Wednesday, November 14, 2012

UK - Explicit web pornography 'behind surge in schoolgirl sex abuse'

Original Article

Everything can give people distorted views.  TV, news media, music, you name it.  Like we've said before, education is the key to helping put a dent in sexual abuse, not naming, shaming and posting people's photos and criminal records on an online shaming hit-list.

11/14/2012

Figures show that up to a third of sixth-form girls had been touched inappropriately by boys in their school.

Parliament was told that sex education should be made a compulsory part of the school curriculum as part of the Government's efforts to stop the exploitation of children.

Ann Coffey, the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on runaway and missing children, blamed the increasing impact of internet pornography, which she said was "distorting teenage boys’ views of sex".

"There is a problem that boys are accessing adult websites which gives them a distorted attitude," she told MPs during a Commons debate on the sexual exploitation of children.

"It gives them a sense of entitlement, which means they may touch a girl inappropriately and use bullying or coercive behaviour."

She said the more children were taught about sex and relationships, the easier they would find it to speak out if they felt they were being abused.

Too often children did not know they were being abused or had been sucked into an inappropriate relationship until it was too late, she said.

Better teaching in the area would give youngsters the confidence to spot the signs they were being groomed and alert the authorities.

Ms Coffey said: "To speak out, first children need to feel confident that what is happening to them is wrong and that is why sex and relationship education in schools is so important."

"They need to know, indeed they are entitled to know, about issues such as sexual consent, what sexual coercion and exploitation is and how to shape healthy relationships and respect for each other as well as alerting them to the signs that they are being sexually groomed."
- Well, when we live in a sexually suppressed society, what do you expect?

"This will give them the confidence to reject inappropriate relationships. This is important in relation to grooming by older men for sexual exploitation but also important in relation to sexually coercive relationships by their peers."

Ms Coffey said that with often explicit pornography available to boys over the internet, there was growing evidence of girls at school experiencing sexual abuse at the hands of their peers.

Ms Coffey's comments came as MPs debated the problem of the sexual exploitation of children in Britain following a motion tabled by the Tory MP Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West and Abingdon).

She said often girls were lured in to damaging relationships with their abusers, who would use threats, violence and intimidation to exert their power.

Ms Blackwood said: "We should be aware that this very high level of national media attention is artificially pushing up reporting levels."

"But if increased reporting doesn't lead to better prevention, detection and prosecution then the bravery of those who have come forward will have been for nothing."

"Identifying gaps in provision will not be enough to prevent that outcome. We also need to find practical solutions and make sure they are actually driven through on the ground."

Former children's minister Tim Loughton, who left the Government in September's reshuffle, said: "One of the scandals was the way children were not only told to shut up or not believed, in some cases they were threatened physically with violence if they carried on coming forward with their stories."

"That must not happen now."

Shadow Home Office minister Diana Johnson said: "Neither perpetrators or victims are easily defined, but we certainly know that certain groups are particularly vulnerable, and the reality is that young women from all different social groups are exposed to sexual violence and vulnerable to sexual exploitation."

"It's equally unwise to generalise about the perpetrators."

"In the media ... much has been made of the prevalence of grooming within certain Asian communities, but sexual exploitation extends far beyond any particular community or any city."

"By trying to identify typical perpetrators, we risk missing many others."

She pointed to the various ongoing inquiries into child abuse and echoed calls for an overarching investigation.

It is compulsory in England for primary and secondary schools to teach the biological aspects of sex education, but not necessarily the broader subject of sex and relationships.

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OK - Controversy Rages About DOC’s Classification Of Sex Offenders

Original Article

11/12/2012

By Jerry Bohnen

When it comes to sex offenders, most Oklahomans have the attitude of “locking them up and throwing away the key.”
- Until it hits home and one of their own children get slammed with the modern day scarlet letter.

But not all offenders prey on young children. Not all are “stranger danger” cases. And not all are violent rapists. Not all are makers of child porn. Some are young men who chose to have sex with a girl they thought was of age and found out the sad truth, only to face a lifetime of registering as a sex offender, a lifetime of having the bold red letters SEX OFFENDER stamped across their driver’s license, and a lifetime of attending sexual counseling and enduring surprise home searches by probation officers.

Five years after the state of Oklahoma implemented the Adam Walsh Act, a federal law aimed at creating minimum standards for sex offenders, some prosecutors and others are suggesting it has only created confusion and too much blind power for the State Department of Corrections. In other words, it might be creating far more problems than the law is solving. In the words of a Pryor woman whose husband thought he was going to be required to be a registered sex offender for 15 years but was told he would have to do it for his lifetime, “It was a nightmare.”

One licensed professional counselor in Tulsa even suggests the act implemented by the State in order to receive millions in federal money, actually increases the risk that sex offenders pose to communities.

If I were attempting to craft a set of laws that would increase the risk sex offenders pose to the community, Oklahoma’s laws would be the result,” stated Randy Lopp, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tulsa. He is the current chairman of the Oklahoma Coalition for Sex Offender Management and has testified in numerous state and federal cases. The Sex Offender Management Team made recommendations to the State Corrections Department regarding the assessment and treatment of community bases sex offenders.

In short, here’s the problem as seen by critics of the program. Whenever someone pleads guilty or is convicted of a sex offense in Oklahoma, under the Adam Walsh Act, that person then is given a sex offender registration level assignment by the Department of Corrections. There are three levels created under the Act. Depending on the specific crime, the defendant can be classified as a level one and face up to 15 years of registering as a sex offender. A level two classification includes 25 years of registration. A level three offender faces a lifetime of registering as a sex offender.

Some defendants have been sentenced by a judge as a level one but once they entered the DOC system and met their probation officer, they were told strict adherence to the Act put them at level three. Of the 24 listed sexual crimes, 10 require a level three assignment of registering as a sex offender for a lifetime. They include incest, forcible sodomy, trafficking in children, rape in the first and second degree, and sexual battery.

Six crimes require 25 years of registration and they include obscene or indecent writings, soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology or procuring a child under 18 for prostitution.

Eight sexual offenses require 15 years of registration and they include crime against nature or sodomy, indecent exposure, the purchase or possession of child pornography or child endangerment if the offense involved sexual abuse of a child.

The Department of Corrections strictly follows those guidelines, and that’s what disturbs those who run head-on into the system.

I am convinced that the Oklahoma DOC is engaged in a massive civil rights violation,” argues [father name withheld], Locust Grove, who has initiated a campaign against the system after his 50-year old son was convicted of a sex crime three years ago in Cleveland county District Court.

His son communicated over the Internet with a female he thought was a woman. But it turned out to be a 15-year old girl and during their exchanges, [name withheld] wrote sexually explicit things that resulted in criminal charges. He refused to meet with the “woman” and a month after ending the Internet relationship, he was in trouble.

[name withheld] admitted he wrote what he did but thought it was to an adult woman and didn’t know she was a teenage girl until the end of their Internet relationship. His attorney, Tracy Schumacher, who was elected a district judge in 2010, convinced him to plead guilty to two counts of having made an indecent proposal to a minor child.

The court found him to be a level one offender based on the testimony of a mental health professional who evaluated my son for 58 consecutive weeks,”explained [father name withheld].

On March 9, 2009, [name withheld] was sentenced to two 15-year terms but the judge suspended them and classified him as a level one offender. “However, the minute he came under control of the Department of Corrections, they informed him that the court’s finding meant nothing to them,” [father name withheld] said. His son was classified as a level three offender who must register for the rest of his life.

[father name withheld] contends the Department of Corrections is not properly following the Adam Walsh Act. He managed to get Rep. Ben Sherrer to ask the Attorney General for a legal opinion on the Adam Walsh Act and the Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act originally enacted by the legislature in 1989. The question? Does a conflict exist between the two statutes.

The Registration act, amended in 1999, includes an “aggravated offender” language that requires a lifetime of registration for convicted sex offenders. [name withheld] believes it’s in direct conflict with the Adam Walsh Act but Attorney General Scott Pruitt, in a ruling issued in September, said there is no conflict. The ruling pointed out that the legislature in 2007 enacted Title 57 of the state constitution, section 582.5 which created a sex offender level assignment committee made up of five individuals. Those five identified the various sex crimes and offenses and determined which level or tier would be designated.

The law made it clear the committee, the Department of Corrections or a court “may override and increase the level assignment.” But it also made it clear, “in no event shall the sex offender level assignment committee, the Department of Corrections, or a court override and reduce a level assigned to an offender.”

Who sat on the assignment committee and drew up those tier definitions? So far, the Corrections Department has not responded to a request of the identities of the committee members. And the law, as passed by the legislature makes it clear: “The provisions of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act do not apply to a meeting of the sex offender level assignment committee.”


OH - Ex-Waterville Twp. officer (David Krego) serves 7 months for viewing child porn

David Krego
Original Article

Compared to the average citizen who has done the same, this officer got a major break.  So much for being held to a "higher" standard.

11/14/2012

By ERICA BLAKE

A former Waterville Township police officer convicted of viewing pornographic images of children was granted early release after serving nearly seven months of his one-year prison sentence.

David Krego, 42, told Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Myron Duhart on Tuesday he planned to find work after release, perhaps by starting a woodworking business. The judge responded that he would watch the case closely and ordered Krego be released and serve four years of community control.

Krego pleaded guilty in March to one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony. He admitted that he “did view material, one or more pictures, of minors who were not my children in a state of nudity.”

Authorities said the incident occurred in December, 2010, on a Waterville Township police computer.

Certainly Mr. Krego, I would hope to think that in the time you have spent incarcerated, you have thought about your actions and the effect that those actions had on those involved,” Judge Duhart said.

Authorities said an investigation was initiated after problems with one of the department’s computers led to maintenance. While working on the computer, they encountered pornographic images of minors.

A patrolman with the department since 1996, Krego voluntarily resigned as part of the plea.

Attorney Jerry Phillips told Judge Duhart that Krego served more than half of his one-year sentence. He noted that Krego had no prior criminal record and was married with three minor children.

At his May sentencing, Judge Duhart notified Krego that he was a classified sex offender and was required to register with the local sheriff’s department annually for 15 years. As part of his community-control sentence, Krego must undergo random drug and alcohol testing.

Video from earlier this year:

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Going after Christmas

Original Article

11/13/2012

By Sandy Rozek

Sex offenders are a topic guaranteed to push the limits of any discussion. The range of those limits tops out with feelings, usually worded with as many expletives as possible, that anyone who is on a sex offender registry should be taken out and shot. The fact that this has actually occurred (Video, Posts), and more than once, is proof that at least some of those advocates aren’t just swaggering verbal bullies but are willing to follow through with actual murder.

More and more, however, discussions on the topic reveal that a large segment of society is questioning a registry that grows disproportionately larger and registers children as young as nine and offenses as benign as childish play and as common though ill-advised as consensual teen sex.

Adding to the level of intensity are studies and reports from government bodies and academics alike showing a number of findings that contradict the value of a public registry and call into serious question the wisdom of maintaining it at staggering costs that are bankrupting state after state. These findings include such things as recidivism rates for former offenders that are remarkably low, the fact that roughly 95 percent of new sex offenses are committed by first time offenders, and, most tragically, the fact that virtually all sexual crime against children is committed, not by some stranger already registered for a previous sexual offense, but by family members, peers, and others who are well known to their young victims and have relationships with them.

All of these issues are brought to the forefront when jurisdictions across the nation are making headlines for their efforts in keeping children safe from registered sex offenders on Halloween. Halloween has come and gone, and no children anywhere were harmed or, as far as anyone knows, even approached by such an offender. This includes the thirteen states in which there are no mandates in place regarding sex offenders and Halloween; it includes the many jurisdictions and counties where no such mandates exist even though others in the same state have them. And it includes going back as many years as records have been kept. Even though there is no police report of a child being attacked on Halloween by a registrant, ever, some states and counties choose to dedicate great resources to protecting children at Halloween from them. And the result is their success rate is exactly the same as it is in the counties and states that spent not a penny: 100 percent success rate for all.

Encouraged by such a victory, one state at least, Louisiana, has extended the Halloween ban for registered offenders to encompass other holidays in which children can be involved. One fact of note is that these bans, like the Halloween ban, target everyone on the registry even though many of those offenses were non-child related. And even more disturbing because it appears to be in serious violation of our Constitution, the bans apply to everyone required to register even though many are no longer under supervision such as parole or probation.

The state law on holiday restrictions for sex offenders states: “Every person currently required to register who has been convicted of or who pleads guilty to a sex offense is prohibited from using or wearing a hood, mask or disguise of any kind with the intent to hide, conceal or disguise his identity on or concerning Halloween, Mardi Gras, Easter, Christmas, or any other recognized holiday for which hoods, masks, or disguises are generally used. It shall also be unlawful to distribute candy or other gifts on or concerning Halloween, Mardi Gras, Easter, Christmas, or any other recognized holiday for which generally candy is distributed or other gifts given to persons under eighteen years of age.”

Every registrant who gives an Easter basket or a candy egg, a Santa cookie or a Christmas present of any sort to his own minor children or grandchildren, or to nieces or nephews, will be in violation of the law.

I find that extremely disturbing. I know many registrants with young children, several of whom are on the registry for having sex, back in high school, with the girlfriend who for years now has been wife and mother of those children. Thankfully, none of them lives in Louisiana, but I am certain there must be similar situations there.

It is abhorrent that, in an effort guaranteed to grab headlines and votes, the protection of children is used in a situation where there is no risk to them to begin with, and even more abhorrent that it is done to the detriment of other children who suffer the negative consequences of daddy or mommy not being allowed in family participation of those holidays that make the memories that help shape children’s lives.

I only hope that in Louisiana this year no child’s memory includes the reality of Daddy being arrested and taken to jail because he was seen buying his child a Christmas present or giving him or her a candy cane.

Sandy Rozek works with Reform Sex Offender Laws, a group based in Cambridge, Mass., that lobbies for reform of the nation’s sex-offender laws. More information at www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org.


OH - Local cop(s) sexting on the job

Original Article

11/14/2012

CLEVELAND (WOIO) - A local woman says she's not proud of what she's done, but she wants the public to know about her experience with a veteran police officer.

"What he did was very wrong."

19 Action News Chief Investigative Reporter Carl Monday isn't naming the officer, but we can tell you he works for Garfield Heights Police.

The woman, who says she's known the cop for some time, kept some of the text messages she says were sent by the officer.

"U out? Go to Warner Rd. Ah my dirty girl. Waitin."

Two minutes later, the impatient patrolman sends a second text, too crude to print, much less show on TV.

"What did he want you to do?" asked Monday.

"Perform oral sex with him," she replied.

She says the two met twice. Once at a city park off Canal Road in neighboring Cuyahoga Heights. She says the officer was in full uniform, on-duty in his police car.

"He pulled my pants down and had me perform oral sex on him," she said wiping her tears.

"In the police car?"

"Yes."

Monday took the allegations to Garfield Heights Police Chief Robert Sackett. The Chief confirmed that the same woman came to him several months ago, but never revealed the cops name or the text messages.

"I'm glad you brought this to my attention," said the Chief. "Certainly, we can't have things like this and we'll investigate it."

Last week, Monday caught up with officer in question as he approached his patrol car.

"Officer, wondered if we could ask you a few questions? What about this woman's allegations that you engaged in sexual activity in a patrol car?" The officer politely declined comment.

Chief Sackett says it's not the kind of behavior he would tolerate from any police officer, including the sexting on-duty.

If the practice of a cop sexting on duty sounds familiar, it should.

Recently, 19 Action News introduced you to Detective Vincent Lucarelli, Cleveland's "Sexting Cop." Monday and his team uncovered some thirty thousand text messages sent or received by Lucarelli to woman involved in cases he was investigating.

Ron Turner, now a private investigator, was a Cleveland officer for twenty one years. He, too has been looking into Lucarelli. He interviewed nine women who exchange texts with the finger happy cop.

"Even the girls in his own neighborhood were victims of him," Turner said.

When one neighborhood girl turned eighteen, she told Monday that Lucarelli began driving her around in his detective car.

She showed 19 Action News texts from Lucarelli, and said he began giving her hundreds of dollars to buy shoes and clothing.

"What did he expect in return for this money?" asked Monday.

"Pictures," she answered.

"What kind of pictures?"

"Um, nude, in panties and bra."

She says the two engaged in sexual activity, but unlike the Garfield case, it didn't involve a police car.



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MD - Brian Doyle: Dealing With The Media, Getting our message out

Video Description:
Recorded at the FAIR statewide meeting on Saturday November 10, 2012 at the Rosedale Maryland Library. Sorry about the poor audio quality in the beginning.