Saturday, April 13, 2013

PA - Former LC Coach (Timothy Adam Udinski) Faces 20 Years for Fake Sexual Abuse Claims

Timothy Adam Udinski
Original Article

04/12/2013

By Tony Di Domizio

Former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach Timothy Udinski faces up to 20 years in prison, after pleading no contest Friday to multiple stalking and harassment charges in false Lansdale Catholic sexual abuse claims.

A former Lansdale Catholic lacrosse coach will be convicted of making false molestation accusations via anonymous emails against school coaches, after he pleaded no contest to the charges on Friday in Montgomery County court.

Timothy Adam Udinski, 44, of Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, faces more than 20 years in prison, according to The Pottstown Mercury. Udinski pleaded no contest to multiple counts of stalking and harassment of school officials between October 2011 and May 2012, according to the article.

Udinski’s no contest plea is not admission of guilt, but it is admission that there is enough evidence to convict him at trial of the crimes.

A background report on Udinski will be completed prior to sentencing.

According to court records, Udinski is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Udinski is accused of four counts of misdemeanor stalking that repeatedly caused fear and two counts of misdemeanor harassment by threatening language through anonymous emails, according to court documents.

Authorities allege Udinski sent seven anonymous emails claiming sexual abuse at the school by coaches, including retired coach Jim Algeo.

During a time of sexual abuse upheaval in the ranks of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, police and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman allege Udinski sent seven emails containing false claims of sexual abuse to the Archdiocese between October 19, 2011 and May 31, 2012.

In these emails, he allegedly deliberately and falsely claimed that both the Lansdale Catholic football and lacrosse coaches were engaged in sexual solicitation of players on their respective teams, according to Ferman.

Udinski, who is president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association, also accused Lansdale Catholic Principal Timothy Quinn of failing to take any action regarding the alleged misconduct.


CA - Wanetta Gibson Lawsuit: School Sues Woman Over False Rape Accusation

Wanetta Gibson
Original Article

04/13/2013

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Unified School District is suing a woman who falsely accused a former high school football star of rape in hopes of recovering legal fees and a $750,000 settlement paid to her.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/16TjOrb) that the district alleged Wanetta Gibson committed contractual fraud in a lawsuit filed last November.

Gibson was 15 when she accused Brian Banks of attacking her on their high school campus. He insisted the sexual contact with Gibson was consensual, but pleaded no contest to forcible rape on the advice of his lawyer and spent more than five years in prison.

When he got out of prison, Gibson reached out to Banks on Facebook.

During an initial meeting with him, she said she had lied and offered to help him clear his record. But she refused to repeat the story to prosecutors because she feared she would have to return a settlement from a civil lawsuit brought by her mother against the school district.

During a second meeting that was secretly videotaped by a private investigator, she told Banks, "`I will go through with helping you, but it's like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don't want to have to pay it back."

The tape ultimately led to Banks' exoneration in May 2012.

The district is also trying to recoup about $1.9 million that was spent defending itself against Gibson, and is seeking another $1 million in punitive damages.

However, its lawyers apparently have been unable to locate her.

Banks, once a star middle linebacker at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, said he had verbally agreed to attend USC on a scholarship when he was arrested.

He recently signed a contract to play with the Atlanta Falcons and has become a spokesman for the California Innocence Project, which works to exonerate the wrongly accused.


FL - Marion Co. increasing sexual offender monitoring

Original Article

04/12/2013

MARION COUNTY - A trip to Ocala's Tuscawilla Park is supposed to be care-free, but Angela Emrick watches her young daughter's every move.

She's concerned about the 660 registered sex offenders and predators who live in Marion County. All of them are featured in a flyer published by the sheriff's office.

Now, detectives are being much more aggressive to find offenders who fail to report where they're living.

"That is a huge concern. I think about that a lot. Where they're at, if they're being tracked and monitored. I have a 4-year-old and it's a huge concern wherever we go," Emrick said.

Judge Cochran of the Marion County Sheriff's Office said the law is clear.

"If they're not doing what they're supposed to do, we're going to put them in jail," Cochran said.

Five have been put in jail since the sheriff turned up the heat April 1. Another four were put in jail Friday. The state wants the county sheriffs to visit each registered predator every three months and every offender once a year.

"Well, here at the Marion County Sheriff's Office we're going way beyond that. If it's a predator, we're knocking on their door once every 30 days," Cochran said.

Offenders will get visits every 90 days, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Moms at the park approve.

"It's important for them to be documented and verified. That's important," parent Stephanie Fire-Smith said.

"Someone's got to do it to keep us safe and our children safe. It's great that he's taking the initiative to do more," Emrick said.


OR - State rep. working on bill to regulate sex offender clinics

Original Article

04/12/2013

By Kate Cagle

PORTLAND (KPTV) - Months after community outrage forced a sex offender therapy clinic out of Sellwood, the counseling center has a new home and new neighbors pushing back.

Whole Systems Counseling opened its doors in March inside a business complex on Southeast 126th and Stark. Inside the same business center are lawyers, other therapists and medical offices.

One of the clinic's new neighbors is Oregon state Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson who is now working on legislation to regulate where clinics like Whole Systems can be located.

"My therapist is right around the corner here," said neighbor Travis Murphy. "She called and told me not to let my son walk to therapy by himself anymore."

Murphy said neighbors did not receive any notice from Whole Systems that they were moving in, but that concern spread through word-of-mouth.

There is now a petition circulating to force the clinic to move once again.

Whole Systems provides therapy for sex offenders, their families and victims. Their website claims the clinic is working with community members, legislators and clients to create guidelines for sex offender therapy clinics.

"The goal of the task force will be to examine the current process in Oregon for counseling office site selection," according to the website.

There is also a link where people can volunteer and additional information about how the clinic operates.

Rep. Vega Pederson says she is also seeking input into where sex offender offices should be allowed to operate.

She will be attending a community meeting April 30 at 7 p.m. at David Douglas High School.


OH - Ohio to compile private registry to track convicted arsonists

Original Article

04/12/2013

By Rex Santus

COLUMBUS - This July, Ohio will begin tracking arsonists through a new registry similar to the one used to track sex offenders.
- I just don't understand the need for these registries.  Don't police already have access to all criminal records?  If so, then why is this needed?  And why is it going to be offline and not online like the online shaming hit-list for ex-sex offenders (see below)?

The law, passed by the Ohio General Assembly late last year without much attention, will require people convicted of arson-related offenses to register at their local sheriff's office each year for at least 10 years. Those who fail to register will be charged with a felony.
- Why not for life like ex-sex offenders?

Supporters tout the measure as another tool for law enforcement in investigating the difficult-to-solve crime. But critics argue the registry will be burdensome, and that arson is not a significant enough problem in Ohio to warrant an official registry, especially one that is kept from the public's eyes.

"There is a huge problem with arson in Ohio," said Sen. Tim Schaffer, a Lancaster Republican who sponsored the bill. With the registry, law enforcement "can look up who all the convicted arsonists are, who have done their time and are back at home or back in the community. Chances are good that it's a repeat offender, and you already know who . . . it might be."
- Like we said above, why can't they just examine criminal records?  Why the need to spend more tax payer money for another list when the data is, or should be, already available?

Last year, 8,377 "suspicious" fires were reported, which resulted in more than $160 million in estimated damages, according to the Ohio State Fire Marshal.

There are approximately 500 convictions of arson each year, according to the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.

"I don't know where it came from," Amy Borror, spokeswoman for the Ohio Public Defender's Office, said of the new law. "I don't know why we have it."
- The same reason we have the online sex offender list, to exploit the issue and fear to help a politician look "tough" on crime.

Borror said the law will put unnecessary work on the shoulders of local sheriffs, who will be tasked with compiling the list in addition to the sex-offender registry they already put together.

"The sex-offender registry has been around for a long time, and the research that's out there says that it has no positive impact on the public safety," Borror said. "And, if anything, it might have a negative impact on public safety because it creates this administrative burden."

Nick Worner, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union, said a registry for arson seems arbitrary and will do little to solve crimes because "rounding up the usual suspects" is rarely an effective investigation method.

"Are we eventually going to have a registry for everything?" Worner said. "Will we have a shoplifters registry, where if something comes up missing at JC Penney's, they round up everybody who has ever been convicted of shoplifting and start there?"
- I am sure it will eventually come down to that, but hey, why not?  If an online registry is okay for ex-sex offenders, then it should be done for all.  We should just have one online registry, and a way to look up people by crime type.  It's not that difficult.

"Generally, the problem with this sort of thing is that it's supposed to start with the gathering of evidence in the investigation and then the detaining of people based on suspicion. This kind of does that backwards."

Worner also expressed concern that money needed to maintain the registry may end up coming from taxpayers' pockets. He said fees paid by offenders are supposed to finance registries, but that does not necessarily mean they will make the payments. Another big concern, Worner said, is that unlike the sex-offender registry, this one is not publicly available, meaning only law enforcement has access to the list.
- As it should be, just like the sex offender registry.

"I think we would argue there is an issue with gathering this information in the first place, but it's an important question to ask: If you have to exempt the information from public-records law, should you be gathering it in the first place?" Worner asked.

Borror noted that the sex-offender registry has errors and inconsistencies, and the arsonist list will remain unchecked by the public, leaving many potential problems unaddressed.

Schaffer said the list will not be public because arson-related crimes are very different from sex offenses, and he has received no demand to make the list public.
- Of course not, because the media and politicians haven't pushed that.  If they whipped up fear like they do with ex-sex offenders, then I'm sure the public would be all for it.

"I haven't had one member of the public ask me for access to this law-enforcement tool," Schaffer said. "It's a law-enforcement tool. It's for the same reason that you can't access the state of Ohio's database for people's license plates. What's the purpose?"

He said providing the registry to the public is not off the table, but Ohioans would have to express a desire to see the list.

Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, said he was pleased with the new law, which he said should provide new techniques for arson investigators.

Cornwell said his organization approves of the registry because police should know the whereabouts of convicted arsonists. He did not estimate a much-larger workload for sheriffs in compiling the registry.
- Wait until you have many registries, then see what kind of workload you have.  Eventually nothing will get done because you are maintaining registries.

Michael Duchesne, spokesman for the State Fire Marshal, also expressed support of the registry, saying it will afford law enforcement more options when investigating arson-related crimes.

He said there are enough suspicious fires in Ohio to necessitate the registry.

Worner, with the ACLU, said even if the list is a new tool for law enforcement, it will not prove crimes. Ohioans should worry about the precedent the arson registry may create, he said.
- They should've worried about that with the sex offender registry.

"You have to look down the road," Worner said. "If there's a registry here and a registry here, what's next?"
- Exactly!


OK - Former OKC Officer (Maurice Martinez) Convicted Of Child Sex Abuse Speaks To News 9

Maurice Martinez
Original Article

04/12/2013

By Lisa Monahan

OKLAHOMA CITY - A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of child sex abuse is out of jail. Maurice Martinez maintained his innocence for more than a year before taking a plea deal with the state.

Martinez served seven months in the Oklahoma County Jail after he made an agreement with prosecutors. Although, Martinez publicly denied the child abuse allegations, he stayed tight-lipped about the plea deal until sitting down for an interview with News 9's Lisa Monahan.

"I never dreamed in a thousand years that I would ever have any problems like this," Martinez said.

Maurice Martinez went from being an Oklahoma City Police Sergeant to a convicted felon when his foster children accused him of molesting them. Martinez says the last two years were a "roller coaster, that's exactly what it was."

Over time, the accusers changed their stories.

"That young man has come forward and apologized a thousand times," Martinez said.

But Martinez said the damage was done and he questioned whether he could get a fair trial in a case getting so much publicity.

"The jury's tainted already, I mean you can't go to trial and have an impartial trial," he said.
- Welcome to the day of the modern day leper, which you are now a part of.  You're live will NEVER be the same.

Martinez says, because of that his attorney David Slane advised him to ask prosecutors for a plea deal.

"The idea that you pick twelve strangers and your life is in their hands is scary in and of itself, and so anytime a person has a chance to get probation and not take a risk of going to prison for one day, they have to really think about those things," Slane said.

Martinez says, bottom line, he took the deal of two years in jail, minus time served, to protect everyone - including his former foster children.

"I gotta protect my family. I didn't want to drag them through any trial, kids through any trial," he said.

Martinez says he is now ready to put this all behind him and is not concerned about public opinion.

"Let's put it this way, God, family and everybody involved know the truth, and I'm happy with that. I can move on with that," Martinez said.
- Just wait until everything starts settling in, you will probably not be able to find another job, have to move, cannot attend any places children congregate, etc, etc.

Martinez will be on house arrest for two years and probation for 25 years. Prosecutors previously said this was a fair deal because Martinez will have to register as a sex offender for life.