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"One more murder of one more sex offender whose blood is on the California Department of Corrections' hands. The C.D.C. remains indifferent and unconcerned at the suffering and violence suffered by those convicted of sex crimes, particularly those involving children. In this, as well as many other respects, they closely resemble the more savage of those whom they imprison."
- Comments borrowed from SEX GULAG . ORG.
A former Live Oak man serving a 400-year prison sentence at California State Prison-Sacramento was killed by another inmate Thursday morning, authorities reported.
Convicted child molester Shannon Lee Grailing, 53, died after Steven Matthew Schultz, a convicted murderer, slashed him across the neck with an improvised weapon, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported.
Grailing was serving the longest prison sentenced meted out in Santa Cruz County history. He sodomized a 10-year-old boy in a Santa Cruz motel in 1996 and, the following year, was convicted of five counts of child molestation.
"It's a tragic end to a tragic case," Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend said Thursday.
The fatal attack happened just before 8 a.m. as Grailing pushed a laundry cart in the facility, which is adjacent to Folsom State Prison. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 a.m.
Schultz, 28, from Placer County, has been held in the prison since May 1999 and is serving a sentence of 26 years to life for first-degree murder.
Prison staff and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office are investigating Grailing's death as a homicide, officials reported. The connection between the two men and the motive for the killing was not immediately clear.
- This is just plane ignorant, you know what the motive was and I am willing to bet some guards on the inside help set it up.. It was murder, plain and simple. Motive not clear, come on, it's obvious.. You are just playing dumb...
Grailing had been in the prison since July 1997.
Santa Cruz police arrested him in August 1996 for failing to notify authorities that he had moved to Oregon.
During the arrest, police found evidence at a Santa Cruz motel that Grailing had molested a 10-year-old boy there and new charges were filed.
A jury in 1997 convicted Grailing of sodomizing the child, who was the son of one of Grailing's friends. He told her he was taking the boy to the Boardwalk, but instead brought him to the Hitching Post motel on Soquel Avenue, molested him and took digital photos of the sex acts.
The boy later testified against Grailing and spoke at his sentencing hearing.
"I don't care what you're going to do with the rest of your life in prison, or whatever, but I do know that there's one less monster out there, one less person that will hurt an innocent child," he said when Grailing was sentenced.
- So I guess you are condoning this and all happy now that this man is dead, you sick bastard! And who is the "he" here?
A "three strikes" offender previously convicted of molesting two Watsonville boys and three boys in Washington state, Grailing was sentenced to 375 years for sodomizing the 10-year-old boy. In November 1997, the judge added another 25 years to the sentence because Grailing had failed to register as a sex offender after moving to Portland.
- You think adding another 25 years is going to do anything? Hell, you could've added another 1000 years... Why doesn't life in prison mean life?
Grailing appealed the molestation conviction on the grounds the California's registered sex offender law - which requires some convicted sex offenders to report their residences to police - only applies to those who live in the state. The 6th District Court of Appeal ruled against Grailing.
California State Prison-Sacramento houses more than 3,100 maximum-security inmates serving long sentences and those who have proved to be management problems at other institutions. The facility opened in 1986 and employs nearly 1,600 people.
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MySpace and Facebook have millions of kids on those sites each day. Sex offenders are on them, too. There is an effort to keep those offenders off the sites and it's an effort that's being pioneered in New York State.
The idea came when State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (Contact) cracked down on MySpace and Facebook for not doing more to police their sites. Then came the realization that much of the activity he wanted to stop was not illegal.
In Rochester Thursday, Cuomo said it's not illegal for a sex offender to get out of jail, go on-line and contact kids. Now, with the e-STOP legislation, he's trying to make it illegal and has the backing of several local groups.
- This idiot is making it appear that all sex offenders who get out of jail or prison are immediately jumping on social networking sites to hunt for kids, and it's nothing but fear-mongering. I am not saying this doesn't happen, but they are using FEAR to pass laws, and that is scary. Plus, banning ALL sex offenders is wrong, not all sex offenders are trolling for kids online. This is like saying all AG's are corrupt because one in the past has been corrupt, it's just total lies..
Cuomo said, "I don't believe it’s overly dramatic to say this bill has the potential to save lives."
- Hell, any law you pass has the potential to save lives, that is common sense, but being constitutional is another issue, which this is not constitutional, but, because we have a corrupt government, they continue to pass unconstitutional bills while the sheeple sit back and allow it to happen, until it happens to them, then it's too late.
E-STOP would prohibit sex offenders in New York State, who are on parole or probation, from accessing social networking sites, and it would require them to register all their instant message screen names and any other online identifiers. The networking sites would then be able to pre-screen and block sex offender access.
- So it's for those on parole or probation, so you see, it won't protect anybody and is nothing more than grandstanding for votes and to "look good" to the sheeple. What about all the unknown sex offenders who may be trolling the web for victims??
Cuomo explains, "The social networking sites... will be tracking the names and they have the capacity to track a screen name back to the IP address and part of what they're doing is they are getting complaints, they then do the tracing and they can find out if someone has changed their email or screen name."
- This is BS! Many ISP's assign random IP addresses to people each time they sign on, so how will be you able to track them, especially if they use many of the free online services? These people apparently know nothing about the internet and how it works.
New screen names would have to be registered within 10 days and parole or probation officers would have the right to search a sex offender's computer and look up user names and screen names. Any violation would be a violation of parole or probation as well as a separate crime.
Monroe County District Attorney Mike Green backs the legislation as the district attorney, as the Vice President of the New York State District Attorney's Association and as a parent.
- Of course they do, it makes them look good. But, they took an oath to uphold the constitution, which they apparently lied about doing.
"I've got 16 and 13 year old daughters," Green said. "No matter what hat I'm wearing, this legislation makes sense."
Ed Suk from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children added that, "This legislation give us an opportunity to create a barrier between known individuals that want to have access to kids and those vulnerable kids."
Cuomo said, "We want this bill passed and we want this bill passed now."
It has already passed the State Senate, but still needs to pass the State Assembly. Assemblyman Joe Morelle said at the Thursday press conference he is pushing for the legislation to pass.
If passed, e-STOP would only affect sex offenders in New York State and of course, the Internet can reach over state lines. So Cuomo is hoping other states and perhaps the Federal Government will adopt similar legislation.
More facts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: There are 28 million regular users of the Internet between the ages of 10 and 17. There are 627,000 registered sex offenders in the US and over 26,000 of them in New York State. One in 7 kids report being solicited regularly for online for sexual purposes.
- Yeah, but from other teenagers or other adults?
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Senate unanimously approved a bill that would increase prison sentences for convicted child molesters.
People convicted of rape or sodomy of a child would get 25 years to life. House Bill 256, approved Thursday, is nicknamed "Jessica's Law," for a Florida girl who was attacked by a convicted sex offender who lived in her neighborhood.
After Jessica Lunsford was killed in 2005, Florida set a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years to life for certain sex offenses against children. Many states have followed Florida's lead.
Gov. Jon Huntsman (Contact) has said he will sign the Utah bill into law.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Wednesday a Naples attorney has been convicted for sexually soliciting someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl over the internet.
A Palm Beach County jury returned a guilty verdict against Steven Mark Siegel who corresponded with an undercover detective online, believing he was talking to a young girl. Evidence revealed he engaged in graphic sexual conversations and planned for the child to visit him at a local hotel for a sexual encounter.
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution.
"This particular individual not only engaged in this criminal and destructive behavior time and time again, he did it while serving as a trusted member of the legal community," McCollum said. "This case illustrates how cybercrime can be perpetuated by anyone and we will continue exerting all available resources to protect our children."
The investigation began in 2003 when a detective with the Boynton Beach Police Department met Siegel in an internet chatroom. He began soliciting the child almost immediately and continued the graphic conversations for at least 10 months.
Evidence provided by other law enforcement agencies revealed Siegel solicited another undercover officer posing as a Pennsylvania mother of a 12-year-old daughter, asking the mother to arrange a sexual encounter with her daughter.
Siegel also solicited an undercover detective posing as a mother with a 14-year old daughter in 2004 and actually travelled to St. Lucie County to meet the mother and child for the purposes of having sex with the child. He was arrested in March 2006 by the Boynton Beach Police Department
Siegel is set for sentencing in March and could face up to five years in prison. He must also register with the state as a sex offender. The jury returned the verdict to Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Lucy Chernow Brown after deliberating for just over an hour.
Cases similar to Siegel's involving the internet solicitation of a child, or the parent of a child, for sex with that child may now be prosecuted under the CyberCrimes Against Children Act of 2007. The law, which went into effect on October 1, 2007, makes it a new crime to solicit a parent for sex with a child.
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So with this definition, it appears many of the PJ staff and their vigilante geek squad are committing crimes, and thus should have criminal charges brought up against them. So I would recommend anybody who has been harassed by these people, to press charges.
A terroristic threat is a crime generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize another, to cause evacuation of a building, or to cause serious public inconvenience, in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. It may mean an offense against property or involving danger to another person that may include but is not limited to recklessly endangering another person, harassment, stalking, ethnic intimidation, and criminal mischief.
The following is an example of a Texas statute dealing with terroristic threats:
(a) A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to:
- cause a reaction of any type to his threat[s] by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
- place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
- prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building; room; place of assembly; place to which the public has access; place of employment or occupation; aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance; or other public place;
- cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service;
- place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or
- influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state.
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IT SOMETIMES seems that the sole purpose for the General Assembly meeting each year is to guarantee full employment for the state’s lawyers.
How else to explain the swift and overwhelming passage by the House, 141-29, of a revised sex-offender law? Given an opportunity by a Georgia Supreme Court decision knocking down one small, limited portion of it to revisit an atrociously written piece of earlier legislation, the House proceeded, if anything, to make it worse (they added libraries to the long list of places that past convicted sex offenders cannot live or work near).
The rewritten measure permits offenders who have established residency and own their property to continue to live there even if something like a day-care center later relocates into their vicinity. Previously, they would have had to move, something the court correctly described as an unconstitutional seizure of property.
However, the earlier bill was littered with known legal problems that were not addressed even though many lawsuits already exist.
Best known is probably the 1,000-foot restriction around school-bus stops, which are everywhere and change locations constantly. Another challenge is to the part that evicts sex offenders because they live near a church. Any number of other attacks upon the measure have been promised and there are certainly plenty of lawyers up to the challenge.
ASSUMING the legislature’s underlying motive is protecting the citizens, and particularly children, there’s nothing wrong with the general intention if it showed any knowledge at all regarding reality. It doesn’t, instead coming across as political grandstanding and posturing without concern as to whether the law might actually work as intended.
Add in that some legislative leaders have made no secret that their true intention is to force every sex offender to leave Georgia because they can’t find a place to live, and real legal trouble is guaranteed. The federal courts long ago made “banishment” illegal as a punishment.
Underlying the whole mess is that the state lumps all past “sex offenders” into a single category even though, plainly, the concern should be focused on repeat predators (who should never have been released from prison in the first place but instead committed to mental treatment facilities).
The bedridden 90-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who once exposed himself, the 18-year-old “rapist” who had sex with the 15-year-old now his wife, and the serial child abuser are all lumped together and treated the same.
And it’s not as though the legislators aren’t aware of this fundamental problem from which most of the trouble stems. Keep a serial child predator away from the bus stop ... sure. Keep the child’s father away from the bus stop because 10 years ago he and the mother had sex without benefit of wedlock ... you’re nuts.
AND, TO MAKE matters worse, it’s not as though Georgia doesn’t have a policy in place to categorize and “rate” sex offenders. It does. It’s in the very same original 2006 bill that’s so stupid and flawed. The problem is, the panel to classify sex offenders is there but the legislature has never appropriated a single penny to put it to work.
Testifying before a House committee before the full body proceeded to make bad matters even worse, Atlanta psychologist James E. Stark, director of a clinic treating both sexual abusers and the sexually abused, warned that the current law simply works to make offenders stop registering and then vanish into the general population.
“We need to know where these people are,” he said. “We don’t need to drive people underground, and if we pass laws that are so draconian, we’re going to drive people underground. ...
“There are some offenders who are God-awful abusers and killers who are abusing people and chopping them up and, my God, those people need to be put away forever. But way over 90 percent of these people can be law-abiding citizens ... 95 percent of the state’s 15,000 registered sex offenders are low risk or moderate risk. We need to be doing different things at those different levels of risk.”
Hitting the nail directly on its grandstanding head, Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, D-Riverdale, commented: “While the legislation makes good press, it doesn’t make good sense.”
GIVEN A MAJORITY of the General Assembly seems to believe it knows more about sexual deviancy than the experts in the field, let’s try to put this into terms they should understand. When it comes to writing laws, our legislators are just like flashers: Fond of showing off something they don’t know how to use.
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A former correctional officer for the Covington County sheriff's department is behind bars charged with an array of sex-related offenses.
28-year-old Benjamin Moore of Andalusia is accused of sexually abusing three children.
Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams said Moore faces two-counts of sodomy and seven-counts of sexual abuse stemming from the alleged improper contact with children over a two-year period.
Police said a tip led to his arrest.
Williams said a judge ordered Moore held under a $3.4 million dollar bond -- a record amount for Covington County. Moore was placed in another county jail, but authorities declined to say where.