Wednesday, April 18, 2012

National Geographic is seeking subjects for a cable television show

NOTE: We have not verified this, so it's up to you to verify that Amir is indeed doing this.

Also, something to point out, this must be someone willing to be outed and known by their neighborhood, which could potentially put them and/or their family in potentially more danger.  By having someone speak on camera and getting someone from their neighborhood who has posted fliers, etc, could be putting people in danger, so keep that in mind, and it's something that Amir needs to be made aware of.  This could turn into a bad thing!

Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev is creating a series for National Geographic Television about neighbors in America, with the purpose of creating dialogue between community members and changing people's minds about issues they may have preconceived notions about. We'd like our pilot to focus on the increasing number of people on sex offender registries, and are looking for someone willing to tell their story.

This person should:
  • be willing to tell their story on camera.
  • have been convicted of a sex offense in the past.
  • be willing to allow us to contact someone in their community who may have preconceived negative notions about them.

To be clear, this is not "To Catch a Predator" or any show of that ilk. In many ways it's the opposite - something to allay misconceptions and prejudices and to show the undue pain that is caused many people on the registry by people in their own communities.

If interested, write to americanneighbors@gmail.com


CA - Fountain Valley Moves Closer to Sex Offender Park Ban

Zombie Sex Offenders In A Park
Original Article

04/18/2012

By Justin Petruccelli

Fountain Valley Mayor John Collins called for the immediate drafting of an ordinance that would ban registered sex offenders from the city's parks Tuesday following a study session with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
- Mr. Rackauckas has a personal vendetta against sex offenders and parks, wonder why?  Maybe he's like Ron Book in Florida, exacting his own form of revenge?

"When someone abuses children, there's no remedy for that," Collins said. "These people should be put on an island somewhere."
- And that coming from a Mayor?  These laws affect all who wear the "sex offender" label, not just those who have harmed children, and like all other laws, it won't prevent an ex-sex offender from going to a park and harming someone, if they are intent on doing so, it's just another corrupt politician exploiting ex-offenders, fear and children for his own personal gain and reputation, IMO.

There are 38 registered sex offenders living in Fountain Valley. Orange County already has am ordinance in place banning registered sex offenders from county parks, which covers Fountain Valley's largest park, Mile Square Park. Several cities around the county have followed suit, something Rackauckas said his office encourages.

"As a county, we don't want to be chasing people from the county parks to the city parks," he said.
- No, you apparently want to be chasing people from the state to another state.

The creation of the county's ordinance stemmed from a recent case in which a parolee and registered sex offender inherited a home from his parents that was directly across from a park in Fullerton. At the time, there were laws prohibiting such offenders from living within close proximity of a school, but nothing on the books regarding parks.
- So did said offender commit any crime at the park?  Nope!

The county's ordinance provides for registered sex offenders to apply for permission to enter parks at the Sheriff's discretion, but, Rackauckas said, cities are free to deal with that as they see fit. Huntington Beach's ban is absolute because, Rackauckas said, the chief of police there didn't want the responsibility of having to decide who should be granted an exception. Cities could also provide their chiefs of police with a set of guidelines based on the offender's crime and how long it's been since it was committed, he said.

Council member Mark McCurdy asked Rackauckas about potential legal challenges to a sex offender park ban, and Rackauckas cited a case in which [name withheld], arrested in Mile Square Park just three days after being told not to enter any county parks, is appealing his 100-day prison sentence. The ordinance itself is also being challenged, but, he said, he's confident in its legality because, among other factor, there's no constitutional right to enter a park.
- And again, did this man commit any crime in the park?  Nope!

Council member Michael Vo expressed concern that a sex offender park ban might create a false sense of security for parents, but Rackauckas explained that such a ban is really more of a tool that parents and law enforcement can use to keep parks safe.


AUSTRALIA - Victorian report calls for sharper focus on sex offender registration

Original Article

04/18/2012

By SOPHIE GOSPER

Victoria's sex offender registration needs to sharpen its focus on the protection of children from sexual abuse and high risk re-offenders, a report says.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission's report, Sex Offender's Registration, released to parliament yesterday, recommends a narrowed focus on likely re-offenders through an individual assessment process, rather than automatic inclusion in registers.

The report outlines the danger of over-registering people who are unlikely to pose any threat to children, which can lead to a likely re-offender slipping through the cracks.

Under the current scheme, all adults who sexually offend against children are automatically registered for periods of time.

In the seven years the scheme has operated, more than 4000 people have been placed on the register, with the number expected to reach 10,000 by 2020.

Last year, an Ombudsman's report found Victoria Police failed to inform the Department of Human Services of more than 300 sex offenders who were living with children or had unsupervised contact with them.

The report makes 79 recommendations to make the scheme more effective to protecting children against sexual abuse, including replacing automatic inclusion in the register with a process that allows for individual assessment of the offender.

The report outlines how individual assessment is highly likely to enhance the effectiveness of a scheme that places a great strain on the resources of Victoria Police and the Department of Human Services without, as yet, any clear evidence of its success in reducing child sexual abuse.

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IL - Haine Supports Tougher Sex Offender Law

Bill Haine
Original Article

04/18/2012

By Illinois Radio Network

Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure that would tighten sex offender registration laws. A proposal would require sex offenders in Illinois to check in with police more often and register for a longer period of time. It’s an attempt to comply with a federal law that was passed around the anniversary of the abduction of Adam Walsh, the son of America’s Most Wanted TV host John Walsh. Illinois risks losing federal grant money if it doesn’t comply.


The proposal would create a three-tiered registration system. The most serious offenders would register for life and check in every three months. The least serious would register for 15 years, instead of the current 10, and check in annually. Although opponents say the proposal goes too far, State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) says the punishment fits the crime. “It is harsh and burdensome on people who sexually exploit children,” Haine says. “Who expose themselves to children. Who kidnap children!” State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) says the state would save more if it gave up the grant money and didn’t comply. “You want it … $2 million in grant money you got it. But it costs you $10 million. If it ain’t broke … don’t fix it, Raoul says. The proposal passed the Senate and is in the House awaiting a committee vote.
- Once again, another idiot politician (Mr. Haine) who seems to think all sex offenders are child molesting, pedophile predators just waiting behind the bushes to kidnap and kill your children, all in the name of saving or furthering his own career, IMO.


CA - Former sheriff's deputy's wife testifies: Husband (Robert McClain) tried to force me to castrate lover

Robert McClain
Original Article

04/17/2012

By Nancy Dillon

A Southern California woman gave graphic testimony Tuesday in the torture trial of a former sheriff's deputy accused of ordering her to castrate her lover during a savage assault.

The woman was married to defendant Robert McClain, a former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, at the time of the vicious attack, and pretended to castrate her 23-year-old boyfriend as the husband watched, prosecutors previously said.

Through tears, the woman told jurors that she pleaded with her jealous husband to stop his violent two-hour rampage in September 2008 for the sake of his career and their children, the Orange County Register reported.

McClain didn't listen, she reportedly testified, and instead beat her boyfriend to the point of brain damage and slashed his body with a knife.

The unidentified woman said her enraged hubby tried to have sex with her, ordered her to have sex with the badly injured boyfriend and demanded the castration as a sick form of retribution.

According to the Register, the woman told jurors that McClain, 38, was fully aware he was committing a crime when he ambushed and assaulted the couple at the Irvine, Calif., building where the wife worked and the boyfriend lived.

The younger wife was 31 at the time of the attack and had just asked for a divorce, prosecutors said.

"I am gonna do at least 15 years in jail for this," she quoted her former husband as saying, the Register reported.

"I am gonna get it while I can" he reportedly said, referring to the sex demand.

McClain is charged with aggravated mayhem, torture and sodomy and faces up to life in prison if convicted, the Orange County District Attorney said.

The woman testified she had no idea her 245-pound, ex-Marine husband was planning an attack when he asked to meet her boyfriend in person shortly before 10 p.m. that September night.

"All I am gonna do is shake his hand," she said he told her, according to the Register.

Once the meeting started, the lovers were quickly overpowered, guided to a back lunchroom of the building's leasing office and forced to undress at knifepoint, prosecutors previously said.

The wife said McClain showed no mercy for the much smaller, 145-pound boyfriend, an aspiring musician who had moved from Missouri and auditioned for "American Idol."

"Look at this white boy," she quoted McClain as saying, according to the Register. "You're cheating on me for this? This is what you're leaving me for?"

While her boyfriend never resisted, he screamed in pain and seemed to fade in and out of consciousness, she said.

She said McClain beat and slashed her when she tried to shield him.

The wife said McClain also gave her a gun and ordered her to try four times to shoot either him or the boyfriend.

She said she pointed it in the general direction for three tries and then at McClain for the fourth - but the gun had no bullets.

McClain became enraged at her choice of target and beat them further with the butt of the gun, she reportedly said.

McClain then forcibly sodomized the wife, chopped off her hair with the knife and forced her back into their car as he fled the scene, prosecutors said.

She managed to escape with the couple's children around 5 a.m. the next morning, authorities said, and a cleaning crew found the boyfriend in the office two hours later.

The boyfriend reportedly suffered several bone fractures and numerous stab wounds and needed intensive therapy to relearn basic skills.

McClain has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.


LA - House approves bill banning sex offenders from social networking websites and working with cans!

Original Article

04/17/2012

By Ed Anderson

Baton Rouge -- The Louisiana House voted 97-1 Tuesday for a rewritten version of legislation banning sex offenders convicted of crimes against children from social websites, a replacement for one that was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court several weeks ago. House Bill 620 (PDF) by Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, now goes to the Senate. The lone vote against the bill came from Rep. Marcus Hunter, D-Monroe, who objected to the length of the prison sentences for violations in Thierry's bill.

The bill would ban from social websites individuals convicted of a sex offense involving minors, pornography involving juveniles, indecent behavior with juveniles, computer-aided solicitation of minors or video voyeurism.
- Why make this a law when probation/parole officers can already do this?  Like I've said a million times, it's just a way for someone to pretend to be "tough on crime," while doing nothing, well, except banishing and re-punishing people after they've done their time.

Thierry said her bill is more tightly drawn than the law struck down by U.S. District Court Judge Brian Jackson of Baton Rouge. She said the bill does not ban an offender from access to the Internet as the previous version did.

"This applies to certain sites, the social networking websites," she said. Thierry said the main purpose of the bill is to prevent offenders from "setting up personal profiles" on the Internet.
- So what is a social network?  Is that defined?  I'm sure, if it is, it's broadly defined.

Jackson, in throwing out the law that was enacted last year at Gov. Bobby Jindal's request, ruled the prohibitions were overly broad and could prevent offenders from reading news, job-search and governmental websites.

This year's bill, also backed by Jindal, bans the intentional use of social networking websites that require the posting of photos, personal profiles and for "facilitating social interaction with other users of the site."
- And you see, that is pretty broad, and could be a ton of things, like this blog, or forums.

The bill calls for a jail sentence of up to 10 years without suspension of sentence or early release, and up to a $10,000 fine; a repeat offense could result in a maximum fine of $20,000, and a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison without suspension of sentence.
- Sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me.

Hunter tried to remove provisions that would prevent suspension of sentence or early release of the offender. He called the sentences "quite excessive, stressing that the individuals have already served jail time for the main offense."
- Mr. Jindal and others in LA apparently have a personal vendetta against ex-sex offenders, so they will do anything and everything to further punish them over and over, and clearly, if the ACLU would get involved, they could prove this is cruel and unusual punishment, or, the goal of the law is to re-punish, which is unconstitutional.

"The purpose of the law is for those who have used the computer to lure their victims," Thierry said, asking the House to reject Hunter's changes. Lawmakers complied with her request, 8-83.
- Well from the text above, it doesn't seem to say that, it just says anyone who has had a child as a victim, from what I read, not just those who used the Internet to commit their crime.

Earlier in the day, a pair of Senate committees passed several other crime-related bills on to the floor.

Senate Bill 243 (PDF), by Rep. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, would impose penalties of up to a year in jail and a $500 fine on anyone who did not report the killing, rape or sexual abuse of a child. Martiny said the bill was inspired by the death of Caylee Anthony in Florida and the acquittal of her mother, Casey Anthony.
- So are you okay with people not reporting the killing, rape or sexual abuse of adults?

That bill was sent on to the full Senate, though members of the Senate's Judiciary C Committee said they were concerned it would cause problems in cases where someone might abuse both their spouse and their child, turning the victimized spouse into a criminal. Several bills in both chambers deal with similar issues.

Another measure, Senate Bill 686 (PDF), was inspired by a text message sent to Sen. Robert Adley. The Benton Republican said he was sitting at home one night when he received a text that included a "picture of this elderly man and woman having sex," Adley told the committee. When he tried to figure out who sent the text, Adley said he was rebuffed with language that wasn't fit for the committee room.
- If you aren't visiting porn sites, then you should not be getting those types of emails, or so it's been said.

After learning from police that there was no law against sending unsolicited, explicit texts, Adley said he decided to draft one. The bill would consider such actions as a subcategory of the crime of obscenity.