Wednesday, December 24, 2008

CA - North Las Vegas officer arrested in traffic lewdness case

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12/23/2008

North Las Vegas police say they have arrested one of their own on allegations that the officer sought sexual favors from female motorists he stopped for traffic violations.

A department spokesman says 40-year-old James Vernon Clayton was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of misconduct by a public officer and oppression under color of office, and misdemeanor open and gross lewdness.

Sgt. Tim Bedwell says the charges stem from complaints by five adult female victims from Las Vegas and North Las Vegas whose identities are being withheld.

He says there's no allegations any of the women was physically harmed or sexually assaulted.

Clayton has been a police officer since 2005. He's been on paid administrative leave since July. That's shortly after the allegations surfaced.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


IL - Man cleared by DNA of rape is pardoned

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12/24/2008

By MAURICE POSSLEY For the Sun-Times News Group

There was a time when _____ was so angry that no one would believe he had been wrongly convicted of a rape that he tried to nail himself to a cross on the front lawn of the DuPage County Courthouse.

That was 17 years ago, and _____ has plenty of believers in his innocence now -- DNA exonerated him last year of the 1987 crime. And Dec. 19, Gov. Blagojevich pardoned _____, who celebrated his 51st birthday earlier this month.

The pardon means _____ can seek state compensation of about $85,000, said his attorney, Jane Raley, of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University Law School.

But money doesn't motivate _____, who lives in Gary, Ind., and works at the United States Steel plant there.

"This is not about the money," he said in an interview. "This is about restoring my reputation. My goal was to be a Navy officer, and that was taken away from me. They can never make it up to me."

His attorney made another point.

"His dignity was ripped from him -- he was labeled a sex offender," Raley said.

The pardon not only allows _____ to have his criminal case expunged, it also clears his record of misdemeanor charges that were brought as a result of his attempt to crucify himself in March 1991.

In 1987, _____ was a 29-year-old Navy reservist living in an apartment complex in Woodridge. He was engaged to be married, working as a computer operator and taking courses at College of DuPage. After a woman was raped in the complex, she identified him as her attacker. He was convicted at trial and sentenced to six years in prison.

He was released in 1991 and attempted to crucify himself, earning a conviction for assaulting a police officer. He was placed on probation. In 2005, he sought DNA testing and was exonerated last year.


UK - British ex-royal servant jailed in child sex cases

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12/22/2008

LONDON — A former butler to Queen Elizabeth II was sentenced Monday to at least six years in prison after admitting he molested three children, including one who accompanied him to a royal Christmas party.

One of Paul Kidd's victims contacted police after reading a newspaper interview with the ex-butler on last year's 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. The victim, now in his 40s, said he had been indecently assaulted by Kidd at the butler's home in the early 1980s.

Kidd pleaded guilty in October to nine counts of indecent assault and six counts of sexual activity with a child. He also pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, 11 charges of making indecent images of a child and two counts of possessing indecent images of children.

At a hearing at Manchester Crown Court, in northern England, Judge Mushtaq Khokar said Kidd still poses a risk to young people.

Kidd, 55, was a butler to the queen from 1977 to 1979, then was senior footman to the late Queen Mother Elizabeth until 1984. A number of offenses dated from his time in royal service.

One victim said Kidd introduced him as a "friend" to the late Queen Mother during a Christmas party at her residence Clarence House.

After leaving royal employment, Kidd charged up to 4,000 pounds (US$7,200) as an after-dinner speaker, and also worked on cruise ships talking of his experiences in the queen's household.

Buckingham Palace declined comment on the case.


NH - No room at the inn - Tobey shelter serves first family as Christmas approaches

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Send these folks and email, and let them know your opinions of them denying people access to a warm cold spot for the night.  This is pathetic!  Email address is at the end.

12/24/2008

By MEG HECKMAN - Monitor staff

The first family, a woman and her two sons, arrived Monday night, with soggy shoes and nowhere else to go. They slept on cots in a tiny room off an echoey corridor at the old Tobey School, an unused state building that opened as the city's third emergency homeless shelter this week.

As of 7 last night, the family had yet to return, but volunteers were ready if they did. Donations of diapers, soup, fruit snacks, warm clothes and stuffed animals were piled into the corners of a storage room. The heat was on, and cots were waiting.

Shelter manager Mike Riley wants the Tobey School to do more than serve a temporary need. He hopes families will use their time at the shelter to connect with organizations that can help them stabilize their lives. In addition to cots, bathrooms and the occasional snack, the shelter's staff is equipped to dole out advice.
- Except if you are on drugs, alcohol or on the sex offender registry, they don't care about these folks!

"You can't get into the details when you're dealing with a family on the phone," he said. "You don't know the story. . . . This puts you eyeball to eyeball. It's a better chance to get the details, develop trust."

Riley has spent nearly two decades as a homeless-outreach worker and will run the Tobey shelter for up to 100 nights this winter. He will conduct short interviews with new guests, enforce the house rules and make sure everyone is treated with respect.
- Except if you are on drugs, alcohol or on the sex offender registry, they don't care about these folks! 

Social service providers and a corps of volunteers operate emergency shelters at the First and South churches each winter. The shelters were originally designed to provide chronically homeless adults, including many with untreated mental illnesses and addictions, a warm place to sleep on the coldest nights.
- Except if you are on drugs, alcohol or on the sex offender registry, they don't care about these folks! 

Demand for shelter beds has increased over the past several years, and a growing number of families, many with small children, were using the shelter on a regular basis. A year of foreclosures, rising rents and layoffs had social service providers worried that they wouldn't be able to handle demand. They also wanted to find a more suitable setting for young children.

Originally, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (Contact) had hoped to use the vacant Dewey School, but the plan unraveled in part because of concerns among neighbors. Mayor Jim Bouley (Email) then appealed to the state for help, and the Department of Health and Human Services offered the Tobey building.

Perched on a little hill overlooking South Fruit Street, the building had housed a residential school for children with educational disabilities. The students moved to a new facility last month, and the Tobey building was going to be heated but unused until it is renovated into offices sometime in the next few years.

Final state approval and an insurance certificate came through last week, and volunteers from McKenna House, a long-term shelter nearby, spent Saturday cleaning and distributing cots among the rooms.

"I wish we didn't need a homeless shelter for families with children, but I am relieved that it's open," said the Rev. Jean O'Bresky, an associate pastor at First Church and co-chairwoman of the coalition. "I'm not surprised that families have availed themselves of the shelter so quickly."

Only families with children may stay at the school. Guests cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or on the state's sex offender registry. These policies are stricter than those at the downtown shelters, which accept anyone as long they act with respect while at a shelter.
- So in other words, if you are a sex offender, then you must stay out in the cold, suffer, and possibly die!  It should not matter in any occasion, if someone is homeless and cold, the HOMELESS shelter should take them in.

The family that arrived Monday came from the shelter at First Church, but Riley expected most referrals to come from the New Hampshire Homeless Hotline. The school can hold up to eight families or 30 people in a wing once used for math classes and middle school recreation.

Families will stay in rooms off a wide corridor with pockmarked walls and worn tile floors. The setting is sparse, to say the least, but there are some homey touches. Curtains hang from some of the windows, and a few couches were left behind. There's a kitchenette behind the old nurses station, and Riley hopes to fill it with a microwave, a mini-fridge and snacks.

And in the corner of the common room, donated by Target and decorated with ribbons and globes of gold glass, is a Christmas tree.

Anyone who would like to donate to the shelter or serve as a volunteer should e-mail TEFshelter@gmail.com. Anyone in need of the shelter's services should call the New Hampshire Homeless Hotline at 800-852-3388.