Thursday, March 19, 2009

DE - Woman arrested for sex with teens

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LAUREL (WPVI) -- Delaware state police say they've arrested a 27-year-old Laurel, Delaware woman for several sexual assault charges after she engaged in sex acts with three different teenage boys.

The investigation into Angela Groesbeck began when, authorities say, the mother of a 15-year-old boy looked at her son's MySpace account and discovered a conversation that indicated he was sexually involved with an older woman, with the screen name "I LOVE MY SHAWTY."

Police say the mother learned that Groesbeck was a neighbor of the teen's father, who also lived in Laurel.

After interviewing the teen, police say they learned he knew Groesbeck from visiting his father's home in Laurel Village, and discovered the pair had sexual relations on February 28, 2009 at Groesbeck's home.

Groesbeck was arrested on March 13th.

As the investigation continued, police say they discovered that Groesbeck also had sexual relations with two other juveniles.

In this case, detectives learned she engaged in elicit sexual conduct with two 14-year-old Laurel boys on several occasions between March 21, 2008 and February 28, 2009. All of these occurred at her home on Ponderosa Avenue.

Because of the investigation, Groesbeck was charged with five counts of Rape Third Degree and eight counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact Second Degree. She remains incarcerated at the Correctional Center in lieu of a $40,000 secured bond.

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The Teen Rape Double Standard

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By Constantino Diaz-Duran

After a 17-year-old boy had sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend, he was charged with a felony for statutory rape. When a 17-year-old girl in the same town commited the same crime, she was charged with far less. Was the boy the victim of gender bias?

Alan Jepsen was playing videogames at his home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, when the cops came knocking on his door. He was handcuffed in front of his sister and thrown in jail. In the words of his attorney, Jeffrey Purnell, “This child, this 17-year-old high-school kid, had to spend a week in jail—they locked him up and they put him in jail with grown-ups.”

His crime: Having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend. And, perhaps, being a boy.

The day after Alan's arrest, Sheboygan authorities arrested Norma Guthrie, also 17, for having sex with her 14-year-old boyfriend. Norma, however, did not have to spend a single day in jail. She was released immediately, on signature bond, while Alan was held on a $1,000 cash bond, which his family could not afford. Sheboygan County Assistant District Attorney Jim Haasch is handling both cases.

The disparity in the punishment of these 17-year-olds, both accused of having sex with the 14-year-olds they were dating, goes much deeper. Haasch charged Alan with a Class C felony, which, according to court records obtained by The Daily Beast, carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years. Norma, on the other hand, was charged only with a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of nine months in jail.

The cases caught the attention of the local press, generating a heated debate over whether Alan is being given harsher treatment simply because he is a boy. “After all,” said Purnell, “this isn’t one district attorney in Tennessee and one in New York deciding how to charge these cases. This wasn’t even one district attorney in one county in Wisconsin and another county in Wisconsin. No, this was the same guy who charged these two cases.”

The district attorney’s office refused to comment, but experts say it would not be far-fetched to assume that Alan has been the victim of bias. According to Dr. Marty Klein, author of America’s War on Sex, “the double standard is not unusual. It is unusual to find such an extraordinarily clear example of it, but the philosophy behind the phenomenon is very common.”

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a 14-year-old high-school freshman accused of statutory rape was the victim of gender discrimination in a case involving him and three girls with whom he had been sexually active. Two of the girls were 12, and one was 11.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall pointed out that even though both the boy and girls involved were under the age of consent, “the boy was the only child charged with statutory rape, or any offense, as a result of the incidents alleged, and he was the only male among the four children.” Furthermore, she added, “the district attorney affirmatively declined to bring charges against the female children where the facts described by the girls could be viewed as contravening those same laws by them.”

While Suzanne Goldberg, who teaches sexuality and gender law at Columbia Law School, acknowledged that “every case has to be dealt with individually,” she said she believes “a state would be inclined to punish young men more harshly than young women because young men are often seen as aggressors in adolescent sexual contact.”

According to Dr. Klein, however, the double standard emerged from the historical treatment of women as the property of men. “Women were not considered to be sexually autonomous beings,” he said. “Their sexuality was never considered to be a weapon. It was never considered that it could damage somebody else’s property. But men have the ability to damage another man’s property with their sexuality by violating their daughter or by violating their wife. So just bring that system of thinking forward into the present day and you get 17-year-old boys that are still considered to have the potential of damaging something with their sexuality, while it’s much harder for people to imagine a 17-year-old girl causing harm with her sexuality.”

That seems to be what District Attorney Haasch had in mind when he charged Alan and Norma. There is nothing in the record to explain why Alan should be treated so severely. The difference in age between Norma and her boyfriend, for example, is actually greater than that between Alan and his girlfriend. Although both perpetrators were 17 and both victims 14 at the time of the alleged abuse, Norma is two years and 11 months older than her boyfriend, whereas Alan is two years and four months older than his girlfriend. Court records also show that Alan admitted to having had sex with his girlfriend “two or three times,” while Norma said she and her boyfriend had sex “somewhere between 10 and 15 times, but she was not exactly sure.”

Alan’s 19 year-old sister, Kathy Jepsen, has a simple explanation for the charges. “It’s bullshit [is] what it really comes to,” she said in an email, adding that “our court system is messed up in Sheboygan.” Asked if she believes young men deserve harsher punishment, she responded: “No, I don’t believe that; we should all take responsibility for what we do, whether you’re a boy or girl. We are all human, but where the law is concerned we are not equal. They should change that.”

According to Kathy, Alan's girlfriend told him she was 16. The criminal complaint against Alan confirms this, and reveals that his girlfriend lied to the police, as well. She was at Alan and Kathy’s apartment at the time of the arrest, and told the officers twice that she was 16. One of them “then advised [his girlfriend] that if she was not truthful with the officer, she possibly would be arrested for obstructing if she lied about her age, at which point [his girlfriend] looked down at her feet, looked back at the officer, and said she was 14. Immediately when the defendant [Alan] learned of this, his body tensed up and he got a scowl on his face.”

At that point, said Kathy, “I was pissed off and wanted to hit her, but there were three cops in my apartment, so I couldn’t.”

Kathy’s anger is understandable. “This issue has embarrassed our family,” she said. “I mean, how can you give somebody your name, or face your co-workers? People look at you different.”

Purnell shares her frustration, and points out that the root of the problem is not the double standard, but the fact that Alan or Norma could be prosecuted to begin with. “These are kids,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. Lawmakers criminalize common behavior among children, and it’s frustrating, really.”

Dr. Klein agrees. “What is fundamentally not fair,” he said, “is treating consensual sex between teenagers as a crime in the first place. Once you criminalize sex between teenagers, then it’s only a matter of how much harm you’re going to cause; how much destruction you’re going to bring into people’s lives. In the case of the 17-year-old girl, you’re bringing in a small amount of destruction into her life. In the case of the 17-year-old boy, you’re bringing a lot of destruction into his life.”

Alan has not yet been convicted, and his lawyer is negotiating a plea agreement. In the meantime, as Norma and other 17-year-olds look forward to finishing high school, Alan is left wondering if he will be able to come back for his senior year. He might be in prison by then.

Constantino Diaz-Duran is a writer living in Manhattan. He has written for the New York Post, the Washington Blade, El Diario NY and the Orange County Register.

How cold and heartless does society get before it wakes up?

Look Who's Running the Country!

Not sex offender related, but shows the idiots who are "running" this country! Is this really that important? Come on, I think we have other issues more important than some football team winning a championship!

Scientists Find Skeleton Of Nature's First Sexual Predator

KY - Charity scraps idea for sex offender home in Kentucky

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By JEFFREY McMURRAY - Associated Press Writer

LEXINGTON - A Catholic charity in Kentucky faced an uproar over its efforts to buy a home for four registered sex offenders, continuing what supporters say is a never-ending cycle for low-income offenders trying to get their lives back on track.

Members of the Catholic Action Center said they expected to hear fears and objections from the community when they held a forum at a Baptist church in January on their carefully planned purchase. They didn't expect to hear death threats.
- So is the police doing their job, and investigating the death threats?  This is a crime, and those who made these threats, should be prosecuted!

The residents' extreme reaction has scuttled the center's plan and left its leader wondering if there's anywhere to house the paroled pariahs.

The outrage over the plan in Lexington and a similar case in New Hampshire - where a church pastor infuriated neighbors by taking in a convicted child killer released from prison - show the struggles that Christian charities or individuals face in trying to reach some of society's untouchables.

The charity was well within the law: The property was more than 1,000 feet from a school or daycare, and police were notified days in advance. Officials even scheduled a courtesy meeting to assure neighbors that the men had to follow strict rules - drug testing, counseling and a 6 p.m. curfew. That meeting is where the plan fell apart, as neighbors voted unanimously against it.

"If we let this happen, how many more houses are going to be bought up by do-gooders and churches?" neighborhood resident Ed Clark said. "It's going to be a breeding ground for sex offenders."

The most compelling speech came from Carrie Nutter, a mother of three who erupted in tears as she told of being raped by a family member as a child. The Associated Press does not generally identify victims of sexual assault, but Nutter later agreed to be interviewed.

"It is like what I lived 18 years ago just smacked me in the face," Nutter said. "I know what I'm capable of doing if somebody did something to my children."

Others at the meeting were even more explicit, and charity co-founder Ginny Ramsey said anonymous phone calls warned of extreme violence if the house was bought.

The next day, the center scrapped the plans and quietly started looking for new arrangements for the jobless and homeless ex-convicts.

"You don't move people into a place where they say they have to kill sex offenders," Ramsey said. "They have to be willing to go forth with the process."

One of the men who would have moved into the Lexington home is _____, who served 10 years in prison for a rape he says he didn't commit. He constantly moved and stayed in a hotel at the charity's expense for several weeks until Ramsey helped him find a home in another neighborhood.

As new schools or child care centers pop up, his low-income housing options dwindle because of a Kentucky law that took effect in 2006 prohibiting sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of them. Even a homeless shelter where he lived was deemed off-limits when law enforcement determined it was too close to a YMCA.

_____ said it seems sex offenders never get to live down their offenses while other criminals can.

"What if you've got a murderer living next door you don't know, or somebody who likes to rob places?" _____ said. "It doesn't make it right to be picking on one certain group of people. They need to examine the cases a little more closely."

Ernie Allen, a Louisville native and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said sex offenders pose a "psychological threat" to communities because they have a higher risk of recidivism.
- Ernie Allen has been listening to too many lies.  Sex offenders have the LOWEST recidivism rates, and there is many studies that prove this, but, he has a business to keep and maintain, so of course he's going to lie to keep his business going.

"Putting four offenders in one facility is akin to putting a community correctional facility in the neighborhood," Allen said. "There aren't too many people who are going to be enthusiastic about that."

Later this month, a task force featuring former judges and attorneys will meet in Lexington to discuss the next step.

Rebecca DiLoreto, an attorney on that panel, said neighbors must be part of the process even if they complain. She said similar tensions eased in Louisville and Owensboro when Department of Corrections officials organized a system for members of the community to regularly check on the sex offenders.

Lawmakers should also reconsider restrictive housing laws, DiLoreto said.

"It was an easy thing to be as harsh as possible because that wins you points in the political arena, without thinking about the consequences," DiLoreto said.

While Ramsey said she has an open mind, she has no interest in moving any sex offender into the neighborhood that sparked the outcry. She decided not to buy the home at all, even for a different charitable purpose.

"Anybody we put in there would still be suspect by the neighbors," Ramsey said.

Dan Bishop, pastor of the Baptist church where the community meeting in Lexington was held, said he is relieved.

While he said the issue presents a delicate balance between giving people a second chance and keeping neighborhoods safe, he ultimately agreed the men shouldn't be allowed in the neighborhood. He even proposed accelerating plans for a new school at the church to legally block them.

Still, he acknowledges they have to live somewhere.
- OK, then where?  No matter where they go, the mob will come out and raise hell, because they've been fed lies for so long, they believe them as truth now.

"There is a solution for every problem," Bishop said. "We just don't know what the solution for this is yet."

IN - Porn Sting Goes To The Dogs

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Attempt to ensnare boyfriend comes back to bite Indiana woman

Meet Michelle Owen. Concerned that an ex-boyfriend had used her laptop to search for child pornography, the Indiana woman asked police to search the computer for illegal images, but had her plan backfire when cops discovered two videos of her engaged in illicit acts with a dog. Owen, 24, was charged last week with two felony bestiality counts in connection with the video files, which a detective found in the laptop's "recycle bin." At the time Owen asked cops to search the computer, she was locked up in the Johnson County Jail on a public intoxication charge (which violated the terms of her release in a prior drunk driving case). According to a police affidavit, a copy of which you'll find here (See link above), a cop told Owen that he had found videos of her on the laptop and asked if she "knew what those files might be." Owen, pictured in the below mug shot, replied, "The one with the dog." Cops believe that the dog in question, Toby, is a beagle. After asking if she was "going to be charged with this," Owen said that the videos "were just something she did when she was drunk and barely remembers it," adding that she tried to "delete them the next day when she was sober.