Friday, March 1, 2013

CA - Ex-LAPD dispatcher (Brandon Simpson) sentenced in child porn case

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03/01/2013

LOS ANGELES - A former Los Angeles police 911 operator has been sentenced to six years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Brandon Simpson was sentenced Thursday in federal court. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt said the child porn that was found in this case, which included images of infants being sexually assaulted, were beyond repugnant.

The 28-year-old Simpson was arrested in September 2011 and later pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. He admitted in his plea agreement that he had more than 600 images of child pornography. Among them were images depicting bondage of very small children.

Simpson was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2012.


OR - Mix of emotion at hearing for sex offender bills

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These are good bills, and thank you to all who attended the hearing.

02/28/2013

By Anna Canzano

SALEM – There was a mix of emotion Thursday as Oregon lawmakers heard testimony about a pair of bills that would overhaul how sex offenders register and are supervised.

The first proposal, House Bill 2552, concerns juvenile offenders. The bill would allow those who committed a sex crime before age 16 from having to report as a sex offender under certain circumstances.

The second bill, House Bill 2549, would mandate that all sex offenders be classified by their risk level to society. For instance, a Level 3 sex offender would be classified the most dangerous; Level 1 would the least likely to re-offend.

Currently, Oregon does not classify sex offenders; Washington does have a ranking system.

Surprising fallout of House Bill 2549? It would also provide relief to certain sex offenders. If passed, those convicted of serious crimes -- such as first-degree rape and sodomy -- can ask to be taken off the state registry within as few as five years after they're done with probation or parole.

Connie Hollon was behind the original law in 2006 that put a portion of Oregon’s sex offender registry online. She finds the proposal disappointing.

It saddens me,” Hollon said. “This is a bill … by a few select proponents that have their own agenda.”

This is also a crime that doesn’t walk away from the victim,” she added.

Others spoke in staunch support of the bills. Ken Nolley, president of Oregon Voices, said the current laws are actually creating an unjust culture.

The very laws we’ve passed to protect our community is actually destroying families … in many, many cases,” Nolley said.

Both bills were heard by the House Committee on Judiciary. The judiciary committee did not hold a vote on either bill.


CA - California shows once again the sex offender laws are all about punishment, homelessness, joblessness and forced exile!

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This is yet more proof that the laws are all about punishment, forcing people into exile, homelessness and joblessness, due to their own mass hysteria. Nothing like exploiting children and the elderly for your own political campaign, but that's politics folks!

02/28/2013

By Angel Jennings

Using restrictions under state law, officials are building a small park in Harbor Gateway to force 33 offenders to move out of a nearby apartment building.

On a tiny sliver of land in Harbor Gateway, the city is beginning construction on what officials believe will be the smallest park in Los Angeles.

At one-fifth of an acre, the pocket park will barely have room for two jungle gyms, some benches and a brick wall.

But the enjoyment the park will give children is a secondary concern for officials. They are building the park for a different reason: to force 33 registered sex offenders to move out of a nearby apartment building.

State law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. By building the park, officials said, they would effectively force the sex offenders to leave the neighborhood. This section of Harbor Gateway has one of the city's highest concentrations of registered sex offenders: 86 live in a 13-block area.

Los Angeles plans to build a total of three pocket parks with the intent of driving out registered sex offenders; two will be in Wilmington.

The action marks the latest campaign by local governments to drive sex offenders farther into the fringes of society. The state law already bans offenders from living in huge swaths of urban areas, pushing them into industrial districts and remote towns and into neighborhoods like Harbor Gateway that lack schools and parks.

Communities in Orange County have passed laws barring sex offenders from county parks and beaches. There is a new push at Los Angeles City Hall to ban offenders from living near day-care centers and locations that house after-school programs.

Backers of the park plan say it's a novel way to move out offenders while providing more recreation space.

"I want to do everything in my power to keep child sex offenders away from children," said City Councilman Joe Buscaino (Facebook, Google+), who represents the 15th District, which includes Wilmington and Harbor Gateway. "We have to look at some solutions and in comes the pocket park idea."

The effort, however, has others questioning whether these restrictions make communities safer and whether they infringe on the rights of offenders.

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation study released in October (PDF) showed that about 2% of convicted sex offenders are sent back to prison on a new sex-abuse offense. The study covered data from 2008.

"People are running around with hysteria when they don't know the facts," said Janice Bellucci, president of California Reform Sex Offender Laws, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of those convicted of sex crimes. "I understand that sex offenders are not a popular part of society, but they have constitutional rights."

The restrictions on where offenders can live has resulted in a proliferation of group homes in acceptable areas that house large numbers of them. In Harbor Gateway, up to five offenders share one room, according to the National Sex Registry website.

On Flint Avenue in Wilmington, a former hotel has been converted into housing that caters to sex offenders. Young children often walk through the neighborhood on their way to a nearby elementary school. Some residents refer to the area as "pervert row." There have been several reports of indecent exposure, according to LAPD Officer Brian Cook.

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