonymous sex offenders challenges the constitutionality of the law, promoted as banning sex offenders who target children from using social media sites, such as Facebook and MySpace.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson on Wednesday took under consideration arguments by attorneys representing the state and the ACLU as to whether HB55 (PDF) by Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, violates First Amendment rights of such convicted felons. The law also includes those convicted of video voyeurism.

Jackson said he is concerned that "unchecked, the statute in its current form is constitutionally problematic."

Thierry, an attorney, contended during legislative debate that it was constitutional to ban access to sites that could be used to lure children. She said it was not her intent to ban the use of all sites, such as ones that could be used to find jobs and access news and other information.
- So do you also ban DUI offenders from stores that cell alcohol?  Or drug dealers from drug stores?

ACLU attorney Justin Harrison, representing complainants John and James Doe — convicted sex offenders in East Baton Rouge and Iberia parishes — said the law is overly broad and applies to any website in which visitors can leave comments. He said that applies to newspaper sites and numerous others that have nothing to do with personal communications.

Jackson said it also appears to prohibit access to the federal court's website.

Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall said Corrections Secretary James le Blanc has implemented rules that restrict how probation and parole officers are to enforce the law. The regulations define what kind of sites are off-limits.

But Jackson pointed out that the regulations do not apply to police and district attorneys, who don't fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections. Harrison contended that the law has "a chilling effect" because there is "a credible threat of prosecution" for visiting a seemingly harmless site. He said the law, in effect, bans sex offenders from using the Internet and limits their ability to obtain and hold jobs.

Jackson posed the question, "When is the law violated?" He asked if it is when an offender "accesses a site or when a proper authority discovers improper use of the Internet?"

Wall responded, "It's not what they're going on there to do. It's that they're there, period."

He reminded the court that there is a provision in the law that allows accessing sites if an offender asks a probation or parole officer or to the court where the judgment was rendered for an exception.

Harrison said that presents a problem because a sex offender "doesn't know if he's reached a prohibited site until he's there. By showing up, he's committed an offense."

The law says conviction of the crime of unlawful use or access of social media carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. A second conviction requires at least five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.

Jackson gave the attorneys until Nov. 23 to file final statements. He said he would issue a ruling after weighing those arguments.


NOTICE - Bloated Registries - Why? So they can shock people from fear to get funding, etc?

Update:
Michigan has put out a new report which proves they are bloating the registries, see here.

Well, people like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children say we have about 750,000 sex offenders (PDF) in this country.

But I've checked several people I know, and they are on the registry in different states. They lived in one state, moved to another, but are still on both. Why? This is misleading the public into thinking we have more offenders than we actually have.

So, do we actually have 750,000 sex offenders? No, of course not, but it helps the politicians, police and others push for more strict laws by having a bloated registry. After all, when you scare people with false statistics, they are more likely to donate money.

This is something, IMO, that needs to be documented! Below is one example of a person who doesn't live in Florida, but is still on their registry. Why?

Also, in some states, I have seen where they have multiple entries for the same person, just different aliases, so one person, who has 5 different aliases, would be on their 5 times, instead of once.

So I am willing to bet, if we removed all the duplicates, we'd have less than 200,000 sex offenders in the entire country, but that is just an assumption.

I'd like to start documenting this here. So if you are, or know of someone who is on the registry, under different aliases, or in different states, when they live in some other state, send us the links. We will save the images, blur out any personal information, and post them here for the general public to see, as we did to the example below.

This needs to be documented!

Example 1 - Person doesn't live in Florida anymore

Example 1 - Person does live in Georgia, not Florida


MD - Sex Offender List & Halloween

This just shows how ignorant the general public is. Once someone is off probation and/or parole, you cannot force them to do certain stuff, it's how we've always done it, and any thing that is done, is unconstitutional ex post facto punishment, period, and the residency laws and forcing people onto the registry who were sentenced before the laws came into being, IS PUNISHMENT!


CA - Former officer (Hector Jesus Zamora) charged with possession of child porn

Hector Jesus Zamora
Original Article

11/02/2011

By Yazmin Alvarez

A former police officer was arrested when about two dozen images believed to be child pornography were found on his home computer in Temecula.

Hector Jesus Zamora, 42, was taken into custody Monday.

The images found included some of Zamora pictured with possibly underage girls that investigators believe may have been taken about 10 years ago when he lived in Holtville, an area east of El Centro in Imperial Valley, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.

At the time, Zomara worked as a police officer, Hall said Wednesday.

Zamora has lived in the Temecula area since 2005 and was previously a San Diego resident, Hall said.

FBI conducted a search at Zamora’s Temecula home in January 2010 when his computers were seized, Hall said.

After a forensic investigation, images of child pornography were found and the case was handed over to investigators with the Riverside County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement task force.

Zamora has been charged with one count of possession of child sexual exploitation images. He was released after posting $5,000 bail according to court records. No arraignment date is currently scheduled, Hall said.
- One count?  And the average citizen would be charged with one count per image, and the bail would be a lot higher, but hey, he's a "Good Ole' Boy!"

The investigation is ongoing and authorities are asking anyone with information about Zamora to contact the Riverside County SAFE Task Force tip line at 866-SAFE-595 or www.RivCoSafe.org.


PA - Legislation introduced to bring Pa.'s sex offender registration into compliance

Original Article

11/02/2011

HARRISBURG — Legislation to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with a federal sex offender law was introduced by Rep. Ron Marsico, the majority chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, passed in 2006, was written to ensure each state has the same standards for their sex offender registration and notification programs, which would strengthen the current notification program.

If a state fails to come into compliance with the federal law, it could lose 10 percent of its federal grant for its programs (which is bribery, a crime). Pennsylvania had received an extension for its sex offender notification and registration programs from the U.S. Department of Justice, but that extension expired over the summer.

Marsico's proposed legislation would change Pa.'s laws to follow the Adam Walsh Act in the following ways:

Offenders would be put into three tiers, based upon their offense and its severity. Those place in tier one must register their address for 15 years, offenders in tier two for 25 years and offenders in tier three for life.

Sex offenders who must register will have to appear in person at police departments to update their place of residence and have their photograph taken for the database. Depending upon which tier the offender is placed in, they would have to appear either annually, every six months or every 90 days.

Every time the sex offender database is updated, the state must inform local law enforcement, probation and parole offices, as well as schools and social service agencies.

The sex offenders online database will also be updated so anyone viewing it can filter offender lists by ZIP code or geographic status.

Under the Adam Walsh Act, convicted sex offenders must repot any change in address, employment, school registration, change in phone number and email address. They must also provide information on locations other than their residence where they might possibly stay overnight for more than seven days, and must notify the Pennsylvania State Police at least 21 days before they travel overseas.

The proposal is House Bill 1958 (PDF).


MT - How effective is sex offender rehabilitation?

Original Article

11/02/2011

By Erin Schermele

As a member of Montana's Sex Offender Treatment Association, licensed counselor Barb Bottomly deals with recovering sex offenders daily.

Bottomly noted, "Sexual addiction is not a curable thing. It's a treatable thing, it's a manageable problem. But usually adult sex offenders will continue with treatment in some form or fashion for long into their lives. It's a lifetime thing."
- Yeah, we need a constant stream of income!

A psycho-sexual evaluation determines treatment for sexual offenders, but once completed and released back to civilian life, there is no guarantee they won't offend again.
- Sure, just like any other criminal.

Detective Noah Scott of the GFPD sex crimes unit said, "Some rehabilitation does work, but I don't think you are ever going to cure somebody of having these thoughts or feelings towards victims."
- This man apparently thinks all ex-sex offenders are child molesting, pedophile predators and believes the "once a criminal, always a criminal" montra is true, which is not true. Most cops, from my experience, think this way, they think everyone is an evil, sick, perverted criminal, except themselves of course, and it seems police are committing more and more of the sex crimes these days.

Officials point to a study done in Denver showing that more than 50% of convicted sex offenders commit a new sex crime after being released (link to study).
- This is a study, based on polygraph information, which is not admissible in court, and is known to have problems, see here. We have a lot more studies, from various sources, which say otherwise.

The internet is cited as an increasing problem, turning actual offenders on to pornography, and vice-versa.

Neither Bottomly nor Scott see a trend in what makes a person commit a sexual offense.

Bottomly said, "All sex crimes, pretty much the bottom line is power and control. "I can't really say there is a root of the problem. It's just something that they've found fulfills a need and they've found a deviant way to satisfy that and unfortunately it's pretty hideous."
- Well, once again, she clearly doesn't know everything that can land you on the sex offender registry, like urinating in public, streaking at a football game, kids being kids and playing doctor, which are not "hideous!"

Scott is confident in law enforcement's ability to monitor convicted sex offenders, but what he is most concerned about is the offenders who are not yet on law enforcement's radar.
- Yes, most sexual crimes occur by someone the victim knows, like a father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, friend, etc.

He said, "The most dangerous sex offender is the person out there that we don't know about. These are the people that haven't had the counseling that are right now abusing their children or another victim and we just don't know about it."

Bottomly concluded, "Children don't make up stories of sexual abuse, they can't talk about things they haven't experienced. So that would be my number suggestion is to listen to your kids because they're not making this up."
- This is not true. You cannot just make a blanket statement like this. Kids do lie, at the hands of their own mothers or fathers who are going through a divorce, or some other issue. See the "WRONGLYACCUSED" label on our blog for examples of this. I am not saying all kids lie, that would be untrue, but your statement is not exactly true either.


OH - Dozens Mistakenly Added To Ohio Sex Offender Registry

Original Article

It is advised that if you live in this state, and if you have been off the registry, or even if you have been on it, to check to make sure you are not now on it, and the information is correct. If you find any of the information is incorrect, then contact your local sheriff as soon as possible.

11/02/2011

COLUMBUS - Some people raised questions on Wednesday, wondering how dozens of people could have been wrongfully included to a statewide sex offender registry.

Outdated and inaccurate information was put into the system by an outside company that helped run the registry, 10TV's Chuck Strickler reported.

It took more than two weeks to figure out what the problem was. The site was then shut down and fixed.

The state had been working to switch the entire registry operation over to a Louisiana company called Watch Systems.
- Who is notorious for citing bogus statistics.

In early October, the state said the company took control of the search operation of the registry and mistakenly put inaccurate information into the system for all to see, Strickler reported.

The state attorney general's office said the problem was a result of human error.

"There were probably hundreds, but we don't know exactly because we didn't take the time to go through the records individually," said Steven Raubenolt, Deputy Superintendent of BC&I.
- And this is why you should check the registry to make sure the information is correct, or you are not on it after you have been removed from it, or never was on it.  Don't rely on the police.

Members of the group 'Families Against the Registry' said they were concerned that people who were no longer required to register were listed again during the glitch.

"Watch Systems and the Ohio Attorney General do not seem to care that when you list a man on the registry, his wife and children suffer," said Ellen Shores of Families Against the Registry.

"Obviously we are sorry this happened. As I said, we don't want bad or inaccurate data being displayed to the public," said Raubenolt.
- If that is true, then make sure you fix the bogus statistics as well, see here. That "50% of sex offenders re-offend," is bogus, and they know it.


CA - Ex-cop (John Haig Marshall) gets 3 years for raping, shaving body hair off drinking buddy in bizarre sex attack

John Haig Marshall
Original Article

11/02/2011

By Philip Caulfield

Former Calif. reserve cop had history of suspected sex crimes; pleaded no contest

A former California cop is headed to prison for drugging, raping and then shaving the body hair off his drinking buddy in a bizarre sex attack two years ago.

John Haig Marshall, 56, of Redondo Beach, will serve three years behind bars after pleading no contest to sexual assault charges on Tuesday.

Prosecutor charged that Marshall and the unidentified victim were drinking at his apartment in October 2009 when the former reserve police officer drugged his buddy's cocktail and later raped him with a thin, hard object, the Daily Breeze newspaper reported.

At some point during the attack, the sex-crazed sicko shaved his knocked-out pal's body hair, prosecutors said.

The victim, 29, woke up later on a sofa, but didn’t report the attack, the Breeze said.

Doctors reported the alleged rape to police after the man sought treatment, the newspaper reported.

Prosecutors said Marshall was suspected in several other sex attacks around L.A.'s South Bay beach region, including allegations that he molested teens and gave drugs to high school students, the newspaper said.

The creep copped to the attack against the advice of his lawyer, who maintained that the sex and the shaving was consensual.

Marshall will have to register as a sex offender when he gets out of jail.