Friday, March 8, 2013

CA - Sex offender reveals why child molesters cut their GPS bracelets

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One man doesn't speak for everyone!

This is just more of the usual media hysteria disinformation campaign. They interview one person and make it seem like all ex-sex offenders think like him, well, they do not. Why didn't you interview hundreds of ex-offenders who removed their GPS devices, then tell us what the majority said? Also, this is clearly a violation of probation / parole, and they have the power to send them back to prison, so new laws are not needed, not unless you are a politician who is trying to help yourself look like you are doing something!


03/07/2013

By Mike Luery

WOODLAND (KCRA) - In an exclusive interview with KCRA 3, a convicted sex offender revealed child molesters have no fear of going back to prison after cutting their GPS tracking devices.

"Yeah, it's 30 days in a county jail. It's a slap on the wrist to them," said Will, who was convicted of child molestation.

Will is employed in Yolo County, and asked KCRA 3 not to reveal his full name, for fear of losing his job.

Will has been wearing a GPS tracking device on his ankle ever since he was released from prison in October 2011.

He served eight years behind bars after being convicted on drug and sex-offender charges.

"Do I consider myself a child molester anymore? Absolutely not," Will told KCRA 3.

Will said he is clean and sober now, after years of drug and alcohol abuse.

The low point came in 1995, when he molested a 5-year-old.

While charges were pending against him, Will fled to Arizona and lived there for eight years before he turned himself in to authorities.

"I made a bad judgment call. I was very amped up on methamphetamine," Will told KCRA 3. "Most child molesters make these mistakes because they were either victims themselves, or they were extremely high on drugs or alcohol."
- This may be true for some, but it's not true for many others.  Again, it's one mans opinion.

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CA - Poll: Are Email Alerts on Sex Offenders More Valuable to Politicians or Parents?

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03/07/2013

By Ken Stone

Predatory sex offenders are every parent’s nightmare, but police see more molestations within families than involving “stranger danger.” So when San Diego County highlighted its new system alerting residents if a sex offender registers in their area, it might be cause for concern.

Research on the victim/offender relationship in child abduction/molestation cases is not new,” says an essay by Ernest E. Allen on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention website.

Using a sample of 148 offenders who sexually assaulted youth and were sent for observation to a Massachusetts treatment facility, Groth and colleagues (1978) concluded that only 29 percent of the offenders studied were complete strangers to their child victims. In 71 percent of the cases, the offender and victim knew each other at least casually, and in 14 percent of the cases, the offender was a member of the child's immediate family.”

No doubt the email alerts will be welcome by many parents, but are they really a boon for safety or a way for officials to insure the safety of their jobs or offices?


ID - Increasing Sex Offender Fees (State sanctioned extortion?)

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03/07/2013

By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls - Idaho's sex offenders could soon pay more annually to register. It's a bill making its way through the Idaho State Legislature and if passes, would double the fee from $40 to $80.

Staff Sgt. Doug Sugden is in charge of registering all 215 sex offenders in Twin Falls County.

Sgt. Sugden says, "they come in, we do the 4 p's, paperwork, prints, picture and pay me."

The county uses Offender Watch, an electronic service used to provide sex offender information.

"Name, age, social security, date of birth, where they live, mailing addresses, phone numbers, vehicles if they're in school, what time of crime they committed," adds Sugden.

Twin Falls is just one of nine counties in the state to have this service.

The next closest county? Bannock.

"None of the other counties around me have it, but it would be nice if they did because it would save a lot of time for me and for them that matter."

The smaller counties still track sex offenders' movement by paper.

"If somebody is not already in that system, you have to re–enter all that information to make sure you have everything you need."

While some sex offenders are discouraged by the $80 fee, Sugden says it could be worse.

"There are states where it costs a heck of a lot more to register...by not having to do mailings and published in the paper, it actually saves the offender money. Because they're not having to pay for mailings, we make it available and accessible on the internet."

Twin Falls paid for the electronic service through a grant and money from the sex offender registry.




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