Friday, January 27, 2012

UK - Former police worker downloaded 110,000 indecent images of children

Nicholas White
Original Article

01/27/2012

A former police worker could face jail for possessing more than 110,000 indecent images of children.

Nicholas White, 27, admitted 20 counts of possessing indecent images and two of possessing extreme images at Cambridge Crown Court today.

He worked as a communications officer employed by Cambridgeshire Police and was deployed to a unit overseen by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo).

White, from Royston, Hertfordshire, had been employed since June 2008 and resigned after his arrest in February last year.

The charges cover more than 110,000 images including photographs and videos of eight-year-olds and extreme pictures of children engaged in sex acts with animals.

He was released on bail on the condition he does not approach unsupervised under-16s or access pornographic images on the internet.

Nerida Harford-Bell, defending White, asked for a psychiatric report to be compiled before sentencing, as White had a history of self harm.

She added: 'He is a very isolated individual who found himself with a growing addiction.'

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: 'This report should not be taken as any indication of the likely sentence."

'I keep all options, including custody, open.'

White, whose elderly father attended the hearing, will be sentenced at Cambridge in March. He covered his face as he left court.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: 'All applications for employment with the constabulary are subject to rigorous checks and vetting, including the examination of criminal records and employment history."

'Any allegations against employees are fully investigated and disciplinary action and, if necessary, criminal proceedings, will be instigated if appropriate.'

Acpo is an independent body which brings together the expertise of chief police officers across the country.


MO - Supreme Court Decision on Missouri Sex Offender Carries Implications Across U.S.

Original Article

01/27/2012

By John H. Tucker

A sex case that began in Missouri and passed through Pennsylvania continued its path all the way to Washington, where this week U.S. Supreme Court released an opinion that poses just as many questions as answers when it comes to sex-offender registration laws.

In a 7-2 ruling (PDF) announced January 23, the justices declared that sex offenders who registered as such prior to the 2006 signing of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act need not re-register as sex offenders if they move across state lines, reversing a previous ruling by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case originated with Missouri native [name withheld], who was convicted of a sex crime in 2001 and registered as a sex offender in 2005 after leaving prison. When he moved to Pennsylvania in 2007, he chose not to re-register as a sex offender and was arrested, convicted of violating the Walsh Act and sentenced to eighteen months in prison. He sued.

The Walsh Act, named in memory of a young Florida boy who was kidnapped and murdered, significantly beefed up sex offender sanctions by implementing new laws and requiring sex offenders to re-register no longer than three days after moving across state lines.
- And Adam's death was never determined to be by a sex offender, it's just an assumption.  The kid was brutally murdered, by, they say, Ottis Toole, who was a known serial killer, so why aren't they putting all murderers on an online registry?

The Supreme Court ruling now exempts sex offenders with older sex-crime rap sheets who take up residences in new states. It also challenges legislators to create their own registration laws. But until that happens, the ruling not surprisingly has some child-protection advocates and lawyers miffed.

"My thought is if you are a sex registrable offender and you want to go somewhere, well go to Pennsylvania. Because as of yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that's okay, it's not against the law to go to Pennsylvania and work and live and apparently you don't have to register there-- at least not at this time," Dee Wampler, a Springfield defense attorney, told local News Channel KSPR.

But the seven-judge majority argued that applying the Walsh Act retroactively would open up too many cans of worms, and that new laws are best left up to state attorneys general. Writing for the majority, Justice Stephen Breyer stated: "The problems arise out of the fact that the Act seeks to make more uniform a patchwork of pre-existing state systems. Doing so could require newly registering or re-registering "a large number" of pre-Act offenders. That effort could prove expensive. And it might not prove feasible to do so immediately."
- What about the fact that retroactive punishment is an ex post facto law, which is unconstitutional?

The dissenting judges made an odd couple. Conservative justice Antonin Scalia and liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg argued that the Adam Walsh Act protocol should apply for pre-Act offenders.


CA - Still playing the sex offender shuffle, and following in Florida's foot steps?

Original Article

01/27/2012

By Leigh Paynter

STOCKTON - The Stockton city government had a highly publicized eviction of homeless squatters at a shanty town down in Mormon Slough last week.

However, further down the Slough, by Jefferson and A Streets, a different campsite was quietly dismantled; it was the long time home to dozens of sex offenders.
- I'm sure shanty towns like this are all over the country, they recently shut down one in Florida helped created by Ron Book and his pals in the legislature, by passing draconian residency restrictions.

"All of them, the 20 that were there, couldn't find housing that was compliant with Jessica's Law," California State Parole Delta District Administrator Julie Kaplan said. "Homeless shelters they can't go to, because they're family shelters with children and women. Some found businesses that gave them permission to stay on private property."

Kaplan said when transient sex offenders are evicted, the parole agents have to scramble to keep tabs on them.

The California State Parole District in Stockton currently has 20 transient registered sex offenders under its watch. San Joaquin County Probation Department has seven homeless sex offenders. Both agencies track sex offenders with GPS ankle bracelets.

"We get five minute increments on a map that show exactly where that offender has been," SJC Probation Department Assist. Chief Stephanie James said. "We can also set up exclusion or inclusion zones and if the offender steps somewhere where he shouldn't be, his agent is notified immediately."
- So what about them being homeless due to the draconian residency laws?  Remove the residency restrictions and this wouldn't be an issue.

One homeless registered sex offender said the GPS device must kept charged.

"We're tracked. A computer tells them exactly where we're at and it sets off an alarm if you're violating," said the offender, who wished to remain anonymous.

Kaplan said a week after the city's eviction of Mormon Slough, many of the 20 registered sex offenders are now back at Mormon Slough. The campsite now sits further out of view from the above neighborhood on A Street.

"They let their parole agents know they were moving back or near that area," Kaplan said.

On Wednesday afternoon, a homeless sex offender registered at the probation department that he was now staying in Mormon Slough.

"We did verify that this morning that he was in fact at Mormon Slough yesterday," James said.

James had no probationary sex offenders staying in Mormon Slough prior to the city eviction last week.

While law enforcement agencies know where homeless sex offenders are at all times, citizens do not. The state sex offender online registry does not list the last known location of transient sex offenders.

"It's unnerving, because you don't know who's down there or how many," said a mother living in the neighborhood above Mormon Slough.

"We went down there to play on dirt bikes and saw a lot of tents," said 17-year-old Tracey Jenkins.

Jenkins found out sex offenders were living below her neighborhood after she and her friends stumbled onto their camp.

"Now I can't go anywhere by myself and I stay away from there. It freaks me out," Jenkins said.

A few neighbors in the neighborhood above Mormon Slough said they still feel safe in their neighborhood despite the sex offender campsite.

"They keep to themselves mostly," one mother said. "If they keep a good eye on them, then it's fine."

Homeless sex offenders on parole must register every 30 days at the nearest police station. Those on county probation report to their parole agent every Wednesday.


Is Crying Rape The New Guilt After One Night Stands?

Original Article

01/27/2012

By Cacy F.

Let's get this out of the way: rape is a horrible, horrible crime committed against a person. It's a war crime in our community, it's a tactic that's been used since the dawn of humanity to control and eradicate tribes in times of war, it's a tool for shame, and it's a tool to enforce power.

Rape is not about sex.

STORY: Investigators Don't Believe Kelly Rape Accuser!

That said: Is rape also used to assuage guilt when someone is busted for cheating? Is rape an escape clause? The answer is yes, sometimes it is.

Like everyone else in the NYC area, I was shocked when I learned that Greg Kelly, son of police commissioner Kelly and host of a FOX news morning program, was accused of rape. Days prior to this news, I listened to a story a friend told about a visitor from the UK who was accused, arrested and charged with rape in a NYC nightclub two weeks ago.

The friend received oral sex from a young lady in a bathroom but when the young lady's boyfriend saw her talking to the dude, the boyfriend became suspicious. Questioned about their association, the lady said she was raped.

I thought of this case when I heard about Kelly's. Actually I thought, "this lady probably was disappointed that she was a one night stand and was hurt when she realized Kelly had no interest in her beyond their tryst in her law office." Throw in a boyfriend situation and we have a rape case.

It's reductionist and simplistic, but it's likely that's what happened. Whatever the case may be, no one rebounds after being accused of rape. When Kelly gets back to work, all people will think about when they see him on TV is that he was accused of rape. The woman will get back to living life anonymously.

When Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, was accused of rape last year, it made worldwide news. His accuser, a hotel maid who was basically a hustler, cried rape after having consensual sex. I think this lady, with dollar signs in her eyes, thought she saw a sucker after she realized who this white man was; and wanted to cash in by calling consensual sex rape. The proof is in the tapes she's on describing her encounter to a "friend" in jail.

I've read accounts of soldiers being tried for rape because the woman didn't want to be late for work, police arrests, and less. One Hofstra University student invited five men to have sex with her. She accused them of rape because she didn't want to be labeled as a tramp by her boyfriend.

Why? Why are women accusing men of rape when, in some cases, it's not? I think it's an issue of defense, power and fear of being labeled.

As marginalized members of society, I think some women, who after being used for sex by men, or willingly let themselves be used for sex but then feel shame, figure out that crying rape is the only way to empower themselves out of emotionally charged situations, situations that some of them have willingly agreed to participate in.

Situations like cheating. If you are cheating on your boyfriend, husband, whatever, you shouldn't be with that person in the first place. These cheaters would rather destroy someone's life than admit that they f---ed someone other than their man whom they don't love. How crazy is that? Stir crazy.

And guess what? These false accusers will not be prosecuted.