Friday, July 31, 2009

KY - Ex-Teacher Says She Never Had Sex With Student

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See the video at the site above. Fired for rumors! So much for innocent until proven guilty. If you ever need to get rid of someone, just say they molested you! And no, I do not wish anybody to actually do that, just proving a point!


Woman Fired After Rumors Circulate About Relationship

COVINGTON - A teacher charged with having sex with a student said she was the victim of a wrongful accusation.

Nicole Howell said she was fired from her dream job as an English teacher at Dayton High School after rumors circulated about an alleged improper relationship.

"Every time I think it's going to end because someone's going to step up and see I didn't do anything wrong, they continue it," said the 26-year-old Howell.

Howell said she told the principal about the rumors after she heard them.

"I told him then and there, I've never had sex with this student," Howell said. "I have never seen him. I have never even seen him off campus."

The 16-year-old football player did not attend any class Howell taught, and authorities allege the sexual contact took place in Covington, where Howell lives.

Howell said she went to the police station to take a polygraph test, but instead was arrested, and within days she was suspended and fired.

"There's not DNA, there's no pictures, there's not video, there's nothing," she said.
- All it takes is someone saying you did it!

Her attorneys, Kris Nevels and Eric Deters, said Howell plans to file a civil suit against the school district, Dayton police and the alleged victim.

"I've done everything I can in my power to show my innocence, and yet here I am today," Howell said. "I'm still being prosecuted for something I didn't do, for something I didn't do with no evidence to prosecute me on."

Her next court date is set for Sept. 28.

"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 - Causeway dwellers prefer to stay

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I don't blame them one bit.  They are homeless because the state made them homeless, and now the state just wants to move them out of site from everyone else, so as to not let the world see how they treat people!  FIGHT ON!!!!



The sex offenders who have lived under the Julia Tuttle Causeway for three years are now reluctant to leave despite their deplorable existence.

Three years ago, few cared about the ragtag outcasts living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Now, two lawsuits and a groundswell of national media coverage later, potential housing options for the convicted sex offenders are being negotiated among state and local officials, with legal challenges poised to fly through the courts. Even Gov. Charlie Crist (Contact) has pledged to do his part to find a resolution.
- Gov. Charlie is stepping up now, because the fire is getting hot, and he wants to save his career, not because of the inhumane ways the state of Florida, and the country is treating it's own people, but to simply save a career!

But there is just one snag no one seemed to see coming: The sex offenders themselves are reluctant to leave their ramshackle abodes, no matter how deplorable their isolated existence has become.

Ron Book -- chairman of Miami-Dade's Homeless Trust and a victim's right's advocate -- is nevertheless marching forward on a mission to relocate the very people he once pledged to ostracize.
- Ron Book is another person who is trying to save himself.  He lobbied for the laws, which put the people in this place, and now, they are scrambling to clean up the mess THEY CREATED!  But what do you expect from a bunch of politicians?

He has up to 18 possible units ready for them to move into and more to investigate.

But the causeway community isn't budging, at least for now.

"I guess they're trying to move us out of here because they're worried about the lawsuit," said Rickie, 24, who gave only his first name because he did not want it widely known that he lives under the causeway.
- Yes, it's only to get you out of sight from the public, and to cool the fires, which they set!

"I'd rather stay here. This where they put me in the first place."

Book cited two obstacles: Many don't want to move into far south Miami-Dade County, while others have bought into a rumor that they may benefit financially from legal challenges brought recently on their behalf.
- Oh give me a break Ron, you never cease to amaze me at your hate and ignorance.  They chose to stay, like other civil rights people, to fight the oppression, which YOU helped create!  Tell me, how are they going to benefit financially from any of this?  Stop lying and making crap up!

Two officials from the state Department of Corrections visited the encampment Thursday afternoon to offer another list of possible housing sites, Book said. They also spoke with some of the residents.

"They [state officials] were interested in the rumor that some of them don't want to go because they think they are going to miss some kind of a payday," Book said.
- Yeah right Ron, keep believing in fairy tales.  They don't want to leave, because you continue to try to protect your own read-end, and the image of Miami, by pushing them out of sight.  You are a real character!

He theorized they may believe they stand to win money from a lawsuit brought on behalf of two causeway dwellers against Miami-Dade County earlier this month.
- If you'd talk to them Ron, you'd see they do not expect money, they are staying to make a point, and to expose you for who you are, a hypocrite running scared to cover your own job, and "reputation!"

But the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (Email), which brought the suit, said it seeks no monetary damages, so while the bridge dwellers won't benefit financially, they will benefit from changes in the residency ordinances if the lawsuit is successful.
- And that is why they are staying.  But, Ron likes to spin things into what it's not.  Politics as usual!

"I don't want to depend on a lawsuit," said Troy Dumas, 32, who has been living in the camp for three months.

"I want to be with my family. No amount of money can take that away from me."

The latest legal volley came Thursday, when Miami-Dade County filed a motion in Circuit Court that will move the case more swiftly through the courts. In the suit, the ACLU argues that the state law designating that sex offenders live more than 1,000 feet from where children congregate should supersede the county's ordinance, which prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school.

The 2,500-foot law, which has been expanded in other counties and cities to include playgrounds, parks, child-care centers and a myriad of other child-friendly places, has made it impossible for sex offenders to live anywhere, critics say. As a result, the sex offenders often go into hiding where no one can keep track of them.

Essentially, the county is asking the court to rule in the county's favor as a matter of law, based on the presumption that the facts presented in the ACLU's complaint are true.

No matter what the decision, the case will be appealed, said Randall Marshall, legal director of the ACLU. It would then go to the state Third District Court of Appeal.

Neither Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez nor Assistant County Attorney Thomas Logue were available for comment Thursday.

"We should win as a matter of law because the county's ordinance interferes with state law," Marshall said, adding that Gov. Crist's long-standing position that local jurisdictions should set their own boundaries "is basically just wrong."

The city of Miami, meanwhile, is suing the state, contending the Department of Corrections placed the sex offenders illegally under the bridge in violation of their 2,500-foot ordinance, which they say places them too close to a park.
- It's not a park, it's an ISLAND or DIRT!

"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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TN - Mentally ill struggle to meet sex registry regulations

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By Kate Howard

_____ consistently fails to register as a sex offender, and he has served nearly 500 days in jail over the past five years as punishment for that.

_____, 45, was convicted in 1990 of two counts of attempted rape. He has racked up dozens of arrests since, almost all nonviolent misdemeanors: obstructing a passageway, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia. And after he gets released on the minor charges, a new warrant inevitably is issued for his arrest when he fails to report it to the sex offender registry.

_____ is homeless. He also is mildly mentally retarded and has paranoid schizophrenia. His attorneys say he has no family, nobody to watch over him, and he simply can't comprehend or comply with the rules of the sex offender registry.

The state agreed, granting _____ an exception. He no longer will have to follow the rules of the registry. And though _____ is an extreme case, some advocates are concerned that the law may need to be changed to deal with repeat offenders who lack the mental capacity to follow it.

"In terms of understanding mental illness, it's inconceivable that anyone could meet the requirements if they're mentally incapacitated," said Ben Middleton, senior vice president of core services at Centerstone.

Though there's no way to track how many people on the sex offender registry have mental illness, an analysis of the database showed that 9 percent of the 1,300 offenders in Nashville list themselves as homeless. Roughly 50 percent of those homeless offenders have been arrested for violating the laws of the registry in Nashville, according to their court records.

About 30 percent of homeless people have a severe mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Metro Public Defender Dawn Deaner first met _____ at a jail docket for sex offender registry violators. He had already been picked up multiple times for the offense.

Soon, Deaner said, lawyers from her office would go to the dockets with _____'s paperwork in hand, prepared to show the judge he couldn't be tried and hoping to get him out of jail as soon as possible.

"The registry and its specific language does not really include a category of what to do with individuals who are developmentally delayed or mentally ill, to the point they can comply with requirements," Deaner said.

It's been nearly two decades since he committed a violent offense, Deaner said, and it's rare to find someone as sick as _____. She fears cases like his may become more common as the state cuts mental health services.

"The competency of an individual can fluctuate, and competency can deteriorate," Deaner said. "If more people lose their services and become incompetent, you're creating more clients like Carlton who just don't have the wherewithal to remember."

Registration rules vary

Tennessee law requires anyone convicted of a violent sexual offense to register three times a year for life. Nonviolent offenders must register annually for 10 years. But all offenders must notify the registry within three days of an arrest or address change.

And though the law allows for people physically incapacitated through illness to stop registering, there's nothing that mentions mental illness or defect.

Deaner's office initially fought the rules with a lawsuit against the Tennessee Attorney General's office. Sharon Curtis-Flair, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said they made an agreement with _____ after consulting with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

She refused to say whether they've been asked to consider if there's a larger issue worth examining with offenders like _____.

_____ is the first person the TBI has been asked to exempt for mental issues, spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.

"We're open to any legislation, but right now we have to follow the law as far as what the registry requirements are," Helm said. "If there's a case and that circumstance can be proven, we'll look at it on a case-by-case basis."

More homeless housing

As for _____, his entry on the registry will be listed as inactive. No longer will he be arrested for violations. He occasionally stays at the Nashville Rescue Mission, but mostly he is a wanderer. His lawyers usually don't know where to find him until he turns up in jail.

To Sita Diehl, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's Tennessee chapter, _____'s dilemma is another reason Nashville needs more housing for the homeless.

"The question becomes, how can we keep ourselves and our children safe," Diehl said. "One way is to get these people into housing where we can keep better track of them, and get them stable."

"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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