Friday, July 26, 2013

MA - Some Level 2 sex offender pictures going online

Sex offender registry
Original Article


By Mike Beaudet

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph Gants has ruled (PDF) that pictures of moderate-risk Level 2 sex offenders can be posted on the state's Sex Offender Registry Board website, as long as they were classified after the law went into effect on July 12.

The battle over publicizing information about Level 2 sex offenders online hit the Supreme Judicial Court Tuesday, where the state's public defenders sought an injunction barring the state from putting the information on the Internet.

Names, pictures and crimes of high-risk Level 3 sex offenders in Massachusetts are already online, but it's not so easy to find out about one of the more than 6,000 Level 2 offenders, those deemed a moderate risk to re-offend. That information can be obtained only by physically visiting a police station.

The law to publicize Level 2 offender information was part of the new budget, signed into law this month by Gov. Deval Patrick.

It's not known how many Level 2 sex offenders have been classified since July 12 and when the Sex Offender Registry Board will put that information online.

Justice Gants also referred the matter to the full SJC for a review.

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How to abolish child sexual abuse - eBook Published

Steve Mizera - How to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse
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I wish to announce that my eBook has been published and is available at Amazon and will be available elswhere soon. I wish to thank Sex Offender Issues blog for the many news reports that I copied and commented on to answer the questions: Who molests children, How and Why, Where and When, but most important What society must do to abolish child sexual abuse.

In short legislation must provide sexual abuse awareness before children become victims. Parents need to be held accountable if they could have prevented the abuse. And the current registration system needs to be replaced with a system that registers all adults who have a responsibility for the educational, spiritual or recreational development of children. At the time of their registration they must be made aware of the consequences should they molest an child.

The focus must shift from punishing past offenders (and their innocent families) to preventing current and future offenders.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse (FACSA).

A Book Description may be necessary and follows.

From an early age we are taught to respect and trust police. Most of us do. But today we watch the evening news or read that another policeman has molested a child, or was caught with child pornography.

We begin to question our reason to trust. How is the molestation or the sexual abuse of children to be anticipated and stopped?

At the age of seventy-two I believe I have found answers to the questions: who molests children, where and when, and how and why?

But most important I offer recommendations on what must be done to prevent child molestation. In contrast, I examine and explain why what is being done today is not working.

Really good computer hackers eventually get caught and go to prison. Some then offer their experience to corporations and get paid well to prevent hacking.

Those in favor of hiring hackers (and the hackers hoping to be hired) will argue that “it takes one to catch one.” However, you don’t see law enforcement agencies hiring former murderers to help them catch violent criminals. So It all comes down to a question of trust.

I was physically and mentally abused as a child in an orphanage, and sexually abused in a second orphanage. I grew up to commit a similar despicable act for which I was convicted and spent time in the notorious Folsom State Prison.

This book is part of my effort at redemption. I examine many of the news stories that shock those who hear or read that yet another trusted man with a badge has violated that trust and destroyed a child's life. In rehashing these news reports I am not anti-police, but I am anti-child sexual abuse.

I believe my book makes the case for what is necessary in order to abolish child sexual abuse. There must be mandatory child sexual awareness taught to children as soon as they enter school with age appropriate increases in knowledge as they go through school.

Parents must be held accountable if there was any way they could have prevented the abuse but failed to do so.

The sex offender registration needs to be abolished because it focuses on who already committed the sexual abuse of children. Instead, registration of all adults who are responsible for the academic, spiritual and recreational education of children should be implemented and the focus should be on the consequences should they abuse a child. This will shift the emphasis to prevention, not needless punishment of the families of ex-sex offenders.

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PA - Victim sues city, police officer (Tyrone Wiggins) imprisoned for sex abuse

Tyrone Wiggins
Tyrone Wiggins
Original Article


By Joseph A. Slobodzian

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Tyrone Wiggins, imprisoned for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in his karate class, has been sued by his victim, now 32 and a police officer herself.

The woman filed a personal injury lawsuit against Wiggins, the City of Philadelphia, and three former police commissioners, contending they ignored signs that the decorated officer was "an abusive and out-of-control cop."

The suit was filed July 1 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. On Tuesday, the City Solicitor's Office had the case moved to federal court, calling it a civil rights case.

Assistant City Solicitor Christopher H. Rider, who filed the removal, could not be reached for comment. City officials generally decline to comment on pending litigation.

Lawyer Nancy J. Winkler, who filed the suit with partners Stewart J. Eisenberg and Dino Privitera, said she would try to get the case moved back to Common Pleas Court.

Wiggins, now 54, was sentenced in March 2011 after a jury found him guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, and corrupting a minor.

Wiggins, who said he was innocent and the victim and police had lied, had a large group of supporters who described him as a "cop's cop" shot in the line of duty, a loving husband and father, and a skilled and admired teacher at his own karate school.

Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd, however, called Wiggins a sexual predator responsible for "a case of child abuse carried out against a victim by an assailant she trusted."

Wiggins has appealed his conviction to state Superior Court. He is held in the state prison at Mahanoy City in Schuylkill County.

The victim testified at Wiggins' trial that he targeted her when she was 10 and her parents enrolled her and her brother in his karate class at Olney Recreation Center. The Inquirer is withholding the woman's name in keeping with its policy of not identifying victims of sexual assault without their permission. She described a two-year grooming process during which Wiggins insinuated himself into her family and became her self-described godfather. By the time she was 13, she said, they had begun having intercourse.

The relationship began breaking apart after the victim turned 18. She said Wiggins became increasingly threatening and violent, trying to maintain control. After she became a police officer, the victim said, she went to Internal Affairs investigators and told them what had happened.

Wiggins retired in 2009 after 23 years of service - a day before he was arrested.

In addition to the city and former Police Commissioners Richard Neal, John Timoney, and Sylvester Johnson, the suit names the Department of Parks and Recreation, whose predecessor operated the Olney center.

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