Friday, August 10, 2012

The Government wants you paranoid and turning in your neighbors, just like Hitler's Germany!

Yeah, Hitler made everyone so scared they were turning in each other as well. I chose to not live in fear of the boogeyman! WE DO NOT NEED TO REPEAT HISTORY!


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It's called "The Right To Bear Arms," sir, not terrorism!

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FL - Ex-cop (Richard Cannon) pleads guilty to sexual battery on minors

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08/09/2012

JACKSONVILLE - A former Jacksonville police officer pleaded guilty Thursday on two counts of sexual battery and faces up to 30 years in prison.

Richard Cannon, a 25-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, was arrested one year ago and charged with six counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and one count of capital sexual battery on a minor. Additional charges were added in September.

Under a plea agreement, the 49-year-old pleaded guilty to only two of 13 counts: attempted sexual battery, which carries a minimum 20-year sentence, and custodial sexual battery, which carries a 30-year sentence with the possibility of parole.

Evidence showed that from January 2008 through August 2011, Cannon abused two girls, prosecutors said. One girl was younger than 12 and the other was younger than 18.


NH - Rindge officer (John Vargas-Cifrino) accused of attempted sexual assault on girl

John Vargas-Cifrino
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08/10/2012

KEENE - A former Rindge police officer and Conval High School employee has been accused of trying to sexually assault a girl under the age of 16, police said.

Keene police arrested John Vargas-Cifrino, 35, of Harrisville, on Thursday and charged him with attempted felonious sexual assault.

Police in Keene said they were contacted Monday by Rindge police about an internal investigation of one of their officers for possible criminal acts he may have committed in Keene. After an investigation, Keene police arrested Vargas-Cifrino.

Vargas-Cifrino has resigned his position as a police officer in Rindge. Acting Chief Frank Morrill said the internal investigation began a few days ago when his office was made aware of allegations against Vargas-Cifrino. Morrill said Vargas-Cifrino resigned when he was confronted with the allegations.

"The officer was relieved of his duties and responsibilities," Morrill said. "Turned in his gear, duty weapon, all his credentials. The matter was such that law enforcement in another jurisdiction was notified."

Police said Vargas-Cifrino attempted to assault a girl between the ages of 13 and 16. Investigators said the girl and Vargas-Cifrino knew each other, and he had been staying at the victim's home on their couch, and the entire family had known him for more than 13 years.

Police said the girl had told her mother than on several occasions, Vargas-Cifrino entered her bedroom and laid down next to her. According to court documents, the girl rigged her door to make a loud noise when it was opened.

Investigators said there was inappropriate sexual contact.

Court paperwork indicated Vargas-Cifrino also contacted a Catholic priest on Facebook and told the priest something so concerning the priest went straight to the police chief.

Vargas-Cifrino worked full time as a program aide at Conval High School in Peterborough since 2003, working with children with behavioral challenges, school officials said. The school said he has been placed on unpaid leave, and officials are double-checking his conduct.


UK - Why giving polygraph tests to sex offenders is a terrible idea

Original Article
AntiPolygraph.org

08/10/2012

Polygraphs are notoriously unreliable and easy to fool, and sooner or later sex offenders will discover the truth about them

By Chris French

It was recently announced that the government is keen to introduce mandatory polygraph testing for rapists and other serious sex offenders when they are released from prison, in the hope that this will reduce re-offending rates and thus protect the public.

A pilot study (PDF) has been carried out in the East and West Midlands suggesting that the routine use of such testing would lead to offenders being more honest with their offender managers. Offenders undergoing polygraph testing made twice as many "clinically significant disclosures" as a control sample. CSDs were defined as "new information that the offender discloses, which leads to a change in how they are managed, supervised, or risk assessed, or to a change in the treatment intervention that they receive." Examples included disclosures relating to increased access to children or contact with other known sex offenders.

It seems, however, that these encouraging results were based not upon the ability of the test to detect when offenders are lying, but instead upon the offenders' belief that the test was capable of doing so. This raises serious issues regarding the wisdom of rolling out such a scheme on a mandatory basis across England and Wales.

Polygraphs are often wrongly referred to as "lie detectors". In fact, all that polygraphs do is measure various psychophysiological indices of arousal, such as skin conductance, blood pressure and respiration. It is assumed that most of us, when we lie, become more emotionally aroused. Polygraph operators claim to be able to detect such tell-tale signs of arousal and use them to determine whether a person is telling the truth or lying.

There are several different techniques used in this context, but most rely upon the notion that liars will be more aroused when answering "relevant" questions compared with when they answer "control" questions, due to their fear that they will be detected.

Studies have shown that in general polygraph tests correctly identify about 85% of guilty individuals. This may appear to be impressive at first sight but it is necessary to take into account the proportion of innocent individuals who are wrongly classified as guilty. According to a report by the British Psychological Society (PDF) in 2004, reviews suggest that between 12% and 47% of innocent individuals are also classified as lying.

Innocent people may be more aroused by the relevant questions than the control questions for a variety reasons. For example, suppose the suspect did not commit the crime in question but was engaged in some activity at the time that, although perfectly legal, he or she was ashamed of. Alternatively, it may simply be that the suspect is terrified that he or she will not be believed despite their innocence.

It is clear from the results of the pilot study that it was the sex offenders' belief that the polygraph would detect deception that led to the increase in disclosures. Not only did most of the these disclosures take place during the polygraph session as opposed to during routine supervision, but they actually took place during the pre-polygraph interview before the test itself was carried out.

Indeed, a previous experiment by the lead author of this pilot study, Theresa Gannon, clearly showed similar effects among a group of child molesters. Those who were connected up to a convincing, albeit fake, "lie detector" gave more honest responses on a questionnaire than those who were not connected.

It is clear that offenders only have to spend five minutes on Google to realise that experts generally agree that polygraph testing is in fact not a reliable technique for detecting deception. If such testing becomes mandatory, it is inevitable that this truth about polygraphs will become widely known among offenders. From then on, any effect that unfounded belief in the effectiveness of the technique had in terms of increasing disclosures is likely to disappear.

To make matters worse, techniques exist to beat the test. Once the underlying rationale of the test is understood, steps can be taken to either augment the psychophysiological response to control questions (eg via self-induced physical or mental pain) or else reduce the response to relevant questions (eg using mental training, such as meditation).

Vaughan Bell described the case of Floyd "Buzz" Fay, who was wrongly convicted of murder on the basis of polygraph testing. During his time in prison, Buzz found out as much as he could about the polygraph and used his knowledge to train other prisoners to beat the test. After a mere 15 minutes of instruction, 23 of 27 inmates were able to beat the test. It is highly likely that a sex offender who was motivated to beat the test and thus give the impression of being low risk would easily be able to do so.

There is another reason to be cautious about the results of this pilot testing, one that was noted by the authors themselves. In their words, "It is possible that polygraph offender managers may have felt more motivated or 'expected' to provide large numbers of CSDs compared to comparison offender managers."

By its nature, the design of this study could not be double- or even single-blind and it is highly likely that this would have had an effect on the results. In other words, the managers' body language and interpretation of offenders' responses could have been subconsciously skewed.

The authors of the report estimated that polygraph testing would cost between £400 and £937.30 for each additional disclosure that resulted. Obviously, any intervention that might reduce offending is worthy of serious consideration. But we should be cautious about implementing an intervention that might only be effective for the short time it would take before the truth about polygraphs becomes common knowledge among offenders.

Perhaps even more worrying is the prospect that a motivated high-risk offender could probably beat the polygraph from the outset after just a little bit of background research.


UK - Ex-detective (Mike Johnson) must sign sex offenders' register after 'moment of madness' in Dukes pub, Hull

Mike Johnson
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08/10/2012

A detective sexually assaulted a woman on a night out while celebrating with a colleague who had been cleared of misconduct.

Detective Constable Mike Johnson, who worked in the city's criminal investigation division (CID), was off duty when he indecently assaulted a woman twice within the space of 20 minutes.

He was out celebrating with colleagues in Dukes bar in Princes Avenue, west Hull, after a fellow officer had been cleared of misconduct.

Johnson, who has since resigned, claimed he had been drinking heavily and it was a "moment of madness" and the alcohol had affect his "judgement and sense of boundaries".

Judge John Potter, sitting at Bradford Crown Court, has sentenced Johnson to a 12-month community order and ordered him to sign the sex offenders' register for five years.

Prosecutor Nick Barker said: "A number of officers who work together went on a night out and attended a number of different bars."

"The victim felt a hand touching her back and across her bottom. She moved away from him and, 20 minutes later, he approached her again and again touched her."

"She asked for help. She said his actions made her feel sick."

Bradford Crown Court heard his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she would never feel safe on a night out when police officers were present again.

In her victim impact statement, read to the court, she said: "He had no right to behave in the manner he did. It makes me so angry that he did it."

Johnson, 37, has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault, which happened on May 27 last year.

His barrister Chris Dunn said: "It has had substantial ramifications for everyone concerned."

"As a result of a drunken night out, it was what can only be described as a moment of madness."

"He behaved in a way that has tarnished his exemplary record. He has disgraced himself, Humberside Police force and his friends and family."

Mr Dunn said Johnson faced a "life sentence" as he lived with the consequences of his behaviour towards the woman.

He said: "This is something he will never live down."

"He will always be branded a sex offender."

"It has stripped him of his work, which he loved, and has decimated his career prospects. This was an emotionally charged gathering and this defendant will regret it for the rest of his days. He is riddled with guilt for his victim."

Judge John Potter said: "In my judgement, this was prolonged behaviour over a period of 20 minutes. You approached her a second time after she had moved away from you and you touched her again."

"This was nothing less than sexual abuse. You have caused the victim significant distress and, in my judgement, some degree of harm."

"I accept you have destroyed your career and your actions have caused harm to your own family and you have suffered significant financial loss as a result of what has been described as a moment of madness."

Johnson, of Bridlington, has also been given a two-month curfew from 9pm to 7am.

Two further counts of sexual assault against another woman have been ordered to lie on file.

Johnson had been a detective with Humberside Police for seven-and-a-half years before the incident.

Before that, he had served in the Army with the Royal Anglian Regiment for five years and served two tours of duty.


MO - Akin voted against creating sex offender registry, funding for homeless children

Original Article

08/09/2012

By Cameron Joseph

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) voted against the creation of a national sex offender registry and against reauthorizing a program that assists runaway and homeless children.

Both bills passed by wide margins with strong bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled House.

Akin was one of 52 congressmen to vote in 2005 against the creation of a national sex offender registry database that required those convicted of a sex crime to register before completing a prison term and increased mandatory sentences for those convicted of molesting children.

In 2003, he was one of 14 to vote against the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program and the Missing Children's Assistance Act, which provided $105 million in 2004 for housing, outreach and other programs aimed at assisting runaway and homeless children and also authorized $20 million annually through 2008 for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Akin's campaign said he'd voted against them because of their price tags and because they put unfunded mandates on the states.

"The bottom line of this bill is that the total cost was $500 million over five years and [put] unfunded mandates on the states," Akin spokesman Ryan Hite said about the sex offenders bill. "Congressman Akin has always been a vocal advocate of drastically cutting federal spending and he is opposed to unfunded federal mandates on the states."

Hite voiced a similar rationale for opposing the homeless youth program. "The Congressman voted against this because the $750 million price tag over four years was a big consideration as well as his belief that this issue would be better and more efficiently handled at the state level," he said.

The congressman won his Tuesday primary and will face Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) this fall. The state is trending Republican and she's facing a tough race, but Democrats believe votes like these can be used to paint Akin as too conservative for the state — and are gleeful that Republicans nominated him and not one of the other candidates in the primary, who they believe would have been tougher to beat.


TX - Arena Will Not Have To Register as a Sex Offender

Original Article

08/10/2012

By Jordan Smith

Just over a month after he was released from prison – after spending nearly 13 years behind bars for a crime that even the alleged victim now says never happened – Arena and his lawyer, Clint Broden, negotiated a disposition in his case that would credit him for the time he served behind bars and waive his having to register as a sex offender for life.

As teens, Arena and his brother, were accused of sexually assaulting their then-7-year-old cousin, Stephanie. But Steph­anie soon recanted and steadfastly maintains that no crime ever occurred, but that a plot against her cousins was devised by her mother, LaVonna, who at the time was going through a bitter divorce. Claiming sexual abuse was a way for her mother to avoid being sent to jail, Stephanie says she was told. Nonetheless, the Arena boys were sent to prison; Arena's brother spent seven years behind bars while Arena served over half of his 20-year sentence.

After years of appeals, the Texas Supreme Court in May ruled that Arena should be given a new sentencing hearing, after finding that William­son County psychologist Frederick Willoughby had given false testimony during Arena's trial. That hearing won't happen, however, now that the state has agreed to dispose of the case by crediting Arena with time served. Importantly, the state also agreed to recommend that Arena not be required to register as a sex offender – a huge victory, according to Mary Sue Molnar, founder of Texas Voices, a statewide advocacy group for sex offenders and their families. "Being registered is one of the most horrible lifetime punishments you can get," she says. "I think it's a great first step and probably just the icing on the cake."

Arena has agreed not to appeal the disposition but can still pursue exoneration, though that may be tough, unless new evidence comes to light, says Broden. Still, Molnar says Arena could still be an advocate for the falsely accused. "He can still pursue exoneration; he can still profess his innocence and can still get the word out about the wrongly accused," she says. "He can still work for change."