Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NY - Middletown man (Richard Brown) admits shooting neighbor

Richard Brown
Richard Brown
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So if what this man did wasn't because his neighbor was an ex-sex offender, why bring it up?


By Heather Yakin

GOSHEN - A Middletown man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Orange County Court to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his neighbor, a registered sex offender.

Richard Brown, 69, took the plea in Orange County Court, admitting that he shot and killed 54-year-old [name withheld] on Wickham Avenue the night of Feb. 6, 2012. Richard Brown was arrested three weeks later and charged with murder.

In exchange for the manslaughter plea negotiated by Brown's lawyer, Joseph Brown (no relation), and Senior Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Albanese, Brown will get 15 years in prison and four years of post-release supervision by parole.

Richard Brown's wife watched from the courtroom gallery, accompanied by a relative. They have attended each court date.

[name withheld]'s history as a convicted rapist and a registered sex offender didn't factor into his death. There had been tensions between the neighbors before the shooting, officials said at the time.

As he took his guilty plea, Richard Brown initially said he was trying to stop [name withheld]'s dog from killing him. Then, after Judge Nicholas De Rosa moved to cancel the plea and set a trial date, Richard Brown acknowledged that he intended to seriously harm [name withheld].

The defendant fired eight rounds from his .22-caliber Marlin rifle, hitting [name withheld] four times, Albanese told De Rosa.

"And when you did this, your intent was to cause serious physical injury?" De Rosa inquired.

"Yes," Richard Brown answered.

"And your conduct caused his death?"


Mrs. Brown declined to comment on the case.

Richard Brown remains in Orange County Jail, held in lieu of $250,000 bail or $500,000 bond. He'll be sentenced on Oct. 2.

AZ - Former TPD officer (Martin Ward) pleads guilty to child porn distribution

Martin Ward
Martin Ward
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By Jackie Kent

TUCSON - A former Tucson Police officer has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor.

Martin Ward entered his plea in court Monday morning.

In March, detectives investigating the distribution of child pornography online traced a file to an Internet address belonging to the former officer.

U.S. Marshals arrested Ward in Prescott back in June, after he reportedly fled the Tucson area.

Ward resigned from TPD last December following his arrest on domestic violence charges.

He is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

OH - Ex-deputy (Michael Gouge) sentenced in student sex case

Michael Gouge
Michael Gouge
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By Mark Caudill

MANSFIELD - A former Richland County Sheriff’s deputy tried to hide his sexual relationship with a student while he was teaching at Pioneer Career and Technology Center.

Michael Gouge, 47, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for sexual battery. He pleaded guilty in June.

Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese said Gouge was not forthcoming when Pioneer officials confronted him about rumors of the relationship.

You said the only contact you had ever had with her was one phone call and one text message related to a class assignment,” DeWeese said. “That was a patent falsehood.”

Authorities recovered more than 1,700 text messages and nearly 17 hours of phone calls. The relationship took place over the course of five months while Gouge was teaching in the criminal justice program. He left the sheriff’s office in 2010 for a position at Pioneer.

The victim and her family did not attend Monday’s hearing, but wanted Gouge to get prison time, said Assistant Prosecutor Bambi Couch Page.

The female student was 18, but Ohio law prohibits any kind of sexual relationship between a student and teacher.

His choices were interesting based on his law enforcement background,” Couch Page said. “I’ve worked with Mike. It’s astounding to me that he would have crossed this line.”

Wearing a blue dress shirt and khaki pants, Gouge briefly addressed the court, saying he was ashamed. He also apologized to his family, friends and colleagues.

Defense attorney Charlie Robinson said Gouge spent 15 years at the sheriff’s office and 17 years in the military.

This unfortunate incident has destroyed his life,” Robinson said. “He’s lost his career. He has been humiliated.”

Gouge resigned from Pioneer.

He was not an ordinary teacher. He was really exceptional,” Robinson said. “This was a position he loved and cared about.”

Robinson said Gouge has accepted responsibility for his actions.

He realizes he’s the one who’s totally at fault,” the defense attorney said. “This crime wouldn’t have been a crime if it had happened 79 days later (after graduation).”

Robinson said Gouge has been beset by personal problems. His father recently died, and his mother is dying, Robinson said.

Incarceration will in no way benefit society,” Robinson said.

In addition, Robinson said, Gouge suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from a July 2007 fatal crash in which he struck a pedestrian with his cruiser.

Gouge was operating with emergency lights and siren as he headed to a reported fight at Twin Lakes Golf Course when he struck Adam Marchant, 31. Gouge was cleared of any wrongdoing.

DeWeese was not swayed and declared Gouge a Tier III sex offender, meaning he will have to register with the county sheriff where he lives every 90 days for life.

Chris Rock gave terminally ill teen a copy of Pamela Anderson's sex tape

Chris Rock admits giving teenage boy pornography
Chris Rock
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I know he is a comedian, and they may think this is funny, but it's not, and if this really happened, then he should be arrested and put on the sex offender registry for something. If you or I gave a child pornography we'd be in prison right now.



CHRIS Rock says he gave a cancer-stricken teenage boy a copy of Pamela Anderson's sex tape as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation visit.

"I snuck him the Pam Anderson sex tape," the comedian told Jerry Seinfeld.

The story emerged as the comedy colleagues shared a moment in the latest episode of Seinfeld’s Emmy-nominated web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

After hearing of Rock’s risque final offering to the 15-year-old, Seinfeld takes his hands off the steering wheel and laughs while clapping.

Rock says the boy "is dead now", which prompts Seinfeld to offer a eulogy, saying the teen enjoyed a few good moments before dying.

"He lived a little more."

IA - Iowa inmates held past release dates won't be compensated, court reaffirms

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By Jason Clayworth

Iowa inmates held beyond their proper release dates won’t be compensated, a federal appeals court ruled today.

Had the former inmates been successful in their suit, they could have cost Iowa taxpayers millions of dollars in settlements.

The lawsuit was on behalf of Mahaska County sex offender [name withheld] and other inmates who contend they were held too long under new rules outlined in a 2011 decision by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Iowa justices ruled that convicted sex offender [name withheld] deserved credit for time spent under home supervision even though he was later found to have violated probation during that time.

According to the decision, Iowa law clearly requires that any defendant committed to the state Department of Corrections for supervision "who has probation revoked shall be given credit for such time served."

That ruling changed the math used to calculate prison relate dates for 3,444 prisoners.

Discharge dates were checked and double-checked as part of a review completed in early November of 2011, roughly four months after the court’s ruling. That process led to the immediate release of 551 inmates from prison and work release programs and recalculation of a new release date for 2,588 others.

The class action lawsuit, filed against Iowa Department of Corrections director John Baldwin, said that "hundreds if not thousands of Iowa inmates" had been detained past the dates they properly should have been set free.

Court papers alleged that the state's failure to properly release inmates violates the fourth, eighth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit sought "compensatory damages on a per diem basis in an amount to be determined," as well as attorney fees and appointment of "a special master to supervise Department of Corrections to ensure that all inmates are released on or before their release dates."

State officials said compensation could have cost $100 or more a day for many of the prisoners.

William Benton, a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, concluded in a ruling issued today that a prior district court ruling was affirmed. That ruling determined that Baldwin has what is known as “qualified immunity,” which protects government officials from liability when working in their official capacities. That effectively closes the case since individuals -- not government entities-- must be named as defendants in federal lawsuits.

Jeff Lipman, a Des Moines area attorney who represented [name withheld], could not immediately be reached for comment. It’s possible that the issue could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

William Hill, an assistant attorney general, praised today’s decision, saying Iowa officials moved as quickly as possible following the Iowa Supreme Court’s 2011 decision.

We’re pleased with the result,” Hill said. “The Iowa Department of Corrections moved quickly and properly applied the credit as soon as it was possible to do so.”

NH - Online predators not distinctively dangerous sex offenders, study says

Internet predators
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A new University of New Hampshire study challenges the view that online predators are a distinctly dangerous variety of sex offender, requiring special programs to protect youth.

The study from the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center finds that sex offenders who target teens increasingly use Internet and cell phone communications to lure teens into sexual relationships. In crimes that involve such communications, offenders who meet and recruit youth online operate in much the same way as offenders who meet and know youth in ordinary offline environments.

"These are all serious crimes," said lead author Janis Wolak, a senior researcher at the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center. "But the so-called 'online predators' are not more insidious."
- And from this study, it shows that children are more likely to be approached by a peer than some predator.

The research results are presented in the Journal of Adolescent Health in the article "Are Crimes by Online Predators Different From Crimes by Sex Offenders Who Know Youth In-Person?" authored by Wolak and David Finkelhor, professor and director of the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center.

The study compared 143 cases where sex offenders met underage victims online with 139 cases where offenders knew victims in offline capacities, such as through their schools, families, churches or neighborhoods. All of the offenders used the Internet or cell phones to communicate with victims. The incidents came from a national sample of law enforcement cases in which offenders were arrested for Internet-related sex crimes. Details about the cases were provided by police investigators.

The majority of cases in both groups involved illegal sexual activity with underage youth, or statutory rape. Both groups involved a common dynamic: adult men who used online communications to seduce and manipulate teens, mostly girls, into sexual relationships. Many offenders also solicited sexual images from victims. However, force, abduction and even identity deception were rare.

"We should stop emphasizing the dangers of online strangers. We should start teaching children and adolescents to understand and resist sexual advances from adults, whether met online or in-person and whether made through online communications or in-person. That would do more to protect young people," Wolak said.

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