Sunday, May 27, 2007

Police Use Symbols To Track Sexual Predators

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This is almost identical to the Nazi crap, see this blog entry. Are sex offenders using these or the police? This is sick, IMO!

05/22/2007

(CBS13) SACRAMENTO - The symbols look innocent, but they carry a sickening message. They're called child love symbols. Many sexual predators post them on websites, symbolizing their sexual preferences. Now, cops are using them to crackdown on child predators.

The signs might go unnoticed to the general public, but as they begin to make appearances across the internet, law enforcement officers are using them, to track down child predators, who often blend in with the rest of society.

“I've seen clean cut college students. Different body types. height , weight,” says Lance Smith with the Sex Crimes Task Force.

Convicted sex offender Timothy Boggs now lives in Sacramento. He underwent an intensive therapy program at a state hospital before being released from custody and still receives 24-hour surveillance, while continuing counseling.

“This really is an attack on the most innocent of the innocent. I don’t think there's anything that evokes emotionally quite like a sex offense,” says Boggs.

Boggs tells CBS13 he's never used, or even seen symbols that describe sexual preference. But people visiting online chat rooms are proving, the shapes are becoming a part of the child predator community.

Scary signs that law enforcement officers are trying now trying to use, to catch criminals.


Brother Of Jessica Lunsford Faces Sex Charges

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05/25/2007

SPRINGFIELD - The brother of 9-year-old rape and murder victim Jessica Lunsford was in a Clark County courtroom on Friday facing criminal charges.

Joshua Lunsford, 18, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred in March with a 14-year-old girl outside the Upper Valley Mall.

Joshua’s sister, Jessica, was killed by her Florida neighbor, John Couey, in 2005. Jessica’s family, including her brother live in Clark County.

A judge set Joshua’s bond at $5,000.





Annoying 15 year old wants baby

Three sex offenders! This chick needs to be sent to boot camp to learn some respect. Why isn't the parents punishing this child? Kick her a$$ out of the house, she'll learn real quick, if it were possible. If I could not get her to listen, I'd call the cops to come get her, to teach her a lesson.


Why Male Military Veterans Are Committing Sexual Assault at Alarming Rates

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05/25/2007

A recent DOJ report found that vets are twice as likely to be jailed for sexual assault than non-veterans.

A recent study by the Department of Justice found that military veterans are twice as likely to be incarcerated for sexual assault than nonveterans. When asked about the finding, Margaret E. Noonan, one of the authors of the study, told the Associated Press, "We couldn't come to any definite conclusion as to why." The intrinsic and systemic connection between militarism and violence against women, however, makes this finding far from surprising.

Sexual violence has been a de facto weapon of war since the beginning of the patriarchal age. Raping and assaulting women is seen as a way to attack the honor of the enemy, and women have always been the spoils of war. The result is that many types of violence against women are exacerbated by militarism, including the indirect effects on civilian populations both during hostilities and after the conflict ends and soldiers go home. These include:

  • Rape/sexual assault and harassment both within the military and perpetrated on civilian populations
  • Domestic violence
  • Prostitution, pornography and trafficking
  • Honor killing
Examples are not hard to find. Before and during WWII, the Japanese enslaved as many as 200,000 "comfort" women, and after the defeat of the Japanese, the United States continued to use tens of thousands of Japanese women as sex slaves. During the 1990s more than 5,000 women were trafficked into South Korea primarily to work as "entertainers" near U.S. military bases. Hundreds of thousands of women have been raped, frequently for the purpose of ethnic cleansing in countries such as Bosnia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In this country, sexual abuse within the military is often ignored. None of the officers implicated in the Tailhook that involved the sexual harassment of women were ever prosecuted. Sexual abuse problems at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs have only been partially addressed, and the murders of military wives at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Ft. Campbell, Ky., provide shocking examples of the problems of intimate partner abuse within military families.

A 2003 study reported that 30 percent of female U.S. veterans reported being the victim of rape or attempted rape during their military service. Last year there were 2,374 reports of sexual assault by service members. Despite this, the military quit providing emergency contraception as part of its medical formulary in 2002 (even while officially recognizing its importance), and a recent congressional attempt to reinstate it was scuttled due to lack of support (ironically, the erectile dysfunction drug Levitra is included in the formulary).

As the above illustrates, this latest statistic regarding sexual assaults by military veterans is clearly no accident. It a systemic part of a military culture that not only tolerates but frequently encourages the hatred and belittling of women.

What this study illustrates is that clearly the impact that militarism has on how men treat women does not end when a conflict is over; indeed, the effects of militarism during post-conflict periods can also be quite grave. So-called honor killings have risen dramatically in Iraq in recent years, with the most recent horrific killing of 17-year-old Duaa Khalil Aswad because she fell in love with a man of a different religious sect. Honor killings are a common tool for reestablishing a sense of control in the aftermath of conflict, and men returning from "war" frequently transfer their entitlement to commit violence from the battlefield to their own communities.

While the military acknowledges the problem, it has also tried to cast the blame on such factors as the relatively young age of the offenders compared to the population at large and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But neither explanation holds up in that this isn't a problem of men beating up men. Nor is it a problem of female vets, many of whom also are young and/or suffer from PTSD (99 percent of incarcerated vets are male), committing sexual assault. It is a problem of men raping and assaulting women.

It isn't surprising that the DOJ feigns bafflement about these latest statistics. For years now the problem of misogynist violence in the military has been the subject of lengthy reports and hearings. Yet the problem continues and with very good reason -- to cop an understanding of the issue and truly remedy the problem would require no less than a complete rethinking of the ethos of military violence and how it exacerbates the global pandemic of violence against women.


One Dead Child: One Million Americans Held Responsible

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05/25/2007

One man killed Megan. One man killed Jessica. A million people have been singled out for punishment even though there was no involvement.

There are 600,000 registered sex offenders, plus families, plus those who are rotting away in prison and all are being punished for the deaths of Megan Kanka, Jessica Lunsford and Adam Walsh. You were not there, you had no motive and there is nothing that links you to these crimes. You never had your day in court but additional punishment continues to be heaped on.

Nobody talked to you, checked your alibi. gave you the opportunity to seek legal council or read you your Miranda Rights. Any group of people who is isolated for persecution and treated as subhuman is the victim of a hate crime. As a non-offender I am surprised that offenders aren't taking names, kicking #### and presenting it all to an international court.

Do people actually think it is right to punish all registered sex offenders for the murders of these unfortunate kids? Maybe we should drop bombs and wipe out entire nations because they are Arab or Chinese.

If one child gets in trouble at school surely all students should be punished. Failure to pass a test by one senior should halt graduations across the nation. If one of your kids upsets you just kill them all. But that is already happening and there is not a great deal of concern. Why are we worrying about foreign terrorists when Americans are so busy feeding on one another. We set ourselves up as shining examples for others to follow. Sure, more nations of cannibals is just what we need,

There are some among us who have not developed a taste for human flesh. A baked potato, a thick beefsteak and the Constitution that guarantees equal rights to all Americans takes care of everything. It is sad that some of you never got to experience that time when America stood proudly in all of her grand glory.

We have a wide assortment of people at the bottom of the food chain. Unless you want to be served up on a platter you will band together and mesh so tightly that you cannot be pried apart.

600.000 registered sex offenders and family members totals over a million people. The NACDL hosts have a membership of thousands who disagree with double jeopardy and ex post facto laws. There are child advocacy groups that say these issues are being handled in a way that is detrimental to children. Add the many experts in the field of human behavior and the law enforcement people that have the impossible job of carrying out the laws passed by some man in a suit. And there are the plain old Americans who know the difference between right and wrong. You want find anyone here who supports sex crimes but you will find folks who want laws based on constitution and facts rather than hysteria. People are getting sick of lies and empty promises so maybe politicians have rode this train about as far as it will go.

America was once about punishing the guilty and protecting the innocent. We have reached a point where justice has been discarded and anyone is fair game for punishment. Those who use sex offender issues to garner votes and a rabid about the issue often have a problem keeping their own zippers closed.

Our Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life but I have a theory on that. When Depends become necessary it time to leave. And when they become so befuddled by the constitution is reduced to gibberish it is time to leave. Their decisions are what we are stuck with and there have been some doozies.

Anyone who has enough friends can become a judge with unlimited power. No law degree and no experience in the courtroom are needed. Some of these dudes would not know a fair trial if it hit them in the face and they hold the lives of people in their hands. Get your GED and become a judge!

We elect lawmakers and thousands of laws are passed every year. There are not that many new crimes so something that has been legal becomes illegal. Where have your rights gone? Well, you have willingly been giving them away for years. We have reached the point where we are under the thumb of government. We need a new branch of government to get in there and clean out the junk and put the power back in the hands of the people.

We have a national sex offender bill that was the brainchild of an active pedophile and a self-confessed sex addict. The Attorney General of the United States is up to his ears in a sex scandal in Texas. The stance there seems to be that these kids were prisoners, none resisted the rapes by their caretakers and none of these kids complained of bodily injury when interviewed so why bother with messy prosecutions? If this is the new standard for defining a sex crime there will be many changes ahead. Surely we do not have a double standard here?

An average of 95% of sex cases are settled by plea bargain. PLEA BARGAINS MUST STOP! They are a lie! Have your day in court and clog the system until it stops. No plea is a bargain when a person is innocent.

If it were not for money to prove their innocence the Duke Lacrosse team would be rotting in prison. Kobe Bryant would have made it there ahead of them. All of you rich people that have experienced the system need to be leading the way to change. Justice is supposed to be a commodity that is available to all Americans but now carries a half a million-dollar price tag.

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Couey trial cost taxpayers $573,000

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05/27/2007

Death penalty and pretrial publicity are cited as factors in the price tag in Lunsford case.

OCALA - A half-million dollars can buy two 2006 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish sports cars, or the 4.5 carat Harry Winston engagement ring that actor Ben Affleck bought for his wife, Jennifer Garner.

Of course, you could buy polio shots for children in Darfur at $1 a pop. You could feed close to 3,400 elderly folks through the Meals on Wheels program for a month.

Or you could use the money to give Jessica Lunsford's killer a fair trial and possibly send him to the execution chamber.

That's exactly how much attorneys, the judge and the Citrus County spent on the John Couey murder trial.

Public records requests to all agencies in the case, including the State Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and Clerk's Office, and the 5th Judicial Circuit Administration, indicate costs totaled $573,566.65.

Looking from the outside in, the more than half-million dollar price tag seems like too much, but to those close to the case, the money was well spent.

"I guess the best way to put it into perspective is to ask them [the public] the question: 'How much is your kid's life worth? How much money should our office have had to spend to make sure your child's killer was brought to justice?'" said 5th Circuit State Attorney Brad King. "I think that's the best perspective to use when you think about this."

DOLLARS AND SENSE?
It will never be clear how much, exactly, moving the trial to Miami cost the taxpayers. A review of financial statements by the Star-Banner indicates most expenses would have been picked up regardless of where the trial was held.

For example, the State Attorney's Office spent $28,400 in expert-witness fees, $12,052.83 in court-reporter costs, and more than $15,000 for witness travel, hotels and food.

The Public Defender's Office had $47,250 in expert-witness fees and close to $13,000 in court-reporter fees. The costs are typical in a first-degree capital murder case.

Couey was convicted of murder, kidnapping, sexual battery and burglary. The previously convicted sex offender went into the Lunsford home on the night of Feb. 23, 2005, abducted the Homosassa Elementary School third-grader, raped her and buried her alive in a shallow grave behind the mobile home he shared with his sister, just 150 yards from the Lunsford home.

A 12-member jury recommended the death penalty. The 48-year-old is yet to be sentenced, pending several hearings, including a mental retardation hearing.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office had the largest overall bill. It paid out $49,431.46 in overtime salaries and $149,615 in hotel costs. There were between 11 and 13 deputies and court bailiffs. Bailiffs worked, even while jurors slept, to make sure they weren't exposed to any information about the case besides the evidence presented in the courtroom.

Included in the Sheriff's Office hotel costs are dozens of vacant rooms the agency had to pay for in order to seal off the wing of the hotel where jurors stayed.

Stetson College of Law Professor Charles Rose III, who commented on the case for Court TV, was surprised at the cost.

"From a legal standpoint, it's a lot less than I thought it would be. I expected at least $1 million, maybe two," Rose said. "The taxpayers of Florida got a good deal on their investment.

"The reason this case cost more is because of media exposure in this trial ." When you look at it, one-third [of the cost] was a result of the Miami move," Rose said.

Overall expenses dealing with lodging, per diem food expenses, overtime, security costs and other travel expenses for staff members accounted for $321,072.32 of the $573,000 overall cost. Jury sequestration costs weren't included because the court planned to sequester the jury wherever the trial was held.

"It's hard to say how much of that cost is directly attributable to the trial being in Miami," King said. "I mean the court-reporter cost we would've paid if the case was in Inverness," he said. "But we're paying the bill to a Miami court reporting agency. I think many of these costs would've been incurred anyway."

COST OF SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY
Lawyers say the biggest factors were pretrial publicity and the fact it was a death case.

"Capital death cases increase the cost of litigation astronomically," Rose said. "You really don't want to leave any stone unturned in any regard" and lawyers spend a lot of money in exploring mitigating factors."

Chief Assistant Public Defender Bill Miller said death penalty cases drain more money than other murder cases, including appeals. On Thursday, accused State Road 40 killer William Kopsho's death penalty sentence was vacated, and the Florida Supreme Court ordered a new trial because of a jury problem. Now that trial, which was moved to Sumter County because of pretrial publicity, will have to be held again.

"Get rid of the death penalty and you'll get rid of all these costs," said Miller, who was not involved in the Couey case.

Records show that at least $95,000 in the Couey case was used in expert fees, travel and lodging. Experts testified about mitigating factors and aggravating factors to prove their case for life or death.

At least the money that was spent appeared to be managed properly, Rose said.

"I would say this case came in cheap. I would say the money was appropriately spent ... It looks like the money was spent responsibly just as the case was handled," he said.


Oprah's Painful Years - Dad's Tell-All Bid Stirs Up Agony Of Her Hidden Past

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05/27/2007

Oprah Winfrey has made billions sharing her thoughts and opinions with the world - her favorite things, her favorite books, her adoration of her half-dozen dogs and her relationship with her best friend, Gayle, to name a few.

But one subject has always been off limits: Winfrey's own family.

Mother's Day came and went with Winfrey devoting an hourlong show to moms - Maria Shriver's, Demi Moore's and Vanessa Williams' among others - without one mention of her own.

Now, as Father's Day approaches, Winfrey has discovered that her dad has reportedly been writing a tell-all about her.

Winfrey has been betrayed before by family members willing to shred her privacy for a quick buck - including a now-dead half-sister who sold the story of Winfrey's teen pregnancy to a tabloid for $19,000.

Winfrey's rise to fame is an astonishing rags-to-riches story.

"She has fascinated me for many years," Kitty Kelley said when she announced in December that she would write an unauthorized biography on the high priestess of daytime talk, the nation's first African-American billionairess.

Kelley has vowed to deliver news on the woman most Americans view as an open book. But those details that have already been made public are shocking enough.

Winfrey was born in 1954 to Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey, who had a brief fling but never married. She was initially raised on the Mississippi pig farm of her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee.
- So she was born from Adultery!

Amenities like running water and electricity were scarce, but there was plenty of space, something the driven 6-year-old girl desperately missed when she was sent to Milwaukee to join her mom and half-siblings, Patricia and Jeffrey, in their cramped apartment.

In that neglectful environment, as her mom juggled odd jobs and went on and off welfare, Oprah had no defense against a sly sexual predator - a 19-year-old cousin who raped her. She would also fall prey to a deviant uncle and a twisted family friend numerous times over the next few years.
- You see folks, 90% or more of people are abused sexually by someone KNOWN to the family, not strangers.

The trauma turned her into a rebellious teen who lashed out at her mother and everyone around her except her teachers. Somehow, Winfrey excelled in school, partly through the love of reading she learned early in life. She skipped two grades and secured a scholarship to prestigious Nicolet HS in the wealthy suburb of Glendale.

But her spirit was crumbling under the strain, and she often chose to roam the streets rather than go home. By her own admission, she was a "promiscuous" and "wild" young girl.

At 14, she became pregnant and was packed off to her father's house in Tennessee. Had she stayed with her mom, she would have languished in a juvenile hall for wayward teens.
- So would this person be considered a sexual offender in today's society? I think so.

"I was so ashamed, I hid the pregnancy until my swollen ankles and belly gave me away. The baby died in the hospital weeks later," Oprah wrote in February for an article on "firsts" in her magazine, O.

"I went back to school and told no one. My fear was that if I were found out, I would be expelled," she says. "Even when I found the courage to publicly reveal the [sexual] abuse, I still carried the shame and kept the pregnancy a secret."
- So I guess it was a pregnancy from the abuse. How sad!

When she learned her sister had blabbed about the incident, Oprah told a reporter at the time, "I was shooting [the film] 'Brewster Place,' and I got through the shoot, and I went home and got in the bed and cried."

Last November, while interviewing a teen who had become pregnant, Oprah told her: "I was raped at 9 and sexually abused from the time I was 10 to 14. At 14 years old, I became pregnant.

"I was taken to the hospital, and the doctors said, 'Are you pregnant?' I didn't even know what pregnancy was. I'd been abused all this time, but I really wasn't even sure that the outcome was you have a baby. So I confessed that I had been having sex with people who had been abusing me for years. The stress of that confession caused me to go into labor, and the baby died."

Oprah credits her strict father, a former military man, for her strong work ethic and sense of discipline. After her 2-week-old baby died, Oprah disassociated herself from the past and never looked back.

Oprah said her father told her, "What you have done is the past, and you alone get to determine what your future will be."

Winfrey went on to win the 1971 Miss Fire Prevention and Miss Black Tennessee titles before majoring in media and hitting the radio and TV talk-show scene.

Until worldwide fame made her a target, only two people - best friend Gayle King and constant romantic companion Stedman Graham - were privy to her inner demons.

Winfrey has also spoken of a bout with drugs in her 20s. But her "wild child" teen years are still mostly a mystery - and the book proposal that dad Vernon circulated among agents without Oprah's knowledge strongly suggests there is more to reveal.

Her mother "said she stayed out all times of night, said she made herself known to boys," he writes in the outline for the tentatively titled "Things Unspoken."

"But it was worse than I realized," he continues. "She had secrets. Dark secrets. Some I didn't discover till she was a grown woman, till it was too late."

Vernon hints at a confrontation between him and his then-14-year-old daughter at the kitchen table in his proposal, and owns up to the fact that his fractured relationship with her mom, Vernita Lee, made for a derelict childhood.

"The damage was our fault, her mother's and mine," he confesses. "For years we had shuttled our daughter between my home in Nashville and her mother's home in Milwaukee. That was a mistake."

Oprah reacted bitterly when news of her 74-year-old dad's betrayal surfaced, saying she was shocked and stunned to learn he had been penning a memoir.

Vernon, reached last week at the Nashville barbershop he still owns and runs, wouldn't confirm reports that he had backed off his book after being confronted by an angry Oprah.

"Well, lately I've just thought it best to say, 'No comment,' " he drawled politely.

Whatever their problems in the past, Oprah has done right by her parents. They were among the first to benefit when her career began its meteoric rise in 1986, starting with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Sofia in "The Color Purple," and the national launch of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a retooled version of her local talk show, "A.M. Chicago."

"The Oprah Winfrey Show's" profits skyrocketed to $125 million in just 12 months, earning her the unprecedented salary of $30 million, a massive jump from the $200,000-per-year contract she had signed just two years before.

With plenty of cash in the bank, Vernita retired from her job as a hospital dietitian and moved to a luxurious lakefront condo in Milwaukee with $5,000-a-month for life from Winfrey.

Vernon, who asked only for a new set of truck tires, a new TV for his barbershop and a ticket to a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, got everything he wanted, plus 10 scholarships endowed in his name at Oprah's alma mater, Tennessee State University.

But success also resurrected sibling rifts from the family's painful past.

In 1990, Oprah suffered what she would later call "her first betrayal," when half-sister Patricia Lee-Lloyd approached a national tabloid and, according to Oprah, "sat in a room, told them the story of my hidden shame - and left their offices $19,000 richer."

The one detail about the pregnancy that has never been publicly revealed is the identity of the baby's father.

It's not clear whether anyone knows the answer. By all accounts, the baby came at an exceptionally troubled point in her life.

Aside from half-sister Patricia, who died of causes believed to be drug related in 2003, Oprah also struggled to forge a relationship with her half-brother, Jeffrey, who died of AIDS in 1989. Jeffrey never sold any secrets to the tabloids, but he openly accused her of not supporting him financially because she didn't approve of his gay lifestyle.

A man named Randolph Cook also claimed to be a part of Oprah's painful past, saying the two shacked up together in 1985 and enjoyed a torrid affair that included drug use, mostly cocaine. He unsuccessfully sued Oprah for $20 million in 1997, alleging that she was blocking publication of his confessional tome. Oprah never went on record about what relationship, if any, she had with Cook, but copped to using cocaine briefly in her 20s during a 1995 taping of her show.

More recently, she has had to deal with Kiefer Bonvillian, 36, who allegedly made a secret recording of an Oprah employee talking trash about her boss, and then threatened to use it in a book unless he was paid $1.5 million. The federal government filed extortion charges against him, but they didn't hold up in an Illinois court.


Ex-policeman told: Get sex-offender treatment

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I hope he's going to be placed on the sex offender registry so the public knows where this man lives, eats, sleeps, breaths, etc. The public has a right to know, right?

05/26/2007

A retired police officer who e-mailed child pornography to a friend in Nevada told a judge Friday he was "embarrassed and ashamed" of what he had done.

Dutchess County Court Judge Gerald V. Hayes then placed 59-year-old William Costa, of Poughquag, on probation for 10 years and ordered him to undergo treatment for sex offenders.

Costa, who was a member of the Ossining police force for 31 years, entered a guilty plea last fall to promoting a sexual performance by a child, a felony. He admitted sending an e-mail to a friend in Las Vegas that contained a photo of a man having sex with a 2-year-old child. The crime took place Feb. 19, 2005.

Costa noted that, as a police officer, one of his duties was protecting children, "and here I stand convicted of a crime, contributing to (abuse) of children."

He said he was prepared to undergo whatever treatment his probation officers deemed appropriate.

Hayes said he considered sending Costa to prison, but said he had decided to impose the the 10-year probationary term designed for sex offenders.

"Sex offender probation is unlike any other probation," Hayes told Costa. "The terms are very strict."

Under the terms of his probation, Costa must also pay $1,400 in court costs and fees and perform 250 hours of community service.


Suffolk police shuffled in wake of sex predator sting

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05/25/2007

Seven high ranking Suffolk police officials were reshuffled Friday, just weeks after the district attorney expressed concerns about a sex predator sting involving Miss America and an arrest policy that raised questions about racial profiling.

Chief of Detectives Kenneth Rau, who oversaw the Computer Crimes Unit, which conducted the controversial sting with beauty queen Lauren Nelson, is now the new chief of patrol. He replaces Edward Webber, who became chief of support services, Deputy Commissioner Roger Shannon said.

District Attorney Thomas Spota had publicly criticized the Miss America operation, claiming a high ranking police official instructed officers not to notify prosecutors of the sting, and dismissing it as "publicity stunt."

The police department, meanwhile, maintained that Nelson had helped raise awareness of sexual predators to a wider audience. Eleven men were arrested in the sting in which she pretended to be a 13-year-old online, luring them to a Bay Shore house where they were arrested.

Yet police officials denied that the sex sting had anything to do with the transfer. Rau's new position is considered of equal rank and he oversees a larger number of officers.

"It had no effect on the transfer whatsoever," Shannon said.

Webber, whose former command began a controversial summary arrest policy for unlicensed drivers in April, becomes the new chief of support services, which includes the Police Academy, communications and records.

Assistant Patrol Chief Robert Ponzo, who police said initiated the policy, stays in his post.

The arrest policy had been temporarily suspended by Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, following concerns raised by Spota and Suffolk Administrative Judge H. Patrick Leis III, who noted that a majority of the arrests for unlicensed driving were taking place in Farmingville.

Nearly all of the 50 arrests took place in the Third and Sixth precincts, communities with larger Hispanic populations than other parts of the Island. Most of those arrested were Hispanic, records show.

The policy was reinstated last Friday.

Webber's new role is also considered a lateral change, as are the five other transfers.

"There is no one being demoted or punished," noted Det. Raymond Griffin, first vice-president of the county's Detectives Association. "It's just what I consider a realignment."

Beyond the two high profile disputes, Dormer recently redirected two units previously reporting to Rau to himself, criminal intelligence and the detectives assigned to the district attorney's office. "It shortened the channel of command," Dormer explained on Wednesday.

Spota declined to comment and Dormer could not be reached for comment.


Ex-sheriff's office employee indicted on child porn

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Notice on the article, the reporter leaves out why the sheriff was indicted! Why don't they put child porn in the title? More people would read it, that's why, and they hope people ignore it. Why do they protect government officials like this? I hope nothing happens to this lady for turning in her husband! Wonder who bailed him out?

05/25/2007

A Nacogdoches grand jury indicted a former Nacogdoches County jailer Friday for possession of child pornography.

Texas Ranger Tom Davis arrested Brian Roy Sowell, 39, in April for child pornography that investigators allegedly found on his home computer, according to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by Davis, Sowell's wife tipped off law enforcement that her husband "had been chatting online with female minors and had been attempting to get them to send him nude photos."

Sowell's wife released the computer to authorities and gave permission to search the hard drive for chats and images, the affidavit said, and investigators found a "movie depicting a child approximately 11 years old engaged in sexual conduct."

Sowell bonded out on the third-degree felony charge shortly after he was booked into the jail.


Ex-officer sentenced in abduction of a teen for sex

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Doesn't say anything about being labeled a sex offender and placed onto the registry!

05/25/2007

TRENTON (AP) -- A former New Hampshire police officer was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison Friday for trying to kidnap a minor he sought to have sex with and taking photos of another minor.

George Nugent, 57, of Whitefield, N.H., was sentenced to 200 months and will have to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence under the decision by U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Camden.

He pleaded guilty in October to sexual exploitation of a child, and to trying to transport a minor across a state line for the purpose of having sexual conduct.

Authorities have said Nugent met a boy who was riding a bike in Galloway on Aug. 21 and tried to chain him to the inside of Nugent's Jeep to take him back to New Hampshire to engage in sexual activity.

The boy fought Nugent off, police said, but it took bolt cutters to remove a 4-foot chain locked around the boy's neck.

Court documents said Nugent had an online relationship with the teen for a year.

Nugent admitted that he used a computer and the Internet to try and persuade the boy to engage in sexual conduct, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Nugent also admitted that from February 2003 until May 2004 he engaged in sexual conduct with another minor and took photographs depicting violence.

Nugent was a former police officer in Lancaster, Northumberland and Litchfield in New Hampshire. He also worked for a construction company in Plymouth.


FBI Agent Accused Of Lewd Acts In Women's Restroom

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Doesn't say anything about being labeled a sex offender and placed on to the registry!

05/26/2007

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A man arrested earlier this month by University of Arizona police after he was allegedly spotted performing a sex act in a women's bathroom is an FBI agent, university police said Friday.

Ryan Seese, 33, was cited on suspicion of public sexual indecency, criminal trespassing and indecent exposure, said Sgt. Eugene Mejia, a university police spokesman. The charges are misdemeanors, and Mejia said he was released to an FBI supervisor.

Mejia said a cleaning woman opened a bathroom stall in the student union and saw a man masturbating on May 3, then told her supervisor, who called police.

Arriving officers spotted Seese and caught him after he tried to run away. Seese told university police he was with law enforcement, so they checked his credentials, which verified he was an FBI agent, Mejia said.

Seese's attorney, Leo Plowman, could not be reached Friday. FBI spokeswoman Deborah McCarley said Seese worked for the agency but would not confirm whether he was an agent, in accordance with FBI policy.

"I am aware that allegations have been made against him," McCarley said. "It's not our investigation, and we won't do anything to interfere with it."