Tuesday, February 24, 2009

FL - Haleigh Cummings-Video Breaking News Videos from CNN

I hope and pray this child is returned safe and sound, and a sex offender had nothing to do with it. But, as usual, the media is running with it, when, like the one lady says, 95% of the time, a child is abducted or sexually abused by a family member, not some stranger. So they run with the idea that a sex offender has her, and they are calling him a pedophile, when nothing shows that yet. Just because someone is a sex offender, doesn't mean they are a pedophile. Even if they sexually abused a child. People need to read the LEGAL definition of what a pedophile is. I still think the girlfriend knows more than she is saying. She said, in this video, that her boyfriend and the so called "Joe" had an argument, and the father said, they is a lie. So more suspicions arise from what this girlfriend is saying, maybe to divert attention a way from her?


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TX - Former Westlake Hills officer enters guilty plea

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Another cop, and another short article. If this were someone from the average public, they'd write a book about them. You will also notice there is no photo of this man.  Why not?  So I've found and inserted the picture myself. Also, notice the title, it doesn't have the usual "online sex sting," "perv," "sex offender," etc. Because, they apparently don't want to bring attention to the story. Most people would see that title, and ignore it.

02/24/2009

A former Westlake Hills police officer has pleaded guilty to charges of online solicitation of a minor.

Former Officer Paul Kirksey was arrested in January 2008 after authorities say he e-mailed sexually explicit images to a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

The person was actually an undercover cyber crimes unit investigator with the Texas Attorney General's Office.

At the time of his arrest, Kirksey had been with the Westlake Hills Police Department for about three years.

Sentencing for Kirksey was underway. He faces from two to 20 years in prison.


TX - Internet Child-Protection Bill Raises Too Many Questions

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So if this law is passed, everywhere you go and everything you do online, will be saved and could possibly be used against you, for some reason, be it discrimination, etc.  Big Brother slowly inching their way into everyone's lives.

02/24/2009

By Mitch Wagner

Are you a child molester? I know I'm not. And yet U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (Contact) and Rep. Lamar Smith (Contact) apparently think that there's a pretty good chance we both are. They've introduced bills that would require Internet service providers to keep customer records for two years. The law presents all kinds of creepy potential for abuse, and I don't see any reason to believe that it will be a cost-effective way to reduce the problem of molestation.

The Texas Republicans last week jointly introduced the Internet Safety Act of 2009. The law sets a sentence of up to 20 years, plus fines, for financial transactions that facilitate child pornography, and fines and imprisonment of up to 10 years for ISPs facilitating child pornography.

So far, so good. There's no reason to believe that stiffer penalties will do anything to deter child molesters. If a little prison time and a lifetime of public stigma won't stop someone from committing a crime, a lot of prison time probably won't do anything, either. However, I certainly can't argue with putting child molesters in prison.

The problematic section of the law requires service providers to keep records for at least two years, identifying the people temporarily assigned network addresses.

One problem with the law is that it's sufficiently broad that it could include anyone providing a Wi-Fi hotspot -- even your neighborhood coffeeshop. The way the law is written, even private, residential hotspots might be required to keep these records. Got a Wi-Fi hotspot in your living room? You might be required to keep two years of records on how it's used.

Also, the law lacks specifics on what the penalty for failure to keep those records should be.

The proposed law comes as the government is trying to get Internet companies to limit the amount of data they retain. Now, Cornyn and Smith are trying to reverse that effort, in a dubious attempt to protect children.

The law is scary for Internet service providers -- it creates a threat of criminal liability for the provision of routine services such as e-mail. How long would Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) continue to provide free e-mail service if they knew their executives could go to jail for failing to keep adequate records?

Smith's explanation of the justification for the law seems facile. In an op/ed in the Dallas Morning News, he writes: "How many times have we seen TV detectives seek call logs of a suspect in order to determine who he has been talking to? What if the telephone companies simply said to the detectives, 'Sorry, we get rid of that information after 24 hours?'"
- My question is, why do they keep the information for ANY length of time?  It's an invasion of privacy!

We ought not to be basing criminal law based on what we see on television. We ought to base it on assessment of risks in real life, not on TV.

Moreover, existing law already includes provisions that allow the police to get access to information from ISPs, said Sidney Rosenzweig, visiting fellow at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a think tank that studies digital policy.

Current government regulations do not require ISPs to retain data about subscribers except on a case-by-case basis, Rosenzweig said.

"Instead, the government can send a letter to an ISP to tell them to retain the information for 90 days," he said. "This buys the government enough time to get a subpoena or a warrant. ISPs are not currently required to retain information unless they are actually requested to do so by the government."

How widespread is child predation online? Smith doesn't say. He cites a three-year-old case that resulted in 27 arrests worldwide, and another case involving a two-year-old girl where the predator wasn't caught after the Internet service provider purged the record. But here's what Smith isn't saying: The 27 arrests occurred without his new law. And he doesn't cite any reason to believe that the ISP records would have helped arrest the predator of that two-year-old girl.

Smith said in a statement that law enforcement officials have received reports of 600,000 images of graphic child pornography online, but only 2,100 of these children have been identified and rescued. What's the source of these figures? Again, Smith doesn't say.
- IMO, this is just more fear-mongering, statistics pulled from thin air, so they can scare everyone into accepting them policing the Internet, and let Big Brother into our lives even more.  Again, where are the FACTS to back up this claim?  They never say, and for good reason, IMO!

Trading child porn over the Internet is an awful crime -- but if the best Smith can come up with is a three-year-old case involving 27 people -- out of all the billions of people who use the Internet -- that suggests that this is a rare crime, one where imposing new regulatory requirements on the Internet service industry is unwarranted.

As for those 600,000 images: Are those images of 600,000 separate children, or multiple pictures of the same child? And how, precisely, would tracking IP addresses of people accessing the Internet help catch the children? If a pervert downloads child pornography, that doesn't mean he knows, or is likely to know, any information that would help rescue the child portrayed in the image, any more than a person downloading legal, adult porn knows the real names of the models, photographers, or where the photos were taken.

Similarly, Conryn cites as evidence of the need for the law the fact that 90,000 sex offenders were kicked off MySpace earlier this month. But how many of those sex offenders were convicted of crimes involving children? And how many of those sex offenders were using MySpace to troll for victims, as opposed to keeping up with music and friends and other lawful MySpace uses?

Still, even if the law is imperfect, shouldn't we pass it? Even if it saves one child, isn't it worthwhile?

No.

The law would create massive databases of private information, and from what we've seen in data leaks of credit card information, financial information, and medical records, any massive database of private information has the potential for abuse.

How, precisely, will knowing that a particular user connected to the Internet at an particular time help catch sex predators? As far as I can see, sex predators get found either when responding to a government sting, or when a computer service person finds a stash of porn on the predator's hard disk.

The bill would put additional expenses on the backs of ISPs to store and manage customer records.

And, finally: It's a red herring. It distracts us, as a society, from the more significant risks posed to children.

Danah Boyd, a researcher at Microsoft Research New England, blogged about this eloquently when the MySpace news came out a couple of weeks ago. Rather than doing needle-in-the-haystack searches of Internet users to catch child predators after they strike, it's better to stop the crimes in the first place, by helping children stop engaging in dangerous, self-destructive behavior, on the Internet and in real life, says Boyd, a Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Boyd wrote her doctoral dissertation on how youth use social media. She finds that kids who are preyed on by adults aren't tricked or forced into it. The kids seek out inappropriate and dangerous situations knowingly, because they're psychically wounded. Help the kids, and predators lose their supply of victims.
- And they do not mention this study, done by the team of AG's hired by them, and many other organizations, which show this is blown out of proportion, and most children are solicited by peers, not strange adults!

She asks, "Why are we so obsessed with the registered sex offender side of the puzzle when the troubled kids are right in front of us? Why are we so obsessed with the Internet side of the puzzle when so many more kids are abused in their own homes? I feel like this whole conversation has turned into a distraction. Money and time is being spent focusing on the things that people fear rather than the very real and known risks that kids face. This breaks my heart."


WA - Man in protective custody unit hangs himself with bedsheet

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02/24/2009

By THE NEWS TRIBUNE

A 52-year-old Centralia man died after hanging himself with a bedsheet Saturday night in the Lewis County Jail.

He hanged himself sometime between 5:40 and 6:18 p.m. Saturday night, said Lewis County Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.

The man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man had been in the jail’s protective custody unit, Brown said.

“Usually that means they’re there for a reason, that there’s been something that’s caused them to be put in a safe location,” Brown said.

Prisoners in the unit are subjected to routine checks, she said.

The man, whose name has not been released, had been returned to the Lewis County Jail during a legal appeal. He was a registered sex offender from a 2001 child molestation case, Brown said.

This is the second suicide in the Lewis County Jail in a year.

On April 15, 2008, _____, 39, was found hanging from a bed sheet during a routine check of his single-person cell.

That 2008 case was believed to be the first suicide in the Lewis County Jail in 20 years, with the last suicide reported on April 14, 1988.


DC - Feds rescue suspected teen prostitutes in sweep


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PA - Man convicted of killing step-grandfather

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I know nothing about this case, except what is below, but I can see it now, someone ticks someone off, they kill them, then say they sexually abused them as a child to attempt to justify the cold-blooded murder.

02/20/2009

By Daniel Malloy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An Allegheny County jury convicted a Forward man of first-degree murder this afternoon in the killing of his step-grandfather.

Timothy Large Jr., 31, was acquitted of burglary but also convicted of theft, receiving stolen property, access device fraud and abuse of a corpse.

Mr. Large, who was expressionless as the verdict was read, will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison May 27.

This morning, defense attorney Veronica Brestensky, of the Office of Conflict Counsel, asked jurors to convict Mr. Large of voluntary manslaughter -- and not a more serious murder charge -- because he killed 71-year-old _____ in a fit of passion.


Mr. Large testified that he had been sexually abused by Mr. _____ as a child, and he accused Mr. _____ of abusing his grandmother and sister as well. When Mr. Large went to Mr. _____'s Elizabeth Township home the night of Dec. 7, 2007, he testified, Mr. _____ made a sexual advance and slapped Mr. Large when he turned him down.
"It's not self-defense, but at that particular time, everything welled up and he lost control," Ms. Brestensky said.

In her closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Julie Capone argued for first-degree murder, saying that Mr. Large broke into Mr. _____'s home with the intention of stealing his truck. When Mr. _____ caught him, she said, Mr. Large decided to kill him.

Mr. _____'s corpse was found more than a month later in Bedford County, after Mr. Large finally revealed its location. Mr. _____ had been struck twice with a hammer and shot twice with a rifle.

Mr. Large never had mentioned sexual abuse in interviews with police, Ms. Capone said.

"I find it offensive and insulting," she said. "He's murdered him in cold blood and now he's going to say he's a molester on top of everything else. . . . He's a liar."


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TX - Former cop ‘guilty’ in child porn case

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02/24/2009

By George Hatt - Highland Lakes Newspapers

A former Sunrise Beach police officer pleaded guilty to five counts of online solicitation of a minor Monday at the Llano County Courthouse Monday and a jury was formed Monday afternoon to decide his punishment.

Paul LaFayette Kirksey, 36, was caught up in an online sting operation in November and December 2007 conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and arrested in January 2008.

Kirksey was serving on the Westlake Hills Police Department when he was arrested.

Investigators with the attorney general’s office set up a fake screen name on an online chat service.

The assumed persona was that of a 13-year-old girl; the man speaking for her online was Sgt. Paul Horn, an undercover investigator for the attorney general’s office.

Sgt. Horn opened up the sentencing phase of the trial, detailing Kirksey’s computer conversation with him when Kirksey believed he was the underage girl.

The conversation often turned suggestive, at one point with Kirksey saying, “I don’t know if this is worth losing my career over and going to prison. You could be one of those people from the AG’s office,” Horn said Kirksey wrote.

Over the course of two months, Kirksey sent suggestive online messages to the fabricated persona; over the course of several weeks, the messages became more and more graphic and culminated in Kirksey sending nude pictures of himself.

Attorneys for the state and defense questioned a pool of 100 potential jurors during the jury selection process.

Eddie Shell, who is defending Kirksey, asked the jury pool if they understood the implications of assigning his client probation, that he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and renew that registration every year.

By law, Kirksey will have to register as a sex offender wherever he lives, at places where he visits three times a month, and at any schools he may attend.

Assistant Attorney General Von Bunn is prosecuting the case for the state.

The jury heard testimony Monday afternoon; District Judge Dan Mills said that the trial should be concluded by Wednesday.

Online solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.


CT - $200G ordered for child porn victim

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02/24/2009

By Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT — A federal judge in Connecticut has ordered a man convicted of possessing child pornography to pay about $200,000 in restitution to a woman photographed as a child while being sexually abused.

Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton said his ruling Monday was the first criminal case in which someone convicted of possessing illegal images — but not creating them — is required to pay restitution.

The case involves _____, a British citizen who was sentenced in October to 78 months in prison for possessing and distributing nearly 2,000 photographs of child pornography. The Stonington resident was a vice president of New York-based Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drug maker.

Pictures of the victim as a child being subjected to sexual abuse turned up in _____’s collection, according to prosecutors.

“There is a feeling of revulsion about this type of conduct,” Eginton said, noting that _____ and his family were humiliated and his career was ruined.

Eginton added, “We’re dealing with a frontier here.” But he said judges have discretion with criminal restitution orders.

_____’s attorney, Jonathan J. Einhorn, said he would appeal the order, calling it unreasonable and predicting it would probably lead to similar claims by child pornography victims. He said his client had no contact with the woman, and defendants should only pay restitution to victims whose injuries they directly caused.

Einhorn also said the woman hadn’t proven she was one of those whose images turned up on _____’s computer, and those who actually participated in creating pornography in other cases were ordered to pay less restitution than his client.

But James Marsh, the woman’s attorney, said there is no distinction between those who produce the porn and what _____ did.

“The victim is a victim of sexual exploitation caused by this defendant,” Marsh said.

Marsh said he did not believe the ruling would necessarily lead to a flood of new claims. Victims are often reluctant to come forward or do not have the ability or awareness to pursue cases, he said.

Asked how his client is doing, he said, “She has a long road ahead of her.”

Einhorn said the parties were discussing a possible settlement for a lower figure to avoid an appeal.

The Justice Department in recent years has made a greater effort to identify victims whose images turn up in child pornography possession cases, Marsh said. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a database to help authorities identify victims.

“We think this is a terrific precedent,” said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “The photos stay out there forever. Every time they are downloaded, every time they are distributed, the victim in that image is revictimized.”

Allen said he hopes the ruling leads to more restitution orders and that they serve as deterrents to child pornography.

Prosecutors then notified the woman, now 19. The victim said she was eight or nine when she was subjected to sexual abuse by a relative for the purpose of producing child pornography that was requested by a pedophile in another state, according to court papers filed by prosecutors.

_____ was fired from his job in New London as Pfizer’s vice president and global patent director after his arrest in March 2008. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials caught him at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

Authorities said that from June 2006 to May 2007, _____ used Google’s now-defunct “Hello” program to exchange hundreds of images of child pornography and to engage in online “chats” about the sexual molestation of children.

Prosecutors said he posed online as a 28-year-old woman nicknamed “Suzibibaby” while trading the images, many of which included prepubescent and pubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adults and other minors.


Treatment and Reentry Practices for Sex Offenders: An Overview of States

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Vera Institute

09/2008

Highlights
Over the past 15 years, the response of the criminal justice system to people who have been convicted of a sex offense has become increasingly punitive, relying heavily on incarceration. Yet, a consequent increase in criminal justice costs has led some states to reconsider their response to sex offenders. Concerns about public safety and the protection of victims remain the primary focus, but many states have also invested in treatment and reentry programs as alternatives to incarceration for some people.

Although the content and structure of treatment and reentry programs vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another, few if any resources provide criminal justice officials and policymakers an overview of these programs or a comparative assessment of their effectiveness. This report attempts to address these issues by providing an overview and analysis of existing treatment and reentry practices for sex offenders who are involved with the criminal justice system. It focuses, specifically, on four broad areas of practice: treatment in prison, treatment under community supervision, reentry programming, and community supervision. Interviews with state officials and treatment providers from 37 states that responded to our survey revealed several findings:

  • In both prison and community settings, the treatment of sex offenders is generally grounded in evidence-based practices, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy. In general, treatment is much more available in the community than in institutional settings.
  • In most of the participating states, community based treatment for sex offenders is supported, at least in part, by collecting fees from those in treatment—a circumstance that may limit access to these programs.
  • Standardized risk assessment tools such as the STATIC-99 are now widely used nationally in both prison- and community-based treatment programs. Needs assessment tools, especially the ACUTE, are becoming more prevalent in community supervision.
  • No reentry initiatives were found that specifically target sex offenders. Although eligible for general reentry programming in most states, people convicted of a sexual offense have few, if any, options for reentry programming that addresses their unique needs.
  • Correctional institutions and community supervision agencies in most states share information about the case histories and treatment plans of sex offenders who are returning to the community from prison. Research suggests that this type of inter-agency communication can help reduce recidivism.
  • In general, community supervision agencies manage risk and provide services. Research suggests that this is an effective approach to reducing recidivism.
  • A limited number of states are conducting research on their own treatment, reentry, and supervision initiatives. Almost no studies have examined these programs from a cost-benefit perspective.