Wednesday, August 22, 2012

SC - Man (Antwan Terrill White) Charged in Shooting Death of SC Rape Suspect

Antwan Terrill White
Original Article

08/09/2012

By Celeste Brown

RICHBURG (AP) - A Richburg man has been arrested and charged with killing a Lancaster man suspected in the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Chester County authorities say 21-year-old Antwan Terrill White was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the death of 39-year-old [name withheld]. (Previous Story: Rape Suspect Found Dead in Road)

[name withheld]'s body was found on a Chester County road on Sunday night. The girl told authorities [name withheld] was visiting her home and took her for a walk in nearby woods where he raped her.

The coroner says [name withheld] had been shot twice.

White was being held without bond on Thursday, and it wasn't known if he had an attorney.


NY - Are you with me?


OH - Justices question reopening of case for sex-offender registration

Original Article

This just goes to show, rules and regulations mean nothing anymore, and they can come back anytime they wish, and add additional punish onto your sentence. Right now it's only ex-sex offenders, but who is next?

08/22/2012

By Catherine Candisky

A year after [name withheld] served a 60-day sentence for misdemeanor sexual imposition, a new judge ordered him back to court and declared that the 19-year-old must register as a sex offender.
- Just more of the usual unconstitutional ex post facto punishment.

Attorneys for [name withheld] argue that the trial court had no jurisdiction to reopen his case.

State attorneys say the judge was correcting an oversight.
- So, is this judge going to go back to other old case files and "correct an oversight?" This is nothing more than corruption.

In arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday, justices took no issue with state law requiring certain sex offenders to register with law enforcement, but they did question why so much time passed before the issue was addressed.

This is such an anomaly to have a sentence imposed, an entry signed by the judge, yet we still have this unfinished business yet to address, the registration issue ... who does this?” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor asked.

Justice Yvette McGee Brown also was troubled.

It feels like something is missing,” she said. “Eleven months later, a new judge decides to open it?

In December 2008, [name withheld], then a college student from Wooster, pleaded guilty in Wayne County Common Pleas Court to a third-degree misdemeanor count of sexual imposition stemming from an incident involving an 18-year-old woman.

[name withheld]’s attorney, David Eager, said [name withheld] served his sentence and went back to school. “He’s moved on with his life, and all the sudden, he’s called back to court,” Eager told the justices.

There was a final order issued; it was journalized by the clerk. ... If the 30 days run out for an appeal, the case ends.”

The trial judge’s sentencing order made no mention of whether [name withheld] should have to file as a sex offender.

State attorneys acknowledge that the case seemed to get lost, but they insisted that both parties and the original judge had agreed to address the registration issue later. For reasons that are unclear, the case was transferred after sentencing to a new judge, who in March 2010 brought both parties back to court to determine whether [name withheld] should have to file as a sex offender.

It wasn’t missed. Everyone agreed to put this off until a later date,” said Jason B. Desiderio, an attorney representing the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.

The agreement wasn’t included in the court’s sentencing order because of a “clerical error,” he said.
- Well that is your problem!  Maybe you need to accept the fact that you screwed up and fire the clerk who messed up?

This is a substantive part of an entry,” O’Connor said. “That’s merely a clerical error?


PA - Ex-Officer (Blaine Handerhan) Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

Original Article

08/21/2012

By Mike Vojtko

MOUNT CARMEL — A former Northumberland County police officer was sentenced Tuesday in federal court on charges involving possessing child pornography.

Blaine Handerhan, 56, was handed eight years in prison and must pay $75,000 in restitution.

Handerhan, a former Mount Carmel borough police officer, pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2011.

According to court documents, the charges stem from an investigation of Handerhan’s computer at his home. State police found 147,070 pictures and 1,252 video files of child pornography on the hard drive.


IN - Mother said teen (Brandon Johnston) accused of murdering convicted sex offender "T-Rex" acted in self-defense

Original Article

08/22/2012

By Tony Spehar

ELKHART – The mother of 18-year-old Brandon Johnston, who is accused of murdering 69-year-old convicted sex offender [name withheld], defended her son on Tuesday saying he acted in self-defense.

[name withheld], who was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1996, was found stabbed to death in his home on the 1700-block of Morton Ave. on Aug. 4. The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of Johnston on Monday. Johnston’s mother believes [name withheld] was a predator who targeted her son for years.

Jessica Dills, Johnston’s Mother, said she, son and her parents lived on Morton Ave. for years and [name withheld] moved in about five years ago. Dills claimed that nobody in the neighborhood was notified that [name withheld] was a sex offender and only found out after they grew concerned about [name withheld]’ behavior.

"He tried to buy my parents gifts, he tried to buy us stuff because he always tried to get a hold of Brandon. He would call and ask where my son was,” Dills described. “He even showed up at our house before. He showed up at my parent's house. It was just creepy."

Dills claimed she and others made numerous formal complaints and reports to the Elkhart Police Department about [name withheld]’ behavior, saying that he often had contact with the numerous children in the neighborhood.

"People would see him, supposedly, masturbate in front of their window," Dills explained. “The bus stop is right in front of his house.”

Eight months ago Dills moved to her current home in Three Rivers, Michigan, in part to get away from [name withheld]. However, her parents (Brandon Johnston’s grandparents) remained at their home near [name withheld] and her son often stayed with them. Johnston was staying with his grandparents when [name withheld] was murdered and has told his mother that [name withheld] had gotten him drunk on the night of the murder, but he can’t remember much of what happened.

"I don't know if he slipped something into the drink that he gave my son and that's why my son can't remember some of it, it knocked him out and then he woke up and that's when everything happened,” Dills claimed. “My son tried to get it to stop and he ([name withheld]) was hitting my son with an object, and my son said, ‘I had to defend myself.’"

Brandon Johnston is in the Elkhart County Jail awaiting trial.

"I saw him by myself and when he started crying I just started to lose it. It's not easy to see your kid there," Dill described. "The rest of his life, it's going to haunt him. It's going to haunt us. He wanted to join the Army. That's never going to happen. So much is going to be taken away from him just because of this.”

Dills said she believes police should have done more to investigate [name withheld] before his murder and that the case should serve as a reason for stricter rules about where sex offenders should be allowed to live.

I’m not saying he ([name withheld]) didn’t have a right to live anywhere, but in amongst a general population with tons of kids, that wasn’t right,” she said. “I don’t want this to ever happen again. This shouldn’t have happened this time.”

Brandon Johnston is scheduled to be in court for an initial hearing on Aug. 23.


CA - Simi Valley sex offender law on track for Halloween

Original Article

08/21/2012

By Mike Harris

Changes to a proposed Halloween sex offender law in Simi Valley had threatened to delay its enactment until after this year's holiday, but the latest version of the ordinance may be approved in time.

The ordinance aims to prevent sex offenders in the city from contact with trick-or-treating children.

As initially proposed at the request of Mayor Bob Huber, the law would have applied to all 119 of the city's registered sex offenders. But the version introduced at the City Council's meeting Monday night would be limited to those convicted of child sex offenses who live in Simi Valley and are on the Meagan's Law website. There are 67 city residents on the site, most of them child sex offenders.

The ordinance would require them to post signs on their front doors saying, "No candy or treats at this residence." It would also bar them from opening their doors to children on the holiday, displaying Halloween decorations or having exterior lighting on their property from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Opponents of the proposed law, versions of which have been enacted in Ontario, Orange and other cities, argue there are no reported instances of a child being molested while trick-or-treating.

At its July 16 meeting, the council ordered the posted sign requirement stricken because of what Councilman Mike Judge called "scarlet letter-type" concerns by the community. But the council decided Monday to restore the requirement because the ordinance now would apply only to child sex offenders on the Meagan's Law site, whose names already can be viewed by the public.

"We're not branding them," said Judge, a Los Angeles police officer. "They're already branded."

Councilman Glen Becerra said the previous proposal could have had the "unintended consequence" of a "shadow cast on law-abiding citizens" who chose not to have Halloween decorations or lights on Halloween night.

A majority of the council — Becerra, Steve Sojka and Barbra Williamson — appeared ready to oppose the ordinance but relented when the council agreed on the Meagan's Law compromise.

If the proposal is adopted at the council's next meeting, Sept. 10, it would take effect 31 days later, in time for Halloween.


SORNA - Sex offender registration handbook (July 2012)

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