Thursday, December 22, 2011

Parents Falsely Accused

LA - Lake County City Council amends sex offender ordinance

Original Article


By Lee Peck

LAKE CHARLES (KPLC) - Despite being passed in January a Lake Charles ordinance that would enforce some of the toughest restrictions on sex offenders has yet to be enforced. The ordinance restricting where sex offenders can live and increasing their registration fee from $60 to $600 with another $200 annually has been tied up in the courts for the better part of the year.

"I'm just asking that the council really considers what they are trying to pass," said [name withheld], registered sex offender.

[name withheld], 35, was convicted at 16 years old for forcible rape. He served his time and feels the added costs and restrictions are more punishment for a crime he's already done time for. He's challenging the ordinance and filed a lawsuit against the city earlier this year.

"I understand it is your job to protect the community and disadvantaged, but if you continue to take money out of the pockets of the mouths of not just the registered sex offenders, but my wife and my son and other people's families. You all are creating circumstances that we cannot breathe," said [name withheld].

The City argues the extra money is to offset taxpayer dollars for enforcement of compliance. After discussion the City Council amended the fees from the initial $600 to $400 and $100 annually. Changes were also made to certain notification provisions that might invade privacy of victims and the distance a sex offender can live from a school was changed back to 1000 feet rather than the original 1200 feet.

"I understand your family situation I really do. But if a person does not want to be in this type of dilemma then they need to make the right decisions on acts of that nature before it happens. Ignorance of the law does not excuse you of the penalty," said Rodney Geyen, Lake Charles City Councilman.

"What I did 20 years ago is not a factor in my life today. I was 16, I'm now 35. I will work with the council and I will work with the attorneys. I will help you all create this ordinance," said [name withheld].

With pending litigation the State Attorney General's Office has declined to rule on the case.

"Mr. [name withheld] based on these amendments made tonight is going to dismiss his suit without prejudice. We are not going to enforce that ordinance for 180 days and once that dismissal happens we can submit the amended ordinance to the Attorney General's Office for an opinion of the constitutionality."

Based on the decision of the Attorney General's Office [name withheld] could refile his lawsuit in the future.

OH - Waite Hill police officer (Matthew Mole) charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor

Matthew Mole
Original Article


By Scott Newell

RICHMOND HEIGHTS - A Waite Hill police officer has been charged with a sex crime involving a 14-year-old boy.

Richmond Heights police Lt. Bob Glaettli said the investigation started after a call from a concerned parent.

"We received a call from a resident at approximately 3:55 a.m. Monday morning and she reported that there was a naked man in her house," Lt. Glaettli told NewsChannel5’s Scott Newell.

Police discovered the man was a friend of the woman's 14-year-old son: a 35-year-old man. They took him into custody.

"The suspect that was arrested, his name is Matthew Mole, and during the investigation we determined that he was a police officer with the Village of Waite Hill," Lt. Glaettli said. Officer Mole was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Mole just began his fourth year with Waite Hill Police Department. Waite Hill is an area sandwiched between Willoughby and Wickliffe.

Waite Hill Police Chief Arnold Stanko would not answer questions about the investigation, but said Mole has no citizen complaints against him. Stanko said the officer was disciplined about a year ago for violating department policies and procedures.

"Not reporting when he left his zone,” Stanko said. “Didn't let the dispatcher know."

NewsChannel5 attempted to contact Mole, but was unsuccessful. According to Stanko, Mole is currently on administrative leave from the police department and is out on bond. But his arrest has deeply affected all at Waite Hill’s small police department.

"He's family,” said Stanko. “And that's tough, and this is not good for law enforcement. But that's the criminal side of it and, you know, they'll deal with that."