Thursday, October 18, 2012

NJ - Former Trenton police officer (Lisandro Otero-Ortiz) sentenced to two years probation for having sex with a 14-year-old girl?

Lisandro Otero-Ortiz
Original Article

As usual, instead of an officer being held to a higher standard and punished more strictly, they are slapped on the wrist. If the average citizen did what this man did, they'd be in prison for a lot longer.


By Jenna Pizzi

TRENTON – A former Trenton police officer who had sex with a 14-year-old girl in 2010 was sentenced to two years probation this morning.

Lisandro Otero-Ortiz, 27, pleaded guilty in June to one count of fourth-degree abuse of a child as part of a plea deal with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. He was sentenced this morning before Judge Thomas Brown in Superior Court.

The deal called for the dismissal of several charges including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. If he had not accepted the plea deal, Otero-Ortiz faced a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Casey DeBlasio, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, said today that the victim, who was a relative of Otero-Ortiz, did not want to pursue prosecution of the sexual assault allegations.
- But if it wasn't a cop, they wouldn't care, and they'd seek prosecution anyways.  So much for being "held to a higher standard!"

In addition to the two year probationary sentence, Brown ordered that Otero-Ortiz is to have no contact with the victim and to undergo a drug and alcohol dependence evaluation. Otero-Ortiz, who was wearing grey sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt during the hearing, did not make any official statement to the court.

Otero-Ortiz was off-duty at a Trenton residence in June 2010 when he and the girl drank alcohol before the incident. The sex does not appear to have been forcible, DeBlasio said.
- Doesn't matter, she was underage and could not have consented!

Otero-Ortiz, a Trenton resident, worked for the police department for four years before he was arrested in the fall of 2010 by detectives from the prosecutor’s office.

As a patrol officer in the West district, he earned a $50,480 salary in 2009. Following his arrest Otero-Ortiz was suspended from his job without pay. He is no longer employed by the department.
- So, I see no mention of being on the sex offender registry either.  It's good to be a cop!

VA - Ex-Hopewell cop (Mark D. Baggett) gets six years for sexual battery counts

Mark D. Baggett
Original Article


By Mark Bowes

HOPEWELL - A disgraced Hopewell police officer who claimed he was the victim after authorities learned he used his authority to sexually assault three women was sentenced Wednesday to serve six years in prison.

Mark D. Baggett, 34, proclaimed his innocence and cited his 20 years of public service in seeking leniency on three convictions of aggravated sexual battery — to which he reluctantly pleaded guilty in June. But Circuit Judge Samuel E. Campbell found that Baggett had violated the public's trust and sentenced him to 30 years in prison with 24 years suspended.
- I've never understood why they sentence someone to XX years, then suspend XX years.  What is the purpose of that?  Either you are or aren't sentenced to XX years.  So he was sentenced to 6 years, not 30.

State sentencing guidelines for Baggett, who had no criminal or traffic record, called for a minimum active sentence of three years and eight months and a maximum of 16 years and three months.

"He was a predator with a badge and a gun, and I'm glad we were able to get him off the streets and put him where he belongs," Hopewell Deputy Police Chief Robert Skowron said after the hearing. "He's just a disgrace to the uniform."

Skowron said the department has "zero tolerance" for such behavior, and he applauded the three victims for having "the courage and trust to come forward with this."

After investigators learned of the allegations and charged Baggett in January, the four-year Hopewell patrol officer claimed that he — not the women he abused — was the victim.

Chesterfield County Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney M. Duncan Minton Jr., who was appointed special prosecutor in the case, told the court that Baggett claimed one of his victims held a box cutter to his chest and performed oral sex on him. In another case, Minton said, Baggett claimed that another female victim came to his apartment, knocked on his door and seduced him.

According to evidence, Baggett used his position and authority as a police officer to elicit sex, or attempt to elicit sex, from three women in their 20s and 30s in September and October 2011. Baggett, working as a patrol officer, pulled over two of the women for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and investigated a third woman for an alleged shoplifting offense.

The offenses occurred about the same time Baggett married his fiancée and became stepfather to her young daughter.

The crimes came to light after one of the women immediately filed a complaint, and Hopewell police conducted a preliminary investigation before turning the allegation over to Virginia State Police for further review. Hopewell police then conducted a check of all Baggett's arrests, "and we found two cases where we had concerns about how they appeared to be handled," Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane said in June. Baggett resigned soon after his arrest.

Baggett asserted his innocence Wednesday and said the only reason he entered Alford pleas to the crimes was that he believed he would have received a harsher punishment if found guilty by a jury. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a judge or jury to find him guilty.

FL - WE ARE NOT MONSTERS (2012) - Dealing with sex offenders in the U.S. and Germany (Documentary)

Video is in German, but you can make out some of what is said in the USA portion of the video, and the description below is translated by Google, so it may not be 100% accurate.

Video Description:
Sex offenders - the monsters of our society? Regularly reported by cruel child abuse or rape. Thousands go from fear and dread of these people to protest on the streets. In Germany and the USA.

In Miami, Florida, the rules for sexual offenders have been tightened so much that is left open for offenders after their prison time offered only a residence during their probationary period, namely the Julia Tuttle Causeway (YouTube) bridge. Under this highway bridge sex offenders living in tents and self-made wooden huts were under inhumane conditions until they finished their probation. America shows a particularly hard dealing with sex offenders. Someone who is urinating in public as so sexoffender branded as a child molester - including Internet pillory and labeling on the identity card. Looking to Germany shows another picture. Even in the prison time is to treat attempted rehabilitation measures initiated. Even after the imprisonment of the offender is not left alone. Assistance and control to the same extent.

But the "Popular sentiment" is incalculable. Harder approach is required, even for lynching called. At the front, the NPD acts with the demand for capital punishment and castration for pedophiles.

The documentary shows the differences in dealing with sex offenders in the U.S. and in Germany. There are both two American offenders and two in Germany to speak out and share their feelings and desires and fears of an uncertain future. Experts shed light on the pros and cons of Resozialisierbarkeit of sex offenders and go to the demands of the population for tougher measures.