Saturday, March 31, 2012

HI - Recidivism by sexually abusive adolescents - From 1943 - 2008 (7.73% recidivism)

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VA - Neighbors THINK suspicious van’s driver is on sex offender registry

Original Article

WARNING: If you are a man, NEVER own a van, or you will automatically be a suspected pedophile!

03/30/2012

By Wayne Covil

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY (WTVR) – Parents have taken to the internet to spread word about a suspicious van spotted in a Chesterfield County neighborhood.

Tuesday, while watching four children play in her front yard, Virginia Goin was sitting on her front porch saw a white van, driving slowly through the neighborhood.

She continued to see it drive slowly through and after a while, it stopped in front of her house.

The woman said she wondered if the driver might be be lost — or up to no good — so she walked over to the driver who told her he was lost, but didn’t have a valid reason as to why he had been riding around the neighborhood.

As a result, the woman called police.

The next day, a parent two streets up in Walton Park, called police to report a suspicious white van in her neighborhood.

Chesterfield County police said they are actively looking into the reports.

One neighbor, who said the man use to live in the area more than a decade ago, is why some people believe the driver is on the state’s sex offender registry.

Police said they have contacted the state police, who run the sex offender website.

Parents in the meantime, have posted the man’s description, information about the van and about a second car, on an elementary school’s PTA webpage, the neighborhood association page as well as sending out emails to alert parents.

In you have any information about the driver, call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.


FL - Traditional Background Checks of Bus Drivers Won’t Stop Child Molesters from Driving Kids to School

Original Article

This article sounds more like an advertisement to me.

03/30/2012

Don Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services background screening corporation warns of limitations of relying strictly on criminal record reports.

Jacksonville Beach - “I applaud school districts around the country for looking for ways to keep the kids safe. But background checks that strictly review driving history, criminal history, or looking at the sex offender registry and other databases won’t identify all the adults that pose a threat to children,” stated Don Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services background screening corporation.

Don Dymer was commenting on recent stories in the news, including Governor Branstad’s upcoming signing of Iowa’s new state law mandating school bus drivers undergo a background check before being hired. Statistics from the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute tell us that less than 5% of all child molesters have a criminal history. The Institute through years of research also points to the fact that 90% of all children are abused by people they know, trust and love. Because of that convoluted association of child, parent and abuser, the sexual abuse goes unreported. The vast majority of child abusers won’t be found in the system because they have no fingerprints or criminal history that would tie them to child sexual abuse.

Checking into the past won’t help prevent children in the future from child sexual abuse. The Foundation Darkness to Light also has done studies suggesting far fewer than one third of child abuse incidents are ever even identified or reported in any official capacity.

Don Dymer, after years of research has found a tool to help augment traditional background screening tools and for the first time, serve as a reliable predictor into the future and indicate if an applicant poses a sexual threat to children and youth.

A test that to a high scientific degree of accuracy alerts you that this is a person who should not be placed in a position of trust with children and youth. The test meets the goal set by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who have stated, “To select the best possible people for staff and volunteer positions and to screen out individuals who have sexually abused youth or are at risk to abuse.”

Don Dymer and SingleSource Services is taking The Diana Screen® to help agencies, businesses and anyone involved in the care and nurturing of children, weed out men and women who have committed sexual abuse or will pose a sexual threat to children left in their care.
- So now, everyone is a suspected child molester!

What boggles my mind is how difficult it is to get school boards, and youth organizations to understand how vital this test is as part of an overall background screening process for anyone hiring or adding volunteers to environments where children’s safety is in jeopardy. They are so close to closing the huge whole, but without the Diana Screen® there is a giant loophole in the process."

The assessment takes 30 minutes to complete, is completely confidential, the results cross validated 200 times. The test asks the sexual risk questions that staff do not have the experience to even ask. Not all people who fail are child abusers - some are enablers, those who lack the ability to recognize inappropriate behavior when they see it all around them. These people contribute equally to the sexual abuse of children.

The Diana Screen® is supported by 18 years of research by Abel Screening in Atlanta, Georgia and two long-term pilot studies with the Episcopal Church Pension Fund and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. It is also endorsed by the Foster Family-based Treatment Association.

To understand how to include the Diana Screen® in your background screening program call Don Dymer at SingleSource. Find out more by visiting their website. It is a five minute call that can save your organization and save a child from a lifetime of horror.

SingleSource Services is located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.The company provides background screening to over 2,500 business across a wide variety of industries and nonprofit organizations. SingleSource was founded in 1995 believes that backgrounds are like fingerprints and provides human resource management tools and prides itself on its customer relationships and strong commitment to fulfill its corporate civic duties.


IA - New map updates sex offender loitering, residency restrictions

T-R Photo by Andrew Potter
Original Article

03/31/2012

By DAVID ALEXANDER

Marshall County has 74 registered sex offenders.

Wayne Chizek, director of the Geographic Information Council, displayed the map of zones off-limits to registered sex offenders at a recent Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Iowa code prevents registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or daycare. It also limits the distance an offender can loiter at playgrounds, libraries, swimming pools and beaches to 300 feet.

"That map only applies to a small percent of sex offenders," said Steve Hoffman, chief jailer at the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. "That 2,000-foot law is for those usually viewed as the most serious."

Hoffman, who handles sex offender registration for the county, said laws limiting where registered offenders can live and loiter use to be far more restrictive.

"Between daycare's and parks, there was practically nowhere they could live," he said.

Of nearly 11,000 land parcels in Marshall County, only 539 are residential parcels where offenders are eligible to live, according to the most recent GIC data.

Policy changed when lawmakers began to look at the nature of sex crimes and whether such stringent zoning did anything to prevent it, Hoffman said.

The ingrained fear that sex predators are continually lurking at school yards looking for an opportunity to abduct and rape young kids, is blown out of proportion, he said.

"It was creating a sense of security that was not warranted," he said.

In fact, according to several studies, the vast majority of sex crimes against children are committed by adults close to the child, not by strangers skulking about waiting for an opportune moment.

Registered offenders are broken down into three tiers. Tier-three offenders must check in with the sheriff's office quarterly, tier-two offenders bi-annually and tier-one offenders annually, Hoffman said.

Most crimes that mandate sex offender registration involve sexual contact, or expressed intent of sexual contact, with a child. However, some are more benign including peeping tom and indecent exposure violations, according to the Iowa code.

The state sends the sheriff's office a list of who is supposed to be on the registry every month, Hoffman said.

"We have several offenders in Marshalltown and it's a big challenge to keep track of them all," said Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper.

He said MPD regularly conducts random compliance checks, which entail officers entering homes unannounced to ensure offenders are not living in areas they are not supposed to.
- For those on probation or parole maybe, but if they are not on either, then they do not have to let you in their homes without a warrant.

Police are proactive with compliance checks, he said.

Still, Hoffman said, although zoning can mitigate an offender's access to a child, it is no substitute for parenting.

"We have to be vigilant of who our children are with and what they are doing," he said. "We can't have the sense of security that if someone is not a registered sex offender, your child is safe."
- Yeah, in the old days it was called, "BEING A PARENT!"


AR - Arkansas board eyes Internet ban for sex offenders

Original Article from Facebook

03/30/2012

THE FOLLOWING IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ROBERT COMBS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ATAT

This week the Arkansas Board of parole was scheduled to vote on their proposal to restrict ALL parolees on the sex offender registry from having internet access. At the Thursday, March 29th, scheduled board meeting they chose to postpone their vote.

This issue will come up again so if you are interests, May I suggest you contact your parole board members. Their names and addresses are listed at the end if this note.

What follows is a copy of the letter I hand delivered to each of the 4 parole board commissioners, the secretary, the vice chairman, and the chairman:

Arkansas Parole Board
ATTN: John Felts, Chairman
Two Union National Plaza Building
105 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 500
Little Rock, AR 72201
03/28/2012


Dear Chairman Felts,

As I understand it, the Parole Board is considering a new policy that would unilaterally eliminate Internet access for all paroled sex offenders.

Respectfully, such a policy would weaken the ability and undermine the capacity of Arkansas Parole Officers to appropriately regulate and monitor the conduct of parolees as a matter of professional discretion.

Having discretion to grant or withhold Internet access for any parolee permits Parole Officers to apply personal knowledge of the parolee and professional familiarity with risk factors to determine if and when limited access and monitoring is called for and/or when such restrictions impose unnecessary constraints which in turn result in lost productivity, wasted staff hours and increased risk of recidivism.

That is, to impose such restrictions regardless of the offender's history or the nature of the offense places additional systemic barriers to that individual's successful reentry to society and the workforce, effectively prohibiting him or her from searching and applying online for any form of employment. As the Internet has become the preferred method of employment application and training throughout the marketplace, without the ability to seek and secure employment in this requisite manner we put parolees at risk of being sent back to jail.

Respectfully, we must dedicate our resources to reducing systemic barriers to reentry for the 11,000 families in Arkansas that are on the state sex offender registry. As Declan McCullagh writes in “Kicking Sex Offenders Off The Internet?” (CBS News, August 13, 2009), “Like it or not, using Google, Yahoo, TV.com, and so on is part of modern life, and it's reasonable to hope that even sex offenders could be reintegrated into society rather than cordoned off from it and therefore more likely to relapse.”

Adding new systemic barriers when the remedy already exists in the toolbox of every Parole Officer seems counter-intuitive. If an individual has proven problematic in regards to Internet access, it is and should remain the Parole Officers responsibility to impose limits.

For further information on this and related considerations, I respectfully refer you to “No Easy Answers: Sex Offender Laws in the US,” published by the Human Rights Watch, September 2007, and “A Reasoned Approach (PDF),” published by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, April 2011.

Thank you for being smart on crime.

Sincerely,

Robert Combs
Executive Director
Arkansas Time After Time
(501) 563-2197

Arkansas Parole Board members are listed below:
  • John Felts, Chairman
  • James M. "Jimmy" Wallace, III, Vice-Chairman
  • Richard Mays, Jr., Secretary
  • Carolyn Robinson, Commissioner
  • Abraham Carpenter, Jr., Commissioner
  • Joseph "Joe" Peacock, Commissioner
  • Richard Brown, Jr., Commissioner

Their addresses are all:

Arkansas Parole Board
Two Union National Plaza Building
105 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 500
Little Rock, AR 72201


TX - Lewisville sued by convicted sex offender

Families suffer too!
Original Article

03/30/2012

By Dawn Tongish

Sex Offender: "I have paid my debt to society and now my kids continue to pay."

LEWISVILLE - The tears flow when [daughter name withheld] talks about how she lives.

"I hate it. It is really embarrassing," the 18-year old, said.

The teen is living in a cramped motel room in Lewisville, along with her teenage sister, mother and father.

"We feel homeless," [daughter name withheld]'s mother, [mother name withheld] said.

Her father, [name withheld] is a convicted sex offender. In 2004, he was caught trying to solicit sex from a minor online, who his attorney says was really an undercover police officer. He spent three years in prison and was released in 2010. Because of the sex crime, city rules restrict where [name withheld] can live. Now, he says his family has been forced to pay the price.

Families suffer too!
"I have paid my debt to society and my kids continue to pay."

The [name withheld]'s say they have tried to find a home in Lewisville, but the rules say a sex offender can't live within 1500 feet of a place where children commonly gather, so this neighborhood because of the pool is off limits. The family says that they tried and found that every neighborhood was restricted.

To fight the restrictions, [name withheld] has filed a lawsuit against the city of Lewisville alleging the sex offender ordinance violates his constitutional rights. [name withheld]'s attorney says he isn't a danger and should be allowed to live in the community.

"These ordinances are just a way to banish people that city council members don't like, people who are undesirable," Richard Gladden, said.

[name withheld] has eight years left to register as a sex offender. He says he is willing to wait that long to live in the city that his family wants to call home.


UK - Ex-police officer (Geoffrey Poole) admits sex with teenager charge

Original Article

03/31/2012

A former police officer who had sex with a 16 year old girl after grooming her while he was commanding a Naval Training Corps for youngsters has been jailed for 15 months.

Royal Navy veteran and ex-Gloucestershire police officer Geoffrey Poole, 51, had sent the girl a series of increasingly explicit texts to soften her up for sex, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

He then had full unprotected sex with her in a Cotswolds wood, said prosecutor Mary Harley.

After they had intercourse the girl 'immediately regretted her behaviour,' said Mrs Harley.

The girl told her parents, who called the police. In a statement, the girl said she felt 'disgusted with myself for what I have done.'

Poole, of Memorial Cottages, Coln St Aldwyn, near Fairford, admitted sexual activity with a girl under 18 while he was a position of trust.

The charge stated that he touched the girl sexually in woodland between Kempsford and Hannington Wick, between February 18 and March 20 last year.

Jailing Poole,Recorder Gregory Bull QC said it was "a most terrible breach of trust."

He told him "I am quite satisfied you groomed this girl."

"You had sent her a series of texts which became more and more flirtatious and then indecent – and then you proposed sexual intercourse."

"She responded in the affirmative, no doubt because she had been groomed and perhaps because you knew she was a lonely young girl who had then broken up with her boyfriend."

"To that extent the papers reveal to me, and it is my judgement, that you deliberately took advantage of her in circumstances where she would not object."

The judge said he was "a man of exemplary character" and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

As well as jailing Poole for 15 months, the Recorder ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and he made a sexual offences prevention order banning him from "teaching, training, guiding or having anything to do with children and young persons for the rest of your life."

Mrs Harley had told the court that Poole had been made commander of the Naval Training Corps because of his previous experience in the Royal Navy.

David Martin, defending, said Poole deserved credit for his positive good character and the way he had served his country both in the Navy and then for a number of years in the police.

His plea of guilty, sparing the girl from giving evidence, was his most powerful mitigation, said Mr Martin.

Gloucestershire police confirmed after the hearing that Poole had served as an officer in the force for several years till 2001.