Thursday, March 22, 2012

CA - Ex-Sheriff’s Sgt. (John Frederick Garner) Accused of Sharing Child Porn

John Garner
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By Lauren Steussy and Artie Ojeda

Officer serving warrant found images of children and an infant

A Spring Valley man and former sergeant with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department was arrested Friday for possessing and distributing pornographic images of children as young as 5-years-old.

John Frederick Garner had hundreds of images of prepubescent children posing nude or performing sexual acts, according to a federal complaint.

Garner worked at the Sheriff's Department from 1994 through 2010. His last position was in the George F. Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa, which he retired from in 2010, according to department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell.

A Chula Vista police officer working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from Microsoft Corporation that one of their users had uploaded the disturbing images.

The officer served a warrant and seized Garner’s computer from his home on Berkwood Drive, which confirmed that the images were downloaded February 16 through 19 of last year.

Court documents show the officer discovered the images were not only uploaded but also distributed to other users. The complaint described the images of boys and girls most of them ages five through 10. One image depicts an infant, the complaint read.

A statement from Garner's attorney said the charges are "extremely difficult for him and his family."

"[Garner] admirably served in the military for 28 years and also served the local law-enforcement community for several years as a deputy sheriff," said his attorney Kerry Armstrong.

In an interview during the raid, Garner confirmed that he received and distributed child pornography on the computer he shared with his wife, prosecutors alleged.

He also allegedly admitted that he participated in sexual online chats about children.

A separate investigator in Los Angeles was also looking into an email account that belonged to Garner. The account was identified on the computer the officer seized from Garner's home. The account contained 50 child pornography images and 12 child pornography videos, as well as several in the "sent" folder, all distributed between February and June 15 2011, the complaint alleges.

Neighbors were surprised to learn that a federal raid served 6 months ago resulted in Garner’s charges.

Garner is currently in federal custody, and will appear for a bond hearing Friday at 2:30 p.m., Armstrong said.

"I hope to get him released on bond tomorrow so that we can more effectively fight his charges," Armstrong added.

Michael Moore Goes to Norway & Visits a Prison of the Future

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This didn't make it into the film Sicko, but it's well worth seeing. Michael Moore also visits a much more civilized conceptualization of what we think of as a 'prison'. Given what we know about human behavior and criminology, prisons in the US and many other countries are a scientific and humanitarian embarrassment.


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Richard Smego, a civilly committed sex offender, see 725 ILCS 207/1-99, appeals from the grant of summary judgment for the defendants in this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Smego is confined at the treatment center in Rushville, Illinois, and claims that the facility director and four other current or former members of the staff deprived him of adequate medical care and retaliated when he complained. We conclude that a jury reasonably could decide that three of the defendants, all of them responsible for treating the mental disorder that prompted Smego's commitment to Rushville, violated his constitutional rights by causing vital treatment to be discontinued. We thus vacate the judgment in favor of those defendants and remand for further proceedings.

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AUSTRALIA - Football fan listed as sex offender after prank

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A young football fan who ran across the field naked as a dare during an English Premier League match has been placed on the sex offenders register.

[name withheld], 22, was attending his first ever football match, Aston Villa vs Manchester City, at Villa Park in Birmingham on February 12 when his friend bet him $150 to streak across the pitch, Daily Mail reports.

Despite winning the bet, Mr [name withheld] is still out of pocket after a magistrate fined him $220 for the streak, placed him on an 18-month community order and made him sign the sex offenders register for two years after he admitted to indecent exposure.

Mr [name withheld]’s friend, Louis Robinson, who dared him to streak, said the stunt had not been a complete disaster for his mate.

"He’s not had the ($150) but he’s had a couple of good nights out on it. He was like a celebrity down Broad Street," Mr Robinson said.

The prosecuting officer, Jonathan Purser, said the crowd cheered as Mr [name withheld] ran onto the field and displayed his genitals for all to see.

He said stewards tried to catch Mr [name withheld] but he made them chase him and changed direction before he was escorted from the pitch.

Google Problems? BrandYourself Helps You Control Search Results Of Your Name

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This all sounds good, but the same problem exists. What if 15 people all have the same name, and they all use this service? They will all be fighting on who gets top spot. So it may be good for some, but not everyone, IMO.


Peter Kistler used to have a Google problem.

In college, he discovered a startling reason why so few employers were responding to his resume on job boards: The first result that showed up when someone Googled Kistler's name was an article about a convicted sex offender who had used drugs and done jail time. But Kistler's record was clean. The article was about another man with the same name and a long rap sheet.

"I am not a drug dealer," reads the message on the sign that Kistler holds in a promotional photo for the startup he co-founded after this discovery. The company, BrandYourself, aims to help people control what shows up when others Google their name.

On BrandYourself's website, users can submit three web pages that they would like to appear in the top spots of their name's Google search results, along with any content they wish to bury. BrandYourself analyzes each piece of content and provides tools and tactics to increase or reduce its visibility on Google, all at no cost to the user. Boosting or burying more than three pieces of content through BrandYourself's site costs a subscription fee, with pricing that starts at $9.99 a month.

That's less than what most online reputation firms charge for such services. Online reputation firms tend to target businesses with marketing budgets or doctors and lawyers willing to pay relatively hefty fees for others to polish their Internet image., one such reputation firm, charges its customers at least $1,000 a year, or $83 a month.

"We hated that these firms overcharged customers for something they could easily do themselves if they simply had a platform that educated and empowered them to do so," BrandYourself's site states.

But does BrandYourself really work? After all, there's a ton of value in controlling the top spots of your Google results. A recent study found that more than 94 percent of users click on the first page of results, while less than 6 percent visit the second page and select a result displayed there.

To find out, I decided to try out BrandYourself for myself by submitting two articles that I'm particularly proud of. The site instructed me to follow some basic steps to boost the pages' rankings. Then about a week later, I received an email alerting me to the fact that the two articles now reside in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots of Google search results for my name.

Thankfully, I have nothing too damning to bury (save a few spring break Facebook photos). Turns out, the same goes for the average BrandYourself user, according to Patrick Ambron, one of the company's three cofounders. "Most of our users aren't on the platform to fix a Google problem," he said. "They simply want to be more visible, which is why the product is free, to help those people as well."

According to a 2010 study by the research firm Cross-Tab Marketing Services, 75 percent of U.S. recruiters and human resources professionals report that their companies require them to do online research about their candidates. And 70 percent of the surveyed recruiters said they have rejected candidates because of information found online.

"The first few results of your name are all you've got," said Dan Schwabel, managing partner of Millenial Branding LLC, a personal branding agency.

"Searchers -- whether they're recruiters or consumers -- have little time to gather information about who you are," Schwabel said. "They're increasingly relying on Google and social networks, and if you can't put your best foot forward there, or if you don't appear at all, they're going to go with someone else."

Here are six easy steps -- based on Ambron's advice -- to adopt so you can start taking control of your own results:

  1. Google yourself. Most people find that the top search results for their name fall into one of three categories: negative, irrelevant and the "hey that's not me" sort. Once you know the results for your name, you can take action.
  2. Claim your domain name. Visit a site like and purchase all domains containing your name (,, etc.). It's the most important thing you can do for 10 bucks. These show up high in searches for your name. So even if you're not planning to create a personal website, you'll prevent others from hijacking Google search results of your name.
  3. Build a personal website. With free tools like Wordpress and Tumblr, anyone can quickly build a website. This will be an important hub of information about you that shows up high in results.
  4. Set up profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Search engines tend to rank these social networks' links high, so you should definitely have a presence on them. Even if you don't plan on using your accounts much, it keeps other people from hijacking search results of your name.
  5. Do some basic search engine optimization. Use your name wherever possible (Patrick Ambron not Pattyboy22, say), and link all your various pieces of online content to one another. This gives your content a huge boost.
  6. Sign up for alerts. When your name ­appears in a news article or blog post, will let you know about it. also provides alerts that will inform you when your name pops up in a tweet or is tagged in a photo on Flickr or ­Facebook.