Monday, January 19, 2009

FL - Man faces criminal charge after posting info online about TPD officer

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Wow, it's ok for them to publish RSO information, but publish someone else's personal info, and they come after you.

01/17/2009

By Nic Corbett - DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER

Robert Brayshaw accused of publishing details about TPD officer on RateMyCop.com

A Tallahassee man has been charged with a misdemeanor after police say he posted personal information about a Tallahassee Police Department officer on the Web site RateMyCop.com.

_____, 33, is facing a charge of publishing the name and address of a law-enforcement officer. According to a police report, it is a violation of state law to maliciously publish the residential address or telephone number of a law-enforcement officer without the agency's permission.

Prosecutors said _____ in early 2008 posted Officer Annette Garrett's personal cell-phone number, residential address, age, personal e-mail address; her parents' names, address and home phone number; and links to Web sites with photos of Garrett and her children. RateMyCop.com allows users to post reviews of individual officers at agencies across the country.

He was arrested and booked into the Leon County Jail in May 2008.

The incident is raising concern among free-speech advocates.

"The statute punishing the publication of that information by a private citizen is clearly at odds with the First Amendment," said Jon Kaney, general counsel for the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee. "If the restriction is narrowly tailored and is designed to serve a compelling governmental interest and actually would further that interest, it may be upheld, but the burden is on the state."

Law-enforcement officials say the statute protects them and their families from criminals seeking revenge.
- Well, any criminal can go to the many online records sites, and find this information just as easily.  Isn't it hypocritical, how if it's a RSO, it's fine, but when it's a celebrity, police or some other person in government, then it's a crime.  If it's ok for sex offenders, then anybody should be able to post your personal information online as well.

"We all accept the inherent dangers and risks when we're performing our duties and being in the public eye," said Officer David McCranie, TPD spokesman. "But it doesn't and should not extend to our family members and put them in danger as well."
- Amen, now, apply that same logic to the sex offender registry!

It's the second time _____'s been charged with the crime for the same incident, according to court records. The charge was dropped Dec. 9 but refiled 10 days later. Assistant State Attorney Brian Chojnowski would not explain why the charge was dropped. _____'s assistant public defender declined to comment.

In court documents, _____ wrote that Garrett in May 2007 investigated allegations that he was trespassing at the Dakota Apartments, where he worked as a property manager. No charges were filed.

In October 2008, _____ sued the city of Tallahassee because of bruises to his fingers when he stopped a suspect fleeing from TPD officers in late August 2007. He was paid $1,500 in a settlement. _____ said he filed the lawsuit to express his displeasure with TPD, which promised him an award he never received.


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WI - Anatomy of a sting

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Overblown Report Calls Online Threats to Children Overblown

Just more proof Perverted-Justice is NOT needed.  They have been doing it longer and better than PJ has.  And I'm willing to bet, since it's all done by police, and not some wanna-be vigilante group, most cases hold up in court, unlike PJ's.

01/17/2009

By Marci Laehr Tenuta - Journal Times

How law enforcement officers catch Internet predators

On Thursday, Racine Mayor Gary Becker joined hundreds of other suspected child predators who have been charged with attempted sexual assault of a child following an online sting operation by state agents.

For the past 10 years state agents with the Division of Criminal Investigation’s Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have been posing as children online in an effort to lure and arrest pedophiles. They spend hours surfing the net, using profiles that identify them as teens.
Suspected child predators make contact with the agents, form relationships online that oftentimes lead to the arrangement of a meeting and the intent of having sex.

When the suspected predator shows up at the meeting place, agents arrest them.

Current records show that the DCI task force has arrested 574 suspected pedophiles between 1999 and 2008. However, the total number of arrests for 2008 is not yet complete.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Becker, he allegedly formed a relationship online with what he thought was a 14-year-old, eighth-grade girl. That girl was really Special Agent Eric Szatkowski.

The Journal Times interviewed Szatkowski in 1999, when the task force had just started. A reporter sat and watched him chat online with a potential predator while pretending to be a 13-year-old boy.

During the two-hour mid-day demonstration, four adults sent instant messages about sex to the agent posing as a boy.

At that time, Szatkowski said when he first started going online posing as a child, he was amazed with the number of adults online who seem interested in discussing sex with people they know to be children.

But chatting about sex itself isn’t the crime.

A suspect must show up someplace, intending to meet and sexually entice a child, before authorities will charge him.

According to the 1999 story, state agents are careful to point out they follow all laws regarding entrapment. They don’t bring up the subject of meeting and they don’t bring up sex immediately.

But the online stings and the legality of the charges prosecutors were using to charge suspects caught in them have been challenged.

Following dozens of arrests during the first two years of the task force, prosecutions were stalled, some charges were dismissed and other cases ended in probation sentences for the offenders. Defense attorneys here and elsewhere questioned the legality of attempted sexual assault of a child and child enticement charges through the state’s appellate courts.

In June of 2002 the state Supreme Court upheld the charging, allowing stalled cases to move forward and in some cases, dismissed charges to be reinstated.

Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General Raymond Taffora said the task force has really grown in recent years. When it was started, Szatkowski and his partner were working online for overtime. Now, Taffora said they have seven agents, six analysts and a program assistant assigned to the program. “It’s become more organized,” he said.

The task force also has 60 law enforcement agencies as local partners that work with them. It’s cooperation that is needed to keep up with what authorities believe is an increasing amount of crimes against children online.

“There is plenty of evidence that the amount of child pornography available and shared on the Internet is growing and is significant,” Taffora said. “We’re doing what we can. We’re going to keep at it.”


CT - Ridgefield sets public hearing on sex offender ordinance for Wednesday

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RSO's and family members in this state, please attend this meeting, and let your voice be known!

01/19/2009

RIDGEFIELD - A public hearing on the proposed sex offender ordinance is set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level conference room, Ridgefield Town Hall, 400 Main St.

The hearing is being held to hear comments and recommendations of the proposed ordinance. Copies of the ordinance are available for public inspection in the office of the First Selectman and Town Clerk.


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UK - Body Found After Rapist Vanishes

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01/19/2009

By Tessa Chapman, Sky News

Detectives investigating the murder of a convicted rapist have found a body in Lancashire.

Blood and DNA discovered in a house near Burnley in December have convinced police that sex offender _____ was beaten to death.

Underwater search specialists discovered the corpse in a culvert after they were alerted by Environment Agency contractors.

Detective Superintendent Neil Hunter, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "As a result of a call made to police, the underwater search team was brought in.

"They entered the culvert and located the body before successfully recovering it. It has now been taken to Blackburn mortuary where identification and post mortem will take place."

Police say it’s too early to tell whether the body is _____, who they say was subjected to a "sustained and prolonged attack" at the house in Stockbridge Road, Padiham.

One man has already been charged with _____'s murder while detectives wish to speak to two other suspects in connection with the death of the 26-year-old.

Alan Palmer, 43, who lived at the scene of the attack in Stockbridge Road, and Peter Leonard, 51, have not been seen since Street went missing.

Palmer has several tattoos on his left arm of a snake head, bull, eagle and swallow.

On his right arm he has a snake and skull with two flower designs featuring the words 'Mam' and 'swallow'.

Leonard has a two-inch scar on his nose and the words 'love' and 'Heidi' tattooed on his hands.

Early in January detectives said Palmer and Leonard were believed to be on the run with _____'s body.

Police said _____’s family have been told of the latest developments.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out.


CA - Revisit Jessica's Law

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Well, you have a bunch of egotistical jerks in office, so I seriously doubt they will admit defeat, and fix the law, not until the state is burning and broke!

01/19/2009

The sex-offender statute is unaffordable and doesn't improve safety. If it can't be dropped, it should be rewritten.

Of all the ill-considered ballot initiatives approved by California voters over the years, few can match Jessica's Law for sheer self-destructiveness. The measure, billed as a way to protect children from sexual predators when it appeared on the ballot in 2006 as Proposition 83, is worsening the yawning state budget gap amid zero evidence that it's protecting anyone -- in fact, according to a state panel, it may be threatening public safety.

This page warned that the initiative would be an expensive mistake, but that didn't stop 70% of voters from approving it. That may be because sexual predators are nobody's idea of a good neighbor, and voters thought that forcing sex offenders to wear GPS tracking devices for life and forbidding them to live within 2,000 feet of schools and parks would keep them at bay. What they didn't consider were cost and practicality.

Among its many failings, the measure doesn't distinguish between criminals who are at high risk of re-offending and those who aren't. That means a teenager convicted of having sex with his underage girlfriend, as just one example, is subject to GPS monitoring and residence restrictions for the rest of his life, even if he never commits another crime. It also fails to specify what agency is responsible for monitoring those thousands of former inmates, or to devote money to pay for it.

State corrections officials announced Jan. 12 that they are now monitoring all 6,622 paroled sex offenders with GPS devices, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set aside $106 million in last year's budget for the program. Where the state will come up with the money while facing a $42-billion shortfall over the next 18 months is an open question. What's more, the state will monitor sex offenders only for as long as they remain on parole -- after that, it's up to municipal agencies, none of which have the staff, equipment or spare funding to do the job.

The expense might be worthwhile if Jessica's Law were actually reducing sex crimes. Yet research has found no connection between where a sex offender lives and the likelihood that he'll offend again, nor is there any evidence that GPS monitoring lowers recidivism. Further, it's very hard for parolees to find homes that aren't near schools or parks, leading to a 12-fold increase in the number of homeless sex offenders since the law was passed in 2006. A lack of stable housing only increases the odds that an ex-con will return to crime -- or as the state Sex Offender Management Board put it in a report Tuesday: "Residency restrictions that preclude or eliminate appropriate offender housing can threaten public safety instead of enhancing it."

Lawmakers rarely show the courage to fix problems created by get-tough-on-crime voter initiatives, but there will never be a better time to improve Jessica's Law. The state budget and the prison system are in crisis and must be reinvented, and amending this law -- which the Legislature can do with a two-thirds vote -- would benefit them both. Ideally, the measure should be overturned, but at a minimum the Legislature should create a review process that allows low-risk offenders to escape the residency and monitoring rules. California simply can't afford to pay more to be less safe.