Sunday, November 15, 2009

GA - Georgia may adopt Halloween restrictions for offenders

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10/30/2009

ATLANTA - A Democratic lawmaker is introducing a measure that would require Georgia sex offenders to post "No Candy Here" signs on Halloween.

State Rep. Rob Teilhet (Email), who is running for Attorney General, said Friday his proposal would punish offenders who violate the law with 60 days in jail and a $1,500 fine. Similar proposals have been adopted in Florida, Indiana and Maryland.

Teilhet, a Smyrna attorney, calls the measure "an excellent tool for our police officers and our parents to use on a night when many of our children are out and vulnerable."
- And an excellent tool for those running for office to use to exploit peoples fears to get elected as well!

He said as a parent, he wants all children to steer clear of homes where sex offenders live.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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Lithuania - Drasius Kedys - Killed a woman and judge because they allegedly molested his daughter

Drasius Kedys
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11/01/2009

By PATRYCJA ROMANOWSKA

Nothing depresses me more than reading newspaper accounts of adults sexually abusing children. I try not to read them but it's like driving past a car crash -- you look even though it twists your insides and makes you worry about your loved ones.

Even though I am not prone to violent impulses and don't agree with capital punishment, my first instinct when I read about a man who raped a child is to shoot him.

Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way.

In Lithuania, this particular instinct has led to a bizarre tale of villains turned heroes, heroes turned villains and a nation gone into shock. More importantly, the affair has raised some fundamental questions about the very nature of fairness and how as societies we deal with people who hurt our children.

If you can imagine a standard eastern European thug, you would probably get a good picture of Lithuania's latest hero. Fake-baked, muscled and handsome in that low-level mobster-like way, Drasius Kedys doesn't cut a figure that would normally elicit empathy. But when you see a picture of him holding his four-year-old daughter, something about him -- the way he holds the child and his face, both pained and determined -- seems very human.

Kedys's daughter Deimantele was molested by members of a pedophile ring that included a prominent politician and judge. This happened because both Kedys and his estranged wife were too busy being low-level mobsters to take care of her. The parents cared enough about Deimantele to fight a nasty custody battle over her but did not spend much time with the child and Deimantele was regularly dropped off at her aunt's who pimped her out with her eight-year-old cousin to Lithuania's pedophiles.

Once Kedys found out about this he flew into a rage. He filmed his child describing how the pee-pees of various "uncles" grew large and then small. He also filmed her showing on a stuffed version of a man what parts were involved and pointing to herself where they were inserted. The video was posted on the Internet but is very hard to view because of filters that screen for child pornography. However, people who have seen it claim to have become physically ill. Kedys showed this video to the media and went to the police after having identified some of the pedophiles involved. He was ignored. People dismissed his allegations as those of a father wanting custody at all costs.

So he took matters into his own hands. He went to the judge's house and shot him. He went to his former sister-in-law's place and shot her. He almost finished off the politician before something or someone stopped him but his car was found in front of the pedophile's house, leaving no doubts as to his intentions.

He has since disappeared and is wanted dead or alive. The politician, as fairness would have it, is the most protected man in the country.

This story has a number of holes. People question how Kedys obtained the identities of the pedophiles since the girls only knew their first names and the police are only now getting sketches made up.

Also, the guns and car that were found at the various crime scenes could too easily be linked back to Kedys. People are manifesting different scenarios from mafia involvement to political manoeuvring. But regardless, what is fairly indisputable is that the girls were raped and that Kedys was ignored when he tried to get justice.

People in Canada can dismiss this case as something that would only happen in dysfunctional, far-off countries. But this would ignore the fact that if he had been heeded and these men had been sent to trial -- even in Canada -- they would have been released within a couple of years, if not months. Knowing that the rate of rehabilitation is almost nil for people who harm children in this way, the real injustice is that society lets them rape again and again. As media accounts of incidents of pedophilia continue to increase, I would not be at all surprised if the accounts of the victims' families taking their own revenge do too.


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NY - Does a watched pot boil? A time-series analysis of New York State's sex offender registration and notification law

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Citation
Does a watched pot boil? A time-series analysis of New York State's sex offender registration and notification law.
Sandler, Jeffrey C.; Freeman, Naomi J.; Socia, Kelly M.
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Vol 14(4), Nov 2008, 284-302.

Abstract
Despite the fact that the federal and many state governments have enacted registration and community notification laws as a means to better protect communities from sexual offending, limited empirical research has been conducted to examine the impact of such legislation on public safety. Therefore, utilizing time-series analyses, this study examined differences in sexual offense arrest rates before and after the enactment of New York State's Sex Offender Registration Act. Results provide no support for the effectiveness of registration and community notification laws in reducing sexual offending by: (a) rapists, (b) child molesters, (c) sexual recidivists, or (d) first-time sex offenders. Analyses also showed that over 95% of all sexual offense arrests were committed by first-time sex offenders, casting doubt on the ability of laws that target repeat offenders to meaningfully reduce sexual offending. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)


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OH - Tracking Homeless Sex Offenders

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This just shows you how ignorant on the issues politicians are. If an offender is homeless, do you really think they can afford to pay for the GPS? No, and tax payers will be footing the bill! And a chip implant is an invasion of privacy.

10/30/2009

DAYTON - A Dayton area lawmaker wants Tier 3 homeless sex offenders to be tracked using either a GPS unit or a microchip.

State Rep. Clayton Luckie (Email) said his proposed bill is necessary after police arrested and charged a homeless sex offender for attacking two women near a hospital.

The bill is still in the early stages and had not yet been formally introduced.

"The public has safety awareness. They have the opportunity to know where predators are," said Luckie.
- Got to make a name for yourself, so bust out the sex offender issues!

Tier 3 sex offenders are required to register with the sheriff's office every 90 days for life. Luckie said it's hard to keep track of them if they're homeless. That's why he believes his proposed bill will help keep women and children safe.
- Well, why are they homeless in the first place?  Maybe the draconian laws make them homeless due to not being able to find and keep a job, find a home within the law, etc!

"The most important thing is to give the judges the discretion. Who needs to be monitored and who does not need to be monitored," said Luckie.

Luckie wants them to either wear a monitoring device or be micro-chipped.
- Why don't you stick the microchip where the sun doesn't shine?  That is a total invasion of privacy!

"There's a little device that you can take a little needle and put the device right into a person's arm" he said.

"The bracelet idea is probably okay, but the microchip embedded in people, that's just not a good idea at all," said Sara Carlson, who is against the bill.

Carlson said it's just another example of too much government intrusion.

"His heart's in the right place, but I mean, it's our liberties that are at jeopardy here. Even the homeless sex offenders have some liberties," she said.

Carlson, who is unemployed, also isn't happy with the cost of the program. Luckie said it'll cost $40 a month to monitor homeless sex offenders.
- And how do you expect homeless offenders to pay for it?  They won't, you will!

"For the peace of mind of residents of the city of Dayton, I think we can apply for a grant or some federal funds to help us do this as a pilot project," said Luckie.

"Our tax dollars being spent. So certainly, there's better ways of keeping track. Maybe, oh I don't know, parole officers," said Carlson.

The proposed legislation is expected to be formally introduced to the House next week.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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NV - Brakes put on the "Stripper Mobile" (Sex sells!)

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11/14/2009

By Maria Silva

Strippers in a box on the Las Vegas Strip. The mobile advertisement got plenty of local and national attention this week. It also grabbed the attention of our county commissioners. Now it appears the Stripper Mobile may be a thing of the past.

Effective Friday, the live entertainment display is no longer be in operation.

The marketing ploy was designed to attract new customers to the Déjà Vu and Little Darlings strip clubs. It was a plan marketing and advertising director for the clubs, Larry Beard, told us was good for business.

"We've seen quite a bit of extra business in the club. The crowd out on (the Strip) seems to love it - tourists clap and cheer."

But not everyone was clapping and cheering. Aside from the partially nude women on a stripper pole, there was a bigger issue: safety on the Las Vegas Strip.

"Someone can turn for a brief second, swerve their car, drive up on the side walk and injure or kill a pedestrian," Commissioner Steve Sisolak said.

Sisolak says he got plenty of calls from those opposed the mobile advertisement and those in favor.

"Most of them (in favor) were young college kind of guys."

Early Friday afternoon, Sisolak says he got a call from the attorney representing the club owners.

"The attorney, Mr. Brown, gave me his word that it's been officially decommissioned and will not be traveling up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, which I'm thrilled with."

The Stripper Mobile issue may be settled for now, but the bigger picture will still go before the County Commission on Tuesday.

"I still want to clarify our code so that it won't come up again," Sisolak said. "Somebody else won't come up with the same idea similar idea."

Commissioners are not the only ones glad the brakes have been put on the Stripper Mobile.
Marla Letizia, president and CEO of Big Traffic Mobile Billboards, who in the past has been vocal about these type of advertisements, says Metro should have shut down the rolling strippers last week.

Letizia says they violated traffic laws and the owners just wanted publicity.

The attorney for the owners also tell News 3 his clients agreed it was a safety issue and didn't put up a fight.

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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