Friday, February 3, 2012

AR - Baxter county sheriff office cannot read, apparently!

Recently, Arkansas Time After Time sent out this document to the sheriff department, asking them to pass the documents a long to the registrants who come into their office. Why are they spreading lies, when it's clear that is not what Arkansas Time After Time was wanting?

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NC - Adam Walsh Act reignites debate over sex offender policies

John Walsh
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By Brian Freskos

In a clash suffused with federalist undertones, North Carolina is among several states being penalized for balking at a federal mandate seeking to better protect children by creating a national sex offender registry.

Because North Carolina abstained from adopting provisions of the federal law, known as the Adam Walsh Act, it will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal assistance to crime victims and criminal justice programs, officials said this week.

But critics, including some state legislators, say those losses pale in comparison to how much it would cost to actually comply with the mandate, a price tag that for North Carolina is estimated to run into the millions.

The reluctance among states has prompted speculation among some observers that one of the biggest overhauls to how sex offenders are tracked and monitored in years is at risk of collapsing. Others, meanwhile, remain optimistic, saying the federal government is collaborating closely with states to bring them on board.

"It's going to take some time," said Carolyn Atwell-Davis, legislative affairs director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. "There are some hurdles to overcome."

As the dispute unfolds, recent research casting doubt on the effectiveness of the Adam Walsh Act has reignited a long-running debate about the usefulness of sex offender registries in general.

In North Carolina, lawmakers will decide later this year if they want to use this debate as a catalyst for tightening the state's sex offender policies. The House Judiciary Committee has introduced a bill to create a joint legislative study group to evaluate the current laws and calculate whether instituting the federal rules is cost-prohibitive, among other goals.

But already, some legislators are saying North Carolina might ignore many of the federal stipulations, opting instead to choose its own course.

"I have the feeling we're probably going to go our own way unless they make modifications to the federal law," said Rep. Sarah Stevens, a Republican from Mount Airy and a member of the House Judiciary Committee. She likened the mandate to "micromanaging the states."

Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act in 2006 to push (bribery) states into adopting more uniform sex offender registration requirements. It came in response to several high-profile stories of sex offenders dodging registries by moving from one state to another, where they proceeded to assault and kill children.

Congress named it after a 6-year-old Florida boy kidnapped from a shopping mall in 1981 and later found beheaded. His father, John Walsh, who became the host of the television show "America's Most Wanted," lobbied for its passage.

Proponents say creating a nationwide network will make it harder for predators to disappear. In voicing their support, they point to provisions that cases require stricter penalties for offenders who disobey registration requirements than those currently prescribed by many states.

"We are encouraging all states to do what they can to substantially implement because the whole purpose of the Adam Walsh Act is to create a seamless, nationwide system of state registries to close the loopholes that exist," Atwell-Davis said.

UK - Former police community support officer (Michael Yardley) jailed for raping schoolgirl

Michael Yardley
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A police community support officer was today (Friday) jailed for 10 years for the rape of a schoolgirl.

Michael Yardley, who was employed by Lincolnshire Police as part of a neighbourhood policing team, had a seven-month secret affair with the youngster before coming under suspicion when his shocked wife caught them cuddling on the sofa of their home.

He and his wife separated soon afterwards and she raised her suspicions with his employers which sparked an investigation.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Yardley, 35, of Haconby Lane, Morton, and the girl admitted having sex on several occasions.

Yardley quit his role as a PCSO in the Sleaford neighbourhood policing team after the offences came to light.

Alison Summers, mitigating, said Yardley developed a friendship with the girl after becoming unhappy in his marriage.

Yardley admitted raping the girl on October 27, 2010 and four charges of sexual activity with a young girl between November 2010 and April last year. He was jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

PA - FBI arrests ex-city cop (Ronald Miko) in online sex-ring case

Ronald R. Miko
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By Jason A. Kahl

A former Reading police officer was arrested Thursday by the FBI on charges he helped set up a prostitution ring run by Paul S. "God" Sewell and tried to bribe partners in the ring to lie about his involvement after they were indicted, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia.

Ronald R. Miko, 37, a nine-year veteran of the force, was charged with obstruction of a criminal investigation in a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.

Miko was arrested Thursday afternoon by FBI agents and taken into federal custody. He was scheduled to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia today.

According to the indictment:

Miko used a room in a house owned by Sewell - who identified himself as "God" - in the 200 block of North 10th Street, where Sewell and co-defendant Michael Johnson operated an Internet-based call girl operation named "God's Prostitutes." A nearby house in the 200 block of Fisher Court also was used for the business.

The ring operators branded the prostitutes, with names such as "God's Rebel" and "God's Taken" tattooed on the back of their necks. Some of the prostitutes were underage girls.

Sewell, 46, and Johnson, 41, were arrested by Berks County detectives in the summer of 2010.

They were indicted on federal sex-trafficking charges on Nov. 4, 2010.

The indictment alleges that between May 2 and June 7, 2011, Miko wired money to Johnson's federal prison account to keep Johnson and Sewell quiet about Miko's involvement in the business.

If convicted, Miko faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the federal grand jury:

In 2007, Miko advised Sewell on how to set up the business. Between 2007 and 2010, Miko offered advice to Sewell about the females employed by the ring.

Miko sometimes lived at the 10th Street property and used a room there from about 2005 until it was raided by county detectives on July 28, 2010.

Investigators said he had sexual relations with women at the property who were not part of the prostitution business.

Miko visited the properties several times a week, sometimes in uniform in his squad car.

Sewell and Johnson lived in the house on 10th Street.

After the men were jailed, Miko tried to bribe them not to talk about his involvement in the operation. He wired an undisclosed amount of money to Johnson's federal prison account in an attempt to obstruct the investigation.

City Council fired Miko in January 2011.

Investigators said Miko also was a bodyguard for Sewell.

Sewell, a former bounty hunter who unsuccessfully tried to have his name legally changed to God, was charged with producing child pornography, among other crimes.

District Attorney John T. Adams declined comment. Police Chief William M. Heim could not be reached.

WA - How society helps sex offenders behave

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What does it take to keep a convicted sex offender from re-offending?

The biggest obstacle in reducing sex crimes is the lack of communication. At least 60 percent of sexual assaults against children, women and men go unreported. Most cases are reported long after the incident. Many offenders are victims themselves.
- The facts are, recidivism of sex offenders, for a new sex crime, are already low, and ignoring those facts doesn't help anybody.

Since 1990, Washington has required public registration and notification of convicted sex offenders. Along with supervision as required by law, sex offenders need a supportive environment that steers them away from bad behavior. Churches are often behind-the-scenes heroes in this process.

Faith communities have always played a key role in helping offenders reintegrate,” said Alisa Klein, public policy consultant for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (PDF). She said faith communities offer a place for offenders to get their spiritual needs met. They also foster a sense of community, and sometimes assist offenders in finding jobs or housing. Offenders who lack stability in these areas are more likely to regress into criminal behavior.

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) sponsored an interfaith symposium on Jan. 25 in Federal Way. Representatives from local faith communities, prison ministries, the Department of Corrections and victim advocacy organizations examined the keys to public safety in regards to sex offenders.

KCSARC emphasizes the need to raise awareness and “end the silence” that accompanies this often taboo topic.

In the past 20 years of sex offender registration, Washington has seen a significant reduction (60 percent) in such crimes, said Dana Hufford, community corrections risk specialist.

It’s a real cultural shift,” said Hufford, who works with the Department of Corrections. She credits the increased accountability of offenders, coupled with community partnerships, for this reduction. Overall, she said 13 percent of sex offenders who have gone through the judicial process will re-offend, treated or not.

A sex offender needs social structure in the community in order to not re-offend,” Hufford said. “He needs positive relationships that hold him accountable.”
- I am tired of the male bashing.  Granted most sex crimes, those reported anyway, are committed by men, but women also commit sexual abuse.  And the very laws being passed, like the online shaming registry and hit-list for vigilantes, a long with the residency restrictions goes against rehabilitation efforts, and you don't see these so called "experts" talking about that, just spreading lies.

The U.S. Justice Department cites a study that says registration laws have made little difference as to whether a perpetrator re-offends. Other studies suggests that offenders are more likely to relapse because of a pre-existing relationship with the victim, regardless of the offender’s residence. The majority of sex crimes are committed by someone the victim knows — either a family member or acquaintance.

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) advocates for specialized treatment and correct assessments of an offender’s level of risk for re-offending.

In Washington, convicted sex offenders have access to treatment and counseling during incarceration as well as one year after their release. Counselors like Mark Hudson specialize in treating high-risk offenders, some of whom are homeless upon re-entering society. If the offender wants to attend church, for example, Hudson talks with the pastors and church leadership to work on a safety plan. He would also be present to ensure proper disclosure of the offender’s crimes.
- And most are homeless due to the very residency laws being passed, or the online registry which causes many to not be able to find a job to support themselves or their families.

My role is to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Hudson, who works for the state Department of Corrections.

Proposed cuts to the state Department of Corrections budget of $1.6 billion will mean less supervision of convicted felons and sex offenders. With that in mind, the symposium stressed the need for stronger community partnerships to pick up the slack.

MS - Mississippi House passes bill that requires reporting sex abuse of minors

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JACKSON (AP) -- Supporters say a bill that passed in the Mississippi House on Thursday is aimed at stopping sexual abuse of minors, including cases involving underage girls who are impregnated by men age 20 or older.
- Well, it won't stop anything.

Critics say it would do little to change existing state laws that already require people who know about abuse allegations to report what they know to law enforcement officers.
- So why the new law then?

The Child Protection Act and Child Rape Protection Act is the first bill to come up for consideration in either chamber during the month-old legislative session. New House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, is the bill's primary sponsor. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he also supports it, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has urged legislators to put the bill on his desk.

The measure passed the House 106-9 after a nearly three-hour debate often was intertwined with politics left over from the 2011 elections. It was held for another possible round of House discussion before it can move to the Senate.

Child sexual abuse often goes unreported in Mississippi, said House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton.

"This is an opportunity to address the problem in a way that is meaningful, in a way that would protect our young people and punish those who are hurting them," he said.
- I disagree, it won't protect anybody, it's just a way for you to look good to the sheeple.

The bill would require health care workers, clergy members, educators, child care workers, law enforcement officers and commercial film developers to report to investigators any alleged or suspected instance of sexual abuse of a child. The report would have to be made within 48 hours of when the person learned about the alleged abuse. Failure to report would be a misdemeanor.

Current law says suspected child abuse of any kind -- sexual abuse or otherwise -- must be reported immediately.

The bill also has provisions about abortion. It says fetal tissue would have to be preserved for DNA testing if a girl younger than 14 has an abortion. The test would determine if an adult impregnated the girl so prosecutors could file statutory rape charges. Failure to save the tissue sample would be a misdemeanor in the first case. Subsequent cases would be punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

It also would allow a lawsuit to be brought against any person who helps a minor get an abortion by violating Mississippi's parental consent law. The 1986 law says before a minor can have an abortion, she must have written permission from parents, her legal guardians or a judge.

Rep. Bob Evans, D-Monticello, is a criminal defense attorney who raised several questions about the bill, including whether parents would get in trouble with the law if they found out their teenager had sex with another teenager and they refused to report that information to law enforcement. Some parents might be reluctant to take a pregnant teenage daughter for medical treatment or psychological counseling because they wouldn't want law officers to be called if the health care provider thought the girl might have had sex, he said.

"What right does the government, does Big Brother, have to come in and say, 'You are not entitled to make that decision. We are?'" Evans said.

Similar bills have passed the state Senate in recent years but died in what was then the Democratic-controlled House amid concerns about how a reporting requirement would affect the confidentiality between clergy members and people in their congregations. Some Democratic lawmakers who sought re-election last year were portrayed as being against children or wanting to protect people who sexually abuse minors, said Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson.
- Yeah, the usual Ad Hominem attack most people use.

"That's absolute baloney," Brown said. "I was terribly offended by it."

Brown voted for the bill Monday but said he thinks it needs to be changed before it goes to the governor.
- If you think it needs to be changed, then why vote for it?

The bill is House Bill 16.

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