Wednesday, July 22, 2009

UK - The Dark Side of Teenage Sex offenders

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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 (United States Constitution)


PA - Former Fox News Producer Gets 10 Years In Prison for Child Pornography

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07/21/2009

Aaron Bruns, the ex-Fox News producer who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today by a federal judge. That's 10 more years than an NPR producer got last week for the same crime.

Bruns, a former Fox News "campaign embed" with Hillary Clinton's campaign, was arrested in January and fired from Fox in short order. He described himself in sentencing documents as having been addicted to pornography since he was a teenager.

The sentence is a sharp contrast to the case of David Malakoff, who was sentenced—like Bruns, by a federal district judge in Washington, D.C.—to probation, a fine, and community service last week for possessing kiddie porn. According to a spokesman for the U.S, Attorney's office in Washington, Bruns' sentence was mandatory because he had previously been convicted of child pornography in Michigan, and under federal sentencing guidelines, a prior offense requires a minimum of 10 years.
- And he's not on the registry for the prior offense.

There's no link because, as far as we can tell, no one else has reported the sentence. We read about it on Jake Tapper's Twitter feed (we know!) and called the U.S. Attorney's office to confirm.


"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 (United States Constitution)


FL - Miami Sex Offenders May Get New Home

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It's real simple Florida.  The state has a 1,000 foot law, Miami-Dade went beyond the state law and made it 2,500 feet.  So, do away with county laws and use only the state law, then the problem, mostly, goes a way.  These people could then move back home, or somewhere else, but you still have the problem of not being able to get a job, due to the registry being public.

07/22/2009

Officials to Move Them from Shantytown Under Bridge to Private Housing

Homeless advocates and county officials intend to move a group of registered sex offenders living under a bridge to private housing this week amid growing criticism - and lawsuits - over the county's ordinance that they must live at least 2,500 feet from places where children gather.

But some offenders are reluctant to move, saying that being told where to live, and with whom, is similar to the prison terms they have already served.

"I'm not in prison anymore," said Reg, a 44-year-old offender who served six years behind bars for molesting a minor. He declined to give his last name for fear he may lose his job as a cook. "I'm a taxpayer, I'm on probation and I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I don't want to be told to live somewhere."

He is one of about 70 registered offenders living in tents or makeshift huts near a busy bridge that connects Miami to Miami Beach. In the past three years, it's become a shantytown of men on probation who struggle to find affordable housing that doesn't violate Miami-Dade County's strict ordinances against sex offenders living too close to schools, parks and other places frequented by children.

The bulk of the felons living under the bridge - and in tents lining the side of the causeway, in full view of tourists headed to the beach - are on state probation. Department of Corrections officers have been unable to find suitable housing for them in part because of affordability and the local ordinances, and the men have been ordered to live at the bridge so they don't run afoul of the law.

This week, however, the chairman of the county's Homeless Trust said the group will move eight offenders off the property and into an apartment. It's unclear how far the apartment is from the bridge - officials won't say - but several men there said Wednesday that a location in Homestead, some 35 miles south, was under consideration.
- So Ron, moving them to an apartment is okay, but, you have to have money to afford that apartment.  Do these people have jobs?

"This is the most movement we've had in three years," said Ron Book, the trust's chairman. "But this isn't a long-term solution. The state's got to come to grips that we've got a growing population coming out of the prisons."
- And you've got to come to grips with the fact that the counties need to NOT make their own laws, and stick with the state law, then most of this problem would go away!  Get over your HUGE ego!

Book said that he and other local and state officials are looking for a bigger place to house the remaining people. Under consideration: a vacant county jail. Book said the space could be renovated so the men wouldn't feel like they were incarcerated again.
- And how much money is it going to cost Florida tax payers to renovate this jail?

"That's unacceptable," said Reg, shaking his head.

Earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the county, saying the ordinance should be overturned because it's more restrictive than the 1,000-foot limit set by the state. Also this month, the city of Miami sued the state, saying the makeshift camp is too close to a small island park accessible only by boat.

Many in the community are disgusted and fed up with how the issue has been handled.

"Nobody has the courage to talk about this," said Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. "They don't want to talk about sex offenders. Yet we say to our tourists as they go to the beach, look to your left, look to your right, this is where sex offenders are placed."

Sarnoff blames Gov. Charlie Crist.
- Yeah, everyone blames someone else, instead of owning up to the problem.  Ron Book lobbied for these laws, now he's running around blaming everyone else!

"We need a uniform system," said Sarnoff. "We need some ability to place them somewhere."
- That is what state laws are about, but you have idiotic counties making their own laws, and now, they have a major problem.  So, it doesn't sound like a state problem to me, but Miami's problem!

County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz also blames the state, pointing out that there are some 3,000 sex offenders in Miami-Dade County, the bulk of whom have found adequate housing.
- This needs to be taken up to the state supreme court.  Apparently everyone is blaming each other, and as long as they are doing this, NOTHING is going to be solved.

"The county ordinance didn't prevent them from finding housing," he said. "The state is creating an issue out of an issue."

State officials won't discuss it because legal action is pending but Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said the agency is "really pleased" that local officials are looking for housing alternatives.

The ACLU's Howard Simon said it's great that the folks living at the bridge will soon get homes, but questions whether this will solve the overall problem.

"It's like dealing with the symptoms and not the cause," he said. "It's only a matter of time before there will be another shantytown."

Rigoberto Gonzalez, a 57-year-old who served 16 years in prison on multiple child rape and molestation charges, shrugs when asked where the state should send him. He's been living in a tent under the bridge since he was released in May, and is aided with food and water from friends. Gonzalez has no family - they are all in Cuba - and says he can't work because his green card was taken away when he went to prison.

"If the government pays for an apartment, I'll go," said Gonzalez, in Spanish. "I would prefer to work and pay for an apartment myself. All I ask is that they treat us like people, not animals."

He adds that if he were given the option to return to Cuba - a country he left in 1980 - then he would go back.

"In Cuba, there are human rights."




"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 (United States Constitution)


FL - Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein released from Palm Beach County jail

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13 months?  And the average citizen (non-billionaire) would have been in prison, not jail, for many years, yet MONEY TALKS!

07/22/2009

WEST PALM BEACH - Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was released from the Palm Beach County jail this morning after serving 13 months for soliciting erotic massages and sexual acts from underage girls.

The part-time Palm Beacher was released from jail between 6 and 6:30 a.m. and picked up by his attorney, Jack Goldberger. Goldberger says Epstein is very happy his jail sentence is over and he's ready to begin a new chapter.

Epstein pleaded guilty in state court last year to felony solicitation of prostitution and procuring teenagers for prostitution.

Goldberger says he believes Epstein has been able to digest what happened over the last year and has used his time behind bars to grow.

Epstein ended up serving 13-months of an 18-month sentence. Epstein will now serve a year of house arrest and register as a life-long sex offender.

However, his legal troubles may not be over. There are more than a dozen law suits filed against him from people claiming they are Epstein's victims.

"There were never any victims. There are women who filed lawsuits against Mr. Epstein and we're going to challenge them," says Goldberger.

News of his release is unsettling to some of his victims, including one who Tuesday told NewsChannel 5 she also was sexually abused by Epstein.

The unidentified woman says she was only 15-years-old when she and a friend went to Epstein's home to give him what she thought would be a massage for $200.




"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 (United States Constitution)


UK - Mother who cried rape after meeting man on dating website is jailed for two years

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So where if the "False Rape Accuser" registry?

07/22/2009

A mother was jailed for two years yesterday for crying rape against a man she met on a dating website.

Jennifer Day, 34, who made the false allegation against former boyfriend Andrew Saxby after a row, was told by the judge that she had undermined efforts to treat genuine rape victims fairly and sympathetically.

The court also heard that Mr Saxby was subjected to 'degrading and upsetting' examinations while being held by police for ten hours.

Judge Ian Graham said the investigation had wasted £4,000 of taxpayers' money and 270 police man hours.

He added: 'The police have put great stores on providing sympathetic treatments of women who make genuine complaints of rape and you abused that.'

'You have undermined and jeopardised the efforts that are being made about the need to treat genuine victims of rape properly, fairly and sympathetically.'

'The offence is in itself a serious one, it has terrible consequences potentially and actually for the victim and wider implications for those women who have genuinely been raped.'

Day, a former nurse, from Corringham, Essex, split up with the father of her four-year-old daughter in 2007 after he had an affair with their lodger, Basildon Crown Court heard.

She began drinking heavily to cope with the rejection and using dating websites. In September 2007 she met Mr Saxby, who worked for the Ford car company, through the Dating Direct website.

They began a relationship, but the court heard that she was also seeing another man.

In January last year, the couple rowed after Mr Saxby accused her of having another man at her home. Afterwards, Day dialled 999 and accused Mr Saxby of rape.

He was arrested in front of his colleagues and taken to the police station.

Judge Graham said: 'It was an extraordinary performance which involved deliberate untruths as the jury found.'

The court heard that Mr Saxby was released without charge after Day dropped the allegation, although she still maintained it was true. She was found guilty of one count of perverting the course of justice last month.

During the trial, the court heard how Day had a history of making up stories. The jury was told that while working at Royal London Hospital in East London as a nurse, she suffered stress-related hair loss and led her colleagues to believe it was cancer.

Rebecca Lee, mitigating, said Day had been under a lot of strain following the break-up of her relationship with the father of her daughter.

She said: 'She got involved with dating websites and going out when her daughter was staying with her former partner, going out to pubs and engaging in what she would call risky behaviour and behaving totally out of character.'

Day apologised unreservedly for the allegation, the court heard.

But the judge rejected calls to suspend the sentence.

'Mr Saxby is a completely respectable man who had formed a relationship with you and had shown considerable affection and kindness of the kind you said you craved,' he said.

'His reward was to be the subject of this completely false complaint.'

Day burst into tears as she was taken down to the cells.

The case will re-ignite calls for alleged rapists to be given anonymity until a verdict is delivered.

While anyone who claims to be a victim of a sex attack is given anonymity for life, someone charged with rape or sexual assault can be immediately named.

Even if the allegations are ultimately proven false, those accused often find their lives turned upside, and find their reputations still suffering even years after the claim.

Some have found themselves shunned by their family, friends and community, others have lost their jobs and homes or found themselves the victims of vigilante attacks.

One recent victim of false claims said he felt like killing himself during a 'year of being told I'm a rapist'.

The two-year prison sentence for Jennifer Day follows calls for longer sentences for women who falsely allege rape.

The conviction rate for genuine rapists is low in Britain - just one in 14 cases reported to the police end in conviction - and false accusations will do little to improve what ministers have called a 'culture of scepticism' towards genuine rape victims

The courts have begun to recognise the trauma suffered by those who are falsely accused, with one taxi driver whose 'life was ruined' by false claims expected to receive a five figure payout, while a former magistrate who spent two years in jail on false rape charges is currently suing his accuser for £300,000.

However victims of false charges say the law needs to immediately grant accusers anonymity until proven guilty.


"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 (United States Constitution)


OFF TOPIC - Prophecy Videos

This video claims it's for the American people, but I believe it's for all human kind. This is all spoken about in the bible, yet the person who posted these videos, said a man (Steven Crowder) received this in a vision, and calls him a prophet. Come on, this is all in the bible, so I doubt he received anything, and I don't trust anybody by their words, but by their deeds. And if it was a message and warning from God, I think we'd all know it (believers). But, the video series is interesting, for me anyway.










"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 (United States Constitution)


MD - Maryland Nanny Accused of Posing Kids Nude, Showing Them Porn

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07/21/2009

HYATTSVILLE - Hyattsville police have charged a nanny with showing pornography to children in her care and asking them to pose nude for a Web camera.

Police have charged 22-year-old _____ with child abuse and related counts and she was ordered held on $350,000 bond on Monday.

"You live next door to them, but you just don't know what people are doing inside their home," said neighbor Jessica Burton.

According to charging documents, _____ is accused of showing pornographic Web sites to a 5-year-old boy and 10- and 12-year-old girls, having sexually explicit conversations with them.

She's also accused of telling the boy to stand nude in front of a computer equipped with a live web camera. The criminal complaint says a man the nanny was chatting with was watching on the other end. The documents state one girl refused to pose inappropriately for the camera when _____ asked.

The children told detectives they locked themselves in the bathroom to avoid the nanny.

It took almost a week for the 5-year-old boy to tell his mother what happened.

"This woman goes to work everyday thinking my kids are fine, they are with somebody I can trust, she thought," said Burton. She lives in the same building as the children and says during the month and a half that she saw the nanny around, everything seemed fine.

"We can never be too careful in dealing with children," said Chief Douglas Holland, Hyattsville Police Department.

Police say _____ is an illegal immigrant, who was working for a company based in the United States, but was fired in April. She did not leave the country and was independently hired by the family.

Hyattsville Police are looking for any other possible victims to come forward with more information.




"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 (United States Constitution)


FL - Deal could see Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offenders rehoused

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07/21/2009

By DAVID OVALLE

Facing growing criticism over 70 registered sex offenders living in squalid conditions under a Julia Tuttle Causeway bridge, Miami-Dade officials and homeless advocates say they are working to relocate them to housing.

In the first step, eight camp dwellers will be moved to a private apartment building in South Miami-Dade in coming days, and officials are looking for a bigger place for the remaining people to be housed, said Ronald Book, chairman of Miami-Dade's Homeless Trust, who is leading the effort.
- So is the state going to pay for their homes?  If you are jobless, then you cannot afford to pay the rent, so unless you are doing that, this is going to solve nothing!

"Everybody is moving in a positive direction, but we're not where we need to be,'' Book said of the drive toward a permanent solution for the encampment, the target of mounting criticism at home and unflattering portrayals across the world.
- It's so obvious what they are doing.  They are protecting the "image" of Florida.  They do not want visitors to their state to see homeless ex-sex offenders living under a bridge, that sends a bad message, so they are getting them out of sight, that's all.

Book declined to discuss possible locations, but parties familiar with the search said one venue under consideration is the old North Dade Detention Center, a county jail near the Golden Glades interchange and Miami Gardens that has been vacant since it closed in September 2007. The county has tried unsuccessfully to sell the building.
- A detention center?  That is just another jail!  Wow, what a solution!  They come out of prison, can't find a home, due to the states insane laws, and you find them a jail to live in?  Doesn't look like a "solution" to me!

Some of those living under the bridge said late Tuesday night that they were skeptical of Book's latest plan.
- And so am I!  He's just trying to get the offenders out of sight, but nothing else!

Homer Barkley, 45, said he would be worried if he lived under the same roof as other sex offenders. "I have done my time for what they said I did. Now I want the chance to lead a normal life,'' Barkley said.

The Julia Tuttle encampment primarily houses registered sex offenders, mostly men, who cannot find residences elsewhere. That's because a host of county and city laws prohibit them from living within 2,500 feet of where children congregate -- including schools, parks and day care facilities.

Many of the felons are on state probation, and state Department of Corrections officers, unable to find suitable housing, steered them to the site as one of the few legal addresses in Miami-Dade County.

"It's a public safety issue,'' said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fern√°ndez Rundle, who met with Book and others this week to discuss solutions. "They are living in inhumane conditions. It's not safe for them -- and it's not safe for others.''

Book said his efforts have focused on finding long-term living arrangements that would not run afoul of laws. The ideal place, he said, would be an apartment building or former hotel that is in foreclosure.
- Look, even when you do this, the sheeple will cry NIMBY, like they always do, then it's just the same issue, over and over and over.  Constant shuffle, just like California has been doing for years (see video below)!

Still, many thorny issues must be ironed out. Who would supervise the residents? Who would pay for liability insurance, and their rent? "I can't have these people living on the taxpayer's nickel for the long-term,'' Book said.
- They can't get a job, because they are on a public registry, and nobody wants to hire a sex offender.  Take the registry offline, then the problem goes away!

As the camp's ranks have swelled over the past three years or so, so has the flood of unflattering attention -- and lawsuits.

Debate over the sex offender encampment was chronicled Tuesday afternoon in a national broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.

On July 9, the ACLU sued Miami-Dade County, saying its 2,500-foot ordinance should be struck down because it cannot trump the less-stringent 1,000-foot limit mandated by state law. The result, the legal group contends: a shantytown that increases, rather than helps diminish, the danger to Miamians.

Other critics agree, saying the overlapping laws actually push sex offenders underground and make it harder for officials to track them because few have stable addresses.

On July 10, Miami sued the state, saying the camp is too close to Picnic Island No. 4, an island park in Biscayne Bay accessible only by boat.
- That is just a mound of dirt (island) in the middle if the bay, and is not a darn park, which you are trying to declare it as such, just so you can force the offenders to move.  But even if this occurs, you will have the same issues over and over, no matter where they move.

Gov. Charlie Crist's office, in a letter to Miami City Manager Pete Hernandez before the lawsuit was filed, said that "local officials are charged with exploring lawful housing options'' for offenders under state corrections supervision.
- If you removed the residency restrictions, which no evidence has been shown to even prove it works at reducing sexual crimes, then you'd not have a problem, then folks could live where they wanted, back with their mothers, fathers, family, etc.  And if the registry was offline, and used by police only, then they could also get jobs to support themselves.  But everyone is hellbent on punishing and torturing ex-offenders for life, this will always be an issue, until the above mentioned is done.

While the efforts to relocate the camp dwellers is laudable, the overly strict local laws will promote creation of encampments elsewhere, predicted Maria Kayanan, associate legal director for Miami's ACLU.
- I think that is called "concentration camps!"

"Nobody is addressing the root problem -- the local governments are interfering with state statute,'' she said. "Everybody is pointing fingers at each other and trying to put a Band-Aid on the issue.''

California - Sex Offender Shuffle



"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 (United States Constitution)


UK - Abused children therapy 'lacking'




"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 (United States Constitution)