Wednesday, October 23, 2013

FL - Vigilante Todd "Bubba the Love Sponge" Clem warns communities about sexual offenders

Todd Clem
Todd Clem
Original Article (Video Available)

He's a wanna-be Howard Stern shock jock who will do anything and exploit anybody for attention. He is also the person who mocked and insulted Mark Lunsford (See the BTLS category above), videos here and here.

10/23/2013

By Jeff Patterson

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - It's nearly Halloween. A time for little ghouls and goblins to dress up for Trick or Treat.

Tampa radio personality Todd "Bubba the Love Sponge" Clem is worried about some real scary people.

Bubba asked listeners to let him know where sexual offenders are located in their neighborhoods.

He says he then went onto the FDLE web site to verify the information and went says he went one step further to verify the offenders information on individual county law enforcement web sites.

Bubba then had yard signs printed on a red background with bold white letters that notify people that a convicted sexual predator lives at the address.
- He is basically exploiting ex-offenders for advertisement purposes, and we believe that is a crime!

Bubba says, "This is the season that a lot of kids are going to be running in a lot of peoples neighborhoods. Ok, things like that and I just want to bring public awareness to where these people, that have been convicted in a court of law, for some type of sexual deviant live."

Each year, local law enforcement officers knock on the door of sexual offenders to verify their address and to remind them not to hand out candy at Halloween.

Bubba says, "Your kids need to stay away from this address, not just October 31st, but year around, but particularly next week."
- Why on Halloween when not a single case of a child being sexually abused by a known or unknown ex-offender exists?  They are more likely to be hit by a car than sexually abused by someone.

Bubba the love sponge exploiting fear for advertisement purposes?
This is just an advertisement!
As Bubba placed yard signs in one Hillsborough County neighborhood, he quickly drew a crowd.

People recognized him and wanted to come shake his hand.

Most in the neighborhood support what he is doing.
- He is doing exactly what this vigilante sheriff is doing, but the sheriff is legal when he is not.

Candy Derolf lives in the neighborhood where Bubba placed the signs.

Derolf says, "I think it's a good idea, it's great. Cause we have a lot of young, young kids around here that unfortunately get around a lot by themselves."

Moments after Bubba left the area, one man came out of his home to take the sign out of his yard.
- Which is legal to do.  Bubba is being a vigilante and exploiting fear for his own advertisement purposes!

The man explained to a news crew, "I'm a sexual offender, not a sexual predator. Bubba got it wrong, there's a difference you know."


OH - Is Halloween law needed?

Halloween sex offender hysteria
Original Article

10/23/2013

By MARGARET THOMPSON

Rumors of razor blades in apples, children walking by themselves on busy streets at night, strangers wearing masks - Halloween festivities can conjure up a parent's worst nightmares.

For the second year, Girard is hoping to eliminate some perceived risks by preventing registered sexual offenders from participating in the activities, but whether the ordinance will be effective in preventing reoffense has yet to be seen.

The Girard ordinance prohibits registered sex offenders from using exterior lights on their homes and opening their doors to trick-or-treaters on city designated trick-or-treat days. They are also forbidden from decorating their homes and yard for Halloween.

"The following regulations impose reasonable time, place and manner regulations and are rationally related to the advance the city's interest in protecting children and the general public," the ordinance reads.

"Obviously we can't do enough to protect our children," Girard Mayor James Melfi said. "We're taking that step to show people we are thinking. It sets the stage for more awareness."

Similar ordinances have been passed in municipalities across the nation, several weeks ago in nearby Orwell and several years ago in multiple Texas cities. Last year, Simi Valley, Calif., passed an ordinance similar to Girard's but with the additional mandate that offenders post a sign in their yards announcing that no candy will be passed out at their residence.

Fact Box


Most common Halloween violations:
  • Theft - 32%
  • Destruction or vandalism - 21%
  • Assault - 19%
  • Burglary - 9%
  • Sex crimes - 1%

Source: Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment

The city was sued for encroaching on offenders' freedom of speech (Wikipedia) and ordered to remove the sign requirement.

Janice Bellucci, an attorney and president of the California Reform Sex Offender Laws group, led the lawsuit on behalf of the offenders. RSOL has state chapters across the country including one in Ohio. Bellucci said there is a common misconception nationwide that "once a sex offender, always a sex offender." She said, however, according to a study by the Department of Justice only 5.3 percent of offenders were found to recommit sex crimes within three years after being released from prison.

The study followed about 9,700 sex offenders, about 4,300 of whom were child molesters. Because of the low rate of reoffense, Bellucci said she believes the extra Halloween regulations are not effective and actually impose on the offenders' First Amendment rights.

Girard Law Director Brian Kren said the local ordinance was drafted to be "as respectful of peoples' rights as possible" even in the "limited circumstance" that offenders may attract children to their homes.

There are "no significant increases in sex crimes on or around Halloween," according to a study prepared for Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment. The study lead by Lynn University Associate Professor Jill Levenson Ph.D. drew conclusions by analyzing more than 67,000 non-familial sex crimes against children ages 12 and under. The study also concluded that any Halloween policies adopted during the 1997 to 2005 time period "appear not to have impacted the overall offense rate."

"You need to look at who it is that commits the crimes," Bellucci said, "93 percent of people who commit the crimes are not on the register. They are family members, teachers, members of the clergy, coaches and unfortunately in this time Boy Scouts leaders."

She said the Halloween ordinances are missing the target.

"In some cases these regulations give people a false sense of security. They think 'Oh, I am going to let my kids go out on their own.'"

When her children were young enough to trick-or-treat, she said she always made sure they were accompanied out of fear they might get hit by vehicles on the road. That is a well-placed fear, according to the CDC, since children are four times more likely to be killed in a vehicle accident on Halloween night.

Nevertheless, Melfi said Girard will uphold its ordinance even if it had never had a past incident in the city - home to six registered sex offenders.

"We're not taking that chance. That is her concern defending her clients as an attorney, ours is keeping our children safe," he said. "I don't think it's done anything at this time, but it's made an awareness."


What About Shame?

Video Description:
In this video Dr. Pennie Farrell of the Sex Offender Information Station, discusses shame and how it effects sex abuse victims and sexual abusers. She explains the process of moving shame away from the victim and suggests "giving" it to the abuser. She discusses practical ways this can be done by anyone affected by abuse. She starts by defining guilt as a mistake I have made, and shame is a belief that I am the mistake. Be sure to watch this important video.


What Can I Say to Victims of Sex Abuse?

This is a good video for some but it's more generalization. Not all those who wear the "sex offender" label abused their "victim!" Some were willing participants. We are not trying to "blame the victim" or downplay the abuse here, we are just pointing out the facts. Some were consensual relationships by juveniles who are now being punished for doing what children do, love each other and have sexual relations.

Video Description:
In this short video Dr. Pennie Farrell of the Sex Offender Information Station, answers the question, "What can I say to a victim of sex abuse?" Her surprisingly simple answer contains the hope of healing for any victim who can hear the strength and power behind her words. Any victim of any abuse should see this important video.


MN - Patty Wetterling: 'Miracles can happen'

Jacob Wetterling
Jacob Wetterling
Original Article

Our hearts go out to Patty and we hope the person(s) responsible for his kidnapping will come forward and tell Patty where her son is.

10/22/2013

By Shelby Capacio and Paul Blume

ST. JOSEPH (KMSP) - The past 24 years have been filled with heartache and uncertainty for Patty Wetterling because she still doesn't know what happened to her son Jacob (Wikipedia) on Oct. 22, 1989.

"I remember so much and then it blurs," Wetterling told Fox 9 News. "I was probably technically in shock."

Jacob was 11 years old, riding his bike with a brother and a friend to his St. Joseph home when he was snatched at gunpoint, never to be seen again.

"We will never stop in our search for Jacob," his mother vowed. "We believe the possibility that he is still out there."

To this day, the case remains open -- and to this day, the Wetterlings flick on their porch light as a symbol of their hope that he will be found.

"One day, I want to look him in the eye and say, 'I never gave up,'" Wetterling said.

Knowing just how disrupting the disappearance of a child can be, Wetterling has used her experience to try to keep other families from having to endure a similar struggle.

"Our lives changed in every aspect," she said. "There is nothing that is the same."

Now, she is the chair of the board for the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In that capacity, she follows high-profile cases of missing children who surface and are returned to their loved ones years later -- including the case of three women released from captivity in Cleveland in May. Currently, she's keeping her eye on the little girl named Maria who was believed to be kidnapped and was found living in a gypsy community in Greece.

"They do give me great hope," Wetterling said of the finds.

Even after 24 years, Wetterling said she believes miracles can happen. In light of that, she is asking her neighbors, friends and other Minnesotans to turn on their porch lights on Tuesday night to remember Jacob and let the good in the world shine.

"There really are more good people who care about one another than bad," Wetterling insisted. "If good people pull together, it's amazing what can happen."

The Wetterlings spend the anniversary of the abduction together as a large family, and their outdoor lights will be on this evening. As is her tradition, Wetterling also baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies and delivered them to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office.