Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CO - Sexually Violent Predator Information

UK - To Catch a Paedophile

NJ - Stillwater murder suspect (Clark T. Fredericks and Robert Reynolds) told police that victim was a child molester

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By Daniel Fitzsimmons

STILLWATERClark T. Fredericks, who was arrested on June 13 for the murder of Stillwater resident [name withheld], told police that [name withheld] "got what was coming to him" and that he was a "child molester for years," according to his arrest affidavit obtained by The Sparta Independent.

According to the affidavit, Fredericks, 46, of Stillwater, and Robert Reynolds, 47, of Mansfield, drove to [name withheld]'s house in Stillwater armed with knives on the night of June 12. Reynolds said that the two entered [name withheld]'s house and that Fredericks "immediately began stabbing [name withheld] with a knife." Reynolds said he ran out of the house and began backing his vehicle down the driveway before it got stuck. Fredericks came out of the house and helped free the vehicle, after which the two drove to Fredericks' house in Stillwater. Reynolds told police that Fredericks removed his clothing and hid both knives. Reynolds then drove to his house in Mansfield where he power-washed the car they used.

Police also spoke with Fredericks' mother, Joan, who told them that her son came home around 2 a.m. on June 13 with cuts on his hands and blood on his clothes. She said she tried to get him to go to a hospital but he refused, took some sleeping pills, and went to bed.

Police were alerted when Joan Fredericks called Franklin counselor Diane Howe and told her that she believed her son may have hurt or killed someone the night before. Howe then called State Police and asked them to do a well-being check on [name withheld]. She later spoke with Fredericks' sister, who said she believed her brother may have hurt or killed [name withheld].

When troopers arrived at the residence they found [name withheld] dead, with a slash wound to his neck and several stab wounds to his torso.

According to the affidavit, Joan Fredericks told police that Reynolds was also involved.

Fredericks was charged with first-degree homicide and is being represented by Newton attorney Daniel M. Perez.

Reynolds was charged with first-degree complicity/murder, first-degree conspiracy/murder and fourth-degree evidence tampering. He is being represented by John Vazquez of Critchley, Kinum and Vazquez in Roseland.

According to [name withheld]'s obituary, he was a lifelong resident of Sussex County and graduated from Newton High School in 1962. He was an Army veteran and worked for the Sussex County Sheriff's Office for 28 years, retiring as a senior lieutenant.

VI - Senators forward legislation to toughen sex offender rules

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ST. THOMAS - The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee amended and passed a bill to update the sex offender registry laws in the territory.

The bill would bring the territory into compliance with federal regulations that would qualify the territory for some federal law enforcement funding.

The bill first was heard in the committee in February but was held for additional changes.

The legislation amends the V.I. Sexual Offender Registration and Community Protection Act of 1997 to increase reporting requirements for convicted sex offenders.

Gov. John deJongh Jr. submitted the bill to the Legislature last year.

The measure requires all sex offenders to register with the V.I. government within three days of coming to the territory or changing residences within the territory. Reporting requirements vary depending on the crime for which the offender was convicted.

Concerns were raised at February's hearing about the reporting requirement for a sex offender who wants to leave the territory or the United States. Under the proposed law, a registered sex offender must give the government 21 calendar days advance notice before he or she leaves the country.

Sen. Ronald Russell offered an amendment Monday that allows that time to be shortened at the discretion of the V.I. attorney general as long as information or documentation is provided to support the request.

The bill also amends the law to expand the requirements of who must register. Currently, anyone who has been convicted of a sexual crime anywhere in the United States or a court of another "competent jurisdiction" must register.

The proposed law would establish a three-tiered classification system, requiring offenders convicted of crimes of varying severity to register for 15 years, 25 years or life. Currently, the law requires sexual offenders to register for either 15 years or life.

The territory already has lost about $92,000 in federal law enforcement funding this year and stands to lose a similar amount for each year that the territory is not in compliance with the mandates required by the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006.

Attorney General Vincent Frazer said 34 states also have failed to meet the requirements.

At Monday's hearing, senators were glad the bill finally is moving ahead.

"This bill has been around for a while now, and I think we're seeing some light at the end of the tunnel," Sen. Sammuel Sanes said. "We've had an exodus of individuals coming down here seeing the islands as a safe haven. Hopefully this will put a stop to that."


NY - Teens' Online Activity A Secret From Parents: U.S. Survey

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By Gianna Palmer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More and more teenagers are hiding their online activity from their parents, according to a U.S. survey of teen internet behavior released on Monday.

The survey (PDF), sponsored by the online security company McAfee, found that 70 percent of teens had hidden their online behavior from their parents in 2012, up from 45 percent of teens in 2010, when McAfee conducted the same survey.

"There's a lot more to do on the Internet today, which ultimately means there's a lot more to hide," said McAfee spokesman Robert Siciliano.

Siciliano cited the explosion of social media and the wider availability of ad-supported pornography as two factors that have led teens to hide their online habits. The increased popularity of phones with Internet capabilities also means that teens have more opportunities to hide their online habits, he said.

"They have full Internet access wherever they are at this point," Siciliano said.

The survey found that 43 percent of teens have accessed simulated violence online, 36 percent have read about sex online, and 32 percent went online to see nude photos or pornography.

The survey reported that teens use a variety of tactics to avoid being monitored by their parents. Over half of teens surveyed said that they had cleared their browser history, while 46 percent had closed or minimized browser windows when a parent walked into the room. Other strategies for keeping online habits from parents included hiding or deleting instant messages or videos and using a computer they knew their parents wouldn't check.

Meanwhile, the survey found that 73.5 percent of parents trust their teens not to access age-inappropriate content online. Nearly one quarter of the surveyed parents (23 percent) reported that they are not monitoring their children's online behaviors because they are overwhelmed by technology.

Siciliano said that is no excuse.

"Parents can put their foot down and they can get educated," he said.

"They can learn about the technology at hand. They can learn about their children's lives," Siciliano said.

Many of the parents surveyed were already doing just that, with 49 percent of parents using parental controls and 44 percent obtaining their children's email and social network passwords. Additionally, three in four parents said they've had a conversation about online safety with their kids.

The results were drawn from a nationwide online survey completed by 1,004 teens aged 13-17 and 1,013 parents, conducted May 4-29 by TRU of Chicago, a youth research company. Its margin of error was plus or minus 3 percent.

FL - Palm Beach County task force hopes to ease limits on housing sex offenders

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By Alexia Campbell

They live in cars or sleep on the streets. Most homeless shelters and halfway houses won't take them.

South Florida cities have pushed hundreds of sex offenders underground with strict housing laws in recent years, critics say, but a new Palm Beach County task force is taking steps to reverse that trend.

It plans to draft an ordinance this summer that would make it easier for sex offenders in the county to find a place to live. One idea: Reduce the distance the county now requires offenders to live from schools, parks, day care centers and school bus stops from 2,500 feet to 1,000 feet.
- I'm sure this will tick off Ron Book, who is head of the Homeless Trust in Miami-Dade.  He's been pushing for these laws that force people into homelessness for years.  Why?  Maybe job security?

If county commissioners choose to pass such an ordinance, it would be the boldest change to sex offender laws in South Florida since local cities began passing stricter laws around 2005.

"I feel that it's the right thing to do," said Highland Beach Mayor Bernard Featherman, a member of the Criminal Justice Commission's sex offender reentry task force. "I've learned that nothing you make a decision about is popular."

Two county commissioners, Steven Abrams and Priscilla Taylor, said they would consider easing limits.

"I'm willing to take a look at it and weigh the pros and cons," Taylor said. "We want to make sure every individual has a place to stay. We just need to be very cautious because it affects children and adults as well."

Commissioner Paulette Burdick said she would not support the change, citing "reservations" about shrinking the buffer zone to 1,000 feet.

"It's not far enough," Burdick said. "I know it's a difficult issue, but the safety and security of our children is paramount."
- Not far enough?  So what is far enough?  You could make it 50 miles and it still would not prevent crime, protect anybody and continue to force ex-offenders into homelessness and underground.

State law requires people convicted of certain sex crimes to live at least 1,000 feet from places where children congregate and prohibits them from loitering within 300 feet of those areas.

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties and many local municipalities enacted even more stringent residency laws after Jessica Lunsford, 9, was raped and murdered in 2005 by John Couey, a repeat sex offender who lived in her Central Florida neighborhood.

Palm Beach and Broward counties require their 2,178 registered sex offenders to live at least 2,500 feet away from schools and child zones. About 200 are listed as "transient," with no address.

That transient population is growing, making them harder to track, said Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mark Jolly, who oversees the Sexual Predator/Offender Tracking Unit. Cities have also added to the confusion by passing their own offender laws, he said.

"We need consistency," said Jolly, whose team keeps tabs on where sex offenders live. "If an offender calls me and wants to know where they can live, it's nearly impossible to tell them. [Laws] change from one street to the other."

Sex offenders in Palm Beach County have been pushed to the fringes, he said. One of the few places that accepts them is a halfway house surrounded by sugar cane fields near Pahokee. Miracle Village is home to 86 offenders who live in the duplexes and participate in faith-based programs and job training.

In Broward County, offenders clustered in Broadview Park until the county passed its current ordinance that created a 2,500-foot buffer around schools, parks and playgrounds. Residents of the unincorporated area had complained about large numbers of sex offenders moving to their neighborhood because of the residency restrictions in surrounding cities.

Palm Beach County's sex offender task force, made up of community officials and social service agencies, wants to return to a law more similar to the state's. The ordinance would only cover neighborhoods outside city limits, so the task force needs to drum up support from local municipalities to adopt a standard law.

"Obviously, the politics of this issue are serious. It's a scary population for a lot of people," said Mike Rodriguez, executive director of the Criminal Justice Commission. "I wouldn't be surprised if all of this were to go nowhere."