Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NCMEC - Hope Is Why We're Here (Misleading Video)

This video is misleading. This organization DOES NOT make children any safer from criminals, they only come in after the fact to help find the person dead or alive. That is a big difference!

They say they help prevent and solve crimes. How is that exactly?

If someone is intent on sexually abusing, kidnapping or even murdering someone, nothing they do will prevent that.

They say the FBI reports that 500,000 reports are made of missing children each year. Sounds like one of those magical Goldilock numbers to us, but we could be wrong.

Then they show the case of Jacon Wetterling, who was kidnapped, but a crime they did not solve.

Also they show the Adam Walsh act, which is another crime they did not prevent, and it was never proven Adam was sexually abused or who murdered him, but that didn't stop John Walsh from pushing the Adam Walsh act to put ex-sex offenders on a public list, which also doesn't prevent crime. And what about the fact that he dated Reve when she was underage? If they had sex then, then John Walsh committed a sexual crime.

They should be putting out educational material, online and in schools, that is what may prevent a crime, but hey, who are we?

MO - Sex offenders have to make a living, too

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As president of a national organization that advocates for the families of sex offender registrants, I take exception to the following insensitive statement made by Rep. Genise Montecillo in the article: "Most people view this building as a safe building, and sometimes folks let their guard down," Montecillo said during the hearing. "I think people should at least be aware that there is one in the building."

Rep. Montecillo implied that the Capitol was not "safe" because "there is one in the building." How absurd. Montecillo owes every family member of a registrant in Missouri an apology. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as of December 2013 there were 13,587 registrants in Missouri, which equates to approximately 30,000 family members who are made to feel like a subclass of citizens because they believe that, once adjudicated and debt paid, they should be allowed a life. Our families are doing one of the three things researchers and therapists say are essential for successful reintegration: a job, housing and a positive support system. Maybe the House members would rather Bena and the other 13,586 registrants be homeless and jobless?

Vicki Henry, president
711 Huber St., Festus

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WA - Fake kidnapping of young boy stirs anger in Sequim

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SEQUIM - Terror turned to outrage at a local park when parents realized a child kidnapping that played out before their eyes was actually faked -- just to make a video.

On any given day, parents and their kids are often found enjoying Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. However, last Saturday treated visitors to a very different scene, as families watched a man in a ski mask appear to kidnap a little boy.

"I saw this guy, he's wearing a mask, just two-handed grabs this kid and jumps into the van and takes off," said Rebekah Asin, a parent who was at the park Saturday.

The abduction looked so real, Tiffany Barnett jumped up and gave chase.

"I was trying to run after them, trying to get their license plate number," Barnett said.

Two cousins, Jason and Jesse Holden were the abductors in the video. They told ABC News that they regret nearly everything about the staged kidnapping.

"I'll be the first one to admit that the way we went about it wasn't the best way. We could have definitely done it another way," Jason Holden said.

Parents realized it was all a ruse when the masked man returned to the park a short time later to say everyone was safe. He also admitted the "crime" was staged to make an educational video on "kidnapping awareness."

The cousins are revaluating their tactics and responsibility after scathing reaction online.

"There's a line to draw where we can do some of our ideas that we do. There's a line that should be drawn and not go over that line," Jason said.

Multiple witnesses called 911. Sequim Police Chief Bill Dickinson said people had good reason to be upset.

"People are angry when they are taken advantage of," Dickinson said. "When they are the butt of the joke, it's never funny."

"The parents were furious and the kids were scared," Asin said.

The cousins have other segments posted on Youtube showing a variety of pranks, including a staged robbery. Many believe this kidnapping project could have easily gotten someone hurt or killed.

"They're lucky that there wasn't an off-duty police officer or somebody carrying a concealed weapon that could have shot them," Barnett said.

Despite all that, nobody has been arrested because apparently no obvious crime was committed. Still, frightened children stood calling their parents, fearful they'd be snatched-up next.

"My daughter is still terrified," Barnett said. "She'll tell you right now, 'What if they take me? what if they take me?'"

Investigators are still looking to see if criminal charges are appropriate, or if the participants violated zoning and licensing rules.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CO - Former Longmont officer (Christopher Martinchick) sentenced

Christopher Martinchick
Christopher Martinchick
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FORT COLLINS - A former Longmont police officer who admitted to the attempted sexual assault of a woman in Loveland was sentenced Tuesday to eight years of sex offender intensive supervised probation.

Christopher Martinchick, 43, also must register as a sex offender and was ordered to serve six months in jail on work release.

Martinchick pleaded guilty in 8th Judicial District Court in November 2013 to attempted sexual assault, a class 5 felony, and invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, a misdemeanor.

Martinchick was arrested last July following a Larimer County Sheriff's Office investigation into a reported sexual assault that occurred in Loveland. The adult female victim told police that on two separate occasions, Martinchick engaged in sexual activity with her while she was sleeping and under the influence of a prescribed muscle relaxant.

Sexual images taken without the woman's consent while she was sleeping were found on computers and a cellphone that the sheriff's office searched as part of the investigation.

Conditions of the sex offender intensive supervised probation include that Martinchick must comply with any counseling or substance abuse treatment as recommended, have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 other than his own children, register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim.

Martinchick must report for work release within 14 days. He will also serve two years supervised probation concurrent with the sex offender intensive supervised probation.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KY - LMPD detective (Carl Payne) charged over dirty texts, soliciting sex

Carl Payne
Carl Payne
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By Mark Boxley

Louisville Metro Police Detective Carl Payne was charged with three counts of first-degree official misconduct Monday over allegations he propositioned three women for sex after arresting them in exchange for assisting them with their court cases, according to a Jefferson County criminal summons.

Carl Payne, 38, of Elizabethtown, was placed under investigation by the department’s Public Integrity Unit in February, the Courier-Journal previously reported.

The charges filed against him Monday allege that from March 20, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014 Payne — a member of the department’s Violent Incident Prevention, Enforcement and Response (VIPER) Unit — contacted three women after arresting them and “propositioned each of them for sex and encouraged sexually explicit text messages and photographs from the victims in return for assisting them with court cases,” the summons said.

Payne has been on administrative reassignment since Feb. 7, LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Lt. Kit Steimle, who led the VIPER Unit, is also under investigation and has been on administrative reassignment since Feb. 24, Mitchell said.

Police have not said if the two investigations are related.

This is not the first time Payne has been under investigation with the department, according to his personnel file. On June 20, 2013, an investigation was opened after he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence in Hardin County on June 19, according to a document in his personnel file.

He was suspended without pay for 20 days from the police department. His charges became effective Oct. 3 and he was restored to police powers on November 25, 2013.

He was also reprimanded for missing four court appearances in 2007.

According to the summons, Payne arrested the first victim on March 27, 2013, and soon after contacted the woman by phone, sending her “numerous sexually explicit text messages.” During one conversation, Payne asked the woman to meet him at his office late at night, saying “if she helped him out, he could help her out,” referring to her court case, it said.

The second incident started on Dec. 11, 2013, when Payne arrested a woman and her boyfriend, according to the summons. While the boyfriend was in the front seat of Payne’s police car, he was in the back with the woman typing her messages on his phone for her to read, it said. One told her she was attractive, asked why she was with her boyfriend. Another message asked for her phone number, according to the summons.

Payne is also accused of putting his phone number in the second woman’s purse and told her to call him “so that he could help her with her court case,” the summons said. When she was released from jail she contacted him thinking he could help her, but he started sending her “explicit text messages,” the summons said.

Payne appeared in court on the woman’s case and had it continued on Dec. 15, 2013, which is when she told her attorney about his communications, it said.

Payne arrested the third woman and her boyfriend on April 25, 2013, the summons said. He started contacting her on Dec. 18, 2013, allegedly sending her explicit text messages and photos of his genitalia, it said. He also asked her to meet with him in exchange for helping her and her boyfriend with their court cases and offered to have gun and drug charges against her dismissed, the summons said.

Additional information was not immediately available from LMPD on any departmental actions against Payne stemming from Monday’s charges.