Wednesday, March 13, 2013

TN - Lawsuit for former deputy (Dexter Morris) accused of rape may be settled

Dexter Morris
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A lawsuit filed against a former Hamblen County sheriff's deputy convicted of forcing female drivers into sexual acts could be settled out of court.

Dexter Morris was convicted in 2010 of forcing female drivers to engage in sexual acts during routine traffic stops. A judge sentenced him to more than 15 years in jail.

A woman who claims Morris raped her after a traffic stop later filed a $20 million dollar lawsuit against Morris, former sheriff, Otto Purkey, and Hamblen County.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, but all the parties told a judge they would consider using mediation to come to an agreement outside of court.

If an agreement is not reached within 20 days of the final pre-trial conference, then the case will go to trial in February of next year.

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NY - Guest view: Not all sex offenders pose risk

Shana Rowan
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By Shana Rowan

As executive director of USA Families Advocating an Intelligent Registry, a nonprofit organization formed by the family members of people required to register as sex offenders, the Observer-Dispatch’s Feb. 24 editorial, “Tighten regulations on sex offenders,” was deeply troubling.

The editorial opined that homeless sex offenders living in hotels is “a disturbing issue that could put an unsuspecting public at risk,” and are demanding an immediate legislative response. It’s this kind of angry, emotional response that sends politicians into a frenzy trying to placate the public, and usually results in hasty, poorly researched laws that sound good but do little if anything to protect communities.

An intelligent response to this issue would be to examine the reason for the problem: sex offenders become homeless because the label makes it difficult if not impossible to find steady employment and housing, not because they want to live in motels and prey on traveling children and their families.

As a broad group, sex offenders have among the lowest recidivism rates in the criminal justice system. Ninety-six percent of sex crimes are committed by someone not on the registry, who is known to the victim – not a stranger in the next hotel room. The pervasive myth that all sex offenders pose a danger to children must be stopped now.

Additional dissemination of the whereabouts of homeless sex offenders will only draw attention away from the much bigger problem of sexual abuse perpetrated by those known to the victim. It will also likely drive more offenders underground and away from the eyes of police, probation or parole. Aside from being a feather in the cap of Sen. Joseph Griffo, there are no benefits to this idea.

If this is truly about potential risks to “an unsuspecting public,” then the O-D will in the future ensure that they provide up-to-date information regarding sex crimes. Where is the concern and outrage over the plentiful, much more likely sources of harm to children?

WY - Sex Offender Transition Home Proposed

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By Rylee DeGood

The Wyoming department of corrections knows it's a tough sell.

"It's a difficult subject and it brings out lots of strong feelings," said Steve Lindley, Deputy Director.

That subject? Something called a Shared Living Arrangement or SLA.

"Right now in Wyoming there is not one transitional center for sex offenders to release to," said Kristy Oster, Field Services Re-Entry Coordinator. "So we have this population that causes so much emotion and they're high risk and certainly nobody wants them to violate and create more victims and we've essentially cut off all services for them."
- High risk?  Wrong!  Many studies have been done to show ex-offenders have one of the lowest reoffense rates out there.

But the idea of potentially locating a SLA at 132 Dell Range doesn't sit well with neighbors.

"To be a guinea pig, that's not good."

Jason and Lisa McGinnis and their two sons live right behind the proposed site.

"There's day cares and there's elementary schools and parks and there's family functions that go on around there and I just can't help but think that there's got to be a better place, a less populated place for it," they say.

The Department of Corrections says the program has been successful in other states, including Colorado, and it's the right thing to do with transitioning sex offenders.

"We need to get these sex offenders out into the community where they can have long periods of supervision," said Oster. "I know that sort of fights from what the feeling should be or is that we naturally have, but the studies show that if we can get them in a year or more of treatment that their recidivism rates are lower."

But these statistics mean nothing to the McGinnis' and other neighbors.

"I hate percentages, one re-offender is one too many, bottom line."

ID - Another police officer, Daniel Funderburg, gets a slap on the wrist?

Daniel Funderburg
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The average citizen who does what this man is said to have done would be spending years in prison.


By Mia Carlson

NEZPERCE - A 31-year-old Kamiah man today was sentenced to 90 days in jail, given credit for 90 days served, placed on six years of supervised probation, and fined $530.50 for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

Daniel Funderburg, who is a former Idaho County Sheriff's Deputy, pled guilty under a Rule 11 Plea Agreement in Lewis County's Second District Court to one count of sexual battery - "committed by lewd or lascivious acts on a minor child 16 or 17 years of age." He was arrested on December 5th on a $250,000 warrant.

Court documents say that Funderburg and the girl began their relationship as early as July of last year with just talking, but it eventually led to more. The girl told investigators that they had sex five to ten times, and all - but a nature trail encounter - took place at Funderburg's Kamiah home.

He was fired by the Idaho County Sheriff's Office as of December 28th, according to officials.

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IN - Indiana pushing for yet another pointless law

This is another pointless law. It is already a crime to not register, so why is this even needed?

SOUTH AFRICA - 8-year-old Boy marries 61-year-old Woman at Wedding ceremony in Tshwane

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Child bridegroom: Eight-year-old boy marries 61-year-old woman after "dead ancestors told him to tie the knot."

Sanele Masilela got hitched to Helen Shabangu, who is already married.

The pair exchanged rings and kissed in front of 100 guests.

But his family insists it was just a ritual to appease ancestral spirits.

An eight-year-old schoolboy has married a 61-year-old woman because the ghost of his dead ancestor told him to.

Sanele Masilela tied the knot with Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother-of-five.

The boy, from Tshwane, South Africa, said he had been told by his dead ancestors to wed and his family, fearing divine retribution, forked out for a wedding.

They paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day, which was organised in just two months.