Friday, July 20, 2012

Civil action

Sent to us via the contact form and posted with the users permission.

By B:
I just keep thinking about possible civil action for discremination suit on my state for haveing my information out for the public to see where im am not saying im innocent but i did serve 100% of my time and have to register on a national registry whereas noone covicted of non sex crimes have to if you are anyone you know has tried this and if it works mayb enough civil action where the states have to atart paying money on discrimination lawsuits will get the registry abolished. Anyways it was just a thought but one im considering myself.

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AR - Lonoke Sheriff department posts ex-offenders on Facebook, public makes threats, they do nothing?

It has been brought to our attention that the Arkansas Lonoke Sheriff's department (Facebook) is now posting ex-offender photos and info online, but they are also allowing the public to make threats to the mans life without doing anything about it.

So, are they condoning vigilante violence? Sure looks like it to us. I guess they figure if they post the info and something happens to the person, then it's one less person they have to deal with and their hands are clean?  But we've saved the page in PDF and snapshots below, so the info can be used in a law suit, if needed.

Guess they are not aware of the increasing vigilantism and murders of ex-offenders due to them publishing this info online? Well they don't have an excuse, the info is here and here.

This is what was sent to us, and posted with permission:

"Okay i would like for you to help me with this. Please go to the Lonoke Sheriff's (it is in Arkansas) page on Facebook. You will find that they have posted a picture of a level 2 sex offender. Start looking at the post by the public and you will see where they are making threats on this mans life. I have called the Arkansas State Police and talk to a detective Homles (Troop A out of Little Rock) there and he is supposed to be calling the Lonokne County Prosecuting Attorney there to see if any of these people can be charged with either the terrorist threatening law or under the new bullying laws. Plus i have called three of the four news channels to inform them of what is going on. So PLEASE help me follow up on this or do some checking yourselves to make some noise. The lady at KARN channel 4 news sounded very interested in what was going on............Thank You"


ID - There's no second chance

Original Article

07/18/2012

By TOM HASSLINGER

RATHDRUM - A few days after [name withheld] ran his notice in the Coeur d'Alene Press, he noticed his fence posts had been vandalized.

He saw, as he mowed his lawn Monday, the otherwise sturdy wooden fence sagging limply in spots, as though someone had yanked the posts from the ground.

What one has to do with the other, he's not entirely sure.

It wouldn't shock him, though, if the notice was the sole reason someone wanted to rip the fence right from its root.

"It was a fairly new post," he said, shaking the sagging boards Tuesday outside his Rathdrum home.

[name withheld] has spent the last 35 years well aware that society looks down on him. He admits he feels ostracized and unforgiven.

"Like we're lepers," he said.

[name withheld] is a registered sex offender, convicted of first degree rape in Washington in 1976. He spent 12 years incarcerated at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash.

As much as he wants to focus on the future, it's difficult, he said. Society isn't as willing to forgive sexual offenses as it is other crimes.

"There's no second chance," [name withheld] said. "Every other crime, murder, it doesn't matter ... Even when the sex offenders stop offending sexually, and they know that, they're still not willing to give them a second chance."

It has led to an isolated life for [name withheld].

And the notice he ran Saturday in The Press's community calendar was the first step to trying to change that. It was an announcement for a support group he wants to form with other offenders, "Sex Offender Registrants Not-Anonymous."

"I know what registration/notification has done to our lives, and I want to hear your stories and share information," the listing read, printing [name withheld]'s address as the gathering location. "It's time that we talk and get to know one another, and discuss what, if anything, we can do collectively to better our situation."

The group - whose first meeting would be 9 a.m. Saturday at [name withheld]'s home, [address withheld] - would focus on moving forward, healing and becoming involved.

Together, for example, the group could be a unified voice in supporting change to registration rules. Having to register as an offender for 25 years to a lifetime is too long, [name withheld] said, for offenders convicted decades ago who have never re-offended.

Most importantly, however, the meetings would be a social outlet.

Because once one becomes a registered sex offender, society turns its back - forever.

"It's a healthy thing to socialize and most psychologists will tell you that," [name withheld] said. "If there's not people you can visit with or talk to or go out and have dinner with or anything - it's just hard."

Not everyone is wild about the possibility of a group of sex offenders together in a residential neighborhood.

One neighbor, who wanted her name withheld from this article because she didn't want potential backlash from former offenders, said it was "disgusting" to have the gathering in the middle of a neighborhood with children around.

"It frightens me," she said, adding she has heard the same from neighbors once word spread. "We don't like it."

She said she would rather see them meet in a public forum, away from the cluster of homes.

"A restaurant, park, a lake or something," she said. "But to bring it to a neighborhood, are you frickin' kidding me?"

No law is in the books would prevent such a gathering, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.

[name withheld], who doesn't know if any offenders will even show up, said of the 27 registered offenders in Rathdrum, 60 percent committed their crimes between 20 to 40 years ago.

Even so, it's hard to meet in public, he said. Stares, comments, even cooks who spit in offenders' food are out there. Because once word is out about an offender, it's hard for them to blend back into society.

Which is why [name withheld] wants to bring the group to his home.

"I suppose there's always possible danger, but they've got to go somewhere," said Brian Martin, who lives a few blocks from [name withheld], and learned about the upcoming meeting. "It's a double-edged sword. But at the same time I'm not thrilled about the idea."

Neighbor Tony Jacobs said he also sees both sides. It's important to move forward, he said, "but I could see where it would offend people with small kids."

Whether [name withheld]'s fence post was any sort of retaliation for the gathering the 11-year Rathdrum resident is trying to start, he can't say. He doesn't expect the neighborhood to be thrilled with the idea, but [name withheld], married for 22 years, said he has to try it.

The majority of offenders don't re-offend, he said, and he wants to focus on those who are trying to improve day-by-day.

And [name withheld], like others in his shoes, lives with the pain he caused his victim every day, and it's an awful feeling, he said. But it's time to find support, a community, where he can focus on what's ahead. Because isolation, he said, is awful, too.


How Facebook catches would-be child molesters by analyzing relationships and chat content (i.e. Spying without a warrant!)

Original Article

If they have this technology and they are using it, it's basically like entering your home and searching without a warrant! If it was found constitutional by the SCOTUS, then use it, stop deny ex-offenders from using your site because of some perceived danger? Stop discriminating against people! If someone is doing something they should not be, report them!

07/16/2012

By Lisa Vaas

Law enforcement is hailing Facebook for using its little-known data monitoring technology to spot a suspicious conversation about sex between a man in his early thirties and a 13-year-old girl from Florida.

According to Reuters, Facebook software on March 9 raised the red flag when it picked up on a conversation about sex between the man and the girl.

The two had only a loose relationship on the network.

The man was chatting about sex with the girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day, according to Reuters.

The conversation was automatically flagged for Facebook employees, who read it and quickly notified the police.

Police took over the girl's computer and arrested the man the following day, Special Agent Supervisor Jeffrey Duncan of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told Reuters.

The alleged predator has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting a minor.

Facebook doesn't talk much about this technology, which scans postings and chats for criminal activity.
- Imagine if, while on the streets, you had someone following you around monitoring everything you do and say.  This is no different, it's just being done in cyberspace where no warrant is needed!  Maybe we should bring the laws up to date and require someone to have a warrant before entering someone's online home?

In what Reuters called the company's "most expansive comments on the subject to date", Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said that the monitoring software analyzes relationships to find suspicious conversations between unlikely pairings, i.e., between people of widely varying ages who only have loose and/or newly formed relationships, for example.

The technology also relies on archives of real-life chats that preceded sexual assaults, Sullivan told Reuters.

It's easy to see why Facebook doesn't talk about it much: the last thing the company wants is for its users to feel like they're being eavesdropped on, Sullivan said:
- Well, they are, and all without a warrant!

We've never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications, so it's really important that we use technology that has a very low false-positive rate.
- Then why did you set it up?

To avoid coming off as eavesdroppers, Facebook also avoids probing what it interprets as pre-existing relationships, Sullivan said.
- You expect us to believe anything they say?

Reining in its monitoring technology is understandable in light of not wanting to be perceived as Big Brother, but as Reuters pointed out, a low false-positive rate has the serious downside of letting many dangerous communications go through unflagged.

Duncan estimates that for every predator the police intercept due to tips from Facebook and other companies, another ten get through the system undetected.

And while Facebook limits how visible children are to its adult users - minors don't show up in public searches, only friends can chat with them, and only friends' friends can send them messages - children are all too capable of lying about their age and pretending to be adults.

The converse is true: adults can lie about their birth dates and pretend to be minors.

One example can be found in Skout, a location-based social networking mobile app and website that in June barred minors from using its service, following three separate incidents in which children were allegedly sexually assaulted by adults posing as teenagers.

At the time, the New York Times reported that Skout was fully aware that minors were using its site.

Skout had, in fact, put safeguards in place to protect those minors. Last year, after noticing minors using its service, Skout put together a separate service for 13- to 17-year-olds with safety features such as parental controls.

In addition, Skout devoted a quarter of its staff to monitoring activity to flag nudity, and to check chats for inappropriate sexual messages, profanity, spamming, copyright infringement and violent behavior. The service also banned tens of thousands of infringing devices every month.

In spite of Skout's efforts, three children were allegedly targeted, raped or molested.
- No amount of spying or passing of draconian laws will prevent someone from committing a crime.

There's no lack of security to protect against the type of age falsification that creates problems on Facebook and sites such as Skout.

Reuters pointed to one such provider, Aristotle International Inc., which offers methods such as having a parent vouch for a child with a token credit card payment.

The problem is, nobody's buying.

The downsides of such technology: it bleeds away sites' profits because it costs money, and it drives away children who crave unfettered freedom of communication.

Children's natural development includes the need to break away from their families as they seek independence.

Tragically, there are no end of online venues that have the look and feel of sanctuaries where it's safe to do that in the presence of peers.

It's crucial to somehow get through to them that those sanctuaries can be smoke and mirrors, and that those supposed peers can all too easily be dangerous predators.

Parents, law enforcement, you have my sympathy. The task seems overwhelmingly daunting.


Matthew West - Forgiveness


Video Link

Lyrics:
It's the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don't deserve

It's the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just too real
It takes everything you have to say the word...

Forgiveness
Forgiveness

It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It's always anger's own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It's the whisper in your ear saying 'set it free'

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

It'll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what its power can do
So let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

I want to finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness


UK - Lie detectors for sex offenders 'to be rolled out'

Original Article

07/19/2012

Mandatory polygraph testing for sex offenders is set to be rolled out across England and Wales following a successful pilot scheme, ministers say.

It found offenders who were tested were more honest and gave better information, which meant they were managed more effectively.

The pilot took place in the East and West Midlands probation areas from April 2009 to October 2011.

There are approximately 3,000 sex offenders on licence in the community.

Of these, 750 are considered to be in the most serious category of offender.

Prison recall
The government said it was now considering how the tests could best be used to manage offenders.

The pilot scheme found offenders using lie detectors made twice as many admissions to probation staff, for example admitting to contacting a victim or entering an exclusion zone.

Offenders also reported that the tests helped them to manage their own behaviour better

An offender can immediately be returned to prison if the lie detector tests and other information indicate they have broken their conditions or present a risk to public safety.

The government said the tests would be in addition to the rigorous conditions sex offenders face when they are released from prison, which includes signing the sex offenders register.

Truthful answers
A Downing Street source said: "It's vital that we protect the public from serious sex offenders. That's why the conditions after they leave prison need to be both strict and rigorously enforced."

"The pilot schemes using lie detectors to manage offenders in the community have been a success."

"So now we're looking at how it could be rolled out to provide probation officers with more information to manage the most serious sex offenders."

Polygraph tests, often referred to as lie detector tests, measure blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and levels of perspiration.
- And they are also junk science that are not admissible in court, but they can get you thrown back in prison.

Experts use the tests to assess whether an individual is answering questions truthfully.


TX - HPD officer (Adan Carranza) accused of sexual assault

Adan Carranza
Original Article

07/19/2012

By Sonia Azad

HOUSTON (KTRK) - A Houston police officer is in custody. He was supposed to be doing his job -- instead he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman before he arrested her.

The crime reportedly happened on June 18. But the former HPD officer turned himself in Thursday morning, one month later.

Adan Carranza, 32, was relieved of duty last month while the police department investigated. Now he's charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Court records state Carranza picked up a woman on warrants, had sex with her in the back of his patrol car and then took her to jail. Apparently Carranza was in full HPD uniform at the time.

We understand based on court documents that DNA evidence was recovered from the patrol car and surveillance video, coupled with witness statements, corroborate the woman's story.

We spoke with some of Carranza's neighbors about the charges against him.

"If he broke the law, the law will take care of it," neighbor Wayne Smiley said. "If the law don't, God will."

Carranza is a husband and father of three young girls. He was sworn in as an HPD officer in 2009 was assigned to the west-side patrol division. He is due in court Friday morning. Carranza is in jail on a $30,000.

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KS - Trooper (Domingo Cardenas) Charged With Sex Crimes Against Children In Rush County

Domingo Cardenas
Original Article

07/19/2012

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper is in jail after being charged with eight sex-related felonies and one misdemeanor.

39-year-old Domingo Cardenas is being held in the Rush County Jail on 6 counts of aggravated indecent liberties and one count each of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, and misdemeanor battery. The crimes involve children between the ages of 14 and 16.

Capt. Scott Herrington with the Kansas Highway Patrol says Cardenas had been a trooper since 1998 and is now on administrative leave without pay pending an outcome of the investigation.

Cardenas made his first appearance on Monday and is being held on $100,000 bond.