Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RUSSIA - Neo-Nazi ‘Pedophile Hunter’ Blamed for Tatarstan Stabbing

Maxim Martsinkevich
Maxim Martsinkevich
Original Article

We all know that those who scream the loudest are usually trying to divert attention away from themselves! We wonder what these vigilante thugs are hiding?

10/14/2013

MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) - A female member of a notorious far-right group that targets people it identifies as pedophiles and gays and subjects them to degrading abuse, has been fatally stabbed in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, reports said Monday.

The body of Yelena Gorbushkova, 30, was found in the local city of Naberezhnye Chelny on Sunday. She had been stabbed more than 20 times, including to the face and neck, Chelny-Izvest.ru local news website said.

The woman worked as a private guard at a local mall, and was a far-right activist in her spare time, the report said.

Gorbushkova, known as “Alyona SS,” also had a 10-year-old daughter, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily said.

A 27-year-old local welder pleaded guilty to the attack, the Investigative Committee’s local branch said in a statement Monday.

The statement gave no further details and cited no motive for the murder. However, a source at the Committee told RIA Novosti, on condition of anonymity, that the suspect was a local activist involved in the far-right “pedophile hunter” group Occupy-Pedofilyai.

The group’s Naberezhnye Chelny branch saw a series of defections last year, when members left to join the nationalist Russian All-People’s Union party. There have since been street clashes between the two groups, the source said, with those who left, including Gorbushkova, also being accused of being police informants.

Occupy-Pedofilyai was founded by Maxim Martsinkevich (Wikipedia), a former neo-Nazi skinhead and active nationalist who has served two prison terms for race-hate crimes.

The group targets alleged child abusers, setting up fake online profiles of minors advertising for paid sex to lure offenders out on “dates.”

The suspects are then interrogated on camera, as well as threatened, beaten up and, in many cases, doused with or made to drink urine.

Martsinkevich, 29, told Lenta.ru news website last year that he charged people a fee to take part in these child abuser-hunting “safaris.”

The group was also reported to have targeted teen gays, subjecting them to similar kinds of abuse.

Occupy-Pedofilyai has to date largely avoided police attention, which critics blame on victims’ reluctance to come forward. However, Sverdlovsk Region police searched the apartments of several group activists in the Urals in August, seizing weapons including axes, knives, nunchaku and shuriken.

Vigilante nationalism was again in the media spotlight in Russia last weekend, when a crowd of at least 1,000, including ultranationalists, rioted in Moscow over a murder they blamed on migrant workers.

Similar riots have taken place in recent years in several other regions in Russia, which is estimated to have at least 3 million illegal migrants, including many from the impoverished ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia, who do not need visas to enter Russia.

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AL - Lawmaker proposes sex offender castration bill

Rep. Steve Hurst
Rep. Steve Hurst
Original Article

10/14/2013

MONTGOMERY (WAFF) - An Alabama lawmaker is proposing a bill requiring some sex offenders to be castrated (Wikipedia) before being released from prison.

Republican Rep. Steve Hurst of Munford is proposing the bill for the 2014 legislative session.

The bill would require sex offenders who are over the age of 21 whose victims were 12 or younger to be surgically castrated before being released from prison. Under the bill, the sex offender would be required to finance their own castration.

Rep. Hurst proposed a version of the bill last year but it didn't make it out of committee.

In 2012, nine states had laws involving chemical castration for sex offenders.

Alabama's 2014 legislative session begins Jan. 14th.

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OK - CLEET certification continues for some sex-offending officers

Police - To serve and protect?
Original Article

10/13/2013

By SHAUN HITTLE

In July 2010, a former Kingfisher County Sheriff's Office deputy pleaded no contest to a charge of committing lewd acts with a child when he still was an officer two years earlier.

Shawn Theo Thomsen, then 43, was given a five-year suspended sentence, court records show. Now living in Texas, he's required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Despite the crime, Thomsen is still certified as a peace officer by the Council on Law Enforcement and Education, a state agency that certifies Oklahoma law officers. State law requires that the council take away certification for an officer who pleads guilty or no contest to a felony charge, removing him or her from law enforcement.

Thomsen's case highlights how a lack of communication between prosecutors and the agency that certifies officers has allowed dozens of Oklahoma officers who pleaded guilty to, or were convicted of, a felony to keep their certifications for years — more than a decade in some cases, an Oklahoma Watch investigation found.

Using court and council records and news reports, Oklahoma Watch identified a dozen cases from 2003 to 2011 where law officers were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, felonies but still have the council's certification as peace officers.

More recently, from 2010 to 2012, 66 officers had their certifications revoked or suspended, were given a letter of reprimand, or they surrendered their certification, according to copies of final disciplinary orders provided by the council.

In 22 cases where officers lost or gave up their certifications because of convictions, guilty pleas or other misconduct, it took longer than two years after the resolution of the case for CLEET's action to be completed, the disciplinary orders show. In 18 of those cases, it took longer than four years.

Under state law, district attorneys who handle felony cases involving officers are supposed to notify CLEET, which opens an investigation. That doesn't happen all the time, said Steve Emmons, the council's director.

"There isn't a good communication system in the state," Emmons said.

If the council isn't aware of such cases, it's difficult and time-consuming for his agency to track them down, he said.

Failure to notify
Oklahoma law states that CLEET "shall revoke the certification of any person upon determining that such person has been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude or a domestic violence offense."

The law also states that a plea of guilty or no contest for a felony offense, including a plea with a deferred sentence, subjects an officer to disciplinary action.

Oklahoma Watch provided Emmons with a list of a dozen cases in which officers were convicted of felonies from 2009 to 2011 but still have certifications. Emmons said his agency was unaware of at least several of them.

"We will take action against these," Emmons said.

Emmons, who has been CLEET director since 2011, attributed cases such as Thomsen's to a communication lapse between agencies.

The council has no way of knowing about the convictions or guilty pleas if district attorneys' offices don't let the agency know, he said. Council staff members do look for news reports on officers' misconduct, Emmons said.

Michael Fields, the district attorney who oversaw the Thomsen case, said his agency failed to notify the council of the conviction. "It was an oversight," said Fields, adding that his office would forward the conviction information to CLEET.

After being contacted by Oklahoma Watch, Trent Baggett, assistant executive coordinator for the District Attorneys Council, said the agency will contact district attorneys in the state and remind them about their obligation to notify CLEET.

"It's not necessarily something we train on each year," Baggett said. If notification "is not taking place, it should."

Time lapse
In other cases where officers were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, a felony, it took the council years to revoke an officer's certification.

For instance, former Dewar police officer Haskell Wadsworth, 69, was convicted in May 2000 of rape and molestation in Okmulgee County, served 10 years in prison and was released, court records show. It wasn't until a year later, in 2012, that the council revoked his certification.

Citing the state's Open Records Act, the council would not disclose specifics about how an officer's conviction or guilty plea came to its attention. It also would not provide the date or year of certification for any officer or release its list of all certified law enforcement officers in Oklahoma.

It's unclear if any delay in removing a certification has allowed an officer with a felony conviction or guilty plea to get a new job as a peace officer. Law enforcement agencies run background checks on applicants, and those checks would likely turn up a felony conviction or guilty plea unless the case was expunged.

Emmons said that since 2011, the council has begun looking into older cases of police misconduct, trying to identify some that had been overlooked.

"That doesn't mean the problems are fixed," he said.

The time lapses raise the question of how many more cases of officers with felony convictions have gone unreported to the council.

Emmons said the agency will take a look at cases identified by Oklahoma Watch, but it would be difficult to identify all cases without additional funding and resources.

"We may still not know about" other cases, Emmons said.


FL - Former Cape lawyer (John Powell) ring leader in global child porn case

John Powell
John Powell
Original Article

10/13/2013

By Hollie Hojek

CAPE CORAL - A local lawyer is accused of running a global child porn ring.

Federal court documents were released detailing a disturbing operation.

John Powell - or "Rex" as people call him - had a dark side no one knew about.

Powell's alleged secret life of sex with young children was kept hidden until now.

Court documents detailed the supposed global sex operation - revealing Powell would travel to foreign countries just to have sex with children.

Indiana investigators are calling the former Cape Coral attorney a ring leader in the global child sex operation dating back to 2009.

Documents state Powell, along with two other men, traveled across the United States and other countries to perform sexual acts with two young boys.

"As a lawyer, I'm sure other attorneys [and] every other person in this community, you have to be shocked and sickened by this," said Cape Coral attorney Stuart Pepper.

Pepper first heard about the child pornography charges against Powell in 2011. Powell was officially charged in 2012.

"For about a year and a half, this case was completely under the radar for the entire country. It's amazing how the feds were able to do this," said Pepper.

Pepper says what is even more surprising is that not even the attorneys who knew Powell best had any idea what was going on.

"How a man like Rex can work among us, with lawyers day after day, and still sneak away and do his sick stuff around the world without being detected is a remarkable achievement – in a bad way," said Pepper.

The other two men involved reportedly bought a child from Russia for $8,000 to use in the child porn ring.

The report states Powell and the two other men used a high definition camera to video record the sexual acts.

"This man was literally a criminal mastermind," said Pepper.

In June this year, one of the men involved plead guilty and faces 40 years in prison.

Powell is charged with at least four counts of sexual exploitation. If convicted he could suffer the same fate or worse.

"If Rex goes to trial, they are going to try him on all the counts and he could get charged on each count consecutively. He could easily serve over 100 years," said Pepper.

Powell is expected to appear in an Indiana district court at the end of the month.


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