Friday, June 8, 2012

Sue the b------s

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By DG:
ok. lets look at all the facts now. fact 1 - every person stuck on the registry is prevented from making a viable living. lets say the median income is $40,000. I speak from experience. A sex offender can no longer support himself if his name is on the registry. The people who work for the registry boards wont voluntarily release anyone from the registry or even downgrade them. the supreme court has ruled that the registry is merely remedial just a process of getting a persons home address, work address, phone number, license plate info. and whether or not a person attends a university. If someone can explain to me why being homeless and unemployed is remedial im all ears. How many sex offenders have successfully been able to go back to school and further their careers? Another interesting fact to find out. I am guessing that out of the 747,000 people declared on "Hell's List." There are very few people practicing in the fields they went to school for. I am also going to venture that out of the total number there are less than 1-2% enrolled in some form of vocational/educational program. There are no statistics currently being kept for this but I am also curious how many on Hell's List have been arrested for new charges that would not have been promulgated if these people weren't identified as sex offenders. I was arrested for OUI back in 2008 and I dont even consume alcohol or use drugs. It's rumored that the meticulous requirements of being on the registry has enabled 30% of all former sex offenders to be re-arrested again on new charges, ie. failure to register, failure to do somthing which they wouldnt have to do if they werent on hells list. I know noone has any information on this but how many sex offenders have been murdered either in prison or at home by vigilantes since being classified as sub-human. We dont know. we also dont know how many sex offenders have starved to death or been forced to die an early death since being placed on this list. We do know their lives have been irrepably harmed. either forced to move, lost their jobs, lost their license to practice in their field, banned from schools, banned from ymcas. basically kicked out of the communities they spent their entire lives in prior to being placed on hells list. the sex offender registry is remedial. causing people to lose about a million dollars over their entire lives is remedial. never being able to live with your children is remedial. never being allowed to participate in your children's lives is remedial. being kicked out of nursing homes that are all old people is remedial. not being able to live in public housing because you cant get a job to save your life is remedial. having your neighbors vandalise your personal property is remedial. having the local news station broadcast that a level 3 sex offender is moving into your home town is remedial. being told u cant attend church with your family or go to the park with your family because they have bans placed on level 2 and 3 sex offenders at those designated areas is remedial. i think the dropping of the atomic bomb on hiroshima and nagasaki was ruled remedial. if you can tell me with a straight face that a lawyer with $50,000 cant prove now that the sex offender registry is punishment for all the reasons already supplied, I will shake my head in disbelief. We have 747,000 people tied to one cause. if you include their families and closest friends I am going to estimate that we have about 3 million people tied to this problem. Are you going to tell me with a straight face that it is impossble for 3 million people to join together in one cause to raise $50,000 for one law suit I dont care what state its filed in i have to again shake my head in disbelief. The politicians wont help us I contacted all of them personally and no one came to my rescue. There is one other thing I didnt mention here and that is the punitive effects on sex offenders in having a lifetime CORI. You cannot have your criminal records sealed as long as you are on the registry, please tell me with a serious face this is remedial and not punitive. We are all better and safe knowing that 747,000 people cannot successfully have the privilege of working where they choose and this is remedial and actually protects kids. If your organizaion cannot figure out a way working together with the ACLU, RSOL, SOSEN and any other advocacy organizations to find one lawyer and find one victim (a person whose infomation is on CORI and the registry),and any legal aid organizations, hunan rights organization or human rights watch and file one law suit with a real victim that is actually being twiced punished for his crime by laws passed by the legislative office not the judicial without due process and without violating separation of powers. I think you are giving up to easily. As the commercial on tv says you have the law on your side. we do. we just need to show that our rights have been violated by the powers of the legislature and not the judicial offices with these new laws passed after 1994.


FL - Online sex sting

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By R:
This is somewhat forward, but my interest in sex offense crime was recently brought about due to my own arrest for traveling to meet a minor for sex. It was an internet sex sting in the Orlando, FL area back in December. There's obviously a lengthy story here that you're probably not interested in, but the incident itself occurred literally over a 3 hour period of my life - when I was in an adult chatroom and interacted with an undercover detective posing as a 14 year old girl that asked if I wanted to visit her in Orlando so that "we could hook up." I have no idea why I said "yes," but I did.... and my life has never nor will ever be the same.

I've lost my marriage of 9 years, my career in education as a collegiate athletic coach, all of my finances (recently having had to file for Ch 7 bankruptcy), and, of course, every bit of my confidence and sanity. Fortunately, all the state has to go on is this lone conversation (which there was no profanity or sexual innuendo suggested) and the fact that I showed up to meet this person with condoms (per the detectives request, of course). There's no child pornography or anything else that was found on either of my 2 computers. And, I underwent a psychosexual evaluation about two months ago that determined a very healthy and normal sexual pallet/arousal template for a 32 year old white heterosexual male - no inclination to sexual "deviant" behavior with children/adolescent females/males at all. In fact, I was actually diagnosed as Bipolar II, which in and of itself has me in a complete and total identity crisis right now with no end in sight.

I write you not looking for empathy - I made a mistake and now must suffer the consequences, which, at this time include the lifetime designation as a sex offender and up to a 10 year prison sentence on the traveling to meet a minor charge - but, rather, out of curiosity. Are there any people out there (in Florida or elsewhere) that have had success in front of a jury taking these things to trial, or has the media/society been sooo grossly misled due to the nature of these types of allegations? I take full responsibility for my actions - regardless of a medical condition or not - but am really perplexed as to why law enforcement has felt the need to create by enticing the curiosities of males in the "fantasy world" that internet chat rooms often portray. How far is LE allowed to "push the envelope" here and how many times must a person say "no" until they finally succumb to the pressure?

So much for "serve and protect" - it seems as though it's really become a "divide and conquer" mentality when it comes to sex crime.

I'm terribly depressed as to what my future holds. Although I've passed a polygraph questioning whether or not I've ever had inappropriate or sexual contact with former students or others, it seems as though all of this is for not. I've been convicted by society, painted with the same very broad brush that you detail throughout your website, and face a lifetime ahead of me similar to that of a leper back in the days of Jesus Christ.

There is no redemption for the sex offender in today's society. None whatsoever. I guess I'd feel a little different had a victim been involved here, I don't know? But I DO know that had I actually met this fictitious victim, there's no doubt in my mind that I would not have acted on "her" suggestion to "hook up." I had a flawless, decorated, 11 year career as an educator that put me into interaction with students of all ages and not once had I ever acted out in anything sort of an inappropriate way at all.

Have you had any experience with anyone in the situation I've put myself in? Any advice? I can only pray that God's grace afford a judge/jury an opportunity to see this situation for what it is - a terrible, terrible mistake... but not one that I actively sought out or created.

In the words of Alexander Pope: "To err is human, but to forgive is divine."

Thank you for your work. It's been a blessing to learn more about all of this stuff. If it's God's will for my life, I pray that, one day, he will use me in the lives of the many, many people/families out there that face the destiny of RSO. It's all I have to live for - and I'm eager to begin this battle once called upon.

God Bless


MO - Should Sex Offenders Be Buried With Military Honors?

Original Article

07/08/2012

By Anna North

A proposed law would ban criminals convicted of sexually abusing children from being buried in military cemeteries. Veterans groups are in favor, but an expert in sex offender laws says this one goes too far.

On Halloween night of 2001, [name witheld] broke into the home of a recent college graduate named Jenny, hid in a closet until she returned, then dragged her into the shower and raped her. He was convicted of this and at least 10 other rapes and sexual assaults, including one of a nine-year-old girl. But after he committed suicide in prison, he was buried with full military honors at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Oklahoma. Now victims, and some military advocates, want a ban on sex offenders in military cemeteries so criminals like [name witheld] can never be honored like that again.

At a House hearing Wednesday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) told the story of a constituent who was sexually abused as a child by her father, a veteran who was later buried in a military cemetery. Said Hartzler, "She asked that I help ensure no other child has to endure this injustice." Hartzler has introduced the Hallowed Grounds Act (PDF), which would bar Tier III sex offenders — those who have committed crimes against children — from being buried in veterans' or national cemeteries. She argued, "These offenders have surrendered their right to be honored by victimizing and oppressing others."

The bill has the support of a variety of military and veterans' groups. Raymond Kelley, legislative director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in the hearing that the Hallowed Grounds Act would be an appropriate extension of existing laws that bar those convicted of capital crimes (those punishable by death, such as murder) from military burial. Thomas Murphy of the Veterans Benefits Administration also voiced support for the substance of the bill, though he had some logistical concerns about his implementation.

The Army is actually against the bill, but only because it doesn't go far enough. Kathryn Condon, Executive Director of Army National Cemeteries Program, said at the hearing that the Army couldn't support the bill as drafted because it failed to ban "the interment or memorialization of a person found by an appropriate federal authority to have committed a tier III sex offense, but not yet convicted."

But Richard Wright, a professor of criminal justice and author of the book Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions, says the bill is wrongheaded. He says it's part of a trend in the last 20 to 25 years of "post-conviction laws" targeted specifically at Tier III offenders, but says these laws don't actually accomplish much. Our criminal justice system, he says, now operates under the belief that "in order for the victim to get justice, something extra has to be done to the offender." But in fact, offering extra help to the victim — counseling, for instance — is more beneficial to victims' healing processes than additional punishments for the criminal.

Wright notes that the burial of a veteran who's also a sex offender to balance two things: "A person who risked their life for the protection of the country and someone who committed a horrible crime." He advocates a compromise solution, perhaps burying sex offenders with some military honors but in a different location from other veterans.

Whether ideas like his will influence the debate on the Hallowed Grounds Act is doubtful. With the exception of Condon, no one spoke against the bill in its hearing, and sex offender laws are notoriously difficult to oppose. An earlier version of the law, named Jenny's Law for [name witheld]'s victim was included in the defense bill for 2011; it was only stripped when a lame duck Congress needed to pass that bill quickly. Barring such procedural concerns, the Hallowed Grounds Act seems poised to become law.


NY - LaValle's bill would regulate sex offender notifications

Ken LaValle
Original Article

06/07/2012

By Elana Glowatz

Legislation calls for schools sending out specific information to district parents

Sen. Ken LaValle's bill that would require school districts to dispense information about sex offenders residing locally passed in the state Senate this week.

The legislation received support from nearly all state senators, including John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset). It is still waiting on a vote in the Assembly.

LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) said in a phone interview last Thursday that the bill mandates that a school district, upon receiving information from police about level two and level three offenders registering in the area, specifically include a sex offender's name, picture, address and place of employment in a notification to parents. Districts would be reimbursed for the cost of these notifications, such as mailings.

He wrote the bill because when an offender is in the area, it is "incumbent on the parents to go out and discover who it is basically," the senator said. People who are busy could receive a notification, without specific information, "and they go, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.' ... It could be someone five doors down."

Currently, school districts have different methods of distributing information.

Roberta Gerold, Middle Country School District superintendent, said the information her district gets from the police includes physical descriptions, aliases, addresses, vehicle descriptions and risk levels. This information is then sent out to people such as the Board of Education, bus drivers and the Selden Centereach Youth Association.

Residents are urged in the district's newsletter to visit the Megan's Law website for detailed information about sex offenders, and are regularly reminded to do so, Gerold said, adding that Middle Country parents are good about seeking out the information.

Mina Evcimen, a clerk in the office of the assistant superintendent for business services in the Three Village School District, said when the district is notified that there is a sex offender in the area, someone calls the police department for an exact address to determine if the person is within district boundaries. Whatever information the school receives, such as a photo and physical description of the offender, is shared with the public.

In Comsewogue School District, whatever information police send is distributed to all residents "in plain language" in a letter, Superintendent Joseph Rella said. "We don't edit what we get from the police."

In addition to those 10,000 mailings — which are also sent to homes of people who do not have a child in the district — the information is distributed to community organizations and district staff. Although parents can look up the information on the Megan's Law website, Rella said, "that doesn't absolve us of our obligation."

In the Kings Park School District, parents receive a letter directing them to the website, where detailed information about the offenders is posted. Superintendent Susan Agruso said parents can also walk in to receive the information.

This was LaValle's third attempt at getting the bill to pass and it has been amended since it was first introduced. The senator said the reimbursement for the school districts is a new element of the legislation. However, he said he thinks the costs associated with this bill will be minimal, and the schools could possibly use email alerts to comply with it.

If approved, the legislation would go into effect next July.

About LaValle's bill, Gerold said, "Anything we can do to make sure our kids are safe is a good thing," and the legislation would be effective as long as the information being sent out is accurate and timely so "parents can respond appropriately."

However, the superintendent pointed out that a notification to district parents would not cover those with kids too young to attend school.


GA - Child Abuse Reporting Laws Changing in Georgia

Why is this only for those who work with children and not everyone in the public? Anybody who suspects child abuse should report it! Also, you mention those who work at colleges as well. Aren't people who go to colleges adults?


VA - Former Blue Ridge Thunder member (Gary Reynolds) under investigation for child porn

Gary Reynolds
Original Article

06/07/2012

By Scott Leamon

In an ironic turn of events, a former member of Bedford County's Operation Blue Ridge Thunder is now under investigation by a similar Broward County, Florida task force.

Dr. Gary Reynolds, a leading expert in the field of fighting child pornography on-line, is a former investigator with Bedford County's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He was also listed as a staff member of the Safe Surfin' Foundation.

Reynolds is also the former police chief of Winchester.

The Broward County, Florida sheriff's office, along with the Davie, Florida police department, is now investigating Reynolds using their own version of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Several sources said Reynolds was at Broward College last month, as a contract employee for the University of Louisville, teaching several police officers a class unrelated to child pornography investigations.

At some point, suspected child pornography popped up on Reynolds' computer.

It's unclear if the questionable material was part of an on-going, or previous, Internet child pornography investigation in which Reynolds was participating.
- I'm sure they'll come out and say it was to get him off the hook.  Police should not have child porn on their computer, even if it's for an investigation!

Reynolds bio has since been taken down from both the Safe Surfin' and University of Louisville websites.

The Bedford County sheriff's office said it parted ways with Reynolds quite some time ago.

The chair of the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute directed all questions about Reynolds to the university's lawyer.

Bedford County sheriff Mike Brown said in a statement he couldn't comment due to the fact it was an "on going" investigation.