Saturday, March 15, 2014

OH - Former Minerva police officer (Timothy A. Patterson) arrested on multiple sex charges involving four teenagers

Timothy A. Patterson
Timothy A. Patterson
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Agents with the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force Thursday night arrested a Minerva man wanted on several sex offenses involving four teenagers.

Timothy A. Patterson, 57, was arrested at 8 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot in the 3200 block of Atlantic Boulevard NE, according to Stark County Jail records.

Stark County court records, show he was arrested on a secret grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition and a single count of bribery.

The victim in the rape case was listed as a 12-year-old girl, who was also a victim in the sexual imposition case along with a 14-year-old girl and two boys ages 12 and 17, court records show. Details of events that led to the charges were not available Friday.

Minerva Chief Robert First said he is shocked by the allegations.

I feel bad for the victims,” he said. “I was totally shocked that anything like this would happen.”

Patterson had worked for the Minerva Police Department as a police officer, but not recently.

Hired onto the force on a part-time basis in 1987, he moved into a full-time position the following April, First said. Patterson went back to part-time status in November 1991 and, in July 1999, became a full-time officer again.

Patterson’s personnel file contained an award for Officer of the Month and letters from citizens praising his work. As far as any disciplinary actions, he had “nothing serious” in his file, First said.

First said Patterson left the force in April 2003, reporting that he had gotten a job driving a truck.

Patterson remained in the jail Friday, held without bond pending a March 21 hearing in Stark County Common Pleas Court, court records show.

CA - Bill calls for all child predators to register as sex offenders

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SACRAMENTO - Sexual predators who are granted rehabilitation certificates are not required to register as sex offenders. A bill passed by the Assembly Public Safety Committee would require all convicted child predators to register as sex offenders.

Currently 245 people in California could seek rehabilitation certifications and not have to register as sex offenders. One court case ruled that it was unequal treatment to allow a group of sex offenders to get rehabilitation certificates, and deny a similar group of offenders the same opportunity. Legislation sponsored by Assem. Eric Linder, R-Corona, would require adults convicted of sexual acts with a child under the age of 10 to seek a rehabilitation certificate and register as a sex offender.

Linder says a loophole in a 2006 Senate bill allows for adults that are convicted of sexual crimes with children under 10 to apply for a certificate of rehabilitation and his bill would address that.

"We wanted to make it very clear that the intent of this law is so that anybody does acts like this with children cannot be, cannot be apply for an exemption," Linder said.

Assembly Bill 1438 (PDF) now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration.