Saturday, October 12, 2013

IL - State police officer (Isaac Martinez) arrested, charged with sex offenses against a 14-year-old

Isaac Martinez
Isaac Martinez
Original Article

10/11/2013

MORRIS - Police say an Indiana State Police Trooper has been arrested after allegations he engaged in sex with a 14-year-old.

State police say an anonymous complaint was made on August 28, 2013. At the conclusion of an investigation, officers arrested Isaac Martinez, a 5-year member of the state police. He was previously assigned road patrol duties at the Indianapolis post.

An ISP spokesman said Martinez was placed on administrative leave with pay on September 23. A warrant was issued on October 11, alleging Martinez committed two class B felony violations, Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, and one C Felony violation of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.

As a result of being charged for allegedly committing a felony, the spokesman says Martinez's employment status was changed to administrative leave without pay. After the criminal case has concluded, Martinez may be subject to an internal investigation.

The arrest occurred without incident in the town of Morris, IL shortly after 6:00 CST Friday evening. Martinez is incarcerated while awaiting extradition to Indiana. Extradition and initial arraignment are anticipated to occur sometime during the week of October 13. Bond is expected to be set at $30,000.

The Indiana State Police conducted the investigation, which has been submitted to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.


TX - The Recanters: What Happens When Abuse Claims Come Undone?

Beverly Troupe
Beverly Troupe
Original Article

10/09/2013

By Maurice Chammah

One morning in late 1986, Beverly Troupe approached her mother and said she felt a burning sensation when she urinated. This wasn’t the first time. LaVern Troupe had taken her 8-year-old daughter to the hospital with similar symptoms twice before: once in Germany, where they had lived earlier that year, and again in Killeen, where they were now stationed. LaVern’s husband, _____, served in the military as a telecommunications officer, and the family moved with him from base to base. LaVern and _____ had married five years earlier, when Beverly was 3, and had two boys and a girl together. Though he wasn’t her biological father, _____ considered Beverly his daughter.

He was running drills that morning at Fort Hood and LaVern was alone with the children when Beverly started complaining of pain. LaVern took her daughter to the Darnall Army Community Hospital at the base. A doctor examined Beverly, found nothing wrong and sent them home. But the pain didn’t go away. Beverly complained again that night, so her mother waited for _____ to get home and they returned to the hospital. They were young parents, in their mid-twenties, and the pediatrician who examined Beverly, Dr. Samuel Mujica, was 29. When he conducted a pelvic exam, Mujica noticed something unusual: Beverly, he scribbled in his notes, was missing her hymen. There were several small cuts around her vaginal area. She was “very reserved,” he later said. She wouldn’t laugh. She wouldn’t make eye contact. He came to suspect that she had been sexually abused.

Mujica decided that Beverly should stay the night, and he told _____ and LaVern about his findings. LaVern responded that her daughter had been playing with a rope swing across the street from their house with other children. Beverly was regularly bullied, Lavern explained, and, because she was small and had short hair, other kids would say she looked like a boy. So she would insist on wearing dresses, and when leaping onto the rope swing she would have little protection.

Beverly slept at the hospital that night. The next morning Mujica ordered more tests, which produced evidence of “lacerations” on her vagina. He brought in a gynecologist to examine Beverly, who was sedated, and together they estimated that the abrasions inside her vagina were less than three weeks old. “My opinion is that Beverly had a vagina that … compared to the vagina of a sexually active adult woman,” Mujica later said. “The only thing that could cause that is really penetration by some sort of object.”

Mujica—who did not return multiple calls to the Las Vegas hospital where he is now listed on staff—would later testify that the explanations offered by Beverly’s parents were not convincing. LaVern remembers it differently. “The doctors never acknowledged me and never noticed I was in the room,” she told me. Eventually she got a nurse to talk to her. What the nurse told her is seared into her memory: “Like a hooker,” the nurse said, “her cherry has been busted.”
- What kind of nurse uses these terms?

LaVern remembers “forgetting where I was.” She ran to the waiting room and told _____ what the nurse had said. He remembers standing up and shouting curses. He remembers being told he would be the primary suspect. The hospital called his company commander at Fort Hood, who ordered him to return to the barracks. LaVern took the other children home.

Mujica contacted the Department of Human Services and requested an investigation. A social worker named Helen Paramore, herself just 25, interviewed Beverly alone after her parents had left the hospital. Paramore later contended that she talked with Beverly alone because allowing the parents in the room “would not have been a good investigative move,” since they might pressure Beverly. After three and a half hours alone in a room with Paramore, Beverly emerged claiming she had been molested by her stepfather, _____.

Later that year, Beverly told a Bell County jury that her stepfather had raped her. But that wasn’t all. She said he had also taken a rag stuffed with glass and used it to wash her private parts in the bathtub. _____ Troupe was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 50 years in prison.


TX - Former Officer (Robert Gutierrez Jr.) enters plea to sexual communication with minor

Robert Gutierrez Jr.
Robert Gutierrez Jr.
Original Article

10/10/2013

A former Ryan reserve police officer accused of sending explicit text messages to a minor has entered a plea to his charge.

Robert Gutierrez Jr. is charged with sending explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl.

Jefferson County district attorney officials say Gutierrez entered a "blind plea" of guilty .

That means he didn't accept the D.A.'s plea offer.

Authorities say the alleged victim was Gutierrez's foster child several months before the alleged texts were sent.

Gutierrez was a reserve officer for the Ryan Police Department assigned to Ryan Public School.

The judge has ordered a pre-sentence investigation before he decides Gutierrez's punishment.

He's expected to be sentenced Dec. 3.


LA - Former APSO deputy (Todd Tripp) rearrested for 304 counts of child pornography

Todd Tripp
Todd Tripp
Original Article

10/10/2013

A former deputy of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office was re-arrested Tuesday, October 9 on 304 counts of child pornography according to Chief Tony Bacala.

Todd Tripp, 24, of 921 A West Elrem St., Gonzales was an employee of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for 18 months but was terminated on September 10 when he was arrested on charges stemming with child pornography and indecent behavior with juveniles.

Tripp was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on September 10 but since bonded out on September 27. Detectives continued the investigation and rearrested Tripp on 304 counts of child pornography as a result of a thorough forensic investigation of items including laptops, cell phones, and other items seized during the search of Tripp's home.

He was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on October 8 where his bond has been set at $76,000.


NE - Alexandria leaders reject sex offender ordinance

Sex offender buffer zonesOriginal Article

10/10/2013

By KEVIN ABOUREZK

Leaders in the south-central Nebraska village of Alexandria let die an ordinance that would have restricted where sex offenders can live.

A motion to send the ordinance to a full vote of the Alexandria Village Board failed to win a second on Wednesday, said board member Mark Anderson, declining to comment further.

The board gave initial approval to the ordinance Sept. 11, but it needed to survive two more readings.

As written, it would have forbidden registered sex offenders from living within 500 feet of schools, village-owned and maintained parks, licensed day-care centers and any school bus stops on village property. The ordinance also would have levied fines of $500 per day to landlords who rented to sex offenders.

As of Thursday, one registered sex offender was living in the town of 177, according to the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. _____, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault 14 years ago and served more than two years in prison.

Nebraska ACLU opposed the proposed ordinance (PDF), saying it went beyond what state law allows. The group’s legal director, Amy Miller, sent a letter to the village board in September calling on it to reject the proposal.

She said it restricted locations state law doesn’t allow, including village-owned playgrounds or parks and school bus stops on village property. And, Miller said, the ordinance lacked a proper grandfather clause (Wikipedia) and created a new crime — renting to sex offenders — that state law doesn't permit.

Nebraska ACLU Executive Director Becki Brenner said Thursday the ordinance would have done little to prevent sexual violence because research shows residency restrictions don’t lead to significant reductions in offenses.

By deciding not to move forward with an unconstitutional ordinance, the Village of Alexandria can now spend their resources on practices that will actually make the community safer,” she said in a news release.


SC - Former W. Columbia officer (Andrew Haney) charged with sending obscene material to a minor

Andrew Haney
Andrew Haney
Original Article

10/09/2013

West Columbia - A former West Columbia police officer is facing a charge of sending obscene material to a minor.

Officials with the West Columbia Police Department say Andrew Haney was arrested following a federal investigation.

He is accused of sending obscene material to a girl under the age of 16 in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

A spokesperson for the West Columbia Police Department says Haney was fired at the time of his arrest.


AK - 11 Women Accuse Ex-Probation Officer (James Stanton) of Abuse

James Stanton
James Stanton
Original Article (Video Available)

10/09/2013

By Mallory Peebles

ANCHORAGE - The State of Alaska and an ex-probation officer are the target of a civil lawsuit following allegations of sexual abuse from at least 11 women.

In 2012, James Stanton was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation after he pleaded guilty to attempted bribery and harassment.

As part of the plea bargain, the state dropped charges of sexual assault from three women. Since then, even more women have come forward with allegations against Stanton.
- And we are all told that police, politicians and others are held to a higher standard, well, that simply is not true, it's the total opposite.

Attorney Colleen Libbey said her office represents 11 women who have filed lawsuits against Stanton and the state.

"In our case, the women went to Wellness Court and they wanted to improve their lives," Libbey said. "They wanted to get out of the cycle they were in, and instead they were abused."

The state offers felony offenders a lesser sentence if they enter the 12- to 18-month program to get sober. Graduates can also receive reduced fines, and in some instances cases are dismissed.

Libbey said her clients claim everything from sexual harassment to sexual pentration occured, and she said some of the incidents happened inside the Nesbett Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, where Stanton worked.

"Stanton was able to do the things he did while worked for the state of Alaska and he wasn’t monitored or supervised," said Libbey.

When the pre-trial status hearing is held Thursday, one issue that could be addressed is Stanton's employee records.

Libbey has requested Stanton's employment records, but the state has filed a motion to keep those confidential.

John Skidmore, director of the Alaska Department of Law's Criminal Division, said Stanton is serving his probation sentence of five years and that a violation could result in additonal jail time.

The state declined to comment when contacted by Channel 2.


CA - Sex Offenders Driven Out By 'Pocket Parks'

Joe Buscaino
Joe Buscaino
Original Article

The REAL reason you are seeing this is due to the residency zones which do nothing to prevent crime or protect anybody, but they force ex-offenders into clusters and in areas like this. If the residency restrictions, which don't work, were repealed, then ex-offenders could live where they wanted and this wouldn't be an issue, but we all know politicians don't care about the truth and facts, only what can make themselves look "tough" on crime.

10/12/2013

By Greg Milam

Communities in the US who say their neighborhoods have been blighted by high concentrations of registered sex offenders have found an unusual way of driving them away.

The phenomenon of 'pocket parks', which are built on patches of waste land, is spreading across the country and forcing sex offenders to move out.

Under Jessica's Law (Wikipedia), which is named in honor of nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford who was abducted and murdered by a convicted sex offender, anyone on the register cannot live within 2,000 feet of a park or school.

Because of that, communities that are considered "park poor", with few schools or play areas, have become havens for high concentrations of registered offenders.

Local people have taken to calling them "perverts' row".

Civil rights campaigners claim the parks are driving sex offenders underground and do nothing to make children any safer.

However, communities argue it is a demonstration of people power.

In Harbor Gateway, a working-class neighbourhood close to the Port of Los Angeles, a former patch of waste ground close to a busy junction is now home to a new playground.

It often stands unused but since it was built, dozens of registered sex offenders who lived in the area, including more than 30 in one small apartment block, have been forced to move on or face violating their probation or parole.
- So much for the Constitutional issue of ex post facto laws (Wikipedia).  These people should be grandfathered in, otherwise it's an unconstitutional law / park.

Council member Joe Buscaino (Wikipedia), a former Los Angeles police officer who now represents the Harbor Gateway district, pushed for the playground to be built.

He told Sky News: "Parents would live in fear, close their curtains shut and lock their doors, and we sent a message loud and clear that we shouldn't have to live this way."
- And we shouldn't have to live with politicians who love to exploit fear, children and ex-offenders, but we don't see you passing a law against that!

Pocket parks are being built from Florida to Oklahoma as more communities learn of their impact.

The LA suburb of Wilmington is another that has become home to high concentrations of registered sex offenders, many of whom live in former hotels. A soon-to-be-opened playground will change that.

Mum-of-two Corina Larios, who lives near the site, said: "I used to worry about me or my kids being out at night."
- So how is a pocket park changing that?  You are out at night when kids shouldn't be in the park in the first place.

"It is terrible that they feel that they can come and throw all of the undesirables into our city ... and we're upset because there are a lot of good families here."
- If you are upset, then you need to tell the politicians to get rid of the residency restrictions that force ex-offenders to cluster in your area, then it wouldn't be a problem.

Those who campaign for the rights of registered offenders say the parks simply make it harder to monitor them and suggest they are unconstitutional and misguided.

Janice Belluci, president of California Reform Sex Offender Laws, said: "The people who are already on the sex offenders' registers are the least likely to sexually assault their children, with the rate of re-offence less than 2%."

"The people most likely to assault your child are family members, teachers, coaches and members of the clergy."

Local police applaud community action but say society needs to find an answer to where rehabilitated registered offenders should go.

LAPD sergeant Catherine Plows told Sky News said poorest neighborhoods often suffer the most.

"Does that make it right for them to endure an inordinate number of sex offenders being placed here? No, it doesn't," she said.
- Well, like we said, get rid of residency restrictions and this wouldn't be an issue any more.

"There is no magical island they can be placed on. In the end they are human beings and they have the same rights as we do."
- They are suppose to, and since they don't, that is why these laws are unconstitutional.