Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hilary Swank: I let boyfriend’s son see me nude

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Isn't it ironic and hypocritical that when a woman, or celebrity does this, it's okay, but the average citizen would get slammed with child abuse charges and thrown in prison and on the sex offender registry?


By Michael Inbar

Actress says 6-year-old boy ‘doesn’t look twice, doesn’t think about it’

Hilary Swank isn’t known for doffing her duds on the big screen. But her revelation that she goes nude in real life — in front of her boyfriend’s 6-year-old son — has sparked such a controversy that it threatens to upstage her bid for a third Oscar: a new biopic about legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Yet Swank seems nonchalant about the ruckus, telling TODAY’s Meredith Vieira she believes being open about this choice in her personal life may open lines of communication in families.

I think it’s great that people can talk about things that bring up debate,” Swank told Vieira on TODAY Friday. “I think every family is different, and you have to know what’s right for you and your family.”

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The 35-year-old actress says the Great Nude Debate came up innocently enough. In an interview with Joanna Coles for the November issue of Marie Claire, Swank was asked what she wears to sleep. Swank said, “I don’t sleep in anything.”

It was actually part of a longer conversation,” the actress explained. “I said ‘I sleep in the nude, what do you sleep in?’ And [Coles] said, ‘Well, I sleep in a nightgown now because I have two young boys, and at one point, one of my kids saw me nude and was like, eww, so I knew it was time to sleep in a nightgown.’ So we had a long conversation about at what age you stop doing that.

For Swank, that day has not yet come. Divorced from actor Chad Lowe, the actress is currently involved with her agent, John Campisi. She said that Campisi’s young son Sam typically sees her naked when he comes into the bedroom in the morning.

He doesn’t look twice,” Swank told Marie Claire. “He doesn’t think about it yet.”

But others do. Web sites lit up about Swank’s naked candor, and many were critical. On the L.A. Times site, for example, blogger Elizabeth Snead wrote: “We can see a tell-all book about being forced to see his daddy’s girlfriend nude every morning in about 30 years.”

Swank told Marie Claire that it’s because she’s a restless sleeper. “I just toss and turn too much when I sleep, and if I’m in clothes, I get all twisted up.”

Oscar No. 3?
The actress isn’t letting her nude controversy stand in the way of promoting “Amelia,” in which she plays the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic. Earhart has inspired countless conspiracy theories since she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, went missing on an around-the-world flight in July 1937. Neither Earhart’s plane nor her or Noonan’s body has ever been found.

Swank is already being touted as a front-runner to place a third best actress Oscar on her mantel, which makes her blush. “It’s just crazy to hear that word,” she told Vieira. “It’s incredible that I have two. It’s an honor, but it’s not what you work for.”

Swank is known for disappearing into her characters, from playing a young woman-as-a-young-man in “Boys Don’t Cry” to buffing her body to portray a boxer in “Million Dollar Baby.” She told Vieira she went just as all-out to portray Earhart, even obtaining a pilot’s license.

I think there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with playing somebody as famous as Amelia,” Swank said. “There are all these images that we have of her, so it’s not like you can make it fictional. You have to play true to who she really was.”

Come awards season, it would be forgivable if actress Annette Bening peers over Swank’s shoulder. Bening was nominated for best actress Oscars in 1999 and 2004, losing out to Swank both times. Now Bening is being touted for another Oscar this year for “Mother and Child.”

It’s funny timing, isn’t it?” Swank commented. “I love Annette and it would be an honor to be nominated with Annette if that were to be the case.”

Swank smiled when a picture of her embracing Bening at the Oscars was shown. “Is that a knife in her hand?” Vieira joked.

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CA - Deputies union apologizes for sex offender mailer

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This kind of bogus fear mongering stuff, needs to be stopped. The union who did this, should be fined or something. It potentially put registrants and their families in danger, over bickering!


By George Hostetter

Dyer upset after mailer contends Sheriff's Department tracks offenders better.

The head of a union for Fresno County sheriff’s deputies has apologized for a hard-hitting mailer that claims Fresno police are failing to keep track of registered sex offenders.

But Police Chief Jerry Dyer isn’t soothed, saying the mailer is misleading and “a slap in the face” to his department and its officers.

The mailer, titled “Sexual Offenders — Serpents Among Us?”, was sent by the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association to the homes of about 40,000 people living in islands of unincorporated land within Fresno.

Using data from the Megan’s Law Web site, the mailer contends that the Sheriff’s Department does a better job at keeping track of registered sex offenders than does the police department.

Eric Schmidt, president of the deputy sheriff’s union, said Friday the mailer was meant to generate public support to keep the sheriff’s department patrolling county islands. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has said police, who patrol surrounding areas, could do the work more efficiently.

About 60 deputies could lose their jobs if the city took over patrols in county islands, Schmidt said. “This is an issue with the mayor,” Schmidt said. “This is not an issue with the chief and this is not an issue with the officers.”
- So instead of talking with the mayor and governor, they spread lies and disinformation?

But Schmidt acknowledged that the mailer required some fence-mending with police.

In a letter e-mailed Thursday to the union representing Fresno police officers, Schmidt told the officers that they were not targets of the mailer.

I want to make it very clear, the message is NOT an attack on any one of you,” Schmidt wrote. “You all work for a very professional law enforcement agency. I want to apologize to all who may have been offended in any way by the information detailed in this piece.”

Dyer on Friday was in no mood to forgive. The mailer “served to do nothing more than spread fear in our community and create a potential divide in our two agencies,” Dyer said.

Jacky Parks, president of the Fresno Police Officers Association, said he understands the intent of the deputy sheriff’s union.

Parks said it was “unfortunate” that the deputies’ mailer focused on an issue of vital importance to both agencies. But, Parks added, he has no sense that officers are angry or offended. “They’re not letting one little phrase or statement get them fired up,” Parks said.

Schmidt said he and his staff designed and wrote the mailer.
- So RSO's should sue you for spewing lies.  Putting "serpents among us" on the flyer is nothing more than fear-mongering. You should also have to send another 40,000 to the people who originally received them, and apologize to them, and also send letters of apology to all the offenders as well, IMO.

It features a photo of an empty tricycle and, in the background, the blurred images of a young girl walking with a young boy.

The City of Fresno has lost track of a large number of sex offenders!” the mailer claims. It alleges that about 14% of registered sex offenders within the city limits — 215 of 1,565 — are out of compliance with requirements to provide current addresses.

This means the City has lost track of them,” the mailer alleges.

In contrast, the mailer alleges, the sheriff’s department knows the whereabouts of all but 6% — 31 of 497 — of sex offenders in the unincorporated areas of Fresno County.

Contact the Fresno Deputy Sheriffs’ Association to help stop the grab by the City of Fresno and end their attempt to annex county pockets within Metropolitan Fresno,” the mailer concludes.

Dyer acknowledged that more than 200 registered sex offenders listed with Fresno addresses are out of compliance. But the number is deceiving, he said.

For example, Dyer said, 32 are in jail, prison or a state hospital, 16 have been deported, four are dead and four have moved out of state.

He said more than 50 have outstanding arrest warrants or police are seeking warrants.

Dyer said police are trying to find the whereabouts of about 40 of the more than 1,500 registered sex offenders in Fresno — about 3%, rather than the 14% alleged in the mailer.

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OH - Sex offenders and their families seek help from Goyal

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So here, we have another person in politics admitting the laws are punishment!



MANSFIELD -- Sex offenders who met Friday with state Rep. Jay Goyal (Email) said they believe the state registry system fails to differentiate fairly between severe sex crimes and lesser offenses.

About a dozen offenders and members of their families met with Goyal at a south side restaurant Friday to talk about how state policy affects them.

The group invited Goyal to the meeting. He said it's a complex issue and the needs of both sides, victims and sex offenders, should be weighed by state representatives.

"Your most important duty as a state representative is providing for the safety and security of your citizens," Goyal said. "That's always the No. 1 priority. However, you need to make sure you're balancing that with the appropriate punishments."
- And this includes ALL citizens, and here he admits, it's punishment!

"The discussion we had today, talked about how to balance those issues."

The group said the system fails to offer opportunities for people who have worked to turn their lives around. They aren't allowed back into society's good graces, they said.

_____, 24, said he had consensual sex with a girl when he was 19. He woke up to find a cop standing over him, asking whether he knew the girl was 14.

After he admitted having sex and not knowing her age, he ended up convicted of a felony -- even though the girl's family didn't seek criminal charges because of her history, family members said.

Since then, according to his father, _____ of Mansfield, _____ has had trouble finding or retaining a job, despite being a hard worker with high skill levels.

"If we weren't here to help him, he would be living under a bridge somewhere," said his mother, _____. "There are corporations that, even if someone did want to hire him, wouldn't be allowed to give him a job. Those are minimum-wage jobs, but they won't let you work there, even if it's just cooking back on a grill."

They say their son is barred from attending The Ohio State University and Ohio University, and that some community colleges might not accept him.

The 24-year-old said he knows he used bad judgment in getting involved with the girl, has taken responsibility for his actions, grown up, and has not committed other criminal offenses.

"I don't think it's wrong that I was arrested. I think it's wrong that it's perpetual -- for the rest of my life," he said.

"There's nothing in there that allows for improvement," his mother said.

"There should be some kind of rehabilitation -- some kind of test, to say 'You don't have to be on this forever.' "

_____, of Mansfield, said he'd like to see the system allow offenders to reintegrate into the community once they have shown they have turned their lives around.

_____ said the Volunteers of America program in Mansfield has received unfair criticism, but has had success. The program really works, he said.

"Isolation, versus integration, will never work," he added.

People react with fear when they learn someone has a sex offender registry label -- no matter the details of the crime, said his wife, _____.

"As soon as people hear the words, it's the very same thing," she said. "My husband can't get a job, because he was a sex offender."

_____'s father-in-law, _____ of Lexington, told Goyal it breaks his heart to see not only his son-in-law, but his daughter and young grandchild suffer.

"When I see someone who works hard, downtrodden all the time ..."

_____, 76, of Medina, said he was sentenced for a sex offense 18 years ago. He said other adults living in his house, who never committed such a crime, are subjected to jeering by neighborhood children who call them perverts. They don't deserve that, he said.

"That's all we're asking for, is to give us that chance that we're all entitled to," he said.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Martin Luther King (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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AL - Offenders must be off streets on holiday (More Halloween Hysteria)

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This is only for those on probation and/or parole.  So those not on either, can do as they wish.  See the video below.


By Niki Doyle

Authorities schedule program on Halloween to 'safeguard' children

The state and federal probation offices in Huntsville are requiring felony sex offenders to attend an educational program next Saturday as a way to "safeguard the community" on Halloween night.
- I'd love to see this so called "educational" program!

For the past three years, officers with the Alabama Probation and Parole Office and the U.S. Probation Office have monitored convicted sex offenders on All Hallows' Eve, making sure they weren't opening their homes to trick-or-treaters.

This year, officials from both probation offices decided that it would be easier to make the area's 80 or so felony sex offenders come to them.

Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer Jeffrey Purcell said the Saturday night program, which will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at an undisclosed location, is meant to serve as a review of state and federal sex offender laws.

It also doesn't hurt to have all of the area's convicted sex offenders in one place under police supervision while children are knocking on doors and asking for candy.
- But you won't have "all" the area sex offenders in one area, only those on probation and/or parole.  And why don't the people check the registry before going out, and not go to offenders homes, if they are so scared?  Oh yeah, Big Brother wants to control your lives for you!

"For the mommies and daddies out there, I'm sure it would comfort them to know that their local sex offenders aren't home," Purcell said. "Not all of them are the same level of threat, though. You've got to think about drug users versus drug dealers."
- And again, only those on probation and/or parole are required, all others can come and go as they please.

"You've got some that are predators ... and then you have the ones who are simply voyeurs."

The program will help sex offenders better understand the requirements put in place by the Adam Walsh Act, named for the son of John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted" and founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Walsh's son was abducted from a shopping mall more than two decades ago.
- So why not send out information in the mail each year, or when probation/parole visit the offenders, which contains info about the laws?

Purcell said the act requires sex offenders to register more frequently and puts tighter restrictions on where certain types of offenders may live and work.

In previous years, five teams of officers visited the sex offenders on Halloween to make sure that they were abiding by their probation rules.

"In the past, we would instruct them not to answer their door or have their front porch light on," Purcell said. "Our surveillance teams would go out and make sure they were doing that."

"It was hard to get to every residence. This will be much less labor-intensive."

The program also includes a segment on employment. Purcell said federal tax credits are available to employers who hire convicted felons, and it's important for them to have this information in hand while trying to reintegrate themselves into society.
- These laws and registry make it almost impossible for anyone to get a job.

Felony sex offenders under supervision of the state office or the federal probation office in Huntsville are required to attend, regardless of whether their victims were children.

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IL - Man wrongly ends up on sex offender list (Better check the registry to make sure you are not falsely accused!)

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Scott Ibarra had no idea he was wrongly listed as a sex offender until a pal pointed it out. A year later, the local cops still won't tell him how it happened.

Ibarra's name, the address of his Joliet home and his physical description were placed in the state's sex offender registry under a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault for a month and 10 days in 2008.

"I had no clue about any of this stuff that was in there," the 37-year-old said of being incorrectly included in the state's list of sex offenders.

In fact, Ibarra, 37, said he only learned he was on the state's list of sex offenders after a police officer he is friends with alerted him to it exactly a year ago, on Oct. 14, 2008.

Since that time, Ibarra has attempted to find out how he was wrongly branded a sex offender, but says he has been frustrated at every turn.

No answers
After his friend asked him why he was on the state's sex offender registry, Ibarra grabbed the phone. "I immediately called" the state police, he said.

Ibarra was told the matter would be looked into, but that since it was late in the afternoon, it might not be resolved by the close of business.

"The very next day, about 10 or 11 a.m., I got a call back that I was taken off the Web site," he said.

When he asked how he ended up on it in the first place, he said, the state police informed him they were notified by the Shorewood police that he was a sex offender and should be listed on the registry.

Ibarra said he then attempted to get answers from the Shorewood police -- but those answers have proven elusive.

"No information, no nothing," he said. "To this day they still have given me nothing."

Overturned conviction
Even with his perceived lack of cooperation from the Shorewood police, Ibarra is pretty sure he knows what made them think he belonged on the list.

In 1997, while he was serving in the Navy, a court martial found Ibarra guilty of rape and sentenced him to four years in prison. A female acquaintance had accused Ibarra of drugging and sexually assaulting her. Ibarra maintained the sex was consensual.

Two years and six months into his sentence, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the conviction. Ibarra was freed and his record cleared -- at least until Shorewood police decided to tell the state he was a sex offender.

Who's to blame?
After Ibarra found out he was on the list, Shorewood police Chief Robert Puleo discussed the matter with him at the behest of state Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego.

Puleo said police Lt. Jeff Hanley, who has since retired, alerted the state police to Ibarra's rape conviction and "the state took it and ran with it."

Hanley confirmed this, explaining he ran Ibarra's criminal history while investigating complaints made against Ibarra by his ex-wife, a Shorewood resident. Ibarra and his former wife have been involved in an acrimonious custody battle over their daughter.

Hanley insists he only referred Ibarra's case to the state for further investigation.

"There's no way I put him on the list. I inquired" about Ibarra, Hanley said.

"I can only put people on the sex offender list as a Shorewood police officer if they are Shorewood residents."

But state police Lt. Scott Compton placed the responsibility squarely on the Shorewood Police Department.

"We don't do the registry. That happens at the local agency," Compton said. "We received notification from the Shorewood Police Department that Mr. Ibarra committed an offense" that would land him on the sex offender registry.

"Once we were notified that he was arrested for a registrable offense, we added him to the database," he added.

Other mistakes on list?
But Hanley maintains he was only asking the state to investigate further when he sent Ibarra's information.

"All I was asking was, why wasn't this guy on the site?" he said. "Then I heard nothing until three or four months later when he showed up at our station wanting to know why he was on the Web site. I didn't know he was up there."

Compton explained that the state police considered Ibarra to be compliant with the terms of the registry because he had yet to be contacted and ordered to report to local police.

And while Ibarra eventually found out from a friend that he was on the sex offender registry, it was a full 39 days before he learned he was listed. Ibarra's wife, Tracy Ibarra, finds this particularly troubling.

"I said, 'Scott, if they've done this to you, they must have done this to someone else," she said.

Compton did not have statistics for the number of people incorrectly placed on the sex offender registry. He said that while the number varies, there are more than 24,000 listed.

Ibarra admits he is speculating, but wonders if being mistakenly listed as a sex offender caused him trouble and misery during the 40 days he was on the list.

"The day I ended up on the Web site I lost my job, coincidentally," he said.

Ibarra said he is fighting for justice, but does not know how he can be made whole.

"People look at that site all the time, and I don't know who saw it," he said. "Once you ring a bell, you can't unring it."

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CA - Sex Offender Flyer Sent to Fresno County Residents (Creating Fear, for what purpose?)

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Sex Offenders, the new political scapegoat! This is nothing but spreading fear, and by the sheriff's office, instead of spreading facts! Someone must be up for election, or, it's a campaign for more money! So why isn't the police doing their job and finding them, if it's true?


By Sontaya Rose

FRESNO (KFSN) -- A flyer sent out to more than eleven thousand residents who live in unincorporated county islands is sparking a new debate between the Sheriff's Department and Fresno city leaders. The mailer claims the city of Fresno has lost track of a large number of registered sex offenders.

The flyer alleges 14 percent of sex offenders who live in the city of Fresno are basically missing and their whereabouts are unknown. The flyer is in response to recent talk of having Fresno Police taking over patrolling county islands.

Thousands of Fresno County residents opened their mailboxes to find a flyer ... a message paid for by the Fresno County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

FDSA President Eric Schmidt said, "We're basically trying to educate them and let them know that the mayor is actively coming after you or says she is and we don't want to stand idle and let that happen."

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says he found the flyer disturbing and full of inaccuracies. He said, "I cannot believe this flyer was sent out because it really does nothing but create fear in many members of the community members and the second thing is the numbers are misleading and they are untrue."

The mailers were sent to registered voters in Sunnyside, Mayfair, Tarpey Village and Fig Garden. The Deputy Sheriffs Association says it stands by the flyer and its claims.

"This is business, this isn't personal. I don't want this to get to whose better type of thing. I want to know why the mayor is so pursuant on these county islands," said Schmidt.

Chief Dyer says he knows where dozens of sex offenders who are unaccounted for are-- in the Fresno County Jail. He believes the flyer accomplished only one thing. He said, "The simple fact is this has done nothing more but create tension between our agency and their agency."

Mayor Ashley Swearengin refused to respond on camera, a spokesman for the mayor's office told Action News, "The mayor is only trying to have a discussion about the most efficient use of resources."

The Fresno County Deputy Sheriff's Association says 60 deputies patrol the county islands in question and they would lose their jobs if the city takes over police enforcement.

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