Saturday, January 25, 2014

NV - John Walsh Attends the 15th Anniversary of Canon Celebrity Red Carpet

Our comment left on the article (Probably be deleted though!):
Lets not forget that Mr. Walsh dated an underage child (Reve), and admits he could've got into trouble for it, but continued anyway.

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2012/07/john-walsh-documentary-admits-dating.html

But we're sure you'll delete this comment. Can't have the truth out there when money is involved, right?

Oh, and lets also not forget about Mark Lunsford:

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2007/03/couey-trial.html

And his own son who molested an underage child but got a slap on the wrist:

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2007/07/lunsfords-son-gets-10-day-jail-sentence.html



AUSTRALIA - LNP Government in push for indefinite jail time for sexual crimes

Jarrod Bleijie
Jarrod Bleijie
Original Article

Isn't the government suppose to prove someone is dangerous instead of a person trying to prove they are not?

01/26/2014

Every sex offender in the state faces being indefinitely held in jail unless they can convince psychiatrists they are unlikely to reoffend.

From serial rapists to perverts who like to film up girls' skirts - hundreds more predators are in the firing line as the State Government moves to overhaul sex offender laws.

Advisers informing the State Government's review of sex offenders laws want to widen the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offender (DPSO) Act to not only make it even tougher for the courts to release predators but also to include other sexual offenders.

Asked about their advice, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he was "open to any ideas" and was consulting with relevant stakeholders.

"The brief is simple. We want to make these laws as tough as possible to ensure the worst of the worst stay behind bars," Mr Bleijie said.

"We are consulting with a range of relevant bodies, including the legal fraternity and child protection groups."

Looming reforms have, in part, been sparked by serial rapist _____, who successfully argued he should be released from his indefinite jail sentence.

Lawyers have already informed Mr Bleijie of shortcomings in the DPSO Act and the potential for it to be widened to include all sex offenders.

There are 96 offenders under the DPSO orders, which can attract an indefinite jail sentence, GPS tracking and tough community restrictions.

Unless an offender has committed a significantly violent offence, they cannot be dealt with as a DPSO.

It means even if a psychiatrist believes the predator will reoffend or escalate offending - such as a pervert who experts believe will eventually rape - they cannot be captured under the laws and they are released on parole.

And, those who try to meet children for sex online but are unknowingly trapped by an undercover police officer are also not to be captured under the DPSO legislation, even if doctors believe the offender will try to have sex with a child.

Bravehearts executive director Hetty Johnston said she first wanted the DPSO act tightened, and then widened to potentially capture the hundreds of other offenders.

She said she had advised Mr Bleijie that a sex offender should only be released into the community if three psychologists all agreed the offender was a low-risk of reoffending.
- Even if this is done, if one of them re-offends, then in the typical knee-jerk fashion, they will react again to further strengthen the laws.

"What we want is the legislation strengthened. This is not vigilantism," she said.


TX - El Paso County probation officer (Timothy McCullouch Jr.) charged in alleged sex-trafficking ring had contact with victims through his job

Timothy McCullouch Jr.
Timothy McCullouch Jr.
Original Article

01/25/2014

By Aaron Martinez

A former El Paso County juvenile probation officer charged in connection with a sex-trafficking ring worked with the underage girls he allegedly forced into prostitution, according to court testimony Friday.

Timothy McCullouch Jr., 28, had 10 documented incidents dealing with the two teenage girls, ages 15 and 17, according to testimony by Julio Lara, a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations which spearheaded the investigation.

Lara testified during a detention hearing for McCullouch in federal court.

McCullouch had contact with the girls at the Samuel F. Santana Challenge Academy, Lara said. The academy, operated by the probation department, is a military-styled program combined with treatment that relies heavily on education and counseling for high-risk juvenile offenders, according to its website.

Officials for the juvenile probation department declined to comment on the case.

Earlier this week, Roger Martinez, head of the juvenile probation department, told the El Paso Times he was advised by lawyers not to disclose any information about McCullouch.

McCullouch no longer works for the El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department, McCullouch's lawyer Sherilyn Ann Bunn said during the hearing. He is a former defensive back for the University of Texas at El Paso football team from 2005 to 2007, according to a UTEP player biography and the El Paso Times archives. McCullouch is originally from Long Beach, Calif.

Bunn had no further comment after the hearing. During the hearing, Bunn said McCullouch maintains he never forced anyone into sex or took any money.

Lara said McCullouch denied meeting the girls as part of his work and said he did not know the ages of the girls during an initial interview. Lara said investigators have evidence that McCullouch filled out transfer paperwork with the date of births of the victims.

Investigators also interviewed other probation officers who identified the victims and confirmed McCullouch had worked with the girls.

McCullouch told investigators during the interview that he first met the two victims at an El Paso-area hotel room with Richard Gray, Lara said. Gray, 24, was also charged in connection with the alleged sex-trafficking ring.

According to Lara, McCullouch told investigators he tried to have sex with the girls but did not force them. The teenage girls, identified only as A.J. and L.A., told investigators McCullouch and Gray forced them into prostitution. McCullouch allegedly was in charge of prostituting A.J., Lara said.

McCullouch faces charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking of children. McCullouch's alleged role in the sex-trafficking ring occurred from June 27, 2012, to July 10, 2012, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Norbert Garney to deny McCullouch bail because he had contacts within law enforcement and the probation department and could use those connections to find the teenage girls. Prosecutors said they believe McCullouch could pose a threat to the victims. Also, prosecutors argued that McCullouch was a flight risk.

Garney denied bail.

McCullouch, also known as T.J., and Gray, known as Crenshaw, are two of five men charged in the alleged sex-trafficking ring. Gray and the other men charged, who are Deion "Memphis" Lockhart, 25; Brandon Shapiro, 21, aka "Chicago" and "B'radd; "Tai Von Trigg" Lynch, 20; and Emmanual "E Jay" Lockhart, 23, are members of the Folk Nation-Gangster Disciples street gang, authorities said.

El Paso Police Department's Gang Unit identified McCullouch as a gang member, Lara testified. It is not known whether McCullouch was a member of the Folk Nation-Gangster Disciples street gang.

The alleged sex-trafficking ring ran from May 2012 to March 2013, the indictment charges. McCullouch and the other men allegedly forced girls and women to work as prostitutes in El Paso, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Colorado and Killeen, Texas, officials said in a news release.

Prosecutors alleged the men held the victims against their will and would beat them if they did not work as prostitutes.

A victim being threatened and forced into sex-trafficking by a person they know and trust is nothing uncommon, said John Martin, executive director for the Paso del Norte Center of Hope.

"This is what trafficking is, and it happens quite regularly," Martin said. "When you look at a person in a trusted position, like a parent or in a case like the one we are talking about, someone using their office. So when you have the information that he was having contact to these individuals through his office, it is not surprising."

The numbers to call and report suspected cases of trafficking are the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 and the Center of Hope at 231-8882.


CO - Woman (Katherine Bennett) who falsely accused Windsor man of kidnapping, sex assault appears in Weld court

Katherine Bennett
Katherine Bennett
Original Article

01/22/2014

The court case involving a woman who last year falsely accused a Windsor man of luring her to the Safeway parking lot along Main Street, kidnapping her at knife point and sexually assaulting her, will last for at least another two months.

A judge on Wednesday granted Katherine Bennett, 20, a two-month continuance so her attorney can further evaluate the evidence in the case, including a number of unspecified medical records.

The judge also allowed Bennett, who appeared on bond, to return to Illinois so she can be with her family and continue an undisclosed form of therapy.

Bennett, flanked by family and her attorney, declined to comment about the case outside of the courtroom.

Fort Collins authorities arrested Bennett on Dec. 10 regarding a Windsor police warrant. The woman told officers that _____ had kidnapped her from the Windsor Safeway parking lot in November, held her at knife point, took her to his home and raped her before agreeing to let her go the following morning.

Those allegations were proven untrue, according to an arrest affidavit. As a result of the false statements, _____ was arrested and jailed and has suffered great personal hardship and embarrassment, police said.

_____, who has been cleared of any wrongdoing, previously said he planned on suing Bennett and added that he lost his job at OtterBox in Fort Collins as a result of the allegations.

Bennett previously asked for her $20,000 bond to be reduced and said she had no prior criminal history or even a speeding ticket. A judge denied that request and she has since paid the bond.

Bennett is charged with attempting to influence a public servant. She remains free on bond, and her next court appearance is scheduled for March 28.


DC - Sex offender fights registry

Fight for your rights
Original Article

UPDATE:
Sex offender can continue to post photos, judge says

01/24/2014

By Jackie Kent

A Washington, D.C. man who's upset he's on a registered sex offender website is fighting back by putting random people on his fake sex offender registry.

He said he's doing this because he has to report to a supervision agency in Washington, D.C. every 90 days and his photo is on the D.C. public registry. He said it's "unfair and un-American."

On his fake registry at http://www.idiotsregistry.info, he posts pictures of politicians and others who support registries.

Only a few people have their pictures posted but the website lists many more names and has categories like "Witch List."

The website creator says this is legal but now a court will decide if people on the list can force him to take their pictures and names off the list.

Here in Arizona, the Department of Public Safety maintains a sex offender website that includes the offender's name, address, age and current photograph.

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FL - So did the MOB get what they wanted in Port Orange?

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At a city council meeting earlier this week, Port Orange residents and leaders attempted to tighten restrictions on where convicted sex offenders can live within the city.

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MD - Former Alexander aide (Ryan Loskarn) commits suicide

Ryan Loskarn
Ryan Loskarn
Original Article

01/24/2014

By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Ledyard King

Ryan Loskarn had been arrested in December on charges of possessing, distributing child pornography.

WASHINGTON - A former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander charged last month with possessing and distributing child pornography, was found dead in his parents' Maryland home, law enforcement officials said Friday.

Ryan Loskarn was found hanging at about noon Thursday, and the Maryland state Medical Examiner said Friday that Loskarn's death, initially reported by Politico, had been ruled a suicide.

"Carroll County Sheriff's deputies responded to a private residence ... for a report of an unconscious male, believed to be deceased," the sheriff's office reported Friday morning. "Family members reported finding 35-year old Jesse Ryan Loskarn unresponsive in his basement where he'd been residing with family since this past December."

Federal agents arrested Loskarn last month on charges that he possessed and intended to distribute child pornography. The arrest came as agents executed a raid on his southeast Washington residence.

Loskarn was accused of placing an external computer hard drive, later found to contain explicit videos, outside his second-floor window. Alexander, R-Tenn., fired him the same day.

The former aide had worked for Tennessee Republicans for more than a decade in several roles and became the senator's chief of staff in late 2011. He earned about $169,000 for fiscal 2013, according to records compiled by LegiStorm.

Loskarn made a rapid rise through the staff ranks in Congress, and the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call called him "one of the Senate GOP's top strategists and aides." The newspaper also had included him on its list of "Fabulous 50 Movers and Shakers."

He was born near Baltimore and graduated with honors in 2000 from Tulane University. That same year, he started in the office of Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., before joining the House Rules Committee in 2001.

In 2003 he became communications director for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a position he held until 2007.

His next move was to become communications director for the Senate Republican Conference, then headed by Alexander. The conference was charged with promoting GOP policy ideas and legislation.

Alexander stepped down as chairman of the conference in late 2011 and named Loskarn as his chief of staff in his personal office.

"For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end," Alexander said Friday in statement.

Prosecutors had delayed an indictment of Loskarn, hinting at a possible plea agreement. He had been released to the custody of his parents in Sykesville, Md., about 40 miles north of Washington, where he was ordered not to use the Internet and to wear an ankle bracelet.

In an unusual ruling issued in the case late last year, U.S. Magistrate John M. Facciola defended his decision to release Loskarn to his parents, citing measures taken to ensure that he would not have access to the Internet.

Officials believe that between November 2010 and March 2011, Loskarn made several purchases from a website offering child pornography DVDs. Loskarn also was accused of offering child pornography files for download from his home computer.

"I have prohibited the defendant's use of the Internet," he wrote in the two-page ruling. "I concluded, therefore, that the risk of his resuming the downloading of child pornography is not great."

The memorandum did not mention the risk of suicide. Previously, authorities had worried that Loskarn was a flight risk.

He faced a potential maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment on the charge of possessing child porn. The distribution charge carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years.

A status conference in the case had been scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


The Shame of Sex Offender Registries

Shame
Original Article

Never let it be said that our own political leaders are above propaganda when it suits their political objectives. A lie can be money in the bank for a special interest as well as for a politician. The most evil, Adolf Hitler understood the power of propaganda when he began his quest to conquer Europe.

One of his famous lies was used to label Jews as sub-human, thus convincing the population that no humiliation or deprivation was too severe for any member of the Jewish community regardless of age. A Label is a powerful tool in the destruction of an individual life when applied effectively by a person of power and authority. Such use of labels to isolate specific citizens is a danger politicians should avoid, however, in the United States as well as in Nazi Germany, Labels are used to humiliate, ostracize and drive those tagged as inferior into poverty and homelessness...or much worse.

Shamefully, our politicians have resorted to lies and misinformation all too often in the name of "justice" or to "protect our citizens". One might think that Congress and state lawmakers would not only have access to reliable information, but to use that information in the formulation of our laws. Sadly this is seldom the case and lawmakers are more likely to decide the fate of our citizens based on emotional rather than factual considerations. If a position looks good on a politician's resume, that appearance becomes more important than any negative consequence for an uniformed population.

So appears to have been the sole basis for the creation and proliferation of our public sex offender registries, numerous restrictions on housing and other devious political contrivances all build on a Label designed to foster and propagate hate and ignorance. Unfortunately many of the so-called policies actually make citizens less safe and at great cost to taxpayers who are getting almost no return for their money.

Here are some actual facts:


APA Opposes Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders After Prison

Psychiatric News
Original Article

This article has no date on it, but based on the URL it would appear this is from 08/21/1998.

APA's Board of Trustees approved a task force report on sexually dangerous offenders at its meeting last month in San Diego recommending that psychiatrists vigorously oppose sexual predator laws.

Opposing such laws is necessary "to preserve the moral authority of the profession and ensure continuing societal confidence in the medical model of civil commitment," states the report.

The report was written by the Task Force on Sexually Dangerous Offenders, a component of APA's Council on Psychiatry and Law, which endorsed the report before it went to the Board for action.

Paul Appelbaum, M.D., was chair of the council when the five-member task force was formed five years ago. Its creation, he noted, was in response to several states' adopting sexual predator laws allowing sex offenders postincarceration to be civilly committed to psychiatric facilities.

"We were concerned that psychiatry was being used to preventively detain a class of people for whom confinement rather than treatment was the real goal. This struck many people as a misuse of psychiatry."

The task force agreed, stating in its report that the diagnosis of sexual predator is based on "a vague and circular determination that an offender has a 'mental abnormality' that has led to repeat criminal behavior. Thus, these statutes have the effect of defining mental illness in terms of criminal behavior. This is a misuse of psychiatry, because legislators have used psychiatric commitment to effect nonmedical societal ends."

The task force recommends that societal concerns about protection from dangerous sex offenders be met instead through customary sentencing alternatives within the criminal justice system.

Appelbaum observed that since the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year in the case Kansas v. Hendricks upholding the constitutionality of the Kansas sexual predator law, several states have introduced or passed similar laws.

The purpose of the task force was to assemble information necessary to inform decision making by psychiatrists, legislators, and judges regarding the clinical and ethical implications of sexual predator statutes. The report synthesizes available literature on the diagnoses, treatment, and recidivism of sex offenders, and sexual predator commitment laws including relevant court cases. There is also a section on juvenile sex offenders, frequently asked questions, and a summary of conclusions and policy recommendations.

Appelbaum commented, "The task force report serves as a resource for psychiatrists who want to learn more about sexual disorders and developing treatments and underscores the need for training in psychiatric research programs."

The report notes that except for a few dedicated researchers and clinicians, most psychiatrists are unfamiliar with the assessment and treatment of sex offenders.

The task force report also presents key findings and recommendations in the following areas:

Diagnosis and Treatment
  • A significant number of people have paraphilias but only a small percentage receive treatment in either correctional institutions or community settings.
  • The treatment approach that is most likely to have an effect on recidivism is multimodal, that is, combining pharmacological, cognitive, and behavioral treatments and relapse prevention.
  • There should be an increased investment in research on paraphilic disorders and in the clinical training of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals regarding assessment and treatment of persons with those disorders.

Treatment Within the Criminal Justice System
  • Legislatures and correctional agencies should provide therapeutic opportunities for dangerous sex offenders to reduce the rate of recidivism and establish funded programs based on current clinical knowledge.
  • Sex offenders should be able to participate in treatment programs while serving criminal sentences regardless of whether such participation has any bearing on the nature and length of their sentences. Participation should not be mandatory.
  • Legislatures interested in developing incentives to encourage sex offenders with paraphilic disorders to participate in treatment should consider special indeterminate sentencing arrangements. Participation should be voluntary and limited to offenders who are clinically suitable.

Chemical Castration Laws
  • These laws, which predicate release from prison on chemical castration by surgery or antiandrogenic agents for broad classes of sex offenders, are objectionable because they are not based on adequate diagnostic and treatment considerations. They also improperly link medical treatment with punishment and social control.

The Task Force Report on Sexually Dangerous Offenders was written by task force members Howard Zonana, M.D. (chair), Gene Abel, M.D., John Bradford, M.D., Steven K. Hoge, M.D., and Jeffrey Metzer, M.D. Serving as consultants were Judith Becker, Ph.D., Richard Bonnie, LL.B., and Lawrence Fitch, J.D. The report will be published by the American Psychiatric Press Inc. for release next spring.