Sunday, July 29, 2012

KY - Ex-Officer (Darrell Ford) gets 10-year sentence in sex abuse case

Original Article

07/27/2012

TOMPKINSVILLE - A Monroe County jury recommended a 10-year sentence earlier this week for a Tompkinsville dispatcher in a sex abuse case.

Darrell Ford, 59, of Tompkinsville, stood trial on charges of first-degree sodomy, incest-forcible, a Class B felony; compulsion/incapable of consent or under the age of 18, a Class B felony; and first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12, a Class C felony.

Ford was on administrative leave without pay. Prior to working as a dispatcher, he had been a Tompkinsville police officer.

He was found not guilty of first-degree sodomy, but guilty of incest-forcible and first-degree sexual abuse, according to Monroe County Circuit Court records.



WI - Weston to consider tougher sex offender ordinance

Original Article

07/28/2012

By Shereen Skola

WESTON - Registered sex offenders in Weston will face tougher restrictions if a proposed ordinance creating child safety zones and residency requirements becomes a reality.

The proposal seeks to bar registered sex offenders, who already are required to register with police when moving into a municipality, from entering areas in which children frequently are present. Areas outlined in the proposal include public parks, swimming pools, movie theaters, day care centers and golf courses, among others. In addition, the ordinance would prohibit registered sex offenders from residing within 500 feet of those same locations.
- Golf courses? Hell, why don't you just say ex-offenders cannot leave their bridge overpasses or tents, ever? Might as well!

The 15 registered sex offenders already residing in Weston, however, would likely be exempt from the residency restrictions. Violators would face fines of up to $2,500.

Maureen Miller, Marathon County's sex offender registry specialist for the Department of Corrections, said probation and parole officers now can individually restrict the places offenders can be, but the agency has no blanket rule prohibiting offenders from being near theaters and other places named in Weston's proposal.

Village of Weston Administrator Daniel Guild presented the new rules to the Weston Public Safety Committee July 19 after an incident at the Weston Aquatic Center sparked concerns over public safety. The situation July 3, which did not involve a registered sex offender, revolved around multiple reports of a 22-year-old man who had acted inappropriately with women at the pool. According to Everest Metro Police, [name withheld] was cited for disorderly conduct after a number of women reported they had been touched by the man, and he was banned from the pool for the rest of the summer.

The problem at the pool, according to police, was an isolated event. Still, Guild said the event prompted him to rethink how to ensure the safety of the community -- something he said is at the top of his list of priorities.

"My first responsibility is to public safety," Guild said. "That's what this ordinance is all about. Making sure we keep people safe, especially our children, is just incredibly important."
- If that were true, then you'd also be passing laws to prevent murderers, gang members, drug dealers and other criminals from living in certain areas, and for them to also be on a public registry as well, but I don't see you jumping into that issue.

The proposed regulations are new to the area, though the ordinance is modeled after the rules imposed by the village of Wrightstown in 2008, where Guild then worked. Current Wrightstown administrator Steve Johnson said the ordinance has been well-received.

"To the best of our knowledge, we have had no issues with the ordinance. Daniel Guild is a pretty sharp individual, and his desire to utilize a familiar format is no doubt well founded," Johnson said.

About 120 municipalities in the state have imposed similar restrictions. In Green Bay, officials enacted similar legislation in 2007 prohibiting sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of any "school, park or other place where children gather." The proposed rules for Weston require offenders to stay at least 500 feet from more specific areas.
- Just because other counties have passed draconian laws, doesn't mean it's right!

The Green Bay City Council has endured harsh criticism of its rules, and re-examined the legislation as recently as July 17, when a number of law enforcement officials spoke out against the ordinance and city attorneys asked council members to make changes in the rules. After a two-hour debate, the council voted to keep legislation in place.

Miller said the legislation in Green Bay has had some unintended consequences. Some registered sex offenders have been forced to leave communities and rendered unable to work because of harsh restrictions. She said other offenders fly under the radar, making it more difficult for officials and residents to keep an eye on offenders in their neighborhoods.

"These types of ordinances tend to drive offenders underground. If we can't keep track of them, we can't tell people where they are. That presents a bigger problem," Miller said.

According to Department of Corrections records, reports of noncompliance with individual regulations placed on sex offenders in Green Bay skyrocketed after the legislation was enacted. In 2006, one year before the city adopted the ordinance, 11 offenders were referred to the district attorney's office for failure to comply with restrictions imposed by the Department of Corrections. Since then, cases referred to the district attorney have increased every year. In 2007, 14 offenders were referred, and in 2011, that number was 43. This year, that number is expected to surpass 50.

Weston's Public Safety Committee was largely open to the idea of protecting children from sexual predators, but ultimately asked Guild to make some changes to the proposal before its next meeting, slated for Aug. 16. If the committee approves the proposed ordinance, the Village Board likely will take up the issue at the Aug. 20 regular meeting.

None of the other south metro-area communities has considered a similar ordinance at this point. Rothschild Village President George Peterson said his biggest concern over the legislation would be enforcing the rules, something he sees as "virtually impossible."

"How would you enforce something like that? I can't even imagine how that would work, and the burden it would put on our law enforcement," Peterson said.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks admits enforcement of the rules would be problematic, but said he sees the ordinance as having a deterrent effect, by forcing sexual predators away from areas of temptation.

"We know the average pedophile molests more than 200 kids in a lifetime. Some people struggle to control their behavior. If we can keep them away from places where they can meet up with potential victims, I have to see that as a good thing," Sparks said.
- Just another idiot who thinks all ex-offenders are child molesting, predator pedophiles hiding behind bushes just waiting for a child to sexually abuse.

Miller said the issue is a political hot potato that officials often are afraid to speak out against. Citing a Minnesota Department of Corrections study of 224 re-offending adults that determined none of their offenses would have been prevented had such rules been in place, she said that while sexual-offender ordinances seem like a good idea in theory, they tend to make it harder for law enforcement as a whole.

"It's hard for officials to publicly admit they don't support sex offender legislation, because it makes them seem pro-pedophile. The reality is, the registry is here for a reason, and that is to protect the public. Anything that undermines the registry is a problem," Miller said.



LA - Many doctors treating state's prisoners have disciplinary records themselves

Original Article

07/29/2012

By Cindy Chang

Of the 15 doctors working full-time at Louisiana state prisons, nearly two-thirds have been disciplined by the state medical board for issues ranging from pedophilia to substance abuse to dealing methamphetamines.

Two have served federal prison time. Five are still on probation with the medical board and have restrictions on their licenses, including bans on prescribing controlled substances. Altogether, nine have received the rare black mark of a board sanction.

Louisiana state prisons appear to be dumping grounds for doctors who are unable to find employment elsewhere because of their checkered pasts, raising troubling moral questions as well as the specter of an accident waiting to happen. At stake is the health of nearly 19,000 prisoners who are among the most vulnerable of patients because they have no health care options.

About 60 percent of the state's prison doctors have disciplinary records, compared with 2 percent of the state's 16,000 or so licensed medical doctors, according to data from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. The medical board is aware of the prison pipeline -- in fact, a board-employed headhunter has sometimes helped problem doctors get prison gigs.

"Aside from being unethical, it is dangerous," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a physician and director of health research at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. "You're winding up having people who don't have any choice being where they are, getting taken care of by people with demonstrable previous records and problems with the way they practice medicine."

Dr. Casey McVea, the medical director and sole full-time physician at Rayburn Correctional Center, pleaded guilty in 2004 to possessing 41 images of hardcore child pornography and a movie containing prepubescent child porn. He served four years in federal prison and is still on federal probation. The medical board has restricted him to adult patients.



What Faith Can Do By Kutless


Video Link

LYRICS:
Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it's more than you can take
But you're stronger
Stronger than you know

Don't you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do

It doesn't matter what you've heard
Impossible is not a word
It's just a reason
For someone not to try

Everybody's scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It'll be alright

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don't have a chance
(That's what faith can do)
When the world says you can't
It'll tell you that you can

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do
That's what faith can do

Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise



CA - Allowing porn in Public Libraries?

All the library has to do is install software to block that stuff. It's very simple to do, if they wanted to. And the lady who claims she has "worked" with ex-sex offenders is the typical Feminazi, IMO. She probably thinks all men are evil perverts just waiting to rape someone.



OK - Sex Offenders Resort To ID Theft To Skirt Laws, Study Says

Original Article

This article is from a "preliminary study" done by Utica college, and not the final report. So why is everyone jumping on the bandwagon and assuming it's all true without seeing the completed study and the raw data so you can verify it yourselves? Remember, there is big money to be made in exploiting fear, children, ex-offenders and identity theft. Tons of companies will then be sending you junk mail to scare you into buying their "identity theft" insurance. I personally believe, as well as the lawyer in the video below, that this is just not true.

07/27/2012

By Lisa Monahan

OKLAHOMA CITY - Across the country convicted sex offenders are going to extremes to stay under the radar and the founder of a metro sex offender compound says the laws are giving offenders no other choice.

Forty sex offenders are currently living in tents at Hand Up ministries, but another 200 or more have already been forced out of the compound and onto the streets. With restrictions on where they can live, some say offenders are resorting to identity theft.

"The things you have to deal with as an offender are basically difficult," said Bradley Crawford.

Crawford knows firsthand. For more than a decade he has registered as a sex offender.

"Every day I regret that," said Crawford.

As an offender, Crawford is restricted on where he can live and work and admits at times he has considered it would be easier to just change his entire identity.

"It's not possible for me. I am who I am and that's not going to change. To try to do something like that is a lot more effort and work," Crawford said.

Still, a new study shows 1 in 6 offenders will do the work necessary to create an alias. The study found offenders alter their appearance, steal birth dates and social security numbers to avoid registration.
- So where is this so called "study?"  I'd love to see it myself!

"I don't think they have any other choice," said David Nichols, founder of Hand Up Ministries.

Nichols blames strict laws, saying Oklahoma forces offenders out of this compound and then offers few alternatives

"It's just crazy, just really stupid lawmaking. I mean, I don't know any better word for it," said Nichols.

Attorney David Slane represents dozens of sex offenders.
- Lawyers are also making a ton of money due to ignorant politicians passing emotion based laws, not fact based laws, so are companies.

"I will be candid with you, I have never heard even one in Oklahoma that's done this," said Slane.

While Slane says it is possible offenders could resort to identity theft, he believes more of them, like Crawford, will instead look to a lawyer for help.
- If they had money, of course they would, but without a home and job, who can afford a lawyer?

"I think that does happen occasionally. It's unreasonable, but not the extent these people are trying to make it sound," said Slane.

The study shows law enforcement's at this time are not reporting an immediate threat due to tracking systems. The study also found that sex offenders will move to states with more relaxed restrictions to make it easier to manipulate identities.
- Yeah right, so show me anybody who has actually done this.  I am not saying it hasn't been done, on occasion, but I seriously doubt it's like they make it sound.

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