Tuesday, October 1, 2013

GA - Sex offender forced to live in shed in back of probation office

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A close friend of mine has been going through hell trying to clear his name, I need your help making a difference. Please post this video everywhere, I want everyone to know and be aware of this, it could happen to anyone. He is a college graduate with two kids he has not seen since 2008 when this legal situation came to the light and railroaded him. PLEASE HELP US FREE HIM!! HE IS CURRENTLY DOING TIME NOW FOR THE SAME SITUATION EVEN THOUGH HE HAS BEEN COMPLYING! We will not show his face or share his name in this video to protect his privacy, however this is very real and happening to a lot of people, not just him.

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FL - How Florida Lawmakers Might Strengthen Sexual Predator Laws

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Original Article

09/30/2013

By Trevor Sikkema



Florida law enforcement officials and state legislators are considering the enactment of tougher consequences for sexual predators and are calling for a review of the current law.

In committee meetings this week, they discussed ways to give law enforcement officials more legal tools to deal with offenders and prevent re-offenses.

The situation was brought to light after the abduction and murder of 8-year-old Cherrish Perrywinkle by _____, a registered sex offender, in Jacksonville this summer garnered national publicity.

This was one of the many other cases, including the abduction, sexual assault and murder of Jessica Lunsford in Citrus County in 2005 and abduction, rape and murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson in Clay County in 2009, that have forced Florida’s law enforcement officials and legislators to question the effectiveness of the current laws.

Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala said although the current system works for some cases, sometimes it isn't enough.

It’s a situation where the system works pretty well 95 percent of the time, but in those five percent, they are horrendous cases and it’s simply cases we can’t lose,” he said. “We can’t be in a position to endanger the public.”

Florida has the fourth highest number of registered sex offenders in the nation, and after convicted offenders serve their time, depending on the severity of their case, they can be fully released back into society.

Lt. Scott Tummond, criminal investigations commander in Levy County, said he suggests enacting a costly, but highly effective way of monitoring offenders after their release.

The only thing that I can envision is some type of GPS monitoring that they need to wear after their release,” he said. “You have to look at what type of sanctions the court is placing on them when they get convicted of whatever crime it is they have committed.”
- GPS costs a ton of tax payer money and has a lot of problems with malfunctions, and not all registrants coming out of prison are dangerous and do not require 24/7 monitoring.  Even for the most dangerous, if they wanted to commit a crime, GPS would not prevent it.

Tummond said the current law is not strict enough on offenders that violate their check-ins or are found in prohibited areas, and he recommends that the state increase penalties for violations with stronger sentencing.

While most lawmakers would like to see criminals learn from their ways, not all offenders can be rehabilitated, and Baxley said studies show that some people cannot be trusted.
- This is true for all aspects of life, not just ex-sex offenders.

Once they cross that bright line and they are identified a predator, it is very hard due to the limited number of people that we see recover with any kind of rehabilitation,” Baxley said. “Many of these people are simply wired wrong and they will tell you, ‘ I’ll never be OK, I’m dangerous.’
- We don't buy this at all!  If your treatment is not working, then maybe you should look into changing how treatment works instead of assuming they are permanently damaged and just give up on them.  If you treat people with respect and as human beings instead of monsters, then maybe things will change?  You ever consider that?  Apparently not!

John Rutherford, a sheriff in Duval county, which is where Cherrish Perrywinkle was abducted, said he has been questioning why and how something so drastic could have happened.
- As long as human beings exist on this planet, evil will always occur.  No amount of laws will stop it.

He said law enforcement officials need more tools to effectively prevent sexual predators from fully acting out.
- So, how many tools do you need?  And what do you suggest?  I am assuming you simply want to be able to lock them up for life, until they die, so you can forget about them?  But even if that was done, sexual crimes would still occur.

And I think we really need the ability to go in and search their residence for evidence of sexual crimes,” he said. “I’d like to look at their computer to see if they’re involved in child pornography—those sort of things—whether they may be doing drugs which could lead them to go out and re-offend sexually.”
- If they are on probation / parole, then you can do that, as far as we know, but if they are not, you can still do it, with a warrant and probably cause.

Rutherford said he believes privacy should be compromised for sexual offenders in certain cases.

I could literally be talking to a sexual predator, a sexually violent predator, at the front door of his residence, and he could have a little boy tied up in the back bedroom,” he said.
- True, and you could also be talking with a serial killer at the front door who has many people buried in their back yard as well, so what's your point?

The official legislative session is in March, and Baxley said until then, lawmakers will work on potential bills.

We are in the process of reviewing everything that touches that arena to see what changes we need to make, because our first job is public safety,” he said.

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UK - Margate: Woman (Charmaine Ripley) Admits False Rape Claim

Playing the rape cardOriginal Article

10/01/2013

A woman who falsely claimed she had been raped in a park in Margate has admitted wasting police time.

Charmaine Ripley, 26, of Leslie Avenue, Margate, sparked a large-scale police investigation after claiming she was raped in Hartsdown Park, Margate, in the early hours of Saturday, 8 June 2013. Ripley told officers that a man had attacked her as she walked home from a local nightclub.

An investigation followed which involved over 30 officers. A ‘crime scene’ was cordoned off at the park and a fingertip search of the area was conducted by specially trained officers.

Hours of work went into attempting to find forensic evidence to support Ripley’s claims but as officers investigated the alleged attack clear inconsistencies in her account of the incident began to question the validity of her allegation. When officers raised these issues with Ripley, she admitted that she had not been raped.

On 13 August Ripley was charged with wasting police time and on Monday, 30 September, she admitted the offence before Magistrates.

Detective Inspector Gavin Moss of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: "Ripley wasted hundreds of hours of police time by falsely claiming she had been raped."

"Police conducted house-to-house investigations, speaking with residents who were clearly alarmed and worried about an attack which, as it transpired, had never occurred."

In addition to this specially trained officers and forensic teams worked at the scene, they are a valuable and much needed resource which could have been used helping genuine victims of crime.

"We take all reports of rape extremely seriously; it is a crime which often has a devastating impact on the victim. We use every available resource to us to both support the victim and see justice is served. Every time a false allegation is made, it takes away from the genuine victims who need our help."

The case was adjourned until Monday, 7 October for pre-sentence reports.