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Oh man, sex offenders are allowed to breath? We must close that loophole!
Gov. Hopes To Close Loophole
HARTFORD -- Legislators rallied behind tougher sex offender laws proposed last month by the governor.
The governor is looking to fix a problem highlighted by the Channel 3 I-Team in November.
The I-Team found a sex offender, Khadafi Castro, who changed his name while in prison. After getting out of jail, none of his greater Hartford neighbors knew that he was living nearby.
"Convicted sex offenders like Castro won't be able to change their names, and it would help keep the sex offender registry current," said Rep. Sean Williams (Contact). "The public has a right to be informed, and people need to know if they're living amongst sex offenders, especially if they have young children."
- Tell me where in the Constitution does it say the public has a right to know?
The law would close the loophole and ban sex offenders from changing names.
The bill was heard by the judiciary committee on Thursday.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
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The dilemma of where to allow a Bucksport sex offender to live is a cautionary tale as the public and many lawmakers push for more restrictions on these criminals.
Travis White, who was convicted of sexually abusing young boys and spent six years in jail, wants to move back into his parents’ house. His probation officer and the Hancock County district attorney oppose this because they believe Mr. White’s parents have denied his crimes, which contributes to a bad environment for him.
As the search for housing for him drags on, Mr. White has spent significant time at a homeless shelter. This is counterproductive.
Studies in several states have found that offenders with a system of supervision and support and jobs are less likely to commit future crimes. That supervision and support often comes from family and close friends. It is unlikely to be found in a homeless shelter.
In Iowa, county prosecutors were so concerned that a new law restricting where sex offenders could live was forcing these people underground that they called for repeal of the law. Six months after passage of the law, the number of sex offenders whose whereabouts were unknown had nearly tripled across the state. Many became homeless. Ultimately, the Iowa law was modified to assess offenders’ risk with restrictions applied only to those who posed a threat to children in public places.
In Maine, the state briefly paid $1,000 a month to rent a recreational vehicle for a sex offender and his wife after several York County towns fought to keep him out of their communities.
Increasingly, towns are considering — and some are approving — ordinances that bar offenders from areas around schools, day-care centers, parks, playgrounds and libraries. There have also been proposals to enact such restrictions statewide.
Such rules lead to a false sense of security, while driving offenders to areas where there are fewer services and job opportunities or they go underground.
The push for such restrictions is also based on faulty assumptions. According to the Department of Justice, 93 percent of child sexual abuse victims knew their abusers, with most crimes happening in the home of the child, a relative, a neighbor or a friend. A department study found that of sex offenders released from prison in 1994, only 5.3 percent were arrested for another sex crime within three years, while 68 percent of non-sex offenders were re-arrested for another felony or serious misdemeanor during the same time.
The White case highlights a real problem — finding a suitable home for someone who has committed a horrible crime but who has served his time in jail and must now re-enter a community, somewhere. Assuring such offenders can live where they get the supervision and treatment they need should be a common goal.
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Young Men Face Jail Time or Sex Offender Status for Having Sex With Girlfriends
By JOHN STOSSEL, GENA BINKLEY and ANDREW G. SULLIVAN
Parents may not want to hear it, but it's just a fact: Lots of teenagers are having sex.
About a quarter of 15-year-old girls and boys, almost 40 percent of 16-year-olds and about half of 17-year-olds say they've had sex. But what if parents of the girl find out? And they're furious? In many cases, they can use the law to punish the boy.
In the fall of 2007, when Damon Hadley was 17, he had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend. School authorities caught them cutting school and called their parents. The girl's father then drove to the school, where he saw Hadley in the parking lot.
"So I hit him," said Gilberto Soto, the girl's father. "Do I regret what I did? No. Would I do it differently? Yes, I would, I would." And what would he do differently? "Now? Take that kid, stick him in the car, tie a rope around his neck and go as fast as I could up and down the highways, every single highway there is," he said.
'I Wanted Him Away From My Daughter'
Soto's daughter told him Hadley had raped her, but she later told the police that Hadley didn't force her and that she made up a false report because she was scared.
"[Having sex is] something that she brought up before I did, so I thought it was something she wanted to do," said Hadley.
In New Hampshire, the age of consent is 16, and Hadley received a three-month suspended sentence. That means if he gets into trouble before the end of this year, he may have to serve that three-month sentence.
Soto got a one-year suspended sentence, and he's angry that Hadley didn't go to jail. "He should've done at least a year," he said.
In one respect, Hadley was fortunate because he wasn't put on New Hampshire's sex offender registry.
Jeff Davis -- who also ran into an angry dad -- wasn't so lucky. He was an 18-year-old with a 15-year-old girlfriend, and they were having sex.
"It was the norm," Davis said. "It really was. There are a lot of teenagers these days that are having sex. We thought we were very much in love, we were in high school."
His girlfriend's father, Mark Putorti, didn't think the relationship was good for his daughter Alexis. Her grades at school had slipped and he thought Davis was a bad influence. "All I wanted was him away from my daughter," he said.
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TRENTON (AP) ― Parole officers now have an extra tool they can use as they overseesex offenders: lie detector tests.
The state Parole Board is requiring sex offenders take the tests to make sure they are obeying the terms of their parole.
This is part of a new strategy to manage more than 4,000 sex offenders who are under lifetime supervision.
Officials say 13 offenders have taken polygraphs so far.
Several other states already use the tests, including New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Experts say the tests help parole officers identify high-risk situations for offenders and aid counselors in the treatment of sex offenders.
However, an official says the tests cannot be used as a basis to bring new charges against an offender.
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Do you people REALLY think that a true sexual predator is going to obey ANY of these laws? If they really want to commit another crime, how will ANY of this prevent that?
DERRY – A proposed ordinance under consideration by the town council would restrict offenders on the state crimes against children registry from living near schools and other places where children congregate.
The proposal, submitted this week, would restrict offenders from living within a 2,000 foot radius of schools or day care centers or within 500 yards of other places where children congregate, such as playgrounds, parks, the Boys & Girls Club and the Met Children's Museum.
Anyone who violates the ordinance could face a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 fines for subsequent offenses. The sex offenders who violate the terms would be subject to penalties, not the landlords who rent to them, according to Councilor Kevin Coyle, the proposal's author.
"It does something," said Coyle, a Londonderry Police Department prosecutor. "It's better than doing nothing."
Town leaders started considering enacting an ordinance almost immediately after learning that a convicted child killer, 47-year-old Douglas Simmons, had moved to an East Broadway apartment near a private school, a library and a park. Police say he properly notified them of his arrival, and there was nothing stopping him from moving to the neighborhood.
If passed, the proposal would put Derry on the short list of New Hampshire communities that have crimes against children ordinances on the books. So far, five Granite State communities -- Boscawen, Dover, Franklin, Northfield and Tilton -- restrict where offenders can live. Coyle said the proposal was modeled after the one in Dover, the first of the communities to enact regulations.
Supporters of residency restrictions say keeping predators away from potential victims is important. Critics say the restrictions don't prevent crimes and can entice offenders to go underground.
Derry parent Linda Reid, who has testified in Concord in support of strengthening the offender registry, said she'd rather know where potential predators live rather than risking them not registering. From what she's heard so far, she said, she would not support the ordinance.
"They're going to go where the kids are whether we tell them where to live or not," she said.
Simmons served 22 years behind bars and five years probation after admitting to strangling 6-year-old Michelle Spencer to death in 1981, sexually abusing her body and dumping her in a storm drain in Norwich, Conn.
Days after relocating to Derry in late January, Simmons moved back to Connecticut. Simmons now faces a charge of failing to verify his address to Connecticut authorities in 2006. Reid said she's disappointed that some parents have let their guard down just because Simmons moved back to Connecticut.
Councilor Brian Chirichiello said he has to read the proposal closely before making up his mind, but he's always cautious about enacting ordinances. He said the issue may be better addressed at the state level.
"I would definitely like to see state laws toughen up because what we saw earlier was unacceptable," he said. "I just don't want it to be a feel-good ordinance just so we can say we did something."
The ordinance would also prohibit registered offenders from going on school grounds or day care property without authorization from the school administration or day care center owner. Offenders would also be restricted from entering playgrounds, parks and other places where children congregate.
If passed, offenders who already live within the limits would be grandfathered into the ordinance. They would also not be required to move if a school or other facility is built in the future.
Coyle said he plans to ask for a map to be drawn up indicating where registered offenders could and couldn't live if the ordinance passes. Residents can chime in about the proposal during a public hearing next month.
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You see what this sex offender label does to people? Even this person, who, if this is all correct, is a serial killer who did not even want this label. And they say this is restrictive and not punishment..... BULLS--T!!!!!
Threats made to police that he would kill himself were not in prisoner's file at Maplehurst, inquest hears
HAMILTON — A serial pedophile and suspected triple murderer found hanged in his jail cell four years ago feared being classified as a dangerous offender and repeatedly said he was going to kill himself, a coroner's inquest was told yesterday.
But staff at the jail knew nothing of those suicide warnings, the inquest heard.
"He was adamant," Detective Ken Drover of Peel Regional Police told the five-member jury probing the death of Donald Douglas Moore at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex.
"He said, 'It'll be over soon, I know I won't get out. ... I can't go to jail. ... I'm going to have eternal sleep. ... I'll be a dead sex pedophile,' " Det. Drover testified, recounting a series of long conversations with Mr. Moore before and after his March, 2004, arrest on 11 charges of sexually assaulting children living in a Caledon foster home.
As well, Mr. Moore was being investigated in the disappearance of three young men subsequently found slain and he seemed in despair, Det. Drover testified.
But a week after his arrest, Mr. Moore, 36, was taken off a suicide watch at Maplehurst, a sprawling detention centre in Milton, west of Toronto. On April 2 he was discovered hanging from a door hinge in his shared cell, his wrists and ankles tethered with strips of ripped bed sheet.
"That wasn't in his file," Maplehurst mental health nurse Corinne Drohan said of Mr. Moore's statements to police that he planned to end his life.
Mr. Moore's death left behind a tangle of unanswered questions.
He was the chief suspect in the killings of Joey Manchisi, 20, of Milton, and Mr. Manchisi's close friend Robert Grewal, 22, of Mississauga, who both vanished in November, 2003, and whose mutilated bodies were found south of Montreal without their heads and hands.
Police believe René Charlebois, 15, also of Mississauga, whose body was found in a dump near Orangeville four months later, was killed by Mr. Moore.
Mr. Moore's former spouse and a 14-year-old boy were both convicted of two counts of accessory to murder after the fact and given six-month prison terms.
Mr. Moore's prison records, moreover, show that notwithstanding a record of sexual assaults stretching back to 1986, he was deemed by the National Parole Board in 1997 to have been rehabilitated and was released into the care of a Hamilton halfway house.
At the time, he had six months left to serve of a four-year prison term for raping a 14-year-old Toronto boy.
None of that history is under the scrutiny of the inquest, the sole mandate of which is to examine Mr. Moore's demise.
But outside the hearing at Hamilton's ornate courthouse, the inquest's narrow scope drew anger and contempt from parents of two of the young men believed slain by Mr. Moore.
"How come this guy came to be back on the street and living in Mississauga?" demanded Mr. Manchisi's father, Joe, who says he is astonished to learn Mr. Moore was not under constant watch at Maplehurst.
Mr. Grewal's mother, Jatinder, was also scornful.
"This is a waste of time," she said. "He said he was going to commit suicide and he did."
Mr. Moore was found hanged with a braided rope, the inquest heard yesterday.
And while the fact that his hands and feet were bound might raise suspicions that someone else was involved, the working theory is that he killed himself and that he tied himself up to ensure he did not save himself at the last moment, Crown attorney and coroner's counsel Brian O'Marra told the hearing, presided over by David Evans.
Pathologist John Fernandes testified that he had encountered similar situations before. As well, Dr. Fernandes said, Mr. Moore weighed almost 200 pounds and the absence of any defensive wounds made it unlikely he had been attacked.
Mr. Moore had been tracked down and arrested at a Burlington motel by a Halton Regional Police tactical squad who smashed his door down, lobbed in percussion grenades and subdued him with a taser, testified Constable Allan Knights, who fired the taser when Mr. Moore failed to put his hands up from beneath the bedclothes, as ordered.
That tactical squad, too, had been advised that the "extremely dangerous" Mr. Moore was regarded as both homicidal and a suicide risk, Constable Knights said.
Once detained at Maplehurst, he was initially put on a suicide watch, meaning rigorous isolation and monitoring, Ms. Drohan, the nurse, told the inquest.
But when interviewed a few days later by her and the doctor who lifted the suicide watch, Mr. Moore spoke normally, gave good eye contact and "said he wasn't suicidal and had no intention of killing himself," she testified.
Since then, scrutiny of potential suicide risks has been enhanced at Maplehurst, Ms. Drohan said.
The inquest continues today.
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Governor M. Jodi Rell (Email) today submitted testimony to the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bill 35, An Act Concerning the Registration of Sexual Offenders, which would significantly strengthen Connecticut’s “Megan’s Law” sex offender registry and bolster its laws regarding sex offenders.
Under Governor Rell’s proposal, the sex offender registry will become a three-tiered, offense-based system that classifies offenders based upon the severity of their crimes, with Tier 1 offenses requiring 15-year registration, Tier 2 offenses requiring 25-year registration and Tier 3 offenses requiring lifetime registration. Registrants will be required to report in person to registry personnel from one to four times per year, depending on the severity of the crime.
“In addition, offenders will be required to provide additional information that will be included in the registry,” Governor Rell noted. “We will now require registrants to provide the name and address of their employers, the license plate number and vehicle description of any car that they drive, their telephone and cell phone numbers, the name of any youth camp or school where they are employed or enrolled as a student, and the name of their probation or parole officers. This bill also ensures that homeless or transient registrants periodically update their registry information, to ensure that these offenders do not slip through the cracks.
“These strict new requirements will provide law enforcement and the public with a greater ability to identify and keep track of these dangerous offenders.” the Governor said. “I strongly believe that the more information the public has, the better protected they and their children will be.”
The bill requires sex offenders to carry a Connecticut driver’s license or other state-issued ID card and produce it upon the request of a law enforcement officer. The Governor’s original proposal called for the driver’s license or other ID card to carry some mark identifying the bearer as a sex offender.
“Since I received significant opposition to this provision, I will agree to remove this provision from the bill,” Governor Rell said. “Having made this concession, I must emphasize how critical the other provisions of this bill are to ensuring the safety of our citizens. Sex offenders who are required to register are among the most dangerous criminals in our society. Our citizens demand accountability from these offenders and this bill provides that accountability.”
- No, not all sex offenders are dangerous. This is more BS disinformation to scare everyone. What about all the murderers, drug dealers, gang members, etc? These people are not just a threat to children, but everybody. So why are they not on a registry and the entire world monitoring them?
Under the proposal, any convicted sex offender who enters Connecticut from another state will be required to provide prior written notice to Connecticut law enforcement authorities 48 hours before entering the state. This requirement is the toughest notification requirement in the country.
The changes also bring the state into conformance with federal law, ensuring Connecticut will continue to receive the full amount of funding available under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.
- Money, money, money... Greed without any conscience about human rights, civil rights or the Constitution!
“In summary, this proposal honors my commitment to make the public safety of our citizens the No. 1 priority of my Administration,” Governor Rell said. “By enacting this bill, you will provide increased protection to all of Connecticut’s residents and require increased accountability for sexual offenders.”
- I think you mean a "false sense of security to all citizens" while making yourself look all high and mighty when this will do NOTHING to protect anyone.
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GOVERNMENT: The law restricting housing might be difficult to enforce.
LONG BEACH - The City Council gave unanimous final approval Tuesday to a new law restricting where registered sex offenders may live, but City Prosecutor Thomas Reeves told the council that enforcing it may be difficult.
The new ordinance, which the council initially approved last week, has been slightly rewritten by the City Attorney's Office. Reeves said he had expressed his concerns to the City Attorney's Office, but that the changes that had been made weren't sufficient.
"In my opinion, the amended ordinance leaves significant issues about criminal enforcement unresolved," Reeves said. "If enacted as presently worded, major portions of this proposed ordinance face some serious legal obstacles, and may render successful criminal prosecution doubtful."
Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga asked City Attorney Robert Shannon what was lacking in the law, but he told her the ordinance isn't lacking anything.
"We welcome Mr. Reeves' participation," Shannon said. "We incorporated those items that we believed were well-taken in terms of modifying the ordinance, and that's what you have before you now."
Police Chief Anthony Batts said the police are still creating a plan for the "work-intensive endeavor" of enforcing the law and said his officers will work closely with state parole officers.
The city created the new restrictions after residents of an Alamitos Beach neighborhood were outraged to learn that an estimated 15 sex offenders on parole had moved into an apartment complex in their neighborhood.
The ordinance limits sex offenders to one per residential building - be it an apartment complex, house or duplex - and creates "residential exclusion zones" in a 2,000-foot radius around child-care centers, parks and schools where sex offenders aren't allowed to live. The law also says property owners or their agents may not knowingly rent to more than one sex offender, and no more than one sex offender can stay in a single room at a hotel, motel or inn, among other restrictions.
The amended version approved Tuesday also includes new rules that no more than one sex offender may stay in a hotel, motel or inn, even in separate rooms, and that the operators of these businesses may not knowingly rent to more than one sex offender at a time. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been known to place parolees in hotel or motel rooms.
The Long Beach ordinance builds on existing state laws that prevent convicted sex offenders released from prison since November 2006 from living closer than 2,000 feet from K-12 schools or parks. Registered sex offenders on parole also aren't allowed to live together in a single- family dwelling unless they are legally related by blood, marriage or adoption.
However, state laws don't take into account proximity to day-care centers or multiple sex offenders living in different apartments in the same building.
'Beach Pass' for youths
This summer, the city's children could have a cheap way to get around, and some inexpensive fun, too.
The council on Tuesday unanimously approved the creation of a "Beach Pass" program for Long Beach residents age 18 and younger. Under the program, children could get a discounted bus pass that's good throughout the summer, as well as recreation and entertainment discounts.
"I have many, many conversations with the youth in my community, and I would say the majority of the kids I've talked to have never seen the ocean," said Councilman Val Lerch, who represents the 9th District in North Long Beach.
Lerch had joined council members Patrick O'Donnell of the 4th District and Dee Andrews of the 6th District in sponsoring the program's creation.
The council voted to have city staff work with Long Beach Transit and other groups to develop a bus program using existing public transit.
The recreation program will utilize non-general funds and will consider including citywide aquatic events, such as the Sea Festival, according to a report from O'Donnell's office.
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INVERNESS -- The father of Jessica Lunsford says he's willing to drop his lawsuit against the Citrus County Sheriff's Office if the department changes its training procedures.
Mark Lunsford told ABC Action News this morning that the proposal has been communicated to the Sheriff's Office and that everyone has agreed to sit down and talk on Monday.
In a news release late Thursday morning, the Sheriff's Office said, "Although the Sheriff's Office has not been officially notified of this change by Lunsford or his attorneys, the agency is welcoming the message."
"We're relieved that no one will have to relive the pain of this event again in a court setting," said Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, via phone from out of state.
"Of course, we are still confident in our investigation and how we handled it."
The news release goes on to say, "Allegedly, attorneys for the shock jock (Bubba the Love Sponge) and Mark Lunsford worked together to come to an agreement that would end the suit."
In February, Lunsford filed a letter of intent to sue the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, the County Commission, and the Florida department of Law Enforcement for negligence.
In a certified letter to Sheriff Jeffrey Dawsy, lawyers for Mark Lunsford spelled out his intent to sue for "harm suffered because of the reliance upon the express promise or assurance of assistance which was carried out in a negligent manner, which placed Jessica Lunsford in a foreseeable zone of risk."
The letter went on to say, "The negligence of (the) Citrus County Sheriff's Office and (the) Florida Department of Law Enforcement directly and indirectly led to the death of Jessica Lunsford."
Sheriff Dawsy denied any negligence saying, "There's only one person responsible for Jessica's death and that's John Couey...don't point the finger at us."
9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her home in Homosassa in February 2005, then raped and murdered by 47-year-old John Couey.
Three days after he abducted her, Couey bound the girl's wrists with speaker wire, placed her in two garbage bags, and buried her alive in a shallow grave, where she suffocated.
The case gained both national and international attention.
In August, 2007 an Inverness judge sentenced Couey, a convicted sex offender, to death for kidnapping, raping, and murdering Jessica.
Following her death, Mark Lunsford pursued legislation resulting in the Jessica Lunsford Act, also known as Jessica's Law, requiring tighter restrictions on sex offenders and longer prison sentences for sex offenders.
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The number of sex offenders in San Diego who are registering as homeless jumped 40 percent last year, primarily because of tough new laws dictating where they can reside, a law enforcement official testified Wednesday at a forum at City Hall.
Sgt. Mark Sullivan, a supervisor with the San Diego Police Department's Sex Offender Registration Unit, said laws passed by the city and state dictating where sex offenders live can have "unintended consequences."
- Again, these laws have been on the books for many years now, so these are NOT "unintended consequences!"
The City Council recently approved the "Child Protection Act," which makes it unlawful for registered sex offenders in San Diego from coming within 300 feet of places frequented by children, including any public or private schools, child care facility, video arcade, playground, park or amusement center.
It mirrors the provisions in Jessica's Law, which was approved by California voters in 2006 and prohibits sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of schools and playgrounds.
"What we find is there is an unintended consequence that occurs -- that these individuals have a very hard time finding a residence that is compliant with that 2,000-foot range," Sullivan said.
Despite the increase, he said police have not lost track of the homeless sex offenders, who are required to register three times a year, instead of once for those with a stable home.
"We have not seen sex offenders go underground," Sullivan said.
According to Sullivan, there are 3,931 registered sex offenders in San Diego County, about 200 of whom are listed as transient.
The statistics were provided at a community forum convened by City Attorney Michael Aguirre at City Hall. Panelists included officials from law enforcement and children's health and sex offender management.
The panelists all agreed that more needs to be done to prevent sex crimes, especially against children, but some said Jessica's Law and the city's ordinance may have missed the mark.
Al Killen-Harvey, a counselor at Rady Children's Hospital, said the public may not know that most children who are sexually abused are assaulted by someone with whom they are familiar.
"We are not tracking the right people," Killen-Harvey said. "We are not tracking their dad. We are not tracking their uncle."
Phyllis Shess, director of sex offender management at the District Attorney's Office, said residents need to get educated on how to protect themselves and their children.
Shess also said not everyone on the sex offender list is a high-risk threat. She said it is possible for someone to be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life for a crime like indecent exposure.
"The citizens need to discriminate between the serious sex offender and the less-serious sex offender," she said.
The constitutionality of Jessica's Law is now being challenged, and officials with the City Attorney's Office have said San Diego's new law -- which is slated to take effect next month -- could also face legal hurdles.
| Sex Offender Housing 2/22/08|
Local sex offenders have major limits on where they can live, after Proposition 83 Jessica's Law was passed. But those restrictions are also creating problems. John Mattes takes a look at the impact on your community.
| Tracking Sex Offenders 11/3/07|
A law giving stronger punishments and restrictions for sex offenders was overwhelmingly approved by voters in California.
| Sex Offender Safety 10/31/07|
Hundreds of registered California sex offenders now claim they're homeless because of Jessica's Law. Eric Collins reports.
| Death Sentence 8/24/07|
Convicted killer and rapist John Couey is sentenced to death for the murder of nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford.
| Living Illegally 7/19/07|
Nearly 2000 sex offenders are being ordered to find a new home in San Diego County. Sharon Chen explains why.
| Sex Offenders Protest 7/5/07|
Church members protest apt. complex they say caters to sex offenders.
| My Space - Sex Offenders 5/16/07|
My Space is currently under fire by Attorneys General from eight states for refusing to turn over information on sex offenders. They say that it's a privacy issue. The Attorneys General say that we need to do more to protect our kids. Legal Analyst Dan Eaton is here to get to the bottom of this controversy.
| Safe Church Policy 5/7/07|
A north county church has moved closer in allowing a convicted child molester to attend its Sunday services. Eric Collins has more on the church's new policy.
| Sex Offenders Swept Under the Bridge 4/6/07|
Convicted sex offenders forced to live under a Miami bridge.
| Jessica's Law Ruling 2/9/07|
Voters wanted restrictions on where sex offenders can live. Now a judge has ruled that law won't apply to thousands of offenders.
| MySpace Sex Offender Press Conference 12/11/06|
The Virginia Attorney General wants to force sex offenders to register their online info.
| Stay Away Sex Offenders 12/14/05|
National City is getting ready to implement a tough new law aimed at protecting children from registered sex offenders. FOX 6's Tom Stringfellow has the details.
| Sex Offender Ordinance 11/1/05|
National City is cracking down on sex offenders. The city council introduced a new ordinance that will make it tougher for registered sex offenders to visit public places where children often gather. FOX 6's Tom Stringfellow has the details.
| Operation Safe Streets 10/31/05|
Halloween night was a big night for kids all across the county. But it was also a big night for the San Diego task force to keep those trick-or-treaters safe from child sex offenders. FOX 6's Jim Patton has the details on "Operation Safe Streets".
| High Risk Sex Predators 6/16/05|
Riverside county supervisor Jeff Stone joins us to discuss what measures Riverside county are trying to take towards convicted sex offenders.
| New Sex Offender Laws 6/9/05|
The state is considering giving voters the chance to crack down on paroled sex offenders.If approved, the initiative would keep offenders from stepping within 2 and a half miles of schools and parks. FOX 6's Ed Doney has the details.
| Keeping Track of Sex Offenders 5/6/05|
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth joins us to explain what's being done to keep tabs on Sex Offenders.
| School Background Checks 4/14/05|
Could sexual offenders be among the thousands who work as vendors or volunteers in our local schools?
| Homeless Offenders 4/6/05|
Nearly 200 registered sex offenders are walking the streets of San Diego. Fox 6 news is called in as police arrest a convicted offender who failed to register.
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Trustees again tabled an ordinance that if passed, will limit where convicted sex offenders may live, but said they hope to pass it at their next meeting in April.
The board first considered the proposal in February.
It would prohibit convicted sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of places where "children regularly congregate" such as schools, parks and day cares.
The proposal would go beyond current state law, enacted in 2003, which bars sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of such places. Trustees are considering removing a clause that would apply the increased residency restriction retroactively, because it might not be enforceable.
In a 6-1 ruling Feb. 20, the high court ruled that the state's law banning sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools and other locations can't be applied to those convicted before 2003 when the law passed.
Trustee chair Peggy Guzzo said they wanted to give the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office time to review how a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling may affect the township plan.
Trustee Bob Mann, who initiated the legislation, was absent Monday and trustees agreed the policy should be voted on by the entire board.
Guzzo said she wanted to make sure the ordinance would be legally defendable.
Trustee Curt Sybert said he isn't concerned with removing the grandfather clause.
The prosecutor's office "is willing to fight these things for us" in court, Sybert said, adding that sex offenders are labeled as such during their convictions.
"I guess I'm not concerned because they've been through the courts."
In other township news, township officials recognized longtime clerk Marcia Rush who served in her official capacity for the final time Monday night.
Rush served as clerk and fiscal officer for almost 24 years. She didn't run to retain her seat in November and will be replaced by Mark Gerber, who begins his four-year term April 1.
Gerber has been serving as an assistant to Rush while training for his new job.
Trustees presented both Rush and former trustee Bob Cape with plaques honoring their long service to Liberty Township.
Cape left office in December after 32 years as trustee.
In other business trustees approved the purchase of $18,545 worth of EMS equipment for the fire department.
The department will purchase three new carbon monoxide monitors and six doses of antidote.
The monitors can be used at the scene of a fire to determine if a person has been exposed to carbon monoxide and the levels present in their bloodstream, said Captain Bill Pitowrak.
The antidote is a medicine given to people suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, Pitowrak said.
Trustees also approved sending 12 firefighters to training for swift water and rope rescue techniques.
The next board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 7, at the township hall, 7761 N. Liberty Road.
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And did you expect anything other than this outcome? It's common sense, which everyone seems to have very little of these days.
Spike Attributed To Recent 'Child Protection Act'
SAN DIEGO -- A police sergeant said the number of sex offenders in San Diego who are registering as homeless jumped 40 percent last year.
San Diego Police Department Sgt. Mark Sullivan said he attributes the increase to tough new laws dictating where sex offenders can live.
Sullivan testified during a forum at San Diego City Hall engineered by City Attorney Mike Aguirre.
The city council recently approved the "Child Protection Act," which makes it illegal for registered sex offenders in San Diego from coming within 300 feet of places frequented by children. The ordinance does not apply to sex crimes committed before it was passed, officials said.
According to Sullivan, there are 3,931 registered sex offenders in San Diego County, about 200 of whom are listed as transient.
Experts said that about 90 percent of children victimized know their offender.
"While it is important for parents to teach their children about stranger danger, it is equally important that parents understand that it could be a relative, a friend, a babysitter, a teacher or anyone in authority could be a sex offender," San Diego sex offender management council spokesperson Heather Dauler said.