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A privately contracted corrections officer is in jail after Bradford County deputies charged him Friday with having sex with two inmates he was transporting.
Shaun McFadden, 26, was arrested at the Days Inn in Starke after one of the women escaped from a motel room where she’d been taken and called police, said Bradford County Sheriff Bob Milner. Both women went to the motel willingly, but one became fearful and fled, Milner said.
McFadden is charged with two counts of having sex with an inmate in custody. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The incident began after McFadden, an armed officer who works for the national corrections transport chain Transcor, took four prisoners to the Bradford County jail. Milner said such prisoners come from different locations and spend time in the jail until being transported to their final destination. The jail is paid a fee to house the prisoners.
McFadden returned a short time later and told authorities he needed to take the two women to a local hospital for physicals so they could be cleared for further transport. McFadden and the women, who were handcuffed and shackled, then left.
A police report said the women and McFadden previously planned the move. The women told police they intended to drink and smoke with McFadden, while one also planned to escape.
The women told police McFadden had consensual sex with them at the motel on U.S. 301. One of the women said she became fearful that McFadden may harm her and fled while he was in the shower. When police arrived, they found McFadden and the other woman still in the room.
The women were neither restrained nor injured when police found them. One was to be taken to Brevard County, while the other was headed for Atlanta. Milner did not know what the women were being held for, but they were not charged in the Bradford incident.
McFadden was arrested about 5:30 p.m., Milner said.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
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This is exactly what vigilante groups like Perverted-Justice do, they GET OFF on doing it. When is law enforcement going to check out Corrupted-Justice to see the TRUE FACE of the people they are hiring to help with stings? Why can't the police carry out their own stings without the likes of PJ?
Perhaps you heard about some university students here in Winnipeg being disciplined for cyber-bullying another student.
Or your kid has received online threats. Or you've had someone write something nasty about you.
Perhaps you are simply aware it's a problem but aren't sure of the magnitude.
Well, guess what? It might just be 100 times worse than you think. People are having their lives ruined daily online, right here in Friendly Manitoba.
A five-pack on the ever more popular trend of cyber-bullying:
5. It's not just "the kids" (i.e.: teens) we're talking about. Far from it. Well-educated, seemingly responsible parents are doing it, nine-year-olds are doing it, hardcore religious people are doing it. Every type of person you can imagine has sat down at their computer and felt empowered to transform into someone who can live with the fact that they've just written, more or less publicly, something heinous about another human being. This appears to be the direction we've decided to head in life.
4. Let's say the person being bullied thankfully doesn't harm themselves or exact revenge. No damage done? So wrong. Many have already changed the way they live, they think, they dream, they trust, and the way they care. A lot of them forever. Nothing tangibly "bad" has happened per se, but it's too late. We've lost them.
3. Based on their own experiences, people are actually re-thinking plans to have children because they're afraid of what's in store for them. If you don't believe it, I can assure you you're wrong. I meet a lot of people, and people share things with me. This is fact, and regardless of whether you think they're overreacting, it's sad.
2. If you think "the truth hurts" was bad, it probably pales in comparison to the first time some poor girl came across an entire message board about her filled with nasty comments that were 100% false. Probably because she immediately knew it was already too late. It's like that rumour going around your high school back in the day ... except it was shared with the world. The fact the rest of the world probably doesn't care matters very little to that girl. And it wasn't even true.
1. What makes the online trashing of people even worse is it can't be undone with an "I was just kidding around" or "They misunderstood the message." It doesn't work that way. The written word is interpreted differently. People can hear sarcasm. They can see your smile or your eyes and know how something is to be taken. All they read on the screen is hate.
Think before you type. Someone is going to die.
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Boise -- Duncan's high profile case is just one of many cases involving child sexual abuse in the last few years.
Idaho's attorney general office has released its annual report on these cases.
The numbers are slightly lower in this 19th report over the previous year. These cases are only those in which criminal charges were filed. They will provide valuable information for many agencies to help protect Idaho's children.
Researchers for the attorney general and the governor produced the annual report on the prosecution of child sexual abuse. They presented their findings to the senate judiciary and rules committee.
The study shows between July 2006 and June 2007 there were 430 prosecuted cases in the state, down from 469 the previous year.
"Of those, 298 of the 430 cases were an adult abusing a child," said Idaho Deputy Attorney General Bill von Tagen.
Forty-four percent of the victims were between 12 and 15 years old. They also found disturbing news among younger children.
"In the remainder of those cases, not only was the victim a child, but the predator was also a child," said von Tagen.
And 94 percent of the sexual abuse victims knew the predator, which experts say is very common because it can be a priest, a teacher, a coach or even a neighbor.
Only one adult defendant in this research was a stranger to the victim.
- So again, stranger danger is a myth hyped up by the media and politicians for ratings and votes.
The attorney general's office and Syringa House therapist Darci Jones Bennett agree, parents should really know who their kids are spending time with.
"It needs to be OK for a child to say no when someone is wanting to approach them to give them a hug, sit on their lap. The child needs to be able to say no," said Bennett.
"Most of the time what takes place is that relationship between the child and the abuser, child versus juvenile offender is being exploited," said von Tagen.
It's devastating to a child. It could affect their scholastics and social behaviors.
"It can interfere with their development, not that it can't at a younger child -- development in school, development in many ways," said Bennett.
Bennett says it's extremely important to trust their children.
"It's more typical that a child is telling the truth than not," said Bennett.
Compelling data authorities hope to minimize future cases.
"In forming policy on how to react, how to treat, how we punish sex offenders," said von Tagen.
- Again with the words "punish!" These laws are nothing but punishment, yet they say they are restrictive so they pass constitutional issues, but that is just another word for punishment.
The attorney general's office says there are many more child sexual abuse cases that go unreported. Experts says boys are more likely than not to report abuse than girls.
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Convicted sex offenders told by state officials two years ago they could live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway bridge are now being told they must leave by Monday.
Convicted sex offenders who have called the area under the Julia Tuttle Causeway bridge home got a rude awakening early Saturday morning.
They were visited by state Department of Correction parole officers at 5 a.m. The message, delivered in writing, was clear: The residents have until 9 a.m. Monday to vacate the bridge, which spans Biscayne Bay, linking Miami to Miami Beach.
The move to rid the bridge of the men marks yet another strange chapter in a long-running saga that has drawn national media attention and began in 2006 when a handful of convicted sex offenders began sleeping under the bridge because a city of Miami residency ordinance left them unable to find housing.
The ordinance does not allow convicted sex offenders to live within 2,500 feet of a school. The state requirement is only 1,000 feet.
The state Department of Corrections, charged with supervising offenders after their release, said no offenders were ever assigned to sleep under the Julia Tuttle bridge. The department simply OK'd the location because offenders said it was just about impossible to find a place to live within the ordinance's restrictions.
- What a load of BS, see these articles, and see that they DID tell these folks to live under the bridge!
On Saturday, the causeway residents said state officials had been ordering them to leave through the week.
''What are we supposed to do? Where are we supposed to go?'' asked Juan Carlos Martín, a causeway bridge resident first assigned to the bridge by the state Corrections Department in January 2007.
''We had a nice place going here. We had it set up. It's not a perfect situation. We have no running water, but we had it set up like home, like a community,'' he said. State officials said offenders had received the first eviction notice on Tuesday and that four of the 19 residents already had found other places to stay by Friday night.
- Did you verify this or did they just leave and vanish?
Gretl Plessinger, a corrections department spokeswoman, said the agency decided to give residents notice after the owner of land under the Oakland Park Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale last month evicted residents living there.
''We have every indication this is going to happen statewide. We're being proactive by giving them more time to move,'' she said, noting they may stay only if the causeway owner agrees.
Unlike the land under the Oakland Park Boulevard Bridge, which is privately owned, the western portion of the Julia Tuttle Causeway is owned by the city of Miami.
Plessinger stopped short of saying that those without living arrangements would be arrested on Monday.
However, those living under the causeway bridge fear they may end up back in prison.
''We are doing what we're supposed to do,'' said one resident who did not want to be identified. ``I take orders, I do what I'm supposed to do, and they said I'm supposed to be here. Now I'm supposed to move somewhere I don't even know how to get to?''
Parole officers have handed out packets to the residents detailing other accommodations in the state. Most are hundreds of miles away from Miami.
The closest is a Motel 6 in Fort Lauderdale, but the $79.99-a-day rate is too steep for most of the residents.
When reached by phone, the manager of the Fort Lauderdale Motel 6 said he knew nothing about the arrangement.
Ray Taseff of the American Civil Liberties Union in Miami said the move to evict the residents will ''ultimately boomerang on the city'' of Miami, causing offenders to go underground.
''This is the government that created homelessness, and now the government is effectively trying to banish them from the community,'' he said.
''If these people are homeless and engaging in life-functioning behavior, it seems to me that violating their parole is a violation of their Eighth Amendment rights,'' said Taseff, who said the ACLU will help the residents.
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AIKEN - The sheriff's office says most of Aiken County's sex offenders live inside cities.
But whether a proposed ban on where those people can live or work will apply inside those municipal boundaries hasn't been worked out -- and won't be for several weeks.
County council members are poised to consider the latest version of the ban, which might still leave questions about who would have to move and who could stay where they are.
The latest version, tentatively approved by council members at a committee meeting, would grandfather in current sex offenders and wouldn't make them move if a day care or school moves in after they've established residency.
But it doesn't make it clear whether someone living with relatives would be uprooted if he or she does not own the property.
That's one question that will have to be addressed, Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie said.
She said she hadn't thought of that scenario, and "a lot of real bad sex offenders don't marry, and they might be living with Mama."
That should be addressed Tuesday, she said, when the proposed ban goes to the judicial and public safety committee, made up of three county council members.
That committee has to approve the ban before it goes up for a third and final vote by the entire board, but Ms. McKenzie said she doesn't think that will happen until March at the earliest.
She doesn't know when the ban would go into effect, either. The board could set a date for months in the future, she said, or move for immediate enforcement.
Right now, she said, council members want to make sure the restrictions can withstand legal challenges. A Georgia court ruling that struck down part of that state's law prompted the latest tinkering with Aiken County's ban.
The most recent version of the proposed ban would:
- Prevent new sex offenders from working for or living within 1,000 feet of child-care facilities, churches, schools or parks
- Ban them from loitering within 1,000 feet of where minors congregate
- Grandfather in sex offenders already living in the county
- Allow sex offenders to stay if any of those facilities open up after they've bought property
However, sex offenders who are renting might be forced to move once their lease expires.
The effectiveness of the restrictions depends on whether they are enforced inside the cities, which won't happen unless the cities also adopt the law.
Sheriff Michael Hunt has said most of Aiken County's 250 registered sex offenders live inside municipal boundaries. His office handles the registry for all of Aiken County, and he has said he doesn't support enforcing a law that affects only unincorporated areas.
Council members have said such a scenario would likely drive sex offenders into the cities to avoid the ban.
Neither North Augusta or the city of Aiken chose to go along with the county's ban against smoking in most public places, citing the legal challenges such laws face.
The city administrators for both cities said last week that until the county comes up with a final version of the sex offender ban, it won't go before their councils.
"As soon as they get that to us, we'll certainly look at that," Aiken City Administrator Roger LeDuc said.
North Augusta City Administrator Sam Bennett said he expects his council to take up the matter in March at the earliest, but until then, "we're really letting things play out with the county."
Ms. McKenzie said that if the state had better classifications for sex offenders -- separating true molesters from those guilty of minor crimes -- "this would not be an issue."
Too often, she said, someone has to register as a sex offender for life for having sex as a teen with someone slightly younger. She knows of people who have been married to their victim for decades, she said.
"If you're a hard-core sex offender, I have no problem saying you shouldn't even be living near people," she said. "But I do have a problem when it is so minor."
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This is just cold hearted!!! They admit the mistake, but continue to trash the man!!!
The picture’s right.
The information’s wrong.
Fugitive Eric Lockhart called me Thursday. He wants to make one point clear:
“I am not wanted for sexual assault on a victim under 12 years of age. I am wanted for violation of probation because of a cocaine possession arrest.’’
Lockhart, 36, is right.
We done him wrong.
“Crime Stoppers is smearing my name all over the place,’’ says Lockhart, who lives in North Fort Myers or Lehigh Acres when he isn’t on the lam.
“Everybody I know has seen it. My phone was blowing up and my mom was crying. I got 25 calls Thursday.’’
Your mother was crying?
Too sad. Hang in, ma.
I told Lockhart I couldn’t clear his good name — he’s still on the run — but I could clarify his not-so-good name.
He says he’s been arrested twice for cocaine possession.
“I’ve been in a bit of trouble, but nothing like that,’’ says Lee County native Lockhart about the sexual assault error. “I’m pretty embarrassed.’’
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, a full-page ad paid for by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, appears the last Thursday of each month in The News-Press. It lists mug shots of 25 fugitives along with birthdays, heights, weights and why the sheriff wants them.
It offers rewards for tips and encourages businesses to display the page.
Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers coordinator, sent Lockhart’s mug shot and information, but when the page was assembled by The News-Press, the wrong info went under his name. His height and weight also were wrong. No one caught the mistakes on the proof page.
Lockhart’s nieces were at North Fort Myers High when a familiar face surprised them.
“My uncle would never do that,’’ says Taylor Bogart, 15.
“He’s a good guy,’’ says Jessica Bogart, 17. “I almost cried.’’
Deborah Wilson, the teens’ mom and Lockhart’s sister, says Jessica sent her the disturbing news by text message at 10:02 a.m.
“My brother is totally humiliated,’’ says Wilson, 38. “Everybody sees that full-page ad.’’
Lockhart says he wants a correction and an apology.
The News-Press will take care of the correction.
As for the apology ...
“If we can set it up, I’d be willing to apologize to Mr. Lockhart in person,’’ Sheriff Mike Scott says. “Of course, there would be no pre-guarantee of immunity.’’
Routte says it is unfortunate Lockhart was labeled a sexual offender but he is a felon and fugitive who has been avoiding deputies since August.
“If Mr. Lockhart is really upset, he should call me,’’ says Routte (800 780-TIPS). “I know some guys in green uniforms that are awfully interested in finding him.’’
Does Lockhart get the reward if he turns in himself?
If so, I want half the cash.
Fort Myers attorney Steve Taminosian didn’t like the sound of the sheriff’s welcoming committee for his client.
Taminosian said the state attorney’s office didn’t file charges on cocaine possession but the arrest violated his probation.
“I will talk to Eric the first of next week and turn him in for the warrant violation,’’ he says. “Since the charge was dropped, I’m hoping for a good outcome on the violation of probation.’’
One correction down.
One apology to go.
To be determined.
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02/03/2008 By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Placing restrictions on where registered sex offenders can live and work is politically popular, and certainly appears tough on crime.
But do those restrictions actually work? Do they do more harm than good?
Some Georgia legislators who fought against the passage of a bill to reinstate residency restrictions on sex offenders said that not only do the restrictions not prevent sexual abuse of children, but they suck up vital law enforcement resources and make it harder for offenders to stay on the up and up.
Sgt. Mike McGuffey of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, who oversees Coweta's sex offender registry, said that he likes to know where his sex offenders are living. But it doesn't really matter where they live. McGuffey said he is thinking of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee when it takes up the House version of the sex offender bill.
Last fall, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down the residency restrictions, saying that they violated property rights.
Under that law, sex offenders were forced to move out of their homes if a school, church, day-care center or other prohibited site were to open up within 1,000 feet of the home.
The new bill gives an exemption to sex offenders who own their property; renters are out of luck.
McGuffey sees a myriad of problems with the law. What if a sex offender is married but the house is in his wife's name? What if an elderly couple dies and leave their house to their child, who is a sex offender? "He inherits the family land where he grew up, and he's the owner and there's a day-care. What happens if it's been in his family for 50 years and a day-care went up a month earlier?"
"Technically, there's a lot of questions," McGuffey said.
When asked whether he thinks residency restrictions are effective, McGuffey said he has spoken to law enforcement officers in other states where there aren't residency restrictions. "They didn't seem to have a problem," he said. "It was better for them because the sex offender was not more likely to run or go underground."
- And these laws were working before the July 1st 2006 passage of HB-1059. Since then, many sex offenders are vanishing... Before, the registry was offline and used by police only, and none of the residency restrictions were in place, and everything was working fine. Now it's a mess... Why change something which is working? For grant money (i.e. Bribery), that is why!
The possibility that sex offenders will give up trying to be good and go underground was something mentioned several times by the legislators during discussion of the bill.
- And yet they ignore it, and they ignore what experts and police say about these laws. Why? When are they going to stop wasting millions of tax payer dollars and listen to what the experts, who have worked for MANY years with sex offenders, have to say?
That is something that concerns McGuffey. "If we keep making them move ... one of these days they're going to get tired," he said. "And then we won't know where they live."
- And this very thing is occurring as we read this.
"I don't think the residential restriction in any way affects the purpose of the sex offender registry," he said. Staying away from areas where minors congregate might help them avoid temptation, but with the Internet, temptation is everywhere.
"The fact is knowing where they are ... it's not where they live, that's just a factor of keeping track of them," he said.
There is also the concern of what having to abide by these restrictions forever does to someone who was convicted of a minor crime — for example, someone who was a teenager and had consensual sex with a 15-year-old.
Though that crime is now a misdemeanor, if the perpetrator is only a few years older, there are many statutory rape offenders on registration lists all over the state, including in Coweta.
When offenders get out of jail, it can be very hard for them to find a place to stay and work. Many times, they can't stay with their family, said Rep. Alisha Morgan (Email), D-Austell.
Additionally, Morgan said, many organizations that work with victims of sexual assault have opposed the new bill.
Those in favor of the restrictions always talk about protecting children.
But 94 percent of child sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knew, said Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam (Email), D-Riverdale, who gave the minority report. And 75 percent of the assaults are committed by family members.
"By continuing to focus on child sexual abuse as a stranger abduction phenomenon, this bill may seriously damage the steps we have taken to create safer communities," she said.
A study by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles found that each time a former inmate had to move the chances of his reoffending went up 25 percent. And the chance of reoffending goes up 1 percent every day that offender is out of work, Abdul-Salaam said.
The sex offender registry, for the most part, treats all offenders the same. Someone convicted of statutory rape or public indecency has to abide by the same restrictions as a child rapist.
Rep. Steve Davis (Email), R-McDonough, spoke in favor of the bill, saying "it just absolutely fascinates me how anyone can come in here and say that a convicted felon's right to property is more important than the safety of a child."
- And it just amazes me how blind you are and do not want to listen to what anybody says. Why can you not see what people are saying that these laws protect nobody. If 75% of the victims are the son or daughter of the offender, then how does pushing them (the entire family) out into the country protect the son or daughter? LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING, YOU ARE NOT!!
"We're talking about family values and our children," he said.
- No, we are talking about protecting children and society! You are just so blind, I don't think you will ever see what they are trying to tell you...
Sex offenders have families and children as well. Many of Coweta's sex offenders have children in school. One often goes to each lunch at school with his daughter. McGuffey said he often gets calls about sex offenders being at recreation fields and the like. Usually, they are there watching their children play sports. And they have every right to be. Sex offenders are prohibited from loitering at certain places, but if they have a reason to be there, that's OK.
McGuffey likes the fact that he knows exactly where every sex offender lives and works, and what kind of car they drive. And that they have to check up with him.
But when it comes to the residency restrictions, "I don't know what they're talking about when they're talking about protecting" children and families, he said.
The law doesn't keep predators from attacking children. It doesn't make them better or worse people.
"It's just going to restrict where a sex offender can and cannot live" McGuffey said. "That's all it's going to do."
- Yet during the day, they are free to go anywhere they want. Now this doesn't make any sense to me... When children are asleep, so are most other people, including sex offenders. So they now are forced to live and sleep in the country somewhere, yet during the day when kids are playing, they can go anywhere they want. So you see, the residency restriction does NOTHING!!!
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Billy M. was his name, but in prison he was called Sidewinder.
He got the nickname because his jaw had been broken so many times that he was permanently disfigured by the inmates at various Massachusetts prisons and at the Hampshire County House of Correction, which is where I met him nearly 20 years ago.
Billy M. was a "skinner," the lowest of the low in prison, a serial child molester who was finishing up a long stint in the state system. I got to know him through a prison ministry loosely affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. I wasn't a Catholic, but I was a Christian with a story and a belief that we were meant to shelter the homeless, comfort the afflicted, feed the hungry and visit those who were sick or imprisoned.
You went in for three days at a time, got to know a bunch of guys who had been judged and punished — appropriately — by the courts and decent society, and there were no deals for early release as a result. Our business was redemption, not rehabilitation.
I always wondered why Billy M. even came. The other inmates hated him, and whenever the group brought their chairs together into small circles to pray or talk, he was always on the outside looking in, that perpetual scowl accompanied by a sneer, and he never took part. Not that anyone would have let him, understand. Even among killers, armed robbers, run-of-the-mill rapists, the druggies and the clueless 19-year-old gang bangers who were just spending a few months inside and getting fed, there was a pecking order, and skinners like Billy M. were at the bottom of it.
So one weekend when a young woman who was a member of the group of outsiders like me who went in to talk about sin and forgiveness, grace and redemption, told her story about how years of childhood rape at the hands of her grandfather and brothers had led her to a life of sexual promiscuity, self-loathing, therapy and, finally, faith, it had a profound effect on Billy M.
He paced the room as she spoke, then retreated to a dark corner of the prison gymnasium where the young woman sought him out a little later. They spoke intently for about a half hour. At the end of the three-day prison retreat, each of the prisoners had a chance to come up one by one and speak their minds. Some said a simple thank you. Some said it had changed their lives. Some weren't ready. Billy M. slinked to the small podium and clutched the metal cross left there by a previous speaker. And then he broke in a way I have never seen another man break, beyond tears and beyond sobs; he released his pain in howls that started in his stomach and clawed their way into the air.
And he spoke of his sins, horrible sins committed against children. Sins that took place over long periods. And then he thanked the 40 or so inmates who were there, thanked them for beating him with their fists and burning him with their cigarettes, because the hell he was in demanded more punishment than simple prison could provide.
He told his own story, and it is what you would expect it to be. It was a story of the nightmare of abuse and torture at the hands of a father and a grandfather, and it had occurred for a long time, and it had made Billy M. into the monster he was.
In the back of the room stood a tattooed 19-year-old biker/meth dealer called Red.
"Billy," he said, and everyone turned because no one used Sidewinder's Christian name.
"You know the things I have done to you in here, right?"
"You know that I have hurt you with my fists, kicked you while you were down, burned you and cut you."
Billy nodded again.
"I wanted to tell you that I was sorry," Red said. And then he told his own story, and it was not much different from Billy's, except that he took his rage out against grownups instead of children.
Then he walked to the front of the room and he faced Billy M. The two men embraced, and one by one, the 40 inmates at the Hampshire County House of Corrections joined them in the front of the room, and I along with everyone else there knew that something was happening that defied everything we thought we knew about who we were and why we had come.
I do not know what happened to those men, just two of the hundreds I met in those days, but then, I'm not sure I really want to know.
Because it wouldn't have changed my mind. Despite whatever healing Billy M. found that day, he should have forever been kept away from children because he knew what he would do to them, couldn't help himself, and he hated that part of himself the way that a cancer sufferer hates the tumor within. He knew he was a monster, I am certain, and monsters know no other way, so they are best kept forever where they cannot hurt others.
But we should also know that such monsters tend to be made and not born, and the things that they suffered, horrors that found men like Billy M. or Cory Deen Saunders — the 26-year-old child rapist who attacked a young boy at the library on Wednesday — and made them too dangerous to walk among us were often inflicted systematically and remorselessly by those who were supposed to cared for them.
And is there grace enough or punishment enough to rewire a human being who has become such a one as they? The evidence would seem to suggest not, which is why we have Megan's Law and sex offender registries and forensic hospitals filled with sexual predators sent there after their prison terms expired.
Too many times, we have seen such men released from prisons where they had good records — perhaps because there were no children about — and then get out and do terrible things to innocents. I am glad I do not have to judge the hearts of such men, to determine whether they can ever be released. I would hope that there are those far wiser than I who can do so and that they put the safety of innocents first in a way that probably nobody ever did for Billy M. or Cory Deen Saunders when they were innocents themselves.
And I hope those with that power remember that, as grownups, we have an obligation to spare our children from monsters who come in the night, or even in the day at a downtown New Bedford library among the stacks of Dr. Seuss books.
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SAN ANTONIO — Police Chief William McManus has transferred four supervisors to new units in response to accusations that three patrol officers on the same shift were accused of engaging in sexual acts with women while on duty.
McManus said the transfer of the lieutenant and three sergeants took effect over the weekend.
Last month, officers Michael Anthony Munoz and Victor Hugo Gonzalez were arrested and accused of paying an 18-year-old woman to perform oral sex on them in June. Munoz, 33, was charged with official oppression, while Gonzalez, 36, was charged with official oppression, promoting prostitution and sexual assault.
In a separate incident in November, Officer Raymond Ramos, 28, was accused of sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman. He was also charged with official oppression and violating the woman's civil rights.
- What about sexual assault?
All three officers worked out of a southside substation on the night shift. They are now on paid administration leave.
In the aftermath of the arrests, the department moved Lt. Richard Ramirez and Sgt. James Montanio to separate shifts in the department's youth services unit. Sgts. Roy Miller and Marc Randle were moved to separate shifts in the department's communications section, a police spokesman said.
"This is not to say the lieutenant or sergeants did anything wrong, per se, but I simply can't overlook the leadership issue," McManus said. "I don't believe they were complicit in (illegal activity) at all, but I would be negligent if I did not look more deeply into the pathology of this."
Teddy Stewart, outgoing president of the San Antonio Police Officers' Association, said the transfers were severe.
"I have not seen this before, and I've been here 20 years," Stewart said. "Transferring the whole shift is a dramatic move. If you narrowly define who's responsible, it's more acceptable."
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KANSAS CITY - A federal appeals court panel says a man acquitted on child sex charges can go forward with his lawsuit against a Lee's Summit police officer.
Theodore W. White Jr. is suing the officer, Richard McKinley, over allegations that McKinley made up false child sex charges and violated White's rights. McKinley is now married to White's ex-wife, who is the mother of the alleged victim.
The lawsuit alleges that McKinley, who was the case detective, destroyed evidence and covered up and lied about having an affair with White's then-estranged wife.
The three-judge appeals panel's ruling released Wednesday affirmed U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey's earlier decision not to dismiss the lawsuit. McKinley and his wife, Tina McKinley, who is also named in the lawsuit, had asked for the case to be thrown out.
The appeals panel ruled that jurors should be allowed to decide whether Richard McKinley acted in bad faith.
McKinley's lawyer, James Ensz, said he could not comment on the ruling because he had not reviewed all of it.
Brian F. McCallister, who is representing White, said the ruling is a "real big victory" for White and his family.
"They can say 'Finally someone has listened, and finally our claims will see the light of the courtroom," McCallister said.
White was released from jail in February 2005, after serving five years. He was tried three times on charges that he molested his stepdaughter. A Jackson County jury eventually acquitted him.
Evidence came out at trial concerning the stepdaughter's diary, which came up missing after Richard McKinley read it and found no evidence of White's guilt in the writings.
Circuit Judge Lavenski R. Smith, who wrote for the appeals panel, mentioned the diary in the ruling.
"We hold that no reasonable police officer in Richard's shoes could have believed that he could deliberately misrepresent the nature of the length of his relationship with Tina," Smith wrote, "or that he could deliberately fail to preserve or disclose a child victim's diary containing potentially exculpatory information."
White filed his lawsuit in March 2005. He initially named the city of Lee's Summit and Police Chief Kenneth Conlee in the lawsuit as well, but they were dismissed as defendants the following year.