Wednesday, September 3, 2008
You see, this shows you, once again, if a person is intent on committing another crime, they will. GPS is a waste of tax payer dollars and does nothing to protect people from true criminals intent on committing another crime. I hope and pray this man doesn't do anything more stupid, like harm another child, but what would stop him from doing so, if he wanted to?
SALEM -- Police were looking for a paroled sex offender they said cut off his monitoring bracelet and fled a Salem home.
The parole board said Ronald Collins was a sexually violent dangerous offender with a history of molesting boys. He was ordered to have no contact with minors, not frequent places where minors congregate and not drink alcohol after serving time on a 1995 conviction.
Collins was released in June and living in the Northeast area of Salem near Lancaster and Center Street NE. Police said Collins cut the electronic monitoring bracelet from his ankle and took off.
He was described as a white man, 6'02", weighing 168 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone who sees him was advised to not make contact and immediately call police at (503)588-5032.
DALLAS -- Post-conviction DNA test results exonerated James Woodard, who was convicted by a jury of the 1981 murder of Beverly Jones and has spent the past 27 years in prison and was serving a life sentence. Woodard, who is represented by the Innocence Project of Texas, is the seventeenth person in Dallas County cleared of a crime by DNA evidence since the statute was passed in 2001 allowing convicted inmates to request post-conviction DNA testing.
“After a careful review of the files in this case by our Conviction Integrity Unit, it is apparent that James Woodard did not have a fair trial back in 1981, and the results of his post-conviction DNA test exclude him as the perpetrator of any sexual assault that may have occurred, making him eligible for bond while we finalize our investigation on this case,” said Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.
James Woodard was convicted on circumstantial evidence of a murder that occurred at the end of 1980. Woodard who had been involved in a relationship with the victim, Beverly Jones who was 18-years-old at the time, was convicted, primarily, on the testimony of two witnesses, both of whom testified that they knew both Woodard and Jones. Woodard has adamantly maintained his innocence from the first time he was interviewed by the police.
Jones was strangled and her body was found near the banks of the Trinity River on December 31, 1980. Evidence collected in a rape kit revealed the presence of sperm and anal trauma, possibly the result of a sexual assault. DNA evidence excludes Woodard as the donor of the sperm found on the victim’s body.
Previous requests by Woodard for DNA testing were denied prior to Mr. Watkins’ administration. Additionally, the defense’s motion for a new trial based on undisclosed Brady information was denied. The defense learned after the trial that there were three men, Eddie Woodard (no relation to James Woodard), Theodore Blaylock and Ed Mosley, who had been seen with the victim just hours before she was murdered. Two of those men, Eddie Woodard now a registered sex offender who has absconded from probation and Blaylock later were involved in separate brutal sexual assaults. This information was never turned over to the defense during Woodard’s 1981 trial.
Prior to his conviction, James Woodard had two prior felonies, however, neither previous offense was violent or a sex offense.
The Conviction Integrity Unit at the DA’s Office will continue its investigation to make a final determination of James Woodard’s innocence of all crimes committed in this case before he can be fully considered for exoneration.
Rockingham is considering an ordinance that would make certain areas of town off-limits to sex offenders.
On Tuesday, the Selectboard adopted a draft ordinance. Sex offenders would be prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school, recreation facility or licensed day care center, and would be banned from visiting those facilities.
Rutland and Barre recently passed similar ordinances in the wake of the kidnapping and death of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett this summer.
The town will hold a public hearing on the proposal but no date has been set.
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BOISE - A former Mountain Home police officer is heading to prison.
Glenn A. Parsons, 26, of Mountain Home, was sentenced to a minimum of four years with a maximum of 15 years in prison Wednesday for separate counts of sexual abuse and sexual battery of a minor child, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.
Fourth District Judge Michael Wetherell ordered Parsons to pay $5,000 in restitution. Parsons must also register as a sex offender for life.
Parsons pleaded guilty to the two felony charges on August 14, 2008. By pleading guilty, Parsons admitted that he had sent explicit e-mails to a child under the age of 16. He also admitted to having sexual contact with another child under the age of 18.
Parsons is a former Mountain Home police officer and former court security officer in Elmore County. He was on duty as a court security officer at the time of one of the crimes. He knew his other victim when he was a Mountain Home police officer, although that crime did not occur while he was on duty.
“This case, in which the defendant held positions of respect, reminds us again that it is essential that all of us be watchful that those in relationships of trust with children do not seek to exploit that trust,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Sexual abusers of children almost always are persons known and trusted by the victim and the victim’s family.”
By now, thanks to the media sharks, virtually everyone in the country knows that Sarah Palin’s daughter is pregnant. She is 17 and pregnancy at that age is neither miraculous not uncommon. Lots of teenage girls get pregnant and any history on human sexuality shows this has been the case for millennia.
But America is in the grips of a sexual panic. And the fanatical religionists and their feminist allies have invented new language to redefine common adolescent sexuality to label it deviant and criminal. Let us recap the situation within the Palin family for clarity.
The daughter is 17 years old. Her boyfriend is 18 years old. She is five months pregnant. From that we can assume that they, at the very latest, had intercourse sometime in May. The girl will turn 18 in October. We do not know, nor is it anyone’s business, how old she was the first time she had sex with her boyfriend.
- I agree, it's nobodies business, but in today's sex crazed hysteria, if she was under 16, then it would be child molestation, and if other children are being ruined for the same thing, then so should they. We cannot have two sets of laws.
Now, in this case, the couple had already spoken about marriage before the pregnancy was discovered. Both sets of parents are supportive of the couple and a marriage is being planned. What I doubt they know, and what I doubt most people would know, is that is the luck of the draw that the young man is not being carted off as a sex offender into America’s sex gulag.
I say it is the luck of the draw because another couple, under precisely the same circumstances, could find the police taking the father off to jail in other states. And just a few days here or there can make a difference between a difficult situation and a criminal case.
We should assume that the young couple in question consummated their relationship in Alaska as that is where they were living. And in Alaska the age of consent begins at 16. Palin turned 16 last October. Provided that they only started having sex after that date she was deemed legally capable of consenting.
But, if the couple were residing elsewhere in the United States, the government is fully prepared to step in and take a difficult situation and turn it into a tragic one. Consider what could happen to the young couple elsewhere.
Webster's Dictionary defines sexual offender as "a generic term for all persons convicted of crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, sexual harassment and pornography production or distribution. In most states convicted sex offenders are supposed to report to local police authorities, but many do not."
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 116 people are assaulted every minute in the United States. One out of 33 men will be raped or assaulted and one in six women suffer the same fate in their lifetime.
But is the definition of sexual offense black and white, a clear notion of what is right and wrong defined by the law, or are some of those on the registry victims of the laws themselves?
A man whom we will call John was charged with and found guilty of mitigated statutory rape, a class E felony (Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-506). He was placed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. The victim was his then 15-year-old girlfriend and he had just turned 19; at the time of their relationship there was a 48-month difference satisfying the charges pressed by the parents of the young woman.
Fast forward nine years later. John has gone to college, become a productive citizen and married the young lady in question. They have been married nearly five years and have two children. The people who put him on the sex offender registry are the same ones that eat Christmas dinner with him every year; it is something they have all worked through as a family.
The family has also petitioned to have his name removed and is awaiting action on the matter. He is still a registered sex offender, the father of two and a devoted husband, yet he shares a page with a man in his town convicted of aggravated sexual battery involving a 10 year old, and an offender guilty of collecting and downloading child pornography.
It doesn't seem fair, does it?
John will tell you his crimes included sneaking around with his wife and disrespecting the rules set forth by her frustrated parents, but he, unlike many of the others on the registery, did not lie in wait to do violence for self-satisfaction. He is guilty of bad judgment and, according to the state, rape.
- And so are many adults as well, who were married this young and did the same thing. So maybe we should remove the limitations, make all laws retroactive, and slam everyone on the registry for life, then see how everyone likes these laws?
There is a flaw in the system. What was designed to protect us now has given us a somewhat skewed perspective of who should be defined as a sex offender.
When we lump the technicalities in with the dangerous and predatory, it takes away from the seriousness of many crimes. It is also responsible for making members of the registry a target for scorn and ridicule. Some may say the offenders should have known better . . . but hindsight is 20/20.
I am more concerned by the men and women not registered than the ones who are.
There are those out there who require a close watch, who will never be rehabilitated, and then there are those who want to move forward and have a life; some even attend college with us. This is not to say danger lurks around every corner at APSU; the simple reality is, it can be found anywhere.
Ted Bundy was one of the most famous serial killers of his time. He was handsome - I would have gotten in a car with him. It was because of this he was able to lure several women into dangerous situations. He confessed to thirty murders but was suspected of committing over 100.
There is no way of knowing when you look at someone whether or not they are on the sex offender list - why? I guess what I am trying to say is that for those of you who are away from home for the first time, never assume that everyone is bad or good; put yourself in situations that promote your well-being and support your welfare.
I also want to say that in no way do I belittle or discount the victims of violent or sexual crimes. I am a woman and a mother; I would not wish that on anyone.
But I do ask you to step back and examine something that is meant to edify and protect us as possibly being flawed or in fact just not enough to tell the story causing us to scream fire before we see the smoke.
Reportedly it was shortly after the last Christmas holiday that two Cleveland High School students had a sexually-related encounter in a school elevator.
The boy in the case, aged 15, was subsequently charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy in what was characterized by prosecutors as an unprovoked attack on a female 18-year-old senior. The defense maintained that the encounter was consensual.
At the end of a Multnomah County trial in early August, a jury composed of eleven women and one man found the defendant guilty of one lesser charge, third degree sexual abuse.
- Talk about an unfair jury! 11 women and 1 man? Come on! Why not 6 women and 6 men?
The reason given for the lesser verdict was the question of accurate communication before and during the trial, since both students have communication disabilities. These difficulties resulted in some conflicting testimony, which apparently raised doubts among the jurors about some details of the crime.
The convicted teen is a minor, so neither student involved was publicly identified. The convicted defendant avoids Measure Eleven prison time by the lesser verdict, but still faces some juvenile detention, and he will have to register as a sex offender.
The school has since increased security involving the elevator, which now requires a key card for use.
By Brent Curtis Herald Staff
Rutland residents will have a chance to learn about the state's sex offender laws a week before members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee visit the city seeking public opinions of the state's policies and practices.
Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, a town hall forum will be held at the Leahy Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
The forum's organizer, Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, said he wanted to educate Rutlanders to stave off explanations about existing laws in advance of the Judiciary Committee's visit to Rutland on Sept. 16. That meeting, scheduled at the same place and time as the meeting, is one of several opinion-gauging trips the senators are taking in the wake of the kidnapping and killing of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. Bennett's uncle, 42-year-old Michael Jacques, who was convicted of a violent sexual crime in the past, has been charged with Bennett's kidnapping.
Mullin, himself a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he wants residents in Rutland to know the laws the Legislature is looking at before they're asked how to change them.
"My hope is to get information out there and get people thinking," he said Tuesday. "There have been several changes to the laws in recent years and I think it would be helpful if people knew their current status."
The biggest change under consideration is the adoption of some variation of Jessica's Law, which sets high minimum sentences for those convicted of sexual offenses involving children. Mullin said petitions circulating statewide for Jessica's Law have gathered 40,000 signatures so far.
But Mullin said Jessica's Law, which gained in popularity in the emotional wake of Bennett's death, may or may not be the best course for Vermont. Ideally, Mullin said he hopes that residents and legislators will shape their opinions using their heads as much as their hearts.
- You're joking, right?
"The trick for us as a community and as a committee is to figure out what works rather than to fire from the gut," he said.
- Ok, so you are not joking. Come on, learn from history. You ought to know what is going to occur before it happens. We should be having reasonable discussions from EXPERTS who deal with sexual offenders, and not politicians who "think" they know it all, or the public who are scared and living in fear from all the fear-mongering.
Which is why the informational forum will encompass viewpoints as well as facts, figures and the law.
- Who's viewpoints, facts and figures? Hopefully you will have some real experts who have many years in dealing with sex offenders in on this discussion, and some civil rights experts as well.
A five-member panel made up of an array of law enforcement and legislative officials will offer perspectives and personal experiences for residents to weigh.
- So where are the therapists who have many years of expertise on the subject, and the civil rights experts? The people mentioned above, are biased, and have one sided view points, and is just unfair!
Among the speakers on the panel are Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Trembley, Rutland County State's Attorney James Mongeon, Sen. Richard Sears, D-Bennington, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Margaret Flory, R-Pittsford, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Mike O'Malley, manager of the state Probation and Parole Office in Rutland.
- Again, where are the therapists and civil rights experts?
Sears said Tuesday the preliminary informational meeting and panel discussion was unique among the communities the Judiciary Committee plans to visit. The committee concluded one of its public meetings last week in Montpelier and will hold hearings in Springfield, Bennington and Burlington before getting down to business on recommendations for changes to state laws, policies and practices during the next legislative session.
Sears said he "expected at worst" that a bill containing comprehensive changes to the laws would pass the Senate and be sent to the House in January.
While the committee has two months' worth of public hearings before it, Sears said, he had little doubt that changes to the laws would include tougher sentencing and more stringent probationary oversight for sex offenders.
"I know a lot of Vermonters feel strongly about longer mandatory minimums," Sears said. "We're at the point where I think most members would agree that we need to strengthen them."
- Doing so will not solve the problem! Just look at history for God's sake!
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Six of the ten Floyd County inmates accused of beating another inmate nearly to death went before a judge this afternoon.
The six say they did not participate in the alleged beating that left Terry Fisher unconscious and paralyzed, but police disagree.
Police say the inmates are pointing fingers at each other.
Detectives took the stand Tuesday and say none of the inmates in court admitted to hitting Terry Fisher, but say each one accuses the others of beating Fisher.
The detective who interviewed the inmates thinks they all did it together.
The six in court are all charged with first degree assault.
- What about attempted murder?
Police say the group labeled Fisher a child molester and picked on him for three days before beating him unconscious.
However, attorneys for two of the men, say their clients did not participate in the attack.
“He does not have a criminal history that depicts any violence in his nature. Mr. Jervis will maintain his innocence and will defend this case as long as he has to,” Kent Varney said.
“Newsome has no history of violence. He was a social worker who unfortunately had a drug and alcohol problem, but has more of a history of helping people,” Gerald DeRossett said.
The judge sent the six cases to the grand jury and set their bond at $50,000 cash.
Four other inmates are also charged. They're expected to be in court later this month.
Terry Fisher remains in very serous condition at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.
Those appearing in court on Tuesday were:
- Chris Newsome
- Kevin Woods
- Matthew Ritchie
- Michael Rowland
- Ivan Gunnels
- Stephen Jervis
HAMPTON - A woman who had sexual relations with three teenage boys during two weekend get-togethers was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years behind bars.
Larae Denise Osborne-Hilton, now 40, was accused of inviting three boys, one 14 and two 15, to her Silver Isles Boulevard home for a weekend visit in May 2006. Two of them came back for a second visit later that month. On one occasion, the boys slept over, and she cooked them breakfast and took them to church.
Osborne-Hilton knew the boys before the encounters through her work coaching track in a community organization. Osborne-Hilton was not married at the time but had two children living with her. Osborne-Hilton, who lost her executive secretary job at Hampton University over the incident, asserted the boys had raped her. But Circuit Court Judge William C. Andrews III didn't believe her story.
Osborne-Hilton was convicted of two counts of carnal knowledge for sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old boy; five counts of indecent liberties for other sexual acts on the boys; three counts of contributing to a delinquency of a minor; and one count of filing a false police report.
Andrews sentenced Osborne-Hilton Tuesday to 20 years — with 2 1/2 years to serve and 17 1/2 years suspended. The judge also required her to, among other things, register as a sex offender, give a DNA sample to the state and undergo supervised probation, including a psychosexual evaluation. Andrews retired this year, but he was designated to come back for sentencing.
The state's sentencing guidelines — which judges don't have to follow — called for Osborne-Hilton to serve between two years and one month in prison at the low end and six years and seven months at the high end. Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Leslie A. Siman-Tav asked that Osborne-Hilton be sentenced within that range, although she wanted it to be a bit higher than the final result.
Hmm, this man killed himself, and the story doesn't say anything about him being investigated about anything sexual, so from this story, it appears he just killed himself over something else. Time will tell.
PETERSBURG - Pike Central High School's football coach was found dead in his home Tuesday, hours before a former assistant in his program turned himself in to state police in an investigation over text messages sent to a 17-year-old student.
Marty Deputy, head football coach and teacher at Pike Central High School, was found dead about 6:40 a.m. EDT at his home in southern Indiana's Gibson County, said Chief Deputy Coroner David Knowles. He said the death had been ruled a suicide, but declined to discuss the manner in which Deputy died.
Knowles said a note was left, but he declined to discuss its content.
Tuesday afternoon, Luke Musselwhite, 26, a former assistant football coach at the school, surrendered at the Pike County Jail in Petersburg and was arrested on charges of disseminating harmful material to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, state police said. The Jasper man was released on $2,500 cash bond.
Musselwhite could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. A man who answered the phone at the number listed for the only Musselwhite in Jasper said he did not know how to contact him.
Musselwhite resigned from his teaching position shortly before the start of the school year, state police said.
State police said Musselwhite was accused of sending more than 200 text messages, including several that were sexual in nature, to a 17-year-old female Pike Central student during October and November.
State police spokesman Sgt. Todd Ringle said Tuesday night that two teachers had been under investigation, but he could not identify the second one.
It was not clear how long Musselwhite had been Deputy's assistant.
Deputy, 31, was in his fourth season as head football coach at 650-student Pike Central in Petersburg and had compiled a record of 3-29, including a current streak of 17 straight losses. He previously was an assistant coach for one year at Jasper High School and one year at Pike Central. He also taught English and Bible literature at Pike Central.
Students at the high school and middle school were dismissed early after administrators learned of Deputy's death, and the school's football game Friday against Heritage Hills was canceled.
School was scheduled to reopen Wednesday. Grief counselors were expected to be available.
Three more hurricane evacuees who were subjects of arrest warrants were located at shelters in Shreveport today, Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies said.
All three people were among the hundreds of people who checked into area shelters and filled out one-page identification forms. Sheriff's deputies did background checks to see if there were any fugitives or registered sex offenders.
- In other words, if you are a felon, go somewhere else.
Michelle Dawson, 32, of New Orleans was located at Hirsch Coliseum after a background check determined she was wanted for probation violation.
Jason Sanders, 23, of Breaux Bridge, was located at LSUS after a check found he had an arrest warrant for probation violation.
Kevin Mathieu, 26, was located at Hirsch. He was wanted for parole violation.
All three were arrested without incident and booked into Caddo Correctional Center.
A fourth person was wanted out of Georgia for probation violation. He was not arrested because Georgia authorities felt the charge was not serious enough to warrant extradition.
Authorities are continuing to conduct background checks on people in the shelters, Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator said.
A man who had failed to register as a sex offender was arrested Sunday evening at the Red Cross shelter at LSU-Shreveport. A background check found that Zechary Emile Verett, 29, of Abbeville had a warrant for his arrest.