Saturday, February 25, 2012

Child Abduction & Murder Facts & Statistics

Original Article

Thanks to "More Truth" for pointing this study out.

Statistically speaking, abduction is an area parents worry about more than they should, but this doesn't mean it should be glossed over. Preventive efforts to teach kids stranger danger & abduction prevention techniques have foiled thousands upon thousands of would-be abductions.

  1. Yearly around 750,000 children are reported missing in the United States, around 2,000 every day.
  2. Most of these are runaways or kids taken by a family member.
  3. Around 100 children are abducted and murdered in the U.S. each year. Around 60% of all child-murder abductions are at the hands of someone the child knows, not a stranger.
  4. In around 75% of all murder-abductions, the child is believed to be dead within 3-6 hours of the abduction.
  5. Nearly all murdered children are killed by a family member, most often a parent.
  6. Most murdered children are not killed by pedophiles or sex-offenders, but by physical abusers, drug addicts, drug dealers, alcoholics, sadists (those who kill for thrill), and lain old otherwise ordinary people.
  7. For every successful stranger abduction, there are many more failed attempts. It's hard to know the exact number, as many cases are disregarded by parents and never reported, and record keeping is spotty at best. But based on our own monitoring of news reports, we would estimate around 20 failed attempts for every successful abduction. So while only around 100 children are kidnapped and murdered each year (most by friends and family), countless others are tested! Make sure your child is prepared.
  8. Women are the culprits in 68% of all child abduction cases worldwide.
  9. Seven in ten children will walk away with a stranger despite being warned, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This is because merely telling kids "don't talk to strangers" isn't enough. They need more substantial training in stranger danger.

You will notice in the videos below, that a lot of what they say, doesn't jive with the actual facts. Most people who kidnap their kids and/or kill them, is their own parents, not some strange sex offender across the street or down the road, but hey, if they told you the facts, they'd not be able to make money from their fear-mongering and your ignorance of the facts, which the media goes a long with.


FL - Sarasota 'abduction' gives law enforcement practice

Original Article

I can understand the need to train, but using ex-sex offenders who have not done anything wrong, and who are just trying to live their lives in your training, is wrong, and possibly something the ACLU should look into. Why not use actors, like you do for the other people?

02/23/2012

By Dale White

SARASOTA - They were just pretending.

But the roughly 200 investigators from throughout Southwest Florida who participated in a mock child abduction drill at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds on Thursday regarded the exercise with life-and-death seriousness.

"Within three hours of a child abduction, there's a 76 percent chance that they are murdered," Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Daniel Warren said to add urgency to the training exercise.

When an abduction is reported, the FDLE must "assemble as many resources as quickly as possible" and "make sure the right hand knows what the left hand is doing," Warren said.

That is why occasional exercises help the FDLE and the U.S. Department of Justice assess how well they and local law enforcement agencies are prepared.

Thursday's five-hour drill compelled investigators to not just scour the fairgrounds for evidence but hone their interviewing skills. Here is a rundown of what happened:

7 a.m. Sarasota Police pretend to get calls from witnesses who saw a man pull a girl into a black sedan outside the Boys and Girls Club on Ringling Boulevard. They give similar descriptions of the kidnapper, the girl and the vehicle. In reality, a plainclothes officer and the daughter of another officer hide in the fairgrounds.

7:30 a.m. Sarasota Police send a mock request to FDLE to issue a statewide Amber Alert. They say contents of a book bag reveal the girl's identity and they are soon able to get a photo of her.

7:40 a.m. A recorded phone message from the FDLE goes to investigators across Southwest Florida; more than 200 members of law enforcement agencies in 10 counties arrive as part of FDLE's Child Abduction Response Team.

8:30 a.m. Numerous agency heads meet at the fairgrounds to plan their next move. Coordinators register investigators and divide them into teams with differing duties. Some will search the area; others will canvass the neighborhood or interview the family; some check on registered sex offenders nearby.
- Not pretend sex offenders, like all the other actors, I assume, but real ones!

8:50 a.m. FDLE briefs investigators gathered inside Robarts Arena on details of the mock abduction case. In a North Port Police mobile unit, crime analysts sort through information from authorities and the public — looking for a possible common thread or clues.

A Sarasota County Sheriff's mobile unit serves as the command post. Inside, investigators also monitor live video feeds from a helicopter searching the area.

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Investigators interview the girl's family, asking about the girl's friends and details on family members. They take hair samples and other materials that could carry the girl's DNA.

Other investigators interview owners or employees at nearby businesses, asking if they saw anything suspicious and whether they have surveillance cameras.
- Are these real employees and businesses?

Other investigators contact five sex offenders who live nearby, demanding a detailed account of the offenders' activities and noting their physical descriptions.
- This is just wrong!  Not fake sex offenders, but real ones?  How many people can tell me exactly what they did last week?  Probably 0%, unless you are paranoid and keep records of everything.

All interviewers follow FDLE questionnaires to ensure they ask all vital questions and report, in writing, all the answers. Those reports are relayed to crime analysts who compare details.

9:15 a.m. Two supervisors conduct a media news conference, asking for help to get the word out about the girl and descriptions of her and the abductor.

9:25 a.m. FDLE crime technicians go to a field where a search team found a sandal and a plastic grocery bag with unknown contents. They photograph and confiscate each as possible evidence.

11:30 a.m. Bloodhounds pick up the girl's scent. The trail leads investigators into dense woods, where they soon find her locked in a storage shed. She describes her supposed kidnapper and remembers he has a peace sign tattoo on his right wrist. Paramedics put the girl in an ambulance.

11:45 a.m. At the command post, investigators and analysts find an interview report about a sex offender with a peace sign tattoo on his right wrist.
- In REALITY, most abductions are not by known or unknown sex offenders, but family members.

12:10 p.m. The suspect is arrested.

Similar exercises are conducted about every two years by FDLE in Southwest Florida, to keep agencies fresh on techniques and investigative methods.


MN - Sex offender bill creating misinformed "panicky situation"

Video Description:
Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) represents St. Peter, Minnesota where sex offenders are regularly learning how to transition into the community. She says the Senate is creating a "panicky situation" by only giving out partial information about sex offenders.

Health privacy laws won't allow it, but Senator Sheran says the public needs to know more than just that a sex offender lives somewhere, but also the treatment that person has received.

She still voted for the bill which was written and passed in just a few days in response to the upcoming release of a convicted child molester into a halfway house.

It was sent to Governor Mark Dayton who says he supports the legislation.


TX - Burnet ordinance targets sex offenders

Original Article

02/21/2012

By Jacqueline Ingles

New rule says some cannot live near city parks

BURNET (KXAN) - A unanimous vote by City Council members in Burnet has certain registered sex offenders facing stricter restrictions on where they can live.

Sex offenders whose victims were younger than 17 can no longer live within 1,000 feet of where children commonly gather.

This includes but is not limited to, a playground, playscape, school day care facility, crisis center or shelter, skate park, youth soccer or baseball field, video arcade facilities, public or private youth centers or a public swimming pool.

Under the ordinance, which will go into effect in 30 days, if a sex offender of this type owns a home within a 1,000 feet of these areas already, they will be allowed to stay living there.

However, if the offender is renting, they will have a six-month grace period to move. This also means property owners cannot rent homes or apartments to these offenders either if that property is within 1,000 feet of any of the above listed areas.

Violations of the ordinance on the part of the offender or renter will result in misdemeanor charges and a fine of up to $500.

Under Texas law, paroled sex offenders are not allowed to be within 500 feet of any place where children are known to congregate. This is known as a “Child Safety Zone.” Offenders who are placed on probation also may be ordered by a judge to avoid children, but once the offender has completed their sentence, there are no regulations preventing them from being around children.

The city's ordinance goes farther than state law.

"We have had some calls of sex offenders hanging out at parks just during the day," said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson. "We have not had any major problems of sex offenders doing anything or attempting to do anything with kids at all. We have not had any calls about that."

Texas Department of Public Safety crime records show there are 85 registered sex offenders residing in Burnet County. More than 20 of those offenders live within Burnet city limits.

"I think it is fair to them because of the kids. We are not saying you can't live in the city, just that you can't live in certain sections of the city to protect the kids," Nelson added.

Although LuzCinda Garner never worried about sex offenders living in Burnet, the mother of 14 is happy with the ordinance. She home schools her children, who often play outdoors, and lives within a 1,000 feet of two parks.

"It makes me feel safer," she said. "It makes me feel good, I guess."

There are residents, however, that are sounding off at City Council members for passing this ordinance. They feel it is unfair and attaching a label and stigma to rehabilitated offenders.

"Sex offenders have rights," said Lonny Hocker, who brings his grandkids to Hamilton Creek Park and plays his flute there daily. "They have the right to live within our community, within our areas. As long as they are breaking no laws and living as a law abiding citizen, you should extend your hand to them and say, 'Hello,' to them."

Law enforcement is viewing this ordinance as fair.

"I'm not saying sex offenders, per se, are all bad. But, something happened for them to be a convicted sex offender and if it is with a kid, I don't believe they need to be around kids," Nelson added.


Court: Unscrambling Hard Drive Is Unconstitutional

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02/24/2012

By Carrie Johnson

A federal appeals court has ruled for the first time that a suspect in a child porn case does not need to unlock his thoroughly-scrambled computer hard drives because it would violate his Fifth Amendment rights. That ruling conflicts with two other cases, including one this week where a Denver-based appeals court says a Romanian immigrant needs to turn over an unencrypted version of her laptop hard drive to help authorities pursue a mortgage fraud case.


OH - Changes to sex offender registration

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02/24/2012

Some sex offenders currently registered with the state may not have to soon. That means violent sex offenders who served their time, could be living next door, and you may not even know it.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that sex offenders released from prison before July of 1997 no longer have to tell authorities where they live.

One of the reasons is research shows that when sex offenders re-offend, they usually do it in the years immediately after their release from prison.

"Cuyahoga County has no reason to be concerned. The laws are still in full force and effect." Said Steve Gaull, Cuyhagoa County Prosecutors Office. Meaning all of the more recent sex offenders must continue to register with authorities.

Katie Orlando works in the Sex Offenders Unit at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, and says, "If you sign up for an email alert, anytime an offender moves to within a mile radius of your property no matter what classification, you get an email alert."

Orlando also says the Sheriff's and The Attorney General's websites are the best way for the public to monitor their neighborhoods.

But from now on, sex offenders out of prison for more than 15 years, will begin disappearing from websites like that.


NC - Former New Hanover Co. Sheriff's Deputy (Jarmal Akfpon Flood) charged with sex crimes against children

Jarmal Akfpon Flood
Original Article

02/24/2012

HOKE COUNTY (WECT) - A former sheriff's deputy in New Hanover County is charged with numerous felony sex crimes against children in Hoke County, according to a news release from the sheriff's department there.

Jarmal Akfpon Flood was arrested this week in Pender County where he lives.

Deputies say that a father brought two juvenile victims to the Hoke County Sheriff's Office in October to report that Flood had sexually abused them between September 2005 and July 2006.

Flood was terminated from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office in 2004, according to the release. While investigating, deputies say they learned Flood committed sex crimes against another child in Brunswick County. In 2009, Flood pleaded guilty in Brunswick County to two counts of sexual offense in a parental role.

Pender deputies say after investigating there, they learned Flood was using a social networking site as a registered sex offender.

Flood is charged with one count of felony first degree rape of a child, two counts of first degree sex offense of a child, two counts of felony first degree sex exploitation of a minor, felony sex offense in a parental role and seven counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.

Flood is currently in the Hoke County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond.