Wednesday, October 31, 2012
SC - When are the police going to check up on gang members and other criminals? Or are they scared to?
I guess it's okay to murder someone in cold blood, rob them, sell them dangerous drugs, etc!
By Laura Thomas
CHEROKEE COUNTY - It's not something to think about, just on Halloween. Law enforcement agencies across the Upstate are keeping tabs on registered sex offenders throughout the year.
Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller says his office launched a new program last October to keep a better watch on registered sex offenders.
"It just helps us to keep things from falling through the cracks," Mueller said.
Deputies now check on several of the 180 registered offenders in Cherokee County each month.
Since starting the program, Mueller says they've found 3 people in violation.
- So you are using this to justify your hysteria campaign is working? Ex-sex offenders already have one of the lowest recidivism rates around, but we don't see you going after more dangerous criminals.
He says there are plans in the works to step up the checks here even more.
Next year, deputies will get mobile laptops in the cars.
The Sheriff says that new technology will allow deputies to have the offender list with them at all times, so they can check up on them even more often.
"Because our guys can be in a neighborhood, he can instantly pull up and so, okay, we got a sex offender here, I'm going to drop in and check on him," Mueller explained. "Ultimately, we want to protect the community and so that's what we're going to do."
- Isn't that called harassment?
7 On Your Side checked in with other counties across the Upstate.
In Spartanburg County, deputies verify a portion of the sex offender registry each month.
In Greenville County, the Sheriff’s Office says they check the address of each registered sex offender at least twice a year.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says they do at least 2 address checks on each sex offender once every 6 months.
VA - Offenders are FORCED to go to court house and while there police also go to their homes to make sure lights are out? What for?
Wow, what a charade! The police send out letters to ex-offenders to report to the local court house on Halloween night, and while they are at the court house the police go to their homes to make sure the lights are out? What is the purpose of that? This is nothing more than mass hysteria over a non-existent problem.
A former probation officer for sex offenders in Farmington was sentenced Monday to eight years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
Larry Franco, 57, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised released. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and pay $21,000 in fines and restitution.
Franco was arrested after an undercover investigation by Farmington police investigators on a task force that targets Internet crimes against children, Farmington police Cpl. Russ Bradford.
He was indicted Aug. 9, 2011 and charged with multiple counts of possessing child pornography. He pleaded guilty on April 27, 2012.
Franco admitted in his plea agreement that he kept child pornography movies on his personnel computer because he “wanted to know what probationer clients were looking at,” according to court documents.
And the media, who apparently are hard up for a story, are out in "Vigilante Style," stirring up fear and hysteria. How long have the offenders been living there? I am willing to bet, many for a long time now, and nothing happened.
By Heather Crawford
JACKSONVILLE - On Wednesday night, kids will be hitting the streets to trick or treat. As they go door to door, they may be passing the homes of sex offenders.
In Florida, there are more than 40,000 registered sex offenders, and in the Fairfield neighborhood off Talleyrand Avenue, there is a high concentration of convicted sex offenders. Within a one-mile radius of John Love Elementary School, there are more than 100 registered sex offenders and 8 predators. It's a school that has no busing, so some of the kids walk.
Marvine Poole is raising her five grandchildren in this neighborhood, and is like many residents here. She had no idea so many sex offenders and predators were close to her home.
"You just have to pray and keep them close to you. They don't understand. They want to play and go out in the neighborhood and everything," said Poole.
While the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is required to notify residents of sexual predators living in their neighborhood, the law only requires residents to be notified within 48 hours of a predator moving into the area.
If you move in after a predator, it's up to you to check online to see where they live. And while sex offender registries can be great tools, JSO said don't let them give you a false sense of security. Only those convicted since 1993 are required to register.
JSO Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda said, "There are people who have gotten out of jail and out of prison that are convicted of sexual battery that got out prior to that law being enacted in 1993. They are not involved, they are not labeled. That's something people need to be aware of. You may be living next to someone arrested and convicted prior to that law being enacted."
In Florida, not all sex offenders are classified as predators. It depends on the conviction. Predators cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, park, or playground. In Duval County it's even stricter. Predators can't live within 2,500 feet of those areas, but some sex offenders, depending on their conviction, don't have any restrictions.
"I am not under the 1,000 foot rule. I can live where ever I want to live."
A sex offender who agreed to talk to us if we didn't identify him was convicted of attempted sexual battery on a child in the '90s. He's now in his 60s and said he ended up in this neighborhood through a re-entry program when he was released from prison. It's a house he said used to be solely for sex offenders, until a day care opened nearby.