Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CA - Alleged 'revenge porn' site operator (Kevin Christopher Bollaert) arrested in California

It's about time!Original Article

Now they need to arrest all the others who are running similar extortion web sites (Form).

12/10/2013

By Karl de Vries

A San Diego man who allegedly ran a "revenge porn" website, where he posted more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos so he could then use a second site to extort victims for as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content, has been arrested, the California attorney general's office said (YouTube Video).

Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 27, was charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion (PDF), Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said Tuesday in a news release.

This website published intimate photos of unsuspecting victims and turned their public humiliation and betrayal into a commodity with the potential to devastate lives,” Harris said.

Bollaert created the website ugotposted.com in December 2012, which allowed users from across the country to anonymously post private photographs containing nude and explicit images of individuals without their permission, the release said. The photos are typically obtained consensually by the poster during a prior relationship or are stolen or hacked.

But unlike other such revenge porn sites, ugotposted.com required that the poster include the subject's full name, location, age and Facebook profile link.

PLEASE HELP! I am scared for my life! People are calling my work place and they obtained that information through this site!” one victim, known in Bollaert’s arrest warrant as “Jane Doe #6,” wrote to ugotposted.com’s email address in July. The victim, who told investigators she believed her email account was illegally accessed, also claimed that nude photographs of herself were emailed to relatives, and said she was scared to return to work.

Other victims allege stories in which they were repeatedly contacted and harassed by strangers after explicit photographs were posted on the site, forcing them to change their phone numbers and delete their Facebook accounts.

After the content was posted, Bollaert allegedly created a second website, changemyreputation.com, where he would contact victims and offer to remove the content for a price -- while declining to tell the victims he was the same person who posted the content in the first place.

Bollaert, according to the arrest warrant, told investigators he was making $800 to $900 a month off ads linked to ugotposted.com, and said he was receiving nearly 100 emails a day from people requesting that content be removed from his site. Records obtained from changemyreputation.com’s PayPal account indicate he received payments that totaled tens of thousands of dollars, the release said.

Bollaert was arrested after six-month-long investigation, the release said.

Yeah, I realize like this is not a good situation,” Bollaert told authorities. “I feel bad about the whole thing and like I just don’t want to do it anymore. I mean I know a lot of people are getting screwed over like on the site. Like their lives are getting ruined.”

A message left by FoxNews.com on Tuesday with Bollaert’s attorney, Alex Landen, was not immediately returned.

According to the arrest warrant, Bollaert said a friend named Eric Chanson helped him create the site, though he claimed Chanson’s involvement ended soon after the site’s launch. Chanson is not currently facing any charges, Pacilio told FoxNews.com on Tuesday, though he declined to say if any charges would be forthcoming in the future.

Kevin Christopher Bollaert
Kevin Christopher Bollaert
Bollaert, who was remanded in San Diego County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, faces up to 22 years in prison and fines, Pacilio said.

California is one of the few states in the country with anti-revenge porn laws, though several other states, including Maryland, Wisconsin and New York, are considering similar measures. But the laws run up against opposition from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which worry that such regulation conflicts with the First Amendment.

But advocates of the laws believe they’re necessary to protect victims.

This is cyber-rape,” Holly Jacobs, 30, told FoxNews.com in September. “It violates you over and over again.


Judith Levine on Misguided Sex Offender Laws

Video Description:
Author Judith Levine (Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex, Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping) discusses how the recent explosion in sex offender legislation has created public hysteria about sex crimes and civil rights violations, yet has failed to decrease crime or increase public safety.

She came to St. Francis College for the Fall 2013 lecture series, Wrongful Convictions, Miscarriages of Justice, and Other Critical Perspectives on the U.S. Criminal Justice System, organized by Professor Emily Horowitz.


IN - Parole officer (C-Michael Sproessig) charged with raping parolee

C-Michael Sproessig
C-Michael Sproessig
Original Article

12/10/2013

DEARBORN (WKRC) - A parole officer with raping a parolee.

C-Michael Sproessig is accused of rape, sexual battery, intimidation, and official misconduct. The investigation started when a parolee said the former Indiana state parole officer brought her a box of condoms on his first visit.

Dep. Dearborn County Prosecutor, Jeff Sharp, said, "The allegation is he told her there are two ways to be paroled, the easy way or the hard way."

According to court documents they had sex on the next visit.

The parolee says she felt she had no choice because it was up to her parole officer whether or not she got to stay out of prison.


UK - Married Policeman Christopher Semak 'Had Sex With 14-Year-Old Girl' After Sending Texts

Christopher Semak
Christopher Semak
Original Article

12/10/2013

A married police officer had sex with a 14-year-old girl at his home after texting her saying he could be jailed if their affair was discovered, a court heard today. Christopher Semak is alleged to have exchanged hundreds of text messages with the schoolgirl, including one in which he said their relationship might make him "as bad as a paedophile".

Opening the case against Semak, who denies having any sexual contact with the girl, prosecutor David Jackson told Stafford Crown Court the 33-year-old officer was arrested after the teenager confided in a teacher. Addressing a jury of eight men and four women, Mr Jackson also claimed Semak, from Kings Norton, Birmingham, had committed offences against the girl in the back of a car.

Among the texts sent by Semak is one which is alleged to have read: "If we did things and it got out I could lose my job. I could even go to prison because you are 14. It would make me as bad as the people I am trying to stop. It would make me as bad as a paedophile."

Jurors were told numerous "sexually explicit" texts were found on the girl's phone by her parents, who confronted Semak but did not contact the police. Mr Jackson told the court: "It was obvious to them (the girl's parents) that, in their minds, sexual activity was taking place between the two people exchanging the messages and that sexual activity had already taken place."

The alleged victim, the court heard, told her parents she had been in a mutual relationship with Semak and did not want the police to be contacted. But the youngster then spoke to a teacher at her school, which led to the involvement of child protection officials and the police.

Semak was arrested in January 2012, the court heard, and gave detectives a prepared statement claiming the girl had asked him for advice. The teenager had threatened to falsely inform the police that they had had sex, Semak said, prompting him to "stupidly" respond to her texts.

In his statement to the police, Semak claimed: "I feared she would make a false allegation if I did not respond in this way." Concluding his opening speech to the jury, Mr Jackson said Semak's case was that his victim had "invented" her account and then blackmailed him.

The officer, who has been suspended from duty since April last year, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child.

In a video interview with a public protection officer, which was played to the jury, the alleged victim asserted that she had been pressured into sex by Semak. The teenager, who cannot be identified, added that she felt "used" by the policeman, who she said had admitted feeling hypocritical because of his job. The trial, which is expected to last for two weeks, was adjourned until tomorrow.


FL - Sex Offender Porn Ban Passes First Legislative Hurdle

Sex Offender Porn Ban
Original Article

Just another useless law passed to help a politician look like they are doing something while doing nothing!

12/10/2013

By RYAN BENK



Lakeland Republican Senator Kelli Stargel petitioned her colleagues in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee to broaden an existing ban on pornography. The law already prohibits sex-offenders from viewing or possessing pornography related to their conviction. Florida Action Committee President Gail Colletta agreed reforms to sex offender statutes are needed but questioned the senator’s approach.

Why is that if we’re trying to change the behaviors and we want these individuals to act more mainstream and more normal and have more normal sexual interests, are we going to prohibit them from having access to materials that are considered mainstream and normal?” Colletta said in a phone interview Monday.

Colletta became involved with sex offender issues after her son was convicted on child pornography charges in 2010. She said lawmakers should be focused on treatment, not penalties. But, Florida State University Political Scientist Lance Dehaven-Smith pointed out that even if Stargel’s method isn’t proven to be effective, it’s popular nonetheless.

I mean I think there’s a clearly constitutional issue at stake and this may be overreaching. But, by the same token, unless somebody comes forward to defend a very unpopular category of individuals it’s likely to move forward,” Dehaven-Smith explained.

And move forward it did (SB-182, PDF), passing the Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously. The bill’s next review will be in the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee. Stargel filed the ban shortly after a recently released sex offender murdered an 8-year old girl in Jacksonville.


CO - Colorado boy Hunter Yelton, 6, suspended, accused of sexual harassment for kissing girl on cheek

Hunter Yelton
Hunter Yelton
Original Article

This is what the sex hysteria does to us, it turns the "justice" system into an INjustice system. This is just absurd!

12/10/2013

UPDATE: Colorado boy, 6, suspended for kiss gets allegations on record changed from 'sexual harassment' to 'misconduct'

A 6-year-old boy has been suspended from a Colorado school for kissing a girl on the cheek.

School officials in Canon City are accusing Hunter Yelton of sexual harassment and they want it on his school record.

The boy's mother tells KRDO-TV her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had disciplinary problems, but the girl did not object to being kissed. She told the station that the two children like each other.

"They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry," Yelton told the station.

A School District RE-1 official says the repeat offenses meet the school policy definition of sexual harassment and they hope the tough standards will force the boy to change his behavior.

Yelton's mother, Jennifer Saunders, wants sexual harassment removed from his record.

"I'm going to stand up and fight for him because that's not the case, that's not what happened at all," she told the station.

The school district, for its part, disagrees with Yelton's mother's opinion about the boy's behavior and says kissing a girl at school is unacceptable, the station reported.

Sandy Wurtele, a child psychologist, was critical about the district's decision to punish the boy over the kiss.

"I don’t think a 6-year-old would understand what harassment is," Wurtele told KRDO. "That has some longer-term implications."


UK - Pair (Michael Parr & Nathan Mann) disembowelled Wolverhampton child rapist in his prison cell

Michael Parr & Nathan Mann
Original Article

12/10/2013

A convicted child rapist was brutally murdered by two prisoners who shared fantasies of disembowelling and beheading, an inquest jury has heard.

The body of 23-year-old _____, who was originally from Wolverhampton, was found with severe neck and eye injuries and a slashed open abdomen.

He had been attacked by fellow inmates Nathan Mann, aged 25, and Michael Parr, 34, at high-security HMP Frankland Prison in Durham.

The two prisoners brutally murdered a convicted child rapist and then had a cup of tea and a cigarette – before asking a guard to open the cell door and see what they had done.

The inquest jury were told the killers had intended to eat their victim’s liver, but decided not to at the last minute.

Durham Coroner Andrew Tweddle, warned the jury that the details of the death would be ‘gruesome’, ‘graphic’ and ‘distressing’, but urged them to ‘never lose sight of the fact that this was a real person and someone’s son.’

Mitchell’s mother, father and step-father attended the inquest but showed little emotion as the disturbing details of their son’s death were recalled.

The inquest heard that one of the attackers had confessed he was going to kill months before the gruesome assault.

Months before the pair lured _____ to cell C22 in Frankland’s vulnerable prisoner wing, Mann had told his mental health nurse that he wanted to kill ‘a nonce’ – prsion slang for a sex offender.

Mann, 25, also wrote graphic descriptions of how he wanted to kill a prisoner in a diary discovered by prison staff, and in a letter to the nurse he said he would commit the ‘goriest’ killings ever seen to force a move to a segregated part of the prison.’

The nurse, Susan Duffy, told _____’s inquest that she filled in a Security Information Report (SIR) after Mann said he wanted to kill in January 2011, 10 months before _____ was attacked on October 1.

Ms Duffy said Mann was manipulative and she believed he was making up claims of suffering from anxiety and hearing voices to get medication which he could sell.

However, Ms Duffy did treat Mann’s threats seriously and filled in the SIR, which was sent to the prison’s security department. She said: “My gut instinct was that he would carry out those threats, he said he had nothing to lose.”

Robert Young, acting deputy governor at HMP Frankland, said threats are an everyday occurrence in the prison, while prison officer James Winter said staff are only told a SIR has been made, not the specifics.

He said officers would be told details if the security department deemed it to be important, which he said ‘rankled’ with him.

_____, 23, was serving a four-and-a-half year term after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in Cumbria.

The night before the attack, the pair made a scalpel using a razor blade from a disposable razor and a plastic kitchen knife.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman said _____ was chosen at random, and was lured to Mann’s cell on the pretext of keeping watch while the other two engaged in sexual activity in a period of free time for prisoners.

Once inside the cell, Mann jumped on _____ and pushed him face down on the bed while Parr, who had closed the door, held their victim’s legs.

Mann then strangled _____, stabbed him in the eye with a pen and severed an artery with the scalpel, which ultimately caused his death.

The inquest continues.


UK - Ex Tory Cabinet minister 'caught on camera at child sex party'

Tory busted at child sex party
Original Article

12/07/2013

By Justin Penrose, Mark Conrad

A former Tory cabinet minister is to be questioned by detectives after a video filmed at an underage sex party was seized by police.

The video, along with a number of photographs, allegedly places the ex-MP, a household name, at a depraved orgy organised by a paedophile.

The photographs were seized from a known child sex offender earlier this year and the video is believed to have come from another source.

The veteran Tory, who we cannot name for legal reasons, is understood to deny any wrongdoing. But an alleged victim, who claims to have been at the event three decades ago, has come forward.

Detectives used pictures of the alleged victim when he was a boy to cross reference with those of him at the party.

Sources close to the investigation have made known the shocking new revelations to the Sunday Mirror and investigative news website Exaro.

We previously revealed that the former minister was being investigated by detectives over allegations of child abuse.

The key witness said: “The police tell me that they have photographic evidence that I went to these parties. They have a photograph of me as a child, and it matched some other photographs that they have of me. They have a bit of film as well.”

Officers are due to begin a separate operation in the New Year into the sex party allegations as a spin-off from Operation Fairbank, which last year looked into allegations of abuse by politicians at the Elm Guest House in south west London.

While the video and photographs allegedly place the ex-minister and the victim at a party where boys were supplied to men, they do not prove that the former politician carried out any abuse.

But one source, a specialist in child protection, said: “This is potentially bombshell stuff. I have long been aware of the fact that these parties took place in London. This could be very significant.”

Detectives believe that some of the sex parties – some of which are believed to have been attended by paedophiles _____ and MP _____ – were organised by Britain’s most notorious child abuser, _____, as we revealed in February.

_____ led the ring of four jailed for killing Jason Swift in Hackney, East London, after gang-raping him in 1984.

The alleged victim claims he was ­trafficked, along with other children, to Holland by _____’s gang.

Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit has been working with Dutch police, and an officer from Amsterdam attended an interview by Met detectives with the key witness.

The Sunday Mirror told in February how the minister had been photographed by police in 1986 entering a property where one of the sex parties was being held, but no arrests were made.

_____, now 86, would pick up the unsuspecting teenage boys from streets around Kings Cross. He would drive them to places across North London where paedophiles lay in wait to rape them repeatedly.

A former officer, who worked on Operation Orchid (Video) which convicted _____ and his gang, claimed they had taken pictures of the minister and that 16 members of an alleged VIP paedophile ring were due to be arrested.

But the day before the arrests were to be carried out, detectives were told the operation had been disbanded.

Scotland Yard said they would not comment on an on-going investigation.


WV - Former Ripley officer (George Puskas) sentenced in federal child porn case

George Puskas
Original Article

12/09/2013

RIPLEY - A former Ripley police officer was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

George Michael Puskas II, 31, of Ripley, will also be placed on 10 years of supervised release after getting out of prison, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Puskas pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in July.

Authorities said Puskas established an online relationship with a 16-year-old girl in March 2010. He produced between 10 and 150 images of child pornography on a police department-issued digital camera and on his personal cell phone, according to the release. Puskas said he maintained a relationship with the girl up until she turned 18.

Federal authorities executed a search warrant at Puskas' house in April 2012. He resigned from the Ripley Police Department in May of that year.

Puskas will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the release.

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VA - Family still suffers effects of guilty plea to false charge

Wrongly accused of a sexual crime
Original Article

11/26/2011

By Chris L. Jenkins

They believed that their son was innocent but were afraid that Virginia’s penal system would grab hold of him and never let go.

So his mother and father told him to plead guilty to raping a 14-year-old friend. Their court-appointed attorney told them that was better than risking adult charges and a lengthy prison term.

Two months after their decision, in November 2007, the girl admitted that she had lied.

The family has been fighting ever since to rescue their son from the consequences. He served 17 months in a juvenile prison. He remains on the Virginia sex-offender registry, and the family moved to avoid harassment from neighbors.

Last month, _____, now 20, was arrested during a Friday night football game at the Orange, Va., high school he graduated from after his release from juvenile prison. Unless they have permission from the school, convicted violent sex offenders are not permitted on school grounds. But _____ had received such permission, and he attended school there for more than a year before graduation.

He can’t do something as simple as go out with his brothers and see a football game,” his mother said as she fought back tears during a recent interview from the family’s modest rambler in Mineral, Va.

_____’s attorneys are working to have the conviction vacated in Stafford County, and the Virginia Supreme Court is expected to hear the case early next year. To his attorneys and other advocates, the case is about the dangers of ineffective counsel and about Virginia’s restrictive post-conviction laws, which make it extraordinarily difficult for people like _____ to get a retrial.

We have a kid here who’s innocent,” said Andy Block, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia law school and director of the school’s Child Advocacy Clinic, who is helping with _____’s defense. “If the Virginia courts fail to intercede, he will suffer consequences for the rest of his life.”

To his parents, those lasting consequences are the most painful part of this saga. They lament that they couldn’t afford a better attorney for their son.

He has his whole life ahead of him, and where is he now? With this hanging over his head, he has limited options,” said the father, 44, a warehouse supervisor who often tears up when going over the facts of the case. “We made a mistake in giving up originally. All we want him to have is another chance.”

The sex, the parties now agree, was consensual.

But when the mother caught _____ with her daughter, the girl claimed it was rape. He was arrested in June 2007, and by September he was sent to a juvenile prison outside Richmond.

Just after Thanksgiving 2007, however, her daughter, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy, told her mother that she lied because she was afraid of getting in trouble. Both _____ and their daughter had learning disorders that required special education when they were in high school. In a letter to the Circuit Court, the girl wrote:

_____ didn’t rely rape me . . . in fact we did it befor. _____ was a friend of mine befor this even happend . . . but now it just seems that I lied about _____. . . . I will never forgive myself.”

The news set the family on a journey to correct a wrong.

They have written letters, filed motions and appeals, been disappointed and, on occasion, won small victories. They got their son, for instance, an early release from juvenile prison.

The current fight is about the ineffective legal assistance that the _____s claim they received.

‘A false choice’

Deirdre Enright, director of investigation for the University of Virginia’s Innocence Project Clinic, is helping with the case. She understands why the family took the deal.

It was a false choice,” she said. “All they knew was if they rolled the dice and they were wrong, their son was going to go to prison for a very long time.”

Undoing what’s been done is difficult. _____’s attorneys are aware of very few instances of a person’s name being removed from the state’s sex-offender registry.

The ball always rolls one way,” Enright said.

But the family is trying anyway.

The family’s argument is that Denise Rafferty, his original attorney, was ineffective. Among their assertions: that Rafferty did not interview school officials who knew that the girl had a history of similar false accusations and that Rafferty did not fight the judge’s decision to put _____ on the sex-offender registry. They also contend that Rafferty told the father that his son should plead guilty because the prosecution had DNA evidence linking him to the crime. A lab report shows that the test was never conducted.

Rafferty, in an interview, acknowledged no wrongdoing. She said she did the best she could with the evidence she was presented. The _____s, she said, often missed appointments, making her efforts to mount a defense difficult.



FL - Where for Art Thou? Transient Sex Offenders and Residence Restrictions

Jill Levenson
Jill Levenson
Original Article

12/04/2013

Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to better understand transient (homeless) sex offenders in the context of residence restriction laws. Using the entire population of registered sex offenders (RSOs) living in the community in Florida (n = 23,523), transients were compared with other sex offenders on relevant demographics, risk factors, county characteristics, and residence restriction variables. Significantly higher proportions of transient sex offenders were found in counties with a larger number of local-level restrictions, vast territory covered by these laws, wide-distance buffer zones, higher population density, and expensive housing costs. Sex offenders were more likely than the general population to become homeless. Transients were more likely than non-transients to have a history of registry violation. Few transients absconded, but when they did, they were more likely to abscond from registration than probation. When implementing sex offender management policies, lawmakers should consider transience as an unintended negative consequence.