Thursday, January 22, 2009

GA - Majority leader introduces sex offender legislation - Bill has Strong Bi-Partisan Support in the House

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Another old article, but placing it here for archive purposes.

01/13/2006

ATLANTA - House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons) today introduced legislation to strengthen Georgia’s sex offender and sexual predator laws. When introduced, the bill had already been signed by a bipartisan group of 75 House members.

Last summer, we came to the citizens of Georgia with a promise to protect the children of this state by strengthening our laws relating to sex offenders and sexual predators,” Keen said. “Working with corrections personnel, district attorneys, law enforcement officers, and my colleagues in the House, we have crafted a piece of legislation that will make Georgia’s laws regarding these heinous crimes some the most restrictive in the country. Every sex offender in Georgia will now serve time in jail and every sex offender in Georgia will be monitored after their release. There will be some cost associated with these measures but those are certainly worth protecting even one child from these criminals.”
- And yet he never talked with civil/human rights professionals, or did he talk with experts who treat sex offenders.  Just a bunch of people who are hell bent on punishing sex offenders.  That is why punishment was mentioned, below in red.  Not all sex crimes are heinous, some did not even involve sex at all, yet he seems to think they all do.

Key provisions in the sex offender bill include:

  • Increased Penalties for Sex Offenses
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    • The worst sex offenses – aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and aggravated sexual battery – will be punished with minimum mandatory sentences of 25-50 years in prison followed by lifetime probation.
    • A new Code Section will sentence all other sex offenders to the mandatory minimum period of incarceration followed by at least one year of probation.
    • No longer will sex offenders be subject to the first offender treatment – everyone convicted of a sex crime will serve time in prison, and everyone convicted of a sex crime will be monitored after his or her release.
     
  • Reorganizes and Strengthens the Sexual Offender Registry
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    • All registration information will be sent to the county sheriff before a sexual offender is released from prison or put on probation.
    • The new law draws clear lines of responsibility for all involved divisions as to obtaining, disseminating and updating sex offender information.
    • Public notification of the location of sex offenders is enhanced.
     
  • Monitors the Worst Offenders for Life
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    • GPS monitoring – consisting of a 95 decibel alarm and two-way voice communication between monitor and offender – will be required for any offender declared a sexually dangerous predator by the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board.
    • Sexually dangerous predators will wear the monitor for the rest of their natural lives.
    • All other sexual offenders will be given a level of risk assessment to aid law enforcement in monitoring offenders in the community.
     
  • Strengthens the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board
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    • Reorganizes the Review Board
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      • Members will now receive a gubernatorial appointment
     
    • Enhances the responsibility of the Review Board
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      • The Board has been in existence for nine years – per a federal requirement – and has seen only 57 cases
      • GPS monitoring of Sexually Dangerous Predators will be determined by the Review Board’s assessment
       
    • The Review Board will review every convicted sexual offender to determine a level of risk assessment – Level I, Level II or Sexually Dangerous Predator

The legislation, introduced by Majority Leader Keen, has been signed by the following legislators: Speaker Pro-Temp Mark Burkhalter (R-Alpharetta), Majority Whip Barry Fleming (R-Augusta), Melvin Everson (R-Snellville), Allen Freeman (R-Macon), ‘Able’ Mable Thomas (D-Atlanta), Ron Forster (R-Ringgold), Buddy Carter (R- Pooler), Richard Royal (D-Camilla), Johnny Floyd (D-Cordele), Roger Williams (R-Dalton), Tom Dickson (R-Cohutta), Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain), Doug Holt (R-Social Circle), Jill Chambers (R-Atlanta), Tom Graves (R-Ranger), Amos Amerson (R-Dahlonega), Len Walker (R-Loganville), John Heard (R-Lawrenceville), Jeff Lewis (R-White), Chuck Scheid (R- Woodstock), Hinson Mosley (R-Jesup), Mike Keown (R-Coolidge), Terry England (R-Auburn), Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson), Burke Day (R-Tybee Island), Willie Talton (R- Warner Robins), Terry Barnard (R-Glennville), Jay Neal (R-LaFayette), Judy Manning (R-Marietta), David Knight (R-Griffin), Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula), Steve Davis (R-McDonough), Gene Maddox (R-Cairo), Carl Rogers (R-Gainesville), Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs), Mike Coan (R-Lawrenceville), Greg Morris (R-Vidalia), Calvin Hill (R-Woodstock), Jack Murphy (R-Cumming), Bob Smith (R-Watkinsville), Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta), James Mills (R-Gainesville), Austin Scott (R-Tifton), Tommy Smith (R-Nicholls), Ben Harbin (R-Evans), Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock), Jon Burns (R-Newington), Jeff Brown (R-LaGrange), John Meadows (R-Calhoun), Tom Rice (R-Norcross), Richard Smith (R-Columbus), Jeff May (R-Monroe) Paul Jennings (R-Atlanta), Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica), Martin Scott (R-Rossville), Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta), Lynn Smith (R-Newnan), Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), David Graves (R-Macon), Jeanette Jamieson (D-Toccoa), Howard Maxwell (R-Dallas), Penny Houston (R-Nashville), Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), Brooks Coleman (R-Duluth), Butch Parrish (D-Swainsboro), Roger Lane (R-Darien), Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla), Tom Knox (R-Cumming) and Stacey Reece (R-Gainesville).


GA - Majority Leader Jerry Keen and Chairman David Ralston to Introduce Sex Offender Legislation

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More of Jerry Keen's Press Releases

This is old, I know, but I am putting it here for archive purposes.

12/10/2007

Change in Residency Restrictions to Comply with Supreme Court

ATLANTAMajority Leader Jerry Keen (Email) (R-St. Simons) and Chairman of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee David Ralston (Email) (R-Blue Ridge) today announced that in response to a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision, they will file legislation to change Georgia’s residency restrictions for sexual offenders.

The Supreme Court ruling in Mann v. Georgia (PDF) Department of Corrections et al. found Georgia’s current residency restrictions unconstitutional because it violated the “takings clause” by forcing homeowners to leave their property without compensation.

“We were disappointed with the Supreme Court decision, but we will respond,” said Ralston. “We cannot allow Georgia to become a dumping ground for those who would harm our children.”

Ralston will be the primary sponsor of the bill which will change current Georgia law with respect to residency restrictions for those on the sex offender registry. Under Ralston’s bill, an individual who owns real property or has established employment before a school, child care facility, or church locates itself within 1000 feet of their residency or place of employment will not be in violation of the law. The individual will have ten days to prove to the sheriff that his residence or employment was established prior to the location of the school, church, child care facility, or area where minors congregate.
- Why isn't it the responsibility of the police to prove the person is in violation?  Not the other way around!  Remember "Innocent until proven guilty?" If you think they are in violation, get the evidence, then a warrant or something to have them move.  Why should they have to prove this?  This is your job, or was at one time!

“It is incumbent upon us as legislators to reinstate residency restrictions as quickly as possible,” said Keen.
- Why? So your reputation is upheld?

The Judiciary Non-Civil Committee will begin discussion on this legislation on December 18, 2007.

“This will be the first piece of legislation my committee will take up in January,” said Ralston. “We intend to get this bill on the Governor’s desk for his signature as quickly as possible.”


NY - Sex offenders in our midst - Report shows many living close to community centers

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Yet more fear mongering! So Joe Public, when will an offender have paid their debt to society? When? If never, then if that is the case, what do you expect from people who have nothing to look forward to? If they can never integrate back into society, then it's only inevidable that crime will go up. When you are demonized and made into modern day lepers, it's only a matter of time before they fight back.

01/22/2009

By Thomas Tracy

Each day, children flock to the borough’s popular neighborhood community centers, not knowing that these buildings are being surrounded by registered sex offenders.
- What place isn't surrounded by sex offenders?  When you make and pass laws like you are doing, you FORCE them to congregate in specific areas, because that is the only legal place they can live.  Stop the fear-mongering, and lets come up with REAL solutions, instead of making more lepers, so you can feel better punishing someone!

So says a report recently conducted by Rep. Anthony Weiner (Contact) which discovered that 56 registered sex offenders live within 10 blocks of 10 of Brooklyn’s more popular city run or city-funded community centers — the highest of any borough.
- I'd like to see this so called "study!"  If there is a study, and you have read it, why not provide a link to it, so others can read it for themselves?  Are you hiding something?

Of the 56, 18 of the sex offenders live within five blocks of their nearest community center.

While there are no laws on the books barring registered sex offenders from living near YMCAs, YWCAs or YM-YWHAs, Weiner found the results of his study troubling, especially amid a recent report that a Borough Park man was arrested for molesting a child — now a teenager — at the Boro Park YM-YWHA, 4912 14th Avenue.
- So when are you going to pass a law saying they must reside XXXX feet from anything?  Or stay in their home 24/7?  Hell, you might as well, that is what all this is coming down to anyway!

Yet, since the man arrested for that attack had yet to be convicted, Weiner’s study showed that no sex offenders lived in close proximity to the Borough Park Community Center.

The study did discover, however, that 29 registered sex offenders lived within 10 blocks of the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA at 139 Monroe Street. An additional 11 sex offenders lived within 10 blocks of the North Brooklyn YMCA at 570 Jamaica Avenue. At least one of these sex offenders, a man who had been convicted of sodomizing a nine-year-old girl, lived at the North Brooklyn YMCA, the report showed.

The study goes on to report that five sex offenders were found living near both the new Coney Island YMCA at West 29th Street and Surf Avenue as well as the Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton Manhattan Beach at 3300 Coney Island Avenue.

Two sex offenders were found living within 10 blocks of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA at 3610 Nostrand Avenue near Avenue U and the Flatbush YMCA at 1401 Flatbush Avenue.

One sex offender was found living near the Dodge YMCA, 225 Atlantic Avenue, and the Greenpoint YMCA, 99 Meserole Avenue.

The area around the Prospect Park YMCA, 357 9th Street, was sex-offender free, according to the study, where federal employees combed the sex offender registry maintained by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to locate names, addresses and offenses of registered sex offenders citywide.

According to their own website, the 2,686 YMCAs peppered throughout the country serve nearly 20 million members. Approximately 9.5 million of their members are under 17 years old.

While he made it clear that these community centers can’t be blamed for not knowing about the predators that live nearby, Weiner said he hopes the results of the study would help bolster his demand for more stringent tracking of registered sex offenders.
- Stop using terms out of context.  You are talking about sex offenders, and not all are predators.  GPS is a waste of tax payer money, and if they are so dangerous, which I doubt, then why are they out?  Because they were sentenced and done their time, so leave them the hell alone.  If they commit another crime, lock them up for longer.  If a person is out, and a true predator, who is intent on committing another crime, GPS, the registry or any other portion of the law, will not prevent them from doing so.  They will just cut off the GPS and run, and then you have no proof of any crime, except they cut it off and ran.  So stop grandstanding and fear-mongering, it doesn't solve anything, but just makes matters worse!

Weiner is demanding that $100 million in federal funding be granted to major cities to help them track sex offenders.
- $100 million?  In the meantime, the country is going backrupt, and further and further into a major depression.  Where is this money coming from?  The tax payers, or thin air?  Like I said, a true predator who is intent on committing a crime, GPS will not prevent that, never will!

The money, he said, should go to specially-designed GPS tracking devices that would alert the police if a sex offender is found lingering by a community center.
- I wish someone would get some information on who has stock in these GPS devices!  I am willing to bet many of the people who are recommending GPS, have stocks in these companies, thus making themselves rich!

The data collected by the GPS systems could also be used in probation hearings and to determine parole violations.

When paroled, some sex offenders are ordered to stay away from schools or areas where children congregate, the congressman explained.

“Keeping our kids safe is an ongoing effort that demands greater vigilance, especially near where our children hang out,” he said. “We need to do more to track offenders, to enforce existing laws and to arm parents with tools to protect their children from sex offenders.”
- Big Brother, thinks they can protect everybody, and yet, can protect nobody!


CA - Sex Offenders Forced To Move - Owner Says He Hopes To Reopen Facility

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And so the endless sex offender shuffle continues. This has been going on, in California, for a very long time. See the video at the end, from 2006. There is also a video at the site.

01/22/2009

SACRAMENTO COUNTY - Several registered sex offenders are on the move after being kicked out of their Antelope group home.

About 40 low-risk parolees lived in the clean-and-sober facility, which is known as Second Chance. The men faced a Thursday deadline to move out.

The district attorney's office said the home does not have the necessary state license or county zoning permit.
- Yeah, yeah!  Anything to continue shuffling these people around, to appease the sheeple!

"It just takes your breath away," said _____, a sex offender who has lived in the home. "It's like getting punched in the stomach."

Parolees who lived in the home said they are just trying to get their lives back on track, find jobs and stay sober.

The parolees are now being sent to other homes around the county.

Donald Cherms, owner of Second Chance, said forcing the men to move is making it harder for them to lead stable lives and look for work.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Corrections said it is spending too much money housing sex offender parolees. Last year, the department used nearly $22 million for such housing.

"We don't believe that subsidizing offender housing long term is the right thing to do," said Scott Kernan, a Department of Corrections representative.

That means that more offenders such as _____ will have to find jobs and pay for their own rent. But many say it is hard to find work if they are forced to move from house to house.

_____ said he made at least 125 job applications, but only got one call from a potential employer. "That's the job I got," he added.

Cherms added that he plans to get the needed state license and county permit to allow offenders to move back into his facility.
- And I'm willing to bet, the state will deny it as well, watch and see.

Related Video


Sex Offender Shuffle (2006)


FL - Davie passes sex offender law that sets fines for landlords

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01/22/2009

By Susannah Bryan - South Florida Sun Sentinel

DAVIE - Landlords in Davie who rent to sex offenders or sex predators in violation of residency restrictions can be fined or jailed under a law approved Wednesday night by the Town Council.

Like many cities in Broward County, Davie requires a 2,500-foot buffer between where offenders live and just about anywhere children gather, including school bus stops, playgrounds and parks.

Under Davie's new law, landlords who rent to sex offenders within the buffer zone can face fines up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail. Repeat violators can face fines up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail.

The town's law now applies to all sex offenders, regardless of their conviction date. Before Wednesday, it applied only to sex offenders convicted after Oct. 1, 2004.


WI - We're calling on you to protect us - Citizens ask for sex offender ordinance; officials argue such are 'based in fear, not fact'

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01/22/2009

By Helen Clarke - Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — The room was crowded and the mood was intense Wednesday evening when nearly 50 community members showed up at City Hall to have their say about whether sex offenders should be restricted from living in certain areas of the city of Manitowoc.

Perhaps the most impassioned of pleas came from residents surrounding North 16th Street. Neighbors were outraged late last year after it was discovered a convicted sex offender had moved into a rental property there. The city's Public Property and Safety Committee called for Wednesday's informational meeting in response to a petition from those neighbors and their supporters.
- They have to live somewhere, whether you like it or not!

"It terrified my neighborhood. Nothing prepares you for that," said Lori Tobin, who lives on North 16th Street. "Our public trust was shaken. We're calling on you to protect us."
- We the SHEEPLE need Big Brother to protect us, so we have someone else to blame!

"What we're trying to do here isn't gonna fix the problem, but if it protects one child — just one — it's worth it," Tom Maloney added to a thundering applause. "We're not talking about human beings; we're talking about animals. They're just not wired right. They're broken."
- But that is the point, it is not, and will not "protect" anybody, and I'm so tired of hearing this "sound bite!"  You are punishing thousands, simply because the media and politicians have spread false "facts" and lies, and has got the sheeple scared of their own shadows.  Nobody can protect you, except yourself!  And stop the BS demonizing of people.  They ARE HUMAN beings, whether you want to accept that or not.  I'd say the real monsters are the ones calling others monsters!

But the impassioned pleas, at least in part, fell on deaf ears. Law enforcement officials argued that ordinances restricting where sex offenders can live have the potential to do greater harm than good.

"They have all the best intentions," said Melissa Roberts, a Manitowoc native and director of sex offender programs with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in Madison. "But they're based on a faulty premise … that sex offenders access their victims geographically."

In fact, she said 93 percent of victims already know their abuser when the offense takes place. Instead of pushing for residency restrictions, Roberts suggested parents should be aware of who their neighbors are and teach their children to be attentive to potentially dangerous situations.
- But the sheeple would rather have someone else protect them!  So when something does occur, they can blame the government, instead of themselves and the offender!

But for Ann Holsen, another North 16th Street resident, that's not enough.

"I try to educate my children," Holsen said. "But how much can you teach a 5-year-old? How much can you teach a 2-year-old?"

Added a tearful Katie Stockman-Daffner: "I'm not going to let my 3-year-old or my newborn outside, ever … knowing (an offender) can look out the window at them. I really hope that something changes. This summer, I hope that we can play outside again."
- So you will live in a shell and in fear your entire life!  Grow up!  The world has ALWAYS been a dangerous place, but the media and politicians, have apparently spewed fear and lies so much, you now believe it!

Manitowoc County currently is home to 175 registered sex offenders, 99 of whom are off supervision, Roberts said. Those who have fulfilled the supervision period imposed by the courts are free to live where they choose, but most are required to register their addresses for the rest of their lives.

Roberts said sex offenders living in Manitowoc likely would go "underground" and stop registering if they were restricted from living in certain areas of the city. Wisconsin is home to more than 20,000 registered sex offenders, and 90 percent of those currently are compliant with the registry, she said.

Seventy-two municipalities have enacted ordinances restricting where they can live. Such laws, Roberts said, "tend to be based in fear, not in fact," and give communities "a false sense of security."

District Attorney Mark Rohrer agrees. He said nearly all offenders living in Manitowoc County consistently register their address changes, and he believes an ordinance would make that number drop.

In reaction to that, Manitowoc resident Phillip Hoff spoke out against residency restrictions.

"What would hurt is if more people were encouraged not to register," Hoff said. "The not knowing is the dangerous part. We don't want to create potential solutions that in fact make Manitowoc children less safe."

John Schroeder, who lives on Ray Street, agreed.

"Wherever you herd these people in the city, you're gonna have children," Schroeder said. "Do-good plans are not gonna solve the problem."

The ordinances themselves also appear to be a headache at the law-enforcement level. Roberts said DOC agents in Green Bay are working overtime to find residency for sex offenders being released back into a city with tight restrictions. Because most offenders must be returned to the county of their conviction, she said many there are being pushed out into rural Brown County, or to jail and transitional facilities that cost taxpayers money.

To that, Karl Koch says: "They should all be put in a coop out in Lake Michigan somewhere."
- Screw you Hitler!

Wednesday's 2½-hour meeting closed without much closure, as committee Chairman Eric Sitkiewitz said the Public Property and Safety Committee will explore the issue further and request research from various officials before a draft ordinance is introduced. Alderman Ray Geigel offered a potential ordinance, but Sitkiewitz said that is only an example and is not applicable at this point to Manitowoc.

"You've given the committee a lot to chew on," Sitkiewitz said, adding the group will meet again in February. "The petition and input was to address the concern, and now it's time for the committee to address the ordinance."


NM - Lawmakers Look To Expand Sex Offender Registry Laws

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01/21/2009

All sex offenders in New Mexico must register their names, addresses and what they were convicted for on the state's sex offender Web site, but a proposed bill now calls for more.

It will require offenders to also register all of their screen names on a slew of web sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, with their county sheriff's department.

Law enforcement agencies around the state have used online tools to catch adults looking to have sex with children and now Rep. Bill Rehm, wants to give police one more tool, in the form of a new law.

"It has the sex offender register all addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, post office boxes, anywhere that a sex offender is receiving e-mails through," said Rehm. Law enforcement said knowing what goes on in the online world will help them keep track of some of the worst offenders and possibly prevent offenders from repeating.

"We know sex offenders use these various Web pages and these Web sites and the internet to prey upon children," said Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White.

If passed, the law would require sex offenders to register their e-mails and screen names with their county sheriff's office. "We need to do everything we can to ensure these predators are not living in secret. They know what they are doing and most importantly we know what the Internet means to them," said White.
- Sex offender and predator does not mean the same thing!

This bill is now up for debate in Santa Fe.

The bill's sponsor said he tried introducing something similar two years ago, but time expired before a final vote could be taken.


KS - WICHITA BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF FONDLING 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL

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Just goes to show you, you should be worried about those NOT on the registry. The registry grows daily, and a majority of the time, it's someone not on the registry.

01/22/2009

By Ron Sylvester

A Wichita school bus driver of 16 years has been charged with fondling a 6-year-old girl.

_____, 73, was fired after he admitted touching the girl, said a spokeswoman for Durham School Services, the private employer of bus drivers for Wichita public schools.

_____ made his first court appearance Tuesday morning before Sedgwick County District Judge Ben Burgess to hear charges on four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Prosecutors say _____ engaged in lewd touching of the girl in October, November, December and on Jan. 6, the day he was arrested.

Susan Arensman, spokeswoman for Wichita schools, said the girl's parent reported the acts to the principal at Emerson Open Magnet Elementary School. The principal called the Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit.

"This is a rare occurrence," said Tiffini Bloniarz, spokeswoman for Durham. "But usually the driver would be put on administrative leave and taken off the routes as the investigation continues. In this case, the driver was terminated so quickly" after admitting his actions.

The Eagle has repeatedly asked the school district and Durham to make disciplinary reports on drivers public. The district has declined to do so.

In April 2007, following months of requests, the district revealed the names of bus drivers, and The Eagle found several who had poor driving records and multiple accidents.

Both Arensman and Bloniarz said _____ had no criminal history.

"Both the district and Durham had recently done background checks," Arensman said.

Bloniarz said that for the first time last fall, Durham ran fingerprint checks on its drivers. It also runs annual criminal background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and for sexual predator records.

"We also randomly monitor the drivers," Bloniarz said from her office in Downers Grove, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

A check of court records by The Eagle showed _____ had a speeding ticket in Sedgwick County in April.

Durham serves more than 300 school districts in 29 states as a private contractor for student transportation.

_____' preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Feb. 3.


CA - Murrieta readies strict sex-offender law

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01/21/2009

By JEFF HORSEMAN - The Press-Enterprise

New restrictions on sex offenders in Murrieta could go into effect as early as March after the City Council unanimously approved the rules Tuesday night.

The Child Safety Zone Ordinance forbids registered offenders from loitering within 300 feet of schools, parks, the city's public library and other places where children gather.

Those caught loitering face fines of up to $1,000, jail terms of up to six months, or both.

Murrieta police sought the ordinance to give officers another tool to protect children.

Like the rest of California, Murrieta is covered by Jessica's Law, which prohibits offenders from living within 2,000 feet of places frequented by children.

More than 50 California cities and counties, including Canyon Lake, have safety zone ordinances, Murrieta police Lt. Dennis Vrooman said.

Final passage of the ordinance is scheduled for the council's Feb. 3 meeting, with the ordinance going into effect 30 days after that.


GA - Man freed over sex offender law

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01/22/2009

By Sandy Hodson - Staff Writer

A homeless Augusta man serving a life prison sentence for failing to register a home address because he is a sex offender will be freed.

Attorneys worked out an agreement on _____'s behalf that was accepted Wednesday by Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet.

The agreement meant Mr. _____ was granted a new trial and his July 2007 conviction for failure to register as a sex offender and his life sentence were voided. He then pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to time served. The agreement requires Mr. _____ to move immediately to North Carolina and register there as a sex offender.

Mr. _____, 41, intends to live in North Carolina with his father.

Mr. _____'s case was back in Richmond County Superior Court on a motion for a new trial. His appellate attorney, Peter Johnson, believed Mr. _____ was entitled to a new trial based on two recent Georgia Supreme Court decisions.

In October the state's highest court ruled the sex offender registry law was unconstitutional as it applies to homeless people because they can't register addresses they don't have.

The following month the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the mandatory life sentence for a second violation of the law was unconstitutional because the punishment is grossly out of proportion to the crime.

Mr. _____ was convicted in North Carolina in 1994 of indecent liberties with a minor. When he moved to Augusta in 2003 he registered as a sex offender as required.

Mr. _____ would have finished the time period that he was required to register in 2004 except the law was changed, his attorney said. Instead of requiring registration for 10 years, the law was changed to registration for life, Mr. Johnson said.

The law was changed again in 2006 to prohibit a sex offender from living anywhere within 1,000 feet of any place where children might gather. That left only two places in Augusta where a sex offender could live - two Gordon Highway motels.

Mr. _____ moved to a Gordon Highway motel and re-registered his address with the sheriff's department.

When the hotel owner recognized he had a captive clientele and increased the rates, Mr. _____ ended up on the street, Mr. Johnson said.

Mr. _____ had been one of four men in Georgia serving a life sentence for failure to register.


AK - Sex Offender Wins Lotto - Does He Deserve To Keep Money?

Of course he deserves to keep the money, he bought the ticket, and won! Just because of his past, you are wanting to condemn him? What is in your past you are ashamed of? Give me a break! More vigilante media! The media reported his name, and he was attacked by a vigilante jerk! That is why when someone wins the lottery, is should be private. Because there are a lot of jerks out there, like the person who attacked him, who would rob, steal, or kill someone for that kind of money! Would you want your name broadcasted all over the world if you won that kind of money? You're "friends" and family you've never seen, would come out of the woodwork to get a piece of the winnings!