Tuesday, June 9, 2009

IL - Smithton officer not charged for alleged affair with 16-year-old

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06/06/2009

By BETH HUNDSDORFER

Investigated by State Police for alleged relationship

A Smithton officer investigated by Illinois State Police for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl did not face criminal charges because the victim's father agreed to let the city discipline him, but that never happened.

The city did not discipline the officer because he wasn't charged.

The investigation report was recently released by the Illinois State Police to the Belleville News-Democrat under the Freedom of Information Act. The request was initially denied, but an appeal was later approved by ISP Director Jonathan Monken, a 29-year-old former Army captain and Iraq war veteran who took over the State Police in March.

Requests for these and other investigation reports were routinely denied under former director Larry Trent.

The investigation into the Smithton officer began in June 2007. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave while detectives conducted the investigation.

"We decided to wait until the investigation was completed, to wait for the outcome," said Carmen Durso, village attorney.

Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit investigation revealed the 16-year-old's father would not allow her to be interviewed by investigators and did not want to press charges. During the interview, the girl's father told investigators that he believes what took place between his daughter and (the officer) is a private family matter, and that his daughter was a willing participant.

The father also told investigators that if the criminal investigation was stopped, he would call the Smithton police chief and make an appointment to file an administrative complaint.

Two months earlier, Investigators Jo Kasheimer and Kenneth Mahan interviewed the officer, who signed the Miranda form, then asked for his lawyer.

The interview lasted 25 minutes.

Smithton Police Chief Brian Vielweber also did not return calls for comment.

"The Illinois State Police were asked to conduct an investigation, but declined to issue charges," Durso said. "As far as we were concerned, that was the end of the issue."

The officer, who has a relative who is a village trustee, continues to work for the Smithton Police Department, Durso said.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


HI - New Law Makes Texts, Online Harassment Illegal

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06/09/2009

Violators Face 1 Year In Prison, $2,000 Fine

HONOLULU -- Gov. Linda Lingle signed a new law on Tuesday that makes it illegal to electronically harass or stalk someone using text messages or social networking Web sites.

Chelsea Clement and Keona Cross, both 16, told KITV their stories about being cyber bullied by other girls via cell phone and online.

"And they'll just call and harass you and say that 'We want to beat you up' and stuff," Clement said.

"It's just catfights and 'I saw you with him' or something like that. It's just really pathetic things that I can't even believe people take the time to send," Cross said.

The teens said their friends have been the targets of cyber-stalking by teenage boys.

"You break up with a guy, so it's your ex and he'll always constantly call you, or you're going out with someone and they're overprotective and they'll do bad things through text and MySpace," Clement said.

The new law means people who send harassing messages via social networking sites like Facebook, or by text messaging can be sentenced to as much as one year in prison and face a $2,000 fine.

"I think it will make teenagers especially feel a lot more safe," Cross said.

Previously, Hawaii's harassment and anti-stalker laws applied to the telephone, fax machines or to e-mails. The new law takes into account new technology.

Domestic violence activists hailed the passage of the new law.

"If a victim is being harassed or stalked by her abuser in this way, she now get the court's protection and the court can give the abuser instructions about what he can no longer do," Domestic Violence Clearinghouse Executive Director Nanci Kreidman said.

Law enforcement officials estimate electronic communications are involved in anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of stalking cases.

Hawaii now joins 45 other states that have similar anti-electronic harassment and stalking laws on the books.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


IN - Jeff sex offender law takes court hit

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06/09/2009

A Jeffersonville ordinance banning sex offenders from city parks was used unconstitutionally when a man who was no longer required to register as one was blocked from watching his son play baseball, an Indiana Court of Appeals panel ruled today.

The 2-1 ruling by the panel said the 2006 ordinance excessively punished _____, a Clarskville resident who wanted to watch his son play in Jeffersonville’s Little League Ballpark.

_____ asked for permission to go to the park more than 10 years after his sexual battery conviction and after his requirement to be listed on the Indiana sex offender registry expired in 2006.

The panel’s ruling applies only to _____, who could not be reached for comment. But Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana and _____’s lawyer, said the City Council should repeal the ordinance.

The city has 30 days to ask the full Court of Appeals to reconsider the ruling or to ask the Indiana Supreme Court to consider the case.

Keith Fetz, the city councilman who proposed the ordinance, said he found the ruling “frustrating.” The U.S. Supreme Court has said a city can take special steps to protect the public from sex offenders because of their high rate of recidivism, he said.
- But the "high rate of recidivism" is a lie.  If you would read the many studies out there, instead of relying on other sound-bites, you would know that.  But, it's not about knowing the truth, is it?

_____ was convicted of sexual battery in 1996 and was sentenced to three years in prison, with two years of the sentence suspended. The offense involved a minor, who _____ claimed had lied about her age, but did not occur in a city park.

In 2007 and again in 2008, _____ asked the Jeffersonville City Court to give him an exemption from the city’s ordinance. He was denied both times.

The exemption provision had been added to an earlier version of the ordinance to give sex offenders an appeal process that would allow them to watch close relatives play sports in city parks if a judge ruled there was good cause, based largely on their behavior since their convictions. The council believed that allowing such exemptions would show “due process” and help the ordinance withstand legal challenges.

At _____’s first hearing, City Court Judge Scott Lewis said he failed to obtain all the documentation of counseling, probation records and other details required under the ordinance to obtain an exemption.

Last year, after _____ acknowledged at a hearing that he had faced other charges since his 1996 conviction, including domestic battery and battery to which he pleaded guilty, the exemption request was again denied.

In November, Clark County Superior Court Judge Vicki Carmichael upheld the constitutionality of the Jeffersonville ordinance in a lawsuit filed by _____. That ruling is what the Court of Appeals panel overturned today.

I wasn’t surprised,” said City Council lawyer Larry Wilder. He said recent Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals rulings have raised questions about the constitutionality of sex offender ordinances like Jeffersonville’s.

Wilder said he would review the Court of Appeals ruling with the council on Monday. He said it may be possible to base an appeal on the one dissenting panel vote, or it could make sense to rewrite the ordinance to exclude situations like _____’s.

Fetz said he favors an appeal “if there is a way to appeal it.”

If not, he said, he’s determined to find a way to amend the ordinance so it still protects the public.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


WA - Sex offender registers at new address

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06/09/2009

A devil-worshipping sex offender who recently moved to Spokane from Texas has registered at a new address.
- What does a persons religion have to do with who they are? This is discrimination!

_____ “Triple 6” _____, 61, is living at the _____, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He’s not under supervision and is not wanted by police.

He’s classified as a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend, and is required to check in with authorities quarterly now that he has a permanent address.

_____ has convictions for rape, kidnapping and pimping that date back to the ’60s, and he spent nine years in a federal prison for charges related to kidnapping a teenage girl and pimping her at truck stops across the country in 1995, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He uses a wheelchair but has some mobility in his legs, detectives said.

_____ denied any sexual abuse, also saying he’s a proud Satanist.

I just want to be left alone,” _____ said. “I’m just out doing my own thing, and it don’t have anything to do with no teenagers or no kids, or anything illegal.”


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


FL - 77 Suspects Arrested on Child Pornography Charges in Florida, 5 Young Victims Rescued

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Boy, they sure are pounding the news sites over this bust!

So this is good news.  But, you will notice, out of 77 people, 2 were registered sex offenders.  So it sure does kill the notion of sex offenders having a high recidivism rate.  It shows that those who are more of a danger to society, are those not caught or convicted yet, not those who are registered already.  Also, were these children rescued from child porn being made of them, or just from being in the home of these people?  Some may have their own children, who may or may not be abused.  Also, notice they mention elections, so this is probably more grandstanding to get the votes they need to be voted into office.

06/09/2009

TALLAHASSEE - State, local and federal authorities have arrested 77 suspects on child pornography charges and rescued five young victims.

Gov. Charlie Crist (Email) announced the 10-week crackdown Tuesday at a news conference with "America's Most Wanted" TV host John Walsh and Attorney General Bill McCollum.
- Yep, got to get into the spot light, to make myself look better!

The suspects range in age from 17 to 83 and include two registered sex offenders. The last person was arrested Tuesday in Tallahassee.

Walsh called the crackdown "historic" and heaped praise on Crist and McCollum, saying he hoped both Republicans will win their next political races.

Crist is running for U.S. senator and McCollum for governor.
- Got to get those brownie points in, so the sheeple vote for them again.  Politics as usual!

Check out the boasting!





"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


HR-2674 - Protecting America's Children Act of 2009

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I feel, with the advice of someone else, that this is just another way to get the state to submit and implement the Adam Walsh Act. It's a stunt to get what they want, IMO. Think about it. The Adam Walsh Act already does this, and this man is proposing another law to do the same? It's all politics!

06/03/2009

HR 2674 IH
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2674

To protect children from sex offenders.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 3, 2009

Mr. POE of Texas (for himself, Mr. GALLEGLY, and Mr. CARTER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To protect children from sex offenders.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Protecting America’s Children Act of 2009’.

SEC. 2. BYRNE GRANT FUNDING CONDITIONED ON CERTIFICATION OF CERTAIN PRE-TRIAL RELEASE PROTECTIONS.
(a) Limitation on Funding-
(1) BYRNE GRANTS RESTRICTED- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Attorney General shall not provide any funds authorized under subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.) (whether characterized as the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Programs, the Local Government Law Enforcement Block Grants Program, or otherwise) to any State or unit of local government for any fiscal year for which the State or unit of local government, respectively, fails to meet the requirement under subsection (b).
(2) REALLOCATION- Amounts not allocated under subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.) to a State or unit of local government for failure to meet the requirement under subsection (b) shall be reallocated under that subpart to States and units of local government that have not failed to meet such requirement.
(b) Requirement To Provide Certification of Pre-Trial Release Protections- For purposes of subsection (a)(1), the chief executive officer of a State or unit of local government shall submit to the Attorney General for a fiscal year a certification, in accordance with such form, manner, and time as specified by the Attorney General, that the laws of the State or unit of local government, respectively, provide adequate protection against the pre-trial release of individuals described in subsection (c)(1). For purposes of the previous sentence, in order to demonstrate adequate protection the certification must provide that the laws of the State or unit of local government, respectively, provide for at least the measures described in subsection (c).
(c) Pre-Trial Release Measures Described- For purposes of subsection (b), the measures described in this subsection, with respect to a State or unit of local government, are the following:
(1) A measure that authorizes an appropriate judicial officer of the State or unit of local government, respectively, to conduct a pre-trial detention hearing with respect to any individual--
(A) who at the time of the hearing is charged with a State or local offense for conduct that, if the conduct had occurred in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States would constitute an offense under section 1201, 2241, 2243, or 2245, or chapter 109B or 110, of title 18, United States Code; and
(B) who poses a serious risk (as determined by such judicial officer) of--
(i) fleeing;
(ii) obstructing justice or attempting to obstruct justice; or
(iii) threatening, injuring, intimidating, or attempting to threaten, injure, or intimidate a potential witness, judge, magistrate, or juror involved.
(2) A measure that provides that an individual described in paragraph (1) shall be detained prior to trial for the period beginning at presentment and ending on either the last day of the pre-trial detention hearing involved or the last day of any continuance period, whichever is later.
(d) Effective Date; Transition- Subsection (a) shall apply to funds authorized under subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.) for the first fiscal year beginning after two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, and for each subsequent fiscal year. To be eligible for any funds authorized under such subpart for a fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act and before such first fiscal year, a State or unit of local government shall submit to the Attorney General a certification that the State or unit of local government, respectively, has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the State or unit of local government, respectively, will meet the requirement under subsection (a)(1) by the first day of such first fiscal year.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


LA - Paranoid Police Defamed Him, Man Says

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And this could happen to you, and you can thank the media and politicians when it does.  So be warned, do not go near a school, park, playground or anywhere else children congregate, or you might be the next suspected sex offender from paranoid people!


06/09/2009

NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A man claims Terrebonne Parish and a Houma police officer warned school districts that he was "essentially a child predator" because the cop saw him resting after a 2-mile run on a public jogging path near a school.

Ronald Stuard, 47, says he took a break after a 2-mile run on a public jogging path near St. Gregory's School, where students were playing sports. Stuard says a teacher asked him what he was doing and though he told her "he was merely resting between running intervals on the public track, the teacher called police."

Stuard says Houma city police came and told him not to go there again. Then, he says, Houma police, including defendant Officer Angela Domangue, sent his photo, birth date and information about the car he drove to "several schools in the parish."

"The communication also indicated that Mr. Stuard had been 'watching school children outside.' It further indicated that if Mr. Stuard was seen near the recipient's school, he or she should contact the Houma Police Department," Stuard's complaint states. "The communications further indicated that the police department recognized that Mr. Stuard was not a registered sex offender, but that they wanted to 'keep the kids safe' and 'be in his face' if he was near a school."

"These actions by the defendants resulted in Ronald Stuard being named and published as essentially a child predator."

Stuard demands damages for defamation and privacy invasion. He is represented in Federal Court by R. Glenn Cater.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


Legislative Hearing June 9 on "Juvenile Justice Accountability and Improvement Act"

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06/08/2009

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will convene a hearing at 3:00 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141, to listen to testimony about sentences of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP). Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, is included on the panel of witnesses and will urge Congress to eliminate sentences of JLWOP in the states and the federal system.

"The Sentencing Project opposes sentences of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) because they declare that young people are beyond reform. All other nations have devised strategies to hold youth accountable, promote public safety, and prioritize rehabilitation to limit recidivism without resorting to this extreme punishment," states Mauer in his written testimony. "We support legislation that acknowledges the critical differences between youth and adults and imposes age-appropriate sentences that protect public safety and gives a second chance to young people."

The following bill will be considered: H.R. 2289, the "Juvenile Justice and Accountability Improvement Act of 2009."

Witness List (Click name for Testimony)

James Fox
District Attorney, San Mateo County, CA

Marc Mauer
Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
Washington, DC

Bryan Stevenson
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Mark Osler
Former Prosecutor and Professor of Law, Baylor Law School

Linda White, PhD
Former Board Member of the Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation
Magnolia, TX

Anita Colon
Pennsylvania State Coordinator, National Campaign for Fair Sentencing for Children
Springfield, PA (Family Member of Individual Serving JLWOP, Pennsylvania)

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins
Co-Founder National Organization of Victims of "Juvenile Lifers"
Northfield, IL

READ TESTIMONY

READ HR 2289, THE JUVENILE JUSTICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND IMPROVEMENT ACT

READ THE SENTENCING PROJECT'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE PRIMER 2009


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


NH - ACLU wants to bow out of suit over sex-offender ordinance

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06/09/2009

By GAIL OBER

The lawyer for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union has asked a Merrimack County Superior Court judge to release her from representing a convicted sex offender who is challenging the city's sex-offender registration restrictions.

In a motion filed June 3, Barbara Keshen, the only staff attorney for the N.H.C.L.U., said her organization and _____ have had "a difference of opinion with respect to the goals of his lawsuit," which has led to an "irreconcilable difference with respect to strategy in this case."

It was in March when _____, currently incarcerated at the State Prison for failing to register as a sex offender in both Tilton and Northfield, filed suit against Police Chief David Goldstein and Mayor Kenneth Merrifield in an attempt to stop them in their official capacities from enforcing Franklin's Code 247, which prohibits a registered sex offender from living within 2,500 feet — or about one-half mile — from any school or other place where children gather.

_____ has been eligible for parole since January. But according to court documents, he has been unable to file an acceptable parole plan with his probation officer — one that includes an acceptable residence. His girlfriend and his three children live in an apartment at _____ — an apartment his girlfriend said was outside the proscribed area, according to MapQuest.

The city contends the apartment is within the proscribed area, which measures distance between boundary lines, and that it is too close to the Franklin High School on Central Street.

His suit claims the ordinance violates his right of due process because it "is so vast that it cannot be rationally related to any legitimate governmental objective" and that it violated the equal protection clause because it discriminates against one class of citizen — sex offenders. Singleton also said the "city is acting beyond its authority."

When reached for comment, Keshen said she couldn't say anything beyond what was stated in her motion to be relieved as counsel, but did say the N.H.C.L.U. was not charging _____ for their services. Keshen's motion said a second attorney, Richard Samdperil, also asked to be removed as counsel.

Keshen said should the court grant her wish, _____ could go forward as his own attorney or hire another lawyer to continue with the case.

Franklin Attorney Paul Fitzgerald said as of Monday, _____'s girlfriend still lives at _____ and he doesn't know why Keshen and Samdperil wish to be removed from the suit.

While Fitzgerald declined to comment on the specifics of _____'s suit, he said at some point he expects some person will challenge some community's sex offender ordinances to the point where the New Hampshire Supreme Court must rule.

"Then we would have some clear direction in the matter," he said.

Other state communities with sex-offender registration restrictions include the city of Dover, whose code is the model for Franklin's, Tilton's and Northfield's.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


FL - Close the camp

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The next concentration camp?

06/09/2009

OUR OPINION: The shantytown of sex offenders under the Julia Tuttle Causeway is fast becoming a public-safety and health crisis

The year: 2020.

The place: Under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Population: 500 homeless sex offenders living in a shantytown created with the help of state and local officials. There's an outbreak of tuberculosis in the camp, which the felons leave each day to work.

The pollution in the bay has worsened as make-shift toilets flush into the once turquoise waters.

Meanwhile, the courts are still trying to decide if state and local laws went too far.

It may seem like a far-fetched scenario -- 500 men, including a smattering of women, living in tents and rotting wooden cabins under a bridge that links cosmopolitan Miami to tourist mecca Miami Beach. But it's not. Just three years ago -- after the Miami-Dade Commission passed its ordinance barring convicted sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet from schools, parks and even bus stops -- there were only three sex offenders forced to live under the bridge. They could find no affordable housing anywhere else that met the 2,500-foot buffer.

Population swells

Today, there are almost 70 felons.

At that rate, South Florida could find itself with hundreds under the bridge in a few years -- and that includes Broward, where a couple dozen cities have buffers, too. The effort to protect children is fast becoming a public-safety and health crisis -- another pox South Florida does not deserve.

Who's to blame?

  • The Florida Legislature, which passed a 1,000-foot-buffer zone several years ago and then allowed cities and counties to go beyond that -- without making a distinction between true sexual predators and offenders who may have been convicted for other, lesser crimes, such as public exposure for urinating outdoors.
  • The state Department of Corrections, which has been sending felons with their ankle GPS tracking devices to live on a state-owned spit of sand under the bridge once they finish serving their prison sentences.
  • Local governments, which went too far with zones that are unworkable.

Buffer no protection

The American Civil Liberties Union (Email) is planning to file a lawsuit. Ronald L. Book, chairman of the Homeless Trust, now admits he was wrong to support the 2,500-foot buffer, and that a smaller buffer would still protect children and find a suitable place for felons to live without becoming a global embarrassment for South Florida.

Buffers are wrongly based on the premise that there's a relationship between residency and recidivism. But there's no evidence that's so. The Iowa County Attorneys Association, prosecutors dealing with a 2,000-foot buffer in Des Moines, noted in 2006 that a buffer ''does not provide the protection that was originally intended,'' and that it's too costly to enforce.

The prosecutors noted, too, that most sex crimes against children are committed by relatives -- not strangers in a park.

Children deserve every protection, and loitering restrictions in parks and school zones are one way to keep predators at bay. GPS devices are another way to ensure felons are not straying.

But state and local governments can't continue to dump people under a bridge and pretend this community is safer for it.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


CO - Bogus letter claims Aurora man is sex offender

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Sounds like the stuff Perverted-Justice does.  They send out anonymous letters like this.  This is what shows like TCAP and PJ do, they instill into people that vigilantism is ok, and people start doing stuff like this.  I am not saying either were involved, but it would not surprise me one bit!

06/09/2009

AURORA - The wording of a letter recently sent anonymously to people in one metro-area neighborhood would scare any parent. But the allegations made against Aurora Hills Middle School security officer Ray Hall are not true.

The letter claims a sexual predator is on the loose that neither the "City of Aurora nor the Schools want you to know" about.

It alleges that five victims have come forward claiming abuse.

"My stomach just kind of went, it just dropped," Hall said. "Every time you go outside you wonder are people thinking, 'Is this this kind of person?' because you know other people have read the letter."

Hall says letters were sent to his neighbors and the superintendent of Aurora Public Schools. The district and Aurora Police confirmed to 9NEWS that they have received no reports of abuse.

"Our investigators have found nothing to substantiate the allegations made in the letter," said Aurora Police Detective Shannon Lucy.

Hall's wife, Jan, who spoke to 9NEWS in April, says the letters have been hard on the family. 9NEWS has been investigating since.

"It kind of chokes me up. It gets you upset. When the second letter came last week I was pulling into the driveway and a neighbor said, 'Did you know there's a letter saying your husband is a sexual predator of children?'" Jan Hall said.

The letters were mailed to the Halls' neighbors. The envelopes show no return address.

Hall told 9Wants to Know that he thinks whoever wrote the letter knows him because the writer took shreds of truth from his life and twisted them into what he says are the lies in the letter.

"I was outside at dusk time, in a robe taking pictures of children," said Ray Hall as he described another of the allegations made against him in the letter.

Hall said he wasn't taking pictures of children. Instead he took pictures of the RV rental business he says his neighbor runs from the house.

9Wants to Know found out the city of Aurora subpoenaed Hall to testy against the neighbor in a zoning case.

Hall says he hopes the author is eventually caught.

"Whoever did this is trying to destroy someone's life. It's taken everything away that I am," Hall said.

Aurora Police are asking anyone who has information about the letter's author to give detectives a phone call.

Detectives say they have no official suspects.

"We do not have enough to charge anyone right now. If we do find out who did it, we'll charge them with harassment more likely than not through the municipal court," Lucy said.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


NJ - New Jersey Legislature Bicker About Sex Offender Laws

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Let the infighting begin! We seem to be good at that, in this country! State fighting federal government, counties fighting the state, Republicans fighting Democracts, the list goes on and on. United we stand, Divided we fall, and we are falling fast! Praise God!

06/09/2009

By MARY FUCHS

An Assembly committee approved a bill yesterday that would allow towns to prohibit released sex offenders from living near schools, child care centers and playgrounds.

The measure, which cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee, was in response to a recent state Supreme Court ruling that struck down more than 100 local ordinances limiting where sex offenders can live.

"The Supreme Court created a legal void that the Legislature now must attempt to fill," said Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer), one of the sponsors. "State law needs to be clear that towns can be empowered to enact ordinances that fit a standard model, make sense for their communities and will ultimately protect kids and give families peace of mind."

The court ruled the local laws were not needed because under Megan's Law, parole officers already limit where released sex offenders can live. The court also said lawmakers, not justices, are the ones who have the power to change the "stark language of Megan's Law" that bans towns from making their own rules.

The bill (A641) would authorize towns to prohibit sex offenders over 21 years old from living up to 500 feet from schools, child care centers or playgrounds. But opponents said it would prompt sex offenders to go underground.

"If you don't have a place to live in anymore, you're not going to register, that seems to be what happens," Public Defender Michael Buncher said. The measure, he said, would leave fewer places for sex offenders to reside and may prompt more sex offenders to live together.

Buncher said other states are starting to move away from such laws. He noted that Iowa recently amended a similar law because state prosecutors found fewer sex offenders were telling police where they lived, after being released from prison.

"They lost track of them. They didn't know where they were," Buncher said.

The complaint that prompted the state's highest court to rule on the issue had to do with a Richard Stockton College of New Jersey student who lived on campus but was violating Galloway Township's local law. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) said the age restriction included in the bill would allow minors who had been convicted of sex offenses as teenagers to attend college like other students.

"Without that amendment, this college student would not be able to live in the dorm," Gusciora said.

The state League of Municipalities opposed the bill, saying it could lead to more lawsuits that would further delay setting these stricter limits.

William Dressel, executive director for the league, said the measure could be challenged again because it would leave the decision up to individual towns rather than setting a statewide standard for where sex offenders can live. He said the Supreme Court's decision was based solely on whether local laws could preempt state law.

"It did not consider other constitutional questions," Dressel said. "Those questions would be subject matter for future litigation that could delay and invalidate future local residency restriction ordinances."

The measure cleared the committee, 6-0, and now moves to the full Assembly. An identical Senate version of the bill has been introduced.

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TX - Girl testifies man molested her

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06/09/2009

By Mary Ann Cavazos

Defendant is former officer at police department

CORPUS CHRISTI — A 14-year-old girl testified Monday that a former police officer who lived with her family would wake her up in the middle of the night and molest her while her mother was at work.

The girl was the first witness to take the stand in the trial of Ruben Ramirez, who faces five counts of indecency with a child.

Ramirez, 33, is accused of assaulting a former girlfriend’s daughter in 2003 and 2004. The girl said she was 9 or 10 years old when the assaults started and that Ramirez was in the police academy at the time.

She said Ramirez would wake her up and take her to her mother’s bed. He would let her watch “South Park,” a TV show her mother didn’t allow her to see, she said.

She broke into tears as she described how he gave her what he called ‘wedgies’ by putting his hand inside her underwear and touching her genitals and buttocks.

After the television episodes were over, she would get a snack and go back to her own bed, she said.

I knew better than to tell mom because those were things I wasn’t allowed to do,” she said.

She began to realize what had happened was wrong when she was in the sixth grade and a girl told her about her own experience. She said she first confided in a classmate she had been sexually abused when she was in seventh grade.

She told her mother earlier this year shortly after Ramirez visited the family around Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

When prosecutor Sandra Eastwood asked her why she came forward, the girl replied: “I don’t want it to happen anymore.”

The defense has not yet cross-examined the girl. The trial will continue today in 148th District Judge Marisela Saldaña’s court.

Ramirez, a five-year veteran of the Corpus Christi Police Department, was put on paid administrative leave after the allegations surfaced. He was fired in March.

John Gilmore, one of Ramirez’s two attorneys, has said he hopes Ramirez will be exonerated and reinstated.

Each second-degree felony count is punishable by as many as 20 years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)


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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (Bill Of Rights)