Sunday, September 4, 2011

NEW ZEALAND - Just the usual fear-mongering, biased piece of crap!

This video just ticks me off. It's the usual fear mongering, biased piece of crap! This video is the opinion of one man, and if they really wanted an open discussion on the issues, they would get more than one offender, ranging in crimes, and also experts who treat sex offenders, but, they did not do that. You can pass ten million laws, and it still won't prevent crime or protect people from people who want to harm others! And by demonizing them, like they do in this video, it makes things worse, but you will never convince them of that, because they are closed minded, IMO.

If you have a YouTube account, visit the video and leave your comments.


Video Description:
A chilling warning for parents from a convicted sex offender who says we're not doing enough to stop people like him from preying on our kids. He's got some simple advice on how to keep children safe.


UK - Brother and sister in lift sex

Original Article

Both are adults, but only the MALE has to register? Come on! And they say the injustice system is not biased? I beg to differ! And I'm not sure why the reporter uses the word "accused" as they do, and repeat the same things several times.

09/03/2011

By SCOTT MULLEN

A twisted brother and sister are facing jail after they were spotted having sex in a train station lift.

Richard Finlayson, 21, and sibling Kirsty, 18, romped in the elevator as they were filmed by CCTV cameras.

The shocking 15-minute clip showed them exiting the lift — only to return a short time later to have sex AGAIN.

And as they left for a second time Richard gave Kirsty a £20 note.

The depraved pair were later arrested by police after a railway worker at Motherwell Station raised the alarm.

Last night a family friend said the revelations had left the pair's family "destroyed".

It came after Richard, of Carluke, Lanarkshire, and Kirsty of Lesmahagow, admitted having unlawful sexual intercourse in June last year.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how they left an 11-year-old boy who was with them on the platform during their illicit tryst.

Depute fiscal Amanda Gallagher said: "They both went into the lift and were seen having sexual intercourse on the CCTV."

"Both accused then exited the lift for a short period before returning and continuing having sexual intercourse."

"Both accused then stood up and left the lift. At which point Mr Finlayson was seen giving his sister some money."

The court was told Kirsty Finlayson had admitted the sordid act to police.

But she denied she'd had sex for cash — while Richard said he gave her the £20 "as a brother, not for payment".

Last night the family friend said: "We're devastated. I was sickened when I heard about it."

"Most of the family knew nothing about it until letters for the case came in."

"We can't believe it. It is a nightmare."

Sheriff Ray Small ordered Richard to be placed on the sex offenders' register. The brother and sister will be sentenced next month.


NE - Nebraska man appeals sex offender status

Original Article

09/04/2011

By MARGERY A. BECK

OMAHA (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court will decide whether a lower court violated the rights of a south-central Nebraska man by ordering him to register as a sex offender even though he's never been convicted of a sex crime.

[name withheld], 31, of Wilcox, was originally charged with third-degree child sex assault after the 11-year-old son of his ex-girlfriend accused [name withheld] in 2009 of touching his genitals.

A police affidavit from the Buffalo County case shows an officer was sent to the boy's home in July 2009 after a child therapist called the state's child abuse hotline. The therapist told authorities that the boy, his client, had accused [name withheld] of inappropriately touching him. The boy disclosed the abuse after he was caught trying to molest other children, the affidavit says.

When questioned by police, the boy told investigators that [name withheld] had "played a game" with him in which [name withheld] would take him to a bedroom, pull the boy's pants down and touch his genitals.

[name withheld] denied any sexual contact with the boy, and the charge was later reduced to third-degree assault for what prosecutors said was a threat of bodily harm [name withheld] had levied against the boy.

[name withheld] pleaded no contest to the reduced charge last year in Buffalo County District Court and was convicted. He later was sentenced to probation and ordered to register as a sex offender, prompting [name withheld]'s appeal.

Prosecutors argue that state law allows judges to order someone convicted of a non-sex-based offense to register as a sex offender if there is evidence within the record that the person has committed a sex offense.

"The statue simply requires that ... the court 'shall have found' that evidence of sexual penetration or sexual contact was present," assistant attorney general Nathan Liss said. "Here, the district court necessarily 'found' that the offense involved sexual contact."

An attorney for [name withheld] said no such evidence was established and that the order deprives [name withheld] of his constitutional right to due process and liberty.

"The court never made a specific finding that any sexual contact occurred," wrote Kearney attorney Michael Synek in a brief before the state's high court. "The court declined to consider any of Chad [name withheld]'s evidence and based its decision that he must register as a sex offender only upon the state's unsworn factual basis statements."

The state's high court is set to hear arguments in the case on Friday.


OR - Time runs out on a sanctuary

Original Article

09/04/2011

By Mat Wolf

Transitional home for troubled men must close over safety violations

Gene Haag, 77, believes he's doing God's work at his home in the 700 block of Nobility Drive in Medford.

He has transformed the property into a transitional home for men who are former convicts or sex offenders or who are homeless — giving them the Gospel, fellowship, and, perhaps most importantly, job training and employment in his landscaping business.

The house is a sprawling, three-story-plus-basement complex that sits next to a large white barn in a yard covered with shrubberies and vehicles, some in working condition, some not so much.

The house dates back at least to the early 1900s and, from its spot atop a hill in southwest Medford, stands in stark contrast to the newer housing and developments that surround it.

But the Medford Building Safety Department says the house is unfit to hold its residents without building improvements and permits.

At the beginning of August, Haag was served notice that the 15 tenants in the home will be forced to vacate on Friday, Sept. 9, and only Haag and his wife will be allowed to live there.

On Aug. 1, the building was cited for having improper or inadequate fire escapes, ventilation, smoke detectors and bathrooms and for having substandard living spaces for the 17 people who reside there.

Under Medford building code, a living space must have at least 70 square feet per person. Haag had converted portions of his home, such as a basement and upstairs balcony, into bedrooms without the proper permits.

Haag was given until the end of August to remedy the problems, draw up renovation plans and file for permits to get the building up to snuff, but Aug. 31 came around and the necessary paperwork still hadn't been filed.

As he gave a tour of the home on Friday, Haag said he had a contractor draw up plans for the building, but the contractor had failed to submit the plans on time, leaving Haag and his tenants stuck.

Haag has been operating some form of this kind of charity, though not always at this location, since 1975. He's convinced that what brought his residence to the attention of the Building Safety Department was a former tenant whom he had asked to leave for not abiding by his rules, which include no smoking or drugs on the property.

"It was probably someone I kicked out," Haag said, "someone who wanted to create problems for us."

Haag said he made most of the upstairs renovations 20 years ago and was unaware they weren't up to code at the time.

Despite what were apparently building violations, Haag is adamant about the property's mission.

"People call it a lot of different things. It's not a treatment center, it's not a halfway house, it's a Christian home," he said.

He said without his assistance, many of his cohabitants wouldn't have anywhere else to go.

Many of his tenants expressed the same concern about being forced to vacate, but didn't want their names or faces revealed because of their fear that if the notice goes through they'll be out of a job and a place to stay. They worry that if their identities were public, finding alternatives would be next to impossible.

One man, who wished to be identified only as Dave, said he had been incarcerated for 11 years and didn't know where he would be if it weren't for Haag.

"This has been a godsend for me. If it wasn't for Gene, I wouldn't be where I am today," Dave said. "Guys come out of prison and try to better themselves and find that there aren't any open doors. Gene opened the door of his house to me to help me become a better person."

Haag said he has plans drawn up for getting his home up to code and would be ready to file them if given more time.

He also said he has removed the sleeping quarters from the basement and attic spaces, further crowding other parts of the house but complying with the requests of the building administration.

But that doesn't meet all the Building Safety Department's requirements.

"We gave them 30 days to make corrections," said Building Director Chris Reising. "We try not to kick people out on a holiday weekend, so we gave them another week."

Reising said Friday Haag's house first came to his office's attention after a complaint by a former resident. Reising said his department was aware of the building's use as a home for sex offenders and former inmates, but it still had an obligation to uphold building codes.

Haag said that without the services he provides, many of his tenants would be homeless, wouldn't register with authorities and would be more likely to re-offend. In Oregon, a sex offender has 10 days to register a new address.

One resident named Clarence said he had never been to prison, but had been homeless and wasn't sure what would happen if he's forced to move out on Sept. 9.

"I don't like it, that's for sure, I don't want to be homeless again," Clarence said.


CA - California RSOL - L.A. Meeting - October 1

Original Article

The first public meeting of the CA RSOL will be held on October 1 in Los Angeles from 10 to 1 p.m. at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church. The meeting will feature experts in law, policy and legislation. The meeting will include a presentation by a registered person who successfully petitioned for relief from residency requirements. The church is located at 3300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010 on the Red and Purple lines of the metro system. Free parking is available at the church. RSO's, friends and family members are welcome!


FL - Daytona to consider limiting where sex offenders can live

Original Article

09/03/2011

DAYTONA BEACH - By the end of this month, Daytona Beach could become the latest area city to restrict where sex offenders who've been convicted of abusing children can live.
- Most sexual crimes occur by someone the victim knows, not some stranger, and where someone sleeps at night, has nothing to do with who, when or if they will re-offend. And why do they always get the opinion of some police officer, instead of professional who work with ex-sex offenders on a daily basis? Most police officers opinions and biased, since they think most people are criminals, or "up to no good," IMO.

"In my opinion it's overdue," Police Chief Mike Chitwood said.

At least 10 other cities in Volusia and Flagler counties had the restrictions on their books by 2008.

Daytona Beach considered residency restrictions in the past. Chitwood said the issue is coming up again now because a resident recently sent a letter to him and a city commissioner wanting to know why other communities have the prohibitions and Daytona Beach does not.

Chitwood said residents, who didn't realize the city doesn't restrict where sex offenders can live, recently asked him how a sexual predator could live near a small Daytona Beach park.
- The state already has a 1,000 foot residency zone, not that it will prevent anything, so why does each county think they must do it their way? 1,000, 2,500, or 10 miles, still won't make any difference!

At their meeting Wednesday, city commissioners will take an initial vote on a measure that would put a residency restriction on people who've been convicted since October 2004 of sexual offenses against kids 15 years old and younger. Commissioners are slated to take their final vote Sept. 21, and if they pass the measure that night it would become effective immediately.
- So you see, once again, it is now 2011, and by passing a law which goes back to 2004, that is an ex post facto law, which is unconstitutional. Hell, why not go back 150 years, and make your grandparents or mother/father register due to them marrying at an early age?

The proposed city law says the offenders couldn't live within 2,500 feet of any school, day care center, public park, library, church, public or private playground, mini-park and recreational open space. Even if those restricted places were just outside city limits and within unincorporated areas of Volusia County, the measure would still apply.
- Just check the articles from now, back to 2006 that we have been keeping. Every single year they change the laws, why? Because they need to make it look like they are doing something and are "tough on crime," or they could potentially lose their jobs or reputation!

Offenders already living within 2,500 feet of those places before Wednesday who properly registered their residence would be exempted. But if they moved within Daytona Beach after the law went into effect they would be subject to it.
- That is good, but again, why back date this to 2004? So you can ensnare offenders who may want to move into the area, and keep the registry large? Come on, this is pure hate and vengeance, nothing more!

Exceptions would also be given for convicts who are minors now or were minors at the time of the offense, and those who lived in a place before one of the restricted type of properties was established.

The law would target people who've been convicted of sexual battery, lewd or lascivious offenses, sexual performance by a child, computer pornography, and selling or buying minors.
- So you see, at the top it says this is for those who have harmed children, but here, these offenses, could potentially be from an adult on adult crime, and thus they would sweep them up into the large draconian net of injustice!

The measure would cover both permanent and temporary residences. Landlords with properties within 2,500 feet of the restricted places who knowingly rent to sex convicts would be guilty of a city code violation and could face fines.

State law imposes a similar restriction on sex offenders with a 1,000-foot limit.
- Yes, so why go beyond state law? I thought you could not do that, legally, and if the state was run like it was suppose to be, where state law trumps county laws?

The city considered imposing its own limits for sex offenders about five years ago, but backed off after the city attorney at the time told commissioners similar laws were getting hammered with legal challenges, City Commissioner Rob Gilliland said.

Gilliland, who hadn't had a chance Friday to read over the new measure yet, said he'd like to know how vulnerable the law would be to challenges.

"What's different today than when we did this four or five years ago?" Gilliland asked. "I'd like to know if other communities who have these laws have had problems."
- Well for one, the corrupt courts and supreme court of the state, have ruled the unconstitutional laws are constitutional, that is what has changed, the corrupt system is taking over!

Chitwood said he's not worried about legal tangles. He said his officers already closely monitor sexual offenders and predators, but he maintains the law is needed.
- Why is it needed? How has it all of a sudden become a problem?

"My biggest concern is what happens with a guy when he comes off probation," Chitwood said.


MA - It does no good to further ostracize offenders who are struggling to change

Original Article

09/04/2011

RE “FOLLOW evidence, not gut feeling, on sex offenders’’ (Op-ed, Aug. 28):
Gareth Cook points to more of the scientific evidence that has been apparent to sex offender-specific clinicians since the inception of community notification policies for sexual offenders. Pouring salt on the wound of a man struggling to change his life after committing sexual offenses does more harm than good in many cases.

Sexual offenders have psychiatric disorders that merit comprehensive treatments as well as community containment strategies that are effective. Community notification, while intended to protect innocents from being victimized by sexual “predators’’ (as the subheadline for the column termed them), further ostracizes those offenders whose primary goal is to control their behavior through treatment.
- I do not think all sex offenders have a "psychiatric disorder," which the above statement alludes to. Many may, but not all do, so the statement, like many other statements that deal with ex-sex offenders, tend to lump all offenders into one huge group, and that is not right.

Social stigmatization and ostracism are ineffective treatments for psychiatric disorders, and do not reduce recidivism in sexual offenders.
- Sex offender recidivism (new sex crimes) are already lower than any other criminal, yet we do not have draconian registries and residency restrictions for them, for life!

Dr. Martin P. Kafka
Newtonville


OK - Man challenges sex offender registration

Original Article

09/03/2011

By WAYNE GREENE

TULSA (AP) — A Hallett man is challenging the state's ability to force him to register as a sex offender, and if he is successful, scores of registered offenders could be taken off the state's list.

In 1997, [name withheld] pleaded no contest to a Calhoun County, Texas, charge of sexual assault upon a minor child, according to court filings.

He received a deferred sentence and was placed on probation. He completed counseling and was found not to be a pedophile, according to the filings.

In 1998, [name withheld] returned to his home in Oklahoma, and he complied with a state law requiring him to register as a sex offender.

At the time, state law required him to remain registered for 10 years, but subsequently, the state Legislature twice extended the length of that requirement. Currently, state law requires [name withheld] to remain registered for life.

As a registered sex offender, [name withheld] — who has had no further arrests — can't go into parks or schools, which has affected his ability to pursue the sales of American Indian crafts at public art events, attorney James Dunn said.

[name withheld]'s case — which appears to be backed by similar cases ruled on by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals — argues that the state cannot extend the length of the registration requirement retroactively.

Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves ruled in [name withheld]'s favor in May, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court is considering whether to change or affirm that decision.

State Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said the state's position is that the registration requirements are not a part of criminal guidelines.

"It's more of a civil matter, so retroactivity doesn't apply," Massie said.

If the high court orders the Corrections Department not to apply registry requirements retroactively, it would likely lead officials to remove about 60 people from the list immediately, Massie said. Approximately 6,600 people are on the list.

An unknown number who otherwise would have stayed on the list for life would gradually pass off the registry, Massie said.

Dunn said he doesn't know how many people would be eventually released from registry requirements, but he suspects it wouldn't be small.

"I think that the number would be fairly large because the Legislature amends it in one form or fashion every year," Dunn said.

Dunn said he has a broader agenda against the sex registry law that he would someday like to press, if he can find the right case.

"I took Mr. [name withheld]'s case because I don't believe we do scarlet letters in this country," Dunn said. "At the end of the day when somebody has paid what we call their debt to society, the idea is that the debt has been paid."

But sex offenders have become a public whipping boy.

"Ask yourself, 'Why do we tinker with this every year?' " Dunn said. "The (in)escapable reason is because the legislator says, 'Well, I'm going to have to be tough on crime. I need to be tough on somebody, and who is it that nobody likes?' "

On the other hand, Sheriff B.B. Browning in Calhoun County, Texas, isn't inclined to offer [name withheld] any comfort.

"He should have been stuffed away and never seen daylight in my book," Browning said.