Saturday, June 13, 2009

NV - Nevada students find naked man tied to a rock

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This is just odd. How does a man tie themselves up to a rock? Something doesn't sound right here. And he was charged with a crime? What about whomever tied him to the rock?

06/12/2009

ZEPHYR COVE – A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being naked near a high school on Lake Tahoe's east shore. The naked man was arrested Monday after three Whittell High School students reported spotting him tied to a rock and lying face down behind the school. When the students asked if he needed to be untied, the man answered no.

Douglas County sheriff's deputies said the man told them he was watching some buzzards flying overhead at the time.
- How do you watch buzzards face down?

The man, who said he was a freelance writer, was arrested on a charge of loitering on school grounds. He's scheduled to appear Monday in Tahoe Township Justice Court.


"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)


VT - Sex offender spurs forum

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Spreading 1 in 5 Number Does More Harm Than Good

Isn't it amazing that once "emotion" is set aside and "Evidence Based Research" is calmly looked at, people see S.O.s in a different light?

06/13/2009

Two months ago, when a convicted sex offender who the state unsuccessfully tried to keep behind bars moved to Mont Vernon, a wave of fear and worry rolled in with him.

After awhile, however, a few parents began wondering aloud if some people's reactions were a bit misdirected: While they fully understood the parental instinct to protect children, experts know through experience that children are at a much greater statistical risk to be abused by a family member, abused by a family member, family friend, trusted authority figure, or someone else they and their family knows.

The parents' discussion led them to organize a public forum, to which they invited local police and representatives of Bridges, the domestic and sexual assault support agency based in Nashua and Milford, and the Hillsborough County Child Advocacy Center. The forum was held Tuesday night at the Village School.

Nancy Foster, a Mont Vernon parent and forum organizer who lives on the same road as the offender, said his early April arrival got people talking.

"The presence of our new neighbor sparked a lot of dialogue around town, most of it was good, informative . . . but too much of it began centering around one individual – the sex offender," Foster said.

"Focusing all our attention on one person doesn't make our children safer. We can only keep our children safe by learning how to do it right," she said, adding that the best thing parents can do is empower themselves through knowledge, and in turn empower their children.

Roughly 30 people, mostly women, attended the forum. They watched a lengthy, statistics-rich documentary called "Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light," which included candid, sometimes graphic interviews with several adult survivors of child abuse.

Police Chief Kyle Aspinwall, who attended the forum with other local police, including Amherst Middle School Resource Officer Mike Knox, said the forum was a good educational tool.

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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)


UT - Kid is Sex Offender AND Victim

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06/13/2009

It's downright paradoxical that a person can be both a victim and the perpetrator of the same crime, and simultaneously be charged with the crime and treated as the victim of it. Nonetheless, that is what can and does happen in the wacky world that is "status crime" offenses. Recently a 13-year-old girl in Ogden, Utah has been in such a paradox after having consensual sex with her 12-year-old boyfriend. Utah law makes no mistake: sex with anyone under the age of 14 is prohibited, regardless of who's doing it. Her boyfriend also has been hit with the same paradoxical charge.

There comes a point where one has to wonder who these laws are attempting to target. Are they really meant to prohibit all sexual conduct with AND between young people, or are they meant to protect minors from "sexual predators?" As the law explicitly stands, it seems the former more than the later. So long as that is the case, we'll continue to see children and teens becoming registered as "sex offenders", and no one will do anything about it because "it doesn't happen often enough."

The worst part of this story seems to be that the court only found out about the incident after the girl became pregnant. In that predicament, she not only received little support as a "new mother," but was slapped with a conviction in juvenile court for "sexually abusing" her "underage boyfriend"--who also was hit with the same charge against her. She appealed this conviction back in 2004.

Her motion noted that for juveniles who are 16 and 17, having sex with others in their own age group does not qualify as a crime. Juveniles who are 14 or 15 and have sex with peers can be charged with unlawful conduct with a minor, but the law provides for mitigation when the age difference is less than four years, making the offense a misdemeanor. For adolescents under 14, though, there are no exceptions or mitigation and they are never considered capable of consenting to sex.

So essentially, the younger the kid is, the more severe the charge they receive if they have sex with kids their own age. Kids under 14 get charged with felonies, while kids over 14 get charged with misdemeanors so long as their victims/offenders are aged within 4 years of them. For kids aged 16 and 17, there is no crime. How does this serve to protect children--particularly younger kids? Doesn't it stand to reason that if a child can not be considered capable of having any sex (be it consensual or not), then they can't be held responsible for sexual "offenses?" The law in Utah is obviously designed to weigh the criminalization of the sexual exploitation of younger children more heavily but obviously wasn't intended to make the children themselves into criminals.

But do the courts listen to reason? Apparently not, and they denied her appeal with this decision, almost acknowledging the fact that their own laws don't make any sense and abiding by them anyway:

The Utah Court of Appeals last December upheld the judge's refusal to dismiss the allegation, saying the law's "rigorous protections" for younger minors include protecting them for each other.

Maybe she'll have better luck with the Supreme Court...but don't count on it. According to an assistant to the Utah Attorney General, "Matthew Bates," the statute is not unreasonable, and is DESIGNED to, and I quote: "the statute in question is designed to prevent sex with children who are 13 and younger, even if the other person is in the same age group." With this glaring admission, the last piece of the puzzle is in place. The Utah courts don't care about protecting children, they simply don't want children engaging in sexual acts with one another, consensual or not, and will go to any lengths to criminalize all those who do.

Randall Richards argued that prosecuting children under a law meant to protect them is illogical.

It's left up to the girl's attorney to be the sole voice of reason, but he's wrong on one count. By their own admission, the statute is NOT there to protect kids after all. It's there to prosecute them--in which case, it ceases being all that "illogical."


"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)


VT - ACLU Sues Vermont Town Over Sex Offender Ordinance

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06/12/2009

ACLU Says City Can't Restrict Sex Offenders

BARRE - A controversial ordinance in the City of Barre has become the focus of a lawsuit.

In April, a convicted sex offender was ordered to vacate his Barre apartment because of its close proximity to a park.

_____, 29, said in court on Thursday he was told by city officials he was in violation of the city's Child Safety Ordinance.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont has brought a lawsuit against Barre, on behalf of _____, and has argued the city has no authority to restrict people from living in certain areas.

According to the ACLU's Executive Director Alan Gilbert, a ruling in their favor will send a clear message to other cities with similar laws.

"It means that the ordinances in the other municipalities that have been adopted would no longer be enforceable," said Gilbert.

But in court, the city's attorney argued _____ knew about the rule before moving into his new apartment and that his landlord told him it might be a problem.

"In response to a question from the Mayor, Mr. _____ said the landlord was aware of the ordinance and did not allow Mr. _____ to sign the lease," said Barre City Manager John Craig, during testimony on Thursday.

The judge in the case did not make a ruling after Thursday's hearing. She said she intends to before July 7.


"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 - Colo. Cops Want To Put Brakes On Naked Bike Ride

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Seems like Colorado has several naked events, like the Naked Pumpkin Run and the Nake Bike Ride.  I wonder if the police are going to keep their word and arrest many of these people and put them on the sex offender registry for exposing themselves to kids and others?

06/13/2009

BOULDER (CBS) - The police chief in Boulder wants to put the brakes on the "World Naked Bike Ride."

Cyclists plan to ride in the buff as a form of protest during the Saturday's planned ride in Boulder.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said officers will enforce Colorado's indecent exposure laws and responds to complaints, reports CBS station KCNC-TV in Denver.

"I think it's a bit overkill, and we're not really hurting anybody," said Ryan Van Duzer, naked rider.

The Boulder County ACLU argues the ride isn't indecent exposure, it's about the first amendment right to free speech. "It is political speech. They are making a political statement about oil," said Judd Golden with the Boulder County ACLU.

Colorado's indecent exposure law states "a summons can be issued to anyone who knowingly exposes his or her genitals when such conduct is likely to cause affront or harm."

"They have a right to be upset, but I also think they can obviously turn their head," said Scott Gilleon, naked rider.

Last year, 75 naked riders turned out. That number may be fewer this year, with police threatening to issue tickets.

"You'll have more riders, actually, because when someone tells you you can't do something ... that's when you want to do it," said Gilleon.

"They say they're going to bust us, I believe them. So, I'm not going to go full nude," said Van Duzer.




'World Naked Bike Ride' invades NYC tonight!

Even though it's dark and dreary out today you might want to pack your sunglasses in case you happen to run into a mob of nude cyclists later this evening.

According to their Facebook page, the inaugural NYC ride starts at 23rd Street near the West Side Highway at 5pm. Beware because the "event type" is listed as "causes" and "protest" so there should be a few sights for sore eyes.

A quick look (beware there are actual naked people visible) on the "World Naked Bike Ride" website says, "In the beginning of WNBR, the message was balancing protesting against oil dependency and celebrating the power and individuality of the human body. In 2006, there was a shift towards simplifying the message and focusing on cycling advocacy. While the ride does include and appeal to participants from social nudity circles, the rides is not focused on promoting social nudity directly as much as cycling."

Hopefully the NYPD won't get all beat-down happy, as they've been known to do in the past to "activist cyclists..."

Video of the event in Colorado



"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)


DE - Police: Girl made up story about kidnapping

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06/12/2009

By: Mellany Armstrong

Newark police say a 13-year-old girl made up the story about being kidnapped and assaulted earlier this week.

Police say the girl claimed she was walking through the rear of the Pathmark parking lot at 100 College Square on the afternoon of June 9. She said she was grabbed by a man and forced into a vehicle, and that the man tried to sexually assault her, but she was able to escape.

Investigators discovered discrepancies in the girl's story. Police say the girl was trying to cover up the fact that she was visiting her boyfriend without her parents' consent. No word yet on whether the girl will face charges.


"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)