Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FL - Florida Deputy (William Martinez) Arrested, Accused of Molesting Disabled Woman

William Martinez
Original Article

Yet another perverted cop in Florida. I am beginning to think most police officers in this state, are perverts.

12/21/2011

ORLANDO – The Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida arrested one of their own after the deputy was accused of improperly touching a disabled woman.

Deputy William Martinez, 56, was charged Tuesday with lewd or lascivious behavior of a disabled person following an incident that happened Oct. 31.

According to an incident report, Martinez went to the victim's home in the overnight hours to conduct a well-being check and allegedly touched the clothing covering the woman's buttocks, breast and genital areas repeatedly while attempting to persuade an intimate encounter.

The report also claimed that Martinez suggested he could help her take a shower or lie down in the bedroom. The victim declined Martinez.

The sheriff's office in Orlando, Fla., said the alleged victim came forward to report Martinez's actions and he was suspended and reassigned to non-law-enforcement duties.

An investigation was launched immediately and resulted in criminal charges being filed.

Martinez was set to make his first appearance in court Wednesday.


IN - County considering (extortion) registry fees for sex offenders

Original Article

12/21/2011

By SOPHIA VORAVONG

Sex offenders would front the cost to have their photos, home and work addresses and other information on Indiana's Sex and Violent Offender Registry under a measure Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown wants to adopt.

The idea itself is nothing new. Indiana legislators in 2007 amended a law to allow sheriff's departments to charge administrative fees, and a handful of counties -- Clay, Floyd and Gibson, among others -- were quick to pass ordinances to begin collecting.

Brown said he wanted to wait and see whether ordinances in other counties faced legal challenges or other issues before bringing the proposal to Tippecanoe County Commissioners in the next few months.

Fees aren't meant to generate revenue but rather pay for general registry upkeep costs, Brown said. Indiana law allows counties to charge a one-time fee up to $50, plus $5 for each address change.

"Maintaining the registry is a huge responsibility for sheriffs in Indiana," Brown said. "We want it to be accurate. We want it to be accessible and available to the public. Doing so helps keep the community's children safe."

Brown will have to take his idea before Tippecanoe County Commissioners to see whether an ordinance can be drafted. The sheriff said he expects that commissioners will want to hold a public hearing before voting.

He's asked county attorney Dave Luhman to look over the state's legislation and wording. Luhman said the proposal is in "the very early stages."

As of Tuesday night, Tippecanoe County had 201 offenders on the registry.

It's maintained locally by one person, Detective Jason Morgan.

In addition to updating the registry when an offender comes in annually, Morgan is tasked with doing address and home checks on a regular basis and making sure that offenders are registered.

"It's an enormous amount of work to maintain the database," Brown said. "Basically, this would put the mechanisms in place so that we can recoup the personnel costs. ... This was something the General Assembly put in place to give local units a way to recoup the costs of maintaining the registry."

Under the law, 10 percent of all fees go back to the state. Counties keep the remainder.

Several sex offenders in Tippecanoe County contacted by the Journal & Courier either didn't return messages seeking comment or declined to comment.

Kimberly DuBina is the Indiana representative for Reform Sex Offender Laws. She's an advocate for Hoosier sex offenders.

At 17 years old, her son was charged and convicted of a sex crime in 2005 for what began as a consensual teenage relationship. He received an 8-year prison sentence and must register for life as a sex offender.

DuBina said the registry fees are unfair and negatively impact an offenders' family, too.

"Most registrants are forced to pay fines, probation costs, polygraph fees and therapy/counseling costs," she said. "For the majority of the registrants, this is nearly impossible for them to do, because they are so stigmatized by the registry, that most employers will not hire them."

"It is nearly impossible for registrants to obtain employment and/or housing. Additional fees and/or fines will invariably place even further hardships on the registrants and their families. If a registrant is unable to pay the costs and/or fines, they will be at risk for violating their probation or parole stipulations, thus increasing recidivism rates."

DuBina said she also believes the fees are a human rights violation and violate ex post facto laws for punishing an offender after his or her sentence is complete.

"First and foremost, we must consider the families and the children to whom these fines and fees will harm," she said.


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