Monday, August 31, 2009

IN - Deputies stage sex offender sweep

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08/31/2009

By Kevin O’Neal

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has staged a sex offender sweep today. The department sent 50 deputies, operating in teams, to ensure sex offenders were complying with the Indiana registry law.

Most of the people checked by deputies were following the law and obeying the terms of registration, said Julio Fernandez, spokesman for the sheriff’s department. Two people were arrested, and the computer belonging to one of them was confiscated so that deputies could check it for child pornography.

Along with the checking of residential addresses, 16 motels were checked to ensure offender lived there as claimed. Deputies served 25 warrants, with five warrants issued for failure to register or giving the wrong address. Sex offenders are required to verify their addresses each year.

This kind of operation we will do again unannounced,” Fernandez said. “We want to make sure that surprise is on our side.”

Sex offenders, typically those found guilty of offenses such as rape, criminal deviate conduct, child molesting or possession of child pornography, must register with law enforcement if they plan to live or work in Indiana.

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OH - Prosecutors: Mom Killed Baby To Hide Father's Age

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08/31/2009

By Deb Silverman

Investigators say the Hamilton mother charged with killing her 5-week-old son and putting the body in a garbage can murdered the child to cover up who fathered the baby.

A grand jury has indicted _____, 26, for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. According to the indictment, the father is under the age of 16.

_____ is also charged with aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

Investigators say _____ killed her 35-day-old son named _____, then put his body inside a plastic bag in the trash behind her apartment on Shuler Avenue.

Authorities say they started looking for the baby after _____ called them on August 24 and tried to cover up what happened.

_____ told the 911 dispatcher: "I was just calling ‘cause ... one of my ex boyfriends came to pick up one of my sons ... He said he was going to take him. He hasn't come back yet."

Detectives worked the case all night before they found the baby in the garbage can on August 25.

The Butler County Coroner says the boy suffered from skull fractures as well as a broken arm.

_____ also has three other children.

She remains behind bars at the Butler County Jail on a $1 million bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday to face the new 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 (United States Constitution)

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FL - Task force criticizes proposed living restrictions on Broward sex offenders

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08/29/2009

By Scott Wyman

A county task force is criticizing a proposal that would severely limit where sexual offenders can live in Broward.

County commissioners have been exploring a ban on sexual offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, day care centers and school bus stops. The ordinance would apply only to the small part of Broward that is not in any city, but has become a flashpoint in a larger debate that such restrictions leave little place for sexual offenders to live.
- So I guess they are not paying attention to the disaster in Miami?  They are just going to repeat it!

Broadview Park is a small working class neighborhood no larger than a square mile, yet it is home to almost 100 sexual offenders. That’s because the neighborhood is one of the few remaining places for them to live in light of limits set by 24 of the county’s 31 cities.

According to the report distributed to commissioners last week, living restrictions can force sexual offenders to become homeless and thus harder to monitor. The task force said it found no evidence to indicate that the laws reduce abuse or prevent criminals from committing new offenses.

Broward County commissioners are faced with an unenviable conundrum,” the task force concluded. “To eliminate the clustering of sex offenders in the unincorporated areas would require passing an ordinance similar to those in the majority of municipalities. The likely result of such an ordinance will be to increase the number of homeless and transient sex offenders throughout the county.”
- Yep, another Julia Tuttle Causeway shanty town in the works!

The report concluded: “Clearly the best intentions do not always translate into the best practices.”

Commissioner John Rodstrom (Email) proposed the living restrictions earlier this year and plans to press ahead. He said the task force was skewed toward the viewpoint of sex offenders rather than the concerns of residents.
- What a load of fear-mongering BS!

The commission will decide Tuesday whether to set a public hearing for Sept. 22 on Rodstrom’s proposal.

Commissioners in April issued an emergency ordinance that bars any more offenders from moving into Broadview Park or two smaller unincorporated neighborhoods. With 1,275 registered sex offenders in Broward, the demand for neighborhoods like Broadview Park is great.

The task force concluded that a 2,500-foot buffer zone would leave no homes available for sex offenders in unincorporated Broward.


"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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CA - Your Neighbor's Keeper (Discussing about the latest kidnapping in California)

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This lady says that being a nosy neighbor would've prevented this. Another misconception. Several times the police were called by "nosy neighbors" to this home, and yet it did not prevent anything! This lady says "If the police visit this mans home, wouldn't it be obvious they go into the backyard?" Well, that would be illegal to do, without a search warrant. And this also shows, that GPS is nothing but a waste of money! It did not prevent, nor deter him from doing anything illegal. And this lady is basically saying, we should all be police now!

08/31/2009

"All the laws in the world don't keep us safe," says Dr. Joan Petersilia, talking to KGO about the shocking Jaycee Lee Dugard abduction case. "He was being monitored by GPS 24 hours a day, he registered every year as a sex offender ... he was drug tested monthly." What can a society do to protect itself when all the systems in place to track criminals and curtail unlawful behavior fail to catch the most dangerous?




"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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WI - Wisconsin sex offender personal web site registry in the works

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08/31/2009

By Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio

MADISON (WPR) A proposal at the Wisconsin capitol would make convicted sex offenders register any personal websites with the state so investigators can keep better track of them.

Convicted sex offenders already have to register a variety of personal information with the Department of Corrections. By law... that list includes finger prints... a recent photo, a home address, an employer's address, and any schools they'll be attending.

A plan by Fort Atkinson Assembly Democrat Andy Jorgensen (Email) would expand that to require sex offenders to register any Facebook, Twitter or Myspace profiles, as well as any other websites. Jorgenson says we want this to be another arrow that authorities who do these investigations can have in their quiver.

The Corrections Department is already collecting e-mail addresses and instant messaging names.


"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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CA - Sex offenders move to Antioch area 'because they can'

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This is another one of those (less than 5%) high profile cases.  I wonder what unconstitutional draconian law will come from this?  Also, this man was a known sex offender, on the registry, yet the registry or residency restrictions prevented none of it.

08/31/2009

By Maria L. La Ganga, Maura Dolan and Molly Hennessy-Fiske

A small, scruffy, unincorporated area largely surrounded by the city of Antioch is home to more than 100 sex offenders. It's also where Phillip Garrido allegedly held Jaycee Lee Dugard for 18 years.

Antioch - Dawn Cordy always knew her neighborhood was an easy place to hide -- a semirural San Francisco suburb where housing is cheap, sheriff's cruisers rarely appear, residents don't snoop and registered sex offenders have found a refuge.

It's a small, scruffy, unincorporated island largely surrounded by the hard-knock city of Antioch, a region synonymous with the foreclosure crisis in the Bay Area but now linked to yet another outrage.

This is where Phillip Garrido, who was charged last week with rape and kidnapping, allegedly held Jaycee Lee Dugard for 18 years and fathered her two children in a warren of tents and soundproofed outbuildings behind his gray cinder-block house on Walnut Avenue.

Garrido's and Cordy's 94509 ZIP Code is home to more than 100 registered sex offenders, according to the Megan's Law website, and officials say the region has a higher concentration of offenders than other areas.

At least four sex offenders, including Garrido, live within easy walking distance of Cordy's house; they move to the area "because they can," said Cordy, 52. "We're mostly an older bunch, and we don't pay that much attention. This is Boonieville."

Besides, she said of her unwelcome neighbors, "Honey, I collect knives. I wouldn't mind doing them harm."

On Sunday, Dugard remained secluded with her mother, daughters and half sister in Northern California, where her stepfather said the family is working with counselors to overcome the last 18 years.

"They are doing fine -- not fine, but fine for the situation," Carl Probyn said. "My wife says that Jaycee is an excellent mother, and they are bonding, playing little games like checkers. They are doing OK for the situation."

Law enforcement officers with saws and cadaver dogs swarmed Walnut Avenue on Sunday looking for clues that might link Garrido with a host of unsolved crimes in the region, including four slayings in Pittsburg in the late 1990s.

The main focus was the house next to Garrido's, where Damon Robinson, a 38-year-old driving instructor, now lives. Garrido cared for the property before Robinson moved in and lived for a time in a wooden shed behind it, according to sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.

Three of the people whose killings remain unsolved were prostitutes. The fourth was a 15-year-old girl named Lisa Norrell, whose body was discovered a week after she left a dance alone on Nov. 6, 1998, and disappeared.

Capt. Daniel Terry of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said Friday that investigators were looking at Garrido because "several bodies were dumped at an industrial location where the suspect supposedly worked."

Minnie Norrell, 66, said a Pittsburg homicide detective contacted her Saturday about her daughter's slaying and called Garrido a person of interest.

"They said they didn't want to get my hopes up, but this guy was of interest," said Norrell, who lives in Pittsburg, where she spends her days on oxygen and in a wheelchair because of advanced emphysema. "He said they were going to be [in Garrido's neighborhood] for days. . . . I am hopeful."

Under recently passed laws, sex offenders' movements are severely circumscribed.

They generally must stay away from schools, parks, churches and places where children congregate, said Joan Petersilia, a law professor and co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.

Such laws, combined with the high price of housing in California, "push sex offenders to less populated and more rural areas," Petersilia said. "They want a place where they can remain anonymous and people leave them alone."

Terry, who heads the Sheriff's Department's investigative division, said Contra Costa County has about 1,700 registered sex offenders. His station is responsible for about 350, "349 more than the number of detectives I have dedicated to monitoring these people."

He called the region's concentration "significantly higher" than other areas and rued that "this is the reality. These people are walking amongst us everywhere."

Antioch, with a population just over 100,000, has struggled in recent years with crime, rampant growth and foreclosures. One San Francisco Chronicle columnist dubbed the city "the finest slum this side of Stockton."

According to RealtyTrac .com, the median home price has plummeted more than 40% in the last year and the foreclosure rate is still rising. There were 699 new foreclosures filed in July.

Mayor Jim Davis acknowledged the economic pressures his city has faced. But he was quick to note that Garrido's neighborhood is not part of Antioch proper, although the city would like to annex it and "be able to get out there and police it properly."

"There's a lot of building out there violating code," he said. "If the city were out there, all the sheds and tents out there would not have been tolerated. . . . There are lower-priced rents out there. It allows those who are on probation and can't find good employment to congregate."

Betty Unpingo, a mother of 10, always knew her neighborhood was "an easy area to get lost in for a while." But until her family threw a backyard party two years ago, Unpingo didn't know exactly who was taking advantage of that anonymity.

As the party ended, Garrido stood in front of his house across the street and motioned for the teenage girls leaving the event to come on over, she said. Unpingo's daughter was so suspicious that she checked his name on the Megan's Law list.

On the list were Garrido and several others nearby, including two living in one home. Since then, Unpingo has instituted the "buddy system." None of her children are allowed to leave the house alone.

Sex offenders have "got to have someplace to go," acknowledged the 52-year-old retired businesswoman, "but not here."

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NPR - Treatment of sex offenders - Canada .vs. Florida

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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)

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