Sunday, January 30, 2011

MN - WARNING - Kissing is now considered sex and a "predatory" sex crime in Minnesota!!!!!

Original Article

Yep, we have lost our minds. Reprimanded, yes, but all this? A bit excessive if you ask me.

01/19/2011

By Elizabeth Mohr

A Stillwater state prison employee has been convicted for having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
- Kissing is not sex!

[name withheld], 48, was sentenced in Washington County District Court earlier this month to 240 hours of community service and two years of probation. She was also ordered to register as a predatory offender and to complete treatment.
- Wow, all this for a kiss?

[name withheld] was charged in April with one count of criminal sexual conduct by a correctional employee after prison staff reportedly saw her kissing a 37-year-old inmate, according to a criminal complaint.

[name withheld] told investigators she and the inmate worked together in the kitchen, where she was assistant food director. They became friendly and eventually kissed. The inmate said the relationship was mutual, the complaint said.

[name withheld] is no longer an employee of CWF Solutions, the company that contracted her services to the prison, according to company officials.


UK - Stranger Danger

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Believe me, this represents a quantum leap forward in protecting our children from roving child molesters,” declares Jim Tratt, as he unveils his new ‘Stranger Danger’ iPhone application. “Once you have this installed on your phone, you and your kids need never worry about ‘stranger danger’ again.” According to the twenty eight year old IT developer, all that users of his app have to do if they encounter anyone they suspect of being a paedophile, all they have to do is surreptitiously take the suspect’s photo with their phone, and activate the utility. “The photo is automatically compared to an online database of photos of suspected paedophiles,” he explains. “If it doesn’t find a match, the app then analyses the suspect’s main facial features, and compare them against a set of attributes known to denote a tendency toward paedophilia. You know the sort of thing: eyebrows meet in the middle, eyes too small, hooked nose or low slung ears. It’s been scientifically proven that possession of a combination of at least three of the attributes our database has listed denotes a seventy per cent probability that the subject is a nonce.” If the app can make a match against the database then a 'paedo alert' siren is emitted by the phone - which also flashes - and the alleged paedo's photo is flashed across all forms of social media in order to alert parents to the potential danger they pose. “Once we’ve got these bastards branded as kiddie fiddlers, then any threat they might pose to our children will be neutralised,” Tratt proudly declares. However, the app has been widely criticised by civil liberties groups, who fear that its use could result in a spate of false allegations due to the inadequacies of the database employed by the app. “We have no idea where this database has come from. Who compiled it? Has it been vetted by the police and Home Office, or checked against the UK’s register of sex offenders?” asks top human rights lawyer Hubert Ponser. “I’d also like to see the actual scientific research behind these facial attributes which supposedly denote a tendency toward paedophilia.” Tratt has been quick to respond to such criticisms, claiming that his database is derived from highly reputable sources, including neighbourhood watches, citizen’s action groups and tabloid newspapers. “These are the people on the ground, who know who the real weirdos are in their local communities,” he says. “As for the scientific research, it has been widely published on a number of highly reputable web sites, including Facebook and the Daily Mail message boards.”

The government has also expressed concerns about the concept of the ‘Paedo Alert’ triggered by the app, with a Minister pointing out the shortfalls of such alert systems. “It’s all too easy to make a mistake with one of these alerts and inadvertently trigger a mass panic,” says Hugh Mastiff, Minister for Child Protection. “Just look at that business last year when a disclosure under 'Sarah's Law' of the whereabouts of released paedophiles in Somerset was confused with a terror alert. Obviously, in retrospect we realise that further checks should have been made before a county-wide warning that children in Somerset could be at increased risk of being felt up, molested or even buggered by gangs of suicide paedos of Middle Eastern origin was issued. It was quite a debacle. Not only did we have to apologise for the undue stress caused to parent, but we were also forced to pay out compensation to the dozen or so Asian shop owners attacked by lynch mobs on suspicion of being nonces not to mention the Indian restaurant fire bombed by vigilantes in Minehead.” A previous false alarm had occurred only a few months earlier, when the government had raised the UK’s terror alert level to ‘severe’, after someone at the Home Office confused a Met Office severe weather warning with intelligence of an imminent terror attack. “To be fair, though, thatt's an easy mistake to make - the two are very similar, both full of exaggerated threats, dire, but completely unsubstantiated, warnings and lots of wild speculation," Mastiff points out. “That said, It's not as if there isn't any link between the weather and terrorism. I mean, just look at the way that snow completely disrupted Britain. Al Qaeda couldn't have done better if they'd detonated a dirty bomb!" Although the incident didn’t create quite the same level of panic as the Somerset ‘Paedo Alert’, the alert resulted in several snowmen being reported to the police as suspected terrorists, although all were eventually released without charge. Consequently, the government remains dubious as to the value of Tratt’s new app, fearing that it will simply encourage vigilantes to take the law into their own hands. Not surprisingly, Tratt is dismissive of such fears. “My app is simply enabling this ‘Big Society’ the government is always banging on about,” he says. “I’m just providing the information that law-abiding citizens need in order to police their own communities.”

The ‘Stranger Danger’ app isn’t the first smart phone application that Tratt has developed. At the height of the furore over MP’s expenses and their relationships with lobbyists, he launched an app that he claimed would allow the user to immediately locate the nearest corrupt MP. “Obviously, it was only functional in Westminster, within a five mile radius of Parliament, to be precise,” Tratt explains. “And I’d like to refute the allegation that it helped lobbyists hook up with corrupt MPs. It simply tried to match up their clients with MPs who had similar interests, and who, based on their expenses claims, seemed to be living beyond their means.” Tratt followed this up with another app which would allow punters to locate the nearest brothel, massage parlour or spanking cinema. “Whilst it was originally only functional within Soho, we were planning to roll it out to cover other red light districts across Britain,” he says. “Eventually, we were hoping to expand the database to include individual prostitutes – you’d key in your preferences, big knockers, red hair, or whatever, and it could find you the nearest match within a two mile radius.” As with the ‘Stranger Danger’ software, Tratt claims that this earlier app provided a valuable public service. “If every punter in the country had that app, we could eliminate kerb-crawling forever,” he claims. “In fact, one of our plans was to offer a service whereby a punter could take a picture of any woman he saw on the street who took his fancy, and check her against the database to see if she was on the game – and if so, what she’d do and how much she’s charge. Just imagine the embarrassing situations that could have eliminated!” Sadly for Tratt, both apps had to be withdrawn following legal threats, a fate he hopes that his latest venture will avoid. “It’s a vital tool in the war against the paedos. Don’t think that they aren’t perverting new technology to their own filthy ends – it’s an electronic arms race out there,” he says. “Trust me, I have it on excellent authority that, even now, the bastards are developing their own app which allows them to instantly locate the nearest paedophile ring in any new area they move into. Not only that, but it will give them instant access to a database of all the local kids, complete with names, addresses, ages and favourite sweets! We have to keep up with the nonces, or we might as well just stick our kids out on street corners with signs round their necks saying ‘rape me now’!


IN - Sex & Violent Offender Registry

Original Article

From what others have told me, this state has sex offenders and violent offenders (other crimes) merged into one database, and this article appears to be about those other violent offenders, not sex offenders. So before anybody gets their hopes up, you might want to talk with your local sheriff or probation/parole officers.

01/30/2011

NOTICE: TO ALL VIOLENT OFFENDERS WHO COMMITTED THEIR OFFENSES IN INDIANA PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2007 AND WHO ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS VIOLENT OFFENDERS AS A CURRENT CONDITION OF PROBATION OR PAROLE

The violent offender law requiring registration and a registry of violent offenders is unconstitutionally retroactive under the Indiana Constitution as applied to violent offenders who committed their offenses in Indiana before the date the law went into effect, July 1, 2007, except insofar as the persons are required to register as a current condition of probation or parole.

If you have been classified as violent offender as a result of committing the offense in Indiana prior to July 1, 2007, and you are not currently required to register as a condition of probation or parole, the Indiana Department of Correction has been ordered to remove your name and all information concerning you from the sex and violent offender registry, unless you are convicted of other offenses that allow you to be currently classified as a sex or violent offender. This will be done automatically unless the Department of Correction cannot determine when the person committed the offense or whether he or she is required to register as a condition of probation or parole. If this occurs, the individual will receive a notice at his or her last known address with instructions as to how to contact the Indiana Department of Correction.

And, if you are in the above category, the Sheriff of your county (in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department) has been ordered to cease imposing any registration requirements on persons classified as violent offenders as a result of committing the offense prior to July 1, 2007, unless the person has committed other offenses that allow the person to be currently classified as a sex or violent offender. Additionally, the Sheriff (in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department) and the local Prosecutor have been ordered not to arrest or prosecute any persons in the above category for failing to register as a violent offender unless, the persons are required to register for another offense.

If you have questions about this Judgement you may contact the Indiana Department of Correction at: Brent Myers, Director, Registration and Victim Services, Indiana Department of Correction, 302 W. Washington St., Room E334, Indianapolis, IN 46204

or you may contact the attorneys who represent the plaintiffs in this case, Kenneth J. Falk, Gavin M. Rose, ACLU of Indiana, 1031 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana. 46202.

About the Sex & Violent Offender Registry

Effective January 1, 2003, Zachary's Law required sheriff's departments to jointly establish the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry to provide detailed information about individuals who register as sex or violent offenders in Indiana. The purpose of the registry is to inform the general public about the identity, location, and appearance of sex and violent offenders who live, work, or study in Indiana.

On July 1, 2006, the Indiana Department of Correction replaced the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute as the agency that oversees the State's Sex and Violent Offender Registration and Registry efforts. As a part of this new responsibility, the Department provides judges, law enforcement officials, prosecuting attorneys, parole officers, probation officers, and community corrections officials with information and training concerning the requirements of Indiana Code 11-8-8 and the use of the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry.

Upon request the Indiana Department of Correction will provide neighborhood associations with information concerning sex offenders who reside near the location of the neighborhood association and/or instructional materials concerning the use of the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry.

Indiana Supreme Court Cases

On April 30, 2009, the Indiana Supreme Court issued decisions in cases involving Richard P. Wallace and Todd Jensen regarding the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registration Act. Copies of the cases may be accessed by following the links indicated below. If you believe the cases have an impact on your requirements to register as a sex or violent offender in the State of Indiana, you may raise the matter in a court of appropriate jurisdiction or discuss it with an attorney. The Indiana Department of Correction is not able to provide persons with legal advice as to the impact of the Wallace and Jensen cases.

Richard P. Wallace v. State of Indiana – (http://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/04300901rdr.pdf)

Todd Jensen v. State of Indiana – (http://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/04300902rdr.pdf)

Contact the Indiana Department of Correction Sex and Violent Offender Registry

Email: svor@cji.in.gov

Phone: (317) 232-1232

Fax: (317) 234-1953

Address:

Indiana Department of Correction
Attn: Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry
302 W. Washington St.
Indiana Government Center South, W341
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2038