Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FL - Gov. Crist weighs in on sex offender laws

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07/29/2009

By JULIE KNIPE BROWN

Gov. Charlie Crist (Contact), who has kept himself at arm's length in the thorny debate over sex offender residency laws, inched toward a compromise on Wednesday, saying he would help "facilitate a solution."

However, he reiterated his position that the state would not overrule local laws -- even if the residency boundaries vary greatly from one municipality to another.
- And it has been said that none of the offenders under the bridge will leave, until the county laws are repealed, and you go back to a statewide 1,000 foot residency restriction, so this is going to get good.  Like many have said, the 2,500 county residency laws is the root cause of the problem, it makes it impossible to find any place to live legally that can be afforded.  All you would have to do is repeal all county laws and stick with the state laws, which is how it should be in the first place, then the problem would vanish almost 100%, but, the "tough on crime" politicians don't want to look "soft on sex offenders," because it would invite redicule and possibly harm their ratings, career or chance for re-election, and that is what it boils down to, no balls.

The controversy stems from the legal and political wrangling over a group of sex offenders living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami-Dade. The squalid camp of 70-plus convicted molesters have few options because residency laws prohibit them from living within certain distances of where children play or go to school.
- This reporter apparently did not do their homework, like most reporters.  Not all offenders living under the bridge are molesters, like they lead you to believe.  Anybody can look that up and confirm that what I am saying is a fact, if they wanted to actually know the truth!

FORCED UNDERGROUND

Over the past few years, municipalities have passed a patchwork of inconsistent boundaries, and critics charge that the laws have forced sex offenders underground, making it harder for law enforcement to keep track of them.

Asked Wednesday if local government buffers have gone too far, Crist said: "Not necessarily. It's up to local government to make those decisions, and I wouldn't want to impose my will on them. I think they're doing what they believe to be responsible in their localities, and I want to be respectful of that."

His statement came after a Newsweek article spotlighted the camp, and Ron Book, chairman of Miami-Dade's Homeless Trust, railed at the governor for failing to help fix the problem. After meeting with the governor and his staff, he was clearly frustrated.

"I had to walk away. I was annoyed. They don't even have a clue of a solution," Book told Newsweek.
- I agree, but Ronnie, what is YOUR solution?  You lobbied for these very laws and ordinances, and now that they are backfiring, you are doing what politicians usually do, blame others, and not offering a REAL solution!

LESS ANNOYED

On Wednesday, Book was more conciliatory. He said he called the governor and apologized for his Newsweek comments. The governor, he said, had become more proactive on the issue in recent days.

His staff, Book said, "Engaged in a dialogue with me as we explore what options there are . . . they recognize this as a problem; we don't have to point fingers."
- That is all you have been doing, blaming others for the very laws you lobbied for, a true hypocrite!

RELOCATING

Meanwhile, Book is moving forward with plans to relocate the Causeway dwellers.

He is ready to move eight of them to a private apartment building in South Miami-Dade -- but he said they aren't happy about moving so far south, even though some of them have transportation.

"I concede it doesn't have a lot of mass transit opportunities," Book said.

"But you got people with cars, give me a break."


"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)

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FL - Woman accused of plot to extort sex offender

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Another article with video

It was also pointed out, by a viewer of this blog, that Carol Wands is a mediator for the State Supreme Court, District 17 (see here). Also see this site. See the snap shots at the end. And more can be found on Google, here.

07/29/2009

PORT ST. LUCIE - A 46-year-old woman accused of a plot to extort thousands of dollars and a Cadillac from a sex offender with whom she reportedly had an amorous encounter faces a felony charge, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

The 39-year-old victim told investigators July 8 he met a former co-worker, Carol Merrilee Wands, for lunch about a month prior.

The victim, who was sentenced to 15 years of sex offender probation in April 2005 after pleading no contest to a charge of lewd or lascivious battery, drove Wands to Chili’s in St. Lucie West in his 2003 Cadillac.

During lunch, the victim said, Wands revealed it had been “a long time” since she’d had sex and that she “needed a good man in her life,” an affidavit states.

The victim told investigators that on the ride home, Wands had him touch her chest.

The affidavit gave this account: At Wands’ residence, in the 400 block of Southeast Sandia Drive, Wands continued the encounter, putting her hands in his groin area. Wands grew hesitant and said she didn’t want to continue, and the victim stopped. They talked for awhile before the victim left.

The victim told investigators that about two weeks later he got a typed letter in an envelope he believed to be from Wands. The letter instructed him to make 33 payments of $1,000 in cash and provide the title to his Cadillac. He also was to give his probation officer’s name and supply proof of counseling sessions.

The letter writer wanted a lawyer to draft a contract “so that if the agreement was defaulted on, or something was to happen to the writer, the proceeds would continue to be paid to the writer’s family members, or a lien could be placed against (the victim,” the affidavit states.

In return, the writer indicated a report wouldn’t be filed with the victim’s probation officer “and therefore (the victim) would not go to jail.

A state attorney’s office investigator, who declined this week to discuss the case in detail, helped the victim make “controlled recorded” calls to Wands, who reportedly threatened to file criminal charges against the victim unless she got cash and the Cadillac. Wands agreed to prepare a contract stating the victim would pay $1,000 and hand over the Cadillac on Monday. An additional $4,000 would be due by August 10.

The two met Monday and Wands produced the contract, which they signed. The victim gave Wands $1,000 and the key to his Cadillac before Wands was arrested on a felony extortion charge.


PA - Police: Former Officer With Foot Fetish Back In Custody

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Another perverted cop, and his original sentence for soliciting a child online for sex, was light, as usual for police.  He should be, like any other citizen would be, in prison for a long time, yet he's a cop, and they got to protect the "good ole' boys!"

07/29/2009

Police Say Michael Curtin Violated Probation

MUNHALL - Police said a former Munhall police officer with a foot fetish was back in custody on Tuesday.
- So what does him having a foot fetish have to do with this?  So what, many people do!

Michael Curtin is accused by police of violating his probation by showing up repeatedly at his victims' workplaces.

Curtin pleaded guilty last year to soliciting sex from a minor and offering others $1,000 to satisfy his foot fetish.

He was charged in May of 2008, three months after he was fired as a police officer.

Curtain was sentenced to five years of probation for the previous charges.
- And he's not on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry either, just like I expected!


"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)

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