Sunday, June 10, 2012

GERMANY - Politicians fail to calm fury at sex offender home

Original Article

06/10/2012

Politicians failed to calm the situation in a German village where people have attacked the building housing two sex offenders, and held repeated protests – attracting neo-Nazis calling for the death penalty.

Two bus-loads of representatives from the Saxony-Anhalt state government arrived in Insel on Friday for talks with the residents who are furious at the presence of the two men in their town.

But when the 70 politicians got there, they found most of the 400 Insel residents had gone to a “boycott barbecue” instead.

The housing of the two men in the small village several months ago infuriated many of the villagers who said their peaceful and safe home had been ruined.

It has certainly been turned into a place of confrontation, with police now on permanent patrol around the newly-erected fence surrounding the men’s house – after a mob tried to storm it last week.

The neo-Nazi NPD party has embraced the issue, sending members from around the region to push their “death penalty for child abusers" idea.

Politicians from the state of Saxony-Anhalt had hoped for a large turn out of Insel locals and arrived with a giant banner reading “the dignity of mankind is sacrosanct”. Instead, they faced a meagre audience.

One elderly woman stood up to shout “Who is thinking about the victims?” before walking out.

Saxony Anhalt’s state premier Reiner Haseloff said he remained open to discussion, but would not consider moving the men – one of them had already been chased out of Chemnitz by demonstrators.



VA - Daughter fears sex offender's killing was a case of vigilante justice

Original Article

06/10/2012

By K. BURNELL EVANS

DINWIDDIE - When [name withheld], a repeat sex offender who twice pleaded guilty to assaulting teenaged boys, asked his daughter for another chance this year, she said yes.

Weeks later, the 23-year-old finds herself mourning the loss of a father shot dead before she could re-learn how to love him.

"I was trying to get back to that faith I had in him when I was growing up, but here we are," said [[name withheld], sitting beside a wilting white rose bush that he gave her for her birthday last month.

The gift would become [name withheld]'s last grand gesture, given in a fleeting moment of calm between two tragedies that befell the 53-year-old McKenney man this spring. The first destroyed his home. The second ended his life.

It was a life that his daughter says he had been working to reclaim after spending decades in the shadow of actions that she fears may have emboldened a vigilante.

"He made his mistakes, yes, but he paid for it," [name withheld] said. "He was a human, he didn't deserve to be gunned down like a dog."

[name withheld] was found shot to death beside his vehicle on a remote stretch of Cherry Hill Road near the Brunswick County line on May 22. He was pronounced dead at the scene when Dinwiddie County deputies arrived just after 4 a.m. He had just moved to a home in Dewitt after lightening struck his longtime residence on Cutbank Road in McKenney, minutes from where he was killed.

The Richmond native had lived in Dinwiddie for 25 years, but electrical contract work took him out of state on a regular basis. The last time he came home from a job, he called his daughter and offered to help her out around the house. [name withheld] uses a wheelchair and said that she was grateful for his assistance.

They spoke several times in the weeks leading up to his death. The last time she saw him, he appeared to be troubled, which was not uncommon.

"He was in an unsettled mood like he gets sometimes and I told him that if he needed anything to just give me a call," she said. "He never did."

[name withheld] was waiting on a return call from him when her grandmother told her that he was dead. She dropped the phone.

"My first thought was that he must have had a heart attack," she said. "He weighed 260 pounds and didn't take good care of himself."

As more details emerged, [name withheld] vowed not to cry until he has been laid to rest and his killer has been apprehended. She said that she wants to be strong for him and plans to keep fighting until his murder has solved.

"It wasn't right for someone to try and take justice into their own hands," she said.

[name withheld]'s penance for past crimes ended in April 2009 in the eyes of the law, when he was released from probation after completing court-ordered sex offender treatment with Scott Huisman at the Center for Psychological Assessment and Therapeutics. [name withheld] was ordered to check in for roughly three years following the completion of a two-year active prison term at the Lawrenceville Correctional Center, according to court records.

He was sentenced in 2005 to serve 15 years with 13 suspended after pleading guilty to the aggravated sexual battery of a boy between the ages of 13 and 15. Court records show that [name withheld] admitted himself to the psychiatric wing of CJW Medical Center in Richmond less than 48 hours after the assault.

He was sentenced to five years in prison with four years, four months suspended in 1998 after pleading guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 15-year-old boy. Case records from the assault cite a previous conviction for sexual battery.

[name withheld]'s daughter says that she does not want her father's past crimes to undermine the investigation into his slaying.

"I don't want him to become just another statistic, because he's not a name on the list. He was someone's father. He was my father," she said.

Dinwiddie Sheriff's spokesman Maj. William Knott declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.