Wednesday, June 10, 2009

TX - Mentally Disabled Teen Gets 100 Years in Prison in Child Sex Abuse Case

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This is just absurd.  This judge should be reprimanded and disbarred.  What an injustice, IMO!  It's the "hang em' all" mentality, which is becoming a sickness!  And I cannot believe a jury would convict him either.  America, we have lost all morals, and are going to hell!!!  And another child ruined by the system!

06/10/2009

PARIS - Attorneys and advocates are questioning why an 18-year-old East Texan with profound mental disabilities was sentenced to 100 years in prison in a child sex abuse case.

They say the case of Aaron Hart was mishandled from start to finish and raises questions over how to deal with the mentally disabled when they encounter the criminal justice system.

After a neighbor found Hart fondling her 6-year-old stepson in September, the East Texas teenager pleaded guilty to five counts, The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.

Hart has an IQ of 47 and was diagnosed as mentally disabled as a child. He never learned to read or write and speaks unsteadily. Despite being a target of bullies, he was courteous, well-behaved and earned money by doing chores for neighbors, supporters said. His parents say he'd never acted out sexually.

"He couldn't understand the seriousness of what he did," said his father, Robert Hart. "I never dreamed they would think about sending him to prison. When they said 100 years — it was terror, pure terror, to me."

Aaron Hart pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated sexual assault and indecency by contact, and his case went to a jury for punishment. Jurors had the option of probation, former attorney Ben Massar told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

But during sentencing, Lamar County Judge Eric Clifford decided to stack the sentences against Hart after jurors settled on two five-year terms and three 30-year terms in February. At the time, Hart had already been on probation on a misdemeanor theft charge and had faced a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, Massar said.

Clifford said neither he nor jurors liked the idea of prison for Hart but felt there wasn't another option.
- Not another option?  What about compassion, morals, ethics and common sense?

"In the state of Texas, there isn't a whole lot you can do with somebody like him," he said.
- He's mentally retarded for God's sake.  What's next?  Killing all mentally retarded people, just because they are disabled?

Jurors say they sent the judge notes during their deliberations asking about alternatives to prison but didn't get a clear answer. They believed the judge would order concurrent sentences, jurors said.

Texas Tech University law professor Daniel Benson called Hart's punishment absurd. Repeat child molesters and rapists have routinely received lighter sentences.

"That's not helpful to society or the offender," said Benson, an author of textbooks on criminal offenders with mental illness.

District Attorney Gary Young said he sympathized with Hart's situation but stands by his decision to prosecute Hart on five counts. Prosecutors commonly pursue several charges for the single incident to see which the jury will support.
- Well, DA Young, you are one sick man, IMO!

"I hope people will remember he committed a violent sexual crime against a little boy," he said.
- Give me a break!  And they always talk about criminals not having compassion, well DA, you should look in the mirror!

Advocates say counseling, probation or placement in a group home would have been more appropriate. But Young said a diversion program was not an option since the law doesn't allow that for serious felonies.

The prosecutor also points out a psychologist found Hart competent to stand trial, showing the teenager "knew right from wrong."

"Mr. Hart is not severely mentally retarded to the point he doesn't understand what's taking place around him," said Allan Hubbard, a victim's advocate for the district attorney.

But David Pearson, Hart's appellate attorney, said the court-appointed doctor did the bare minimum to assess competency and ran tests geared for mental illness, not mental retardation.

Pearson also says Hart's court-appointed defense attorney, Massar, didn't do enough. The lawyer failed to present evidence and expert witnesses to testify about Hart's mental capacity and didn't ask for special accommodations, such as a liaison to explain to Hart what was happening in court, Pearson said.

Massar countered the assertion.

"The jury had a real sense of Aaron's mental state," he said. "They knew exactly what his mental capability was."

In denying Hart's request for a new trial, the judge found he had been an effective attorney, Massar said.

"They're attacking the attorney because there's no other basis to attack the case now," he said.

For now, Hart is serving his time at a special Texas prison unit that houses nearly 1,000 inmate with mental disabilities.

"He keeps saying he'll be out soon, he'll be home with us, that maybe he'll get probation," said Hart's father, Robert. "It's the hardest thing I've ever had to hear."


"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)


PA - Philly case rekindles debate on vigilante justice

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Vigilante is NEVER justified!  These people got lucky he was the right person, and some innocent person did not get hurt!

06/10/2009

By PATRICK WALTERS

PHILADELPHIA -- A dozen neighbors were so outraged by the brutal rape of an 11-year-old girl that they gave chase to a suspect and beat him, holding him until police arrived. Two of them were honored with an $11,500 police union reward only days before DNA proved the mob's instincts may have been right: _____ was charged Wednesday with the attack.

Hailed by their community as heroes, none of the neighbors are being charged. But police officials, acknowledging the fine line between praise and prosecution, warned against vigilante justice in general.
- Give me a break.  The police are all for vigilante justice, or they'd prosecute all those involved for assault!

Indeed, 25 years after Bernie Goetz spawned a nationwide debate on vigilantism, the case shows how police, prosecutors and the public struggle with whether to punish otherwise law-abiding citizens who take the law into their own hands, often violently.

"It's something that we certainly don't want people taking the law into their own hands," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in an interview with The Associated Press. "If they intervene to stop it, then you have to make a judgment. ... It's a very fine line."
- If what he is saying here was true, then they should prosecute all those who take the law into their own hands!  By not doing so, they are just condoning vigilantism and sending a message to the people that it's okay, and hey, we may even reward you for it.

John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, was more direct, while also saying he didn't condone violence.
- Just pure hypocritical!

"We put out a call to bring this savage beast off the street and they stepped up," McNesby said of the decision to hand out reward money to Fernando Genval and David Vargas. "I think that these two guys did an outstanding job."
- They are just lucky you put out an APB on the right person.  Next time, and innocent person will get hurt!

On June 1, the fifth-grader had just dropped off a sibling at day care and was walking to school. A man started following her, threatened her, and said he had a gun; he took her to a nearby back yard and raped her repeatedly, police said. The child was so severely injured that she was hospitalized for surgery.

Police distributed a photo of _____, 27, calling him a "person of interest" in the case. A day later, neighbors in a struggling section of the Kensington neighborhood went looking for him.
- So if it's okay to be a vigilante, which they clearly are condoning, then many "persons of interest" are going to get hurt, but I guess that is okay, because the police are condoning it and even rewarding people for it!

They roughed up the first man they targeted - not _____. Later, in an altercation caught by a store surveillance camera, they found and confronted _____, beating him with their hands, feet and what appears on the videotape to be a board or a large stick. _____ was taken to the hospital in serious condition and released into police custody two days later.

Ramsey, in deciding not to pursue charges, determined the neighbors' intent was to make a citizens arrest. He said he considered community anger, the fact that the man's head and face injuries weren't life-threatening and the video showing that the beating stopped when police arrived.
- So, this citizens arrest, worked just like the real cops, they beat the hell out of the "suspect," who was not even before a judge to be found guilty or innocent, and in the long run, he was innocent!  And if police took longer to arrive, he might be dead now.  But I guess that is okay, right?  Wrong!

In addition to rape and related charges in the girl's attack, police charged _____ on Wednesday with a separate indecent assault on a 16-year-old girl earlier the same day. _____, police said, was well-known to them: he had had 17 prior arrests, many of them drug charges.

The American Civil Liberties Union has decried the commissioner's decision not to file charges against the neighbors, saying that sent the wrong message to the community.

"It's shocking that the police are not going to do anything in response to what is essentially mob violence against this guy," said ACLU attorney Mary Catherine Roper. "This went beyond apprehending the guy."

At a weekend barbecue, the family of the rape victim, who has been released from the hospital, thanked the community for their help.

In 1984, Goetz earned praise from some and condemnation from others when he shot four black youths who tried to rob him on a New York subway. He was convicted of a gun charge but acquitted of attempted murder.

His lead attorney, Barry Slotnick, said the Philadelphia case shows some of the same forces at work, with the justice system taking intent into account: both Goetz's self-defense and the vigilante neighbors who wanted to turn a man over to police.

"It's clear that the local neighbors were trying to maintain this person in custody so they could turn him over to police," Slotnick said. "They had every good reason to believe that he was being looked for, and they acted accordingly."

Vigilante cases are rarely simple, whether it's a homeowner who kills an intruder, a robbery victim fending off his attackers or neighbors making a citizens' arrest.
- Someone breaking into a home and attempting to rape or murder someone, that is totally different.  This man was walking down the street, when the mob attacked him, not knowing if he was the real offender, but just assumed he was because he was a "person of interest!"

Last month, an Oklahoma City pharmacist pulled a weapon from behind the counter and killed a would-be thief. He was charged with first-degree murder; prosecutors said he fired additional shots at the thief after he was down. Oklahoma is among states with laws protecting homeowners who use lethal force to protect themselves from intruders.

Sex offenders, whose addresses are often listed publicly under Megan's Law statutes, are often a frequent target for vigilantes, as evidenced by cases from Maine to Tennessee to Washington.

In 2007, authorities said two Tennessee men set fire to the home of a suspected child pornographer, killing his wife. Both were charged with murder and arson.

Richard Maxwell Brown, a professor emeritus at University of Oregon who has published several books about vigilantism, said the Philadelphia case was a difficult one.

"They were in no doubt that what they were doing was correct in punishing him," Brown said. "If they were assisting the police, they really crossed the line when they laid a hand on this person."

The Kensington neighbors patrolled the streets for more than a day before they found _____. They had handed out the mugshots to everyone on the street, from drug dealers to business owners, said Louis Valentine, who was there when the group found their target. Scrawled in marker on the photo handouts was "Known For Rape!"

But Valentine was hesitant to call the _____ case vigilante justice.

"We had to get this guy off the street," he said. "Was it justice? He hasn't gotten justice yet."

Efforts by The Associated Press to interview Genval and Vargas were unsuccessful.

"Our society does not countenance vigilante justice," said Jim Fox, the district attorney in San Mateo County, Calif., and chairman of the board of the National District Attorneys Association. "That's not a civilized society."
- Oh but they do.  See here the MANY cases of vigilante justice.  And I agree, vigilantism is not from a civilized person.

In all cases, authorities must consider the message a decision will send.

Philadelphia police will have to deal with fallout from their decision, Fox said, whether perceived or real.

"By not charging, I'm sure that some will argue that that will just give carte blanche to people who engage in vigilantism," he said. "It certainly is the wrong message to send that people will seek justice on their own outside the system."

But Ramsey said his decision should not be interpreted that way.
- Well, when you do not press charges against someone who beat someone who was let go, yes, what message do you expect to send?  This shows you do condone vigilantism, that is apparent!

"I just think you have to look beyond the emotion on either side," he said. "I don't suggest people get out here and think they can beat the crap out of people for no reason."
- Then prosecute all those involved!  If you don't, then it sends the wrong message to the people, and shows you do condone vigilantism, you are just double-talking to protect yourself!


"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)


UK - Female nursery worker charged with sexual assault

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06/10/2009

LONDON (Reuters) - A 39-year-old female nursery worker was charged on Wednesday with sexual assault and making and distributing indecent images of children.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary said _____, from the Efford area of Plymouth, had been charged with two counts of sexual assault by penetration.

She has also been charged with two counts of sexual assault by touching, and one count each of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Police said they were studying a number of photos on a camera phone, some believed to have been taken inside the nursery.

Chief Superintendent Jim Webster said many of photos were images of torsos.

"At this time we have been unable to identify any images of individual children and it is right to say some images may never be identified," he said. _____ was arrested on Tuesday after officers searched the Little Ted's Child Day Unit in the city and her home.

The action followed the arrest of 38-year-old _____ from Littleborough, near Rochdale, by Greater Manchester Police. _____ was charged on Tuesday with the possession and distribution of indecent images.

_____ is being held in custody and will appear before Plymouth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Devon and Cornwall police said they were not seeking anyone else in their inquiry.

Around 100 people attended a meeting on Tuesday at St Paul's Church in Plymouth where police spoke to parents, nursery staff and council officials.




"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)


CT - Greenwich voters reject sex offender ordinance

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06/10/2009

GREENWICH (AP) - Voters in a Connecticut town have rejected a plan to prohibit sex offenders from loitering near schools, parks and playgrounds, but advocates say they'll bring it up for a vote again.

Greenwich resident Sam Romeo says there is broad support for the proposed town ordinance from parents and other child safety advocates. He's hoping to bring it back before a town meeting in the fall.
- So they voted against this 133 to 49.  What part of NO do you not understand?  Sounds to me like there is NOT broad support for it.  NO means NO, haven't you learned that yet?  Apparently not!

Town residents voted 133-49 Monday to table the proposal indefinitely, after questions about its constitutionality arose. The ordinance would ban convicted sex offenders from many public places frequented by children, and give police authority to detain violators and fine them $100.

A few other Connecticut towns have adopted similar ordinances, which have been questioned by civil liberties groups.


"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)


CA - Homeless sex offenders moved to highway overpass

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So, it appears homeless sex offender concentration camps are popping up all around the country, due to the draconian laws.  So, how does forcing someone out of a job, home and a way from family, protect anybody?  It doesn't, it puts more stress into their lives, and increases the risk of another crime being committed.

05/30/2009

By SCOTT JASON

The paroled sex offenders ordered by state officials to find a home or face arrest are no longer living next to Black Rascal Creek.

Home, for now, is about a mile away, under a Highway 99 bridge west of Merced.

"There isn't anything to do (here). It's so small," said Jesse, who didn't want his last name printed for fear of being a target. "That (last camp) was like the perfect place if you're homeless."

Jesse, along with a handful of other sex offenders serving out parole, packed up their camp Thursday and moved, as demanded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Calls to the local parole office were forwarded to a regional public information officer who was unavailable.

Homeless advocates have been working to stop -- and now reverse -- the move. They may be close to getting the encampment reopened, if only temporarily.

The colony of about a dozen sex offenders was informed last week that they needed to move somewhere else, but were given no options.

The homeless sex offenders were told to find somewhere that complied with their restrictions, which include staying far from schools and parks.

Finding shelter for homeless sex offenders on parole is an unusually tough task, both because of state laws that heavily restrict where they can live and because helping them, especially in lean budget years, isn't politically popular.
- This is not just about sex offenders on probation or parole, most sex offenders who are on or off probation and/or parole, are being forced into homelessness.

On Friday, they were told by California Highway Patrol officers and Merced County Sheriff's Department deputies that they need to go somewhere else within 10 days because they were living on private property.

Jesse, who finishes parole in March, said he's not sure where he'll go next. "I'm just tired," he sighed.

State parole's actions have been criticized by homeless advocates and a member of the City Council.

Mayor Pro Tem John Carlisle sent an e-mail late in the day to Scott Kernan, corrections' undersecretary for operations, asking that the order be repealed for several reasons.

Even if it's not a solution, he argued, it's better for them to live at their old encampment than the new one. "I'm not trying to protect the parolees and certainly not the (sex offenders), but it's not appropriate to pick on them or treat them unfairly," he said.

The attention, Carlisle thinks, may get people to come to some sort of short-term solution to address Merced's homeless problems.

Parolees shouldn't be sent back to prison for being homeless, he said. "It's not morally or fiscally responsible. We don't want to pay $45,000 to house each one of these guys," Carlisle said.
- Then repeal and fix the unconstitutional laws!

Renee Davenport was incensed that the homeless went from a fairly quiet and secluded area to one where gang members were seen flashing signs.

"It's so ridiculous," Davenport said. "I want them back where they were. They were safe. They were away from people."

Now home is under a highway bridge.


"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 - Jeffersonville Councilman Fetz disgusted with Court of Appeals ruling

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06/10/2009

By DAVID A. MANN

Jeffersonville City Councilman Keith Fetz (Email), who championed a ban on sex offenders in city parks, said he was disgusted by the Indiana Court of Appeals ruling against a city ordinance Tuesday.

The court ruled in favor of convicted sex offender Eric Dowdell, who challenged the law in order to watch his son play in youth sports leagues at city parks.

I’ve been throwing up all day,” Fetz said in jest.
- I highly doubt that!

He said the court essentially threw out the safety of children and law-abiders for the sake of a sex offender, when it ruled that the ordinance, as it applies to Dowdell, violates the Indiana Constitution’s prohibition on ex post facto laws.
- Give me a break!  Like they said, it violates the Constitution, why is that hard for you to understand?  Make a law that is constitutional next time!

The ordinance was not enacted until after Dowdell was convicted, served his sentence and completed his registration requirement for sex offenders.

This is the most ridiculous ruling I’ve ever seen the Indiana Court of Appeals [make] in my entire life,” Fetz said.

Additionally, he referenced a recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling which overturned a man’s conviction for not registering as a sex offender because he had already completed a sentence for child molesting before the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act was enacted.
- Yeah, more unconstitutional ex post facto punishment, so it should've been reversed! Maybe you should go back to school and read the US and State Constitutions, which you took an oath to defend!

They took that ruling and applied it to our ordinance. I think it’s absurd,” Fetz said, saying the ruling twisted and manipulated the intent of the ordinance.
- You sound like a little child, who stamps their feet when they do not get their way!

He noted that during the 1990s, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Megan’s Law — which requires sex offenders to register — in such cases where the crime took place before the law was enacted.
- So that doesn't mean it's constitutional!  If you read the Constitution, it clearly forbids ex post facto laws!

The Jeffersonville ordinance allows for sex offenders to request an exemption. However, the court ruled that the exemption process was “extraordinarily burdensome and virtually illusory.”

I don’t know how we can make it any easier,” Fetz said.
- It's not about being easier, but fair and constitutional!

He said he’s not against anyone being able to apply for an exemption.

The court’s decision did not throw out the ordinance. And council members were not sure if it would need to be changed.

I still support it — 100 percent,” said Connie Sellers, council president. “I have four kids — why wouldn’t I support it?
- Well, let's see, because it's UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and you took an oath to uphold the US and State Constitutions, maybe?

Additionally, Sellers said, she did not want to be accused of supporting sex offenders in city parks if she didn’t support the ordinance.
- Yeah, this is the REAL reason they vote for the laws, don't want to harm their own reputation or careers!

Fetz said he would support changes, if needed.

I will not rest until I accomplish what I intended to accomplish, which is giving [park-goers] an extra layer of protection,” Fetz said.
- I think you mean an extra level of "false security!"  How many sex crimes, can you name, that have occurred in a park, school, daycare or playground?  How many?


"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)


NC - Ex-Deputy Charged With Girl's Rape

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06/08/2009

A former veteran Sampson County law enforcement officer has been arrested and accused of raping a teenage girl - a girl he had allegedly had sexual relations with starting when she was 13 years old.

John Lenn Aman, 47, was arrested Friday by officers with the State Bureau of Investigation and Sampson County Sheriff's Office.

According to sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope, the arrest was the culmination of an investigation into a sexual assault that was reported by a 17-year-old girl. Capt. Pope said investigators were able to determine Mr. Aman had started having sexual relationship with the girl when she was 13 and continued the relationship until March of this year when he forced her to have sex against her will.

Mr. Aman was charged with the following: eight counts of statutory rape, one count of second-degree rape, eight counts of indecent liberties with a minor, two counts of soliciting prostitution of a minor, nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of sexual battery.

Mr. Aman was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $60,000 bond set by Magistrate Jackie Dixon. Mr. Aman posted bond over the weekend and was released.

According to Capt. Pope, Sheriff Jimmy Thornton requested the assistance of the SBI into the matter due to the fact Mr. Aman had been fired from the sheriff's office in February 2006 for unrelated reasons.

"Whenever you terminate someone and then have to investigate them, it creates a conflict of interest in a way. I felt that it would be best to have the bureau take the lead to avoid any perceived conflicts of interest," Sheriff Thornton said. "I appreciate the support that I received from the State Bureau of Investigation in this matter, and I'm thankful for the working relationship that we've been able to build upon with them."

Prior to Mr. Aman being fired from the sheriff's office, he had served as the county building security officer for the Sampson County government until he was transferred under the sheriff's office in July of 2005 due to staff realignments by county administration. Prior to serving as a county security officer, Mr. Aman had worked as a deputy sheriff under former Sheriff W.C. Fann and former Sheriff Buck McCullen.


"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)


Female sex offenders: A new phenomena?

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It's not a "new" phenomenon, it's been around, it's just the news and media are picking it up more, and more victims are speaking out.

06/09/2009

By Laura E. Bedard, Ph.D.

The majority of sex offender research pertains to male offenders. However, in recent years some big cases have called attention to a "new phenomenon" — the female sex offender.

The media is responsible for much of the hype, primarily because many of the perpetrators have been attractive school teachers.

Celebrity status
One of the more infamous cases is that of Debra LaFave. In June of 2004, LaFave — a then 24-year-old, married, Florida middle school teacher — was arrested on accusations that she had sex numerous times with one of her 14-year-old students. She also had sent him scantly clad photos from her cell phone.

LaFave was charged with four felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition. Her case made headline news world wide — partly because of the issue and partly because of Ms. LaFave's good looks.

In 2006, 31-year-old Becci Hill was charged with child solicitation and sexual misconduct. She was working as a counselor for children with behavior problems in Indiana when she was caught by the police on the side of the road engaging in intercourse with a 15-year-old autistic boy. It was reported that she was the boy's mentor and had been sexually abusing him for close to a year.

Hill pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor. She was sentenced to two years in prison, three years probation and she will be required to register as a sex offender.

The numbers
According to a 2006 report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, women commit less than 10 percent of prosecuted sex crimes in the U.S. Females represent only one percent of arrests for forcible rape and about six percent for other sex crimes (1).

While adult female sex offender rates have not increased, research shows that female juvenile sexual offenses are on the rise (2). Between 1997 and 2002, juvenile cases with girls as the offender rose 62 percent for violent sex offenses and 42 percent for non-violent sex offenses (3).

The new challenge
This new population of offenders presents a different set of challenges for police, corrections officers and treatment providers.

Gender and cultural stereotypes can impact how the criminal justice system handles female sex offenders. For instance, the notion that adolescent males must "conquer" women to gain social status undermines and minimizes the detrimental impact that female sex offenders can have on their victims. Further, far too few mental health professionals specialize in handling female sex offender.

By virtue of their gender, female sex offenders are often seen as non-threatening. Meanwhile, because of societal stereotypes, male victims are given conquest status when they have sex with an older female. Not only can this undermine the tragic results of victimization, it can lead to under reporting of the crime.
- And sentencing people based on sex is discrimination!

The research on female sex offenders is minimal at best. In order to better understand and treat this growing population, academics and practitioners alike must expand this field. Treatment options for female sex offenders must be explored as well as reasons why the offending behavior began in the first place.

Sources:
  1. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2006). Crime in the United States, 2005: Uniform Crime Reports. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Department of Justice.
  2. Snyder, H and Sickmund, M. (2006). Juvenile Offenders and victims: 2006 national report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  3. Ibid.


"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 - Inmate Exports (Pushing the problem off to other states, instead of fixing the overcrowding problem)


The Florida Department of Corrections is balking at sending prisoners out of state to save money. Lawmakers approved the practice, beginning July first, but concerns over inmate rehabilitation and safety may halt the practice before it ever begins. As Whitney Ray tells us, For now the idea is being reserved for emergencies like a hurricane.



WE ARE A PRISON NATION!



"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)


MO - Ex-mayor of Collins released (Mayor gets special treatment unlike non-government folks)

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Kauffman - Special Treatment!

Here is another double standard.  An ex-mayor, caught in an Internet sting, serves 4 months and is released.  And his entry on the registry, says he is noncompliant.

06/10/2009

By Dirk VanderHart

The former mayor of the small St. Clair County town of Collins was set free Tuesday, after serving just months of a four-year sentence for enticing what he thought was a 13-year-old girl over the Internet.

Allen D. Kauffman will now undergo four years of supervised probation. He was sentenced to four years of incarceration in January, but released after completing a four-month sex offender treatment course in prison.
- Of course, he's an ex-mayor, and all government thugs get slaps on the wrist, while the average citizen gets many years in prison.

Conditions of his probation dictate Kauffman must abide by a curfew; cannot access the Internet or have contact with children; and undergo continued counseling, said his attorney, Dee Wampler.

"The public safety is well-protected," Wampler said.
- Well, you would say that, because he's an ex-mayor.  If this was Joe Public, you'd not be saying that, now would you?

Kauffman, the former mayor of Collins, who also was the pastor of Temple Lot Church there, pleaded guilty to felony sexual misconduct in December. He was originally charged with multiple counts of enticement of a child.
- But because he was a mayor, they drop most and he gets an easy sentence.

In online messages, Kauffman asked the "girl" for sex and nude pictures and encouraged her to have sex with a girlfriend in front of a webcam so he could watch.

He was actually chatting up a detective.

Kauffman resigned as mayor after he was charged in Newton County -- where he believed the girl lived -- in January.

In May 2008, another sexual misconduct charge was filed against Kauffman, this one in Cole County.

He pleaded guilty in July and received five years probation.
- And the public thinks we have a justice system?  It's more like an injustice system!




"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)


MA - Lynn board sets limits for sex offenders

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06/10/2009

By David Liscio

LYNN - The City Council Tuesday approved three ordinances meant to severely curtail where Level III sex offenders can live or congregate in Lynn.

The unanimous votes for the three laws followed emotional public hearings at which neighbors, sex abuse victims, social workers, the city's police chief, school superintendent, mayor and others spoke in support of the restrictions.
- And not a single registered sex offender or family member spoke out, that is why we continue to have these unconstitutional laws passed.  Get out there and meeting, attend these conferences.

The controversy erupted after the LifePoint Church in the city's Diamond District approached Lynn Police earlier this year to learn whether Level III sex offenders might be permitted to join the church's counseling sessions. The church previously made headlines when it opened a food pantry without local authorization and has since begun hosting support groups for those addicted to narcotics and alcohol.

The ordinances passed Tuesday make it illegal for a registered Level III sex offender to live within 1,500 feet of any school, park or playground. The most strident ordinance requires that any Level III sex offender now living within that distance relocate within 30 days of the law becoming effective.

A refusal to move will result in fines and more serious enforcement action, according to Council President Timothy Phelan, who filed all three pieces of legislation.

Level III sex offenders have a high rate of recidivism, often more than 95 percent, and are responsible for the most heinous sex crimes, according to Lynn police.
- This is a flat out lie.  Most who are high risk, maybe, but making this assumption based on what facts?  I have many studies here, which show these are lies.  And I am willing to bet, this affects all sex offenders, not just Level III, but since they did not mention the bills, I have no way of verifying that.

"I'm in favor of the ordinances," said Mayor Edward Clancy Jr., adding that recent rule changes in the city allow police to go into the downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

Mayoral candidate Patrick McManus, who resides with his family in the Diamond District, said the church has never posed a problem. However, he added that Level III sex offenders are likely to offend again. McManus said Level III sex offenders, once released from prison, "never get out from under the judicial system" because state law requires them to register their whereabouts. Sex offenders are the only group of convicts who must comply with such a law after serving their sentence, he said.
- Because you set all sex offenders up to fail, from the start.  When are we going to have a registry for ALL criminals?  Not just sex offenders.  Sex offenders have the LOWEST recidivism rate of ALL criminals, except murderers, and you can see that from the many studies out there, and those I linked above.

Alan Tattle, representing the Diamond District Civic Association, and the perimeter should be extended from 1,500 to 2,000 feet. "Enough is enough," he said.
- Since your ultimate goal, which is obvious, is to push them out and make the problem someone else's, why not make the buffer zone 50 or 100 miles?

Stacy Roller, an Atlantic Street resident and mother, said her children pass the church daily on their way to school. "I hope they will never step foot in my neighborhood," she said., referring to the convicted sex offenders.
- Oh, but they will.

Police Chief John Suslak reiterated the public definition of a Level III sex offender, suggesting the words speak for themselves. Sex abuse victim Christopher Logue advised the council not to allow sex offenders to gather under the auspices of a church group. Logue said he was raped by a sex offender from age 2-6 and by a priest from age 6-10. Rhetorically, he asked, "You want to put them downtown?"

School Superintendent Kathy Latham spoke in support of the ordinances, saying they were for the betterment of the city's thousands of schoolchildren.

An Estes Street woman said LifePoint Church has purchased property in her neighborhood, perhaps with plans of using it as a group home. Social worker Bill Mullen, who claimed he helped found the sex abuse and trauma team at North Shore Children's Hospital, said Level III sex offenders are dangerous because the odds of recidivism are so great.
- Maybe among those who are determined, fairly, to be a high risk, but not all sex offenders have a high recidivism rate.

Jerry Caron, owner of the Diamond District Inn Bed & Breakfast, urged city councilors to learn where LifePoint Church receives its funding to run counseling sessions and purchase property. If the church plans to house sex offenders, it should be made to put up a bond, he said.

The council also received emails from Lynn residents, asking that their comments in favor of the ordinances be read into the record.

Randall Smith, representing LifePoint Church, said there are no plans to create a rehabilitation center exclusively for sex offenders in Lynn. The church's mission is to help everyone in need and free them from addictive lifestyles, he said.

Smith alleged Item newspaper stories about the situation were inaccurate, the Lynn police sex offender registry officer unresponsive, and Phelan unhelpful. He stressed that the church takes no position on the ordinances.

"As an elected official, I don't have that luxury," Phelan 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)


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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)


LA - St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputy arrested for incidents involving 13-year-old girl

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06/09/2009

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy was fired and then arrested after an investigation revealed that he'd acted inappropriately with a 13-year-old Mandeville-area girl, Sheriff Jack Strain announced this afternoon.

Scott Benton, 42, was arrested at his home on Thursday and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail that evening with one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. He was released on $25,000 bond later that evening, authorities said.

Benton allegedly engaged in inappropriate conversations with the girl, and one incident involved a kiss, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators received a complaint on June 1 from the mother of a 13 year old Mandeville-area girl, authorities said.

No other incidents involving the two are believed to have occurred, authorities said.

Until his termination on Thursday, Benton had been a deputy working security at the 22nd Judicial District Court in Covington for about three years.


"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)


OH - Juvenile Sex Offenses On The Rise

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06/09/2009

Scioto County — Juvenile sex offenses in Scioto County have sky-rocketed from about ten cases a year.

"A lot of people are like, oh it doesn't happen around small communities, but we do have a lot of it and it happens on a regular basis," said Detective Jodi Conkel with the Scioto County Sheriff's Office.

Scioto County Assistant Prosecutor James Scott Smith blamed the spike in juvenile sex offender cases on society, from computers to a lack of parenting. He said about a fourth of the cases he encounters involves child sex offenders who were victims of sex crimes themselves.

"To have forty-six in a brief period of time, sixteen to seventeen months is kind of alarming," said Smith. "From daycares to small village towns out in the county, it's not one isolated area in the county the problem does exist."

Jodi Conkel, Scioto County's chief sex crimes investigator said the stack of juvenile sex crime cases on her desk keeps piling up. She said educating kids and adults along with making arrests.

"I've got a daughter and I started at a young age telling her this is your private areas, nobody touches them, and you can tell me about it, it'll be ok," said Detective Conkel.

One of Detective Conkel's cases involved a 17-year-old girl who worked at her parents daycare care just outside of Portsmouth, Toddler's Haven Daycare. She said the teen confessed in January to raping boys and girls ages 1 to 5. After her juvenile conviction the teen was put on home confinement.

In cases of juvenile sex offenders it is often the suspect's family that takes a beating for their troubled teen.

Detective Conkel said most juvenile sex offenders have to register with local authorities, reporting their whereabouts, in person, every 90 days for the rest of their lives.

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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)


PA - Middletown passes sex offender residency law

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06/09/2009

By MONICA VON DOBENECK

Middletown Borough Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night limiting where sex offenders may live by a 4 to 2 vote, even though such laws have been challenged in court elsewhere.

"I don't think the ACLU should hold local officials hostage," council president Rodney Horton said in casting his "yes" vote.

Susan Steele, who with Bob Dailey cast the "no" vote, said after the meeting that she was worried about the legal issue.

"I don't want the borough dragged into court because of a decision made hastily," she said. "It's a very emotional issue and needs some thought."

The ordinance restricts any offender registered with Megan's Law from living within 500 feet of a school, child care facility, community center, park, recreational facility or library.

A residency law in Allegheny County was recently overturned by a federal court, which said it conflicted with the state's obligation to rehabilitate offenders and return them to society.


"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)


NV - Chris Hansen Goes Undercover In Vegas

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It's only a matter of time before one of these criminals lashes out, and someone may get hurt! It's all about making money for NBC at the expense of shaming people. Just wait, I'm sure he'll get hurt one of these days!

06/09/2009

By Kelly West

If ever there was a television personality capable of standing before a totally-busted criminal and manage to interview them with a straight face, it has to be Chris Hansen. Known by many for his work in hosting the canceled Dateline NBC series To Catch a Predator, Hansen’s new gig has him participating in investigations in Las Vegas and interviewing the criminals post-arrest.

Set to premiere on Dateline NBC on Monday, June 15th at 10 PM/ET, Vegas Undercover will follow Hansen as he visits the darker corners of Vegas to watch police catch pimps, car thieves, counterfeiters and other criminals. Hansen spent nearly a year working undercover with the Las Vegas Metropolitan P.D. and was granted exclusive access to certain specialized units that work in specific areas of crime. This includes the “Pimp Investigation Team,” in which Hansen got to watch an undercover cop pretend to be a new prostitute in an effort to lure in a prospective pimp. Hansen also got to work with the “Viper Squad,” which sets up “bait cars” that are left on the street to be stolen.

Once the cops nab the criminals, Hansen got a chance to sit with them and talk to them about their crime. Somehow, I don’t think we’ll be seeing the infamous To Catch A Predator kitchen-island for these interviews in Vegas Undercover but given Hansen’s known reputation for keeping his cool despite standing opposite a nervous and exposed alleged criminal, I’m sure we can expect some of the same from him in V.U..




"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)