Thursday, July 25, 2013

MT - Charge dismissed in false rape report by Christina Nadine Nelson

Christina Nadine Nelson
Christina Nadine Nelson
Original Article

07/25/2013

By Greg Tuttle

A judge has dismissed a felony charge against a woman accused of falsely reporting that she was raped by a former boyfriend.

Judge G. Todd Baugh has granted a defense motion to dismiss a charge of fabricating evidence filed against Christina Nadine Nelson.

The judge said in an order issued Tuesday that evidence clearly showed Nelson lied when she reported the rape to police and hospital staff, but the prosecution's reliance on a report from a sexual assault examination is misplaced.

"To apply (the law against fabricating evidence) to the occurrences in this case is a stretch at best," Baugh said in the order. "Basically, what (Nelson) did was lie to the Billings Clinic and the Billings Police Department. There are specific statutes that cover conduct of this nature; perjury, false swearing, unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports to law enforcement come to mind and there may be others."

Baugh gave prosecutors 30 days to amend the charge against Nelson.

Nelson was charged in December for an incident last August when she reported that her former boyfriend raped her as she left her workplace.

Nelson was brought to Billings Clinic later that evening after telling her husband about the alleged rape after the couple had unprotected sex.

An investigation revealed Nelson's former boyfriend was out of state at the time of the alleged rape.

Billings police also said surveillance video from Nelson's workplace showed her leaving work and driving away in her vehicle on the date of the alleged rape.

A review of Nelson's medical records showed she made four other similar reports in recent years.
- And they continue to let her go?  They are basically condoning what she is doing!  One day, an innocent person is going to have his life ruined because of this woman.


CA - Woman (Morgan Triplett) who staged fake UC Santa Cruz rape pleads no contest

Morgan Triplett
Morgan Triplett
Original Article

07/25/2013

SANTA CRUZ - A 20-year-old woman who faked being raped by a stranger at the University of California Santa Cruz pleaded "no contest" Thursday to filing a false police report.

UC Santa Barbara student Morgan Triplett did not appear in Santa Cruz County Court as her lawyer changed her plea from "not guilty" to "no contest."

As part of the plea deal, Triplett must write a letter of apology to UC Santa Cruz, serve 60 days in a jail work release program, volunteer 200 hours of community service, and undergo 60 days of mental health therapy, and serve three years probation.

Prosecutors dropped one probation term that would have barred Triplett from using Craigslist.com and online social media.

On Feb. 16, Triplett posted ads on Craigslist soliciting someone to beat her up on UCSC's campus in exchange for sex, and several interested people responded to the ads, according to prosecutors.

The following day, the UC Santa Barbara student visited UC Santa Cruz to attend a conference for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students. She met up with a man who responded to her Craigslist ad, and he beat her up.
- So is he being arrested for domestic violence / assault?

"They had sex, and afterwards she used a cellphone screen reflection as a mirror to see if the injuries were bad enough. (Triplett) then directed him to hit her some more," court records stated.

Triplett called 911 and told dispatchers that she was searching for banana slugs at UCSC when a stranger brutally raped her in broad daylight on a walking path, Assistant District Attorney Joanna Schonfield said.

Morgan Triplett
Morgan Triplett
Triplett had bruises on her head and torso when she was treated at Dominican Hospital and she declined to allow hospital workers to take DNA samples. Police sent a suspect sketch to the media and news of the rape spread quickly among Santa Cruz students.

After an 11-day, around-the-clock investigation, UCSC Police Chief Nader Oweis concluded the entire incident was a hoax and said Triplett confessed to staging it.

UC Santa Cruz Spokesman Jim Burns said the university will gladly accept an apology.

"Would we accept it? Yeah, I'm sure. This was a traumatic event that really unnecessarily traumatized not only members of the campus community but (also) members of the larger Santa Cruz community," Burns told KSBW's Phil Gomez.

According to her Facebook page, Triplett works as an HIV test counselor at Pacific Pride Foundation, is a member of UCSB's Queer Student Union, and is majoring in sociology at UC Santa Barbara.


Gun Geo Marker app tries to locate homes, businesses of gun owners

Gun Geo Marker
Gun Geo Marker
Original Article

We think this is an excellent idea! If a draconian online registry is okay for ex-sex offenders that puts them and their families lives in danger, then this is also okay, in our opinion. We should have an online registry for all ex-felons, if a registry is okay for ex-sex offenders.

07/11/2013

By Jeremy A. Kaplan

A new Android app asks users to expose the home addresses of gun owners they deem “potentially unsafe” -- and share that information with the world.

The Gun Geo Marker app, released to Google’s Play app store on July 7, invites users to mark the homes and businesses of “suspected unsafe gun owners … to help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence." The app bills itself as merely a tool to collect information, but it was hit with a firestorm of negative reviews and comments from people worried that it could do more harm than good.

This is dangerous and invasive,” wrote Levi Russell in a review of the app. “Dangerous because it allows criminals to determine where they might steal firearms….you are an accomplice to any firearm theft that will occur due to the existence of this app.”

"Major violation of privacy,” wrote Danielle Sigman in another review, one of more than 700 one-star reviews of the app. “Could cause a lot of safety issues for non-gun owners.”

Brett Stalbaum, the developer of Gun Geo Marker and a lecturer with the Visual Arts department of the University of California, San Diego, said he had received threats over the app.

"The gun rights community has been busy making personal threats (we remain unconcerned), as well as spamming the Gun Geo Marker database with false markers," he exclusively told FoxNews.com. "Though these fake markers are not useful for identifying dangerous guns and owners, they are certainly representative of the highly paranoid reaction we have come to expect from any attempt to improve gun safety in the United States."

"This kind of reaction -- automatically lining up on the wrong side of reasonable measures to improve the safe use and ownership of guns -- aids and abets the crisis of child shooting deaths," he said.

In January, a similar outcry arose after a New York newspaper published the home addresses of area residents with permits to own guns. After threats were called into their offices and the home addresses of editors posted online, The Journal News took down the data.

Whether an app or online, publishing the addresses of gun owners is a risky proposition, experts warn.

This makes those who don't have guns an easier target for criminals. It’s a safety issue,” John Lott, gun expert and author of the book "More Guns, Less Crime," told FoxNews.com.

I’ve debated a lot of gun control advocates over the years, and I’ve never met someone who has been willing to put up a sign in front of their house indicating that their home is a gun-free zone,” he said.

Google tells FoxNews.com they do not comment on individual apps, but said to refer to their Google Play developer program policies for apps that are not allowed.

The policy says Google Play does not allow content that contains violence or hate speech, bullying or illegal activities, among others. Gun Geo Marker is not available on the iPhone.

"As a gun owner myself, I want to see our rights preserved, and thwarting the will of 90 percent of the American people who want common sense, constitutional measures to improve gun safety is mathematically unwise," Stalbaum said.


SC - RSOL Calls for Immediate Moratorium on SC Sex Offender Registry; Demands Response from Gov. Haley

Original Article

07/25/2013

Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc. (RSOL) denounces the brutal murders of Gretchen and Charles Parker and calls for immediate action to be taken to render sex offender registries less effective as vigilante hit lists. We specifically ask South Carolina governor Nikki Haley to use her executive powers to remove registrants’ street addresses from public view until the Legislature can consider a more comprehensive remedy.

Charles Parker and his wife were cruelly slain by gun and knife this past Sunday in their home in rural South Carolina. The man and woman who murdered them gained access to the home by pretending to have a broken-down vehicle. They openly admitted committing the murders because Mr. Parker was a registered sex offender due to a conviction in 1991 for sexual misconduct.

The investigating officersdo not believe there was a motive for Mrs. Parker’s killing other than the fact that she was his wife…. He also told us that it was a good thing we arrested him last night because he had planned to kill another sex offender [on the] registry today.”

Vigilante murderers who target those on public sex offender registries need only turn on their computers and enter a zip code to get an instant list of potential victims along with their addresses. The registry has been used in just such a manner in a series of similar and horrific murders, and it is well past the time that it was stopped.


Carlos Danger - Secret Mayor



Should We Be Looking At All Men As Potential Sexual Predators?

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
I can’t say that I’m all that surprised to read the allegations against Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s most beloved character, Elmo, who has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a young man that started when the individual was 16.

I don’t have any inside information about whether the allegations against him are true or not – I’ll just wait for the investigation to conclude before totally disavowing a crucial part of my childhood (i.e. Elmo). But I will admit that whenever I hear these stories of adult men, who spend their time in the company of children, being the subject of some sort of inappropriate conduct involving children, I say, “yeah, I can see that.” In fact, I know a few women who are outright hostile to the idea of leaving their children in the company of men, including teachers, coaches, even among family members. “As a woman, a mother, a concerned citizen and mostly a survivor, I am very skeptical of men being around children,” said one friend via Facebook.

Statistically speaking, men are the gender most represented among offenders of sexual assaults, abuse and violence. That fact alone is probably the best argument to be made for our skepticism. But is this a healthy attitude to have towards men in general? Is it fair to assume all men are potential predators of sexual abuse and aggression until proven otherwise?

Recently, I saw this provocatively titled documentary, Are All Men Pedophiles, which as the title suggests, raises the question of whether or not we are being conditioned to assume that all men are sexual predators and pedophiles. According to Jans-Willem Breure, director of the film, all men are potential “hebephiles” — that is, attracted to pubescent children. Our society is built on idolizing youth, he theorizes, and usually sexualizes children through the media, fashion and through music. Therefore, you can’t necessarily blame men for finding teens sexually attractive. Breure’s other theme in the film is that since the age of consent is arbitrary and has been culturally and throughout history, maybe it is time to retire the archaic belief that frowns upon adult and teenage relations.


AUSTRALIA - Policeman (Marc David Osborn) says he filmed sex to compete with colleagues

Marc David Osborn
Marc David Osborn
Original Article

07/25/2013

By Paul Bibby

Senior Constable Marc Osborn was a popular topic at Gladesville police station last spring.

"The topic of conversation around the station was 'have you seen Osborn's latest video?'," Senior Constable Osborn's superior officer Inspector Ron Trundle recalled in a written statement some months later.

"Osborn was known and it was general conversation that he was entertaining several different ladies, and I had heard him using code words for women. I heard Osborn refer to the women as 'events' and the number of times with each woman as 'incidents'."

"Osborn started showing videos to other police."

The videos were recordings Senior Constable Osborn secretly made of himself having sex with women he met through dating sites.

Inspector Trundle's statement is among a tranche of court documents viewed by Fairfax Media that set out the full allegations against the officer, who is facing three charges of filming a person engaged in a private act for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.

It is alleged Senior Constable Osborn enticed the women back to his house, wined and dined them, then filmed himself having sex with them using a spy-style camera hidden in an analogue alarm clock.

"I feel this is a huge betrayal and violation of my trust", an alleged victim said in her statement.

The Downing Centre Local Court heard on Thursday that, having made the recordings, Senior Constable Osborn showed them to colleagues, while boasting and laughing about his sexual exploits.

"The majority of the time Osborn would show me these videos at work," Constable John Jeffrey said in a statement.

"I remember this video because Osborn would play it without prompting for a laugh. This video consisted of a girl making extreme orgasmic noises."

Senior Constable Osborne did not deny he secretly filmed the women, but he said it was not done for sexual gratification but in a bid to prove his masculinity to his predominantly younger colleagues.

"My team that I was on … I think I was the second oldest … a lot of them were junior officers in their mid 20s," he said during at times tearful testimony.

"Being 40-odd years old at the time, I guess I was just trying to compete with my peers … trying to join in the conversation."

The 42-year-old claimed it was not uncommon for the officers at Gladesville to share videos of themselves having sex, and that senior officers knew what was going on and did not take any action.

"There's no suggestion he [Trundle] confronted Osborn and said 'I know about this and I'm not happy about it'," Senior Constable Osborn's barrister Tim Watts said.

It was Senior Constable Osborn's own colleagues who reported his behaviour to senior officers and the Professional Standards Command.

Prosecutor Matthew Karpin rejected the claim that other officers were complicit in the behaviour and Senior Constable Osborn's explanations for his transgressions.

"You said it was 'just boys being boys', but you're not a boy any more, are you?" Mr Karpin said. "The defendant would have the court believe this was not sexually motivated behaviour," he said in his closing submissions. "But to suggest this is anything other than sexual prurience is beyond credulity."


IA - Police: UI Summer camp student made up assault claim

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
The male summer camp student who reported a man attempted to rape him on the Iowa City pedestrian mall in the middle of the afternoon last week made up the story, police said Wednesday.

The Iowa City Police Department is not filing charges against the juvenile. The department also is not releasing his name, as it doesn’t identify juveniles. He was attending a summer camp at the University of Iowa, but left Iowa City after reporting the attack on July 15.

The alleged victim was taken to the hospital last Monday after he reported being attacked around 1 p.m. in an alley off of the pedestrian mall. He told police his assailant was a slender white male, about six foot three inches tall.

After interviewing three to five witnesses who knew the alleged victim, Iowa City Police Lt. Doug Hart said their stories were inconsistent with the information the alleged victim had provided. From there, the investigator on the case spoke with the juvenile who admitted the incident did not occur, he said.


OR - Former Officer (Stefan Zeltvay) Convicted of Sex Crimes

Stefan Zeltvay
Original Article

07/24/2013

Stefan Zeltvay

EUGENE - A former Eugene police officer pleaded guilty in court Wednesday and was then convicted of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.

Stefan Zeltvay resigned from the force after he pleaded guilty to six sex crimes that occurred between 2010 and 2013.

Some of the victims showed up in court Wednesday and got a tearful apology from the former officer.

Like any victim of sexual harassment or sex crime, it’s embarrassing. You go through a range of emotions,” said Officer Kara Williams, Eugene Police Department.

In a police report obtained by KEZI 9 News, Officer Williams described how Zeltvay touched her inappropriately and kissed her at a wedding last December. Williams is not alone. Other victims include three women in the EPD records department, a fellow officer’s wife and a neighbor. Investigators say Zeltvay’s crimes range from inappropriate comments to sexual touching.

On Wednesday, Zeltvay was convicted of five counts of sexual harrassment and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns says those convictions wouldn’t have happened without the bravery of the victims.

The most critical element of this investigation was the willingness of reporting parties to come forward to tell their story which takes a great deal of courage,” Kerns said.

Zeltvay has been with the Eugene Police Department since 1995. In 2003 he became a school resource team officer at South Eugene High School. Investigators fear there may be more victims.

I’m worried that these behaviors may have occurred within that school system and may have involved children,” said Sgt. Scott McKee, Eugene Police Department.

It’s something Officer Williams is concerned about too, so she’s encouraging victims to come forward like she did.

We want to talk to them. We’d like to hear their story, and they don’t need to be scared,” Williams said.

Circuit Court Judge Maurice Merton sentenced Zeltvay to 140 days in jail. Zeltvay must also register as a sex offender.