Sunday, February 17, 2013

Promoting a Fair Sex Offender Registry

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We hang out with Shana from USAFair.org and talk about smarter registries for convicted sex offenders.

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NY - Here comes the attack!

Original Article

02/16/2013

By Shana Rowan

USA FAIR is engaging the media on the inappropriate $2.7 million contract that Suffolk County is awarding to Parents For Megan’s Law to monitor former sex offenders.

Extreme ideological victims advocate groups should not be paid public funds to monitor the very people they demonize. It sets a disturbing precedent that we do not want to see spread across the country.

This is the first time that Parents For Megan’s Law has been directly challenged by the family members of people required to register and its Executive Director, Laura Ahearn, has responded by falsely accusing me of being a member of NAMBLA. Ahearn made this baseless accusation to “Riverhead Local” in an article on Suffolk County’s new misguided approach to sex offender management. You can read it HERE.

This is the “big smear” directed at anyone who was ever involved with RSOL – an organization that supports age of consent laws and was never affiliated with NAMBLA. The mere notion that parents and spouses of registrants are activists to promote man-boy love would be laughable – if it wasn’t so slanderous.

Yet, this attack on me only underscores USA FAIRs concern with Laura Ahearn being given a quasi-policing role. Law enforcement needs to deal in facts and evidence and Ms. Ahearn has a poor history with both. We have tried to get her to take down misleading recidivism statistics from her website to no avail – and now she makes a damning false attack on me based on a blog post by “Evil-Unveiled” an anonymous vigilante hate group. That is not the behavior of a fair minded and objective person who should be entrusted with monitoring other people’s lives.

We will continue to shine the light on this contract, which was sole-sourced by Suffolk County without any opportunity for an open or competitive process – because as they say… sunshine is the best disinfectant.

You can read this contract HERE (PDF).


FL - Ex-Haines City Officer (Demetrius Lamar Condry) Pleads Guilty in Sex Case involving underage prostitution, Sentenced to 10 Years

Demetrius Condry & Paul Aaron
Original Article

02/11/2013

By Matthew Pleasant

LAKELAND - A former Haines City police officer arrested in an investigation of underage prostitution has pleaded guilty and received 10 years in prison.

Demetrius Lamar Condry, 27, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of lewd battery and official misconduct, court papers say. The State Attorney's Office dropped a more severe charge of sexual battery by an officer.

Polk County deputies arrested Condry, who worked for the Haines City Police Department about five years, in July 2011 as he neared the end of a shift.

His arrest was part of an investigation into a prostitution business that Paul Aaron Jr., 28, who was a school bus monitor, is accused of running under the name Genuine Quality Entertainment.

Deputies said Aaron exploited runaway girls younger than 18.

An arrest report said one of the girls was forced to have sex with Condry for free so Aaron could receive favors from him in the future.

Condry would arrive at the home the business operated in his marked police car while on duty and wearing his uniform, deputies said. One girl told deputies she had sex with him at least 20 times.

In addition to Condry and Aaron, deputies arrested Christopher Hawkins, 22. He is accused of helping run Aaron's business while rooming with him and having sex with the minors involved.

The girls told deputies they once tried to run from the home and Hawkins chased them down and brought them back against their will.

Cases against Aaron, charged with lewd battery and sex trafficking, and Hawkins, charged with lewd battery, are still pending. Both have pretrial hearings scheduled in March.


UK - Sex Offenders Probation Supervisors Will Be Outsourced To Private Firms, Napo Claims

Original Article

02/16/2013

Some 2,300 sex offenders will be among the criminals whose supervision is outsourced to private contractors under Government reforms to probation, it was claimed on Saturday.

Around 3,200 gang members, 8,400 people convicted of domestic violence and 15,900 robbery cases are also among the "medium risk" offenders set for private supervision, the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo) said.

The public will be put at risk if such offenders are taken out of the care of the public sector and transferred to private firms such as G4S and Serco, the union said.

Napo general secretary Harry Fletcher said: "The Government's plans are both chaotic and dangerous."

More than 50 cases have been pulled together by Napo after it approached members from across the country to provide examples of "complicated" medium risk offenders.

Among the offenders who would be transferred to the private sector under Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's shake-up of rehabilitation, are a 32-year-old repeat offender in Greater Manchester who was convicted for violence against a child.

A 20-year-old woman from the West Midlands who has convictions for carrying knives, racial harassment, putting a man in hospital and attacking a police officer would also be transferred.

The dossier includes cases of child abuse, harassment by the internet, intent to cause grievous bodily harm, unlawful wounding and instances of repeated domestic violence. In many cases the offender is in a gang and the offending is gang related.

Medium risk is defined as "the offender has the potential to cause harm but is unlikely to do so unless there is change of circumstances".

Most medium risk offenders have multiple problems which can change dramatically leading to risk to victims, Napo said, while around 80% of further serious offences are committed by low or medium risk offenders.

Lower-risk offenders will be supervised by private firms and charities on a payment by results basis under Grayling's "rehabilitation revolution", while prisoners serving less than 12 months will undertake a period of rehab upon release for the first time.

Fletcher went on: "Splitting up offenders between the public and private sector according to risk threatens public protection."

"Offenders are generally not a compliant, problem free, group of people. They disproportionately suffer from mental illness, are four times more likely than the general population to misuse drugs and are 10 times more likely to have been in care."

"They need to be supervised by experienced staff who can motivate them and properly assess risk."

He added: "The Government plan to outsource the supervision of medium and low risk offenders is a disaster waiting to happen."

"The proposals are bureaucratic, costly and not thought through. They will undermine public protection and need to be independently evaluated before proceeding."

Napo added that the Probation Service has met or exceeded all its targets in the last year, while over the last six years reoffending rates for those on community orders have fallen by 5.6%.


NM - Deputy (Danny Surratt) convicted in child-sex case

Danny Surratt
Original Article

02/16/2013

By Kayla Ayres

LOVINGTON (KRQE) - A veteran deputy of the Lea County Sheriff's Department has been found guilty of raping a 9-year-old girl.

Danny Surratt, 62, had 20 years with the department and was working there at the time of the assault in 2010.

Prosecutors said his DNA was found inside the victim's underwear.

The jury deliberated about six hours before returning the verdict late Friday.

"The victim in this case had her innocence ripped away by someone she trusted, but she was brave enough to stand up to him in a court of law," Ninth District Attorney Matthew Chandler said in a statement released to the news media. "We are so proud of her for staying strong."

Surratt faces 18-years in prison for in this case, but his troubles don't end there.

He's also facing a trial for raping the girl's 16-year-old sister.


UK - Sex case defendants 'should get anonymity'

Original Article

02/16/2013

Suspects in sex cases should have their identities protected until they are convicted, a senior lawyer has said.



Maura McGowan QC, chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, said defendants should get the same right to anonymity as complainants.

She wants the change because sexual allegations carry "such a stigma".

But the charity Rape Crisis said anonymity for defendants would discourage people from reporting sex crimes and "victimise victims further".

Ms McGowan told the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio 5 live: "Until they have been proven to have done something as awful as this, I think there is a strong argument in cases of this sort - because they carry such stigma with them - to maintain the defendant's anonymity."

"But once the defendant is convicted then of course everything should be open to scrutiny and to the public."

Jo Wood, of the charity Rape Crisis, said it would "never condone" anonymity for defendants in sex cases.

"There are so many barriers to victims reporting sexual violence," she said.

"Hiding the name of their perpetrator is just one more way to victimise victims further."

Ms McGowan said there were arguments on both sides. When anonymity had been accorded to defendants before "there was a sense that perhaps it was affording too much protection to people. There is obviously a public interest in open justice - people would say they're entitled to know not simply who's convicted, but who's been accused."

In cases like that of Jimmy Savile, she added, it might be that "if one complainant comes forward against a person, it might give other people who don't know her - but who went through the same experience - the courage to come forward as well."

Also on the show, [name withheld], who was falsely accused of rape five years ago, said: "I contemplated taking my own life on a couple of occasions, I was on the Middlesbrough bridge, I couldn't believe what was happening."

'I'm still judged'

"If a person has done such a heinous crime then they should be named and shamed, I agree - but not until they have been done for it."

"I was guilty until I was proven innocent and even when I was proven innocent I'm still getting judged."

But Jill Saward, campaigner for victims' rights and a rape victim herself, said: "When you have anonymity for a rapist or potential rapist, you protect him, you make him what people believe to be a safe person to be with."

The treatment of those involved in sex cases has gained attention recently following the apparent suicide of Frances Andrade, 48, after giving evidence at the trial of [name withheld].

Plans to restore anonymity to rape defendants were included in the 2010 coalition agreement but the scheme was dropped later that year. Ministers said there was "not enough evidence" to justify the move.

Anonymity was granted to rape defendants under the 1976 Sexual Offences Act but removed in 1988.

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