Monday, October 7, 2013

NM - "Digging" - Matthew Coker's Testimony (User story)

Video Description:
This (mostly) live recording is of Matthew Coker's testimony given at Celebrate Recovery at Highland Baptist Church, in Clovis, NM, on Sept. 19, 2013.

Matthew is a former porn addict and an ex-con who has found freedom in Christ and now sponsors and counsels other men who have been going down the same path he took.

This is a powerful story. Celebrate Recovery programs and any other Christian program has our full permission to show this at your church or meeting.

If your church or group would like to bring Matthew Coker as guest speaker to your church or event, you can contact him via Twitter (listed below).

(Apologies for the quality, an older camera was used.)

We are not representatives of Celebrate Recovery as a national organization, and while most of the material in these videos is from the CR curriculum, some has been written by us and/or drawn from our own experiences! We'd love your feedback!

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TX - Sex offender registration (User story)

The following was sent to us via the contact form and posted with the users permission.

By SL:
My son is a convicted sex offender. He is serving 8 years and one month in Federal prison in Big Spring, TX. He is now 40 years old, and has been locked up for 2 years already. His "crime" was downloading a video that had an attachment and he opened it - child pornography was on it. He sent an email to the local FBI office telling them what he found and got arrested for possession of child pornography. We hired the only private attorney we could afford as he is a disabled veteran and I am also disabled. My son was living with me at this time.

The attorney we hired never one time objected to anything the Federal prosecutor said, regarding evidence or anything else and we still ended up paying him.

My son has an honorable discharge from the Marines, has NEVER been in trouble with the law - not even a traffic ticket in over 20 years. He got the "mandatory" sentence even though he had a clean record. He will now have to register as a sex offender and child predator even though he never knew any of the people in this video nor had any contact with the people who put this attachment on the video. He did not buy, sell, produce, trade or show this video to anyone.

My question is this: Why do people like my son need to register as a "dangerous predator" when people who have been convicted of MURDER and are on parole do not have to register???? Are murderers less "dangerous?"

My son will not be allowed to go anywhere there are children so basically when he is paroled he will not be allowed to go anywhere or even participate in family events. I live in an apartment and I will have to move in order to provide a home for my son. I will have to be very careful to find a place that is away from children - where in the world is that??? My son will not be allowed to go to a library, theater, park, beach, etc. So how is he suppose to find a job? How is he suppose to "re-enter" society? I will also be subjected to anything or anyone that threatens my son. I'm not sure, but I also believe the parole agents will tell me I cannot have a computer in the home if my son lives with me. So this also infringes on my rights as well as my son's.
- Are you sure he cannot go anywhere children are present or loiter?  Loiter is being somewhere without a purpose, but if he is going to the grocery story for food, or some other place with a purpose, then he is not loitering.

He will basically still be in prison, just inside our home as even a trip to the grocery store will bring him into contact with children. Shopping for clothes - same thing and the list goes on and on.

Is it any wonder many on parole cut off their GPS monitors and simply disappear into the woodwork? They live in homeless camps, under overpasses, bridges, etc. and the authorities lose track of them as do their families. How is this even constitutional?

The "Justice" system is a joke. I see posters all over the Federal courthouse stating "If You See Something, Say Something" and that is an even bigger joke and not a funny one at that. My son saw something and said something and he is now paying the price with his name, reputation and entire future.

UK - 'I jumped on his head myself!': Pregnant woman (Rachel Ashworth) is jailed for organising gang beating of innocent man who was wrongly named as a paedophile on vigilante website

Rachel Ashworth
Rachel Ashworth
Original Article

And yet another reason the online hit-list should be offline and used by police only, and extortion / mugshot websites should be taken offline and the people in charge arrested.



A mother-to-be who masterminded a vicious gang beating of an innocent man after he was falsely accused by a group of vigilante 'paedophile hunters' has been jailed for 16 weeks.

College student Rachel Ashworth, 28, was one of three people who launched a sustained assault on _____, a vulnerable epileptic, after she saw his name on the controversial Predators Watch website.

She and her accomplices invaded his home on a quiet Sunday morning, forcing him back into the property when he answered the door, flooring him and knocking him out.

The victim, 39, was kicked, punched, had his ornaments hurled at him, was smashed over the head with his own trophy and was left bleeding and injured.

He was so terrified and traumatised by his horrific ordeal, he fled his hometown.

After the beating, Ashworth, from Colne, Lancashire, bragged on Facebook that she had 'defo found the right one,' and that his face would be a mess. She said she had enjoyed the violence and added: 'I even jumped on his head myself.'

During the boast she declared: 'Any paedophile deserves hanging.'

Mr _____ was wholly innocent and had never been a sex offender.

But he had wrongly been labelled an 'active predator,' on the website which has been accused of routinely naming innocent people as paedophiles - then demanding money for the names to be removed.

After her arrest, Ashworth was to claim to the police that he was a paedophile and it was 'all over the internet.'

Mr _____, who was kept in hospital a day, suffered a broken rib, for which he had to take strong painkillers for two months afterwards, as well as cuts and bruises in the premeditated assault at his home on June 16.

The court was told he is a completely innocent man and has never been convicted of any sexual offence.

At Burnley Crown Court, first time offender Ashworth - who is now 15 weeks pregnant with her first child admitted - assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 16 months.

Her two accomplices have not been traced after Ashworth refused to name them.

Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt said: 'This was vigilantism, wrongly. You identified this entirely innocent man and he’s now seeking help with mental issues, suffers panic attacks, his epilepsy has been made worse and he’s moved out of the area because he was afraid to stay where he was.'

'The Facebook entries were total bravado and disgraceful and demonstrate you showed no remorse whatsoever.'

'You are 15 weeks pregnant, but that cannot be used as a shield to stop an appropriate sentence being imposed.'

Earlier Miss Kimberley Obrusik, prosecuting, told the court the victim was at his home when he heard banging on the door about 9.30am. He opened it and saw Ashworth who he had known for about a month and two unidentified men.

Ashworth shouted: 'You are a paedophile b*****d', and was subjected to further verbal abuse before being punched by one of the men.

He fell backwards and all three began kicking and and punching him while he was on the floor, while continuing to call him a paedophile.

Mr _____ managed to get to his feet, was hit over the head with a trophy and was bleeding from a cut. All the gang then threw ornaments at him and carried on kicking and punching him.

The prosecutor continued: 'He must have become unconscious as the next thing he was aware of was hearing a car speeding away. He called the police and ambulance and was kept in hospital for 24 hours.'

She said: 'He suffers from epilepsy and was vulnerable. Since the assault, there have been significant complications.'

Miss Obrusik told the court: 'The complainant has no antecedents for any sexual offences in any way.'

She said Ashworth found the complainant’s details on a website called 'Predators Watch' where he was detailed as an 'active predator'.

The fraudulent website would put details on and want money for them to be removed.

The prosecutor said Ashworth was arrested after the Facebook message. She said she met the victim about a month before and didn’t trust him from the beginning. She alleged he had threatened to shoot her during the incident and she had thrown an ornament at his head.

In mitigation Kristian Cavanagh, for Ashworth, said she was studying for a diploma in beauty therapy.

The solicitor continued: 'The defendant knows this is a very serious offence. She well understands this offence crosses the custody threshold.'

'She recognises that it was a stupid thing to do, including the entry on Facebook. She took it off within an hour and has since left Facebook.'

The case comes after another a group of self-appointed online 'paedophile hunters' Letzgo Hunting closed down after it was linked to the suicide of a Leicestershire man it had confronted and accused of attempting to groom a child.

The group attracted controversy for its tactic of identifying suspected sex offenders by posing as teenage girls on social networking sites.

Its adult decoys engaged men in conversation and, when they believed they had evidence the men were sexually attracted to children, agreed to meet them in public places while still posing as the teenage girl.

At the meeting, the decoys revealed their real identities.

They filmed the encounters and posted the footage online, before passing their material including transcripts of online exchanges to police.