Thursday, November 15, 2012

CA - San Diego to Pay $675000 Over Police Sex Case by Anthony Arevalos

Anthony Arevalos
Original Article

I wonder if the states that are compliant with SORNA, are they using the grant money to fight law suits in courts where police sexually abuse others? It seems a growing number of sex crimes are by police.

11/15/2012

San Diego in Southern California will pay $675,000 to a woman who claimed she was groped by a former police officer.

U-T San Diego reported the City Council approved the payment on Tuesday.

The woman claimed Anthony Arevalos touched her breasts after he stopped her on suspicion of drunken driving two years ago.

Arevalos was convicted last year of soliciting sexual favors from women he stopped in return for letting them go.

He’s serving a nearly nine-year sentence for sexual battery, bribery and other crimes.


WA - So why didn't the online shaming hit-list protect this child?

Because it never will! The registry is nothing more than an online shaming hit-list to further punish those who have served their time.


MI - Bill limits rights of sex offender parents

Amy Carn
Original Article

11/15/2012

By Christine Ferretti

Allen Park — Amy Carns is battling to prevent her 5-year-old daughter from being alone with her ex-husband, a convicted sex offender.

Carns says it's been an uphill fight because the state doesn't have a proper statute to protect children from potentially being victims of sex offender parents.

The 31-year-old Allen Park mother joined forces with state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, to draft the Children's Protection Act, a bill expected to go before the Legislature by the end of the year. It would ensure that judges don't grant custody to sex offender parents who pose a risk.

"There are so many children at risk today," Carns said at a Wednesday news conference. "Children are our future and they need to be protected. Period."

Senate Bill 989 was introduced by Hopgood in February and would require Michigan judges to rule that there is no determinable risk and state in writing that a child will be safe in the custody of a parent who is a known sex offender or else custody would be denied. The law would only pertain to the most serious offenders, he said.

"This is a common sense provision that frankly should already be on the books," he said.

Carns said her daughter was an infant when her former husband, [name withheld], was arrested for soliciting children on the Internet for sex.

He served 17 months in prison.

Legal analyst Charlie Langton said the bill — like the state's sex offender registry — gives judge's discretion and is "another safeguard" for children.


WA - We Are Under Attack

Original Article

11/15/2012

By Leslie Blanton

Being listed on the sex offender registry shouldn’t mean a death sentence, but that is tragically what it meant for my husband Gary Blanton.

Gary and another registrant were shot and killed by the same man who told police that he was going to keep on killing sex offenders until he was caught. This sick individual thought of himself as a hero and while that was devastatingly painful to hear in the wake of such a loss, what truly shocked me was how many people in our community supported this murderer for killing “these monsters.”

My husband was 28 years old. He was on the registry for an offense he committed as a juvenile and he was working hard at being a good husband and father to our two young boys. He was no monster, but a true monster did show up in our lives and took Gary from us forever.

I believe that the news media shares part of the blame for Gary’s murder. For too long they have allowed all persons required to register to be portrayed as “monsters.” The news media has fanned the flames of sex offender panic and the consequences can be deadly.

This “hate speech” against law abiding former offenders must stop. That’s why I am supporting USA FAIR in their effort to hold the media accountable for their reporting. People must learn that most sex offenders are not bad people, but good people who did a bad thing, paid their debt to society, and are now just trying to rebuild their lives and provide for their families.

Gary can’t do that for us anymore, but you can join me in working to see that other families don’t have to face the nightmare we are going through. Please DONATE whatever you can afford.

We are under attack. It’s time to fight back.


PA - (The Blair Witch Project) Plea deals could lead to Walsh Act challenge

Original Article

11/15/2012

By Phil Ray

38 local residents set to be added to sex offender list

HOLLIDAYSBURG - There could be a court challenge to the implementation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act if local people who accepted plea agreements without registration requirements are now mandated to register with police as sexual offenders, an Altoona defense attorney said Wednesday.
- It should be challenged, and the judges who took an oath to uphold the Constitution and people's rights need to start doing so.  This is clearly an ex post facto law, which is unconstitutional.

Thirty-eight local residents are scheduled to be added to Blair County's list of 85 sexual offenders when the new federal registration system becomes effective in Pennsylvania, Blair County probation officials said.

Tom Shea, director of the Blair County Adult Parole and Probation Office, said the Adam Walsh provisions will go into effect on Dec. 20.

Shea has been working with the Blair County district attorney's staff, the public defender's staff, the county prison and state police in preparing for the implementation of the new act.

Compliance is mandatory if Pennsylvania is to continue to receive federal money for certain programs.

Attorney Thomas M. Dickey said that he has been approached by at least three previous clients who are concerned they may be among those who will now be required to register.

Dickey said he is hoping that he will not have to launch a court challenge to the new law.

He is hoping that some agreement can be reached with prosecutors that would permit those individuals to withdraw their initial guilty pleas and enter pleas to charges not requiring registration.

The original pleas did not require registration for the offenses his clients pleaded to and to make them now register as sex offenders "is not what they bargained for," Dickey said.

He said other defense attorneys are closely watching the situation.

Blair County Probation Officer William Decker, who supervises sex offenders on probation, said a review of county records determined that 38 people who previously did not have to register with police will now have to do so under the new law.

Shea and his staff initially thought they would be required to review records back to 1953 to determine if there were people convicted of offenses like corruption of a minors who would now have to register.

It would have required the review of thousands of criminal records.

The requirement has now been relaxed in Pennsylvania, and Shea said that Blair County is about 90 percent ready to implement the new requirements that will be put into place to track sexual offenders in Pennsylvania and nationwide.